The Liberty Boys' shrewd trick; or, Springing a big surprise

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Tssu e d w.,, klg-By Subscr iption $2.50 per yw.r Entered as Second Class Matter at New York Past o/ficc, 4 ;T9oi, by "Jilr4nli 'i'Ov,.ey. No. 104. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 26, 1902. Price 5 Cents. DR, SPRINGING A .BIG SURPRISE. It w as a shrewd trick that the "Liberty Boys" played. When they leaped up out of the barrels; the British officers were almost paralyzed with surprise and consternation ..


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containin g Storie s of the American Issued Weekly-By Sub8cription $2.50 per year. Entered a s Second Cl-ass !Jfa t t e r at the New York. N. Y Post O l'f lce, February 1901. Entere d ac cording to A c t of C o ngress ;,, the y e a r 1902, i.n t h e office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C by Frank Tous ey, 24 Union Square, N e w York. No. 104 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 26, 1902. Price 5 Cent s CHAPTER I. THE GI.A.NT PATRIOT. One beautiful September afternoon of the y ear 1779 a party of British troopers were riding a long the road l e ading westward from Savannah, Geor g ia. In the party were perhaps a dozen m e n, and the y w e r e laughing and talking and see m e d in high s pirits. Insofar as that was concern e d the r e wa s no r e a s on why the y should not be in good spirits The Britis h army at that time occupied Savannah, and had things pretty much its own way in the State of G e orgia But suddenly there was an interruption of the jollity of the riders. sounded the reports of two pistols, and two of the troopers reeled anQ. fell from their saddles. gain two shots rang out, and another trooper fell to the ground, while a fourth fell forward upon his horse s neck, where, clutching the animal's mane, he was enabled to remain. "Rebels!" cried the leader of the party, a lieutenant. "Fire into the underbrush, men." . Before tb,ey could do so, however, out from among the trees at one side dashed a horseman. He was a large man, almost a giant in size, in fact, and in his hand was a sword of extraordinary size and length, and evidently of great weight. As the stranger dashed forth from among the trnes, he cried out in a loud voice: "Death to the minions of a tyrant king!" Then he attacked the eight :redcoats with such terrible fury that they were thrown into great disorder. Their horses reared and plunged, and the owners drew their swords and attempted to offer battle to the terrible stranger, but their efforts were not much more effective than would have been those of boys of six or eight years against a grown man. Almost before they knew it four of their comrades had been cut down, and the remaining four, seeing that their fate would be the same if they remained, whirled their ho rses around and dashed back in the direction of Savan na after them dashed the giant stranger, waving his innnense sword and yelling : "Death to the tyrant king!" To say the redcoats were frightened is stating the case very mildly. They were terror-stricken. They had n e v e r encountered such a man befor e Lieutenant Mar s h, the leader of the party of redcoats turne d in h i s saddle, and look e d ba ck. "He i s w i t hin pi s tol-range, I think," he mutte r e d. "I'll t ry a s h ot at h im. He is so bi g I ought to be abl e t o hit him." A s he said this h e drew a pis tol and coc ked it. Turning in hi s s addle, he leveled the pistol, took aim the bes t he c ould, and fired. A mockin g laug h was all the effe ct from the pistol shot. "Ha, ha, ha Try again, you redcoated coward!" cried the pursuing horseman. "Try again, I say, and s e e if y ou can do better next time." Lieutenant Marsh did try again, with no better result. A mocking laugh rewarded him once more. "Fire upon the r e bel, men," cried the officer his fa c e red with rage. "See if you can bring the ins olent scoun drel down. He is large enough to furnish a s plendid mark." The other three soldiers, thus ordered, drew their pistols and fired at the pursuing horseman, and again the mocking laughter rang out "Is that the best shootin g the minions of King Georg e can do?" the giant horseman cried tauntingly. "If so, they had better return to England. and practice a year or so be!ore coming back to try to fight the patriotic people of America." The redcoats fired still another volley, and again the mocking laughter rang out. "You might as well save your powder," cried the pur suer; "you cannot injure me. You could not hit me if you were to fire at me for a week." "Is he man or demon?" asked the lieutenant, his fa c e pale now, instead of red. Fear had overpowered anger and he was now only eager to make his e s cape "He must be a demon, lieutenant," r e plied one. "I am sure I saw him reel in his saddle when we fired the las t volley, but he simply straightened up and laughed ingly at us." "He is certainly a terror in a fight!" lieutenant wen t on, "and we must get away from him if we wish te save our lives. Even the four of us would not be a match forhim." "I should say not,". said one. "He has already proved that by killing eight o:f, our com r ades." The lieutenant glanced back over his shoulder, and a. littl e cry of dismay and terror escaped his lips


2 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. "He is gaining on us the officer cried The othe iw three turned their heads, and looked back They saw that the lieutenant had spoken truly. The giant horseman had drawn n e arer, and was slowly but steadily overtaking them "You are right, lieutenant," gasped one. "He is catching up to us." "And heaven have pity on us when he does catch us!!' from another. "If he reaches us, we must whirl upon him, and attack him suddenly," said the lieut e nant "With our sword s ?" asked one. "Yes." "It will be suicid e lieut e nant, nothin g less was the r e ply, with a shake of the head. "Stop!" at this moment cried the pursuing horseman; "stop, I say!" "What do you want?" called out the lieut e nant. "I want you to stop and fight me." "Oh, you do?" There wa s s arca s m in the officer's tones. "Yes." "Wen; you will h ave to excuse u s,'' was the reply. "We pre fer not to stop." "You are coward s "Perhaps we are, perhap s not." "You are, or you would stop. Are y ou not four to one?" "We were twelve to one a few moments ago." "You might as well stop and fight it out," the pursuing horseman cried, "for I am going to follow you till I catch _you, and then I will cut you down a s if you were straw men." "Do you h ear that?" gasped one of the troopers. "Jove, I guess we are goners." "Perhaps we can keep away from him till we reach Savannah," said another. "It is only two or three miles farther." "You'll ha"c i.o catch us before you cut us down,'' called out the lieutenant in a burst of defiance. "I'll catch you, ea s ily enough; don't you see I am .gaining right along?" "Yes; but we will s oon be in Savannah "You will never live to reach Savannah, you miserable fOJiJresentative of a tyrant king." There was something so deadly in the tone of the giant horseman's voice that the hearers shiver ed. "Ugh! f don't like the way he talks!" said one. "Neither d o I!" from another. "We are doomed!" from the third trooper. "We won't give up without making a fight for our live s," the lieutenant declared as bravely as he could, but his voice trembled in spite of his effort s to prevent it. "Little good will it do to make a fight," said one. "We a r e as children against him. We ried that back yonder, and once is enough for me." "It is enough for me, too," from another. "I don't \vant to try it aga in," from the t hi r d "Then you will simply sit still and let that dem o n split you from head i.o waist line, will you?" cried the Iieutep ant. "No, l won' t do that," replied one. "What will you do, then?" "I am going to wait till I see that we are unable to escape, and then I am going to jump off my horse and. take to the timber." "That is what I will do, too!" "And I!" "Jove, that i sn't a bad id ea," said the lieutenant. "T never !bought of that." "We will Rtand a good chance of making our escape if we do that, I think," s aid one of the troopers. They glanced ba c k, and it was seen that their pursuer \ms con s iderably closer than when they last looked. "I don't think we will ever reach Savannah on horse' bac k," said on e alter the backward glance. "No, he s gaining fast." "He will catch u s before we go a mile farther. "You had b ette r turn back," called out the li e utenant. "We are almo s t to Savanna h, and if you go too close you will b e captur e d or kill ed." "Thank y o u,' was the sarcastic reply "I know where S avannah i s m y r e dcoat friend. I have been there a few times in the pa s t. and e xpe c t to go there many times in the future "If you foll01Y us much farther this will be your last t rip," the lieutenant declared, as bravely as he could speak. "Bah! spare your breath, lieutenant!" was the scornful reply. "You cannot frighten me or me to turn back. I am going to add four to my list of victim s before I give up the chas;." "Just listen to that, will you," gasped one of the troop er s "There is a positive s tatement for you!" ''Ile m e an s to L 1 o it," from another. "You may safel y wager that he does; if he gets within striking distance of us, swish! will go that five-foot sword of his, and off will go. our heads!" Onward rode the troopers, at the best speed of their horses They kept urging the animal s pnward, in an effort to get g reater speed out of them, but the horses were doing their bes t, and could not respond. Aml closer and closer came the pursuing horseman The troopers kept looking back, and the nearer the horse man came the bigger and fiercer he looked Ile was not more than yards behind the four now, and one said, with a nervous quaver in his voice: "I'm not going to wait much longer! I'm going to jump off my horse and take to the timb er. "Stop!" called out the pursuing horseman at. this junc ture. "Stop, l say, and make a fight for your lives. Don't act like cowards!" At this moment a party of troopers to the number o i


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. 3 twenty men came riding around a bend in the road less I it with disastrous results, and the others were becoming than 01ie hundred yards distant. wary. "We are saved!" cried the lieutenant. Feeling that they were in danger of losing the larger number of their men if they tried to compete with lhe giant with swords, the troopers suddenly fell back, at an orde r from their leader, and drawing their pistols, fired CHAP'l'ER II. a volley at the giant horseman. .-1. TEHRIBLE CO::IIBAT. "Saved!" cried the three troopers in unison. As they drew near the approaching party the lieutenant cried out: "Kill this giant who is pursuing us. Ile is a demon, and has killed eight of our brave boys." The oncoming party of troopers opened up to let the lieutenant and his three comrades pass through, and as they rode through ibe opening thus i Ji, I i cutcnant ancl his men glanced back. To their they saw that lhc giant horaeman was dashing omrnrd straight toward i.hc party of troopers. Its appearance did not seem to dm'int him in 1'.he least. "Is he man or demon?" gasped'thc officer. "The latter, I think," replied one of the troopers. As for the members of the parly of troopers that had just put in an appearance, they were a mazed by the boldness They were within a few yards of the object aimed at, and felt that they could not have missed the mark, yet the man did not fall from the saddle Instead, he kept up the attack, and drove a portion of the party back io i.he edge of the timber at the side of the road. "Great J upitcr cannot this man be killed?" the leader of the party of redcoats gasped. "Is he "Ile is a demon!" cried Lieutenant Marsh, who, with his three comrades, had paused, and facing about, were watching the combat with eager interest. So deeply were they interested, in fact, that they did not think of taking any hand in the combat. They seemed to think their only business was to look on and see their comrades do the work. "At him, men!" roared the leader of the troopers. "Never must it be said that twenty of King George's troopers were defeated in a band-to-hand combat by one rebel! At him, and cut him down." "Yes, cut him down-if you can cried the giant, deof lhe single horseman. . :fiantly, and his immense sword was whirled around and They saw he was a grant m size, but c1en so, what could d "th h "ft t l t 1 t "bl b d t t l 9 aroun w1 sue swi ness as o ma rn i a mos irnposs1 e one man ope to o acrams wen Y. I } This was the questi;n they themselves, and withfo.rththteh l:edcloatst to gelt closbe enough to him to lllJlll'e um . h w1 eir s 1or cava ry sa ers. out stoppmg i.o try to answer it, they up 1nth t ell' muskets, and fired a volley at the horseman. Still, they would probably have succeeded, sooner or 'l'hcy confidently expected to see ihc man fall off his later, had lhe unequal combat been fought out. There came horse to the gro'\.md, riddled with bullets, but io their suran interruption, however. prise nothing of the sort occurred. The giant did sway in Suddenly a young man of seemingly about twenty years his saddle slightly, but that was all. Ile 1ras uninjured, came dashing up the road. He was mounted upon a mag they saw at once, for he waved his s11on1 in the air and nificent black charger, and bad a drawn sword in his right cried: hand, and a pistol in the left. The bridle rein laid loosely "Base minions of a tyrant king! I 11 ill show you how a on his horse's neck. patriot can fight!" As the young man drew near he called out: 'rhe next instant he was in the rni

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. patriot whirled their horses and dashed away up the road, I captain of the company of youths known as 'The Liberty .in the direction oi Savanna Boys of ''16' ?" "Come on, comrade," cried the giant, horseman, waving "I am the only Dick Slater that I know of, sir, and I am his sword. "Come on; we will make a clean sweep of it, the captain of the 'Liberty Boys.' 3nd kill all the scoundrels We won't let one return to The giant extended his hand. Savannah to te ll the story of their defeat!" "Shake, Dick Slater!" he exclaimed heartily. "I am After the troopers dashed the two horsemen, and they proud to know you. I have heard many stories of your managed to overtake and cut down three of them. The wonderful work as a scout and spy, and of the terrible

'rHE LIBE RT Y BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. th e giant patriot turned aside into a bridle-path, Dick fol lowing. CHAPTER III. THE LIEUTENANT'S REPORT. When the British troopers to the number of nine rode into Savannah at breakneck speed, and leaping off their foaming horses, told that they had been attacked and chased by a demon horseman, a veritable giant who wielded a sword of abnorma l proportions with deadly effect, the Britis h soldiers and the people were amazed indeed. And when the troopers told that e l even out of a party of twenty troopers, and eight out of anoth e r party of twelve, had been killed by this giant, assisted at the last by a stranger, the amazement turne d to horror. Then anger took pos sessio n, and many were for setting out at once on the trail of the two rebel s and putting an end to their existe nce. Lieutenant Marsh told them to wait till he had made his report to the commander befoi:..e they started to do any. thing, and the soldi ers decided this would be best, as the under officers might be taking too much authority upon themselves if they made up a party and set out without first seeing the commander. 'rhe lieutenant made his way to headquart ers, and was shown into the private room of the commander. "Ah, lieutenant, glad to see you," the officer said "Got back from your trip up into the country, eh?" "Yes, sir; and I have come h ere to r eport to you." "What is there to report, lieutenant? You merely went on a foraging expedition, did you not?" "Yes; but we met with an astonishing adventure." The commandant started. "Ah, was the nature of the adventure, lieutenant ?" he asked. "We were attacke d, si r, by--" "A party of rebels, eh? Well, I trust that you gave a good account of yom>selves. "No, we were not attacked by a party of r ebels, si r, but by one rebel." The commandant gave uttera nce to an exclama tion, and stared at the speake r in amazem e nt. "You-say you were-attacke d by-by one rebel, lieu tenant?" he asked slowly. "Yes, sir." "You were attacked?" He emphasized the word "attacked .n "Yes, sir; attacked. "Bless me! This is remarkable How many men had you ?" "Eleven." "There was an even dozen of you, then. Of course you had no. difficulty in overcoming the audacious rebel. I sup pose you kill e d or captured him?" The lieutenant s hook his head. "I am sorry to say, s ir, that we did n either," be said. "You let him escape?" in a tone of amazement. "More, sir,. We lost eight of our men in a very few moments, and the remaining four w e r e only too glad to flee for our lives." "What!" The commandant yelled the word, and then dropped bac k upon a chair and s tared at his visitor in silent and wondering amazement, mingled with horror. "You say that-one-manattacked twelve--of you, and-and kill ed eight-and then the other four-fledfor-their-lives ?" The commandant gasped the words out. It was evi dentl y a hard matter for him to speak a t all. "That is the truth of the matter, sir," was the reply. "But the st ory seems preposterous," the commandant gas ped. "I would not have believed any man lived who was capable of doing what you say this man did." "Neither would I have believed it, sir; but it is the truth, nevertheless." "Well, what sort of a man is this one for goodness sake?" "He i s a giant in size, sir, and wields a sword ;ith 'l blade at l eas t five feet in l ength. "Bless me-a giant, and with a swor d five feet in length!" gasped the commandant. "Yes, sir. I should say that he would be n early seven l'ect tall, and he is large in proportion Why, that sword looks as if it weighs twenty pounds, and yet h e wields it as if made of a pine stick." "Remarkab l e No wonder your men could" do nothing aga inst him with swords T heir little, short, cavalry sa bers would be no better than twig s against s uch a weapon and s u ch a man." "You are right, sir. We could not get within strik ing distance without getting split from head to waistline, or our heads cut clear off our shou ld ers." "I can that; but why did you not shoot him?" "We. did shoot at him a number of times, sir." "And did not hit him?" "I woufd wager anything that we bit him a number of times, si r "And did not kill him?" "No, nor even hurt him, seem in g ly. I saw him ro ck in his sadd le, but h e was straightened up and swinging the sword as fiercely as ever the next moment." "Humph! You shou ld have tried a few shots at his head." The lieut e nant started. "Ab, you suspect--" "That th e reb e l wears a suit of mail ?-yes. It i s pretty certain that such i s the case, otheiwise you would have brought him down." "I am su re you arc right, sir ,-now that you have spoke n of tl1e matter. for h e could n o t have esca p e d death from the bullets of twenty muskets, oth e rwise." j


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. "The bullets from twenty muskets?" wonderingly. "Yes; you see, the giant rebel gave chase to the of us, anu follow ed us a coup l e of miles, and then denly we met a party of twenty troopers." I out two or three forces, with instructions to run him to four I earth if possible." s ud"You had better see to it that they are good-sized parties, "Ah! And clo you mean to sa y this demon rebe l did n ot stop when he saw this party of troopers?" "That is jus t what I mean to say, si r. He came ri g ht ahead, brandi shing that t e rrible s ord and ye lling de fiance "And it was then that the rnlley was fired at him?" "Yes; the twenty troopers level ed 1.hcir muske ts, took good aim, and fhed, and the only effect seen was that the giant swaye d slightly in hi s s addle. He straightened up instantly, however, and clashed right in among the troopers and b ega n cutting and slashing at a terrible rate." "The fiend!" "He certainly is that. W ell, he had cnt down frrn or six of the troop ers before the others cou ld draw their swords, and when they did get their swords out they could not do much." "I would suppose that such would be 1.he case." "You a re right. They did their best, but could not get close enough to harm him, for that l ong, h eavy blade of his was cutti11g circles all around, ancl it was sure death to get within reach of it." "I can understand that. But how many of the troopers in this second party clicl he kil l did you say?" "Eleven; but he 1ras assisted towa r d the last b y another man "Ah, a comrade !" "I am not' sure of that. I believe the two were strangers, but doubtless both were r ebe l s sir; otherwise ihey will simply be going to Jheir death." "I will see to that; each party shall contain fity meu "There should be at least that many iu each party, si r At this instant a beautifu l girl of perhaps twenty yean e ntered from another and adjoining room. She started Lack as her eyes fell upon the lieutenant. and would have withdrmrn, but the commandant said : "Corne in, Mildred; it is only Lie utenan t }farsh, who has just bee n making his report, and a most wonderful report it is, too, my dear." "I did not know you were engaged with anyone, father," the g irl, who was Majo r Thornhill's daughter, and a most lovely and lovable young woman. Her mother di ed when Mildred was a baby, and she l1ad bee n taken care of by nurses, and when she grew up to be a mis s she asked to be permitte d to share the fortunes of war with her father. She had been with him i n India, 1\frica, and China, and was now wit11 him in She 1rns worshiped by the officers of Major Thornhill's staff, and o E these not one was more desperately in love with :Jiildred ihan was Lieutenant Marsh. Consequently he was delighted when the g irl appeared, and was pleased when the major told Mildred to remain. rrhe lieutenant bowed gracefully, and greeted the young lady as 1rarmly as he dared. The fact was that l\Iildred was heartfrec. She cared nothing for any of the officers of her father 's s taff, and least of all, p er h aps for Lieutenant :JfaTSh. He 1ras a bigoted, vain :fellow, and thought himself quite the handsomest man in the army, and the girl "There can be no doubt on that score. And whe n this knew this, and detested h im accordingly. second man appeared, what did the trooper s do?" "They took refuge in flight." "And managed to get away, eh?" "Not all of them. Three or four more were cut down before the edge of the city was r eac hed "Well, this is a most remarkable s tory you have told me, lieutenant/' the commandant saic11 rising and walking the floor with rapid, n e rvous strides, a frown on his Jace. "It i s the mo s t amazing thing I hav e ever heard of That one man would be enabled to make s uch havoc, and virtually d efeat twenty or more British troopers, is something that is hard to b e lieve." "Yet it is the truth, s ir, and nothing but the truth." "I know it must be true, li e u tenant; but it is hard to r ealize that such can be the case." "It would not be so hard to r ea lize, sir, if you had seen that demon rebel in action, as I saw him, with that immense swor d whirling and twisting through the air with lightning-like quickness." "I suppose you are right; but we mus t run that scoun drelly rebel to earth, and capture or kill him, lieutenant." "It should be done, sir, of course; but I think it will be a difficult thing to accomplish "Perliaps so; but we will make t h e attempt. I will send "I have come to ask you to let me g o out for a ride, father," said the girl, afte r acknow l e dging the lieutenant's greeting with a cool bow. "It is not adv i sable that you should go :'IIildr ed,'' sai d the major. "Why not, fathe r ?" in surprise "It i s n't safe." "Why not?" "There are rebels about." "But they wouldn't hurt me, father. this afternoon, I don't know about that. It seems there is a very demon of a reb e l in the vicinity of the city. He attacked a party of troopers, of which the lieut enant h ere was a member, and killed eight and put the other four to flight "You don't mean to tell me that you were one of the four, lieutenant?" the girl a s ked, a :;cornful curl to her lips. "Yes, Thornhill," flushing "Humph," with a tos.s of the h ead. "And you haYe been posing as a brave man. "I fancy I am as brave as most men, Miss Thornhill,'l said the lieutenant; "but this reb e l was a giant, a veritable demon, wearing a coat of mail. He wielded a swor d five


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. 7 feet in l e n gth, and was impervious to our bullets, so we s py, they seemed to be unable to do enough to make it wer e forc e d to flee, not from cowardice, but with the idea pl e a sant for him, and when they learned that he had helped of s avin g our lives, that is all." H e nry fight the redcoats, they thanked him sincerely. "A gi ant, wea1; ing a coat of mail, and with a sword "I am afraid Henry will lo s e his life by his recklessness, five fee t long exc laimed the girl, her eyes lighting up. Mr. Slu te r the woman s aid. "How I should lik e to see this wonderful man." "I d o n t think th e re is much danger, Mrs. Whipple," said "Well, you might not like it so well, if you really were Dic k with a s mile. "Unless he gets so reckless a s to atto sec him Mildred," s aid her father, drily; "and as I am ta c k an entire r e giment of them." afraid you mi ght run acro s s him if you went out riding, I "Well, I am likely to do that if I happen to run upon t hink it will be bes t that you stay in the city this aftert h e m said the giant quietly. noon " Y ou must not be too reckless, brother," from Lucy. "Oh but I mu s t go, father," the girl declared. "I want "Oh>;

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD 1'RICK. ope n e d the door. As her voice was h ea rd in greeting to some one, followed by the sound of other voices, H enry s lipp ed the sword back into the scabba rd and said: "It is Mart and Sue Miller." "I'll go in and talk to them; you two finish your s up p ers," said Lucy, and she passed throu g h into the sitti n g ro om, and pulled the door shut b e hind her. "A nei g hbor' s boy and girl," explained H enry. "They have come over to s p end the evening." "Oh, that's it, eh?" with a smi le. "Well, that i s better than if they had proved to be a party of redcoats." "Well, that depend on how big a party it proved?to be," said Henry with a significant smi le, and a touch on the handle of hi s sword. "If not too large a party I would have given them a liv e l y welcome. 'rhe r e is plenty of room to bury r e dcoat s around here." "Oh, H enry, are you thi nking of joining the army?" ex claimed Mrs. Whippl e "I am thinking of it, mother," was the quiet reply. wish to go with 1\Ir. Slater and talk the matter over." "He will be in less danger if he joins the army than if he keeps on fighting the redcoats si n g le-handed, mother," said Lucy "True, Lucy; I never thought of that." Dick and Henry had just said good-by to the others when there came a knock on the door. Henry stepped to the door and opened it. 'ro his s urprise he found himself confro nted b y tl.i.e most b eautiful young woman that it h ad ever been hi s for tune to look upon-so at lea st he told hiinself, as in a flash his keen eyes took in every d eta il of the young woman's face. All sta r ed at her, for i t was evident t hat s he w a stra nger in the neighborhood. sir," said the young woman, in a sweet, musical voice.. I have l ost my way, and would lik e to be directed so that I can r each Savannah before dark, if posAs soon as they were t hrough with the m ea l, they went sible I am Miss Thornhill the British commandant's into the sitting -r oom, an d Dick was introduced to Mart and daughter." Susan Miller. This was said in a quiet, matter-of-fact voice, without a particle of bravado, and Dick said to himself that the r edcoats would have to look out when they were around where Henry Whipple was. "A female r edcoat !" thought Dick. I wonder how The "Liberty Boy" was not particu larly w e ll pleased Henry will treat her?" with the couple. Mart was not b a dlookin g but there was He g lanced at Henry, and saw some thing on the face of something in his expression which Dick did not fancy. It the handsome young giant that caused the "Liberty Boy" was evident, too, that he did not t a k e a very great liking to smi l e in hi s s leeve. Admiration was expressed there so to Dick. H e eye d the "Liberty Boy" searchingly, though 1.plainly that anyone oould see it with h a lf a n eye. covertly and then kept a pretty close wat c h on Lucy, not1\fildred Thornhill, the British commandant's daught e r ing her particularly whenever she addressed h e r conversasaw it, and if she was displeased s h e did not show it. And, tion to Dick. indee d, she was not di s pleased. The instant her eyes had "He is in love with Lucy, and i s j ea lou s of me, I think," alighted upon the young patriot she had sai d to h erself: thought Di ck. "I will have to look out, or he may try "I have found my giant reb el! I sn't he a big fellow, to deal me a blow when I am not looking for it." though-and hand s ome! And manlylooking, too; a nobleAnd Dick, who was an observant youth, made up his lookin g fellow. I really believe I c ould love him!" Such mind that Sus an was in love with Henry Whipple. Whethwere the thoughts which went through her mind, but she er Henry cared for her or not the youth could not decide; was sk ill e d at concealing h e r fee lings under a ma sk of certainly the giant patriot did not talk and act like one in calm indifference, and nothin g on the surface indicat e d love. He spoke to Susan more as if s he were a sister than that she was in anything save to find the shortest otherwise. rout e to Savannah. Presently Di c k said he would have to b e going, and Susan Miller saw the look of a dmiration on Henry' s H enry said he would accompany him. face, a nd in stant l y a bitter feeling of jealousy sprang up "Oh, there i s no need of your going with me, Mr. Whipin her heart, and in the same in stant she conceiv e d a hatred ple," said Dick. "I woulq not wis h you to leave your for the b eautiful daughter of the British officer. company." "I'll scratch the hussy's eyes out if s he trie s to steal "Oh, he won't care," said Susan, and Dick thought there Henry away from me," the girl sa id to herself, and her wa s bitterness in the voice. eyes flash e d as the thought passed through her mind. "We have been neighbor s a ll our liv es," sa id Henry. "We Dick ha.ppen ed to glance at her a s the look appeared in are just lik e brothers and s i sters, and non e of us would ex -h er eyes, and he said to himself that Susan was already pect any of the others to stay at home to keep us comjeiilous of the beautiful stranger. pany." "This is all very inte re sti ng," the youth sa id to himself. "Of course not," sai d Susan, but Dick fancied there was "Mart is jealous of m e and Susan is jealou s of the British sarcasm in the tone. comma ndant's daughter. I fear that complications may "Where are you going, if I may ask?" asked Mart Miller. arise in the not far distant future." "I am going to rejoin the patriot army, many miles to "You have got off the main road to Savannah Miss the westward," e aid 1'ick quietly. Thornhill," sai d Henry, in r e ply to the young lady's state -


I\ I THE LIBERTY BOYS SRHE WD TRICK. 9 m ent tha t s h e was los t and wis h e d to b e directed to SavanThe n, when Miss Thornhill parte d from Henry, and rode nah. "My friend, here," indicating Dick, "and my s elf onwa rd into Savannah, Dick and Henry could get together we re jus t starting in the direction of the main road, and a g ain, and proceed with their work. will escort you thither as s oon a s we saddle our horses. So when the main road was r e ached, Dick pau s ed, and Kindly s t e p in and have a s eat." said: "Thank y ou, said the youn g lad y and s h e ente red, and "I will say good-by, Miss Thornhill and Mr. Whipple." H enry introduced hi s moth e r and s i s ter, and then Mart and "Which w a y are you going?" a s k e d Henry, jus t a s if he Su s a n Miller. d id not know an ything about it. Miss Thornhill g re e t e d all pleas antly, e v e n to Susa n, who "I a m g oing to r e join the patriot army." c ould n o t help s howin g )ler animosit y, and who r eturne d t h e "Ho w fa r from h e r e i s it?" y oun g l a dy 's g reetin g in a curt and very pl easant m a n"Twenty -fi v e miles," r e plied Di ck, this bein g s aid for Lhe b e n e fit of the Briti s h maiden. ner. Miss Thornhill, who was a s bright and shrewd a s she "Whe n will you b e down this way again?" a s k e d Henry. was b e autiful the rea s on for the girl 's show of I could not say, Mr. Whipple. I may never come thi s a nimo sity, and s mil e d to her s elf. w ay again, though I hope to meet you at some future "Ve ry well young lady s he said to herself, "it won't time." do an y good to trea t m e in tha t for if I should "And I, too, shall be glad to see you again, Mr. Slater," take it into m y head to fall in love with this hands ome s aid the young woman, extending her hand." "I am the youn g patriot I will take .him away froni. you without d a u ghter of the British commandant, true, but I am not a ny co,npunction '"hate ver." prejudiced against any person on that account, and if a Dirk and Henry went to the stable and bridl e d and sadman is a man, I will honor him just a s much if a patriot as dled their horses and led -them to the house. if be is a Tory." "W c are ready now Miss Thornhill," s aid I;Ienry, step"Thank y ou," s aid Di ck, and he pres s ed the hand warm-ping to the door. ly. "Very well, Mr. Whippl e," and ris in g, the y oung lady Then h e s hook hand s with Henry Whipple, and with a bade the folk s good-by, all responding plea s antly save Suche ery "Good-night," rode away up the road at a gallop. s an, who curl e d up her lip and m e r e ly n o dd e d s hortly. "Now s hall I s ay good-night to you, Mr. Whipple?" She was car e ful to b e out of doors when Miss Thornhill I ask e d Mildr e d Thornhill, a peculiar, tender cadence to her mounted her horse, how e v e r, and wh e n s h e saw H enry hold voice. out his hand, in which the y oun g woman plac e d her foot, "Not jus t yet, Miss Thornhill," was the reply and lift Mis s Thornh i ll into the s addle h e r h eart glowed ,,.. "I can find m y way back to Savannah now, I think, Mr. w i t h anger and j e alousy. Whipple," s aid the young woman. "All I have to do is to Di c k and Henry the n l ea p e d into the s addles, and the follow the ro ad. Is not that right?" th re e rode away. "Yes, Mi s s Thornhill, and if you do not wish to have "CHAPTER V. THE LOVERS SURPRISED. Whil e the y w e re at the stable bridling and s addling their hor ses Dick and Henry had a conver s ation, and had de c ided upon a plan of procedure It was Dick's intention to .mak:e an attempt to enter S a vannah that night for the purpo s e of s p y ing and dis covering as much a s was possibl e with regard to t he forti :fic atiorn;, etc., but of cour s e it would not do for t he daughter of the commandant of the British stronghold to know this. She would certainly t e ll her father, and then it w ould be suicidal to try to do any spywork. So it bad been decided that whe n they r ea c he d the main road Dick would bid the two goodni g ht, and r i d e awa y t o ward the west, after stating that he was going to the pa trio t army. Henry intended accompanying Miss Thorn hill toward Savannah, and Dick would turn around, as s o on as they were out of s ight, and follow at their heels. me acc ompany you I will turn back," said Henrx. a s li g htly hurt tone to hi s v9ice. "Oh, as to that, sir, I shall be delighted to have your c ompany," the young lady hastened to say. "But I fear that if you come with me, we may meet some of-of the British trooRers, and that-that you may be killed or in jured, and then I should feel that I was to blame." "Would you be sorr y, Miss Thornhill?" asked Henry, bis voice trembling in s pite of his efforts to prevent it. The truth was, the hand some you _ng patriot had fallen deeply in love with the beautiful English maiden. As she noted the tremor in the young man's voice, a pe culiar feeling of d e li ght came ove r the y oung woman, and in an i n s t ant s h e r e alized that thi s handsome young giant was her id e al of a m an-tha t s h e loved him! "Yes, indeed, I w ould very, v e ry sorry!" she said, and t h e re was something in her tones that caus(ld Henry's heart t o l ea p with delight. "Can it be that s he loves me?" he asked himself. "Surel y n ot," b e continued. "She never evening, and knows nothing about me. tha t s he would fall in love with a gtiwk like me." . saw me before this I am a fool to think great, big awkward


' 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD T.RIOK. It was night now, but there was a good moon, a n d it was I said Mi l dred, in a low voice, in which sympathy "'as un n ot very dark. Still, it was too dark to make it possib l e rnisiakably present. I do not think you have done any to see expression on t he face, and all the two cou l d have to thing ot.her than what you should have done, under the cir judge the feelings of each other by was the tones of their cumstances voices. "Thank you for the assurance, Miss Thornhill," sai d "I don't see why you should be sorry if I were to get Henry. into trouble," sa id Henry. "I am a patriot, a 'rebel,' as "And now, I think you had better turn ba ck, Mr. Whip your people call us, and you should be glad to see me capple," said the young woman. "I s hould nev er forgive. my-tured or killed by the British troopers." :::elf if I should be the means of getting y ou into trouble.' "You cannot judge a woman by the men, Mr. Whipple," "I 1\ill turn back if you wish me to," said Henry. ''But was the quiet r ep ly. "Nor is a woman's like s or dislikes -1-that i s-I wish that I might-that at some future fashioned by rule. It is possible for a woman to love a time I might-meet"youagain, :Hiss Thornhill man who is :fighting against her people-not that I mean "If you ride along this road almost any afternoon you that to have personal application," hastily. will likely meet me, Mr. Whipple," was the low reply. "Ah, I would that it could have personal application," "Oh, thank you for the information, Miss Thornhill,'' said H e nry, and there was that in hi s tones which caused said H enry, delighted "And now, will you-do you mind Mildred s heart to thrill with happiness. -sh::iking hands with me before we-part?" She made no reply, and the young patriot, thinking he The girl extended her hand promptly. had made her angry, said: "I am g lad that we have met, Mr. Whipple," Mildred "I beg your pardon, l 'vliss Thornhill. I hope you are not said, in a voice which thrilled H enry through and through. offended at me." "And I-hope-that we may-meet again." "Oh, I am not offended at all," was the quick reply, "And so do I, Miss Thornhill!" eagerly. "And if it and there w as s omething in the tones of her voice that is left to me we shall meet many many times!" As he made her words very pleasing to the young man's ear spoke he pres s ed the shapely little hand that had bee n As the moon came up above the tree-tops it grew much placed in his so free l y, and yie l ding to a sudden impulse, lighter, and the two were enabled to see each other quite he lifted the hand to his lips, and kissed it. plainly. "Forgive me!" he cried. "I did not mea n to offend." They rode slow ly, and not like persons who were in a I am not offended; there is not hing to. fo r g i ve," was the hurry to reach their destination. The-fact that Mildred reply, softly given, and while the girl withdrew her hand, was content to ride slowly would have proved much to the she did so slowly, and not quick l y It was evident that she mind of one who knew much about women; but Henry .wa, s not displeased. Whipple did not know much about them. "Heaven bless you breathed Henry, his heart filled They talked of many things, and finally Mildred said: with delight at the gi r l's wor d s a n d the tone used in speak Perhaps you had better turn back, Mr. Whipp l e." ing thCln. "Farewell until we meet again." so, Miss Thornhill?" the young man said. "Farewell," was the low-sp0ken reply, and. at this in "I am afraid we may meet a party of tropers." stant out from the timber at the roadside rode a large party .. I hardly think it likely." of British troopers. "I am not so sure about it. I beard father tell Lieu They came forth so quick l y that they had surround ed tenant Marsh, who was the commander of one of the parthe two a l most before they r ealized what was taking p l ace. ties you had your encounter with this afternoon, that he As the head of the party was Lieutenant Marsh, and in was going to send out several puties to search for you." t_he bright moonlight it was easi l y to be seen that his face Henry was amazed to learn that the girl knew so much dark with anger. about him. "You are our prisoner, you rebel!" he cried, pointing his "Then you know I fougl!_t with two par ties of British sword at Henry Whipple. "Surrender! Don't dare to troo_pers this afternoon, and killed a number of the men?" offer resistance, for if you do we will kill you with as littl e he exclaimed. compunction as if you were a mad dog!" "I do, Mr. Whipp l e Father told me all about it." "And yet you do not hate me?" ''Certainly not, Mr. Whipple. I do not blame you for fighting for what you think i right, any mo r e than I CHAPTER VI. blame the Briti h soldiers for :fighting for what they think is right. "I will tell you how it is that I am so bitter against the British, Miss Thornhill," said H e nry. "They killed my father, only three years ago," and then he told her the story of how his father had been killed. "I am. sorry, l\Ir. 'Nhipple, and I don t blame you a bit," ' THE STRATAGE.:11: THAT WON. "Hold!" cried Mildred Thornhill sternly, her voice ring ing out loud and clear as a bugle. "The first man that makes a move to injure this gentleman will have to answer te my father."


THE LIBEHTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. 11 "Gentleman!" sneered the lieutenant, who was almost wild with rage, on account of seeing the patriot with the woman he loved. "He is a rebel and scoundrel." "You are a liar!" cried Henry Whipple, promptly, his voice ringing out sternly. "I am not a scoundrel. But I know that there are many such among the British sol diers Some such murdered my father only a few weeks ago, and what I did this afternoon was to avenge his murder-and I am not anywhere near through1 either. I am only just beginning "Well, you will end as quickly as you began," sneered Liei1tenanL :Marsh. "You will be hanged for the murderer that you are, to-morrow morning." "Don't be too sure of that, my dear lieutenant," said Henry, quietly. "How comes it we find you in the company of this r e bel, Miss Uildred ?" the lieutenant asked the girl. "That is not your bu s iness, Ih8utenant Marsh," was the prompt reply; "but I will tell you, nevertheless. I got los t, and encountering this gentleman, asked him to show me the road to Savannah, and he did so. That is how it happens that I am in his company." "And docs kissing your hand come under the head of showing you the way to Savannah?" asked the officer, sneer ingly. He had seen this action on Henry's part, and had been rendered almost wild with jealous rage by the sight. "That is no affair of yours, sir!" the girl cried spiritedly. "Please remtmber who you are talking to. If you are not c areful I will report you to my father." "Yes, ar:d if you are not careful, I may report you to him," retorted the lieutenant, placing emphasis on the "you." "And get you,rself kicked of his presence for your pains!" said Mildred "Perhaps so, perhaps not. I am quite sure he would not approve of his daughter meeting a rebel-and this one, of all I rather think he would thank me for telling him about it." "You are a miserable poltroon, Lieutenant Marsh," said Henry Whipple, sternly, "and if Miss Thornhill says so, I will cut your head off." "You need not mind doing it, sir," said Mildred. "My father will do it if he does what he threatens to do. Father hates and I would not care if the were to go to him with the story." "Bah!" sneered the l ieutenant. "Do you surrender, rebel?" "Wait!" said Mildred. "Lieutenant Marsh, this gentleman came with me to show me the way to Savannah, and I demand that he be permitted to go his way in peace." "You may demand all you like, Miss Mildred," replied the lieutenant, almost insolently. FBut I am here under o;rders from your father, and I must obey them." "What are my f!lther's orders?" "That we capture or kill this big rebel, whose hands are dyed with the blood of nineteen British soldiers, all slain by him only this very afternoon.'' "But some of our soldiers killed his father, and he did it to avenge his father's death. "Oh, of course you will hold up fo; r him!" sneeringly. "I demand that he be permitted to depart." "You are wasting your and our time, Miss Mildred," was the reply; "we are out to-night for the especial purpose of capturing or killing this rebel, and now that we have him in our power do you suppose that we are going to let him escape? No! a thousand times no!" "But I say you must let him depart!" cried Mildred, her voice ringing out clearly and determinedly. "Don't say anything more to them, Miss Thornhill," said Henry. "I will fight my way out. They cannot stop me." "Oh, yes, "e can," cried the lieutenant. "We know that yon wear a suit of mail, and will not shoot at your body, but at your head. Out with your pistols, men, and shoot him dead if he attempts to resist." ,\s the men etarted to draw their pistols, Henry drew his s word. At the same instant 1\Iilclred urged her horse ne:ross till it was close alongside that of Henry Whipple; th e n, before he knew what she intended doing, the beau tiful and brave girl reached over and throwing her arms a r ound the patriot's neck, cried out, eagerly, excitedly: "Bre ak through their lines !-quick! Hold tight to me, ancl the y 'rill not dare shoot at you, for feur of hitting me." Henry understood the girl's plan, and clasping her with his strong left arm, be lifted her from her horse's back, and pre ssing her tightly to him, urged his horse through the ring of soldiers who surrounded them, and dashed back up the road at a gallop. The redcoats did fire upon the patriot, J.or fear they would hit the commandant's daughter, and the lieu tenant was wild with rage. ".After him, men !" be roared. "After the scoundrelly rebel! We must not let him escape!" So paralyzed were the British by the sudden and unex pected action of the patriot however, that he had suc ceeded in gaining quite a start. A glance back showed Mildred that they were well away from the troopers, and she said quickly: "Lower me to the ground, Henry-Mr. Whipple. They will not injure me, of course, and you will be able to make your escape, I am confident." "ThJnks to you, Miss Mildred. Thanks to you-sweetheart May I call you that?" The patriot's voice trem bled with emotion. He feared he was acting very presump tuously in speaking thus, but at the same time something whispered to him that the girl loved him, and, too, her actions went far to show this, for she ltad risked con siderable in order to save him from capture by the British troopers. "Yes, y..ou-may-call me-that," was the stammering reply, and the girl hid her face on the yolmg man's shoul der. Only for an instant, however. Then she lifted her eyes to his face, and said again :


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. "Place me on the ground. I will be safe, and then you ''It would be none of your affair, sir, if such were the will be able to make you r e sca pe case," said the girl haughtily. Henry Whipple pressed his lip s to those of the beau"If suc h 'were' the case! H a ha, h a !-'we r e' It is tiful Britis h maid e n presse d h e r to bis breast, and then the case, and it i s useless for you to deny it, Mildred reining up hi s hor se, placed Mildred on the g round, ge ntly Thornhill." and tend e rly. "You forget to whom you are speaking, Lieutenant "Good -by, sweetheart!" h e murmured. "I will be waitMarsh! I s hall report your insolent conduct to my father, ing and watching for you to-morrow afte rnoon and h e will settle with you " I will be h e re. Go !--quickly! Don't d e l ay They are 'rhen the g i rl walked to wh e r e h e r horse was standing, coming fa st." and mcunting, ro d e onward toward Savannah, whil e the H e nry plunged the spurs into the hor se's flank s and li eutenant stare d after her, and muttered angril y to him-d ashe d away. self. The r e d coats sa w his action in placing the girl on the "Confound the luck!" he growled. "She love s that grou nd, and dashing onward, urge d their horses onward scoundre ll y rebel, and I won't dare say anything to her with spur and yells. father, for as she says, h e would not approve of our tak Captme him, boys, if y ou possibl y can do so," roare d ing advantage of the fellow when he had been rend ering a the li e utenant. "Don' t let the scoundrel escape." service to the commander's d a ughter. Well, the only thing "We will do our best!" was the reply to d o is to capture or kill the rebel. And come to think o f Wh e n he came to where Mil dred st ood the lieutenant it, I judge tliat the best thing will be to kill him, for if we stop p e d w e re to capture hi m and take him to Sav annah that girl "So you have turned traitor, have you, Mild re d Thorn-would either persuade h e r father to set him free, or she hill!" he cried sternly and angrily. "What do you s upwould do it herself by stealth." pose your father will say whe:q h e h e ars that you aided Then the lieutenant rode onward up the road in the the r ebe l to escape?" dire c tion take n by his men, in purs uin g H enry Whip ple. "He will s ay I did right." H e had gone but a short di s t a n ce whe n he found the "Well, I don t see how you can think for a moment that troop e r s h alted in the road Man y had di s mounte d and h e w ill say that." were searching in the timber beside the road. "I do; it is v e ry simple. The man you were d etermined "\>\Tell, what does this mean?" the lieutenant asked. to capture did me a grea t favor in guiding me toward "'rhe r ebel took to the timber at t h is point, li eutenant," Savannah, when I had l ost my way, and you came upon u s expla in ed one of the men while he was so e ngag ed, and I am s ure that my father Oh, that's it, eh?" wol!lld pot wish to repay hi s daug hter by "Yes." injuring the man who rendered her a service. "And hav en' t t h e men been ab l e to ;find where he went?" "He will not be pleased when he learns that his daughter "No; he ha s escaped, I g uess, fo r they can find no signs has been holding meetings with the r ebel who did such of him a n ywhere.'' deadly work to the British troop ers this afternoon, Miss He must be run to earth," sai d t)le officer, angrily; "dis-Mildred." mount, all. I s hall leave four m e n h ere to take care of the "I not bee n hold ing meeting s with him, sir." horses. The re s t w ill accompa n y me, and we will search "r' saw you with him." the timber thoro u gh l y for miles a round We will put in the "Yes, but that was t h e fir st time I ever met him. I nev er ni ght at it if need be, and it will be strange if we do no t until today knew there was suc h a man in existence. stumble upon his hiding-place." "Well, ] mus t say that you hav e mad e wonderful prog"That's a goo d idea, li eutenant." ress if that is the case, Miss Mildred!" sarcastica lly. "I think so." "Do you mean to say that you doubt my word, s ir?" A few minutes late r the r edcoa t s set out through the cr ied the young l ady. timber. They moved s lowl y, and spread out, fan-shape, as "Oh, no; certainly not. But I do say that your friendthey went. s hip seems to b e very strong for such short acq u aintance." "We will capture that accursed r ebe l or know the reason "He had r endere d me a service, and I was determined why!" sai d Lieutenant Marsh to himself, his t eeth coming that h e s hould not get into troubl e on my account, if I could together >iciously. help it, that is nll," the girl said. "And you were the cause of his making his escape." "As J intended shou ld be the case "I shou ld think you would fee l proud of your wor k." "I do! I s hould do the same thing over again, if the oc-. casio n demanded it." "You are in love with tha.t rebel scoundre l hissed the li eutenant, hi s face convulsed with r age C H APTER VII. DICK SLATER WOUNDED. Henry Whipple had not gone very far after placing Mildre d on the ground before b e h eard a peculiar whistle from the timber at the roadside.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. l:J He recognized the whistle as being a signal for him to stop, and he did so. He. knew the signal was made by Dick Slater. Bringing the horse to a stop, he turned him a s ide, and rode in among the trees. "This way, Remy," sai d a voice. "I am right here Henry was soon beside Dick. The clatter of the hoofbeats of the horses ridden by the Briti sh troopers sounded close at hand, now. "Which way, Dick ?" asked Henry. "Follow me. We will move along par:,allel with the road, and go in the directio? of Savannah." The two moved along, keeping a few yards back in the timber, and they heard the troopers come to a stop and begin talking in an excited manner "They don't know what to do," said Dick. "You are right." The two moved along till they came 't>pposite where Lieutenant l\Iarsh and Mildred Thornhill stood, and it was all Dick could do to keep H enry from stepping out and cutting the li eutenant down when he was heard talking insolently to the commander's daughter. Presently the girl left the lieutenant and made her way to where her horse stood, mounted and rode onward to' ward Savannah, and H enry felt better. He and Dick moved onward, and although they did not kee p pace with the girl, they were enabled to keep their eyes on her for quite a while. At last, after having taken a look back down the road, without seeing anything of the redcoats, the two emerged from the timbe r mounted their horses, and rode onward toward Savannah. As they did not again catch sight of Mildr e d Thorn.hill, they judged that she had in c reased the pac e of her horse, aml moYed mor e rapidly. When the y were within a quarter of a m il e of the out skirts of Savannah they paused, and were debating their next movement of a sudden a band of horsemen dash ed out from among the trees and called upon them to sur r e nder. The patrio ts drew their pistols, and made a dash to es-cape, firing as they lfent. "Crack crack "Crack crack Each fired two shots, and then, thrusting the pistols into their belts, they drew their swords. Then crack, crack, crack, crack! went the weapons of the troopers-for such the members of the party in ques tion were, and Dick would have fallen from his saddle, had not Henry Whipple reached over and seized hold of him, and held him up. "Are yon bad hurt, comrade?" Henry asked. There was no reply "Jove, I fear he is dead!" murmured Henry. "Well ,. I will carry him away from here, and see whether or not he is," and he urged his Iiorse up the road, cutting his way through tbe enemy's line with that terrible s word He carried Dick on his arm, as if the youth were a straw man. He seemed not to feel the weight. "Hurrah! we've killed one of the rebels!" yelled the troopers. "Give chase to the big fellow, men. We will catch him, for hi s horse cannot carry the double weight and get away from u s." The magnificent black horse that had been ridden by Dick kept right alongside the horse bestrode by Henry Whipple, and the intelligent animal seemed to know something was wrong;for every once in a while h e would stick his nose al most against the insens ible form of his maste r and utter a whinny. Again and again the pursuing troopers fired volleys at the giant horseman, but thou gh he was struc k by bullets several times, of course he was not injured, none of the missiles happening to strike his head, which he kept bent forward, so as to make it a mark. Fearing that the youth in hi s arms might be hit again, Henry helcl the unconscious form in front of him, thus shie lding it with his own huge body. He noted i.he action of the m agnificent black horse, and said: "Noble old boy! You know something i s the matter 1vith your maste r. You are faithful-more faithfu l than many human comrades wou ld be under the same circum sta nces, for you are sticking to him." And th e horse whinnied again, as if knowing he was being addressed. Onward rode Henry Whipple, and after him came the troopers They urged their horses to their best speed, but the animals were not very good ones, and it could not be seen that any gain was made on the fugitive. "We must catch that fellow!" cried the leader oi the party "l am confident he is the giant who killed our comrades th i s afternoon, a.pd if we can catch him we will be doing a big stroke of work." "And the fellow in hi s arms," s aid another. "lie must be some rebel of importance, too." "Yes, but I rather think he is dead." Henry Whipple, too, was afraid Dick was dead. Every few moments he looked down into the pale face of the youth, and his heart was filled with misgivings. "If he isn't dead he must be serious l y wounded," thought the brave patriot. "Well, I will carry him to my home and take the best of care of him, and if h e is not fatally wounded mother and sis will pull him through, for they are famous nurses." Onward rode the giant patriot. His horse was a large, strong, and speedy animal. He had been selected with a special eye to his fitness for H enry's work-the chasing of redcoats. So now, although weighted down wii.h two on his back, the animal showed no signs of weariness, but kept onward at good speed. Indeed, Henry presently saw that h e was drawi n g away from hi s pursuers.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD "Gooc1 he murmured. "I will escape from them "The fellow he had in his arms, eh?" yet. "Yes." Presently he rounded a bend in the road and came upon "Likely; I hope so." the horses belonging to Lieuten .ant Marsh's party of "So do I." troopers, who had gone into the timber to look for the Presently Lieutenant Marsh and his men came rushing patriot. forth from the timber at the roadside. '!'he young patriot could not turn aside, and a quick, "Why did you call us? What is the trouble? What was searching look told him that there were only three or four the firing about?" the lieutenant cried excitedly. troopers there, so he felt that he had not much to fear. One of the men who had been left in charge of the "The oihers are in the timber, looking for me," he horses told him, and when he learned that the giant of thought. "Well, I am glad of that. They won't :find me." whom they were in search had passed along the road a few The four redcoats who had been left in charge of the moments before, lrnd that he had cut down one of the horses saw the horseman approaching, bearing the untroopern his anger knew no bounds. conscious form of his friend, and they at once jumped to "We must make an end of that scoundrel, and soon at the conclusion that this was the giant of whom they were that," he cried. "lf we don't, he will do lots of damage to in search. om men." They uttered wild yell s leaped out beside the road, Then the lieutenant tured to the commander of the dra. wing their pistols as they did so. oth e r force of troopers and asked him how they came to "Halt!" they cried. "Halt, or you are a dead man!" b e there. "Out of the way, cowardly minions of a tyrant king!" The other offic er told how they had come upon the giant cried Whipple, waving his sword. "Out of my way, or I a nd a companion, and had tried to surround them, but / will cut you down." had failed, and how they had brou ght down one of the two, Crack, crack, crack, crack! and then given pursuit to the other. rrhe redcoats fired four shots in quick succes s ion, but did "We will follow the rebel up the road," said Lieutenant no damage, though two oI the bullets struck the giant's Marsh. "We may be able to overtake him yet." form. "I don't think so," was the reply; "but we might as well He reeled slightly, but quickly recovered his balance be going in that direction as any." and dealt 011e of the troopers a blow with the immense I The troopers first gave burial to their dead comrade sword, cutting him to the waistline. J then mounting, rode up the road in the direction taken by This caused the other three to leap back m great ha.ste, I Henry Whipple. to get out of reach of tjrnt .terrible sword, ancl by the time Meanwhile the giant patriot had ridden onward at the they were through scramblrng the horsemal.). was past and bes t speed of his horse, and when he came to the point away. where the footpath led through the timber to bis home, he The three grabbed up their muskets and fir e d after the brought his horse to a stop, Dick's horse stopping of fugitive, but did no damage that they could s e e his own accord. Then they set up a loud yelling, intended to bring their Henry looked back and listened intently. comrades back out of the woods. He could see nothing of any pursuers. The next moment the pursuing troopers came up, and as Neither could he hear anything of them. the fugitive had now drawn away ahead, they stopped to "I guess I shall be safe in going straight to my home,'' he speak to the three. murmured; and then he turned aside from the road, and "Where are the rest?" asked the leader of the second made his way through the timber, following the winding party. footpath, Dick's horse following close behind. "They are searching for the giant in the woods," was Twenty minutes later he came to a stop in front of the the reply. log housethat was his home, and which he and Dick had "They won't find him That is the fellow, yonder." left a couple of hours before. "We know it is, and were yelling to bring our comrades As he drew rein in front of the door it opened, and his back ont of the timber." mother and sister stood there, looking out at him with wonThen the troopers noticed the dead soldier lying on the dering eyes. ground. "Is it you, Henry?" asked his mother. "Did the giant do that?" they asked. "Yes, mother." "Yes,'' was the reply. "We thought we were out of "And who is t,hat in your arms?" reach, but poor Jack wasn't. lt seems as if that demon ean "It is Dick Slater." reach halfway across the road with t1rnt long sword of A scream escaped the lips of Lucy Whipple, while her his!" mother gave utterance to an exclamation of horror. "You are right; he is a terror. But I think we killed "Is he dead, Henry?" the woman asked, in awed tones. his comrade." "I don't know, mother,'' was the reply. "I hope not!"


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. 15 CHAP'rER VIII. HENRY ACTS AS MESSENGER Henry Whipple had no difficulty in dismounting, even though burdened with the form of his friend, and he left the horses standing in front of the door and carried the unconscious "Liberty Boy" into the house, and into a bedroom on 1.he ground floor. He placed the youth on the bed, and while his mother held the light, he made a careful examination, to see how severely wounded Dick was. Henry found that Dick had receiYed a very severe wound. A bullet had struck him in the right breast, but had, fortunately ranged diagonally upward and outward, passc ing through and out, just under the collar-bone. It was a severe wound; a.nd the terrible shock, when the bullet struck, had rendered the youth unconscious, and he had bled so much that he had not come to, while being car at a rapid pace several miles on horseback. Henry was covered with the blood which had fl.owed from Dick's wound, and his mother had at first thought he was wounded, also. "What do you think? Is he dead?" asked Lucy, tremu lously, when Henry had made an examination. The young man shook his head. "No, he isn't dead," he rep.lied; "but is very seriously wounded." "You don't-think-he-will-will die?" the girl asked anxiously. "I hope not, Lucy; I think not; but he will have to be c1refully uursed." "Oh, I-I rneJn mother and I will nurse him, Henry!" the girl cried "I will dress the wound now,n said the young patriot, "and. then we will see if we can bring him to." "He looks almost as if he were said Mrs. Whip ple, with a s hudder, for she reme1rtbered wl).en her hus was brought to the house, dead, only a few weeks before. "He has lost lots of blood, mother, but he is far from "Rather seriously so, I think, Dick; but n ot fatally by any means. You will simply have to remain here, quiet, for two or three weeks, and let mother and Sister Lucy nurse you, and then you 'Yill be as good as new." "Two-or-three weeks." "Yes "But-I-can't-do that. I-must-do the-work I was-sent here---to do. "Never you mind about that, Dick," said Henry, reassuringly. "I will attend to that work myself." A look of pleasure came over Dick's face "I-thank-you, Henry," he said. "That is all right; I am glad to take your place, and I will find out all I can about the British, and about their fortifications, and everything, and will carry the news to General Lincoln, just as you intended doing." "Yofl are-a-friend-indeed, Benry !" said Dick. "That is all right, Dick. I can carry out my plans for killing the redcoats, and do your work at the same time." "I'll tell-you-what you-might do, Henry," said Dick. "Go to-General Lincoln's-camp, and-tell-him I-am wounded, and-that you will-do the work-in my place." "I'll do it, Dick. I'll go this very nigtit." "And, Henry-bring-three or four-of the-'Liberty Boys' back-with-you." "I'll do that, too, Dick." "They will-help you, and-will be a help-to you r mother and-sister, too "I will de it, Dick; I will go at once, and will tell Gen eral Lincoln you are wounded, and will ask to be permitted to do the work you were to do. And wlrnn I return I will bring some of th e 'Liberty Boys' with me." "On second-thought, bring-all of-them, Henry," said Dick. '"l'hey will-be able to-clo considei:able work -against the British-and will protect the patriot fam-ilies-from the Teclcoats." "All right. I'll tell them you say for all of them to. co111e." "Thanks-they will-be _:__glad to-come." Then I-fonry told Dick to be quiet, and not talk any more. Leing dead." He left the room and house1 and only time to lead Then Henry applied restoratives, and presently Dick Dick's horse to the stable and unbridle and unsaddle him,_ nirived slightly; then his eyes opened slowly, and he looked Henry mounted his own horse and rode away; first cauaround him in a weak but wondering manner boning his mother and sister to keep a sharp lookout for "What does-this-mean? Where-am-I?" he asked, redcoats. in a voice so weak as to sound scarcely louder than a whis"Though I hardly think they will find their way here," per. he said. "We are more than two miles from the main "Sh! Take it easy, Dick/' replied Henry, bending over road, and the pathway is s6 crooked they would scarcely his fnend; "don't try to talk, but listen, and I will tell you find il, while the wagon-road leads to a cross-road, and all about it." not to the main road that goes to Savannah." said Dick feebly. We were-Henry rode along the pathway leading th:i:ough the timatta cked-and I was-wounded." ber, and finally reached the mai.n road. "That is it, enctly, Dick. And now you must not talk ; Before emerging from the timber he paused and listened. for the effort will weaken you." Hearing nothing, he dismounted, and stepping out into "Am I-pretty-badly wounded?" the youth asked I the road looked up and then down it .


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. He could see quite a ways, but nowhere was anyone in sight "I guess the coast is clear," he murmured. "Likely the redcoats have returned to Savannah." Mounting his horse, Henry Whipple rode up the road at a gallop. He continued onward for an hour and a half, and then he was suddenly hailed: "Halt l Who goes there?" "This must be the patriot encampment," the young man thought Then aloud he said: "I am a friend." "Advance, friend, and give the countersign," ordered the sentinel. Henry rode forward until told to halt, in rather a sharp voice. "You have come far enough!" was the threatening re mark of the sentinel. "Give the countersign!" "I don't know any countersign," replied Henry. "But I am a friend." "What makes you so confident of that?" "I am a patriot, and I think this must be the encamp ment of the pat.iot army. Am I not right?" "You won't get me to give you any information," was the reply. "I will call the officer of the guard, and let him settle with you." "Very good. Call him at once, for I am here on important business." "I come in the place of Dick Slater, one of the 'Lib erty Boys'." "What's that !"-cried the sentinel, excitedly. "You com& as. the repre

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. "Too bad. Well, I must send someone else to take his! When the youths were roused up by a messenger sent by place to spy on the British at once." Bob, and learned that Dick, their beloved young comman"I am going to ask that you permit me to do that, sir." der, was desperately wounded, they were greatly excited and The general eyed the young giant searchingly. alarmed, and were anxious to see and talk with the stranger "I fear your size would be against you if you attempted who had brought the news. to do spy work," he said presently. "You could not ven-As may be supposed, therefore, when the orderly arrived ture among the British without their knowing you were at their quarters and told them to get ready to go with not one of them and suspecting you." the stranger to where Dick lay wounded, they were only too "True. I had not thought of that." glad to obey. "What is your name, sir?" They hastily made preparations for the trip. "Henry Whipple." When Henry Whipple appeared among them, after fin" Of course you are a patriot, or you would not be ishing the interview with General Lincoln, they besieged here." him with questions about Dick, and Henry said fo himself This was made as an assertion, so Henry merely bowed. that Dick Slater must indeed be a splendid fellow, or he "I will tell you what I will do," continued the general. would not be loved by all the youths in his company. "I have a number of good spies among the "Liberty He answered their questions as well as he was able, and Boys,' and I will send one or two of them to take Dick's when he assured the youths that their brave young complace. But I shall be glad to have you render them all the mander was not fatally wounded, but would undoubtedly assistance in your power." get well, they were relieved. "Thank you, sir. I shall be only too glad to do anything "We were afraid he might be fatally hurt," said Bob and everything possible to help them. I wish to do the Estabrook, who was Dick's right-hand man, and was almost British all the damage possible, for they murdered my a brother in fact. "Jove, I don't know what we would d10 father, and I am going to have at least a hundred lives to if Dick was to be killed." pay for his." "He will be all right in two or three weeks, I am confiThis was said calmly, but with grim determination exdent," said Henry. pressed in face and tones. Half an hour later the entire company of "Liberty "The British murdered your father, you say?" remarked Boys" rode out of the encampment and away toward the the general. east. "Yes, sir." They rode at a good pace, for Henry was a bit anxious. "I do not blame you for wishing to avenge his death." He was afraid that the two parties of British troopers who "I have already killed nearly a score, sir, but I am going had chased him and wounded Dick might find his home, to keep at t. And n0w, sir, I will tell you what Dick Slater and cause his mother and sister trouble. told me to tell you." Urged on by his anxiety, he led the company at a swift "Do so, please." pace, and they were almost to his home after an hour and "Jle told me to tell you to let his company of 'Liberty a half of ri

1 8 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. the company of which Dick Slater i s the captain, i).nd they will remain in this vicinity anu protect us and other pa triot families from the redcoats." "Ah, I am g lad of that." How is DicJ' resting, mother_?" "Easy, H enry. I lhink he is asleep." "No, he ion"t asleep," called out Lucy, from the other room. "He says for me to tell you, Henry, and Bob Estabrook, i.1' he is with you, fo come in." "Come, Bob," said Henry, and he led the way into the b edroom, followed by Bob. Bob stepped to lhe b e dside qnickly, and bending over Dick, took hold of his hand and pressed it as gent l y a s though it were that of the girl he loved. "Dick, my boy, how are you feeling?" he asked, huskily, his eyes dimming with the tears that wanted to come forth at sight of the pale ancl wan face of his friend. "I am-feeling-first rate-Bob," was the reply, in a weak voice. "I am-all-right." "I am glad o.I' that, old man. And now, all the boys arc here, just outside. Do you ihiug it will be too much o.I' a strain on you if they come in and see you?" "No, Bob. I-shall-be glad-to-see them." Bob hastened out and told the youths that Dick was :rwake and would be g lad to sec them. This pleased the 'Liberty Boys" immensely, and they went in by l1rns, till all had seen Dick spoke n to him chccri ly fl.nd encouragingly. With some persons in Dick's com1ition it might haYe beq1 bad, and cause d a fever to come on; but with Dick it was different. He was so accustomed to clanger and the sight of wounds, and to excitement, that it did not hurt him at all. Indeed, it seemed to do him good, and some color came into his face, and bis eyes shone wilh sat isfaction. When all the youths had come and gone, Dick turned to Henry and asked : "What did-General-Lincoln-say? "He was sorry to hear that you were wounded, Dick," was the reply. "And he said that some of your 'Libert y Boys' could take your place and act as spies "That is-all-right. "He was perfectly willing, lo let your com pany of 'Liberty Boys' come with me." "I-was-sure-he-wou ld-bc. "Yes. Wel1, get to sleep, now, if you can. It will rest ana strengthen you." "I-will do-so; and I think your-sister had better go -to bed and get-some rest," with a glance at Lucy, who had kept her seat near the head of the bed all the time. "No, I will sit up the rest of the night," the girl has tened to say. And Dick sai d she might do so, if she would let one of the "Liberty Boys" share the vigil her. She said she would, and Tom Fenton came in and took a sea t near the foot of the bed. Torn was a hand orne young fellow, and it was evident that he had become impressed by the beauty of the girl, for he spent a good portion of the time in admiringly, \. .. but not boldly .at her. Dick, sick as he was, noted this, and the hope that the two might learn to love each other sprang into life within his breast. CHAPTER X. HENRY AND :MiLDRED MEET AGAIN. Next morning the "Liberty Boys" settled down to make themselves comfortable. Bob Estabrook was named to take hi s plac e and act as a spy by Dick, and l\Iark Morrison and Henry Whipple were to be his assistants. All felt confident that things would move along 11 right. "If the redcoats come foo1ing around here they wil1 wis h they hadn't," said Sam Sanderson, who was to have command of the "Liberty Boys" in Bob Estabrook's ab sence. No move was made till after dinner, and then Bob Mark, ancl Henry set out. It was Bob's intention to venture close to Savannah and spy the b est he could, and then, if circumstances favored him, he thought of attempting to enter the city when eYening came. They rode s lowly but stea dil y onward, keeping a sharp lookoul for r e d coa ts, but r eache d a point within one mile of Savannah without seeing anything of any of the They paused, and were debating what they should do when a horseman-or horsewoman, rather-came riding around a bend in the road a third of a mile away. "There comes a woman," said Bob. Henry was looking at the horsewoman eagerly, ancl there was a look of plea s ure on his face "That i s Miss 'rhornhill, the daughter of the commander of Savannah," he said. "The British commander's daughter?" exclaimed Bob "'l'hen she will likely report having seen us here, will she not?" "I don't think she will," said Henry, with such a peculiar intonation to his voice that the other two looked at him questioningly. "Ah, I think I understand!" said Bob. "Come, Mark, we will enter the timber here, and leave Henry to meet the young lady alone." "Thank you," said Henry, with a smile Bob and Mark rode into the timber, and di sappea red from view, and the horsewoman was soon face to face with Henry Whipple. It was indeed Mildred Thornhill, and she looked even more beautiful to-day than she had the night before; at l east so Henry told himself But the n he was in love, and likel_y the young lady would grow more and more beau tifnl in his <'.1es ,iith each meeting. H e nry wheeled his horse and rode right alongside the maiden.


'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. 19 ":Afildred, sweetheart!" he breathed. "I am so glad to see you once more." "And I am glad to see you, Henry," was the reply. Reaching over, Henry gave the beautiful girl a kiss, and then they rode slowly along and talked of-well, it is not necessary to tell all. I will leave most of their conversation to the imagination of the reader. They rode along for a mile or more, talking of the mat ters that were nearest their hearts, and then they came back to earth, and talked of everyday affairs "By the way," said Mildred, "was the young man, Dick Slater, as I think you said his name was, killed last night, or was he only wounded?" "He was only wounded, Mildred. But how did you know he was shct ?" "I heard it in Savannah. The soldiers came back, and were telling about it." Presently he saw Bob and Mark coming toward him through the timber, and they were soon with him "We have been down close to the edge of the city," said Bob. "That was pretty risky business for daytime, wasn't it?" asked Henry. "Yes; but we were careful. We remained in the tim ber." "Did you learn anything?" "I climbed a tree and got a good view of the city, and managed to locate some of the fortifications." "That was something." "Yes; but to learn what it will be necessary to know I will have to enter the city." "I suppose so." "It will be a difficult and dangerous undertaking, but l am determined to do it." "Ah, I see. 'rhe young man was seriously wounded, but wwiJJ you make the attempt to-night?" will get well, I am confident." "Y cs, and each succeeding night, till I make a success" I am glad to hear that, because-he is your friend." that is, if I fail on the first attempt." "And do you indeed love me so well that you wish my "What shall we do now?" friends to escape death or injury at the hands of_ the Brit"I guess we might as well return to your home. By th e ish, Mildred?" way, did the young lady ask who we two were?" "Yes, Henry." ''No," replied Henry. "She did not ask about you at This called for another kiss, and the stalwart young man all." was not slow to take it. "Likely she did not wish to know who we were." The girl kept glancing back over her shou]ders, a; if "That is likely; and then she would not feel that she apprehensive of pursuit, and Henry noticed this, and knew something that she ought to tell her father." asked: "That's right. She is in rather a bard position, isn't "Arc you afraid you were followed, Mildred?" she?" "l feared it might be possible, Henry. Lieutenant Marsh "Yes, indeed." is jealous, and I think he suspects that I love you, and in The three young men were on the point of riding out that case it would be like him to follow me when I come out iuto the road, with a view to starting back to Henry's home, for a ride, in the hope that he might get a chance at you." when they saw a party of horsemen come around the bend "Well, it will be a dear piece of business for hi:i:n if in the road a third of a mile distant, and come galloping he does follow you, and attempt to attack me." in their direction. l\1ildred looked admiringly at her stalwart lover, and "There is a party of redcoats!" said Bob. "We had they / rode onward, happy as could be, even though better not let ourselves be seen." danger lurked on every band. 'l'he party of troopers in question were commanded by They rode westward perhaps two miles, and then turned Lieutenant Marsh, who had seen Mildred leave the city, and and rode back in the direction of Savannah. had secured permission to take a party of and go Henry remained with the beautiful girl till reached in search of the giant patriot who had killed twenty of their the spot where he had joined her; then she said: men. "I don't think it safe for you to venture any neare.r They had followed the girl as rapidly as possible, but the city, Hemy, so we will say good-by for to-day, and had not got started very soon after she left the city, so part." had not got out into the country in time to catch Henry "Just as you wish, Mildred," replied Henry. "I .would Whipple in Mildred's company. ride right into Savannah with you, if you said so." They met Mildred just around the bend in the road, after "But I don't say so. I wish you to keep at a safe disshe had parted from Henry, however, and the lieutenant tan.Ge from Savannah, H\Jnry. They are going to capture or halted her. kill you, if they possibly can do so. You must be on your "Ah, good-afternoon, :JHiss l\Iildred," said the lieutenant, guard constantly half-sneeringly. "I sec you are addicted to the habit of "I will be on my guard all the time, Mildred." riding alone of late." "That is right; and now good-by." "Is that any business of yours?" asked the girl, "Good-by, sweetheart." Then exchanging kisses, they ily. parted, :Mildred riding toward Savannah at a gallop, while J "Well, no, I can't say that is; but as a friend of the Henry rode into the timber at the roadside and stopped commandant I am of course anxious regarding th_e safety


20 THE LIBERTY B O Y S SHREWD TRICK. o f his daughter, and I am afraid you might be captured by They not expecting anything of the kind, and for the rebels--or by that giant, who has been causing so much a few moments they were seemingly incapable of making a trouble recently." move; tluee or four had been hit by bullets, however, and "You need not worry about me, sir," was the cold reply. those who were wounded gave utterance to cries and groans "I am amply able to take care of myself of distress. "Of course you think so, but you might not be, after T aking advantage of the temporary demoralization of all the enemy, the three patriots darted away through the tim"I will risk it." her to where they had tied their horses; then, untying the "Humph. I suppose you have not seen the giant rebel?" animals, they made their way onward as rapidly as pos This was said in a tone which proved that the speaker sib l e was pretty sure the girl had seen the man in question. They could hear the soldiers yelling and calling out to "I d0n't think that I am called upon to answer your one another, and realized that they were being followed. questions, Lieutenant Marsh." renlied the !!irl. "If you Fearing that they might be overtaken if they continued wish to find the rebel in question you should be able to do straight onw&rd, they turned sharply to the right, and made so without assistance from me." their way in a direction parallel with the road. ''I am aware that I shall have to do so without assistThey hoped to be able to get past the end of the line ance from you, Miss Mildred,'' sneeringly. of r edcoats; and they did succeed in doing so, presently. "Let me pass," said Mildred, haughtily. "I wish to reThen they made their way back to the road, emerged from turn to Savannah." the timber, mounted, and rode away up tlie road at a "Very well," and the lieutenant made a gesture, and gallop. his men divided, leaving the way clear for the girl to pass Perhaps half a dozen troopers, who had been left in through. charge of the horses, saw the fugitives and set up a loud She did so at once, and rode onward, while the lieutenant yelling gave the order for his troopers to advance, which they Their comrades heard them shouting, and came rushing did, the party riding onward up the road back, but by the time they had arrived at the spot and It was the lieutenant's party that was seen by Bob, mounted the three patriots were half a mile away, and still Henry, and Mark. going like the wind. "They seem to be determined to hunt you down,'' said "They played us a trick," cried Lieutenant Marsh. Bob to the giant patriot. turned aside after entering the timber a little ways, "Yes; the rough manner in which I handled them yes-and got past us, and back to the road." terday afternoon has made them very angry,'' was the "That is what they did, sir,'' said one of the troopers. reply. "Yes; and we must not let them get away from us. One "There are about fifty troopers in that party, don't you of the three is the giant rebel, and he must die!" think?" remarked Bob speculatively. "Yes, I should say there are that many." "Too many for us to attack?" "I don't see why we cannot give them a number of shots from our pistols, and then get away in safety." "I was thinking it might be done. Are you both in for doin g it?" "I am,'' declared Henry. "And I!" from Mark. "Then we will give the redcoats a surprise. We each have two pistols, and there is no reason why weshould not empty the weapons before they awaken to a realizatiOn of what is taking place." Stationing themselves behind trees, the three drew their pistols and l'rnited till the troopers were opposite them. Then Bob gave the signal, and upon the air rose the reports of the weapons. Crack, crack, crack! CHAPTER XI. BOB TRIES SPY WORK. Each of the three fired two shots. Tbc shots cmne as a surprise to the redcoats. "They seem to be well mounted, sir." "You are right. They have good horses." This was soon made evident, for though the redcoats urged their horses to their best speed, it seemed to be im possible to gain on the fugitives. Presently it was seen that the three horsemen were drawing away the troopers. Lieutenant Marsh noted this fact. "I guess they are going to make their escape,"" he said '"I'heir horses are too fast for ours." "It looks that way, lieutenant." A few minutes later the three passed out of. sight around a bend in the road, and when the troopers rounded the bend they looked i;n vain for the fugitives. Nowhere were the three to be s een. They had clis ap pea:red. "They have entered the timber somewhere," said the lieutenant. "But where? That is the question That was indeed the question, and it was one that the troopers could not answer. They rode onward up the road, but slackened the speed of their to a walk, and watched the edge of the timber for some signs of a path. They found no path, and at last, after having gone about


THE LIBBR1l'Y BOYS' :5HRJWD TRICK. 21 three miles farther, they gave it up in disgust, and turned I "Good for Dick!" Tom said. I'll do something back toward Savannah. for him, if ever I get the chance." l\Ieanwhile Bob, Mark, and Henry had made their way The supper was a good one, well cooked, and the three back to Henry's home. "Liberty Boys" certainly enjoyed it. Dick ate something, rrhey attended to their horses, giving them feed and too, he being served by Mrs. Whipple, who divided her time water, and then went to the house. between the wounded youth's bedside and the table in the They went in and asked Dick how he was feeling, and kitchen. received a cheery reply, to the effect that he was feeling as After supper Bob got ready to make another trip to the good as could be expected. vicinity of Savannah, and Mark and Henry insisted that "I'll be-on my feet again-in a-week," the youth dethey should accompany him. clared. Bridling and saddling their horses, they mounted and set "I hope so, Dick," said Bob. "But you must not be in too big a hurry, Dick," said Mark. "We will be able to look after the British, and you must take care of yourself." "That's right," said Henry. The wounded youth said be would take care of himself, and not be in too big a hurry to get out; but at the same time he said he would not remain cooped up any longer than be thought was absolutely necessary. The "Liberty Boys" built camp-fires, as evening drew near, and cooked their own suppers, but Bob and Mark were invited to eat at the table in the house, with Mrs. Whipple and Lucy and Henry. The table was a good-si0zed one, and there was ample room for at either side, and one at either end. Lucy mentioped this to her mother, and said that one more of the "Liberty Boys" might as well eat with them, in the house. .. Dick S}ater heard them talking, the room be was in bein g near the kitchen, and the doors being open, and he said to Bob, who was sitting beside the bed: "You hear what Miss Lucy is saying? Ask Tom Fenton to eat at the table with you I am sure that .he has fallen in love with the girl, and I believe she will learn to love him." The wounded youth spoke slowly and in disjointed fragments of sentences, and when he had finished Bob said : "All right, Dick. I'll have Tom eat with UB." Then he went out to the kitchen, and said to Mrs. Whipple: "There is room for another man at the table, you say?" "Yes, Mr. Estabrook,'' was the reply. "Very well,'' said Bob. "I will go out and ask Tom Fenton to come in. He is a fine fellow." As he said this, Bob gave Lucy a quizzical glance which caused the blood to rush to her face. There was a glad loo!c in her eyes, however, and Bob could see she was pleased. Tom Fenton was pleased, also, when Bob told him he was to eat at the table with the Whipples and the two "Liberty Boys." "Say, Bob, I'm much obliged to you for doing this,'' he said, earnestly. "I won't forget it, and if ever I get a chance to pay you back I'll do it." "It is Dick's work, Tom," was the reply. "He told me to have you come in the house and eat at the table." out. They had timed their start so that it was dark when they emerged from the timber, and started down the road toward the city. 'rhey arrived at a point half a mile from the edge of Savannah without having encountered any redcoats, and here Bob dismounted and turned his horse over to bis two comrades to take care of. "I will go the rest of the way on foot," he said. "I am going to try to slip past the sentinels a::id enter the city." "It will be dangerous work, Bob. Be careful," cau tioned Mark. "I know it, Mark. But we must learn something re:. garding the fortifications, and about the location of the British troops, and ooat is the only way to do He bade his friends good-by and struck out for the city. He moved cautiously as he drew near the outskirts of Savannah. Pr:csently he caught sight of a sentinel, and paused. "Now, aml to get past that fellow?" he asked him self. He knew it would be a difficult and dangerous thing to do, for the moon was shining brightly, and the only thing that had kept him from being seen so far was the fact that he had taken advantage of the protection afforded by the shadows of trees, fences, etc., in advancing. "I'll wager that Dick would get past that fellow in some manner," thought Bob. "But I am not Dick. I'll make an attempt to do it, however." Bob stole cautiously forward, and to one side, so as to strike the edge of the city at a point midway two streets, and as far from the wntinel as pos s ible. At the next street was another sentinel, and the "Liberty Boy" saw it was going to be a difficult matter to get between the two without being seen. He had only about twenty yards to go to reach the back yard of one of the houses when there was the sharp crack of a musket, and a bullet whistled within a foot of his head. One of the sentinels had caught sight 0 the youth and fired. "Jove, I had better get out of this, for the present, at least," thought Bob, and he darted away with the speed of a startled fawn. The sentinel who had fired set up a yell, and dashed


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIIREWD TRICK. after Bob, and the other sentinel, catching sight of the fugitive, up with his mu s ket and fired. He missed, however, and then with a yell set out in pursuit of Bob. Their yells aroused other redcoats in the vicinity, and aoon quite a crowd was racing after the "Liberty Boy." "Oh, yell all you want to!" murmured Bob. "Yelling doesn't scare me. The youth was a splendid runner, and it did not take ong for him to prove to the sentinels that they were no atch for him wh e n it c ame to this. He drew awa y from them, and as soon as he reached t e point w he r e the trees wer e thic k enough to hide him from the vie w of the pursuer s h e darted in among the trees. When the redcoats r e ached t h e point where Bob had entered the timber, they did th e s am e and they 15cattered out and looked for him, but to no avail. Bob ran onward a lmo s t p a rall e l with the road, and was not long ih rea c hing th e poirut where his two com rades wer e awaiting for his c oming. They had h e ard the muske t s hots and yelling, anu SUS ected that Bob had gott e n into tro ubl e The y had feared h a t he might b e c aptured or even kill e d, and when be put n an appearance they were delighted. "Arc you wound e d, Bob?" asked Mark, anxiously. "No; they never touched m e Mark," was the reply. "But the y are in pmsuit of me, and we had better be get ting away from here at once." 'l'hey leu the hors e s out of the timber, and leaping into the saddl e s rod e away up the road at a gallop. It hap p e ned that there were two or three redcoats W. the road, and the patriots were seen and the alarm given. Those who had followed Bob into the timber came rush ing back to the road, but when they saw the three were mounted they stopped and contented themselves shaking their fists after the horsemen in impotent rage. "That was a spy," said one of the sentinels; "but we put a stop to his coming into the city, all right." "So we did," said the other sentinel. "I wish we had hit him when we shot at him." "So do I." CHAPTER XII. BOB LEARNS SOMETHING OF INTEREST. But wishing did no good, and the redcoats turned and made their way back to the city, the sentin e l s taking their statiom at the streets, while the others r e turned to their Meanwhile Bob, :Mark, anu Henry were making their way back in the direction of Henry's home They had talked the matter over, and it had been decided that it 11ould be folly to try to cnlcr Savannah after what had o ccurred. "'fhey 11 ill be on the lookout for the rest of lhe night s aid lUark, "and you would certainly be discovered." "'Yes that is what I think," agreed Bob "I will have to wait till to-morrow night." They went straight ba c k to Henry's home, and found .i\Iart and Susan Miller there. They had come over to s pend the evening with Ile nry and Lucy, and they were gre atly surprised when they found a party of one hundred s trang e r s Mart was at first secretly glad when he found f.hal Dick Slater was wounded; but on second thought he was not so plea s ed, aflcr all, for he realized that Lucy would wait on the hand s ome youth Sus an talked to Henry as much as she could, and asked que s tion s about the comm a ndant's daughter, Mildred Thornhill, in an attempt to find out whe ther or not H e nry had seen her sin c e she was lhcre the evening befor e H enry sa\> what the g irl wa s trying to do, and he evad e d h e r question s and Sus a n was unable to learn what she wis hed to know. Presently Mart and Susan took their departure, and as the y made their way along they talked freely to each other, for they were each aware of the fact that the other was iu love. Susan complained that she had been unable to g et any satisfaction out of Henry, and Mart said be did not know what to think about Lucy and the wounded pa triot youth, Dick Slater. "Jove, if I thought sh e really did love him I would wish t hat he woulU die," the youth said almost viciously. "And I wish that hussy from Savannah was dead!" said Susan, in a fierce voice. "I believe she has won Henry s love." Matters went along rather quietly for three or four day s Henry met Mildred Thornhill every afternoon on the road a couple of miles from Savannah, and the two were as happy as only lovers can be. Several times the 'redcoats came within an ace of surrounding and capturing Henry, but he managed to get away each time. Mildred, who knew that strenuous efforts were being made to capture or kill the patriot, begged him to be very careful. "They know you wear a suit of mail," she said, "and if they grt close enough to you they intend aiming at your head and shooting you dead." "1 will be careful, Mildred," be said. "I will be more careful, for your sake quarters. "I am so glad, Henry!" The report was soon all ove r the city that a rebel spy Bob was busy during those days, also. He kept at work, had tried to slip in, but had b e en discovered, fir e d upon. s couting and spying, and was gradually acquiring some and chased away. The report caused no small e xcitement information; but not as much as he would have liked. He and the officers and soldiers di s cussed it for an hour or I wished to enter the city and locate the fortifications, but more. I so far had been unable to do so. The British seemed to


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. 23 know that spies were close at hand, and a double force of say. "They want to join our army and fight for thei r sentinels were put out at night. I king. 'l'hey wish, however, to meet some of the officers At last Bob thought of a plan which he had not tried, and talk it over before going in for good and all." and he made up his mind to put it into effect. ''I understand; and you and I are to meet them, eh?" On the afternoon of the day on which he thought of the from tbe other. plan, he, in company with Mark Morrison; went over to "Yes." ihe Savannah river, and searched up and down its bank for "When?" a boat. "To-morrow night." At last they came to a little cabin nestling on the shore, "A11J where will we meet them?" and found it occupied by an old man who made a living "Haye you ever been out on the main road running west-hnnting and :fishing. He carried his game to the city and ward from the city?" sold it to the British. "Yes." He had a boat, and for a gold piece he promised to take "Do )'OU remember noticing a large, rambling old house, Bob down to the city that night, and'. land him in a seabout two miles out?" eluded little cove he knew of, where there would not be "Yes; it looks as if it were uninhabited." much danger of his landing being discovered. "It is inhabited, however; old loyalist lives there all Soon after dark Bob got into the boat with the old fisheralone." man, and leaving Mark at the cabin, they set out down "Ah, indeed?" the river. "Y c3, ar..d the young l(lyalist who was here to-day, and The old man rowed, and Bob sat in the stern and watched told us about the fifty 1vho wish to join the army, sai d W6 for signs of redcoats could mt>et at this old man's house and talk it o,.ver." The :fisherman kept well in near the shore, where the "That will be all right." 11:! s hadows were so thick as to hide the boat from the view of "Y cs; we will ride out there, you know, and the affair is, anyone who might be looking, however, and there did not easy to manage. I think we will have no trouble in con-seem to be much danger that they would be discovered. vinci11g the Tories it is to their interest to join );for were they. the army and help fight tM rebels." They managed to reach the little cove in question, and "Likely you are right." Bob stepped ashore. "Yes; and :fifty strong, able-bodied men are well worth He was now in the city, within the enemy's Hnes. securing." "You will wait for me here?" asked Bob in cautious "They are, indeed. And the natives are valuable to us; tones. on account of the fact that they know the ground thor" Y as, I'll wait fur ye," was the reply. o'u.ghly, and have a better understanding of the tactics of "And don't go away if yo)! sho11ld hear a disturbance, the rebels." for I may be discovered and forced to run for it, and if "True. you were to be gone when I get here it would be all up with Then the bro began talk ing of some matter of no inme." terest to Bob, and he dropped back and let them get ahead "I'll stay here till I'm shore ye hain't comin', afore I of him, for he was afraid they might notice that he was go erway," was tlrn reply. keeping behind them and become suspicious. "Good Do so." He had heard something of interest, however, and as he Bob stole away, and was soon threading' the streets of walked toward the point where the boatman was awaiting Savannah. his coming, he \rns doing some .rapid thinking. He was dressed in a suit of rough clothing such as was "I believe I see a way to play a trick on the redcoats worn by farmer boys of the region ancl time, and did not and Tories," he said to himself. "There will be only the attract any attention. two British officers, and the Tories will be simple country He had no trouble in going wherever he wished, and men, and not likely to make much of a fight, and it will spent two hours in tramping about the city, looking at be-or should be, at least-an easy matter for the 'Liberty everything that he thought would be of interest to General Boys' to be at the old house where the meeting is to be Lincoln, or aid him in any degree when he came to storm held, and capture the entire crowd, officers, Tories, and all." the city The more Bob thought of this, the more he became con He had been pretty much all over the city, and had seen vinced that it wpuld be a s hrewd trick to play. about all was to see in the way of fortifications, etc., "It will be a big s urprise to the British officers and the and was thinking of returning to where he had left the Tories as well," he thought, "and I shall take a delight in old fisherman and takiJ:IJ< hi s dernnhJTr. when the springing it on them." of two British officers who passed him arrested his attenBob presently reached the point where he had left the tion. boatman, and found him where he had been left. "The young man says that there will be at least fifty of "Waul, ye got back all Tight, clidn' ye!" the old :fisherman the loyalists," was what Bob heard one of the officers said .


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. "Yes, I was fortunate in not being taken notice of by any of the redcoats, so no disturbance ensued." "Reddy ter go back now?" "All right." Bob took a seat in the stern, and the old man took the oars and rowed softly out into the river. They had gone only a few yards when there came the sharp command : "Stop Hold on, there! Stop that boat, I say, or I will fire !" They had been discovered by a British soldier. "Shell I stop?" asked the old man, without showing any igns of alarm, his voice being cool and calm. "No; keep right on pulling," said Bob. The old man obeyed, and suddenly there was the sharp report of a musket. Spat! the bullet struck the side of the boat, but neither the ocrnpants was hit. The old man bent to the oars, and rowed as hard as he uld. "All right, then.. I'll take charge of the affair, and to-morrow evening if we don t give the reu c oats and Tories a big surprise it will be strange." After some further conver s ation w.ith Dick the two youths went out and had a talk with th e "Liberty Boys," who were glad to hear that there was a chance that they would have something to do soon. "We will be getting rusty if w e stay h ere much longer, doing nothing,'' said one. "That's right," from another. "Well, I think that you will soon do, boys," said Bob. "You do?" have all you want to "Yes; General Lincoln, aided by Count D'Estaing's force on sea and land, will make an attempt to recapture Sa vannah soon, and then there will be fighting enough for you." "All right. I shall be glad when that time comes." "And I!" "And I!" "Stop, l say roared the man on the shore; "stop that 1 h f "I'll be glad, sure t, or 1 t wi I be t e worse or you." "I think it would be the worse for us if we were to "So will we all!" stop," said Bob calmly, "so we will keep right on going The night .passed quietly, as did the next day. "Jest ez ye say, mister," said the old fisherman. "I Henry Whipp!e met Thornhill in the afternoon, hain't afe erd uv er few Et wouldn't be much loss as he had been m the habit of doing, and returned to his ef I wuz ter be knocked by one uv the pesky things, fur I home just before supper time, looking v e ry happy. I'm old, now, an' hev erbout outlived my usefulness, enny-i After supper was over the "Liberty Boys" began making how." arrangements for the work they were to do that night. "Oh, no," said Bob. "You have been very, very useful When all were ready, they set out. to-night, and you are good for a good many years of life "How are you going to work this affair, Bob?" asked yet, I Mark, as they rode along side by side, in the lead. "W aal, I'm willin' ter keep on livin', but I wouldn't cry "How do you mean:, Mll!"k ?" much eJ ther end wuz in sight," was the half-sad reply. "I mean what are you going to do-capture the redcoats The redcoat who had tried to stop them fired a couple of and Tories as they approach the house, or wait till all are pistol shots, but did not come anywhere near the two, and in the house, and then surround the house and make pristhey were soon out of range. oners of them, or how?" An hour later they reached the fisherman's cabin irt "I'll tell you what I wish to do, Mark. I would like to safet 'y, and giving the old man another gold piece, the learn something more, if possible, and I have decided that youths mounted and rode away in the direction of Henry if we can fin

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. He approached the house, and looked in through a winThey stole to the door, and opening it, entered the dow. house. He saw that the room in question was a large one, and he wa'S a candle burning on a table at one side of saw more. The old Tory was there, moving slowly around, the room, and this enabled the youths to see what they seemingly straightening things around. were doing. At one end 0 the room was an old desk, on which stood The room they had entered ad.joined the one in which a candle, and there were two or three chairs nearby. the meeting was to be held, and they opened the conBob decided that this was in reality a sort of store-room necting door, and passed through into the other room with addition to the house; a place where fruits, vegetables, and out meeting anyone. other produce of the farm was stored while waiting to be ''We had better not loBe any time, boys," said Bob. transported to market. "Those officers are likely to put in an appearance at any Standing along one side of the room were a dozen or moment. Get into the barrels as quickly as possible.'' more of barrels, such as apples and potatoes might be The youths obeyed, and each got into one of the barrels. placed in for taking to market, and these caught Bob's eye, There were fifteen barrels, so there was plenty, and three and gave him an idea. to spare. "That would be a shrewd trick, if we could play it," he The "Liberty Boys" were not any too quick. thought. "I wonder if the barrels are empty?" Scarcely had they taken up their positions in the barrels, His unspoken question was soon answered, for presently and dropped the heads back into the place before footsteps the old Tory came over near the window where Bob stood, were heard. and taking hold of one of the barrels, rolled it back a Then they heard the connecting door open, followed by yard or so, the manner in which he handled it proving that a voice, which said: it was em,pty. "This way, gentlemen. Step right in, and take seats." "Good!" thought Bob. "I believe we can work it all The officers had come, the concealed "Liberty Boys' right. There is no doubt but that this room is to be the knew, and listened eagerly. meeting-place of the officers and Tories, and if a dozen of "Thank you," said another voice. "Have none of the us can get in there unseen by this old man and hide in loyalists arrived yet?" the barrels, we will be in a position to hear what _is said, "Not yet, sir,'' was the reply, in the old Tory's voice. and when the time comes we can spring a big surprise on I "They will be putting in a n appearance pretty soon," the redcoats." said another voice, evidently that of the other officer. Bob hastened back to where thE1 "Liberty Boys" stood, "I think it will be quite a while before you will see any and explained the situation to them. of those 'Tories in this room," thought Bob. "They won't He talked the matter over with Mark Morrison, Sam get this far." Sanderson, and others, and at last it was decided to permit The two officers were where Bob could see through only the two British officers to enter the house; they would a small crack between the staves of the barrel he was in, then be captured by the boys who were concealed in the an

26 'fl-IE LIBERTY B OYS' SHREWD TRICK. that would be of use to General Lincoln when he got ready to advance against .the city. The officers, unconscious of the fact that there were pa "Stand where you are, and don't attempt t o e scape o r resist, or you are dead men "What does t -this m-mean ?" stammered one of the triots within hearing distance, talked unrsservedly, and Bob officers. was quite willing to remain passive in the barrels and listen just as long as the two would talk on the subject they were then on. The youths were uncomfortable, but they were used to hardships, and did not mind a little thing like being cramped up in a barrel. At last, however, the two officers ceased talking about the holding of Savannah, and turned their attention upon thP present, and the matter which had brought them thither. One looked at his "Seems to me that some of the loyalists should be here by this time," he remarked. "It means that you are our prisoners." "Who are you?" 'The Liberty Boys of '76', at your service." 'The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" "Yes; you have heard of us, haven't you?" "Yes "Then you know we are not to be trifled with. Turn your backs toward us, and place your hands behind you." The hesitated an instant, and glanced toward the door, as if contemplating making a desperate dash for liberty, but Bob said, sternly: -"Yes, it is certainly time some of them were here," was "Don't try it, if you are wise. This hou s e i s surrounded the other's reply. by one hundred men, and you could not escape, even i:f "I have an ide a that some of them are here," thought you got out of this room and the house-which you would Dick; "but as my comrades have probably taken them prisnot, for we are dead shot s and would just a s s oon kill you oners, they will not put in an appearan c e in this room." I as look at you." The officers did not know there was anything that would "We surrender," said on e of the officers "Be careful interfere to prevent the Tories from entering the house, with those pistols; they might go off." however, and so they t alk e d a while longer. "We will be careful. The weapons will not g o off unless Then on e rose and s tretched himself. you try to play some kind of a trick." "This is tiresome work," he remarked. "I can't think why the loyalists should be so late in putting in an ap pearance." "Nor I," was th e reply. "They should haYe been here ere this." 1'Let us call the 01rncr of the hom;c and ask him if he has heard anyone yet." "Very well; but I should think that the loyalists would have come right in had they put in an appearance." "They might have paused outside, to talk the matter ov_ er a bit among themselves before coming in." "True." Bob thought that it was about time to act, and decided to do so at once. He gave the signal agreed upon, a shrill whistle, and then, suddenly, like so many jacks-in-boxes, they threw the covers up and popped up out of the barrels. It was a shrewd trick the "Liberty Boys" played. When they leaped up out of the barrels the British officers were almost paralyzed with surprise and consternation. They stood as if petrified, and stared in and horrified amazement CHAPTER' XIV. IIOT WORK. Before the British could recover control of themselves, they were covered by pistol in the hands of the "Liberty Boys," and Bob cried sternly: The officers placed their hands behind their backs, and lhe "Liberty Boys" l e aped out of the barrels, and tied the prisoners' wrists together behind their b_acks with silk handkerchiefs. Just as they finished this work the old 'l'ory who owned the house put in an appearance, and when h e saw the "Liberty Boys," and realized that the two officer s were prisoners, lie was badly frightened. "W-what does this m-mean ?"he asked, stammeringly. "It means that your guests are Bob, coolly, "and unless you are very careful, yon will be a prisoner also, for you are a Tory, and a traitor to your r ;ountry." "0 h don't make a prisoner of me," the man cried, tremblingly. "T know I have been a Ttiry, but I won't be any more I'll be a patriot, yes I will." "I guess he'd be almost anything to anybody, Bob," said with scorn in the tones. "Yes, I i.hink he is that kind of a man," was the reply. Then to the Tory Bob said: "You will do well to be careful in future. Don't harbor any more redcoats, or assist them in any way, for if you do, and I finc1 it out, as I am likely to do, we will come and pull you up to the limb of a tree and leave you there." "Oh, I'll be careful. I won't harbor any more redcoats!" the Tory cried "What a miserable poltroon," said one of the officers "That is just what he is!" said the other, and he gave the 'l'ory a kick that brought a howl of pain from the lips of the old man. t


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHREWD TRICK. 21 "There, that will do," said Bob. "Don't be too handy with that foot of yours, my friend." "I couldn't help it. He made me so angry," was the re ply "May I go?" asked the old Tory, looking appealingly at Bob, and rubbing his leg where it had been kicked. "Yes. But remember what I have told you "I will." Then the old man hobbled out of the room. "We may as well go now," said Bob, and they left the house, taking i.he two officers along with them. When they got outside they found that the other "Liberty Boys" had the fifty Tories who had come to the place with the intention of joining the British army. The prisoners were a frightened-looking lot of men. They were for the most part young fellows from nineteen to twenty-four years of age, and they were badly scared It was plain that they feared their time had come, and that they would not live to see another sunrise "How did you learn that we were to be here to-night?" asked one of the officers. hind. 'rhe result was that more than half the party of "Liberty Boys" were forced to ride double. They made very good progress, however, and reached the home of Henry Whipple without encountered any redcoats. They were rather glad of this, as they were so handicapped with the prisoners that they would not have been in good shape for a fight. When Bob told Dick Slater of the success of their shrewd trick he was delighted. "You did splendidly, Bob,'' the youth said. "Jove, I wish I could have been there and seen the British officers when you sprung the surprise on them." "They were the most surprised men that ever I saw in all my life, Dick." "I can readily believe that." "Y cs; they were practically paralyzed with amazement." "And you fifty Tories, eh?" "Yes." "Well, that is good, too." "And I learned something from the conversation of the two officers that will be of great use to General Lincoln, Dick." "Oh, it wouldn't do to tell you that," replied Bob. "Suf fice it to say that we knew it. We know a great deal more about what is going on in these parts than you have any idea of.,, "That is good. You had better send a messenger to him with the information at once, hadn't you?" "Well, you played a shrewd trick on us, I must admit, "I will go myself." and one that was wholly unexpected " . .Jl'T b" d"d 't ?" All right. That will be best, likely. But get back as .i. es, we sprung a ig surprise on you, i n we. . "Yon certainly did / so9n as you can, Bob, for the Bntish a1:e likely to scour the A 'l T f d M t .,.1 .11 country round about here, to-morrow, m search of the two mung L 1c ory prisoners was oun ar 11 i er. . . H Wl l t d b" fi 1 t th m1ssmg officers, and I want you to be m command of enry npp e porn e is nger accusmg y a e young 1 'L"b B tic i crty oys ." man, and said sternly: "So you are a Tory and a traitor to your country, are you, Mart Miller? I have all along suspected that you were not at heart a patriot, though you pretended to be." "Hasn't a fellow a right to think as he pleases about this matter at issue between the king and the people of America?" asked Mart sullenly. "I suppose be bas; but how any American ca be in favor of helping the king fight against his o\\n people is more than I can understand." "A man who will do that would rob bis own father if he got a chance," said Bob Estabrook, scathingly. Mart hung his head, and had no more to say The truth was that bis spirit was pretty thoroughly crushed He was in fove with Lucy Whipple, Henry's sister, and he realized that now that he was known to be a Tory he would not stand any chance to win the girl, who was an ardent patriot, and a warm hater of all who were friendly to King George. As it was pretty certain that all the Tories who were to come had already put in an appearance, it was decided to start at once for Henry Whipple's home. The "Liberty Boys" made their way to where their horses were, and the prisoners were placed on the backs of a sufficient number of animals to accommodate them; then the youths mounted, and in i.he cases where there was a prisoner on a "Liberty Boy's" horse, the youth got up be "I don't think there will be any danger to be apprehended from that source, Dick, for I believe that General Lincoln will n.dvancc with the main army, and in that event we will of course be safe here." "True. Bob did not delay, but after looking after things, and s e eing to it. that the prisoners would be carefully guarded during the night, be mounted his horse and rode away in the direction of the encampment of the main army of the patriots Ile found it \\hen he had gone only about ten miles The patriots and their French allies-the troops that had b e en sent ashore from the French fleet which lay just off Savannah-had advanced the day before. "I am glad they have so," thought Bob. "Now, if th e y will break camp and march, they can easily reach the vicinity of the Whipple home before morning." Bob was challenged by the sentinel, but on telling who he was, was permitted to pass right on into the camp, for he was well known by the majority of the patriot soldiers in the main army. A few minutes later he was in the tent of General Lin coln, who had not yet retired, late though it was, being e leven o'clock. He was up till midnight, nearly every night, studying how to best get the better of the redcoats and driYe them out of Savannah.


!8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHR EWD TRICK. He welcomed Bob, for be h."Il.ew the youth must have some news for him. He listened intently and eagerly while Bob told him what he and his "Liberty Boys" had done that night, and when the general heard that two British officers and fifty Tories had been captured he was delighted "That was a good stroke of work," he said "I am glad you made a success of that." Then Bob told him what he had heard the two officers say bile they were talking, and while he and his comrades were concealed in the barrels. General Lincoln was greatly pleased, and rubbed his hands in a satisfied manner. "'l'hat is just the information I have been wishing to secure, Bob," he said. "Now I am at last ready to ad. vance upon the city of Savannah." "I thought it would be just what you to know," said Bob. "Yes, and we will begin the advance at once. Of course, we will have to go slowly when we get within a compara tively short distance of :avannah, but it is now time to begin the siege." He decided to do as Bob suggested, and march to the vicinity of the Whipple home before morning. "That will enable us to protect your 'Liberty Boys,' and hold on to the prisoners you have secured," the general said. "Yes, we will march there to-night." "I will remain and guide you," said Bob. And he did. About two o'clock in the morning the army was in mo tion, and just as the sun was coming up, the tired soldiers were given the order to halt and go into The army was stretched out through the timber, from the mail'.9 road to the Whipple home, and General Lincoln took up his quarters in the house. He w'as delighted to see Dick looking so well. "You are getting along all right, I see," he said. "Yes," replied Dick. "I think I shall be able to get out in a week or ten days. I fear I shall not get to help you thrash the redcoats in Savannah, however." But he did. That is, he was enabled to take part in the last stages of the siege--during the last -iveek of it, in fact. The next day after the patriot army reached the vicinity of the Whipple home was the 23d; and from that time on the siege was vigorously prosecuted, the patriot army ap proaching closer and closer to Savannah with each suc ceeding day. There was skirmish after skirmish between the land forces, and the French fleet kept up a vigorous bombard ment of Savannah from its place just outside the harbor. For two weeks this was kept up, and then Dick Slater was able to take his place at the head of his company of brave -"Libertx Boys." He was given a joyous welcome by the youths, and on this day they fought with such fury that the British could not stand before them at all. For a week longer the siege continued, culminating in one desperate attempt to carry the city by storm. This failed, however, and as there had been great loss of life in the ranks of allied armies, and as it seemed a hopeless case to try to capt u re the city the attempt was given up, and General Linco l n r etired from the vicinity, while the French soldiers went back on shipboard and the fleet sa i led, part going to the WestIndies, and part back to France. The two British officers, who had been held prisoners all this time, were exchanged for two officers that had been captured by the British the day of the attempted storming of the city's works. The fifty Tories made promise not to take up arms against the patriot army, were then let return to their homes Henry Whipple joined the "Liberty Boys," and fought with them till the end of the war, when he and Mildred Thornhill were married, the girl's father giving his consent to the union freely, for he bad made up his mind to become an American citizen and remain in this country. Tom Fenton, who bad wo the love of pretty Lucy Whip ple, returned to the South when the w ar ended, and maiTied the brave patriot girl. Mart and Susan Miller were. disappointed because of i.heir inability to win the love of Lucy and Henry Whipple, but bore up best they could. Lieutenant Marsh, who had loved Mildred Thornhill, an_d. who had been so eager to Rill Henry Whipple, the giant patriot, was himself killed in the battle the day the patriots stormed and so he did not live to endure the torture of seeing Mildred the wife of his hated enemy. "The "Liberty Boys" were soon bard at work in another part of the country, and as was their custom, were making it hot for the redcoats and Tories. THE END. The next number (105) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING; OR, OUTWITTING THE ENEMY," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All Back nu.mbers of this weekly are always in pri n t. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK T OUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW Y ORK, and y o u will reee ive. t h e copies you ord e r b y return I


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THE LIBEBTY BOYS OF '76 A. W e ekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revol By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based Qn actual facts and give a faithf account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Americi youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their liv for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independen< Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading mattE bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The ldol of the Company. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath ; or, Going for the Redcoats Roughs! 24 T h e J,!berty Boye' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and 67 The Liberty Boys' Battle for Life; or, The Hardest Struggl E Tories. AIL 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 68 The Liberty Bors' Lost:. or, The Trap That Did Not Work, 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a 69 The Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, 'l.'he Youth Who "Queered" Everytl Thing or Two. 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 21 The Liberty Boys' Good Cpy Work; or, With the Redcoats In 71 1 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, '.rhe Snare the Enemy Set. Philadelphia. 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom ; or, In the Hands of the Tory Outla 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, Trailing Benedict wine. nold. 29 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 74 Boys "Swoop" ; or, Scattering the Redcoats I 30 'l'he Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites 31 The Liberty Boye' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check 75 The Liberty Boys' "Hot Time" ; or, Lively Work in Old Virgi 32 The Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture 33 The Liberty Boye Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. King' s Son. R4 The I.iberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse 'l.'hat Succeeded. 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move ; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 3:> Tbe Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 7 'l The Liberty Roys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Mount1 36 The Liberty Boye' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' 70 The I ,iberty Boys' Honor; or, 'l'he Promise That Was Kept. Caoae. 80 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike" ; or, Bowling the British Over. 37 TJ:ie J,lberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showe d It. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot, or, The Plan That Won. 82 The Liberty Boys and the G eorgia Giant; or, A Hard Man H andle. 30 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul ; or, Taking Everything In Sight. 8 3 The Liberty Boys' D ead Line: or, "Cross it if You Dare!" 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in British Gold. 84 'l.'he Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed" or, Trouble at Every Turn. 41 The J,lberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost .rrapped. 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 85 The Liberty Boys' L eap for Life; or, The Light that L e d .rhem. 43 '.f'he Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. SG The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin wh9 Fought 41 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the R edcoats and Tories. Inde p endence. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slater. 87 The Liberty Boys "Going It Blind"; or, Taking Big Chance s 4r, The Liberty Roys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing t h e R edcoats. 88 The L i b erty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 47 The LibertY. Roys' Success; or, Doing What The y S e t Out to Do. SI! The Liberty Boys' "Hurry Call"; or, A Wild to Sav 48 T I 1 e Liberty B oy s Setbac k ; 01:, Defeated. But Not Disgraced. Friend. 49 'l'h e Liberty Boys In '.roryvllle ; or, Dick Slater's Fearful Risk. 00 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, 'l'he Beautiful Maid of I 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert/. l\fountain. ul The r ibert.y Boys' Triumph ; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their Ql The Liberty Boys' Brave Stand: or, Set Bac k but Not D efeated Own G ame. fl2 'l.'he Liberty Boys "Treed" ; or, W arm Work in the Tall Timbe 52 The !,iberty Boys' S care; or, A Miss as Good as a Mile. 03 The Liberty Boys Dare; or, Backing the British Down. 53 'l.'he Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foe s on All Side s. 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, B eating the British at Benni 54 '.rhe Liberty B oys' Flight;' or, A V ery Narrow Escape. ton. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generallng the Enemy. !15 The f,iberty Boys in New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the B 5G The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How !sh Lion. to Fight. 06 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. Not Afraid of Anytb,lng. 57 The Liberty Boys' "Push" ; or, Bound to Get The r e 97 'l'he Liberty Boys' Long March; or, 'l.'he Move that Puzzle d !i8 The Liberty Boys' D esperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" British. at Stony Point. !!8 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem H e igl 59 The Liberty Boys' Justic e. And How They Dealt It Out. 99 The Liberty Boys in New York; or, Helping to Hold the Grl 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A V ery Warm Time. City. 61 'L'he Liberty B oys' S eale d Orders; or, Going it Blind. 100 The LibNty Boys' Big Risk; or, R eady to Take Chances. 62 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry" 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, f:\auling the Redcoats Jn. at Paulus H o ok. 102 The Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too for th!) 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