The Liberty Boys' "swoop," or Scattering the Redcoats like chaff

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The Liberty Boys' "swoop," or Scattering the Redcoats like chaff
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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A Weekly 1'\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. fu11P.d IVrtkl,v-l:lg SuL&eriplion $2 50 p r yea.r. f?11lerd as: /:'ier:o1r.d Gla s .llatter al th e NBw Yo r k OJ/ice, l"tLr11.i11'!/ .f rnor. 1111 Fra.11k No. 74. NEW YORI{, MAY 30, H)02. Pr'ice 5 Cents. The "Liberty Boys" swooped down upon the redcoats with such fury that they were scattered like chaff b.efore wind. "Down with lting: Long live Liberty:" was the cry. _______ __..._


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. W eekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Rev olu tion. laaued Weekly-By Subsorlption $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class .Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1001. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in the otrice of the Li.brarian of Congress, Washington, D 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 74:. NEW YORK, MAY 30, 1902. Price 5 Cents. ,. CHAPTER I. AN ANGRY MAN. u J iclr. One afternoon m early May, 0 the year 1781, a man s dancing excitedly about in the middle 0 the road in ig.; ont of a farmhouse, about five miles south of Richmond, irginia, on the road leading toward Petersburg. The oo). s evidently very angry and excited, and as he danced i Idly about he kept exclaiming, over and over again: "I wish the airth wuz er foot deep in powder an' my c al, umb-nail wuz er flint!" OV tait As he gave utteranc e to this peculiar remark the man rso "Waal, I'll tell ye whut's happened: I've be'n robb edplundered by er ban' uv theevin' rascals!" "Is that so?" "Y as, et is!" "Who robbed you?" "Ther redcoats, dod-rot 'em!" "The redcoat s, eh?" "Yas." "What did they take from you?" "Whut did they take?" "Yes." "W'y, ever'thin' thet they c'u'd lay ban's on." "Horses?" fu pt striking his thumb-nail with the end of the steel E 1WlL ndl e of his knife, imitating the act of striking fire with ly t and steel. in!t So excited and busily engaged was the man, his eyes 8.Cl the same time being turned toward the south, that he "Yas, two bosses, an' er cow, an' three shoats, an' er lot uv hay, an' corn, an' oats, an' h ams, an' shoulders Oh, they wuzn't nowa ys backward e rbout whut they took. I guess they'd er took ther ole woman ef hedn't run down in ther cellar an' hid C010 Ian not see a horseman app roa ching, or know 0 the man's I esence until he spoke. er.!" Hello!" said the newcomer, reining up his horse and king wonderingly and inquiringly at the man. "What : plf.the troubl e ?" .. An exclamation escaped the man and he whirled to take ook at the speaker. He saw a young man of perhaps -1f1 Xy enty years-a bronzed-faced but handsome fellvw as one ent uld wish to see. The man stared at the newcomer for t d th 'd ew momen s in s1 ence, an en sa1 : :ain l e11t' 'Whut's ther trubble, ye ax? W aal, theer s trubble a svm .f nty; an' thet's ther trooth: Oh, I wish my .thumb.:'"nail tam1 rric s a an' ther airth wuz a foot deep in powder ever' thing ter fiinders, ez shore ez my name is Joe The youth smiled. He saw that the exciteable farme r was an original genius. "That is too bad," he said; "the redcoats are committing a good many depredations in these parts, are they not?" "W aal, I sh' d j es' say they air "Where are their headquarters?" "Ye mean whur do they stay?" "Yes." "Down ter Petersburg." "How far away is that?" 'Bout fifte en miles." "And how far back to Richmond?" "Five miles." "Seems to me that the redcoats are a bit risky in venhiring up .so near to Richmond, doesn't it seem so to you? gain the excited man struck his thumb-nail with the the youth remarked. "Humph! W'y sh1d et be risky?" of his knife handle, and this action was watched by lbJeC horseman, with an amused look. "Because it is so close to the patriot force unde r .La wish to blow fayette." '1E < ibj 'What has happened that you should it 11 rything to flinders ?" he asked fat "Humph! Whut duz thet traitor, Arnold, keer fur 0 'Whut's happened, ye ax?" 'Yes." iiubj 1peci Lafayette?" "Lafayette is a good commander, and a brave one. If ...


2 THE LIBERTY B OYS' "SWOOP." he was to get after some of the bands of r edco a ts who n e foraging, burning and pillaging down here he would make them get away in a hurry." I wu s h t he'd do et, then, afore ther redcoats come b ack an' fini s h b y cle anin' me out altogether an' then burni n my hou s e." P e rh a ps h e will do so." The farmer lo. oked at the youth searchingly. "Air ye wun uv Lafayette s men?" he asked. The young man nodded. "I am with his army at pres ent b e replied, "though I work somewhat inde pendently l a m out on a scouting expedition now." "What' s yer name?" ''Di ck Slater." r r h e m a n started and gazed at the youth, searching ly. "D"y e m ean ter say ez how ye air ther real, ginnywine Dick Slater, whut we hev heerd s o much erbout ?" he asked s lowl y I am.the only Di c k Slater that I know anything about, or lhat I hav e ever heard of." "W aa l, w all! I'm moughty glad ter see ye, Dick Slater I am fur e r fack ; tho' I never xpeckted ter git ter see ye." .. ,Yell I'm glad to make your acquaintance, Mr. Hanks, and--" the c r Don 'mister me, Di c k my boy I'm jes' plain Joe "All right, Joe; but how long has it been since the Tedco.ats were here?" Bout fifteen :minnets." "They haven t got very far away as yet, then. mai1 y of them were there, Joe?" B out er duzzen, I sh d s ay.'' How I w onder if they are likely to set fire t o the houses of an y o f the patriots of the neighborhood?" I guess not, this trip, er they'd er set fire te r mine. I fork e d moughty i:ough ter 'em." A t this i n stant there came the sharp, whip-like crack o f a rifle s hot, and the bullet from the weapon knocked D ic k 's hat off. At the same instant a pea l of wil d, maniacal lau ghte r cam e from the direction of the house, which stood -fifty y a rcls from the road, and a girl was seen to dod g e baC'k nround the corner of the building. W ho w a s that?" exclaimed Dick, more i n surprise than alarm. "1Iy darte r Sallie!" the man exclaimed, in accents of horro r. Your daughter?" e x claimed Dick, interro gatively. Yas." "Why did she s hoot at me?" B ecause y e hain't got er red coat o n." D ick stared at the man in amazement; at first he thoucF the farmer might be joking, but saw that this wa s no t I:! 1 l el. case He was entire y serious. "Because I have not a red coat, you say?" "Yas; et's e r sad story, Dick-er sad story!" i D on't tell me if you don t wish to," said the yout h m "But'I owe et te r ye t e r tell ye, Dick. Didn' t s he j 1 try ter kill ye? Ye see, et's this way: Erbout three mon u ergo ther redcoats cum ter this part uv ther country went ter robbin' an' pillagin', an' wun day they cum 1 my hou s e '!'her leader uv ther gang wuz er capting n allii Glencoe He saw Sallie, an' seemed ter take e r ter her an' he w o u ldn't let ther redcoats take er thing my place. He cum ter see Sallie, arter thet, e r num "' uv times, an' ez he seemed ter be er nice hones' sei:t c l er feller, we didn' objeck, though we'd a heap sight drutl" Sallie hed took er notion ter sum patriot boy uv the r nab{a hood. W aa l wun day, arter he bed be'n beer an' wuz P his way back ter the B:i:itis h camp, he wuz s hot down fnt tber roadsid e We knowed fur s hor e who done t\ r shootin', but whoev e r e t wu z er good job, fur ti ,, capting never knowed whut hurt im. The r sh ock k in\e upset Sallie, an' she'::; be'n-waal, queer ever sence, she tries ter shoot ev' ry man ez comes e rlong d h e c1" happen ter be w 'arin' er r e d coat. Strange hain' t et? i d guess she thinks ev'ry f e ller ez bezn't got er r e d c oat 11 is ther feller whut killed the r capting, an' s he i s tr fur ter git revenge." "That is sad s aid Di ck. "It is indeed too bad. perh aps s he will come back into her right m ind s ooner late r." 1 I hope so, but I m erfraid s he won t I orte r e r tllir E e r bout Sallie, though; she mought er killed ye." "Ob, that' s all right," said Dick; "a miss i s a s gter as a mil e." so Dick leaped to the ground and picking u p h i s hat it on. :en "Won' t y e come up ter th e r hou s e an' stay fur suppc 1 C the man invited "The r ole woman ll be glad ter h e v f "I'll go up to the house for a little while, an y way/? r youth replied. The truth was, he had a curio s i t f:l' the !l:irl who had had such a sad and o f Z 0 ,. ( a pe nchant for shooting every man who came flong, if. man did not wear a red coat. !le IC "Ye needn t be afeerd uv Sallie shootin' erg'in," .t I ). Hanks s aid. "She never shoots b u t onct, an' et seems s tartle her ter s ech an extent thet she i s almo s' e z sant


'11.HE LIBERTY BOY "SWOOP." 3 r fur erwhile Ye'll her pale an' tremblin', an' lin' turrible bad when yet git 'ter ther house.'' Mr. Hanks wanted to take the horse to the stable, but ck would not let him. "I may go on, right away," he lid; "if I should decide to stay for supper then we can 1 me out and take the horse back to the stable." j Dick tied his horse and the two made their way to the 1 use and entered. Dick ca{ight sight of the girl; she s in the kitchen and he could see her through the con cting doorway. No one else was visible, and Mr. Hanks d, with a grin: "Betsy's down in ther cellar. I'll hev ti out in er jiffy." Then he raised his voice and called ) t: a "Betsy! Hey, Betsy! Come upsta'rs now. Ther coast t cl'ar. Ther redcoats hev all gone." 1 : "All right, I'm com in', Joe and then footsteps were I ard on the stairs leading up from the cellar. The .next z ment the door opened and a buxom, good-looking woman tered the room. She looked at Dick, curiously, and at t r husband, inquiringly. t "This is Dick later, Betsy, ther young thet we've D erd EQ much erbout, ye know-ther capting uv ther d iberty Boys.' Dick, this is Betsy, my wife." ? "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Mrs. Hanks," d Dick, bowing politely; but the good woman took the t uth's hand and shook it, while she said, heartily: r "I'm glad ter know ye, Dick Slater! I've heerd er good al erbout ye, an' I'm glad ter hev et ter say thet I hev n an' shook han's with ye." "Thank you," said Dick, blushing through the bronze. 'm afraid that you have heard tales regarding me that c h re not justified by the facts in the case." r "N' o I don' beleeve thet," said Mr. Hanks. "We've rd er lot erbout ye, an' I'm shore thet all we've heerd o." r "Yes, I'm shore UV et, too,'' said Mrs. Hanks. And n she started and turned pale as she noted the hole in .J e ck's hat. She indicated it, and looking inquiringly at husband, said : he man nodded, a sober look coming over his face. "Et er clost call," he said. 'Goodness, yes!" the woman said, with a shudder. er inch lower an' et'd er killed ye!" 'But it didn't go an inch lower," laughed Dick, "and it isn't a matter that is worth while talking about at all. e no more about it." '0.h, but it'd er be'n turribJe ef our Sallie hec1 kilied 1 Dick Slater!" the man said. I "Rev ye tole 'im erbout--erbout-her ?" nodding to ward the kitchen. "Yas, Betsy, I tole 'im, right erway, ez I knowed et wuz his right ter know w'en he hed jes' hed er narrer escape rum death at the han's uv our darter." "Thet wuz right-an', oh, Mr. Slater, I hope ye don't feel hard toward Sallie 'fur whut she done!" "Certainly not, Mrs. Hanks. Indeed, I _feel very, very sorry for your daughter, and for you, her parents. I hope, though, and believe that sooner or later she will regain her former sane condition of mind." "Oh, if'! could only think so!" the woman cried. "But I'm afraid that such will not be the case." "Wait and hope for the best, Mrs. Hanks." "I'll do thet, uv course, but I'm afraid et won't do no good." At this moment the girl appeared in the open doorway and Dick got a good look at her. He was compelled to acknowledge to himself that Sallie Hanks was as-beai,1tiful as any girl he had ever seen-or that she had been before the trouble came upon her. Now there was such a sad look on her face and a peculiar, wild look in her eyes, that detracted somewhat from was looking at Dick, and he thought he saw' a more .fane look gradually appearing in the girl's eyes. forward and held out his hand. "Sallie, I am glad to make your he in a soft, gentle voice, ahd then he met a surprise, for .. with a cry of commingled joy and distress she threw herself in his arms. "0 h, I am so sorry I-I-shot at you she cried. "For give me, will you not, for I-I-didn't know what I was doing. You will forgive me, won't you?" and she looked up into the youth's face in a pleading manner. "There is nothing to forgive, Miss Sallie," said Dick, gently; and then he was released by the maiden, who seem ed to suddenly realize her position. "I-I_:_am afraid you will think me unmaidenly,'' she said, a sadder look than before coming over her face. "Not at all, Miss Sallie." Just then a cry of fear and' excitement escaped the lips of Mrs. Hanks. "There is another band of redcoats!" she exclaimed. "Oh, I wonder what more they are going to do?" CHAPTER II. SALLIE GETS DICK INTO TROUBLE. Dick whirled and looked out through the open doorway. Mrs. Hanks had spoken truly; there was a band of red-


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." coats out in the road in front 0 the house. There were twenty 0 them, at least, and they had already dismou:ited and were coming toward the house. Dick hardly knew what to do He realized that i he were to flee, while he might be able to escape, he would lose his horse, and as he thought a great deal 0 the ani mal he did not wish this to happen. He turned the mat"What is your objective point?" "You mean where am I going?" "Yes," with a frown. "Oh, nowhere in particular." "What do you mean by that?" "I mean that I am just traveling around for my healt i "Humph!" grunted the captain. "You don't look ter over in his mind, quickly, and decided that he would i you were unhealthy." stay where he. was; that he would stand his ground and trust to luck enable him to get through in saety. "Et' s too bad ye didn't let me put yer boss in ther stable, said Mr. Hanks, in a low tone. "If I bed done thet they woldn't hev knowed ennybudy bersides my own family W'Uz heer; now they know yer heer an' ye kain't git erway." "Perhaps it will come out all replied Dick. Just then the redcoats appeared on the porch and the 1eader s topped in the doorway and looked around at the persons within the room. "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen," he said. "How' r e ye?" r e marked Mr. Hanks, in a rather crusty voie e D i ck s a irl nothing, and Mrs. Hanks and Sallie were silent .as 'rhe redcoat leader, who wore the uniform of a captain, saw tha t Di c k did not speak and he glared at the youth, fiercely. "Can t you b e civil?" he asked, angrily. "I said 'good afternoon.' "I know it," f:faid Dick, calmly. "Why didn't you reply to the salutation?" '"l'his gentleman," indicating Mr Hanks, "spoke to you for all of us." "Oh, he did?" "Yes." "Well, that isn't satisfactory." "It isn 't?" "Looks are ofttimes deceiving, you know." "Yes, I know that. What did you say your name is? "I diun't say." "Well, say it now." Before Dick could reply and give a fictitious name, .., lie suddenly cried out, in a shrill voice, vibrating with citement: "His name is Dick Slat er! I heard llim t father so. _?Ie is the famous patriot scout and spy!" "Sallie! Sallie I" cried both Mr. and Mrs. Hanks, wa l ingly, but it did not good. The words wer e out; the 11 j chie done. Sallie was again under one of her spells; it was plat the sight 0 the red coats of the British that had up I her, and Dick did not for a moment feel anger toward poor girl. She did not realize what sM doing. s made up J:s mind that he would try to wriggle out the hole in which the girl had placed him, however, he laughed in the most careless manner imaginable "Your dau00-hter still persists in calli ng me Dick Slal I see," he said to Mr. Hanks; then to the captain he w J on: "This young lady is, sad to say, mentally unbalanc 1 as you can see yourself, and when I first came she sisted that I was Dick Slater. I suppose she bas he1, some stories regarding that individual and imagines t i 1 1 every stranger that comes along is he. At any rate, f was the way of it when I came, and I trust you will : er be so foolish as to give me credit for being the dare-d 0 rebel .in question. My name is Tom Sargent." t i 0 "N I l.k t k f h. lf,, The capiain looked at Dick, searchingly. Then he lo, o ; i e o see a man spea or imse h "D ?" -ed at the girl m the same manner. It was plam to be si 1 o you. c "y f d h.l I .11 th' "' t11at the girl w;s not just right, mentally. The wild li 1 es, rownmg; an w i e w1 excuse e, ... : her eyes and her flushed cheeks and exc1 you must say, 'good afternoon.'" "All right, sir; since you insist : Good There was a peculiar sarcastic intoL.ation to Dick's voice that was not lost upon the captain, and he glared angrily. "Who are you, anyway?" he asked. "You don't live, here. Dick shook his head. "No; I'm a traveler," he said. "Where are you traveling to?" "I am traveling southward." air were enough to sJtow this. Still the captain was p a i zled somewhat. e1 "She says she heard you tell her father that your na S is Dick Slater," he said, looking accusingly at the yot ai "All her imagi nation, I assure you. Am I not m Mr. Hanks?" turning to the girl's father "Uv course; sartin," was the prompt reply. "Ther st don' know whut she's torkin' erbout, cap'n." fr


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." 5 "But I do, captain!" the girl cried. "I heard him tell father that hi s name is Dick Slater!" "SalJie Sallie!" protested Mrs. Hanks. "You must not say such things You will get the gentleman into trouble." t "That's what I want to do!" wildly. "Isn't he a rebel? k: And don t I hate the rebels? Didn't rebels kill my loved one? Yes, yes, yes 'fhey did-and I hate them I hate ?' them I hate all rebels !" "Ye mus' keep still, Sallie!" cried her father. "She don' whut she is sayin', cap'n, an' ye mustn't mind whut she sez. Sartin et is thet et won't do ter act on ennythin' she sez, fur ye'd be doin er wr ong ter ther 1 young man heer." "She sartinly is. An' thet's on account UV Oap'n Glen coe, ye know." I know." 'fhen the captain turned his aUeniion to Dick. "I have been thinking over your case," he said, s lowly, "and I made up my mind that the proper thing for me to do is to take you down to Petersburg and let General Arnold pass on your case." "Oh, but you mustn' t thinJ{ of doing that," said D:ick. "Why not?" "For the reason that it will cause you a lot of l:rouble for no profit. I am o.nly a traveler, and the best thing you can do is to let me go my way in peace "No, I can t do that." "Why not?" ''For the r easo n that there is a possibility that what the 'l'be captain was eviden tly somewhat puzzled by the con girl says is the truth, and that you really are Dick Slater." fiicting statements of the girl and her parents and the ra "He is Dick Slater, just as I have said'!" the girl said, young man. He eyed the girl curiously, with a look in quickly. which pity and admiration were about equally commingled. "Sallie! Sallie! Hus h, girl! You are wronging the "How long has she been this way?" he asked presently. gent leman an'll get 'im inter trubble ef ye keep on torkin'," "Sence Oap'n Glencoe wuz shot an' killed," replied Mr. said Mrs. Hanks. 11 Hanks. "I guess ye know when thet wuz." '"You will be making a big mistake in taking me," s aid "Yes," the officer replied ; an cl then a look of underDick. a. standing came over J1iS face "Ah, I know now!" he ex11t claimed "This young lady is the American girl who was the captain's sweetheart. Am I not right?" "Yes, yes!" cried the girl, "Captain Glencoe la was niy s weeth ea rt, and we were to have bee'n married; but they murdered him-yes, they murdered him, ancl I n hate them! I hate them!" "Come with me, Sallie," said her mother, coaxingly; he ''come to your room. You are exc iting yourself too much l t here." t 11 "No, no!" wildl y "I'm not going to my room. I'm '"d going to stay here till I see this rebel punished!" pointing s to Dick. "I tried to kill him," she said, addressing the Qlficer; "I tried to kill him when he first came. I shot at Mm and put a bullet through his hat-but I didn't aim low enough and he escaped. But I'll aim right, next time ,:-yes, I'll aim right, next time!" and she laughed wildly. The captain looked at Dick and Mr. Hanks, inquiringly, and they nodded, while the latter said: "Thet part is true I'll risk it." "You will find that you have been mist11ken, and that I am not Dick Slater "Well, that will be for General Arnold to decide." "And you are determined to take me ?" "I am." "Well, first have to catch me!" As Dick uttered the words he whirled and leaped through the open doorway into the kitchen. To dash across the kitchen and out at the ba ,ck door was the work of only an instant;. and so quickly had the manceuvre been performed that the redcoats were unable to lift a hand to stop the fugitive. Not OJte had a weap on out, and so no shot was fired. The captain suddenly recovered from his surprise, how ever. "After him, men!" he cried. "Doo't let !rim get away! I believe he is Dick Slater, after all, just as this girl said The captailL through the house and out at the back door just as Dick had done, but the men rushed around enuff. She did shoot at ther young man when he rode up. the house. They wei : e st in time to see the fugitive dis. n She thinks ev'ry man ez don't w'ar er red coat is er rebel appearing around the corner of the stable, and with wild yo an' an enemy, an' she hez shot at several uv ther nabor yells they dashed in pursuit. ri men and at one er two strangers passin' by." 'fhe stable was about halfway from the house to the "Well, welfr1 exclaimed the captain; "this is rather a iitrange and interesting affair, I must say. She is a true friend to the British, isn't she?" edge of the timber, and by the time the redcoats had rounded the stable Dick was at the timber. He could have b""n in the limb" and out of eight, fo, he


6 THE 'LIBERTY BOYS "SWOOP." = fi very swift runner, \ut he wanted to draw the redcoats a s Mr. and Mrs. Hanks were delighted to see him back in b :far away from the house as possible. By so doing he hoped safety. b and expected to be able to make a half circuit and get back and mount his horse and get away in safety. "I dodged them in the timber," explained Dick; "and while they are searching for me, I will mount my horse and i i e Of course, the redcoats did not know what Dick was ride onward. Good-by. I may see you again." thinking, and they supposed he was. running his best; when Both shook hands with him and sa id good-by, and Mrs. they caught sight of him, and saw that he had Hanks said, in a low tone and with a nod toward Sallie, l:i not gained on them-had lost a little ground, in fact-who stood at Dick with a puzzled and troubled ex they set up a yell of triumph and dashed forward. pression on her face: "I hope ye won't-won' t feel hard "We'll get him!" the captain cried. "Spread out, felat OUJ.'. Sal!-J.e fur whut she done, Ur. Slater?" "Not at all, Mrs. Hanks," said Dick, heartily; "no, lows. We'll run him down in a few minutes." "Yes, you will-over the left!" thought Dick, with a indeed! I feel sorry for her, but angry at her-never!" smile. "Good-by, Sallie," said Dick a s he started toward the He entered the timber llJ'.l.d ran onward at about the road. "Good-by," was the reply, the light of reason su ddenly same pace he had been going, and was lost to the sight of appea ring in the girl's eyes; I m sorry that I shot at you the pursuers, but was very careful to make noise enough Mr. Slater." so that the redcoats could keep track of him. This was "That is all right, Miss Sallie," said Dick. Then he easily accomplished by crashing through the underbrush hastened to the road, untied his horse and leap e d into the The redcoats, confident that they would soon catch the saddle. As h e did so a wild yell was heard-a chorus of fugitive, kept up the pursuit,. and were more than a third yells, in fact, and looking in the direction from which the of a mile away :from the house almost before they knew it. yelling came, Dick saw the entire paTty of redcoat s coming Dick thought this far enough for his purpose, and he. sud-as fast as they could run. denly began running cautio u s ly so as to make no noise He ran faster than b efore but his woodcraft made it possible for him to get along without making any noise that could have been heard ten yards. He began making a half circuit, and by the tin:ie the redc oats had noted the fact that the fugitive was not making any noise, as he had bee!\ doing, the youth was fifty yards away, to the l eft of the redcoats, and head e d back toward the house. CHAPTER III. THE "INVISJBJ,E BAND." II He has stopped!" Dick heard one of the redcoats say. "Well, well l 'I'hey through looking for me, back "That'B right/' from another; "I don't hear him runin the timber, quicker than I thought they would," thought 11 ning." "He has become exhausted and has hidden somewhere.". "Probably he has climbed a tree." "He may Iiave fallen down and knocked himself sense less by striking his head against a tree." Such were only a few of the remarks and exclamations made by the r edcoa ts, and Dick smiled and murmured: "What a wise lot of fellows they are !''. "Spread out and search for him!" cried the captain. "He can t escape us. Look closely, as he may be up in a tree, or in a hollow log. everywhere." "Yes, look everywhere-and much good may it do you!" said Dick to himself. "And while you are looking I will hasten back, mount and away." He darted away and ran at top speed back toward the Dick; "I'm not out of the woods, so to speak, yet. Still, I would be willing to wager there isn't a horse among all those back there that can hold a candle to mine. They s won't be able to catch me, even if they do give chase." That the redcoats were going to pursue the fugitive was evident, for they did not stop at the house at all but ransi around it and to the road, where they had left their horses. f Mounting in hot haste they set out in pursuit and urgedh their horses to their best speed. ai Dick had at least a quarter of a mile the start of th e redcoats, and he felt that he could increase this almostc at pleasure, so did not feel uneasy; still, there was possibility that he might meet another party of redcoats and he would have to have his eyes open and his about him. p Just as Di ck was thinking thus he rounded a bend in house. It did not take him long to reach the house, and the road and in sight of a party of horsemen. The


THE LIBERTY: BOYS' "SWOOP." 1 y first thought was that the newcomers were British dragoons, but in an instant he dismissed the thought for the members of the party bad no uniforms on. They were dressed in ordinary citizen's clothing, and looked like young farm ers of the neighborhood. Dick hoped that they were such, and that they were patriots, as then they might be able to sti:ike the men who were pursuing him a blow that they would remember a while. The party slowed the horses to a walk as Dick drew near, and seemed to be puzzled whether to stop the youth or not. As Dick came near them he called out: "A party of red coats are chasing me. If you are patriots we'll give them a fight." ''We are patriots, all ri ght!" cried a handsome young fellow, who seemed to be the leader. "Then turn aside into the edge of the timber and we will give the redcoats a reception such as they are not looking for!" f: As Dick said this he set the example, and in a few second s the youths were all hidden from sight in the under g bru sh along the edge of the timber. "Get ready !" called out Dick, as the sound of gallop1 ing horses was heard close at hand. "Take aim and fire when I give the word!" The youths-of whom there were at least twenty-all .had rifles, and they obeyed Dick without a word. They to realize instinctively that he was one who was accustomed to giving commands. The redcoats were now almost opposite where the youths c k were concealed, and they were bringing their to a h t itop as as they could, for they knew that the fugi n, tive must have taken to the timber near the spot. a.11 that i he \Vaited till the redcoats got fully ey stopped his young friends might become nervous, Dick did not wait and suddenly gave the command to nre. as Instantly the roar of the volley rang out and con an siderable execution was done. Four of the redcoats fell from their horses, while two or three morn reeled as if hit by bullets. They had been taken wholly by surprise, and wild yells and curses went up from them. "An ambush! An ambush!" was the cry, and the red co.-its put spurs and whip to their horses and dashed away down the road at top speed. The youths were delighted and gave utterance to a "Id cheer of triumph. They wanted to mount and give ursuit, but Dick told them not to do so. together, and that this is perhaps the first encounter you have had with the redcoats," he said; "is it not so?" "Yes," replied the youth who seemed to be looked upon as leader, "that is the 'truth of the matter." "And I suppose the object of your bandin g together is to protect 'the homes of the patriots of this neighborhood from the pillaging anq of the redcoats?" "Yes, that is the object.'; "How many of you are there?" "Just twenty." "Exactly," said Dick; "your number is so it will be more to y onr interest to not show youtselves to the redcoats, if you -can manage it that way. So long as they don't know how many there are of you they will be puzzled and a bit afraid; but if they knew there were but the twenty, they would speedily hunt you down and s catter you or kill and capture the majority." "That's so; I never thought of that. You mean for us to work secretly and keep our number unknown to the r edcoats ." "Yes; throw as much mystery as possible around yourselves and that will tend to make the redcoats fear you. People always fear what they do not understand, and they will give you credit for having mor e men than you have, if you keep back out of sight." "I guess you are right, and we will a ct on y our suggestion. Do you mind telling us who you are?" "My name is Slater-Dick Slat er." "What! Not the captain of the 'Liberty Boys'?" Dick nodded. "Yes, I am the captain of the 'Liberty Boys.'" "Shake hand s !" said the youth. "I am proud make your acquaintance, Dick Slater!" "And I am glad to make the acquaintance of you boys, What is your name?" "Fred Ferris." "Fred Ferris, eh?" "Yes;' and I got up this little band with the intention of doing a good deal, as I have heard that you and you.r J ,;iber ty Boys' do-strike the redcoats hard and unex I pected blows, and then get away before they can strike bacR at us." "That's a good plan, Fred; and with the redcoats at Petersburg sending out foraging and pillaging parties, I think you will have eno11gh to do." "Too much, perhaps; however, we'll do the best we can.n "I take it that you boys have just banded yourselves do a great deal more than you otherwise could." : h "And by working from under cover you will be able to


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOO P." "I guess you are right. That is what we will do. But i.o bury our dead and remove our wourided," replied the where are your 'Liberty Boys,' Dick?" captain. "TheJ' are u p at Richmond "Ve ry well, captain; in the name of the Invisibl e Band, "Wit? Lafayette's force?" which struck you the blow, I grant you permission." "Yes.'' "And we won t be fired upon?" the captain a s ked, w ith "And you a r e d own here all alone?" "Y fl; I came d own o n a scouting expedition "I see." "I wished to l earn all I cou l d about the British, you know "yes." "I stopped back h ere at the home of Mr. Hanks and an anxious glance toward the timber at the road side "You don't suppose they would fire on a fi_ ag of truce, do you?" asked Dick "Well, I didn t know whether or not the Invis ible Band, a s you call it, knows anything of the rule s which g': ern c ivilized warfare." "Oh, yes; the member s of the Invisible Band kno w al l while I was there this band of redcoats came and were about the rules governing civilized warfare You coul d going to make a prisoner of me and take me to Petersburg : not teach them anything .they do not already know." "l see; but they didn't do it." "No; I got out of the house and led them a merry chase into the timber; when I had got them far enough away from the house I a half circuit and got back to the house, mounted my hors e and was r iding away by the time they discovered th e trick I had played and go.t back. They jumped on their horse s and gave chase, but they could not have caught me as I have a very fast horse. When I saw you boys, however, the thought struck me that you might be patriots, and I made up my mind that if su c h was the case we would make the redcoats do all the running-which we did "Yes," with a s mile. "I wonder if they're running yet?" D i ck shook his h e ad. "No, the y've stopp e d long now," he r e pl ie d ; "they' ll b e back in a few minutes." Fred starte d and loo k e d surpri s ed. "You don t reall y think they will dare come ba c k and try to fight us, do you?" he asked. Dick smiled. "No, they won't come back for the purpose of offering battle." "What for, then?" "To look after their dead and wounded." "Ah, I see.'' "They will come bearing a flag of truce." "Of course; I never thought of that. Dick stepped to the edge of the timber and looked d.own the road. "They're coming,'' he said. "Very well ; you do the talking, Dick." "AU right.'' The entire party was returning up road but whe n it was a hundred ya r ds distant a ll stopped save the captai n, who r ode forward, waving a w?ite handkerchief. Dick stepped from among the trees and confronted the captain "Well, what do you want?" he asked. "We have come to a s k the privilege of b eing allow e d "Who are they, in the name of all that is wonderful?" 1.he captain cried. Dick smiled and shook his head. '"l'hat would b e tell -1 ing," he said; "as they prefer to re:i;nain !\O d o they wish their identity unknown. Suffice it to s a y t h a they intend to kee p a close watch over all the count11' road about, and you redcoats will do well to s top pill agin g, plundering and burning "I am too old a hand to b e scared by talk, said t he cap ta i n, with an assumption of s corn. "Doe s thi s look l i ke. 'talk'?" asked Dick, w avi n g h i s hand toward the d e ad and wound e d red c oats. "No, but-you took u s unawares, and by su rprise.'' "And that i s jus t what the Invis ible Band will d o again and again.'' "Oh, that' s the programme, is it?" "Yes ; they will s trike you wh e n yol.\. l e ast ex p ect it. ; 'rhen an exclamation escaped the capt ain 1 "I know who the Invis ible Band is made up of. They 1 ar e the 'Lib erty Boy s'-and you are Dick Slater j u s t a s the gir l back at th e hou se, yonder, said!' c Dick wa s a quick thinke r and he in stantly decided no t I to disabu s e the captain s mind of this idea. The "Li b e rty i Boys" had such a wonderful reputation .that it would of con s iderable e ffect on the redcoats to think that t he0 Invisible Band wa s in reality the company of "Libert)'., Boys.'' It would niake the redcoats be very careful a nd0 i h e y would b e have themselves much better than the would if the y thought the Invisible Band was made up oJ youths of the neighborhood So when the captain s aidB that he knew the Invis ible Band was made up of the Libt a erty Boys," Dick did not deny it, but smiled and said, quietly: tr "Of course, if you know, there i s no u s e tryin g t o teD0 1 y ou diff e r e ntly c o


'rHE LIBER'rY BOYS' "SWOOP." 9 "Not a bit! Not a bit of use! I know it, and that is "Bah! We will meet again, Dick Slater, and tben-all there is to it; but I will tell you this, Dick Slater, that beware!" .and with this the captain put spurs to hi s horse if you think you can come away down here into Virginia and rod e after hi s party, now a quarter of a mil e awa y and carry things with a high hand, with one hundred men, no matter how great dare-devils and fire-eaters they are, you will find that you re mistaken. You will soon wish i!Jat you had s tayed back in the North and had not v e nCHAP'rER IV. tured down here." "Come, come! don t try to fi : ighten me, captain!" saicl Dick, smilingly. "Don't waste time talking, when there FHED FERHIS' STOR Y ar e wounded comrades who are needing your attention. Di ck r e joined hi s new fri e nds and s aid, smilingl y : "Well Well, that is sen s ible, a t any rate." 'l'hen the cap-Fre d y ou ancl your comrndes are t hought by the red tai n motion e d for hi s men 1 to approach, which they did coat s to be Dick Slater and the 'Liberty Boys.' th ough they cast s idelong, su s piciou s glances toward the "So I unde r s tood from what I heard pa s s between y ou as if more than half expecting to be fired upon. r.nd the Brifah c aptain," replied Fred. .. "Te ll your m e n they need not have any fears, captain," "I l et hi m t hin k went on Di ck, "because .of the -said Di ck. fac t that it would give y ou con s iderable prestige and would 0 You needn t fear b eing fir e d upon, boys," s aid the m ak e t 4 e r e d c oats mor e care ful with regard to wh a t t hey .t Bri tish captain; "this i s Dicir Slater, and the m e n who do." d a mbus hed u s are the 'Liberty Boy s," whate ver the y "Yes ; but you have set us a hard task in trying to npsay they will do, they will do." h old th e reputation which the 'Lib erty Boys' h a v e, 'rhis was not s a ying that the y outh s hidden in the edg e Dick. > -of the timber w ere the "Liberty Boys," but the Britis h "Oh, I don' t know, Fred. All you have to do i s to b e officer took it t h a t way and Dick was more than w H i n g ':ery and not let the r e d c oat s catc h y o u in t he 1 5 that h e should. The pre stige of the "Liberty Boys' would open or at a di s advantage. Ke ep out of sight ; th:ls you b e of great valu e to Fred Ferris Invisible Band ought to b e able to do, as you know the country around h e r e 'rhe redcoats went to work, and while som e atte nd e d to like a book while the redcoats not. You are skilled in i n i the wounded men the others made an excavation w ith their woodcraft al s o and that is something they know nothin g ;;w ord blades in the soft earth at the farther side of the about." ro ad and buri e d the dead. The wounded were then placed "Th?.t is true; well, perhap s we may be abl e to do cre dit d in hammock ambulance s made by fa s tening blankets bet o the nam e and fame whi c h the redcoat s hav e a s cr ibe In. tween two hor es, and the party set out s lowly, in t h e di-t o us." e y rectiorl. of Peter s bur g "I am sur e you will be able to do so." a s "Remember what I have told you," said Dick to the "If we were to have you with us all the time we woul d 1 ot captain, who was the last to leave! "stop plundering, pil-be all right, s aid Fred; "but we don't know muc h abou t laging and burning the patriot homes in this vicinity or it will be the worse for you." "And you remember what I t e ll you, Dick Slater. Get out of this part of the country just as quick as you can; for if you stay, you and your 'Liberty Boy s will be wiped off the face of the earth!" war." "You' ll soon learn." "I s uppose so." "Yes; just go slow and be careful. Keep out of sight s o as to live up to the name, which I gave you, of the Invisible Band. Strike light blows wherever you get a "We:n risk that part. of it," said Dick, smiling. c hance and get away before the enemy can get back at you." "Oh, I suppose you think that you and your 'Liberty "We will do om best to follow out your instructions; ys' can whip the entire British army!" sneered the cap1 but where are you going, Dick?" ain. "I am going still farther s outh." "Oh, no," with another irritating smile; "but we do "Toward Petersburg?" ink we can make it very interesting for small parties "Yes." f a hundred or so redcoats if they are so unwise as to "All ?" ome prowling around in this neighborhood." Certainly


10 'rHE LlBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP "I should think tha.t would be very dangerous." "No; not so dangerous as it would be if all you boys were to go along. I can dodge out ot the way quickly, you see, where if there were a lot of us we could not do it." "Oh, he was not !"cried Fred, quickly. was given a chance-all the chan c e in the world and mod than he deserved." Dick nodded his head and smiled. "I thought so. Yot "That's so; well, if we ever get the cha.nee we will be did it, Fred! Now go ahead and tell me all about it, foi glad to render you any assistance that is within our power I confess I am interested. Mr. and Mrs Hanks to give." to be of the opinion that Captain Glencoe was a gentleman "I am sure of that, Fred; but I hope that it will be a and a true, honorable man; but you have hinted otheJ good while before I will need any assistance." wise. Dick was about to bid the youths good-by and mount "'l'hcre was nothing honorable about him, Dick!" cl-iee his horse and ride away when Fred called him to one side Fred: "He was a deep dyed scoundrel, and he was plan "I wish to tell you something Dick," he said; _"I have ning to ruin the life of that pure, sweet girl!" wanted to tell some one for quite a while, but I didn t have "Go on; tell me all about it," said Dick. any one at hand to whom I would care to speak." "I'll tell you the truth, and nothing but the truth, Dick "What is it, Fred?" asked Dick. I loved Sallie-I love her yet-and had been going witi .-"You sfopped at Mr. Hanks' house, I believe I heard her for a year, at least, and she seemed to think a gome, dashing, and wore a bril liant uniform-:---was an officer in the army, while I was onl) a farmer's boy, and he could talk. Oh, he could talk abo anything and everything, and he praised and :fiatteret Sallie till he had her completely dazzled. Then one even ing when I went there to see Sallie she told me she wa "Yes, 1 saw Sallie." engaged to Captain Glencoe, and that I need not come ti "And was she-did she seem to be-did she appear see her again." strange in any way?" Fred paused and drew a long breath. "I needn',t. tel "Yes, indeed, Fred," replied Dick; "she shot at me you, Dick, that it came pretty near knocking me out; bu and put this bullet hole through my hat," doffing the hat I straightened up as best I could and told Sallie I hope( and pointing to the hole, "and her parents then told me her she would be happy, and then I said good-by and w e n sad story, as they seemed to think some explanation of As I was going home I thought the matter a_ll o ve1 her strange and unusual action was due me." If Captain Glencoe was honest and sincere, I said to my Fred's face grew "I shouJd thillk such an action self that it was all right and I would n,ot say a word, as on the part of a girl would need to be explained," he wanted Sallie to be happy, but somehow I had got th said. "Then they told you-about Captain Glencoe, and idea into my head that the officer was not honest and sin how he was killed and all?""Yes." "But they didn't know who killed him; of course." rrhis was stated more as a fact than as a question, and Dick simply nodded assent to the statement. cere, and l made up my mind that I would watch him lik a hawk. I did it, too. I knew what evenings he vi s ite Sallie, and I used to 1ay in wait fdr him and watch hi1 as he went and as he came. I think it was the evening < the third visit after Sallie told me they were engaged, tha Fred looked straight into Dick's eyes for a few moments, as the captain was coming away from Mr. Hanks' plao and then said: "Could you give a guess regarding the he met another officer, who was bound for the home 1 identity of the persoi1 who killed Captain Glencoe?" another girl-the sister of one of the boys in my ban Dick eyed the frank, handsome face of the youth before here. Her name is Sadie Parks. The two officers stoppe him for a few moments in silence, and then said: "If the as luck wo11ld have it, right opposite where I was co1 J captain had fallen in a fair and open encounter with some cealed, and as they did not suspect that there was any 01 i one, I could give a guess rega1:ding his identity; but if within hearing distance they freely. They to he was assassinated, shot down without having been given each other about the girls, and then each coolly stated th a chance to defi:!nd himself, then I could not venture a he was going to deceive the girl with a false marriage' guess." that a had promised to a minister


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' "SWOOP." 11 Again Fred paused and drew a long breath, while his rllte, and became temp?rarily insane. I had not thought eyes shone with a fierce light. "I tell you, Dick, when I that she cared so much for him, but even so I think it is heard those two scoundrels talking the affair over so better to have her as she is, a good, pure and innocent girl, calmly and cold-bloodedly my own blood fairly boiled. even though her mind is partly unhinged, than that the I registered a vow that I would kill Captain Glencoe or scoundrel should have been left alive to ruin her life todie trying, and that I would assist Joe Parks to settle with tally-don't you think so, Dick?" the officer who was planning to ruin the life of his sister. The 'youth looked at Dick eagei:ly and somewhat anxious I had heard all that it was necessary for me to know, and ly. It was evident that he suffered greatly because of the I stole away; and by running I got to a bend in the road fact that he knew that he had caused the girl to become nearly a half mile di stant, before the captain came along. partly insane; yet he felt that he was justified in what he I leaped out in the road, seized the horse by the bit, and had done, and more than justified. Still, Dick saw. that a with a leveled pistol forced the captain to get down. He word of approval from him would be and he was surprised and angry, of c ourse, and spluttered and decided to give it. He took the youth's hand and pressed threatened, but 1 made him shut up, after which I told it warmly. "Fred," he said, "you are a boy after my own him that I had overheard the conversation between him heart. You are a hero, true-hearted and noble, and I and the other officer.' I told him that he deserved to be believe that in time you will have your reward." shot dead, without having any chance at all for his life but that I could not bring myself to do such a thing. I told him he could have a chance; that he might draw hi s pistol, that we would stand, back to back, would advance five paces and then whirl and fire. He agreed, drew his pistol, we placed our backs together and then stepped away from each other as I counted 'one, two,' and so forth." Dick $ook his head and looked sober. "I would never have trusted him under the circumstances," he said "It is a wonder he didn't whirl and shoot you in the back." Fred smiled "He did try to," the youth said, quietly; "I didn't trust him, and I kept my head turned so that I could watch him, and just as I said 'three,' he whirled and fired. He fired so quickly that I don t think he would have hit me, anyway, but I wasn't willing to take the chances and dropped to the ground. The bullet whistled along, three or four feet above me, and without getting up I took quick aim and fired. He had forfeited his life and I felt that I had a right to take it." "What do you mean, Dick?" eagerly "Why, I mean that I believe that in a few months Sallie will become rational as ever, and that then you will be able to again take your place in her regards. I believ e tha t you will yet be happy together, m;y boy." "Do you really believe so, Dick?" The youth was trembling with excitement and his eyes shone with delight. "Indeed I do, lhed. I made a study of Sallie during the brief time I was with her and I see no reason why she should remain in her present condition very long. She was as rational as you or I, a part of the time I was there. It is only when the Briti s h put in an appearance that she becomes excited, and is thr-0wn off her balance." "True," sadly; "the sight of their red coats seems to upset her in an instant." "Yes; buf I think she will get over that in a few month s -and even if. she doesn't, when the war ends she will see no more red coats, and then all win be well ; and sooner "Certainly you did!" agred Dick. "In fact, I think or later she will be her old self again I think, however, you would have been justified, everything considered, in that red coats or no red coats, she will get over it in a shooting him dead, in the first place, without giving him few months." any chance. He deserved death, if ever a man did, and if "I hope so." / you had fallen he would have been free to put his plan "I am confident she will; and what about the other through to a successful issue; however, as it turned out, British officer, and the girl, Sadie Parks, I believe you said it was better and you will always feel better to know that her name was?" you gave him an even chance for his life." "Yes, that is her name. Well, I went right to Mr. "Yes; I don't regret that I killed him, and never shall. Parks' house next morning and told Joe what I bad heard. l[y aim was good; he fell, with a bullet through his heart, He was mad, I tell you, and was in for shooting the officer and I let him lie where he had faHen. He was found there on sight, but my experience of the night before had not next day, by one of the farmers of the vicinity, and a great been pleasant and I told Joe that it might be as well to hue and cry was raised of how he bad been murdered. meet the officer the next time he ;was on his way. there and And then came the worst of all. Sallie took on at a terrible give him a warning to go away and stay away, under pen-


12 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' "SWOOP." alty of death if he came again, and Joe finally consented of the redcoats went down, and the others, feeling, no doubt, Joe knew when the redcoat would come again, and that that this would b e their fate if they rema i ned, and seeing evening we went down the road a mile or so and lay in wait for him. When he came along we stepped out in the road in front of him and told him to stop. He did so, and then Joe told him that he knew all-how the officer Dick approaching and doubtless suspecting that he wa a n enemy, broke and fled at the top of their speed The big fellow did not pursue the fugitive s but l e aped to the ground and gazed down upon one of the s till bodies was figuring on deceiving Sadie with a false marriage, ancI lying there in the road. Just Dick arrived upon th e sfJ forth, and gave him warning to go back and to stay away scene the giant cried, in an exultant voice: "I hav e ki lle d for good and all. 'She is my sister,' said Joe, in a grim, him! I have killed the traitor, .Arnold! Good! I said threatening voice; 'the only sister I have, and I'm going I would do it, and I have!" to protect her. If I see you within a mile of our house at Involuntarily Dick glanced down at the sil e n t figure any time after this I will shoot you dead, without warning! and a glance only was needed to s how h i m that i t was no t Do you hear?' l'he scoundrel said he did, and that he the traitor, Arnold, who lay there. would heed. 'I'll never come near your house again,' he "You are mis tak e n fri enc1, h e saic1, q uietl y ; "tha t i s said, and we could see that he meant it. 'He turned around not Arnold." and rode back in the direction from Which he had come, The man started and glanced up at Dick. '"What" and h e has never been seen in these parts since. Sadie that!" he cried. "You say it isn't Arnold?" looked for him that everiing, and wondered why he didn t "It certainl y i s not Arnold,'' was Dick s reply. come, and when several of his evenings to call came and went, and he failed to put in an appearance, or to send any word why he didn't come, she made up her mind that he had thrown her over. It hurt her, but it angered her, too, aud the anger which she felt helped her to the pain of losing him, and she got along all right, and Joe says she is as happy as ever, now, and sings around at her work just like she used to before the officer came." " is good,n said Dick; "you and Joe have done spl e ndidly,. and all you will have to do now is to go :i-he ad and watch for the pillaging and foraging bands of red "We'll do that, Dick. I shall see to it that the boys do just as you have said for them to do." 'l'hen the two shook hands and Dick mounted his hors e bade the youths good-by and rode away toward the south CHAPTER V. "Are you sure ?" in a half-doub ti n g, di sa ppoin ted voic e "Yes." "You know Arnold when you see him?" "I do. "And this isn't him?" "N'o." The giant scratched his head anc1 looked disapp ointedly down upon the face of the dead red c oat. Then a thou gh s truck him, and he pointed at the other form lying stretc h e d out. "How about him?" he a s ked. "Maybe hes .'\.rnold." Again Dick shook his head. "No, that isn't Arn old e ither," was the reply. A frown came over the face of the giant and he stam pe

THE LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." 13 "Wby do I want to kill him?" the giant repeated. "So that's the way of it, eh? Well, I'm glad he sent "Yes." you down here, for as I understand it you are personally "Well, I reckon that's easy enough to answer. The acquainted with Arnold and would know him the instant inute I heard that he had turned 1raitor I said to myyou laid eyes on him, and you can stay with me and tell lf that I would like to get a chance to kill the scoundrel." me when Arnold puts in an app ea rance and then I can "Yes?" go in and kill him." "Yes; and then when I heard that he had been made an Dick shook his head "I don't know about that, :M:r. cer in the British a.rmy I said it all over again, and Sherlock," h e said; "I am here on a scouting exronger than before." pedition, now, and cannot say how long I may stay. You "I should judge so." see, my 'Liberty Boys' are up at Richmond, and I will "Yes; and when I heard that he had been sent down have to go back to them soon." re into Virginia, I said to myself that maybe I would "Well, stay with me as long as you can, anyway ; or, t a cha nce to kill him, after all." b etter, I'll stay with you while you are down in this part "Just so." of the country, and we may be mutally helpful to each "Yes; and I found that he was burning and pilother." ging the ho:ines of the patriots in this part of the coun. "That will be all right," said Dick. y I made up my mind that I would kill him, a:nd I've n trying to do it ever since. As I said a while ago, I .. ve thought that I had succeeded five or six times, but ch time it turned out that I was mistaken, and had not killed Arnold. But I'll get him I'll keep ter him till I do kill him, even if I have to ride into tersburg, enter headquarters and cut him down in his office !" ly1 "Well, I don't much blame you fol' feel' bt out tbe matter," said DiCk, quietly; "Arnol h-erves d eath for the part which he played." "You are right; be deserves death if t:!ver a man de ed it!" ld "May I ask your name, sir?" asked Dick. "Certainly; my nai:ne is Sam Sherlock. I am a hunter 1ec" d trapper by trade. Everybody in these parts knows And, now, who are you?" si "Well, since I know who you are, and what your senti nts are, I don't mind telling you," said Dick; "my e is Slater-Dick Slater." wa An exclamation escaped the lips of the "Dick terl" he cried. "You don't m ea n to say that you are real, the genuine Dick Slater, who is the captain of e Liberty Boys of '76' ?" Dick nodded and smiled. "Yes, I am the real Dick 1 8 0 ter, the captain of the 'Liberty Boys,' be replied. 'Shake!" cried Sherlock, extending bis huge band. "I e long wished to meet you, Dick Slater, but never h ught I would get to do so. I did not expect ever to you down in the South." 'General Washington sent down to aid Lafayette, help hold Arnold in check," explained Dick, as he the hand of the giant in a hearty manner. "Of course; by the way, have you had suppe1 : yet?" "No." "Then come home with me and we will have something to eat an d map out our plan of procedure." "Do you live far from here?" "Not very far; about a mile, I guess.,, \, "Then I'll go with you; but what about these?" indicating the dead redcoats. "Let them lie there. Their comrades will come back and bury them." "Doubtless they will," agreed D ick. The giant then climbed into the sad dle and rode back up the road a hundred yards, Dick keeping beside him. 'l'hen he turned to the left and entered the timber, Dick following. The youth saw that they were in a path, tho ugh only one experienced in woodcraft would hav e l>oen able to note this fact in the gathering darkness. A ride of fifteen minutes brought a cabin stand ing on the bank of a creek. "Here we are," said Sherlock, heartily; "jump down, D ick. We' ll put the h.orses in the stable and feed them and then we'll look out for something for ourselves." Both dismounted, and then the giant led the war down a. little slope, tiUthey cam: upon a small shed stable right on the bank of the creek. They first watered the animals, by letting them dr\nk in the creek, and then led them into the stable, and, un bridling and unsa ddling them, gave them some corn and oats. The two men made their way to the cabin and entered, and Sherlock went to work to get supper. He had some venison, which he put on the fire to cook, and the smell was very appetizing, to say the least, for both were hungry.


14 THE LIBERTY B OYS' "SWOOP. When the meat was done the host c o o k ed s o m e cornca kes and the two sat up to the table a n d ate heartily As they ate they talked, and sudden l y the giant bro k e off right in the middle of a sentence, a n d, leaping up, ran t o the door, threw it open and leaped o u tside. Dick got up and wen t to the door to see what had come over his big friend, and found him looking all aro und and mutter ing. "What's the matter?" asked Dick. "I thought I heard somebody at the door," was the reply; "but l didn't get eyes on any one when I leaped out. Neither did I hear the sound of footsteps I can't understand it." "Why are you here?" cried giant. "Why am I here?" "Yes. "For revenge!" The dwarf fairly hissed the words of and there was the look of a fiend on his face. "Oh, for revenge, eh?" remarked the gaint, and 1 j glanced toward the door. It was plain that he felt confide there were oth ers close at hand, and somehow Dick seem to know what the big fellow wished done, for he mi ready to act Dick's idea was to leap forward quickly and close J bar the door By so doing it would be possible to k: "Perhaps you were mistaken," said Dick. the dwarf in the cabin, and his allies-for Dick was s "Maybe so," slowly and hesitatingly, "but I doubt it. he had some-olit. As the dwarf's attention was on Shi I exceedingly sharp hearing and am seldom deceived lock, the youth felt that it would be possible for I could almost take oath that there was some one at the accomplish the feat. 1 door listening to our conversation." "Who could it have been?" Having made up his mind he did not delay an instai He realized that those out si de might take it into th "That's a mystery to me! I don' t know, I'm sure, nor heads to enter at any moment; so, crouching, he lea\ can I even give a guess regarding the identity of the toward the door, with the bound of a panther. The dw1 person." saw the moyement and whi;led as if to leap out of dod They re-entered the cabin and continued their interbut Dick gave him a which sent Aim rolling, e rupted meal and conversation, though Sherlock lowered over end, across the floor, and then the next instant i his voice, it being evident that he believed there was an door went shut and the bar was thrown into place. eavesdroppe r about. Dick hardly thought this likely, but he dropped his voice when talking, the same as his host did. They fini$hSherlock leaped forward, and grasping Rowlando the coat-collar, jerl te d him to his feet. "So, you thou you would play a trick on us, did you, you little rasca ed their supper, and then Sherlock said he must have a the giant cried. "Well, you'll find that you will have smoke, after which he would be ready to talk business. get up early to beat us!" Dick was in no particular hurry to go on his way, as he had the whole night before him, so. he made no objections to the giant's purpose of taking a smoke. It was a big smoke, indeed, and half an hour passed before the ?ig fellow was satiafied. Then he laid his pipe up, with a sigh, and said: "I guess we kin talk over the ways and means Dick. I feel about one hundred per {ent. better." Before Dick could reply the door of the cabin suddenly opened and a little, ch-backed dwarf entered. He was not much more th three feet tall, and he had a wicked, animal-like face that was not good to look upon. At this moment there cam e a furious pounding on I s door. 11 0 CHAPTER VI. DICK A.ND SHERLOCK DO SOME GOOD WORK. "Who is out there Rowlando ?" asked the giant. 'L. The dwarf mad e no reply other tha_n to snarl lik1 angry dog 0 ( And just now there was a grin of maliciousness and The giant shook him. "Answer me !" h e said. triumph on the dwarf's face. out there?" At his unceremonious entrance both Sherlock and Dick "You'll find out!" was the reply o c : leaped to their feet, and a single word escaped the lips "But I want to kRow now. I don't care to wait I of the giant. It was the word, "Rowlando !" and Dick find out in some other way; I want you to tell me." understood that it must be the name of the dwarf. "You'll have to keep on wanting, then, for I shaI The latter bowed and grinned even more hyena-like, as tell you." he said : "Yes, it is Rowlando, Sam Sherlock. "You had better!"


rrHE LIBERTY BOYS' ":::lWOOP." 15u ''Bah you can't scare me, big as you are, Sam Sher lock!" said the dwarf, sneeringly and defiantly. Again there came the pounding on the door, followed a pistol out of the hand of Rowlando, the dwarf. He had drawn the weapon stealthily and was just taking aim at .Sherlock when Dirk noticed him and leaped forward and by a voice which called out: "Open the door, do you hear? seized the weapon. Open it, 1 say!" a ".An

16 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' "SWOOP." ten of them, and I know you are a great :fighter; anyway, their number worked to try to resuscitate them the we can make it cost them dearly if they try to get into talked over the situation. this cabin after breaking the door down." Sherlock stepped to Dick's side, but kept his eyes "All right; we'll give them a warm reception," said Dick, the British. "What do you think they will try ne grimly. "You tak e t ilat side of the door and I'll take this, Dick?" he asked, in a whisper. and after we have discharged all our pistol shots we can "I don't know. What do you think?" seize our guns, discharge them, and then club them and break the heads of some of the redcoats." "That' s what we can and will do, Dick!" grimly. "And I more than half believe that we can kllock them down faster than they can get in." try; at any rate." At this in stant there was a terrible crash, and a jar which shook the cabin. The door :flew off its hinges and fell to the :floor, and at the same instant Dick and Sher lock began firing their pistols. It took only about two seconds for them to fire the four shots which they had betw een them, and then they dropped the pistols and "I don t know either; but I s houldn t b e they set fire to the cabin." Dick nodded. "I had thought of that," he said. "And in that case, Dick, we would have to make a d for it." "So we would." "And the redcoats would all be standing there, weap i.a hand, ready to put bullets through l l "So they would." t "Well, that being the case, don't you think we had b e tttl take time by the forelock and make the dash at once ? Dick nodded. "I rather think it .the best thing we CM seized their guns. These they fired off also and then, do," he agreed. clubbing them, began striking at the redcoats who were "So do I. You see, they ar e busy trying to bring attempting to rush into the cabin. There were so many comrades + .o, and the y won't be able to take aim at ua of the redcoats, and so many tried to enter at the same time, that they got wedged and this gave Sherlock and "You are right." a "I think so; they'll fire of course, ?ut will be in su1 Di c k a splendid opportunity to get in their work. a hurry that the chance s are tep. to one that they dot] T he y took advantage of the opportunity, too, and the come anywhere near us." way they thumped the redcoats over the head was a cau"That's the way I look at it." tion They aided in breaking up the wedge, and then as mor e redcoat s ru s h e d forward, thumped them over the h e ad also and dropped them on top of their senseless com"Then let's make tb,e da s h for liberty." a i "All rigiht; you lead and I will follow." tl "Very well; we'll go around the left-hand c orn e r o f rades. cabin and run down the creek. We can then k e ep on don 1 O f course, the redcoats had kept up an almost constant the bank of the stream and I don't think the redcoat s u think of it now, ?" said Sherthey were doing. ho lock, addressing the dwarf. "Kind of sorry you had any"Fire upon them!" roared the redcoat lea der. "Dba thing to do with the affair, ain't you?" 'l'he dwarf uttered a growl, but made no intelligible re pl y It was plain that he did not fancy the way things had gone so far. The re().coats had now gotten all their comrades out of let them escape!" The soldiers out with their pistols and fired as q he ly as they could. As Dick and Sherlock had figured they would do, they did not stop to take aim and sult was that no damage of any amount was done. ind th r d oorw::iy and to a i::afe distance, and while some of fugitives were hit by bullets, bi,._1t the wounds were nc


THE LIBER'rY BOYS' "SWOOP." 17 s scratches, and they did not pay any attention to the matter. tance of two hundred yards, and then they paused and They contjnued running, and were down at the creek in a tied the horses to trees. > jiffy; here they turned to the right and ran along the bank "Now let 's go bac k and spy on the redcoats," suggested of the stream at a swift pace. Sherlock. The redcoats gave chase and ran as rapidly as possible "Very well,'' said Dick; "that js just what I was wanting after the fugitives, but they soon saw the folly of trying that we should do." to overtake the two, and gave up the pursuit and returned t.o the cabin. "All right; come on ." They stole back till they were close enough to the red'"l'hey got away, they?" asked the leader of the coats so that they could hear all that was s aid. Just as .s party, who had not gone in pursuit of the fugitives. they got there they heard the dwarf, Rowlando, say: "Yes," was the sullen reply; "they can run like deer." "'rhere's one thing you have not thought of that should "Well, I'm sorry they got away. Just think of it! be attended to." Here are five of the boys laid out with broken heads, and thre e more who are dead And it is all the work of those two scoundrels. Oh. but I. "oulcl like to lay hands on t them!" l "Sam Sherlock is a demon!" said Rowlando, the dwarf, a who had come forth from the cabin and rejoined the party, "And that other fellow is a bad one, too!" from one Le of the men. l s "Yes, they're both bad men to fool with!" from still "I wouldn't have believed any two men could do what they have done," sa id the leader of the party. The others agreed with the lead e r. Meanwhile Dick and Sherlock were not idle. As soon as they became convinood that the redcoats had given up the pursuit they paused an dtalked over the situation. t "Wh a t our horses?" asked Dick. "That horse of 01 min e is a; valuable one, a'nd I would not have him fall into c the bands of the red c oats for anything. Can't we get our "What is that?" asked the redcoat leader. "Those two fellows hav e horses here and you s houl d secure them." "That's right; I never thought of the horses. I wonder where the animals are to be found?" "In the stable, of course.'" "Oh, is there a stable?" "Yes.'' "Where?" "Right down on the bank o f the creek, fifty yards to the left, from the cabin." "All right; three or four of you boys go a nd get the horses; we'll do the scoundrels that much harm, an yway." Sherlock nudged Dick and c huckl ed "I guess they ll be abit surprised, eh, Dick?" he whispered. Four of the redcoats hast e ned 'away. They were gon e perhaps five minutes, and then they returned empty-handed and reported that there were no horses in the stable. "What's that!" roared the leader. "The horse s are not horses without seen .by the enemy?" "We can try," said Sherlock; "and I think we can make there, you say?" asuccessofit,too." "No; they're gone!" "I hope so." "Blazes!" the redcoat captain almost yelled. "We' v e "I am sure we can. You see, they will have something been beaten on every hand, and by tw o mean miserabl e else to think about for the next quarter of an hour or so, rebels! Twenty of us, too-twenty good, experienced Brit-nd before that time has expired we can have secured our horses and made our escape." "We'll make the attempt, at any rate." I w The two turned and retraclld their steps, going slowly, owever, for they feared that some of the redcoats might ve hidden somewhere and be on the lookout for them I They found that such was not the case, however, for reached the rear of the cabin without having seen g of an:iot. the enemy, and they continued on came to the stable. They entered, bridled and dlta horses and led them forth and up the bank d into the timber. They made their way along a disisb, soldiers It is terrible "But the two are no common men," said Rowlando the dwarf. "Well, I guess you are right about that; their achieve ments this evening has proven that they are not common men, by any means. They are extraordinary menwonders !" "There's one thing you can do to get a little bit of revenge," the dwarf said. "What is that?" ''Set fire to the cabin.' "And burn it down. That i s a good plan. It will afford


18 'l'UE LLBEH'l'l." us a little satisfaction, anyway. We will do it. Boys, pile right, and, making a_ half circuit, were oon back to wh some leaves and sticks against the cabin and set fire to it!" the horse s were tied. "Now, blame thei r hides!" whi s pered Sherlock, in a "What shall we do now?" asked Dick. grim and angry way, "if they do that I'm going to give "Well, if you don't object, I would lik e to secrete o them every bull et I have in my gun and pistol s !" selves near the cabin, once more, and i f the redcoats "All right; I ll do the same," sa id Dick. "We may a s to set fire to my cabin, give them anoth e r dose. Y w ell hit them our harde s t while we are at it." "Thafs so." 'l'he two drew their pistols and cocked them, and waiteu for the moment when they should put their plan into e ffect. see, I have all my traps in there, and some valuable ski and I don't want to lose them, to say nothing of the cab which, while it isn't worth a great deal, was considera 1 trouble to build, and has been my home for man y year "After we have got through firing," whi s pered Sher.. "I have no objections to offer," said Dick; "I'm rea' lock, will lead them off in a direction that will take to stand by yon to the end, and will help you save t them away from where our horses are; then we can double cabin if it i s possi ble to do so." and make our way to the horses, mount and get away in "Good! You re a partner worth having! Lefs 101. safety." our pistols and guns as quick as possible and get bat' "That's a good plan," agreed Dick. where we can give it to them if they try to set the cabi They waited till the redcoats had piled up a lot of leaves on fire." and twigs again st the cabin, and then, just as one of the redcoats was getting ready to strike fire with and s teel, the two opened fire. Crack l crack crack! crack went the pistol shots and then after an interval of only a few moments there came I the louder :' ieports from the rifle and musket-crack crack 'l'hree of the redcoats went down and the otherlii gave utterance to wild yells of rage and discomfiture. CHAPTER VIL DICK SENDS F 'OR THE "LIBERTY BOYS." Dick and Sherlock knew they had no time to lose, and the instant they had fired the last shots they turned and ran away through the timber at the top of their speed. The redcoats heard them running, and the sound served to rouse them from the dream into which they seemed to "All right." The were old hands at the work of loading weapo in the dark, and they had no trouble in getting their pisto 1 and guns recharged; then they advanced quickl y but cat tiously, and were soon within a few yards of the cabiJ' As they reached the spot Sherlo c k muttered an excla1 tion unuer bi's breath,. Some one had started the fir whi c h was just getting good h ea dway among the lea and twigs, but had not as yet taken hold on the cabr I ] The person who had set the fire was standing there watd ing his work, and was plain to be seen, outlined again the light made by the blaze. f "It's that blamed dwarf, Rowlando !" hissed Sherlod "Well, I'll make him wish he had kept his fingers out a the pie Just watch me settle with him." As he finished speaking Sherlock suddenly dashed d from among the trees, and in an instant, almost, was-uPI t the dwarf. who heard the sound of the footsteps aJ a whirled-1ut too late to do him any good. t< "Sherlock he gasped, just as the giant seized hiu liave fallen on being fired upon so unexpectedly, and the and he struggled fiercely, but to no effect whatever. h cap tain yelled for the men to pursue_the ":rebels." "Yes, it's Sherlock, you little hop-toad!" hissed The men obeyed and set out in pursuit, firing wildly as giant. "I'm going to start you away from here, Ra they ran. They might as well have saved their ammunilu.ndo, and if you're wise you'll never come within a tion, for none of the bullets came anywhere near the of my cabin again, do you hear? If I catch you with l'E fugitives. that distance again I'll kill you, sure I For this time, d S 1 Ii, As they had figured on oing" Dick and her ock led is what I am going to do with you!" the redcoats almost directly away froJthe point where the As the giant finished speaking he suddenly hurled horses were concealed, and when they had gone perhaps a dwarf high into the air. He went up as if shot out ot sr to q u arter of a mile they turned suddenly at right angles and catapult; he looked somewhat like a frog, w: ran as s ilently as possible in the new direction. When fact, and Dick, who was watching the scene with inte they had gone a hundred yards they again turned to the was surprised to see the dwarf go clear over the ca


THE LIBERrry BOYS' "SWOOP." 19 It was a marvelous "We will get ready and return to Peter sburg at once," feat, true, but the rabin WllS not a large one, being not to was the reply. u:ceed twelve feet i'n height at the ridgepole, and the "And we are not going to make an attempt to get even giant was an exceedingly large and strong man, and the with those fellows for what they have done?" victim was exceptionally small. Sherlock coolly strode to where the leav "es and sticks were bui;ning, and with a few kicks put the fire out; then 0 he returned to where Dick was concealed. "Yes, we will get even with them. But we must have more men. One of th e two is Dick Slater, the captain of the 'Liberty Boys,' and the 'Liberty Boys' are some where in this vicinity. If we remain here with our little force they are likely to find us and wipe us out completely; so it is my intention to r eturn to :Petersburg, get Arnold to l et me have a couple of hundr ed men and then come "What do you think of my way of settling with RowIando ?" the giant asked. "It beats anything I ha Ye ever seen!" replied Dick. d "It was wonderful!" back and have a settlement.;' "Oh, not so very; ther dwarf isn't heavy, and I'm very "That is a good plan; well, in that case, I am ready ancl strong, you know." willing to go--but I would rather stay and take all the 1 "Yes that's true; but he did look funny s ailing up chances rather than give up the iea of getting even with ) into the air and clear over the cabin." them." "I reckon it didn't seem very funny to him," dril.y. "Oh, I'm not the kind of a man to give up tamely," "No, I suppose not; but you don t seem to think he s aid the captain; "I'll make Dick Slater and that big needs any more attention." follow, Sherlock, wish they had never been born, one of "No, I'don't think he will need any more, either If these days!" he didn't break his neck or his legs when he struck he is "Maybe you will, and maybe you won't!" whispered at this moment getting away from this vicinity as fast as he knows how, and he won't venture back again soon, either, for he knows me!" Sher lock, grimly, in Dick's ear. "I'm glad told his plans," whispered Dick. and "Do you think there is any danger that he may find the l' horses?" "That's right; now we will kn9w what to expect look out for." l "No; he will probably head down the creek and not come : hack up on the high ground till after he is far away." "You are right." The two waited till the redcoats had taken their de parture and then they went to where they had tied their 1, Just then the voices of the redcoats were heard, and horses, and led the animals back and placed them in the the two became silent and listened. The British soldiers stable. were returning, and they came slowly, as if very tired, as no doubt they were. "What shall we do now, captain?" asked one of the men. "Set fire to the cabin?" let the cabin alone. rrhat caused us this last trouble. The best thing we can do is to bury the dead and then get away from here. That dwarf was bad luck "He was ugl y enough to be bad luck to anybody that has anything" to do with him," remarked another of the redcoats. "Where is he, anyway?" inquired still another. "I don't know,'' from the captain; "he has disappeared." Dick could not help smiling as he thought of the pecu-liar manner in which the dwarf had disappeared. The redcoats seemed in a hurry to get away from the spot, and they worked rapidly; it did not them long to bury their dead comrades, and then one asked: "Which way now, captain?" "I don't think we will be bothered again to-night," s aid Sherlock. "I hardly think so," coincided Dick. "And you have given up the idea of going to Petersburg on a scouting expedition, have you not?" "Yes; I know what to expect, anyway; so there is no need of going." "That's right." "What do you think about it?" asked Dick, presently. "Do you think the redcoats Will come back .to-night?" The giant shook his head. "No; they will go to Peters burg, turn in for the night, report to Arnold in the morning, and then the party the captain spoke of will be made up and will reach this vicinity about noon to morrow." "I guess that will give me plenty of time,'' remarked Dick, thoughtfully. "Plenty of time?" inquiringly. "Yes."


20 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." "For what?" "I stopped to talk to her father; he invited m e to t P "'I'o get my 'Liberty Boys' down here from Richmond." house, and as we were approaching there came the repo The giant started, and a look of interest appeared on of a rifle and a bullet went through my hat." his face. "So that is what you are thinking of doing, is it?" he remarked. "Yes." "How many are there of the 'Liberty Boys'?" "One hundred." "The British captain said he would be back with two lnindred men." "I know that." "'Ehen you must consider that your 'Liberty Bo;rs' are a match for double their number." "Yes, I do. They have proven it a hundred times." "Good I'm glad that I am to make the acquaintance of such a lot of fellows." "Well, well! If a fellow wants to be on the safe side is best that h<:. should wear a red coat when he goes to t Hanks home." n "It would seem so." "By the way, we might as well start, hadn' t w e ?" "Yes; then we can come back and get some sleep befo morning." The two again led their out of the stable mJ a fine lot of boys, that's a fact." lighted as well when he saw who his visitors wer e g "Are you going after them yourself?" "Back again so soon, Dick?" he exclaimed. "Hellop1 "I have been thinking over that point; I have about Sam!" to Sherlock. "I'm glad to see you!" made up my mind to send some one." Dick quickly explained why he had returned, and "Do you want me to go?" Mr. Hanks if he would go to Richmond and bring "Oh, no; I would go before I w} "She shot at me one day as I was stopping to get a drink," the giant said, with a half-sad, half-amused smile. "She shot at me, too," said Dick. "She did? When?" "This afternoon "Is that so?" "Yes." "How did it happen ?u "I see." "And I shall hunt them up, after which w e will down the road three or four miles and lie in wait. Thet if the redcoats come before the Boys get we will do our best to worry them and hold them check." "I see; well, I'll go along with you." The two rode slowly down .the road and kept a sha lookout; and as they rode they talked in low tones. "Who is that dwarf, Rowlando, Sam?" ask e d Dick. "Oh, R0wlando ?" remarked Sherlock. "Why, h e 's hunter and trapper, the same as I am." "Oh, that's it?" "Yes." "He doesn't seem to like you."


TH.1 LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." 211 'Likes me about as well as I do him, I guess,'' with a 1 forward, took him by the coat-collar and I s hook htrn m laugh. till his teeth rattled." He spoke to-night of getting revenge on you." Dick laughed. "I can see you at it,'l he aid; "you 'Yes, so he did." shook him that way at the cabin to-night." What did you ever do to him, Sam, that he should "Yes, but not so hard as I did that night, for I was.. nt revenge?" 'Bcllt him in :i hunting and trapping contest." Oh, that was it?" Yes. He was always jealous of me; and whenever he with any of the people of the neighborhood he would mad, I tell you!" "I don't doubt it.1 It was enough to make yon mad." "I should say so; after he had cha llenged me and bragged that he could beat me hunting and trapping, to have him rob my traps-it was more than I coul d e ndure ays make it a point to run me down and say that I was with equanimity." good, and all that; and that he could beat me hunting "What did Rowlando have to say for himself? id trapping, and so on." "Nothing." Kind of a boaster." '(Nothing?" o 'The worst kind. Well, one day, one of my friends "Not a word. I tried to get him to talk and te ll me l e k him up on his statement that he could beat me hunt-why he had stooped to such a despicable trick, but he and trapping, and offered to bet him that he couldn t. open his head." o, dwarf to do him justice, really believed he could beat "Well, as he was caught in the act there wasn't really I reckon, for he was willing to make a wager, and it anything he could say that would help his case." ed done. I wasn't there at the time, but they hunted "No, that's true e nough; but I thought he ought to ihe up and got me to agree to the contest. I didn't really say somet hing." t to do it, for I knew Rowlando wa& a venomous e rascal, and I didn't care about incurring his ill by beating him. My friends finally persuaded me to into the affair, however; they said if I didn't do it the rf would say it was because I was afraid he would me, and that he would be more blatant and boastful ever, and so I gave in." o You could not do otherwise under the circumstnces." I don't see how I could. Well, the arrangements were e. The contest was to last one month. The man v ng tlie. most game and securing the most skins in time would be the winner, and so we went to work. k me only a few days to become convinced that the was playing me mean tricks, for I found traps ty that I could see had had game in them. I was sure Rowlando was raiding my traps, so I laid for him ; _the third night after doing so I caught him at it. I him take a mink out of one of my traps; and when l!d to walk away w!th it I stQ{)ped out and canted him." guess he was surprised!" remarked ;uick. should say so! He didn't know what to say." should think he would have been at a loss for words." es; it was a nice, moonlight night, and we could each other plainly, and he just stood there, his under dropped, and stared at me." e was paralyzed with amazement and consternation." tuppose so; but I soon unparalyzed him. I stepped "But he thought differently, eh i'". "Yes; and though I shook him and shook him till I thought his teeth would drop out, he maintained a stubborn silence." "What did you do, finally?" "Why, I finally gave nim a lecture on the sin of doing ns h e had done, and then ended up by giving him warn ing that if I caught him at another of my traps I would shoot him as I would a dog." "Well, I think you were justified in telling him this." "So do I; and I'd have kept my 'yord, too, if I had ever seen him fooling around another one of my traps." "He kept away, eh?" "Yes; I guess he knew I was in earnest. Yon see, we each had our territory in which to work-we have always it that way, as it isn't considered etiquette to encroacti on another man's preserves, and there was no occasion for Pim to come near my trnps in iooking after his own." "I see. Well, who Will the contest?" "I did. I beat himbad I had a third mor e '_Sttme :mu pelts than he did." "Good for you!" "Oh, I knew I could beat him easy enough, but I guess be had counted on stealing enough out of my traps to enable him to beat me, and when he slipped up on that he was badly left." "I see; and was that all that he had to be revenged upon you for?"


22 'l'HE' LIBER'I'Y BOYS "SWOOP." "Yes "We"ll be right with you and tell you all about i "Why, he h ad no grounds at all; it was you who were a moment, Fred." entitled to revenge on him, if anything. He had wronged rrhe n Dick and Sherlock rod e to the side of the road I you, but you had not wronged him." "Of course not; but to his mind, I suppose, it seemed dismounted. The next moment they stood among members of the Invisible Band as if he had been wronged." The boys all knew Sherlock, and greeted him p "I guess you are right about that; doubtless he felt I anUy and respectfully. It was evident that he was _that you sh ould have permitted him to go on robbing s idered to be a man of importance in the community your traps and then win the contest." Dick told F1:ed Ferris the story of his evening's "I judge that was the way he felt about it." \entures, and then explained why he had hunted up "It is st range how some people look at matters; I Invisible Band. Fred $aid he would be only too gla have known cases like this one you have told about, where place the boys at Dick's di s posal. some scoundrel ha s done mean work, and then seemed to "You take command, Dick," he said, "and wha feel that he had been treated shamefully because he had }OLl say for us to do we will do. We will be glad been interfered with." c hance to get another blow in on the redcoats, with "Yes, that's the way it goes, and there are lot s of s uch at hand to see that we don't run too great risk s." people." "All right, Fred, and thank you. We will mov "iVell, I rather think that your dwarf will hl\rdly both er down the road a distance of two or three miles an you again," sai d, with a laugh; "that sail he took into camp. W c will put out sentinels then if over the top of your cabin will certainly satisfy him for redcoats should come along We will h.'!lOW of their CO some time to come." in time and will make ready to make things lively them." "I hope so, for I would hate to have to kill the little ra scal." I At this instant there came a challenge from the timber at the side of the road: i. "Halt! Who comes there?" CHAPTER VIII. HOT,DIXQ '!'HE REDCOATS BACK. Dick and Sherlock halted instantly and Dick called out: "Friends!" "Oh, you are friends, are you?" "Yes." "How do we know you are?" "Well, we know it and that is enuogh. voice, .Fred.. It is I, Dick Slater, and a ha re been looking for you boys." I know your friend; and I W hat! I s it really you, Dick ?" came back the voice, in eager tones "Yes, it is I." But I thought you went south." "I started, but did not go far. I have been back to M:r. Hanks' house, and we have just come from there." "Well, well! What is up now, Dick?" The members of the party mounted their horses rode down the road a distance of three ml.les. Then came to a fine place for a camp. It was at the to a rise, and beyond, for a distance of two or three there was a gradual slope downward. The y.ouths dismounted, picketed their horses and into camp. Dick appointed four of the boys to ad sentinels,' and made arrangements to have them reliP at the end of three hours. When everything was satisfactorily, Dick, Sherlock and the youths lay and were soon asleep. The night was got through without anything h been heard or seen of the redcoats, and after they e eaten their breakfast the youths made to ta easy and wait for the appearance of the enemy. 'There were several high trees on the top of the and a sentinel was stationed in the top of one of th keep watch and :report the instant he saw the re coming. From the treetop he could see a distance of 0 miles, and t s would give the members of the Inv Band plenty of time to get ready to greet the enem It was not until ten o'clock that any word came the man in the tree, and then he called out: "I see t "The redcoats are coming, 'eh?" called back Dick. "Yes." "How far away they?" "Nearly three miles


THE LlBhRTY BOY" "SWOOP." 23 'D()('s there seem to be a very big crowd of them?" your rifles and pistols while riding at full speed we could 'Yes; there's a long string of horsemen." stop there and make another sta:i;id." 'All right; stay up there nnd keep watch and tell us "Fred shook bis bead. "We have never tried that,'' be many there are when lhey get close enough so that said; "I'm afrclid we couldn't manage it." can count them." "In that case we will just have to keep on going. You can make the attempt, however, and perhaps you will ick began making hi:; arrangement at once. The be able to load your pistols, anyway, as they are easier to t thing he did was to order the youths to bridle and h

rl'HB L l BER'l'Y BOYS' "SWOOP." garc the youths on the otlier side of the road the sig n a l Meanwhile Dick and the youths were busy, tryi to take aim. reload their pistols while riding at breakneck speed 'I'he redcoats were taken entirely by surprise, as they Dick it was not so difficult, as he had practiced it were not looking for anything of this kind, but they did for the rest it was not s o easy Still, the majority not stop; instead, they urged their horses forward at inaged to get the pistols loaded, after a fashion, and -creased speed. Onward they came, yelling at the top of they reached i.he top of the knoll Dick called a halt. .:their voices, but suddenly there came the order to fire, from the lips of Sherlock, and again the crash of the ;rifle shots was heard. Two more of the enemy went down, and still louder and fiercer shouts of anger went up from the comrades of the men. "Dick's youtha had succeeded in reloading their rifles, and now they took careful aim, and, at the word, fired. A few moments later those on the other side of the road fired again, and now the redcoats were almost within distance. As soon as Dick's youths had reloaded their rifles he told them to take aim; and then when he gav e the order they fired _once more. Dropping i)ieir rifles, at the youth's command, they drew their pistols and coolly discharged one "We'll give them the contents of the pistols and resume the retreat," he said; "I want to make thin lively and interesting for the redcoats as possible." 'rhe youths clid not dismount, but rode just far en down the farther side of the knoll so that by ben forward on the necks of their horses they would n seen by the enemy until they chose to raise their hea which would be when they wished to fire the volley Dick cautioned the youths to be ready to act upon instant, and then he listened to the thunder of the vroaching hoofs, and calculated by the sound how far the horses He had bad a great deal of practi such work, and felt that he would not be much at f He waited till he thought the time had youths i.o act, and then he suddenly cried: volley and then another, the roar of the rifle hots ring"Up, boys!" ing in wii.h their second pistol shot volley. 'I'he youths straightened up in their saddles Dick waited till the youths on the other i;idc Of the stant, and a glance showed them that the redcoats road had fired their two volleys from the pistols, and then just over the top of the knoll. '"l'ake aim!" cried he gave the command to retreat and the horses. and the youths obeyed. kll 'I'he youths lost no time in obeying, ancl in a very short "Fire!" time were in the saclclles and dashing away up the road at Crash-roar 'I'he report rang out loudly, and fol I full speed. When the redcoats reached the top of the hill the British troopers were seen to throw up their 11IO they were chagrined to see their intended victims riding and fell to the ground, while wild yells of rage and dJ like the wind and already out of rifle or musket-shot prise escaped the lips of the rest. t distance. "Now away with you!" cried Dick, and the y "After them!" roared the captain of the British force. whirled their horses and dashed down the slope wit "We must catch them and wipe them off the face of the speed of the wind. So quickr was the manamvre ex .earth l There isn't more than a score of them." that the redcoats did not have time to fire before thee The redcoats uttered a cheer and lashed and spurred had dropped out of sight below the brow oi the hill their horses to renewed exertions, but the brutes were 1.Jy the time they got to the top of the knoll the y6B tired, as they had had a long, uphill climb of it and could were almost out of musket-shot distance. not gain on the fresh animals ridden by the patriot youths: The redcoats, hoping to be able to do some da Indeed, it was soon made evident that they could not however, leveled their muskets and fired, but altbqugh hold their own, for the youths began to draw away, slowly of the bullets reached the ding youths, and one o at first and then faster and faster, and the distance be-were slightly wounded, no material damage was do tween the two parties 'was soon double what it had been "Good!" cried Dick. "We got through that splen d at first and was still widening. I guess the redcoats will begin to think that this l 'rhe redcoats uttered curses of rage and chagrin, and going to be such a nice thing for them, after all." urged their horses onward, bu t they could see that it w o uld I And, indeed, the re d coats were thinking that very be impossible t o the fugitives Still, i n the hope I J\fore, they were wild with rage, and the capta' that something m .ight o ccu r t hat would g ive them the I black in tbe fare with a nger and as a result of th e opportunity to come u p with the youths, t hey k e p t o n i.ions he bad made in cursing an d u rging his men o


II' LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." 25 e must catch those scoundrels, boys!" he cried. "It "Ah, I understand. And the big fe1low ?" glancing not be said that a score of youngsters were able wonderingly at the giant. 'II a number of brave British soldiers and bid defiance n times their number After them till we catch them ur horses faU dead in their tracks!" That's what will happen, I guess, captain," said one "He is a hunter and trapper; he is a strong patriot, and has joined forces with me as he is eager to be the one to kill Arnold, the traitor." I "Well, I pity Arnold, if that fellow ever gets his hands t he men; "their horses are fresher than ours and we on him." g never reach them." ut we must catch them! We have got to catch them!" "So do L" Onward rode the party. It soon reached the top of the 0 Well, if we can't, we can't, that's all." hill in question and then all dismounted, and, tying 'ck and his companions were working away at their their horses, took up their positions on both sides of the ls, reloading the weapons, and were almost upon a road. of nearly a hundred horsemen before they saw On came the redcoats, and as soon as they were within An exclamation from Fred called Dick's attention musket-shot distance Dick gave the order to [l e newcomers, and at a glance youth saw that the Crash-roar! the volley rang out and a dozen of tlw were patriot they were not the dragoons dropped from their saddles. e rty Boys,' as he had hoped would prove to be the case: a "Now, ready with your pistol s !" cried Dick. "And when I give the word, give them another volley." e waveil his hand and gestured to the approaching lC f ers. "Turn around!" b e called out. "Turn around Still the r edcoats came on, and when they were uear enough Dick gave the command to fire. The volley rang ont and three more dragoons went down. With wild yells they fired a volley, but it did no damage to speak of, as ihe patriots and were sheltered behind the trees ride in the other direction. We are pursued by nearly r hundred redcoats." e youths had just turned around a bend and had got f sight of their pursuers for the moment. e newcom ers whirled their horses and rode back in and underbrus h. irection from which they bad just co, me, and when "Give them another volley!" cried Dick, and the men and his companions caught up with them he told obeyed. eader, who was one of Lafayette 's officers, just how were situated. This proved io be more than the redcoats could stand, and with wild yells of rage they whirled their horses and an't we stop and take refuge in. the timber at the galloped back down the slope faster than they had come. ide and give it to them as they come along?" the 'n asked. "Good!" cried Dick. W e have taught them a lesson they will not soon forget." es, we might do that; but I think it will be better to The redcoats were very angry, indeed. 'rhey stopped till we get to the top of that hill, yonder. We will half a mile away to hold a council of war. They realized le to make a stand there and fight them off, I am 1 right; it's just as you say, Dick." ow does it happen that the 'Liberty Boys' didn't that there was quite a force of the "rebels," and that they would have to go slow and be very careful if they were t.o get the better of the enemy. At last, after considerable discussion, it was decided to send back to Petersbur g for reinforcements; the wounded y were away when the messenger got there." dragoons could be tiken back at the same time :way?" This was done, and the redc oats r etired a mile, to the es; Lafayette sent them down south, somewhere, on top of the knoll, and went into camp. es River, on some kind of an errand, and they "Now what does that mean, I wonder?" thought Dick, 't be back till ne:x.i; day, so he decided to send us." who bad climbed a tree and been a witness to the move that is the way of it?" men ts of the Britis h. "It look s as i.f they were going to ; and he told me to tell you he would send the wait till nightfall to continue U.\e affair." ;y Boys' as soon as they got back." right." are these Y?uths with you?" the captain asked. who live in the neighborbood." He waited till he was s ure the e emy had gone into camp to stay a while, and then climbed back down out of the tree. He told the captain what he had seen and they talked the matter over and finally came to the condusion \ -f


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." that the redcoats had decided to wait for darkness before After be had greeted Mrs. Hanks Fred told her continuing the fight. was there. "There are one hundred and twenty "Well, I don't see where they will gain anything by men on the hill two miles south of here," he expl that," said Dick. "and they have sent Joe Parks and me here to get "Neither do I," from the captain. provisions. Now, can you spare us some, Mrs. Hanks As the redcoats had gone iDto camp Dick decided that "Of course we can, Fre d," was the prompt reply they might as well do so also, and they did. (!'hen sen-you don't take it the redcoats in all probability wi tinels were put out, making it impossible for the Briti sh go ah.ead and take all you want. There are a lot uv to surprise them, and the patriots disposed them.selves in an' shoulders, an' oshuns uv bacon. Jes' take wh s uch fashion as would enable them to take things easy. 1rnnt." As they would have to have something to eat, Dick de"And will you lend u s the wagon to haul it in?" cided to send to the home of Mr. Hanks for food. He "Uv course." selected Fred Ferris and Joe Parks for the task, and they This was jus t what Fred wanted, and he and Joe se-t out 'at once. to work with a will 'l'hey harnessed the two horses, It was only two miles to Mr. Hanks' and the youths ed them to the wagon, into which they loaded a 1 soon there. As they alighted from their horses at the shoulders and bacon, several bushels of Irish front gate Fred said to Joe: "You take the horses and sweet potatoes, and a dozen loaves of bread, and then, go on back to the stable with them. We will borrow the many thanks to Mrs. Hanks, they drove away. "Did you get to talk to Sallie any?" asked Joe wagon and s ome harness and haul the provisions back to camp." as they drove down the road. He was Fred' s chum, 0 "All right," replied Joe'. Fred passed through the gate and walked up to the house. The front door was open and he enter$t with out knocku'.ig. He heard the sound of singing, frQm. '.the kitchen, and he opened the door and saw that th '.Binger I was Sa1lie, who was doing some work. She was ,alq_.n.e, and kne w all about his love for Sallie. "Yes, Joe," was the "How did she seem?" "As sane as you or I, Joe." "Is that so ?" "Yes." as the c1oor opened she looked up and gave uttE1'rallce to a littl e c r y of fear. Then as she saw who it was a smile "Well, I'm glad to hear that. Maybe she will get r I came over her face, and she said: "Oh, it's you, is it, ihat affair about Captain Glencoe, after all." .t "I hope so, Joe." Fred?" "So ao I; and then ma ybe you can make up wittf again, old fellow." t Fred 's heart thrilled with joy as he saw the girl's face and h eard her voice. In an instant he realized that Sallie was her old sel. again, that she was sane "Yes, it is I, Sallie. Are you glad to see me?" Fred's voice trembled in spite of his efforts to keep it from "I wish that it would turn out that way." "How did she treat you?" "She was pleasant as one could ask.'l Joe nodded. "She'll be all right after a while. doin g so. you have a little patience and you'll come out all The girl laughed again a!ld said, frankly: "You know li'red." I am glad to see you, Fred. Why shouldn't I be?" It did not take the youths very long to reach camp "Well, I didn't know whether you would be or not, their coming was hailed with delight. Salli e." "I see you have got some provisions," said Dick t "I am always glad to see my friends, Fred,.'' a look into the w::tgon. His heart sank. He was a "friend," no1thing more. "Yes; Mrs. Hanks said for us to take all we w But he reflected that if he were once more installed as a as if we not take it the redcoats probably woul friend, and free to come when he chose, he might hope to she would rather we had it than that th&y should." win the love of the beautiful, sad-faced girl. He would The pal:riot soldiers went to work to cook dinner take what he could get and work for more. Friendship it did not take them long. The meat, bread, with first; later on, love. Fred was a sensible, philosophical toes, both Irish and sweet, making a feast fit for an youth, and he entered into conversation with Sallie and as they said, again and again. talked about various things until Mrs. Hanks came in. After dinner Dick strolled down the road in the di


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." <. 27 redcoat encampment. Ile wished to do a little So he made his way to the vicinity or the British en, and if possible, learn what the enemy intended campment, and managed to get close enough to see and to a certain extent hear what was going on. rather dangerous work in the daytime, but lt did not take him long to learn that the reinforcements was an expert, and was as skilled in woodcraft as any had come. They had got there late, undoubtedly, and n, and he managed to get within a short distance of were stretched out, sleeping. Dick remained there for ritish encampment, by going around and approaching half an hour and learne_d that an attack on the patriot u the southward-the redcoats not having sentinels out force would be made during the day. Then he stole away and returned to the patriot camp. k remained in his position an hour or more and d that reinforcements had been sent for. He thought "We'll make as strong a stand as we can," he to the captain.; "they outnumber u:s four to one, but we will ging his men and making an attack on the British be able to make it warm for them, notwithstanding, l the reinforcements came, but he hesitated to do think." he knew it would be impossible to take the enemy True, he had crept up close enough to be d to shoot down men from where he lay, but. the patriot force could not hope to get close enough to 's without being seen. No, he decided, finally, that -"We'll do the best we can," the captain agreed. All \ras quiet till nearly eleven o'clock, and then the senti nel reported that the British were coming. "They are riding at a gallop," the sentinel said, "and there is such a large force that I fear we shaU be unable I 1 ld be best to remain on the defensive. to sta nd against at will keep the advantage with us, I think, even "We will hold our ground as long as we can," said Dick, h they outnumber us," he said to himself. "and then will mount our horses and beat a retreat." n be stole away and made his way back !o the patriot The men were a ll in their places, and they awaited the pment. coming of the British, calmly. They would do the best k kept a man in the top of one of the tallest trees they could, and that was as good as could be done. bill they were encamped, and he kept close e t on the encampment of the enemy. The afternoon away and supper-time came and still the reinforce had not put in appearance. Neither had they Soon the redcoats were in sight, and 'ihey can:ie on at a gallop, their brilliant uniforms making :;:, brave s howing, and their weapons in the sqinlight. Onward, up the slofe; they came, without faltering or slackening speed in the lea st, and Dick sent the order along for the men to get ready. Nearer and nearer came the redcoats, and then Dick gave-the order to take aim. it when darkness settled over all, and made it impossilonger see what was going on in the British camp. e will put out a double line of sentinels and be in eee to the enemy if they make an attack t," sa1d Dick. The men leveled their muskets and rifles and then at the word to fire from Dick they discharged the weapons. The roar was almost deafening, and then on the air rose wild yells, shouts and curses. A number of the redcoats had gone down, put the rest came on as unfalteringly as ever. Nothing, seemingly, could stop that charge. 3. 11 m c, CHAPTER IX. "'.l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' 'swoop.'" "Now with the pistols, men!" cried Dick. "Aim and fire quickly." The men obeyed, firing two volleys from their pistols. the enemy did not make an attack that night. The This did considerable damage among the redcoats, but came, bright and clear, and there bad been no they were at work also and were firing as they came. Their all had been calm and peaceful. shots did not do much damage, however, as the patriot iately after breakfast Dick set out on a scouting soldiers were under cover. Dick saw it would be folly to remain where they were any longer, however, and gave to find out whether or not the reinforcements the word to retreat. during the night," he said; "and if they did The patriot soldiers and the youths under Fred Ferris would like to learn what the intentions of th; obeyed the order instantly, and, leaving their stations, ran to where their horses wel'.e, mounted, and dashed away.


28 '!'HE LIBERTY BOYS' "SWOOP." After them cam e the redcoats, firing volleys from their pistols, and it was a lively scene, to say the least. Dick and the patriot s oldi e rs reloaded their pistols as they rode, "Yes, so it did." The patriots now went all around and gathered u dead and wounded. It was found that five had been and as s oon as they had succeeded in this they fired return and seven wpunded. Of the five, four were soldiers voileys at their purs uers. party that had been under Dick, and one was fro Down into a vall ey, across it and up the slope rode the party of youths under ]'red F e rris. Another of patriots, and afte r them came the redcoat s Then of a youths was wounded, two of the s oldiers under Di sudd e n came a surprise. Out from among the tree s half_ been wounded and the other four were "Liberty Bo way up the s lope, das h e d a party of horsemen to the "We'll bury our d ead here and the n take the wo number of a hundr e d at lea s t, and a s they came in sight a to Mr. Hanks home," s aid Dick ; and this was done. rin g in g cheer cam e fro m th e m whi c h was an s w e r e d b y the dead and wounded r e dcoat s were left where they la patrio t sold ie r s they would be look e d after by th eir c omrad es, who "Tha nk hca1('1J il i s m y brave 'Liberty Boy s' cried undoubt e dly r clurn s hortly. Dick. "Now, w e 1rill give the British a fight s uch as they are not for!" was a ma g nificent s i g ht, the hundred splendid riders dashing down the s lop e with the spe ed and force of an avalanch e and the r e dcoats saw them coming ab.d hesitated. Of the s even wounded men onl y thre e wer e s o ser wounded as to require b e ing left in the c are of the Ha but one of the three was Fre d Ferris, who had re cei bullet throu g h the right should(!r. It was a s ever e w but not neces s arily fatal but the thought that F re d W e ll mi ght they hesitate, for the "Liberty Boy s swooped c li e evid ently had the effect of making Salli e think. down up on .the r e d c oat s with s uch fury that they were l o oked v e r y sobe r and a s ked h e r mother to have Fre d t scattered like chuff b e fore the wind. "Down with the to h e r (Salli e's ) room. Mr s Hanks was willin g, for kin g Lon g liv e Lib erty w a s Uie cry from the "Liberty liked Freel and had hop e d that S a llie woul d one e1 Boy s," and th e y w ent ahead in a manner to make their marry him. word s r e m e mbered. "You can s l e ep with m e then," she said and '\ 'l'h e y fi. r ccl their pi s tol s right and left and the n drew father can sl e ep on a blanket on the floor, whil e the their sword s and c ontinu e d the attack. The redcoats had two wounded m e n have the other bed." bec ome "and_ the did not g ive them a So it was arrange d, and Sallie said she would h e lp n chance to r ecove r from the feelin g of demoralization. They the sick men--whi c h she did, too; but she managed to ei followed up their advantage and used it for all it was in more time with Fred than with the other two. worth. Dick and th e m e n unde r him joined the "Liberty Hanks was satisfied to have it that way, and s he atte t Boys" and assi s t e d in the work, and the allied forces J?ade to tM want s of th e two men h e r s elf, most of the tim e r a clean s w e ep of it and c !rov e th e British fro)U the fie ld in We may a s well s tate here as elsewhere that Sallie fo utte r confu s ion her s elf likin g Fre d b ette r and b etter, and that by the It wa s a c ompl ete rout, the r e dcoats. fleeing in every he was abl e to walk about she was more in love with direction e ach and every man for himself. When there than she had been with Captain Glencoe. The b were no more r e dcoats to be seen the patriot force ceased handsome face and the unfailin g good nature of the wo its operations, and Di c k and the m e n under him greeted eel youth had won her over. 0 the "Liberty Bo ys" jo y ou s ly. : .,., .. "You c ame jus t in tim e boys!" said Di ck. (!Oats had u s on th e run." When Fred discovered his good fortune he was the "The redpiest young fellow in all Virginia, and he told Sallie a "I'm glad I got wounded, now," he said; "since it "Yes, and it didn't take us long to get them on the b e en the mean s of getting you to love me!" rnn," grinned Bob E s tabrook, a bright, hand s ome youth "And I am glad, too, Fred!" said the girl, shyly <>f a bout Dick' s age. He was Dick s right-hand man, and always c ommand e d the Liberty Boys" in the youth's ab senc e "You c e rtainl y scattered them like chaff!" said D ick. "Yes; the way w e swooped down on th e m was a cau tion grinned B o b "They were not expecting anything of the kind, and tbat made it better for us." Thus we will leave them. Dick expected that the redcoats would get together 8 maice another attack, since they had the superior n of men, and s o he made arrangements to give them a r e ception. South of Mr. Hanks place, half a mile, was a rise


THE LIBER'rY BOYS' "SWOOP." road made 3: turn, and here Dick stationed his'1ittle "Well, we came away without looking behind the aabin; t pny. He sent out a double row of sentinels, in all but I happened to look there to-day, and what do JOll 1 JllS, for h e was determined not to be taken by surprise, think I found?" : id th en w aited. "I don't know. What?" 0J>erhaps the most dissati s fied man in the camp was Sam "Well," slowly "I'll t e ll you: Back behind the house I E terlock, the giant. He wished to get a chance at Arnold, have a stake driven into the ground. The top of it is clfl woul d not be satisfied till his wish was gratified. sharpened, and I hook the animals I catch in my traps OR D id you take notice of any one among the who the point of this stake so as to enable me to skin them I be Arnold, Dick?" he asked. handily." r. Dick s ho o k his head. "No, I don't think Arnold is "Yes." aJ11:h them this time( the youth replied. "Well, Rowlando, when he came down the other night, iThe giant' s face fell. He pondered a while and then struck on the point of that stake!" After a brief pause: i d : "If y ou have no objections, Dick, I believe I will "It went clear through him, and I doubt if he ever knew rif C my d eparture. what hurt him. I am sorry, for I didn t intend to kill b : Y o u have a perfect right to go, if you wish to. do so, him, but it can't be helped now." liVm," t h e youth replied; "but where do you think of "You are right," said Dick; "it can't be h e lped, and I vcJing ?" don't know but what, judging by what I saw of him, he den Down toward Petersburg "It will b e d a nger o u s to venture down that way, now." t Oh, not for me." 0 1 W ell it won t b e a s dangerous for you as for some e pp le, but it will be dangerous, nevertheless." 'l'he giant was sil ent a few moments, and then he said: '{{e ll I guess I'll go over to my cabin and see how things t h ere, anyway." Will you be back? n"Yes, I'll come back and stay with you till after the J.coats have got through and gone back to Petersburg." :"Ver y well; I shall be glad to have you with us when eicome s to a fight, for you are worth three or four ordine me n in a fight." foThe big fellow flushed and said: "I 9'1ess you are just lJcing for fun, Dick." N o I mean it." rt' All r ight; I'll be back in an hour or so." 011Ie took his departure, and, true to his word, was back an hour and a half later. He went at once to Dick, .--f there was a look <,>f excitement, not unmixed with liJne s s, on his face as he said : t''Dick, what do you suppose I found at my cabin?" "I don't knmV', Sam," was the reply. "What did you ? 'You remember the dwarf, Rowlando ?" Dick nodded. "Yes, I remember him;" and he smiled r he remembered how he had seen the dwarf disQ.ppearing r the top of the cabin, like a trounced frog, the night came with the redcoats to Sherlock1s cabin. remember that I thre w him over the cabin?" served his fate." "Maybe he did. Well, I gave his body decent burial1 anyway." The redcoats did not make another attack, after all. A messenger recalled them to Petersburg on account of the a:rrival of Gen e ral Cornwallis, who relieved Arnold; the arch-traitor returning to New York. This was a dis to Sherlock, who had set his heart on killing Arnold, but he bore h / s disappointmep_t as best he could. The "Liberty Boys" did a lot of good work done in Virginia before returning to the N ortb, but that is another story; the story of THE LIBERTY BoYS' "S wooP" is ended. THE END. The next number (75) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'HOT TIMR) ; OR, LIVELY WORK IN OLD VIRGINIA," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are a\ways in print. 1 you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


Jrntt;l'rdi. a Second Class Malter at the Neru Yor k Pos!.Offi.ce, November 7 1 1898, by, Frank. .. Toiuey. NEW YORK, MAY 21, 1902. Tom sprang out upon the fearful, whirling. mass of logs. .on and on he went, gradually drawing rt who wa.s .atru lin .for life 8.D)id the mo


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WORK AND WIN "' The A:t.:r. THE READ Published. "Weekly NUMEERS ARE ALWAYS ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM Best IN PRIN'l'. ALL. LA'l'ES'.r ISSUES: 130 131 63 F red Feal'not and Oom l'aul ; or, Battling ror the J:oel's. 64 Fred in Johannesbul'g; Ol', The 'l'errible Ride to Kimberley. 132 65 l?red Fearnot in Kaflir-laud: or, Hunting for tlle Lost Diamond. J 33 66 Fred Fearnot's Lariat; or, How He (;aught His l\lan. ] 34 67 Fred li'earuots Wild West Show: or. The Biggest 'l'lliug on J.::uth. 135 68 1'.,red li'eal'I1ot's Great Tour: or .. Managing an Opl!ra t...Jucen. 1Rt1 69 lfred l\linbtrels; or, 'l'en-y's Ureat Ilic us an End Man. lll7 7 0 Fred Fe1Hnot and the Duke; or, Haflling a Fo1tune Hunter. 71 Fred Fearuot's Day; or. 'L'he Great Ueuuiou at Avon. 72 Fred Fearuot In the South; or, Out with Old Hill J:land. 73 l?red l\:arnot' s Museum: or, Backing l\nowleelge with Fun. ]38 139 140 74 l?red Athletic School; or, Making Urain aud Hrawu .. 75 Fearnot l\Iystified: or, Tbe Disappearnul'e or Terr) Olcott. 76 Fred l?earnot and the Governor; or, Working llard to Save a Life. 77 l?red Fearuot's Mistake: or, Up A{l"ainsl ll is 78 Fred Fearnot in 'l'exas; or, Terry s lllun fl'Om Abil ene. l 43 79 Fred Feurnot :ls a Sherill': or, Breaking up a Desperate Gang. l 44 80 l'red l'earnot Batlied: or, Outwitted by a Woman. 81 Fred Fl'aruot's Wit, and llow It 8aYed llis Life. 82 Fred Fearnofs Gieat Prize: or. 'Yoekinp; llarcl 10 'Yin. 147 83 !<'red l"earnot at !lay: or, llis Grear Fi:?ht ror J.ife. 84 l?red F'earoot's Disguise; or, F'ollo\\ini; a Strange Clew. 85 F1ed Fearnots l\Ioose Uuul; or. Ad\' CL\tures in the W oo ds. 86 Frl'd Fearnot s Oratory: or. Fun at tl1e Girls' lligh S c hool. 87 l"red JPearnots Big Heart: or. Giving the 1'001 a Chance. 88 Fred I ;'earuot Accused: o r rl'ricked by rt Yillnin. 89 Fe!.1.rnot's Pluck; or, Against Odds. 90 JPred l"earnots llcndl)-Peril, or, Uls !\"arrow Escape from Ruin. 91 t ered l"<'arnots Wild l:ielc: or, Raving Di ek Duncans Li Ce. il2 Fred Fearnot"s Long-Chase; or. 'J'railing a l'u11niug Yilluin. 93 Fred Fcaniot's Lnst 8hot. anel How It Sa,e d a Life. 94 I P red Fcaruots Commun Rense: or. The Best Way Out of Trouble. 95 Fred Fl'amots Great Finel: or. Saving Terrr Olco1 L's l'ortune. 1-18 149 150 151 152 96 lPearnot anel the Sullan: or, Adventures on tile I land of Sulu. 157 97 Fred Fc!lmot"s Silvery Tongue: or, Winninr, an Angry )lob. I'S Fred Fearuot's or. Outwitting a 1'1oublesome Couple. 99 l 'red Fcarnot's Little Joke : or. Wor.rying Di<'I< aud 'l'M'I')'. 100 l "red fcearnot's Musc le: or. Holding His Own Against Odds. 101 l 'reel Fearnot on Hand: or. Showinl! 1 p at the Hi:;!ht Time. 102 Fred Fe:lrnot's Puzzle: o r. ';\ 'orrying 1he Hunro SleHers. 103 Fied Fearnot and J<;,ely11: or. The lnfMtuatcd l:ival. 1:\9 lGO ](;1 104 F!'Hrnot's Wager: or, Downin!!' u Rl'llt al 8po1-t. 1G2 105 Fred Fearnot at St. 8imons: or. The Mystery of a Georgia Island. 106 Fred l "enrnot Deceived: or. After the \Yrnng :\I .an. J07 Fred Fc;irnots CUarit.v: or, Others n L esson. 108 l '1ed F'arnot as '"l'he Jnelge ; 01'. lleaeliug oil' the Lynchers. 109 Fred FParnot and the t'lown: or. Rn,ing 1he Olel Place. 110 Jl'rcrl FP nrnots J1iuc "ol'k; or. Up Against a Crank. 111 Fred l"e:irnot's Had Breitk; 01. \\'hat Happened to Jones. 112 l?red l 'cnrnot's Round Up: or, A LiYel.v 'J'ime on tbe Ranche. 113 Fred Fearnot and the Giant; or. A !Tot Time in Cheyenne Fred Cool Nerve: CH'. Giving It Straight to the Boys. lG3 1G4 lG;'l lGG 1G7 lGS 1GO 170 115 Fred F earnot's \\'ay: or, Doing l p a i'barpe r. ] 16 Fred Fea.-not in a Fix: or. The fllackmaile1"s Gaml'. W i: d \\' "st. ::.18 Fred Fearnot and Hie Mascot; or. Evelyn's Fearless Ride. '' Freel l"eurnots Secret Society; or, 'J;he Knights of the Black R Fred Fearnot and the Gambler; 6r, 'l'he '!'rouble on the L l"ront. Fred Jcenrnot's Challenge; or, King of the Diamond Field Fred l'earnot's Great Game; or, The Hard Work '.rhat Won. l"red Fearnot in Atlanta; or, 'l'he Black Fiend of Darktown l 'red Open Hand; or, Ilow He llelped a lfrleud. Fred Fearnot In Debate: or, 'l.'he Warmest Member of the Ho Freel Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence of the "Money! h!an.'' Fred at Princeton; or, The Batttle of the Champions l1'red f'parnot's C'ircus: or, High Old 'l'lme nt New Era. l'red Feurnot's L'amp Hunt; or, '1.'he White Deer of the Adlro darks. Fred lcearnot und Ills Guide; or. The Mystery of the Mountal a1 Fre d Jcearnot's County Fair: 01:,.. '!'he Battle of the lPaklrs. e Fred Fearnot a or, captured at Avon. l' Fred Fearnot u nel the Senator ; or, Breaking up a Scheme. t Fred and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. 'red I"earnot and the Brokers: or, Ten Days In Wall Street. l l 're d Ji'earnot's Little S crap; or, The l'ellow Who \Vouldn't St Wllippeel lcie d Feurnot's shiners. Gieatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moo Fred and the Kidnappers: or, 'J'ralllng a Stolen Chi! !"red Feur:.iot's Quick Work; or, 'l'he Holel Up at Eagle Pass. J'red lcearnot at Silver Gulch: or, Defying a Ring. Fred Fenrnot on Lhe Border; or, Punishing the 111exlcan Ho Stealers. Freel J"earnot's Charmed Life: or. Running the Gauntlet. Fred '""arnot Losl; 01. :\lisslng for Thirty Days. Fe:trnot"s Hescue; or. 'ht:! PoC'ahontas. l r e d Feamot and the "White Caps"; or, A Queer 'l.'urning the Tables. Fred L 'earnot and the i\I edlum; or, Having ll'un with th "Spirits." Freel Fenruot and the Man"; or, '.l'he Worst l:Ie Eve Rtrucl<. Fred Fearnot's Grntitucle; or, Up a Plucky Boy. l ;'reel Fearnot l'incd: or, The Judges Mistake. Fred L"camots Comic Opera : or, '.l'he Fun thnt Raised th Enndfi Fred Fcarnot and the Anarchists: or, '!'be Burning of the Re Flag. Fred Fear1H1ts L0rt11rc Tour: 01. Going It Alone. l 'red Fearnots ":\"ew \\"ild West" : or, Astonishing the Old Eas Fied l"enrnot in I:nssia: or, 11anlshed by the Czar. li'red Fearnot in l'urlrny : or, Defying the Sultan. l r e d J.'earnot in Vienna: or, The '!'rouble on the Danube Freel Fearrtot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal Palace at Ber'I Fred l<'earuot in IL'ela.nd; 01" Watched the Constabulary. Fred l ?earnot Homewarel Bound; or, ohadowed by Scotian Yard. Fred Fearnot's Justice; or, The Champion of the S chool Mar Fred l"earnot and the Gypsies or. 'l'he Alystery of a Stoie Chi'J. Fr." ''earnot's Silent i!unt: or, Catching the "Green Goods 1.17 Fred ""'"no'. as a "Broncbo Buster:" or, A Great Time In the 1 1 119 Pred Fenrnot's Str<.lng Arm: or, The Bnel Man of Arizonn. 174 1 : .l 'carnot"s lli' ,3y: or. llarvarel and Yale at Xew Era. 12{1 l?red Fearnot as a "Tenderfoot;" or, Ila Ying l'un with the Cow-17<' ,. .2d ,'rarnot an<' The Doctor"; or, The Indian Medicine Fakl boys. 176 -, rer'. <"enrnot an<' the Lynchers; or. Saving a Girl Horse Thief. 121 Fred Fearnot Captured ; or, In the l:Iands of His gnem ies. 177 Fenrnot's \\7 onderful Feat; orj Tho 'J'aminll" of Black Beauty. 122 l"rerl Pearnot and the Banker: or A Schemer's Trap to Ruin Him. 1" 8 J< "'1 Fearnot's Great Struggle; or. )owning a Senator. ] 2;; Fearnot'R ()rent !.'eat; or, \ uning a Fortune Oil Skates. 179 "red FearnoVs Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 1 :cd Fcarnot's Iron Will; or. Up for the Right. 180 Frerl Fearnot and Samson; or, "Who Rnns 'J'his 'l'ownl" 12'. :C'd Fearnot Cornered: or, Eve!/ll and the Widow. 181 Fred l!'oornot and the Rioters: or, Backing up the Sheriff. 12(1 J.'1eel Fearnot's Daring Scheme: .>r Tee Days in an Insane Asylum. 182 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Robber; or, His Uhasc for a Stolen Di 127 Fearnot's Honor; or, Backing L'p His Word. mond. 128 Fred f'l'arnot and the Lawyer; OL\ Young Billy Dedhams cas e. 123 Fred J,'earnot at West Point; or, Having Fun with the Hazen. For sal e by all newsdealers, o r sen t postp aid on FB.4.NK TOUSEY, Pub.:sher, IF YOU WANT ANY recei1>t of 1wi ce, 5 cents .per copy, by 24 Union Square, New York BACK NUMBERS o f our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fil in the following Order Blank and '<>nd it to us with the price of the books you want and wP. wm send them to you by re. turn mail. 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r THE STAGE. ro. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE OK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the st famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without s wonderful little book No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. ntaining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch d Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse nt and amateur shows No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE D JOKE BOOK.-Sometbing new and very instructive. Every y should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or nizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-Tbis is one of the most original e books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It ou tains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of i7l rrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joker of e day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should 1. tain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com llrolete instructions bow to make up for various characters on the ital.age ; together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, enic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat t jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and er popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome 'st.rlored cover containing a half-tone photo of. the author. lo g HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing n instructions for constructing a window garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful wers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub bed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books cooking ever publi she d. It contains recipes for cooking meats, b, game and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of stry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular oks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for erybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you bow to ake almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, ackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de ription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; getber with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, c. By George Trebel, A. M., M D. Containing over fifty ii' trations. o. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con ing full direc t ions for making electrical machines, induction r1l ils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. Ian Y R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrate d. No. 67 HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a 11.rn!lrge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, oie gether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ods ENTERTAINMENT. t 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry ikl ennedy, The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading is book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi des every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the eatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A Di er y valuable little book just published. A comp l ete compendium f games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable r parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It conta ins more for the noney than any book publish e d. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A comp lete and useful little f lok, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, lackgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. 3?. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all leadmg conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches t1. witty sayings. HOW TO PI;AY complete and handy little tk, the rules and full direct10ns for playing Euchre, Crib ge, Casmo, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho Draw Poker uction Pitch, All ]fours aud many other popular 'games of cards'. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun ed interesting _puzzles and conundrums with key to same A mplete book. !fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know 111 about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and eti ette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church d in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 2? .. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. Conta1nmg the most p<>pular selections in use, comprising Dutch French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together 1th many atandard readings No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing four teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becomci a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBA'TE.-Giving rules for conducting dlt' bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the bes1i sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-Tbe arts and wiles of flirtation fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods 0 1 handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and bat flirtation, it c on tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be bapp.l' without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsom little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at partie s how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squaN dances No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquett to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. 17. HOW TQ DRESS.-Containing full instruction in tln art of dressing and appearing well at home and abi;oad, giving th selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of brightest and most valuable littl e books ever given to the worlcl Everybod y wishes to know how to become b eau tiful, both male nn c female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Reeu this boo'-' and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustr11.ted ant containing full instructions for the management and training of tbs canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird. paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY. PIGEONS ANr; RABBI'TS.-A u se ful and instructive book. Handsomely illu11 trated. B:v Ira Drofraw. N 40 HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hint.' on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birda Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtot : Keene. Na. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valu able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountint and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com pll'!tl! iufotmation as to the manner and method of raising, keepinrl taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets ; also giving ful instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kine ever published. 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