The Liberty Boys [sic] gratitude, or, And how they showed it

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THE. LmERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issue d Wee k l y B y Subscription $ 2.50 p e r year. Ent ere d as Second Class Matter at the New York, N Y., Post O ffice February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in the office of t h e Librarian of Congress, Washington, D 0., b y Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 81. NEW YORK, JULY 18, 1902 Price 5 Cents "Orderly!" "Yes, sir?" CHAPTER I. THE "LIBERTY ROYS" SET OUT. "Send Dick Slater to me as soon as possible." "Very well, sir." It was the fall of 1778. General William Howe, with a force of patriot soldiers, was quartered .at Savannah, in I Georgia. With him at the time, just temporarily, was a c ompany of young men known far and wide as "The : Liberty Boys of '76." They had made themselves famous by their wonderful work on many fields of battle Their names were synonymous with bravery and daring. Their captain 'ms a young man named D ick Slater He, in addition to being the captain of the company, and a : ; terrible fighter, was famous as a scout and spy. He had done more daring deeds than any other man in the patriot 1 army-yes, more than any half dozen nien. r He had been given name of "The Champion Spy of 11 he Revolution," and right nobly had he earned i t. It was this youth whom the orderly had been ordered { o find and send to headquarters The orderly knew where the "Liberty Boys'" head uarters was and he went there at once Dick was the re, g nd when told that General Howe wished to see him at s. 1eadquarters he made his way there at once. The general greeted Dick pleasantly "Take a seat," said General Howe, when he had shaken ig ands with the youth. : ; The "Liberty Boy" sat down and looked at the officer nquiringly. 3 ; "I suppose you are aware of the fact that the patriots 'ving in the southern part of this State, near the bor der )' n f Florida, are having a terrible time these days, D ick?" n t "Yes, sir; at least, so I have heard reported." "It is true. Parties of guerillas made up of Tory :i:efu ees, and aided frequently by the British regulars from General Prevost's force at St. Augustine, come over into Georgia, onto the rice plantations, and burn, murder and pillage to their heart's content and carry off the negro slaves to sell again for their own benefit "That is what I have heard, sir." "And added to this the Seminole Indians are o n the warpath ancl often swoop down upon a defenseless settler and murder his family and burn his house "It is a very bad state of affairs, sir." "So it is." "Could it not be stopped ?" "That is just what I am thinking of trying to do." "I wish that you may succeed, sir." "I hope that I shall be able to put a parti?l stop to it,. at any rate." "Yes, indeed "In order to do that I am planning to make an at tack on iSt. Augustine." "That is a good idea, it seems to me. "I think so; but in order to make a success of it I must have some information regarding the strength of the gar rison there." "So I should think." "Yes; for the reason that while I want to take a suffi cient number of men for the work, yet I do not wish to. take more than is necessary." "Certainly not "And if I can learn the number of men that General Prevost has, and find out the best way of reaching the and where to make the attack, it will simplify matters." "Yes, indeed." "And I have sent for you this morning, to ask if you will make the attempt to secure the information for me." "Certainly I will!" was the prompt reply. "I was sure you would be willing to do so." "Yes, I shall be glad to do it." "It will be dangerous work, Dick." "I know that.


2 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. I .. BLtt it doernt ha Ye any erred in the way of dise:ouragTell us about it, old man.'' ing you, eh?" j Such were a few pf the .. X o, I You want to know what is to be don e ?'' smiled Dick. think it \roulcl have; that is the reason I sent I. Yes, yes!" crietl Bob, who was of an eager, impulsive for you." 1 temperament. "Tell us quickly or I o:hall be tempted to "I shall be glad to make the attempt to secure the ingi re you a good t hra"hing I can't rn"pen;:e." .formation you wish, General Hov;e.n -)upposing you wer e hanging at the end of a rope? "And I am sure you will succeed." )-ou"tl have to stand it_. ''1 will do my best." "Xo. I woul

THE LIBERTY BOYS" GRATITUDE. 3 "And there wiD be some chance for lively work down i "We will." there, won t there?" asked Frank Ferris. "And give your horses a good feed and rubbing down." ''I should think so,'' was the smiling reply; "there ure "Yes, we attend to all that." Tories aml redeoats and Indians there in profusion, so The youths did a:s ordered. They their muskets it onght not to be a difficult matter to have a lively time." and pistols out and cleaned them and loaded them care \\'c ll, we'll have it or know the reason why.!" grinned fully. Then they replenished their stock of powder and Bob bullets from the stor co., after which they gave their horses "\Ve"ll make the Tories, redcoats and Indians think a good rubbing down and a good feed. It was then time they have been struck by a tropical hurricane!" said Sam to eat their own dinne r, and they proceeded to do so. Sanderson. The youths were a jolly lot, and they talked and laughed "I don't want you boys to be too Y e nturesome while I 1 as they ate, and had as much fun as any boys of their am gone on down to :::it. baid Dick; "if you age could be to have. are counting on b eing re c kleos I shall leave ou here." The thought that they on the point of going on a "Oh, we'll be as quiet and peaceable as little lamb !" dangerous journey down into the enemy's country, did mid Bob, with mock not worry them a bit; indeed, it was this very thing that .. Oh, yes, we won't do anything reckless, Dick," said made them feel so lively and jolly They thrived on L\Iark danger, and grew fat on fighting .. 0 not!" from Frank with a sober fa ce. When the meal was ended the youths bridled and saddled !\s thio youth w:is noted for recklc&rne ss and utteJ.l disre their horses and waited for the return of Dick, who had ard for danger, and was one who would a regigone to headquarters for final instructions. ent of singl e -h a nded and alone, this statement It had become known in the camp that the youths were ms receiYed with smiles going on some kind of an expedition, and as the "Liberty "I know you wouldn t think of being reckless, Frank," Boys'' were general favorites on account of their unfail aid Dick, with a s mile, "but some of the others might.: And then there was a c horus of laughter at Frank's ex eni:oe. He looked around in mock surprise and in ocently: I ing gor 1 d humor and lively spirits, a number of the pa triot &oldiers w e re present to ee them off. When Dick came back he gave the order to mount. "Everything is all right, boys,'' he said; "now we will "Now, wbatever is there to laugh about, anyway, el-be off f' ows ?" I The youths leaped into their saddles and a few minutes And then they laughed again. Inter were riding away, toward the south, followed by the X othing at all, Frank:-nothing at all,'' said Bob. "We I rheers of the soldiers who had been left behind. re simply laughing because we think it a healthful exer1 ise." ''Oh, that's it?" "Yes. "When will re etart, Di ck?" asked Mark Morrison. "Right away after dinn e r, :Mark." Good!'' CHAPTER II. 'l'RICKIKG THE INDIAXS. "Crack! "That's the \\ay to talk!'' A wild, blood-curdling yell br oke upon the night a i r. "The quicker we get 8tarted the better I ehall like it." 1 .. And the better I shall like it, too." I Another wild yell, seemingly of pain and rag e com" \Ye had better begin g etting r e ally for the trip, hadn't I mingl ed. e, Then a mic e call e d out: Yes," the youth repli ed: "look to your weapons alld 1 ''Indians! 1Jp and to arms, 'Liberty Boys'! The In-. e that they are in perfect order, for you will likely have I dians n re upon u !" Ube the m before ou get back." The "Liberty Boys" had made very good progress and "I hop e o .. from Frank Ferr is ver e \\ithi n a mile or so of the St. Mary s River, the .. And st'e to it tha t you have pl e nty of ammunition, I boundary between Georgia and Florida, \rhen the second oys. '' evening after leaving Savannah came They had eaten


4 THE LIBETIT1 BOY." GRATITUDE. their frugal supper and then, placing sentinels, had rolled I "That will ncYcr do," Dick to Bob; '' themselves up in their blankets and gone to sleep. And must not let them kill our horBcs." now, about midnight, they were aroused by the pistol shots and yells, and by the warning cry from the sentinel, to the effect that the Indians were upon them. As may be supposed, it did not take the youths long to leap up, seize their weapons and take refuge behind trees. Here they awaited the attack from their red foes. "You are right; we mustn't allow that.'' "I am going to fire a volley in that direction, in t'. hope that we may kill or wouncl a few of the red pass the word around." "All right." The word soon went around, and then at a signal It was not the first time they had been called upon to Dick, the signal being a shrill whistle, the youths fired face redskin enemies. They had fought the red demons volley. in the State of New York, and were well acquainted with their way of fighting. "How many of them do you think there are, Sam?" asked Dick of the sentinel who had fired the pistol shots and gi,en the alarrn, and who had succeeded in getting back into the camp in safety, although fired at by his red foes a number of times. "I don't think there is a very large force, Dick; mdre than a score, I should say." "Then we have nothing to fear from them." "No. not from them." not 'fhe Indians were cunning, however, and, like the "Lib erty Boys," ihey were ens conced behind trees and stone, and it is d ubtfnl if a single bullet inflicted damage o, any of the red rascals A wild, derisive yell went from them and this w sufficient to prove that no damage had been done. The youths were philosophical, however, even thoug young and full of life and animation They had not e: pected to do much, and so were not disturbed by the yel from their dusky enemies. Dick had noticed a hill which loomed up seemingly ha a mile away, that evening as they were going into cam "You think there is danger to be apprehended later and now he wished they had gone on to the hill and mac on, eh?" their encampment there, as it would be the best possib "Yes; you know how the redskins do Dick?" . place for a stand agamst the redskms As it was, he ma( Yes; they send out runners to mform their tribe that h" d th t t ld b t h th t.: up is mm a i wou e necessary o reac e ru an enemy has been found and then they keep worrying . before mornmg, for he believed that the probabilities we: the enemy until they can get an overwhelming force to-tl t th ld b d d b h 1 f gether." "That is just how they work it." "Well, we will have to make the best of it." 1a ey wou e surroun e y an overw e mmg or1 of Indians if they remained where they were. "If we can reach the top of that hil I think we will! able to hold our own against all the redskins that ca "Yes" come against us,'' he told Bob Estabrook, and that you Knowing that the first thing the Indians would do J said he thought the same. would be to steal the horses if they could do so, Dick had I So the word was sent around that an attempt was to caused force t.o surround the animals, and the horses I made toreach the hill. The majority of the youths. we were w1thm the circle made by the youths. to take the horses and sneak away and go b a roundabo "They can't get our horses, at any rate," said Dick, course, while a dozen or so remained and kept up a des with an air of satisfaction. tory firing on the Indians, just sufficient to keep the "No, they can't do that; if they were to succeed in doing so they would have us at their mercy, for we could never get back out of this country afoot." 'Xo, indeed." The Indians, who seemed to have the cat-like faculty of seeing in the dark, located whites and their horses, and fired a flight of arrows in that direction None of the youths were injured, as they were lying low and taking advantage of the trunks of trees and stones and other obstructions, but one or two of the horses were hit by arrows, and they plunged and snorted at a great rate. from suspecting what was going on. 'flus plan was caITied out, and it succeeded perfectly. is likely that the Indians, seeing that their intended pr were young fellows, did not give them credit for kno ing anything about woodcraft, and so did not think such a thing as that they would to play any shm trick on them; this made it easier for the "Liberty Boy than it would otherwise have been, and so long as t dozen who remained behind kept up a firing, the India thought the entire force was still there. The youths remained there and kept firing at interva


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 5 for more than an hour after their comrades had stolen flicted no damage, the youths having taken refuge behind away with the horses, and then they ceased firing and stole the barricade. away in their turn. As they did not have any horses to They return ,ed the Indians' fire, occasionally, just enough bother with, they were enabled to make their way through to show the enemy that they were not asleep or off their the timber at a lively rate of speed, and yet without makguard, and thus the night passed away and morning ing any noise, for all were skilled in woodcraft. dawned 'I;hey reached the top of the hill and found their com-The youths were glad to see daylight, for then they dtles busily engaged in making barricades of stones, sticks would be able to see what was going on around them and dirt, and were there nearly half an "hour before a They would make the Indians take refuge in flight, too, if sound was heard from the direction of the point where they got a chance at them, and they felt that they would they lrad had their camp. Then of a sudden a wild chorus succeecl in getting the opportunity. of yells went up on the night air. They ate breakfast and then began making preparations "They've just found out that we have given them the to begin the campaign against their red foes. Fifty of the t:.lip !" said Bob :Estabrook, with a laugh youths, the ones most skilled in woodcraft, left the fort "You are right," agreed Dick. "I' ll wager they are angry I" said Mark Morrison "You can tell that by the sound of their voices," said Frank Ferris. "I guess they thought we were a gang of greenies," said Bob, "and now that they have disCO"rnred their mistake they are undoubtedly mad and disgusted." "But they will be all the more eager to get at us and pay us off for fooling them," said Dick. and began making their way, slowly and stealthily, in the dire<;tion of the point where the Indians w.ere concealed. The redskins knew the enemy was approaching, and tried to put a stop to the advance by firing flight after flight of arrows, but this had no effect; the youths kept their bodies protected, and were not injured. On the other hand, they began firing occasional shots, and nearly every time a "Liberty Boy" fired he succeeded in wounding one of tho Indians. Dick, who was one of the party, succeeded in "So they will; but they will have a hard time getting putting a bullet through the bead of a venturesome the better of us, now that we are up here on top of the and this caused consternation among his brother braves. hill," said Sam Sanderson They decided 1.hat it would not be safe to remain where "Yes, that's true; but I am afraid that we are in for a they were, and, taking the dead warrior with them, they lot of trouble, now that the Indians have discovered our hastened to get away from that dangerous locality, the presence here." "They'll have-some trouble, too!" said Bob Estabrook, grimly. youths giving them a number of shots and wounding some more of the redskins before they got to a safe distance. Bob wanted to charge the redskins, but Dick was not "You ate right, Bob; we will see to it that they have a willing. "They would fire a volley or two of arrows," he great deal of trouble, for they a:i;e the allies of the British! said, "and would be almost certain to kill some of our and 'l'ories." boys, und we don't want to lose any lives fighting the The youths worked steadily and as rapidly as possible, brutes, it we can help it. What we want is to discourag e and soon had a good, solid barricade entirely around the and drive them away." rim of the hill, thus converting.the top into a veritable fort. "That's right,'' agreed Bob; "I would hate to be killed After the first wild chorus of yells which announced by one of those red fiends, after going safely through as that the Indians had discovered the disappearance of their intended victims, nothing more was heard from them for at least half an hour, and then Dick heard the peculiar call of two night-birds, exchanged back and forth, and he many battles as we already have." The Indians having retreated, the youths returned to the fort on top of the hill. "What shall we do, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. "Are understood it at once. The calls were made by Indians, we going onward on our way, now?" and the whereabouts of the "Liberty Boys" had been dis"I think we had better stay here a few hours and see covered. The India11s, of whom there were about twenty, crept up as close to lhe top of the hill as they thought they dared, and fired several :flights of arrows, but thanks to the warn ing which Dick had received of their presence, they inwhat happens," was the reply; "we have a strong situation here, and if the Indians should appear in force we would be able to beat them off, I am sure; while if we were to leave this place and get caught in the lowlands we would all be killed."


r 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 'That's so; and do you think the Indians will appea r in dred redskins corning, and they will make a furious attack, force?" without doubt. We mu t get ready to receive them." "I am inclined to think they will." "All right; we'll try anu make it warm for them '' "You think this little party sent messengers to the Insaid Bob, grimly. dian village, do you?" The other youths said the same, and they went to work, "I would not be surprised if such were the case." grimly and determinedly, and soon had all their arrange"\\ell, we will know before very long, I suppose." ments completed. Fifty of the yol1ths were to fire three "Yes, within an hour or two, I should say." volleys-one from their muskets and two from pistols, The youths, now that they had daylight to aid them, nnd then they were to lie back and reload their weapons saw where their barricade could be made stronger in many while the otber fifty were :firing three volleys; they would places, and as soon as they had eaten breakfast they went thus neYer be caught with empty weapons. to work and did the necessary work. The large force had evidently been met by the small They had just finished when one of the youths, who had party, for the Indians advanced unhesitatingly and com been sent up into the top of a large tree growing on the 1 pletely surrounded the hill. Then they began advancing. hill, called down : They did not come with a rush and a hurrah, but they "The Indians are coming i. :From which direction?" asked Dick. ''The west." came slowly and cautiously, shielding themselves behind I rocks, boulders and trees. They were dealing with youths who were expert "How large a force dot:s there seem to be?" however, and as soon as the enemy was within musket Looks like there might be five hundred of the red Ehot distance, the boys began firing occasional shots whenfiends !'' ever they got sight of a redskin and felt confident of hitting "So many as that?" him. "Yes." I In this way they killed several of the and woundTh th h l t d th t t 1 f uld j rd a number, and as the death-yells of their brother braves e you ac expec e a qm e a arge orce wo b t h h t t t d h 1 b sounded, the anger of the warriors rose higher and higher, come, u e acL no an ic1pa e sue a arge num er as 1.h t b tl l k t d h 1. b d t th t and suddenly with wild yells they bounded forward, yell a given y 1e oo OU an e c im e up m o e ree-top and took a look himself. "What do you think about it, now?" asked Sam San--ing like demons. They were not yet within arrow-shot distance, so did not :fire a flight of arrows, but they were within musket :md pistol-shot distance, and the youths derson, who was the lookout in question. I "'I guess you haven't missed it far, opened fire, firing in volleys of fifty, as had been decided Sam," was the upon. sober reply. First the muskets were fired and then two pistol volleys, "There are ,five hundred, you think?" and then the fifty lay back and began reloading, while the "At least that many; there are more, rather than less." other half of the force took up the fight and fired three 'That's what I think." "You are right ; well, it means serious work for us." "So it does; :five hundred Indians is no joke!" volley!> in its turn. And now was shown the value of experience in. fighting battles. K ovices would ha Ye been so nervous and frightened ''Far from it old man!" that not one shot m a doze n would have mfi1cted damage "Still, \"1ith 011r strong position, and the barricade, I on the enemy, but with the "Liberty Boys" it was different. t .hi,:1k wil: be to hold them off, 't you, Dick?" i They were veterans, and were cool and calm, and not a bit During foe daytime, yes; but when mght comes I am nen-ous or excited. They had long ago l e arned that to afraid that we will be I do good work it was necessary to keep perfectly cool, and ":Jiaybe something will turn up to fayor us before night." take aim as calmly as if the target were an inanimate one, ''Perhaps so; well, keep your eyes on them, Sam, and \ and there was no danger threatening. They had learned report and I go down and tell boys and I also by experience that when this was

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. ,.., nees for open flgliting, and "hen they saw their brother! "Xever say die !1 said Bpb Estabrook. bravefalling on all sides of them like the leaves from the "Oh, we'll keep our courage up and will fight to the trees on a fall morning, they became possessed of a feeling death," said Dick; "but I fear that not many of us will of dcrnoraliz<1tion, of fear. They had never encountered live to get out of this scrape." an enemy that coulJ inflict so much damage as this one "Well, I'll wager that if that is the case there won't be was doing, and eo "hen they got within range, they fired half as many of those red scoundrel;:; alive when it is over a :;ho1rer of arrows, and turned and fled at the top of their as there are aliYC now!" said Bob. grimly. epeecl. And the other "Liberty Boys" nodded their heads, to As the "Liberty Boys" witnessed this action. on the part I indicate that they coincicleJ with this statement. d the Indians, a wild yell of delight went up from them "If help doesn't come to us before evening," said Dick, They gave utterance to cheer after cheer, but even while "I'll tell you what I have made up my mi;,id that. '\le must doiug so they were busily engaged in reloading their \Yeap-Jo." ons. '11hey were olcl hands and never failed to make the "What?" in chorus. most of any opportunity that came to them. "We must mount our horses and make a dash for our "I guess the red scoundrels have found out that they are lives!" not going to have such an easy time of it, after all!" said This seemed to meet with the approval of all, and they Bob Estabrook, with a grin. said so. "It seems to be our only chance," said Sam Sanderson .. "And it is a slim one," said Dick; "but it is better than "But they outnumbe:r.:_ us so greatly that we will be for to remain here and be slaughtered by the red fiends." "You are right," agreed Mark Morrison, plucking an arrow O'\lt of his coat-sleeve. tunate if we get out of this without the majority of our help may come to us, Dick?" said 1\Iark Morrison. number losing their lives, I'm thinking," said Dick, sobeTly. "We beat them off once and we can do it again and "Yes, indeed!" I "Of course, you do not really have any expectation that again!" sai.d Frank Ferris, who had been wounded slightly The youth shook his head. by one of the arrows, but who thought nothmg of the j tt he mid; "we are in the enemy's country and if. ma er. "W b bl t h ld th t b d tl d ,, I! either force received ai.d I should judge that it would be e wr e a e o o em a ay unng 1e ay, ,, said Dick; "but when nightfall comes then they will be I tne Indians. enabled to crawl right up close without our seeing them, "That seems to be a reasonable supposition," said Bob and a quick rush will-end all, as they will be'too much for us once they get within the foTt and it becomes a hand-toEstabrook. "I guess we'll have to mount our horses and charge the hand affair." demom," said Frank Ferris, and his eyes fairly shone ''Oh, we'll wait till night comes before getting anxious," lilughed Frank Ferris. 'fhe J ndians made another assault before noon, but were again repulsed, with considerable slaughter. Two of the "Liberty Boys" were killed and five were wounded, but their spirits were not cast down. They had killed one hundred and fifty of the Indians, they were sure. About the middle of the afternoon the redskins made another attack, and the most ditsperate one yet. They seemed determined to force their way into the fort, but were finally beaten back and retreated to a safe distance, and the chiefs got together began holding a council. The youths could see them from the hilltop, and Dick shook his head. as he said thl.s. It was evident that, if he did not really hope that they would be forced to this last resort, Frank was at least anticipating that he would get some pleasure and excitement out of the affair if foTced to do it. I "Yes, I have no doubt that we wrl.l ham to do that very thing," said Dick. "Well, one thing is certain," said Mark }forrison, "and that is, that some of us will escape and they will be able to get back to Savannah and cairy the news of our fate to our comrades, there." "Yes, that is some consolation." The youths kept up the conversation and kept watch of the redskins at the same time. They felt that it be the last time ihat many of them would ever hear one "They are plotting mischief now," he said, "and I think another's voices in this world, and they made the most that we are in for it. I wish that we were out of this of the opportunity. scrape!" Perhaps two hours had passed since the last attack,


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. a nd th e n sudd enly the re c a m e the s ound of wild yells from hundred able-bqdied, full-grown male slaves, and the c olonel the Indians, followed by the r e port of :fire arms. had drilled the black fellows till they were as well 11p in "What c an that m ean?" exclaimed Di ck, looking eagerly militar y ta c tics and evolutions as the member s o f a:sy in the directi o n fro m which the y e lling and.firing came. r e giment in the patriot army. CHAPTER III. BLACKS VS. REDS. "Father, I h ear the sound of :firing !" "Yon must be mistaken, Fannie." "I'm sure I am not." "Which way from here does it seem to be?" "North, father." "North?" "Yes, and a little west "Probably some hunters." "Oh, no; there is too much of it for that." "What do you think it is, then?" The truth of the matter was that Colonel Hanshaw, while not making any declarations of his leanings either way, was in reality a patriot, and his idea in teaching his slav e s how to :fight was so that they might be able to offer battle to ihe British 'if it should be found out that he was a patriot He claimed that he was teaching his slaves to :fight in order that they would be able to hold their own against the Indians, and this was accepted for truth by most of the people of the vicinity, though there were some Tories who hinted their suspicions that Colonel Hanshaw was a "rebel." I It would have been dangerous for almost any other man in the South to have placed arms in the hands of four hundred stalwart, slaves, but it was not dangerous for Colonel Hanshaw. He had always treated his slaves well, and they loved him and would have cheerfully died for him at any time. l\fany a night the colonel-and his sweet, "I don t know; but it sounds more like a battle than pretty daughter as well-had sat up at tbe bedside of a sick anything else." \slave and comforted the weeping and frightened relatives "Oh, it couldn't be a battle, for there are no patriot I with their presence. To the last one, man, woman or soldiers down in this part of the country." 1 child, ''Massa Cunnel" stood for all tbat was good and wise "Not that we know of." in this world, and they would have walked straight into the ) there are only the home Tories, the refugee Tories, :fire for him at any time. the redcoats and the Indians, and they are all on the same Now to return to the colonel a nd his daughter. They f>ide, and are alike in preying upon the few patriots who were still a mile from the home plantation and were rid are in this part of the country." ing slowly, the girl with her head inclined in a listening A mile south of St. Mary's River, in Florida, a man attitude. and a girl of eighteen years were riding along a road lead ing eastward. The man was a handsome, gray-bearded, :fine-looking gentleman, an\1 the girl was blue-eyed, fair haired and beautiful. The two were Colonel Hanshaw and his daughter Fannie, and they had been on a visit "There, father!" she suddenly exclaimed. "Don't you hear it now?" The colonel shook his head. "No, Fannie; you know my hearing is not good "True, I forgot; but I can hear it plainly! I hear fir-to an outlying farm, or plantation, more properly speaking. ing, and it isn't 1.he occasional desultory firing of hunters, The colonel was very rich, owning several thousand ac:i;es but the combined roar of many weapons. What can it of land, and on tbe main plantation he had a large manmean?" sion, standing in the centre of a field of perhaps twenty "I'm sure I do not know, Fannie." acr es. Around this :field was a heavy stockade fence twenty 1 "Let us hasten home, father, and I will go up on the feet high and four feet thick, and inside the enclosure roof of the house and if I can see anything_ with the were two hundred negro cabins, which were arranged along glass." the four walls of the stockade fence, the rear of the cabins "Very well, Fannie." being the fence itself, this making but three necesThey urged their horses into a gallop and were soon l:lary in building the cabins. at the great gate leading into the enclosure. A blast from In these cabins lived the slaves of Colonel Hanshaw, a little trumpet the colonel carried, blown while yet they and, counting women and children, he owned at least were fifty yards from the gate, caused the gate to swing fifteen hundred. He had on this main plantation four J open and they rode right on through at a gallop, nodding


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. I and smiling at the grinning, ten-year-old black boy who I had opened the gate for them. 'rhe black boy closed the gate, emitted a whoop and went spinning, pinwheel-fashion, across the open space and along in front of the negro cabins., until knocked over by a slap from the hand of a vigorous black woman. "Wha's de matter wid yo', Sambo ?" the woman asked. "Hush yo' noise an' go bring sum wattah.11 "Missy Fannie done smile at me!" the boy cried, as he "Do you see them, father?" she asked. "Yes, Fannie." "The white men on the top of the hill?" "Yes, and the Indians down its side." "Yes, yes! 'rhere are a lot of them, father!" "Yes, there must be three or four hundred." "And they are attacking the white men on the hill!" "So they are, Fannie." "And, father-the white men are not redcoats!" 9 seized a pail and ran away to bring the water. "No, is a self-evident fact, for the Tedcoats always "Missy Fannie done smile at 'im !" the woman repeated, wear uniforms. They could not fight if they didn't have ..,. with a grin. "I s'pose uf she wuz ter la:ff at 'im de little their red coats on, I think." fool'd try ter turn some new-fangled kin' uv er han'spring "And, father, you said a while ago that the Tories, red-an' break liis fool neck!" coats and Indians were all on the same side in this war, The colonel and his daughter were soon at the house, so who, then, can the men be who are being attacked?" and leaping down, while her father alighted more sedately, The colonel shook his head. the girl ran up onto the piazza and on into the house. "'l'hat is too much of a riddle for me to answer, Fannie," She hastened along the hall, and without stopping to take he replied. ofl' her hat made her way up the three flights of stairs and "Well, father, if they are not Tories or redcoats, they emerged finally onto a large observation platform on the nmst be patriots!" top of the mansion. In her hand she held a fieldglass, and The colonel was si1'ent a few moments, thinking, and she placed it to her eyes and looked in the direction in then he llodded his head. which she had heard the firing. "Thut would be the inference," he agreed. She moved the glass hither and thither, sweeping the "'And, father, if they are patriots, we must not let them country all around the vicinity of the pla.ce where she I be killed and scalped by those terrible Indians!" thooght the sound had come from, and presently a little,. Colonel Hanslrnw looked sober. cry of i:;atisfaction escaped the girl's lips. "No, it don't seem right to lea Ye them to their fate," "I knew it!" i;he exclaimed. '"I knew I heard firing, 1 he said, slowly. and-yes, there it goes again! I hear it plainly, and I "We must not do it, father!" can see men who are firing! They are on the top of that '' Wh:it do you want me to do, Fannie?" hill, half a mile beyond the St. Mary's, and they are not "Take our army of blacks and go and drive the Indians redcoats, either, for they have not the scarlet uniform. Ah! away!" and I see who the attacking party is, too-it is made up The colonel smiled. of Indians! Yes, and what a lot of them there are! "Put the blacks against the reds, eh?" he remarked. There be -three or four hundred!" TheE. the girl turned and called down the stairway : "Father! Father! Are you coming?" "Yes, Fannie," was the reply. "Well, hurry!" "Hurry?" "Yes." A sober look come over the colonel's face. "I was in hopes," he said, slowly, "that we would be able to get through this war without being forced to show our hand; that we would be able to get through without getting embroiled in trouble, and I am afraid that if we "Yes." go out and attack the redskins it will be construed by "What is it all about? Have you discovered anything?" General Prevost as a declaration against the king, and "Yes, yes!" identify us with the cause of Liberty, and the result will Mr. Hanshaw stepped up onto the observation platform be that we will have a hard time of it from this time forth." at this moment, and the girl handed him the glass. "It can't be helped, father; we cannot stand here and "Look!" she exclaimed. "1iook at the top of the Magwitness the slaughter of white men by a horde of painted nolia Hill, over beyond the St. Mary's." red demons, and not turn our h.ands over to render them The colonel did so, watched eagerly by his daughter, assistance!" who seemed unable to stand still, so excited was she. "True, Fannie; it would not be right.''


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 1 No, it would be inhuman-and you are one of the i followed by loud cries and cheers from the wives and most humane and temler-hearted of men, my fatl1er !" children of the men. The girl threw her arms around her father's neck and The colonel rode at a paQe that kept his men walking gave him a kiss, and this finished the work. rapidly, and even then it took nearly an hour for them "I'll take my little army o.f blacks and go to the relief to reach the vicinity of the Indians, as they were forced of the white men!" the colonel declared to go a rou ndabout way in order to get across the river "Oh, father, I am so glad you are going to do so!" the on a bridge. girl exclaimed. 'And no matter what may be the results I They finally arrived at the foot of the hill, halfway up to us, I will endure them without murmuring." the side of \rhich were the IndianB, and they succeeded in "I 1.'ll.ow you will do that, Fannie," with pride; "you getting within mu,,ket-shot distance of the redskins before arc just like your dear, dead mother was-brave zmd un "You must be careful, though, father, and not take too they were discoYereere somewhat excited, this being their first real at I will be careful, Fannie. I don't think they will tempt at fighting, they managed to do considerable exestand their ground, however, when t1i.ey see themselves tion among the Indians, at least fifty falling, dead and being attacked by such a strong force wounded. "You think Lhey will flee?" '1.hen l!i.1e colonel ga" the order to charge, and rode "Yes; redskins are brave only when they outnumber forward at a gallop, waYing his sword, while behind him, ftieir enemy four or five to one, or have some other great yelling as only four hundred excited colored men could a(hantage. They do not want to fight on equal terms_, yell, came the army of blacks. ever." The Indians 'Tere taken by surprise, and the sight of "I guess you are right; but be ooreful, father." such a large force of black demons-as the negroes looked "1 will be as as circumstances will permit, to them--charging upon them with fued bayonets, was to Faunie." much for them \Yith wild yells they turned and fled Then the colonel kissed his daughter and started to go through the timb r at their best speed, and lnlf a minut aown. later not a :nedskin could be seen anywhere--with the ex "Aren't you coming down, Fannie?" he asked. C'eption of the dead and wounded lying where they ha o, father; I will stay up here and watch you go and fallen on the hill&ide. make the attack." "Very well; I will hasten, as the red demons might overcome those "hite men at any moment." He hastened down to the ground and emerged upon the piazza, with a bugle in his hand. B;e placed this to his lips and blew a peculiar call. It wa'S the signal for the little army to assemble, and in an incredibly short time after the signal had been given four hundred stalwart black men stood, weapons in hand, in front of the house, their eyes fixed on their the white-haired colonel. "Men," said the colonel, his voice ringing out loud and clear, "a small party of white men are OD the top of :Magnolia Hill and are being attacked by a large party or Indiane, and I have decided to go to the relief of the w;1ite men. I am goi_ng to take you and hasten there and nrtack the redskins. Are you ready for the start?" The colored soldiers nodded their heads and then the It 1>as the firing of the weapons in the hands of th negroes, and their yelling, and that of the Indiam, tlrn Dick and the "Liberty Boys" bad heard, and the instan Dick saw the little army of black men and realized tha it was its l appcarance that had p11t i.he redskins to flight, b exclaimed: "We are saved! Those black fello\rs are our friends! "Their leader is a white man, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, and an old and :fine-looking man, too." "Ye_;;, and I'll warrant you he has seen service in th army "I don?t But where in the name of all th is wonderful did be find so many black men?" "Oh, there are plenty of them down in this part the country." "You are right; well, I will go down and greet t man and thank him for what he has done for us." colonel mounted his horse and set out, the little army "Go ahead. ancl you can't thnnk him too much, for following. and as it filed out through the gateway it 1>as has undoubtedly saved the lives of the majority of us."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. lJ "There is no doubt regarding that, and he has my grati1 The colonel looked at the youth keenly, the n smiled and tucle for what he has done." said: "And mine!" "And iine ''The sam here!" Expressions similar to these were given utterance to by :ull the "Liberty Boys." They realized that their lives had been saved by the white man and his black army, and they were indeed grateful. Dick made his way down the hillside and met the white leader of the black army. 'rhe colonel dismounted as Dick reached him, and, holding out his band, said, with Jl smile: "You need not hesitate to tell me. I give you my word of honor that yon will not be molested. I am not a parti t:an, but am simply a large land and s lave holder, and own two big plantations across the river." "And these men are the slaves who work on the plantations ?" "Yes." "But they seem to understand military tactics." "I have taught them." "Ah!" "I have done so in order that we might be able to hold "V\ren, you had rather a clotie call of it, did you not, our own if attacked by the Indians or by any other oot. my young friend?" side force'." "We did, for a fact," was the reply; "and but for your "I see; well, I will tell you who I am, and who my men eoming I have no doubt that the majority of my men are. We owe you that much, I am sure, and a good deal would have lost t.heir lives. We are very grateful to you, more; for you have undoubtedly sayed the lives of the sir, for what you have done." ''Don't mention it," the colonel said, d e precatingly. "Ob, but I must mention it," with a smile; "and now, sir, if you will be so kind, I would like to know to whom 1-re are ?" '' :Jis name is Han haw, sir-Hobert Hanshaw; but most ('Verybody in these parts call me 'Colonel Hans.haw.' I was a colonel in 1.he army during the French and Indian l'htr." ".'l.l1, I see; we11, Colonel Hanshaw, I am pleased to make your acquaintance, and again I say that we are deeply gratefnl to you for what you have done." "Pshaw! say no more about it; I am not the one who deserve s the credit, anyway, but my daughter is the one ihat should be given 'the credit for the whole thing." "Your daughter?" my daughter Fannie. She heard the firing, and 'rent up on the roof of tbe house with my old :fieldglass and she peeked around till she !>aw your force on the hill majority of us." "I shall be glad to know who you are." 'Very well; my name is Slater-Dick Slater." The colonel started, and an exclamation escaped his lips. "Are you really Dick Slater-the great Dick Slater, who has made him elf so famous by his good work as a scctit, spy aml fighter?" "l am Dick Slater," said Di ck, quietly; "the only one I li.ave ever heard of, and I have done what I could for the great cause." "Anu your men, up there-are they the famous 'Liberty Boys' we have heard so much about?" "They &re the 'Liberty Boys,' that is certain," was the reply. "Well, well I must shake hands again the colonel exclaimed, suiting the action to the word. "Dick Slater, I am proud make your acquaintance, and am more glad than you can know that I have been able to render you and your men assistance in your time of need." "And I am glad to make your acquaintance, Colonel and the Indians down the hillside, and she hustled me off Hanshaw," was the reply. "And I am very, very glad to with my army, to render you assistance." think, judging by your utterances, that you are friendly "Then God bless your daughter Fanny, colonel!" to the great cause of Liberty." 'he's a great girl, sir; a splendid girl-but here, you know n ho I am, but I don't kn0w who you are?'' and the colonel looked at Dick inquiringly. The youth hesitated and the colonel noticed it. "I am a patriot, Mr. Slater, but so far I have avoided saying or doing anything to let the British or their allies know tha.t such is the case." "Then the chances are that you are getting yourself "What is the matter?" he asked. "Why do you hesitate?" into trouble by coming to our assistance in this manner, The youth laughed. "I was thinking that it might be Colonel Hanshaw." that if I was to tell you who I and my men are, you "It is possible, of course, but it can't be helped if such might turn your black men loo:;e on us, sir," was the reply. is the case. I could hardly have gotten clear through the


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. war without having committed myself, and it is perhaps as J "Yes, indeed; and especially a, lady to whom we owe our well to have it done and over with." 1 ires, colonel." "It may be possible, colonel, that as you have taken part The planter smiled and looked plea ed against the redskins, that it will not prejudice the British .. If you owe your lives to any one it is to her," he said; D against you." "I would not have known any .thing about you or that you The colonel shook bis bead. were in trouble if it hadn't been for her. She heard the ''The Indians looked upon as allies of the British," firing and then went up on the top of the house and be said, "and they know that I am aware of the fact, and located you and sized up the situation. She figured it that I think that they will interpret my attack on the Indians you were patriots, as the Indians would not be fighting as a declaration in favor of the cause of L iberty, and Tories, and she knew you were not British, as you did against the king. However, it is all right; I am not sorry not have on the scarlet uniforms r came to your relief, but, on the contrary, am very, very "She is as bright as she is noble-hearted, colonel. glad that l did so, and so will my daughter be when she "Antl she is the best and sweetest little girl in the world, learns \rho it is that we have rendered assistance to Captain Slater. She ordered me to take the black men 'I hope you will have no trouble as a result of this and go to your assistance, and I obeyed; and while she affair, Colonel Hanshaw." did not order rue to bring you back with me, I know that ''Well, we are pretty well able to take care of ourselves is her wish, and so you and your men must come Give if trouble comes, Slater. I am not worrying, and if the order at once, please." General Prevost wants to look upon me as an enemy, and make an attack upon me, he may do so. We will make it "Very well, sir," and Dick did give the order. Ten minutes later the "Liberty Boys" came riding down extremely warm for him; even if be brings his entire to where the colonel, Dick and the black army were await force against us iug their coming, and Dick introduced the colonel to the "ls that indeed the case-that you are in a position to youths, who gave him a pleasant greeting and uttered three offer the British battle?" asked Dick, in surprise cheers for his daughter Fannie. "It is. lily mansion is inside an enclosure, twenty acres I Then Dick mounted one of the horses and the entire in extent, and around this field is a stockade wall four j force of "Liberty Boys" and black men moved slowly away. feet thick and twenty feet high. I can muster five hundred The youths cast sorrowfu l glances back over their shoulders men who would make a great fight even against heavy as long as the top of the hill was in sight, and the colonel, odds." who noticed it, asked Dick the reason for the youtmi "True; well, I hope it will not come to that." actions 1So do I; but bring your men and come along. We "We are leaving three of our comrades on top of that will go to the plantation at once, as I know my daughter hill, colonel," was the sober reply; "three as brave and Farmie is eagerly and anxiously awaiting our coming i noble-hearted fellows as ever lived! But they were ready "Oh, but we cannot add to the dangers of your position to die; not a man in my company but is ready to yield by visiting your plantation, colonel," protested Dick; "you up his life for the great cause at any moment. We are have done enough for us already and have taken quite a company of philosophers as well as patriots, Colonel enough risk." Hanshaw." "Bosh!" said the colonel. "You must come; I will not listen to anything else. Let the British come and attack me if they like; I will make it warm for them. And if your CHAPTER IV. men are there to help my brave colored fellows I don't believe there are enough British and Tories in all this A CLEVER SCHEME. southern region to get the better of us." "Well, if you insist we will accompany you; but I would A sharp lookout was kept for the Indians, as the party rather not cause you any more trouble." made its way along. It was deemed possible that the red"That's all right; Fannie would never forgive me if I skim might try to get revenge by attacking the combined were to let you go your way now. She is waiting, eager to forces of the blacks and "Liberty Boys," but nothing was :ee you, and I know that you are too much of a true gentle seen of the redmen. Doubtless they bad had enough for man to disappoint a lady." that time.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 13 Three quarters of an hour later they reached the planinto the wildernes:> and go into camp and take their chances tion owned by Colonel Hanshaw, and when the youths there." w the immense stockade wa1ll, they opened their eyes in The colonel shook his head. mazement. "I could not hear to such a thing," he decidedly; "Jove! that is all right, eh, Dick?" exclaimed Bob Esta"and I know that Fannie would not listen to it. We would rook. "Yes, Bob." "Five hundred determined men ought to be able to hold at against an army." "I should think so. "Yes, we have plenty of water and provisions within ie enclosure," the colonel said; "they could not starve s out, and they would have hard work whipping us." ''They would, indeed!" agreed Dick" "See, tl.ere is my daughter up on top o. the house," said 1e colonel, poiniing. be acting queerly to save your lives and then cause you to in all probability lose them by ,you to go out into the wilderness where the Indians and Tories would have full sway at you." "Oh, we will accept your invitation, if you insist upon it, and will be very grateful to you, too," said Dick; "and I hope that we will be able to show our gratitude before we part from you again, for good and all." "Oh, that is all right," the colonel said; "we know you feel thankful, and we are only too glad that we were en abled to help you when you needed help." They were now within the enclosure, and the gate had been closed behind them. "Ride right up to the piazza and dismount," said t he colonel; "you see, I have a large hou!_)e-a veritable mansion; and there is room for all your men in there, l\Ir. ay, why not let us stay here while you go down to Slater, and there is plenty of food and plenty of servants "I see her," said Dick; "you must have a splendid view the surrounding country from up there." "Yes, indeed; we can see in every direction, for many iles." t. Augustine, Dick?" remarked Bob, in a low voice; but t 't S 'd ht t th cl d. t o serve i o n e ng up o e piazza an ismoun olonel Hanshaw heard what was said, and turned an d d t k 1 t h ,, I an procee o ma -e yourse ves a ome. quirincr look on Dick r 0 rhe youths did as told, and when they had dismounted, "Are you thinlcing of going dowrf to St. Augustine?" he ked. "Yes, colonel," was the reply. "For what purpose, if I may ask?" "I '!iln going down there to spy on the British, colonel." "Ah; to spy on them!" "Yes. I wish to learn how many men General Prevost ae, and how strong the fortifications are, and as many hings like that as it is possible for me to learn." ''Oh, I understand There is a plan on foot to at a signal from the colonel, slaves came and took the horses away Then a beautiful girl of perhaps seventeen years emerged from the house and. the c-olonel led Dick forward. "Fannie," he said, "this is Captain Dick Slater, of whom we have heard so much; 1Ir. Slater, my daughter Fannie. The girl stepped forward and gave Dick her hand, smil ing in the sweetest manner imaginable. "I am glad to make the acquaintance of one who has done such good work for the cause of Liberty," she said, her voice soft and ake an attack on St. Augustine?" musical. "Yes; if what I learn i;;; comidere

THE LIBERT BOY"' GR.\.TITUDE. edge that I haYe been instrumental in rendering a, istance j to some partiot soldiers in need is sufficient in it elf." I "At you cannot keep us from thanking you in our i heart ., smileu Dick. ":N' o, I suppose not;'' with an answering smile. "And now let me introduce you to the 'Liberty Boys.' said Colonel Hanshaw. "Very well, father." The colonel turned and facing the youths, said: 'Liberty Boys of '76,' permit me to introduce to yon "No.'' "Why not?" "Because it will be so dangerous." The youth smiled. ''I am used to danger," he said. "I know that, but thi seems like taking terrible risk "\\rhy so, more than on dozens of other occasions wh I have penetrated to within the enemy's line Miss F nie ?" "Well, you see, you are wholly within the enemy's co my daughter } annie; Fannie, these are the famous 'Liberty try, down here." Bo31s.' I As the youths lifted their hats and bowed politely, the girl laughingly shook her head and said: "Yes, that is true." "With i.he exception of the men on father's plantati I doubt if there are any people within fifty miles of h "I have heard a great deal about the 'Liberty Boys,' and who would be willing to render you assistance." I am going to have more than a bowing acquaintance with "True; but the aid which }'ou and your father you. l am going to shake hands with each and every one.'' render me is all-rnfficient, I think." And she suited t.he action to the word, for she made "I hope so; we will certainly do all we can, won't the rounds and shook hands with every one of the youths, father?" and won the hearts ,of the majority of them at the same indeed, Fannie." "Thank you," said Dick; "you are both very kind." When she had finished the youths gave three cheers "Oh, we are only too glad to be enabled to do som :!'or the beautiful girl, and this made her smile and blush f hing to aid the great cause," said the girl. with pleasure. "When do you think of starting for St. Augustine, M The colonel now told the youths to. make themseh-e;: I :::;later?" the colonel. absolutely at home, to go and come as they pleased, and to I "_\.t the earliesi. possible moment, colonel; I had it select any rooms they liked in any portion of the mansion. that I woulJ start immediately after supper.'' ''You are the guests of myself and daughter for as long a time as you care to remain," he said, heartily; "and you are to go and come just as you please. 'l'here are plenty of slaves; order them to bring you anything you may want and they will obey you the same as if I had given the .order." Then the colonel and Fannie, accompanied by Dick, "This evening?" exclaimed Fannie. "Y cs." :Jir. Hanshaw shook bis head. ''I don't think I be in any hurry," he said; "y had better go slow and be as sure of your ground as p sible." "I would if I thought there was anything to be gained <'ntcred the house and went to lhe library to hold a council. so doing, colonel." When they had become seated the colonel turned to Dick "I think there will be." and said: I "In what way?" asked Dick, in surprise. 'There "As we were coming to the plantation you told me, Mr just one thing for me to do-ride down as close to Slater, that you were down here for the purpose of spying Augustine as. I dare, and then watch my chance and s on the British at St. Augustine." in when no one is looking." The youth nodded. "Yes, thai is my mission in this part of t _he country," he replied "0 h, you are thinking of going down to St. Augustine on a spying expedition, Mr. Slater?" exclaimed Fannie. "Yes, :Miss Hanshaw." "Oh, goodness! I see how you will dare at temrt it!" '"Yon don't?" with a smile. "I know; but that will be difficult of accomplishmen "Yes; but it is the only way of doing." "Perhaps not." Colonel spoke meaningly and Dick looked him in surprise .. "What do you mean, colonel?" he asked. "I mean that perhaps we mny be able to help you int matter." "To help me?''


THE LIBEHTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. "Yes." "In what ray?" "By making it possible for you to enter the lines a 't. Augustine in safety." I gain the informati6n I wish, as I will han the run 9f the \ place, as the servant oi Miss Fannie, and no one wrn enemy's rnspect me." How could you do that?" I have thought of a way." The colonel smiled, and Fannie exclaimed, eagerly: Tell father!'' Colene[ Hanshaw nodded. 'That is it, exactly," he said. "But won't that be dreadfully unpleasant, Mr. Slater?" asked Fannie. "Oh, no," was the smiling reply. "I should think it would be-to have to black yourself "Well," said the colonel, slowly, "I ha Ye a sister living up in that fashion." m l::>t. Augustine." You have;'' exclaimed Di(;k, an eager light appearing in his eyes, while an exclamation escaped the lips of the girl. "Yes. And Fannie, here, makes two trips down there each y<:ar on a visit." "Ah!" exclaimed Oh, father, l know what you are thinking of!" cried the girl. "It is almost time for Fannie to make her visit now," the colonel went on, calmly, and we can push the affair a and let her go a little earlier than usual." "Dear father!" breathed the girl, her eyes shining. "But what good will that do me?" asked Dick. "\Yhat good will it do you?" "Yes." "A lot of good.'' 'I don't unc1e1stand, colonel." "lt won't Le the first time I have done such a thing, 2\fos Fannie. "It 'won't?'' "X o; I have frequently disguised myself in that way when playing tlie spy on the British." "Well, I suppose it Letter than to take big chances oi l>eing made a if in your own proper guise." "Oh, yes! One can endure little inconveniences like that, if by so doing one can be assured that he is reasonably safe." "True." "How

16 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. Dick free to r eJ0111 the "Liberty Boys," which h e did I ''No." When he told them the plan that had bee!. arranged for I "Why oot ?" his trip to St. Augustin e the youths were loud in their lj "For the reason that the Seminole Indians have no horse approval of it. 1 with which to follow, and they \rnuld be unable to overtak "That's a goocl scheme," said Bob Estabrook. you if they tried." "The best in the world!" declared Mark l\1orri 6on. "Ah, I understand The others said the same "Yes, I think it will he safe to make the trip as we ha "But don't you think it will be dangerous to start ou t, figured on doing." Dick?" asked Bob, after a while. "Well, you may do as you like about the matter, colon e l "Why, Bob?" "On account of the Indians." The youth looked sober. but I assure you I would prefer to go alone, and take m chances rather than :run your daughter into danger : "That's all right, liir. Slater, but I don't think she wil "I had not thought of that," he said; "do you sup-be in much danger, if any." po s e they followed u yesterday and saw us enter here with At supper the matter was broached to Fannie, and s h the colonel and his little army?" thought as her father did, that there would be little if any: "You may be sure they did if they are anything like danger and she was not willing to up the idea of mak the X orthern Indians," said Bob ing the trip. Seeing that they were determined, Dick gav l g u ess you are right, Bob; and I have no doubt that iii., and dicl not make any more objections. India n na t ure is the samQ, North or South." Early next morning the carriages set out. There was ''The n the chances are that they will see you when you color e d dri'l"er in the driver' s s eat, up in front, and i:;:. th start in the morning, and will either kill or capture you." earriage wen1 Mis s Fannie, her bla c k maid and Di ck A seriou s look came over Di c k's face. bla c k et.1 up as a ncgro. n g in fro nt, behind and a I must spe ak to the colonei about tJiat," he said; "it e iih c r s id e of the carriage the "Liberty B-Oys." -..rnn' t do to let }Ii s s Fannie expo s e h e r s elf to great danger, just t o be of to me and h e lp my plans." I "You are ri g ht, Dick," saicl Sam Sand e rson; "sheis I too brave and beautiful to be exposed to danger. We owe I her a debt of gratitude, and that would be' a poor way to pay it." 'fhe colon e l came out on the piazza just then and Dick appro ached him an

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GHATITUDK were seen to stov and turn bac:k, the ange:r and discom1 quid:ness with which this had been qone that they stopped fitllre 0 the Indians knew no bounds. in horrified amazement and stood, staring. They understood the matter now and were angry al "Charge the scoundrels!" roared Bob, and the yonths themselres for not haring suspected it in the first place. J whirled their horses and dashed at the Indians with the t would be impossible for them to overtake the carriage speed and force of a hurricane, yelling like mad. 011', so they made up their tninds to try to do the horseThe Indians had not drawn any arrows as yet; theiririuen some damage. They made their 1ray back to a point tention was to run out quite a ways and drop down, arn1 rhcre the timber came to within three hundred yards of j then draw the arrows and fire upon the whites; and now 1e road, and here they paused and got ready for the when they saw the white horsemen dashing at them with ork they had determined upon. such terrible speed, they turned and fled back toward tlw The chief gave his bi:ares instructions. They were to rimber with the 1;peed of startled fawns, giving utterance ait till the v.hite horsemen were almo::;t with them they did so to wild yells of terror. nd then they were to rush out of the timber and straight Bob saw that they could not catch the redskins ltefore oward the whites. They were to watch closely, and when they reached the shelter of the timber, and as once the hey saw the white men were on the point o:I! firing they Indians were there they would be protected by the trees to drop do1rn at full length in the grass. It &nd 1rould have the advantage, he had no intention of let oped that they \Yould be within arro1r-shot distance of ting this occur; co he gaYe the order to halt and fire a pistol he enemy, t.hen, and i.hey would gi>e the white men a olley or two and then retreat to the shelter of the timber. Had the Indian had ordinary men to deal with they rnlley. 'I'he youths obeyed, and then in obeyance to another order they whirled their horses and galloped back to the iight ha,e been rnccessful and killed a number of the road, which they reached by th time the Indians had bites; but the "Liberty Boys" were almost to a man got wiLhin the shelter of the trees. dl skilled in woodcraft, and posse8sed of a full knowldge of the ways of the redmcn of the forest. As t:b.ey Here the youths brought their horses to a standstill and looked back. On the ground lay at. least thirty Indians, rew n ear the point where the timber came so close to the. 1ll'1Hl and "ounded, and the wounded ones were.making the oad, Bob Estabrook said to his comrades: I day hideous with howls of pain and anger. From among "c k k t d h ld tl d" f lhe trees, too, came angry whoops and yells from those oc your rnus e s an o 1em m rea mess or m\\ho had not been injured and had escaped, but they were !ant boys. I would be willing to wager a goodly sum afraid io make nn attack on the youths. The redskins hac1 hat we will see some Indians at that point of timber. H had a taste of the "Li.berty Boys'" quality, and did not ''I think you are right, said }Iark }forrison, and he others said i.he same. wi:sh to try it agai:: They cocked their muskets and held them in such a "Yell and >rhoop, you red scoundrels I" said Bob, grimly. "It may make you feel better, and it won't do us any osition that they could be brought to the almost harm." nstantly. Onward they rode and every eye was on the point of tim er, watching for some sign of the redskins whom all be il'ved to be there. The youths knew that t_hey would not get another chance at the redskins, they did not think it worth while away any more time. "We will return to the plantation, boys," said Bob; Closer and closer they drew, and when they were aqmost "forward, all!" Yen with the point of timber a horde of whooping, yellAnd the party galloped onward, reaching the m3111sion lg Indians leaped out from among the trees and came half an hour later without having had any more adven nshing toward fhe "Liberty Boys." "Hive them a volley, boys!" roared Bob, and up came ie mn$kets as a fl.ash. tures. "You were attacked by Indians?" asked the colonel, as they dismounted at the piazza Crash-roar! "Yes," replied Bob, "but we quickly put the scoundrels 'l'he "Liberty Boys" were splendid shots, and the volley to flight." id terrible execution, at least a score of the Indian; goii1g "I am glad of that!" wn. dead and wounded. "We were on the lookout," went on Bob, "and the in-So great was the astonishment of the redskins at the stant they appeared :we gave them a volley and then


1 8 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' GRATITrDE. e:harged them. '11hey w ere the one::> taken by surprise, and I \1-who a m J ;'' hlll.i stammered Dick, talking as did not get a chance to try to infli c t any damage on us. 1 frighte ned. Dick and Miss Fannie heard the sound of the firing, am.1 "Yes, who are you?" the youth kne w what it meant. "1-l'm 'l'ony Black.'' ''The Indians have attacked the boys!" be said. "Humph! Tony Black, eh?" ''I judge that you are right," agreed the girl; "well, I 1 hop e that none of your brave 'Liberty Boys' will lose their lives!" 1 ''So do I; arnl I do not think they will, as they were on I the lookout for trouble." The travelers met with no adventures during the trip to St. ..Augustine, .and reached there late in the e vening. I They passecl the sentinels without trouble, ancl were s o on ai. the home of Fannie's aunt. The guoJ woman was surprise d i.o s e e h e r niece earlier than was her aecmtomed time, but was glacl to see her, and g1<.ve h e r a warm welcome. The girl f(lmnd opportunity to tell her aunt, who was, like h e r brother, the colonel, a patriot, that the supposed colored man-servant was in truth a patriot spy, and asked that he be given a good room in the house instead of beiing ent to the servants' quarters,, of course, the woman \Hts only too glau to do this. Wh e n sh e learne d, fortherJ who Dic k really was she ""f es, sah." "Whose nigger are you ?" "W-wbDse nigger is I?" "That is \1hat 1 asked." "I-I'm Massa Hi,mshaw's nigger.'-' Hanshaw?" "Yes, --"\rho is he ?" "W'y, he's jes' iliassa Hamhaw, sah. he am." I dunno who e "Bah! \\' ho is he? Where does he live-in St. Aug line?" sah; he don' lib in St. 'Gustine." "\Yhere does he live, then?" "H-he don e l i b e rway up by de St. :Jfary's Ribber, sa There was an exclamation from one of the offic ers captain, judging Ly his uniform, sitting on the piazza, he called out : "He re, you nigger, come here!" wa s c onsiderably ex c ited, and told him that she would d o ""' l ., 1. cl D. k cl h cl cl d t .i:-yes., ::a 1, r e p ie 1c -, an e a vance an s all she could to see that he was made comfortable while j f c th t 1n ront Oi e cap a1n. in her house I 1 h "I ou say you are Co one] Hanshaw's slave?'' t e offi "Don't worry about me, l\Irs. He:nfrow," smiled Dick; asked. "I am here on busine:!s and will get along splendidly." '.'I hope so." "And so do I l'' from Fannie. "Oh, there is no doubt regarding that," said Dick; "I am muc h more comfortably fixed than I usually am when engaged in spy work. It is seldom that I can be quartered in a house and be free to go and come as I please, as will b e ihe case with me h ere." "Well, I want you to feel p e rfectly free, :Jir. Slater," said I the hostess; "and I hope you will succeed in learning all y o u wi s h to know, for I do not like the British." The (Liberty Boy" had his euppcr sent up to his room, as he did not wish to go to the table with the blacking on, and then, after it had gro\m dark he left the house by the rear entrance_ and made his way down the street. He hacl gone but a short distance when as he was passing "Yes, sah."' "What are you doing down here in St. Augustine?" "I come down along uv Missy Fannie, sah." "Ha!" e xclaimed the captain. "Is Fannie Hans here in St. Augustine?" "Yes, sah. "\\Then did she come?" "Dis ev'nin', sah." "Where is she-flt her aunt's?" "Yes sah; at issus Renfrow's, sah." "Is that the young lady who ga>e you the cold should few months ago, Raymond?" drawled one of the capt brother officers. "She's foe young lady in question," was the cold r "Well, if she is as beautiful as you say she is, I tl that I shall have to go in and. see if I can make an a building from which shon e a number of. lights, and OP pression, Raymond. Perhaps I may be able to mak Hie piazza of which a number of redcoats were sitting, impres::;ion wh e r e y o u failed, as my style of beaut h e was accosted by a British soldier

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 19 tdea of him paying suit where Haymond, who was accounted just now, to your young mistress, I will kill you, just as hrndsome, had failed, was deemed humorous. as my name is Raymond! Do you understand?" '"The girl is my property-I have sworn it!" almost "Yes, eah." hi0sed Captain Raymond. "And now that she had again "All right; see to it that you remember what I have said. wmc to St. Augustine she has played Tight into my hand .. 1 am a man of my word, and if you don't want to die you The officer did not seem to think of or if he thought will keep your mouth shut!" I of him he did not care for his presence. As for Dick, he hardly knew what to think. I '"It looks as if I ha 1e been the means of bringing l\Iiss "I won't say er word ter de young missus, sah "All right; now go, you black rascal!" The disguised "Liberty Boy" turnOO. and walked away, the soldier who had stopped him at first paying no atten, Fannie into a new anJ entirely u danger," he uaid to himself; "well, Captain Rayniond, you will have to put rne out of the way before you will be able harm that tion to hi:m. "So that scoundrel is going to have Miss .Fannie, whethei: beautiful girl!" she wants him to or not, is he?" Dick said to himself,. "We .. Why, what Jo you mean, Raymond?" asked another will see! He will do nothing of the kind-no, not if I have cf the officers. "As I understand it, the girl gave you to kill the scoundrel to keep him from bothering girl!" JOur answer-a negative-when she was here befo:re. What, 'l'he British officer did not know it, of course, but if he tLen, can you expect to do now?'' had desired to accomplish his own defeat he could not have 1 "Xever you mind," was the growling reply; "I am not I gone t'o work in a better way than by telling his comrades lhe man to give up so easily. I will not permit my wishes his intentions regarding the girl, in the hearing of the to be thwarted by the silly whim of a girl. I have set my supposed negro, wh was really Dick Slater. heart on possessing Fannie Hanhaw, and I am going to 'rl1e youth made his way about, taking in everything with possess her!" I his keen, experienced eyes. He saw the fortifications and ''I'm afraid the captain has his heart set on the broad sized up the strength of the British in a thorough manner. acres and myriads of slaves of the girl's father,'' drawled "I believe it will be possible to make a successful attack another of the "They say he is the richest man in on this place," he said to himself; "I have not the least Florida, that he possesses hundreds of acres of land and at doubt regarding the matter." least fifteen hundred slaves." Two hours latei he returned to the Renfrow house, and "You need not worrt about that part of it," growled as he approached he Captain Raymond just coming Captain Raymond; "I said the girl was what I am after, <"nrny. nd I 111eant what I said." The officer scowled at Dick as they met, and as they "Oh, no offense Raymond:' laughed the last speaker; passed each other be hissed out: ''we understand that, but of course if you get the girl "Remember what I said about your not telling your misyou will ultimately come in for the acres and the slaves." tress what you heard me say, you black scoundrel!" "How long is your young mistress going to remain i-n St. Augustine?" asked the captain, addressing Dick. "I rlunno, sah; er week mebby." ''Humph! How clid she come-in a carriage?" "Ye3, sah." "Who came wit.h her?" "Oh, yes, sah; I'll remember, sah," Dick replied. And to himself he said: "I'll remember you, Captain Raymond; and if you try any mean tricks you will find that you will he in trouble I very quickly!" "Jes' me'n de coachman an' de Missy's maid, sah." "Her father did not come< eh?" "No, sah." "Very well; you may go--but, hold on," as Dick turned ayrny; "you heard our conversation just now?" Dick, who had paused and half turned to face the cap tain, nodded and said: CHAPTER VI. CAPTAIN RAYMOND. Captain had indeed been to the Renfrow hous e "Yes. sah, I done heerd hit." when Dick met him. The officer, soon after the discussion "'iVell, listen to what I say, now, for I mean every word. at the piazza, had gone .to his room and donned his .bright of it: H you repeat a single word of what was said here I est uniform and then left the house and made his way to


20 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. I the Renfrow home. He had been there before, and walked 11he last time I saw you, that we \rould henceforth be ene up to the door with assurance, and knocked. mies." The door was opened presently and a negro servant ap1 "I. know I did, )Iiss Fannie," suavely; "but I was dis The captain pushed past the servant without cereappointed-you know what I was disappointed aboutmony, and as he made his way in the direction of the and angry, and spoke without due consideration." library, he said, curtly: "Send :Miss Fannie Hanshaw to the library at once, you 1 L]ack wench!" "Yes, sah; yes, massa !" was the reply. The negress stood in terror and awe of the redcoats, and her eyes rolled wildly as she hastened to :B'annie's room and told her there was a "gemmen" in the library, and that he wished to see he!'. "Who is he?" usked Fannie. "I whut his name is, Missy Fannie." "What does he look like?" "Oh, he's one ob dem redcoated sojers, :Missy Fannie." 'rhe girl started. 'Ah, so it is a British soldier, is it?" she remarked. "Indeed?" "Yes, I was sorry for what I said, very soon, but you went home and l had no chance to tell you so." "Th t was too bad." There was not much of graciousn ess in the girl s tone, and the officer noted the fact, and a bitter feeling of rage rose up in his heart. He managed to control himself. however, so as not to let bis feelings be shown on his face. "Indeed, it was too bad, Miss Fannie; and you have no idea how I regretted my hasty words." "You did regret them, then?" 'Y es, indeed; and I hastened here as soon as I learned you were in St. Augustine, to tell you how sorry I am that I spoke in such fashion, then, and to try to renew our old ")--es, MiEsy Fannie; he's all up an' hez a grea'' friendship." big sword on." The girl Ehook her head. 'An officer! I wonder who he can be? Surely Captain' "I do not think it would be wise to do anything of the Raymond would not dare call after what I told him the kind, Captain Raymond,'' was the reply. last time I was here "You do not?" There was disappointment and sup'rherc was no use speculating, however, so Fannie told preEsed anger in the tone. the colored woman to tell the caller that she would be there I "Ko; I shall be glad to call you friend, however, but as in a few minutes. The woman bowed and went downstairs. for the rest I prefer that you should not begin calling to "Missy Fannic'll done be heah in er few minnets, massa,'' see me as you were wont to do when I was here before." he said at the open of the library, and then went "Oh, you are willing to call me a friend, but are unabout her work. willing to treat me as one, eh?" The captain almost hissed A iew minutes later Fannie Hanshaw appeared in the the words. library, and as she saw who her visitor was, she started "I simply prefer that you do not call on me, sir; that is back, and gave utterance to an exclamation of anger and all." dismay. "Captain Raymond!" The name slipped from her lips "Oh, that's all, is it?" "Yes." nnconsciously, and there was such a tone of dismay to the "And I am to be barred from your society, while mY. voice that the officer was rendered angry thereby, but he brother officers, will, I suppose, be allowed to call as often preserved an ou.tward show of composure, and bowing low, mid: "At your services, Miss Fannie ":My name is ':J1iss Hanshaw'!" exclaimed the girl, the hot blood of anger surging to her brow. "l am aware of that fact,'' was the cool, almost inso lent reply. as they choose!" "That is as it may be, sir," was the cold reply; "I, deny your right to have anything to say regarding my actions, or with regard to who shall call on me and who shall not." "Oh, indeed?" "Yes." "And this is to be my last call, is it?" "Then why don't you address me in that way? By what "I prefer that it shall be so, Captain Raymond." right do you address me by my given name?" The officer leaped to his eet and a snarl not unlike that "By the right which being an old friend accords me, of a wild beast Ccscaped him. Miss Fannie." "Very well; so be it!" he cried "I will go and I will "But you said the last time I was in St. Augustine, and not return again, but I warn you, Miss Hanshaw, that the ..


TliE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 21 will come when you will regtrt your action in this II "Go 'long, yo' l yin' ob !"the n e gress cried, er." and she attemp te d t o c uff Dick's ears, but he dodged and Iou must be a very brave man, Captain Raymond!" I ran along the h a ll and up to his room, leaving t b e angry re was biting sarcasm in the tone, but the captain was I n e gress t o sputte r a t t he walls. Later on, down in the gry that he did not notice it, and he said: kitc h e n, s h e to ld h e r c ompanions that she thol1ght the Why so?" negro who cam e with "Missy Fannie" was "too smart an' s t u c k up t er lib!" Because you dare threaten a woman!" he captain understood now, and a ped his lips. muttered curse F a nni e inte rcep te d Dick in the hallway a nd a s ked him wha t success h e b a d h ad, and he told her that h e had very It is lucky for you that you are a woman!" he hissed, g ood uccess, indeed, and that he had learned qui te a good ace working with rage. Why so, captain?" Because if you wer e a man I would kill you!" deal re garding t he strength of the force und e r t h e Briti s h, and a lso t h e st r e ngth o f the fortifications. 'I learn e d som et hing e lse, too, :Miss Fannie," he said in You might, and then again you might not," was the c o nclusion. reply; "but now, captain, I will bid you good even ,, and the girl left the room and went upstairs to her room. \V h a t, Mr. Sl a t er?" "I learne d th a t you have an e nemy in St. Augu s tine." "Yo u did?" he officer, angry and baffied, left the room and the "Ye'." e, giving the servant a t e rrible fright at the door by Fanni e t h o ught ::;h e k n e w who the enemy r e f erre d to was, tening to cut h e r h e ad off. for being slow in getting but she a s k ed: door open. Foah de goodness sake, but dat sojer man is mighty rit lookin' an' talkin' !" ga sped the. woman as the cap dartcd down the piazza steps and hastened away. "Ah, .. Who is this enemy? ''I th in k h e i s a n exs ui t or for your hand, Miss F annie. H e i s a Britis h officer-o ne C aptain Raymond." The girl nodd ed. comes dat nigger dat come down heah wid Missy "I judg e t h a t you a re right," she said; "he was a ie, an' whut is too stuck up ter 'sociate wid us cullud suitor for my h a nd whe n I was here last, but I s ent him I've er good min' ter not let 'im in!" away, and he w a s very angry and threatened me; but be e thought better of it, however, as she saw the capcal le d this evening-bas just been here-and apologized for say something to the "stuck-up nigger." $he wanted the way he h a d ta lk e d and wanted to renew our a cquaint arn what it was that the captain said. She held anc e ship." oor ope n and as Dick entered she said: "I met him, and judg e d he had been here-. But what hat did dat sojer man say ter yo', yo' nigger Tony?" did you te ll him?" h, nothin' much, aunty," replied Dick. '"rhat while I was willing to look upon him as a friend, know better dan

22 THE LIBERTY BOY" GRATITUDE. tunity to do something, if he wishes to, for the British hav e fact tlrn t he was a white man, and maC!t! his way hither full control here and could even make you a prisoner and thither, through the encampment of the British. He carry you off and hold you till you were willing to agree e\ery-whe re and got many a reprimand from sentin to marry him in order to secure your freedom from imsoldier::i and offic ers, but he only laughe

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 23 but I wonder wbat made her take such a sudden lrnste to your father's plantation, get a lot of my 'Liberty "ori to go back home?" Boys' and hasten back and be on hand when the captain I don't know." and his men put an appearance and try to stop your I think I know; that blasted black scoundrel that I Cl:\rriage and make you a prisoner." ed to last night, told her what I said." ''Do you think you can do that in safety, Mr. Slater?1 That is it, likely." "Oh, yes; all that is ne<:essary is that I get a horse." I ha>e no doubt of it; I would like to get a chance "We have several, and you may take one of them, Mr. the black rascal. I'd nm him through!" Slater," said :Mrn. Renfrow. Oh, you would, would you?'' thought Dic,k, a I "Thank you; lhat will do nicely." e. "Well, I will see to it that }'OU don't get the chance "I fear you will not be able to get through the British ough el'en if you were to get the chance I would be lines in safety," said Fannie, an anxious look on her face. ed to disappoint you. I do not int end to permit myself "You need ha>e no fears," said Dick; "I, have been run through by a Brifoil1 officer, if I can help it, and ing the ground over very carefully today and have found ink that I "'ill Le able to do so." a point where I can get out and away in safety, I am sure.' he inmates of the old hou::,e talked for some time longer, "I am glad of that; and I hope you will succeed!" not much of interest was said, save that Dick learned t the "band," as it was called Ly the captain, its leader, 'ibted of ten men. "I will succeed; I must succeed, for your safety de pends upon my doing so." The girl shuddered slightly. aving learned this much, Dick was eager to be away. ''Ugh!" she said; "how I should hate to be captured by felt that there was work for him to do and he must Captain Haymond!" at it. He hacl no time to lose. "It would noi be pleasant," agreed Dick. I must get a and ont of St. Augustine as They talked for half an hour longer and came to a full n as possible, and ride to C olontl Hanshaw's I understanding regarding what was to be done, and then get Lack to the point where the captain and his men Dick bade the hvo good-by and left the lwnse. He went to be, with a sufficient number of my 'Liberty Boys' to I the stable, and when one of the horses had been saddled rcome the scoundrels!" was what Dick said to himself. and bridled he mounted and rode slowly away. e hastene d back to the Renfrow house, anu, entering, He took a roundabout course, keeping out of the way nd Fannie and her aunt in the library. He told them of tl{e points where he would be likely to encounter red at he had learned, and exclamations of arna.';ement escoats, and :finally reached the limits of the encampment. ed their lips, while Mrs. Ilenfrow turned pale. He was just congratulating on baviJ1g got away 'I am afraid for }'OU to start home, Fannie!" she said. with'Out arousing suBpicion when he was challenged from in ou. had better give up the idea and decide to remain here front: ger, and then the captain may give up his idea of "Halt! Who comes there?" kil'lg you a prisoner." "A friend," reyliecl Dick. "Xo, he won't giYe up the idea," said Dick, "and I "Ach-ance, friend, and give the countersign," the senii-'nk it will be safest and best for :\1iss Fannie to nel commanded. 1e in the morning, as she has arranged to do." The youth rode up till within a few feet of the sentinel "Why not steal a mar' ch on the captain by slipping away and brought his horse to a stop. It was pretty dark, but night, within Hie hour, l!Ir. Slater?" asked the girl, ihe outlines of the sentinel's form could be seen. erly. "I was not given the countersign," said Dick. "For the reason that they have a watch set on the house, d if you did eo it would only hasten the thing you are ng to avoid. They would ride on ahead an. d stop you, they figure on doing to-morrow." "Then what will we do? You will not be able to ight m ofi' alone, Mr. Slater." "You were oot ?" in surprise. "'No." "Why not?" "I don't know; I guess General Prevost forgot it." "The general?" "Yes; I am going into the country on some special busi"Xo, I have a better plan than that, Miss Fannie." I ness for him." "Ab! \Vhat is it?" I "You art:?" "lam going to find a horse and elip away and ride post"Yes, on businese of such importance that it was think-


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS" GRATITUDE. I ing of it and instructing me with regard to it, that caused i ward. on the animars neck. The horse leaped forward i the general to forget to give me the countersign, I judge." I a run, the yells of the Indians ha1fing frightened it, 'Un "Humph! Who are you?" I the sarne instant a flight of arrows came hurtling thro ''A special messenger; and it is desirable that I hasten. the air. Do not delay me here or the general will be angry." None 0 the missiles struck Dick, but one hit the ho "But he ought to have given you the countersign. I will not injuring him sufficiently so but he colild continu be doing only my duty in holding you here." full speed, and the r edskins were quickly left behil}.d. "I know that; but you know what kind of a man he is The youth soon reached the plantation and pounded He will not hold himself to blame at all, but will blame you the gate It took quite a lot of pounding to awaken for not knowing enough to let me pass, and I pity you, gate-keeper, but filially this was accomplished, and the that's all If you were to receive approval and compliments gate swung open, and Dick rode through. for doing what is really your duty, it wouJ.d be different; He rode at once to the mansion, alighted and tied but instead of that you will have all the wrath of the genhorse, and advancing to the front door pounded upo eral poured out upon your head." loudly. "I don't know but you are right," the sentinel said. "Of course I am, and if I were in your shoes I not thin! of delaying a special messenger of General vost's." "I guess I won't do so, either." "You are wise; well, as I have already lost several precious minutes, I will hasten onward. Good night." "Good night!" The sentinel atepped aside and Dick urge d the horse for-' Presently the door was opened and Dick entered, sa to the sleepy servant: "Arouse your master at once; I Dick Slater, and I wish to see him. I will go to my r and wash this blacking off my face, and will then c c101rn to the library." "Yeo, sah; yes, l\Iassa Slater," was the reply II'he youth lighted a candle from the one in the serv hand, and made btis way up to room he had oecu He entered and quickly washed the blachng off his ward. He rode at a walk for a few minute, and then and then made his way down to the library. Her rcaclung the mam road, urged the horse to a gallop and I f d C 1 1 H i... h t d b. 1 b t oun o one ansKaw, w o gree e im eager y u rode rap1db. J 11hat anxiously. ":::f ow, then, for a long and hard ride," thought the I tl "I ll h t 1 k t .f I d' t I "\Yhat does this mean, :Thir. Slater?" he asked. you i; w1 ave o oo ou or n ians, oo. am l I t 1 bave you returned so soon and alone? Has anything likely i.o encouni:er some of the red fiends w ien ge up pened to my daughter?" in the of the colonel's plantation." The "Liberty Boy" rode steadily for hours, and then mad0 up his mind th:it he mu t be within a few miles of the plantation. ''From now on till I reach the plantation I will n e ed to keep my eyes and ears open," he said to himself; "doubt less some of the Indians are lurking in the vicinity." "No, nothing has happened to her as yet, Colonel shaw," was the reply; "and it was to make sure that ing should happen to her that I have come back so s and alone." "Explain "I will do so." Onward he rode. His musket was held in readiness for The youth quickly explained everything, and whe instant use, and his pistols were where they could be seized had finished the colonel said: upon the instant. On 1tnd

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 25 That is a good plan. There are only about a dozen of Ye .'' scoundrels, you say?" "What is it ?11 That is what I understood them to say when I over The youth went to work and told, in as few words as rd them talking in the deserted house." possib1e, the same sto ry he bad told Colonel Hanshaw. Judging by what you tell me you heard them say they When he had :finished, exclamatio ns escaped the lip s of the t be a sort of an outlaw band, robbing, murdering and youths. ing." ou are right, sir." here bas been considerable of such work going on at int about half way between here and St. Augustine, for time past, and I judge this is the band that ba s doing the work." iVitbout doubt." "\Ve'll :fix that scoundrel o f a captain!" "We'll make him wish he had not tried any tricks!" "Thafs what we will!" "We'll exterminate the gang F' Th ere was no doubting the eagerness and d eter mination of the "Liberty Boys." They had taken a great fancy to Fannie Hanshaw, the colonel's beautiful daughter, and ell, then, if you succeed in wiping them out-killing; would have bee n willing to :fight the entire British army last one of them, :you will be doing a good thing, I for her sake, and to save her from danger; so the thought d say!" o I think; and we will do it, too, if they show :fight." hen will you start,?" of foiling a dozen outlaws was mere sport. "How soon will we start Dick?" asked Bob. 'Ob, within the next two hours. There is no hurry, think we might as well start as soon as we can get a:;; we will have to go only about twenty miles." y, so as to be sure of getting there in time." The youths talked the matte r over till luncheon was ans you will only have to go half way, however, there is nounced, a nd then they went to the dining-room an d ate eed for haste," said the colonel. heartily. Then they went out and bridled an d saddled rue; well, I will get the 'Liberty Boys' up and we will tbeir horses and got everything in readiness fQr the start. eady and start in hour or so." The negro servants ba d put up one hundred nice, inwill order a lunch prepared for you," the colonel dividual l unches, an d these the "Liberty Boys" placed in ; "you had better eat a bite before you start, and then the eaddle-bags plenty with you." ery well." Then bidding the colonel good-by, and telling him not to worry about the bafety of his daughter, they rode through e colonel summoned a servant. the gateway and down the road. rouse all the young men who are guests here," h e red; "tell them to assemble -in the library as soon as es, sah; yes, Massa Cunnel." e servant hastened away, and then the colonel sumed another and ord e red that luncheon be furnish e d for hundred. The servant stared in surprise, but hastened to call up more servants and do the work ordered done. CHAPTER VIII. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" SHOW THEIR GRATITUDE. At a lmost the same time t hat the "Liberty Boys" rode wenty minutes later the "Liberty Boys" came pouring out of the gateway at Colonel Hanshaw's plantation, a the library, and when they saw Dick, exclamations of littl e band of horsemen rode out of St. Augustine and ement escaped their lips. beaded toward the n orth. There were ten men in the party, here did you come from?" and t hey were Captai n Raymo nd and bis men. ow did you get here?" They rode slowly and in silence till they were well out thought yon were in St. Augustine!" of St. Augustine, and the n they urged their horses to a hen did you come?" gallop and rode at a fair gait for an liour. Then they nd what's up, anyway, Dick?" this from Bob Estaj slowed down to_ a walk to let the horses rest a bit and fell k. to conv.ersing. We have some work to do, Bob," was Dick's reply. "Do you think tbe girl's father will come down with Some work to do, eh?" t h e five thousand pounds i:f we succeed in making a prisoner


26 THE LIBERT'l BOY, GRATITuDE. of his daughter?" asked one of the men, addressing Cap tain Raymond. "I'm sme he will." "I guess he will; if he thinks much of her he will." "Oh, I guess he thinks a lot of her. The plan will work, It 1rns a few minutes pa:::t ele1en o'clock wlwn the men lifted on one elbow and said: "Hist! I hear wheels!'' All listened and then the captain rose 1 peered down the road. He could hear the of I am sure-though I would prefer to marry the girl, for 11heels, bnt could not see the vehicle, owing to the I have really taken a liking to her. t\at there was a bend in the road a short distance a1 "That wouldn't snit the of us so well," was the reply Presently the carriage came in sight araund the "You'd get yonr share of the plunder in time." however, and the captain ga1e the men a :::ignal. "Oh, yes; but it might be too long a time to wait." took mash from their pockets and placed over t I guess not; the colonel is an old m.;m and likely to faces, as it was the officer's intention to let the driver drop off at any time." c,m to Colonel Hamhaw's plantation after the girl been secured and he did not wish it known who he "And if he wouldn t be accommodating and drop off it his men were. would be a simple matter to render him assistance--eh, capt ain?" with a laugh. "You are right; I could do that-and 1rnuld, if he insisted on hanging onto the thread of life too tenaciously.'' The officer said this in such a cold, calm and matter-offact tone that it was evident he meant every word of it. It was plain that he was a cruel-hearted, merciless :fiend. "Well, I guess it will be a good investment of time and When this had been accomplished they waited till carriage was almost opposite them, and then at a si0 from the cnptain they leaped forth from among the bm and bounded out into the roa

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 27 don't know for certain; but I am afraid so ove that would.. be bad!" it would." I what dubious regarding the wisdom of doing so, for he kept a wary and half-frightened eye on the "Liberty Boys." "Whut d'ye wanter know, mister?" he asked. ut we may not be; if you move along the road a little likely you will see something familiar that will prove u that we are on the right road." 'e will make the test, any rate; and i.l' 'Ile are on rong road then we must hasten to get bak ont? the I one, for it would be terrible if we were to fail to be 1 nd when Captain Raymond and his gang stop the ge." o it would." e "Liberty Boys" had all heard the conversatioh and "I wish to know how far it is from here to the main road leading southward to St .Augustine." "Ye mean ther road clus' ter Cunnel Hanshaw's plan-tashun ?" "Yes." 1 "Waal," scratching his head, "ef ye go back up this :road ther way ye air goin' ye'll strike et erbout three miles frum here; but ercrost, through ther timber et hain 't more'n ha"f er mile." "And could horses get through the timber?" a s ked Di c k4 on their feet ready for action; so a few minutes later 1 eager y. were in the saddle and riding slowly along, down the "Yas, ef ye lmowed ther way. Theer's er path." Di c k was in the lead and was scanning tre es, rock s "Show us the way, my boy, and I'll give you two shill1ills at both sides in an attempt to find something that ings." d familiar. When they had gone a mile, however, h e ed his horse, haJf turned in the saddle, and, lookin g said: The youth's eyes brightened. "Reel silver shillin's ?" he queried. "Yes." 'e are on the wrong road, boys!" "All right; I'll

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. demanded it, and the "Liberty Boys" were the youths to Fannie fell in with this proposition at once, and le do what was required, regardles of consequences. a dozen of the "Liberty Boys" to guard her and p Onward they dashed and although the road was rough in her from possible danger, Dick and the rest made places and not suited for speed, they managed to make very way through the timber, following a path which had good time on the whole, and they rounded a bend in the found. road and came in sight of the carriage containing Fannie They found the cabin and the horses of the outlaws. Hanshaw ju t as it was brought to a stop by the driver, on the cabin was all kinds of plunder, such as woul order from Captain Raymond, as already told. found in the homes of the rich planters of the vici The youths saw that they were in time, but only just J and this was loaded on the horses of the dead outlaws. in time, and they dashed forward, eager to strike the gan&,I "We will take this plunder to Colonel Hanshaw's a blow that would practically end its career as a band before tation," said Dick; "and it may be that some of it the members knew what was happening. be returned to the rightful owners." 'l'he "Liberty Boys" were determined that the outlaws "True," said Bob; "and what cannot be returned t should not carry off the daughter of the man who had be-rightful owners can be given to the black people." friended them, and leaping from their horses, when ciose They set out and were soon back where the carriages upon the band, and rushing forward, they opened fire. The horses were hitched up at once, Fannie got i One volley was all that was necessary. The youths were carriage, and the party set out, reaching the plant good shots, and the redcoat outlaws were riddled with bulnbout five o'clock. lets and fell dead or dying, to a man. To say the colonel was delighted when he saw his da Not one escaped death, but they richly merited it, for ter back in safely, is stating the matter too mildly; h they bad, in their work of robbery, pillage and outlawry, overjoyed and tried to thank Dick and the "Liberty murdered many innocent men, women and even children. for what they had done, but they would not listen to hi Indeed, the easy death by bullet was really too good for "Don't say a word," smiled Dick; "don't try to than them; they have been hanged. We owe you a great debt of gratitude, and we do not Fannie Hanshaw had been frightened somewhat when. sider that we have paid it at all in doing what we have the outlaws put in an appearance, and there was no sign I your daughter went into danger in order to aid me i of the "Liberty Boys," but their sudden appearance and work 0 spying on the British." the utter extinguishment of the outlaws put a new face on "Well, we think that you have shown your grati matter;>, and she climbed out of the carriage and greeted sufficiently in what you have done," i::aid the colonel, Dick and the other youths joyously. Pannie said the same. "I'm so glad you got here!" she cried. "I feared you Dick_. who was a keen-eyed fellow, thought he saw had captured or had in some way failed of reaching of a mutual liking existing between Harold Some the plantation, :M:r. Slater." I one of the handsomest and bravest 0 the "Liberty B "No, I got there in safety, :Miss Fannie," was the reply; and Fannie; and he did his best to encourage the "but we started out in the night and got off the road, and throwing the two as much as possible durin were delayed in getting back and reaching here. We were next two or three days which were spent at the planta afraid that \Ye might 'be too late, but we were not." He hoped that the affair would ripen into love, and After a few minutes of conversation Dick assisted the the two would become engaged, and this was what r girl to re-enter the carriage and instructed the negro driver did happen-to the great joy of the majority 0 the to drive up the road a couple of hundred yards. erty Boys." There were a few who did not look joyfu "We will remain beltind and bury the bodies of the dead first, for they had fallen victims to the wonderful be men, Miss Fannie," said Dick. of the girl, themselves. They were manly fellows, This wa done, and when the work had been finished the ever, and did not begrudge their comrade his good fort question came up of \rhether or not they should take tim

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRATITUDE. 29 I 11 to the number of hundreds by fever, and many of j and by some redcoats, but they had been repulsed, and no Jied; and he decided, reluctantly, to give up the idea other attack was made. attacking the British at St. Augustine, and retreated I There was work to be done elsewhere, however, and the r-k to Savannah. I "Liberty Boys" bade good-by to the colonel and his beauti The "Liberty Boys" had remained at the plantation, ful daughter, anJ rode northward into Georgia, where they d Dick, instead of returning with General Howe's army, had some lively adventure.s. tossed th e river and made his way to the plantation. He was given a royal \velcome by the colonel and by iss Fannie as well, who looked upon Dick almost as if THE E:N"D. 11-ere her broth e r. The "Liberty Boys" were glad to see ick, but 'fere sorry to learn that the expedition had been Dandoned. The next number (82) of "'l'he Liberty Boys of '76" "That is too bad!': said Bob Estabrook, disconsolately; will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE 1 wanted to go down to St. Augustine and help teach GEORGIA GIANT; OR, A HARD MAN TO HANDLE," o;;e redcoats a lesson." by Harry :Moore. The other "Liberty Boys" said the same. They were P r y much disappointed, but it could not be helped-and hen they came to think of it they had not done so badly, D r while Dick was gone up to Savannah, and was coming SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly ick with Howe's force, the youths had made several trips are always in print. If you cannot obtain the m fro m a n y ut into the surrounding country and had killed a large newsdealer, send p r ice in money o r postage stamps by umber of Indians and had practically exterminated two mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISH ER, 24 UNION iands of redcoats that had been encountered SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will .r.eceive the copies One atta c k was m a d e on the plantation by the Indian 3 ou order by return mail. San::ip1e Copies Sent Z "HAPPY DA VS/' The Largest and Bes t Weekly Story Published. [t contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Pree. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her, 24 Union Square, New York. I


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By Bx-Fire Chief Warden. 164 The Cavern of Fire: or, The Thrifiing Adventures of Professor 20;; Lost on the Ocean; or, Ben Blull''s Last Voyage. By Capt. Th Hardcastle and Jack Merton. By Allyn Draper. H. \Yilson. 165 Water-logged; or, Lost in the Sea of Grass. By Capt. Thos. H. 206 Jack Wright and His Electric Canoe; or, Working In Wilson. Revenue Service. By "Xoname." 166 Jack Wright, the Roy Inventor: or, Exploring central Asia In 207 Give Him a Chance; or, How Tom Curtis Won His Way. His Magnetic "Hurricane." By "::-loname." lfownl'd Austin. 167 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder. By R. Mont 208 Jack and I; or, The Secrets of King Pharaoh's Caves. gomery. Hichard H. Monti;omery. 168 The Boy Canoeist; or, 1.000 Miles in a Canoe. By Jas. C. Me1Titt. 209 Buried 5,000 Years; or, The Treasure of the Aztecs. By All 169 Captain Kidd. Jr.; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long Island. By Draper. Allan Arnold. 210 Jack Wright's Air and \Yater Cutter: or, Wonderful Adventur 170 The Red r.eather Bag. A Weird Story of Land and Sea. By on the Wing and Afloat. By "::-louame." Howard Austin. 211 The Broken Bottle: or, A Jolly Good Fellow. A True Tern 171 "The Lone Star"; or, The Masked Riders of Texas. By Allyn ance Story. By Jno. B. Dowd. Draper. 212 Slippery Ben : or, The Boy Spy of the Revolution. By Ge 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 Hero of Silver Gulch. By 173 Afloat With Captain l\emo; or, The Mystery of Whirlpool Island Old Scout. By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 214 Jack Wright and His Magnetic Motor; or, The Golden City 174 Two noys' Trip to an Unknown P1anet. By Richard R. Mont the Sierras. B:v ':Noname." gomer.v. 215 Little Mar, The Boy Engineer; or, Bound To Do Ilis Best. 175 The Two Diamonds: or, A Mystery of the South African Mines Jas. C. :.IIerritt. By Howard Austin. 216 The Boy ::11oney King: or, Working In Wall Street. A Stor 176 Joe. the Gymnast; or, Three Years Among the Japs. By Allan of a Smart New York Boy. By H. K. Shackleford. Arnold. 217 "I." A Story of Strange Adventure. By Richard R. Mom 177 Jack Hawthorne, ot No Man's Land; or, An Uncrowned King. gomn1-. By "Nonamc." 218 Jack Wright, The Boy Inventor. and His Under-WatP.r Ironclad 178 Gun-Boat Dick; or, Death Before Dishonor. By Jae. C. Merritt. or, The Treasure of the Sandy Sea. By "Noname." For sale by all newsdealers, or Eent postpaid PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, IF YOU WANT ANY on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by 24 Union Square, New Yor BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office di r ect. Cut out and in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. .POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TA!{EN 'l'HE SAME AS lUONEY. 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THE STAGE. t. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE OOK .-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the ost famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without Ji, wond erful little book. Xo. 12. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. ontaining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch nd Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuseNo. 31. HOW TO BECOl\lM A SPEAKER.-Containing fou teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becomt a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.Giving rules for conducting bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the bell) sources for procuring information on the questions given. ent and amateur s hows. SOCIETY No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE !'{D JOKE BOOK.-Something n e w and very instructive. Every 1 No. 3. TO arts. and wiles ?f flirtation a"'.i 01 should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for orfully expl3:med by this ht tie book. Besides the vari.ous !Deth_ods o :ii1izing an amateur minstrel troupe. ha. ndkerch1ef,. fan, glove, parasol, wmdow. and hat flirtation, con "0 65 l\IULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original a .full hst of the lang-nage and sentiment of flowers, which 111 k b k. bl" hed and it is brimful of wit and humor. It m.terestmg to everybody, boLh old and young. You cannot be happJr o e oo s ever pu is without on e ontams a large collection of _songs, .etc., of No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and errence l\Iuldoon, the great humorist and pra.ctiC!J-1 Joker of little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instrieo he Ever! boy .who can enJOY a good substantial Joke should tions in the art of danc ing etiquette in the ballroom and at parties bta1n a copy immediately. h d d f II d" 't f 11" ,. 11 1 HOW TO BECOl\IE AN ACTOR-Containing comow to ress, an u 1rec ions or ca mg ou. m a popu ar squan ,,o, danc es lete instructions .bow to m11;ke up for various characters on the No. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to IDve, tage.; with tll'e duties of the Stage. Manager, Prompter, courtship and marriage giving sensible advice, rules and etiquett.a cemc Artist and Property Man. By a promment St!J-g.e Manager. to be observ e d with many curious and interesting things not gen No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' the lat-erally known. at jokes, anecdotes and funny. stories .of this and No. 17. now TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the ver popular Gerl!la.n comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving tbtJ olored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. selections of c olors, material, and how to have them made up. HOUSEKEE PI N G 'No. 16 HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing II instructions for constructing a window garden either in town r country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful owers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lshed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-O ne of the most instructive books n cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, sh, game and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of a stry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular ooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teac h you how to ake almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, re.ckets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. 'No. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de rip tion of the wonderful uses of e lectricity and electro magnetism ; ogether with fulJ Kistructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, tc. By George Trebel, A. l\I., M. D. Containing over fifty il,1strations 'o. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con ining full directions for making electrical machines, induction ils. dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. y R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, 01et her with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No 9. BOW T O BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry enn edy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading Is book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting mnltides every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the rt a nd create any amount of fun for himseJif and fri;mds. It is the atest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO AN EVENING PARTY.-A try valuable little book just published. A complete compendium f g a mes, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable 'or parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the uoney than any book publis hed. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete a.nd useful little JOok, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle; iackgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all '.he leadin g conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches nd witty sayings. No 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little )Ook, giving the rules and full directions for _playing Euchre, Cribmge, Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker luction Pitch, All Fours and many other popular games of cards'. No 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun red interesting _puzzles and conundrums with key t o same. A om plete boo k Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. 'o. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know '11 about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and eti nette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods f appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church ind in the d r awing-room. DECLAMA T ION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular selections in use, comprising Dutch f!alec t, French dialect, Y a nkee and Irish dialect pieces, together f lth mu1 lt&Ddt.rd readings. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of thci brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the w.orld. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and! female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this booll! and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated containing full instructions for the management and training of tht' canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. now TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AN'D RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely ilh .. trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. "HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hintr on how to catch moles, w e asels, otter, rats, squirrels and birdli Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtoc,. Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valt1 able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, and preserving birds, aaimals and insects No. 54 HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com1 plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepinr taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets; also giving ful instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty eight illustrations, making it the most complete boo k o f the ever published. MIS CFLL ANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BEOOllIE A SCIENTIST.-A useful and i structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also e:i; periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, an' directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas balloon:! This book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook fo, making all kinds of eandy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc. No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANCt TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving th' official distances on all the railroads of the United States anc Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, had fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc. makin: it one of the most compl ete and handy books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOllIE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A wot: derful book, containing useful and practical information in th: treatment of ordinary dis e ases and ailments common to eve l1' family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. 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r THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. facts faithfu actual of a These stories are based on account of the exciting adventures brave and give a band of youths who were always ready and willing to for the sake of helping along the gallant cause imperil their live of Independenc matte1 Every bound number will consist of 32 large pages of in a beautiful colored cover. 1 'L'he Liberty Boys of '76: or. Fighting for Freedom. j "-3 '!'he Libetty Boys' Rig Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling Witb tbe British and Tories. 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the l{edcoats and Tories. 3 'l'he Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping Genernl Washington. 45 The Liberty Bo)'S Worried: or, 'l'he Disappearance of Dick SlatE 4 The Liberty Roys on Hand; or, Always in tbe !tight Place. The Lil>erty Roys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the RedC'oats. 5 'L'he Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's l\liulons. -17 The Liberty Roys' Success; Ot'. Doing What They Set Out to D G The Liberty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us ir You Can." T '1e f,iberty Boys' Sethack; or, Defeated. But Not Disgraced. 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of the HJ The Liberty Boys in Toryville: Ot'. Dick Slatet"s l 'ea1ful m, Revolution. 50 The Liberty Roys Aroused: or, Rtriking Strong Blows for Liberl 8 'l'he Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and 'l'ories. [-1 The Liberty Boys Triumph: or, Beating the Redcoats at Tile !! '!'he Liberty Boys to the Rescue: or, A Host Within Themselves. Own G:lme. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Nscape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race 52 The Liberty Boys Scare: or. A Miss as Good as a Mile. With Death. 53 '!'he Liberty Boys' Danger: or, Foes on All Sides. 11 'the Boys Pluck; or, Undannted by Odds. '-4 The Liberty Hoys l 'light: or, A Very Narrow f<}scape. 12 'L'he Liberty Boys' Peril: or, Threatened frum all Sides. 5() 'l'he Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Ont-<1eneraling the r :nemy. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Favors the Brave. 56 The Liberty Boys' Warm Work: or, Showing the R edcoats I The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge: or, With Anthon1 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a Britisb. llian-orat Stony Point. Wat'. i\9 The Liberty Boys' Justice. And !!ow 't'hey Dealt It Out. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. HO 'l'he Liberty Boys Bombatded: or. A \ 'er.v Warm Time. 19 'L'he Libe1ty Boys Trapped; or, 'L'he Beautiful Tory. (i1 'l'he Libetty Boys' Sealed Orders: or, Going it Blind. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 62 The Liberty Boys Daring Stroke; or, \Yith "Light-llorse Harr! 21 The Liberty Boys' Work; or, Doing 'l'hings Up Brown. at Paulus lluok. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay: or, The Closest Call of All. fl3 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Ilere, There and Nverywhel 23 The Liberty Boys on Tlleir 111ettle; or, l\laking lt Warm !or the 64 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Lone Iland"; or. Fighting Against (;re Redcoats. Odds. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and t>i:i 'l'he Liberty Boys' l\Iascot; or, The ldol of the Company. Tories. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath; or. Going for the Redcoats Huugbsha 25 The Llbe1 ty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 67 'l'be Liberty lloys' Battle for Life; or, 'L'be Hardest Struggle 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a All. Thing or Two. ()8 The Liberty Boys' Lost: or, 'l'he Trap 'L'hat Did Not Work. 21 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work: or, With the Redcoats lo 69 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or. The Youth Who ''Queered" Everythia PhilttrlPlphia. 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting t.he British. 2R TLe Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy71 'l'he Libert.v Boys Lured: or, The Suare the Enemy Set. wine. 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Hands of the Tory Outlaw 29 ThP Llh<>rty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Port. 73 The Liberty Boys as S leuth -Hounds: or, Trailing Benedict A 31) The Liberty Boys in a Fix ; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. nold. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract: or, Holding Arnold in Check. H The Liberty Boys "Swoop: or. Scattering the Redcoats 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed; or. After Dick Slater for Revenge. Chall'. :l3 The Liberty Iloys Duped: or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 7:-; The r,ibert;v Boys' "Hot Time": or, Lively \Vork in Old Yirgiui ll4 The Liberty Boys' F'ake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeeded 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme: or, Their Plot to Capture ti 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal: or. "At the Clang of the Hell. King's Ron 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work: or, Risking Life for Liberty'a 77 The Boys' Rold Move: or, Into Lhe Enemy's Country. Call!<'. 78 The J,iberty Boys' Beacon Light; or. The Sig11rtl 011 !he l\101111tain. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 79 The Liberty Roys' llonor; or. The Promise That WaR K('pt .. 'l'he Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 80 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike": or. Bowling the British Ocr. 3!l The Libert.v Boys' Great Haul: or, Taking Nvcrything in Sight 81 The Liberty Boys' Grn.titucle. and How they Showed it. 41) 'l'he Libert y Boys' F'lush Times: or, Reveling in British Gold. 82 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to Handle. 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. 42 Tbe Llbl'rty Boys Rrave Resrue; or, In the Nick of Time. For sale hy all newsdealers. or sent postpaid on !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, receipt of 1wice, 5 cents per copy, by 24 Union Square, New Yor} 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' in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price o f the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. POS'l'AGE S'l'AMPS TAUEN 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Unio n Square. 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