The Liberty Boys' best blows, or, Beating the British at Bennington

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The "Liberty Boys" rose up from behind the 6to:ne wall and poured a of the redcoats. The British recoiled.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York1 N Y. Post Office, February ,, 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in the office vf tne Librarian of Congress, Washington, D : C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. Xo. !l-1. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 17, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTEH I. .. STEADY, :wr TOHY }'RIEXDS. The youth was now out on a scouting and spying expedi tion, and he naturally wondered wh ethe r the party in. question was made up of friends or foes Still he was not the youth to hesitate on account of odds, "Hello, what is going on here?" and after ha Ying counted the men, and found there were 'It was the middle of the afternoon of a beautiful day in only seven of them, he rode boldly forward, and pausing Augus.t of tlie year 1777. within a few yards of the party, caVed out : A handsome, bronzed young fellow of perhaps nineteen ''Yell, gent l emen, "hat's all this about?" years 1rns riding along a road in the eastern part of Xew At the sound of Dick"s Yoice the Indian started, and gaye York State; indeed, he was almost on the line between Kew the youth a quick, sharp glance York and YPrmont, and was in the of the Green There ''"as an inscrutable look in the Indian s dark Mountains. lmt he did not say anything. He was riding a magnificent black and the exThe men 1rhirlec1 and stared at Dick in snrprise, when_ he clarnation escaped his lips he reined the animal up. and spoke to them came to a stop rmil hi Yoice apprised them of his presence they had thirt:' yards clistant was a party of not kno11n of his coming ing, men, in the midst of whom his bands Onr of the men, a big fierce-looking f ellow, took upon tied behind his back, was an Indian. "'ho could it .mean? The lone rider asked himself this questi

2 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST BLOWS. To the men's surprise, the young stranger burst into a peal of laughter He seemed to be greatly amused. The spokesman had been trying to awe or frighten him, but he saw now that he had failed, and he gave the youth a keen, scrutinizing look. "Say, I'm just beginning to understand," said Dick, in an ironical tone; "you are a humorist-one of those chap s who say funny things, and make people laugh. Ha, ha, ha I hadn't thought of it before The Indian met his gaze fully, and if the Tories had bee close observers, they might haYe seen that the two ex changed glances of understanding. "What is your name, redskin?" Dick asked abruptly. "Injun' s name Ramonee." Ramonee, eh?" "Ugh.'.'. "Where do you live-in this part of the country?" "Part time; part time more south, down by big river." "Rumph. Did you promise these men that you would "Oh, you hadn't?" The man's tone was sarcastic, and assist the British general, and then go back on had a threatening ring to it. your word?" "No, but I understand now. Ra, ha, ha!" "Oh, you do.'' "Yes." "Well, you may think so, but-you may find out that you are mistaken, after all." "Is that so?" "It is. You may find, before you get through with us, that this isn't so funny as you thought." "No?" "Yes." "Ugh. Me prommus.'' "Why did you promise if you did not intend keeping your word?" "White men bol' pistols at Injun's head-say him no prommus, then they shoot Me prommus-ugh.'' Dick smiled. "That was rather a persuasive argument, for a fact,'' he said "So you promised, but did not really intend to keep your word?" The lndian flashed a quick glance at the Tories, and then "Who are you men, anyway?" Dick asked nodded his head. "You wish to know who we are, do you?" I "That it,'' he admitted. "Or I should not have asked." I "You blamed red-skinned rascal," growled the leader o There was such a peculiar, firm tone to the youth's voice the Tories; "we'll fix you this time." that the man looked at him in surprise. "Mebby so; mebby not,'' said the Indian stoically. "I have nb objection to telling who we are," he remarked slowly. "Go ahead and tell me, then ''We are loyalists." "Tories, eh?" "Yes." "I suspected as much "Did you?" "Yes; but who is the Indian ? What has de done?" "The redskin?" "Yes." "Oh, he's a traitor." "A traitor?" "Yes." "What has he done?" "He promised me that he would join Burgoyne's force, and render him all the assistance in his power." "Yes?" "And then he went back on his word." "He did?" "He did." Dick eyed the Indian with interest. "There isn't any 'mebby so, mebby not' about it,'' in a threatening voice; ''we have you here a prisoner, and wear going to settle with you." 'What are you going to do to him?" asked Dick. "We are going to kill him." The other 'l'ories nodded their heads, as much as to say, "Yes, that's what we are going to do." "Bnt don't you think that is going a bit too far?" asked Dick quietly. "Going too far?" in surprise. "Yes." The Tories shook tHeir beads. "No, I don't think so,'' said the spokesman. "Well, I do." The youth spoke firmly, decidedly The Tories stared "Oh, you think so, do you?" remarked the spokesman, sarcastically. "Yes. "Well, what do you think that amounts to?" "Well, it may not amount to so very much, but I thought I I would express my opinion on the subject.''


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST BLOW8. 3 "Well, you would do better if you were to wait till you what he promised us he would do." Ire asked to express an opinion." "But what right had you to make him promise that he" "Oh, that is the way of it, eh?" would assist the British?" "Yes." "Why, all the right in the world." 1 "But that isn't my nature. I never was much of a hand to vait for invitations. I usually take the initiative, and pell;k right out without waiting." "Well, it's a 1ronder to me that you are alive." "Indeed?" "Yes; persons who have the habit you say you have alays been afi1icted with always die young." "I don't see it that way." The youth spoke :firmly, decidedly. "Oh, you don't eh?" There .was an angry look on the Tvry's face, an angry intonation to his voice. "No." "Well, what do you suppose we care how you look at the matter ? "Well, I'm 11ot so very old, even yet." "You might cure a great deal." Dick spoke quietly, but "True; and the chances seem to be very bright that you there was a threatening tone to his voice. The Tory noted ay still die young." this, and became very angry. "I hope that such will not be the case," drily. "But; by "Why, you young scoundrel, do you mean to talk saucy to he way, I am going to ask a favor of you." us?" he cried. "A favor?'' "Take it any way you like," retorted Dick. _' "Yes." "Well, then, we accept it as being saucy and threatening / "I don't see what right you, an entire stranger, should talk, and I will say that in my opinion you are a rebel! have to ask a favor." I "Well, I am going to ask it, anyway, right or no right." 1 "What is the favor that you wish to ask?" 1 "'l'hat you set this Indian free." The Tories stared in amazement. Then they burst into a hoarse chorus of laughter. "So that's the favor you wish to ask, is it?" remarked the pokeman, sarcastically. "It is.'? "And I suppose you think we will grant it?" "Of course." The reply was prompt and decided. Tl).e Tories stared .at the cool youth in and theu the leader exclaimed: "Well, you are either the greenest chap I have ever seen, or you have the most impudence of anyone I ever ran across Dick pretended to look surprised. "I don't see why you should say that," he sai4. "You don 't?" "No; anyone in my position would do as I am doing. I see no reason why you should put this Indian to death, and 1 ask that you release him." "You may not see any reason why the redskin should be put to death, but we do.'' Such being the case, it becomes our duty to treat you in the same manner as we intend treating the redskin. Seize the rebel, men The Tory's comrades stai:ted to leap forward, with the evident intention of pulling Dick off his but paused suddenly, as they found themselves staring into the muzzles cf two ugly-looking pistols held steady as a rock by Dick's sinewy hands, and heard him say, coolly and calmfy: ,,. "Steady, my Tory friends. Don't be in a hurry." CHAPTER II. A RESCUE. The Tories paused, as we have said, and stood still, star ing into the muzzles of the pistols with a look of commin gled astonishment and fear on their faces The Indian watched the scene with interest. Deep down in his dark, beady eyes was a look which betokened delight at the turn affairs had taken. The spokesman of the Tory gang was the first to find bis voice. "You will be doing wrong if you put him to death." "See here; what do you mean, you rebel rascal?" he "Doing wrong? Ha, ha, ha! Doing wrong in putting a cried. greasy redskin to death? No, we shall be doing a good "I mean business, you may be sure, you Tory scoundrel," thing." was the prompt retort. "Then you are determined to put him to death?" "Of course; he forfeited his life when he failed to do "Don't you call me a Tory scoundrel." '"rhen don't call me a.rebel rascal."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST BLOWS. = ===::====================================================================== "Drop those pistols." The "Liberty Boy" laughed aloud. "Well, you are an amusing fellow," he said. '' lf you don't drop those pistols, you will be sorry." ''I would be very sorry if I were to do so, I imagine." "You would be tiaving your life." The Tories looked at Dick eagerly, as did the Indian also There was a peculiar expression on the redskin's face, a11 e xpression which seemed to say he knew what was coming, and was enjoying the amazement and discomfiture of the Tories in advance. "Then I will tell you who I am," said Dick quietly "For a few minutes-when you would ver-:r kindly relie:e ''Illy name is Slater-Dick Slater." 1rne of it." This was said in a quiet, matter-of-fact tone, without any "We will kill you if you dont drop the pistols.'' air of bravado, but it had considerable effect on the Tories, "Perhaps so; but I can tell you one thing that is abso Jutely certain, and that is that there will be at least two of JOU fellows who will die before I do." They uttered exclamations, and turned frightene<\ glances upon one another. It was evident that they had heard of the famous "Li_b-1 "Bah! You would probably miss, if you fired, and then erty Boy." -where would you be?" "Begging your pardon, sir, but I never miss." "Oh, you do not?" in a doubting tone. "Never." "You are a dead shot, eh?" "I am a dead shot." The Tories looked worried, and the two who imagined that the muzzles of the pistols threatened them especially, turned pale. The spokesman for the party pf Tories seemed somewhat disconcerted, "'.'as at a what to say, for a few moments, and then he brightened up, and said: "But what can you do against seven of us?" "I can, as I have already told you, kill two of you, and then I will make it extremely lively for the other five." "Bah! if you were to shoot two of us down we would kill you sure!" "No; there is no certainty that you would do so ., "You think not?" "I am sure of it." "You must have lots of confidence in yourself." "I have." "You talk as if you were accustomed to fighting against odds of six to ten to one." "I am." There was no bravado in the tone; the words were spoken in the most matter-of-fact way imaginable, just as if the speaker were uttering something of ordinary inter est. "You mean to say that you ha,e often fought against such odds as are against you now?" "Oh, yes, quite frequently There was the accent of truth to Dick's tone and words, and the leader of the Tories exclaimed: 'Well, who in blazes a1;e you, anyway?" "You wish to know who Iain?'' "Yes." 'Are you really Dick SLater ?" asked the spokesman pres ently. "I. am." "Captain of 'The Liberty Boy s of '76' ?" "Yes." "But-I-didn't know-I thought you were away over across the river, not far from Albany." "We were there." "But are over here now, eh?'' "You are right." "Why are you here?" ''That is no business of yours." '.Dhe Tory leader flushed angrily. He glared at Dick, and there was murder in the look. There is little doubt that he would have been glad to have been in a position to order his men to attack the youth. He realized, however, that it would be certain death to at least two of his men if he were to make an attack, for he well knew that the youth >ras not boasting when he said he was a dead shot. He had heard many stories regarding the marksmanship and prowess of the "Liberty Boys." He hardly !mew what to do, but presently decided to try to compromise by promising not to attack the youth if he would go. on his way and not interfere with them in their punishment of the Indian. He made the proposition, 0but Dick shook his head. "I could not think of doing such a thing," he said, posi tively. ''You won't agree to let us alone, if we promise to let you alone?" "No." "You are a fool!" "You are a liar!" A muttered curse escaped the 'rory's lips, and he growle d out: "\\'hat do _mu care fnr a mH1ccount. recbkin ?''


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST BLOWS. "I don't think he is no-account." "Yes he is. All redskins are worthless vagabonds." .. "Oh, no; not all." "Well, I have never seen one that wasn't." "Yes you have." "I have?" in surprise. "When?'' "Right now." They hesitated, and the leader was silent. He seemed to be trying to think 0 something to say, but was at a loss as to what it should be. j "Well, what is your decision?" asked Dick presently. "See here," said the Tory, slowly and reluctantly. "I don't like the idea 0 giving up to one man, and I give you air warning that you are making a mistake in step ping in here and i_nterering with us in this manner." l "I don't know what you mean." "Oh, no; I am making no mistake. On the o,tl;ier hand, it is you who will make a big mistake if you do not accept my proposition and go your way, leaving my and my self to go ours." "You are very dull, then; I mean that this Indian you /have a prisoner, here, is far from being a worthless vaga l bond." ll \Yhat do you know about it?" I know a great deal about it." ''You do?" 'Yes; you see, I know Ramo nee." "But the redskin has forfeited his life to us." "He has done of the kind." J "You know him?" in surprise. 'Yes. I have known him for ten years." "He has. He promised that he would go and render such assistance as was within his power to General Burgoyne, and he did not keep his word." "You forced him to promise, did you not?" "You have?" in still greater surprise. "Yes." "I have. Ramonee is an old friend of mine--isn't that "You held pistols to his head and told him to promise, or_ o, Ramonee ?" to the Indian, who nodded his head, and you would blow his brains out, is not that the case?" lsaid: "U glr Dick Slater an' Ramonee heap lots frien's." The Tories stared. "You hear," remarked Dick. "Yes, but-I don't understand it." "It is." "Well, a promise given under such circumstances is not binding, and he did perfectly right in breaking it. "You may think so, but we don't." "You will make up your mind that I am right about the 1< "It is simple enough. Ramonee and I lived in the same neighborhood for years. His tribe's headquarters was not far from my father's farm, and I have played, fished, swam, matter, before long, however," said_ Dick, confidently ".And if we do not ?" "Then there will be trouble." and hunted with Ramonee scores of times. Isn't that so, "Well, in that case you will have more trouble than we ; Ramonee ?" will have." "Ugh. Heap much so. l\1e h.11ow Dick Slater since we "Not at all." lit' boys togeddcr. We heap play togedder-wrassle, an' I "Oh, yes you will." '/jump, an' run races, an' sometimes purty near fight!" with I "Oh, no I won't;there are more of you conse-l a grin. "Ugh, we heap big frien's." quently you will have more trouble, do you see?" 'I "That's right," agreed Dick, with a smile. "I used to The Tories looked at one another dubiously. It was evi1 beat Ramonee shooting with bow and arr-0w, and that ald ent that they did not like the way the cool "Liberty Boy" w:ays made him mad, and often we would have to fight it talked and acted. They knew him well, by reputation, and out, to see whic'h was the better man." felt confident that if it came to an encounter, two or three, "An' Dick Slater, him a1lus prove him better man," said perhaps more, would lqse their lives, and as they did not 'the Indian. "Ugh, him heap big brave." know which would be the ones to suffer, they were on the I "So, you see, being old friends, as Ramonee and I are, I anxious seat, and did not feel very eager to starfthe trouble. eould not for one moment entertain the proposition which Their leader looked at his comrades, and seemed to real you have made me," said Dick; "the only thing I will lis-ize this. He hesitated, a dark frown on his .ace, and finall)' ten to is that you go your way and let me set my friend he said: iree." "You are determined to stick to the position which you This did not suit the Tories very well, as could be seen have taken in this matter?" ) by the expression on their faces, but neither did they fancy "I am," was the decided reply. ihe looks of the pistols which still st a red them in the fac e "You had better reconsider it.''


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST BLOWS. 'l'hc "Libe r ty Bo y shook his head. seeing what was going on came running bac k firing the i "No, he s aid d e cidedly. "Ramonee is an old friend of pistols as they ran. mine. I haYe k nown him for y ears, and as I have already told y ou, w e lrnYe hunted, fish e d, wrestled, jumped, played, and fought t ogethe r, and I am here now to fight for him to the death if necessary. Be sure of that! If you put Ramonee t o Cle at h, you will fir s t have to dispo s e of me, and in di s posing of m e you will loi;e one-half number." 'rbere wa s no mis taking the e arnestness of the youth. The Tories r e alized that he meant every word h e uttered. CHAPTER III. A. DA.NGEH SIGNAL. None.of the bullets did any damage, however. On the face of ihc Indian was an expres s ion of d elight and Dick and Ramonee were too far away, for one thing, an admiration for hi s brav e friend and ally. He nodded his for another lh e Torie s fired while running, and could no head, and said: t a ke aim, so the re was really n o t much danger that the "Bad white men big fools if the y make fight with the would be abl e to hit either of the fugitive s great brave, Dick Slater. H e fight like a hunderd wild-The Tories wer e not very good runners, and s oon gave u cats, a:i;i' him kill three of whit e men, sure--me bb y four or five, mebby all." th e c ha se. As soon as he noted this, Dic k slackened the speed of hi "We shall acc ept your propo s ition, Dick Slater," said the horse, and rode at a more moderate pace, the Indian.soo Tory leader, in a fierce, hissing voice. "We accept it, be cause you have us at a disadvantage, and--" "What, and you seven to my one?" in a scornful voice. "But you have your pistols out and cocked, which gives you a chance to kill two of us instantly, so in order to avoid losing any of my men, I shall let you have it your own way-this time. Next time we meet, however, it may be different." "Perhaps so," was the nonchalant reply. "Perhaps not." "Well, you have crossed my path, Dick Slater, and will n e ed to look out from this day forth. Banford Jenks is not the man to forg e t a thing like this, and s ooner or later he will settle with you." "I shall be ready to give you all the satisfaction you may wish for, Mr. J enks," said Di c k coolly. "And now, please mov e on." overtaking him. When they had gone half a mile farther they came to a stop. The "Liberty Boy" di s mounted, and led his horse in among the tree s at the side of the road. Then Dick and the Indian grasped hands "I'm glad to see you, Ramonee," said Dic k. "Injun heap glad to see you, Dick," was the reply "What are you doing up here?" "Me liv' up here now." "You do?" "Ugh." :'Well, I'm glad to know that you are not h elping the British, Ramonee." "Injun no he p um, Dick. Ramonee what you J s ay bout British, an' me no he p um fight." "That's right; and now, Ramonee, can you give me any The Tories turne d and walked toward the edge of the informl.ltion regarding the redcoats?" timb e r, which was only about twenty-five yard s distant. "Better cut um rop e an' f;ec Ramonee s han' s Dick," said the India n. "Bad white m e n c ome back purty qu ic k mebby." 'I'he "Liberty Boy" leaped to the g round, and replacing one pistol in his b elt, drew a knife and cut the rop e whi c h bou11d the Indian' s arms. "Ugh, heap good," said Ramonee; "now white boy jump bn horse an' ride away heap fast. Ramonee Dick leap e d on the back of }Jis horse and rod e up the road at a gallop, the Indian running behincl, on foot, and with wonderful speed. The Tories whirled at the s ound of the hoof-b e ats, and "Injun know where big camp uv redcoats be." "You do?" "Ugh." "Good! And will you show me where it is?" "Ugh. Me show." "When? Right away?" "Right away, if Dick want." "That is what I do want, Ramonee. I was looking for the British encampment when I came upon you, back yon d er." "Me show where camp i s." "Is it -far from here?" 'Bout two mile."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST BLOWS. 7 "Very well. Lead the way, and I will follow." "Come 'lorrg, Dick." 'l'he Indan set out, up the road, Dick following, he horse. They made their way along perhaps a mile, and then amonee left the road, and plunged in among the trees. They were soon climbing the side of what was almost mountain. I splendid woodsman to get near enough. the redcoat officers to hear what they \Vere talking about and not be discovered. Dick was skilled in woodcraft, howeYer, and felt that he might succeed. He crept slowly and cautiuusly forward. Closer and closer he drew to the point he was aiming for, and every few yards he would pause and wait a few moments, take observations. "This is pretty hard work, Ramonee," said Dick. He well knew that one false move wo_uld spoil all, and "Ugh; but come to British camp from side where they he did not wish to make it. o expeck, Dick." "I see." Presently they reached the top of the mountain, and started down the other side. When they had gone halfway down the Indian paused. "Better leave horse here," he said. "All right." Tlfe youth tied the horse, and then they stole on down the mountain 'side. 'rhe "Liberty Boy" was fully as light of foot as his dusky ompanion, and they had no difficulty in approaching to ithin one hundred yards of the edge of the encampment ithout attracting attention. Soon he had traversed half the distance in safety Could he do the same with the other h lH He would do his best. Onward he moved, slowly and cautiously. He took advantage of everything that offered the least aid to concea lment. It was slow work, and Dick hoped the officers would not discuss any important before he was ready to listen. At last he was close to the tree which the officers were sitting He could hear the murmur of their voices, but could not distinguish anything that was said .. "I will have to get close to them," the youth told himself. Here they paused, and took an observation "Th" t' 1 th f th B t h ,, hi He began worming himself forward, much after the fasb1s is cer am y e mam camp o e n is w s-. d D k tl ion of a snake. ere ic presen y. "Yes; this um heap big camp," was the reply. It was slow and hard work, and difficult work all well. Suddenly heard the weird sound of the screech OJVL Presently Dick sa;v two British officers approaching, the ir1e of the encampment on which they were secreted. He stopped quick as a flash, and flattening himself out on The officers paused at the edge of the encampment, and the ground, lay perfectly still. sat down in the shade of a large tree. Presently two more officers joined them. Dick was on the alert at once. "They are going to hold a council," he whispered. "Ugh. Me think so," was the reply. "That signa l was from Ramonee," thought the youth. "Some one is approaching, and he feared be dis covered." The voices of the four officers were much plainer now, and Dick could almost understand what was said. "Jove, I wish I could hear what they say.", He caught an occasional word when the speakers raised "Greep up like snake," whispered Ramonee. "White boy their voices. can do um." "I've a good mind to try _it." "White brother can do um, all right." "I'll make the attempt, at any rate, Ramonee." "That right." "You stay here, a:qd keep close watch on the redcoats, amonee, and if you see danger threatening me, give me a ignal." "Ugh. Me call like um screech owl." "All right." '.11hen Dick began stealing forward. It was yet bright daylight, and one must needs be a i "If I can get dose up to the tree I. shall be able to hear what is said, I am confident," the youth thought; "but get ting there is going to be a difficult matter, I fear." Then he heard the sound of footsteps Some one was coming. There was only one thing for Dick to, do, however, and that was to lie still; and he did it. He lay there as motionless as a log, and :vaited. Would his presence be discovered by the newcomer ? No, it would not, he presently decided, with a feeling of relief. The newcomer was another Briti sh officer, and he had


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST BLOWS. thrown himseH down beside hi s f e llow officers on the farI Ar e there not a great number of rebels in t h e vicinity

THE LliBERrrl_.. BOYS' BEST BLOWS. t there are such a large number of Tories in the region? officers were saying, 0it was not of great interest; he had ove, I would not have believed it, and I .hope that it will A lready secured the information that was valuable. rn out that he is mistaken." i He was now eager to get away, but did not dare move, for '"When shall I set out on the expedition, General Bur. fear be would be seen. yne ?" asked Lieutenant-Colonel Baum. The British officers finally got through with their council; "There is no particular need of haste, I judge; so it will and made their way back into the heart of the encampment, well to take your time, and get everything in shape beto their respective tents re starting." And still Dick lay there, behind the tree, motionless. "I had better wait till to-morrow, then?" He was waiting for a signal f!om Ramonee. "I think so. At fast it came. "Good! I am glad of that," thought Dick "It will give The plaintive cry of the whip-poor-will was heard. e time to carry the news to General Lincoln at Man--"That is the signal that the danger is past," thought ester." Dick. "Good! Now I will get away from here." At this instant there was a dull thud, which sounded He began worming his way back toward the shelter of ove Dick's head, and he looked up to see an arrow stick--tne trees and underbrush. g in the tree, the shaft still quivering as a result of the It was slow work, and hard work, but the youth was equal pact. to it, and kep"\ at it. "Ramonee fired that," said Dick to himself. "It is a sigPresently Dick reached the shelter, and then he rose to 1 to me, and means that danger threatens." his feet, and made his way along in the regular way, save that 11t bent forward so as to make himself less likely to be seen. CHAPTER IV. THE TORIES A.GA.IN. A few minutes later he reached the sp?t where he had left Ramonee. The Indian nodded his head approvingly when Diel{ ap peared "White brother heap good in woodcraft," he said. "Good "What was that?" exclaimed Major Skene, who sat nearlike Injun." t the tree. "What was the danger that threatened, Ramonee ?"asked "What is what?" asked Lieutenant-Colonel Baum. "I heard a thud." "Oh, it was nothing." Dick. "I could see no sign of any." "Bad Injuns come out of camp," exclaimed Ramonee. "Perhaps it was nothing of any importance," said the r ajor. "They pass close to where white brother was, an' if him had moved they would have seen him. That would have been heap bad." Dick Slater crouched closer to the ground, and looked enly and searchingly around. l He was sure danger threatened. Ramonee was not one who would give a needless warn'lig. The. "Liberty Boy" realized this, but felt that h!!' would safer to remain quiet than to make an attempt to leave s position. If hostile eyes were scanning the ground in his vicinity he uld be almost sure to be seen if he moved, where he "ght, if he remained quiet, escape observation. So he crouched there, motionless as the tree behind which i was crouching, and waited, watched, and listened. He could see nowhere anything that indicated that danr was near, but he felt that it ;as there, just the same. The "Liberty Boy" could hear and understand what the v "So it would," with a smile "Well, I'm glad they didn't see me." "Yes; now we better go. Bad Injuns they up mountain side, somewhere-mebby fin' white brother's horse. That be bad, too." "You are right, Ramo nee. I wouldn't' take a good deal for that horse, and if they should capture him I would feel very bad about it." They made their way back up the mountain side, and as they drew near the spot where they had left the horse they moved very cautiously. They were afraid the Indians might be there, and if such was the case, they wished to take them by surprise. It was fortunate that they did move cautiously, for when they came in sight of the horse, they sa1r that there were four Indians there.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST' BLOWS The Indians were trying to untie the horse, but could not get near enough to do so. The sagacious animal did not lik e the looks of the eel rascals, and when they made a move as if to approach he would drop his lay his ears forward, and kick out with right good -will. While Dick and Ramonee were watching the scene the fom Indians divided into two parties of two each, and whils two advanced from the rear"the other two made a clash from the front. Even then the horse was equal to the emergency, for he kicked out with his hind-feet, and then reared up and struck out with his fore-feet. The y made their way along as rapidly as possible, an1 presently reached the top of the mountain. Here they paused, and looked back clown into the Br\ ish encampment. Sure enough, there seemed to be considerable stir an excitement down there. "I judge that we had better part company, Rarnonee, said Dick. "All right; but lnjun meet white brother ag'in." 1 "I hope so, Hamonee." "Ugh. We see each udder 'g'in, 'fore ver' lo;iig." "All right; good-by till then." "Good-by," and the two shook hands and parted. This last was unexpected, and one of the horse's The "Liberty Boy" made his way straight on down th struck one of the Indians in the chest and hurled him to mountain-side, but Ramonee moved away almost at rigl the ground, where he lay, kicking and floundiering around angles, and quickly sight. at a great rate. "Bad Injun him got heap big thump!" said Ramonee, with a grin. "You are right,'' agreed Dick. "I'll warrant you that that stroke will about finish him." "What white brother goin' to do?" et's dash forward and go for the rascals, Ramonee." "All right; Ramonee reddy," was the reply. The two clashed forward, and were almost upon the red skins before their coming was discovered. The three Indians did not offer to stand their ground and fight. Instead, they gave utterance to wild yells and clashed away at the top of their speed, leaving their injured com panion to his fate. On clown the mountain-side went Dick, and he had a most reached the road when suddenly seven men rose l\ from the underbrush in the vicinity and presented levelE pistols at the youth "Stop where you are!" called out the lead er, threatenin1 ly and triumphantly. "Very well, Mr. Sanfor/i Jenks, I will do so," was quiet reply. He had recognized the men in an instant. They were the band of Tories from whose hands he ha rescued Ramonee only an hour or so before." The youth realized that he was in a dangerous fix. There were seven of the scoundrels, and even if th( were not dead shots, they certainly would not all miss lli1, if they were to fire, and that they would fire if he attempt to draw a weapon he was confident. 'rhey were villainous rascals who would hesitate at not "Heap big cowards," said Ramonee in disgust, and fit ting an arrow to his bow, he sent the feat11ered shaft after mg. the three, and so good was his aim that he wounded one, and brought forth a wild howl of pain from his lips. "Ugh! Bad Injun howl like wolf," said Ramonee, scorn fully. big coward." They were just cowardly enough to be cruel-hearted a merciless when the advantage was on their side. "What do you want, anyway?" Dick asked, before th leader of the band had time to make a reply to his last 11 "We had better be getting away from here, Ramonee,'' mark. said Dick. "The yells of those rascals will attract the at"What do we want?" with a leer. tention of the redcoats down in the camp, and they will come up here to inve stigate." "Me reddy to go," said the Indian, and Dick quickly un tied his horse, and with a glance at the injured redskin, who "Yes." "Can you ask?" "I have asked." "Have you forgotten what happened an hour or so ag lay groaning where he had fallen, they made their way up down the road a ways?" the mountain-side. "We will bepursued, likely, Ramoriee,'' said Dick. "MPbby so," was the reply. "I am almost certain of it. We had best hurry." "Oh, no, I haven't forgotten." "Then why ask what want? j we want without asking." I "I don't see why I should." You should know whr


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST BLOWS. 11 .''Well, I do. Didn't you interfere in our affairs, and force n s to let a prisoner go free?" "I believe I persuaded you to let my friend, Ramonee, go "Yes, you persuaded us at the point of your pistols." "Come to think of it, I believe I did draw my pistols," re arked Dick calmly. "Yes, but it is our turn now." "So it seems." "It not only seems so, but is so." "Well, the pistols are largely in evidence, at any rate." "You are right; they are; and_if you make a move itroward drawing a weapon we will fill you full of lead." "That would be bad," remarked Dick coolly. "''You would think so." "No doubt; but, say, what are you going to do?" "'First we are going to ask you to raise your hands above your ht:ad." "What for?" The youth well knew why they wished him to raise his "But that will be wicked." "Oh, no; it is no crime to bang a rebel." "I think it is." "Naturally you would think so, but that doesn't make any difference. You will hang just the same." The "Liberty Boy" had been talking with a view to catching the Tories off their guard, when he would snatch his pistol s out of his belt and make a fight for 11is life, at 11ny rate. This would be much better than to permit tho scoundrels to hang hi1n up to a tree. The Tories were not to be taken off their guard, however. It .oeemed that they had become imbued with a feeling of grec1t respect for the prowess of the young "Liberty Boy," and were not willing to take any chances. "Sam," said th e leader of the party, "remove the weap ons from Captain Slater's b elt." The youth wondered what he had better do. Sho uld be pcrwit the Tory to disarm him, or should he make a fight for his life now and here? He would have to make up bis mind quickly, for the hands, but he wished to bother and delay them as .nuch as Tory nddrem :cl as S am slipped his own pistol in his belt and possible. s tepped forwara. "You'll find out what for." "Will I?" "Yes. Up with them." "Well, if you insist, I suppose I may as well comply," aid Dick, and he slowly raised his hands. "That is sensible," said the leader of the T ories, approvi:i,gly. "'Is it?" remarked Dick. "It is." ''I'm not s o sure of it as you seem to be." "Why, you don't think you could offer successful resistnce to the seven of us, do you?" with a sneering laugh. "Well, I am not at all certain that I could not." "Bah. You are a fool." "So are you." "You are as impudent as ever." "So I am." "But we will soon take that out of you." "Will you?" "Yes." "How?" "By stringing you up to a stout limb." "Oh, I guess you will hardly do that." "YOU think SO ?" "I am sure you would not think of doing such a thing." "Y 011 will find out that we will not only think of doing "t, bat will do it." He was almost beside Dick when there came the sharp twang of a bow-string, and a feathered arrow came wbistl i ng through the air and struck the Tory in the right shonld(r, inflicting a severe wound. He gai'C vent to a wild y e ll of agony, and fell to the g round, while from among the trees a short distance up tlw slope came the sound of a triumphant war-wh9op. Dick Slater understood the situation instantly.. had come to his rescue. As the stricken Tdry fell Dick whipped out ri:'!tol:>, and was enabled to do so without being fired upon ]Je.causc of the fact that the Tories were all gazing in the direction frcm which the arrow had Gome, a look of terror on their faces. Quick a s a flash up came Dick's pistols, and he :fired two shots, dropping two of the enemy, and then with a word to his horse he was away,the animal plunging right through ih<> little pa1 ty of Tories. At the si:tme instant there came another barbed arrow, aml down went another of the Tories, severe ly wounded. This was too much for the other three, who turned amd fleLl for their lives. OH.APTER V. TOM AND AMY. It was indeed Ramonee who had come to Dick's rescua ; .. aa the youth had surmised.


TH.1; LlBEHTY BOY:::;' BE:::l'l' BLOWS. The Indian had not gone far after parting with Dick. He had slipped away to one side and stopped, and then he had stole n forth and followed at a littl(! distance. He had seen the men leap up and surround his friend, and had at once made up his mind to take a hand in the affair. Ramonee had happened along soon afterward, _had fonnl the woman and girl weeping on the body of the suppose 1 dead patriot, and he had made an examination and cheere. foe two with the information that the husband and fath( as not dead or even mortally wounded. He was sible from loss of blood, but the Indian, who was an expe r He recognized the seven as being the Tories who had been in such matters, told the two that the wounded man woull on the point of hanging him, and his teeth came together recover, with careful nursing. firmly, and a peculiar glint came into his eyes. 80 he had placed the body on a rude litter, made by "Ramonee gii eYen with bad white men now," he murtening brush in such a manner as to make a rude drag, am mured, and fitting an arrow in the bow, he awaited the mo-on this he placed the insensible man. He then dragged ment when he should take a hand. wounded man to his-.own cabin, deep in the woods, al\ He waited till he saw Dick raise his hands, and one of gave him such attention as was possibJe. Of course thE the Tories started toward the youth, and realizing that now surgery was of the rudest, most primiti>e kind, but it wa was the time co interfere, he had fired the arrow that had effective, and the patriot was soon consciom, though ve brought the fellow do1rn. weak. Then Dick had whipped out his pistols and fired two This was three days before the present time, and Mi shots, and dashed away, and Ramonee had fired another arBoswick was gaining strength with each day. row with deadly accuracy, bringing down another of the As the Indian entered he was greeted with pleasa n Tories. The three had fled, and all was over smiles and words from all three. The entire fracas had not occupied more than twenty "How?" he said gravely. "Hope sick white man .fee seconds. better?" Ramonee was delighted. "Me think bad white men no trubble Ramonee e nny "Oh, yes, I'm better, Ramonee," replied Mr. Boswick, i1 a feeble voice. ''I shall soon be well again." more," he murmured. "lnjun heap glad." I "'T k t ,, d th I di "'nht h" a e some ime, sa1 e n an.