The Liberty Boys' dead line, or, "Cross it, if you dare!"

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-A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. No. 83. NEW YOUK, AUGUST l 1902. Pl'ice 5 C e nts. Dick, 8\',ord in hand, stood in front of tho "Liberty Boys." "The line between those two flags is the dead line," he called out to the redcoats; "cross it, if you dare:"


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I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution .. Issued weekl11-B11 Subscription. $ 2 .50 year. Entered as Seco!ld C l ass Matter !Jt Ne. w Yo r k, N. y., Ppst O ffice Felnu ary 1901. Entered, accdrding t o A.ct of Congress, in the yea': 1902, n the office o f the Libr arian of C o ngress, Washington, D. 0., b y Frank Tousey, 24 U nion Square, New York. No. 83. NEW YORK, AUGUST l, 1902. Price 5 Cents CHAPTER I. SUMPTER AND HIS BAND. how eYer, the bushes parted at one side of the little glen and a boy of twelve or thirteen years stepped view. The boy was a homely looking little fellow, was very r oughly dressed in b l ue showi n g the sig n s of One afternoon in the early part of August, of the year much wear, was barefooted and had on a sq u i r rel cap, such. a party of men were lying on the grass in a beautiful ttle glen amid the hills of Northern South Carolina ear at hand rolled the waters of the Catawba River, and f ack a ways, in the other direction, many horses were graz ng contentedly. There perhaps two hundred of the men, and they i'\ere a somewhat nondescrip looking lot They were dress d in almost as many styles as there were men, but the redominating dress was the rough homespun blue, so ai:: was worn by the partisans lying near by on the ground. "Hello, sonny!" said one of the men, lazily, blowing a smoke-ring in the air. "Who ai r you ?" "I' m Andy Jackson," was the reply "A11dy Jackson, hey?" "Yes, sir." "Whar d'ye live?" I live around here, sir "Ye l ive aroun' beer? D o n ye hev no settled place uvommon in those days, and the work of the wives, sisters livin', sonny?" and daughters of t.he settlers of the region Some of the "No, sir, I haven't any parents or any home men wore suits made of the skins qf wild animals, and "Oh, that's it?" n early all wore squirrel-skin caps, with the tail streaming iown the back \ On the ground, within easy reach of each and every nan, was a long, business lik'e appearing rifle, and many the men had pistols thrust in their belts, while not a ew wore swords. These men comprised the partisan band under the leader ihip of Sumpter, then almost as famous throughout the I l louth as Francis llfarion, the "Swamp Fox." Indeed, the wo oft e n worked together, being the best of friends, and l : he same dauntless spirit operating to draw them together 1 r hen there was work to be done that was too heavy for the ; I ne party. The men were Jalking and smoking, and they were evi ently enjoying themselves very much. They were brave : len, ;md men who had no thought of the morrow; they f ad learned by sad experience that for each one of them -t was possible that there would be no to morrow. Suddenly, as t.he men lay there, they heard the senti nel -.ail some one: "Halt! Who comes there?" The men listened but did not hear any reply. Presently, l "Yes." "Waal, whut d'ye want beer?" "I want to see the commander of your force, sir." "Oh, thet's whut ye want?" "Yes, sir." The man rose to a sitting postu re, while his comrades eyed the barefooted boy lazily, and pointed to a man sit-ting over at the farther side of the camp, engaged in look ing over some pape r s "See ther man lookin' at ther papers?" the guerilla asked "Yes, sir "Thet's our commande r. "Thank you.; what's his name?" "Tom S u mpter The boy walked across the encampment a n d paused in front of the ma n who was looki n g at the papers. Thomas Sumpter was a l arge, rawbo n ed man, with an aggressive but rather pleasant -l ooking face, a n d presently he g l anced 1 up and saw the boy standing there. He looked the boy over quietly and quickly, and then sai d not unkindly : "Wl10 are ):ou ?"


2 THE LIBERTY BOYb DEAD LIXE. "My nnme is Andy Jackson, sir." \ i "Yes, they are I beard Rome of them talking "Well, And}, what can I do for you?" I going bunting and fishing, and haYing a good time whil/ "Nothing, sir." j they were stationed there." 8 ")fothing ?" "And you think it is a permanent post?" "No; I thought that perhaps I might do something for "\Yell, I'm sure they intend to stay !I->reek or more you anywlly." e "Ah!" with a searching glance at the boy. "You thought you might do something for me?" "Yes, sir "What?" The boy hesitated an instant, glanced around and then asked: "You are Thomas Sumpter?" "Yes, my boy." "And these are your men?" "Yes. "They are patriots?" The man hesitated and eyed the boy closely for a few moments, and then he nodded "Yes, they are patriots," he aGknowledged. "Good! then I havesome information for you." "What is it?" "I can tell you where there is a force of redcoats." Thomas Sumpter sta r ted, and an eager look appeared in his eyes. "You can?" he interrogated. "Yes. '' \Yhere is this force of redcoats?" "Do you know where Hanging Rock is?" 'l'he partisan chief nodded "Yes. "Well, the redcoats are there "How many are there, do you know?" "There is a. whole regiment." "So many as that?" "Yes, sir "How do you know this?" "I was there and saw them." "You were there ? "I was. "When?" Sumpter was silent a few moments, evidently ponderinfl and then he looked up .. "You are a patriot, my boy?" he asked. "I am!" was the prompt reply. "How did you know my party was here?" "I was out hunting a cow which had strayed away fro1 the home of the man I was working for, and I happen to see you as you were riding through the timber. I Mi lowed, and saw you go into camp, and when I had fou the cow and driven her home, I came here to see ym for I suspected that you were a patriot band." "You have done well, my boy. I am much obliged you for the information which you have brought me." "You are welcome, sir < "There is one question I wish to ask: Did you say an thing to the man for whom you have been working, ab01 seeing us ?" The boy shook bis head. "No, sir," he replied. "Why did you not do so?" "For the reason that he is a Tory, and I did not wa him to know anything about you for fear he would ta! the news to the British, when he takes the load of produ in the morning." "That was right; you are a bright boy, Andy." I The boy blushed, but said nothing. It was evident tb 1 Jte was not one who would be easily spoiled by flattery. Sumpter was silent a few moments, thinking, and th1 said : "How would you like to be of still further use to 1l I my boy?" I "I would like it, first rate," was the prompt reply, aj the eager look in th,e boy's eyes showed that he meant wl: he said "Very well; you can be of considerable use to me if y. "Yesterday wish to be." "How came you t o be there?" "You have only to tell me how, sir. I shall be t "I went with a neighbo r to help him He took a load of glad to do anylhing that I can to in any way help t produce there to sell it t o the soldiers." "So that is how you happened to be there, is it?" "Yes, sir." "But perhaps it was only a temporary camp of the r ed coats. They rnny not be there now." great cause." "What I wish you to do is this: To return to the oo of the farmer and go with him to-morro hen he ta. the load of produce -to sell to the redcoats." "Yes."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. 3 [ l "And while you are at the encampment, make the very ist use you can of your eyes. I will do it, sir." "Take note of everything. Notice where the sentinels e stationed and whether or not there are any points ere it would b e possible to approach without being seen." "Yes, sir." "You will do tllis ?" "I will." The boy's eyes shone. It was evident that he was glad :rf have something 0 importance to do. :J "Very weJl; but be very careful not to do anything to > fing down suspicion on your head, my boy." 11 "I will be careful." will in reality be a patriot spy, an a a spy in the iemy's camp is always in great danger." 1.'Tiow that, sir; but I don't think they will suspect I am only a boy, and was there "True. Well, I hope you will not be suspected i I don't tbink I will be." soon as you cau do so, after coming back to-morrow, l ime and bring me the news you have secured, my boy." "I will do so; will you be here?" "Yes, at this same spot ,"Very well; and I want to ask a favor of you, sir HWbat is it?" r want fa ask you to let me go with you when you go attack the British." Sumpter, grim and stern 0 demeanor, looked at the boy t riously and with an amused twinkle in bis eyes. "Why do you wish to go with us?" he asked "I want a chance to fight against the redcoats I ,"You wish to fight the r edcoats?" I "Yes, sir." LI" What do you think you could do ?" "I can shoot as good as any man, sir r "Ah, you can?" 1 "Yes, sir." _"And you really wish to fight for the great cause?" Then the boy took his departure, and as soon as he had disappeared Sumpter called a tall, grizzled man to him and said: "Follow the boy, secretly; see where he goes and what he does, and return and report "All right, Tom Then the tall, gaunt man plunged into the t i mber at the same point where the boy had disappeared, and was out of sight in a twinkling Then Sumpter motioned to another man The fellow was, like the other, tall and gaunt, but he had a shrewd face and keen eyes, as w

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. =================================:==============================="Yes; but when I have any time I like to fish, and I "Here you, Andy!'' cam e to the boy's ears in the voice c have fo;und what I think is a fine place." Winters, what are you doing? Come along here and hel "Bah! Fish around fur er bucket and git ter work !he." milkin'." "The captain of your regiment is calling you," said tl The boy picked up a pail and went to work. He was soldier, smiling. used to the grumblings of Dave Winter, and did not pay much attention to what he said. When the milking was d()ne the two went ahead with the other work, and when the chores were all finished they went to the house and ate supper, which was ready when got there. "Yes; and I have to obey orders the same as you dio1 replied Andy, with a grin. "That's the way it goes, my boy; the world is made ( two classes, officers and privates; the officers boss and privates obey orders That's all there is to it." Andy hastened back to the wagon, where he was An hour lat e r the family was in bed, for the farmer to a scolding. said he wanted tcr get an early start next morning. "'Where you be'n ?" the man growled. They were up bright and early, and the man and the "Oh, just looking around." boy were ha.rd at work loading the wagon with the produce "Humph! Whut good d'ye think thet ll do ye?" which it was their intention to take to Hanging Rock to "Oh, no good in particular," the boy replied; but sell to the British. himself he said that he thought it might do consideral. When this had been finished they went to the house and good when the time came for him to lead the patri1 ate after which tliey went and harnessed partisan force to the spot. the team and hitched it to the wagon. Then they drove "Waal, don' go erway erg'in." away in the direction of Hanging Rock. "Very well." It was a trip of ten miles, and with the loaded wagon this "Ye stay right heer in ther waggin while I go an' was a three-hour trip. The British encampment was reachther colonel of ther regiment." ed at last, however, and the work of selling the produce "All right, sir." was begun. Ai first the work was brisk, for the soldiers "I wanter see ef he intends ter stay beer very long, \Vere eager to buy, but when the rush somewhat ter know whether I kin count on ther sojers fur customer and there was not much doing, the boy climbed down out of the wagon and made his way through the encampment, "Yes, sir." "An' don' let none uv 'em hev ennythin' onless th looking about him curiously. To the casual observer it pays ye fur et, d'ye beer?" would have seemed as if the boy was simply satisfying "Yes, sir; I'll see that they don't get any of the s a natural boyi s h curiosity to see how the soldiers lived in without paying for it." camp, but the fact of the matter was that Andy was making Then Ur. Winters climbed down and walked to a te -careful observations for future use. Of course, the redcoats did not suspect, and they spoke i:o him pleasantly, and some joked him. "Row would you like to be a soldier, sonny?" asked one "Oh, I think I would like it, first rate," was the reply. "Guess you'll have to grow a few inches before you go into the army." "I suppose so, sir." Andy told himself that he would have time to grow two or three feet before he would go into the British army. "Army life isn't very pleasant," the redcoat said. "Isn't it?" whid1 s tood at the farther end of the encampn'I e nt, a entered. No sooner had the man disappeared from sight than i evil-faced soldier, with the marks of dissipation _on l: face; approached the wagon. "He llo sonny!" he said. "Good morning," was the reply. "rd like to buy some vegetables, my boy." "Yery well, sir; what kinds do you want?" 'Ob, potatoes and cabbage, I guess." "How much of each?" "A peck of potatoes and a_ head of cabbage." "No. This is all right, being in camp with nothing to The boy measured out the potatoes and placed them i --do but take it easy and eat and drink, and laugh and talk; bag which the man had brought, and then handed him but when the time comes for marching and fighting, it head of cabbage. isn't so funny." "Four shillings, please," he said. "No, I suppose not." The soldier made no reply, but started to walk awi


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. 5 "Hold on!" cried Andy. "You didn t pa,)f me for the on the impulse of the moment he drew the oicl pistol'. amd :potatoes and cabbage!" leveled it. The redcoat stopped and half turned. "What's that you say?" he asked "I say you didn't pay me for those things." "Yes, I did," the. soldier declared. "Stop !'Z he cried, in such tones of command as to eause the r e dcoat to obey. And when the fellow turned bis head: and saw himself covered by the pistol in the boy's hand his face paled. He was, like all bullies, a coward, and he "I am sorry to dispute your word, sir, but you did not was afraid the boy might shoot him. -pay me," the boy said, firmly, and a number of soldiers who "W-what d-do y-you m-mean ?" he stammere _d. were within hearing distance drew nearer and the boy, "I mean that you must pay me for the potatoes and who was a shrewd fellow, was sure that the majority did not cabbage." believe their comrade had paid. To say that the spectators were astonished is putting it "That fellow is a robber," the boy said to himself, "and mildly. They were staring at the boy in open mouthed he thinks that as I am only a boy he can get away without amazement. There were no looks of anger to be seen, p aying me for the things." however. It was evident that the soldier v;ho was trying "Do you mean to say I lie?" cried the soldier, angrily to secure the vegetables without paying for them was not I t was plainly his intention to try to scare the boy. a favorite. "I don't say you lie, sir, but I do say that you have "B-but I did p-pay you for the things!" n ot paid for the potatoes and cabbage." Andy shook his head There was an audible snicker from some of the men "You did not, and you, know it!" T hey could not help admiring the boy's coolness and grit, "I laid the money on the side of the wagon bed," said .and the neat manner in which he had avoided calling the lhe soldier, his assurance returning to him soldier a liar, outright, yet had practically done so, amused Andy shook his head again them, while at the same time arousing their admiration. Th soldier knew what his comrades were snickering about, and it made him angry He strode back to the wagon and shO?k his fist at Andy "I hate to dispute your word," he said, quietly; "but I must say that you are mistaken." "No, I am not." "Where is the money now, then?" "Don't you dare say that again!" he hissed. "If you "You must have picked it up." do--" "I did nothing of the kind." "But I will say it again," said the boy, promptly; "it "Then look in the bottom of the wagon-bed; it must is the truth, and I have a right to tell the truth. You hav e fallen down." haven't paid me for the potatoes and cabbage, and I want The soldier' s purpose was to throw the boy off his guard the money or the things back." "Oh, you do, eh?" by getting him to lower his eyes to look for the money, whe n he would draw his own pistol and turn the tables. "Yes." But Andy was too smart for that. He knew the fellow "Well, I'll tell you what it is, if you weren't a boy I'd was lying, that he had not placed the money on the kill you; but, as it is, I forgive you and will overlook your of the wagon-bed, and so he did not make any search for insolence. But don't repeat it." the mythical silver pieces. Instead he kept his eyes fixed "I want the four shilli;ngs, sir." Andy spoke calmly and firmly. The soldier glared. "Go to blazes and get your four shillings!" he growled, on the redcoat's face and said, sternly: "Come, hurry up I want the pay for the potatoes and cabbage, or I want you to put them back in the wagon." The soldier was disappointed, and his face showed it. and turned on his heel and strode away. His scheme to get the better of the boy had failed. What But the redcoat was dealing with a remarkable boy. should he clo? He did not want to give up the vegetables, Andy Jackson, young as he was, did not know the meaning nor did he wish to pay for them; but there did not seem of the word fear, and, he was a boy who would to be any way of getting out of doing one or the other. sta n d up for his rights as long as he was able to stand at He believed the boy would shoot if he tried to make off all. In his pocket was a pistol. It was an old, rattlewith the produce without paying for it, for there was some t r ap affair, but the boy had used it a good deal, shooting thing in his eyes that said so very plainly Finally he at squirrels and woodchucks, and was a good shot. Acting turned to his comrades who were standing near:


,. 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. "Jim," he said to one of "lend me fci.ur shillings, will you?" "Look on the ground underneath where you laid the silver pieces, Muggins," was the reply, in a dry tone of voice; "doubtless you will :find them." "Yes, look for them, Muggins !"was the cry, and while he well knew that his comrades did not believe be had the soldier went ahead and explained, and he added that Muggins was a dissolute, unreliable fellow, and that he bad got only what he deserved. "He waited till you went away," the soldier further explained, with a smile, "and then thought to get some provisions without paying for them He supposed he would have no trouble brow beating the boy into letting him go placed any silver pieces on the wagon-bed, he was forced, with the stuff in order to carry the affair out and keep up appearances, .'But he caught a Tartar!" remarked another, with a i.o get down and pretend to make a search for the mythical laugh, in which all joined. silver pieces. Mr. Winters was amazed. "Ye wuz er fool, Andy," He did not waste much time, however, and presently he said; "ye might hev got er bullet through ye." arose from his hands and knees and shook his head. "Well, you left me in charge, with instructions not to "I can't find them," he said. let anybody have anything without paying for it, and I "'rhat's too bad, lluggins !" said the one addressed as I was simply doing what you told me to do, sir." Jim. His tone was mock sympathetic in the extreme, and "He was obeying orders, sir," said one of the redcoats;. bis comrades followed his lead and said, "Yes, yes! It's "he would make a great soldier if he was a few years. too bad, Muggins !" older." "Lend me the four shillings, Jim," said Muggins, who was very angry, but did not dare show it. "Oh, well, anything to accommodate you, hluggins," said I Jim, with a smile; "I must say, however, that the potatoes CHAPTER III. and cabbage are rather costly, as they cost you four shillings and me four shillings." "I'll pay the money back," in a growling voice; "it won't cost you anything." "I hope it will turn out that way. Tom handed hluggins the silver pieces and the soldier tossed them into the wagon-be

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LIKE. 7 least a hundred in the party, and they were not redcoats the two knew, for they did not '\\ear the British uniform. Indeed, the horsemen were dresseq in the ordinary citizen's clothing of the day, and as they drew nearer it was seen that they were young fellows of an average age of perhaps nineteen or twenty years. "Well, in that case, perhaps you will have no objection to giving me some information." "Ef I kin do et, mister." "I wish to know if you have lately seen any rebel parti san forces in this part of the country?" "Ye mean gangs like Sumpt e r's er Pickens' er Ma"Who'n blazes kin they be?" said the farmer, in a low rion's ?" mice. "I don"t know," replied the boy. "I'll bet they air rebels "\fhat makes you think so?" "Oh, I dunno; they look like rebels, I think." "They are rather bright-looking fellows." "Jlfostly young chaps, hain't they?" "Yes." "Yes." The farmer shook his head. ''No, I hain't seen none uv 'em." Andy, as may well be supposed, was taking e>erything in. He was sure that the strangers were patriots, and he would have been glad to tell the young leader that he knew where there was a patriot partisan force, but he did not wish to do so, for he was weH aware that Ur. Winters By this time the party of horsemen was close at hand, had lied when he said he was neutral; he was a Tory, and and a few moments later the horsemen were on both sideE of the wagon. They had been riding at a gallop, but now they slowed down to a walk, and one who seemed to be the leader looked at i.he farmer keenly and asked: "Do you live in these parts, sir?" "Yas," was the reply. Mr. Winters was eyeing the horsea strong one at that, and the boy did not wish him to know that there was a patriot force in Hrn neighborhood, for the very good reason that he knew the man would carry the information straight to the redc,?ats on the morrow when he went there with produce. "I must manage, somehow, to let this young fellow know, men, searchingly and curiously, and so answered as briefly however," the boy said to himself. as possible. "Have you heard of any such parties having been in "How far from here do you live?" this locality recently?" the young stranger asked. 'Bout two miles." "Straight ahead?" "Yas." "How are things in these parts-quiet?" "W aal, yes, purty quiet." ":No, I hain't heerd tell uv enny sech parties bein' in ther localerty, mister." "What is your name?" was the next question. "Dave Winters, mister." "Very well, 1\Ir. Winters; would you object to our camp"Tories and rebels fighting each other much?" ing near your home and staying over night? Our horses "No, not so very much." been ridden hard and far and are tired, and so are "That's good; it is a bad thing for neighbors to fall out we, for that matter." and fight each other just because they have a little differNow, the farmer would much rather the strangers would ent idea regarding how the Government should be run." go on their way, but of course he did not think it best to "Yas, yer right; but theer bain't very menny rebeJs say so, so he made a virtue of what be considered to be in these parts." necessity, and said that he would be glad to have them camp "Oh there aren't?" near bis house. 'nNo; the people is mostly loyal ter tber king." "Thank you, sir; and if you have some extra provisions "I suppose you are a loyalist, then?" in the way of meat or vegetables, or both, we shall be glad :Mr. Winters twisted about on the seat and looked un-to have them and will pay you your own price." comfortable. "I guess I kin spar' ye er lettle sumthin'," said Mr "Waal, ye see et's this beer way," be said, after a few Winters, but there was not much cordiality in the tone. moments, during which time he bad run his eyes over the 'rhere was no more conversation for several minutes, faces of the horsemen nearest the wagon: "I don' jes' know and then the farmer asked: whur I do stan' on this beer question." "Who may ye fellers be, sir, et I hain't axin' too much?" "So that's it? You are neutral, then?" "Oh, we are a party of young fellows who thought "Yas, thet's et; I'm nootral." would take a trip just to ha>e some sport," was the careless


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD reply. It was evident that the young man was not going to givemuch in the way of real information "I'll wager they are patriots!" said Andy to himself, "Oh, I hope so '' no uniforms, so thet makes me know they hain't soldiers "Yes "An' ef ye notussed, ther feller didn' hev much ter say The house came in sight, pointed to it and said : just then, and Mr. Winters erbout 'imself." 1 "Thar's whur I liv'." "Ah, that's where you live, eh?" the young leader of the party remarked. "Yas." They were soon at the house and the farmer, while wait ing for Andy to open the gate to let him drive into the barnyard, said : "Thar's er leetle brook erbout two hnderd yards down ther road, an' thar's plenty uv nice grass thar. I hev a idee ye'd like et fur er campin' place "Thank you,'' was the reply; "we'll go and take a look. I think likely, from your description, that it will be just the place for us." The horsemen rode onward down the road till they came to the brook, and as the timber was open and the ground ';Vas carpeted with grass it was decided that the place would do splendidly for a camp This having been settled the youths leaped to the ground and proceeded to unbricUe and unsaddle the horses. This done the animals were led down to the brook and allowed to drink, and then they were tied with long ropes which allowed them plenty of room to "You are right; he didn't have much to say." "No; an' I'll bet ther fellers air rebels!" "It may be as you say; but still they may be neutral ap_d not rebels or loyalists either." "I don't think thet; but say, Andy." "Well?" "How would ye like ter try ter :fin' out fur shore erbout ther fellers?" "I don't know; how could I do it?" "W'y, ye could go down thar an' tork ter 'em. I don' think they would be suspishus uv ye, er boy, an' they might say sumthin' ez'd tell }'e whut they air." "Yes you are right; that might wo_;k,'' .Andy admitted The truth was th&it this was exactly what be wished to do. Had Mr Winters not suggested it he would have it, anyway, but would have waited till after dark and kept the matter a secret from the farmer; but now he could openly, and while the farmer would think he was going to try to :find out about the strangers in order to secure the information for him, the boy would, in reality, be fu ther ing his own plans by first :finding out whether or not the Rfrangers patriots, and then if they were to tell them iraze. Mr. Winters and Andy were engaged in unthat Sumpter, the partisan leader, and his men were in hitching and putting their horses in the stable. And while. ramp not two miles distant. so engaged they were talking. "I think et'll work, all right," said the farmer; "I want "Whut d'ye think uv them fellers, Andy?" the man ye ter try et, ennyhow." asked. right." "How do you mean, sir?" was the reply. "Ef them fellers is rebels I wanter know et." "I mean, who an' whut d'ye think they air?" "Of course; and so do I." "I don't know." "Ef they air rebels, w'y, I'll try ter git ther news ter "They air strangers in these parts." ther British at Hangin' Rock, an' then they kin send sum "Yes, so thcj are." men beer an' attack ther "I :p-ever seen er wun uv 'em afore in all my life, an' "Yes; but how could you get the information to the I've lived beer fur yeers, an' know all ther peeple whut British?" lives in :fifteen miles uv beer." 1 "Send et." "Oh, I guess they are strangers, sir I "Who by?" "Yas, thar hain't no doubt erbout et; an' d'ye know, "\\T'y, you, of course." Andy," lowering his voice, "I berleeve they air rebels!" "Oh, yes, you could do that. Well, I'll go down to th e The boy pretended to be surprised. He was sure the strangers' camp, pretty soon, and see if I can learn any youn'g strangers were patriots, but he did not want Mr. thing." Winters to think that he it. "Go right er long, now; I'll 'tend ter ther bosses." "What makes you think so, sir?" he asked "Very well, sir." "Oh, sev'ral things Fur. wun thing, they hain't got The boy left the stable and made his way toward the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. 9 canrn down by the brook. It did not take him long to I reJcl1 there, and he was greeted pleasantly by the young I I He made his way to where the young man who seemed to be the leader was standing, and said: "Are you the commander here, sir?" The young man looked at Andy, searchingly, and seemed to be reading him through and through. "Andy Jackson." "Andy Jackson, eh?" "Yes, sir." The mention of the name told the other nothing, at the time, nor did it cause any feeling of wonder or surprise; but at the same time the young stranger was talking to one who was destined to take a prominent part in the destinies of the country when it had been freed from British "Yes, I'm the leader of this party," he replied; "what rule. The young stranger was talking to a future President can I do for you?" of the United States. The boy looked around at the young men and then said : "Are you patriots?" "Why do you ask?" was the counter-question. "I have a reason, and a good one." "That may be, but you are asking a leading question, my boy. You know these are troublous times." "Yes, I know that; but you asked that man I was with if he had s e en or heard of any partisan patriot force being lit this locality recently. Why did you wish to know that?" The stranger laughed. "I had my rea s ons for wishing to know," he replied. Andy stood for a few moments and gazed straight inte he young man's eyes. A few moments he did this and then he said, abruptly: "I am a patriot." The young man started and looked surprised. "But your father said he is neutral," he remarked, in surprise. "That man isn't my father." "0 h, he isn't?" CHAPTER IV. ANDY AND THE "LIBERTY BOYS." "Very well, Andy," said the young stranger; "I will now ksep my promise and will say that we are patriots." A look of d elight a ppe ar e d on the boy's face. "I was sure you ' patriots," he said; "and I'm glad that you are, and that you have come along just at this time." "Why so?" eage11y. "For the reason that there is work for patriots, work that is to be done soon, and you can ass ist in doing it." "Tell me what you mean, Andy?" The boy hesitated and looked at the young stranger, searchingly. "Would you mind telling me who you and your men really are, sir?" he asked, hesitatingly. "No, sir; I have no parents. I am working for him, "I have no objection to telling you, my boy," was the that is all." 1 reply. "Have you ever heard of 'The Liberty Boys of "Then while be is neutral you are an out and out pa-'76' ?" triot, eh?" eyeing the boy with a look of interest. "He isn't neutral, sir," the boy said, quietly. "He isn't?" in surprise. "No." "What is he, then-a patriot like you?" "No, he is a Tory." "Ah, he's a Tory, is he?" "Yes." "Then I suppose he feared we were patriots and that was An eager appeared in the eyes of the boy. "Indeed I have!" he exclaimed. "Do you really mean to tell me that these are the 'Liberty ?" with a sweep of the hand to indicate the youths. The young man nodded. "Those are 'The Liberty Boys,' he replied. "Then you-are you, can it be possible that you areare-Dick Slater?" boy's eyes shone eagerly as he a s ked the question. the reason he said he was neutral." "That is my name," with a smile; "yes, I am Dick "Yes sir, that was the reason. And now, sir, that you Slater." know I am a patriot, will you tell me whether or not Andy stepped forward and extended his hand. are patriots?" "I will,'' was the prompt reply; "I like your looks, my boy, and I am going to be frank and honest with you. But first, what is your name?" "Will you shake hands with me, Dick Slater?" he a s ked "Certainly I will!" with a smile, and the youth, who was indeed the famous scout, spy and fighter, shook the boy's hand heartily.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. 'I have heard of you and your 'Liberty Boy many I times, sir," said Andy, "but I never expected to get to see you." "We were sent down here by General Washington," Dick explained; "he wishes us to co-operate with Sumpter, Ma rion, Pickens and the other partisan leaders, and help them make things hot for the redcoats." "I see; well, ) 'Ou will have a chance to do that, right away." "Is that so?" "Yes, sir."" "How is that?" "It is this way: About ten miles from here--at a point called Hanging Rock, a regiment of British is stationed." "Sumpter's." "Sumpter's, eh? Good! Jove I I wish I knew where his party is now "It is right 'rhere it was yesterday evening, sir," the boy hastened to say. "It is ?" in surprise. "Yes." "How do you know?" "I know because General Sumpter said he was going to stay there. He told me to do some spying when at the British camp to-day, and then come to his encampment to-night and report to him." "Ah! so that is the way of it, eh?" "Yes." The young "Liberty Boy" looked interested. "Inde ed! Do you know this to be true, my boy?" "Jove! that is glorious news! Andy, you are a trump t Boys, come here and let me make you acquainted with the "Yes, sir; we were coming home from there when you smartest boy in the South!" overtook us." "You were?" "Yes." "\Yhy had you been there?" "You had better be careful, Mr. Slater," said the boy; '' 1\Ir. Winters sent me here to try to find out who you are so as to send word to the British it I learned that you are patriots, and he may be watching to see how I am coming "!Ir. Wir .crs had taken a load of produce to the enou. It will be best if they don't seem to be too camprnent and sold it to the redcoats." "I see." "Yes; but I have some more information for you." "Go ahead and give it to me, Andy." "You asked Mr. Winters if he had seen or heard of a party of partisan patriots, didn't you?" The boy made this as a statement of fact. "I did." "He told you that he had neither seen nor h e ard of any such party being in the vicinity." "So he did." "\\ell, he told the truth-he has not seen or heard of any such party." Andy accented "be" in a peculiar manner and Dick understood. "You mean that you have seen or heard of such a party, my boy?" he exclaimed. "All right; that is well said," and then Dick explained the situation to the "Liberty Boys," who without making I any motions that would indicate to any one looking that they were greeting the boy cordially, yet told him so words that were sine.ere. "You're a trump, sure enough, Andy Jackson!" said Bob Estabrook. "And some time, when that old Tory iim't looking, we'll give you a hearty handshake." After this was over Dick resumed the conv e r satio n. "W11en will you visit Sumpter's camp?" h e asked. "About ten o'clock to-night." "After Mr. Winters has gone to sleep, eh?" "Yes." "Will you come past our camp? I wish to accompany you." "Certainly I will." "Yes, I have seen such a party." "Good!" exclaimed Dick, eagerly. "When did you "Very well; I will be on the lookout for you and will see the party in question?" "Yesterday evening." "Where?" ":N" ot two miles from here." "So close as that?" "Yes." "Have you any idea whos e party it was?" "Yes." ''Whose?" be ready to go right along, -so there won't be any d e lay." "Very well, Mr. Slater." "What will you tell Mr. Winters when you go back to ihe house?" "I'll tell him that I couldn't find out anything about you." "Ah, yes; that wUl be the best plan." After some further oonversation Andy went back to the house.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. 11 "Waal, whut did ye fin' out?" asked :Mr. Winters, eye1 .for he was afraid Mr. Winters might want him to go to ing Andy closely Hanging Rock and warn the British. The man did not say ''I didn't find out anything." anything about sending Andy, however, and the boy "Ye didn' ?" thought he was not going to do anything. "No." Andy went to bed in the room whi ch he occupied, up"W'y didn' ye?" :';tairs, as soon as it had become dark, and whe n he had "Because I couldn t get them to talk about themselves." done so the farmer said to his wife: "Ye couldn', hey?" "Marthy, I b e rl eeve them fellers down by ther brook air "No." I rebels!" "Waal, thet's funny; wuz they suspishus uv ye, d'ye "Goodness, Dave! D 'ye reelly think so?" the woman think?" exclaimed. "I don't know; I only know that I couldn t get them to "Yas, I do." talk about themselves or their plans." "Thet's turrible W'y, they may murder us ter night1 "Humph!" er burn us outer house an' home!" Presently Dick and a dozen or more of the "Liberty "ThePs right, Marthy !" .Boys" came to the house, and after some discussion re"Whut'll we do, Dave?" garding prices, procured and paid for some meat, potatoes, "I'll tell ye whut I've be'n thinkin' uv doin', Marthy," and other things. These things they carried back the man lowered his voicti and looked cautiously around io the camp and then they busied themselves getting supper. him as if he feared the walls had ears. They had just finished eating when Mr. Winters, who bad eaten his supper, put in an appearance. He engaged Dick in conversation and did his best to worm some in formation out of him, but the youth k:Rew what the farmer was up to and gave him no satisfaction. "You old scoundrel!" said Dick to himself, "you'd like to learn something about us -and then carry the informa"Whut, Dave?" "I've he's thinkin' uv goin' ter Hangin' Rock an' tellin' ther British theer erbout these beer fellers." "An' whut would ther British do?" "'l'hey'd proberbly send er force heer an' make ther young feller s pri s "ners." "Waal, I think thet is er good idee; but w'y don' ye send tion to the British, wouldn't you? But you won't succeed." Andy?" Mr. Winters returned to the house half an hour later, in "I don' think I hed better. Ther boy might not know any thing but a good humor. jes' whut ter say er do, so I guess I'll go myse'f. I'm Did you learn anything?" ask e d Andy, who knew what kinder suspishus, ennyhow, :Marthy, thet Andy hain't ez t:be armer had bee n trying to do. loyal ter ther king ez he might be." 'Not er blamed thing, Andy." "D'ye r e elly think so, Dave?" "I didn't think you would." "W aal, I've h e erd 'im say sum things thet didn' soun' "Ye didn', hey?" j es' ez loyal a s t h e y hed orter." "X o; they are so close-mouthed about themselves and "Goodness I wouldn' hev th er boy aroun' ef I tho rt he their affairs." wuzn't loyal ter ther king! I hates rebels." "Waal, yer right erbout thet; they air clost-mouthed "Waal, I'm not shore thet Andy's er rebel, but neeth e r enuff, an' thet's er fack." am I shore he is loyal, so I guess ther bes' thing I kin do "Yes, they don't have anything to say about themselves." is ter go ter Hangin' Rock myse'f an' take ther news ter "Xo; they -wuz mighty willin' ter tork erbout', ther British. Et'll make 'em feel frien'ly ter me, ye know, an' ever'thin' like thet, but they wouldn' say who they i\farthy, an' ez I wanter sell our produce ter 'em, et'll be wuz nur wlmr they cum frum, nur whur they intended er good stroke uv bizness on my part." ter go, nur nothin'." "You are right; but I guess they are just a party traveling through the country to see what they can see." The farmer shook his head doubtfully ''I dunno 'bout thet," he said; "in my 'pinion them fel air up ter sumthin' Andy aid all he coulcl to disabuse the man of this idea, "Thet's so; I clidn' think uv thet." "I did with a grin; "I tell ye, I'm allers a-thinkin', l\Iarthy !" "When ye goin' t e r start?" "I'll wait erbout an hour ter make shore thet Andy is ersleep." "How ye goin' ?"


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD Ll..N"E. ''On hossback." I lief that the man was bound for Hanging Rock to carry Half an hour later the farmer left the house and made I the information regarding the presence of the youths to his way to the stable, where he bridled and saddled a horse. I the British. Leading the animal out and to the road, he gave a glance "That is just what he is going to do!" agreed Dick. jn the direction of the encampment down by the brook, "If he isn't prevented from doing so," said Bob Estarnw that all was quiet, and, mounting, rode away. brook, significantly. He had been observed, however. Andy, of course, had ''That's it!" exclaimed Andy, excitedly. "You can prenot gone_ to bed. _He wide awake and was sitting I vent him from reaching Hanging Rock." by the wmdow. His room was at the rear, and when he "He has been gone only a few minutes, you say, Andy?" heard the sound of the opening and closing of the rear remarked Dick. door he glanced out of the window. It was not so dark "Only. a few minutes, Dick. I came right down here but that he could distinguish objects with tolerable disas soon as I saw him ride away." tinctness, and he saw Mr. Winters go to the stable. "How is the horse he is riding-a pretty fast one?" There was a shed kitchen on the north side of the house, "Not very; he's a work-horse and is not very good under :md the sloping roof was right under the window at wl:_iich the saddle." Audy was sitting. He did not hesitate an instant. Rais"Then we can easily overtake the man before he goes ing the window be climbed softly through, lowered the far." window again and then making his way down to the edge of the roof, leaped to the ground. As it was only about "Yes, if you have any very good saddle horses." "We have some splendid ones. Bob, take three of th seven feet to the ground be was not shaken up by the jar. boys and go after the man. Bring him here when you Andy hastened to where a tree stood, halfway get him." from the house to the stable, and hiding behind the tree "All right, Dick." he kept bis eyes on the stable door. Five minutes passed Five minutes later Bob Estabrook and three comrades and then he saw Mr. Winters emerge, leading a horse, rode out of the encampment and up the road at a gallop. bridled and saddled. They rode faster and faster, and twenty minutes later they "Now what does that mean?" the boy asked himself. overtook .Mr. Winters. They rode right up alongside the He watched the man eagerly and interestedly, and saw man and ordered him to stop. He obeyed at once, for be him lead the horse to the road, mount and ride away, and was frightened. then of a sudden the thought of it meant came to him. ''W-what do y-you want?" be stammered. "He is going to Hanging Rock to tell the British about the presence of the 'Liberty Boys'!" Andy exclaimed to himself. "We must not let him do that. We must stop him in some way, and I will go and tell Dick Slater at once!" Then Andy hastened in the direction of the "Liberty Boys' encampment. He found Dick Slater, Bob Estabrook aBd several of the youths sitting just within the range of the light thrown out by a small camp-fire, and when Dick saw the baste with which the boy approached he suspected that something bad happened, and leaping up, cried: "What is the matter, Andy? What has happened?" CHAPTER V. "We want you," was the prompt reply. "Y-you want m-me ?" "Yes." "What for?" "We want you to go with us." "Whnr to?" "Ob, back down the road a ways." "B-back ?" "Yes." "Whut fur?" "You'll find out in good time. Turn your horse and ride quietly along with us and you will be all right; try any tricks and it will go hard with you, for we are men who won't be trifled with!" Bob spoke sternly, and the farmer was impressed with the idea that it would be dangerous to attempt resistance or to try to get away. DICK AND SUMPTER. "If you don't choose to obey us we will bind your arms The boy hastened to explain that Mr. Winters bad and take you with us in that fashion," said Bob; "take mounted a horse and ridden away, and gave it as his be-your choice." t


( l THE LIBERTY DEAD LIXE. 13 h, I'll go erlong uv ye without enny uv thet," was Hangin' Rock, an' I bed no idee uv tellin' ther British reply. ennythin'." That is sensible, Mr. '"'inters." "I'm very sorry, but I cannot believe you," said Dick; he five turned their horses and rode back in the direc"and in order to make sure that you do not do anything from which they had just come. It was evident that of the kind, we will have to hold you here a prisoner." prisoner was greatly worried. "Hol' me beer er pris,'ner !" The man gasped the words 'I don't 8ee whut right ye hev ter interfeer with er out, so great was his consternation. n in this fashion," he grumbled. "Exactly." Oh, we have the right to do so," said Bob. "Hol' rue er pris'ner within two hundred yards uv my I kain't see et in thet way. I sh'd think tbet er man'd OWJIJ. house?" er right ter go an' come ez he pleases." Well, you see, that depends on where he is going and t he is going there for," remarked Bob. "Yes." "But w'y not let me go ter tber house?" "For the reason that I can't trust you. You might start 'Waal, I wuz jes' ergoin' ter my brother's house, three out again and go to Hanging Rock." es frum heer." 'Ob, you were?" Yas." 'What were you going to your brother's house for?" 'I wanted ter see 'im on some bizness." 'Oh, that was it?" 'Yas." 'Well, I'm sorry, but you will have to put off the trip "But I won't do et. I giv' ye my word I won't do nothin' uv tber kin'." "I'm sorry, Ur. Winters, but I cannot permit you to return to your house." "W aal, how long ye go in' ter keep me er pris'ner ?" "I cannot say; perhaps only through the night." Then the farmer was bound to a tree and Dick left the encampment. He walked across the :road and entered the a while." timber, and was there joined by Andy Jackson. pf course, Bob did not believe the man's statement that i "They caught him, I see," said the boy. j was going to see his brother, but he did not think it "es; we will hold him a prisoner till after the attack th while telling him so. has been made on the British, and then we will set him be return trip was made at a moderate pace, and half free, I have no wish to hurt him." hour later the party arrived at the encampment. The Then the two set out through the timber, the boy leader asked to be allowed to stop at his house, but was ing the way, and after a walk of twenty-five minutes they sed the prililege. emerged from the timber into the little glen in which ndy was nowhere to be seen. He had hidden, as he Sumpter and bis men had their encampment. not wish !fr. Winters to know that be was responsiThey were still there, and the boy led the way across for the trouble that had fallen upon the man. Dick to where Sumpter sat looking over some papers by the anced and faced the farmer. light of the camp-fire. 'Well, Mr. Winters," said the youth, gravely and some-He looked up as the two approached, and as he recozat sternly, ''what do you mean by such action as you nized the boy be nodded and said: e taken to-night?" "Ah, Andy, is it you? I'm glad to see you. But whG 'Whut cl'ye mean?" Winters asked. have you there?" with a penetrating glance at Dick. "I mean why were you slipping away on horseback in "My name is Slater, General Sumpter-Dick Slater-h a silent and mysterious manner?" and I am the captain of the company of youths known as "I wuz goin' ter see my brother, whut lives five miles 'The Liberty Beys of '76.' Perhaps you have heard of tber road." them." The youth shook his head. ''Indeed I have!" exclaimed the partisan leader, leaphg "You cannot deceive me, Winters; you were going up and extending bis hand, which Dick grasped and shoo:c Hanging Rock." heartily; "I have heard of you many times, and I am "Ter-Hangin' Rock!" in a gasping voice. indeed glad to meet you. But what are you doing down "Yes; you were going to go there and tell the British in this part of the country, if I may ask?" our being here. Is it not so?" I "General Washington sent me down here to co-operate "No, no!" Winters protestetl. "I wusn't goin' ter, with you, Marion, Pickens and the other partisan leaders1


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. and do whaf is possible or the betterment 0 the patriot s ettlers in these parts." "Good!_ I'm glad to hear that. Then your 'Liberty B o ys' are down here ?" "Yes, sir; we are encamped about a mile and a hal from here, close to the house where Andy is staying." "I am very glad to h ear that, :Mr: Slater, for I am now making arrangements to attack a force 0 British at Hang ing Rock, and you can render me a great deal 0 aid in the matter." "Andy told me about it, and th'at is the reason I came to see you." "Andy is a valuable man for us, Captain Slater." Then to the boy he said : "Y went to Hanging Rock to-day with the man you are working for?" "Yes, sir "And did you take note 0 everything as I told you campment. 'l1here were perhap s a hundred 0 t 1 a nd they were roughly dress e d men like Sumpter' ing squirrel-caps, with the exce ption 0 the leader, wore a hat. "'rhe re is :Marion and his men!" exclaimed Su joyfully. "Good! w e will strike the red c oats a 'blo they won't forg e t in a hurry!" Ile hastened across to where the newcomers were greet e d Marion warmly. The two were warm friends had worked togeth e r on many occasions. Dick ha l\farion before and was greeted warmly by the "S Fox." "Have you your men with you, Dick?" he asked. "Yes," the youth replied. "That is good; Sumpter, we are in luck, or the 'Li Boys' are allies that are while!" "That is what 1 kno.w, Marion," was the reply; "we have some work ahead and will need all the assistan to do?" can get." "Yes, sir; I walked all around the encampment and took, "That reminds me, Sumpter, that Pickens an careful note 0 everything." men will be here by morning, i you can wait for th! '' Geod Tell me all ab;ut it." "Pickens and his men? 0 course I 'll wait for t Andy did so, Sumpter and Dick both listening with in-1 Ah, with such a force we will be able to strike the B forest. When the boy had finished his description 0 the a blow that will be remembered or a long time!" location 0 the British encampment, and the disposition The two g e nerals and Dick held a council, and it 0 the soldiers, the two hearers looked at each other and decid e d to wait for Pickens and his men and start as nodded approvingly. as they put in an appearance. Dick told 0 the captu ''You have done well, Andy," said Sumpter; "from your nir. Winters, and Marion and Sumpter were both o description I shall be able to know just what directions to o pinion that he had been on his way to Hanging approach from and where to strike the British.'.' to warn the Britis h, and that it would be necessary to "You haYe a good eye, my boy," said Dick; "and a good him prison e r till ater the orces were on their wa comprehension 0 what is needed in a case 0 this kind." attack the British. Andy flushed with pleasure. He was a modest boy, but After some further conver s ation Dick and Andy at the same time he was glad to know that his work was t heir d e parture and r e turned to the vicinity 0 the enc. appreciated. ment 0 the "Liberty Boys." Not wishing to let "I hop e the attack will turn out to be a success," he Wint er5 know that he w a s concerned in the matter mid. lhe "Liberty Boys," Andy bade Dick good-night and "1 have no doubt about it now that Captain Slater and to the house and climbed up on the shed roo and got his 'Liberty Boys' are here to render assistance," said Sumpinto his room and lay down and went to sl e ep, while t er; "I was feeling a bit blue before you came, for I sent made his way to the encampment and turned in. a messenger yesterday evening with instructions to find G e neral l\Iarion and get back here with the 'Swamp Fox' a11d his men this evening, and they have not come." "Perhaps the messenger had hard work finding CHAPTER VI. sug gested Dick "Likely; the Swamp Fox moves around so swiftly that A GREAT VICTORY. it i:> hard work keeping trac k 0 him." I Urs. Winters was in a terrible stew next morning Jus t then the sentin e l was h e ard hail some one, and a And y came in from the s tabl e at e r having done the mo f e w minutes lat e r a p arty 0 hore m e n r o d e into the en-! ing chores.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. 15 "Where is Mr. Winters?" asked Andy, innecently. '\hut d'ye wanter know fur?" was the counter-quesI to do with this affair, and I will make some excuse for fol lowing you." n. "I wanted to tell him that there has been a horse thief und." "Er boss theef d'ye mean?" "Why, one of the horses-Bob, the best one of all-is, ssing." "All right, Andy," was the reply; and then the order given for tne combined forces to move forward. They started at once, leaving Mr. Winters behind with his wife and Andy. Dick gave him some terse advice, however. "Don't attempt to follow us," be said; "for if you do we will shoot you on sight!" "I know tbet," said the woman; "'Dave rid 'im erway l\Irs. Winters untied the rope binding her husband's arms, and then they looked after the partisan force and exclaimed Andy, sinntlating surprise suediscussed the meaning of the strange affair. s' night." 'He did?" :afully. 'Yas." "What do you think they are going to do, Dave?" asked Urs. Winters. "Where did he go?" "I think they air goin' ter go ter Hangin' Rock an' "W'y, he took er noshun he wanted ter see his brother make an attack onter ther British theer, Marthy," was the im erbout sumthin', an' he went out an' got on Bob and reply. d erway las' night, an' he hain't cum back yit." "Oh, that's it? Did you expect him back last night?" 'Yas, I s'posed he'd cum right back." "Ob, well, he'll be here soon, no doubt." ''I hope so." There was considerable uneasiness rn the "D'ye reelly think so, Dave?" "Yas, I do." "Goodness! et'll be dre'dful ef they happen ter take tber king's soldiers by s'prise, won't et?" "Y as, et'll be bad." ne of the woman's voice. "Ef ye c'u'd on'y git tbeer erbead uv 'em an' warn tber "Why, nothing could have happened to him so you British, Dave!" edn't be unea sy," said the boy; "hi2 brother persuaded The man shook his bead and looked ruefully at the m to stay all night, and he'll be here directly." 1 black and blue stripes around his wrists-caused by the ":Mebby so; waal, b:reakfast is reddy." I ropes with which be bad beeli bound. The two sat down and ate breakfast and bad just finished, "I don' wanter take enny chances, Marthy," he said; en the woman, happening to look out of the window, "I got inter trubble by tryin' thet game, wunst, an' I ave utterance to a cry of surprise and consternation. "Look, Andy!" she cried. "Who air all them men, an' ur hev they cum frum ?" The boy looked out and saw the road in front of the use :filled with the partisan soldiers belonging to Sump r's, l\faPion's and Pickens' forces, and there, too, were e "Liberty Boys." "Goodness there are a lot of them, aren't there?" ex aimed the boy. "Yas, an'-look theer Ez I liv', ef theer bain't Dave inters-an' bis arms air tied, too! He's er thet's hut be is. Now I know why be didn' git back bum las' ight." Sure enough, it \ms as she bad said; Dave Winters was here, and bis arms were bound. And when his :wife came running out to him, with questions as to bow it all bap fened, he told her; though, of course, be did not know fhat Andy was responsible for it all. While they were con ersing, Andy got a chance to speak to General Sumpter. a.on' think I ter resk et erg'in." This was Andy's opportunity, and be hastened to em. brace it. "Let me go, Mr. Winters," he said, eagerly. 'rhe farmer looked at the boy dubiously. "D'ye think ye c'u'd git theer erbead uv 'em, Andy?'' he asked. "I don't know; I could by." "Let 'im go, Dave," said the woman; "mebby he kin git theer erhead 111v 'em, an' ef he kin he'll be payin' the? rebels off fur whut they done 1er ye." This decided the man. "Thet's so," he agreed; "waal, ye kin go, Andy-an' I hope ye'll git tbeer in time l" "So do I," replied Andy; but be did not mean that he would get to Hanging Rock in time to warn the British, \That he meant was that he hoped he would get there in time to take part in the fight against the redcoats. Re mounted the horse and rode away, following in the "You go on," be said, "and I will follow and overtake wake of the patri

1 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LIXE. to a gallop and rode as fast as be could make the horse go. be came to the point where be could look down upon Even then it was half a n hour before he came up with the British, Sumpter paused and took an observation patriot force. So far as he could make out the redcoats were not s "So you have caught up wilb us, eh?" remarked Dick as pecting anything. They were lying around on blanke the boy rode up beside him smoking, talking and enjoying themselves; others w "Yes," with a smile of satisfaction, "I'm here." '"What excuse did you make to Mr. Winters?" "I told him I would try to get to Hanging Rock ahead oi you and warn the British of your coming "Ab And then he was willing to let you come, eh?" playing cards, while a few were strolling around "Good!" said Sumpter to "we have them our mercy, and may now be enabled to avenge the deat of many of the patriot people of this section!" He waited till sure that the other three parties had er "Yes; he feels angry at you an d would l ike to cheat you u p to within range of the encampment,. and then drew of your expected victory over the redcoats." pistol and fired a shot. "I unde;rstand The redcoats leaped to their feet in alarm, but too late Sumpter saw the boy and motioned for him to come fordo them any good, for at that instant a roar of mu ke ward, and Andy rode forward and took up a position be-went up from four sides at once and scores of them we sid e the general's horse. clown. Sumpter asked the boy a number of questions regarding Crash crash crash! the position of the soldiers in the British encampment, and Roar! roar! roa r I after he bad asked all the questions he cared to the partiVolley after volley was poured in upon the British, a san leader dropped h i s eyes and pondered long and earnthey became so demoralized that they did not know w estly. I to do, but stood huddled together like frighte:p.ed anim He was laying out the plan 0 campaign, and the re\rben standing at bay. sults proved that he did it well. I Then as the volleys ceased for an instant a w ; Onward rode the patriots, and two hours later they came heard cry out; to a stop at a point a little less thhn a mile from Hanging 1 "Charge! Charge, patriots, and wipe the redcoats Rock Here they dismounted, and leading their horses the face of the earth!" deep into the woods, tied them. Then Sumpter told his Instantly, with wild yell s the patriot soldiers dash plans. forward, coming from all sides, and although the redco He had decided to attack the British from all four sides made an attempt at resistance it.was but a feeble effort, a at once, and to this end he divided the force up into four they were cut down and bayonetted like sheep. parties. He was to command his own men, Marion his, Pickens his and Dick Slater was to command the "Liberty Boys." Pickens was to come down from the north, the "Liberty Boys" from the east, while :'.\Iarion would ap proach from the south, and Sumpter himself would attack from the west It was a splendid scheme, and all were confident that if the British were taken by surprise it would be possible to almost grind them to pieces. When all the details of the plan bad been discussed the different parties set out and made their way to their sta tions. The length of time it would take them to get there had been calculated and no move was made until twice as long a time elapsed as would be required. By waiting so long there would be absolute certainty that all the parShrieks, yells and went up on the air, but st the work went on. The redcoats had been merciless of instanees while dealing with patriot settlers of t South, and lhe partisan patriots remembered this a cut their enemies down without mercy. They had co there for the purpose of exterminating the redcoat re me;nt, and they had already almost succeeded. And in the thick of the battle, :fighting like a vetera was littJe Andy Jackson. He had taken a great liking Dick Slater and the "Liberty Boys," and had stayed wi them when they started to take up their position on t east side of the British encampment. Dick had exposti lated with the boy and had done his best to persuade hi to stay back and be a spectator, but Andy would not he: to this ties would be ready for work when the signal was given. I want to be in the :fight," he bad said, eagerly; and 1 Sumpter, after waiting the required time, advanced toamount of persuasion or argument could move him 1 ward the British encampment from the west. On this side J c hange h_is plans. Seeing that the boy was determin e d 1 of the enC'ampmcnt "as a high ridge or bluff, a nd when J h e in the fight, Dick had finally given up and consented 1


THE LlB.EHTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. -=============================== ==-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=.:=--====--=c---=--e t him stay with them, but told him to stay well at the i way back to where they had left their horses, liut several I l'ear of the party. This the boy had done until after the I were left to spy on the B'l:itish that were coming. barge was ordered, and then he had worked his way "lle" ll wait here till we hear some reports from the retty well forward, and finally got hold of a musket that scouts," said Sumpter. had been the property of a redcoat, and then he fought like Three hours passed and then one of the scouts came in little demon and did as good work as any one. Dick with a report. ncountered him once, while the fight was in full blast, "It is a large force of British," he said, "and as near nd told him he bad better fall back more to the rear, but as I can make out it is bound for Camden." the boy shook his head and plunged forward into the ""That do they think of the scene down there wherf! their thickest of the fray. comrades are lying thick as the leaves?" asked Sumpter "That boy has the heart of a warrior!" said Dick to "They are almost wild with rage; they don't seem to himself. "Well, I hope he escapes being killed." know what to think, howeYer." Still the battle raged, but it was nearing the end The "I wonder if there is any danger that they will try to British saw that they were in a trap, and that there was hunt us clown?" n o chance to make a successful fight, and they fled for "I think it quite likely; they are very angry heir lives. Some of course, but the majority fell, ither dead or wounded. Those of the Brit!sh who succeeded in breaking through he line and getting away were let go; they were not pursued, for the work was deemed to be thorough enough as it \\"US. Ancl indeed it was thorough. Of all the encounters bebreen the partisan patriots and the British, this one at "I have no doubt regarding thaL But how many men haYe they, anyway?" "There must be three thousand, at least." "Too many for us to attack." "Yes, that would be too big a contract," said Pickens. Just then another scout came in. "The British are wild with rage and swear that they will hunt down the rebel force that did the work down there and wipe it off the face of the earth!" he said. "What had we better do?" asked Sumpter. Hanging Rock may be considered as having been the most horough and conclusive one; for the British wQre prac-1 ll t t d II He and the other three commanders conferred together, nca y ex ermrna e and it was finally deciclcd that it would be best to split After it "a13 all oYer and aft account was taken of the up for the present and each force go in a different direc asualties among the allied forces, it was found tltat. they ti on; in this manner it would be comparatively easy to hJ.d lost only eight men. Of these three were from Sumpter's force, t"o from Pickens', two fror Marion's and one from the "Liberty Boys." dude the redcoats and keep out of their way. And this was done. minutes later the four par ties separated and rode away in as many different direc-It was a grand victory, and the patriots were delighted. lions. Andy Jackson was given a lot of credit for the tiair, for he had given the information which led to the \'ictory, and the manner in which he had fought brought him a great deal of praise, too, and as luck would have it he had escaped being even wounded. While they were still engaged in looking oYer the ground and discussing the battle, a scout brought the word that a large British force CHAPTER VII. ANDY IS DISCHARGED. As the "Liberty Boys" went in the direction of was coming down from the north ancl Sumpter at once Winters' home, where Andy was staying, he regaye the order that the allied forces retreat. rnained with them. "We will return to where our horses are," he said; "and "What are you going to do, J\fr. Slater?" the boy asked. will leave scouts here in this vicinity to spy on the British; "Are you going to leave this part of the country?" if they are not too strong we may attack them." "I don't think we will leave right away, Andy," was "I think you will finel. them too strong, sir," said the ihe reply; "I am averse to letting the British run me out." >cont who had brought the news; "it looks almost as if "Where will you stay, then?" thP entire British was coming." "I hardly know; we might go to the place where SumpThe patriots quickly rncated the spot ancl made their ter had his encampment and stay there for a few days."


18 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' DEAD LINE. "I know a better place than that," said the boy. were they?" "You do?" "Sumpter's, J\Iarion's and Pickens', besides my ow "Yes. 'Liberty Boys.' "Where is it?" "Wlaere did you go?" "It's about three rnilee this side of ::\Ir. Winters', where 'To Hanging Rock." I live "Yes?" "What sort of a pb.ce is it?" "Yes; there was a regiment of redcoats encamped the "It is just the finest place in the world It is a little and we went and made an attack on them." open space iri the timber back of the home of a patriot "I understand; what success did you have?" family by the of Somers." I ''The best in the world," and then Dick told of t "But perhaps this man would not like to have us battle with the Briti.Eh. around." "Jove! that is good news!" Mr. Somers cried "Bu "Yes, he would." you say a strong force of British appeared and you ha "You are sure?" to'get away from the v.icinity of Hanging Rock?" "Y cs; he is r. strong patriot, and is not afraid of the "Yes; we thought we could elude pursuit better b British or Tories. He:ll be glad to have you stay there separating, and did so." and will furnish yon with all the provisions you want." "Exactly; and the probabilities are that the British w "That will be nice," said Dick; "we'll stop there and come this way looking for you?" ha1e a talk with him, anyway." "I think it more than likely; but they will have har "Oh, you word be able to get a"ay from him," with a work finding us here." smile; "you'll haYe to stay there as long as you are in this "So they will." part of the country The "Liberty Boys" had been busy, and had by th A little more than an hour later the party of "Liberty time unbridled and unsadtl.led their horses and tied the Boys" drew up in front of the house of M:r. the to trees at the edge of the open space. Then they bega patriot. He was at home and was a whole-souled, jovial making arrangements for cam1iing more or less pe man, who, as soon as he learned who the youths were, manently. greeted them joyously. "Well, I must be going on back to Mr. Winters," sa' "You are welcome to camp over in the field and stay Andy Jackson. as long as you want to," he said; "and I ha1e plenty of provisions for your men and feed for your horses ; you are welcome--ycs, more than "'.elcome !" He lec1 the way down a narrow lane, past his house and sfable and on back into the timber. The timber at this "r supp-0se we will see you again, Andy?" asked Die "Yes, I'll come over every once in a while," was t re:ply; "and if you get into another fight with the redcoa I want to be in it." "All right," smiled Dick; "you shall be in it if you a point was only a narrow strip, however, and almost im-around at the time." mediately they emerged into a natural amphitheatre about "Good! I'll try to be on hand." two acres in extent and surrounde d on all sides by timber. "How will this suit you for a camping ground?" Mr. Somers asked. "It could not suit us better," said Dick; "it is the nicest place for a camp that I have ever seen." "Well, you are welcome to stay here as long as you want to." "Thank you, Ur. Somers." Then Andy took his departure. "There goes as bra1e a boy as ever lived," said Die as the boy dis appeared. "He's a fine boy," agreed J\Ir. Somers. "He's a patri while Winters is a Tory, and a hard man to work fo anyway, and I told Andy to come and work for me, but li said that he had promised to stay with Winters a year wbei he went to work for him, and that he would do as he ha "You are welcome; but, bythe way, weren't your men in agreed, "unless the man tried to abuse him. I told him tba the party that went past here this morning, going east?" if ever anything happened to come to me and that I wouh "Yes, sir." give him work and a home as long as he wanted it." "Where are the others?" "He is a boy who would be a big help on a farm, I shoul ""We divided up and went in different directions; there say," said Dick. were four parties "Yes, he isn't afraid of work."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. Meantime And; had reached the main road and was riding onward at a gallop. Twenty-five minutes later he reached the Winters home ?-nd was greeted eagerly by the farmer and his wife. "Did ye git ter Hangin' Rock in time, Andy?" the man eried. The boy sho_ok his head. "No, I didn't get there in time," he replied. "An' ye didn' git ter warn ther British?" "Ko." "An did ther rebels attack ther British?" "Yes." "Which wlmpped ?" "The patriot force whipped the British." "Ye don' mean et?" gasped Winters. "Yes, I do." "An' ther rebels whupped ther British?" "Worse than that. They very nearly wiped the British

THE LIBERTY DEAD LIXE. "But we won't say er word erbout thet," said Mrs Win-j ters. "Dave wuz er fool ter say whut he did, ennyway." ''Yas, I bed no bizness ter twit ye with bein' er rebel, Andy, an' ef ye'll stay an' work fur me we won't neether wun uv us ever say ennythin' erbout ye bein' er rebel." "Ye've got er right ter be er rebel ef ye wanter, Andy, ther same ez we hev got ther right ter be loyal ter ther king," from the woman "You are right about that," said the boy; "but I think that I had better go. Then there will be no chance for misunderstandings in the future." 'Ye won' staJ ?" from the man. o, I will go and make sure that we won't have trouble in the future by not making it possible for us to have." "I think thet's kinder mean uv ye, Andy said the farmer, an angry look in his eyes. CHAPTER VIII. Tirn REDCOAT'S PROPO ITION. When an hour later Andy Jackson presented before Mr. Somers and told him that be had been di" <.:barged by Mr. Winters and had come to work for hi Somers was delighted. "Good!" he exclaimed. "Jove! Fm glad Winters di charged yon, Andy! But why did he do it?" "Becau e I am a "rebel,' as he calls the patriots." "So that was his reason, eh?" "Yes." "\Yhat a fool he is!" "He and his wife tried to get me to stay," went o "I don't think so, sir. You told me I was discharged Andy, "but I knew you were willing to give me work, an and I have a perfect right to take you at your word." as I would rather work for a patriot than a Tory, I rel '.'But I've changed my min', an' I don' want ye ter go. "That may be, but if you had not changed your mind I could not have stayed no matter how bad I might have wanted to do so, and so I shall exercise my right and go. "Thet's whut I call ongratefulness !"snapped the woman, fused to stay and came away." "Ah, they their mistake and wanted you to sta 1myhow, eh?" "Yes." "Well, I'm glad you refused. I can use you; Andy, an who was somewhat of a virago when she wa:gted to be. you may consider yourself a :fixture here as long as yo c:r don't see that I should be particularly grateful to wish to stay-ven if you should turn 'Tory, though I kno you, :Mrs. Winters," said Andy. "Ye don' ?" "No." "Hain't we giv' ye er good home beer?" ":N"o, I paid for it-paid for it with labor, Mrs. Win ters, and paid well. I think you will acknowledge that, there is no danger of that." "I should say not!" with a smile. Mr. Somers went to the house with Andy and told hi wife that the boy was to make his home with them. "Give him a good room, Hannah," he said, "for he i a good boy and a good patriot." won't you?" ., Andy was soon domiciled under the Somers' roof, an "Waal, ye've done tolerable well, Andy." having placed his clothing in the room designated to hi "I think I have I have worked hard, have worked early he went out and insisted on beginning work at once. H and late, and I am confident that I have earned all that I helped feed and water the horses and milked the cows, an have received at your hands. I don't believe that any by that time supper was ready. charge of ungratefulness could be made against me." The Winters were rather parsimonious people, and neve "Waal, I sh'd think thet ye orter hev some regard fur set a very good table, but "the Somers were just the o our desires, Andy, an' now thet we hev acknowledged thet posite. They believed in having plenty of good food, an we wuz wrong, ye bed orter stay with us." "No, I cannot stay," was the decided reply; "I am glad that you acknowledge that you were wrong, and that I earned all that I have received from you, but now that Mr. Winters has discharged me I prefer to accept the discharge and go. Good-by." And Andy walked out of the house, leaving two angry and disappointed people behind him, for the boy was a valuable hand and the two well knew it. the supper that Andy sat up to that evening was a reve lation to him. he said to himself, "I guess I won't eve have to go hungry to bed while I am in this house." Mr. and :Mrs. Somers had one cli.ilc1, a daughter agecl about seventeen Her name was Jennie, and she was a pretty gilt, and was good-natured and pleasant and jolly as she could hardly help being with such parents. They had known each other for some time, so And


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD 2]. perfectly at home and talked and laughed and enjoyed II and then it is for you to do as you like about acceptingself very much. them." I'm so glad that you are going to live with us, Andy!" I The officer glanced through the doorway and on into Jennie. "I'm going to play you are my brother. the kitchen, where Mrs Somers, Jennie and Andy Jackson. 't that be nice?" were seated at the table. Ifll be nice for me to play that I have such a nice "I'll just see i one 0 those people won:t have a better r," said Andy. memory than you possess, my friend," said the a 'Oh, just listen fo that, mother!" exclaimed .the girl, and he pushed past the patriot without ceremony, a laugh; "he is a regular little flatterer, isn't he?" No, I meant i.t)" said Andy. ust then there came a knock on the front door and M:r. walked through the sitting-room and out into the kitchen: An angry light appeared in ilir. Somers' eyes, but he didl not say anything. He followed the officer into the kitchen, ers rose from the table and walked into the sittinghowever, and stood waiting to see what the follow would do_ m and OpDeril the door. tanding <0J1 the porch was a British officer in the uni-m of a Clli!ltain, and a glance 01it.towail'd. the road showed l farmer .that there a large force of redcoats there. l e brief glance that he gave was not sufficient to allow of sizing the force up very closely, but he guessed that ee must be at least one hundred. 'Ah, good evening, sir," said the officer, bowing; "I ,uld lilt-e to ask a few questions, if you have no ob1'I have no. objections, sir," was the quiet reply. "What the qilileStions.?" "I would like to ask if you have seen any parties of ange men go along the road here this afternoon?" Ir. Somern shook his head. "'I have not,"' he replied. "'YDu .a:r.e :&.ur.e:?'n The officer looked at the farmer arply, and fr.o!lll hi tone it would seem that he did not what the other said. Jtfr. S<:imer,;; met the redcoat's gaze unflinchingly. I "I am sure," he replied, quietly. "Well, h.ave yon seen one party of men go along the road s afternoon or evening?" The farmer did not believe it any sin to :mislead the -emy by statements, so he answered, promptly: "No, sir, I have not." The British officer looked as if he did not believe the tement. "I am afraid your memory is bad," be said, almost in ently. "No, I have an excellent memory." "I ear I cannot agree with you in that statement; I not think you have a good memory, for I am confident "Ah, good evening, ladies and sonny," he said almost insolently, "I wish to ask a question and I want a truthfull answer. Let me see, I gue;::s this beautiful maiden will be the proper person to question, or surely you would not tell a lie, miss?" Andy Jackson's eyes flashed and involuntarily he clench ed his fist. It was with an effort that he kept from saying_ something which would have aroused the Brijon's anger; he was assisted in controlling his impulse by a warning look_ from :Jir. Somers. "H you have a question to ask, ask it, sir/' said' t11e with dignity. "Oh, my!" said the officer, mockingly. "Why, sl1e IrifS' the airs of a lady. What dignity! It is wonderful.., com ... ing from a p{}asant American girl." "Do you think it gentlemanly to insult a girl in that manner?" asked Mr. Somers, his voice hoarse with sup pressed passion. "Oh, you keep still!" cried the captain, angrily. "Speak when you are spoken to." "H you were not backed by a hundred men you would not dare talk in such an insolent manner!" said Mr. Somers. "That, 0 course, makes it possible for you to. say what you please, with impunity." "I would talk as I pleased if I were alone," was Hi.e haughty reply. "And now, girl, tell me, have you seen a party of men on horseback pass this house this afternoon, or evening?" "I have not," was the prompt and decided reply. "They. did not pass," the girl added to herself, "they stopped.,,. The redcoat regarded the girJ searchingly. "Are you speaking the truth?" be asked. "I am." at one or more parties 0 rebels have passed along this The girl's tone bad all the accents 0 truth, yet the ad this afternoon or evening." redcoat was not willing to believe her. He shook his head "I suppose I ca:r;rnot help what you believe or do not and frowned ... ieve," was the calm reply. "I can merely state the facts, "I don't believe you are telling t he truth," he said


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEAD LINE. "Now, listen to me," said Mr. Somers. "What would a proposition which I will make to you: If your be the good of our denying that we saw a party of horsewill give me a dozen ki sses I will not turn my men lil men pass here if we bad seen them?" on the house, but will spare it. What do you say?" [ J "Why, you would throw us off the track as we would "You brute!" exclaimed the gfrl, her face think that we were on the wrong track and turn back." "Surely you do not mean that f" excla i med Mrs. So "We could no knowledge that you would turn back, a look of horror and anger in her eyes. "No gentl if told that no party had passed here, and if a party of would make such a proposition as that." horsemen had passed they would doubtless be far away "Oh, come now that isn t a bad proposition/' and out of your reach, so there would be no reason why captain; "I am not at all a bad fellow, anill there ar we would deny it." of girls who would: \le more tha:m. pleased iei. give me "I think you are rebels," was the dogged reply; "and I ma:ny kisses-." ls am sure you are lying to me." "Go to those girls :md get the kisses-, then.,.,,. J e "We have told you the truth and nothing but the truth." with spirit; "don't come bothexi:i::ig axou.ndi 2i P.1 ho "I don't believe it, and I have a good mind to turn my not want them." men loose and let them burn you out of house and home. "Oh, 00.t that mak& the kise& aJI the desira We have lost nearly a thousand bi-ave fellows to-day, the said the lledcoat, with a leer;. "thnst is-hUllllmllill :mature, work of rebel fiends and we do not feel very kindly disknow." _pgsed toward rebels or their sympathizers, I tell you!" The captain's tone was fierce and there was a savage light in his eyes. "Well, we know n.othing of the matter you speak of," said Mr. Somers; "so I don't see why you should wish to "But, captain, you should not make suc h w p--.ropositi sir?" to "All right Andy," was the reply, and the boy opened the h d .:i d l "No !n was t e eciue rep y. kitchen door and went out of doors, the British officer Th d t 1 k d a t d An e re coo oo e isappom e He hesitate.d, making n.o attempt to stop him. The fact was that uy. being small for his age, and acting so calmly, seemed to be such a harmless little chap that the redcoat could not imagine that it w.ould hurt to let him go; yet at the same time he was doing a very bad thing for himself, for Andy Jackson was leaving the house, not to "turn the horses into the pasture," but to hasten to tell Dick Slater and the "'Liberty Boys" of the presence of the redcoats. Mr. Somers knew what Andy intended doing, and a feeling of admiration for the shrewdness and coolness of the boy took possession oi him. "Good for Andy!" he said to himself; "he'll go and tell Dick Slater about the redcoats being here, and the 'Lib eTty Boys' will come and go for the rascals red-hot. Now the best thing I can do is to cause as much delay as pos sible, so as to give Dick and his men time to get ready to do their work." The British captain was eyeing the farmer's daughter closely, and was evidently turning some project over in his mind. "I'll tell you what I'll do," h e said, presently; "I have then said: r "You had better think it ove r. The proposi t ion is in your favor. It is one-sided, like the handle on a for if I like I can take the ki s ses, anyway> turn men loose on the house, just the same." "You would not dare !" cried Jennie. "Oh, yes, I would!" with a leer. "Surely you would not be so mean as to do that t>' claimed Mr. Somers. "Oh, yes; I will not allow myself to be balked on set my head on a thing." "But perhaps you might get yourself in trouble if tried any such thing as that," said the patriot. "How could I get myself in trouble?" with a surpr look. "Oh, I don't know." The officer looked at the farmer suspiciously, and t turning, walked to the front door of the sitting-room looked out. His men were sitting their horse s patie waiting for the return of their commander. Everyih