The Liberty Boys' sealed orders, or, Going it blind

The Liberty Boys' sealed orders, or, Going it blind

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The Liberty Boys' sealed orders, or, Going it blind
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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No. 61. NEW YORl\. FEBRUARY 28. 1902. Price 5 Cents. Tarleton was almost wild with rage. and kept shrieking commands to his men to "Stand you:; grou.nd!'" "Kill the rebels!" It was inde'Eld an interesting not to say sensational spectacle.


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issue d Weekly-By Subscription $2 .50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matte r at the New York, N. Y. Post Office, February 4, 1901. Entere d according to Act of Congre ss, in the y ear 1902, in the office of tile Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Squate, New York. N o 91 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 28, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I UNDER SE.A.LED ORDERS "Well, boys, get ready; we are going to travel." Where are we going, Dick?" I don't know." "What'iii that?" You don't know?'' "That's what I said-I don't know." The scene was the quarters occupied by "The Liberty oys of '76" in the encampment of the patriot army. The "Liberty Boys" were a hundred youths who had banded There was a lugubrious, disgusted look on Bob's face that was enough to make one laugh, and, indeed, a number of the boys, Dick included, did laugh. "Oh, we' ll find out where we are going in due time, I suppose, and then we will know when we get there." "Say, Dick, explain what you mean, anyway," said Bob. "I'm in suspense, and I never like to be in that condition." "All right; I'll tell you all I know about it. You know, I have just been to headquarters?" "Yes, yes!" General Washington sent for me, you know, and when I got there he said he had some work for me, but that, together as a company, and under the command oi Dick owing to certain things which he could not speak of, and Slater bad made a wonderful name for themselves as over which he had no control, he could not at that time fighters and dare-devils generally. Whenever there was tell me what it was he wished me to do, or where he wished a battery to be taken, or dare-devil work of any kind to me to go. 'I am going to send you away under sealed be done, then the "Liberty Boys" were called upon to do orders, my boy,' said he, and--" it, and they usually succeeded. At any rate, they always "Sealed orders!" gave a good account of themselves, and if they didn't suc ceed it was through no fault of theirs. "Great Scott!" "Why, that's the way they send a fleE>t of vessels to sea The first speaker, as noted above, was Dick Slater, the in war tim es-under sealed orders! And not even the officaptain of the Liberty Boys." He had just come from cers know anything about where they are going until they 1 eadquarters, where he had had an interview with Gen eral Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Contifd?Dtal army. When Dick had said that they were going are well out to sea, and then they open their orders, and head away for their destinatien." "And that is just what we are to do, boys," said Dick to travel, the interest of the youths had been aroused, for eagerly. "The commander-in-chief is going to send us they were always glad of a chance to be moving, and away under sealed orders. We are to take the orders and ked action, but when he had said that he didn't know ride one hundred miles from here, in any direction we may where they were going, they hardly knew what to think. wish, and then we are to sfop and break the seal and read "Say, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, a handsome young t ellow of about Dick's own age, "you're just giving us a I jolly, aren't you?" "Oh, no, Bob," was the reply; "I mean every word I have said." "And you say we are g0ing somewhere, and yet you don't know where?" "That is just what I say." "Then how in blazes are we going to get there? And how will we know when we do get there?" the orders. After that we will know where we are going and all abont it." "Say, that's great!" "IJ is immense." "That strikes me just about right, Dick." "I like the idea. It smacks of mystery." "I'll wager a good deal that we are going into some thing that promises a great deal of lively work, Dick." Such were a few of the exclamations to whlch the "T..1iberty Boys" gave utterance, and judging by the happy,


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDEUS. eager and satisfied look on Dick's face.he was well pleased over the prospect before them. "I think you are right about that," he replied to the last speaker. "There must be exciting work to be done, or the commander-in-chief would never send us away in such a manner. I can't un derstand, however, why he sends us away under sealed or ders." "Well, one part of it is plain enough," said Mark Mor rison," and that is that he doesn't want anybody lo know "fihere we are going." "Yes, that is a self-evident fact, Mark, and I guess it will be as well for us not to say anything to anybody out side of our own company regarding the fact that we are going away under sealed orders." All right; we'll keep mum on that point, Dick." "I judge that he is sending us somewhere to strike the British a blow in an unexpected quarter," went on Dick, "and if it was known we were going word might be sent to the redcoats in some mysterious manner, and spoil it all." "Afraid you may burst, eh, Bob?" laughed Dick. "Yes." "Perhaps we had better put some strong straps arou your body, Bob," suggested Mark Morrison. "No," with a grin. "I'll risk it." "Well, you boys get to work, now, and be in readiness I start immediately after dinner," said Dick. "All right; we'll be ready," said several. 'l'hey went to work at once, and looked to their weapo1 with great carefulness. Each "Liberty Boy" was po sessed of four pistols and a musket and sword. Th equipped, they were terrors, indeed, in a wild charge upc I the enemy They would, first of all, empty their mu kets, then, sticking the weapons back in the holsters r the side of the saddle, they would draw their pistols, a.ii fire four shots, after which they would draw their and woe to those who stood in their way. They wei simply terrible in their reckless charges, as thousands ; redcoats who had seen them in action could have test I fied. "'l'rue," agreed Bob. "There might be a British spy in Dick waited till eleven o'clock, then he made his w1. the encampment at this very moment, who would take the to headquarters, and at half-past he was called into tl news to the British." "That's right." The boys were excited. They had been in the patriot army four years now, and had been sent on many danger ous expeditions, but never before had they been sent un der sealed orders, and they fancied that this meant that they were to be given some very dangerous and exciting work to do. This was just what they liked. They would rather fight than eat, any day, and as this adventure promised considerable they were happy. "When are we to start, Dick?" asked Bob. "Right away after dinner." "Good!" "I'm to go back to headquarters at half-past eleven and private room of the commander-in-chief. "Ab, here you are, eh, Dick?" remarked General Was ington, with a pleasant smile, such as few ever saw on h face. Usually he was stern-looking and brusque-app9 ing, but he had a great liking for Dick Slater, and alwa greeted him pleasantly. "Yes, your excellency, I always try to be on time," plied Dick. ''A very excellent rule,'' the great man said, "and ot which is an absolute necessity in times of warfare. Wei t you will be ready to start to-day?" l "We are ready now, sir. We will start immediate! after dinner." The commander-in-chief nodded approvingly. "Ve1 get my orders, and then we are to go just as soon as we good!" he said. "Very good, indeed. Well, here are yol like." orders." He held out a document, which was sealed a "I see. The c?mmander-in-chief leaves it all to you, the side where the fold was made. "You understand whi ?" is required, Dick,'' he went on. "I explained that "Yes. His only reservation, or order, is that I take the you were here before." orders, go one hundred miles away from the encampment, and then open and read." "That is simple enough." "Yes, and interesting enough,'' said Sam Sanderson. "You are right about that," agreed Bob Estabrook. I'm all excitement, and I don't know whether I can hold my curiosity in check till we get a hundred miles from here or not." "Yes, your excellency I am to take these orders, an go one hundred miles away from here before openi11 i hem. The n I am to follow out the instructions therein. "That is it exactly. I am sorry to have to send yo away in this fashion, as you will be in a measure going blind, but I think it is for the best, aye, that it is ne1 essary; and so that is sufficient excuse." "It is not for me to have any objections to going i


TIIE LIBER'rY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. 3 is fashion, your excellency. You are to command, and I going that way. Somehow, it seems to me that if there am to obey. I may say that I rather like the idea, as it I is work to

' 4 'l'HE LIBERTY BOTS' SEALED ORDEllS. a moment and then deliberately broke the seal. The "You have all heard of Tarleton, and 'Tarleton's Legion,' youths watched him eagerly, and Bob looked as if he have you not?" wished to seize the paper and open it in a hurry and "Yes, yes!" was the cry. possess himself of the contents. "He is known as 'Tarleton, the Butcher ,' said Mar "Say, you're as slow as molasses in J11:nuary !"he growl ed, a comical look of disgust on his face. "I could have had that thing opened and read by this time!" "Life is too short for one to rush, Bob," was the calm reply; "there is no need of hurrying." Dick calmly went ahead opening the document, and Morrison. "You are right; and he is butchering on every hand, down in South Carolina. He is robbing, pillaging and murdering the patriot people of the State, and the cem mander-in-chief is sending us down there to put a stop to it." as he did so he said: "Shall I read the contents out "Oh, say! that is going to give us some work to uo, or loud, or shall I read it all as quickly as possible and then I'm no judge!" cr:led Sam Sanderson. tell you what it contains?" "You are right; but we are the boys who can do the "Oh, read it over, Dick, and then tell us," said Mark work, if anybody can!" said Bob. Morrison. "We haven't any ear for formal instructions." "He is a terrible man," said Dick, "and his men are The majority nodded their approval, and Bob, who was bad ones in a fight, too!" eager to know the contents, was forced to wait. He "So are we!" said Bob. "We will give Mr. Tarleton grumbled, half to himself, but it was easy to see that he 11 dose of his own medicine." was not in earnest, and that whatever way Dick wished to "Several doses, if we get the chance," said Mark Mor do was all right. rison. Dick read rapidly, and was soon in possesion of the "I don't suppose we will have much difficulty in findin contents of the paper. "Where do you suppose we are the opportunity/' said Dick. to go ?11 he asked, with a smile, as he finished reading. The boy s discussed the matter with eag e rne s s, and fro "I don't know; where?" asked Sam Sanderson. all standpoints. 'l'hey recalled everytbing they had hear "You fellows could never guess." "Of course not; so tell us at once, Dick!" cried Bob. "Don't you see that I am about to burst with curi0sity? regarding the status of affairs in the South, and wer eager to reach the scene of their future operations. "The commander-in-chief says in this document tha Hurry, or you will have to plant me 'neath the weeping they are having terrible times down in North and Sout willows which don't grow around here!" Carolina," said Dick; "the Tories are cornrnitting all kin "They would weep if they knew you were to be planted of outrages on their Whig neighbors, and are robbin 'neath them I" said Mark Morrison, sarcastically, whereat ancl stealing on every side, and in many instances mu Bob groaned in such a comical manner that all laughed. dcring." "Well, I'll tell you where we are going," said Dick; "we are ordered to go from here, straight to-" "Oh, tell it! Tell it!" cried Bob. "Tell it, before I get up and slay you like Samson did the Philistines!" "We are going straight from here to South Carolina!" said Dick, impressively. "What! Away down South?" "You don't mean it "I've always wanted to go down there!" "What are we going there for, Dick?" "That is a terrible state of affairs!;' said Mark Morri son, shudderingly. "I suppose Tarleton is the chief man in that sort business, isn't he?" inquired Bob. "Yes, he is the head and front of it all," said Dick. "All right; just let me get a chance at Mr. Tarleton I'll put a to his work or know the reason why!" "A great mtmy of the patriot families have been force to take to the swamps to save their lives," said Die "and they arc actually living there, subsisting as be "We are g6ing to do everything we can in a general they may on whatever they can get hold of that is eatabl way. to look after and protect the patriot citizens of North They have to live on wild game, mostly." and South Carolina; but when we get down into Sputh "'l'hat is bad!" said Mark Morrison; "to think of the Carolina we have some work of a special character cut having to live in swamps!" out for us." "We'll catch Tarleton and the men of his gang, a "What is it?" stick their heads in the mud of those same swamps a


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. smother them to death!" declared Bob, with absolute seriousness, whereat the other youths laughed. "I mean it!" the youth declared; "it would serve them right-be just about the right fate for them." "I believe I'd rather assist in stringing them up to the limb of a big oak or elm tree," said Sam Sanderson. "Any way will suit me, I guess; just so we get them," said Bob. The youths remained there till it was time to eat supper, and then they ate their frugal meal, after which they mounted and rode onward toward the South. "It is so hot in the middle of the day that we will ride about half of each night, from now on," said Dick. "We'll ride all night and half the day, if you say so, Dick," said Bob; "I will just say that I, for one, am itch ing for a chance at 'Tarleton, the Butcher,' and his band of butchers I" "And I! And I!" was the cry from the rest. CHAPTER III. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" MAKE A. GOOD BEGINNING. One evening, about ten days later, a party of men sat around a camp-fire in the woods bordering on the Santee River, in South Carolina. The point where the camp was located was a little opening in the timber, but all around was the forest. It was very open timber, however, rthere being scarcely any underbrush, and it was easy for horses to make their way through. There were and are ;i. lots of swamps in South Carolina, but there were none in the immediate locality of which we write. oi This party of men was a portion of the force of the terrible Tarleton, and they had been on a plundering ex pedifam. This was evidenced by the number of horses they had, there being three or four to each man, and by the lot of articles tied up in tablecloths, quilts and blankets, e which were lying near at band. I "Nothing at all--excep' get killed, ez he did I" was the reply. "An' sarve 'im right, I say I" from another; "cuss 'im I He hit me a nasty crack with the butt uv his m-.sk8'. Et wuz glancin' er et would a-be'n all up with me.11 "W aal, he won't hit yo' no more, Jim, so yo're ahelid uv 'im, ennyhow/' from a comrade. "Whut'll his folks do, d'yo' s'pose ?"still another queried. "I dunno," replied the dark-faced, fierce-looking fellow. He was the leader of this little band, and his name was Robert Gunderson; but his comrades always called him. ''Black Bob." "Don't keer, eether, hey?" from one. "Waal, I don' keer mutch whut becomes uv ther ole woman an' ther kid, but I kain't say ther same UT tber gal, i)tella. She's ez purty ez er picter, an' I've erbout made up my min' ter make her Mrs. Gunderson I" Exclamations escaped the 1ips of the majority, while a few laughed aloud. They were the ones who did not stand in awe of their black-faced leader. The laughter angered him and he glared about him like a tiger at bay, and snarled out: "Waal, whut air yo' fellers a-he-hawin' er bout? Whut is thar ter larf er bout, ennyhow ?" "Ther idee uv yo' a-thinkin' uv shinin' up ter gal, Bob!" replied one, boldly. "Why, yo' air ole enuff ter be her father, an' she is ez sweet an' purty ez er peach, w'ile yo' air--" ''Ez homely ez a mud fence, hey? Waal, I may be a1l thet, but I don' like ter be tole erbou t et, d'yo' heer ?u "Oh, yas, I heer, all right; but et don' make no diff'runce tcr me, Black Bob. Yo' hain't my boss, yo' see, an' I sez jes whut I please, whether yo' likes et er not!" "Cuss yo', Joe Snively, I've er good min' ter put a bullet through yo'; thet's whut I hev !" and he made a motion a;; if to draw a pistol. "Don' yo' do et, Bob!" came warningly from the ot.her. "Don' yo' do et, ef yo' wants ter live ter be ther husban' uv thet leetle gal I" He half-rose as he spoke, and it looked as if there was going to be a duel between the two, offhand, but sud denly there came an interruption. k The men were, in the main, Tories; though there may Out from the shadow of the trees dashed nearly a s have been a few British among theLi, and they were talking hundred horsemen. They came forward with a rush, le and laughing, and recounting their recent experiences and and were upon the frightened Tories almost before they bragging of their achievements with great gusto. knew what was taking place. In the hands of the riders "Say, old man Somers made a great fight to-day, didn't were bright-bladed swords, and as they rode over the he?" said one big fellow, dark-faced and fierce-looking. Tories the swords flashed up and down, and the Tories rn "Yes, he did," from another; "but he was a fool to fell to the ground, split almost to the waist, in many inr n fight, for what could he expect to do against thirty of us?" stances.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDEHS. As they da s h e d onward, across the opening, a wild cheer perhaps a mile when they suddenly came upon a scene went up from the lips of the fierce riders. "Down with which made them pause, involuntarily. the king!" was the cry. "Long live Liberty!" 'l'he riders-who were no other than "The Liberty Boys of '76," brought their horses to a stop, and whirling around, dashed back toward the fire, ready to cut down any of the Tories whom they had missed in the first sweep. But they had missed only one-Black Bob Gunderson-and The embers of a burned farmhouse were near at hand, only a few yards from the road, and near the ruins, seated on the ground, sobbing as if their hearts were broken, were two women and a boy of perhaps ten years. "Say, this is terrible!" said Dick; "something terrible has taken place here, to-day. Wait a moment, boys, while as they started back they caught sight of this individual, I go and investigate." who was running with all possible speed for the shelter Dick leaped to the ground and made bis way to where of the trees. the three sat, or rather crouched, and when he drew The "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to a wild yell, and near them he saw that tho form of a man lay on the a dozen swerved aside and rode after him, drawing their ground before them. A suspicion of the dread truth came pistols and firing quickly as possible; but if the fugi-to him. tive was hurt he did not show it, for he kept on running and went out of sight among the trees. "Come on, fellows; follow me I" cried Dick. "We will not stop here. We will go on down the road a mile or so farther and will then go into camp." "What about the dead men .back yonder?" asked Bob. "'l'hey are 'I'arlcton's Butchers," was the grim reply; "and if they are buried, their friends will have to do it. That fellow who got away will see to it that they are attended to." "That's so; I suppose he will." The "Liberty Boys" had reached the neighborhood where we now find them, only a few minutes before they made the deadly swoop upon the Tories. They had caught sight of the camp-fire and Bob bad crept over and made an investigation; and when he returned and reported that it was a band of Tories, and probably a portion of the force under Tarleton, Dick had quickly made up bis mind to strike them a blow. They had rode slowly and silently through the timber till they came to the edge of the opening and then had charged out and across the opening, cutting the frightened and demoralized Tories down, mercilessly. "There bas been bloody work here!" he thought; "doubt less the man is dead, and likely he the head of this family I have little doubt that this is the work of those fellows we ran across, back up the road-and I hope that it was they who did it, for if such is the case they have already been punished." The three were so engrossed with their sorrow that they

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. 7 the ascendency here in South Carolina, this terrible man Dick heard this talk with interest. "Where is this joined Tarleton's band and was made one of his lieutenieland ?" he asked. and to-day he came here with his force and went "It is about two miles from here," the girl replied; away, leaving things as you see them now-oh, my poor, "it is in a big swamp, and there is only one way of getting poor husband!" and the woman sank on her knees be-onto the island-only one little, narrow strip of solid side the silent form once more. ground leading to it, and if we were on the island I think "Oh, mother, dear mother, please do not give way to we would be safe, for I don't think there is a Tory in the your grief again!" pleaded the other woman, who was, neighborhood who knows how to get to the island, or, however, as Dick could now see, only a girl of not to indeed, knows of its existence." exceed eighteen years; "be brave, mother dear! We canDick was silent a few moments, thinking. He and his not do any good by giving way to our grief." "You are right, miss," said Dick; "it will be better to accept the situation and bear up as best you ea:r,i. I can sympathize with you, for the Tories murdered my father four years ago. I know about how you feel." "Liberty Boys" were now practically at their journey's end; they were in the very region where Tarleton and his band of butchers had been and were doing their terrible work; here was where the work of the "Liberty Boys" would have to be done, and while doing it they would "Oh, that was indeed terrible!" said the girl, her voice have to have some sort of hiding place-headquarters-trembling. "Oh, this cruel, cruel war!" where they could retire in case they were hard pressed "We are fighting for our freedom, miss," said Dick, and where they could feel reasonably safe if attacked by quietly, "and to people who are doing that the loss of lives superior numbers. This island the girl spoke of might be does not cause so much pain as when they are killed by the very best place in the world for tMm to have their mu:rderers in times of peace; we feel that we are losing headquarters, and by being there they could protect the cur lives in a good cause, and even though we may not hrn women, who could, in return, do what cooking was live to get the benefits, somebody will." needful and thus both parties would be benefited. Dick "That is true," the girl assented. decided to suggest the matter, anyway, and see what they "But the loss of a loved one is hard to bear, under any 1.hought of it. He did so, and both the mother and circumstances," the woman said .. "That is true, loo," acquiesced Dick; "but, now, what can we do to aid you? What will you do? Where will daughter approved of the plan; indeed, it was easy to see that tbey were overjoyed to think that they were to be protected in the future by this party of one hundred you go?" determined-looking young men. Their voices trembled "I hardly know," the woman replied, mournfully; "we as they thanked Dick for suggesting the plan, and when have no relatives in this part of the country, and very he told them who he was and who the others were, they few friends. The majority of the neighbor-s are Tories, were even more greatly pleased, for they had heard of Dick and the few who are not are in constant fear of their Slater and the "Liberty Boys." lives, as we have been, and there is every likelihood that So it was decided, and when Dick told the youths what to-morrow may see them forced to go through with the they "ere going to do, they were well pleased also. "It same experience that has overtaken us to-day. So it would a good scheme, Dick," said Bob; "we will have to haye be folly to go to any of them-and it would not be fair to some place for headquarters, and this promises to be a them, either, as it would prove them to be Whigs, and splendid retreat. I don't think we could do better if we their Tory neighbors would mark them for prey at once." were to hunt for a month." ''That is too bad," said Dick; "what can you do, then?" rrhis was the view taken by all the youths, and it was "Mother, why may we not go to the cabin on the island quickly decided to put the plan into execution; but before in the swamp?" the girl asked. "You know what I mean. leaving, it would be necessary to bury the dead man. Dick The cabin that father had built three years ago, but which asked the girl where a spade would be found, and she sent we thought we would not have to occupy." the boy to the stable, which had not been burned, and he "We would be reasonably safe there," said the woman; brought a spade. It was a trying ordeal for all hands, but "but we would starve to death, Stella." Mrs. Somers-that was the woman's name-and her "No, we wouldn't, mother. I can use a rifle as well as daughter and son bore up remarkably well, and at last any man, and I could kill enough wild game to supply the entire party was moving away in the direction of the us with all necessary food." timber, which was half a mile distant.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDEUS. 'l'hey reached and entered the timber, and the three led the way, the youths following, leading their horses, fer it would have been awkward work riding as the limbs lrung low and there was considerable underbrush. "Will it be possible for us to take our horses across the island, Mrs. Somers?" asked Dick. t'Yes," was the reply; "the strip of solid ground is a1'out three feet wide, and a horse should be able fo make ils way along it without much difficulty." "How large is the island?" he asked. "'Oh, it is quite large-there must be as much as ten acres of ground." "That is good!" After a walk of three-quarters of an hour they came to the edge of the swamp. The three continued in the lead, and the youths followed in single file, leading their hrses. The animals snorted in a frightened manner, at :first, their instinct seeming to warn them that danger threatened them, but presently, finding that the ground under their feet was solid, they moved along willingly eJtongh. The pathway crooked and turned and wound this way and that, so that it was at least a mile by the path ty the island, while not more than two-thirds of a mile by direct line. This was not a bad feature, however, Dick reasoned; the more crooked the path the harder it would be for the l:l'ories or redcoats to follow it if they tried to reach the isial'td. Near the centre of the island, where two large trees stood, was a good-sized cabin, and toward this the party made its way. CHAPTER IV. "BL.ACK BOB" DOES SOME SPY WORK. "I wonder who and what they are?" he thought. "They are demons to fight! Ugh! just look out there! I will wager that not a one of the boys is alive! I don't _see how I escaped." He remai:q_ed hidden behind the tree till the youths rode away, and foen he came forth, and, advancing, stood and gazed about him upon the dead bodies of his late comrades, with eyes of horror. "Every one dead!" he muttered, huskily; "not a single mother's son uv 'em is alive! Jove whut if they should take it into their heads to come back? They may have left one behind to watch and see if I showed myself! I guess I had better not stay here or I may lose my life Most all the boys hev money in their pockets, though, an' I'm not goin' to go till I git et, even ef I do hev ter run the risk uv gittin' cut down." He hastened from body to body and rifled the pockets, siopping every few moments to listen. He was afraid he would be interrupted, but his fears proved to be ground less, for he finished his work and got back within the friendly shelter of the surrounding timber without hav ing been bothered. He breathed a sigh of relief and then muttered, half aloud: "Well, whur shall I go? I'm afraid ter go back to Tarleton, now, an' tell 'irn thet I lost all my men. He would shoot me as like as not. No; I must go somewhur else an' wait till I git hold uv somethin' in the way uv news thet'll he'p me ter make peace with 'im. But whur kin I go ?-I know. I'll go ter thet cabin on ther islan'-ther cabin Dave Somers built three yeers ergo. He hed no idee ennybuddy but his own folks knowed ennything erbout et, but I did; an' now my knowledge'll come in handy, fur et'll giv' me a good place ter stay fur u while till I fiJ?.' out who an' whut them fellers air whut cut ther boys down. An' when I fin' thet out I think I kin go ter Tarleton an' make peace with 'im fur losin' ther hays." Black Bob hastened away through the timber, and after half an hour of brisk walking reached the point the path led toward the island. Jfe had been across If ever there was a surprised, horrified and at the several times, but was not yet very familiar with the same time terrified man, it was the leader of the band r.rooks and turns, so had to go slowly. He fin&lly reachof Tories that had been slain by the "Liberty Boys," Black Bob Gunderson. He had escaped being cut down almost as if by a miracle, and as the horsemen swept over and past him, he struggled to his feet and fled for his life. He succeeded in reaching the timber, after being fired at by several of the "Liberty Boys," as we have seen, and feeling that he was now safe he took refuge behind a tree and watched the strangers. ed. the island, however, and with a breath of relief walk ed rapidly toward the cabin. He had almost reached the cabin when he was startled by a loud, fierce cry which came from overhead, and looking upward in alarm Gunderson saw a long, tawny body shooting down toward him from off a limb, about fifteen feet above his head. He knew what it was in. a:Q instant-a panther! It had been lying on the limb o1


THE LIBEHTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. the big tree and had seen the man approaching, and had marked him for its p.rey, without a doubt. But Black Bob bad lived in this country for many years, and was, indeed, a bunter and trapper before he became a butcher under Tarleton, and he had encountered too many panthers to be badly frightened. He was not nearly so afraid of wild beasts as he was of human enemies. So now he was prompt to act. He leaped aside with wonderful quickness, and the panther missed its intended prey, striking on the ground with considerable force. Black Bob had his musket in his hands, and had cocked it as he made his leap, and now he stuck the muzzle of the weapon against the ani mal's side and fired. A heavy load of buckshot entered the panther's side, and penetrated to the heart, making a fatal wound. The animal gave utterance to a terrible screech, and began rolling, leaping and tumbling about in its death-struggle, and it would have gone bard with Black Bob had he gotten in reach of those terrible claws; but he was too shrewd for that, and had instantly leaped back out of the way, after firing. He knew what would follow the shot, for it was not the first time he had done a thing of this kind. The panther soon ceased struggling, however, and tumbling over, straightened out and breathed its last. Black Bob advanced and looked down upon the dead animal, and then gave the carcass a kick, with the remark: You tackled the wrong feller thet time, didn' yo ?" Then after a few moments he added: "I wish yo' wuz er deer instid uv er no-'count painter. I would hev sumthin' ter eat, then." 'rhen he entered the cabin. By leaving the door open he was enabled to see to get around very well, the moon light .flooding in and lighting up the interior of the cabin fairly well. At one side of the main room, built against the wall, were a couple of bunks, and Black Bob said to himself that he would be able to rest quite comfortably here. Presently he closed the door and threw himself down in one of the bunks. He lay there for perhaps half an hour, but could not get to sleep, and finally rose and stepping to the door, opened it and looked out. What he saw almost froze the blood in his veins. Com ing across the open space lying between the cabin and the edge of the swamp was a party of at least one hundred r men. The men were leading horses, and instinctively Black Bob realized that this was the band of strangers who bad exterminated his own party only a short time l before. f "And there are a couple of women with them/' he eaid to himself. "Ha! I'll bet ennythin' they air Mrs. Somors an' Stella! Yes, thet's who the wimmen air! But great guns! I'll hev ter be gittin' erway frum heer, er et'll be all up with me! I wunder ef I kin slip out uv ther door without them seein' me?" Black Bob decided to try it, anyway, as there was no other means of exit from the cabin, and eeizing his mua ket, he slipped through the open doorway; and hasteniiig along the side of 'the cabin got around the "I don' b'leeve ennybuddy saw me," thought the Tory, with a sigh of relief; "but I'm goin' ter hev ter look out, er I get erway frum beer safe. Them fellers is dan gerous customers, er I'm er liar! They air ther iame chaps ez cut my boys down, I'm sartin, an' thet shows they air bad ones ter fool with." Black Bob haidly knew what to do. He felt that the safest place for him would be to get back to the maa land; but he wished to learn who the strangers were, and where they were from, if possible, and was impelled to re main near the cabin, in the hope that he might succeed ht learning what he wished to know. He presently decided that the best thing he could d-0 would be to get away, for the present, however, and the.a return to the vicinity of the cabin later on, after the 12ew comers had ceased examining their quarters and had set tled down. Having thus decided, he hastened away across the open, being careful to keep the cabin between himself and the party. He reached the little fringe of timber growing around the edge o.f the island, and took refuge behind a tree, with a breath of relief. "I'm all right now," he mmmured. "Thunder! I thought I was getting away from them fel lers by comin' ter this heer islan', but et seems I on'y ru inter danger by doin' et. I never thort uv the fellers ru11nin' ercross Mrs. Somers an' Stella." I Black Bob remained in biding or an hour, at least, during which time he saw the strangers moving about, and finally he saw that they had gone into camp. The horses had been tethered here and there, and were eatin: the grass with a relish, and at last the Tory made up his mind to try to approach the cabin and encampment close enough so that he could overhear the conversation of th1 strangers, and thus learn who and what they were. In pursuance of this plan, he left his place of conceal ment and stole forward. He reached the cabin at last, an took up his position near the corner, and waited in the hope of hearing something that would be 0 interest to him, and of sufficient importance so that he could retuni.


TH.I;; LlBEHTY BOYS' SEALED ORDEllS. to Tarleton without being in danger of losing his life on Stella, and that Dick and some of his comrades should oc-account of the fate which had overtaken his men, and for which Tarleton would hold him responsible. \ He had been in his new position only a few minutes when he was suddenly startled by hearing footi>teps behind him, and he whirled around-to find himself in the grasp of half a dozen of the men w horn he had come here to spy upon. CHAPTER V. "BLACK BOB" A PRISONER. When Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys," following close upon the heels of Mrs. Somers, Stella and Sam, reached the cabin, the first thing that attracted their at tention was the dead panther cupy the large room. Dick decided to do this, but iusisted on fitting up the two bunks in the small room with some of the "Liberty Boys'" blankets. The woman and girl protested that they could get along with leaves and small boughs to lie on, but Dick would not hear to this. "Such beds are good enough for us fellows," he said; 'and you must accept of the blankets. We will soon get I plenty more, for we are going to visit the homes of some of 1 he 'l'ories of this vicinity and levy toll on them, ag Tarleton has been doing with i.he patriot people-only we will not burn houses and murder people. We shall simply take food and such articles of clothing and furni ture as we will need here. 'l'his cabin shall be nicely and comfortably furnished in a short time." Dick had instructed the boys to keep a sharp lookout for the man whom he was sure was lurking in the vicinity, and perhaps an hour after they had gone into camp one of the boys came to Dick and told him that a man was slipDick and Bob examined the carcass, and found that ping across toward the rear of the cabin, he having come the brute had been shot, and only recently at that. forth from the strip of timber at the edge of the swamp. "That means that some one has been here very recent ly," said Bob. "You are right, Bob; and the chances that the per son, whoever he may be, is still on the island." "Yes; he was probably here when we reached the island, but I'll wager he isn't here now." "He is on the island, I'll wager, Bob; but if he was in the cabin he probably took fright, and :fled when he saw "Don't interfere with him," said Dick. "Let him reach the cabin, and then we will make a sudden dash around and capture him." The youth nodded, and went back to tell his comrades what to do. Thus it happened that Black Bob, while fancying that he was playing the spy successfully, had been seen, and was himself being watched closely. And then, as we have seen, a half dozen of the youths suddenly us coming." made a dash around the corner of the cabin, and seized Some of the "Liberty Boys" had looked in the cabin the Tory, who was taken wholly by surprise. a.t once, by Dick's direction, and had reported that it was He struggled fiercely, and was such a powerful man that empty. he gave the boys quite a tussle, but he could not get free, "Well, whoever he is, we ought to try to recapture him," and they soon had him subdued. They tied his hands said Bob. together behind his back, so as to make sure he would "We will catch him, never fear, Bob." "How are we going to work it?" "I am going to station three or four of the boys at the entrance to the path leading to the shore. Mrs. Somers says there is no other way of leaving the island, and we will be sure to nab him when he tries to escape." "That's a good idea; but you had better get the boys stationed there as quickly as possible." not be able to do any damage, and led him around to where the rest of the "Liberty Boys'' were. "Well, who are you?'1 asked Dick sternly, as be eyed the prisoner searchingly. "Find out!" was the fierce reply. "Very well; I shall do so. Bob, tell Mrs. Somers to come out here." Black Bob started, and then spoke up: "Yo' needn't "I shall send them at once." min'. Ef Mrs. Somers is beer yo'll fin' out who I am, ennyHe did so, and then rested easy. "He can't get .away way, so I mought ez well tell yo' myse'f. My name's Bob from us now," he told Bob; "so we may as well get to work Gunderson." and make arrangements for a permanent camp." There were two rooms in the cabin, and Mrs. Somers mid that the small one would do for herself and daughter "Ah! Then you are the man they call 'Black Bob?'" Gunderson started, and gave Dick a fearful look. "I guess I'm ther feller," he replied, slowly. L _____


-----------TUE LI.BER "Then you are the cowardly scoundrel who was in command of the force of Tories who ourned the home of the Somerses, and murdered Somers!" Dick spoke very sternly. The face of the prisoner paled. "Well, an' ef I amthen whut?" he asked, with an attempt at bravado. "You ask what then?" "Yes." l "You are wise in so deciding," said Dick. "Otherwise you would never leave this place alive." "Say, bow did yo' fellers come ter know I wuz behin' ther cabin, ennyhow?" asked Black Bob curiously. Dick laughed. "We are hard fellows to fool when it romes to finding out whether or not there are enemies around, Black Bob," he said. "It was really simple, how ever." "Then I'll tell you. You have done enough cruel, fiend"I don' understan' how yo' knowed ennybudd.y wuz iRh work to-day to earn for yourself the hangman's rope, aroun'." and there is only one thing in this world that will keep Dick smiled. "That was a pretty good-sized panther you from ending your days in that manner." "What is thet?" It was evident that Black Bob was be ginning to be very much frightened. "You are a member of Tarleton's band, aren't you?" Black Bob hesitated, but Dick stamped his foot, and said sternly: "Straight, truthful answers to all my q"estions is all that will save your neck, Black Bob. Answer at once." "Waal, yes. I'm a member of Tarleton's band," was the slow, hesitating reply. "Exactly. And you know considerable about him?" "Waal, ye-es." "You know where he is now?" Dick made this as a you shot here under this tree, Mr. Gunderson," he said, in a calm, matter-of-fact way. Black Bob started, and an exclamation escaped him. "Uv course," he cried, in a disgusted tone. "Whut a fool I wuz! I mought hev knowed thet ther dead panther would tell yo' somebuddy hed been heer not long afore yo' come." "You are right. Why, ihe panther was scarcely cold yet. We know that somebody was here on the island, and I sent some of the boys to stand guard at the entrance to the path leading to the mainland. You could not have escaped if you had tried \ Black Bob stared at Dick in a wondering manner. positive statement, yet he said it in such a way as to im"Waal, I'll be jiggered!" he gasped "I guess yo' fellers ply a que.stion, and Black Bob stammeringly asknowledged .air erbout ez smart ez they make 'em, hey?" that he did. "Oh, it was all simple and plain as a, b, c." "Good!" exclaimed Dick. "Now lell me where Tarleton's place of rendezvous is." Black B,ob hesitated, and then said: "I couldn't iell 'JO' jes' whur et is, espeshully ef yo' hain't familiar w .. h this part uv ther ken try. Yo' wouldn't know enny more er bout et than yo' did afore." "I suppose you could show us where it is?" The man looked worried. "Y as, I could do thet," he fdmitted reluctantly. "But you wouldn't like to do so, eh?" "Yer right erbout thet. Ef Tarleton wuz ter fin' out I scch er thing, et would be all up with me." "Well, it is going to be all up with you, anyway, so ou might as well make up your mind to show us where arleton's headquarters is. By so doing you may escape t rith your life, as Tarleton will have to catch you before '.le can hurt you, while I already have you, and will hang rou if you refuse." Black Bob was evidently worried He studied for a "Waal, ter ennybuddy thet is used ter readin' wht is wrote in thet fashun et wuz easy enuff; but et hain't cverybuddy ez kin do et. Lots uv ther ordinary sojers wouldn't ever a-thort uv thet ertall." '"British soldiers would not, perhaps; but there are very few patriot soldiers who would not have known how to interpret the finding of the dead panther." "Mebby yo' air right." "I am sure I am; and now, Black Bob, how many men has Tarleton?" The man shook his head. "I kain't say. Sometimes he hez more'n one hunderd, an' the:r;i at other times he hez five er six hunderd. He keeps 'em scattered out in parties, an' so et hain't very often thet they air all with 'im at ther same time." '"I understand; but about what is the average number that is on hand, as a rule?" "Waal, I should say erbout two hunderd "Good! We can handle two hundred, I think." Black Bob looked around, and made mental note of w minutes, and then said: ''I guess I'll do whut yo' the number of the young patriots "There hain't more'n ants me to." er hunderd uv 'em," he thought "Blazes, but thet. feller


12 TH.E LIBBR'l'Y BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. mus' think they air fighters, ef he thinks thet one hllnand Bob immediately. behind him, pistols in hand, and derd kin whip tw6 hunderd uv Tarleton's men." the rest frllowing closely, the party made its way throug 1 He had yet to learn that the "Liberty Boys" were more the timber. terrible as fighters than even the men of the terrible TarleThey walked onward at a fair pace for an hour or ton. Dick ordered that Black Bob's legs be bound, and and then they came to the mouth of a dark and narrow de then he was placed at a little distance, where he could not file. Here Black Bob paused. overhear what was said, a.nd Dick and his comrades held a council of war. "We must make a lively fight against Tarleton, and put a stop to his terrible work, or at least check it," said Dick; "and I am in for going after him at once, if he isn't too far from his headquarters. What do the rest of you say?" The rest were in for it. "The quicker we get a chance at Tarleton's butchers the better I shall like it," declared Bob, and the rest nodded their heads to signify that they thought the same way about the matter. "I will go and ask Black Bob how far it is to 'l'arleton's headquarters," said Dick. He did so, and returned with the information that the fellow said it was about five miles. "That isn't far," Raid Rob. "We can leave our horses here and go afol t "I think that will be best," agreed Dick. I will leave five or six of you boys here to keep guard, and see that no one comes here to bother Mrs. Somers and her daughter." Knowing that all the boys wished to be of the party that went after Tarleton Dick cut slips of paper and marked on six of them. The slips he placed in his hat, and all drew. ('The ones drawing the slips that are marked will remain behind," he said. In this way there could be no ill feeling, and the six who drew tho slips, while disappointed, had nothing to say, but acquiesced. Half an hour later the "Liberty Beiys," with Black Bob for a guide, started on their dangerous adventure. Dick had warned the Tory. "If you make an attempt to escape it will be your death warrant,'' he told the iellow. "I shall keep a pistol in my hand, and will shoot you with as little compunction as if you were a mad dog." Black Bob protested that he would not think of such a I thing as trying to escape, but he lied even as he said it, for that very thought had been in his mind, and even After the warning._ he said to himself that he would escape if he g9t the shadow of a chance. The party wended its way in single file along the narrow, .-eoked path, and presently succeeded in reaching the rinland. Then, with Black Bob in the lead, and Dick "Yo'll hev ter be moughty keerful frum now on," he 8aid to Dick. "This heer gully leads right up ter Tarle ton's headquarters." "How far is it?" asked Dick. "Erbout er half mile." "And there are sentinels on guard at the point where the gully reaches the encampment?" "Yas, thar's allus two men on guard thar." "So I supposed. Well, lead on. Go slowly, and when I tell you to stop, do so." "All right: come erlong." They moved forward, and walked steadily onward for about a quarter of a mile. Dick was just on the point of telling Black Bob to stop, when the scoundrel suddenly leaped to one side, and darted into the opening leading to a little side ravine. It was so dark in this little ravine that the fellow was out of sight in an instant. Dick gave utterance to an exclai;riation of anger and half raised his pistol to fire, but lowered it again, and said to Bob, who had started to do likewise: "No, don't fire. It will give Tarleton warning. Let us see if we can catch the slip pery rascal." They darted into the ravine, and followed it a little ways, only to quickly make up their minds that it would be folly and only a loss of valuable time to catch Black Bob, so they gave up the chase and hastened back to where the rest of the boys were. "We will move forward at a double-quick, fellows," said Dick, "and try to get to the encampment ahead of Black Bob, and surprise Tarleton. Come on." Dick bounded away up the gully, followed by his brave "Liberty Boys." They might be going straight into a death-trap, but they did not hesitate. They had come thie far, and they would not go back without having some sort of a fight with the enemy, if enemy there was. Onward they dashed. CHAPTER VI. TARLETON IS GIVEN A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE. Black Bob was a daring and tricky scoundrel. He bad made up his mind right from the very first that he would try to escape, ana he had done so.


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED Ol:WBHS. 13 He did not believe that Dick and his comrades would boss is heer, an' whur he is. Thar's er ban' uv rebels comin' 're upon him as he leaped away, for the very reason that up ther gully ter attack yo' uns !" hey did not-the fear that they would warn Tarleton that "Thunder!" ilanger was near. The result proved that his judgment as good, and he chuckled aloud as he dashed uown the little ravine. "Safe!" he muttered; "I'm er free man, an' I kin git er Tarleton afore they kin, an warn 'im; an' w'en they ome we kin give et ter 'em in er way they won't like! Ha, ha, ha! they didn't know who they wuz foolin' with "''en the y thort ter make me do jes' whut they wanted e ter do!" He did n\5t follow the ravine far, but turned sharp to one side and bounded up the side. It was not so steep nt that he could do this without much trouble. Reachtng the summit he started down the slope beyond and ran at the best speed of which he was capable. Down the F lope and up trnother he ran, and this slope was much longer than the other, so it was hard work getting up it, iHe finally succeeded, however, and below him he saw fires which signified the presence of a party of men in camp. I "He is here, shore enuff !"the man panted. "Waal, I'm tve minutes ahead uv them thar rebels, an' thet ought ter give Tarletoi:_ enuff warnin'." Dow:n the slope he started, at a good pace, but it was -rv&ry steep and his pace grew swifter in spite of his efforts to check the speed. Downward he dashed, faster and faster, and then his foot tripped over a stone and he a somersault forward and went rolling over and f ver un.til he reached the bottom, where he came within an ace of rolling into one of the camp-fires which had been built close to the wall of the bluff. A dozen men were seated not far from the fire, talk and laughing, but the sudden descent of the human Feteor put a stop to this, and they leaped to their feet n amazement and terror, and drew pistols. "Who in thunder air yo'?" cried one. "An' whut d'yo' [ ean by tumblin' in onter us in this heer fashun ?" The newcomer leaped to his feet, and, wild-eyed and exclaimed: "I am Black Bob Gunderson! Whur is Tarleton?" "Black Bob!" "Great fish-hooks!" "Whut's ther matter?" "Whur's ther res' uv ther boys?" Such were a few of the exclamations given vent to, but lack Bob uttered an impatient cry. "I hain't no time er answur

The men knew this was no idle threat, and they turned of the basin was reached. "Down with the king!" th their faces toward the gully, and at this instant a body shouted after the fugitives; "long live Liberty!" and th of men came rushing out and toward them. Before the they turned and made their way back across the basin Tories could fire, the newcomers poured a terrible volley the mouth of the gully. Here they paused, and Dick to into their ranks, and a number of Tarleton's men went the boys to reload their muskets and pistols. down, to rise no more. "They may take it into their heads to return and give "At them cried the loud, clear voice of Dick Slater; a :fight," he said; "and if they do we will be ready to gi ''at the scoundrelly Tories, and shoot them down like them a warm reception." dogs!" The youths reloaded their weapons, doing so in a r A wild cheer went up from the "Liberty Boys." "Down markably short space of time, and then they stood ther with the king!" they cried. "Long live Liberty!" and listened for quite a while. Not a sound could the Forward they dashed, and having fired their muskets hear to indicate the presence in the vicinity of the Torie they drew their pistols and fired four volleys, one after the however, and so Dick, feeling satisfied with the result o other, in rapid succession, almost before the Tories could the expedition and encounter, gave the order to start o realize what was going on. Tarleton roared out for his the return trip to the island. men to "Fire!" but his voice was drowned by the noise "I'm afraid that they might try to get back to th made by the firing, and his men did not hear the comisland and meet us there when we get there," he said t mand. A few of them did draw pistols and fire a few Bob; "you know, Black Bob is with Tarleton, and know scattering shots, however, but did no particular damage. all about the island and how to reach it." Dick Slater was a youth who had the qualities which "That's so; but I hardly think they would think to try make a great general. He was as cool, always, as if seated any such gatne as that, Dick. They are too badly fright beside the camp-fire eating his supper, and this enabled ened." him to see just how matters were going. He realized that he and his brave "Liberty Boys" had the Tories "rattled," so to speak, and that all that was necessary was to follow up the advantage they had gained and give it to the scoundrels while they had the opportunity, so he cried out for the youths to "Charge bayonets!" The Tories heard the command, and were seized with a terrible, an overpowering fear. Who were these ter "'l'hey were scared, sure enough." "Why, I never saw such a rattled gang in all my life! And those were some of the terrible Tarleton 'butchers,' too!" "I guess they think they have encountered a rather lively crowd," smiled Dick. "There can be no doubt regarding that: Say, I wouldnt rible :fighters? they asked themselves, and then they made have believed we could charged right into their strong-up their minds that it would be folly to try to stand before hold, and fought them to a standstill, and then put them them, and, turning, they took to their heels and ran like to flight without them doing us some serious da1nage, scared rabbits. would you, Dick?" 'I'arleton shrieked and yelled for them to stop and stand "No; I was greatly surprised. But we took them pretty their ground, but it is doubtful if the men heard him; or, much by surprise, and they were sleepy and muddled, and if, hearing him, they understood. Certainly they did not we got them dazed, and so it was easy to keep them from obey the commands, but continued running with all their doing any damage." might. It was evident that they were mad with fear, and "Two of the boys were wounded slightly and that is that nothing could stay their headlong flight. Indeed, all the damage the Tories inflicted, Dick." Tarleton was run against and upset once or twice by his "We got off very lucky, indeed." own men, and realizing that be would soon be left alone, The party made its way down the gully, and, emergand that there was little doubt that he would then be caping from the mouth, started through the timber. The tured, be, too, took refuge in flight, and cursing bitterly youths had thought it possible that the Tories would try at every leap, be ran in the same direction taken by his to ambush the:m at the mouth of the gully, but nothing men. The victorious "Liberty Boys," uttering wild cheers, followed at the heels of the fleeing Tcries, and cut down a number of them, but finally paused when the farther side was seen or beard of the enemy, and they moved onward through the timber, in high spirits. They walked onward for an hour, and then began to look around for the point where the path led to the island


TUE LIBETITY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. 15 n the swamp. They were moving slowly along, looking arefully, when they were suddenly startled by a loud oice, which called out: "Halt! Stand where you are and give an account of yourselves! Who are you, and what are you doing here? Don't attempt to do anything rash, for we have you surrounded; and at the first at tempt to use your weapons shall open fire Answer! Who and what are you?" CHAPTER VII. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" ARE SURPRISED. fellows who did it!" The tone was fierce, accusing and tlirea tening. "A family has been murdered, and their home burned and pillaged!" The voice trembled and almost broke for an instant, and Dick, who was skilled in reading things in the tones of the human voice, said to himself that the speaker was greatly moved by some emotion. "Probably sorrow," the youth said to himself; "he is in all prob ability a friend of the murdered family." And the a thought struck him. "Perhaps he has reference to the Somers family!" he thought. "If so, I can speedily fix matters with him." .Aloud he said: "Do you have reference to the Somers home and family?" "Yes, yes!" was the reply. ".Ab, I knew I was right! You are the cowardly, the dastardly murderers; and, oh, Dick and his comrades were taken wholly by surprise. but we will wreak a terrible vengeance upon you! Not They had not suspected the presence in the immediate vicinity of anybody save themselves, and the words of the unknown speaker startled them not a little. There was something in the firm ring of the clear, resonant voice that told the bearers that the owner of the voice was a fellow who ineant bu s iness. They knew, without having seen him, that he was one whom it would be dangerous to fool with. Dick was a very shrewd youth, however. He somehow got the idea into his head that the speaker, whoever he might be, was not an enemy, and he called out: "We have no intention of trying to use our weapons, so you need not think of opening fire. .As to who and what we are I think we are friends." one of you shall leave this place alive!" "You are quite mistaken," said Dick. "We are not the party that did that." "Who did it, then?" "A party of Tarleton's butchers." "I was sure of that; but I am also sure that you are some of those same butchers!" "No, you are mistaken. We are patriot soldiers; and, in fact, we put to death every man of the party that burned l\[r. Somers' home and killed him, with the exception of one man, who escaped us." "Who killed Mr. Somers, you say?" "Yes." "'l'hey killed all the members of the family, did they "That remains to be seen. What are you, patriots or not?" Tories ?" "No; Mrs. Somers and Stella and Sam are alive and This was all the cue Dick needed No redcoat or Tory 5 a.fe." would speak of the patriots as "pa trio t s ; they would, without fail, addressed them as "rebels"; so Dick had no hesitation in answering: "We are patriots; and now, who and what are you?" "You say you are patriots?" ignoring Dick s question. "\Ve are." "Humph! Do you know, I b e liev e you are lying?" This was frank, c ertainly, but ins tead of getting angry, ".Are you speaking the truth?" The tone of the speak er';; voic e was thrilled with feeling. It was plain that the owner of the voice was stirred by some strong emotion. "Of course I am speaking the truth. Why shouldn't I?" "I don't know; but if you are not Tarleton's men, who are you?" "Did you ever hear of "The Liberty Boys of '76 ?" asked Dick. Dick laughed-muc h to the surprise of Bob, who was "Yes, yes!" was the reply; "but you are not-surely angercc1 and r e ady to fight at the drop of the hat-and he you are not, you cannot be 'The Liberty Boys of '76?'" called out, in a c alm, pleasant voice: "l assure you, sir, that we have not told you anything but the truth. Why "And why not?" "Becau s e they have operated in the North. They are &honlcl you think we are doing otherwise?" not in the South." "Because a horrible outrage has rec e ntly been com"'l'hat is where you are mistaken. We are certainly the mittcd in this neighborhood, and I believe you arP. the 'I,iberty Boys,' and we are in the South."


THE There was no immediate reply from the unseen speaker, A few moments later the youths were confronted by a but the youths heard the murmur of voices, and it was eviparty of young men of about their own age, who came out dent that several of the s trangers were conferring together in an open space where the moon shone down through and and talking the matter over. lighted things up. Dick saw that their number did not "They don't know whether to believe us or not, Dick," exceed fifty of the young men, and turning to their leader said Bob. he said, with a smile: "You were pretty bold to attempt "I judge you are right, Bob." to hold up a party of twice your strength." "I, wonder who they are, anyway?" remarked Mark Mor"We were desperate, and ready to fight to the death," rison. was the reply; "but are you, indeed, the noted scout, spy "I don't know," said Dick. "One thing is certain; if and fighter, Dick Slater?" they are friends, and I think they are, they may be of "My name is Dick Slater; the rest of it y ou can l ean service to us in our campaign against Tarleton." off." "That's right." "Oh, but we have heard of your doings, even away down Just then the voice was heard again: "You say that here in South Carolina; and, do you know, I am glad tha :Mrs. Somers and Stella and Sam are alive and well?" I can say that I have met you. And these are the 'Libert "Yes," replied Dick. "They are alive and well." "And only Mr. Somers was killed, then?" "Only Mr. Somers." "Where are Mrs. Somers and Stella and Sam?" "Well, now, I'll have to tell you something, my friend," said Dick quietly. "I shall answer no such uestion as that until after I have been assured that you are their friends. How do I know that you are not their enemies, who wish to know where they are in order to do them inBoys?' and he indicated the youth s "Yes, these are the 'Liberty Boys.' Then the young man, HaJ.TY Martin, got ba c k to th s ubject nearest his heart. "You have not yet t old m where Mrs. Somers and Stella and Sam are," he s a id. "They are not far from here." "But where?" "They are on an island in the swamp." "On an island in the swamp?" jury?" "Yes." "Why, good heavens, man! I am to be the husband of Then an exclamation escaped the lips of the youn Stella Somers, so you may know that we are their friends." man. "I know now," he declared. "Stella told me, "Aha! So sits the wind in that quarter," murmured long time ago, that her father had built a cabin on a Dick, while exclamations escaped the lips of his comrades. i s land in the swamp, for them to retreat to in c a s e th "I more than half suspected it." Aloud he said: "So Tories got too bad, and I judge that is the pla c e wher you are Stella Somers' affianced husband?" "I am," was the firm reply. "What is your name?" "Harry Martin." "Where do you live?" they are now." "You are right; at least that is what the y told m e that the cabin had been built by Mr. Somers for a retrea in case they wer e forced to leave their own home. "It is the same place. And, say, Mr. Slater may I an "Two miles from here, and about the same distance my comrades accompany you there?" from the late home of the Somerses." "Certainly; and I will say that I am very glad that w "Who is with you?" ran across you, Mr. Martin. We were sent down h e re b There was silence for a few moments, and then the the commander-in-chief to protect the patriot families o reply came: "A lot of young men of the vicinity, who this vicinity and to make things warm for Tarleton an have joined me to aid me in visiting revenge on the heads his butchers, and as we have only one hundred men, w of the villains who murdered the Somers family." shall be glad to have your assistance, if you can see yo "Very good; supposing we all step out and ::how our-way to joining us selves? We are friends, so there is no need of being so "We shall be only too glad to work in conjunction wit careful." you, Mr. Slater," was the prompt reply. "We cannot "Very well; I am willing. I feel sure, now, that you with you all the time, but we live near at hand, and have told the truth, and that you are the 'Liberty Boys,' always be ready to flock to your assistance, if you nee as you said." us." "You are right; we are the 'Liberty Boys.' "Well, that will help but, of course, it would


better if you could be with us all the time; then l should have again more men whom I could depend upon." "Well, it may be that the majority of the boys can be "Very well; that is satisfactory," said Dick. When Stella Somers found that Harry Martin had come slie was delighted, and Dick saw to it that the lovers with you steadily. I can, and will remain with you-had an hour to themselves in the house, with no one to after going home and explaining things to the folks, of bother them but Stella's mother, who was very careful to rourse-and I doubt not that many of the boys will do have work to do in her own and Stella's room, leaving the the same." two together in the big room It is unnecessary to set "Yes, yes!" was the cry from a number. down in detail what the two said; it may safely be left to "Well, come along, and we will talk the malter over the imagination of the reader. Suffice to say that when at greater length after we have reached our encampment the interview was Harry emerged from the cabin lookon the island," said Dick. "We are on our way to heading radiant. He was undoubtedly very happy. '!'he recent quarters now, after a successful encounter with Tarleton death of her father, whom she loved with all a daughter's in his rendezvous up in the hills." love, cast a damper over her spirit!>, of course. The two parties of young men now made their way Harry and his comrades then took their departure, he along, talking in the most friendly way imaginable, and first assuring Dick that he would return, and stating it Dick told Harry :Martin, who walked by his side, the story as his belief that the majority of the boys would a:lso come of their attack on Tarleton, and how they had routed his back. force completely, killing and wounding quite a number. The young men were gone perhaps twenty minutes Harry was delighted, and expressed himself to that when they came llmrying back. effect. "Jove! I wish I had been along with you!" he exclaimed. "I would like to get in a few blows on rrarle ton's men for the sake of Stella, whose father they mur dered." "What is the trouble?" asked Dick, as they drew near. "We couldn't get away," was the startling reply. "Tarle t0n and a big force are on guard at the end of the path where it reaches the mainland, and I was told to come back "Stay with U$, and yon will get the chance," said Dick, and tell you, and to say that you might as well sunender, quietly. as you could not by any possibility escape!" "That is just what I shall do." "Tarleton and his men, eh?" remarked Dick quietly. They moved onward, going slowly, for Dick did not "Well, it does look a. bit dubious for us, doesn't it?" kw:iw exactly where the path was that led to the island, and had to search for it. Finally it was found, and the two parties crossed to the island. "What success did you have, Dick?" asked the sentinel eagerly. "The best in the world, Tom," was the reply. "We found 'l'arleton, and routed his men, killing and wounding CHAPTER VIII. TAR!.ETON IN A RAGE. n number, and not one of our boys was killed, and only "I should say that it does," agreed Harry, a blue look on two slightly wounded his face. "Hurrah! That is good! I wish I had been along." "Well, there is one good thing about this," sllid Dick, "1 wish you could have been with us, Tom." I "and that is that Tarleton's men can't get across to the They passed on, and were soon at the oabin. It island in sufficient numbers to do us any hurt." now past midnight, and 1frs. Somers and Stella retired, "No; but neither can you get off the island; and they so at Dick's invitation the youths decided to remain till say that they will remain where they are, and keep up the morning, as Ilarry did not wish to disturb the slumberE siege, and that you will be forced to surrender on account of the two, and neither did he wish to leave until after he of not having food or water." had seen Stella. "So that's their scheme, is it?" "We will remain here till morning," he said; "and then "'e will go to our homes and have a talk with our parents, and as many of us as can will come back and join your force, and stay with you as long as you stay in this part of the country." "Yes; and it seems to be a good one, doesn't it?" Dick nodded, a reflective look on his face. "Yes, it does seem to be a good scheme, a winning scheme," he slowly. one never knows what may be done till one tries. We may be able to get off the island in


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED OHD.Ens. some manner without having to go by way of the path Dick, I'd give a farm if we could do that and attack the over which they are keeping watch and ward." scoundrels when they were not expecting it. \\"ouhin't Harry shook his head. "I have lived in this part of the that be great?" country all my life,'' he said "and I know something about these swamps. ''I don't believe that you could possibly get through anywhere save where the solid path is. The mud is like glue, and once it gets hold it refuses to let go. It keeps sucking whatever it get hold o. down ward un,til it is pulled clear under. I have known where "It would, indeed, Bob." "Let's look closely, old man. If there is a way of get ting off the island and gettinp at 'rarleton's butchers I want that we/ shall find it." "And so do I." horses, cows and hogs have been lost in this manner." Tarleton was perhaps as mad a man as ever live1l when A sober look settled on Dick's face. "It does seem as he finally succeeded in getting his frightened and deif we are in for it," he said slowly. "Still, we will not moralized men to stop their headlong flight, after lhey despair. One thing is certain, we shall not surrender to had been attacked and routed by Dick Slater and his Tarleton until after we are fully convinced that no other "Liberty Boys." course remains to us." "That's the way to talk, Dick," said Bob. "The scoun drel would murder u;; all in cold blood, anyway, and I, for "Oh, you cowards!" he almost shouted. "You poor, mean, miserable, chicken-hearted poltroons! To run like a pack of sheep, or-or-rabbits, from a gang ihat was one, don't approve of surrendering even as a last resort. inferior as regards numbers to your force! Oh, you-you Jf we find there is absolutely no way of escape for us, then -pusilanimous curs! I feel like murdering the whole lot we can make a dash across the path, and try to kill some of you! To think that Tarleton's men-with Tarleton of the butchers before our own lives." himself in command-should be driven away in such a "I am with you in that,, Bob," declared Mark Morrison, fashion by a gang of youngsters! It is maddening-!" and the rest of the youths nodded to signify that they, 'l'arleton was, indeed, in a terrible rage. He tore his too, thought the same way. hair, and almost foamed at the mouth. 'rhe men were At first Dick thought of keeping the knowledge of silent in terror. They did not know what he might do. the danger which threatened away from Mrs. Somers and They did not put it beyond him to put his threat into Stella, but finally he made up his mind that we would and murder them all; and in such awe did they have lo tell them, sooner or later, anyway, so he told them &land of him that he could doubtless have done this had why Harry and his companions had returned. The two h'" so willed; but after a while he became calmer, and showed that they were brave by not taking on to any very could talk in a moderate tone of voice. 'l'hen he ordered great extent. "We will hope for the best," said Mrs. Somthe men to follow him. ers. "We will return at once," he said, ''and if by any Dick at once began making arrangements to sec if chance we should find those there you arc to there could be anything done to checkmate the 'rories, go at them, and not let up till every mother's son of 1.hem who, as the matter now stood, seemed to have decidedly is dead-do you hear? No quarter! Kill every one of the best of the situation. them! And the first man of you who shows the white He stationed sentinels along the strip of solid ground at feather will be shot dead by my own hand. Do you hear?" various points, for a distance of two-thirds of the way across the mainland. "Now, if they should try to sneak in upon us they will get the worst of it," he said with satisfaction. "H we can't get away, they can't get at us, 'rhe men he. ard, and understood, too. They realize!l that they would have to fight to the death if they again en countered the party that put them to flight. They made their way back to their encampment, but so we are not in as bad shape as we might be." found that the enemy had gone. And if the truth were Then he called to Bob to come with him, and they made known the majority of the Tories drew breaths of rclie:ll their way over to the edge of the island, and began making when they found that this was the case-though they were careful examinations of the swamp all along. "It might careful to make the breaths of relief inaudible, so as to be poRsiblc that we could find another point where we guard against Tarleton hearing them. could cross to the mainland," he said. Tarleton strode about, looking at the dead men and lis"We might find another way of getting off the island, tening to the groans of the wounded as their comrades true," said Bob. "Jove! I wish we could! Do you know, were moving them to points where they could be taken


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDBRS. 19 care of, and muttered to himself, and shook his fist at "Yas." imaginary foes. The men were very careful to keep o:ut of "And that was the way they learned where my bead-his way, for they did not know but to attract his attenquarter s i s eh-you led th e m here?" There was deadly tion to them might result in their losing their heads. menace in the tone, but Black Bob felt that it was a case Pres e ntly a thought struck Tarleton, and he called out of "in for a la!llb, in for a sheep," and !lO he acknowledged for Blac k Bob Gunderson to come to him at once. Black that that was the truth. Bob tremblingly obeyed. "I guess ez how 't I'm in fur "But I didn't inten' ter let 'em git er chance at yo'," et now!" he thought dismally. "Blaze s but I wisht I he hasten e d to say; "I made up my min' thet I would wuzn't beer!" l e ad 'em purty near beer, an' then git erway an' come But he was there, and had to face the music. "Whut all warn yo', so thet yo' could be ready for 'em an' kill d'ye want uv me?" he asked as he approached. He had ther hull gang." already made up his mind that if rrarleton attempted h Tarleton was silent for a few moments, during which draw a pi s tol or sword he would take to his heels and run time he was thinking rapidly. Black Bob watched him for his life. closely and anxiou s ly. He did not know as yet whether "How did y ou know those rebels were coming, Gunor not he was to be forced to dodge a bullet or the sweep derson?" was the s harp brusque query that came from of a sword blade. Presently Tarleton looked up and fixed Tarleton's lip s Black Bob with his eyes. "W'y, you s ec, I wuz with em," he stammered; "I--" "You were with them?" There was a rising inflection, and surprii;e and anger commingled, in the tone of Tarle"You say you were captured on an island in a swamp?" he asked. "Yas." ton's voice as he ask e d the question. "What is your opinion? Will these fellows, whoever they "Yas, I wuz with 'em. Yo' see, I wuz made er pris'ner are, take up their quarters there for any length of time, by 'em, an'--" "You were made a prisoner?" "Yas, an--" "Stop! Where are your men, Black Bob?" do you think?" Black Bob nodded. "I'm shore they will," he said. "What makes you sure of it?" 'Cause thar is er cabin on ther islan', an' et is a :fine 'l'he man was frightened, but he made up his mind place ter hev headquarters." to tell the truth, and so he replied: "They air

20 'fi{E LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. "I doubt not that you are right; and there is little doubt that they have gone straight back to the island." "Oh, uv course thet is jes' whur they went." "I suppose y(:.m can lead me to the island?" queried TaJ>leton. "Oh, yas !" replied Black Bob, eagerly. "I know ther way." "Good But when we get there is it possible for us to take them by surprise ?" Black Bob shook his head. "No, yo' kain't do thet," he said; "an' whut is wuss, yo' kain't git at 'em ertall." "Can't get at them at all?" Tarleton was s urprised, and puzzled as well. "No." "Why not?" "W aal, yo' see, this heer islan is connected with ther mainlan' by jes' one narrer path, an' et would be im posserble fur us ter git ercross ter ther islan' without bein' shot to peeces. The sentinels would see us an' give ther 'larm, yo' know, an' ez we'd be all strung out in er string, they'd hev ther 'dvantage uv us." "But couldn't we wade through the mud and all reach the island at the same time and make a concerted attack?" Black Bob shook his head. "No; ther mud thet rounds thet islan' is diffrunt from mos' places I hev ever seen. Et is jes' like glue, an' wunst et gits holt et holds on like grim death. I got stuck in et wunst, right clost ter ther edge, ez luck would hev et, an' by gittin' hol' uv er bush an' pullin' myse'f ashore, an' leavin' my boots behin' I managed ter escape. Yo' see, et sucks things right down inter et. W'y, I've seen hogs an' even cows an' hosses go down in thet mad, cl'ar outer sight!" "A sort of quicksand as well as mud!" Tarleton ex claimed. Then he studied a while, after which he ';I have it. We will go and guard the path where it touches the mainland, and not let any one come ashore. the pathway, as he was the only one who knew its croor: and turns, and that worthy returned after an absence f half an hour and reported that the path was guarded r two sentinels and that it would be impossible to reach tl island without arousing the force there, and being she' down as they came. "Very well," said Tarleton; "we will not make d attempt, but will camp right here and keep them coope up on the island till they are starved into surrenderin{ It will be slower, but safer than attacking, and will b all right, on the whole." i He placed four sentinels on guard at the entrance : the path, and then the rest of the force wrapped theID selves in blankets and want to sleep. 1 Next morning, after they had eaten breakfast, the seD. tinels caught sight of a party of men approaching along th: pathway, and sent word to their commander. He toll them to let the newcomers come on and if there were no too many of them, to let them come ashore, where the; could be captured, but one of the sentinels accidentall : exposed himself to the view of Harry Martin, who a once took alarm and would not come any farther; arn finally the Tory leader was for.ced to give up the idea n e:apturing the party, and so he came out and had a ta] with Harry. and told him to return to the island aw tell the man in command that they were to be kept ther till they were starved into surrendering. This Harl'. did, as we have seen. All that day the Tories remained on guard and no on could possibly have got ashore by way of the path. An! all the following night they remained on guard, but th next morning, just as it was coming daylight, they we1 treated to a surprise They were just getting ready t have breakfast when sudaenly a terrible volley was poure into their ranks, and a score went down, dead an1 wounded. Those rebels will run out of food and water soon, and will "Up and face them!" roared Tarleton, rushing out o then have to surrender. That is the game to play, and his tent. "Give it to them! Give them no quarter!" it will work, without a doubt." "Yas, et'll work, I'm shore," agreed Black Bob; "one thing is sartin, they won't be able ter git off'n thei' islan'." Tarleton, as soon as the dead men had been buried, detailed a few men to remain in the encampment to take care of the wounded, and then with the rest set out for the island in the swamp. They reached their destination about two o'clock in the morning and immediately went into camp in the timber at the edge of the swamp at the point where the path led to the island. Tarleton sent Black Bob on a scouting expedition along CHAPTER IX. A WONDERFUL .A.CHIEVEMEN'. Dick and Bob had searched closely for some way o getting to the mainland other than that afforded by tb path, but they were baffled. The mud seemed everywher unbroken by any solid spots, and a test soon sh(>wed ther


THE LIBER'rY BOYS' SEALED ORD}!]HS. 21 t it would be folly to try to wade to the mainland. A which they threw into the swamp, end upward, was 'ckly sucked down and disappeared from sight. They looked at each other blankly. "I pity the man at gets stuck in there, with no aid at hand!" said Bob. 1You are right," agreed Dick; "it would be the end of "Let's see," mused Dick, aloud; "it is about threequarters of a mile to the mainland, isn't it?" "Just about." "That will be a long, tiresome climb, won't it?" "Yes ; but I think we can make it, all right." "So do I. We won't mind being made tired; if we succeed in getting away from here and get a chance to ".And such an end!" Bob shuddered. "Ugh! to be give those Tories a surprise." othered in such a place as that!" "You are right; and when will we make the attempt The two stood and stared into the mud for ten minutes to get to the mainland, Dick?" "thout uttering a word, and then Bob turned his eyes Dick pondered a few moments, and then said: "I think ward. Presently he gave utterance to an exclamation. we had better wait till night to make the attempt, don't "What is it, Bob?" asked Dick, looking at his com-you, Bob? If we were to try it in the daytime some ion, questioningly. of the Tories might see us and then they would stand Bot pointed up at the tree-tops. "Look, Dick," be said, on the shore and shoot us like we were squirrels, as we o you notice that the tree-tops are very close together, came climbing through the tree-tops." d that, indeed, in most cases they are intertwined?" "I judge that you are right about that." Dick started and nodded. "You are right, Bob," he "I think so. In the daytime some of the Tories are id, with considerable of excitement in his tone; "the likely to be walking along the shore and they would be ees are very thick in the swamp, and the branches the almost certain to see us; but at night they will all be 1 mingled together." asleep excepting the sentinels who are stationed at the "That's right; and-what do you think of the idea, end of the path. They won't be looking for us to come ick ?" from any other direction, you know." "You mean the idea of reaching the mainland by climb"So they won't. Well, I think your plan is the right g from tree to tree?" one. It will be harder climbing through the tree-tops "Yes." in the dark, and more dangerous; but I think we can do Dick did not immediately reply. He walked along the it all right." ore, looking up in the trees earnestly and searchingly, r seT eral minutes. Then he returned to where Bob s standing, and said: "Bob, I believe it could be done I" The other nodded. "I think so, too," he said. "But it will be a very difficult job." "So it will." "And a dangerous one, too." "Yes," with a glance at the mud and a shudder. "If e of the boys was to fall out of the tree into the mud it uld be all up with him." "Likely; but-I think we will make the attempt to to the mainland, Bob !" l'he youth nodded approvingly. "I think it is the thing do," he agreed. "Yes ; for if we stay here and make no effort to get ay, we shall be forced to surrender; for we have but little food and water." "You are right." "And I'm not going to surrender, if I can help it, 11" "I don't blame you." "I am sure we can." "Will we be able to take our muskets?" "I hardly think we had better try to carry them, Bob." "We will wear our swords, though?" "Yes; and we will have our pistols-four to each fellow. With these and the swords we should be able to make it plenty warm for Tarleton's butchers, talcing them by surprise, as we shall be able to do." "You are right." 'l'he youths went back to the cabin, and Dick i.-Old the youths what he had decided to try to do. It met with the approval of all, and Harry Martin and his men said they believed it be practicable. "I'd never have thought of attempting such a thing," said Harry, "but I think we can do it, all right, for the trees are awfully thick, and the tops are locked together in most cases so tightly that it is hard to tell which branches belong to one tree and which to the other." All agreed with this. "I believe we can do it," saia Mark Morrison, and the others all nodded assent. Then Dick told them that they would not make the at tempt until after dark, and explained his reasons for


not starting at once. All thought it wise to defer the atfalling into the swamp and not having assistance in tempt till nightfall ting out again. The youths began figuring on how long a time it woUld This having been decided, Dick climbed a tree take them to reach the mainland after starting, and there grew right at the edge of the island, and, leaning outw was considerable difference of opinion. mingled its top branches with those of another tree tw "It will be an exceedingly slow job," said Di'Ck; "you feet out in the swamp. He was followed by the yo1 see, we do not know the route, and may have to turn back and try and try again, time after time; and it is my opinion that it will take us pretty much all night to get across." 'rhe o!-bers said that they had an idea Dick was not fitr wrong, and they felt that they had a hard task ahead one at a time, and he succeeded in getting across int top of the other tree without much difficulty. "l believe we are going to be able to do it, all rig he said to Bob, who was right behind him "I hope so, Dick; and I think so, too." Then the work began in reality; and hard of them. They were brave and determined youths, how-proved to be. It was slow at the best, and time ever, and they looked forward to the affair with eagerness again, after going quite a ways, Dick found that he rather than dismay. 'rhey took things easy throughout the day, and laughed, talked and sang songs. It is probable that the Tories over on the mainland heard them singing, and, if so, they must have wondered at it. Dick, however, improved the opportunity to talk with Harry Martin, and secure all the information possible regarding the lay of the country in the neighborhood, and regarding the people-as to who were Tories and who patriots, etc. Harry was well posted, and was able to give him all the information he needed. At last night came, and Dick left ten of the boys on not get from the tree he happened to be in to any ot and had to turn back. In this way a great deal of I was lost, and the progress toward the mainland was s By the time they were halfway across, it was midni and it was evident to all that it would be sun-up be they reached the shore It was fortunate that they thought to bring some water lunch, otherwise would have suffered greatly. About midnight Dick ; the word back along the line that they would halt e nough to eat their lun c h, and the word was received 1 1 joy by all. They were sadly in neE'd of rest, and ex. the island, for he feared that the Tories might make an while eating. attempt to get at them some time during the night, and They waited perhaps half an hour, and then the cl he wished to have a sufficient number of the y0aths there was resumed. It was slow work a:nd hard work, but so that they could make the enemy think all were still youths were not to be daunted, and they stuck to it. '1 on the island. The Tories must not be allowed to suspect had the satisfaction of h.-nowing that they were gradu that the youths had got off the island. nearing the mainland, and they pleased themselv They left their muskets, and then Dick and Harry thinking of how they would surprise the Tories by. Martin had a brief talk with Mrs. Somers and Stella, telltacking them suddenly when they were not expec ing them to rest easy. "We will be back some time before anything of the kind. noon to-morrow," said Dick, "and you will be perfectly safe here." "Oh, Harry! you must be careful!" said Stella, her eyes growing misty as she thought of the fact that her lover was going into danger. "I'll be careful, little sweetheart," he said gently, as he Dick had sized the affair up just about right wh had said that he thought it would take them p much all night to get across to the mainland; it was yet sun-up when he finally got across and climbed d upon the solid earth of the niainland, but by the the youths had reach e d the spot the sun was up, tho drew the beautiful girl to him and gave her a kiss; "don' t they could not s e e much, as yet, on account of bein fear for me. I will be back, safe and sound, to-morrow." thick timber. "Oh, I hope so! I pray so!" Dick was anxious to strike the Tories before they t Then the youths made their way to the edge of the up and wide awake, however, and he at once led the' swamp, on the side toward the mainland, and got ready toward their encampment. He had given the youths for their great task. It was decided that Dick should instructions the day before, so did not have to waste take the lead and that he should be followed by the rest, time talking to them now. All he had to do was to in single file, as in that way there would be less danger the way, and they followed, pistols in hand, read) of some of the boys getting lost or losing their lives through make the attack at the word from their young comma.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED onm:ms. 23 last they came in sight of the Tory encampment. ories were just beginning to stir around. Some were g ready to make fires to cook their breakfast, while a good many had not yet got up, but were lying hed out on their blankets, sleeping e "Liberty and their allies, the young men Harry Martin, crept up till they were within easy -shot distance, and then at a signal from Dick they d a volley in among the unsu s pecting Tories. The created terrible confusion among the Tories, and ran around and jumped about like chickens with heads cut off, until the voice of Tarleton was heard rate, and the enemy was demoralized. Tarleton tried to get his men to brace up and show serious fight, but they were seemingly incapable of doing so. Dick bad his eye on Tarleton, and worked his way across till he was in front of the "Butcher." "Have at you, you cowardly scoundrel!" cried Dick, and he attacked the Tory commander :fiercely. "If I can kill him it will be the best thing that can happen in this part of the country in many a long day," the youth said to himself, and he set to work to do this. D ick was a fine swordsman. He had never had the benefit of instruction from a good swordsman, but he was gout orders for them to face the enemy and to "Give naturally good at such things, having a quick and accurate them!" and "Give them no quarter!" CHAPTER X. RLETON'S BUTCHERS" ARE SURPRISED AND ROUTED. eye, and above all a cool head, and he had more than once got the better of some good British swordsman; so he did not think he would find the partisan chieftain his superior. Nor did he; Tarleton was not Dick's superior-indeed, he was not his equal, but he was so nearly so that he was able to defend himself successfully for several minutes. k realized, however, that even though the Tories Dick kept encouraging his youths by cries to "Keep at b d h t t l t t t h h d th d them! Give it to them!" and all the time he was atm ere is par y a eas wo o one, e a e a ge, by reason of having taken them by surprise, and st no time in following up his advantage. harge, 'Liberty Boys !' he roared. "Charge, and s you go! Give it to the cowardly scoundrels and erers !" e youths dashed forward with the force of an avae, firing as they went, and cheer after cheer went ollowed by the battle-cry of the "Liberty Boys": n with the king! Long live Liberty!" tacbn;; Tarl e ton most furiously. Tarleton was almost wild with rage, and kept shrieking to his men to "Stand your ground! Kill the rebels and it was ipdeed an interesting, not to say sen sational spectacle to see the two commanders there, :fighting a deadly duel, while their men were engaged in a deadly conflict at the same time. Presently the Tories got enough, however, and began fleeing for their lives. First they went in ones and twos, leton waved his sword and yelled like a madman, but soon the entire force was in flight; and seeing this, e reports of the pistols drowned his voice, and his Tarleton, with a bitter, snarling curse, suddenly leaped were really in as bad a muddle as they would have had he not been there. 'l'hey did not seem to know to do, and some of them stood staring in stupid terror advancing enemy, and were shot or cut down, for uths, as they drew near the enemy, drew their swords egan using the deadly weapons with great vim and Dick, who was watching things closely, saw that Martin and his comrades were fighting like demons. will become good 'Liberty Boys,' he said to him" are fighters, and no mistake." e of the Tories managed to get their wits sufficiently upon the youths, and one or two of the youths went but not a great deal of damage was inflicted comto what the "Liberty Boys" were doing. backward, and, whirling, ran with all his might in the direction taken by his men. "Here, here Come back and finish the duel like a man!" cried Dick. "Don't run like a coward! Not one of my men shall lift a hand against you; and if you can kill me you shall go free!" But this offer did not tempt Tarleton. Doubtless he had grave doubts regarding his ability to kill the youth; or he may have doubted the good faith of the speaker. At any rate, he did not offer to come back, but ran with all possible speed, and soon disappeared from sight, among the trees Dick and his braye "Liberty Boys" and their allies had won They had put the Tories to flight; had out-butcherinstant they were in among the Tories the youths ed the terrible "butchers." They were delighted,.and gave cutting and slashing with their swords, at a great utterance to cheer after cheer to celebrate their victory.


24: THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. The Tories heard the cheers, and ran all the faster. to prevent them from again being penned up on the They thought it meant that they were to be pursued. half the force should remain on the mainland. The Dick went to work to make an inventory of the casualof this force would be to keep out scouts in all dir ties. He found that sixty-three Tories had been killed s0 as to discover the Tories if they attempted to app and wounded-forty-two were dead and twenty-one woundand to notify the ones on the island. They were to ed, some very seriously, some only slightly. Of the "Libkeep guard while the other portion of the force l'isite erty Boys," two had been killed and three wounded, while Tory homes of the neighborho0d in search of furnitu Harry Martin's men had lost two killed and six were the cabin and food and provisions of all kinds. wounded. Of course, the deaths of the four youths caused "If we are to wage successful warfare against Ta considerable sorrow among their friends and comrades, and his butchers, we must get in good shape for it/. but it was the fortunes of war, and the "Liberty Boys" Dick; "so we must lay in a good supply of prol'isio especially had long since learned to look upon such things the island, and then, if forced to do so, we can r as to be expected, and a matter of course. They knew that to the island and bid defiance tei the enemy." it was impossible to engage in battles without losing some 'l'he others acquiesced in this view of the case. of their number, but they had the satisfaction, as a general must make it so warm for Tarleton that he will w thing-and as was the case this time-of knowing that get away from here, Dick!" said Harry Martin. the enemy had a great deal more to be sorry for than they scoundrels have done enough damage to the patriot p had. of this neighborhood." A grave was dug and the four youths were buried, and then the nine wounded ones were carried across to the cabin on the island, where they could be taken care of. Mrs. Somers and Stella were of great assistance in this work, and they worked over the youths and gave them tender care, indeed. Among the wounded Tories was one who had been struck on the head by a bullet; it was a glancing stroke, and So it was decided, and half of Dick's force remain1 the mainland, while the other half took up its aoof the island; but it did not settle down there to take {1easy. Indeed, it was the force that was to do the [ and it immediately began its work of visiting the' homes of the vicinity and levying upon such arti

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. 25 evening a great deal had been accomplished. The They made their way onward to their headquarters in on the island had been furnished with articles of the basin, and had only just reached there when the ture taken from Tory families, and by some things by friendly, patriot people, and a great amount of sions had been carried to the island and stored for use. wounded man, whom Dick had sent after them as a mes senger, got there and gave Tarleton Dick's message "All right," said the Tory commander; "fifty of you go back at once and bury the dead and bring the wounded e are now in pretty good shape to begin our camhere." against 'Butcher Tarleton,' said Dick, with a of satisfaction, as they were eating supper that even i n front of the cabin. o we are," agreed Bob Estabrook; "and if we don't him wish he was somewhere else, it will be very The men improvised some rude litters and set out, ar riving, as we seen, and, after burying their dead and taking their wounded, returned to their headquarters, ar riving there about the middle of the afternoon. Several partisan forces had put in an appearance while they were gone, and now there were about three hundred e "Liberty Boys" were chock full of confidence in men on hand. Tarleton was not yet satisfied, however. abil ity to administer a thrashing to Tarleton, and He had had two tastes of the quality of the wonderful eager to get after him again. Dick told them that young stranger "rebels,'' and did not intend to be caught would soon have the opportunity of giving Tarleton a third time, if he could help it. He would wait till he his butchers more than one severe blow. "We must had such a superiority of force that the "rebels" would not ow and take things easy, and be careful, however," have any chance for their lives, and then he would hunt id; "we don't want to get in such a big hurry as to them down and kill every moth er's son of them. Oh, ook something and get into trouble. We must make but he was raging! He told his officers that nothing that the other fellows will have all the trouble-or short of the utter annihilation of this audacious body st the greater portion of it." ou are right, Dick!" said Harry Marti.n, and the rest o dded to signify that this was their way of looking CHAPTER XI. TARLETON RETREATS TO CIIARLESTON of "rebels'' would satisfy him. "We must wipe them off the face of the earth!" ha cried, fiercely; "it shall not be said that Tarleton was defied and whipped by a band of youths who have not yet grown beards! Zounds! when I think of what hail alr e ady happened I am ready to do murder!" He sent out runners with instructions to hunt ap all the parties of Tories that it was possible to find, and bring them into the encampment "I want five hundred men,'' he said; "and then we will' go out and hunt those scoundrels up. Remember, when the time comes, they are to have no quarter! We will kill every one of them en 'I 'arleton found his men had been whipped a second every one! Not a one shall be left to tell the story!" b y t h e audacious young strangers, he was almost wild During the rest of the afternoon several small parties r age He called a halt as soon as he could do so, vf Tories came in, and as each party put in an appearance tried to get his men straightened up sufficiently so Tarleton's satisfaction and delight grew, and he became they could go back and meet their conquerors, but better-natured and less like a wounded tiger or a bear t his a difficult task with a sore head hem fellers ai r reg'lar demons, I tell yo'!" said one "Aha! tliings are working all right!" he exclaimed wit h a disma l shake of the head; "an' I don't think again and again; "we will soon be in shape to teach those ed bet ter fool with 'em ontil arter we hev got a lot insolent rebels a lesson!" men'n we hev got now." He decided to do nothing that night, but to wait u ntil rleton l ooked aro und upon the faces of the rest and the next, as he would have another entire day in whic h that thi s w as the gen era l verdict, so he r eluctantly lo get in more par ties of his men. This was where h e up t he id ea o f r et u rning and visiting vengeance on made a mistake-but then, he did not know who he was eads of t h e da ring youths who had treated them so dealing with. Had be known that the party of audaci o us ly. r ebe ls" wer e the "Liberty B oys,'' he might have bee n


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. more on his guard and made more haste to get in the and keep firing on them. In that way we will be first blow. kill quite a number, and it will worry Tarleton co able." Meantime, Dick Slater had not been idle. As we have Dick made his way back to where he had 1 seen he and his brave youths had put in most of the day youths, and told them what he had seen, and what securing provisions for use on the island in case they were tended doing. They were ready for work, and th forced to retreat to it and stand a siege. But as evening stole forward, going in the same direction Dick ha cnme, and they had not seen or heard of the 'I'hey were soon at the top of the bluff, and it w1 'fories, he made up his mind that he would at least make to see that a goodly portion of the encampment was an attempt to strike the enemy a blow that night. He mui>ket-shot distance of the youths. spoke to the youths about it, and they were eager to make Dick gave the youths their instructions. "All lhe attempt. liberate aim," he said, "and when you have done s "Tarleton may not be looking for us to do anything so give the word to fire. We want to down as many bold," said Bob, "and in that case we will be able to give ble at the first volley, as they will not give us much him a surprise and get in a hard blow." at them afterwards." "That's the way I look at it," agreed Dick. The other youths an said the same, and so it was de-could in the darkness, determined to bring as man cided. 'l'here was no doubt of the fact that Tarleton had as possible. Dick waited till they had time to sec 'fhe youths realized this, and took as good aim gone back to the basin where he had his headquarters, and then he gave the word to fire. they thought. He would feel secure there, because of hi8 Crash-roar! The volley rang out loudly, so superior force, and would not think it necessary to change even louder than under ordinary circumstances, his location. night was still, and those who heard the sound w Dick left ten of the youths to keep guard over the path <'xpecting anything of the kind-that is, the on leading to the island, so as to protect Mrs. Somers and upon were not. Stella, and then with the rest set out for the stronghold Th 11 d'd d bl d th 'tl: e vo ey i cons1 era e amage, no w1 1s of Tarleton. They knew the way, and had no difficulty the youths had to take aim in the darkness, and in arriving in the vicinity. Then Dick went forward to at least, of the Tories went down. spy upon the Tories. He took the same course that Black Instantly all was l:!Xcitement and confusion in Hob had taken the other night, when he had escaped and cnmpment. The Tories ran this way and that, went on to 'farleton's camp and wai;ned them that an en majority seemed to know 1.hat the volley had be from the top of the bluff, and hastened to get awa "It is certainly a shorter way than the other," thought that vicinity. emy was coming. Dick; "and then I will be able to look right down iu tlie camp from the top of the bluff." He went up the little side ravine a short distance, llien climbed the steep side and made his way acros::i in Lhe direction of the encampment. Down the slope anJ up the one beyond he went, and then he suddenly found. him self at the top of the bluff looking down into the Tory encampment. He remained there fifteen or 1.wenty minutes, taking "The rebels! The rebels!" was the cry, .and 'l came hastily out of his tent and began issuing o a great rate. "Up and to arms!" he cried. "Mak to repulse the rebeH Stand your ground! Don't you did the other night, for if you do I shall sh dead, one after another, with my own hand." The men seized their weapons, and then began :fi at the top of the bluff, though their chances for note of everything. "Jove! He has a lot more men than anyone were, of course, slim. he had the other time we were here,'' thought Dick. "He Di'ck ordered the boys to reload their muskets as bas been getting reinforcements." as possible, and when they had done so he led Dick made an estimate, as well as he could, of the numaround the edge of the bluff to a point a third of ber of me.,n in the camp, and decided that there were at around the basin. Here he called a halt, and feeli least three hundred. "Oh, well, that is all right," he said dent that quite a good many of the Tories were to himself. "I do not intend to mix it up with them this musket-shot distance, he gave the order to take ai time, but we will simply stay out a ways in the darkness, youths did so, and then Dick gave the order to fir


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. 27 ar of the volley rang out, and a number of the Torieo it possible for all to fire five volleys, counting the muskets, provided they all fired each time; but. by dividing the arge!" roared Tarleton, leaping forward and leadYolleys up, and having only one-half the force fire at a e way, sword in hand. "Charge the scoundrels be-time, he could double the number of volleys, making it ey have time to reload their muskets." Tories followed their leader, with wild yells of They were angry, because of the deaths of a num their comrades, and were eager to get revenge. e slope they came, at the best speed of which they apable, and when they were half way up there came r volley from the pistols of the "Liberty Boys" this 1 and a number of their men went down. possible for them to fire ten, instead of five. This was what was being done now, and it was proving very effoctive, for the Tories were running up against a force the equal, or possibly more than the equal of their own. Tarleton was urging his men to continue onwm:d, and 'rns yelling at the top of his voice and threatening what he would do if they refused, when suddenly another volley was poured into the ranks of the Tories. This threw h wild yells, the Tories continued on up the slope, them into great disorder, and some started to fiee back 0 receive another volley, which dropped some more down the hill in spite of the wild commands and threats ir tracks. Still they pressed forward, yelling like from their maddened commander. Dick, who was watch1 and Tarleton, who was in the lead, cried out in a ing affairs closely, realized that here was a chance to get in t nt voice: "Forward, my brave boys! They have a crushing blow, and he suddenly yelled out, at the top ff all their weapons, and can't give us another vol of his voice: "Ch,uge, 'Liberty Boys!' Charge the scoun orward, and cut them to pieces!" drels, and sweep them off the face of the earth! Give it cely had the words left his lips when there came to them!" r crashing roar from the top of the bluff, and a Instantly the youths bounded over the brow of the hill, r of the Tories went cfown. The enemy hatl more and darted down toward the Tories, at the same time fir-than Tarleton had thought. ing another volley from their pistols. ver mind; that ends it!" cried Tarleton. "The} "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" they cried. Up and at them! Give them DO and then cheer after cheer went up. 'fhey were young, a11d had good lungs, and they made as much noise cheer ing as three times their number might have expected to Again the volley rang out, and the on-make, and this, coupled with the volley from their pistols, > g Tories received a hail of bullets right in their was too much for the overwrought nerves of the Tories, who turned and fled as if the Old Nick was after them, "There must be a thousand uv They faltered, and almost stopped, while cries of escaped them. one fellow cried. yelling in terror. Many of them threw down their muskets in order to run the faster, and they were certainly et's panted another wild with fright, and in vain Tarleton yelled commands no! There are not more than a hundred!" cried for them to stop.. They paid no attention whatever to e on fiercely. "At them! Forward!" him, and, indeed, several bumped against him, and finally h-roar! Again the yolley rang out, and wild yellF one knocked him down and ran over him in his blind or escaped the lips of the Tories. "I tell yo' thar's flight. After them went the "Liberty Boys," still cheer san' uv 'em!" howled one, and the rest took up the ing, and Tarleton, realizing that his men could not be hey could not understand how it could be possible stopped, tnrned and fled for his life. ne hundred men could fire so many volleys. They The "Liberty Boy:;" pursued half way down the hill, t know that they were dealing with one of the and then Dick gave the command to stop and return. He est commanders in the entire patriot army. Dick had made a study of this sort of warfare, and he med one thing that had been of great benefit to This was that it was best to divide up the number of it was possible for any given party of men to fire, ke them at least double in number, by having only f the force fire at a time. Now, each of the youths ere with him had four pistols, and this would make knew that his force was not equal to the task of entering into a combat with the Tories on an equal footing, and like a wise commander he believed in taking no chances. They had gained a wonderful victory al:" it was, and he did I not wish to spoil it by undue enthusiasm. The youth11 stopped when Dick shouted the command for .them to do so, and then all retreated back up the hill, reaching th1r summit by the time the Tories had stopped running-at


28 TI:IE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. the farther side of the basin, in which was the encamp ment. "Now, reload as quickly as possible," ordered Dick. "We have had wonderful success, and we don't want to have it marred by being forced to flee on account of not haVing our weapons in shape for use." reached the mainland, and then sent out watch for the approach of the enemy. It was not long before one of the scouts came in a reported that the enemy was coming, and then Dick ready to play a trick on Tarleton. He told his men to fP low him, and they moved back, and then making a sw march in a roundabout way, came in behind the Tori and followed them till they reached the vicinity of ti point where the path led to the island. Here the The youths realized this, and went to work with energy, and reloaded their muskets and pistols, keeping a wary eye on the enemy t he while. As soon as this had been fin-ished Dick led the way, and they started arounu, with the came to a stop, and Dick made ready to deal them anot intention of again getting in musket-shot distru1ce of the blow that they would not forget in a hurry. Tories, who were gathered near the opposite side of the basin. Tarleton was haranguing his men, however, and he evidently suspected that the enemy would make the move they were making, for his force suddenly left the point where it had be. en gathered, and moved acruss, and climbed the steep slope, reaching the summit before Dick and his men could get around to head them of!. The youths were within muskets hot distance, hc:we:ve r and Dick gave the order to fire, which the youths obeyed, and the volley rang out, followed by wild yells of rage and pain from the direction of the enemy. He had given the youths their instructions, ru1J t knew just what was expected of them. So now they ere forward, with all the stealth of the red Indians of the f est, and got close to the Tories. Dick did not hesitate take advantage of the enemy. Tarleton had a bloo record, and was known to be a perfect fiend. He delight in cutting down enemies, and not leaving one alive to t the story. His was "No quarter!" and his had earned for lum the name of "The Butcher," so ff had no scruples whatever in giving him some of his o medicine. At a signal from Dick the youths took ail then suddenly on the night air rang out the startling der: "Fire!" Tnstantly the youths obeyed, and a volley rang out tl awoke the echoes for miles around. The youths were ell to the enemy, and had taken good aim, and the execut was terrible, at least seventy-five of the Tories O'OinO' do b b either dead or wounded. The s troke came so suddenly and unexpectedly that t damage, although they could be heard zipping among the Tories were for a few moments paralyzed by amazemi trees near at hand. and terror. They had come 'with the intention of getti in a blow on their enemies, and to have the tables 'I Fearing that the Tories might charge upon them, Dick gave the command to retire ba{)k into the timber, and they hastened to do so. They had gone but a short distance when there came the roar of a volley-the first that the Tories had fired, though they had done some desultory firing as individuals, while trying to climb the side of the basin, a few minutes before. Fortunately the youths had retired far enough so that the bullets of the Tories did no Dick decided that it would be a good plan to let matters rest now, and told the youths to keep on moving. "We will draw off, and make our way leisurely back in the di rection of our headqu11rters," he said. "We have done enough work for one night, and should be satisfied, for we haven't lost a man, while we have killed and wounded nearly a hundred of the Tories." in this manner was appalling. Tarleton himself was first to recover his senses, and he drew his sword yelled for his men to charge the enemy. Tbis arou his men, and they started to obey, but by the time t had faced around and were ready to starft Dick's men two pistols out and cocked, and they poured tw<> voll right into the faces of the Tories, doing terrible ex "We have certainly done well," agreed Bob. tion, for they were so close they could not help it. "Yes, yes! We could not ask for anything better," was Yells and curses escaped the lips of the Tories, the. remark of 1fa.rk Morrison, and the others murmured 1 urged on by Tarleton they started to dash forward, theH assent to this statement. again the volleys rang out, and this was too much for So they made their way slowly and leisurely back to I already strained nerves, and they whirled and ran their headquarters, the island on the lake; but a thought scared rabbits. came to Dick that Tarleton might be so furious that he "After them!" cried Dick. "After the cowards, would come and try to get a blow in on them immediately. give it to them!" So he stationed his men near the point where the path The "Liberty Boys" obeyed, and hastened aft;er I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. 29 I Tories, firing a couple more volleys as they went. forccments; before they had settled the matter a messenTories scattered, however, every man taking a differger, one of the wounded Torie s who had fell at the first direction, and as it would be impossible to do much exe-fire from the "Liberty Boys," put in an appearance and gition, Dick called the youths back, and told to let told Tarleton that Dick Slater sent word that he might f1. e enemy go. return and bury his dead and remove his wounded. "He sw. "We have done exceedingly well," he "and may said that I should tell you that he has no use for prisoneri;, ri> well let well enough alone." or for w1mnded men, and that is the reason he is willing t The others thought the same, and they returned to the you should take your men away," the messenger said; r i ene of the encounter, feeling very well satisfied. Al"and he said for me to tell you that he is in this fight though the Tories had outnumbered them greatly, they to stay, and that he will remain in this part of the country d, by th e of strategy, managed to deal the enemy some till all your men are killed or have taken refuge in flight." t rible blows, a hat was the most wonderful thing Tarleton was very angry. "He is a bold scoundrel, isn t re all, not one of their number had been killed, though he?" he said, hoarsely. Mht had been wounded, two of them quite severely"He is that!" was the reply; "them fellers air reg'lar e e Tories having fired one volley, just as they had started demons in er fight." 0 charge the youths. "But I'll kill every one of them, or run them out of the country, as sure as my name is Tarleton!" the Tory t.Tarleton was furious. He was, however, getting rapidchief declared, savagely. howiser. He had started out by under-rating the "rebels" He ordered some of his men to return to the spot where i o had appeared in the vicinity, and had supposed that the encounter had taken place and go to work to bury the could e asily wipe them out. Now he knew that it dead, while another party hastened to headquarters to get ai.s going to be not only no easy task, but an exceedingly Lhe litters, with which to carry the wounded away. Qjcult one, even to get the better of the enemy. His This work took them nearly the rest of the night, and m were terribly cast down. They did not know what when morning came and Tarleton took account of the tl make of such a foe. They had heard Dick call bis men damages and found that he had lost one hundred ten clf'iberty Boys," too, and they had beard of the famous men, dead, and thirty-one wounded, his rage knew no trnpany of youths who called themselves "The Liberty bounds. He swore that lrn woulcl be revenged upon the 0"ys 01' '76," and were somewhat terrorized by the thought bold youths who had created such havoc, and he began 1t they had to fight such terrible fellows. When they calling in all the parties of Tories that were out, pillaging td been pitted against the Whigs of the vicinity, men ;om they knew, and whom they outnumbered, they J b een brave enough and had killed without mercy; but to be confronted by such veterans as were the "Liberty and burning, for he realized that it would be necessary to have all his men if he were to wage a successful warfare against the shrewd "Liberty Boys." But Dick Slater was not the youth to sit down idly !JS," and who had made such a reputation as terrible and wait for an enemy to strengthen himself so as to bl'! 8hters, was quite another thing. able to strike him a severe blow. He kept the "Liberty himself realized that he was in for it. He Boys" busy, and harried the 'l'ories in such a manner as an to believe that the "Liberty Boys" had been sent to make it impossible for Tarleton to do much save ym l,o that part of the country on purpose to make him Jefend himself. ipble, and he felt that they had succeeded extremely Another thing Dick did was to cut off a number of so fur. ihe small parties as they were corning to join Tarleton, 'I will get the better of them, though!" he said to him-and cut them to pieces and disperse them. ii, with angry determination; "I will kill every one ihcm Not a one shall return to the North alive I" U;{e had retreated toward his stronghold, after his men l fled from the "Liberty Boys," but stopped when they l gone perhaps half a mile, and held a council of war. t question up before them was whether or not they uld go back and try to strike the enemy a blow, or Tarleton had never encountered such an enemy as Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" proved tQ be. They seemed to be here, there and everywhre, and they moved with such rapidity that the Tory leader never knew where to look for them. When he thought he had located them, and went there to attack them, he found nothing to re ward him for his trouble; and the chances were a hundred rn to their headquarters and wait till they got reinto one that his force would be ambushed before it got


30 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SEALED ORDERS. back to headquarters, and a goodly number of the men l "Those scoundrels are too much for us," he ack to" slain. edged; "and if we stay it will result in the loss o t Several times Tarleton thought he had the enemy penned lives of every one of us. I did not think there were su 1 up on the island in the swamp, but each time he was t e rrible fighters in the rebel army, but my eyes have beei rudely undeceived, by receiving a blow from the rear opened, and for once I must acknowledge that I have bee \rhcn he was not expecting it, and at last he begun to beaten and out-generaled in every way by a force muo r e alize that he was up against something the like of mferior to my own. We will go to Charleston at once. which he had never encountered before. And they did. Dick sent scouts to follow Tarleton, His men, too, were becoming disheartened. They even as to see whether or not his retreat wa s r e al or only b e gan to think that Dick Slater and his band of "Liberty ruse; and when the scouts returned with the new s tha Boys" were more than human. "They air heer ter-day retreat was real, and that "Tarleton, the Butcher an' thar ter-morrer," said one, when they were discussing had le.ft that part of the country, great was the r c joic the matter, one day; "I don't see how enny livin' peeple ing by the patriots of the vicinity. Thanks were vote kin git aroun' like they do! I tell yo', I've hed erbout all Dick Slater ancl his "Liberty Boys," and they were th l want uv this bizness !" of the day. The youths bore their honors modestly The others said the same, and soon the men began though, and simply said that they were glad they had bee grumbling in Tarleton's hearing. They said they did able to free the patriots from the presence of that tcrribl not want to remain and all be killed by the terrible s courge, Tarleton, and his band of butchers. "Liberty Boys," and Tarleton saw that something would liave to be done. Indeed, he realized at last that he was no match for the shrewd commander of the "Liberty Boys," and that if 'l'he youths received a mes s age from General Greene soon after, and went up into Virginia to join him an help make the redcoats wish they had stayed in England As for the youths themselves, they were never sorr he remained in the neighborhood the result would be that for having been sent away by the commander-in-chie all his men would lose their lives. True, they occasionally under "sealed orders." It had been a lively and pleasin succeeded in killing one or two of the enemy, but for experience. Yery one of the youths that fell, fifty to seventy-:five of When the war was ended and peace was over all, an t l 1 eir own men went down, and this was too unequal a the people of America were free, Dick Slater one da. fight to keep up. He had already lost more than half his received a letter from South Carolina. He opened it am entire force in South Carolina, and it was growing smaller found inclosed an invitation to the wedding of Harr. eve ry day, so at last he reluctantly gave up and told his Martin and Stella Somers. Of course, it was too far f men that they would leave the country and go to Charles:Um to go, but he sent the happy couple his best wishe ton. for their happiness throughout life. THE END. The next number (62) of "The Liberty Boys of '76n will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS DAIUN 8TROKE; OR, WITH 'LIGHT HORSE HARRY' AT PAULUS HOOK," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you willreceive the copies l are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from 11 "mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 r YOU order bv return mcil ._..


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,. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF .A. Weekl y Magazine containing Stories of the American RevolutioIJ By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give a, faithf11 account of the exciting adventures of a brave band America; youths who were always ready and willing to imperil\ their liv" for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independene Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading ma.ttJ bound in a, beautiful colored cover. ('-1 1 The Liberty Boys of '76 ; or, Fighting for Free dom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and rorles. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Liberty Roys on Hand; or, Always In the Right Plac e. 5 The Liberty Doys' N erve; or, Not Afraid of the King' s Minions. G The Liberty Boys' Defiance : or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys In Demand ; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by B r i t i s h and Tories. Q The I.lberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host W ithin Themselves. :l.O The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A N eck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Librty Boys' Peril ; or, Threatened from all Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' I0u ck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They C aught In lt_ 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzle d ; or, The T ctes' Clever S c h eme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a J: itlsh Man-of.Var. lS The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots v s R e c .\ts. l!I The Liberty B oys Trapped; or, The Beautitul T o r y. 20 The Liberty Boys' or, "What Might lla ve Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' F'lne Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay: or, The Closest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the Redcoats. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Roys' Cl ever Trick; or. Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or .rwo 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work: or, With th" Redcoats In Phlhulelpbla. 2q TLe Liberty Bll'ys Battle Cry: o r With Washingto n at the Orandy wine. 2'1 ThP t.lhrrty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dosh to Save a Fort. :1J The Liberty Boys In a Fix: or. Threate n e d by nnd Whites. 31 T h e Liberty Boys' Big Contract ; or, Holding Arnold In Chee 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed ; or, After Dick Slater for Reven& 33 The Liberty Boye Duped ; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 34 The I.lberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeede 3:l The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the ('Ieng or the Bell." 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for LlbertJ 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 38 The r.lberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 3!l The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything In Sig 41) The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; o r, Revellng In British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost rrapped. 42 The Llbf>rty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick or Time. 143 The Liberty Boys' Rig Day; or, Doing Business by Wholeaale. 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and T,orlea. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slat 4G The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip ; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 17 The Liberty Boys' Ru ccess: or, Doing What 'rhey Set Out to II 48 The Libe r t y Boys' Setback; or, D efeated. But Not Disgraced. 49 'l'h e Libert y Boys In 'roryvllle; or. Dick Slater's Fearful 5 0 The Liberty Boys Aroused: or, Rtrlklng Strong Blows for Libert The Li berty Boys Triumph ; or. Beating the Redcoats at Th Own fl s m e. 52 The Li berty Bo.vs Scare; or, A Miss as r:ood as a 1\Ille 53 The Llbert.y Boys' Danger; or, Foes on All Side. 54 The Liberty Boys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generaling the Enemy. 56 'l'he Liberty Boy Warm W'ork; or, Showing the Redcoats How to Fight. 57 The Liberty Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' Deaperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" St. ony Point. 59 The Liberty Boys' Just. ice And How-They DPalt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. G 1 The Liberty Boys' Se aled Orcers; or, Going it Blind. 6 2 Tbe Libert y Boys' D!\l'ing Stroke; or, With "Light Horse Harry P aulus Hook. 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