The Liberty Boys' scare, or, A miss as good as a mile

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The Liberty Boys' scare, or, A miss as good as a mile
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Moore, Harry
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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF [176. Week l y Magazine Containing Stories of the American {ssued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per y ear. l!Jntered as Second O!ass Matter at the New York, N Y., Post Otr ice, February 4.; 1901. l!Jnt e r e d a ccording to Act of Congress, in the year 1901, in the otrice of the L ibrarian o f Congress, Washington, D. C by Frank Touseu, 2 4 _Union R n, New York. No. 52. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 27, 1901. Price 5 Cent.a. CHAPTER I DICK T.AKES .A HAND. "What is that I see, yond e r Di c k ? -U--;' It looks to me like an arm y on the march, Bob. "Jove I b e lieve you a r e rig h t, 1 Di c k." I think so; but w h at arm y i s it? That i s the que s tio n." "Yes, that i s th e question, a nd a n important on e for u s." "Indeed i t is. I wond e r if it can b e G e n e ral Lincoln's?" "I don t know. Why s hould h e leave Savannah and come up in thi s dir e ction? "That i s a puzzl e Bob. Two youth s of about ninet e en y ear s of age wer e stationed in the top of a l a rge tree whi c h s tood on the v e ry top of a high hill in the sou t h ern p art of South Carolin a It was in the month of April 1 779. Th,ese two youth s w e re Di c k Slater and Bob Estabrook. They w e r e patriot s oldiers, a nd m e mbers of a compan y of y outh s known as "The Lib erty Boys o f '76." The compan y o f Lib erty B oys" h a d been ord e r e d .south by G e n era l Washin g ton for the purpose of joinin g th e patriot a rm y und e r G e n e r a l Linc oln a t Sav a nnah. The two y outh s h a d ridde n on ahe ad, for the purpose of reconnoitrin g. They did this o f ten. "The s oldi e r s hav e set fir e to th e house, sure!" said Dick. "The r e i s n t an y doubt regardin g that," agreed Bob. "I. don't unde_;stand it, Bob. "Nor do I. "That i s n t warfare-burning hou s e s." "No; it i s the work of c oward s a nd brut es!" "And for that very r e a s on I am inclin e d to that the army we see yonder i s not th e p a t r i o t force "You don t think our fellows would d o anythi n g o f that kind, Dick:?" "Our North ern fellows wouldn 't; and I should hate to think that the Southern m e n would. I don t believ e they would. I b e lieve that force yonder i s tha t o f the enemy "You think the y are r e d c oats, eh?" I do; and X am goin g to find out for certain, very soon, too Dick s pok e determin e dly. Bob look e d surprised. H o w ar e you goin g to do it?" "I am g o irig to go down th e r e a nd see for myself." Bob look e d worri ed. "Say Di c k you h a d bett e r wait till th e y come closer; th at will b e th e easi e r a nd s impl e r way," h e sa id, half pl e adin g ly "That would put the thin g off too l o n g, Bob I must Dick Slater was the capta in o f the company of "J.;iberty know at once whe th e r or not those ar c r e d c oats." Boys, an.d Bob was his right-h a nd man Both w e r e not e d a s spies and scout s but Dick had th e [ greatest r e putation in this respect. In fa c t, so muc h good work h a d he don e as a spy that he had been given the name of Spy of the Revolution "And if they a re ? "The n w e will som e w o rk t o : d o." "What?" I "Warning th e peopl e of th e a rm y's advan ce, and hold .. ing the r e d c oat s i n c heck a s muc h as possibl e." "Phew!" whi s tl e d Bob. "Tha t wouldn t b e much of a The y outh continued to wat c h the body of men to be job eh, old man?" ... s e e n in th e distance, and s uddenl y B o b e xclaimed: Ther e was s arcasm in Bob 's ton e and Dick s m led. "Look Di ck! I s n t th a t a hous e o n fir e ?" "It will b e a big job Bob, but one that we will have Dick looke d to und e rtak e if th a t army yond e r i s that of the e nemy, A thi c k smoke c ould be seen curling upward, away in for I judge tha t it has mad e up its mind to deva s tate the th e di stance, a nd the n a building, which was a mere c ountry See! Yonder i s a noth e r hou s e on fir e s pee;k was seen to be in flames. Di c k point ed. 'fhe you t h s look e d at e a c h othe r in a wond ering manner Bob look e d,. a nd an e xclamat i on escaped him.


,, 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. "Yon are right, Dick !1 "Come, Bob!" Dick began climbing down out of the tree .Bob followed without a word. Neither spoke till the ground was reached.' Then Dick said: "Bob, you will ri<;le back and meet the boys, and come with them to this spot, where you will stop and go into camp Wait here till I come, which will be some time to-night, I judge." .. ,. .:. -CHAPTER II. IVI THE REDCOATS' RETURN. )1 One of Dick's shots wounded a redcoat, but not so seriously as to make him unable to run, and the entire seven took to tirnir heels. lr1 Th,ey ran as if the Old Nick were after them. They could not conceive that one man would dare at-t "A11d y0u--" tack seven of them, and thinking there must be quite at "J am going to go down yond er arfd see who -those force coming, they fled at the top of their speed. fellows arc and what is going on." They entered the timber and were out of sight in a jiffy. 1 Bob kn .ew there was no use arguing with Dick, so he Dick leaped off his horse, and running to the pile Qt' said: "All right; but you must be careful, old man." "Of course.; I'm always careful." leaves and brush which was just beginning to blaze nicely kicki!"d it and scattered it in every direction, extinguish ing the fire. The youths mounted their horses then with a The man stepped forward, and seizing Dick's hand, shook "good-by" to each other, rode away, Bob heading toward the north; Dick toward the south Dick rode onward at a gallop. He was anxious to re:wh the scene of the trouble. He was confident the army was that of the British, but he wished to make sure of it. Onward he galloped for nearly an hour. The countiy was pretty thickly timbered, and the road wound here and there through the timber, most of the way. Suddenly Dick rounded a bend in the road and found himself with work to do. In front of him and just a little to one side of the road stood a good-sized log eabin. In front. of the cabin were half a dozen redcoats. Beside the cabin, in the act of setting fire to a 'pile of leaves and brush, was anuther redcoat. A little beyond stood a man, woman and girl of perhaps sixteen years. \ it heartily. "Thank yo', young feller!" he said, earnestly; "yo' hev done us er big favor, yo' hev so. Ther house woulii 'a' burned down ef yo' hedn't come erlong an' skeered ther redcoats out." Then he looked in the direction Dick had come from. "Whar is ther res' uv yer men?" he asked. "There are no others," said Dick; "I am alone." "Whut Yo' doin mean et?" The man was evidently greatly surprised. He could not understand how one youth could have the courage to attack seven redcoats. "Yes, I do mean it," replied Dick; "and now, if you know when you are doing well, you will take your wife and daughter and get away from here in a hurry. Those redcoats may take a no tion to return at any moment, aud even if they don't the entire British army will be along soon, and then .it will be bad for you. They are burning houses all a.long the course of their march." The man turned to his wife and daughter. "D'yo' beer whut ther young feller sez, Marthy ?" he judged, and now they were to be forced to stand here remarked. '"We've gotter git erway frum heer." These wer e ._the people who lived in the cabin, Dick and see their home burned to the ground There were seven of the redcoats but Dick did not hesitate. "Yas, Sam, I heerd 'im. But whar'll we go?" "I guess over ter Brother Bill 's. He tfirned to Dick. .I "' His blood was boiling, and drawing a pistol in either "My fo; 6ther lives three miles ter ther west'ard," he hand, he set spurs to his horse and rode forward at explai ned; "d'yo; think thet'll be fur enu:ff out uv ther a gallop. way ter keep us outer ther clutches uv ther redcoats?" "Get out of this, you scoundrels!" Dick cried, loudly "I think so; and if you are going, you had better go and sternly, as the redcoats, hearing the hoofbeats, looked at once Don't delay any longer than is absolutely nece s around in amazement. "Run, or you are dead men!" sary.'1 Urack crack "Thar's er few things in thoc cabin we'd like ter take


1'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. 3 t1v us," said the man ; "we'll git them, an' then e'll git erway frum heer in e r hurry ." "All right; but hurry up," said Dick. "I'll remain ut here and keep watch while you are at work." Dick proceeded to his pistols while waiting. 1 He kept a close lookout. He thought it probable that tpe seven redcoats would eturn. At any rate, they might come back to the edge of the timber to investigate, and then if they saw he was alone they would not hesitate to attack him. "Perhaps we. may be able to escape through that door way while they are watching the front," he suggested. "Mebby so," was the doubtful reply. "We'll try it, anyway; I'll attract their here at the front while you open the door and get your wife and daughter out." Without waiting for a reply, Dick stepped to the door and pounded on it. "Hello!" he called out. "Hello, out there!" "Well, what do you want?" came the reply, in a surly voice. "Going to open the door?" He did not fear for himself, but for the man. and his "That is what I wish to s peak about," replied Dick; wife and daughter. "if I will open the door and give myself up to you, will were in the cabin two1or three minutes, which., you go away and let these people alone?" to Dick seemed more like so many hours. He stepped to the door and called out: "I don't see why we should make terms with you," was the reply; "we can break the door down and capture all "Hurry up! The redcoats may come at any moment!" of you." Just as he spol(e the seven redcoats bUJrst out from the Some of you will get killed doing it, though; don't edge of the timber and rushed toward the cabin, yelling overlook or forget that fact!" said Dick, in a grim voice. like fiends. The redcoats had dtmbtless overlooked this, for they began holding a council. CHAPTER III. ONE AGAINST SIX. Dick could hear the murmur of their voices, and judg ed from the sound that all the redcoats were at the front of the cabin. t He looked around, and was glad to see that the back door was wide open and that the settler and his wife and I;i !)k's horse whirled, and, with a snort of fear, galloped daught er had already reached the shelter of the timber, i nto the timber at the rear ck the cabin. which grew up to within a few yards of the cabin. Dick leaped through the open doorway into the cabin, and G_losing the door, barred it. The man and his wife and daughter had heard the yells, and knew what those and Dick's action signified. The redcoats had returned. "Is et ther same gang?" asked the i:ian. "Yes, the same gang," replied Dick. "Whut'll we do?" "We'll have to fight them." ,, "But we won't stan' much chance erg'inst seven uy 'e m." "Oh, I don't know; we have the protection of the cabin walls, you know." "So hev they." "Yes; but I think we can give them a very good fight." There came a loud rapping on the door at this instant. "Open the door!" called out a threatening voice.' "Open, or we will break the door down!" Dick remained at his post and listened to the voices. He wished to give the man and his wife and daughter all the time possible, so that they could get sufficient start to enable them to escape. Suddenly the murmur of the voices ceased. "Well, what are you going to do?" asked Dick. "We are going to break down the door!" was the reply. "Oh, you are?" "Yes." "Some of you will get badly hurt !" "We ll risk it." Dick heard the sound of rushing feet, and the thought came to him that the redcoats were hastening around cabin to timber at the :ear, for the purpose of getting a log to use as a battering-ram. In that case he must be getting out of the cabin, for the redcoats would discover that there was a back door, "We are not going to open the door," replied Dick, "so and that t:Q.eir intended prey was in a fair way to escape. I you will have to go right ahead and break it down, I Dick ran across the floor and leaped out th.rough the suppose." Suddenly Dick no iced that there was a back door in the cabin. doorway. As he did so four redcoats came rmming around the corner of the cabin.


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. when their eyes fell upon Dick they gi:ve utterance to yells of surpris e and anger. They reached for their pistols. Dick was too quick for them, however. He had drawn his pistols as he emerged from the cabin He held them in his hands when the redcoats came running around the corner of the ca. bin. Pausing jus t an instant he threw his pistols up to a level and fired both at the same instant. He wished to give the settler time to get away fo safet. with his wife and daughter. The redcoat s gave utterance to wild yells when found that their intended prey h3;d. taken to flight. They ran after Dick at their best speed. The youth had killed or seriously wounded two of theit party, and they were eager to avenge their comrades \1. It was a lively chase. 0 At least the redcoats thought they were giving the fuOne of the redcoats threw up his arms and fell forgitive a hard chase ward upon his face. The truth was that Dick could have run away from them .\nothe r gave utterance to a cry of pain and faltered. at onee had h e so desired. ti Both of Dick's bullets had taken effect. He reasoned, however, that if he were to do this the Then Dick bounded toward the timber. Crack l crack l The other two redcoats had fired. would go in pursuit of the man and his wlfe and daughter, and t _he youth did not wish this to happen. He, therefore, ran only fa s t enough to keep at a safe They had not paused to take aim, however, and the distance iu front. redcoats' bullets went wild. He kept thi s up for a mil e at lea st, and then he deThe next instant Dick was in among the trees. that he had tolled th e redcoats far enough away so .r one too quickly, however, for the other three red-1.hat his fri e nds, the settler and his famiiy would be in no coats, hearing the firing, came rushing around the cabin danger. ,. to see what was going on. Dick had been careful to lead the chase in an Their comrades quickly told them, and they rushed opposite direction from that taken by the settler. toward the point where Dick had dis appear ed, only to pause and recoil as two pistol s hot s came from the edge of. the timber. One of their number fell to the ground, with a hollow groan. Dick had shot to good effect. The redcoat s were rendered furious now, and the five who were s till on: their feet rushed forward, with wild yells of rage. CHAPTER IV. A NARROW jjjSCAPE. Dick knew he would not stand much chance against five, so he wisely decided to take refuge in flight. He beli e v e d he would be agle to get away. from his enemie s in the timber. He was a s plendid runner, and was, moreover, an expert in woodcraft. He was almost as good at this kind of work as were the reclmep. of the forests. He turhed and bounded away through the forest. Dick at once increasM his speed. He was s till fresh and strong, while he was sure his pursuers must be verJ'. tired. This proved to be the case. They were unable to re s pond to the increased speed of the fugitive, and were speedily l eft behind. Dick was soon clear out of sight of his pursuers. He then turned almost at right angles, and ran in this direction for a distance of a quarter of a mile. 'l'hen he forned and ran back in the direction of the settler's cabin. Dick wished to get back there ahead of the redcoats, if possible, and secure his horse, which he doubted not would be found in the vicinity of the cabin. He ran all the way back, and felt confident that he was quite aways ahead of his enemies. Dick found his horse standing in the timber at a distance of a hundred yards from the cabin. He mounted and rode onward, up the road, in the direction of what he was now sure was the British army. Dick rode at a gallop for perhaps half a mile. Then he slowed down to a walk. He did not wish to ride right into the lines of the enemy. Presently he came to a little knoll. Dick did not wish to get clear away from the ;redcoats He dismounted, and, tying his ho se, climbed a tree. -at least, not immediately. I He looked onward in Jibe direction he had been going.


J I THE LIEF.TI .TY BOYS' SCARE fet1=============== ., He saw e army. und could not claw Dick, so he was not in any immediate It was not more than three-quarters of a mile distant. b.e Dick could see the scarlet coats worn by the soldiers \ "It is the British, sure enough," he said to himself; and they are certainly trying themselves to see how 9 11ftuch damage they can do to the people of the country, l or yonder are two more houses in flames. I believe the danger. The blow was all that was needed arid the animal fell to the ground. Instantly Dick brought his horse to a stop, and whip ping out a pistol, took quick aim and fired His aim was true u-c oundrel s are making a clean sweep of it as they go along." The bullet struck the wildcat in the left eye and the 'rhe sight of the burning houses made Dick's blood boil animal gave utteranc e to a s hriek and fell over upon ang e r. m "I'd like to kn .ow who is in command of that army," he bought; "he must be a scoundr el of t h e deepe st dye." te : r:i::: :.:' :,::d:i:ho fue oommande> 'l'he sun \\'ct S only about an high. 'rhe youth r easm'led that the British would go into cam p soon. He did not think they would proceed beyond the cabi n the grom1d, d e ad The bullet h a d p e n etrated the brain. Dick sat th e re, pistol in hand, and look e d down upon the dead animal, spec ulativ ely. "That was a pretty good s hot," he murmured; "that was not exactly a bull 'e -cye, but it was a cat' -eye, a d in this case it was what was needed." The horse, pawing and sne rting, sto od with head turned and looked at the d ead wildcat. The horse had suffere d s omewhat from the sharp claws of the animal, but the scratches were not serious "I:n rie back till I am within half a mile of the cabin," where he had had his e ncounter with the redcoats. "I wonder if the noise of the pistol shot will draw any thought Dick, "and then I will make a detour through of the redcoat s to the spot?" mused Dick. "Well, I had the timber and hunt for a place where I can stay and wait till nightfall. Then I will reconnoitre the British force and find out what it all means. Dick mount ed his horse, and, turning, rode back in the direction from which he had just coi;r:ie. When he was within half a mile of the cabin he turned better get away here, at any rate, and not take any chances." Dick r e placed tlie pi s tol in hi s belt and rode onward, through the tim ber. He continued in this direction a distance of nearly half. aside into the timber :nd rode s lowl y along, keepin g watch a :n;ile, and then h e suddenly cam e upon a little cabin standing on the bank of a sma ll st r eam for a place where he cou ld s tay comfortably and in safe ty. As Dick was riding unde r a large tree he was s udd e nly sta rtl ed by hearing a peculiar scream, and a dark : form s hot down from above and st ruck on th e horse, jus t behind Dick. CHAPTER V. Dick was almost upon the cabin before he saw it. Seated on a b enc h in front of the cab in was a roughl y dressed man, evi dently a hunter and trapper. He was bu s ily e ngaged in cleaning a long, dangerous lookin g rifle He did not even look up as Dick came to a stop in front of him. "How are you, sir?" greeted Dick. The man glanced up and nodded. DICK FINDS TWO FRIENDS "Howdy!" he replied He. kept right on at the wprk of cleaning the rifle. Tl),e horse gave utterance to a snort of pain and terror, He seemed to have no fear that Dick might be an and bounded forward. e nemy. A glance over hi s s houlder was s uffici ent to explain Dick hardly knew what to make of the man. matters to Dick. The youth was a good judg e of faces, however, and he A wildcat had leaped down out of t he tree, and, missing felt that th e man was one who could be trus ted. Dick, had alighted on the horse. Dick watched the hunter work for a few moments and Dick half turned in his s addle and struck the animal a blow in the brea st with his fist. '.I'.'he was trying to retain its place on the horse, then not to be outdone, in industry, h e drew his pi stolth e onfi.e had fired in putting the wildcat out of the wayand began r e loading it.


;l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE The hunter glanced up, saw what Dick was doing, and grinned. "Yo' kin shoot er bit with thet tbar weepin', sonny," he remarkeq; "yo' fixed thet thar wildcat in purty good style, back yonder, erwhile ergo Dick started. "How did you know anything about the wildcat?" he asked "I was thar-er cluss thar." "You were?" '"Yas; an' I wuz jes' er goin' ter put er bullet through lher varmint w'cn yo' lets im hev et with ther pistol." "Why didn't you make your presence known?" "W anl, yo' see, er feller ha in "t wise ter push 'imself forred to9 much, yo' know. I thort I'd wait an' see e d yo' waJtted ter make my 'quaintance." Djck smiled "I didn't suppose I would find any one in this country who would on ceremony in that fashion," he said. The man grinned. Jus t a they reached it the sound of a crashing in 'tl underbrush was heard b Dan seized his rifle and Dick drew a pistol, while ho( waited watched, eagerly. "I The ne;xt instant a boy of seventeen years burst out fro I W among trees and stood before them. "Hello, Ike! Whut's ther trubble ?" exclaimed Dan, w evidently recognized the boy. C2 "Oh, Dan, the redcoats have burned our house ai)'; drove off all the Rtock, an' -an'--" The boy was almost and paused to breaf)l. get h l "An' they took dad with 'em, er prisoner!" "Took yo' dad with "Yes." "Whut fur?" "W'y, dad didri't like ter hev ther redcoats burn the1 house an' take all ther stock, an' because he objected e maCl.e 'em mad, an' they said he .wuz a rebel, an' took 'inj erlong with 'em, a prisoner." "Oh, thet's et, hey?" much in pushin' himse'f forred," he said; "I'm glad ter "Yes. "Waal, D an Wilkins-tbet's menever did berleeve yo', though, young feller, fur yo' he'ped Sam Harper "Waal, thet's too bad. An' whur is yo' ma an' Gerty?' "They hev gone over ter Uncle Lem's." "Thet is good. Thet wuz ther bes' thing ter do." an' his folks out uv \ er bad difficulty, over yender, an' giv' er couple uv redcoats woonds-an' I like Sam and his folks, an' I don' like ther redcoats." Dick's face lighted up. "But Uncle Lem is not at home, an' I come heer teii "I am glad to hear you say that!" he exclaimed, as he see ef yo' c'u'd do ennythin' ter he'p dad." finished loading his pistol, and stuck it in his belt; "I am The boy was eager and anxious pan Wilkins looked grave. glad to know that you are a friend." "Oh, I'm er frien', yo' kin be shore uv thet !" "Waal," he said, slowly, "I don' see ez I kin do much but--" Dick leaped to the ground. "Then, if you are a friend, I am going to ask you to .. "YoUJ can count on me to help you in anything which grant me a favoi;. "Whut is et?" I wish you to let me stay here with you till after n ightfa ll and perhaps all night." "Yo' kin stay. I'll be glad ter hev yo'." "Thank you." Dan Wilkins rose, placed hi.s rifle caTe'l'ully against the side of the cabin, and, stepping forward, took the horse's halter strap in his hand. you wish to undertake," s aid Dick, quietly. The boy eyed Dick wifu interest. Dan did not seem to be m;ch impressed when Dick said he could count on him to aid in anything which he (Dan) wished to undertake. He cpntinued to ponder, but presently looked up. "By ther way, young feller, yo' hevn't tole me who yo' air, yit, hev yo'?" he remarked. Dick shook his head. "I hev er leetle shack uv er stable down beer on ther "I don't ,believe I have," he replied; "and when !'first bank uv ther stream," he said; "I'll put yo' hoss erway arrived here I don't think I should ha,ve told you if you an' giv' 'im er bite ter eet." had asked; but now that I know you are a friend, and a "I'll go with you." friend to the great cause of Liberty, I do not mind telling Dan first led the horse down to the edge of the stream you. My name is Slater-Dick Slater." and let the animal drink, and then led him into the Dan gave a start and uttered an exclamation of amazeand tied him and gave him some corn. ment, whil e even the boy stared at Dick with eager in'' Then both men returne_d to tbe .. -------------------'-


... THE LIBBRTY BOYS' SCARE. ,/ "Whut not Dick Slater, the great s cout an' s py an' apt 'in uv ther 'Lib e rty Boys'?" g s ped Dan. "I am Dick Slat e r the patriot r e pli e d Di ck, qui etly; \ "and I have don e something in the way of s cout and s p y 1work. Indeed that i s why I am h e r e now. And I am the / captain of the 'Libert y Boy s .' Dan s trod e forward and ext ende d hi s hand "Put e t thar h e exclaim e d I am pro ud t e r know yo', Dic k Slat er! Jicketer-whiz W y didn t yo' say who yo' wuz afore?" "I thought there was no hurry about it. Th e boy stepped forward and hi s hand. Will yo' s hak e han s with me?" h e asked, some what timidly "Will I?" smiled Dick W e ll, I rath e r think I will; I and glad to do s o." 'l' h e boy flu s h e d with plea sure S ay, s aid Dan "now the t I know who yo air I g uess we will b e abl e t e r do some thin fur Ike's dad arte r all." P er hap s s o," Dick. W e will try, at an y r a te." "Good W e will, thet and the n Dan turned. toward the cabin. "Humph! What are you, rebel or loyalist?" "Who, us?" "Yes, you." 'Oh, we're loyalists, we air." Loyalists, eh?" Ya s." All tfuee of you?" "Oh, ya s ; aU three uv us." "Well, that' s lucky you I" "I s 'pose s o." "Right; and now, that meat smells uneommonly nice. What kind of meat is .it?" Veni s on." Veni s on, eh?" "Yas." Got pl e nty of it?" "Oh, yas." "Then cook some for us.'' This was a command. There was no mi s taking this. Dan hesitated for jus t an instant, arld Dick saw a peculiar flash in the man's eyes, but he e v idently th.ought "Come in," h e in vi tea, throwing ope n the door and en-it wise to not get into a difficulty, so he s aid: t e ring; "ct's e r bout s upper-time, an' arte r w e h e v hed "All right; I'll cook yo' some meat," and went to I some thin' t e r e e t w e' ll try a n think up som e pl a n fur work. gittin' Ike's out u v th e r c lu tches uv th e r r e c oat s .': The redcoats seat e d th_emselves and mad e them s elves The thre e ente r e d the c abin a nd Dan w ent to work quite at home, though it was evid ent that they kept a getting s upper. H e h a d some v e ni s on, whi c h h e cooke d in S Rlendid s t y le, and thi s, with some c ornbre ad, m a d e a m e al fit for a king. The three were hungry, and ate h ea rtily. 'l'hey w e re jus t through e ating the door was ope ned sudd e nly and and six redcoats filed into the cabin CHAPTER VI. UNWELCOME VISITORS. I clo s e wat c h on Dan and the two youths. Dick was sur e h e c aught on e of the red c oat s looking at him rath e r closely, once or twice, and a faint fee ling of uneasiness cam e over him. "I wonder if the fellow ha s ever seen me before, and is trying to recall the circumstance s ?" he thought. "In that cas e I had better be on my guard, for if he should reember, he may remember that I was doing spy work for the patriot army and then there would be trouble." Dick took occ a s ion to move, soon afterward, and he was careful to get his face mor e in the gloom He glanced at the redcoat soon afterward and thought detected a peculiar, half-sarcastic smile on the fell o w's face. "I !}ID afraid I didn't move soon e nough," Dick thought. H e llo heer Whut does this mean?" exclaimed Dan, 'Well, I will have to be read} r for trouble, and if it comes, i n amazement "Who air yo' fell e rs, ennyway ?" we three may be able to hold our own with the six red-. 11We. are s oldi e r s of 1 the king was the reply; "and coats." who are you?" ( When Dan had :finis hed c ooking the meat, he placed it "Who air w e ? W 'y, we air nobuddy m purtickler-on the table and invited the r e d c oat s to sit up and parjes' hunters an' trapp e rs, thet's all." take of the food. "Oh, that is what you are, eh?" "Yas." The redcoats obeyed with ala crity for they were eVIdently anxiou s to try their te<>th on the venison.


8 'rHE LIBERTY SCARE ] They ate heartily, but Dick di4 not fail to note that what is coming, and have a chance to keep out of the redcoat whom be suspected of knowing him kept his way-:' ;Ol: eyes on him. Dick couJd not make a .move without the At last the redcoats were through eating. wa redcoat in question knowing it. They seemed in no hurry to leave the table. hl "I'm afraid he knows me," thought Dick; "well, let it be so. It can't be helped." The redcoats bragged the venison up wonderfully as they ate. They h ad never eaten any before, and it was a revela tion to them. "This is the best meat I ever ate I" declared one. "Jove I b elieve I should enjoy living inthe American wilderness a y ear or two, and subsisting on venison and cornbread." "Et's ther bes' meat in ther worl'," said Dan. I believe you." And the redcoats ate as if they thought so. The great slices of venison disappeared as if by magic. Dick li s tened t o the conversation of the lhree, in the hope that he might learn something that would be of benefit fo him. Onc e one of the six spoke of "General Prescott, and was going on td talk about army affairs, the redcoat whom Dick su s pected leaned over and whispered something in his comrade's ear, and the fellow broke off suddenly and did not finish his speech. Dick caught the fellow watching him, furtively, after that, and he was confirmed in his belief that the red coat had recognized him. "Oh, well, it can't be helped be thought; "fore warned is forearmed, and I will be ready for them." Dick understood the matter. v 'l'be men were trying to decide upon some course oh action. lo Th e y exchanged a few words in whispers, and then sud denly they leaped to their feet and turned so as to fact Di ck. r You are our prisoner Dick Slater cried the .inaJ0 who had recognized the youth, and the six reached fo1d th e ir pistols. 0 CHAPTER \\II. DICK GETS AWAY But Dick was quicker than they_. He had expected their action arid had slyly placed hands on the of his pistols The instant the six leaped to their feet, and th e one speaking, Dick whipped out his pistols and cocked them. Nor did he delay an instant in firing. Crack crack the pistol shots rang out. The reports sounded almost deafening in the cabin. Each bullet found lodgment in the body of a redcoa.t. Two of the soldiers gave to cries of pain. tl Pretty soon Dick saw the second redcoat say something This disconcerted their comrade s to some extent. in a whisper to a third comrade, and this man began It gave Dick the chance he desired. paying close attention to Dick. He bounded toward the door. "It is going the rounds," thought Dick; "they will all Dan and Ike leap e d out of the way. Dick reached the door and jerked it open. He bounded through the doorway, out into the darkness know who I am, presently." This was really the case, and all the redcoats had taken a furtive survey of Dick. -for night had come-just as the fom redcoats fired. "The re is bpund to be trouble as soon as they have done One or two of the bullets came perilously near, but eating said Dick to himself; will try to make did not hit the youth. me a prisoner, as they no doubt know that there is a "A miss is as good as a mile," he said to himself, and reward offered for my capture." then he bounded into the timber and disappeared from Dick would have liked to have warned Dan of what sight, just as the four unwounded redeoats came ru ; hing was on the ta pis, but he got no opportunity. out ef the cabin. Dick thought of making a das h for the door, but Dan Dick did not have any fears now regarding his ability and Ike were, both s eated between him and the door, and to escape. he was afraid that the redcoats, in firing at him, might He did not think it possible that the redcoats could ove rkill or seriously wound one or both of his friends. "No, I guess I will wait till they bring on the diffi culty," thought the youth, "then Dan and Ike will know take him, even in daytime, when they could see him ; but now, at night, he would be able to dodge them with out difficulty.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. 9 11:::::::=========-=---=--=-----. -It was really folly for the redcoats to try to catch Dick. He remained hidden near the cabin till he saw the party of redcoats emerge and start away. e They did not realize this at first; in their anger on ac ount of his escape and their desire to be avenged for the ounding of their comrades, they did not think of any-He knew they were bound for the British encampment, and he reasoned that the excitement following their ap-hing save their desire to oyertake the "rebel" spy. But pearance in the camp would make it safe for him to vhen they had gone half a mile or so through the timber, enter the encampment in case he could secure a British hey became cooler and realized that it would be impossible uniform. 1o overtake the fugitive. With Dick, nothing was impossible. They paused and turned back. When they reached the cabin and found that their com-He made up his mind to t'ecure a uniform. knew the progress of the redcoats with the litter rades, while seriously wounded, were not in any danger would be slow, and he would have ample time for his of dying, they felt somewhat better; but they were evipurpose r:aently suspicious of Dan and Ike. Dick made a detour and got around the party. They questioned Dan, closely, but he succeeded in He hastened on ahead. [m rulg the redcoats believe that he had had no knowledge He did not know exactly where the British encampment of the identity of Dick Slater. was, of course, but be was sure he would have no trouble After worlring with their wounded comrades for half in :finding it quickly. an hour, the redcoats made up their minds to return to the British encampment. His idea was that the encampment would be near the cabin of Sam Harper, where he had had his encounter 0Jle of the wounded men said he could walk, but the with the party of redcoats that afternoon. l other would have to be carried. So he headed in that direction. A rude litter was improvised and the wounded man was placed upon it. Then the party set out. Their progress was slow, as it was a difficult matte:c to carry the litter through the timber in the darkness, and it took them more than an hour to go about a milewhich was the distance from the cabin to the British encampment. Their advent, carrying their wounded comrade, caused some excitement, and when they told that the man Md been wounded by Dick Slater, the ''rebel" spy, excitement was' still greater. 'I'here was scarcely a man in the British army who\baa not heard of Dick Slater. 1., 'f'hey had hearcl many stories regarding the wonderful doings of the youth, and had doubted the truth of the stories. Now, however, when they were told that the youth had wounded two of their comrades and made bis eecape from the party of six, they began to believe that there might be truth in many of the stories they had heard. "J.ove I'd like to sec that fellow, Slater!" exclaimed a redcoat on the outslhrts of the which surrounded the six who had just entered the camp. He littl e thought that. he was speaking into the ear of the very youth he had just expressed a desire to see, but uch was the case. Dick as soon as the four redcoats gave up the chase, and turned back toward the cabin, also turned back. His ideas turned out to be correct. The British had encamped near the cabin. Dick had no doubt that the commander of the British force was quartered within tile ealJin. Dick approached c1autiously. Finally he succeeded in locating one of the sentinelR. This was what Dick wished. His purpo{e was to capture a sentinel, remove the fel low's uniform, don it, and then slip into the encampment. By being there when the party of six arrived he would be able to hear something that would interest him, he thought. But this would be n difficult and dangerous undertaking. To attempt to capture a sentinel within easy hailing I di.stance of the en ti re British force was something nol many would have been willing to undertake. But Dick was a daring youth. No matter how difficult a feat it might appear to be, he would attempt it, if it was necessary to do so, or if it seemea that the benefits to be secured were sufficient to compensate one for the dangers encountered. In this instance Dick thought the game well worth the candle. As soon as he had located the sentinel, he began creeping up on the fellow. Dick was an expert in woodcraft. Few Indian braves could excel him in this respect. He could steal through the forest as silently as a shadow.


/' 10 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' SCAR:J;i. Re knew how to walk so as to not make the leaves rustle. On the other hand, if he were to try to knock the He had learned the secret of avoiding treading upon and sentinel senseless by a single blow, he might fail. breaking twigs, the snapping of which would alarm any one on instantly. Closer and closer Dick crept. He could not see as well as be ought, if he were tc deal a successful blow. If he struck the man only a glancing blow the fello" Every once in. a while he would pause and wait, with would surely alarm the camp, and then Dick's plan woul all the patience of an Indian stalking game. go up in smoke Then he would steal forward once more, one yard, perNo, he would trust to the plan of getting the sentine i haps two-but never more. A brief rest and then forward he would go again. It was slow work. hy the throat and choking him into It would take longer, but it was safer and surer. Dick measured the distance carefully, and then leap It was nerve-trying work. ed forward. But Dick's out-door life, the /lardships and exposure, He seized the by the throat with both hands everything, in fr. ct, conduced to nerves of steel, and the the steel -lik e fingers closing up and compressing the youth was not worried on this score. throat with almost the power of a vise. Dick was worried somewhat for fear he might not be A faint, gurgling groan escaped the lips of the sentinel. able to make a success of his undertaking, but so far as It was not loud enough to be heard by the aroun :he strain on his nerves was concerned, this did not the camp-fires, however. bother hini. The sentinel struggled as fiercely as he could Closer and closer Dick crept. But he could not do much He was within ten feet of the sentinel I He paused and stood behind a tree and waited. He was in the hands of one who was unusually strong and who hail had a wonderful amount of experience in The sentt'Ilel was atanding, looking toward the encampthis kind o'f work. ment. The struggles of the sentinel became fainter and fainter, Dick felt that now was his time to make the attack. The sentine l might at any moment turn and face him, and this would make his task much more difficult. Dick fully realized this, and made up his mind to hasten matters. He stole forward, one, two yards. Only a few feet remained, ar.d Dick felt that he was close enough to enable him to make bis attack. The camp-fires were burning brightly, out in the open ln one minute's time they ceased altogether The man sank back, limp and apparently.lifeless. Dick still maintained hii:; grip, however, The redcoat might be shamming If so, and Dick was to let go of the fellow's throat, h would yell and arouse the camp. This, of course, Dick would not have had happen fo anything. He had taken too much trouble to have it all spoile d near. tbe cabin, but there was not sufficient light within at tlie last '.flOment. the edge of the timber where Dick and the sentinel were He soon saw, however, that the man was not playing I to make it hazardous for the youth in so far as being 'possum. seen was concerned; the trouble would be in keeping the The sentinel was really insensible. sentinel from giving the alarm when attacked. There were two ways to prevent this One was to deal the man a sufficiently hard blow over i:he head to him instantly unconscious; the other was to get such a tight grip on the fellow's throat that he could not cry out. I Dick favored this plan. He had put it into effect with success a score of times Dick, as soon as he was sure of this, eased the man to the ground. Then he took a handkerchief from the fellow's pocket, and gagged him wi h it. II "Now if he should sudden l y come to he would be unable to make an outcry," thought Then the youth quickly removed the redcoat's uniform. Then he doffed his own outer clothing and doJlned the since becoming engagecl in"the work of a spy, and he had uniform. full faith that if he succeede d in getting a good grip on Next he bouI_J.d the sentinel, hand _and foot, and liftin the sentinel's throat the fellow would not cry out. him as if he were a child, Dick carried the insensible ma Dick had an iron grip, and had proven ti1is fact in many hack into the timber a distance of a hundred yards, and an instance. deposited him against a tree.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. "; he will be all right there, till I get through l be the hardest money any of us ever earned, ih:i..'."<> why. iy wO'rk in the Bfitish encampment," thought Dick. None of the boys are anxious to get rich tryi11g to capr He made ;vay back to where he had surprised and ture that fellow." aptured the sentinel. It was rather interesting to Dick to learn in what es-The man's musket lay on the ground where he had teem he was held by his enemies. ropped it when slUprised by Dick. He had not realized what a reputation he had worked up The youth picked the weapon up and took his place as before. f he were the sentinel. Dick had learned something, however. In'deed, it was his intention British sentinel till the party of to play the part of a He had learned that the commander of the British was redcoat put in an apOeneral Prevost. pearance. Then he would try to slip into the encampment without : attracting attention. Dick had heard of the man. He had heard of Prevost as being a cruel, vindictive, heartless man, and from what he had seen he judged that This was his plan, and he carried it out. the estimate of the British officer was about correct. Fifteen minutes after he took his stand the party of Dick wished to play the spy on the British commander, I redcoats, with the wounded man on the litter, put in an if possible. l appearance; and, as Dick had thought woul(j. be the case, Leaving the group of redcoats who were still talking their coming aroused considerable excitemen .. t. of Dick Slater, the youth sauntered around toward the He waited till a crowd had gathered around the six, ca bin. and then he slipped out from among the trees and quickly approached and mingled with the crowd. He moved carelessly so as to attract as little attention as possible. And, as we said, it was to Dick that the redcoat It was far from being the first time Dick had been in a spoke when he s::iid, "iJove I wouldiike to see Dick Slater." British encampment, playing the part of a redcoat Ditlk could hardly keep from smiling.. He knew exactly how ito act and what to do. He replied that he would like to see Dick Slater, also. He sauntered around till close to the cabin. The redcoat who .had recognized Ii>ick in the cabin soon left the crowd and made his way toward cabin. "What is he going to the cabin for ?11 asked Dick of one of the redcoats. r "He is going to report to General Prevost," wall the .reply. "Oh, I see." 1He is going to report that the notorious rebel spy, Dick Slater, is in the vcinity." "Oli, that's it?" "Why, I shouldn,'t think the presence of one person wauld amount to anything." He renl.ained here for a few minutes, and the n seizi\lg upon a moment when he thought no one was noticing, he slipped around to the rear of .the cabin. He made his way to the door arid took up his position there, with his eaT against one of the cracks between the ..., slabs of which the door was made. Dick could hear the voices of the occupants of the cabin, and after listening a few moments was able to words. 'rhe re d coat who had recognized him was te ll ing his story to General Prevost.

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARK -"Where did you get that uniform?" he asked, pointin' c CHAPTER VIII. to Dick's clothes. 'I took it away from on1e of your men," was the youth I DI C K A PRISONER. cool reply For once in his life Dick was taken wholly by surprise. H e had no time to escape. He was seized from within the cabin and attacked from without. He struggled instinctively, b'!t it was useless. He was outnumbered twenty to one, and had no chance a( all. He realized this after a few moments, and ceased strug gling. "Took it away from one of my men?" "Yes The face of General Prevost grew dark with anger. He glared at the youth, fiercely. "Do you mean that you murdered one of my and then took his uniform?" Dick shook his head, while a look of scorn appeared 01 his handsome face. "Do I look like a murderer ?" he asked. "No, I can t say that you do; but how else did yo1 secure the uniform?" .. Aha that is sensible," said a voice, and Dick saw that r "I made a prisoner of your ma n and then the spea k er was a general, and realized that he was Genera Prevost. "You can not escape, my bold young rebel!" the officer continued, 'so the best thing you can do is to take things easy." I judge you are right," said Dick, quietly "Of course I am right; and now let me have a look at the fellow, men." There was a very good light in the cabin, and the officer took a good look at Dick, the youth meeting the man's gaze unflinchingly. "So you are Dick Slater, the great rebel spy, eh?" General Prevo s t said, after he had completed his sm:vey. "Who says so?" asked D'ick. "l do!" was the reply, and the redcoat who had recognized Dick ill Dan Wilkins' cabin stepped forward and confronted the youth. There was a look of triumph on the fellow's face. "You didn't make much by getting away from us, did you?" he said, triumphantly "Oh, yes; it was quite a satisfaction to me,;' replied Dick, coolly. Dick glanced t oward the open doorway and saw it was filled with the faces curious redcoats. The word had gone out that the great rebel spy, Dick Slater, had been captured, and all the soldiers wishe\ to get a look at the prisoner. General Prevost gave the order: "Bind the prisoner's hands!" A rope was brought, and Dick's wrists were tied to gether behind his back. "Now close the doors ordered General Prevost. The doors were quickly closed. Th e n the officer turned toward uniform." "Oh! Wher() is the man now?" "He is where you will be unable to find him. If I dpn't tell you where he is he will die of starvation. Give me my liberty and I will give him his." "Who is the man?" "He was one of the sentinels." "Ah And you overpowered him and carried him away?" "I did." "Yon could not have carried him far." "Oh, I made him walk." "You did, eh?" "Yes: v.nd I concealed him in a s pot that you would not be all.e to .find in a month, 1e.ven if you were to put all your men at work looking." General Prevost looked long and searchingly at Dick. Then he said : ''That may be true, and it may not; I am going to try to find him, first, and then if we fail I can negotiate with you afterward." "Perhaps I may be unwilling to then." "There is no danger on that score," with a hard "A man is always willing to negotiate to save his life." He turned to his men as if to order them to take Dick away, and then hesitated and turned again towa!d the youth. "Why are you down here in this part of the country?" he asked. Dick smiled. "Oh, I wanted a change of scene," he replied, carelessly. General Prevost stamped his foot. "Don' t talk to me in any such fashion as that, young man!" he cried, angrily. "It will do you no good, and ma)';


,, I THE _LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. do you considerable h,arm; for I am not a man to be trifled with." "No?" Dick uttered but the one word, but he said it in such a peculiar tone that the officer was rendered almost wild with rage. "So you are Dick Slater?" remarked one, presently. "That is my name," replied Dick, q u ietly. "Humph! well, I guess your career is about ended!" "Do you think so?" "I do." I "What makes you think so?" 13 "You insolent young scoundrel!" he cried. "I will "Well, Prevost is a bad man to deal with, for one thing. prove to you that I am not a man to be trifled with, on the He won't hesitate a minute, but will string you u p with morrow. I shall hold you a prisoner until ten o'clock out ceremony." to-morrow, and then I shall have you hung jn the presence "He must be a bad ma n." of the entire British army." "That will be terrible, won't it?" exclaimed Dick. He had taken a great dislike to the British officer, and was glad that he was able to worry him. "He is a dangerous man." 'I he is a brute and a coward!" "What!" "That is just what I think." ''lt won't make anJOdifference in fate, anyway," he said to himself; "the scoundrel will hang me, unless I am so fortunate as to escape." 'Well, you had better n ot let him heat y ou say t hat, "Away with him, men!" cried Prevost. "Let him keep company with the other prisoner, and see to it that they young fellow." "Why not?" "Why?" "Yes." do not escape!" "Well, he would likely change his mind about waiting The redcoats seized Dick and hustled him out of the till to-morrow to hang you, and would have you strung cabin. The youth was conducted to a point perhaps fifty yards the cAbin. up to a tree right away." "Oh, that' s the kind 1of a man he is, eh?" "Yes." Here, just within the edge of the timber, with his back to a and to \hich he was tightly bdund, was a man, evidently Ike's father. "Which only proves the truth of what I have said regarding him. He is1a brute an'd a coward, else he would not permit bis men to burn houses and pillage, as they The redcoats promptly bound Dick to a tree a short are doing.',. distance from the one the man was bound to, and then "Oh,Jhat is war, you know." to the two men, who \vere standing guard over the prisoner, they said, through the spokesman : "I know it is nothing of the kind. It is the work of cowards and brutes, and not of soldiers!" "Keep close watch of the prisoners. Don't let them "Oh, say, you are too free 'with your talk, a l toget h er!" escape, on your lives; for if you do, Prevost will hang you!" "Who is this new fellow?" asked. one of men on guard. "You don't like to hear it, eh?" "No." "I suppose it pinches your toes a eh?" "Perhaps; perhaps not They had not been able to leave their to learn who had been captured at the cabin. "I think it does, a'f!,d I'm glad of it. The truth may "Who is he?" snorted the redcoat, in reply. "Why, he do you some good is Dick Slater, the notorious rebel spy "Bah! you talk too much. Shut up, now!" "What! You don't mean it?" "You began it by asking me a question." The guards were surprised. "Well, I don't ca r e t o hear anything more fro m y ou, "Yes, I do mean it. And, now, I supp ose you can see just the same." the necessity for keeping a close watc)i on the prisoners." "Oh, very well. The redcoats who had brought Dick to the spot now He kept on thinking, as may well be supposed. "You are right Well, they won't get away from us." I Dick lapsed into silence. turned and walked away. He realized that he was in great danger. The two guards could not see very well, but the light General Prevost was a brute, and quite capable of from the camp-fires penetrated s ufficiently so they could ordering Dick hung. mafe out the outlines of Dick s face fairly 1rell, and they I "I really believe that lie will keep his word, and that looked at the youth with a great deal of interest. if I am here to-morrow at ten o'clock I will be hanged," I


. 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE thougnt the youth; "it fqllows, then, that I must escape before that. time rolls around." Dick began figuring on escaping. He covertly tested his bonds. The men who had tied his wrists had done a very good job of it, but the youth thought he might be able t<;> free his arms by two or three 17ours of steady w?rk. The trouble was that he was bound to the tree, in addition to having his wrists bound. Still Dick did not despair. He was not a yo11th who gave up, no matter how much things seemed to be against him. HE! had been in tight places be.fore and escaped. Why might not escape again? He was determined to make an attempt, anyway. He began working at his bonds. He suddenly remembered that he had a clasp-knife in his pocket, and if he could get bis hands free and secure the knife without being discovered, he could cut the rope H-e decided to wait till the guards were changed and the:q.. make the effort to free himself and escape. At midnight the guards were changed. As had reasoned, the new men were sleepy He was just on the point of making the great effort to free his hands "'.hen he saw one of the guards sink to the ground, with a gurgling groan. The other whirled and received a blow on the head from the butt of a rifle, which stretched him on the ground, senseless. "What does it mean?" Dick asked himself. CHAPTER IX. 'l'HE ESCAPE. He quickly knew. which bound him to the tree, and then succeed in D!ln Wilkins stepped to his side. making his escape. The hunter bent over and cul the rope binding Diek, He began working at his bonds. and then Dick leaped-to his feet and freed his hands with He pulled a .nd tugged with all his might, though, of a strong wrench. course, he had to be careful and not let the guards get "Free him," whispered Dick, with a nod toward the an inkling of what he was doing. If they should what he was trying to do it would all be up with him, for they would then keep close watch on him. He was very careful, and although tugging at his bonds with all his might, managed to sit almost perfectly still, and the guards did not suspect what was going on. They marched backward and forward across in front of other prisoner. 1 Dan stepped to the side of the man and cut his bonds. Then he motioned to Dick and started to lead the way through the timber in a directly away from the encampment. At this instant a wild yell went up from one of the guaras. It was the last one struck by Dan. the prisoners, and cast occasional glances at them, but did The blow had been glancing, and had only stunned the not make any examination to see if the bonds were intact. fellow temporarily. Doubtless they thought there was not the least danger As he uttered the yell he scrambled to his feet. that the two could get their hands free. Dick cast occasional glance,s at his fellow-prisoner, but could not see that he was making any effort to free him self. Dick kept his eyes on the encampment, also, and saw tiiat the redcoats had thrown themselves do'n for the night. One, t'wo, three Ilours passed. It. was drawing near the midnight hour. Dick felt sure that new guards would be placed over them at midnight. new men would .be on first taking their places, and the youth thought it possible he might succeed in doing soi;riething at that time. Re had almost freed his hands. A few more minutes' work would do it, he was s ure. Dan and th'e two freed prisoners needed no further I urging to cause them to get away from the vicinity. They bounded away at the top of their speed. They realized that the entire camp wo:uld be aroused. And nearly the entire army would be at their heels in a few moments. General Prevost would be wild when he l earned that Dick Slater had es't!apeq. He would use every endeavo,r to recapture the youth. The yell of the guard did arouse the camp, indeed. The sleeping men leaped to their feet almost before they were awake. "What is it?" "What is the trouble?" These were the questions the redcoats asked one another


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. 1 5 Then the word, "The prisoners have escaped!" went "Then we will go ahead of the British and warn th around, and all was excitement. people of the coming of the enemy, and give them a chance There was a rushing to and fro. to get their stck and other possessions out of the wayj General Prevost appeared from out the cabin, wildly before the redcoats get to them." excited. "Thet is er good plan. Waal, we'd be glad ter hev yo' ''Twenty pounds to the man or men who capture that gowith us, but ez yo' idee is ter do good, I won't try ter rebel spy!" be cried. "Scatter, and re-capture him! What)Jerswade Y?' outer et. Good-by, an' good luck ter yo'." ever you do, don't let him escape!" "Good-by; the same to you," replied Dick. There was a great scurrying about. Then he shook hands with all three and went to the The men were eager to earn tM twenty pounds. They set out in chase of the fugitives. stable and led his horse forth. The three waited till Dick had mounted, and then witli As far as numbers went they should have been able t0 another "good-by, an' good luck!" they disappeared. do something; bnt in a case of this kind, numbers do not Dick rode away through the timber. o for a great deal. 'fhe three fugitives were men accustomed to getting through the timber at all hours of the day or night. They were skilled in the art oi woodqrait. they were tough, hardy men, usea to hard He had to ride slo\vly, as the timber was thick and there was considerable underbrush. Besides, it" was quite dark and he had to go slow to avoid having his head knocked off by limbs of trees. Presently Dick reached the road and was just on the 1vork and unusual exertions, and could stand the strain of p0int of entering it and he ading northward toward where racing through the timber better than their pursuers. Dan led the way, Dick and Ike's father following. Dan made a wide detour, and headed back in the direc tjon of his cabin Half an hour after leaving the British encampment, with the entire British force, so to speak, ::rt their heels, they arrived at the without a single pursuer behind them. They had run clear a'ray from the redcoats. Ike was at the cabin. When he saw his father, alive and free, the boy g3:ve he expected to find the "Liberty Boys" awaiting his com ing, when he heard voices close at hand "'I'he redcoats!" he exclaimed to himself. He sat motionless in the saddle and waited. CHAPTER X. THE REDCOATS AROUSED. utterance to a glad cry. "Oh, dad I'm so glad ter see yo' !'1 he cried. The voices sounded from the north, in the direction "An' Dick had intended going. how glad ma an' Gerty '11 be when they see yo' again!" "I'm glad ter be free, too, fkc, my boy," said the man. "Will it be safe to remain here, Dan?" asked Dick. "Won't the redcoats suspect that you had something to do with our rescue and come here and pay you a visit?" "I sh'dn't wonder, Dick." "Then what are you going to do?" "I hardly know." "Le's all go ter Uncle Lem's, whur ma an' Gerty air," suggested the boy. "That is a good idee," agreed the boy's father. "I'm willin'," said Dan. Then he looked inquiringly at Dick. "You three can go there," said Dick; "indeed, think it is the best thing you can do. But as for myself, I have other work to do. I must go and rejoin my company of 'Liberty Boys.' "An' then whut'll.Yo' do?'' asked Dan. He soon decided that the owners of the voices were ap-' proaching, for the voices grew louder and plainer. It was natural that Dick should think tlie newcomers redcoats. He knew the British soldiers were out searching for himself and the other escaped prisoner, and it was almost certain that the owners 0 the voices were redcoats. Dick li&tened intently and presently he uttered an ex clamation of surprise. "Great. guns I believe it is Bob and some of the boys!" was what he said under his breath. He listened even mote eagerly. "Yes, it is Bob and some of the boys, sure enough!" he decided. "I wonder what they are doing away here at this time of the night, or, rather, morning?" It would not take long to find out. Dick rode forward and hailed the newcomers. He was careful to call out in a low voice, however.


1S THE T_JIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. He did not know but there might be some redcoat s within 1 part of the country," he said to himself; well, that is news hearing distance. and General Prevost will be glad to hear it; for he will "Hello! Is that you, Dick?" called out Bob, in accents go in and kill or capture the whole gang at one stroke!" of relief and joy. This redcoat had heard the entire conversation between "Yes, it is I ; Bob; but be careful. Not so "What's tile trouble-redcoats?" asked Bob, in a sub dued voice, as Dick came to a s top in front of the half dozen "Liberty Boys." Dick and the "Liberty Boys." As may be supposed, he had listened He remained where he was till the youths rode away, and then he entered the road and sped down it in the "Yes, Bob; I was captured by them and they are sea rchposite direction. ing high and low for me." "So there are a lot of those 'Liberty Boys,' and they are "Great guns is that so?" in camp up the road aways, are they?" the redcoat said to ''Ye ; and then Dick quickly and briefly told the story himself, as he sped along "Well, I rather think we will of his experiences of the evening "What shall we do, Dick?" Bob asked, when Dick had finished. "We had better get back to camp and then w e will sta .rt out and put in the rest of the night warning the people along the probable route of the British, and give them a be able to give them a scare, at lea st, before many hours have passed. We will put a stop to their plan of warning the people of our coming." Th e redcoat soon reached the British encampment. The great number of the soldiers who had left in pur-, suit of Dick and his two comrades an hour or so before had chance to get away in safet y before the redcoats put in an returned, and many were lying down with the intention appearance of getting some sleep, even though the prisoners had es" All right; back to cam;> it is, then." caped and the command e r of the army was in a bad humor. The youths turned their hor ses' heads in the opposite The redcoat hastened to the cabin and knocked on the direction from that in which they had been going, and the door. little party moved northward up the road. A gruff voice bade him enter. Of course, the youths did not !mow it, but th er e had It was the voice of General Prevost. been an auditor to their conversation. He was sitting before the lire-place, smoking, and glared One of the ledcoats, in se!!;rching for Dick and the other at the soldier, angrily. escaped prisoner, had wandered more than a mile up the road to the northward. "Well ? he grow led. "I have news for you, sir," cried the soldier; "I have He had heard the horsemen approaching from the made a discovery!" north, and bad hidden himself behind a large tree near And then he quickly told his story. the roadside. 'l'his was just before Dick appeared on the scene. A few moments later Diel< rod e up and came to a halt within two yards of the redcoat. hidden redcoat had suspected the identity of Dick, but not knowing who the approaching horsemen might be, he did dare try to capture the youth-indeed, it is doubtful if he would have dared attempt it, anyway, even if no one had been coming. He let himself down easy by saying himself that it was the uncertainty regarding the identity of the coming horsemen that caused him to restrain himself from trying to capture Dick. General Prevost was greatly excited. "Good !" he exclaimed when the soldier had :finished. "Good! We will capture that young scoundrel and hang him, yet And we will kill or capture or run out of the country every one of the youths calling themselves 'Liberty Boys!'" The British commander leaped to his feet, and summon ing an orderly, instructed him to arouse the camp an d send the officers to the cabin for in s tructions. The officers appeared a few minutes later, and General Prevost told them what he had just been told by the soldier, and ordered them to get ready to take a force and go and capture the "Liberty Boys." He listened to the voices of the newcomers, eagerly. "Whatever you do, don't fail to secwe that young He wondered who they could be. scoundrel, Dick Slater!" he said, :fiercely. "I am going to Presently he heard Dick say he believed it was Bob and) hang him, just as sure as my name is Prevost!" some of the "Liberty Boys," and then he thought he\ The officers promised to do their best to carry out the understood matters. orde rs, and then withdrew to take charge of the force ''There a-re a lot of those 'Liberty Boys' down here in this [ It did not take long for the redcoats to get ready


THE LIBERTY. BOYS' SCARE. 17 It had been decided to take five hundred men. It was thought that this number would be more than ufficient as it was known to General Prevost that there vere ony about one hundred "Liberty Boys." 'rhe party set out at once. It marched up the road toward The north. As it was supposed to be two or three miles to the camp f the "Liberty Boys," no particular care was exercised re arding not making noise. The party marched onward for perhaps three-quarters fan hour. CHAPTER XI. TI-IE "LIBERTY BOYS'" SCARE. 'rhe "Liberty Boys" were about ready to break camp, anyway, so Dick instantly gave the order to mount. "Ride toward the north at the top of your speed!" he commanded. stop for anything. If the redcdats get in your way, ride right over them!" The "Liberty Boys" mounted quickly. Scarcely had they <;lone so when they heard the redcoats It had gone a distance of perhaps two miles. Then the officer in command sent a couple of men ahead crashing through the underbrush. "Away with you!" cried Dick. "Keep in the road and don't stop for anything." scouting expedition. They. returned a few minutes later bringing the in ormation that the "Liberty Boys" were in camp at a oint not mor\ than a quarter of a mile distant. They are getting ready to break camp, though," one of he men said; and if we don't hurry we won't g,et a hance at them." The Briti sh officer quickly gave his orders. He-instructed his men to march forward on the double-uick, and to, at the same time, spread out fans hape, and, possible, entirely surround theencampment of the Liberty Boys." The redcoats set out on the double-quick, as ordered. The "Liberty Boys" dashed away up the road at a gallop. Just as the last of the party was leaving the encampment the redcoats put in an appearance. They fired a volley after the disappearing "Liberty Boys,'' but did no damage to speak of. Not a sufficient number of the redcoats had got around on the north side to be able to check the flight of the \ ''Liberty Boys." The few that were there :fired at the youths, but like their comrades did no particular damage. Onward the "Liberty Boys" rode. They had been given something of a scare, but that was They were eager to get a chance at the famous "Liberty all it had amounted to. oys." They had heard so many stories regarding the prowess, he wonderful :fighting abilities of the "Liberty Boys," at hey were anxious to pu;t the matter to the test and ee whether or not the stor ies they had hea.rd were the uth. If the redcoats thought to take Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys" by surprise, they were soon to learn their istake. Dick made it a rule, always, to guard against being taken surprise. Sentinels were always posted. It was so on this night. Sam Sanderson was on guard on the side from which e redcoats were approaching. He heard the sound of t heir footsteps, and at once sus cted the truth. Turning, he raced into the encampment "The redcoats are upon us, Dick!" he cried. "There ust be a strong force of them, and it is my belief that they ow we are here and are tryi11.g to surround us!" After a ride of ten or fifteen minutes the youths paused .in front of a log house standing beside the road. Dick leaped to the ground. Advancing to the door Dick pounded upon it. There was no repiy from within the house. Dick pounded again. Then he heard footsteps. Then the bar .was removed. Next the door opened. A man stood there. "Whut d 'yo' want?" he asked, suspiciously. "I wish to w.arn you," said Dick, "a larg e force of red coats are coming up from the southward, and are burning and pillaging right and left." d'yo' say; mister?" "Yes." "An' they air burnin' an' pillagin' ?" "Yes." "Whut hev they be'n burnin' ?" "Houses." "Whut Yo' don' mean et?" "Certainly I mean it." \


13 'l'HE LIBERrry BOYS' SCARE. .. Gosh Whut'd they wanter burn houses fur?" I Ie was surpri ed to note no sign of life about the cabin "For sheer deviltry, I suppose. Well, if you wish to "Well, well! I guess be has gone back to bed," though any of your property you had better begin getting Dick. "The presence of an army of redcoats, who ar( ready to get away from here before the redcoats put in an bllrning and pillaging, does not worry him, seemingly appearance.'' Dick stood still and watched the cabin for a few mo-"Erbout whut ti:the'll they git heer, d'yo' think?" ments. "Early in the morning; possibly by nine o'clock." "Waal I'm much obleeged ter yo'." "You are welcome." Dick now stepped back and mounted his horse. He sat there for a few moments, in silence. It was evident that l)e was thinking. Presently he came to a decision. He five of the youths, and instructed them to ride onward toward the north, one keeping in the road, the other four going to the right and to th"e left of the road. They were to rouse the people and \rarn them of their danger. "And what are the rest of you going to do.?" asked :Mark Morrison, who was one of those chosen. ''.We a1:e going to remain behind and rctarcT i.hc o.f the British all we can,'' replied Dick. "How

3 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' SCARE. 19 \ CHAPTER XII. DICK AND THE TORY. The voice came from behind Dick. He whirled around instantly. Not so quick but tlra:t he was seized from behind before 1e succeeded in getting turned clear around, however. .; Dick understood the matter instantly. Tpe man had suspected that he might be followed, and ad left the road and concealed liimself. \_ getting a hold which would bring l,lis burly opponent mto subjection. The man realized this. "Ef I don't look out he'll hev me whar I kain't do er thing," he said to himself; "I've gotter git loose an' make er break fur et, fur 1' mustn't let 'im make er pris'ner u v me The man began working on the defensive, now. He was also on the lookout for a chance to break loose and get away. He had had quite enough. All he \"\ished now was to make his escape. I / i Then he had waited and when Dick paused and made the Had he known the youth was sucji a Tartar he would not \ ', yi.ark to which he had given utterance, the fellow knew have attacked him in the first place. [ e was being followed, had leaped upon the youth. Dick was not the youth to allow himself to be captured n this fashion, however. He began to struggle. The man had succeeded in getting the youth at a dvantage, but Dick thought he would be able to counter ct it and come out victorious He soon found that the man was very strong, however. Indeed, he was about the strongest fellow Dick had had ,/ old qf in many a day. It was a terrible struggle. I e The settler was as surprised as Dick, however. He had supposed would have an easy time disposing n f the youth. 1i But he now that he was going to have a very He had not known it, however, and the result was that he was forced to make the best of a bad situation. Dick was eage:i; to subdue the man. He have a talk with him and learn why he had made the attack. 'fhe man did not wish this to take place, and was de-termined to prevent it if he cO'tlld. ,,,, He suddenly made a desperate effort to break Dick defeated his object. "No, you don't, my friend1!" he said. "I wish to have a talk with you and cannot let you go J'ust yet." The man uttered a hoarse growl. He was too mad to articulate; and, then, he did not know what to say, anyway. Dick now had the advantage. ard time of it-if, indeed, he would be able to succeed t all. ( He had secured the hold for which he had been working. He s uddenly put forth all his strength. ) "Who'd a-thort ther young cuss wuz so stout?" he said o himself "He is ez stout ez er mule, an' ez quick an I ctive ez sr cat!" Then he redoubled his exertions. He stra'ined and tugged. He grunted and with all his might To no avail. ee r He could not get the better of the youth with whom he as th The man panted and perspired. Growls escaped him as he found all his attempt$ foiled. b "Cuss yo'!" be grated, ."I'll git ther best uv yo' yit !" He caught the fellow with a "cross-buttock," and up into the air went the man's heels, andldown he came, flat upon his back with a thud and a grunt 0 pain. Instantly Dick was astride the man's nody, and had seized the fellow by the throat. "Now I have you!" he exclaimed, giving a squeeze with '. his steel-like fingers. A groan of pain and anger, commingled, escaped the prostrate ma:. "How do you iike it?" The man groaned again. \' ,/ "Don't like it, eh?" Another groan. ''I don't think you will,' my friend," was Dick's quiet :>r ply. "It is i who am going to get the better of you." "Oh, perhaps I am squeezing your windpipe so tight you caitt talk." 11e A feeling of fear began to take hold of the man. He struggled fiercely. ea So far he had been working on the offensive, to is? disgu t, he found that the youth had broken the hold ich he had secured at first and wa8 slowly but surely Dick loosed his grip. "Now, see if you can tal)r." I'll kill yo', one uv these days, yo' young whelp!'' growled the man.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. "Oh, I .guess not." "Yas, I wull !" "Do you really mean that?" "Yas, yo' bet I mean et!" an' then I wuz so mad becos yo' giv' me sech er fall thet 1 sed whut I did without thinkin'." I "That is a pretty good story; and I think that is what i "And you say you'll kill me one of these days?" "Thet's whut I'll do!" "You should have said that you would do so if you were ..... .:, al1owed to live." Dick spoke sternly. His words and tone seemed to strike terror to the heart of the man. "Whut d'yo mean?" the man gasped. I "Just what I said." "Yo' don' mean tbet yo'll kill me!" "Didn't you say you would kill me?" "Y as, but--" "Well, don't you think I would be fgolish to let yo'u go when I have you here at my mercy, and can put you out of the way and thus make itimpossible for you to do what. you threaten?" "But yo' mustn't-yo' darst--" "Why, man, what is the use of you such non sense? You know very well that these are war times, and that it is all right to put la man out of the way if he to be dangerous.'' ''But et would would be-murder, an'-,-" ".r othing of the kind. It is justifiable; but perhaps if you answer a few questions I may decide to let yqu off." "Whut air tber questions?" "Well, first: Why did you attack me just now?" "I thort yo' wuz an enermy." "An enemy, en?" "Yas; I tho rt yo' wuz one u v them thar whut yo' tol' me erbout." .;;, Oh, you did?" Dick's tone implied unbelief. "Yas, I did." "Are you sure you are telling the truth?" is, too-a story," remarked Dick. "No, et's ther trooth; I sw'ar et." i'Humph What is your name?" "Joe." "Joe what?" '"Joe Cupp." "Where were you going, Joe ?" "I wuz goin' down ther road erways." 'What for?" "I w anted ter see ef yo' hed tole ther trooth er bout t redcoats." "Oh, that was it?" "Yas." Dick did not believe this. / He made up his mind that this man was a Tory. He told the fellow as much. Cupp protested. He denied that he was a Tory. "Yo' air mistook, young feller," he said; "I hain't Tory, nohow yo' kin fix et." "You are not?" "No." "I suppose you are a patriot?" "Yas, I am." "Of course, you would say so." "Et is. so, too." "I don't believe it." "Yo' don'?" "No; I believe you are a Tory, and that you were your way to the redcoat encampment to inform t of the fact that my party was in camp not far from y cabin." "Yo' air wrong, young feller." "I don't think so; and now the question is, what s I do with you?" I "Let me go, young feller; I sw'ar thet I hain't no To "Uv course I am." But Dick was sure the fellow was lying, and told hi "Then why did you sa:y, just now, tha t you would kill Joe Cupp was lying, but it made him so angry t a me hne of these days? You knew who I was, then, the told so by the y,puth that he decided to make one same as you know now." c'Waal, I-I--" "Exactly; you don't know what to say. I think you are a liar and a fraud." "No, I hain't ; et wuz all er mistake." "Oh, it was?" There was doubt in Dick's tone. perate effort to escape Dick had taken his hand away from the man's thr and was, in reality, a little bit careless. He did not think that Cupp had the pluck to tr makf} any further resistance. Here was where he made a mistake. u Suddenly the man made a fierce, heaving motion, "Yas; I didn't know who yo' wuz till jes' er minnet ergo, taking Dick by surprise, succeeded in upsetting him. t


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SC.ARE. Dick started to leap to his feet, but Cupp gave him a erce kick and upset him again. Then with a hoarse roar of satisfaction the man leaped o his feet and darted away. Dick was upon his feet and in chase iri a jiffy. "You cowardly scoundrel!" he cried. "Stop, or I will ut a bullet through you!" The man's reply was to leave mong the trees the road and dart rn Dick followed unhesitatingly ,/ He did not believe the man would dare try conclusions ith him again. Joe Cupp s main idea, Dick was sure, was to escape. .. .., This was about the truth of the matter. Still, the man was cunning. If he could escape and at the same time get his pursuer into tro 'uble, so much the better, he reasoned CH.APTER XIII. DICK IN CW.SE Dick was so close behind the Tory that it had been impossible for him to stop. Realizingthat he could not do so, Dick decided to continue right onward. He whipped out a pair of pistols. Crack crack Dick fir.eel point blank in the facee of the redcoats immediately in front of him. Two threw up their arms, let their muskets fall, and fell. With a great bound Dick was through the opening thus made. Several of the other redcoats attempted to bayonet Dick, but he was too quick, and they only came within an ace So while running he took good. care to run in the of injuring one another. direction in which he supposed the redcoat s camp to lie. In follo'Ving out this plan he ran almost parallel with the road. Onward through the timber and underbrush crashed he burly Tory-for such he really was, as Dick sus-ected. I After him came Dick. The youth had thought at first that he would be able o speedily overtake th e fugitive He found that it a more difficult matter than he ad thought it would b e The man was a good runner. Dick was ?verhauling Cupp, true, bt it was slowly and radually. Closer and closer, slowly but steadily! Dick drew to the ugitive. Presently Dick was only eight or ten yards behind the ian. called out the youth. "Stop, or I will fire!" Cupp plunged forward all the faster. "All right, keep on running if you like, my big friend," aid Dick to himself, "I will catch you, just the same." But he didn't. Suddenly the fugitive came ollt into an open space, in hich a party of redcoats was encamped Cupp seemed .to realize that he was among friends. "Quick!" he yelled. "Heer is er rebel. Ef yo' air Onward lik e a greyhound ran Dick. It was not more than fifty feet to th_e trees at the farther side of the opening. If he could reach the of these trees he felt that he would be safe. When Dick was about halfway across the open space he caught hiR toe in a root and fell headlong. It was a lucky accident. The redcoats had whirled and leveled their muskets, and just as Dick fell they pulled trigger. Crash Roar! 'rhe sound \Yas almos t deafening. Dick's fall saved his life. The bullets whistled through the air at the point where he had been. They went over him however, instea.d of through him. Dick leaped to his feet and darted onward toward the trees. Wild yell s of triumph which the redcoats had started to give utterance to when Dick went down, changed to yells of anger and disappointment. They had not killed the "rebel," after all. They bounded forward in pursuit. Foremost among them was Joe Cupp. "Arter 'im !"he yelled. "Don' let ther rebel git erway !" T4e redcoats did not intend to let the "rebel" get away if they could help it. They were angry on account of the wounding of two yo' kin ketch 'im !" A score of redcoats leaped to their feet, and. l of their comrades. in Then, too, -they hated the "rebels," and wished to make a capture whenever an presented itself


I 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS SCARE. So they dash e d after Dick a t the top o f th eir s peed. They yelled in the hop e of fri g htening the fug itive The n Dic k heard the voices of the m e n who had bee "p ur s uing him 1 It i s perhap s unn ecessa r y to s t a t e that this did not They wer e c;oming toward him, s o h e judged from th have the desired effe ct. s ound of the voices Die a youth who was not eas il y fright e n e d by Dick realized that lie was practi c all y surrounded. anything ; and noise had no t e rror s for him. What he do? Indeed h e was rather glad to h ear hi s pur s uer s yell He and stood s till, pond e ring the situation. a s h e was aware that it the e xpenditur e He took a couple of steps fqrward and e ncountered a of cons iderab l e w i nd and would mak e the owner s of the obstacle. voices give out jus t s o much qui c ker The obstacle in qu e stion was a good-sized log Dick had ru\} again s t the end of th e log and in fee Dick rea c h e d the timb e r a nd disappeared within its protecting s hades. ing about in the darkness mad e a discove ry After him c am e the redcoats. 'fhe log was hollow. Having lost s i ght of him and fearing their intended A thought s truck Dick. v i c tim might e s cap e them the T e d c oat s dr e w pi stols and Might h e not b e able to esoap.e from hi s epemies fir e d a volley. hiding in the hollow log? They fired b y g u ess and without any real expectation Dick could heat ,voices on all s ides of him that they would hit the fu g itive 'rhern was no dot 1 bt about it; h e was surro11.nded They simply hop e d tha t th e y rriight b'ring th e "Te b el" th e redcoats. down. H e might be abl e to s lip through and make hi s But doubtless a numb e r of trees s uffer ed, Dick and then again he might not. / k 'wa s not injured. lt would ceTtainly be a difficult ma t t e r to g et throu3 He k e pt on running. the line s of the Briti s h l F e aring that his purs uer s mi ght fir e anoth e r volley and Dick decided that it would be s afe s t and best to col accicfentally hit him, Dick hfrn e d to th e l eft and. ran in ceal himself in the hollow fog t a dir e ction which led hiui toward th e road. ff might be that b y so doing he would be able to gi Dick soon reach e d the road. H >vay from fhe redcoat s He wai; on the point of entering th e roa d a nd c ontinuTher e was no time to s pare. ing along it when he saw a body of m e n a pproa c hin g TM voices wer e c orning closer and clos er "Great gun s !" thou g lit Die "I a m in for it now." Som e o f the red c o a t s might happen upon them at an He pau s ed a mom ent and s tood irre s olute. moment. He heard ihe r e dcoat s 'who had bee n purs uing ana Dick gave a quick g lance around him and then stoopi who had gon e on s traight ah e ad, and had c onsequently c rawl e d into the hollow log lost track of him temporarily, stoP. and begin c alling out Dick was glad _to find that the log was hollow, qu to one anoth e r. a considerable di s tance. "The y will b e coming this way in a few moments," He crawl e d back a s far a s he c ould go. I thought Dick "and hi:lre are right in front. He drew up his leg s all he c ould and lay, sn(1 What shall I dQ ?" as a bug in a rug He did not ther e long. / The sound of the voicei:; became plainer and Dick was not one o:f th e kind who ever remained inThe redcoats wer e close at hand n.c tive long when the re was work to be done. Soon Dick could understa:rid what was said Re turne d and dart e d back into the timber. "Where do you suppose the fellow went?" Dick heal He kept jus t within the e dg e and ran toward the north. ?ne of the men say. He thought 1t poss ible that he might b e able to s lip "I don t know," replied another; "he's a s lippery rasef / pa s t the encampment he had just stumbled upon ; and I must say'." k!3pt onward at good speed. "He certainly i s ; I thought had him, didn't you l .,., He was soon back, close to the camp. "Yes; I didn t see how he could get away He found that there were a number of redcoats there and that the y were moving about, here and there, and that. some of them were .m the road. "Well I uess he has." f s this?" Thuinp, thump!


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE I rie of the had tl;mmped the log with the butt his musket. } 1 CHAPTER XIV. "It's a log." "Yes, and a ho{tow one, too, judging by the sound." Thump; thurn/P "You are agreed the redcoat who was doing e thumping; f"the log must be hollow.'' PRODDED BY A BAYONET. As we have said, the words of the redcoat filled with a feeling of horror. "Maybe the .ebel is in there," suggested the other. idea of having a bayonet-point prodding around Dick heard every word the redcoats uttered, and a in the vicinity of one's person was not pleasant,, to say ld chill wen up his spine. the least. One thing Dick was glad of, and tha.t was that he dismay. "I' as helpless here as a rat in a trap. I'm had crawled into the log headfirst. \ raid I made mis.take in tah."'ing here." That made his and body farthest from the red't 'Let's an examination," said the other redcoat, coat, and would make him liable to sustain serious reply to remark. "If he 1 is in the log injury from the bayonet thrust. e'll quickl/ have him out." Still, it would not be a pleasint thing to have a bayonet Dick li::rd the two redcoats make their way to the run through one's leg. d of {he log. Dick would have to take the chances, however. It was lucky for the J.OUth that at t_hat' time matches d not been invented. Rad the redcoats had a few matches in their pockets He had no intention of announcing his presence to prevent the redcoat from carrying his plan into effect Dick drew his legs up as far as he could and waited. He heard a scraping noise at the end of the log, and ey would have quickly discovered Dick. realized that the redcoat was pushmg his musket into But they had. nothing of the kind, so had to make their amination by feeling inside the hollow log. One reached in as far as he could and felt around, but was unable to reach Dick, so did not discover the uth's presence. "There's no one here," the redcoat said. "Are you sure?" asked the other. "Yes." '.'How far in did you "Oh, three or four feet." "Maybe he's farther in thap that; crawl in and see." "Crawl in, you say-and get snake bitten? Not I If ere's any crawling to be done, you'll do it yourself." But the other wasn't to venture, eithel'. "Jove! I never thought of the snakes; you'll have to cuse me. I don't believe he's in there, anyway." "Neither do I." Dick was glad to hear them say this. He had almost given himself up for lost. Now, however, he began to think t'hat there was a ance that he would escape discovery, after all. 'rhe next words of the redcoat caused a cold chill to .verse Dick's spinal column, however. "Stand out of the way," the redcoat said to his com e. "I'll poke my musket into the opening, and if the el is there I'll spit him on the point of my bayonet!" the opening. Dick held his breath and waited anxiously. Presently felt something touch his leg. 1 J3Y moving the limb quickly Diek managed to keep it from being pierced by the point o! the bayonet. He felt the weapon sliding on up alongside his leg, and it was alrpost to his hip when the motion suddenly ceased. "Some one is calling you, George,'' he heard op.e of the redcoats say. "Sure?" asked the other. This was the one with the musket, Dick knew, for he ceased pushing the weapon and stood still, evidently listening. A sudden thought came to Di .ck. Reaching around he took hold of the bayonet and gave it a peculiar twist, loosening it from the end of the musket. "What was that?" exclaimed the redcoat. "Some one calling yqu, I said," was the reply. "I don't mean that. 'Something gave my musket a jerk." The other laughed. "Likely if was the rebe( George," he said. "Don't make sport. I mean what I say." "Oh, you imagined it." "I didn't do anything of the kind." "You are excited, George." I


. l .. 24 'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. Well, I guess I might as well go and see what the captain wants." Dick felt the musket beinl?{ drawn back out from underneath his limb 'rhe bayonet, how ever, much to his satisfaction, re mained in his hand. Dick had risked discovery by loosening the bayonet from the of the musket, but he was glad to know that the diingerous WE:apon was no longer where it could do him damage Dick hoped the redcoat would not discover that his bayonet was missi .ng. In that case Dick would ha ve an to escape. If, however, he should discover the bayonet was gone, and try to recover it, filic k iu 'ight be di scove red, after all. Dick li s tened, breathlessly, to hear what was said by the redcoat 'rhe man's first words r eassured him. "Come along, Mark," wai; what the man said,-"let's go back to camp." Then he sto l e sdtly away. e He went but a distance-pt::' rhaps :fifteen yards. He did not go farther as he uld hear redcoats mo ing about, and teared he might run upor l some of them. He l eaned against a tree and stood tll S\ere, waiting a li ster .ng s r He beard the redcoats, George and Mark, reach the l

'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS SCARE. 25 bick was soon as .fa.'.r up into the hollow log as it was ssible to go. ; /' rhen he lay stni and e heard the / red t oats coming nearer and nearer. resently the ;r were right at the log. ndeed, two or three of them stumbled against it. :bat's this?" exclaimed one laughed another. It will make a good seat; let's rest a minute, he .:i was con si derable thumping and scraping, and the sMoo}r and quivered ck understood that the redcoats were climbing up on of it. The youth was not very well pleased over the red-1 ts come to a stop in s uch close proximity, but he could help hims elf. All he could do was to lie there and take things as easy been sitting on the log, and they were quite a di s tance away and getting farther away every moment. Dick drew a breath of relief. "I guess I'm all right now," he murmured. "Not much yo' hain't !" cried a hoarse voice, and then Dick felt himself seized from behind. CHAPTER XV. DICK RECOGNIZES AN OLD ENEMY. Dick recognized the voice. It was that of the 'rory, Joe Cupp. Dick was not only s urprised, but for once in his life was \ angry as well. It was this man who had caused him the trouble in the possible. first place, and now to have him put in an appearance The redcoats ?egan talking of the work upon which they again, just when Dick thought he was safe and would just been e ngag ed. 'l must say," remarked one, "that that rebel is about most s lippery fe llow I ever ran across." "That's right," agreed another; I would not have ught it possible he cou ld escape." 'Nor I," from still another; "we had him completely round e d." 'Well, you see, it's t hi s way," remark ed a fourth: "'rhe jority of those fellows have liv e d in a timbere,,d region their lives and are as much at honte th e re as are the dcat s and other wild animals; they know exactly how where to conceal themselves, while we don't know much he others coincided with this. ick wished the redcoat s would get through ani;l go away. e did not fancy his sit uation. t last Dick's wis h was g ratified. he redcoats became rested and having exhausted the 'ect of Dick's wonderful escape, leaped down off the log made their way in the dir ectio n of the encampment. ick drew a lon g breath of r e lief easily s ucc eed j n escaping, was exasperating. Dick began struggling, with ali his might. &.: his strength to the utmost he attempted to break the Tory's hold. He could not it, however. Cupp had leaped upon Dick from behind and had th!-own hi s a rms around the youth, this pinioning his arms to his side. Finding that he could not free his arms, Dick suddenly tried another trick. He bent forward, quickly, at the same time bumping up Dick was very strong and had no difficulty in lifting the Tory. Cupp hung on to Dic;k, tenaciously, and this proved to be. liis undoing. He was lifted clear of the ground. Up into the air went his heels. Dick gave a peculiar jerk to his body Too late, Joe Cupp realized that he had made a mis take in retaining hi s hold around Dick's body. rm glad they are gone," h e sa id to himself; "this isn't As hi s heels went up into the air h e relaxed most comfortable pos ition in the "'orld, and I shall be his hold in the hope that he would be able to save himself to get out where I c;an s tretch my legs." ick did not wait very long. soon as the redcoats were safe ly out of the way the worked hi s way out of the log and drop back onto hi s feet. He was too late, however H e had gone too far. The result was that instead of dropping back onto his raised up and s tanding erect, li s ten e d intently. feet, he s hot on forward ove r Dick's h ea d e only redcoats he could hear were those who had just The gigantic body of Joe Cupp turned a somersault in


I r 1, 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. ======T:...gue,. the ai.:>: and he struck across the top of the log and was "but a miss is as good as a mile, yd'1u know;'ancf here l almost broken in two. again, safe and sound." 1 ( \ A loud howl of pain and rage went up from the fellow. "Well, we're glad to see you back. was goin "Oh, I'm killed!" he yelled. "My back s broke! Help! down there a while ago, anyway? We some firin Murder! Ther rebel's here, felle rs Hurry an' yo'll Dick told, the story of his adventures h the Tory,, Cupp, and of his narrow escape from punctured I 'im !" Cupps rolled off the log onto the ground where he kicked the redcoat's bayonet while concealed in the 11rnllow log.1 and fl.ounrlered around and kept up a terrible howling. As may be supposed, the "Liberty Boys" listened I "It would serve you right if your back is broken!" cried interest. Dick as he darted away. "Say, you were in luck to get out of that scrap1_9, Di? "I don t think it is, however," he added to himself; "if said Bob: it was, he couldn't make as much noise as he is making." The other youths said the same. Dick hastened away. "I think so, myself,' agreed Dick. He knew .that the redcoats would be on the scene in a "You wouldn't have had any trouble if it hadn' t bP very f w moments. for that Tory," remarked one of the "Liberty Boys." Indeed, he heard sounds of commotion in the direction "That's right," said Bob; "lots of those 'I'ories arc w I of the encampment, already. even than the redcoats." Dick hastened onw::i-rd in the direction of the road. The "Liberty Boys" lay down, presently, and snatch By the time he reached it a number of the rep.little sleep. tr coats had arrived at the spot where the rory was. They were up early next morning, however, and tlI' Joe Cupp bad managed to get up on his feet. put in the day worrying the British to the best of t I This had caused him considerable as his back had ability. been strained by the fall, but the Tory was delighted to They kept retreating as the redcoats advanced, but wi&l find that his back was not broken, and to stop pause at the top of every hill and nh upon the'I groaning Jong enough to explain matters to the redcoats. when they came within range. n When the latter learned that the "rebel" was so close Then when the redcoats would charge forward, )i at hand, they uttered exclamations and immediately began "Liberty Boys" would mount their horses and gallop searching for him. Dick thought he had a to escape now, and hewas not slow to make the b1Jst of the oizyortunity. The instant he was in the road he darted away at the top of his speed. Onward be ran. He beard the shout s of the redcoats in the road behind him. If the redcoats gave pursuit, however, they did not run as fast as Dick. At any rate they did not get close enough to him to cause him any worry He continued onward at' hi'8 best speed and soon was out pf hearing of his enemies. Feeling sure that he was s afe now, Dick slackened his speed to a trot and later on to a walk. Half hour later he reached the encampment of the "Liberty Boy s." He found them all wide a wake and anxious. "You have given us a good scare, Dick," said Bob; "we did not know what had become of you. We were afraid the redcoats had captured you." "They did come within an ace of it Bob re lied Dick; out of danger. 8 The "Liberty B ,o_yt;;" kept up these tactic s for three dre They iiarassed British so much as to retard tld progress considerably. [e The. redcoats were forced to advance slowly and he tiously. [e, It soon got so that the men in the front ranks of r British force would look at one another dubiously 'n they saw a hill ahead of them, and the word wouli around: "Now look out for those confounded rebels, fello1 h It was rarely that they were disappointed in thei1 es pectations. [ d Usually the "rebefs" there and would -Succee M firing two or three volleys before being forced to Another thing the redcoats very quickly discovered\ b that was that the little band of patriots were warni' ] people of the approach of the British army. ha The houses along th. e road were, without excep tiorick tenanted and in the majority of cases all the stock" I le f4 been driven away. d 01 As a result the British soldiers actually suffere d


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE. 21 ''lwy had hard work getting enough to eat to keep them J know him now, Bob!" he cried, in excitement. "1 ilh --trPngth suflicienl so that they could continu e the know who that man is." arrh. "Do you?" inquired Bob, somewhat eagerly. "Who is Out of revenge the redcoats burned all the houses and he?" d aR much damage as they could. I "Do you remember, Bob, that my father was murdered ed .Many and dire were the threats they gave utterance by a gang of rrories in the summer of seventy-six, in front regarding what they would do to the "rebe ls" if they of our home?" uld succeed in getting hold of any of them. Bob nodded. Dick and his "Liberty Boys" took care i.hat this Rhould "Yes, Dick, I remember it only too well-and how you however. p.ul the entire gang to flight." t was no part of their plans to allow any of their numThis had beeh. the case to fall into the hands of the British. When the '<:I'ories shot l\lr. Slater down Dick who was the evening of thf\ third day the "Libctry Boys" in his eighteenth year at the time, ran into the house, d the Edisto River at what was known as the Stone grabbed his father's rifle, rari. back out to the road and shot the leader of the Tories, one Hank Scroggs, mortally he ferryman, Dick quickly learn ed, was a Tory. wounding him, and then had attacked the rest of the he fellow did not say much, but the yout'b. could see gang with the clubbed rifle and put them to flight. he was doing considerable thinking. re was a sullen look on his face. too, Dick thought the fellow eyed him in a manner caused the youth to look more closely at the ferry-w uld have done. ehow he became imbued with the belief that he seen the man before. to remember where he had seen the tepow, but not. spoke to Bob on the quiet, and Bob took a good look ferryman. e, too, said be believed he had seen the man before, 1ik:e Dick, he could not remember where. "Well, Bob," said Dick, a grim look on his face, "that man over yonder was a member of that gang, and he is no other than Joe Bilkins. Don't you remember Bob started. "Yes, I remember him, Dick; and now that you men tion it, I know that you are right. The ferryman is Joe Bilkins, sure as you live! I wonder what he is doing away down here in South Carolina?" 1 "I don't know, Bob. He left the neighbornood soon after they killed father, and I suppose he drifted down here." "I suppose so." Dick's air, was one of pre-occupation. He gazed about him Suddenly his face lighted up. "Come, Bob!" he exclaimed. "Where are y ou going, Dick?" Dick had darted toward The river bank. lly they dismissed the matter from their minds. "I am going to cross the river and make a prisoner of was almost sundown when the last load of "Liberty Joe Bilkins, Bob. I am going to make him suffer a bit for being a member of the party that murdered my. father. Several s hots were fired, and he may have been one who had to swim behind the boat. did some of the shooting I won't kill him, but I wish don't think we got across the river much too soon," to give him a good scare." Mark Morrison ; "the British were not more than es behind us, and they must be pretty close to the t's so," agreed Sam Sanderson. and Bob were standing, looking back across the ferryman had ju t reached the opposite s hore and out of the ferryboat when an exclamation escaped "I'm with you, old man The two hastened down to the water's edge. A boat lay there. It was this that had attracted Dick's attention. He leaped into the boat. Bob followed suit. Dick seized the oars. Bob pushed off. Dick began rowing with lusty stroli:es.


/ 28 'fHE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' SCARE. .. He headed straight for the ferry landing. The ferryman saw them coming. 'fhe i:tttack was o sudden that it took the redcoats tirely by surprise. He made no attempt to get away. Two of the redcoats fell. Instead he stood his ground, boldly. Again Dick and Bob whipped out pistols and again "I guess he thinks we haven't recognized him, Dick," fired. said Bob; "he is standing his ground, watching us." Another of the redcoats went down, and, with a yell Bob sat in the stern, facing toward the farther shore, pain, the Tory also fell. so could see the ferryman plainly. Dick had aimed his shot at Bilkins. I Indeed, as the boat drew near to the shore, Bob fancied he could discern a sneering smile qn the ferryman's face. Only the B:&itish officer and one soldier remained stand ing, and they seemed dazed. Dick and Bob made good use of their opportunity, and The bow of the boat grated on the sand a few moments leaping forward, they dealt the two men severe blows o later, and Dick and Bob leaped ashore and advanced toward the head with the butts of their pistols. the man. The redcoats dropped in their tracks. "I know you, Joe Bilkins !" cried Dick, when within a "Quick! To the boat, Bob!" cried Dick. "Yond few yards of the man. "You helped murder my father, come the entire force of redcoats!" and .now I am going to make you suffer for it. You are my prisoner Even then the man did not seem to be alarmed. sneeri ng smi l e did not leave his face. "So ye think I'm yer pris'ner, do ye?" he cried, as Dick and Bob paused. "Yes, you are my prisoner cried Dick. the boat, yonder. I am going to take you back with me 1') "Wait!" said Bilkins. Then he waved his eand. He was right about this. The British had emerg ed from the timber a quarter 3i mile Clistant and were advancing on the double-quick. Turning, the youths ran rapidly to where the boat la and, shoving it into the water, leaped in Dick seized the oars and bega h rowing with all his migh The British, realizing that something unusual had tak forward with all possible speed and a rived upon the scene just as the officer and soldier, who h been knocked dQwned by the blows from the butts As he did so a British officer and severa l soldiers rushed Dick's and Bob's pistol, rose to their feet. forward from behind the ferryman's cabin and confronted Dick and A sneering laugh escaped the lips of Joe Bilki.ns. He pointed to Dick and Bob. "These youths are Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, The officer was' angry and excited Three of his meri. had been shot down and he hims ftnd another of his :men had been knocked down by t youths in the boat, and he was eager to get revenge. "Shoot them!" he roared, pointing toward Dick < two of t)le rankest rebels in the country!" cried the Tory. Bob. "Don't let those scoundrels escape! Fire, me "You are our prisoners!" cried the British officer. But the redcoats did not 1."ll.ow with whom they were dealing. Had they been aware of the capabilities of the two youths they would have been more careful to have them covered by weapons. The youths saw they had a chance to escape by making a daring attack. Instantly they whipped out their pistols a nd fired, point.Fire!"" The redcoats quickly took aim and fired a volley. I The distance was too great, however, and the bull fell short. \ Seeing this the officer rushed down to the ferrybo, calling upon the soldiers to follow as he did so. "Come on!" he cried, "we will cross the river and cat them yet!" Joe Bilkins the Tory, h:;i.d been only slightly woun by Dick's bullet, and had struggled to his feet. t I


'. THE LIBERTY BOYS' SCARE.' 29 He hastened down to the :c Ye don't wanter cross ther river he cried. "Thar's "They Yery near getting us," said Dick, "but a I miss is as good as a mile, and we will keep right 1 on worrying General Prevost and his of marauding redllrnndred uv them fellers over th. ar, an' they ll riddle ye bullets. Ye had better go slow an' take et easy." coats, a.nd make them all the trouble possible." "That we will!" agreed Bob. ''We will give them cause iI'he officer was wild with rage and1eager to get revenge Dick and Bob, but he realized tha1t it would be foolto remember their march from Savannah to Charleston!" \ dy for fifteen or twenty of them to go across and get "You are right, Bob; they have given us 1 a scare or two, hin range of a hundred muskets, so he reluctantly but I think we have more than evened up the score-or, ndoned the idea of pursuing the youths. if we haven't, we will do so bdore they reach Charleston." eneral Prevost rode up at this juncture and tciok com, n d n he heard the details of what .bad just oceurred, he very angry; but realized that it would be best to let 1 matter rest for the present. H e made up his mind, however, that if ever he got a nee at Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys," he would ke them suffer for all the trouble they caused him. Dick and Bob reached the other shore in safety and oined their comrades. r hey were congratulated upon escape. THE END. The next number (53) of "The I..Jiberty Boys of '76" will contain "THID LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER; OR, FOES ON ALL SIDES," by Harry Moore. ---. SPECIAL NOTICEAll back numbers of this weekly are always in print If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to1 FRANK 'l'OUSEY, PUBLISHER, 2l UNION 1 he youths themselves realized that their escape had SQUARE, NEW and you will receive the copies 'Il a very narrow one. you order by return mai( Samp1e Copies Sen."t :F'9ree .. "HAPPY DAYS.'' The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every' Kind. It Gives Awa.y Valuable Premiums. Answers -all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send ws your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, P ublisher, 24: Union Square, New York. I


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JUE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revoluti By HARRY MOORE. 'I These stories are based on actual facts and dve a fal :account of the exciting adventures of a brave bana of youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their llT for the sake of helping along the gallant. cause of Independea Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading ma bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the Britis h and Tories. 3 The Liberty Boys Good W01k; or, Helping General \Va shiugtou. 4 The Libe1ty Bo ys on Hand; or. Always in the Hight Place. 5 The Liberty oys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's l\linion s. 6' The Liberty Boys' D efia nce ; or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Can." 7 The Liberty BoJ s in Demand ; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 'l'he Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by B1 itish1aud 'fories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Resc ue; 01-, A Host Within Themselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Li berty Boys' Pluck; o r Undaunted bi'.Odds. 12 Tbe Libe1 ty Boys' Peril ; 01-, Threatened froiii All Sides 13 The Libe1ty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the Britis h 1 5 The Li berty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. lfi The Li berty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' C l eve r Scheme 17 The .Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British ManofWar. 18 The Libe1 ty Boys' Challenge; or. Patriots vs Redcoats. lU The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys ., Fine Wo1k; or, Doing Things Up H1own. 22 Tbe Liberty Boys at Bay ; or, The Clo sest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boy s on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for th e R e dcoat s. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Red Philadelphia. Brandywine 2D The Liberty Boys Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 'rhe Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reda and Wh 31 The Libe1 ty Boys' Big Contract ; or, Holding Arnold in C 32 The Liberty Boys Shadowed ; or, After Dick Slater for Rev 3H The Liberty Boys Duped; 01-, The Friend Who Was an Eae 34 'l'he Liberty Boys Fake Surcender ; or, The Ruse That ceeded 35 The Liberty B oys' Signal ; or, "At the Clang of the Belf. 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life. for Li Cause 37 The Liberty Boys Prize, and How They Won It. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The 'Plan That Won. 39 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything in 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in British 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare; or, Almost Trapped. 42 'rhe Liberty Boys' Brave Re scue; or, In the Nick of Tiaie. 43 'rhe Liberty Boys' Big Day ; or, Doing Busineu by W 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and 'Po 4fi The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance o'f Slater. 4fi 'fhe liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What They Set Out to 48 The Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, Bui: Not Diagrac 49 The Liberty Boye in Toryville; or, Dick Slater's Fearful 24 The Liberty Boys Double Yi cto ry; or, Downing the Redcoats 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for and Tories. erty. 2 5 The Liberty Bq_ys Suspected; or, Taken for B1itish Spies. 51 The Liberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the Redcqats 1at 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Tric k ; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Own Game. 1 Thing or I 52 The. Liberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a For sale by all newsdealers,_ 01 sent postpaid on 1ecelpt of price. 5 cents per PBAITK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, Be.Jr.._. ...... IP YOU WAN. T ANY BACK NUllBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and in the following Order Blank and send It to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN 'l'HE SAME AS l.UONEY. . . . . . . . . . . . .... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York ......... ............... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .... ........................................... PLUCK AND LUCK ........................... ...................... SECRET $ERVICE : .............................................. THE LIBERTY BOY!3 OF '76, Nos ....................................... Ten-Cent Hand Books Nos. . . ... . .... ............ Name .... : ........... ........ Street and No ..... :., ........ Town .... ...... State ...