The Liberty Boys' "hot time," or, Lively work in old Virginia

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No. '15. NEW YORI{.. JUNE 6, 1902. Price 5 Cents The boats were soon close together, and then a hot fight took place between the and the redcoats. The girl watched the combat in silent terror.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. lssuea Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Enterea. as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1901. l!lntered according to A.ct of Oongrcss in the year 1902, in the office of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0 by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York .... I f ........ ti No. 75. NEW YORK, JUNE 6, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. A CRY FOR HELP. "Help! Help!" "What was that?" A young man of perhaps twenty years was riding along 0 road leading southward toward the South Anna River, h in Virginia, in June, of the year 1781. He was handsome, t t h bronzed and clear-eyed as well as pdssessing a firm jaw and determined air generally. He had been riding along, think re ing of nothing in particular when suddenly he thought he ii; heard a cry, and gave utterance to the exclamation, "What )Ill ras that?" Feeling sure that he was not mistaken, and n: that he had a cry, the young man brought his horse A. o a stop and bent his head in a listening attitude. He did 11ot have to wait lpng, for presently there came the faint "I thought so," the young man murmured; "some one ? l is in trouble. Well, Dick Slater, it is incumbent upon C. you to see what the trouble is, and if the person needs 11>help, to render it." u l D The young man leaped off his horse, glanced up and uL down the road, hesitated, and then led the animal into the timber a ways and tied him. "It won't do to take any j>J chances in this part of the country," the youth said to himself; "some of Cornwallis' or Tarleton's men are D i likely to come alo:q.g at any moment and would gobble n.up my horse in a hurry Having tied the animal securely the youth who had called himself Dick Slater-and who was, indeed, that : noted scout, spy and soldier, captain o:f the "Liberty Boys" Df< -walked in the from which the cry for help 11E had seemed to come. I i When he had traversed a distance of two hundred yards 1 the youth paused and called out : "Hello! Hello! Where The voice sounded ahead, and a little to the right, and Dick made his way forward rapidly and presently c a me out in a little ravine, through which ran a shallow str e am not more than eight or ten feet in width. Right in front of the youth, sunk to her waist in the stream w;as a girl of perhaps sixteen or seventeen years. Dick paused involuntarily and stared in amazement. He could see that the water in the stream was not more than a foot deep; how, then, was it possible for the girl to sink to her wai st? Another thing he noticed was that the bottom of the stream was clean, white sand and not mud. The instant Dick appeared in sight a cry of jo y and relief escaped the lips of the girl. Oh, sir, save me!" she cried. "Save me from this ter rible fate!" "What is the matter, anywayf" asked Dick s t riding forward and staring at the girl and then at the sandybottomed stream, alternately. ... "Oh, sir, this is a quicksand!" the girl replied. "It is pulling me down and down, farther and farther with each moment. Save me, quickly, or I fear it will be too late, for I am as with a grip of steel even now!" "Quicksand!" gasped Dick. He unde:stood, now. He had seen the iike before, but had forgotten about it till he heard the word spoken. He knew how dangerou s a thing quicksand was, and he lost no time. "I will save you, miss," he said, firmly; "I will h ave you out of there or the quicksand will get two vict ims instead of one!" "Oh, thank you, sir!" the girl cried. She gazed u;p into the face of the youth and reached up her arm s Dick took hold of the girl's arms and pulled, gently at first and then harder and still harde11. It did not seem to have any effect, and he ceased. "Did I hurt you?" he asked. are you?" ea 'f; Immediately there came l'F This way; I am here!" "It hurt a little," was the reply; "but tha-t doesn t back the cry: "Help! help! matter. What is a little pain as against the loss of my life?" "1J


' z THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." "Nothing, of course," replied Dick; "but I'm afraid I might pull your arms off and still not be able to get you out. What shall I do?" "I don't know," the girl replied. Dick took a more careful survey of the situation. The girl was about two feet from the bank of the stream, but the ground was, luckily, firm and solid right up to the water's edge. After sizing the situation up Dick planted his feet firmly on the extreme edge of the bank and leaned out toward the girl. "Now lean as far over toward me as you can," he said The gi rl obeyed and Dick reached out and managed to get a firm hold around the maiden's body, just under the arms. "Now, I lift, do you press down with your arms with all y our might, miss," instructed Dick, "so as to keep my arm s from slipping up Very well; I will do so." "Good! Are you ready?" Yes, sir. "All right; now I will see what I can do." Dick lifted slowly and steadily, and with gradually inc r e asing force. For a few moments he did not seem to be having any effect, but he put forth all his strength in a mighty effort, and a little cry escaped the lips the girl. It was so muffied that Dick could not tell what the cry meant, so he asked: "Did I hurt you?" "No, no !'J the girl replied, with a little laugh that was partly hysterical. "No, you didn't hurt me. You pulled "Well, I won't say anything more like that but use my energy in trying to get you out." Tlien Dick took fresh hold and lifted once more--:--slowly, steadily, and he could feel the girl's body coming slowly upward out of the quicksand. t "A few more trials and I will have you out of there, a miss," said Dick, cheerfully. h "Oh, I am so glad! How can I ever thank y ou for what. you are doing for me?" r DJ "I don't want any thanks," said Dick, smiling; "I am v only doing my duty, that is all, and one does not deserve thanks for doing one's duty." li "But you will have saved my life, sir!" "And to do that I consider something that I should be thankful for; so, no thanks are due me, miss." IV "I think differently." "Oh, well, that is your privilege, of course; but I shall not let you do much thanking." Dick again exerted his strength and succeeded in pulling the girl up two or three inches. "A few more lifts and I will have you out of there," he said. "Oh, how glad I shall be to get out!" the girl exclaimedj Again and again Dick lifted, the girl up ou t of the quickstanil more and more each time, and closer t r h 1 the shore. "It is harder on you than on me," the youth said ; t "goodness, I fear that I have almost pulled you to pieces 1 0 "Oh, no," smiling up into Dick's face; "you laaven' t hurt me a bit if you had, what of it'? As I said a while ago, what are a few pains, hurts, bruises, to the "Good!" cried Dick. "That is splendid! That is enloss of one's life?" m up a little bit!" couraging I guess I' will be able to get you out of there, miss!" "Oh, I hope so-and I think so, too!" A g ain Dick lifted, putting all his strength into the effort, and again a little exclamation of joy escaped the girl' s lips. "You moved me again, a little bit I" she said. "All right," said Dick, ill a tone of satisfaction; "it is only a question of time, then, before I will have you out of there." "Be careful that you don't fall in," cautioned the girl. "That is well said," remarked Dick; "if I were to fall in I guess we would both go down to the bottom of the quicksand-if it has any bottom." "Ugh!" shuddered the girl. "That doesn't sound pleasant, does it?" laughed Dick. "No, it doesn't, for a fact." "Not much, that is true," agreed Dick ; "b"tlt it seems terrible to have to pull-haul a frail girl around the way I have been doing." "Oh, I'm not so frail, sir," the girl said, smiling; "I am a farmer girl, and am used to work. This won't hurt me."tn 0 A few more attempts and then Dick was successful. He pulled the maiden loose from the grasp of the terrible monster and lifted her out onto the shore. Dick assisted thee girl to a nearby stone and she sat down to rest her s elf. Her skirts were covered with the sand and water, but the greater portion of it ran down and dripped off onto the ground. It was not like ordinary mud, at all, and as soo11 as she was rested the girl said she would go home. "How came you in there?" asked Dick, indicating th/a quicksand. "I had been over to the home of a neighbor, visiting,r.W was the reply, "and was on my way home This is a shorl ha


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 3 ill t, and I always come and go this way. There was a you have heaped coals of fire on my bead by saving my l mall log across the stream, and we have always used it or .[' foot-bridge. It must have been rotted nearly in two, for y t broke with me to-day and dropped me into the water. life!" Dick stared at the girl in surprise. "You have been hating me and the 'Liberty Boys' for a year?" he efore I knew it I felt my feet .in the grasp of the quickexclaimed. ,e, and, and knowing what it was I struggled to free myself; "yes." he more I struggled the deeper I sank, and I had about t iven up hope when you came to my rescue, for I had been 6 n there half an hour or more and had cried out till I as hoarse." ve "It was lucky I happened to come along just when I id," said Dick. "Yes, indeed! Had you not done so I shudder to think would have been my fate!" and the girl did shudder. "Don't think of it," smiled Dick. u f "Well, I won't, then; I'll think of something more im ortant. I will turn my mind to thanking you for what g e m did for me." "No, you won't!" smiled Dick. "I place the seal of y disapproval on that matter also." 1 "Oh, but you must let me thank you, sir, for saving my life !" protested the girl. "It embarrass me to be than:ked, miss," said t ick; "and I am not entitled to thanks, anyway, for I ave enjoyed this affair very much. I am only too happy l : to have been the means of rendering you assistance. Now, r : et it go at that and tell me your name." t "My name is Lucy Linton; and now please tell me our name. I wish to know to whom I am indebted for rf e saving of my life." "My name is Di9k Slater." The girl started. "Dick Slater!" she exclaimed. o.s "Yes, Miss Lucy." The girl gave a quick look around and then asked: y "Are you the patriot scout and spy, and the captain of m ,, the company of young men known as 'The Liberty Boys i of '76' ?" le "Yes, miss, I am Dick Slater, the patriot scout, spy and u captain of the 'Liberty Boys.' The girl seemed struggling with some strong emotion, and Dick, who could see this, watched her wonderingly. "What is it, Miss Lucy?" he asked. "What is the matter?" "I-I-really I-I-can't tell you, Mr. Slater," the girl faltered. "Yes, you can, Miss Lucy," said Dick. "What is it? What is bothering you?" The girl shuddered slightly and then said: \"I have been hating you and all the 'Liberty Boys' for a year; and now "How is that? I a.on't understand how that can be. You have never seen me before, have you?" "No; but I've heard of you, and that is how I came to to-bate you-or to think that I hated you, rather, for I see now that I do not'; that I could not ever hate you." "I am glad to hear you say that," said Dick, with a smile; "but what made you think that you hated me. an d my 'Liberty Boys'?" The tears came to the girl's eyes as she said: "In a battle up North, a year ago, my only brother, Tom, was killed. In that battle it was told us here that Dick Slater and the 'Liberty Boys' took a prominent part, and we were told, indeed, that the soldiers against whom my brother was fighting when he fell were the 'Liberty Boys.' That is why I have been teaching myself to hate you and your men." Dick took the girl's hand and pressed it gently. "Poor girl!" he said, "I can understand how you felt about the matter. It is terrible to lose one we love, and it is only natural that we should feel anger toward those who, so we think, are the cause of the loved one's death. I don't blame you for feeling the way you do, and--" "Oh, but I don t feel that way now, Dick-Mr. Slater!" the girl hastened to say. "I don't hate you; I never did. I thought that I did, of course; but that was because I had never seen you. I hope you won't-won't-hate ma now for having been such a foolish girl." "You were not a foolish girl, Miss Lucy; it was only natural that you should feel as you did; but I assure you, upon my honor, that if my 'Liberty Boys' were responsible fur your brother's death they were simply doing their duty to their country in :fighting for it to the best of their ability, as your brother was doing for his king. The 'Lib. erty Boys' are always fair and honorable on the field ot battle, and I assure you no unfair advantage was taken.'" "I know it-now. Since seeing you I can realize that I had no just cause for hating you and your 'Liberty Boys.' My brother was killed in fair and open battle, and I shall never think of being angry at any one for his death from now on." "That is right, Miss Lucy; and now I suppose, judging from what I have learned, that you are a Tory ?11 The girl colored up. "I-was-a Tory," she said>


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." hesitatingly, "but from now on I shall not be. You saved doesn't know who you really are, m y life and-and-I am from this day on, at least, neutral. you as Tom Carroll." If anything, I shall lean toward the side of the patriots." "Very well; and now if you feel able to walk we will f B "I a.m always gllld to see the great cause :receive re"Oh, I am rested, now, and can walk very well indes i cruils," said Dick; ('but I would not ask you to take such the girl said. a stand as would brin g upon you the anger or disapproval She got up and the two walked away, side by s idt 1 of y our parents-for I understand, of course, that your and scarcely had they disappeared from sight before tlt' F father is a Tory." was a rustling among the leaves at the edge of the timbt e l "Yes, he is a Tory; but he thinks the world and all twenty feet from where Lucy had sat on the stone, aru y of me, Dick-Mr. Slater, and he would not be angry with young man of perhaps nineteen or twenty years an me or treat me harshly, even if I were to come out flatly stepped forth. an d s ay I was a patriot." "Aha! s.o the young fellow is Dick Slater, the patr I "Well, I am glad to hear you say that; it would indiscout and spy, and the captain of the 'Liberty Bo y s ,' e b n c ate to my mind that your father is an honest and fair-1.he youth muttered. "And they are not going to tell ).t mind e d man, even though a Tory." Linton, eh? I guess that Lucy has fallen in love wi" "So h e is; a nd I will prove it to you, for you must come the fellow's handsome face, and because he happened home with me and take supper and stay over night with come along and pull her out of the quicksand. Blast 6u s H e will treat you with as much consideration as if you luck! why couldn't I have come along sooner and been w e re Gene ral Cornwallis." one to save her? Just my luck-but I'll see to it that tht Di c k glanced in the direction of the sun. He saw that rebel doesn't cut me out with Lucy! Yes, I'll see to ita.r it was almost sundown. It would S?On be dark. Perhaps Then the youth plunged into the timber and disappearti. it would be a s well to avail himself of the girl's invitation, from sight. he decided. "How far is it to your home, Miss Lucy?" he asked. "Les s than a mile." "Very well; I will do as you say. I will take supper with you and stay over night at your father's heuse. But, I think I shall ask a favor at your hands, though, Miss Lucy." "What is it?" "That you do not tell your parents who I really am." "Not tell them?" "No." "What will I tell them, then?" "We will give them a :fictitious name; you can say that my name is-well, say Tom Carroll. That is as good as any name I can think of." "Very well; if you wish it, Dick-Mr. Slater." "I think it will be best, Lucy, for this reason: If any,thing should come up-as the arrival of some British or some Tory neighbors, your father would not be embarrassed if he did not know who his guest really was; but if he knew I was Dick Slater he would feel ill at ease and might even feel that it was his duty to hand me over to my enemies." "I don't think he would do that, Dick; indeed I know he would not, after what you have done for me, his daughter, whom he loves better than life. But, as you say, it will save him from feeling awkward, perhaps, if he Danger threatened Dick Slater. 'I CHAPTER IL r DICK AT THE LINTON HOME. n Dick and the girl made their way to the road and Di ., untied his horse. Slipping his arm through the bridl rein Dick walked beside the girl, while the horse walkec sedately behind. Ten minutes later they came to a goodsized farmho standing fifty yards back from the road. Back of t house were a stable and some cowshetl.s and corncribs. "That is my home," said Lucy. "So I guessed," replied Dick. At this moment a woman came running out of the gate. "It is mother," the girl explained; "I should have bee home an hour ago, and I judge that she has been uneasy.' "Oh, I am so glad to seEtyou back home in safety, Lucy !'1 cried the woman, who, as Dick could see, was of a nervou s excitable temperament. "But goodness! What is the matter? Your skirts are soaking wet and covered with sand! What has happened? Where have you been? An swer me at once, Lucy!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 5 d calm yourself, mother/' the girl said; "there is matter, Lucy? Where have you been to get so wei and hing to be excited about-now." covered with sand?" g 'But there has been-I can see it! I kw:rw it! What ''.Oh, husband, she came within an inch of losing her it, Lucy?" life!" cried Mrs. Linton. "She fell into the creek:, beN othing much, mother-I fell into the quicksand at tween here and Corbin's, and was caught in the quick-log crossing, that is all." 'Fell into the quicksand-Lucy Linton, you do.n't mean b tell me that you liave been in the quicksand? And up L your waist l How did it happen? Goodness it is a nder you are alive! How did it happen?" "Well, I came back that way, from Emma's, mother, and sand; and she would have been sucked under and smotherea to death but for this gentleman, who heard her criei and went to her assistance!" and she indicated Dick "This is Mr. Carroll, father," said Lucy; "a.nd, as mother says, he saved my life." Mr. Linton seized Dick's hand and shook it heartily. r I was walking across the creek on the log, as I have "My dear Mr. Carroll," the man said, earnestly and with 1 ne a hundred times, it broke and threw me into the a tremor in his voice, "you. are my friend for life! I am yours to command. You have saved tpe life of my da.ughi "Broke ?-goodness! And threw you into the water! ter, the dearest possession which I have. I cannot suffi d you were not able to get out again before being caught ciently thank you for what you have done. Rest assured, t the sand?" however, that if ever the opportunity comes I shall not be t "No, mother; I tried to get to the bank but could slow to repay you for your action." t. I found I was in the grasp of the sand, and the "I ask nothing, expect nothing, not even thanks, in r.der I tried to get ashore the tighter the sand held me, return for what I did, Mr. Linton," said Dick; "I did d it began pulling me down rapily." only that which it was my duty to do, and which any other "Terrible! But how did you manage to escape, Lucy?" "This geJ:rtleman saved me, mother," indicating Dick; kept calling for help, and when I had been in the quick .lnd nearly half an hour, and was down to my waist in the find, the gentleman happened to be passing and heard my ies and came to my relief "And you saved her-you saved my daughter, sir? Oh, ay heaven bless you for that! What if you had not hap ned along just when you did? I shudder to think of man in mt place would have done; and, as I told your wife and daughter, I do not deserve thanks. Indeed, I am the one who should be thankful that I was at hand to render the young lady a service." "Of course, I understand just how you feel about it, Mr. Carroll,'' said Mr. Linton; "it is the 'fay most any noble-hearted man would feel under the circumstances, but it doesn't lessen the obligations on our part, not i the least, and if ever we get a chance we will try to show hat would have happened. I should never have seen my you that we know how to appreciate such an action as arling daughter again!" and the excitable woman seized was yours." ucy in her arms and hugged and kissed her. "Indeed, we will!" cried Lucy. "And, father, Mr. Car" There, there, mother," laughed Lucy, "I am all right roll has promised me that he will titke supper and remain ow, so there is no need of hugging me to death You over night with us. Will you take his horse and look ust give Mr. Carroll some of your attention. Thank after it.?" m for saving my life, mother." "Yes, indeed, Lucy. And Mr. Carroll, we shall be de-"J do! I do! I thank you most sincerely, Mr. Carroll!" lighted to have you stay with us a week. Don't think of he woman cried, seizing Dick's hands and pressing them going away under that time." armly. Dick laughed. "I fear you would tire of me much "Don't mention it, madam," said Dick; "I did only hat it was my duty to do. I was and am only too glad o be the means of saving your daughter's life." "Well, I thank you ; thank you sincerely-as my hus and will do also, for I..1ucy is the apple of his eye. Ah, here he is now! Tom, Tom, come here; come at once!" A man had stepped out of the house and at the words rom Mrs. Linton he came hurrying out to the road. "What is it, Lizzie?" he asked. "Ah, what is the sooner thap. that," he said. "Now, Mr. Carroll, you know better than that said Lucy, shaking her finger at. him. "Well, I will remain over night with you, anyway; and we will talk about the other later on," Dick. "All right; you go along to the house with the women folks and I will ta ,ke your and put him in the stable and feed him." _"Oh, no; I will go with you," said Dick. But Lucy I


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." seized hiin by the arm and pulled him toward the gate leading into the front yard. "You must my father," she said, with a smile;. "I have to, and you must do so, too. You could do him no good, and he can take care of your horse as well alone." "You see how I am situated, Mr Linton," laughed ;l)ick; "I guess I will to let you go to the stable alone and put the horse away." "Certainly; that's what I want to do. You go to the house and make yourself at home. I'll be with you in a few minutes." "All right." Then Dick and Mrs. Linton and Lucy made their way to the house and entered, while Mr Linton led the horse I mean, simp ly, that this fellow is deceiving yo ''B D eceiving me?" "Yes." "And do you mean to insinuate that Lucy is a pr to the deceit?" Mr Linton's voice was very threatenf' Joe glanced around as if to see if the way was rJ' for him to bolt quickly, and then replied: "Yes IJ knows that the fellow is no more Thomas Carroll tpn I am." "Lucy knows he is not Thomas Carroll?" repeated man, seemingly somewhat dazed. "Yes." ,, Mr. Linton hesitated and stood staring at Joe in a h" threatening, half irresolute manner. Finally he Sale to the stable and into it and proceeded to unbridle and "See here, Joe, what do you mean, anyway?" e unsaddle him and give the animal some feed. "Just what I say." While be was putting the corn in the trough the sound "You say the young man is not Thomas Carroll?" 'l of footsteps came to Mr. Linton's hearing and he looked "That is just what I do say. That isn't his name."i up to see a rather and forbidding-looking youth "And you say that Lucy knows it?" of perhaps nineteen years in the entry. "Yes." "Hello, Joe! "rs that you?" Mr. Linton greeted. "You gave me a start, for I didn't suppose any one around." "Yes, it.'s me," replied the youth; "but say, v ..iose horse is that, Mr. Linton?" "Oh, that belongs to a young man who is goiJ\g to stay over night with us." "Oh, he is?" "Yes." "Who is be? What's his name?" Mr. Linton gave the youth a look of surprise and re-plied: "His name is Carroll-Thomas Carroll." "Humph! So that's what he calls himself, is it?" "That is his name; and, Joe, he saved :(.ucy's life." "Oh, he did?" "Yes; she fell into the quicksand and he happened along, heard her cries for help and went to her assistance. After bard work he managed to pull her out. "Yes, I all about it." "You do ? in surprise. "Yes." "Then why are you asking questions?" "I wanted to know what kind of a story he was telling you folks, that is all." "Then why are they deceiving me in this manner?" l "Because you are a loyal king's man and they wEi afraid to have you know who the young fellow really i "Well, who, in the name of all that is wonderful, is be i "Dick Slater!" CHAPTER III. THE VOICE FROM OUT OF DOORS. Mr. Linton was silent for a few moments, staring Joe in open-mouthed amazement. Then he gasped ou "Dick Slater!" "That's just who he is!" said Joe, triumphantly was delighted to note that he bad created some exciteme in the mind of the man. "Do you mean the Dick Slater-the one who ii a reb scout and spy, and captain of the company of younr, fello known as "The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" Joe nodded "He is the same Dick Slater." "But h o w do you know this?" "I heard hll:n tell Lucy so. O h, yes "What kind of a story he was telling us?" exclaimed Mr Linton. "What do you mean? What kind of a story could he tell us other than the truth? Lucy was with him "I know; but he won Lucy over." "And now that you know who he really is," went oj Joe, "if it should happen that some British soldiers shoul come along you can give him over into their custody." "Explain what you mean, Joe Shenk!" cried Mr. Lin ton, sternly. Mr. Linton shook his head. "I couldn't do that," h I said.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 7 ll., 'Why not?" 'Because he saved Lucy's life and is here as my guest." 'Oh, but you wouldn't let anything like that stand in Ja way or with your duty in the matter," said guess ed, Joe Shenk was the youth who had seen Dick rescue Lucy, and who had -overheard their conversation. When Mr. Linton entered the house one could not have told by his looks or actions that he was the possessor of rri frowning. s tartling information which he had not been in possession cl "Yes, I would. I could not thus repay the young man of when he went to the stable with Dick's horse. He saving the life of my daughter." Mr. Linton spoke treated Dick as pleasantly as he would have done had he y. not been aware that the youth was the famous "rebel," "But he is a big fish-one of the most dangerous rebels Dick When Dick was not looking, however, Mr. the entire patriot army," insisted Joe; "his capture Linton looked him over closely and searchingly, and it uld b e a big thing for the British. Why, there is a must be said that he was very much impre ssed. nding reward of five hundred pounds for his capture." h "I know that, but I could not think of handing him ai er to the enemy after what he has done for me in saving e life of my daughter." l"But all is fair in war, you know, Mr. Linton." The man shook his head. "I cannot bring myself to "nk so," he said. "He may be the rebel, Dick Slater," the man said to himself, "but I must admit that he is about the finestlooking young fellow I ever laid eyes on. He is a truehearted, noble-souled fellow, or I can' t read charact'er in the human face." Lucy had gone at once to her room and changed her clothing, and she entered the room where Dick was sitting soon after Mr. Linton got there. She had donned her best, as her father and mother saw in an instant, but, of course Dick did not know it. did know, however, tha t Lucy was a very beautiful girl. I Joe wasn t satisfied. There was a frowning, dissatisfied k on his face. "In times like these I don't think one ould be so very particular," he growled. "If the e ance comes along to strike a blow for the cause we are s terested in I think we should strike it." ".Ah, Miss Lucy, I hope you will expe rience no ill re sults from your involuntary plunge into the water and "That is all well enough, as a general rule, Joe, but in quicksand," he said. s case there circumstances which make such a course possible on my part. This young man, even though were Dick Slater ten times over, has placed me under ch obligations to him that it makes him absolutely safe long as he is in my house, and, indeed, in so far as I concerned for all time. I would not raise my hand ainst him, nor say a word to expose him, even were th ere ritish soldiers all around looking for him." "Well, it seems to me that that is carrying the matter together too far," growled Joe. "The fellow is Dick later, one of the rankest and most dangerous of rebels, nd I should say that it was the duty of any loyal kin g's an to do all they could to get him placed where he could o no more harm to our cause." "I have no fear of any ill result," was the smilin g r e ply; "the water was warm and I don't think th e re is any danger of my catching cold." "Oh, no; you are all right, Lucy," said her father. "She's 11 heal.thy, wiry country girl, Mr. Carroll," h e went on, "and a little thing like that will not have any effect on her." "I hope that you are rigl!t about it, Mr. Linton." Mrs. Linton and Lucy now went into the kitchen and began the work of getting supper, this lea v ing Mr. Linton and Dick togethell'. The host was very careful not to in troduce the subject of the war, a s he feared he miglit embarrass his guest; and he was imbued with the idea of true Southern hospitality and did not wish this to occur, "Under ordinary circumstances, yes; but the s e are not even though he was a ware that said guest was a "rebel," rdinary circumstances. They are exceptional." "Oh, well, you are the one to say how you shall act, f course," said Joe, sulkily; "I have warned you, that is 1. You know who the fellow is that you are harboring, nd if you don't choose to do anything toward encompassg his capture, it is your business." "Yes, that is the way I look at it, Joe." Then Mr Linton bade Joe good-by and went to the and under ordinary circumstances an enemy. .At last supper was ready and the four seated themselves at the table and ate heartily. Dick had not had much to eat that day and was quite hungry, and ate with such evident appetite and relish that Mrs. Linton and Lucy were delighted. They had taken pains to get up a good meal, and were pleased to know that their guest enjoyed it. "I fear I am. showing the appetite of a pig," smiled Dick; ouse, the youth taking his departure. .As the reader has 1 "but I had only a couple of crusts and a pint of water


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." for dinner and was quite hungry, and the supper you have turn, without smiling; and she glanced quickly tow:t D iElt before us is such an appetizing one that I could not Dick. : he resist the inclination to eat until my hunger was satisfied." The glance of the lieutenant followed that of Lucy f!-y'E "That is just what we wanted you to do," said Mrs. as his eyes fell upon Dick's face a dark look camr overf t 1 Linton; "when a woman cooks a meal she wants it to be eaten. She takes it as a compliment on her cooking." "Well, you and Miss Lucy are certainly as good cooks as eTer lived," said Dick; "your cooking ;eminds me of that of my mother." After supper Dick and Mr. Linton repaired to the sit ting. room, while Mrs. Linton and Lucy cleared up the table and washed and dried the dishes, after which they own face. s "So she has some one whom she thinks a good deal nse eh?" he said to himself, fiercely-for the lieutenant was trc love with Lucy, and had been there several times alreal h laying siege to her heart. "l wonder who the I anyway?" th While asking himself this question the lieutenant ]Dul stepped back out of doors and Mr. Linton followed art closed the door after him. ral joined the men and engaged in the conversation. They had been thus engag e d half an hour or so when "I don't like that Lieutenant Winters, mother," Slsit Lucy, with a sigh of relief when the door had closed. ;; r there came the sound of footsteps on the porch, followed by a rapping on the door. "Who can it be, I wonder?" remarked Mrs. Linton. Mr. Linton got up and went to the door and opened it. It was dark out of doors, but by the light of the candle on the table it could be seen that a young man, wearing the "He seems to be a very pleasant young man," said M su Linton, "and quite handsome--don't you think so, ]i"J Carroll ?" / tr "Yes, indeed," replied Dick. n a "I can't help it; I don't like him, and I wish he woi/ a f uniform of a lieutenant in the British army, stood on the s tay away rom here," said Lucy. threshold. "I don't think he is to be blamed for coming," sa "Ah, Lieutel).ant Winters!" exclaimed Mr. Linton, and Dick, who had a splendid ear, thought he detected a slight la c k of cordiality in the tone. Mrs Linton looked at Lucy quickly,-and1Dick did likewise, and was somewhat surprised to see a frown on the girl's fa{!e. "So she doesn't fancy the lieutenant, eh?" the youth said to himself. "That is rather queer, I should say, for, as a rule, girls take to young fellows with uniforms as a duck takes to water." "Good evening, Mr. Linton," replied the young man ad-\ dressed as Winters; "I have three men with me this evening, and I thought I would stop and see if there "Was a chance for us to. stay here .to-nigh t. It looks as if it :r:i:J.ight rain, soon, and I am afraid we might get soaked before we could reach the encampment." "Why, certainly, lieut enant," said Mr. Linton, with apparent cordiality; "we shall be pleased to have you stay. I will accompany you to the stable at once and show Dick, with a smile; "it seems only natural that he wou'tt do so, after having once seen you, Miss Lucy." L : The girl shook her finger at Dick, but there was sucht look of pleasure on her face that the youth, when he notE1a it, was suddenly struck by a thought which to most youn 1 men would have been pleasing, but which was the rev erf 0 in his case. Might he not be saying things that would lea this beautiful girl to learn to think too much of him> Dick had a sweetheart back in New York State, swet'u Alice Estabrook, and he would never forgive himself i be should, in any way, encourage this girl to think morl of him than of a mere friend. ll "You must not flatter me, Mr. Carroll," said Lucy. x "There is no flattery about it," said Dick, soberly; "i is the truth and nothing but the truth." u Dick was very careful what he said, after that; an[C talked and laughed in a lively fashion, addressing as mucli of his conversation to Mrs. Linton as to Lucy. !l Presently the footsteps of Mr. Linton and the redcoa-q were heard, and a few moments later they entered thfE you where to put your horses." house, and Mr. Linton introduced Dick an.d the lieutenaniP "Very well, and thank you, Mr. Linton." Then the The two shook hands, but there was not much warmth ul lieutenant stepped into the room and bowed to Mrs. Linton their greeting; the lieutenant was jealous, and looked upo:n and Lucy. "I am pleased to greet you, ladies," he said, Dick as a rival, so he could not be expected to show mucJ; with rather a high-fl.own, grandiloquent air, and he gave warmth, and as Dick did not have any use for redcoats he' Lucy a glance which was intended to have considerable did not enthuse much, either. effect, but which did not, as the girl merely bowed in reMr. Linton was in somewhat of a quandary. He kneJ


THE :J:;IBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 9 ;ow t Dick was a patriot, but while he was a king's man himl\r. Linton looked at Dick with a somewhat anxious he owed the youth such a debt of gratitude for saving ; expression on his f.ace, for he feared that trouble was y cy's life that he did not want the young man to get into er trouble; yet here were four British soldiers, and if y should become suspicious that the youth who called al self Thomas Carroll was a "rebel," then there would trouble. Of course, he thought that in case anything happen the youth would get the worst of it, for to 1w Linton's way of thinking one could not hope to cope th four, and while he would much prefer that nothing h uld happen to Dick could not, of course, take his a rt against the soldiers of the king, to whom he was a al subject. It will be seen, therefore, that Mr. Linton's s sition was awkward and uncomfortable, but he made up s mind to use all the tact possible and prevent trouble, M such a thing could be done. "Mr. Carroll is a traveler," Mr. Linton explained; "he traveling southward, and this afternoon he was so for ate as to save the life of Lucy, here.:' Then he went and related the story of Dick's rescue of Lucy from the icksand. i a "Oh, blazes!" thought Lieutenant Winters does u ttle it, sure enough l He is good-looking and dashing appearance and saved Lucy's She will love him, course, if she does not already, and I think I see my ances going glimmering." Aloud he said: "Mr. Carroll was indeed fortunate r ould that I might have been so lucky." a "Well, I'm not going to fall into the quicksand again n give some one else a chance to pull me out," laughed ucy. "That is cruel of you, Miss Lucy," said the lieutenant. r I will promise to ride up and down the road, constantly, il day to-morrow if you will only go through with that xperience again." i "I think I shall have to decline," with a laugh; "one ruch experience is enough for me, and your army needs

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." of Mr. Linton. He knew it was the voice of Joe Shenk, and he most heartily wished the youth had stayed away and attended to his own business. A curse escaped the lips of Lieutenant Winters, and ex clamations from his three men. The lieutenant leaped to his feet and glared at Dick, with fierce eyes. "Is that true, you young scoundrel?" he cried, fingering the hilt of his sword. "'Speak; is that true? Are you the rebel scout and spy, Dick Slater?" "Of course he is!" came the Nice. "What's 'the use of asking him; he'll deny it. But he is Dick Slater, just the same!" Dick was the coolest person in the room; in fact, he was the only one who seemed to preserve his equanimity. There was a grim look on his face, however, and in his eyes, and his teeth came together with almost a click as the lieutenant applied the epithet of scoundrel to him. Still, even at that he did not give way to outward show of excitement or anger Instead, he said, in a firm, cool tone: "Lieutenant, you forget that we are both the guests of Mr. Linton, here, or you would not apply epithets to me. Were we out of doors I would quickly resent the insult in proper manner." "What would you do?" sneeringly. "I would first as. k you to retract, and if you refused to do' so I would--" "What?" I "Put a bullet through your heart, or cut your head off!" A snarl of rage the lips of the lieutenant, and he in the mysterious voice. "And you know that he i Linton, and so do you, Miss Lucy!" he "Ha I thought so cried the lieutenant. "Y Dick Slater, and you must surrender or die Drop f"'li pistols and surrender, you rebel dog!" ter "Never! you redcoat hound!" cried Dick, defiantly. for you are wise you will not bring on a combat!" )ic "What's that! You call me a }l.ound?" the lieutJhe almost yelled. "By all the furies, but I'll have you:Ji for that, you young scoundrel!" and he leaped fo drawing back to make a deadly thrust with the swoJr he did so. '...uci Dick knew there was no escaping a clash. The lie1(0 ant was too hot-headed to listen to reason, and as Linton had said, self-preservation was the first lawwa nature, so just before the lieutenant was in thrusting 'N re tance, Dick fired. no Down went the young officer, with a gasping cry. '. a1 bullet had been t.rue aimed and went through the lieut, ant's head, killing him instantly; and as the other t\ leaped forward Dick fired another shot from his ing pistol and dropped one of the three. This second catastrophe caused the remaining two w halt an instant, in horror, and it gave Dick just t\, enough to leap forward and seize the sword that had lx in the lieutenant's hand, but which he had dropped as )r fell. With this weapon in his hand Dick felt safe, and he took up a position for defense and faced t two redcoats, undauntedly. c drew his sword and leaped forward. He was a hot-temMeanwhile there was considerable excitement among tte pered fellow and did not seem to have the least thought of other occupants of the room. At the beginning of bosti where be was. Dick believed that bis life was in danger, ties, and just as Dick shot the lieutenant dead, Mrs. Lint and whipped out a pair of pistols and leveled one at the and Lucy had uttered screams, and when the lieutenal young officer. went down the elder woman, who was nervous and "Back!" cried Dick. "Don't come a step nearer or I by nature, anyway, fainted and her husband went to will be forced in self -def ense to put a bullet through you. assistance. Lucy had brought some water, in a mechaniC:J Mr. Linton, I beg you to bear that this show of fashion, on being told to do so by her father, but she b arms, while your guest, is forced upon me." not taken her eyes off Dick and his opponents while "I see that such is the case, Mr. Carroll," was the reply; engaged. Now she stood staring, her hanaS clasped, a 101 "and I do not blame you, as self-preservation is the first of fear on her face, and it was evident that she was afra law of nature." Dick would fall before the two redcoats, either a "Then you are upholdi1:g this rebel, Mr. Linton?" cried whom she thought might be a match for the youth. E the lieutenant. "Kill him! Kill the rebel!" called out the mysterio "I do not know that he is a rebel," was the prompt reply; voice. "See what he has done--killed two of your cot "in truth, I do not believe he is. I am confident that he is rades, one of them your lieutenant. Kill him! Run bi what be claims to be--Mr. Carroll, a traveler. He is my through!" guest, the same as you are, lieutenant, and I beg that you will refrain from bringing on a combat." "That fellow is Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" came again, I "Why don't you come in and help do it, you coward, sneak?" cried Dick, scathingly. Joe Shenk heard what Dick said and gritted his teel


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 11 rage, but he made no move toward entering the house helping the redcoats. Somehow he had gotten the that it would be dangerous work. He was beginning chance at this Joe Shenk, as you call him." As Dick was speaking he stood in the doorway and peered out into the darkness. lieve that any one who cam e into contact with Dick "Oh, you would, would you?" hi s sed Joe Shenk himself. ter in an unfriendly way would have their work cut He had paused forty or fifty feet distant and was looking for them. ick's words roused the two redcoats to a realization I he fact that there was work ahead of t hem, and, sword hand, they advanced. As they came on Dick watched with the eyes of a hawk, and was ready to meet r att!U!k when it should come. ucy was watching them, too, and suddenly she cried You are two to one Shame, shame back and could see Dick plainly. "Yes, he was the cause of all the ttouble," said Lucy; "if he hadn't called out that you were Dick Slater, the lieutenant and his men would not ha v e attacke d you." "You are right. Who is Shenk, anyway? "He is the son of one of our nei g hbor s and lives about a mile away." "Humph! So that's who he is, eh?" "Yes; )mt hadn't you better come out of the doorway, Di ck-Mr. Carroll? The soldier or even Joe mi ght shoot 'Nev e r mind, Mi s s Lucy," s aid Dick, calmly; "they y o u down." e four to one a few moment s ag o and they will soon "I don t know but that is good a dvice, Luc y a nd I will do a s you sugges.t." Dick turned away, and a s he did so ir. Lt ther e came the sharp crack of a pi s tol and a bull e t struck to one. I have no fear r egar ding the result of thi s Oh, you haven't, eh?" cried one of the redcoats, fiercely, the door not a foot from Dick's head. h e made a quick step forward and lunged at Dick. A little scream escaped Lucy, she cried : "Oh, are a hen s omething happened. Dick struck the sword aside y ou hurt?" if it had been made of a lath, and with a quick step ward he ran the redcoat through. he f e llow gave utterance to a gasping cry, dropped the ord clattering to the :floor and fell upon his face, dead e oth e r redcoat then attacked Dick furiously, but the th was ready, and easily defended him s elf, even though t opponent was a good hand with the sword; indeed ck presently took the offensive and began pressing the er back, slowly but surely. As thi s was ess entially a case where it was either kill t be killed, Dick would no doubt have run the remaining a coat through, but Joe Shenk, who was watching affair s th startin g eyes bethought himself that he might save life of the last one of the quartette, and he hastened to door, and, throwing it open, called out to the redcoat: he door is open; make your escape!" With a cry of joy the redcoat leaped backward, through doorway, whirled, sprang across the porch and dis pearcd in the darkness, going at a speed that would have de it a difficult matter to catch him, even had Dick ed to do so, which be did not. Dick shook his head "No; the bullet missed me a foot," he replied. Then he closed the door and barred it. "Mr. Carroll, will you help me carry Mrs. Linton to h e r room?" Mr. Linton asked. "Certainly, sir," replied Dick ; She has not come to yet?" "No; and I don t want her to do so--in here," with a significant motion toward the starlr and bleeding for-ms of the d e ad redcoats. She would simply faint again, or perhaps even go off into hysterics or convulsions. It will be best to get her to her room and then bring h e r to." '"l'hat will be the best plan, Dick and Mr. Linton lifted the unc onscious woman :ind carried her out of the room and upstairs to her bedroom Lucy following, and bringing water and the camphor bottle. Mrs. Linton was placed on the bed and then all thre e went to work to bring her to The y succeed ed, presently, and the woman came to, with a little cry of terror, and her body trembled violently. "That was Joe Shenk's work!" cried Lucy. "But for "Ohl" she exclaimed, gaspingly, "they were fightingm you would have killed all four of them, Dick-I shooting and cutting one down I Oh, it was teran, Mr. Carroll." rible I Where are they? Where am I? Are all dead?" "It is just as well as it is, Miss Lucy," said Dick; "I ve triumphed, just the same, and have killed three of em; let the fellow go. I would like, however, to get a "Oh, no, mother," said Lucy, smoothing her mother's forehead, "they were not all killed. It is all over now and you have nothing to fear."


12 THE LIBERTY ROYS' "HOT TIME." "W-where is Mr.-Mr.-Carroll? Was he-was he.killed?" "No; I am her e alive and well, Mrs. Linton," :replied D i ck, stepping forward so that she could see him. "Oh, I am so glad! But the-the-British soldieri-surely you did not kill all of them?" "No, I didn't kill all of them," replied Dick; "but JOU had best be quiet, Mrs. Linton. The trouble is ill past and all is well. You lie here and be quiet, with Lucy to keep you company, while Mr. Linton and I go down and keep a lookout to see that the British do not come back and try to iake another attack on me." "Oh, go on, if you wish," Mrs. Linton said; HI shal1 be all nght now. I am feeling almost alil strong as ever." "If you should want me, call, and I will cOllle," said Mr. Linton as he followed Dick from the room. "Very well, father,"' replied Luay. Dick and his host went down into the sitting-room and an examination of the three redcoat s They were and every one dead as a herring. .,. "Wf; must get the bodies out of here and giTe them burial i;aid Dick and Mr. Linton coincided in this view o4' the case. They lost no time ; but went to work and. carried tle foFmS, one after the other, out into the back yard and then oTer to the edge of the timber, back of the llarn lot. A epad.e was pr0cured ahd they took turns 11.t digging, and soon had a goods ized excavation. When it was laige and deep enough the three bodies were placed therein and ooTered oTer, after which the two made their way back lo the house anol entered. Here was another task-that of washing 11p the blood-stai..mi; and they ,.,-ent to work at this with a wiH. Mr. Linton brought in some sand, a'Rd by using softaoap aRd sand, and. plenty of water the y managed to erase all the bloodstains. "I hope to meet Mr. Shenk, one of these day s ," sl: Dick, quietly, "and then I shall try lo reward him f part he had in this unpleasant affair." e w Joe Shenk, who was at that moment at the window ghi his eye at a crack, looking in and listening intentlj!lpe< what was being sal'a., made a grimace and i;aid to "Oh, you will, will you, Dick Slater? Well, I to make it my business to keep out of your way, for 1:J ing by wha'.t I hav e seen you do to-:iright it wouldn On healthy for a fellow about my size to come in contact eu you." tiar1 Which s howed that Joe was wise in some respects. lUcl fE CHAPTER Y. JOE SHENK AND JlILL GOO J had taken place th.ere an hour before, she soon reooTe1e almost her usual equanimity. Lucy was a bit more.-. than she had been, and Dick wondered if she r e ally l cared something for Lieutenant Winters, after all. 11 The four conversed perhaps half an hour and th.en h tired for the night, Dick bei11.g giTen the spare r.oom. h was soon asleep and slept soundly throughout the :niif for his conscience was not troubled by the death of I three redcoats at his hands. He did not blame himself their death, at all. It was war times, and in such ti it was every man for himself; the law of self-pre senat' "There," Yr. Linton :finally, with a. aigh o. satiawas the supreme law in those daya. o f1.e tion, "one could not tell by looks that there had ever Afte:i; breakfast next morning he bridled and saddled : been a. tragedy enacted in this room. horse, and bidding the th11ee good-by, and exp:oossing t "Y.ou aTe right," agreed Dick. "I am Tery sorry that hope that lae would see them all agai:a, he mounted and ro the a.tfair happened, }fr. Linton. l assure you I away. .A.s he came to a bend in the road a quarter of a would mueh rather that there had been no enccmnter be-distant, he turned in his saddle and waved his hand tween the British soldiers and mysitlf." the three waved back. The next minte and he was a.r-0m "I am sure of that, Mr. Cai:roll; and I do net blame yeu. the bend and out of sight of the friends whom he had:> It was that young idiot, Joe Shenk, who caused all the recently become acquainted with, but who, notwithstandii trouble the fact tha.t they were Tories, he thought a great deal "Yies; and as is usually the case he escaped without getting into any of the trouble himself." "Yes, like the coward. that he is." Dick was in no pa.rticulnr hurry, so he rode sfo.wly, r lowing his ho:rse to walk. He got to thinking of the aff the night before, and of Lucy, and wondering whether


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." t she had really cared for Lieutenant Winter s "I am body can think of a plan for capturing Dick Slats-r, Bill that I was forced to kill him," the youth thought; cau Yes, I'll go and see him at once. We would have to e was a good-looking fellow, and if Lucy cared for him, have all our plans laid before morning, anyway, a.s Dick 'ght have made her a good husband. Well, it can't be Slater will leave Linton's in the morning and we would lped now; that sneak Shenk spoiled everything. I be too late if I waited till then to go and see Googer." sh I could run across that young rascal; I would tell Joe got up, dressed himself and stole downstair s -in his m what I think of him and give him the worst thrashstocking-feet, to keep from >ya.Iring his parents As soon g he ever had in his life!" as he was out of doors he pulled his shoes on. and the11 Onward Dick rode, slowly, and he kept up a thinking hastened away through the timber. such an extent that for once in his life he was ofi' his It was quite dark in the ti. roller, but Joe knew the way ard. He was not thinking of the present or paying well, he haviRg visited Bill Googer's cabin many a. time, uch attention to his surroundings. The result was that and a walk of twenty-five minutes brought him to the fell a. plot to e _ffec .. t his capture.. cabin, which stood on the bank: of the South :Anna River. /-; Joe knew Googer well and did not The mo-J oe Shenk had kept his place at the wmdow the mght ment he reached the cabin he rapped loudly on. t-lle door. fore, watching Dick and the Lintcms, and listening to eir conversation till they went to bed, and then he took s departure, and made his way slowly and thoughtfully rd his home "Who's thar ?" called out a hoarse voice. "It's me--Jee Shenk!" was the reply. "Oh, et's you, ie et, Joe?" "Yes." v "Jove but that fellow, Dick Slate:i:, is a :fighter!" he "W aal, whut in blazes d 'ye mean a-co min' arou11' at this id to himself. "Who would have thought that he could t.ime uv ther night, rousin er feller outer his sleep?" er successful battle to four of the king's soldiers? It "I have something of importance to say to you, Bill." s wonderful how he beat them-and he would have killed "Oh, ye hev ?" e four if I hadn't opened the door and told the last one "Yes." make his escape. The rebel said he would like to meet "W ouldll't keep till mornm', I s'pose ?" in a half-sar-e, but I'll take care that he doesn't do anything of the ca<1tic, half-grnmbling tone. 1 ind. I have no desire to stand up in front of him." Joe walked slowly and turned OTer in his mind T arious lans which he thou'ght might prove successful in causing "If o, it would be too late if I waited till morning." "Oh, 8.11 right; I'll open ther door." There was a fumbling at the door on the ins ide of e capture of Dick Slater; but after giving each plan room and then li:J.e door opened and. a dark fcw:m coulQ borough examination, he was forced to dismiss them an be Sen indistinctly. beiBg worthless. "Come in," said Qooger, and Joe entered. "There's five hundred pounii on Dick head," "I'll hev er candle lighted in er minnet, Joe." e said to himself; "and I'd like to capture the rebel and "All right." ure the money, but I fear such a thing' would be an Googer got out his, and pUJlk: and so@n had possi'eility. It would take a whole company of soldi-ers the candle burning By its light it wa s possible to get a good look at the IDQn. He was a rather grotesque-looking Joe reached his home and entered the house and weE.t fQllow; he was at least seTen feet taJl, but was sle nder, his room and to bad, but he could not sleep. The ex-with leng arms 11nd exceptionally long legs. His body was iting scene he had witnessed and which had been the short, but very solid, and it was eTident that, ungain11 as use of, gne him too much to think of, and his mind he looked, he wold be a hard man te handle in a struggle. as too acti T e to make it possible for oWlOler to go to Googer was not a good-looking man, either, by any eep. The of th.e hundred pounds that wasmeans. His face was thin, his nose sharp and hawk-like, :fiered for the capture of Dick Slater kept i:i;i,truding his Qyes lieepset and keen, but crafty, and glowing with tself upon the youth's mind also and :b.e rolled and tumbled, yellowish light at times. He had teeth, an.d when nd thought and pondared he grinned he was anythi:m.g but a pleasant-looki:ag It JD.USt hate been midnight when of a suddeJ.J. an idea to say the least. Googer looked his best when very sober, me to Joe. "I'll do it!" he said to himself. ttrn go and his worst when he w llS iJ.J. the best humor md. in a nd see Bill Googer If anybody can help me, and if any- grinning conditiou of mind.


THE. LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." "Waal ?" he remarked, the 1 candle going and he and his Visitor had seated themselves. "You want to know why I have come here at this time of the night?" asked Joe. "Thet's whut I do; spit et out, Joe. Don't keep me waitin', fur I'm sleepy." "Well, I was in bed once to-night, but I couldn't sleep, I happened to think that maybe you could think up some kind of a scheme that I was unable to think of, and "And if I think up a plan an' go inter ther affair with ye, whut is et ter be-share and share erlike ?" Of course." "All right; thet settles et. I'll think up er skeem, ye bet!" er Googer became silent and sat with his eyes fixed on "l floor for a minute or more and then got up, filled a "l with tobacco, lighted it, and, sc:?ating himself again, p away at a great rate. made up my mind to conie and see you." "Now I kin think," he said, with an air of satisfacf "W aa.l, yer heer; now go ahead an' tell me all er bout "the mersheenery needed oilin', thet wuz all." ". et an' ef theer's enny skeemin' ter be done I'll do my bes', ye kin bet on thet." I "That's what I know, Bill; well, I ll go ahead and. tell you why I am here." He did so, telling about the combat between Dick Slater and the four redcoats at the Linton home, and all, and explaining how he happened to know that the young stranger was Dick Slater, and all. \ Googer listened with open-mouthed interest and uttered sundry exclamations as the story progressed. Especially was this the case when Joe told how Dick had beat the four British soldiers and killed three. "Blazes but thet thar Dick Slater mus' be er fighter, an' no mistake!" Googer exclaimed. "I wouldn't hev b'leeved thet wun man could hev licked four British soldiers, no way ye could hev fixed et." "Well, Dick Slater did it, all right; but he .isn't any c ommon man, you know. He's a wonder." "I should say he is a wonder! I've heerd tell uv 'im He wa. s silent for perhaps five ID;inutes, and looked at Joe and said: "This feller, Dick Slater, think he'll go on toward ther south when he leeves Lintl s rm place in the morning?" "Yes, I think so." G C l e "Waal, I thipk we. kin nab 'im, all right, then." "How will we do it?" Googer got up, knocked the ashes out of his pipe, i /. ro1 over to the farther side of the room, and, r eaching 11 took down a coil of rope from off a peg. "D'ye see this J he asked. n< "Yes." Joe was interested. "Waal, ye hev seen me use this rope sum, an' know wi{ I kin do with et." r "Yes, yes I You intend to try to lasso Dick Slater I Googer nodded. "Thet is jes' whut I'm goin' tei: he said, confidently. b Joe looked dubious. "I'm afraid it won't work/.' \ .afore now, though, an' ther stories I've heerd wuz jes' said. sech ez would make er feller look fur 'im ter make erbout "Why so?" )( sech er fight ez this wun ye've be'n tellin' erbout." "Yes, you are right; I have heard of him, but I didn't t hink that the h,alf of what I heard was the truth." "Ye didn' ?" "No; but I do now." "I sh'd think ye would." "Yes; but now, Bill, can't you think of some plan for making a prisoner of this Dick Slater?" Googer was silent for a few moments, evidently thinking, and presently he said: "Ye say theer's er reward uv five hundred poun's offered !ur his capter ?" "Yes." "Waal, thet's er lot uv munny, hain't et?" "It is, for a fact." "More'n I could make huntin' an' trappin' in three or four yeers." "You are right." "Because this Dick Slater is as sharp as a steel trap. E won't let you get close enough to J;iim to throw the lass over his head." 3 l _Ef he don't see me he kain't he'p lettin' me git c1Ul1 ernuff, l:in he?" "No; but how will you keep him from seeing you?" l "Thet's ter be yer part uv ther work." Joe started, but still looked puzzled. "I don't undei: stand," he said. "Explain." "All right, Ill do et. D'ye remember thet theer's qui1 er big bend in ther road er mile er ha'f south u' Linton's place?" "Yes." "Waal, ye see, we'll go theer airly in ther mornin' an' ll in wait fur ther feller." i .l "Y cl!." "I'll hide in ther timber, clust ter whur the bend is e


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." rter Dick Slater hez rid past me I kin step out inter side of the point, and where he could be seen by Joe and road erhind 'im-d'ye unnerstan' ?" give the signal. It was an hour and a half before any one came in sight, "An' now fur yer part. Ye air ter be furder on down and 'then Googer saw a horseman coming down the road. er road-say er hunderd feet." He watched the approaching horseman and eagerly, and soon came to the conclusion that it was the person "Ye'll be in ther timber berside ther road waitin', an' they were looking for-Dick Slater. He waited till the hen I giv' ye ther signal ye'll step out inter ther road an' horseman had passed him, and was about to round the walkin' slowly erlong-toward me an' toward Dick point, and then he stepped quickly to the other side and ater when he comes aroun' ther bend, ye unnerstan' ?" "Yes, I understand that." signaled Joe, who at once stepped forth from the timber and came walking slowly up the road. Then Googer took "And et is ter be yer bizness ter attrack his attenshun, up his precious lasso, and b,olding it carefully, in readiness for use, be waited for 1 the horseman to pass him. see, an' w'ile ye air torkin' ter 'im I'll jes' slip out from ong ther trees an' throw ther rope aroun' 'im, d'ye see?" CHAPTER VI. Googer rubbed his hands with a great show of pleased citement, and grinned at Joe, who was turning the plan er in his mind and trying to see if there were any weak ints in it that would be found by Dick Slater, and that k ould cause the plan to fail. DICK IS CAPTURED. f. Presently he looked up, with a pleased look on his face, 3. d said: "I believe it'll work." The horseman was indeed Dick Slater, and he was rid"Uv course et'll work!" said Googer. "Thet is, ef ye ing along at a moderate gait, taking things easy and o yer part uv ther work right, an' theer hain't no reezon r hy ye shouldn', so fur ez I kin see.11 "Oh, I can do my part, all right." "Then et's ez good ez done an' over vrith. Dick Slater ill be our pris'ner ter-morrer mornin', an' we'll fingen her five hunderd poun's uv British gold, er knovr theer zon w'y !" "I think we will succeed," Joe. "Well, I had tter stay here with you till morning, I suppose?" thinking. He was not paying much attention to his surroundings, but when he rounded t}le point of timber he caught sight of Joe Shenk approaching, and was on bis guard as regarded that individual. Of course, Dick did not know who Joe was, as he had not' seen the youth the night before, but he said to himself that he did not exactly like the young fellow's looks. "Still, I guess i need not have any fears of one fellow," the youth thought, and rode slowly onward, keeping a wary eye on Joe. "Yas, theer hain't no use uv yer goin' back ter yer hum. This was, of course, just what Joe wished, and he stop ersides, ye mought oversleep yerse'f an' not git back in ped just before he met Dick and said: "Good morning!" 'me ter he'p me. Stay heer, an' I'll guarantee thet we'll out an' erway before sunup." So Joe remained at GoJger's cabin the rest bf the night, d was awakened at an early hour to eat a bite of break ast. This finished, the two took their departure, just as e first rays of the rising sun were to be seen in the east. "Good morning replied Dick. "Nice morning." "Yes, so it is." Dick wondered getting at. what the youth was "I'm lookin' for our old cow. She strayed away last night. Didn't see anything of her, back up the road, Joe had no weapons, but Googer carried a long, dangerdid you?" us-looking rifle and the coil of rope-the deadly lasso. Dick shook his head. "No, I saw nothing of any It took them about half an hom: to reach their destina' on, and they l

THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOT TIME. he p a u sed, and bracing himself he swung the rope around hi s b e ad two or three times and let fl.y. Whiz-z-z-z-z-z went the rope, and although Dick heard the s ound and started to turn his head to see what occa s ioned it, he was too late. The rope settled over his shoulders, and as it dropped partway to his waist, Googei; g a v e a strong pull, drawing it taut and pinioning Dick's arms to his sides. Then the fellow gave a still stronger j e rk and brought Dick out of his saddle and to the ground. "Jump onto 'im, Joe!" yelled Googe r, him s elf leaping for w ard. "Don't let 'im git his arms loose!" Dick realized that he had fallen into a trap, and began to strugg le and try to free his arms, but he could not do it-indeed, he was not given time for the two w e re upon him i n an instant and he could do nothing. The t w o rolled Dick over and over, the rop e ar o u nd his body and pinioning his arms tightly, and when the end of the rope was tied, Dick was absolutely h e lp less a nd was trussed up like an Egyptian rimmmy. "We ll, what does this mean?" asked when Googer and Joe had risen to their feet and were looking down upo n him with triumphant eyes. "Et means thet ye' re our pris ner," replied Googer. "I realize that I am your prisoner; but I don't know what i t mean s Why have you made me a pri s oner?" "Oh, the t's eas y enuff ter answer." "Answer it, then." "All right; yer er pris ner becos ye' re Dick Slater !') Dick s tarted and looked at the two searchingly. "Who says I a m Dick Slater?" he asked I d o !" said Joe, swelling out his chest and looking v ery im portant. "You?" Dick eyed the youth 'closely. Yes." "Who are you?" Joe winked very knowingly. "That's all right,'' he said ; "it doesn't matter who I am It is enough that I kno w y ou are Dick Slater." "But you don t know anything of the kind "Oh, but I do know it, though!" "How do you know it?" "I don see no harm in tellin' 'im, Joe,'' said Googer; 1'we 've got 'im tight an' fast, an he kain't git erway." "That' s so; well, then, I heard you tell Lucy Linton that you w e re Dick Slater." Dic'k started. "You heard me tell Lucy Linton that I was Dick Slater?" he remarked, slowly. "I did." "When?" "Yesterday afternoo n, just after you out of the quicksand." Dick started, and then he gav e Joe a sharp said: "I know who you are." "Who?" ask e d Joe grinning ,, "Yo. u are Joe Shenk." do 'rhe 'rory youth nodded, still grinning. "You are r i do he acknowledged; "I am Joe Shenk." "And you are the fellow who. caused the trouble at fh Linton s last night." ; "I guess I am h, "You thought you would cau s e me to be captured," Ila Di c k, s miling in h is turn; "but it did not turn out ifo, a c tly as you had figured it would, did it?" Vh "Well, no, it didn t, that' s a fa c t. You a re a Dick Sl a t e r. I didn t know it the n but I know it morning." "It was wise in y ou not to do so.',. "Oh, we know it." Well, now y ou ha v e captured JI.!,e, what ar e y ou goiJm. t o do with ine ?" What are we going to do with you?" "Yes." [ is] "We are going to take you to the Britis h e n c a m pme and turn you over to General Cornwalli s an d c lai m t r e watd of five hundr e d pounds which i s offe r e d for y o1Yi capture 0 h that is your scheme, is it ? "Yes." Di c k looked at the man who had done the ma i n wo in capturing him and asked: "Who are y ou ? "Me?" with a grin. "Yes What is your name?" "What d 'ye wanter know fur?" "So that I will know who to look for when I get rea to pay the debt which I owe you two fellows." "Ther debt whut ye owes us?" "Yes." "Whut fur?" : "For me. I always pay my debts. I kno11 that I owe Joe, here, quite a debt, which I shall endeavo to p..ay sooner or later; I owe you quite a debt also and will wish to pay that, so ask your name, that I may ha no difficulty in finding you." p: "Oh, thet's et, hey?" "Yes." 11 er "Waal; ez I don't think ye'll ever git loose erg'in tst:


i THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 17 ybuddy enny debts, I don' min' tellin' ye my name. Googer-Bill Googer, at yer serviss." hank you, Mr. Bill Oooger. I shall remember that and will square the account with you one of these "So we can ; and then we will be able to claim the reward of five hundred pounds." "An' thet's ther main thing, ye bet!" "Yes, indeed. We are not going to do the dangerous work and then let somebody else get the benefit from it." don' think ye will." "Not much we an' I'm fur go in' ter my an' 5"h do." stayin' thar till night." ut, ygung feller, we're goin' ter take ye ter ther "All right; and the quicker we get started the better. h an' turn ye over inter ther han's uv Gineral CornSome British soldie rs might happen along at any moment." ; ye know whut thet means, don't ye?" "Ye're right; waal, come erlong. Ye ketch ther hoss h, yes; I suppose it would mean trouble for me-but a.n' lead 'im, an' I'll march ther pris'ner erlong." aven't done it 1et." Joe hastened to where the horse stood and had no diffi-o, but we're goin' ter." culty in getting hold of the bridle-reins. Googer made bis way to where Dick lay, assisted the youllh to his feet ight erway." and taking him by the arm, said: "Oum erlong with me, ill, come here; I want to speak to you,(,' said Joe, and young feller." ut is et, Joe ?'r asked Googer. l want to ask you what about taking him to the British inmpment to-day. Do you think we had better do it?" Fas; w'y not?" 11 tell you why: We are likely to meet some of the h dragoons at any moment." e hut UV thet ?" I I t at of that?" Yas." Why, don't you see?" he tall man shook his head. eplied. "Kain't say thet I see," "Where to?" asked Dick. "Thet don't make no diff'rence; ye hev got ter go whur ever I want ye ter go, so march erlong." "Oh, all r\.ght; as you say, I am helpless and have to go wherever you say, so lead along and I will be with you." "That's sensible;" and Googer led the way to the timber, and into it, Joe following, leading the horse. "I thought you were going to take me to the British .... encampment," said Dick. "We air-by an' by. We hain't ergoin' ter be in no hurry, though." "You are going to take your time about it, eh?" "Y as; ye see, we like ye so well we hain't in no hurry ter part with ye;" and Googer grinned as if he thought he had said something smart. Well, it's simp le enough: The chances ire about a "Thank you," said Dick, ironically; "I am sorry to dred to one that they would take the prisoner away from say that I cannot return the compliment." take him to the encampment and claim the reward elves, while we--" I see--w'ile we, who captered 'im, would hev ter git ng without ennythin'." That is it, exactly." e tall man scratched his head and looked dissatisfied somewhat puzzled. "Whut'll we do, then, Joe?" he d. I'll tell you what I think we had better do." "Oh, thet's all right," with another prodigious grin that showed all his fang-like teeth and made him look hideous; "ye'll like us better w'en ye gits more acquaintea with us." "Yes, I suppose so." "Thar hain't no mistake erbout et." "Where are you taking me, sure enough?" asked Dick. "Ye'll fin' out purty soon." "Oh, all right; if you don't want to tell." All right; go erhead." "Oh, thar hain't no speshul reezon w'y I shouldn't tell My idea is that it will be a good plan to take Dick ye, thet I know uv. We're goin' ter my cabin." to your cabin, keep him there all day, and then night comes we can make our way to the British en pment and tum the prisoner over to Cornwallis." 'Thet's er good skeem. Ef' we meet enny uv ther tish on ther road we ki:n hide an' dodge 'em." "Oh! Where is it?" "On ther bank uv ther South Anny, erbout er mile frum heer." "Ah! And why are you taking me there? "Oh, thet's our bizness; becos we wants ter, thet's why."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT THIE." "I supposed as much; but you said you were going to aware at that very moment that he was a prison take me to the British encampment, and w?e:i:i you changed was already :figuring on rescuing him, or at least i your mind it was only natural that I should be surprised." ing him to escape. "I s'pose so; but thar wuz er good reezon w'y we changed Dick had not much more than disappeared arou our min's." bend a quarter of a mile from Mr. Linton's hou "I have no doubt regarding that; and I think I know Lucy caught sight of a pistol lying on the groun what the reason is, too." leaped forward and picked it up. m Googer looked "Ye think ye know. ?" he re"It is his pistol! It is Mr. Carroll's!" she c:r;ied. marked. he might need it and need it bad, too. I'll run and 11 "I do." out Selim and ride after Mr. Carroll and return the "Whut d'ye think is ther reezo,n?" to him." the "You are going to wait till night before making the trip out in the pasture, as are all the horses, rl to the British encampment." Mr. Linton; "it would take you half an hour to g rs "Humph! W'y would we do thet?" and get started." cla "To avoid meeting any redcoats." "Then I 'know what I'll do: I'll cut through "Ter avoid meetin' enny redcoats?" ber and try to head him off. You know the road m\h "Yes; you are afraid they might take me out of your big bend, and by cutting I may be ablo ""hands deliver me to General Cornwallis, and rob you there in time." -Oitthe reward." "Yes, if he rides slow." "Say, ye're smart ez er steel trap!" exclaimed Googer, "Perhaps he may ride slow. He was doing so in admi..ration. as we could see him." "I 'am right, then?" "Yes; well, hurry, if you are going to try to do tl "Yas, yer right." ".I will." Then Lucy hastened away and soon (])m "I thought so; and I must say that I think you are peared in the timber. She knew her way well and ti wise in doing as you are going to do." onward at a swift pace. As she neared the end olbe "Ye do, hey?" journey she ran still faster, and arrived the poini "I do. ; for judging by I have seen of the redcoats, which she was aiming just as Bill Googer threw the deio they are quite capable of taking me out of your hands, and lasso and C;aught Dick Slater in its folds. n robblp.g you of the reward." Had she arrived there a few moments earlier she W "I guess they'd do et e:f they got ther chance." undoubtedly have screamed out a warning to Dic;:.c, "Indeed they would." she had arJ;ived too late for a warning to be of Googer said no more, and Dick maintained silence, for ahd as she was an exceedingly shrewd girl, who usually I' he was thinking. He was turning the matter over in her wits about her, she managed to keep from makbig:e mind and wondering if he would not .be able to make his outcry whatever. She realized, instinctively, fhat ,f escape some time during the day. He would watch for a might be of great benefit to Dick if it was not known 1 chance, and if it came he w:ould embrace it, that was she was present and had seen what had taken place, certain. One thing, he was glad the two were going to in this she was right, of course. Had Joe Shenk a go to the cabin and stay there all day, since it would give Bill Cooger been apprised of her presence they would him time to study out some plan of procedure. doubtedly have gone straight for the British encamp "I'll make my ecape yet!" he said to himself, with and taken chances on being robbed of their prisonet. ., grim determination; "they will never deliver me into the the redcoats; for they would have been afraid to take. hands of the British. I seem to feel it in_ my bones!" youth to Googer's cabill' and keep him all day. I! CH .APTER VII. LUCY AT WORK. So Lucy kept back out of sight and watched the of affairs with starting eyes, and a look of anger on }: pretty face. "So you are at your mean work, you, Joe Shenk?" she said to herself. "Very wel will see if I can't spoil your plan l Oh, you There was some reason why Dick should feel thus, if scoundrel!" and she shook her :fist uncons he had but known it. A. ver.y good friend of his wa.S Joe.


THE LIBERTY B OYS' "HOT TIME. 19 was close enough so that she could hear.what was be to return direct to the road over the path traversed in and when she heard the two tell Dick that they were going to the cabin, for she was not sure she could find to take him to the British encampment and turn over to General Cornwallis, her heart sank : for she not think how she could possibly prevent them from as they said they were going to do. en at last they left the road and started through ber, Googer holding to Dick, and Joe leading the Lucy was as delighted as surprised, however, and d ollowed, cautiously, being determined to see where they w hey must have changed their minds about going to i,' ritish encampment," she told herself. She did not r e t rstand it, but was glad that it was so. She was close enough, now, to hear the conversation between w and Googer, so did not know that they were headed he hunter's cabin, but kept on the track of the party and finally had the satisfaction of seeing the come to a stop in front of a cabin, which stood, as ould see, on the bank of a stream. a know," the girl said to herself; "this is the cabin of Googer. I rem embe r, a lot of us young people were here once, fishing in the Anna, and we passed cabin and some one said it was Googer's cabin. Then d tall, ugly-looking man must be Googer himself." r f e girl watched with eager interest and saw the tall nt conduct Dick into the cabin, while Joe led the horse ort .distance away and tied the animal to a tree. Joe, too, entered the cabin. thought struck Lucy: If she could only hear what said in the cabin! Then she would know what to ct and would know what to do. ith Lucy, to think was to act, and she hastened to e her way around to the rear of the cabin. was ful to walk on her tiptoes, and make no noise. She was right against the wall of the cabin, and placing her to a crack, looked through. The three men were seaP d were talking. Joe and Googer were congratulating elves on their smartness in thinking of the plan for sure of. getting the reward offered for Dick's cap' and so it did not take Lucy long to learn that the tion was to keep the prisoner at the cabin all day. was pleasing news, indeed, and the girl waited to no more. She had learned enough; now the thing her to do was to act. e stole away, and when she was out of sight o f any who might be looking in her direction from the cabin, broke intQ. a run and ran as fast as possible She e up her mind that the best thing she could do would her way to her own home if she were to try to cut through the timber and go the shortest way. No, she would return to the r oad and then take the short cut from there; she was familiar with this and c9uld find her way easily. Fifteen minutes later she reached the road, and as she did so two men suddenly rode the point of timb er and were upon her before she could get back out of sight among the trees Seeing that she would be unable to do t.his, the girl bravely made the best of the situation and stood her ground, gazing at the newcomers unflin chingly as they brought their horses to a stop in. front of her. Somehow, the instan t the girl got a good at the faces of the two horsemen all thought of fear left her. Both were young men of not to exceed twenty years, and were as handsome fellows as any girl would wish to see. They were bronzed, true, as if from much exposure to wind and weather, but their eyes were blue and cleat; and there was a merry light in them, too, that was to say the least. The youths were dressed in. Jidinary citizen's clothing, but they sat their saddles as if to the manner born. Both lifted their hats as they brought their horses to a standstill, an(J,, bowing and smiling, said : "Good morning, young lady." "Good morning," Lucy replied, bowing in response, and showi g her teeth in a smile that was captivating, to say the least. "Do you live near here, miss?" asked one of the young men. "Yes, sir; I live about a mile back,' up the road, in the direction from which you have come." "Ah, yes; I remember we passed a house about that distance back." "That is my home," said Lucy, eyeing the young men, searchingly, and with no little interest, for she was wondering who they could be and what their business was in that part of the country "They are not British soldiers, I know," she said to herself, "for I have never yet seen a British soldier without a red uniform on. Then who can they be, and what are they? I don't believ e they are Tories, for somehow they don't look like they do. They look to me as if they are Northerners." "I would like to ask you a question, miss," said t'4e horseman who had done most of the talking. "Very well, sir." "The is this: Have you seen a young man, a stranger, anywhere in this vicinity within the last twenty four hours ?"


\ 2('.) THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." Lucy started, and a strange thought came to her:. What "Because he told me that was his name;" and if these two young men were friends of Dick Slater's! smiled. What if they should prove to be members of his company "He told you that he was Dick Slater, did he?" of "Liberty Boys"! It would be grand, for then she would gated the horseman. "I don't understand it. s have help right at hand and they could go at once and "I do," remarked the other youth, coolly; "it wa IJ rescue Dick from the hands of Googer and Joe Shenk natural he should tell her his name when she aske6er This all :flashed through her mind in an instant, of course, and then she replied : "Yes, I saw a young man, a stranger, in this Yieinity, within the last twenty-four hours; in fact, such an in dividual stayed all night at our house." 1 "Ah! that is good news!" the horseman cried. ".And he has gone on his way, then? He departed this morning? Will you tell us if we are on the right track to overhaul him?" The girl inade a restraining gesture and smiled at the same tiine. "Wait," she said; "are you two young gentie men friends of Dick Slater?" The youths started and exchanged glances. "I beg your pardon, niiss," said the spokesman, "but will you tell me what yo know of Dick Slater?" He couldn't have told her a falsehood, f:!Ould he? I 11 have told her my name, aud so would you, Bob. Yo1'dr yu would." Sc "Speak for youn;elf," grinned the one addre y, Bob; "you would have told her your name, I doubw and a whole lot of other things as as how N tiful she was and what adorable eyes she had, and so h and so on!" OU "I have no doubt that I would have done so," wag' quiet reply, and the lo@k which the youth gave Lucj C which cau8d her to blush furiously, was proof that he was telling the truth. a l "Well, since you know the young man was Dick can you tell .. which way to go to find him?" fhe fl called Bob asked. p "Considerable, perhaps. The y.oung gentleman, th.a "I can," L:uay replied; "I know where Dick Slate j stranger you asked me about was Dick Slater, was he not?" at this very moment." The horseman hesitated. '"'I do not like to make ad-"You do?" eagerly. ,missions which might at some fuimre time be damaging," he said, slowly; "no.i,' if I could be sure that you were a '.,hue.' friend to---" / : .:,... ; may be sure that I am a true frieB.d to Dick Sl ater!f. said the girl, earnestly and warmly. "I ought to be, for he saved my life no longer ago than yeraterda:y afternoon." "Lucky dog!" exclaimed the young man who had not done any of the talking so far, and his excl.amation was accompanied by such a look of admiratiOR and significance that Lucy blushed in spite of herself She knew that the words, tone and look was a compliment, a:e.d as the young man was very handsome, of course it was at least not dis pleasing to her. "Yes." "Tell us where he is.'' .. .. \ t "A priS-Oner in the hands of a of villains P' 1 CHAPTER VIII. \ [l ,, THE RESQUE .4.ND BaOilE. 0 Exclamations escaped the lips of bath tlte yoUllg e "A prisoner ir '"You don't mean. it!" The girl nodded. "I do me001 it," she aeclared; "11 "Here, you keep still!" lau_ghed the other youth, slap the Tillains make a prisoner of him, and I followed t ping his comrade on the shoulder. "No remarks, old and saw where they took. him, and was hurrying c man.ll' .. home to try to see if I oould get help a.Rd go and ri' "You want t0 do all the talking to her J01trself," him; but now, if you two young melt are his friendS-{< grumbled the other "Of course; who wouldn't?" And then to Lucy: "You say that Dick Slater sa v ed your life yesterday afternoon?"' The girl bowed. "He did," she replied. "How do you know the person who saved yeur life was Dick Slater?" "We are the best friends he has in the world, miss terrupted the one called Bob; "I am Bob Estabroof' right-hand man a.ll.d almoit brother, and this is Harris, another member of the company of We are the best friends Dick has in the world, and will be so as to show us the way to the spot wa <


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 21 a prisoner we will be a thousand times obliged shall be only too glad to show you the way," the girl slowly; "but do you think that the two of you win match for the two villains ? I fear they will fight rately rather than give up the prisoner, for they wish rn him over to General Cor:c.wallis and secure the five T dred pounds reward t:aat is offered. for bis capture." So that is why they captured Diok, is it?" was not much talking in during the walk, which took up about twenty minutes; at the end of that time Lucy came to a stop and pointed across a little opening to where a small cabin stood on the bank of a stream of water. "There is the cabin," said Lucy. "They are in there, eh?" remarked Bob. 't I "Good! I judge that Wfi had better put your pla.n into Yes." execution-go around to the rear of the cabin, I mean, and W:io are they-redcoats?" see how the land lies before making any break of any No; one is a hunter and trapper named Bill Cooger. kind." has a reputation as being a desl'erado. The other is "That will be best, I think," agreed Tom, while LucY. oung man of the neighborhood, a Tory. He is not so nodded assent. gerous." r, Oh, we. can handle them, all right, in open fight, if fi ssary," said Bob, confidently; "but perhap!! we may able to take them by surprise. They don't knoW\ that l know they are holding D\ck a prisoner, do the No; and you are right I think yon can take them by prise, for I slipped up to the back of the cabin and ned to their eo:aversation, and they did not suspect presence." "1'11at is all right, then," said Bob; "we will be able take them by surprise and will have them at our rcy before they know it." 'Weil, if you two ean fight anything like Dick Slater they would not stand much chance against you," the The three a half circuit And presently reached the rear of the cabin. They had advanced very earefli}Ly and had not made any noise that could possibly have been heard within the cabin. Now they placed their eyes at the crack between two of the logs and looked in. It was as Lucy had said. T4ere sat Dick, with a rope wound around his arms and body; he was absolutely help less. .And there were the two captors-:. the youth and the tall, ungainly trapper. The latter was industriously pllffing away at a big pipe, while tpe youth was watching him, and occasionally saying to which the big ePow replied with a grun,t. Bob and Tom took a good l k through the crack, then drew and cocked their pistols and began stealing aremnd toward the front of the cabin. Lucy followed, for she 'Well, we are pretty good on the fight," smiled Bob; wanted to see it all. t we don't claim to be the equal of Dick Slater. He is It did not take long to reach the front of the cabin, and onder. But you see him do some fighting?" as it was a warm day the door was open; the two who had 'Yes, indeed; last night there came four British soldiers captured Dick did,. not think that there was dknger that our house, and in a combat with them Dick killed three, they might be disturbed. Th.ey felt absolntely secure, hence the fourth only eseaped through the help of an outthe carelessness regarding the open door. r-the young fellow who helpeGI. capture Dick this It made things simple and easy for Bob and Tom., howrning, in fact." ever, and the first intimatipn Joe Shenk and Bill Cooger Oh, Dick is a wonder when it comes to a fight of any had that. any one was within a mile of them was when the ," said Tom Harris; "we can't come up to him, but two youths, stepped quietly into the cabin and stood there, two &f us will agree to whip the two Tillaimi who haTe with extended pistols. How is the way-"It's Bob 1rnd Tom!" cried Dick. "Hurrah! I'm ee:ved !" "Furies!" roared Googer. "Who air ye fellers, enny way ?-a.n' whut jl'ye mean by comin' inter er feller's cabin in enny seGh fa!shun ez thet ?" "Thea let's leue our horaes here, Tom." Joe Shenk turned pale and shrunk back, looki:ag wildly 'All right; we can lead them into the tim&er a ways about as i'f seeking for an ayenue of escaJ>e. was done, and then the three set out, Lucy in the the yoYths close behind. "It mea!ls that y0lu little game is up-burst sky-high!" said Bob, coolly. "Don't make an attempt to get hold of your rifle, my long-legged friend, or I shall be un.der the


!2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." necessitY. of putting a bullet through you!" as Googer made Dick happened to catch sight of Tom's face, an a motion toward reaching for his rifle. was a splendid hand at reading ex;pression he j "He'll shoot, Bill!" cried Joe. "These are some more once to the conclusion that Tom was in love with of tlie 'Liberty Boys,' and it won't d\'.) to fool with them." "Good!" he said to himself, "I am glad of that, and "That's the truth, if you never told it before," smiled Lucy will take a liking to him for I should feel ve Bob. "We are more of the 'Liberty Boys,' and it if I should be the means of causing her pain or won't do to fool with us. I would just as lieve put a I will do all I can to bring together and make 11 f bullet through fellows of your kidney as look at you, so like each other-though in Tom's case it will be a s urrender!" "W-we surrender!" stammered Joe. "All right; place your hands behind your back s." The two obeyed. "Now, turn your backs toward us." Again the two did as ordered. "Now, Tom, go and free Dick; the n cut the rope in t w o and tie the wrists of those two scoundr e ls." "All ri ght." Tom hastened to do as told, and it took but a minute to loosen the rope which was tied around Dick. Then h e cut the rope in two and he and Dick quickly bound the wTists of Shenk and Googer. "There I guess we have turned the tables on you f e llows!" r e marked Bob, grinning at the prisoners. "How do you like it?" I "Curse ye; I'll have ther lives uv all uv ye fur this!" s narled Googer. '"l'hreatened men live long," laughed Bob. Dick now seized Bob hand and shook it, and then t he same with Tom. "How in the world happens it that you two are down here?" he a s ked. "And how dl.d you find me, here?" "We wouldn t ha v e found you, Dick; it was Miss Lucy, bere, who told u s wher e you wer e and guided us here." The n Dick caught sight of Lucy for the first time, and, leapin g forward, seized her hand and pressed it warmly. "So I owe my rescue to you, Lucy he exclaimed. "Well, t hat cancels my saving your life, for you have certainly saved mine." I am so glad!" murmured the girl, blushing with pleasure, and then as she caught the eyes of Tom Harris upon her sh e blushed even more. "Great guns!" thought Tom. "Can it be that she is i n love with Dick? I hope not; but I am afraid she isfor how could she help being? Dick is as handsome a young fellow as ever lived, and is and dashingand he saved her life, and she has practically saved his. Yes, I see it all; my cake is dough She will never care for me while Dic'k is around; but, hold on_:Dick has a sweetheart, Boo's sister, and maybe there will be a chanc!l for me, after all. I won't give up all hope, anyway." task, I um sure." "What shall we do with these rascals, Dick?" ee Bob, indicating Shenk and Googer. "I hardly know, Bob; I suppose we will jus t h l eave them here, tied up as they are, with a warn behave themselves in the future." "I think the better plan would be to take them do e ihe river, tie rocks to them and throw them in!" Bob, with such a sober face that the t w o became ala "That's what I think, Dick!" said Tom, who was al e r e ady to help Bob carry out a joke of this kind. "No, no Don't do that!'' cried Joe She nk. "P don't I'll promise to be good I won' t never do a t hing against the patriots again if you'll let me livebe time!" "Humph I You'll remember that till you are '. n g ain and then you'll forget all about it," sa id :a1 severely. "No, no I'll remember it always and I'll promise, too!" "How about you, Mr. Googer ?" ., "Waal," was the slow reply, "I hain't much on ma! promusses, but I will say this, thet I don't keer e rbout which sid'e wins in this heer war. I wouldn t r a ised my han' erg'inst ye je s' becos ye wuz er rebel0 wuz ther reward I wuz arter." "That sounds honest," said Dick, approvingly; "If to hear a man tell the truth. I believe you have do in this instance, and for that reason we will spare liv es. We will leave you here, tied as you are, but can easily walk to the home of some neighbor and get wrists freed "Much obleeged ter ye," said Googer. "So am I said Joe Shenk. Dick, now turned his eyes upon that youth Sh,enk," he said, sternly, "you are the fellow who cause the trouble at Mr. Linton's last night!" "Ye-yes, I am," the youth stammered; "and I'm s I did it." "Will you give me your promise that you will not bo Mr. Linton's folks again, in any way, shape or fo


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 23 es, yes! I promise!" "Good enough!" said Dick. "There are only three of right; see that you keep your promise. If you them coming, and I think we are more than a match for it I shall make it my to hunt you down that number." kill you as I would a dog Do you hear?" "Well, it will be strange if we can t handle them e-yes !" said Bob. "What do you think, Dick? Had we b ette r l right; don't forget, for if you 'do it means sure fire upon them or not?" for you!" "I don't think it will be wise to do so, Bob. If the y re-I won't forget." frain from firing we will do so, too. If we open fir e they See that you don't! Well, boys and Miss Lucy, I will return it and then Lucy might be hit by a bull e t." we might as well be go--" "That's so; well, we'll wait till they come up to U&'ck was interrupted by a startled cry from Lucy. if they succeed in catching us, and then we will meet Look!" she cried, pointing; "yonder come some British them with swords, oars or any such w e apons as th e y e youths looked in the direction indicated, and sure gh they saw a score or more of redcoats coming to the cabin at a run. to use." "Yes, and I believe they are going to be able t o over take us; their boat is a better one than ours." "Yes,'' said Tom; "it is built for speed, while this one e must get away from here in a hurry!", cried Dick. is not." ome around the cabin and down to the river bank," "This one does not seem to have been built for much Bob; "I saw a boat there and we can our escape of anything,'' said Bob, in a tone of dis gust; "it is a libel on the name of boat." e three youths and Lucy leaped through the doorway Bob and Tom kept on rowing, however, for while the y ran around the cabin, paying no attention to the did not think it possible they could get away from th eir of "Stop! stop!" from the redcoats. The latter were pursuers, they wished to get so far away from the cabin. in pistol-shot distance, but the youths did not think and the rest of the redcoats that the three in th e purwould fire on account of the girl, and this they were s uing boat would not receive reinforcements. t. Doubtle s s the redcoats thought they would be able On down the river they went, and the pursuing boat plure th e four, anyway. c1rew nearer and nearer. "Stop!" called out the redcoat 'ck and his companions were soon at the water' s edge, l e ad e r. "Stop and surrender! You c annot escape!" as Bob had aaid, found a boat there. "We have no intention of surrendering!'' called back elp Lucy in, Tom," ordered Dick, and he busied himDick. with cutting the painter, while Tom hastened to obey "What kind of fellows do you think we are?" asked rder. Then the three youths leaped in, pushing the Bob, ironically. "We are not the s-rrendering kind." off as they did so, and seizing the oars, Bob and Tom "You will either surrender or die!" the redcoat cried, rowing lustily, while Dick steered and Lucy, sitting arrogantly. e bow, watched the approaching redcoats anxiously. "Don't be too sure of that!" called out Dick; then he e South Anna River was a hundred yards wide at drew his sword-he had taken the sword that had bepoint, and the youths managed to reach mid-stream longed to Lieutenant Winters, and it had not been tak en. time the redcoats got down to the water's edge. from him by Shenk and Googer-and said to Bob and Tom, me back here!" roared one of the redcoats. "Come at once or we will open fire!" d run the risk of killing the young lady?" called Dick, in bitter scorn. "Are you such brutes and s as that? Shame upon you!" o, we have to fire upon you; we have a boat!" coat cried; and then the four saw the British soldiers along the shore to where a little creek emptied the river. Here a boat was drawn out from under in a low voice: "When they come alongside, rise up sud denly and attack them with 'the oars. I will use my sword.'' "All right," the youths replied. The pursuing bdat was close at hand, now, and the lead ing redcoat had a sword in. his hand and was :flourishing it menacingly. "Stop and surrender!" he again called out. "Never!" cried Dick. "You will have to fight for it, Sir Redcoat!" "All right, fight it is, then !" was the reply. "Remem ber, you bring this on yourselves by refusing to surrender!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "IIOT TIME." "Oh, don't you worry about us!" said Bob, defiantly; "I reckon we know how to take care of ourselves." The boats were soon close together-side by side, in fact -and a hot fight took place between the "Liberty Boys" anP. the redcoats. The girl watqhed the combat in silent terror, and it was plain that she had fears for the safety of her companions. It did not take long for her to see that the three youths were amply able to take care of themselves, however, for they were too much for the redcoats, boastful as their leader had been. 'rhe instant the b oat was along side, Bob and Tom and Dick leaped to their feet, i:he two former with oars in their hands, Dick with the sword, and they attacked the redcoats with such fierceness as to quickly turn the combat against them Tom was the first to score, for he knocked the sword out of the hand of one of the redcoats and then gave him a fierce punch 'in the stomach with the end of the oar1 doubling him up and sending him into the river, kersplash "Hurrah!" the youth cried. "I've settled one of them! Give it to them, boys!" and he began helping Bob. sudden accession to the number of his opponents discon certed the redcoat and just as he glanced involuntarily toward Tom, Bob gave him a blow alongside the head with the oar and knocked him headlong out of the boat. "That settles two of them!" cried Bob4 "Now give to the other scoundrel l" Dick and the redcoat leader, who was a lieutenant, were at it with the swords, hot and heavy. Dick was easily holding his own, but the boats were drifting apart, 1 and they w9uld soon be unable to reach each other. Bob fixed matters nicely by punching the lieutenant in the stomach with the end of the oar, and knocking him out of the boat. Then he drew tl;ie boat close alongside with the oar, leaped into it and said: "You two fellows. row that boat and I'll row this one, and we'll go on down the river and get clear away from these fellows and the others, too." "Well, they will have to look out for themselves, Dick; "they can't expect us to do it for them." "That's right," said Tom; and he glanced at Lucy if she approved of the way the three were doing. dently Lucy did approve, for she said: "0 h, I'm so glad that you beat them I'm so glad The youths rowed steadily onward, and the last saw of the two redcoats they were making strenuous to swim to the shore. A few minutes later they came to the point whe road crossed the river. Here was a ford, and the waii so shallow the bottoms of the boats grated on the "I think we had better go ashore, anyway," said "how far is it to your home from here, Lucy ?" "A mile and a half." "Well, then, let's go ashore and strike for Lucy's h The others consented, and they rowed the boats shore and leaped out. Then they set out up the ro a rapid walk. When they came to where Bob and To left their horses, the two youths brought the horses and led them, and the journey was continued. t Twenty minutes later they reached the Linton hom were given a hearty welcome; indeed, Mr. and Mrs. had become very anxious regarding Lucy, she away much longer than they had expected she and they were delighted to see her safely back again. Lucy hastened to tell them the story of what had pened to Dick Slater and herself and the other tw;o erty Boys," and she was just :finishing the story suddenly broke off a,nd gave utterance to a cry of ah,. "Look! look!" she exclaimed. "There the B now l Oh, what will you do, Dick-Tom! hope to fight all of them!" CHAPTER IX. "That is a good plan," agreed Dick, and he and Tom "THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT TIME." seized the oars and began rowing, while Bob did the same in the other boat. The lieutenant came to the top of the When the redcoats rushed to the cabin where ijie water, gasping for breath, and made a grab at the boat found the three youths and the girl, not all ot them Bob was in, but the youth shoved him away with an oar on in pursuit of the f9ur; Several paused and 1 and passed him. Of the other two redcoats, only one was through the doorway. Of course, they caught sig to be seen, and he was laboring heavily, and it looked very Joe S'henk and Bill Cooger, who had leaped to'"the doubtful regarding whether or not he would be able to and were looking eagerly out. swim to the shore. "Hello here, who are you fellows, and how hap "Serve them right if they all three drown! said Bob, that you are trussed up in this fashion!" one of the grimly. coats cried.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 25 Those scoundrels did it!" cried Joe. "Free us, quick!" for the home of the girl at once. What is her name, do Yas, cut ther ropes!" cried Googer; then he bent over you know?" whispered in Joe's ear: "Don' tell these here fellers Dick Slater is, fur ef ye do we won't never get no ce ter rake in thet five hunderd poun's." "Yes; it is Linton." "All right; well, men, get ready to make a march of a mile and a half." Joe nodded, and the redcoats then cu.t the ropes and "Do you suppo s e there is any chance that Harper was left the cabin and went down to the shore of the river. not drowned?" asked one of the soldiers. got -there jt1st as the leader of the redcoats had "No chance of it at all,'' was. the reply; "I saw him ed to Dick and his companions to stop or they would when he struck the water. He went down like a stone. upon them, and (fooger hastened to inform the lieuOne of those scoundrels hit him a terrible crack alongside nt that there was another boat in the mouth of a little the head with an oar, and he was unc onscious, and so a hundred yardSi down stream. This was sufficient for the redcoat, and he and some of men hastened down and got the boat out and leaped and followed the other boat, we have seen. The main y of redcoats, accompanied by Joe Shenk and Bill ger, followed as fast as they could along the shore, but the stream was running swiftly they could not keep up the boats, and dropped behind. They were more than arter of a mile away when the redcoats in the pursuing drowned at once." "I suppose you are right." "Yes; we'lf never see poor Harper ag ain-but we c a n avenge ibis death! Forward, a11-and you, young m a n, take the lead and guide us to the hou s e." "All right, sir; come on, everybody Joe led the way through the Cooge r and the redcoats following. They walk e d at JI fairly good but it took them about three-quart e rs of an hour to reach t overtook the "Liberty Boys" and met with such a the edg e of the clearing in which s tood Mr. Linton' s hou se. trous defeat, aii.d they hastened their footsteps and "That's Mr. Linton s house, and the re are those v e ry ched the point opposite where the lieutenant and the fellow you are after, too, or I am mightily mistaken!" said r soldier were struggling in the water, and several .Toe, and the redcoats looked and uttered cries of excite w off their outer clothing and swam in and pulled ment. two almost exhausted men ashore. he lieutenant was about as mad a man as ever lived, he breathed forth threats of what he would do to daring youths who had handled himself and two comin such a rough manner. Oh, if I could only get within reach of them!" he said; n would make them wish they bad never been born!" "You are right!" "It's them, sure enough!" "Yes, there isn't any doubt about it!" "Right," said the li eutenant; "and I think w e will get them this tim e Are you ready, men?" "All ready." I "Good! Forward, then, at a run and keep your eyes "I think I can tell you where you will find them," said on our game. It must not be allowed to e s cape us, this Shenk, eager to do something to injure Dick Slater, time." whom he had conceived a great hatred. Then the redcoats left the s helter of the trees and dash e d You think so?" eagerly. Yes." 'Whe re? Tell me quickly!" I think you will find them at the home of the girl that with them." e lieutenant started, and his face brightened. "That reasonable supposition," he said; "I am inclined to you are right. Do you know where the girl lives?" How far from 1here is it?" A and a half." That isn't far." forward and ran toward the hous e with .ill their speed. A11 soon as they saw the y bad been seen, they set up a wild yell and brandi s h e d their weapons. "There is no use for you to try to escape, this tim e !" the lieutenant cried. "We have run you down, and y ou cannot get away!" It really looked as if the British officer was speaking the truth, but Dick Slater and his two comrades were not the youths to tamely surrender as long as there was ii. chance for escape. "Quick! away we go, boys!" cried Dick. "If we can reach the timber, yonder, they can't catch us!" About half an hour's walk." A little more than that; but no matter. Then the three bounded away and this action on their We will head part was greeted with still louder yells from the redcoats.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." "Stop!" the lieutenant cried. "Stop and surrender! crack! crack! of pistols, wild yells, curses, the neig You can't escape us I" snorting of terrified horses-it was a scene of excit But he might as well have falked to the wind, for all and confusion. the good it did. Dick Slater and his two companions were not accustomed to allowing anybody else to decide mat ters for them. They were quite capable of doing it :themselves, and they believed they could escape. They had almost reached the timber when suddenly a The contending forces fought with the fury of de but the "Liberty Boys" seemed to be the more te fighters, and they fought like fiends. Suddenly Dick Bob crune riding through the struggling, fighting c 6.nd as. they put in an appearance wild yells of delight party of at least one hundred horsemen came riding down up from their comrades. the road. The instant the eyes of. Dick and his two com"Dick Slater! Dick Slater! Three cheers for rades rested upon the newcomers, cries of delight escaped Slater!" was the cry, and the cheers were given with a them. And then on the heels of the cheers came the th "The 'Liberty Boys'!" cried Bob. "Hurrah!" "Now we'll show the redcoats a thing or two pi cried '!'om. "Indeed we will!" agreed Dick; and waving his hand war-cry: "Down with the king! Long live Liberty I The appearance of Dick and Bob seemed to put life and energy into the "Liberty Boys," and they doubled their exertions, with the result that the red to the newcomers he cried: "See those redcoats, boys? were beaten back in spite of all they could do. Charge the scqundrels !" 1 It _was a "hot time," sure enough, as Bob had sa A wild cheer went up from the "Liberty Boys" and they would be, and while men fell on both sides, yet the urged their horses forward, straight toward the redcoats, coats were losing the greater number of men by far. who, seeing that they were in danger, whirl ed and ran back toward the timber at the top of their speed. At the same instant a party of horsemen rode out into view a quarter of a mile to the south of the house, where the road made the turn. These horsemen wore the scarlet uniforms of the British dragoon, apd there looked to be at least a hundred of them. "Liberty Boys" were, indeed, terrible fighters, and redcoats were finding this out, to their cost. At last the redcoats, who had lost at least half force, became demoralized, and, turning their horses, back in the direction from which had come, belabo their furiously in their efforts to get the best s out of them. Bob was the first to see them. "Great Scott, Dick! look The. "Liberty Boys'.' pursued the fleeing enemy a yonder!" be cried. "There is a good-sized party of redtance of half a mile, and then stopped and came back. coats! It lpoks to me as if we were going to 'have a survey was taken of the scene of the battle and it hot time here, and no mistake!" found that seven "Liberty Boys" had been killed and e "I guess you are right, Bob," said Dick; and then he wounded, while thirty-two redcoats had been killed yelled to his "Liberty Boys" again, and pointed toward twenty-two had been wounded. The British had the party of horsemen. The reply was another wild badly whipped. cheer and the youths dashed onward, straight toward the Dick and his comrades carried the eight wounded newcomers. e rty Boys" to Mr. Linton's house, and that gentleman "Oh, say, there is going to be the hottest kind of a they could stay there until they were well, and that hot time, right away; and we are on foot and can't be would receive the best of care. mixed in it from the first!" groaned Bob. Then the seven dead youths were buried, and altho "Come on," called out Dick; "there are two horses, sadfte ned by the death of their comrades the "Liberty B yonder, by the house. We can mount them and get into were yet very well satisfied, for they had created a the fight pretty quickly." deal more havoc among the ranks of the enemy. "That's so; I forgot about those horses!" Among the wounded redcoats was one who had Then the three youths dashed toward the house, and knocked insensible by a blow from the butt of a mus reaching it Dick and Bob leaped into the saddles of the he was now ahnost _as good as new, and Dick told hi iwo horses and rode away at a gallop, to join their com-mount his horse and go after his fleeing comrades. rades. "Tell them to come back and look after their dead Meanwhile the redcoats and the "Liberty Boys" had wounded," said Dick; "we will agree not to fire upon t come together with a mighty crash. There was the crack! or molest them in any way while so engaged. The wo


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 27 must be attended to, and you certainly cannot expect 1 a combat, true, but it was a fair and square fight, and "I'll bring them back," the soldier said, and, mounting, rode away at a gallop. He was forced to ride clear to the South Anna River ore overtaking his demoralized comrades. Here they paused, first, to let their horses drink, and then, feel that they were not pursued and were safe, they had t gone on. Tliey were grouped about, discussing the rible defeat which they nad experienced when the mesger arrived. He told them what Dick had said, and mounted their horses and rode back toward the scene When they arrived there they were not molested at all; were left free to bury their dead and carry their nded away. In order to accomplish this last they ght the horses which had been ridden by the men o were dead and wounded, and by tying blankets ben the animals, in twos, hammock-ambulances were de and the wounded men were placed in these. The acade did not start immediately, however; the lieuant who was in command, and who was really a brave ng officer, and had fought :fiercely and managed to pe being wounded, strode forward and confronted Dick ter-the "Liberty Boys" having stood near, witnesses lhe work of the redcoats. lie lieutenant, when he wa$ within a few feet of Dick, ed and saluted, Dick returning the salute. You are Dick Slater?" the lieutenant asked. I am," Dick replied. The commander of this force, here?' indicating the 'berty Boys." I am," said Dick. Very well, then; Dick Slater, as commander of the J tish. force which you see here I herewith challenge you duel to the death !" l CHAPTER X. THE BRITISH LllWTEN.A.NT'S DEFEAT. ick was surprised, and looked it. He stared at the there is no cause for ill feeling on either side." '"But I have a score to settle with you," the lieutenant insisted. "I don't understand." "Don't you remember the affair in the boats?" Dick smiled. "Oh, yes, I remember that." "Well, we were engaged in a combat, you and I, and we did not get to :finish it. One of your men poked me in the stomach with an oar and knocked me out of the boat. Had you not had assistance I would have killed you." "Well, I am not so sure of that," said Dick, drily; "Then meet me in a duel with swords, and the matter I can easily be determined," cried the lieutenant, eagerly. "Oh, say! let me meet him, Dick!" said Bob. "I can trim him up in about three shakes, and not more than half try, either!" "I have no quarrel with you," said the young with dignity; "I have challenged Captain Slater." "Well, challenge me!" said Bob. "Hush, Bob," said Dick; "if any one fights the lieu tenant it will be me, of course, since it is me that he wishes to have the duel with. But I assure you, sir, that it is folly. Why should we meet here, in cold blood, and try to kill each other? Let us dismiss the subject and save our strength for legitimate use battles." The lieutenant shook his head. "I am going to meet you in a duel-unless you are a coward and refuse to meet me," he declared; "one or the other of us must die!" "But it is a foolish notion, I tell you, lieutenant. It is no way for commanders of forces in the :field to dq. "Must I pull your ears or slap your face to make you get up sufficient courage to agree to meet me?" the lieutenant asked, sneeringly. A peculiar glint appeared in the gray-blue eyes of Dick Slater. It was the danger signal, had the lieutenant but lmown it. "I would not adTise you to try anything of the kind," said Dick, calmly, with a peculiar intonation to his voice. "That's right!" said Bob Estabrook, with a grin; "if you were to do that, lieutenant, I'm afraid you wouldn't feel in a condition for :fighting a duel under a week or two!" "Bah!" said the lieutenant, with a sneering look at Bob. tenant a few moments, in amazement, and then said: Then to Dick he said : "Then you will meet me?" ou wish to fight a duel with me?" "Since you are so insistent, yes. I have nothing against I do!" the lieutenant's tone was firm, his bearing you, but if you are determined to suicide, I sup pose there ,is no stopping you." But I don't see why we should fight a duel. I have "Suicide--bah I will show you, you boastful rebel!" ng against you, lieutenant. Our men have met in Dick smiled. "I suppose there is no need of wasting


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." any time about this matter," he said; "you are ready, thought so I would wish I was in Dick's place-thoug :aow, are you?" don't know whether I could hold my own against the li "I am; and the quicker we get to work: the better it "will tenant as well as Dick is doing, or not." suit me." It is doubtful if he could have done so, for he :vas "I a:m quite willing to have it over and off my mind, nearly so good a swordsman as was Dick, and the lieuten too,'' said Dick. As oo spoke he drew his sword and step-was really a first-class hand with the weapon. He wae B ped out into the middle of the road. however, Dick's equal with the sword, and it did not t The lieutenant hastened to draw his sword and take his him long to discover this fact. He had imagined, befo place in front of Dick. "There will be no interference?" he asked, with a glance toward the "Liberty Boys." the combat started, that he 1>vas the : rebel 's". superi but when they got at it he was surprised to fiud that s r "rebel" was wonderfully clever both in defensive and off T : "None," replied Dick; "your men will not interfere, I know, and neither will mine si'rn work. "Very well; then look out for yourself, Sir Rebel "The same advice to you, Sir Redcoat!" The neA.'t instant the swords crossed and then-clash clash! clash! the weapons went, sparks flying from the highly tempered steel. Thi knowledge caused him to pale, and Di c k saw h' w: change or color and understood. 'l'he "Liberty Boy" s 0 ed and said: "What is the matter, lieutenant? You loo T as if you were not feeling well? If such is the aase, sa t so, as I do not wish to have it said of me that I foug d To say that the spectators--the redcoat on one hand with and overcome a sick mun." and the Liberty Boys" o:a the other-watched the duel The lieutenant muttered something under his breath, with interest, is stating the case very mildly. They stared then said, huskily: "I am not sick, and if you triumph at the with eager gaze, but if anything the redover me, no one need accuse you of having beaten a si 11 coats seemed to be the more eager, even anxious. Somehow, man. Don't worry about me; I will soon prove to yo t the "Liberty Boys" did not seem to have much fear regard-that I am well and hearty!" .ing the result of the they were cool and seem ingly not anxious, but of course they watched the affair with interest, as was qnly natural. "Oh, very good, lieutenant! I simply wished to kno g the truth of the matter, that is all. I have no desire a pit myself against one who is not himself, physically." "You will find I am quite myself in every way; I a c more than a match for any rebel that ever lived!" Perhaps the most intere s ted person among all the spec tators was Lucy Linton; she stood, leaning against the fence, and her eyes shone with an excited light, and her lips were parted and her teeth set tightly together. Tom Harris had managed to get around until he occupied a "But that is merely the unwarranted enthusiasm youth and inexperience, my dear lieutenant," said Die s calmly; "there are, to the best of my knowledge and e lief, about ten thousand 'rebel' soldiers who could pro place beside Lucy. "Oh, I hope that Dick-Mr. Slater will win!" breathed thfmselves your superior as a warrior." Lucy. "I hoi;ie he will beat the British soldier, but I-I'm "Bah! you are boasting." afraid that-that--" "0h, no; such is really my honest belief." "You need not be afraid for Dick, Miss Lucy," said "You had better prove yourself to be my superior befo Tom, confidently. speaking of tens of thousands who would overcome me. "Oh, you think he will beat the lieutenant?" breathed sneeringly Lucy. "Very well; I will do so. 'rhis has continued abo "I am sure of it. long enough, anyway, and might as well be brought to "But-but-the lieutenant is a good swordsman; all end I have taken your measure, lieutenant, and will n British officers are good sword s men." show you that you are not such a wonderful man with t "So is Dick a good swordsman, Lucy He is a wonder .. r sword as you have long thought yourself to be. I rath don't believe there is an officer in the British army that think the lesson you are about to receive will do you good. i is his equal." Then Dick began a fierce attack on his opponent. H "Ob, I hope that is the case! I hope he will beat the thrust with such wonderful rapidity that the lieuten lieutenant!" became in and out flashed Dick's weapon; it d "I wonder if she would want me to win as sincerely as scribed all sorts of wonderful figures in the air and she wants Dick to?" Tom asked himself. "Jove! if I la s t, after a series of manceuvres, the lieutenant's sw


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HOT TIME." 29 knocked out of his hand and several feet away, while ood, helples! and Doubtless he expected he would be run through; no doubt he thought his was near, but Dick was nit that kind of a man. He tbed his sword, motioned toward the lieutenant's w d, and said: r Your life is mine if I wished to take it, lieutenant; 0 I do not. I would scorn to do such a thing; it would like assassinatiqn, to me, and you. are .free to go way. There is your sword; get it, and then go!" he lieutenant, pa.le and discomfitted-looking, stepped here his sword lay, picked it up, sheathed it, and then, h 'ng to Dick, said: "I thank you for sparing my life. i d day!" r ofhen he took his place at the head of the party of red s s, and gave the order for it to march. The men obeyed, as the redcoats moved away, they were forced to listen hree cheers for Dick Slater, :i:>Dowed by the war-cry of "Liberty Boys," of "Down with the king! Long live win, but been disappointed, for the British had been given a terriple thrashing and had fled from the field as fast as they could make their horses go. "What shall we do?" asked Joe. "Waal," said Googer, slowly and reflectively, ''.ye kin do whutever ye wantel;'., but ez fur me I guess I'll go back hum an' start ter work, huntin' an' trappin'. Five hunderd poun's would be er big lot uv munny ter git hol' uv, but w'en et happens thet in order to git ther munny ye hev ter capter thet feller, Dick Slater, ye kin' jes' count me out! I berleeve I'd ruther git rich slow an' shore." "Well, if you are not going to make any more attempts to capture him then I shall not do so, either," said Joe. "An' I think yer wise in not tryin' ter do et, Joe, my boy. In my 'pinion thet thar Dick Slater is not jes' ther kin' uv er feller to go foolin' aroun' Then the two parted, Googer to to his cabin, and to his work of hunting and trapping, and Joe to return to his home. p rty !" rs. Linton, who had retired to the house when the comThe "Liberty Boys" remained in the vicinity for some 0 between 'he redcoats and "Liberty Boys" began, and time, and had several hot skirmishes with small parties had come out only to see Dick and the lieutenant of the British, but they were unanimous in saying that 0 n the duel, again retired to the house. But now the fight they had had with the British near Mr. Linton's t the duel was ended, and the British had taken their house was about the hottest, while it lasted, that they had rture, she again came forth and although quite pale, ever engaged in. As Bob bad they had had an ex-that she had not fainted. ceedingly "hot time." I believe I am beginning to get used to bloodilhed/' she Tom Harris made such progress with Lucy Linton that ; "it doesn't frighten me quite so much as it did at when he went away from that part of the country he car e but I hope I will not be called upon to witne!S a ried the beautiful girl's promise that when the war was t deal of it as I would rather not have to get used over if he would come for her he could have her. And om Harris stuck close to Lucy's side, and Dick, who 'ced this was glad of it; he was even more pleased when noted the fact that Lucy did not seem to be displeased e attention which the handsome yo'1D.g "Liberty Boy" when the war ended Tom lost no time in striking a bee line for the home of Lucy Linton, away down in Old Virginia, where the "Liberty Boys" had had such lively times. THE END. showing her. There was no doubt regarding the fact / she liked Dick Slater, but it is possible that her in-The next number (76) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" ct told her she could not win him, and as she was bewill contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING ing to like curly-headed, handsome-faced, jolly Tom, SCHEME; OR, THEIR PLOT TO CAPTURE .THE 0 could see that he more than liked her, she decided to 'KING'S SON," by Harry Moore. the wise thing and let her liking be centred on that th. At any rate, she smiled on Tom and inade him J happiest fellow in Old Viirginia. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in' print. If you eannot obtain them from any oe Shenk and Bill Cooger had watched the fight benewsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by n the redcoats and "Liberty Boys" from a safe dismail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION they being hidden behind trees at the edge of the SQUARE, NEW YORK, anu you will receive the copies 'ng. Of course, they had hoped that the British would you order by return mail.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. fa.cts a.nd give a, fa.ithfu l who were a.I wa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use ba.nd of American imperil their lives These ba.sed on a.ctua.l account of the exciting a.dventures of a. youths of Independence. 32 la.rge pa.ges Every number will consist of bound in a, bea.utiful colored cover. of rea.ding ma.tter, 1 The Liberty Boys or '76; or Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath ; or, Settlfog With the British and Tories. 3 'l'be Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always In the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 6 The Liberty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Cao." 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand ; or, 'be Champion Spies or the Rcvolntloo. 8 The Liberty 1.loys' Hard Fight; or, Heset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within '.rbemselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The J,!bt!rty Boys' Pluck; or, Undanoted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys Peril ; or, Threatened from ail Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortnne Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The I.iberty Boys' Trap, and What 'J'bey Caught lo Tt. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great or, Capturing a British Man-of War. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge ; Patriots vs. R edcoats. 19 'l'he Liberty Boys '!'rapped; or, The Beautiful 'l'ory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or 'rhe Closest Call of Ali. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the Iledcoats. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory ; or, Downing the Redcoats and Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, 'J'aken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, 'l'eacblog the Redcoats a Thing or 'l'wo. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the lwdcoats lo Pbih1delpbla. 28 T!Je Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy win... 29 TbP Llbt>rty Boys' Wild Ride; or. A Dash to Save a Fort. 31) The Liberty Boys in a Fix; or. Threatened by Reds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Check. 32 Tbc Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, Arter Dick Slater for Revenge. 33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 34 The Liberty Boys Fake Surrender ; or, 'he Ituse 'bat Succeeded. 3!'i The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Lire fo1 Llberty'e 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 38 The' I.iberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Woo. 3ll The Liberty Boys' Great Haul ; or, Taking Everything lo Sight. 4') The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling lo British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys In a Snare; or, Almost Trapped. 4:! The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick or Time. H 'rhe Liberty Boys' Big Day ; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 4:; The Liberty Boys Worried: or, The Disappearnoce of Dick Slater. 41. i 'he T,ilJerty Roys' lroo Grip: o r Squeezing the Redcoats. 47 'l'he Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What They Set Out to D o. 48 The Liberty Roys' Sethack : or, Defeated, But Not Disgrace d. 19 'l'h e Liherty Boys in or. Dick Slater's Fearful Risk. 150 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for LibertJ. r.1 'l'he Uberty Boys Triumph ; or, Beating the Redcoats at The!ti Own Game. I 52 The T.ibe1ty Bo.vs Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a !\file 53 'l'he Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foes on All Sides. fi4 The Liberty Hoys' Flight: or, A Very :-Oarrnw Esca pe f1() 'l'he Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generaliog the l :nerny. tiG The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the l{e d coats Clow to E'ight. f>T The Liberty Boys' "Push .. : or, B ound to G e t 'l'h e1e. :\8 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; o r With 'Mad Anthony" at Stony I'oi nt. :\9 The Liberty Bo.vs' Justice And How They Dealt 1t Out. (10 'l'he Liberty Boys Bombarded; o r. A Very Warm 'J'ime 61 'l'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders: or. f:oing it Blind. G2 The J,ibe1ty Boys' Daring Stroke: or, With .. !.i ght!Tors e Uarry' at Paulus Ilook. 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times: or, Here. 'l'bere and 8verywher e G4 The Liberty Boys "Lone Hand"; or. Against Grea1 Odds. G5 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The ldol of the Company. 66 'l'he Liberty Boys Wrath; or, Going for the Ite dcoats Roughshod 67 The Liberty Boys' Battle for Life; or, The Hardest Struggle ol Ali. 68 The Liberty Bors Lost: or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 6!J The Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or. The Youth Who "Queered" Everythioll 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 71 'l'he Liberty Boys Lured; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. 7 2 'l'he Liberty Boys 'Ransom; or, In the Hands of the Torr Outlaws. 7 3 The Liberty Roys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, 'l'railin11; Benedict Arnold. 7 4 The Liberty Boys' "Swoop": or, Scattering the Redcoats Like Chaff. 7 5 The Liberty Boys' "Hot Time"; or. Lively Work in Old Virginia. 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture the King' Son. 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