The Liberty Boys "hoo=dooed," or Trouble at every turn

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Weekly-By Stlbs c nplim Offw;c F ehruaty 4 19CJl by No. 84. NEW YORK. AUGUST 8. rno2. Price 5 Cents. "Well, we have you in a. trap, this time." the Tory cried, grinning in delight. "How are you going to get out of it?'' "We'll show you:" cried Dick.


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THE LmERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issued, Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Sccona Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4. 1901. Entered accord-ing to Act of Oongress, in the year 1902, in the office of the Libra,.ian of Oongress, Washington, D 0 by F1ank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No 84 XEW YORK, AUGUST 8, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. TERRlBLE TURK. "Hol' on there, stranger!" "Hold on?" "Thet's whut I said I" "Well, what's the trouble?" "Thar's heaps uv trubble-fur ye, ef ye don' hol' up, ez I've tol' ye ter do!" "Who are you?" "Me?" "Yes." "Waal, folks in these parts sometimes calls me 'Turrible Turk.'" "Terrible Turk, eh?" "Yas. "Why do they call you that?" "Ye'd better ax 'em." "Ob, I don't care enough about the matter to go to that trouble, sir." "Waal, I'll tell ye myse'f." "I thort I did, but I hain't posertiv' uv et. Did ye reelly call me outer me name?" "I don't think I did "Whut did ye call me?" "I called y011 Terrible Turkey "Thet's et! I thort I wuzn't mistook Waal, young feller, d'ye know whut I hev er good min' ter do?" "No. "Ye don'?" "No; what have you a good mind to do?" "I hev er mighty good min' ter pull ther trigger uv this beer blamed ole boss-pistil an' blow ther hull top uv yer head off!" "That would be terrible, wouldn't it?" It was a strange scene-an unusual and interesting scene. It was the afternoon of a beautiful day in the first week in May, of the year 1780 Sitting on the back of a mag nificent black horse, on the road leading northward from Charleston, South Carolina, and five miles distant from the city, was a handsome, bronzed youth of perhaps twenty years of age. Standing in front of him, in the middle of the road, was a rough-looking, roughly dressed, bushy haired and bearded man of perhaps thirty-five or forty years. In his band be held a huge pistol, and the weapon "Et's becos I'm secb er turrible feller, w'y they was leveled at the youth on the horse. Go ahead." calls me Turrible Turk." "Oh, that's it, eh?'' "Yas. "I suppose your name is Turk?" "Ye s'pose right, stranger." "And the people have prefixed the word 'Terrible' to it." As we have said, the big man with the pistol called himself Terrible Turk, while the young man on the horse was one well known to the readers of "The Liberty Boys of '76." He was indeed no other than Dick Slater, the bra>e and dashing captain of the "Liberty Boys." He had been riding slowly along the road when suddenly "I don' know nothin' erbout yer 'perfixin'' bizness, the had leaped out and called upon him to "Hold up!" young feller. All I know is thet tber people calls me Tur-as we have seen. Then had ensued the above-given conrible Turk." versation, and when Dick bad remarked, after being told by "That's all right; but what has that to do with me?" Terrible Turk that he had a mind to "Blow the top of his "Nothin' in purtickler, I guess; ye wanted ter h.'"D.ow, head off," that that would be terrible, the fellow stared at an' I tol' ye, thet's all." the horseman in surpri se. Dick was so cool and unCOJ!-" Correct; well, :\Ir. Terrible Turkey, what do you want?" cerned that Terrible Turk could not understand it at al]. "Whut's ?" in almost a gasp. "You h e ard what I didn't you?" "Say," he presently e xclaim ed, "yer mighty ca'm an' u ncon s arn ecl, et seems te r m e


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "Does it?" was the cool reply. "Y as; yer don: seem ter be much "I'm not any :;cared." "Ye hain't?" "No." Terrible 'l'urk opened his eyes still wider and gazed at the horseman, wonderingly. "Say," he said, "d'ye see this heer?" He gave the pistol a shake as he spoke. "Yes." "Et's er pistil." '-So I see." "Et's er hoss-pistil." "Is it?" "Yas." "Well, I wouldn't care if it was a mule-pistol." "Haw! haw! haw!" roared Terrible Turk, seemingly much amused. "Say, yer er funny cuss, ye air!" "Am I?" "Y as. Who ever heerd tell uv er mule-pistil?" "I don't' know." "N eether do I; an' I guess theer hain't no sech thing. But thar air hoss-pistils, ye bet, an' this heer is wun uv 'em." "So you said a while ago." "Yer right; ye see, ther contents scatters, an I'm boun' ter ketch somethin' ." "Undoubtedly." "An' now ye know whufd happen ter ye ef I wuz ter pull the trigger!'' and the rough-looking stranger leered. "Yes," was the cool reply; "I suppose I would get filled with nails, screws and things like that." Again the ruffian, who called himself Terrible Turk, I stared. "Say," he almost gasped, "yer ther funniest cuss I ever run ercrost "Am I?" "Yas." "I don't see why." "Waal, I do." "Why is this the case, then?" "Becos ye set up thar an' look down inter ther muzzle uv me ole hoss-pistil whut is loaded with all kin's uv stuff, tork cool an' ca'm-like and grin ez ef ye wuz hevin' er breathday party er sumthin' uv thet kin', instid uv starin' Ole Death right in ther face ez ye air." ''Oh, that's the reason you think I'm a funny fellow?" ''Yas." "Why, that is nothing to do." "Y c think not?" "Certainly. Any one could do that." "Sorry, but I'll hev ter disergree with ye, young feller. "Y as, I think I did; but did I tell ye ther pistil is loaded?" I've run ercrost er duzzen er more fellers this heer way, "No, you didn't say anything about that, but I supan' I hain't never foun' anuther wun whut looked an' posed it was." "Yas, et is; loaded." et's loaded, but ye'd never guess how et's aclded ther way ye air doin'." "Is that so?" "Ye bet et is!" "N 0 ?" I h d b : "Why, you never encountered any one t at seeme to e .No, Ive got et filled plumb-mgh ter ther muzzle with afraid, did you?" Dick simulated surprise so successfully peeces uv iron, lead, nails, screws an' ever'thin' I c'u'd git as to deceive Terrible Turk, who thought he was in earnest. erholt uv !" "Waal, I jes' guess I never encountered enny other kin' "I see," said Dick, with a smile; "you were short of till I run ercrost ye." bullets and made use of whatever came to hand." "No, I allers loads me pistil thet erway." "You do?" "Yas." "Is that so, really?" "Y::i.s." "Well, I'm surprised!" "Air ye?" eyeing the youth doubtfully. "What for?" "Yes; I would never have thought that any one would "So's when I p'ints et at ennythin' an' pulls the trigger, be afraid of an old horse-pistol like the one you have there." I'm shore ter hit sumthin'." "Oh, that's it, eh?" with a smile. "Yas." "Well, I should think you would not have much diffi"Ye wouldn', hey?" "Certainly not." "Et's er good pistil, I wanter tell ye!" "It may have been a fair pistol at one time-but that culty in hitting something if you have it loaded in that was about the time Noah built the Ark." fashion." "Noer, did ye say?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 3 'Yes." "iYho wuz he?" "Diclu't you eYer hear tell of Noah?" asked Dick. "X o, I never clid; dicl he liv' in South Carliny ?" "I think not, Turkey, old man." "Yes." "Waal, don' furgit et, fur I mean wbut I say!" Dick Slater was doing a good deal of thinking while be was talking with the ruffian. The fact of the matter was that be had been taken by surprise, and as Terrible Turk "Say, don' :ye go fur ter callin' uv me outer me name; had him at a disadvantage, he did not wish to run the risk cause ef ye do I mought pull the trigger an' fill ye full of being hit by the nails, screws and other stuff that the uv nails'n screws an' things like thet !" pistol was charged with. He hacl hoped to get the man to "Oh, that's all right; I don't mean anything, Turkey, so lower the weapon, and then he would have drawn his own you needn't get mad about it." "Waal, ye kin jes' ez easy call me Turk; but I'd like ter beer more erbout thet feller N oer. An' tber Ark-whut wuz thet ?" The youth stared at the fellow in astonishment. "Have you never heard of the Flood, and of Noah and the Ark?" he asked. "I never hev." "Have you ever heard of the Bible?" "I never hev. Whut is et?" "It is a Book-a great Book, in fact, the greatest and 1 best Book ever written." "I don' know nothin' erbout books, young feller; ye see, I kain't read." "Oh, that's it?" "Yas; but won't ye tell me ther story erbout-wbut is et? Ob, yas ther Flood an' Noer an' tber Ark." "Yes, I will, on one condition." "Whut's thet ?" "That you turn your pistol in some other direction or put it back in your belt. rm afraid that you might get excited and pull the trigger." "Oho thet's yer game, is et?" cried Terrible Turk. "What do you mean?" "Ye lrnow well enuff." "Ko, I don't. What do you mean by saying 'That's your g11me, is it'?" "Jes' whut I say. Yer tryin' ter fool me inter puttin' me pistil enrny." "No, I'm not." "Y as, ye air Ye kain't fool me; tbar never wuz no sech feller ez Noer, an' he dicln' build no Ark. Yer jes' tole me thet ter git me curiosity 'xcited, an' then ye wuz goin' ter yank out yer own pistil an' put er bullet through me, thet's :vhut ye wuz ergoin' ter do!" The youth shook bis head. "I assure you that you are mistaken, Terrible Turkey," he said. "See here; I cl on' want ye ter call me outer me name erg'in, d'ye heer ?" and been master of the situation; but Terrible Turk was too smart to permit this to be done. Dick decided that it 'rnulcl. be to bring the matter to a head as soon as pvssible. "The fool may get excited and accidentally press the trigger/' the youth told himself; "and the chances are about a hundred to one that I would be badly "founded, if not killed." Aloud be saiJ: "See here; what do you want, anyway?" Terrible Turk grinned. '\\but do I want?" "Yes.'' "iraal, I w:rnter h-now who ye air, fur wun thing." ''What good will it do you to lrnow that?" "Waal, et's on'y eterkett, ye know; ye see, ye lrnow who I am, an' et's on'y right thet I sb'd know who ye air." "Well, I dc1i't know but that is right." "Uv course et is." "Very good; I dont object to telling you." "Go erhead, then." ":My name is Sam Walton." "Sam Walton, hey?" "Yes." "Waal, Sam, wbur ye headed fur?" "You mean to ask where I am going?" Thet's et." "Well, I ttlil on my way down into Georgia." "Goin' down inter Georgy?" "Yes." "Wbut fur?" "Ob, just on a sort of pleasure trip." "A plezzure trip, hey?" "Yes." \ "Humph! Air ye shore yer tellin' ther trooth ?" "Certainly; I'm going down there to Tisit some relatives." "Ob, thet's et?" "Yes." "Goin' through Charleston?" "I don't know; I may do so."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "Humph! Say, Sam Walton, I'm gain' ter ax ye anuther question, an' I want er troothful answur ter et." "What is the question?" "W'ich side u v ther fence air ye on?" "Which side of the fence am I on?" "Yas." "What do you mean?" "Waal, ye know we air hevin' er war, don' ye?" "Yes, I know that." "Waal, I mean w'ich side uv ther question air ye on? In other words, air ye fur ther king er ag'inst 'im ?" "Oh, that's what you wish to how?" "Yas." "And you wish to know real bad?" "Yas." "Well, I refse to answer." "Whut !" "Oh, I do, hey?" with a grin. "Yes. I think you are a fellow who would want to do the fair thing." "Uv course I am! Thet's me-thet's Turrible Turk, every time!" "I'm glad to hear it." "I s'pose ye air!" with a grin. "You look, too, 'l'errible Turk, as if you were a mighty good man, physically." "Oh, ye mean stout, an' all thet ?" "Yes." "Waal, ye've struck ther bull's-eye, fur er fack!" "So I should judge." It was Dick's scheme to work the I fellow up and make him feel that he was a wonderful man, physically. The ruffian stared in amazement. this reply. I "Yas, thar hain't no doubt erbout et. I'm ther bes' man I in South Carliny !" "I spoke plainly, didn't I? He had not expected 1 "Y 1 1 .t,, OU 00 ( l Terrible Turk swelled out his chest and looked important. I said that I refuse to .answer that question." "Ye do?" "I do." "But w'y ?" "That's my business." "Oh, et is I" There was a threat in the tone. "It is!" Dick spoke firmly. A grim, fierce light came into the eyes of the ruffian, and he said, menacingly: "Ye bet I am!" he declared. "Ther hain't anuther man in all South Carliny ez kin hol' er candle ter me." Dick had now got the ruffian where he wanted him, and he suddenly switched around and said, in a tone of con tempt: "Bosh You are not much of a man "W-whut's thet ye say!" the fellow gasped, staring at Vick in open-mouthed amazement. "You heard what I said." "Yas, so I did, but-I thort thet mebby I hed mistook "Young feller, ye answur thet question, an' ye answur whut ye sed. Jes' say et erg'in, will ye, an' say it slow." d quick, too-an' tell ther trooth !" "And if I still refuse ? "Then I'll pull ther trigger uv this heer hoss-pistil an' -fill ye full u v screws an' things CHAPTER II. DICK MAKES .A. PHOPOSITION. "I said that you are not much of a man." "Oh, ye did say et, then?" "Yes." "An' ye think I hain't much uv er man, hey?" "I'm sure of it." "Shore uv et, air ye?" "Yes; why, I would be willing to wager that I, myself, am a better man than you are!" The ruffian stared at the youth for a few moments, in astonishment, and then threw back his head and laughed Dick realized that he was in considerable danger. The I -rough-looking stranger was evidently a desperado who "Haw! haw! haw!" he roared. "Say, young feller, would not hesitate to make his threat good; but the youth thet's ther bes' joke I ever heerd, thet is Ye air er funny felt that if he was to answer the question he would prob-cuss, an' no mistake!" ably get into trouble, so he decided to try to find some other "Oh, but there is no joke about it, Terrible Turk. I way out of the difficulty. mean just what I say." "See here, Terrible Turk," he said, calmly, "you look The fellow stopped laughing and stared. like a pretty fair man." "Shorely ye air jokin' !"he asserted.


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 5 "No, I am not. will do. I mean it; and I'll tell you what I then you can lay your pistol aside with the ass urance that "Go ahead." It was evident that the fellow was getting interested. you will be dealt with fairly." "W aal, I guess thet'll be all right." "Certainly; I would not think of taking an unfair ad"If you will give me the chance, I will prove that I vanta g e of you---especiaUy wh e n I have an easy task of am a better man than you are." "Ye want er chance ter prove et, do ye?" "Yes." The fellow hesitated. "I've er good min' ter giv' ye ther chance," he said. "I'll make you this proposition," said Dick: "Give me a chance at you and if I do not prove that I am a better man than you are then I will tell you whether I am a king's man or not." "Yes; waal. ye might ez well tell me now an' hev done with et." "That's what you think." "Thet's whut I know." getting the better of y ou, anyway." A growl e scap e d the lip s of the ruffian. "Oh, y e think y e'll hev an e a s y time uv e t, d'ye ?" "Yes." '' W aal, I'll mighty quick s how ye thet ye air wrong." "Pe rhaps." "Thar hain't no 'perhaps erbout et." "No?" "No. Git offen thet hoss, stack yer weepins up ter wun s ide an' then I'll put my pistil ter wun side an' then we'll go fur wun anuther with r atur's weepins." "That suits me exactly." "Et may suit you right now, but in erbout five minnets "I have a different opinion regarding the matter; but if ye won't be so well suited!" you are so certain you will not refuse to let me go without "Brag is a good dog," said Dick, quietly; "but Holdfast having to tell you whether or not I'm a king s man, if I is a bett e r one." prove myself to be a better man than you." 1 "Waal, ye' ll think I'm er hull flock uv Holdfasts !" "Oh, no, I won't refuse thet; fur I know ye kain't prove with a confident grin. no Sch thing." I "We'll s ee." "Bah!" said Dick, contemptuously, so as to arouse the "Yas, thet's right; we' ll see." other to action; "I have beaten many a better man than The youth quietly alighted from the horse, led him to you!" one s ide, and then drawing two pistols from his belt Dick "Whut's thet ye say!" almost howled the man. "Ye dar' plac e d them on the ground and stepped away from the ter tork ter me thet erway ?" v icinity of the weapons. "Certainly; it's the truth I'm telling you." "Kow put your pistol down," he said, "and we will have "Et hain' t no sech stuff! W y I kin break ye in two an' 0ur little differ e nce of opinion s e ttled v e ry qui c kly." not more'n ha'f try, eether !" "Proof is what I want, Mr. Terrible Turkey," said Dick, coolly; "proof is what I demand. I refuse to your word for it." "See heer !" in a voice quivering with rage, "don' ye go fur ter call me Turkey erg'in I won t hev et, ye heer ?" "All right; but are you going to give me the chance to prove that you are not such a terrible fellow as the people seem to think you are?" "Yas, I'll giv' ye ther chancel" "Good! That is the way to talk!" "Thet' s whut we will!" A s he spoke the ruffian placed hi s pi s t o l on the ground, at the same time keeping a wary eye on Di ck. It wasevi dent that he was a bit s u s piciou s that the y outh was des irous of taking him at a di s advantag e Dick noticed it and laughed. "You needn't be afraid, Turke y," he said; "I am not going to try to take an advantage of you." "Thar ye go with thet 'Turkey' erg'in !" in an angry voice. "But I'll show ye; I'll hammer ther life ha'f imter ye an' make ye wush't ye hedn't never seen 'Turkey,' ez ye "Ye won't think et's so good by ther time I hev got hol' call me!" UV ye!" "We will wait and see." "So we will; but see heer, ef I put down my pistil how "Oh, I wish that now!" smiled Dick. "Whut' s thet ?" "I say that I already wish I had never seen you. You am I ter be shore ye won't pull er pi stil an' shoot me?" have c au s ed me considerable trouble and delay, and, bes ides, "I will lay my weapons to one side, Terrible Turk, and 1 y ou ar e about th e ugli est s p e cimen of humanity tha t I


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." have e>er seen, and it is anything but a pleasure to look upon you." A hoarse growl escaped the lips of the fellow. "Thet's all right; ye jes' keep right on tor kin' like thet," he said, fiercely, "an' I'll jes' erbont kill ye, thet's whut I'll do!" "Oh, pshaw! You should not be so fierce-talking, Turkey," said Dick, coolly. A howl escaped the lips of Terrible Turk, and he was just on the point of rushing: at Dick-at least so it seemed -when there came an interruption. "Ah, so that \ras the way of it?" "Yes, lady." "But it will not be an equal combat at all," the girl protested. "Why not?" with a smile. "Because he is much larger than you." "Oh, but that does not count for anything, lady!" The girl opened her eyes wide. "It does not?'' she asked, doubtingly ":N"o; he is larger than I, but be is so clumsy that in turning around b.e is likely to trip over his own big feet Two persons, one a man the other a woman, rode around arid fall down." a bend in the road only a few yards distant, and halted A rippling peal of laughter went up from the girl's near by, staring at the two would-be belligerents in amazelips, while a muttered curse escaped the lips of Terrible ment. Turk. 'rh! man was a British officer-a captain-and1 was not a "So ye think I'll fall down over my feet, d'ye ?" he cried. bad-looking fellow, perhaps twenty-five or twenty-six years "Yes, that is about the way I size the matter up," was of age; the woman was a young lady

THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." in love with Geraldine Fleming, the young lady, and was so jealous-hearted that it angered him for another man to even smile at and bow to the girl. Dick had acted so politely and courteously, and was withal so handsome and manly looking that the captain feareu the maiden might out of his eyes. "Don' ye dar' ter call me out uv me name crg'in, er I'll kill ye, thet's whut I'll do!" "Pardon me, sir; can I be of any assistance in getting the dirt out of your eyes? I so, I am at your service." The girl laughed a rippling, amused laugh; the captain take a liking to him. muttered a curse, and Terrible Turk emitted a roar not "Very well," said Geraldine; "I will say no more, but I unlike that to which a wounded lion might give utterance. think it very foolish of you, sir, to engage in an encounter with that man." "I assure you I am not foolish in doing so, lady," was the quiet reply; ''I owe him a thrashing, and as I can easily it, I would be more foolish not to do so." "Oh, I'll show ye!" cried Terrible Turk. "Air ye reddy fur ther fight ter begin?" "Ready!" replied Dick, carelessly. "Then look out fur me, heer I cum!" With the words Terrible Turk rushed at the youth with all the fierceness of a mad bull. CHAPTER III. A LIVELY ENCOUNTER. "Oh, but I'll fix ye, ye!" he cried. "Jes' ez soon e z I git so I kin see ye I'll go fur ye in er way ye won't like!" "Well, be careful, Turkey, and don't trip over your .fe et again and fall down," said Dick, calmly, and this brought forth another hoarse roar from the ruffian, and a laugh from the girl, while the officer bit his lips to keep from swearing, and looked fierce. Presenily the fellow got enough of the dirt out of his eyes so that he could see, and then he glared at the youth who was the cause of his misfortune, with eyes of hatred. I he thought to frighten Dick Slater by looking at him, however, he made a big mistake, for the youth was not one thus to be frightened. Indeed, to the surprise of the ruffian the youth burst out laughing. J "I really can't help it, Turkey," he said, apologetically; I "you look so comical with mud on the end of your nose and your face streaked with it, that a fellow couldn't help Undoubtedly Terrible Turk was not alone in thinking he laughing, unless he was so constituted by nature that he would be able to beat the young st'ranger down in the first was unable to laugh." wild rush. The British officer and the maiden both thought "Oh, I'll make ye larf !" howled Terrible Turk. "I'll so; but all three were destined to be surprised. When Ter-make ye larf on ther other side uv yer mouth, thet's whut rible Turk struck at Dick he simply ducked to one side, I'll do!" stepped out of the way and stuck out hi foot, over which With these words he again rushed at Dick, striking out the ruffian tripped and plunged headlong upon his face on wildly, his arms going at a great rate, after the fashion the ground, along which he slid, making a miniature ditch M the arms of an old Dutch windmill. in the soft earth with his nose. The youth waited till T errible Turk was almost within Cries of amazement escaped the lips of the officer and the triking distance before rqaking a move, and then he ducked girl, the latter clapping her hands and crying: and dodged several of the blows, after which he made twci "Bravo! Good! good! Served the big brute right!" quick grabs, and seized hold of the fellow's wrists and held The captain smothered an oath, but spoke it to himself him there, powerless, for a few moments and then gave 11uite heartily. "It was an accident," he told himself; him a shove which sent him rolling over and over in the "Terrible '11urk will just about kill him when he gets up." I of the road. The youth smilingly waited for the fallen man to regain i It was a feat of that was wonderful to see, and his feet, and then in a calm, matter-of-fact voice, said: the officer and the maiden stared at the youth in amaze" Too bad you slipped, Turkey, old man." ment. What manner of fellow was he, who, seemingly "I didn' slip!" cried the fellow, hoarsely, rubbing the orily an ordinary youth, was able to hurl a big, strong man dirt off the end of his nose and digging it out of his eyes. like Terrible Turk around as if he were a straw man? "No?" Turk struggled to his feet, covered with dust and almost "No! Ye tripped me, blast yer picter mad with rage. His hair, eyes and nose were filled with "I'm sorry, Turkey, but--" clust and the ruffian snorted and brushed and clawed in an "Shut yer head!" roared the ruffian, still digging dirt I attempt to get himself in a condition to renew the contest.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "Oh, I'll fix ye fur thet !" he howled. "Will you?" said Dick, quietly. "Yas, I will I" "But I am all right as I am, Turkey." "Thet's all right? I'm goin' ter kill ye, blame yer picter !" "I'm glad you are man enough to tell me what you are "It was an accident," said the captain, in a tone loud enough so that Dick heard the words. "You are mistaken, sir," he said, quietly. "There was no accident about it." "I was not addressing you, sir!" said the officer, haughtily. going to do. ahead of time, Turkey. That is kind of you." "I am aware of that, sir, but you spoke loud enough so The tone was mocking, and the ruffian realized this and that I heard what you said, and as you mistaken I gave utterance to a hoarse bellow of anger. "Oh, ye think ye air some punkins becos ye hev be'n able ter throw me aroun' like ez ef I wuz er bag uv taters er sumthin' like thet, don't ye ?" he said. "Oh, no!" "Yas, ye do!" "Not at all. Being able to throw you around isn't any thing to make a fellow feel important." "Oh, et hain't, hey?" "Certainly not." made bold to correct you "Well, don't make too bold, young man." "Wnat do you mean by that ?" "That you need not think that because you have suc ceeded in knocking that big boor around you are a match or any one, in any way." "Oh, I am not much of a hand or thinking myself won derful," was the reply; "I am quite modest and unassum ing as a general thing." Terrible Turk clambered to his feet, now, and Dick turn"Then I s'pose ye think ennybuddy c'u'd do et?" ed his attention to his opponent. The blow on the jaw, "Well, almost anybody; I think a good, stout ten-yearwhich would have knocked many men senseless, had simply old boy would be able to handle you, Turkey." dazed him temporarily, and he was not yet willing to ac.A hoarse roar was the only verbal reply, but the ruffian knowledge himself beaten. had succeeded in getting the dust out of his eyes enough so that he could see very well, and he again rnshed at Dick. "I'm goin' ter fix ye, this time!" he cried. "Look out fur yerse'f !" "Thank you, I will do so." The youth spoke calmly and nonchalantly, and the girl on the horse looked at him admiringly. "He is a wonderful young man!" she exclaimed, much to the officer's annoyance. "I don't think he is such a very wonderful he said, in a tone of disgust. "Well, I do. I don't think there are many who coulfl handle that big ruffian as be bas been doing and do it so easily." "He has been lucky, that's all." "Oh, I don't think that." "You don't ? "No; the young man knew just ;vhat be was doing, and did just what he intended to do." "l OU think SO ?" "I am sure of it." ''"\V ell, you'll find your mistake, I'm thinking." "I'm of the opinion that that young fellow needs a lesson!" said the captain, addressing Miss Geraldine. "Why so, captain?" the girl asked. "For the reason that be is too bigoted by half." "I don't think he is bigoted. He seems like a modest young fellow." "Modest fellow-bah He is anything but modest. He has a wonderfully high opinion of himself, and after be gets through with Turk I think that I shall take him in band and give him a lesson." "How do you mean, captain?" "I mean that I will challenge him to a duel, and slice off one of his ears and mark that handsome face of his!" The officer spoke fiercely and vindictively, and the girl, who knew the man well, felt sure that be would do what he said, if it were possible or him to do it. "I don't see what right you have to challenge him," she said; "he bas done nothing to you." "He talked insolently to me. Didn't you hear him?" "I don't think be talked any more insolently than you did." "I don't think so, and-look! What did I tell you?" "But that is different; I am a British officer, and what As the girl was speaking, Dick had dealt Terrible Turk right has a boor, a peasant like him to talk insolently to two blows, one in the chest, which checked his rush, and me?" then another on the jaw, which stretched him at full length "I don't see that there is any difference." on the g r o und. "You do not?" angrily.


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "No; out here it is man to man, and I think he has a -right to talk, the same as you have." "Well, well, Geraldine; you amaze me!" "Why so, captain?" "By the talk which you are making. That is exactly the way the rebels talk!" "Is it?" "Yes; you had best not let your father hear you talk "in that strain." "I assure you, Captain Monkton, that my father will not say or do anything if he hears me talk in that fashion." "Perhaps not; but I don't think he would relish the i.dea of having a daughter with rebel sympathies." "Look!" exclaimed the girl; "that puts an end to the affair, I am sure!" The girl had told the truth. Terrible Turk had rushed at Dick like a mad bull, and had struck out wildly and :fiercely, but had been unable to land any of the blows, Dick easily keeping out of the way until his opponent bad winded himself, and then the youth had delivered two blows. One was fair between the eyes, this one straightening the ruffian up; and the other was exactly over the heart. It was this last "blow that ended the combat, for "Oh, you do?" "I do." "Well, I can give a reason." "I suppose you could." "Yes, I can give a reason, and a good one." "What is it?" "You insulted me!" The youth looked surprised. "I in s ulted you?" he exclaimed. "Yes." "How?" "By using insolent language toward me." "When did I do so?" "A few minutes ago." "I do n o t r e m e mber of having said in s olent." "Yes, you d o ''I beg y o ur pardon but I do not." Dick spoke quietly bnt firml y and d e cid e dly. "Dont y o u r e m embe r what you said a few minutes ago?" "I remember exchanging a few words with you, but I do not r e member to have said anything insolent." "You disputed my word." "I corrected a mis-statement on your part, s ir, t h a t it was a terrible stroke and took all the life and strength is all." out of Terrible Turk, and while he was not senseless he was helpless, being unable to move a limb. The fact was, the blow was so hard that it had jarred the heart to a "It was not a mis-statement." "Begging your pardon, sir, but it was." The captain's face :flushed and a wicked light appeared standstill, and the ruffian was for the time as helpless as if in his eyes. paralyzed. "I suppose you don't call the manner in which you are As Dick, after looking :upon his fallen foe for a few motalking now, insolent, either?" he said, sneeringly. ments, turned away he found himsel confronted by the "Certainly I do not." British officer, who had leaped to the ground and advanced. "I challenge you to a duel!" the captain said, sternly and haughtily. CHAPTER IV. THE CAPTAIN TRIES HIS HAND. As may well be supposed, Dick was surprised, and stared at the speaker in amazement. "You challenge me to a duel?" he exclaimed. "I do!" "But why?" "That is my business!" haughtily. "Well, I think I am interested somewhat also; I insist that you give a reason for challenging me." "Well, I do." "How do you make it out?" "Easily enough. By what right do you di s pute my \\Ord?" "The right of one man as against another, where a que s tion is at issue. You said that my knocking Terrible Turk down was an accident; I overheard you, and knowing that you were mistaken, told you so. As I was interested, I think I had a perfect right to correct you." "But I am a British officer!" The captain swelled out his chest and looked as important as it was possible for him to look. "I know that," replied Dick, quietly; "at lea s t I judged you were, as I see you have on a captain's uniform, but I would like to ask you what that has to do with the matter?" "It has a great deal to do with it." "I don't understand how' that can be."


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "It is simple enough." "Explain." "I will do so: What right has a peasant, a boor to dis pute the word of a British officer?" To the captain's surprise the young stranger burst into a peal of laughter. This was so unexpected and inexplic able that the officer did not know what to think. His face darkened, and he stared at the youth for a few moments in wonder, after which he said: "Will you kindly explain what is so funny?" "The remark you just made." 'The remark I just made?" "Yes." 'rhe puzzled look did not leave the officer's face. "What was there funny about the remark?" ''Why, the fa_ct that you should think that because you are a British officer your word should not be disputed." "Oh, that seems funny, does it?" "Yes." ''I don't see why it should." "You don't?" "No." "I do not!" "Very well; it matters not to me whether you believe it or not, Sir Captain." "What! :More insolence?" "Call it what you please, sir." "I have half a mind to cut your peasant head off without giving you a chance in a duel!" hissed the captain. "You are mistaken in calling me a peasant, Sir Redcoat," said Dick. "If you are not a peasant ancl a rebel, what are you ?'r ''An American man and a patriot!" As Dick said this in a :firm, ringing voice, he folded his arms and gazed the British officer straight in the eyes 'vith a look as unflinching as that of an eagle. "Ha! I thought you you were not a rebel'!" "I did say so." "And now you say you are one." "No." "Why, you did just say so!" "No, I said I was a patriot." "Well, it's all the same." "0 h, no; quite different." 'That's because you are a British officer." "I don't see it that way." Geraldine Fleming laughed at this. It was evident that "But it is true, nevertheless." she saw something funny in this statement, and the captain .1 "What is the difference between a rebel and a patriot?"' suspected that it was not to his credit, for he flushed, "It is very simple: A rebel is one who rebels against and had to shut his teeth :firmly together to keep from giv-just authority; a patriot is one who denies that the person ing utterance to a curse. "What do you mean by that?" he hissed. trying to rule him has any authority; he claims that he is free and independent." "Just what I say, sir." "Bosh! There is nothing in it. It is all the rnme, and "Well, I don't understand just what you mean, so exas you are a rebel, by your own aclrnowledgment, I am going plain more folly." I to put yo\l out of the way with neatness and dispatch." "Very well; my meaning was this: That being a British "Then you still insist on forcing me to :fight a duel?" officer, with a high regard for your dignity, you cannot see "I do. I am doing more than I really should do, how i.hat ordinary people have any .right dispute anything ever, as I am a British officer, while you are a nobody, you eay." and as such you are not entitled to such a chance." "And they have no right to do so," haughtily. "My dear captain, if it will do you any good and make "I beg to differ with you, captain. I think that any one you feel any better, I will inform you that I, too, am an has a right to dispute your word, if you make statements officer." that are not in accordance with the facts in" The captain looked surprised. "Oh, you think that, do you?" "I do." "Then you must be an accursed rebel I" The youth shook his head. "You are mistaken," he said, calmly. "You deny being a rebel?" "I do." "Well, your denial does no gqod, for I don't believe you!" "Yon do not?" "You an officer?" he exclaimed. "Yes." "In what "The patriot army." "What is your rank?" "Captain, the same as your own." "Where is your uniform?" "I do not usually wear a uniform when venturing into the country where redcoats are numerous, sir."


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 11 "Humph! Well, if you are a captain you must be the "You will soon :find that it does matter a great deal!" possessor of a sword?" said the officer, but Dick only smiled and asked: "You are right; I have a sword." "Ready?" "Then draw it and we will get to work." "Ready!" "Very well, sir; anything to accommodate you." '1 "Very well; engage!" 'rhe youth turned and walked to his horse and took a The next moment the blades clashed and the sparks flew. _word from the scabbard, which was hanging over the pom-1 Of course, feeling confident in his ability as a swordsman mel of the saddle. the captain attempted to rush matters. He thought he "As the challenged party," said Dick, "I would properly '': ould have no difficulty in quickly disposing of the youth have choice of weapons, and I might prefer to choose who had faced him so boldly. pistols." "'rrue, you have a right to choose the weapons," said th e captain; "and you may choose pistols if you like, but swords are the weapons of gentlemen, and I trust you will decide to use the blade in the contest." "I presume the sword is your favorite weapon, and that you are more skillful in its use than with the pistol," said Dick, calmly. The captain flushed. "Choose pistols, if it pleases you," he said, haughtily. "I fancy I can kill you with the bullet from a pistol, quite as easily as with a sword." To his surprise, however, he found himself met at every point.' He coul

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "You are tiring yourself out to no purpose, captain," "Fly, sir; fly for your life!" were her words. "A large said Dick, quietly; "I will soori haYe you at my mercy." force of troopers is coming!" "Never!" cried the redcoat, vic iously and angrily. A flashing glance showed Dick that the girl had spoken "Oh, yes!" with a smile. "You are almost winded, even truly. A force of British troopers had just come around now, and I think that I could dispose of you without the bend and were coming on at a gallop. exerting myself greatly." It would not do for him to be caught, for he would be "Then why don't you do it?" sneeringly. made a prisoner, and his identity might be discovered, "I believe I will," and Dick suddenly took the offensive when he would be hanged without ceremony. He must and attacked Captain Monkton so fiercely that he was make his escape, and as the first move toward doing so, he,. forced to give ground. with a sudden movement, struck the sword of his opponent "Ah! the young stranger is the better swordsman, and is a fierce blow, which knocked it out of the captain's hand much stronger and freslier !" the girl said to herself. "I and several feet away. Then Dick struck the officer a believe he will defeat the captain!" hard blow on the side of the head with the of his Terrible Turk became impressed with the same idea, too, sword, knocking the man down as if he had been struck and, tricky by nature, he began working his way around with a sledgehammer. so as to get behind Dick. It was undoubtedly his intention Then Dick leaped into the saddle and dashed away on the to strike or shoot the youth from the rear, but his plan back of the magnificent black horse. was nipped in the bud by Geraldine. She was a soldier's daughter, and had learned to handle a pistol with the best of them; and understanding what the fellow's intentions were, she made up her mind to frustrate them. Drawing a pistol from the holster at the saddle she leveled it at Terrible Turk and said, in as stern a tone as sh e could command: "Stay where you are, sir, unless you wish to die!" "Thank you, miss!" said Dick, who had noted the action out of the corner of his eyes. "The scoundrel intended to get behind me and shoot me down, I doubt not." "I didn' intend ter do nothin' uv ther kin !" growled the ruffian. "Well, stand where you are and then we will be sure that you will not do anything," said the giri. "Have you turned rebel, Miss Geraldine?" exclaimed the captain, bitterly. "Would you be a party to a foul murder, Captain :UonkCHAPTER V. HURRICANE HARRY "Well, I seem to be getting into trouble at every turn!" said Dick to himself as he urged the horse onward. "I think, however, that I will not have much difficulty in getting away from the troopers, for their horses are heavy, clumsy beasts, with not much speed or endurance." This soon proved to be the case, for the youth's horse drew steadily and somewhat rapidly away from those on which the troopers were mounted. A mile or two farther and the redcoats gave up the chase and turned back. See ing this, Dick brought his horse down to a more moderate gait and rode onward. A mile or two farther and then he began to look about ton?" asked the girl, with scorn in her tones. 11im as if looking for something or somebody. The latter "No, but I don't like to see you taking the part of a was the case. He was looking for his "Liberty Boys," rebel." whom he had left six or eight miles behind him, with in"! am simply seeing that fair play is had by the gentlestructions to go into camp soon. man, and you, as a gentleman, should thank me for that." "Turk had no intention of doing a.nything." "Uv course I didn' !" "Well, then, it will do no harm for him to stand where he is," said the girl. Clash clash clash went the swords, and the sparks flew in all directions. Dick was pushing the officer hard, and had him practically at his mercy, when a sudden, startled cry escaped the lips of the maiden: "I ought to come upon them soon, I should think," he said to himself, but he rode onward a couple of miles farther and 8till saw nothing of his men. "That is strange," he said, speaking aloud; "l don't see where the boys can be. I will soon be to where they were when I came on and left them, and they understood that they were to ride onward another mile or so, at least." Onward the youth rode, slowly now, and he kept a sharp lookout on both sides of the road for some signs of


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 13 the encampment. si.op. Presently he brought his horse to a ''That would be giving you information. First tell me "Here is where they were when I came on ahead," he said to himself; "they must have come on another mile or so, and the question is: Where are they?" There was no use of going on in that direction longer, so Dick turned his horse's head in the opposite direction and started back in the direction from which he had just are you patriot or loyalist ?" "I am a patriot." The youth answered promptly and fearlessly, and the stranger stared at him in surprise. "Say, you are a bold fellow!" he exclaimed, in a tone of admiration. "Why so?" come. "Because you answer so readily and decidedly. You "Can I have passed them without seeing the encampdon't know but that I am a Tory." ment ?" the youth asked himself. "I don't see how I could have done so unless they went deep into the timber, and I don't think they would have done that." The youth was riding slowly along, gazing searchingly into the timber, first on one side and then on the other, when svddenly a man leaped out into the road in front of him, and, covering him with a pistol, cried: "Halt!" The youth obeyed instantly, at the same time remarking to himself: "I am tumbling into trouble pretty frequently this afternoon; there seems to be trouble atevery turn." Aloud he said : "Who are you?" '!'he man was not a bad-looking fellow, Dick said to him"Oh, yes, I do ''Eh? How do you know it?" "It is simple enough." "Well, I'd like to know on what you base your belief that I am a patriot?" "Your manner of asking the question told me that you are a patriot." "It did?" ''Yes." "In what way?" "You asked me whether I was a patriot or a loyalist." "I know I did "Had you.been a Tory you would have said.rebel instead of patriot. The British Tories seldom or never use the self. Indeed, he was handsome and there was something word patriot." attractive in his appearance and bearing. He was dressed The stranger's face lighted up. like the settlers of the region, and Dick was of the opinion "I see," he said; "you are keen and observant." that the man was not one who would be an enemy. In "It is necessary that one be, these times, sir; and now answer to Dick's question the man laughed shortly and if yo;u will tell me who you are I will be pleased. The said: pistol, too, you may lower, if you will, as it might, thro ugh "It would seem to me, young man, that I am the proper mischance, g? off." person to ask questions, seeing as how ,I hold your life at 'fhe man lowered the pistol and placed it in his belt. my mercy." "Well, that sounds reasonable," said Dick, smiling; "but I thought I would ask you the question, anyway." "First tell me who you are and then I may tell you who I am." "I am a stranger, traveling through the country," said Dick. "Are you alone ?" "Don't you see that I am?" "My name is Harry Caine," he said. Dick started. "Are you indeed the man known throughout this region as 'Hurricane Harry,' the patriot partisan fighter?" ex claimed Dick. "I am sometimes called 'Hurricane Harry,'" was the quiet reply. "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Harry Caine!" 3aid Dick, leaping down and giving the other his hand. "At present, yes. But I was wondering if you were not "But you haven't told me who you are as yet," the other a member of the party of young fellows whom I saw an said. hour ago." Dick started. "Did you see a party of young men?" he asked. "Yes." "Where were they?" "}!y name is Slater-Dick Slater." "What! The captain of the company of young men known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" "The same," with a smile. "Well, well! Dick Slater, I am indeed glad to make


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." your acquaintance!" shaking his hand heartily. "And that party of young men-are they the 'Liberty Boys' ?" "Yes; and I was searching for them when you brought m e up, standing." "Then I think I can help you out a bit; I saw them about an hour ago." "Where were they?" "Here's more trouble!" he said to himself. "I am run ning into it at every turn, sure enough." "Charge the scoundrels I" roared Hurricane Harry, drawing a pistol and spurring his horse forward. "Down with the minions of a tyrant king!" Dick was surprised. He felt that it was rather ticklish I business for two men to charge a dozen, but he would not ,, They were on a road running westward, a mile south of desert his companion, and urged his horse forward at a here." "Now I wonder why they turned aside?" run. He drew two pistols and fired two shots, returned the pistols to his belt, drew two more from a holster and "I don't know; of course, I did not hail them as I did fired them and returned them to their resting place, and not know whether they were friends or not, so I can tell you while he was doing this Hurricane Harry had fired four nothing more about the matter." shots 'l'he shots were good ones, too, for five of the red Well, I must hasten on after them and find out what coats dropped from their horses, either dead or wounded. they mean by going off to one side in that fashion." Then with swords in their hands the two daring patriots "If you have no objections I will accompany you." dashed in among the redcoats and began laying about them shall be pleased t o have you do so; but you have no with such fury that although the troopers made ah effort horse." to resist they were unable to do anything, and after four more of their comrades had gone down the three who were 'Yes, I have one. Wait a moment." left turnec). their horses' heads in the opposite direction Harry Caine plunged in among the trees and returned a and raced away at the best speed of which the animals were capable. Captain Monkton had drawn his sword and started for "Now I'm ready to accompany you." ward to help his men, but had hardly more than got The two set out down the road at an easy gallop, and as few moments later, leading a large, strong-looking horse. vaulting into the saddle, he said: started before the fight was over and the small remnant of the force was in full flight; and he, too, turned hiB "How happens it that you and your 'Liberty Boys' are horse and fled as fast as he could make the animal go, ihey went they conversed. down here in the South, Dick?" asked Hurricane Harry. "The commander-in-chief sent us down here to aid Lincoln in holding Charleston;" was the reply. "So that is how you come to be down here, eh?" "Yes." leaving the girl alone. Hurricane Harry started in pursuit of the captain, but stopped when he came up with the maiden, and, doffing his hat, bowed courteously and said: "Ah, lady, I am very sorry indeed to have deprived you "Well, I'm glad you are here, for now I think you will be of an escort and protector." able to do a of good, though, I don't think Lincoln will be able to hold Charleston." "You don't?" The girl was eyeing the handsome young patriot with an interest which she could scarcely conceal. She turned her head and looked after the fleeing captain, and there "No. The British are working their way closer and was scorn on her face when she ti,irned it back again. eloser to the city, and will capture it, I am confident." "No apologies are necessary, sir," she said; "Captain "I am sorry to hear that." Monkton was my escort, true, but I think that he could "I wish the indications were otherwise, but such is not scarcely be looked upon in the guise of a protector." the case." Hurricane Harry smiled. The two were almost to the point where the road the. "Certainly not at the present moment, at any rate," he "Liberty Boys" had taken branched off, when suddenly, said ou rounding a bend in the road, they saw within fifty "Will you tell me your name, sir?" the maiden asked. yards of them, and coming on at a gallop, a party of per haps a dozen British dragoons. Dick recognized them as "Certainly, young lady; my name is Harry Caine. "Ah! Then you are the patriot who is h.'Il.own as Hurri-b e ing the fellows who bad chased him, for back of them a cane Harry!" lmndred yards or so were the captain and the "Yes, lady." G e raldine Fleming. I "I have heard my father speak of you."


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 15 "Indeed?" I You think not?" "Yes; my father is ColonelFleming,oftbeking'sarmy."ll "I am sure of it; she seems to think very well of us,'' "I am pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss Flemand then Dick told how Geraldine had taken bis part and ing." held the ruffian, Terrible Turk, at bay, when Dick and \ "Thank you," said the girl, blushing. Captain Monkton were fighting the duel. "And now, if you wish, I will accompany you until you find another escort," Hurricane Harry saic1. The girl shook her head. "She is one g:i,rl in ten thousand, I am certain," said Harry, enthusiastically; "and I'll win her if I can." Then the two rode away to go in search of the "Liberty "No," she said, "I know the way back to the British Boys." encampment, and do not need an escort, though I thank you for your kinc1 offer. I must be going, too, else those troopers will reach the encampment and cause my father to be uneasy regarding me." "When you overtake the troopers tell them that they may return and bury their dead comrades and take care of the wounded," said Dick. CHAPTER VI. BOB THINKS THEY ,ARE "HOODOOED." "Very well, sir," was the reply; "and then with a pleasPerhaps the most disgusted man of all was Terrible ant "good-by," i.he girl rode away. Turk. He was a ruffian with a reputation that had been "Jove! what a beautiful girl!" said Harry, enthusiastically, as he watched the maiden riding away. "She is very beautiful, Harry," said Dick. "The most beautiful that I have ever seen!" made by acts of cruelty, and his very name possessed ter ror-inspiring qualities, especially among the more timid of I the patriots, and the members of their families. "I believe you are in love, my boy!" smiled Dick. "I am!" decidedly. "I'm bead over ears in love with her And now to think that he had been thrashed soundJy by a mere youth, whom he had thought to dispose of with. out the least trouble. It was terrible to think of! -aren't you?" 1 He waited till the British troopers bad dashed onward Harry gave Dick a quick, searching look as be asked the in pursuit of Dick, and Captain 1\Ionkton and Geraldine question. ;'I'm in love, yes--but not with her." "Ab! you already have a sweetheart?" lief in the young man's tone. had followed to see whether or not the troopers would be successfu l in catching the daring rebel, and then he left There was rethe road, and, plunging into the timber, walked steadily "I a sweet, beautiful girl, away up in New York." "I"m glad of that, for now I won't have you :for a rival." "You are going to try to go in and win this girl, then?" "I am!" "I wish you luck, Harry-and I believe you will have good luck, too, for unless I am mightily mistaken she took a great fancy to you." "Do you really think so?" eagerly. "I do. I could see it in her eyes." "Jove! I hope you are right!" and rapidly onward for half an hour. Then he came to an old mill which stood on the bank of a little stream. The stream was not wide, but it was swift-flowing and had undoubtedly furnished the power for running the mill. Terrible Turk entered the main room of the mill, and found two men there. They were rough, vicious-looking fellows, and were evidently cronies of bis, for they greeted him familiarly. "Hello, Turk!" "Back erg'in, hey?" "Yas, I'm back," growled Turk, in such a sullen voice that the two looked at him in surprise. 'I am sure of it; but you won't haze an easy task, e>en if "\\hat's the matter?" asked one. "Ye tork ez ef ye hed I she does favor you, for she is the daughter of a British run up erg'inst er snag, er sumthin', while ye wuz erway." officer, and it will be hard for you to get to see her." "Thet's erbout ther trootb uv ther matter, too/' was the "I'll see her and win her, too, in spite of all the British!" reply. I "I wish you success, old man; go in and win, is what I "Tell us erbout et!" said the other of the two, eagerly, say, and I am confident Miss Fleming will make you a Terrible Turk did so, holding back nothing, and acsatisfactory wife, even though you are a patriot, for I am knowledging that he had been thoroughly whipped by the sure she is not very much prejudiced against the patriots." tranger youth.


,. 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." Exclamations of wonder escaped the lips of the two hearers. They could not under s tand it, and said so. "To an old mill," was the r e pl y "An old mill?" "Waal, I kain t unnerstan' et, Turk!" said one. "I "Yes; it is not in use now, but several years ago it was don' see how he e ver goi; ther better uv ye." being run. Its owner was a patriot, and it is said that he "Nur me, nuther !" said the other. was murdered by Terrible Turk and some cronies, because "I hardly understan et, myse'f," growled Turk; "but he tried to prevent them from robbing him of a: grist of ihar's wun thing thet I b1ow." meal that he had ground for a neighbor." "Whut's thet ?" "So that scoundrel, Terrible Turk, really has com"W'y, thet ef ever I git ther chance I'm goin' ter git mitted murder, has he?" even with ther young cuss whut handled me in ther fashion "Yes, on several occasions; and I have made up my m'.ind he did!" Turk spoke viciously and ther e was no doubt but to hunt him down and put an end to his career." that he meant what he said. "Had I known that I could easily have finished him, The three talked for an hour and then went to work to for I had an encounter with him this afternoon." cook supper. This old mill was the home of Terrible Turk, and the two ruffians were there a part of the time, though they belonged farther to the westward. The three were a s sociated together in the work of robbing and plundering "You did?" "Yes," and the n Dick told of his meeting with Terrible Turk. "You would have done a splendid thing for the people of the patriots, and when the y were working in this vicinity this vicinity if you had killed the scoundrel instead of the two stayed with Terrible Turk at his old mill home. merely giving him a thrashing," said Harry; "though I While they were g e tting the eve ning meal Turk hap: must say that I am glad to hear that you did that much." pened to glance out of the window and a cry of ama z ement and fierce joy escaped his lips. "I may meet him a ga in," said Dick, "and in that case I will undoubtedly have a chance to finish him, for he will "Here comes that young scoundrel who whupped me!" go in to try to kill me." he said, "an' Hurricane Harry an' two more fellers air "Y h .11 b "ld t t f th th h .1. es, e e Wl o ge revenge on you or e ras with 'im This is good luck, fur er fa ck. Boys, I'll go h. ,, m g y ou gave im. an' hide so they won' t see me an' be s'pi s hus, an' ye mu s ";,.,. 11 1 h 11 b 1 d t hi th h ,, 11 e s a e g a o g1 ve m e c ance. manage ter git 'em up inter ther grain-bin at ther top uv ther mill an' fasten 'em in. The n we'll set fire ter ther hi s hiding place at the old mill," said Harry, thoughtfully; Dle mill an' burn ther cusses like rats in e r trap!" "though such fellows are usually moral cowards, and shun "Whut Burn down yer house, Turk?" exclaimed one places where they have committed murders." "I have been somewhat suspicious that he might have "Some of them are such heartless and hardened criminals "Yas; ennythin' ter git even with thet young rebel-an' that they do not mind," said Dick. {)f the men, in surp:r_ise. Hurricane Harry, too; I hate him, an 'll be gla4 ter git 'im outer ther way, fur he hez chased me two er three "True; and if we run across your 'Liberty Boys' anywhere in the vicinity of the mill we will go into camp and times, an' I've heerd ez how't he hez threatened ter run the n go and make a thorough search and see if we can me down an' kill me er drive me outer the country. I catch Terrible Turk." don' keer fur ther ole mill ef we kin on'y succeed in gittin' rid uv them fellers." Presently they came to a place where there were two "All right; we'll do ther bes' we kin, Turk. Now hurry roads, one going to the right, the other to the left. an' git outer beer ef ye don' wanter be seen." Harry leaped down and made a brief examination of the Terrible Turk stole out of the mill through a rear door, I g round. and as he disappeared there came a h.'"Ilock on the front "Your 'Liberty Boys' took the left-hand road," he said; door. "I was afraid they might." "What! more trouble?" remarked Dick. "Where does Dick Slater and Hurricane Harry rode along at as that road lead to, Harry?" rapid a gait as they; could travel, and presently turned into "To the road leading to Georgetown." a road leading off at right angles from the main road. "Humph! Well, I suppose we wil l have to follow." It was evident that this road was not used a great deal, and Dick asked where it led to. "Yes." The two set out and rode perhaps a mile, when they met


TlIE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 17 the "Liberty Boys." The youths had discovered that they were on the wrong road and were coming back. "Where in the world have you fellows been?" cried Dick. "And how did you come to turn off the main road leading to Charleston?" "I give it up, Dick," replied Bob Estabrook, with a lugubrious countenance; "I guess we must have been hoodooed." "Well, I think you must have been! I don't see how you ame to do it at all." ":N" either do I. When we came to the road that leads ''Good Then lef s walk do"n there and take a look around before it gets too dark to see anything.'' "l'm "Here, Bob and l\1ark, do you want to go with us?" called out Dick. "Of course -we want to go with you!" said "Yes, indeed," said Bob; "but I hope there won't be any hoodoo business about it." "Oh, I believe you are getting to be superstitious, Bob!" laughed Dick. "Well, I don't understand why I turned i1'lto that side oil' from the main road, I rode down it and the others folroad, and now, as this trip to the old mill comes as a 101red. I don't know why I did it; it just seemed to me result of my mistake, I am inclined to be a bit dubious that it was the right road and I took it and did not stop to about it, and would almost be willing to wager that we hink about the matter at all." "iY ell, it can't be helped now. ":No." "But you will do well to be more careful in future, Bob." "I will, Dick; but if a fellow is hoodooed he can't help it, ou know." "I guess you were not hoodooed, Bob," said Dick, smil ng. "I can't understand it an:y other way." Then Dick introduced Hurricane Harry to the "Liberty oys," and they greeted him pleasantly, for all had heard of he young patriot who fought the British and Tories with nch vigor and fierceness as to earn for him the name of forricane Harry. ":X ow we will hasten back," said Dick, and they rode ack at as rapid a pace as was practicable, the road being nything but conducive to rapid traveling. iYhen they reached the point where the roads forked, ick called a halt. get into trouble before we get through with the affair." "Ii-ell, well, Bob!" said Dick, looking at his comrade curiously; "this is something new for you. I never saw you look on the dark side of any affair before." "Well, it's the way I feel, Dick, and I cant help it. I am eager to go, though; I wouldn't stay back for any thing, and if we are hoodooed I'll do my best to break up lhe eYil spell." 'Oh, you are not feeling well, Bob. You'll be all right in a day or two." "I hope so." Dick then told the "Liberty Boys" where himself and three comrades were going, and said that they would prob ably be back in an hour or an hour and a half. Then they set out. Twenty-five minutes' walk brought them to the old mill, and they eyed their surroundings keenly as they approach ed the building. Bob's heart sank, for he felt as if he could :feel trouble in the air. "I feel dubious, fellows," he said, with a shake of the head; ""we want to keep our eyes open, I tell you!" Then Dick knocked on the door and a few moments later it was opened by an evil-faced fellow, who eyed the ight; then, Harry, some of us can go to the old mill and four curiously. 'e if we can find Terrible Turk." "It is almost sundown," he said; "and it is about time go into camp for the night, anyway, so I think we might well stop here and make preparations for spending the "That isn't a bad idea," said Harry; "and this will be s,afer place to camp, anyway, than if you go back to the ain road, for there you would be in danger of being dis-CHAPTER VII. ered and attacked by the British." "True," said Dick, and he gave the order for the youths IN THE OLD MILL. dismount and go into camp. "How far is it from here to the old mill?" he asked of "Who air you?" he asked. "An' whut d'ye want?" arry, when the arrangements for passing the night there "We are of Terrible Turk's.,'' said Hurricane d been a)Jout completed. Harry, "and would like to see him." "About a mile and a half, I should say." "Ye would?" with a searching glance.


18 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "Yes. Ts he here?" "Y as, he's heer." "Good! come on, boys!" and Harry pushed his way into the main room 0 the mill, the three following closely. 'He llo, in thar !" he called out. As may well be supposed, Dick and his comrades soon discovered that they had been tricked and trapped, and when they heard the door go shut, and the bar rattle into "Where is Terrible Turk?" asked Harry, in a disapplace, they hastened back and began pounding on the door pointed tone 0 1oice as he glanced around the room and and calling out that it be opened. Auel now when they eaw only the one other man, anc1 he a stranger. "He jes' went up inter ther meal-room ter git some 'meal fur ter make some hoe-cakes." "Up that way?" asked Harry, pointing to some steps leading upstairs. "Yas." heard Turk's voice, Harry and Dick recognized it. "Hello, yoursel, Turkey!" retorted Dick. "Open the door And let us out." "Haw! haw! haw! So ye wants me ter open ther door, does ye?" laughe<;t the desperado. "Yes, open it at once! Vi'hat do you mean by fasten"We' ll go up and sec him, as our business is important ing us up in here, anyway?" and imperative," said Harry; "come along, boys!" "Whut do I mean?" "I'll call 'im down," said the man, but Harry shook "Yes." bis bead. "I mean thet ye shan't leeve ther place erlive, thet's whut "It isn't necessary; we'll go llp there and will have a I mean!" 7 better opportunity to talk to him on the business which There was no mistaking the fact that the ellow meant bas brought us hither." 1 The our hastened across the floor and up the steps, and '.did not observe the triumphant glances which the two ruffians exchanged. As soon as the our had reach e d the landing at the top of the steps and had passed through the doorway, the ruffian who had done most of the talking ran up the steps what he said. There was venom in his tones. "You say we will not get out of here alive?" "Thet's wbut I say!" "But how are you going to make your words good?" "How am I goin' ter make 'em good?" "Yes." "Easy enuff." and pushed the door shut and quickly placed a heavy oaken "I don't see 'how." bar across it. The door itse1 was heavy and strong, and "Dont ye?" mockingly. now with the bar across it it would easily withstand such ":N" o; there are four 0 us, all armed, while there are attempts as might be ;nade by the four to break it down. only three of you." As soon as he bad done this the ruffian hastened back down the steps and to the door at the rear. Opening this he called : "Turk! Turk!" Tenible Turk appeared from among some bushes near at band. "What do you want?" be asked. "We've got them penned up in the meal-room an' h!lll way, upsta'rs pi was the eager reply. "Yas, but :ye won't git no chance ter :fight with us." ''We won't?" "No." "Why not?" "Becos we hain't ergoin' ter giv' ye no chance, thet's w'y." "But you won't be able to help yourselves." "We won't, hey?" "Xo." "Rev ye? Good Then we'll soon roast tber cusses "I think we will." He entered the mill, and as be did so there came the "Ye'll fin' out :yer mistake, mighty quick!" eound 0 pounding on the door up at the head 0 the "When you come in here to try to make prisoners 0 steps. us we will haYe a chance at you." "Here, here! Open the door and let us out!" cried a J "Ob, but we hain't ergoin' ter try ter make no pris"ners voice. I uv ye!" "I'll go up an' tork ter 'em er minuet," said Turk, with "You are not?" a look of :fiendish delight on bis ace; "you two go out an' "Not er bit uv et!" lgit reddy ter start ther :fire when I tell ye." "What are you going to do with us, then? Let us stay "All right," and the two went out 0 doors, while Turk here and starve?" made his way up the steps and paused at the landing. "'Wuss nur tbet


THE LlBEHTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 19 ""What do } ou think?'' asked Bob. "Will he keep his word?" "What are you going to do, then?" "Yes, without doubt!" replied Harry. "The best thing We air goin' ter sot ther ole mill afire an' roast ye we can do is to begin trying to find some way of getting Jike in er trap!" out of this." The four looked at one another-they could just make "That is the thing to do, without doubt!" said Dick. <.ut to do this in the dusk-aghast. The declaration of the Then they went to work. They made their way along was enough to make them look sober. the hall until they came to a room at the farther end. In "Do you really think he means what he says?" asked this room, whiqh was small, being not more than ten feet Dick, in a low tone. square, was a quantity of cornmeal. "I'm afraid that he does," replied Hurricane Harry. "The last grist ground by the owner of this mill before He has the reputation of being vindictive as a snake, and he was murdered by Terrible Turk, no doubt," said Hurrid eoperate." 'I knew we were hoodooed!" said Bob, disconsolately. 'Jove but I guess it is all up with us this time !" cane Harry. At one side were the great ,round stones which had ground the grain to meal and which had been operated by "Perhaps not," said Dick; "I don't believe he will set the water-wheel in the race below, but there was no way tire to the mill. It is too good a place for him to stay of getting out of the room save by way of the door through He won't be willing to destroy his home in that manner." which they had come. Having satisfied themselves of this "I think he will do it, if by so doing he can get rid the four made their way back along the hallway and listenof four fellows whom he hates," said Harry, soberly. "Well, whut d'ye think erbout et now?" called out Turk, in tones of triumph. "Ye don' seem ter hev much ter say, all uv er sudden." "I will just say this, Terrible Turk, that I think .you are about the biggest scoundrel on the face of the earth!" said Dick. '' Arnl I will say, that I shall make it my business to see to it that your career comes to a sudden nd, and that before very long, too!" "And I'll make it my business to work to the same end!" called out Harry. "Thet's all right; threaten all ye wanter," was the mo. eking reply; "thet's all ther good et'll do ye. Ye'll ed at the door. 'fhey could hear nothing, and Harry suggested that they; try to break the door down. This was tried, but without success, for the door was strong enough to resist three times the force they could put against it. "Listen!" said Harry, presently; "some one is coming up the stairs." "I hope it is a friend!" said Mark Morrison. "It is more likely Terrible Turk coming to crow over us some more," said Dick. And it turned out that he was right. It was Turk who knocked on the door and called out: "Hello, in thar !" "Well, what do you want?" "I wanted ter tell ye thet we hev started ther fire!" was the triumphant reply. "I knowed ye'd like ter know "I'll wager you that you are lying when you say we won't E:t." never leave this heer mill erlive, so I guess et won't do no hurt ter let ye tork !" leave this mill alive!" called out Dick. "We will leave it "You are very kind, Turkey, old man!" said Dick, sar alive, and what is more we will make an end of you before castically. many days have passed!" "Bah! Ye air erbout ther biggest feller ter brag thet I hev ever run ercross, an' thet's er fack. But thet's all et 1s-brag." "Oh, et's my natur', ye know-haw! haw! haw!" Terrible Turk was evidently in a good humor. "Yes, we know that/' said Dick, sarcastically; "you are as kind hearted as a panther or a mountain lion." "You will see!" "Thet's erbout it, ye bet-'speshully when et comes ter "Yas, an' so'll ye see-but I hain't ergoin' ter fool dealin' with feller& whut I hate like I hates you fellers. erway enny more time with ye. I'll jes' go down an' tell Ha! but I shall laugh when I hear Y

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "Oh, ye kain't escape; ye needn' think et! Ye air I "Yes; I don't see any possible chance for us to escape,'' goners, an' in less n :fifteen minnets ye'll be roastin', fur said ::\Iark Morrison. tber ole mill is dry ez tinder an'll burn mighty fast. Listen "It really seems as if we are doomed!" said Harry. an' ye'll beer ther cracklin' uv ther flames a'ready." Crackle! crackle! crackle! went the flames, while the The four listened and sure enough they did bear the smoke was now pouring in in such volume as to make it crackling of the flames; they could smell the smoke also next to impossible for the four to breathe. and realized that they were in great danger. "Let's fire a Yolley through the door," whispered Dick; "perhaps we may be fortunate enough tq hit the scoundrel, and if we could drop him and force him to burn with us that would be some satisfaction." -"So it would," agreed Hurricane Harry; "we'll try it at any rate." The four drew their pistols and cocked them; then the} leveled the weapons and at a signal from Dick, fired. Fol lowing the volley sounded a yell of pain, this being suc ceeded by a string of curses. "I guess we hit him!" said Dick, in a tone of satisfaction. Then he raised his voice and called ou.t : "Hello, Turkey! How do you like that?" CHAPTER VIII. A. SURPRISE, Suddenly an exclamation escaped Dick. '' \rlrn t is it, Dick ?'1 asked Bob. ,, rve made a discovery!" ''What is it?" eagerly, in a chorus from the three. "I have fountl a trap door in the floor!" While talking, Dick was down on his hands and knees and was busy at 1rork trying to lift the trap door. "Ye jes' giv' me er flesh-woond," was the reply; "et "Lend a hand, fellows,'' he said; "there has been a ring, hain't much, an' I'll soon hev my revenge on ye fur et. but it is gone, and we'll have to pry the door up till we In ten minnets ye'll be scorchin', an' I'll stan' down on can get hold underneath the edge; then it'll be easy to ther groun' at er safe distance an' larf ter think uv whut lift it." ye're goin' through ye!" Instantly the three were down on their hands and knees, Then followed the clatter of the fellow's feet as he hastened back down the steps. "Well, I guess we will have to roast, sure enough!" said Hurricane Harry, "but I tell you I don't like the idea at all. I never thought that I would end my life in this hard at work, and it did not take long to lift the trap door, which was about four feet long by three in width, and two inches thick, making it quite heavy. The four looked eagerly down through the opening and saw that they were right above a ledge or pathway, which miserable fashion. It is terrible to think of being burned extended along the mill-race, and on the other side of it to death like a rat in a trap!" was a stone ten feet in height at least. There was no "So it is," agreed Dick; "but let's don't give up all hope. Let's try to find some way of escape!" They went to work and searched for some way of getting out of Hie prison, and as they worked the crackling of the flames grew louder and louder and the smell of the smoke ladder or other means of getting down; if they got down they would have to jump-but that would be much better than to remain where they were and be burned to death. "How far is it down to the pathway, do you think?" asked Mark Morrison. grew stronger and stronger. "It is twenty feet at least," replied Dick; "but by hold-It began to grow warm, too, and presently it became hot. ing with our hands and hanging down at arm's length we The flames were coming nearer and nearer. will be able to shorten the distance seven or eight feet. It "If we don't find some way of getting out of here, and will jar us up a bit, but I don't think there is much danger that very soon, we are doomed!" said Dick, soberly. of breaking any bones if we are careful." "I told you that we were hoodooed!" said Bob. "I felt "Well, go ahead, Dick, and show us how it should be sure that in coming to this old mill we were going to get done," said Bob. into trouble." "All right," and lowering himself through the opening "You were right," said Hurricane Harry. "We have Dick let himself down till he hung at arm's length; then, gotten into trouble, sure enough; and serious trouble at after a few moments for steadying himself, he let go and that." I droppe

THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 21 He alighted on his feet and fell on down to his knees, but leaped up quickly. Thrusting his pistol into his belt Dick leaped up and caught hold of the top stone of the high wall. Exerting "I'm all right," he called up, cautiously; "hurry, for his strength he turned himself up over, like the acrobats some of those scoundrels may come around this way and see do on the horizontal bars, and he was just in time to see what we are up to and shoot us down." the three Tories running into the timber at the top of :Mark Morrison came next and made the d:i:op successtheir speed. fully, being shaken up a bit, but not hurt by the fall; "Bah! the cowards!" he said. "They could easily and then Harry came, being followed quickly by Bob, and gotten the better of us if they had been possessed of any neither was injured. courage at all. Well, I'm glad they have skipped out, and The youths now looked about them to see what chance now I will the boys up." there was for making their escape unseen by. their enemies. A glance around showed Dick a stout limb of a tree lying It seemed that it would be impossible for them to go back near, and, seizing it, the youth pushed it down and placed up the stream, for the pathway ended a few yards distant, it against the wall. and to get out that way they would have to swim forty or "Now you can cli:i:nb out of there," he said. fifty yards against a mill-race-which would be practically "What has become of the Tories?" asked Harry, as he impossible of accomplishment Plainly they have clambered up the stick. to look in the other direction for means of getting away. They moved down a ways and were looking eagerly for a way to get out when they heard the voice of Terrible "They have taken refuge in flight." "What cowards!" "You are right; if they had had any courage they could Turk. It sounded almost above their heads, and looking up. have made an end of us." they saw the fellow and his two comradeB standing, looking "So they could; but those scoundrels have always been down upon them. used to making war on women and children, and fear men." "So you got out of the mill and escaped bein' burned to "That is about the truth of the matter, I judge.'l death, after all, hey?" exclaimed Terrible Turk, and Dick I Bob and l\Iark soon up on the level ground, and could detect disappointment in the tone, though the fello\\" it was decided that they should return to the encampment tried to disguise the fact that he was disappointed. of the "Liberty Boys" at once. "Yes, as you see," replied Dick, drawing a pistol, hi::. comrades doing the same. Instantly the three Tories dropped down till only their "We will do well to look out for ourselves as we go, however," said Dick; "those scoundrels are likely to way lay us and try to make an end of us." heads could be seen. "That is well said," agreed Hurricane Harry; "but I "Well, we hev ye in er trap from which ye kain't es-think that if we hasten they will not recover from their cape this time!" the Tory cried, grinning in delight. fright soon enough to get after us." "You think so?" remarked Dick, coolly. They hastened to get away from the vicinity of the burn"Yas." ing mill, for it made everything as light as qay quite 8 "Well, I think differently." distance in every direction. "Oh, ye do?" sarcastically. They had not gone far when they heard the patter of "Yes. footsteps and they stepped out of the road and in among "Waal, how air ye goin' ter git outer et?" trees and waited to see who the newcomers were. A "We'll show you!" cried Dick. few moments later a score of redcoats put in an appearance, As he spoke Dick suddenly raised his pistol and fired. running in the direction o:f the burning mill. It was a snapshot, no aim having been taken, but it came As soon as the British had passed, the four patriots step wiihin an ace of ending the career of Terrible Turk. The ped out into the road and hastened onwa. rd at a rapid walk. bullet just did miss the fellow's head and went through his They had gone perhaps a quarter of a mile :when there came right ear. 'l'his must have caused the Tory considerable the crack crack! crack! of three pistols, and Bob uttered pain, however, for with a wild yell he fell backward, disan exclamation. appearing :from sight. His two comrades fell back just "Jove! I'm hit!" he cried. in time to escape being hit by bullets from the pistols of the three patriots, '"ho, taking their cu_e from Dick, had :fired soon after he did. "Charge the scoundrels!" cried Dick. "It's Terrible Turk and his two comrades The four charged forward into the timber at the point


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." from which the shots had come, drawing their pistols as erly speaking a horseman and a horsewoman, for the two they did so, and they heard the sound of retreating foot-were a man and a woman. steps, but could not catch sight of any one. By the light of the moon, which was now high in the They fired a volley, however, and a loud yell was heard heavens, Dick and Hurricane Harry recognized the girl as which was pretty good indication that one of the scoundrels being Geraldine Fleming, and the man with her was had at least been wounded. 'l'here was no use following th e dressed in the uniform of a British colonel, and had gray 1ascals farther, however, and the four turned back to the beard and hair. They judged that he must be Geraldine's wad. father. "Are you badly hurt, Bob?" asked Dick, solicitously. \Vhat were the two doing here in the "Liberty Boys' "No, I think not, Dick,'' was the reply; "the bullet cut camp at this hour of the night? tlll'ough the fleshy part of my should e r, but did no particular damage." "Is it bleeding much?" ot a great deal; I can easily stanch it till we get to camp, and then you may bind it up." They walked rapidly onward and a few minutes later reached the encampment. They found the "Liberty Boys" somewhat excited. "What's on fire?" asked Sam Sanderson. ola mill,'' replied Dick. 'l'hen he went ahead and, while binding up Bob's wound, told the story of their adventures at the mill. "And you say there are some redcoats there?" asked Sam, when Dick had finished. "Yes." "Then let some of us go and make an attack on them, Dick I" As the youths all seemed eager to do this, Dick said that :fifty ofthem might go, under the leadership of Sam San derson. 'l'he fifty at once set out, Hurricane Harry ac f:ompanying them, and about hal an hour later the sound of firing in the direction of the old mill was heard. "They're at it!" said Dick. Three-quarters of an hour later the "Liberty Boys" put in an appearafke. "Well, how did you make it?" asked Dick. "All right," replied Sam Sanderson. "You found the redcoats at the mill?" "Yes, and killed about a dozen of them." "That was doing very well." "I think so." "Were any of our boys killed?" "No; a couple were wounded, but not seriously." The wounds of the two wounded youths were dressed and then the sentinels were placed out and the "Liberty Boys" rolled themselves in their blankets and went to sleep. They slept perhaps three or four hours, and then they were awakened by the clatter of horses' feet. As they leap ed up two horsemen app e ared among them-or more propCHAPTER IX. THE COLONEL .A.ND GERALDINE FLEE. When Geraldine parted from Dick and Hurricane Harry, that afternoon, when the dozen troopers had been attacked and beaten by the two terrible :fighters, she rode back in the direction of Charleston. She had not gone far before she overtook Captain Monh.'ion, whp had halted and was look mg back. "Well, captain, did your horse run away with you?" asked the girl, with a sarcastic smile. "Yes, he did-though of course you will not believe it," growled the captain. "Well, really, captain, it looked to me as if you turned rhe horse's head and then urged the brute to his best-speed,'' was the calm reply; "though of course I would not say positively that such was the "No, but you think it," bitterly. "Well, perhaps I do." "And I suppose you think that those two rebels are the bravest of the brave!" sneeringly "Well,'' coolly, "you cannot but admit, captain, that two men must needs be brave if they attack a dozen." "More foolhardy than brave." "Ob, I don't think that. They seem to be very cool, calm and calculating." ''Oh, yes, of course, to hear you tell it!" angrily. "I guess you have fallen in love with that scoundrelly rebel, Walton!" "You are mistaken," calmly; "but if such were the case it would be none of your business, captain!" The officer's face flushed and he retorted, angrily: "No, perhaps not; but I must say that it is no more than I would expect from the daughter of a man who is more


THB LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 23 than half rebel, even though wearing the uniform of a "What is the matter, Geraldine?" he asked. "What has colonel in the British army!" happened?" "Sir, you forget yourself!" cried the girl, her eyes flash-The girl lost no time in t e lling her father everything, and ing. "You are speaking of my father, and when I tell as he listened his face and eyes grew stern and his jaws him what you have said be will make you eat your words!" squared themselves in a way which showed their owner was "Bah! I do not fear him. And if he attacks me he will thoroughly aroused. find that he has made a }Jig mistake, for there bas been "So Captain )fonkton says I am a patriot at heart, and a lot of talk about him on account of his pronounced patria traitor to the king, does be?" he remarked, in a low, even otic proclivities. In my opinion and in the opinion of the voice, when the girl bad finished. majority of the officers your father is a traitor to the, "Yes, father." at heart, and he will do well to g-o slow and be very careful.'' "And he says that if I attack him he will kill me and "Oh, you liar-you scoundrel!" the girl cried, angril y. then marry you, does be?" "I "ill tell my father and he will make you sorry you "That is what be said, father." ever spoke of him in the way you have!" "I am n?t afraid. If your father attacks me it will be the worst thing be ever did or himself." "You will see!" "Bah! and so will you. If your father attacks me i "\ery well; we will see whether or not he has told the truth. I shall go at once and interview the scoundrel!" "Oh, father, be careful!" breathed the girl. "Don't let him take any unfair advantage of yon." "I will watch him, Geraldine, and see that he does not will kill him and then I will marry bis daughter, ha ha t:ike me at a disadvantage-and if we meet fairly, man to / ha!" man, I have no fear regarding the result." "Xever! you cowardly scoundrel!" cried the girl. The girl threw her arms around h e r father's neck and "Sooner than marry you I would kill myself. I hate you!" kissed him, again and again. Then the girl urged her horse into a faster gallop and "I hate for you to have to fight the scoundrel, father," tried to leave the officer behind, but he urged his horse to she said, "but under the circumstances I suppose it is necesa more rapid gait also kept along with her. "If you were a gentleman you would let me go on alone," said Geraldine, bitingly. "Oh, no!" with an exasperating smile; "being a gentleman I will not permit a lady to ride alone." The girl vouchsafed no reply, but there was a look in her eyes that showed the loathing she felt for the man who was thus forcing his company upon her. The captain attempted to enter into conversation with the girl several times after that, but she remained dumb; she would not speak to him or answer a single question. "Oh, well, be sulky if you like," said the captain at last, in a sullen voice; " have become Mrs. Uonkton I'll take it out of you in a hurry!" "That will be never!" the girl retorted. The British encampment was reached prese:itly and the girl turned her horse over to the of an orderly and went to the tent which was occupied by her father and herself. She found her father in. The colonel was a well-built, good-looking man of per haps forty-five years, with gray beard and hair, and h.indly ryes, which could, however, on occasion;become very stern. He smiled as his daughter entered the tent, but the smile left his face as he noted the look on Geraldine's countenance. sary." "Yes, it is necessary, Geraldine, for if I do not close his lying mouth he will keep on talking and get all the officers to thinking that I am disloyal." Then the colonel kissed his daughter, whispered to her to have no fears, and then strode forth from the tent and made bis way to where he knew he would find Captain :l\fonkton. The captain was standing, talking to a group of officers, and the colonel strode right up in front of him without c eremony, and fixing his eyes sternly upon the scoundrel's face, said : ''Captain J\Ionkton; my daughter tells me that you ac cused me, to her, of being a rebel at heart, and a traitor to my king, and I have come here to tell you that you are a liar and a seoundrel !" The officers stared, while the captain turned pale with anger and fear commingled, and shrank back. "W-what's that you s-say?" be half gasped. "I say that you a liar and a scoundrel, Captain Monkton, and a disgrace t.o the uniform which you wear j Is that plain enough?" "Yes, that's plain enough!" cried the captain, Sllddenly regaining command of himself. "And it is plain that I shall have to kill you, too, Colonel Fleming-and that is


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOu.J.!}D." just what I will do! No man can call me a liar and I The girl shuddered, but said: "It is terrible to think of, scoundrel and live!" and with this the captain drew his father, but I think it is best for us, as the captain would sword. have caused you Jots of trouble and would have kept on The officers leaped back out of the way, for they saw bothering me with declarations of love." that there was to be a combat. The two talked for an hour or more, and then it was "Wait; hadn't you better do this regularly?" asked one. dark, and Geraldine was on the point of lighting a candle "You should not go at this in such a hot-headed fashion." when a young lieutenant entered the tent. The lieutenant But the colonel had drawn his sword with equal quickhad been a suitor for Geraldine's hand, but when i;he re ness, and as the officer spoke the blades clashed together fused him he had taken it as a gentleman should, and was with a loud noise that attracted the attention of all in the still her friend and a friend of the colonel, as he had now vicinity. come to prove. "A duel I A duel!" was the cry, and the soldiers and "Hist!" he said, in a low tone. "Pardon me for intrud officers came rushing to the spot, eager to see the combat. ing, but the errand which brings me here must be my When they saw who the combatants were, many were sur prised, for they were aware that the captain was an ad mirer of the colonel's daughter and they could not under stand why the two were engaged in a duel. Many questions were .asked and those who had not been there when the fight began were told how it had started. For a few minutes it was impossible to say which man had the advantage or whether either had any, but presently the colonel began to press his antagonist and it was evident that he was the better swordsman of the two. Back, and still back he forced the captain, who was now entirely on the defensive, and the colonel said: "Retract what vou have said about me, Captain Monk-1 ton, and make an abject apolog,y, or I will run you through!" "I will not do it!" was the hoarse reply. "I will kill you, dog of a rebel!" There was one peculiarity possessed by the captain which was destined to be his undoing: He was stubborn. He excuse." "Ko apofogies are ne eded, lieutenant," said the colonel. 'What is the errand you speak of?" "I 1'ave come to warn you, colonel," was the reply. "To warn me?" "Yes." "Of what?" "Of danger!" "From what source?" "The friends of Captain 1\Ionkton." "Ah! then the captain is dead?" "Yes." "And what are his friends thinking of doing?" "They are d ema nding that you be placed under arrest." "They are?" "Yes." "What do they give as their reaons for demanding this?" "They say that you are inclined to favor the patriots, and that the captain told the truth when he said you were a was not a very brave man, but he was so stubborn that he traitor to the king." would rather risk losing his life than to apologize in the "Oh, they say that, do they?" presence of all the soldiers and officers. "Very well, then; your blood be on your own head said the colonel, and he at once attacked the captain w:ith ]ncreased vigor. The captain did his best to defend himself, but was not equal to the task, and a few moments later he dropped his sword and giving vent to a gasping cry sank to the ground, mortally wounded, the colonel having run him through, as he had said he would do. "You will please bear witness, gentlemen, that I gave him fair warning and a chance to save himself," said the colonel, coldly, and then he bowed and walked calmly away. "Well?" said Geraldine as her father entered the tent. "He refused to retract and apologize, Geraldine," said the colonel, quietly, "and I killed him." "Yes; they claim that the captain was a martyr, that he was \irtually murdered b:a rebel, and they demand that you b e placed under arrest and an investigation be made into numerous acts of yours, and of utterances which they say you have been heard make." "Humph!" said the colonel, "it looks as if they have made up their minds to have my life in return for that or Captain Monl'ion, doesn't it?" "Yes, it looks that way." "Well, I am not inclined to let them have it." "I don't blame you." "If they succeed in having me placed under arrest and an investigation is made, I rather think that they will not be satisfied unless they make me suffer," said the colonel,


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 25 slowly and thoughtfully; "and I can't say that I like the clothing and they stole forth from and away prospect." "No, I fear it will be all cut and dried against you, sir," said Lieutenant Guilford. toward the edge of the encampment. They reach e d it without having been noticed, and made their way around to the northern side. Here they :found "That is what I think; and I hardly know what to do." Lieutenant Guilford, witli. two horses rea.dy for them as he "Oh, father, let us get away from here!" cried Geraldine; had promised. "I would not stay and give my enemies a chance to work Knowing it dangerous to linger in the vicinity the their will unhindered." two shook hands with the lieutenant, thanked him for bis "I have half a mind to get out!" the colonel said. "I kindness and aiLl, and bade him good-by. ear I shall have no peace if I remain. The captain, while Then they mounted and rode away, and as they did so be was a scoundrel and deserved death, had many friends, they heard wild yells from the encampment. and as it is true that I have considerable sympathy for the people of .America and think them more than half right in :fighting for independence, the majority of the officers "They have discovered our escape!" "aid the colonel. ''Now we will have to ride hard and fast, Geraldine, :for I doubt not that they will pursue us." would take sides against me." It was soon proven that he was right, for the sound of hoofbeats could be heard behind them, and the flight be I think you are right about that, colonel," said the came practically a race for life, for if the colonel was caplieutenant; "I have heard a number of the officers talking, and they seem to side wil.h the captain and against you, tiued now he would be shot or hung of a certainty. Onward rode the fugitives, and after them came the on account of the fact that you are known to be friencUy toward the rebels." pursuers. The latter were mounted on good horses and urged them to top speed, for in spite of all the colonel "I have a good mind to get out and away," said the d h" d ht uld d th d th an is aug er co o e pursuers game on em. colonel; Geraldme and I have no friends or relatives back K th t th" ld h t b d th 1 1 . nowmg a some mg wou ave o e one, e co one rn England, and I thrnk I would like it here m America, I h h dd 1 t d d hi h t d ff 1 t t w en e su en y no e a roa w c urne o a mos a first rate. What do you say, Geraldine?" h 1 t d t G ld" k 1 b d h. ng t ang es, en ere i era me eepmg c ose es1 e im, "I say, yes, :father!" was the prompt reply. "And you are willing to go and take your chances here among the people of America?" ''Yes, yes, father! Anything to insure your safety." "Then we will go. Lieutenant, will you help us?" "I shall be glad to do so, colonel. What can I do?" "Have two horses ready at the northern edge of the encampment within the hour." "Very well, sir, I will have the horses there "Thank you, lieutenant; you are indeed a true friend After some further conversation the lieutenant took his departure, and the colonel ancl Geraldine began making their preparations for flight. They gathered all their valu ables together and placed them in a stout bag, and then and they rode onward at the best pace possible under the circumstances Onward they dashed, and then of a sudden they found themselves in the encampment of the "Liberty Boys." Geraldine's sharp eyes saw and recognized Dick and Hurricane Harry, and she said to her father: "We are safe, father! These are patriots and friends!" CH.APTER X. THE END OF TERRIBLE TURK. they took such clothing as could be easily. Having It took the colonel and Geraldine but a few moments finished their work they decided to start, as the officers to explain their sudden appearance in the encampment, and might come to make the arrest at any moment. they were given a hearty greeting by 'Dick, Harry and the The colonel looked out and saw'that all was quiet in "Liberty Boys." the vicinity of their tent. Over to the other side a group "And now get ready to welcome the pursuers of the of officers could be seen, talking, and Colonel Fleming had colonel and Miss Geraldine!" called out Dick. "If they no doubt that he was the subject of their conversation. come this way we will make them wish they bad not "I think it will be safe for us to go now, Geraldine," he done so!" said, in a low tone; "come along!" Just then the hoofbeats of horses was beard a nd the cq He carried the bag containing their valuables and some oL "They are coming!'' went from mou t h to moui.h.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." The "Liberty Boys" were ready, however, and when the tone, "llhen the three had been riding perhaps an hour. redcoats put in an appearance, gave them a volley which They were now following a sort of pathway which wound in had the effect of stopping them and turning them back in and out through the timber, and it was only about half a a hurry. There had been only about a dozen in the first mile farther to the young patriot's home. p lace, and only three or four turned and got back out of "You think we are being followed?" exclaimed the way. The others had fallen before the bullets from Geraldine. the "Liberty Boys'" muskets. "I am sure of it, Miss Geraldine." "When the dead redcoats had been buried and the wound"How many are following us?" asked the colonel. eu--of whom there were two-had been looked after, the "I think only one." q uestion of what should be the course pursued by the "Ah, then we have nothing to fear from him." c olonel and Geraldine came up for discussion. It was evi"Not from him alone, but if I permit him to trail us dent that the British would do their best to capture the t o my home then he will be enabled to go away and come e olonel, in order to shoot or hang him as a deserter and back with a force sufficient to do as its members please." traitor. "I'll tell you what you can do," said Hurricane Harry, addressing the colonel "What, sir?" the colonel" asked. "Why, you and your daughter go to my home and stay there until things become more settled in these parts." "True. What will you do?" "I'll tell you: You and your daughter ride onward I will draw out to one side, and when the fellow comes along I will treat him to a surprise." "Very well Harry drew out to one side and the rode onward. "But won't the British find us there?" Soon the hoofbeats of a horse was heard and then a rider "No; I am sure they will not. My home is in a se-came in view. As he rode across a point where an opening eluded spot, and I don't think the British would :find it in overhead permitted the moon to shine down through, Hur a year." ricane Harry saw who his pursuer was. "Well, will it be convenient to have us there?" "Terrible Turk!" he said to himself. "Very good; I "Yes, indeed; there is plenty of room as there is no one 1 have long since determined that I would make an end of there but my mother and sister." t he scoundrel and now I have the opportunity I'll stop "How far is it from here?" "About six miles." "Can we go there on horseback?" "Most of the way "Then let us go at once." Then Hurricane Harry called Dick aside and told him ihat he would go to his home with the colonel and his daughter, and would then return and rejoin the "Liberty Boys." "I wish to fight with you while you are in this part of the country, Dick," he said, and Dick told him that he would be pleased to have him do so. A few minutes later Hurricane Harry and the colonel and his daughter rode out of the encampment and away. When they struck the main road they turned to the right imd went toward the north. And behind them, just out o.f sight, but near enough so that he could hear the hoof beats of the horses, rode a single horseman. The horseman was Terrible Turk, and it was evident that he was trailing the three. "We are followed!" Hurrieane Harry made this statement in a low, cautious Lim and have it over with at once The next instant Hurricane Harry had spurred his horse out into the path in front of Terrible Turk, and called out: "Halt!" "Ha who are you?" cried Turk, his voice trembling a bit in spite of his efforts to hold it steady "Who am I?" "Yas." "I am one who has sworn to end your career of crime, 'I'errible !" in a cold, menacing voice. "I am Hur ricane Harry." "Whut hev I ever done ter ye?" "You have murdered patriots and robbed and plundered; and now you are trailing me for no good purpose." ''Yer mistook; I wuzn't follerin' ye." "You lie!" '' Whut's thet Ye dar' ter tell me, Turrible Turk, thet I lie?" ''I do; and I am going to do worse than that." "Whut ?" "I am going to kill you "Goin' ter kill me?" there was a gasp in the fellow's tone.


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." 27 "I am!" "When air ye goin' ter do et?" now and here!" "Now an' heer?" "Yes-look out! All right-take that!" Crack! With a gasping groan one of the horsemen tumbled out of his saddle ancl fell to the ground with a thud. here. And now I must return to the encampment of the 'Liberty Boys.' I am going to stay with them and help make it lively for the redcoats." Harry mounted his horse and rode away, and an hour r.ncl a half later arrived at the encampment of the "Liberty Boys." The members of t he party oi redcoats that had pursued Colonel Fleming and his daughter to the encampment of Twenty minutes later Hurricane Harry reached the the "Liberty Boys"-those of the members, rather, who had house which had been bis home for many years and found escaped death at the hands of the "Liberty Boys," rode that Colonel Fleming and his daughter were already there back to the British encampment with all possible haste and and waiting anxiously for him to come. Harry's mother told the story of the affair. Great was the indignation when and si ter were waiting anxiously also, for Geraldine had it waE learned that a number of the troopers bad been killed, told them that Harry had stopped to see who was followand it was decided to make up a force and go back and ing them, and they bad been afraid the young man might hunt the daring rebels down and wipe them off the face get killed. u:f the earth. "Ob, Harry, I am so glad to see you back again, safe "It must have been the force of that scoundrel Marion," and well!" said his mother as she seized him in her arms s&id the British commander; "out we will show him that when be had alighted, and gave him a bug and a kiss he cannot have everything his own way. We must capt ure His sister Lucy kissed him, and said how glad she was Fleming, too, and make his punishment fit his crime." that he had got there safely, and Geraldine wished that she "That's right," another officer agreed; "we must capmight claim a privilege and kiss the handsome, ture him and hang him to a tree as a warning to others manly young patriot, but of course she could not do it. who mav be leanin0cr in the same direction." I "Well, did you learn who it wus that was following us?" So a force of more than a hundred troopers was orasked the colonel. and hastened away under the command of a cap"Yes, sir," was the reply. tain They did not succeed in surprising the "Liberty "Who was it?" Boye," however; in fact, Dick :md his men smprised thP. "A Tory who is known in these parts by the name of Brifoh and routed them, after killing and wounding oneTerrible Turk." third of their force. "I've heard of him," said the colonel. "That fiend!" gasped Mrs. Caine. ''Goodness, Harry! What did he This ang e red the British commander more than ever, and he vo1red that he would yet strike the daring reb els a do?" Lucy asked. Llow, and that he would capture Colonel Fleming HHow did you manage to make him go back?" "I didn't make him go back, Lucy," was the quiet reply. "You didn't?" in surprise. "No; I simply stopped him." and hang him. Next day Dick and his "Liberty Boys" met General urarion and his men and Harry told Marion the story of Colonel Fleming. "He wants to join your force," the Harry emphasized the word "stopped" in such a way young man added, in conclusion, "and if you say so I that all understood and the women folks shuddered. will go and bring him here." "Well, if half that I have heard about him is true he "Very well," mid the "Swamp Fox," "go along; I shall deserved death a dozen times over," said Colonel Fleming. be glad to haye him join us. We need all the men we can "You are right, sir," said Harry; "he was a fiend in human form, and his death was something very much to be desired. The people of this vicinity may breathe freely once more." get." Harry leaped upon his horse and rode away and an hour later arrived at his home. "You said you wanted to fight with the patriots," said Harry explained the situation to his mother, and she said Harry to Colonel Fleming, after he had greeted all, "and that the colonel and his daughter were welcome to stay as now you have the chance. General Marion is near at hand, long as they liked. with bis force, and mys he will oe glad to take you as one "Good '' exclaimed Harry; "I am sure you will be safe of his men."


THE LIBERTY BOYS "HOODOOED." "Very well; that will suit me splendidly," was the On came the British. They seemed to know the enemy reply. "I have decided to make my permanent home in was near at hand, but did not know its exact location. America, and I am not only williing but eager to fight to They came on, slowly and hesitatingly, as if feeling their help secure the li!mty and independence of the people. I way. Presently they were within range and the allied forces want to be free!" poured a volley into the ranks of the redcoats. Geraldine kissed her father and bade him good-by, and This opened the battle, and it waged furiously for half he mounted his horse and rode away in company with Huran hour. The British fired as rapidly as they could, but as ricane Harry, who had received a glance from the eyes of rhey could not see to take aim their shots for the most part the beautiful girl that had set his heart beating more were wasted, while the bullets of the patriots did great rapidly than was its wont. execution. "Can it be possible that she loves me?" he asked himThe redcoats were desperate, however, and finally self. "Ah, I hope so; and then when the war is ended we charged. This was foolish to the last degree, however, and will settle down and be happy!" their men "'ent down like wheat before the farmer's scythe. Colonel Fleming had, of course, doffed his British uniAt last they could stand it no longer, and they beat a form and was dressed in citizen's clothing. He was every retreat, which quickly degenerated into a rout, as the pa inch a soldier, however, and made a very favorable imtriots charged out from their hiding places and gave chase. pression on General Marion, when introduced to him. Of the four hundred redcoats, nearly two hundred were "I have heard your story, sir," said the "Swamp Fox" killed and wounded, and only eleven of the members of the with grave courtesy, "and I am glad to greet you and wel-allied forces were killed and six wounded. Of the killed c-ome you on the side of right." five were "Liberty Boys" and six were :Marion's men. Two "And I am glad to find myself on the side of right," of the wounded were "Liberty Boys" and four were was the prompt reply; "I was recently a subject of the 1'1arion's. king, but now and henceforth forever I shall be the sub-It was a great victory and did much to comfort the ject of no king save the Great King of all, and I will fight allied forces for their failure to render aid to Lincoln, to the death for Liberty and Independence!" who a few days later was forced to surrender, Charleston "Bravely spoken!" exclaimed Marion, approvingly. falling into the hands of the British. Then he and Dick and the colonel held a council to de"We'll keep on fighting the redcoats in this vicinity for cide on their best course. a while at least," said Dick Slater, and General Marion "We must try in some way to lend assistance to General coincided with this statement, and said he and his men Lincoln," said Marion, "and we must decide upon the best would remain and help do it. manner of doing it." There were numerous encounters with the British, and While they were thus engaged a scout came in, with the as the allied forces were careful, always, to have the ad report that a force of at least four hundred redcoats vantage on their side before engaging in a battle, they approaching, a-nd the allied forces-Dick's and Marion's-usually succeeded in striking the enemy a severe blow withmade ready to offer battle. out suffering much damage to themselves. "We will give them all the fighting they want!" said In one of the encounters, however, Colonel Fleming was Marion, grimly, and Dick and Colonel Fleming nodded killed, and when he had been given burial it was decided assent. that Harry Caine should go to his home and break the sad The men were stationed in.such a manner as would make news to Geraldine. it impossible for the enemy to do much damage without first The young man rode away, and late in the evening archarging right into their midst, and the patriots did not rived at bis home. He broke the news to Geraldine as think the redcoats would ever succeed in doing that. gently as he could, and when the girl's first paroxysm of


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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE :SOOK.--Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the bost famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.lontaining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch :and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the ching for home amuse and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE .&ND JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every 'ooy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or fanizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original l oke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It .contains a large collection of songf!, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joker of :the day. Every boy wcription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ; t ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il-ustrations. No. 64 HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con'aining full directions f<;>r making electrical machines, induction w ils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. Ry R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, -ogether with illustrations. By A Anderson. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fout teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems frOlll 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 d., bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the sources for procuring information on the questions given. S.OCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtatiQn fully explained by this little book. B e sides the various methods o handkerch ief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, con tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which ff1 interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happr without one No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a I1ew and handsomt little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in t\le art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at partiM. how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squars dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to Ion, courtship and marriage, giving sensible rules and etiquett. to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known No. 17. HOW TO DRElSS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material, aml how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books ever giTen to the world. Hverybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male .and! female. The secret is simple, .and almost costless. Read this booli! and be convin ce d how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illa1tr11.ted ani containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink; blackbird, paroq\]et, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAIS E DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely lllua trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40 HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-lncluding hint.a on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird1. Also how to cure skins. Copiou sly illustrated. By J Harringto Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMAL8.-A valu able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinl and preserving birds, animals and in sects No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Givlng com plete informa tion as to the manner and method of raising, keepin1I taming, oreeding 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 book of the kini ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and lito structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistIT; also e:i periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, che.111lstry, ant ENTERTAINMENT. directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gu balloon&, No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry This book cannot be equaled. Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. a.nd give ba.nd of a. fa.i thful American imperil their lives These stories ba.sed on a.ctua.l facts account of the exciting adventures of a. youths who were a.lwa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use of Independence. Every bou n d number will consist of 32 la.rge pa.ges in a. beautiful colored cover. of reading matter, 1 The Liberty Boys of "i6: or, C<'igbting for Freedom. I 43 '.!'be Liberty Boys' Rig Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and Tories. 11 The Libe1ty Boys' Net; 01-, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Wasbington. 45 Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slater 4 The Liberty Roys on lland; or, Always in the Place. 4r. The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 5 The Liberty Boys' Ne1ve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What They Set Out to Do. 6 The Liberty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Can." 48 The Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, 'l.'be Cbampt011 Spies of the 4D 'l'he Liberty Boys in 'l'oryviiie: or, Dick Slater's r:tisk. Revolution. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Rtriking Strong Blows for Libert;1. 8 '!'he Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. Cl The Liberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their 9 The Liberty Boys to the Resc11e; or, A Host Within Themselves. Own 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race 52 The Liberty Bo.vs Scare; or. A Miss as Good as a Mile. With Death. 5:1 '!'be Liberty Boys' or, L?oes on Ali Sides. 11 The Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. The Liberty Boys' Flight: or, A Very Narrow Escape. 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril ; or, Threatened trom ail Sides. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generaiing the Enemy. 13 The Liberty Boys' I.11ck; or, I'ortnne Favors tile Brave. 56 'l.'he Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the How 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling tile British. to Fight. 15 Tile r.iberty Boys' 'l.'rap, and What They Caught in It. 57 The Liberty Boys' "P11sb"; or, Bound to Get Tb.ere. 16 The Liberty Boys I'uzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scbeme. 58 The Libe1ty Boys' Desperate ('barge; or, \Yitll "Mad Antbony" 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British ,Man-or-at Stony Point. War. 5D The Libe,rty Boys' Justice. And now They Dealt It 011t. 18 The Liberty Boy&' Cllaiienge; or, Patriots vs. R e dcoats. 60 'l.'he Liberty Boys Rombarded: or, A Very Warm 'l.'irue. 1 9 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. (;1 'l.'lle Liberty Boys' Seale d Orders; or, Going it Blind. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have BPen." 62 Tile Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke: or, With "[,ight-Horse Harry" 2 1 The Liberty Boys' l!'ine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. at Paulus liook. 2 2 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Cail of Ai l. 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here. There and Everywhere. 2 3 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm Cor the 64 Tile Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand"; or, li'igbting Against Great Itedcoats. Odds. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing tile R e dcoats and 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The Idol of the Company. Tories. 66 Tbe Liberty Boys' \Yratll ; or, Going for tile Iledcoats Rougllsllod. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 67 The Liberty P.oys Battie for Life; or, The Hardest Strnggie of 26 The 1.iberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching tile ltedcoats a Ail. Thing or Two. sg Tbe 1,1berty Boys' Lost or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, Witb the Ite dcoats In 69 'T'be Liberty Boys' "Jonah' ; Or. The Youth ''Queered" Everything. Philadelphia. 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 28 Tile Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy-71 '"he Liberty Boys Lured: or, '.rile Snare tile Elnemy Set. wine. 72 The Liberty Boys' Itansom; or. In the Hands of the '.rory 011tlaws. 29 'l.'he Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or. A Dash to Save a Fort. 73 'l.'lle Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, 'l.'railing Benedic t Ar31) The Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. noid. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check. 74 The Liberty Boys "Swoop"; or, Scattering t11e Iledcoats Like 32 T b e Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater !or Revenge. Chaff. ll3 The Liberty Boys D11ped: or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 75 Tbe Liberty Ro.vs' not Time": or. Lively W ork in Old Virginia. ll4 The r.iberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, Tile Ituse That Succeeded. 76 Tile Liberty Roys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capt11re tile 31\ The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." King's Son. 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Lite for Liberty'& 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move: or, Int. o the Enemy's Country. Ca111e. 78 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or, The on the Mo1111tain. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and Row They Won It. 79 The Liberty Boys' Honor: or, The Promise 'I.bat Was Kept. 3il The J,J berty Boys' Plot; or, The Pian That Won. 80 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike": or, Bowling the British Over. 3!l The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything in Sight. 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed it. 4'1 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times: or, Reveling in British Gold. 8 2 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to Handle. 41 The Libertv Boys in a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. 83 'l.'he Liberty Boys' Dead Line; or, "Cross it if yon D<>