The Liberty Boys' plot, or, The plan that won

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The Liberty Boys' plot, or, The plan that won
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Moore, Harry
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Issued. Weekly-By 'Subscription $fMO per year. Entered. as Second Class /.falter at the Yorli Post Offece, February 4, 1001, by ,Frank Tousey. No. 38. NEW YORI(, SEP l'EMBER 20, 1901. Price 5 Cents. "You are our prisoners!" said the British officer "You a r e mistaken," said Dick. "See! you are surrounded by my 'Liberty Boys'!"


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. l8Bued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per y ear. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post iJ(floe, Febrwiry 4, l!JOI Ente r e d according to Act of Congress, in the year 1901, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 38. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 20, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. DICK IN DISGUISE. It was four o'clock in the afternoon of the twelfth day of December, of the year 1780. Coming along a country road at a point a mile north of Camden, South Carolina, was a youth of apparently eigh' ieen or nineteen years of age. The youth in question was roughly dressed. He wore an old, ragged suit of homespun. On his feet was a pair of heavy, cowhide shoes, while on his head was an old, slouch bat. There were numerous holes in the hat and here and there pieces were gone from the brim. The youth was brown as a berry, and his hair was long and frowsy. To the casual observer, the youth looked like a typical country boy. If there was a desperate charge to be made, the "Liberty Boys" were always in the front ranks and woe to the red coats who stood before them. The "Liberty Boys" had turned the tide of more _than one battle in favor of the patriots. When they charged down the battlefield, cheering wildly and giving utterance to their battle cry of, "Down with the king I Long live Liberty I" they usually carried everything before them. And in addition to the reputation which Dick Slater had made as a braye and daring commander on the battlefield, he had earned a great reputation as a spy. He had been called "The Champion Spy of the Revolu tion." Dick Slater was on a spying expedition now. General Cornwallis and the British army were at Cam: den. He had been nearly a month, letting his troops rest The youth was a handsome young fellow, however, and a after their victory over Gates and the patriot army at that close observer looking into his intelligent face and keen, place on the 16th of August. 1 gray eyes would have said at once that this youth was no fool, and he would have been right. No brighter, shrewder youth was there in all South Caro lina than this one. He was a youth, who, during the four years that had elapsed since tile beginning of the Revolutionary War, had made himself famous : From Massachusetts to Florida, this youth's name had long been coupled with deeds of daring and feats of brav ery such as would be attempted by but few men. The youthful pedestrian was Dick Slater, in disguise. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War Dick Slater had organized a company of youths of about his own age. This company had been given the name of "The Liberty Boys of '76." Dick Slater had been made captain of the company. The "Liberty Boys" had made a wonderful reputation for themselTes. For reckless daring on the battlefield, for desperate de termination to do or die, their equals could not be found in the entire patriot army. 'l'he defeat of Gates had been total and ignominious. The pa t riot army had been scattered and almost com pletely broken up. Of course, this was only that portion of the patriot army that was in the South, known as the Southern Division. On h e aring of General Gates' defeat by Cornwallis, Gen eral Washington, commander-in-chief of the patriot army, had yielded to the importunities of Dick Slater and had given ihe youth permission to take "Liberty Boys" and go down into South Carolina. General Washington had given Dick ord e r s to do all he could to assist General Gates in getting the army of t4e South together once more and reorganize it. At the same time the youth was to worry and harass the British all that he possibly could. The youths had mounted their horses and ridden south ward as rapidly as possible. They had made good time, and on the evening of the 11th of September, they had gone into camp on the banks of the Catawba River at a point about two miles north of Camden.


I 2 'THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLO').'. ================= .==================================================== From a patriot, at whose house they had stopped to get "It is the best that I can do, anyway, and I will try it." something to eat, Dick had learned that Cornwallis and his Having so decided, Dick made his way to the home of army were at Camden. the patriot and told them what he wished. "They've be'n thar nigh onto a month," the patriot They were glad to accommodate him. farmer said. "They've been there ever since the battle of Camden, eh?" remarked Dick. "Yas; they seem ter have took er likin' ter ther place." Dick nodded. He believed that he understood the matter. The month of August is usually hot enough anywhere. In South Carolina the heat during the past month had been something terrible. Dick's idea was that Cornwallis was waiting for cooler weather before moving his army, in order to avoid losses fi:om the ranks because of overheating and sunstroke. In this he was right. They gave him an old, ragged suit of homespun, a pair of old, cowhide shoes and an old, dilapidated slouch hat. These were just what Dick wanted. He carried them back to camp, and, donning them, asked his comrades' opinions with regard to whether or not bis appearance was changed sufficiently to prevent his being recognized. "I don't believe they'll recognize you, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, Dick's nearest and dearest boy friend. "That old suit and hat makes lots of difference in your looks. Then, too, they won't be looking for you down in this part of the country and that will make lots of difference." "That's the way I figure it, Bob; they would hardly There were two or three things which Dick would wish believe it was me if they should meet me face to face, and to know, however. He wished to know when the British intended to leave Camden. Also, he wished to know where they intended going when they did There was only one way to find out. That was by going into Camden and playing the part of a spy. I was not disguised at all." "That's right; but say, Dick, I wish you had gotten two suits so that I could go along with you." "I think I can do better alone, Bob." Bob looked doubtful. "Two could make a better fight than one, Dick," he said. "True; but I don t intend to fight, not if I can help it." "Maybe you won't be able to help it." This would be an e xtremely dangerous thing to do. "In that case, two would practically be as helpless as Dick was known to Cornwallis and a number of his one. No, Bob, it is in the guise of a fox, not a lion, that I officers. am going. I shall exercise cunning, not force, and in such It would be like walking into the lion's den, to enter a case, I can do better work alone." Camden. "Oh, all right; you know best," said Bob. Dick was determined to do it, however. Dick was in no hurry, so he waited till nearly four The fact that it was dangerous would not deter him. o'clock before starting. Dick was far from b e ing reckless, however. And now, at four o'clock, as stated in the beginning, With all his daring, be was a s cautious as it we find Dick Slater disguised as a country yovth walking was possible to be. along the road a.. mile north of Camden. He never took unnecessary risks. He was determined to enter Camden, but he would go in disguise. The trouble was, be had no disguise. He did not know where he would find a disguise. He puzzled over the problem for some time. Then he suddenly remembered that he had seen a youth, of about his own age and size, back at the home of the patriot farmer where the y had stopped to get supper. "A suit of his clothes would just about fit me," thought Dick. "I have no doubt it will make a splendid disguise. "Dressed in an old homespun suit, I do not think there will be much likelihood that Cornwallis or any of his men will recognize me. In his guise of a country youth, Dick did not dare carry any weapons. Not wishing to feel entirely helpless, however, he had cut a goodly sized hickory stick before leaving camp, and this stick he carried with him now. "A good; solid lick over the head with this stick would be apt to settle a fellow," thought Dick, with some satis faction, as he made an imaginary swing in the air with the stick. "It is not such a bad weapon, after all." D i!Walked slowly onward, and as he walked along, he whistled a lively air. Any one hearing him would have thought he was just what he purported to light-hearted country boy without a care in the world.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. 3 This was what Dick desired, and as he approached said Dick, complacently. "Say, them airdinged purty Camden, he kept on whistling at a great rate. suits ye fellers hev on. Whar did ye git 'em?" "I suppose they'll have sentinels out," he thought; "and, if so, I'll be halted before I get into the town. If I can fool the sentinels and get into the town, I think I will be all right." Dick walked steadily onward. He kept on whistling merrily. Suddenly Dick rounded a bend in the road and came in sight of Camden. Indeed, the town was close at hand. He was almost at its edge. Suddenly two soldiers stepped out in the middle of the road and levelled muskets at Dick. The redcoats laughed again. "They were given to us, Jim." "They were gi ved ter ye?" Dick looked surprised. ''Yes." "Who gived 'em ter ye?" "King George." "King George?" Dick looked puzzled. "Yes," the redcoat said; "didn't you ever hear of him ? Dick scratched his head and seemed to be studying. "Kinder seems ter me like I hev," Dick said, deliber"Halt!" one cried. "You must give an account of ately. "He's one uv them air big French fellers, ain't he?" yourself before you can pass here." The redcoats looked disgusted. "I thought so," said Dick to himself; "there they are, sure enough. Now to see if I can fool them." While thinking thus, Dick had continued advancing. He bad kept on whistling as well. He had advanced perhaps five or six paces when the redcoat challenged him again. "French nothing!" the spokesman-redcoat cried. "There isn't anything French about King George. He's English." "Oh, he is?" "Yes; he's king of England." Dick pretended to ponder a little while, scratched his head and then looked up at the sentinels. "Halt!" the fellow cried, angrily. "What do you mean, "Say," he said, in the most innocent manner imaginanyway? Stop where you are or we will stop you with able, "whur is Inglan' ?" bullets!" Dick stopped this time. He stopped whistling, also, and gazed at the two redcoats with a well-simulated look of surprise on bis face. CHAP'rER IL He looked the verdant country youth to the life. "Hullo!" he said. "Did you uns speak ter me?" A LITTLE ENCOUNTER. "Of course I spoke to you cried the redcoat, in anger. "Who else would I speak to?" The redcoats groaned in unison. Dick elevated his eyebrows and shook his head. "Oh, Great Gulliver!" growled one. "Did you ever "I dunno," he said. "Whut do you uns want with me?" hear of such ignorance?" "We want to know who you are." "I never did," replied his comrade. "This young felDick simulated a look of surprise. low is about the greenest specimen I ever saw." "Ye do?" "Yes. Who are you?" "My name's Jim Simkins." "Oh, it is?" "Y as. Whut's your name, mister?" Dick asked the question in the most matter-of-fact manner imaginable. He played the part of a simple-minded country youth to perfection. The redcoats were amused. They laughed aloud. "Say, you're a bright one, you are!" exclaimed the red coat who had done most of the talking. "Thet's whut ther school teacher allus said erbout me," "You're right; it's a wonder the cows haven't eaten him long ago." Dick took advantage of the opportunity to come closer. The redcoats had lowered their muskets, but now they raised them again. "Stop !" cried one of the redcoats. "Stand where you are." Dick stopped. He didn't know but that the redcoats might take it into their heads to :fire. "Air you uns goin' ter tell me whur Inglan' is?" Dick asked. "You wouldn't know after we told you," one of the fellows said, a contemptuous look on his face.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. Dick looked at the speaker in mild "Yo' think not?" he asked. "I know it." If he could change the discussion from words to fisticuffs he would not have to answer any more questions. As the redcoat laid bis musket on the ground and turned threateningly toward Dick, the youth asked, in "How do yo' know et?" "It's very simple. You haven't sen.Se enough to unthe most innocent manner imaginable: derstand." "Air ye goin' ter fight with me?" Dick pretended to get angry. "Am I going to fight with you ?" sneered the redcoat. here," he said; "do yo' mean ter say I hain t got No, I am going to give you a thrashing, that's all; it no sense?" won't be a fight." "That's just what I mean to say." "Oh, et won't?" Dick sliook his stick, threateningly at the redcoats. "No." "I've er good mind ter give yer fellers er good "Then ye think I hain't enny good, do ye?" thumpin' !" he declared, quite belligerently. "I've got ez much sense ez ye fellers." "Oh, you have?" "Yas." "We don't think so, but I guess you've got sense enough to plain English, so I tell you to throw down that stick." "Ye want me ter throw down this stick?" "I command you to do so I" "An' ef I don't drop ther stick, whut'll ye do ?" "We'll drop you I" The redcoat's tone was fierce. "Oh, ye'll drop me?" "Yes." "Then I guess I'll drop ther stick." Dick let go of the stick as he spoke, and it fell to the ground. "That i.s exactly what I think." "An' ye think that w'ile yer givin' me ther thrashin' I won't be doin' ennything ertall, hey?" "That's just what I think." "Well, mister, ye'll fin' thet yer've been mistook." "YOU think SO?" "Yas." "What makes you think so?" "Becos I'm jes' ther bes' little man thar is in this part uv ther kentry; I've licked all uv ther boys in our parts, an' I kin lick ye, by jinks !" The redcoat laughed in a sneering manner. "Say, this fellow needs a lesson pretty bad, Hank," he said. "Yes, he's got the big head the worst way." "He has for a fact." "But I guess you can reduce the swelling somewhat, eh, "Thar I" the youth said, "I've dropped ther stick, an' Sam?" now I'll tell ye whut, ef ye fellers'll drop yer old muskets "I can, and I am going to do it, too I" an' give me half er chance, I'll take ye one at a time an' Dick, who was close enough to hear this, said, drawllick blazes out uv ye!" ingly: Dick pretended to be very angry. "Ye hedn't better be too sure uv thet; ye'll hev ter His air and words served to anger the redcoats. They gave utterance to exclamations of rage. That they should be talked to in this fashion, by a supposed green country youth whom they despised, and of whom they had been making sport, was extremely galling. It happened that one of the sentinels was rather pugi listicaRy inclined. be er mighty good man ef ye lick me." "He has good nerve, Sam," laughed the other redcoat. "Yes, but I'll soon take that out of him This in a savage tone of voice. "Mebby ye will an' mebby ye won't," said Dick. Then he turned to the other redcoat. "Say," he continued, "how do I know thet when I've licked yer pardner here, ye won't jab thet sharp thing "Oh, say, Hank," he said, "this is too much! going Lo give this young greenhorn a lesson." I'm on the end uv yer gun inter me?" "All right, Sam," said the other, "go ahead; you can do it, I guess." "Well, now, you can just wager a year's pay that I can; I'll give him the worst thrashing he ever had in his life." Dick hMrd this with secret satisfaction. He did not wish to have to answer any more questions. "Oh, you needn t be afraid," said the redcoat; "there won't be any occasion for me to do that." "No," growled the other, "there's no danger of his having to do that. It would take a dozen such fellows as you to thrash me." "Well, I dunno erbout et," said Dick; "et won't do enny harm ter hev ther thing unnerstood afore we begin.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. I I want ye ter prommus thet ye won't jab me with thet 11harp-p'inted thing ef r do lick yer pardner." "Oh, all right; I promise." "We'll promise you more that," said the other; "'if you thrash me, we will let you go on your way un molested." "All right," said Dick; "et' s er bargain." "Look out for yourself, country!" said the redcoat, -threateningly. "I'm going to go for you!" "Just sail in!" invited Dick. "I'm ready fur ye." The redcoat did sail in. He thought, of course, that he would have an easy thing of it with Dick. He supposed the youth was what he seemed to be, a 'Verdant country boy. The redcoat advanced upon Dick, striking out as he did so. He had not thought that he would have any trouble striking the youth, but he soon found bis mistake. None of the blows which he aimed at Dick took effect. Dick ducked and evaded the blows and warded them <>ff with great skill. As yet he did not attempt to strike his opponent. The redcoats were amazed. They were greatly surprised by the skill of the sup posed country youth. Dick enjoyed the situation He could not refrain from "rubbing it in" on the red coat a bit. "Why don't ye hit me?" he asked, tantalizingly; "I thort ye wuz goin' ter give me ther wurst thrashin' I ever bed." A hoarse cry of rage escaped the redcoat. To fail in his efforts to strike the supposed green country youth was bad enough, but to be made fun of I was worse yet. The redcoat set hi s teeth together grimly and re doubled his exertions. Re began trying to force matters. He struck out wildly and fiercely and with great rapidity. He did succeed in 'landing two or three blows, but they were comparatively light ones and for the most part glancing, and they did no damage. The redcoat was now becoming very tired. His breath was coming in short gasps. "Curse you for a country jumping-jack!" cried the redcoat, angrily. "Why don't you stand up and fight like a man ?" The redcoat went down with a thump and a grunt. "Oh, ye want me ter stan' up an' fight, do ye?" sai 1 Dick, quietly. "Yes. You don't dare do it!" "Oh, don't I?" "No." "I'll show ye." As Dick spoke he paused and stood stock still. This movement rather took the redcoat by surprise. He was not expecting anything of the kind. A moment later he was given a still greater surprise Dick's right arm suddenly shot out. His :fist went straight to the mark. It struck the redcoat squarely between the eyes. Crack! The blow was a strong one. Dick had not put all his force into the blow, but i was hard e:n,ough to knock the redcoat down. His comrade uttered an exclamation of surprise. "Great Gulliver!" he exclaimed. "That beats me." "Et kinder beats yer pardner, too, I think," said Dick calmly. "Didn't I tell ye I hed licked all ther boys ill our part of kentry? Oh, I'm ther boss :fighter, I am!' The stricken redcoat who had been lying blinking up at the sky, now struggled to his feet. "It was an accident!" he cried. "He can't do it again he couldn't hit me in a week.'' "Couldn't I ?" remarked Dick. His tone and air were calm and unruffied. "No, you couldn't!" "I'll show ye.'' With the words, Dick attacked the redcoat :fiercely. He struck out rapidly, so rapidly in fact, that, try as he would, thEl redcoat could not parry all the blows. He was struck several stinging blows and began stag gering backward. Dick saw that he had his man going, and, watching his chance, he suddenly leaped in and dealt the fellow a ter rible blow squarely on the point of the jaw. Down went the redcoat with a crash. Dick bad put all his force in the blow this tim:. The result was that his opponent was rendered un conscious. The other redcoat was almost paralyzed with amaze ment. His under jaw dropped. He stared at the youth as if be could not believe his eyes. He well knew that his compani.o was a figd:i.ter.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. In truth, he had seen him come out first best in a ozen combats with fellow-soldiers. Yet this seeming country youth had got the better of im without much apparent difficulty. "By all that's wonderful," the man exclaimed, "this 1eats anything I ever saw or heard t e ll of!" "Didn't I tell ye I'd lick him?" a s ked Dick, innocently. ''Yes, you did, but I didn't think you could do it." "Waal, I did. Oh, I tell ye I m a fighter, I am! I 1ain't never been licked yit." "I can well believe it-now." "Yas. Say, kin I go on now?". The redcoat looked undecided. 1'I don't know about that," he said, doubtfully. "But ye sed ez how't ef I licked this feller I c'uld go m my way." "I know I said that, but you had h\Jtter wait." "Whut fur ?'1 "Why, for all we know, you may have killed the man, md in that case I would have to hold you a prisoner." Dick pretended to be frightened. "How do you feel?" asked his comrade "Like I'd been kicked by a cavalry horse," was the growling reply. "Do you want another try at this young fellow here?" "No!" sullenly. The redcoat turned to Dick. "You can go," he said. Dick went. CHAPTER III. MORE TROOBLE FOU DICK. Congratulating himself on his good fortune at getting oil: so easily, Dick walked onward into Camden. The encounter with the redcoat had not worried the youth in lhe least. He would rather fight a dozen redcoats than to be forced to answer questions regarding himself. As for the two sentinels, they looked after Dick for a "Oh, say, mister, I guess thar hain t no danger uv thet, few moments in silence, and then looked at each other. s thar ?" he asked. "I can't say; he is mighty still, I tell you!" Dick knew there was no danger that the man was dead, mt he pretended to be frightened. "Oh, I hope I hain't killed him!" the youth quavered. 'I never killed er man my life, an' I'd feel orful bad I had killed yer pardner." "I guess you would feel bad!" in a fierce tone. "If vou've killed him, you'll be hung for murder." "Oh, I hope he hain't dead! Let's see ef we kin bring rim to." At this instant the redcoat stirred. "Thar I" cried Dick. "I seen him move; he ain't dead. 3ay, mister, kin I go now?" "Wait a minute." "All right, I'll wait." They watched the redcoat closely. "Well, Sam, what do you think of it?" A curse escaped the redcoat who had received the thrash ing at Dick's hands. "What do I think of it?" he growled. "Yes." "Well) I think that young scoundrel is a wonder, that's what I think." "He was certainly a great surprise." "A surprise Well, I should think so. Who'd ever thought that a green country gawk like him could be such a fighter?" "I wouldn't have thought it, sure." "Nor any one else." "But you found out different, eh, Sam?" "Yes, I did; but I'll tell you what it is, Hank, if I get a chance to get even with that young scoundrel, I'll do it." "You'd better be careful, Sam; you might get the worst Presently he gave utterance to a sort of gasping groan, of it another time." and opened his eyes. "Oh, I won't go for him again unless I'm sure I can "He's all right, mister; now kin I go?" asked Dick. "Wait a bit until we see whether or not he wants to renew the fight." Dick could not help smiling to himself. "I do not think he will want to fight any more," he thought. He said nothing, however .. The two waited patiently: Presently the redcoat sat up and looked around him. have tlrings my way." Meantime, Dick had made his way onward until well within the town. Redcoats were everywhere. The town was overrun with them. Many of the redcoats eyed Dick curiously as he sauntered down the street. Some of them made remarks about Dick, the remarks being intended to be humorous.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. Dick paid no attention, however. He did not let on that he heard. "I don't want to get into a difficulty with any of them, if I can help it," he said to himself. "If they go to in terfering with me, however, I shall certainly protect my self." The redcoats had been in Camden nearly a month. They enjoyed resting and doing nothing, but at the same time it had worn on them somewhat on account of the fact that there was very little to be found in the way of amusement. It had, indeed, been very dull. They were pining for amusement. And now they thought they S!\.W a chance for sport. This gawky-looking country youth should be made to furriish it. As Dick approached a group of redcoats, one of their number, a big, blatant fellow, with quite a reputation as a bully, said: "Here's a chance for sport, boys.'' "Where?" asked his comrades. "Yonder," was the reply; "don't you see the country gl:!-wk? I'm going to have some fun with him." The fellows were quite willing that their comrade should do so. "Go it I" they said. "We haven't had any fun for a long time." Dick was not quite close enough to hear what was said. He had keen eyes and quick wit, however. He guessed from the manner in which the redcoats were looking at him that they we,re talking of him. Dick's tone was cool and calm, and he smiled in a mann that was child-like in its innocence. 'fhis was a cool slap at the redcoat. He realized it. His face grew red with anger. His comrades snickered. They realized that their companion had been worsted i the little interchange of words. "Thafs a horse on you, Jim!" laughed one. "Yes, the young fellow got the best of you," from an other. "I don't believe he's as green as he looks," said a third "See here, young fellow," said the big redcoat, threaten ingly, "do you know who you are talking to.?" Dick shook his head slowly, and then suddenly his brightened. "Say, ye hain't King George, air ye?" he asked, witl. pretended eagerness. A roar went up from the redcoats. This was the funniest thing they had run across for E long time. Here was sport, with a vengeance. Two or three of the redcoats slapped their big comrad1 on the shoulders. "Hail to King George!" cried one. "You' re a fine-looking old king, you are I" from another "We are your obedient servants, your majesty," laughet a third. The big redcoat was taken aback. He seemed at a loss regarding what to say or do. His under jaw dropped and he stared at Dick, in E puzzled manner. "I think there are breakers ahead," he said to himself. The fellow's comrades thought they saw a chance tc "The probabilities are that some one in that gang will try h ave considerable sport. to give me trouble." One of their number, a solemn-faced wag, stepped for. Forewarned is forearmed, they say. ward and addressed Dick, soberly. It was so in Dick's case. "Young man," he said, "I don't know how you camE He expected trouble, and so was prepared for it. t? guess it, but this is King George in disguise He had almost reached the group when the big redcoat You must promise that you will not tell a soul." stepped forward and confronted him "I prommus," said Dick, with assumed eagerness, an( "Oh, ho!" thought Dick. "So I am to have an enthen he rushed up clos e to the big redcoat. counter with a big bully, am I? Very well; I'll do the "Say, Mister King George," he cried, "won't ye givE best I can to make it interesting for him." me one of them air purty red suits like ye fellers he' "Hello, gawky the redcoat cried. got on, I'd like ter hev one, orful well?" "Hello, yourself!" replied Dick The redcoats roared again "When did you get out?" They having lots of fun. Dick pretended to look surprised. Attracted by the sound of the laughter, a crowd quick "Git out of whar ?" he asked. ly gathered. "Out of the pumpkin patch." By this time the big redcoat had found his voice. "Oh, erbout ther same time ye did, mister, I guess." "Say, are you "ying to make game of me, you bl ]


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT .:;oung scoundrel?" be cried, :fiercely. "If I thought you "Well, you were trying to make fun of me then, wasn't ere, I'd shake you out of your boots I" and he seized you?" 1 .c>ick by the shoulder and began shaking him Dick elevated his eyebrows and shook his head. Dick promptly jerked loose from the man. j He pretended to be angry. "See here," he said, "don't ye go fur ter sbakin' me 1ehet erway ; I won't 'low yet ter do thet, even ef ye air fug George The redcoats who had been in the group when Dick irst approached, lost no time in telling the latercomers uhat the country youth thought their big comrade was Ting George. This caused the crowd to roar. This was the funniest thing they bad ever heard of. They began jollying the big redcoat who bad started "Uv course not!" 4e replied. "Ye air King George, ain't ye?" A roar of laughter went up from the crowd. The redcoat grew red in the face. "No, I'm not King George I" he cried. "And, blast you, I believe you know it I" Dick shook his head. "No, I didn't know et!" he declared. "Ye air sech er big, important-looking feller tbet I thort ye mus' be King George." Again the crowd roared. The big bully grew redder still. n to have fun with Dick. He felt that the laughter was as much at his expense 1 Somehow he bad slipped up on the fun part of it. as at that of Dick, and the knowledge angered him. Strange to say, he did not relish being taken for King "Curse you for a blooming idiot I" the redcoat cried. George. "If you weren't a boy, and greener than grass, I'd knock It gave his comrades too good an opportunity to jolly your head off; as it is, I am going to give you a good He was one of those big, bullying fellows who always :ried to be dignified and his dignity bad been given a s1evere shock. He was mad and eager to vent his anger upon some one. Dick was, of course, the most likely object at hand. 1 Dick's words wherein he had stated that he did not illow any one to shake hirii., not even King George, gave 'rhe fellow more than sufficient excuse to bring about an jlncounter with the seeming country youth. "Say, you're too saucy, altogether, you young gawk!" tie cried. "Do you know what I am going to do to you?" Dick shook his head. [ "No, I dunno," he replied. "Then I'll tell you : I am going to turn across my knee and give you a good spanking. Dick elevated his eyebrows. "Oh, ye air?" he remarked. spanking I" Dick did not seem to be greatly alarmed. "I'll bet yer hain t goin' ter do ennythin' uv ther kin' retorted Dick, defiantly. "I'll bet so, too I" said a quiet voice, and a newcomer pushed his way through the crowd. The newcomer was the sentinel who bad been called Hank. He bad just been relieved from sentinel duty, and seeing the crowd gathered on the street, bad made his way there to see what was going on. He had reached there in time to hear Dick utter the defiant words, and had immediately pushed his way through the crowd. He faced the big bully and said : "Say, Jim, I'll wager you a five-pound note that you won't be able to give this young fellow a spanking." The big redcoat, as well as all who stood around, were "I am I" surprised. "Whut fur?" "What do you know about the young gawk?" growled "For trying to make fun of me, you blasted young the big fellow, glaring at his comrade. coundrel I" The other laughed. "Fur tryin' ter make fun uv ye?" "Yes." Dick shook his head. "I didn't do et." "You did!" "In whut way, mister?" "Didn't you call me King George?" "Yas." :. "That is my affair," he said; "do you take me up?" The other hesitated. "Ahal You hesitate," laughed Hank; "you have some doubts regarding your ability to administer a. spanking to this young fellow, after all, eh?" The big redcoat frowned. "No, I haven't any doubts regarding it!" he growled "Then you'll take the wager?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. "I will." "All right, put up your money." Both men drew banknotes from their pocket. Each counted out the required sum. They placed the money in the hands of one of their comrades. "Now, then," said Hank, with a laugh, "let's see you give this young fellow a spanking." "I'll do it all right enough; but, first, I wish to ask you a question." "Go ahead; what is it?" "What made you so willing to wager that I could not give this young gawk a spanking?" Hank laughed. "Hank'll lose his money," said one, and all wit hearing nodded their heads. That is, all save Hank. He singled out the speaker, and, pointing his finger him, said: "I'll bet you a five-pound note I don't lose the mone The other did not wish to bet. He got out of it by saying he didn't have the mon1 Dick stood there quietly while the conversation was goi on. To look at him one would have thought he had little interest in what was going on. He was calm and unruffied. He seemed less excited than the majority of the sp "It is very simple; I've had the opportunity of seeing tators. what the young man can do.'' "Humph!" grunted the big bully; "what did you see him do?" The people in the crowd craned their necks and listened eagerly for Hank's reply. It came promptly: "I saw him give Sam a good thrashing." A murmur of surprise went up from the crowd. "What's that?" "You don't mean to say he thrashed Sam Saunders?" "What! That country gawk?" "Impossible !" And, indeed, he was less excited. Dick had great confidence in himself. It was not of the reckless, foolish order, but was a c fidence born of much experience in taking care of hi self. As the redcoat took the step forward, Dick gathe himself together for the struggle. He realized that he had quite a task before him. The redcoat was a large fellow. He had a magnificent physique. He was undoubtedly very strong. But so was Dick strong. Such were a few of the exclamations. :i;Ie believed that large as the redcoat was, he was "There's nothing impossible about it," said Hank. "He fellow's match. did it, all right." As the redcoat advanced, Dick waved him back. "When?" asked the big bully, with an air of interest. "Not ten minutes ago, as he was coming into the town." There was a look of surprise on the big fellow's face as he looked Dick over from head to foot. He did not doubt his ability to do what he had wagered he would do, however. "I'll give the young scoundrel a spanking, just the same," he said, confidently. CHAPTER IV. DICK SPANKS A BULLY. As the big fellow spoke thus, he made a step forward. The crowd drew a long breath. Every eye was on the principals in this strange affair. Doubtless there was not, with the exception of Hank, a person among the spectators who did not believe the big redcoat would be able to make his threat good. "Hol' on, mister I" he said. The man paused. "Well, what do you want?" he asked, gruffiy. off, I suppose." Dick shook his head. "No, not thet," he replied. "What, then?" "I wants ter warn ye." "To warn me?" "Yas." "Of what?" "Of yer danger." "Of my danger?" "Yas." "How am I in any danger?" "W'y, by attackin' me!" The crowd laughed. The bully sneered. "To "Say, for a green country gawk who knows scar enough to travel around the country alone, you .h


r I 3 THE. LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. .::0pre cool nerve than any one I ever saw I" the redcoat reowled. "The idea of me being in any danger through o>iacking you. Why, it is absurd!" "Ye think so?" i Dick's face was calm and impassive. "I know so." 1eh1"I guess ye mean ye think ye know." GThe crowd laughed. They were enjoying the scene. ir Green though they thoughf he was, the spectators could tfh>t help admiring the calm impassiveness, the cool audac1::y of the supposed country youth. "Bah!" cried the bully. "Enough of this talk; you > not know what you are saying, anyway. Look out for mrself !" n The redcoat made another step toward Dick. H Again the youth waved him back. "Hol' on!" again cried Dick. Gi The bully paused. He gave vent to an exclamation of vexation. l}li."Well, what is it?" he asked. "I want ter warn ye." :r: A muttered curse escaped the lips of the bully. g;e "You said that before," he growled. "I meant it, too, mister!" "Oh, you did?" >1 "Y as; ye see, I'm er fair man, mister, I don't wanter advantage uv ennybody, an' ye don't know whut er feller I am when I'm riled." iflE Again the crowd laughed. i.. An exclamation of impatience escaped the bully. "Thank you," 4e remarked, sarcastically; "I'm very uch obliged to you for the consideration which you show 1 1r my welfare. I will just say, however, that you had htter look out for yourself and not worry about me." "Oh, all right," said Dickl calmly. "I jes' didn't want 3 ter be so _,,ez ennybody c'ud say arter I give ye ther 1ankin' thet I took a unfa'r advantage uv ye." The crowd roared. The redcoat turned red, then white with rage. He fairly danced, he was so angry. He attempted to seize Dick. Dick was too quick for the fellow, however He leaped to one side, thus avoiding the man:s grasp. Quick as a flash his right arm shot out. His fist caught the big bully on the jaw. Crack! The bully reeled backward. The blow was a powerful one, but the bully was a big fellow, and it did not knock him down. After staggering backward a few paces; the redcoat :recovered his balance. Giving utterance to a roar of rage, he again rushed at Dick. The crowd had been so amazed by the powerful blow that Dick had dealt his big opponent, that, for the moment, they were stricken dumb. By the time they had recovered the use of their voices the redcoat had renewed the attack. Again the big bully attempted to seize Dick. Again Dick leaped to one side-the other side this time-and then once more his fist shot out. Crack! Again Dick's fist landed squarely upon the redcoat's jaw, staggering him backward as before. time, however, Dick followed up his advantage. He leaped forward. Again his arm shot out. His fist landed in the pit of the redcoat s stomach. It was a terrific stroke. A ga s ping groan escaped the lips of the. bully. The force of the blow doubled him up like a jack-knife. Down he sat, with a thump. The stricken man clasped his stomach with his hands. His face grew deathly white. A hollow groan escaped his lips. He gasped and gurgled in an attempt to get his breath. The spectators stared in open-mouthed amazement. "Great Gulliver!" "Did you ever!" "That beats anything I ever saw!" "Who would have thought it?" LJOC "What's that!" he almost howled. "Did I understand "I would not have believed it possible." l m to say that you will--". Such were a few of the exclamations uttered by the "Spank ye?" interrupted Dick. "Y as, thet's jes' whut spectators. m ergoin' ter do." "I would," said the redcoat called Hank. "I saw this "I'm betting he'll do it, too," said Hank. "Oh, he's a young fellow in action a little while ago, as I told you, and ;] rror !" I knew what he could do." With a howl of rage the big redcoat leaped forward. "ijis arms were outstretched All eyes were upon Dick0 and the fallen redcoat. Dick, after delivering the last terrible blow, had stepped


-THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. back and he now stood gazing calmly down u.pon his He thought that he could. opponent. Being attacked so furiously, he acted on the "I leeve et ter ye all ef I didn't give hini fa'r warnin'," for a while. remarked Dick, in his innocent way. He ducked, dodged and evaded the wild blows of "Oh, you gave him plenty of warning," said Hank, "and opponent, with seeming ease. so did I. I told him he couldn't do anything with you." The redcoat strJick perhaps fifty blows. "I guess he'll begin to think so himself," remarked one of the spectators. By this time the bully was breathing again. His face was pale and he was evidently in great pain. He was a pretty game fellow, though, after all. He began struggling to his feet. He :finally succeeded in getting upon his feet, but found that he could not straighten up. The pain was still so great that he had to keep his body slanted forward at a considerable angle. The spectators looked from the redcoat to Dick. It was evident that they were looking to see if Dick would attack the man. They need not have feared. Dick was altogether too fair-minded to take advantage of any man. Of these, not more than half a dozen took effect, a these struck the youth, glancingly, and did no damage. I Dick had not given up his purpose of administering spanking to the big redcoat. He was simply biding his time and waiting for an o portunity to get a certain hold. If he could secure that hold he would have his o ponent, large man though he was, completely at his mer Presently the redcoat became so exhausted by the lence of his efforts that he had to pause and drop hands. This was Dick's opportunity. Quick as lightning he leaped in and seized hold of t redcoat. He secured the hold which he wished to secure. In a twinkling, almost-so quickly, indeed, that t He made no move toward attacking. spectators could not see how it was done--Dick jer At the end of ten minutes or so, the redcoat managed the redcoat down. to get straightened up again. At the same instant Dick dropped on one knee. Still Dick made no motion toward attacking the red' He whirled the redcoat over so that he was face do coat. He waited for his opponent to take the initiative. Presently the redcoat did so. He advanced upon Dick. "Look out for yourself!" in a grim, threatening tone. "I'm going to just about kill you, young fellow. I am going to get even with you for those blows." "I guess ye'd better look out yerself, mister," was all Dick said. And the spectators, influenced thereto by the respect which they had suddenly acquired for the youth's prowess, nodded their heads as much as to say they thought this was good advice. ward and bent the fellow across his knee. It was Dick's lett knee that the man lay across. Holding the redcoat's coat-collar with his left ha Dick threw his right leg over the legs of his op pone In this manner he held the fellow helpless. This left Dick's right hand free to be used, and used it. He did what he had said he would do. He administered to the helpless redcoat a good span ing I The redcoat kicked, struggled and cursed. He tried to get free, but could not do so. He threatened what he would do when he did get fr The redcoat's answer was a growl of rage and a furious but his threats had no effect. onslaught of blows. Dick kept on spanking. He struck out wildly, :fiercely and rapidly. It was a strange and wonderful spectacle. It "as evident that he had made up his mind to knock The spectators stared in open-mouthed, wonderi i the youth senseless and administer the spanking afterward. amazement. This was a wise plan and would have been all right had he been able to put it into effect. Then the comical side of the affair appealed to thE and they roared with laughter. Dick was to have something to say regarding the matter. "Oh, I knew he would do it!" cried Hank, in delig l He did not intend to let the redcoat knock him sense"I tell you that young fellow is a terror." less if he could help it. "He certainly is."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. "He is a wonder I" i c, "I would not have believed any man could do what he fS dOne, let alone a youth like him." Such were a few of the exclamations from the crowd. : Dick calmly kept on spanking the redcoat. A few moments thus, and then Dick released the red )at and assisted him to his feet. .. As the redcoat whirled, fiercely, toward Dick, the youth ;eld up his hands. "Take my advice; mister," he said, in a calm, even tone, (a' give et up; ef ye don't, I'm afeerd I'll hev ter hurt ye." t CHAPTER V. '] DICK FIGHTS .A DUEL. J. But the :redcoat was in no condition of mind to listen He was certainly the most wonderful country boy they had ever seen They looked from Dick to the fallen man. 'l'he redcoat lay still. He had been knocked senseless by the terrible blow. Dick looked around upon the faces of the spectators. "I leave it to you uns ef I didn't give him fa'r warnin','" Dick said, in his llimple way. "I told him I'd hev ter hurt him ef he didn't let me be." "@h, you're all right I" said Hank, who was delighted on account of the fact that he had won five pounds. "You. didn't take any unfair advantage of him. No one will accuse you of having done so." "I'm glad uv thtit, mister." By this time the redcoat showed signs of returning consciousness. He stirred slightly. Presently he opened his eyes. ,, o reason. A few moments later he rose to a sitting posture. r What! Give it up after he had been made a laughing He looked about him in a dazed, uncertain sort of way. by this verdant country youth? Never His gaze presently rested upon Dick. L He would not give it up. The light of understanding came back into his eyes. His dignity had suffered. They blazed with anger. I He must have revenge. The redcoat scrambled to his feet. [ He would pound the life half out of the youth. "So you're still here, are you, you young scoundrel !" He leaped forward to the attack. he hissed. "Good! I'll have your life's blood for this I'' The look of a demon was in his eyes. Before beginning the attack on Dick, the redcoat had Dick realized that the redcoat was but little better than unbuckled his sword and laid it on the ground. \madman. I Should he succeed in getting hold of Dick in his present :rame of mind, and got a good hold, he would murder youth. Realizing this, Dick was determined not to permit this. As the redcoat leaped forward, Dick sprang to one side. He avoided the other's grasp His eye quickly measured the distance. His right arm shot out. if Crack! m His fist struck the redcoat full on the jaw. It was a terrible stroke. Dick's blood was up now. .1 He bad put all his force into the blow. The result was that the redcoat went down as if he Jad been struck by a sledgehammer. He struck the ground with a dull thud. A long-drawn-out "Ah-h-h-h-h !" escaped the crowd. Few present had ever seen such a blow. They gazed at Dick with open-mouthed amazement. "What manner of youth was this?" they asked themrielves. Stooping quickly, he drew his sword out of the scabbard, and, straightening up, leaped toward Dick. There was murder in the redc9at's eye. That he intended to run the supposed country youth through was evident. The fellow's comrades, however, were fair-minded fel lows. Dick had made such a wonderful :fight that he had won their admiration. Two or three of the fellow's comrades had leaped for ward and seized him. are mad!" they cried: "Would you commit murder?" 'rhe iniuriated redcoat struggled :fiercely "I'll have hi s life's blood!" he cried. "Do you suppose I am going to allow myself to be knocked about in this fashion and not do anything to get even? No I am made of flesh and blood, not of wood. One or the other of us shall not leave this spot alive!" The redcoats saw that their comrade was in deadly earnest. His pride had been so humbled, he had been made such


e ERTY BOYS' PLOT. a laughing stock of by this seeming country youth, that he would never be able to hold up his head or pose as a bully again. He would never be satisfied until he had caused the blood of his youthful conqueror to flow. His comrades, however, were determined that he should not commit murder. "You mustn't do this," they said, "be reasonable; you must not cut the youth down in cold blood. You must give him a chance for his life." This gave the big bully an idea. He ceased struggling. "All right," he said; "that suits me exactly. I will give him a chance for his life; he has got to fight me, and if he can save his miserable life he is quite welcome to do so." The redcoats hardly knew what to say or do. They felt that this would be but little better than murder. They reasoned that the country youth could know little or nothing regarding the use of either sword or firearms. It would not be a fight, they thought. It would be a slaughter. Dick came to their assistance, however. He had full knowledge of the situation. He knew that he would have to fight the redcoat with other than nature's weapons before the fellow would be satisfied. So he said, in his calm, innocent fashion: The crowd had watched the progress of affairs eager interest. They wondered if they were to be given still furthe entertainment. They soon found that such was the case. The redcoat called Hank advanced and faced the bi bully. "Well?" the bully growled. "The young fellow says that he will fight you." "Gooc;l enough. I'll spit him as I would a turkey!" "But he won't choose swords." The redcoat looked somewhat disappointed. "Oh, he won't?" "No." "What will he choose?" "Pistols." "Oh, all right; it doesn't matter to me. I'll put bullet through him just as sure as he stands up in fron of me.'' "Perhaps so; that will be determined later." "Oh, I'll do it, sure!" and the bully glared at Dick in a ferocious manner. The youth merely smiled 0in the most innocent manner imaginable. He said nothing, however. "A duel! A duel!" "There's to be a duel, sure enough!" "The young fellow is going to fight!" "I'll wager that he will give a good account of him"Ef ther feller ain't satersfied an' wants ter fight er self, too!" duel with me, I'm willin'; I don't wanter hurt him, but I ef he will hev et, I kain't he'p et, kin I?:' "Of course you can't,'' said the redcoat called Hank. Then he stepped forward, and, taking Dick by the arm, led him back a few paces. "Young fellow, that man will kill you, sure," Hank Such were a few of the exclamations from the crowd Now that it was decided that there was to be a fai fight, the friends of the bully released him, knowing that he would not try to cut Dick down. One of their number was chosen by the bully to act as his second, and he and Hank quickly completed the said, in Dick's ear. "He's one of the best swordsmen in arrangements. the regiment." Of course, the duel could not be held within the limits "Then we won't fight with swords,'' said Dick, calml:. of the town, so an adjournment was taken to a field half "How is he with er pistol?" "He's a tolerably fair shot, I think; can you handle a pistol?" a mile distant. This was a nice place for an affair of this kind. ,,, There was plenty of room for the principals, and also "I'm er purty good shot, mister; I guess I kin hol' my e own with him." for the spectators. Lots of room was needed for the spectators. "All right, then; as the challenged party, you are en titled to the choice of weapons, and you may choose pistols if you like. Shall I act as your second?" "Ef ye pleeze,-mister, I'll be glad ter hev ye." : h "All right, I'll act for you." The news had spread rapidly that a duel was to be fought, and nearly the entire British army was out to witness it. Hundreds who had not seen the encounter between Dick and the bully were surprised when they saw that their


;Ii 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. 3'=====---====================================================================-= iomrade's opponent was, apparently, a green, country 01 vouth. re l They laughed at the absurdity of such a thing as that their comrade should fight a duel with the youth. It was not the first time he had been engaged in a affair of this kind. He had fought two or three duels, and had always com out first best. When the matter was explained to them, however, they He thought that he stood a good chance of doing so regarded the supposed country youth with renewed inthis time. : terest. [j The distance had been stepped off, and then the pistols [ were loaded. The principals took their places. 1 The loaded pistols were placed in their hands. y They were to fire a single shot, and then if they were not satisfi e d another pair of pistols would be placed in their hands and they would have another try. This would be kept up till one or both were satisfied. A man was chosen to give the word. He took his place midway between the principals, and ; somewhat to one side, so as to be out of range. "I will say, 'One, two, three, fire!' he called out. "At the word, you are at liberty to fire, but be careful /not to fire before the word is given." The principals bowed to denote that they understood. When placing Dick in position, Hank had asked the youth how he felt. "I feel all right," Dick had replied. ''Are your nerves steady?" "Yas, stiddy as er rock." Hank was satisfied. He gazed upon the youth admiringly. "He's certainly the queerest country youth I have ever His opponent had been sadly jarred by the terribl thumps which Dick had given him; then, too, he wa w ild with anger, and was fairly trembling with eagernes to get a chance to take the life of the youth who ha handled him so roughly. The result could not be other than that his aim woul be somewhat interfered with He would be nervous, and not able to shoot with hi accustomed skill. So Dick reasoned, at any rate, and doubtless his reason i ng was well founded. Dick, on his part, was an expert shot with the pistol. He had practiced an hour OT two a day, for days, wee and months, and he had become so expert that he coul put a pistol ball just about where he wished to, at an reasonable distance. He did not doubt his ability to wing the redcoat at th 'first fire. Not wishing to give the redcoat any more chance a him than was absolutely necessary, Dick was determine to so wound the fellow that he would not wish to continu the fight after the first exchange of shots. "Are you ready?" called out the master of ceremonies "Ready!" came from Dick and the bully in unison. As they spoke, they lifted their pistols and took deliber seen," he thought. "I rather think he will give a good ate aim at each other. account of himself in this affair." And Dick did feel all right, as he had told his second. Of course, Dick knew there was a chance that he might be killed by the shot of the redcoat. But what of that? He was simply doing his duty, "One!" The crowd leaned forward and craned its neck, so to spe ak. "Two I" The breath of the spectators came in short, spasmodi c trying to enter the camp of the enemy to spy upon them efforts. and he took his life in his hands in doing so. "Three!" He had done so many times, and this duel, as it could The principals s tood there like statues. not be avoided, would have to be met. The crowd held its breath. Dick look e d at the matter philosophically. "Fire!" If h e s ucceed e d in getting the better of his adversarY. he would all ri g ht. He would be given the freedom of the town, and could mingle with the r e dcoats at will. He would thus be given a good opportunity to pick up all the information which he wished to acquire. The game was certainly worth the candle, and Dick faced the affair unflinchingly. Crack I-crack CHAPTER VI. AT WORK. The two reports sounded almost together, but Dick hai been just a shad e quicker to fire than his opponent. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. 1 His aim was true. shots m the world down here in the mountains of N ort He bad no wish to kill the redcoat, so had aimed at his snd South Carolina." shou!der. "That may be true; but one would not expect to fin The bullet struck the man exactly where Dick aimed them among the boys." that it should. "Oh, I don't know; age doesn't cut much figure. T With a wild cry of pain rage commingled, the boys do lots of hunting, and they learn to handle a redcoat dropped his pistol and reeling backward, fell to kinds of firearms at a very early age." the ground. "I guess you are right." A cry of surprise went up from the crowd. Hank turned and went back to where Dick stood. They had not expected that the green-looking country "He is not fatally wounded," the redcoat said; "bu youth would be able to hold his own with their comrade. he is too bailly hurt to continue the fight, so it is all ove 'l'hey had looked upon him-that is, the majority had, there were some who shrewdly something different -as being practically as good as dead and buried. Instead, he had not been even injured by the red coat's shot. At least, he stood there, calm and quiet. If he had been hit, he had good nerve, for he did not show that he was injured. Hank rushed up to Dick. "Are you hurt?" he asked, eagerly. Dick shook his head. "Noap," he replied; "he never tetched me. "But you gave him a severe wound, I judge." "I guess so, mister. I hope ez how't I hain t killed ther feller." "Wait here and I will go and see." Hank hastened ove r to where the wounded redcoat lay. He was surrounded by a crowd of his comrades, and "as groaning at a terrible rate. "Where did the bullet hit him?" asked Hank. "In the shoulder," replied one of the men. "Is it a serious wound?" "Well, pretty serious, I should say." "Too much so for him to go on with the duel?" "Oh, yes; he won't take any further hand in a duel to-day." "All right ; I'll go back and tell my man so." "You might as well. ; but say, who would have thought that that gawky fellow could shoot so well?" "I thought so, all the time." "You did?" "Yes." "What made you think so ?" "Because he had already proved himself1 to be a wonder with his fists, and as a youth of strength and action. I am not surprised that he has proved himself a good pistol l shot." "Well, I am; I don't understand it." "I do; you will find some of the best rifle and pistol and you may go as soon as you like."1 Dick hesitated. The other noticed this. "What is it?" he asked. "I won' t darst ter go inter ther town, now, will I?' asked Dick. The redcoat looked surprised. "Why not?" "W aal, ye see, some uv tber fellers whut is fr' en's u, ther man I bed this beer trubble with will go fur me won't they?" Hank shook his head. "Oh, no, I think not," he replied. "Ye think not?" Dick looked doubtful. Indeed, he felt that way. That was the reason he asked Hank. He knew that the man's judgment would be goodJ and that he would know whether or not this was likely to happen. "I am sure none of the boys will bother you. It was a fair fight, and even the best friend in the world of the wounded man would have no reason to attack you." Dick looked thoughtful. "Well, I hope ye air right," he said, slowly ; "I hev bed enuff trubble a'reddy, an' I don't wanter git inter ermy more." "Ob, I don't think you need be at all afraid." Dick looked thoug htful. "Air ye goin' inter town now?" he asked. Hank nodded. "Kin I go along uv ye?" "Of course; come along. I'll see to it that none of th boys bother you-though I know they wouldn't try to do so anyway.'1 The two started. As Hank had stated he was sure would be the case none o.f the red c oats made the least move toward doin anything to Dick.


THE LIBERTY BO.YS' PLOT. 1 1 They looked at the youth, curiously, that was all. .e Both fights with the big redcoat had been fair ones, they were, in the main, fair-minded fellows and felt that they had no cause to pick a fuss with the youth. I To tell the truth, there was hardly one among them who jwould have cared to do so. purty tired. I guess ez how't I'll go ter bed, ef ye kin let me hev er room fur ter-night." The tavern-keeper said he had an empty room that the youth could have, and he took a candle and led the way upstairs, Dick following. As the

THE LIBERTY BOYS' P,LOT. lf c::-He stood perfectly still for a few moments. He looked all around. He wished to see whether or not he had attracted the attention of any one. He thought it barely possible that some one might be in the vicinity and that his manceuvre might have been seen. As no one appeared, however, as if to investigate, he decided that his move had not been observed. Dick bad learned that General Cornwallis bad his head"I don't know," replied the other. "I rather think, though, that General Cornwallis contemplates making a move of some kind at an early date." "I shouldn't wonder; well, I'm ready to go at any time I'm getting tired of this place." "So am I; it has been dull enough, sure. But that young fellow from the country made it lively enough this afternoon, didn't he?" and the officer chuckled, "I should say he did. Say, do you know, that YU quarters in a large house at the farther edge of the town. rather a strange affair." The did not wish to be seen, so he slipped out "It certainly turned out differently from what most of of the town, the tavern being near the edge, and was soon in the timber which bordered it at that side. Dick made his way along, kee ping w e ll within the e dge of the timber. When Dick came to a point even with the house in which the British general had his quarters, he left the shelter of the timber and stole forward. He approached the building from the rear. Pausing at a distance of perhaps twenty yards, Dick surveyed the house with interest. Presently he advanced to the building. The house was detached, standing alone. The nearest houses at either side were perhaps a hun dred feet distant. Dick decided to investigate even more closely. He stepped around the corner of the house and made his way along its side. He moved slowly and carefully. Presently he reached the front end of the house He peered around the corner. At first Dick saw no one in the vicinity. The house was well up toward the end of the town, us expected." The two ran up the steps and knocked on the door. The door was open e d promptly and the officers di& appeared inside the house. The door closed with a slam and all was silence. "There is going to be a council of war held in the:re," said Dick to himself, "and by hook or crook I must hear what is said by the redcoats." CHAPTER VII. A HASTY DEPARTURE. Dick began debating the subject of how he was to get into the house. He thought the matter over for a few minutes. While thus engaged he heard footsteps. He peered cautiously around the corner of the house.. Two men were approaching. Dick could see by their uniforms that they were Britiah away from the business portion, and there was nothing to officers. draw the soldiers up that way unless they came on busi"There come a couple more," he said to himself. "Jon? ness. Presently Dick saw a couple of men approaching. The moon was shining and he could see them quite plainly. He was on the opposite side of the house, however, in I must get into the house somehow." The two men reached the steps, ascended them; knocked on the door and were admitted. Dick thought it was time for him to act. He decided that the best point for him to make the the deep shadow, so was not in much danger of being seen. attempt at entering would be the rear. As the men drew near, Dick saw by their uniforms He quickly made his way back along the side of the that they were British officers. house. He listmed to their conver s ation a s they approached. Reaching the rear, he walked out away from the house From it he learned that the officers w e r e vis itin g beada few yards and took an observation. quarters in obedience to an order to that effe ct from Gen eral Cornwallis. "What is in the wind, anyway, Horton?" Dick heard one of the two say as they reached the steps leading up to the front door. There were a door and two windows at the rear of the house. Dick decided to try these. Wit}:i him, to decide was to act He advanced and tried the door.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. It was locked. This did not surprise Dick. Neither did it daunt him. He had expected it. Stepping to one of the windows he tried to raise it. It was fastened. Dick made his way across to the other window. He tried to raise it. He could not do so. It, also, was fastened. "That's bad," thought Dick; "I don't see how I am going to get into this house, after all." He pondered a few moments .He looked upward. The house was two stories and a half high. There were three windows in the upper story. It was quite dark in the cellar. Dick could scarcely see his hand before his face. He began making his way across the cellar. He had to feel his way. He hunted around for a minute or two and then exclamation of satisfaction escaped him. "Ah! here are the steps leading up to the kitchen," murmured. "I will soon know whether or not I am to su ceed in getting in." Dick made his way up the steps. He was careful not to make any noise. Some one might be in the kitchen and hear him. If this should happen, Dick's plan would be a failu On reaching the top of the steps, Dick tried the doo To his satisfaction it was unfastened. Dick pushed it open an inch or two and tried to loo "If I could only get at those windows now, I would be into the room beyond. all right," thought Dick; "the chances are good that those windows ar e not fastened. People are not so careful about upstair s windows, as a rule." But that was the trouble. He had no way of g etting to these windows. There was no sh e d roof on which he nor was there anything about the place so far as Dick could see that could be turned into a temporary ladder. He was s omewhat stumped-that is, for the time being. He was as determined as ever to get into the house and overhear the conver s ation between General Cornwallis and his officers. But how was he to do it? That was the question. And a difficult one, too. He could not do so; the room was dark. This silted him exactly. Pushing the door farther open, Dick stepped throu into the room. Slowly and carefully he made his way across it. Presently he reached the wall. He felt his way along the wall till he came to the doo He opened the door carefully. He looked out into a dimly lighted hall. Dick stuck his head out into the hall and took servation. The hall extended, seemingly, the full length of t house. Away toward the front a stairway led to the upstair "I rather think I will find my men upstairs," the yout While pondering the situation, Dick's eyes dropped and thought. ''I'll go slow, ?owever, and make sure they ar1 he gave a start. not down here before going upstairs." "The cellarway !" he exclaimed to himself. "Why did Dick made his way slowly and cautiously along the hall I not think of that before?" At each door that he came to he paused and listened Dick stepped forward. Taking hold of the outside slanting door, he lifted. The door came up easily. "So far, so good," thought the youth. He made his way down the short flight of steps. At the foot was another door. At the third door the sound of voices came to his ears "By Jove I believe they are downstairs, after all," thi youth thought. He stooped and placed his ear to the keyhole. He could hear plainer now. He could distinguish many of the words spoken. This door was set perpendicularly in the cellar wall. "They're in there, sure enough," the youth said to him Dick felt around until he got hold of the thumb-latch. self. "Now to see if I can understand enough of theiJ He pressed the thumb-latch and pushed against the conversation to enable me to figure out what they ar1 door. planning to do." To his joy the door opened. Dick's hearing was very keen. "Good!" the youth said to himself. "I think I will be After listening intently a few moments, he succeeded able to put myself in a position to overhear the congetting the run of the conversation. versation of tbose British officers, after all." "I understand that there are a great many Tories u


BOYS' PLOrr. 1 ::: n the highlands," Dick heard a voice, which he was conat least. He alighted fairly upon his back, with a crash dent was that of Cornwallis, say. that shook the house. "So I understand, your excellency," replied a voice. At the same time he gave utterance to a wild yell of "I have been thinking the matter over," continued pain and terror that was something terrible to listen to. CornwalliR, "and I have made up my mind to try to enDi list a large number of them in the king's service." "That would be a good plan, I think, your excellency." te "Yes, I think so; if we can secure a couple of thousand of them, they will be of material assistance to us." "No doubt of it, your excellency." "None at all; and I have decided to send you, Major Ferguson, with a small force, and have you scour the highlands for loyalists who will 'be willing to join our e army." t4 "I shall be glad to go on this expedition, your excel lency," in the voice that had spoken before. "When will you wish me to start?" "Foah de Lawd, I'se a dead niggah, shuah !" the black man howled. The fact of the matter was that the negro was taken s o by surprise, had had the tables turned on him so quickly ::md completely that, taken in connection with the jar of the fall, his dull wits had been scattered to the winds, and he really did not know what had struck him As for Dick, he acted instantly. He realized that he was. i-. great danger. He knew that the howls of the negro and the jar of his fall would quickly bring the British officers out into the hall. Dick realized that he must not be there when they came. "Oh, as soon as you can get ready; there is no particular He would have to act with lightning-like quickness, hurry, however; two or three days hence will be time however. enough." l Dick was not sure he could accomplish it,. but he cou d "Very well, your excellency, I will begin making my preparations at once; and when I have finished my work shall I come back here ?" "No; we will be here but a short time longer. We're going up into North Carolina and you may join us at Charlotte." "Very well, your excellency." At this instant, Dick was given a rude surprise. He felt himself suddenly seized from behind. Being taken by surprise, Dick was at a big disadvantage. He was unable to prevent himself from being thrown to the floor. As Dick fell, he caught a glimpse of his assailant. The latter was a big, ugly-faced negro. He was barefooted, which had enabled him to slip up on1 Dick without being heard. Although taken by surprise and at a disadvantage, Dick did not lose his head. try. As the negro struck the fl:oor, the youth leaped to his feet. He ran swiftly along the hall toward the rear of the house. In doing so, he had to pass the negro. That worthy, though badly rattled and was still dangerous. shaken up, As Dick was passing, the colored fellow threw up his hand and caught the youth by the ankle. Dick had not expected this, and, as a result, he was thrown to the floor with considerable force. To wrench his ankle loose from the negro's grasp and leap to his feet took but an instant, however. Dick ran swiftly onward and soon reached the door leading into the kitchen. As he opened the door and leaped through into the kitchen the redcoats came rushing out into the hall. Even as he was going down the youth's quick mind They got a faint, vanishing glimpse of Dick, but not was working. The result of this was quickly shown. As Dick's shoulder struck the floor, his knees came on up. They struck the negro in the chest with such force as to lift him a foot or more and cause him to give utterance to an exclamation of pain. Dick followed up his advantage. sufficient to enable them to distinguish what sort of looking fellow Dick was. They saw that it was a human being, and that was all. The negro was just scrambling to his feet. "What was all this noise about, Sambo ?" cried General Cornwallis. "Who was that fellow who disappeared through the doorway just now?" I Quick ao a fl.ash he lowered his knees and raised his feet. "Foah de Lawd, I dunno, massa," stammered the negro. Dexterously planting his feet against the broad chest of "He wuz er man, an' dat's all I know." the negro, Dick suddenly kicked out with all his strength. The negro was hurled backward a distance of ten feet, "A man, eh, what was he doing here?" "He wuz a-listenin' at de keyhole, massa."


.v ,. "A spy I" cried General Cornwallis, excitedly. "After dat kin foller him ez eezy ez fallin' off er log. Put da him, men 1" dogs on his track an' he kain't git erway, no way The four men rushed down the hall, Sambo following kin fix et." close upon their heels. They rushed through the doorway into the kitchen. It was so dark in there they could see nothing. "Quick, get the hounds!" cried General Cornwalli "We'll run that spy to earth and have him swinging a the end of a stout "A light, quick, Sambo !" cried General Cornwallis. the reason why!" "Bring a candle." Sambo rushed back into the hall, but was back in the kitchen again in a few moments with the candle. The redcoats gave a hasty glance around the room. Of course, Dick was not there. "He has gone down into the cellar, I'll wager!" cried 011e of the redcoats .As he spoke, he leaped forward and opened the door feading to the cellar stairs. CHAPTER VIII. DICK .AND THE BLOODHOUNDS. The negro gave utterance to a chuckle, and hastenec away toward what looked to be a small smoke-house, b "Give me the candle, Sambo," he cried; "we may get which was, in reality, a large dog-kennel. him yet." "Hi, now, I'll bet I done git even wid dat fellah fo The officer took the candle from Samba's hand, and, kickin' me in de stummick !" the negro muttered, as drawing his sword, made his way down the cellar stairs. entered the kennel. "Dese heah houn's'll ketch him aD "Don't think of attempting to offer resistance," he eat him up shuah I" called out; "we are five to one, and you would stand A few moments later the negro was back to where ao chance at all." officers stood. Of ec>urse, there was no reply. With him were a couple of ferocious-looking blood Dick had not paused in the cellar. houndi::. He was out of doors and running toward the timber at the top of his speed. The redcoats and Sambo were soon in the cellar. They looked about them. The cellar was quite a large one, but it was practically empty. There were a few small boxes scattered about, but nothing behind which a man could hide himself. "He's not here!" cried General Cornwallis. Around the neck of each dog was a stout leather colla to which the negro held. "Good!" cried General Cornwallis. "Go out to one a few yards and then go around in a semi-circle. Al soon as the dogs strike the trail of the spy, let them go. "All right, massa." The negro did as he had been ordered to do. When the dogs reached a point almost straight from where the redcoats stood, they uttered a loud bay in unison "He's gone out that way," said the officer with eandle. the and leaped eagerly forward. He pointed toward the door at one side of the cellar. A rush was made for the door. The door came open readily when they lifted the latch. The officers rushed up the steps and were out of doors. They looked all around them with eager e y es. In nCl direction could they see anything o.f the fugitive. The negro let go his hold on their collars. Away went the dogs, in long, swift bounds, baying savagely as they went. "Dey's done got de scent, massa. I pities dat fellabii now, I does." 'I'd rather hang him," said General Cornwallis; "butl it really doesn t matter. The dogs might as well eat him,i "He has escaped!" cried General Cornwallis, in a tone jus t so an end is put to the cursed spy, is all we care for." >f anger and vexation. "That is the main thing, your excellency," said L'He kain't git erway, massa," said Samba. of the officers. "Perhaps we may be able to be in at "What will hinder him?" angrily. th e d e ath." "De houn's, massa." "You four younger men may follow the hounds if yo Gfilieral Cornwallis gave a start. like," said General Cornwallis, "I do not think I shall "What hounds?" he asked. make the attempt. The exercise would be altogether "De bloodhoun's, massa; we'se got two bt'oodhoun's heah severe for me."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. 21 ''Very well, your excellency; we will follow, and if by y chance the spy should succeed in escaping death by e dogs, we will see what we can do toward finishing him." "Very good, Major Ferguson; don't let the spy escape." t General Cornwallis made his way around to the front lOr of the house and entered, while the four officers and e big negro followed on the trail of the hounds. Let us return to Dick. As may be supposed, he had gotten out of the house as 'ckly as possible. He made his escape by the same route he had used in lntering, and the instant he reached the top of the cellar lvay stairs, he sped away toward the timber at his best 1weed. He rea ched the edge of the timber and disappeared 'thin it a moment before the redcoats reached the outer Again the baying of the hounds. This time it was closer than before. "The brutes are on my trail, without a doubt!" mur mured Dick. "Jove but I must get away from here, and that in a hurry." Dick did not know much about bloodhounds. His knowledge regarding them was limited to what he had read and heard others say. All the stories that he had ever heard or read had tended to impress him with t:P.e idea that a genuine blood hound was almost as dangerous as a Bengal tiger. He had heard, also, that it was almost an impossibility to throw bloodhounds off the track. Dick decided to try it, however. He bounded away through the timber with all possible speed. This was not as fast as he would have liked to have gone, "I'm all right now, I guess,'' thought Dick, with a feelhowever. g of satisfaction. It was quite dark in the timber, and he had to exercise And Dick really thought that he was perfectly safe. care to keep from running against tree and injuring him-He bad made his escape from the house and had sueself. ded in reaching the timber a quarter of a mile distant fore his enemies reached the outer air. Why, then, should he not consider himself safe. Dick would not have been afraid of being captured ven though a regiment were on his track. He slackened his pace to a walk. Every few moments the terrible baying sound came to his ears. Dick listened, eagerly and carefully. He wished to determine whether or not the hounds were gaining on him. He soon discovered that they were. There was no need of hurry, he thought. There was not the least danger, so he might as ke it easy. Each time the ba ying sound came to his ears it sounded well closer. This was the way he looked at it. He felt very well satisfied wifh the evening's work. He had acquired some valuable information. True, he would have preferred not to have been in rrupted in his spy work, but be was thankful that he ad heard as much as he had. Then a laugh escaped him as he thought of the man er in which he had brought about the discomfiture of the ig negro. "I guess that black fellow will have a sore feeling in be region of his chest for a few days," the youth said to 1imself. At this instant a sound broke the stillness of the night r, causing Dick to stop suddenly and give utterance to a "I fear it will be impossible for me to get away from them," thought Dick. "The brutes can pick up the trail faster than I can make it. They can see better than I can and do not have to hold bac k in order to avoid running against trees. When Dick had hi s struggle with the redcoat bully that evening he had not seemed to be armed. He had been, however. Well around under the skirt of his coat a coupl e of pistols were concealed. They were there now, but Dick felt with his hands to make sure. "There are two shots there," the youth thought. "I wonder how many dog s there are. If there are but two, I may be able to kill them ; but if there should happen artled exclamation. io be more than two, it is hard telling how the affair will The sound in question was the baying of the blood-turn out. ounds. "Hounds!" the youth exclaimed. "Bloodhounds, un oubtedly. Great guns! can it be possible that they have hounds upon my track!" "Well, I'll make a desperat e fight for my life.'' Dick kept up his flight. He wished to get as far away from Camden as pos sible before being overtaken by the bloodhounds.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. Onward he plunged. After him came the eager brutes. The louder sounded the baying. The hounds were coming closer. Dick set his teeth together, grimly. He hastened onward. Louder and closer sounded the baying of the hounds. ''They're not far behind," panted Dick; "I'll have to stop and make a stand for my life pretty soon." The pace at which Dick had been going through the timber and underbrush was telling on him. He was not exhausted, but he was becomint very tired. Suddenly Dick came to an opening in the timber. It was a glade perhaps fifty yards wide. Out from the timber at the opposite side of the bounded two bloodhounds. They were great, fierce-looking brutes, and as they came bounding across the open space, their massive jaws ex tended, their breasts flecked with foam, Dick could not help acknowledging to himself that it had been a long time s.ince he had seen a more terrifying sight. The brave "Liberty Boy" had a stout heart, however. His. nerves were like steel. Dick did not know the meaning of the word "fear/' Mere appearances, no matter how threatening, were not sufficient to daunt him. As lhe bounds came onward, Dick watched them care fully and calmly. An exclamation of satisfaction escaped Dick's lips. Coolly he speculated upon what would be the best spot "I will cross to the other side and there stop and make to place a bullet in order to do the most damage. my stand," the youth said to himself. "The moo shining He decided that a bullet placed in the broad breasts down into the glade makes it light enough so that I will of the hounds, j\lst at the point where neck and breast be able to see the dogs. I will know how many there are meet, ought to be sufficient to stop the rush of even such of them and will have an opportunity to take aim at them fierce brutes as these evidently were. before firing." Dick waited until the savage animals were two-thirds Reaching the farther side of the opening, Dick paused. of the way across the open space. He glanced him and quickly selecting a tree which One of the hounds was perhaps two yards in advance could be climbed at an instant's notice, he took up his of the other. position at its foot. Both dogs presented a bad enough appearance, but the Drawing his pistols, Dick examined them as well as he could by moonlight. He wished to see if they were in good working order. His life might depend upon whether or not this was the case. So far as he could see they were all right. Again the baying of the bloodhounds sounded upon the night air. Dick bis eyes upon the spot at the opposite side of the glade, where he was sure the bloodhounds would aP.pear. "They are almost here," he murmured. "Now, Dick, my boy, you will have to look out for yourself; this is a new experience for you." When Dick had paused he had been very tired and was panting like a good fellow, but now, thanks to the fact that he was in such splendid physical condition, his breathone in advance was the worse looking of the two. Raising the pistol, which he held in his right hand, Dick took careful aim. Theo brute was within thirty feet when Dick pulled the trigger Crack! The pistol shot rang out loudly on the still, night air, awaking the echoes for a mile around. A wild, shrieking howl came close upon the heels of the shot. The bloodhound was hard hit. One leap he took after the bullet struck him, and then down upon ihe ground he went, and the manner in which he kieked and struggled proved that he had received hi s death-wound. The redcoats, half a mile away, heard the shot and knew what it meant. \ng was almost normal. "The dogs have run the spy down," one cried, "and he A few moments only had been needed to enabl e him to is shooting at them." recover bis wind. "And, jndging by the sound of that howl," said anAnd now, as he stood there with his back against the ether, "he must have hit one of them, too." tree, holding the cocked pistols in his hand, his nervElll ']'he others agreed that this was so. were as steady as a rock. The instant Dick fired the shot he dropped the pistol Suddenly an exclamation escaped his lips. to 1he ground and took the other in his right hand. "Ah, there they come!" "I have fixed one of those brutes so that he won't be


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. 23 able to do me any harm!" be murmured, grimly. "Now fnr the other!" Dick raised the pistol and took careful aim at the broad breast of the remaining bloodhound. The dog was within twenty of Dick when be pulled the trigger. Crack! Again a pi s tol shot awoke the night echoes. Again a wild, blood curdling bowl went up. l Dick's bullet bad gone straight to the mark. The bloodhound was hard hit. Its forelegs seemed to double under it. It pitched forward on its head and rolled over and over, coming to a stop almost at Dick's feet. The animal was past doing any harm, however. A few kic;ks, an expiring groan, and all was over. Dick stooped and picked up his other pistol. "Those were a couple of pretty good shots, if I do say it," remarked Dick, quietly. Then he calml y proceeded to recharge the pistols. This did not take him long. As he finished, and thrust the pistols in bis belt, Dick heard the sound s of excited voices. That afternoon, as Dick and Bob stood in the edge of the timber bordering the road, three British officers sud denly came in sight around a bend in the road. Bob had been the first to notice them, and bad uttered the exclamation 9iven at the head of this chapter. "I think we may be able to capture them, Dick," said Bob, in reply to Dick's last remark; "but bow are you g oing to go about it?" "I'll tell you, we' ll have the boys come out here and take up a position in the timber at the side of the road, w hile you and I, who are dres s ed like typical country boys of this region, will go up the road a short distance and then step out of the timber into the road and come walkin g down s o as to meet the British officers; we will meet them at just about this spot, and will engage them in conversation. While this is going on the boys can s uddenly appear and force the redcoats to surrender." "A good scheme. Come, let's get the boys." The youths hastened back into the timber. It was only a short distance to the camp They reached there quickly and told the "Liberty Boys" what they wished them to do. The youths leaped to their feet, s eized their weapoW! "Ah I the enemy is at hand," he said, under his breath. and hastened over toward the road. "Well, let the m come. I have killed the hounds and I Dick and Bob hastened away, also am not afraid of their owners catching me." They went through the timber in a diagonal direction, With these word s Dick plunged into the timber, quickly and the road a hundred yards farther up. disappearing from sight. Without hesitation, they stepped out into the road and CHAPTER IX THE "LIBERTY BOYS'" PLOT. "See, Dick, yonder come three British officers!" "Jove! you're right, Bob; if we work it right we may be able to capture them." It was the afternoon of the day following the night on ':lruch Dick had his adventures in Camden. of t The youth, after killing the bloodhounds, had ex i-'lirienced no difficulty in escaping from the officers. He had reached the camp of the "Liberty Boys" in safety, and, after telling his comrades the story of his adv e ntures, he attended to stationing the pickets, and the k all lay down and went to sleep. Next morning they talked the matter over, and, de-w alked slowly down toward the approaching redcoats. Suddenly the officers paused. "They have seen us, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, so they have." "I hope they won't get scared out and go back." "Oh, I guess there's no danger of that; there are three of them and only two of us." "And those two, a couple of green-looking country gawks, eh, Dick?" with a chuckle. "Right, Bob; I guess they won't be afraid of us." Dick's judgment was correct. After hesitating for a few moments, and talkirlg among themselves, the British officers came on. Dick Bob were watching the redcoats, closely, with out seeming to do so, and they saw that the redcoats were watching them closely. "They seem to be a little bit suspicious of us, Dick," said Bob, in a low tone. right, Bob; I don't know that it makes much siring io keep as close a watch as possible on the reddifference, however, they are already almost in the trap, coats, the "Liberty Boys" bad moved down to within and once in it they will be unable to get out of it." about three-quarters 0 a mile of Camden. "That's right; their suspicions won' t help them then."


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. The youths said no more, as they were within a few Dick smiled. yards of the redcoats and their words would be apt to be "We'll risk it," he said, quietly. overheard. Then he motioned toward the timber. The British officers eyed the youths closely as the two "Kindly come with me," he said; "I suppose there's parties drew close together, and Dick, who was watch-no use to warn you that if you attempt to escape you ing them just as closely, saw one of the redcoats give a will be shot down without me rcy." start. "Lead on, we will follow," was the reply. "We underThe youth was quick-witted and shrewd. stand the uselessness of trying either to resist or to He knew what the start meant. escape at the present time." The officer had recognized him as being the country Dick and Bob led the way, the three officers following, youth who had entered Camden the evening before and and behind them came the "Liberty Boys." created such a sensation by thrashing one of the leading bullies of the British army and afterward seriously wounding him in a duel. "Doubtless the idea has got abroad in Camden that I The camp was soon reached. Dick ordered that the prisoners' hands should be tied behind their backs and the priiumers themselves tied to trees, and when this had been done, Dick took Bob off am the spy who was discovered in Gener al Cornwallis' to one side. headquarters last night," thought Dick; "and in that case "I wish to have a little talk with you," he said. these fellows will undoubtedly try to make me a prisoner. Very well, let them try it. I judge we will be able to give them a little surprise." It turned out as Dick thought it would. "What is it, Dick?" "Well, in the first place, in taking these officers pris oners, we have really got an elephant on our hands." "That's true," agreed Bob; "whenever we want to move "You are our prisoners!" said the British officer whom quickly they will be in our way." Dick had noticed give a start of surprise. As he spoke, the three drew their pistols. Dick and Bob manifested no alarm. "You are mistaken," said Dick, calmly. surrounded by my 'Liberty Boys !' As Dick spoke, he waved his hand. "See, you are As he did so, up from behind the bushes growing along the edge of the timber at the roadside rose the "Liberty Boys" as one man. A hundred muskets threatened the startled redcoats. "Trapped I" cried one. "Just so," replied Dick, grimly. "You are our prisoners. Your weapons, please!" The British officers gave utterance to a groan in unison. They realized that it would be madness to show fight. It would be equally absurd for them to try to make their esc. ape. They would be shot down before they could go ten feet. They handed their weapons to Dick and Bob, with a very ill grace, however. "You cursed rebel spy!" grated one, glaring fiercely at Dick. "You will be sorry for this!" "Do you think so?" Dick's tone and air were cool and unconcerned. "I know so!" ;fiercely. "Just so; and Ill tell you what I have made up mind to do." "What?" "I am going to set them free and let them go back to Camden." Bob looked surprised. "Jove he exclaimed, "won't that be dangerous 2 They'll send a detachment of soldiers after us, won't they?" Dick smiled. "Without a doubt," he said; "but that will M just what we want." Again Bob looked surprised. :er don't understand," he said; "they'll send a regi ment after us, a strong enough force to eat us up, and we will have to get out of this in a hurry." "Exactly; and that is what I want them to do." a nd "Eh?" Bob was astonished. h e "Yes, that is just what I want them to do, Bob. Let them send the regiment; we "Will lead it a merry chase." Bob looked doubtful. He did not seem to be exactly pleased with the prospect. "I don't just fancy this thing of allowing ourselves to 1 "I am not alarmed." be chased by a superior force of redcoats, Dick," he said. "You will be when our brave men get after you for this "We 'Liberty Boys,' as you know, would rather :fight e outrage." than run, any time."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. 25 "I know that, Bob, but I guess we can stand it to run for a while, if by so doing we can win in the end." "But how will it be possible for us to win?" "I'll tell you, Bob: I understand that up in the moun tains, in the vicinity of Gilberttown, are several parties of patriots. These parties are made up of hardy mountain men, and are under the command of such brave and daring men as Isaac Shelby, John Sevier, Charles McDowell and James Williams. If we can lead the redcoats up into that region, and can get word to the leaders of those patriot bands, it will result, in all probability, in our enemies being captured or annihilated; that would be doing good work, would it not?" "Indeed it would, Dick!" cried Bob, enthusiastically. "Say, that's a regular plot, isn't it? It's a great plot, and I believe it will succeed. I'm for putting it to the test, anyway." Dick nodded. There was a satisfied look on his face. "I thought you would say that, Bob. I believe we will be able to toll them into the trap, all right; it's about the only way we can accomplish anything, anyway, as we one hundred fellows could not hope to fight the whole British army. The best that we can hope to do will be to be instrumental in detaching a portion of the British army and causing it to be captured or annihilated." "Well, that will be a good deal, Dick, if we only suc ceed, and I think we can." "We'll try, at any rate, Bob." The youths talked the matter over for a few minutes longer and then Dick called all the "Liberty Boys" to the spot. He. told them wliat he purposed doing. The youths, without a single exception, favored the plan. They said they thought it would succeed. "Of course, there will be danger in doing this," said Dick, ''but I don't think any of you will be for holding back on that account." "I hardly think so," said Bob, with a grin. The looks on the faces of the youths was ample proof of this. These youths had been tried in the fire. Not one of them had ever been found wanting. They were, each and every one, as brave as a lion. They were utterly fearless under any and all circumstances. When everything had been decided, the youths returned to where the prisoners were. Dick advanced and faced the prisoners. "Gentlemen," he said, "we have been talking the mat-ter over, and we have decided that in capturing you we have made a mistake." "I thought you would decide thus," said one of the redcoats, in a sneering tone. "In making prisoners of you," went on Dick, calmly, "we have loaded ourselves down with a burden, and we have decided to get rid of it." The officers turned pale and looked at each other. The same thought was in the mind of each. They thought that they were to be murdered in cold blood. "Surely you would not dare murder us!" cried one of the redcoats. "Should you do so, our brave men would hunt you down and shoot every one of you down like dogs "No, we are not going to murder you," said Dick, calmly; "if you knew 'The Liberty Boys of '76' better, however, you would know that we do not hold our hands on account of any fear which we might feel regarding what your men might do to us; if we wished to do it, we would certainly dare do it." The redcoats looked puzzled. "Then you are not going to kill us?" he asked. Dick shook his head. "No," he replied, "we are not going to kill you." The redcoats looked relieved "Ah," the spokesman exclaimed, "you are going to go away and leave us here, tied to these trees." Dick shook his head. "No," he said, "we are not going to do that." The redcoat looked puzzled. "What are you going to do, then?" he asked. "We are going to set you free and let you return to your friends." The redcoats looked amazed. "Going to set us free!" exclaimed the spokesman. Dick nodded "Yes," he said, "that is what we are going to do." Then he drew a knife from his belt, and, stepping forward, cut the bonds of each of the officers in turn. "There; you are free to go," he said, quietly. The officers looked around them at the "Liberty Boys" standing near, as if they suspected there was a trick back of the matter. "Your men are not going to shoot us in the back as we walk away?" queried the redcoat, suspiciously. Dick's lip curled with scorn. "We do not do business that way," he said; "you are at liberty to go, and you need not fear that you will sustain any injury at the hands of my 'Liberty Boys.'


, 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. It was plain from the puzzled look on the redcoats' faces that Uiey did not understand the matter at all. They decided to take advantage of the opportunity given them at once, however. These youths who called themselves "The Liberty Boys of '76" might change their minds about the matter and decide not to let them go, after all. "Very well, we will go," said the redcoat who had done most of the talking; "you must not think, however, that because you have been lenient and set us free, that we will feel kindly enough toward you so that we will not try to force, and the chances are that we will either kill or ca ture them." But the redcoats were yet to learn that "there is man a slip twirl the cup and the lip." Had they known Dick Slater better, they would hav suspected something.' But they did not know much about the brave youn captain of the "Liberty Boys," and the res-ult was tha they were going to run right into the trap that Dick ha set for them. Dick's plot was a good one and there seemed to be a: injure you. Just as soon as we reach camp we will raise good chance that it would be successful. a body of men and come after you." "You are a brave man," said Dick, quietly, "and there is not a man here who thinks the less of you for it; we ask nothing at your hands, nor do we place any re strictions upon you. You are at liberty to raise a body of men and come after us just as soon as you like 'The Liberty Boys of '76' have always been able to take care of themselves in the past, and I think they will be able to do so in the future." "Rebels though you are, you are brave and magnani mous," the officer said; "we appreciate your generosity in setting us free, but, as I said before, we will be after you just as quickly as we can. Good-by, and-look out for yourselves!" "Thank you for the warning," said Dick; "you need not fear but that we will look out for ourselves." The officers walked quickly away and were soon out of sight. As soon as they were gone, Dick sent a couple of the youths in the same direction, with instructions to get close enough to Camden so that they would be able to CHAPTER X. THE RESULT OF THE PLOT. It was ab"out nine o'clock at night. fa a beautiful little dell in the foothills of the Alleghenies, in the western part of North Carolina, at a point about three miles distant from Gilberttown, a dozen campfires were cheerfully burning. Around these camp-fires, in picturesque groups, were five or six hundred men. It was certainly a motly looking crowd, the men being dressed for the most part in buckskin leggins and fringed and tasselled hunting shirts; in their hats were sprigs of hemlock. These men were armed with long knives and rifles, and any one to look at them would be impressed at once with see the British force when it started, whereupon they were the belief that they were dangerous men. to return with the news. And such indeed was the case. Then Dick gave orders 'for the youths to get ready, so These men came from eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, that they could break camp and get away almost at an and they had crossed the mountains for the purpose of instant's notice.' g etting a chance at the redcoats who had dealt the patriot As the British officers walked rapidly down the road army, under General Gates, such a deadly blow at Camden toward the town, they the s trange affair in a month before. which they had figured. As these men sat there talking and laughing, they were "I don't understand it," said one; "that young fellow suddenly surprised by the appearance of a stranger in seemed to be a bright chap, but at the same time his act their midst. in setting us free and allowing us to return to our friends would not indicate that he is particularly brilliant." This stranger was a youth of perhaps runeteen years of age, a handsome, manly looking young fellow, and of calm "True," said one of the others, "one would think a and fearless mien. :fellow was lacking somewhat in common sense to do what The mountain men gazed at the newcomer in astonishhe has done." "That's the way I look at it," said the other officer; "we will now be enabled to get after them with a superior ment. Before they could say anything, the youth spoke. "Who is your eommander ?-" he asked.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. 27 "Ike Shelby, stranger," replied one of the mountain Isaac Shelby had listened to Dick's words with eager me; "thar he is, over yonder, ef ye wants ter see him;" interest. and he pointed toward a man of perhaps fifty years of "And so you led this party up here on purpose to get age, seated at a camp-fire a short distance away. them into a trap, did you?" he exclaimed. "Well, I must "Thank you/' said the youth, and walking over to the say that you have done a good thing, and I think we will camp-fire he confronted the man who had been pointed be able to capture or annihilate the entire British force." out to him. Dick glanced around him. "Are you Isaac Shelby?" asked the youth, in a re spectful tone. "You have no more than five or six hundred men," he said; "do you think we can accomplish this with such n "Thst is my name, sir," replied the man, gazing at small force as compared to the British?" the youth keenly and searchingly. "And, if I may ask, Isaac Shelby smiled. who are you?" "By noon to-morrow I can have more than two thou" My name is Dick Slater," was the quiet reply. sand men here," he declared. "Within a few miles of The man gave a start. us there are four parties like my own. I will send messen-He looked at Dick, eagerly. gers to them at once and have them come immediately; "Can it be possible!" he exclaimed. "Do you mean to then when they get here we will surround this party of say that you are the Dick Slater who, during the past fou; redcoats and gradually close in on them and crush them." years, has made such a reputation as a patriot officer and "That is a good plan," said Dick ; "send the messengers l. spy?" at once." ,,, "I Hill Dick Slater," was the modest reply; "and as "I will do so." "' captain of 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' and as a spy under Isaac Shelby called the names of four men and in the orders of General Washington, I have done all that stantly the four men whose names had been called leaped lay within my power to aid the great cause of Liberty." to their feet and approached. Isaac Shelby leaped to his feet and extended his hand. Their commander told them what he wished them to do. "I have heard of you often, Dick Slater," he said, "and The men listened without a word, and when they had I am proud to meet you; but how happens it that you beard all, they nodded their heads, seized their rifles and are away down here in this part of the country?" "General Washington sent me down here," the youth replied, as he shook the hand of the man. "The commander-in-chief sent you down here.?" "He did; or, rather, he gaTe me permission to bring y 'Liberty Boys' and come. I wished to if I coUld ot be of some assistance in getting the patriot army ogether again." "Ah, I see! And your 'Liberty Boys,' where are they?" left the camp, each going in a different direction. "If we don't have a force of close to three thousand men here by, ten o'clock to-morrow, then I shall miss my guess," said Isaac Shelby. "I hope that such will be the case," said Dick. "Oh, I would wager my life on it," said the man. Dick remained in the camp of the mountain men pel'haps half an hour longer. They talked the matter over in all :its details and "They are in camp a mile from here; I saw the light laid their plans. f your camp-fires and came over to investigate. I was hopes that I would find a patriot force here, as there s work for such a force to. do." "Ah!" exclaimed Shelby, his eyes glowing, eagerly. 'What is the work?" "I will tell yQP," said Dick, and then he went ahead nd detailed how himself and "Liberty Boys" had tolled party of redcoats from Camden clear up into this region. "The party consists of about twelve hundred men in l," Dick explained; "of these, one thousand are Tories, hile two hundred are light infantry from the rankS of he British. This force is under the command of a major y the name of Ferguson, one of Cornwallis' best partisan officers." When they had come to a perfect understanding re garding what was to be done, Dick took his departure and made his way back to the camp of the "Liberty Boys." When he told them how affairs stood, they were de lighted. "Good!" cried Bob; "your plot :is going to turn out all right, after all, Dick." "Yes, I rather think the plan is going to be' a success." Next morning the "Liberty Boys" waited till the pur suing redcoats were almost upon them before breaking camp and moving onward. This was at about half-past nine o'clock. For the first time since the chase bad been going on the "Liberty Boys" showed a disposition to be stubborn


28 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. Whenever they came to a spot that offered them any-His scouts had told him that his party was outnumbered thing in the way of a vantage ground, they stopped and at least two to one, and he knew that to make an even fired upon their pursuers. thing of it he would have to find a place where the strength Dick had a double purpose in view in doing this. of position would make up for the lack of force. One was to retard the progress of the redcoats as much He had kept his men on the move all the afternoon and as possible; the other was to apprise Shelby and the other duripg the night, up till nearly midnight, at which time forces of mountain men of the location of the enemy. they reached a high ridge about half a mile long and The sound of the firing would be sufficient for this seventeen hundred feet in height. purpose. This ridge was situated just on the border line between Of course, the redcoats did not at first suspect anything. North and South Carolina, and was known, locally, as They thought the "Liberty Boys" were doing this more "King's Mountain." in a spirit of bravado than otherwise. Major Ferguson seized upon this spot as being the place They knew that there were only a hundred of the youths, for him to make his stand. and the idea of their showing fight against twelve hun dred was absurd. Major Ferguson was a shrewd fellow, however, and he had been careful enough to send out scouts in every direciion. A little before noon these scouts began coming in and reporting the presence of considerable forces of armed men in the immediate vicinity. The British commander took alarm at once. A serious look came upon his face. "I think I begin to see the tail of a large-sized rat," he said, decidedly. "I believe that party of rascally youths, who call themselves 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' have led us into a trap." He gave the order at once for his men to start on the back track. He sent his scouts out again with instructions to watch i;hese parties of armed men closely and to come back .and report n.t frequent intervals. The scouts obeyed. Some of them were soon back. His men were almost exhausted, anyway, a'nd would have to stop soon. He gave the order and the tired soldiers climbed slowly upward and finally reached the top of the ridge. They drew long sighs of relief and sank down, anxious to secure the rest of which they stood in such need. When the sun rose next morning, and Major Ferguson had a chance to look about him, be was delighted. "Well, boys," he said, exultantly, "here is a place from which ten thousand rebels could not drive us." Major Ferguson, however, did not know with whom he was dealing. These men whom he, in scorn, had referred to as "dirty mongrels," were descended from Scottish Covenantera, French Huguenots and English sea-rovers. They were men who did not know the meaning of the word "fear." They were men, moreover, who were used to climbing mountains and who were the deadliest of deadshots. By three o'clock that affernoon the "Liberty Boys" and They reported that the armed men, who, judging by their mountain men were ready to storm the redcoats' position. dress, were mountaineers, were closing i .n; and they gave it as their belief that these men were trying to surround the British force. There was a precipice on the north side of the mountain. It was so steep that the redcoats could not possibly descend without falling to their death. This was Ferguson's own idea, and he gave the comThis, of course, cut off all retreat in that direction, mand for bis men to retreat on the double-quick. and left but three sides for the patriot forces to have to His men moved rapidly, but so did the mountain men. look after. In fact, the mountain men moved even more swiftly than the redcoats. They were seasoned, hardy men, tough, wiry, strong of wind and were, moreover, used to walking over rough, mountainous country. The British commander saw that it would be impossible for him to escape from that part of the country without a fight, and he began to look around for a suitable place to make a stand. Divided into three parties of equal size, the patriots began the ascent, simultaneously. As soon as the force which came up directly in front got up close to the crest of the mountain, the redcoats opened fire. The patriots, old mountain men and used to this sort of thing, fell apart instantly, and, sheltering themselves behind trees and stones, returned the fire with deadly effect.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT. T hey crept closer and closer, firing steadily and suffering b u t v e r y little injury themselves. Seeing that they could not stop them this way, the redcoats char ged down upon the patriots with bayonets The mountain men fell back, and, as they did so, the The horse, being wild with fright, leap ed down the mountainside t o its d eat h The redcoats i n sta n tly surren d e red and as soon as white flag was raised, the patrio t s firing. Of Ferguson's force, which h a d numbe red 1,125 men, party on the right opened fire on the British and did such 385 were killed or wounded, 20 wer e mis sing and the re terrible execution that the redcoats turned, furiously, to mainder, 716, surrendere d Of t he patrio ts, only 28 meet their n e w assailants. killed and 60 wou n ded As they did so they received a volley in their backs from This was what resulted from THE LIBERTY Bonf the left division. PLOT." At the same time the division at the centre rallied Their plan h a d won promptly and attacked the redcoats on what was now their THE E ND. flank. The redcoats, now desperate and frightened, fired wildly, d oing but little damage. The patriots, however, now su r e that they had their The next number ( 39) of The Liberty Boys of will contain "THE LIBERTY BO YS' G REAT HAUL; OR, TAKING EVERYTHING IN S I GHT/' by Harry Moore. enemies in their power, climbed steadily onward toward summit, firing with such coolness and deliberation that nearly every bullet found a resting place in the body of a SPECIAL NOTICE : All back numbers o f this weekly British soldier. are always in print. If you canno t obt ain the m from any Just as the patriots reached the top of the mountain, a newsdealer, sen d the p ric e in mon e y or postage st a mps by b ullet struck the gallant Ferguson in the breast and he mail to FRANK TOUSEY, P UBLISHER, 24 UNJ!ON fell from his magnificent white charger, dead, before he SQUARE, NEW YO R K and you will reeti ive t h e oopit!& struck the ground. you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Sen:t P-ree !! "HAPPY DA VS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


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Winning a Case by Blatt. 53 The Bradys and the Grnve Robbers; 01, '.!.'racking tile Cemetery "i Owls. 54 The Bradys and the Missing Boy; or, The of School No. 6. 55 The Bradys Behind tile Scenes; or, The Great 'l'heatrlcal Case. 56 'l'he Bradys ancl the Opium Deus; or, '!'rapping the Crooks of Chinn town. 57 The Brndys Down East; or, 1'he lltystery of a Country Town. 58 Working for tile rreusury: or, Th<> l:lradys and the Bank llurglars. 50 Tile Jlrndys' I'ntal Clew; or, A Desperate Game for Gold. 60 Shadowiug the Sharpers: or, The Bradys' $10.000 Deal. 61 'l'he Bradys and the J<'irebug: or, Found in the Flames. 62 'l'he flradys in Texas: or, 'l'he Great Hauch Mysteiy. 63 'l'he Bradys on the Ocean : or, The l\lyste1y or Stateroom No. 7. 64 Th<' Iliadys and the Office Boy; or, Working Up u Business Case 65 l'he Bradys In the Backwoods; or, Tile Mystery of the Iluuters' Camp. 66 Ching Foo, tbe Yellow Dwarf; or, 'l'he Bradys and the 0pium Smokers. 67 The Rrndys' Still Hunt; or, '!'he Case that was Won by Waiting. 68 Caught by the Camera: or, The !Jrndys and tile Girl from Maine. 69 The flradys In Kentucky; or, Tracking l J\louutaiu Gang. 70 '.!'he '.\forked Bank ote; or. Tile Bradys Below the Deud Line. 71 The Bradys on Derk: or, 'l'he Mystery o( the Private \n<'ltt. 72 The s in a Trntl; or. \Vorkl11g Against a !Io.rd Gar.g. 73 Over tile Line; or, 'l'he Drndys' Chase 'l'hrough Canada. 74 The Brndvs In Society: Ol', 'L'he Case of Barlow. 75 The Bradys In tile Slums; or, Trapping the Crooks of the "Red Light District." 76 Found in the River; or, The Bradys and the Erooklyn Bridge !\lystery. 77 Tile Bradys and the Missing Box; or, Running Down the ilailroad Thieves. 03 The Bradys' beep Deal ; or, llaudloGlove 'IVltll Crime. 04 'l'lle Bradys in a Snare; or, 'file Worst Case of All. 95 Tile llradys Beyond '!'heir Depth; or, 'l'he Great Swamp Myster7. 96 The Bradys Hopeless Case; or, Against Plato Evidence. 97 'l'he l:lradys at the Helm; or, the Mystery of the Rier Steamer. 08 The Bradys in Washington; or, Working for the President. 99 'l'hP. Bradys Duped; or, 'l'he Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. 100 'l'he Bradys In l\Iaiue; or, Solving tile Great Camp Myster;y. 101 'l'he Brndys on the Great Lakes; or, '!'racking Canada Ganr. 102 'l'he Bradys in Montana; or, The Great Copper Mine Case. l 03 'he Brndys flemmed In; or, 'l'heir Cilse in Arizona. 104 'l'he Brndys at Sea; or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. lOfi The Girl from London; or, 'l'he Bradys Aftl!r a Confidence Queen. 106 The Bradys Among the Chinamen; or, The Yellow Fiends of the Opium Joints. 107 The nradys and the Pretty Shop Girl ; or, The Grand Street l\Iystery. The and the G) 'Psies: or. Chasing the Chlld Stealers. ll)!l and the Wrong M:nn; or, The Story of a Strange 110 lll 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 ll!l 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 133 134 135 136 137 138 1'1le Prndys Cetrayed; or, In the Ilands of a Traitor. The P.radyR and llo11blee; or, A Strange Tangle of Crime. Tile llradys In the Everglades; or, Tile Strange Case of a Summer Tourist. The Bradys t>c!led: or, Tile Gang In New York. 'l'he Bradys in High Life; or, 'l'he Great Society Mystery. The Bradys Among Thieves; or, Hot W"ork in the Bowery. 'l'he Bradys and !ha Sharpers; or, In Darkest New York. The Bradys and !he Bandits; or, Hunting for a Lost Boy. 'J'he Brndys in CPnJral Parkj or, The Mystery of the Mall. Tile Bradys on their Muscle ; or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gang. The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or, Exposlng the Chinese Crooks. 'l'he Bradys' Girl Decoy; or, Rounding Up the East-Side Crooke. The Bradys Under lt'ire; or, Tracking n Gang of Outlaws. The Bradys at the Beach ; or. The Mystery of the Bath House. The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among the Cowboys. The Bradys and the J\Ilssing Girl ; or, A Clew Found lo the Dark. The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Mystery of a Treasure Vault. The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat; or. Tracing np e. Theatrical Case. The Bra.clys and Bad Man Smith; or. The Gang of Black Bar. The Bradys and the Veiled Girl; or, Piping the Tombs Mystery. The Bmdys and the Deadhot Gang; or, Lively Work on the Frontier. The Bradys with e. Circbs; or, On the Road with the Wild Tan1ers. The Bradys in Wyoming; or, Tracking the Mountain Men. The Bradys at Concv Island; or, Trapping the Sea-side Crooks. The Brndys and the Road Agents; or. The Great Deadwood Caee. 1'he Brndys nnd the Bank Clerk; or. Tracing n Lost Money Package. 1'he Bradys on the Race Track; or, Beating the Sharpers. The llradys in the Chinese Quarter; or. The Queen oftheOpiumFienda. Tile Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures in the Blue 78 The Queen of Chinatown: or. The nradys Among "llop" Flenas. 139 79 The Bradys and tile Girl Smuggler; or, Working for the Custom Ridge Mountains. The Bmdys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street Mystery. Ilouse. 14 O 80 The Bradys nod the Runaway Boys; or, ::>lludowing the Circus Sharps. 81 The Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving tile J\lystery of the Old Chu1ch Yard. The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of the Mid night Train. For sale by all newsdealers, 01 sent postpaid on receipt of Ilrice, 5 cents per copy, by 24 Union Square, New York. FBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ....................... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: copit's of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................................. 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,. c c earchlng for a Ton of Gold, by "Noname" 140 The Richest Boy In the World; or, The Wonderful Adven-tures of a Young American, by Allyn Draper 141 The Haunted J,ake. A Strange Story, by Ailyn Draper 142 In the Ii'rozen North; or, Ten Years In the Ice, by Howard Austin 143 Around the World on a Bicycle. A Story of Adventures In Many Lands, by Jas. C. Merritt 144 Young Captain Rock ; or. The First of the White Boys, by Allyn Drape r 145 A Sheet of Blotting Paper; or, The Adventures of a Young Inventor, by. Richard R. Montgomery 146 The Diamond Island ; or, Astray In a Balloon, 'by Allan Arnold 147 In the Saddle from New York to San Francisco, by Allyn Draper 148 The Haunted Miii on the Marsh, by Howard Austin 149 The Young Crusader. A True Temperance Story, by Jno. B. Dowd 150 The Island of Fire; or, The Fate of a Missing Ship, by Allan Arnol4 151 The Witch Hunter's Ward: or, The Hunted Orphans of Salem, by Richard R Montgomery 152 The Castaway's Kingdom ; or, A Yankee Sailor Boy's Pluc k, by Capt. Thoe. H. Wilson 153 Worth a Miiiion; or, A Boy's Fight for Justice, by Allyn Draper 154 The Drunkard's Warning; or, The Fruits of the Wine Cup. by Jno. B. Dowd 155 The Black Diver ; or, Dick Sherman In the Gulf, by Allan Arnold 156 The Haunted Belfry ; or, the Mystery of the Old Church rower, by Howard Austin 157 The House with Three Windows, by Richard R. Montgomery 158 Three Old Men of the Sea; or, The Boys of Grey Rock Beach, by Capt. Thoe. H Wilson ] 59 3,000 Years Old; or, 'rhe Lost Gold Mine of the Hatchepee Hllls, by Allyn Draper 160 Lost In the Ice, by Howard Austin 161 The Yellow Diamond; or, Groping In the Dark, by J as. C Merritt 162 The Land of Gold; or, Yankee Jack's Adventures In Early Australia, by Richard R. i\Iontgomer1 163 On the Plains with Buft'alo Bill ; or, Two Year.a In the Wild West, by An Old Scout 164 The Cavern of Fire: or, The Thrilling Adventu1es of Professor Hardcastle and Merton, by Allyn Draper 165 Water-Logged; or, Lost in the Sea of Grass, by Capt. Thos. H Wilson 166 Jac k Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Exploring Central As a In His Magnetic "Hurricane," by "Xoname" 167 Lot 77 ; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder, by Richard R. Montgomery 168 The Boy Canoeist ; or, Over 1,000 Miles In a Canoe. by J as. C :IIerrltt 169 Captain Kidd, Jr. ; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long Island, by Allan Arnold 170 The Red Leather Bag. A Weird Story of Land and Sea. by Howard Au11tln 171 "The Lone St,ar ":or, The Masked RiderR of Texas. by Allyn Draver 172 A New York Boy out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa, h:v Jas. C. Merritt IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct Cut out and fill ID. the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-I bm mall. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN '.rHE SAME AS MONEY. ..... . .................................................................................... DANK TOUSEY, Publisher. 24 Union Square, York. ........ -..... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ................................................. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 PLUCK AND LUCK SECRET SERVICE TEN CENT HAND BOOKS c.. ................................ ... ". . . . . . . . . . . . Jrame ....................... Street and No ............... Town ..... : .... State.


;n. IlO\\' TO BECO:.lE A 8l'CAKER.-Containing fourTHE. STAGE._ ., -I teen illustrations gi\ing the different posilions requisite to become No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YOHK END. MEN S JOI..._E I a good speaker and elocutionist. Also containing gems from BOOK.-Containing a great variety of. the Jokes used the I all the popula; authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the most most famous end men. No amateur mmstrels 1s complete without simple and <'oncise manner possible. this wonderful httle ::-;0 40. IIO\V TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting deNo. -12. THE BOYS OF NE\\ YOnr..._ STU::\IP SPE.A.I .... ER.hatts outlines for debates questions for discussion, and the best Containing a varied asso.rtl!'.lent of stump Negro, Dutch for procuring infor:riation on the questions given. and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thrng for home amuse ment and amateur shows. S OCIETY. 4Zi._THE BQYS OF YORK No. 3. now TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation Al'\D JOhE new a;nd very e? 1 fully explainNl bv this little book. Besides the various of boy should ob lam book,, as 1 .t con tarns full mstruct1ons fot orhanrlkf'rchief. fa ii. glove. paraRol window. and bat flirtation, <'OJ? gan!zm7_an a!f!atem troupe. . tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, wln<'h 1 No. u.:>. l\IULDOQN ::,; 18 one the most ori.gmal intPresting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy Joke books ever and 1t 1s bni:nful of wit and humor. It without on!'. contains a large collect1on of .songs. connn. giving sensible advicl', rules and etiquette Scemc Artrnt and I roperty l\lan. By a promment Stag.e ;\lanager. to bP obser\'cd with manr curious and interesting things not gen80. Gl'S 'YlLLIA::\JS' the latcrally kr{o,rn. est jokes, and funny. stoncs,.o_E .thrn an<'S for cooking meats, fi:sh, game and oysters: also pies, puddings, <'akes ancl all kinds of pastry, and a grand colleclion of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. :17. IIO'\'\' TO KEEP TTOT'SE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and \\'Omen; it will teaC'h you how to make almost around the house. such as parlor ornamPnts. cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. l\'o. Hl. HOVI' TO l\fAKE A::\D l'SE ELECTRICITY.-A description of the wonderful uses of elrct ri<"ity and ele<"t1 mai:1wrism: to;::dlwr with fu ll instrnctions for mnking Eledric Toys. Batteries, f't<'. By George Trebel, A 1\1., l\1. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. Xo.

THE LIBE.BTY BOYS OF '76 .A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. DON'T FAIL TO READ IT I I These stories based on actual facts and give a. fa.ithfU.l account of the exciting adventures of a. brave band of America. youths who were a.lwa.ys ready and willing to imperil their live1 for the sake of helping a.long the gallant cause of Independence1 Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warn: 2 The Libelty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and for the Redcoats. Torie:; 24 The Liberty Boys' Doubl e Victory-; or, Downing the Red, 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Wash-coats and Tories.. ington. 2 5 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, 'faken for British Spies. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching.the Redcoat 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King' s a Thing or 'l'wo. 1\-linions. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With tne Redcoat 6 The LibP.rty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if in Philadelphia. You can.,. ., 2 8 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or Wit h \Yashington at th 7 T h e Liberty Boys in Demand; o r The Champion Spies of Brand ywine. the Revolution. 29 The Liberty B oys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 8 T h e L iberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and 30 The Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, '.l'hreatened by Reds an Torie s. White s. 9 T h e Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Them31 T h e L iberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold i selves. Check. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck 3 2 T h e L iberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater fo Race With Death. Revenge. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 33 The Liberty B oys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was a 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. Enemy. 13 'I 'he Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Su< 14 The Libert:v Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. ceed ed. 1 5 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in I t 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 36 The Liberty Boy s Daring Work; or, Risking L i fe fo 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, C a p turin g a B ritish Liberty's Cause. Man-of-War. 37 The Liberty Boys Prize, and How The y Won It. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge.; or, Patriots vs. R edc oats. 3 8 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan that Won. 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Foys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 2 2 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of A ll. For sal e b y all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on ieceipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS I o t our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this o!fic e direct. Cut out and ,fl) i n the following Orde r Blank and send it to us with t h e p rice of t h e books you want and we will send them t o y o u by turn m ail. J'OS'l'AGE S'J'AMPS 'l'AI,EN THE !'AME A S l'HONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... -..... ..... 1 90 1 TOUSEY, Publish e r, 24 U n i o n Square, N e w York DEA R Sm-Enclosed find ... cen ts for which pl e ase s e nd me: ... copie s of WORK AND WIN, Nos ... ................. ...... -... .... ... PLUCK AND LUCK ....... -. -. -..... .............. -. SECRET SERVICE -....... ............ -. ......... .......... -.. "THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos r ....... ... T e n -Cent Hand Books, Nos ..... ..... 1 : 1 .. .. Nam e ........................ St reet a nd No ..... 1 Town ........ S tate .