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The Liberty Boys' "ten strike," or, Bowling the British over

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No. 80. NEW YORK, JUI,Y 11, 1902. Price ;) Cents. idea of rolling the boulders down upon the British was a splendid one, for every a boulder went bounding down the mountainside, the British were bowled down like tenpins. It was a "ten-strike" every time. 1 I

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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. er n. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Siibscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered a.a S eco!'d Glas s :Matte r the N e.w York, N "! P.ost Office, Febr'ILary !I, 1901. lilntcrrrl according to Act of Congress in the y ear 1902, in the otr ice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tous ey, 24 Un,ion Square N e w York. I 't No. 80 NEW YORK, JULY 11, 1902. Price 5 Cents. y n k h ) CHAPTER I. LOST. :Ji "Well, I guess I'm lost!" It was well along toward evening of a day in April, of 1 he year 1779. In the midst of a dense .forest in the west h d h ern part of the State of South Carolma stood a bronze (' and handsome young man of perhaps twenty years of age. b at hand, cropping the newly grown grass contentedly was a magnificent black horse, and it was evident that the 1 : animal was not bothered by the fact that his master was ost, even if his master was. ; The young man in question was Dick Slater, the famous scout, spy and captain of "The Liberty Boys of '76," and the horse was Major, who had many a time l 1 saved his master's life by a show of speed which the Brit1. ish horses could not duplicate. y Dick and the "Liberty Boys" had been sent down into South Carolina to render such aid as they could to the I patriot people of the South, as there was no :fighting of any moment to be done in the North. I Dick, as was his cust?m, had ridden ahead that aftergreatly dismayed by s imply losing his way in the forest. It would be unpleasant to be forced to spend the night in the wilderness, of course, but he would get along all right, for he had a blanket and some cold food, and coulPbuild a :fire to keep the wild animals away. "Did you hear what I said, Major?" remarked Dick, after a few moments. "I said that we are lost." Major laid one ear back and rolled his eyes in the di rection of his master, but calmly went on with the pleas ing wO'rk of cropping grass. "I guess it doesn't worry you much, old fellow!" smiled Dick. "But as for myself, I would much prefer to pass the night where .it is more civilized." In the hope that he might again find the path, Dick walked slowly along, through the timber, leading Major and looking in every direction most carefully and search ingly. He was unsuccessful, however. Nowhere could he see aught that looked like a path. Suddenly Dick was startled by a shrill scream, in a female voice, followed by the pattering of footsteps, and a girl of perhaps sixteen or seventeen years came running toward him. A crashing sound could be heard back of her and instantly jumping to the conclusio'h that the girl : noon to get the lay of the land and make they were was pursued by a wild animal of some kind, Dick cocked on the right road, and that no British were in the vicinity, his musket mid stood waiting for a sight of the animal but had taken the wrong road at a point several miles so as to get a shot at it. back, where the road forked, and had seen the road dwindle "This way, miss!" he cried. "Come on past me and I to a path, and even this eventually disappeared and he will protect you." found himself threading the dense forest, where, so it The girl's eyes had been turned back in an endeavor to seemed, the foot of man or beast had never tread before. get sight of her pursuer, and she had not seen Di ck; but Finding that the horse was not following any path, Dick as his words fell upon her hearing she gave utterance to. :finally came to a stop in a little opening in the forest a cry of delight, and turned her eyes in his direction. dismounted. It was then that he gave utterance to the "It's a panther, sir!" she cried. "You will have to be remark with which we open the story: careful or it will tear you to pieces." "Well, I guess I'm lost!" "Have no fear on that score, miss," was the reply; "I There was no fright or nervousness in the tone of the will :finish the panther if he comes within range of my youth's voice, as would have been the case had he been musket." one unused to life in the woods; Dick was too much of a The ran past Dick and stopped a few yards distant,. veteran and too well versed in woodcraft to become very and just as she came to a stop the panther came in sighL

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THE LIBERTY BOY "TE.N" STRIKE." Ile was a tawny, fierce-looking beast, and when he saw J were many Tories in this part of the country, and did no Dick and Uie horse he came to a sudden stop and stood kno1v but Lucy's folks mig 1t be Tories and have hear e glaring at them with eyes of fire. of him. Dick did not delay an instant. Here was his oppor"I am glad to know the name of one who saved m tunity, and he raised his musket, took quick but careful life,'' the girl said. 1] "I feE aim at the glaring eyes and pulled trigger. "What a beautiful girl she is!" thought Dick. Bang! went the weapon and the panther, with a terashamed of myself for giving her a false name, but I mu\ "rible, snarling squall, leaped high in the air and then came, exercise every caution when in the enemy's country. down in a heap. A few struggles and then the animal bej Aloud he said: came still. 1 'Do you live near here, Lucy?" "I guess I finished him, mi11s,'' said Dick, calmly, and he walked toward where the tawny beast lay. "Be careful, sir," the girl warned; "he may not be dead yet. He might tear you with his terrible claws." "I think he is dead," was the reply; but Dick advanced carefully, just the same. It was not the first time he had met the tawny beast in the wild forest, and he well knew that it was best to be careful. The panther was dead, however. The bullet had tered the right eye and penetrated to the brain, the brute almost instantly. "Yes, he's dead," said Dick, turning toward the girl; "About two miles from here, Ur. :Jiartin." 'All the way through the timber?" "Xo; it is about a mile to the highway, and then a mil, up the road." n "Ah, yes; and as it will be sundown by the ti.me we ge there, I wonder if I might ask to be allowed to oYer night?" "Certainly," the girl said; "indeed, uncle and aun not hear to your going on when I tell them that yo1 sa>ed mv life." The tlrn now set out, Lucy leading the way and following, leading Major. "he will never cause any one any more trouble or make Xot much conversation was indulged in until the roa) way with any more of the settlers' pigs or sheep." was reached, and then Dick drew a sigh of relief. "Oh, I am so glad!" said the girl, with a sigh of relief. "I' glad tp be out of there," he said; "I thought tha "How can I ever thank you eno\1gh, sir, for what you have I 11as doomed to have to pass the night there, and woulc done for me? You have saved my life!" but for your appearance." t "No thanks are necessary, miss," said Dick, pleasantly; "And I would have had to pass the night there, too, bu "I am only too glad that I was able to render you assist:for your presence there'." said the girl, with a shudder. ance. And but for the fact that you were given a bad "It Eeems to haYe been a fortunate meeting for boU scare, I would be glad that the affair happened." or us," smiled Dick. "How is that, sir?" in surprise. ''Yes, indeed." "Well, I'111tell you," was the smiling reply; "I was! They walked up the road, which wound this way and, lost in the forest-am lost yet, so far as that is concerned'1 that through the timber and around the foot of one and now perhaps you will be kind enough to guide me out 1 after another, and presently, as they rounded a bend of the wilderness." the road, they saw four horsemen approaching "Certainly, sir. I shall be very glad to do something in I Dick saw at a glance that the men were Briti h dra-1 return for what you have done for me, but the matter of goons, for they wore the British uniform, and he glanced guiding you out of the timber will be very slight repayat the girl to see how she liked the situation. ( ment for the service you rendered me." The young "Liberty Boy" saw that there was a look o1 ;'Nevertheless I shall be not only willing, but glad to vexation and displeasure on the girl's face, and, he thought,i call it an even thing, miss," Emiling. a worried and somewhat frightened look as well. < I "Very well; when you are ready I will guide you out "What is the matter, Miss Lucy?" asked Dick. The: of the wilde 1 ness." dragoons were still two hundred yards dist_ant, and there "I arn ready now. But what is your name, miss, if I was time to exchange a few words. may be so bo1d ?" "You see those men coming?'' the girl said. "Lucy Lockhart, sir." "And my name is Frank Martin." Dick thought it best to tell bis real name, for he was aware that there "Yes." "They arc British dragoon ." "So I see.''

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TIIE UBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." 3 "The leader, the young officer, is Lieutenant Marvin, and suddenly I saw a panther slipping up on me and I ran r e has been coming to my uncle's house for several weeks with all my might. It so happened that I came upon this to--sec-" n "To see you, Miss Lucy?" said Dick, quietly. "I don't lame him for coming. He has excellent taste.'' The girl blushed and said, hurriedly: "He is a jealous. s earted, bqt-tempered man, and I fear be will think that g e ntleman, who was lost in the timber, and be shot the panther and saved my life." There was so much of gratitude in the girl's tone as she said Dick had saved her life, that the lieutenant noticed it, and he at once jumped to the conclusion that Lucy had ou-that you are---" i fallen in love with Dick. This made him furious, and it "Another suitor for your band, Miss Lucy?" I was plain that be bad bard work holding his angry pas"Yes, and he may pick a quarrel with you." .1 sions in check. "One word, :Miss Lucy," said Dick, in a low, cautious "So be saved your life, did he?" be growled, looking tone, for the redcoats were not far away; "do you care very far from being pleased. Indeed, one might have this lieutenant? Would .you grieve if be were to be thought from his looks that be would rather the panther illed ?" "No, I bate him!" passionately. "I hate him, but fear im." "Very well ; then rest easy. If he picks a quarrel with ne he will wish that he had not done so." ( There was no time for exchange of words for e redcoats were close_at hand. When within ten yards f the two the dragoons brought their horses to a stor and he lieutenant doffed his hat and bowed to Lucy with ex ggerated politeness. had eaten the girl than that she had been saved by the handsome stranger "Yes, yes; but for him I should have been torn to pieces by the hungry beast." ''Humph I Rather strange that he should have hap pened to be there just at the right time, and in the right place!" sneered the lieutenant. "It-it-just-just happened so,'' stammered the girl. She saw that the officer was jealous and suspicious, and that be did not believe that the meeting had been a chance "Ab, good evening, Miss Lucy," he said; "I trust you I one; and as she knew the man's disposition she feared for ave enjoyed your walk?" the brave and handsome youth who bad saved her life. "I have not been for a walk, Lieutenant Marvin," was "Bah! don t tell me any such rot as. that P' suddenly be quick reply. exclaimed the lieutenant as bis j e alous anger got the better "No? Where, then, have you been?" There was so of him. "He may have shot and killed a panther and uch of insolence and arrogance in the tone that Dick's saved your life, as you say, but he was there, I).ot by chance blood boiled and he looked at the officer in such a way but by appointm ent to mee t you!" and the young officer, as to attract thatworthy's attention. Indeed, the lieuten-, livid with rage, s hook hi s finger at the frighten e d girl. anp was glaring at Dick with the intention of overaweing "No, no; I a s sure you that you are wrong," the girl and frightening him, and he found to his surprise that i cried; "he was not the>-" by appointment. I never saw the young and bronzed stranger was giving back more than i him before in my life, and had no idea that there was as sent. such a p e rson in the world. It was altogether a chance "I was in the woods gathering wild flowers," was Lucy's meeting." reply. "Bosh!" sne e red the lieutenant. "That is false, and "Ah, yes; and this-this-young man, he was with you, you know it!" of course!" / The girl was about to speak, but Dick made a gesture "No, no!" was the hasty denial, for Lucy was afraid the handsome young stranger would get into a serious diffi culty and perhaps be killed. "We met only a few minutes ago, and quite by accident." "Ah, indeed i'" There was unbelief and insolence in the lieutenant's tone, and Dick could hardly contain him and keep from telling him what he thought of him. He thought it as well to wait a bit, however, and let the girl have the say-so. and restrained her. "Don't say any more, Miss Lucy," the youth said, gently and calmly; "let me talk to him." Then he turned and taking a step forward, faced the lieutenant. He stared the officer in the eyes for a few moments with such a peculiarly :fierce and threatening stare that the man was held speechless, and then extending his arm Dick poipted his :finger at the fellow. "Do you"ln1ow what you are?" he asked, in such a calm and even voice that the office r was surprised into "Yes," went on Lucy; "I was gatherin g flowers and saying :

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." "No. What?" "On the fact that you practically called this young lad "One of the most cowardly and consummate scoundrels a liar." that I have ever met in all my travels!" "What! You say I did that?" CHAPTER II. I Tll.E CHOLERIC LIEUTENANT. To say that the bearers were astonished by the young .stranger's words, is putting it mildly. It is hard saying who was the most surprised, but it is -easy to say that the one most startled was Lucy, for she thought that her companion had sealed his fate. She I turned pale, and fairly trembled. And if Lucy was startled the lieutenant was made furi"I do." "How do you make that out?" "It is very simple: You said did not believe wh1 she said about our meeting being accidental. You state tliat her statement was false, and that you did not belie1 what she said." "Nor do I!" the lieutenant cried, hotly "That statement proves what I said about you." ''I don't see it that way." "I do." "Explain." "It is simple enough. No one but a coward and scoundrel would tell a lady that she states a falsehood." "Bah! You're a fool!" <>usly angry. So great was his astonishment, however, that 1 "You're another and bigger one, and a knave in t for the time being he was rendered incapable of saying bargain!" a word or making a movement. He simply sat on his Still the lieutenant managed to restrain himself. H horse and stared at the bold youth in open-mouthed amazecould hardly do it, his inclination being to draw a pist ment. His three comrades, too, stared at Dick, wonderand shoot the bold speaker down or to draw his sword an ingly. 'l'hey could not think what manner of man he cut him down, but he wished to play with the intend could be who would speak in such a way to a British victim a while longer before ending the affair. He wishe officer, and when the officer was accompanied, too, by indeed, to prolong the agony and distress which he sa -some of his men .. Dick had spoken in a calm, even tone, but there was such a grim, fierce undertone to the utterance that it had caused morE: amazement and anger in the lieutenant's breast than if the words had been shouted out angrily and furiously. Presently the officer regained the use of his faculties and the result was that his temporary inability to speak or move had had a good effect. It had given him time to think, and he made up his mind .to play with the man who had dared to talk insolently to him, to play with him as a plays with a mouse, and then finally kill him. Yes, the girl was undergoing. He was just that cruel-hearte and mean-spirited; he was jealous and angry, and wishe to punish the maiden for, as he thought, deceiving him o attempting to do so. The three troopers looked at one another in surprise, an then at their leader in wonder. They could not under stand the matter at all. They had never seen him exercis control over his passions in all tP.e time they had been wit him. "Oh, so I'm a knave, am I?" remarked the lieutenant sneeringly. "You are!" Dick knew the affair would come to that was what he would do; and in pursuance of this reclimax presently and was all ready for action when th solve, instead of bur,:ting out in a passionate outburst, as mQment should arrive. his comrades expected he would do, the lieutenant merely I "And I suppose you think so, too, eh, 1\fiss Lucy?' -sh wed his teeth in a cruel and what he intended to be a 1 rneeringly. dangerous smile, and said: "Me? Oh, no; I-that is--I-don't--" "So you think I am a cowardly scoundrel, do you?" "Don't pay any attention to him, Miss Lucy," inter "I know it!" was prompt reply. rupted Dick, calmly; "he isn't worth noticing." The lieutenant had hard work to hold himself in, but "Oh, he isn't, eh?" the officer cried, bis face black managed to do so and biss(ld: with rage. "Oh, you know it, eh?" "Yes." "On what do you base your "You heard what I said," was Dick's calm reply; "and what I say, I mean, and will stand by." I "Oh, you will?" I

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, THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." 5 "I will." "Well, well! Hear the young bantam talk!" sneered tbe lieutenant. "One would think that he was a warrior, eh, boys?" the last to his three comrades. "He talks bold enough, certainly," said one. "He talks too boldly, I think!" from another. "He needs a lesson in manners!" from the third. "Don't worry," said the lieutenant, significa:itly; "I am going to give him the lesson "All by yourself?" asked Dick. "Yes, all by myself J You don't suppose that I will need any help, do you?" "I don't suppose so; I know you will need help." "Bah! you are about the biggest boaster that I have ever met in all my life." such a weapon the youth:s person. It was not there, however, but in a scabbard hanging on the horn of the saddle on Major, and Dick quickly possessed himself of the weapon. He took the sword by the hilt with the right hand and by the point with the left, and without apparently exerting himself to any great extent, bent the blade till it marked a semi-circle in the air. "Good blade that," remarked Dick, carelessly, as be let go of the point and the sword resumed its former shape with a peculiar swishing sound. The three troopers looked at one another in amazement and" with a questioning air, as much as to say: "What man ner of man is this fellow, anyway?" The lieutenant bad witnessed Dick's feat with surprise also, but he. tried to conceal the fa ct that he was surprised "I could never hope to come up to you, however," was under a look of scorn. the calm reply. '"A good blade? Bah!" he sneered. "It must be made "I am not a boaster." of tin!" "No?" "You say that because I bent it so easily," smiled Dick; "No. What I say I will do I will do." "if you will kindly test it yourself?" and he extended the "1: you can." sword, holding it by the point, the hilt toward the officer. "There is no 'if I can' about it-at least not in this Lieutenant Marvin took the sword and grasping it the instance." Eame way Dick had done he attempted to bend it. To his "You will find your mistake if you attempt to teach me surprise he could bend it very little. The blade, while a lesson, as you put it, alone and unaided by your com-1 seemingly supple and elastic, was yet remarkably unyield rades." ing. Thinking there must be some trick about it the officer "My comrades will not lift a hand to aid me, and yet I turned the blade and tried to bend it in the other direcwill not only teach you a lesson-I will kill you!" tion-with the same result. "Oh, you are of a sanguinary disposition, then?" with The lieutenant was disconcerted, bis three comrades were an exasperating smile. astonished and Dick was amused. He smiled in a most ex" Not ordinarily; but I have taken a dislike to you---,such asperating way. a great dislike, in fact, that I have made up my mind to "You don't find the blade made of tin, after all?" he put you out of the world!" remarked. "I'm afraid you have taken too big a contract for once "No," in a growl; "it seems more like a bar of solid in your life," was the calm reply. "But it grows late and steel." we w11:ih to be going on our way, so if you are going to do / "Yet it is very elastic and pliable, when one has hold anything, do it at once." of it that is possessed of strength," Dick, coolly, and "With pleasure, you insolent peasant! But you will having received the weapon back he took hold of it as never go any farther on your way, so you need not be in before, and with seemingly scarcely any exertion, bent it a hurry. You stop here-for good!" in a half circle and held it that way for quite a little while. "If I were a betting man, lieutenant, I would be willing to lay you a wager on that," smiled Dick. "You see how easy it is?" he remarked. "It is a splen did blade, quite equal to the best Toledo blades in exist"Bah! you are an egotistical idiot, with not enough ence." brains to warn you that you are in danger." "It must be a trick blade," said the lieutenant, un"The last part of that statement might with more prowilling to have it appear that he was not the equal of the priety be applied to you, lieutenant." stranger in muscular strength. "Bosh! Have you a sword?" "Oh, no, it is not a trick blade, but a genuine, fine "Oh, yes; I never travel without one." weapon, such as any might be willing to trust his The redcoats stared, for they had not seen any sign of life to."

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,. 6 ., THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." The three dragoons looked !1t one another with questions we cross swords," was the significant and calmly threat::::: in their eyes. They could not understand what manner ening reply. of man this was. They had never seen any one who was as strong as Dick seemed to be-as, indeed, he bad proven himself to be; and they began to suspect that their comrade bad gotten himself into trouble. "Jove! did you ever hear such a boaster, boys?" the lieutenant cried. "You will soon find that I have not been boasting," said Dick, quietly, and the hree dragoons looked as if they I "I'm inclined to think that this stranger is a dangerous thought that this would prove to be the case. fellow, comrade, what do you think?" whispered' one to "If you are not going to go on to your home, girl, stand c another. to one side out of the way," said the lieutenant, harshly; C: / "I think the same thing:" was the reply. "I am of the opinion that the lieutenant would do well b permit us to attack the fellow in concert." "That is my opinion, too." "But he won't do it." "No; he wants the satisfaction of overcoining the fellow "and then as soon as I have finished carving this boaster 1 up into bits, I will escort you to your home The girl paled, but stepped to one side Her eyes were on Dick, and it was evident that she felt fear for his I safety. He saw this and smiled at her reassuringly. "There's a bargain, lieutenant!" he cried I without assistance." "What do you mean?" "I know; but I fear he will meet with a disappointment." I "That the winner of this bout is to escort the lady to '"I am afraid so; but be would not listen to us if we were her home." to say anything." "I will escort her to her home, certainly!" This was said with arrogance. "You are right." "If you win, of course you can do so, I suppose, as you This talk, carried on in whispers, took place while the / are the kind of man to force your company on a lady lieutenant was dismountmg and gettmg ready for the com-. b t h d .d t t t t D. k d'd d h ld h 1 agamst her will; but I wish to know if, m case I wm, I a so e i no no ICe i ; bu IC i an e cou ave tt h d d. h t th I may be permitted to accompany her without inter:fereDC'e given a pre y s rew guess regar mg w a e men were from your men here?" sayrng. He turned to the girl, and, with a smile, said: "Perhaps it will be as well for you to go on your way, Miss Lucy. I will rejoin you as soon as I have settled this little matter 4 between the lieutenant and myself." "You can go on .if you like, Miss Lucy," said the lieuten"I will make no promises." "Then I will have to fight all.three of your men in case I defeat you ?" "You will not defeat me." "But if I should I will have to fight the three?" "You would have to do so--yes; but you will not, for ant, showing his teeth like a vicious dog when snarling; you won't defeat me." The lieutenant was arrogant in "but the gentleman will never rejoin you." the extreme. "Don't be too sure, my friend,"' said Dick, calmly; "I will defeat you; and unless1 you order your men, now "remember that there is nothing so uncertain as a sure and. here, not to interfere with me, after the combat is thing." I i1 1 over, I will be forced to kill you. Otherwise w 1 on y "There is nothing i;ncertain about this sure thing," was I defeat you and will not take your life." the reply; "there are not half a dozen officers in more "That is very kind of you sneeringly than two regiments of the king's troops who are my su-1 "Then you will not give the order to your men ?1 periors in the use of the sword." 1 "Most assuredly not." "And in an experience of three years, during which time :very well, your blood be upon your own head-and I have encountered in single combat the best swordsmen that of your men as well." .I in a dozen of the king's regimepts, I have never yet met There was such grim and deadly earnestness in Dick's my equal with the sword," was Dick's calm reply. tone that the lieutenant was impressed in spite of his This made the lieutenant and his three men stare; but desire not to be, and he glared at the speaker with a look the officer finally decided that the utterance was merely of .amazement, not entirely unmingled with fea.r. Then he bravado, and he laughed sneeringly. suddenly set his teeth and hissed: "You amuse me by such talk as that," he said. I "Bah! you are but a boaster at the best! Defend your" And I will do a great deal more than amuse you when 1 self, you clodhopper-if you can!"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." 7 CIIAPTER III. DICK DEFEATS THE REDCOA.'r. "Don't get angry, lieutenant," said Dick, calmly, and smiling in that cool and peculiarly exasper ating way of his; "take it philosophically, as I am doing. Take things as they come and look pleasant, that is the ?est way." rrhe girl and the three dragoons watched the combat "Ob, shut your mouth !" cried the lieutenant. "Nobody with almost breathless interest. The girl's hands were i' asking you for any advice as to how to act." clasped and there was a look of terror in her eyes. The "I know; but wheri I see a man in trouble "f. always feel dragoons, howeYer, while they watched with interest, did like helping him out, either with words or deeds." not betray much anxiety. The truth of the matter was "I'm not in trouble." that they "Were not in love with the lieutenant. He was so bigoted and arrogant that they disliked him, and were o ?" with exasperating coolness. "No!" not averse to seeing him taken a bit, though of "Why the muttered curses, then?" course they did not wish to see him killed by the stranger. "I didn't give utterance to any 'muttered curses." The lieutenant, of course, as being the aggressor, took "I beg your pardon; then I must have misunderstood the offensive and forced the :fighting :fiercely. He did not you." as yet have any idea that he was pitted against his master, "You certainly did." and consequently he pushed things with confidence, feel"'"'t "Then what were you saying, if it is a fair question?" ing sure that he would be able to end matters quickly. I "I was asking myself where I should wound you first." He was showy in the use of the sword, and had at his Dick burst into a peal of laughter. The affair was so finger tips a number of tricks and devices which might, absurdly ludicrous thathe could not help it. He knew the indeed undoubtedly would have fooled a novice and caused lieutenant was bothered, and was more than half convinced him trouble; but Dick was no novice, and he merely laughthat he had met J:iis master, and his statement that he was ed at the flimsy tricks and set them at naught with the I asking himself where he should wound Dick was very funny utmost ease. And as the lieutenant realized that.I his opI to say the least. ponent was not to be caught with tricks, for the first time The laughter had the effect of making the lieutenant a feeling akin to fear hegan to take possession of him. furious with rage, and he made a fiercer attack than any He remembered, now, that his opponent had said that he. be had yet attempted; Dick, however, though still laugh had met the best swordsmen of a dozen different British ing aloud, easily defended himself; and as the three dra regiments and had never met his equal with the sword, goons saw this they exchanged meaning glances. They and he began to wonder if the cool, calm stranger had not had made up their minds, now, that the stranger was their told the truth, after all. comrade's master and that he held ,the lieutenant's life The three dragoons exchanged meaning glances They in his hand. realized that their leader had encountered a foeman worthy "I'll make you laugh!" the officer grated. "I'll make of his best efforts, and as they saw with what ease the you laugh out of the other side of your mouth!" stranger youth managed to evade all the tricks and thrusts "Excuse me, lieutenant," said Dick, with exaggerated of the lieulenant, and how cool and calm and unconcerned politeness; "I am very sorry to act in such an uncourteous he was, they began to think that their comrade had even manner, but really I could not help it. Your statement was met his master. J so naive that I bad to laugh." Even Lucy, as little as she knew about such things, she "That is all right; laugh if you like. It will soon be I never having seen a duel in her life, began to think that her J my turn to laugh." champion was going to be able to at least hold his own, "Perhaps so, lieutenant." .. and at the thought her heart thrilled with joy. J "There is no perhaps about i't; r am going to kill you, "Oh, how I hope he will triumph over the lieutenant!" I as sure as my name is Marvin!" she said to herself. "And I shall endeavor to to it that you do nothing The British officer, becoming angered the fact that I of the kind." his opponent set all his best efforts at naught, pressed "You will not be able to help yoursel.f." upon Dick fiercely, doubtless hoping to overcome him by I "No?" a fierce onslaught. He could make no headway in this "No!" way, either, and a muttered curse escaped him. "I think I can prove to the contrary."

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. 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." "Thinking and doing are two different things." "As you !!re soon to learn." "Bah!" The lieutenant kept up the attack,, but Dick could see that he was getting tired. His attack was not so fierce as it had been; his cuts and thrusts lacked s peed and strength and precisiop. "You are getting tired, lieutenant," said Dick, calmly; "perhaps we had better stop a while so that you may rest a bit." A curse went up from the officer's lips. "You in s olent hound he cried. "I will show you that I am not so tired but what I can put an end to you!" Then he attacked fiercely for a few moments and ex hausted his remaining supply of strength and energy. "Now I have you utterly at my mercy, lieutenant," said Dick, grimly and decidedly. "You have not." "I will show you." Dick now took the offensive and began attacking the officer so fiercely that he was forced back in spite of all be could do. "What did I tell you?" asked Dick. The lieutenant made no reply. His teeth were set and there was a frightened look in his eyes, however. "Now acknowledge yourself beaten and this affair stop," mid Dick. "I have no desire to kill you." "Acknowledge myself beaten?" "Yes." hat The lieutenant was e.vidently having. a severe struggli. tve with himself; but at last his desire to live conquP.red bi pride, and he said : "Very well; I acknowledge defeat." "Very well; that ends the affair, then," said Dick, he stepped back and returned his sword to its place in thl0 scabbard "hanging on the saddle horn. He kept a clos1 watch on the lieutenant and his men, however, for he diJ not trust them wholly. "Now, Miss Lucy, we will go on our way," the youtlf said, quietly. The girl started and gave a half-frightened look at thl'i British officer, and then made her way to Dick's side. "Good evening, gentlemen," said Dick, and then he and? the girl made their way past the four redcoats and on up i the road, Dick horse, Major, following along behind them. When they were almost to the next bend Dick glanced?; back and saw that the redcoats were still in the same spot,3 and they were looking after the two and talking earnestly. "Th&y mean mischief," thought Dick; "I will have to be on my guard. That lieutenant not the fellow to give It was plain he realized that he had met his master, up so easily, under any circumstances, and now t:hat he that he was, as the other said, at his mercy. is laboring under the impression that this girl loves me, The three dragoons realized it also and looked at one he will try to put me out of the way." another inquiringly. They were mutely questioning one The girl looked back also and saw the redcoats, and with another as to whether or not they should pitch upon the a shudder she said: stranger and help their leader to dispose of him. "Oh, Mr. Martin, I fear you have gotten yourself into Dick seemed to realize ;yhat would likely be the action of' great danger, Lieutenant Marvin is, I am sure, a the three, for he said to the lieutenant: terrible man!" "As I just said, I have your life at my mercy and I will "I do not fear him," smiled Dick. take it unless you give your three men orders to not attack "No, but I fear he will not give you a fair chance for me now or at any time during my presence here.I' "I will not give the order!'' "You will give it or die!" said Dick, with such deadly earnestnC$S that his opponent knew he meant it. "And you had better give the order at once, for if they should hapyour life next time." "You think not ?" "I am sure of it; he is a bad man." "Well, forewarned is forearmed. I shall be on my guard, and I don't think he will get a chance to do me pen to make up their minds to try to help you and should injury." make a motion to do so, I would cut you down on the The girl started to say something, hesitated and was instant-do you hear? Your life hangs by a thread, even silent. Only for a few moments, however, and then she now!" said: 1 The lieutenant turned paler than ever; it was evident "There is something which I deem it best to tell you, -that he realized bis danger, and it was equally evident that Mr. Martin. I do not know that you are a patriot, but I he had no desire to die, for he said to his men: suspect from what you said to the lieutenant that you are, "Make no attempt to aid me, boys. I do not wish it, as and I must warn you not to let my uncle know it, if such I told you in the first place." is the case."

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THE LIBbRTY BOYS' STRIKE." 9 "Why not, Miss Lucy?" l knows right where to look for you, and that is better than "Because-he is one of the worst and most radical to be in doubt and perhaps be deceived in the end." ories in these parts." "Ah !-and you, Miss Lucy? Are you a Tory also?" "No, I am not," was the reply. "But I let uncle think t I am. I have no home but his house, and I could not ve there if he knew I was a patriot." "And your aunt-is she a Tory ?" "She never says anything, one way or the other. She ms to think that whatever uncle says or does is all right, owever, so I guess that she is more Tory than patriot." "Thet's right; I'm jes' whut I am an' I don' keer who knows et An' I don' hev no use nur sympathy fur rebels, ye bet on thet I I'd ruther he'p hang one ter er tree than ter do ennythin' thet I know ter eatin' when I'm hungry." "You must dislike rebels, sure enough," with a smile. "I sartinly do. In my 'pinion ther rebel s orter all shot er hung ez fas' ez ever they kin be got erhold uv." "Probaply they would not coincide you in your view of the case," laughed Dick. "Proberbly not," with a quick, suspicious glance at the speaker. "Very well; I thank you for the warning, Miss Lucy, and will not say or do anything to make your uncle think I a patriot. I will even give him the impression that I "Mr. Martin wishes to remain here over night, uncle," said Lucy, quickly, for she feared the conversation would girl, m a Tory, for I deem all fair in love or war." "I think you are right, Mr. Martin," said the itk a blush. wander into dangerous channels. They walked onward, talking in a friendly manner, and presently came in sight of a good-sized house standing a ttle way back from the road. "That is uncle's house," said the girl; "now, don't 1 et, Mr. Uartin, and say or do anything to arouse uncle's uspicions, or there is no telling what he might do." "I will be careful, Miss Lucy." A few minu,tes later they were at the house and a tall, raw-boned, rather hard-featured man was standing on the porch. "Oh, all right, Lucy; he's welcum, ez I'wuz he hain't er rebel." "He has already told you he is not a rebel, uncle, and he saved my life." "True, true, Lucy. Waal, bring yer hoss aroun' ter ther stable, Mister Martin, an' we'll giv' 'im sum feed." The man led the way around the house, Dick following, leading Major, and he received a warning and half plead ing look from Lucy as he went. The look said as plainly as words, "Be careful!" "Is et you, Lucy, at last?" he said, in a complaining and unsaddled and given a measure of oats and some hay, voice. "Whur under ther sun hev ye been so long?" 1..he settler looked the animal over and said: When Major had been placed in a stall, and unbridled "I was gathering flowers, m1cle." "'I'het's er fine hoss, Mister Martin." "Humph! gatherin' flowers!" there was contempt in the "You are right," was the reply; Hhe is a fine horse." tone which said plain as words could have done that the "Looks like he miglft git over ther groun' purty fas', ef speaker did not think of flowers. "Whur did ye I he wuz put to et." pick this stranger up?" eyeing Dick searchingly. "This is Mr. Martin, uncle; he is a traveler and he smred my life by shooting a panther that was chasing me." "Humph! Saved yer life, did he?" There was not much of graciousness in the tone. J "Yes, uncle." "Humph! I'm glad ter know ye, Mister ye hain't er rebel," the marr said. "Oh, I'm not a rebel," saM Dick, smiling. "I'm glad to meet you, Mr.--" "Sim Harker is my name, an' I'm er loyal subjeck uv. ther good King George, and I don' keer who knows et, by George!" "Yes, he can go at a pretty lively gait on occasion." Then the two went to the house and found supper almost ready. Lucy was helping her aunt in the kitchen, but she managed to aatch Dick's eye through the halsf open doorway, and give him a warning loQk, which he a?swered with a reassuring smile. CHAPTER IV. THE SCHEME TO CAPTURE DICK. "All right; I'm glad to know you, Mr. Harper, or an;r The four redcoats stood and watched Dick and Lucy man who is so frank in his statements as you are. One until the two disappeared from sight around the bend in

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." the road, and then the lieutenant muttered a curse under I "Hullo! is thet you, lieutenant?" he exclaimed. "Wh! his breath, and said: I thort ye wuz a'most ter Ninety-Six by this time." "Boys, that scoundrel must die!" "And so I would have been, Mr. Harper, but I hav "You think he is a rebel, lieutenant?" asked one. found some work to do, and so did not return to Ninety "Yes, I do; but even if he wasn't he would have to die, Six, at once, as I bad intended to do." anyway, for he has come between Lucy Lockhart and mysum wwk ter do, hey?" self, and no one can do that and live!" "How are you going to go about settling him, lieuten-1 ant?'' asked another. "It strikes me it is going to be a I pretty hard job." "I'll do it some way!" hissed the officer. "He has got I i.o die! He shall not live twenty-four hours longer!" "Well, how are you going to work it?" asked the red coat who had not yet spoken. The lieutenant was silent for some time, thinking. He wrinkled his brows and pondered. At last a look of joy appeared on his face. "I have it!" he cried. "I know how we can work it." "How?" "In this way: You know that Luc y's uncle is one of the most rabid Tories in this part of the country." "Yes, we know that." "Well, that makes it an easy matter to dispose of the rebel. We will go and hang around the house till we get a chance to talk with Simon ilarper and then I will tell I him that tbe young fellow he is harboring is a rebel, and he will be ready to go right in with us and help us. Then I we will wait the stranger is in bed and asleep, and go into his room and shoot or hang him." '"l'hat ought to work, all right," said one of the dragoons. The other two nodded and the lieutenant said: I "Of course it will work. It can't help working." \ '11he four led their horses into the timber and there I they remained until it was dark, and then came out, mountj ed, and rode back up the road in the direction of the Tory's home. When within two hundred yards of the house "Yes." .'.'Whut is ther work?" "The killing of a rebel!" The lieutenant fairly hissed the words out. "Ther killin' uv er rebel?" "Yes-a rebel scout and spy." ""\rhur is theer such er feller?" ''In your houi;e !" "Whufs thet ?" The Tory was amazed. "I said, in your house "In, my house?" "Yes, in yonr house, right now; at this very moment!" "Er rebel scout an' "Yes." The Tory started and an exclamation escaped his lips. "Ye mean thet feller thet cum ter ther house with Lucy?" he asked. "He, and no other!" "An' ye say he's er rebel?" "He is!" "How d'ye know ?" "He told me :;o." "He told ye so ?" "Yes." "When?" "This evrning; not an hour ago." "He did?" "Yes." "How did he cum ter do et ?" I "Why, he and I were going to fight a duel with swords. and he told me that he had fought with a dozen at Ira.st they dismounted, led their horses in among the trees and of the best swordsmen in the British army." tied them. Then they walked onward and paused at the yard fence. They had not been standing there long when they heard the rear door open and shut, and the lieutenant whispered to his men to remain where they were and then hastened away. As the officer had expected, the person who had emerged from the house was Simon Harper, and he was making his way to the stable to finish up the chores that remained undone. When the lieutenant appeared by his side, just as he reached the stable door, Harper was sur;irised. "He told ye thet ?" "He did." "Then he must be er rebel "Of course he is." "But how cum ye ter be erbout ter fight with him?" "Well, in the first place, on Lucy's account.?' "On Lucy's accou .nt ?" "Yes." ""\Yhy so?" "Because I api sure that she is in love with him, and

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." 11 this made me angry, as you know I am a suitor for the girl's hand." "And when we are in the house you will guide us to the room occupied by the rebel. Understand?" "True; but ye mus be mistook er bout thet, becos Lucy never saw ther feller afore this evenin', an' she couldn' hardly be in love with him so queck ez all thet, ye h.-now." "I don't know any thing. A can and will fall "Yes." "There your part of the work may end. We will attend to the rest." "Air yer three men with ye?" in love with a fellow in an instant, at fir t sight, especially 1 "Yes." if it so happens that he has done something, as saving her "All right; ther four uv ye orter be able ter ther life, as was the case this time; the scoundrel having been I chap." so fortunate as to kill a panther that was chasing Lucy." "Yes; he won't have any chance, anyway, as we will take "I know be done thet. Lucy tole me so herself." him at such a disadvantage he will be helpless." "Right; and she has fallen in love with the young "Ye're rig'.\t." rebel!"' "We will have him tight and fast befpre he is fairly '' D'ye think so?" There was slumbering wrath in the awake." tone. "Thet's right; an' then wbut air ye goin' ter do with "I am sure of it!" him?" "An' ye're shore ther feller. is er rebel?" "We will take him out in the timber a ways and string "Of course I am. Why, I fought a duel with him and him up to a stout limb!" he boasted that he had beaten many of the best swordsmen in the British army." "An' d'ye think he tole ther trooth ?" There was extreme viciousnes in the lieutenant's tone, and there was no doubt that he meant what he said. If the "rebel" was delivered into his hands the officer would not "I do; for he defeated me easily, and I am considered a have any mercy on him. good swordsman." "He defeated you?" "Yes." "In er sword dooel ?" I "Yes; I was like a novice as opposed to him." It was hard for the lieutenant to make this admission, but he "Thet wili be er,good way ter git rid uv him," said Harper. ther way all rebels orter be served." "You are right; well, we can depend on you to do yor/ part?" U v course ye kin." "You'll unfasten and open the door and show us to the wi hed to impress the Tory with the fact that the youth rebel's room?" was a rebel and a dangerous fellow. I "Yes." Humph! then I've got er rebel in my house, shore enuff, "About what time will you open the door, do you think?'' hey?" "Oh, I dunno; erbou t eleven o'clock, I guess." "Yes; and I want your help to enable us to put an end "All right; we will be at the back door at eleven o'clock." to him." I "I won't keep ye waitin' long arter thet." There was something so vicious in the tone of the "Good! Well, good-by till then." voice that the T@ry shuddered slightly. Still he hated all "So long ter ye." rebels such an extent, however, .that he was not only The lieutenant turned away and made his way back to ready but willing and glad to lend himself to any plan his comrades at the yard which would result in putting a hated enemy out of the way. "Whut d'ye want me ter do?" "I want you to help us capture him." "When-right now?" "Was it Harper?" asked one of the dragoons. "Yes." "What did he say?" "He is willing and glad to aid us." "Good!" "No; some time to-night, after he is' sound asleep." "He is going to open the rear door at eleven o'cloGk or "Oh, thet'll be easy.'1 when he is sure the fellow sound asleep, and then he "WhatI want you to do is to remain awake, and when will lead us to the room the rebel is in and we will then you are sure the rebel is asleep you must open the door and have no trouble in making a prisoner of the scoundrel." let us enter. Do you understand?" "That's a good plan; and it ought to work like a charm." "Yes, thet'll be easy." "It will, I am sure."

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." "I don't see why it shouldn't." "I might ez well let ther lieutenant an' his men in,' "Nor I; and now let us hunt up some comfortable place to stay, for we will have to wait several hours." The four made their way to where some haystacks stood, thought Harper; "ther rebel is shorely ez soun' erslee ez he'll be ter-night, by this time." He made his way to the back door and cautiously an and pulling out some of the hay they soon had a nice, soft noiselessly unbolted and opened it. ( place to lie. Mr. Harper, when he had finished his chores, made his way back to the house, and although he tried to keep from doing so, he could not help eyeing Dick with interest. In spite of himself the man could not help rather admiring the looks of the handsome, ;manly looking youth, and while he was sure the young fellow was a "rebel," and hated him on that account, he coul<.1 not do other than acknowlThe fo?r redcoats were just outside, and at the signal from i : he man they stole through the doorway and into the kitchen. "Is he asleep, do you think?" asked the lieutenant, in a cautious whisper. "I think so, ef he's ergoin' ter go ter sleep ter-night, he. is," was the reply. "All right; lead the way to his room." edge that his guest was a fine-looking fellow, even though "Come erlong," and the man led the way to the room in a rebel. Lhe far corner of the house. Then remembering what the lieutenant had said about At the door he paused and listened intently for a few Lucy being. in love. with the stranger, he watched her moments. covertly. He saw that the girl cast frequent glances in "He's ersleep !"he whispered to the lieutenant. "I kin the youth's direction, and came to the conclusion that they heer him breathin' heavy-like, ez people do when they're were glances or admiration. ersleep." "I more'n half berleeve ther lieutenant is right," the "All right; open the door and then get out of the way. man said to himself; "I ther gal is more'n half in We will attend to the rest." love with ther feller. Waal, et won't ,do her no good, fur The man lifted the latch and pushed against the door. when mornin' comes he ll be dead ez er do
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." 13 tim w.as before them, and was undoubtedly at their I at their feet, could be seen the house they left a few minutes rcy, since he was sound asleep, and was only one while before. y were four. At a signal from the lieutenant all four seized the sleeper, d as they had brought some pieces of rope with them, "Now, Morgan, make a running noose in the end of the rope you brought with you," said the lieutenant. "All right," was the reply, and the man addressed'took ey had succeeded in binding Dick's arms almost before a rope from around his waist and quickly rigged a run-was fully awake. ning noose in the end of it. He looked at the four men, and, recognizing them, alized wht it meant. "Now put the noose over the prisoner's head." The man did as ordered. "So it is you, lieutenant?" he remarked, sarcastically. "How do you like the feel of that?" asked the officer, "Yes, it is I. But we have no time to waste; help him maliciously. n his clothing, boys." "Well, as I make it a rule to always tell the truth, I The three dragoons aided Dick, and it did not take long can not say that I really like the feel of the rope," was the get him dressed. calm reply. "Now come with us," the lieutenant said. "Where to ?" "I didn't suppose you would!" "I don't suppose you will like the feel of the rope that "That does not matter. You ha.-e to go, so don't stop to chokes the breath out of you, either," said Dick, calmly. questions." "The rope isn t made that will do that!" s neer e d th e "Oh, that is all right; you will understand that I would lieutenant. turally ha>e some curiosity regarding our destination." "You will :find out our destination soon enough." "Doubtless you are right." "Yes; come along an,d don't cry out for help, as it will "Perhaps not; but you cannot be sure of it." "I am sure of it. I will never be "If you get your jus t deserts, you will be." A curse escaped the lips of the officer. you no good." "You are the most insolent scoundrel that ever I saw!" "Oh, you needn't worry about that," said Dick, quietly; he snarled. do not intend to cry out." "See that you don't; it would be heard by no one save r. and Mrs. Harper and Lucy Lockhart, and the :first two med are in sympathy with us. As for the other, I uld not care i:f she were to hear you crying out and beg ng for mercy." "She, nor any one else will never hear me begging for ercy," was the quiet reply. "lt would do no good to beg you, anyway, if I am any judge, for I size you up as ing as merciful as a ravening wolf!" "Toward rebels I am just about that merciful and no ore so. I freely admit it; but enough talk.' Move ongl" One of the redcoats walked on each side of Dick, and r. Harper led the way, candle in hand. When they ached the rear door of the kitchen and' passed through, e lieutenant bade the settler good night, and the four red ats hastened away with Dick in their midst. They made their way through the timber and up the ountainside, which rose ahead of them. They for perhaps a quarter of a mile and then they came to stop in a little glade, in the centre of which was a large ee. It was a moonlight night, and below, seemingly almost "Speaking of scoundrels," remarked Dick, quietly; "you are, I think, abou.t the champion scoundrel of the wol'ld !" Another curse escaped the lieutenant's lips, and then be forced a laugh. "You are trying to anger me sufficiently to get me to shoot you, and thus escape death by hanging," he said; "but you cannot work the scheme. You will die the death of a dog, at the end of that rope!" "I'll wager you anything you like that I do not do any-thing of the kind," was the reply. "Bab l I would not wager with a dead man." "I am not dead yet "But you are as good as dead." "Oh, no." "Bah! You have not fifteen minutes to live!" "Make it :fifteen years, lieutenant, and come nearer the exact truth." "Bosh Who are you?" "Who am I?" "Yes." "A man." "Such talk will avail you nothing. Who are you?" "I have told you." "What is your name?"

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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." "Martin-Frank Martin." ''Where are you from? "Everywhere." "You know what I mean." "Do I?" "Yes. Where is your home?" "Wherever I happen to be." "But you claim some place as home-some State. Wlrich .one is it?" "You are an idiot!" "Thank you; you are a bigger one." "You had better tell!" Oh, stop your talk and do something!" "Then you refuse to save your life by telling?" "It would not my life, even if you kept } promise, for I would be hung by the officer in comman ix. But you would not keep your promise; would hear all I had 1.o say, laugh at me for being so foo "Oh, I have no preference. I am at home in any "I believe that you are from 1.he North." tate." as to take your word for anything and then hang me, "Do you?" "I do." l you have that privilege." Jc You are, are you not?" "I'm sure I cannot say." "You are from the and you are a rebel spy !"' "Am I?" "Yes." "How do you ltnow ?" "It is easy to see that much." must be possessed of rema:i;kably good eyesight." 1.he same." "I would do nothing of the kind." "Yes, you would; I know you fellows like a book. Tl I is not enough honor in a dozen such fellows as yo iurnish one man with what he ought to have. I will 1 you nothing; that is final, so just go ahead with your as soon as you like." A muttered curse escaped the lips of the lieutenant. "So be it ., he said; "if you wish to be a fool and up your life when there is u.o need of it, all right. thing is certain, you will never marry Lucy Lockhart." "I have never had any thought of marrying Miss L "Are you alone in this part of the country or have you hart," wathe calm reply; "I never met her until comrades somewhere in the vicinity?" I afternoon, and as I have a sweetheart many miles ,f Dick laughed scornfully. here, I don't think that there would be any danger th "11Iy' dear lieutenant, what do you take me for?" he said. would marry her, even if I did not lose my life here, "Do you for one moment think that I would tell you anynight." thing?" "Supposing I promised to spare your life if you told me who you really are, whether you have comrades in these parts, and all about yourself?" "I would tell you nothing. You would not keep your "Bah! you ca1d dece[ve me!'' sneered the lieutenant. "I am not trying to deceive you." "Yes, you are; you love Lucy Lockhart, and you k it !" wuy dear lieutenant, you think that because you promise, anyway, even if you were to make one."' her, all men must do so. That is where you make a "Oh, yes, I would." take. Jli s Lockhart is a very beautiful, sweet and se "It doesn't matter; I will tell you nothing." ble girl, but as I just told you, I have a sweetheart far fr "Not if I give you my word of honor that I will not here, anu have had no thought of this girl." bang you, but will take you to Ninety-Six and turn you over to the officer in command there?" Certain! y not." "Think well before deciding." "I have given the matter all necessary thought." "I mean just what I say, and if you refuse to give me the information we will hang you to that limb up there!" pointing to the large outjutting limb from the tree under which they were standing. "Go ahead with your work as soon as you like was the calm reply. "You are a fool!" "You are "You can talk that way all you like," was the sneer reply; "but you could not make me believe you." "I suppose not; a jealous man cannot be made beli anything what he ought not to believe. "Bah! if you have any word to leave, speak it at o as I am going to give the order to have you strung in a very few moments!" "Well, in order to put that off as long as possible think that I had better think of something to say, do you?" "This is no ti ,me for foolishness! I mean just wha s:iy, and if you have anything to say, say it; for it is y last chance!"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." 15 "'Well, to be fra n k with you, lieutenant, I' have nothing stop it would be sure death; but if I keep on I have at w h atev e r to say. You may go ahead with your work, just least a faint chance for escape. That is just as brilliant as a s soon as you like. many of those British undet officers are." All ri g h t ; Sam, climb the tree and put the end of the The youth was such a splendid runner and was so acrope over th e limb. We will soon put an end to this rebel!" customed to timber and hills that e1en though handicapped But the l ieutenant was destined to meet with a sur-in such a manner he was drawing slowly but surely away prise. I from his pursuers. Di c k S l ater was not the kind of a young man to stand Suddenly Dick stumbled and fell and then he wa' sti ll an d permit himself to be hung, so long a there was I brought to a stop with a jerk. He scrambled up and at thc faintest chance to escape such a fate. His m;ms were tempted to run, but could not; the end of the rope was bound, true, and there was a noose around his neck, but no caught and the noose around his neck held him and choked one had hold of the rope, and only one man had hold of his Jum, too. arm T here was a chance to make a break for liberty, and The youth thought that it was all up with him. The Dic k was the youth to improve it. The lieutenant was redcoats would be upon him before he could hope to get sta ndin g right in front of the prisoner, and suddenly Dick loose, and continue the flight. But even as this thought shook the hold o.f the man at his side loose and ducking his flashed through mind a dark form appeared M his side. head butted the officer in the stomach, knocking him down; Something bright fl.ashed in the faint light and Dick f e lt the n the youth bounded away, down the mounstainside, the that the rope holding him back had been severed. rope trailing along behind him like some long, slender eerpent CHAPTER VI. lX THE C.A. VE. "This way, quick!" whispered a voice, and with a thrill Dick recognized it as being the voice of Lucy Lockhart. As the girl spoke she took hold o f D ick's arm and led him hastily along the side of the mountain, at right angles with the course he had been g o ing. There was need for haste and caution, for the redcoats I were close at hand Lucy, however: did not go far before coming to a stop, and she pulled some bushes aside, revealing the opening to Dick Slater knew that he was going to have a hftrd 1 a cave in the face of the mountain time. making his escape, if he did make it, but this did n ot "Enter," she wluspered; ''have no fear I know -the matter He went right. ahead with as much confidence as interior of the cave like a book, and there are no pitfalls." i f he was sure of succeeding. The youth obeyeg, entering unhesitatingly. The girl fol Onward he bounded, down the mountainside, dodging lowed quickly, and as the bushes swept back into place, the trees and hoping that he w-ould be able to get away covering the entrance to the cave, they heard the voices of from his enemies, and after him came the redcoats, yelling at the top of their voices, and one or two of them fired shots at the fi1gitiw, with their pistols Had Dick's arms been free he would have had no diffithe redcoats raised in loud exclamations of surprise. "They've found the rope!" whispered the girl. "And are surprised to find that it has been cut," re plied Dick. culty in making hls escape, but with them fette r ed he was This was indeed the ease. The lieutenant himself had badly handicapped. Then, too, the rope trailing behind got his foot tangled in the rope and had almost been him was a hindrance. It caught on stones and underbrush, thrown. He disentangled his foot and examined the rope, an d jerked the youth several times, but, he paid no attenand was able to determine that it had been cut with a tion, gritting his teeth and continuing the mad ruslL..down knife. This, of course, occasioned him considerable sur the m ountainside. prise, and he asked his con:rrades, who had come up, \rhat "Stop! stop!" yelled the lieutenant, who had regained i:hey tho ught of the matter. his feet, and, boiling with rage, was in full pursuit and had "It looks as if the scoundrel had found a friend or some got ten ahead of his comrades. "Halt, or you are a dead friends," said one. man! You cannot escap\!" "You are right!" from the lieutenant; "and as we Bu t D ick did not stop. "I wonder what he takes me cannot hear the sound of footsteps anywhere, I am con> for, a n yway?" the youth said to himself. "If I were to i fident they are in hiding near this spot."

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." "Then the thing for us to do is to hunt them out." "A cave?" "So it is. Spr e ad out, boys, and begin searching!" "Yes." Then Dick and the girl heard the sound of footsteps. "Jove! then the chances are The girl had alr e ady cut the rope binding the youth's arms hiding place, sure enough!" and he had removed the noose from bis neck. He felt much "I have no doubt of it." better and more able to take care of himself, but still he "This way, boys!" called out the lieutenant, and pres was in poor shape to stand off four redcoats, for he had no ently the four redcoats were gathered at the entrance to weapons. The lieutenant and his comrades had taken the cave and were peering in with eager eyes. It was so dar Dick' s sword and pistols away from him when they made iu the cave, however, that they could not see anything. him a prisoner. "Hello, in there!" called out the lieutenant, after a few "Do you think there is any danger that they will disminutes. cover our biding place?" whispered Dick. 1. "I hardly think they will do so, but they may," was the reply. Of course, Dick did not reply. "Hello, I say!" the officer called out. "We have you cooped up in there; you can't escape, so might as well come "Well, if they do I shall be in trouble, for I have no I out and surrender!" weapons." Still no reply. This made the officer angry, and he said "Here is a pistol, and this knife, too, be. of service I to his men: to you." I "Out with your pistols, boys, and fire a volley into the "Yes, yes; anything will be better than nothing," was cave! If he won't talk we'll make him move, anyway!" the reply; "if th(_!y find us I will make it as. warm for them The four men drew pistols and fired a volley into the as I can, even though short on weapons." cave, but thanks to the foresight of Dick, who bad taken The sound of footsteps came clos er and closer, and presthis into consideration, no harm was done; the two Iugiently the two heard a voice say: "Here are some bushes; maybe be is bidden behind t hem." There was a rustling sound, silence for a few seconds, followed by an exclamation. "Oh, lieutenant!" called a voice, seemingly close to the youth and the girl. "Come here'!" "He has discovered the entrance to the cave!" whispered Dick. "So he has!" in a frightened whisper. "I fear they may take it into their heads to fire into the cave and some of the bullets might hit you!''. "There is a bend in the cave back a little way; we can withdraw to it." tives being out of danger around a bend in the cave. The four remained silent for a minute, listening1 in the hope that they might hear thli sound of dying struggles of the young man who had escaped from their hands, but no such sound came to their hearing. "Maybe we were mistaken, after all," said one of the men. "I don't think so," said the lieutenant; "I am sure he is in here." "But we forgot, lieutenant, there must be at least one person in there with him." "True; and I wonder who it can be?" "Not Sim Harper, that's certain. For he is loyal to the core" "That's a good plan." "Y ht 'd d k f 1 d "What do you want, Sam?" the two heard the voice of I er rig sai a voice; as a ar orm oome up m the reply, coming from quite a distance, seemthe darkness alongside them; "et bain't Sim Harper, an' he ingly. I is loyal ter ther core. But I think thet I know who et is." "Come here; I've found something!" J "Mr. Harper!" exclaimed the lieutenant. "You have?" I "Yes, et's me." "Yes." "And you think you know who it is that is with the "What-the rebel?" "No; but I think I've found bis hiding place!" "You do?" eagerly. "Yes." "What is it you have found, anyway?" "A cave!" rebel?" "I do." ''Who?" "My niece!" "What!" gasped the lieutenant. "You don't mean it?" ar sartinly do !"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." "What makes you think your niece, Miss Lockhart, is to his voice, "do you think it possible that you can perwith the rebel?" \ suade your niece to come out o{ there?" "Waal, ef ennybuddy is with im, I think et is her, "Mebby I kin. fur she hain't at ther house." "Try it, anyway; for we are going to go in there aft e r "She isn't?" the rebel and if he shows fight the girl must get hurt." "No; when I heerd ther firin' uv ther pistols, she cum dormstairs all dressed, an' she axed me whut ther shootin' "Thet's so." "Yes, get her to come out; we don1t want to run any irnz erbout. I tol her I didn' know, an' ther nex' thing I risks of hurting her." !mowed she hed disappeared, an' when me an' ther ole "All right; I'll try, but I dunno whether she'll come er: womern looked fur her we couldn' fin' her." not. She's purty middlin' stubborn when she makes up "And you think she hastened up here and that it was h e r min' ter be." she who met him and freed him from the rope we had Th e n the man raised his voice and called out: place d around his neck?" "Ef ennybuddy done thet she's ther wun, an' ye kin bet on et." I "Well, some one did meet him and free him from the I rope, and we think they are both in this cave." "It hain't er bit uv doubt erbout thet ef Lucy i;, with 'im, fur she knows all erbout this beer cave." "She does?" "Yes ; she used ter play house in this beer cave when she wuz er leetle gal." "Lucy!" There was no repl y After a few moments Mr. Harper tried again. "Lucy! Oh, Lucy!" he called. Still no reply. "Ye hed better cum out e r the e r, Lucy," 'the man callee} out; "ther lieut e nant an' his men air goin' ter cum in i.heer an' git ther rebel, an' ef he shows fight, an' theer is er scrimmage ye mought git hurt. Come out, gal!" This time there was a reply. "Then it is she who is with him, and they are in the 1 "I will not come out, uncl e !" was the reply, in a firm, ave!"
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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' STRIKE." find that we are not defenseless. We have weapons, and I I am enough of a mountain girl to know how to use them. And I will help fight the lieutenant and his mihi." A curse escaped the lips of the lieutenant. "That is the bigge t fool of a girl that I ever heard of!" he growled. "She means whut she says, though," said Mr. Harper; "I guess, lieutenant, thet ye hev yer work all cut out :fur ye, an' thct ef ye succeed in gittin' thct young feller erg'in ye'll be doin' mighty well." -"Then there is only the one thing to do." "And that is to try to crawl into the cave and attack the rebel suddenly, eh?" "Yes. "Well, we'll make the attempt. "Yes." / Are you boys ready?" "All right; come on, then. Follow me and make no noise, on your live.s !" The lieutenant entered the cave, crawling on his hands and knees, and the three dragoons followed. They niadc "Here, you re]\el !" called out the officer, "what kind of their way slowly and 'carefully along, their nerves strung a man do you 1 call yourself, anyway, to hide behind a to the highest tension. ,-oman's skirts in this fashion? Why don't you send the Would they succeed in taking the "rebel" youth by snrgirl out of harm's way, and do your own fighting prise? like a man?" This was the question they were themselves, but "That is exactly what I haYe been tryilfg to get :Miss had they known who the really was that they were Lucy to do, lieutenant," was the quiet reply, in the voice going to try to take by surprise, they would not have of Dick Slater. "I do not care to hide behind a woman's needed to ask themselves the question. kirts, as you call it; and indeed I do 'llot think it necesDick Slater, 'With the eyes and ears of an Indian, or of sary in this inetance. I haven't the least doubt of my the wild inhabitants of the forests, was not the youth to ability to whip all four of you, alone and unaided." Exclamations of anger escaped the lips of the redcoats. "Say, he's altogether too saucy!" growled one. "He needs a lesson!" from another. "We'll give it to him before we get through witl1 him, I too.!" from the third. "Oh, you think you could whip all four of us, do you?'' cried the lieutenant, sneeringly. "Oh, yes; and do it without much trouble? too!" be taken by surpri e by a quartette of blundering redcoats CHAPTER YII. DICK WOUXDS TWO 01'' HIS mrn.MlES. Dick Slater was on the alert. ( "Then come out and do it!" He became suspicious during i.he that the men "Oh, no, thank you; I am not anxious to bring on a were discussing the matter of trying to crawl into the caYe combat, but if you fellows attack me you may be sure I and surprise him, and he whispered to Lucy that they that you are going to have all you can do, and more, too!" were up to some kind of mischief. "What had we better do?" asked the lieutenant, in a I "They are laying their plans for the attack," he whislow tone. pered. "I'm sure I don't know," replied one of the men. "I judge that you are right," was the reply "You can't prove it by me," from another. "I am going to ask you once more,. Miss Lucy, to go "Don't you suppose we could crawl into the cave and forth from here," said Dick; "you have done enough for get right onto him before he knew of our ?" asked the third. "What do you think about it, Harper?". the lieu tenant asked. me, and more than enough, and I would never forgi e myself if you should be injured as a result of your befriend ing me. Please let me call to them and tell them that you will come out." "Waal, I dunno whut ter think erbout et, lieutenant," "X o, no," was the quick Teply; "I would rather die was the reply; "mebby ye mought do et, all right, an' here "'.ith you than to go forth to where Lieutenant then ag'in mebby ye moughtn't." "Why not starve them out?" suggested one of the men, struck su
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TUE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." The two said no more just then, and Dick busied himself listening as that was the only way he could give a guess regarding what the enemy was dping. Presently he whispered to Lucy: "They are coming, Miss Lucy!" "Coming?" in a trembling whisper. ''Yes." ''Are you sure?" "Yes; I can hear them." "You can?" "Yes; they have entered the cave and are crawling to ward us!" ''Goodness! Then it looks as if we would have to fight them, after all." their plans aloucl as th e y came; l m t o f c ourse they did no know this Dick listen e d intently for a f e w mom e nts and then levele his pistol and fired. Crack! the weapon rang out loudly, awakening the echoe in the cave and causing a noise that was almost deafening Following the sound of the report was a loud yell o pain, followed by a string of curses that was enough t curdle the blood of the hearers. "Are you badly hurt, Sam?" called out the lieutenant. "Oh, it won't kill me, I gues s," was the r e pl y ; "but i hurts a bit. The scoundrel has put a bullet through m arm." "Give him a volley!" roared the liep.tenant. "So we will unless there is some way of getting out of girl said one of the dragoon ,. more of the cave--some other way besides the one we came in, I man than the ofl:icer. mean." An exclamation escaped the lips of the girl. ''That makes me think!" she whispered. "There is a passage--a narrow, crooked one, which leaves the main cave and leads I know not whither. I have followed it "Never mind the girl!" hissed the lieutenant. "Sh chose to stay in here with the rebel; let her take the medi cine along with him. Ready, fire!" Crack! crack! crack! rang out three pistol shots. Needless to say, none of the bullets inflicted damage o e a mind to give them a shot or two killed an innocent girl." before retreating." "What was the reason you didn"t fire, Sam?" asked th1 "Perhaps it will be as well not to anger them more," lieutenant. the girl suggested. "Oh, that doesn't matter, Miss Lucy; they are as angry a;;: they can be already; but if I wound one or two of them it will dampen their ardor considerable and may have the effect of causing them to give up trying to capture me." "That's so; I never thought of that, and by being careful you may fire upon them and yet not be in any danger "l't is my right arm that has the bullet through it," wm the growling reply; "and as I couldn't hit the siue of house at five paces, left-ha.nded, I thought I might as wel save my powder." "Oh, that was it?" Then raising his voice the officei called out: "How is it with you, Rebel? Are you dead?" when they return the fire." "Oh, no," was the prompt reply, "I'm not dead no1 "You are right; all I will have to do is tb keep back I even so much as wounded. You fellows are not such goo( behind the angle of the cave wall." shots in the dark as I am: I'm go.ing to give you anothe1 The "Liberty Boy" drew his pistol, and, cocking it, I shot, and I think I will get you, this time, lieutenant.' listened intently. He had no difficulty in I A curse escaped the lips of the officer. whereabouts of the enemy. He could hear the four drag"That fellow has Satan's luck!" _he growled. Ther ging themselves laboriously forward on their hands and aloud: knees. So far as the secrecy of their movements were con"Shoot! \\ho cares? You couldn't hit me in a hun cerned they might as well have walked boldly in and talked I dred attempts, and you may rest assured of one thing

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r" 20 LIBERTY BOYS; ''TEN STRIKE." When I get hold of you again, as I will very soon, I will make you suffer for all the trouble you have caused us!" Crack! As the lieutenant ceased speaking Dick fired, and the bullet, by good luck more than by good shooting, as the youth bad only the sound of the voice to guide him, struck the lieutenant in the right shoulder, inflicting a painful but not at all dangerous flesh wound. It was sufficient to arouse all the demon there was in the lieutenant's make-up, however, and that was not a little. "What is the trouble?" asked Dick. "We have come to the end of the passageway!" CHAPTER VIII. THE ESCAPE. The lieutenant and his three comrades rushed forward, -He gave utterance to a string of curses that were sometheir nerves strung up to the highest pitch, expecting thing terrible to listen to, and when be had :finished he every moment to encounter the "rebel" who had caused gave the order. to charge. them so much trouble but they came to the wall of the "Up and at the scoundrel, boys!" he cried. "We will cave without having encountered the object of their search. overpower him before he has time to reload his pistols!" "What does this mean?" the liet1tenant exclaimed. But Dick and the girl had not been idle while the lieu"Where is that scoundrelly rebel?" tenant was relieving his feelings by cursing. The two had "Here, lieutenant!" called one of the men. "The cave taken advantage of the and had withdrawn turns to the left and he must be back ip here further." to the farther end of the cave, and after a few moments of "Spread out so as not to give him any chapce to get search the passageway was found and then they made their past us and make his escape," the lieutenant ordered, and way along this. the three dragoons obeyed. "We need not hurry, Miss Lucy," said Dick; "walk They then made their way, slowly and cautiously back slowly and I will reload my pistol as we go." I toward the rear of the cave and :finally they reached it"Very well, Mr. Martin," was the reply. j without having found the youth and the girl. Then they heard the lieutenant give the order for his "What does it mean?" the officer cried, in angry and men to charge, and Dick said: disappointed tones. "Where can they have gone?'., "I gi.iess they will be surprised ;vhen they find us miss'"I give it up," replied the wounded dragoon, in a tone ing." of disgust. ill h "And so do I," from another of the trio. "Yes, indeed; but they will come in pursuit, w t ey not?" "Here!" suddenly exclaimed the third, who had been "Doubtless; but they won' t be able to catch us, I feel nosing around. "I've found something!" sure." "I hope that will oe the case." "\\That?" the lieutenant cried. "A passageway." "You have?" "Yes; it leads onward from the end of the cave, and I'll wager that the rebel and the girl have taken refuge "Not ven y far; about to where we now are, I should say." in it." How far have you explored this pas s ageway, :Miss Lucy?" "Well, I hope that the passage will be found to extend to the outer world." "So do I." "In that case we will be able to laugh at our enemies." "Yes, you will be enabled to escape from them and they will not harm me." "Of course that is where they have gone. And now, if the passageway doesn't lead to the quter world, we will be able to corner them and capture them." "Yes; they will never be able to get past us in as narrow a passageway as that." "Come along, boys!" the lieutenant said, a note of "l ou had bette:r go slow and feel your way, Miss .Lucy; satisfaction in his voice; "I guess this is nearing the finish. there might be some pitfalls in the way of precipices in our I think we will soon find our game." path." J The four entered the passageway, and made their way "I shall b'e careful." / aloI).g it at a moderate rate of speed They did not deem The two continued onward and presently Lucy came to J it necessary to hurry, for they felt confident that they a stop, with a cry of dismay. I would soon be up with the fugitives, anyway." -__ ___. __

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." 21 At last they came to a point where the passageway ended, was the reply; "ye don' mean ter say ez how ye couldn' d the fugitives were not there. There was no mistaking find 'em in ther cave?" e fact that the passage came to an abrupt end, for it ran "That is just what I do mean to say." "ght up against a solid rock wall. "Waal, thet beats ennythin' I ever heerd uv !" "Well, what do you think of this, anyway, boys?" asked "It seems rather strange, that's a :fact." "1! I e lieutenant, in disgust. "They mus' be in theer." "I don't know." "You think so?" "It beats me!" "Uv course they air They wuz in theer, we know thet, "Perhaps the rebel and the girl didn't enter the passageall'' I know thet they hevn't cum out." ay, after all." "But there may be some other way of getting out of "Then where did they go?" the lieutenant wanted to the cave." ow, and this question neither of the three could answer. "I don' think so. I think thet ef thet wuz so Lu c y would "You can't prove it by me." hev foun' et long ergo." "Nor by me." "That's just it; I think she found it long ag o a nd m ade "I give it up, lieutenant. I don't understand it; I don't use of it to-night." how they could have got past us in the cave proper, and "I don' think tbet, fur e f she'd h e v foun' anoth e r way uv am certain they could not have got past us in this narrow gittin' out uv ther cave she'd h e v tole us." assage." "You nre right; but perhaps there are some branch sages, and they have turned aside into one of those." "That is possible," agreed one of the dragoons, "but I on't think it probable, for we felt our way along and surely e would have found a side passage, had there been any." "Do you think so ?" "I'm shore u v et." "Well, I don't know; it looks to me as if you a r e mis taken, for we searched every foot of the cave, and.._ a passageway that extends away back from the rear of the cave, ..but we couldn't find the rebel and the girl." "I've heerd Lucy speak uv ther passageway, but she said "We might have missed it. I can't account for the she hedn't never gone back ter ther end uv et, a n didn' "sappearance of the rebel and the girl in any other way." know whur et went." "Well, let's hasten back, making search for it as we go; or if we fool away too much time here they will have a hance to get back into this passage and back to the cave This was considered to be such sound sense that it was cted upon at once. The four made their way back, feeling ong the sides of the passageway in the expectation that ey would find a branch one leading off to one side. "Well, we went clear to the end of it and it came to an end at a solid wall of stone." \ "Ye don' say i'" "Yes." "Waal, et beats me; I don' know whur the r two kin bev gone." "Neither do I-but I wish I did!" The lieutenant was angry and disgusted. H e h a d had They were disappointed, however, for no branch passthe "rebel" in his power and almost hanged, yet th e y oung ge was found, and they reached the main cave, feeling be-stranger had escaped and he had wounded two of bis "ldered and puzzled. enemies, the lieutenant being one of the two. The wound "I don't understand it," said the lieutenant. "Where in the shoulder was quite painful,, and the officer presently n they have gone?" said they might as well go to the house. "I don't know," replied one of the dragoons; "perhaps "Sam and I are wounded," he said; "and I can say for ey are in the cave, within a few yards or feet of us." myself that my shoulder hurts like everything. It burns "Let us make a systematic search of the cave and see if like fire, and the quicker the wound is dressed'the better I hey are here," the officer said, and they went to work. shall be pleased." hey thoroughly, but found no traces of the ":My arm hurts, too," said Sam. gitives. Then they made their way to the open air and ".All right; come er long ter ther house," said :Mr. Haround :Mr. Harper there. To the lieutenant's query reper, "an' we'll .fix ye up ther bes' we kin, though I dunno rding whether he had seen anything of the youth and the how good thet'll be." "rl, the man replied that he had not. I The five made their way down the mountainside and were I "They didn't come out this way, ef thet's whut ye mean," I soon at the house. 'rhey entered and preparations were

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I 22 T.HE LIBERTY BOYS' ''TEN STRIKE." begun for dressing the wou11ds oi the two men. While this "Then I guess I will have to stand on your shoulde s: is being done we will see what has become of Dick and a11d make the attempt to get up there, Miss Lucy." Lucy. "Yes, yes!" and the gi;rl leaped down. "I can hold yo When they found that they were up against a solid never fear. I am very strong for a girl." the fugitives hardly hew or say. J: The youth quickly removed his shoes, so as not to brui This is a pretty bad lookout for us, said Dick, somethe girl's shoulders, and then climbed up onto Luc) what soberly. shoulders. It tried the girl's strength, but she stood rea "Do you think they will find the passageway?" asked onably firm, and Dick reached up and got hold of tb Lucy; anxiously. "I'm afraid they will, :Y.I:iss Lucy." "And it will lead them straight to us." "yes." "What will we do, then?" "Well, I won.'t wait for them to come here where there will be danger that they may 'Wound or kill y.ou, Miss Lucy; I will make my way back along the passageway and edge of the rock, which, fortunately, was sharp and firin I and taking a good grip he drew himself upward, slow!, but steadily and surely. It was a difficult feat, but Dick felt that his life an the safety of the girl depended on his succeeding, and h never for a moment contemplated such a thing as failure He simply told himself that he must succeed, and he die so. He managed to draw himself up far enough so thai will have it out with them where there will be no danger to be could whirl around and secure a sitting position, anc YOU." when he had done this he was all right. "Oh, but there may be some way of getting out of this He rested a few moments and then climbed up ani plae.e with01rt meeting them; there mnst be a. way. Perfound himself in a passageway almost exactly like the ont haps there is a cont.i.nua.nce of this pa&Sageway at a higher below. Kneeling, he called down to Lucy to throw hl level." shoes up. "That is well th aught of, Miss Lucy. Such might be "I am here, safe and sound," he said, "and I will ha vt the case; blit h(']W" are we to learn whether or not it is? you up here in a jiffy." We have nothing to stand on to make the examination." I "Oh, I am}o' glad!" the girl exclaimed, and then sht "I am very strong, Mr. ll'Iartin," in eager tones; "can threw Dick's shoes up to him. you not stand on my shoulders?" Then Dick lay down on his stomach and reached dow1 "You brave, noble-heart e d little girl!" said Dick, in as far as he could. tones of admiration. "You are a girl in a thousand. But I am much more able to hold you up than you are to hold me. Get up on my shoulders." "But if there is a continuation, and I should be able to get up into it myself, I would not be strong enough to lif.t you up afterward, while if you were to get up you could lift me up easily." "That is true; but you get up on my shoulders first and make the examination and then if there is no continuation oi the passageway there will be no necessity for me to get ou your shoulders." "V.eny well." The yo11th.. lif.ted the girl as easily as if she were a child, plae:ed her on his shoulders ; standing erect the girl reached up and felt around, and as she did so a little cry oi joy escaped her lips. "Give me your hands, Miss Lucy," he said, "and I wil soon have you up here beside me." The girl reached up as high as she could and Dick coul1 just iifch the tips of her fingers. "That won't do," the youth said. "What are we to do?" the girl asked, in a tremblin, voice. "It il:l very simple, llliss Lucy," was the reply; "jm upward. Don't try to jump high-just about six incbe:; that is all, and that will enable me to get a good hold o your bands." The girl did as told, and Dick got a good hold and pulle1 her up without much difficulty, and soon she was seated i1 the passageway beside him. "Now I will don my shoes," said Dick, "and we will b ready to continue exploring the passageway and see wher "It is here!" she cried. "There is a continuance of the it leads to." passageway here!" / The youth had just finished this work when Lucy said "How high up is it, 'Miss Lucy?" in a cautious whisper: "Listen! I hear voices and foot 1It is almost as high up as I can reach, Mr. Martin."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' STRIKE." They listened intently for a few moments and then Dick "Then perhaps we had better go on and lflry to find said : another exit." "You were right, Miss Lucy; the redcoats have found "I judge that will be safest ; anyway, if we don't find the passageway and are coming along it." an exit we can come back and go out the way we came in "Oh, let u hasten away from here!" the girl whispered, and take our chances of being seen." in a frightened way. "True." we won't do that," was the reply; "I dont think "Well, we will be mo-vi:ng. I will go in iront so that if they will di cover that there is a continuation of the there are any abysses to fall into I will be the one to passageway, and if they should do so--" "What?" "Then the best place for me is right here." ''I don't see how that can be." "You don't?" ''Xo." tumble." "Go slowly," said Lucy, "and there will be no da nger of falling." .. They set out, Dick in front, and after a walk of ten minutes emerged from foe cave-the passage having wid ened suddenly into .a caYe-and found themselves on the "It is very simple; they wilt have a& much difficulty in mountainside, but at point two hundred yards away g etting up here as I had, if not inter.fered with; and with from the other entrance. me here to bother them, why-" "What?" "A hundred of them could not force their way up." "Ah, you think you can keep them from getting up, even if they make the attempt to get at us?"' "I know tpat I can; but if we were to go on our way "Well, well!" exclaimed Lucy. "I know where we are, 1 but I never thought of looking for a caye entrance here." "That was because you had already the one and did not think that might be another." "I guess that was the reason." "Yes." and let them get up and into this passageway, and we "And now what are you going to clo ?" asked Lucy. Jiould find a point where we wouli;l be able to proceed "That is just what I am considering," was the reply; beyond, then it would be all up with us-or at least I ''do you think the redooats wrn sta! all night at your \YOuld have to fight them at a big "You are right; I think it will be safest and best to I etay right here." "Yes; only you may retire ten or a dozen feet so as to be out of harm's way. It will give me more room to work in, too, in case they try to get up here." "Very well." The girl w*hclrew a distance of two or three yards and then they waited and listened in silence. They heard the four redcoats approaching, heard them stop at the stone barrier and heard their conversation there. As we know, the four British soldiers did not think to try to discover whether or not the passageway con tinued at another level, but returned to the entrap.ce to the cave, where Mr. Harper was stationed, and a little later to the settler's house. When the four had gone, Dick said to Lucy: uncle.s, Miss Lucy?" "I am afraid they will." "I rather think so, mySlf, as the lieutenant and one of his men are wounded. The WOl!lilldl3 are not seriou I a:m but they are doubtless painful, and the two men will not feel like riding back to Ninetyix.'' "No, I am sure they will remain; and they may have hopes of capturing you ewn :yet." "Well, we wiJl fool them." "I hope so." "llfiss Lucy, 1while your uncle is a loyali st, I am inclimd to believe that ,yon lean the other way; am I right ?" "You are!" was the decided reply. "I have a girl friend who lives about a mile from here Her folks are strong patriots, and I have heard them talk and hav'e heard uncle talk, and have given the matter considerable thought, with the result that I believe the people of America ought to be free and independ ent." "What shall we do--continue onward and try to find for you, 1\Iiss Lucy! You are a brave, tru:e-unother exit, or wait a while and go back and out the hearted little patriot, and I am going to tell you a secret." way we came in?" "I hardly know," was the reply. "Don't you think the lieutenant will keep watch over the entrance to the cave?" ''I think it likely he will do so." "What is it, Mr. )fartin ?" eagerly. "First-that my name is not Martin." "Your name isn't )f artin ?" "X o."

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1i1HE LIBERTY BOYS' STRIKE." l========================================================================================l I Dick started and a feeling of pain shot through hi ir "Then what is it?" Dick Sl a ter 'CHAPTER IX. I ''I never thought of that," he said to himself, in dismay "What if s he has taken a liking to me? I hope not! Then aloud he said : "You are just joking, Miss Lucy. I did not includ mys elf, as I am already spoken for. I have a sweethear "LIBERTY BOYS" APPEAR up in New York State, so we will be brother and sister. "Yes, we can be-sister and-and brothQr," was th An e xclam a t ion o f ama z e ment esc aped the girl 's lips. reply, and there was such a sad cadence to the girl's voic "I've heard uncle s p e ak o f you many a t i m e !" she cried, that Dick drew her gently to him, gave her a kiss an eag e rl y s aid: "You have ?" "You are the best and bravest little sister any fello "Yes ever had, and when you see my 'Liberty Boys,' you wi "What d i d he s a y abou t m e ?" not c are that I was not included among them, for ther O b, he said you wer e one of the most daring and dana re some of. the handsomest and :finest-looking as well a g e rou s rebels in the coun try an d tha t he was glad you and the best and noblest young fellows among them that ca your 'Lib ert y Boys' were in the Nor t h instead of in the be imagined." South "Perhaps you are right," was the reply, but the ton "Well, as y ou see, I a111 in the Sou th, now, and my said a s :rlainly as words could have done that the gir 'Lib erty Boys' are n ot far awa-y did not think this. "Oh, are the y with you?" "And now to make an attempt to get my horse and get "The y are back about twe n ty m iles I came on ahead away in safety," said Dick. on a tour of inv esti gation." "I hope you will be successful," said Lucy. "I see." "I hope so; but what about you? Will you go to the "And, now, do y o u w h a t I have a mind to do, 1 house?" I "No, I'm not going there while Lieutenant Marvin is t here, if I can help myself." Mis s Lucy ?" "No; what?" "I think that I shall get my horse and ride back to where my 'Liberty Boys' are encamped." And then what? "I will have them mount and come here." "Yes?" "And if we get here in time w e will make pri s oners of Lieu t en ant Marvin a nd his three men." "What will you do ?" "I will go to the home of the friend I spoke of a few minutes ago." "That is. a good idea. I will accompany you; come." "There is no need of that, Mr. Slater." Call me Dick." "Very well-Dick. "Goodness! I wish y ou would do that, and that you "I will accompany you, Lucy, as there might be more would hold the lieutenant a prisoner so long that he would panthers -in the neighborhood." give up all idea of bothering me with his attentions." "You really U.o not like him, then?" "I hate him!" "Good! Then I will put my plan into operation, and, Mi s s Lucy, I have one hundred young fellows of about my own age, each and every one of whom is brave and noble hearted; many of them are handsome and you shall have your pick of theip. I promise you that you will be pleased, :for they are young fellows whom any girl might be proud to have for a sweetheart." The girl was silent for a f e w moment s and then said, in a low, almost tremulous voioe: "What if I-if I should pick upon-upon you?" "Very well, if you think you can spare the time, Dick." "Oh, I can spare the time. I have a very speedy horse, and I can to the camp of the 'Liberty Boys,' and we can get back here by morning, easily." The two set out and a walk of twenty minutes brought them to a farmhouse at the foot of the mountain. It did not take long to rouse the people up and explain the situa tion, and they were only too glad to have Lucy stay there. This settled, Dick bade them good-night and took his de parture. He walked rapidly and was back at the home of Mr. Harper in less than twenty minutes. He reconnoitred a few minutes, and finding everything quiet, entered the

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." 25 ble, bridled ancl saddled led him o'ut of the porch as they rode up, ancl he stared in open-mouthed table and out to the road, mounted and rode away toward amazement. e north. "Good morning, Mr. Harper," said Dick, cheerfully. He rode at a swift pace, and two hours and a half later "It's a beautiful morning, isn't it?" as at the encampment of the "Liberty Boys." "Yas, et's er nice mornin', thet's er fack," was the The youths gave Dick a joyous welcome, and crowded reply, without taking his eyes off the force of "Liberty ound him, asking questions, for they knew he had not Boys," although Dick had dismounted, entered the yard turned to camp at this hour of the night-or rather and was advancing toward the porch. orning-for nothing. "What would be the chance for my men to get someHe quickly explained and .then the "Liberty Boys" pro-thing to eat here, l\fr. Harper?" ded to break camp. They rolled up their blankets, "Yer men?" The words escaped the man's lips me ridled and saddled their horses and within half an hour chanically. f the time Dick arrived at the encampment the entire "Yes. Did you think I was down here in these parts orce of one hundred was riding away toward the south. all alone, Mr. Harper?" They rode at a good pace, but it was daylight while yet "Waal, I didn' know; but who-who air these-these ey were five miles away from the home of the Tory, : young fellers, ennyway ?" "Did you ever hear of 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' Mr. "I'm afraid we won't get there in time to catch the eutenant and his three men," said Dick. "You think they will be up and away early, eh, Dick?" sked Bob Estabrook. "Yes; you see, the lielftenant himself and one-of his en are wounded, and they will be for getting back to inety-Six as quickly as possible." J "Oh, well, maybe they won't be gone." "I hope not." They rode steadily on ard at a gallop and although the Harper?" The man started and a pair of startled eyes on Dick. "Ye don' mean ter say thet-thet--" "Those young men are 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' yes." "Then who in blazes air you?" "Ue ?" "Yas." "I'm Dick Slater." "Ye dori' mean ter say thet ye air Dick Slater, ther capting uv 'Liberty Boys'?" ad was rough and hilly they came in sight of the Tory's "Yes. What of it?" ouse, three-quarters of an hour later. The house was "Nothin'; only I unnerstan' now why et wuz thet ye got ill a mile distant, however, and almost the whole of the ther better uv Lieutenant Marvin an' his three men las' e was down the mounstainside. night." "You think you understand it, eh?" "Yas; but say, whur's Lucy?" The youths were forced to slacken the speed of their orses to a walk, and when they were half way down the ountainside they saw the four redcoats emerge from the "She went to the home of a neighbor-I don't know ouse. The four must have seen the "Liberty Boys," for what the neighbor's name is." ey hastened to the stable and very soon reappeared, "I know; I s'posed she went theer. She don' like ther eading their horses. They led the animals out into the ad in front of the house, and after looking llp the ountainside to where the force of "Liberty Boys" could seen moving slowly downward, they mounted their orses and rode away at a gallop. "We are too late," said Dick; "they have gotten away d by the time we get down to the level they will have lieutenant, an' went theer ter keep tfrum havin' ter be around' 'im, I s'pose." "I don't know; that may have been her reason. At any rate, I don't blame her if she don't like the lieutenant, for he is about as big a scoundrel as ever I ran across, and the next time we meet there is going to be a vacancy in the ranks of the under officers of the British army in cured such a start that we could not overhaul them before these parts." ey reach Ninety-Six." The Tory looked at Dick sharply, but could see only "That is too bad!" said Bob. calm, grim determination in the youth's expression. "By Ten minutes later the force came to a stop in front 9f thunder, I berleeve he means whut he sez !"he said to him the home of Mr. Harper. He happened to come out on I self.

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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS" "TEX STRIKE." "So ye want sumthin' ter eat, d'ye ?" he asked, anxious I to do something to earn the good will of the young patriot whom he had heard so much about, and whom he felt cer "They are going to come in pursuit of us, boys," s Dick; "'-rell, let them come. They cannot o-vertake before we get to the top of the mountain, and I thi tain was a very dangerous fellow, notwithstanding his that we will be able to make it so lively for them when calm and easy-going manner. get up there that they won"t to continue the fig "Yes, we want som-ething to eat, hlr. Harper," was long." the reply. The "Liberty Boys" uttered cheers in their turn, a "All right; I guess ye kin hev sumthin'." the British heard and became angry. The horses were taken to a :field back of the stable, and I "The insolent scoundrels!" cried the captain. "Aft were given some hay, and then. the youths went to the I them, men! Catch them before they get to the top of t house. Harper cooked as fMt as she could, but that mountain, if possible!" would not get the meal over with quickly enough, so the majority of th.e youths cooked meat and hoecakes at :fires built in the back yard. The youths had just fuiished eating when one of the 'Liberty Roys" who had wandered out to the front yard :fence came rUE.ning back with the information that a strong force of British was coming up the road. j "How man_y of them do you think there are, Mark?" asked Dick. The British soldiers set out on the run, but as soon they reached the steep sicle of the mountain they we forced to slow down to a walk-indeed it was more of I climb than they thought, and a very slow and hard one i.hat The captain soon saw that they could not overtake t enemy on the mountainside, but he told his men it di not matter. "We will get them at the top of the mountain, just th "Two or three hundred at the >ery lowest estimate!" rnme," he said. "A l ittle delay is all that it amounts to. "Then we m'll.St nut try to meet them on equal te r ms," Which shows that he did not know much about tl said Dick; "we will make our. way up to the top of that I "Liberty Boys." There were many officers and men i mountain, yonder, and we will be able to beat them back the British army who could have told him that it woul if they try to follow us I amount to a good deal more than a simple delay. "I should think so." / Even though bothered with their horses the "Libert "Yes; every man_ bring his horse and follow me!" I Boys" had no diiticulty in getting to the top of the mou The youths hastened to the :field, untied thei1 horses I tain before the British were within musket shot distan and the!'.). made their way up the mountainside. They of them, and Dick at once began m:\king preparations fo had gone a quarter of a mile, perhaps, when the force receiving the enemy. of redcoats reached the house. The youth took note of the fact that there were nu "Who are those fellows, Mr. Harper?" asked Lieutenant )Ianin, "ho had returned with the British force, which had been met three miles away. "They air ther 'Liberty Boys'!:' was the reply. "The 'Liberty Boys'!" gasped the lieutenant. "Yas." "Then we must or capture the whole gang!" cried the officer in command, a captain. ''"Leave your horses he.re, boys, and charge up the mountainside after the reli>els !" With wud cheeTS the redcoats proceeded to do as ordered. CHAPTER X. TH.E "LIBERTY BOYS'" "TEN STRIKE." erous large rocks and boulders lying at the top of tl mountain and he set the boys to work rolling these roe and boulders right up to the brink of the steep descen "Those will be splendid weapons for us," be said; I will roll them over and they will go down with terrib force, and woe to the redcoats who are in their way!" "You are right," agreed Bob Estabrook. "We will let the redcoats be the said Die "and we will be the bowlers, while the boulders will nsed as balls." "That's right!" grinned Bob. we'll make a te strike eYery time "I think, myself, that we will come very near it, agreed Dick The redcoats were almost within range, however, an Dick told his "Liberty Boys" to get i n position He ha The "Liberty Boys" heard the cheers, and knew what instructed them to take refuge behind the rocks an it meant. boulders until afte r they had :fired a volley fi;om the'

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." and two from their pistols. Then the majority in reloading their muskets and -pistols by this time and fall back a short distance and reload, while a they came forward and poured three "Volleys, one right after oi the youths rolled the stones and boulders down the the other right into the faces of-the British, this 'being tainside. sufficient to :finish the work, for the r:edcaarts, their ranks It was a splendid programme, and was followed to the already cut down to one-half what they had been when er. As soon as the British were in range, Dick told the tbs to take careful aim and :fire, and they did so, pour-; a damaging volley down upon the advancing horde. At least fifty or the enemy went down, dead and nded, and with wild yells of rage the redcoats :fired they started up i;be mou.ntain, turned and fled at the top of their speed. Dick ordefed the "Liberty :Boys" to cha:rge the nedc
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28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TEN STRIKE." ''That would be folly," he said. "An' ye haint ergoin' ter try et erg'in ?" "Not a bit of it. All that is w&rrying me now is how am I to get my wounded down from the mountainside? If we go up there the rebels will shoot us down." "Mebby not; I've heerd thet Dick Slater is er purty fair sort uv er feller, ef ye take 'im right." "You think he would let me get my men down from there, under a flag of truce?" "I think he would." "I'll try it, at any rate." The officer sent one of his men up the mountainside, carrying a white cloth as a flag of true, and Dick advanced and met him. "Our commander wants to know if you will permit him to come up here and bury our dead and remove the wounded?" the redcoat said. "Certainly," said Dick; "tell him to bring up all his men if he likes, so as to make quick work of it. We hava been doing what we can to relieve the sufferings of the ones who are most severely wounded, and we shall be glad to see the poor fellows taken care of." The man looked surprised. the British officer was impressed with the good sense manliness of the youths. When the wounded men had been lifted, and were being carried down the mountain the captain shook hands with Dick and Bob, and bade t good-by. "While we will meet next as enemies," he said, grav "we part the best of friends: Good-by!" captain," was the reply in chorus, and t the youths rejoined the "Liberty Boys" who had kept back out of the way, but where they could be seen, so the British might see that no attempt was being made take advantage of them. The "Liberty Boys" watched the British, and it seen that they busied themselves making hammock a bulances by tying blankets between two hors.es, and wh a sufficient number had been made the wounded men w placed in the ambulances and the entire force took its parture. "Well, I guess they have gone back to Ninety-Six," s Dick. '.'It looks that way," said Bob. "Yes; and the question is, what shall we do next?" "Let's stay in this part of the country a while," s "You are a prettv good sort of fellow, after all," he said Bob, "and see if we can't get a chance to make some m I "He is that, Shafer!" said a wounded man who lay 'ten -strikes.'" near. "He has done all he can to make us fellows easier. This seemed to be the wish of the majority of t He has taught me a lesson." youths, so Dick agreed to it. It was decided to make th "Hurry back," said Dick, "and get up here as quickly headquarters on the top of the mountain, as here th as possible." would be safe from almost any force that might be se The redcoat saluted and hastened back down the mounagainst them. They went to work and made a good ca tainside. and settled down to stay a while. "Well?" remarked the captain, inquiringly. "It's all right, captain; he said bring up all your men and that they will not be fired upon or molested in any way. He and bis men have been doing all they can for the boys." "They have?" in amazement. "Yes; and the boys speak in praise of the 'Liberty Boys' While they were at work Dick a familiar voi and looked up to see Lucy Lockhart standing near. T girl was smiling and blushing somewhat, too, for she w aware that there at least one hundred pairs of masc line eyes resting on her in admiration. "Ah, l\fiss Lucy, is it you?" exclaimed Dick, leapi and their captain." forward and seizing her hand. "I am so glad to see yo "Well, well! I'm glad of that; it is only too often that my own little sister." thevictors on either sid e forg e t humanity, and if they "And I am glad to see you again, alive and well, Dick do not go to work and kill the wounded men, pay no atthe girl said. "I heard the roar of the battle and I fea tention to them and let them s uffer." you might have been killed so as soon as I thought "That's right; but those f e llows don't seem to be that safe to do so I came up here." kind.'! "I'm glad you did, for all my 'Liberty Boys' are he The r e dcoats made their way up the mountainside and Lucy, and-you know what I promised you. You are were met there by Dick and Bob, who chatted with the have your pick of those who do not already have swe British officer, while the redcoats were engaged in the task j hearts." of burying their dead comrades. "But maybe the one I would pick on would not be wi They talked in the most frank and friendly manner, and I ing to have me, Dick?" with a smile.

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Draper. 189 Red Jacket; or, 'J'he Boys of the Farmhouse Fort. By An Old 145 A Sheet ot Blotting Paper; or, The Adventures ot a Young Scout Inventor. By Richard R Montgomery. 190 His First Glass of Wine; or,1,. '!'he Temptations of City Life. A 146 The Diamond Island; or, Astray in a Balloon. By Allan Arnold. 'J'rue 'l.'emperance Story. HY ;Jno. B. Dowd. l:l7 In the Saddle from New York to San Francisc o. By Allyn Draper. 191 The Coral City; or, The Wonderful Crnise of the Yacht Vesta. 148 The Haunted Mill on the Marsh. By Howard Austin. By Richard R. Montgomery. 149 The Young Crusader A True Temperance Story. By Jno. B. 192 Making a Million; 01, A Smart Boy's Career in Wall Stree t By Dowd. H. K. Shackleford. 150 The Island of Fire; or, The Fafe of a Missing Ship. By Allan 193 Jack Wright and ms Electric Turtle; or, the Pirates Arnold. of the Spanish :\Iain. 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 Allyn By Richard R Montgomery. Draper. 152 The Castaway's Kingdom; or, A Yankee Sailor Boy's Pluck. By 195 The 'l.'wenty Gray Wolves; or, Fighting A Crafty King. By Capt. Thos. H. W.llson. Howard Austin. 153 Worth a Mllllon; or, A Boy's Fight for Justice. By Allyn Draper. 1!>6 The Palace of Gold ; or, The Secret of a Lost Rac e By Richard 154 Tile Drunkard' s Warning; or, The Fruits of the Wine Cup. By R. Montgomery. Jno. B. Dowd. 1!>7 Jack Wright's Submrulne Catamaran; or, 'l.'he Phantom Ship of 155 The Black Diver; or, Dick Sherman In the Gulf. By Allan Arnold. the Yellow Sea. By "Noname." 156 The Haunted Belfry; or, the Mystery of the Old Church Tower. ms A l\Ionte Cristo at 18; or, From Slave to Avenger. By Allyn By Howard Austin. Draper. :L57 The House with Windows. By Richard R. Montgomery. 199 The Floating Gold :\line; or, Adrift in an Unknown Sea. By 158 Three Old M e n of the Se.a; or, T.he Boys of Grey Rock Beach. Capt. Thos. u. Wilson. By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 200 Moll Pitcher's Boy; or, As Brave as His Mother. By Gen'! 159 3,00!1 Years Old; or, The Lost Gold Mine o't the Hatchepee Hills. Jas. A. Gordon. 160 LOBsty !An ltlyne IDcrea. peBr. Howard Austin. 201 "We." By Richard R. Montgomery. h 'Y 202 Jack Wright and His Ocean Racer; or, Around the World In 161 The Yellow Dlam1rnd; or, Groping In the Dark By Jas. C. Merritt. 20 Days. By "Noname." 162 The Land of Gold; or, Yankee Jack's Adventures In Early Aus203 The Boy Pioneers; or, 'racking an Indian Treasure. By Allyn tralla. By Richard R. Montgomery. Draper. 163 On the Plains with Butl'alo Bill; or, Two Years In the Wild West. 204 Still Alarm Sam, the Daring Boy Fireman; or, Sure to Be On Ry an Old Scout. Hand. By Ex-Fire Chie f Warde n. 164 The Cavern of Fire; or, The Thrilling Adventures of Professor 20:> Lost on the Ocean; or, Ben Biuil''s Last Voyage. By Capt. Thos. Hardcastle and Jack Merton. By Allyn Draper. II. 'Vll$on. 165 Water-logged; or, Lost In the Sea of Grass. By Capt. Th0'6. H. 206 Jack Wright and His Electric Canoe; or, Working In the Wilson. Revenue Service. By "Noname." 166 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Exploring Central Asia in 207 Give Him a Chance; or, How Tom Curtis Won His Way. By His Magnetic "Hurricane." By "Noname. Howard t\ustln. 167 Lot 77; or, &lid to the Highest Bidder. By Richard R. Mont 208 Jack and 1; or, 'J'he Secrets of King Pharaoh's Caves. By gomery. Richard H. 168 The Boy Canoeist: or, 1.000 Mil e s in a Canoe. By Jas. C Merritt. 209 Buried 5,000 Years; or, The Treasure of the Aztecs. By Allyn 169 Captain Kidd, Jr. ; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long island. By Draper. Allan Arnold. 210 Jack Wright's AJr and Water Cutter: or, Wonderful Adventures 170 The Red Leather Bag. A Weird Story of Land and Sea. By on the Wing and Afloat. By "Xoname."' Howard Austin. 211 'J'he Broken Bottle: or, A Jolly Good A 'rue Temper-171 "The Lone Star"; or, The Masked Riders of Texas. By Allyn ance Story. By Jno. B. Dowd. Draper. 212 Sllppery Ben; or, The Boy Spy of the R evolution. By Gen'! 172 A New York Boy out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa. Jas. A. Gordon. By Jas. C. Merritt. 213 Young Davy Crockett; or, The 173 Afloat With Captain Nemo; or, The Mystery of Whirlpool Island Old Scout. By Capt. '!'hos. H. Wilson. 214 Jack Wright and Ills )fagnetlc Hero of Silver Gulch. By An )lotor ; or, The Golden City of 174 Two Boys' Trip to an Unknown Planet. By Richard R. Mont the Sierras. By "Noname." gomery. 215 Little :\lac, 'l.'he Boy Engineer; or, Bound To Do His Best. By 175 The Two Diamonds; or, A Mystery ot the South African Mines Jas. C. Merritt. By Howard Austin. 216 '.l.'he Boy llloney King; or, Working In Wall Street. A Story 116 Joe. the Gymnast; or, Three Years Among the Japs. By Allan of a Smart New York Boy. By H. K. Shackleford. Arnold. 177 Jack Hawthorne, of No Man's Land; or, An Uncrowned King. "Noneme." 17!1 Gun-Boat Dick; or, Death Before Dishonor. By Jas. C. Merritt. Fer sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, on receipt of Ilrice, 5 cents per copy, by 24 Union Square, New Yorke IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and till in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books 'yob want and we will seJ;J.d them to you by return mail. .POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAliE.N 'J'HE AS . . ....... : . . ................... . . . . .. FRANK TOUSEY, Publis h e r, 24 Union Square, New York. ..... .................. 1901. 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I No. 31. HOW TO BJWOME A SPEAKER.-Containing four"THE STAGE., "' teen illustrations, giving the different positions to becom e No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END. MEN S JOKE a good speaker reader and elocutionist. Also conta1010g gems from BOOK.-Containing a great variety of.the Jokes used the all the authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mo a t most famous men. No amateur m10strels is complete without simple and concise manner possible. t his wonderful httle book. No. 49 HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting deNo .. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP bates, outlines for debates, questions for disc.ussiol!, and the b eat Contam10g a vaned assortf!!ent of stump Negro, Dutch sources for procuring information on the questions given. and Irish. Also end men's Jokes. Just the th10g for home amuse-ment and amateur shows. S O CIETY No. 45. THE BQYS OF YORK GUIDE No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation ar AND JOKE new very .rnstruct.ive. Every 1 fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of boy. obtam this as it contains full mstructions for orhandkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, coi_ig:rniz1ng an amateur IP,mstiel troupe. tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, w h ich 11 No. 65. :\IULDOQN S is one the most origmal interesting to everybody both old and young. You cannot be happy joke books ever and 1t 1s bni:nful of wit and humor. It without one. contains a large collection of .songs, .etc., of No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome Terrence l\luldoon, the great humorist and pra!!tic!ll Joker of little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc the Ever7 boy .who can enJOY a good substantial Joke should lions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at parties, copyOWimmTed0iatBeElyC. Ol\IE AN ACTOR -C t how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular square No. 19. H 1 on ammg com dances plete instructions. how to up for various characters on the No. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, tage_; :with the duties of the Manager, Prompter, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette Sce nic Artist and Property Man. By a piomment St!lg.e Manager. to be observed with many curious and interesting things not genNo. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' the lat-erally known. est jokes, anecdotes and funny. stories _of this and No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction I n the ever popular GerI!la.n comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the colored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No 18 HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One o f the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male a nd female The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this boo k and be convinced how to become beautiful. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or countrr. and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ver published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game and oysters: also pies, puddings, eakes and all kinds of pastry, and a gran,d collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOCSEJ.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything arnund the hou e, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO l\IAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de cription of the wonderful uses of electrieity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. l\I., l\I. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. o. G4. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL l\IACHINE8.-Con taining full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. Bv R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large <'ollection of instruetive and highly amusing -electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECO:\IE A YENTRILOQUIST. By Harry Kennedy. The 'e<'rrt given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of ructions, hy a practi<'al professor (delighting multi tudes Hery night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and ereate any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the irreatest book ever publishrd, and theres millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. Ho\\ TO ENTERTAIN AN EYENING PARTY.-A very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium of games. sports, rard diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GA'.\fES.-A <'omplete &nd useful little b o ok. containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, baekgammon. <'l"OCJll<'t, dominoes. et<'. No. 3G. HOW TO SOL''E CONL"XDRDMS.-Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 5!:?. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A eomplete and handy little book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage, Casino, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch. All l!'ours and man.iother popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO Pl'ZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred interesting _puzzles and conundrums with key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrated By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No 13. !JOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It ta a i;reat hfe secrt>t, and one that every young man desires to know all a bout. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEIIA YE.-Containing the rules and etiQ of good society and the easiest and most approved methods "' appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church a u d in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AXD BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -;-Containing the most po_pular seleC'tions in use. comprising Dutch dialect, French dialect. Y 11.nkee and Irish dialect pieces, together with many standard readings. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the.management and training of the canary, moekingbird, bobolink. b l ackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Han dsome l y illu 1 trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. 0HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Inc!uding hint.I on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird1 Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving co m plete information as to the manner and method of raising, k eepi n.r1 taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets; also giving fulJ instructions for making. cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty eight illustrations, making it the most complete boo k of the k i nd! ever published. MISCE'LLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.A useful and In structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also e x periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas balloons. This book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete h andbook fof making all kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc. No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANCm TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving the official distances on all the railroads of the Cnited States and Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, hack fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makinl' it one of the most complete and hangy books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR-A won derful book, containing useful and practical information in the treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arranginE of stamps and C'oins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. IIOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, the world-known detective. In which be lays down some valuable and sensible rules for beginners; and also relates some adventurMJ and experienC'es of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Contain ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it: also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othe:r Transparencies. Ilandsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance C'ourse of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Po1i Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy should! know to be a Cadet. CompilPd and written by Lu Senarens, autho;r of "How to Become a NaYal Cadet." No 63. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekl y M a g azine containing Stories of th e American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories a.r e ba.sed on actual fa.cts a.cco unt of the exciting a.dventures of a. bra.ve youths who wer e a.lways rea.dy a.nd willing t o a. fa.i thful a.nd give band of America.JJ imperil their of Independence for t h e sake of helping a.lo n g the ga.lla.n t ca.use Every b o und n umber will consist of 32 la.rge pa.ges in a. bea.utiful colored cover. of rea.ding ma.tter I\ ., t 1 'l'he Liberty Boys of '76: or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Ollth ; or, Settling With the British and Tories. 3 'l'he Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Liberty Boys on Iland; or, Always in the Ri!':ht Place. 5 The Liberty Boys Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 6 The Ll!)erty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Can.'' 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 'l'he Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Themselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Lihi'rty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys Peril; or, Threatened from all Sides. 1 3 The Liberty Boys' I uck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 1 4 The. Liberty Boys Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled: or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 '!.'he Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; o r Capturing a British Man -o r War. 1 8 The Liberty Boys' Challenge: or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 1 9 '.rhe Liberty Boys 'rapped; or, The Beautiful 'l'ory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Cail of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on T heir Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the Redcoats. 2:1 The Liberty Boys Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and To!..ies. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected ; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, 'l'eaching the Redcoats a Thing or Two. 2 7 The Liberty Boys Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats l o P hlladP.lphia. T u e Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With at the Brandy Wille. 29 ThP Llhf'rty Boys' Wild R ide; or, A Dash to Save a 31) 'l'he Liberty Boys in a Fix; or. Threatened by Reds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Roys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Check 32 T h e Liberty Boys S hadowed ; o r Aftei: Dick Slater for Reveng e 33 The L i berty Boys D uped : o r T h e F riend W h o Was a n Enem y !14 T h e Libert y Boys' Surrender: or, The Ruse That Succeed e d 3:\ The L i b e rty Boys Signal: or, "At the f'long of the Beil.'' 36 T h e Liberty Boys Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' C&llSi'. 3 7 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. Sil The Liberty Roys' P lot; or, The Plan That Won. 3!1 The T.iherty Roys' Great Hau l ; or, Taking Everything in Sight 4 ') 'l'be Liberty Boys' Flush 'l.'imes; or, Reveilng in British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. 42 Tbe Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In tbe Nick or Time. 43 '!'he Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 11 The Liberty Boys' 'et ; or, Catching tbe Redcoats and Tories. 45 Tbe Liberty Boys Worried: or, The Disappearance of Dick Slate1 4f: Tbe L!ll erty Roys Iron Grip: or. Squeezing the R e dcoats. 47 The Liberty Boys Success: or, Doing What They Set Out to Dq 48 The LibP.rty Boys' Setback: o r. Defeated But Not Disgraced. 4() Tbe Lihertv Boys in 'l'oryvjl!e: or. Dic k Slate r's 'earful 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused: or. Rtriking Strong Rlows for t:i1 'l'b e Liberty Boys Triumph : or. Beating the R e dcoats ar l'he1 Own G:.1me. 52 The Liberty P.o)'S. !"rare: or. A Miss as Good as a Mile. 5;{ The Liberty Roys Danger: 01, Foes on All Sides. !)4 'The Libert,v Hoys Fli,t?ht: or. A Yery E;srn p e 5:; The Liberty Boys' Strategy: or. Out-Generating the li:nemy. 5 tl 'l'he Liberty Boys \\'arm Work: or. Rhowing the Hedeoats Ho9 to Fight. 57 Tbe Liberty Bovs' "Push": or. Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; 01-, \\'ith "Mad Anthony' at Stony Poinr. ;)() The Liberty Bovs' Justice. And How They Dealt lt Out. 60 The Libert) Rois Bombarded: or. A \'ery Warm Time. (ll 'l'he Liberty Roys Scaled Orders: or. Going it Blind. G2 The Lib rty Boys Oaring Stroke: or. With "Light-llorse llarry at l'a u.l\l s ll ook. 611 The Libert.t Boys' Livel y 'rimes: or. Here 'l'bere and l:verywhert ti4 The Liberty Hbys "Lone fland": or. l<'ighting Against Orea Odd. 6:\ The Liberty Boys' or. The Idol of the Company. 6H The Liberty Boys' \\'rath : or. Going fo1 the Hedcoats Houg-hsh o( G7 The Liberty P.oys' Battle for Life: or, The Hardest Strnggle o All. The 1,1bM:ty Boys' Lost: or. The 'l'rap 'fhat Did Not Work. 69 The Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or. The Youth "Queered" 70 The Libel'ty Boys' Decoy; or, the Brit.isb. 71 Tbe Libe1ty Boys Lured: or. The Snal'e the Enemy Set. 72 The Libertv Boys' Hansom : Ol'. In the Hands of the Tory Outlaw1 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, '!.'railing Renedict At no id. 74 The Liberty Boys "Swoop" ; or, Scattering t h e Redcoats Lil( Ch nil'. 7;; The Libel'ty noys "Hot 1-'imf'": or. Lively "'ork in Old Virgini" 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture th Kin,f.!'s 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move: or, Tnto the l<:nem'l's Country. 78 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; o r The S ignnl igh t on the Mou11tair 79 The Liberty Boys' llor.or: o r The Promise Thnt WaR Kept .. 80 'L'he Liberty Boys' '"l'en Strike"; or, Bowling the Bl'itish Over. 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