The Liberty Boys' success, or, Doing what they set out to do

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. HE LIBERTY BOYS OF Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. l1Buea weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. lffn.terea as Secona Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y Post O ffice, February 4 1001 Entered. according to Act of Congre ss, in the year 1901, in the otrice of tne Librarian Of Oongress, Washington. D. a b11 Frank Tousey, 24 Union S quare, New York. NEW Y ORK, N OVEMBER 22, 1901. Price 5 Cents CHAPTER I. THE "LIBERTY BOY" IN THE SOUTH. The members had b e en youths of from sixt e en to eigh teen years when the company was made up, and now they were young men of from twenty-one to twenty-three years of age. The battle of Guilford North Carolina, wa s fought o n The captain of the company was a hand s ome, brave and 15th of March, 1781. dashing young fellow by the name of Dick Slater. : t was between the southern branch of the Ame r ican This young man had done wonderful work, not only as a y, under General Greene, and the British forces in the fighttii on the field of battle, but as a scout, messageu th, u n der General Cornwalli s bearer and spy. t was a fierce b attle. In his extr e mity Genera l Greene thought of Dick Slater. It was stubbornly conte s ted "If any living person can do this work successfully, At the coming of evening Greene and the patriot forces Dick can," he thought. "I know that when the 'Liberty w off, leaving the British in possession of the field, but e the B12tish are credited with victory, they were so dly crippled that the result of the battle was equivalent a victory for the patriots. Each army had lost in the neighborhood of six hundred n, so they w ere practically even in this respect. Cornwalli s now had only about sixteen hundred men, ( d he did not know what to do. 1He r e main e d at Guilford three days, and the n s u ddenly pke camp and started southward. Greene, who was near at hand, was surprised. here was Cornwallis going with his army? he most probable place was South Carolina. ut this was by no means c e rtain. Cornwallis might be bound for s ome other point. rnwallis intended doing ut could he find out? his would be extremely difficult. here was onl y on e possible wa y of doing it. hat was by sending a s py into the Britis h lines. ut thi s would be a dangerous task for any spy. ho w a s there in his army who would dare make the empt t o ent e r the Britis h line s ? reene suddenly thought of one who might do it. Boys were in the North the commander-in-cbief alwa ys selecte d Dick for all the dangerous and important tasks in the way of spying on the British. Greene sent for Dick Slater at once. Dick promptly reported at the genera l 's tent. "You sent for me, General Greene?" the young man a s k e d ''Yes Dick was the r eply; "I have some work which I wish done, and I thought you would be more likely to ac c omplish the work successfully than any one, so sent for y ou." Dick flu s hed slightly, with pleasure, at the complimen t and then, s impl y : "What i s the work, sir?" "I'll t e ll you, Di ck: Cornwallis and hi s army hav e y ou are awar e ?" Dick nodd e d "Yes, sir." "Well, t he qu e stion i s whe r e i s Cornwallis going ? "You wish to find that out?" "Yes, Dick. I am going to follm y him, of course, and shall issue the order to break camp within the hour, but in order that I may know just what to expect, and be able to n one of the r e gim ents was a company of known s h a pe my plans, I wish to know what the plans of Cornwal "The Liberty Boys of '76." lis are. Of c our se, it will be an exceedingly difficult and his company had been connected with the patriot army dangerous task to accomplish this-if, indeed ,, it can be five year s accomplished at all


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. General Greene looked at Dick, inquiringly, as if to ask if he thought it possible to accomplish it. He looked like a typical poor son of the South. Dick soon reached the hill. Dick was silent a few moments, pondering. "I think it may be accomplished, General Greene," he said, presently. The general's face lighted up. "You do?" His tone was eager. "Yes, sir In order to accomplish it, however, it will be necessary that I-or whoever attempt it-get around in front of the British and manage to get within the British lines and march with the redcoats for several days, per haps." Greene nodded. "That is the way it should be done," he agreed; "but it will be very dangerous business. Whoever does it, will take his life in his hands." Dick nodded. "True, sir," he said; "but that is to be expected when a man enters the army. He must be ready to place his life in jeopardy at any time." He dismounted, tied his horse and climbed a tree. He looked away toward the east. He could see the British marching slowly along. "They are headed in a southeasterly direction," thouj Dick. "Well, I must make a good-sized circuit and gei'] fro:qt of them." The youth descended from the tree-top, mounted h0rse and rode away, going in a due south direction. v He rode at a gallop for a couple of hours. Then he turned his horse's head toward the east: "Now a couple of hours in this direction," thought ''I think I will find myself in front of the British then." fl Dick rode steadily onward for an hour and a half. Then he reached the top of a high ridge. '] He dismounted, tied his horse, and again climbed a He scanned the horizon to the northward and eastwa, At first he could see no signs of the British. t He waited a while, however, although it was pretty a, up in the tree-top, and presently was rewarded by seei "True; well, are you willing to attempt to do this work, a small, moving spot of black in the distance. Dick?" The youth's face lighted up. "I shall be delighted to make the attempt, General Greene," he replied, promptly. "It is my duty to do it, if you say so, and I am always ready to do as I am commanded by my superior officers." "They are coming!" Dick murmured. "Good! I hi' got in front of them. Now to put my plan in operatio Dick decided to wait a while, however. It was now well along in the afternoon. He made some calculations and decided that the Briil] would probably encamp within a mile of the ridge. "Bravely spoken, Dick. You are a true soldier. Well, Having so decided, Dick mounted his horse and rode then, enter upon the task at once. Go at it in your own ward toward the east. .t way; stick to it till you have learned Cornwallis' destina/ He had seen a farmhouse and was headed for it. tion and what he intends doing, if possible, and then reThe farmhouse was about a mile distant. him and report." It was about five o'clock when Dick reached the ho, "Very well, sir." and was a man out in the barnyard, milking a cclr "Be careful, Dick. Don't take any unnecessary chances." "Hello!" called out Dick. "I will be careful, sir. I am aware that a great deal "Hello, yo' self was the reply, as the man suspen more than my own safety depends on the success or failure work and looked over his shoulder at Dick. r of the attempt." "What is the chance to get something to eat?" as "You are right; good-bye, and success to you!" Dick. "Thank you; good-by!" and Dick saluted and witl:drew Half an hour later Dick Slater, mounted on a good horse, "Right smart chance, I reckon," was the reply; "thet rode away from the patriot encampment. uf yo' hain't over much pertickler whut yo' eats." He headed for a high hill which stood a mile to the "Oh, I'm not particular. I can eat anything that southwestward. one else can." The youth did not look much like the Dick Slater who "All right; light down, younker, an' lead yer hoss i had had the interview with General Greene. ther stable. I'll be through heer in er minuet." Then he had worn a Continental uniform-that of a Dick leaped down and let down the bars. captain. He led the horse through the opening, put up the ba Now he wore a rough suit of homespun, heavy shoes and and then led the animal across the barnyard to the sta an old slouch hat. --a rough, shed-like affair.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. ick tied the horse in the :first stall he came to, arttl 1 n was joined by the farmer. "I'll giv' tber animile er feed uv hay an' co':h,'; the said. Dick took the bridle off the horse so that he could eat. The farmer threw some hay in the manger, placed half 1 ozen ears of corn in the trough, and then turned tb Dick. "Come on to ther house," he invited; "ther ale woman'll v supper in er jiffy." As he spoke, a beautiful girl of perhaps seventeen years entered the room, coming from another room. "An' this is our darter Sadie," said Mrs. Morgan, indi cating the girl. "Sadie, this is Dick Slater, a patriot like Sam, who is with Marion." Dick stepped quickly forward and took the girl's hand. "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Sadie," be said: The girl blushed and looked at Dick, shyly. "I am glad to know yo'," she replied. Dick accompanied the farmer to the house, which was a "There's er wash-basin in ther sink, Mister Slater," said de affair, built of logs. the woman, pointing to the corner of the room; "yo' kin "Ole woman, beers er young feller ez wants er bite uv wash, an' by thet time supper'll be reddy." per," the man said by way of an introduction, as they Dick thanked her; and, making his way to the corner, tered the house. washed his face and combed his hair. The woman, who was rather good-looking and kindly "Supper's reddy," said Mrs. Morgan, at this juncture. All sat up to the table and were soon engaged in the tured, greeted Dick pleasantly. "You air welcome to sech ez the house affords," she pleasing occupation of satisfying their hunger. d, cordially. "Whut :n+ight yo' name be, sir?" Dick was quite hungry, and ate heartily. "My name is Slater," replied Dick; "Dick Slater." "Frum th' No'th, hain't yo'?" Nick nodded. "Yes, I'm from the North," he replied. The woman nodded. "I tho't so," she said; "be yo' one uv them army men?" Dick lwsih1ted. 1 He gave the man and the woman a searching glance "What are you folks?" be asked with assumed careless-. ss, and ignoring the woman's question. "I mean are you triots or Tories?" The woman straightened up and looked Dick straight the eyes. "We've got a boy in Marion's band!" she said, proudly, eyes flashing and meeting Dick's gaze defiantly. Dick took a couple of steps forward, quickly, and ex dnded his hand, which the woman took, a look of surse on her face. Dick bent over the hand and kissed it. f"In honor of the mother of one who is :fighting r berty !" the youth said, earnestly. "Then yo' air--" "A 'Liberty Boy' myself, lady." for \"I knowed et!" the woman cried "I knowed yo' wuz er 1 triot. Yo' look so brave an' true an' honest thet yo' ldn't be ennythin' else but er patriot!" 'Thank you!" said Dick. Then he asked: I 'What is your name?" a 'M J M y name is oe organ, young feller," said the man, j d ther ale woman's name is Lizzie." 'I am indeed glad to know you!" said Dick. : I The warm bread and fried pork was enjoyed by him more than turkey is enjoyed by most people nowadays. "By the way, Mr. Morgan," said Dick, presently, "if you have very much of value in the way of provisions, you had better get to after supper and hide it somewhere." The man looked at Dick in surprise. "W'y so?" he queried. "Because," replied Dick, "the British army is coming this way, and will encamp within a mile of your house to night, and the soldiers will likely pay your place a visit on a foraging expedition." CHAPTER II. A CLEVER IDEA. "Whut's thet !" cried the farmer "Ye don't mean et!" from bis wife. Sadie stared at Dick in a frightened manner. The yo11th's statement had caused a sensation. "Is thet so, shore enuff ?" the man asked. "Yes, indeed," replied Dick "How d'yo' know et?" Mr. Morgan asked. "I saw the men coming,'' replied Dick. "Yo' saw 'em comin' ?" "Yes; from the top of the ridge a mile west of here." "How fur erway wuz they?" "More than two miles." "An' how long'll et be afore they git heer ?" "Oh, an hour or more, I should say They are not


THJD LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. coming directly toward your house, but will pass to the utterly unsuspi?ious. You see, I am going to join t1 astward." "Waal, thet is bad news!" said Mr. Morgan. "So et is, Joe!" from his wife. "Aren't yo' afraid they'll do us harm, father?" asked Sadie. "I dunno's thar's much danger uv thet," was the reply; "they won't hurt us ef we giv' up sech things ez we hev in ther way uv grub an' sech-like." He looked inquiringly at Dick as he said this, as much as to ask the youth what he thought about the matter. "I think you are right about that," the youth said; "they will not do you hurt, I am confident." This seemed to make Mrs. Morgan and Sadie feel better "I'll tell you what I would like for you to do, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan,'l said Dick, after a pause. They looked at him inquiringly. army." "Oh, thet's it?" "Yes; I'll tell them that I have been wanting to join British army for some time, and n9W that the army 1 come right to where I am, I am going to take advantagp i the opportunity." "I see,'' remarked Mr. Morgan; "thet is er good schere-0 "I think so; and when the redcoats come, be s ure address me the same as if I were really your son." "Oh, we' ll do thet." "Yes,'' from Mrs. Morgan, "we'll call yo' Sam, is the name uv our boy thet is with Marion's band." 1 "All right," Dick said, with an air of "that will enable me to fool the redcoats nicely, an\ patriot spy will be in their midst without their having least suspicion of the When they had finished their supper, Dick assisted "Whut ?" asked Mr. Morgan. "I wish you would let me pass for your son when the Morg Sadie said nothing, but turned pale and looked fri( "Yes; and now, what about it? Will you let me pose ened. r as your son for an hour or two to-night?" "Uv course!" said Mr. Morgan, heartily. glad ter do ennythin' ter he'p yo' erlong." "Don't be afraid," whispered Dick, who sat near l "We'll be "they. will not hurt you." Then he added : "Yes, indeed!" declared Mrs. Morgan. "But I don't see how thet is a-goin' ter he'p yo'." "I'll tell you how it will help me," replied Dick; "it will "Don't forget that I am your brother." He smiled as he said this, and the girl gave an answer smile. "Hello! hello!" again cried the voice from the outsi throw the redcoats entirely off their guard and make them "Open up the door, or we'll open it ourselves!" \


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. Mr. Morgan hastened to the door and opened it. The light from the fire burning in the huge fireplace eached the doorway and shone full upon half a dozen edcoats standing there. "Hello! Who air you uns ?" exclaimed Mr. Morgan, in "Bah!" he cried. "A pretty soldier you'd make; are there any more such here?" As he spoke he stuck his head through the doorway and looked around the room. His eyes fell upon Sadie. fretended amazement. "An' whar did yo' cum frum?" "Hello!" he exclaimed. "Say, boys, if here isn't a J "We are soldiers of the king," replied one of the redpretty girl, then I'm a liar! Old man," to Mr. Morgan, "if it was the girl, now, who wished to join the army, it'd tioats; "and we are out on a soliciting expedition." "A-whut ?" asked Mr. Morgan. "A soliciting expedition. We solicit donations of food upplies, you know; and if you don't happen to be the 1 ind of a man who takes a delight in donating, we help urselves, anyway." 1 0 ho I think I unnerstan'." "Unless you are very thick-headed, you certainly must nder stand," was. the reply. "W!at have you in the way f supplies, my friend? Bring it forth at once; don't be ackward." be all right 'rhere was something in the redcoat's tone and the look which he bent upon the girl which caused Dick's blood to boil. He felt like planting his fist squarely between the fel low's eyes. He restrained himself, however, and managed, with con siderable effort, to keep the anger which filled him from showing in his eyes and expression. The redcoat pushed into the house, without ceremony, shoving Mr. Morgan and Dick aside as he did so. "Waal, I hain't got no great lot uv stuff," was the Again Dick came within an ace of striking the fellow. eply, "but whut I do hev yo' air welcome ter. I'm er loyal an myse'f, an' I'm willin' ter do all I kin ter he'p ther a use erlong." "So you're a king's man, are you?" "Yas, I sart'inly am." "Good! We are glad to hear that." "An' say," went on Mr. Morgan, in well-assumed eager-1 ess, "I've gotter boy ez hez be'n a-wantin' ter jine ther rmy fur er long spell. Mebby yo'd let 'im jine, now thet o' air right beer in ther naborhood." "So you've a boy who wishes to join the army, eh?" "Yas; an' he's er likely younker, too-gittin' so big husky his ole dad kain't handle 'im no more!" with a rin. "Come beer, Sam, an' let ther gentlemen see yo'." Dick stepped forward and stood beside Mr. Morgan. I The redcoats look ed at Dick, searchingly. The one who had acted as spokesman, so far, seemed to '/lke a dislike to Dick. This redcoat was rather a sinister-looking fellow. He was handsome, after a fashion, having dark -eyes, gular features and a mustache of which he was evidently oud, for he kept twisting it. He restrained himself, however. "I'll wait," he thought; "I don't want to get into trouble with these fellows, if I can help it, and perhaps it may not be necessary to do so." "Come inside, boys!" called out the redcoat. "Come in and see if my judgment regarding this girl is correct. I think she is just about the prettiest girl I have seen in America." The other redcoats, five in number, entered the house and pausing, at Sadie. There was a different look on their faces, however, from that on the face of their comrade. The look on their faces was that of honest admiration. It was evident that they were true men-as evident as it was that their comrade was a scoun drel. Sadie was frightened. She was embarrassed, as well. She was pale, and shrank back as if to escape the gaze of the redcoats. Mrs. Morgan, too, seemed alarmed. Mr. Morgan was angry, but he knew enough not to say or do anything. "Say, boys, isn't she a beauty?" cried the redcoat when h "So you want to join the army, do you?" he remarked. his comrades had gazed upon Sadie for a few moments. His tone was sneering. "Yas, thet's whut I wanter do, mister," replied Dick; ir be'n erwantin' ter jine ther army fur erlong time." "Humph! Which army?" s "Oh, ther British army, mister, uv course." A sneering smile appeared on the face of the redcoat. ''Didn't I have it right when I said she was pretty?" "Yes," replied one of the redcoats, "you are Larkin, she is pretty." "She's as sweet as sugar!" cried Larkin. "Jove, fellows, I must have a kiss!" The redcoat started forward.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. Morgan rose to her feet, a frightened look on her face Sadie also sprang up and retreated to\vard the corner of the room, her face paler than ever Mr. Morgan gave utterance to a muttered exclamation, and took a step forward, but paused and hesitated. Dick acted. He leaped forward, and at a single bound placed himself between Sadie and the redcoat. He put out his hand and made a restraining gesture. "Hol' on!" he cried, in a sha rp, tone. "Ye wanter be keerful, Mister Redcoat!" The redcoat paused. He stared at Dick in amazement. An angry snarl escaped him. "What do you mean, you young scoundrel!" he cried, fiercely. "I mean jes' whut I sed, mister!" replied Dick, firmly. "Oh, you meant what you said, did you?" in a sneer-mg tone. "Yas." "That I must be careful, eh?" "Yas, mister." A sneer curled the redcoat's lips. He glared at Dick, fiercely Suddenly he took a step toward Dick. "Out of the way!'' he roared. Dick did not budge He stood his ground and looked the other straight in the eyes. "Did you hear me?" snarled the redcoat. "Y as, I heerd yo', mister; I hain't deef." "Get out of my way!" fiercely. "Whut'll yo' do ef I git out uv ther way?" "Out of the way!" he cried. "Out of the way, or I'll you, you young hound!" As be spoke he dropped his hand on the butt of pistol. Then something happened. CHAPTER III. '.rHE ENCOUNTEU IN THE CABIN. Out shot Dick's fist. It was as quick as a fl.ash of lightning. 'l'he fist alighted fair between the redcoat's eyes. It was a terrific stroke. Down went the redcoat, with a thud. A cry escaped Sadie as the started to draw pistol, and now as he went down, knocked to the :floor the powerful blow, the girl gave utterance to a cry delight. Exclamations escaped the lips of the other redcoats. They stared at Dick in open-mouthed amazement. ''Great Scott "That was as clean a blow as ever I saw delivered!" "You are right about that!" "And Larkin deserved it, too!" "Yes, he did." Dick turned his eyes on the other redcoats in an quiring manner. 'I'hey shook their heads. "Oh, no; we aren't going to interfere," said one. kin is in the wrong, and got only what he deserved." "You want to look out for him, though," 'rnrned "Why, just what I started out to do-give that pretty Only, now, I'm going to give her half a other; "he is an ugly fellow when he gets his mad up, ne will try his hardest to do you harm. fl girl a kiss! dozen." "Yo' hain't goin 'ter do nothin' uv ther kind, mister!" "Ha! Who'll prevent it?" "I will!" "You?" "Thanks," said Dick; "I'll look out fur him." Larkin was lying on his back on the floor, blmking at the ceiling. The terrible blow and the shock of the fall had se! "Yas, me; I'm ther gal's brother, an' thar don't nohis wits wool gathering. buddy kiss her 'nless she wants 'em ter-not while I'm Not long, however. eroun' !" He was a pretty hard-headed fellow, and presently The other redcoats clapped their hands approvingly. "Good for you, young fellow!" cried OJ. "That's the way to talk! Stand up for your siste r, every time!" "The boy is right!" exclaimed another. 'l'he words of his comrades on top of Dick's words and actions made Larkin wild with rage. rose to a sitting posture and looked about him. He felt between his eyes. He rubbed the back of his head. Then bis eyes fell upon Dick. A roar of rage escaped the fellow. He scrambled hastily to his feet.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. 7 "I'll have your life for this!" he cried. "I'll make you They shook their heads. sh you had never been born!" "It is better to let them have it out, lady," replied one. As he gave utterance to the threat he leaped at Dick's "I don't think you need be afraid for your son. He roat. He did not stop to draw a weapon. I Doubtless he thought he would be able to choke the youth death. Beems to be amply able to fake care of himself." Larkin heard his comrade say this, and a dark look came over his face. "Oh, I guess you fellows will be glad to see me get Dick struck out two or three times, but Lal'kin was com-the worst o:f it!" he snarled. g like a mad bull, and would not be denied. "Oh, not just that, Larkin," was the calm reply; "but 1 The blows only made him the more wild and savage. He succeeded in getting hold of Dick. we shed no tears over it, I assure you." Larkin redoubled his exertions, but only succet)ded in The youth was not averse to trying conclnsio ns in this making himself all the more tired. annr, however. Dick was waiting for the moment when his opponent In all his life he had not met his superior in a wrestling would be so exhausted as to be unable to offer much re ntest. sistance to a manamvre which he had in view, and when He did not believe he would find it in this enraged ihis happened, he took advantage of it. nglishman. Just how he did it none of the onlookers could tell, but Dick got a good hold on the redcoat. Dick suddenly began a series of peculiar mauamvres, and Dick soon saw that LaJ:kin was not a scienced wrestler. suddenly up in the air went the heels of Larkin. He bad grappled with Dick in the expectation that he Dick had got his antagonist in a position for a "cross ould prove to be much stronger than the youth. buttock," and this was the fall be gave the redcoat, turning Rei-e was where he made his mistake. him, completely over in the air and bringing him to the Dick was phenomenally strong. Mighty few men were so strong as he. Larkin was not. lioor, with a crash. Dick came down on top of the redcoat with all his weight, and almost crushed the wind out of the fellow. This was soon made evident. A long-drawn-out "Ah-h-h-h-h-h !" escaped the lips of The knowledge was forced upon Larkin. the redcoats, while Mr. Morgan stared in amazement. It made him madder than ever. "Goody!" murmured Sadie, under her breath, her eyes He exeried himself to the utmost, in an attempt to throw sparkling with pleasure. ick. "Jove that was a. clean fall He could not do it. "That's right; the young fellow is a wrestler!" Then he tried to get hold of the youth's throat. "He is a wonder!" Here again he failed. "He is too much for Larkin." l Dick was well versed in all such tricks, and easily Such were a few of the remarks indulged in by Larkin's hwarted Larkin's designs. comrades. "Curse you! You must be a Samson in disguise!" pantDick disengaged himself from the hold of his antagonist Larkin. -this being easy, as Larkin was dazed by the shock of the "You will think so before you git through with this fall-and rose to his feet. teer bizness !'' said Dick, grimly. As may be supposed, the spectators watched the struggle ith eager interest. There was as much surprise manifest in the looks of Morgan, the supposed father of Dick, as was shown the faces of the Sadie stood in the corner, her hands clasped, a look of rror on her pretty face. Evidently she feared Dick might get the worst of it. The face of Mrs. Morgan, too, bore a frightened look. "Won't yo' make 'em quit?" she asked, addressing the dcoats. He did not say a word, but stepped back, and, folding his arms, looked down upon bis enemy. "You will do well to look out for him now," cautioned one of the redcoats; "he may attempt to use his pistol." "I'll look out fur 'im," said Dick. Presently Larkin stirred. Then he slowly rose to a sitting posture and looked around. He saw the half-smiles on the faces of his comrades, and this made him tenibly angry. Then he saw Dick standing there, and, with an exclama tion of rage, Larkin drew a pistol.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. He did not get a chance to use it, however. "you just come along with us and we will see to it th'.1-1 Dick leaped forward, bent over, and seizing the redcoat you are taken into the army." by the wrist, gave a twist. A howl of pain escaped the fellow. The pistol dropped to the floor. "I guess General Cornwallis would like to take in .;ouple of thousand, if such a thing was possible," said other. "There's ladies in beer," said Dick, coldly; "an' yo' mought shoot one uv 'em." "All right, an' thank yo'," said Dick; "I'll go erlcfeD with yo' when yo' go." "That's right; don't try any more of that work, Larkin," said one of the redcoats. "And am I to have no satisfaction?" growled Larkin. "I'll giv' yo' all ther satisfackshun yo' want ef yo' ll come out uv doors," said Dick, quietly. "Well, I guess we might as well go right away," was I'' reply; "we don't want to take anything in the way lm provisions away from a family that has just given fighting man to the cause." "Won't yo' eat er bite with my folks afore we go?" asJil0 t "With weapons?" asked Larkin. Dick nodded. He wished to make himself as solid with the redcoats "Y as, with weep ins; I'm better with weep ins than I possible. am with my fists, an' I guess I kin giv' yo' all ther satis"Yes, we shall be pleased to do that," was the reply. 1 fackshun yo' want-an' mebby a whole lot more!" "I'll git scmethin' fur yo' right erway," said Mrs. Dick's tone was quiet and calm, his air full of confi-gan; and she went to work at once. di dence. Sadie set the table, while her mother cooked some me/u Larkin looked at the youth, doubtfully. and Mr. Morgan went down in the cellar and brought t 1 He bad been so roughly handled that he was shaky and a gallon of cider. '] nervous. When the meal was ready the five redcoats sat up He thought that if he went into a battle with this the table and ate heartily. strange youth, with weapons, he might get killed, and this The cider pleased them mightily. was something which he did not wish to have take place. They drank it with great gusto. He rose to his feet. "That is the best stuff I have drank since coming Then he turned and faced Dick. America," said one, enthusiastically. "If you join the army, I shall have plenty of opporThe others coincided with this statement. tunities to get even with you," he said, sulkily; "so I When they had finished, the redcoats were in high g()j shall let the matter rest for the present." humor. It evidently cost him an effort to say this, for he knew They even went so far as to tell Dick that if they we that his comrades would say that he was afraid to meet in his place they would not join the army. the youth. "You get more hard work than gold pieces," one sa 1 Larkin glared defiantly into the faces of his comrades, ''I would advise you to stay here to home, my boy." and then stalked out of the room. The others said the same. Soldiering isn't what you think it is," another said. l But Dick did not wish to take their advice. Mrs. Morgan and Sadie drew long breaths of relief. Dick smiled. "I didn't think he'd be willin' ter giv' et up so," he said. "Well, you shook him up so badly that he did not feel Jike going for you with weapons," replied one of the redHe had a great desire to get into the British army, this was just the best chance in the world. It was the only way he could find out what he wished coats; "he figured it that if you were as good with weapons learn. as you are with your hands you would be a dangerous foe, So Dick said that he would join, anyway. and he made up his mind to put off the meeting, if ever "I've allers wanter ter jine," he said; "an' I hai he doe;; meet you, till he is in better condition." ergoin' ter lose ther chance now thet et hez come." "Waal, I'll be ready ter giv' 'im satisfackshun whenever "All right," was the reply, "suit yourself; we were j-q he wants et," said Dick; "an' now, kin I jine ther army?" telling you our views on the subject, that is all. You The redcoats laughed. like it, for all we know." "I rather think you will be allowed to join," said one; "you have certainly proven your abilities as a fighter." "Oh, there'll be no trouble about that," said another; "I think I will like et," Dick declared; "I'm ergoii ter try et, ennyhow." "All right; get ready, and come along with us, then


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. 9 tl'm ready now." wallis would hold a council of war to-night and I could hen the redcoats shook hands with Mr. and Mrs. Moroverhear the conversation." and Sadie. Dick sat by the fire for an hour or so after supper, and You must not judge us by our hot-headed comrade, talked with his companions rkin," said one; "we are gentlemen, and we are glad Then he got up, stretched, and said he guessed he would ur son her e gave Larkin a good thrashing He has take a stroll about the encampment. n needing a lesson for a long time He walked slowly around, going first in one direction I Then Dick shook hands with Mr. Morgan. and then another in a seemingly aimless fashion. "Good-by, dad," he said; "I'll try an' do credit ter my He was gradually nearing General Cornwallis' tent, howme." ever. Then he shook hands w ith Mrs. Morgan. He kept his eyes on this tent and was delighted to see "Good-by, mother," he said, with a smile, which the that three of the officers went there. coats did not see. Then he gave her a kiss and passed "Jove! I believe they are going to hold a council of to Sadie. war," he thought. "I hope so, and if I can succeed in over Good-by, si8," he said, taking the girl's hand and presshearing their conversation I will be all right." g it; here 's a kiss from brother Sam;" and he gave die a kiss upon her full, red lips. 'fhe girl blu s hed so furiou sly that Dick was afraid the It s o happened that Cornwallis' tent was near one side of the encampment and was close to some trees, which cast a dark shadow over the tent, making it darker there than coats might notice it and become suspicious, as a girl e l sewhe re. uld not be suppose d to be embarrassed by being kissed her own brother. The youth turned attention away from Sadie, however, bustling around and telling the r e dcoats that he was dy A few moments later the six left the house, and, with "good-by!" to the three inmates of the cabin, struck out the direction of the encampment of the British. CHAPTER IV. CAUGHT SPYING. There was no moon, but it was a clear night and the s tars shone brightly. Dick presently reached the strip of dense shadow back of the tent. Here he paused He had moved in such a careless, aimless fashion that he did not think he had attracted the attention of any of the redcoats. Of course, a good many of the redcoats had noticed him, but the glances which they gave him were merely casual. The sound of voices came from within the tent. He stole forward and took up a position right beside the te nt. He could hear and under stan d every word that was It was only about a mile to the encampment, and they spoke n. re not getting there. Dick soon discov ered that it was as be had expected. Dick bunked down with the five r edcoa ts, with whom he The British officers were holdin g a council of war. w felt acquainted, and in the morning he was enrolled Dick li stened intently and eagerly a soldier in the British army, and was given a uniform So interested, indeed, was Dick that he had no ears for d musket. anythi ng save the conversation of the men within the tent. He pretended to feel very proud, and managed to amuse In supposing that his action in disappearing from sight comrades by his remarks. in the darkness back of General Cornwallis' tent had not He marched with the British army that day, and as he attracted particular attention, Dick made a mistake. s accustomed to hardships, stood the fatigue of the lking as well as any of the men. Dick had made judicious inquiries during the day, and en night came, and they went into camp, he knew ere General Cornwallis' tent was pitched. "If possible, I must do some spy work in the vicinity that tent," he thought. "Jove! I wish General CornThe eyes of hate had been upon him. Larkin had been seated at a nearby camp-fire when Dick sauntere d away. Presently h e rose and followed the youth. Larkin could hardly have explaine d w hy he did this. Perhaps his dislik e for Dick caused him to be suspicio us. It might be that he thought the youth might wander info


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. the edge of the timber and thus give him a chance to knock him on the head. Be that as it may, he followed the youth. He was careful to keep at a safe distance so as not to attract Dick 's attention. When Dick disappeared in the darkness back of Corn wallis' tent, Larkin's eyes were upon him Larkin stood sti ll and waited for Dick to reappear. He waited perhaps half a minute and then as Dick did not come into view from behind the tent, the watcher be came suspicious. "Jove! I wonder what he is doing there so long?" Lar kin asked himself. "Can it be possible the fellow is spying?" This thought gave Larkin a start. That the dark form was that of the youth whom hated, Larkin had not the least doubt. He stood still for an insta,nt, hesitating. He was asking himself what would be the best plan I proceedure. Larkin had had sufficient experience with Dick to. aware of the fact that he was au exceedingly hard fel to handle. So he hesitated to leap upon the youth. He thought of slipping back and getting two or t of his comrades to come to his aid before attacking bnt dismis sed this idea immediately While he was gone, Dick might slip away and Lar would lose thi.s golden opportunity of showing up the yo whom he hated. That would not do at all. "Jove I wish I could catch him listening and then Come what might, he must take advantage of the show him up," he thought. "That would be a good portunity and prove to all the fact that the youth reveng e." The thought thrilled Larkin with delight. He made up his mind to see whether or not the youth was listening to the conversation of Cornwallis and his officers, who, as he knew, were in the tent. Having come to a decision, Larkin hastened to put his plan into effect engaged in spying upon Cornwallis and his officers. Then a thought came to Larkin. He could leap upon the youth and sound an alarm at same time Certainly he would be able to hold the youth until so of his comrades came to his assistance, Larkin thought. .. The youth would b.e taken by surprise and at a dis He made his way to and into the timber at a point vantage, anyway, Larkin reasoned, and would not be perhaps fifty yards from Cornwallis' tent. to make so vigorous resistance as might be the case un Then Larkin stole along through the timber, keeping 9lose to the open space in which the camp was located. 'when he came to the point immediately back of Corn wallis' tent, he paused and listened. He strained his eyes in an effort to see the form of the youth whom he hated and suspected. more favorable circumstances. Having made up his mind, Larkin decided to act at o Larkin gathered himself together and made the leap. He alighted squarely upon Dick's prostrate form. He seized the youth, and bearing down upon him all his might, Larkin set up a shout. It was so dark however, that he could see nothing. "A spy A spy he yelled. "Help! help! Come "I'll wager he's there, though," said Larkin to himself; help me capture the spy!" "and if I can only find him and catch him in th.e act of Instantly all was excitement. playing spy, it will be splendid revenge." Redcoats l eaped up from the camp-fires and came r Larkin stepped out from among the trees and stole ning toward the spot from all directions. toward the tent. \ There was a sound of shnffiing feet within Cornwal He moved very slowly and was careful to make no noise tent. whatever. For once in his life Dick had been taken entirely Larkin was nearly ten minutes in making his way from s urprise. the edge of the timber to the tent, a distance of not to He had felt so secure that he had centred all his exceed sixty feet. tention on the tent. He was within two yards of the tent when he suddenly The result was that when Larkin leaped upon him made a discovery. yrlled, "A spy a spy'!" it came to Dick lik e a thunderc His eyes had become accustomed to the darkness to from a clear sky. s u ch an extent that he was enabled to make out a dark form lying beside the tent. Larkin came very near shouting aloud in triumph. I Although taken by surprise, Dick was not clisposec tamely submit to capture He began struggling fiercely.


THE LIBER e thought he recognized the voice of his is Larkin,'' he said to himself; must have tched and followed me." This knowledge serve d to inspire Dick with unusual ength. He realized what a triumph it would be for Larkin if succeeded in showing Dick up as a spy and effecting his pture Dick was determined that this should not take place if could help it. he fought with fierce energy. He was alive to the situation. He fully understood that he had but a very few moments which to w ork. He knew that the redcoats were rushing to the spot. If they got there before he succeeded in freeing himself om Larkin' s grasp, it would all be up with him. Dick heard the shuffling of feet within the tent, also, d knew that the officers would be outside in a few omen ts. Dick was desperate. He handled Larkin roughly. Just as the officers, sword in hand, came rushing around e tent, Dick succeeded in placing his feet against the mach of hi.s assailant. Dick was underneath and his legs were doubled up. was disappearing fr0tn sight among the trees, and he set up a terrible howl. "Yonder he goes! There's the spy!" he yelled. "Hurry and give chase l Don't let him escape! It's that young scoundrel, Sam Morgan, who joined the army this morn ing." With wild shouts the redcoats rushed after Dick. "Don't let him escape!" r oared General Cornwallis, who had just recovered his breath, Larkin having knocked it pretty nearly all out of the genl.leman when he fell upon his superior officer. "Fifty pounds to the man who captures the spy! Fifty pounds to the man who brings him back, dead or !" With wild cheers, the redcoats dashed into the timber Fifty pounds was a good deal of mo" ney. It was certainly enough to incite the soldiers to make strenuous efforts to capture the fleeing youth. They dashed through the timber as rapidly as they dared. There was danger of running against a tree in the dark ness and knocking one's self senseless, so they had to be ca.reful. "Spread out!" cried one of the redcoats. "He may double and get back past us if we stay in a bunch The redcoats did as their comrade had suggested. They spread out, fan-shape, and had Dick desired to Jo so, he could scarcely have goi. back past them But Dick had no desire to do this. He straightened his legs with a quick, strong movement, 1 He had confidence in his ability to get away from the e result being that Larkin was hurled against General redcoats so he ran straight onward. rnwallis who was. knocked down by the impact, Larkin He could hear the redcoats yelling and calling out to ming down on top of the British commander with conone another. derable force. "Let them yell," he murmured; "they won't catch me An inspiration came to Dick. now." Quick as a flash he lifted the edge of the tent and rolled Dick was going in an easterly direction. der it and into the tent. He knew this, and continued in that direction only till Dick was on his feet quick as a flash, and, leaping to the sure that he had left the redcoats a goodly distance behind. r ont of the tent, dashed through the opening. Then he turned almost squarely to the left and made his As he did so he came face to face with a score of red-way in a northerly direction. :iats who were rushing to the scene. Dick knew that in this direction would be found the "They've got him!" cried Dick, pointing back over his patriot army. "Hurry and help 'em!" He did not believe the patriot encampment would be The redcoats, never suspecting that Dick was the person more than five or six miles distant. o had caused all the trouble, rushed around the tent and He knew that it was General Greene's intention to follow Hiding with the officers who had started to rush back, close upon the heels of the British. ere was a general mix-up. Dick continued in this direction perhaps fifteen minutes, Amid the darkness and confusion it. was hard to tell and then he struck into a road which ran toward the north o was who, and by the time they had got straightened Dick remembered the road. t and discovered that the spy had escaped them, Dick He struck out up the road at a goodly pace. d -reached the edge of the timber. "The probabilities are that our boys will be encamped Larkin caught sight of Dick, however, just as the youth I close beside the road," Dick thought; "so all I will have


to do will be to keep pegging away and I will eventual ly rea ch the camp." Dick walked steadily onward for more than an hour. Presently he came to the top of a hill, and, pausing, lookSS. "I see. 'l'hey will go to Wilmington first, and th make their further plans later on "Yes; they figure it that you will follow them." Greene nodded. I ed ahead into the darkness. "I judged that was the case," he said; "well, we will f 0H "I thought so!" exclaimed Dick, joyously; "I see the them a bit." ] light of the camp-fires, yonder. It can't be more than a mile to the encampment now." Dick hastened onward. Fifteen minutes l ater he was challenged by a sentinel. Ten minutes after that he was in General Greene's tent. -----.. CHAPTER V. A 8PY CAPTURES A SPY. Dick looked surprised. Genera l Greene saw this. "I will tell you what I have made up my mind to a3 Dick," the general said "I have decided to go down in1t ( South Carolina and let Cornwallis go on his wey mre molested." r "That will be a big surprise to him, I know; for I the m talking, and in all their conversation they neve lE <&eemed to doubt for a moment tnat you would follow the.ql: "Well I shall not do so-only just far enough so tha t can take a cut across to South Carolina handily. Let ( see;" and he drew a rude map to him and began porin s General Greene was seated at a littl e portable desk, writover it. :e in g, when Dick was ushered into his presence He looked up when he heard Dick's name announced. A pleased look was on his face. "What! Back so soon, Dick?" h e exclaimed. "Yes, General Greene," replied Dick. "Ah! hHe is the proper place to strike across," said, presently; "at Ramsay s Mills, on the forks of t Cape Fear River. You see, the British still have contr of South Carolina, and their main garrisons are at Camde Augusta and Ninety-Six. I shall strike for Camden, "And what ?" the large st garrison is there. I judge there is a force lt. "I have been as successful as could pe, sir." one thou sa nd there under command of Lord R awdon." "Ah! Then you learned the plans of the British?" At this instant Dick's quick ear detected a s ound j "Yes, sir; so far as they themselves know them." without the tent, and rememb ering his own trick of "Ah! What has General Cornwallis in view? Where ing behind the tent of General Cornwallis, the youth s u is he headed for?" denly rose and stepped out of the tent. "He is headed for Wilmington, sir." "For Wilmington ?" H e was si l ent for some minutes. Evidently he was pondering the situation. "I supposed, of course, that Cornwallis was head e d for South Carolina," Greene remarked, presently. "They talked that matter over wnen holding the council of war that I overheard," replied Dick; "but Cornwallis He rushed around behind the tent, and as he did so dark figure l eaped up and started to run away. rushing around to see what was going on. "Can you handle him, Dick?" cried the general, eager "If not, I will help you "I can handle him, sir," replied Dick. A snarl from the man who had been caught sp ing, and he. made herculean efforts to get free, but it said th at he did not have sufficient force to risk going no use. e down there. The matter was discussed pro and con." "And they finally decided to go to Wilmington, eh?" "Yes, sir." "Did they say anything about what they intended doing, then?" ''They talked the matter over, but did not seem to have much idea what they would do then." He was dealing with one who was up to all the tricks. Dick worked away, and presently succeeded in gettil\1 the hold he had been working to obtain. t He then suddenly threw the fellow with terrible and fell upon him, knocking the wind out of him. Indeed, s uch was the shock of th e jar that the fellow wa.' temporarily s tunned, and before he recovered control o


THE LIBEIUY BOYi5 i'.'SOOOEi'.'Si'.'5. 1024111 aculties Dick had bq,und his hands with his handker-en Dick rose and jerked the fellow to his feet. have him safe, now, General said Dick; iat will you do with him?" ring him intd'the tent, Dick; I wish to ask him a few l right, sir." aking hold of the prisoner's arm, Dick led him into ent. eneral Greene preceded them and was seated at his when they entered the tent. e-and Dick as well-eyed the prisoner with interest General Greene spoke positively. A sullen look came over the man's face. I suppose it is no use for me to deny what you say," he said ; "you would not believe me." "No, I would not. You are a spy, and, Dick, you did an exceedingly good thing in capt uring the fellow. Had you not done so, he would have returned to the British army and reported my plans to Cornwallis." The man turned his eyes upon Dick, and look ed at the youth, searchingly. "You are Dick Slater?" he asked. "That is my name." "Very well; I will rem embe r you,. Dick Slater, and if I e a man of perhaps thirty-five, and was dressed in ever get the chance, will settle with you for this work!" en's clothing. "Yes, if you ever get the chance,'' said Dick, signifi h ere was somet hing about the fellow which betok e ned cantly tary training, however. e stood erect, and if he was frightened, his face did show it. neral Greene and Dick were both confident the man a British spy. Well," said General Greene, sternly, after comp leting survey" of the man, "who are you?" he man laughed, short l y hat signifies the name?" he said. "Call me John f course, this was not his name. hy were you listening behind the tent?" listening behind the tent?" he fellow tried to look innocent es," sternly, "you were li ste ning." he fellow shook his head. assur e you, you are mistaken,'' he said; "I wasn't nin g : reene and Dick both looked incredulous. hat were you doing there, then?" the general asked. I was simply walking past the tent." alking past it?" ;yes; and this young fellow rushed out and reaped upon hat is false, General Greene,'' sai d Di ck, quietly; "the 1w was lyin g down right beside the tent, for when I jed around there he was just rising to hi s feet ou see," said General Greene, stern ly, "you might as make a clean breast of it and acknowledge that you are tish spy!" e man shook his head. "You are in no position to make threats, my friend," sai d General Greene, somewhat severely. "You doubtless know the fate that awaits a spy when captured by the. e nemy." The man's face paled. "But I am not a spy," he hastened to say. It was evident that he was beginning to realize the fact':: that he was in a tight place General Greene shook his head when the man said he. was not a spy, and said: "There, my man, it is useless for you to deny. You : were caught in the act Then he was silent a few moments, studying. "We must not take any cha nc e of letting this man es-. cnpe and get back to the British army," he said, presently, in a musing tone, as if speak ing hi s thoughts aloud. Then he looked at Dick. "Dick,'' he said, "take the prisoner and turn him over to Sergeant Sharpley, with in st ruction s to take all possible precautions to prevent the man from escaping. T ell him that the prisoner is a spy, and that it is very important that. he be not allowed to get back to his army." "Very well, General Greene." Dick started, holding the arm of the prisoner, and aS:. they l eft the tent, General Greene called out: "Return and report, Dick." "Very well, sir." Dick conducted the prisonet to Sergeant Sharpley, and left him in the sergeant's charge, after delivering General Greene's message. "Tell the general that I will see to it that the prisoner h, no; I can't acknowledge that," he said, "for l':i;n doesn't escape," said the sergeant. 1 ou know." "All right; I'll tell him." ) ou are, I know!" Then Dick r etu rned to General Greene's tent.


Ll J:Slii!t'l' Y "Well, Dick, did you deliver the prisoner into the hands of Sergeant Sharpley?" the general asked. "Yes, sir; and he said for me to say to you that he would see to it that the prisoner does not escape." "Good! Jove! but it was li1cky that you disC'overed the ,, presence of the spy afid captured hirti. How did you know he was there, Dick?" "I heard a noise, and thought it sounded like stline dne stirring outside the tent." "You must have good hearing. I heard nothing." "I was nearer the side of the tent where the mltn was than you." "True. Well, Dick, I've been thinking t1hi1e you were absent." J:SU y :S' d CHAPTER VI. BIG ANbims' B ND. The :first thotiglit that flashed Dick's mihd that he would keep right on and ride the fellows db'' 'l'hen he thought it would be better ii&t io take chattces. I They had their pistols out and leveled, and could hal fail to hit hiitt at such a shO:ft dist11:b.ce. So he quickly reined up his horse arld cafhe fo a s within two yards i:Jf the men. well! What aoes this ?" he crie'a. uc Dick said nothing, but looked at the general in an exnot a man ride along the highway in peace?" pectam manner. "Just qn:let, ytfflhg fellbw," replied o'rie oi the He knew it was not necessary to ask questions. "we will do what talking is necessary." General Greene was silent a few moments, and then said: "How would you like another job of spying, Dick?" "Oh, you will?" "Yes." "I would like it first-rate, sir." Dick had eyed the men searc'hingly, and was some "Good! Then I think I shall make use of your services puzzled by their appearance. iin that line, my boy." Hie did not believe they were Brifish soldiers, for Again the general was sile-nt for a few mon'lents. Then he said : "Dick, I am going to send you Wilmington." Dick started. "To Wilmington?" "Yes ; I wish you to go there and make an effo'rt to learn what Cornwallis intends doing." did not have uniform's on, nor did fhey bear like soldiers. He decided that they were pto'b3.l5ly 'rories. "Jump down off that horse!" ordered one of the Dick hesitated. H e was tempt1>.'1 to try to make a dash throug1'1 the and escape. "Very good, sir; when shall I start?" There was a look in their eyes which told him this w "You may as well wait till we turn off, at Ramsay's be dangerous, however. Mill, and then you can continue on in the wake of the "Better git down!" said another. British." Dick decided to obey. "Very well, sir." He alighted. "Learn Cornwallis' plans if you possibly can do so, Dick; The men quickly bound his arms togetber behind but don't take any long chances." back. Ramsay's Mi11 was reached at noon the next day. Then one took the bridle-rein and led Di ck s hor se, Dick parted company with the patriot army at that two took the youth by the arms and the other l ed the point. He continued onward in the wake of the re.treating British. The patriot army turned aside and headed in a south westerly direction, toward Camden in South Carolina. The soldiers gave Dick a cheer as he Tode away. He waved his hat in response, and the n galloped around a bend and was out of sight. He had ridden about two mile s when s uddenly four men leaped out in the road in front of him, and, leveling pistols, called out: "Stop! or you are a dead man!" all st riking into the timber. "Where are you taking me?" asked Di ck. "You'll find out presently," was t11e r ep ly. Fifteen minutes later they came out into an open in the forest. In tbe centre, lying on blankets spread upon the gro were a score of rough-looking men. They w e re smoking and talking, and laughing boi ously. "I guess I'm in for it," thought Dick; "this looks a r egular Tories' nest." As the four men advanced with their prisoner, the 1


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. 15 pped talking and turned their attention to the new ers. A huge, black-bearded giant 0 a ellow, a ruffian i er there was one, rose as the party drew near. "Hello, boys! Who bev ye tbar ?" be asked. "We dun"no, cap," was the reply; "we saw 'im ridin' long the road like he h e d bizness sumwhars, an' we opped 'im." "Th ct wuz right." 'rhe man then turned his attention upon Dick. He eyed the youth, searchingly. Dick bore the scrutiny unflinchingly. "Who in blazes air yo', ennyway ?" be asked. "A traveler," replied Dick; "and I protest against being eated in this manner. "What right have--" '"rher right uv might," was thll reply; "don't git onto r high boss, young ell er, fur et won' t do no good." "Who are you ?" asked Dick. "Oho yo' think yo' ll do some questionin yo'sel, hey? aal, I don' min' tellin' yo' who I am. I'm Big Andros, this beer is my gang." Dick started. He had heard 0 Big Andros and bis gang. He had heard it said that they were a band 0 cut roats and robbers. They were neither patriots nor Tories, but marauders, eying on unprotected families wherever found. "Yo've heer'n tell uv us, hey?" grinned Big Andros, ewdly "Yes, I have," replied Dick, boldly; "I've heard it said at you are a band of robb e rs and cut-throats who ought have been banged long ago!" A dark frown came over the ruffian's face. "Well, to judge by the looks of yourself and your gang, 1 shoul d feel inclined to think that what I have heard regarding you i s the truth!" Another hoarse growl went up from the men. They glared at Dick in an angry and ferocious manner. Bi g Antlros himself became very angry. "Say, yo' air ther sassiest youngster thet ever I seen!" he cried. "Don' yo' know yo' air runnin' a big risk in talkin like thet ?" "You asked me for an hone st opinion, and I gave it,'' replied Dick. "You are to blame, not I." ''-Shoot im !" "Hang 'im !" "Out 'im up inter dog meat!" Such wer e a few of the exclamations indulged in by the members of Big Andros' band. If they thought to frighten Dick, they made a mistake. He was not the kind to be frightened by words. He simply smiled in a scornful manner. "Say, d yo' know whut I've er min ter do?" asked Andros. Dick s hook his head. "I haven t the least idea." "Then I'll tell yo' : I've er min' ter tie yo' up ter er lim' by yo' thumbs and l e t yo' hang thar. till yo' are willin' ter say thet yo' think we hev be' n slandered by ther people yo' hev heerd speak uv us, and thet yo' think we air ther nicest and bravest fellers whut yo' ever seen!" Dick made no reply to this. His teeth came together firmly, however, and there was a dangerous glitter in his eyes. "'l'het's ther thing ter do, cap'n !" cried several. "Le's "See beer, yo' bed better be keerful whut yo' say!" be do et!" arned. "I'm a mighty bad man when I'm riled." "I'm only telling you what people say. l'm not re onsible for that, am I?" "All right; go erhead, boys!" Inst antly half a dozen of the scoundrels leaped to their feet and advanced to where Dick stood. "No, I s'pose not. An' whut else did yo' heer s aid erbout s ?" A couple of ropes were handed lw them, and they quickly "That you were a gang of cowards, and that you never tied the ropes about the youth's thumbs. tack imybody save unprotected women and children, or Then they led him under a tree and threw the rope s rhaps an old man." A hoarse growl of rage went up from the m en. "I don' blame yo' fur bein' mad, boys," Big Andros said, dressing his men. Then he spoke to Dick: "An' wlmt d'yo' think erbout et?" "I really haYe not had much opportunity to form an inion." "Waal, whut d 'y o' think, off-han', without stoppin' ter _ger on et?" over a limb. Three or four mn seized each of the ropes, and then when another of their number cut the rope which bound Dick 's wrists, the men gave a quick, sharp pull on the ropes and jerked the youth's arms high up above his bead. The scoundreb kept on pulling, and were lifting Dick on up, off the ground, when there came the rattle of musketry, followecl by the cheer which Dick knew so well-the cheer used by the "Liberty Boys" when going into battle!


THE LIBERTY: BOYS' SUCCESS. CHAPTER VIL THE "LIBERTY BOYS" ON HAND. The band of Big Andros was taken completely by sur prise. They had not suspected that they were in danger. The actions of the fellows, under fire, justified the re port s that Dick had heard regarding them. They did not try to stand their ground and show fight. Instead, they rushed wildly into the timber, leaving thei r "You are right, Bob Then Dick stepped to the side of the two prostrate forn He stooped and examined them, by feeling over the hea and found that both were dead "Dig a hole and bury them, boys," he said; and seve of the youths went to work, u s ing their The ground was soft, and they soon had quite an cavation. The two bodies were placed in the hole and cover e d Dick had placed a couple of the "Liberty Boys" t guard, to prevent a surprise by Big Andros men, h they had had all they wanted, and did not return. muskets lying on the ground "I guess the people told the truth when th e y s aid Andr Dick, who was left fre e to do as he wish e d, stepped behind and his men were cowards/' said Dick. the tree so as to be out of range, and called out: "It looks that way," agreed Bob. "Give them another volley, boys!" Crash-roar! Again the volley rang out It was impossible to say whether or not this second volley had done any damage, as the ruffians wer e disapp e ar ing through the timber. The first had brought down a couple of the men, however, one dead, the other wounded. It was indeed the "Liberty Boys" who had come to Dick's assistance in such a timely manner. "How happens it that you are here, Bob?" ask e d Dick, .in s urprise "General Gr e ene gave us permission to come out on a scouting exp e dition, Dick,'' was the reply; "and we set out soon after you did. We came around the bend in the road just as those scoundrels were leading you into the timber, and followed." "Ah, I see. Well, it was lucky for me that you came "Yes, I think they were a gang of s coundrels; they were about to hang you up by the thumbs, weren't they?" Dick nodded. He had jus t succeeded in removing the ropes from his thumb s The members were r i d, and the skin had been torn in one or two places. "Yes, the scoundrel s would hav e caused me consider able trouble, I think,'' s aid Dick; "they were the band of Big Andros, and you know it is said rtiat they are merci"Well, I must be going," s aid Dick, after a few minuh conversation with his comrades. "Hadn't we better go a way s with you, old man queried Bob. "Andros and his gang might try to you off, and then go for you again." "I don t think there is any danger of that, Bob; th I were too badly frightened. I dou bt if they have stopp running yet." Then Dick mounted his horse, and, bidding the y out good-by, rode back to the road, and turning into it, urg his horse onward at a gallop. He had gone scarcely a mile when out into the ro1 leaped Big Andros and his gang. "Stop!" roared Andros. "Stop, or you are a dead man; CHAPTER VIII. THE WOMAN WITH THE GUN. But Dick did not stop. 1 He had had one experience with Andros, and d i d wis h to have another. He preferred to make a dash for lib erty and ris k beil shot. He held the scoundrels in contempt, anywa y He had had proof that they wer e arrant coward s aI less." believed that he was a match for the entire gang. "And it was Big Andros and his gang?" ex claim e d Bob. So he whipp e d out his pistols and fired, point-blank,: "Jove! I am glad now that we got a couple of them!" with the ruffian s at the s am e time plunging the spurs in a glance at the two who were lying n e ar. "We didn't aim flanks of his horse to kill any of them, but I wis h now that we had all fired Andros and one of his men went down, with ho w ls: to kill. Such fellows are better dead than alive and robbing pain and rage. and murdering I The hor se, givin g v e n t to s nort s of pain and rage, leap


, + 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. 17 d on the run and dashed through the crowd, knock-thin on ther place thet wuz fit ter eet, an' I don' know how aown several of the scound r els. Two o r three on the o utskirts of the crowd fired at Dick, t they were excited, a n d their aim was bad-if, indeed, y t ook any aim at all. With a defiant yell, Dick rode down the road like a irlwind we uns air goin ter keep f rum starvin'." "That was bad," said Dick; "how long since they passed here?" 'Bout three hours, I guess .,)' Dick had learned just what he wished to know "Well, I am not one of those fellows, nor am I anything Answerin g -yells o i rage came from the di sappointed like them; and ii -you will give me a drink, I will b e going, ans. madam," said Dick. hey had fig ured on capturing Dick and putting him The woman had lowered the rifle, and now she set it up ough a course of sprouts, as they had attempted to do against the wall and said : en the ''Liberty Boys" interrupted the proceedings. "Jes' step aroun' ter ther back uv ther cabin; ther well's 'Yell, you cowardly hounds!" murmured Dick. "You thar, an' yo' kin hev er fresh drink." t get another chance at me soon again, and if my Dick obeyed, and found the woman at the well, she hav b erty Boys' hear you, and come down and find you, they ing gone out at tne back door. make you wish you had gone on about your business!" ick felt somewha t elated. e had got a s hot at Andros and had, he was sure, aed the ruffian The woma n started to draw a bucket of w a t e r, but Dick took the rope out of her hand and drew it him s elf "I'm stronger than you," he said "Yo' air er di:ffrunt kin uv er young man frum them e had escaped being wounded by the bullets of the sojers thet wuz heer," the woman said; "they talked mean an' sassy ter me, and made me he'p kerry things up outer the cellar." e bad a right to feel elated. e rode steadily onward for an hour. Dick drank out of a gourd dipper, and found the water to be fine. hen he stopped at a farmhouse. e dismounted and tied his horse and advanced to the He thanked the woman, and then with a "good-by," s be reached the door and before he could knock upon 0. he door suddenly ope ned and the youth found himself g into the muzzle of a rifle. tall, gaun t grim-vi s aged woman of perhaps fort y s of age held the rifle and the re was sho ot i n h e r eyes. Whut d yo' want beer?" the woman asked. ick was amazed, but did not show any sign s of trepi on or fear. t ead, he smiled, and his hat, bowed. wishe d to ask for a drink o f water, madam, he said, n ely. I /he woman' s f ace cleared. 3iie frown l e ft it. 6.e seemed t o be a bit suspicious, however. air Stepped around the corner of the cabin and started toward the road. As he did so he heard yells and pistol s hots, and look ing up the road saw a horseman approaching at the best speed of his hor se, and behind him came four redco ats also on horseback. The redcoats were doing the yelling and shooting. CHAPTER IX. DIC K SAVES THE WOMAN'S HUSBAN D "Great guns l here is more trouble!" thought Di ck. He immediately made up his mind to render the stranger all the assistanc e in his power ay, yo' hain t one uv them thar sojer f e ll e rs, a she a sked, doubtfully. He did not know the man, but he knew that the pur suers were redcoats, and his enemies, and tha t was suffiou mean one of the kind who wear a red coat?" he cient. het's whut I meen; them s ther on'y kin' uv sojers s een-an' I don' wanter see no more uv 'em I" ave the y been a long here?" Dick asked. a p ev the y? Yas, they hev An they tuck 'mos' ever' The man was dr e ssed in c itiz e n's clothes,_ so was prob ably some p a triot who h a d ea rned the a nger of the red coats in some m anner-s o Di c k decided As these tho ug ht s flas h e d t hrough Dick's mind he was advancing toward the gate in front of the hou s e and sud-


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. denly t h e door of t h e cabin came open and the woma n c a m e rushin g forth, r ifle i n hand They had not expected this They shrewdly suspected that the young fellow with the "Thet is my husban' !"she cried, wildly. "Oh, he'p me pistolR in his hands would prove to be a formidable antagon save m y h u sban' frum them sojers !" "I will h e l p your h u sban d madam;" said Dick, draw ing hi s p istols; "you had better go back into tbe cabin You might get hit with a b ull et." ist. They had already had one samp l e of his marksmanship I and did not care about putting the matter to a further test. They brought their horses to a full stop just out of No, no; I kin shoot ez good ez er man. I'll stay out pistol-Rhot distance. beer an' he'p yo'!" On ward came the fugitive. A fter him came the redcoats still yelling They had undoubtedly s,een Dick and the woman, but evi dently did not conside r them dangerous. They were soon to discover their mistake, however. "Let me have the r ifle, madam," said Dick; "I think I can dro p o n e of those fellows from his horse." The woman handed the weapon to Dick. "Kill one uv 'em u f yo' kin!" she said, grimly. "They've be' n d oi n ther best ter kill my ole man." Di c k made no reply, but l eveling the rifle, took careful aim a t the foremost redcoat Dick smiled, grimly. "That is a wise move on your part, my iine fellows.' he said. 'rhe redcoats seemed to be talking to each other, but Dick's eyes were good, and he quickly saw what they were doing. "They are loading their pistols l" he exclaimed. "If we let them do that they will have the advantage of us, so I urnst put a stop to it." As he spoke be sprang thro ugh the open gateway and ran up the road at the top of his speed, directly toward the redcoats. He had covered a third of the distance before the red-coats noticed what he was doing, and when they saw him The r edcoat gave utterance to a yell of pain, and throw they gave vent to startled cries, and whirled their horses, Crack ing up h is hands, tumbled from bis horse. Good cried the woman. "Goo d l yo' fotched h im, an' l'.m glad. uv et!" The other redcoats uttered wild yells of rage, and lashe d their horses forward at inc r eased speed The woman's husband had reached the spot by this time and b r inging the horse to a stop, he leaped to the ground and ruR hed thr ough the ga t eway "We'll be rode away, up the road at a gallop, lashing their horses to the best speed of which they were capable. Dick fired a shot after the fleeing men, bt1t did not hit either of them. I ndeed, he did not expect to do so. His object was to give them a fright that wou l d cure them of any desire to return. In this it seemed probable that he would be s u ccessful, for the redcoab:i did not slacken the speed of their horses "Cu m inter ther cabi n quick!" he cried. ki ll e d ef we don't git inside." while in sight of Dick; when they disappeared around a "Yo11 folks go in," said Dick; "I'll stand my ground bend in the road they were still going at their best speed. here b y the fence. I think I am more than a match for the three o f them." "Waal, yo' kinder skeered 'cm out, young feller!" said the man, who had followed Dick. A s D ick spoke, he drew bis pistols. "Yes," replied Dick, with a i::mile; "they do seem to b "Yo' go in, Mary," said the man; "I'll with ther a bit frightened." youn g felle r." "Yo' bet they air! They air go in' erway faster'n the '-Yes, go in, madam,'' said Dick; "we two will be more than a match for them, for they have discharged their come, an' thet's sayin' er good deal, fur they wuz cbasi n p istols, while mine are loaded. I ho. Id the lives of two of me like all git out." them at my mercy, if they come close enough." "Let's see how badly wounded this one is,'' said Dick The woman walked toward the house, slowly and re and he led the way to where the redcoat lay groaning luctantly, however. "Ef et comes te r a han' -t' han' fight, I kin he'p,'' she s a id. Wh en the redcoats saw that Dick and the man whom Dick made an examination, and found that the bulle had hit the man in the shoulder, making a severe, but no necessarily fatal wound. I guess we'll have to take him to your house and mak they h ad been chasing were going to stand their ground, him as comfortable as possible," the youth said. ca u sed them to slacken the speed of their horses. "I s'pose so,'' was the glum reply; "but et'


, THE LIBER1:Y -BOYS; tfdc:Es. --; -.. j9 purty bard 'ter hef ter take keer UV a feller wnut hez lie' n .a-chasin' yo' an' tryir;' ter kill yo'." l I "True a greed D'ick '"out we ca n hardly do less under the ci'rcu'mtalices.'; The two carri ed the wounded redcoat to the house and placed him on a cot in corner. Tnen Dick, who was s killed at such work, dressed the wound "There; you'll be all right, now," he said, when he h ad finished. "I hope so the wounded man groaned. -------......, ______ ,.,._-.,....-t bend and had led their horses into the timbe r and tied I j tliem. Then they had the:qiselves As soon as Dick came opposite them they had fired the volley. Delighted by the success of their ruse, the three rushed forwaru I They were half-way from the timbe r to where Dick lay when they paused suddenly and gave utterance to cries of amazement and terror. "The rnpposed dead youth st r aightened up to a sitting posture, and two pistols stared the redcoats in the "Whut'll we do ef ther redcoats come heer ?" asked the face. man. "Tell them that if they will agree not to bother you, you will let them remove their wounded comrade," replied Dick; "and if they won't promise, tell them that if they attempt to trouble you, you will kill him." e "Thct's whut I'll do!" the man dec1ared. Then Dick bade them good-by, though not before the woman had thanked th youth for saving the life of her husband-for that he had done so was certain. Dick mounted his horse and rod e on up the road in the direction taken by the three redcoats. "I am liabl e to those fellows," he thought; "so I will have to be ready for war." He had reloaded his pistol and so felt that he was ready The redcoats were not in sight. Crack crack Two of the redcoats uttered cries pain, and one tumbled to the ground. Dick had fooled the three with a trick. He been playing 'poss um He had been slightly w?unded by one of the bullets, and had seemed to fall from the horse. In rE:ality he had leaped to the ground and tqen fl;lll. The two redcoats rushed back into the timber, leaving their comrade lying where he had fallen. Dick ran to where his horse stood, and, leaping into the sadd le, rode a way at a gallop One of the redcoats came running out into the roap. and fired after Dick, but the bullet went wide of the mark. Dick half tumed in the saddle, waved his band and uttereil a derisive laugh. "That's the time you were fooled," he murmured, and then he dismissed the matter from his mind. He turned "That is strange, thought Dick; I wonder where they his attention to the work before him. have gone?" [ At this instant, bang! bang! bang! went three pistol s shots, corning from the timber at the s ide of the road, and a his horse tumbled Dick! d oe CHAPTER: X. AN ILL-F.\.VOR:en' rrosT. Tlw hor s e ran but a short distanc .e, and then, with rare came to a stop Out from the edge of the timber now rus hed the three eedcoats. 0 They had played a sharp trick. Of cou rse, he wished to keep close to the British army, but he did not wish to venture too close He rode onward at a lively pace for nearly an hour. Theu he stopped at a farmhouse and asked how long it had been since the British army passed He was informed that it had been only about an hour. ''That means that they are only about three miles ahead thought Dick; "I might as well go slow and take things easy." He his horse walk during the next hour, and as i t was now becoming supper-time, he made up pis mind to stop at the next house and get something to eat and feed for his horse. A few minutes lat e r he came to a log house sit u ate d in the edge of the timber a hundred yards from the road. Dick rode up to the cabin door and dismounted. Suspecting that the young man who had put them to He knocked on the door, which was opened presently ak\ight back at the cabi n might come their way, they had by a low-brow e d, evil-eyed man. as soon as they got out of sight around the Dick did not fancy the looks of the fellow, but he was


hungry and didn't know how far it might be to the next house, so he decided to eat supper with the ellow, anyway. Good evening I" said Dick. "Evenin' !" was the reply "I'm a traveler and would like a bite to eat, mysel, and feed for my horse Can you accommodate me?" "Dunno; I'll hef ter ax ther ole woman erbout ther grub." Then the man turned hi s head and called out: "Moll!" Somehow, he seemed to eel that he was in danger. He lay perfectly still and listened. Presently he heard a noise which caused him to believe that he was right in thinking that danger threatened. Some one was climbing the rude steps which led to the lot I CHAPTER XL "Waal ?" came back from within the cabin. DICK UPSETS HIS HOST'S PLANS. "Here's er feller ez wants sumthin' ter eat. Kin yo' give et ter him ?" "Yas, ef he kin put up with co'nbread an' pork." "That'll do, fine ly," said Dick. "I guess I kin fin' some co' n ur ther hoss,'' said the man The man stepped out of doors, and, taking the bridle rein, l e d the horse around behind the house and into a shed stable. He tied the horse and gave him some corn and then led the way back to the house. They entered the house and Dick took a seat, the man going on out into the kitchen. Dick heard the murmur of voices, but, 0 course, thought nothing of it. He s upposed the man and his wie were talking about domestic affairs. Dick could hear the person, whoever it was, climbin g slowly and cautiously. Instantly the youth's mind revert ed to his ill-favored host. "I didn't like his look s," Dick said to himself, "and it won't surprise me if it turns out to be him." Dick wondered what would be his best plan of action. He thought a few mom ents, and then rising, silently stole away from the spot where h e had been lying. "I'll see the fellow intends doing," thought the youth ; "and i he shows by his actions that he means harm, I will go for him with all my might." The trouble with Dick's plan was that it was impossible to see anything. It was very dark up in the loft. "Perhaps he will bring a candle with l1im," the. yout h When the man returned, Dick endeavored to engage him thought. "I hope so." in comersatio n, but was unable to get much out 0 his host But the man did not have a candle The man replied in monosyllables and seemed to be-Dick heard him reach the loft and rise to his feet, but grudge those. could not see him. "He's not very sociable," thought Dick. "Well, I'll do the best I can in the darkness," said Dick Supper was announced presently and Dick was soon seatto himself, grimly. ed at the table in the kitchen. He remained perfectly still and listened. The woman of the house was almost as ill-favored as the man. This did not maHer, however, and did not affect Dick's appetite. He heard the intruder stealing across the loft floor. Then came a few moments of silence. "He's getting ready to make the leap," thought Dick. In this the youth was right. He ate heartily of the cornbread and fried pork, and elt There was a sudden thud, followed by a startled, but so well satisfied when he had finished that he asked that he half-smothered exclamation might rem ain in the cabin over night. "He has made the leap, and found me missing, thought The host said that Dick might stay, and when bedtime Dick. "Now, what will he do?" came he conducted the youth to a little loft room which The youth stood perfectly quiet and waited and listened. was reached by a series of rud e steps nailed to the wall. The bed was a coarse, home-made blanket placed on some moss and leaves, but it W!lS a couch, nevertheless, and fifteen minutes ater lying down Dick was sound asleep. Dick slept soundly for several ho11rs, and then was sud denly awakened-by he knew not what. To say that Dick was frightened would not be speaking the truth, for he was not; but he was far from feeling easy in hi s mind. His situation was anything but a plea sant one. Still he elt that he would be able to take care of him self.


THE LIBERT':.. BOYS' SUCCESS. 21 "Did yo' git 'im, Joe?" came up from below, in cau ious tones. Dick recognized the voice as being that of the wife of lis host. "Shut up!" called down Joe, in a savage, but cautio us 10ice. "No, I didn't git 'im. He hain t on ther pallet!" "W aal, no matter; he's in ther loft, an' .yo' kin git 'im. fo' air more'n er match fur er younker like 'im." "I guess I am, ef I kin git hol' uv 'im." "Ther loft hain't very big, Joe." "I know thet ez well ez yo' do, but I don keer 'bout aroun' in ther dark, a-lookin' fur ther younker. Han' ue up er can'le, Moll." "Oho! he wants a light," thought Dick; "well, I guess it till be as good a thing for me as for him." Dick quietly drew a pistol. "I'll be ready for Joe," he said to himself, grimly. "Heer''3 ther can'le, Joe," said the voice of the woman. A lighted candle was thrust up through the opening, nd the man seized it and placed it on the loft floor. Then he turned and looked searchingly about him. What he saw brought a smothered imprecation to his lips. Standing not ten feet distant, at the centre of the room, here the roof was highest, stood the youth whom he had pected to take by surprise, and murder. In the youth's hand was a pistol, and the weapon was :veled at Joe's head. Joe grasped an ugly-looking knife in his right hand. The knife had a blade an inch and a half wide and ten 1ches long, at least, and was a terrible weapon, but to ;e it e ffectively the owner would have to be close to his 1te nd e d victim. Dic k was aware of thi s and did not intend that the fel-w s hould come close. For a few moments the two stood perfe c tly still and "No, but I'll kill yo' jes' ther same!" he hissed. Dick shook his head. "You will do nothing of the kind, Joe," he said, quietly; "if you make a move to attack me, I will put a bullet through your black heart!" This was said quietly-so quietly, in fact, that Joe shud dered. Somehow he realized that the author of those quietly words was more dangerous than many a man he had seen who made loud and fierce threats. "Yo' wouldn't dar' ter shoot the man grow led, but there was an intonation to his voice which proved that he did not believe what he said. "If you really think that, you are deceiving yourself badly, Joe," said Dick; "I'll shoot, and shoot to kill. You must understand, my friend, that I am a veteran, even though only a young man. I have killed a score of better men than you-not that I am boasting of this, mind you, for I am not proud of it-and will not hesitate to kill you, for I consider that my life is of mote value to the world at large than is yours; so the very best thing you can do is to put that big knife away and go quietly back down stairs. By so do.Ing you will sav e your life, and will not put me to the necessity of adding you to the list of my victims." Joe glared in impotent anger. There was the look of a baffled demon in his eyes. It was evident that he would have taken savag e delight in cutting the cool youth into bits. But he was not quite a fool. He realized that b e fore h e could get within cutting distance, the youth would put a bull e t through him. While he crou c h e d there, undecided and hesitating, his wife s voice cam e up from below. ed eac h other intently. "Say, yo', Joe whut air yo'

22 THE LIBERT )>.,,j.fS' SUCCESS. minnet till I han' yo' up ther gun. I guess yo' kin do had no timepiece; but he was suddenly awakened by feelin some shootin' ez well ez him!" "My good v.oman," called out Dick, "let me tell you something : If you are tired of your husband, if you hate him, and wish to get rid of him, just pass up the gun and I will put a bullet through him before he can take hold of the weapon. If you wish to keep Joe with you a while longer, you will do well to not try anything of the kind." the boards, on which he was lying, move. They moved only a very little, but it was suffici ent to arouse Dick. He li ste ned intently. He heard a muttered growl, which came but faintly to his ears. "That sounded like the voice of Moll," thought Dick; "Yo' beer thet, Moll?" called down Joe. "This beer "likely it was her, for she is a tig r ess, if ever there was young feller means whut he says, an' yo' kin be shore uv thet. I guess I hed better come down." "Yes, go down, Joe," said Dick; "go down, and stay down. Take warning and don t stick your head up through that hole again to-night. If you do, I will put a bullet one." Dick went to sleep agai n and was not disturbed again during the night. Dick waited till he caught both Joe and Moll i n the room below, and then descended, in the morning. through it. Down with you!" "Good morning," he said, just as if he had spent the The man decided to obey. most pleasant night in the world, and. had nothing but He swung his legs down through the opening, and a few friendly feelings for the couple. "Is breakfast ready?" moments later his body and head disappeared. The woman glared at Dick, fiercely, and the man looked Dick stepped to the opening, and after blowing out the su llen, but in the eyes of the latter was a peculiar look-of candle, looked down into the room underneath. respect, almost admiration for the cool youth. Joe and the woman stood at the farther end of the room, conversing in whispers. "Now, don't try any more tricks, you two!" called out Dick, warningly. "I have been easy enough to let you off once, Joe, but next time I won't do it. Take warning, and don't make any more attempts on my life; it won't be good for you if you do !" "Breakfas'll be reddy in er few minnets," Joe replied. "Good! I'm hungry as a bear. Now, come into the 1 kitchen, both of you, while l wash my face; I don't intend that you shall have a chance to put a bullet through me." Dick spoke in the most matter-of-fact tone imaginable, just as if he were speaking of some business matter. Joe turned his face toward the opening The two obeyed, though on the part of the woman i E was with a very ill grace. "Yo' needn' be afeerd," he said; "I hain't ergo in' ter try ter bother yo' no more. I've jes' be' n a-tellin' Moll so, The man, as Dick could see, was completely cowed. The youth made his toilet, and then, breakfast bein an' yo' kin go ter bed an' ter sleep; yo' sleeps too light ready, he sat down and ate heartily, forcing his host an fur me!" hostess to eat of the food, first, to make sure it was no "All right, Joe," replied Dick; "that is, indeed, wise on doctored in some manner. When be had finished he asked the man how much fo n your part. But there are some boards here which I

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. 2 3 ===================:==============--. He counted t.he redcoats, and found that ther were CHAPTER XII. nine of them. "I believe I can put five to i!ight," he thought; "I am LARKIN .AG.A.IN. going to try, at any rate." He decided to try the old trick-one which he and Bob "That shot was fired by Moll," thought Dick; "I knew bad employed on more than one occasion-that of riding she was a tigress enough She is worse than Joe, and he's bad up at a :fierce gait, yelling and making a s much noise as possible, in addition to firing his pistols, and thus frighten Dick look e d ba c k and saw Joe standing where he had l eft him. The man had his hands in the air t o show that they w ere empty I didn' do et!" he called out, in fright e n e d ton es. "I l didn' do et, an' I didn' know she wuz goin ter do et!" "All right, Joe!" called back Dick, and then he ga l lope d out to the road and on up it, in the dir e ction of l Wilmington. Dick did not rid e very fa s t after getting out of sight of the cabin. He knew that if he rode v e r y fas t h e would overtake t h e B ritish, and this he d i d not wish to do. e d Dick was forced to stop at a farmhou s e two o r to keep from ru nning onto the rear guard of the B ritish. 0 VJ I He had s topped ostensibly to get a drink, but reall y to how long it had been s ince the British had passed, md finding that the people of the hou s e were patriots, he remain e d there several hours, as we have said. c He learned that it was only about eight miies to Wil and h e remained, at the earnest solicitation of his ew-found friend s and took suppe r with them. 0 After supper he bade them good by, and, mounting, r ode 0! n ward toward Wilmington. 1 It was dark before he was within two miles of the city, l n d a mile farther on he came upon a scene which fill ed i tlim w ith anger. l A party of redcoat s ear the road. e were looting a house which stood A b o nfir e was burning and b y its light the redcoats were or king. The people of the house, a man, his wife and two chil m :en, a boy of perhaps ten, and a girl of sixt e en or seven e n s tood near, helpless. They could only watch the of pillage. "Jove I mu s t put a stop to thi s thought Dick "I hJievc, too, that this is the home of the Mill e r s the patriot s tlee folks back at the other house told me of, and where I 1 s to stop and leave my horse. Let' s see; what can I do?" D ick eyed t11e scene with c r itica l eyes. the r edcoats away. He thought that it might work. Turning hi s horse he rode back up the roa d a d ist ance of two hundred yards Then he urged his horse into a gallop and c am e rac ing down the road, the c latter of the horse's hoof s bein g loud enough to l ead an ordinary hearer to imagine that the re wer e severa l animals. T his was what Dick wished> the redcoats to think. As he drew near the cabin, Dick began yelling, "Come o n boys, we've got them now!" at the t op of his v o ice. Then he fired four shots from his four pistols in as rapid succession as possib le, and came riding right up t o the cahi n st ill yelling fo r the boys to "Come on!" The redcoats, i magining that a party was upon th e m broke and fled at the top of their speed. Dick, seeing that he had them going, gave chase, yelli n g at the top of his voice. He followed only a short distance, h owever. He was well aware of the fact that it was not s afe to pursue a fleeing foe unless you outnumbered it con s ider ably-and on this occasion he did not outnumber his e n e mies He stopped an d turned back, and w h e n h e reach e d the cab i n h e was overwhe l med wit h t hanks from the m e mbers of the fami ly. They wer e the Millers, Dick quickly l earne d, and t hen he told them who he was and that he had bee n dir e ct e d to stop there by friend s of theirs a few mil e s back o n the road. "But whe r e are your comrades?" asked Mr. Miller, p r e s ently, peering up the road "You m u st have been a long ways ahead of them D ick laughed. "I have no comrades,'' he rep lied. "What!" gasped the man, while the ot h ers gave utt e r ance to exclamations. "Do you mean to say you are alon e? "Entirely alone "And-and-you atta c ked the r e dcoat s s in g l e-hanclc u 9 "As you have seen a n d p u t them to flight, too!" with another laugh. Mr. Miller and his wife, son and daughter w e r e amazed at the boldness of the youth.


-J 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. They could not help telling him that they thought him the bravest and most daring youth they had ever heard of. Dick laughed at these statements, and asked ff he might He was twent y yards in advance, however, and the y soor discovered that he was a 1:?peedier runner than any of their number. leave his horse there for a day or two. Then they brought their pistols into requisition, and Of course, Mr. Miller was only too glad to grant the fired several shots. youth permis sio n to do this, and then, after a few minutes of conversation, Dick bade them good-by and started on in the direction of Wilmington. It was only a mile to the city, Mr. Miller told Dick, and he would be there very soon. Fifteen minutes later he was at the edge of the town. He entered without being challenged, and was soon on the main street, walking along, looking around him. Suddenly a party of five redcoats came around a corner and met Dick, face to face. As they did so a cry escaped the lips of one of the coats: "It is that cursed rebel spy w hom we came so near capFortunately none hit the fugitive, although one or two of the bullets were heard by Dick. Another lucky thing for Dick was that there were I very few people on the street down which he was running. The few people who were there were citizens, and they got out of the way instead of trying tu stop Dick, as the redcoats called out for them to do. Dick turned several corners in his flight, in an attempt to throw his pursuers off the track. He did not succeed in doing this, but had gained on the redco ats, and was now nearly the length of a block ahead of them. Presently he came to a large lumber ya rd, which, he soon turing up in the country the other night when he was saw, was on the shore of a river, which at this point was spying on General Cornwallis!" exclaimed the fellow. quite wide. It was Larkin, and he had recognized Dick The re was a rude wharf, and lying there were perhaps half a dozen schooners and one good-siz e d ship. G Dick did not have much time to think. He was opposite the ship, and running up the gangCHAPTER XIII. plank he made his way to the cabin. Not a soul was in sight. DARING SPY WORK. Dick gently opened the cabin door and looked in. There was no one in the room so far as he cop.Id see. Dick had not counted on meeting Larkin. It was so dark he coul d not make out much of anything He had had trouble with the fellow at the farmhouse, however. two or three days before, and again on the night that he He stepped through, into the room and closed the door had been detected playing spy on General Cornwallis, and it was only natural, Dick knew, for Larkin to wish ,to get even with him: But Dick had intended to keep out of the fellow's way. Now, however, he was face to face with him, and had been recognized. Dick realized that he was in danger. If h e allowed hims elf to be captured he wonld be shot or hung in short order. So the instant Larkin uttered the words quoted above, the youth acted. He leaped forward and knocked Larkin down. Another quick, strong blow, and down went another of the r edcoats 'rhen Dick leaped through the opening thus made, and darted around th e corner and dashed down the street. The redcoats were aroused to action by this time, and they rushed around the corner in pursuit of the fleeing youth. 1 Of course, he was careful not to make any noise, as h knew there must be some one around within hearin distance. H e listened a few moments. To his ears came the sound of murmuring voices. The voices came from th e adjoining room. r Dick stepped to the connecting door and listened. sl He could hear the voices plainer, but could not di I tinguish words. He stooped and peered through the keyhole. He saw two men. u They were seated at a table at the farther side of th room, and their backs were toward Dick. One of the men as a captain in the British navy. Dick could tell this by his uniform. The other man was General Cornwa ll is! Dick was surprised to see the general there, sure he coul d n ot be mistaken in the man. Instantly he was all alert. y rt


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. 25 If he could overhear the conversation between the two The men hastened out of the cabin and off the ship. e might become possessed of information of importance. Then Dick listened to some comments on himself in He must hear what they were saying. considerable amusement. He was prepared to take long chances in order to do so.1 Pre.sently two to matters had Dick turned the knob and pulled. occupied their attention pnor to the commg of Larkm and The door came open, slowly and silently. his comrades, and this was just what Dick wished. The two men were busy, and interested in their work He was acquiring information, and wished to secure as (they were examining maps) and conversation, and Dick's much as was possible. presence was not suspected. Dick glanced around him. The two men conversed for another hour, and then a bodyguard of ten soldiers came aboard the ship and Gen-Near where he stood was the door leading into a stateeral Cornwallis took his departure. room. Dick seized upon the time when the captain of the ship Dick opened this door and slipped into the room. was out of the cabin, seeing Cornwallis off, to slip out of He closed the door and placed his ear to the keyhole. the stateroom and out of the cabin and upon the deck. He could understand what was being said, now. Dick was listening, and congratulating himself on his fortune, when there came the sound of trampling feet m the deck of the ship. Then the footsteps were heard in the outer cabin. General Cornwallis and the captain ceased talkin g and ooked at each other in surprise. They turned their faces toward the door, expecta ntly. r Dick thought he knew who were coming. "It is Larkin and his gang!" he said to himself. "Did hey see me come aboard the ship, or are they just guessng ?" Dick turned the key in the lock of the stateroom door. g "They won't get to look in this room, if I can prevent I ; l" he said to himseff. t r The newcomers knocked on the door. hE "Come in!" called out Cornwallis. rte The door opened, and Dick, who was peering through the eyhole, saw that he was right; it was Larkin and his 1mrades. "What is wanted?" asked Cornwallis, somewhat sternly, r he did not fancy being disturbed in this unceremonious shion. ieLarkin told his story, excitedly, and when he had fin1ed, Cornwallis was almost as excited as the other "What! That spy here in Wilmington?" he cried. "And U say he came down to the river front? Search for tlm, men! Search high and low,' and if you find him, u will have the opportunity of dividing one hundred unds between you "We thought it possible that he might have come aboard s vessel, sir," said Larkin. WllJ'he general shook his head. "No, he would not have done that," he said; "he probly doubled on you and is heading back into the main rt of the town. After him, as quickly as pos&ible !" Dick made his way to a dark and deserted portion of the deck, and waited. Then when Cornwallis was gone and the captain had returned to the cabin, Dick leaped ashore and made his way toward the main part of the town. As he walked along he was turning over in his mind plans for his procedure. It did not take him long to decide what to do. "I think I have learned sufficient," he said to himself; "I heard General Co,rnwallis say he was going to go up into Virginia with his army and effect a junction with the forces under General Phillips and Arnold, and this was the in formation which General Greene had wished Dick to secure -the intentions of General Cornwallis. Dick had also heard Cornwallis say that he was going to send a small party of soldiers to Camden to warn Lord Rawdon that the patriot army was approaching that point, and Dick wished to head this party off and capture it, if possible. If he could make a success o! this, then it would be possible for Greene to take Lord Rawdon by surprise, and capture Camden. Thinking thus, Dick headed toward the country. He wished to get out of Wilmington as quickly as pos sible, now, and without being seen by any of t1ie redcoats, if possible, but he was to be disappointed. Suddenly, on turning a corner, he came upon a party of redcoats, who, the instant they saw him, gave utterance to a shout and rushed toward him. CHAPTER XIV. DICK ASTONISHES A LANDLORD. "Great guns! I'm in for it again!" thought Dick He whirled and darted down the street at full speed. After l1im, peil-mell, came the redcoats.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. They had heard that there was a reward of one bunThen he stopped just before dark at a log house and [ dred pounds o-fl'ered for the capture of the youth, and they asked if he might stay over nighl wished to earn the money. He was told that he might. But pick had no notion of letting them do it. When he had helped look after the hors e and had en-He raced onward at top speed. tered the house in company with the man, Dick asked how If he could succeed in getting out of the town and far it was to Cheraw, and was pleased when he learned into the timber, he could bid defiance to the entire British that it was only seven miles to the town. army. Onward he sped. After him still came the redcoats. They were yelling in their excitement. Others joined in the chase. Luckily for Dick he was in a. part of the city not much frequented after night, and there were few people on the streets. Dick expected to reach Cheraw ahead of General Greene and the patriot army, and there await them. The people were ordinary citizens, and as they did ask Dick any questions regarding himself, he did not ask them any questions. He paid for the keep of himself and horse, and, mount j r ing at an early hour, next morning, rode away toward Cheraw. He encountered a few pedestrians, but they promptly He reached the town two hours later, and went to th stepped aside and gave him the right of way, and he went tavern. onward. Before entering, he looked all around, and up the road Dick was such a swift runner that he gradually left his toward the north, from which direction the patriot arm pursuers behind. Finally he was out of the town proper. He struck into the road. It did not go in the direction he wished to go, but Dick decided to follow it for a distance in order to throw his pursuers off the track. He kept on up the road a distance of half a mile, and would come. There were no patriot soldiers to be seen, however, no was there any sign of the army in the distance. Dick entered the tavern. The proprietor was a large, fat man, and he greete Dick pleasantly. "What can I do for you?" he asked. then turning aside, plunged into the timber, and making a "Nothing in partieular," replied Dick; "I may wish t half circuit of nearly a mile, struck into a road which led remain with you the rest of to-day and to-night, that if toward the home of the Millers. all." Fifteen minutes later he arrived there. "I shall be to give you accommodations, young -sir, The family had retired for the night, but Dick soon was the reply. "Are you expecting friends to meet yo aroused Mr. Miller. He asked if he might remain over night, and Mr. Miller said he should be delighted to have the youth remain. "Didn't you put the redcoats to flight this evening, and here?'! Dick nodded. "I am," he replied. The landlord rubbed his fat hands. keep us from being robbed of nearly everything we pos"That will be good for me," he said, with a smile; sess ?" the man asked. "Of course you may stay !-not will make business for me, and I shall be glad to acco only over night, but a week or a month, if you like!" rnodate your friends, also." "Thanks," smiled Dick; "but I must be away on my Dick smiled. journey by daybreak to-morrow. Get me up early, Mr. "I am afraid your tavern is hardly spacious enough f the purpose," he said. "Very well; I will do so." "No?" in surprise. "How many friends do you expect He kept his word, and Dick was up and had eaten have join you?" breakfast before the sun rose. "About twenty-five hundred." Just as the sun was coming up he mounted his horse, Dick spoke quietly, but the effect was calculated to ca bade good-by to the people who had been so kind to him, one to laugh. and rode away. "What!" almost shouted the landlord, red with excitlE Dick rode rapidly all day, stopping only once, an hour ment; "did you say twenty-five hundred? You must at noon, for dinner, and to give his horse a chance to eat making sport at my expense!" something, and rest a bit. "Oh, no, not at all," Dick hastened to say; "I mean i


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. 27 ".And you have t;enty-five hundr e d fri e nd s c oming here t o meet you?" "Yes; or more properly spe a kin g p e rh a ps, I came h e re t o m e et them." "And who are these frie nds, if I may ask ? The re was a su s pici o u s look on the man 's face S o ldiers," r e pl ie d Dic k qui e tl y "Soldiers "Yes-patriot s oldi e r s." "Patriot s oldi ers!" "Yes ; the patriot army und e r Gen e r a l G reene i s com-ing down from the north, a nd i t s hou l d r eac h her e by livenin g I should thi.nk." Gr ea t Jove! you d o n t mean it? e "I certainly do." The landlord turne d pa l e CHAPTER XV. THE "LIBE RTY BOYS'" SUCCE S S. / Dick eyed th e m an sea r c hin g l y "They will likely go into camp soon, though," thought Dick; "so I will go on and meet them." The march for the day had come to an end, and the men were building camp-fires and erecting tents, and getting ready to cook supper when Dick came up. He was well known to practically all the soldiers in th e army, and was recognized as soon as he rode up. He was greeted with a cheer, for all knew that he had been sent to Wilmington to s p y on Cornwallis, a nd the y wer e glad to see him back in safety. Dick s oon c am e to the spot where the "Liberty Boy s were located, and the y cheered their young command e r wildl y whe n he put in an appearance. Dick tarried here only long enough to di sm..mnt and ti e hi s hor se. Then he hastened to the tent occupied by General Greene. The g e n e ral g re e t e d Dick heartily. "I'm glad to see you back again, Dick, and so soon, too. You must have had good luck!" "Splendid, General Greene!" replied Dick. Th e n he told the officer what h e had learned. Gre en e listened with interest. "So Cornwallis is going to go up into Virginia, is he?'' h e remarked, thou g htfully. "Well, that is as good as I could ask for. It eliminates him altogether, and I am : < "You seem some what tak e n aback by the idea of a free to go ahead and drive the British out of South Caro ifltri o t a rmy coming thi s way," h e remarked. lina. After that is accomplished, I will return into North The landl ord st arted. Carolina and do the same thing, and if need be I will enter : "Me ?-oh, no; why s hould I?" h e hast e ned to say. Virginia and give Cornwallis battle." 11 "Oh, I don't know ; I s i m p ly j udge d by you r look s that General Greene s face beamed with pleasure. After a few moments of silence he said: all." "Yo u mi sjudge d m e the n, young man; I am glad to "And now about that party which was to be sent by a.ow that the patrio t army is coming." Cornwallis to Camd e n to warn Lord Rawdon of our com-The l andlord trie d to s a y thi s in a hearty, fra llk manner, ing: It must be stopped, Dick; those redcoats mu s t not '1t the attempt was s o n e arl y a failur e that Dick could be allowed to reach their destination." ne the man was not g lad. "That was my idea, General Greene," replied Di ck; "and "He's a Tory a t h e art, thou g h t Di ck; "and will bear that is the reason why I hastened back. If you s a y so, I it ching." f Di c k r e m a in e d at the t a v e rn all day and when even g approached, and the patriot army had not put in an i pearance, he decided to ride toward the north and meet it. will take a dozen or so of my 'Liberty Boys' and e ffect the capture of the redcoats in que s tion." "Good, Dick! That is just what I wish you to do." After some further conversation Dick saluted and wit h-He ord e red his horse, and, paying bis score, mounted and drew from the tent. ie away. When he told the youths what he wished to do, they a ll uHe rode onward a di s t a n c e of a mile or so, and then clamored to accompany him. t en h e rea c hed th e top of a hill he pau s ed and looked Dick told the m this would be olly, howeve r, and he "U!ad. named ten of the youths who were to make memb e r s of Th e sun had just set, and it was growing du sk, but away the party. "the Jistance, a mile away, at lea s t, Dick saw the head of 'Yhen supper was over Dick and his ten comrades mountlong column of soldiers. ed their horses and rode away in the direction of Cheraw. Th e patriot army was coming! It was quite dark and they rode at a walk most of the


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS. way, but it was only a little more than a mile and a half gracefully. Don't attempt to draw weapons, any of yo io Cheraw and half an hour from the time of leaving for if you do my men will riddle you with bullets." camp, they rode into the town. They rode down the main street, and when they reached the tavern where Dick had spent the day, the youth called a halt. "I hardly expect it, Bob," he said to the youth who rode next to him, "but it is possible that those redcoats might "We surrender!" said one of the redcoats. "Good! Bob, disarm them!" l Bob stepped forward and quickly performed the tas l passing the weapons to his comrades as he took them o l : Then Dick went to the side door and called to th 1 come by the way of Cheraw and might be in the tavern. landlord: : l l : : : You boys wait here a few moments while I go and see." 'l'hen he made his way to the tavern and up onto the porch in front. He made his way to a window and looked in. Seated at a table at the farther end of the room were five redcoats. They were eating and drinking and seemed to be enjoy ing themselves. At this moment, the landlord entered the room through a side door and approached the table. He bore a tray on which were bottles and glasses, and after he had placed these on tlre table, he stood, tray in hand, and talked to the redcoats. The youth shrewdly surmised that the landlord was tell ing the redcoats about the youth who had been there that day and who had told him of the coming of the patriot army. Dick hastened back to where the boys were. "Dismount and tie your horses, quick!" he cried but cautiously; "the redcoats are in the tavern!" The youths dismounted instantly and tied their horses to some posts standing in front of the tavern. "Come," said Dick; "follow me. Be ready with your weapons." Dick led the way up onto the porch. All followed, and when they were ready Dick suddenly opened the door and the "Liberty Boys" rushed into the room. The landlord, tray in hand, stood at the side of the That worthy soon put in an appearance. He was pale and frighten e d looking. "Bring me some rope!" ordered Dick, "and be quic about it; bring one long rope, or fiv. e or six short it doesn't matter which; we wish to use the rope in tyint j the wrists of your friends, the redcoats." j 4 The landlord was soon back with some rope. 4 "Now order the horses belonging to these men broug : around in front of the tavern," said Dick, as he took 5 rope from the landlord, and that worthy hastened awa 5 to give the order. g The "Liberty Boys" quickly bound the hands of the coats and led them out of the room. i As soon as the redcoats' horses were brought around, t 11: youths assisted their prisoners to mount. '. 'rhen the "Liberty Boys" mounted their horses an 6" with the prisoners in their midst, rode back toward patriot encampment. il 1; Half an hour later they reached the camp. 7i "Weil, well," said General Greene, when Dick put in 7 uppearance and reported the capture of the redcoats, "y 79 did that very quicldy." 82 3 "Yes." replied the youth; "it didn't take us long found the redcoats in the tavern in town, and had difficulty in capturing them 1 88 "Well, I'm glad you succeeded; I was sure that yo would, however, for you always do what you set out to do l = THE END. The next number ( 48) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" w contain "THE BOYS' SE'rBACK; OR, D "You are harboring the enemy!" said Dick, sternly, ad-FEATED BU'l' NOT DISGRACED," by Harry Moo dressing the landlord. Then to the startled redcoats : room near the side door and sta red at the youths in open rnouthed dismay. "You are our prisoners!" With a wild cry of t error the landlord disappeared SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this wee through the !:'ide door. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from ar The r edcoa ts stared at Dick and his comrades for a few newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps \ .. moments in silence mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIQ' "It's no use, my fri ends," said Dick, quietly; "you are SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop.JN" trapped, you cannot get away and might as well surrender you order by return mail.


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