The Liberty Boys on their mettle, or, Making it warm for the Redcoats

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The Liberty Boys on their mettle, or, Making it warm for the Redcoats
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. lA Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issue d Weekly-B y Subscription $2.50 p e r y ear. E n t e r e d as Sec o n d Class Mat t e r at the N ew York, N Y ., Post Office, F ebruat"// 4 1901 Ente r e d a ccordin g to A c t of Congress, in the ye a 1901, i n the office of t-ie Librarian o f C o n g ress, W a s h ingto n D C ., by Frank Tousey 24 Union Square, N e w York. No. 23. NEW YORK, JUNE 7, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. HUNTING FOR TARLETON. All was bustle and confusion in the patriot eneamp ent on the north bank of the Dan River, just across the State line, in Virginia. I It was the 17th of February, 1781. I The patriot army, under General Greene, had just been chased several hundred miles, clear across North Carolina, by the British army under Cornwallis. Cornwallis had been unable to get across the Dan River, and had gone off thirty miles to the southward and taken '!Up his quarters at Hillsboro, in North Carolina. ., General Greene had sent Dick Slater, the champion 1atriot spy of the Revolution, to Hillsboro, and the man had just returned. 1 He had reported that Cornwallis had issued a proclama and that the Tories of North Carolina were rallying lo the British standard and joining the British army. General Greene had at once held a council of war. ID "We must put a stop to that business," he told his I fficers; "Cornwallis has proclaimed that the 'rebels' have n driven out of the State, and that he will soon have e ti sufficient force tQ sweep everything before him. We must \ ross back into North Carolina and prove to the people J t we have not given up the State. We must not sit n ere, idle, and let the British army grow." This company of young men was known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." The "Liberty Boys" had done splendid work for the cause. They had joined Washington's army in the summer of 1776, and had been in active service ever since. Dick Slater, the captain of the company, and Bob Esta brook, his dearest friend, had both done splendid work as spies and scouts also. They had been called the "champion spies of the Revolution." And they bad to be so spoken of. This may well be believed when it is known that General Howe, the of the British army, kept a standing offer of twenty-five hundred dollars' reward for the capture of the two youths Early on the morning of the 18th, the little party crossed the Dan and set out. General Greene accompanied the party nearly the whole day, giving Lee, Pickens and Dick Slater final instructions. Then he bade them good-by and turned back. As Dick's men were mounted, they took the lead and a c ted as scouting parties, dividing up and going in various directions Dick had been instructed to do this by General Greene Ne;xt morning the party of twenty-five men which Dick commanded (the company of cavalry having divided up into four parties) stopped at a farmhouse, and Dick made r.I The other officers thought the same. It was deeided to move back across the Dan River and some inquiries. 1 ross the State line as soon as possible. Meantime, and before the entire army would be able move, General Greene decided to send a party across atta'Ck Colonel Tarleton, who was-so Dick Slater had come out from Hill s boro, to meet a party of r. ories, some four hundred in number, who were to accom : t ny Tarleton back to Hillsboro and join the British army. tt he General Greene placed this party under the command m u!J Colonels Lee and Pickens-that i s the infantry. The Jo valry, which consisted of one hundred young men, were ec m der the command of Captain Dick Slater. It happened that the farmer in question was a Whig, or a patriot. He told Di 9 k that Tarleton s band had passed there the evening before, going in a northwesterly direction. This was just what Dick wished to learn. He at once sent word back to the colonels, Lee and Pick en and then pressed onward. Whenever they s topped at a house where he thought the people were Tories, Dick told them that his men were T

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. ton had gone, and he had no difficulty in keeping on the right track. At about noon Dick's party paused at a farmhouse. They were hungry. They decided to get something to eat here, if possible. The farmer was a Tory, but Dick told him they were loyalists on their way to join Tarleton, and the man said he would furnish them with something to eat. The "Liberty Boys" ate their dinner; and their horses, too, had plenty to eat. Just as they were getting ready to mount and continue on their way, a couple of British officers rode up. "Who are you?" they asked Dick. "We are loyalists on our way to join Tarleton," replied Dick. "Good I" one of the officers cried. "Tarleton is only three or four miles away, and Colonel Pyle is coming from the westward with four loyalists. We may as well wait here for them and all go on together." "We will do so," said Dick. Then he added: 'There is quite a force of loyalists coming in the direc tion from which we came. It will be here soon." "Good I" the other British officer "The more the better I" Suddenly one spoke up: "I guess we won't wait for those men to come. We will go on and tell Tarleton, that they are coming." As he spoke thus, both wheeled their horses and would have ridden away. But they did not do so. "Hold!" cried Dick. "If you attempt to go away it will be at the peril of your lives." The otEcers looked around in startled dismay. They saw themselves covered by twenty-five pistols I Each and every "Liberty Boy" had drawn a pistol at a signal from Dick, and had leveled the weapons at the two British officers. "W-why, w-what d-does this m-mean ?" one of the officers stammered. "It means that you are our prisoners!" replied Dick. "Your prisoners I" ''Yes." "But we are British officers, and you said you were loy--" "I know I said so, but all is fair in war, and you must learn not to believe everything you hear one say." "Then you are not loyalists, after all ? You are--" "Patriots, each and every one of us I Up with your "Yes," from the other ; General Cornwallis will soon hands I" have an army .that :will. be capable of crushing all oppoThe two crestfallen officers lifted their hands and ex sition in the South." <'We'll see about1thatl" thought Dick. Aloud he said: "It certainly looks that way. If the recruits keep on coming in the way they have been, he will have a strong army soon." Half an hour later the force under Lee and Pickens came in sight. As it drew nearer, the British officers, who were watch ing the approach of the patriots closely, seemed to grow slightly restless. They exchanged glanc;;, and seemed puzzled. Dick was watching them, and did not fail to take note of all this. Presently one of the officers turned to Dick, and, look ing him searchingly in the eyes, said: tended them above their heads. A couple of the "Liberty Boys" rode up alongside the two and disarmed them. "Now dismount!" ordered Dick. The officers obeyed. They could do nothing but obey. They had been neatly fooled, and were helpless. Some of the "Liberty Boys" leaped down from theiR horses and tied the hands of the officers, using halter straps for the purpose. t "Well, Dick, what have you here?" asked Colonel Lee as he and Colonel Pickens rode up at the head of th1 column. "A couple of British officers, Colonel," replied Dickl'1 "They have furnished us with some interesting and valu "Those men, yonder, march in wonderfully good order able information." for men who have never had any military instruction at "What, Dick?" all. Are you sure those are loyalists?" "They state that Tarleton is only about three or fou "Oh, yes!" replied Dick, promptly. from here." re He saw the officers were not satisfied, however. "That is good news, indeed I" They were uneasy. "They also state that Colonel Pyle, with a force oi forl'E The nearer the patriots came the more uneasy the offi-hundred Tories, is coming from the westward and that b c ers grew. 1 will soon be here." >e'


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. 3 "That is better news yet We must get ready to receive Colonel Pyle and his force of Tories!" "So we must!" agreed Colonel Pickens. "I noticed a cross-road a mile or so back," said Lee; "they must be coming on that road." "Quite likely," said Dick. Then he and the two colonels drew off to one side, and They little thought they were walking into a trap. Colonel Pyle could not help seeing the patriots, but he did not pause. It was evident that he thought it was Tarleton's force. He thought he had reached the end of his journey, for the present, at least. He would join Tarleton, and, after a day of rest and a conferred together in low tones. conference with the representative of General Cornwallis, "How shall we manage it ?" asked Colonel Pickens. the march would be resumed, all heading toward Hillsboro. "Shall we ambush ourselves in the edge of the timber and The party of Tories drew nearer and nearer. open fire as soon as the Tories come along?" At last it came to a stop at a point right in front ot "I'll tell you," said Dick, "perhaps we may be able to where the patriot force was situated. make them think we are Tarleton's force. In that case Colonel Lee rode forward and met Colonel Pyle. we would not have to hide." "Ah, Colonel Pyle, I am glad to meet you I" he said, "True," agreed Colonel Lee; "and in that way we may extending his hand. be able .to capture the entire force of Tories without firing "The same to you, Colonel Tarleton!" said Pyle, aGcept-a shot." "That is to be desired," said Pickens; "I think it is likely they will take us for Tarleton and his force." It was decided to risk this, at any rate. The three hastened back to their men and instructed them reg!\.l"ding the plan which had been decided upon. Fearing that the British officers might do something to warn the Tories of their danger, the two were taken in charge by a party of four patriot soldiers. They took the two officers back into the timber a distance of two hundred yards or so, and remained there to guard them. The patriot lines now began to form for the occasion. They stretched out up the road a distance of nearly a quarter of a mile. Presently the party of Tories under Colonel Pyle came sight. It was coming up the road in the direction from which he patriots had just come. "They're coming I" These were the words that ran down the patriot line. Each and every soldier grasped his musket tightly and sited. All were eager for the time for action to come. The patriots did not like the British. They hated Tories. lj The feeling between Whigs and Tories was, naturally, rery bitter. Some of the worst atrocities of the war of the Revolution n.were committed by Tories. And frequently said atrocities were committed against who had been neighbors for years. On came the Tories. ing the proffered hand and shaking it heartily. "You see, I have brought the four hundred recruits, as I promised General Cornwallis I would do." "I see, Colonel. You have done well." At this instant musket-shots were heard down toward the end of the line of men. "What does that mean?" asked Colonel Pyle, in sudden suspicion and excitement. "It means that we are in a trap, colonel!" cried a Tory. "These fellows are patriots!" CHAPTER II. THE ROUT OF THE TORIES. \ Colonels Lee and Pickens, and Dick Slater, as well, had made one mistake. They had overlooked the fact that the farmer in front of whose house they were was a Tory. He had seen Dick and the "Liberty Boys" capture the two British officers. He had heard everything that was said. He knew the party was made up of patriots. He knew that the other party, which came up the road later, was a party of loyalists. He had made a wide detour, through the timber, and had gone around the extreme end of the patriot line. His intention was to warn the Tories before they got into the trap, but he was too slow, and they had got there before he could head them off. He told some of the Tories that the party of men were


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. patriots, ho'Yever, with the result that said Tories, in their if they reach us to-night we will have a good force with excitement, at once opened fire on the patriots. This, as was soon proven, proved to be a bad piece of business for the Tories. They were green hands as yet. Their opponents were old campaigners, The Tories' fire was returned instantly. The patriots wasted but few loads. Their bullets went straight to the mark. which to make the attack in the morning." Dick did not say a great deal. Ne x t morning, when the forward, the point where Tarleton had been ,.. /was soon reached;-hut his force was not there. .... Tarleton was far away, marchi.Ilg as rapidly as possible toward Colonels Lee and Pickens were chagrined at missing the The engagement lasted but a short time-not to exceed chance to strike Tarleton a blow, but they had accom-five or six minutes. plished considerable in capturing and dispersing the four Considerable execution was done in that brief time, how-hundred 'l'ories, so were, on the whole, very well satisfied ever. Ninety of the Tories were killed and wounded. The rest tried to escape-quite a goood many succeeded -but a goodly number were captured. Colonel Pyle succeeded in getting away. It was, as it happened, only about two miles to where Colonel Tarleton had his camf. He heard the firing, and took the alarm at once. He gave rapid orders, and his men prepared for battle. Presently Colonel Pyle entered the encampment; When he told Tarleton the story of the disaster which had overtaken him, Tarleton could hardly believe trre evi denc (\ of his own hearing. "This is a terrible affair!" he said. "It is all the more terrible on account of the fact that we supposed the entire patriot force was thirty miles away on the other side of the River Dan." "True," agreed Colonel Pyle "I am very sorry this occurred," said Tarleton; "I fear it will have a tendency to discourage the loyal citizens of this vieinity keep them from coming forward and join ing the "I fear so." Tarleton decided to remain where he was only as long as he had to do so. He break camp as soon as possible. 'rhis would take several hours, and during that time he would have to be on his guard and ready to show fight should the patri_ots put in an appearance. The patriot did not appear, however, and soon after nightfall Tarleton's force moved away in the direction of Hillsboro. Dick had urged Colonels Lee and Pickens to attack Tarleton that afternoon, but they thought it would be safer to wait till morning. "We are looking for some recruits, Dick," said Lee, "and with their work. They at once set out on the return to the main army. They did not return at once, however. They found that they could do some good work in head ing off bands of Tories who were en route to Hillsboro to join the British army, and in chasing foraging parties of the British .,., They put in two or three days at this, and then on the 24th they rejoined the main army, which had now crossed the Dan River, and southward to the headwaters of the Haw River. The ai:my had gone into camp here to await the coming of reinforcements1 and the return of Lee and Pickens and the "Liberty Boys." There was great rejoicing in the patriot encampment when the party reached there with the Tory prisoners. General Greene was well pleased. He congratulated Lee, Pickens and Dick. "You have done )Yell," he said. "I do not think the Tories will be so eager to join the British army as they were before." 'rhis was the case. When Tarleton reached Hillsboro with the story of the fate that had overtaken the party of Tories under Colonel Pyle, Cornwallis was almost paralyzed. He scarcely knew what to think. "W:hat does mean?" he asked. "Do you suppose rebels have been strongly reinforced?" "Hard telling," was Tarleton's reply; "oe would think so, however. Otherwise they would hardly have dared venture back across the Dan River." "That is what I think. Well, we must make theu fight as soon as possible. Otherwise our plans of re cruiting our army from among the loyalists of this re gion will be knocked in the head." "You are right." "I will send out some spies to learn the numbers of th


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. 5 rebels, and where they are; and, if possible, what they Then, when he had received bis final instructions, he intend trying to do." bade General Greene good-by and left the tent. "That will be a good plan." He returned to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Cornwallis soon saw that the presence of the patriot Boys," bade them good-bye, and, mounting his horse, rode army in North Carolina Wf". a strong restrain ing effect on the loyalists. They stopped coming in and joining the British army. He got very few recruits. On the other hand, General Greene, in his camp up away. Dick knew that he was going on a dangerous journey. The country through which he would have to go was overrun by bands of foraging redcoats. Then, too, the majority of the people in this part of on the headwaters of the Haw, was re c eiving constant acthe country were Tories. cessions to his force. He would be in danger in many wa)1!. He was in very good spirits. But Dick did not hesitate. If this continu e d very much longer he would have a He had been through too many dangers during the past sufficient force so that be could offer Cornwallis a battle. five years to be deterred by danger now. He sent out small parties under Lee, Pickens, Williams and Sumpter, with instructions to watch for foraging partie s of redcoats and chase them whenever any were encountered. For one thing, he was well mounted. His horse was a magnificent animal. His name was "Major." Dick had captured the horse from the redcoats nearly five years before, and had had him ever since. One afternoon he sent for Dick. The young man reported at once. Major was very fleet of foot, and had remarkable "Dick," said Greene, "do you suppose you could find qualities General Marion?" "I can try, General Greene," said Dick, quietly. "Very good; that means you will succeed!" "I certainly shall do so, if possible, sir," rep1ied Dick. "I know that. Well, Dick, I wish to send a message to Marion. I shall write it and you must take it to him, if possible "I will try, sir." "Very well ; return in half an hour." "Shall I make arrangements to start at once?" "At once, Dick." I "Very well." Dick saluted and withdrew. He returned to his quarters, and bridled and saddled his horse. So Dick felt that he did not have a great deal to fear in a race with the redcoats. He would have to be on the lookout for ambushes and s urprises. Dick beaded toward the south. He rode in this direction perhaps ten miles. Then he turned and headed eastward. He continued in this direction till he struck the Haw River timber. He thought that General Marion, the "Swamp Fox," might be somewhere along the river. He struck off southward. The road was scarcely worthy the name. It was more in the nature of a pathway through the Half an hour later he returned to the tent occupied by timber. General Greene. The message was ready. The general handed Dick a folded and sealed document. "Deliver that to General Marion, Dick," General Greene said ; "but if you should be in imminent danger of being captured, throw it away rather than let it fall into the hands of the British. In case you should be forced to do that, go ahead, if you should escape, after all, and hunt Marion up and tell him to report to me here at the earliest possible moment." "I will do so, sir," replied Dick. He placed the document in his pocket. But Dick did not mind this. He had been used to timber all his life. Therefore be always felt at home when within the timber. As evening drew near, Dick began to look out for a place to stay through the night. He had yassed several cabins during the afternoon. He felt sure he would come to another before long. Nor was he mistaken. Presently he came to a log cabin. A yellow cur came racing toward him, barking at a terrible rate. The barking of the dog evidently attracted the attention


6 THE JjIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. of its owner, for as D,ick came to a stop in of the door it opened and a man appeared in the doorway. He was not a prepossessing-looking man. Quite the contrary. He was roughly dressed, had shaggy, unkempt hair and beard, and his eyes were keen and ferrety, but' shifted about as if their owner was continually on the watch to avoid being taken by surprise. Dick did not like the fellow's looks, but decided that rather than risk having to spend the night out of docirs, he would take chancils on spending the night in the com pany of the man, unprepossessing though he was in apCHAPTER III. DICK A PRISONER. There was no stable. Dick had to tie Major out. It that the man had a little corn, however, eo the horse would not have to go hungry. When they had tied the and given him some corn, the man and Dick made their way to the cabin. "Come in," the man said. Dick followed him into the cabin. pearance. It was a rough log cabin, consisting of but a single room. "You can't always judge a man by his looks," thought At one end was. a huge fireplace. Dick; "he is rough, of course, but may be honest enough." In this a fire was burning. "Good evening," said Dick. The flames furnished the only light. "Ev'nin'," was the reply, in a gruff voice. It made the interior of the cabin light enough for all "What would be the chance for me to stay over night practical purposes. with you?" host indic! ed a splitlog stool. "Whar yo' frum?" he asked. "Set down," he said. "From up north a ways." He was a man of few words. Dick did not think it any particular business of the Dick sat down. man's where he was from, so he answered only in a very general way. The man grunted. "Wbar yo' goin' ?" he asked. "Down south a ways." The man grunted again. "Whut's yo' name?" "He wants to know it all," thought Dick. Then aloud he said: "My name is Paxton." "King's man er reb ?" Of course, Dick, not knowing which side his prospective host was on, did not care to commit hi mself. So he said: "Neither. I'm neutral."' "Whut's thet ?" "That means that I don't care which side wins," explained Dick. "Oh, thet's it?" "Yes." "Waal-yo' kin stay." "Good I" said Dick. Then he leaped down off his horse. Had he known what lay before him as a result of re maining over night at cabin, he migh}-indeed, he would--have gone on and taken the chances of having to stay out all night. "S'pose yo' hain't hed no supper?" Dick shook his head. "No." "S'pose 'yo' hungry, hain't yo'?" "Slightly." "All right; I'll git yo' sum pin' ter eat." The man went to work. He cooked some meat which was venison, Dick thought. Then he placed this, with some cornbread, on a rough slab table, and invited Dick to "Set up an' eat." Dick did so. He was hungry, and rough as the food was, he ate it with a relish. 'rhe had made a substitute for coffee by boiling browned cornmeal. Dick drank some oi this thought it so bad. "What is your name?" asked Dick, presently. "Name's Bill." "Bill what?" "Skaggs." "Lived here long?" 'Bout fifteen yeer." "That's a good while." "Yas." Dick had got through eating now. He again took a at the fire. Skaggs busied himself clearing up the table.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. "t When he had :finished, he took a seat in front of the fire. He lighted a pipe and smoked silently. Mr. Skaggs was not much of a conversationalist. This is usually the case with men who are much alone. Having no one to talk to, they gradually get out of the way of talking. Dick, while seemingly seeing nothing but the flames in the :fireplace, kept a quiet watch of his companion out or the corners of his eyes. He presently noted the fact that Skaggs was eyeing him furtively. "He doesn t know what to think of me," thought Dick. Dick wished that he knew on which side his host was. The fellow had managed to get a piece of deerskin thong wrapped around Dick's wrists in such a manner that the youth was, when awoke, quite helpless. Dick struggled, but soon found it did no good. He was soon rendered altogether helpless. As soon as he realized that he could do nothing, Dick ceased struggling. He looked up into the face of Skaggs and asked: "What does this mean?" Skaggs laughed. In a disagreeable manner, too. "Hain't et plain enuff ?" he asked, with a leer. "It's plain enough that I am a prisoner, but I don't He guessed, however, that he was on the side of the understand why. What does it mean, anyway?" king! "He looks like a Tory," thought Dick. "To my mind he might sit for a picture of Toryism personified." Not knowing what to talk about, Dick did not do much iil the way of talking. He thought it best to maintain silence rather than risk saying something which might not suit his host. Skaggs smoked steadily for an hour. He said not a word during that time. Dick maintained silence also. Then Skaggs laid his pipe up, and, looking at Dick, asked: "Whut does et mean?" "Yes." "Yo' knows well enuff whut. et means." "I most certainly do not." The fellow laughed again. "Waal, I do," he declared. "Don't you think I am entitled to an explanation?" "I dunno's I think so." "Well, explain, anyway. Tell me why you have made me a prisoner." Skaggs looked down upon Dick for a few moments in s ilence. "Want ter git ter sleep, I s pose ?" Then he said : "I guess I might as well lie down/' replied Dick. "Waal, I guess I kin tell yo'. Et's easy enuff. I hev At the side of the room were a couple of bunks. made up my min' thet air er rebel spy, an so I hev The bunks were filled with leaves, grass and small made yo' er pris'ner." boughs. "What made you think I was a rebel spy?" On top of these, skins of wild animals were laid. Skaggs indicated one of the bunks. "Yo' kin sleep thar," he "Thank you," said Dick. Then he went over to the side of the room and lay down in the hunk. It was a rude bed, but was quite comfortable. Dick, during the five years of soldi e ring, had become accustomed to hardships. He had slept out in the open air, in cold, wet and dis agreeable weather, hundreds of times, and this rough bunk in the warm cabin was almo s t a luxury. It had an extremely soothing effect, and almost before he knew it he was asleep. How long he slept he had no_ means of knowing, but he was sudd e nly awakened In a rude manner, too. He awoke to find that his host was binding his arms! "Oh, yer ackshuns." "My actions?" "Yas." "In what way did I act that it made you think I was a r ebey spy?" "Oh, in lots uv ways." "Name some of them "Waal, yo' wouldn't tell whar yo' wuz frum." "I told you I was from up north a ways." "Thet thar hain't no answer, nohow yo' kin fix et." "I think so." "W aal, I don 't; an' yo' said yo' wuz go in' down south a ways. "Well?" "Thet hain't tellin' nothin', neether." "I think so." "I don't; an' then yo' wouldn't tell which side yo' wuz on-whether yo' wuz fur king or ag'in 'im."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. "I told you I was on neither ride; that I was neutral." take, and I hope you will reconsider this matter and de"I know yo' tole me thet.'' "Well, I have a right to be neutral if I wish to be, don't l?" "I guess ez how yo' hev er right ter be nootral ef yo' wanter." "Then why have you made me a prisoner?" 'Cause I don't b'leeve yo' is nootral." "You don't believe it?" "No." "Why don't you?" 0 h, yo' don't look et." "I don't look it ?" "No." "In what way don't I look nootral ?" "Yo' looks ez if yo' wuz er reb." "I looks as if I was a rhbel, you think?" "Yas." "I don't see how you make that out?" "W aal, et's easy enuff. Yo' looks like yo' wuz er reb, an' er soldier. Yo' don't look like jes' er common kin' uv er feller." cide to let me go free." Skaggs shook his head. "I kain't do thet," he said. Yes, you can." "No ; besides, I don' think I hev made enny mistake erbout this heer thing." "You certainly have," insisted Dick. Skaggs shook his head once more, and then, stepping :forward, began feeling in Dick's pockets. Suddenly Dick remembered that he had in his pocket a message from General Greene to General Marion. Skaggs would certainly :find it. Dick's heart almost stood still. He realized that he was in great danger. The possession of the message would prove him to be a patriot spy and scout. Dick hoped that Skaggs might overlook the document. It was in an inside coat-pocket. Skaggs made a thorough search, however. He seemed certaj.n that Dick was a patriot. And he seemed to be sure he would :find something in This was something o:f a compliment, but Dick was not the way of papers to prove that such was the case. in a position to appreciate it. He presently found the document. "Well, I am just a common sort o:f a :fellow," he said. He drew .it forth, with an exclamation of triumph. "You have made a mistake." The fellow shook his head. "I don' think so," he said, in a positive tone of voice. Dick was silent a few moments, and then asked: "What are you going to do with me?" "I guess ez how I'll take yo' ter Hillsboro ter-morrer." "To Hillsboro?" "Yas." "What for?" "Ter turn yo' over ter Gineral Cornwallis." "General Cornwallis?" "Yas." "Who is he?" "Yo' know who he is." "I think I've heard his name," said Dick, pretending to look puzzled. "He's one of the British generals, isn't he?" "Yo' know he is." "I guessed it; but you are altogether wrong regarding me, Mr. Skaggs. I am neutral, and you ought not to hold me a prisoner." "Yo' think not?" with a grin. "I know it. You are making a mistake." "Mebby so." "I've got it!" he said. "Heer is what will prove yo' ter be er reb !" Dick was quick to think. He had sized the man up pretty closely. He did not believe the fellow could read. He did not look as if he could. In that case it might be possible to deceive him even yet. Dick decided upon his course of action. It was to pretend that the paper the fellow had secured was of no importance. In pursuance of this plan he simply laughed carelessly in response to the man's statement, and said : "That paper amounts to nothing. It is of no import ance." "Uv course yo'd say so," Skaggs said. "It is the truth," said Dick. "Read it and you will see that I have spoken truly." "I kain't read." Dick's heart leaped. "I thought not!" he said to himself. "What good has it done you to :find the paper, then?" be asked. "I'm goin' ter keep ther paper an' giv' et ter Gineral "There is no maybe about it. You !!ore making a misCornwallis, when I take yo' thar in ther mornin'."


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. "How near morning is it?" asked Dick. "Oh, it hain't ennyways near mornin' yit. Et's erbout midnight, I guess." "Good!" thought Dick. "That gives me some time in which to work. I must get free from these bonds and make my escape from this fellow before morning I" But how to do it? That was the question. CHAPTER IV. THE STRUGqLE. Skaggs looked at the document which he had taken from Dick in a longing manner. He was eti.dently Wishing he could read so that he might learn the contents of the paper in question. "That is nothing of any importance whatever," said Dick, who read what was passing in the fellow's mind. "Even if could read it, it would do you no good. I wish you could read it, then you would know I have been telling you the truth. Skaggs grunted. It was plain he did not believe Dick He placed the paper in his pocket. "Gineral Cornwallis will be glad ter git this, I think," he said, grimly. "You are mistaken," said Dick; "don't think tha,t, for if you do you will be disappointed." "I'lI resk et." Skaggs walked over to the other side of the room and threw himself into a bunk. "I'll jes' take er snooze," he remarked, sleepily. "I hope it will be a good, sound one," thought Dick. It so proved Skaggs evidently felt perfectly at ease, for he went to sleep almost. instantly He was soon snoring. This was sweetest music to Dick's ears. "Good!" thought Dick. ( He is sound asleep. Now to Nothing in the world would give the British general greater pleasure than to get Dick Slater, the "rebel" spy, into his power Dick at once began working at the thong which bound his wrists together. He made scant headway. Skaggs had done the work well. He evidently when he tied the knots, to see to it that his prisoner did not get free. It was no wonder, Dick thought, that he had thrown himself down and gone to sleep. It seemed as if he was perfectly safe in doing so. Dick did not despair, however. He was a youth who never despaired. He had learned, long ago, that there was always hope while there was life. He had been in too many tight places, and escaped, to give up, no matter how impossible it seemed that he might escape. Dick was phenomenally strong. He exerted all his strength on the thong. At first he could not notice any give to the He kept on, however, and presently he became convinced that the thong was giving somewhat. This encouraged him. "I may succeed yet," Dick thought; ''I hope so, and if I do I'll make Mr. Skaggs wish he had not tried this little trick." Dick worked away, steadily and persistently He kept stretching the thong, little by little. "It may take all the rest of the night, but I think I shall succeed," Dick said to himself While he was working away, Skaggs suddenly gave vent to a snort and awoke with a start. Dick was not taken by surprise. While working, he kept his eyes on Skaggs. This was for the purpose of guarding against surprise. So now, when the man opened his eyes and looked across toward Dick, the youth ceased work and pretended to be asleep. S'aggs eyed Dick for a few moments, and then closed work. I must get my arms free-and once I succeed in his eyes. doing that, Mr Skaggs will have to look out I" He was soon asleep again Dick was terribly in earnest. This was proven by his 11nore, which almost rattled the He did not feel very good over the way he had been clapboards on the roof at times. treated by his host. Dick waited until he was sure the man was sound He was eager for a chance to even up the scoi:e. asleep Whatever happened he must not allow himself to be Then he went to work once more. taken a prisoner to General Cornwallis. He worked away, persistently and patiently.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. This was a case where haste would not accomplish any thing. Dick worked for at least two hours, taken altogether, and at last succeeded in getting the !hong stretched to such an extent that he managed to pull first one hand then the other out of bondage, so to speak. He was free! Free so far as being tied was concerned. He was not yet safe, however. He was in the cabin alone with the rough Tory wooas man Skaggs. Dick thought it possible he might be able to steal out of the cabin and get safely away while yet the man slept; but he would not go away and leave the message to Marion in the fellow's hands. Skaggs would undoubtedly take the document to Cornwallis. And this must not be allowed. Dick carefully got out of the bunk. He stretched himself. He rubbed his wrists to get the blood circulating oll'ce more. Doubtless he had not the least thought other than that he would be able to easily overcome the youth. There was plenty of confidence in the tone of his voice. Dick made no reply. He decided that it would be as well for him to save his breath. He might need it all before he got through with this fellow. Dick found Skaggs to be a very strong fellow. His arms were like bars of iron. And if Dick found Skaggs strong, the latter was sur prised to find the youth was, seemingly, as strong as him self. In addition, Dick was younger and consequently more athletic and lithe. As soon as Skaggs discovered that he was not to have everything his own way, he became wild with anger. Cuss yo' I'll break yo' in two he grated. "I don't know whether you will or not," replied Dick, quietly. "Y as, I will!" "I don't think you will I" He kept his eyes on Skaggs meantime "I tied yo' up before; I'll do et ag'in I" He feared the fellow might awaken at any moment. "You took me when I was asleep, like the coward that He wished to be in shape to engage in a hand-to-hand you are. I'm not asleep now." combat with the man should he do so. "Yo' will be purty soon. I'll bump yo' head so hard Presently Dick decided that his arms and wrists were as yo'll go ter sleep." good as new. He had as good use of them as ever. As soon as he had satisfied himself of this fact Dick got ready to act. He stole softly across the floor. He was about half way across the room when the man in the bunk opened his eyes. He was evidently a light sleeper, and Dick's footfall had awakened him. His eyes fell upon Dick instantly. He stared a few moments. He blinked and looked puzzled. Then,, with an oath, he leaped out of the bunk. He ha!l suddenly realized that the prisoner had in 'ome manner succeeded in freeing himself. A hoarse cry escaped Skaggs. He leaped toward Dick with the ferocity of a maddened tiger. Dick met him half way. The next instant they came together wit}l a crash. "I've got yo' now, yo' pesky reb !" the fellow growled. Skaggs was a large, strong-limbed fellow. "We'll see about that I" Then the two struggled more fiercely than ever. At present Dick was working on the defensive. Skaggs was attacking him so fiercely that it made this necessary. The youth was quite satisfied to have it so, however. His opponent would the sooner tire himself out, Then Dick could take his inning. Skaggs w:as a tough fellow, however. He was a man who had lived all his life in the open air, and was healthy and strong. His lungs were perfect. His wind was almost as good as was Dick's. He was very slow to tire. Dick began to realize, presently, that it was to be a terrible struggle. But he was determined to win. He would not let this fellow triumph over him. He could not do it-must not do it. Dick gritted his teeth and settled down to his work with the determination to succeed. Skaggs kept growling.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. And as he failed to throw the youth to the floor, as he was trying to do, he became more infuriated than ever. He uttered oaths which were terrible to listen to. "Yo' cussid reb he would cry out. "I'll fix yo' yit !" and then he wou:td attack Dick even more fiercely. Here and there they moved, first on one side of the room then on the other. It was a terrible contest. "I'll kill yo' when I do git yo' down ag'in !" Skaggs grated. "But you won't get me down again!" said Dick, grimly. This, of course, made the man more furious than ever, and he tried to force matters. He could accomplish nothing by so doing. He was engaged in a contest with a remarkable youth. There were few men who could hold their own with Dick, in an athletic contest of any kind; or, indeed, in a contest where strength was a factor. And in this contest both were factors. Dick was beginning to feel somewhat tired now. For a few moments the youth again compelled to keep on the defensive. Only for a few moments, however. It was the last effort of the tough woodman. Suddenly his wind and strength seemed to give out. Dick realized the fact at once. He took advantage of it. He exerted all his strength. He got a peculiar hold which he had always found effec-tive. The next instant, down went Skaggs to the floor, with a crash. Dick was on top of him. The youth did not believe in delaying, now that he had the upper hand. He whirled the man over onto his face. 1 He caught Skaggs by the wrists and pulled them together behind the fellow's back. Then Dick proceeded to tie the wrists with the very same thong with which his own wrists had been bound. He succeeded in doing this almost before Skaggs realized His opponent was more tired, however, if indications what had occurred. went for anything. Then Dick rose to his feet and turned the fellow over onto his back once more. He was to puff and pant. Dick took note of this. "I will be able to down him pretty youth thought. "There, friend Skaggs," said Dick, quietly, "it looks a soon, now,'' the bit as if it is my turn to crow, doesn't it?" He began to work somewhat on the offensive now. Skaggs seemed to realize that the youth was a match for him. He stopped talking and cursing, and saved his breath. This was the wisest thing he could possible have done. Here and there about the room the two moved. Their breath came in gasps. Both were becoming very tired. But Skaggs. was the more tired of the two. Dick began to feel confident that, barring accidents, he would be able to get the better of his opponent. It would still take a lot of hard work before his tough opponent would be vanquished. And there was the chance of an accident occurring. This might turn the tide and cause Dick to be the de-feated party. He was careful and watched closely. Skaggs :fought on with desperate energy. He seemed to realize at last that unless he did something desperate he would be vanquished. He immediately called all his energies into requisition and went at Dick fiercely. A hoarse growl was the only reply. J CHAPTER V. IN OLOSE QUARTERS. Dick merely laughed. The growls of the worthy Skaggs could not worry him now. He reached his hand into the man's pocket and withdrew the message which the fellow had taken from him. "This is of no importance, friend Skaggs,'' said Diek, quietly, "but as it belongs to me, I will take possession of it." o' cussid reb Skaggs almost hissed. "I'll kill yo', ef I ever git ther chance!" "No doubt you are capable of it,'' was the calm reply; ''I do not intend letting you have the chance, however." "Yo'd better not!" Dick assumed, a listening attitude. He thought he had heard the sound of hoofbeats.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR ME'TTLE. He listened intently for a few moments. If the horsemen were enemies and wished to effect an Sure enough! He now heard the sound of hoo:fbeats entrance, they would have to do it by way of the door. quite pla1nly. This would consume considerable time. A party of ho. rsetnen was I Were the horsemen friends or foes? That was the question. It was a difficult question to answer. It was also a serious question for Dick. He looked at Skaggs. That worthy had heard the hoofbeats. This was evident from his expression. There was a look of :fiendish delight on his face. "I'll soon git the chance at_Yo', yo' cussid reb !"he grated. "You think they are your friends, then?" asked Dick. "I'm shore uv et." "I'm not so sure. I am rather of the opinion that they are friends of mine." "Yo'll see." "Yes, I suppose I will. And that is all you will do-see. I'm not going to give you a chance to yell." With .the words, Dick drew a handkerchief from his 7ocket, and before Skaggs knew what the youth was about, the handkerchief had been forced into the fellow's :r,outh. Skaggs tried to eject the handkerchief, but could not do so, and Dick quickly tied another handkerchief over the man's mouth in such :fashion that it would hold the first one in. Skaggs grew red, then almost black in the face. He swelled up like a toad. He seemed in imminent danger of bursting. He had intended to yell out and call to the newcomers. Now this plan had been knocked in the head. He glared at Dick with eyes of hate. And during that time, Dick could be :figuring out some way to escape. He listened at the door. The horsemen,.whoever they were, were very near, now. Soon the trampling of the horses' feet was heard right in front of the cabin. Then the trampling suddenly ceased. The horsemen had stopped. Dick listened intently. He could hear voices. "Knock on the door, Jenkins, and wake Skaggs up," Dick heard some one say, in an authoritative tone of voice. "It must be a band of redcoats," thought Dick. "I am sure they are not patriots." There was the sound of approaching footsteps. They ceased just outside the door. Then there came a loud rapping on the door. Dick, of course, made no reply. I He waited in silence. Presently the man on the outside rapped again, louder this time. "Try the door!" Dick heard the authoritative voice after another wait of a few moments. The door rattled the next instant. "It's barred on the inside I" the man outside cried. ''Then' Skaggs must be inside," said the man with the authoritative voice. "Keep on pounding on the door till you wake him up." Thump I thuinp thump The man pounded lustily. Dick by this time was confident the men outside were redcoats. Dick paid no attention to Skaggs, however He had other work on hand. Now, this being the case, what was it. best that he Who and what were the horsemen approaching the cabin? should do? He must find out. They might be friends, in which case all would be well. Then again, they might be enemies, in which case he would be in great danger. Dick examined the door. He was pleased to note that it was a strong one. It was strongly barred, too. There were two bars across it. It would be a difficult job for any one on the outside to force an entrance. Dick looked around the room. There were no windows. This was a hard question to answer. One thing seemed plain, however. He must remain in the cabin. The only means of exit was by way of the door. And he could not get out that way now. The pounding ceased for a few moments, presently. The man who was doing the pounding had evidently ceased in order to give Skaggs a chance to let the fact be known that he was awake. But Skaggs, although awake, was not in a position to let the fact be known. The silence within the cabin remained unbroken.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON METTLE. "What, in the name of all that is wonderful, can be the matter with Skaggs?" Dick heard, in the authoritative voice. "He is certainly very sound asleep!" "Maybe he is dead!" some one suggested. "Dead drunk, more likely!" in the authoritative voice Thump thump thump Again the fellow at the door pounded in a fierce manner. He seemed determined to awaken Skaggs. "Well, I don't see how it is to be done." "Go get. a log of a goodly size I You can uee it as a battering-ram." Dick gave a start. If this was done the redcoats would succeed in breaking the door down. Dick realized this. And if they succeeded in forcing an entrance and found Then he ceased and waited for some sound from within. Dick there, he would certainly be taken prisoner. Of course, none came. Dick did not like the outlook at all. After a brief silence the authoritative voice was heard He would not allow himself to be captured now, after again: having succeeded in getting the better of Skaggs, for any" Break the door down!" thing in the world. The sound of numerous footsteps was heard. But how was he to help himself? A number of men were coming to assist in breakipg the Dick looked around the room. door down. He looked up at the roof. Dick began to think he was in a tight place. It was made of clapboards, nailed on poles. I:f the men should succeed in breaking the door down it Dick wondered if he might be able to loosen some of tho would be impossible for him to capture. He realized this very forcibly. He looked at the two stout bars across the door, however, and felt better. Surely they could not break the door down I Dick heard the men at the door. There was considerable shuffling of feet, and the confused murmuring of voices. The men were getting ready to push against the door. Presently Dick heard a muffied, "Now!" "That means for all to push," thought Dick. He watcbed the door, eagerly. He saw it spring slightly. But that was all. lt gave no gn of giving way. The door itself was strong. Too bars made it trebly strong. Dick did not believe that enough men could get in a pC\sition to push against the door to budge it. Presently there was the confused mllrmuring of voicea again. Then one of the men called out: "It's no use, Captain I" "What's that!" came back the reply. "Do you mean to say you can't break the door down?" "That is exactly what we do mean to say," was the reply; "the door is as solid as the rock of Gibraltar I" ''And you think you can't succeed in breaking it down?" "I am sure of it, captain I" "But it must be broken down! I wish to see Skaggs, and I am not going away from here until I do see him I" clapboards and climb out and leap down and escape. It seemed to be his only chance. So he decided to try it. At one side was a sort of loft. Skaggs used it as a place to store skins of wild animala and other articles which he wished to have out of the way. Dick hastened to climb up to this platform. The skins which were piled there being in his way, the youth pushed them off onto the floor. As they were soft they made no noise when they struck. Dick felt of some of the clapboards. He found several that were loose. He believed he would be able to make a hole large enough to crawl through. It would not do to try to remove the clapboards at once, however. The redcoats would hear him. He made up his mind to wait until the men returned and begun using the battering-ram. The noise they would make would cover the noise he would make. He waited as patiently as was possible under the circumstances. Dick wondered if the redcoats, in searching for a log to use as a battering-ram, would discover his horse. Should they do so they would at once suspect that some one other than Skaggs was in the cabin. They would probably suspect the facts in the Skaggs was a prisoner in his own cabin. Dick listened intently.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS He was confident that if the redcoats discovered his horse they would make an outcry of some kind He heard no outcry, however. He heard the sound of shuffling feet, presently. ON THEIR Hti would not wait for the door to be broken down. The instant the door gave way the redcoats would swarm into the cabin. They would find Skaggs, who would tell them all about Then, a few moments later, he heard a terrible thump Dick. against the door. Dick had been listening for this, and immediately on the heels of the noise he gave a fierce wrench at one of the clapboards and pulled it loose. "Good!" thought Dick. "If I succeed in getting a board loose every they strike the door with that log I shall be able to get out of here, all right, before they can get in." He listened intently. He heard the shuffling of feet. The men were rushing forward to strike with the bat. tering-rain against the door crash I battering-ram had struck. .At the same instant Dick wrenched another clapboard loose. This made a fair-sized opening. There would then be a great hue and cry. Dick would be chased fiercely. He would have great difficulty in escaping. So Dick began working his way, with as great rapidity as possible, through the opening. He was soon through. He began letting himself down over the edge of the roof of the cabin The cabin was not high. Dick could have leaped to the ground without being in danger of hurting himself But he feared he might make noise sufficient to attrac the attention of 1 some Of the redcoats So he let himself down slowly and carefully, till he hung by his hands which grasped the topmost log. Just at this instant there came the sound of a great crash "TwQ more will be sufficient," thought Dick. 'rhe redcoats had jammed the battering-ram against He looked out through the opening and noted, with the door again-this time with effect, if sounds were anJ satisfaction, that it was still quite dark. It was the darkness which preceded dawn. .Again the rush of feet. .Again the crash .And again Dick took advantage of the opportunity and pulled another clapboard loose. The door had given way considerable the last time, and Dick thought it would not stan d the strain of more than one or two more of the assaults with the battering-ram. The men with the battering-ram again rushed forward, as Dick could tell oy the sound of their shuffling feet, and again there came the crash, as the log struck the door. One of the bars fell to the floor with a clatter. Dick wrenched another clapboard loose. "The door will go down the n ext time," thought Dick; "I must get out of h re!" OH.APTER VI. THE "SW AMP FOX" .A.PPB.A.RS. The hole which Dick had made was now, he was sure, large enough so that he would be able to get out through it. He decided to get out at once. indication. The crash was followed by a thud and then by a wild howl, which was, however, smothered like Dick knew what had happened The door had been droken down, and, in falling, had fallen on the worthy Mr. Skaggs! The youth was rather glad of it. ('Served him right!" thought Dick. Then he dropped. His feet were not more than four feet the gro;uni when the youth let go, so he fa scarcely jarred when ru struck the earth. .As he alighted he saw several dark forms come runnill! around the corner of the cabin. "There they come!" thought J?ick. He bounded away toward the edge of the timber. It was only a few yards distant. But before the youth could reach the timber the redcoat! were upon him. 1 Dick was desperate now. He struck out at the fellows with such strength, and fierceness as to surprise them. They were not looking for such spirited resistance fron one man. One after another the youth's assailants went down. He soon had three or four of the redcoats piled up, an


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. with a couple of quick, fierce blows he downed the remain ing two. Then just as some more redcoats came around the corner of the cabin, D ick darted into the edge of the timber. It was beginning to grow light enough so that one could see fairly well now. Day was breaking. The redcoats caught sight of Dick. They uttered shouts and darted after him. Dick ran toward the spot where he had tied his horse the evening before. The horse was there. Dick was glad of this. "I've got yo' now!" the man cried. "I've got yo' now, an I'm goin ter kill yo', thet's whut I m goin' ter do I" He had ove rcome him once that night in a hand-to-hand combat, and he felt that he cob.Id do it again. "Didn' t you get enough the other time?" asked Dick, a s they met with a crash. "No, cuss yo' I" The man went to work with desperate energy this time. He was anxious to get even with Dick for having come him in their first combat : Skaggs thought that it must have been an accident that other time. This young fellow certainly could not do the same thing He uttered an exclamation of delight under his breath, a second time. and leaped forward and seized the halter-strap. Locked in each other's arms the two swayed back and He started to untie the strap when the crack crack of forth. fire:arms came to his hearing. The firi?g was close at hand. They moved here and there. They tugged and strained. At the cabin, in fact. The big Tory made one effort after another to throw Surely the redcoats were not firing at him, Dick thought. Dick to the ground And if not at him, then at whom? With each failm:e he became more angry and fierce. There came wild yells following the shots. Fierce oaths and threats escaped his lips. "There is a fight on between the redcoats and another "Jes' wait!" he panted. "I'll git yo' yit I'll kill yo', party of men I" thought Dick. yo' blam e d no' count reb !" The .members of the other party were sure to be friends There was no doubt but that he was angry and desperate of Dick. enough to put his threat in operation if he got the chance He realized this, and did not untie the halter-strap. He saw that the redcoats who had come around the corner of the cabin had not followed him into the timber. They had r e turned to help their companions fight the newcomers. The firing and yelling was still going on. Dick wis he'd to have hand in what was going on. He turned and hastened back out of the timber. He ran to the cabin, and around it. He was just in time to see the party redcoats riding away up tJll.e roa d at a g!J.llop, with another party of men following and firing as they went. "By Jove! I believe those are the 'Swamp Fox and his men!" thought Dick. In that case it would not do to let them get c1.way from him. He wished to place the message in General Marion's hands at the earliest possible moment. Dick: decided to get his horse and follow with all speed. He turned to hasten back to the timber to where his horse was hitched. As he turned he came face to face with Skaggs I With a fierce, snarling cry the man leaped toward Dick. to do so. Dick realized this. It made him careful He decid e d to take no chances. He fought carefully. Around and around they went. It was a battle royal. Skaggs seemed considerably stronger than when they had had the other encounter. His ang e r this time made him stronger. it would burn his strength out quicker, too. Di c k thou ght so, anyway, and he fought on-th,e defensive, c ontent to play a waiting game. Both were so busy that they had no time to look about them. Presently, in changing his position, Dick stepped into a hole. The hole was not deep, but it was deep enough so thai the youth momentarily lost his balance. Skaggs took advantage of the occurrence. He gave Dick a fierce shove. The youth did his best to recover his balance and keep from down.


l 16 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS He did not succeed. He fell to the ground, heavily. ON THEIR METTLE. .. The man dropped on his knees beside Dick and placed his ear over the youth's heart. Skaggs came down on top of Dick. "He's alive!" he cried, joyously, a moment later. "He A snarling cry of fiendish joy escaped the lips of the man. still breathes!" "I've got yo' now he cried. Dick went down with great force. It happened, unfortunately, that he was close to the cabin, and his head struck one of the logs. The log was bare-the. bark having been removed when the cabin was built-a;nd was as hard as bone. The result was that Dick was knocked senseless. When Skaggs realized that the youth was helpless, a cry of fierce joy escaped him. Good he cried. "I hev got yo' now fur shore I" It is hard telling what Skaggs would have done had he been left to himself. He might have made his word good and killed Dick. But he was not to be left alone to do as he pleased. There came the clatter of hoofs. Skaggs leaped up and looked around. A score of horsemen were approaching at a gallop. They did not wear the red uniform of the British soldier. In truth, they wore no uniforms at all. Skaggs uttered a fierce oath. He r('.alized that these were the men who had just chased the British soldiers away. He looked at the approaching horsemen, then at Dick, and hesitated. The horsemen were approaching rapidly. Skaggs had no time to spare. With a fierce imprecation, he gave Dick 11. kick and leaped away. He ran toward the timber at the top of his speed. The horsemen saw his action. They yelled to him to stop. Skaggs only ran the faster. The horsemen fired a few shots at the fleeing man, but did not hit him. At any rate, he did not stop running. A few moments later he disappeared into the timber, giving vent to a shout of defiance as he did so. The men galloped up to the cabin and paused. They leaped down off their horses. They approached the prostrate form lying there so still. A glance at the face of the unconscious youth, and a cry of surprise and consternation escaped the lips of the one who seemed to be the leader of this little party. "By all that is wonderful, it is Dick Slater I" he ex daimed. "Quick, men, let's see what ails him!" He began chafing Dick's wrists, while one of the other men forced a few drops of liquor between the youth's lips. Presently a shudder ran through Dick's form. His quivered Then his eyes opened. "Thank heaven I" murmured the leader of the band of men. Dick stared up into the faces of the men in a wondering manner for a few moments. There was a vacant look in his eyes. Then of a sudden his eyes fell upon the face of the leader. Dick gave a start. A look of delight on his face. "General Marion he exclaimed. it is I, Dick," said Marion-for it was indeed the famous "Swamp Fox." "'But what are you doing here, and in this condition?" Before replying Dick rose to his feet. "Did he get away?" he asked. "Who, Dick?" asked the Swamp Fox. "That scoundrel, Skaggs." "Was that his name? We saw a fellow run away as we approached." ''That was he. I was struggling with him and stepped in a hole and fell. My head struck one of tho .se logs, and that is the last I remember till just now." "You were unconscious only a few minutes, I judge, Dick, for the fellow certainly did not have time to do ( yo:u damage after you fell, before we came upon the scene." Suddenly Dick thought of the message which he had brought from General Greene. Had Skaggs succeeded in getting that away from him? He quickly felt in the inside pocket of his coat. The paper was still there. l "Good!" he exclaimed aloud "I was afraid it would be [ gone." "Afraid what would be gone, Dick?" asked Marion. "The message which General Greene gave me to deliver to you. Here it is;" and Dick drew the paper from his1c pocket and handed it to the Swamp Fox. I Marion seized it. 1 "It is from General Greene, you say?" he asked, eagerly.' "Yes." Marion tore the paper open :


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. 1T e He read the communication with evident interest. His face lighted up as he did so. CHAPTER TWO HORSEMEN. He looked at Dick. "I suppose you are to return at once to General Greene?" he asked. "Yes," replied Dick. "Very well; tell him I will obey his instructions to the letter." "I will do so, General Marion." After some further conversation, Dick went into the timber and made his way to where he had left his horse. The horse was gone I "Skaggs did it I" thought Dick. "The scoundrel!" Dick felt very badly over the lolis of Major. There were not many such horses to .be found. He was no comm.on animal. It could not be helped now, however. Dick returned to where Marion and his men were. "My horse is gone," he said; "that scoundrel, Skaggs, s stolen him." "Was it that splendid horse of yours, Major?" asked he Swamp Fox. "Yes, it was Major." '"!'hat is too bad. He was a magilificent animal." "So he was. I would not have taken a thousand dollars or him. I could always feel safe when on his back." "I don't doubt it. Well, I can let you have a horse; o of my men will have to ride double for a while." "I am sorry to inconvenience you so," said Dick. "That is all right; it is necessary." At this instant there was a crashing in the underbrush, nd a few moments later a horse came trotting out of the ber. "Major I" cried Dick, joyfully. And indeed it was Major. r In some manner the horse had gotten rid of Skaggs and i.s d returned to his young master. Dick leaped forward, and, seizing Major around the neck, tted him caressingly. y. "Good old boy,'' he said; "you got rid of that scoundrel f a Skaggs, 0didn't you? Good I I almost hope yoli threw lm and broke his neck I" "Do you suppose he did throw the fellow, Dick?" asked Marion. "I haven't the least doubt of it. Doubtlees Skagg11 struck !dajor, and that is something he is not used to, and would not stand from any one." Dick did not have to accept the horse from the Swamp Fox now. He had his own horse baek again. He mounted Major, and then, after a few more wordl with Marion, he bade the Swamp Fox and hie men good-by and rode away. He rode back over the road he had traversed the day before, in coming. He paused at a farmhouse near noon and got hie dinner. Then he pushed on till toward evening when he reached the patriot encampment on the headwaters of the Haw River. ''Ah, Dick, back again, eh?" General Greene greeted, shaking the youth by the hand. "What luck? Did you find Marion?" "Yes, sir," replied Dick. "And delivered the message, of course?" "I did." "Good I What did Marion say?" "He said for me to tell you that he would obey in structions to the letter." "Good!" General Greene looked down the ground and seemed to be pondering. He was silent for several moments. Then he seemed to make up his mind. He looked up. He looked at Dick searchingly. "How do you feel, Dick?" he asked. "Are you wom out, or are you in shape to undertake some work right away?" "I got some rest last night," replied Dick; "I am :feeling first rate, and am ready to do some more work, if need be, right away." "Very well; I have some work for you. It will be eomewhat dangerous." "That will not deter me," with a smile. "I know that, Dick." "What is the work, sir?" "I wish you to go to Hillsboro and see if you can learn what Cornwallis intends doing." "I will go at once, sir." "I wish you to learn, if possible, how many men he hu, and everything of that kind."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. "I will do my best to find all this out, sir; and will pick up every strap of information that I possibly can." "Do so, Dick." .After some further conversation Dick took his departure, going to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." "What is in. the wind, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. "Are we to have a battle with the British soon, do you think?" "It would not surprise me, Bob." "Jove I I hope so. Cornwallis has been bragging so much since his army chased us across North Carolina that I would like to get back at him. I wish we could meet file redcoats and give them a good whipping." "So do I declared Sam Sanderson. "And I!" from Mark Morrison. The other youths all said the same. It would make it more difficult for the youth to ente Hillsboro secretly, too. However, Dick thought he could accomplish it. .ft was perhaps three o'clock in the when, a Dick was riding through a strip of timber, he heard th sound of hoofbeats. The horse was being ridden at a gallop. The ho:useman, whoever he might be, was coming u; from behind Dick. The youth thought of riding into the timber at ti side of the road and letting the stranger go past. He looked back. It was too late to do so now. He could see the horseman; consequently the horsenu had already seen him. It would be useless to draw to one side. In fact, the "Liberty Boys" were eager for a battle. Such action on his part would be to arouse 8111 They had fretted a great deal at having to retreat before picion on the part of the man, whoever he might be. Cornwallis' army. Retreating was out of their line. They preferred, alwaY.s, to force the other fellows to re treat. "I should think we would soon be in a position to offer the British battle,'' said Bob; "we are getting new recruits every day now." "General will give Cornwallis a battle before a great while, Bob,'' said Dick, confidently. Dick ate his supper and rested an hour. Then he bridled and saddled Major, and, mounting, rode away into the darkness. He headed almost due east. He was bound for Hillsboro. The distance to the town was thirty miles. Dick was sure he could reach there easily before daylight. He wished to do this. He would not dare enter the place in the daytime. There were too many of the redcoats who knew him by sight. He wished to get in before daylight, and then he could manage some scheme to learn the news. He rode steadily onward for hours. Dick was not familiar with the roads. He knew the general direction, however. Which was sufficient for one so skilled as he in following roads at night. The moon came at about midnight. This lighted up ngs and made it possible to see the road. Dick decided to ride onward and take the chances. The man might prove to be a friend. The youth did not attempt to disguise to himself tJ s fact that the newcomer was much more likely to be 1 0 enemy than a friend, however. Dick was really in the enemy's country. t He figured it that he must be within six or seven mil of Hillsboro. The youth cautiously felt to see that his pistols were place and handy, where he could seize them at an i stance's notice. Clatter! clatter! sounded the hoofs of the newcome: horse. Dick did not like the idea of being forced to let stranger ride up behind him. In case he should desire to do so the man would 9.ble to take Dick at a disadvantage : i Dick rode quietly onward, however, until the was quite close, and then the youth turned his head a: looked back over his shoulder. ing He kept his head turned till the man rode up alongsi1 ] Dick's hand was on the butt of one of the pistols. 1 "Hello, stranger the man greeted. "You are o I rather late, it seems to me-or is it early?" "Well, I should say early," replied Dick, quietly. I I "So it is, I suppose. It all depends on whether you I up before or after midnight." :im "You are right." Dick was trying size his companion up. mo' He could not do so very well in the gloom of the fore 1 They would soon be out of the timber.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. Then he would have an opportunity to get a good look at his companion. "Where are you going, if it is a fair question?" the tranger asked. "To Hillsboro." "Ah! that is good. So am !." "Indeed ?" "Yes." They rode on in silence for a few moments. Then they emerged from the timber. The light was sufficient now so that they could see each other quite plainly. Dick watched his companion out of the corner of his eye. He was an expert at this. He could watch a person and yet that person would not be aware of the fact. Dick seemed to be looking straight ahead. Dick sized his companion up carefully. He came to a conclusion presently. "I believe he is a British spy!" the youth said to himself. "In that case he has probably been up in the vicinity of the patriot encampment, spying." Dick wondered if the fellow could have learned much that was important. The youth saw that he was an object of considerable interest to his companion. The fellow was sizing Dick up closely. "Well, there will be two more when we get there." "So there will." Dick was talking and thinking at the same time. He was_ wondering what it was best that he should _do. He did not wish to enter Hillsboro with the m.8.n. He wished to slip in. If he were to ride boldly into with the stranger he would have to go at once to the headquarters of the British commander, and he would be recognized. This was then out of the question. He must not enter Hillsboro in this fellow's company. But how to avoid doing so? That was the question. There was another thing to be considered, too. The man was, Dick was confident, a spy. He had been up in the vicinity of the patriot encamp ment, spyfug, Dick was sure. Doubtless he had become possessed of some information. Dick felt that he should, if possible, prevent the BPY, from reaching General Cornwallis with the information. There was only one "'fay to do this. This Dick made up his mind to do. He began watching for an opportunity to take the fel-low by surprise. It came presently. The man turned his head to look behind him. Instantly Dick drew a pistol : He leveled it at the fellow's head. "I wonder what he thinks of me?" thought Dick. When the man again turned to look toward Dick, he "Thinking of joining the army?" the man asked, presfound himself looking down the muzzle of the pistol. ently. "I was thinking some of doing so," replied Dick, quietly. He was sure of his man. He felt perfectly safe in speaking as he did. He was confident the man was a British spy. Therefore he would be glad to hear Dick say that he was thinking of joining the British army. "That is a good idea," the stranger said; "I am think ing of doing so myself." Dick smiled in his sleeve. He was sober on the surface, however. Dick knew the man was already a member of the army. But it suited Dick to seem to be deceived. He was not yet ready to declare himself. "I suppose General Cornwallis has a big army by this CHAPTER VIII. CHASED. "W-why, w-!hat d-does this m-mean?" the fellow gasped. He was taken wholly by surprise. He was frightened This much was evident. It must be acknowledged, however, that it was enough to startle any one. "It means that you are my prisoner I" said Dick, quietly. "Y-your p-prisoner !" "Yes!" "Oh, yes; I guess he has, at least. You see, I don"'[; Dick spoke sternly. ow, only from hearsay." "Oh, of course!" "B-but why am I your prisoner? W-why a-should you wish to m-make me a p-prisoner ?"


20 .. ; '11'1 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. "That is my business. St<>p your horse!" The man obeyed. Dick br<>ught Major t<> a stop, also. "Now up with y<>ur hands!" The fellow extended his hands above his head. Dick reached over and for weapons. He f<>und a couple of pistols. These he transferred from the prisoner's pockets to his own. "They seem to be very good weapons," Dick remarked, coolly; "so I will confiscate them. They will do nicely to shoot redcoats with." The man uttered a growl. evidently did not appreci11te Dick's humor "I don't see what you mean by doing this," the fell<>w said; "you a little while ago that y<>u were going to Hillsboro to j<>in the army, didn't you?" "I believe I did say something of that kind." "Well, I am already a member of the British army, so you are making a mistake in doing this thing." "Oh, no; I'm not making any mistake." He was acc<>unted one of the best and bra vest among the British spies. Yet he had surrendered to Dick without attempting resistance. He could ha:rdly understand it himself. The instant the fellow was on the ground Dick leaped down also. "Place your hands together behind your back!" ordered Dick. The redcoat obeyed. Dick quickly removed the hitching-strap from off th1 bridle and tied the man's wrists together with it. "There!" the youth remarked, when he had finished "I guess that will hold you, all right." The man made no reply. Dick pondered a few moments. He had the man prisoner. But now what should be done with him? This was a question. Dick wished to keep the fellow, now that he had cap tured him. 0 "Perhaps. you don't believe me when I say I am a mem ller of the British army?" He wished to take the redcoat b ac k t o the patriot, ed campment when he was ready to return. "On contrary, I do believe you." "You do?" "I do." "Then why have you done this?" "Why?" "Yes." Dick laughed "It is very simple," he said. "I don t see it." "You don 't?" "No." "Well, it is, just the same; and if you would think a moment, I judge you would understand." The fellow looked at Dick a few moments and then ex olaimed: "By Jove, I believe y<>u are a rebel I" "Not a rebel-a patri<>t." Dick spoke with quiet dignity. "It's all the same." "Not from my viewpoint; doubtless from yours it is." "You are rebels, nothing else." "I won't argue the question. Dismount I" Dick spoke sharply. The man obeyed without a word. Someh<>w, this y<>UD.g man awed him. The fellow was in reality a British spy. But he was not ready to return as yet. He would not be befgre some time during t he followin{ night; Where could he leave the prisoner until then? This was a question which it was hard to answer. Dick happened to glance over into a field at one side o the road. He saw, perhaps a quarter of a mile d i stant, a smae house. It had a deserted look. The th<>ught struck the youth that this house, <>r shanti' more properly speaking, might be unoccupied. In that ease it would do first rate as a place to lea1t the prisoner. Dick decided to :ivestigate. k He first led the horses to the fence and tied them. ,, He kept his eyes on the prisoner while doing so. The fellow's arms were bound, but hie legs W!;lre me fettered. I He might take it into his head to make a run f<>r iw He must have seen that Dick was watching him, howeve At any rate, he made no attempt to escape. S Dick returned to where the fellow was standing. "Come with me," said Dick. He took the fellow by one arm. They walked to the fence and climbed over.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. 21 The redcoat seemed to realize that he would gain notliing I refusing to do as the youth told him. They wallced across the field. It did not take long to reach the shanty. Dick cautioned his companion. "Be qniet," he said; "if you cry out or make any dis-1rbance it will be the worse for you!" Dick feared that the shanty might be occupied. They made their way up to the door. They paused. Dick placed_his ear close against the door. He listened intently. He could not hear a sound within. "Great guns you are not going to leave me here to starve, are you?" cried the prisoner. 'rhere was fear, horror in his tone. "Oh, no; I'll be back here long before you have time to starve," said Dick, cheerfully. "If you don't forget it!" in a bitter voice. "Oh, I won't forget it." "Are you sure?" "Quii.e sure. I am going to take you back to the patriot army with me when I go." "And when will that be?" "To-morrow night, I think." "And must I remain here until then without a.nything Of course, if the house was occupied the inmates wo uld to eat or drink?" ely be asleep; but somehow Dick did not believe the ouse was occupied. It had that indescribable deserted air so common to un cupied houses. Dick knocked on the door. He listened, but was not surprised when there came no sponse to the knock. He lifted the latch and pushed against the door. It gave in response to his push, and opened slowly and th protesting creaks. Dick bent forward and looked into the room. At the farther side was a window. It was open, and the moon was shining in. The shanty was empty ; r Dick took the prisoner by the arm and led him into [ 1 e room. At one side was a bunk. Dick pointed to this. "Into it!" he ordered. The prisoner looked at the bunk, then around the dreary erior of the deserted shanty, and then at Dick. "Surely you won't force me to stay in this place?" he ed, in a tone of protest. "It is necessary." The redcoat looked as if about to risk making a bolt for 1 erty. If such a thought was in his mind, he dismissed it, i wever. "I judge so." "Why, man, that is inhuman!" "Oh, I don't think so. It will be a bit unpleasant, but you will be able to stand it, all right. I have gone with out food or drink for a longer period than that, and still live." "Don't leave me here!" the man pleaded. "l am sorry, but I must." "You will be sorry for it if -do I" The man's voice had changed from to threatening. Dick laughed. "I will risk it," he said, quietly. "Good night!" With the words, Dick left the shanty, pulling the door shut behind him. As he walked away he heard the prisoner giving vent to oaths and threats. "He needs taking down a bit," thought Dick; "a day or so in there without food or drink will do him good, i think." Dick was soon back to where he had left the horses. "What shall I do with his horse?" the youth asked him; self. He decided to take the horse over to the shanty and tie him around behind the building where he would not be seen by any one passing along the road. This took some little time. It was necessary to make an opening through the fence. As it was a rail fence, this was not difficult, however. e He knew he could not escape. Dick soon threw down the ends of a sufficient number of So with a half-stifled groan he threw himself down in rails so that the horse could get through, and then he led e bunk as ordered to do. Dick now cut off a portion of the halter-strap, which d been used in binding the redcoat's wrists, and tied his les with it. the animal over to the shanty and around behind it. The youth tied the horse to a post and started back. Suddenly he heard the prisoner in the shanty give vent to a loud yell for "Help I"


22 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. Dick went to the door and pushed it open. "What is the matter?" he asked. "Why are you yelling? It will do you no good." "Oh, is it you?" the prisoner exclaimed, in disgust. "I thou g ht some one else had come." "I brought your horse over and tied him back of the shanty," explained Dick; "if you should happen to suc ceed in getting free before I return you will find him there." Go ; curse you I Begone cried the man. He was greatly disappointed, doubtless. Dick closed the door and walked back to the road. He rode there. He reached there a little while before sunrise. The man was up, and was out in the barnyar milking. He was glad to see Dick, who had stopped at his ho once before. He put Major in the stable, and then made Dick go the house and eat breakfast. Then Dick hastened away. He wished to ehter town before daylight, if possible. He was aware that the entrances would be guarded, He mounted Major and set off in the direction of Hills-he cut across lots. boro. He ridden but a short distance when he saw a body of horsemen coming toward him. "Redcoats, I'll wager!" thought Dick. "I must not let them catch me." As good luck would have it, Dick at this moment came to a crossroad. He was seen, however. The sound ()f yells from the party of horsemen came to Dick's ears. "Let them come, if they like," thought Dick, grimly; "they will have hard work catching The redcoats, !or such they evidently were, gave chase. They turned down the crossroad and came after Dick at full speed. Dick spoke a word to Major, and the noble animal leaped :forward and sped up the road at a pace which made it seem like folly for the redcoats to attempt to catch up. They seemed to realize this, presently, for they paused and turned back. As soon as Dick saw they had given up the chase, he spoke a word to Major, and the horse slackened down to an ordinary gallop. At the first opportunity Dick turned and headed again in the direction of Hillsboro. "If I aon't look out it will be daylight before I get there," thought Dick. "However, it doesn't make much differ e nce; it is such a moonlight night, anyway. I wish it was cloudy, like it was last night." ... i I CHAPTER IX. A NARROW ESOAPE Dick had been in Hillsboro before. In this way he avoided the sentinels. Once down in the town, and he was all right. All he had to fear then was that some one would s and recognize him. He kept a wary eye around him as he moved along. He had no wish to be recognized. It would mean that he would have to cut and run for i He would not have cared for that so much. What he would have regretted was that he would ha been unable to learn anything regarding the intehtio of the British. Dick reached a tavern in safety, however. He knew that the redcoats usually thronged the ha rooms of the taverns. He might be able to pick up some information. When he entered the bar-room, he found a number redcoats there, early as it was They looked sleepy, however, and were there for early morning drink. They did not indulge in much talk Dick did not remain here long. He went out upon the street once more. He moved slowly along. He had his hat pulled well down over his eyes. His face thus hidden to such an extent that he lieved that he would not b e recognized, even though se by some one who knew him. The people began to appear on the streets presently. Dick was glad of this. The more there were on the streets, the less likely w he to attract attention. The streets grew crowded after a while. The was overrun with redcoats, and when th got to stirring, the streets were thronged. This suited Dick. He knew a place half a mile out from town where a He moved here and there, pausing occasionally and patriot lived. tening to the conversation of a group of redcoats.


THE LIBERTY BOYS He picked up many little scraps of information. Everything he heard seemed to indicate that Cornwallis as going to wait in Hillsboro until he had increased he size of his army materially by means of Tory recruits. There was no talk of an immediate advance to attack eneral Greene's army. Dick put in the day in this fashion. He had secured enough information by evening to make certain that no immediate advance from Hillsboro ould be made by the British. ON THEIR METTLE. 23 ,,. at a table a few feet distant, between himself and the spy and his companions. They weie now ranged up in front of the bar getting ready to take a drink. There was no immediate danger of the spy seeing Dick. Dick hoped the four would leave the bar-room as soon as they got their drinks. He was destined to be disappointed, however. Whep. the men had disposed of the liquor they turned and looked around them. "I might as well return to General Greene with the Dick, who was peering out from under thf:l edge of his ews," thought Dick. "There is no use for me to remain hat, saw the fellows leave the bar and walk toward the re longer." Amo'ng others, Dick had been so fortunate as to overhear conversation between some of the staff officers. This was in the bar-room of

24 I THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. :was sitting within eight feet of him, listening to every word he uttered If Dick's situation had not been so dangerous he would have been amused As it was, the spy might at any moment discover that the fellow in the corner, who was seemingly drunk and asleep, was the fellow who had made a prisoner of him the night before. I Then Dick would be in great danger. He doubted if he would be able to escape. The youth made up his mind to try, however, if he was discovered. By acting with great promptitude he might be able to g et out and away. He hoped, though, that the spy would not take any notice of him. In this he was destined to be disappointed. While talking and explaining how it happened that he had been made a prisoner by one man, the spy',..:! eyes roved here anil tb.ere about the room, and presently they rested .!or an instant on Dick. The fellow gave a start. Dick was watehing him closely. He saw the look and the start. He felt sure that he was in for it. If the fellow had not recognized him of a certainty, he had been so struck with Dick's appearance that would investigate. Then he would discover that Dick was the person who had captured him on the road the night before. Dick gathered himself together and nerved himself for a supreme effort. He fPlt that there was lively work ahead. He believed it was close at hand. He was right. The spy suddenly strode forward. He came straight toward Dick. The youth knew what the fellow intended doing. He was going to lift Dick's hat off so as to get a look at the youth's face. Dick decided that his best plan was to take the initiative Instead of being taken by surprise, as the spy evidently t h ought Dick would be, the youth decidea to surprise the spy. Of course, the fellow did not know that Dick was watch ing him through a hole in the hat, so he was not on his guard as much as he otherwise might have been. The result was that Dick was enabled to put his plan into effect. When the spy was within three feet of Dick the yout suddenly lifted his left foot and kicked the fellow in t stomach It was a straightout kick, which doubled the spy u and sent him to the floor with a crash and a yell whic startled the inmates of the bar-room. Dick followed up his advantage He made use of the opportunity which was before of escaping before the redcoats could grasp the situatio The spy was in no condition to explain; nor would he for a few moments. Dick had rendered him speechless, while all he could was to groan and gasp for breath. Dick was on his feet by the time the spy struck the fioo He leaped over the fallen man and made a dash for door. ,.This aroused the inmates from their stupor of surpris A number leaped to their feet and tried to head Dick o They did not know what it was all about, of cours but they had seen this stranger kick one of their num down, and they felt that this was sufficient reason w they should try to keep the stranger from leaving the roo They got themselves into trouble very promptly. Dick was determined not to be stopped. Out shot his fists, first one, then the other. Down went two redcoats Again the fists shot out. Down went two more redcoats Every inmate of the bar-room was now on his feet. A wild scramble was made in an attempt to keep Di from getting out of the room Dick was too quick for them, however. He knocked down a couple of more redcoats and th rea-Ohing the door, jerked it open, and leaped through doorway. Dick's sudden appearance on the street attracted attention of passersby, but none started to pursue him after the redcoats came swarming and yelling out of bar-room By this time, however, Dick had a good start. He felt that he would have to run as he had never before, though. He did run: too. And after him came the redcoats New accessions were constantly made to the ranks of youth's pursuers, but none of them were as swift runn as was Dick. He drew gradually away.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. 215 His only fear was that he might be headed off from in nt. Nothing of the kind occurred, however. Dick succeeded in getting out of the town well in ance, and as soon as the lights were left behind, and was swallowed up in the darkness, he felt safe. he redcoats evidently realized that they could not hope catch Dick, for the yelling ceased. 'I guess they have given up the chase," thought Dick; ell, I am glad of it." ve minutes later he 'was at the house of the patriot. en minutes after that he was mounted on the back of jor and was riding rapidly away in the direction of the riot encampment. CHAPTER X. MAKING IT WARM FOR THE REDCOATS. They rode away, heading in the direction of Hillsb oro. "I wish I had a horse and was a member of that gang," said a soldier, regretfully, as he gazed after the youths; "just as like as not they will ride down fo Hillsboro and charge through the town." "It would be just about like them," said another. "That's right," from still another; "they are regular dare-devils, those fellows. They aren't afraid of anything." "They will make it warm for any bands of redcoats that they happen to meet up with." "'.I:hey will that I" The "Liberty Boys" rode onward at a gallop. They were eager to encounter some redcoats. They had been forced to retreat, along with the entire patriot army, clear across the State of North Carolina, and had had little chance to fight for so long that they were anxious now to get to doing something. They were on their mettle, and it would certainly go hard with the redcoats when the youths got a chance ai them-that is, of course, providing the redcoats did not outnumber them too greatly. neral Greene was well pleased when, next morning, About the middle of the afternoon the youths paused on put in an appearance and reported that Cornwallis f the top of hill and all in the hope no immediate intention of seeking a battle. that they nught sight some Bntish soldiers. That suits me all the better," he said; "it will give me Suddenly Bob uttered an exclamation time in which to get ready. Then, when my army "Look yonder I" he cried. "Yonder are some redcoats! increased to such a number as to make me on anything See them? They are over in the field beyond the brush, equal terms with him, I will go out and dare Cornand they are trying to catch some horses." s to give us battle." All looked in the direction in which 'Bob pointed, and nd until then," said Dick, "I wish you would give saw that he had spoken truly. If and my brave 'Liberty Boys' a roving commission. are pining for action, and there are numerous roam bands of redcoats which we could give chase to." The redcoats were perhaps half a mile distant. They were chasing some horses. It was evidently a foraging party. ou have my permission, Dick," said General Greene; They were out for anything they could get, and would, out and chase the redcoats all you want to. Don't no doubt, take the horses if they could catch them. he boys be too rash and venturesome, however, as I need your services badlywhen I get ready to offer wallis battle." "Come on, boys," said Dick. He rode down the hillside and followed the 'road down till he reached a point opposite the field in which were tbw hank you!" cried Dick. "I will see to it that they redcoats. ot do anything too rash, sir." ck hastened to the youths with the news. e "Liberty Boys" were delighted. ey wished to be away at once, but Dick had had no for two nights, and he told them to be getting ready he titole two or three hours' sleep. ,le lay down and was almost instantly asleep. b woke him at half-past ten o'clock. half-past eleven they had eaten their dinners and ready to start out. 'fhe ";Liberty Boys" had kept close behind their leader The!e was a strip of thick brush perhaps a quarter of a mile in width between the youths and their intended victims. The "Liberty Boys" tried to lead their horses through the brush, but could not do it. The brush was so thick the horses could not get through. This did not daunt the youths in the least. They tied their horses and pushed forward on foot. It was hard work getting through, even then.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR ETTLE. They finally succeeded, however, and presently came across the field, jumped a fence, and, mounting their horses, out of the brush. rode away at a gallop. They were confronted by a high wall. This did not daunt them, either. The hated redcoats were just beyond the wall. The JQUths were determined to get at their enemies. They were on their mettle now, and at a word from Dick -the word being passed from one to another quickly-fifty of the youths took their places beside the wall, and, bend ing over, placed their hands on the ground. Dick and his comrades seeing it was useless to chase fugitives further afoot, hastened back, climbed over th wall, made their way through the brush to where they hac left their horses, mounted and rode down the road at 1 gallop. Dick had hoped to be able to head the redcoats off, bu the fellows had made too good use of the time at their dis posal and had disappeared. They stood in this position, their arms and legs rigid, The "Liberty Boys" paused at a farmhouse, and Die and the other fifty youths quickly mounted on their com-told the farmer to go up and bury the dead redcoats. rades' backs. They were now enabled to see over the wall. The top was about level with their chests. The redcoats, as it happened, were right close to the wall. They had given up the idea of catching the horses, and had just picked up their muskets to leave when the heads of the "Liberty Boys" suddenly appeared above the top of the wall. To. say that the redcoats were surprised is stating the matter mildly. They were almost paralyzed with amazement. They stood, staring, open-mouthed. Doubtless they had had no idea there was an enemy within ten miles of them. And to see fifl-y undoubted enemies pop up so suddenly and unexpectedly was enough to startle them. "Fire I" cried Dick. : "Great J oopeter I did yo' kill some uv 'em?" the farme asked. "Yes/' replied Dick, "and wounded some; you ha better take care of the wounded also." "Sarved 'em right fur tryin' ter steal my hosses !" tb armer said, grimly. Then Dick and his companions rode onward. During the next two weeks the "Liberty Boys" ke] this work up. They a haunting terror to the British. Foraging bands got so they dared not venture more tlul t hree or four miles from Hillsboro. The youths were very bold, and on one or two occasio they actually chased foraging bands of British to the ve edge of the town. They returned to headquarters every four or five da and reported to General Greene; and one day, Greene tc Dick he was at last ryady to offer Cornwallis a battle. The "Liberty Boys" obeyed. Crash I-roar I The sound of the volley awoke the echoes for "We will break camp to-morrow," he said, "and 'move down and take up our position at Guilford. I thi miles that is about the most favorable place for a battle that around. A number of the redcoats fell, dead and wounded. Dick leaped up on top of the wall. Re turned and beckoned to his comrades could find." "It is a very good place, I think," coincided Dick. Next day the patriot army broke camp. It mercbed down and took up its position at Guilford. "Follow me, my brave 'Liberty Boys I'" cried Dick, leapScouts and spies from Hillsboro carried the news ing, sword in hand, down off the stone wall "Give it General Cornwallis. to the redcoated rascals!" The redcoats took to their heels. They seemed to come to a realization of the situation all qf a sudden. The youths leaped up on top of the wall and down on the other side in a jiffy. They were on their mettle, and they gave chase to the redcoats with vim and energy. The redcoats fled for their 1.ives. Fear seemed to lend wings to their feet, and they ran He was amazed to learn that the patriot army had vanced to Guilford. It looked as if Greene was willing to give battle. Cornwallis was deli?hted by the thought. He knew the patriot army had been increased consi< able through the addition of new recruits. But his army had been increased some also. He thought the Increase of one would about offset increase of the other. I He decided to advance on Guilford and crush the patri


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. 27 I He had chased Greene clear across Nor th Carolina in The North Carolina militia fired a couple of volleys, attempt to get a chance to crush him, but had been but fired too soon and did but little damage. led; he would now do what he had tried to do then. They were unable to withstand the fierce charge of the e gave orders to break camp at once. s so9n as they could get ready the soldiers marched out Hillsboro. he army headed for Guilford. redcoats, and fell back in confusion. On came the British. They were evidently encouraged by their success so far. But when they struck the line of the Virginia militia they n the morning of March 15 the British and the patriot encountered an obstacle. ies faced each other at Guilford. The militia stood their ground like veterans. eneral Greene's army consisted of :fifteen hundred Con ntal soldiers and eighteen hundred militia. ornwallis had only about twenty-two hundred men, but were all veterans. They :fought with such stubbornness as to disconcert the -redcoats greatly. There was a desperate struggle before it gave way. And even then it fell back very slowly, contesting every eneral Greene hardly expected to win the battle which foot of the distance. ew was about to be fought. When the British finally reached the third line of the e realized that the militia, never having been under patriots, the battle waged :fiercely.' would not be of much service to him. This line was made up of veterans like the redcoats. owever, it was not necessary that he should win the It was diamond cut diamona. le in a conclusive fashion. The patriots on the right wing were too much for the he should be able to cripple Cornwallis' army and redcoats, and forced them back at the point of the bayonet. en it materially, that would be all that would be On the left wing, however, the British were too strong ssary. for the patriots. nd he believed he could do this. '!'hey forced the patriots back and captured two cannon. neral Greene arranged his army in three lines. At this juncture Colonel Washington gave the order e placed the North Carolina militia in the front li:lle. to the cavalry to charge. ey were behind a log fence, which sheltered them The "Liberty Boys" were in the front ranks. didly. At their head rode Dick. front of them was an open cornfield. He rode by the side of Colonel Washington. e British would to advance right p,cross the open Forward rushed the cavalry like a resistless avalanche. e militia were good shots and Greene thought they be able to make some gaps in the British lines e the fence was reached. ck of the North Carolina militia a distance of three ed yards, just within the edge of the timber, were irginia militia. r hundred yards still farther back were the Maryland irginia regulars. flanks were guarded by riflemen, and by cavalry Colonel Washington and Colonel Lee. k and his "LiOerty Boys" were among these. last the British attacked. y charged across the field with :fierce energy. They were upon the British in a few moments. The "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to ringing shouts. They fought like demons. They were on their mettle, now, and nothing could stand before them. The redcoats did the best they could to do so, but could not. They broke and fled, relinquishing the cannon which lhey had just captured. Again the patriots were in possession of the cannon, and the gunners returned to their work. This grand work by the "Liberty Boys" and other cavalrymen almost won the day for the patriots. Victory seemed certain for the patriots.


I' 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE. C orn wallis was thrown entirely on the defensive. On the third day after the battle he abandoned hi He was desperate, however. wounded and marched away toward Wilmington. The winning or losing of this battle meant everything This was a practical admission that he gave up for th to him. present, at least, and was equivalent to acknowledging tha He had to win it or be discredited with the British people the battle of Guilford had partaken more of the natu for all time. of a defeat than a victory. He had been trying to get a battle with the patriots for months, had burned his baggage and traveled hundreds of miles; and now if he were to be defeated, after all, it would be a deathblow to the British hopes. THE END. So for two hours Cornwallis worked like a beaver, and The next number (24:) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 finally succeeded in restoring order in his ranks. will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VI H e concentrated his men on a hill near the courthouse. I .,. TORY; OR, DOWNING THE REDCOAT., A Here all attempts to break their lines proved unavail. TORIES," by Harry Moore. ing, and at last, as evening drew near, General Greene withdrew his troops from the field. The British remained in possession of the field, and were the accredited winners of the battle; but as they lost as many men as did the patriots, it might properly be termed a d rawn battle SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this wee One thing is sure, the result of the battle was not so bad are al ways in print. If you cannot obtain them from for Greene as for Cornwallis. newsd ealers, sen d the price in money or postage stamps The British army was so badly crippled-it lost at least mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI six hundred men-that it could do nothing farther. SQUARE, ;NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop Cornwallis did not dar.e offer another battle. you o r der by return mail. Samp1e Copies Se:n.t F"'ree I I "HAPPY DA VS." The Larg est and Bes t W e ekly S t or y P a per It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives .Away Valuable Premiu It Answers an sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Colum Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Cop y Free Addr ess FRANK Publi s h er, 24: U nion S qu a r e, New York.


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Montgomery ac or an o ew or ; or, ervy oung merican, 121 The .Boy <:;onrier ot Siberia; or, The League of the Russian by Howard Austin Prison Mmes. by Allan Arnold G8 The Block House Boys; or, The Yonng Pioneers of the Great 122 The Secre t of Page 99; or, An Old Book Cover, by Allyn Draper Lakes, by an Old Scout 123 R l t N 10 Th B '9 ,From Bootblack to Broker; or, The Luck of a Wall Street eso u e. o. ; or, e oy Fire Company of Fulton, Boy, by a Retired Broker by Ex Fire Chief Warden 70 Eighteen Diamond Eyes; or, The Nine-Headed JdaJ of Cey-124 The Boy Scouts of the Susquehanna; or, The Young Heroes Ion, by Berton Bertrew of the Wyoming Valley, by an Old Scout 71 Phil, the Boy Fireman; or, Through Flames to Victory, 125 The Boy Banker; or, From a Cent to a Million, by Ex Fire Chief by II. K. Shackleford 72 The Boy Sliver King; or, The Mystery of Two Lives, 126 Shore Line the Young Southern Eng-ineer; or, Rail-by Allyn Draper roading in War Times, by Jas. C Merri 73 The Floating School; or, Dr. Bircham's Bad Boys' Acaderuy, 127 On the Brink; or, The Perils of Social Drinklni:, by Jno. B. Dowd by Howard Austin 128 The 13th of October, 1863, by Allyn Drape '14 Frank Fair in Congress; or, A Bov Among Our Lawmakers, 129 Through an Unknown Land; or, The Boy Canoeist of by Hal Standish Quanza, by Allan Arno! '11> Dunning & Co., the Boy Brokers, by a Retired Broker 130 The Blue Door. A Romance of Mystery, 'J6 The Rocket ; or, Adventures in the Air, by Allyn Draper by Richard R. Montgomer 'l1 The First Glass; or, The Woes of Wine, by Jno. B. Dowd 131 Running with No. 6; or, The Boy Firemen of Franklin, 18 Wlll, the Whaler, by Capt. 'l.'bos. H. Wilson by Ex Fire Chief Warde 19 The Demon of the Desert, by Jas. C. Merritt 132 Little Red Cloud, The Boy Indian Chief, by an Old S cou 80 CaptalB Lucifer; or, The Secret of the Slave Ship, 133 Safety-Valve Stave; or, The Boy Engineer of the R. H. & by Howard Austin W by Jas. C. Merrit 81 Nat o the Night, by Berton Be'rtrew 134 The Drunkard' s Victim, by Jno. B. Dow 82 The Search for the Sunken Ship, by Capt. '!'hos. H. Wilson 135 Abandoned; or, The Wolf Man of the Island, 83 Dick Duncan ; or, 'rhe Blight of the Bowl, by Jno. B. Dowd by Capt. Thos. H. Wllso U Daring Dan, the Pride of the Pedee, by General Jas. A Gordon 136 The Two Schools at Oakdale; or, The Rival Students of 115 The Iron Spirit; or, '1.'he Mysteries of the Plains, Corrina Lake, by Allyn Drape by an Old Scout 137 The Farmer's Son; or, A Young Clerk's Downfall. A Story 86 Rolly Rock; or, Chasing the Mountain Bandits, by Jas. C. Merritt of Country and City Life, by l'Ioward Aust! wt Five Years in the Grassy Sea, by Capt. Thos. H Wilson 138 The Old Stone Jug; or, Wine, Cards and Ruin, by Jno. B. Dow 118 The Mysterious Cave, by Allyn Draper 139 Jack Wright and His Deep Sea Monitor; or, Searching for 89 The Flyby-Nights; or, The Mysterious Riders of the Revoa Ton of Gold by "Noname' lution by Berton Bertrew 140 The Richest Boy In the World; or, The Wonderful Adven90 The Golden Idol, by Howard Austin tures of a Young American, by Allyn Drape 91 The Red House; or, The Mystery of Dead Man' s Biuft', l 41 The Haunted Lake. A Strange Story, by Allyn Drape by Jas. C. Merritt In the Frozen North; or, Ten Years in the Ice, by Howard Aust! 92 The Discarded Son; or. The Curse of Drink. by Jno. B. Dowd 143 Around the World on a Bicycle. A Story of Adventures In 93 General Crook's Boy Scout; or, Beyond the Sierra Madres, Lands. by Jas. C. Merrit by an Old Scout 144 Young Captain Rock ; or, The First of the White Boys, 94 The Bullet Charmer. A Story of the American Revolution, by Allyn Drape bv Berton Bertrew 14S A Sheet o{ Blotting Paper; or, The Adventures of a Young 95 On a Floating Wreck: or, Drifting Around the World, Inventor, by Richard R. Montgomer by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson H6 'f'he Diamond Island: or, Astray In a Balloon, by Allan Arno! 96 The French Wolves, by Allyn Draper 147 In the Saddle from New York to San Francisco, by Allyn Drape fJ1 A Desperate Game ; or, The Mystery of Dion Travers' Life, 48 '.!'he Hn.unted Mill on the Marsh, by Howard Aust! by Howard Austin HU The Young Crusnder. A True Temperance Story, by Jno. B. Dow 98 The Young King; or, Dick Dunn In Search of His Brother, 150 The Island of Fire: or, The U'ate of a Missing Ship, by Jas. C. Merritt by Allan Arnol 99 Joe Jeckel, The Prince of Firemen, by Ex Fire Chief Warden 151 The Witch Hunter's Ward; or, The Hunted Orphans of Salem, 100 The Boy Railroad King; or, Fighting for a Fortune, by Richard R. Montgome by Jas. C. Merritt 152 The Castaway's Kingdom; or, A. Yankee Sa .ilor Boy's Pluck. 1.01 Frozen In ; or, An American Boy's Luck, by Howard Austin by Capt. Thos. H. Wilso l.02 Toney, the Boy Clown; or, Across the Continent With a 153 Worth a Million;.r, A Boy's Fight for Justice. by Allyn Drape Circus, by Berton Bertrew The Drunkard's warning; or, The Fruits of the Wine CuJ:l, 100 His First Drink ; or, Wreeked by Wine, by Jno. B. Dowd by Jno. B. Dow lCM The Little Captain; or, The Island of Gold, 155 The Black Diver; or, Dick Sherman in the Gulf, by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson by Allan Arno! 105 The Merman of Klllarney; or, The Outlaw of the Lake, 156 The Haunted Belfry; or, The Mystery of the Old Church by Allyn Draper Tower, by Howard Aust! 106 ln the Ice. A Story of the Arctic Regions. by Howard Austin 157 The House with Three Windows. by RicbarEI R. Montgomer 107 Arnold's Shadow; or, The Traitor's Nemesis, 158 Three Old Men of the Sea; or, The Boys of Gre y by General Jas. A. 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HERE'S ANOTHER NEW ONE : Splendid Staries af the Revalutian. THE LIBEHT' Y BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolutio1 By HARRY MOORE. FAIL TO READ DON'T IT These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithft account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of America. youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their livE for the sake of helping along the gallant ca.use of Independenci Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading. ma.ttel bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting fo r Freedom. 11 Thi:! Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 2 Thg Li?erty Boys' Oath; or. S ettling With the Brit i s h and 1 J 2 Tl!e .Liberly Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. Torie s 1 3 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune the Bra'fe. 3 The Liberty Boys' fork; or, Helping G e n eral .was h H The Liberty Bo.ys' Ruse; or, Fooling the mgton. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What "I'hCaught in It. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or. Always in t h e Right Place. 16 The JJib erty Boys Puzzled: or. The Tortes' ever Sche 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve ; or, Kot A frai r J of the K in g's 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a Briti Minions M,m-of-War. 6 The Li!:>P.rty Bovs' Defianc e or "Catch a:d Han" L's i f Y "' 1 1 S The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or. Patriots vs. Redcoats. ou can. 7 The Libeity Boys in D emand; or. The Champiou Spies o r : 1 9 The Lil.Jerty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory thP Revolution. 1 20 The Liberty Boys' or, "What Might Have B e en 8 The L iberty Boys Hard Fight : or. Beset l:Jy BTit:s h and 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things U p Brow Tories. 2 2 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or. The Closest Call of All. 9 The Liberty Boys to the R e s c ue; or. A H o,t With i n The m 1 2 3 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle ; or, Making It War selves. for the Redcoats. :tO The Liberty Boys' Narrow EsC'apP; or. A Necl\and-NeC'k 24 The Liberty Boys Doub.le Victory; or, Downing the I Rac e With Death. c oats and Tories. For sale b y all newsdealers. or i:;ent 1>ost.11aid on re(eipt of plice, 5 cents per co1>y, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yori IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS t of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out anq ft in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the pi:ice of the books you want and we will send them to you by r turn mail. .POS'l'AGE S'J'AMPS 'J'AUEN 'l'HE !':Al.t1E AS !UONEY. : i ........... ............ ....................................................... ..... FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s h e r 2 4 U nion Square N e w York. ..................... ..... 1901 DEA R Sm-Enclosed find .... c ents for which plea s e send m e : .... copie s of WORK AND WI:N. No s ..................... ....... .... ..................... PLUCK AXD LUCK ................. ....................................... SECRET SETIYTC'E ... .......................... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Nos .... ................ '' Ten-Cent Rand Book s No s ............................................................ Name .............................. ............................................... Street and No ............................................ ....... Town .............. .......................... Statt> ..................... ....