The Liberty Boys bombarded, or, A very warm time

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The Liberty Boys bombarded, or, A very warm time

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The Liberty Boys bombarded, or, A very warm time
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Liberty Boys of "76"
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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. lliutt!. Weekly-By 8ub1criplion U.50 per ye11r IJntered a.s Suond Cla.t1 Maller ardment. A cannon-ball tore a great hole in the wall. ana the "Lib, erty Boys" leaped away in t.ertor.

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LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. t\ Weekly Magazine Containing Stor ies of the American R.evolution o Issued Weekly-By Subsc1iption $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York1 N. Y., Post O ffice, February 4, 1901. Ente.-cd accordino to Act of Congress, in the yea1 1902, in the otr ice of tne Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Ftank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New Yo1k. N o 60. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 21, 1902 Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. A BOLD SINGER. "He certainly is," from another. "Right," from a third; "else he would not dare be singing such a song in that loud fa hion." "Well," growled an,other, "we will stop that singing!" One September afternoon of the year 1779, six British "That we will! We will make him sing out of the roopers were riding along a road leading westward from other side of his mouth!" avannah, in Georgia. The troopers were in a lively nood, and were laughing, talking, joking and siBging. The country hereabouts was thickly timbered, and on ach side of the road the only fence was the trees of the The road twisted and turned like some huge nd it was impossible to see more than a hundred yards r so in either direction. Suddenly one of the redcoats, ho wore a captain's uniform, lifted his hand warningly, nd said : "II ark AH became silent, and listened A voice-a powe r ful musical voice, was heard singing; and while the inger was not yet visible, the words of his song could e plainly heard. 'rhey were evidently improvised by ihe singer, and ran as follows : "King George, he is a tyrant bold, A tyrant sure is he : All he wants is to get our gold And carry it o'er the sea But Americans are going to keep their gold, They want no king, you see; Than George the Seventh, they are more bold, And in time they will be free So down with the king Down with the king Down with the king I say!" The redcoats all drew swords, and halting their horses stood awaiting the coming of the singer. 'l'hey had not long to wait. A few moments later a horseman came riding around a bend in the road at a point not fifty yards distant. The redcoats looked at the 1mrcomer with interest. They noted that he was a large man and that he -ivas dressed in the clothes such as were worn in that region by farmers, and their lips curled with disdain. "A country bumpkin!" growled one. "A boor!" from another. "We'll trim his ears off and split that treasonous tongue of his!" declared a third. The newcomer ceased singing when he saw the redcoats in the road in front of him, but he did not stop or show alarm in any way. He rode forward until within a few yards of the six troopers who were stretched across the road, and then he paused and looked from one to another, inquiringly "Good afternoon, friends!" he said pleasantly, bowing. "We are no friends of yours, judging by the song you "ere just singing!" cried Captain Sanger, whose face was red with anger. If he thought to frighten or awe _the stranger by speaking :fiercely he made a mistake, for the newcomer on l y smiled and said: "So you heard me? I think that a good song, don't you?" The redcoats listened to the singing, and then looked at "Think it a good song!" roared the captain "I thirik ne another with varying expression on their faces. The one who would sing such a treasonous song as that ought to ajority were angry, and their faces were red, and their eyes flashed; but one or two seemed scarcely to know hether to get mad or to laugh. "That fellow is a bold one!" growled one, d rawi n g his word. be hung to the nearest tree!" "Is that so?" was the cool reply. "Yes, it is!" "Well, I must say that I differ with you "You differ with me?" The captain was so surpr ised

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THE LIBERTY BOYS BO:JIB,\RDED. at the oth e r's calmness that he hardly knew what to think or say. "\Yell, you for one thing, r can't make up word:: offhand. It lakes :,,ome lime. I \\'as a whole day makinc "Yes, I differ with you. I think that is a fine song, and up the words you just heard me> singing." if you fellows like, I will teach it_ to you." "You could have been iu better business!" growled om "What!" gasped the captain, while a chorus of threatof the troopers. ening exclamations escaped the lips of the others. "Yau insolent bound "You boor!" "Which is none of your business!" was the quick retort "Oh, let me at him, captain!" pleaded the trooper waving his sword in the air and glaring at the youn1 "You rebel dog!" man fiercely. "Your tongue ought to be cut off!" "Yes, let him at me, captain!" said Happy Hanl< The man, for he was perhaps twenty-two years of age, calmly. Just let him at me and see me carve him u looked from one to another of the redcoats as. they utinto mincemeat!" As the young man spoke he drew : tered the exclamations, and a peculiar, quizzical smile long sword and made a stroke at an imaginary enemy. -appeared on his face. He did not seem to be at all wor"Put up that sword!" ordered Sanger, sternly ried on account of the epithets which had been applied "Put it up or we will. make mincemeat of you!" to him, or by the angry and threatening looks of the "Oh, all rigl1t !" wa s the careless reply, and Tyrrel troopers. placed his sword back in its scabbard, which had not beei "Don't get angry about it, boys!" he said, in a tone noted by the redcoats until after the weapon was draw that might or might not be soothing; "you could do worse and the hilt of the sword having been under the coat, the than learn that song. It's a fine one, I think." had not suspected that the young man was armed. The "See here," said Captain Sanger; "what is your narhe?" began to think that possibly the fellow was not the simpl "Henry Tyrrell." farmer they bad supposed him to be. "Henry Tyrrell, eh?" "Yes; but most people call me 'Happy Hank.' "Happy Hank, eh?" "Yes." "Because you are such a singer, I suppose?" "Yes; and I'm a good-natured sort of ellow, anyway." "You are good-natured, eh?" "Yes." "Kind of a poet, too, aren't .you?" "Well, nothing to speak of." "Now make up the words and sing them!" ordere Captain Sanger. "You wish me to make up some words praising Kin George?" was the Rlow, deliberate query. "Yes/' "You must not ask .me to do that, captain." "Why not?" "Because you are asking the impossible." "How is it impossible?" "Why, there is absolutely nothing that could be sai "I heard you singing, just now. The words sounded in praise of King George-so bow could I make up war as if they might have been made up by yourself. Is praising him?" tbat the case?" A curse escaped the lips of the captain, wli.ile exclam Yes, I made up those words." tions of rage were given utterance to by the "I thought so; and now I'll tell you what I want you "Kill the insolent dog, captain!" to do." "Go ahead," with a smile. The troopers looked at their commander inquiringly. They handled their weapons as if they were anxious to use them. It is probable that the majority did not ap"He is the most impudent rebel I have ever seen!" "He is too bold-spoken altogether!" "Cut his villainous tongue off 'l'he men handled their swords nervously and were ev dently eager to get at the bold speaker. They looked prove of the delay in teaching the insolent stranger a the captain for the signal to make an attack, but th lesson. "l want you to make up a verse praising King George, and sing it in place of the words you were just singing, which were so rankly treasonous Happy Hank shook his head. "I can't do it," he said. "Why not?" The captain's voice was threatening. officer was not yet ready to set the men on the patriot. "You must make up some words and sing them!" said, with a determined air "I have made up my mir to that effect, and I am a man who generally has his way. "And you are determined that I shall sing for you. asked Happy Hank, coolly.

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TE:E LIBERTY BOYS BOMBARDED. 3 "Yes; you must do it or die!" l "All right; here goes, then. All join in the chorus: I 1 "King George, he is a tyrant bold, b A tyrant sure is--" "Here, stop that!" almost shouted Captain Sanger; "if \OU utter another word of that rot I will run you through!" :I "\.Vell, that's all you'll get me to sing!" was the quiet lhly. "You will hear no song of praise for King George 'oing up from these lips!" The captain and the other trooper were looking back and saw the fate of their comrade. It made their blood run cold with horror. "He is a demon!" cried the captain, his face ghastly pale. "A regular fiend I" cha.ttered the trooper, pale as a ghost. Closer and closer came the pursuer, and when within a few yards of the two he cried out, fiercely: "Surrender, or die!" The two looked at each other. "We had better sur"You refuse to do what I tell you, then, you cursed render, I think," said Captain Sange;; "we are dead men bel ?" almost shrieked the captain. "I do." "Your life shall pay the forfeit!" warningly. "I am not so sure of that,'' was the calm reply. The redcoats stared. "Why, we are six to one I" the ptain cried. "What chance would you have against us?" "Oh, I don't need much chance against such fellows as ou!" if we don't!" "I guess y-you a-are right about t-that !" was the chat tering reply.. 'rl1e trooper "'.as terrified. He had never been so frightened when in the midst of a battle as he waA at this instant when pursued by a single man. ''We surrender!" called out the captain. ''Yon are wise. Stop your horses The two managed to bring their horses to a stop, though it was difficult, as they were badly frightened by the other This was said with such an air of disdain that the redhorse which went tearing past, dragging its terrible load ats were rendered furious, and even Captain Sanger, who ad said he was deteriuined to make the patriot sing a song f praise for King George, forgot his words and yelled to is men to cut the "rebel" down. But the troopers were to be treated to a surprise. The an had his sword out in an instant and with one flashing eep, off went the head of one of the redcoats. Then ut ring a thrilling cry the man attacked the troopers with uch terrible fury that in spite of the fact that they were ve to one they were forced to recoil. They had never en anything like it. Happy Hank was a giant in strength, nd quick as the lighning flash in his movements ; and in n instant, almost, he had disarmed two of the troopers, ut down two more, and would have made a clean sweep f them all had not the captain and the two unarmed en taken refuge in flight. Even then they were not to escape, however. After hem dashed Happy Hank, and as he was mounted on a plendid horse he quickly overhauled the fugitives. "Surrender!" he called out to the first trooper he overook, but the man turned and .fired a pistol almost in his ace. "So be it!" cried Tyrrell, grimly; "if you want war o the death you shall have it!" Then swish! went the ong-bladed sword and off into the ditch at the roadsirle ent the trooper's head, while the trunk tumbled over nd one foot hanging in the stirrup, was dragged along ith the flying horse. It is doubtful if their horses were much more terrified than were the two redcoats, however. Indeed, s o weak were t.hey that this had a good deal to do with their inability to quickly bring their animals down to a slow gain and ulti mately to a stop. They did succeed finally, however, and they found the terrible patriot within arm's length of them. "Throw your weapons down into the road!" cried Happy Hank, whose face was as fierce now as it had been smiling and serene before hostilities commenced. The redcoats tosse.d their swords to the ground. "Now your pistols in an angry tone; "don't think to try any tricks with me!" The two hastened to obey, throwing their pistols down beside the swords. "We didn't intend to try playing any tricks," said the captain. "Perhaps not; but you redcoated scoundrels are not to be trusted." It was evident that Tyrrell did not have a very high opinion of the British soldiers. He sat and looked at the two for a few moments in silence. "Well," he said presently, "what do you think about me singing something in praise of King George now, cap tain? I guess you have given up the idea of making me do it, eh?" Tyrrell smiled grimly as he spoke. "I didn't know you were a demon, oi I should not have given you any chance!" said the captain, viciously.

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4 THE 'LIBERTY BOYS BOMBARDED. "I don't doubt that at all. You redcoats never give any one a chance if you can help it." "What are you going to do with us?" "That is just what I am considering." "Oh!" "You don't mean to say that you are Dick Slater, tl l great scout, spy and captain of the company of youtf < known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' do you?" cried Happ Hank. ''I am the only DickSlater that I have ever heard of, Tyrrell was sil ent for some moments, dur.ing which time with a smile; "and I am a patriot scout, spy and am ah he kept a wary eye on the two, for he thought it possible the captai of 'The Liberty Boys of '76.'" that they might sti ll have a pistol or two secreted, and "Glory!" cried Tyrrell; "I am indeed glad to make yoi: try a shot at him if his attention was distracted While acquaintance, Dick Slater!" he was sitting there, thinking, there came the sound of hoofbeats, and around a bend in the road galloped a mag"And I am as glad to make your acquaintance." But the two redcoats did not look pleased. They stare nificent black charger, and mounted on the animal was a at the young man, who had proclaimed himself to be Die handsome, young man of perhaps twenty Slater, with interest; but it was evident that they we1 yea:r;s of age. He reined up his horse when within five not particularly well pleased to have hi1: 1 there. When h yards of the littl e group and looked the three over curiously had first appeared they had hoped that he might turn 01 and searchingly. to be a friend to them, but this hope was now dashet "Hello! what's all this?" he asked. "What is going He was an enemy and at least as dangerous as the ina on here, anyway?" who had made them prisoners. Henry Tyrrell made no reply until after he had whip"I am trying to think what I shall do with these tw ped out a pistol and leveled it at the newcomer., and then fellows/' explained Tyrrell; "I don't want to be bothere he said : "My name is Henry Tyrrell, sometimes known with prisoners and I hate to turn them loose." as 'Happy Hank,' and I have been having a little difficulty "It is for you to say; they are your prisoners," said Diel with some redcoats." Tyrrell pondered a few moments and then the ste r "I judged that some one had," was the quiet reply; "I look left his face and a grim sm il e appeared thereon. \ met a horse running wild, up the road a ways, and the know what I will do," he said to Dick; "you see, I g4 headless trunk of a British trooper was hanging to one of into trouble with these fellows-there were six of them the stirrup s." there are three more of them lying back up the road "Yes; he refused to surrender-answered my summons singing a song in which I did not spea to do so with a pistol shot, and I cut his head off. But very well of King George, and now I can get even wit who are you, stranger? Not one who will try to interfere the captain here by making him sing the song. He trie< with me in any way, I hope, for you are a likely-looking to make me sing a song praising the king and I refused chap and I should hate to be forced to put a bullet through but I don t think he will dare refuse to s ing when I com you!" mand him to do so!" "I don't think there will be any necessity for us to "I protest!" said Captain 'Sanger; "I shall not sing th quarrel, Mr. Tyrrell," was the quiet reply; "if indicasong." tions go !or anything we should be the best of friends and "Yon will sing it!" sternly. allies, for you appear to be an enemy of the British." "I am their enemy, there is no doubt about that; and if I cl? say it myself, I don't think they have a worse enemy in these parts. But who are you, sir? What is your name?" "Dick Slater." CHAPTER II. A SINGING LESSON. Exclamation s escaped the lips of Tyrrell, and of the two redcoats as well. It was evident that they had heard the name before. J "I can't sing. I never sang a song in my life." "Then you are going to make a beginning right here!' "I won't do it!" "You will do it-or die Take your choice." Tyrrell spoke calmly, but with deadly determination There was no doubt in the minds of the hearers regardin whether or not he meant what he said. "I don't know the words," said Captain Sanger ''I'll teach them to you; or, rather, I will say each lim over and then you will sing it while the words are fresl in your mind. Are you ready?" A groan was the only response Dick could hardly keep from laughing; he had never seen a more

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. THE :IiIBERTY BOYS BOMBARDED. 5 lJ lugubrious countenance on any person than that of the the road at a gallop They did not look back while in t captain. sight of the two patriots. "Ready, captain!" said Tyrrell, sharp ly. "Listen careWhen they had disappeared from view, Tyrrell rode fully, now, and try to get both the words and tune." up beside Dick and extended his hand. "Shake hands!", Then he sang one verse of the song, 'King George, he is he said; "I have often wished that I might take the hancl a tyrant bold!' Sing!" he commanded. of Dick Slater !I' The captain looked to the right and to the left and "And I am proud to shake hands with one who has ahead, as if contemplating making a break for lib erty, but proven himself to be such a formidable foe of the British!" he evidently decided it would not do to try it, for he mid Dick. stifled a groan and lifting up his voice went over the They shook hands, heartily, and as they were doing words in a sing song way that required a great stretch so a body of horsem e n rode around the bend a hundred of the imagin ation to dignify it with the name of singing. yards distant and dashed toward them, yelling at the top "Good-splendid!" cried Tyrrell, approvingly. "You 'of their voices. seem to enter into the spirit of the song, captain; I con gratulate you!" This was satire, of course, but it made the captain more angry, and he grew red in the face and swelled up till he seemed on the point of bursting. "Now the second line, captain cried Tyrrell; an cl then he sang the second line and Captain Sanger repeated it in the same sing-song fashion he bad used before. "You are doing splendidly !" declared Tyrrell, and then he went clear through the verse, singing one line at a time and forcing the redcoat captain to sing it after him. And it was all Dick Slater could do to keep from laughing aloud, the redcoat made such hard work of the singing "There are the scoundrels!" "There are the cowardly murderers!" "Shoot the rebels "Down with them!" Such were a few of the cries. CHAPTER III. THE "WHIG WINNERS." There were at least thirty of the newcomers, and that 1 No doubt it was hard for him, a born Briton, to sing a they were redcoats was evident for their brilliant, red t song so :filled with treasonable expressions. uniforms proved this conclusively. It was also evident The patriot sat and gazed upon the red face of the that they w e re bent on inflicting injury on the two patriots; ( perspiring redcoat for a few moments when t'he verse and recognizing this fact the two hastened to get out of was :finished, and there was a peculiar, quizzical expr ession the way. inhiseyes. Atlasthesaid: "Captain,Iwouldadviseyou "Come!" cried Tyrrell; "follow me!" Then he rode t<1 learn that song. y OU sing it with such effect-doesn't into the timber at the side of the road and Dick followed he, Mr. Slater?" tu,rning to Dick. closely. Just as they were disappea ring there came the "Yes, indeed!" the youth replied; "he did splendidly." sound of a volley and the bullets whistled past at a "Of course he did! If you say so, captain, I will write rate. the words down for you so you may learn them." "Are you all right?" called out Tyrrell, without lookCaptain Sanger was so angry he could hardly have ing back. He had to watch where he was going in order spoken had he tried. Perhaps he feared to say what he to keep from being knocked off his horse by low-hanging would liked to have said. He looked daggers, however; but limbs. it had no effect on Tyrrell other than to make him smile "All safe," was the reply. even more blandly. "Good!" Then he rode onward for a few minutes in "Oh, well, if you don't wish the words I shall not force silence, Dick keeping close behind him. And behind them them up on you," he said presently. Then he added: "I came the redcoats as they knew by the sound of the guess that I shall let you go this time. Go, now; but be of the men. h careful in the future. If we meet again I may not let you escape." The two were only too glad of the chance to go, and without a word they put spurs to their horses and rode up 'T'yrrell evidently knew where he was going, however, and presently struck into a path which. he followed nearly half a mile, when he suddenly emerged into an open space of perhaps ten or a dozen acres. Dick was close behind

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS BOMBARDED. and as he rode out into the opening and glanced about him '!'he redcoats same to a stop near the centre of the an exclamation escaped him. clearing and looked about them and conversed excitedly. "Who are they?" he asked; he pointed to a party of It was evident that they were at a loss to know what to .perhaps twenty men, who were going through a series of do or which way to go. While they were thus engaged military evolutions near the centre of the field. Dick said to the youths: "I am going to step out and chal"They call themselves the 'Whig Winners,' replied lenge the redcoats. They will, in all probability, dash 'l'yrrell. "They are young fellows of from sixteen to aeross the clearing at full Rpeed, straight this way, and eighteen years, and they have banded together to protect when [ give the order I want you to take good aim; and the homes of the Whigs. The redcoats haYe done a great "hen I say 'Fire!' let them have it. Will you do as I deal of deviltry, and some check is an absolute necessity." have said?" "They seem to have some knowledge of military manam"Yes, yes was the rep! y, in subdued tones, for they vres; how does that happen?" were not very far from the enemy. "Their coi;umander is a young fellow who was in the Dick then stepped out from among the trees and stood patriot army three or four months. He was wounded and in full view of the redcoats. "Here we are!" he ealled came home to get well and hasn't gone back. He is out, in a loud, defiant voice; "here we are! Come and teaching them." take us if you can!" "Well, that's quite an idea." The troopers turned their gaze toward the bold speaker "So it is; and now listen and see if you can hear anyand stared at him in open-mouthed amazement. They thing of our pursuers." were not so far away but that their expression could They listened a few moments and heard the sound of almost be seen, and their underjaws were hanging low. voices in the direction from which they had just come. They did not jump at the bait, however; something seemed "They are coming!" said Tyrrell. to warn them that in doing so they would get themselves "Yes; and now what do you say to giving them a into trouble. They had had considerable experience with surprise?" the patriots since coming to America, and had learned to "You mean--" he pointed toward the youths going have considerable respect for their shrewdness. through the military manceuvres. (CI'm inclined to think it a trap," said one of the red"Yes; let's get them to help us diEcourage the enemy." coats. He was a major, as his uniform proved. "I'm in for it; come!" "I shouldn't wonder if you were right, sir," said one They galloped over to where the young men were and of the men. quickly explained what was wanted. The "Whig Winners" "But there were only two of lhem,'' said another. were right in for the adventure. It was just what they "Perhaps they have run across some comrades.'' anwanted, they declared, and readily placed themselves under other shrewdly conjectured. the command of Dick Slater, of whom all had heard. 'l'h.is was all that was necessary, and the youth began what he has done," the major admitted. by giving orders for all to 'hasten over to the edge of the They hardly knew what to do; but S
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