The Liberty Boys' setback, or, Defeated but not disgraced

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The Liberty Boys' setback, or, Defeated but not disgraced
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Moore, Harry
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J HE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. l Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American R.evolution. Issue d Weekly-By Subsc r iption $2.50 p e r y ear. Entere d as Second Class Matter at the New York, N Y ., Post otrtce, F ebruary !I, 1901. Ente r e d acc o 1ding to A c t of Congress, i n the y e a r 1901, i n the otrice of the Libr a rian of Congress, Washington, D. C ., by Fran k Tousey, 24 U nion S q uare, N ew York. No. 48 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 29, 1901. Price 5 Cen ts CHAPTER I. A 81'!REWD DEVICE. It was the 18th of April, 1781. He would be discovered, without doubt, and shot or hung fo1 a spy. He might, by waiting till away in the night, sneak in, but he would be taking big chances. Dick pondered the matter carefully, and came to a deOn this day the patriot army of the South, under Gen-cision. eral Greene, appeared before Camden, South Carolina. Camden was occupied by aoout one thou s and British t roops under Lord R a wdon. Greene wis hed to capture Camden, but hardly dared at tar k as he knew nothing of the defenses of the place He was a youth who believed in bold measures. When he reached the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys," he called the youths about him. "Boys," he said, "General Greene wishes me to enter Camden and find out h o w strong the fortifications are. I H had more than two thousand men, but many of them have made up my mind to enter at once, and I want you were m ilitia, and he well knew that an attacking force to help me." mus (l1 tnumber the other in order to have much chance of "What can we 0do, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. success. "I'll tell you, Bob." He did so, and when he had :finished the youths nodded Greene sent for Dick Slater the y o ung captain of the band of youths kD.own a s "The Lib erty Boys of 7 6." their approval of Dic k' s plan, and began making prepara Dick had been a wond e rful succ ess as a spy. He had done su ccessful work for Was hington in the North, and also for Greene in the South. When Dick report e d to Greene, the latter told him what he wished. Dick listened and wh e n the o t h e r had e nded, h e s aid: "Then you wis h m e to l e arn if pos sible, how strong the defense s of the Briti s h ar e ?" "That i s just wha t I wis h you to do, Di c k." tions to render Dick all the assistance in their power. Dick quickly doffed his uniform and donned an old suit of homespun, with coar s e shoes and an old slouch hat. Then he bridled and saddled an old shaggy-looking horse, and mounted it. The other "Liberty Boys had bridled and saddled their hor ses, and they also mounted Then suddenl y Dick rode out of the en ca mpment at a gallop. He was ki c k i n g the horse in the rib s and doing his best to g et s peed out of the animal, and when he had "Do so; a nd r e p ort to me the in st!'lnt y ou succ eed in perhaps a hundred y ard s out from the encampment burst "Very w e ll sir; I will see what I can do." learning what I wish to know." a JCOre or mor e of the "Liberty Boys," and gave chase. "Very Dick withdr e w and returned by the "Liberty Boys." They fired their musk e ts and pistols, and shouted for to the quart e rs occupied th e fugitive t o s top. But Dick rode onward at the best speed of his hor se. Dick had turned the matter over in hi s mind He took off his old hat and u sed it as a whip to urge He' knew that the British knew the patriot a rmy was in the horse onward. the vicinity. The redcoats, standing on the breastworks, saw the chase, Indeed the patriot army was within half a mile of the and stared in amazement. town, and was plain to b e seen by the r e dcoat s without a "The fellow must be a deserter!" they cried. doubt. What was worr y ing Dick, therefore, was how to enter Camden "Yes, that s what he is!" "See; they're firing upon him "He'll make .it!"


2 THB LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. ====================-====== The redcoats were excited. "Yes, and if the r ebels succ e ed in getting hold of you= When Dick was within hearing of the s ound of their ag ain they ll hang you, quick as a wink!" voices they y e lled to him, encouragingly. Dick pret e nded to look frightened. A hundred of the soldiers mounted the earthworks, muskets in hand, and waited for the pursuers of the lone rider to come within range. But the "Liberty Boys" were too shrewd to follow Dick till he was within range. Dick had warned them against following him too close. The youth did not wish any of his brave boys to be killed by the British. Dick kept on belaboring his horse with his old hat, and kicked and yelled at a great rate. To an ordinary observer it looked as if he was nearly frightened to death. "But they musn't be let git me erg'in, mister!" he saidw in a trembling voice. "Kain't I stay beer with you unstl mister?" "I don't know; we'll have to see the commander, first.\, "Say, I hope he'll let me stay Ef he will, I'll fight ther king. I'm er loyal king's man, I am." t< "We' ll see what he says about it, directly. What is you1 name?" "Dan Zink, mister." l) "All. right, Dan; come along with me." Dick was conducted to a building, and into it. It was the house occupied by Lord Rawdon as The gate in the earthworks was opened for the fugitive, quarters. and Dick rode through, into the British encampment at a The commander of the British was an gallop. man, and although he lookea at Dick clos ely, there wa As he brought his horse to a stop, and fell off, more than a ll of curiosity and naught of suspicion in his face. /" jumped, he gasped out, as if frightened nearly out of his "So you are a loyal king's man, and deserted from ifh wits: rebels, my young friend?" he queried: / "He v got erway frum 'em?" "Yes, mister;" and Dick bowed, awkwardly. CHAPTER II. Dick was a good actor, and as he had played the par1 0f an ignorant country youth more than once, he knew how to do it now. "And you wish to be a llowed to join my army an& fight for the king?" .A. SUSPICIOUS REDCOAT. "Yes, mister, ef ye'll let me." "Very well, I grant you permission to do so. You wi The British soldiers could not help laughing. have to be careful, however, and not permit the rebels t "Yes," they ha s tened to assure Dick, "you have got c apture you. I. they should succeed in doing that, the away from them." would hang you, as deserters are always put to death in They crowded around the youth, and eyed him curiously. s tantly." "Who are you?" "I-I'll look out fur ther rebels, mi s ter, an' not le "What was the trouble?" 'e m ketch me." "How came you to leave the camp of the rebels?" The n Dick left the room and the building. Dick had his story already "made up." "So far, so good!" thought Dick. "They haven't su.s "W'y, ye see, et's this way," he said: "I live 'way up pect e d that it is all a trick, and I think I shall be able t t'other side uv Cheraw. Dad, he's er loyal king's man, find out all I wish to know regarding the defenses of th but w'en ther reb e ls kim through they kep makin' ther place, and get away as soon as it is dark." young fellers jine ther army. Lots uv ther fellers wuz Dick was left to shift for himself, but found that hew rebels an' glad ter jine, but I wuzn't an didn't wanter the object of considerable attention from the redcoats. jine, but they made me do et. I made up my min' ter A crowd was around him, wherever he went, and h git erway frum 'em ther furs t chance I got, an' w'en I made it a point to go pretty much everywnere. heerd some uv 'em sayin' ez how ther British wuz heer in He pretended like he moved around to try to get awa)j this beer town, I made up my min' ter make a break fur from the crowd, and managed to get pretty much all ove my liberty. I got onter my boss an' struck out, an' them the town, and see all the defenses. fellers chased me, an' thet's all ther is ter et." "Then you're a deserter!" said one of the redcoats. "I s'pose so." ., He observed everything carefully, and was impresse with the idea that it would be a difficult matter to stor t he redcoats' position.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETll.A.CK. The defenses were strong. \one of the spectator s said. "This young man is just whatDick flattered himself that he had. done bis 1 h e claims to be; any one can see that." ell that he had not excited the least tmge of suspic10n m "Of course!" from another. he mind of any one, but be was de s tined to be surprised. "What ails you, anyway, Morrison?" He was walking along, gazing about him with a studied, The redcoat addressed as Morrison kept bis face, bowawky air, when a shrewd-eyed redcoat approached him, ever. nd, planting himself in front of Dick, said, in the coolest He eyed bis comrades with dogged determination in one imaginable: his eyes. "Well, what do you think of them?" Dick scented trouble, but did not show it in his It was plain that he did not intend to be laughed ouv face of his views. r air. "You may say what you please, fellows," he said, "but "Whut do I think uv wbut ?" be asked. this young fellow is a spy, and he has come here to see "The defenses. Do you think you and your rebel friends how strong our defenses are, with the intention of taking ill be able to storm t,hem ?" :he information back to the rebel camp." CHAPTER III. EXCITEMENT IN THE REDCOAT CAMP. This came as a surprise, inde e d, to Dick. He had not thought that any redcoat suspected him, et here was one who evidently did. But Dick did not let on. He was altogether old a hand to allow any man to get the a9.vantage of him by means of taking him by surprise. So he simply 1et his underjaw drop, and simulating wonder and surprise, shook his head. "I dunno whut ye mean by th et/' he said. "Whut air defenses, ennyway ?" Dick looked him, into the faces of other red. coats as pe spoke, He deceived the majority-indeed, I may say that no Bosh!" "Oh, pshaw!" "You're foolish, Morrison!'.' "Such a statement as that is folly!" "Uv cour s e et is," said Dick; "ther feller is wrong. I hain't no rebel, an' ef I wuz ter go back ter the rebel camp I'd wish I hedn t !" "That's right; you would, for a fact!" Morrison s comrades all were against him, so he turned away; but he was muttering in an angry manner as he went. "That fellow will get me into trouble before I get of this encampment, if I don't look out," thought Dick. He made up his mind 'to keep his eyes : on the fellow a& reuch as was possible. Dick kept bis eyes open, too, for a chance to get out of 1he encampment and away before dark. But no such opportunity presented itself. There was always a crowd where he was, and it would have been impossible for him to get away. He would have to wait till after dark. one, save the one man, but what was deceived, and beOnce night had settled down over all, he could make a ieved that Dick really did not know what the other meant bold dash with a good chance of getting away in safety. y "defenses." Dick walked around till supper-time, and then was in-This one fellow, however, had been suspicious from the vited to eat by one of the redcoats who had been most first, and bis suspicions were not allayed by Dick's denial that he knew what defenses were. "You may fool some with that statement," the redcoat friendly with him. Dick always had a good appetite, and ate heartily, notwithstanding the fact that he was in the midst of enemies. said, "but you can't fool me. You are not what you and was in great danger. t pretend to be, at all! You are no deserter!" Should the redcoats learn that he really was a spy, they "Whut's tbet ye say !-thet I'm no deserter? W'y, didn't would make short work, of him. e see et yerself ?" He had just finished eating, and arisen from his seat,. "I saw a farce, gotten up to deceive us!" was the dogged when there was a commotion close at hand, and then the eply. suspicious redcoat, Morrison, with half a dozen comrades. "Oh, come, Morrison, you're acting silly in this affair!" at his heels, came rushing up.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. They were all greatly excited, and when their eyes fell on Dick, they pointed at him and cried: "There he is! There's the rebel spy, Dick Slater!" CHAPTER IV. A BREAK FOR LIBERTY. "Whut d'ye mean?" cried Dick. He felt that the time had come for him to make a Then out shot first the right, then the left fist, and down went two more redcoats. I Then Dick bounded away toward the earthworks at the Pc:>int nearest where he had had the encounter. The redcoats suddenly awoke now. They leaped to their feet. They started in pursuit, and yelled to their comrades i nearer than they to stop Dick. Easier said than done. Dick was a swift runner. He was at the earthworks in a jiffy. Near the point where he reached the works break for his liberty, and he cast quick glances about him, a sentinel. there was [ seeking for the best avenue of escape. "What do we mean?" cried Morrison, his voice ringing out in triumph. "Why, we mean that the British soldiers whom you captured at Cheraw have escaped, and are here! They brought the information that you are Dick The sentinel saw him coming, and leve'l.ed his mu s ket. "Give it to him!" called a score of the redcoats. "Shoot!" The redcoat sentinel obeyed Crack! Dick seemed to stumble and fall, just as the sentinel Slater, and that your coming into our lines to-day, the tired. way you did, was a shrewd scheme to enable you to see how strong our defenses are "Is this really true?" cried several of the redcoats with whom Dick had just been eating supper. It seemed to them to be impossible. "It is the truth, and nothing but the truth,'' said Morrison; and then to Dick he cried : "Surrender "Never the youth replied. He leaped forward. Morrison and his comrades did not have weapons in their hands. Doubtless they thought there was no necessity for it. They could not think that the "rebel" would dar!J offer Dick had done this purposely to disconcert the aim of the fellow, and cause him to miss. The redcoats thought their comrade had brought the spy down, however, and they set up a yell of triumph. It was premature. Up leaped the supposed dead youth, and forward he bounded. The sentinel was perhaps the most-astonished man of any. He had thought that he had brought down his man. He attempted to draw a pistol. Before he could get the weapon out, Dick was upon him. Out shot the youth's fist. It landed fair between the sentinel's eyes. l He was knocked head over heels, down the side of the resistance. earthworks. Their idea was that he would surrender instantly. After him plunged Dick, going out of sight of the Which proved that, while they knew Dick was Dick redcoats like a fl.ash, but as he did so a volley rang out. Slater, the "Champion Spy of the Revolution," they really had no idea of what sort of a youth he was. They judged him by the ordinary standard And there was nothing ordinary about Dick. He was an extraordinary youth, and the redcoats wer e soon to learn that such was the case. Dick's leap was like that of a panther. When he struck the ground he was within reaching di s tance of Morrison. Out shot Dick's fist. Crack! It took Morrison fair between the eyes. It was a terrific stroke. Down went the redcoat, with a thump. CHAPTER V. INTO THE PIT. A dozen bullets whistled past Dick's head. The majority went above his h e ad. One hit his hat and knocked it off. Dick reached the ground at the foot of the earthworks at almost the same instant the sentinel reached there. The man was stunned. Dick had struck him a terrible blow.


THE J_,IBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. 5 He heard the rushing footsteps of his pursuers. l The y outh stooped and the two pistols out of the ellow's belt. He stood erect, near the wall, and with every nerve at Then he rushed away in the direction of the patriot its full tension, waited. ncampment, just a s the redcoats came swarming up on I he top of the earthworks. They caught a glimpse of the fleeing youth, and uttered wild yell of rage. They fired another vplley. It was fired at random, of course, but several of the ullets came dangerously near Dick. Then the redcoats rushed down the side of the embank ent and started in pursuit of the fugitive. Dick had a very good start, and thought that he would e able to escape He was an, exceedingly swift runner. More, he was a good woodsman, while his pursuers were ot. This made it easier for Dick to get through among the trees than for his pursuers to do it. Another thing: It was only half a mile to the patriot 'rhe footsteps went past, 'however. No one tumbled into the pit. The redcoats had missed it. "Well, they were luckier than I," thought Dick. Suddenly the sound of musketry, followed by rapid pistol Ji.ring came to the youth's hearing. ( It came from the direction of the patriot encampment "The redcoats who were chasing me have run into our picket-line," thought Dick; "and a little scrimmage is on. Jove! I hope our boys will give the rascals a good warm ing!" Rattle, rattle, rattle! Crack, crack, crack It was the rattle of muskets and the crack of pistols. The fusillade was lively while it lasted, but it lasted only a few moments. It ceased as suddenly as it had begun, and on the heels encampment, and Dick felt that he could keep ahead of his of the silence came cheer after cheer. pursuers till the camp was reached. Dick knew that cheer "instantly Onward dashed Dick, and after him came the redcoats. He would have recognized it anywhere. The latter were infuriated by the thought that they It was the victorious cheer of the "Liberty Boys." had been deceived by a hated "rebel." "It was the boys whom the redcoats ran. up against!" They panted for an opportunity to get their hands on thought Dick. "And the British got the worst of it, too! him. I'm glad of that." They wanted revenge. Dick listened intently. Especially was this the case with Morrison. Suddenly he heard the sound of footsteps. He was a member of the pursuing party, and as he Patter, patter, patter! ran he muttered anathemas to himself on the head of the Closer and closer they came. youth who had dealt him the blow between the eyes. Dick could hear the sound of the running feet, to the Dick dashed onward, and was just beginning to con-right and to the left. gratulate himself on making his escape easily when the Then suddenly the sound of footsteps was heard right earth suddenly seemed fo give way underneath his feet, at the edge of the pit. and he went plunging downward. There was a startled cry, and a dark form came plungHe fell a distance of a dozen feet at least. ing down into the pit. Dick had been going with such speed that he was jarred considerably by the fall-indeed, was almost dazed for the moment. He quickly recovered, however, and springing to his CHAPTER VI. feet, felt all around him. By moving about, and feeling with his hands, the youth THE BOYS" ON HAND. soon 'discovered that he was in a square pit about ten feet each way, and, as we have said, at least a dozen feet deep. It was one of the redcoats, -and he alighted almost at Dick had no time to wonder what the pit was, or why it Dick's feet. had been made. Dick did not know it at the time, as it was too dark The redcoats were close at hand, and some of them to distinguish features, but the redcoat was Morrison, the would in all probability fall into the pit. man who had been suspicious of him when he was in He must be ready to take care of them, if they did. the British encampment.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. Dick threw himself upon the redcoat before he could The footsteps were close at hand. recover and arise. "Right here; down in a pit. Be careful or you will fall The youth seized the man by the throat, and squeezed. in and break your neck!" His object was to prevent the fellow from calling to his comrades for help. Should he do so, and they came to his assistance, it would go hard with Dark. He would be captured and taken back to the British encampment. This, of course, Dick did not wish to happen. He was not in much danger, however. He had the other at a great disadvantage. The redcoat had been somewhat dazed by his fall, and now Dick had compressed his throat so that he could not call out. \ The other redcoats were looking out for themselves, and each one expected the others to do as he was doing. Dick, however, did not feel like taking any chances, and he kept up the pressure on the man's throat till he was sure the fellow was unconscious. Then he let go and began trying to figure on some way of escaping from the pit. "Down in a pit "Great guns "How came you down there, old man?" "Fell down," replied Dick. Then he added: "A couple of you reach down your hand s I have a pris oner down here, and will pass him up to you." "A prisoner?" "Yes; a redcoat. I and I choked him. "Ready, Dick." He tumbled down here on top of me, Are you ready?" .. ,. Dick lifted the form of the insensi.ble redcoat, and passe him up so that his comrades get hold. "There you are," Dick said; "can you lift him?" "Easily, Dick." A few moments later, they asked: "Are you ready to come up, old man?" the youth replied. Half a minute later he was out of the pit, standing on the level ground beside his comrades, of whom there were Dick moved all around his cramped quarters, and searchfour. ed carefully for something which would be of assistance They explained that they bad suspected that the redtc him in getting out of the place, but could find nothing. coats bad been chasing him, and had come out to look He had just given up in despair when he heard the for him. sound of footsteps. Some one was coming, but who? "Well, I'm glad you did." "So are we." Was he, or they, if more than one, a friend or friends? "Lift the redcoat and bring him along," ordered Dick; Dick could not as yet make up his mind regarding the "let us be getting back to camp. I have some important matter. information for General Greene." He listened intently. At this instant the sound of rushing feet was heard. He suddenly discovered that the sound of the footsteps The sound came from the direction of the British encame from the direction of the patriot encampment. campment. This gave him a thrill of pleasure .. "It must be one of our men," thought Dick; "perhaps there may be several of them." He listened intently. "Yes, there is more than one," he said to himself. Soon he heard the sound of low, cautious voices. He listened eagerly Low as were the tones, he thought he recognized them. The owners of the voices were "Libe,.rty Boys!" Dick was sure of this-so sure indeed that he called out: "Hello, there! Is that you, boys?" There were excited exclamations, and a rush of feet. "Is that you, Dick?" called out the familiar voice of Bob Estabrook. Yes, it is I." "Where are you?" "Quick, men, and we will rescue and capture some of the rebels as well !" cried a voice. redcoats were at hand! CHAPTER VII. FORT WATSON. "Quick!" cried Dick, in a low, excited voice. "Two of you carry the redcoat, tl;le rest of us will stand the red coats off." Two of the "Liberty Boys" seized hold of the insensi ble man and half carried, half dragged him in the di rection of the patriot encampment.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. 7 Crack crack crack The redcoats were firing. The bullets whistled in uncomfortable proximHy to Dick and his comrades. One of the boys who was carrying the wounded redcoat he cou 1d hold it against any attempt which the Bri tis h might make to dislodge him. About one o clock General Greene sent for Dick. The youth lost no time in reporting at the ge n e r a l 's tent. gave utterance to a cry of pain. "Dick," said General Greene, "I have decided to sen d "Are you hit, Sam?" asked Dick, in an alarmed voice. a force, under Marion and Lee, to capture Fort Watson, "Yes, Dick." ''Are you hurt bad?" "Oh, I can get along, I guess, but I can t help carry this fellow." which is, as you know, about half way between here an d Charleston. 'l'here will probably be some lively fighting, and I thought that perhaps you and your 'Liberty Boys' would like to accompany the expedition. We shall remai n "Drop him, then; we'll have to give up trying to make here with the main army and keep Lord Rawdon's athim a pri s oner, I guess. Retreat slowly toward the camp t e ntion drawn in this direction so as to keep him fro m and as you go." sending assistance to the fort." The youths obeyed. "I shall be glad to go with Marion and Lee," sa id Slowly ahd stubbornly, with their faces toward the foe, Dick, promptly; "and I know t boys will all be de-the youths retreated. lighted. When will the expedition start?" They fired several volleys from their pistols and had the the hour; the men will a wide detou r satisfaction of hearing two or three of the redcoats give so as to get around Camden without being seen and I think utterance to cries of pain. you will be able to reach Fort Watson some time to Dick knew by the number of shots which had been fired morrow." that there must be a score or of the redcoats. "When Dick left General Greene's tent he saw Ma -Had there not been so many, he'. would not have rerion's and Lee's men getting ready for the start treated, but would have stood his ground and fought it He hastened to the quarters occupied by the "Li bert y out to a finish. Boys" and soon had the youtl).s making hasty preparations As it was, he thought it b e tter to retreat. for the trip. They soon reached the patriot encampment and went to Three-quarters of an hour later, Marion's and Lee' s their quarters. forces and the "Liberty Boys left the patriot encampme n t. Dick took time enough to examine Sam Sanderson's They went directly east a distance of three miles. wound, and noted that it was, while a painful wound, not Then they turned south and had no difficulty in gett ing a serious one. past Camden without being seen. He left Sam to the care of the other boys and hastened They camped that night in the timber borderi n g t he to General Greene's tent to make his report. Catawba River. The listened to Dick's report with interest. Next morning the march was resumed and kept up t ill "So you think there is no chance for us to storm the about three o'clock in the afternoon, when they arrive d in redcoats' position, Dick?" the general asked when Dick front of Fort Watson. had finished. Fort Watson stood on an Indian mound which rose to a "I think not, General Greene; their defenses are too height of forty feet above the surrounding country, whic h strong; I am afraid it would result very disastrously if we was the lowland of the Santee River bottoms were to attempt it." The patriot soldiers paused just beyond rifle shot dis "Well, as I have abs olute confidence in your judgment, 1.ance and looked at the fort and then around them I shall retire to a safe position in the morning and then try and think up some way of getting at the enemy, with a fair chance of success attending our efforts." After some further talk, Dick withdrew. Lee turned and looked at General Marion. "This is going to be no easy task, Marion," he said. "You are right," was the reply; "the advantage is a ll on their side. I understand they have close to a hundre d Immediately after breakfast next morning the patriot and fifty men in the re, and with the advantage of positio n army broke camp and marched two miles northeastward which they have, they should be able to keep a small arm y to HoLkirk's Hill. at bay." Here the army went into camp. "Yes, there is no doubt about that; we have nearly three The hill was a high one an.d Greene felt confident that hundred men, but it would be folly to try to storm the fort.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. "Yes, indeed; we must think of some other way." Marion and Lee gave the order for the men to r e tire "If we only had a }:rill," said Lee, regretfully; "if we into the timber. had a Mount Defiance so that we could turn the fort into There he told them what he intended to do. a British Ticonderoga, we would be all right." The men answered with cheers. make a hill," said Major Mayhan, one of Marion's They had plenty of tools with which to work. officers. They had axes, saw's, chisels and adzes, and the men "Make a hill!" exclaimed Marion. "What do you mean?" went to work with a will. Mayhan explained. Of course, there were not a sufficient number of tools He was a quiet fellow, with but little to say, usually, so that all might work at the same time, but they to .ok :md he made his explanation brief. When he had :finished, Marion and Lee slapped their thighs and nodded their heads. "It will work!" declared Marion. "The very thing exclaimed Lee. CHAPTER VIII. DICK AND BOB MAKE A CAPTURE. The plan which Mayhan had advanced was to build a wooden tower. Near at hand was a thick forest of yellow pine, which was heavy and solid, almost, as oak. This would furnish splendid material for the tower Before giving the order to go to work, however,--Man o n sent a man with a white cloth, and called upon the British to surrender. turns at it, and all worked hard while they were at it. A number of the soldiers were placed on guard over the fort. I It was watched from all sides, as Marion thought it possible the British might evacuate, and he wished to capture them if they attempted it. Dick, Bob and several more of the "Liberty Boys" were given the privilege of scouting and spying about, doing about as they liked. Dick and Bob wandered away, and were down by the river, lying under the ti:ees, when sddenly Bob clutched Dick by the arm. "Here comes a British soldier!" he whispered. "He has a bucket, and is coming for water." Dick looked and saw that Bob was right. He glanced about him and saw that there was a path leading down to the river. 'l'he soldier would come along this path. Indeed, Dick knew the path had been worn by British soldiers in coming and going to and from the river for They refused. water. "I knew they would," said Marion, "but I wished to "Wait till he passes and then we will l ea p upon him, do the right thing and give them a chance to escape Bob," whispered Dick. ilamage." The soldier came along, cautiously. He and Lee conferred together. He was keeping a close lookout, through the trees, but They thought it possiple that they might starve the -was looking in the other direction from the sid e on which British out, and thus save the men the work of cutting the Dick and Bob were. logs, hundreds of which would be necessary to make a The chopping sounded in the direction in which he tower such as would have tq be built. was looking, and he was doubtless wondering what the They decided that this could not be done, however. It was evident the garrison in the fort had plenty of provisions, for there were numerous barrels and boxes even on the outside of the fort. They had so much in the way of supplies that they did not have room for it inside the walls. "I wonder what is in those boxes and barrels, anyway?" remarked Bob Estabrook. "I don't know," replied Dick; "but to-night we will try and find out." Dick spoke significantly, and the faces of the "Liberty Boys" lighfed up, for they scented an adventure. "rebelE>" were doing. This was proven when he drew near the youths, for they heard him say: "Now, I wonder what those blasted rebels are doing, anyway? Why are they chopping down trees ? Are they going to build a fort, I wonder?" He walked past where the youths crouched, still looking in the opposite direction. Rising to their feet the youths lipon the redcoat. He gave utterance to a startled cry, and attempted to struggle. He could do but little, against the two. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. 9 They speedily overpowered him, and tied his hands together behind his back. Then they conducted him to General Marion. Aha! so you have captured one of them, eh?" the Swamp Pox exclaimed. He asked the particulars "Then they have no water within the fort!" Marion cried, as soon as he learned the fellow had been caugh t going to the river for water. "All we have to do is to keep wat c h so that the y c an t get wat e r and they will have to Then over the top of the wall came the muzzles of a sce>re or more muskets, the muzzles of which frowned down upon the "Liberty Boys!" CHA;FTER IX. THE HILL THAT GREW IN A NIGHT. s urrender." But the youths were not dismayed-nor, indeed, were "You are mi s tak en," said the soldi er; "the commander they greatly surprised. of the fort has said oft e n, that in cas e of a siege he could They had been ready for some such action on the part and would dig a well down to the l e v e l of the river, and of the defenders of the fort, and acted with such prompti would have plenty of water. That is what he will do, now tude as to turn the tables on them. that I have been captured." The instant the youths reached the top of the mound "Humph!" said Marion. "I guess you are right." he ordered the redcoat placed in confinement. they had drawn their pistols, and now, quick as a :flash, up went the arms of fifty youths After supper that e vening Dick went to General Marion Crack, crack, crack I Crash !-roar! and asked that he and the "Liberty Boy s be allowed to The "Liberty Boys" were all s plendid snap shots with attempt to secure some of the surplus stores ranged along the pistol. the walls of the fort on the outsid e They had practiced a great deal, by Dick's advice, and "It will be dangerous, Dick," said Marion. had become proficient. "Yes, but I think it worth while riskin g s omething to Their proficienc y thus acquired stood them in good stead, gain the stor e s." now. "Yes, i ndeed Well, go ahead; but be c a r e ful. They were not more than twenty feet from the men upon "Very well, sir." whom they had fired and the result of the shots was that Dick hasten e d back to his comrades with the information the defenders of the fort wer e s adly demoralized. that the Swamp Fox had given his permission for them A number were wounded, and the rest, while they fired, to make the attempt, and they began m a kin g th eir prepara-fir e d wildly, their shots coming nearer to damaging the tions at once. main body of patrioti, away down in the edge of the timber, When they were ready, they stole in th e dir e ction of than the youths at whom the shots were fired. the fort. "Quick! give them another volley!" cri e d Dick. They approach e d it very carefull y The youth s obeyed, and fired another voll e y which had They were soon at the foot of the mound. The mound w a s very ste e p and it would be no easy mat t e r to climb it, sav e at the point where a path l e d down. As t hi s p ath woul d und o ub tedly be w atc h e d b y th e sent i nels within the fort, the y outh s did not wis h to m ake th eir way up it. They wait e d a few minutes, and the n began the ascent. the effect of cau s ing the d e fender s of the fort to with draw from the ramparts. The men with the torches al s o withdrew their arms, leav ing all b elow in darkness. Thi s s uited the "Liberty Boys," and they got to work u.t o nce. They began rollin g boxes and b a rrel s down the side It was b ar d work climbin g the steep ascent, and the o f the mound p rogress made was slow. The y kept at this and kept their eyes on the ramparts Finally, however, they r e ach e d the top of the mound o f the fort at the s ame time. and stood beside the boxes and barrels st a ndin g alon gs ide the wall of th e fort Scar cely had the y done so, when a dozen a rm s c ame out over the top of the fort. 'l'he redcoats displayed no more torches, but they tried a ne w plan. The y evidently und e r s tood w hat g oin g on, for they reached over the e dge of the ramparts, pi s tol in hand and In the hands were blazing torches, which lit up the fir e d downward. s r e n e in an alarming manner. Of course, they could not see what they were doing, but


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. they were more successful than they had been when they had light, for they succeeded in wounding a couple of the youths. Dick, fearing that some of the boys might be killed, ordered a retreat. They had already succeeded in rolling the greater number oi the harrels and boxes down the side of the mound, anyway, and could afford to go. The "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to a loud cheer, and started down the side of the mound. slowly back and forth on his beat, in the fort, was almost paralyzed with amazement. He rubbed bis eyes and looked again Then he gave the alarm. Fifteen minutes later every eye in the fort was on the queer-looking tower, and then, when, as the sun came up, the patriot soldiers on top of the tower opened :fire on those 1 within the fort, the latter quickly realized that it was all up with them. They would either have to surrender, or they would be They got to going faster and faster, and brought up in shot at the leisure and pleasure of the men on the tower. a pile at the bottom. The British tried to shield themselves and return the None were injured, beyond the scraping off of a little fire of the patriots, but they began dropping, one after skin, here and there, which did not count. The soldiers had been busy removing the boxes and barrels, and the youths went to work and helped them. There came scattering shots from the fort, but they did no damage, and after an hour of hard work the barrels and boxes were all in the patriot camp. Bon.fires were burning here, and the camp was light. The boxes and barrels were opened and were found to contain both clothing and provisions. It was quite a windfall. There were blankets, both cloth and rubber, and these were especially acceptable. Off in the forest more fires were burning, and the sound of chopping could be beard. The work was going on in the night-time as well as in the daytime. Men were busy chopping down trees, and others were sawing them into the proper lengfas, after which still other workmen worked the beams into shape and fitted them with mortises and tenons. This work was kept up night and day, for five days, another, and saw that they had no chance. The men on the tower were picked marksmen-men who could bring down a squirrel out of the top of the highest tree, and it was no job for them to bring down a redcoat. An hour of this was all that the British wanted, and then a white flag was hung out. The fort had surrendered l CHAPTER X. "DEFEATED BU'l' NO'l' DISGRACED." "I hear firing, Dick "So do I, Bob; I have heard it for some time." "Sounds like a battle, don't you think?" "Yes, Bob." "What do you think about it?" "I think that Greene is engaged in battle with the and then it was deemed time to surprise the British in the British, Bob, and I wish we were there to help!" f rt "Perhaps we shall be able to get there in time to help, 0 b d ffi l old man." Marion figured that they a su cient beams to ma rn a tower as high as would be needed, and so on the night of the 22d of April the beams were dragged out into an "I hope so!" "Where do you think the battle is being held? It sounds open space commanding the fort, and work was begun on too far north for Camden, don't you think?" the tower. "Yes; it sounds in the direction of Hobkirk's Hill." The great beams and sills were put together, in the "So it does; and in that case-" fashion of an old New England "house-raising," and up, "Lord Rawdon and the British have moved forward up rose the wooden tower. and attacked our fellows, Bob!" In the darkness it was difficult to see how high the tower Generals Marion and Lee, and their forces were rewas, but when morning's light came it was seen that it turning to the patriot army with their prisoners captured was higher than the fort, and that the riflemen on top at Fort Watson. of lt could pick the fort defenders off, 1lS if they were Dick and the "Liberty Boys," impatient at such slow. squirrels. marching, had pushed on ahead and were now fifteen The sentinel, when he saw the tower, as he was pacing miles in advance of Marion and Lee.


' LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. They were now two miles east from Hobkirk's Hill, out of our position, and I wish to know whether or not where they knew Greene and the patriot army were. there is danger of a night attack." Dick gave the order to march on the double-quick. "Very well, sir; I will go at once," said Dick. The "Liberty Boys," although fatigued by the long He hastened out of the tent and away, to make his walk they had alr e ady taken that day, responded promptly. preparations for the task that had been assigned to him. "Ob, if we only had our horses exclaimed Dick. This did not take him long. "We could get there quicldy, eh, old man?" from Bob. It consisted merely of doffing his uniform and donning "But none too quick." "You are right about that." The youths marched rapidly westward. When they emerged from the timber and came in sight of Hobkirk's Hill, they saw that a battle was raging. a rough suit of citizen's clothing. Then Dick left the encampment and stole away through the timber. He had not gone more than a quarter of a mile when he suddenly bumped against some one in the dark "Rawdon has attacked General Greene, Bob," said Dick, ness. agerly, "and," he added, after a searching look, "I fear he is getting the best of it." ''It looks that way, Dick." "Perhaps we may be able to turn the tide of battle; forward, boys, at your best speed!" The "Liberty Boys" hastened forward,,, as eager to reach the scene as if it had been a picnic or pleasure party of some kind that they were to join and engage in. As they drew near, and it could be seen that General Greene and the patriot forces seemed to be on the de and, in fact, getting the worst of the battle, the youths broke into a run. They were eager to go to the aid of their comrades. Suddenly they attacked the British with fierce vigor. They rushed upon the enemy, with wild cheers. This coming so suddenly and unexpectedly, dis concerted the British not a little, caused a flurry in their ranks. Had there been five hundred of the "Liberty Boys" instead of only one hundred, the diversion might have made it possible for Greene to repulse the British and win the day; but there were not five hundred of the youths, and notwithstandnig the fact that they fought like fiends, the advantage gained for the patriots was only t e mporary. Gene ral Greene, as the shades of evening descended, was forc e d to withl'l.raw from his position; be had been defeated, but not disgraced; for his defeat was traceable CHAPTER XL DICK MAKES A Instantly Dick grappled with the fellow. He thought he understood who the man was. Without doubt he was a spy from the British army. He was approaching the patriot encampment with the s arne object in view which was 'taking Dick toward the British army. The man grappled with Dick, fiercely, and made every I e ort to get the better of the youth. Dick discerned that t4e fellow was doing bis best to draw a weapon, but he would not permit this. If the man should succeed in doing so, Dick would be forced to kill him, and he did not wish to do this. So the struggle went on, with only nature's weapons. The redcoat-for such he evidently was-was a powerful fellow. He gave Dick a hard fight. Re was quick on his feet, but not so quick as Dick. The youth was the more agile and active. Re was fully as strong a s the redcoat, too. And he was a better wrestler. He soon proved this to the complete satisfaction of his to a misunderstanding of some of his orders, which had opponent. thrown his forces into confusion, even the brave regiment of :Marylanders having been almost demoralized. The patriots r e treated only about half a mile, and as darkness had now des cended, they went into camp. Greene sent for Dick immediately. "I have work for you to do, Dick," the general said; "I wish you to go and find out what the British intend doing, if such a thing is possible. They have driven us He worked around till he got the hold he wished, and then he threw the redcoat. Dick threw the fellow hard. The man's head struck a tree. He was knocked senseless. Dick quickly realized this when the fellow lay still, and did not try to get up and renew the struggle. "I hope I haven't killed the fellow," thought Dick;


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. "General Greene may succeed in getting some information out of him, if I take him back to camp alive." Dick lost no time. It was not more than a quarter of a mile back to camp. He would carry his prisoner. Stooping, he got hold of the insensibie man, and, lifting him, threw him over his shoulder, much as if he were a bag of corn. Then Dick set out through the timber. The man was heavy-he must have weighed at least one hundred and eighty pounds. The sentinel had fired He fired by guess, however, as he could not see Dick. The result was that he did not hit the youth. The camp was alarmed, however, and .fifty of the redcoat at least came running out in the direction in which Di wa,s supposed to have gone. He had not run directly away, however. He went in a semi-circle, and, skirting the camp, a proached it from the opposite side. He approached very slowly and carefully, this time. He located the sentinel, and slipped past him. But Dick carried him with seeming ease. Dick finally reached a point near enough to a group Of course, he could not walk rapidly, but he did not redcoats so that he could understand what was sai d need to. They were talking about the excitement of a few m He was soon at the camp. ments before. When he entered, carrying the redcoat on his shoulder, "Some rebel spy, was the decision they came to. he created a sensation. ThPn they talked of other matters, and among the thin He left the man in charge of the soldiers, and, explainwas that Lord Rawdon, the commander of the ing, briefly, started once more on his tramp through the troops, had returned to Camden. timber. "So he's in Camden, eh?" thought Dick. "Now, wh Half an hour later he reached the foot of Hobkirk's Hill. shall I do? Shall I return to camp and report what I ha British had encamped here for the night. They had been so exhausted as a result of the battle that they had camped in their tracks, as it were. learned, or shall I go to Camden and try to learn more?" Dick decided upon the latter course. Having dPcided, he proceeded to act. Dick paused and took a survey of the situation. He slipped back past the sentinel, and when he was He could see the soldiers sitting about the fires. what he considered a safe distance he rose to his feet. The youth was familiar with the hill, and was trying As he did so a couple of men leaped upon him. lo decide on the best way to go in order to slip up close "We've got you now, you cursed rebel spy!" hissed o to the encampment. The two had skirted the hill, as Dick had done, anc1 h He finally decid ed which way to go, and then stole caugot around there in time to intercept Dick as he was wit tiously forward. Dick wished to get near enough to some of the groups about the .fires to hear the conversation of the soldiers, if possible. Dick that if he could do this he would lik ely learn something that would be of interest, as soldiers, as a rule, talked of what was to be done on the morrow, or at an early date. Dick had advanced only a few yards when he was startled by the challenge : "Halt Who goes there?" CHAPTER XII. A STRUGGLE IN THE DARK. drawing from the camp. Dick did not utter a cry or speak. He began struggling, however, in a way that astoni s h the two who had attacked him. The youth knew that the camp would be aroused imm e ately, and that unleos he escaped very quickly he would so be surrounded by redcoats and his escape would be an utt impossibility. So he struggled as he had never done before. "What's going on there?" cried tbe sentinel. "We've--caught-a-spy !" was the reply, in a halti manner from one of Dick's assailants. "Shall I call to the boys and have some of them come your assistance?" "No; we--can-handle_:__him-I guess." But the redcoats were to find that they could not han Dick. The youth was a wonder. Dick whirled and darted away at the top of his speed. He presently succeed e d in getting in a couple of t erri Crack! 1 on the jaw of one of th e r e d c oats, and a s he let go


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. 13 hold and sank to the ground insensible, Dick attacked the other so fiercely as to amaze him. Then he asked himself what had happened. Then it suddenly came back to him. He became alarmed, as well. He remembered that he had been chased by redcoats, "Get help!" he called out to the sentinel. "This fellow and had fallen. is a fiend!" He realized, too, where he was. The sentinel at once called out to the redcoats at the He had noticed, the day the patriot army came to Hobnearest fire, and a number leaped up and came running. kirk's Hill, and encamped there, the fact that on the north Dick was watching what was going on. He saw the redcoats coming. He realized unless he got away very quickly he would be unable to do so at all. He struck his assailant twice in succession. The second blow alighted on the fellow's jaw, dazing him, and causing him to let go his hold. Dick gave the fellow a shove, and down he went. Then Dick leaped away. The approaching redcoats were within twenty feet, and saw Dick's dark figure as he moved away. "Halt one cried. "Halt, or we will fire Dick made no reply. He raced onward. He was free, and intended to remain so. Seeing that he did not obey their command, the redcoats fired a voiley. The bullets whistled all around the fugitive. None of them took effect, however. It is not so strange when it is considered that it was so dark the pursuers could not see the person they were shoot ing at, and that the shots were fired while they were run ning. Onward rushed Dick, and after him came the redcoats. They kept yelling to Dick to stop, but, of course, he did nothing of the kind. He would have been foolish to do so, for now his chances for escaping were v.ery good. Dick was well aware of this, and kept on running at his best speed. Suddenly the ground seemed to give way beneath the youth's feet. Downward he plunged, through space, and striking with great force against something very hard., he lost consciousness. CHAPTER XIII. IN THE STONE Q UARRY. When Dick recover e d consciousness, which was but a few minutes later, he having been only temporarily dazed, he rubbed his head and wondered where he was. side of the hill there was a stone quarry. At one point the quarry was at least twenty feet deep Dick realized that he had fallen into this quarry. "Jove!" he thought; "no wonder it gave me a good bump l But now I must be getting out of here--that is, it I haven't a broken leg." One of Dick's legs pained him somewhat. He rose, gingerly, to his feet and tested the limb. He Jiscovered that it was not broken "Good!" he thought; "I'm glad of that." Then he started. He heard the voices of the redcoats who had been chasi ng him They were still searching for the fugitive. Dick wondered if the redcoats had any idea regarding what had become of him. He listened intently. / He heard them talking the matter over, and present ly one said : "I'll wager a month's wages that the spy fell into the quarry; and if that is the case he is lying there at the bottom, now, d ead as a herring P' "I shou ldn't wonder if you were right, Joclyn," sai d another. "Well, let 's take a look down in the quarry, anyway," suggeste d a third. "All right; come along." "They're coming down here thought Dick. "That means for me to get out." He moved away toward the entrance to the quarry. He realized that he must get there, and through and out before the redcoat s got there, if he wished to escape. He was unabl e to reach the quarry entrance ahead of the redcoats, however. They were nearer it than he, and reached there fir st. There was only one thing for Dick to do, and that was. to hide himself at the side and wait till the red coats were well within the quarry; then he could, perhaps, succeed in s lipping out. He found a place and crouched behind a huge rock. The redcoats came past wi.thi.n ten feet of the youth "If he fell down in here, running at the speed he was.


14 THE LIBERTY 1 BOYS; SETBACK. going, he's a dead spy!" said one of the redcoats, as they were passing Dick. right," agreed a companion. think we'll .1find him down here." "I don't think you will!" thought Dick. He waited till the redcoats were well across toward the 1.l'arther side of the quarry, and then he rose from hi s biding place and stole toward the entrance of the quarry. L-"Well, I'm all right, anyway," he thought; "and if= have good luck l may secure some information in Camden He hastened forward. He had gone a mile or so when he suddenly from the timber into an op e n space of a couple of acres ji extent, as he could see by -the faint light of the stars. Near the centre of the clearing was a cabin-which Di e could just make out, it being a shade darker than He had almost reached the entrance when h e stumbled su rroundings over a loose stone, making considerable noise. And then, as he got around on the front side of t "What's that!" cried one of the redcoats. cabin, Dick saw a light shining through the window. r "The spy !-l'll wager!" from another "He's slipping away!" "Don' t let him escape us!" He had just had time to note this wheh he was startle by bearing a wild scream. The scream came from within the cabin The redcoats rushed toward the entrance of ..the quarry. Then a voice, unmistakably feminine, cried out, m a Dick, realizing that haste was necessary no,v, rushed agony of terror: out through the entrance to the quarry "Don't strike me, father! Please don 't!" Aftrr him, pell-mell, came the redcoats. They fired a volley from their pistols, but too late to do any damage, as Dick bad passed through the entrance and turned to one side, thus getting out of range. The redcoats, as soon as they were out of the quarry, paused and listened. They heard Dick's footsteps, and gave chase. By pausing frequently and list e ning, they were errl:lbled io keep on the youth's track for quite a distance, but Dick finally got into the timber where the ground was soft, and his footsteps could no longer be ,beard. Then they were unable to follow the fugitive, and disappointed and dii;gusted they returned to the encampment. Dick hastened onward. Then a hoarse, masculine voice roared out: "Stop your howling, you tiger-cat, or I ll not only stril you, but I'll murder you!" Then there was the sound of hurrying footsteps, a era as of a chair upsetting, followed by a shrill scream. CHAPTER XIV. DICK INTERFERES. "Jove!" thought Dick, "I really think I shali have interfere. The girl addressed the man as 'father; but th doesn't give him the right to pound her around, as he His leg pained him considerably, so he was unable to evident ly bent on doing." go as fast as he otherwise would have done. Dick rushed to the cabin and tried the door. He made very good speed, however, and walked rapidly toward Camden. He thought it best to remain in the timber, as he feared there might be redcoats on the main road It would take a longeT time to reach the town by travel ing through the t!mber, but it would be safer. "I was pretty lucky to get out of that scrape as well as I have," thought Dick; "I was in double danger-from the bullets of the redcoats and the fall down into the quarry." As good luck would hav e it the door was not barred. It came open in response to Dick's push. He steppe d through the doorway into the room with crremony. He was just in time. A single glance at the tableau before him showed h' this In one corner stood a girl of about seventeen years, She was dressed in a rough dress of homespun, but ::ipite of this she was, Dick thought, the most beauti Dick could hardly under stand how it was that he had g irl he had ever seen. been killed instead of only st unned by the fall. Her face was fair, with rosy cheeks, and her eyes w He remembered, exactly, how the quarry looked, and he blue as the sky on a summer's day, her hair being gol knew that it would haYe been dangerous to leap down brown in hue. into the pit in the daytime, to say nothing of falling I Just now there was a frightened look in the beauti down jnto it in the dark. eyes, and the rosy lips were parted in terror.


THE LIBER'rY BOYS' SETBACK. 15 'l'he girl stood in the farther corner of the room, her "I reckon young feller, thet ye don' know who I am!" rm uplifted as if to shield herself, while in front of he cried. er, a heavy stick in his hand, was a man of about forty ve years. He was a fierce-looking fellow, with bushy hair and beard, nd his flushed face betrayed the fact that he bad been rinking. I The ruffian-for he looked to be such-held the stick gh above his bead and seemed to be enjoying the fright hich the girl showed. Dick thought the man was about to strike the girl, and e called out: "Drop that stick! Don't you hit the girl, you ruffian!" A cry, half of joy, half of fear, escaped the lips of the irl. She looked at Dick in a frightened manner. "You reckon correctly; I don't know who you are, but for that ruatter neither do I care." "Waal, I'll tell ye, jes ther same My name is Mike Bennett-'Bad Mike,' they call me, aroun' heer." "I guess they have named you correctly," said Dick, calmly; "you look it." The ruffian eyed Dick for a few moments in silence, and then be pointed toward the door. "Git out uv beer!" be ordered. "And leave you free to whip this-child?" asked Dick. "Yas; she s my darter, an' I'll wbup 'er ef .L wanter." "Not w1:ile I'm around, you won't!" Dick looked the fellow straight in the eyes. Evidently the ruffian did not like the look which Dick The man whirled, with a savage snarl, and faced the gave him. outh. His desire was, seemingly, to get the youth out of the "Hello! Who' n blazes air you?" he growled, hoarsely house without having trouble with him. 1 nd threateningly This might seem strange, seeing that be was known as "Oh, it doesn't matter who I am," replied Dick, calmly; "Bad Mike" Benn ett, but the fact was that he .saw a ''it is enough to say that I am one who will not stand light in Dick s eyes that awed him. dly by and see a big ruffian beat a prl with a club." He instinctively realized that the youth was no com"Whut's thet ?-d'ye dar' ter call me er ruffian?" the mon individual. ellow almost howled. He made a great show of bluster, however, and pointDick smiled, coldly. "It doesn't take much daring to tell you that," he said, uietly. "You have told the truth, too, sir," said the girl, her o ice sounding like musical bells tinkling; "be is a ruffian, ven though be does claim to be my father." Dick shook his head. "It can't be possible," be said; "he cannot be your "But I am, jes' ther same, ye young whipper-snapper!!? ing to the door, cried, angrily : "Git out uv my I tell ye!" Dick did not move. J Instead, he set his jawsi firmly, and a peculiar glint came into his eyes. The ruffian noted this. "Air ye gain' ter git out?" he almost howled. He was almost black in the face so great was his rage Dick shook his head. "I'ni not going to leave the house till you throw that e man cried. "An' now, I'd like ter know whut right ye stick in the fire and promise me that you will behave ev ter bu st inter er man's house in this heer fa s hion an' yourself in the future," said Dick, quietly. nterfeer whur ye hain't consarned ?" "Whut me prommus ye enny sech thing ez that?" the "You wish to know what right I have to do such a man cried. "That i s just what you mu s t do!" "Yas." "Well, the right of a man to interfere fprute from mistreating a child." "Bad Mike" took a step forward and shook the stick and prevent a t hr e atenin g ly in Dick s face. I "Oh, I'm er brute, too, am I?" There was a wicked leer on the "See heer," he g rowled; "ther on'y reezon w'y I've be'n e z pashunt e z I hev is becos ye air er stranger an' don' man's face, and a know me. I hat e d ter jump onter ye an' kill ye withl hreatening tone of his voice. Dick replied, unhesitatingly : "You certainly are !-and about as big a brute as it 'is ever been my misfortune to meet." A hoarse growl escaped the lips of the ruffian out warnin ye, d 'y e unner stan' ?" Dick nodded. "Oh, yes I und e r s tand that you are a big blow and c oward," said Dick, quietly; "I have seen dozens like you." A hoarse roar escaped the lips of the rllffian.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. It was a new experience for him to be talked to in was going to make the attack, as quickly, almost, as this fashion. man himself. And the worst of it was that the fellow realized that the youth who faced him so unflinchingly, and talked to him so straight, was one with whom it would not do to trifle. There was peculiar air about him which proclaims the person to be one with a will of iron and possessed of splendi d courage. "Bad Mike" realized this, as the dog realizes its master when the man fixes it with his eye. Still the man could not think the youth could be his match, physically. His idea was that the young fellow was armed, and would draw a weapon when it came to a contest. He had made up his mind, therefore, that if he could get hold of the youth h e would quickly get the better of him. "So ye've seen duzzens like me, hev ye?" Bennett growled. He took another step forward as he spoke. He wished to get within reach of Dick and take him unawares. But Dick seemed to read the fellow like a book. A scornful smile curled his lips. "Yes, I've seen dozens like you," replied Dick, quietly ; ""and if you think you can get close enough to me to jump upon me without my knowing what you are going to do, you are badly mistaken, my friend; for your intentions are written in your face and eyes, so that even by the poor light of the tallow candle it is easy to read." "Look out for him, sir!" cried the girl. "Ye shet up, Daisy Bennett!" growled the man. "I s'pose ye'd be glad ter see this heer young scoundrel git ther better uv yer dad, wouldn't ye?" course she would Why shouldn't she?" "W'y, I'm 'er father!" he exclaimed. "Ortenter she ter want 'er own dad ter git ther better uv ennybuddy ?" "Not if that father is a brute and a scoundrel, as you are!" It did not require the cry of the girl, and her wori "Look out!" to warn him that the attack was coming. Out shot Dick's fist. It caught the ruffian squarely in the chest and sent hi reeling backward. "Bad Mike" nearly went down, and would have done had he not reached the wall, which rendered him friena assistance, and enabled him to regain his equilibrium. j "Bad Mike" balanced himself against the wall for a f1 .. moments, and stared at Dick. / The strength of the youth and the force of the blc which he had received astonished the ruffian. He had had no idea that the youth could strike suc h blow. Mike was not materially damaged, however, and aft catching his breath he rushed toward Dick with the fe1 eity of a inad bull. "I'll fix ye fur thet !" he growled. "I'll ha'f kill J see ef I don't!" "I'll see to it that you don't retorted Dick. The youth gave ground before the rush of the other, ru for a few moments contented himseif with ducking, dod ing, evading and parrying the blows of the other. "Bad Mike" thrashed the atmo s phere at a great ra His blows were powerful ones, but they did not land, did no damage, save to Mike himself, who was rapid becoming tired. Presently he stopped, and, placing his hands on his hi] said, in a tone of disgust : "Say, whut kind uv er feller air ye, ennyhow? D'ye c thet ther fa'r thing-thet thar runnin' an' jumpin' arou I mean?" "Why, yes, I call it the fair thing; don't you?" "No, I don'; w'y don' ye sta n up an' fight like man?" "Oh, you want me to stand up and fight like a man Dick spoke just as if h e had just found out what With a hoarse howl of rage the man leaped forward, wanted. intent on-Seizing the youth. CHAPTER XV. "Sartin; uv course I do. Whut d'y e take me fr? hain t no foot racer "No?" in simulated surprise. "I thought that was y best hold." "No, et hain t my bes' holt. My bes' holt is wras'F "Oh, that's it?" "B.ll> MIKE" GETS THE WORST OF IT. "Yas; w'y, I kin throw er b'ar !" ''You must be a terrible fellow, indeed." Rnt Dick was on his guard. Dick spoke quietly, and "Bad Mike" fancied the yo He had been watching the man's eyes, and knew he was making sport of him


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. f 17 He uttered a growl, and advaneed. "Stan' up, now, an' let me poun' ye!" Mike invited. The girl, a frightened, anxious look in her eyes, was atching the scene, eagerly. "Don't be afraid. He needs a lesson, and since I have started in, I may as well make it a good one." Dick again turned his attention to "Bad Mike." The latter had risen to a sitting posture. He !!till had his hands clasped across his stomach, how"Don't let him get hold of you, sir," she called out to Dick ; "he is oh, very, very strong, and will be sure to ever, and rocked backward and forward and groaned ter-hurt you if he gets his hands on you!" ribly. "You bet I will!" the ruffian said, with a fiendish grin. "How do you feel, Mike," asked Dick, "any better?" "Thank you, miss," said Dick, "but he will find that he "Oh, but I'll make you feel worse when I git hold of is not dealing with a weak girl now!" you!" groaned Mike. Dick stood his ground this time. "Perhaps you will-when you get hold of me." He had his eyes on the inan advancing toward him. "Oh, I'll git hol' uv ye, all right!" He waited till Mike was al.most within reach, and then "Perhaps so, but I doubt it; shall I assist you to rise, he suddenly took a step forward and aimed a blow at the Mike, my friend?" -. fellow's face. "I don't need enny uv your assistance." U t M 'k' 1 tte t t d h' "Oh, you don't?" p wen i e s arm m a c umsy a mp o guar is face. "No; I kin get up myself." This was what Dick had expected, and was just what "All right; glad to hear it. Hurry a nd get up, I want he wished. to knock you down again In throwing up his arm the man left his chest and stomA growl of rage escaped "Bad Mike." The coolness of the strange youth was very exasperating. He scrambled slowly and awkwardly to his feet. ach u.nprotected Out s hot Dick's left fist. "Well, are you ready?" asked Dick, b riskly; and as he It landed right at the pit of Mike's st 9mach-the most spoke he advanced toward the ruffian. vulnerable point in a man's anatomy. It was a terrific stroke. Down went Mike to the floor, with a thump and a j ar that shook the cabin. A groan of pain, of downright agony escaped him and clasping his hands upon J?s stomach the fellow kicked a nd squirmed, and groaned, again and still again. "Does it hurt?" asked Dick, quietly. "Oh-00-00-00-ooh !" groaned Mike, making horrible grimaces and writhing and kicking. The girl stared at Mike and then at Dick, in wondering amazement. She was a s tonished beyond measure by the result of the e ncoun t er. She had exp e cted nothing else than that the y outh would b e the on e to g o down, and she could not understand it. Neither c ould "Bad :Mike," for that matter H e h a d thou ght that he would have an easy task in getting the bette r of the youth but somehow he had slip p e d u p on it. "You had b ette r get away, sir, while you can advised t h e girl. Dick shook his head. "Hol' on I Hol on!" cried "Ba d Bike," in alarm. "Whut d'ye mean, ennyhow ?" I mean to knock you down again; t hat's what I said I was going to do, you know." "Yas, I know; but ye hain't givin me no fa'r show." "I'm nof?" "Ne." "How do you make that out?" "How do I mak e et out?" "Yes." "Easy enuff; her e ye' re goin' to go fur m e a fore I'm redd y I hain't bed time ter git my bre ath. "Oh, you want more time to get ready i s tha t it?" "Yas, thet's it; I want er fa'r shake, I do!" "All right," said Dick "you shall have it; I'll wait till you get rest ed. Just t a k e your time and when you are ready let me know." "All right; I'll do et." "Bad Mike" stepp e d back and leaned against the wall, while Dick folded his arms and stood erect near the centre o f the room. The girl s till kept h e r place in the corner and kept her eyes fixed upon the face of the youth who had come to her "Oh, no, h e said; "Mike hasn t had half a lesson yet.'' assistanc e "If he s hould get hold of you--" the girl bega n. "Bad Mike" was p a nting a nd still looked tired. H e w o uld w i s h he had not interposed Di k q uietly. Dick waited a c o uple of minutes, and then s aid:


18 THE .LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. "Well, are you ready now?" "Bad Mike" drew a long breath or two, flailed the air with his huge arms a couple of times, and then said : "Yas, I'm I'm as good as new, an' tell ye whut et is, young feller, ye wanter look out fur me." As he spoke he rushed toward Dick. "Yes." "So am I; but my father is a Tory." "I am glad he is insensible, then; h e would open th door otherwise, and it would all be up with me." There was no window in the cabin, which made it aJ .impossibility for those outside-for there was more th Dick saw that it was the man's desire to come to close one-to look in. quarters. Dick was. very glad of this. Feeling confident that he could handle "Bad Mike," Dick decided to let the fellow have his way. Mike evidently expected the youth to strike at him, but to his surprise Dick did nothing of the kind. Instead, lie dueked and darted under the other fellow's arm. Dick seized "Bad Mike" about the waist and twisted him around till he got just the hold he desired. As the two came together the girl gave utterance to a cry of fear, for she was afraid the youth would be no match for the burly man. Then suddenly something happened which caused her to give vent to another cry of surprise and delight this time, however. Dick had suddenly secured what is known as the "cross buttock" hold on his opponent and suddenly up into the air flew "Bad Mike's" feet. His body followed, as a matter of course, and went clear over Dick's head. Down with a crash went the big ruffian, striking the floor with such foree as to shake the cabin. "Bad Mike" struck on his head and hard-headed though he was, was knocked senseless. At this instant the sound of hurried footsteps was heard. "Some one is coming exc!aimed the girl. CHAPTER XVI. "BAD MIKE" HAS A GOOD SPELL. Diek ran to the door and barred it. Again there came a loud rapping on the door. It was followed almost immediately by the hailing voice "Hello, in there, I say! Wake up! Open the door!" But Dick did not intend to open the door. y Neither did he make response. He stood there, silently, and waited. He hoped that the British-for such he believed the mell to be-would go away. ,. But this they did not seem inclined to do. Dick could hear the sound of their voices, and then h&t; heard their footsteps as the men moved around. There came a louder rapping than ever "Open the door I" cried a fierce voice. "Ope n it, or will knock it down!" Still Dick remained silent. t After half a minute of waiting, Dick heard an angry l voice, rais e d as if giving commands. Presently there came the sound of rushing feet. Next there was a loud bump, as something h ard struck! against the door. Dick understood what this meant. The men had secured something in the way of a batter ing-ram, and were going to try to batter the door down. "I must not permit that," thought Dick. Then he took down a rifle from off some forks nailed to the wall, and after examining the weapon and finding that it was load ed, Dick leveled it and fir e d through the door. A wild yell of and rage came from the outside. Then there was the rush of f eet. The men were hastening to get out of range. Dick smiled; grimly. Presently there was the crash of firearms, and severa l bullets came through the door. He was only just in time. The redcoats were returning Dick's fire. Some one knocked on the door, and tlien, without waiting The bullets did no damage, howeve r. to see if the door would be opened, tried it. This was kept up for perhaps ten minutes, Dick firing "Hello I" called out a voice. "Hello, in there I" sheral shots and the British several volleys, and then siDick promptly blew out the candle. lence reigned supreme. Then he stepped to the side of the girl and said: Nothing more was heard of the men outside, and Dick "I think they are redcoats, a.nd if so it will not do for made up his mind they had gone. me to let them get hold of me." At just about this time Dick heard "Bad Mike" stir. "You are a patriot?" the girl whispered. He relighted the candle.


THE LIBERTY BOYS, SETBACK. 19 The man's eyes were open. He stare d at Dick for a few moments, and then said: "Who air y e ?" "It doe8 n t matter who I am," replied Dick; "I guess u rem embe r me. We had a little difficulty a whil e ago." "Oh, y es; I r e m e mber, now." Mike rose lo a sitting posture. "How do you feel?" the youth asked. ".Like I had be' n pounded with a club." Dick smiled. I judg e d you would feel somewhat sore," he replied. "Wusser n thet; 'sumwhut' don t near cover whut I feel, oung feller. I feel awful sore." "I'm sorry," Dick remarked, quietly; "but you forced me o handle you roughly." The man nodded. "I know I did," ke acknowledged; "I remember all bout et, an I tell ye trooly thet I'm glad ye thumped me he way ye did I" Dick was surprised, and looked it. "Oh, et's er fack," Bad Mike hastened to say; "I mean t, an' I ll tell ye w.hut et is, young feller, I'm goin' ter tur11 ver er new l e af I am. I thort I wuz er b1:td man, an a ll bet, but s e nc e I hev l e t myse f git licked by er youngster ike ye, I h e v m a d e up my min' I hain t very bad, arter all; n I m e T g o i n ter quit e t, a n go ter work." "That is v e ry sensible s aid Dick; "and hope, for th e sake of your s elf and dau g hter, that y ou rill s tick to it." "Oh, l'll s ti c k ter et; ye kin b e t on thet!" "Oh, father, I m s o glad!" cried the girl. Dick s tepp e d .forward and offe r e d the man his hand. "He re is my h a nd to show you that I don t bear you "I hardly think so," replied Dick. "They probably gave thi s up as a bad job, and went on about their business." The girl expressed the fear that the men were out there and they would fire upon Dick the instant he showed h i mself, but he said he thought not, and insisted on going. H e took the gii:l's hand and said good-by, and then made his way to the door, unbarred it, and, opening the door quickly, stepped through the doorway and out into t h e night. As he did so, "Crack crack crack l" went several pi s tol s hots, and the b ullets rattled all around Dick. CHAPTER XVII. IN THE CELLAR. Dick did not try to re-enter the house. He had no more time to spare. He heard a scream from within the cabin. It was the girl's voiee. Dick knew the girl had not been hit by a bullet, be c:mse she was out of range. He realiz e d that the reason she screamed was because she feare d he h a d been hit by a bullet. "I'm all right; !" he called out, and then he d arte d around the end. of the cabin and ran toward the ti mber at the side clearing. (}'here was a yell from the darkness, and Dick knew t ha t h e w a s being pursued. Well, let them come!" he thought. "l don't think they a ny malice for the manner in whi c h you tried to treat m e w ill be able to catch .me. while ago." The man took Di c k's hand, and, with a grin, remarked: "Waal I g uess th e t ef I don' b ar ye no malice ye ortenter 'ar m e none, fur I got th e r worst uv et, a w'il e ergo." "rha t i s t r ue, too," agr eed Dick ; "and now I hope you ill p a rdon me if I say tha t I h o p e you won t mi s treat your au g hter aga in "Oh, I w o n t ; s h e's e r good gal, an' et's on'y w'e n I've e n a-drink i n t h e t I'm me an-a n J don inte n ter gii [ irunk no m ore Et don pay." "You ar e ri ght about t hat. W e ll, I must be going." "Hol' on," s aid B a d Mik e ; didn t I hee r shootin goin n aroun heer e rwhil e e rgo?" "I guess you did,'' r e plied Dick ; and then he explained \ "Don' ye s'pose the r fel1ers air hid close by, an' thet ye go out th e y ll plug ye?" asked Bad Mike Di c k ran s wiftly. He s o o n r e ached the timber. H e plunged into it just as the pursuers fired another v oll ey. N on e of the bullets came anywhere near Dick. Wh a t foo l s men are to fire in the darkness, and when they are r unnin g," he thought; "it would be the greatest accid ent in the world if they were to hit a person under u c h circum s tances." Di c k ran southward until he was sure he had passed C amden, which lay on the left. T h e n presently h e turned to the lef t and ran in this

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    20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. himself; "well, I hope I have. I don't want them around when I try to slip into Camden." Dick now turned his face toward the north and made his way in that direction. He moved slowly and cautiously He did not wish to be discovered again. He could not enter Camden unless he did so secretly. He moved noiselessly forward: Occasionally he paused and listened. Everywhere was silence. Presently, however, Dick heard sounds in front which indicated that he was close to the town. Then he emerged from the timber and found himself at the edge of the town. After listening a few moments and hearing nothing, Diek ag!!-in stole forward. He was very careful, and advanced very slowly. He located the street entrance into the town and bore away to one side so as to avoid it. He knew there would be sentinels there. He entered a yard and crossed it. The dog was still barking, and there was the soun excited voices. The people of the house had come out of doors to what the dog was making such a noise about. A British soldier, who had been on sentry duty near was in the yard also. He thought that it might be possible that a spy trying to slip into the town. Dick made his way out of the yard and into the st He moved onward down the street at a rapid pace. Diek knew where Lord Rawdon had his headquarters Dick made his way toward the house in question. He went around to the alley at the rear. He stood at the back fence and list ened for a few men ts. Hearing nothing, he climbed the fence and stole ac the yard toward the house. He reached the rear of the building without having tracted attention, at least, so far as he knew. At any rate he had heard no sound to indicate that presence had been detected. He had almost reached the rear fence when a dog Like most houses in that part of the country, there rushed out from under the house and came at him, barka cellarway at the back of the house. ing furiously. "Great guns!" thought Dick "that dog will arouse everybody in the town!" I While thinking thus, Dick was not standing still. At the first note from the dog Dick had leaped forward, and reaching the fence he bounded over it. The dog was there almost at the instant, and leaped up again st the top board of the fence and barked even more uproariously. Dick had alighte d in an alley. Another back yard lay dire ctly'in front of him. The youth bounded over the fence and was in this yard He walked rapidly across the yard, and as he approached Dick opened one of the sloping doors and made his slowly and carefully down the steps. At the bottom was a door which open e d into the cell Diek lifted the latch of this door and pushed. The door "Good!" thought the youth; "now if I have good 1 I shall be able 'to get up into the house and I may e be so fortunate as to catch Lord Rawdon holding a cou of war." At this instant Dick started. He heard footsteps in the back yard, whence he had j come. The footsteps were approaching the cellarway. the house he heard a window go up. There they ceased, and Dick heard a voice say: Then be caught a glimpse of a man leaning out of the "This way, Sanders; somebody just went down in upstairs window. cellar. I think it is a rebel spy Come on, and w "I wonder what that dog is barking at?" Dick heard the capture him!" man say. The youth was well within the shadow of the house and so was not seen, but he accidentally stepped on a stick, which broke, with a sharp, snapping noise. "Who's there?" called out the man, in a startled tone. "Who's there, I say?" Of course, Dick did not reply. Instead, he darted around the corner of the house. r CHAPTER XVIII. DIOK TAKES A SLIDE. "Great guns thought Dick; "I'm in for it now He wondered what he ought to do. There was considerable noise and confusio1'l over in the It was so dark in the cellar he could not see his hall yard where the dog was. before his face.

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    THE lJIBERTY :SOYS' SETBACK. 21 nd his made it impossible for him to know whether or not re was any place where he might hide. e decided to try to get up into the house. Dick listened, eagerly, but had not been at his station a minute before there came the sound of a crash. It sounded in the direction of the kitchen. He hastened across the cellar. l r He heal'd the footsteps approach still nearer, d then they began descending the steps. "'I'hose redcoats have broken the door open and will outsi de, be out here after me in a jiffy!" thought Dick "Now the question is, what shall I do?" Dick felt around when he reached the farther wall, Dick heard footsteps in the room in front of which he d presently found the stairs leading up into the house. stood tr Dick did not hesitate. Lord Rawdon and his companions had heard the crash, He promptly ascended the stairs doubtless. s. When he reached the top he tried the door "They will :find me if I don't get away from here in It opened. a hurry," thought Dick. Dick looked cautiously out. He turned and ran along the hall, going toward the door. He saw that the room before him was the kitchen. Just as he reached it there came a cry from the other There was a candle burning, but no one was in the e11d of the hall: i r om. Dick stepped through, into the room, and closed the oor behind him. He heard steps in the cellar as he did so. There was a bolt to the door, and Dick pushed the olt into the socket. I think my friends will have a hard time getting the "Stop! Surrender, or we will fire!" A quick glance over Dick's shoulder showed him tw o redcoats standing at the farther end of the hall. Their muskets were leveled. "Jove! this begins to look bad for me!" was the thought that fl.ashed through Dick's mind. Then the door of the room in front of which Dick had oor open, now," he thought. stood, listening, opened suddenly and four Briti sh officers Dick made his way across the room, walking 01!his 1 stepped out into the hall. iptoes, so as to keep the men in the cellar from hearing Now the redcoats with the muskets could not fire. nn. This thought came to Dick and with a bound he was When he reached the door at the farther side of the at the door. oom, Dick paused and listened. Footsteps could be plainly heard on the cellar stairs. He attempted to open it; but the door was locked and oolted. "My redcoat friends are coming upstairs," thought Dick. He pushed the bolt back, and then found that the ke y He opened the door in front of. which he stood, an d was not in the lock. looked cautiously out. He was looking into a wide hall. No one was in sight Dick stepped through the doorway and pulled the door shut. "Now which way, I wonder?" he asked himself He did not hesitate long. He made his way along the hall, in the direction of the front of the house. Suddenly, when about half way along the hall, Dick paused. "Who are you?" roared Lord Rawdon. "What are you doing in here? Surrender!" But Dick did not intend to surre nder, if he could help it He turned, and, leaping to the foot of the stairs leading to the upper floor, bounded up the steps. "After him!" cried Lord Rawdon. "He is a rebel spy, and must not be allowed to escape!" Di ck heard the rush of feet in the haU below. He went up the stairs at three leaps. He raced along the hall, toward the farther end. Dick felt sure he would find a wi:q.dow there He stood in front of a door at hi s l eft -hand side. If there was a window there, and he could raise it and VoiC?es proceeded from the room into which ihe door get through, he felt that he might escape, as he had opened. noticed that there was a sort of shed room at the rear, and Dick stepped close to the door, and placing his ear to he could get out on top of this room. the keyhole, listened. He reached the end of the hall and found the window, as "It is Lord Rawdon and some of his officers," thought he had hoped. Dick ; "now if I can be allowed to stand here and listen The redcoats were now upstairs, however, and Dick would for a few minutes I may learn something of importance." have to h11rry if he made his escape.

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    22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. "Stop Don't try to escape or we will fire!" came the I command, but Dick paid no attention to it. His reply was to raise the window. Instead of leaping through the opening, however; Dick suddenly dropped upon his face on the floor. At the same instant, "Crash, roar!" went the pistols, the officers having fired, as Dick had surmised they wou ld. T he bullets whistled over Dick's head, and, springing up h e climbed quickly through the window. He l eaped through so quickly that he had conside r able m o mentum, and went sliding down the sloping roof of the s hed room Dick tried to stay his descent, or make it slower, but could not. lt increased in speed, if anything, and he shot off the edge a n d dropped straight downward into the outside cellarway, alighting upo n the backs of the two r edcoats, who had hastened back out of the house by the route which they had used in entering Dick asked himself whether or not he should tr.., remain in the town over night, and decided that it w be folly. The reacoats would be on the alert, and it would bee possible for him to get close enough to the office overhear their conversation. He could learn nothing, that night, and he decided 1, it would be wisest and best to return to the patriot enca1 ment, and make another attempt on the next night. It would be a difficult matter getting out of the t1 in safety, as it was. Dick realized this. The entire town was aroused. The sentinels would be on watch for him. It would be an extremely difficult matter to slip thro the line and make his escape. c Dick never despaired, however. He always believed himself capable of doing a thing, m it was proven to him that he could not. He ran onward for a distance, and then slowed t walk. He was nearing the limits of the town CHAPTER XIX. He would soon be at the point where he would h to run the gantlet of the sentinels BACK IN THE PATRIOT CAMP. The farther Dick went the more careful he grew. Behind him, in the direction of the house occupied Dick came down with such force that both of the redLord Rawdon, could be heard the sound of loud talki coats were knocked down. "They will be on my heels in. a few minutes," thou They were surprised, as well as shaken up, and for a Dick "I am practically between two fires." few m o ments seemed scarcely to know what had struck He moved forward as rapidly as he dared. them He was on his gua.rd. This gave Dick a chance to act. It was such a dark night that he was unable to see He had not been hurt or even jarred by the fall, and distance with anything like distinctness. was on his feet in an instant. He bounded up the steps and out into the yard. By this time the two redcoats recovered their senses and set up a yell. They came rushing up out of the cellarway, wild with rage They could not see Dick, but had sense enough to pause and listen. They heard the sound of the youth's footsteps. Leveling their pistols in the direction of the sound, they fired. The bullets did not hit Dick, although he heard the sing-g-g-g of one "A miss is as good as a thought the youth. He continued running. I haven't accomplished much, this time," he thought, r egre t f ully; "we ll I have done the best I coul d." Presently Dick found himself within a few yards o sentinel. Dick could just make out the faint outlines Gf the r coat's form. The sentinel was standing still, and Dick guessed t the fellow heard th e noise in the direction of headquarte and wondered what the trouble was. The sentinel uttered his thoughts aloud, just at t moment, and Dick learned that his guess was right. "I wonder what all that racket, yonder in the directi of headquarters, is about, anyway?" the sentinel sa1 is up, sure." This was true, and as the sound of voices came plain to the hearing of the sentinel, he moved slowly along his beat. "Don't want to let them catch me standing here," l muttered. "I must be attending to business."

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    THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. 23 tit=======================================================================: w ck was glad that the redcoat did decide to attend siness. be had stood exactly in the youth's way. He knew that he had bee n in a dangerous place. To r e ach the patriot encampment now was merely the matter of half an hour of steady walking, and Dick ar-er e sound of voices grew loud e r and plainer, and the rived in camp at the end of that time and went at once realiz e d that the redcoats from the house occupied to the tent 0 General Greene and reported. rd Rawdon were coming toward where he stood. e must g e t away from Hi.e re v e ry quickly. ick waited till the sentinel had moved away a few "I bated to give up for the time being, even," said Dick. "It is the first setback I have experi e nced in a long time; but I thought it would be better to wait till to-s, and then he stole forward. morrow night, and to come back to camp and l e t you e moved as cautiou s ly as a red brave on the trail of know what little I have learn e d." in the depths of the forest. "That was right, Dick," said General Green e ; "you e had crossed the sentinel's path, and was moving would undoubt e dly have been captured had you tried to ard, when he suddenly stumbled over something which remain in Camden all night, and you could not have suc ceeded in getting to overhear the conversation of Lord was only a stone the size of a cocoanut, but Dick made Rawdon and his officers; they would have seen to that, and Who goes there?" cried the sentinel. lick-click o he hammer of the musket had gone up. ick made no reply. nstead, he bounded forward into the darkness. a e would go it blind and trust to luck. Halt! or I will fire !" till no reply from Dick. e was making good use of the moments. e was running with all his might. 1 warrant you there are sentinels on duty outside the door of their room "I judge you are right, sir; still if you say for me to do so, I wm return and do the best I can to secure more information." "No; wait till to-morrow night, Dick. Then you may try it again-that is, providing the British have not made any decided move during the day." "Very well, sir." "Now go and get a good night's sleep, DiCk ; ;y.ou ne e d it." "Thank you; I will do so, sir." Dick salut e d and withdrew. he sentinel had fired. Re went at once to the quarters of the "Liberty Boys/' he bullet, discharged at random in the darkness, came and, rolling himself in a blanket, was soon sound a s leep bin an ace of ending the life of the daring youth, then there. he bullet knocked off Dick's hat and just grazed the ad it gone a sixteenth of an inch lower Dick would have stunned, and would have fallen into the hands of enemieo; had it gone half an inch lower it would have CHAPTER XX I IN A. BA.D FIX. l ed his days. The British made no move toward attacking the patriots s it was, he was uninjured; and, minus his hat, raced next day. ard ihrough the darkness. 'fhey r e m a ined in camp at Hobkirk's Hill and took oud and excited yells went up from the redcoats who i.hings eas y e rushing toward the scene at the sound of the musket t. Di c k Slater and Bob Estabrook were on scouting duty illl d a y and kept Gen e ral Greene informed regarding what hey were in hopes of course, that the spy had bee n w a s g oing on in the British camp. ught down. When night came, Dick began makin g preparation s to ut this was not to be. ick was pa s t the danger lin e n ow, and made hi s way ard, rapidly, the only danger being from injuring 1 self by running into something, or falling over stones. ick congratulated him s elf on his good fortune in esing from Camden. go. on a spy ing ex. pedition. "Le t me go along with you, Dick?" said Bob. Dick pondered a few moments. The thought came to him that he be able to make Bob useful in the work in. hand, and so he said: "All right, Bob; you may go along."

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    THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. ===========================================::::===============================ai Bob was delighted. He was never so pleased as when permitted to accom Dick on a spying expedition. To tell the truth, Bob was almost as good at this kind of work as was Dick himself. Together they made a very strong team, indeed. Bob quickly made his arrangements. He was ready as soon as Dick was. It was not yet as dark as it would be, so the youths waited a while. Half an hour later they left the camp and struck off toward Hobkirk's Hill. It was about a mile distant, so the youths were not long in reaching there. The British army was encamped on the souther n slope, and in order to reach it the youths had to skirt the hill. When they were around on the west side the youths came in sight of the camp-fires of the British. "We'll have to be careful now, Bob," said Dick, in a low tone. "We mustn't allow ourselves to be capt ured." in a low, excited voice. "Follow me and run for. >f life!" The youths had leaped to their feet, upsetting thel?; coat as Dick spoke, and now they darted away at t!P of their speed. Jo"Help! Murder!" yelled the redcoat who had pa down the incline. Naturally he was rattled and hardly knew what happened to him. "Spies!" "Do.n't let them get away!" "Halt, there!" "Fire, boys! Give them a volley, quick!" Crack! The sentinel had fired. Crack crack crack crack crack I The redcoats had seized their muskets and fired. A wild yell of pain went up. The redcoats had fired quickly and at random, an l of the bullets wounded the sentinel. lD "You're right, Dick," agreed Bob; "well, you take the Dick and Bob were not touched. f lead an d I will follow and do exactly as you do." "Oh, you fools l What are you doing?" how "All right, Bob." in jured redcoat. "What are you shooting me for?"1'1 The youths stole forward. "All a mistake, Jack," replied one of the redcmits; They succeeded in getting past the sentinel on that side were firing at the spies.'' i and were soon withi n a few yards of a group of redcoats "Well, for goodness sake don't do it again; I'm not sitting around one of the fires. to die yet." 'f 'rhe youths listened to the conversation of the redcoats "After them, fellows!" cried one of the redcoats. i\: for a few minutes, but heard nothing of interest. mustn't let them get away!" g .pick had just decided to with draw and continue their A score of the redcoats struck out in pursuit oi journey to Camden when there suddenly came an unfleeing youth. ] looked-for interruption. Dick and Bob heard them / comi?g [ Dick and Bob were crouched at the foot of a stee p They raced onward at their best speed. incline, whi<:h ended at a point six or seven .feet above The youths felt confident that they could get away J' their heads their pursuers. From ther e it was a straight drop down, and just as It proved to be a more difficult matter than they Dick was on the point of whispering to Bob to withdraw, anticipated, however. there was a rattling above the youths' heads and a human The redcoats kept after them with unusual persisU form came shooting over the edge of the miniature preci-It was so dark that it was impossible to make very pice. speed. It was a redcoat who had climbed the steep incline, They were running through the timber and had t lost his footing and came rolling down, gathering mo-very careful in order to keep from butting their b mentum at every revolution. ll'he redcoat alighted squarely upon Dick and Bob, knock ing them forward upon their faces and startling them not a little. out against the trees. It was this fact which made it possible for the purs redcoats to keep on the trail of the youths. There was considerable underbrush and Dick and The redcoat, too, was startled, and he gave vent to a could not help making considerable noise; and by stop yell which brought his comrades at the nearby fires to &nd listening occasionally the redcoats were enable their feet in an instant. follow the fugitives unerringly. "Quick! we must get away from here, Bob I" said Dick, The chase had continued a distance of a mile a

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    THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. at least, and then suddenly Bob gave utterance to a f pain and fell to the ground. "Yes, I'm afraid we're in for it/' said Dick. Dick had time for only a few words of explanation to the reat glins, Dick!" he exclaimed, "I have sprained my girl before there came a fierce thumping on the door. ; I can't run any more. What will we do?" "Open the door Open it at once or we'll break it exclamation of dismay escaped Dick. down!" cried a loud voice. ove, Bob, I don't know I" he exclaimed. "Listen, the Dick made no reply. oats are close upon us. There is no mistake about it, Instead, he asked the girl, in a low tone where her re in a bad fix!" father was. at CHAPTER XXI. THE BURNING OF THE CABIN. was as Dick had said. e pursuing redcoats could be heard crashing through underbrush. uddenly an exclamation escaped Dick. e remembered that the cabin home of "Bad Mike" nett and his daughter Daisy was close at hand. f they could succeed in reaching that, they might be to hold the redcoats at bay. 'There is a cabin near here, Bob," said Dick; "perhaps can succeed in reaching it. Lean on my shoulder and if you can get along that way." ob leaned on Dick's shoulder ana the two made their along at as rapid a pace as was possible. s Bob's ankle gave him great pain, it was impossible go very fast, but they managed to reach the cabin before redcoats could catch up with them. ick tried the door. hen Dick rapped on the door. "Who's there?" called out a voice. ick recognized it as being the voice of Daisy Bennett, he noted that there was alarm in the tone. I "In Camden," was the reply. Dick was glad of this, but did not say so. He was not at all sure that "Bad Mike" was a friend, and with the enemy on the inside in addition to those on the outside of the cabin, their situation would have been much worse. It was bad enough as it was. The redcoats were hammering at the door and making a great uproar. Finding that they could not break the door down, the redcoats began firing through it. The youths returned the fire, and after the first shots they heard an exclamation of pain, followed by groans. There was silence for a few moments and then a fierce voice cried out : "You cursed rebel spies, you have killed one of our comrades; now, we'll either have you out of there or we'll roast you alive like rats in a trap I" "We're sorry if we have killed one of your comrades!" called out Dick, "but you began the shooting and we only fired in self-defense. War is war, you know, imd I don't think you have any right to complain if some of you get killed." "That may be, but we are going to have revenge," was the savage reply; "we will give you just two minutes in which to open tliat door and come out; if you don't do it, we shall set fire to the cabin!" Dick looked at his companions aghast. He realized that the redcoat meant what he said. 'It is I-the young man who was here last night," "But there is a woman in here!" called out Dick. "Surelied Dick "I have a friend here with a sprained ankle, ly you would not doom her to a horrible d eath?" d the redcoats are almost upon us. Will you please "No," was the reply; "nor is there any need of it. Open us in?" the door and let her come out." ick heard light but hurried footsteps. Dick looked inquiringly at the girl. The next instant Dick heard the sound of the bar being oved and then the door swung open. Dick and Bob entered the cabin as quickly as possible, d then Dick closed and barred the door. The redcoats had seen the youths, however, as was evi ced by the loud yell which went up from them as door went shut. "They saw us, Dick I" said Bob. She shook her head. "No," she said, in a low voice, ".I'd rather remain in here with you; besides, if we were to open the dogr to l e t me out, they would leap through and kill you or mak e you prisoners." "I judge you are right about that," agreed Dick, "but I can't endure the thought of you running the risk of losing your life on our account."

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    26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. "Perhaps they will not dare set the cabin afire," Daisy euggested. Dick shook his head, dubiously. "I think they will do so," he said. There was a silence of a few moments and then a voice called out: "Well, is the woman coming out?" "No," replied Dick; "and if you fellows have a spark of manhood, you will not put your threat of setting fire to the cabin into execution." "Yes, but we will do that very thing," was the prompt "You had better come out!" called out the re1 "Surely you are not going to be foolish enough to r\lJ in there!" :i.e : Dick made no reply. Ol He was looking all around and wondering if the11_, s no way to escape the fate which threatened them0b by emerging from the cabin and surrendering to ooili. fu The fire burned merrily. It crackled at a great rate. ec t I It was an old cabin, and the logs were dry. 'h, reply. "I don't believe there is any woman in there, any-The fire fiend was in full sway and was entirely O'T way; you are just saying that to try to keep us from setthe control of the redcoats. e ting fire to the cabin." "That is false!" called out Dick. nothing but the truth." "I guess there is no chance for us," said Dick; "we. r "I have told you as well go outside and surrender to the redcoats." )ii "All right, it doesn't matter; the woman is free to come out if she wishes, and if sh e does not choose to do so she will have to take the consequences." There was silence for a few minutes, and then the voice called out: "Time is up; we're going to set fire to the cabin!" Dick made no reply. He looked at his companions in a very sober manner. "Miss Daisy, you had better leave the cabin," he said. The girl shook her head. "No," she replied, determinedly, "I will stay in here as long as you do." There was a peculiar click-clicking sound outside. The noise Wils made by steel striking against "If we wait much longer we are liable to get burned, anyway," said Bob. "See, the door is on Suddenly an escaped the lips of the gi 'I "Why did I not think of it sooner?" she crierl. "'I,v is a way of escaping from this cabin!" Cl "What exclaimed Dick. "You don't mean a way tn than by the door here?" "Yes, yes cried the girl, eagerly; "there is anor way! See, here is a trap door which leads down int
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. 27 11 right, come along, Bob!" cried Dick. ere was no danger of the redcoats hearing, the crackof the fire making such a noise as to effectually drown s voice. "We'll go slow, Bob; we will have to do so." Dick led the way, the other two following. The large hollow tree cast a long, wide shadow and by following this the three were enabled to get deep enough Ill ob limped across to the trap-door and was assisted into the timber without having been seen, so that they 1.e through the opening by Dick. felt safe. hen the youth reached up, seized the trap-door and edit down. t came down with a bang. he next instant there was a terrible crash. 0 The roof has fallen in!" cried Dick, in excitement. e must get out of here quickly or we will be burned e rats in a trap, or suffocated by the smoke!' ick had spoken truly. hey were in great danger, unless they got out from er the cabin floor very quickly. This way," said the girl; "the opening to the tunnel ver here." Here the y paused and looked back at the redcoats. As they did so they saw a man emerge from the timber at the farther side of the clearing and come rushing toward the group of British soldiers. "What is going on here?" the man cried. "Why have you burned my cabin? Where is my daughter?" "It is father!" exclaimed Daisy. "Oh, I hope he won't tell the redcoats that there was a way of escaping from the cabin." "If he does tell them," said Dick, "it is all up with you and I, Bob; for with your sprained ankle it would be impossible for you to run, and we would surely be he girl led the way1 the youths following, and a few captured." 0 ments later they were making their way along the tun-' which was not more than a foot and a half wide and 0 r feet high. 0 he tunnel was about thirty feet long, and, reaching steps which the girl had mentioned, the three made ir way up and found themselves within the hollow trunk mammoth tree. > 'There is a door made out of a section of the shell of CHAPTER XXII. DEFEATED BUT NOT DISGRACED. "You are right," agreed Bob. Eagerly the three watched Daisy's father and the," explai ned the girl; "and as the attention of the coats. a coats is directed toward the cabin, we may be able to "I hardly think father will reveal the secret of the tunr out and make our escape without being seen." nel and the hollow tree," said Daisy. s 'We'll try it, anyway," said Dick. "Where is the door?" They kept their eyes on the redcoats. 'Here," replied the girl; and after fumbling around a It was evident that "Bad Mike" was not b&.d enough moments, she opened the door. to reveal to the redcoats the fact that there was a way 'Wait till I take a survey of the situation," said Dick. of escaping from the cabin, for although he talked with e stepped through the opening, and keeping well withthe soldiers, they betrayed no signs of excitement. the shadow-the burning cabin threw out considerable Neither did "Bad Mike" seem very much excited and the t-peered around tb,e tree trunk. redcoats must have wondered at this, for_ it seemed only he redcoats were grouped in one spot and were watching natural that a man whose daughter had just been burned burning cabin as if fascinated. t was evident that the redcoats thought the inmates of cabin were doomed. his was as it should be, and the redcoats thinking thus ld make it easier for Dick and his companions to escape. ick made up bis mind to make the attempt at once. e stepped back through the opening and whispered Bob and the girl : 'Come on," he said; "follow me. I think we will be e to escape." 'We'll have to go awfully slow, Dick," said Bob; "I just hobble along, and that is all." to death would show considerable emotion. Presently, much to the relief of Dick, Bob and the girl, the redcoats took their departure. The three waited perhaps five Then feeling sure that the redcoats were out of sight and hearing, they left their hiding place and approached Daisy's father who stood gazing at the burning cabin. He greeted Dick and Bob pleasantly, and seemed de lighted to know that his daughter was safe. "i knowed a'most thet yo' was safe," he said; "I knowed thet Daisy knowed erbout ther tunnel an' ther holler tree an' thet yo' would git out thet erway."

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    28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. And what are we going to do now, father?" asked Daisy. "We have no home." "I guess we'll hev ter go over ter nabor Calkins', Daisy. They'll be glad ter hev us s tay with e m till we kin git er cabin put up ergin." "True father; I guess that will be the best thing for us to do." "How far is it from here?" asked Dick. "'Bout er mile," replied "Bad Mike." "What direction?" "Ter ther west' rd." "'l'hen a s our road lies in a differ ent direction, we will say good-by." Dick and Bob shook hands with "Bad Mike" and Daisy, and the four parted the man and his daughter going to ward the west, while Dick and Bob went toward the north. Dick accompanied Bob till they w ere past Hobkirk's Hill, and then feeling sure that Bob could make bis way I I you were in my place," replied a voice which Dick n ized as Bob's; "I have a sprain e d ankle." "And serves you right!" was the reply. 70 "A.bout e morrow, you will have a sprained neck; you will be h 1 for a spy." b. "I will wager that I will not be hung for a spy!" the undaunted reply. "If it hadn t bee n for my s prai ankle you two fellows would never have captured "You' d have run a w a y from us, eh ? "No, I wouldn't." "You wouldn't?" "No." "What would you have done?" "I would have given you the liveliest kind of a fight. "Oh, you would?" "Yes; but with my sprained ankle, I was helpless "Jove I I must rescue Bob," thought Dick. He drew his pistols and cocked them. r He waited until the redcoats and their prisoners J to the patriot encampment unaided, notwithstanding bis passed the point where he was concealed, and then ankle was very lame, Dick turned around and headed back toward Camden. He was determined to secure some information, if such a thing were possible. He had met with several setbacks recently, but was not discouraged. s uddenly leaped out into the road behind them. "Come on, boys!" he yelled. "Kill the redcoats!" .., Bang! bang! He discharged both pistols. He did not try to hit the redcoats as he was afl'I that in the darkness (be could barely distinguish the fot He walked rapidly and an hour later was in the suin front of him and that was all) be might bit Bob inst! burbs of Camden. o f his enemies. He did his best to secure some information, but failed. k' t f 1 ht th redcoats and co Die s purpose was o r g en e .. He penetrated into the town and took some desperat e them ta flee and leave Bob behind. chances, to no avail. He finally gave up in despair and slipped out of the town, and headed back toward the patriot encampment. He passed Hobkirk's Hill, a.nd was walking along rapid ly, when he heard voices in the road in front of him Ever cautious and on his guard, Dick slipped in amon g some bushes at the side of the road. He listened to the voices, eagerly. The owne r s of th e voices w ere coming toward him. Presently tbey were near enough so that Dick could under s tand what was said "Here walk up livelier, you lazy r e bel!" Dick heard one voice say, "you are too slow altogether." "I don't think you would want to walk any livelier if He was successful. The redcoats took to their heels and ran like good i lows. Doubtless they thought that they were attacked by patriots in considerable force. Dick gave utterance to a few more yells which had e ffect of still further accelerating the speed of the fleei redcoat s and then he quickly made his way to Bob's s a nd freed his hands. "Jove, Dick I I'm glad you headed those fellows ol s aid Bob; "they'd have taken m e into camp if you hadn' "How did it happen, Bob?" asked Dick. Bob told him. He had been walking along-hobbling rather, and I

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    t. a THE LIBERTY BOYS' SETBACK. 29 ats had suddenly leaped out and overpowered him he had a chance to draw a weapon. erything ,.was all right now, however, and the two their way onward toward the patriot encampment in spirits eir purpose of securing information of the intentions he British had been d e feated, but the y o uths them s were by no means disgraced and when thy reported failure to G e ner a l Gr eene, he had no words of censure eak. "I will do it if it is possible, sir!" said Dick, det e r minedly And he meant it. THE END. The next number ( 49) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE; OR, DICK SLA'TER'S FEARFUL RISK, by Harry You did the best you could, boys," he said; "and I Moore. confident that no one living could have done better ext day the patriot army retired ten miles back into country to a place called Clermont. S PECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly neral Greene was as cautious as he was b!ave, and did wish to' run the risk of being taken by surprise and a disadvantage. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from an y newsde a ler, send the price in m o ney or posta ge stam ps by I will remain here till we learn something definit e re-'ng the intentions of the British," he said to Dick .i mail to FRANK T O USEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO :ij d I shall depend upon you to secure the informatio:u SQ"!JA RE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop ies you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Sen:t P9ree "HAPPY DA VS." The Larges t and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. t contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Dlustrated. It has Good Stories of Every K ind. It G ives Away Valuable Premiums. t Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Column& Send us y o u r Name and Addres s f or a Sample Copy Free Address FRAN K TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: U nion Sauare, New Yor k.

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    IDE LIB.EBTY BOYS OF '76 A. W M ag a zine containin g Stories of the .American Revolutio11 By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts a.nd give a. faith account of the exciting adventures of n. brave band of Americ youths who ... -were always ready ;:.nd willing to imperil their 11 for the of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of. Independenc1 Every number. will consist of 32 large pages of reading matte; bound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of 76 ; or, Fighting for Freedom. The Liberty B oys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and Tories. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, H elping G e n eral Wash-ington. 4 The Liberty Boys on H and; or, Always in t h e Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve ; or, Not Afraid of the King' s Minio n s 6 The Liberty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hc.::ig Us if Y.ou Can! I 7 The Liberty Boy s in Demand; or, The Cha mpi o n Spies of the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, B ese t by Brit i s h and '.Jlor ies 9 The Liberty Boys t o--:ihe R escue; or, A Host Within T h emse!'1'es 10 The Liberty Boys' N arrow Elsc aiJ;; o r, er ud-Nec k ace With D eath. f"' A 11 The Liberty B oys Pluck; or, Undaunted by O dds 1 2 The Libe rty B oys' P eril; or, T h reatened from A ll i des : 1 3 The Liberty B oys Luck; or, F ortune F avo r s t h e B r ave. 14 The L i b erty Boys' Ruse; or, F o oling the Briti sh 1 5 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and Wha t They Caught in It. 1 6 The B oys Puzz l e d ; o r The Tories' Cleve r Sc h e m e 17 T he L i b e rty B oys' Great S t r o k e ; or, C apturing a B r itish M a nof-War. 24 The Liberty B o ys' D ouble Victory ; or, Downing the R e dc<>i and To. d e s. 2 5 The Liberty Boy s Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever '.l.'rick ; or, T e a c hin g t h e R e dcoat1 Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, Wit h the R e d coats Philadelphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Was hing t on at Brandywine 2V The Libe r ty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash t o Save a Fort. 3 0 The Libe r ty -Boys in a Fix ; or, Threate n e d b y R e d s and Wlri 3 1 .rhe Libert y Boys' Big Contrac t ; or, Holding Arno ld in CliE 32 The Liberty Boy s Shadowe d ; or, After Dic k Slater for R evet 33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Ene 1 34 The LibP.r ty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That 51 cee d ed .. ...:. ... -:--/..;-"'! ..... :.... 3 5 ,q?he Liberty B oys' Signal; or, "At t h e Cl a n g o f the 3 o The Libe rty Boys' Daring Work; or, Ris kin g Life fo r Liber 3 7 The Libe rty B oys P rize, and H o w They W o n Ir. 3 8 The L i b erty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 3() The Liber ty B oys' Great H aul; or, T a kin g Eve1-ything in Sii 40 The Liberty B oys' Flus h Times; o r R eve l ing in Britis h Go 4 1 The Libe rty B oys in a S n a r e ; or, Almost .l'rapped. 4 2 The Libe r ty B oys' Brave R esc ue; or, In the N i c k of Time 18 The Liberty B oys' Challe n ge ; or, Patriots vs R e dcoats. 4 3 The Liberty B oys' B ig Day; or, Doing Busin ess b y Who l es 19 The Liberty Boys Tra p ped: or, The B eauti ful T o r y. 4 4 The Liberty B oys' N e t ; or, Catc hin g the H e dcoats and T ori 20 The Libe rty B oys Mi s t a ke; or, "What Mi g h t H a v e B ee n. 4 5 The Liberty Boy s Worried; or, The Disapp earanc e of 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine W ork; or, D o in g Things Up Brown Slate r. 22 The Liberty B oys a t Bay; or, T he Cl osest Call of A ll. 46 The Libert y Boys' I r o n Grip; or, Squeez ing t h e R edcoats. 23 The Libe rty B oys o n Their Mettle ; or, Making I t W a r m fo1 the 47 T he Li berty Boys' Success; o r Doing What They S e t Out to R e dcoats. 48 The Liberty B oys' Setback ; o r D efea t e d But Not For sal e by all newsd e a lers, or Eient postpaid on receipt of 1wice, 5 cents per copy b PB.ABK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, Bew Yo IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUM:BERS of our Libraries and canno t procure t h e m fro m newsdealers, they can be o btained from t his o ffic e direct. Cut out' a n i n the f ollowing Order Blank and send It to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them t o you by turn mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS T AUEN 'J' H E SAME AS l\10NEY. "" I FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s h e r ,24 Union Square, N e w York ......................... 1901 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cen ts for whic h please s'end me: . copie s of WORK AND WIN Nos ................................................. PLUCK AND LUCK ..... ......................................... .. SECRET SERVICE ............... ........ ...... .............. ... "THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Nos ........................ ............ Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos . . . . . . . . . ........ N ame ............. Street a n d N o ...... ........ T own ...... .... State ...