The Liberty Boys' "Jonah," or The youth who "queered" everything

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The Liberty Boys' "Jonah," or The youth who "queered" everything
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Moore, Harry
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution .. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Otrlce, February f, 1901. Entered according to Act of Oongress, in the year 1902, in the otrice of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 69. NEW YORK, APRIL 25, 1902: Price 5 Cen ts CHAPTER I. "Me?" I "Yes, you." JUI AND THE REDCOAT. The youth scratc;hed his head and looked at the man "Dad-bing thcr redcoats, ennyhow-thet's whut I say! somewhat dubiously. Finally he said: "I'm Jim." Dad-bing 'em!" "Jim, eh?" "Hello! what's the matter, my boy? And what are you "Yes." 'dad-binging' the redcoats for?" "Jim what?" The first speaker was a gawky-looking country youth, "Jim-Slocum." It was evident that the youth was a dressed in the blue homespun such as was worn by the bit chary about telling who he was. He was smart enough majority of the farming people of the South at the time of to know that it was possible that the stranger might be which we write---midsummer of the year 1781. The youth an enemy. "Still," said Jim to himself, "I guess he hain't was perhaps eighteen years old. The other speaker was a er redcoat, fur he hain't got no unyform on, an' I never man of perhaps forty years, and was one who, although seen no redcoats yit without unyforms on." in citizen's clothing, showed by his bearing that he was one who bad seen military training-but, of course, the youth in question could not see this. The man was not bad-looking, having regular features, and a mustache and imperial, but there was something in his expression which would have warned the close observer that he was a man to fight shy of. The youth, when he gave utterance to the remark given above, was standing beside the road, looking down upon head, skin, hoofs, etc., of a cow that had evidently recently been killed. The main portion of the body was gone. The man had stepped out from among the trees at the farther side of the road and had advanced quietly, being near enough when the youth spoke to hear what he said. He had then made the remark which we have given above. The place where these two individuals stood was on the main road leading northward from Petersburg, in Virginia, and about five miles from the town. When the youth heard the strange voice he utteFed an "Humph!" the man remarked. "So yot1r name is Jim Slocum, is it?" "Yes, sir." "Well, why didn't you say so?" "I-I-did." "Not at first ; you hesitated." "Waal, I-I didn' m-mean to, mister." "All right; but where do you live, Jim?" 'Bout ha'f er mile erway." "I asked you where you live; not how far it is to the house." "Oh, et's right over thet way, mister!" pointing. "In the timber ? "Waal, we've got er clearin' thar, ye know." "No, I don't know; how big a clearing is it?" "Fifteen acres." "Hum! And I suppose you have parents?" "Yes, mister." "You have father and mother both still alive, then?" exclamation of surprise, not unmixed with alarm, and "Yes, mister." whirled around. He stared at the newcomer for a few "Any other relatives?" moments in silence and then said : "Who be you, mister?" "Who am I?" "Yes." "Well, I don't know as it matters particularly who I am. What I wish to know is, who are you?" "I got er sister." "Oh, you have?" "Yep." "What is your sister's name?" "Sal." "Sal, eh?"


-2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH. "Yes, mister." "How old is she?" "I dunno." "You don't know ?" "No." "IInmpli Do you know how old you are?" The youth shook his head. "No, I don', mister." "Could you give a guess regarding your age?" "I guess I could." "Well, how old would you guess that you are?" 'Bout-'bout-ten yeers old, I guess "Oh, bosh! you're older than that." "D'ye think so?" "Yes; you must be eighteen or nineteen years old." "Waal, I guess I am, ef ye say so." "Of course you are; and your sister-is she older or younge! than you?" "Neether wun, mister." 'l'he man started. "What do you mean?" he asked. "Why, ye see, I've heerd dad'n mam say ez how't me'n Sal is twos "Heard them say what?" "Thet Sal'n me is twos." The man laughed. "You mean twins," he said. Jim ducked his head. "Yas, thet 's et," he aclmowledged. "I !mowed thet we wuz somethin' thet meant theer wuz two uv us "Then Sal is the same age a s yourself." "I guess is, mister "Are there any more children?" "Yep." "Humph! How many?" "I dunno, mister; I never counted 'em "What's that-don't know how many brothers and sisters you have?" "I hain t never counted 'em, mister-ter tell the trooth, I kain't count; but I kin name 'em over." "Well, go ahead and name them, and I'll keep count." "All right, mister; air ye ready?" "Yes, go ahead." "Waal, theer's Pete n Bill'n Sam n 'Lizy'n Bob'n J osy-them's twos erg'in, mi ster-an' theer's Tom'n J\fark'n Frank'n Jule' n Sue." The youth paused, and the rn' an look ed at him inquir ingly and half expectantly and asked : "Is that all?" Jim scratched his head and looked thoughtful. "Lemme see," he half murmured, "I named Pete'n Bill'n Sam'n 'Lizy'n Bob'n Joe'n Josy'n Tom'n Mark'n Frank'n Jule'n Sue-yas, thet's all uv 'em." "Ilumph you ar e sure? You haven't forgotten any?" Again the youth scratched his head. Then he shook it s lowly. "No, I hain't forgot enny," he replied positively; "them's all uv 'em Humph! That isn't many-only twelve, a round clozen !" The man spoke sarcastically, but it was lo st on Jim. "No, thet hain't very menny," he replied slowly; "but air me'n Sal counted ermong 'em, ter make ther duzzen ?" "No; you and Sal make the number fourteen." "Thet's more'n er duzzen hain't et?" The man laughed. "Yes, that's more than a dozen," he replied. "And now, what I wish to ask is, why were you 'dad-binging' the redcoats just now?" Jim hesitated. The other noted this and said, authoritatively : "Go on, tell me. "Waal, cf I mus', I I guess ." "Certainly; go ahead What have the redcoats, as you call them, done to you?" 'rhe youth pointed to the head, hicle, hoof s etc., of the defunct cow and said : "D'ye see them?" The man nodded. "Yes, I see them," h e replied. "What about them?" "The m's all thet is lef' er cow, mister." "Yes, so I should judge, thoughI don't know much about such things." "Ye kin see ez how et wuz er red cow; kain't ye?" in dicating the hide, which showed plainly that the cow had, in life, indeed been a red one. "An' ye kin see thet she hed er white spot in 'er forrerd, kain't ye ?" "Yes, I notice that." "An' thet she hed three white feet?" "Yes, that is patent also." "Is-whut, mister?" "I say that that is plain to be seen." "Oh, yas; an' ye kin see thet wun uv ther horns wuz ha'f turned an' p'inted out sideways instid uv p'intin' up like tber other?" "Yes, I can see that." "Waal, our ole cow, Sukey, hed all them air marks an' pecooliarities." "Ah Then I am to infer that this is your cow?" "I don' know whut ye mean by 'infur,' mister." "I mean that I suppose I am to understand that this cow is yours." "She wuz our'n." "Yes, that i s what I mean."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." 3 "She hain't er cow, now, ye know, mister Thar hain't who, like yourself, seems to be rather deficient i n r eas onin g nolhin' lef' but th er head, hide, hoofs'n tail." faculties, but it is not proof." "So I observe "So ye-whut ?" "So I see. "I didn' exackly unnerstan' all ye said mister." "No, I suppose not; but you unde r stan d that it does not prove that the r edcoats killed your cow. "Yes, -Jnnybuddy c'u'd see thet." The youth was si l ent a few moments. "Mebby et d on' 'But what has that to do with your swearing at the prove et," he said, "but I'd bet er doughnut t h et t hey n dcoats ?" .. I wuzn't sw'arin' at ther redcoats." But I heard you." "Ilcerd me sw'arin' ?" Certainly I did." "W'y, mister, I dunno how ter sw'ar .. "I think you do. Didn't I hear you say, 'Dad-bing the redcoats' ?" The y outh grinned "Y as, I guess ye beeTd me say thet," h e admitted "W ellJ t h at is swearin g." "Wbu t Sayin' 'dad -bing'?" "Certa inly." The youth shook h i s head. "I don' b'leeve et, mister. 1 don' sw'ar; never sw' ared in my life-but ef dad-b in g wm: sw'arin', I'd let ct stan' !" "You would?" "Yes." "Why a r e you so biller against the redcoats?" "W'y? Becos they killed our cow, thct's w'y !" rrhe man nodded. "That is why you were talking against them, eh?" he remarked "You. think they killed your cow?" "I am shore they did." "What makes you sure of it?" "Waal, who else would do el?" "Perhaps some of your neighbors might have done it. The youth shook his head. "No, they didn' do et," he declared; "1 know they didn'." "How do you ]mow they didn't?" "Waal, I think so, becos-becos--" "Bec::mse--what ?" "Becos we've hed nabors fur twenty yeers, an' we've hed this cow fur six er seven yeers, an' nobuddy ever killed 'er before; but ther redcoats hev on'y be'n at Petersburg a leelle w'ile, an' now the cow hez be'n killed. Don' thet prove thet ther redcoats done et?" The man shook his head "No, it doesn't prove it by a one el!" "You bad better be careful what you say, young man!" in a somewhat stern and threatening tone. "W-whut d'ye niean, mister?" "Just. what I you bad be careful how you accuse the redcoats without proof, and you had better be very careful about applying epithets to them." "W'y, miste r ?" "Because I myself, am a redcoat CHAPTER II. JIM IN TROUBLE J im's u n d e rjaw dropped He stare d at the man i n amazement, n ot u nmixe d with f ea r. cry e mean te r say ez how ye air er redcoat?" he cried. "That is just what I mean to say D id ye h e' p k ill our o l e cow?" "Why, no; of course I didn't!" was the reply in an angry voice. "What do you mean by being inso l ent to me, you young rebel scoundrel?" "Wno sed I wuz er rebel?" I say so!" "You say sci?" "Yes! "'Whut makes ye think thet ?" "Why, your own language. Didn't I hear you 'dad binging' the redcoats?" Jim couldn't deny this, and he tried to put on a bold front. "Yes, ye did beer me 'dad binging' ther redcoats," he aclmowledged; "but thet don' prove thet I'm er rebel: cnny more'n whut I sed erbout never hevin' hed our ole cow killed fur ycers by ther nabors, an' then her gittin' killed ez soon ez ther redcoats come ter this part uv ther country proves thet the redcoats done et. Ye know, ye sed, yoUTself, thct et wuzn't proof." The man smiled grimly "You aren't such a fool as any means," he said you look, Jim,". he remarked "you have made out The youth looked surprised "Et don'?" he exclaimed. a pretty fair case, but, at the same t ime, I am sure you "No; it is very reasoning, especially for a youth arc a rebel."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JON AH." "I don' see w'y ye sh'd'pe." "Well, I do. The fact that you spoke so bitterly against them is proof sufficient to mind." Jim looked somewhat worried. "Wouldn't ye a-be'n kinder bitter ag'inst ennybuddy ez killed a cow thet b'longed ter ye?" he asked, presently. "Well, I suppose I should have been; but I would first secure proof before accusing. You accused the redcoats immediately, withou( stoppip.g to consider that somebody -else might have done the deed." "But I know nobuddy else done et," said the youth, doggedly. "Oh, you are still of the opinion the redcoats did it, are you?" severely. "Yes, I am." "And what are you going to do about it?" now, and looked about him as if contemplating flight. The man saw this, and evidently knew what was passing in the youth's mind, for he said sternly: "Don' t you try to get away I If you do, I shall not hesitate to put a bullet through you I" And he tapped the butt of a pistol, 1 which, until that moment, had escaped Jim's notice. "Say, ye wouldn' shoot er feller, would ye?" he asked, with a look of terror on his face. "Well, I would certainly shoot you if you tried to run away." "Oh, I hain't ergoin' ter run erway, mister; ye needn' be erfeerd uv thet, but-but-I think ez how't I'm needed ter hum, an'-an' ef et's jest ther same ter ye I think I'll jes' go hum now." "Oh, .no, you won't do anything of the kin

TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH. 5 ork. Ye heel better let me go. would shore miss "Please misters, don' me!" he said. "I-le ef I didn' come hum." didn't mean nothin' by whut I sed erbout ther redcoats, The leader of the party of men shook his head, a grini I-I-think ther redcoats is mighty nice fook on his face. "I can't you go," he said; "you .have "That won't do at all," interrupted the le_ader of the talked like a rebel, and have used hard language toward party; "you are simply saying that because you see that he redcoats, accusing them of something which they prob your life is in danger. You don't mean it at all." ably did not do, and you must answer for that." "Of course he doesn't," another; "he is bitter "I-Ididn' say nothin' ag'inst ther redcoats, mister." against us in his heart." "Yes, you did. I heard you. You said, 'Dad-bing ther "No, I hain't !" protested Jim. edcoats, ennyhow.' You can't deny it." \ I-I-didn' mean ennythin'." "Yes, you are! Lies won't avail you now l" "Yes, you did!" severely "You are a rebel at heart! on't you think so, men?" to his companions. "Yes, yes!" "Of course!" "He looks like a rebel!" "And no one but a rebel would talk that way about the "Not a bit of it; we have made up our minds to mak e an example of you, and you must die!" "Oh-h-h h-h h-h !" groaned the youth ; "don' hang me misters! Please don't "That is just what are goirig to do. "Oh-h-h-h-h h-h I Say, I don' wante r die "Of course you don't; few people do. It is necessa ry, in o rder that the rebe l s in this part .,of the "You see," said the man, "my men think as I do about country may be taught a lesson. You will have to be r e his matte r and as there are plenty of Slocums left, we signed to your fate, and make up your mind to die the ight as well make an example of you so as to warn the death of a martyr." est of the family and make them stay loyal to the king. "But I don' wanter be no martyr-whutever is. on't you think so, men?" The men, of course, said they thougbt so, and then their eader asked them in what way they should punish the rebel. s J "Shall we shoot him or hang he asked. Two said shoot him, the other two being in favor of ianging. "It doesn't matter what you want It is what we want that counts." "W aal, don' hang me'n I'll never say anythin' erg'inst ther redcoats erg'in, even ef they kill our other cow!" The men shook their heads. "It won't do, my rebe l friend," said the leader; "you have waited a bit_ too long. We are going to hang you, and nothing can save you now! "That leaves it for me to cast the deciding vote," said he leader; "so I shall decide in favor of hanging." "All right, that settles it," said one of the men; "come t n, you young rebel!" grasping Jim by the arm. "Come ght along over here to this big tree. JI'here is a splendid "Ye don' mean et!" gasped the youth. "ShGrely ye won' hang me!" "Yes, that is just what we are going to do: George climb up and pass the end of the rope over that limb." mb from which to swing you, and you will be seen by erybody that comes along the road. It will be a good arning to other rebels." One of the men seized the rope and quickly climbed up the tree and passed the end of the rope over the limb and on down to his comrades, who seized it and drew it taut. ls h ig er Jim was terribly frightened. He thought sure that his "Oh-ow!" gasped Jim, as he felt the rope tighten. st day had come. He struggled and held back, but in "D-don' do thet Yer c-chokin' m-me !" e hands of two of the men he was helpless, and his The men laughed harshly "Choking you, eh?" reruggles availed him nothing. marked one. They were soon underneath the limb of the tree the "Y-yes !" dcoat had spoken of, and o e of the four disappeared "Well, that is just what we want to do." d was gone perhaps a minute. When he returned he "You'll be choked worse than that in a minute!" from rought a rope. In the end of this rope he made a runanother. ing noose which he threw over the bead of Jim. Mean"Oh-h-h-h-h-h-h Say, p-please d don' h-hang m-me me his comrades had fastened the youth's hands together m-misters !" pleaded the frightened youth. hind his back, with one of their belts, and he could not "It will do you no good to beg now!" was the cold rep l y er resistance. He pleaded, however, with all the energy "Is there anything you wish to say before we string you desperation. up?"


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." "Y-yes, I-I-w-want ter say e r lot I D-don' pull so t-ti ght with ther rope. I c-can't t-talk ef ye d-do." "Well, hurry and say what you have to say. We are in a hurry and have no time to fool away "I'll b-bet thet ef et wuz wun uv ye fellers wuz in my place ye wouldn' be in s sech er h-huuy !" stammered Jim, whereat the redcoats laughed aloud "The fellow says some things that are to the point," r emarked the leader of the band. "Yes; I guess that statement of his is about the truth," acknowl edged another. "Say, don hang me!" pleaded Jim. "I hain't done nothin' ter be hung fur, an' I'll never say er word erg'inst ther redcoats erg'in so lon g ez I live!" "If that is all you have to say we will end the affair," said the leader; "we have no time to waste li ste ning to you begging to be released, for we are not going to do anything of the kind." "Then ye air goin' ter hang me, shoTe enuff ?'' "We most assuredly are!" Jim knew, from the man's tone, that he meant wha't he sa id, and now, for the. first time, he thought of crying out for aid. "W'y didn' I think uv thet afore?" he asked him self. "Somebuddy might be in hearin' uv my voice an' "I hardly know; I "'.ill let circumstances decide." "Don't you think we are liable to encounter some redcoats if we venture too far down that way, old man?" "Oh, we might; still, I hardly expect it.". had better keep our eyes open, anyway." ''True; it pays to do that, always." j "We might encounter a foraging party, you know." "Yes, that is poss ible." Just at this moment they were startled by hearing an agonized voice crying : "Help! help! Murder! Thieves! t Redcoats! Help! Help!" They reined up their horses and look ed at other 8 inquiringly. "What does it mean, Dick?" from Bob "Some one in deadly peril, I judge ; and likely it is ah patriot, for he called out the word, 'Redcoats,'" as heard." "That's right. Shall we go to hi s aid, Dick?" "Yes, Bob; there may be a band of redcoats, but we 0 can't ignore a cry like that and leave the po.or fellow to. his fate So come al9ng, and we will take our chancesIT of encountering an overpowering band of redcoats!" '... The cry had come from just arou nd a bend roaP,, and the timber shut out a vi e w of the spot wlfence thE:jfE cry had come, but the two dashed quickly around the bend come ter my reskue yell my bes', fur they're goin' and came in sight of the scene in a jiffy. ter hang me, ennyhow !'' The quick eyes of the youths took in all the 5letails of:e Then he lifted up his voice, suddenly, and yelled at the the situation in a twinkling. They saw that some poo full power o{his lungs : "Help! help! Murd er Thieves! fellow was on the point of being swung into Eternity, Redcoat s Help! Help!" __ they noted that there were five of the men who were about to do the deed. This was considerable odds, but the youths CHAPTER III. DICK AXD BOB APPEAR. Two handsome, bronzed-faced youths were riding along the road leading southward toward Petersburg, and about five miles from the town, on this same afternoon of which we have been writing. The youths were dressed in ordinary citizen's clothing, but there was an air about them that b etokened the trained soldier. And such they were, for the youths in que stion were Dick Slater, captain of the company of "Liberty Boys," had made themselves famous, and Bob Estabrook, his hight-hand man and nearest and dearest friend and chum. "How far are we from Petersburg, .do you think, Dick? a sked Bob. "I judg e five or six miles, Bob," was the reply. -"How far are '\fe going in that direction ?" had encountered greater odds, many times, and were alive to tell of it, and they did not hesitate now. Forwar they dashed with the speed of the wind, and as they dre near the startled group they began yelling at the top o 0 their voices: "Come on, boys! We have the scoundrels. e Come along The five redcoats had at first started to draw their pi stoiJu as if with the intention of offering battl e but at the crie1 from the newcomers they changed their minds EvidentlJ they thought there were others coming and while the) would have fought two they rud not dare stay and ris 'tle having to encounter a doze or possibly a score. So witl yells of rage and di scomfitare, they turned, and, plunginF1 into the timber, di sappeare d from view. ,, Dick and Bob fired a couple of shots after the fleein1 men, and, reining up their horses, l eaped to the groun d "Save me! Save me!" cried Jim Slocum, pale witl fright. "Oh, sa'l"e me from them redcoats They wu goin' ter hang me!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." 7 .-The youths paid no attention to the youth, but leaving their horses standing they plunged into tlie timber, and, like the redcoats, disappeared from Jim's sight. \ "Oh, them redcoats'll come back an' hang me, arter all I" he murmured, his teeth almost chattering. "I'll run w'ile I hev ther chance. I'll git fur hum, an' they'll 1ontie my arms theer." n He was just starting to run away from the spot when 1 the two youths again put in an appearance. r "llold on!" cried Dick. "Wait, and we'll free your er arms." Jim paused and came back reluctantly. "Hurry, then," a he said; "them r edcoats is lierble ter come back at enny mim;t." "No; they arc half a mile away, and riding like the "Then they must have been redcoats, s ure enough." "Oh, yes, they wuz r e dcoats "And yeu must be a patriot ." Jim nodded. "I think I am-now!" he said, clenching his fist arid assuming a pugnacious aspect or countenance. "I wuzn't nothin' ncether way afore, but now thet ther redcoats hev killed our ole red cow, an' come purty nigh ter hangin' uv me, I guess I will be er patriot!" "I don't blame you. They killed your cow, you s ay?" "Yes, I'm s hor e they did, fur who else would 'a' done et-ye dicln' do ct, did ye?" with a quick look or inquiry. The youths laughed and shook their heads. o, we didn't do it," Dick assured him "Then ther redcoats done et I wuz shore they did." "But why were they about you? I should have ind toward Peler sburg,'-' sa id Bob; "you needn't be afraid thought they had wronged you enough in the killing of f them." to "Is thet so, shore enu.II ?" asked Jim, his face brighten-es ng. ''Yes, that's so." p., Jim look ed up the road. "Whur's ther res' uv yer he eliers ?" he asked. nd j "There are no was the reply. Jim looked at the speaker in surprise Ye don' mean of er say thet theer is on'y two UV ye?" he exclaimed. or: "'l'hat is all." "An' ye run five redcoats cl'ar erway?" u "You saw them go," smiled Dick. th "And they are riding down the road, as I said, as fast til s they can make their horses go," added Bob. "Waal, thet beats me!" Jim was surprised, and he stared at the youths in 0 ondering admiration, after they had freed his arms, and asked1 : "Who air ye fellers, ennyway ?" "It doesn t matter who we are," replied Dick; "the 1 uestion is, who are you?" 0 s "l\fy name's Jim-Jim Slocum." rie "Where do you live?" your cow without wanting to hang you." "Waal, ye see, et wuz this way: One uv them fellers heerd me say, 'Dad-bing ther r e dcoats, e nnyway anJ he sed I mus' be er rebel." "Oh, that was it?" "Yes." "And they were going to hang you on lhat score?" "No, they wuz goin' ter hang me on thet limb, theer," pointing to the limb over which the rope had been passed The youths laughed. "I understand," said Dick; "they said you were a rebel, they heard you say, 'Dad bing the redcoats!' and were going to hang you." "Yes, thet's et." "It was lucky for you that we happened to come along,'' said Bob. "Yer right erbout thet, mister," Jim acknowledged. "Yes/' said Dick, "they would have hanged you withol\t doubt yer right erbout et, an' I'm much obleeged t er ye; I am fur er fack." "Oh, that's all right, Jim. We were glad ,to be able tl. "'Bout ha'f er mile erway, over in thet direckshun." lo render you assistance. We are always glad of a chance e pointed with his fingers, to indicate the direction. to strike the r e dcoats a blow, a:i:yway." "Well, who were those men who were about to hang u, Jim?" "They wuz redcoats." "But they did not have on British uniforms." "I know thet; but they sed they wuz redcoat s "Why were they going to hang you?" "Fur talkin' sassy erbout redcoats." "Oh, i.hat was it?" \ "Y cs." "Then ye fellers air patriot s?" "I don t mind acknowledging, Jim, that we are, now that we know you are inclined that way." "W aal, now, ye bet I am inclined thet way, sence they killed our ole cow an' come purty nigh hangin' uv me!" "I should think that would be sufficient to convert you to the cause of Liberty, even if you hadn't been inclined that way before." "Yer right erbout thet. An' I'm goin' ter git even with


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." ther redcoats fur whut they done, ef I kin do et, ye kin "Waal, I've got er plan thet'll make et so I kin git rebet on thet I" venge, ef so be ez ye'll let me do whut I wanter." "It is a natural feeling to wish to have revenge, Jim." "What you wish to do, Jim?" "Ye bet et is, an' I'm goin' ter hev et, too, ef sech er "I wanter jine yer comp'ny uv 'Liberty Boys' I" thing is posserble." Jim looked at the youths eagerly and anxiously as he "Well, I don't see why it should not be possible." said this. Evidently he was afraid they would refuse to "Nur me; but say, who air ye two fellers, ennyhow? accept him as a member of the company; in truth, they Ye needn't be afeerd ter tell me, fur I won't tel l nobuddy were surprised, f.or Jim was not the kind of youth whom ef ye don' want me ter. One thing is sartin', an' thet is they would have looked upon as being one who would make the.t I hain't ergoin' ter tell ther redcoats." a good soldier Still, they reasoned that with the incentiv "I am sure of that," said Dick, "and so I don't object to which he had to want to get at the redcoats he might de telling you who we are. I am Dick Slater, captain of the very good work. They looked at each other inquiringly, company of 'Liberty Boys,' and my comrade is Bob Estaand Jim watched both, eagerly and anxiously, 11' brook, also a member of the company." we have said. Jim stared at the two in apen-mouthed amazement. "Ye -"What do you think about it, Bob?" asked Dick, pres don' mean et?" he almost gasped. ently. "Certainly. Of course I mean it." "An' ye air both members uv ther comp'ny uv 'Liberty Boys'?" "We as I have said." Jim seized Dick's hand and shook it heartily, and then did the same with Bob. "Say, I'm mighty glad ter see ye!" he exclaimed. "I never 'xpeckted ter git ter see ye fellers I" "You never did?" "No; ye see, ye hev allers be'n erway up North, an' I never thort ye'd git down inter Ole Virginny." "Well, we are here, as you can see for yourself." "But whur's ther res' uv ther 'Liberty IToys'? Theer's er hunderd uv ye, hain't there?" "Yes; they are up at Richm9nd." "Oh!" "Bob and I are down here on a scouting and spying expedition." "Oh, I unnerstan'." "Yes; we wish to find out just where the British are, \ and how many of them there are, what they intend doing, and so forth." "I see. Waal, I'm mighty glad ye come down this way ter do them thing;s; ef ye hedn't, I guess I'd er be'n dead by this time." "You are certainly right about that," agreed Bo)?. Suddenly Jim's face lighted up. "I've got an idee !" he exclaimed. "What is it?" asked Dick. "I'll tell ye: Ye see, ther redcoats hev .killed our cow an' would a-hung me ef ye hedn't come erlong an' skeered 'em erway, and I want revenge on 'em." "Certainly; we understand that." Bob looked Jim over with an air of quiet amusemen "Do just as you like, Dick," he said. "So far as I a concerned I am quite willing ilo have him join us." "Do mean that you want to join us and stay righ with us, Jim?" asked Dick. "Uv cours e ; jes' like ther res' uv ther fellers." "You may find it_ anything but pleasant work." "I don't keer fur thet; I'm tu.ff an' used ter roughin' e All I want is er chance ter git even with ther redcoats." "What will your folks say?" "We kin go an' see; but I don' think they'll keer, wh they fin' out thet ther redcoats hev killed our red cow all tried ter hang me." "Well, we will go and see what your parents have say about it, and if they are willing we will accept yo as a member of our company of 'Liberty Boys.' "Hurrah!" cried Jim. "Come erlang; we'll soon kno erbout et." "Hist!" said Dick. "Listen!" The three li stened intently and heard the thunder <: horses' hoofs plainly. The sound came from the soutt and the three looked at one another dubiously. "Likely they are redcoats I" said Bob. "And quite a party of them, too I" from Dick. "Then let's git erway frum beer in er hurry!" exclaime Jim. "I don' wanter git hung, arter all!" Just then a party of horsemen rounded a bend in U'e road a quarter of a mile to the southward, and came ric ing furiously up the road. They were dressed in the un form of the British trooper, and there were at least a scOJ of them. There were five who wore no uniforms, ho1e ever, and these were undoubtedly the five who had bei put to flight by Dick and Bob a short time before. TW


THE LIBERT Y B OYS' "JON AH 9 had met their comrades and had returned in the hope o f and the n make e r surkit an' come b ack ter e t frum ther ,r edeeming themselves and capturing or killing the youth they had come so nea r hanging, and the others who had come to his rescue. Whe n they saw the three at the r oadother direckshun." "That will be best and safest." ie side they set up a wil d yell So they continu e d o nward in the way t hey w e re going for a mil e at least a nd the n they turned to the right, and, "'rhere they are I The r e a r e the rebe l s I We have them making a half cir c ui t cam e b ack n ea rl y half a mile and now! They can't escape reached J im's h o me, a pproachin g fro m the rea r "Et's p urty n ig h s upper-time," sai d Jim "so ye fellers Ir migh t ez well pu t yer h osses i n the r sta bl e a n stay heer an' take s u ppe r with us. We kin talk ther matter u v me g oin' ve fo l ly CHAPTER IV. JIM BECOMES A "LIBERTY BOY with ye over e z we air eatin' "That is n ot a ba d idea," sai think, Bob?" D ick "What d o you r "Whut'll we do?" gasped Jim. "We'll all be killed! We'll all be killed I" nt "Not a bit of need of allowing ourseves to be killed," "It strikes me favorab ly; I'm hungry enough, I te ll you!" / The }lorses were l ed into the stable and unsaddled and unbridled, after which they were given corn and hay a nd then the three went to the house, greeted on the way by four or five yellow dogs, came rushing forth from under the house, barking for all they were worth. Jim gave one a kick and scolded the rest, however, and the y s lunk back under the house and subsided. [ aid Dick. "Into the timber, quick I We can dodge them here." hf The youths whistled to their horses and darted the imbe_r. The horses followed their masters, which showed e hat they had been well trained for just such emergencies. :Jim, for a few moments, stood as if rooted to the spot. "The redcoats air lierble ter heer them air blamed dorgs e was staring at the approaching redcoats as if fascina-barkin'," said Jim, in a tone of disgust, and his com panions thought that there was danger, for the curs cer ted; he seemed incapable of making a movement. "Great guns! he will be captured!" cried Dick. "What's tainly had made noise sufficient to be heard for half a mile b.e he matter with him, any.way?" in every direction. The three were soon in the and when the tw o "Liberty Boys" saw the children of all ages and sizes that "He's so scared he can't move," replied Bob; ,"I'll fetch As he spoke Bob darted back, and, seizing Jim, hustled were in the big, living room, they in amazement, "m into the timber "Wake up!" cried Bob. "Say, I and then looked at each other as much as to ask, "What elieve you are more of a 'Jonah' than anything else I You have we struck now?" I ill get us into trouble trying to look after you, I'm fraid. You must keep your wits about you." "I-I-wuz-wuz skeered !" stammered Jim. "Well, you looked it, that's a fact," drily. "Hurry Jim quickly told his fathe/ and mother who Dick and Bob were, and what they had done for him, an d the two were made welcome in the homely and hearty fashion o f these simple backwoods people. long, now, or the redcoats will catch us!" "Ye air welcum," said Mr. Slocum; "ye saved J im's Bob held to Jim's arm and half pulled him along through life, an' we air glad ter hev er chance ter thank ye." he timber The horse kept close behind the youths and "An' ther redcoats wuz er bout ter hang ye, Jim?" reanaged to get along quite rapidly. The farther the marked his mother ouths went, and the less danger there seemed to be of "Yes, ma," was the reply; "they'd a-finished me purty apture by the British, the calmer Jim grew, and presently quick ef Dick an' Bob hedn't come erlong an' skeered 'e m e was himself again. erway." "Ef ye think et best, I'll lead ye t er my home, he said "Waal, waal thet wuz a narrer escape, wuzn't et?" Whut d'ye think-will the redcoats be able tcr foll er us?" "Yes, et wuz thetl" "Perhaps it would be as well to go a round-about way," "An' ye say ther redcoats killed our red cow, Jim?" plied Dick; "we don't wish to lead the redcoats to your af'ked his father. ome; they might burn the house and do a lot of damage "Yes, dad; ole Sukey's dead." "All right," said Jim; "we'll go 'way past ther house "Ther b lame skoun'rels I" gi;owled Mr. Slocum. "Thet


10 THE LIBE RTY BOYS' "JONAH." wuz er mighty mean trick, an' I don' see how we ai r goin' come back, they c'u'd take yer place an' do yer work, so l te r git erlong without ole Sukey." guess I'll let ye go." "We'll hev ter git erlong without her, dad." A sober look came over Jim's face. "D'ye think thar's1 "Yes, thet's so; waal, I wush t ye hed killed some uv enny danger uv me gittin' killed?" he asked Dick. ( "Well, there is some danger of it," was the grave reply; ther redcoats ] "I'm ergoin' ter kill er l ot u v 'em, dad, ef ye'.ll let me do whut I\vantcr !" exclaimed Jim, eagerly. This was a "but, for that matter, as you have recently seen for your -self, there is danger of your getting killed even if y01: good chance to ask permission to join the "Liberty Boys remain at home." i "'Vhut d'ye wanter do, Jim?" Jim looked thoughtful, was silent a few moments, an{ l "I wanter jine ther comp'ny uv 'Liberty Boys,' dad." thc.n, nodding bis head, said: "Tbet's so; I guess I'd ht "0 h, thet's ther comp'ny these young fellers berlongs in er bout ez much danger heer ez with ye fellers W aal, l ter, hain't et?" I'll jine yer comp'ny, ennyhow, an' ye bet I'm going te "Yes, dad." "Whur is ther comp'ny now?" "Up ter Richmond kill some redcoats ef I kin!" l "W e'll try and give you the opportunity, Jim," sai E Dick. "An' ye wants ter jine et, do ye?" "Yes; and if you don't kill some redcoats, it will be yo "Ye-s." own fault," said Bob Mr. Slocum looked inquiringly at his wife, while the "Oh, l'll kill 'em!" declared Jim, with an assumption oj children looked eagerly at their parents to see what they bravery. "Say, dad, kin I hev ther ole nfl.e an' thet hoss were going to do, about the matter, alternating by looking pistil?" ac1miringly at the two handsome young strangers Mr. Slocum looked undecided "I hate to giv' 'em un "Whut d'ye say, ole woman?" asked Mr Slocum. "Shell Jim," he said; "ye know, we depen' er good deal fur wh let Jim ther 'Libbety Boys'?" we hev ter eat on me killin' wil' game, an' ther r ifle Dick and Bob listened for Mrs Slocum to speak, with needed heer ter hum; but ye kin hev ther pistil." considerable inte rest. They understood that what she said would practically settle the affair, and from what they had already seen of Jim they would just as leave not have him join the company as to have him. They saw "We can furnish you with musket and pistols, Jim, Raid Dick; "you won t need your father's weapons." "All right; thet will be fine," .said Jim. J\Irs Slocum and two of the girls now busied themselv that he was not very brave, and was easily rattled, and getting the evening and Dick and Bob conversed wi they more than half suspected that if he did join them :Mr. Slocuin and Jim, while the rest of the children crow he would cause them more trouble than he would do good. Still, tpey had told him he might join, if his parents were willing, and they would keep their word. They rather hoped Mrs. Slocum would refuse to let Jim join, but this h_ope was dashed to the ground. "Ye say ther redcoats killed ole Sukey, Jim?" she re marked after a few moments. "Yes, ma. ed around and listened to the conversation and eyed t two youths ac1miringly At last supper was ready and Dick and Bob and t l elder members of the company sat up to the table and at after whi ch the others took their turn. When they hat finished Dick said: "I think I will go out and take a loo around; it is possible that the redcoats may come her seeing that the fellows who came so near to hanging J. "You are sure they done et?" are along with the crowd "Uv course; nobuddy else would a-done et." "I'll go along with you," said Bob; "or, rather, I wJ "An' they wuz goin' ter hang ye?" go in one direction l ook for the redcoats while yo1 "Yes; they'd a done et, too, er et hedn't bc'n fur :qick go in another an' Bob comin' erlong an' skeerin' 'em erway." "I'll go, too," said Jim; "I'm er 'Liberty Boy' now, aI "An' ye wants ter go an' fight thcr r e dcoats an' git l'm goin' ter do all I kin erg'inst ther redcoats." revenge fur them killin' Sukey, an' tryin' ter hang ye?" Dick did not think it likely that Jim could do much 1f "Yes, ma, I do." aid them, but he made no objections to the youth goi The woman hesiti1.ted and glanced around at the children. out on the scouting expedition, so the three left the hou&1 "Waal," she presently; "thar's an' and after a brief conference, separated; Dick going o n t er be good, big boys, an' so ef ye sh'd git killed an' never way, Bob another, and Jim still another \


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JON AH." 11 Before Dick and ,Bob had gone fifty yards they heard a will have been heard by the British, and that they will of wild yells, which they knew proceed ed from the come over this way to see what caused it." thTOat of their new rec ruit, Jim. "Help! Murder! R e d"D'ye think theer is danger uv thet, Dick?" coats!" roared the youth, and it was evident that he was oly in deadly terror. mr "Well, what's the matter with Jim, now, I wonder?" thought Dick. "Can it be possible that he has encountered the redcoats, sure enough? I'll go and see!" and he 1astencd in the directiop. from whi?h the yelling came. Bob was impressed the same way, and be, too, hastened aal in the direction from which the yelling proceeded. He ter and Dick both reached Jim at lhe same moment, and found I him sitting do\rn, rubbing his leg and mumbling to hima1dl self. It was now dark, but not so dark but that they could see the youth fairly well. "Yes, I do." "Say, I hope thet et won't turn out thet way!" "So do. I.'' "Sh!" suddenly cautioned Bob, "I hear footsteps!" "And voices said Dick, in a low, cautious voice. "They heard your yells, and are coming, as I feared they would tlo !" "That's right," said Bob. "Jim, you are a regular 'Jonah'! I am afraid that you will 'queer' everything if yon are not more careful and self-contained "Whut'U we do?" gasped Jim, in a trembling whisper. "Well, for one thing, we must get away from here; ""What is the matter, Jim?" asked Dick. you yelling about?" "What were they are comingo. straight this way!" "Yes, the footsteps and voices are much closer than they "And where are the redcoats?" asked Bob. were," said Bob .. "I dunno," replied Jim. "I-I-thort they hed me!" ''Let's go back ter ther house!" said Jim. "But they didn't. What was the trouble, anyway?" "No, they would find us there; we must kee.p away from up ,, Blam ed ef I know." the house and remain hidden in the timber till the red-hu "Well, surely you know what caused you to yell out coats have gone. It is lucky we are not at the house,'' le i d B b in that fashion?" .sa1. o im,' "Yes, I know thet." "Well, what was it?" "W'y, I wuz walkin' erlong, kinder lookin' fur ther lve redcoats, an' thinkin' erbout 'em, an' a ll UV er sudden ;wit irnmthin' grabbed me by ther l eg Thet wuz whut made ine wd kick an' yell. Ye see, I thort ther redcoats hed me, shore." l th "I wonder what it could have been?" remarked Dick. rhe n he began feeling around and looking carefully, with -th his face close to the ground. Suddenly an exclamation at of satisfaction escaped his lips. ha "I've found out what it was, Jim," he said. "Here are ome trailing vines, and you probably got your foot tangled s you went along, and when you couldn't pull your foot ree you thought some one had seized hold of your leg." Bob laugh ed. "Oh, Jim!" he exclaimed; "to mistake ome vines for the redcoats!" "Hum!" said Jim. "Is thet whut et wuz, shore enuff, "Come and see for yourself, Jim." The youth stepped to Dick's side, and, stooping down, elt around. "I guess yer right, Dick," he admitted. "Et z ther vines ez done et, shore e nu:ff." "That and nothing more, J 'im." "Waal, I'm mighty glad thet et wuzn't ther redcoats!" "Oh, yes, so are we; but I'm afrai d that you r yelling "Let's be moving," said Dick. The three moved away as silently as possible, through tbe timber They had gone two or three hundred yards, in a semi -circle, when they heard voices yelling, followed immediately by the loud barking of dogs. "They have found the cleari ng, and discovered the !" said Dick. "You are right!" from Bob. "Say, d'ye s'pose they'll kill all ther folks?" asked Jim, in trembling accents. CHAPTER V. .A. NARROW ESCAPE. "I hardly !hink there is any danger of their doing so," was Dick's reply "Why should they do anything of the kind?" asked Bob. "On my 'co1mt." "On your account?" "Yes." "But they won't know that you are in any way connected with the family, will they? "Yes; them five fellers ez wuz erbout ter hang me is


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." I erlong, ye know, an' they know my an' how meriny theer is in our fambly, an' they'll be mad at my folks on my 'count." "Perhaps not,'' said Dick; "they wouldn't be mean enough to do the rest your folks injury on your ac count, surely. They will probably ask you are, and may even look through the house, but I think that will end the matter." "I hope. so, but I'rri edraid not." "Well, we'll stay close enough to the house so that we can hear and see what is going on; and if they go to doing any serio-gs meanness we will take a hand and try to put a stop to it." "But theer's more'n er duzzen uv 'em!" gasped Jim. from which the sound had seemed to come to guide the Presently they paused. "Seems to me we should ha run onto the fellow who was doing that yelling, by t time," said one. "That's right," from another; "he must have mov after he got through with his vocal exercises." "Must have been moved, you mean," said another; "" he was as bad off as his yells would indicate, I don't thi he would have been able to move himself." "That's true, too," said another. "Well, what shall w do? We have lost the three rebels, and have been unab to find the fellow who yelled. What is next on the pr gramme?" "Let's go on a bit farther," said still another; "we ma "Yes, there must be twenty, I should say." find some one or something of interest. I'm curious '"fhet's right; an' whut c'u'"d we do erg'inst so menny ?J' know what that yelling was about." "Well, we might not be able to whip twenty, but we "I'm willing to investigate farther," said another. could make it very unpleasant for them." The rest signified their willingness to advance sf "How?" farther, so they set out and advanced slowly, keeping "By staying back in the edge oi the timber and keepsharp lookout on all sides. Presently they emerged fro ing up a constant firing at them." "But they' d chase us, wouldn't they?" "Perhaps so; but they couldn't catch us in the timber and darkness." "Mebby not." This thought seemed to give Jim some satisfaction, for he drew a sigh of relief. As Dick and Bob had thought it would do, Jim's yelling the timber into a clearing. "Well, well cried one. "Here is something interes ing. J:Iere is a clearing and a house. Perhaps we sha find our quarry here!" "Surround the house !" ordered the leader of the party "Then if they are in the building we will have them." This was quickly done, and then the leader advance when he got his foot fast in the vine bad attracted the and rapped on the door. attention of the redcoats. They bad been a mile and a Presently it was opened and a tall, gaunt man stood r half away, on the track of the fugitives, but had :finally vealed. He gave a start when he saw the r edcoats, bu decided that they could not catch them and had turned rnid nothing. He was pretty shrewd, and thought it woul back, and were about a third of a mile away from Jim when be as well to let the men make the first talk. he had the mishap. When they heard his yells they paused "Good evening!" said the leader of the redcoats. and listened "What is that?" exclaimed one. "Somebody yelling," replied another. "You are right; and he is yelling with all his might, isn't he?" "Yes." "Maybe it is our game." "It might be; let's go over that way and see what the trouble is, anyway." "All right; forward, all The redcoats hastened through the timber in the direction :from which the yells had proceeded-they had now stopped "Ev'nin' !" was the reply. "Is your name Slocum?" The leader of he party w the same man who had first accosted Jim over on the main road, when he was "dad-binging" the redcoats for killing the cow. He remembered that Jim had said his home was about half a mile away, and he guessed that t must be it. "Y as, thet's my name," was tfte reply. "I thought so; have you a son named Jim?" ")fas, I hev er son by thet name." "Where is he?" Mr. Slocum was possessed of considerable native shrewd ness, and he made up his mind that the redcoats should They kept a sharp lookout as they advanced, but saw learn nothing from him. nothing of any one, and neither did they hear any more yells, so they had only the remembrance of the direction "I dunno," was his reply. "You don't know?"


!l.V ihi H' w bl [ THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." l:J. "No, sir." "He isn't at home, then?" "No, he hai_n't heer." "Where was he the last time you saw him?" "He wuz goin 'erway." "In what direction?" "Toward ther main road." "When was this?" "Er bout two hours ergo." "Where was he going?" "He goin' in s'arch uv our ole cow, Sukey." "Humph I And he hasn t come back yet?" "Maybe we are; but there is one thing I should like io know about." "Whut is thet ?" "We heard some one out in the timber yelling at a terrible rate a little while ago. Who could it have been ?>r "Ye heerd sum buddy yellin' ?" "Yes." Mr. Slocum looked somewhat startled. "When wuz et ?n he asked "Just a few minutes before we came to the house." The man shook his head. "I kain't think whut et c'u'd hev be'n," "I wuz in th er house a n' beer et.", "No; leastwise I hain't seed im." "Well, we can't explain the matter, and as we can't find "Humph!"_ the redcoat grunted; he was not very well anything of your son, we may as well be going." satisfied with the result of his inquiries. "You are sure I t "Before ye go," said Mr. Slocum, "I'd like ter ax yCJ rt you are telling the truth?" he asked. "Sart'inly; I m shore uv et. W'y air ye axin' me these beer questions, ennyhow? Whut does et mean? Hez Jim be'n a-doin' ennythin 'thet he ortenter ?" "Oh, no; and {or that reason we would .like to see him. If he is here you had better tell us so and have him come out." whut ye want with my boy?" "Oh, we just wanted to ha v e a little talk with him, that is all." "How did ye cum ter know 'im ?" "Oh, I saw him-met him on the road a.nd got acquaint ed him-and he told me who he was and where he lived. By the way, you haven't seen anything of a couple "But he hain't heer; I've already tole ye thet. Ef he of strangers, have you?" wuz I would hev sent 'im out ter wunst." Mr. Slocum shook his"'head. "No, I hain't seen no"You talk straight enough, Mr. Slocum," said the redbuddy," he replied. ,, coat, "but as we are very anxious to see Jim, I guess we shall have to come in and search the house." ii.Ce "Well, we will be going; sorry to have bothered you, Mr. Slocum." l r b oul il.O S' arch th er house "Y-es." "Oh, thet's all right; ye hain't bothered me none." The redcoats walked away and the man re-entered the "Whut d'ye expeck ter fin'?" house and closed the door. His wife was pale, and there "I don't know; I wish to simply make sure that Jim was a frightened look on her face. either is or isn't here. "I've tole ye he hain't beer." "I know, but in these .times we can't always take a man's word for a thing." "Thet wuz er narrer escape," she said; "whut ef Jim an' them two young men hed be'n in ther house?" "W'y, they'd a-be'n captered, I guess," was the reply. "Waal, I'm orfully gla they got erway afore the red"Waal, thet' s so, too, I expcck. Come in, ef ye warrter coats got beer I" Ye kin soon satersfy yerse'f thet thar hain't no lie erbout "Yas, so'm l." whut I hev tole ye." When the redcoats reached the edge of the timber they The redcoat turned to pis companions and na:qied three. paused and held a conference. "Come along with me," he said; "we will go in and search the house." They entered and searched the house thoroughly, but, of course, found no signs to indicate the presence of Jim. "I s'pose yer satersfied now?" asked Mr. Slocum as they ere leaving the house. "Yes, we are satisfied that he isn't in the house at the "I guess we' ll have to give up trying to find young rebel and his friends," said the lead er. "What do the rest of you think?" "It looks that way," said one. ... "But don't you think they will come to the house?" asked another. "Well, that is likely," was the reply; "but when will they pre sent moment/' was the reply; "but I believe he has been come?" ere lately." "That is hard to say; but they may come at any "No, yer wrong, mister." moment."


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' "JON AH." "That's a well, wh_at do you advise?" and Molly will not blame you when she lcarni; that you "That five or six of us stay here in hiding and watch went for your good-that possibly you might have lost for their coming." "That's a good scheme!" exclaimed one "Then, when they come, we can nab them." "Well, I don t know whether five or six of us could do that or not," said one. "Those two fellows may be fighters." "Bah! it's a pity if six oi us couldn't handle three; and your life had you remained. n '"rhet's so; I guess et'll be all right." "Of course it will," said Bob; "some of your folks will sec Molly, without doubt, and tell her what the trouble is." "'l'het's sister Sal '11 go over ter-morrer an' tell lier all erbout et, I expeck." then, we will take them by surprise, you know "Certainly she will," said Dick. "Well, come, boys, Little did the speaker dream that the very in. dividuals let's slip back to the stable and get our horses at the earlies whom they were planning to smprise and r,apture were within hearing at that moment, taking it ail. in "That's so," the redcoat leader replied; "six will be plenty. Remain till morning, if they don t come sooner; and if they hav en' t come by that time they probably woitt." "That's about way I figure it," from another. Then the leader named six men who were to remain, affer giving them a few instructions he, with the rest, took his departure. Dick whispered to Bob and Jim, and the three drew back to a safe distance and discussed the situation. 'rhey hardly kne'w what to do. It would, of course, be possible moment." TLey moved slowly and cautiously forward, and were s oon close to the stable. Dick made his way along tho side of the building, being careful to keep the deep s hadow, and presently w s at the corner. He watch e d and listened, and soon discovered that the six redco at.; had taken up their position where they could keep watch 01 both the front and rear of thii house. This left the stabl unwatched, and he returned to where his companions were and told tbem that he thought it safe to attempt to secure their horses. They made their way to the stab le, opened the door-which was, luckily, around at the side-entered, to return to the house. and bridling and saddli ng their horses led them out an1 folks will know why we stay away, though, and away without having been discovered. ihat is one ce:isolation," said Dick. They' walked and led the horses till they r eached th "Yes, they won't be lookin' fur us ter cu:rri back," agreed main road, and then, mounting, they rode northward J .the direction of Richmond. lID. "Then, to my way of thinking, we had better get away from this pii.rt of the country as quickly as possible." "Yes, that's about the way I look at it," said Bob. you a horse that you can take, Jim?" asked Dick. "Yes, I've got er hoss uv my own "'l'hat is good Is he in the stable? CHAPTER VI. UNDER ORDERS FROM LA.FAYET 'rE. .. "Yes." hour s' brought the tbree youths to the Jamef "Well, that simplifies matters. We will wait till the redRiver. They crossed and e ntered the city. They rode on coats have gone away from the vicinity of the stable and ward until they came to a large, old-fashioned then we will slip our horses out and get away from here standing well out toward th west side of the city, and hen in: a hurry." they paused "Will ye cum back down heer erg' in, d'ye think?" asked "This is where the 'Liberty Boys' are quartered," saic Jim somewhat anxiously. Dick. "It is likelJ we will do so at an early day, Jim. Why?" 'l'hey dismounted, and, leading their horses around tc I'll tell ye: Molly Cone is-is-my gal, ye know, the rear of the building, were soon at the stable. Hert an'-an'-ef I wuz ter go-go erway an' not tell 'er I ihey turned the animals over to a man who was in charge wuz goin', er whur I wuz goin.', an' didu' come back fur er and returning to the house they entered. Sounds o long time, she might-might not like me more, ye laughter and voices came a room toward the 1 know, an'---" and the three made their way along a long hall and entere1 "Oh, I understand!" said while Bob had hard a large sitting-room work repressing a snicker. "Well, that will be all right, The room was filled with youths of about the age d Jim. We will be back here within a week, at any rate, Dick and Bob, and at sight of the two a shout went up.


'l'IIE LIBEHTY BOYS' "JONAH." 15 ======================-======================================================, Hello, Dick and Bob!" "So you're back again?" "Where have you been, anyway?" "Did you see any redcoats?" that with you?" Such were a few of the greeting s and exclamations; it Y 'as evident that Dick and Bob were: prime fayorites with i.he rest "We 've been down south a ways," r e plied Dick. ''How far south?" asked one. '' 0 b, about :fifteen miles." "Were you anywhere near Petersburg?" "W

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." tion if you can secure it, will be of great aid to me, as l shall then know what to expect and what to do." "I understand that; and I shall be only too glad to make the to secure the information." Again General Lafayette seized Dick's hand and wrung it, with gratitude and"pleasure in his eyes. "I was s ure what your answer would be, Dick," he said, "but I thank you all the same for your prompt acquiescence.' I know that if it is possible to secure the information you will do it." "I will certainly do my best, sir." "I am sure of that; and now, when will you start?" "To-night; within the hour." "And when do you think you will be back?" "When I have secured the information you wish, or when, in my judgment, something comes up which makes it wise for me to come." "I under stand; and that may be--" "A day or a week hence." "Exactly; w ell, I leave it all in your hands. Go when and how you please, and do the work your own way." "Very wen; and thank you. If you have no objections, General Lafayette, I should like to take my company of 'I,iberty Boys' along "Certainly; I have no objections, Dick. In fact, I 40 not consider that I have any right to object. You came down here, at your own request, to render me what assistance you could, and I do not feel that I have the right to order you to do this or tb-at, or to claim jurisdiction over your men." "He wants me to go back down to Petersburg." '' "He does ?" "Yes." '' "'What for?" Bob was_ interested, as were all the I "Liberty Boys," and they listened to Dick, as he .ut said : he "He wishes me to go down there on a spying expedition." he "Oh-ho! that's it, eh?" "Yes." "And are you going?" "Of course I am." "Jove, DiCk, I wish that we could all go!" "So do I!" "And I!" WO 10]] J "It's the same with me." Dick looked around at the eager faces of the youths, and he then said: "You boys will hav e your wis h. I'm going ut to take you along:" "You are?" "What's that?" "Take us along with you?" ill "Hurrah rlu "Say, that is good news!" Such were a few of the exclamations. It was evidentfffi1 that the "Liberty Boys" were delighted at the thought of J I g ettiTig to go with Dick. "When will we start, Dick?" asked Bob. "Just as soon as we can get ready." e 1 "That is good news, too I Well, it won't take us long to get ready." D "Well, as to that, I think different," said Dick. "I "No, indeed!" said Sam Sanderson. "We are ready,loTI came down here at my own request, true; but when the now, all but saddling and bridling our horses." commander-in-chief gave his consent to my coming he "Well, get to work at that," said Dick; "as soon as theorE said that I should place myself under your command and horses are ready we will start." T obey you the same as if you were him. But if you are The youths hastened to the sheds where the horses were> a willing that I should take my men, I shall be glad to and pridled and saddled the animals, and then, having[ci} do so, as the redcoats have been committing some depre dations, and. may take it into their heads to burn patriot homes; an d if I have my men handy, while doing my spy work:, I may be able to strike a blow or two at the redcoats." "Certainly; and I hope that you ma y succeed in d ealing them a few blows." After some further conversation Dick shook hands with General Lafayette, bade hi m good-by and took his de parture "Well, what did General Lafayette want?" asked Bob, looked to their weapons, mounted and rode away toward hi the south. utt -"I have a scheme, Bob," said Dick as they rode along,'.liTI side by side. 1e "What i$ it, Dick?" "We will go to Jim's home and capture the six redcoatsis 1 who are on guard there waiting for Jim to come home." er "That will b e a good scheme," agreed Bob. tdc "I think so." 1e "Say, thet will be jes' fine!" said Jim, who was riding"] right behind the two and heard what they said "I'di I when Dick appeared in the room occupied by the "Liberty like et ef we c'u'd ketch them fellers. Et'd s arve 'em A i Boys." right." 1e


THE LIBERTY B OYS' "JONAH. 17 "I think so," agreed Dick. than a startled chicken across the path was all tha t was ".And we'll catch them, too," said Bob, confidently. needed to break Jim's ne rve completely; an d gi v in g vent "I hope so!" from Jim; to a startled yell, he leaped off his horse and wen t runnin g It was a plea sant night, quite dark, there being no moon, away thro ugh the timber, at the top of his v o ice : ut it was clear and the stars gave sufficient light so that "Murder! Redcoats! Thieves! Help We w ill be he youths could see the road. They had no difficulty, killed!" herefore, in keeping on i n the right direction ; and after w o hours of mode r ate riding, were in the vicinity of J im's o m e Jim poin ted out the opening of a winding pat hway which a tered the timber at a point a mile north of his home. 'Ef ye wanter go ther shortest way," he said, :'we kin ake thet path an' et'll bring us out right clust ter our able. T hat's just the thing, Jim!" said Dick "That is, if here isn't any dang e r of our getting los t by trying to CHAPTER VII. J IM:, THE ''The fool!" e x claimed Bob, in a disgusted voice. "He has quee r e d th e whole bu s ine ss!" "Yes. I begin to think that you were right, Bob, when you s aid that he was a 'Jonah.' It begins to look as if that ut through the timber." was the truth of the matter." "Huh! I c'u d fin' my way erlong thet path bli ndfolded '; "The idea of him getting s c a r e d at an old hen fl.uttering ".All right, then; you take the lead and the rest of us acro s s the path!" said Mark M orris on. "I should have ill follow. I suppo s e we will have to go in single file." thought that a farmer's boy lik e him would know better "Waal, w e' ll hev t e r ride wun a hind ernuther, ef thet's i.ha n to let an old h e n scare him. hut ye mean." "He has certainly alarm e d the r e d c oats," said Bob, in ".All right! go ahead, the re s t of us will keep close be-a disappointed tone. -.._ "Undoubtedly," agreed Di'ck. "Well, jurpp down and go t ind you." f Jim took the lead and led the way along the narrow, nding path, the others coming behind him. after him, Bob. We will wait here for you." "All right!" Bob jumped to the ground and ha s ten e d "We must be careful not to make any more noise than through the in the direction taken by Jim. .As he e can possibly help," said Dick. went he calling out to the youth to stop 0 "That's right," agreed Bob. ''Stop! Hold on Wait, Jim! he cried. "It's. me, D ick cautioned the youths by sending the word back Bob Wai t Don't keep on running !I' r, ong the line, and the deepest si l ence was maintained, Jim heard Bob, b u t at first would not stop. He was too o one saying a word The m ulled chug chug of the badly frightened; but presently he came to his senses in l e orses' hoofs being the only sound that could be hea rd. a measure, and the exercise of running made him calmer. f They moved forward slowly, the horses being kept down He understood what Bob said, and finally came to a stop. a walk, but it did not take long to reach the immediate Bob was soon up with him. 1 g ci. nity of the home of Jim Slocum They were within "What in the world is the matter with you Jim?" Bob d hundred yards of the stable when suddenly something asked with some asperity. "What are you yelling and uttered acro s s the path in front of Jim's horse, frightrunning in thi s fashion for?" g, ing the animal and scaring Jim. worse. The fact of "Tryin' ter git erway frum ther redcoats!" panted Jim. e matter was that Jim, not being very brave, to begin "Great guns! that wasn't a r e dcoat, Jim! th, was in a state of nervous suspense as the y approached "Et wuzn't?" ts s home. He knew that there were six r edcoats concealed "No. ere, and the thought came to him that if they should "Whut wuz et, then?" d denly be come upon, he, beillg i n the lead, would be ''..A chicken." e one who would suffer. "Er-chicken?" 'lg "I would be shot dead!" he said to himself. "Blamed "Yes; nothing more, nothing less. But even if it had 'd I like this beer ertall !" been a redcoat, what could he have done against a hundred 1 m As we have said, he was on a strain, and the fl.uttering of of us? Oh, for that matter, what could the s i x do a g ain s t e object-which was, in reality, nothi1!g more alarmip.g u s ?"


18 TlIE LIBERTY B OYS' J ONAH N-n ot much, I-I guess "Of course not; and now you have given the alarm by your silly action and yelTing, and the redcoats will get away We won't get to capture them." "Tthet's too bad; I I:m sorry." "Thet wuz et, I expeck," Mr. Slocum replied. whut ye goin' ler do nex' ?" 0 "We going down in the vicinity of Petersb urg." "Oh!" "Genera l Lafayette wishes me to do some spying t "I suppose you are, but that won't help matters any. the British." The mischief is done." "Thct's et, hey?" "I-I c-c'u'dn't he'p et, Bob. I wuz off my hoss an' "Yes;sir. Well, we can do no good staying here, so 1() runnin' afore I knowed et An' didn' know I wuz holwill be moving. Come, boys. Good-night, Ur. Slocu l erin'." "Well, everybody else within a mile of here knew it!" drily. "But, come; come back with n;ie. It will do no good to stay here." "All right." The two made their way back to where their comrades were awaiting them, and, mounting their horses, they again rode forward. "Don't get frightened if another chicken fl.utters across "Good night, Mister Slater, an' all!" ']'hen as an afte thought he asked : "II ow is Jim -all right?" Dick clid not have the heart to t e ll i.he man the trut1 so he answered evasively. "Oh, yes, he's doing as w4 as could be expected," he replied. v "Waal, make 'im toe ther mark, Mister Slater! Ma\i im stan' up tcr ther rack like er man an' take 'is me4 cine, be ct good er bad "All right; I 'vill do so." the path," said Bob, and Jim (lnswered that he wouldn't, 'l'he youths went back, untied their horses, mounted ain though it was easy to tell by the tone of his voice and its rode slowly away, until they reached the main road, wi tremulousness and huskiness that he was badly frightened. then they rode at a faster pace. They kept a sharp look Nothing came up to give him another scare, however, ahead and stopped and listened occasionally, but they

'1'IE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." 19 Then to reach the t own all I will have to do will be follow the creek?" "Thers right." "Good! That is simpl e enough." The youths went into camp, and although it was now idnight, Diek had serious thoughts of visiting the town nd trying to find out the lay of the land. He decided not "Redcoats?" "Yes ; you s peak of the British as 'redcoats.' Now, if you w ere a '11ory you would not use the word 'redcoats' at a ll. Ev e ry time you spoke of the11?it would be 'the Briti sh.' The man studied a few IDQ?J-ents. "I guess yer right," he admitted; "waal, yer right er bout mebein' er patriot, o do so, finally, however, and after stationing guards he an' now, whut erbout et?" n nd the other y0uths lay down and went to sleep. "I'll you. I wish you to do me a favor." e "Whut ?" They were up bright and early ne x t morning and after reakfast Dick mad e hi s way down the s tream till he was "I see you have a load of vegetable s ; Ywish you to let ear the edge of Peter s burg. fe wis h e d to enter the town, m e rid e into the town with you and pretend to be your ut did not lmow how to go about it. He was afraid to alk right in for fear some of the redcoats might recog 'l ize him. While he was debating the subject be beard the attle of the wheels of a wagon. He was near the road, ncl looking up the road he saw a wagon approaching. Dick clid not hes itate; be thought he saw a chanc e to g e t nto the town, and he went out and hailed the man. The t armer-for such he evidently was-brought his horses to a stop and looking at the youth inquiringly, said: "Who ir you?" "Yon answer me one question, first," replied Dick, "and hen I will answer yours." "All right; I'll answer et ef I kin." "What are you-Whig or Tory?" 'l'he man started and gave the youth a searching look. 'Don't ye think," he said, slowly, "ez how't I'd be kinder oolish ter say I wuz er Whig w en I'm almos' in ther very amp uv tber redcoats?" s on, do you understand?" "I unnerstan' thet part uv et, but I clon' see why ye wants ter go inter tber town in thet fashion ." "Well, I have a good reason for it, you may be sure. Will you do it?" "Uv course; I'm reddy ter do enny thin' ter he'p the c ause e rlong, an' I guess ez bow ye air er patriot yerself." "I am." "I thort so; an' I expeck ye air er spy." "I admit that my reason for wishing to enter the town of Petersburg is so that I may be enabl e d to look a bit and see what the redcoats are doing." "All right; jump up beer erlongside uv me." Dick hastened to obey. "Now drive on," be said; "and don't forget thati r am your son 'Tom.'" "All right, Tom," with a grin. The man eyed bis companion closely a s they rode along. Drck smiled. "Perhaps you would," he replied; "but "Ye don' live in these parts, do ye?" b e asked, presently. ou have done so, just the same.'' The man started and looked alarmed. "I bevn't donennythin uv thcr kin'!" be protested. "I don' know hut ye mean. Ye mus' be crazy "No." "I thort not." "What made you .think so?" "Waal, I've lived in this neighborhood all my life, an' "No, you have not said you were a patriot in so many know nearly sver'buddy fur ten miles aroun', an' I never ords, but you have said something which makes me know s een ye afore." bat such i s the case; but you need not be alarmed. I am "You are right; never saw me before, and I don't t friend, not an enemy, and am glad to know that you live in this part of the country." re not a Tory." 1 1 "See heer,.young feller," said the farmer earnestly, "you r erbout ther smartest chap I ever seen; but ef I sed a mnthin' thet made ye know I am er patriot, I'd like ter ow whut et wuz, fur I might say tber same thing ter her redcoats, an'--" "That's it I That is what you said that made me know ou are a patriot," interrupted Dick. "Wlmt's whut I said?" n 'Redcoats.' "Ye tork like ye wuz from tber No'th." "Do you think so?." with a smile. "Yes ; an' ef ye' re go in'ter per ten' ter be my son Tom ye hedn t better tork quite so good. Ye know whut I mean; er s on uv mine'd tork more like me, don' ye think?" "Yep, I think so, dad." 'rhe man laughed "Tbet's er leetle bit b e tter," he said, approvingly. -I "Oh, they'll never suspeck frum ther way I tork tbet I bain't yer son."


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." "Not e! ye don' fur git, an' go ter tor kin' yer high"Tha t is what he does, my boy. That is to say, we don falutin' tork." dare cross him in any way." "I won't furgit." "An' I s 'pos e ye wouldn' kee r purtickler e f he wuz te They crossed the stream and entered the town. It was git er good lickin' ? quite early, and while the shops were open the British soldiers were only just eating The farmer drove to a vacant near the centre 6 the town and there stopped. It was that he had been here before, for The men laugh ed. "No," said op.e, "we wouldn't care we would be d elighted-but you couldn't giv e 1 him th thrashing, so you had better let him go." "I hain't ergo in' ter do ennythin' uv ther kin Th he had not been there long before the soldiers came hastenf e ll e r wit h the t c a b bidge i s e r thi e f, a n' I m e rgoin' t e r t e ing toward him. "Got some fresh vegetables this morning, old man?" asked one. Y as," was the reuly, "I b e v er lot UV fresh vegertables." "All right; we'll soon take them off your hand s," said another. irn s o an make 'im p a y fur the m v cge rtabl e s er gi v 'e up!" The n h e lifte d up hi s voice a nd c alled loudly "Hol' on, thar, y e f e ller witp the t cabbidge an' them beet an onion s ye hain t paid fur 'e m yit !" 'rhe redcoat paid no attention H e ha'.d now worked hi way through the crowd till he was nearly at the edge, an The redcoats crowded around the wagon and began a was a hundred feet from the wagon. Dick saw the fello wild scramble for the contents. Every fellow g rabb e d what was not going to pay any attention, so he decided to mak he could, and in a very few minutes the wagon was empty. things so interesting for him that he would stop. Then each redcoat displayed what he had secured and paid "Stop, thee I" roared Dick. "Hol' on, thar, ye blam e for it and w ent his way, happy to think he would have raskal Whut d'ye mean by grabbin' er lot uv stuff an something good to eat that day. gittin' erway so lively with it in that fashion? Stop, There one exception, however. One red c oat, who say! Stop, theef !" hil;d secured a head of cabbage, a bunch of beets and two The man looked around, and the in stant he did so bunches of onions, was sneaking away without going :Qick pointed his finger directly at the fellow. "I mean through the formality of paying for what he had secured. you!" he said. "Come right back beer an' pay fur the Dick bad his eye on the fellow, however, and called the thar vegetables er thar'll be trubble !" farm e r's atte ntion to it. "Thar goes e r man with er lot uv stuff he hain t paid fur, dad," h e remarked, pointing toward the individual in que s tion. "Is thet s o ?" r e marked the farmer an angry look on his face; the n he evidently thought it b ette r not to try to do anything, so he said: "I guess we h e d better let 'im CHAPTER VIII. DIC K SURPRJ,SE S TIIE REDCOATS. The redcoat paused and s t a r e d back at the youth in the go." wagon in a surprised fa s hion. 1D o ub t less h e did not know "I wouldn do et," Dick; "he' s er thi e f, he is, an' et what to mak e of b e in g addressed in s u c h fa s hion. For hain t fa r ter ther res' uv the r m e n be e r who air pa y in' a f e w mom ents h e was s il ent, whi l e h i s comrades looked fur their stuff, ter let 'im go away without payin' fur from him to the y outh in th e wag on wit h br eathless in his'n." terest. Sudd enly the r e dcoat found hi s voic e and h e c ri e d "You are right about that sonny," remarked one of out: "Do you mean to s ay that ar e s peaking to me, the redcoats; "but that fellow is a bully and a dangerous you young vagabond?" H e was r e d with. rag e and his man to anger, so it will be as w e ll to let him go in peace." eyes glow e d viciously. "Ef ye say ther word, dad, I'll l e t 'im go in pieces in s tid uv in p e ace." Several of the edcoats laugh ed. "You are all right my boy," r e mark one, "but that f e llow would make short work of you ." "Would he?" the youth r e marked "Say I s'po s e he's er bully, an' dommineers ther res' uv ye an' makes ye stan' aroun', an' all thet." "Yes, I m speekin ter you-an' I hain t no vagabon', e etl1cr, nur er the e f, an' you air!" "What's that! You dare to say I'm a thief?" The man fairly shouted this out he was so amazed and angry. "I sartinly do d a r s a y ye' re er thee! N obudd y but er th ee would grab e r lot uv stuff the t don' berlong ter 'im an' .run erway with et!" Something very like a e s caped the lips of the r ed-


THELIBERTY B OYS' "JONAH. 21 L coat and he came striding back toward the wagon, his I head i n dissent I don't know about that,'' he said; i t comrades making way before him and giving him a clear strikes me that the young fe llow knows what he is about." e pa th: One and all thought that the youth in the-;vagon "Bah! he won't know anything five minutes hence H e had done a very unwise thing It was their b elie f that he e was in for a terrible thrashing; and some even thought that b if h e escaped with his l ife he would do well. The owner will be l ucky if he escapes with his life!" "Perhaps so, but I doubt it; and I certainly hope that such w ill n ot be .the case I would like to see get n of the vegetables was very much frightened "I wish't ye a good thrt.shing, wouldn't you?" 4.edn't sed ennythin', Tom," he murmured; "thet feller'll "Yes, I would; but that green country gawk will neve r do ye hurt I'm erfeerd." be able to give it to him "Ye needn' be er.feerd, dad," was the reply "I'll make "Just wait a few minutes and see what happens." 'im wish't he hedn't tried ter stea l ther vegertables." Perhaps the most surprised :i;nan of all was She rl e y O f course, the farmer didn t know who Dick was or himself He had confidently expected to knock the inwhat he could do, but he knew he was only a young fellow, s olent country youth out of the wagon with the cabbage, and did not think he would be a match for the redcoat, but had failed For a few moments he stood staring up who, it was easy to see as he d rew near, was a burly fellow, at the you th, and then he threw ilhe beets, and next the D evide ntl y stronger tha n the average of men. onions, both bunches being caught dexterously and depositk Th e farme r looked wildly around, as if contemplating ed in the bottom of the wagon dri v in g away as rapidly as possible, but the wagon was in "Thank ye," said Dick; "much obliged. Now you may e the midst of the redcoats and it would have been impossible go; and if any of the r est of ye want these heer vegerto get through. Dick divined the man's thoughts and tables, w'y j es' step u p an' oh ye would, wou ld ye?" this lau ghingly said: "Now, don' ye be erfeerd, dad; this heer last to Sherley, who had suddenly stepped forward and redcoated feller won't hurt' me enny Jes' ye sf still an made a grab at him, with the evident intention of jerking watch, an' you'll see sumthin' thet'll make ye proud thet the supposed country youth out of the wagon Dick had a ye a i r my dad had his eye on the fellow, however, and saw what he was 'rhe redcoat and red-uniformed, was about to do, and reaching down he seized him by the wrist. to th e wagon now, and Dick stood up and watched the Now, although to look at him, no one would have susfellow clos-ely; be did not know but the man might attempt pccted the fact that Dick was a youth possessed of extra to use a pistol. He did not seem to have any such intention, ordinary strength. He had never yet met the man who however, for he made no move toward drawing a weapon. A s he drew near Dick looked him straight in the eyes, smil ing blandly tJ:ie while was stronger in the arms, wrists or hands than himselJ', and he now exercised his strength 1 to the extent that. he pulled the close up to the wagon, and then giving "So ye decided ter bring ther vegertables him a sudden fling sent him reeling backward ten or a he sai d coolly. "Waal, thet's right. Ye air wiser than I dozen feet. The fel.low would have fallen hacl it not been for the fact that there were s o many"'8f his comrades stand S omething in Dick's tone and air angered the redcoat ing around that he could not, they keeping him in a n e l e rribly, and he suddenly hurled the cabbage at the youth's upright position i head Dick caught the cabbage in an expert manner and 'ro say that all were surprised is stating the cas e very i dropped it into the wagon-bed. right; giv' up ther mildly indeed. Had a clap of thunder come from a clear m 11tuff, said the youth calmly, '1b11t don't throw it quite sky they would not have been more surprised, not to say h recklesslike Hand et up ter me." starUed. They stared at the calm-faced, smiling youth in ,. 1 Th e maj ority of the redcoats stared in open-mouthed wonder and amazement. What manner of fellow was he? mazement while a few laughed "That young fellow is they asked themselves How had he been able to hurl thciT the coolest chap I have seen in many a long day," one comrade back with such force? emarked to his nearest neighbor "Yes; but it is the coolness born of ignorance "Yo u t hink so?" "Why, o f course ; he doesn't know t hat he is i n danger, nd any one c a n b e cool u nder s u c h circ u mstances." The other was a close howeve r, a nd s hook hi s Sherley was surprised, but he was even more angry. To be handled, to be thrown about in this fashion by a beard. less youth, and a country gawk at that, was almost too much for him to have to end u re, an d he was wild t o get revenge He bounded for war d a nd s h aking his :fist a t t h e you t h, cri ed: "Get d o wn o u t of tha t wag on! G e t down


22 'l'HE LIBERTY B OYS' I Eay, and meet me here on the ground, man to man, and The farmer shook his head. "Yer rig t, I didn'," he I \\'ill let you off with a i:hra'3hing-thouti I'll half kill aclmitted. "This beer is sumwhut uv er surprise ter me, you-but if you don't get out of the wagon I shall put a ther same ez ter ther res' uv ye." imliet through you-do you hear?" "J)idn' I lell ye crwhile ago thet yc'd be proud uv yer "Oh, yes, I heer, all right!" was the calm reply. "Ye son, dad?" the youth remarked, turning toward the farmer, wants me ter git down outer ther groun' an' giv' ye er with a grin lickin'." I "Yas, ye, thet's er fack; but I didn' think ye could ."You giye me a licking-pish I could whip a dozen handle thet feller. lle's bigger nur ye air like yon, with one hand tied me!" "Yes, but he hain't no helter man nu.r I am." '' Ef tlier duzzen hed both i:heer hands tied erhind 'em!" "Et do look thet way, shore with a grin. "1 ou had better keep close watch of him when he gets "Bah! Jump down, for I am not. going to wait all day up," said one of the redcoats to Dick, in a low tone; "he for you!" will try to kill you, or I don't know him." ,;Oh, I don' ax ye ter wait. I'm comin'. Jes' look out "I'll watch 'ii11, mister; an' thank ye further warnin'." inr me!" The redcoat had now cea eel tumbling and kicking about, Dick leaped to the ground, and, as he expected, he had and risen to 11 sitting posture. His hands were on his scarcely alighted before the redcoat was at him with all stomach asif he felt somewhat sick, and his face was pale. the ferocity of a mad bull. He no doubt e}..iiected to beat There was a wicked look in his eyes, however, as he looked the youth down easily, but he quickly found his mistake. up at the youth who had given him such a terrible blow. There was not niuch room for manceuvring, there being It was evident that the fight had not yet all been taken rnch a crowd around, but Dick did not mind this; he felt out of him. He was eager to secure revenge, and was only that he ;ras able to take care of himself under any cirwaitingcto regain his full wind and strength before re cumstanccs, and as the redcoat rushed upon him he dealt newing the fight. the fellow a c ouple of terrible blows, full in the face. The I suppose you i.hink you have done someth4ig wonder -hlows were unexpected, and were so strong that the rush ful ?" he snarled of the redcoat was brought to a sudden stop. He came up "Oh, no," Dick replied, carelessly; "I don' think et enny all as the men say, and stood there blink-1.hin' 1ery wonder.fol ter knock sech er feller ez yearoun'." ing and half dazed. This was Dick's opportunity, and he "Oh, you don't, eh?" the tone was intended to be sar improved it. Measuring the distance, he let d rive with hii:; c:astic, but much of the effect missing. right fist and dealt the redcoat a-errible b low full in the "Sartinly I don' chest. "I suppose, then, that you think almost any one could Crack! thud Down went the man. as if struck by a ca taknock me around?" pult, aud he rolled and tumbled and kicked about, in a "I think they could ef they'd try, and wuzn't skeered desperate effort to catch his breath, the stroke having uv ye ter start with ." knocked it all out of him. "Bah! You are a fool!" "Ohh-h-h-h-h he groaned O h-h-h-h h h !" "I fooled ye, all right The sight was almost comical, though to the victim it A number of the redcoats laughed at this, and the sounc1 was anything but funny, and some of the spectators grin of the laughter was l ike shaki n g a red rag in a bull's face ned. :h:[any stared at the youth in wonder. The redcoat leaped t o his feet with a curse, and sprang Dick folded his arms and looked at the fallen man toward Dick, intent on seizing him Doubtless he though t cal mly. I tole 'im he'd git 'imself inter trubble," he said that if he could get hol d o f t h e youth he could handle him calmly. "I reelly didn' wante r hurt 'im, but he would hev easily, for, while he had had one proof of the youth's ct, so he got et." strength, he did :ot think it possible that he was strong Perhaps the most astonished man in the crowd was the as himself farmer, whose son Dick was supposed to be. He stared at Dick knew the redcoat's idea was, as well as the the youth in open-mouthed amazement Some of the redfellow did himself, and he decided to meet him in his own noticed this, and one said: "You seem to be as sur-way. Dick let the redcoat get hold of him, but by a dex prised as any one, old ma n. I guess you didn't know your terous movement he s u cceeded i n getting a peculiar hold son was such a terrible fellow, did you ?" of his own, and wit h a s u dde n exertion of his wonderfu l


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' "JO:N"AH." 23 strength be lifted the man clear of the ground and threw him high in the air. The redcoat turned almost a somer6ault in the air and came down upon his head and shou lders in the wagon-box, the crash seeming to be almost sufficient to knock the bottom out. the person. "I am a prisoner here! Oh, won't you rescue me?" "It's a woman!" exclaimed Drck, and he made a move as if to leap out of the wagon, but at the same instant some one jerked the prisoner away from the window Cries of wonder and amazement escaped the lips of the slammed it shut. spectators. Dick settled himself back into the seat. "It would do "W onderfol "Amazing "I never saw anything like it!" "$herley caught a Tartar that time!" "lle certainly did!" "Jove I wonder if the fall killed him?" "No, he hain't dead," replied Dick, who had climbed into the wagon and bent over the prostrate form of the red coat, "but he's insenserble, an' I expeck thet ye fellers hed better kerry 'im ter his hum an' do sumthin' fur 'im. He did come down purty hard, fur er fack." "I should say he did!" agreed one of the men. "Well, he brought it on himself." "Yes, thet's right; I don feel ez e I'm ter blame in ther matter." "Certainly you were not." A number of the redcoats lifted the uncon scious man out no good for me to try to 'do anything to-day, in broad daylight," he said; "I must wait till some other time_." You'll get killed ef ye come foolin' aroun' heer, tryin' ter resky ennybucldy," said the old farmer. '':Perhaps so; perhaps not. I'm going to risk it and make an attempt to rescue the woman to-night. She looked to be a young woman, clon't you think?" "Yes; an' her vo1ce sounded like thet uv er gal." "So it did; have you heard of any you:ig woman or girl being missing anywhere in the vicinity ,lately?" The man shook his head. "No, kain't say's I hev," he said slowly; "but hol' on-yes, I hev, too! I heerd on'y las' night thet Si Perkins' gal, Kate, wuz missin' frm'\1 hum. She went over ter a nabor's an' spent ther day, an' started hum jes' erbout dark, but didn' git thar." "And that was last night, you say?" "Et happened night afore la_s'. I jes' heerd uv et las' and carried him away, and then the farmer hastened to night." drive away. "I understand. And they have heard nothing of the '"l'har's no tellin' whut them fellers might make up theer girl since her disappearance?" min's ter do ef et sh'd happen thet ther feller dies," he said. "They_ hedn't up ter la s' night at supper-time, when er "You are right," agreed Dick; "they might want to put a rope around the neck of a fellow about my size." "Kerrect; an' so I think we hed better git outer town ez quick ez we kin." "I judge that it would be safest; though I don't think the redcoat is seriously injured." '' 1\1:ebby not; but we'll git fur hum, ennyhow." CHAPTER L"{. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" TO THE llESCUE. The farmer drove out of the town as fast as he thought it wise to go, and just before he reached the stream, they passed a large, stone building, with strong, barred windows in the second story. Just as they were opposite this build ing there came a cry; and looking up they saw the face of some person at on_e of the barred windows. "Help!" cried nabor tole me er bout et." "'l'hen it is possible the girl who is held prisoner back yonder is this Kate Perkin s you speak of." "Yes, et's posserble." "If such is the case she must be rescued at all hazards." "Waal, et'll be sumwhut ter resky 'er frum right outer ther redcoat camp, I sh'd think." When they were at the point where Dick had joined the farmer _as he was going to the town, the youth alighted; :ma after thanking the man, bade him good-by and plunged into the timber and made his way in the direction oi the camp. "Where have you. ?een, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. "Into Petersburg." "What! Into the redcoat encampment?" "Yes." "How did you manage it?'' "Weren't you afraid you would be recognized?" "Say, you are risky!" "You will get captured yet!"


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." Such were a few of the exclamations, to all of which "Quite likely your are right, Jim," said Dick; "come, Dick listened with a smile. some of you, let's see if we can get sight of the fellows." "You see, I didn't get he said; "I'm back, :Fifteen or twenty of the youths went with Dick, and they all safe and sound." beat up the timber for a quarter of a mile around, but "Yes; but it is .a wonder." saw no signs of the redcoats. When they returned to the "What did you find out, anyway, Dick?" asked Bob, encampment Dick asked Jim where he had been and how eagerly. he happened to get the redcoats after him. "Well, I was enabled to form an estimate regarding the "I went over to the main road," replied Jim, "and was number of troops Cornwallis has, for one thing." Jown close to the creek, trying to get a look at the town, "And what else?" wlten all of er sudden ther redcoats come runnin' outer "Ob, I saw the lay of the town, and a few things like ther timber and took arter me. I run with all my might, that that may prove to be of value." "I don't think so, for Lafayette isn't going to come down and attack Cornwallis in Petersburg." "And I discovered that a girl is held prisoner in one of the houses in the town." "A girl?" au' kep' jes' erbout ther same distance in front uv 'em all thcr time. I made straight fur camp, an 'they follered me till I wuz a-mos' heer." "I'm sorry you were seen and chased by them," said Dick; "they have discovered our presence here and now we will have to move, for they will likely bring a party "Yes." and attack us if we don't." "How do you know this?" "Thet's right, I expeck. I'm mighty sorry, but I couldn't "She showed herself at a window and called for help." he) et. I wuz erfeerd they'd capter me an' hang me, an' "Is that so? Goodness! that is bad!" "So it is; but we will rescue her to-night, if such a thing is possible." ''.I'm with you for J:?aking the attempt, Dick!" Bob was a brave, chivalrous youth, and always ready to so I made fur camp." "What a fellow he is!" said Bob Estabrook to Dick later on as they were getting ready to break camp. "He's a regular 'Jonah,' and no mistake." "Yes, he has 'queered' everything we have attempted to risk his life where the safety of a girl or woman was con-do so far." cerned. Dick look e d around. "Where is Jim?" he asked. "You mean Slocum?" "Yes." "I don't know; he left camp half'-an hour ago and hasn't come back." "I wish he would hurry and return; to ask him a few questions." At this instant there cam'9 the sound of crackling under brush, and an occasional wild yell, and a few moments later Jim Slocum burst into the clearing, bareheaded, his hair flying, his coat-tail stick'ing almost straight out behind. "Help!" he yelled. "Help! Redcoats! Look out! they're coming!" The youths leaped to their weapons and stood ready to fire the instant the enemy appeared, but they waited in vain. Nobody came in sight. For all that could be seen or heard to indicate otherwise, Jim had been racing all alone, with no one after him. He asserted strenuously that he had been pursued, however. "Theer wuz four uv 'em," he p_!3-nted; "four redcoats, im' they giv' me er terrible scare an' chase. They mus' hev stopped w'en they seen thet thar wuz er big crowd uv ye heer." "He means well, I think." "Oh, yes, no doubt of that." "He is just unlucky, that's all." "Yes; a sort of 'Jonah,' as you have said." When they were ready to start Dick asked Jim if he knew of another good camping place anywhere near. He studied a / while, and said that he thought he could lead the party to another camping place that would be just as satisfactory as this one had been. So Dick told him to take the lead, which he did, and the party set out. Jim was as good as his word. He led them to another good camping place, which was at about the same distance from Petersburg, and as soon as Dick had sized up affairs, and had satisfied himself that the place was satisfactory, the youths again went into camp. "Now, don't leave camp without first getting permission from me, Jim," said Dick somewhat severely; "remember, you are a member of my company now, and are under mili tary rules. I am in full command, and none of the boys ever think of doing anything without first asking my per mission. Remember that." "All right, Dick-I mean captain!" said Jim, looking somewhat crestfallen.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." 25 "I had to say something to him to keep him in the For this task Dick bad selected Bob Estabrook and Mark camp," said Dick to Bob; "be was liable to wander off Morrison as the two who were

2 6 'l'HE LIBERTY B O YS "JONAH. pointed, and were just on the point of returning to the first tloor when they were startled hearing a series of terri ble yells is not badly hurt, tha.t we may be sure of, for it is im possible to hurt a 'Jonah. "WhE!re did the bullet strike you, Jim?" asked Dick, ''Great guns! that must be Jim!" exclaimed Bob. "l who leaped forward and managed to overhaul the fright wonder what has scared him now?" ened youth "I don't know, Bob; but I judge that we had better get out of here in a hurry. Come!" The youths rushed upstairs and to the window, through whic'Q. they They looked ou enough, there came the "Liberty Boys'" "Jonah," yelling at the top of his voice, with a horde of. redcoats at bis heels Ile hacl "queered" the whole business, and all that the "I ... iberty Boys" could do was to jump through the win w and flee. CHAPTER X. THE "JOX All" WOuNDED. "In ther side-oh, I know I'm er dead boy!" "I haidly think you are seriously hurt, Jim." "Ye think not?" "That is what I think If you were badly hurt you could not keep on running "Waal, I hope thet I hain't; but I'm erfeerd I am." 'rhe four ran onward with such speed that they gradually left their pursuers in the rear They were soon clear of the town and within the friendly shelter of the timber, and then felt safe. "They can't catch us now," said Bob, in a tone of satis faction we can easily get away from them," said Dick; and now I wonder if they captured either of the boys?" "I don't think they did," said Jim. "What makes you think so?" This they proceeded to do, aud they ran with all pos"Waal, ye see, the wuz eomin' down ther street sible .speed, Jim keeping close behind them, still yelling. I wuz on, an' ther other boys wuz quite erways off. They This would not do, however, so Dick slackened his s1)eed l 1 1 d s rnre y 1eer me, an got erway." u ntil Jim was alongside and then said : "Hush, Jim! "They surely" did hear you!" _said Bob, sarcasm in his S to p your yelling It doesn't do any good and we will voice. 11ever be able to throw ou r pu r suers off the track if you keep it up." "Aall riright, D -Dick !" stamme red Jim. "I-I'll k-keep s still "See that you d o Now, run with a ll you r mig?t !" "Halt!" yelled the r edcoats. "Stop, or we will fire!" Dick made no Teply He casl a quick glance over his shoulde r and meas u red the as well. as he could. I don't believe their muskets will carry up," he thought; "and, anyway, it is so dark they can't take aim. It will be entirely by accident i they succeed in doing any dam age." Onward the four ran, and pre s ently there was the crack, crack, crack of muskets, and a number of bullets whistled past the fugitives. One bullet struck Jim, inflicting n .flesh wound, and he gaYe utterance to a fell that could haYe been heard half a mile, and leaped forward as if shot out of a canno n v "Oh, Pm shot -I'm shot!" he howled "I'm er dead boy! Oh, w'y did I go inter this heer b-s, ennyhow? rm shot! I'm killed "Jle seems to be possessed of conside rabl e strength and energy for one who is killed," said Bob, sarcastically "He "Hello What's that?" s u ddenly exclaimed Ma rk. It was the three you ths who had come this far and stopped, to see if their comrades would escape. It was a joyous meeting and a ll were well pleased. T hey had es caped; not one had bee n captured. They kept on going as they feared t h e redcoats might try to fol low them even though they were in the timber,

TlIE LIBERTY BOYS' "JORAH." 27 considerable blood, and was somewhat weak but braceq up after the wound was dressed, and felt better. ''Yes, it simplifies matters, Bob," was the reply. "It will give us a chance to l et Jim out without hurting the Dick told Bob that he thought it would be a good chance feelings of himself, hi s sweetheart or his folks." to get rid of Jim, however. ''He will do us more harm than good if we keep him with us," he said ; "he i s a goodhearted fellow, however, and means well, and for his folks' sake I would not have liked to di sm iss him from the company. But now that he is wounded we can use that as an excuse and get him go home and stay there. What do you think about it?" I think you are rig11t, Dick. It is a good chance to get rid of him. H e is a regular 'Jonah,' and would have "You are right." / "Say, Dick an' Bob," said Jim, proudl y "this beer is lifolly Cone-ye know, I tole ye erbout 'er-an' some day we air goin' ter bitch U .P." 'rhe youths acknowledged the introduction ancl then Dick said: "'l'hat will be all right, J "im-wbat Miss Molly wants you to do; you need not come back to us if you dont wish to. The fact is, I think we will be away from this part of the country you will be able to get out and bee n continually getting u s into hot water." around again." So it was decided; and after breakfast next morning "All right; an' thank ye, Dick," Jim. "Waal, l'Ye Dick suggested to Jim that he had better go home. r'Your be' n er sold j e r, an'.. even got woonded, so I hev sumthiu wound is not dangerous-if you are wher e you can be well ter be proud uv, hain t I?" taken care of," he said; "but to stay h ere and rough it, "Yes, indeed!" might be to aggravate the wound and cause your death." "All right; I'll go hum," said Jim; "I don feel enny too good, thet's er fack. Yes, I'll go hum." "Bob and I will go with you," said Dick. They bridled and horses, assisted Jim to mount hi s animal, l eaped into the saddles and rod e away. "An' I'm proud uv 'im, too!" said Molly. "That is right," said Bob; "and don t you let him get away from you again, Miss Molly." I hain't ergoin' ter." Dick and Bob remained an hour, talking, and then bid ding their friends goodby, they rode a\vay. Just as they lt was an hour 's ride, and when they arrived at the home reached the main road, and were to ride across it, a of the Slocums they were greeted plea santly; but when wagon came in sight around the bend and Dick said : "Wait Jim's parents found that he was wounded, they were fright a moinent, Bob. Here comes the man I went into the town ened and worried, till Dick told them the wound was no t with the other day. I wish to ask him a few questions." serio u s "He will be all right in a couple of weeks," ;aid Dick, rcas sur ingl y Jim had not much more than got in the house and seated, before a girl came rushing in and threw her arms around his neck. "Oh, Jim the gir l cried, "I'm so gla d ter see ye, an' so sorry ter know ye hev be'n wounded I knowed jes' how et would be w'en ye j'ined ther ban' uv 'Libbety Boys' But ye'll stay ter hum now, won't ye, Jim?" They stopped and waited, and when the man reached them he brought his horses to a stop. "Whoa!" he said to the animals. "So et's ye, is et?" to Dic k. "I'll swow, I thort I'd mos' li kely never see ye erg'in "Well, still here. By the way, I wish to ask you a few questions/' "Go erhead; I'll answur 'em ef I kin." "All right; first, then, have you heard anything further regarding tlie girl, Miss P erkins, hink you said her name "Uv course I'll hev ter stay erwh ile, Molly," said Jim, was, who was missing her 'home?" giving the gir l a smack. "An' ef ye say so, I won' go erway "Yas, I've heerd more erbout 'er," was the reply; "she's erg'in." ter hum now." "Oh, goody! I do say so, Jim!" the gir l cried. I don' "Is that so? want ye ter go 'way ter war en ny more. Ye'll be killed "Yas; one of P e rkins' nabors wuz pas' my place airly / nex' time; I jes' know ye will!" this mornin', an' he sed she bed come hum." "Then I won't go, Molly!" the youth declared. "vVell, and where had she been?" Dick and Bob look ed at each other with a satisfied ex-"In Petersburg; thet wuz her we seen in ther house pres s ion in their eyes. "That is Molly Cone, his sweet other day, ez ye thort et might be." heart, Dick," whispered Bob; "and I guess we are all "Ah, it was?" right now She doesn't want him to go to war any more, "Yas; she wuz captere

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JON AH." sumthin-but Gin e ral Cornwallis, he heerd tell uv ther main e d in camp another day; when night came Dick again matter an' he made ther orsifer let ther gal go. "Ah, he did?" "Yas; a n so she went" home." "We ll ; that is good news." "Y as, so et is. Et'll save y e the r trubble uv tryin' ter resky her." "We hav e alr e ady had trouble; we tried to rescue her la s t night." "Ye did?" "Yes; and found that she was not in the house "Waal, waal !" "We were discovered by the redcoats and cha s ed out of the town, so had no opportunity of searching for ente r e d the town and was gone s e v e ral hours. When he re turne d h e was in good spirits. "I t hi nk I h a v e l e arned all that it is necessary I should l e arn," he said. "Then we will l eave the s e parts, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes ." "When?" "Right away." "This very night, eh?". "Yes; just as soon as we can break camp and get ready for the start." "Jove! I hate to go away without striking the British a blow!" her. It is as1 well, for she was at home at that very time." "It is necessary, Bob. "Y as. W aal, ye did do some resky bizness in venturin' "Why so ?" inter Petersburg when et is full uv "I have learned that the British are going to advance "Ob, not so very risky; we are used to that sort of thing, upon Richmond, and we get back there at once and and know just what to do." warn General Lafayette." "I s'pose so; waal, good day I mus' be gittin' on in I "Why not send a messenger and let the rest of us stay with this h e er truck." down here and watch for an opportunity to strike the red"Look out for the fellow who s t e al s cabbage!" said Dick, coats a blow?" with a s mile. "That a bad idea," said Dick, after pondering a "I'll k eep my eyes open fur 'im, but I don' e x peck he'll few moments; "we had better break camp, however, and bother me enny more." "I judge not." move a mile or two farther north. We are too close to the town her e and too far to one sid e They might get past The n the man drove pn toward P e tersburg, and the two us." .. youths rode acro s s the road, and plunging into the timber made their way back to the encampment. "Ev erything qui et?" Dick a s k e d of Mark Morrison. "Yes, Dick; w e haven't seen any sign of the redcoats, \ and I have kept a man on the lookout in the top of that tall tree all the time. H e can see ri ght into town, and re port s that e v erything i s quiet the r e." "That is good." "That's true; well, just s o we don't go clear back to Richmond right away, is all I care for." They brok e camp and made their way over to the main road which led northward. It h a ppen e d that a party of red c oat s to the numb e r of a hundre d at l e a s t, was coming up the ro ad, a nd not a hundr e d y ard s di s tant. Dick quick. l y g ave the y outh s the command t o get r e ady. "We'll st rik e the m a blow tha t will surpris e them," he "Ye s." said; "wai.t till the y a r e oppo site and the n, when I give "I was afraid the redc!a ts' would try to hunt us up tothe word, l e t the m have a volley tha t will do the m all the day." d a ma ge possibl e." "They may the attempt late r on; as yet they have Ou came the r edc o ats They wer e t a l k in g and l a u g hin g made no move towa rd doin g so." an d w e r e evident l y utterly uns u s pi c iou s of d a nger. The "True ; thou g h I hope that they won't. I don t want ni ght w a s clear, and it was ea s y to see them. Suddenly, to b e forced t o my c a mping ground a gain till w e jus t as the y cam e o pp o site th e y outh s hidd e n in the e dge of a r e throu g h in these parts and r e ady to r eturn to Richthe t imbe r, Di c k gave the w ord, and cra sh! roar went t he m ond." weapons of the "Liberty Boys." The r edcoa ts di.d not make any effort to try to find the The redcoats w e re tak e n entirely by surpri se, and wild youths so they didn't have to change their camping place, yells of fright and amaz e ment went up from their lips. and that night Dick made his way to the town on a spying Mingled with the yells were the groan s of the woupded expedition He succeeded in learning a few things of imand dying, while the horses reared, plung e d and snorted, portance, but not all that he wished to learn, so they retrampling on the forms on the ground.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "JONAH." 29 It was 11 terrible scene, and in the midst of the uproar came another volley from the roadside. This was sufficient. The redcoats whirle d their horses and. galloped l ike mad back toward Petersburg. The "Liberty Boys" gave uLte. rance to wild cheers, end ing with the battle-cry: "Down with the king! Long live Liberty I" Then they rode away, up the road, at a ga llop. They I reasoned that the redcoats would sa ll y forth from Petersburg in great numbers and give chase, and this was what did-happen; but thanks to the start which the youths got, the e nemy could not overhaul them and they got clear away. Dick decided that it would be best for him to go straight on to Richmond, however, and they did so. They got to the city about eleyen o'clock, and Dick went to headquarters, The patriot army did beat a retreat, next morning, and Cornwalli's came up from Petersburg and tried to catch Lafayette, but failed. The youthful general was too shrewd for even the astute British veteran. In spite of their "Jonah," in the person of J im Sl

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Bal'low. 7 5 The Brndys In t!Je or, Trapping the Crooks of the "Hed Light District." 76 l'ound in the lliver; or, The Bradys and the Brooklyn I:::1dge )Jystery. 77 '!'be Bradys and the Missing Box; or, !tunning Down the ltailroad Thie v es. 18 'l'h"C Queen of Chinatown: or. 'l'he 13rndys Among the "llop .. Fleuas. 79 '.!.'he 13radys and the Girl Smuggler; H', "'orldug for the Custom 12:; 'l'he Bradys and the Missing Girl ; or; A C lew Found in the Dark. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Mystery of a Treasure Vault. 127 The Bradys and the Bgy Acrobat ; or, Tracing up. a Theatrical Case. 128 The Brndys and Bad Man Smith ; or, The Gang of Black Bar. 12!l The Tlradya and the Veiled Girl ; or, Piping the Tombs Mystery. 130 The Bradys and the Deadshot Gang; or, Lively Work on the U'rontier. 131 The Bradys with a Circus; or, On the Road with the Wild Beast Tamers. J 32 The Bradys in Wyoming; or, rracking the Mountain Men. 133 The Bradys at Coney Island; ot', 'l'rllj?l)ing the Sea-sideCrooka. 1 :!4 The Bradys and the Road Agents ; or, The Great Deadwood Case. 135 The-Itradys and the Bank Clerk ; or, Tracing a Lost Money Package. 136 The 13radys on the Race Track ; or, Beating the Sharpers. 137 The :Bradys in the Chinese Quarter; or, 'l'he Queen of the Opium C Fiends. the ircus 138 The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures In the House. 80 The B1ftdys and the Runaway Boys; 01, i:;hadowiug Sb a rps. 81 The Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the Mystery f th 01d Blue Ridge Mountains. 0 e J 3!l The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working o n the John Church Yard. 82 'l'he Bradys and the Brokers: or, A Despernte Gamc!led: or, The Hardest Gang in New York 1'4 The Bradys In Hig h Life ; .or, 'l'he G reat Society Mystery. 11 5 The Bradys Among Thieves; or, Hot Work in the Bowery. llG The Bradys and the Sharpers; or, In Darkest New York. 117 The Bradys and the Bandits; or, Tluntlng for a Lost Boy. 118 The Bradys In Central Park; or. The Mystery of the Mall. 11 9 'l'he Bradys on their Muscle; or, Shadowing t h e Red Hook Gang. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or, Exposing the Chinese Crooks 12 1 'l'he Bradys' Girl Decoy; o r Rounding Up the East-Side Crooks. 122 The Bradys Under Fire; 0 1, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. Street Myster y. 140 The Bradys and the Rall Road Thieves; or, The Mystery o! the Midnight Train. 141 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work In the ShopQlng District. 142 Tli'e Bradys and the Broker; or. The Plot to Steal a Fortune. 143 The Bradys as Reporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. 144 The Bradys and the Lost Ranche; or, The Strange <:;ase in Texas. 115 The Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, the Great Tram Robbery. H6 The Bradys and Bunco Bill ; or, The Cleverest Crook in New York. 147 The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with the Customs Inspectors. J 48 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery ; or, The Search for a Stolen :\lillion. 11!l The Bradys at Cripple Creek; or, Knocking out the "Bad Men." 150 The Bradys and the Harbor Gqng; or, Sharp Work after Dark. 151 The Bradys in Five Points; or, 'l'he Skeleton in the Cellar, 152 Fan 'l'oy, the Opium Queen; or, The Bradys and the Chinese Smugglers. 153 The Bradys' Boy Pupil ; or, Sitting Strange lilvidence. 154 'l'he Bradys in the Jaws of Death ; or, '!'rapping the Wire Tap-155 and the Typewriter; or, The Office Boy's Secret. 156 The Bradys and the Bandit King; or, Chasing the Mountain 157 The Bradys and the Drug Slaves; or, The Yellow Demons of Chinatown. 153 The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen ; or, Running Down the "Reds." 15!l The Bradys and the Hotel Crooks; or, The Mystery of Room 44. 160 The Bradys and the Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work in the Har bor. 161 The Bradys and the House of Mystery; or, A Dark Night's Work 162 The Bradys' Winning Game; Qr, Playing Against the Gamblers. 163 The Bradys and the Mail Thieves; o r The Man in the Bag. 164 The Bradys and the Boatmen ; or, The Clew Found In the River. 165 The Bradys after the Grafters; or, The Mystery In the Cab. 166 The B1adys and the Cross-Roads Gang; or, tne Gre11t Case in Missouri. 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown ; or, The Mysterious Case in So ciety 168 The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret o f the Poisoned lfovelope. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A W e ekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These based on actual facts and give band of a, faithful American account of the exciting adventures of a, brave youths who were always ready and willing to for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use imperil their lives of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76: or, F'lghtlng fo r l 'reedom. 3G The Liberty Boys Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' 2 The Llberty Boys Oath; o r Settling With the Britis h and Tories. 3 The Liberty Boys Go o d Work ; or, H elping Gen eral Washi.ngton. 3 7 The Liberty B oys' Prize, and How The y Won lt. 4 The Liberty Roys on H and; 01-, Always in the Ri ght l'tac.,. 31' The f,lberty Roys Plot; or, The Pian Tha t Won. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not A fraid of the Klngs Minions. ;l!l The Hherty Bo y s Great Rani : or, T aking T c v e i ything In Sight G The Liberty Boys D efiance: or, "Cat c h and Hang u s if You Csn." 41) The Liberty Boys' Flush 'l'irn e s : o r R e v eling in British Gold. 7 The Liberty Boys in D emand; or, T h e C h ampion Spie s of the 41 The J ,lberty Boys in a Snaie: o r Almost Trappe d Revolution. 42 .'l'he Liberty Ro.vs Bra v e R e s c ue; o r In t h e i c k of Time. ll The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by Britis h and Tories. 43 'l'he Liberty Boys Big D a y ; or. D oing Business by Wholesale. The Liberty Boys to tbe Rescue; or, A Host Within T h emselves. 11 The Liberty Bo.vs N e t : o r Cat c hin!? t h e R e d coats and Tories 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escnpe; or, A Neck -and-Nec k Race l 4!'\ The Liberty Boy s W orrie d : o r The Disappe a rance of Dick Slater. With D eath. <1r. T h e Lil>er t y Roys Iron Grip: o r the R e d c oats. 11 The L i h r r t y Boys Pluck; or, Undannte d by Odds. -17 J'he Llbe1:tl: R oys; S uccess'. o r: D o in g \Yhnt Theil' S et. to De_ 12 The Liberty Boys P eril; or, Threate n e d fro m all Sides. 48 The L!b e 1 Boys Set! i a c k o r. N?t Disgraced 13 The Liberty Boys' r u c k ; or Fortnne Favors the Brave. The L1he rt.v floys in r o ryv11l e : o r D1e k Slater s F earful. Risk. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or: Foollni; the Britis h The L! be rty R o y s or. Striking S t r o n g Riows for Libert;r. 15 The Liberty B oys' Tra p, and What The y Caught In It. c-1_ The L i bert y Boys 1 m1mph; or, B eating the R e d coats a t The n 16 The Liberty B oys Puzzle d : or, The '.l'orie s Cl e v e r S c h e m e. Ow. u Gam e. li The Liberty B oys' Great Stroke or C apturing a British Man-of 5 2 The L! berty P.oys. S caie : or. A Miss as G oocl as a Mil e W a r sa The Liberty Boys D a nger; or, Foes O U Ali Side s a4 The Libe r t y Hoys' Flight : o r A Y e r y :'\ arrow Escape 1 8 J'he B oys' Challenge; nr, Patriots v s. R e dcoats. 55 The Libe r t y Boys' Strntegy: o r Out-Ge n eraliug the Ene my. } 9 The Llbe1ty B oys Trapped; or, The B eautif.ul T o r y. 5 G The Libe rty Boys' \Y: u m W ork; o r S h owing the R e d coats flo w The Liberty B oys' Mistake; or, "Wha t Have Been." to L e ig h t. 2.1. The Liberty B oys' Fine Work; or, D oing lhings U p Brown. 5 7 The Libe rty Bo.vs "Pus h"; or, Bound to Get The r e. 22 The Liberty B o y s at Bay; or, The Closest Cail of Ail. r;g The Libe rty Boys' Desp e rate C h a rge: or Wit h M a d Anthony 23 The Liberty Boys on 'heir M ettle; or, Making It Warm !or the at Stou v Poinr. R e d coats. T h e Libe rtY Boys' Justi ce. And H o w They D ealt It Out. 24 The J,lberty Boys Double Victory; or, Downing the R e d coats and flO T h e Lib rty Boys Bombarde d : or, A Y e r y Warm Time. Tories. (l1 '.l' h e Libe rty Boys Seal e d Orde r s : or. G o in g I t Riind. 25 The Liberty B oys Suspect e d ; or, Take n fo r Rritls h Spies. G2 The Libe rty Boys' D aring Str o k e : or. With "Light H o r s llarry'" 26 The Liberty Boys' Cl e v e r Tric k ; or, Teaching t h e R e d coats a at P aulus Hook Thing or Two fl8 The L ib e rty Boys' L i v e l y Times: o r, H e r e The r e and 8ve1ywhere. 27 The Liberty B oys' G ood Spy W ork; o r Wit h the R e dcoats In 6-l The Li be rty Boys' L o n e H and" : o r Fig h ting Against Great PhihtdPlphla. Odds. 2!! Tbe Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy6ri The Libe rty Boys' M a s co t : or, ldo i o f t h e Company. fl6 T h e Li be r t y Boys' Wrath: or. Go 1ug f o r t h e R e d coats Roughsho d 29 ThP I,ihl'rty Boys' Wild Ride; or. A Das h to Save a Fort. GT The Liberty Hoys Battl e for L i fe : or, The Uardest Struggle of 31) '!'he Liberty Boys In a Fix: or. '.l'hreate n e d by R eds and Whites All. 31 Th" Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Chec k r,i;; The Liberty F:oys' T .-0st : o r. 'J'h e Tiap That Did Not Work. 32 Tbo Liberty Boys Shadowed; or. 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