The Liberty Boys aroused; or, Striking strong blows for liberty

The Liberty Boys aroused; or, Striking strong blows for liberty

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The Liberty Boys aroused; or, Striking strong blows for liberty
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Isswil Weekly_:...By Suoscriplion $2 .50 per year. F:ntered Second Glass Matfrr at the. New York l'os t Office, } 'ebruary 4, 190i, by 1"ra11i. To11Sey No. aO. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 13, 1901. Price 5 Cents. As the redcoats came rushing across the bridge, the "Liberty Boys" poured a 'Yithering '.fire into their midst. Then it was hand-to-hand, and the st-ruggle wa.s a desperate one. ::: =


HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. {ssued Week/.11-B11 Subscription $2.50 p e r 11ear. Entered as Second 01.ass Matte r at the N e w York1 N Y ., Post Office, Feb1'Uary 4, 1901 Fn. t e r c

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. Dick paused in his rowing long enough to wave his hand to the youths. "I'll take care of myself, boys!" he called back. "You do th e same!" 'rhen he rowed onward and pulled, gradually, out into the lake. The youths watched Dick till he had become a mere speck, and then went back to their quarters. As for Dick, he kept pulling steadily, and when he had been at work three hours he came upon a little island. It was about a quarter of a mile long, and was right in his path. Dick knew that he had plenty of time, and as he was somewhat tired, he decided to row around to the farther side of the is1and and land and rest a while. He altered his course, so as to go around the island, .and was soon on the other side He pulled into a little cove, and as the boat's nose grated <>n the gravel, Dick rose, and, placing the oars in the bot tom of the boat, leaped ashore. He seized the bow and pulled the boat up out of the water a way, and then turned-to find himself face to face with four redcoats. CHAPTER II. THE ISLAND. The redcoats held leveled muskets. There was a grim look of pleasure and triumph on the face of each. Dick stared at the four for a few moments in silence. Then he said : "Hello Who air yo' fellers ?" "We are soldiers of the king, at your service," replied ' homespun, and looked like a typical re s ident of that region. One of the redcoats threw up his arms and fell writhii! "Oh, you live over on the north shore, do you?" the to the ground. >r redcoat said, eyeing Dick closely. j The other fi;ed at Dick, but was so rattled by the sud d ?a


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. 3 by the youth that he did not take aim, and the bul missed Dick. youth was on his feet in an instant. With a single bound he was on the shore. He had hoped to be able to reach the vicinit y of the British encampment at Orangeburg without his presence having been noted, but now this would be impossible. He was being cha s ed, and would hav e to work under he redcoat w;as trying to draw a pistol, and Dick had a difficulties, as he had wound e d one of the redcoat s and d opportunity to deal him a blow-which opportunity thus branded himself as an enemy to the king. quickly improved. However, Dick would make the best of the situation The blow was a terrific one and the redcoat was knocked lfe ilecided to row as rapidly as possible, get as far in wn as if he had been struck with a club advance of his purs uers a s he could, and land a nd get T hen Dick push e d his boat into the wat e r and leaped in. 11way into the timber, and thus evade his enemies alto g eth e r Seizing the oars, he began rowing with all his might. Such was the plan which Dick figured on adopting, but He was fifty yards from the shore by the time the redwhen, three hours later, he came upon a small island about t whom he had knocked dow n had scrambled to his feet, a mile from the mainland, he suddenly decided to try a d so far as he was concern e d was out of danger trick. ut danger was approaching from another source. It w a s yet C.aylight, and he feared that if he w ent right he redcoats' boat suddenly s hot around an outjutting straight on to the shor e he might be see n and captur e d int and came toward Dick as rapidly as it was possible the two inmates to propel it. They had heard the pistol shots and the report of their rade's musket, and had taken in the situation at a ce. Realizing that the youth was likely to make his escape y had started in pursuit in the hope that they might be ae to overhaul him. by some of the redcoats; so he made up his mind to row around on the shore side of t _he i s land, make a landin g and let his pursu e rs go past on to the shore. He was a mile ahead of his pursuers, and they would doubtless think he had s ucceeded in reaching the mainland by the time they rounded the island. Dick put this plan into effect. He made a landing and drew his boat up und e r s o m e They soon di s covered that this would be a very difficult bushes. k, however. Dick was a good hand with the oars, while the redcoats re not any better than they might be, and the result was t the fugitive easily held the lead which he had obtained The redcoats saw this, and decided to try to stop Dick ha bullet. hey each fired a shot at the fugitive, taking turns . The bullets came near, but did not hit the mark. isappointed, the redcoats turned about and headed back ard the shore "They don't want to leave their comrades behind," ought Dick; "I was sure they would not. Well, I will abl e to get a good lead on them now." he redcoats were soon back at the island, and Dick the three lift the wounded man and place him in the t. hen they got in and again the boat started in pursuit. Dick was now nearly half a mile in the lead. 'I don't believe they can catch me," he thought; "their t is large and clumsy, there are four of them in it, ghting it down, an.l it will be impossible for them to e it through the wafer as fast as I can make this little t go." ick felt that he was safe for the time being, at least. ut he did not know how it would turn out, finally. Just as he did so, he heard a piercing scream. CHAPTER III. THE CABIN ON THE ISLAND. The scream seemed to come from a point near the centr e of the island. As we have said, the island was small, being not more than a quarter of a mile long, and not much more than half that in width. It was covered with a growth of timber. The scream Dick had heard was the voice of a woman. It was too shrill to be that of a man. Dick did not hesitate. He was always ready to render assistance to any one, ancl especially when the one in distress was a woman. Dick darted through the timber in the direction of the point f ro m which the scream had sounded He su d denly emerged into a little clearing. In the centre of the clearing was a log cabin. In the cabin a struggle of some kind was going on. Dick could tell this by the sounds. I


\ ""' 4 .THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. He ran forward without hesitation, increasing his speed as another shrill scream issued from the cabin. ,;The next instant Dick leaped through the open doorway and was within the cabin. He gave a quick glance around him. Near the centre of the one room a man was struggling with a youth of perhaps eighteen years. At the end of the room stood a beautiful girl of abqut seventeen years. Her hands were clasped, her eyes were dilated and on her face was a look of terror. As the girl s eyes fell uponJ)ick she gave utterance to. a cry of delight. "0 h, I am so glad she breathed. "I was afraid h would be too strong for you." "You are a wonderful fellow!" exclaimed the youth, i: admiration. "I wish I could do that!" Dick smiled. "You are not heavy and strong enough," he replied. The man lay still for nearly half a minute, and the he slowly rose to a sitting posture. He did not offer to get to his feet. Indeed, he did not seem in a condition to stand. It was all he could do to sit up. It was some little time before he could get his waverin attention fixed on Dick, and then he regarded the youth i "Oh, sir, save him!" she cried. "Save my brother from a wondering manner. that terrible man!" "Say, who are you?" he asked. Of course, never having seen either of the three before, Dick could have no knowledge regarding the rights of the affair, but he was impressed with the idea that the girl was in the right, and then he did not approve of a qig, burly man :fighting a youth such as the one who lay there. Without a word Dick strode forward, and seizing the man by the coat-collar, jerked him off the youth. "It doesn't matter who I am," replied Dick; "you kee quiet till I tell you to speak." The man muttered something under his breath, but mad no reply other than to glare angrily. Dick turned to the youth and the girl. Re looked at them with interest. He saw that they were as much alike in face and featm "Stand up!" exclaimed Dick, and he gave the man an-as two persons well could be. other jerk, which brought him to his feet. "They must be twins," he thought. The man uttered a snarl of rage, and whirling, struck t Dick with all his might. Dick dodged the blow, and then out shot his :fist. It caught the man fair on the jaw Crack !-thud Down went the man with a crash. "Good!" cried the girl. "Oh, I'm so glad you did that!" The youth had leaped to his feet as soon as relieved of the weight of the man, and he now said : "You'd better look out for him. He is a bad man and will try to do you damage." "I'll look out for him," replied Dick. The man lay where he had fallen, for a few moments, and then scrambled to liis feet. He was no't a handsome man at any time, Dick judged, and now, with his face distorted with the rage which had possession of him, he looked like a demon. "I'll kill you, you meddlesome young scoundrel!" he hissed. Then he rushed at Dick, with the ferocity of a tiger. He was a big, heavy man, and Dick gave ground a little. Only for a few moments, and then he struck out, straight and sure. Once, twice, thrice, and again down went the man. He fell so hard that the cabin shook. The girl drew a long breath of relief. Then, aloud, he said: "Will you explain this affair to me? Why were you e1 gaged in a struggle with this man?" "He is our step-father," replied the youth; "he is a Tor: and wislied me to join the British army down in Orangi burg, and I refused. It was not the :first time that I ha1 refused, but to-night he became angry and said he woul tie me and take me to Orangeburg by ''The scoundrel!" exclaimed Dick. Then he turned his glance upon the man. "Why didn't you go and join the British army and 11 your step-son alone?" Dick asked, severely. "That's my business!" was the sullen reply. "I'll tell you why he didn't want to do so," replied tl youth. "I am almost ashamed to tell you, but he wan to marry Jesse, here, and he wished to get me out of tl way so he could frighten her into marrying him. We bo1 hate him, as he is a big brute, and I would rather die, aI so would Jessie, than that she should marry him ''I don't doubt it!" exclaimed Dick, with an admiri1 glance at the beautiful girl, whose face was red, now, wi embarrassment caused by her brother's explanation. Then Dick looked at the ruffian sitting there on the floe The youth's clear, piercing eyes seemed to go throu1 the man. There was withering scorn in that glance.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. 5 "You miserable scoundrel!" said Dick, in a tone of withering contempt. "Do you know what I think should be done with you?" The ruffian shifted uneasily. "I'll tell you what I ithink ought to be done with you," Then there came a knock on the door. "Hello, in there!" called out a voice. "Hello, I say! Open the door Dick signalled the two to maintain silence. Then he quickly, yet noiselessly, climbed up a ladder at went on Dick; "I think you ought to be taken down to the side of the room, and was in the loft. the water and drowned!" The ruffian winced. The youth nodded his head. "He certainly deserves drowning!" he said. "What is your name?" asked Dick. "My name is Jesse Winthrop." "And your sister's name is Jessie?" "Yes ; we are twins." Dick nodded. "I see," he said; "well, what shall we do with this man?" 'rhe youth shook his head. "I don't know," he replied.. "Is this his house?" asked Dick. "Yes, it is," growled the man; "and unless that willful young spitfire, there, will agree to marry me, both shall leave here forever. I do not intend to furnish them a home any longer!" "We shall be only too glad to go I" said the youth . "Yes, indeed!" exclaimed the girl. "Oh, brother, let us get our things and go at once!" At this instant the sound of footsteps and voices were heard. CHAPTER IV. DICK DRIVES THE REDCOATS A.WAY. "Good cried the man on the floor. "There come the British soldiers to get Jesse and take him away. I shall triumph, after all!" There was a small window in the side of the cabin. Dick had noticed it when he first approached the cabin. He looked out and down. He had a very good view of the persons demanding ad mission. They were redcoats, sure enough, and there were four of them. They were talking earnestly and seemed to be puzzled on account of being refused admission. One of them again knock:ed on the door. "Open!" he cried. "What do you mean by keeping us waiting here after telling us to come?" Dick quickly climbed back down the ladder. He made no reply to the redcoat. The man on the floor looked as if he would have liked to do so, but fear of Dick kept his mouth closed. There was a brief silence, and then Dick, who stood close to the door, heaTd one of the redcoats say: "Let's break the door down! There s something wrong in there." "How will we manage it?" asked another. ' "We'll get a battering-ram and knock the doqr down in a jiffy." Dick now thought it time to say something. "You fellows had getter go away and mind your own business he cried. "You are not wanted in here '' "Oho, they've come to life in there!" cried a voice. "So they have!" from another. Then in a louder voice the first speaker called out: "You may not want us in there, but we want to go in Dick leaped to the door and closed and barred it. there, just the same; and we are going to come in, too! As he turned away from the door he saw the ruffia!}. was You might as well open the door, for if you don't we will almost on his feet. "Sit down!" cried Dick, in a low, threatening voice. ''Sit down and keep quiet, or it will be the worse for you!" knock it down I" "You will do so at your peril cried Dick. "Oho you threaten us, do you?" He drew a pistol and shook it in the ruffian's face, and "Well, we shall protect ourselves!" the alacrity with which the man obeyed the command was 'we'?" comical to see. "You will find out if you break the door down! There He was not composed of the stuff of which heroes are are four of us fo here." made. "Four, eh?" Dick glanced at the youth and maiden. "Yes." The former looked startled, the latter was pale and "We don't care how many there are of you; we are comfrightened-looking. ing in, you may be sure of that!"


6 rrHE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. "And you will wish that you had not done so-you may back to where yo-q came from, I will agree to let you come be sure of that!" to the aid of your comrade without :firing upon you. What "Bah! Get that log, yonder, boys; we'll smash in the do you say?" door and see who this young gamecock is." "All right; we' ll do it. Don't you shoot at us, now." Dick hastened back up into the loft. "Don't be alarmed," replied in a scornful tone; He opened the window a little ways. "I'll not fire upon you. Hurry and take that log off the Drawing a pistol, he cocked it and waited. The redcoats had just picked up the 1og and were ap proaching the cabin. As they drew near Dick thrust his arm through the opening, and, leveling the pistol, cried out : ''.Stop Drop that log or I will fire I" The redcoats paused and uttered startled exclamations. They looked up and saw the threatening weapon. "Hello, there, what do you mean?" cried one of the redcoa,ts. "Don' t you dare fire that pistol I" "Drop that log or I will fire!'' cried Dick, sternly. "And I give you fair warn!ng that I am a dead shot and shall shoot to kill!" "Oh, come, now; you don t mean that," said one of the redcoats, insinuatingly. "You start to advance with that log and you'll find out!" retorted Dick. One of the redcoats said something in a low tone. Then the four darted forward. Doubtless they thought they would be able to get close in beside the cabin before Dick could fire. They were mistaken. Crack! One of the redcoats gave utterance to a cry of pain and letting go of the log, fell to the ground. Instantly the other three redcoats let go of the log and leg of your comrade." I The redcoats obeyed. They appeared and lifted the log off the leg of the wounded man, but cast fearful glances over their shoulders as they did so. It was evident that they were afraid the youth might fire upon them, after all. Lifting their comrade, they carried him away and soon disappeared from sight among the trees. Di .ck hastily climbed down the ladder and unbarred and opened the door. Dick turned toward the ruffian seated on the floor. "Remain right where you are till I come back," he sid. Then he left the cabin and made his way in the direction taken by the redcoats. He had no difficulty in following them, and had the satisfaction of seeing them get into their boat and row away. "Good!" he said. "I guess they won't bother us any more just at present." Dick saw something else wiiich pleased him. About halfway from the island to the shore was a boat. In it were the redcoats with whom he had had the encounter on the other island. They had not thought 0 Dick playil'.lg them.. the trick that he had, and had rowed past the island and on toward with cries of rage and consternation darted around the the mainland. corner 0 the cabin. The log, when let fall by the three redcoats, had rolled onto a leg 0 the wounded man and now held him pinioned to the ground. The pain thus caused the poor fellow in addition to the wound which Dick had given him, must have been con siderable. At any rate he gave utterapce to heartrending groans and. cries for help. Dick was disgusted with the action of the three redcoats. "Come back, you cowards, and take the log off the leg of your comrade!" he cried. "Oh, but we're not eager to be shot!" cried one, of the redcoats from his vantage point behind the cabin. "You ought to be shot for being such cowards," said Dick; "but I have a proposition to make to you., I'll tell you what I'll do. If you will agree to leave here and go "Well, there are two sets 0 redcoats disposed 0 for the time being," said Dick to himsel. "Now, I will go back to the cabin and see what my new-found friends intend doing. Dick hastened back to the cabin. The three were still there. The man was sitting on th,e floor, looking sullen and angry while the youth and the girl were gathering their belonging!? together. "We going to leave here," said the youth; "we will be ready in a few moments. "Where will you go?" asked Dick. "I don't know; it doesn't matter much. We are ready to go anywhere to get away from that man," nodding toward the ruffian. i'Very well; you may go with me." "We shall be glad to do so."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. 7 In a few minutes the two had :finished their work, and taking up their bundles, announced that they were ready to go. Dick turned to the ruffian seated on the floor. "Remain right where you are," he said, sternly. "Don't attempt to follow us; if you do so, and I catch sight of you, I will put a bullet through you. Do you understand?" Dick looked all around and pondered a few moments. "I think we shall be able to escape from the redcoats," he said. "The sun is just setting and it will be dark soon. "We will row in the other direction, and as soon as it becomes dark we will turn, and, making a wide detour, will reach the mainland at a point two or three miles to the westward." "Yes," the man mumbled; "I understand. I'ni not As Dick was speaking he turned the boat's bead in the going to try to follow you; I'm only too glad to get rid of opposite direction and pulled back toward the island. the three of you." Then he shook his fist at the youth and the girl. Instead of making a landing, however, he skirted the islan d until on ihe opposite side and then he pulled straight "Don't you two dare come back here again; if you do, it out into the lake. will do you no good. This is no longer your home." "You needn't be afraid; we won't come back," said the you th, scornfully. "We will never bother you again ; and all we ask of you is that you do not bother us." r The three now left the cabin and made their way down to the water's edge. Dick's boat was still where he had left it. The three entered the boat and seated themselves. Dick took the oars and heading the boat toward the shore, rowed with steady stroke. Suddenly a cry the girl. "Look!" she exclaimed, pointing. The youths lopked in the direction indicated. A boat had just .sllOt out from the farther end of the island and was headed for the mainland. The boat had but a single occupant-a man-and he was rowing lustily. "It ia Simon Snook!" Jesse Winthrop. "Yes; and he is going to try to reach the mainland ahead He kept this up steadily for half an hour. By this time it was quite dark. It would have been impossible to see an object as large as a boat a distance of twenty yards. Feeling confident that it would be safe to do so, Dick turned the boat's head toward the southwest as nearly as he could guess it and bent to the oars. After an hour of steady work the mainland was reached. As good luck would have it, Dick found a little land locked cove where he thought the boat would be safe from o bserva ti on. "What will you two do now?" asked Dick when they were on the shore. "We have some friends living five miles west of Orange burg," said Jesse; "I guess we will go there." "Do you think you can find the way?" "Oh, yes; all we have to do is to go southward till we strike the road leading west from Orangeburg. Our friends live on that road." of us," said the girl. "Good!" said Dick. "As I am bound for Orangeburg, "With the intention of warning the redcoats of our com-I will accompany you till we reach that road, and then ing, and effecting our capture," said Dick. "Such is evidently his intention," agreed Jesse. "What shall we do?" asked the girl. Dick rested on his oars and let the boat come to a stop. He watched Simon Snook's boat for a few moments and then turned his eyes toward the mainland. Suddenly he started. "A boat filled with redcoats is just pushing off from the shore !'J he exclaimed. CHAPTER V. .A. SOCIAL EVENT. "Goodness exclaimed Jessie. "What shall we do?" asked her brother. when you turn west I will turn east." The three set out at once and walked steadily onward through the timber. Being more familiar with the country than Dick, Jesse took the lead; behind him was his sister, while Dick brought up the rear. Half an hour's walk brought the three to the road Jesse had spoken of. The brother and sister _thanked Dick earnestly for what he had done for them, but Dick laughed it off and said he had not done much. Then he shook hands with both, and expressing the hope that they might meet again, bade them good-by and made his way down the road in the direction of Orangeburg. Dick walked steadily onward for perhaps half an hour. Then he paused on the top of a hill.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. In the distance he could see the light thrown up by the camp-fires of the British. Dick judged that it was perhaps a mile to the encamp ment. Dick set out once more and walked steadily onward till he had ,gone half a mile or so. Then he slacken _ed his pace. He would have to proceed very cautiously. He might come upon a British sentinel at any moment. Then, too, the country was new to Dick, and for this reason it behooved him to move slowly and cautiously. Suddenly Dick met with a surprise. He rounded a bend in the road and found himself almost in front of quite a large house-almost a mansion, in fact -which stood but a short distance from the road. The house was lighted up and the sounds of revelry came from within. DfolF paused. It was a lively scene. Under ordinary circumstances Dick would have been glad to look upon such a scene, but now his heart was filled with bitterness. "What right had those British officers to be there, danc ing and enjoying themselves-?" was the question which Dick asked himself. Suddenly Dick felt himself seized by strong hands. "Aha! I have you now!" hissed a voice in Dick's ear. CHAPTER VI. A LIVELY TIME. A sentinel had caught sight of Dick as he peered in at the window, and had slipped up behind the youth, with 11 Hello what have we here?'! he exclaimed under his noiseless steps. breath. Owing to the fad that Dick's attention had been centred It did not take him long to interpret the affair, however. This mansion was undoubtedly the home of a wealthy Tory who was giving a ball in honor of the British officers. Dick stood still and pondered the situation. He hardly knew what to do. ]'inally, he aecided to take a lOok in on the festivities. He doubted not that the majority of the British officers were in the mansion . By stopping here and doing a little spy work, he might learn something which would be of benefit to him. With Dick, to decide was to act. He left the road, and leaping the fence was in the yard. The light saone out so brightly through the front win-dows of the mansion that Dick did not dare approach from the front. upon the scene within the room, the redcoat had been en abled to surprise the youth; but Dick soon evened up the score by giving the redcoat a surprise. The instant he felt the grasp of the hand, Dick gave a fierce wrenching jerk and freed himself. Then he whirled and attacked the redcoat in a fie rce manner. So surprised was the redcoat by Dick's sudden and un expected action, that he forgot to yell; and by the time he -. thought of it, it was too late, for he was flat on his back on the ground, and Dick had him by the throat. The yell which the redcoat then attempted to give ut terance to was choked back and became but a gurgl e in the throat. The redcoat struggled fiercely. He made a half-circuit and reached the house from the He was a strong fellow and made a good fight. rear. But he was no match for Dick. peered in at one of the rear windows. Dick had secured the deadly throat hold from whic h It was a kitchen window, and all be saw in there was there was no escape. several negro wenches. Dick wasn t satisfied with this, so be moved around to the end of the house. In one minute's time the redcoat was insensible. As Dick rose to bis feet, a dog came rushing around the corner of the house and dashed straight toward him, barkHe approached a window and peered into the room ing furiously. beyend. Dick realized that the barking of the dog would bring the "Ah, this is more like it!" he murmured. officers out of' the house to investigate. The room into which he was looking was a large one He did not dare turn and run, however, as the dog and there were a score or more of ladies and gentlemen, the could quickly overtake him, and, as it seemed to be a vicious majority of the latter being British officers, in tbe room. brute, might succeed in pulling him down. An orchestra was discoursing music and quite a number He must first attend to the dog and then take to flight were dancing. afterward.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. 9 The musket belonging to the soldier who had attacked Dick lay on the ground near by, and seizing the weapon the youth swung it over his head and struck the dog a terrible blow. Tlie butt of the weapon struck the dog squarely on the head and t1ie animal dropped in its tracks . Dropping the musket Dick bounded away, across the yard. A s he did so the officers came pouring out through the open doorway of the man s ion. The barking of the dog had been heard and they wer e coming out to see what the trouble was. Dick had got about halfway across the yard whe:i;i there came a fl.ash and a loud report from righ t in front of him, and a bullet whistled past his left ear. Dick had run upon another sentinel. The next instant he was upon the fellow and knocked him down with a blow from his fist. Onward he ran with all his might, the office r s giving They were ripe for deviltry, and Dick soon discovered this. One crowd of half a dozen or more redcoats, all half drunk, halted Dick and demanded to know who was and what right he had to be on the street at that time of the night. "This town b'longs t'us t'-nigh'," said one, "and you wan' t' get in somewhere out o' sight." "Oh, is that so?" asked Dick. "I wasp t aware of the fact. I beg your pardon; I will go in out of si ght at onc e Good-niglit !" He moved on down the street. "Y' wan' t' hurry!" called out the r e dcoat. "Go fast e r t han that!" Dick did not wish to get into a difficulty with the redcoats, so he walked faster, and called back: "How is that?" "Not fas enough," was the reply Run! Run, I say!" To humor them, Dick broke into a run chase. He knew he could turn a corner soon and get out of Dick reached the fence, leaped over it and dashed ont.heir sight. ward, down the road. When he reached the corner he darted around it-and The redcoats, being officers, and not partial to hard right into the arms of another gang of partially intoxicated work, gave up the pursuit at the yard fence and returned redcoats. to the mansion. They seized Dick with shouts of glee. They wished to enjoy themselves, and they did not think the fugitive one who a mounted to much, anyway. Some country bumpkiJ:1: who was sneaking around, doubtless," remarked one of the officers to another. Had they known that the supposed "countr y bumpkin" was. the famous scout and spy, Dick Slater, they would have thought differently. But they didn't know it, and Dick was allowed to go on his way unmolested. He thought it could not be much farther to Orangeburg. He found that be was right in thinking t hu s It was only about a mile. Dick reached t h e s u b urb s alm ost before he knew it. CHAPTER VII. I N .rHE HANDS OF THE REDCOAT S "Aha! we have you now!" cried one. .= "Why such unseemly haste?" from another. "Stay, my gentle friend, stay!" mumbled a third. Dick struggled to free himself. There were ei ght Qr ten of the fellows, however, and e v e n thou g h they w e r e p a rtially into x i cate d they wer e in He proceeded very cau t iou s ly. the ag gre ga t e too s tro ng for him, a nd h e was forced to He knew ther e w ould be s e n t inels post ed at all the road s nccumb. a nd street entranc e s to the to w n, s o he turned aside and made his way into the town b y c uttin g a cross l ots In thi s way he escap e d the sentine l s' notice. He was s oon i n t he h e art of the town. Ther e w ere r e d c o ats everywh e r e They were havi ng a good time. They were well aware of the fact th a t their officers wer e . away, enjoying them s e lves, and they thought that it was only fair t ha t they sho uld do the Hence the majority were drinking and carou s ing. "Oho, that is your ga me, i s it?" on e crie d w h e n Di c k bega n to stru gg l e and th e n t hey cuffe d hi m at a g r e at ra te D ick saw that his s t rugg l ing p l eased the r edcoa t s as i t gave the m an exc u s e to th u mp h im a r ound, an d t hi s was t h e reas on he ceased st ru gg l i n g so soon. I will hav e +.o give in for the prese nt," h e thought; "and I can kec.., m y eyes open for a c h ance to escap e late r on. Thre e or four of the r e dcoat s h e ld Di c k while the rest s te p ped asid e a nd convers e d in low tones.


l I I) 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS .AROUSED. Dick's ins tinct told him that troubl e was bre wing. The redcoats were ripe for any kind of mischief. Presently the conver sa tion c a m e to an end and the redcoats returned to where Dick and hi s four guards stood. Such were a few of the exclamations uttered by those within the barroom. "Oh, yes; he's a fine dancer!" was the reply. Then the redcoats hustled Dick across to the farther "Bring him along," said one, and the party, with Dick side of the barroom, and a table was hastily placed against in its midst, made its way up the st r e et. the wall. Pres ently they cail\ e to a saloon, w hi c h was down in a bas e m e nt. The redcoats entered, pulling Dick along with them. They were in a large room. It was a typical barroom of the period. Then the leader of the redcoat band pushed Dick townrd the table. "Step up there, my gay young he said, "and give us a specimen of your ability as an entertainer. If we like the specimen, we will order more; but if we don't like There was a bar at one s ide, and scattered about were it we'll-well, you will find out!" little tables, around which were heavy chairs. "Up with you!" came in a chorus from the crowd Perhaps a score of men were in the barroom. They were, in the main, redcoat s and were seated at the tables, drinking, talking, laughing and telling stories. The inmates stared whe n the party made lts appearance with Dick in its midst. "What have you there?" ask e d one man. "What have we here?" cri e d one of the members of the party which had captured Dick. "Behold, we bring one who is famed as an entertainer Gentlemen, this young man is a great speaker and singer, and he has agreed to entertain us. Prepare your selves to enjoy a treat." Dick understood. The words of the redcoat explained what they intended doing. They were going to have sport with the youth by making him sing, make speeches, etc. Dick set his teeth. I "The scoundrels!" he said to himself. "I'd like to fool them." He glanced around the barroom. There was a door at the rear. Of course, Dick did not know to what the door led, but he made up his mind to find out before permitting himself to be made furnish entertainment for a lot of half-drunken redcoats. He would watch and wait, however, and not make a break until sure that he had a good chance to succeed. The words of the redcoat excited the interest of the crowd. "What's that?" "You have a great entertainer there?" "Who is he?" "Where did you find him?" "Hurrah! Now we'll have some sport!" "Bring on your entertainer!" Can he dance as well as sing?" .All were on the qui vive now. They anticipated having some rare sport. They underfil;ood that Dick had been picked up on the street, and that it was all a farce, and they were eager for the fun to begin. Dick had not had anything to say, so far. He had kept quiet and studied his surroundings. He was determined not to allow himself to be made a laughing stock for the entertainment of the redcoats. He was figuring on the best way to make the attempt to escape. He decided that it would be best to throw the redcoats ' off their guard by making them think he as going to do just as they wished, and to this end, when the redcoats ordered him to mount the table, the youth obeyed. His action was greeted with cheers from the crowd. They were delighted and anticipated some rare sport. Just as Dick took his place on the table, the front door of the barroom opened and four redcoats entered. With them was a man in citizen's clothes, and Dick recognized him at a glance. He was Simon Snook, the villainous stepfather of Jesse and Jessie Winthrop. It wus evident that Snook recognized Dick, also, for he something to one of the redcoats, who looked at Dick and then cried out in a loud, excited voice: "That is a rebel spy! Watch him, men, or he will get away from you. He is a slippery fellow!" . OH.APTER VIII. DICK LE.ADS THE REDCOATS .A. CHASE The time had come for Dick to act. He did not dare delay an instant.


THE LIBERTY BOY.S AROUSED. 11 The redcoats who had captured him had thought him a harmless youth, but now if they discovered that they had captured a rebel spy, they would wish to keep him a prisoner, so as to earn the praise of their superior officers. As a cry of surprise went up from those within the barroom, Dick leaped down off the table and bounded to ward the door at the rear. A couple of the nearest redcoats leaped forward and tried intercept Dick. He knocked them down with two well-directed blows. A wild roar of rage went up from the crowd. The redcoats surged forward. Many drew their pistols. Dick reached the door and jerked it open. other's way, and several fell down w ere trampled on by the rest. They were not very s teady on their l e gs, anyway, account of the fact that they had been drinking more than was good for them. Dick was a spl e ndid runner, and as he had not been drinking, was at his best. He had no diffic ulty in drawing away from his pursuers. They soon realized that they were in a fair way to lose sight of the fugitive, and began a fusillade with their small arms. They might as well have saved their ammunition. Not one in twenty of the bullets went anywhere near Dick. He leaped through into the room beyond. He turned down the first street he came to and had gone "After him yelled one of the redcoats. "Don't let him but a few paces when he was brought to a sudden halt by escape!" There was the rush of many feet. Dick realized that he would have to do some lively work if he were to escape. The room into which he had leaped was small. a voice which sajd: "This way! Come in here!" A man stood in the doorway of a house near by; and it was he who had uttered the words. Dick leaped to the conclusion that the man was a friend, At the rear was a door. r..nd without pausing to think, sprang forward; and as the Dick judged that this door opened out into t h e back yard. man drew back into the hall of the house, Dick followed He hoped so, at least. Dick crossed the room almost at a single bound, and seizing the doorknob, pulled. The door came open just as the pursuing redcoats burst into the room. Out through the doorway leaped Dick. His judgment had been correct; he was in the back yard. He darted across the yard at the top of his speed. Out through the doorway came the redcoats, and they started after Dick, pell-mell "Stop! stop!" was yelled. "Stop, or we will fire!" "Fire, and be hanged to you!" murmured Dick. "If you think I am going to stop, you are badly fooled!" He ran with all his might. him. The man closed the door and bolted it. Then he brushed past Dick, saying, as he did so: "Follow me!" Dick obeyed, wondering what the adventure would term in. The hall was very dimly lighted, so dimly, in fact, that Dick could not see the features of the man. He would have to tak e thing s on trust, and wait to see whether or not he had fallen among friends. So long as there was only one man, Dick did not think th e re was occasion for alarm. He felt amply able to take care of himself. The man led the way along the hall and up a flight of He came to a fence, and leaped over it at a single bound stairs. As he did so, "Crack! crack! crack!" went the pistols. The upper hall was no b ette r lighted than t _he lower one. The redcoat s were running, and dia not try to take aim. The man led the way along this hall till he came almo s t It would have b e en almost a miracle had a bullet hit to the end of it; then he threw ope n a door and motion e d Dick. for Dick to enter. He had had a great d e al of experience in this s ort of Dick hes itated, but a glance into the room showed him thing, and knew the chan ces were not one in a hundred that it was empty, save for the furniture. that he would be hit. "Have no f e ar," s aid the man. "Enter!" He escaped, this time. Dick obeyed. Not a bullet struck him. He walked across the room and turned, just as a number He turned and ran down the alley. of candles blazed up into full flame, making it as light, After him came the redcoats. almost, as day. There were so many of the latter that they got in each As Dick turned a li t tl e cr y of amaz e m ent e s caped him.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS. AROUSED. The man stood with leveled pistols in his hands. The pistols covered pick. There was a demoniacal smile of triumph on the man's face as he said: "Curse you, Dick Slater! I have you in my power at last!" CHAPTER IX. .AN OLD-TIME ENEMY. "Maurice McMartin!" exclaimed Dick. "The same. I am glad to know that you recognize me." Nearly a year before, Dick, in order to the better play the role of a spy, had disguised himself a country youth "Yes." "That is what I wish to do." A sardonic smile appeared on McMartin's face. "You'll change your mind, presently,'' he said. "You think so?" asked Dick, calmly. "I am sure of it." Dick smiled, coldly. "You must intend doing somethint terrible." "Well-I'm going to have revenge on you for what J did a year ago." "Permit me to say, McMartin, that doesn't speak v1 well. for you," said Dick ; "our fight, then, was fair a square, wasn't it?" "Oh, yes, I suppose it was; but that doesn't matter. am going to have revenge, anyway." "Well, what are you going to do?" Dick was playing for time. and joined the British army. He did not intend to let McMartin have things all It happened that tliis fellow, Maurice McMartin, was a way, if he could help it. 1 member of the regiment to which Dick had been assigned. The first thing I am going to do is to draw your teetl McMartin was a bully, and had taken the first opporsaid McMartin. "In other words, I shall remove ye tunity to 1 pick a fuss with Dick. weapons. Kindly oblige me by raising your hands 0li< Of course, his thought was that he would have no diffi-your head." culty in doing as he pleased with the youth, but he had soon "Oh, that is what you wish me to do, is it?" learned his mistake. Dick had given him a good thrashing, and did it with ease. McMartin had then insisted that Dick should meet him "Yes; and you had better do it quickly, too!" McMartin shook the pistols, threateningly. "Oh, well, anything to oblige you." Dick raised his arms and held his hands above his he: with weapons. McMartin lowered the hammer of one of his pistols a To this Dick had agreed, and the result was that in the thrust the weapon baQk into his belt. encounter which took place, McMartin was severely wounded. He had sworn that he would have revenge. Then he advanced toward Dick. He advanced slowly and. cautiously. It was evident that he was suspicious of the youth. He had registered an oath to do so before learning that "Now don't try any tricks,'' he said, warningly; "I kn the youth who had vanquished him was Dick Slater, the you of old and am on my guard and if you make a famous patriot, scout and spy, and when he did learn this, motion toward attacking me I will shoot you with as lit he did not change his mind. compunction as if you were a dog." If the opportunity ever came he would be revenged upon Dick laughed in a scornful manner. the youth. "Bah! cMartin, if I were as timid as you are I do \ And now it looked as if the opportunity had come. believe I should attempt to get revenge on any one. Y He was alone with Dick, and with cocked and leveled must be badly frightened, for you are as pale as a ghos pistols in his hands, apparently had the youth at his mercy. "You lie!" hissed McMartin. "I am not frightened, r McMartin glared at Dick triumphantly. fl.ID I pale." The youth met the look, unflinchingly. "If you could see your face in a mirror, McMartin, y "Well," he said, "now that you have me here, what are would not say that," said Dick, with cutting sarcasm. y o u going to do?" Dick knew with whom he was dealing. "What am I going to do?" He remembered that McMartin was a hot-blooded f "Yes." low, quick to become angry, and his object was to anE 'You will soon find out." the redcoat, in which event it would be easier to catch h 'I will?" off his guard


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. 13 "Curse you!" hissed McMartin. "I have a good mind : o knock your head off He drew back his fist as he spoke. Unconsciously he let his other band, in which was the istol, drop almost to his side. This was Dick's opportunity. It was what he had been waiting for. Quick as a flash Dick seized McMartin's left wrist with s right hand, and with bis left he grasped the redcoat y the throat. It was done so quickly that McMartin was unable to ake a movement to prevent Dick from accomplishing bis urpose. McMartin began struggling violently, however. Too late he realized that he had been victimized. He understood now that it bad been Dick's intention all along to anger him and throw him off his guard. The knowledge made him furious. He was almost insane with rage. He fought like a demon. In struggling to free bis left arm, he pulled the trigger nd the pistol was discharg ed. In the small room the pistol shot sou nded almost like at of a cannon. "Open the door!" cried a voice. "What' s going on in there, McMartin ?" Of course, Dick made no reply. He was looking around for some means of escaping. There was another door at the side of the room, and Dick ha;tened to this and opened it. The room beyond looked like a sleeping-chamber. Dick unhesitatingly stepped through the doorway and pulled the door shut after him. As be did so there was a loud crashing sound. The redcoats had burst the door open and were rushing into the room just left by Dick. He had not escaped a moment too soon. He beard loud exclamations "Look there "McMartin is dead!" "He has committed suicide!" "How terrible!" "I wonder why he did it?" Such were a few of the exclamations. Dick did not wait to bear more The redcoats would soon learn that McMartin had not committed suicide. They would see that he bad been choked into insen si"Jove! I'm afraid that will bring some one to McMarbility, and knowing that he would not thus choke himself in's assistance," thought Dick He attacked McMartin more :fiercely than ever. He tightened bis grip on the redcoat's throat. He choked his opponent till the poor fellow's face turned lacli. McMartin gasped and gurgled. His struggles grew weaker and weaker. A few moments later and his legs gave way beneath him and he sank to the floor unconscious. At this instant Dick heard the sound of hurrying foot steps in the ball. "The redcoats are coming!" thought Dick, in dismay I feared the sound of that pistol shot would bring them Wliat shall I do ?" CHAPTER X. "REBEL NICK.." Dick gave one quick glance around him. Then he leap e d forw41rd and bolted the door. A moment later some one tried the k:riob. This was followed by a loud rapping on the door. they would make a search for the person who bad done the deed. Dick tiptoed the room and found another door. He opened this and discovered that, as he bad expected, it opened into the hall. He looked out. None of the redcoats were in sight. They were in the adjoining room, close at hand however. At any moment they might come back out in the hall. If Dick was to escape he must do it quickly. He stepped out into the hall and made his way along it as rapidly as possible. He walked on his tiptoes so as not to make any noise. He had just reached the head of the stairs when a couple of redcoats emerged from the room where McMartin had been found. They caught sight of Dick and gave to a loud yell. "Here he is!" cried one "This ,\ray, fellows! We must not let him escape!" He drew a pistol as be spoke, leveled it quickly, and fired. Dick had anticip a t e d thi s action, however, and was half way down tlie stairs when the redcoat fired. Of course, the bullet came nowhere near him. There was the ru s h of feet.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. The redcoats were coming in pursuit of Dick. The youth reached the bottom of the stairs, and, turning, sped along the hallway toward the rear of the building. Down the stairs clattered the redcoats. Dick remained where he was for a few minutes an pondered the situation. What should he do ? Would it be safe for him to venture back into the town Dick reached the rear end of the hall and tried the door. He feared that it would not. It was locked. After thinking the matter over he decided to push o-q The key was in the lock, however, and giving this a turn, into the country a ways and put up for the night at a farnl and jerking the door open, Dick leaped through the doorhouse. way. He proceeded to act upon this idea. He landed in the back yard, and, stumbling, fell. He made his way through the timber at a steady pace. I It was lucky for him that he did fall. He had walked nearly half an hour when he cought At this instant the redcoats fired a volley. of a light shining the trees ahead of him. I 'l'he bullets went over Dick, as he lay on the ground, but Dick soon came out into a clearing. I had he been erect he would have been riddled. "Now if I can get shelter here for the night I will It was a close shave. all right," thought Dick. Dick was on his feet again in an instant. He darted across the yard. The redcoats came pouring out of the house. They gave chase. Dick was such a wonderfully fleet runner, however, that his pursuers did not have much chance of overtaking him. They could only do so if something should hap pen to the fugitive. Dick ran onward across a vacant lot. After him, pell-mell, came the redco ats. They were yelling at a great rate. He advanced to the door of the cabin. He knocked on the door. "Who's thar ?" called out a voice. "A friend," replied Dick. "Whut 'do yo' want?" "I wish to stop with you over night." "How many 11:ir thar uv yer ?" "One." "Jes' one?" "That's all; I am alone." There was a fumbling at the door and Dick heard t This did not worry Dick, however. bar come down. He continued onward at his best speed. Then the door was opened suddenly and a man was He was soon out at the edge of the town. vealed standing in the doorway. He continued onward into the country. He held a pistol in his hand and peered out upon \ Di It was not very far to the timher, and Dick knew that if in a suspicious manner. he. got into the timber the redcoats could never overtake As soon as he saw that Dick was alone he stepped asi him. The ground was uneven and Dick fell once or twice, but was not injured and was up and going again in an instant. Soon he reached the timber, drew a breath of relief and slackened his speed. After penetrating into the timber a distance of twenty

THE LIBERTY BOYS .A.ROUSED. 15 He did not believe this man was a Tory. He did not look, act or talk like one. Still Dick knew it would be best to be cautious. He laughed and said : "Well, you see, I think it best to not say much about the matter. One never knows whom he may be talking to, you know, and he may get himself into trouble." "Thet's so; but I don' make no bones er bout sayin' whut I wanter All my nabors know ez how I'm er patriot ter t her core, an' w'ile they hev threatened whut they would do, they hain't never done nothin' yit. Thet 's ther reezon I wuz keerful ter fin' out how menny ther wuz along \lV yo' a fore I opened ther door I thort et mought be some uv m y Tory nabors." "Ah, I see." "Ef they sh'd come, I'd make et warm fur 'em!" "I don t doubt it," said Dick; "and so you are a patriot?" "Ya;;, I am thet !" "I'm glad to know it." The man looked at Dick, keenly "Yo' air?" he queried. "Yes. "Then yo' air er patriot, too?" "Since you have bee n so frank as to acknowledge that y o u are one, I will do the same I am a patriot "An' er sojer, too, I'll bet !" Dick nodded. "Yes, I am a soldier." "Frum Gineral Greene's army?" "Yes. "I thort so; an' whut air yo' doin' down beer?'' "Trying to find out what the redcoats are doing, or intend doing, so that General Greene may know what to do." "I see; yo' air er spy "Yes." "An' is yo' name Sam Harp, ez yo' said?" "No; my name is Slater-Dick Slater." "Whut !" T he man was excited know a man who has the courage to declare himself in these troublous times "My name is Nick Slane---'Rebel Nick,' mos' uv my nabors calls me." "I'm glad to know you, Mr. Slane." "Call me Nick." "Well, then, I am glad to know you, Nick." "Yo' bet I am gla d ter know yo', Dick!" Then Nick suddenly made a cautioning gesture. "Listen!" he half whispered. Both listened. The sound of footsteps could be plainly heard Then there came a knock on the door. CHAPTER XI. A NOVEL DISGUISE. The two looked at each other, inquiringly. Who could the men outside---for there was more than one---be? was the question which they asked thus mutely. Both maintained absolute silence. Presently there was another knock on the door, this tims louder than before. Nick Slane sat still and waited. A few moments later there was another lu1ock and a harsh voice called out : "Hello, in thar !-hello!" Nick leaned over and whispered to Dick: "I know thet voice. Et berlongs ter ther biggest scoun'rel this side uv sundown. He's er nabor uv mine, er Tory by ther name uv Mike Muggins ""rhen the men out there are Tories," said Dick. "They sartinly air, an' I guess ez how they hev come te:r giv' me er goin' over fur bein' er patriot." "Hello, in thar, I say roared the voice "Open thel.' door, Nick Slane! We wanter tork ter yo'." This was followed by a kick on the door. uw al, whut d'yo' want, Mike Muggins ?" asked Nick: "D'yo' mean ter say ez how yo' air Dick Slater?" he cried. "Oho, come ter life, hev yo'?" was the sneering reply. "I "Say, I've hr.erd tell uv yo' lots uv times!" tole yo' I wanted yo' ter open ther door. I hev somethin' Dick smiled. ter say ter yo'." "Have you?" "Yo' kin say et ez well with ther door shet ez open, Mike. "Yas; an' I'm glad ter know yo'. I am, fur er fack !" Muggins," was the reply; "out with et." He extended his hand, which Dick "But I wants ter see yo'." "Dick Slater, ther great scout an' spy 1-waal, waal !" "Waal, yo' kain't do et, an' thet's all thar is erbout et. The settler was evidently greatly surprised and pleased. Ef yo' wanter say ennythin' ter me, yo'll hev ter do et, "And now, tell me your name,'' said Dick "I wish to without seein' me."


16 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. "Yo' air er coward, Nick Slane!" "Yo' air er liar, Milre Muggins !" "Whut's thet D'yo' dar' ter call me er liar?" cried .M.uggins, evidently in a rage at being thus addressed "Thet's jes' whut yo' air, er liar, ef yo' say I'm er coward, Mike Muggins," said Nick; an ef et wuzn't thet yo' hev er g ang out thar, I'd come out an' giv' yo' ther worst th rashin yo' ever hed in all yo' life "Thar hain t no gang out heer." There was a few moments of silence ; and then, crash something came against the door. Dick and Nick leaped to their feet and drew pistols. "Let's give them a few shots through the door," said Dick. "All l'ight; heer we go!" Both leveled their pistols and fired. Crack crack The reports sounded almo st tog e th e r "'l'har is, an' I know et!" Then on the air rose a how l of pain. "Waa l, come out an' giv' me the t thrashin ', ennyway; I "We hit somebuddy I" said Nick, with an air of sa t is gi v y o m y w ord thet nobuddy'll do er thing ter he'p me." fa c tion. "Bah! Yo' word hain t no good, Mike Muggins Yo' "I hope it was Mike," said Dick. k a in t fool m e in e nny s ech way ez thet." The n he took hold of Nick 's a r m a nd pull e d him to o n e All right, ef yo' w anter hev et thet way; but yo' mought s ide, out of range of the door. e:ii w ell open ther door, fur ef y o d o n ', we a ir goin ter sm a s h e t down!" List e n ter me, Mik e M u gg in s," c alled out Nick: "Ef y o dar' ter break down ther door et ll be ther worst th i n g yo' eve r don in yo' life; fur I'll d o some s hoot i n an I'll sh oot t e r kill I" "Bah! whut kin yo', on y one man, do erg in' er duzzin ?" 1Yo' ll fin thet thar more than one man in heer, ef y o t r y enny tricks Mike Muggins. Ef yo' knoV(_when yo' air well off yo'll go right erway erbout yer bizness. "Yo air lyin ; thar hain't more than one in thar ." "Spee k t e r im, Dick said Nick, in a low tone; "he' ll see th et he i s mistaken, then "You are mi s t a ken if you think there is only one man i n here, friend Mike, s aid Dick, in a loud "there a re sever a l o f us, and if you try any tricks you will wish t hat you hadn't!" Dick's voice a nd manner of speaking were so diff e ren t from those of Nic k that the men outside could not help r ealizing that there was at least on e s tranger in the hou se. The two could hear a confused murmur of voices for a f e w mom e nts after Dick had s pok e n Eviden t l y the Torie s wer e d i s c u s sing the sit u ation. P rese n t l y t here was a thum p agai n st t h e door as i f some one h a d kic ke d it. He llo, h e ll o call e d the voice of Mugg i ns. Hello, yo' self!" r et or ted Nic k "Air yo' goi n ter o pe n ther door?" "I mos' s artinly hai n t ergoin ter do e nnythin uv t h er kin "Yo' d better " I g uess n ot "We' ll knock ther d o or dow n e f yo' don'." "Tr y et ; an' e f yo' d o we'll fill yo' fu ll u v lead! Angry e xclamations escaped t h e lips o f the Tor i es. "They will likely fir e a voll ey," he s aid. This proved to be just w hat they did do. There w a s a cra s hin g roar, being the sound m ade b y at least a dozen wea pon s A dozen bull e t s c ame c r ashing through the door. But for Dick 's foreth o u ght bot h might have been sev erely wounded, e".'en killed. As it was, they were not injure d a s t h e bull ets d i d not come anywhere near them. Dick and Nick had drawn each another pi s tol and now they leaped a round in front of th e door and fir e d thro u g h it again. Another how l w ent up, provin g t h a t one of the bulle ts had taken effect. And again the two leap e d a s ide, out of rang e A s before, they w e r e jus t in t i me. The Tories fired another volley. Of course, it did no dama g e Y o fellers hed better giv et up an g o hom e," call e d out Nick ; "yo' couldn't hurt us in e r week." There was a confused murmurin g out s ide, and p rese ntly a voice called out: "We re goin' now, N i c k S l a ne; but we' ll b e b e ba ck e r gin, one uv t hese n ig h ts a n then et ll g o hard with yo' "I'll be re ad y fur y o !" re plied N ick; "good-by Thet w uzn t Mik e's voice," he a dded, a f te r a moment; "so I guess we mu s' hev hit 'im on e u v t h e r t imes." I judge you are right," a greed Dick. They liste n e d and heard the foot s tep s of the T or ies as t hey moved away. "I guess th e y w o n t both e r u s enny more ter-n ight," s aid Nick; "so we mought ez well go ter bed." He a coup l e of blankets on the floor at one sid e o f the room and a s ked Dick how that would do. D ick s aid i t would do spl e ndidly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. 17 Nick bade Dick good-night, and went into the other ,room Dick blew out the light, and throwing himself down upon the blankets, was soon asleep. Next morning Dick made the acquaintance of Mrs. Slane, Nick's wife. She was a good-natured, lively, but philosophical woman, and said that she had known all that occurred during the The wagon was well :filled with vegetables and other pro duce, and Nick stopped near the centre of the town and began selling the stuff to the British soldiers, and others who wished to buy. Dick had posted Nick, and told him what questions to ask, and tlie man did his work well. Every time he sold something to a soldier he would ask en c ounter with the Tories _but had remained in her room, him something which was calcula t ed to elicit information a s she felt s ure that Nick a nd Di ck could more than hold He asked it in a jocular way, and th e redcoats, not su s th eir own. pe-cting that the supposed woma n s e ated besid e the farmer E f i t h e d b e n neces sa ry, I would hev come out an' was the noted patriot spy, Dick Sla t er answe red Nick's h e lped yo' fight, though!" she declared. questions freely An she would too, Dick!" affirmed Nick, proudly. Dick, as may be supposed m ade c a r e ful n ot e of every-A f ter breakfast Nick asked Dick what he intended doing. thing the redcoats said "I wish to enter Orangeburg, and try to secure some inBy the time the load of v egetable s a nd produce of all formation," was the reply; "but I hardly know whether to kinds had been disposed of, he had g a in e d a great dea l of. risk it or not If I could go into the place in disguise I valuable information w ould be all righ t but I have no di s guise." Just as they were about to s tart t o leave the town a part y "Me' n t her ole w oman air goin inter town, this mornip. ','' s a id Nick; "we air goin ter take er loa d uv garden truck in ter s ell ter t her s ojers. Yo' mought go erlong uv us, but I'm erfraid ther redcoats would be s'pi s hous uv yo'." Suddenly a n idea struck Dick. "Say, I hav e a s cheme !" he cried "Let me dres s up in one of your old dresses, Mrs. Slane, and go in your place!" "Ther very thing!" cried Nick slapping Dick on the shoulder. "Thet is jes ther thing an no mistake Molly of redcoats approached the wagon. They had been drinking and wer e singi ng a maudlin I chorus. "Hullo!" cried the leader of the pa rty, a s they paused at the side of the wagon. "What have you got to s ell old man?" "Nothin' now,'' repli e d Nick; "eve r'thi n' is s old out "Say, that's a shame We wanted som e e gg s and vege tables, didn t we, boys? a llers w'ars er sun-bunnit, an nobuddy kin see her face; His comrades, thus a ppealed to, s ai d t h at they want e d an' so they won' t diskiver the t et hain t Molly thft is with some eggs and vegetables very badly, inde ed. me." Moll y thought it -a good idea, a nd brought out an old dre s s and a sun-bonnet, and handed them to Dick. He retired to the other room and quickly donned the dres s over the top of his cloth es; then he put the bonnet on and went back into the other room. Both Mr. and Mrs. Slane com plimented Di ck, and said t h e disgui s e was perfect. They 'll never know et h ai n t ther o l e w oman!" decla r e d Nick. M r s Slane said the sa m e Half a n hou r late r seate d o n t h e seat of t h e r ic kety farm-wagon beside N i c k lookin g for a.11 t he w orld like M rs. Slane, Dick rode away in the di r eet ion of Ora ng e bur g CHAPTER XII. "Sorry, but I hevn't er thing left boys," s aid Nick, a nd he clucked fo his horse. "Hold on l" cried the leader of the redcoats. "I think you haven't treated us just right in this matter, and now to make things right y our wife mus t give each of u s a kiss!" "I'll ki s s nary a one uv yo' !" cried Dick imita t ing Mrs. Slane s voice as nearly as possible "Drive o n, Nick!" "Don t you do it, Nick!" cried the redeo a t. You are not goi ng till after your wife has giv e n ea ch of us a ki s s a nd maybe tliat will t e ach you not to sell a ll y our p r odu c e b e fore we get a chance a t i t, next t ime. I ll take the firs t kiss!" The redco at placed his foo t on t h e hu b of the w a gon and reache d up t o p ull t he su n-bonn et off Dick's head. The next i nstan t the r edcoat lay at full length on the gro und knocke d t li ere by a vigoroqs cuff from Dick's h an d THE REDCOATS ARE AMAZED. C ries of amazement went u p fro m the fellow's comrades. By wagon road it was about two miles to Orangeburg l T hi s was the most astonishing thing they had ever seen It took the one horse more than an hour to pull the I The idea of one of the soldiers of the king being knocked wagon to the town. down by a woman


18 THE LIBER.TY BOYS .AROUSED. It was indeed amazing. "Gre at Jupiter!" "What a hand the woman has I" "She is an Amazon, sure enough!" "I'll warrant Willard's ears will ring for a week I" S'uch w e r e a few of the exclamations indulged in. "Jes' yo' set thar, Nick, an' hol' ther hoss," he said, in a n authoritative tone of voice, .this heer fell e r needs er good lesson, an' I'm ergoin' ter giv' et ter 'im afore I goes e rway frum heer, then ther' won t be nobuddy want ter bother me no more arterward." Then Dick turned to the other redcoats. "Gid-d a p !" cried Mr. anxious to get away and "Will yo' stan' back an' not he'p .'im ?'1 she a s ked. avoid further trouble. "Of course we will stand ba ck !" was the chorus. "We But Willard leaped to his feet, and grasping the horse's won t do a thing, and iI Willard gets the worst of it we shall bit set t he animal back. not care." Then h e rus hed forward, shaking his fist at the supposed woman. "You s h e-fie nd he cried. '"If you :were a man I would give you the worst thrashing you ever had!" "Yo' kain t do et, even thougli I'm er woman!" cried the suppo s ed Mrs. Slane; "I kin whup yo' in er fa' r fight, an' I'll do e t, too, ef yo' bother us enny more!" "There's spunk for you!" cried one of the redcoats. /"By Jove! I believe she would give Willard a good tussle!" from another. Willard hardly knew what to think. He stared at Dick with underjaw dropped. "All right, then; I'll giv' this heer feller er good thrashin' !" Willard was scrambling to his feet, now, and all watched the scene with eager eyes. Perhaps no one was more interested than was Nick Slane. He was amused, and at the same time he was afraid the secret of Dick s identity might be discovered. As regarded the coming he had no fearsfor its outcome. He had heard of Dick Slater, and knew what h e could do; or, at least, he had that the youth was a won derful fighter with fists or with weapons. "You don't mean it?" he gasped. He believed the redcoat was going to get a good thras h"U v cours e I mean et; but I think thet yo' hed better ing. let -us go our way in peace. Why sh'd yo' pick er fuss with us? We'll be back with another load uv stuff, this arternoon, an' yo' kin git some eggs an' vegertables, then." The redcoat studied a few moments, and then he said: "I'll tell you what I'll do: If you will give me the kiss, I will let you go and will not bother you any more." "An' ef I won't do thet ?" "Then I'm going to take the kiss by force, if necessary!" "Yo' b etter not try et!" warned Dick. "Give me the kiss!" The redcoat's comrades hardly knew what to think. They had already seen that the supposed woman had a heavy hand, but they thought it hardly possiblethat she would be able to more than hold her own with the man in a real fight. Truth to tell, when he rose to his feet and rushed at the supposed woman, they felt ashamed of him. Their feelings soon changed to wonder, however, for to their amazement the supposed woman stood up Wil lard and gave him blow for blow. The redcoat placed his foot on the hub, once more. She warded off the redcoat s blows in a wonderful man" Keep erway !"warned Dick. ner, and finally knocked the fellow down with a terrific But the redcoat was angry, and was not to be kept from right-hancl blow over the heart. his purpo s e by threats. The blow rendered the redcoat unc on s cious, and with a He r e ach e d up and attempted to pull Dick's head down nod of the head and a wave of the hand, Dic k climb e d into within reach so that he might get the coveted kiss He got s omething other than what he was expecting, this time, for s uddenly Dick's fist shot out. It land e d fair between the redcoat's eyes. the wagon. "I guess yo' uns 'll let me erlone arter this," Dick said. "I guess you are right about that!" one of the redcoats r e plied, and th e y made no attempt to hinder Nick when He w e n t flying backward and struck the ground with a h e drove away. thump. It was seve ral minutes before the insensible man came E xclamatio n s of amazement escaped his comrades. lo, and when he realized that be had been thrashed, and This was a wonderful woman indeed! b y (as he supposed) a woman, he was nearly ready to die So they t hought, and they put their thoughts in words for shame. by m a kin g r e marks, as they had done before. He scrambled to his.feet and strode away, muttering to Dick n o w proceed e d to climb down out of the wagon. him s elf in a disgusted m anner.


THE I LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. 19 The others made their way back to their quarters, dis cussing the affair, and the story of how Willard had been thrashed by the woman was soon known throughout the camp. Everywhere Willard went he met with ridicule, and he felt like going off and committing suicide. When Dick and Nick were out of the town, both laughed heartily. "Thet's ther bes' joke I ever heerd tell uv !" laughed Nick. The boat was safe and righ.t where he had left it. "Good!" said Dick, in a tone of sa.tisfaction. "Now I am all right." Pulling the boat the shore, Dick stepped into it. As he di.d so, something squirmed under his feet and a wild yell rent the night air. Some one had been lying in the boat and Dick had steppe d upon him. Naturally, Dick was startled. 0 course, he could not tell whether the person was a "I guess that redcoat was a bit surprised," smiled Dick. friend or foe. "S'prised ?-he won"t never be able fur ter hol' up his Dick quickly made up his mind that the fellow was not a head in ther army erg'in. His comrades 'll make life er friend. misery fur \m." He found himself attacked fiercely. "I judge that you are right about that," agreed Dick, The man, whoever he was, seized Dick by the legs and who knew something about such matters. threw hiin. The two reached the cabin without further adventure, and when they had unhitched, put the horse in the stable and entered the cabin, Nick told his wife how she had thrashed a British soldier-by proxy. Mrll. Slane laughed heartily. She thought it a good joke. Dick went over the side of the boat, but was so elose to the shore that he struck on the ground and not in the water. The man followed up his advantage by leaping on top of Dick. He tried to get hold of Dick's throat, with the evident intention of throttling him. "An' I will ha ter fight ther redcoats whenever I go Dick, however, had no intention of permitting this. inter town, rum now on?" she asked. He struggled :fiercely and presently succeeded in turn" I hardly think so," said Dick; "I judge that there will ing his opponent and getting on top of him. not be any more who will wish to try conclusions with you." Dick now had the best of the struggle. Dick remained at the cabin the rest of the day, and He succeeded in getting hold of the fellow's throat. f!fter supper, bade Mr. and Mrs. Slane good-by, and took He was giving the man a good choking when he heard his departure. the sound of rushing feet and crackling underbrush. Somebody was coming. Indeed, Dick thought there must be several persons; judg ing by the noise made. CHAPTER XIII. That they were enemies, he did not doubt. He had no reason to expect that they would be friends. LEl!'T TO SWIM OR DROWN. He must get away before they reached the spot. Releasing his hold, Dick rose to his feet quickly., and leapDick had secured as much information as )le had exing into the boat, cut the painter and pushed off. pected to secure when he came to Orangeburg, and now he The fellow with whom Dick had just been struggling, was ready to return to the American encampment on the gasped and sputtered and then called out: hills of the Santee. "Thi.s way, ooys Hurry up or you won't catch him. Dick did not wish to ri sk going through Orangeburg, so He is maki ng off in the boat!" he made a 0wide detour and went around the town. Dick had seated himself, seize d the oars and was now He was headed for the point where he had left his boat rowing rapidly out into the lake. the night before. He heard excited voices on the shore which he had just Dick was a good woodsman so did not have much trouble left. in finding his way. "Jove! that was a close shave !" thought Dick. "UnIt took him more than two hours to reach the spot where doubtedly those fellows are redcoats. They found the boat he had left the boat. and expected to bag the owner when he put in an ap He had feared that he might not find the boat there, but pearance. his fears were groundless. "Well, if they had all been on hand when that fellow


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. grabbed me, they would undoubtedly have succeeded in m a king m e a pris oner Dick rowe d str a ight on out into the lake. Where the light w as, must be land. After t hinking the matter over, he deci ded that the light was prob a bly on an i s land, of which there w e re quite a He leisurely as he thought his enemies had no number in t he v i c inity. m e ans of following him. Onward he s w a m. He continued to hear the voices with considerable dis-It was no e a s y ta s k to force his w ay t hrough the water, t inctness, however, a nd presently he heard the splash of wearing clothing whi c h was soak e d full o f wat er. oars. It is quit e a d iffe rent matter to swim with clothe s on "Jovel the y have a boa t and are following m e !" thought from swimmin g without this encumbranc e Dick "I will have to row my best if I am to leave them Still Di c k had a gre a t deal of experience in thi s k i nd of behind." Dick bent to the oars and rowed swiftly for perhaps ten minutes. Then t he boat began to move sluggishly. Dick wondered what was the matter. It took all his strength on the oars to f01;ce the boat through t h e w a ter. Suddenly a thought struck Dick. He felt down in the bottom of the boat. It was a third full of w a ter. The boat h a d s prung a bad leak. Di c k did n o t b e lieve the boa t would stay on top of the w a t e r very muc h long e r, but he kept on rowing. Pres en t l y t h e b oat s ank and Dick was l eft to swim or dro w n. work, and w a s able to keep moving onward. Fifteen minutes of this kind of work, and Dick was close to the shor e of what was evidentl y an island. On the shore was a l ante rn, and the y ou t h could see m e n moving about. "Whoev e r the y are they are not friend s to m e," though t Dick, "so I -mus t be car e ful. I w ill swim farth e r a long the shore b e for e m a kin g a landing, a nd I can t h e n i n v e st i gate the g e ntlemen a t m y l e i s ure. Dick turne d an d swam s lowly and s il e ntly a l o ng,. par alle l with the shore. He proceeded a hundre d y a rd s o r so, a n d t h e n head e d in to the shore. He made a l a nd i n g, a nd waiti n g o nl y l o n g e nough t o wring the wate r out o f his clot hes as as h e c ould D ick mad e hi s way i n the d i recti o n of the point where the men b a d been seen. The y outh w a s soon close to the p lace where the me n wer e CHAPTER XIV. at work. It d i d not take him lon g to see what was g o i n g on DICK SECURE S ANOTHER BOAT. The men were p l acing articles in a boat which was pulled up o n t h e sand. D ick was a good swimm e r T hey wer e talking as t hey w orked. No one could lie more exp ert in the water t h a n was he. Di c k coul d u nderstan d w hat w a s said So h e ha d no fear o f drowning. "If t h e rebe l s can sen d s pies down h e r e we can go up Th e b oat conta i ning t h e purs uin g r e dcoa ts was n ot far t h e r e," said one; "it is a poor rule that won' t work both away, h o wever, and h e was i n s ome danger o f bein g discover e d a n d captured. 1 Dick struck o u t, goin g in a dir ect ion a t right an g les wit h tbe co]Jrse he had been goin g in the boat. He wis hed to get ou t of the line o f progress of the ot her boat. W ater is a good conduc tor of s ound a n d Dick could h ear the oars p l ain l y He could hear the voices of t h e r e d coats, too. ways. "Yo u are right," ag r eed another; "we will fight fir e with fire, a n d w ill beat t hem at their o w n game D ick under s tood it all. Some of the s e men wer e going embark in the boa t a nd c ross the l ake for the p u rpose of spying upon the patriots. They were going to make the boat their h e adquarters, a nd were stocking if with prov i s i ons, etc D ick began doing some_rapi d thinking. He swam stead ily o nward. If.he coul d manage to i n some way get the boat away P r esently he glanced a r o und in t h e direction he was from the r e dcoat s he would be d oing a double stroke of going. I work, for he would thus have the means of g etting back In the distance he saw a light. across t h e l a k e and would defeat the purpose of the r ed-Dick decided to swim toward the light. coats at th e same time,


THE LIBERTY BOYS .AROUSED. 21 3ut could he succeed in doing this? were four of the men, and this was rather large ls for even Dick Slater. fad hig weapons been in working order he would nC\t e had much fear regarding the result of the attempt his part, but his pistole, were soaked with water, and r.d not be of any use to him, save as missiles to shy at redcoats' heads. ;till Dick was determined to make the attempt to capl the boat if there was any chance at all of making a cess of the effort. discovered that the provisions were being carried m a cabin back in the woods. l uddenly Dick realized where he was. [e was on the island on which was the cabin of the aan, Simon Snook, the step-father of Jesse and Jessie f throp. t t was Snook's cabin that the provisions were being Fght from. hen one of the four men must be Snook. his made Dick tnore eager than ever to put his plan ugh to a successful issue. e would be glad to do anything to defeat the plans of scoundrels. resently Dick's chance came. l'wo of the four men went back to the cabin to get a load of provisions. r his left only two at the boat. 1 ick believed lie could put two men to flight. y taking them by surprise he might be able to succeed ightening them away, at least long enough for him to the boat off, leap in and row away. ick decided to make the attempt, at any rate. e suddenly rushed forward. is feet did not make much noise on account of the sand. e was. almost upon the two men before they knew any was coming. hey whirled when Dick was twenty feet distant, and he 0 a wild, blood-curdling yell and leaped toward them. he redcoats were startled. Come on, boys; we have them now!" shrieked Dick. e result was all that Dick could have desired. he redcoats, yielding to a sudden impulse, turned and He untied the painter, pushed the boat into the water, and leaping into the boat, seized the oars. The redcoats had already stopped and faced about. They suddenly realized that they had acted very fool-, ishly. They saw that there was only one person to contend with, and saw further that the one person had gotten into the boat and was starting to row away. They realized that they had been made the victims of a trick. They became very angry and their courage returned as if by magic. They came rushing back toward the point where the boat had rested. "Stop!" they yelled. "Stop, or we will fire!" Of course, Dick did not stop. He would have risked the fire from a regiment before he would have done so. Certainly the threat from two redcoats that they would fire had no effect. Dick kept on rowing. He rowed harder than ever, in fact. The redcoats kept their word. Crack crack CHAPTER XV. DICK ESCAPES. The redcoats had fired. One of the bullets whistled past Dick's ear. The other struck one of tqe oars and it out of the youth's hand. He grabbed it again, however, before it got out of reach. Then he went ahead, rowing at his best speed. The redcoats yelled to him to stop, and drawing their other pistols, fired again. The bullets went entirely wild, this time. The two redcoats who had gone to the cabin for the last loa. d of provisions came running back down to the shore, eager to learn what it was all about, and when they had learned, they were wild with rage. frightened were they that they gave utterance to yells They, too, drew their pistols and blazed away; but as ear. Dick was now out qf range of the light thrown out by ick lost no time. the lantern, they had to fire entirely by guess, and did e realized that the fright of the redcoats would be only no dam .age. orary. R e alizing th at t hey w e r e h e lpless, t h e red c oats danced


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. wildly about on the shore, and anathematized the unknown individual who had made off with their boat. Who could tlie fellow be? They asked this question of one another, and Simon Snook gave it as his belief that it was the spy who had been at his cabin the night before. "You must have been mistaken, Harding. anything." "I heard it, just the same!" was the reply, i n a dogg tone. "Whoever it was, has ceased rowing and is waitin for us to go on." This was the case, but the other redcoats in the boat di The others coincided with this view of the case. not seem to have much faith in their comrade's statement They were very angry, but could do nothing, for they "Go ahead with your rowing," ordered one; "we mus had no boat. get over to the island and see what that firing was about.' In fact, they were prisoners on the island until such Dick heard the sound of the oars, and then he, too time as some one should come with a boat and take them began rowing. off. Worst of all, their great spying expedition to the patriot camp had been nipped in the bud, so to speak. They would have to put it off indefinitely. They still had food and liquor left in the cabin, however, and t'hey made their way slowly to the cabin and sampled some of the liquor. Meanwhile, Dick rowed steadily onward. After rounding the west end of the island he headed toward the north. He had not gone far when he heard voices. He was as careful as he could be, for he knew th.e red coat who had said he had heard oars would be listening in tently, in the hope that he might again hear the soun and prove his words true. "There; I hear oars again!" suddenly cried a voice. Dick instantly ceased rowing. The other boat was not far away, but was invisible, a the night was quite dark. The redcoats ceased rowing. There was a silence of a minute or so, and then agai the redcoat who seemed to be in command said, growlingly He paused, and, resting on the oars, listened. "You didn't hear anything Row, men, and don't sto He heard voices plainly, and the sound of oars rattling till we reach the island." in the rowlocks. Dick knew what this meant. It was the boatload of redcoats who had pursued him from the mainland in the first place. They had given up the pursuit and were now headed toward the island, the firing of the pistols of the redcoats having attracted their attention, doubtless. At least this was the way Dick figured it. He must avoid this boat, if possible. At the present moment it was coming straight toward him. At least so he judged, from the sound. Dick began rowing very gently. He headed his boat in such a direction a s would take him out of the way of tlie approaching redcoats Suddenly Dick heard one of the redcoats cry out: "I hear oars One of Dick's oars made considerable noi se, the lock being too large, and it was impossible to keep from making noise in rowing. Dick instantly ceased rowing. All wa.S silence. The redcoat did not dare reply, and the sound of oar rattling in the locks was again heard. Feeling that he was safe in doing so, Dick began rowin He kept it up steadily, and when he coul9. no longer he ;,he sound of tlie redcoats' oars he bent to the work an rowed hard and fast. He knew that the other boat would soon reach the islan and feared that as soon as the inmates learned what ha occurred they might set out in pursuit of him. If they did do this, he never knew it, for he heard no more from them, and kept on his way undisturbed for more than an hour. 'rhen he paused and rested ten or fifteen minutes, afte which b,e continued on his way. Dick congratulated himself on his good luck. He had come out all right. He had secured considerable in the way of informatio and had escaped the redcoats, and was now in a fair way t get back to the patriot encampm ent i n s afety . He rowed w i t h strong strokes. Onward he went. He reached th e north shore of the lake at about thre The redcoats had ceased rowing, too, and were listening o'clock. for the sound their comrade said he had heard. He tied the boat, and, leaping a s hore, made his way t After a few moments another voice was heard: the patriot encampment and to his quarters and to bed.


THE LIBERTY BbYS AROUSED. 23 CHAPTER XVI. AN ENGAGEMENT. Immediately after breakfast, next morning, Dick went to the tent occupied by General Greene, and made his report. When General Greene had heard all, he complimented Dick on his work .. "You did well, indeed, Dick!" he said; "I think that I know just about what to expect from the British, now, and shall govern myself accordingly." "I am glad you are pleased, sir," said Dick, modestly. "I am more than pleased; I am delighted. I will say, Dick, that there are, indeed, few who would take the chances t hat you ta]{e, in order to secure information. You have b een of more benefit to the great cause than many a regi ment." Dick was emboldened to make a request which he had h ad in his mind for some time. He--and, in fact, all the "Liberty Boys"-was averse to remaining quietly in camp. The youths were young and enthusiastic, and they were n ever so happy as when out doing something. I He was aware that General <:Jreene intended remaining in camp for some time, in order to give the men time to r est, and he did not wish to be cooped up, doing nothing. He had made up his mind to ask the general to let liim t ake his company of "Liberty Boys" and go around and keep a watch on the redcoats. Dick made the request. General Greene hesitated, but :finally gave his permis sion. Dick thanked him, earnestly, and hastened away to tell the youths of his success. The "Liberty Boys" were delighted. They gave utterance to cheers and began making prepa rations to break camp at once. By noon they were ready, and immediately after dinner t hey rode away. Of course, they had to go the roundabout way, a distance of seventy miles. I They rode about thirty miles before dark, and then camped beside a stream. They were up bright and early next morning, and made such good time that they were as near Orangeburg as they thought it safe to venture by three o'clock. The "Liberty Boys" spent the rest of the afternoon look ing for a good place for a camp Dick wished to find a place that would serve as a sort of hiding place, or retreat, to which they might retire and feel reasonably safe. He succeeded in finding just the place, :finally. It was in a little horseshoe-shaped valley, halfway up the s idp of a timber-covered hill about three miles from Orange burg. The entrance to the valley, which was not more than a quarter of a mile in width, was a narrow defile, a hundred yards long. The defile was fifty feet deep and not more than ten feet wide. A small party could hold an army at bay, if the army should attempt to come through the defile. As they would likely be here for a month or more, Dick and his "Liberty Boys" proceeded to make themselves sure of living in comfort. They had brought axes along, and trees were chopped down and a couple of good-sized log houses were built. 'rhis, of course, took the youths a couple of days. When the work was completed, they felt that they were ready ior a campaign against the redcoats. Of course, there being only one hundred of them, while they would be in close proximity to the British army, they would have to be very careful and try to get at small parties of the redcoats. There would be foraging parties of the British, and it was for such parties that they would be on the watch. On the morning of the third day, after reaching tha vicinity of Orangeburg, the "Liberty Boys" mounted their horses and rode away to seek for the enemy. Dick left ten of the youths to keep watch over things at the camp. They did not encounter any redcoats that morning, so they secured some pr.ovisions at farmhouses, which were the homes of people who showed Tory tendencies, and re turned to camp. They ate dinner, wait e d an ho-qr, and, mounting, s tarted out again. They had gone about three miles, when, on rounding a b end in a road through the timber, they came face to face with a party of redcoats. It was quite a large party. It looked as if there were two hundred and fifty co three hundred of the redcoats. Dick's :first impulse was to order a charge. On E!econd thought, however, he decided not to do so. The redcoats were on foot and had muskets, and it would be a very serious matter to charge down upon two and fifty fixed bayonets.


LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. Dick was eager for a fight, but did not wish to do any thing rash. He did not wish to sacrifice the life of a "Liberty Boy" or a horse, if it_ could be avoided. So, instead of giving the order to charge, he gave the order to dismount. "Lead the horses into the timber and tie them I" he called out. "And then we will give the redcoats all the fight they want!" "Liberty Boys" came as near putting their words in practice as possible by downing a number of the representa \ tives of the king. It was indeed a fierce combat. It was as short as it W'as fierce The redcoats, notwithstanding the fact that the y out numbered the "Liberty Boys" nearly three to one, were bad ly whipped and they broke and fled back up the road at the top bf their speed. The "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to loud c heer s and A ringing cheer went up from the "Liberty Boys." They leaped to the ground and led their horses the timber and tied them. into pursued their enemies a little ways. Seeing that they were pursued, the redcoats took the 'rhen the youths took up position s behind tree s and timber and then Dick and his "Liberty Boy s returned to rocks and looked to their wea pons. where they had left their horses. The redcoats were hastening forward. They had seen that the force opposed to them was a comparatively small one and were eager to make the attack. A small stream was fl.owing between the two parties. The stream crossed the road at a point onl y a few yards distant from where the "Liberty Boys" were stationed. At tbe point where the s tream crossed the road was a bridge about ten feet wide and twenty feet long. As the redcoats came rushillg across the bridge, Dick gave the order and the "Liberty Boys" youred a withering fire into their midst. Then it was hand-to-hand, and the struggle was a d esperate one. CHAPTER XVII. STR I K I N G STR ONG BLO WS FOR LIBERTY. Dick and the Libert y Boys" fought with s u c h desperate recklec;sness. that t heir o ppon e n ts were a mazed a nd a ppalled. The first volley from the youth s' muskets had thrown the redcoat s int o disord e r a nd the c har g e of the youth s coming so promptly, a dded to their discomfiture . The redco a t s fir e d a v olley, b u t :fired s o w ildl y a s t o do s carcely any damage. In the ha n d-to hand combat, the "Libe r ty B oys" s peed i l y g ot the b etter of it. They clu bbed their muskets a nd laid a bout t hem i n s u c h a fierce mann e r tha t t h e r e d coats went down like te np i ns. Time a nd again the wild, thr ill i n g b attl e cry of the ' Lib e rty Boys" wen t up. "Down wit h the king Long live Lib e rty!" Each time the cry, "Down with the king!" went up, the Three of the "Liberty Boys" were seriously wounded and a dozen or more were slightly wounded, but not one had b e en killed. If" The redcoats had suffered more. Twelve had been killed, a score or more had bullet w ounds, whil e at lea s t :fifty had b e en mor e o r less damaged by blows from the butts of the "Liberty Boys muskets. Some of thei;e latter were jus t strugglin g to their feet as Dick and the "Liberty Boys" reached the spot where the combat had taken place, and to them Dick s aid: "The encounter is over and we will not bother you any mor e at' present. "You can go ahead and look afte r yod dead and wounded, but the next time we meet, look out for us." Tlie redcoats w ere evidently relieved . Doubtless they had expected tha t the y would be put to death The "Liberty Boys" got their hor ses out, a nd a f t er mak ing litters for the severely wounded, st a rted on their re turn to the camp. It was evening when they got there, and the wounded "Liberty Boys" were soon made c omfortable. Although seriously wounded, the brave fellow s had not made a single complaint during the trip to the camp. They did not seem to t h i nk of themselves a t all. Their thou ghts wer e o f th e vic tory whi ch they had s cored over their en e mies. D ic k who was reall y expe r t i n s u c h mat t e rs, he hav ing had a deal o f experie nce, exami n e d the wounds o f the Liberty Boy s and tol d each o n e of them that they would certainl y pull throu g h The yout h s had e very confidence in Dick, and as soon a s h e to ld them their woun d s were not fatal, and that t h e y would get well looks o f satisfaction and contentme n t ap pea r e d on their fa ces. Certainly, if tender care and good nursing would brin g


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. be youths around all right, they were sure of getting well, or the "Liberty Boys" were proverbially as gentle as omen in the care of their wounded comrad es. It had become a saying in the patriot army that unless he redcoats killed a "Liberty Boy'' stone dead, on the field f they would, sooner or later, have to meet him gain. Dick was very well with the result of the en ounter with the redcoats. burg and marched in the direction of the littl e which were the cabins occupied by the "Liber t y Boys.' If the redcoats thought to catch the "Liberty Boys" nap ping, however, they were destined to find that they had made a sad mistake. Dick Slater had been doing spy work himself, and knew what was going on in the redcoat camp. He had his scouts out constantly and knew the redcoats He considered that he and his "Liberty Boys" had were coming before they were within a mile of the "Liberty truck a strong blow for Liberty. Boys'" headquarters. Dick knew that from now on he would have to be on Dick knew how m any there were of the and is guard. although his "Libe rty Boys" would be outnumbered more The redcoats would be wild to get even for the severe than five to one, he did not have much fear regarding the andling which their men had had. result of the approaching combat. In order to guard against any possibility of a surprise, He believed that the "Liberty Boys" could hold the ick had sentinels posted throughout the night. The night passed quietly, and the next day the "Liberty oys" started out again. They did not encounter any redcoats that day. Neither did they the next. On the third day, however, they encountered a party of the redcpats, and there was another pitched battle. As in the former instance this was a decisive victory for the "Liberty Boys." narrow defile a regiment. Dick arranged" his men to his s atisfaction and then pa tiently awaited the coming of the enemy. Dick had sentinels posted at the outer end of the defile and he had instructed them to fire a shot as a signal the instant the redcoa.ts put in an appearance. Dick had prepared a surprise for the redcoats. 0In the defile, almost at the end, where it opened into the valley, the "Lill e rty Boys had pil e d up a lot of dry In this engagement two of the "Liberty Boys" were brush. led, and several were wounded; but the British suffered uch more, nearly a score of them being killed, and as any more wounded. The "I,iberty Boys" had struck another strong blow for 'berty. A few days later they had another pitched battle. Again the "Liberty Boys" were successful. The redcoats were now becoming greatly wrought up. It made them wild with rage to think that a small band f patriot soldiers could have quarters so near to their main campment and strike such blows. They vowed that they would hunt the "rebels" down and terminate them. It was a large pile, nearly filling the defile. It was Dick's intention to let a large numb e r of the redcoats enter the defile and then set fire to the brush. It would blaze up and by its light they would be en abled to shoot the redcoat s down. Suddenly as they crouched there, waiti:qg, there came the report of a musket. "The signal!" cried Dick. "The redcoats are close at hand!" A minute later, the two sentinels reached the spot where the "Liberty Boys" were and reported that the redcoats were coming up the defile. Dick waited until he heard the trampling of the redcoats' They sent out scouting parties in every direction. A number of these parties were struck by the "Liberty feet close at hand, and then he gave the signal to light the fire. oys" and practically exterminated. At last, however, the redcoats succeeded in learning here the little band of patriot soldiers had its hiding ce. They at once began making preparations for either cap ng or exterminating the "rebels" who had given them much trouble. When they had fi.nifuhed their plans they proceeded to t them into execution. A "Liberty Boy" was stationed beside the brush pil e and he quickly started the fire. A lot of dry leaves had been raked up and these blaze d up quickly, setting fire to the brush. In a few inoments the entire brush pile was blazin g fiercely. As Dick had expected, the burning brush pile illuminated the defile from one end to the other.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. defile was filled with The redcoats were so thoroughly whipped that they went l CHAPTER XVIII. JESSIE WINTHROP .A PRISONER. Instantly he gave the order to fire. The "Liberty Boys" opened fire on the enemy. First they fired a volley from their muskets, and then they brought their pistols into play. back to Orangeburg. They did not stop or return to try another attack. The "Liberty Boys" carried the wounded redcoats into I the camp and gave them such attention as was possible, and next morning they gave burial to the dead soldiers. Naturally, the youths were elated over their victory. They had don_e wonderful work, had struck some strong blows for Liberty, and were eager to strike more. They realized, howeve:r, that their position was one of great dll.nger. The British would be wild to get revenge, and would do everything in their power to the account with 'l'he "Liberty Boys" were great hands to use small arms. the "Liberty Boys." One reason for this was that they were often obliged to Dick knew this, and was on his guard. fight at close quarters, where pistols were effective. A week later Dick learned that General Greene and the The result was that they had come to carry, as a common patriot army was. advancing. thing, at least four pistols apiece. But now they had double that number. They made good use of them, too. They were so close to the enemy that their pistol shots would do a great deal of They fired volley after volley, and fairly mowed the redcoats down. It was terrible; the more so as the British could not fire in return with any effect, the "Liberty Boys" being up on the top of the walls of the ravine. Notwithstanding the fact that the outnumbered the "Liberty Boys" at least five to one, they were speedily getting the worst of it. Dick,' who was watching affairs with the eyes of a hawk, to the region. He made up his mind to charge the redcoats. Whe12 the pistols had all been emptied, he gave the order: "Charge!" Down the sides of the ravine dashed the "Liberty Boys." Their wild battle-cry went up. One of Dick's scouts had encountered a scout from the patriot army, and had learned that General Greene was going to advance upon Orangeburg and attack the British.! For the next day or two the "Liberty Boys" busied them-t in keeping the scouts and spies from the British1 1camp from finding out that the patriot army was advanc ing. They captured several spies, and drove two or three scout ing parties back into Orangeburg, but it was impossible1 to cover the ground so closely that no one could get; through, and a British spy got wind of the approach of the patriot force, and carried the news to Orangeburg. 1 The redcoats became alarmed at once. come ill, and gone back to England-decided to evacua and retire to a stronger position. At noon of the day the redcoats evacuated Orangebur Dick Slater mounted his horse and rode away toward t west. General Greene and the patriot army were half a da "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" march distant, yet, and Dick decided to go and call on They cheered wildly. young friends, Jesse and Jessie Winthrop, who were li s They were upon the redcoats with the resistless force ll.t a farmbouse three miles distant. of an avalanche. This on top of the surprise, and the rough handling which they had experienced, was too much for the redcoats. They broke and fled. It was Dick's intention to spend the afternoon there, then join General Greene's army when it came along. He was riding along at a gallop, when on rounding bend in the road-which at this point ran through hea They fairly tumbled over one another in their haste to timber-Dick suddenly came face to face with Si get out of the defile and away. Snook, the rascally step-father of Jesse and Jessie W It was an utter rout. throp. The "Liberty Boys" had triumphed. And with him, tied upon the back of another horse,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. 27' ssie Winthrop, the beautiful girl the ruffian had wanted r his wife. CHAPTER XIX. THE DEFEAT THAT WAS A VICTORY. Jessie Winthrop was a prisoner I Dick realized this fact upon the instant that he laid es on the pair. Simon Snook, the scoundrelly step-father of the girl, d not given up his intention of making the girl marry it seemed. But he would have to give it up, now. This was the thought that went through the mind of ick Slater. Quick as a flash he drew a pistol and leveled it at Snook. "Up with your hands, you scoundrel!" he cried. "Oh, save me I Save me!" cried Jessie. "I will save you 1" cried Dick. "And I will put a bullet rough you, Simon Snook, if you don't do what I tell you do!" Snook was desperate. He was more desperate than Dick had any idea of. Quick as a flash he slipped from his horse, and reach g up, he pulled Jessie off her horse. Crack! Dick had fired. He was a snap-shot, and he had fired at the hand holding the knife. It was a shot that could not have been successfully made once in a dozen times, but this time Dick was successful. The bullet struck Snook's hand, and, passing through it, knocked the knife flying. A wild yell of pain and terror escaped the lips of the wounded ruffian. He let go of the girl, and, leaping into the timber, fled at the top of his speed. Doubtless he thought he was hurt a great deal worse than he really was. Dick leaped forward and cut the rope binding the arms of the girl. The poor girl was almost ready to faint, now that the strain was removed and she knew she was safe. She quickly told her story. She had been down at a stream which ran near the house where she was staying, fishing, and Snook had surprised and made a prisoner of her. The ruffian had threatened to take her liie if she cried out, and so she had feared to do so. But for the meeting with Dick, Snook would undoubt edly h1:we succeeded in getting away in safety, and taking / Jessie with him. Dick told the girl he was on his way to see her and Then he started toward the timber at the side of the her brother, and he assisted her to mount, and mounting his ad. horse, and leading the one abandoned by Snook, he rode He kept the girl between himself and Dick, and used in the direction of the girl's home, Jessie riding beside r as a shield. "Let go of that girl!" cried Dick. "Stop, I say, or it ll be the worse for you!" Dick spurred his horse forward. Snook paused and stood at bay. Holding the girl firmly with his left arm, he drew an ly-looking knife with his right hand, and cried out: "Stop I Stop, or I will kill this girl, as sure as my name him and keeping up a lively conversation. She was very happy, seemingly, now that she had escaped from the man whom she hated and feared. Then, too, possibly the fact that she was in the company of the handsome youth who had come to the rescue of herself and brother once before may have had something to do with making her feei happy and lively. We leave that for our readers to decide. Simon Snook!" Half an hour later the two reached the house where Dick brought his horse to a stop and leaped to the J'essie and her brother had found a home. ound. The fact that the girl was missing had just been dis"Listen to me, Simon Snook," he said, in a hard, stern ne of voice, "if you injure a hair of that girl's head, I 1 have your life More, I will take you to the camp' of 'Liberty Boys,' and we will torture you-will put you to ath by inches!" advance another step, and the girl dies!" hissed ook. As he spoke he flourished the knife in the air. covered, and Mr. Wilford, the man of the house, and Jessie's brother Jesse were just starting out in search of Jessie. They were delighted to see the girl arrive in comprny with Dick, and when they heard the story of the abduction their anger knew no bounds. Jesse vowed that he would shoot his rascally step-father on sight.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED. Mrs. Wilford, who had learned to love the beautiful girl I have time to a thorough knowledge of with almost as strong affection as a mother feels for a position and its defenses before making an att' child, was delighted to see Jessie return in safety. J He 'Called upon Dick Slater to secure this i Dick was made a hero of, and praised till he blushed Dick did so. through his heavy coat of tan. I When all was in readiness, General Greene He spent a very enjoyable afternoon, and was almost attack. sorry when the head of the column of the advance guard of I Early in the morning of September 8th, the the patriot army put in an appearance at about half-past begun. five o'clock. The patriots attacked fiercely, and in the fir< The soldiers recognized Dick as they reached the house and saw him standing by the gate, and a wild cheer went up. "Three cheers for Dick Slater!" cried a soldier, and the cheers were given with a will. Dick waveu his hand in return, and Jessie, who stood besiae the youth, said, in a tone which vibrated with pride : "They all seem to love you When General Greene came along he greeted Dick, warmly. the battle the British were worsted. Their line was broken and they were driven field. Colonel Stuart, the British commander, succ rallying hls men, however, and they again forme utilizing a brick house and palisaded garden as a were enabled to hold their ground in the las the battle. Although the patriot soldiers fought despera could not drive the British back. He was delighted to meet his brave young scout and As a result of this, the battle of Eutaw Spr' spy, and was glad to learn that the "Liberty Boys" had down in history as a British victory; as, ho succeeded in dealing the redcoats some strong blows. British, the very next evening, beat a hasty r Dick introduced General Greene to Mr. and Mrs. Wil-were hotly pursued a distance of thirty miles ford, and to Jesse and Jessie, and they were greeted pleasand Lee, and Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys, antly by the patr,iot commander. dent that the battle was in reality a victory for / When Jesse learned that Dick was the captain of a com army. pany of youths of about his (Jesse's) age, he was eager This was the last real battle fought in Sou to join, and he was urged to do so by his siser. The British had been driven back into Ch When General Greene was ready to go on his way, with remained cooped up there till the end of the the army, Dick bade good-by to Mr. and Mrs. Wilford and General Greene had triumphed gloriously in Jessie Winthrop, and accompanied the general. Jesse Winthrop accompanied Dick. When the army went into cam,p, Dick and Jesse made their way to the little valley where the "Liberty Boys" had their headquarters. The "Liberty Boys" spent this night in their cabins in the valley, but were up bright and early next morning and joined the main army. About nine o'clock the patriot army marched into War rensburg only to find the British army gone. The redcoats had retreated toward Charleston, and the only thing to do was to follow them. 1 This General Greene did. Two days later General Greene and his army reached the vicinity of Eutaw Springs. :rt: was found that the British army had taken up their quarters at this point. The British occupied rather a strong position. Greene realized this fact, and waited, so as to able campaign and it may, with truth, be said been aided greatly by the "Liberty Boys," w s uch strong blows for Liberty. THE END. The next number ( 51) of "The Libert contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRI' BEATING 'J,'HE REDCOATS AT T GAME," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numberr are always in :print. If you cannot obtain newsdealer, send the price in money or p mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLIS SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will you order by return mail.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a. faithful account of tlie exciting adventures of a. brave ba.nd of American youths who were a.lwa.ys ready a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and Tories. The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats in Philadelphia. 3 The Liberty 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With washington at the Boys' Good Work; or, H elping General WashBrandywine. ington. 4 The" Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the Kii1g s Minions. 6 The Liberty Boys' D efia nce ; or, "Catch and Haug Us if Yon Can." 7 'l' h e Liberty Boys in D emand ; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by Britis h a nd Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host \Vithin The m se lv es. 10 The Liberty Boys; Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Hace With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threate n ed from All S ides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. lfl 'l.'he Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever S c h e me. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Manof-War. 18 'l'he Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs Redcoats 10 The Liberty Boys '.rrapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ridt-; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 '.rhe Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check. 32 The Liberty Boys Shadowe d ; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. 33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeeded 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the C lan g of the Bell." 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty's Cause. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won Ir. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, .rhe Plan That Won. 30 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, 'l.'aking Everything in Sight. 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare; or, Almost '!'rapped. 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 43 The Liberty Big Day ; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Hedcoats and Tories. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearar.ce of Dick Slater. 4H The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squee zing the Redcoats. 20 The. Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have B ee n. 21 'l'he Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; OL", Doing what They Set Out to Do. 48 The Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 23 on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the 49 The Liberty Boys in Toryville; or, Dick Slater's Fearful Risk. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Yictory ; or, Downing the R edcoat8 50 The Liberty Boy s Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Lib-and Tories erty. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, T a ken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever 'l'ric k ; 01-, Teac hin g the Redcoats a Thing or Two. For sale by an newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of 1wice, 5 cents per copy, by PBA!lK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, !lew =================================================================================================::=:==:: IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS ot our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdeal ers, they ca n be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and flli in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send the111 to by return mail POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAl{EN 'l'BE SAME AS ll10NEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... ................. : ........ 1901 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................................................... " PLUCK AND LUCK ............................................................... " SECRET SERVICE ........ ........................................ ., .. 1 . " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ......... f " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ........................... ; ................... : : : : : : : ...... Name .. 1 : Street and No ................. Town .......... State. . . ;" ............


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