The Liberty Boys' "hurry call," or, A wild dash to save a friend

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The Liberty Boys' "hurry call," or, A wild dash to save a friend
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Moore, Harry
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lssue d Weekly-By-&bscrip_tion $2 50 per year 1"n.tered as Sec,;,.d Glass Matter at t h e New Yor k Post Office, Pebru:ir y 4 1 901 b y Frank T o"'6 No. 89. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 12, 1902. Price 5 Cents. It waa "hurry call," sure enough. The "Liberty Boys" were determined to saV'e their friend and they made a wild dash to head the redcoats off.


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THE UBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. I 1suell Week1V-B11 Subscription. $2.50 per year. Entered as Seco?td Olass Matter the York, N. f'. Post Otf lce, Febnw'l'11 1901. Entered according to .A.ct of Oo11g. ress, m the year 1902, m the ofT'tce of tne Librarian o f Ocmgress, Washin.gtcm, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Un.ion Square, New York. No. 89. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 12, 1902. Price 5 Cents CHAPTER-I. "SLIM JIM" RANKIN. One afternoon in early Fall of the year 1778 a party of young men were lying under the trees halfway up the hillside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the extreme r southernmost point of the State of South Ca:rolina. The young men were bronzed, handsome, fine-looking fellows, and were full of life and spirits, for they were [i laughing and talking, and joking one another, as young Y fellows will. There were about one hundred of them, and while they did not wear any uniforms it was e'Vident to the "Well, it couldn't be helped." "No. The men were dying off with the fever at such a rate that it would have been foolishness to go on down to St. Augustine." "You right. We wouldn't have had of a force left when we got there." "No ; and they would have been so weak and listless that they could not have done much after they did get there." "You are right. "Say, it's queer that we 'Liberty Boys' were not affected by the fever, Dick." "Yes, it does seem sort of queer, but we are such tough young rascals that it isn't so strange, after all, when you close observer that they were soldiers, and veterans at that. come to think of it." g 'rhey were splendidly armed, each and every man havi ing four pistols and a knife in bis belt, and near e:;ich l 1 one lay a musket, ready to be seized instantly, if the oc-casion demanded-though to judge by the way they were ;ii talking, laughing, and enjoying themselves they were not expecting the appearance of an enemy. 111 This party was made up of the youths known as "The er Liberty Boys of '76," who had made such a wonderful ;u reputation for themselves in the North. They were com mantled by a handsome youth whose name was Dick Slater, he had become famous as a scout and spy, he having ng done more of this sort of work than any four patriot spies. The youths were down in the South for the purpose of ng endering such assistance as was possible to General Robert ks owe, at that time in command of the patriot forces in av:mnah, which city was only a few miles distant from IDwe the "Liberty Boys" encamped. mg "It's too bad that General Howe had to give up the of going down to St. Augustine and attacking Pre. ost's force, Dick,'; said Bob Estabrook, who was the :ts; oung commander's righth:md man. "Yes, indeed, Bob; I was in hopes that we would get o strike Prevost a blow that he would not forget in a }on urry." ect me "So was I." "I'm mighty glad that we are tough, old man." "Well, so am I.", At this moment a man emerged from the edge of the tim ber, and approached the party of "Liberty Boys The man was a stranger, and was a nondescript-looking fellow. He was dressed in the style of hunters and trappers, and in his hands he carried a long, business-like rifle, such as was used by the mountaineers in the western part of the State. "Hello, who is that?" murmured Bob. "A stranger," said Dick. "Yes, I have never seen him before." "Nor have I." The stranger advanced till he was right in the midst of the party of "Liberty Boys," and then, pausing, he dropped the butt of bis gun on the ground, rested his hands on the muzzle, and gazed around him with some curiosity. Now that he was right in their midst it was easy to get a good look at the fellow, and Dick, who eyed him keenly,. was not very favorably impressed with his appearance. There was something in the man's appearance, and in the thin lips, angular features, and shifting eyes that caused the youth to distrust the "Well, sir," said Dick quietly, "who are you?" The man looked at Dick quickly and searchingly.


"Who'm I?" he remarked. "That is what I asked." THI<., "Wal, I'm nobuddy in purtickler." "I never heard of you." "Hey?" rBERTY "I say I have never heard of anyone by that name." Some of the "Liberty Boys" snickered, and the strang

L THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." 3 "J;'or the reason that we have all the m e n we need." but somewhat sternly; "and in the next place, it is not e-j ''I shouldn t think y e' d ever hev thet menny. I'd thin...l.a for you to criticize even if I am. If I don't wish to take r d allus be needin' men." any more men into my company it is my business, and not "You are wrong." "Don't none uv ye fellers ever git killed?" "Oh, yes. Occasionally we lose some men." "Then ye git new ones ter take their places, don't ye?" "Yes." "W al1, then, w'y don't ye take me?" yours." "Oh, et is?" There was almost an insolent leer on the fellow's face as he said this. "Yes, it is." "Wal, mebby et is. I hain't sayin' et hain't, but-I'm willin' ter bet sumthin' thet ye'll see tber time when ye'll -''For the reason that we are not needing any men at preswush't ye hed took me inter yer comp'ny, instid uv ret. We have a full company." foosin' ter do so." 11. "Ob, ye hev ?" "I suppose you mean that for a threat?" remarked Dick, "Yes." calmly, but with a glint of fire in his eyes. "But I sh'd think ye'd be glad ter git er good man at "Oh, no; I hain't er meanin' et fur er tbreat, ertall." ny time, even ef ye hev got er full comp'ny." "Well, it sounded that way. But let me tell you some" No." thing, Mr. Slim Jim Rankin-if that's your name-I am "Then ef some uv yer men gits killed, ye'll still hev ermore than half inclined to think that you are a Tory, and ff." "No, that is not the way we do business. When we ve a full company we don t take in any more men. I'll that you are a British spy." The fellow hastened to make denial. \ "Ob, no; yer mistook, young feller, ef ye think tbet," 11 you what you can do, however." he said. "I'm er patriot, I am." "Whut ?" "Well, I don't like the way you talk, look, and act, pa" You can go to Savannah and join the patriot force triot or no patriot, and I would suggest that, for your own The man shook his head. "I don wanter do thet," he said. "Why not?" "Beco s tbeer wouldn' b e no fun in thet. I wanter jine good, you get away from here about as quickly as you can." A fierce light shone in the fellow's restless eyes for an instant. "Oh, ye want me ter go?" he growled. "I suggested that it might be for your own benefit b force whut goes kitin aroun' ther country. doin' lively go." 1 ork. I don' wanter jine er force whut \s cooped up in "Oh, all right. I'll go, an' I'm much erbliged fur ther town, an' hain't doin' nothin', nor likeiy ter do ennysuggestion-yas, I'm much erbliged." _in'." There was evident sarcasm in this, and it was plain that "Well, you can use your own pleasure about that, of the speaker was angry. I urse. I merely suggested it, and I will say that the "Get out of here," said Dick. "I don't like your style." ances are good that you will have :fighting enough to do "Oh, I hain't much fur style," was the reply, "but I'm fore very long if you join the force in Savannah. The er bad man ter fool with, I tell ye, an' I'm er :fighter. I'd triot force won't be cooped up there always." hev fought fur ye, but ye wouldn' hev et, an' now ef I sh'd "No, I s'pose not, but I'd ruther jine er force like make up my min' ter fight erg'in ye, ye won't hev enny ur' n." cause ter complain." "That is impossible, sir. We do not need any more "I think you never had any intention of :fighting for en." It was evident that the man was disappointed. There as an angry look on his face, also, and a wicked glitter in s eyes. "I don' think ye hev very good jedgment, Dick Slater," growled. us, or with us," said Dick. "It is my opinion that you are a spy, and that you are here in the interests of the British, so the best thing you can do is to get away from here." "And in a hurry, too," said Bob Estabrook, who was angry, and eager to go for the insolent stranger and give A peculiar glint came into the keen gray eyes of Dick him a lesson that he would not soon forget. 1;1ter. "All right, I'll go, said the fellow, making his way "I have not said that I am Dick Slater," he said quietly, slowly out from among the youths.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." He did not say anything until !i.e was in among the trees, where they grew thick, and then he paused and half-turned. "I'm going, now," he said. "But-you'll be sorry for :iot letting me join your company, Dick Slater." Then he turned and plunged in among the trees and quickly from sight. CHAPTER II. THE BRITISH WARSHIPS. "Say, that fellow is a scoundrel if ever there was one," said Bob Estabrook. "That's right." "He's a Tory." "I didn't like his looks." "Wanted tO be a 'Liberty Boy' !-faugh !" "I would have hated to have him a member." "He would have been a Jonah." Sueh were a few of the expressions given utterance to by the youths when the man had disappeared from sight. "I really believe he was a spy," said Dick, "but I could not prove it, of course, so did not wish to make him a prisoner, as he 'vould have been a bother to us, and I would not have wished to shoot or him without knowing positively that he was a spy." "I think if you would hang him on the looks of that face of his, you wouldn't be making much of a mistake, Dick," declared Bob. "That's what I think,'' from Mark Morrison. "Well, I think it just as well to let him go," said Dick. "He can't do us any damage." Ora ck. Just as Dick finished speaking there came the sharp, whip-like crack of a rifle, and the captain of the "Liberty Boys" came within an ace of ending his career then and there. A bullet went through the youth's hat, knocking it from his head, and just grazing the scalp. Such were a few of the exclamations, and then Dick crie dll out: T4 "After him, boys. Capture the scoundrel, if you car m and we will teach him a lesson he won't soon forget." The youths darted away in the direction from whicl ail Il( the shot had sounded. They gave utterance to yells ani shouts intended to frighten the fugitive, and no doubt the. of h f to did frighten him. At any rate, e was runmng away ron the vicinity with a speed that was wonderful, and whicl ((. suggested the suspicion that fear was lending him wings. He needed to run swiftly, too, for the youths were fas runners, and tireless, and had the fugitive been an ordinar: man he would have been overtaken and captured; but h was a wiry, tough hunter, accust?med to tramping th woods from one day to and was as tireless as hi pursuers. On this account he was enabled to make goot his escape, and after they had run a mile, the youth gave up the pursuit and returned to their encampment. "It's lucky for that scoundrel that he has a long pai of legs, and knows how to use them," said Bob grimly when they had thrown themselves down on the grass to rest. "That's right," from Sam Sanderson. "I'll wager tha he is running yet." "It won't be good for him if he shows his face in thi vicinity again while we are here." t "You are right. I would like to haYe hold of the rop that would lift him up in the air underneath a stou limb." "I don't think he will venture around here again," smil ed Dick. "No, I guess not. But, say, old man, it's a wonder yo1 are alive, do you know it?" "Why so?" "It's simple enough. Fellows like that scoundrel ari usually dead shots, :md it must have been by a mere acci dent that he failed to kill you." E "My hat was pulled a bit low over my forehead, and i caused him to misjudge the exact locafion of the top of m: head." "Well, it was a narrow escape." said Bob. * * Instantly the "Liberty Boys" were on their feet, muskets Meantime Slim Jim Rankin had arrived at a cabin dee1 in hand. in the woods bordering the Savannah River, and perhap "It was that scoundrel." two m1les from the encampment of the "Liberty Boys." "It was Slim Jim Ravkin." Seated in front of the cabin on the grass, under tru "He's the fellow who did it." shade of the trees, were nine men. "He tried to kill you, Dick." They were rough, wild-looking fellows, and the majori "Can't do us any damage, eh?" looked to be just what they were-ruffians and desperadoe


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." / For this was a band that had done a great deal of damage in the vicinity of Savannah. It was made UJ' of Tories, and Jim Rankin was the chief of the band. They made it their business to rob patriots and plunder them at will, and had earned an unenviable reputation. It was not known, however, that Slim Jim Rankin was the chief "Haw, haw, h:rn !"the ruffians laughed, and one added: "I guess thet settled Mr. Dick Slater, hey, Jim?" The fellow shook his head. "No, et didn' settle 'im." "Whut Ye don' mean ter say ye missed 'im ?" "I aimed too high, an' all I done wuz ter put er bullet of the band. He was a cunning rascal, and had managed through his hat." to keep this fact from becoming known. "Wal, Jim," cried one, after the greetings were over, "what luck?" Slim Jim shook his head, and looked dissatisfied. "Na luck ertali," he grumbled. "Whut wuz ther matter?" "Couldn't ye find ther camp uv ther 'Liberty Boys'?" asked another. "Oh, yas, 1 faun' ther camp, all right." "Wal, whut wuz ther trubble, then?" "They wouldn' let me jine theer band." "They wouldn' !" in chorus. "No." "W'y not?" "Ther head wun uv the barid-Dick Slater-sed ez how they hed all the men they wanted." "Hed all they wanted, hey?" "Yes." "Wal, thet's funny. I'd hev s'posed thet they'd be glad ter git ez menny men ez posserble." "Thet's whut I thort, too, but he sed no; thet they er full comp'ny, an' dl.dn' hev no use fur enny more men." "Thet kinder sp'iled yer plans, hey, Jim?" "Yas; et sp'iled 'em further present at least. Uv course when he sed he didn' want enny more men I couldn' do ennythin'." "'J;het' s right." "I couldn' make 'im take me, ye know." "Uv course not. Whut did ye do?" "I torked ez much ez' I dared, an' then ther young cuss, Dick Slater, ordered me ter git out." "He did?" in surprise. "Yas. He sed he thort I wuz er British spy." "Wal, he didn' miss et very fur, did he, Jim?" "Thet wuz too bad." "Yas, I wuz disappointed, but I didn' hev no chance ter try erg'in, I tell ye. The hull gang wuz up an' comin' in my direckshun mighty quick, an' I hed ter git out in a hurry." "Ye didn' hev no trouble gittin' erway frum 'em, though, did ye?" "Wal, I got erway, but I tell ye them fellers air some on ther run." "Whut ye gain' ter do now, Jim?" "I dunno. We mus' manage ter capter thet feller, Dick Slater, if we posserbly kin. Thet'll bring us in more mun ny than ter simply kill 'im-though I'd hev done thet, ef I could, ter-day, I wuz so mad at 'im." "Wal, ye plan et out, an' we'll do whutever ye tell us, Jim." "All right. I'll try ter think up some kind uv er skeem." * * The "Liberty Boys" lay on the grass, and talked and joked one another as if they had not had an exciting ex perience and their captain had not come within an ace of losing his life by means of the bullet of a would-be as sassin. They were young, and did not take anything to heart, and then, too, they were veterans, and so accustomed to danger that they thought nothing of such incidents as the one of an hour before. They simply made a mental resolve that if they encountered Slim Jim Rankin they would put a bullet through him without hesitation or compunc tion or stopping to ask questions, and then dismissed the matter from their minds. "What is your opinion regarding the patriot force holding possession of Snvannah, Dick?" asked Bob, presently. "I think it hold possession easily enough, Bob, un"Not very. But I didn' like the way him an ther res' uv less--" 'em torked,' so I made up my min' I would git even." "Unless what?" "Whut did ye do?" eagerly. "Unless the British send reinforcements down from the "I kim erway, ez he ordered me ter do, but I stopped North, Bob." when I wuz jes' out uv sight uv ther camp, an' then purty "Do you think there is any danger of that?" soon I crept back ter whar I c'u'd git er good view, an' I "It would not surprise me." drawed er bead on thet feller, Dick Slater, an' pulled trig"What makes you think that way?" r. "It is simple enough. There is nothing going on of any


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL. great moment in the North, and Clinton could spare a goodly force from New York if he wished to do so." "It's a long ways down here, Dick." "Yes, but that does not make any difference: If the British thought they could capture Savannah, and strike the patriots a hard blow by so doing, they would do it. "I hardly look for anything of the kind to occur, how ever, Dick," said Bob. "I think that our work will be con fined to keeping watch of the bands of marai:iding Tories in the vicinity of Savannah." "There is one band that I would like to get a chance at," said Dick, "and that is the band that is known as the 'Slippery Ten.' yonder," and pointed down toward the ocean, which was visible clear up to the shore, there being a sort of open space below where the youths had their encampment, and between the camp and the shore. The youths looked in the direction indicated, and saw a fleet of half a dozen ships standing in toward the "They are British warships!" cried Bob. "Yes," agreed Dick; "just as I expected and feared, Clinton has sent a force down from New York for the purpose of trying to capture Savannah." "Say, Dick, do you know I more than half suspect that CHAPTER III. that fellow that was here a little while ago is a member of that gang?" "SLIM JIM" .AGAIN APPEARS. The youth nodded "The same thought has occurrea to me,'' he said. "Do you really think that is the case, Dick?" asked "And me." Bob. "I'll wager that he is a member of that gang." "So will I." "Likely he's the boss of the gang." Such were the exclamations of the nodded assent to the expressions. youths, and Dick "It :would not surprise me if he were the chief Clf the band," Dick said. "But I can't understand what he hoped to gain by joining our company." "You may be sure he had some scheme on foot," said "Yes; why else would the be coming here?"' "They might be stopping here to get some water, or some lhing like that." "I don't think so. In my opinion those ships have come here from New York and have a goodly force of British on board." "Well, if that is the case, we will be able to find out about it by simply waiting here and watching." "Yes, and that is what we will do. Then if a British I Bob. "He impressed me as being a deep and cunning rasforce lands we mus t carry the news to General Howe as cal." "I judge you are right. Bob. Well, we nipped hi s scheme in the bud, as it were, by refusing to let him become a member of our company." "That's right; but he came near getting more than even by the attempt on your life." quickly as possible "So we must." The youths' attention became at once centered on the ships, and they watched the maneuvers of the yessels with interest. At last the vessels worked their way into a sort of bay, "I shall endeavor to settle "\\;ith Mr. Slim Jim Rankin for and cast anchor, after which it was seen that all was bustle that," said Dick quietly "That was a cowardly attempt at murder, and I don't believe in letting such cold-blooded fiends run at large I shall put a bullet into him on sight,'' declared Bob. "Here too." So will I. "If Slim Jim knows when he is well off he won't get within range of my musket or pistol." "I'll shoot him without the least compunction." Such were the exclamations of the ''!'iberty Boys," and it was plain that Slim Jim Rankin would do well to give the youths a wide berth. and confusion on board. Men could be seen swarming the decks like bees on a hive, and a little later boats were lowered from the different ships Then: men were seen climbing down into the boats, and when the boats were filled they were headed for the shore. On reaching ,the shore "the men disembarked, and the boats went back to the ships and brought more loads, and this was repeated till quite a large force of British sol diers had been landed. Dick, watching from the hill, made as good an esti mate as he could of the number of soldiers, and placed Just at this moment one of the youths exclaimed, "Look it at about three thousand five hundred.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." 7 "J ovc, that is quite a force, isn't it?" said Bob. "Yes, so it is, Bob." "And how many men has Howe in Savannah?" "About twelve hundred." "The British have three men to his one, then." "Yes, just about." "Well, that looks as if they would be able to capture Savannah if they go to work in earnest to do it." "It does have a little that aspect, for a fact." "What about it, Dick?" The youth was silent for a few moments, evidently thinking deeply. I them, pulled his hair down O\ er his eyes, donned a squir l rel-sh-in cap, and was ready. "How do I look, fellows?" he asked. "Oh, you look all right," was the reply. "He looks just like the pumpkin-growers who live around here," declared Bob. "That is what I wish to look like," said Dick, and then, giving the youths some instructions he took his departure. He did not go down to the British encampment, but made a detour, and approached from the northward. He did not hesitate when he got close to the encamp ment, but stalked along, looking about him in a wondering "I'll tell you what I vrill do, Bob," he said, presently. manner, as a country youth might have ne of the most daring of scouts, spies, and soldiers. uspect me." ''Who, me er sojer, d'ye ax?" with a grin. "Yes; aren't you?" "I don't know about that," said Bob, dubiously. "They ikely be suspicious of everybody down in this part of the country." "Say, do I look like er sojer ?" asked Dick, straightening up and pretending to try to look soldierly and dignified. "Oh, I guess not. If I play my part all right they won't suspect me, for I shall pretend to be a loyalist and will offer to guide the British to Savannah." "I should say you do," with mock seriousness. "You "Well, you may be successful, but f would advise you to be very "Oh, I am always careful, Bob." look very much like a soldier." "Wal, I hain't." The sentinel pretended to look surprised. "You are not ?" he cried. "No, I hain't no sojer." "Well, well. I'm surprised." "Air ye?" / Bob looked as if he did not know whether this were the case or not. His opinion :was that was a bit reckless in risking himself among the British "Yes. I thought you were not only a soldier, but on offi."What is the use of tah."ing the risk, Dick?" he asked. cer !" "We know the British are here, and are pretty sure that "Oh, say, did ye, really?" grinned Dick. He was en they intend to try to capture Savannah. Why not take it joying the comedy as much as the redcoat was, and felt that for granted, and go ahead as if we knew it to be the case?" he had the better of it. The redcoat thought he was ''Because I w1sh to be certain, and then we will know just having fun with Dick, but" the youth knew he was having M>"hat to do." fun with the redcoat. Bob said no more, for he knew it would be use:less. "Of course I did. Why, you have the bearing of an offi.-The "Liberty Boy" began donning his disguise at once. cer." He doffed his own suit, donned a ragged and dirty suit o{ "Whut's thet ?" homespun, pulled on a pair of old shoes with holes in "I mean you look like an officer-act like one."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." = "Oh, wal, I hain't." "If you are not a soldier, what are you?" "I'm er farmer." "A farmer, eh?" "Yas." "What do you raise---pumpkins ?" "Y as-an' turnips an' pertaters." "Humph. What are yem doing down here, Sam?" "W'y, ye see, I wuz dewn this erway, er huntin' fur er bee-tree, an' I happened ter see ther big ships, an' I kim down heer ter git er closter look at 'em." "Oh, that is it, eh?" "Yas." "Did you never see any such ships before-?" "No, I never did.'" "I guess they don't come this way often." "No; an' say, mister, whut air all these heer sojers goin' ter do?" "What are they going to do?" "Yas." "Well, they are going to kill all the rebels in this part of the country." "He rules over us because he is the king. That give! him the right." This was as good an answer to that very difficult ques tion as could possibly be made, but' it did not seem tc satisfy the seeming country youth, who shook his head. "I don' unnerstan' et," he said. "I don' see w'y he sh'd be ruler over me an' ther peeple beer. He hain't never over beer, hez he?" "No, but you are bis subjects, just the same, and he has the right to rule over you." "I An' ye say thet the peepie whut don' think thet he hez er right ter rule over 'e m air called rebels?' "Yes, and I believe that you show a good many of th symptoms." "Whut air symptoms?" "I mean that you talk a'nd act like a rebel." "Say, d'ye reelly think so, mister?" "I do.'' "Wal, mebby I do. But ye see, I don' know nothin' er bout et, an' don' mean nothin'. The sentinel laughed. "Have you never heard your father say anything abou the king and about rebels and loyalists, Tories and Whigs?' "No. I hain't never heerd 'im say nothin' er bout none "Yes; kill them, or drive 'em into the ocean and drown them." uv kind uv peeple." "They air?" "Whut air rebels, mister?" "Wh:y, don't you know?" The apparent country youth shook his head. "No, I don' know." "Well, I'll tell you what rebels are. who are :fighting against the king." "Whut's ther king, mister?" The sentinel stared. They are people "Say, you're about the greenest specimen I have ever run across," he exclaimed. "Don't you know anything about the king?" ""No, I dunno nothin' erbout enny king." "Well, that beats me. Why, young fellow, in Englanil there is a man who is rul er over all the people there, and here in America, too, and he is called the king." "ls thet so?" "Yes." "An' he rules over you'n me; an' ever'buddy ?" "He does." "Wal, I didn' know et." "YOU didn't?" "No. But say, mister, whut right hez he got ter rul e over us?" "Well, I guess he doesn't care much about the .matter e ither way," the sentinel said. "I guess thet's et, mister." "H:.wen't you ever heard anything about the war?" The seeming country youth scratched his head. "Y as,'' he said. "I've heerd dad say ez how theer wuz e war, an thet the British an' patriots wuz :fightin', bu thet's all I lmow." "You know where Savannah is, don't you?" "Yas." "Ever been there?" "I wuz theer wunst." "You were?" "Yas." "How far is it from here?" "'Bout ten miles." "There are patriot soldiers there, ar.en't there?" "I dunno, but I guess so." "Humph. 'l'here isn't much information to be got o of you.'' "I guess you are right about that," thought Dick. Alou he said: "Say, air all them sojers goin' ter go ter Savannah fight ther repels thar ?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." 9 "I guess that is about they are going to do." jes' erbout kill all uv 'em, won't they?" "1 think that is just about what we will do." "When air ye goin' ter Savannah?" "We are going to start the :first thing in the morning." The sentinel never for a moment thought that he was "ving information to a hated "rebel." "Say, I'd like ter see ther fight." He simply acted like a country youth wo,1ld be expected to act under such circumstances: he dropped his underjaw and stared in apparent surprise. His mind was working rapidly, however, and it took him but a few moments to decide upon his course of action. Having decided, he acted promptly. He leaped forward and pointed his finger straight at Slim Jim Rankin. "You would?" "Ye air Dick Slater, yerself," the youth cried. "Ye "Yas." know ye an' yer gang uv men stopped at our house las' ''Well, come and go down with us, then." night an' got supper, an' ye sed ez how't ye wuz Dick Slater, "I berleeve I will. But I'll hev ter go hum an' tell dacl an' now yer tryin' ter git suspishun offen yerself by accusin rbout et, first." "Think he'll let you go?" "I guess so; ef he hain't willin', I'll run erway an' go, nybow." "Want to see the fight pretty bad, eh ?4' "Yas; I hain't never seen nothin' uv thet kin', an' meb-I won't never git anuther chance." "That is possible." "Say, d'ye s'pose they'd keer ef I go down theer whur ther sojers air?" asked Dick. "I wanter see 'em clost." "Oh, no, they won't care; go along if you like." So Dick stalked onward and was soon in the middle of e encampment, among the redcoats, many of whom looked him with amusement. Hello, Country," called out one. "How is the pumpkin crop, this season?" from another "Oh, purty fair, thank ye,'' was the sober reply. Quite a. good deal of fun was made of the seeming coun youth, and numerous were the rude jokes made at his ense, but he paid no attention, did not seem to notic e at all. He was busy looking the men over, and learning that he could. Of a sudden he was given a surprise, not to say start, wever. He heard a familiar voice say : "Thet feller is Dick Slater, ther rebel scout an' spy, an' pting uv ther 'Liberty Boys' Ye ll make er pris'ner me." Then Dick dealt the astonished Tory a blow full in the face, knocking him down. "Grab 'im, sojers," the youth "He's Dick Slater, an' ye'll be doin' er good thing ef ye make er pris'ner uv 'im. He tole my dad, las' night, thet he wuz Dick Slater." The redcoats hesitated, and looked at one another in quiringly. It was evident thatthey harly knew what to do. Here were two men, both strangers, and each ac cused the other of being Dick Slater, of whom the red coats had heard many times, and who, they knew, :was a daring scout, spy, and fighter. Slim Jim, who was tough and 4ardy, was struggling to his feet, curses, and Dick waited till the Tory was on his feet, and then dealt him another blow. This one was on the jaw, and it rendered the Tory unconscious, he lying still where he fell. "Now take 'im while he's insenserble," said Dick. "Don' ye berleeve whut he sed; he wuz tryin' ter git suspi shun offen himself. He's Dick Slater, fur I heerd .'im tell dad so, himself." The soldiers were deceived by Dick's coolness and splen did acting, and maae up their minds that he mu s t be tell ing the truth. He looked so like a green country youth that they-co:uld not believe he could be dangerous, while Slim Jim Rankin looked like a dangerous character. 'im, ef ye know when ye're doin' well." So they stepped forward, and seizing the insensible man, Dick whirled at sound of the voice, and saw Slim Jim lifted him and carried him toward a large tent near the n standing near, pointing his finger at him, while a center of the encampment. re of soldiers were in the act of drawing weapons, their The "Liberty Boy" realized that he was in great danger, es fixed on the youth with fierce and threatening gaze. CHAPTER IV. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" ORANGE THEIR CAMPING-PLACE. Dick was taken by surprise, but did not allow himself show that he was alarmed. however, and made up his mind to get away from there as quickly as possible. He began moving slowly away, walking as unconcern edly as possible, and doing his best not to attract attention to his movements. He was pretty successful, and had almost reached the edge of the encampment before any move was made to


10 rnE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." restrain him. Then he heard someone. yell for him to stop, and saw a dozen soldiers running toward him. Ther e were other redcoats close at hand, and pre tend e d that he thought there were rebels coming to at tack them, and giving vent to yells of "The rebels are comin !" he darted toward the timber, going at his best speed. "Stop! Stop!" yelled the redcoats. "Stop, or we' ll :tire!" they added. But of course Dick did not stop. He did not wish to be captured, for he realized that the chances were good that "Yes, it was a pretty close call, that's a fact; I hea:ri bullets whistle all around me." a "You were lucky to get away alive, to say nothing of no even receiving a wound." "You are about right, Bob." "Of course I am; and now, Dick, what are we goin to do?" "I think, we had better break camp, and move a mil farther down the coast." "Nearer to Savannah, eh?" "Yes. And then we will be in a position to keep track o he would be recognized by some of the officers or soldiers the movements of the British." who had come from New York, and then he would be shot "I think that will be a wise thing to do, for if they hav or hanged without ceremony. that fellow, Slim Jim, down there, he will tell them o So he kept right on running, being more willing to risk our pre s ence here, and they will probably come right u being shot while in the acf of trying to escape, than to be h e re to get a chanc;e at us." shot after he was captured. "Well, they won't find us." 'rhe n Dick gave the order to break camp, and the youth went t9 work at once. It did not take long to get Seeing the fugitive was not going to stop, the redcoat s fired a volley, and the bullets whistled and rattled all and then they moved a mile farther down the coast, mal around the youth. Luckily none hit him, and Dick was in ing their way slowly through the timber, leading thei among the trees before a second volley could be fired. horses. He felt confident that he would be able to make his They found a nice place for a camp, the spot selecte e s cape, now, for he knew that the redcoats were not good being on the top of a promontory, from which spot the woodsmen, and they had been cooped up aboardship so long could see the British camp. that they could not run any distance. "I don't think they will find us up here," said Dick, an He took it easy, therefore; and made his way to the the others acquiesced in this view. "Liberty Boys'" encampment by a roundabout way. "I thought you were going to be careful," said Bob, with a grin. "I was careful, Bob." * Slim Jim Rankin was an angry and disgusted man whe h e regained consciousness and found himself a prisoner the hands of the "Careful to get into trouble." He had tried to get Dick Slater caught in a trap, and h1 "No, I was doing my best to avoid trouble, but that the tables turned on him nicely. had been entrapp. fellow, Slim Jim Rankin, suddenly put in an appearance himself. and told the redcoats I was Dick Slater, and that caused More, he had been knocked down twice by the you the trouble." whom he had thought to deliver into the hands of v "It caused him about as much trouble as it did you British, and had been knocked senseless. didn't it, Dick?" asked Sam Sanderson. His head ached as a of the blows, and he felt diz "I gu ess it did," with a smile. "l got back at him by ac cusing him of being Dick Slater, and while the redcoats were puzzling their brains over the question of which was right, I knocked Slim Jim senseless and they carried him away, a prisoner." "We saw it ail," said Mark Morrison. "Then I began getting out of the encampment as rapand faint. He was a tough customer, however, and so was almost himself again, though, as we ha'VB said, his fe ings were {erribly lacerated. "Why am I er pris ner ?" he asked glumly. "The other fellow isaid you were Dick Slater," was t r e ply. "He lied. I'm not Dick Slater. He'lil ther rebel ct idly as possible and not attract attention, and got along him s elf." :first rate. I was so near the edge that wnen they to "Well, you accused him, and he accused you, and me to s top I felt safe in making a dash, and did so." didn't know which to believe." "And escaped by the skin of your teeth," said Bob. "Humph!" The grunt expressed disgust.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." "And when he knocked you senseless cried out that you we;e Dick Slater, we thought that perhaps you were, and made a prisoner of you." "And didn't you capture him?" "No, he got away." A curse escaped the Tory's lips. "N ot.hing out of the way, sir."' "We cannot b13 sure of that." "I came to do you a favor." "To do us a favor?" "Yas." "In what way were you going to do us a favor?" 11 "What luck the fellow has," he growled. try ter capter 'im ?" "Didn't ye "I wuz goin' ter tell whar ye c'u'd fin' er band uv rebels whut ye c'u'd capter." "Yes, we tried." "Oh, that's what you were going to do?" "An' failed, hey?" "Yes, sir." "Yes." "And you are not Dick Slater, the rebel spy?" "Wal, ye bev let ther real Dick Slater slip through yer "No, ther other feller wuz Dick Slater." fingers, thet's all." "The one that got away?" "Are you sure of it?" "I'm tellin' ye ther trooth, though. Ther young feller "Uv course I am. whut got erway wuz Dick Slater, an' et wuz his band thet "But who are you, then, if you are not Dick Slater?" I wuz goin' ter tell ye erbout. "I am a loyalist, and my name is Jim Rankin." "Oh, it was?" "Jim Rankin, eh?" '1Yas." "Yas, but mos' ever'buddy calls me 'Slim Jim.'" "Is his band in this vicinity?" "And you are a loyalist? "Et wuz. '' "Yas, an' ye mought know I hain't Dick Slater, an' tbet "You mean that you think it isn't now?" thet other cuss wuz him, fur I'm er man uv nearly forty "Yas. I think they'll change theer campin'-place, now years, wliile he's er young feller erbout twenty years old. thet Dick Slater hez come so near ter bein' captered." Ef ye 1."D.ow ennythin' erbout Dick Slater, ye know he's er "How many men has he?" young feller." "Erbout el" hundred." "Yes, we know that." "I'll tell you what I wiTI do, Jim Rankin. I will send There were two redcoats in the tent with Slim Jim, anrl a force of two hundred men to search for the. 'Liberty Boys,' they were seemingly on guard over him, though as his arms as they are called, and you will act as guide. If you guide were bound, he could hardly have m.\de his escape even if my men to where the enemy is encamped I will look upon not guarded, as he would have been noticed before he could you as being loyal, and will give you your freedom." have got outside the limits of the encampment. "All right, sir. I'll do et." Just then the flap of the tent was pulled aside, and an The colonel turned to the lieutenant. officer entered. He was a lieutenant, and said to the two soldiers: "Colonel Campbell wishes the prisoner brought to his "Lieutenant," he said, "you and Captain .Shaw may take two hundred men, and go in search of this band of 'Liberty Boys.' If you find it strike a hard blow, for they tent. He will interview him." are dangerous fellows, and it will be doing the king's cause "Is he the commander of this army?" asked Slim Jim. great good if they can be wiped out." "He is," was the reply. "Very well, colonel; we will attend to the matter at "All right; take me to 'im, ter wunst. I wanter be set. once," said the lieutenant. free." ''You accompany him," said the colonel, addressing Ran"You shall be taken to him, but I am not so certain about the rest," was the dry reply. Slim Jim was conduc:ted to the tent occupied by Coionel Campbell, who looked the prisoner over with considerable interest. "vyho are you?" he asked presently. "My name is Jim Rankin." kin. "Free his arms, men." The two soldiers cut the rope binding Rankin's arms, and he left the tent in company with the lieutenant. It did not take long to get ready for the start, and then the force left the encampment and stole away, through the timber, guided by slim Jim. He led the British to the point where the "Liberty Boys" "What were you doing in our encampment when caphad been encamped, only to find, of course, that they had hued?" gone.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." ==================================:===================================tt "I expected thet they would be gone," he said, "an' I ready waiting, weapons in hand, for the appearance ofh think I kin fin' 'em without very much trubble the enemy. "All right, find them," said Captain Shaw "Find them and we will wipe the 'Liberty Boys' off the face of the earth." CHAPTER V. A NIGHT ATTACK. Slim Jim Rankin was a good woodsman, and was pretty shrewd in his wt:y. It was now d:uk, which made it im possible for him to sec uie trail left by the "Liberty Boys," otherwise he would have been easi,ly able to follow and lead the way to the encampment of the youths Not being able to see the trail, he pondered awhile, and then said : "I know one or two good camping-places not far from here, and I think it likely the 'Liberty Boys' have gone to one or the other 0 these. l ye say so we'll go furst ter one, an' then ther other, an' see ef I'm right." "All right; l ead the way," said Captain Shaw. So they set out, and half an hour later Cilme to one 0 the places Slim Jim had in mind. "We'll give them a reception such as they a r e not ex u pecting," said Dick grimly, and he gave the you ths thei r8 orders. The horses were back at the further side of the encamp-e ment, where they would not be likely to be injured by stra y bullets, and the youths were stationed behind trees, whic h would afford good protection. The approaching redcoats made considerable noise, as i they came crashing through the underbrush, and the youthsa knew just where the enemy was. This suited the "Lib erty Boys" first rate, and was almost as good as a sign board. Louder grew the sound of the crashing underbrush, and closer and closer came the redcoats. When he thought they had approached close enough without being checked, Dick.l gave the signal to fire. The signal was a shrill, piercing whistle, and the instant it was heard there came a great, crashing roar as the muskets of the "Liberty Boys" spoke, awakening the echoes for miles around. It was a volley that did a great deal of damage, too, if what followed it was any criterion, for on the night air rose shrieks, cries, groans, and curses. Pandemonium reigned. The Boys" were not there "Fire cried ''Wal, they'll be at th er other place, an' I'll bet on et charge the rebel Captain Shaw scoundrels." "Fire, men, and then said the Tory "Come erlong." He headed toward the promontory, and when the party of redcoats was within a quarter of a mile of this place they were hailed by a sentinel, who cried: "Halt! Who goes there?" "I tole ye," said Slim Jim, triumphantly. heer1" "They're "You are right," said the captain. "Well, we will move steadily forward to the attack," and he gave the order. They moved forward, and as they had not answered the challenge of the sentinel, they were not surprised when there came thQ sharp :r-eport of a musket, and a bullet struck on e 0 the men, giving him a serious w o und. "I guess-I'm-done for," cried the stricken roan, sink ing to the ground. "Forward on the double-quick, men!" cried the captain angrily. "We'll show the scoundrels whether or not they can shoot our brave boys down with impunity. Forward!" The sentinel who had fired the shot was Mark Morrison, and he hastened back to the encampment and told the "Liberty Boys" that the British were coming. The youths had heard the shot, however, and were alCrash !-roar The British fired a volley, but' as the "Liberty Boys" wereexpecting a volley, and were ensconced behind the trees, no damage was done. "Now give it to them with the pistols,Liberty cried Dick "Show them that 'rebels' can fight Crash !-roar! Crash !-roar! The "Liberty Bgys" fired two pistol-volleys, and that, they created considerable havoc in the ranks of the red coats was evident by the renewed yells, shrieks, and curses "Get behind trees, men," cried Captain Shaw, taught caution by the rough experience. "Get behind trees, and return fire for fire and volley for volley." l The "Liberty Boys" were reloading their weapons as rapidly as possible, and by the time they had succeeded in doing this the redcoats had found places behind the trees, where they would be protected from the enemy's bul lets. In the hope that some damage might be inflicted, Cap tain Shaw gave the orde r to fire anothe r volley, and thi s was done, but no cries of pain followed t h e volley. I n l


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." 11 tead, a chorus of mocking laughter reached the ears of he British. "Oh, we'll male you laugh on the other side of your "That is where you are mistaken." "You really mean it, then?" "I do." ouths, you insolent rebels!" cried Captain Shaw, to whose "On what do you base your judgment?" ars the laughter had come gratingly. "On past performances of my men when engaged in "Oh, do you think so, my redcoated friend?" was Dick's battles with the British." eply in a sarcastic voice. "Do yon mean to say that they have been so success" I know it!" fiercely. ful as to make you feel confident that each one is the equal "Oh, you know it?" of from three to ten British soldiers?" "Yes; before anoth& hour has passed we will have either "I do." iped your men off the face of the earth or effected their "Well, I can't believe anything of the kind. I think it is apture." all bosh." "That is strong talk, Sir Redcoat." "You do?" "But not too strong." "Yes." "That remains to be seen. "Then come ahead with your force, which I judge greatly "Bah! I know how many men you have, and know what outnumbers ours, and see how quickly we will give you a am talking about. You have no chance to offer success11 resistance." "We have offered fairly successful resistance, so far, have e not?" "Yes, but you cannot keep it up." "Oh, I think we can." "You will find your mistake." "Perhaps you may find that you are mistaken in your ews." "There is no danger of that. As I said, I know how good thrashing." This was said in such a matter-of-fact, off-hand man ner that the British captain was somewhat stumped. "By Jove! they must be fighters, sure enough!" he muttered. ".At any rate they seem to have plenty of con fidence in themselves." "Oh, they are :fighters, shore enuff," said Slim Jim. "''l'enny rate, thet's whut I've allers heerd." "I guei;s you are right. Well, we must give them a thrashing to-night, if we have to send down to the any men you have, and we have a sufficient number to ment for two or three hundred inore men." ush you." "You can't go by the of men I have, my friend." "Why not?" "For the reason that one of my men is the eq_ual of from ree to ten of your redcoats." There was silence for a few moments after this. It emed that this statement bad paralyzed the British capin. Presently he found his voice, however, and said: "Say, you have a pretty good opinion of men, have"Thet's ther way ter tork, capt'in," said Slim Jim; "an' eI I wuz ye, I'd send fur ther men right erway, an' then go right in an' lick ther 'Liberty Boys' quick." Captain Shaw consulted with the lieutenant a few 'mo ments, and it was decided to do this, and a was despatched to the encampment with instructions to ex plain mattern to Colonel Campbell, and ask that he send two hundred more men at once. It was the captain's plan now to play for time. If he t you?" There was sarcasm in the tone. could keep the enemy from suspicioning that he had sent "Well, yes, to tell the truth, I have," was the calm reply. for reinforcements until the reinforcements arrived, then "I think you have far too good an opinion of them." he could make a sudden attack and overwhelm the "Lib You do?" erty Boys" before they would have a chance to do much. "Yes. There does not live an American soldier who is At least, so he figured it. ie equal of ten, or five, or even three British soldiers." The silence of the redcoats made Dick suspicious, how" Oh, yes, there are a hundred such American soldiers ever, and he at once began speculating as to what it at I know of." "You mean your own men?" "Exactly." "I can't believe that you really mean what you say." "You cannot?" "No. I think that your talk is mere bravado." meant. He finally came to the conclusion that the enemy was up to some trick, and his decision was that reinforce men'ts had been sent for. "How many men did you send for, Sir Redcoat?" he I with as much confidence in his tones as if he knew whereof he spoke.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." "What do you mean?" asked the British officer, and Dick to charge them and escape without losing some of = was sure he detected surprise and vexation in the tone. boys, and I dislike the idea or doing that." "You know what I mean." "Oh, well, we are all willing to take our chances. "I assure you I do not." know we can't live forever, anyway." "Bah! You cannot deceive me." Dick thought the matter over, and made up his "I don't grasp your meaning. How have I tried to de-not to risk it. ceive you?" "I'll tell you what we. will do, Bob," he said. "You have sent to your encampment for reinforcements, wait till the redcoat reinforcements get here, and will and you thought to deceive me, and not let me know what them a warm reception, and then we will retreat. I thini you had done." I we will be able to do them more damage, and incur lei "What, I send for reinforcements?" in a scornful voice. danger ourselves by doing that way." "I do not need reinforcements." "Oh, you don't?" sarcastically. "No." "All right. But can we get the horses down the embam ment, Dick?" "I think so; and by the way, I wiil put some of tl "Then why don't you attack us, and have done with boys at work at that, now, so that when we are ready 4 it?" retreat all we will have to do will be to run down the side "Because I do not choose to do so." "You are afraid to do so." "Afraid?" "Yes, afraid. I dare you to attack us." the embankment." "That is a good plan," Bob acquiesced, and then Die told four of the "Liberty Boys" what he wished done, anl they stole away to do the work. "Bah! I am in control of my force, Sir Rebel, and will I As it was an hour before the redcoat reinforcemen attack when I get ready." reached the point where their comrades were awaiting thero, "Which will be after the reinforcements have arrived." the four youths had ample time to get all the horses "That is none of your busil'less." "Oh, no, I suppose not. But after boasting the way you have been doing, I should think you would not hesitate to try to make your boasts good by attacking us. You 0ut number us as it is." "I tell you I am to this part of the business." "You are attending to it very poorly, then." "That is my lookout." "Yes, I suppose it is. But how many men did you send the beach, one hundred feet below where the youths wen stationed. Here they remained in charge of the horses. While waiting for the attack, Dick gave his men full in structions regarding what they were to do, and there woull he :rro confusion or indecision when the time came to ac It was mainly on account of Dick's thoughtfulness an ioresight in this respect that the "Liberty Boys" we always enabled to give such a good account of i night encounters of this kind. for, Sir Redcoat?" At last his keen hearing enabled him to determine tha "A sufficient number, so that we will be enabled to wipe the reinforcements were at hand. He heard the low buzz you up at one swoop," was the fierce reply. "You must have sent for the entire British force, then," was the cool reply. ing of voices, and realized that instructions were bein to the soldiers. "All right. We'll be ready to give you a lively greet "Bah! you are about the most egotistical rebel I have ever ing," fbe youth said to himself. encountered." Presentlv the crackling of dried sticks under foot, anr "You will find that it is not egotism at all before you the swishing of underbrush told Dick that the enemy wa' get through with this affair, Sir Redcoat.11 coming, and when he thought the British were close enougJ!, "Bosh!" he gave the signal to fire. : I "Say, Dick, let's charge the scoundrels and give them Crash !-roar! the muskets rang out, and then wild yells1 a blow before their reinforc ements arrive," whispered Bob shrieks, and curses went up on the air, mingled w:ith wbicrJ Estabrook. were groans of agony. "I have been thinking of that, Bob." Then the sounds of rushing feet and crackling under"Well, let's do it." I brush grew louder. "I bate to do so, Bob, for th0 reason that we cannot hope The redcoats were close at hand


THE LIBEHTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." 15 CHAPTER VI. IN SAVANNAH. "Then there would be no use to follow them,'' growled the officer. He had received a bullet in his left dnd was feeling anything but good. "This is the most unsatisfactory affair that I have ever had anything to do with," he said. "I don't believe T h e "Liberty Boys" did not budge from their places we killed one of those scoundrelly rebel,s, while a number behind the trees, however. Dick was a good commander, of our brave boys are dead and others are dying." and understood that the enemy would fire a volley soon, "Oh, them theer 'Liberty Boys' air bad men ter fight and if they should at the time be retreating, and out from erg'inst an' thet's er fack !" declared Slim Jim. behind the protection of the trees, they would be blt by "They are regular nighthawks," the capta,in growled, some of the bullets. He had instructed the youths to hold "and are at home in the timber and darkness. Let me get their position behind the trees till he gave the order to my eyes on them in daylight, and they will never get away." retreat Slim Jim Rankin did not say anything in reply to this, There is li1.tle doubt that the redcoats fancied the youths but he thought that there might be doubts regarding the were retreating, for they fired a volley, evidently from matter. their muskets, The British soldiers busied themselves in attending to As the "Liberty Boys" were expecting this, and were the wounded, and when all had been found they were car protected by the tree-trunks they were not injured to speak ried in b-i_ankets back to the encampment. The dead sol of, a few being slightly wounded. diers were let lie where they had fallen, it being the inThen they proceded to execute the order Dick had given tention of the redcoats to return and bury the dead men in them some time before. Each youth possessed four pisthe morning. tols, and now they drew these weapons, two at a time, and Waiting only long enough to have the wounded a .rm fired four volleys in rapid succession. The redcoats were so close that great execution was done by the youths' bullets; the British were thrown into a state of confusion, and while they were in this condition the "Liberty Boys" left their places behind the trees and re treated rapidly without being fired upon at all. dressed, Captain Shaw made his way to the tent occupied by Colonel Campbeli. The officer had remained up in order to hear how his men came out, and it did not take the captain long to tell him. The colonel was surprised and horrified, ils well as an g e red when. told that his men had been defeated, and that quite a :i:urnber had been killed and wounded, while the And by tbe time the redcoats got over their tempor ary audacious "rebels" had made their escape without having demoralization, and were ready to resume the attack, the b e en damaged tp any great extent. youths were down on the beach mounting their horses. Mad with rage on account of the damage that had been inflicted upon them, the redcoats finally charged forward; intent on avenging the deaths of their comrades, but to their surprise and chagrin they found no one to revenge themselves upon. The enemy had fl.own, had made its escape. The redcoats were angry and disappointed, for they had expected to kill and capture the entire force of "Liberty Boys," and now to find that the enemy had escaped slick "I can hardly understand the affair," the colonel said. "As I understand it, there are only about one hundred of the 'Liberty Boys.'" "True, colonel," said the captain, "but they are equal to five hundred ordinary rebel soldiers." "Surely you don't think that, captain?" exclaimed the colonel, in surprise. "Yes, I do." "I can hardly believe such a thing possible." "Well, I believe it. The leader of the 'Liberty Boys,' Dick and clean was very annoying Slater, told me that eaeh of his men was to from Slim Jim Rankin began looking around, and soon disthree to ten British, soldiers." covered the way the youths had gone. "The impudence of the fellow. Surely you don)t credit "They went down ther side uv ther bluff," he said to that statement, captain?" Shaw. "Mebby I kin trail 'em, ef so be's ye wan"No, but they have proved themse1lves to be anything t e r fall e r 'em. but ordinary fighters." "Are they on foot?" ''.That may be true : But there are no rebel soldiers who "No, on hossback. equal to from three to ten times their own numbers."


,,,..16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." "Well, we had nearly four men to their one, and yet we were not only defeated, but I more tlian half believe we were defeated by tlie youths without their losing a. -single there before he rode straight to the house occupied by Gen eral Howe as headquarters. He leaped to the ground, tied his horse, and entered the man." house, and was soon afterward shown to General Howe's "I could not believe that possible. You fired a number of private office. volleys_, did you not?" "Well, Dick, I am glad to see you," said the officer, giv"Yes." ing the youth his hand. "Your messenger was here last "Then you must have killed some of them." night, and brought the information that the British had "I don't know. That fellow; Slim Jim, who was with landed. Now wliat additional information do you bring?" us, said that good woodsmen could shelter themselves be"I was in the British encampment fa. st night, sir," said hind trees in such a manner as to keep from being more Dick, "and I learned of a certainty that the British are than slightly wounded, and he said further that the 'Liberty here to capture Savannah." Boys' were expert woodsmen." The officer bowed. "Well, we will soon get a. chance to even up matters with "I supposed that such was their objact," he said. "Well, them. We will take Savannah in a day or two, and of what do you think, Dick? Can they do it?" course they will be there and will have to surrender :with The youth looked grave. the rest." "Of course, it is impossible to say, positively, but I am "I hope that such will be the case, colonel." afraid that they will be able to accomplish their purpose. After some further conversation the captain withdrew, They have a force that is three times as strong as your and went to his own quarters, leaving the colonel in any thing but a pleasant frame of mind. "I would not have believed that a gang of boys could own." "True; but we have the advantage of position, and the protection of the swamp at the rear of the city. This will have done what those young fellows have done," he said to make it necessary for the enemy to approach from the himself. front, and I believe we will be able to offer s11ccesc;f11 l * * ance." The "Liberty Boys" moved leisurely through the tim"But you must take into consideration one thing, sir," ber, going in a southerly direction, so as to keep between said Dick, "and that is, that while the British force is made the redcoats and Savannah. up of seasoned veterans, yours is mainly composed of mi "! don't think they will try to pursue us," said Dick. "l litia, new men who have never smelled the smoke of battle." am confident that they have had all th;ey will want for to"That is true, too, but they surely will fight, when they night." The other youths thought the same, and as we know they were right. 'fhey went onward a distance of but little more than a have barricades to stand behind." "Perhaps so." "You have your doubts, Mr. Slater?" asked the general. "Yes. I cannot help having doubts. If half your force mile, and went into camp once more. was made up of veterans you might make a su?cessful re" I would be willing to wager that we will not be diss istance, but when the majority of the men are raw recruits turbed again to-night," i?aid Dick. "And so would I," declared Bob. 'fhe other youths were all of same opinion, but this did not prevent Dick from exerci s ing all necessary precau tions. He placed out a double line of sentinels, in order to f avoid all possibility of a surprise, and then the youths lay down and went to sleep. They were up bright and early next morning, and then Dick instructed the youths to be on their guard, and not permit themseslves to be surprised or surrounded by the enemy, after which he mounted his horse and rode away in the direction of Savannah. An hour later he arrived in the city, _and as he had been j who have never been in a battle, there is every reason to fear that they will not be able to stand up and fight, even though protected by houses, fences, and stone walls. "What would you advise, Mr. Slater?" The general had great faith in Dick's judgment, and was willing to hear what he had to say. The truth was, however, that there did not seem to be anything better to do than to remain in Savannah and attempt to hold the city. "We may be able to succeed," said Dick. "It is the only thing to do, so far as I can see." "That is the waJ it looks to me." "Yes. And you can station my 'Liberty Boys' in the ex-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." treme front, where we will be the first to meet the British, I winding road, and suddenly he came upon a scene which and we will make as desperate resistance as possible, and aroused his anger. thus encourage the militia to stand their ground." Under a large tree sto?d ten or a dozen men. One of "Yery well. That will be kind or you." the men was a prisoner, as was evidenced. by his hands being "Oh, it will be just what my 'Liberty Boys' will want to tied together behind his back, and also by the fact that a do, anyway. They are never satisfied unless they are in the rope was around his neck, and the other end., having been thick of the fray." passed over a limb, was in the hands of the other men. "I am aware of that. Well, your presence gives me confi-At a glance Dick recognized one as being Slim Jim Randence, and if we do not succeed in holding the city, I think kin, and this was enough to make him understand that the it will be owing to an accident." "I think so, sir; or at least I hope so." "If you don't mind, Mr. Slater, and are not in a hurry, I wish you would make the rounds of the defenses of the city, and let me know what you think of things." gang was made up of desperadoes. A little ways back from road was a log-house of goodly size, and this was evidently the home of the man who wos in the hands of the gang. Near by, wringing their haJ?.dS and weeping and pleading "I shall be glad to oblige you, sir." were a woman and a girl of sixteen or seventeen years. "You may be able to make some suggestions that will be These were undoubtedly the wife and daughter of the of benefit." man. "Perhaps so, though I doubt it." The youth's sh:up eyes took in the whole scene at a I They set out, and put in a couple of hours going around. glance. The general took occasion to let the men know that Dick "Here is something that needs looking into," he said to Slater and his "Liberty Boys" would assist in defending himself "Slim Jim and those scoundrels ought to be Savannah against the British. wiped off the face of the earth. I guess I will take a hand, This seemed to give the militiamen considerable pleasure, and see if I can't put the villains to flight." for they had heard of the wonderful reputation which the He drew a pistol in either hand, and rode forward at a "Liberty Boys" had won for desperate fighting. I gallop, crying in a loud voice: In two or three instances Dick made suggestions, which "Come on, 'Liberty Boys' Come on, and kill the cow-were acted upon by the general without hesitation. ardly scoundrels." "I am much obliged to you, Mr. Slater," the general said when they had returned to the headquarters. "And you think tbat the men are as well placed now as it is possible for them to be?" "I do, sir,'' was the reply. "I don't see how they could e placed to better advantage." "I am pleased to hear say that. When do you think the British make the attack?" "I think it likely they will mafe the attack to-morrow, sir." "You don't look for them to do so to-day?" "No. TJ:iey will hardly have time to get / here and make he attack to-day. They will have to march a roundabout ay to rea-0h the city, and will probably camp in the vi cinity to-night, and make the attack in the morning." "Well, that will give us just that much longer to get eady for them." CHAPTER VII. A BAD GANG. Bang! Bang! As he :finished shouting out the words Dick :fired two shots, and wounded two of the men, though not so as to make them unable to run, as was immediately evi denced, the entire crowd letting go their hold on the rope and taking to their heels. Undoubtedly tliey thought the entire force of "Liberty Boys" was coming, as Dick had intended they should. He figured that if they thought that he was alone they might stand ground, and he could scarcely hope to "So it will." make a successful :fight against ten men; but if they. After some further convet-sation Dick bade the general thought all his men were close at hand they would not ood-bye, and mounting his horse, rode away to rejoin the make a stand, but would flee, and the result had been as 'Liberty Boys." he had hoped and expected. He was riding along through the timber, following a Fearing that the scoundrels might suspect the trick, and


THE Li-8EH1'Y BOYS' "llUlUtl CALL.'' come back, Dick ha,;tenetl to leap oO: his horse, and with! For 1de\r momenb Dick appeared to be undecided what a few sweeps of hia knife, ci:it the ropes binding the man'F ,. to do, and then he said: arms. Then he threw the noose off the man's neck, and "I'll tell you what I will do. If yGu will show me where said: to put my horse I will stay here awhile, and help you "You are free, sir." "Thanks to your daring and bravery, sir," was the feel ing reply. "I thank you, sir, and assure you that if ever 1 get the chance to repay you for what you have done I shall fight the scoundrels off, in case they come back." "Come this way, sir," said the man. "The stable i& around behind the house. Martha, you and Winnie go in the house and bar all the doors excepting the back one. We embrace it." will come in at that door as soon as we have put the horse "Oh, may God bless and preserve you, sir!" cried th<' in the stable." woman, advancing and shaking his hand. "I thought tha "Very well, Abner," replied the woman, and she and the those villains were going to hang you, husband." girl hastened to the house, and entered and closed the "And they would have done so but for this young man, door, and barred it. Martha," was the reply. "Oh, sir, we can never thank you enough for what you done," said the girl, shaking his hand, her mother had done. The man and Dick, the latter leading his horse, made their way to the stable, and the horse was led inside, and unbridled and unsaddled, and given some feed, after which the two made their way to the house. 'Just as they reached "I do not wish any thanks, miss," said Dick. "I am the door the ban

'rHE LIBERTY BOY:::l' ''HURRY CALL." "\Vhut fur?" 'Yes." "W'y, we wants to get in." 'Why cio you want to get in?" "Y(dl fin' out when we git in." "I don't think we will." "Ye don't?" "No." "I guess ye will." "No." "W'y won't ye ?" "Because you won't get in." "Oh, ye think we won't git in, hey?" "That's it, exactly." "Wal, yer badly fooled, ef ye think thet." "I don't think so." "I .know so." "Sorry to dispute your word, friend, but you don't know anything of the kind." "Bah! Open ther door." "Couldn't think of it." ''Yc'd better." "I guess not." "If ye put us ter thcr trubblc uv havin' ter break thcr Joor down we'll kill ever'buddy in theer." "You'd do it anyway if you could. ef ycn open ther door an' Ab Sloan'll tell us whnr his gold is burried we'll not hurt ennybuddy." "Mr._ Sloan has no gold buried." '' Y as be hez." ''You are mistaken." "Wal, he's got er lot uv gold; mebby et hain't hurried, but we don' keer w hetber et is er hain't, ef he'll show us whur et is we won't hurt enny uv ye." "Much obliged. But we really cannot accept your proposition, friend Slim Jim." "Then ye'll hev ter take ther consequances." Oertainl y, and so will you." "Ob, tber consequinces won't hurt us enny. "You will find out to the contrary." "Whut kin ye do?" "We can kill every in your gang." "Bah! W'y, tbeer's on'y two uv ye in theer." "Ef ye don' open ther door we'll break it open." "I wouldn t advise you to do that." "'l'rue; but we have at least twenty pistols, and as we J a;e both dead shots, we can easily kill ten men with a dozen o:f you." 'twenty shots." "W'y not?" "Because, i:f you do we'll kpl ten or "Say, ye tork mighty big, ye do." "And you'll find that we are able to make our talk good." "Bosh!" "There is no 'bosh' about it." "Ef ye wuz ter kill wtm uv us, d'ye know whut'd hap pen?" "Yes." "Whut?'.' ''\\'e'd feel that we had done such a good thing that we would go ahead and finish up the job by killing every one of you." A hoarse growl was heard, which was evidence that the men outside did not relish the dry humor of the speaker. "Say, ye're too smart, altogether." "I don't think so. I'm just smart enougb-smarr enough for you fellows, at any rate." "Ye may think ye air." "I am." "Ye'll fin' out diffrunt afore very much longer." "Do you think so ?" "Yes." "I don't." "Ob, shut up. Air ye goin' ter open the door er not ?n "I guess it'll be 'er not,' friend Slim Jim." 'But whut'll we be doin' all ther time?" I "Running like scared rabbits." Another hoarse growl of rage was heard; it was evident that the members of the band known as the "Slippery Ten"

THE LI:BERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." "You see. You are not at all certain that we can't make of cheering from outside, followed by musket-shots and my words good." "I know ye couldn' make us run." "You don't knGw anything of the kind." "Yas I do." "You just think it. And now, to end the controversy, just go to work and break the door down, and see what happens." "Ye'd better open et, an' save UIS trubble." I "Oh, say, you are simply a big blower," said Dick, in disgust. "You don't want to do anything. Your game is to frighten people, and when you run ll.gainst anyone that won't scare you don't know what to do." "Oh, ye think I'm er big blower, d'ye ?" in a voice which quivered with rage. "I am sure of it!' "Wall, I'll-show ye afore I git through with ye thet ye air mistook, thet's whut I'll do." "Well, go ahead and do it. Don't keep us waiting." "Thet's jes' whut we're goin' ter do!" "Well, remember,. that the instant the qoor goes down, we will open fire on you, and I have not the least doubt of our ability to wipe out your entire gang." Then Dick turned to the woman and girl. "You had better go in another room," he said. "There will be lively I times here in a few minutes, and likely bullets will fly thick and fast." "But you and Abner! You will be killed." hoarse yells of fear, the latter coming, seemingly, from the lips of Slim Jim and his men. CHAPTER VIII. THE ATTACK ON SAVANNAH. "We are safe now," said Dick calmly, as he let down the hammers of his pistols and stuck the weapons in his belt. "Safe?" asked Mr. Sloan dubiously. "Yes, Slim Jim and his men have been routed by friends of ours." "How do you know they are friends of ours?" "I know their voices." "Ah, you do ?" "Yes; the newcomers are my own men." "Your own men?" in surprise. "Yes; the 'Liberty Boys.'" "The 'Liberty Boys?'" "Yes." "I've heard of them. Then you are-" "Dick Slater, their commander." "Well, well. I am glad to know who you really are, "I don't think so, Mrs. Sloan. We will have the advanMr. Slater." tage in that all that we will have tq do is to fire through The youth stepped to the door, opened it and passed the doorway, while they will have to get their eyes on us, through. Mr. Sloan and his wife and daughter followed and take aim. This will handicap them to such an extent as to make us almost equal to them in strength, notwith standing they outnumber us five to one." "Go o;n in the other room, Martha and Winnie," said Mr. Sloan. "We will fight the scoundrels off, I am sure." Then the stentorian voice of Slim Jim was heard calling out: "Say, ye in theer, air ye goin' ter open ther door an' save us ther trubble uv breakin' et down?" "Of course we are not," replied Dick. "I have told you that halt a dozen times. Go ahead and break the door down -and then look out for yourselves." "All right. Boys, git ther log an' bump et up erg'inst ther door so hard et'll be knocked inter kindlin' wood." "And we will knock you and your men into kindling wood," called out Dick. Then, as Dick and Mr. Sloan, with cocked pistols in their hands, stood awaiting the crash, there came the sound suit, and they were just in time to see Slim Jim and his men disappearing in the timber, followed by a volley of pistol-shots from a party of young men who had been pursuing the gang. The "Liberty Boys" seemed to realize the uselessness of pursuing the fugitives farther, and turning back, ap proaCbed the little group standing by the side of the house. The leader of the party was Bob Estabrook, and as he saw and recognized Dick an exclamation escaped him. "Hello, you here, Dick?" he cried. "As you see, Bob." "How comes it you are here?" Dick explained. "So that's the way of it, eh?" said Bob, when Dick had finished. "That's the way of it, Bob." "Well, I'm glad we happened along just when we did." "So am I. You got here at just the right time."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." 21 "So we did. They w e re going to break the door down, militia st:;ind their ground and make a stubborn :fight, it weren t they." may be possible that we will be able to drive the British "Yes." back and defeat them." "And they were ten to your two. The y would have made it hof for you." "Well, we would have made it a bit warm for them, too. But as you say, the o dd s w e r e pretty big against us." "Yes, it was better that we came along." "Where is the British army, Bob." ".About two miles behind us." "Ah! And is it coming this way?" "Yes." "It is on its way to Savannah, eh?" "Yes; that is where it is headed for, without doubt." "What British army are you speaking of, Mr. Slater?" asked Mr. Sloan. ''I hope that such will prov e to b e the case." Then Dick and the "Liberty Boys" bade the Sloans good.-. bye, and mounting their hor ses rod e onward They did not go far, however. It was Dick's fear that. the Tory band under Slim Jim might return, and so he ordered the youths to pause whe n they came to the top of a hill less than half a mile from the house. Here the$ dismounted, and threw them s elves down to rest and await developments. The house was plainly visible from the top of the hill, and Dick was determined that if the Tories returned he would take some of his m e n and dash down there and make an attempt to kill all the m embe rs of the gang. Bob "The one that landed from the British warships last said that he thought that, he and hi s cqmrades had woundevening." "I had not heard of it." "You bad not?" "No." ed two or three of the scoundrels, but did not think they had killed any of them. A close watch was kept up, but the Tories did not return. "Well, there is quite a larg e British force coming this "I judge that the y think it i s too warm there for them,'' way, at this very moment, and the intention is, without said Bob. "First you interfered, when they thought they doubt, to capture Savannah." "That is bad." "Yes, so it is; th e Bri ti s h ar e s o much stronger than the patriot force Savannah that I fear they will b e able to effect the c:i.pture of the city." "That will make it worse for us patriot s," said Mrs. Sloan, "and goodness knows it was bad enough before." "Yes, we will be ruthlessly plundered now," said Mr. .Sloan. "We will be lucky if we are not murdered," said Winnie. "Well, we will have to hope for the best," said her mother. had everything their own way, and then later we cam& along and spoiled their plan s." "They may have given it up as a bad job," agreed Dick. "They had better, for i:l'.-there they are! Mount, a score of you, and follow me." The youth was on the back of hi s hor s e and riding down the hill like an avalanche in a jiff y and at his heels came a score of the "Liberty Boys." It took but a few minutes to rea c h the settler s house, and Slim Jim and his men, made wary by their recent e:xperi:.... e nces, saw the youths coming, and giving up their attemp t to break into the house, fled at the top of their speed. "What shall we do, Dick?" asked Bob; "you are in com"-0-ive them a volley, boys," cried Dick, and the youths did as ordered. mand now." "We will keep retreating toward Savannah, so as to be Two members of the band threw up their hands and in front of the redcoats Bob, and then we will be there plunged forward upon their faces and with wild yells of when they make the attack." rage the others plunged in among the trees and disappeare d "I supposed tha t was what you would want that we from sight. ehould do, and that is what w e h ave been doing-keeping "We got a couple of them that time said Dick, wit h in front of the British." considerable satisfaction. "Perhaps that will teach them. "That is right G e n e ral Howe e x pects us to occupy the a lesson, and cause them to go away and stay away." most advanced position, when the British make the at"I should think they would begin to realize tliat it is tack, and it is his hope that our stubborn resistance may b e st for them to staw away from here," grinned Bob. make the militia under him stand their ground and fight." Mr. Sloan and his wife and daughter came out of the: "Well, we'll do our part," smiled Bob. "And if th<' house and thanked Dick and his comrades.


22 THE LlBERTY BOY::!' "HURRY CALL." "I thought that we were in for it this time, sure," the All looked, and saw that the youth had spoken truly. man said. Coming down the road was the head of the long column oi "We stopped up on top of the hill, yonder," said Dick, British They were marching slowly, but steadily, and :'.nnd we saw the scoundrels as soon as they appeared, and were almost to the home of the Sloans. mounted and came down here in a hurry." "Well, I hope they will stay away now," Mrs. Sloan. "There are at least two of them that won't bother you any more," said Bob, significantly, and the woman and girl shuddered. The "Liberty Boys" went to where the two lay on the ground, and found that both Tories were dead ''Let's wait and see if they stop there," said Dick. The youths were willing They did not deem it necessary to be in any hurry to ,get away anyway, as they were abl1 to go much faster than the enemy could hope to go. The redcoats did stop at the Sloan home, and the office in command held quite a long conversation with Mr. Sloan Presently the officer turned fo his men, waved his sword "Get a spade Mr Sloan, and we will bury them," said and the column began moving again. Dick. "Well, they didn't stop to do any damage," said Dick. The settler did so, and it did not take long to dig a hole and bury the two dead men. "They got only what they deserved," said Dick; "they are scoundrels, if ever I saw one." "Yes, they deserved death," r1greed Mr Sloan. "But I fear it will make Slim Jim and the rest more bitter against me." "No, not this time," said Bob. "You think they'll attend to that work later on, Bob?' "I have no doubt regarding it." "I think it likely, myself. Their first work will be t try to capture Savannah, and if they succeed in doing s they will then have time to attend to these other matters.' Then Dick gave the order to mount. The youths obeyed "I hardly think so. They wouHl have killed you anyway, and soon they were riding along the road at a gallop, head and that's t_he worst they could do to you." ed for Savannah. "True." 'l'hey did not keep up this pace long, but soon slackene "Now we will go back to our position on the top of the it to a walk, for they did not wish to get too far ahead hill," said Dick. "We will keep watch, and if they put I the British. in an appearance again we will be down here in a jiffy." All that day the "Liberty Boys" kept in advance of th "I shall feel better to know you are there, Mr. Slater." British, and' when night came and the British went in "We will remain there until the British put in an apcamp they were only about two miles from Savannah. pearance, aiid then we will have to move along." "I understand." "Well, good-bye, Mr. Sloan, and Mrs. Sloan, and Miss Winnie The three bade Dick and his comrades good-bye, and Leaving four men behind to keep watch on the enem'\ "' Dick and the "Liberty Boys" rode onward and into Sa vannah. As soon as they had gone to their quarters, Dick mad his way to headquarters, to report to General Howe. then as the youths rode away they re-entered the house, for "So the enemy is close at hand, Dick?" the general re ihey feared Slim Jim and his comrades might return. marked when the youth had made his report. The main party of "Liberty Boys" had witnessed the "Yes, general, the British are encamped within tw affair from the hilltop, and c ongratulated Dick on ending miles of the city." the careers of two of the villains. "That ought to put a stop to their work for awhile," said one. "I hope that it will," Dick They kept close watch, but saw nothing more of the Tory band. "I guess they know .we are here, and are,afraid to put in an appearance again,'' said Bob. I "Likely,'' agreed Dick. They kept up a watch for awhile longer, and then of a sudden one of the youths exclaimeff: "There come the redcoats!" "Then they will make an attack in the morning." Quite likely." "Well, we must be ready for them." "We will be." The news soon went throughout the city to the effect tha the British were close at hand, and there was considerabl excitement among the citizens. The majority were sor to hear of the coming of the British, but there were man however, who were in sympathy with the king, and wer glad. All was quiet throughout the night, but when mornin came all was bustle and confusion. The soldiers were ge


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." 23 ting ready for the battle which was to take place soon, and i and their horses were soon swimming toward the other side the non-combatants were looking for places of safety. of the stream. About nine o'clock one of the scouts came in and reported They were not discovered until they were halfway across that the British were advancing. the river, and then it was too late to stop them. By the "They'll be here within the hour," said Dick, and then time they reached the farther shore the desultory firing that he ordered the "Liberty Boys" to take up their position in had been going on stopped, and all was silence. the extreme front, where they would be first to meet the "I guess the British have triumphed," said Dick. "Saenemy. "We will engage the enemy," said Dick to the militia, ''and then you will open on them while we are reloading ; in that way we will be able to keep them from advancin g rapidly." An hour later the advance guard of the British put in an appearance, and Dick and his boys got ready to re ceive the enemy. It did not advance at once to the at tack, however, but came to 11; stop, and waited. The youth could not think why the British did not ad vance and make an attack, but he supposed they would do so soon, and held his men in readiness to give the enemy a warm reception. Back a ways, the youths' horses were in waiting, read y hridled and saddled, for Dick thought it might be possible that the patriots would be defeated no matter how stubvannah is in their hands." CHAPTER IX. A "HURRY C.iLL." Dick could not understand how the British had managed to enter Savannah from the rear, but it was really a very simple matter. 'l1hat morning, just as the British making ready to advance and attack from the front, a negro entered the encampment and asked for the commander. He was con ducted to Colonel Campbell, who impatiently asked what he wanted. bornly they fought, and in that case it was his intention "Is yo' gwyne ter 'tack de rebels in Savanny, massa ?" to have his men mount and try to escape by making a bold the colored man asked. dash for liberty. was the reply. "What of it?" One, two, three hours passed, and still the enemy had not advanced to the attack, and then of a sudden word came to Dick that the British were in the city, and wer e attacking the patriots from the rear. The youth could hardly credit this at first, as the rear of the city was protected by a great swamp, but a scout who he sent to find out the truth of the matter soon returned with the information that the statement was correct, that the British were in the city. "The militia are throwing down their weapons and sur rendering right and left," he said, "and I don't think .ther e is the least chance of their holding the city. Indeed, I don't believe they are going to make the attempt." "Then the thing for us to do is to get away before it iR too late," said Dick. "That's the way it looks to me," said Bob. Then Dick gave the order to move back to where the horses were, mount, and get out of the city, and the youths hastened to obey. Dick had matured his plans. He knew it would be sui cidal to try to get through the lines of the enemy in front of "Is yo' t inkin' ob 'tackin' dem frum de frunt, beer?" "Yes." "Dey'll be 'spectin' yo' ter come dat erway, won't dey ?" "Yes." The officer was more patient than might have b e en expected, but somehow he was impressed with the idea that the negro had some valuable information to impart. ''An' uf dey is 'xpectin' yo', dey'll be so dey kin make a purty bad fight ob hit, won't dey ?" "Yes, we expect to have them make quite a stubborn fight." "But uf' yo' c'u'd take dem by s'prise, by comin' in er hind dem, an'attackin' dem when dey wuzn't 'xpecktin' hit, yo' lick dem widout much trubble, couldn' yo'?" Colonel Campbell started, and looked at the negro se1trch ingly. ''Yes, indeed," he said. "But we can't attack them from the rear." "W'y not?" "Because there is an impenetrable swamp encircling the city at the rear, and we can't get through it." the city, so he led the way toward the river at the east. "But uf yo' c'u'd git troo hit?" There was a cunning The "Liberty Boys" rode into the water unhesitatingly, look on the black man's face.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." "Why, if we could do that we would have the rebels at numbered that of the enemy greatly, and he was going to our mercy." succeed in taking the en.emy practically by surprise. "Dat's whut I t'ought." Soon his force came upon some of the patriot soldiers, "You thought rightly." and opened fire on them. The soldiers were militia, and "Wal, now, s'posin' dat er feller c'u'd show yo' er way after firing one volley wildly, took to their heels and ran to ter git troo dat swamp, whut would yo' gib 'im ter do hit?" where the main force was located. "Do you know of a path through the swam!??" asked the As soon as they had told their story General Howe knew eagerly. it was all up with him. Attacked from both front and The colored man hesitated, and then said: "Yas, massa, I does." <'How long would it take for a part of my force to march rear he would have no chance; be would be between two knives, and would be cut to pieces. He could not imagine bow the enemy had succeeded in around and enter the city at the rear by the way of this getting around to the rear, but they were there, and that path?' was enough to know. "'Bout t'ree hours, massa." ','You are sure you know a way through the swamp?" "I'm shuah ob hit, massa. I done be'n t'roo it lots ob When Colonel Campbell sent in a summons to sur render, General Howe did so promptly. "It would be useless to attempt to hold out against them times." when they have such an advantage," he said; so he de"Very good. Show me the way through the swamp, and livere4 up his sword to Colonel Campbell, and the patriot I will make you a present of ten pounds, and" pay it in gold." A grin o'erspread the negro's face. "I'll do hit, massa," he said. "When yo' is ready, I is." Colonel Campbell quickly called his officers together anu told them what he was going to do. He took a portion of the force, and started at once, leav ing the other portion behind, under his next officer in rank. He instructed this officer to keep the attention of the enemy atfracted if possible. soldiers threw down their arms. When the British counted their prisoners they found that they had five hundred. They thought that there should have been more than that number, but had no idea how many there really should have been. The truth was that about six hundred hid in houses in the city, and gradually, a few at a time, escaped later on. The "Liberty Boys,'' as we have seen, made their escape at once by swimming their horses across the river. As soon as they reached the shore the youths rode away, "Make feints as if you were going to advance," he said. heading in the direction of the promontory on the seashore, "Keep them thinking you are going to make an attack ai where they had been encamped the night they were attacked almost any moment." by the British. Then yvith Colonel Campbell and the negro at their When they reached this promontory they went into camp. head, the redcoats marched in a half circuit, and got "Do you think we will be safe here, Dick?" asked Bob. around behind the city. Their movement was shielded "As safe here as anywhere, I think, Bob, and I want to from the observation of the patriots in the city by the be where I can see what the redcoats do." heavy timber. Along toward the middle of the afternoon they saw a They were now in the rear of the city, but a dense and horseman ride down to the shore, dismount, enter a boat, supposedly impenetrafile swamp lay between; the negro and go out to one of the ships. plunged unhesitatingly into the swamp, however, and the Half an hour later the six vessels got up sails and sailed soldiers followed. To their surprise they found that there down the shore and came to anchor in the mouth of the was a solid path of an average width of four feet. Savannah River. The path wound this way and that, however, and was so As soon as he noted what the British were about Dick shut in by plants and reeds and underbrush that no one not gave the order to mount and move down the seashore, and familiar with the crooks and turns could have followed this was done. the path. They went into camp once more, this time on a wooded At last they emerged from the swamp, and found themknoll on the bank of the river, and from which place it selves in the outskirts of the city of Savannah. No "rebel" was possible to see what was going on in the vicinity of the soldiers were anywhere in sight, and the British officer ships. now realized that victory was assured, for his force out-It was now noon, and the youths ate a frugal repast, after


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." 25 which they renewed the work of keeping watch on the British. An hour later several boats put off from each of the ships, and landed at the piers along the city's water-front. The boats were there an hour, and then they were rowed back to the ships, and in them could be seen the It was a "hurry call,'' sure enough, but the "L. iberty Boys" were determined to save their friend, and made a wild dash to head the redcoats off. The British were mounted, and were coming at a gallop, but the "Liberty Boys" dashed down the steep side of the romontory in the most reckless fashion. Had the redpatriot soldiers. 011ts continued at the same gait they would have been "They are taking the prisoners aboard the ships," said headed oil easily, but they saw the youths, and releasing the Dick. horse on which the prisoner was mounted, they stuck the "Yes, that is what they are doing," agreed Bob. "I feared they would do so, Bob." "What difference does it make, Dick?" "I thought that we might succeed in rescuing some of the patriots, if they were kept on shore." "Ah, J see." "But now that they are on shipboard, it will be a dif ficult matter to do anything." spurs into their animals, and urged them to their best speed, with the result that they succeeded ill getting past :)efore they could be headed off. The youths had left their muskets in camp, but they drew their pistols and fired, in the hope that they might bring the fugitives down. They failed in this, however, as the horses had carried their riders out of harm's way. The youths caught the horse on which Mr. Sloan was "I should say so." mounted, however, and quickly cut the ropes binding him .. The youths watched, and saw the boats make two or three and assisted him to alight. trips. The last time the boats did not return, and the "What does this mean, Mr. Sloan?" asked Dick. "Why "Liberty Boys" decided that all the prisoners had been have the redcoats made this attempt to carry you off a pri&taken aboard the ships. "Well, Savannah is in the hands of the enemy," said Dick, with rathe7 a disconsolate expression on his face. "Y(;)s," from Bob. "It's too bad, but can't be helped." "I wonder bow the redcoats managed to get around and attack the patriots from the rear, Bob?" oner?" "That is more than I can tell you, Mr. Slater," was the reply. "Did they do any damage at your place?" "No; they came riding up, and asked me if my name was Abner Sloan. I told them it was, and then they said "They must have succeeded in making their way through I would have to go with them. I protested, but it did no the swamp." good, and they bound my arms, placed me on the back of "I judge so; but it was thought that the swamp was ima horse, and rode away without more words." penetrable." "And could you get nothing out of them relative to why "They must have found a path through it." "Likel;y they were through it by some one who knew of a path." "That is probably the "And the result was that the militia, instead of being th e last to be attacked, was the first. "Tba,t was it, exactly. Well, they would have been too strong for us, anyways, so it is perhaps as well the way it is." I Dick had scouts out in all directions, to avoid being they had made a of you?" "Nothing." "That is strange." "So it seems to me. Well, I'm very much obliged to you y oung men for what you have don e for me." "You are entirely welcome, Mr. Sloan. We were glad to do wha.t we did." "I won't forget your action, Mr. Slater; and now I Lhink I had better return to my home at once, for my wife and daughter are no doubt almost crazy with fear for my surprililed by the British, who might send out a force in safety.'' search of his "Liberty Boys," and suddenly one of the "Quite likely. Yes, it will be best for you to get home as scouts put in an appearance. He had been running, and was almost out of breath. "Three redcoats are coming down along the shore witb our friend, Mr. Sloan, a prisoner," he exclaimed. "If you wish to rescue him, Dick, you will have to hurry. See, yonder they come, now." s oon as possible." Mounting his horse the settle r bade the youths good-bye .. and rode away, while they made their way back to the encampment The youths saw the three redcoats ride into the river and 3Wim their horses to the city. A little later three-


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." men in a boat made their way out to one of the ships, and me:ri.ts of the enemy. As soon as the British had made a not long after that several boats loaded with redcoats were landing, they headed almost straight toward the spot where seen pushing off from the ships, and the boats headed for the youths were secreted. the shore at the point nearest the promontory. The "Liberty Boys" watched the boats for a few minutes, and then Bob said: "I guesss that means that they are going to try to ma it warm for us, Dick." "I guess you are right about that, Bob," was the quiet reply. CHAPTER X. THE LAST OF THE "SLIPPERY TEN." "What are you going to do, Dick?" "They are coming straight here, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, I thought they would do so." "Ah, where is that gang going?" as a party of perhaps one hundred separated from the others and started along the shore. "They are going to cut off our retreat in that direction," $aid Dick, with a smile. "They must think us green indeed, if they imagine that we would stay up there on the promontory and let them rnrround us," said Bob. "That's right. But I judge from their actions that that is just what they think we have done." "We'll soon undeceive them." Closer and closer came the redcoats. In the main force "Well we won't stay here and wait for the enemy to which was now advancing toward the youths there were surround us, that is certain." I perhaps two hundred men. This was odds of only two to "Say, don't retreat until after we have had a chance one, and the "Liberty Boys" were not disposed to be dauntto strike them a blow, Dick," said Mark Morrison. ed by such odds as that. Many a time they had thrashed a "I shall not do so. In fact, I guess we will advance and force four times as large as their own, where they had the meet them more than half way." advantage of a protected position, as now. "That's the way to talk," cried Bob. "What is your Closer and closer came the redcoats. They did not seem plan?" "Well, the chances are that they will attempt to surround us, don't you think?" "That is just about what they will try to do." "Well, in order to do that they will enter the timber just about yonder," and Dick pointed. "Likely you are right." 1 to suspect that they might be in danger, and came on bold ly. Likely they thought that the "rebels" would be ter rified by the very sight of the king's soldiers. If such were their thoughts they sooned learned their mistake, for when they were still quite a little ways offbut within musket-shot distance-the "Liberty Boys" fired a volley from the muskets. "I think so. Well, we will move down there, and when They had been careful, taken their time, and taken carethey start to enter the timber we will be there to ful aim, and the result was that the volley did terrible them." execution. At least seventy-five of the redcoats went down, This proposition met with the approval of all, and they either dead or wounded, and on the air rose wila yells, hastened to bridle and saddle their horses. This done, they curses, and mingled with these the groans of the wounded. mounted and rode through the timber, to the point Dick had indicated. For a few moments the redcoats stood, confused, scarcel.)1 realizing what had happened, and then their commande They led their horses back quite a ways into the timber, yelled for them to charge, and they dashed forward. after dismounting, and tied them; then they made their The "Liberty Boys" waited t\11 the redcoats were we way back almost to the edge of the timber, and began makwithin pistol-shot distance, and then fired two volleys i ing preparations for giving the enemy a warm welcome. "We will give them one musket and four pistol volleys," said Dick, "and then we will make a dash to where our quick succession. These volleys did good execution, also, and again th redcoats were momentarily halted. thought that thi horses are tied, mount, and get away in a hurry." surely had exhausted the shots at the command of th This plan was tho-qght to be a splendid one, and the enemy, howeveT, and again their commander cried out fo youths waited as patiently as possible for the coming of them to charge, and again they dashed forward. the enemy. Again they were treated to a surprise, for two mor They could see the boats, and kept watch of the move-volleys rang out, and almost a score of their men fell. An


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "IIURRY CALL." 27 then, while they stood there, almost dazed by the blow which had been struck them so unexpectedly, Dick gave the command for the "Liberty Boys" to charge, and they dashed out from among the trees and straight toward thP. redcoats, with wild yells and cheers that were calculated to do anything rather than reassure the B_ritish. "Down with the King! Long live Liberty!" the youths cried, and the next instant they were among their foes, and striking the redcoats down right and left. and then the "Liberty Boys" started to hold a council to rapidly as they could, the boom-boom_:_boom of the portion of the force was coming, and he gave the order to cannons being heard almost constantly, and the cannonretreat The youths obeyed instantly, and succeeded in reballs striking all around tliem. gaining the shelter of the timber before the reinforcements arrived. More than a hundred of the British had been killed and wounded, and not a "Liberty Boy" had been killed. Six or seven were wounded in the hand-to-hand combat, but not seriously, and feeling highly elated on account of their success, the youths retired to where their horses were tied, and hastily reloaded their weapons. Dick had sta tioned sentinels, so as to avoid being surprised while en gaged in this work, and they got through without being interrupted. The truth of the matter was that the redcoats, when they had looked over the field and taken note of the damage that bad been infticted by the "rebels," made up their minds that prudence would be the better part of valor, and did not rush after the "Liberty Boys" in reckless fashion. They realized that an enemy that could fight as this one It was not a pleasant sensation to have to ride along, waiting for the coming of the cannon-balls, and not know ing but at any moment one might strike one, and end his career then and there. This sort of thing, as any old sol dier will tell you, is much more straining on the nerves than to be engaged in a battle, where there is such rapid action as to keep one' s mind bus y on his work, and giving one no time to think of what may happen. Luckily, however, not one of the cannon-balls struck in the midst of the party of youths, and they presently got entirely out of range. They drew long breaths of relief when they saw that they were no longer in danger from the cannon-balls. "Say, that was about as hard a bit of work as we've had to do in a good while," Bob. "!es, it wasn't a pleasant experience, at any rate," agreed Dick. had was not to be approached carelessly. So they busied themselves with caring for the wounded, "I've been out in a good many different storms," grinned who WE're attended to as well as was possible under the Bob, "but that's the first time I was ever out when it was circumstances, and then were carried and placed in the raining cannon-balls." boats, and taken aboard the ships. "The redcoats seem to be pretty careless how they sling Then the dead soldiers were buried, after which the redthe cannon-balls around," said Sam Sanderson. coats held a cou?-cil. They did not _know what to do. They "Where are you going now, Dick?" asked Bob. had now less than two hundred men, and they judged that "I think we might as well go over to Mr. Sloan's and the enemy had at least one hundred. camp there. There is a nice place near his house." While they were debating the question they were sig"That will be a good idea, and perhaps we may be able naled to return to the ships, and of course they had to I to get something to eat there." obey. The youths were all more or less hungry, for they had '!'he scouts Dick had stationed to watch the enemy not had much to eat since the day before, and they rode and reported that the redcoats were going back to the ships, onw:'lrd briskly, all being animated by the hope that they


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." would be able to get some food when they arrived at the One of the two wounded men was Slim Jim Rank'ir. Sloan home. and he was defiant and vicious to the very last, his last At last they arrived there, and as they rode out from words being bitter curses on the heads of Dick Slater and among the trees they came upon a party of eight men, who bis "Liberty Boys." This did not worry the youths, howwere just in the act of entering the front yard of the Sloan ever. As Bob remarked: home. "Curses from such fellows are like chicken,s : they come Dick and his comrades recognized the men at a glance. home to roost." They were Slim Jim Rankin and the members of his When the two were deaa, Mr. Sloan got a spade, and with band. the "Liberty Boys" made an excavation in the ed-ge of the That they were bent on mischief was evident, for in timber, and carried the dead bodies of the eight desperatheir hands they held pistols. does and interred them. Their faces were toward the house, and their backs were "There, that ends the depredations of that gang," said toward the "Liberty Boys," so they did not see the latter. Dick; "and I guess it is a good thing for the community at The ground was soft, and the horses' hoofs did not send large." forth any noise to speak of, and as the youths had ridden "Yee, indeed," said Mr. Sloan. "Those fellows were not out from the edge of the timber and had not come along liked even by the loyalists, for they could not be trusted, the road, the members of the "Slippery Ten" gang did and often robbed their friends as well as their enemies." not see them, or suspect that anyone was in the vicinity. "I thought I heard firing over toward the seashcre an Dick made a signal to the youths, and they drew their hour or so ago, Mr. Slater," said Winnie Sloan. "Do you pistols. Then he lifted up his voice, and called out: know what was going on?" "Halt! Stand where you are, Slim Jim and your com-. "Yes, Miss Winnie; we had an encounter with a party of irades l" British." With startled cries the eight men whirled, and when they "How did you make out?" asked Mr. Sloan eagerly. saw the "Liberty Boys," they gave utterance to loud yells "Very well, indeed," said Dick. "We killed and woundot rage and terror, and started to flee. ed nearly a hundred of the redcoats, and did not lose a sinDick's mind had been working rapidly, and he had mad a gle one of our men." up his mind what to do. Slim Jim Rankin and his gang "That was wonderful," exclaimed Winnie. had made so many attempts to do Mr. Sloan injury that the youth was confident they would, if not interfered with sooner or later kill the settler As his life was worth more than the lives of all the scoundrels, and as only their death would end their attempts to put the settler out of the way, Dick decided to kill the desperadoes. So now, when they started to flee, be called out, sharply: "Fire, 'Liberty Boys'! And to kill." "We were protected by the trees, while they were out in the open." "By the way, Mr. Slater, what about Savannah?" asked Mr. Sloan. "Has it really fallen into the hands of the Brit ish?" "Yes. The British are in control there, now, and you will be plundered by bands of foraging redcoats, no doubt." Quite likel f." The youths were not averse to doing so, and they took "And such being the case, perhaps you will not object to aim and fired a Yolley. As there were only eight of the giving us something to eat, and some feed for our horses," scoundrels, and at least one hundred bullets were sent after the youth said, smilingly. them, the membe11S all went down, six of them dead, the "I shall be only too glad to do so, Mr. Slater, would ()ther two so badly wounded that they would die in a few have been so under any circl'.lIDstances. You see, we owe minutes. you a debt of gratitude for what you have done for me-so Mr. and Mrs. Slo;m and Winnie came running out of the great a debt tbat we will be unable ev.::r to pay it, I am house at the sound of the volley, and when they saw the sure ." "Liberty Boys," they were delighted. "You owe me nothing, sir, and I Q.ID glad to aid And when they saw the dead and dying desperadoes they anyone in distress, and especially am I glad to be able to were horrified; but they were glad, too, for they realized render aid to a patriot. You are more than welcome to all that with the extermination of the band known as the that I have done." ''Slippery Ten" would end a reign of terror in that vicinM:r. Sloan led the way to the stable, and helped tbe ity, and remov e a standi ng menace agllinst Mr. Sloan's life. youths feed the horses, while Mrs. Sloan and Winnie en-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "HURRY CALL." =1===================================================== tr the house and busied themselves preparing a meal day scouring the country in search of small foraging bands for the "Liberty Boys." of redcoats. The youths were hungry, and did the repast full justice, They remained in the vicinity a week longer, and had much to the satisfaction of the woman and girl, who were several lively encounters with the British; then, finding 'complimented by the evident appreciation of their cooking. that they could not accomplish much more, they took their After they had fi:nished the meal the youths again bridled departure, turning their faces in a direction where they and saddled their horses, and got ready to take their hoped to find plenty of work to do. departure. "How long do you expect to remain in these parts, Mr Slater?" asked Mr. Sloan. "I hardly know," was the reply. "We may remain a week o r two, and then again we may decide to leave at any time. Circumstances will have much to do with shaping our future course of action." "Well, we shall always be glad to have you come and see us, and procure food of us," said the settler, heartily; "that is, he added, "so long as the redcoats leave us any THE END. The next number (90) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL; OR, THE BEAUTIFUL MAID OF THE MOUNTAIN," by Harry 1ioore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly food or provisions." are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any "Thank you," said Dick. "We will at least try to see newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by you again before leaving these parts mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 "I hope you will do so, Mr. Slater." SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies The youths then rode away, and put in the rest of the you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Se:n.."t F'9ree "HAPPY DA VS." The Larges t and Best Weekly Story Paper Publi shed. It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers a.11 sorts of Questions in its Correspondenc e Columns .Send us y our Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK Publi sher, 24: Union Square, New York.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give a, faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound 1n a. beautiful colored cover. ''I. The Liberty Boys or '76; or Fighting tor Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath ; or, Settling With the British and Tories. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Liberty Roys on Hand; or, Always In the Hight Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid or the King's Minions. 6 The Liberty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us If You Can." 7 In Demand; or, The Champion Spies or the 8 The Liberty lloys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Themselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck ; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril ; or, Threatened trom all Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' I -uck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught In It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-of War. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge ; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 19 The Liberty Boys .rrapped; or, The Beautl!ul Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' l<'lne Work; or, Doing 'hlngs Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Close8t Call of All. 23 The Llbel'ty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm tor the Redcoats. 24 The J,lberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken tor British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick ; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoat& In Phlh1delphla. 28 Tbe Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy wine. 29 The LlhPrty Boys' Wild Ride: or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 31) The Liberty Boys In a Fix: or, Threatened by Heds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Checlt. 32 'l'be Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater tor Revenge. 113 The Liberty Boys Duped: or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 114 The J,lberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeeded. 3:'i The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life tor Liberty' Caoae. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 31! The J,lberty Roys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 3!) The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything In Sight 41) The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. 42 The Llbt'rty Roys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick or Time. 43 'l'he Liberty Boys' Rig Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 41 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried: or, The Disappearance or Dick Slater 4G The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What They Bet Out to Do. 48 T lie f,lberty Boys' Setback: or, Detested, But Not Disgraced. 49 The Liberty Boys in 'foryvllle; or, Dick Stater's Fear!ul Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows tor Libert;. vl The Liberty Boys' Triumph ; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their Own 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare: or, A Miss as Good as a Mlle. 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger ; or, Foes on All Sides. 54 The Liberty Hoys' Flight: or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generallng the Enemy. 56 'l'he Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How to l<'tght. 57 The Liberty Boys' "Push" ; or, Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "i\fad Anthony" at Stony Point. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice. And How They Dealt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm 'l'lrue. 61. 'l'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going It Blind. 62 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry" at Paulus Hook. 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everywhere. 64 The Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand" ; or, Fighting Against Great Odds. 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The Idol of the Company. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath ; or, Going for the Redcoats Roughshod. 67 The Liberty lloys' Battle for Life: or, The Hardest Struggle or All. 68 The 1,1berty Bos' Lost: or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 69 The Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Everything. 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 71 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, 'he Snare the Enemy Set. 72 The Llbertv Boys' Ransom: or. In the Hands of the Tory Outlaws. 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds: or, '!'railing Benedict Arnold 74 The Liberty Boys "Swoop"; or, Scattering the Redcoats Like Chall'. 75 '!'he Liberty Boys' "not 'l'lme": or, Lively Work In Old Virginia. 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture the King's Son. 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 78 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Mountain. 79 The Liberty Boys' Honor; or. The Promise That Was Kept. 8 0 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike"; o:, Bowling the British Over. 81 The Liberty Boye' Gratitude, and ttow they Showed it. 8 2 Tbe Libert, y Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to Handle. 83 The Liberty Boye' Dead Line; or, "Cross it, if you Dare!" 84 Th., Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed;" or, '!'rouble at E\ery '!'urn. 85 The Liberty Boys' Leap tor Lite: or, The Light that Led Tltem. 86 The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, '!'be Redskin who Fought for Inde-pendence. 8 7 The Liberty Boys "Going It Blind"; or, Taking Big Chllnces. 88 'l'he Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hllrd. 89 The Liberty Boys' "Hurrr Call": or, A Wild Dash to Save a Friend. 9 0 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, The Beautiful Maid of the Moun ta in. For sale by an newsdealerR. or postpaid on receipt of 5 cents per copy, by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher,. 24 Union Square, New: York. 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