The Liberty Boys' brave stand, or, Set back, but not defeated

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The Liberty Boys' brave stand, or, Set back, but not defeated
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Reprinted in 1925.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS. OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution / Issued Weekly-By Subsoription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O ffice Februa.71/ 4, 1901. Entered ace-Ording to A.ct of Congress, in the year 1902, in the office of the' Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 91. NEW YOHK, SEP'l'EM:BER 26, 1902. P rice 5 Cen ts CHAPTER I. THE CONCEALED MARKSMAN. "Ye air er fool, Dave Boggs," growled the leader of the party oi Tories. "I don't think so," was the quiet reply. "Wal, I do. Enny man's er fool whut'll let 'imself be "Will ye take ther oath uv alleegance ter. the British bung rather than take ther oath uv alleegance ter ther cause?" "No." "Take et er die!" "I will die if be, but take the oath of allegiance to the tyrant king I will not!" "Ye hed better "No!" It was rather an exciting scene. Standing underneath the spreading branches of a giant tree which stood beside the road in front of a house a king "You may think so, but I do .. not." "I know et's so. "You don't know it. That is just your opinion, that is all "Wal, thet's neether beer nur theer. Air ye goin' ter take ther oath?" "I have already told you that I am not." "Then we'll hang ye l" / "I c;:an't prevent you from doing that, but I can defy few miles from Charleston, South Carolina, was a man you to make me take the oath of allegiance to a tyra n t like who, while roughly dressed, after the fashion of the farmKing George." .. ers of the region, was a brave and rather han dsome man The patriot's voice rang out loud and clear, and a chorus Around his neck was a rope; the rope was thrown over a of oaths escaped the lips of the Tories. limb ten feet abov<:> his head, and the end was held by "Oh, string 'im up, cap'n." half a dozen rough-looking men. In front of the threat ened man stood four or five more rough-looking men, and it was one of these that bad addressed the words to the prisoner, for such he evidently was. Standing near, with clasped hauds and tears coursing down their cheeks, were a woman of forty years and a beautiful maiden of seventeen or eighteen years. "Yas; le's don' wait no longer. "He's too blamed sassy "Giv' ther word, cap'n, an' we'll h'ist 'im inter ther other worl' in er jiffy." "Oh, sir, have mercy," pleaded the woman, ?Pproach ing and facing the man addressed as cap'n. D o not hang my husband The time of the occurrence of this scene was midsummer "Ef he'll take ther oath we won' hang 'im, lady," of the year 1779, and the Revolutionary War was in was the reply, "but ef he won' take t her oath, w'y, et's his progress. The ten or a dozen rough-looking men wer e Tories, the single man was a Whig, or patriot. A short time be fore o u r story opens the To r ies had called at the house, own fault ef we hang 'im." #' The woman leaped to her husband's side and said, plea d-; ingly: "Please take t}1e oath, Dave which stood a little ways back from the road, had called The man seemed to be undergoing a violent menta l i.he farmer, David Boggs, to the door, had made him a Etruggle, but presently he shook his head and said firmly: prisoner, led him out, placed the rope around his neck, and demanded that he take the oath of allegiance to the king. I The farme r was a brave man, however, he promptly fused, whereupon ensued the conversation above given. "I can't do it, Lizzie." "But, Dave, think If you refuse, you will lose you r life." "I c an t help that, Lizzie," was the firm reply. "If I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' B RA VE STAND wer e t o take the oath I would abide by it, and I would "Oh, bu t it does concern me," came back the r eply, rather die than fight for the tyrant king and raise my promptly, a nd i n a clear r i n g in g voice. against the patriots who are fighting for inde"Who air ye?" pendence." '(None of your b u si n ess." "W'ich prove s whut I sed erwhile ergo, Dave Boggs," "Let's go fur ther cuss, boys," c ried Si ckles. "We'll growled the l e ader; "ye r er fool." l'arn 'im how ter interfeer whur he hain't got no bizness." "And you are a villain, Sam Sickles," was the prompt "Thet's right, cap'n; we'll hev two hangin's instid uv reply on'y wun," cried one of the men I "Thet's right," from another. An oath escaped the lips of the Tory. "Hee r, don' tork sass y te r m e," h e cried; "r don' 'low no "So we will," declared a third, and they started to man ter do the t. Air ye g oin ter take ther oath? This i s cros s the road. As they did so a warning voice was heard; ther las' time I'm goin t e r ax ye." "And for the last time I answer that I will not take the

THE LIBEJ:?.TY BOYS' BRAVE STAND. 3 "You will find that you are-mistaken. I am as much "Becos I've killed men fur torkin' er heap less sassy at home in the timber as any red s kin you ever saw. You than that." could not run me down in a hundred years." The Tories looked at one another in an undecided man"Oh, you have?" "I hev !" ner. "And you are a dangerous man?" After a bri ef period of silence Sickles called out: "Ye bet I am dangerous, cz ye'll fin' out afore ye gits "If you will ergree not ter interfeer with us erg'in, we through with me." won' bother ye." "And you will find that I ain a dangerous man before "You mean that if I will agree to stand here and see you get through with me, too." you hang that man, there, without raising a hand to pre"Bah Air ye go in' ter prommus not ter interfeer with vent it, you will not bother me?" There was an intonaus?" tion of scorn in the voice. "You mean am I going to promise to stand here, idle, "Wal, I mean thet ye hain't ter interfeet, no matter and permit you to hang that patriot?" whether we hang 'im er not." "I am sorry, my friend,'but I cannot give you aqy such promise." "Ye kain't ?" "No." "Ye mean thet ye won't." "Yes." "Wal, whut right hev ye ter interfeer?" "The right of any man with a heart in his bosom, to interfere when they see a wrong being perpetrated." "Ther hain't no wrong bein' perpetrated." "You say not?" "Thet's whut I say." "And you think it is not wrong to hang a fellow human being?" "Not under ther sarlmmstances." "What are the circumstances?" "lie's er rebel." "A rebel?" "Yas." "What dn you call a rebel?" "W'y, er man whut-whut is in symperthy with ther peeple whut is fightin' erg'inst King George." "Oh, that is your definition of a rebel, eh?" "Yas." "Well, I don't call such a man a rebel." "Ye don'?'' "No." "Whut d'ye call 'im ?" "A patriot." "Et's all tber same." "No, there's a difference between a rebel and a patriot, but you haven't sense enough to see it." "Whut's thet," howled Sickles, "d'ye mean ter tork ter me in enny sech fashun ez. thet ?" "Of course. Why not?" "Wal, hev et thet way ef ye wanter. He's er rebel, an' hez refoosed ter take ther oat{l uv alleegence ter ther king, an' he hez got ter die." "He refused to take the oath of allegiance, did he?" "He did." "Preferred death to taking an oath to fight for.the king and against the people who are struggling for liberty, eh?" "Yas-ther more fool he." "The more man he There is more manhood in him than in all your whole gang put together." "Whut's thet Say, ye air too sassy, young feller." "How do you know I'm a 'young feller'?" "By yer voice an', too, er man uv jedgment wouldn' do whut ye're doin'." "Oh, h e wouldn't?" "No, Theer air mi gh t y few people in this part uv ther kentry ez'd want ter tork sassy ter Sam Sickles." "You are he, I suppose?" "Thet's right; I'm Sam Sickles." "All right, Mr. Sam Sickles; and now, let me tell you something: If you make a mov e to harm that man whom you were on the point of hanging, I will begin doing some s harp shooting-and every time my musket cracks, down will go one of your men, never to rise agaiD;. Do you hear?" "Yas, I beer," in a growling voice. "Then heed." "W'y sh'd I, thet's whut I wanter know?" "Because I say for you to do so." "Wal, who in blazes air ye, thet ye sh'd dar' ter give orders ter Sam Sickles an' his men?" "You wish to know who I am?" "Yas." "All right; you shall know. I am--n


4 'l'RE LIBE11TY BOYS' BRAVE STA:N"D. .. "Wal," impatiently, "who in blazes air ye?" "Dick Slater!" 'rant thet we :,hall re"'k goin' arter ther cuss, we'll do et Jes' say th er word." "Well, what arc you fellows going to do?" came down in i.he clear, ringing voice of the "I;iberty Boy." "I'm wait ing for you to come to some kind of a decision; but if CHAPTER II. DEADLY WORK. "Dick Slater P' The exclamation escaped the lips of Sickles, and then he and his men looked at one another in wondering amazement. They had heard of Dick Slater and his brave "Liberty Boys." The youths had been in Qarolina some time, and had made themselves known. They had scattered a number of Tory bands to the four winds, and had been engaged in a number of en counters with the British, As in every one of the encounters they had come forth victorious, a_nd had created havoc in the ranks of the ene my, they had made their name not only known, but feared as well by the redcoats and Tories of the South. Hence, when in answer to the question as to who he was, the .concealed stranger answered "Dick Slater," it was not so surprising that the Tories should stare at one another in amazement and consternation. "Say, ef ther is reelly Dick Slater, he means jes' whut he sez," said one of the Tories. .. you'll accept my advice you will take your departure, and make no attempt either to injure the patriot or to attack me." "Yer jes' tryin' ter skeer us out," said Sickles. I "Not at all. I am speaking for your own good. If you attempt to injure the patriot or to get at me, it will mean death to some of you-and indeed the whole gang, if you keep after me long enough." This was said in a matter-of-fact voice, without the least bit of bravado, and the Tories looked at one another in rather a dubious manner. Sickles, however, was a stubborn scoundrel, and was not willing to give it up so. He was determined to at ).east make an attempt to get at the bold speaker Secretly he hoped ihat ihey might' be able to caplure DiCk. He 11as aware that there was a price on the youth's head. A reward of five hundred pounds was offered by <:he British for the capture of Dick Slater, and if he and his comrades could capture the "Liberty Boy,'' it would be a good stroke of work, and would put some good British gold in their pockets. So he said to his men, in a low, cautious voice which he thought conld not be heard by the hidden youth: "We mus' make an attempt ter git at Lher cuss, boys. Ready, now -go!" The others nodded assent to this proposition. "But he's on'y wun man," said Sickles, "an' even ef he's As he spoke he leaped Jltirward with all his might, and Dick he kain't do much uv ennythin' erg'inst er his men followed suit. duzzen uv us." "But ye know whut he sed," from another; "he sed ez how he is er dead sho(, an' tliet he'll drop us one at er time." "But I think we kin ketch 'im, boys," said Sickles in a low voice. "All we'll hev ter do is ter make er rush an' rnrroun' ther knoll." They were quick, and it seemed that the attepipt was to be successful, and that the "I..iiberty Boy" was not going to be able to fire a shot at them before they would dis appear from sight in the timber. This was the thought that came to the Tories, but just as they were congratulating themselves on the success of their plan, there came a sharp, whip-like crack, and one of the Tories gave utterance to a gasping cry, threw up his arms and fell forward upon his face, dead. "I'll bet thet ef we make er rush et'll mean ther death uv at least wun uv us," was the reply. "Mebby so, mebby not. Ef we make er quick break, an' dash crcrost ther road, he won't be able ter hit wun uv us, an' wunst we air in ermong ther trees we'll be all right." "l\febl>y so," was the doubtful reply. The others were now safe within the shelter afforded by 1 the trees, and wild .cries of rage, they rushed up the side of the knoll, their minds set on having revenge on the "Wal, air ye willin' ter be backed down and skeered out by wun man ?" asked Sickles in ar scornful voice. "We lceve thet fur ye ter say, cap"n," said one. "Ef ye J youth for laying their comrade low. "Kill ther cuss!'' "Shoot 'im !" "Don't let 'im git rnray." \ ) l


'11IIE LITIERTY BOYS' BRA VE STAND. "Capter 'im, an' bang 'im ter ther tree erlongside uv revenge for the death of their comrade to some more proaYe Boggs." Sucb were a few of the cries from the lips of the Tories s they raced up the side of the knoll, and there is little oubt but what Dick Slater would have fared badly had hey come u pon him. This they did not do, however. When they reached the top of the knoll, and looked round them, the youth was nowhere to be seen. He had quickly made his escape from the dangerous eighborhood. pitious time. There was nothing for it, however, but to follow the lead of their commander, and they did so. The result was just what they expected and feared it would be. They had gone but a short distance when there came a sharp report, and another one of their comrades threw up his hands and fell forward upon his face That he was dead ... they had but little doubt. The "Liberty Boy" had given them fair warning that The Tories, pistols in hand, glared around them with he would shoot to kill, and they had had ample evidence ooks of anger and disappointment on their fierce faces. in the severed rope that he was a dead shot. "He's gone!" "He hain't heer !" "He's got erway !" "An' arter killin' Bill, too!" "An' we kain't git revenge fur ther killin' uv Bill!" "Fire a volley, men," roared Sickles in a rage. "We may be able to wound or kill him." The Tories fired a volley in the direction which the shot had come, but as they fired entirely at random, they did not have much hope that they had done any dam "We must," grated Sickels. "The scoundrel can't be age. fur erway. Scatter, an' look fur 'im." A mocking laugh came to their bearing, proving they The men hesitated. were right in thinking they probably had not hit the "Say, cap'n, ef wun uv us wuz ter fin' 'im, whut d'ye youth. s'pose would happen?" asked one. "Fools," came the word in scathing tones, "you might "W'y, ye'd git er chance ter git revenge fur ther killin' c11ase me all day .. and waste hundreds of bullets, and not do v Bill." me any harm. Anq at the same time I would be picking The other shook his head. you off one at a time. If you are wise, you will give this "I think thet more likely we'd git er chance ter go an' thing up, bury your dead and get away from Gine Bill on his journey ter ther other kentry-whurever here." thet may be." "Bah! Ye hain't erfeerd uv ther cuss, air ye?" "Wal, I dunno's I'1i; erfeerd, kerzackly, but I'm beginin' ter berleeve thet ther cuss ez calls 'imself Dick Slater an' sez he'll kill ever' wun uv us ef we chase 'im, means whut he sez." The men paused, and looked at one another in a duhi-ous manner. "I think ez how thet is good advice, cap'n," said one, "an' I'm fur takin' et, ye bet!" "So'm I," .com another, "ef we keep on follerin' ther cuss, he'll wipe out ther hull crowd uv us-thet's whut I "Wal, come erlong, then, an' we'll all stay tergether an' think erbout et." hunt fur 'im. He won't dar' try ter git ernuther shot at us, I'm sart'in." "That is where you are mistaken," came in a clear, The others nodded theii: heads to signify that they thought the same about the matter. ringing voice; "if you try to catch me I shall end the days In trnth, Sickles himself was not very eager to pursue of one after another until all are finished. Better go away the "Liberty Boy" farther. about your business!" It had been such a costly experiment, already, that he "Quick! Come on, boys," cried Sickles, darting in the was ready to give it up. direction from which the voice sounded; "we'll git 'im "All right, men," he said, "we will let the fellow go, now t" now, but we will see if we can't git even with 'im afore The men followed, though they feared that they were very much longel'." doing a foolish thing in doing so. They had suddenly conceived a wonderful respect for the prowess of the youth who called himself Dick Slater, and would have preferred to postpone the attempt to get "Oh, we've got ter git even with 'im !" said one; "He hez killed Bill 'n' Jim, an' we hev got ter git revenge onter ther cuss fur doin' uv et." "Are you going to do as I have advised you?" asked


.... ------.......... -I 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE STAND. = the cool voice, coming from a different direction from what the Toriel'! had expected. "Yas, we' re goin' ter do whut ye adviie-fur ther pres ent," r eplied Sickles. "But I tell ye this don' end ther matter by er long chalk." "Oh, you are going to try to get revenge on me, are you?" "We air not on'y goin' ter try; we're goin' ter do et." "Well, my friend, you are at liberty to try all you want to, but you will find it about the biggest job you have ever undertaken." "We'll resk thet." "All right; and now, get to work Bury your two dead comrades, and then take yourselves away from here." "We'll 'tend ter our business, an' ye 'tend ter your'n." "That is what I am doing. And mind you, if you offer to injure. the patriot, yonder, I wiil open fire on you again, and I think that next time I shall make it my business to select you for a victim." Sickles turned pale and muttered an oath under his breath. Aloud he called out: "We won't do nothin' ter Dave Boggs, now, but he'll hev ter look out afterward. He's got ter take ther oath er nie !" "And if you cowardly scoundrels come fooling around here again, trying to make hini take the oath, you will die!" rage, and the chances are that but for the voice of Didi i Slater, they would have attacked the patriot. This serveid as a warning to them, however, and they held their passior hi la in check, and refrained from doing anyt ng. h "We air goin' now," said Sickles, "but we'll be bacl Look out fur us, fur when we come erg'in we'll make shor:e work uv et, and end yer career!" a "Bah! I am not afraid of you," was the bold repl) b "You are a gang of cowards." Witli growls and muttered oaths, the Tories turned an1 ( walked away down the road. "Keep straight on," called out the voice of the Boy." "Don't think to play any trick, for you won't lrL ) able to do it." The Tories walked onward without making reply, ani l presently disappeared around a bend in the road a quarte:1 of a mile distant As they did so Mr:and Mrs. Boggs and Lucy saw 1_ bronzed-faced, handsome young man of perhaps twentJ l years emerge from the timber just across the road and ap._ proach them. "You are Dick Slater?" said the patriot, advancing and giving the youth his hand. "I am proud to know you, I owe you thanks for saving my life from the Tories." ; "Yes, I am Dick Slater," was the quiet reply, "and you I a1e more than welcome to what little I have done It is a pleasure to me, always, when I am enabled to spoil The Tories made no r eply, but made their way to where plans of redcoats or Tories." their comrades had fallen They found both men stiff in "So I should judge, by what I heard of you." death, and one of their number went down to Dave Boggs' house and borrowed a spade. They buried their comrades, returned the spade, and then Sickle_s said to the farmer, fiercely and threaten ingly : "We hev giv' up ther idee uv makin' ye take -ther oath ter-day, but we'll come erg'in, an' nex' time ye' ll take et er die fur shore." "I will never take the oath of allegiance to the tyrant, "I will l eave you now, for I wish to follow those Torie! and see where they go and they do," said Dick. Then with a bow he turned and hastened away in the di rection taken by the Tories. CHAPTER III. King George," was the firm reply, "and if you come here REDCOAT vs. REDCOAT. again, I shall try and be ready to give you a warm reception, for I understand that it will mean death for me to On this same afternoon-indeed, it was now evening-a fall in your hands, party 0 redcoats and Indians wQ.s encamped at the foot ol "Ye bet et will, an' I kin tell ye et won't do ye enny good a bluff at a point perhaps three miles southward from the ter try to re s ist us, fur we'll git ye ennyway." home 0 Dave Boggs, the patriot. "Yes, and I'll get some of your cowardly gang while you The redcoats and Indians in question were from the are doing it, too," was the undaunted reply. army of General Prevost, who was marching from Savan "Bravo, sir," cried a ringing voice, coming from the side 1 nah, Georgia, upon Charleston, South Carolina, with a of the knoll. "That is the way to talk to the cowards." view to causing the patriot army there to surrender. The Tories were very angry. Their faces were red with I This was a small scouting party, consisting of five In-


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' :BRA VE STAND. '1 ians and five white men, and it was perhaps five miles in dvance of the main force. In spite of the fact that the British general, Prevost, "Say, you blamed redskin," growled Kern, shaking his finger at the Indian, "do you want trouble with me?" The Indian did not flinch, but met the gaze of the white ad secured a lot of Cherokee Indians as allies, they and man unflinchingly, his beady eyes shining with an angry he white soldiers did not get along any too well The light. edcoats despised the redskins, and the red men of the "Me no kin my me want trouble," was the reply, "but forest had a healthy contempt for the white men, whose me no 'fraid to hab trubble, if white man want to make it." ack of howledge of woodcraft was sufficient to stamp hem, in the minds of the Indians, as being not much force. Of course, when were with the :main army they "Oh, you're not afraid, hey?" sneeringly. The Indian straightened up, and replied proudly: "White man right," he declared. "Red Plume no 'fraid ould not indulge themselves in controversy to any great uv white man-no 'fraid uv ennythin'." xtent, but when they 'got away from the main force, in little party like this one, there was sure to be more or less llugo Kern laughed loudly. "Oho, you're one of those dare-devil afraid-of-nothing ickering. sort of chaps, are you?" he exclaimed. It had been so on this occasion This party had been "Me no 'fraid," was the grim reply. "If big white man "way from the army all clay, a!'.ld the white men and In-think me 'fraid, him.kin fin' out." ians had had several disputes over various trivial mat ers. And now, encamped at the foot of the bluff, one of be white merr-a big fellow, and a sort of bully, named Bugo Kern-and the leader of the Indians-also a big, uscula:r specimen of manhood, called Red Plume-had ecome engaged in a quarrel. Hugo had started it by stating that he did not believe Rey were on the right road to Charleston. "We have wandered off to one side," he declared, "and I doubt if we are as near Charleston as we were this morning." "Ugh!" grunted Red Plume, with as much contempt as s stoical face was capable of expressing. "What white Kern's comrades and the Indian's brother braves had been silent spectators ap.d auditors, so far, but now one of the redcoats growled: "Say, go in and cut the red s kin's comb, Hugo. He's too blamed sassy, and needs a lesson." "White man no kin cut Red Plume's comb," said the redskin promptly and defiantly. "If him t'ink so, him kin try." Kern hesitated, but not because ot fear. "Red Plume is the chief of the redskins," he said to his comrades, "and if I was to kill him Prevost would go for me." 'pan know 'bout it?" "Wh d I k bo "Don't use weapons, then," suggested one, "you are at o now a ut it?" cried Kern angrily, "well, '"f I don't know as much about it as a blamed, greasy, both big fellows, and the Indians pride themselves on their strength; so discard your weapons and have a hand"rty redskin, then it is very strange." A dark look came over the red skin's face. "White man heap-um-sassy!" he muttered "Well, I have a right to be 'sassy,' red skin," was the re tort. "I didn't come three thousand miles across the big waters to be insulted by a redskin that doesn't much more than how he's alive." "Ugh! Red Plume him much 'live,'" grunted the In. dian. "White man no b'leeve Red Plume 'live, him prove." "Bah! You couldn't prove anything, Red Plume!" [ The Indian frowned, and his lips were compressed tight ly. There was a glint in his dark eyes. "Mebby white man make heap mistake," he said. The other laughed sneeringly. "Not a bit of it, redskin." "White man heap think um know much," said the Indian, with what was a very good sneer. to-hand with Nature's weapons. The best man can be determined in this manner as well as by use of weapons." This proposition met with Kern's approval. "I'm willing," he sa id, "if the redskin is. I'd like a chance to take some of the conceit out of the fellow." "White man mean fight with jes' um ban's?" Red Plume asked, holding up his muscular hands to illut1;rate Kern nodded. "Yes, that's the idea, redskin. "An' no us!! knife nur ennythin' ?" "Exactly, use nothing but Nature's weapons," said he, too, held up his hands. "Heap good!" the Indian exclaimed. "Me make white man think him got hol' uv big bear-ugh!" Then he leaped up and laid aside his knife and toma hawk.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE STAND. The white man ro s e leisurely, unbuckled his belt, handed it to one of his comrades, and then took off coat and hat. "There, I guess I am ready fo, r the contest, redskin," he said coolly. "Red Plume, him heap reddy," was the reply. "Oh, no, there wasn't anything tricky about that," said K e rn, with a grin "I didn t use anything but Nature'sm we.apons." t1: "But use um in tricky way," insisted the Indian. hi "Not at all. It was understood that we could use them "Now, let's rn1derstand this thing before we begin," said in any way we wished." Sl Kern. "We are to use Nature s weapons; that is underThe Indian shook his head. stood." "Ugh!" grunted the redskin, nodding. "And we are to use them in any way we see fit?'' "Ugh!" with another nod. "All right; that is satisfactory. Just sail in, redskin, as soon as you like, and see how quickly I will teach you a few things." The Indian accepted the invitation, and rushed upon the redcoat, intending to close with him. Here was where he made a mistake. His thought, of course, was that the white man would close with him and that the contest would be one of strength and agility, but the redcoat had other views. In England he had been noted as a boxer. "Me '10 unnerstan' that white man wuz goin' to sticl!s] him arm out in Injun's face," he said; "me t'ought white man an' red man take hol' uv each udder, an' den the bes'p man would be foun' out." The white man shook his head. "Oh, no; that wasn't the understaniling at all. We were t o use nothing but Nature s weapons, true, but we were to i use them in any way we saw fit." 1 "Stick um fist out in man's face uf want to, eh?" the Indian asked. 1 "Certainly. Do anything you like. All that is nece s ary l is that we stick to Nature's weapons, and do not use weap! ons of man's manufacture." The Indian leaped to his feet. He was pretty well skilled in the art, and he wished to "All right,'' he said with a nod; "heap good. Red i show the redskin a few tricks. Plume :fight like white marr nex' time." ] Therefore, as the Indian rushed upon him, instead of "All right,'' said the redcoat grinning. He could not closing with him, the redcoat's fist shot out, and catching help smiling as he pictured to himself the rude, wild -son his dusky ppponent fair between the eyes, knocked him of the American forests trying to compete with him in a d,own. sparring match-he, th,e hero of half a hundred contests A chorus of grunts, whether of anger, excitement, sur-ai. fisticuffs. prise, disappointment or all four, escaped the lips of the "White man him goin' to git heap big dose uv him kin' other redskins. uv fightin'," declared the redskin, gravely, and Kern and As 'tor the redcoats they were delighted. his comrades laughed loudly. "Ha, ha, ha !" laughed one, "you surprised him that time, Hugo." "I guess he wasn't looking for that." "Now for a boxing-match," said one; "it's redcoat against redskin. "This will certainly be funny,'' from another. "I wonder how he likes it?" "Get ready to take a lesson, yourself, Hugo," from an" I'll bet he saw more stars than he ever saw in the other. daytime, before." This from the others. Hugo grinned in a satisfied manner. He had treated the r@dskin to a surprise, sure. The Indian lay on his back, staring up at the sky, for a fow moments, evidently partially dazed by the blow, Red Plume's brother braves were evidently somewhat excited, and they made a number of remarks to their comrade in the Indian languagg .A knowledge of the Indian tongue would have been worth considerable to Hugo Kern at that moment, but lw did not understand the Indian language, and so had no and then he stirred, rose to a sitting posture, and looked suspicion of what was in store for him. He stood there around him. very self-satisfied and grinning. There is an old saying He looked at his brother braves, blinked in a peculiar that "Pride goeth before a fall," and it was applicable manner, and then turned his eyes on his opponent. A viehere, if Kern had but known it. The fall was not far ious look appeared in his eyes, and a dark frown came distant. over his face as he glared at the white man. Kern was utterly unsuspicious that there was trouble in "Ugh,'' he grunted, "white man heap much tricky." store for him.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRAVE STAND. 9 He held the redskin in utter contempt, and the easy I As he drew near the white man, who stood straight up, nanner in which he had floored Red Plume made him his hands dropped at his side, a grin on bis face, Red Plume think that he was to have a very easy time disposing of s dusky opponent. He did not for a moment suspect that the Indian had a surprise in store for him. I He would hav& scouted the idea that a greasy, dirty redskin could be smart enough to play a trick on him. He did not know that cunning is one of the strong points jn the makeup of the American Indian, but he was to soon learn this truth. "Is white man reddy?" asked the Indian. "Oh, yes, I'm ready," was the careless reply; "just sail in, Red Plume, whenever you please, and I will give you lesson number two in the manly art of self-defense." Perhaps Red Plume did not understand wh1t Kern meant by the reference to "the nianly art of self-defense," but it did not matter. He knew what he was going to do, and that was enough. "All right; me sail in heap big lot, you bet," said the Indian, who had been among the white men enough to made even more motions with his :fists, and at the same time he bent and swayed his body from side to side with the grace and ease of a panther. Presently the Indian was as close as he wished to be, for the accomplishment of his purpose, and then-some thing happened. The Indian did not strike at the face of his white oppo nent at all, as Kern had supposed he would, but instead, with a movement so quick as to have made it impossible for his opponent to avoid the danger had he seen it coming, the redskin dealt the redcoat a terrible kick, full in the stomach. Kern was taken wholly by surprise. He had expected that the Indian would strike at his face with his clenched fis t. and had been prepared to parry the blow, and deliver one in return that would have up s et his dusky foe; but ins tead of this the redskin had kicked him in the stomach, and so strong was the kick that the redcoat was doubled up like a jack-knife and hurled backward several feet. He acquire some of their expressions. "White man want s truck in the edge of the camp-fire, scattering brands to heap lot out!" the four winds, and his shoulders struck against the pole "Oh, don't you worry about me, redskin," with a grin.1 o n which hung an iron kettle nearly full of hot water, and "I guess I can take care of myself all right." the pole was lrnocked out of the forks of the sticks, where The Indian approached. Kern, moving slowly and cau-it had been resting, the water was spilled, and a goodly por tiously, and watching the white man warily. There was tion of it was distributed over the person of the redcoat. an inscrutable look on the dusky face and in the dark, The breath almost entirely knocked out of his body by beadlike eyes, but the Indian's mind was working rapidly the terrible kick from the Indian's foot, burned by :fireand keenly. He was well aware of what he was doing, and L rand s sc;lded by hot water, is it any wonder that K e rn had ca1culated the probable action s of his opponent with k i c ked and floundered about, and gasped and gurgled? wonderful correctness As he drew nearer to the redcoat he began making awkward motions with his arms, as if he intended to fight with his fists, after the fashion of his opponent. Kern thought this was what the Indian intended to do, and he laughed aloud, his comrades joining him in a boisterous manner. "Look out for yourself, Hugo!" "He is a scientific sparrer, old man!" "Yes, one can see that with half an eye!" "You will be able to learn a lot from him, Kern!" Such were the exclamations from the redcoats. 'l'he Indians sat beside the campfire and stoically watched the progress of the affair. Their faces were impassive, but they were as eager and excited as redskins ever get to be, just the same. They knew what their brother brave The chicken with its head cut off often used as a simile in describing actions such as were being indulged in by the r e dcoat, would not have been in it at all with Kern. He kicked and floundered at a terrible rate, but he was in such a dazed, rattled state of mind that he did not better his condition much, and had not his comrades leaped forwa-:d an.d, seizing hold of him, dragged him away from the fire; there is a likelihood that he would have been burned to death. And at this moment a human form came rolling down the steep side of the bluff, and striking in the midst of the redcoats, knocked them right and left. CHAPTER IV. OVER THE BLUFF. Dick Slater hastened in the direction taken by the intended doing, and were waiting for him to make the Tories, and in order to guard against an ambush, he went move. in a roundabout way.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRAVE He traveled at a rapid pace, and ten minutes later he They nodcled assent. came in sight of the men he was desirous of following. "Well, I'll tell you what we'll do: We will lead him They were making their way along at a walk, and were that place, and just before we get to the bluff we w talking in an earnest manner. dodge off to one side, after moving forward a waya mo The youth did not know it, but the fact was that the rapidy than we have beD going. Dick Slater will t Tories were aware that he was following them. They had paused immediately after having disappeared from the sight of Mr., Mrs., and Lucy Boggs, and one of that he is going to lose track of us, and will hasten f ward. He will find himself on the brink of the bluff most before he knows it, and then we will appear suddenl their number had stolen back, taken up a position behind with drawn pistols, and form in a half-circle around h' a tree, and saw all that followed. Ile will have to surrender, for we will have the advanta .... He saw Dick emerge from the timber, advance, shake of