The Liberty Boys' lively times, or, Here, there and everywhere

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THE LIBERTY A Weekly .Magazine containing Stories of the American .Revolution. No. 63. NEW YORK. MARCH 14, 1902. Pric e 5 Cenb. It was of the most desperate battles the Liberty Boys had ever been engatred in. Station ed behind ro6ks half way up the slope, they did deadly work.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Contaning Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered a.a Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O(floe, February 4, 1901. l!Jntered according to Act of Oong1css, in the year 1902, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 63. NEW YORK, MARCH 14, 1902. P rice 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE MYSTERIOUS :MARKSMAN. A party of redcoats was riding along a road leading toward Charleston, in South Carolina, one aftern.oon in August, of the year 1780. "Did you find him?" was the eage r query, as they put in an appearance. "No, we couldn't find hide nor hair of him," was the dissatisfied reply. "I'm sorry for that," was the reply from the leader of the party, a captain, judging by his uniform. "Poor DudThat the party in question had been out on a foraging ley is dead, and I was in hopes that we would have the satis and pillaging expedition was J>lain to be seen, for their faction of sending his murderer after him." horses were loaded down with produce of all kinds, even "What!" to two or three live shoats, which, ever and anon, squealed "Poor Dudley dead, you say.?" most dismally. The redcoats were in a good humor, and laughed and talked as they rode along Owing to the fact "That is too bad!" ''Yes, he's dead. Whoever it was that fired the shot took that they were well loaded down they could not travel good aim; he meant to kill." rapidly-indeed, a walk seemed to be the limit of the speed Crack at which the horses could travel. Again the rifle shot sounded and another one of theSuddenly there came the sharp report of a rifle and one redcoats sank to the ground, with a hollow groan Ex of the redcoats threw up his arms and fell from the saddle clamations of amazement, anger and fear escaped the lips to the ground, giving utterance to a hollow groan which of the redcoats. They became greatly excited. proved that he had received a serious and probably fatal wound. Instantly the laughing and talking stopped. The red coats' fun was brought to a sudden end. They quickly stopped their horses and eight or ten of their number leap ed to the ground and ran toward the timber, going in the direction from which the shot had sounded "Kill the cowardly a ssassin !" "Shoot him on sight!" o, let's capture him and string him up to a tree!" "That's the talk; hang him!" "Hang him! Hang him!" Such were the cries of the redcoats as they ran toward the timber from the edge of which the shot had been fired. "He has killed Wilbur!" one cried. "After the scoundrel, boys!" "Yes, we'll catch him this time!" "He must not escape!" "He shall not!" A dozen of the redcoats rushed to and into the timber,. and spreading out as before they dashed forward, looking about them sharply and eagerly. They wished to catch sight of the person who had fired the two deadly shots, and if once they got sight of him they were sure they would be able to capture him. But they did not get sight of him. They ran at least two hundred yards and then stopped, as in the former instance,. for they had not got sight of any one, and felt that it Into the timber i.hey rushed, and looking eagerly about would be useless to go farther. Their unknown and unseen them on every side, they dashed onward, spreading out like a fan so as to make sure of finding the person who had fired the shot. enemy was too shrewd for tbcm. They made their way back to the road, fairly boiling over with rage, and reported their non-success. Their comrades They ran onward a distance of two hundred at were amazed and disappointed. "How did he manage to, least, but saw nothing of anyone, and feeling that it would get away so quickly?" asked one. be uselPss to go farther, they reluctantly gave up the search t and turned back to the road. "I don't know." "Ask us something easy!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. ================================================================================::::::======-"Ile was gone before we could get into the timber, and he ordered; "this will never do! If the scoundrel keeps on that's all there is about it." at this rate we won't be able to bury the boys as fast as he "Who can be be?" "He is a rebel, of course." "Yes, he is undoubtedly a rebel, and a very bold one, too." "A.n1l he has done some deadly work. Dudley and Wil bur are both dead "Too bad, too bad!" "Well, we may as well get to work and bury the poor fellows,'', said Captain Thornley. As he finished speaking there came another whip-like kills them The men hastened to obey the command, and then, with men posted on both sides of the road they felt fairly secure. They could not help glancing around in an uneasy fashion, however, and it was evident that they would be glad to get away from the spot. "I wish we were safe in Charleston!" said one redcoat, with a gloomy look on his face. "So do I from another; "I don't like this thing of being shot down by an unseen foe. Several of the others spoke to the same effect, and then crack from the timber at the roadside and another of the the captain said: "Don't talk so much and work more, redcoats uttered a wild cry of pain and fell to the ground. boys, and we'll be through quicker and in shape to get "Thompson is down!" cried one "This is terrible!" "After the scoundrel!" roared Captain Thornley. "We must catch him, this time!" Again the men dashed into the timber and ran onward, away from here." They obeyed his order and stopped talking, to work with greater vim and energy, and presently they :finished the work of burying their comrades "Now, come along, boys!" called out the captain; "we will mount and get away from here in a hurry." The men who had been on guard came running, and all reported their failure the captain was very angry and dismounted and started up the road, urging their horses to appointed. walk as rapidly as was possible. They had gone only a .looking eagerly about them for some sign of their deadly -foe, but nowhere did they see any one They finally stopped .and made their way slowly back to the road When they of you boys go back into the timber and keep short distance, however, when the report of a rifle shot rang watch," he ordered; "Thompson is dead, and we must bury out, and another of their men fell forward, hard hit. the three, and I see it will be necessary to have guards out Thls was too much for the redcoats; they had tried to while we are doing it, to keep more of us from suffering the same fate SeYeral of the men hastened back into the timber, and, locate the wonderful marksman, but had been unable to I even so much as get a sight of him, and they realized that if they moved along at the slow gait they were now travel faking up their stations, remained on guard while their ing, they would be picked off, one by one, until there would comrades were at work digging the graves for their dead be very few left to tell the tale. friends. They had not yet finished this when there came a sharp, whip like crack, this time from the other side of the road, :and another of the redcoats threw up his arms and pitched headfirst into the pit he had been helping dig. This was terrible, the redcoats thought; and they uttered wild yells of rage and amazement, and a number dashed toward the t i mber on the side from which the last shot had come :'Throw away the plunder and we will get away from here in a hurry!" cried the captain, in tones of terror "If we coulq see our enemy I should not care, but to be picked off in this fashion by some one whom you cannot see, and mnnot locate--it is too horrible!" The men hastened to obey this command, and quickly tossed the plunder, squealing pigs and all, to the groun d after which they put spurs to their horses and rode away at a gallop, two riding beside the wounded man and hold They dashed far into the timbe r but seeing n o sign of ing him on their mysterious enemy they gave up the search and reHearing a shout, they looked back and saw a man stand t u rned to the road and reported Captain Thornley was ing in the middle of the road, waving his rifle in derision .angry and disappointed; he was alarmed, too, as could be and shaking his fist in defiance. seen He looked toward the timber, and it was evident that "Come back, you cowards I" was the cry which the he was more than half-expecting to again hear the crack of heard. "Come back! I can whip the whole gang of you the death dealing rifle. single handed and alone!" "Several of you go and stand guard on that side. too,'' A curse escaped the lips of Captain Thornley. He com


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. 3. anded his men to halt, which they did. They turned in I am glad of it, and will do my best to make things in-eir saddles and looked back undecidedly. "It was only one person, after all," said one. 1 "'l'hat's all; and he's a bold scoundrel, isn't he?" "He certainly is!" "He doesn't look to be very old." "You are right; he looks like a young fellow." "Well, he can shoot as good as any man I have ever en!" teresting for you." As he finished speaking he suddenly dropped on one knee, extended the long rifle in the of the approaching redcoats, and, resting his left elbow on his knee, took careful aim. The redcoats observed this manceuvre and promptly halted. "It means death for one of us if we go any nearer,'} the captain said; "I guess we had better let this fiend alone "I wish we could get hold of him!" said Captain Thornand go on to Charleston." 'Y in an eager tone of voice. "So do 1 !"from one of the men. "I'd like to help string "Oh, come on!" cried the youth, tauntingly. "Why are you stopping? I never saw such a gang of cowards in all my life!" iim up to a tree." "Say, I'd like to get my fingers on that fellow!" growled, "Made you drop your plunder, didn't I?" came in the one of the men. ''And I!" from another. "He is certainly the sauciest rebel I have ever seen The others noc1dec1 assent to this statement. The capaunting voice of the strange youth-for he was nothing :nore, being not to exceed eighteen years of age. "Didn't :nake much by your cowardly thievery to-day, did you? Bah! you art! the biggest sneaks and cowards I ever saw tain spoke up, however, and said: "I don't think it would f King George can't find better and braver men than you be wise for us to try to capture that fellow. He is un ellows to send over here, he might as well give up beaten, doubtedly a resident of this neighborhood, and knows every foot of the country round about, and could easily give us.The redcoats glared up the road in the direction of the the slip. He has already killed four of the boys, and given bold speaker, with looks of rage. It was evident that if another what may prove to be a death-wound, and I think lhey could have gotten hands on the youth it would have we had better go straight on to Charleston." rst as last rone hard with him. Indeed, they would have hanged him ) without ceremony. "Are you coming?" taunted the solitary individual. 1 "But, of course, you aren't! You are too big cowards to attack even one patriot! Go on back to Charleston, where r ou will be safe, and take my advice and stay there. It 1 "Yes, yes!" groaned the wounded man. "Let us go. Don't fool away any more time with that fellow; for if you do he will end the days of some more of the boys." The captain was of the same opinion, and he was on the point of giving the order to turn around and start in the direction of Charleston when the youth who had done them sn't healthy up "in this ?art of the country for you so much damage, and who had dared them and talked to i fellows!" them so defiantly, was seen to suddenJy drop his rifle and fl "Say, this is hard to endure!" growled one of the men. fall over in the road, and go to j{ieking around at a great "Let's go for him, captain!" rate. The redcoats stared for a few moments, in open-y "But if we start back he will dart into the timber and mouthed amazement, and then one cried: l then he will shoot one of us dead and flee, and there we will y e. I don't think we had better bother with He just l-wants to get us to do so." "Let's ride toward him and see what he does, anyway," l-suggested one of the men. n "Well, we can do that," the captain agreed; "but if he darts into the timber, as I am confident he will do, we must ystop instantly and beat a retreat, for he will pick one of us u, off with that long rifle of his if we don't." Then they turned their horses and started back toward n-the youth standing so boldly in the road. "Oh, coming, "He's got a fit, or something! Come on; we can get him now!" "Forward!" cried the captain, and then the redcoats,. with the exception of the wounded man, put spurs to theiu horses and dashed toward their intended victim OHAP'rER II. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" ON HAND. after all, are you?" the youth called out. "Well, well! I They were to be treated to a surprise, however. When didn't think you were brave enough to do that. However, they were within fifty yards of the youth he suddenly ceased


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. struggling, and, leaping to his feet, seized his rifle and feel that we were fortunate in stopping when we did al taking quick aim, fired. Crack! the report rang out, returning to the city." and one of the redcoats gave utterance to a shrill cry of But the commander was angry, and the more he thoug:w pain and fell forward on his horse's neck. of it the angrier he got. "By Jove! but this outrage h( Wild yells went up from the redcoats anu they drew their got to be paid for!" he "It was about thrt pistols with the intention of firing a volley at the bold youth miles from the city, you say?" a who had, as they were now certain, played a shrewd trick on them to get them in range. "Yes, sir; not more than four, anyway." "What do you think-are the people of that tl But the youth who was shrewd enough to play such a mostly Tories, or are the majority of them Whigs?" trick was also shrewd enough not to remain out in the road where he would be a mark for the enemy, and the instant ho :fired he bounded toward the timber and disappeared into it just as the redcoats got their pistols out. They fired a volley in the hope that they might bring the youth down, but they ailed. At any rate he did not stop, but kept r1ght on going and was out of sight in an instant. To Fay that the redcoats were angry and disgusted is stating the case very mildly indeed. They were almost wild with rage; but they realized that they could do noth ing. H they were to try to catch the youth they would only fail, as he knew the lay of the lanJ while they Jid not. Obviously, the only thing for them to do was to get away from the neighborhood as speedily as possible. The man who had been hit by the bullet from the youth's "I could not say; but we have some Tories here who ca tell us all about it. I have one in my company who us to live out in that part of the country, I think." "Very well; have him come here at once." Word was sent to the Tory, and when he put in an ar pearance the commander asked him a number of question:. and elicited from him the information that there we1 quite a good many Whig families out in the neighborho0t8 in question. I "Very well; they must be cotched !" the commander d elared. "That youth who did the shooting to-day uu. doubtedly belongs to one of those families, and by making 1 clean sweep of the Whigs of that vicinity we will get him. Captain Thornley, take .fifty men and return to tba neighborhood at once and begin work. Burn the home o rifle was seriously, though not necessarily fatally wounded, every \Yhig. and if you get your hands on the young scou11 and with the two wounded men on their hands it was tle-drcl who did the shooting to-day, tring him up!" h "_\.ll ri2ht ., I will do so.'' suable t at they get to the city as quickly as possible. "But we'll come back to this region," the captain declared; "I am determined to find out who the fellow is who did this work, and he shall be made suffer for it!'' Captain Thornley and the Tory left headquarters anc returned to their O\\n quarters. 'l'he captain at once se lected fifty men and told them to be ready for the road ir half an. hoUT. They said they would, and at once begar The party of r edcoats made its way up the road in the making preparations. At the end of the specified time th1 direction of Charleston, and after an hourti ride reached fifty were ready, and, mounting their horses, rode away, the there and went to its quarters. The captain gave incaptain at their head. struetions for taking care of the twf\ \rounlled men. and then went to headquarters and made his report. After being fired upon by the redcoats, the youth whc And you say that one man-or youth, rather-killed had done such deadly work in the ranlrn of the redcoats, four of your men and seriously wounded two more and antl \rho had just played such a shrewd trick on them, kept forced you to throw away the provisions and plunder_ you on running for a few minutes and then he paused and had obtain ed and flee?" asked the commander, in scathing listened. At first he could hear nothing, but presently he tones. heu.rd the sound of hoofbeats, and after listening to the "Yes, sir," was the reply; "I have told you just how it sound for a few moments he nodded and smiled. was. If we had stayed longer more of us woulJ haYe lost "They are going away," be murmured; "I guess the.Y. our lives." haYe got all they want, at last, and are going to go on tq "But this is intolerable!" fumed the commander ''To the city ell, I guess it would be impossible to trick them think that a mere boy should defy and practically put to into returning a second time, I won't try. Anyway, I've flight a party of British soldiers to the number of brenty done well enough this afternoon, and I rather think I have 1 never heard of such a thing in my life!" got even with them for taking our grain and pigs. They "Nor I," was the reply; "I wouldn't harn believed, had to drop their plunder, too, and we can come and get mygelf, that such a thing could be. But he did it_ and I ngain."


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. 5 I 'J_'he youth, who was a handsome fellow of about eighteen "Well, you don't look like either redcoats or Tories, and years, listened a few moments to assure himself that he so I think you must be patriots Am I right?" not wrong about the redcoats going, and then he made ;

,. : 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. "Yes, sir, it is!" lo find me, but I climbed a tree and they didn't see an "And have you done any damage to the enemy since thing of me and :finally they saw they were all going doing so, Harry?" get killed if they went no faster than their horses coul The youth smiled and his eyes shone as he pointed down walk, and they threw all this plunder away and started road, where a pile of freshly-stirred dirt could be seen. get away from here in a hurry." "Do you see that pile of dirt?" he asked. A cheer went up from the "Liberty Boys." "Gre "Yes," replied Dick, "we noticed that. It looks like a guns! but you are all right, Harry Ford!" cried Bob E s t newly made grave." brook; "put a whole gang of redcoats to flight! Well, tha Harry nodded. "That's what it is,'' he said, quietly. does beat anything I've heard of lately!" "There are four redcoats in there." "Four redcoats "Yes." "How do you know?" "I saw the others bury "You did?" "Who killed the four redcoats?" "I did." Harry said this without any great show of bravado, though it was evident that he was somewhat proud of his achievement. "How many of them were there?" asked Dick. "About hventy." "Twenty, eh? Why didn't they try to hunt you dow after they had thrown their plunder away, I wonder? "They were afraid, I guess. I had hard work to to them back so as to get another shot at them." "Rael hard work to toll them back?" "Yes." "What do you mean?" "Why, you see, when they threw this stuff away an started up the road at a gallop, I saw that I wasn't goin to get any more chances at them without playing :>om Dick and his comrades were astonished, and they stared kind of a trick, so I ran out into the middle of the road an at the youth in amazement. "You say you killed them?" yelled at them." queried Dick, presently. "You did!" 'rhe "Liberty Boys" were looking at th "Yes." "But-surely not all by yourself! Who helped you?" "Nobody; I did it alone." "You don't really mean to say you killed four red coats alone and unaid ed, and that you are here alive and uninjured to tell of it?" Harry nodded. "Yes," he said, "I mean to say that very thing-and I wounded two more, too. I doubt if either of them will get well." youth in undisguised admiration. "Yes." "What did they do?" "They stopped." "And came back?" "No; at least not right away. They looked at me a.nd talked among themselves for a while, and then presently they started ahead again." "Ah! They had made up their minds that they didn't Dick and the "Liberty Boys" stared at this cool youth in care to have anything more to do with you." undisguised amazement, and then Bob Estabrook spoke up: "I vote that we make this young man a member of the company of 'Liberty Boys,' Dick He certainly has the right kind of material in him for our needs." "That's right!" was the chorus. Harry's face flushed with pleasure. "I should be delighted to become a member of your band,'' he said, earn estly; "that is, so long as you are in this part of the country, at least." "But explain how it happens that you were able to kill four redcoats and wound two more and yet escape unin"You are right. I saw they were going on, so before they all got started-only those in front having got fell down in the road and pretended to a fit." The "Liberty Boys" roared with laughter. This them as being one of the funniest things they had ever heard of. "Pretended to have a fit!" "Oh, say, Harry, you are all right!" "You are, fpr a fact!" "What did the redcoats do?" jured ?<' said Dick, *ho was greatly interested. "Did they come back?" Harry grinned. "It was easy enough,'' he said; "I just "Not right away. They sat there and looked at rae, while stayed in the edge of the timber and kept pegging them I rolled and kicked around, and then after a little while over. Each time they came running into the timber to try they decided it would be safe, and came riding toward me.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVEL 7 waited till they were within good rifle-shot distance and ::.:hen I jumped up, grabbed my rifle, took aim and fired." lJ "Good for you!" But the girl was eager and suspicious, and sl}e pressed her brother for and he finally told his folks just what had taken place. They were surprised and told him he should not have been so reckless. t "Did you get your man?" le "I wounded one pretty bad, I think. He was able to "It i s a great wonder you did not lose your own life, It ang onto his hor se, but he was hard hit. Then I ran into Harry!" his mother said. a a he timber and got out of the way." "Didn' t they fire on you?" a s k e d Dick. "Yes; but they didn't come anyway near me. "And you escaped, scot free?" "Yes." "We ll, y ou re a wond e r The others made r e mark s to the same effe ct, and Harry nblushed with embarrassm ent and pleasur e Presently Dick "' a s ked Harry if be lived near there. 11 "I live about a mile down the road," h e replied. "And you s ay the r e d c oat s have bee n doing a good deal of damage in thi s part of th e country?" "Quite a good deal." "Very well; I think we will have to remain here a few a days. You see, we are down here on a sort of roving com We were instructed to come down into this part 9 of the country and do all we could to protect the patriot people, and if the redcoats have been doing damage here we may as :well do a littl e work in lhis vicinity as not." "That's right; come on down to whe re I live. There is a "Oh, I wasn't in any particular danger!" was the care less reply. Harry's parents and sister made the "Liberty Boys" welc ome, and the youth showed them a splendid place to camp -in a vacant lot just beyond the house. When the youths had gone into camp Dick, who had been doing something, told them that he believe d they would have some work to do before nightfall. "What makes you think so, Dick?" asked Bob. "Well, I'll tell you: You see, Harry Ford killed four \ re dcoats and wounded two more, and, they will be very angr y and will want revenge. I think they will come back here witli a stronger force and try to find him, and that i.lrny will do considerable damage to the patriot people of 1Le vicinity-or would have done considerable damage, rather, had we not got here." "But we will see to it that they don't do much damage eh, Dick?" from Bob. "Yes; and I want a couple of you boys to go back up the road and keep watch for the coming of the redcoats. I am ni c e place to camp, there ; and mother and sister will be s ure they will come, and doubtless they will put in an glad to do your cooking for you while you are there." appearance before dark, as it is not far to Charleston, and This appealed to the youths, and they decided to adopt they will likely start back right away i.he youth's suggestion. Two of the "Liberty Boys" took their departure and "We will gather up these provisions and things," said made their way up the road a distance of three quarters of Dick; 's uch as we can find the owners for we will return, a mile, where they concealed themselves in the edge of the an

8 i.u.ICJ BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. The yoi:ths followed him, and the party made its way up the road, being joined by the other scout at a point half a mile distant from the house. Dick decided that here was as good a place as any for at last the earthquake spent its fury and the ground cease shaking and trembling and the troopers lost no time i getting away from the spot. They turned their horse heads toward Charleston and rode as if the Old Nick the encounter, and he posted his men along the edge of after them. Their nerves had received such a shock thl! t he timber and gave them their instructions. "Wait till they did not have energy or courage sufficient to enabl,. the party of redcoats is exactly opposite us," he said, "and them to go ahead with the errand which had brought ther then take .g ood aim and I will give the word you to fire. to the neighborhood Then let them have it; and if you can do so, drop every one Then the "Liberty Boys" came forth from the timbe of them. We must put a stop to the high-handed work of and took a look at the situation. It was a terrible scenE the British in this vicinity." Presently the party of redcoats came in sight around the bend in the road a quarter of a mile distant, and came riding along at a moderate pace. The troopers were talking and laughing, and some were boasting of what they had done in the past and what they would do in the future, and all were utterly unsuspicious of the fate that was in store for them. The "Liberty Boys" waited till the redcoats were exactly opposite them, and then just as they were taking aim, and Dick was on the point of the order to fire, there was a sudden rumbling, a muffled, roaring sound; the earth began trembling, and this grew steadily until it quaked and shook at a terrible rate. Then there was the sound of tearing and cracking, and the earth parted at several points near. at hand and great fiss ures three and four feet wide and hundteds of feet deep appeared as if by magic One large fissure opened right under the feet of the horses ridden by the redcoats, and several of the animals, with their riders, went down, horrible shrieks coming up from the lips of the doomed men as they went down into the terrible depths. T4e redcoats who had not gone down, shrieked aloud in terror, and their horses whinnied and snorted, and pranced about as best they could-for the earth shook and trembled at such a rate that they could hardly keep on their feet. It was an earthquake, and a severe olfe, too, and the "Li.berty Boys" did not fire the volley as they had intended. Instead they lowered their muskets, and, leaping to their feet, seized hold of the trees and held on with all their might. They did not know but they might find themselves The great fissures yawned before them, and a glance dow1 into their depths was almost enough to cause a shudder a hor:i;or. 'rhe youths looked down into the one into which th troopers had fallen, and away down in the depths, seem ingly half a mile distant, they could make out dark forms o horses and troopers. "Doesn't this beat anything you ever heard of, exclaimed Bob Estabrook. "Yes, it is terrible !" llgreed Dick. "How many of the redcoats went down, do you think?' asked llfark Morrison. "I think that five went down," said Dick; "I counted five, but I may have missed one or two. I was somewha flustered, I will acknowledge, and was in good condi tion to count just as accurately as I might otherwise hav1 done." "I think you are right about the number, Dick," said' Bob, who had been peering down into the opeLing; "I call make out five dark objects down there, which are undoubt edly the bodies of the horses. I can see only three sm objects, but there must be two more somewhere there." "I have no doubt you are right, Bob. The riders wen! down with the horses." "It is a terrible affair," said Sam Sanderson; "but take it all in all, it was a most fortunate happening for th redcoats, for if we had fired that volley more than five o:f them would have gone down." "That i.s undoubtedly true," agreed Dick. "It was lucky for them-though doubtless they do not think so." "Let's hasten back to the house," said Harry Ford; "I' going down into a fissure as the ill-fated troopers had done, anxious to find out whether or not much damage was don but such was not to be their fate, and presently they there." fancied the tremblings and quakings of the earth were not "We may as well go at once," agreed Dick; "there i so severe, and breathed more freely. nothing further to be done here. J' They watched the troopers with eager interest, however, They returned to the house and found, to their surprise, and saw another horse and rider; and still another, go down that no great amount of damage had been done there. into the fissure, the frightened horses plunging around and Part of the stone chimney on the outside of the house had falling in. The redcoats were almost paralyzed by fear, but been shaken down, but that wlls about all, and it was evi-


u. THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. 9 e'========================= ======-=======:::======================================= i dent that the earthquake had not been so severe here as at some of the British would come, either to view the scene of the earthquake disaster or to again make an attempt to find the youth who had killed four of their men and wounded two others, and so he was not greatly surprised when one of the scouts came in and told him the redcoats were coming. he point where the "Liberty Boys" had been. were some fissures the ground, but they were only a few inches in width and not very deep. When the youths told Mr. 1 nd Mrs. Ford and Amy that where they had been there were fissures four and five feet in width and hundreds of foet deep, they could hardly believe it; and as it was not yet dark they went to take a look at the wonderful sight. When they returned there was a subdued and wondering look on their faces. "It beats anything I ever heard of!" lisaid Mrs. 'Ford He at once told the youths to follow him, and they were soon at the scene of the earthquake disaster. They took up their stations behind trees in the edge of the timber and there they had waited till the redcoats had taken a look down into the opening in the earth and were on the point of starting back. Then Di ck had given the order to fire, I Mr. Ford and Amy said the same. "We saw the horses .and troopers lying away down there," said Amy, with a and the "Liberty Boys" had done so, as stated. shuO.der. "Ugh! it was awful!" The redcoats were a badly frightened lot of men, and they rode at a swift gallop till they reached Charleston. The shock had been felt in the city, but only slightly, and Dick's reason for waiting till the redcoats were about to start on their return to Charleston before ordering the youths to fire was very simple. There were at least two hundred of the British, and he thought that it would be when the troopers told their story it was scarcely credited. wise to wait till they were headed for home before firing, The commander of the British forces was doubtful and and then they would be much more likely to take refuge angry. He talked rather roughly to Captain Thornley, in flight than to show fight, and in this he was wise, for the enemy outnumbered the ''Liberty Boys" two to one, and had they shown fight, as they would have done had they been attacked sooner, they would undoubtedly have been able to kill a number of the youths. This Dick did not wish to happen. He would always rather kill fewer but the captain insisted that he was telling only the truth. "Five of my men are lying dead at the bottom of one -of those terrible fissures!" he declared, and then the com mander began to understand that there was something in the affair. "I must see that for myself," he said, "and I will ta!>:e of the enemy and lose no lives on his own side than to the officers and a and go and take a look." kill more of the enemy and lose a number ol his own men. The order was given at once for horses for the officers And this was the way it worked. The British were so and a bodyguard, and thirty minutes later the party was r:.tartled by the sudden and unexpected attack that they on the way to the scene of the earthquake disaster. It did not think of trying to stand their ground and fight. was long past sundown when the party got there, but Their horses were headed up the road in the direction of the moon was. shining brightly and they could see almost as plainly as if it had been brqad daylight. The officers and men took a look down into the terrible Charleston, and it was so much easier to put spurs to them and let them go in that direction as fast as they could. Then, too, the animals were more than willing to go. opening down which the troopers and their horses had There was still another reason why this course was gone, but could not see to the bottom. At last thej were adopted. The British commander and his -officers were ready to start back to Charleston, and just as the word in the party, and it would not do to run the risk of them had been given to start there came the rattle of musketry, being killed or captured. The result was that the "Liberty and a hail of bullets came rattling among them with Boys" were quickly left masters of the situation and the terrible effect, for a dozen of the troopers went down. British were galloping wildly up the road in the direction Then on the night air rose the cry: of Charleston. "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" CHAPTER IV. When they had gone perhaps a mile, however, the commander called a halt. "I wonder what force that could have been?" he remarked, questioningly. None of the officers could offer an answer that was THE "SW .A.MP FOX" APPEARS. at all reasonable, and after considerable discussion the The attack on the British was by the "Liberty Boys," commander ordered that one hundred and. fifty of the f course, and is easily explained. Dick had sent out a troopers go back and investigate, and, if possible, strike ouple of scouts, as he more than half suspected that the enemy a blowin return for the one they had received.


10 TIIE LIEER'l'Y BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. Captain Thornley was placed in command of this force, "Liberty Boys" put ihe redcoats to :flight, and Dick h and, turning about, they started back. They were not told Marion what they had done, and he and his m very eager for the work, for they did not know how strong ha d started up the road in the direction taken by t a force they might encounter; then, too, they were afraid redcoats, with the intention of seeing whether or n they might again be ambushed. The commander anu his they went clear on to Charleston. They had caught sig officers and the rest of the troopers rode on toward Charlesof the party of troopers and had given chase, anu t ton. fact that they were fewer in number than those who Captain Thornley and his men rode back only about they were chasing did not make any difference to the half a mile, and then they stopped and held a council of They considered themselves to be more than a match f war. "I don't want to run into an ambush and get a double their number, any time. lot of you boys killed," he said, "so I think I had better They rode back and rejoined the party of "Liber send scouts ahead and. move forward only when I receive Boys," who had put in the time while the "Swamp Fo word that the way is clear." was gone in burying the dead redcoats and talcing ca T he men thought this a wise plan, and the captain de-of the wounded, of whom there were four. tailed four of the men as scouts, and they dismounted, "Did you catch them?" asked Dick, as the "Swa and, entering the timber at the sides of the road, disapFox" and his men rode up. peared. The troopers dismounted, and, seating themselves, "We' got within musket-shot distance of them," was t waited for the return of some one of the scouts before reply; "we gave them one volley, and while we did n advancing farther. drop any of them from their saddles I am confident The scouts were gone perhaps three-quarters of fu hour, wounded several." and then came running back in hot haste, with the in'l'he four wounded redcoats were carried to the home formation that two strong bodies of "rebels" were coming 1.he Fords and were placed in a spare room. "I will se up the road. "There are at least two hundred on foot a messenger to Charleston to-morrow," said Dick, "telli coming up this way through the timber!" they declared; them to send for the wounded men. We have no use f "and ihere are a hundred or more on horseback coming prisoners, and certainly do not care to be bothered wi up the road! We had better get away from here in a wounded ones hurry!" "Yes, or else get into the timber and make stand," said another. At this instant the sound of horses galloping came to "Very well," said Mr. Ford; "we will take as go care of them as possible till their friends send for the The "Swamp Fox" and his men remained at t "Liberty Boys' encampment that night, and in the mor their hearing, and this decided them. "To saddle!" cried ing, before going away, General Marion called Dick the captain; "we can't be expected to make a stand against one side and had a conversation with him. twice our number. We will retreat toward Charleston." "I am on my way up north a ways," he said; "I m They leaped into the saddles and rode up the road at a derstand that General Gates is coming down with the ii gallop, and behind them came the enemy. Closer and tention of attacking Cornwallis, who is at Camden wii closer came the pursuers, and the redcoats put spurs to quite a large force, and I wish to offer the general H their horses and rode at top speed. services of myself and men." The pursuing force was well-mounted, however, and "That is a good idea," said Dick, approvingly. drew steadily nearer. At last they were within musket-shot "I think so; you had better come and go up there wit distance, they thought, and they fired a volley. None of us." the redcoats were killed, but two or three were wounded. "I won't go now; but I shall come as soon as possibl Then they whipped and spurred their horses to renewed You see, I apprehend trouble for the patriots of this neigl exertions and managed to keep out of pistol-shot range. Their pursuers kept after them, however, almost till the edge of the city was reached before giving up the chase. Then they stopped and turned back. The daring pursuers were no others than the famous men who comprised the band under General Marion, the "Swamp Fox." They had happened along soon after the borhood soon, and I think I had better stay here and s1 them through it before going anywhere else." "That isn't a bad idea." "That is what I think I and my men were sent dow here to make ourselves generally useful. We were iJ structed to go here, there and everywhere and make as lively for the redcoats as possible, and so as I fam


'l HE LI.BERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. 1 there will be lively times around here at an early date, I part of the country had traveled rapidly, and was known =shall remain a few days." for miles around. Of course, the patriot families were a "Perhaps I had better remain also. There are a lot glad to know that they had such champions near at hand, etof redcoats in Charleston, and they will make things too hut the Tory families were not so well pleased, and one h warm for you, if they take the notion, don't you t hink ?" n f the men had hastened to Charleston with the informa10 "Oh, I think we will need any assistance in tak-ti on regarding the identity of the youths, the information h ing care of them," was Dick's reply; "we are exceedingly being gladly received by the commander. h liv ely fellows, you know, and are quick to get around and He at once decided that such dangerous "rebels" must out of danger's way. I shall keep scouts constantly out, he either killed or driven away from the neighborhood, and IT\ and when a party of redcoats comes out this way I will he had ordered the party to leave that very afternoon un : o know it in time to prepare a reception for them." der the guidance of the Tory, and that it go a roundabout "Well, if you think you can handle affairs here without course so as to approach the "Liberty Boys" from the t help, all right. I will go on, then, as I had intended rear, and thus take them by surprise. The commander x doing." reasoned that the youths would not be looking for danger "Yes, that will be best. General Gates needs the help from that direction. of men who are familiar with the country, and who know 0 ho'" to fight the redcoats as should be fought." "They will keep scouts out, on the side toward Charles ton/' he said; "but I don't think they will be watching in the other direction." So l\farion and his men rode away, soon afterward, and hi left the "Liberty Boys" to look after the safety of the 10 patriot families of the vicinity. So the party, guided by the Tory, had made a wide cir cuit, and was now within a mile and a half of its in tended victims. The girl listened, intentiy, and then stole a'vay through the timber. She had gone but a short dis t::mcc when she heard a shout: ;\"\ ill CHAPTER V. LIVELY THIES. "Hello! Hold on, thore !" One of the troopers had caught a glimpse of the girl and had told Captain Thornley, who &houted out the command. 'rhat afternoon, at a point a mile and a half from the But the girl had no intention of stopping. Instead of loi home of the Fords, and that distance farther from doing so she increased her gait to a run and flitted through Charleston, a beautiful girl of about eighteen years was 1.hc timber with tlie speed of a frightened fawn. ht picking blackberries in the edge of the timber bordering "'l'he redcoats are going to attack the 'Liberty Boys' r the road. There was no fence, and nothing to interfere was the thought that was flashing through her mind; "and t with the girl's view of the road, and presently she thought Harry is with them! I must get there and give them warn-she heard voices and looked up, to see a party of redcoats ing. I must The troopers are on horseback, but they 1 coming down the road. There were, so she judged, at least haYe to go a mile and a half while I will have only about t1rn hundred men in the party, and they were yet a couple half as far to go by cutting through the timber. I will of hundred yards distant Believing that she had not been have to run every step of the way, though!" seen, and not desiring to attract the attention of the troopSetting her teeth together the girl ran onward. She was ers, the girl stepped a tree, and, thus concealed, a healthy, agile country maiden, and was used to work and was enabled to see the men as they came along. C:'xercise, so it was possible for her to do what many gir ls To the girl's dismay the troopers paused right opposite could not do-run nearly a mile. where she was concealed, and entered into a lively discus She kept on running, and with hair streaming out be1l sion. She listened, and being close enough so that she hind her, with her cheeks red, her lips parted, and her could understand what was said, her dismay soon gave way breath coming in gasps, the girl burst out from among the to a feeling of horror. She learned that this party of trees and in another moment was in the midst of the en redcoats was on its way to try to surprise the party of campment of the "Liberty Boys," many of whom leaped youths who were encamped near the home of the Fords, to their feet and stared at the beautiful vision in amaze"" and whom she knew to be "The Liberty Boys of '76." meut. i The news that the famous "Liberty Boys" were in that "Why, it's !" exclaimed Harry Ford, leapingfor-


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. ward, and, in spite of the presence of all the youths, one scattering volley and then ran back to where their ing her in his arms, 1."issed her. "Gertie Elmore, what are horses stood, and, leaping into the saddles, rode away at you doing here, and why have you dashed in here in this full gallop, using whip and spurs to urge the animals on fashion and given us such a start?" to greater speed. "The redcoats are coming, Harry!" cried the girl. 'l'he enemy was completely routed. Sixty-four of their "They are almost here, I am sure, and they are coming number had been killed and wounded, and five of th from that direction!" pointing in an opposite direction "Liberty Boys" were wounded, none having been killed. from that in which lay Charleston, and from whence the It was a great victory. Naturally the youths were jubilant, ''Liberty Boys" naturally looked for an enemy. and they cheered at the tops of their voices. The redcoats "To arms, boys, and take up a position yonder in the heard Lhe cheering and rode all the faster. edge of the timber!" Dick cried. "How many are there They did not slacken speed until after they had gone of them, miss?" he asked the girl. nearly a mile, and then brought their horses down to a wal ".About two hundred, I should say-but yonder they and talked of the encounter come!" pointing down the road. "'rhey seemed to be :waiting for u s," said Captain ThornShe was right. .Around a bend in the road a quarter of ley. a mile distant had dashed a party of British troopers. 'rhey were coming at a run and were doubtless confident that they would take the "Liberty Boys" by surprise. "Y C's," from one of the troopers; "we certainly did not surprise them." ."I wonder how they knew we were coming?" "I'll tell you," said another: "You remember the girl The "Liberty Boys" had hastened to obey Dick's order, we saw in the timber? Likely she hurried there and told But thanks to Gertrude Elmore they had failed in this. and had taken their places behind the trees by the roadside before the redc9ats reached there, and when the troopers came within range they opened fire. Several of the redcoats fell to the ground and the party came to an abrupt stop. They were the ones surprised and not the "Liberty Boys." Yells and curses went up from them, and Captain Thornley ordered them to dismount and charge. "We outnumber them two to one, and can whip them easily enough!" he roared. ".At them, men! Charge! and cut them down without mercy!" them we were coining." "But we were on horseback, while she was on foot. Ho could she have beaten us there?" "Well, she cut across through the timber, while we ha to follow the road and had twice as far to go." Captain Thornley nodded. in that," he admitted; "well, we got the worst of it, any way, and I don't know what will happen to me when return to Charleston and report this to the commander.' "You weren't to blame, captain." "I know that; but he won't believe it." "Hello! yonder comes one behind us!" exclaimed from the youths' pistols. .At such short range the small one of the men in the rear. "He is waving a white flag. The troopers rushed toward the trees, behind which their enemies had taken refuge, only to be met by a galling fire He wants to say something to us, I guess." arms were as deadly as the muskets, and a score of the redcoats went down. .Again and again the volleys rang out, for the "Liberty Boys" carried four pistols apiece, and could fire rapidly and repeatedly. The British soldiers were as brave as any in their army, but this was rather more than they had bargained for, and they faltered and then paused and stood hesitating. Dick seized upon this moment. "Charge them, 'Liberty Boys'!" he cried. "Kill the scoundrels!" Instantly out from behind the trees leaped the youths and they were upon the almost demoralized redcoats in an instant. They held their muskets, with bayonets, straight "Halt!" called out the captain, and the party came to a stop The approaching rider was soon close to the redcoats, and pausing he called out: "I have been sent by Dick Slater, the commander of 'The Liberty Boys of '76' to tell you that you are at liberty to return and bury your dead and remove your wounded." ".And we will not be fired upon?" asked Captain Thorn ley. ''No." "Very well; we will return and attend to the matter." "Good ; I will go back and carry the word to my comiii front of them and the British troopers were given a dose mander." of their own medicine in a way they did not like. They 'rhe youth whirled his horse and rode back at a gallop,


1 rule the troopers turned and made their way in the same the redcoats!'' he said. ''You are the best girl in South but at a moderate gait. Carolina!" "Do you suppose there is any trick in this business?'' Gertle Harry's s'veetheart'.' and he \Vas one of those sked one of the troopers, suspiciously. kind of youths who did not care who knew the state of Captain Thornley shook his head. "No:" he said, ''l his feelings, and when the "foberty Boys" gave three m not at all afraid of that. Didn't you bear what he cheers for Gertie, he was the proudest fellow in the world. aid-they are 'The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" ''Oh, Mr. Slater, wasn't it terrible-the battle?" exclaim Yes, I beard that. But who are the 'Liberty Boys,' as ed Amy Ford, addressing Dick. they call themselves?" "\\-ell, it was rather so," he replied. "Haven't you ever beard of them?" "Especially for the redcoats!" said Bob Estabrook, with "No." a gr:in. "Well, I have, and frequently. They have operated in "It might have been bad for us," said Dick; "indeed, he North almost exclusively and made themselves I may say that it would have been bad for us but for the amous by their wonderful daring and fierce :fighting. They 1rarning given us by Miss Elmore. That saved us, and we ave a splendid reputation,. too, for magnanimity and owe her a thousand thanks." onesty, and it is said that whatever they say may be '' \fhilc I owe her a thousand kisses!" said Harry, with a. 'epended upon. That is the reason I was so willing to go ack. I am confident that ,\.e shall be in no danger whatYer." ''I hope not 'l'he troopers presently reached the spot where the en ounter bad taken place and found that a number of the laugh. "Oh, say, don't you want some help in paying that debt, Harry?" grinned J?ob Estabrook. The other laughed good-naturedly. "I guess I can man age it without assistance, Bob," he replied; whereat Bob groaned. iost severely wounded men bad been looked after and 'That's just my luck!" he murmured; "wheneYer I want heir wounds had been dressed. b do something noble and generous-like, I am not given "They did it," said one of the wounded men, feebly; the opportunity. I do believe I shall stop being a philan 'they are fine fellows, even though they are rebels. They thropist !" rnvc been doing everything they could for us." The girls, Gertie and Amy, ran laughing into the house. ''\Yell, I'm glad to hear that." "He's a funny fellow, isn't he?" said Amy, referring to Captain 'l'hornley set a lot of the men to work, Jigging Bob. raves, and some more were sent to the homes of nearby "Indeed, he is; and a good-looking fellow, too, Amy. ories, to borrow teams and wagons for use in conveying Why don"t you try to catch him?" he wounded soldiers to Charleston. Two hours later the rork of. burying their comrades bad been finished, and the rnundcd men were in the wagons and the party ready to tart. Captain Thomley approached Dick Slater, and, alu ting, said : "I am much obliged for your kindness in doing what you id for our wounded men and for permitting us to reurn and take them away. I appreciate it, I assure you." '."I'hat is all right, sir," said Dick, pleasantly; "don't ention it. I am only sorry that it was necessary for us o kill and wound your men as we did. Still I do not think e are to blame." "Oh, that is the fortunes of war," was the reply; "we "Oh, I don't know," with a bluah; "I don't suppose I could do .so if I wanted to. Then, he won't be here long enough to fall in love with any one, you know. The 'Lib erty Boys' are here, there any everywhere." what are you two girls talking about?" asked Mrs. Ford, who entered the room just at this moment. "Oh, nothing, mother," was Amy's demure reply. When fhe party of redcoats, with the three wagon-loads of wounded men and their ranks diminished by one-fourth, entered Charleston that evening, a sensation was the result. The news that they had been met and defeated by the party of stranger "rebels" quickly flew all over the city. And re not grumbling on that score." 'l'hen the redcoats took their departure. when it was learned that the party of "rebels" were "The As they disLiberty Boys of '76," of whom nearly every one had heard, ppeared around a bend in the road, Harry Ford threw his excitement rose to fever beat. Nothing else was talked of, rms around 'Gertie Elmore and gave her a hug and a kiss. anywhere, and in all the private houses, in the stores and on Gertie, you made it for us to get the better of the streets, it was the absorbing topic of conversation.


Thornley, of cour;:,c, went straight to headkind of fellows who will permit themselres to be quarters to report, but his men were besieged on every side in that fashion." by people who wished to learn all the particulars, and "But if they can't help themselves?" they told some stories of the encounter with the "Liberty "But I think they can help themselves Boys" which would have made :M:unchausen turn green "You do?" with envy. But the stories were swallowed by the question"Yes; I believe that we can send a sufficient numbt ers and they came back again for still more. of men out there to enable us to get the better of the Although Captain Thornley went to headquarters almost but I don't believe it will be possible to aimihilate them. immediately after arriving at his own quarters, he found "Nevertheless it must be done, if possible, and I that the news of the defeat and rout of his party had pre going to send a force out there that will be sufficient f ceded him. Some busybody had heard the news and risked the purpose, if those 'Liberty Boys' dare to try to make breaking bis neck in order to be the first to get to headstand and fight quarters with it. "I don't think there is much doubt on that score; th "What is this I hear, Thornley?" almost roared the comwill make a stand and show fight, all right. And they mander, as the captain put in an appearance. "Is it posmake a good fight, too!" sible? Can it be true that your party was defeated, nay, "Yon seem to have a high opinion of them." routed by the rebels, and that fifty or sixty of your men "I have reason were killed?" The commander nodded. "I judge that is true," Captain 'l'hornley bowed "It is true," he replied; "Nevertheless I--" "though we lost only killed. Twenty-two were "A messenger from Cornwallis announced the order wounded, and we brought them in with us." at that moment, at the same time ushering in a man w "Great guns how did it happen?" asked the comlooked as if he bad just got in from a long and ha mander "Didn't you succeed in surprising them?" "No." "How was it that you failed in this?" "I don't know. They found out that we were coming-how, I cannot say." That was bad!" ride--as was really the case. "You are from Cornwallis, you say?" asked the co rnander, with eagerness 'l'he messenger bowed. "I am, sir," was the reply; "a here is the message which General Cornwallis sent." As he spoke he drew a folded paper from his pocl "So it was; and they us than we did them." came much nearer to surprising and handed it to the commander, who took it eagerly a tearing it open read hastily "Humph! Tell me all about it." The captain did so, and the C?mmander paced backward and forward, and gave utterance to exclamations of anger and horror. "Bad! bad!" he said when the captain had finished "Those 'Liberty Boys' must be dangerous opponents 'rhe captain nodded. "They certainly are!" he said. The commander paced backward and forward across the floor for a minute or two, his hands clasped together bebind his back, his eyes dropped. He was thinking deeply Presently he paused and looked at his companion "Thornley," he said, "those 'Liberty Boys' must be "What's this? What's this?" he exclaimed, when he h read it. "Cornwallis says that General Gates, the re who conquered Burgoyne is coming down to attack him Camden, and he wants me to send at once every man can spare from this garrison!" "Say you so?" exclaimed Captain Thornley, in exci rnent. "Then it is likely there will be a great battle Camden soon "Yes, indeed! And, Thornley, I guess we shall ha to postpone the chastising of those insolent 'Liberty Bo until some more convenient time "Yes; we can't afford to waste any time with them now "No; when Cornwallis says he wants men at once punished!" means at once, and not at some time that is convenie "I think so," the captain coincided. You must begin getting ready for the trip immediate "They must be wiped off the face of the earth!" The As you go out, tell Colonel Melburn to come here at on commander spoke fiercely, angrily. Captain Thornley shook his head. than done," he remarked, quietly. "That is easier said "They are not the You know where to find hi.m. "Very well, sir," and the captain hastened out. "Orderly called out the commander.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. The orderly entered at once. "Show this man to tbe kitchen and see to it that 1 he bas plenty to eat and drink. He must he hungry a.nJ thirsty." I "This way," said the orderly, and he led the way out of lhe room and to the kitchen. They had scarcely gotten out of the room before Colonel Melburn entered. He saluted and said: "You sent for me, sir?" "Yes, Colonel Melburn; I have work for you to do." "What is it?" surprise, and failed, and I think they will try some ne scheme next tirrie." "Doubtless you are right." "I am sure of it. "It's a good scheme, Dick; and if you can find out wh they intend to do it will enable us to checkmate them. "So it will; we haven't a very large force, and we mus make up in cunning what we lack in strength." "Eke out the lion's skin with that of the fox, as th fellow says, eh?" "Yes." "I have just received a messaite from Cornwallis at "Won't it be dangerous to venture into Charleston, t Camden, and he orders me to send all the men I can spare night, old man?" to him at once, as the rebel general, Gates, is coming down there to attack him with, I judge, a strong force." "Oh, there will be some danger, of course." "I should think so; the people will be red-hot when "Indeed? That is news indeed!" the redcoats get the_:e with the wounded men, and it i "So it is; and I wish you to take command of the force learned that we gave them such a hard blow." which I shall send." "Yes, they will be pretty angry." "Good! I shall be glad to do so. "I judged you would be." "Yes; and now, bow many men are you going to send?" "I think I can spare five hundred." "Very well; does it make any difference which men go?" "No; take any men you choose." "Very well; are there any further instructions ?" "None; except that you are to return here before you go, as I shall have a message for you to take to Cornwallis." "Very well; I will be in again before we start." Then the colonel took his departure to get the force ready to march at the earliest possible moment. CHAPTER VI. DISGUISED AS A DARKY. "It will be like a hornet's nest after a boy has poke a stick into it." "Yes, they'll be buzzing a bit, no doubt." "Buzzing is no name for it! They would like a chanc to sock it to some fellow between the eyes; and if the)l should happen to find out that you were a patriot and spy it would be all up with you." "I know that; but I won't let them find it out." "What sort of a disguise will you adopt?" "I am going to black up and pass for a negro." "That will be a good disguise." "I think so." "When will you start?" "Just as soon as it is dark. I will go and black m face and hands now." Dick went into the house and took some charred stick out of the fireplace. Then he proceeded to black his face and hands, and as he had more than once done this sort of work, when acting as a spy, disguised as a negro, he Soon after the departure of the redcoats, with their soon had the wo:r;k completed in a most satisfactory manner. wounded, Dick called Bob to one side and said: "I am He went out, and, approaching the "Liberty Boys," going to Charleston, Bob. "You are?" in surprise "Yes." who were eating their supper, said, in perfect imitation of a negro's tones: "Kin I hab er bite ter eet wid youse fellahs? Ah'm hungry ez er b'ar !" "When?" The boys stared at him for a few moments, in amaze Right away; that is, as soon as I can disguise myself." ment, and then Bob gave the snap away by bursting into "Why are you going?" "I want to learn, if possible, what the redcoats will try to do next." "I see. a roar of laughter "You are all right, Dick he said "I don't believe Sister Alice would know you-and that's saying it all I guess you'll be safe in going into Charleston in that make "It's this way, Bob: They have tried to take us by up."


1G THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. "Oho, so it's you, Dick, is it?" remarked Sam Sanderson. hand he encountered groups of men talking of the manne "Yes," replied Dick, laughingly; "I wished to test my in which the party of British troopers had been routed b disguise, and if you boys were puzzled while yet there is the "Liberty Boys." There were redcoats and citizens o daylight, then I need not fear to enter Charleston the streets, and the latter were about as angry, seemingly nightfall, where there is no one who knows me--at least as were the redcoats themselves. so far as I know." Dick made it a point to hear what was being said, fo "Oho, I don't think there will be much danger," said he thought that he would, sooner or later, hear somethin0 Mark Morrison. that would give him an idea of the next move that woul Dick ate his supper and then got his horse ready. As be made by the enemy. He heard nothing of the kind soon as it was dusk he mounted and rode away. He had however; all the talk was of the "outrage," as they calle left Bob in command, and had given him full instructions it, but there was nothing said of what the redcoats inregarding what should be done. Dick rode in the direction of Charleston at a gallop, and did not slacken speed until he was within half a mile of the edge of the city. Then he brought his horse down to a walk and advanced slowly and cautiolisly another quarter of a mile. Then he turned aside from the road and en tered the timber. Dismounting, he led his horse back a distance of a liundred yards and tied him to a tree. "There, I think no one will bother you, old fellow," said Dick as he turned away. He made his way back almost to the road and the1:1 started toward the city. Presently he emerged from the timber, and, pausing, took an observation. It would be impossible to locate the sentinels until after he was close enough so that he himself would be seen, so he decided to trust to the disguise for safety, and to advance openly and boldly. tended doing next. "Never mind," thought Dick, "I'll. hear something pretty soon. They haven't time to make any plans as yet." He kept moving about, and presently found himself near the headquarters of the commander of the garrison at

THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. 17 "Oh, dat's it?" slowly and cautiously away. One 0 the redcoats hapDick was thinking rapidly. He knew that Camden was pened to catch sight 0 him, however, and set up a shout. the Catawba, and he knew that Cornwallis was at "There's a negro he cried ; "and I'll wager he is the amden, and he had no trouble in deciding that the man we want Come on; let's give chase to him and see essenger came from Cornwallis. whether or not he is the spy!" "I wish I knew what the message was that he brought," He darted toward Dick as he finished speaking, and the said to himself; "well, I'll stay around here and listen youth, knowing that it would not do to let the man lay d keep my eyes open, and I think that I will learn hands on him, darted away and ran with all his might. t>mething presently." This, .s:>f course, made the redcoats think their comrade He was right about that. He soon discoyered that there right in saying that the negro was the spy, and they set an unusual stir among the soldiers of the garrison, or.t in pursuit, yelling at the top of their voices: d he made it a point to hang around wherever there "Stop, stop!" rere some of them and listen to their By s b doing he soon learned that a force to the number 0 ve hundred was getting ready to leave Charleston, and lresently he heard them say that they were going to fomden. "Head him off!" "The spy! the spy!" "Don't let him escape!" Such were a few 0 the cries given utterance to, and Dick ran with all his might. He did not make any at"I thought so," Dick said to himself; "I suspected it. tempt to get out 0 the city on the side in the direction he Phere is going to be a big battle up there near Camden, would have to go to reach the camp of the "Liberty Boys." tween General Cornwallis and his army and General Instead, he merely turned his footsteps toward such portion e htes. and his army, and I wish that we could be there of the city as was not lighted, in the hope that he might I.' p take a hand." escape his pursuers in the darkness. !l Then a thought struck him: If such a large force was They were after him, hot-foot, however, and their cries ing away from Charleston there would not be a suffiwere attracting attention. People in front saw Dick, and cnt number left to do much damage i:q. the vicinity, so tried to head him off. He was forced to turn aside and should not his party go up and take a hand in the run up an alley. flil. ttle? The chase grew hotter and hotter, and once Dick, as Dick could see no reason why it should not, and he made he emerged from an alley onto a street, was face to ace with four redcoats. tp his mind that they would go and have a hand in the lffair. Just then a soldier approached where the men n rere getting ready or the start, and Dick heard him say: d "That rebel spy, Dick Slater, who has been giving us !l, l: a as much trouble, is in the city A loyal man has just me in from out in the country with the news. He says e young scoundrel is disguised as a negro !" CHAPTER VII. A GOOD DISGUISE. Dick heard this with a feeling of consternation. "Jove er 1e thought, "I will have to lookout or they will get me! tp rhey know I am in the city, disguised as a negro, and rill put out strong guards to keep me from making my scape. What will be my best course of action?" I While asking himsel the question Dick had moved "Here he is!" roared one. "Here is the spy!" "Seize him!" from another. "Go for him!" still another cried. The four leaped forward, intent on se1zmg Dick, but he struck out straight from the shoulder and knocked two 0 them down. The other two seized him, but they found they had caught a Tartar. He struggled fiercely and soon succeeded in knocking one down and the other he got a peculiar twist on and threw over his head. The redcoat alighted on his head and shoulders on the hard pavement and was knocked senseless; but the other two who had been first knocked down were now scrambling to their feet and Dick had no time to lose. He darted forward again and ran with all his might. He had gone but a short distance when crack! crack! aounded the pistol shots and two bullets whistled past him. The redcoats, angered hr being knocked down, and anxious for revenge, had fired upon the fleeing youth. Luckily they missed, but it was a close call. Onward Dick raced. He realized that he was in great


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. le danger, for the entire city was becoming aroused. The l pered: "It is too late! They are at the back of word had gone out that Dick Slater, the "rebel" spy, was house!" o l in the city disguised as a negro, and everybody was on j Sure enough, voices could be heard at the rear. 1 the lookout for him. No matter where the youth went he two stood silently there and listened. What should found somebody ready to give chase. Soon it seemed to done? ':as the question which both asked themselves. 8 him that there was an army on his track. ."Is there no place where I could hide with a reasona He ran on and on, however, and presently, on turning chance of escaping discovery?" asked Dick, in a cautic a corner he heard a voice call out: "This way---quick I" In front, only a little ways distant, was a sll'.l.all cot tage, and in the partially opened door stood a woman. it was she who had called to Dick. He leaped the low fence and ran to the door. "Come in, quick!" the woman said, in eager, trembling tones; "hurry, before some one sees you!" Dick leaped through the doorway and then the woman closed the door and barred it. whisper. Just then there came a loud knock on the front door. "Goodness! what shall we do?" the woman exclain in a whisper. Then, in answer to Dick's query, she s "No, there is no place in the house that would afford a safe hiding place. I don't know what you can do. 1. afraid you will be captured!" Suddenly a thought struck Dick, and he asked, eager! "Have you an old dress handy, lady? If so, let me h1 "Who are you, and why have you befriended me?" it and I will put it on and pass myself off for a colOI asked Dick. woman servant." "Yes, yes! I'll get it for you. Wait here just a n "I am the wife of a patriot-one who is in Marion's ment." band," was the reply; "and if I can be of aid to a patriot Thump, thump, thump 'l'he !mocking was heard the front door again, just then, and it was louder a; "But y-0u may get yourself into trouble," said Dick; more insistent than before. I shall not hesitate to render all the assistance possible." "if the redcoats should learn that you have befriended me 1.hey would burn your house and put you in prison." 'rhe woman was gone but a few moments, and when i returned she handed Dick some clothing. It was not t "I'll risk it; but listen! I hear footsteps and voices!" .first time Dick had donned women's attire, and althou The woman extinguished the light and stood silently he had some difficulty in getting the dress on, in the dm listening, as did also. They could hear the sound ness, he finally managed it and was buttoning it when thi of voices very plainly, but the sound of footsteps had came the sound of loud thumping on tile door, follo ceased. by the cry: "Open the door Open up, here, or we "I don't see where he can have gone," they heard a voice break the door down!" say; "he couldn't have run the whole length of this block." "Perhaps he has entered one of these houses?" suggested another voice. "Likely you are right," was the reply. "What shall we do---make a search of the houses?" "I think that is the thing to do." "Now you go to your room and I will go to the door 1 ask them what they want," whispered Dick. And the woman said : "Very well." Dick moved through to the front room, and wait for a few moments, unbarred the door and unlocked opened it. "I am sure it is. I have understood that there are "Whut yo' want heah ?" he asked, opening the several rebel families living here, and likely he has taken wide enough so that the men outside could see that refuge with one of them." "Well, let's begin with this one here." "All right." "They are coming to search the house whispered the woman, her voice trembling. "Yes," replied Dick; "I must get away. Lead me to the back door, quick!" "This way," and the woman seized Dick by the arm and led him across the room, through another doorway and into another room. At the back door she paused and whis had on a dress, thus deceiving them into the belief t he was a colored domestic. want to come in." "Whut foah yo' wants to come in?" "We want to search the house." "Whut foah yo' wants ter s'arch de house?" "We are loohng for a rebel spy, and think that may have entered this house." "Wbut's dat A rebel spy? Goodness gwacious might all be murdered in our baids Come in, massas,


ook foah de spy! I hopes yo' fin's 'im, I does foah er the man cried. "Why did you say there was no cellar !" under the house?" t "Have you a candle handy, my good woman?" asked one of the redcoats. "I didn't know dere wuz enny cellar unner de house, massa," was the reply. T "Yes, heah's er candle Jes' wait till I lights it." ":(>idn't know it?" Dick had flint and steel in his pocket, and he quickly struck a light. He held the lighted candle in such a way a that it did not show him off very well, and then asked i them where they wished to look. "No, sah ; I done j es' come heah dis arternoon, ter work foah dis leddy, an' hedn't hed time ter look aroun', sah." "But you said there was no cellar; you didn't say you "Oh, 1re will look all through the house," was the reply; didn't know." r "is there a cellar?" "I t'ought dere wuzn t no cellah, massa. I wuz mis11 "Ko, dar hain't no cellar," the youth replied at a ven a i i:ure. He didn't know, but the house was such a small Y one that be thought it probable there was no cellar, and 1 as he had to reply he risked it. took, dat's all." "Well, we'll let it rest at that until aft e r we have taken a look in the cellar; but if we find the spy there it will go hard with b o th of you!" thi s in a v e ry threatening tone. r al s "Oh, we know nothing of an y spy!" the woman insist ed. "Giv e me the candle," said the leader of the party; "Eliza simply thought there was no cellar because the "we'll look throu g h the rooms on the ground floor, and house i s small, that is all." then go upstair s ." At this in s tant th e door opened and the woman of the "We'll soon see!" The men went down into the c e llar and looked everyente red the room. "What m e ans this intrusion?" where for the "rebel spy, but found no one as a matter she asked, with an a s sumption of indiirnation assumed to of course. hic1c h e r agitation and fright_ "\Ye are looking for a rebel spy," was the reply; "he must have entered some of the houses near here, and we are going to search till we find him. I am sorry to dis turb yon, but the spy in question is the noted rebel, Dick '"l'here's no one down there," s aid the leader, "so I guess you folks are all right, after all." "Oh, yes; we would not think of sheltering a rebel spy!" the woman declared, with apparent sincerity "Come, men; we will search more houses in this vi Slater, and it will be a big feather in our caps if we capu c i nity," the leader said. "I am sorry that we disturbed ture him." L you, lady," with a bow to the woman of the house. r "What is that you say! A rebel spy? Goodness! I "Don' t m e ntion it," the woman replied; "you have to hope he has not broken into my hou s e! And if so I hope do your duty, of course." you will find him. Please make a thorough sear9h for The redcoats left the house and went to the next one. They pounded on the door, and while waiting for it to be "That is just what we will do, lady, you may be sure opened one of the men said: "Say, captain, do you think of that!" Then th e man led the way, hi s m e n following, i.hat was a woman-the colored per s on back at the other and th e y made a thorough search of the room on the house, I mean?'' i round floor. Finding no one there they went upstairs and "Why, of cour se. Why do you ask such a foolish earched those rooms. Of course, they had no better suequestion?" IA ess there, and came back downstair s "We ll I noticed her and they seemed too large '1 "Did you find him?" a s ked the woman. for a woman and she had. on heavy, rough shoes such as "No; I guess he didn't enter y our house,'' was the ar e worn b y men." epl y "Is that so?" Sudd e nly an exclamation escaped the lips of one of "Yes; and her voice-did you think it sounded like ithe men. '"l'h ere must be a cellar under this house!" he the voice of a woman?" cried. "Here is a trap door!" "Well, come to think about it, it s ounded a bit coarse." The leader looked in th e direction indicated and an "That's what I thought; say, it would be a joke if that exclamation escaped him. He whirled toward Dick, who was Dick Slater, the rebel spy, disguis e d as a woman, eh?" egan to think he was in for it, sure enough. A muttered curse escaped the lips of the captain. "If I "'\Yhat do you mean by lying to us, you black wench!" thought that such was the case," he exclaimed, "I'd--" a


.w Just then the door opened and a voice asked : "What's ":Madam," said the captain, sternly, "do you know wbt wanted here?" r think?" "There's a rebel spy 1.oose in this vicinity," 'vas the "No," in a Yoice which trembled slightly; "what do yo captain's reply, "and we wish to search your house to think?" see if he has taken refuge here "That you have been harboring a rebel spy!" "There's no rebel spy in this house!" The answer was "No, no! You are mistaken! Why should you thir decided, but the redcoats were not accustomed to taking that? Did you not look through my h011se thoroughly i any one's word for anything, and they insisted on enter"Yes; but the spy was here, even then!" ing and making search. The owner of the house grumbled, "What do you mean?" but finally struck a light and the redcoats went all through "That the supposed colored woman, Eliza, was th the house, looking for the sp)t. Of course, they were not Dick Slater!" successful, and finally excused themselves and emerged The captain spoke sternly, but the woman denied th.I from the house in no very good humor. "You_ might as well stop looking through any more houses," said the soldier who had suspected Dick; "I'll wager that that black woman back at the other house was no woman at all, hut was Dick in disguise!" "I half believe that you may be right!" the coincided. "I'd wager that I am. You know, he was blacked up like a negro, and it would have been an easy matter to don an old dress and pass himself off for a woman." "You are right; and, by Jove! we'll go back and have a talk ,vith that woman! That little matter about the cellar was suspicious, come to think about it. If she was a woman, and had been there even for a few hours, she ought to have been aware that there was a cellar under the house." such was the case, and said that Eliza was a woma n and that she knew nothing whatever regarding the sp] Dick Slater. "I assure you, sir, that I am telling yq only the truth!" the woman said. "We will enter and see if you have told the truth abo the woman not being here now," said the redcoat, and th entered and again searched the house, finding no one sa the woman of the house. "We have no time to lose here, now," said the captai sourly; "but I promise you, madam, that we shall n forget you, and I will see to it that your name is handed to the commander of the gaITison as being a dangerous a disloyal person, and he will investigate!" "I am sorry you feel that way about it," the woma said; "I assure you that you are wronging me in suspecti11 me of disloyalty." "You are right; and the fact that she didn't know, proves "That will be determined before very long," was tli that she is Dick Slater, and had only been ther.e a few reply, and then the redcoats took their departure, angt minutes when we entered the house "Come!" said the captain; "we'll go back and have another interview with the colored woman!" They hastened back and knocked on the door, and it was presently opened by the woman of the house "We wish to see the colored woman Eliza," said the captain "She isn't here," was the reply. The redcoats were surprised. "Isn't here?" the cap tain exclaimed "No." "Where is she?" "She went back to where she has been living." "What did she do that for?" in a voice full of sus picion. "She was frightened by you men, and said she would go back there for to-night and return in the morning "Where is the place you speak of-the place where she has been living?" "I don't know, exactly. It is quite a ways, however and disappointed. CHAPTER VIII. DICK GETS SAFELY OUT OF TIIE CITY. Meanwhile what of Dick? He had shrewdly suspect that just what did happen might happen, and as soon the redcoats had taken their departure, he had doffed t dress, and, pausing only long enough to thank the worn for her kindness, he stole out at the back door and ma his way to the alley at the rear. He stole up the all to the cross street and took an observation. There w nobody near and he decided to risk it, so he entered street and walked rapidly along. He saw a party of men in advance of him, and present they stopped and started to come back in bis directio


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY '1.1DIES. 21 Dick leaped a fence and concealed himself behind a e 0 boards. The party was in search of hi+n, as he J rned from their conversation as they passed, but they 1d given up the search, and were to the main trt 0 the city. till they were out of hearing Dick left his bed his horse. He penetrated into the timber a hundred yards and found his horse where he had been left. Un tying the animal Dick led him out 0 the road, and, mount ing, he galloped away down the road. He rode onward a distance 0 perhaps a mile and then in rounding a bend in the road, came upon a band of Tories. There were about a dozen in the band and when they saw Dick they set up a shout. ce 0 concealment and leaping the fence continued on rd up the street. He was now approaching the surbs, and began to feel reasonably safe. There were no rching parties, that he could see, anywhere; and the only fficulty to be surmounted would be in getting through l e picket lines, as he knew the sentinels had been doubled number and instructed to keep a sharp lookout for the y. "There he is f" one cried. "There is the rebel, Dick Slater! Go for him, boys!" ''Yes; he thinks he's mighty smart, blackin' himself up ez a nigger, but he'll fin' thet he hain't !" from another. Dick understood the matter. He had heard a redcoat in the city say that a Tory had brought tlie news that Dick Presently he reached the outskirts of the city and knew Slater, in the guise of a negro, was in Charleston, and at he must look out for the sentinels. He moved slowly this was a party of Tories gotten together for the esd very cautiously, and watched for some signs of the pecial purpose 0 heading him off in case he succeeded in emy. getting out 0 the city, and capturing or killing him. Presently he caught sight of one 0 the sentinels. It But Dick did not intend that the Tories should accom s not a very clear night, and the moon was partially ob-plish their purpose. He did not give the men much time red, but the youth could make out the outlines of the to think; but dashed straight toward them, and, drawing 1ntinel, and he crept cautiously up to within a few yards his pistols, fired two shots, dropping two of the fellows the path traversed by the sentinel in pacing his beat. off their horses. He returned the two pistols to his qelt and Dick believed he would be able to slip across when the drew two more as quick as a flash, and fired these when an was at the farthest point, and got ready to make the within ten feet of the men. tempt. The sentinel moved slowly past and onward till 'rwo more went down, and the rest were seized with a had almost reached the end of his beat, and then Dick panic. They -were men who had not had much experience ddenly rose and stole hastily across the path and darted in warfare, and the action of the youth in dashing straight ay-but not without being seen, for there came a shout toward them instead o turning and trying to escape, as om the opposite direction from the way he had been they had expected he would do, had so surprised them that oking, and then, crack! went a musket and a bullet they were incapable of doing anything at first. Now, istled past Dick's head! however, they fired a few shots, but their horses were "That was a pretty good shot for the dark!" thought plunging about and none of the bullets came very near ck; "but I think I am safe now." to the youth. "The spy!" yelled the redcoat who had fired the shot. "Now I have you, you cowardly traitors!" cried Dick. 7 onder he goes! After him, everybody!" "I'll kill the last one of you!" and seizing hold of a Dick glanced back and saw shadowy forms in chase, and musket he wrenched it from the owner's grasp and using it leaped away at his best speed. "I don't think they can or a weapon, he swung it about his head and knocked the tch me," he thought; "I'll show them a clean pair of Torit;)s off their horses as if they were ten-pins. els, or my name isn't Dick Slater!" They uttered wild yells cif pain and terror, and the two It was a lively chase while it lasted, but it didn't last or three who managed to escape being hit by the musket ng. Dick was fleeter 0 foot than his pursuers, and butt drove the spurs into the flanks of their horses and eedily distanced them, so they discharged their muskets rode away as if the Old Nick was after them. the hope that they might accidentally hit the fugitive, Dick did not pursue them, nor did he stop to fool away d then, seeing they had not, they abandoned the chase any more time the ones he had knocked off their d went baek. horses. He rode onward in the direction of Mr. Ford's Dick continued onward, gradually slackening speed until home, chuckling as he thought of how he had got the got down to a walk. Then he walked rapidly onward better of the band of Tories who had expected to have 1 he reached the point where he had left the road, and such an easy time with him.


'"22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIYELY TIMES. "I guess they will think twice before going or me that the enemy might come from the opposite directi again!" he said to himself; "imless, indeed, they have so from the one from which they might be expected to cor'"' many men that they know they can handle me." l\fr. Ford's folks had not yet gone to bed, and so n' I As or those of the Tories who had not been killed, went to the house and acquainted them with his intentio they picked themselves up and groaningly went abot They told him they were sorry to see him and his bn. I catching their horses and picking up their muskets and "Liberty Boys" go, but that they realized that it was hats. duty to go to the assistance of General Gates. "Thet feller is er demon, hain't he?" said one. "Yes," said Dick, "I have an idea he will need all I "He sartainly is!" another agreed. help he can get, and I don't think you people in t: "Blazes! but I b'leeve my skull is cracked! He hit me neighborhood will be in much danger for some time a turrible lick with the butt uv thet musket!" "An' I got an awful clip alongside ther head!" from another. "I wonder how et happens thet they didn't catch him in Charleston?" remarked another. "I.dunno; he got away, somehow." come." "I hope not," said )frs. Ford. 1 "And so do I!" said Amy. There was a sober look the girl's face, and she looked at Dick somewhat wistfu 1rhen 1:1he knew he was not noticing her. The truth w that although she had known Dick only a very short fa Dick soon reached the "Liberty Boys' and they questioned him eagerly. encampment, she had learned to think a great deal of him. ( Dick remained in the house an hour or so, talking, a "Well, are they going to come out and try to give us a when he rose to leave he shook hands with the differ blow?" "What did you learn?" "I suppose the redcoats are mad as hornets?" "Did you have any trouble in getting into the city?" Such were a few of the questions, and Dick quickly told what he had heard and seen in Charleston. "So the majority of the soldiers of Charleston are going up to Camden to help Cornwallis, eh?" remarked Bob. "Yes; they were getting ready to start when I left." "Why can't we go up there, too, Dick, and help Gates?" "That is just what we are going to do, Bob." "Hurrah! That's the talk!" "H the larger portion of the force at Charleston is going up to Camden, there is not much danger that the members of the family, saying: "I think it likely we w be away in the morning before you folks are up, so 11 s ay good-by." "Good-by, and success to you!" said Mr. Ford, and t others said the same. There was an eager look on Harr: Eace, and presently he said: "Father anrl mother, let i go with Dick and the 'Liberty Boys,' won't you?" l His parents looked startled, and they hesitated; but was evident that the idea struck Amy favorably. "I him go, father and mother!" she said. "What woulcl Gertie say?" asked Mrs. Ford, looking Harry. "She would say or me to go, I am sure," replied t redcoats who are left will do much damage around here," yuuth. said Mark Morrison. "You are right, MaFk; and that reason we will leave this part of the country at once and go up there and take a hand in affairs." "Will we go to-night?" Dick pondered a few moments, and then said: "No, we will stay here to-night but we will start bright and early in the morning, and we can easily overtake the British infantry before to-morrow night, when, if we can po3sibly do so, we will give them a blow." The "Liberty Boys" were well pleased by the prospects "Do you think so?" ''Yes, I am sure of it. She would rather have a fell for a sweetheart who is prave enough, and patriotic enou to wish to go and fight or his country, than to have o ,\ho would rather stay at home and take things easy, I s confident." "May be so." "I think as Harry does, mother," said Amy. "A g would love her sweetheart all the more on account of t'l being brave and patriotic." "But I can see what she herse1 says about it," sa. of some lively work in the near future, and laughed and Harry; "I wouldn't think of going without seeing h1 talked and sang songs. Dick was careful to keep out you know; and if you consent tc my going, father guards, so as to avoid being taken by surprise, and he mother, I will go right over and see Gertie." placed them on every side, foT he knew from experience "Oh, well, so far as I am concerned you may go, Harr{ i


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY Tll\IES. 23 id h:is father; "but will you return home as soon as h c d ? ie battle at am en is over." r "II you say so; but I would prefer to stay with and the 'Liberty Boys' as long as they remain in the "You may do as you like, Harry." "And what do you say, mother?" "Since your father is willing I shall not withhold my nsent, Harry," was the reply. 11Good fol' you, mother, dear!" and then giving his other a kiss, Harry left the house and hastened down e road in the direction of the home of Gertie Elmore. Her home was about a mile and a half distant, and arry walked it in less than half an hour. The family ad retired, but Harry was not at all daunted. He knock-on the door, and when he heard footsteps inside the ouse he called out: "It is I, Harry Ford, Mr. Elmore." "Ila! is it you, Harry?" was the exclamation from ithin. "Any of the folks sick? Anything happened?" "No," the youth replied. "I am going away early in c morning and I wished to see Gertie and tell her bout it." There was the sound of bolts being withdrawn and then e door opened. "Going away, Harry?" the man asked. Where are you going?" "Dick Slater thinks so, and I guess he knows pretty well." "And you will be in it! Oh, Harry, it seems hard fo think that you must be exposed in such a manner!" "Oh, I'll come back again, safe and sound, Gertie l" said the youth "Oh, I hope so, Harry!" "I will, little sweetheart! NeYe'r you fear. Don't fret for a moment." "I won't worry any more than I can help, of cour se; bnt I won't be able to keep from worrying some." Harry stayed an hour, and then kissed his S\1eetheart te nderly, and bade her good-by; and as he was getting ready to leave, Mr. and Mrs. Elmore came downstairs and shook his hand and told him good-by, and wished him luck. Then he took his departure and hastened back to his home and went to bed, for he knew that he would need all the reat he could get CHAPTER IX. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" JOIN GATES' ARMY. 'l'he "Liberty Boys" were up and away next morning before sunup, and Harry went with them. He was per"I'm going up near Camden with the 'Liberty Boys.' haps the happiest one of all, for it was a new experience "Oh, that's it?" "Yes.; there's going to be a battle up there and the to him-to be riding away, a member of a party of soldiers on his wey to fight for the liberty and independence of the people of America. Dick sent Bob Estabrook and Mark Morrison ahead as iberty Boys' want to be it, and I am going with them." "Good for you, Harry I But I am afraid that the red oats from Charleston will come out here and do a lot of scouts, to keep watch for the British, as he did not wish amage as soon as you are gone." "I don't think so; the majority of the redcoats have left harleston and are on their way to Camden to join Corn allis, and the rest will likely behave themselves." to run onto them suddenly. His intention was to locate them and keep a couple of miles behind them and then attack them at night. Of course, his force being not one-fourth as large as that of the British, all he could do would be to make a "I hope so; well, go into the front room, there, Harry, sudden attack, and then get out of the way quickly, but d I will go up and tell Gertie you are here. She'll be in doing this he thought it possible that quite a good many own just as soon as she can get dressed." of the redcoats could be disposed of and placed in a posi-Harry went into the room and seated himself, and five tion where they would be unable to render Cornwallis aid. inutes later Gertie appeared, bringing a candle with her. At noon, when they stopped to eat their dinner, Bob and he leaped into Harry's arms, with a little cry. "Father Mark rode into camp and brought the information that ells me you are going away to the war!" she breathed. the force of redcoats was only two. miles ahead and was Oh, Harry, I'm glad and I'm sorry, too, for-what if in camp, taking its noonday meal and rest. ou should be killed?" "Then we will have to go slowly the rest of the day," "I shall have to take the chances of that, Gertie, the eaid Dick; "indeed, I don't know that we had better move nme as all soldiers do," said Harry, kissing the beautiful any farther until nearly nightfall, for we can speedily catch irl tenderly. "' up with the enemy." "Do you really think there will be a battle, Harry?" "Yes," agreed Bob; "they won't be able to march more


twelve or fifteen miles, and we can ride that in a they had fired a deadly volley into the ranks 0 couple of hours." British, 11nd, not to be outdone, they took quick aim, 1 "So we can; and I guess we might as well remain right at the word from Diclr, poured a volley into the midst s here till ater supper-time." the redcoats". This plan was followed out, and Bob and Mark put in This came so unexpectedly to the British that they 'l3 the afternoon, keeping watch on the British; they came thrown into worse conusion than ever, and or a J into camp about five o'clock and told Dick that there would moments they seemed to hardly know what to do. Tl be no difficulty in locating the redcoats, when it was de-their commander, Colonel Melburn, came rushing out oft sired to do so. tent and shouted to them to fire a volley, which order After supper the "Liberty Boys" mounted and rode obeyed. ]] away. They rode two hours at a good pace, and then the "Now, charge the scoundrels!" roared the colonel, b main party came to a stop, while Dick and Bob went at this instant the "Liberty Boys" and the party at t ahead to investigate and locate the camp 0 the redcoats. farther side 0 the encampment fired a volley and fori They kept a sharp lookout and presently caught sight few moments the redcoats hesitated. They did not lm 0 the light made by camp-fires. "There is the camp," how great a force they might have to contend with. said Bob; "we had better dismount and go ahead afoot, "Charge roared the colonel. "Charge, I say, and Qdon't you think?" the rebels down!" "That will be the safest plan, Bob." Dismounting they tied their horses and stole forward. They were soo: where they could see the encampment, and ater some careul manreuvring they located the sentinels. 'l'hey discovered that there were only three or four sentinels out. Evidently the redcoats did not suspect that they were in danger. This would make it easier for the "Liberty Boys" to strike a blow, and Dick and Bob returned to where they had let their comrades, feeling well pleased with the situation. It was decided to stay where they were until eleven o'clock, at least, as would then have a better chance to strike the British a severe blow, and this was done. When the time came they rode forward to the point where Dick and Bob had dismounted, and here all dismounted and tied their horses. Then they stole forward. They were soon near the encampment 0 the British anJ crept up to within range of the men lying all around, rolled up in blankets. They had been given their instructions by Dick, and knew just what to do. At last they were ready, and, muskets in hands and leveled, were awaiting the signal from Dick, when 0 a sudden a sheet of flame burst forth from the timber at the arther side of the encampment, and with wild yells 0 terror and anger the redcoats leap ed up and seized their muskets-that is to say, the ma jority did. There were a dozen at least who did not get up. They had been rendered hors du combat by the volley from the unknown foe. 0 course, the "Liberty Boys" were greatly surprised; for they had not suspected that any other party was abroad at. this time 0 the but they understood that the He himsel led the force toward the side on which "Liberty Boys" were, aI?-d giving them one more voll Dick and his comrndes took reuge in flight, for they cou' not hope to withstand the onslaught of three hundD' soldiers. Another volley had come from the opposite Sl of the encampment, and the rest 0 the redcoats rushed' that direction. The redcoats were very angry, now, and they gave 1 terance to wild yells and curses as they rushed ih amo, the trees from whence had come the death-dealing voile: and great was their disappointment when they encoUI) ercd no resistance. The enemy had flown. The British, bold, now ran far out into the timber a made a thorough search or their enemy, but where could they find any traces 0 the audacious "reb 1 who had crept up and dealt them such a severe blow at. then fled. '' The blow had been rather severe, sure enough, for twe two 0 the British had been killed and seventeen wounde As a matter 0 course, the redcoats were eager to get venge, and scouts were sent out to see i the identity af location 0 the enemy could be discovered. The scouts wt< not very skilled, however, and they were unsuccessul their search. It may be that they were afraid to venti1 very far into the depths 0 the timber, for fear they meet with death at the hands 0 the unseen and unkn011 enemy; be that as it may they did not locate the "rebel: and were forced to return and so report. I Colonel Melburn was very angry and threatened what 1, would do i he was so fortunate as to lay eyes on fl. enemy. "I will wipe them off the face 0 the earth!" I strangers, whoever they might be, must be friends, since declared, fiercely.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. 25 e placed out strong guards or sentinels and said he d see to it that they were not surprised a second time. r had no idea there were any rebels in the neighborhood," said. ick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" retreated to where y had left their horses, and, mounting, rode back a mile f d went into camp. As he expected, they had not been camp thirty minutes before the sentinel on the north e of the encampment was hailed and a few 'moments er the "Swamp Fox" and his men rode into view. I say Dick Slater had expected that somebody would w up, a.S the fact that the redcoats had been attacked another party proved that there were others in the ighborhood who were patriots, but he did not expect see the "Swamp Fox." "I thought that you went up to Camden to offer your vices to General Gates!" exclaimed Dick, as he shook ds with Marion. "So I did," was the reply. "What was the trouble? Couldn't you find him?" "Oh, yes, I found him." "What's the trouble, then? Isn't he going to give Corn llis a battle, after all?" "Yes, he is going to attack Cornwallis, he says." "Then why didn't you stay with him? But, of course, u have something else of more importance to do or you uldn't be here." There was a gloomy look on the face of the "Swamp x," as Dicik could see by the faint light of the moon, he t having had any camp-fires built. "I am doing what can for the good of the great cause," Baid Marion; "I' Ye just struck the British a blow, as you know, for you re there and struck them at the same time, but I didn't I of their clothes, doesn't know enough to be a great gen eral, and I don't understand how it was that he con quered Burgoyne at Saratoga." "He wouldn't have done so but for Arnold and his other officers," said Marion; "at l east that is my opinion. He seems to be a very bigoted, important-feeling man, and thinks he knows it all; b11t I fear he has a hard lesson ahead of him." "I have no doubt that he will be given a lesson when he meets Cornwallis," agreed Dick; "I wouldn't care, so far as he is concerned, but think of the hundreds of patriot soldiers who will have to suffer as a result." "It is bad," said the "Swamp Fox." "I talked to him for two hours and told him that I thought I and my men could be of benefit to him, but he looked upon us with scorn and would have none of us." "Well, that beats anything I ever heard of!" said Dick. "I would not have believed a man, and a general, too, could have acted in such a foolish manner." "Maybe he won't have anything to do with us, either, Dick!" said Bob Estabrook. "We haven't any uniforms, you know, and look more or less travel-stained and worn." "Very well; if he wants it that way we will try and stand it. I hope he won't be so foolish as to refuse to let us help him, however." "If he is, I'll tell him what I think of him!" declared Bob. "And be court--martialtd !" laughed Dick. "No, if he refuses to let us help him we will make the best of it, as General !Iarion, here, has done." "Well, from all I could learn, he will need all the help he can get," the "Swamp Fox." "Cornwallis has a strong force, and knows the country better than Gates y with Gates for the reason that he didn't want me to." does, and consequently he will, in all likelihood, succeed "Didn't want you to?" Dick was amazed; and no wonder, for Marion and n had a reputation as fighters and brave men second to in outgeneraling him in some way." "Do you think the clash will come very soon?" asked Dick. ne in America. "Not for several days. You will have time enough to "No; he told me he didn't care to accept of my serreach the scene before the two forces come together. Gates s." is still four days' march from Camden. "Why not?" "Which do you think I had better do-stay in the vicin 'He said he didn't think we could do him any good. The ity of this force that we struck to-night, and keep on uble was, Dick, so far as I could make out, we were striking them blows, or go straight on to Camden and meet gh and uncouth-looking, had no uniforms and did not General Gates?" k like warriors." "I hardly know; though I think it will perhaps be as Dick gave utterance to an exclamation indicative of well to go on, for this force will be on the lookout and it gust. "The man inust be a fool!" he cried. "I don't will be a difficult matter to strike them another blow." e if he is a general; a man who doesn't know better than "True; they will keep out a sufficient number of sen rate the fighting abilities of men by the style and cut tinels to make another surprise impossible."


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' L IVELY T I MES. "Yes, they will be on the lookout to prevent a repetition It was Dick's private opinion that the question should of to-night's experience." have been reversed and changed to "What can you d o for l'he two parties remained in the same encampment that me?" but he did not say so. Instead he said, very cou rte night, but early in the morning were up and stirring, and 0Usly: "I have come here, General Gates, to offer the ser after a frugal breakfast, bade good-by to each other, and vices of myself and my 'Liberty Boys' in the battle which while the "Swamp Fox" and his men continued on in a southern direction, Dick and his "Liberty Boys" rode northward. They made a detour to get around the British force, and then galloped onward at a lively clip. will come as soon as you reach Camden "There won't be much of a battle," was the somewhat arrogant reply; "when we get within striking distance of the British we will make short work of them." 'l'hey rode J?.Orthward all day, pausing only at noon for "I certainly hope so, sir; and I wish to be present and a bite to eat for themselves and their horses, and at night help make short work of them." To himself Dick said: went into camp within twenty-five miles of Camden. "He is very egotistic. I fear he will get a setback when Next day they continued their journey, and leaving he reaches Camden. If he thinks he is going to have an Camden at their left rode on still farther northward. easy time defeating Cornwallis he is mi s tak en." Along toward evening Dick sent out three or four scouts General Gates pondered a few moments. "Where are to the right and to the left, with instructions to look out your men?" he then asked for Gates and his army, and try to locate them. Just as they were getting ready to eat supper, after having gone into camp at sundown, one of the scouts came in and re ported that the patriot army was only about two miles "They are here in the camp." "You just arrived?" "Yes, sir." Again the general was silent, and Dicli thought that it away to the northeast, and that it was in camp there ,ras douLtful whether or not he and his comrades would "\-ery good," said Dick; "we'll ride over there after get to take part in the battle with the British. At last the supper and find ont whether or not General Gates will let general said: "I am busy now, but will think the matter us help him." After supper the youths remounted and rode over to where the patriot soldiers were encamped. They were challenged and rode forward with the announcement that they were patriots and friends. re We are 'The Liberty Boys over. You may remain in the camp, to-night." "'11hank you," said Dick, and, had the general but known ii, there was sarcasm in the utterance. "He talks and acts as if it was a favor to us to let us stay in ramp over night," thought Dick; "well, that is a of '"i u,'" explained Dick; "I am Dick Slater, and I wish new experience, anyway, to be treated in this fashion." to have QJJ audience with General Gates at the earliest "I will see you in the morning," said Gates; "good possible moment." 'l'he officer of the guard was sent for and he conducted the party into the encampment, the youths tying their horses just outside. The appearance of the youths atnight.'1 "Good night," replied Dick, and, saluting, he withdrew. He went back to where the "Liberty Boys" were standing, and told them that they would go into camp for the night. tractcd considerable attention, and when it became known The youths at once made their simple arrangements, and who they were-as it very quickly did-there was a hum when this was done Dick told them what the general had o-f interest and astonishment from the soldiers. said. 'l'he officer of the guard conducted Dick to the tent oc"So he wants time to consider whether or not to let us cupied by Gates, and then calling the order l y out, told him go with him and fight the enemy, does he?" remarked Bob, to tell the general that Dick Slater, the captain of "The in fine scorn. "Say, he is a great one, isn't he?" Liberty Boys of '76," wished to see him. "Just as l ike as not he' ll turn us adrift the same as h e rl'he orderly stepped back into the tent, and the hum did Marion and his men," said Mark Morrison. of Yoices was heard for a few moments, and then he re" I hardly think he will do that," said Dick; "he knows appeared and said the genera l would see D ick S l ater. of us, and he may no t have been familiar with the record Dick at once entered and found General Gates seated at a of the 'Swamp Fox' and his men." l ittle, portable desk, writing. He l ooked u p and eyed Dick "Well, he o ught to have been familiar with Marion's critically, after which he motioned toward a camp stool record," said Bob; "no one has a better one and said: "Be ocated. Pray what can I do for you, Mr. "'l'hat is certainly true," agreed Dick. Slater?" Some of the patriot soldiers came over to where the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. 27 youths were, and entered into con rersation with them; way was clear, but Gates would not hear to anything of and it did not take the youths long to find out that there the kind. He didn't want the enemy to be alarmed, he were plenty of the men who did not fancy General Gates, said, and he made the youths ride at the rear of the army, or his way of doing things. much to their disgust. They spoke of the refusal of the general to allow Uarion The march was kept up till about three o'clock in the and his men to assist him. "It was a very foolish move, anorn,ing when, at a point five miles from Camden the I think," said one; "for Marion has the reputation of being advance guard of Gates' army encountered the advance a wonderfully shrewd man, and as a fighter second to none, guard of the British, and a skirmish ensued. It is rather while he knows this country round about here like a book." remarkable, but both generals had made up their minds "You are right," agreed Dick; "in my opinion it was to surprise each other 'that night, and both armies very unwise not to accept the assistance of Uarion and his on the move and met, as we haYe :;lated, at a point iive men. They are ill-kempt and ragged, but they are shrewd, miles from Camden. and are demons to fight. We boys know that, for we have The skirmish was short and sharp, but the patriots "ere been engaged in more than one fig11t with the British, with routed and their commander, Colonel Porterfield, was killthe 'Swamp Fox' as our assistant, and I have yet to see any ed. This put a stop to the advance and Gates, astoni s hed one I would rather have back me up in a fight than to have met with such an obstruction and reverse, called a Marion." council. He was puzzled by the situation, and hanlly "The trouble with Gates," said one of the men, frankly, knew what to do, though he would not have acknowledged "is that he thinks he knows it all." this. while the men lay on their arms in the Q.arkness, "And there is danger that he may wake up some fine ready to up and do battle at a moment s notice, the morning and find that he is mistaken," said Bob Estabrook, held their consultation. drily. General Kalb was for returning to Clermont, distant "You are right about that, my boy," was the reply. Next morning General Gates sent for Dick, and with an air of condescension told him that he had decided that the "Liberty Boys" might remain with the patriot army. "I know of you, and am aware that you are good fight ers," he said; "not that I think I will need you, but by having more men and good fighters, I will be able the quicker to end the matter when I encounter the British." "Thank you,'' said Dick. He exchanged a few more words with Gates and then saluted and withdrew. Returning to where he had left his men, Dick informed them of the result of the inter view. "Then we are to stay with the army and take a hand in the fight, after all, eh?" remarked Bob. "Yes,'' was the reply. The march toward Camden was resumed, and as the roads were in bad condition no great headway was made, fifteen miles representing the distance traveled by the troops. They paused early in the evening, however, for it was Gates' intention to push on that night and try to reach Camden and surprise the British before moming. The army remained where it was and rested for about three hours, and then the order was given to break camp about four miles, and taking up as strong a position as possible there, but the rest were opposed to this course. 'l'bey thought it best to remain where they were and fight it out. There was one very disquieting thought to Gates, and that was the fact that Cornwallis was in personal com mand of the army in front. This had been lel'trned from some prisoners who had. been captured in the skirmish, and these same prisoners said that Cornwallis had three thou sand men. Dick and General Marion had understood, all the time, that Cornwallis was at Camden, but Gates had refused to believe it and thought that he was opposed to Lord Rawdon only, whose generalship he held in con tempt. But Cornwallis was a man who knew his business, and Gates recognized this fact and realized that he would have some hard work to do in the morning if they stood their ground and fought the British. Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" were disgusted. "If he had permitted us to go in advance and do some scouting, he would not have been surprised,'i said Bob Estabrook. "I guess he will begin to realize that he doesn't know it all, pretty soon." CHAPTER X. A TERRIBLE DEFEAT. and resume the march. There was no reason why Dick When the sun rose it showed the two < rrnies close to Slater and his "Liberty Boys" should not have gone on in gether. On both sides of the road were swamps which advance, on horseback, and scouted and made sure the made it impossible for the armies to spread out much.


28 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. It had been decided to attack the British right flank, and The battle was over and the second Maryland brigade here again Gates showed lamentable lack of generalship. left the field, slowly and in good order, and passing in a For this important task, the success or failure of which, as westerly direction, between a hill and the swamp, made 'ihe initial part of the combat, would practically determine their escape. success or failure of the patriots in the battle as a It was now time for the "Liberty Boys" to be moving. whole, was intrusted to the raw militia from North CaroThey had done splendid work, and as they could do l'l+ lina Virginia, while the regulars from Maryland, the more alone and unaided, Dick gave the signal for the re old veterans who had been through many a bloody battle, treat. They hastened down the slope and to where their and were not afraid of the Old Nick himself, were placed horses had been left, and, mounting, rode around in & over on the right flank, and had to wait for the combat westerly direction and joined the second Maryland brigadE tO become general before taking a hand. They should and accompanied it on the retreat. have made the attack, and had they done so the result of Meanwhile, where. was General Gates? He had been the battle of Oamden-"\\hich was a total defeat and terrible caught in the midst of the frightened and :fleeing militia rout for the patriot army-might have been different. at the beginning of the battle and was carried back as far Presently the battle began. The North Carolina and >i Clermont. Realizing that the battle was lost, Gates Virginia militia began the advance, but were so ignorant procured a fresh horse and started for Hillsborough, which, of field manceuvres that they got all tangled up, seeing being the seat of government for the State, would be the which the British right flank advanced in a bayonet charge. best place from which to organize another army. He Being disciplined troops, they did not become tangled up, reached Hillsborough, four days later, faint, weary, hi but came down upon the luckless militia like an avalanche, uniform a mass of dirt and badly worn, and he looked at and the poor fellows are not to be blamed if they did not that moment as disreputable as any man in the band of stand their ground. They broke and .fled, followed by the "Swamp Fox," which men he only a short time before Tarleton and his fierce band of butchers, who cut down refused to accept the assistance o f because they did not men by the scores, the militia running blindly, and prepresent a neat appearance. Had Gates accepted the as senting the best possible marks for the sword s of the mercisistance of Marion and his men, and used them as they less cavalrymen. should haye been used in permitting them to act as An attack was now made on the :Maryland brigades, and scouts, etc., the disaster which had befallen him would not the affair speedily took on the appearance of a battle. The h .ave occurred, for he would not have been taken un. awares Maryland and Delaware regiments were veterans and fight-by the British, as he had been through meeting them un ers such as the British had seldom encountered Led by expectedly in the road north of Camden. Buf he was the giant and lion-hearted Kalb, they fought lik e fiends and punished for his headstrong way of doing things, and for kept the entire British force busy. They were aided materhis egotism; for the terrible affair of Camden practically ially by the "Liberty Boys." Dick had, early in the enkilled him as a general, taking away all the prestige he had gagement, stationed his men half way up a hillside where they could overlook the field and yet be within range of the point where the real battle was to be fought. ac

THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY THIES. 29 "The worst of it was that nobody ever dared say a word who came along to follow and rejoin him at Hillsborough. to Gates," said another; "even Kalb and the other officers The patriot soldiers grumbled some, and said that they got so they would not make 1tny suggestions, for every time would rather go it alone than to again trust themselves they did it they were insulted." under the command of Gates, but thy were in duty bound '-'Poor Kalb!" sighed one of the men. "He was a goodto obey orders, and next morning got ready to start for hearted man, and as brave a soldier as ever stepped foot Hillsborough on a battlefield But he's gone. I saw him fall, and he "Are you going with us?>' asked one of the soldiers of was wounded in a dozen places, so it seemed to me." Dick. They had all taken a great liking to the "Liberty "I wonder if they captured Gates?" remarked another. Boys," and would have been glad to have the youths re ''. I hope they did!" said Bob Estabrook. "But I would main with them. But such was not Dick's intention. wager a good deal that they didn't I have always noticed "No, I don't think we will go to Hillsborough," Dick that the person or persons who are to blame for a thing replied. "I am not under the orders of Gates, and I be usually escape, and some innocent parties have tobear the l!eve that I have had all of him that I want brunt of the trouble-or, at any rate, that is the way it "I don't blame you," was the reply; "we wouldn't join has impressed me him if we didn't have to." "There does seen:r' to be something in what you say, my boy," said another of the so1diers; "I, too, doubt their 'But what will you boys do?" asked another "We will go farther so-ath and do what we can to pro. having captured Gates, for he was well in the rear of the tect the patriot families of South Carolina. We were sent army and was well mounted. I don't think they could clown here on a roving commission, to go and come as we have caught him-unless his horse was wounded." pleased, and make things as lively as possible for the "Say, those British dragoons were demons remarked British, and I guess there will be plenty of work now that another "I watcMd them as well as I could, and the way the redcoats have triumphed so signally, and practically they hacked and cut those poor fellows down was a sm wiped out the entire patriot army

30 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES. of the battle at Camden, and when Dick told him how great when they learned the result of the battle of Cam it had turned out a groan went up from the brave man, den, but they were glad to see their son Harry back aga and from his men as well. alive. He stopped only long enough to greet his pa:::enta "I feared it!" he said hoarsely. "I was afraid that was and sister, and then galloped on over to the home of tb the way it would turn out Well, it can't be helped Elmores, to see his sweetheart, Gertie, who received hi but it is a lamentable affair, a lamentable affair!" in a manner that was satisfactory to him, for she was The two parties camped together that night, but parted girl who could kiss as well as be kissed. and each went its way next morning, and about noon Dick The "Liberty Boys" remained in the South some tim and the "Liberty Boys" reached the home of the Fords longer, and were here, there and everywhere They had Their coming took the good people by surprise, but they some very lively times, indeed, and they succeeded in mak 1 wer e welcomed most heartily; the grief of the patriots was. ing it quite lively for the redcoats, too. THE END. The next number (64) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'LONE HAND'; OH, FIGHTING AGAINST GREAT ODDS," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any n ewsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps b y mai l to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order l'>y return m ail. Samp1e Copies Se:n.1; "HAPPY DA VS." 'l,he Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Awa,y Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sam pie Copy Free. Address FRANK 'l,OUSEY, Publisher, 2 4 Union Square, New York.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A. W e e ldy Magazi ne c()ntaining Sto r ies o f t he Revolutio n By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithfu account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of America1 youths. who were always ready and willing to imperil their live1 for the sake of helping along the gallant ca.use of Independence Ever y number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter boun d in a beautiful colored cover. 1 Tbe Liberty Boys of rn: or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Llbt:rty l;uys (Juth; ur, Settlrng \\.ith tlrn British and Tortes. 3 The Llbt:rty lloys Good \\'ork; ur, llt:iping (;enernl \Yashlngton. 4 The Llb .. rty Ruys on Hand; or, Alwnys iu the ltlght l'lace. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, l'\ot Afraid of the Kings llliolons. G The Liberty Boys Defiance; or, .. Catch aud Hang Us lf You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys In Demand ; or, Tbe Champiou Spies ot the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Flght; or, Beset by Brltlsh and Tortes. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Themselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Nec kand-Nec k Race With Death. 11 The Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Perfl; or, Threatened from 11!! Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' I.uck; or, Fortune Favois the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooffng the British. la The I.iberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught ln It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled ; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British lllan-ot War. Hs The Liberty Boys' Chaffenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. i:1 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, 'l'he Beautitul Tory. ?u The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been. 2 1 The Liberty Boys' Work; or, Dolng '.rhlngs Up Brnwn. 2'.! The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Cail of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the RPdmats. 21 The Li ht>rty Boys' Double Victory ; or, Downing the Redcoats and Tvrles. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Sples. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Tric k ; or, Teaching tbe Uedcoats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the R e dcoats In Phfladelphi a 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at tbe Brandywine. 29 The Llbl'rty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 3') The Liberty Boys In a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. :n The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Check 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed ; or, After Dlck Slater for Itevenge 33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Wbo Was an Enemy. :l4 Tbe Liberty Boys Fake Surrender ; or, Tbe Ruse Tbat Succeeded. 3:'i Tbe Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At tbe Clang of tbe Bell." 3G 'l'be Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Llfe tor Llberty'1 Ca userty Boys' Iron Grip; or. Squeezing the R edcoats. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What '.rhey Set Out to D o. 48 The Liberty Boys' Setilack; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 40 Tbe Liberty Boys In Toryvflle; or. Dlck Slater's Fearful Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Llbe1tJ. 1 The Liberty Boys Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their Own Gsme. 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mlle. 53 'l'he Liberty Boye' Danger; or, Foes on All Sides. 54 '!'he Liberty Boys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boye' Strategy; or, Out-Generaling the Enemy. 5 6 'l'he Liberty Boys' Warm work; or, Showing the Redcoats How to Fight. 57 The Liberty Boye' "Push"; or, Bound to Get 'l'here. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" at Stony Point. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They DPalt lb Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 6 1 The Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going it Blind. 6 2 The J,iberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Light Horse Harry at Paulus Hook. 6 3 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everywhere. 6 4 'l'hc Liberly Boys' "Lone Hand"; or. Fighting against G .reat Odds. For sale by all newsdeale1s, o r 8ent 11ost11aid on recei1>t o f }))'ice. 5 c ents per copy b y PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o t our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re turn mail. POSTAGE S'J'AMP S TAiiEN THE l"Al.UE AS J\IONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union Square, Ne11 York ...................... .1901 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents or which please send m e : copies 0 WORK AND WIN, Nos ....................... ............... PLUCK AND LUCK ...................................... SECRET SERVICE ..................................... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ............................. Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .............................................. Name................ ......... Street and No ................. Town .......... State ...