The Liberty Boys' dare, or, Backing the British down

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The Liberty Boys' dare, or, Backing the British down
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Moore, Harry
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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. /,,11ed ll'ukly-By Subscription $2.50 ve1 year /011/crcd us Sco11d Glass M atte r a t the N e w York Post Of/ice, F ebruar y 4, i901 l 1 g F m.nk Tous!I No. 93. N E W YORK, OCTOBElt 10, 1902. Price 5 Cents. The L i berty Bo ys" rushed down the steps and a ttacked the redcoats fiercely. The British re si ste d to t h e b e s t o f thei r ability, but w e r e forced t o beat a h asty retreat


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LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolu t ion I ssued Weekly-By Subs(}ription $2.50 per uear. Entered a s Second Class Matter a.t the New York. N. Y., Post Office, r. Fthruary 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress. in the vear 1902. in the office of the Librarian y of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by !!'rank Touse11, 24 Union Square, Neto Yotk No. 93. NEW YORK, pCTOBER 10, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. The two officers continued their conversation, and fifteen < A SPY. minutes later the door again opened, and the order l y ant i nounced : i "Well, we succeeded in driving the British back from f harleston." e "Yes; so we did, but Dick Slater tells me that Prevost }'. eft a garrison at Beaufort, as he was retreating to Sa-"How large a garrison is it?" "About four hundred men." r "Four hundred, eh?" "Yes." 7 "Well, why not go down there and dislodge them?" "I have thought of making the attempt." "I believe I would do so if I were you. We ought not to "Dif'k Slater." A handsome, bright-faced young man of perhaps nineteen or twenty years entered the room, and saluted "Ah, Dick, I am glad to see you," said General Linco ln. "Be seated He motioned toward a chair, and Dick took the seat indicated. "Well, Dick, I wish to ask you a few questions," said the general. "I shall be &lad to answer them, sir," was the reply "You have just returned from your trip south in the et the Britioh retain a foothold in South Carolina if we wake of Prevost's army, and I would like to ask you what : 0an help it." "So it seems to me." "It ought to be a fairly easy matter to dislodge the red from Beaufort." "I will send for Dick Slater, and see what he thinks it. "That is a good idea. He has good judgment :egarding 1Such matters "So he ha s and he has just returned from following the British and keeping watch of them as they retreated." It wus midsummer of the year 1778. The occupied Charleston, South Carolina, and the British, who were at Savannah, Georgia, under General Prevost, had your opinion is regarding the possibility of dislodging the garrison that was left at Beaufort." The "Liberty Boy" was silent a few moments, and the n sa id, slowly: "Of course the garrison can be dislodged if 8: sufficient force is sent against it, sir." "What would you consider a sufficient force?" "Well, I should say twice the number of men the British lrave." "And they have about four hundred?" "Yes, sir." "We would have to se.nd seven or eight hundred men, then?" made an unsucce ssf ul attempt to attack Charleston, and "Yes, sir." had been forced to retreat back to Savannah. The general was silent for a few moments, thinking, and General Lincoln, the commander of the patriot force at_ the n said: Charleston, and Count Pulaski, the Polish patriot, wer e "Well, I guess I can afford to send that number." seated in a room in the building occupied as headquarters, "Yes," said Count Pulaski, "there does not seem to be and were discussing the situation. As he spoke of sendany probability that another move will be made against ing for Dick stater, General Lincoln struck a bell, and an Charleston." orderly appeared at the door. "N soon at any rate." "Send Dick Slater, the captain of the 'Liberty Boys,' here "If you decide to make the attempt to dislodge the gar2 t once,'' ordered the general. rison at Beaufort, myself and 'Liberty Boys' will wish to The orderly saluted and withdrew. be of the force that goes, sir," said_ Dick.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. "Yes, you shall be of the force, Dick. Indeed, I shall depend on you to a great extent, as the greater number of the menI shall send will be militia, and it will be necessary to have some veterans along to show them how to fight." going to attempt to dislodge them-or, rather, he will do et if he is permitted." n The youth made up his mind that he would prevent tl ,6 supposed spy from doing th,IB, if_ such a thing were po11_1 "We are ready to start on the expeaition at any moment, sible, and he increased his speed, and still continued t u sir," said Dick. "Very well. I will begin making arrangements to send the force against Beaufort, and likely it will start in the .morning." "Very well, sir." "As you go out, tell Colonel Campbell I wish to see him, Dick," said the general, and Dick said, "Very well, sir," and rising, saluted and took his departure. "A fine fellow, that, General Lincoln/' said Count Pul aski. "Yes, and one of the bravest, most daring fellows in the patriot army." "He is, indeed." "The 'Liberty Boys' may always be d e pended on." "Yes, they are reliable, and do not know the meaning of the word fear." draw nearer and nearer the man. 'rhe instant the fellow emerged from the door of th1 2 building he leaped away at a run. i Dick had been looking for some such move, however, am I he bounded forward with the speed of a deer, and was ou a of the building and after the fugitive in an instant, almost l The re were people passing along the street, and the: paused and stared in open-mouthed amazement. No one made any attempt to stop the fugitive, howeve but got out of the way and gave him a clear track. 1 The youth wonderecl why this was, at first, but as h drew nearer he saw why it was. The fugitive held a pistol in his hand, and it was th. sight of the weapon that caused the pedestrians to ste11 ont to one side and give the f e llow all the sidewalk. '.l "So that's the kind of chap you are, eh?" thought Di ck1 r "Y J "A desperate fellow! That proves that you are a spy, anc ou are rig 1t. If General Washington had a few thouth t h ld b d W 11 I'll d t "f h V a vou s ou e capture e o i i sue f sand like them he could drive the redcoats off our domains." 'h: "bl ,, L mg is poss1 e. "Yes; they would have to leave our shores in a hurry." Th th k t I l k t h d f +l ht n I c you ep a s iarp oo ou a ea or ie s1g of As Dick passed out mto the hall he siw a man walkmg t t ld. ti ti t t f 11" t th 1 8ome pa no so 1ers, w1 l rn m en ion o ye mg o en: rapidly away toward the entrance to the building. The t t th f t b t t l d t t 1 o sop e ug1 ive; u as 1 rnppene no pa no so man was not the orderly, and there was something in his appearance that attracted Dick's attention and aroused his suspicions The fellow acted as if he felt that he was an intruder, as if he realized that he was where he had no business to be; and a closer look from ?ick's keen eyes made the youth think that it might be possible the fellow was not a friend to diers were seen 'l'he supposed spy was leading the chase along streets tha were not frequented by the soldiers. 'l'he youth realized this fact, aiid his respect for the cun.r ning of the fellow was increased. i "He i; a dancrerous man I'll 1rncrer" he thourrht "an.:11 1 0 b b u that makes it all the more nece ssa ry that I should captur& the patriot cause him." "There are a lot Qf Tories in Charleston/' said the youth Onwal,'d dashed pursued and pursuer. to himself, "and that fellow looks like he might be one of Down one street, up another the chase went. that sort." The fugitive was a good runner, and while Dick gaine As the thought came to him Dick increased his pace, and all the time, it was but s lowly, a nd made quite a long chase drew nearer to the fellow. of it. The man in question glanced back over his shoulder, saw Occasionally the fugitive glanced back, and as he sami that Dick wa-s overtaking him, and seemingly became his pursuer was drawing near e r and nearer, a desperate alarmed, for he increased his pace to a very rapid walk. and determined look appeared on his face. This was noted by Dick, and it increased his suspicions. Closer and close r Dick drew, and presently was nea "I'll that fellow has bee n up to some meanness," e nough so that )1e could see the fierce look on the man'!\ the youth thought. "Likely he has been spying. The face and in his eyes when he turne d his head to look bacl'1v chances are that he was listening at the door while I was' "There's murder in those eyes of his," thought Dick'; talking with General Lincoln, and if that is the case he will "I'll have to be careful when I close in on him, for he look try to get the news to the redcoats at Beaufort that we are like a fellow who will shoot."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. 3 I Another thing Dick r ea lized was that they were getting o rather an unsavory quarter of the city. They w e re nearing the wate r front, and it was fre l entcd by all sorts of despe rate characters It was a place 1 1ere a man's life was riot safe after nightfall, but of t urse in the da:ytime it was not so bad. against him than for him, but h e did not cease his efforts to overcome the fellow he suspected of being a spy "If I can make him a prisoner I ma be able to frighten the crowd into letting me alone,'' he thought. The spectato rs stood around a n d watched the struggle with eager interest. They seemed not to think of anything '{Thou ght of danger to himself would never deter Dick save to wonder which wou l d be the victor, and several rough 1later, however, and he kept up the chase with undiminish fellows laid wagers on this. a vigor. The youth s opponent was larg er and heavier than Dick, Closer and closer he drew to the fugi.tive, and presently and it looked as if he should have been stronger, but he was } s almost near enough to enable him to r eac h out his hand not. If anything Dick was the stronger, and he was much d sei.ze the fugitive. quicker in his movements, and more agile and supple, and 1 The fellow glanced back over his sho ulder, seemed to realI the result was that, after the struggle had gone on for e that he could not hope to escape by running, and whirlperhapo two minutes the youth succeeded in getting the 11 :fi d 1 hold he wished to secure [lg qu1c;: y, he ire point b ank at the youth who had fol -owed him so persistently Dick saw what was coming, and l eape d to one side with lightning-like quickness that caused the fellow to miss l im, tbe bullet taking effect in the leg of a man who at rat moment stepped out of a low drinking dive, and caus ?g him to give vent to a wild yell of pain, and go hopping and around in a circie, giving vent to his anger and pin in l anguage which it i s better not to reproduce. / escaped the bullet, Dick made a quick leap for fellow, who muttered a curse at having missed, and .urled the pistol at the youth's head Dick dodged the pistol, and the next instant was en aged in a struggle with the fugitive. rl The ma n despe rately. ( He realized, no doubt, that if he permttted himself to be inade a prisoner and taken b ack to the patriot headquarters : t would go hard with him, and he fought with all the en l rgy that he could muster for the occasion. He was a strong and athletic fellow, and Di ck found con 1iderable difficulty in handling him. Dick was a skflled wrestler, and he made strong efforts to his opponen t, but the fellow managed to balk each "I c1on't thi.nk you will do that," the fellow grated. The next instant the man's body was lifted high in the air, and was held there for an instant, poised on Dick's shoulder; then down the fellow's body came, and he struck on the hard ground with a force that knocked all the fight out of him for the time b e ing. The youth turned the man over on his face, pulled his arms together behind his back, and was proceeding to tie the wrists with his handkerchief, when suddenly half a dozen rough-looking men rushed forward from the midst of the crowd, and le aped upon his back, crushing him down upon the form of the half -d azed man he was trying to make a prisoner "We've got ye, young feller," cried one of the men, in a triumphant voice. "Ye might ez well giv' up without enny foolin'." CHAPTER II. / A PHISONER. But Dick Slater was not of the giving up kind He would giYe up only when forced to do so, not before. He realized that 11 did not have much chance, as he was ''You arc not going to put me down and make a prisoner of outnumbered six to one, and they had the advantage of rne if I can help it, and I think I can." }laving him down, but he would not yield without a strug1 "We' ll see about that," said Dick quietly, and he went gle even then. the fellow with renew ed energy. So he began strugg lin g, and so fiercely did he re s ist that l T he sounc1 of the pistols hot had people swarmthe six burly men were kept very busy for a few minutes m g out upon the street from the dfres and saloons of the The "Liberty Boy" even managed to get to his knees, water front, and soon a great crowd had sur round ed the once, and was rising up to his feet, with three of the two. Dick did not like the looks of affairs He realiz ed men hanging around his neck, but one fellow, who had re .hat the people s urrounding him were more likely to be ceiYed a severe kick in the stomach and was angry as a re


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. sult, drew a pistol and struck Dick a heavy blow on the "You are impudent and saucy," said the fellow, "but T head with the butt of the weapon. will soon take that out of you." ra The blow knocked the brave youth senseless, and he drop ped to the ground as if shot, the three ruffians falling on top of him. ,, They hastened to scramb le to their feet, however, and then, acting under the orders from the man who had gotten Dick into all the trouble-and who had regained his senses while the youth was struggling with the six-they t,ied "Indeed?" said Dick. "Yes. Do you h."Tiow who I am?" Ul "I haven't the least idea--except to say that I kno you are a big rascal." "Bah. I will tell you who I am." He paused, iu glared at Dick :fiercely through the boles in the hood. "Go on; I'm listening," coolly. "Very well. I am Ronald Royston." ;o The youth shook bis head. "I don't know any more than I did before," be satf They passed along a ball, and entered a room at the rear Dick's hands, and lifting him, carried him into a doorway nearby, and up a flight of rickety stairs. of the building. calmly "I never heard Of Ronald Royston." It was a good-sized room, and there were a number of chairs and a long table which stood in t'he middle of the floor. One of the men closed and barred the door, and the four who were carrying Dick placed him at full length on the table. Then from a closet at one end of the the men brought forth black gowns, with hoods attached, being holes cut for the mouth and eyes. These gowns" they donned, and then seated themselves to await the youth's return to consciousness. Presently Dick r egained consciousness, and sat up and looked around him. quick, rapid glance He took in his surroundings at a The seven men were seated in a row, along the side of the room, and swinging his !egs over the edge of the table on the side toward the men, Dick looked at them quietly. To their surprise he did not seem to be a bit awed or fright en ed. They were still more surprirsed when he spoke, for he said in a calm, matter-of-fact voice: "I must compliment you fellows on your improved ap pearance. You look much better in those hooded gowns than you did without them." "Why so?" asked the fellow Dick had chased, and who was indeed the head one of the gang. "Becauses one does uot see your ugly faces," was the co_ol reply. An angry murmuT went up from the men. It was plain that they did not fancy being spoken of in this fashion; then, too, i:hey were disappointed because of their failure to awe the youth. "You neYer did?" in evident surprise. "No." "'rhat is strange." "Is it?" "Yes." 1( "You seem to think that you are a pretty big sort of man in this part of the country." "And I am." The youth shook his head and wrinkled up his eyebrow f "I don't think anybody else besides yourself knows thing about it," he said calmly. "Just the same there are hundreds of people who kno it." "Can it be possible?" If the fellow thought to awe or frighten Dick Slater b was badly fooled, and he began to realize this. "Dick Slater, did you ever hear of !ill organization know as the 'Loyal Legion'?" the fellow asked. The youth had heard rumors that there was such an o ganization in South Carolina, and had beard it even hinte that the headquarters of the organization was in Charles ton, but he had not paid any attention to the rumor. I deed, he had not thought the organization amounted t much. He nodded his head in assent, and said: "Yes, I believe I have heard of such an organization." "I thought so," in a tone of satisfaction. Well, we i whose pre12ence you stand are members of the Loyal gion." "But I'm not standing," said Dick drily. "I'm sitti on the table." "Bosh. Flippancy will not help your case any, Di Slater," the man cried. "If you but knew it you are "You think you are smart, no doubt," remarked the man, a serious predicament." rneerin gly. "Is that so?" "It is." "Oh, no; that is something that any one would notice and think of." "Why so? You will not dare injure me."


\ THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. = I:'= .===== =========== =:;== = = ========= ====== 5 "Ha think you that?" in a sneering tone "And why, you're just joking," said Dick. ay, will we not dare injure you?" "For the reason that if you should do so my men would nt you down and wipe you out of existence." J "Ha, ha, ha! Wipe us out of existence, eh?" 1, "Yes." Jl( "They would have to find us first, Dick Slater." "They would find you, never fear." I "I am not "Oh, yes, you must be." "No; I was never more serious in my life." The youth shook his head. He was a good actor, and while he felt sure that the man spoke the truth, and that he was in danger, yet he was determined that they should not know he thought so, and simply said: "Bosh! They would never find u s and if you think that "I cannot believe it. You would not dare injure me." .rou can get me to change my plans regarding you, or stay "The members of the Loyal Legion dare do anything, y hand from infl.ic'ting injury upon you through talking Dick Slater," Royston said, almost fiercely. "If I say that f what your men might try to do you are mistaken." you shall die, die you shall." "Indeed?" "Oh, that may be; but you won't say it," said Dick, with "Yes; I have you here, a prisoner. I have you in my assumed carelessness. ower." "Temporarily." "Bah! you are where your friends could not find you in month's search, so I rather think you are more than tem tiorarily in my power." t "But what do you want of me?" "What did you want of me when you gave chase to me?" The youth laughed, and said, easily : "Oh, I just wanted to make your acquaintance, that is ll." "Ha, ha, ha! Well, then you succeeded admirably in f you set out. to do, for you are going to make my ac11.uaintance--most th_ oroughly, too, before we get through ith each other "I am glad to you say that. The man who had said his name was Ronald Royston was ilent for a few moments, during which time he eyed the keenly through the holes in the hood. Finally he said : "On one condition I will not." "On one condition?" "Yes, a_!}d one only." "What is the condition?" "That you take the oath of allegiance to the king, and become a member of the Loyal Legion." Dick surprised the hooded men by giving utterance to a burst of ironical laughter. "So that is the cond ition, is it. ?" he remarked, when he had done laughing. "It is," in a fierce and sullen tone. "And it is the only on which you will spare my life?" "Yes. Do you consent?" "Consent?" cried Dick, scornfully; "consent to take the oath of allegiance to the tyrant, King George, and hence forth take the side of the British against the brave Ameri cans who are fighting for lib erty and independence? Well, I guess that I do n ot consent. No, a thousand times no. Had I a hundred lives, instead of only one, I would yield "Your name is Dick Slater?" The youth bowed. "I d th t kn h h d them all up before I would be a traitor to my country, and I JU ge a you ow t at," e sa1 quietly, "so there ,s no need of denying it. take tl1e oath of allegiance to a titled robb e r such as is your "Exactly; and as I know that you are a brave and daring fellow, I have made up my mind to give you a chance for your life." The youth looked surprised, but not frightened. "A chance for my life?" he asked. "That is what I said." "But surely my life is not in danger?') "Dick Slater," in what was intended to be a very imressive tone; "you have no doubt had many adventu r es, ave been in many dangero u s situations, but never in y our ife have you been in as dangerous a situation as the one Atou are in now." tyrant king." The hand some face of the youth was flushed, and in his eyes glowed a fire such as the men facing him had never witnesssed in the eyes of any man, al).d they stared at him in wonder. They were angered by the youth's wor ds, how ever, and muttered threateningly. "Let's kill the rebel, and be done with it, cap'n." "Yes, ; he'll never come over to our side "Theer hain't no use uv wastin' enny more time on him." "No, let's finish him, and have it over with Such were some of the exclamations from the men, and Royston said in a fierce, threatening voice:


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. "You had better think well before makipg a final

'11HE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. 7 ping upon Dick when there came a crash against the "They'll learn downstairs that the re were but the two or. 0 you, and will come back to wipe out all three 0 us." 1 It shivered and shook, but held. "Well, they'll have a hard job 0 it, I can tell you," said The men paused and stood, knives in hand, and stared Bob, grimly. the door, and then at one another. "That's right," coincided Sam, as he cut the rope bind "Who kin et be?" said one. ing Dick's arms. "Et hain't no frien's uv our'n, er they wouldn' bump "There; that eels better," said Dick, with satisfaction i g'in ther door so hard," from another as he moved his arms about to get the blood circulating once si.; "Open the door," called a voice "Open it or we'll break more. "Jove, I eel as i I could thrash the whole gang t" down." "Hurrah, it's my 'Liberty Boys'!" cried Dick. "Break a -fe door down, Bob." e l Cries 0 alarm and consternation escaped the lips 0 the wne d men. "Quick!" cried Royston. "We must get out 0 here. ollow me." He Lounded toward one corner 0 the room, and lifting trapdoor, hastened down a flight 0 steps } His men hesitated, looked at Dick as i inclined to wait ong enough to finish him, and the n as there came another rash again st tlle door, they broke for the trap-door, and : ollowed their leader, the fellow Dick had kicked in the omach being last; indeed it was with difficulty he was ble to make his way along. Presently the clatter of the fleeing man 's eet ceased, the myself." "Have you your weapons, Dick?" asked Sam. "Yes; they didn't take them away from me, thank good ness." At this instant .the sound 0 angry voices was heard "They are coming," exclaimed Sam. Bob leaped forward and slammed the trap-door shut, and pushed a small iron bar into place, which was calculated to hold the trap-door firmly down. "Now we can "an three give our undivided attention to this door," he said, indicating the one he and Sam had burst open "I think we shall be able to keep the scoundrels at bay," said Dick." "Yes, i there are only seven 0 them," said Sam. "Possibly they may have been joined by more of their oise being followed by the slamming 0 a door, and Dick gang," sai d Dick. nd e rstood that they had made their escape. "Hurry and break the door down, Bob," Dick called out, "We'll soon know," said Bob. "They are coming up the nci then, crash, and the door flew off the hinges, and Bob st airs." s tabrook and Sam Sanderson, two 0 the "Liberty Boys" airly fell into the room "Where are the scoundrels, Dick?" cried Bob, looking round the room, his hand on his pistol. "They escaped down that stairway, yonder, Bob." "They did, eh ?" and he ran over and looked down the tairway. "Yes; say, Sam, where are the rest 0 the boys?" "Bob and I are all that are here." "Just you two ?" "Yes." "And there were seven 0 the scoundrels in here. It's ucky they didn't know there were but two 0 you." "I guess you are right, Dick." "Indeed I am; and now, Sam, cut the rope that binds my rms, so I may be able to defend myself to some advantage the scoundrels come back." "Do you think they'll come back, Dick?" asked Bob. "I shouldn't wonder." "What makes you think so?" Soon the footsteps were heard coming along the ball, and from the sound the youths judged that there must be at least a dozen of the scoundrels "Well, we can make it extremely lively for a dozen," said sai d Bob, grimly. "We have four pistols apiece, and that is twelve shots." "Yes, and after that we have our lmives," said Sam. At this instant the trampling ceased "Hello, in there," called out a voice, which Dick recognized as belo. nging to Ronald R.oyston. "Hello, yourself," replied Dick. "Will you surrender?" "Will we surrender, you "Yes." "Most assuredly we will not." "Not by a jugull," cried Bob. "But there are only three of you." "We know that," said Dick. "While there are a dozen 0 us." "We would not care i there were two dozen 0 you."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. "The more there are of you the more certain we are of b e ing able to kill every time we fire a shot," from Bob. "Let me tell you something," ssaid Royston. "Go ahead," said Dick. "I will. If you fellows kil! or wound one of my men you will never leave this building alive." "We will not leave the b...Ulding alive, anyway, if you can prevent it." "Well, I can prevent it." "You think you can." "There is no doubt regarding the matter." "In my mind there is." "Bah! what can three men do against a dozen?" "We can kill the entire dozen." "Bosh!" "There is no 'bosh' about it." "Bah! If we were a mind to rush in upon you, we could overwhelm you before you could fire more than one shot." "If you think so, just rush in and find out," retorted Dick. "I guess you don't know who we are, do you?" called out Bob. "Each of us three fellows bas two pistols out and lev eled, ready for use. We are dead shots with either right or left hand, and we will agree to drop six of you, at least, and then give the other six a lively fight." "See here; you fellows had better be reasonable," said the leader of the gang "We are the most reasonable fellows in the world," said Dick quietly. "That's right," said Bob. "You had better surrender." "Oh, no; it is you who are unreasonable when you ask that, Ronald Royston." "You are a fool for saying that." "Thanks." "I ask you to surrender in order to save your lives." "And your own." "Bab.! we are not afraid of losing our lives." "Then come ahead and take us prisoners." "That is just what we will do i.f you don't surrender." "And if we were to surrender, you would murder us in cold blood, a's you were on the point of doing in my case a little while ago." "No; I give you my word that we will do nothing of the kind." "Bah! what is your word worth?" cried Dick in scorn. a:My word is good. When I say I will do a thing I will do it." "I would not believe you under any circumstances, Ro1 ald Royston." "Then you won't surrender?" "To such a fiend? Never! We are in a position no to offer a good fight for our lives, and we intend to that very thing. You may be able to get the better of in the end, but if we die we will send the majority of yo1 men to the other world ahead of us." l The youths heard the man give utterance to a mutter< curse, and then the murmur of voices was heard. scoundtels were talking the matter over. 'Il ] Presently the murmuring sound ceased, and Dick calll out: "Well, have you decided to go away and let us lea this place unmolested?" \ "No,'' was the reply. "We have not made up our minds do anything of the kind." "What are you going to do?" "We are going to make you wish you had surrender peaceably." "All right; go ahead and do it." Then Dick said to his two comrades : "Be ready, boys, and if the scoundrels make a rush, Id as many as you can." "We will, Dick," said Bob. "Don't waste a bullet "We won't." Royston and his men, standing out in the ha11, looked one another dubiously. They did not like the way the youths talked. They were well aware that the three were members oft company of youths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76, and they were also well aware of the fact that the "Libe Boys" were not afraid of anything. They realized only too well that if the youths said th would shoot to kill they would do it, and they had oft heard it stated that the "Liberty Boys" were dead shots. There was good reason, then, for their looking at o another dubiously and questioningly. They had no desire to die. They wished to The were eager to get at the youths, eager to take the lives o the "Liberty Boys," but they felt that in, this they would lose a number of their own men-and m one of them felt like yielding up his life. So they stood there, hesitating;. "Make a sudden rush, men, and overwhelm the tbro. saucy rebels," said Royston. "You lead the rush, cap'n,'' said one of the men. will follow."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. 9 "But I am your captain," he said. "My life is of more lue t o the-Cause than are yours. So go ahead, men." o "Your life may be worth more to the cause," retorted e of the men; "but your life isn't more to you than 1 ne is to me, and I'm not going to rush in there to almost ain death unless our captain is willing to take the lead, ich is the place for him to be if he is going to be leader." ) "That's the way to talk," cried Bob. "Say, you, whQever u are, have some sense. I think you are out of your place being with such a gang. Draw out and be a man." then a man came running up the front stairs and lid excitedly: v "Captain, there's a big gang of men coming, and I think ey are the 'Liberty Boys"' "Hurrah!" cried Bob Estabrook. "The boys are comg, Dick, and we are not only saved, but we'll kill or capre this gang of Tories or whatever they are." The next instant the sound of trampling feet was heard, d the three realized that the gang of scoundrels was hasJning back along the hall, toward the front oi the building. "They are getting out of this as fast as they know how," ied Bob. "Let's accelerate their movements by giving em a few shots, Dick." "All right; but shoot low, boys," replied Dick. The three leaped out in the hallway, and fited six shots to the crowd of fleeing loyalists. They aimed low, and -. ile they wounded three or four of the scoundrels, none re killed. Indeed, none were seriously wounded, though judge by the howls of pain to which they gave Dick explained all in a few words, and then gave the order to return to their quarters There was a great crowd of people in the street, and many of the spectators were rough-looking char acters, but no was made to interfere with the "Lib erty Boys." The crowd seemed to be there merely out of curiosity The "Liberty Boys" returned to their quarters, and then Dick hunted up Colonel Campbell and told him that Gen e ral Lincoln wished to see him at headquarters. The colonel set out for headquarters at once, and General Lincoln told him what he wished done. The colonel was delighted, and said he would start for Beaufort the first thing in the morning. After a talk of half an hour, he saluted and withdrew, and at once began making preparations for the work he was to attempt.. Next morning the patriot force, con s isting of six hundred infantry, and the one hundred "Liberty Boys" on horse back, set out. It was about fifty mil .es to Beaufort, and Colonel Camp b e ll figured on reaching the vicinity of the town in two day s and perhaps appear before it on the forenoon of the third day if he thought it advisable. The "Liberty Boys," being mounted, k ept well in ad vaifce of the main force, and by dividing up info two or three parties, was enabled to do thorough scouting work, and make it impossible for the British to take the patriots by surprise. e might have thought so. No redcoats were encountered, however, and on the even Down the stairs they dashed, and out into the street, then ing of the second day from Charleston the patriot force ound the corner of the building, and away toward the ver front where they felt cdnfident they could find secure .: ding-places. The three "Liberty Boys" emerged from the building : on afterward, but did not try to pursue the fleeing scoun els. "Let them go," said Dick. "I think we have given them scare that will do them some good." went into camp within five miles of Beaufort. Colonel Campbell called Dick into his tent, and they had a talk regarding what it was best to do. "I don't wish to go at this thing blindly," said the col onel, "and so I think I will ask you to do some and spying work for me, Dick. Will you do it?" "Certainly, colonel," replied Dick. "I shall be glad to A few moments later the party of "Liberty Boys" to the do it. So far as that is concerned you have only to order, umber of twenty at least, arrived at the spot. CHAPTER IV. THE LOYAL LEGION'S HEADQUARTERS. and I would have to obey, as you are in command." "I know, but I know that you have had practically as much experience as I have had, Dick, and I feel that it is best to do what we both decide is best." "Well, I think that will be the best and safest thing to do, colonel. We must not go it blind, as you say. It will "Hello! What's the trouble here, anyway?" asked Mark be better to know just what we are about." orrison, who was the leader of the party of "Liberty "Then you will go and spy on the British in Beaufort?" "Yes; I will set out at once."


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. "Very wlll. But be careful, Dick. Don't let them cap gain information that would be of great benefit to the F ture you." "I will be very careful, colonel." The youth went back to where the "Liberty Boys" were, and told them that he was going on a sc

\ THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. 11 :erl=;::::::================================;:===================================== ick was so intensely patriotic that he never thought of i t ng into consideration danger to himself, where there ey anything that could be gained by risking himself, and e had no thought of drawing back, now that he had l. me convinced that benefit might result from following et a fefr pace, and fifteen minutee lat" emerged from. among the trees, into a natural am t heatre of several acres extent. It was a basin, in fact, OIJ ounded by hills of considerable height-or almost sur. o nded, ralher, the side from which they had entered being one side on which there was no hill. t the farther side of the basin, with the backs built 1 ht close up against the side of the hill were three good d cabins. The cabins were built of logs, of course, and k's keen eyes made oote of the fact that they were almost The man led the horse a short distance to one side, and then all the men surrounded Dick, and greeted him by the name of "Most worthy chief." "How is everything up at Charleston?" asKed one man, who, Dick judged, was an under officer of the organization. -"Everything is as well as can be the case when the rebe l s have control," Dick replied "And how is the work on the tunnel progressing?" the same man asked Of course Dick did not know what tunnel the fellow had reference to, but he replied, promptly enough : "It is progressing slowly, but steadily "And how soon, do you think, will they reach a point underneath the rebel headquarters?" The youth began to have a glimmering of light on the subject of the tunnel. Members of the Loyal Legion wer e engaged in digging a tunnel under the building occupied by 'They have be.en recently built," he told himself, "and I General Lincoln as headquarters. re than half believe that they are intended as more or a/s permanent abiding places for the members of the Loyal I'sthaste, to carry the news of the infamous plan to General Lincoln. "The result will be that we will nip their plan in the bud," he told himself, "and likely they will be able to e ffect the capture of a number of the members of the toyal Legion." "Now, most worthy chief, we shall be glad to hear what you have to tell us," said the man. "We have long waited for this moment with eagerness and l onging, and we sha ll


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. be glad to hear the plans which have been formed by the gesture with both hands, and the men fell bac]\ as if struck Inner Council, of which you are the High Chief." in the face by strong blows. Dick felt that now he was getting into a tight place. He The "Liberty Boy" realized that his plan for" having was treading on dangerous ground, for he knew nothing Royston made a prisoner by his own men had failed, and about the purposes and aims of the Loyal Legion, save what he realized that if he wished to save his own life he would he had learned from the words of Ronald Royston and what have to act quickly. Indeed, he doubted his ability to make he had picked up in the past few minutes, since coming to his escape, b,;it he was ready to make the attempt. this place. He suddenly whirled and made a leap to get through the He stood loo king at the faces in front of him in rather a line of m e n surrounding him, but Royston was watching doubtful manner, and was hesitating and wondering what him, in expectation that he would make some such move he should say when he-and all the men present as well-; and called out quickly: was startled by hearing a cool, calm, but sharp and sar voice say: "Very bold and daring of you, Dick Slater. Very daring "Seize him, men. He is Dick Slater, the rebel. Don't let him get away." Half a dozen hands seized Dick, and although he indeed, and you are playing a bold game, but you forgot to made a strong fight for his freedom, it was impossible that take your humble servant into consideration, and the result he should get away, and soon he was standing there, a pris is that you are very neatly trapped. Dick Slater, you oner, his hands bound together behind his back. will never leave this spot alive." The youth looked around quickly, and saw, seated on the ha ck of his horse, just the circle of men, the one man of all men whom he least wished to see at that timethe real chief of the Loyal Legion, Ronald Royston. CHAPTER V. I-N GREAT DANGER. Dick realized that he was in a tight place, but he was one Then Royston leaped to the ground and confronted Diclr. There was a look of fiendish joy, of triumph, on his face. "Well, we meet again, Dick Slater," he almost hissed. "So it seems," was Dick's cool reply. "The other time you made your escape." "Yes, so I did." "This time it will be different." There was as much meaning in the fellow's tone and looks as in the words, and it was plain that he did not in tend that the youth should escape this time. "Oh, you think I win not make my escape this time?" re marked Dick: quietly. "I know you wiU not." "Oh, you know it?" who never gave up till he was forced to do so. "Yes; and now, what was your purpose in coming here He was quick-witted, and it seemed an impossibility to and passing yourself off for me?" take him sufficiently by surprise so as to make him show discomfiture "Oh, I had no particular purpose," was the careless re-In foe present case he acted in a most unexpected man-ply. "I simply did it for the excitement of the thing." ner=--unexpected to Ronald Royston, at least. "Bah! you cannot deceive me." The men who were surrounding Dick stared at the new"No?" comer in silent amazement and wonder, and seeme d dazed "No." by his sudden appearance and words. "I am not trying to do so." .1 Taking advantage of th amazement and wonder, Dick "I know better; your reason for coming here and repre&uddenly called out: "Seize him, men. Seize the scoun senting yourself to be me was that you might learn thE drel. He is a rebel, and indeed I think be is the arch rebel secrets of the Loyal Legion." whose name he mentioned-Dick Slater! Seize him. Don't let him get away." This aroused the members of the Loyal Legion, and a numbe.r of them leaped forward, and laid bands upon the newcomer. They did not pull him off his horse, however, I for be suddenly uttered some peculiar words and made a "Indeed?" "Yes. And now, I wish to know what you have learned?' "Nothing." you say?" "Nothing." Roy eton looked around at the men, and said:


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. 1 3 "Is that true ? Had you talked of no secrets of the or der before I put in an appearance?" "We b a d b e en talking of the tunne l under the rebel head"'rhat is where you are mi s tak e n : "Your 'Liberty Boys' came with you?" "Yes." quarters in. Charl est on," s aid the man who had done most "Good! Then we will put you to death and hunt them of the talking to Dick befor e Royston put in an appea r up, and kill half their number ance. "Ah, y ou had been talking about that, eh?" "Yes." Royston turne d a triumphant face toward Dick. "So you had learned something, eh?" he remarked "Well, it will do you no good." "Is that so?" "Yes. You will n e ver carry the information you hav e secur e d aw_ ay from this spot." "You think not?" "I know it." "Why will I not?" "Why?" "Yes. "Because you will never leave this spot alive." The tone was vicious, the look on the man s face tri umphant. "Ob, come, now, Ronald Royston," said Dick, calmly "You. w ill not dare put me to death." "You think not?" with a sneering smile. "That is what I think "Wnat makes you thlnk so?" "It is very simple. If you were to put me out of the way my 'Liberty Boys' would come down on you and pu t e very one of you to death." "Oh, they would, eh?" To Royston's surprise Dick l aughed a l oud "You need not think you can do anything o f that kind," he said. "Why not?" "Because you cannot hope to succeed "We can t hep e to succeed, you say?" "That is just what I say "What is to hinder us from succeeding?" -"The 'Lib e rty Boys.' i' Oh, they will hinder us, eh?" ''.The y will." "If they can "Ob, there is no doubt rega r ding thei r ability to do so." "That is what you say." "It is the t:r1\ih, too." "We will see about that later." "You will find that I have told you the trui:tl." "Perhaps so; perhaps n ot." "There is no 'perhaps' about it. Not only wil l you n ot find the 'Liberty Boys' and take them by surprise, but on the other hand they will surprise you." "We ll risk that," said Royston "Very wel l." "Now the first thing to

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. "Very well, men," said Royston. ''And now, in what This was quickly done manner shall the prisoner be put to death?" "Now throw the other end of the rope over that limb," "Shoot him came in a chorus. pointing to the limb of a large tree which stood near."Hang him!" in another chorus The men seized Dick, hustled him over to a place under" As there seems to be a difference of opinion regarding neath the limb in question, and the end of the rope was how it should be dorie," said Dick calmly, "I would sug thrown over it. A dozen strong hands seized hold of the gest that you do neither, but relea se me and permit me to rope and drew it taut. go my way." The entire crowd crowded around, so as to be wher e "You are a cool one," said Royston, "but your bravery they could get a good view of the affair. and coolness will avail you nothing Royston, as master of ceremonies, stood right in front of "I am sure of it. This time you are not ,going to escape Dick. t he fate which is in store for you." "Well," he said, gazing triumphantly in the eyes of the "Let me tell you something, Ronald Royston," said "Liberty Boy," "what do you think about this matter Dick. now?" "Well?" impatiently. "I have already told you what I think," was the firm, un "If you knew the fate that awaits you and your men, if daunted r ep ly. "If you go ahead with this affair, and pvt :you put roe to death, you would do anything else rather me to d eat h you will very soon be made to feel sorry that than do it." you did so." "Bab! we are not boys, to be intimidated by threats "Ha, ha, ha! I am not at all alarmed, Dick Slater." "You would be betteli' off if you were." "Perhaps not; bu t that does not do away with the fact "Bah! that will do. You need not bofl' r to make any that if you murder me it will mean the utter extermina more such statements They have no more effect tha11 water: tion of your entire gang." .has on a duck's back." "I wish to give you fair warning." "Thank you," ironically "You have done your full duty, Dick Slater, so you need not worry Then he turned his attention to his men. "You seem be divided on the matter of the manner in which the "Murder you?" "Yes. "We do not' eall it by that name." "That is what it will be, however." "Not at all. You are a rebel, a traitor to your king, and we s hall be doing only our duty to our king in putting you prisoner shall be put to death," he said, "so. I will put it to death." fo a vote. All in favor of shooting the prisoner, raise their "Bah! It will be murder, nothing less. lam not a trait1 bands." Quite a number did so. :Roysto n counted the hands, and then said: or to the king, for the F easo n that I deny that he has ever h ad any authority over me. I claim that I am a free and independent man, and that I am only doing my duty, and ''Very good. Now all that are in favor of hanging the exerc i sing my right in fighting against him. He is a ty:Prisoner will raise their hands : rant, and has no right to try to rule ove r we people of The others r aised their hands, and when Royston had America." .counted the hands he said: "There are more in favor of the hanging than there are favor of the shooting, so we will hang the prisoner." "Good! Good went up from the men, who seemed de1 }ighted by the prospect of taking the life of a fellow man. "Such talk as that is mere folly," said Royston. "The king has a righf to rule you, and all Americans, and 1 he is going to keep on doing so, too, just ns long as he lives, and when he dies, the next king of England will do the same." "Well, there is no need of delaying longer," said Roy"You are mistaken," said Dick, calmly and decidedly. liton; "here is the prisoner, there is a tree, and all we need "The king of England will never again rule the people of I is a rope and some willing hands to pull on it." America. They will never agree to it, will never yield. "Here's a rope," cried a voice, and one of the men, who Remember the words of Patrick Henry: 'Give me liberty or, had jus t come forth from one of the capins, held up a give me death!' Those words find an echo in the heart of 1 rope. every true patriot in America, an d the soldiers are willing "Good Rig a noose and put it around the to keep right on fighting till they die, rather than give u p _peck!" and allow the yoke to be replaced on their necks!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. 15 "Very pretty talk," sneered Royston; "bu_t there is noth ing of truth in it. Before another year shall have passed the war will be ende d and King George's word will be law in America." "King George's word-or that of any other king-will never again be the law for the people of America, Ronald "I think so myself." "Then let's go." Bob was silent for a few minutes, and then said, firmly: "All right; we'll go after Dick, Mark." "Just you and I?" "No; I shall take about twenty of the boys. Something Royston," said Dick in a ringing voice. "The people of tells me that we may need them." America are going to be free and independent." "All right. ww ell, you will not live to see it, at any rate," cried the Bob quickly selected twenty of the youths, and told them scoundrel :fiercely. "Up with the rebei, men. We' ll put an to get r eady for the road, and they hastened to obey the end to him as a starter, at any rate." order. They had expected that they would remain quietly rrhe men who had hold of the rope pulled down in obe-in camp, but wer e glad that they were not to do so. The di ence to the command, and slow l y but surely the brave "Liberty Boys" were always ready to go on the road .. "Liberty Boy" was drawn up into the air. Action suited them. To sit around in camp was what they detested above all things, and all would have been glad to go with Bob. He felt that he would hardly be justifi ed in taking all the "Liberty Boys" out on the road, however, ,,. CHAPTER VI. and contented himself with taking twenty. The youths were soon mounted, and then they rode away, A FORTuNATE }IOVE. toward the south, following in the wake of Dick Slater, who. had no suspicion that such a move was being made. Bob Estabrook had a sobe r fit for a few minutes after They did not ride very rapidly, as they knew where Dick Dick Slater left the encampment to go on the spying expewas going, and did not need to keep him in sight. dition to Beaufort. When the y had ridd e n about two miles and a half, they "It seems to me just as if Dick was going into some ter-! came to a stop on the top of a high hiM, and dismounting, rible danger," he said to Mark Morrison, presently, _and l e d their horses the timber at the s ide of the road. that youth, who well knew that Bob was as a general thihg Then Bob climb e d into tbe top of a tree and looked ahead noted for looking on the bright side of every thing, was up the road. surprised and not a little impressed. "That is strange,'' he said. "You don t often have such spells, Bob." "You are right, I have seen Dick start on spying expeditions scGres of times, I judge, but I never before had s uch a feeling as has come over me since he disap peared. It seems to me just as if he was in some great d an ger." "Why not follow him ?" said Mark, hesitatingly. "Do The road str etched away, straight as a string, as far as. Bob could see, but nowhere was Dick to be seen. The youth did not know what to think. "Jove, he ought to be in sight," he said to himself. "Ha had only a few minutes start of us, and ought not to be. more than a mile ahead. Where can he have gone?" Bob's fears were aroused at once. The old feeling or fear iihat some terrible dang e r threatened hi s comrade re turned to him with redoubl e d forc e you suppose he would be very angry?" "He must have turned aside," thought Bob; "but why "Oh, no; he wouldn't be angry, at all; but I hate to di s did he do so? He was head ed for Beaufort, I know, with obey orders. He told us to stay here in the encampment the intention of spy ing on the British, and he would not till he came back." "I know he did; and under ordinary circumstances we would not think of doing otheri:han he told us to do; but it seems to me as if this is not an ordinary occasion." "Well, if my feelings are to be relied on, it i s n't," was the sGber reply. "Jove, I feel as blue as a bag of indigo." "Let's follow Dick, B ob," said Mark. "I have a good mind to. "I think we will be justified in doing so." turn aside unless for some very important r eason Now, what would cause him to do so?" After thinking the matter over, Bob came to the conclu sion that the probabiliti es were that Dick had .not turne d aside of his own free will. "He has gotten into trouble. I am sure of it,'' h e told himself. "Possibly he has been captured." This thought was very disquieting, and Bob climbed down out of the tree in haste.


16 THE LIBERT Y BOYS' D A R E I can't see anything of Dick in the road ahead of us," j Royston, at any rate, and see what comes of it. We don't he told Mark Morrison. I know what has become of Dick, and might as well do that The "Liberty Boys" stared at Bob in amazement. as anything else." "How far ahead can you see_ ?" Mark. I "True enough; and perhaps in so doiug we may b e e n" Oh, two miles, at least." I abled to again get track of Dick." "He couldn't be that far ahead of us,'' said one No," said Mark "He must have turned aside some where." "But where?" said Sam Sanderson. "Yes, and why?" said Bob; significantly. The youths looked at one another with cqnsternation written on their faces. They understood what Bob meant. "You mean--" Mark paused and hesitated. "I mean that I do not believe Dick turned aside of his own free will," said Bob decidedly. "You think he has beell.--" "Captured!" finished Bob. "By redcoats?" asked Sam "l>erhaps; or possibly by a band of "What shall we do?'? asked :Mark. "I hope so." The youths watched Royston till he was out of sight d own the road. hidden by intervening rocks, boulders, and b u shes, and then they mounted their horses and rode slowly af ter him. They were afraid he might discover that he was being followed, and moved very cautiously Presently they came to a point where they could n o t advance farther without being out in plain view, if Roysto n should look back, and they halted, scarcely knowing what t o do. While they were talking the matter over one of the youths, who had kept his eyes on the horseman, exclaimed : "He has turned aside, and entered the timber "Good enough," exclaimed Bob. "Come on, boys. We will be able to follow him without being in danger of being Before Bob could reply, one of the youths said "Sh! I discovered hear the sound of hoof-beats!" All listened, and heard the sound quite plainly They rode onward, up the road, and when they neared the spot where they had seen Royston enter the timber they A horseman was approaching, without doubt, but they looked closely, and discovered a path which gave evidence realized that it could hardly be Dick, for he was apof having been used quite a good deaI: proaching from the northward The youths took up their station behind trees, and waited for the newcomer to put in an appearance "Single file, now, boys," said Bob; "and be on. your guard and ready foi anything." Bob took the lead, and the others followed, one after Presently a horseman appeared in sight, and soon was another, in single file. opposite them, and to Bob's surprise, the man was no other Bob kept a sharp lookout ahead, but did not catch sight than Ronald Royston. of Royston. This was scarcely to be expected, anyway, how" That's the scoundrel that had Dick cooped up in the ever, for the path wound in and out in such a manner as to old house in Charleston the youth said to himself. "Now, make anyone invisible if a hundred yards in advance what can he be doing down here?" Fiften minutes of this, and then Bob brought his horse Bob's first impulse was to have his men leap out and to a standstill suddenly, while he murmured an exclamatio n seize the scoundrel, and make a prisoner of him, but on under his breath. second thought he decided to let Royston go on, ana"" the n He had come within an ace of riding right out into th e follow him. There was scarcely any formulated suspicion open basin, at the farther side of which was the party o f in Bob's mind, but somehow it seemed to him that this was Tories who called themselves members of the Loy:rl Let h e thing to do, and he obeyed the impulse blindly gion. Royston passed the hiding-place of the "Liberty Boys," and r ode onward all unconscious of the fact that he had been within a few yards of a party made u p of enemies "Why didn't you capture him, Bob?" asked Mark Bob motioned for his comrades to stop, which they did, and then he dismounted, the others doing likewise They tied their horses apd stole forward and took up their position near where Bob stood. I hardly know, myself, Mark," was the reply. "Some -"Look!" whispered Bob to Mark, pointing. "See, th ere t hi n g seeme d to te ll me to l et him go, and t h e n follow h im, is Dick in the midst of that c r owd, and he is a prisone r." and that i s wha t w e will do." Yo u are right," said Ma rk. ":Jove, it was lucky we iol" Y o u think that he m ay l ea d u s to--" I lowed him, w asn' t i t." "I hardly know w ha t to t hi nk M a r k W e will f o llow Y es, indeed Those are he artless rascals, ca pable of


THE LIBERTY BOYS DARE. 17 ing anything, and if th e y s hould take it into their heads Id go, and Di c k bad b e en let drop back to the earth. H e !rill Dick the y would not he s itate to do it." los t bi s footing and fell, and although not injured, he l ay "I guess you are right; and that fellow, Royston seems s till, so as to give the "Libe rty Boys" a bette r chance t o b e t h e chief scoundr e l of th e gang doesn t h e." fire on the e n e my without b e ing in any dange r o f hi t tin g "Yes; and now, we must make our plan s for ge t t ing Di c k him ut of their hand s Mark. Yo u noti c e that th e y outnu m Althou g h a m azed that the "Liberty Boys" shou l d be on ber u s nearly, if not quite, three to one, an d we must make hand, Dick knew that was who the newcomers were, w i t h, a sur prise count for eno u g h to cou nte r ba l ance t h is." ou t even taking the troubl e to look T here was no mis I think we can do it, Bob taking th e i r cheering voices I gue s s so; te ll the boys to get ready We will have to Of a s udd e n the. Tories r ecov ered t h e use of thei r fa cul-do something p r etty quickly, for, s ee-the y are going t o ties, and mad e a da s h for the cabin s i nto whi ch they da r te d h ang Dick." with the s peed a nd c e lerit y of rats going into their ho les. The "Liberty Boy s were bu s y g etting r e ady for the 1 'he "Liberty Boys" had drawn more pistols an d fir e d t ack whi c h the y were determin e d to make on the Tori es, two more v olleys in quick succes s ion, and although they did a nd while makin g their pre parations th e y kept tlreir eyes not do so much damage they did e noug h to make it w orth o n the crowd in front of the cabins at the farther side of while the open s pace. Bob, howeve r, had l e aped to Dick's side and cut the r o pe The y saw th<' Tori<' s lead Di c k to a place under the tree, binding hi s a rm s "Come," he cr ied. "We must get away saw the m plac e a rope around hi s neck, throw the othe r b e for e those scoundr els have tim e fir. e upon us from the end over a limb and pull on it till the rope was taut. s h elte r of t h e cab i n s." Bob look e d at bis comrades, saw that they were all B o b and D ic k b o und e d away t oward the edge o f the ready, and the n he to Mark : timb e r the ot h e r "Libe rty Boy s following, and as he went "We will wait till Roy s ton giv e s the o r der for the men Di c k gave utte rance to a s hrill tremu lom whistle and his I to pull Dick up, and the;n we will rush forth You see, they ; hor s e came galloping after him. will all have th eir eye s fixed on Dick, and will not be l ook -J t ti h c1 tl c1 f th t b th T us a s 1eY r eac e 1 e e g e o e im e r e ones ing for our appearance, and we will be to get close up fir e d a voll e y and some. of the bullets inflicted wounds to the m b e fore they know we are coming. Then two q u ick, but for tunate l y non e of the wound s w e re dangero us, and sharp pi s tol v olleys ought to scatter them "I think so, Bob." Bob mad e the s i gnal for the youths to be ready to l eap forward at an instant' s notice, and the n waited, and listened. Presently he heard Royston say, "Up with the r e b el, men," and at the same i nstan t Bob gave the signa l for the youths to advance. As one man the youths bounded fo rward; they eme r ged from among tf1e trees, and r an across the open g r ound with a1'!. their sp e ed. The men who had ho l d of the rope were the youth s s ucceed e d in mountin g and getting o u t of s i ght a mid the trees b e for e a second volley coul d be fired. CHAPTER VII. I N BEAUFORT. The youth s rode onward as fa s t as they could go, and p ulling down on it, and h ad just l ifted Dick's feet from t e n minutes late r reached the road. the ground, and the eyes o f ever y T o r y wer e upon the scsne, H e re the y halted, and Dick explained the d a n ge r that w hen Bob gave the sign al to fire was threatening General Lincoln and his officers, t hrou g h Instantly the yout h s fir e d a volley, w h ic h was effective, the li kelihood that t h e headquarter s bui ld ing m i gh t at a ny for at l east a dozen o f the T o r ies w ent down and t h e11 moment be blo w n up by toe Tories a gain they fir ed, a l most as many mor e of the enemy going "You boys hasten back to the e n c ampment sa i d Dick, down, and then on the air rose the wild c heer of t he Lib -"and Sam, you mount a fresh horse an d s t art at o nce for erty Boys. Charl esto n. D o n t s pa r e your horse. It is a ma.tte r of l ife "Kill the m Kill the scoundrel s, yell e d Bob and t h e o r death. Get t h e r e and warn Gen e r a l Linc oln a t the ear youths charged d i rectly upo n the almo st p a ralyzed T ories. l iest poss i b le m oment. At the firs t volley the m e n who had hold of the rope had A ll r ig h t, Di c k


i s THE LIBERTY BOY DARE. "What are we going to do about this gang, back here Murmu r s went up from the hea r e r s at thi s and at the ca bins, Dick?" asked Bob. looked around the.m as if with the expectatio n of seeing the "We are going to go after them, Bob "Liberty Boy." "When?" The sun had set and it was now growing d a rk, which "Just as soon as you can get back from the encampment made it impossible for the horseman, R oysto n t o recognize with our entire force of 'Liberty Boys .'" Dick at the edge of the crowd. "Ah, I understand." "It won't be good for the rebe l i f he ven tures into the "All right; go, now, before the Tories come and find us town h ere, and give us an unpleasant surprise." "Where are you going?" "On to Beaufort, on my spying expedition." "And you will meet us here?" Yes." How soon?" "Oh, two and a half to three hour.s from now. "All right; we'll be here "I shall look for you; good-bye till then "No; not if we catch him." "\Ye'll s hoot him .on sight!" "Or hang him up to a tree!" Such were a few of the exclamations from the lips of the redcoats. "Well, let me tell you, Dick Slater is a mighty slippery chap," said Royston. I have had him in my power twice, and each time wo_ uld not have given a hall-pence for his chances for life, and both times he escaped." "Good-by e." "Just let us get hold of him, and he won't escape," The "Liberty Boys1' mounted their horses and i:ode growled a big fellow who stoc9within arm's-length of Dick, away in the direction of the encampment, and Dick rode and he glared around him. His glance happened to rest away toward Beaufort. npon Dick, and there was something in the keen, brnnzed It not a long ride to Beaufort, and Dick was soon at face of the youth that aroused the fellow's suspicion. his destination. "Are you Dick Slater?" he c r ied, leaping forward and Of he did not ride clear to the town. He dismount seizing hold of the youth. ed half a mile distant from the edge of the town, and se--, For answel' Di c k dealt the man a terrible blow in the c reted his horse, after which he mad e his way forward on stomach anpicion that he was "Seize him." not a citizen of the place, and would not pay any attention to him. He made his way about the town, taking in everything with his keen eyes, and managing to make a very close esti mate as to.the number of men in the British force. In the little open square in the center of the town was quite a gathering of redcoats, and Dick wondered what it could mean. He made his way thither, and to his sur"Don't let him get away." "Grab him "He has knocked Jim senseless." "Who is he, anyway?" ""He is Dick Slater," yelled Royston, who saw that some kind of an encounter had taken place, a n d at once suspected .that the "Liberty Boy" was on hand. I 'll wager it is Dick Slater! Grab him, and let me look at him, and I will tell prise saw Royston, the head man of the Loyal Legion, si tyou whether or not it is he." ting on the back of his horse, talking to the redc oats. ln an instant a strugg l e was in progress "Yes, we were attacked by Dick Slater and his 'Liberty The moment he had caused the redcoat to release his Boys,' Dick heard the fello.w say as he drew near, "and hold by knocking him senseless, Dick l eaped backwa r d a nd t he probabilities are that Dick Slater himself either is i n finding himself almost surrounded in a twink l ing b e began you r tow n at this moment, spying on you, or will be soon.". fightin g l ike a demon H e str uck o ut r apidly w hirling


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. 19 ound and around, and let out all his force in the blows "It seems to me that his success is due more to good with tht:i re sult that he h."Uocked six or seven of the redcoats work on his part than to good luck," said one f ellow, who down. The n, seeing an opening, he darted through, and was fair-minded and will ing to give credit where it was raced away at the top of his speed. J:..e. The redcoats saw this, and were wild with rage. "After him." "Don't l et him escape "Catch him." "Head him off." "Shoot him.': "Stop, or we'll fire." Such were a few of the cries and exclamations, but of course Dick did not stop. He felt that it would be much better to risk being fired upon than to encounter certain death by slopping and permitting himself to be captured. 'l'he "Liberty Boy" bound ed down the street, and turned i:he firf't corner he came to. Then be continued onward at his best s peed, and after him, like a pack of hounds after "He certainly is a terror,'' another remarked "Haven't you a company of horse?" asked Royston, ex citedly "Yes," was the reply. "Then why not mount and pursue the scoundrelly reb el?" "We can do so, of course; but I don't think it w ill do us any good." "Try it, at any rate." It was decided to do so, and all haste was made to mount and set out in pursuit. At the edge of the town they paused an instant to ask the sentinel if he had seen the fugitive, and he replied that he had 11 fox, came the redcoats. "Yes, I saw him," was the reply; "he went past me like 'l'hen of a sudden the r e sounded the thunder of hoofa streak of li ghtning, and although I took a shot at him, I beats, and Royston passe d the r edcoats on foot, and rapidly did no damage to either him or the hor se." overhauled the fugitive. "After him, men," cried Royston, who had mounted and The youth heard the hoof-beats, and knew instinctively accompanied the force, despite his sore head. "Perhaps we what it meant. may be able to overtake him ;"Hoyston is coming on horseback," he said to himself. ''Yon may overtake him," murmured the sentinel, as the The youth set his teeth firmly together, anci drawing one r edcoa t s dashed onward; "but I have my doubts regarding of his pistols, cocked it. the matter," and he laughed. He waited till the horseman was within a few yards of Dick had dashed past the sentinei, as the fellow said, and liirn, anJ then stopped quickly, whirled, and :fired a snap the bullet from the musket had whistled past within six shot at his enemy inches of his head, but the whistling of bullets had no With a yell of pain, Royston threw up his arms and fell terrors for the youth, and he continued onward, till he came out of the sadd l e Re struck the ground, and rolled over to the where he had secreted his horse. and over, and without giving him a second glance, Dick Here he stopped, dismounted, and leading the horse in to leaped forw1ud, and seizing the bridle-reins of the flyin g where his own animal was tied he came to a stop horse, cheeked the anima l sufficiently for his purpose, and "I b elieve I'll wait here a fe(V minutes and see what hap-then leaped into the saddle, and dashed away. h e thought. "They may mount and pursue m e and Hoyston was not seriously injur ed The had in that case I would prefer being them, as I will grazed his shill, and been suffic ient to knock him out of ha vc two horses to get along, and will not have to go at such the saddle, but had not done serious harm, and the fela pacE: low was on his feet very quickly, and cursed and yelled He waited patiently, for perhaps ten minutes, and then lib a madman. he heard the sound oi hoof-beats. "Don't l et him escape,'' he cried "He is the famous I thought so,'' he exclaimed "They have mou nted, rebe l spy, Dick Slater After him, men." and lurve set out in pursuit of me. I wonder how many "What good will it do us to chase him, when he is moumthere are of them?" cd and u s afoot?" asked the r edcoat in a growling voice; He peered out from his hiding-place, and presently he he"ll get away unless one of the sentinels sho uld happen to saw a c:uk mass go dashing past. The night was now so hring him down." "Gone, and with my horse,'' sna rled Roy sto n. "Curs-es on the fellow. He is the luckie s t scoundrel alive." dark thnt tie could not distinguish the hor seme n separate ly, but he from the size of the dark moving mass that weic forty or fifty in the pmly


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARK "Xow l will -follow at my leisure," the youth said to turn to the patriot encampme n t, the L i ber ty B oys" rode him self, and he led both horses out, and mounting one and at a rapid pace, for they were eager to reach the enc amp leading the other, rode up the road in the wake of the redment, tell the rest of their comrades to get r ea dy, and recoats. The youth rode onward at an ordinary gallop for per haps fifteen or twenty minutes, and then be found himself at the point where the pathway led to the headq_uarters of the Loyal Legion He paused and pondered a few minutes. "I wonder if th e redcoats went on up the road in the hope of being able to overtake and capture me, or whether they gave up the idea by the time they got h ere, and made their Ltun to the point where they would meet Dick. Then, too, there was another reason for haste : Sam San c[erson wished to get started to Charleston at the ear l iest possible moment, for he realized that it was very important that he should reach the city quickly. There was no knowing at what moment the Tories might set off the gunpowder and blow the heafill have the protection of the cabins." "Yes." "But what danger could possibly threaten us? ...... must be some mistake." There He watched eagerly, and sure enough, after pausing n few "No, there is no mistake. The Tories who call themselves minuets, and talking in an earnest manner, the party tumthe Loyal Legion are tunneling under this building, and ed and disappeared within the depths of the forest. are going to place several barrels of gunpowder underneath "Very well; go there, if you want to," said Dick to him-it and blow the building up." self. "J' think we will be able to make it very lively for 'I'he officers leaped to thefr feet in amazement and conJOll." Then be wait ed rn p.ttiently as possible for the coming of the "Liberty Boys VIII. A NARUOW ESCAPE. sternatio n, and stared at the youth and then at one another ''They are going to blow this building up?" gasped Gen era l Lincoln." "Yes." "When is it to be done?" "Dick did not learn that It may occur at any mo-When Dick Slater and the party of twen ty "Liber ty ment B oys" parted, Dick to go to Beaufort and the others to reExclamations of ala rm escape d the officer s' l i p s


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. 2I "We had better vacate the building at once, then," cried "You are right, Sam." me. The officers entered the vacant building, and took up "Yes," agreed the general. "But we must save the offi-their quarters there, and the first thing General Lincoln eial papers. Here, help me, and we will be ready to get out did was to send one of his officers and a lot of soldiers to in a few minutes." He opened some secret drawers in his writing-desk and drew forth several armfuls of papers, which he handed to his officers. Then he seized his sword, and said : "Come. It may be a false alarm, but to be on the safe make an effort to hunt down and capture the Tories who had set off the powder and blown the building up. The patriot soldiers searched long and faithfully, but they could not find any traces of the Tories who had done the mischief, and were forced to give it up. "Well, this proves it will be necessary to keep a shar p side, we will vacate the building." watch of the known Tories in the city, and of those who are The officers at once left the building, Sam accompanying suspected of being in sympathy with the king's cause," said them. Then the servants, sentinels, and orderlies were callGeneral Lincoln, and the other officers acquiesced in this ed !lUt, and all who had been inmates of the building retired to another _vacant house two blocks distant. T.Qey had just reached the building when there came the view of the case. Sam Sanderson was so eager to get back and have a hand in the attack on the British force in Beaufort that he r e sound of a terrible explosion. The earth shook and quaked mained in Charleston only till one o'clock. He caught a as if from an earthquake, and then up in the air went the nap of nearly an hour, ate a bite, filled his saddle-bags with building that had just been vacated by the officers of the food, and then, mounting a fresh horse, rode away toward patriot force' in Charleston. the south. They had escaped only just in time. "I'll get back in time to help the boys thrash the red-Had Sam been fifteen minutes later in reaching Charlescoats in Beaufort, or know the reason why," he said to him ton with the information of the plot it would have been self, grimly. too late. * * The building was torn into thousands of fragments, and The redcoats who had left Beaufort in pursuit of Dick distributed over the surrounding territory for two blocks Slater rode at top speed till they we!e a mile or more be-in all directions. Several people were injured by the falling debris. Fortunately, however, no one was killed. The officers gazed at one another with blanched faces. y ond the point where the path entered the timber and led to the headquarters of the Loyal Legion, and then they came to a stop. "I don't think there is any use of going farther," said 'l'hey realized how near they had come to a horrible death. a captain, who was in command of the party. death. "I judge you are right," acquiesced Royston, reluctantly. General Lincoln seized Sam's hand an dshook it heartily. "It looks as if the scoundre lly rebel has escaped." "My boy, you have saved our lives,'' he said, feelingly. "Yes; he is back in the rebel encampment by this time, "We shall never forget it." and if, as you say, there are six or seven hundred of the The others shook hands with the youth, and each had rebels there, it would be a very foolish piece of business for something in the way of thanks and appreciation to say to him. "It is not I who deserves the thanks," said Sam mod estly. "Dick Slater is the one who deserves it all. He ri sked his life and secured the information. I simply did as he told roe, and brought the information to you." "Well, you deserve our thanks, just the same, Sam," said the general, "for you might have delayed in reaching here, and the slightest delay would have been fatal." us to venture near th eir encampment." "So it would. Well, there are at least that number." "And you think their purpose in coming down here is to atttack us in Beaufort?" "I know that it is. As I told have told you, some of my men played the spy in Charleston, and foamed that that was the object of the rebel force in coming down here." "Well, forewarned is forearmed, and I think we will be able to stand them off." "That is true, certainly," the youth admitted. "I did Then they turned their horses and rode back. When not pause an instant more than was absolutely necessary, they came to the point where the path led toward the head and this proves that I did not get here a minute too soon," quarters of the Loyal Legion, they paused and discussed with a motion toward the scene of jhe explosion. the matter of going there.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE. Royston wished them to do so. We will get ready for the 'Liberty Boys,' and if they come, "I :n;1011e than half suspect that the 'Liberty Bo_ys' will it \1ill be a bad thing for them." make an at.tack on m,y men before morning," he said, ''and i:f you will go there and help us we may be able to give * * Dick Slater did not have to wait more than half an hour, the rebels a good thrashing." after the disappearance of the redcoats, led by Royston, and I "Very well; we will do it," said the captain; "there is then the "Liberty Boys"pu.t in an appearance. 11.0 dange'r that the rebel force will move on Beaufort to "Ah, you are here ahead of us, eh?" exclaimed Bob. :night, so we may as well help you men out as not." "True; and then we will in turn help you out when the rebels attack you at Beaufort in force "Yes." "Been here long?" "Oh, perhaps half an hour." "Ver;ywell;leadtheway. We will follow." "So long as that?" Royston entered the timber, and rode along the path, the "Yes." redcoats following in single file, and fifteen minutes later "Did you enter Beaufort?" they arrived at the basin in which stood filie three cabins "Yes. A sentinel hailed them as they approached, and Royston "What luck did you have?" gave the countersign, and the party rode into the basin. They dismounted, tethered their horses, and then the Brit ish captain and Royston held a council. "Do you really expect an attack from the "Liberty Bojs" "Very good I found out enough for our needs, I think "Good." "I was discovered and chased out of the town, however. "You were?" eagerly to-night?" asked the officer. "Yes; a party of perhaps forty redcoats followed me, but r "I do," replied Royston. I dodged them, and I saw them enter the pathway yonder, "-Then I will tell y ou what I think would be a I half an hour ago, and disappear ) plan f,r to follow out." I "You d id?" "What is the plan ?" "Yes. ( "I suppose your idea was that we should all ente r the "Do you suppose they are suspicious that their friends cabins and from the protection afforded by the logs, offer the members of the Loyal Legion, may be attacked by us resistance to the 'Liberty Boys' attack?" "Yes, that was my idea." "Well, my plan is better, I think. It is that we con c ea l ourselves at the edge of the timber, yonder, and also al ong the path along which the enemy will likely come, and whe n they put in an appearance we will give them a surprise, a n d ii we are lucky we may almost wipe them out at the fir s t :fire." "That is a good,'' agreed Royston. "Strange I never thought of that. Yes, that will be the thing to do. "I think so; well, tell your me n what we intend doing. I will give my men the order." "Very well," and Royston strode away to the cabins, an d informed his men of what was to be done. They were glad to know that they were the as sistance of the redcoats in the expected encounter with the dreaded 'J_,iberty Boys,' and were delighted when they thought that it was possible they might take the youths by surprise and almost wipe them off the face of the earth. "That will be all !right," said one "We may be able to get even with the rebels for what did to us awhile ago." and have gone there to render them assistance in case the y are attacked?" "Yes; I am confident that is their object in going there for Royston was with them I "He was?" "Yes; indeed, it was he that caused me to be chased out of He told. them that the was tha t 1 I was m the town, spying,_ and that led to my discovery." scoundrel. He must have followed you to Beau fort." "Yes; I had been there on l y a little while when hear rived, at any rate "Well, we will be able to thrash the entire gang, Loyal Legion, redcoats, and all." "Yes; at any rate, we will make the attempt." "That's the way to talk. "I suppose Sam got started for Charleston, all right, Bob?" "Yes; he didn't delay only long enough to get a fresh horse, Dick." "Good Well, he will get there in time, if such a thing i s "You are right," said Royston. "Well, come along, boy". possible."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE'. 23 ''Yes; there won't be any grass grow under his horse's I loofs while h e is on the road." "Well, if you boys are ready, we may as well star' for the scene of action," said Dick. "Forward, all, and follow ., tie in single file." i He rode toward the edge of the timber, iollowed by the rest of the "Liberty Boys," and just as he was on the point o f entering the pathway two figures suddenly appeared before him, and a voice said : "Hold. Do not go ahead just yet If you are the 'Lib e rty Boys,' wait, for you will be riding to your death if you go on." I i ........ CHAPTER IX. TURNING THE TABLES.