The Liberty Boys' beacon light, or, The signal on the mountain

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The Liberty Boys' beacon light, or, The signal on the mountain
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Moore, Harry
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TH! LI A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. lst'ued' ll'eeklif-H!J. lfulun'i1iiio11; j\2.50 -:per yew. Entcrd o; &co>tl Cla.s M0Uc1 at the Nc1v York Pnst 01/itc. F ebnu iry 4 1901 by Prank T o usey No. 78. NEW YORK, .JUNE 27, 1902 P r ice 5 C e nt s The girl carried sticks and piled them on the fire which was serving the purpose of a beacon light. luring the redcoats into a trap. Already two were prisoner s and the "Liberty Boys" were overpowering two more.


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, I ) HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Rev olution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered a s SPcond Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y.; Post Office, February f, 1901. Ente.-c!l according to Act of Oongrcs, in the year 1902, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0 by Frank Tousi:11, 24 Union Square, New York. r. n:r ts .l 0. 78. YORK, JUNE 27, 1902. Price 5 Cents I CHAPTER I. TROUBLE A' A DANCE. and was t>omewhat surprised to note that the men were British soldiers. There were six of them on the floor, dancing, and each had for a partner a young lady of the Ill b o k region. The young man, who was a close observer, did '' IleUo they seem to be having a jolly good time here, not think those girls looked very happy or well pleased, 1 must say o It was the last week in September of the year 1780. A th c 1. 3 1 man, ''ho had heen riding along a road in }forth aro ma, h in the western part, not far from the Catawba RiYer, had h brought his hor'e to a stop in front of a house of goodly re tis size, standing perhaps fifty yards back from the road. re It was night, being perhaps lialf-past nine o'clock, and house was up, while the ,ound of music and ul a h 1 h B : ancmg came to t e trave er s earmg. 1 g The lone rider sat there for more than a minute, seemA ingly debating something in hiFmind. Indeed this wa what he doing; he was trying to decide whether he m should stop rmcl ask to be allowerl to remain over night, t d on IJI 'rhether he go on and trust to luck to reach >1nd another glance around the room made the affair plain I to him-so he tho;ight, at least. Along the walls of the room was ranged eight or ten girl, and perhaps a dozen young men, who, as the traveler C;Ou]cl tell by their dress, were young men of the vicinity. These young men did not look happy; their faces were lowering ,and sullen. "I think I understand the situation," the strange young man said to himself; "the redcoats have happened along, heard the mu ic and dancing, just as I did, and stopped an cl came in and took th affair into their own hands. It to see that the young fellows.,.don't like it. Well, for half a shilling, I would take a hand in this myself; I don't think those redcoats should be allowed to have another house soon, where there were no festivities being ererything their own way." ? held. 1-0:e turned to the ervant girl. ''If you please,'' he said, A,the lone traveler was a young man not more than "you need not announce me. I will enter the room quietly s b 11 t\\enry of age, he finally came to the which n might hare been looked for: He decided to stop here. e 11 There 'rere a number oi hor:;:es tied to the fence near at 0 rn111l and tbe youn0rr man dismounted and tied his horse. e hen he entered the yard and walked to the house and ..:noeked on the front door. Tlw door did not open, and judging that the dancers he young man knocked again This time the door opened and a colored servant stood "May I come in?" the young man asked. The negress hesitated an instant and then opened the and make myself at home in my own way.'' "Berry well, sah," was the reply, and then, eemingly glad to escape the responsibility of having admitted the etrangcr, the negress hastened away. The young man took off his hat and left it in the hall and then entered the room quietly. The redcoats, who \\' ere engrossed in their occupation of dancing, did not were not dancing sa 11' him and stared .at him in m1d, so far as the girls were concerned, with considerable of admiration as well, for he was a remarkably handsome young fellow. The traveler was not extra well dressed, his clothi:pg door wide and said: "I guesses ez how yo' mought ez well being of ordinary cloth and showing the signs of con ome in, $ah; ever'buddy dat wants ter cum in hez done siderable use, but the owner was such a bright, handsome 1. 0 Jooking fellow that his clothing did not attract mucht The stranger entered and found himself in a large hall. notice. o the left, through an open doorway, he saw the dancers, "Isn't he handeome !"


, ,, THE L1BEUTY BOY:-!. BEACOX LWIIT. .. I oncler who he is?' I "I know ; but their weapons still leave them the stronger = "Did vou erer see him before?" "Be U:ust be a stranger in these parts." ''I hope he'll stay and give us a chance to I force, ii it came to a combat." The young traveler ehook his head. "I don't know : J dance with about that,'' he ;;aid; "if you were to make a sudden and1 him!" concerted attack on them I think you could o.-erpGwer them1a Such were a few of the ex<(lamations and whisbefore they could use their weapons." pered to one another by the girls. < ''It might be as you say, the young man, clubioml. The young men were quite curious regarding the new-: "if we had one to take the lead ancl had had ex comer al o and they wondered ,rho he and where he i perience in such matters. But as it is I dont think 're came from. i woulcl dare attack them. \Ye would simply be butcherecl ,. I wonder who he is?" "I tlw majority of you youJ1g people 'rho are1 "Hes a stranger." .. Y e3, and thank goodness he isn't a redcoat!" "Hc"s a handsome fellow, isnt 'he?" Yes, and a resolute looking one." 1 1 ou are right; he looks as if he would not be afraid of the Old Nick hilnself." Such were some of the remarks made by the young men. Presently one, wli.o was a brisk, good -natured young fellow, "IYalked across the room and took his place beside the stranger. "Good evening!" he greeted, pleasantly. "Goocl eyening !" was the reply. "You seem to be haY-in2-" a Yery pleasant time." The young man made a wry face. "The redcoats seem 1.o be having a very pleasant time," he said, significantly, anr1 'rith considerable of displeasure and disgust in hiR t@e" : 'the rest of us clo not seem to be getting much fon out of it.'' .. How that?" ith an assumption of yo\1 not imite the redcoats to the dance?'' '" \'i' ell, I rather guess not "l OU didn't(" No." "Did "How came they to be in here, then, and dancing?" "They walked in." "Of their own accord?" "Well, it seems to me that that was rather impudent in i.hem.'' the way I look at it; and so do the rest of the 'I should think you 1rnuld." '"Yes; but we can t help ourselYes." not ?" "Why, c1ont you see? The redcoats are armed with and sword and we are unarmed." "I see; but you outnumber th e m than two to one." I here are then:-' I don"t think there iB a Tory in the house.'' ''I guessed that from the way you talked." ,, "You guessed right." i "I take it that you don't like to have the redcoats mo uopol ize your girb ,the 'a y they are doing?" 'rhe other made a grimace. 'I should say not!" he exclaimed "Do you see the girl with that captain, there ?1 That is my girl. We ha1e been sm'ethearts for three and will marry in a year; well, you don t suppo e I enjoy, seeing that blamed redcoat have his arms around her and go dancing around the room with her, do you?" The young could hardly keep from laughing. 1 He n'alizetl. howeYer. that it was a serious matter with Llw :rnt;ng man, and c1i ce1if:ainly "\r ell. I don't see why the change should not be made ." The strange man. spoke calmly, but as if he meant. '"hat he said. "Yon don t ? There and considerable ,! .,nht in the young Routherners tone. ''Xo."


THE LIBERTY EOS' BEACOX LIGHT. 3 er/:================================================================= ========================== == "How coul11 it Le done?" I A look of surprise and delight appeaTed on the face )W \r ell, you a little "hile ago that if you fellows of the young Sontlierner. id d a leader-$omc one who had had experience in such "I have heard of you many times!" he said "And you 111 hatters-to take tl;e lead and show you what to do you are Di6k Slater, the famous patriot, scout, spy and cap.light do something." tain of 'The Liberty Boys of '7G' ?" i.: "80 I did." "Yes, I am the captain of the 'Liberty Boys.'" "Good! Splendid The boys will go into this affair gladly and confidently, now; and they will give the redx:-"\\'ell, J am willing to act as your leader." 1c The stranger spoke calmly, and the other eyed him, ,, earchingly. Somehow he was impressed by the young coats some rough handling if the scoundrels try to use re nan's looks. There was something about him that sug-their weapons." that he had had considerable experience in war"That is the point; we must not let the redcoat;; use "I more than half believe he is a soldier-and a their weapons." atriot soldier at that!., the young Southerner said to "I understand." imself. be said: ) "You are "illi,ng to act as our leader?" "Yes, if you arc willing to see to it that the young men ie ct promptly when the time come::;. If you will guarantee ? they go for the redcoats for all they are worth." s, "I I c:an promise you that they will do that," I Y as the reply. "They would like a chance to give those d edcoats a good thumping, but are afraid of the r ,. h words and pistols." They ueed not be." "You think so?" "We must overpower and disarm them "Exactly; pull their teeth, eh?" "Ye:<." .. And ti.en what shall we ee; that doe seem reasonable other side of the .room and he immediately began whispere "Certainly. That i;" all that is necessary; that there be ing to them and then they to one another, and You would have to act instantly when I 1 it was. e \ ident that they were pleased and excited. s IYe the signal." The girls were eager to be let rnto the secret, and the boys Well, I am sure that I can ans"er for the boys that i whispered to the girls, and many were the admiring glances e hey will be not only willing but glad and eager to make i sent across to where Dick stood, leaning quietly and care -1 l1e attack." I k>sly agaimt the wall. right, then; as you are all patriots, and so are "And so that is Dick Slater!" ., riends, I "ill tell you who I am; but you must not peak' heard so much about him!" 11y name aloud as I don't wa11t the redcoats to know who I "lrn't he !" m or that such a person is i.n this part of the country. "They say he is one of the most daring fello\ls in the f o you understand?" world!" "Yes, yes!" the youth's voice was eager, for he began "Goodnes I hope the boys "ill ucceed in getting o understand, now, that the young stranger was some one the better of the redcoats!;' 'of note and importance. "We. >ron't\ speak your name "I'm afraid, aren't you?" t aloud, but if you are some one well known, -if you will Such were a few of the exclamations and remarks made Fll me your name so I can tell the boys, it will give them k one by the girls, while the young men were com ore confidence and will be likely to have considerable ing to an understanding of what they were to do. ffect in making our attack on the redcoats quccessful." Dick was "atching them and a ]so keeping an eye on "Very well; I will tell you : name is Slater-Dick the redcoats, and presently the young man who bad talked Slater." with him caught his eye and p:o..-e a nod, 1Yhich said that


----------....,.---------4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHT. all was settled and that the youths would be ready to act "I don't lrnow what you was Dick's ca the instant the signal was given. Dick, nodded in reply, reply. and then turned his entire attention to the redcoats. "Never mind that. You applied the epithet of cowa A few minutes later the British soldiers stopped dancto me, did you not?" The officer's look and tone ing, and the captain called out, with a grin and a wink at threatening in the extreme, but it did not seem to hi his comrades: "First salute, and then seat your partners." At the words from the captain the redcoats, himself included, to kiss the six girls they had been dancing with. Now, the maidens, while unwilling, had feared to refuse to dance with the redcoats-had consented to do so in order to avoid trouble between them and their in truth, but to permit themselves to be kissed was another matter. They felt that this was carrying the any effect on Dick, who replied, promptly and calmly: "I did." 11\rhy did you do it?" '' Bec;au$e it is true." "0 h, you think it is true, do you?" ''I am positive of it." "What makes you so positive?" "It is a simple matter to answer that question." thing altogether too far ; and so, instead of letting the men "Do i:;o, then." kiss them, the girls tore themselves loose from the grasp 'l'he captain was eyeing Dick, closely, and it was evide of the men and ran across the room to where the other I that he was delaying attacking the y"'outh in order to ha girls were-with one exception. When the girl who had I time to study him. danced with the British captain attempted to jerk away 1 "Well, no one but a coward would attempt to kiss from him he had sei zed her .in his arms, and, holding her young lady against her will." tightly. was doing his best to try to kiss the struggling "Oh, thafs the way you arrive at the belief that I aru girl, when Dick Slater leaped forward and cried, sternly: coward, is it?" "Unhand the young lady, you big coward!" "Yei:;." CHAPTER IL THE DISCOMFITURE OF THE REDCOATS. ''But how do you know I was trying to kiss the you I lady her will?" "That was self evident." "How do you make that out?" "She 'ms trying to escape from you." "Oh, ho. Ha! ha! ha!" laughed the captain. "It plain that you don't know much about young ladies. Th filways make a great show of being angry, and of tryi 'l'he girl's lover had started to leap forward to her assistto get away, but it is all put on. They are not tryi .ance, but Dick had waved him back at the moment he Yt:ry hard, and they are wanting the kiss quite as much leaped forward, and the youth, so great was his respect for and faith in Dick Slater, obeyed and paused, saying to (iimself: "He'll settle with that redcoat scoundrel!" The youth's hands were clenched, however, and there was a the man is wanting to give it to them." Dicks lip curled with scorn. "I don't think you knc

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEACON LIGH'l1 5 !d=============================-=============================== "Assuredly not." 1 j "I cannot conceive of a coward ucii as you are killing The officer, and his five comrades as well," looked at the I people under any other circumstances tP,an those I have young man who was so boldly facing them and practically mentioned/ was the reply. -w biddi:g them defiance, searchingly, and with considerablP "See here, you are altogether too insolent!" cried the ria curiosity. They seemed to realize that he was not one of captain, growing red in the face. the young beaux who had been enjoying themselves when "Don't take any more of his insolence, captain!" they :first put in an appearance. They were sure he was 1 "No, put a stop to his talk." a stranger, and there was something about him which "Kill the young scoundrel!" I impressed them with the belief that he was a young man "I believe he's a rebel!., who had had a great deal of experience. Such were the exclamations of the redcoats, who were "Who are you?" the captain asked, abruptly. 1 wondering why their commander had not long ago cut or "Why do you wish to know?" asked Dick. I shot the young stranger down. "I have a curiosity regarding the matter, that is all." Dick saw that a climax was at hand, and gave the youths "Oh, that's it?" at the of the room a quick, significant glance. He "Yes." noted, with satisfactio.n, that they were ready for action. "I don't see what it matters who I am." 'l'hey were half crouched aad there was an eager, excited "Well, I do." look on their faces-a determined look it was, too. "You do?" The captain glared at Dick for a few moments, in silence, "Yes; I wish to ]mow who you are, before killing you, an cl thell' $aid, in a low but fierce and threatening voice: "I L I so as to be enabled to enter your name on my list of did not intend to injure you severely, but you have been victims." so impudent and have talked so insultingly that now The officer said this in a somewhat fierce voice and with nothing but your life's blood will satisfy me. I am going a fierce look on his face, but if he expected to impress the to kill you!" young stranger, he was disappointed; for the youth burst As lie finished speaking the captain started to draw his into a. laugh. Dick could not help it; the idea was so I sword, but as he made the :first motion toward doing so absurd. And he kept on laughing to such an extent that Dick struck out straight from the shoulder. His fist hit the British captain grew angry and disgusted. the captain fair between the eyes and knocked him down "Shut up!" he growled. "What do you find funny about as promptly and effectively as if he had been struck by a my statement?" t:ledgc-ha1nrner. Then Dick cried out: "Why the statement itself-the entire thing." "Down with the king!" "What is there funny about it?" The youths had awaited the signal, eagerly, and the "Tht idea of your keeping a list of your victims. How i instant Dick gave utterance to the words they leaped long and large a list have you, if I may ask?" I forward with all the energy and eagerness of hounds sud "I have a list with twenty-six names on it." The capdenly let loose on a scent. They obeyed Dick's instruc' tain said this boastfully and with an air that said he was lions to the letter and divided up in twos and attacked the proud of it. I fh-e redcoats all at the same moment. The result wa I "Do you really mean it?" asked Dick, and now the smile that though the redcoats tried to draw weapons they were was gone from his face and there was a peculiar, grim, unable to clo so and were quickly thrown down upon the dangerous look in his eyes and on his face. floor with sufficient force to temporarily daze them, and "Of course I mean it!" "And you have killed twenty-six people, you say?" "Yes, and all Americans!" "I suppose the majority of them were women and chil -Oren,' said Dick, in a cold, stern voice; "and that the men were all shot in the back." The captain flushed angrily. their weapons were taken from them. The captain leaped upon by two of the youths, before he could struggle to his feet, ancl his weapons were rcmoYed also. Then at a rommand from Dick the youths permitted the six reclcoats to rise. 'rhe girls had frightened when the encounter Rtart ed, and had uttered a few startled cries, but the affair "No, they were not mostly women and children, nor were was so quickly over and their friends had conquered so i:he men shot in the back!" he growled. "What makes completely that their cries quickly changed to exclamations _:you say that?'' of delight an:d satisfaction.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEACOX LIGHT. =======-=======================================================-===c.=-=====A Oh, I'm so glad our boys whipped them!" "No, I don"t see why the fact that these are war time "Oh, goody! goody!" should make you have the right to keep our weapons 'The y've taken the redcoats' weapons away from them!" "It is simple enough, as you know; in war time s, "Yes, they are helpless now!" often makes right, and this i one of the times when that' J "I guess they won "t force us girls to dance with them is the case ) again to-night!" This from one of the girls who had been A. mutfcred cmse escaped the captain' s lips. forced to dance with one of the British soldiers. "You will be sorry for carrying things in this high i As for the redcoats, they looked crestfallen in the exhanded fa hion !''he growled. treme. They looked down then noses, all but the captain, "I don't think so," smiled Dick; "I am quite willing to and be glared at Dick with the look of a :fiend If looks risk it, anyhow." would have killed, Dick would haYe dropped in his tracks "Then you are going to keep our weapons?" Dick met the officer's gaze with a cool look of satis "Yes." faction, and with a faint smile curling his lips. 1 You will re0crret it." "Well, what do you think of matter:. as they stand now?" I 'Oh, I guess not. the youth asked. I "Yes, you will! You will be sorry you erer treateqn j soldiers of the king in uch fashion!" "I think this is an outrage!" was the reply, m I "I think so; and as for :you, you ought to be. a voice hoarse with rage. thankful that we do not hold you prisoners .. 'Yes." "Oh, we could send you to the patriot armv and turn "A. while ago vou seemed to think it all right to force the t th"" A d ,, 1 you over o 1.: mencan comman er. young ladies to dance w ith you agarnst then will, and 1 "B h 1 th t t ti pait 0c tl1c a ere is no pa no army m us 1. eYen to kis's them; now, with the hoe on the other foot, 1 t ., coun ry so to speak, when yo-n are i.he ones who have to do as you I "Perhaps not." are told to do, y o u do not to enjoy it nearly so well." "Oh, that i s what yon think, is it?" "What would you do with us?" h "I know there i not." "Give us back our weapons," said the captain. Dick Bhook his heac1. "Oh, well, it doesn"t matter; you are at liberty to take/ n I could not think of doing that," he said. your departure, but you will have to leave your weapons behind." "Why net?" '"1 haYe a proposition to make to you," sa:id the captain,,, "Because I am afraid you would imme diately attempt l to use them and that w ould be bad "GiY e us bac k our weapons and we will at our leal'e and will not bother you any more." Dick smiled. once take "You won't bot]ier us any more, anyway," he said abruptly. "What is it?" "That you fight a duel with me!" o CHAPTER III. 0 The captain frown e d. nnd it was evident that it was only with great difficulty that he managed to keep back an exclamation that might haYe damaged himse1 and 1 comrades. i DICK TE.I.CHE C.APTAL SHARPLEY A J,E SON. "Surely you clo 'not il1tend to keep our wea.pons ?" he 11 Dick-and, in fact, everybody in the said tl f6 t 1 ie o cer in amazemen "Why not?" "Why, you hare no right to do anything of the kind." "Fight a rlncl with you?" said Dick. "Yes." room-stared at to "But you forget that these are war times," said Dick. "\Vhy should I do that?" "What difference does that make?" I "I'll tell you: I will fight you with sword or p istol and:fi "A good deal." if you defeat me you keep our weapons; but if I "I don't see why it should." I defeat you we are to be allowed to have our weapons again.11i 1 You see, and understand very well; but you are not I Dick laughed. i willing to acknowledge it, tlrnt is all." 1 "There would be no sense in my doing that." he said.


I nm BOY;-j" BE.\COX LIGHT. r---1::=-....===::.:....:=========-==================-c:::::======::;::===========================--====== == =========-========= nes "\rhy not?'' warrior t}rnt you will not hesiiate to meet me on that 'Because we already lun-e the weapons and can keep account." ,bt cm as well without my fighting you as if I were to do so.'' "You are right," wa::: the prompt reply; 'I would not a t "I know; but you would feel better about it, would you hesitate an iu tant on that account. But I clo not ;;ec t, if you had really \\'on the weapons by defeating me?" that I am called upon to meet you. We haYe of ''Ire haYe already won them by defeatin.g you," was .your weapons and can keep them. and that Rcttlc;; it. You b -ick's reply. "I kno'"' but that doesn't count." to ''I think it does." The captain frowned. "Oh, come,,'' he said, persuasiYely, "be fair and giYe us chance.'' "You had your chance and lost." are at liber(\' to go, RO hacl better mnke of your opportunity aml go before we chan;rc our nhout lll'r mitting you to do so.,., 'l',he captain's face gre" dark. 'But yon struck me ., he "You knocked me clown, and I am not the man to forgirn or forget a thing of that kincl. You haYe got to settle "ith me sooner or "'Ye didn t liaYc any chance. You took us by surprise later, and you might as well do it now as later. There is d d were clonb.le our number." a good moon o u t, so come out of doors, if you a're not au "We bad to counteract your weaponin some way, e could only do it by force of numbers." and arrant coward, and I will you a few things in S\rord j practice that you do not at present know." "Ancl if I decline?" ay that you will fight me," said the officer, insistently "Then I shall brand you as a coward-a blow and a "I cloh t wi h to fight you." eoward, just as you accu ed me a while ago!" n ""'by not Z" "For the reason that I do not wish to kill you." This was $poken in such a calm, matterof fact manner "But that would not be true. ''It wouldn't?'' "No." hat the captain ancl his men stared. I "Oh, you don't wish to kill me, eh?" sneered the officer, I presently. ce IS "That is "Humph! it, How very kind of y ou!" "I know you mean to be sarca"tic," said Dick; 'but it not matter. It does not alter the facts in the ca:::c iiat the only reason I have for not wishing to fight you bernuse I !lo not '"ish io kill you.'' "And you arc not a coward?" "I nm not.,, "Then ]HOY!.' it by meeting me." Dick frowned. "I tell you, sir, that while I do not like you or an:' one 1rho wears a coat the color of the one YOU haYe on, I haYe < / not enough a

( ,, THE LIBERTY BOY::;' LIL.HT. ''That is bravado, spoken with the purpose of trying I tempt to bother these people in nny 1ray. :-:hape or fo >pc to discourage me, but it won't work," said Captain Sharp-ls that sati factory?" lid ley. "Yes, I agree to that alS'O." ired ''Then you will not be satisfieJ unless we fight?" "Very well; then there is no need of d e laying longi" y "I will not." Are you ready?" in, "Very well, then; come out of doors. We will soon "Ready!" "Y settle the matter. I am not averse to taking some of I "Very well; engage!" 1 I ID the conceit out of you, for I see you think you are a won-11 The next instant the blades struck together with derful swordsman." resounding clash, .. causing sparkti to fly from the fine I "\ The officer seemed surprised. He stared at the young tempered steel, and screams of fear to come from the li man in amazement. I uf the girls. "1 l "I am one of the best s1rordsmen in the British army," "Oh, I'm afraid hell be killed!" said one girl in ti u-he said. car of another. She was referring to Dick, of course. "And so .... do I -'-"I hope not!'' was the reply. "I "I am glad to hear it. I will teach you a few things which you do not know, and it will not be said that I took advantage of a t;yro." "No, you need not be afraid that it will be said that you took advantage of a tyro--eh, boys?" with a grin. It is unnecessary to say that the combat was watch/' eagerly by all. The young men were anxious regardinm the safety of Dick Slater, and the five redcoats were mon His five men shook their head!<. more by curiosity to see how good a swordsman thel "Xo, he need not be afraid of that." comrade had encountered than aught else; they did nc "He'll find that you are not a novice." for a moment think that he had met his equal. f "Indeed he will, captain!" They were destined to be surprised, however, as wi/3 "It will be you who will teach hirn some tricks!" the captain himself. When the otllccr tried to press maf "I hope you will run him througn." i.ers, with the intention of putting an end to th!! a:ffai Such were the remarks of the redcoats. quickly, he found that his opponent had an impregnabl1 Dick smiled, and taking two swords out of the scabbards, I defense. The Briton had ne,er seen anything like it. Hi' nodded toward the officer and said: "Come, we will settle I thrusts were parried with ease; pet feints weri' this matter at once." laughed at. The young man was proving himself to be i' Dick led the way, the redcoats following, and behind \onderful swordsman, and the redcoats di

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEACON LIGHT. I that their champion might win grew almost to the defend mg. lt is only fair, you know, as one man should that he would do so. Somehow his coolness rn-not be forced to do all the work." 1ired them with faith in him. A muttered curse escaped the captain's lips, and the : "You are a good hand with the sword," said the capredcoats nudged one another and exchanged significant in, vic.ionsly; "but I'll get you yet!" looks. "You think so?" Dick's tone and air w:ere cool and "I guess it's all up with the captain," murmured one to his next neighbor. "Yes; 3 ou cannot long withstand me." "It looks that way," was the reply. J "You think not?" "I am not tired," said the captain, in reply to Dick's l "lam sure of it." I words; "I am as fresh as ever." "I dont think-if you will pardon me for contradicting "I hate to dispute your word, sir," said Dick, with u-that you think any such thing." I elaborate politeness, your attack lacks strength and "But I do, though!" vim, and so I know from that that you are tired. Bermit "No; you are merely talking to keep your own courage m e !" and then he suddenly begansuch a fierce attack and in the hope, incidentally, that may have toot the officer was forced back in spite of all he could do. e effect on me." "Just to show you that you are not such a .great swordsi; "Bahl" man as you think, I shall touch you two or three times, "Saying 'bah' won't help your case, captain." captain," said Dick; "there," as the point of the sword There was a laugh from the young men, and indeed from pricked the captain's chest, "I could have run you through ew of the girls-the stronger-nerved ones-lit this, and then had I so desired." a sound of their laughter enraged the captain terribly. "I don't believe it!" cried the officer, almost wild with muttered a curse, but lie was.already doing all he knew rage and discomfiture. "That was only an accident." sword, so could not increase the fierceness "Here goes for another accident," said Dick, coolly; "I will 'accidentally' touch you on the cheek this time and i "I will run you thrbugh in less than a minute!" he draw blood." The youth did so, and another cry of rage and pain a"You had better give yourself more time than that." escaped the captain's lips. 1 d Dick, quietly; "I am sure you cannot make your rds good. Now if you had said a month you would t ve a better chance-thou gh I don't believe you could r it in that time." "You see, it is very simple and easy," said Dick; "you are entirely at my so you might as well surrender." "Never! .r will not do it! I am not at your mercy. You lire just boasting. You touched me by accident !" ;:: Again the young men and some of the girls laughed, and 1 "I assure you that you are mistaken," said Dick; "and rain the officer m uttered a cutse. He realized that when I to prove it to you I will touch you again." 11 came to coolness and confidence, the young stranger was He did so, and then went on: "You there is noth s superior, and he was beginning to be porsessed of the ing of accident about it. I can touch you when and where r that the fellow was his superior with the sword I please; and could, if I so desired, run you through in [ o. His comrades began to fear the same thing, and one stead of simply drawing blood. You would do. well to ispered to another: ? "I'm afraid the captain bas struck a snag, this time!" "I guess you are right," was th e reply. Y The officer's efforts were beginning to tell on him. :s becoming tired. Dick noticed that the attack was 1,. owing less fierce, and realized at once that his opponent rd practirally exhausted himself. He decided to begin eshing matters, now, on his account, and put an end to e affair. 's "Well, captain," he said. quietly, "as you are tired I ell now relieve you of the offense and let you do the snrr. ender, captain." But the captain was stubborn. "I will never surrender!" he said. "I do not believe you are a better sworiisman than: I. I will not acknowledge myself beaten until I am l1catrn." "You are beaten now." "I am not." "You are; every person who is looking on knows it." "It i sn't true!" the captain's voice trembled, so great was his anger and discomfiture "Your ow11 men will te11 you so; and if they have any


10 THE LIBERTY BOY::J' BK\COS LlGHT. =========================================================================regard for your safety they ill do well to speak up and/ "Kor I," from the man who was riding beside the c tell yon i.e. giYe up and ackno"ledge yourself beaten." tain "If of them utte rs a word I ll shoot him, as sure 1 "I would never liaYc expected to :find my equal as my name is Sharpley!" the officer And so great the sword in this bla ted country,'' the captain growled \\as the po\rer of di cipline that the m e n did not dare "You are right; and that makes me think that utter a word. young fellow is more than he seems." 'Yery w e ll, then; s in c e you won't let them speak and "Ahl you don't think he is an ordinary traveler, e tell you you are at my mercy, and s ince you to/ "l do not. X o ordinary man would be able to u, nd: no\vlcdge it and smre nder, I shall have t-0 take the j ::;word like he did." matter info my own hands." 1 "By Joye! I believe yon are right." "I am sure that I am. ou cannot harm me," said the captain; but there was in the tone that told that the speaker did not btlieYe what he said. "I will show you something,'' said Dick, and th e n he bl'g an a furious attack on his opponent. His former effort s "ere v e ry mild alongside these, and the result was soon apparent The captain, in his almost exhausted condi tion, could not withstu.nd the youth, and almost before any one knew wliat was there was a sharp dang, and the officer s sword was knocked out of his hand and fell to the ground, ten away. Dick had disarmed hi::; oppon e nt. "What do you think about the fellow, l.Iortimer ?" "I think he is a soldier." "A rebel soldier, eh?" I "Yes; and an officer. \ "The probabilities are that you are right,., agre e d < captain; "if he is a soldier he is an officer, as a comn soldier would not understand the use of the :;word as t fellow understands it." a "No; our own dragoons know but little of real S\\" play, you know." "You are right; all they know how to do is to cut do/ ward from the back of a horse "X ow, captain, I guess you will acknowledge defeat," said Dick qui etly; "I have killed you, but did not T 1 t 1.b t t ,, "That is it, exactly wish to do s o l: on am yom men are a i e r v o go. I "But who can the fellow be? If he is The officer s aid not a word, but made a gesture and alk ecl to wher e the horses were he is o owmg. d h" f 11 A I and an officer, who i;;; he?" few moments later they were in the saddle and riding awa} "That is the question. at a g.iJlop. I "And a diflicnlt one to answer." "You are right." "Well, it's all 01er," said Dick, calmly; "now you may "And where is he from?" go back into the house and enjoy yourselves without being "That is another lJo lh e red b y the r e dcoats." 1 i "So it is; but l am going to difficult question." find out CHAPTER IV. THE CAP'J'AJ:N" REPORTS. I )fortimer." : "How arc :you going to do it?" i "I'll tell you: "'e will go straight back to camp." go to :Jiajor Ferguson and report." "Yes." "Ile \Yill br angry." If e\ er there was an angry and disgusted man it was Captain Sharpley. He rode along in silence for a few minutes, and then burst out with a torrent of curses, after 1 l h d 1' "You-may be sure he will be. ''" uc 1 e sa1 : in a jiffy." He will get his I risl1 "Did you ever hear of s uch luck all your life, boys? Who would haYe thought that I would be defeated in a combat by that young scoundrel?" obody would ha Ye tl1onght it, captain," one replied; it is the most a tonishing thing I ever heard of." "I ci'n hardly believe it even now!" from another. "Yes; he will be eager tQ know something more this stranger "He certainly will, for he has almost as much curio 1 in most tlrings as a woman." "So he has; well, I will work on his cmiosity and "Weil, it's real enough!" growled the captain. "He dehim to let me take a score of men and return to the h featrcl me, all right enough. But I don't understand it." 1 where the dance is being held


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BK\COX LIGHT. 11 Thai is a good .. I think ''.ind your plan is to--" .. ke a pritioner of that young scoundrel I see. And then you will--" "Take him back to camp with us." I by the major; "te1t "fajor Fergu s on I'"wish to see him at once." '. ''Come in, captain!" called out a Yoice from within the teJlt. It was the voicy of th e major, who had heard the captains words. The captain entered and found the major reading by the i light of a laid the book down and looked at "Ana there we will put lum through a course of sprouts. 'I ih c newcomer, mquumgly. "That's the way to talk!" 1 "'Yhat is it, captain?" he asked, in a rich brogue. I "We will make tell us who he is." I HYes." .. And where he came from and what he is doing down 1erc in this part of the country." "Ile may pro, e to be stubborn." "\\'e can take it out of him." "\\ell, I'm in for doing as you say, for I confess I have great curio sity regarding the follow." "I hare come to report to you, major." "Ah, yes.' ":Jiyself and five companions were out on a scouting expedition, you know." "Yes, yes; I know." "We have just got back." "Did you learn anything?" "Yes, I did," replied the captain, drily, and he emph a-1 d 1 I I k h &ized the "I" in such a manner as to attract the maJor's '' h.n so iave now e i no common man, young s he is." attention. "That is a self evident fact." "You learned something, eh?" he remarked, emphasiz -i nir the "1." "You are right; no common man could have defeated J 11e in a duel with swords." "'S' C\'er !" The redcoats ;ode onward at a gallop for perhaps half an iour, ancl had gone a dLtance of three miles or more, when hey were bailed : Hult \\'ho comes there?" 'FrienE! !'' called out the captain "Adrnnce, friends, and give the countersign." j The sir redcoats rode forward till close to the sentinel, I nd then the officer said : "Death to rebels!" "All right; pass on," said the sentinel. "Oh, it's ;you, s it, ,'harplcy?" he added. "Yes, it's me," was the ca1itain's reply, and he and his omrades rode on to where the hor es were tied, and dis-, nountcd. They tied their horses and then entered the amp proper. The five men threw themselves down near a amp-fire and called for some food, while the captain trode omrard to the tent occupied by the commander of "I did." "What diil you learn?" "That there are better swordsmen in this country than rn yself." The major stared. "Better sword s men in this country than you?" he exThe captain nodded. "Ye,:," he said. "You mean that you cncount e1e d a man-an American, a rebel, was your superior with the sword?" 'That is just what I mean." The major wa, Y e ry much excited. "Tell me about it," he said; "tell me all about it at once The captain did o, being interrupted occasionally by ex clamations from the major, who could hardly contain himself sufficiently to sit still and listen. "Well, if that doesn't beat anything I ever heard his force. h e cried, when the story was :finished. "To think that you, The force in question consisted of two hundred dragoons six British soldiers, should allow yourselves to be set upon one thousand Tories, ;ho had been drilled into a by a gang of boys and relieved of your weapons and sent infantry corps. The force was under the command l\fajor Patrick Fe-rguson, who was a good officer and a 00r1 fighter, but a little bit enthusiastic and hot-headed, might have been expected, he being an Irishman. me, Captain Sharpley,'' i;aid the officer to the 1n1erly. who met him at the entrance to the tent occupied away witho11t them! It is outrageous!" "We don't feel very good over the affair, ourselves, ::\Iajor Ferguson," said the captain, drily. "Well, I should think that you \\Ould not! And then to think that you were beaten in a S\\'Ord combat by that :voung stranger


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEAUO.N LIGHT. "He is a reb e l of not e young as he i s," said the captain,. l'llcamped, and the five who had been with him asked hiE with conviction ; "I would be willing to wager that if we eagerly what success he had had with the major. l rode out of the e ncampment and up the road in the dire0 tion of the house wher e the dance was b eing h e ld. CHAPTER V DTCK S DOZEN. If the redcoats thought to take the young stranger by' s urpris e they were doomed to be disappoint e d how e ver. "Why not?" The instant the six bad disappeared from sight, afte r "For the r e a s on that I think that young fellow is far duel Dick had untied hi s horS and leaped into the addle too s hr ewd to permit himself to be You think h e will be on bis guard?" [ do. I do n o t b e lieve that y o u will find him when you go back to the house \l; here the d a nce is being held." "You don't?" "No." "You think h e will have disapp eare d, eh?" "Well, I don't believe that you will find him." "Anyway, we will make the trial." "Oh, yes, you can do that. lt will do no harm." "I am going to follow those fellows," h e said; "I will be back presently." "Why do you wish to follow them?" asked one of the youth s "For the rea s on that I think they will be back before very long, with w e apons in their hands and with consider-1 able of an addition to their numbers." l "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes." "The n perhaps we had better stop dancing and go to our' "No; '" e ll, I will s elect my men and be off at once." homes." "Yes, the quicker you go the b etter will be your chances "That will be best and safest," said Dick; "and I will i of making a succes s-but I think the y are v ery slim at tell you what you may do after that." the best." "What?" "You s eem to have gotten a v e r y good opinion of the "Arm yourselves and come back here." young stranger." "Ah, I understand. You want that we shall be ready to "I have; I can readily see that h e i s a shrewd young give the redcoats some rough handling, if they try to c uti "All the more reason we should make every attempt to capture him." "That is true; and I hope you will succeed." "We will do our best to succeed." "D. o so, and come and report as soon as you get back up." "Yes; they may get saucy and even threaten td harm i these people here or burn the house \ "All right_ ; "e'll take the girls home and then arm ourselves and hurry back." \ "Do so." "I will do so, major. Then Dick galloped away on the track of the redcoats 11 Then the captain saluted and took his departure By riding rapidly he was enabled to get close enough to He went at on c e to the place where his company was hear the clatter of the horses' hoofs on the ground. He


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHT. 13 not dare get clo e enough to see the redcoats as they "Then the captain has gone to ask l\Iajor Ferguson for d then have seen him. It was not a difficult matter, permission to go and make the attempt to capture the ever, to keep on the track of the men by listening stranger?" sionally. "Yes." ick was close enough to bear the sentinel's voice when "Jove! I hope the major will let him do it." hallengecl the six reckoat-<. and the youth knew what "So do I." meant. "I think be will do so." The British encampment is just beyond," be said to 1 "I guess he will." self; "I shall have to be very careful." "Well, it won't do him much good," thought Dick; "I ick dismounted and tied his horse to a tree; then he I will see to it that their expedition does not prove successforward and succeeded in getting past tbe sentinel I ful." close up to the encampment. Then Dick got to wondering what the Brit\sh force was e crawled up close to the point where Captain Sharpdoing up in this part of North Carolina. He ha

J1 THE LIBE11TY BOYS" BE.'1.CO:\ LIGHT. "Twenty-one? And we are only thirteen!'' "True; but we will be more than a match for them." "How can we be? They outnumber us almost two to one." as redcoats come down the rotlll, antl 1Yhcn I gire 1 rnrd, fire." '' '' e will do so "Aml when you ha re fired the rnlley with the rifles, "Yes, but that doesn't amount to much when you take them and draw your pistols and fire a Yolley with _th into consideration the fact that we will be enabled to take "Yery well." them by surprise." Dick 1 tell you?" He was right; they had not been in their position "That's a good schenie." than two or three minutes when the sound of hoofbeats "\re are!" The an:;wer was prompt and was in a chorus heard. of voices. "ln every Yes." .. They , for tf1ere is not .a bit of "y cry good; then we must get ready to Come with I of it. we will be able to put thtm to rout, and wit uie." one of us being injured, I am confident." Dick led the way along the road a distance of a hundred right; we n keep cool,'' replied Eugene. clatter! sounded the hoo!s of the horses, yards an

I = 'FHE LlB.ERTY BOYS' BEACOX LIGHT. 15 e' =========================================================================:.=========::::::== JJwking its 1rn: along a roacl in the weslern part of North "It is right here," said a Yoice, and the two whirled to l'

THB LIBERTY BO BEACON LIGHT. They are about ten miles back. I left them encamped dred, witb our three hurnlred, \rill make a force that \n ,


TUE LIBERT BOYS' BEACON LIGHT. for you to go. all right. You can join us four or five "We will get the boys up, break camp and go and join t of here. How does that 1-mi.t you?" Shelby's force, Dick!" he said. he youths said it suited them first rate, and l after a "I think that will be the thing to do, Doh: in fact, l more word' they dispersed and hastened away in the told Shelby we would join them before morning." ction of their homes to ask their parents to let them ith the patriot force. "That was right; I'll rouse the boys at once." Bob and Dick both went to work and soon had the ick then returned to the road and joined the patriot "Liberty Boys" woke up. It diJ not take long to place e. the youths in possession of a knowledge of the situation, \rhat are you going to do, Mr. Shelby?" he asked. and they rolled up their blankets, bridled and saddled way are you going from here?" their horses, and within half an hour of the time Dick \\re are on our way to Gilbert Town," was the reply. arrived there the entire force was riding away toward the Ah, ye ; how far is that from here?" 1 west, bent on joining the patriot force under Shelby and A little more than twenty miles." Sevier. Very well; if you don't object I think I will go with I l1 I .1 shall be glad to have you go with us; and your men Cl:L\.PTER YII. the one who did this," pointing to the dead and I nded redcoats. .\lAJOU l'ERGl'ROX DEC lDES TO FOLLOW. Oh, yes, certainly." How many men have you?" Twel\'e." When the force of tll'enty men, under Captain Sharpley, were fired upon by Dick Slater and the twelve youths, Oh, ll'ell, twelre is just that many more and }Ve will from the trees at the side of the road, the redcoats were lad to have them go with us." J L aken entirely by surprise and were almost paralyzed with 11 't b t h t 1 11 d "th tl ?''I amazement-toot is, those who were not killed were. ngi1 ; u now w a s ia we o w1 lcse. t t 1 d d d d d we have said, nme men tumbled out of then saddles mg o t le ea an woun e to the ground and seven of these were dead, the other two e mil let the dead he where they are; the wounded b d d Tl th t 1 ll d emg woun e ien came e pis o vo ey, an some iwtll make a comfortable as possible and leave them f th t bl d t th d more o e men um e o e groun 'j:'hia was too much, and the little remnant of the band ut they may lie here and suffer all night, and die turned and fled at top speed. The redcoats felt confi lack of care." dent that to remain would be but to cause them to lose : don't think so; their comrades will be back in an theii: lives. or so and look after them. We can't lose valuable They continued onward till they reached the encampbothering with them, at any rate." ment, and Captain Sharpley, much as he disliked the task, ikely you are right; I never thought of that, but went to the tent and reported to Major Ferguson. friends will certainly come and look after them." The major was furious. His hot blood was quickly am sure they will." made hotter still, and he fairly raved for a few moments; did not take long to do all that was possible for the then he cooled down suffi=iently to talk, and asked the ded men. and theu the pat,riot force took its de. captain for the details. re, going toward the west. Dick accompanied them II These were few and easily given, and then the major a hort di tance, and then mounting his horse bade said: by and Sevier good-by and rode away, promising to "Take your entire company, captain, and return to n them before morning with his "Liberty Boys." that place l.mmediately. Scour the timber all around, and ick rode onward toward the east, an hour and a half, if you get a chance at those scoundrels, kill them without I thm he reached the camp of the "Liberty Boys." He mercy; you understand?" ed Bob Estabrook and explained the situation to him. "Yes, major; and I will start at once." wa Dick' right-hand man, and was eager and "Do so_ ; Jove! to th,ink that soldiers of the king should P ed when told. that. there 1rns a good pro pect for lively I be waylaid and shot down like dogs! It makes me wild ll s in the near futme. to think of it!" I


18 THE LlB.EHTY BOYB'. LIGHT. --=====--========-=================================================== ":::lo doel:! it me, major. I ;Un cager to get revenge.)' "Well, go at once and get it. "I will do so." "Twelve." The captain nodded. ''That is jtrt about the numb gnessed," he said. Then a thought struck him. "But how did the fellow happen to tell you this?' "You should be able to do so without trouble; for there cannot be more than a dozen or so of the rebels." asked. "He didn't tell me.'' "He didn't?" "No." "I don't think there is to exceed that number, but they are dangerous, for the reason that they are good shots." I "Well, they "ill not dare :fight against your en-1 tire company." "No, l suppose not." 'i "I know they ll"ill. not : they will not cl are do it. I am I only afniid that you w1'11 be unable to set eyes on them .. J "I h 'ave fcaro on that score, too; you see, they are people who are used to the lay of the land and know all the and oub of the timber." "\\Tho, then?" "Another rebel." ".\.nother rebel ?" th "Yes." "But I thought you said did not the re-31 the gang." I "\\' e didn't; there was another oi rebel:; happl "Yes, and no doubt they know "here there are good hidalong." ing places "Is that so?" :I tlint is the "Y'i" ell,

THE 1,IBER'fY BOYS' BEACON LIGHT. I know the name of the You do?" "What did you learn:'" The captain told him as brirfly as possible. 19 "Yes." "How did you learn it?" "I heard the fellow you fought the duel with call him name." "Great guns!" exclaimetl the major, when the other had; "here is a chance to strike a blow that the drelly r ebe ls will remember for a while." "That is what I think, sir." ".\.h and what 1ras the name?'' ''Yes, there no doubt about it; w e ha,e a good chance 11011, and all we have to do is to improve it." The eaptain started. ''I have heara of him,'' he said; ''You suppose there is no traP. in the affair?" remarked "he is one of the most prominent rebel in Captain t::lharpley. 1)a1t of the country." ,. I 1 1 J d l .:1: JL

20 THE LIBERTY BOY::;' LIGHT. "Well, I may turn him over to you to do what please with." "I wish you would." you Dick felt confident that they would be able to reJOlil th I patriot force under Shelby, soon, but as hour after hou I passed and no sign of their friends could be seen, and a

"'\._. y BOYS' BEACON LIGHT. 1====::..::================================-1--:::..-'i 21 "Now we will be able d out where we are." "Thet's whut I think. :K"obuddy c'u'd git over them mountings without knowin' ther path." You are right," agreed Dick. And we may be able to get something ed Bob. "Then perhaps we can get your husband to guide us to eat, too," over ? Quite likely." he "Liberty Boys" rode up in front of the cabin and e to a stop e Hello!" called out Dick. here was the sound of footsteps within the cabin, and a woman of perhaps forty years, and a girl of seven'I'he woman shook her head. "He hain't ter hum," she said. "Where is he?" "He went ter Gilbert Town this mornin'." "When will he be back ?" "Ter-morrer even in'." The youths looked at one another in a disgusted manner. or eight{:!en years appeared in the open doorway. "Ureat 'gu ns! are we to have to stay here till then?" two stared at the "Liberty Boys" in wondering amazeasked Bob. t, not unmixed with fright. The girl, who had as yet said nothing but had kept W-1rho air ye?" the woman stammered. "An' whut her eyes on the youths, now said something to the woman, want?" in a low tone, and the woman stai::ted and after hesitating We are friends," Dick, reassuringly; "and have a few moments, said: our way." Whur wuz "ye wantin' ter go?"' To Gilbert Town." Ter Gilbert Town?" Yes." Waal, ye've shorely got considdible outer yer way, ter." I am afraid so. How far is it to Gilbert Town?" Et's erbout fifteen miles." Fifteen miles Yas." he youth turned blank faces toward one another. Great guns!" exclaimed Bob; "we're almost as far our de tination as we were this time yesterday ;you are right," agreed Dick. direction do we have to go in order to reach ert Town ?" askrd Sam Sanderson. n thet clireckshun," pointing toward the mountain. he youths blanker than ever. o we haYe to cross the mountain?" asked Dick. s there no way this can be avoided?" n'y by goin' erbout er hunderd miles." groan went up from the "Liberty Boys." in for it, Dick!" said Bob. "l\ly darter Emmy sez ez how she c'u'd guide ye over ;her mounting." "That is just the thing!" exclaimed Dick. "That will do as w e ll as if her father did th e work. We shall be 1ery much obliged if she will act as our guid e." "I can do it as well as not," the girl said, her voice being musical and sweet; "there isn't anything for me to do at homr, and I might as well be doing as not." \ "Good!" aid Dick;" and we can start as soon as we have Ji ad supper." The girl stepped out and took a look up at the sky and then shook her head. ''It 1rnuldn 't be safe to start," she said. "'i\'lw not?'' exclaimed Di c k, in surprise. we are going to have a storm." "A storm?" "Yes." "How do you knO'\v ?" "By the looks. Don t you see the cloud just coming up 01er the top of the mountain?" "Yes." "Well, I can tell by the looks of that cloud that we will have a storm to-night, and it would be ba(j, to be caught up on the mountain at night, and in a storm." "Is the path hard to follow?" "Yes; and then we have such terrible storms on the guess ire are," the youth acknowledged; then to the mountain." an: "Can you direct us so that we can find our way "What shall we do, then?" asked Dick, disconsolately. the mountain?'' "We will have to wait till morning before starting." e woman 8hook her head. "Direckshuns wouldn' do I "You think the storm will be over by that time?" ood,'' she replied. I "Yes; and we will be sure, then, of getting safely over ou think we could not follow them, eh?" I lhe mountain; if we were to start to-night we might get


22 THE LIBERT1 BOY.::l' LIGHT. idst and wander for days without being able to find our way "Y cs; one would not exped to find such a bright gi out of tlw a\ray out here in the wilds.'' "Is it so impenetrable a;; that?'' "You arc right. I have an idea she has relatives i "Yes; we have lived here for years, and father has to\rn, and has liYed there \':ith them and thus s never been able to find more than one path that w.ill lead curl'd a n'r: good education." one over the mountain and through the wilderness." Perhapi:; tilaL i the way of it." "Well, '!here is only one thing for us to do, I suppose,':! 'J'his was indeed the case, as they learned later. Emm saive u e on tltl'r poke of ihe husband and father as bemg Joe. I 1 d ld d th ramr up c ear an wou soon ry every mg. By the time supper \ras oYcr the skv wa'l overcast with I Tl tl t b 1 f t d fill d ti d -1] 1 1 ie you 1s a e rea' as an e le1r sa u e>a.' eloucls, and tbe flah of 11ghtnrng and the distant rumble I "ti 1 k 1 k d 1 1 t d ti w1 l 10eca -es anc coo e vernson anc 1og rnea an 1e vf thl1nder could be seen and heard. '-' they were read)' for the tart. 'l'hey offered tti pay :\Ir "You were right, Miss Emma," saia Dick; "we are Simmous for the food,they had eaten and were going to have a storm, sure enougli." "I know the signs," with a smile; "the signs never h here." "'Well, [ am glad we have found some place to stay, any v.ay/ Bob Estabrook. "Ancl so am I!" remarked Frank Wilson; and. the other yQuths noticed that the speaker's eyes were resting ad miringly on the pretty face of Emma Simmop.s as he ,poke. n1ra.'-, but she refused to accept anyth. ing. "Ye air welcum," she said; "we air patriots, au' .'l; glad ter be able ter do er little sumthin' ter help the fouse." "It is certainly very kind of you," said Dick; "ancl let our daughter go with us as guide, too; that is doin us a great favor and one which I assure you appreciate. "Oh,thet is all right; she want ter go." o the "Liberty Boys" set out, and with the girl "Say, I believe Frank's in love with that girl already!" guide them, managed to find the way up the mountain a H!id Bob to Dick, in a low tone, rnd Dick nodded. on'r ih: top. 'l'hen they had gone perhaps one-third of t "It looks like it," he replied, with a smile. "Well, she \Hl)' down the other side they met a man coming up ti is a very pretty girl. and a bright one. too."


THE Llh\ 'Y BOYS' ""BEA.COX LIGHT. 23 '' [r"s father!" the girl exclaimed. I"m purty shore I am, for they axed me er lot uv The man was a stalwart dressed in the rough questions." clothing o E the settler or the region; his face was honest "They did?" an=e."


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEA LIGHT. "Good! 'rhen to Bald Mountain we will go." "l\fay I go with you, father?" asked Emma. I I horizo and if they were to get sight of the Britis would' httve to be done very soon. The man hesitated. They had been there but a few moments when "Pleas e let me go," the girl pleaded. "Maybe I can be of caught sight of the advance guard of the British f use in some way, father, and I would hate to have to It came in sight a mile or so distant and came along walk clear back home by myself, anyway." moderate pace. "Thet's so; ye mought git clawed er cha wed by er painter "I ruther think they'll go inter camp purty soon," er wildcat ef ye went back erlone. Waal, ye may come Mr. Simmons. er long an' then ye kin go back when I go." "Why do you think so?" asked Dick. "Thank you, father; I would much rather not go back alone." The immediate chums and best friends of Frank Wilso11 noticed that there was a pleased ,look on his face "W'y, ye see, et's arter sundown, down whur they an' et'll soon be gittin' dark, an' I think they'll go i camp." "That is a reasonable supposition; I had not though when it decided that Emma was to go ;;ith them. H was evident that the handsome and bright young "Lib-that." erty Boy" had taken a great liking to the beautiful back"Yes; see, they have halted now," said the girl. woods girl. This was true; the British had come to a stop, an "You lead the way and we will follow, Mr. Simmons," was seen that they were at a point where there was a la said Dick. open place which would answer nicely for a campi "All right," was the reply; and then the man set out at a good pace, down the path. 'l'he girl followed him, and after her came Dick, Bob and the rest of the youths, all / walking and leading their horses. ground. "Yes, they are going to go into camp," said Bob. The men were seen stacking their arms, and presen 1Yhe11 the dragoons appeared, they dismounted and tet cd their hrnses, first unbriLUing and unsaddling them. s th e man had said if would, it took them nearly three ""T 1 k,, "d D"ck h k H e are m uc sa1 I ; we are w ere we can hours to r e ach the top of Bald l\Ioun,am, but when thev t 1 th d t t b 1 1 wa c I on e enemy an ye no e seen ourse ves. got there the youths were delighted. It was po s1ble to "D th t Sh lb d th t f th t o you suppose a e y an e res o e pa miles rn every duection, and if the redcoats were any. t d k th t th B t h h t par isan ers now a e n is ave urn wher e in the vicinity it would be an easy matter to locate I back?" asked Bob. them. 'rhe were left about two hundred yards down I from the top of the mountain, in the timber which grew there, but did not extend farther up, the top being really bald, with the exception of two or three trees which had miinaged to get a foothold amid the rocks. Fearing that they might be seen if too many went up, Dick ordered the youths to remain where the horses were, witb tbe exception of Bob Estabrook, and then the two "Liberty Boys," in company with Mr. Simmons and Emma, made their way to the summit and began looking for the British. It was now pretty well along toward evening, was five o'clock, in fact, but nowhere could any signs of the British be seen. The four looked long and searchingly, and failing, they went back down to where the youths were and all ate supper with a relish, for the long and tire some tramp over the mountain had rnad4 them veDy hungry. As soon as supper was over the four returned to the top of the mountain, as there remained not much more of sunlight, the s11n being well down toward the western "That is a hard question to answer," said Dick, thoug fully; "I'm a bit inclined to doubt it. What do you thi Mr. Simmbns ?" "I have doubts erbout the patriots knowin' uv et," the reply. "On what do you base your cloubts ?" "W.'y, I happen ter know thet the patriots wuz wait" back er mile out uv Gilbert Town, an' wuz t British ter cum inter ther town, when they intended surroun' ther place an' coop ther enemy up. Ye see, t would natcherly wait an' wait, and et might be thet t wouldn' suspeck nothin' even ef ther redcoats didn't i.heer durin' ther clay." "I have an idea that you are right, and when they look for the British and find them gone they won't kn where to look for them, will they?" "I don' think they will, fur ther reezon thet when t redcoats went ter Gilbert Town they went over er r thet runs almos' parallel with this wun, but is five m ter ther southard, an' our friend's '11 natcherly think hrv gone back ther same way, an'll miss 'em."


THE :T BUYS' BE LIU HT. 25 "That bad," $aid J>ick; ''if they lose time gofug on oonthern road the redcoats will escape." "Thct':, jes' whut they'll uo." "J ovc that will be too bad said Bob. "I wish there some way "'e could get the iuformation to our friends t the redcoats are here." "l harn an idea, Bob!" exclaimed Dick. "What is it?" X o, it won't," the girl declared; I am used to work ing, and it won't hurt me a bit." "I"ll tell you \Yhat w e can do, Dick,'' said Frank Wil son; "some of us fellows can feed the fire from the opposite side from the on e the n dcoats are on and Emma can I feed it from the other side, aud the British will be all the more puzzled abd curious whrn they see it is a girl who is tending the fire." All three looked eagerly at Dick, who said: ''That isn't a bad idea," Dick acknowledged, ''and we fl] tell you: \\'hat is the we can't build a big will adopt it. Emma won't have to work very hard, then." fire on the top of this mountain as soon as it is dark, ,{'hen the pile of brush and limbs had assumed goodly let it be a.-signal to our friends that the l!nemy i;; proportions the fuel was piled around on the ground in e ?" the vicinity, where it would be handy for the youths and I think thet would be er good skeem," said Mr. Sim-1 the girl, though the most was piled where the girl could ns. get it without having to go far; the youths could bring So do I," "it will be a signal to more from the timber two hundred yards down the moun-all they will have to do is to travel straight toward it." 1 tainside. It will be a beacon light, leading them to the point It was soon dark enough for the purpose, and then the ere the redcoats are stationed," said Bob. pile of brush and limbs was set on fire. The dry leaves There is one clra,rback to it," said Dick. / and twigs blazed up briskly, and the flames eized upon ''Yhat is that?'' .from Bob. the larger limbs, with the result that soon a big bonfire-' The enemy will see it and will be suspicious." I a beacon for sure-was blazing there on the top of 'Let them," said Bob; "let them, and then if they send. Bald Mountam. up here to investigate we will capture them." J Would the combined patriot forces under Shelby ancl the That is a good idea," said "tick; "they will not b e rest see the ignal and un9erstand its meaning? y to send very many men up at a time." more than two or thrfe, I should think," saic1 I ma. That is what I think," said Dick. CHAPTER IX. o it was decided that a bonfire should be built as soon "t was dark, to sen-e as a beacon light to show the TllE DEFEAT OF THE REDCOATS. iots where the enemy was, and also as a sort of lure ead redcoat!.' into a trap. Of course, Dick and his friends had no way o f l earning he four went clown and explained the situation \\'hether or not the signal was seen, but they kept the fir e he "Liberty Boys" who were greatly pleased with the hurning, as they had figured 011 doing, a number of the "Liberty Boys" thro\\'ing limb1s and sticks of wood on the '1'en bag a lot 0 the redcoats!" said one. 1 blaze from thr opposite side from the direction in which Ycu are right.'' from another; "we'll make them wish, 11 the redcoats were, and Emma '\\Orked on the other side, had not been so curious-minded." and was wheile her form would be outlined against the grew dark presently, and a: dozen of the "Liberty I bright. background of the blaze, making it eapy for the went to work and made a huge pile of dry wood on I British to see that she was a \\Oman. very top of the mountain. The wood consisted of Dick, with a dozen of the "Liberty Boys," was secreted en boughs and limbs, ancl would burn splendidly. over near the brow of the mountain, where the redcoats at will we do after the fire is going?" asked Bob; 1 would have to pass in coming up, and it was his intention will be seen, and we don't want the enemy to see us. I to seize the men and make prisoners of them. hen they might suspect who we are." I They had been secreted there for two hours before there will keep the fire going," said Emma. I '' as the sign of any one to be seen, and then they were not h, that would be too hard work for you," said Dick. I seen, but heard, footsteps being heard near at hand.. Dick


26 THE LIBERTY BiJ -. BE.\GO_" LIL+HT. listened iutentl v and made np his mind that there were 1 after the and a cou pk more to help Emma tcm only two persons coming. l,thc fire, come oYdr and station there with th "A couple of scouts sent up to learn the meaning of I dozen "ho hnd been doing rnch good 1rork. the bonfire,"' thought Dick; rell, we "ill giYe them :! 1 \rhat b Your idea for harin!! u" come orcr here, Dick?' :;urprise." ) I Sam Closer and closer sounded the footsteps, and presently '' rll tell you, W

THE LIBl:.p'll'Y BOY::i DE_\COX LIGHT. Imber,; and carried away the tleacl and woum1ed, and when that we may 80me time see you and your mother and us ha cl licen clone all was silent ancl peace seemed to father again." ign where a short time before war hacl helcl full sway. I hope so," was the reply, with, a blush, for just thet' Dick was not inclined to trust to appearances, however, :Frank \\'ilson came up. ut sent out spies to ee what. the redcoats were about, and :Jlay I speak to you a moment, alone, Emma?" asked ation ed R doldJJe ro\v of ,;entinels. Then the rest of the the youth. '>re:e lay cl01rn on their arms and went to sleep "Certainly," the gfi:l replied. There was no alarm Ort of a fellow. "I hope that such will pro-re to, be the case;' said Bob. 1 'j'l 1 t l l l cl t t d t l I Ile had :;omething to tell Emma, and when he was where ill rel lOa .,. )l'O 'e camp e1u y < s ar e ea;; ware, ano d n k 1 t l t 1 1 111 tlie other vouths would not be able to hear and see h1ro, as 1c saw ". rn t wy were gmng o lo ie tv l ns he paused. and, facing the girl. tLiberty Boys" to get reach. .. Em11rn, 1n' ha Ye known each orlJer e been able to do something fn"." j will not be killed before the cruel war is ended!" le cause," the girl Eaid. blushing; "no thanks are neces I One more kisR and then they back, and Frank ry." I told Sin1mons that he and Enuna were engaged. h"Xevcrtheless you haYe our sincere thanks, and I hope j "All right, my boy," said the girl's father, "J hain't


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' knowed y e long, but Mr. Slater vouches fur ye, an' I'm ambulances the "Liberty Boys" would appear again willin' t e r 'cept ye e z er on-in-law whe n ther war i8 01 er." give them some more volleys. Fifte en minutes later the "Liberty Boys" were making Of course, the British fired many volleys, but they their way d own the side of the mountain, going in a direcnot know in which direction to shoot as they had only tion that would enable th e m to head the redcoats off, and noise made by the firearms to guide them; they never Mr. Si m mons and Emma were making their way in the a sight of the enemy. 'rhe result was that they did dir e cti o n l e ading toward their home. do much damage, although they did succeed in wound Emm a was happy a s a lark, and sang and laughed a number of the youths. The wounds were, as a r and t a lked at a great rate while they were making trivial, however, for the youths were adepts at protect" way to th eir hom e and sHe hastened to tell her mother that themselves behind the trees. sh e had found a sweeth eart among the brave "Liberty So successful were the "Liberty Boys" in retarding Boys." progress of the British, that Shelby, Campbell, Willia W'aa l t h e t suits me a heap sight better'n e ye hed McDowell .and the other partisan leaders, with their th took e r noshun tcr wun uv ther Tory boys of the naborsand and more of allied troops were enabled to catch hood," said Mrs. Simmons, philosophically. "I'm glad, with the enemy by nightfall, and ifajor Ferguson beca Emmy, an' I'll warrant ye ther young feller u make ye er aware of the act that now he was in great danger. good husban '." He was in a fair way to be surrounded and his li W e m ay a s w e ll state before leaving these characters that army cut to pieces and captured. Frank did go bac k whe n the war was ended, and he and Emma W fre married and wete very happy. His scouts-he h ad some very good ones from amo the 'rories in his force-told him that he was in a f The "Liberty Boys" succeeded in getting around in front 1ray to be surrounded, and there was only one way of the red c oats, and when the en emy came along, fired two prevent it, and that was by "IUaking a forced march volley s into their rank s and got away so quickly that the the darkness of the night. It was decided to do this. Brit i s h could d o I\Othing in return pretence of camping .tfor the night was made, supper M a j o r Fe rgu s on t h e command e r o f the British force, eat e n and then as soon a s it was dark enough to veil th was wild with rage. movements the British set out, marching as rapidly as "We mu s t g e t at thos e c oundrel s and trik e them a blow circumstances would permit. that they w o n t forget in a hurry he cri ed. "Captain But they were dealing with men shrewder than the Sharpley, t a ke a hundred men and go in purs uit, and EP.lves. The forces of the patriots were made up of you ca t c h the m give them no chance to e s cap e Shoot who had liv e d amid the timber and mountains all th them P.own a s you would s o man y dogs !'' live s and wer e as. much at home there as the squirr "Al l r ight, major was t4e r e ply and the cap,ain set" bear s and wild animals of all kinds. They had th out, with a force of one hundre d m e n, in pursuit of Dick ;;couts out and the movem ent of the Britis h was quic and the Liberty Boy s." made known to the l e ad e r s Of the allied forces. Tl Needless to say, Captain Sharpley was unsuccessful The f'Ct out at once and the "Liberty Boys" and Shelby's fo youth wer e natural woods men and had n o difficulty in was deputed th e task of getting around in front of throwin g th e redcoats off the trac k en e my, while the other" wer e to c n c!o'se the British Befor e Captain Sharpl e y and his m e n could rejoin the the sides and rear, and thus g e t them surrounded. m ai n for re inde ed. Di c k and his m e n had again appeared I This was acc ompli s hd succcs0full y but the redco in front of th e r e d c oat s and had giv e n them two volleys had ve?' good progrecis and had s and g o tten qui ckl y out of the way a s in the first instance. m gettmg clos e to a mountam which stood alm Major Fergu s on raved and swor e but it did no good, a1one. This was known locally a s King's Mountain, a and whe n Captain Sharpley returned and reported that it was chosen by l\Iajor F e rguson as being a good po b e h a d been unable to find the reb els, the major was madto make a stand. der than eve r. The allied patriot forces. having "treed their coon," so As may well be supposed, the redcoats were unable to speak, went into camp and waited for daylight. make very great headway, and about the time they would "The redcoats cannot get away from us now," s get their d e ad buri e d and the wounded into hammock i Shelby; "they are on the mountain-top and we have


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEACON LIGHT. 29 mountain surrouncled. \re will wait till morning and then youths three or four weeks, a ud whe n the y w ent back to if th e y will n o t s urrender we will go for them." their homeR and sweeth earts the y had some wonderful \Yhe n morni ng; cam e and 11aj o r F e rgu s on look e d around tales to t e ll of the adventures they had had whil e with an d saw w hat a natural s trongholLl h e had s tumbl e d upon the c ompany of youths known ns the "Libe rty Boy s." h e 1ra s clcli.::?:hted. a nd t o ld hii;; m e n t hat all th e r e b e l s"' in the entire country could not di s lodg e them, and when Shelby sent u p a demand for hi s s urrender, he sent back \\'Ord that h e woulu fight to the death. An d t hi5 is wha t almo s t happen e d for Ferguson was THE END. l e alin g ith m ount ain men, men uBe d to scaling the rock s The next number (79) of "The Liberty Bo y s of '76" an d w hat seem e d to him a place that was impregnable, will contain "THE LIBER' I'Y BOYS' HONOR; OR these stunly m o un t aineer s peedily proved to be otherwi se. THE PROMISE THAT WAS KEPT, by Harry Moor e a s tubborn fight the redcoat s were forced to sur r ende r, 3 8 9 havin g been killed and 20 b e ing mis s ing. The 'lirrende r e d numb e r e d 716 and 1 500 s tands of arm s were capture d with th e redcoat s The patriots lost only 28 I ill ed and 6 0 w o und e d, but orie of the ( killed was James I SPECIAL NOTICE: All back number s of thi s weekly Yilliam s, o n e o f the patriot leaders. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any F ergus on was kill e d on the British side, however, which newsdealer, send the price in money or pos tage s tamps b y o r e th a n e Y e n e d things up, as he was the main leader of h e Britis h force. mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION 'I'h e tw e lv e youth s who had joined the "Liberty Boys" SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies or the trip over to Gilb ert 'l'own r e mained with the I you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Se:n."t F"ree "HAPPY DAYS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. rt contains 16 Large Pages. It is H"ndsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. rt Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free Address FRANK Publisher, 24: Union Sauare, New York.


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A. 1'1" :a CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'rE. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CEN'rS LATEST ISSUES: 179 A Wizard of W(lll o r The Career o f H enry C a.rew, Banke r By H K. Shac kl eford. 1 8 0 Fifty Riders in lllack; o r The Rave n s of R a v e n For est, Howard Aust in. 134 Tbe Drunkard's V!otlm. By Joo. B. Dowd. 135 Abandoned; or, Tbe Wolf Man of tbe Island. By Capt. Tbos. B Wilson. 181 The B o y Rifl e Rangers; or, Kit Carson's Three Young S c 136 Tbe Two Schools at Oakdale; or, Tbe Rival Students of Corrina By An Old S cout. Lake. By Allyn Draper. 182 Whe re? or, W ashe d into an Unknown W orld. By Noname 137 Tbe Son; or{ A Young Clerk' s Downfall. A Story of 183 Fred F eainaught, the Boy Commander; or, '.rh e Wolve s of C ountry and City L fe. By Howard Austin. S e a. By Capt. '!'h o s II. Wilso n 138 The Old Stone Jug; or, Wine, Cards and Uuin. By Joo. B. Dowd. 184 Fro m Cowboy to Congressman; or, The Rise of a Y oung R 13!1 Jac k Wright and His Deep Sea Monitor; or, Searching for a .ron man. By H. K Shackleford. of Gold. By "Noname." 185 Sam Spark, the Brave Young Fireman; or, Always tbe 140 Tbe nicbest Boy in tbe World; or, The Wonderful Adventures of on Hand. By Exl rire Chie f W arde n. a Young American. By Allyn Draper. 1S6 The Poorest Boy in New York, and How He Became Rieb, 141 The Haunted Lake. A Strange Story. By Allyn Draper. N. S Wood, the Young Am erican A ctor. 142 ln tbe Frozen North; or, Ten Years in tbe Ice. By Howard Austin. 187 Jack \Yright, the Boy Inventor; o r Hunting for a Su 143 Around the World on a Bicycle. A Story of Adventure s in lllany 'l'reasure. By Noname." Lands. By JaH C. Merritt. l'l8 On Time; or, The Young Engineer Rivals. An Exciting 144 Young Captain Rock; or, The First of tbe White Boys. By Ailyn 1 8 9 of Railroading in the Northwest. liy Jas. C M erritt. Draper. R e d Jacket; or, The Boys of the Farmhouse F ort. By An 145 A Sheet of Blotting Paper; or, The Adventures of a Young Scout. Inventor. By Richard R. Montgomery. lDO His First Glass of Wine ; or,_ 'J'he 'l'emptat!ons of Ci t y Lil 146 Tbe Diamond Island; or Astray In a Balloon. By Allan Arnold. rrue T emperance Sto ry. tiy Jno. B. D o wd. H7 In tbe Saddle from New York to San Francisco. By Allyn Draper. 191 Tbe Coral City; or, The Wonderful Cruise o f the Ya cht 148 Tbe Haunted MIU on the Marsh. By Howard Austin. By Richard R. Montgomery. 149 The Young Crusader. A True Temperance Story. By Jno. B Hl2 Making a Milli<>n; or, A Smart Buy' s Career in Wall Dowd. H K. Shackleford. 150 Tbe Island of Fire; or, Tbe Ji'ate of a Missing Ship. By Allan 1()3 Jack Wright and His Electric Turtle ; or, Chasing the Pi Arnold. / of the Spanish )fain. By "Noname." 151 The Witch Hunter's Ward; or, The Hunted Orphans of Salem. 194 Flyer Dave, the Boy Jockey; or, Riding the Winner. By By Richard R. Montgomery. Draper. 152 Tbe Castaway's Kingdom; or, A Yankee Sailor Boy's Pluck. By 105 The 'l.'wenty Gray Wolves; or, Fighting A Crafty King. Capt. Tbos. H. WllsQn Howard Austin. .153 Worth a Ml!!lon; r, A Boy's Fight for Justice. By Allyn Draper. 196 Tbe Palace of Gold; or, The Secret of a Lost Rac e. By Ric 154 The Drunkard' s Warning; or, Tbe Fruits of the Wine Cup. By R. Montgomery. Jno. B. Dowd. 197 Jack Wright's Submarine Catamaran; or, The Phantom Sh i 155 The Black Diver; or, Dick Sherman In tbe Gui!. By Allan Arnold. the Y ellow S e a. By "Noname: 156 Tbe Haunted Belfry; or, the Mystery of the Old Church Tower. 108 A Monte Cristo at 18; or, From Slave to Avenger. By By Howard Austin. Drnper. 157 Tbe House with Three Windows. By Richard R. Montgomery. 199 The Floating Gold )line; or, Adrift In an Unknown Sea. 158 Three Old Men of tbe Sea; or, The Boys of Grey Rock Beach. Capt. 'l.'hos. H. Wilson. By Capt. Tbos. H. Wllson. 200 Moll Pitcher' s Boy; or, As Brave as His Mother. By 159 3,000 Years Old; or, Tbe Lost Gold Mine of tbe Hatchepee Hiiis. Jas. A Gordon. 160 ToBsty !An ltlyne IDcrea. peBr. Howard Austin. 201 "We." By Richard R Montgomery ., h 'Y 1202 Jack Wright and His Ocean Racer; or, Around the Worl 161 The Yellow D!amend; or, Groping In the Dark. By Jas. C. Merritt. 20 D ays. By "'.'fonam e 162 The r,and of Gold; or, Yankee Jack's Adventures In Early Aus203 The Boy Pioneers; or, Tracking an Indian Treasure. By A tralia. Ry Richard R Montgomery. Draper. 163 On tbe Plains with Buffalo Biii; or, Two Years In tbe Wiid West. 204 Still Alarm Sam, the Daring Boy E'lreman; or, Sure to Be Ry an Old Scout. Hand. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. 164 The Cavern of Fire; or, The Tb rilling Adventures of Professor 20;; L o s t on the Orean ; or, B e n Blull'"s Last Voyage By Capt. T Hardcastle and Jack Merton. By Arlyn u. Wilson. 165 Water-Jogged; or, Lost in the Sea of Grass. By Capt. Thos. B. 2 0 6 Jac k Wright and His Electric Cano e ; or, Working In Wilson. R e v e nu e Service. By 11.Nona m e. 166 Jack Wright, tbe Boy Inventor; or, Exploring Central Asia In 207 Gi v e Rim a Chance; or, H o w Tom Curtis W o n His Way. His Magnetic "Hurricane." By "Noname. Howard Austin. 167 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder. By Richard R Mont208 Jac k and I ; or, The Secr ets o f King Pharao h s Caves. gomery. l Richard H. !68 Tbe Boy Canoeist; or, 1,000 JIIl!es in a Canoe. By Jas. C. Merritt. 209 Burie d 5 ,000 Years; or, 'l'he Treasure of t h e Aztecs. By A 169 Captain Kidd, Jr.; or, Tbe .rreasure Hunters of Long Island. By Drape r Allan Arnold. 210 Jack Wright's Air and Water Cutter; o r W onderful Advent A Weird Story of Land and S e a. By on the Wing and Afloat. By X oname ."' 170 The Red L eather Bag. Howard Austin. 211 The Broken Bottle; o r, A Jolly Gn o d F e ll o w. A True T ern 171 "The Lone Star" ; or, The Masked Riders of Texas. By Allyn Drape r. ance Story. By Jno. 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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN.'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for organizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should btain a copy immediately. No. i9. HOW TO BECOME AN .A.CTOR.-Containing com lete instructions how to make up for various characters on the tags; together with the duties of the Stage. Manager, Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a promment Stage Manager. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latast jokes, anecdotes and funny. stories .of this world-renowned and sver popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome a!olored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing Instructions for constructing a window garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful !lowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, 6sh, game and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular : ooks No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for 1verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to l!Ilake almost anything around the house such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de1cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for m aking electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to he worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. To. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a l,arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, t ogether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi tu des every night with his wonderful imitations) J can maste r the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and rriends. It is the l{reatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. t A W eeldy Magazine containing Stories of the A1neri can R e volution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed a.ctua.l fa.cts a.ccount of the exciting a.dventures of a. youths who were a.lwa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to a.nd give a fa.ithfuJ ba.nd of America. imperil their liv of Independence for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.n t ca.use Every bound number will consist of 32 la.rge pa.ges in a. bea.utiful colored cover. of rea.ding ma.tter ig: and Tortes. 3 'l'he Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Liberty Roys on Hand; or, Alw.ays in the Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 6 The Libert y Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Lis it You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand ; or, The Champion Spies oC the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within 'bemselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Xeck Race With Death. 11 The Libi!rty Hoys' Pluck; or, Undannted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys Peril ; or, Threatened from all Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortnne Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the l:lrltish. 15 T h e Liberty Boys' 'l.'rap, and What They Caught in It. 1 6 The Liberty Boys Puzzled: or, 'fhe Tories' Clever i:lcbeme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a l:lritish Mau-of -'VaL". 18 The Liberty Boys' Cha'lenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 19 The Llbe1ty .Boys 'frapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Roys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have BePn" 21 The Liberty Roys' J!'ine Work: or, Doing Up BrO\>n. 2 2 The Liberty Boys at Ua.": or. 'rhe ('l sest Call of ,lll 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm tor the Redcoats. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Rettcoats and Toles. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected: or, 'faken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Roys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or 'fwo. 27 The Liberty Boys Good Spy Woik; or, With the Redcoats In Pbi!adPlpbia. The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy win.,. 29 The Llhrrty 31) The Liberty 31 The Liberty 32 The Liberty 33 The Liberty 3 4 The Liberty 35 The Liberty 36 T h e Liberty Ca Ro.vs Wild Ride; or. A Dash to Save a Fort. Boys in a F'ix: or. 'rhreatened by Reds and Whites Boys Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check. Bo.vs Shadowed ; or, After Dick S later tor Revenge. Boys Duped: or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. Boys' Fake Surrende r ; or, The Ruse That Succeeded Boys' Signal: or. "At the Clang of the Bell." Boys' Daring Work: or, Risking Life for Liberty't 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won Tt. 31! The T.iberty Roys' Plot: or, The Plan That Won. 3!1 The Liberty Bo.vs Great Rani: or, Taking Everything In Sight 41) The Liberty Boys' Flush Times: or, Reveling in British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. 4:! The Liberty Roys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 42 '!'he Liberty Boys' Big Day; or. Doing Business by Wholesale. 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 45 The Liberty Roys Worried: or, The Disappearauce of Dick Slater 4r. The Lll.lerty Boys Iron Grip: or, Squeezing the Red