The Liberty Boys' guardian angel, or, The beautiful maid of the mountain

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The Liberty Boys' guardian angel, or, The beautiful maid of the mountain
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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.HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories o f the American Revolution Issued Weekly-By Subscriptfrm $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class the Net0 York. N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1901. EnterPd acconling to A.ct of Collgrcss, ill the year 1902, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 19, 1902. Price 5 Cents CHAPTER I. !)! TIIE H.A.:NDS OF THE TORIES "Well, young man, if you've anything to say, say it now, your time has come thrilling scene. alfway up the side of a mountain in western South olina, close beside the trail which wound and twisted its course like the trail left by some huge serpent, stood arty of perhaps a dozen men hey were standing under the wide-spreading branches a huge oak tree. hese men were roughly dressed, rough-looking fellows, ed with rifles and pistols. n their midst stood a young man of perhaps twenty e was a handsome, bronzed-faced fellow, with keen e eyes, firm chin and jaws, and a fearless air. his young man was Dick Slater, a patriot-for the e of our story was midsummer of the year 1780-and had earned for hin:iself the title of "The Champion Spy the Revolution." he young man was in the South, with his company o.f 'berty Boys," trying to assist the patriots to fight against redcoats and Tories, and having become separated from comrades, had been waylaid by this band of Tories, who made him a prisoner, and after trying to get him to who he was and what his business was in that part the country, had placed a rope around his neck, thrown other end over the limb above head, and were stand there, waiting for the word from their leader to pull youth up in the air It was then that the leader had uttered the words with ch our story begins : "Well, .young man, if you have anything to say, say it w, for your time has come." ;,. "I have nothing to say," w-as the calm reply. "You are a fool." "Thank you. You are a scoundrel!" A hoarse growl escaped the man's lips. "Say, you are altogether too saucy!" "You may think so, but I don't." "Well, I do." "It isn't being saucy to simply tell the truth, is it?". "But that ain't the truth." "What I said about you isn't the truth?" "No." "Yes, it is." "It isn't." "I can prove that it is." "How?" "Why, your actions have proved it." "My actions?" "Yes." "I don't see how "It is simple enough The way you have treated meproves that you are a scoundrel." "Bah!" "No one but a scoundrel would stop a man on the highway and make a prisoner of him and try to force him to tell all he knows, on peril of death if he refuses." "And nobody but a fool would refuse to tell." "I did tell." "You didn't do anything of the kind "I did "You told me a cock-and-bull story about being on your-1\'ay to visit some relatives over across the mountains, but I know better than to believe any such story." "It is the truth. "Bosh." "I don't see why you should think this not true "Well, it stands tQ reason it isn't true." "I don't see it that \my. It is not an impossibility that I might have relatives over the mountains, is it?" "Oh, no." "Nor that I might be on my way to visit them?" No, it ain't an impossibility, but it is improbable." "Why should it be?"


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. "Well, that's simple enough. Not many people are putleader and nodded, as much as to say, "Yes, let them h:. ting in their time visiting relatives these days it out between themselves." "No, I suppose not But that doesn't prove that I am not on my way to visit relatives." "Well, it is proof enough to suit me. To tell the truth, you don't look like that kind of a fellow." "Oh, I don't care, Bill But I don't see what the use of pounding him up, when we are going to haJ him right away, anyhow." "Wal, ye see, cap'n, et'll teach 'im er good lesson, a "You tl1ink not?" theer's er sayin', ye know, ez how et's never too late "That is what I think. You look like a chap who has l'arn." been fighting in the army-like a soldier, in fact." "It may never be too late to learn, but in his case it 1 "Oh, you think I look like a soldier?" "Yes. It would not surprise me if you were a soldier, and a spy, at that." "You are mistaken, sir." "You are not a soldier?" "No." "Nor a spy, hey?" "No. "Bah! He's lyin' ter ye, cap!" growled one of the men. "Le's siring 'im up, an' be done et." The speaker was a big, burly fellow, with a ferocious face and fierce air The youth turned his eyes on the speaker, and said, i.oo late for his learning to do. him any good "Et'll do me good ter knock ther young cuss's head t l fur he called me er liar, an' thet's sumthin' I don' sta. frum nobuddy." "Well, free the prisoner, one of you men, and the all stand in a circle, with pistols drawn, ready to sho him if he tries to escape This was done, and Dick found himself standing in t circle made by the ruflia:QS, and at one side, facing h.iJ \ stood the giant ruffian, Big Bill. He looked Dick over with a supercilious air, and th said, sneeringly: "Say, young feller, ef ye"ll take back whut ye said l with snch a scornful air and intonation that the other was bout me an' git down on yer knees an' ax my parcling, I made angry : let ye off, and won't thump ye. Whut d'ye say?" "You're a liar yourself, you big ruffian, and if my han'ds were loose I would choke some sense into that thick head of yours." "Whut's thet? Ye'd choke me-me, Big Bill Benton? Say, young feller, ye make me larf, ye do, so," and the big man forced a laugh, but it was evident that he felt any thing but mirthful. His face was red with anger, and his little, reddish-hued eyes were gleaming fiercely. "Yes, I would choke you, and teach you better than to talk as you have just been talking." "Bah, young feller, ye wouldn' be er mouthful fur me," the ri.iflian said sneeringly. "Free my hands, and I will prove that I am a better man than you, and do it quickly, too." The youth's wish was that he should delay the hang ing, and thus make it more likely that something might occur to save him, but he did not expect that the Tories would do wlrnt he asked. Big Bill was eager to get a at the saucy youth, however, and he said to the leader eagerly: ''Oh, you are afraid, are you?" remarked Dick coolly l "Me afraid?" angrily. "Wal, I guess not I wouldn' l erfraid uv er duzzen like ye." "Then why are you trying to get out of this affair?" ''I hain't." ,. "I don't know what else you would call it." "I wuz jes' givin' ye er chance ter git out uv et, bee I took pity on ye, thet's all." "Oh, thank you," sarcastically. am in no need of pity." Il "But I assure you "Oh, ye hain't, hey?" n "No, it is you who should be pitied." n "Me ?-haw, haw, haw!" and the ruffian laughed lour ly, nis comrades joining him, for they thought such l -ll idea ridiculous 'I'he youth kept a sobJ;!r face, however, and said: "Yes, you. "Bosh! Why, I k!n eat J:e up, young feller!" "You will find me pretty tough chewing." "I guess not.'' re v ( r j c 'r "Oh, say, cap, jes' let me hev er chance at 'im, won't "I guess yes." '1 ye? I'd like ter show 'im er thing er two thet he don 'i. "Go for him, Bill, if you are going to," said the lead1 know er have enny idee erbout." of the party. "I want to have this thing se.ttled, and fi'I idea of an encoilll:ter between the two seemed to / tlie affair by hanging the young fellow as quickly 'I stnke the other man favorably, for they looked at. their possible


THE LIBERTY BOYS' G"GARDIAN ANGEL. JN ow, Dick's idea in picking the quanel with the fellow ingly a pigmy by the side of his opponent, would be able as to delay the hanging in the hope that something might to knock the big fellow down. Y ct he had done so. The to make him a free man, and he made up his mind giant lay sprawling, so the evidence was conclusive. ow to delay the affair as much as possible, by keeping out "Wal, thet beats me!" \ the man's way, and thus lengthening the contest. "I wouldn' hev thort et!" To this end, when Big Bill, at the leader's words, rushed "Blamed ef he bain't knocked Bill down!" lfon Dick, showering blows at him, the youth retreated "How in blazes did he do et?" ound the ring, avoiding the blows, and keeping out of "Whut's thcr matter with ye, Bill?" I 9e way. "Git up, ye great, big, no-' count lummo x !" He did this so successfully that the big fellow could not The blbw had been a pretty hard one, and Bi g B i ll hacl t him at all, and it not take long to tire the ruffian the greatest display o1fhooting stars o.f life. such an extent that he was forced to pause, and stand He was sli"htly dazed in fact, and lay there, blrnkrng up l 0 ill, in order to re s t and regain his wind. 1 at the sky, like a toad li s tening for thundc"r. He panting heavily, and his face was r e d as a result Dick stood th e re, cool and calm, his arms folded, and a his unusual exertions. SI}lile on his face as he looked down upon the fallen man. "Say," lie growled, "wbut d'yc think this i s ennyhow? Presently the giant rose s lowly to a sitting pos ture a nd er foot-race ?" c J "Well, you seem to be. doing a good deal of running ound," was the cool reply. "Wal, w'y don' ye stan' still an' fight?" I The youth pretended to be surprised. "Y cu want me to stand still?" he a s ked. il "Uv course. Ye don' s'pose I wanter run myself ter I eath tryin' fur ter ketch ye, do ye?" "Well, I'll tell }"OU just the truth of the matter; Mr. i ig Bill: you look s o funny swinging your arms around at I enjoy keeping away and watching you." "Oh ye do bey?" I "Yes. Say, you look like a Dutch windmill in action." "Wal, ye'll think I'm er hooman caterpult ef on'y ye'll n' up an' fight me." C ; "Go ahead. I'll attend to my part of it, if you will atnd to yours." f "All right. But, min' ye, no more foot-racin'." Again the bi.g f e llow began the attack, and he flailed the 1 mosphere with his huge fists at a great rate, but failed to d a single blow. As before, Dick kept out of his way. t This angered him, and he paused to remonstrate. His nds felt as if they weighed a ton each, and he let them op at his side. Jus t as he was ope ning hi s mouth to looked around him in ra t h e r an uncertain mann e r. '' Whut's ther matter?" h e a s ked huskily. "Did er mule kick me, er a tre e fall on me, e r wuz I struck by er b o l t UY l i ghtnin' ?" Dick held out his right fist. ';That is what struck you," he said, quietly. The ruffian blinked at the fist and looked dubious. "Say, et kain't be posserble," he gasped. "Oh, yes it is possible. Inde e d, it is the exact truth.'' "But ye couldn' pos serbly hit like thet, young feller. W 'y, my h e ad aches like ez ef I bed bumped et erg'inst er stun wall." "It will a c he much worse by the time I have hit you another crack or two like that," was the calm reply. "Bah! ye kain't hit me thet erway erg'in." "I'll show you, if you'll kindly get up and give me tht? chance." "Oh, I'll git up, ne>er ye f e ar. I'll git up, an' when I do ye wanter look out." The youth laugh ed. "I think it is you who will need to look out." "I don' think so. Thet wuz an axid ent." "You think it was an accident, d o you?" ve utterance to hi s remonstrances out shot Dick's fist. "Yas." : Crack! "Well, I will prove to you that you are mi s tak e n by hi t -\ The youth s iron-like fist stru c k the giant fair between ting you again, and hard e r than before." e eyes, and a s he was n o t braced to with s tand a blow he The giant h a d scrambl e d to his feet by this tim e and nt down upon hi s ba c k, k e rthump. he fell of his for e h e ad somewhat gingerly To s a y that the f e llow's c o mrad e s were ama zed is putting "Blaz e s but et's swellin'," he growled. B. mildly. Yes. Those hand some eyes of yours will soon be !fi They were almo st paralyzed wit h astoni s hment. I l e n shu t, Mr. Big Bill," said Dick qui e tly. "After I g e t They would ne-,e r ha v e believed that the you th, seem-thro u g h with you your friend s will h a v e to lead you f


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. You will look like a man who had been having too close acquaintance with a swarm of angry bees." "Bah! yer jes' er blowin'; thet's whut yer doin'," the ruf fian howled, "an' I'm goin' ter knock ther head cl'ar offen ye." With these words he rushed at Dick with all the fierce ness of a mad bull. CHAPTER II. A MTSTER US DISAPPEARANCE. The ruffian was so big and strong that Dick did not dare try to withstand his rush. Then his eyes fell upon Dick, and this brought it all b1 to him. "Say," he said, thickly, "did ye hit me erg'in ?" The youth nodded and smiled. "I. belie1e I did," he replied. The ruffian nodded. "I reckon so," he agreed "I don' see no clouds, couldn' hev be'n lightnin' thet struck me--an' ef et be'n, I'd hev be'n dead, inst'id uv only ha'f dead." "Oh, he hit ye, all right, Bill." "Y as, et wuzn't lightnin'." "Nur ther kick uv er mule." "No, an' nobuddy hit ye with an ax." "Et wuz jes' ther young feller's fist whut done et Bi Such were a few of the remarks made bJ"the Tory's c The youth's only way of doing was to retreat, temporarrades, who really seemed pleased to see their comrade ily, and he did this, keeping out of reach of the flailing dled so roughly. fists, and as before it fook but a short time to tire the The truth was that he had lorded it over them on man out. The exertion of striking at the atmosphere was count of his size and strength. :S:e was a bully by more tiring than if he had hit something. hue, and had made himself disliked. The others ho Presently he paused and dropped his hands, and started this thrashing by the young stranger would take some io say something. the bullying ideas out of him. He did not say it, however. Big Bill paid no attention to the remarks of his frie What he was al:fout to say might have been a golden nugbut addressed Dick. get of wisdom, but if so it was lost to the world. The youth had been waiting for this moment, and his fist shot out just as the giant's mouth was opening. I "Say," he remarked, slowly and hesitatingly, "if I up will ye hit me erg'in ?" "Of course I will," replied Dick briskly, brandishing Crack! fist in a suggestive manner. "That is just what I will Again the iron-like fist struck the big Tory between the I am aching to get another lick at you." eyes, and he went down as if hit by a sledge-hammer "An' I'm achin' becos ye've alreddy hed two licks at m wielded by a strong man. with a grimace. "Say, ef thet's whut ye intend doin Again exclamations of amazement and wonder escaped guess ez how I won't get up. I'll jes' set heer an' save r, turrible force." the lips of the Tories. ther trubble uv ha1in' ter sot down erg'in with s "Ye bet et wuz !" "Thet wuz er sockdolager !" "I guess Bill'll think he hez been kicked by er hull team "Oh, say, you haven't got enough already, have you?" uv mules this time!" claimed Dick, in pretended disappointment and surpr "Say, ther youngster is er bad wun, hain't he!" "I wouldn' want 'im ter hit me!" The giant was rendered almost unconscious by the blow "Ye bet I hev !" I "Oh, come, you haven't been thumped any to speak Yet. and shock of the fall, and lay there silent and motionless "Say," growled the giant, "I guess I'm ther wun w for a few moments. hez ther lrnowledge regardin' thet theer matter. An' I Then he got his scattered wits together, and slowly rose thet et seems ter me ez ef I've be'n thumped good to a sitting posture. He was watched with interest by his comrad _es, who were eager to hear what he would have to say for himself. Big Bill did not say anything at first, but rubbed his head, blinked his eyes, and stared around him in a won dering manner. plenty." "But that's a mistake. I havent got started yet." "Oh, ye hedn t got started yit, hey?" "No; I haven't even got warmed to my work yet." "Then ye bet I'll stay right whur I am," determine "Ef ye hedn't got warmed up yit, I wouldn' wanter hev


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. > 1ythin' ter do with ye arter ye hev got in thet condition, bet." I "Oh, say, Bill, ye've weakened." l'Ye hain't got sand, ertall." "Ye've be'n playin' et onter us Bill, makin' us think ye wuzn't afeerd uv noboddy, but heer ye air knuck0\in' ter er young feller whut hain't ha'f ez big ez ye air." t "Yer er coward, arter all, Bill Benton." "Say, ef enny uv ye fellers want ter, ye kin go in an' ackle ther young feller," growled Bill, "but ez fur me, I "I don't think I'm foolish for doing so." "I do. You can't escape." "Well, I can delay the hanging, and that is something." "Not much. You will hang, just the same." "But every minute of delay is worth something to me. Life is sweet." "Come down, young fellow "Oh, no; I could na.t think of doing so." "Come down, or I'll send a man up to bring you down." "Send him along. I'll wager that he will go down faster on't want enny more uv et in mine, thank ye. I hain't er than he comes up." hog. I know when I've got ernuff." "Bah! What would you do?" "Yer er coward, Bill." "I'll kick him out of the tree." \ "I kin lick ther galoot ez sez so," howled the giant, "He'll do et, too, ye bet," growled Big Bill. "Ye needn' :!smacking his fist in his hand with the report lik e that of a ax me ter climb up theer arter 'im, fur I won't go." &musket-shot. "Well, there are others besides yourself, Bill." "That will do," said the leader, who had been a silent, "I'm glad uv et. They kin hev all the.r glory theer is 1but interested witness of the encounter. "If you are not ter be hed by tacklin' thet young cuss." ]willing to continue the fight with the young fellow, that "He certainly took all the starch out of you." "Thet's right. I hain't denyin' et-an' he'll take et out "Wal, I hain't willin'. I've hed ernuff, an' I hain't backuv enny feller whut goes up inter thet tree arter 'im, too." ward erbout sayin' SO\ Jes' grab ther young cuss, so he t ain't hit me er clip, an' I'll git up." The young "Liberty Boy" felt that he had delayed the "Bosh! J im, you and Tom go up in the tree and bring the young scoundrel down." The two men addressed stepped forward, and began hanging as long as it was possible, and realized that unless climbing the tree. They were not such expert climbers as he did something, and at once, he would end his life here was Dick, and then, too, they did not have such an incentive n this South Carolina mountain side. as he had to urge them to rapid work. There seemed to be nothing he could do, however. He If the look on their faces was anything to go by they /was surrounded by a dozen fierce men, each with a cocked were not over well pleased with the task which they had pistol in his hand, and to attempt to break through the been set to accomplish. circle and escape would be equivalent to committing sui cide. Suddenly, just as the leader of the band was about to give the command to seize the youth, Dick leaped into the air, caught hold of the limb above his head, and pulled him1 self up into the tree. They had seen a specimen of Dick 's h andiwork when he knocked Big Bill around, and they could not help re flecting that if the youth was half so handy with his feet as with his hands, he would b e able to make good his boast of sen

6 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. "N cether kin I." "But he's thar, somewhars, uv course." "Ya's, uv course." "Le's climb up higher; then we'll see 'im." They made their way upward, until they were halfw y to the top, and then paused again. They were surprised to find that even now they could not see the young man. Yet they were now so well up in the tree that they could see to the top, and they could noC understand how the youth could manage to conceal himself so as not to be visible. "Wal, whur in blazes is ther feller, ennyhow?" growled one. "Blamed ef I know. Looks ez ef he bed took wings an' gone erway like er bird." "I don' see 'im ennywhurs, but he mus' be in ther tree. He couldn' hev got erway." "Mebby he jumped over ther bluff." The tree stood right on the edge of quite a high bluff, or precipice. "No; ef he hed jumped we'd hev seen er heerd 'im ez he and below them, and became satisfied that the youth w not in the tree. "Ye kin say whut ye pleeze, cap'n,'' called out on "Thet young cuss hain't in ther tree: He's gone." CHAPTER III. HOW DICK ESCAPED. Where was Dick? What had become of him? The two ruffians were right. He was not in the tree. a li R He had made his escape, and in a very peculiar manne's The tree was a very large one, and the body, even we, up toward the top of the tree, was two feet in diameter and when Dick had climbed up nearly to the top he me with a surprise. In one side of the body of the tree was a hole at least foot and a half in diameter. The youth stuck his bead through the hole and peere went crashiu' through ther limbs; an' et'd be shore death downward. ter make ther jump, ennyway, an' I don' think he'd do et." "Whar ther dickens air ye, ennyhow ?" called out the other, raising his voice. There was no reply. "Oh, say, show yerself," growled the other. "We're boun' ter take ye down, ennyhow, so whut's ther use uv tryin' enny tricks ?" Still there was no reply, but the lea,der called up from below: "What's the matter?" "We don' see ther cuss nowhars," was the reply. "What's that ?-you don't see him?" "No; an' I don' berleeve he's in ther tree ertall." "Bosh! He can't help being in the The foliage is so thick you can't see him, that's all. Climb up higher. You'll rt1n onto him, then." The two obeyed the order, and climbed higher, but still thej could see nothing of the youth whom they had climbed up there to find, and one called down: "He hain't beer, cap'n !" "Bosh! I tell you he must be there," was the reply. But he hain't." Far below he saw the glimmer of light, which prove(1 the tree was hollow, and that there was an opening intt the open air at the bottom He wondered if the opening within the tree was large enough to permit the passage of his body. He could not tell without trying, so he made up his mind to try it at once. 1 If he remained where he was he would be recaptur ed, and that would mean death by banging. Nothing could be worse than that, so he did not hesitatf to enter the tree-trunk through the opening in its side. There was some difficulty connected with this, but he succeeded in getting through, and then, holding to the rim of the opening, he felt around with his feet, until he found. some protuberances on wnich to rest them. Then he let go his hold and began figuring on making his way down. Ile decided that the opening down through the trunk of the tree was about eighteen inches in diameter, and il it did not widen oi1t and become larger farther down h<' would be able to make his way down in safety by pressing arms and knees against the walls, thus converting the "Fools. Ile can't help being. Look around, and you limbs into br<1kes. will see him." He realized that the Tories would send men up in the The t110 looked searchingly around, at the limbs abo>e, tre e to make him come down, ancl they would inevitably


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL "/ .... the hole in the side the trunk, and would unj He stepped over the side of the ledge and made his way herstand how he had made his escape. down the side of the bluff as slowly and carefully as postl "And I must get clear down through, and out of here s1ble. fore they do that, or they will fire in here with their He found it difficult to go slowly, however. r pistols," he told himself, and if they were to do this, they The side was very steep, and he found that in spite of '.would likely kiil him, as they could hardly miss him if they all he could do he got to going faster and aster. :were to try. So he made his way downward as rapidly as possible, and at last, after what seemed like an hour to him-but which With every step his speed and momentum increased. He exerted himself to the utmost, and restricted his s peed all he possibly could, but by the time he was halfway had been only a few minutes in reality-he came to the down the side of the bluff, he was going almost at running place where the opening ended. speed. A glance showed Dick below him was the sloping side He remembered that he had seen many rocks and boulj of the bluff on which the tree stood. All around him ders at the bottom of the ravine, and realized that to fall /were the long, gnarled roots of the tree, many of them and go rolling to th. e bottom might result in severe injury r sticking straight out over the chasm. or even death. It was a steep descent, but Dick felt sure he could get He gritted his teeth, kept bis head, and continued down own it in safety. the steep way at almost racehor s e speed. He was ready and willing to make the attempt, at any His coolness and splendid eye sight made it possible for rate. him to remain in an erect position till he was within fifty Any chance was welcome when the alternative was to feet of the bottom, and then he missed his footing and fell. be hanged till he was dead. He threw him s elf backward, and plunged I Seizing hold of one of the larger roots, Dick swung feet foremost, but he went at great speed. 'himself down and hung suspended. When within twenty-five feet of the bottom his feet If he dropped straight downward_ from where he hung I struck against a stone, and he was hurled 11ead over heels it would be a drop of twenty to thirty feet, and then he clear to he bottom of the ravine. would likely be overbalanced and go rolling downward to Luckily, he did not strike a rock or boulder when he the bottom of the ravine a distance of three or four hunalighted. dred feet. il'en feet below, however, and five or six feet to one side, 1 :was a ledge three or four feet wide. If he could manage to leap down and land on that he would be all right. He began swinging himself back and forth like the pendulum of some huge clock, and when at last he had acquired what he considered to be sufficient momentum, he let go hold of the root and went flying through the air. He succeeded in his attempt. He alighted on the ledge, und managed to retain his place there. He heard the voices of the two Tories as they made their way up into the tree, and crouched there, waiting till they disappeared from sight amidst the foliage. Had he done so it would have been all up with him. As it was, he was knocked almost senseless. He was dazed for a few minutes, and lay where he had fallen, unable to move. Presently he regained the use of his faculties, and then he rose slowly to a sitting He looked upward toward the tree in which he had so recently been perched. It seemed a long ways off, away up there on the rim of the ravine. He could see no one, either in the tree or on tfie ground underneath. Had either of the two looked downward as they :were "They are there, though," he told himself. "I wonder climbing up they would have seen him. if they have di s co>ered my escape yet?" But they did not look down. At this in s i.ant he heard the sound of yelling, which came 1 'rhey s upposed that their game :was in the tree above down faintly to his ears. their heads, and they kept their gaze turned upward. "Yes, they have discovered that I have escaped," he said Dick did not wait long. He realized that the discovery to himself, "and they will soon di s cover how I escaped, if of his escape would soon be made, also the manner of his they have not already done so, and the best thing I can do escape, and it bE:hooved him to be as far away as possible is to be getting away from here." when that occurred. Th e youth leap e d to his feet, and without stopping to


8 T.H E LIBERTY BOYS' G U AR DIAN ANGEL. brush the dirt off his clothes, made his way up the ravine at a rapid walk. He saw nothing of Dick, as the youth had disappeare up the ravine two or three minutes before, but he tracks in the soft earth of which the ravine-side consisted. He could still hear the sound of the yelling, and had no doubt that his enemies would soon be on his trail. "Yes, it's a fact. That is what he has done," he crie d.ca1 "I will hunt for a place where the ravine-side is not so "The scoundrelly rebel has been too smart for us, and steep, and make my way to the top," the youth said to him made bis escape, while we stood here, gaping up in the self. "Jove, I wish that I could get my horse out of the tree. It beats anything I ever heard of," and then he ga"ft Wl hands of those scoundrels. I believe I will make the atvent to his in a volley of curses. tempt, at any rate. I will go back, and spy on them, and follow them. I'll stick on their trail till I run them to "Why not follow him?" suggested one man "Follow him ?" their rendezvous, and then I'll manage in some way to get "Yes." my horse back again "Bah! A fellow who can climb a tree and disappear aEpa on Presently he came to a place where the side of the ravine if by magic, as he did, could not be caught We may aabe was not so steep, and indeed not so high, and he climbed up well give it up as hopeless He has made his escape, anti to the top, !AL d made his way in the direction that would that is all there is to it." t&ke h:im le trc spot where the Tories were * "Wal, we've got bis hoss," sai d another "Yes, that's something ,ij Ye bet. He's ruthe r er good lookin' hoss ef I kno w When Jim anC. Tom called down that the youth was not ennythin' erbo\l.t it." fo the tree, that he had disappeared, the leader of the band "You are right; he is a fine horse, and I'll ride him t.J cf Tories diu not know what to think. "You. must be mishken," he declared n ot pos sibly escape 1rom the tree "But he hez," was the dogged reply "Why, he could the ca bin." 'l'hen he lifted up his voice and called out: "Co min' down, Jim and Tom?" "Yas, we're comin'," was the reply, and a few "Imposs ible! He did not have wings, and could not fly, later the two dropped to the ground, panting as a resul.:. and that is the only way he could have got out of the t r ee." of the unusual exertion. "Wal, he h a in t beer, 'tenny rate," was the reply "Jes' how he got erway is more'n I kin say, but he hez done et, ye bet "Bos h Beat around, among the foliage You'll find him.': "We hev done thet, an' he hain't nowhurs ter be foun' "Keep on s e arching Climb up higher You'll find "Say, wuzn't thet er slick trick ther cuss played ontn us, hey?" exclaimed the one called Jim. "Purty slick," replied another 8 '\' "D'ye s'pose he kn owed ther tree wuz holler?" asked Tom "Ye mean afore he clum up inter et?" him." "Yas. "All right, c ap'n; jes' ez ye say but we know he hain't "I dunno, but et would look ez ef sech mought be ther beer." case." Presently a loud yell of amazement was given utterance "Well," said the leader, thoughtfully, "if he knew th<' t o by one of the men in the tree tree was hollow, that would prove that he must be prettJ "Great Guns!" he howled. "I've foun' out how ther cuss got erway I've diskivered whur he went "Well, where?" called up the captain. "How did he manage to get away?" "Ther tree's holler!" familiar with things in these parts, for we did not know it, and we have lived around here for years "An' he sed he wuz e r stranger in these parts, cap'n." "I know he diu, but that proves nothing I am begi n ning to think he is a dangerous fellow, and that he has "What!" in amazement. likely been in this part of the country for a long time." "Ther tree's holler, an' he pez crawled down through et, an' got cl'ar erway." "Then he must have gone down the side of the ravine," t he l eader cried, and he ran to the edge of the bl uff a nd l ooked down. "But whut would he be doin' beer, cap'n ?" "Spying." "Spyin' ?" "Yes."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. "Who on?" "Why not us?" Exclamations escaped the lips of the men. "Say, d'ye s'-pose thet he hez be'n reelly spyin' outer us, ap'n ?" said one. "It would not surprise me if such were the case." The way had been rather a steep incline upward, the entire distance, and this settler's cabin stood not far from the summit of the mountain, which was one of the highest in this part of the country. When the Tories came to the cabin they stopped, and the leader dismounted and tied the horse. Then the entire l "But w'y would he be doin' et?" party advanced, and when they reached the house were met r ) "That is plain enough. We have been carrying things at the door by a girl of perhaps seventeen years. with rather a high hand, have we not?" "Is your father at home, Miss Jessie?" asked the leader. "Wal, we've be'n doin' jes' er bout whutever we wanted The girl shook her head. ter, thet's er fack." "Exactly. And the probabilities are that some of the patriots of the neighborhood have sent for some one to spy on us, and discover our hiding-place, when a party would be organized and we would be exterminated." ''Say, d'ye reelly think thet is ther skeem, cap'n ?" "I am inclined to think so." "Then et stan's us in hand ter ketch ther cuss an' shoot .,im full uv holes." "You are right. We would have done a mighty good hing for ourselves, I'm fainking, if we had pulled him up when we had the rope around his neck." "Ef Big Bill hed kep' his big mouth shet, we'd hev aone et," growled one. "Say, ye don' wanter go ter torkin' too sassy, Jim Peters," growled Big Bill, "I won' stan' et, ye bet!" 1 "Thet's right," said another. "Tber bes' thing ye kin do is ter keep still, Bill. The big fellow glanced from one to another of his com rades, and he saw by the look on their faces that they were l gainst him. He realized that his day of bullying them was past, and with a hoarse growl of rage and disgust, he subsided. He feared that if he got into a fight with one the others wguld jump on him. "Stop quarreling, and come along with me," ordered the leader, and he untied Dick's horse and mounting, rode slowly up the road, the men following on foot. 1 And behlnd them, at a safe distance, was Dick Slater, a q grim look of determination on ms face. 'I "I'll have my horse back if I have to follow them over :into Ge"'gia," he said to hllnself det:rmined!y. CHAPTER IV. s THE DEMON DOZEN. "No, he is away, Mr. Marks," was the reply. "Where is he ?" The girl hesitated, and this hesitation was noted by the sh:up eyes of Raymond Marks. ."He has gone to Augusta," was the reply, after the brief hesitation. "To Augusta, you say?" "Yes." "When did he go?" "This morning." "When will he be back ? A sudden light, seemingly of anger, fl.ashed into the girl's eyes, but if she was angry because of being questioned so closely she did not show it in her tones when she answered: "He took a load of provisions to Augusta, to sell to the British." "Oh, he did?" The man's tone was almost sneering. It seemed that he din not believe the girl's statement. "He did!" decidedly. "He may have taken some produce to town with him, but he went for another purpose," said Marks positively. "What other purpose could he have gone for?" the girl asked, with a good assumption of surprise. "You know as well as I do." "I do not. I have no idea what you mean." "It may oe impolite to say so, Miss Jessie, but really I must say that I doubt your statement. I am confident that your father went to Augusta on other business than the sell ing of vegetables and produce, and I am equally certain that you know what the business is." "I assure you that you are mistaken. I do not trunk my father had any other business in Augusta, and if he did I do not know what it was." The Tories had followed the road a distance of three "Oh, well, we won't argue the point. You are here all quarters of a mile when they came to a log-house which alone, I suppose?" stood a short distance back from the road. "I am."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. 'rhe leader of the Tories shook his head in mock dis-_ pleasure. "That is bad," he said. "It is unsafe for a young girl like yourself to stay over night alone in this wild region, and in these times when the country is overrun with desperadoes of various kinds. I should have thought that your father would have known better than to leave you here alone." "I am not at all afraid, Mr. Marks," "\las the quiet reply, "and I think that my father is quite capable of running his own affairs without any help from outsiders." "Oh, you do?" in a sneering tone. "Yes, I do," was the spirited reply. "Well, you may think so, but I don't. I think it very foolish of your father to go away and leave you in this fashion, and I really feel it to be my duty to remain and protect you until he returns." The girl's eyes flashed as she replied: "y OU neea not trouble your s elf. I am not afraid, and I am amply able to take care of myself." "You may think so, but I don't. And we will camp right down here and stay till your father comes back. J wish to learn from him what success he had in his spy-work in Augusta, anyway, so will be pleasing myself by stay ing, as well as giving you protection." "My father has not gone to Augusta to do spy-work," said the girl. "You think not?" in a mocking tone. "I know it." "Well, I make due allowances for filial love on your "Ob, come, Jessie, don'1 get angry, that's a good girl,'" the ruffian said. "You know bow much I think of yo11, ana OU you should be pleased to have me address you in that fash ll IOU. l "It doesn't matter how much you care for me, you 1.."D.oll very well that I care nothing for you, Raymond Marks." "I know you l{ave told me so a few times," was thf a cool reply, "but I don't think you meant it." \l "Yes, I did mean it. I not only do not care for you, but" I dislike you." ar "Indeed?" in a sneering tone, but with an angry glint i u. his eyes. "Yes, indEed. .And if you bad any manhood about yol)-u you would not push your company, and that of your h en upon me m t e manner you are trying to do." "Bah! I have had quite enough talk from yo1r, Jessie m Burton! We are going to stay, whether you like it or not, .t. so you might just as well make up your mind to it, ani not waste any more breath talking' against it. I am con fident that your father is a rebel, and that he has gone t e Augusta to spy on the British in the interests of the. rebels in these parts, and I am going to stay here till hln gets back home. Then I am oing to-" The villain paused and looked at the girl with a wolfish1 expression that caused her to shrink back, and exclaim: "Then you are going to-what?" "Then I am going to ask you once more, and for the lasi time, to become my "llife; and if you refuse, then I wiL 0 g Again he paused and glared at the girl in such a menac,st and so will not criticise your statement. Of course, ing manner that she gasped o ut. it is only natural you should deny that he went there for "What will you do?" that purpose." "I will bang your father to that troo-hang him till b -Then Raymond Marks turned to his men and said: "We will stop here till Jim Burton gets back from Au gusta, so you may as well yourselves at home." "All right, cap'n," said one, and the others nodded in a satisfied way. It was evident that they were pleased with the prospect of remaining at the settler's home. 1 is dead!" There was no mistaking the fact that the scoundrel" meant what he said. The tone and air with which he delivered the statemenPS proved thjs. The girl realized it, also, and her pre vious knowledge o-e "But, sir, I have not a s ked you to stay," said the girl. the man's nature was further evidence that he was "That does not make any difference, Miss Jessie," was no idle threat. the cool reply; "we do not need to be asked. We will stay "Oh, you-scoundrel !" the girl cried. ( without being asked." "Girl, beware how you anger me," Marks cried. "You will not stay with my consent." a care I" ,, "Then we will stay without it, my dear girl." "What would you do, you coward?" was the defiant re t i The girl's face flushed, and an angry 'light glowed in her ply. eyes as she said: "I might take it into my head to hang you before yoursf "I am not your 'dear girl,' Raymond :Thfarks, and I would father gets back." 1 < thank you to not address me in that manner." "I do not fear you, Raymond Marks." Il


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. / "That may be. You are, as I happen to know, brave ough. Indeed, that is one thing that makes me love you 1 intensely, and--" "What," interrupted the girl, scornfully, "a villain like u love ? You don t know the meaning of the word." the eternals you will do well to put a bridle on that fiarp tongue of yours, girl Marks cried, taking a step lward, the look of a demon in his eyes. The captain and looked in the direction indi cated He saw a party consisting of seemingly a hundred horse men coming down the road toward the house. .. They were not more than two hundred yards distant, and were riding at a gallop, so would be at hand very quickly. "They may be rebels," cried Marks, in excitement. "We had better get away from here, men, and not let them g e t a chance to capture us." "That's right, strike me!" cried the girl, scathingly and arlessly. "It will be just what might be expected of The men did not hesitate, but bounded around the house, climbed the slope back of the building, and disappeared "Keep on,'' said Marks hoarsely, his face red with anger. over the summit just as the horsemen came to a stop in ust keep on, and you will crowd me over the line, and front of the house. en-look out!" "Yes, and you may crowd me over the line," was the ompt reply, "in which case it will be well for you to look t." As she spoke the girl drew a pistol from a pocket in the ess, and held it up with a meaning gesture. "Bah," sneered Marks, "you would not dare shoot that "Good," murmured the girl, with an air of satisfaction. "I don't know who these strangers are, or whether or not they are friends, but at least they cannot be more danger ous than Raymond Marks and his gang of desperadoes." One of the leaped to the ground, and advancing to where the girl stood, doffed his hat, and bowing, said pleasantly: ing off." "Good afternoon, miss. Do you live here?" "Would I not?You will find out if you attempt to lay "Yes, sir," was the reply. Jessie had surveyed the youth hand on me, Raymond Marks." quickly and searchingly, and had decided that one with "Bosh! I have no intention of laying a hand on you. such a handsome, manly face could not be bad. t the pistol away before it goes off and hurts you." "And those men who fled as we approached-do you "You need have no fears on that score," quietly. "I mind telling me who they are?" ow how to handle the weapon. I have practised shooting "I have no objections to telling you, sir. They are the eat deal, and can hit a mark the size of your hand a band of Tories known in these parts as the 'Demon tance of a hundred feet." Dozen.' "The deuce you can," exclaimed Marks, while the other ffians looked at one another somewhat dubiously. The me thought was in the mind of each-that he would not h the girl to try her hand shooting at him. "Yes, 'the deuce I can,' the girl said, "and you will well to bear the fact in mind. It may save your s life." "Say, don't talk quite so saucy, Miss Jessie," protested e ruffian. "I don't like it." "I don't care if you don't." "You will care when your father comes home, and I pro d to revenge myself upon him for the insults you have upon me." ''If you injure my father I will shoot you dead, Raymond rks, even if it is the last thing I do on earth." !'Bab! I have no fear of auything of the kind, Miss sie." 'Say, cap'n, look yonder," suddenly cried one of the pointing up the road, "who'n blazes air them fellers?" "Ha! the Demon Dozen, you say?" "Yes, sir." ''And they are Tories?" "They are." "And you? Surely you are not a Tory, miss?" "No, sir. I am proud to say that I am a patriot." Tlie girl threw her head back and looked so pr!d and beautiful that an involuntary exclamation of admiration escaped the young man's lips. "Bravo!" he cried. "I am glad to know that you are a patriot, miss, for myself and men arvpatriots" "And I am glad to know that you are patriots, sir, for those scoundrels who just fled at your approach were threat ening me, and were going to stay here till to-morrow, and bang my father when he gets home from Augusta." "Well, they certainly deserve the title of Demon Dozen," said the young man. "But, miss, can you tell me where the young man is who was riding that horse that was hitched out there when we rode up?"


] 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. There was an anxious look on the youth's face, and an anxious tone to the voice, and the girl noticed it. "No young man rode the horse, sir," she replied. "It was ridden by the leader of the Demon Dozen, a man by the name of Raymond Marks "What is that you say?" the youth exclaimed. "Then my friEjnd, who was the of that horse, has likely been murdered by those scoundrels!" "If that horse belonged to a friend of yours, it is likely that he has been put out of the way," said the girl. An exclamation escaped the youth s lips "If those scoundrels have killed my friend I will never rest until I have put every one of them to death," he de clared, with fierce earnestness, and the girl knew he meant iL At this moment there came a cry from the horsemen out at the gate: "Here he is, Bob. Here comes Dick!" The youth looked up the road, and saw a man approach ing on foot, and a cry of delight escaped his lips. "Yes, it's him, sure enough!" he exclaimed. "That is Dick." CHAPTER V. A FIENDISH SCHEME. As the read e r has already guessed, the newcomers were the famous "Liberty Boys," and the youth who had been talking to the girl was Bob Estabrook, Dick Slater's right. hand man. He was always left in charge of the "Liberty Boys" in Dick's absences. Bob hastened out to the gate, reaching there just as Dick did. "So that's what they are known by; eh?" "Yes." :o1 "Well, their actions justify them in the for they are demons 0 "What did they do to you, Dick?" h The youth explained, the others listening with inte r b "ra: like a chance at that gang," said Bob, when Dir had finished. f "And I!" "Here, too "The same here!" Te e )h Such were a few of the exclamations, and it was evi

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGBL. 13 'o I guessed," with a smile. "Surely a beautiful, hon"I will have some of my men keep watch on the house, 1oking girl like you could not care for a villain like miss, and if the rascals put in an appearance J will know it at once, and will come to your rescue." o, no l I detest, loathe him." "Very well, sir." hen, if they were not interfered with, they would "And now, Miss Jessie, have you any provisions that bly put their threat into execution and hang your you can spare?" r, miss?" fear so, sir." ery well. Then we will have to make it our business to it that they are interfered with." "Ob, yes, sir." "Good! We will be glad to buy them." The girl shook her head. "I cannot consent to take pay for provisions which you b, sir, if you only would," lighting up. t N" e will do so, miss." the girl exclaimed, her may need, sir." 0 h, yes." "No, indeed You are patriots, and will be staying here for my benefit and that of my father, and I cannot accept ut will it not be a great inconvenience to you, sir?" Tot at all." pay. You are welcome to such provisions as we have witb ut surely it will be. You are traveling, and it will out payment." e you to lose a lot of valuable time." "You are very kind, Miss Jessie. We will accept the proe are not so particularly traveling, miss. We are visions, and then, when your father comes home, we will wt soldiers, and are down here for the purpose of renoffer him payment." gall possible assistance to the patriots." "You may do so, if you like, but be will refuse to ac-We are known as cept." The youth called a dozen of the youths to the house, and JAh, your men are patriot soldiers?" Yes. You may have heard of us. Liberty Boys of '76.' they proceeded to load themselves down with bags of corn ; 1 e girl started, and an excited look appeared on her meal, and with dried venison and salt pork. 'I' they carried out and placed on the backs of their horses, and then I have heard father speak of you many times!" she Dick told the girl to not be alarmed, for a watch would be thought perhaps you had heard of us." Yes; and you-can it be possible that you are Dick [ er, the young man who bas made such a wonderful tation as a scout and spy?" I am Dick Slater, miss, and am captain of the 'Liberty ,' but I don't know about the rest of it," with a smile. Oh, I am glad to know that I have met you, Mr. Sla kept on the cabin, after which the "Liberty Boys" moved onward down the road. A quarter of a mile distant they turned aside from the road and went into camp at the foot of a high bluff, which sloped upward a distance of three hundred feet at lea st. There were trees growing all about, and as there was plenty of dead limbs and underbrush for firewood, it was an ideal the girl exclaime .d; "and father will be delighted to place for a camp. w that such wonderful fighters are in this vicinity, for Tories have been carrying things with a high hand, and ill be pleased to think that a stop may be put to it." Well, we will go into camp not far from here, and will ain till your father gets home, and then if the Demon en makes an attempt to injure him we will exterminate gang." Why not stay here at the house, sir?" It would not hold all the men, miss, and then, by movon a short distance the Tories may be deceived into ng we are not going to stay in the vicinity." he girl looked a bit disappointed. But I am afraid the Demon Dozen may come to the se, and carry me away a prisoner," she said. It was now almost sundown, and after the horses had been picketed and fires had been built, sentinels were put out on all sides save the one orl which was the bluff. They could no. t be approached from this side. Four of the "Liberty Boys" were watching the settler's cabin, so it would be impossible for the members of the Tory gang to bother the girl without the fact becoming known to Dick Slater. * Raymond Marks and the members of his gang were an angry lot of men when they were to take refuge in flight at the approach of the "Lil;ierty Boys." They raced up the sloping hillside back of the house, and dirnppeared over the brow of the hill, but here they paused


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. "Let's stay here and see what the strangers do," said :Marks, and all came to a stop. There were trees and rocks at the top of the hill, and the Tories took refuge behind these. From this vantage point they could see all that went on below without being seen. "Who in blazes can the scoundrels be?" growled Marks, after he bad taken a look at the horsemen. "Dunno," replied one. "They look like bad chaps ter fool with, though, ter my way uv thinkin'." "Hello! Look yonder, cap'n," said another. "Who's tber cuss comin' on foot?" It was Dick, and when the 'l'ories had gazed searchingly for a few moments, one exclaimed : "Et's ther cuss we come so near ter hangin', an' whut slipped out uv our ban's so slick, by gittin' down through ther holler tree." "By Jove! you are right," Marks exclaimed. "It is he, sure enough." "An' he acks like he h.'llowed them other fellers, don't he?" from of the men. "He does, for a fact," agreed the leader, "and the chances are that he is a member of their party. I might have known one rebel would not be making his way through this country." Bob had now gone out to the gate to meet Dick, and was engaged in conversation with him. "Yer right, he's er member uv ther gang, ye kin bet," .said another. "See 'im chinnin' with ther other feller?'' "Yes-and see, he is going to the house to talk to Jessie," tl1is from Marks. "I'll wager that he is the leader of the gang." "I shouldn' wonder an' ye air right, cap'n." "An' I'll bet they air rebels," declared another. I The rest nodded their heads. All believed that this was the truth, _Not much more was said until after Dick had his eonversation the girl, and the dozen "Liberty Boys" had carried I.he provisions out and placed the bags on the backs of the horses. Then the leader said: "Looks. as if they were going to move on." There was a rone of satisfaction to his voice. "Yas, et looks thet erway," was the reply of one of the men. When the "Liberty Boys" rode away down the trail the ToTies moved away in the same general diTection, keeping Ill sionally and hiding behind tree or rock, while makin1111 observation, they were enabled to keep track of the of horsemen. w And when the horsemen turned aside from the road, fill dismounted at the foot of the bluff, and began ma,... eI preparations to go into camp, the members of the De-ere Dozen gang looked at one another inquiringly. does thet mean?" asked one. 'le "Et's plain enuff, I think,". said another. "Ther c1fo air goin' ter go inter camp fur ther night." i 1 "That is what they are going to do," said Marks, w the question is, will they go away in the morning?" The men shook their heads. This question was too Jt n for them. a "I reckon ye'll hev ter wait till mornin' ter git an anfo ier thet question, cap'n," said one. The Tories were at the top of the bluff, and al ( directly aboYe the "Liberty Boys," who were busta. around, making preparations for spending the night c 1 ig fortably. All around the ToTies lay huge stones, some of t being bo,plders of such size that it would have requireq united efforts of half a dozen men to move them. While looking around him Raymond Marks' eyes upon these stones and bouldeTs, and a sudden, fiendish came to him: Why could not he and his men practically extermi Sf the party encamped below by rolling the stones and l' e ders down upon them? 1 1 It was a splendid idea, he thought, and a look of fien Q delight shone in his eyes. i He stepped close to the edge of the bluff, and shie e bis body behind a boulder, looked down. cE The side of the bluff sloped just enough so that stc.:,. and boulders would go bounding down the descent ever-increasing speed and force, and would go boun jumping and tearing through the encampment of the Pal below. Being convinced that the plan was not only ( but certain of success, Raymond Marks hastened to teU men what he thought of doing. fl They were delighted with the idea. They were convi1r that the strangers were enemies, "rebels," as they c1, patriots, and were ready to wipe them out of existence I out compunction. "Et's ther very thing, cap'n !'' declared one, enthusia ( on the top of the ridge, which was in reality the extreme cally. "'I'heer's plenty uv stuns an' boulders heer, an' rnmmit of the mountain. kin take our time an' git er great lot uv 'em reddy at 1 u They were careful not to be seen, but by pausing occaedge uv ther bluff, an' then, when ther cusses down


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. 15 1 got ter sleep, we kin push iher stuns an' boulders Not a sound broke the stillness. 11 at ther same time, an' smash ther hull gang." "They have gone on along the ridge," the girl at is just what we can and will do," declared Marks. said to herself. will wait till after dark before beginning work, as She moved slowly and cautiously forward. might see us if we commenced while it is yet light." Her familiarity with the ground was of considerable errect, cap'n; an' thet'll gile us jes' time ter eat our value to her, for it enabled her to make her way along withrs." ey retired to a safe distance and ate their suppers, and e time they were through it was dark. ow get to work, boys," said :Marks, a ring of diabolical his tones. "Line up a lot of stones and boulders, and we will wait till the rebels are asleep, and turn the s and boulders loose on them." out making any noise to speak of. Slowly she moved forward, and after an interval of several minutes she beard sounds of voices and footsteps. She paused and listened. 'l'he voices were low and muffled, and she could not make out what was said. The footsteps, contrary to her expectations, did not n' make 'em wake up in ther other worl', hey, cap'n !" come nearer. a heartless laugh. "It is Raymond Marks and bis gang, I am confident," ou are right." thought Jessie. "But what are they doing?" en the villains ll"ent to work, piling the rocks along the She was sure they were up to sonie mischief, however. of the bluff, and many lai:ge boulders were rolled to Her knowledge of their natures made her confident on dge, where a push from a man's arm would send them lhis point. g down the side of the bluff. But what could they be doing? CHAPTER VI. THE Gl7ARD1A"' ANGEL. sie Burton ate her supper, and by the time she had ed the dishes and put them away it was dark. 1ile she was thus engaged she had been thinking of ond Marks. and his band, and the idea came to her it might be a good idea to take a look around, and see e could learn anything regarding them. e knew that Marks was a bold, shrewd fellow, and the ht came to her that he might manage to in some way t damage upon the "Liberty Boys." hey went up to the top of the mountain," she said to lf, "and by following along the ridge they might easily seen that the 'Liberty Boys' did not go far, but went camp. 'l'hat being the case, Marks might think of plan for injuring the patriots. I am familiar with round, and think I will just go on a tour of investigawas a brave girl, and placing another pistol in a d pocket in her dress, she left the house, and stole She made up her mind that she must find out. To this end she advancing. Slowly and cautiousl Jt she made her way forward. She realized that if she were to be discovered she would 1 be made a prisoner. So she exercised every possible care. She was naturally light on her feet, and then, too, she was the daughter of a pioneer, and had hunted the wild ani TI)ah; of the mountains and forest, and had acquired the catlike step of the wild Indian. Closer and closer she crept, and presently she was near enough so that she could see the men's forms as they moved back and forth. It was fairly dark, but by crouching close to the earth, '.lnd getting the. men's bodies outlined against the lighter sky, Jessie was enabled to make out what was going on. She soon made up her mind what it was that the men were doing. "They are rolling stones and boulders close up to the edge of the bluff," she said to herself. "Now what are they doing for?" It did not take her long to figure it out She was a keen, shrewd girl, and suddenly the knowl edge of what it meant came to her like a flash. "They are going to roll the stones and boulders down through the darkness. upon the 'Liberty Boys' and crush them to death!" she exe made her way up the hillside, back of the house, and claimed to herself. aching the top, paused and listened. e heard nothing. ,, For a few moments she was rooted to the spot with ror.


co---16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. It was as if she were paralyzed I camp-fire s Jessie called out to some of the youthji She could not have moved had her life depended on it. were seated near the fire: .ri But this did not last long. "Will you tell 1\Ir. Slater to come here, please? .,. She recovered the u s e of her faculties quickly, and at <>nee began a careful retreat from the spot "I must go down to the 'Liberty Boys' encampment and warn them of their danger," she said to herself. Her mind was working rapidly, even though her body was moving slowly and cautiously, and she reasoned it out that the '11orics would likely not roll the stones down until .after the intended victims had gone to sleep to speak to him." :r: One of ihe youths was Bob Estabrook, and he leapi instantly, and approaching the girl, said: '' "I will send Dick at once, Miss Burton 'b "Thank you, sir i:c Bob hastened away, and soon returned, accompamo Dick. n "You here, 1\Iiss Jessie?" the youth remarked, i'O "They might do the deed sooner," she said to herself, prise. "What can we do for you?" "'but I hardly think they will. Still, it will be best for me "I have come out to warn you, Mr Slater," said .tJ1C to make all possible haste Goodness wouldn't it be terrible if they should succeed in their awful plan!" Slowly she made her way along, and when sne was far -enough away so that she thought she was safe in doing so, she increased her speed. When she was at what she considered to be a safe dis tance, she began running, and kept this up till she reached "Warn us-of what?" "Of a terrible danger which threatens you I" "A terrible danger which threatens us, miss?" \ "Yes Raymond Marks and bis men, the Demon have planned to wipe your party out of existence i fell swoop, Mr. Slater." l "Indeed? But how could they hope to accompl the point where she had ascended. Here she made her way 1\Iiss Jessie? I have ten men to their one, and bar down, and she was almost reckless fu making the descent. tinels out, so it would be impossible for them to ta So much depended on her gettib'g to the encampment of by surprise. I don't see how they could injure us the "Liberty Boys" in time that she felt she was justified in "Nevertheless, they have the power, Mr. Slater, an b e ing a bit are only waiting for you to lie down and go to sleep She was soon at the of the bluff, and running around their plan into execution the houses and out into the road, she darted down it at her "Well, what is it that they intend trying to do best speed I Jessie ?" When she reached the spot where the "Liberty Boys" had "They are up at the top of the bluff, right abo1 turned aside from the road she did the same, and when she camp, Mr Slater, and they have arranged a great was close to the encampment she slackened her speed. At huge stones and boulders along the brink of the blui the same instant she was hailed: when you have gone to sleep they intend pushing the1, "Halt! Who comes there?-" and boulders over and sending them down here to; "It is I, Jessie Burton, sir,'' the girl replied your men to pieces!" "Oh, yes; the girl from the house," said the sentinel. The two young men were silent for a few "Come right along, miss." then Bob exclaimed : 1 Jessie advanced, and when she reached the spot where "Great Guns, Dick. They'd have made mincem the sentinel stood, she said: us, wouldn't they?" e "I wish to see Mr. Slater, sir "Yes, indeed. But for the information which Jesi "All right. Go straight ahead into the camp, miss You'll brought us they would have done so," was the soberi find him there." "Miss Jessie, you are our guardian angel." The girl hastened onward, but was careful not to ap"You are staying herE'. to benefit me, so why should proach any of the camp-fires, as she did not want that the be your guardian angel?" the girl replied, her voice ti Tories on the bluff should know she bad visited the c amp. lous with pleasure "Jt is no more than right that Is "They might suspect why I am here, and roll the stones do my best to look after yoiir safety and boulders down before I have time to warn M r. Slater," "Well, there are not many girls who would be she tho u ght. enough to risk danger to themselves for some on just outside the r ange of the light of one of the benefit," said Dick. "You have saved the lives of tli


'l'IIE L BOYS' .AXG.EL. of my lirave boys, lliss Jessie, and we shall never "Ah, you have gotten away from there in safety," she ex-rget it." daimecl, a joyous ring in her voice. r '"Oh, I have done only my duty, .Mr. Slater. And now, "Yes, Miss Jessie, and JJOW I am going to ask you to help 1n't you think you had better get your men away from us again. You have proYed yourself our guardian angel, is dangerous locality as quickly as possible?" and now if you will show us how best to reach the spot "I hardly think the enemy will roll the stones down until where the Tories arc, we will vote you the bravest and ter we have L1id down," said Dick. "Still, they might truest little patriot in all South Caroli11a." come suspicious and take it into their heads to do it oner, so I guess l will warn the boys at once, and then nYe them get out of the way as soon a s they can without ousing the suspicion of the Tories up on the bluff." "That will be best and safest, sir, I think," said Jessie, cl then she said that she would return to her home. "Oh, you are going to try to capture the Tories?" the girl exclaimed. "Yes." "I am glad. I will gladly show you the nearest and best way to reach the spot." She stepped forth from the house and led the way around The youths bade her good-night, and as soon as she it and up the steep hillside, the "Liberty Boys" following. as gone they made the rounds of the youths, and told When they reached the top she led the way along, and pres-em what was in the wind. ently they reached the spot where the Tories had been, only They were instructed to get back out of the light throw1i to find them missing. t by the camp-fires, and then slip away as quickly and They had taken fright and flown. lently as possible and lead their horses away to a safe !stance. This was done, the youths obeying to the letter, ana enty minutes later there was not a soul in the camp. The "Liberty Boys" made their way back up the road, nost to the home Of Jessie Burton, and here they stopped d picketed their horses. "Say, Dick, can't we capture that gang?" asked BobJ 1en all had been done that was necessary. 1 "I've been thinking of that, Bob." "Let's try it." "I have a good mind to dq so." "Let's do it. We can take twenty men; that will be CHAPTER VII. THE TORIES CAPTURED. Raymond :Marks his men, after ranging the rocks and boulders along the brow of the precipice, had with drawn a short distance, fhrown themselves down on the ground, and lighting pipes, had started in to take matters easy. They did not leave one of their number to keep watch on ough, and maybe the girl will show us the best way to get the "Liberty Boys" in the encampment below, for the reat the scoundrels On the bluff." i'On that they did not for one moment think their intended "She will be glad to do so, I am sure." victims would learn of the fate that was to be meted out for "Then let's make the move at once; the longer we wait, them. less chance we will have of capturing them." They supposed that they would take the "Liberty Boys" "You are right. They are iiable to discover our disapentirely by surprise, and that they would not suspect danger arance at any moment." "Yes. They will wonder-why they don't see some of us Dick lost no time in selecting twenty of the "Liberty until it was upon them. They thought they had arranged a trap from which their intended victims could not escape. Suddenly one of their number leaped to his feet in sudI ys." Then they made their way to the house, and when den excitement. ick rapped on the door the girl's voice called out: "l beer footsteps!" he exclaimed in a cautious voicn. s "Who is there?" "Sumbuddy is co min' "It is I; Dick Slater, Miss Jessie." The others listened, but could hear nothing. They did The door opened immediately. The girl had been too not doubt their comrade's statement, however, for he was xious regarding the safety of the "Liberty Boys" to perpossessed of very keen hearing, as they had had occasion it of her going to bed. to discover before this night.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDfl1(TANGEL. The Tory in question stepped to the edge of the bluff and peered over and downward. "Come heer," he said in a low voice. The others obeyed. "Look he commanded. They stared down into the camp keenly and searchingly. "See ennybuddy ?" the fellow asked. "No, I don't." "Neither do I." "Ther camp seems ter be deserted." '"l'het's right!" Such were a few of the replies. "Ye air right, boys," the man said. "Ther 'fires air bnmin', but ther fellers whut wuz theer, hain't theer now." "Whut does et mean?" asked another. '"l'het they hev foun' out whut we wuz up ter, an' hev skipped out!" "Do you really think so?" asked Marks, in a disap"By Jove! that'.s a good idea. I believe I'll do it." -. 1 "Et's whut I'd do." "And it's what I will do. Who will carry the messa{0 tell Augusta?'' "I'd jes' ez leeve take et ez not," said the one who cd r suggested the plan. "All right. You start at once. Go to Augusta andlo i.he commander of the British to send about two hunpei men. I think that ought to be sufficient." "Yes, two hunderd be plenty." "All right. You had better go at once, Jim." "I'll go right erway," and the fellow set out. "l\ow I have a job for the rest of us," said Marks. "What is it?" he tb ilS ie "l have made up my mind to capture Jessie Bmton n 3. carry her away." "Goin' ter marry 'er, cap'n ?I' "Yes." GE is pointed voice. "But she scz she hates ye, an' won' marry ye." "Yas, an' they air comin' beer ter go fur us. Et's them "No matter. I will marry her anyway. I a f .s ut thet I heer." who is an ordained preacher, and he will do my bidding 1 "In that case we had better be getting away from here." make us man and wife whether the girl consents or not.1 "Thet's whut we. hed, cap'n." "Wal, we're willin' ter he'p ye, cap'n." l s They lost no time, but stole away from the spot, and "Yas, she's friendly ter them cusses down theer, when they were at what they considered a safe distance they 1 stealin' and carryin' her orf we'll be gittin' kinder paused and listened. with 'em fur slippin' erway frum ther They heard the party of "Liberty Boys" talking when sp'ilin' o;ir fun." they came to the spot where the Tories had been and real"All right, boys; but we'll have to wait till later, P ized that they had narrowly missed being wiped out or those fellows down below will be awake for quite awli3 captured. I and we won't be able to do anything until after they .i They remained where they were till the party went back in the direction from which it had come, and then one said: "How d'ye s'pose them fellers foun' out whut wuz goin' on up beer?" "I'll ,bet ther gal tol' 'em," replied another. how would she know?" asked Raymond Marks. "Probcrbly she cum up heer an' spied onter us. Ye kin bet thet she knows ther groun' all aroun' asleep." e They settled down to take it easy while waiting, and 'I' ) soon smoking and sitting around at their ease. They waited about three hours, and then the leader t he thought that it would be safe to make the move. 0 "Those fellows must all be asleep by this time," he sl The others thoug!t so, and so they set out. They made their way to the top of almost af where the house stood, and then stole down the hillside. '"l'het's likely enuff," from another. They moved slowly and cautiously, for they "That is probably what she has done," said Marks, in an might be possible that there were men on guard in the! angry voice. "Well, I'll get even with her before very much cinity. I 'longer." "W'y don' ye go in-fur ter capter ther gang uv rebels, cap'n ?" asked one of the men. "How in the world coula a dozen of us capture a hun dred?" "Send word ter th e r British commander at Augusta, an' 11cv 'im send some men up heer." They heard no sound td indicate the presence of an:y however, and presrntly they stood at the back door of house. Marks tried the door. It opened to his touch. He was surprised by this. "Jove, I would have supposed that the girl, being


TITE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. k, here, would have been careful to bar the door," he I ing of being put to death. In case we find that you deserve to himself. death we will string you up to trees, as you were so, kindly en the thought came to him that perhaps she had been going to do with me this afternoon." cd by the occurrences of the night, and had forgotten ar the door. So much the better for us," he said to himself. hen he entered, followed by his men. hen the last one had entered the door was pushed to, the bar put up. hen Marks struck a light, he lJaving a piece of candle is pocket. "You won't do anything of the kind,'' in a tone of brav a,lo. "Boys, unbar the door, and we will be going." "Boys, you will do nothing of the kind," said Dick calinlr "The first man that makes a move to unbar the door will get a bullet through his head." -The men hesitated, and stood still. "Not one was brave enough to take chances on being shot dead. he instant the interior of the room was illumined by "By the way," said Dick, "there are only eleven of you. light from the candle, the members of the Demon Where is the other member of your band?" n band saw a sight which came near freezing the "There is no other member," grow.led Marks. d in their veins. "I know better. I know that there are just twelve in hey had entered the house for the purpose of making your band, and I ask you, where is the other?" isoner of a weak, helpless girl. "I don't know." t, to their amazement and horror, ranged along the "I think you are lying, Raymond Marks." "of the room, which was a good-sized one, were at least A hoarse growl of rage escaped the man's lips. re of determined-looking young men, each and every Ile glared at Dick as if he would have been glad to of whom held hrn pistols extended, pointing at the murder him. s of the eleven was a tableau suc;,h as. is rarely seen. 1eTories, amazement and horror written on their stood motionless and stared at the youths with pro ing eyes. the silence was broken by Dick Slater-for this a portion of his force, as the reader has already guessed. lather a surprise, eh, Mr. Marks?" he said, with a cool e. Who-w-what right have you to be in here?" stam d the Tory leader. "You seem to have the whip-hand of me, now," he said; "but my time will come." "You had the whip-hand of me this afternoon," smiled Dick; "and now my turn has come." "Well, what are you going to do?" "Going to make prisoners of you." "Oh, you are?" "Yes. Kindly raise your hands above your heads." "And if we don't feel inclined to obey?"" "Then obey anyway." Marks hesitated, and then of a sudden he blew the light y right of in,vitation from Miss Jesssie," was the out, plunging the room in darkness. pt reply. "Now I'll ask you the same question: What But at seemingly almost the same instant the door cont have you to be in here?" "one of your business!" h, none of my business, yolf say?" .,... es." necting with the next room flew open and in the door way stood another "Liberty Boy," holding two lighted candles The darkness had lasted but an instant, and Marks was ell, but I assure you it is some of my business. You caught in the act of making a leap toward the door. stolen in here like thieves in the night, and I want He saw it was no use, however, anu paused and stood ow what your intentions were." ou'll have to keep right on wanting, then." 11 right. 1f you won't answer then we shall be forced ke care of you." Vhat do you mean?" hat we shall be forced to make prisoners of you, and glaring at Dick, who was smiling in an amused manner "You were not so smart as you thought, eh, Mr. Marki;?" the youth said. The reply was an inarticulate growl. "Now oblige me by raising your hands above your heads," said. Dick. Slowly and hesitatingly the Tories obeyed. It was evident that it required a great effort on their you until we can learn whether or not you are deserv-part to enable them to comply with the command. I


20 THE LIBER'J;Y BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. "Now, Sam, relieve them of their weapons," ordered I quarters in the house, in company with a score of his Dick. and the result was, as we have seen, the entire Tory t' One of the youths stepped forward and quickly relieved was captured. < the Tories of their weapons by simply unbuckling the The "Liberty Boys" remained in camp near the houb belts from around their waists night and the next day, and about four o'clock Jttl "Now place your bands behind your backf:," ordered Dick. Knowing it was useless to refuse to obey, the Tories did as told. At a signal from Dick tpe "Liberty Boys" quickly fast ened the prison e rs' wrists together with the belts. "Well, Mr. Marks, what have you to say for yourself?" a s ked Dick. father arrived from Augusta. He was greatly surprised when he found the "Lf l Boys" there, and was still more surprised when I they were. He gave them a warm greeting, and it was evidenii he was glad to make tli eir acquaintance. .t "I have heard of you many times," he said. Then he was given another surprise, this one being 1 "Nothing-save that I will settle with you for thi s soons ioned by seeing the Tory prisoners. 'l er or later!" The man's tone was vicious. It did not take long to explain how it happened "I think that it is I who should settle with you, RayTories were prisoners, and he thanked Dick heartily: mond Marks," was the stern reply. "You would have hanged me this afternoon.if I bad not succeeded in making my escape, and to-night you would have rolled the stones having protected Jessie. '( "That is all right," smiled Dick. "llliss Jessie has i: more for us than we have done for her. She is our gul and boulders down upon us while we slept had we. not ian angel, Mr. Burton, and she saved the lives of pract' learned what you intended do'ing, and made our escape. So aJl my men, last night." it would seem that i there is any settling to be done, it is I who should settle with you." "How is that?" J The youth explained, .and when he had finished theu "That's all right. But I have my own ideas regarding said: the matter." "I think it would be a good idea to have a hanging-bee "The scoundrels They ought to be hung." a "That's what I say," said Bob Estabrook. "Let's in the morning, Dick," said Bob, with apparent 'em up, Dick." ness. "We know these fellows are scoundrels who richly But the youth shook his head. deserve hanging, and we might as well string them up as not." "I'll think it over, Bob," said Dick. "I have no doubt but that you are right in saying they deserve to hang." "Oh; you can see that by looking at them. I never saw a more villainous-looking gang, and rve seen some pretty tough ones, at that." The Tories turned pale, and it was evident that they were frightened. They were helpless in the enemy's hands, and realized that if the youths wished to hang them they would have the power to do so. There was something in the ap pearance of the youths that made the prisoners feel that there would be no hesitan c y s hould their captors decide in faV'or of the hanging-bee. CHAPTER VIII. THE BRITISH .APPEAR. JessiQ Burton had given Dick a hint that there was a probability that Raymond Marks would attempt. to cap ture her, and he had acted on the hint, by taking up his "No, I would not like to do that, Bob It would < too much like murder." ir "I don't think so. They are not only Tories, but1 peracloes Hnd scoundrels in general besides, and it "i be good riddance if they were to be put out 0 the \t "Well, we will wait awhile, and see how things i\'l out." tb "By the way, }fr. Slater," said Jessie's father, I some information which may be of interest and vak to you." k "What is is, sir?" "'There is a party of redcoats coming this way, anl will be here before very long." t "How large a party, Mr. Burton?" 11 About two hundred "So many m e n a s th_at ?" "Yes." "Why are they coming here?" ie 're '0( "To try to capture you and your men, I judge." "Do you think that is it?" "Yes. th


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. would they know of our presence here?" ance to yells and darted forward, as ii to capture the e you noticed, I\fr Slater, that there are only youths. of the Tories whom you have prisoners?" I noticed that." 11, t hey constitute a band known. as the Demon a nd there is one man miss in g." Dick started and looked at the man inquiringly. Burton nodded. I saw one of the men who. belong to the Demon in A u gusta this morning, Mr. Slater," be said. "I t that he must be there for some especial purpose, I made all the inquiries I dared, with the result The "Liberty Boys" were not to be caught, however. They were old hands at this sort of business, and whirl ing, they ran back up the trail with the speed of startled fawns They outfooted their pursuers easily, and left them be hind They thought they were out of danger, when suddenly Jessie Burton came running down the side of a steep em bankment, and to them to stop. "There is a band of Tories coming down the road," sne learned that he had brought information with re panted, "and if you continue onward you will be captured. the presence of a party of reliels up in the mounYou must hide. Hide at once, and I will send the British I found out that this party was in the vicinity of ahead on a wild goose chase, and when they have gone you me, and I waited only long enough to learn that ce of. redcoats was. getting ready to start, and then ut." will be enabled to escape." "Jessie, you are indeed our angel," exclaimed Dick. "We will owe you a big debt before we get away 11, well you have brought us valuable information from this part of the country." Burton!" s, indeed," said Bob. at will you do, Mr. Slater? It is too strong a force "Never mind that. Hide, quickly," cried the girl, tre m bling in The yo. uths realized that there was no time to be lost, and u to ky to engage in battle so they leaped down into a natural ditch which was made ll, that d e pends; sir; if we could ambush them, and by rapidly-running water in the springtim .e. It was close beside the road, but was so overhung by long, rank ave the advantage of position, that would offset their r strength. Is there any place where we could con rselves, and open upon the enemy as it comes along?" Burton s hook his bead. on't believe there is," he said "And you would not me to move your entire force down the road, anyway. y opinion that you bad better get your men away, the timber, yonder, at once, for the redcoats may t any moment." ill set the boys at work, getting moved," said Dick, then I will go down the trail on a scouting expeditold the youths to make their way over into the tim 'ing the Tory prisoners with them, and the youths did as ordered As soon as they were out of sight timber Dick started up the road. He was accom. y made their way along the winding trail, and bad e r haps half a mile when on turning a bend in the ey suddenly came face to face with the British. r e was a large force of the and at their o d e an officer. r e d coats caught sight of the youths at the same in-1 h e youths cau ght sight of them, and gave utter grass that it afforded a capital hiding-place. As soon as they were concealed the girl turned and rau back up the road a few rods, paused, again turned, and came walking slowly back down the trail. At the same instant the British appe;red in sight around a bend in the r o ad a hundred yards distant from where Di c k and Bob were concealed. The officer brought his horse to a standstill, and ad dressed Jessie : "Young lady, will you tell me if you have seen two young men anywhere around here?" "Yes, sir, I saw them," the beautiful maid of the moun tain said to the officer. "They went in that direction," and she pointed up the road Dick and Bob, from their hiding-place, heard and saw all. They realized that the girl had saved them "'rhank you, young lady," said the officer, and then he rode on, and his soldiers followed, the girl stepping aside to let them pass. I\fany were the admiring glances she received from the redcoats, and some even bad the impudence to speak to her. "Hello, pretty one," said one, with a leer. "You are sweet as a peach," declared another. "I wish I bad time to stop and talk to you, my gir l,"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. from another. "I wouldn't mind making love to as pretty n girl as you are." The girl stood like a statue, and no reply to any of tlie remarks addressed to her. "After we get through with the work we have on hand I am going to hunt you up and make your acquaintance, pretty one," said still another. But Jessie maintained silence, and the soldiers passed on, and disappeared around the bend in the road. "Now is your chance!" cried Jessie. "Get away before Hwy come back to look for you." "We are loyal subjects of the good King Georga the reply. "That is good. Have you seen a party of rebels parts?" The men shook their heads, and the leader "\Ve have not, sir." "That is strange. We have information to thee a party of rebels was in this vicinity." "How large a party, sir?" "About one hundred men.'; Again the men shook their heads, and there was ''But you?" cried Dick. credulous look on their faces This was noted "I will be right. I will hasten on around the bend in officer, and he said : the road, and then my way to my home by a round about way." "Very well. Good.fiiy for the present, Miss Jessie." "You doubt the presence of the party in this vici ''I do," was the reply. "Nevertheless, we have positive information tha is a party of at least one hundre d rebels in this v ''Good-by. Hurry, before the redcoats get back." The youths hastened away, and soon aisappeared in the and we have come up here to wipe them out "There's a house up the road a little ways Perh timber, and then Jessie made her way down the trail, and around the bend, and from there she took a short cut and man who lives there will be able to give you some in tion." reached her home almost as soon as the did. "Do you know what his name is?" She dicl not go to the house, however, but remained up I 1 "Yes it is James Burton" on the top of the bluff back of the house, and watched I th. f th' t t "That's the name of the settler we are looking fo mgs rom is van age-porn informant said the rebels in question were encampe "I hope they won't offer to hurt father," she said to t th h f d o e ,ouse o a man name Burton. We were to herself. "If they should do so, I will go and tell Dick B t h' lf h h ur on nnse was not at dme-t at he was m A Slater, and be and his 'Liberty Boys' will settle with the -but that his daughter was at home, and that she co1 redcoats." She saw her father standing in the road in front of the house, talking to the British officer, and wished that she might hear what was being said. * * The British officer had expected to come again in sight of the two youths, after leaving the girl, but he was disllppointed. He did not sight the young men Instead, a party of twenty Tories was met As the two parties met the officer reined up his horse and asked: "Did you meet two men?" "No>'' replied the leader of the Tories. "' Hlilllph, that's strange," the officer declared, and then he wondered if the girl had told him a falsehood. HPerhaps she was a rebel, and told me a story, to get us to go ahead, while the two were making off in some other direction," he thought. "Well, if such is the case, it can't be helped, now." 'rhen aloud he said: "Who are you men?" us all about the rebels." "Well, Burton is at home now "He is?" "Yes." "How do you know?" "I saw as we came past there "Ha! then I think I understand the disappearanc rebels. He has come home and warned them of o ing. "Quite likely, sir. He is reputed to be a rebel ment." "Well, we will go an_ d have an interview with h if he has warned the rebels and enabled them t o it will go hard with him." "It might not be a bad idea to string him up t as a warning to others who are inclined to take sides the king," the Tory suggested. "I'll attend to his case if I make up my mind t guilty." They made their way up the road, the Tories about a .nd leading the way, and as they moved al


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. I came to the officer that the girl he had addressed I ays on the road, and who had said the two young come up the road, might have boon the settler's ly that is the truth of the matter," he thought. e eent us on our way, while the rebels were making e other direction. Well, I will be able to get even through her father." were soon at the house, and :M:r. Burton was called remptory tones. e here. I wish to ask y-0u a few questions," the ried. ttler came olJ.t to the road, and looked at the quiringly. do rou want?" he asked. h to know what has become of that party of rebels encamped here last night." urton put on a capital assumption of surprise and .. The settler hesitated. "She is not at home," he said. "Not at home?" "No." "Where is sl:te ?" "She has gone to the borne of a neighbor." "When did she go?" "A half or three quarters of an l hour ago "Which direction did she go?" :Mr. Burton pointeil up the road. "In that direction, eh?" "Yes, sir." 'f he officer nodded his head. "I thought so," he said. "It "\ras sh e that we met u p the road a ways." "You met her, you say?" "Yes, and she sent us on a wild-goose chase." 11Ir. Burton paled. e. "I don't understand," he said. h h "d "I h n"t know w at you mean, SH, e Sal ave "l 1 '" h d t d .. ;... f I w1 exp am. 11 e a me an wer e Jn purl>lLJ.L 0 rebel party." a couple oi young men who loo.ked to me as if they were e was one encamped near here last mght, sir, and b 1 d h t th 1 I ked h f he h-.3 re e s, an w en we me e g1r as er i s aw. a not see it you have knowledge of the fact that it th t t She d sh .h d d seen e wo young men m ques 10n. s&I e a 1 an g to say that I know nothing about any rebel r," was the calm reply. "I was away last night, sta, and did not get home till a short time ago, seen no such party." your daughter knows all about it. Where is aughter ?" hlr. Burton started, and a startled look in his eyes Re was afraid that Jessie might get ble. your daughter," said the officer. "Bring her here 1 I wish to question her, and mark you, if she tries e me it will go hard with both of you." CHAPTER IX. THE "LIBERTY BOY .S" STRIKE. re you, sir, that neither myself nor daughter has to deceive you," protested Mr. Burton. glad of that, and for your own sakes I hope you g the truth." the truth, sir." well. Now bring yol!r daughter before me." that they had come on up the road in this direction. We hastened onward, hut saw nothing oi the two, antl met this party of loyalists, who aaid they had not met the young men in question. Thinking it afterward, I made up my mind that the girl had deliberately .mis informed u s .and that even as she was talking to Jlle the r e bels were either hidden near by and made their escape afte r w e had gene, or were at that moment making off in some other directoin." hlr. Burton looked worried. "I am you are mistak:n, sir," he said. "liy daughter would have no object in misinforming you. "\Yould she not?" "No." "Are you loyal to the king?" The question was an abrupt one, and the s e ttler was plainly disconcerted. Re hesitated, glanced at the Tories who stood near and who, as he knew, wer e sure he was a patriot, and then said: "I'll tell you, sir. I am neither a loyali s t nor a "What are you, then?" "I am neutral." The officer's lips curled in scorn. "That won't do, sir," he saia, sternly. "Neutrality is not logical or permissible. It is the coward s refuge, noth-


... THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. ing mere. If you are not for the king you are against him." "I do not look at it that way, sir." "Perhaps not. But I do." At this instant a man was seen hurrying toward them, and when he drew near it was seen that he was the Tory who had come to Augusta with the information of the presence in the vicinity of the party of "rebels." "You mean that you won't do it." "No, that I can't. I don't know they are." "I think you are lying," was the stern reply, "and I all determined that you shall give me the information." "If I haven'.t it, how can I give it to you?" "But you have it, and I am sure that we can make y remember all about the matter." Then the officer gave the order to tie the settler's han He was excited and seemed worried. together behind his back "What is the matter?" asked the officer, as the man drew When this had been done he ordered that a rope be pla near. around the man's neck. "You remember, sir, that I left you to go to the place This was done, and he next ordered that the priso where my comrtdes have a permanent camp?" the fellow be le'd underneath the limb of a tree standing near Eeplied. hand. "Yes." "Well, when I got there they were not there." "No?" "No; and they have not been there." "Well, what of that?" "Why, it looks as if they have got into trouble, sir." "You think so?" This was done, and then he rode up in front of the tler, and said sternly: "Now you can do one of two things-tell the truth a give us information regarding the whereabouts of the re or die!" Mr. Burton was pale. He realized that he was in great danger. "I do. They would have been at their if nothing had happened to them." camping-place But he was determined that he would not tell where The officer started. "What could have happened to them?" "The party of rebels may have captured them, sir." "So that is what you suspect, is it?" "Yes. And if you please, sir, I believe this man, Jim Burton, can tell something about the matter." All eyes were at once turned on the settler, who shook his head. "I know nothing whatever about the matter," he said. ''Liberty Boys" had gone. I "I do not know where the rebels are, sir," he said, in 1 firm a tone as he could command. "Pull down on the rope," ordered the officer, and the diers obeyed. Mr. Burton was pulled up till he was standing on tip-toes. "Now will you speak?" cried the officer. No, he would not. The settler was gritty, and he sh his head to signify that he would not speak "I got home 017ly an hour ago, and have seen nothing of "Up with him, men," roared the officer; "we'll hang the party of rebels you speak of or of the other party conscoundrel. That's the way to treat stubborn rebel s sisting of this man's comrades." "Of course you would say so," growled the Tory. "It is the truth." "I suppose you would say the same thing under any and all circumstances?" queried the officer. "I would," was the prompt reply. "Well, I don't believe you are telling the truth when you say you know nothing about the two parties in ques tion." "You do not?" "No. I am confident you know where those rebels are at this very moment, and I am going to ask you to tell me where they The settler shook his head. "I cannot do it." pathizers !" The next moment the body of the patriot was dangl iu the air. * * Jessie, watching from the top of the bluff, felt that father was in great danger. "I am afraid that they may injure him, perhaps der him, unless they are interfered with," she said to self, and then she thought of pick Slater and the "Li Boys." "I will try to get word to them of his danger," thought, and she at once set out. She had to go a roundabout way, for the redcoats between and the point where she expected to find youths, but she made all possible haste, and a few min


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN 25 I ---ter came to the place where the "Liberty Boys" had gone I in among the trees, i t was to find that the re was nothing to temporary camp. \ th e r e to bayon e t save the trees, and they were a disap "Oh, Mr. Slater, I fear the redcoats will kill my father," I p ointe d and di sg u s t e d l o t of m e n e cried. "What shall we do?" Then, whil e they s t o pp e d and stared about them in won You need do nothing, Miss Jessie," was the quiet reply. d e r, there came two more pi s tol-volleys and a number of ust remain here, and I will take my 'Liberty Boys' and t heir men went down, d e ad and wounded. and give the redcoats a surprise." A gain the}'. ru s h e d forward, eager to get at their lively "Hasten, then, please, Mr. Slater, for they were talking foes. but the "Liberty Boys" retreated even more rapidly father, and I fear they may hang or shoot him at any than the redcoats advanced, and kept out of the way. ment." In disgust the Briti s h paused and fired two voll eys from "We will go at once, Miss Jellsie,'' was the reply, and th eir pistols, but the enemy was out of range, and n9 dam-en Dick told the youths to follow him. He struck out at once, all the youths save four or five o remained to guard the prisoners following him, and were soon at the edge of the timber opposite the home l Mr. Burton. A glance Dick that they wei:e only just in time, hat. The redcoats, in compliance with the order of their mmander, had just pulled the settler into the air, and hung struggling at the end of the rope. "tnick gave the signal, and the "Liberty Boys" fired a 1ley their muskets. l It came so unexpectedly that it caused almost a stampede ag e was done. The officer, who had dismounted and followed his men into the timber, now ordered that they return to the house. He had been taught a lesson. He bad supposed that it would be an easy matter to wipe out the party of "rebels," but now he realized that it was going to be a difficult mat ter. "They are :fighte r s," be said to himself, "and th e y seem to be as much a t home in the timber as the red m e n of the forest." When they r e turned to the house another disappoint ment awaited him. The settler; whom he liad inte nded to the ranks of the redcoats. A number were killed and b a ng, had disapp e ared. 81ny wounded, and shouts, yells and curses went up, inH e baa managed to g e t the rope from around hi s neck ,mingled with which were groans of agony from the 'ilnded. rhe men who had had hold of the rope let go on the and make his e s cape. "Curs e the lu ck!" the officer growled. "We have made a h a d start, but 1 will wipe those r e bel s off the fai::e of the tant, and :Mr. Burton fell to the ground. e arth or die try in g We will take up our quarters here at 'The officer was greatly surpri s ed and dismay e d by the th e house, and sta y till we get a good chance at the sc.oun attack, but he was a brave man, and quickly recovdr e l s." U his composure. He told bis men what he had decided to do, and they Ja:e drew his s word, and waving it above his head, cried: were well satisfi ed. They went into camp near the house, Charge the scoundrels, men. Charge them, and wipe and s entinels were placed out, to make it impossible for the l rebels off the face of the earth." "re bels" to surprise-them a second time. rhe men obeyed the order in so far as charging was con-It was now nearing sundown, and the soldiers, after buryned, and rushed toward the timber, yelling at the top in g the dead and c arrying the wounded into Mr. Burton's their voices. hou s e and dressing their wounds, built campfires, and be-Fire!" roared the officer. hey fired a volley from their muskets. to say, they did not do much damage, for the l berty Boys" were protected by the trees. t was now the youths' turn, and at the word from Dick fired .two pistol-volleys, doing considerable execution be redcoats' ranks. gan cooking their s uppers. When they had e aten their suppers they settled down to tak e it easy. We'll get the rebels 'to-morrow," was their thought. But would they ? CHAPTER X. hen the "Liberty Boys'' retreated, doing so with such THE ALLIED FOR CE S STRIKE A SEVERE BLOW. idity and noiselessness that the redcoats scarcely realThe "Liberty Boys" had moved their camp farther away, that enemy was escaping them. for they feared th e redcoats might send out scouts and find hen they reached the edge of the timber and rushed their encampment


2.6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. After supp e r Dick started out on a sco uting and spy-s ociated with him in several fights against the British an ing expedition, and was soon within two hundred yards of Tories, and he was sure he could not be mistaken. Anothe 1 the British encampment. thing that made him certain he was r.ight was the name tha He stood in the trail, aud watched the British for a the hor s eman had applied to his horse. Dick remembere few minute s and was on the p oint of star t ing to advance, that Marion had a horse named "Liberty." ior the purpo s e of trying to discover where the sentinels Being sure of his ground, therefore, Dick unhesitatingl were stationed when his quick detected the soun_?of stepped forth from behind the bushes, and said: hoofbeats. "General Jl.Iarion, I wish to have a few words with you The hoofbeats sounded from farther down the trail. Exclamations of amazement the lips of the hors "Now, who can that be?" the youth asked himself. "Is men who were near enough to hear and see what had o it more redcoat s ?" He thou g h t thi s lik e ly, for there were more British and Tories in the vicinity than patriots. curred. "Eh, whai:'s that?" exclaimed :Marion. "Who are yo s ir, that seems to know me?" "You know me well, General Marion." "Still, it might be patriots," he thought, "and in that case it will be best that they be warned not to advance too :far, !or fear oi being heard by the redcoats. I'll move down that w ay and meet them, and if they are redcoats I will let 1hem pass me, but if I think they are patriots I will halt "Your voice sounds familiar, but I can't place you it, and it is so dark I can't see your face with any di tinctness." "I am Dick Slater." them and warn them of their danger." "What!" exclaimed the "Swamp Fox." "Are you i Dick made his way down the trail as rapidly as possible, deed my friend, Di c k Slater?" t ] and when.the sound of the hoofbeats told him the strangers Murmurs of surpri s e went up from the men were close at hand ; he stepped aside, and concealing him"I am indeed your friend, Dick Slater, General Marion self behind some bushes growing beside the road, he waited. "What in the world are you doing here?" The night was fairly dark, but not so dark but that it "That is the que s tion I was about to ask you." I would be possible to see anything or person with .tolerable J "It is easy to answer, Dick. I am just scouting aroun distinctness if the thing or person were close at hand. keeping a lookout for small parties of redcoats or Tori I think I shall be able to determine whether or not the with a view to wiping them out of existence." newc omers are friends or foes," the youth thought. "Well, that is just,.about what I and my 'Liberty Bo Closer and closer sounded the hoofbeats, and Dick, who are doing here." was a good judge of such things, decided that there must "So I supposed." he quite a party of horsemen. "Yes, but if you had gone on a bit farther, general, y I should say there are at least fifty of them," he said would have found a party of r e d c oats that might ha to himself; "well, I hope they will turn out to be friends." proved to be too big to suit you." Soon a dark moving body loomed up down the trail, and "Ah!" with interest. "Then there is a party of redco as it came.nearer it became disintegrated, and it was pos-near here?" eible t o make out that it consisted of a number of horse"Very near, general. You would been right o mell.. them in a few mom e nts." Clorer and closer they came and soon the leading horse"How lar g e a party is it, Di ck?" men were almo s t opposit e Dick. "There ar e two hundred in it-less the number that Hi! was straining his eyes in an attempt to make out 'Lib e rty Boys wiped out thi s evening." whether or not the newcomers were friends, when on e of t he horse s ga.._ve a s nort, and r e aring up, wheele d half aro u nd, almost un s eating the rider. "Here! what:" do you mean by such actions, Liberty?" cried the owner. I nst antly Dick recognized Jhe voice. It was that of Franc is Marion, otherwise known as the "Swamp one of the most noted partisan gen e rals in the South. Dick w a s personally acquainted wit h Marion, and had been as"Ah! Then you have had an engagement with them "Yes. The y wer e about to hang a patriot friend of m and we pitched into them, and managed to strike th such a blow and kee p them so busy that the patriot mr his e s cape." "That was good. And the redcoats are in camp n here, you say?" "Yes-not more than a third of a mile away." "And where are your 'Liberrty Boys'?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' ANGEL. 27 "They arc not much more than half a mile away, over in trail, where it will be no trouble to get ready to make the he timber." ''Go od! Say, Dick, \Yhat is to hinder us from making a.. ttack on the redcoats to-night, and practically exterminatng them?" "l don't see that there is anything to hinder, general." "Nor do I. All we will have to do will be to wait till bout midnight, when' their encampment is wrapped in lumber, and then we can make the attack with some as urance that we will be successful." attack." "And we will join them, and advance with them?" "Y cs." "At what time will the attack be made?" "}Iidnight." "That will be a good time. They will all be asleep, and before they get fully woke up we will have them thrashed." "That is what we reckon on-doing." They proceeded to do so, and the "Liberty Boys", were "You are right. Well, will you stay here, or "ill you delighted when they learned that their old allies, tlie ome to my encampment?" "Swamp Fox's" men, were close at hand, and would assist "We will go back up the trail a little ways, to where I them in making an attack on the British that night. oticed a nice place for an encampment, and will go into "We"ll wipe the redcoats off the face o:f the earth." mp there." "Very well; and I will bring my party here at eleven 'clock, and we can make the advance together." "That will be a good plan." "They will never know what struck them." "Gooc1-by, redcoats." "They woulcl have done better _to have remained in Augusta." Such were a few of the remarks given utterance to by The "Swamp :Fox" and his men turned and rode back tl th Th ., L'b t B ,, t h to . ie you s. e i er y oys were no muc given the tr,a1l, while Dick made Ins way back to where h1s b t' b t th h d f ht t 'th "I d ._ 1 oas mg, u ey a oug m cancer w1. .a anon an iberty Boys" were encamped. Ins men before, and knew what ternble :fighters the patriot "We are all right, Bob," he told his comrade, when he partisans were, and they had all the confidence in the ached the camp. "What do you mean, Dick?" Bob was all eagerness. "I ran across an old friend, over on the trail, Bob." "Ran across an old friend?" "Yes." "Who was he?" "You'd never guess." "I suppose not, so tell me." "Francis l\farion !" "What !-i.he 'Swamp Fox'?" "Yes." 'Has he his men with him?" 'Yes." "How many?" "Sixty." world in their ability to thrash the redcoats. When eleven o'clock came the "Liberty Boys" started to join Jl.Iarion's men. None of the youths wished to remain behind, and so, after due consideration, he decided to leave the ToTy prisoners unguarded. Ile could not see how they could possibly escape, if hands and :feet both were bound, and this was done. Then, each youth leading his horse, for they did not know but :Marion's plan would include the use of the horses, they moved rrway through the :forest. They soon reached the trail, and a quarter o.f a mile down it they came to the encampment o:f th0ir allies. l\farion welcomed the youths, and at once arrangements were made to start on the march for the British encamp ment. "And they are going to combine a help us thrash the redcoats?" "That is the understanding." 'Good! 'l'hat is :fine, Dick." It was decided to no! use the horses, so they were left at their :force with ours :f f Th" the encampment under a guard o our men. is settled, the combined :forces set out. They marched up the trail, and were within one hundred yards of the British camp before they were challanged. think so." The ins.lant the sentinel called out, "Who comes there?" 1'Yes; Marion's men are :fighters, I tell you. We will the patriots made a rush :forward, it having been agreed ke the redcoats think they have been struck by a mounthn.t this should be the signal :for a charge. tornado." The t errifie d ancl surprisecl succeeded in dii;-:'So we will, Bob." charging his musket, but did no damage, he :firing over the 'Why didn't Marion and bis men come here?" heads of the enemy, and the next moment he was knocked tThey thought they might as well remain close to the 1 clown and run oyer, being trampled by scores of heavy feet


.... ,.. 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARDIAN ANGEL. His shot bad aroused the camp, and the redcoats leaped "You are right: We tied them tight and fast, and 1 11p and reached for their muskets. Before they could use don't see bow they managed to get loose. their weapons, however, they received a volley, the bullets :raining in among them and doing terrible execution. "They must have bad aid from some one." "Quite likely. But who could it have been?" "Perhaps it was the other member of the gang." In another moment, almost, the enemy was upon them, and it was a hand-to-hand combat, with the advantage all on the side of the patriots. "You mean the twelfth man, who brought the redcoat! to this place." "Yes." "True, it may have been him." And in this surmise they were correct: The redcoats had just been aroused from sound slumber, and were muddled; scarcely knowing what had happened. The result was that they were bayonetted with the utmost ease by their wideawake enemies, and before they fully The Tory had left the British encampment about te 1 realized what was occurring they had lost half their numo'clock, and had started off through the timber in search oj her. the encampment of the patriot force He wasted more tha, With the knowledge o! what was takmg place came the an hour by going in the wrong direction, but at last wat realization that they could not hope to offer successful re-sistance, and the result was that the survivors fled at the top of their speed, leaving their weapons behind them. fortunate enough to stumble upon his comrades, tied tighj and fastr trounced up like turkeys .ready to be take n market. The encQunter was over almost before it had got started, and the patriots were the victors. He hastened to cut them free of their bonds, and thei he eagerly questioned as tq how they came to be i! They were jubilant, and gave utterance to cheers of trisuch a predicament. umph. "We were the prisoners of a gang of rebels," said "Well, Dick, our attack was a full and complete success," mond Marks, "and they have gone to attack the Britis said .General Marion. Let us hasten to warn our friends, or they will be taken l "Yes; we routed the enemy, sure enough." surprise." I "And killed about half their number." At this instant the roar of the volley which the "Liber "Yes, and those who fled left their weapons behind, so we Boy" fired as they attacked the redcoats came to th Jleed not fear an attack from them." ears, and the Tories stood still and listened. "No, their teeth have been extracted, and they will be "Et's too late, now, cap'n," said one of the men. "Th unable to bite." rebels hev done made ther attack." Several of the patriots had been wounded, but none had "I guess you are right," said Marks. been killed, and now, moved by a feeling of pity for the "Ther bes' think we kin do is ter git outer this, cap'r suffering men, the patriots looked after the wounded redsaid another. "They'll be back heer arter us purty soor coats, and carried them into the settler's house, and made This seemed to meet with the approval of the majori them as comfortable as was possible. and so Raymond Marks gave the order to start. They c When this had been done, Dick sent a dozen of the "Libso, and made their way from the spot at a rapid walk. erty Boys" to bring the Tory prisoners to the house, it They went in a direction which would take them awu having been decided to make a camp near the building. to the farther side of Mr. Burton's house, and presen The youths who were sent to attend to this matter soon they came across some of the fleeing redcoats and lean returned with the information that the prisoners were not that the British force had been routed. there. "At least half our men are dead or wounded," said They have escaped ? exclaimed Dick "Yes." "Well, that is strange." "anil as we fled and left our weapons, we are hE less and are going to get back to Augusta just as quick possible." I


'fHE LIBERTY BOYS' GUARD I AN ANGEL. I guess we had better make sca rce, too, boys, II livel y e n gage m e n t, r outed the scoundre ls, killing six of said Marks, and the others coincided in this view of the them One of those ki lled was Raymo n d Ma r ks, and as h e case. I was the l eader, the others broke up and this e n d Next morning the dead redcoats were buried, and that ing the career of a bad band of men afternoon word was sent to the British in Augusta to come Soon afterward the "Liberty Boys" bade good-by to Jeste a n d get their wounded, which was done the next day, and sie Burton, whom they had learned to speak of as their n o questions asked. "guardian angel," and took their departure, there bein g Indeed, there was no need of asking questions, for the work to be done in another part of the State. redcoats who had escaped had reached Augusta with the news of the pre s ence of a large force in the mountains, and THE E:ND. 11 as it was believed that the force was larger than it really was, no further attempt was made to try to get at the The next numb e r (91) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" 1 ''Liberty Boys. will contain "THE LIBERTY. BOYS' BRAV E STAND; l A portion of Dick's force encountered the Demon Dozen OR, SET BACK, BUT NOT DEFEATED," by Harry a few days later, in the depths of the forest, and after a :Moore S PECIAL NOTICE: A ll back n umbe r s of this weekly He always in print If you cann ot obtai n the m from any newsdeal e r send t h e price in m o ney o r posta ge sta mp s b y ma i l to FRANK TOU SEY, P U B LISHE R 2 4 UNION S Q U ARE, NEW YORK a n d you wil l receiv e the copies you ord e r b y r eturn m ail. Sar.n.p1e Oopies Se:n."t F1'ree "HAPPY DA VS." T.he Larges t and Best Weekly Story Paper Published It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Addre s s FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


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LA'J'EST ISSUES : 78 Fred Fearnot In Texas; or, rerry's Man from Abilene. 79 Fred Fearnot as a Sheriff; or, Breaking np a Desperate Gang. 80 Fred li'earnot Baffled; -or, Outwitted by a Woman. 81 Fred Fearnot's Wit, and Bow It Saved Bis Life. 82 F1ed Fearnot's Great .Prize; or, Working Hard to Win. 83 Fred Fearnot at Bay; or, Bis Great 1<'1ght for Life. 84 Fred Fearnot's Disguise; or, Following a Strange Clew. 85 Fred Moose Bunt; or, Adventures in the Maine Woods. 86 Fred Fearnot's Oratory; or, Fun at the Girl's High School. 87 Fred Fearnot's Hig Heal't; or, Giving the Poor a Chance. ..88 Fred Fearnot Accused; or, Tracked by a Villain. 89 Fred Fearnot's Pluck; or, Winning Against Odds. 90 Fred Fearnot's Deadly Peril; O!:i His Narrow Escape from Ruin. 91 Fred Fearnot's Wild Ride; or, i:;aving Dick Duncan's Life. 92 li'red Fearnot's Lorig Chase ; or, Trailing a Cunning Villain. 93 Fear Fearnot's Last Shot, and How It Saved a Life. 94 Fred Fearnot's Common Sense; or '.l.'he Best Way Out of Trouble. 95 Fred Fearnot' s Great Find; or, Saving 'l'erry Olcott's l i'ortune. 96 Fred Fearnot and the Sultan; or, Adventures on the Island of Sul u. 97 Fred Fearnot's Slivery Tongue; Winning an Angry Mob. 98 F1 ed Fearnot's Strategy ; or, Outwitting a Troublesome Couple. 99 li'red Fearnot's Little Joke; or, Worrying Dick and '.l'erry. JOO Fred Fearnot's Muscle; or, Holding His Own Against Odds. l.01 Fred Fearnot on Hand; or, Showing Up at the Right Time. / 102 Fred Fearnot's Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerers. 103 Fred Fearnot and Evelyn; or, 'rhe Infatuated Rival. 104 Fred Fearnot's Wager; or, Downing a Brutal Sport. 105 Fred F'earnot at St. Simons ; or, The ll!ystery of a Georgia Islan d. 106 Fred Fearnot Deceived; or, After the Wrong Man. 107 Fred Fearnot's Charity; or, Teaching Others a Lesson. 108 Fred Fearnot as "The Judge;" or, Heading oil' the Lyncher s. 109 Fred Fearnot and the Clown; or, Saving the Old Man's Place. 110 Fred Fearnot's I<'ine \York; or, Up Against a Crank. 111 Fred Fearnot's Bad Break; or, What Happened to Jones. 112 Fred Fearnot's Round-Up; or, A Lively Time on the Ranch. 113 Fred l<'earnot and the Giant; or, A Hot Time in Cheyenne. 141 Fred Fearnot and His Guide; or, The Mystery of the Mountain. 142 Fred Fearnot's County !<'air; orJ. The Battle of the Fakirs l 43 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner ; or, o.;aptured at Avon. 144 Fred Fearnot and the Senator ; or, Breaking up a Scheme. 145 l!'red Fea1not and the Baron; or, Calling Down a No b leman. 146 Fred Fearnot and the Brokers; o r Ten Days In Wall Street. 147 Fred li'earnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Stay Whipped. 148 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moon-shiners. 149 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, Trailing a Stolen Child. 150 l<'red Fearnot's Quick Work; o r T h e Hol d Up at Eagl e Pase 151 Fred F'earnot at Sliver G ul c h ; or, Defying a Ring. 152 Fred l?earnot on t h e Border; or, Punishing the Mexican Hone Stealers. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life : or, Running the Gauntlet 154 Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days. Hi5 Fred Fearnot's Rescue; or. The Mexican Pocahontas. 156 Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps"' ; or, A Queer Turning of the 1'ables. 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium; or, Having Fun with the "Spirits." 158 Fred Fearnot and tb!l "Mean Man" ; or, The Worst He Ever Struck. 159 Fred Fearnot's Gratitude; or, Backinr, Up a Plucky Boy. 160 Fred Fearnot Fined ; or The Judge s l\Ilstake. 161 Fred Fearnot's Comic Opera; or, '.1.'he Fun that Raised t h e Funds. 162 Fred Fearnot and the Anarchists; or, The Burning of the Red Flag. 163 Fred Fearnot's Lecture Tour; or, Going it Alone. 164 Fred Fearnot's "New Wild West" ; or, Astonishing the Ol d East. 165 Fred Fearnot In Russia; or, Banished by the Czar. 166 Fred Fearnot in Turkey ; or, Defying the Sultan. 167 Fred Fearnot in Vienna; or, The Trouble on the Danube. 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser ; or, In the Royal Palace at Berlin. 169 Fred l<'earnot in Ireland; or, Watched by the Constabulary. 170 Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound ; or, Shadowed by Scotland 114 Fred Fearnot's Cool Nerve; or, Giving It Straight to the Boye. l 15 Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. 171 116 Fred In a Fix; or. The Blackmailer' s Game. 172 Yard. Fred Fearnot's Justice; or, The Champion of the School Marm Fred Fearnot and the Gypsies ; or, The Mystery of a Stolen Chil d. l 1 7 Fred as a "Broncbo Buster;" or, A Great Time in the Wild West. 118 Fred Fearnot and bis Mascot; or, Evelyn's Fearless Ride. 119 Fred Fearnot's Strong Arm : or, '.1.'he Bad Man of Arizona. 120 Fred Fearnot as a "Tenderfoot;" or, Having Fun with the Cow boys. 121 Fred Fearnot Captured; or, In the Hands of His Enemies. 122 Fred and the Banker ; or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin Him. l.23 Fred Fearnot's Great Feat; or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. 124 Fred Fearnot's Iron Will ; or, Standing Up for the Right. 125 Fred Fearnot Cornered; or, Evelyn and the Widow. 126 Fred Fearnot's Daring Scheme ; or, Ten Days in an Insan e Asylum. 127 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or, Backing Up His Wora. 128 Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy Dedham's Ca11e. 12:l Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Ilaving Fun with the Hazers 130 Fred Fearnot's Secret Society; or, The Knights of the Black Ring. 131 Fred Fearnot and the Gambler; or, The Troubl e o the Lake Front. 132 Fred Fea.rnot's Challenge ; o r King of tbe Diamond Field 133 Fred Fearnot' s Great Game; or. The Hard Work That Won. 134 Fred In Atlanta; or, The Black Fiend of Darktown. 135 F r e d Fearnot's Open Hand; or, Ilow He Helped a Friend. 1 3 6 Fred Fearnot In Debate: or, The Warmest Member of the House. 1 3 7 Fred Fearnot's Great Plea ; or, His Defence of the "Moneyles1 J\!an." 138 F red Fearnot at Princeton ; or. The Rattle of the Champions. 139 Fred Fearnot's Circus: or, High Old Time at New Era. 140 Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Deer of the Adlron dacks. 173 Fred Fearriot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching the "Green Goods" l\Ien. 174 Fred Fearnot's Big Day: or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. 175 Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor" ; or, The Indian Medicine Fakir. 176 F'red Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a Girl Horse Thief. 177 Fred J;'earnot's Wonderful Feat; or, The Taming of Black Beauty. 178 Fred Great Struggle; or. Downing a Senator. 179 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson ; or, "Who Runs This Town?" J 81 Fred Fearnot and the Riote1s ; or, Backing Up the Sherill'. 182 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Robber ; or, His Chase for a Stolen Diamond. 183 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek; or, The Masked Fiends of the ll!ines. 184 Fred Fearnot and the Vigilantes; or, Up Against the Wrong lllan. 185 Fred Fearnot in New Mexico; or, Saved by Terry Olcott. 186 Fred Fearnot in Arkansas; or, The Queerest of All Adventure& 187 Fred Fearnot i n Montana; or, The Disp_ute at Rocky Hill. 18 8 Fred Fearnot and the Mayor; or. The Troubl e at Snapping Shoal s. 1811 Fred Feamot's Big Hunt; or, Camping on the Columbia River. 190 Fred Fearnot's Hard Experience; or, Roughing It at Red Gulch. 191 Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the Money. 192 F red Fearnot in the Mountains; or. 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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE rK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the famous end men. No a.mateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little book. o. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.tntaining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch Id Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE 'D JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every ;y should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or mizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original ke books ever published, aEd it is brimful of wit and humor. It mtains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, of errence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joker of e day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should tain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com ete instructions how to make up for various characters on the age; together with the duties of the Stage. Manager, Prompter, enic Artist and Property Man. By a promment Stage Manager. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat1t jokes, anecdotes and funny. stories .of this world-renowned and rer popular German come.d1an. Sixty-four pages; handsome cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing II instructions for constructing a window garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful owers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub bed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books '.I cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, h, game and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of astry. and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular po ks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP nOUSE.-It contains information for verybody boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to ake almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, rackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46 HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A deeription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, tc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il istrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACIIINES.-Conaining full directions for making electrical machines, induction oils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. Jy R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a ,1trge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, 'ogether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9 HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry {ennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading his book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi udes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the reatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING P.ARTY.-A ery valuable little book just published. A complete compendium )f games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable 'or parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the noney than any book publish e d. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY complete and useful little 1ook, -::ontaining the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, ackgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all he leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches tnd witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little K>ok, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre Crib iage, Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw 'Poker luction Pitch, All Fours and many other popular games of cards'. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun red interesting _11uzzles and conundrums with key to same A omplete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-:'+: a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know II about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and eti uette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods f appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church ncl in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. 'fo. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. Conta1nin&' the m-0st popular selections In use, comprising Dutch !ilect French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect piece1, together 1th man:r 1mdud readlnp.. = No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER-Containing foul" teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becomi, a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems froo1 all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the moal simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting d .. bates, outlines for debates, questions for d"iscussion, and the be&! sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation ar fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods < 1 handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, c01: tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which !;, interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsom .. little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instrur tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at partiec. how to dress, and full directions for ca!Hng off in all popular squar' dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A. complete guide to courtshiP. and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquett' to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gev erally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in th, art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving th selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of th brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world Everybody wishes to know how to becom e b ea utiful, both male 11.nt. female. 'f.1J.e secret is simple, and almost costless Ree.u this boo, and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. IIOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated an" containing full instructions for the management and training of t1' canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackbird, paro.quet, parrot, etc No. 39. now TO RAISE DOGS, POtTLTltY, PIGEONS RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illm trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. now TO :\fAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hin t on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird:. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtc. K eene No 50. nOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIM.ALS.-A valt able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving cor plete information as to the manner and method of raising, taming, breeding and managing al.I kinds of pets; also giving f1 instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twen eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kin ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECO:\IE A SCIENTIST.-A useful and L structive book, giving a complete on chemistry; also periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, aT\i directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas balloon

THE LIBERTY OF '76. A. Wee k ly Magazi n e containing S t ories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are ba.sed 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 along the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages .of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76 ; o r Fighting for F r eedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; o r S ettling With the Brit ish and Torie s 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping G e n e r a l Washington. 4 The Liberty Boys on Band; or, Always ln the Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' N erve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 6 The Lll>erty Boys' Defianc e ; or, "Catch and Bang Us if You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys In Demand ; or, The Champion Spie s of the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight ; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Themselves. 1 0 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Nec k Race With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck ; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Perll ; or, Threatened from all Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The I.iberty Boys' .rrap, and What They Caught In It. 1 6 The Liberty Boys Puzzled ; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 T h e Liberty Boys' Great Stroke ; or, Capturing a British Man-of 4 7 The Liberty Boys' Success; o r Doing What They S e t Out t o Do. 48 T l 1 e Libe r t y B oys' Setback ; or, Defeat e d, But N o t Di sgraced t 9 The L i b e r t y Boys i n 'l'oryville ; o r. Dic k Slater's Fearful Ris k 5 0 The Libe rty Boys Arouse d ; or, Striking Stro n g Bl ows f o r Liberti. C l The Liberty B oy s Triumph; or, B eating t h e R e d coats at Their Own Gftm e. 5 2 The Liberty Bo y s Scare: o r. A .Miss as Good as a Mlle. 5 3 J'h e Libert y B o y s D ange r ; or, F oe s on All Side s M '.l.'he Liberty Hoys' Flight: o r A V ery Narrow Escape. 5 5 The Liberty Boys' Strategy ; or, OutG e n erallng the Enemy. 5 6 The Liberty Boys' Warm W ork; or, Showing the Redcoats How to Fight. 5 i The Liberty B oy s "Push" ; or, B ound to Get The r e. 58 The Libe r t y B oy s Desp erate C h ll.rge; or, Wi t h ",\fad Anthony" a t Stony l'o lnt. 59 The Libe r t y B oys' Justice. And H o w The y D ealt It Out. 6 0 '.l.'he Libe r t y Boys B ombarde d ; or, A V ery Warm Time. 61 '.l.'he Liberty B oy s S eale d Orders: or, Going l t Blind. 62 The Libe rty Boys Daring Stro k e ; or, Wit h "LightH orse Barry" at Paulus Hook. War. 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times ; o r H ere, The r e and Everywhe re 1 8 The Liberty Boys Challenge; or, Patriots vs. R edcoats. 64 The Li berty B o y s L o n e Hand'' ; or, Fighting Against Great 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped ; or, The Beautiful Tory. Odds 20 The Liberty Boys: Mistake; or, "What Mll\'ht Have Been.'' 1 6 5 The Boys' .Mascot; o r The Idol of the Company. 21 The Liberty Boys Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath; or, Going fo r t h e R e d coats R oughshod. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; 0:1 The Closest Call of All. G7 The Liberty H o ys' Batt l e for Life o r The Hardest Struggle or 2 3 The Liberty Boys on Their .Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the All. Iledcoats. 6 8 '.l.' h e Liberty Boys' L ost; or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 24 The J.iberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the R e d coats and 69 'l'be Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queer e d Everything. Tories. 7 O The Libert y Boys D ecoy; or, Baiting the British. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 71 The Liberty B oys Lured; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a 72 The L iberty Boys' Ransom; or. In the Hands o f 'the Tory Outlaws. Thing or Two. 7 3 The Liberty B o y s as Sleuth-Hounds; or, Tralllng B enedict Ar2 7 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In 4 Th n oLldlbe. t B Pblladelpbla. 1 e r y o y s "Swoop"; or, Scattering the R e d coats Like 2 8 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy Tb ChJalblf. t B H t Tl .. LI 1 w k 1 Old Vl l l wine. !. ... e er y ors, o me or, v e y o r n rg n a. 29 Tb LI .. t B Wlld Rid A D b t s F t 16 The Liberty Boys Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture the e .,.-r y oys e or, ss o ave a or King's S o n 30 The Liberty Boys, In a Flx: or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 7 7 The Liberty Boys' B!>ld Move: or, Into the Enemy's Country. 31 The J.lberty Boys Big Contract; or, Bolding Arnold ln Check. 78 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Mountain. 3 2 T b e Liberty Boys or, After Dlck Slater for Reiren g e 79 The Liberty Boye' Honor; or, The Promise That W a Kept. 33 The Liberty Beys. Duped. or, The !rlend Who an Enemy. 80 The Libert y Bors' "Ten Strike"; or, Bowling the British Ov er. 114 T h e I.lberty Boys, Fake or, The Ruse That 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed i t 3l'i T h e Liberty Boys, Signal, or, At the Clang of the Bell. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Gip.nt; or, A Hard Man to Handle. 3 6 The Liberty Boys Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty I 83 The Libert y Hoya' Dend Line ; or, "Cross it. if you Dare!" 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