The Liberty Boys' "push:" or Bound to get there

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The Liberty Boys' "push:" or Bound to get there
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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lVoUy-By Svb rcriplion $!.50 I'" """' E"lrtd cu Suond Clalll at th. Nw NEW YOR.K, JANUARY Zl, 1902. lowered Dick till his knee rested on the window-sill. window and made readv to enter the room.


I THE-LIBERTY BOYS OF A Weekly Magazine Containing S t ories of th e American Revoluti9n. Iss u ed Weekl!y-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter rtt the New York1 N. Y., P ost Office, February i, 1901. Entered according to Act ot Oon,qrcss, in the year 1902, in the office ot tn.e Lbrarian o t Oongress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 57. NEW YORK, JANUARY 31, 1902. Price 5 Cents CHAPTER I. fought, he kept crying out in fierce and exulting tones: "Take that !-and that! GEORGE GR.A.DY, THE AVENGER. ''Have at you, cowards, scoundrelly minions of a tyrant king! A bronzed and handsome young fellow of perhaps "Ha! I got you that time, you mt;trderer! twenty years was riding along the highway a few miles "Down with the king! from Savannah, Georgia, one beautiful afternoon in mid "Take that, with the compliments of George Grady! summer of the year 1779. This young man had clean"Ha! thus I revenge myself upon you and avenge tRe cut features, a firm chin, clear, blue-gray eyes, in which deaths of my father, mother, sister and brother!" shone frankness, honesty and honor. He was dressed in The newcomer heard these exclamations from the lone a rough suit of ordinary citizen's clothing, and if he was fighter as he approached, and wa the witness of some of armed-which was, no doubt, the case, since nobody went the most wonderful fighting he had ever seen. The man unarmed in those days-his weapons did not show. seemed to bear a charmed life The redcoats, uttering Doubtless they were hidden undern!'!ath the skirts of the wild cries and curses, tried to cut him down, but were coat. unable to do so. Those two terrible swords were always The youth was mounted upon a magnificent black interposed and then they would whistle and swi;;h through charger-an animal which showed that the finest Arabian Lhc air aml a trooper would fall from his horse or re blood flowed in his veins. That he was a thoroughbred ccive a disabling wound Still it was such an uneven was evident at a glance. One might have traveled many combat that the newcomer did not think it possible the miles without finding a horse the equal' of this one. o ne desperate man could whip the entire party of redThe horse was going along at an easy gallop when coats, and he decided to take a hand. Quick as a flash suddenJy as they rounded a bend in the road-which he drew two pistols and dashed forward at renewed speed. was here bordered on both sides by heavy timber-the "At them, Major!" he cried to the horse, and then, ih youthful rider came in full sight of a scene which sent a loud, thrilling voice, he cried: the blood flying thro:ugh his veins at race-horse speed. "Down with the king! Long live Liberty I" A hundred yards distant was a group of horsemen. As the thrilling war-cry of "The Li!:>erty Boys of '76H There were at least eleven of the horsemen, and ten of went up an answering shout came from the man with them were British soldiers -as was evidenced by their the two swords. brilliant sca r let uniforms. The other member of fhe "Glory, hallelujah!" he cried. "Reinforceme n ts are group was dressed in citizen's clothes at hand and not a redcoat fiend shall escape! At them, T he group was not standing still, h o wever, but was friend, and give it to the scoundrels. They m u rdered my in fierce and rapid action, and it took but a glance from parents, my sister and my brother and I have sworn to the youth mounted on the black charger to see that the be avenged bitterly upon them! 'At them, and do not one man, who was dressed like himself, was engaged in spare a single one of the dogs!" a most unequal combat with the British troopers. He "Down with the Icing!" the newcomer respo n ded, and had a sword in his right hand and also one in his left, then in quick succession he fired poth pisto ls. and he was wielding both weapons with marvelous swiftI Crack !-crack! ness a n d dexterity, and even as the newcomer appeared !I Although riding at full speed when he fired t he s hots on the scene he saw two of the redcoats fall from then w e re true, and two of the redcoats fell f r om t h ei r s a d horses, cleaved from chin to waist by the terrible strokes. I clles and the horses dashed away up the ro ad in As the strange and wonderful fighter, who was contend. the clircci i{)n of SaYannab. i n g sing l e -h ande d and alone with t h e party of redcoats, I All of the redcoats save three were no'Wi Clown, and the


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." three in question were seized with sudden, overpowering "Of course would say so," he said; "you would lie terror, and uttering wild yells of fright they urged their like a dog to save your worthless life. That is the way horses away, going up the road in the direction taken by with you redcoated fiends the riderless steeds. The lone fighter, who called himself "1-I-swear that !-that I never killed any w-women "George Grady," was not willing they should escape, how-or c-children !" ever, and he dashed after them, calling to his unknown At this moment the young man who had come to friend: "Come, friend Come; let us not permit a single Grady's assistance reached the and the latter turned dog of a to escape!" to him, and, with a smile, said: With a glance at the dead and wounded troopers lying "I thank youl young man, for coming to my assistance on the ground, the young man rode after Grady at full an'd for lending me your splendid horse. But for this speed. His magnificent black charger rapidly overtook animal," patting Major on the neck almost lovingly, "I the horse of the other and soon they were side by side. could not have overtaken these scoundrels; and that would The man, wild-eyed and hatless, turned his burning glance have been a disappointment, for I have sworn to kill every on the young stranger. redcoat that I can get within reach of with my trusty "Friend, if you are a friend of Liberty and have parents swords." and mayhap sisters and brothers of your own let me have 'l'he redcoat who had been spared looked at the man and the use of your horse for fifteen minutes, I beg of you. shuddered. Doubtless he wondered what kind of a man 1 see that he is a thoroughbred, a magnificent animal, he was who would attack ten British troopers singleand I want to overtake those cowardly hounds!" ha11dcd and alone. "Very well; I will exchange with you. It will take "You are entirely welcome to what little assistance Lut an instant. Stop as soon as you like and I will do either I or my horse rendered," was the pleasant reply; the same." "I will say that under ordinary circumstances I should The man brought his horse to a stop quickly and leaped have refused to let you have the horse to pursue fleeto the ground, the other doing likewis .e; then each reing enemy, but I heard you say that your parents and mounted, but on the other's horse, and then they darted your sister and brothe r had. been murdered by the red forward again. But the black charger rapidly left the coats, and when you asked mE' I could not refuse." other horse behind. The man urged him onward with The other bowed. "I understand your feelings in the cries of encouragement .and pattings on the neck, and the matter," was the reply; "it is natural that one who has fugitives w.ere being overtaken with rapidity. not the incentive that I have would not care to carry the Soon the man of such terrible valor was dose upon the thing to such an extreme, and would have been content three; then he reached them and swish, swish! went one to thrash the enemy and dispose of a goodly number of of the sword&-the other having been returned to the them; but with me, who have lost father, mother, sister scabbard-and two of the troopers fell to the ground, and brother at the hands the scoundrels it is im. dead, their heads being severed from their bodies. possible that I can be satisfied to stop as long a s there i "Halt!" roared Brady. "Halt and surrender, or die!" a redcoat in sight-and I would have killed you!" turn One wild glance the troc;>per gave the Nemesis at his ing fiercely upon the trembling trooper and shaking the side and brought his horse to a stop. point of Lhe sword in his very face, "were it not that I "I surrender!" he cried, tremblingly. ".Don't kill me!" wish to use you!" "Oho! you beg for mercy, do you?" was the fierce and "W-what d-do you w-want me to d-do ?" stammered the scornful reply of the man as he brought his horse to a hooper. stop and sat the animal, facing the frightened redcoat. "I wish you to carry a message from me to the com "Yes, yes; I beg for mercy! I surrender; don't kill me!" mandant at Savannah." "And what mercy did you fiends show to the defense"A message?" less women and children who were butchered by you "Yes; a message of defiance-a statement to the effect and the red fiends, the Cherokees, when you were march-that henceforth there is an avenger on the track of the ing through the country not long ago?" in the _vicinity of Savannah. I wish you to tell "Oh !-oh! 1-I-didn't kill any-any women and-Prevost, the hound who permitted the dastardly wo.rk of children George Grady laughed sneeringly and unbelievingly. the soldiers and their Indian allies, that a hundred-yes, five hundred British lives shall pay the forfeit for the


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 3 deaths of the parents, sister and brother of George Grady, Then he rode away in the direction of Savannah-and the Avenger! And I wish Y.ou to tell him that if ever if he fcJt any inclination to look back he overcame it, for I get him within reach of my sword, I will cut his head he never turned his head. from his shoulders at a single sweep of the blade-thus!" As soon as the trooper was gone George Grady and the man made a sweeping stroke in the air, the point his hand to the young man who had come to ills assistance of the weapon coming within an inch of the trooper's and said: nose and causing him to throw himself back with such suddenness and vigor as to almost fall off his horse. "I-I'll t-tell h-him !" he stammered, glarjng with eyes of terror upon the d ea dly, blood-stained weapon that had done such terrjble lrork among his comrades "See that you do !-and tell him that if ever I catch sight of him when he is in the midst of his solqiers, J "I thank you, sir, for your kindly assistance. I am your friend for life. I judge, from the war-cry to which you gave utterance as you attacked the redcoats back yonder, that you are, like myself, a patriot. Is it not so?" "It is, replied the young man as he took the other's hand and shook it heartily; "I am a patriot." "IV ill you be so kind as to tell me your name? I wish will cut himif I have to hew my way to him and to know whom I am to thank, and to whom I am in-am killed the n ext instant! Will you tell him that?" debted." "Y-yes, yes; I'll t-tell h-him!" "Yes, indeed; it will give me great pleasure to tell The trooper's face was white with fear, and he was you who I am, but you are not indebted to me in any trembling so his teeth chattered He stared at the fierce degree. I am always glad of an opportunity to strike a face of the terrible avenger as if fascinated, reminding blow at' the British, and, consequently, in behalf of the one of a bird gazing into the eyes of a snake under whose great cause of Liberty, so I am, if anything, indebted to You." spell it has come--only in this instance the snake was the redcoat and the bird wa" a giant eagle that had turned "No, no; not at all. It is the other way-but your the tables and thrown a spell of terror over the other. George Grady was silent a few moments, thinking, and then he looked ste rnly at the trooper and said: "What is your name ?" Haven." "Thomas Haven, eh ?" "Y sir.'' ''Well, Thomas Haven, I wish to tell you SOlJlething: I s hall remember your name, and I have your face in deli .bly s tamped on P1Y memory. If I were to meet you again, t e n years hence, I should recognize you; and I am going to tell you something. I spare your life now in order that you may carry my message to Preyost and to all your in Savannah. If you fail to tell them just what I have told you to tell them then I shall, at some future time, kill you "Y-yes; I understand. want me to, sir." Do you understand?" I-I'll t-tell just what you "Very well; see that you do. you may go---:-and don't look behind JOU, whatever you do; and don't stop till' you are in the city and at headquarters.'' -"I-I'll do just as you say, sir." "And look out for me in the future. If I meet you again outside the city I shall not spare you!" "T'll not come outside the city limits again soon if I can help it!" was the reply, in a tone which evidenced the speaker's complete sincerity. na111e, sir?" "My name is Dick Slater." George Grady uttered an exclamation "What!" he cried. "Do you say your name i s Dick Slater? Are you-surely you are not the great -scout, s py' and the captain of that wonderful band of fighters, 'The Liberty Boys of '76/ whom we have heard so much about?" Dick Slater, for it was indeed he, smiled and replied: "Y cs, I am the Dick Slater in question, though I hardl y think I can lay claim to being great in any respect." "Shake hands again!" cried "You are the one man of all other whom I most wished to see. Shake hands, Dick Slater I am indeed glad tu know you, and i hope our acquaintance will continue for many months and years." "I hope so, Mr. Grady, and-but look yonder Then; come a party of redcoats! We will have to look out for ourse lves 'l'he redcoats set up a wild yell as soon as their eyes fell upon the two. CHAPTER II. ANOTHER PARTY OF REDCOATS APPEARS. The redcoat whom George Grady had let go for thti pnrpose of using him as a message-bearer, rode onward to-


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." ward Savannah at a gallop. As he rode he was thinkinglhe real combat took place. He gave chase to us and thinking of the terrible avenger who had cut liown a killed the two when he caught up with us." number of the troopers and who threatened to have the 'He!'" almost thundered the captain, while the men lives of a hundred, yes, five hundred British soldiers in stared at Haven as if they thought him crazy. "What are payment for the lives of his parenb sister and brother. you talking about? Were there not ten of you?" "And I can't say that I ulame lum for feeling as he Ye:>; but there is only one now-and, thank goodness, does," thought the trooper, who was really not such a that one is myself!" bad fellow at heart; "I suppose I ,;hould .feel the same "I know; uul what do you mean by saying, 'he'? Of way if I were in his shoes-but, great Jove! I don't want to ever meet him again. Whish !-off will go my head if course, you cannot mean that the ten of you were prac tically annihilated by one man!" he gets in reach of me with those terrible swords of his. "Yoo, I do mean to say that very thillg! There was only Did any one ever see such a demon in a fight? Just to one man-that is, at first. Another fellow did come to think of it-a man with a big sword in each hand, cutting his assistance a little later and shot a couple of the boys. and slashing like mad Ugh! it makes me shudder when The others all fell at the hands of the one man, however." I think of it; and if I have my way I won't ever come in reach of George Griidy, the Avenger, again." The trooper had rounded the bend in the road by this time, and looking ahead he saw a body of horsemen ap proaching. "There come some more of the boys," he mut tered; "they will want we to go back with them, but I shall not do it. No, not for all the wealth of King George "One man! Good Jupiter, what do you mean? No one man could have done such a thing!" "This man did it." "Who and what was he, or is he, then, that he should be abla to do such a thing? Is he a mail-clad giant?" "No, there was no on him that I could see, but he had a sword in each hand, and--" would I venture back within reach of the sword of that "A sword in each hand?" demon rebel! I will tell them what has occurred, and "Yes; and he whirled them around and around, and cut then if they want to go on apd try to kill or capture and slashed so swiftly that it seemed almost as if there Grady, all right. I have business in Savannah : was a Eolid wall of sted around him. It was impossible As the lone redcoat and the party of troopers were to get close enough to damage him without getting dan riding toward each other, they were soon close together. gerously cut, and the boys who tried it suffered as a re When they met all came to a stop. sult, and two or three of them were split from the tops "HellQ, there, Haven!" called out the leader of the of their head to their waist-line, and one or two had their party, a man wearing the uniform of a captain. are the rest of the boys?" "Where heads cut off!" "Dead!" replied the trooper. The members of the party looked at Haven in amaze ment, and then at one another. Evidently they hardly knew what to think. "What's that you say?" presently cried Captain Ravencraft. "You are just fooling!" The trooper shook his head, sadly. "I wish I were only fooling!" he said. The troopers listen ed in open-mouthed horror and amaze ment, and exclamations of wonder escaped them "A regular demon "Fights with two swords !" "And he killed nine of the boys!" "I wouldn't have believed such a thing possible!" "But how comes it you were allowed to escape, Haven?" asked Captain Ravencraft. "I'll tell you how it happened," was the reply, and he proceeded to do so. Exclamations escaped the lips of all The captain's face sobered "You don't really mean to aR they listened, and when he had finished they looked at tell me that the boys are all dead?" he cried. one another blankly. Haven nodded. "I do mean to tell you that very thing. They are either dead or terribly wounded." "But where are they?" in excitement. "And how did it happen?" "An avenger, eh ?" said Captain Ravencraft, a grim look on his rather evil face; "'well, if I get within reach of him with my trusty sword in hand, I will agree to make him the late Mr. Grady, ex-Avenger, in a hurry!" Jr "Back llP the road here, half a mHe or so you will Haven shook his head dubiously. "Don't be too sure find two, with their heads cut clean off their shoulders; of it, captain," he said; "you can have no idea what a and a mile beyond you wi.ll find the restis where demon in battle he is until after have seen him,


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 5 unu you wi1l pardon me if I sa.y that I don't believe :,iuglc-hanued and alone. If we all go forward any far lhere is a man in the entire king's army that could stand ther he will flee, and I don't wish that to happen: His before him." days might as well be ended right here and now. Wait ''Bosh you are frightened, Haven. Just let me get a here and I will go forward and challenge him to mortal chance at him and I will show you that he is not such a combat." wonderful man. I should be very much astonished if I were to find my match as a swordsman among the American boors who know nothing of art." "He may not be so skilled in sword -play, Captain Ra but he is a mighty man with the sword, just "But remember what Haven said, captain," said one of the men; "don t you think it would be safer and better for us to charge them-you see there are two--and in that manner we may be able to get both of them." "Bah Haven was frightened half t& death. He isn't, the same, and it will go hard with the man that comes nor ever was, much of a warrior. I can settle this avenger within reach of his weapon, be he ever so fine a swordsman and not half try, and I am not going to risk his taking -but if you wish to put the matter to test just ride onflight and getting away from me. Stay here and see how ward around the bend as quickly as possible and you may nicely I will spit the rebel!" succeed in getting a chance at him. I left him and his Then he rode forward, alone, waving a white pocket companion there only a few minutes ago." handkerchief. "We will go at once!" cried the captain. 'Will you accompany us?" It so happened that this was done before Dick and George Grady had decided what course to pursue. They "Not I! I would not go within reach of his sword for were sitting quietly on their horses, watching the ap a thou s and pounds-apd, besides, I have a me..,sage to take proaching redcoats, when the party suddenly halted. The to General Prevost." two eyed the enemy critically. "All right; go on to the general with the message, "What are they up to now?" asked Dick, wonderingly. and tell him, from me, that I will bring him the head of "To some trick, y9u may be sure," was Grady's reply this boaster, this would-be avenger, when I return!" a his hand fondled the hilt of one of his swords; "trust "I'll tell him what you say, but if I were a betting the cowardly scoundrels for that!" man I would be willing to lay you a wager of ten to one that you do not bring back George Grady's head." "I don't see what better course they can pursue than to have come right onward at full speed as they were "You certainly have a high opinion of the rebel, Haven Joing and give chase to us, do you?" "I have met him!" was the sign ificant reply. "You "That is what I would have thought they would do." will entertain a much higher opinion of hi s abilities ere Just then Captain Ravencraft rode forward, leaving long, or I miss my guess." the rest behind, and as they saw the white bnndkerchief, "Bah! Forward, men!" Dick said: "A flag of truce. He wishes to talk to us." Then the party, which consisted of about twenty men, "Humph! so he does. I'd much rather fight him than dashed forward, while Haven, after a glance after them talk to him." over his shoulder, continued on his way. There was a fierceness in Gra\ly's look and tones which "I would give a pretty shilling to be a witness to the proved he meant what he said meeting between Grady and Captain Ra:vencraft, if they The two sat quietly in their saddles and waited till the do meet," he muttered; "but the avenger told me to go to redcoat was within twenty feet of them. Then RavenSavannah and take his message as quickly as possible, ancl to not look behind me, and I think I shall obey orders." Onward dashed the party of troopers. As they rod e craft brought his horse to a s top and looked from one to I the other of the two horsemen, inquiringly. "Which of you two fellow s is the one who calls himself around the bend in the road they came in sight of the George Grady, the Avenger?" he asked, in a sneering two horsemen in the road a quarter of a mile distant. They gave utterance to a shout and dashed forward, as bas been stated in the preceding chapter, but they bad and supercilious manner and tone. Instantly a glint of fire shot from the eyes of George Grady, and he spur red his horse a pace forward, at the gone but a short distance when Captain Ravencraft called same time drawing his sword and causing it to fairly a halt. swish through the air. He bad detected the sneer in the "Hold, men!" be said. "Yonder is that fellow Grady, other's tone and manner, and resented it. p n


. 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 'his voice ringing out clearly-so clearly, in fact, that "You will have that opportunity very soon," said the the troopers in the distance heard what he said and look-captain, with an attempt at dignified scorn; "and I warn ed at one another dubiously. "What will you have with you, Mr. Avenger, that your time has come. You will me?" never split the head of another one of the brave soldiers "I wis h to ask you a few questions, first, and then I of the good King. George!" shall have something to say to you," was the reply. "What are the questions?" Grady glared into the eyes of the redcoat captain in a to di s concert ihat gentleman considerably, despite his boasted nerve. There was something so fierce, so deadly and threatening withal that the Briton was slightly awed in spite of him .;elf. "The fiendish minions of a tyrant king, you mean!" Captain Ravencraft did not answer, but turned and } made a signal and one of the troopers rode forward and soon joined them. The captain spoke a few words to the trooper and then turned to Grady. "Shall we have it out on horseback or on foot?" he asked. "I met one of our men back yonder a ways and he "On foot," was the reply; "this is the horse of my wld me a very strange stqry-to the effect that a fellow friend, here, and I do not wish to run the risk of cau s calling himself 'George Grady, the Avenger,' had met ing him to be injured." him s elf and nine comrades and had killed nine of them. "Very well; it is immaterial to me. On foot it is!" ls it true?" B0th dismounted and then a moment later stood fac'' It is true!" was the prompt reply; "and before many ing each other in the middle of the road, sword in hand. l1ays have pa s sed I shall make it ninety-nine!" "Bah you will do nothing of the kind. Your career is des tined to come to an abrupt termination, Sir Avenger!" Then the captain's eyes fell upon the headless bodies of ihe two dead troopers, and a dark frown came over his iace. He pointed his finger at the headless trunks and a s ked: "Is that your work?" '' l"t is!" wae the prompt reply; "and I am eager to do more of it-for know you, cursed minion of a tyrant 'l'he next instant they were at it like fiends. CHAPTER III. .A FIERCE DUEL. Captain Ravencraft had intended to play with the inking, that my parents, si s ter and brother were murdered solent "rebel" as a cat would with a mou s6:,. for a few by y our redcoated fiends, and their blood i s calling aloud minutes, to torture him thus and then run him through for v e ngeance!" and put an end to him, but somehow h e did not put ''And you want more victims, do you?" almost hissed his plan into execution. The despised "rebel" attacked C aptain Ravencraft. him with such fury that he was forced to fight on the 'l'hat I do, you Briti s h hound!" There was a terrible defensive from the very first and he had to give ground, fire in the eyes of George Grady. again and again, to keep from being cut down by the "Very well; then if you are a brave man and not a terrible blade of his s till more terrible opponent. boas ting coward, you may have the opportunity which Dick. and the redcoat, who was s e conding the captain, you say you crave, for know you, Sir Avenger, that I watched the combat with eager interest. Neither of them have come here to challenge you to mortal combat!" had ever seen such a fier c e duel. They c ould not follow "I accept!" cried Grady, a look of savage joy illumining the movements of the leaping whirling s word s-their eyes his not unhandsome face. "I accept Shall we begin were not quick enough. How Captain Ravencraft man now? If so, defend yourself!" and he made if to ataged to defend himself against the sword of George Grad y tack the captain. for as long as he did was a mystery to the onlookers, and "Hold! Wait till I get one of my men to come forward indeed, if the truth were to be told, it was something of and act for me. You have a friend present to act for '1 mystery to the captal.n himself. He had never seen a you, and it is only right that I s hould have." weapon move through the air so rapidly and bewilderingly "Friend or no friend, it matters not. Call one of in all his experience, and he was a really good swordsman, quickly, and I will soon serve yon a s I have served too and had, in his time been pitted against some of some of your comrade s All I want i s to have at you, the best men in England. sword to sword, and man to man!" The strangest part of it, too, to the captain's way of


. ..... .l.: ....... THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 'l' thinking, was that the "rebel" was not an expert swordsFrom that moment the captain fought with the one man at all, but it was his wonderful quickness and strength object in view of embracing the first opportunity to make which amply made up for mere skill, aJld was so disconhis escape. He nothing of the disgrace which certing to his opponent that he scarcely knew what to do. would attach to him if he should take refuge in flight; Ravencraft hoped that George Grady would become indeed, he thought of nothing at all save that his life was weary after a few minutes and be forced to pause in the in great danger and he must save it. terrible attack, when he would be able to run the "rebel" Clash! clash! clash! The blades rang against each through; but he was destined to be disappointed. Grady other and the sparks flew. It was a terrible combat, and did not see.m to tire a particle-indeed, he seemed to gain Captain Ravancraft was forced gra,dually back until he strength as he went and to become more and more fierce caught sight of his horse out of the corner of his eye. A and terrible with each passing moment. He seemed to thrill went over him. If he could manage to mount he be able to read what was passing in the captain's mind, in getting away. for a grim smile appeared on his face and he said : But how was he to accomplish this? He knew that to "I-ra! my brave captain, why don't you cut me down? try to make such a move while attacked, would result in Why don'l; you end the days of the Avenger, as you said hi,; death. The rebel would cut him down before he you would do?" could get into the saddle. Then a thought struck him: "I will do it before this thing is ended," was the fierce Surely Grady weuld not cut him down when he was un reply. "Have patience, you shall not be armed, and he made up his mind to let himself be dis This last was bravado, and was intended to have some armed, and then while parleying to leap upon the back of effect toward breaking the nerve of the "rebel." the horse and fly. But George Grady laughed aloud. "I shall possess He put this plan into effect. Suddenly his sword went my soul in patience, hey?" he cried. "You mean that I shall flying-knocked out of the captain's hand by a stroke from tire myself out and then you will run me through-is not the blade of George Grady. He uttered a cry of simulated that what you mean and are thinking that you will do?" dismay. "Well, yes," was the sneering reply; "that is what I "Hold!" he exclaimed, as Grady' drew back as if to have in mind to do, to tell the truth. You certainly canstrike. "You will not strike an unarmed man?" not keep up the attack long, at this rate, and when you cried the other, fiercely; "but you shall not have become so tired that you can no longer wield the escape me This does not end the affair. I will raturn sword at such a rate, then shall I run Y

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." ture or kill this fiend! Hurry; he mu s t not be permitted "Death to the murderers of women and c hildr en!" to escape us!" roared Grady. In "the hands of the Ave nger wer e two The trooper who had acted as the captain 's second had s words, the horse being allowed fre e r e in and t h e next followed that worthy when he fled, and was bes ide him instant the horses of the p a triots c rash e d righi into the now. Had be not done so it is probable that Grady would party of r e dcoat s Then a wond e rful a thrilling scen e have put an end to him, for he was v e ry angry and gr e atly was enacted. The two sword s of Grad y's and Dick's on e c1isappointe d on acc ount of the mann e r in which the capweapon, cut and slashed and describ e d glittering circles tain had slipped through his fing e r s in the air, and redcoat aft e r r edcoa t dropp e d to the Dick saw that himself and companion were in great ground, dead or dying. Grady was abs olut e l y terrible in danger and he called out: "Quick; mount, Mr. Grady his fury, and 9-e cut the heads from the shoul

THE LIBERTY BO'YS' "PUSH." though treJulous with terror. "Oh, save me! from these terrible men!" Save me himself an avenger was a demon, eh, captain?" remarked another of the troopers, and Captain Ravencraft nodded CHAPTER IV. EXCITEMENT IN SAVANNAH. If ever there was an angry man when he ha d got ten over his fright sufficiently to be possessed by any other feeling, it was Captain Ravencraft when he realized that his party had been put to flight by the two "rebels." A glance over his shoulder showed him tbat the terrible Avenger was not pursuing them and his courage came back He called out for his men to stop, and they present ly obeyed, though they were. some little time in bringing their horses to a full stop. "Let us return and give chase to those scoundrels, men!" the captain cried. "Come along. Follow me!" He turned his horse's head in the opposite direction and rode back to the scene of the encounter, his men following rather reluctantly; but when they came to where their comrades lay, and found that two of the troopers were still alive, though severely wounded, and the captain made this an excuse to stop ap.d nbt try to pursue the two I' rebels," the men were satisfied They had had all they wanted of assent. "He 1s an incarnate fiend," the officer declared; "I never saw any one like him in my life, before." "And I hope I never shall again!" said another. All the rest nodded as if they felt the same way about it; which was, no doubt, the case. Half an hour later the man who had been sent for a spade returned, bringing the tool, and the men went to work at the side of the road and made an excavation large enpugh to hold the six dead bodies. When the work of burying their dead comrades was finished they sat down to await the coming of the ambulance. Two hours passed and then it arrived. The two wound. ed men were placed in the ambulance and the party set out for the city. When they came to the spot where the two redcoats lay, who had been killed by Grady when he pursued the three, of whom Haven had been one, a halt was called and the dead bodies were interred. "I had forgotten about these two poor fellows," said Captain Ravencraft; "otherwise we could have had this done an hour ago." This work done, they started onward again; and an hou r later arrived in Savannah. Their coming aroused great excitement and interest, and they were besieged by the soldiers who wished the story of the wonderful "rebel" the Avenger for that day. A man who fought with two who fought with two swords, and who styled himself an swords ; both of which whirled and swished like the flash Avenger. The men scattered, and the stories they told ing lightning, was not the kind of a man were look were sufficiently thrilling and startling, to say the least ing for. as they dilated upon everything, as is commonly the case. Captain Ravencraft called one man to his side and told Captain Ravencraft received a summons to appear be him to ride at once to Savannah and return with an am-for e General Prevost, the commandant, and he hastened bulance, to be used in conveying the wounded sol diers to t o p u t in an appearance at headquarters. The command the city, and then he senf another in search of a farm an t i greeted him somewhat eagerly, and asked him if the house where a spade could be borrowed, with which to dig st ories he had heard regarding a "demon rebel" were true. graves for the dead troopers. "I tpink they are all true, General Prevost," replied The man who was to go to Savannah rode away at a the captain; "I have met this in a hand to-hand gallop, glad of the opportunity to get out of the vicinity. combat, and although I am reputed as good a swordsman The other trooper went in search of a farmhouse. as there is in the army, I must confess that had I not had This man was gone but a few minutes whEm the sound recourse to strategy I should now be lying dead out in of firing was heard in the distance, to the northward; the the country, a victim of the prowess of this fiend." redcoats looked at one another inquiri n gly. "What is that?" asked one. "Those demons have encountered some m or e o f o u r boys, probably," replied another. "I pity the boys, then!" was the sig nifican t re ply, a n d all nodded as if agreeing with this view of the case. ''Haven was right when he said that fe llow calli n g "Tell me all about it!" cried Prevost, excitement. "Jove this matter must be looked into and the scound rel must be run down and put to death Why, do you know, he even had the audacity to send a threatening message to me!" "You don't mean it?" exclaimed the captain. "Yes; he sent word by Haven, whose life he spared v;


10 THE LIBERTY BO Y S "PUSH. f or the purpose,' that I must look out for myself; and that i h e hould see me and I were in t h e midst of my men, he woul d hew his way to me and c u t me down if he were t o be ki lled the next instant." the British soldiers, 1ras soon k nown from o n e end o f the city to the other. The redcoats and Tories listened aghast, but there were some patriots who were pleased to hear that the troopers had been handled so severely. Of course, "He'll do it, too, general P' exclaimed the captain. "Why, they could not put their feelings into words save among he is a demon! He fights with a sword in each hand, and the few whom they knew to be true to the cause of Liberty, fears nothing." but they with thei:je few and gave utterance to "Tell me all about him, anrl your encounter 1rith him.'1 their pleasure. 'rhe officer did so, and when the general learned that It was known also that Prevost was going to send out George Grady, the Avenger, had with the aEs istance of parties in search of George Grady, the Avenger, for the one other, killed fifteen and woumlecl two of the king's purpose of killing or capturing him, and while the redcoats soldiers, his anger knew no and Tories rejoiced at the news, the patriots hoped that the "He must be hunted down and killed as if he were a brave man would succeed in making his escape. mad clog!" the general cried. ''Why, he threatens that the There was one household in Savannah the newslives of five hundred British s oldiers shall pay the for secured .in this indirect manner-of the death of the par-feit for the lives of his parents, sister and brother! Just think of that !-and from the way he is starting out it looks as if he might make his threat good unless a quietus is put to him at once." ents, sister and brother of George Grady, was received with / sorrow and grief unspeakable. This was in the home of Milton Sloan. He was a strong patriot, but was shrewd enough to keep this fact to himself save in the case of "Oh, he will create considerable havoc, at any rate;" the few whom he knew to be true patriots. Mr. and Mrs. said th(;l captain. Sloan were life-long friends of :Mr. and 1\frs. Grady the "But I will put a stop to his career as an avenger! parents of George; and Lizzie Sloan, the eighteen-year-old I shall send out parties at once with instructions to search daughter was like a sister to Alice Grady, and was often till they find him and then kill him without mercy!" at her home, visiting, and Alice was in the city to visit "That is certainly the thing to do!" agreed Captain Lizzie frequently. It been only two weeks since Alice Ravencraft. was there, and the news that she, in common with her "And you, captain, shall have charge of one of the declared the general. "Then I shall ask that you let me have at least fifty men, sir.'' ''Fifty?". "Yes, fifty." "You must have a great opinion of the man's prowess, captain!" There was a slight sneer in the tone. "So would you have if you had met him as I have," was the impassive reply. "If you will take my advice you parents and brother Tom, were dead, came upon them lilfe a thunderbolt from a clear sky. Lizzie sobbed as if # her heart would break. Oh, mother, father, isn't it terrible!" she sobbed. "To think that they are dead and that we will never see any of them again! Oh, those awful-those terrible redcoats!" "Perhaps the. Indians that were with Prevost did the terrib1e work," said 1\frs. Sloan; a we heard that the Cherokees were along and committed some terrible deeds of that kind, you kn,ow.'' will send out no parties made up of fewer than fifty men." "No, it must have been the redcoats; else why would "Very well; just as you say. But I cannot conceive George be after them for vengeance? He must know that that a man lives who could .successfully contend agai nst a the redcoats did it.'' dozen British soldiers." "Well, this is no ordinary man. He is a demo n and is the equal of a pozen ordinary rebel soldiers-at least, that is the way it seems to me. Anyway, to make assur ance doubly sure, it will be well to sen d o u t parties so large t hat he will not dare attack them." "He might be mistaken, Lizzie.'' . "I'll warrant you he isn't," said Mr. Sloan; "George is a fellow who generally knows what he is about, and I will wager that he has knowledge of the facts." "I am sure of it, father," said Lizzie; "and I am g l ad he has killed some of the redcoats, and I hope he w ill live "I will do so since you think it best; and I will send to do what he has threatened to do.'' them out at once.'' "I fear he ":0n't, thougli," said Mr. Sloan, soberly; "you The story of the wonderful man who had taken the role know the British are going to go out in search of him, in of Avenger, and had done such terri b l e execution among parties of fifty, and he w ill be hu nted like a fox.''


.......... .l. THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 11 "Oh, father!" exclaimed Lizzie, her face paling. "II I and the girl began making hasty preparations for her those parties are sent out right away, and George knows trip. The preparations !''ere soon ma

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." her pass, and then Lizzie turned and called out to the officer: "I challenge you to a .race, Captain Ravencraft !" Then she urged Selim forward the noble animal darted forward at a wonderful pace., A curse escaped the lips of the doughty captain as he heard the girl's words and saw her action. CHAPTER V. DJCK SLATER AND GEORGE GRADY TO THE RESCUE. Dick Slater and Georlie Grady were not the men to turn a deaf ear to the cry ol' distress from any one and much "Blast it!" he cried, "I can't catch up with her and she less would they do so when the one in trouble was a weak knows it. 1'liat horse of hers. is a thoroughbred, while and helpless maiden . this one is a clumsy beast of common farm-yard style. "The cowardly scoundrels!" grated George. "They However, I'll give her a chase, anyway. Perhaps the horse nrc up to some more of their devilish work against helpmay not have staying qualities, after all." So the captain put spurs to his charger and thundered up the road in pursuit of the girl, watched by the sentinel, less women and children!" "Charge!" cried Dick, in a loild, ringing voice. They had reloaded 'their pistols while riding along the who grinned and muttered: "I don't think you'll ride with rond and now they drew the weapons; and as they charged that girl to-day, captain." tlown upon the band of startled and amazed redcoats they The sentinel's prognosticatio-; proved to be correct. The fired the four shots in rapid succession. captain was rapidly left behind in the race, and seeing that Three redcoats went down, the three stricken by the bulhe had no chance to overtake the girl if she continued at lets being on the outer edge of the party as the two bad the speed she was going, he called out to her : "Enough! I acknowledge defeat! Stop and wait for me!" Lizzie heard, but she did not heed. She did not let on that she heard, but smiling in a satisfied way, she kept right on going at the swift pace which was carrying her away from the man she detested and whom she wished to get rid of as quickly as possible. Onward she rode, like the wind, and presently seeing that the girl had no intention of waiting for him, Captain Ravencraft brought his horse to a stop and giving utterance to a cun;e of anger and disappointment, turned the animal's head in the other direction and rode back toward Savannah. "Didn't you catch her, Captain Ravencraft ?" asked the sentinel, with a stolid face but laughing in his slee"Ve. been careful to aim there for fear they might hit the girl. 'rhrusting the pistols back into their belts the two patriots drew their swords and in an instant were among the redcoats and laying about them with desperate energy and fury. It had all happened so quickly that the troopers hardly knew what was going on till after f9ur or five of their number had gone down, and then they were so frightened by the terrible fury of their opponents that they did not offer to fight, but took refuge in fiight. They rode like mad in the direction ()f Savannah, and, leaving Dick to look after the girl, George. Grady rode after the fugitives. He overtook and cut down two of the frightened troopers, but the others were mounted on horses at least the cq ual of his own, and he could not 9vertake them; as soon as he became convinced of this he turned his horse and rode back to where Dick and the girl were waiting for him. The girl had been tied in the saddle and her arms were "No, curse the luck!" was the reply; "it would almost tied behind her back, but Dick quickly cut her bonds and look as if she did not wish my company-though that is freed her. She glanced down upon the dead bodies of the absurd, for when is there any girl who would refuse the redcoats and shuddered, and then looked after the flee-company of a king's officer?" "Perhaps her horse was running aw1iy with her, cap tain," suggested the sentinel, with a covert grin "Such a thing is probable," and the captain rode onward. "1 rather think the girl didn't want to ride with you, ing troopers and the man in pursuit. "Goodness!" she gasped, as she saw Grady's sword de scribe a circle through the air and sever the head of one of the redcoats from the body. "Oh, what a terrible man your friend is !-see! he bas cut off the head of anothar Captain Ravencraft," muttered the tine] ; "certainly of the redcoats!" if she knew you as well as I do she wouldn't wish to do so." "He haf' had provocation, and there is ample excuse rrhen he resumed the work of pacing backward and for him. miss." said Dick, quietly; "the. redcoats murdered forward on his beat. his parents, sister and brother, and he has to be


'rHE <[ifBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 13 avenged and to have a hundred lives for the lives of those rescue. She gave him her hand and looking into his eyes whoJ?he loved. Do you blame him? I cannot." with a great sympathy shining there, said: "Mr. Slater has "No, no! Murdered his parents, siste r and brother, you told me about-about-your terrible misfortune in losing say? Oh, that is terrible!" your parents and sister and brother. I-I am so-so "Yes, indeed, it is terrible to think of, miss." sorry.!" Her voice trembled and the tears came into her "And there is no knowing what might have been my Leautiful eyes. George was moved, and liis voice trembled own fate if you two brave gentlemen had not rescued somewhat as he said: me," murmured the girl. "No. I cannot blame him for "Thank you, Miss Mumford It is, indeed, terrible, as killing as many of the redcoats as he can. Poor, poor you say-terrible to lose all of one's loved ones at a single fellow!" fell sweep But I shall make the scoundrels pay dearly "What is your name, miss, if I may ask, and where do for it!" in fierceness. "For the lives of my loved you live?" ones I shall have the lives of a hundred, yes, five hundred "My name is Ethel Mumford, and I live about two miles of the redcoated fiends! I have sworn it, and I have made from here, up the side road." a good beginning; and before many days have passed the "How came you to be captured by the redcoats, 1vliss British shall have cause to tremble when they hear George Mumford?" Grady, the Avenger, mentioned!" ai was at home alone--save for a couple of negro servHe broke off suddenly, however, with a deprecating ants-father and mother having gone to the home of a smile and gesture. "But it does no good to harrow your neighbor to spend the day, and those dreadful redcoats feelings with talk like that," he said; "nor is this a pleascame, ana, after taking a few articles of 'Value that could ant sight for you," motioning toward the dead bodies of be easily carried, they made a prisoner of me; and when the troopers "You had better return to your home at they got ready to leave, brought me along with them. I once. Dick, will you accompany her?" protested, but it did no good. They only laughed at me." "Certainly," was the youth's reply; "but what will you ''The scoundrels do, George? Where will I find you again?" "That is certainly what they are, .sir; and now, if you "Here, or near this spot, Dick. I shall remain in this will be so kind,' I would like to know to whom I am invicinity and keep a lookout for small parties of redcoats debted for my rescue?" and strike them a blow whenever I get the "My name is Slater, Miss Mumford-Dick Slater, "Very w()ll; I will accompany Miss Mumford to her and--" home and then rejoin you here." "Oh !" interrupted the girl, her beautiful eyes shining "Thank you!" said Ethel, smiling upon Dick. She eagerly; "are you the great Dick Slater, the patriot scout, made no objection to his accompanying her, although it spy a:!:ld captain of 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' of whom we was only about two miles to her home she could have have heard so much?" gone there alone, very well. The truth was, she had "I am the Dick Slater you speak of, miss, but," with taken a liking to the handsome young "Liberty Boy," and 1 smile, "I cannot say that I am in any way great. My wished him to go with her. "I thank you both, most heart companion's name is George Grady, and he lives not far ily and sincerely for what you have done for me; and from here, as I understand it." now, good-by, Mr. Grady," giving him her hand. "I hope "I have heard of the Gradys," said Ethel; "they lived that we shall meet again." on the mairi road leading from Charleston to Savannah." "I trust that wo may do so," replied George, and then "You are right, I think; and that is how it happened Ethel and Dick rode away, leaving the Avenger to keep that his folks were murdered. General Prevost seems to watch for more redcoats. encourage his men in their cruelties and atrocities." Onward the two rode, talking to each other with as "Yes; and there were a lot of those horrid, murderous much freedom as if they had been friends for years. Dick Cherokee Indians with his army, too, so I have heard thought his companion most charming, and if he had father say, and they killed and scalped almost without known the truth, Ethel was trying to make him think just hindrance." that very thing. There was really nothing of the coquette George Grady reached the where they were, at this about the girl, ho,Yever; she was a good, sweet, tender moment, and Dick introduced him to Ethel Mumford, hearted maiden, had taken a sudden, strong liking who thanked him earnestly and pleasantly for aiding in her to the handsome "Liberty Boy.'' .t


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." It did not take them long to reach Ethel's home, and Ethel, with a look of entreaty. "I-that is, we wish just as they reached the gate in front of the house a man chance to thank :you for what you have done for us, don and woman were coming out of the front door. They we, father and mother?" were evidently-greatly excited and were listening to the "Yes, indeed:!" in unison. ''Mr. Slater must promise t. excited utterance s and explanations of a couple of colored come and see us and spend some time at our home. w servants, a man and a woman. really cannot take 'no' an answer!" the la s t from MrE "There are father and mother!" cried Ethel, "and they Mumford. have just learned that I was kidnapped by the redcoat s I "Thank you," said Dick; "if I can possibly make it i J will call to them and put their fears to rest." Then she my way to come I shall do so. Good-by!" and leapin i lifted up her voice and called out : ii:tto thE saddle he rode away. He had gone scarcely mor "Father! Mother Here I am, safe and sound. Therethan three-quarter s of a mile when he was startled by a : is nothing to worry about!" apparition which came forth from among the trees at th The two whirled around, and, as their eyes fell upon road s ide and approached him. The apparition was 'tha the girl, cries of joy and relief escaped their lips. "Ethel, my daughter!" exclaimed her mother. "Thank Gpd, you are safe!" cried her father. Then both came running out to the road and reached of a girl, seemingly about eighteen years of age--though i was impossible to make a close guess as to this on accoun of the fact that her face was almost covered with bloo which had streamed down over it from a cut in the scalE there just as Ethel was lifted down by Dick, who had The b lood was dry, now, however, but the face-what co quickly leaped to the gro1md. next instant the girl be seen of it-was white as paper and the girl staggere was in the arms of her mother, who hugged anQ. kissed her, from side to side as she advanced. She was evidentl and shed happy tears over her. 'rhen Ethe l gave her very weak-almost fainting, in fact. father a good hug and some kisses, after which she in troduced Dick and told about her rescue from the British by Dick and his friend, George Grady. The father and mother of the girl shook Dick's hand heartily and thanked him, again and again, for what he had done, and, at the suggestion of Ethel, pressed him to remain to supper with them-as it was now growing well along toward the latter portion of the afternoon. Dick begged to be excused, however; he said he must return to hiR comrade, George Grady. "I am afraid he may get into serious trouble," he said "Oh, sir !-kind sir, save me!" the girl cried, in hysterical voiet:J, holding out her hands toward Die "Save me, oh, save me from those fiends!" CHAPTER VI. THE MAIDEN. Dick 's heart went out in sympathy for the poor gi to Ethel; "he is not afraid of anything, you know, and who, it w'as plain to be seen, had suffered so terribly if he gets sight of a party of redcoats I am afraid he will no very distant time as to almost unseat her reason; an attack them, no matter how many there may be of them.'' stopping his horse he leaped to the ground-jwilt in tin "And lose his life!" said Ethel. "That would be terto catch the girl in his arms, her strength seeming rible !" and then she told her parents the story of the suddenly give out. She certainly would have fallen murder of the parents, sister and brother of George Grady, lw had not caught her, and although she was not unco1 and of the oath which the young man had taken to be scious she lay in his arms, trembling and as weak, almo avenged. as an infant. "You will save m e from them, won't yo "Poor, poor fellow!" said Mrs. Mumford, sad ly; "what kind sir?" she asked, looking up into his eyes, beseec a terrible blow!" ingly; and then she threw her arms around his neck a "That was terrible, sure!" agreed Mr. Mumford. "I looking wi2dly around her, cried, in a low, tense voio knew Mr. Grady-had a speaking acquaintance with him, while there was a look of terror in her eyes : "They a but did not know any of the other members of his family. coming! Don t you hear them? Oh, let us flee at once It is too bad, too bad "Yes, indeed, it is a sad case, said Dick; "and now I 'l'l'ill bid you good-by and return to my friend." we will be murdered!" She tried to free herself, panting like a startled faw: but Dick held her gently but :firmly, and spoke reassurin "But you will return again-soon, Mr. Slater?" asked ; to her.


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 15 "They are not coming," he said, soothi ngly; 'you are and her in his arms he gave Major the word to safe now. I will take care of you and they shall not turn around, which the intelligent animal once did. you." "Oh, but I see them!" wildly. "They are all around us and they are murdering everybody! Ah, my poor mother! my poor father !-and rom They have killed ) ou all-they have killed you, killed you!" Then at a word from his master the horse made hi.s way back along. the road, going. at a walk. ren minutes later they arrived at the Mumford home, and Ethel, who was looking out of the window, saw them and came running out of the house and down to the gate. 'rhe girl struggled to free herself, a wild light of terror "Oh, Mr. Slater !-Dick; is it really you?" she cried, in and sorrow in her eyes, but Dick held her firmly and delight. "But who is that you have there, and where did to her gently and soothingly. A sudden, wonderful you find ?" in a tone of amazement, and, if the truth :>uspicion took possession of his Could it be posmust be known, a little tinge of jealousy. that lhis poor girl was George Grady's sister? : Dick "I don't know who she is, Miss Mumford," replied Dick; hoped that such might be the case since she was not, and then he lifted the girl t<> the ground and leaped down ::eemingly, seriously The nervous shock had himself. been worse than the wound, though that had unThen he quickly told the story of his meeting with the doubtedly rendered her insensible for the time being. He wounded girl, and the sympathies of Ethel were enlisted at had not learned from George when it was that his folks han been murdered, nor how he knew all had been killed. once, and. she threw her arm around the strange girl's waist and helped support her as they walked toward the "'H e may have. gone to his home, found them lying, house. all dead, and rode away without ascertaining that one might be alive,'' thought Dick; "and in that case il is possible that this is his sister-alive. Ah, I hope so, for it will be a wonderful thing for him and do him a world of good." Dick asked the girl her name, but 1she either did not understand him or could not ren1ember, for she looked puzzled and then shook her head. "Poor girl!" thought Dick; mind is tempodrily '"rhe poor dear!" murmured Ethel. "How she has suf fered Just look at the terrible wound in her scalp!" "It is painful but not serious, I think," said Dick, who had had a great deal of experience in judging wounds. "It is the shock to her nervous system that has caused the most damage." "Do you think she will get it, Mr. Slater?" "I think so; when she has had good care and been where it is quiet for a while. I certainly hope so." deranged by the terrible scene which she saw and parin. But what shall be clone with her?" Ethel gave him a quick glance. "So do I!" she said, Then a thought struck him and he exclaimed: "Just heartily; "d

16 THE 'LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." -and how sue:h might have been your fate too:Ethel, but for Mr. Slater and hi s brave comrade, lllr. Gratly." "True, mother," agreed Ethel. Then they conducted the strange girl to Ethel's room and water anp. bandages were brought. The wound was washed out and Dick made an examination, watched eagerly and anxiously by Mrs. Mumford and Ethel. "ns no need of it. Onward they went, and had gone --t'rcral milco; 1rhen sudden ly a man stepped out from among the trees at one side of the road and called her by name. A g lad cry escaped her and she reined up her horse in sta ntly and leaped to the ground. "Oh, Georg e is it really you?" Lizzie cried, as she l eape d into the outstretched arms of George it "It is not 3:. serio u s wounu," Dick announced, presently; wa indeed he. "I am so glad to 'See you, George, but I "I will bind it up and I think it will be well in a week or :.1.m so-so sorry-to know that-that--" so. The nervous shock is where the trouble comes in; but "I know what you would say, darling!" said George, I rather think that with quiet and good care she will be as he bent over and the trembling lips and gazed all right again, sooneror later, and quite herself again.'' down inio.the beautiful eyes; "I know you are sorry to "Oh, I hope so!" exclaimed Ethel; "she is such a looking girl!" know that my beloved father, mother, sister and brother have been murdered by the redcoated fiends; and I will tell . And, indeed, Ethel was ri ght. Now that the blood was you somethi n g, little sweetheart: But for the remembrance washed off her face it could be seen that she was a Yery of you and your love f

THE TJIBERTY BOYS' PUSH." t-errible fear in her tones. "You must not try to fight them -promise me that you will not !" "How many men will be in each party, Lizzie--did you learn that?" the young man asked "Fifty; so I eard." assisl nmc I think I would not have been so in routmg the redcoats." "Oh, I hqpe he will remain with you, George!" It was indeed Dick Slater, who was returning from the home of the .i\Iumfords. He caught sight of George and the girl while yet quite a ways off, and rode forward at a That is quite a number for one man to contend with," in a musing tone; "but-" "Oh, George, it would be suicide!" in affrighted tones. "Yon must not think of s uch a thing as offering to fight them. You must promise me that you will do your best to avoid them, 'yon't you?" lt was impossible to withstand s uch pleading, and George made the girl happy by saying that h e would not attack a party of such s ize, voluntarily. "If I can get one of the parties split up into three. or four, however, I shall make it warm for them!" he said, grimly, his eyes flashing. "You must be careful, George," said the girl; and then she went on: "Why not l et the matter rest as it now stands? You have, so I have been informed, killed a score of redcoats since the--the terrible happening; why not l et it go, now, and rest satisfied?" "'What! rest satisfied when only a score of the fiends have been killed?" the young man cried. "0 h, no I could not think of doing that, Lizzie--not eve11 for your much as I love you. The blood of my loved ones milling aloud for vengeance, and not a sing le one fewer than one hundred lives shall pay the forfeit for theirs! I have sworn it, Lizzie, and I shall keep my oath." A sad look came over the g irl' s face. She saw that it wocld do no good to try to persuade her lover out of his notion and set herself to work to do the next best a promise from him that he would be as careful as ana not do anything \:ash or reckless. They talked for' a long time-just long they had no idea, for they took no account of time-and then Lizzie suddenly exclaimed: "Yonder comes some one!" George looked up the road. A s ingle horseman was approaching, and after a glance the young man said: ''That is my friend, Dick Slater, the noted patriot, scout and spy." And then he told how they had rescued Ethel M u mford from the redcoats and how Dick had the young lady home. "Oh, is it indeed the famous patriot spy of whom we have heard so much?" exclaimed Lizzie. "The young man who is the captain of a company of youths known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" "It is indeed he, Lizzie; and he is as brave a lion and more terrible than one whe n in battle. But for his gallop. George introduced his sweetheart to Dick as soon as the latter had reached them, and the youth was shrewd enough to understand matters at a glance. The blushing face of the girl was. as good as a signboard, while even George blushed somewhat "A sweetheart, eh ?" thought Dick. "I am glad of that; for it will give h.iin something to live for-and now, if it should be that the unfortunate girl whom 1 found on the road and took to the home of the Mum fords is his sister, then he will likely be all right." While thinking thus, Dick was acknowledging the in troduction and sizing up the girl. "She is a good, sweet O'irl or I'm no Jud()'e" he said to himself; "she will make b 0' George a good wife." "Oh, Mr. Slater, I am so glad to know you!" exclaimed Lizzie, giving him her hand. "I have heard many won derful stm :ies regarding you and yom band of Boys,' and have often wished that I might see and know you." "The pleasme is mine," said Dick, pleasantly. "I am glad to know one who is a friend of the great cause." After some further conversation George exp lained the errand which had brought Lizzie there "She was my darling sister's dearest :l'riend," he said; "and so, .when she learned that a number of parties were to _be sent out in search of me, she decided to take the risk of coming and warning me." "That is all right, George," said Dick, with a smi le and a glance at the blushing face of the girl; "I guess she is a very dear friend of yours, too-but mind," as the other flushed up, "I am glad that you have information of the coming lssurc the girl that be would do his best to make George b e careful and not let him take any unnecessary risb. 'Then Dick, in as calm and careful a manner as posRible, told George of having found a wounded girl on the road leading toward the Mumford home, and bow he hacl taken the girl there and left her; and then he asked the other


18 THE LIBERTY BOYR' 11PUSH." what sort of girl his sister was. The young man 1 ace lighted up as she saw that Dick had returned. E . had listened to the youth's story with great and increasbastened to introduce his companions and then saic ing excitemc11t., and he now cried out that he believed the ":M:r. Grady thinks it quite possible that the young lac girl was Lizzie, too, was greatly and whom I brought here a short time ago is his sister; may \1 she quickly gave a vivid word description of Alice Grady, go and see her? How has she been-quiet?" George's sister. "Oh, yes, yes, indeed! Oh, I hope she is his "It is possible-.mind you, I say 'possible'-that the murmured Ethel. "Just come righbalong and I will sho girl is George's sister," said Dick, cautiously; "your de you to the room. She is where she was when you wei Miss Sloan, agrees with the looks o this girl." away, Mr. Slater." "Oh, I am almost t>ure it is sister!'' cried George, In the hall they met Mrs. Mumford, and pansed Ion his eyes shining with excitement. "I did not stop to inenongh to greet her and explain their presence, when th( vestigate when I reached home and found them-lying continued on and were soon in the roo ;m. The instant tl 'there-on the ground, silent and motionless; but suppos-eyes of George Grady and Lizzie Sloan fell up'on the fa< ing they were dead I turned and rode away at full speed, of the girl, they gave utterance to a cry of joy, in unis01 mad 'vith pain and anger, and anxious, thinking only of and sprang to her side. meeting some of the fiends who had done the awful deed. "It is Alice!" was their exclamation, and the next m< So you see it is possible that Alice was not dead but only ment Lizzie was kissing the girl and crying for joy, whi unconscious." George was rubbing her forehead and hair in a caressin "Yes; it is possibl{)," agreed Dick; "and I hope that it. is manner. the case." "Oh, it seems too good to be true!" murmm;ed Lizzi "Oh, I hope it is Alice!" breathed Lizzie. 'Won't it be and then a sad look appeared on her face as saw tl grand if it is indeed she! Oh, George, let me go to the home of those kind people and see whether or not it is she!" Yacant look in the girl's eyes. r "Do you suppo e she will eYer regain her right mind: Lizzie asked Dick in an aside. George glanced up, noted that it was getting along to"I think so," the youth replied; "her system has r 'Yard evening, and hesitated. "I am afraid it will make ceived a severe nervous shock, and when she recovers fro you till after dark getting back to Savannah," he said. that I think she will be entirely rational." '"l'hat matter," the girl hastened to say; "I know "Oh, I hope so-T pray so! Poor dear Alice! Ho the way and have been out till after nightfall many times. she has suffered!" My folks won't begin to feel a bout me until ten George did not say much, but it was evident that tl or o'clock. Let me go with you, George!" 1 knowledge that his sister was alive was very pleasing 'rhe yoJmg man could not withstand the pleading of his I him; yet at the same time there was a sober look on h sweetheart, and he s aid: "Very well, you may go along, face, a grim, thoughtful look which boded ill for tl with us, but yqu mu st let m,e accompany you back close redcoats who had mlirdered hi and brother ar i.o Savannah." given his sister such a shock as to unhinge her mind. It was the girl's turn to hesitate. "I am afraid we He askeci if sister might be allowed to remain the might encounter a .Party of the redcoats who in search for a while, and Mrs. Mumford hastened to assure hi of you," she said. that the girl was welcome to make their Jlouse her bon "Oh, we can keep a sharp lookout for and I will for as long a time as she cared to remain. \ have time enough to slip into the timber out 6 sight be-''Very well," said George; "you are ''ery kind, in dee fore they c.ould get clo e enough to know there was any one and I thank you. I may leave her here for some tim with you." as I know of no place to take her. Of course, I shall pi "Very well, George. Come; let us be going at once." you for taking care of her." The three mounted and set out. When they reached "Indeed you will not!" declared the good-heartt the road 1rhieli led tOII'ard the home of the Mumfords they \I' oman; "you and llfr. Slater saved my daughter fro inrned up it. and continned onward at a gallop. Ten being carried away by redcoats and we shsll be on minutes later thc.1 \\'l'l'e at the farmhouse, and, alighting, too glad to, in a measure, repay you by doing what hastened to the can for your sister.'' 'l'hey were met at the door by Ethel Mumford, whose "Oh, if she could only be brought to our house, Gemge


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 19 exclaimed Lizzie. "I insist that you allow her to be concealed, and George estimated that there must be at brought there at the earliest possible moment." least fprty or fifty in the party. The members were laugh Thank you, Lizzie," said George; "I )rill allo w her to ing and talking, and their words, which could be heard and be take n to your home as soon as she becomes rational." understood, apprised the listeners of the fact that this "Don't be in a hurry to take her away," said Mrs. was one of the partie s which had been sent out by General 11umford; "she is more than welcome to remain here as Prevost to search for George Grady, the Avenger. long as she likes." 'I'he itroopers were \rhat they would do when they indeed," said Ethel. found the man for wh;m they were seaTching, and it was After some further talk, George and Lizzie took their ail George could do to keep from charging out upon em tleparture, Dick having allowed himself to be persuaded and giving them a ; aste of his quality The chances are to remain at the Mumford home and take supper there that he "'auld have done so had it not been for the presence J\lrs. Mumford had tried to get George and Lizzie to reof his sweetheart, whose safety he would not jeopardize. main to supper, but they declined, as it would be late, any "Wait," he s aid to himself, "you will get a chance at way, hy the time Lizzie got back to Savannah. me before many hours have passed, you cowardly mur' Although they had claimed to be in considerable of a derers! And then we will see whether or not you will do hurry, they rode slowly, and it was dark by the time they those things which you are boasting that you will do!" reached the main road. As they turned into the road and The redcoats rode onward, in blissful unconsciousness of headed toward Savannah a shiver went oyer Lizzie's form tlieir proximity to the man for whom they were searching, and she said, in a voice which trembled: "Oh, I am so' and when they were at a safe distance, George and Lizzie afraid wr; will meet some of those redcoats, George!" emerged from among the trees and rode onward down the "Oh, I hardly think we will, Lizzie," said George, reroad in the direction of Savannah. assuringly; "we will ride slowly and keep a sharp lookout Twenty minutes later they were within half a mile of for the enemy." the outskirts of the city, and l,izzic drew rein, with the They did not urge their out of a walk, and as remark: "George, you n;ust not go any farther;. "e are they went along they talked of Alice Grady's miraculous within a third of a mile of the picket line, and if you escape from death, and of their love and their plans for should be discovered and the alarm given, you would be the future. pursued and perhaps captured or killed. You must not go Every few minutes they paused and li stened intently to any farther. I am practically at home now and yon need see if they could hear anything of an approaching enemy, have no fears on my account." and George usually embraced the opportunity to steal a "Very well, darling; I will stop here, as. you wish it, kiss from. the not-unwilling lips of his sweetheart. We said George, and then he reached over, placed his arm won't be mean enough to insinuate that George stopped around her waist, and, pulling her toward him, kissed her, oftener than was necessary, but-well, the reader knows again and again. that the young avenger did not stand in any very great fear of the redcoats, and we will say that we shrewd ly sus that he would not have stopped quite so frequently had he been alone. 'l'hey had gone perhaps two miles when, during one of their pauses, they heard the sound of hoofbeats. sweetheart!" he whisper ed, in a voice whicq vibrated with feeling. "Good-by, George-darling!" murmured Lizzie; "and now promise me, dear, that yon will be very, very careful. Remember, Alice is alive and that you have her and me to live for. Please, please promise me that you will not do "They are coming!" exclaimed in a low, fright anything rash!" ened underto ne. "What shall we do?" "l will be careful, Lizzie, for your sake and for the "Qome," replied George; "we will ride in among the trees at the roadside and the redcoats-if redcoats they are-will not be able to see us and will pass by without having the l east suspicion of our presence." The two quickly rode in among the trees and coming to a stop, awaited, in silence, the approach of those whom they suspected to be enemies. sake of poor, dear sister Alice "I am glad, George. Oh, rou have made me so h!lPPY! If they were to succeed in killing you I shou ld die-I know it; I feel it!" A few more words, a fe,r more kisses and then they parted, Lizzie going Olllrard t01rard Sa nnmah, w bile George rode back up the road in the direction from which tbey Soon the horsemen were opposite where the two were had just come.


THE LIBBR'rY BOYS. "PUSH." The moon was coming up and soon George was able to "Let them go, friend," called out one of the strangers; see the road with considerable distinctness. He galloped "we have given them a good thrashing; now let them go onward at a lively rate for more than hal an hour, and back to their friends and tell about it." then of a sudden the rattle of musketry was heard, comGeorge stopped rather reluctantly and rode back to where ing from somewhere ahead of him. the strangers were. Said one: "You did some of the best The young avenger became excited at once. work I have seen done in many a day, my friend. I would "A tight is on!" he exclaimed. "And a fight In these be pleased to know one who can handle two swords at clays can only be between the king's minions and the once and slash off redcoat heads with such ease and de. spatch freedom-loving patriots 'rhe latter are my friends, and as you showed." those, yonder, may be needing the assistance of my good "My name is George Grady, sir," replied the young man: right arm. I must hasten and get into the figh! "and if you had the same incentive to slash off the heads Then he urged his horse onward at renewed speed and of redcoats that I have you would no doubt be able to presently came in sight of the contending forces. They do it as neatly as I do it. Only this morning I rode home, were in the road, straight ahead, and as he could see the after away for a few days, to find my parents, my redcoats very plainly, be knew that the British troopers sister-as I thought-and brother lying in the yard; deadwere on the side next to him. murdered by the redcoat fiends, and the house burned to \ Drawing both swords and waving them in the air, the ground. My sister, however, thank God! was not dead. George Grady, the Avenger, dashed forward, straight tobut still lives. The others, though, are dead; and I have ward the redcoats, yelling at the top of his Yoice as he sworn to have the lives of five hundred redcoats to pay rJ did so: for the lives of my loved ones!" "Down with the mm1ons o a tyrant king! Kill the There was something so fierce in the tone of 't.he young murderers of women and children!" man that his hearers almost shuddered. "I do. not blame you for reeling as you do, or for fighting as :6.eicely as you do," said the one who had spoken to him in the first ''T liE Ll BIJR'l'Y BOYS OF '76 APPEAR. 'l'he next instant the avenger was in among the red coats, striking about him with all his might. In each hand was a sword, and to say that he committed great havoc i stating the case very mildly indeed. The redcoats were place George Grady, I am glad to know you, and here is my hand. My name is Bob Estabrook, and while I cannot introduce you, one by one, to my comrades, I will s.ay that they are known, collectively, as 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' and--" 'The Liberty Boys of 16 !' cried George. "Yes, and--" "Glorious!" again interrupted George. "Why, I am well acquainted with your Dick Slater, and so demoralized by this attack from the rear, while having he is-" at the same time more in front to look after than they coulcl handle, that they gave utterance to yell s of fear and took refuge in :flight. "Do you know where he is?" broke in Bob-for it was indeed he and the uLiberty Boys." "Have you seen him recently? He came on down from Charleston a day ahead They darted past George and urged their hors e s back of us and we were wondering how we should be able to the road in the direction of Savannah. The young find him. Where is he?" man laid about him with terribly fury, keeping up his wild "Within two miles of this spot," was the reply; "I was cries until the majority of the redcoats had fled, and then with him less than -two hours ago, and he is waiting for he struck out in pursuit, still wielding those terrible swords me to come back to where he is I can guide you right to whenever he got within striking distance o one of the him." troopers. "Good That is all right!" A number of those who had been contending with the Then Bob explained that they had been riding along redcoats before George put in an appearance, accompanied road, going in the direction of Savannah, and how, sud the avenger in his pursuit of the enemy, but presently denly, on rounding a bend in the road they had come face i hev stopped and called to h e of the two swordf' to stop to face with a party of redcoats. "We were so close there t also. was no chance to avoid them," he went on, "and, indeed,


. I ( THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 21 we had no desire to do so, so we went for them with all that, although four of the boys '''ere wounded, none had our might, and were handling them pretty roughly when been killed. you put in an appearance and added to their discomfiture. "You thrashed the redcoats, anyway!" he said, "and I think that they imagined you ll'erc an entire regiment, that is the main thing. I suppose those who escaped will for they broke and fled at once, as you know. Jove! we return to Savannah and tell a wonderful story of how should be glad to have you become a meml.Jer of the comthey were attacked by a regiment of patriots, at least." pany, Mr. Grady I" "Yes, they will certainly say that," laughed Bob; "in-"If you remain in this neighborhood I shall be only deed, I judge they '"ill make it two regiments, for Mr. too glad to co-operate with you and do all I can to assist Grady, here, attacked them from the rear while we were at you," said George; "my knowledge of the country may them from the front, and from the manner in. which he help you quite a good deal." gave it to them they will think that he was a whole regi"Yes, indeed; and the peculiar and effective manner in ment !" which you wield two swords at once will help us wonder"I suppose that was one of the parties that was sent out fully, too !'1 Then they returned to the scene of the encounter and looked about them to see if any of their missing comrades in search of you, George," remarked Dick. "I judge so, Dick," was the reply. "Well, they found you, but in a way they did not fancy; were dead. It found that four of the "Librty Boys" and now, my friend, as my 'Liberty Boys' are on hand, I were wounded, but none had been killed. On the other shall be able to render you some assistance; and while hand, a number of the redcoats were dead. One, who had those parties are searching for you we will be searching for been knocked unconscious by a fall from his horse, was them and I think we shall be able to keep them busy." told that he might go free in order that he might go and get aid for l1is wounded comrades. The "Liberty Boys" were very good-hearted, and would otherwise have tried to render the wounded such aid as was possible. Two of the "Liberty Boys" were so badly wounded "Thank you," said George, gratefully; "I shall be very glad to have your assistance, and, as you say, we will keep the redcoats busy." Dick had come out on the piazza to meet the two, whom he had seen riding up, the moon shining brightly, and that they could not ride, and Bob asked George Grady if he now he conducted them into the house and introduced Bob knew of any place near at hand where they could be taken, to 'Mr. and Mrs. :Mumford and Ethel. Then he said they temporarily, until they could be moved by conveyance. 'rhe young man said that there was an old cabin in the timber, not a quarter of a mile distant, and it was decided to take the wounded youths there. This was done, and then, after binding up the wounds as "'ell as they could, the youths consulted regarding their next movement. It was decided, presently, that the "Lib erty Boys" should remain at the cabin, while George and Bob should ride to the Mumford home and ee Dick and map ont their plans. As soon as this had been decided upon the two mounted must be going, but while George was upstairs where he went to see his sister, Mr. Mumford suggested that the wounded "Liberty Boys" be brought to his "We shall be glad to have you bring them here, Mr. Slater,'' he said; "and we will take the best of care o f them. Here they will have good nursing and will have a chance to get well, while if you should let them remain in the old cabin they might die on account of exposure and lack of care." '(Thank :you)' said Dick, gratefully; "that is the very their horses and rode away. It was only about a twentything, and I accept your offer in the same in which minutes' ride to the home of the Mumfords, and when you make it. We will bring the boys here at once. Have Dick sa'v Bob he was de1;ghted. you a conveyance that we can use for the purpose, Mr. ''Hello, Bob!" he grE'led. "So yon have got here, eh? Mumford?'' Well, I'm glad of that. I wasn't looking for you before "Oh, yes; I have a light wagon in which we can place to-morrow." some straw, and the wounded men will ride easily and comfortab ly." "Oh, we are the boys "ho have 'push,' Dick, my boy!" laughed Bob. we have so much 'pu!'h' that we "That will do splendidly: Bob and I 1rill go with you l1ave already had one pitched battlr with the redcoat<-." and help hitch up." "You don't mean it! Tell me about ii.'' l They went to the stable, and fifteen minutes later ap Bob did so. Dick was delighted and was glad to learn peared in front of the house seated in a good-sized but light


1 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." wagon. George got in with them, :'1-nd, leaving their horses -took place. It was found that nine redcoats were dead hitched in front of the house, they drove away. and three were wounded. As luck would have it, the three They 'rere gone about an hour and when they returned were not so seriously wounded as to make it impossible for they brought the four wom:ided "Liberty Boys," who were them to ride, and they were assisted to mount and sent after at once taken into the house and to a larg e room in which their fleeing comrades, with instructions to tell them to four cots had been placed, and here they were made com-come back and bury their dead. fortablc. "They shall have the best of care and nursing," ''Tell them that eight or ten may return and attend to said :Mr. Mumford ; "and I think that they will all get that work and we will not molest them," said Dick; and the well, as they seem strong and bright." wounded men said they would take the message. "lt is their way to be bright and cheer.ful said Dick, The "Liberty Boys" then rode up the road toward the in a tone of pride; I have seen some of my brave boys north, and an hour later met and struck another party of die with a smile on their face, Mr. Mumford. They are redcoats a severe blo" This was the last party they en full of (push' and "im and ene rgy and are always goodcountered, however, and about midnight they went to the natured, bright and cheerful, no matter what they have to cabin in the woods and went into camp. The y were very .::on tend with. I am like you, however; I believe they satisfied, ahd considered that they had done a very will get well, to a man, for they seem to be up good night's work Even George Grady seemed to be in wonderfully well." somewhat cheerful mood. Then Dick and Bob bade their wounded comrades goodby and spok e words of cheer, after which they went down stairs, and bidding and .Jirs. Mumford and Ethel good-by, they mounted their horses and away. They w ere soon at the cabin and it did not take long to decide l.lpon their course of action. "We will go out where we can keep waLch oii the highCHAPTER IX. GEORGE GRADY VISITS HIS SWEETHEART. way," said Dick, "and whenev er we get s ight of one o When the leaders of the parties that had gone out i the parties that are out searching for Mr. Grady, we will search of George Grady, and had been struck severe blow go for it, rough shod." by the "Liberty Boys,'' reported to General Prevost nex 'l'his met with the approval of all and they made their morning, he was wild with anger. He was surprised as well way to the road and, taking up their position in the timfor he had had no intimation of the presence of any an ber, waited patiently for the appearance of the enemy. tagonistic force in the vicinity o Savannah. He ha They had been the1;e about hal an hour when a party thought that they had everything their own way, and h of redcoats was seen approaching. It coming from hardly knew what to think when told that quite a larg the northward and "as doubtless on its way back to Saforce had attacked at least three of the parties he had sen vannah, after an unsuccessful search for the ayenger. out and put them to flight, after killing and wounding Dick sent the word along the line to "Get ready!" The number of the troopers. "Liberty Boy-" did so, cocking their muskets without mak ing any noise and then they waited eagerly for the word to :fire. As we have said, he was very angry, and began makin preparations to get even with the insolent "rebels." H decided to send out several more parties, but to make the They did not have long to wait. When about hal the large enough to handle the enemy in case it was encount party had passed, Dick gave the to "Fire!" and the ered. Having so decided, he lost no time, and soon th Yolley rang out. Terrible execution was done, more than men were getting ready. a dozen of the redcoats going down and then as the The news that the parties that had been sent out i "Liberty Boys" burst from the timber and charged upon search of George Grady, thy Avenger, had met with di s as the troopers, they put the spurs to their horses and dashed ier traveled rapidly, and was soon known throughout Sa :may as if the Old Nick was after them. The shock of vannah. The Sloans heard it and were delighted. the surprise had demoralized them, and they did not have I am so !" exclaimed Lizzie. "Do you know, I thin the courage to stand their ground and show :fight. The T }{now who the patriots are that did such good youths pursued the enemy 1or hal a mile or so and then against the redcoats last night." rode back to where the encounter-if such it may be called "Who?" asked her father.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 23 "I think they are the young men known as .. 'The Liberty little scream of delight escaped the lips of Lizzie, and sh a oys of '76 You know, their captain, Dick Slater, is in leaped into the arms of her lover. te vicinity, and although he did not say so, it is reasonOh, George! Is it indeed you?" she cried "Oh, l am )}e to suppose that his men were not far distant." so glad-and yet, I !ear much, you have taken your "I judge that you are right, Lizzie." life in your hands in venturing thus into the lion's den. "I am sure that I am, and oh, I am so glad! For now Why have you done it?" eorge will have somebody to help him in his fight against "'l'o get to see you, little sweetheart," said George, giv-te redcoats." 1 ing her a kiss; "I could not wait any longer. It seems "Yes, indeed; otherwise, I am afraid he would very like a year since I have seen you." >on have lost his life." "It seems longer than that to me, George-but much as "I feared he would be rash, father, though he promised I wished to see you I would rather you had not come; for te that he would be careful. Oh, I wish the terrible war I am afraid your presence in the city may be discovered, ould end!" and if you were to be captured your death would be cer"So do we all!" tain to follow." General Prevost sent out the parties, and for several "But my presence will not be discovered, Lizzie, I am ays there were lively marchings and counter-marchings in sure of it; for I slipped into the city without attracting 1e vicinity of Savannah, and there were severa l encountany attention, and my disguise was so good that no one rs between the redcoats and the "Liberty Boys," in which "ould have known me had they met me face to face arid 1e king's forces got the worst of it each time--for Dick later was careful not to let his boys expose themselvee ery much, if it could be helped. been ever so well acquainted with me." George now greeted Mr. and Mrs Sloan, and they were glad to see the young man and did all they could to make it pleasant for him. 'fhey went out of the room and left At the end of four days Lizzie told her parents that n the morrow she was going to go to the home of thE the lovers together, and for an hour or more the two were very happy Lizzie asked after George's sister Alice, and Iumfords to see Alice Grady; of course, she hoped to George, her lover, as well as his sister. he said that the poor girl was slowly but,surely improving, and that he was st\re that before very long she would again have the full possession of her mental faculties. Next morning she mounted Selim and set out, but when be reached the picket line just outside the limits of. thr ity she met with a bitter disappointment; the sentinel re "Oh, I am 80 glad to hear that, !" breathed used to let her pass. She asked why this was done, Lizzie. "I hope and pray that she may soon be herself nd the man told her he did not know; that it was orders again. How l wish that s e could be here with me. I hat no one should be allowed to pass out unless accom would take such good care of her." ,anied by soldiers of the king. "I know you would, Lizzie; but she is having good care where she is, and I think it is as well lhat she isn't here Lizzie was terribly disappointed, and returned to her in the city. The British might learn who she was and d0 something mean because she .is my sister." ome and reported her non-success in getting out of the George did not dare remain too long for fear his pres ence in the city might become known, and at last he gave Her parents tried to dissuade her from this course, but Lizzie a farewell kiss, and, donning his disguise, took his ity. "I am more than hal:fi a mind to try to s lip out!' aid the girl, spiritedly. ad hard work in doing it. She came to the conclusion, inally, that it would be best; for if she were to try to slip ut and was captured, it might go hard with her as she roulcl be suspected of being a spy. "It is hard, though, o give up the idea of seeing George!" she said to herself. That evening, a short time after dark, there came a knock n the door, and when it was opened by Mr. Sloan a man rearing a black beard stepped into the house and mshed the door to Mr. Sloan was about to speak angri l y nd demand to know what the st rang er meant by such indeparture. He had just reached the street when Lizzie, who was watching her lover, came near shriek ing aloud, for suddenly a dozen men l eaped forward from a hiding place and threw themselves upon George Grady! , CHAPTER X. GEORGE GRADY IS CAPTURED. oience, when the newcomer pulled the beard off and reThe young patri.ot, although taken by surprise, fought ealed the handsome, manly face of George Grady. A desperately-to free himself and make his escape He waa


!4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH.'' outnumbered so greatly, however, that he could not sue-at the man '''ho L1d defeated him in the duel, and from ceed, and was soon overpowered and made a prisoner. whom he had been forced to flee in order to save his life. His c aptors were jubilant, and marched the young General Prevost turned to the prisoner and glared at him off up the street toward General Prevost's headquarters. in a manner which he intended should awe him; but he was The men were some of the soldiers of Captain Ravendoomed to be disappointed, for George Grady was not one craft's company, and the captain himself was with them. to be awed by mere looks, no matter how fierce they might He it was who had seen the young man enter the Sloan be. He met the British officer's gaze unflinchingly, and home. He had been lurking in the vicinity, trying to get there was a sneering smile on his face. up courage to call and press his suit with Lizzie, and had seen the stranger enter. Something in his_actions made the captain suspicious, and he had made up his mind i o cap ture the man when he came forth. If the truth must be told the worthy captain suspected that the man might be a lover of Lizzie, and he was jealous. He did Mt as yet !mow who it was that he had captured, as tl1e black beard which George wore had not become disarranged in the struggle. They soon reached headquarters and were uEhered into ''Well, sir," said General Prevost, in a triumphant, bully ing tone, "what have you to say for yourself?" "Nothing whatever, sir," was the calm reply. "You do not deny that you are George Grady, the fellow who has sty led himself the Avenger?" "l have nothing to say, sir." "Oh, there is not the least doubt of it, General Pre-"' vost," declared Captain Ravencraft; "I know him-would know him anywhere.'' "I should think that you would remember me," said General Prevost's office. "WelL whom have you there, .. Grady, coolly; "if yon had been a man, however, instead Captain Rav encraft ?" asked the general, as he looked \ at of a cowardly poltroon, you would not now be here, but the prisoner searchingly. would be rotting underground." "I don't know who he is, ge. neral," replied the captain; Captain Ravencraft's fttce flushed with anger. "but I am confident that he is a patriot, and quite likely "'rhat is neithe r here nor there," he said, sullenly; "one he is a spy. His actions were suspicious, and so I decided thing is certain, you have done the last of that kind of to capture him and bring him before you." For reasons work that you will ever do." of his o_wn the captain did not choose to tell that the prisoner had been. seen coming out of the Sloan house; and, ly; you have, so I understand, been the death of a num indeed, he had cautioned his men to say nothing about this. ber of my brave men--" "The captain speaks truly," said General Prevost, stern"Humph! don't know him, eh ?" remarked the general. "Well, just yank that false beard off his face. Perhaps "You are mistaken," broke in George Grady; "I have you may know him if you get a look at his features.'' yet to kill a single brave man wearing a scarlet coat. I One of the men jerked the beard away, revealing the have, however, killed at lea fifty fiends in the shape of and I do not yet despair of adding at least as many handsome, defiant features of the young man. As his more to the list." eyes fell upon the face of the prisoner, a wild cry-of surprise and joy commingled, escaped the lips of Captain "You cold-blooded scoundreL you will never kill anothe Ravencraft. British soldier!" cried Prevost, angrily and arrogantly. "It is George Grady, the Avenger!" he almost shouted. ''And as for their not being brave men, I brand your state : nent as false! No braver men live than the soldiers of "What!" roared General Prevost, leaping to his feet and staring at the prisoner as if he had suddenly turned King George.'' into a wild beast .of ferocious aspect. "You don't mean to say that this is-that you have captured that fellow?" "It is he!" reiterated the captain, who had only too t

THE LIBERTY. BOYS' "PUSH." 25 bWing from the limb of a tree and then we will see who is brave. I'll warrant that you'll beg like a hound." She did _so, and to her joy succeeded in getting safely out of the city and away. By making a circuit she struck "What! I beg of you?" cried George Grady, in bitter into the main road leading northward, and once there she scorn. "Never If die I must, I'll die like a man a-nd urged Selim to a swift gallop. a brave man. One thing I will say to you and that is Onward she rode, but was forced once to take refuge in that you had better make sure of me while you have me, the. timber at the roadside to let a party of redcoats pass. for if I should be so fortunate as to succeed in escaping, Then she was out and away again, and in an hour's time woe to the redcoated minions of your tyrant king!" reached the side road which led up to the Mumford farm"Away with him!" roared General Prevost. "Put him in the 81:.rongest cell in the prison and see to it that he does not escape. Should he succeed m doing so, off come the heads of the men who are to blame!" house. Lizzie paused here and listened for a few minutes in the hope that she might hear something of the "I.riberty Boys," but failing, she decided to go at once to the cabin in the The soldiers hustled George Grady away to the prison woods, the location of which had been given her by her and placed him in one of the strongest cells, where he was lover. left to ponder the situation. "Well," he said to himself, It did not take her loog to reach the cabin, and to her "this is not pleasant. I am afraid my days are numbered. great joy she found the "Liberty Boys" there. When Dick Ah! if Dick Slater and his brave boys knew I had been Slater saw who his visitor was he was greatly surprised, captured they would make a desperate effort to rescue me. for he had known that George Grady had gone to Savannah But' they do not know it, and will have no suspicion of it to see her and he at once suspected that something had until after it is too late to do me any good." happened. But here El-eorge was mistaken. The "Lil5erty "Wh;t is it, Miss Sloan?" he asked when he had assisted IYere to learn of his capture that very night They did her to alight. "Why are you here alone at this time of so in this manner: the night? Where is George?" Lizzie Sloan, as we have shown, saw the capture of her "He is a prisoner, Mr. Slater!" exclaimed Lizzie, in lover, and was almost heart-broken, for she realized that trembling tones. "And that is why I am here. I wish to unless he succeeded in escaping his life would pay the ask you to try to rescue him. Will you do it?" forfeit. But could he escape? She doubted it; but pres"We most assuredly will make the attempt, Miss Sloan!" ently she thought of Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys." Dick hastened to assure her. "George is one of .my best I anybody could rescue her lover they could. But how and most valued friends, and we will rescue him or we to let them know? There was only one way it could be will know the reason why-eh, boys?" to the "Liberty done and that was by carrying the news to tl1em herself. Boys" who were now crowded around, listening. No sooner thought of than put into execution. She told "Yes, yes!" her parents what she was going to do, and although they "We certainly will!" did not think she would be able to slip through the lines, they consented to let her make the attempt. Her ather hastened to brielle and saddle Selim, and when the "We'll do the best we can "We'll have -him out of the redcoats' hands, don't worry!" "We have the necessary 'push,' if I do. say it mysel:f;

a&' -; . :,....... !6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." ================== ====== ============================== that a trial is given, and the probabilities are that he Savannah He was given the credit of the capture of wou ld not be given the trial unde r three or four days." G e orge Grady, and he was forced, again and again, to tell Lizzie had paled somewhat, but she bore up bravely. how he came to make the capture. He was careful to "I uon't think there is any danger that they will do anyhold to his story that he had seen Grad y going along the thing so soon .as to-morrow," she agreed; "but I think you street and that his action s being suspicious he had d e cided had better make the attempt as early as to-morrow night." to capture the man, and make him give an account of "We shall do so, Miss Sloan." himself. He acknowledged that be did not at the time "At what hour will you approach Savannah?" Lizzie have any suspicion that the man in question was the a s ked. "I will come out and guide you into the city, as I terrible fello,\r known as the Aveng e r, but thought h e know a way of going and coming that is not known to the be a "rebel" s py, but thi s did not detra c t from the glory of British." the capture, and the worthy was invitrd to drink "Be at a point a mile out from the city at ten o'clock," s o often that he soon began to feel quite hilarious and even more elated than he otherwise would have felt. The resaid Dick; "we will be along at jus t about that hour." "Very well ; I will be there." After a little more conversation Lizzi e took her departure, feeling much enco u raged and quit e hop e ful. Di c k had offered to accompany her, but she s aid that she did: not mind the ride alo:rie, at all, and rode away, with a cheery 'good-by" to all. She reached her home in s afety, a little more than an hou r later and told her parents what she had done They. were well plea s ed and were more hopeful than they had been, though Mr. Sloan shook his head and said that it would be an extr e m e l y difficult matter to effect the escape of George Grady. CHAPTER XI. CAPTAIN RAVENCRAFT C ALLS ON LIZZIE SLOAN suit was that about ten o clock h e put into execution a plan which 'he had formed the night b e fore when he had effected the capture of George Grady. Having made up his mind that the time had com e to put hi s plan into effect, he set out for the home of Lizzie Sloan. I,izzie knew that the captain had been in c ommand of the party that captured her lover, and whe n she saw him a p proachi n g, although she hated him wors e :dow than she had before--and she._ had d e tested him before--she felt that under the circumstances, knowing that the captain knew George Grady had been in h e r hou s e she had best see him and hear what h e had to s a y The captain exhilarated b y his c apture of the great George Grady, and by the liquor whi c h he had i mbibed and feeling confident that he held the winnin g hand in his game for the heart and hand of beautiful Lizzie Sloan came in as bold a s brass and greet e d the girl with t h e most extravagant of bows. He lost no time in plungin! right into the business whi{!h brought him. "Miss Sloan," he said "I suppose you are aware t ha t About all that was talked about i n Savannah the next I had the extreme pleasure of b e ing the man who effected day was the capture of th e terrible "re b e l," George Grady the capture of George Grady, last night?" the ma n who had termed him s elf th e Avenger. The majorLizzie grew pale, and an almo s t fierc e light s hone in her 't f th t T d f h d bea u t i ful eyes as she gazed at the officer. "Yes, I an1 1 y o e c1 1zens w e re ones, a n o course, t ey reJOICe on account of the capture; but there were a number o f aware of it, s ir," she said, in a calm, but repressed voice. families wher e g e nuin e s orrow was felL The patriots had that she might have the privi l ege of tellin g been well pl e a s ed durin g the time that G e orge Grad y had the captai j u st what she felt regarding the matter, b ut been making it s o liv e l y for th e redcoats; it did th e m good she d id not dare do so. Her hands were tied she must t o know that th e re w a s s ome on e to worr y the e n e my. And be calm and say nothing rash. since the advent of th e Liberty Boys" th e Briti s h had I s u ppo s ed that you saw us when we made bim prison b e en worri e d e v e n m o r e All the patri o t s hop r d that th r er," the captain went on; "he had just come out of you r Aven g e r would ::;uc(;ecd in escaping though the y did not house, you know, and I judged that you were look in g have much hop e of thi s They realized that he was such He is your lover, is he not?" an important pris oner th[tt e xtraordinar y precautions would Lizzie flushed and an ang r y light s hone in her eyes. The b e obs erved to pr e v ent hi s escape. captai n 's tone was insulting, but s h e was forced to hold Cau l a in RwencrafJ was nerhaus. the nroud man i n herself in check and did not say anyt hing in r e ly, for


THE LIBERTY BOYS "PUSH." 27 felt that not only she, herself, but her parents as well "That will do; you have made threats enough for one rein the captain's power. If he were to tell that George time, Captain Ravencraft," said Lizzie, with dignity. 1dy had come out of the Sloan home just prior to his "Kindly go way and !eturn in two days for your 1ture, the redcoats would persecute them for harboring answer." 'rebel" and might even hang her Lizzie had "You needn't think that your father can get away o.dcred why it was that Captain Ravencraft had not told in the meantime," said the captain, with a malicious smile; t he had seen the Avenger come forth from the Sloan "I shall keep a watch on this house, and if he shou ld try to 1se, but now she was beginning to have a suspicion of leave he will be arrested at once, so. beware how you try any truth. She thought she could guess the reason; ho tricks." :hed to use this knowledge as a threat to force her to ede to his suit and ;:tecept his hand. 'I don't know by what right you ask such a question, ptain Ravencraft !" said Lizzie, with as much show of entment as she dared manifest. l'he captain laughed. "Oh, well, don't trouble yourself "Good morning!" said Lizzie, coldly, and the captain took the hint and his departure. "Curse her impudence!" the captain muttered as he walked away; "she has plenty of spirit, but I'll take some of that out of her by and by. She shall be my wife in spite of herself! She hasn't given up hope that her lover answer, then," he said; "it is a self-evident proposition-may escape death, but about to-morrow, when he does the l that doesn't cut any figure. George Grady will hang highland fling on empty air at the end of a stout rope, morrow, and as that disposes of him effectually you will she will change her mind and I judge that then she win open for another suitor, and I have come to ask if you be more tractable and more willing to li ste n to reason." L l accept me as such ?" As soon as the captain had gone, Lizzie called her parents "Captain Ravencraft, I have already more than once into the room and told them what the captain had said d you that I could never learn to love you, so why--" Mrs. Sloan was greatly alarmed for the safety of her hus 'There, there; hold on!" interrupted the captain; "tb" at band, but Mr. Sloan was more angry than alarmed. s when Grady was in the race. He is out of it w and you must look at the matter with that knowledge [ore you. Don't l:)e hasty in deciding; take your time. td remember this," here the captain lowered his voice d there was a menace in the tone: "If you refuse to ;ept me as a suitor for your hand I shall not hesitate make kno\rn the fact that .your father has been har"The cowardly scoundrel!" he muttered, clenching his strong hands ; "I would like to get my fingers on his throat once I would choke the life out of him with as little compunction as if he were a yellow cur!" "What shall we do?" breathed Mrs. Sloan, who did not think this plan a practical one. "Wait and hope for the best," replied Lizzie. "Dick L'ing rebels, and you know what that would mean-he uld be hanged!" Slater and his 'Liberty Boys' may succeed in rescuing George to-night, and then we can decide upon a course of Lizzie paled. "Surely you would not do that, Captain vencraft ?" she remarked. ''Surely I would and will-if you refuse to accept me as suitor." There was no mistaking the fact that the captain was deadly earnest. Hi manner showed it, and then the ( knew he was capable of anything. She was silent for a few moments, thinking, and then action." It was decided tlia t all they could do was to wait and see how matters went. As soon as it was dark, Lizzie mounted Selim and made her way out

18 THE LIBERTf BOYS' "PUSH." tempt to do, Mr. Slater," Lizzie remarked, in a troubled just make out his form in the darkness and they felt con voice, with a glance up at the moon .fident that any one a little distance would be unable tc "There is a cloud coming up in the east, however, if 8ee him. you will notice, Miss Sloan," said Dick; "I rather think lJp, up Dick climbed and at last reached the roof, which, that the moon will be obscured within the course of an to his great joy, he faund was flat-that is to say, it sloped hour or so and then we will have it dark enough for our purpose." "Oh, I hope that such may be the case!" was the fervent reply of the girl. She led the way through the timber, unerringly, left the main road, and succeeded in piloting the four into only just enough to shed water. Uncoiling the rope Dick lowered one end to the ground. Bob Estabrook caught hold of the rope and was quickly pulled to a place by Dick's side on the roo. Again the rope was lowered and was hauled up, Dick and Bob both pulling on the rope, thus making it easy the city without having attracted the attention of any of work for them. Again the rope was lowered and a few the British sentinels. Lizzie led the way to the stable at minutes later Sam Sanderson stood by them. the rear of her home, going by way of the alley, and she felt sure that no one had seen their coming. Dismounting, they tied their and made their way to the bouse, So far, so good. They were on the roo of the prison r and were ready to begin work. 'l'heir first act was to look for. a trap-door, but they soon that there was entering by way of the rear door, and Dick Slater and his "It will be necessary to enter at one of the windows," three comrades-who were Bob Estabrook, Mark Morri5aid Dick. "I will be the one to go. Bob, you and Mark son and Sam Sanderson-were greeted pleasantly by Lizlower me down." zie's parents. Dick placed his foot in a loop tied at th e end of the The four remai ned at the house-. of the Sloans till midrope and then Bob and Mark took hold of the rope and night, and then feeling that the time had come for them eased their brave comrade over the edge of the roof and to make the attempt to rescue George Grady, they slipped down the side of the building. The two "Liberty Boys" out of the house by the back way and started o; their lowered Dick till his knee rested on the window sill. Here dangerou s undertaking, by prayers for their sue -he rested for a few moments, and then withdrawing l1is cess from the lips and hearts of the members of the Sloan foot from the loop in the rope Dick raised the window and family. It was now quite dark, a heavy cloud having ob-made ready to enter the room. scured the moon and this at least was favorable. The youth had made sure that the room was empty, so Dick knew where the prison was, for he had been in had no hesitation in entering. Savannah before, and he led the way straight thither. As soon as he was ihside he paused and stood and lis Pausing under the walls of the building the three began tened' for a few moments, to see if the noise of the rais to make their preparations for attempting the rescue of ing of the window had attracted the attention of any one. George Grady. All was silent, save for the measured tread of the sentine l CHAPTER XII. THE RESCUE AND ESCAPE. in what was evidently a hall, outside the room, but within the building, of course. Dick pondered the situation, and decided that. he would have to overcome the guard the first thing. Having so decided he was prompt to act. He moved across to the door and trit;d it. It was not locked, and this was just a& Dick would have it. He waited till tne guard passed Dick had brought a coil of thin but very strong rope, and the door when he opened it quickly and silently and step with this thrown over his head and tucked under his arm, ped out into the hall, behind the man. A quick glanc e be made his way to the corner of the prison and began up and down the hall showed Dick that there was no one climbing the waters.pout. It was made of wood and was to observe his actions, and drawing his pistol he steppe d quite large, and tv Dick, who had been raised in the quickly forward on tiptoe and dealt the guard a terrible timber and was an expert climber, it presented no insuper-blow on the head with the butt of the weapon. The man .: able difficult' es in the way of his ascent. sank to the floor without a groan, stricken senseless by the' Up u he climbed, the other youths a ainst


) I THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." 2!) took a string of keys which dangled from the guard's belf escaped did so only by taking to their heels aiJC1 running and made his way along the ball, unlocking each door that like good fellows. he came to and looking in. As it was dark in the rooms 'l'he :fiercest battle was between ticorgc C+muy an<1 Cap Dick called the name of his friend in cautious tones, but tain RavencrafL The latter, fet!ling thal I i fe II' at sufficiently loud for him to hear if he were there, and in otake, brought all his skill into play and fo, r a time was Lhe fourth room he visited the youth recei,ed a response. It enabled to hold his own with the terrible Avenger. Th(n, George Grady, the Avenger, sure enough, as Dick knew too, be was animated by hatred and disappointment: he by the voice, and he entered and after qllickly explaining realizeu that if George Grady ;mcceeded in escaping he (the lhe situation, he cut the rope which bound the prisoner's captain) would never succeed in winning the beautiful Hrns, and together they stole out of the cell and along the Lizzie Sloan for a wife, and he wns determined i.o kill the halL 'l'he guard still lay where he had fallen, and was man whom he knew was a most dangerous rivaL tmconscious. But he was unequal to the task. George GraJy was 'l'he two entered the room through wl1ich Dick bad passed too much for him and suddenly there was a swish! and ;n entering, and after taking the precaution to lock the the sword of the Avenger cut the captain's head off, Cloor they made their way to the window. Dick explainand clean. how they were to make their escape, ai1d then George "Thus perish such scoundrels!" cried George, and Grady \Vent :first and was lifted up on the top of the prison. then he accompanied the "Liberty Boys" in their flight Dick followed, and as he reached the roof the sound of an from the place. 'l'he encounter had occupied but a few alarm \\'aS heard. 1t Came from within the prison; the minuteS, but the alaTm had gone out, and the streets were had probably returned to consciousness and given beginning to fill with the Tedcoats. Fortunately, however, the alarm. it was at the time o night when it was darkest, and when I "Quick!" exclaimed Dick; "we have no time to lose! the men suc1denJy aroused from their sleep were dullest, We must get down from here and. away before the redand d.Je five daring patriots succeeeded, after several narcoats in general are aroused, when it would be difficult for l'DW escapes, in reaching the home of the. Sloans. 'J'o say us to make our way through the streets without being de-that Lizzie and her parents were delighted when they saw t-ected and captured or killed." that the "Liberty Boys" had succeeded in freeing George One after another the four companionfl of Dick Slater Grady. is stating the case very mildly. Lizzie leaped into were lowered to the ground, and then, having made the the anus of her lover and wept for joy, but soon got con rope fast to the cornice, Dick slid down after the fashion trol of her feelings and told him he mut;;t not run the of a :fireman coming down from \lpstairs in the enginerisk of again being captured by remaining. "You must room when an alarm has been sounded. go at once-you and your. friends!" she cried. "Captain H.avencraft has placed a watch on the house, and they might He took the lead a1.1d. hastened away, but at 1:he first ui'Scover your presence here, when all would be lost!" Then. Mrs. Sloan told George of threat \vhich Capcorner they were met, face to face, by a party of redcoats to the number of a dozen. The leader of the party, as could be seen by the light from a street lamp near by, was Captain Ravencraft had made-that if Llzzie did 11ot consent tllin Ra.vencraft, and as he and George Grady caught sight to accept him as a suitor for her hand he would tell General Prevost that Sloan was harboring "rebels," and have him hanged, and asked his advice regarding what they should do. of each other a cry of rage escaped them simultaneouslythough there was a note of fear in the captain's tone as welL The next instant the swords of the two clashed together, Dick having given Grady his sword which had "Do?" exclaimed George, with a grim smile. "Why, beerr left below when he went up into the prison. At the stay right here and take matters coolly. Captain Ravensame instant Dick his three "Liberty Boys" attacked the other redcoats, and for a few moments the liveliest kind of a battle was fought there in the street. Dick and his comrades desperate, however, and were, moreover, terrible hand-to-hand fighters, and they had taken the initiative and gotten in the :first blows, and this determineu the result of the encounter practically, be-craft will never put his threat into execution ; in fact, he will never again botheT Lizzie. He is dead!" "Dead!" exclaimed all three in unison. "Well, thank goodness :for that!" added Mrs. Sloan : "I am not blood thirsty, but I am truly glad that Captain Ravencraft is ilea d." "He deserved his fate," agreed l\1:r. Sloan, drawing a


30 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "PUSH." "D-did you-did you-slay him, George?" asked Lizzie. mar r ied happily also; her liking for the brave Dick S l ater "I did, Lizzie." was the quiet reply; "I overcame him not having been so deep as to cause her a broken heart. in a fair duel and killed him His life was min!:!, anyway, As for the "Liberty Boys," being full of "push" and as he had forfeited it to me from another time when enhgy, and always bound to get where things were liveliest, 1-re fought, but he saved himself for the ti:dte being in flight. and there was the most fighting to do, they remained in the Had I known that he had been persecuting you, Lizzie, I vicinity of Savannah for a few weeks and then went a nd fear I should have saved him for the future and tortured joined forces with General Marion, the "Swamp an d him He died too easy a death." made things lively for the redcoats in the new field of Our story is practically finished. The five, feeling thilt action, the same as they had in the old. il would be unsafe to remain in the city while S");lch a hue and cry was on, as a result of the escape of George Grady, bade good-by to their friends, the Sloans, and mounting horses-George riding Selim-they made their way out of the city by the route used in entering it when Lizzie was their guide. THE END. The next number (58) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE; OR, WITH 'MAD ANTHONY' AT STONY George Grady's sister Alice recovered the full use of a ll PO INT," by Harry Moore. her mental faculties in time, and at the close of the wa.r married a fine young fellow who lived in the vicinity of her old home. Of course, George Grady and Lizzie Sloan were married when the nar was over and they li veu happi l y for many years and reared a family that was a credit to that part of the country. 'The boys, especially, loved to hear the story of their father's terrible battles with the red coats, aided by brave "Liberty Boys." Ethel Mumford SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekl y are always in print. If you cannot obtain from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mai l to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Sen."t :FWree!! "HAPPY. DAYS/' The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. It contains 16 Large Pages . It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. I t Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send u.s your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. . Address FRANK Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


SECRET SERVICE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DE'rECTIVES. 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLOBED COVEBS. ISSUED WEEKLY LATEST ISSUES: 9:> The Bradys Beyond Their Depth; or, The Great Swamp Mystery. 37 The House In the Swamp; or, The Braays' Keenest Work. 96 The Bradys' Hopeless Case; or, Against Plain Bvldence. 38 The Knock-out-Drops Gang; or, The Bradys' Risky Venture. 97 The Bradys at the Helm; or, the Mystery of the ltiver Steamer. 39 The Bradys' Close Shave; or, Into the Jaws of Death. 98 Bradys In Washington; or, Working for the President. 40 The llradys' Star Case; or, Working for Love and Olory. 99 The Bradys Duped; or, The Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. 41 The Bradys In 'Frisco; or, A Three Thousand Mile Hunt. 100 The Bradys in Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. 42 The Bradys and the Express 'Thieves; or, Tracing the Package 101 The Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, 'Tracking the Canada !lang. 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The Dradys and the Gypsies; or, Chasing the Child Steale rs. 50 Against Rig Otlds; or, The Bradys' Great Stroke. 11\9 The Bradys and the Wrong Man or 'The Story o,f a Strange 51 The Bradys aud the )j'orger: or, Tracing the N. G Check. Mistake. ' 52 The Bradys' Card; or Winning a Case by Bluff. 110 The Eradys Elo'trar,ed; or, In the Hands of a Traitor. 53 The Bradys and the Grave Robbers; or, Tracking the Cemetery 111 The Flradys and 'I heir Doubles; or, A Strange 'Tangle of Crime. Owls. 112 The Bradys In the Everglades ; or, The Strange Case of a Summer 54 The Bradys and the Missing Boy; or, The Mystery of School No. 6 Tourist. -5 The Bradys Behind the S cenes; or, The Great Theatrical Case. 113 The Bradys Defied; or, The Hardest Gang In New York. 6 The Bradys and the Opium Dens; or, Trapping the Crooks of 4 The Bradys In High Life; or, Gteat Soci ety Mystery. "-7 TbCehBinraatdolwsnD. own East, or, The Mflstery of a Country Town. 115 The Bradys Au)ong Thieves; or, Hot W 'ork in the Bowery. 116 The Bradys and the Sharpers; or, In Darkest New York. 58 Working or the 'rreasury: or1 The radys and the Bank Burglars. 117 The Bradys and the Bandits; or, Hunting for a. Lost Boy. a9 The Bradys' tal Clew ; or, A D esperate Game for Gold. 118 The Bradys in Centra.! 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Smokefs. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Mystery of a Treasure Vault. 67 The Bradys' Still Hunt: or, Case that was Won by Waiting. 12 7 The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing np a Theatrical Case. 68 Caught by the Camera; or, The Bradys and the Girl from Maine 128 The Bradys and Bad Man Smith; or, The Gnng of Black Bar. 69 The Rradys in Kentucky; or, Tracking a Mountain Gang. J 29 The Bradya and the Veiled Girl; or, Piplnl; the Tombs Mystery. 70 The Marked Bank Note; or, The Bradys Below the Deud Line. 130 The Bradys and the Deadehot Gang; or, Ltve ly Work on the Frontier. 71 The Bradys on Deck; or, '!'he Mystery of the Private \acht. 131 The Bradys with a. Circus; or, On the Road with the Wild Beast 72 The Bradys In a Trap; or, Working Against a Hard Gang. Tamers. 73 Over the Une; or, The Bradys' Chase Through Canada. 132 The Bradys in Wyoming; or, Tracking the Mountain Men. 74 The nradys ip So c i ety: or, The Case of Mr. Barlow. 133 The Bradys a.t Con e y Island; or, Trapping the Se a sirle Crooks. 75 The '"Bradys In the Slums; or, Trapping the Crooks of the "Red 134 TheBradys and the Road Agents; or, 'l'he Grea t Deadwood Case. Light District. 135 The Bradys and the Bank Clerk; or, Tracing a Lost Money Package, 7& Found In the River ; or, The Bradys and the Brooklyn Bridge 13 6 The Bradys on the Race Track; or, Beating the Sharpers. Mystery. 137 The Hradyslu the Chines e Quarter; Qr, The Queen oftbeOpium Fiends. 77 !!'he Bradys and the Missing Box; or, Running Down the Railroad 138 The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Advtm tures in the Blue Thieves. Ridge Mountains. 78 The Que e n of Chinatown: or, The Bradys the "Hop" Flenl!s. 139 The Bradys In the Dens of New York; or, Wo,king on the John Street 79 The Bradys and the Girt Smuggler; or, Work ng for the Custom H 0 and the Rail Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of the Mid-House. tb c CUB night Train. 80 The Bradvs and the Runaway Boys; or, Shadowing e tr U 1 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work in the Shopping Sharps. District. The Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the Mystery of the Old 14 2 The Bradys and the Broker; or, The Plot to Steal a Fortune. Church Yard. G 1 W 11 St t 143 The Bradys as Reporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. 82 The Bradys and the Brokers: or, A Desperate arne 0 a ree 144 The Brailya arid the Lost Rancbe; or. '!'h e Strange Case in Texas. 83 The Bradys' Fight to a Finish: or, Winning a Desperate Case. 14 5 The Bradys and the Signal Boy; or. 1 'be Great. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '78 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. -These stories based on actual facts and give a. fa.ithfn account of the exciting adventures of a. brave band of America youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their live for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading bound in a beautiful colored cover. l LATEST ISSUES. 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making it Warm for the Redcoats. 24 The Liberty Boys Double Victory; \ or, Downing the Red coats and Tories. 25 The LibE>rty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; vr, Teac:'ling the Redcoats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats in Philadelphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; o r, With Washington at the Brandywine. 29 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 The Liberty Boys in a .Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or. Holding Arnold in Check. 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After L icl{ Slater for 39 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything in S ight. 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in British Gold. 4 1 The Liberty Boys in a Snare; or, Almost Trapped. 42 The Liberty Boys' -Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 43. The Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Whole-sale. 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slater. 46 The Liberty Boys Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What They _set Out to Do. 48 The Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, Bu: Not Dis graced. 49 The Liberty Boys in Toryville; or, Dick Slater' s Fearful Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Liberty. Revenge. 51 The Liberty Boy,:;' Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at 33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who was an Their Owii. Game. Enemy. 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mile. 34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foes on All Sides. Succeeded. 54 The Liberty.Boys' Flight; or, A very Narrow Escape. :l5 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell. 55 The Liberty Boys Strategy; or, Out-generaling the En 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for emy. Liberty's Cause. 56 The Liberty Bo-ys Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats 37 The Liberty Boys Prize, and How They Won It. How to Fight./ 3 T!J.e Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Pla n That Won. 57 The Liberty Boys' "Push;" or, Bound to Get There. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by !"BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS or our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAUEN 'J 'HE SAME AS .lllONEY. .. 0 0 0 0 FRANK TOUSEY, Publi she r 24 Union Square, New York. ........................ 1901. D EAR Sm-Enclosed find .... cents for which please send me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................. " PLUCK AND LUCK ....................... ...... , o e " SECRET SERVICE ............................. " THR LIRER'T'Y ROYS OF '76, Nos .................... " Te nCent Hand Books. Nos .............................................. Name ........................ Street and No ........... Town ......... State ... 0 ...... ..


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