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One after another the redcoats entered the alley, and as they did so they were seized by the "Liba.J:Ld bound and .2'aire:_ed.


HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Week l y Magazine Containing Stories of the American R.evolution. l11ued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y ., Post Otrice, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, tn the y ear 1902, in the otrice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., b11 Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 101. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 5, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. WHIGS AND TORIES. "You had better forsake the rebel cau se, neighbor Far-rel, and come over on the king s side." "I could not think of doing it, Sam." "You had better do it." "No." The o ther c olored up. "Why should you think that?" "Because, you furnished Arnold with the n a mes of the Whigs of this vicinity, that's why. You went to that cow ardly traitor and gave him the names of all the patriots, :md the majority of them are friends and neighbors, nien you have known for years. Sam, to tell the truth, I am heartily ashamed of you." The other flushed still more. "Let me t e ll you some thing, Dave." "I am a loyal king's man," he said, rather angrily "and '"Go ahead." I have the right to aid the 't!ause of the king, if I wish to "You know that Arnold has charge of the British army do so." ai Petersburg?" "Even to the extent of causing your lifelong friend s and "Yes, I know it well-the cowardly traitor that he is!" neighbors to be killed or captured and their home s burn ed, "Well, I happen to know, Dave, that Arnold has the eh?" names of all the rebels in this part of the-eountry, and that David Farrell's voice was cold and stern, and th e r e w a s he is getting ready to make a raid and capture or kill all scorn in tones as well. such rebels, and burn their homes and destroy their prop"Well, they ought not to be rebels," was the defian t erty." reply. "You have knowledge that he intends to d.o this?" "And they on their part think that you ought not to be a "Yes. I tell you, Dave, because we have been lifelong king's man." f d d l 11 I t f I ."That 1s folly." r : cn s an J e cau s e--we you mow, on accoun o ;ucy and Tom." "I know. And how soon, Sam, is this raid to be made?" "I don t know, exactl y but will not be surprised to see Arnold's men coming at any moment." "How did Arnold learn the names of the Whigs of this part of the country, Sam?" As David Farrell asked this question he looked keenly and searchingly in the eyes of his neighbor. The other colored the least bit, in spite of his efforts to appear cool and unconcerned. The truth of the matter was that a zealous Tory, and had himself furnished the names of the Whigs of this part of the country. He understood that his neighbor suspected this, too, and that was the reason he could not keep from looking slightly disconcerted and guilty ? "I don't know how he learned their names, Dave," re rEed Samuel H0nper, after a moment's hesitation, Gut his answer did not deceive the other. "Sam," said Mr. Farrell, sternly, "do you know what I think of you?" "No, what?" the speaker looked worried and ill at ease. I think you are a mighty poor specimen of humanity, that's what I thi.nk." "You think so?" "Yes; it is a crime to be disloyal to the king." {'You may think that, Sam," was th e calm reply. ''Bl!t I and my patriot neighbors do not think so. We beli e v e that the people of America should be fre e and indep e nd e nt, and we f eel that we have as much right to think t hat way as you and your Tory neighbors have to think th e othe r way." "l can't see it in that light," with a shake of the head. "You are traitors to your king, and ought to b e pun ished." "We do not acknowledge King George as our king." "But he is. It is folly to deny it." "We deny that he is our king. We have no king; we say that we are and should be free and independent, and w e are willing to fight, bleed, and, if need be, die to achieve our freedom." Samuel Hopper frown e d and shook his head. "That is the talk of a traitor," he said. "I don't like to hear it." "And I don't like to hear you say that I am a traitor, Sam," was the calm reply, "for I don't look upon myself as a traitor, at all. I owe nothing to your king. He has


2 rm)} LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. _:___: __ ____c:-=-=====--=--=-=--=============== never seen me, does not know me, and cares nothing for me. Why, then, should I pay over a large share of my earn ings to him?" "Because he is king, and has a right to the money." "Bosh, Sam! He has no more right to demand a share of my money than you have "That may be the way you look at it, Dave, but it isn't the way I look at it." "It is the way you should look at it." "That is as may be." "Well, we won't quarrel, Sam. I'm much obliged to you for telling me of the expected raid by Arnold's men." "I did it because you and I are friends, Dave, and be cause my daughter Lucy and your son Tom are sweet hearts." "l understand, and I'm grateful to you for telling me, Sam." "That i s all right. I will say, Dave, that I did not give in your name to Arnold It was not on my list, but Jim Snaggs handed in a list almost the same time that I did and your name was on the list." "Naturally it would be, for he is my deadly enemy, as you know, Sam." "Yes; he hasn't forgotten how you handled him that time, when he called you a cowardly traitor." "That's right; he hasn't forgotten or forgiven, for he is of a vengeful disposition, and will never rest easy until he has had revenge." "I fear you arc right about that." "Yes, I know I am Well, I must make such prepara tions as arc possible for the coming of Arnold's men." "Yes, get things in shape as soon as possible, Dave; when they come I will do all I can for you, and will keep them from burning your h.ouse if I can." "l\Iuch obliged, Sam. 'rl!e above-given conversation took place between two men who had met in the road, where it wound through the timber at a point perhaps two miles south of the James River, in Virginia. The time was the middle of April, of the year 1781. The Revolutionary War was in progress, .:nd Arnold, the traitor, 'rho was in charge of the British force in this part of Yirginia, was making it as uncom :fortable for patriots as he possibly could His men were burning and pillaging houses everywhere, and in many instances they murdered the patriots Farrell and Hopper were near neighbors, their farms adjoining, and while Farrell was a patriot, Hopper was a strong Tory; but the two had remained friendly, in spite of this, mainly because of the fact that Iloppers daughter, Lucy, and l\Ir. Farrell's son, Tom, were sweethearts. Tom was away, in the ranks of :Jiarion's brave followers, how ever, at this time of which "\\C write. When the two men had finished their conversation they parted, each going toward his home. Scarcely had they disappeared around bends in the road, "\\hen a man stepped ol1t from behind a clump of bushes standing within twenty feet of where the two men had been w bile talking, and he shook his fist in the direction taken by David Farrell; and hissed out : "I'll be even with you, Dave Farrell. I'll get even with you or !mow the. reason why Jim Snaggs is not the man to let himself be pounded around as if he was a bag of saw_, dust and not get even wjth the man who done the pound in'. 1'11' get even with you 'I'hen he turned and shook his fist in the direction taken by Hopper. "An' as for you, Sam Hopper, I'm mighty glad thet I faun' out that ye are shieldin' Dave Farrell. 1:11 tell the British soldiers when they come, an' I don' think ye'll be able to keep 'em from burnin' the rebel's house, as you said you would do. I guess ye'll find thet Jim Snuggs has some thin' to say about how things go in this part of the coun try!" "Oh, you think so, do you, Jim Snaggs ?" remarked a cool, ca irn voice, and Snaggs whirled, to find himself con fronti;d by a handsome young fellow of perhaps twenty years of age The young man had stepped out from be hind a clump of bushes on the other side of the road from that on which Snaggs had been concealed. "Tom Farrell," gasped Snaggs, starting back. "Yes, Tom Farrell," calmly. "Where did ye come frum ?" "From behind the bushes, here, the same as you did "How long have you been there?" "As lon g as YOti "\\ere in your position, I judge." ".\n' ye heard what-what--'' "I heard the conversation between Ur. Hopper and my father, yes; and I also heard all that you said." "Oh, ye did, hey?" "Yes, I heard you threaten how you would get even with my father, and all about it." "Ye did?" "Yes; and I am here to tell you that if you harm one hair of my father's head it won't be good for you." The young man looked at the other so fiercely as to cause the man to shrink back perceptibly. But only for a moment. He quickly braced up, put on an air of bravado, and growled out: "T"m not afraid of ye, Tom Farrell." "That may be. I dont care whether you are or not; but I will tell you this, that you will be sorry for it if you do anything to injure my father." Snaggs glanced around him. as if expecting to see some body. "Where's the rest of yer gang?" he asked "I do not belong to any 'gang,' as you Snaggs." "Ye know what I mean. Ye are a member of :i\fariom gang of rough riders, hain't ye?" "I am proud to say that I am a member of :Mario force; but I deny that we are-a 'gang.' "It don't matter what ye call yerselves Are any of i here with ye? "That is none of your business,


'!.'HE LIBER'rY BOYS' DR.AG-NET. 3 prompt reply. "Do you think I would tell you anything? ;Why, you are one of the most sneaking Tories there are in this vicinity, and I wouldn't trust you with any informa tion." "Yes, an' so will ye fin, out, Tom Farrell!" cried a triumphant Yoicc, and a rough looking man of p erhaps twenty years darted out from bhind some bushes behind the two and leaped upon Tom's back. "Oh, ye wouldn't hey?" "No; you would break your neck, almost, trying to get to the traitor, .Arnold, with the information." "M:ebby I would, an' mebby I wouldn't," in a growling \oice. CH.APTER II. "l don't think there is any doubt regarding the matter, AN UNEQUAL co:'>rnAT M:r. Snaggs. I learned from listening to the conversation between Mr. Hopper and my father that you have been to Tom :Farrell was taken by smprise, and consequently at .Arnold with information regarding your neighbors who a great disadvantage, but he 'ms not the youth to give up ar'e patriots." tamely on that account. "So was Sam Hopper there with information, the same He was naturally a uraYe, spirited youth, and his train-11s I was-only he didn't give in yer father's name, an' I ing while in the ranks of General Marion's forGe of fight did. That is the only difference, but I s'pose ye think et ers had been of a character to still further imbue him wuz all right fur him, and wrong fur me." with the fighting instinct. The result was tbat he whirled A fro"n came over the young patriot's face. and twisting in the grasp of his assailant, managed to get "No, I don't it "as right for him to act the part face to face with him, and secured a Yery good hold, comirl of a sneak and traitor to his neighbors and lifelong ering the disadvantages he had been laboring uncler. friends; because he did not hand in my father's name Finding that his intended victim was not disposed to makes no difference in my opinion of him." submit tamely, the newcomer began using all bis strength "Of course, ye'd say that!" sneeringly in an endeavor to throw the other. "I meant it, too." "So that's your game, is it, Ben Snaggs!" said Tom, "I don' believe et." grimly. "Oh, you don't?" the young man's eyes flashed. "Yes, it is and I am goin' ter make et win, too," half "No, I don't; et don't stand to reason." growled Ben Snaggs-for the newcomer was indeed the "Why not?" son of the man with whom Tom had been in conversation. "Because ye and his daughter Lucy are sweethearts, as "You are, eh?" remarked Tom, sarcastically. CYerybody knows, an' it would make ye feel ye could "Yes, I am!" fiercely; and then the two struggled te> overlook what her father does." secure an adYantage over each other. The patriot youth shook his head. Ben had the advantage of having the best hold, bnt "No, it doesn't make a bit of difference in my feelings this was counteracted by the fact that Tom was stronger toward Mr. Hopper." and more athletic, as well as much quicker in his moYeBut Snagg& could not understand this, and it was evimen.ts than his opponent. As a result the combat was a dent he did not believe the statement for he shook hi::i pretty even affair. head. It did not take long for Tom to demonstrate his sn" Thet'll do to tell," he said, "but it won't do to believe. periority, however, and by a herculean effort, he managed Ye won't hev anythin against him, because he is the presently to get a better hold, and one which would enable father of your sweetheart and because he didn't hand in him to take the offensive. yer father's name tcr Arnold, but ye think my handin' "I have you now, Ben, my boy!" said Tom, with grim satin the names of the rebels is a terrible piece of business." isfaction. "I will soon show you a trick you never heard "I think it a very poor piece of business for both of you." of before said Tom, decidedly. "I don'.t see how you could have the ":Mebby ye will, an' mebby ye won't," panted Ben, his heart to hand in _the names of people who have lived face dark with rage. neighbors to yon for years, and many of whom have done "There is no mebby about it, Ben; I have got the better you lots of favors." of you, and I'll prove it-there, how do you like that?" "Oh, well, they to be rebels and traitors to the Of a sudden Tom had caught Ben on his hip, and had king," Snaggs, doggedly "Ef they will be rebels, lifted him clear off the ground and turning him clear oYer, they must take the conseqnencrs." threw him to the ground with a crash, falling on him "Yes, and yon have acted the parts of sneaks in going heavily. to the British and betraying your neighbors, and will have With such did the young Tory strike the ground to take the con.St'!quences of such actions, too," said Tom, that practically all of the "ind was knocked out of his body, grimly. and a 11 he could do was to lie there and gasp for breath. "What will the consequences be?" in a sneering voice. "Well, what do you think about it, now?" asked Tom, "You will find ont in

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS DRAG-NET "Confound ye!" hissed Ben, with the first breath he got; "I'll fix ye fer that! Dad, are you goin' to stan' up h ere and see this Llamed reb e l s mash the breath all out of me? Knock" bis head off!" "Oho, that's your game, i s it?" cried Tom. "So I will have to look out for both of you, will I?" Jim Snagg s had s tood there, motionless, watching the progress of the struggle between his son and Tom Farrell, and he had not moved when he saw his hopeful go down with a crash, but now, when he heard him speak, his words aroused him to action. Stooping, he picked up a club which lay on the roa

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRA G -NET. Thev are 'l'ories, sir!" cried Tom, eagerly; "and I e by what you have ju st said, that you are a Patriot." The stranger bowed and smiled again. "You are right," he said; "I am a P atriot." "Good!" cried Tom; "I'm glad to hear it." But it was evident that Mr. Snaggs and his estimable ton, Ben were not glad to hear that the newcomer was a patriot. They glared at him angrily, but fearfully as 1t'ell. It was plain that while they hated him, they at the wne time feared him. "Let's go, dad," said Ben, his voice trembling percept ibly; "let's don't stand here and listen to them talk about us e nn y longer." He made a motion as if to d epart, but the stranger gave one of the pistols a shake, which caused the youth to give up the idea of going at once. "Stand where you are!" the youth cried. "D.on't be in such a hurry to go." "Ye hain't got no right to keep us from goin'," growled Mr. Snaggs. "But I have the might," giving the pistols a shake, "and tha t amounts to the same thing, as I think you will ad mit." "What do ye want of us?" f'Nothing in particular, but I wish to let you know that I am master here, and that you cannot come and go at your pleasure." "Oh, that's et, eh?" "Yes; but, too, perhaps you may wish to have something to say to them?" the last part of the speech being directed toward Tom Farrell. "Nothing in particular, sir, save to warn them that if they do my father any harm, they will have to answer for U;." "Your father lives in this vicinity?" "Yes." "And so do these Tories, I suppose?" "Yes." "And your father is a Patriot, of course'.:'" "Yes.u "'l'hen I'll add a warning to yours." He shook his two pistol s at the Tories, and continued: "If you two 1'ascals harm this young man's father, I, too, will hold you respon sible, and you will have to answer to me." "\\'ho are ye?" asked the elede Tory. "You wish to know who I am?" "Yes. "All right; then you shall know. My name is Slater Dick Slater." CH".A.PTER III. LANK LIGE. Cries of amazement and consternation escaped the lips of the Tories, while an exclamation of surprise was given utter ance by Tom Farrell also. I "Dick Slater!" exclaimed the two Tories in unison. "Dick Slater!" cried Tom; but there was a different in tonation to his voice. His tones were joyous, while there was alarm and discomfiture in the voices of Jim Snagga and his son. The young stranger, who was indeed the famous pa triot scout and spy, nodded his head and smiled. "At your service," he said quietly. "Jove, I am glad to meet you, Dick SI-ater!" cried Tom, his eyes shining brightly with delight. "Are you?" with a smile. ''Yes; I have heard much about you, and have always wished that I might some time meet you." '"!'hanks, I am glad to know you, my boy." "My name is Tom Farrell, and I am a member of General Marion's force of roughrid ers." "Ah, indeed. I am glad to hear that. "Yes; I have been with Marion for nearly a year. "Then you know something about-hello! those cowardly scoundrels are off." Taking advantage of the fact that the two youths were talking to each other, and not noticing them, the two Tories, father and son, suddenly made a quick leap and, plunging in among the trees at the roadside, ran as if Old Xick were after them. Acting upon the impulse of the moment, Dick fired off both his pistols. Crae;k! Crack! went the 1reapons, and immediately fol lowing the reports a wild yell of pain and terror com mingled, went up. "I guess I must have hit one of them," said Dick with a smile. "I should judge so by the yell he gave utterance to "Let's go and see if I damaged him seriously." As he spoke, Dick leaped to the ground, and then in the e;ompany of Tom he entered the timber, and made his way a short distance in the direction taken by the fleeing pair. They saw nothing of the fugitives, and Tom said: ''I guess one of them was so frightened by the whlrl of bullets that he yelled in fright." "No, I hit one, for, see, here is blood on the ground," said Dick, pointing. Tom, looked and nodded his head. "You are right. You rut one of them," he agreed. "But the bullet inflicted merely a flesh wound, undoubt, edly, for it did not cause the victim to stop running." "Likely you are right; though, if a man is badly fright ened, he might run quite a distance before realizing that he was badly wounded." "That 'is true; let's walk a little farther, and see if we can find the Tories." The two made their way a hundred yards or so deeper into the timber, hut saw nothing of the fugitives. ''I guess he wasn't badly wounded," said Tom presently. "I think not, e lse he would have been forced to stop by the time he had got this far.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. "Yes, indeed." The two men made their way back to the road, but while they were yet a short distance away, they heard a noise as would be made by a horse in kicking and plunging around "Some one is trying to catch my horse!" said Dick in a low, eager voice, and he darted forward, quickly followed by Tom. When they rea ched the road they saw a tall, roughly dres sed man trying to catch the horse. The man looked Jike a hunter of whom there were many in that part of the country at that time "Hello, there; what are you doing?" cried Dick. The man uttered an exclamation, and turned and looked the youths over for a few min.utes before replying. "II ain't ye got eyes in yer head?" he then grow led. "Y cs, we have eyes in our heads," was the cool reply. "Then I sh'd think ye c'u'd see whut I'm doin' without axin' enny such fool questions." "Oh, you think that, do you?" with a bland smile. "Yes." "Exactly. Well, it looked to me as if you were trying to catch the horse." "Thet's jes' whut I wuz doin'." "Why w ere you tryin' to catch him?" The fellow grinned leeringly. "Mebby I jes' wanted ter see how old he wuz, by lookin' at his teeth, young feller," was the reply. "And maybe you wanted to get on his back and see whether or not he was a good saddle-horse, my friend?" suggested Dick. "Waal," with another grin, "mebby I mought hev done sumthin' uv thet kin' afore I got through with ther affair." "You could not have done it," said Dick. "I couldn' ?" "No." "W'y not?" "Because, the horse is mine, and he won't let anyone mount him but me." "Humph. He's er bit purtickler erbout sech things, is be?" "Yes, and if I hadn't got here when I did the chances are that he would have kicked your head off." "Oh, he's. er kicker, is he?" "Yes, when he is bothered by strangers." "Waal, ei ever he kicked at me, he'd never kick at any other fellow, fur I'd hcv put a bullet throuah 'im mourrhty 0 0 quick!" "And that would ban been the last time you would ever have done such a thing as that." "W'y so?" "Because I would have put a bullet through you, mighty quick." The youth spoke very quietly, and in a most matter-of fact voice, but it was evident that he meant what he said and the s tranger gave him a searching look. "Oh, ye would hev done thet, would ye?" he remarke d in a drawling voice. "Yes." The horse, having heard and recognized Dick's v

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG -NET. 7 "I rather think he would have taken your horse and got out in a hurry if he had able to do so," the youth said. "Perhaps so,'' said Dick. "By the way, Tom, as it is growing late, I have hali a mind to invite mysel:f to stay overnight with you. How far is it to your home?" "About a mile; and I shall be delighted to have you stay at our house, Dick. I haven't been home yet, and it will be a surprise when I walk in, but the folks will give you a heart y welcome, I know, when they learn who you are." "All right. I'll go with you," and then Dick whistled to his horse, and the two walked down the road, the intelli gent anjma1 following like a dog. Sonn they came to a house standing beside the road. "This is my home," said Tom, "and there is father in the barnlot, and mother is standing in the doorway; and, yes !-by jove, there is my sweetheart, Lucy Hopper!" CHAPTER IV. WA.IlNING TIIE PATRIOTS. "Ab, then you are in luck, Tom," smi led Dick. "You have got here just at the right time." "So I have!" eagerly Then Tom pointed to a gate leading into the barnlot, _and said: "Go on in there, and father will show you where to put your horse. "You'll excuse me, I know, till I can go and greet mother and--" "Luc:. ch?" 'Yith a smile "Certainly. Go along, Tom. I'll get along all right." 'l'he "Liberty Boy" made his way to the gate, passed through and approached Mr. Farrell, while Tom entered the yard and ran to the house He was almost upon the woman and girl be:fore they no ticed him, and then they gave utterance to screams of sur prise and delight, and one a:fter the other leaped into his arms and showered kisses upon him. "Oh, Tom, Tom! I'm so glad to see you," murmured Lucy, as the youth pressed her to his heart. "And I'm more than glad to see you, sweetheart," he said. "I am wild with delight." M:r. Farrell looked at Dick with considerable curiosity as the youth approached, and greeted him pleasantly, even though there was a questioning look on his face. The "Liberty Boy" not iced the qilestioning _look, and said: "I came here with your son Tom, Mr. Farrell. I am his friend, and my name is Dick Slater. Ile has invited me to stay overnight with him." "Tom!" exclaimed the patriot. "Is Tom here, sure enough?" "Yond er at the house,'' said Dick, mbtioning. Mr. Farrell looked, and saw his son greeting his mother and sweetheart, and then extended his hand. "And you say you are Dick Slater?" he exclaimed "Yes, sir," replied the youth, taking the proffered hand. "Well, I am glad to make the acquaintance of one who has earned such a wonderful reputation as a scout, spy, ap.d fighter as you have done, 1\fr. Slater," shaking the youth's hand heartily "And I am al ways glad to make the of prrtriots, sir,'' the youth replied. By this time Tom had finished greeting his mother and sweetheart, and excusing hin!self, came running out into lhe barnlot and greeted his father. "This is Dick Slater, father," be said) indicating Dick. "Yes; we have already become acquainted, Tom,'' his fa tber replied "But he di't tell you saved me from a terrible brating at the hands 0 the Snaggs', did he?" "No,'' in surprise. "How was that?" Tom told the story of his fight with Jim Snaggs, and his son Ben, and how Dick had interfered and put them to flight, ancl when he had finished 1\Ir. Farrell seized Dick's hand again, and shook it heartily once more. "We owe you thanks for the aid }:QU rendered Tom,'' be said; "we will remember it, Mr. Slater." "Oh, that is all right, Mr. Farrell. I never like to sec anything unfair, and when I saw Tom, here, having to con tend with two, and one of the two with a big club in hi;; lrnnds, I at once decided to interfere--was glad to do so, in fact. And when I learned that Tom was a patriot, and that the other two were Tories, I was more glad than ever." Then the horse was led into the stable, and the bridle and saddle were removed, and giving the animal some feed, the three made their way to house. Here Dick was introduced to i.Irs. Farrell and Lucy Hopper, and when Tom told the sto ry 0 what Dick had done for him the "Liberty Boy" came in or thanks from the woman and girl. After some :further conversation Lucy said she must go home, and Tom at once leaped up to accompany her. "I'll walk over home with Lucy, mot her," he said ; "and will be back in time for supper." "Very well, 'rom," was the reply. Tom and bis sweetheart left the house, and made their way slowly through the timber in the dir ectio n of the girl's home, while Mrs. Farrell went into the kitchen and began the work 0 getting supper, and Dick ancl Mr. Farrell re mained in the sitting -ro om, talking of the war. "By the way," said 1\Ir. Farrell, "I haYe learned this afternoon that Arnold's men are coming up into this part of the counhy soon, for the purpose of robbing and pillag ing, and burning the homes of the patriots." "That is bad news, sir,'' said Dick. "Yes, indeed." "How will they know which are the patriots, and which the Tories?" "Arnold has been furnished with a list of the names of the patriots." "Ah, that's the vrny they will !mow, eh?" "Y cs."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. "How did Arnold secure the list?" "It was furnished him by Tories who live in this neigh borhood." "That seems like a mighty poor piece of business, the betraying of friends and neighbors in that way," said Dick. "Yes, in"deed; but there are Tories in this neighborhood who would kill all the patriots if they dared do it." "I don't doubt it, sir," said Dick, a shadow coming over his face. "My own father "7as shot down in front of his house by Tories, Mr. Farrell." "Too bad! Too bad, my boy." "But I killed the man who shot father!" said Dick grimly. "That was some satisfaction, at least, Mr. Slater Yes, but it didn't bring my father back to life again." T rue, true." Presently Mrs. Farrell announced that supper was ready, and Tom returning just at that time, they all sat up to the table and ate supper. what is to be done about this affair of the patriot settlers of the vicinit}'. ?"asked Dick, when supper was over "It is our duty to warn them that Arnold's men are coming soon, is it not ? "Yes, indeed," said Mr. Farrell. "Tom and I will star:t at once. "I will go also," said Dick. "But you don't know who are patriots and who not." "Thai doesn't matter. I will be able to find out very quickly after reaching a house." So they decided on the route each should take, and set out, Mr. Farrell telling his wife they would be gone perhaps two hours. The ''Liberty Boy" went up the road in the direction o f the James River He was to stop at three houses befo r e reaching the river, and then was to turn to the left, follow the river a mile, when he would reach another road. He was to turn once more to the left and go toward the south two miles, cross back to the road he had sianed out on, and return to Mr. Farrell's house The youth set out, and warned the people in the three houses between the starting-point and the river Reach ing the stream, he turned to the left, and made his way through the timber. It was as dark as Erebus, and Dick could scarcely see his hand before his face. The timber was quite heavy, and there was a thick and in many places fangled u n dergrowth, thrbugh which it was h:il'd to force his way. Dick was used to the timber, however, and did better than most rcrs<'ns would have been able to do under the t:ircumstances. He kept on going, and at last reached the road he was in search of "Ah, now I am all right," he murmured. "I am glad to be out o f the wilderness." T u rning to the left, he made his way down the road. P reeently he came to a house, and as it was the first on e he had he knew it was the home of a patriot, Mr. J!'arrell having informed him t hat the first, third, fourth, seventh, and eighth houses he would reach after turning southward were the homes of patriots. lie paused and warned the patriot family, and then made his way onward down the road. The next house was the home of a Tory, and Dick passed by without stopping. The next house was the home of a patriot, and Dick paused there and gave them warning, after which he continued on his way He was aware that the next house beyond this o n e was t h e home of a patriot, but it so happened that there was n o light in the house in question, and as it stood quite a wa y s back from the road Dick did not discover it, but '\Vent on past. Half a mile farther on he came to a house, a nd entering the yard knocked on the door. "Who is there?" called out a voice. "A friend," called out Dick "A friend?" "Yes. "What do you want, friend?" "I have come to warn you." "To warn me?" "Yes "Of what?" "Of the fact that Arnold's men are coming up from Petersburg on a pillaging and burning expedition." "You say Arnold's men are comnig?" "I do." There was the sound of shuffling feet within, and then the voice was heard close to the door. "Wait a minute, if you please," said the voice. "I want to ask you a few questions." "All right," replied Dick. There was a rattling sound, as if a bar was being taken down from across the door, and then the door opened. Dick saw a large, rough-looking man standing in the doorway. As the man's back was to the light, which con sisted of but a single candle, Dick could not get a very good look at ihe fellow's face. He had no doubt that the owner of the house was a patriot, however, so did not pay much attention to his looks. "Come in and have a seat," the man invited. 'It is more comfortable sitting than standing." The "Liberty Boy" entered, the m a n closing the door after him, and both took seats. "So the British are coming up into this part of the country,are they?" the man asked, looking at Dick keenly. "Yes ; so I have been informed." "You don't know just when they are coming?" "No, sir; but they will be here at an early day "And you are wahring all the patriots in this vicin ity ? "Yes." "That is kind of you. B y t h e way, what i s your nam e?" "My name is Dick Slater."


THE LIBERTY B O YS' DRAG-NET. 9 indeed? i n a surprise

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. "You are a band of men who have an eye out to the main chance, in other words "Yes. Do you blame us?" "Oh, no, I can t say that I do." "No sensible man could blame us "Certainly not." Now, all the time Dick was talking, he was thinking rapidly to the point. He was a veteran, and had been in tight places a score of times while acting as a spy; consequently he had not given up hope of getting ont of the trap into which he had walked He was taking everything into consideration and one of the main thincrs that occurred to him was the fact that these men who held him seemingly at such a disadvantage, were common settlers and farmers, who had not had the experience in fighting that was necessary to enable them to do good work, and the "Liberty Boy" was sure that if he were to take them buy surprise by making a sudden move that they were not expecting, he would have an exyellent opportunity of getting away. ''I don't believe that they would fire i I were to get out of the room," the youth thought; "they would be afraid of shooting one another, and I may be able to get through their line and. get out of the room in spite of all they can do." He had noticed the fact that just back of the gang men was an open door; and he understood that they bad entered by way of this c;loor when they took him by surprise The youth believed it possible that he could the door, and get out of the room, and he was deterll11Iled to make the attempt. He was talking with the leader for the purpose of throwing all off their guard somewhat, when he would make the clash. "Well," remarked the leader, "I guess we might as well make a prisoner of you, in reality, Dick Slater. Place your hands together behind you r back." The "Liberty Boy" realized that it would not do to delay the attempt to escape any longer. The time had come for him to act. He did not hesitate. His experience had taught him that prompt and decisive action was essential topwcess. So he acted promptly and decisively. "All right," lie said, quietly; "I will place my hands \\fhere. they will do me the most good!" With the last words, Dick whirled and leaped toward the men wilh the quickness and fierceness of the panther. He was upon the men before they realize what he was doing, and with a sweeping blow from right and left hands at the same instant, he knocked the muzzles of several pistols aside. This caused sufficient pressure on the triggers of sev eral of the weapons to cause them to go off, and crack, crack, crack, crack! the pistols 'rent, and thucl, th11d, thud, thud! went the bullets against the wall. All, saYe one bullet, which struck the .lea der of the band in the calf of the leg, and caused him to leap ildly to his feet, and give utterance to a most unearthly hol of pain and rage. Then smack, smack, smack, smack! went Dick's fists against the faces of the 'fories, and down the fellows went, kerthmnp! So sudden, unexpected and fierce was Dick's action that the 'l'ories were taken wholly by surprise, and they were unable to do anything, the result being, that almost before they knew it, their intended prisoner had leaped through the open doorway and disappeared. "He can't get away," cried one of the Tories, who had escaped being hit by Dick's fists, and was more cool-headed than the rest "Come on, we'll capture him yet He leaped to the door, and through the opening only to come in violent contact with Dick's fist, which knocked him back into the room he was leaving in such a huny. He carrisd down two more men as he went, and there was a great crash as they struck the floor. This caused the 'l'ories to hesitate to try to pass through the doorway, and Dick, knowing this woula be the case, was making good use of the opportunity thus afforded to get away. He could not see very well, the room he was in being unlighted, but he hastened across the floor, and felt around until he founq a door Ile tried the door but found it fastened. A ql;ick search gave him the knowledge that a bar was across the door. He jerked the bar down, and as he did so, a quick glanc e over his shoulder showed him that his enemies were coming through the doorway from the other room. Instantly Dick whirled and attacked them with the bar, which was a heavy oaken affair, and he was enabled to do such terrible execution with this weapon that the Tories became demoralized, and fell over one another in their efforts to get back into the other room quickly. One or two then whirled around and fired their pistols off, but they did not stop to take aim, and the result was that the bullets did not come anywhere near Dick. Seeing that he bad the best of the affair so far, Dick rushed back to the door, dropped the bar, jerked the door open and leaped out into the yard. He did not linger an instant but rushed around the house and came upon a party of men, one of whom was knocking on the front door of the house. Instinctively Dick seemed to know the strangers were redcoats, and he called out in an excited voice : "Look out! Be on your guard; the house is full of rebels." The party of men opened and let Dick pass througl1, and then drawing their weapons they dashed around the house. "Now, I had better make myself scarce," thought Die and he did not pause an instant but kept right on runni at the top of his speed.


'l'IlB LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. 11 CHAPTER VI. DICK S CLEVER ESCAPE 'l'he redcoats--for the strangers really were British soliers, as Dick had suspected-;dashed around the house, d reached the rear door just as the Tories were coming "Halt! Stop or you are dead men!" roared the ieaclcr -of the redcoats, as he and his men presented their pistols full in the Tories faces The Tories came to a stop instantly. They supposed, at first, that they had encountered a party of patriots, but a second glance showed them the scarlet uniforms of the strangers, and they realized that they 'yere friends instead of enemies. "We arc friends!" cried lhe Tory leader, "don't shoot "You say you are friends?" cried the redcoat captain. "Yes, yes! You are }3Titish soldiers, are you hot?" 1Y es, we are troopers "Well, we are loyal king's men." "But that fellow who came running around the house just now, said you were rebels "He was a rebel himself, and ;fooled you." "The deuce you say!" "Yes, he is the notorious Dick Slater, on whose 1rnad there is a price, and we are trying to capture him." "You don't mean it!" "Yes, I swear I am telling the truth." "Quick, then, men!" cried the British captain; "we will have to hurry or he will get away." They dashed back around the house, and out to _the yard gate and through it. Here they made the startling discovery that their horses, ten in number-this being the number of the trooperswere gone. "Listen!" cried the captain. All listened and the clatter of hoofs could be plainly heaTd clown the road toward the south. "The scoundrelly rebel has stolen our horses!" cTied the officer with a string of oaths "It is just what might be expected of him, if he is Dick Slater," said another. "Well, that is who he is; he told me so with his own lips," said the Tory leader, he and his comrades having followed the redcoats out to the road. "I don't doubt it a bit," the captain said. "The trick he played on us proves that he is a quick-witted and daring scoundrel." "That's what he is!" from several of the redcoats in chorus. "Well, if ever I get a chance at him I will put an end to his playing tricks, for all time to come!" cried the captain; "to think that I, Captain Jordan, of the British service, shoul d permit myself to he fooled by a rascally rebel, and let him get away with the horses of the entire party is almost too much for me to endure." "It is a pretty bitter dose 1.o be forced to swallow, sure enough," agreed the Tory leader. "Curse the fellow! he put a bullet into my leg-or rather, cau;:;cd it to be done, the bullet coming from the pistol of one of my own men "How was that?" The Tory explained. "And you say Dick Slater is warning the Patriot set ilcrs that our men are coming up here on a ourning and pillaging expedition?" "Yes; at least he warned me when he thought I was a rebel settler." ''I wonder how he discovered that we were going to do this?" "I on't knor. He is an expert spy, though, as you arc doubtless aware, and he may have been right in Peters burg, spying." "That is possible-blast him!" "What are we to do, captain?" asked one o.f the troopers. '"l'hat is the question. I hardly know what to do." "Come in the house and talk the matter over," suggested the Tory leader. "All right. That is a good suggestion. Come on, boys Then the entire party went to the house and entered. Here we will leave them for the present and see what has become of Dick. When the redcoats parted and permitted him to pass through, Dick was delighted, and kept right on running until he was at the front yard fence. He passed through the gate and his eyes fell upon the horses of the redcoats. "Just the thing," said the youth to himself. "I'll take a horse and get away from here in a hurry." Then the thought came to him that he would be pursued, ;tnd in case it should happen that he had one of the poorer horses, he might be overtaken. This made him Lhink of taking all the horses. "There are not more than ten of them,'' he said to him .;elf; "and I can get away with that number all right." He untied the horses one after another, and tied the halter straps to the horns of the saddles. In this way 111 of the horses were fastened together, with the exception tJf the one he was to ride. Having completed his arrangements, the "Liberty Boy" lcrrped into the saddle and rode awey, t.he other hors e s fol lowing, because of the fact that they were tie

12 THE LIHER'rY BOY;:)' DRAG-NET. It was presently opened by a pretty girl of perhaps :fifteen years. "Your father is a Tory is he not?" asked Dick in a brisk, businesslike manner. "No, he is not," was the reply; "my father is a Patriot." "Ah, indeed? Well, I am glad to hear it, miss," said Dick; "tell him that I have come to warn him that the British under Arnold are getting ready to come into this part of the country to plunder, pillage and burn the homea of the Patriots, and for him to make such preparations as he is able to make at short "And who are you, who bring such news?" asked a man suddenly appearing in the doorway beside the girl. "I am a Patriot, sir, like yourself," said Dick. do I know that, and that there is not some trick ba_ck of this warrung?" "You will have to take my word for it, sir, I and I think 'that you will find it to your advantage to give credence to the warning, for I am telling the truth only." "'l'ell me who you are, then," said the man; "I do not think I have ever seen you before, and it does not pay in these times to listen to every man that comes along." "My name is sir-Dick Slater, and--" "What!" ex..claimed the man, excitedly; "surely you do not mean to tell me that you are the great Dick Slater, who has made himself famous as a scout and a spy, and whose 'Liberty Boys' have done such famous work on the battle fields?" "Yes, sir; I am the only Dick Slater I ever heard of, and I am captain of 'The Lierty Boys of '76.'" "Tell me, then, Dick Slater, did you not have a young man in your company one time, a young man who said that he had run away from home and that his name was Frank Graves?" "Yes, indeed!" said Dick, "I had such a man in my company up to two weeks ago." "Oh, sir, where is he now?" cried the girl; "is he not with you? Surely he is not dead?" "No, he is not dead-or I do not think he is," said Dick; "he was wounded in a fight with the redcoats, down in North Carolina two weeks ago, and we left 'him at the home of a Patriot settler there. "Was he severely wounded, Mr. Slater?" asked the man, hi!! voice trembling with excitement; "you will pardon us for seeming so excited, s ir, when you learn that the boy in q u estion is my son and this girl's brother." "Certainly," said Dick; "and this is Frank's home? Well, well! Iam indeed glad to know you, Mr. Graves; and you, Miss Nettie." "You bi.ow my name?" cried the girl. Yes; I have heard Frank speak of his sister Netti e many times, a n d I know you must be she "Yes, yes! Oh, father, isn't it grand that we have been 11.ble to h ear from Frank in this fashi on !" "Yes, i n deed! Come in, Mr. Slater, an d te ll my wife wha t you haYe told us. She is in b e d, sic k, and h e r sick ness is really the result of wor r y over not heari n g fro m Fran k. You are sure his wou n d was not severe enough to cause his death?" "I could not say positively sir, as there never is any absolute certainty about such thi ngs; but I can truthfully say that according to my judgment, this w as no t ne cessarily very serious It was painful and was of a natur e that would make i t necessary for him to remain quiet a n d take of himself for a few weeks, but I would not expect it to be fatal by any m eans." "Thank God for that! Come in, Mr. Slater; come in,. and tell my wife the news." The youth entered, and was conducted to a bedroom on the ground floor, where a woman, of perhaps forty-five years lay in bed. She was evidently ill, but she had heard the murmur of the voices, and looked up as the three en tered, with an eager look i n her eyes. "What is it, William?" she asked eagerly, but \Yeakly; "haYe you heard any news of my Brot h e r Frank!"


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' 13 was indeed .Frank aliYe and apparently as well I with your horses-not that I wish to hl!rry you away, but al. I don't want you to lose the animals, after capturing them I 'ras just on the point of saying that I must be going,., said Dick; "and now, :1\Ir. Grave8, s ince you know the British are coming, you will make such preparation s as are OHAPTEH VIL in order to keep them from gehing much that is of Yalue." DICK RETURNS TO RICHMOND. The youth ha stened to the bedside and gave his mother a tw, and a tender embrace, and then shook hands with his a,nd threw his arms around his sister and hugged and kissed her. Thi s finished, he gave Di ck his hand and greeted him heartil y "How happens it that you are here, Frank?" asked Dick; "I didn't suppose you would be out of doors by this time, let alone away up here." "My wound wasn't so serious as we thought, Dick, and I was able to travel within a week of the time you left me there; I was bound I wouldn't stay any lon ge r, and mounting my horse, I set out. I lost three days trying to find you and then learning that you had come up into Virginia I struck up in this direction. Not finding you, I decided to come home for a few days, or until I did l earn where the 'Liberty Boy s' were, and here I am." "I am glad to see you, Frank." "And I am glad to see you, old fellow, where are the rest of the boys?" "Up at Richmond." "Ah. What are you doing, Dick?" "Trying to keep track of the redcoat s and ho ldthem in check and prevent them from burning and pillaging the homes of the Patriots." "T, he redcoats are at Pete rsburg, aren't they?" "Yes; Arnold the traitor is in command there." "So I learned as I came up this I came through Petersburg and I had hard work fooling the Britii;h, and making my escape. They seemed to suspect that I was a Patriot." I guess that you were lucky to get away." "I judge so. But where did all those horses come from, that I saw out in front of the house, Dick?" I captured them, Frank." "Captured them?" "Yes." "Who from?" "A party of British i.roopers." "Good! That sounds like old times But where are the troopers now?" "I left them at a Tory's hou s e about a mile and a half back on the road." "That must have b een Joe \Valt on's home, don't you think, father?" turning to Ur. Graves. "J.,ikely, Frank." "And the troopers are lik e ly to come this way pretty soon, Dirk," said Frank; "you had better be getting away "Yes, Mr. Slater, I will get everything out of the .. but the house; that I cannot move." "True. Well, I will say good bye and go," and Dick shook hands with Mr., MTS. and Nettie Graves. "What are you going to do, Dick?" asked Frank. "I am going to start for Richmond with the horse,, I have captured." "And then what?" "I am going -to bring the 'Liberty Bo ys' back with me, and we will make it as li vely as ]JOSsible for the British when they come up here on their plunderi11g and burning expedition." "Good! I will go with you, Dick" "It won't be necessary, Dick. You had better srn:v here and help your father. I can get the horses along, all right, and when I return with my 'Liberty Boys' yon can join us." "All right. Just as you say, Dick." The youth did not delay longer, but telling Frank to look out for the party of troopers, be went out and, munting his horse, rode away, leading the other nine animals. He rode on towward the south until he reached the borne of another Pahiot--:Mr. Graves having told him where the Patriot lived-and stopping, Dick \ramed the man. This done, he rode onward, and p resently came to n. cross road. This was just what he was looking for, and he rode eastward. 'rhe rode wound and twisted like a serpent, but the youth let the horse have its head, and the sagacious animal kept to the Toad without difficulty, even though it f'O

. 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. "And you got away with their horses?" "Yes." "Well, that is the best thing I have heard of lately. The redcoats will have to walk back to Petersburg." Dick leaped to the ground, and Tom started to go to the barnlot gate to open it, thinking Dick would bring the horses in, but the youth motioned for him to wait. "I am going to Richmond with the horses," he said. "They will come in handy for our men, and then, I am goirlg to bring my 'Liberty Boys' back here." "You are?" cried Tom delightedly. "Yes." "Ancl you arc going to try to make it hot for the red coats who come up here to burn ancl pillage?" "That is just what I am going to do.'' "Good And I'll help you. I'll join your 'Liberty Boys,' and help thrash the redcoats.'' Very well.'' "When will you be back here?" "To-morrow morning "All right. You will come here to our house?" "Yes." "Good!" Dick did not delay longer, but leaped into the saddle and rode away, while Mr. Farrell and Tom went in the house and told Mrs. Farrell that Dick Slater was going to do. "I tell yon, we'll make the redcoats wish they had stayed away from here!" said Tom. "The 'Liberty Boys' are ter rible fellows when it comes to fighting, and may be counted on to thrash three or four times their number.'' "1 hope they will be able to defeat the object of the Brit ish," sa id Mrs. Farrell. "It is terrible to think that the homes of the patriots may be burned, and all their prop erty carried away." "We'll put a stop to their scheme, you may be sure, mother," said Tom '\Ve,' you say, Tom?" I"m going to join the 'L"iberty Boys,' and help them fight the British.'' "But will General Marion permit you to do that, Tom?" "Yes; he said I might stay at home a month, if I liked; and I might just as well put in the time in a good way as to put it in sitting around home, here, doing nothing." Meantime Dick was riiling northward at a gallop. It was a long trip to Richmond, but he reached there f!bout three o'clock in the morning and went at once to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." Having placed the captured horses where they would be safe till morning, Bick entered the "Liberty B oys" quart ers, sought bis cot, and throwing himself d own, was soon asleep. He was up bri ght and early, next morning, and when the other youths saw h1m began asking questions Where had he been? Ilad he seen any redcoats? he di scovere d anything about the British? as he goi n g away again, soon? Such were only a few of the questions asked him. The youth answered the questions, and told his com rades the story of his adventures the night before, and how he had captu red ten horses from British troopers The youths were delighted by the story, and said Dick lwcl done well. "I wish some of us had been with you," said Bob Esta brook, a bright, handsome young fellow of Dick's age. "We \\ ould have captured the troopers, as well as their horses." "True," agreed Dick. "Well, I'm going again, right 1way after breakfast, and I am going to take you boys with 11ie." "All of us Dick?" "Yes.'' "Hurrah!'' Exclamations of delight were heard on every hand. It \"

'l'H E LIBERTY BOYS DRA G NET. 15 to take his "Liberty B oys" and g o down ther e to the redcoats in cP.eck. ou shall do as you ask, Dick," said General L afayette e your 'Liberty Boys' and go down there, if you like very careful and d on't l et the redcoats catch you, could not spar e you." :a All right, sir; we will be careful," replied Dick. "Thank for givin g me per mission to go." "That i s a ll Dick. I know that you will be en d in a noble work, and it is worth while taking some s, if b y so doing the homes of patriots are saved from flames "Yes, ind eed." Then Ditk bade the general good -by, and hastened back the 'Liberty Boys" quarters with the good news. Half a n hour later the "Liberty Boys" rode out of Richmond, a nd heading toward the south, dashed away at a gallop. r CHAPTER VIII. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" .A.T WORK. It was about ten o'clock w4en the party of "Liberty Boys" came in sight of the home of DaYid Farrell, and as they rounded a bend in the road and caught sight of the house, exclamations escaped the youths' lips "The redcoats!" "The British, sure as gu.ns !" "We are just in time!" Wit h wild cheers the "Liberty Boys" dashed down the road in pursuit of the fleeing redcoats. It was an exciting race ,, The British troopers belabored their horses with the fiat of their sabers, and the animals 1rent at their best speed The "Liberty Boys" were well-mounted, but their horses were not so fresh as were the animals ridden by the British, and they were unable to overhaul the flying foe. They kept up the chase a mile or more, anc] then, seeing i.hey \\'ere losing ground, they came to a s t op, at an order from Dick, and turning, rode back to the Farrell home. They found Mr. Farrell and Torn out in the road, doing what they could for the wounded redcoats, of whom were five. Six bad been killed outright by the volley. "Well, we got here just in time, Torn," said Dick;, as he and his "Liberty Boys" rode up. "YeR," replied Tom "They wonld have had our house burned to the ground soon, if you had not put in an ap: pearance, I judge "Undoubtedly; but we upset thei1 calculations a bit." "So you did-and you upset a few of the redcoats them selves as well." "How many did we bring down?" "Eleven. Six are dead and foe are wounded." "Well, we will bury the dead, and then we will what shall be done with the wounded decide: "Uy wife says for us to bring them in the house," said :Hr. Fanell. "She is willing to take care of them, eyc11 though they are enemies, and came to our house, bent on doing us as much damage as possib!e." "She is a noble-hearted woman," said. Dick "\\'ell, we will do as she requests "It isn't a very big party!" "We can eat them up!" S11ch were a few of the cries The }'Ouths were right, too, for in front of the Farrell Dick turned to his "Liberty Boys" and named a dozen home were perhaps fifty redcoats. They were just disof them, and told them to carry the wounded men into the house. mounting from their horses. Dick took all in at one sweeping glance, and then was done, the wounded men being placed on ing his sword he cried : ets spread on the floor of a spare room. "For ward, Libetty Boys! Charge the scoundrels!" "Now, get a spade, Tom," said Dick, "and go with my Forward dashed -the "Liberty Boys" at the best speed of boys, and them where to bury the dead redcoats." their horses. "All right, Dick," and Tom went out and got the spad8 As they went, they cocked their cavalry muskets, and and made his way out to the road. when they were in distance, they fired a volley. He told the "Liberty Boys" what Dick had said, and This was the first intimation the redcoats had of the they carried the dead troopers across the road, and back in coming of an enemy the timber a ways, and buried them. Their attention had been on the house, and they had not Then they made their way back to the gate, to await furnoticed the approaching horsemen. ther orders from their young commander When they heard the sound of the volley, however, an d Torn went back into the house, and found the wounded saw a number of their men drop, "either dead o r wou n ded, men resting easy, Dick having dressed their wounds with they suddenly awoke to the danger. almost as much skill as would lrnYe been shown by a surA glance was all that was needed to tell them that they geon were outnumbered, and they leaped back into the saddles "What are you going to do Dick?" Tom asked. mucl\ quicker than they had .leaped out, and with yells of "I hardly know, Torn. I think, that we will fright and anger, dashed away down the road. stay here till after dinner, and th e n I will decide what i "After them!" cried Dick. "We must teach them ales-next to be done." son they won't forget in a hurry!" "All right; we will be glar1 tn ha,e yot1 s tay." ..


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET "I am afraid we will make too much work for your mothburg this morning to join u s and then we will be able to e r, though, Tom." kill or capture the entire gang of rebels." "I will go over and get Lucy Hopper to come over here "That's a good suggestion," the c aptain said. a nd help mother, Dick." The troopers all nodded their heads in assent. "You sly dog," laughed Dick, slapping 'rom on the "I'll tell you what w e ll do," said the captain. c

'l'RE LIBERTY BOYS' DlUG-NET. The 'Liberty Boys'!" went up from the troopers a n d information that he could not find any British soldiers, soldiers. and so it was decided to move back up the road, and make "Yes, ther 'Liberty Boys,'" said Ben Snaggs, pleased the attack on the "Liberty Boys" with the force now at by the fact that he had caused surprise among the redGoats. their command. The British troopers and soldiers looked at one another "We have one hundred and sixty nine men,'' said the in rather a doubtful manner. captain; "and I think we will be able to thrash even the They had heard of the "Liber ty Boys," many times, and 'Liberty Boys,' when we have the stroger force." were aware that the youths in question were fear less and "I should think we could do so," agreed the lieutenant, d a rin g fighters. If it was the "Liberty Boys" that they and it was decided to make the attempt to thrash the "Libwere to have to encounte r then they were not so certain erty Boys.n they would be able to turn the tables and get revenge for It was now noon, however, and the British delayed start-the treatment that the troopers had received. ing until after they had eaten their lunch. Then they set "Jove, we will have to be careful what we do if those felout, up the road. lows are 'The Liberty Boys of 76,' said the captain, and * the other officer, a lieutenant, nodded his head in assent. Tom Farrell was soon back from :M:r. Hopper's home, and "You are right," he sa id. I have never met the 'Liberty Luc.' cam2 with him. B oys,' but I have heard that they are despe r ate and dar i ng The girl was glad of an excuse to be at the Farrell home, fighters, and not afraid of anything." of course, and she p l unged right into the work and helped Y ou are right. I ne v e r met them befo r e t his morning, 1\Irs. Farrell cook the dinner for the one hundred hungry b ut the way they went for my men proves that they are as "Liberty Boys." daring and dangerous as they ar.e said to be." This was no light task, but the woman and girl were Then he turned again t o Ben Snaggs. equal to it, and it was not yet twelve o'clock when dinner "How do you know the rebels in question are the 'Liberty 1ras announced. Boys'?" he asked There was room in the home, at the long table, for twenty I heard 'em talkin', captain." of the youths, but the rest could not get in, so they squatted "Ah, you spied on them?" down in front of the house, on their blankets spread on "Yes." ground and ate with as much relish as if they had been "When?" at the table. As one of the youths said, in response to a "Arter they run ye fellers envay an' come back te r ther ; regretful statement of Mrs. Farrell, to the effect that she 1 10use. I \i'as sorry ihey had to eat out of doors, on the ground : "You were there when they came back?" "It's the food we are after, lady; we don't care anything "Yes." about having a table to eat off of, or a roof to eat under. "Can you tell me how many of my men were killed?" The blue sky is plenty good enough roof for us, and the "I kin." ground is as good a table as any man need want "How many, then?" The youths ate heartily, for the two women had cooked "Six." good food, and plenty of it, and the meal was enjoyed "How do you know?" all. The wounded redcoats were given chicken-soup, and as "I seen ther 'Liberty Boys' 1rhen they wuz buryin' ther one said to the other, they were not so bad off as they might men." have been, even though they were in the house of a pa" Ah! They buried my men, did they?" tri ot. "Yes." The "Liberty Boys" had just finished their dinner, and "And what did they ao with the five wounded men?" those who had eaten at the table had just come out of the "Kerried 'em inter ther house." house, Dick among them, when a tall, roughly-dressed man "Well, that show!? they are possessed of some good traits, came through the front gate and approached. anyway." Dick recognized the fellow at a glance. At this juncture another party of British soldiers was He was no other than the man who had tried to catch Eeen approaching, and when it arrived, it '\Vas found to Dick's lmrse the evening before-Lige Lan key, or, as he had con sist of twenty-five ineil. called himself, Lank Lige. "That runs our number up tO more than one hundred,'' "Well, my man, what do you want?" asked Dick, as the s a id Captain Shannon. "But it does not make us strong newcomer paused in front of him. enough as yet." "I want ter tell you sumthin', Dick Slater,'' was the "No." We must have a stronger force than the 'Liberty reply. Boys,' or we may get ourselves into trouble," agreed the "What do you want to tell me?" li e ut enant. "Thet ye air in danger heer." T wenty minutes later another party put in a n appear "Jn danger, eh?" a nce, and it consisted of fifty men. j "Yas. The fourth trooper returned a few minutes later, with the 1 "Who from?"


1 8 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. "Ther redcoats." Dick eyed the man sea rchingly. "Why have you come to me to warn me of danger?" he asked in a somewhat stern voice "Be cos I'm er Patriot. "You are a Patriot?" There was doubt and distrust ;.u 'the voice, and in the look which Dick bent upon the man, and he saw it. "Yas, I'm er Patriot; though I cxpeck ycr don't me when I say et." "You will parJon me if I say you arc rigllt." "I'm er Patriot, i.hongh, just the same." "You are" "I am." "Then why did you try to steal my horse yesterday even ing?" "Thet's simp le enufl'. I didn't know who the horse be longed ter, en I thort I might as well liev ther animal as not." "WeT e they getting ready to come when you left there?" "No, they wuz eatin' ther dinner." "Ah, I see; and they will staTt as soon as they get through theiT dinner." "They're through and started by this time." "Likely enough." "Theer hain't no doubt about et." "Well, now, the matter of getting ready to receive them must have immediate attention; let me see, how shall we work it?" "Let's go down the road a w-ays and ambush them," said Bob Estabrook. "That is a good idea, Bob, and that is exactly what \Ye will do." "Yes, yes! That's the thing to do," was the cry from the "Liberty Boys," and Dick gave the order for the youths to move They hastened down the road a quarter of a mile, ancl bid themselves in the edge of the tl.mber bordering the roacl. "Oh, that was the way of it?" Their line stretched a distance of more than one "Yes, I had just come up, an' made up my min' thet tlte hundred yards, and Dick's instructions to the youths were horse berlonged ter er British officer, and so I wuz goin' to let the enemy go till the front ranks had come e1en with ter take him-an' I'd hev done et, too, if the critter hadn't been sech a kicker." the end of the "Liberty Boys"' line, and then at the signal from him, to open fire Dick laughed The youths said that they would remember and obey "The man who gets hold of that horse will have to be the orders to the letter and all settled down and beaan smart," he "_I never tie I am never making preparations fo; the encounter b afraid of not findmg lum where I left him when I get I The youths looked at iheir weapons carefunv for thcv b k" J' ac uid not want that there should be any missfires when the "Oh, he's er great horse, an' no mistake." time came. "But, now, what about the redcoats? You say thal you Lank Lige insisted on remaining and helping fight the know something about them and their intentions." redcoats, and as Dick now had every confidence in th" "I do, too. 1 know ye jumped onter a gang uv troopers fellow, and was sure that he would be a good man in a an' made them skedaddle;. an' they aTe just hungeTin fer fight, he told the lanky one to Temain and aid in the wela teT get back at ye come. "I don't doubt that, but there can't be more than thirty"Ye thort I wuz a Tory," said the fellow with a grin; five or forty of them, and they could not damage us." "but I think that afore this here thing is ended, l'll be "Oh, but thecr's more uv 'em than thet, now able tcr satisfy you thet I hain'tno Tory." "llow do you know?" "I am sure you are not a Tory, Lige," was the reply; "Becos I've be'n down ther road, keepin' watch onteT "and I am much obliged to you fOT letting me know of the 'em, an' I see er lot more redcoats come ari join 'em." attack that is to be made 'Ah. That is the way of it, eh?" "Thet's all right. "Yas. "There they come!" exclaimed a sharp-eyed "Liber, tJ; "llow many men will they have, do you think?" Boy" at this juncture, and all cmned the'ir necks and looked "Er hundred and fifty at ther very least." down the road "Ah, so many as that?" Sure enouih, the head of the British column could be "Yas." seen) a third of a mile away, down the road, wheTe there "And c1o you think they will come here and make an at-was a bend, around which the redcoats \\'ere just comi ng. tack on us?" "'l'het's w hut they intend to do." "You know this?" "Yas! I heerd 'cm talkin'." "And they said that they \rerc going to come here and attack us?" "Yes; thet \ras \rhut tllC): saic1; ancl I think they'll 1Je heer afore long." on AP'l'ER x. nm "LIBERTY BOYS" DRAG XET "Careful, now," was the oTder that Dick sent along the line; "be sure to do as I have told you


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. 19 Closer an:d closer the redcoats came. "l'U tell ye whut ter do with 'em, ef so ye are Dick was watching the enemy closely and sizing the willin ter hev me offer the sugge stion," said Lank Lige. force up. '(io ahead; what is your s u g gestion, Lige?" asked Dick. "There are about one hundre d and fifty m en," he said to Et' s this: Theers quite a good many Tory settlers himself; "well, we will be able to thrash that many witharoun' heer; make the m com e and get their wounded red -0ut much trouble, I think. Especially when we have the coab an' take care of em." adnntage of taking them by surprise." ''That is a good idea, said Dick. ,Clo er and closer came the British. "The very thing," d e clared Bob. The head of the column was now e1en with the farthe r The n Di c k sent three of the Libert y Boys" to thre e end of the line of "Liberty Boys." hou < e s no t far di stant, Lan g Li ge having s aid which houses On up the road the r e dcoats marched and when at 1rere i.he h omes of the T o ries, and the s e ttlers were told last the head of the British column was even with the other to c o m e and get the 1rounded redcoats and take care of end of the line of the "Libert y Boys," Dick felt that it t h e m was time to act. ''Bring spad e s and he lp bury th e d e au redcoats,'' the He fired a shot from his pistol, and right on the heels m c:;senger s add e d. d. the report was the terrible crash-roar! of a volley from Half an hour later the three sci.tlers appeared, with the weapons of the youths. team s and wagons. They brou ght spade s and while some The volley cam e as a s urprise to the of the "Liberty Boys" were lifting the redcoats and placThey would not have b een more surpris e d by a ing them on the straw in the wagons, the rest were digclap of thunder from a clear sky. ging graves and burying the dead t:oldiers." The volley did terrible execution, too. An hour of hard work completed the affair, and the The "Liberty Boys" were good shots, and the majority farmers drove slowly to their homes. Each T ory settler had taken careful aim before firing. hud R ix wounded s oldier s in hi s wagon. There were six The result was that about one-third of the Britioh forc e m o re wounded r e d c oat s but their wounds were not ser\rcut down, dead and wounded. ious and Dick decid e d to hold them prisoners along with I h e hrelve that wer e not wounded at all. This created great confusion in the British Th t tl t d l When the Torie s driYen away, Dick turned his at-ey were a once lrown in o isoruer. t tl "F. t th t b ,,, d C Sl tc:n L ion o 1e prisoner s j ire in o e im er. roare aptam iannon; "give t th b 1 1,, lie looked the m m w ma s p eculahre manner. i. o e re e s, men. Th d t ti tl k t d fi d 11 I d hke to hold them prisoners," said l3ob; "but I do e re coa s up w1 i ieir mus e s an re a vo ey, b t th "L'b t n ,, b 1 d th t t n o t 1ra11 t to go back to Richmond yet awhile, and I do not u as e 1 er y oys were e un e rees, no one . 1 .t kn o w what to do with them if we stav m "tlns part or the n J .J:rnntry." Then the "Liberty Boys" fired two volleys from their pi s tols, the volleys being one right on the heels of the dher. Considerable execution was done this time, also, and the redcoats, completely demoralized, turned and fle d back down the road. All did not escape, however. The "Liberty Boys" dashed forth from the timber, and managed to cut off the retreat of perhaps a dozen of the enemy. The redcoats decided that they would rather live, so they threw up 1.heir arms and surrendered to the enemy. The redcoats did not stop, but were still running at the top of their speed when they reached the bend in the road, and they disappeared around the very quickly. The arms of the twelve prisoners were bound together behind their backs, and then the "Liberty Boys" turned 1 heir attention to the dead anJ. wounded British. 1 t wa$ found that thirty-two redcoats were dead, and twenty-four were wounded. Of the latter, ten were se YcrelY woun

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DHAG-NET. "Very good; then you may guide us thither." "I'll show ye the way as soon as ye air reddy." "Very well. We will be ready in a few moments." The youth went back to where .the rest were, and told them to get ready to march ith the then he motioned to Lank Lige. "Go ahead, Lige." he ordered The lanky hunter nodded and led the way across the road and into the timber. The "Liberty Boys," with the prisoners in their midst, followed Lank Lige had to go slo wly as the party having the prisoners in charge could not walk very rapidly through the timber. Onward they moved, at a moderate pace, and after half an hour of progress, every step seeming to take them deeper and deeper into the wilderness, they found themselves at the edge of a swamp. "Well, this is something new to me," said Tom Farrell; "I have lived all my life near here, but thii> is the first time that I knew there was a swamp here." The guide led the way in a semi-circle, along the edge of the swamp, and presently be came to a stop, and waited until the others came up with him. "licer is the path thet leads into ther swamp," he said; et is crbout five feet wide, and ye'll hev ter string out er get mired in the mud." "All right," said Dick, "but how far is it that we have to follow this path?" 'Bout er qtiarter of er mile." ''A quarter, eh?" "Yas; then 'Ive come ter ther solid ground." "Ah, an island?" "Yas." "How big an i sland?" "Erbout a quarter UY er mile ercross." "And is there any way of reaching the island be sides by way of this path?" "Noap. Not unless we walk throng ther mud-an' no livin' man can Llo thct." "Good! Then this will afford us a capital place for keeping our prisoners Lige led the way to the center of the island, and here a goodly-sized log ca bin was found. "!'bet's my home," saitl Lige with a grin. :\h! Then you live here then, Lige?" cried Dick. "Yas, and et's a good placeter fo e, too. I hain't both creel much with Yisitors.' "I should suppose not.'' Dick and the "Liberty Boy,:;" \rere greatly pleased with the place. Why can't .>.\'e iake up our quarters here, Dick, while we are down in this part of the country?" asked Bob "I was just thinking of that myself, Bob;' was the reply; "it would be a good place for us "Yes; w e would be safer here than anywhere else that I know of, and if w e got hard pushed at any time we could retire o our hiding-place and bid defiance to all the r e coats that could be brought agaim:t us." "So we could I'll speak to Lige about it." The youth did so, and Lige said he would be glad to have ihe "Liberty Bcys" make the island their headquarters. "Stay heer, uv course, ef ye wanter," he said. "I think ye'd hev er bard time findin' er better place." "I think so myself, Lige." "Yes. Ef ye bed ter, ye c'u'd stan' er siege heer. Tbeer is er spring thet affords all th er water ye c u 'd an' I hev er'lot uv grub stored heer-enuff ter las' yer hull crowd ) two er liuee weeks." "That is splendid," said Dick: and he went back and tol d Bob what r_..;.ge had said "Good!" cried Bob. "We'll camp down here, and go out eYery once in awhile and rake in s ome redcoats, Dick." "Yes, that's a good scheme, Bob; we'll do that very thing." "Yes; it'll be like having a drag-net, and hauling the redcoats in." "So it will, and we ha\e captured eighteen redcoats at the very first haul mad e by our drag-net.''. CHAPTER XI. SXAGGS AT WORK. "I guess et will; I don' think thee r is ennybody in these parts whut knows of place, 'xcept me-and ye fellers, uv course." The "Libertv wer e delighted with their new "That is splendid. It will enable us to keep the pris quarters.

THE LLBERTY BOYS' DRAG-XET. .21 They scou red the .country in ever y direction, and kept a rp lookou t fo r t h e red coats. hey struck seve r a l parties of British hard hlows, and ture d twenty pris on e r s and added them to the number ady s ecure d he Britis h grew afraid t o venture up in that part of the mtry in p arties of less than two hundred, and one or two t ies o f that size were struck hard blows by the "Liberty ys. rnold w a s wil d w ith r age. e knew that the party of horsemen who were making gs so lively for his men were" The Liberty Boys of '76," he was eager to strike them a blow. Re knew it would be difficult, however, for he was \\ell u ainted wi t h Dick Slater, and knew the youth was dar g and shrewd, as well as cool-headed and cautious. What puzzled Arnold, however, was the fact that it seemimp ossib l e to l earn where the youths had their head r ters H e had sent out scouts and spies, but not one seemed l e to lea r n where the "Liberty Boys' headquarters were. He offered a reward of ten pounds to the man who o u l d discover the liiding place of the "Liberty Boys," and e scouts and spies redoubled their efforts, but to no T hey could not find out where the youths stayed, when flY were not dashing about the country, making it warm t hei r e n emies. Ben Snaggs happened to visit Petersburg one day, and ie heard some one say that there was a reward of ten n ds offered for information regarding the headquarters occupied by the "Liberty B oys." H e at once went to the 4ouse occupied by Arnold, and a e d to see the commande r H e was shown into Arnold's presence. ''Well, young man, what can I do for you?" Arnold ed. "Is et so thet ye offer ten poun's ter ther feller what'll tell ye where ther 'Liberty Boys' stay?" asked Ben. A rnold started. Yes, it is true," he replied "Do you know where they .have their headquarters?" e n shook his head. No, I don't know," he replied "Then what do you want here?" in a voice which betrayed disappointment. "I wan ted te r fin' out whether er not et wuz so tbet ye hed o ffered ther m unny." Yes, it's true; but if you don't know where they are, the knowl edge won't do you any good." Yes, et will." "How?" "I'm goin' te r fin out where ther 'Libe r ty Boys' s t ay, a n then I'll come an' te ll ye an' git ther munny." Arnold' s face ligH ed n p. "So t h a t i s your pl a n i s it?" he remarked. ""Ye bet et is "What is your name?" "Ben Snaggs." "Where do you live ?'1 "I live up not fur rum where ther 'Liberty Boys seem. te r be mos' uv ther time." "And do you think you can find out where they stay ?'1 I think so. "I hope you may do so. "I'm goin' ter try, ye bet." "That is right; and if you qo finc1 out where they stay, come to me with the information, a nd I will hand you over the ten pounds promptly." "All right; I'll clo et." Then Ben took his departure, feeling in good spirito. for he felt confident he could discover where the "Liberty Boys" kept tbemsehes when not on the road, chasing red coats. "I'll fin' out where theer hichn' -place is, er know the:r reason w'y !" he said to himself. "I'll jest wait all the:r 'Liberty Boys' come out onter ther road erg'in, an' then I'll try ter trnep track uv 'em, faller 'em when they goes back ter theer stoppin' place at night." Ben was so full of the subject that he told bis parents all about what he was going to do, just as soon as he got home. They thought it was a good plan if Ben could makr a success of .it. "Ten polm's is lots uv munny, these times," saiLl MJ. Snaggs; "but I'm erfeerd ye'll hev er hard time irackin' ther 'Liberty Boys' ter theer bidin'-place, Ben." 'Oh, I'll do e_t, all right, dad," said Ben, confident;y "l want tbet munny, an' then ye know, we owe Dick Slater sumtbin' fur interferin' with us ther time we wuz givm 'I'om Farrell er lickin'." "That's right, Ben; I shall be glad ter git even with thet feller." "Bu t ye hed better be keerful, Ben," said llfrs. Snaggi,i. "Them 'Liberty Boys' air mighty smart fellers, an' ef they's ter git bolt uv ye, they'd likely shoot ye." "Thet's what they would," nodded Mr. Snaggs "But I won't let 'em ketclime," said Ben, confidently "Say, Ben, I 've allers notussed th et th er 'Liberty Boys' go inter ther timber, down ther road, yender, at the samt; place, ev'ry time; hev ye notussed c>t ?" "Yas, dall." "liT aal, I think thet ef yen hide clust ter thet place, i the evenin', ye'll be all reddy when ther 'Liberty Boys come erlong, an'll be able fur ter foller 'em." 11hat I'm goin' ter do, dad." }fr. Snaggs had some busines s over at the Hopper home that evening, and he told }fr. Hopper what Ben was figm ing on doing. "He seen Arnold. down ter P ete rsburg, ter-day," said Snaggs, "an' Arnold tole 'im thet e hed fin' out where ther 'Liberty Boys' stays, and let 'im know, he'd pay ther ten poun's promp'ly; an' Ben's goin' ter try ter earn ther rnunny."


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET .,.. It'll be rather a hard thing to do, though, don't you tluuk ?" asked Mr. Hopper. "rer foHer ther 'Liberty Boys,' ye mean?" "Yes." W aal, I think et will, but I guess Ben kin do et." J Iow is he going to go about it?" "\V aal, we've notussed thet ther 'Liberty Boys' allers -gJea inter ther timber at ther same place, up ther road, e rbod halfway atween heer an' my house, and Ben is goin' r r hitle clust ter thet place, au when they come erlong he'll hlle r 'em, an' see where they go." Ah, that is the scheme, eh?" 't as." \\'ell, Ben may be successful but 1 wouldn't wager too 1 1nc h on it." 1 thinlr he'll be able ter do et.'' "Ah, yondE-r goes Ben now," said nir. Ilopper. "He has j1:::.t entered the timber at the spot you spoke of, where the 'Ltberty Boys' always enter it." 'Ya;&, an'-look, Sam! yender comes thcr ban uv 'Lib y Boys' this very minnet !" The other looked and nodded his head. Yes, there are the 'Lib erty Boys,' sure enough," he "WeH, Ben will now haYe the chance to try his pl:1n." Yer right; waal, good arternoon, neighbor Hopper." "Good afternoon, J'Yir. Snaggs." Then Jim Snaggs took his departure, and returned to his !; m1e by way of a short cut through the timber. :Jfr. Hopper went into the house, and as he disappeared -u--g-irl stepped out from the corner of the house. The girl was Lucy Hopper, and she had heard the con \ersation between her father and :Mr. Snuggs. Happening t o be nenr there by accident, she had overheard the dialogue ber"een Hopper and Snaggs. "So Ben Snaggs is going to follow ihe 'Liberty Boys' to their hiding-place, and then go and tell Arnold where the hiding-place is, is he?" she murmured. "Well, I will 3ee about that. J'Yiy sweetheart, Tom Farrell, is a member -0 the band of 'Liberly Boys,' and I am not going to let Ben Snaggs get him into trouble-not if I can help my self." 'l'he beautiful girl hesitated. She seemed undecided as to her course She glanced down the road, and snw that the "Liberty 'C0ys" were almost to the point where they always entered the timber, and knowing she coulcl not reach them in time t) warn them, she made up her mind to another course. :Making her way out of the yard, she crossed the road, rnd entPring the timber, made hl'r way as rapidly as she in t.he direction of the place where the "Liberty wnn l 11 enter the forrst. Ben Rnagg-s was in hiding nearhy when the "Ljberty tmnPd a,;ide from the road and entered the timber. H<" Raw that the youths had five redcoats in their midst, ; tnd 11 hla<'k look appeared on his fa<"e. ":-;o ve've got some more uv ther British prisoners, hev ye, Dick Slater?" he muttered. "W aal, if I hev good lu I'll fix et so Arnold will be able ter free all ther priso an' will be able ter git ye ez prisoners in his han's. The "Liberty Boys," not thinking of such a thing that there was a spy at hand, rode through the tim going in the direction of the island in the swamp. They were in a good humor, for they had routed a party of redcoats, capturing five, and had foiled the British in al attempt at burning the home of a patriot. 'T'he youths were talking and laughing, and this made Ben madder than ever. "Oh, yas, tork an' laff all ye wanter," he muttered. I think Arnold'll make ye laff outer ther other side uv yer mouth afore much longer." He followed, stealthily, and was easily able to do so, a tbe "Liberty Boys" could not go very fast on horseback through the timber. "I'll be able ter track 'em down, easy enufl'," thought Ben, with a feeling of satisfaction. "I'll track 'em ter tbeer hidin'-place, an' then I'll hurry back an' go ter Petersburg an' tell Arnold. Then I'll git ther munny, an' he'll bring er lot uv men an' capter ther 'Liberty Boys.' Thet'll giv me er good revenge onter Dick Slater fur interferin' thet arternoon w'en me'n dad wuz thrashin' Tom Farrell." Ben kept as close behind the party as he dared, and did not lose sight of them. When at last they reached the point where the path en tered the swamp, the horsemen stretched out, and rode in single file, and this occasioned quite a wait, during which Lime Ben watched proceedings with wondering eyes. "W aal, this beats ennythin' he muttered. "Thet is er swamp, ez sure ez guns, an' theer's er path what goes ercross Ler some solid groun'. I knowed theer wuz swamps in Vir ginny, but I didn' know theer wuz one so clust ter home." At last all the "Liberty Boys" were riding along the windtng pathway, and Ben uttered an exclamation of de light. "I've run ther 'Liberty Boys' ter thecr hidin'-place," he (xclaimed. ''I see smoke out theer er ways, an' thet's where I hey are stayin'. Likely et's an islan'. Ben Snaggs, ye air in luck Now ter go back home, ihen ter git ter Petersburg an' tell Arnold an' git ther ten poun's." "Ben Snaggs, you will not go to Petersburg, nor will you eYer handle that ten pounds of British gold," spoke a cle r, ringing voice, and the Tory youth whirled-to find confronted by Lucy Hopper. What was more, the beautiful girl held a cocked pistol in her hand, and it was leveled full ar Ben's head. ; CHAPTER XII. A BRAVE GIRL. T1 e Tory youth's underjaw droppecf. Ifo stared at the girl in open-mouthed amazement.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-KET. er was a person taken more by surprise. s attention had been on the "Liberty Boys," and he not given any thought to anything else. He had never a moment thought of such a thing as that while he was owing the "Liberty Boys" some one might be following To tell the truth, Ben was frightened, and as he gazed the muzzle of the pistol he turned pale. e tried to keep the girl from seeing that he was fright' however, but was not wholly successful. Liicy Hopper!" Ben :finally gasped. Tes, Hopper," was the quiet reply "Wha. d'ye mean, Lucy, by p'intin' ihet pistol at me?" ked Ben. "Turn et in some other direckshun; et mought off." "It will go oiI if you attempt to make a move before I ive you permission, Ben Snaggs," was the determined ply. "What d'ye mean, Lucy? What hev ye done this fur?" "You know very well, Ben Snaggs." "No I don'." "I say you do. I know all aboutthis affair, Ben. I :hear d your father tell mine that you were going to watch for the 'Liberty Boys,' follow them, find out where their hid ing-place is, and then go to Petersburg a:qd tell Arnold; and I made up my mind to foil your scheme." "Ye mus' be crazy, Lucy." said Ben. "Ye' re er Tory's .,al an' orter be glad to help ther British ter git ther best iv ther rebels." "I'm the daughter of a .,.rory, true; but r : m not a Tory myself, Ben Snaggs." "Ye hain't?" "No." A sudden, angry light came into Ben's eyes. "An' I know ther reason w'y ye hain 't er Tory, Lucy opper," he cried. "Et's becos To:rn Farrell is er rebel, an' ll are in love with 'im." A vivid flush swept over the girl's face. "That is none of your business, one way or another, Ben n aggs," she said with dignity. "I am not a Tory, and .. at is enough And I am not going to let you go to Pet ersburg and tell Arnold where the 'Liberty Boys' stay, eith er "Ye hain't ?" "No." "How are ye goin' ter he'p yerself ?" tt "I will show_you. rrurn your face in the other direction, n Snaggs." '(What" fur?" "Because I tell you to." "Oh, but ye kain't expeck me ter do what ye say, Lucy opper." "I do expect you to do what I tell you." "But I won' ;do et." "You must do it!" "I won't." "You had better!" The girl"s voice was grim and deia mined, and so was the look on her face. "What'll ye do, ef I don' do what ye tell me 1er?" asked Ben. "What will I do?" "Yas. "I'll shoot you." The girl's Yoice rang out clearly, Ben began to think she would do what she said. "Ye wouldn' dar' shoot me'' he growled. "But I would, though. And I will, too, if yo" don't obey me." "Thet would be murder ef ye wuz ter shoot irit. ; "No, not in war i.imes. It would be doing right. forced to the act in order to save the patriots ire rr, caphre and perhaps death." Ben turned paler still. He began to feel ihat he 1ras in a tight plac e "An' ye say ye'll shoot me ef I don' do what yf say, LLll:J" Hopper?" he asked. "I will shoot you, as sure as you there, Brn Snaggs, unless you do what I say, and now I tell you onc-e more, and for the last time; to turn your face in the othe r direc tion." "What d'ye want me ter do thet fur?" as'ked Ben. "That is my business. Do as I tell you." "Ye wanter shoot me in ther back when I ain"t look'.n !" said Ben suspiciously. "Bah! if I wished to shoot you I would do sn ma wrnld not take the tron blc 1.o make you turn your back to me.,. "Ye may be afoerd ye couldn' hit me at ther distance ye air erway, an' cf I turn my back ye kin step dusi up ter me an' put er bullet right through my head." "I could hit you from here if I 1rished. I hi. 1: pad iced lots with this pistol, and am a dead shot." "ls-thet-so ?" "1t is; now turn your back toward me." Ben hesitated, and then, noticing a threaten;1,; look "ne over the girl's face, be decided to obey, and proceeded to turn bis Lack to the girl. He kept his head t1ristec1 around, so that hE cula keep an eye on the girl, ho1rever, and a look of scon md 1.::.n. tempt came over Lucy's face. "You coward," she exclaimetl. "I beliere -,-c-; "c uld shoot u person in the back if you got a mid di d not like the person. You wo11ldn "t be cuopicio110 if that {rere pot the case." "I'm afraid ther pistol mought go off \rhnr: vc ;iin't', Lucy," was the reply. "And I suppose you think that by having your eyeo o n me you would be enabled to dodge the hull et .. he scornful retort. "No, not exackly, but--" "ForwaM,_march !"interrupted the girl. Ben did not move. "Did you hear me?" the girl cried. J rn to forward march." "Whe r e shall I march ter ?" : h1l lkn ,1,._'..'..!!t:dly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. --st Along the pathway oYer which the 'Liberty Boys' have jllllt gone." Ben started. "Shorely ye hain't ergoin' ter make me-" began Ben, but again the girl interrupted, with

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. 25 you to the edge of the swamp, and as I happened to know "Oh, say, ye wouldn' do thet !" cried Ben aghast. "Ye h e intended to go to Arnold Petersburg and tell him wouldn' dar'." w here you "Liberty Boys" are staying, I decided to put a "Ob, yes, we "ould dare do it;' said :Mark : Morrison s top to his scheme "This is war time, you know, and we can do about as Wt "How did you know he was going to do this?" please. Whether or not we hang you depends on how you "I heard his father tell mine that Ben was going to folact, and on how we feel about the matter." w you, see where you went, and carry the information to Ben was badly scared, and his knees shook. rnold, and so I followed him, and when he was about "Say, please let me go home," he said to Dick. ") turn and go away, after tracking you to this place, I prummus ye thet I won't go ter Arnold with ther news eppe d out, pistol in ha:pd, and forced him to march here, erbout yer hidin'-place. I won't do nothin' ye wouldn' wanl stea d." me ter. I'll turn patriot, ef ye'll on'y let me go." "You are the bravest girl I ever saw in my life, Miss "I would not trust you, Ben Snaggs," said Dick sternly. opper," said Dick. "Give her three cheers, boys." "I think you would keep your promises just about long Instan tly every hat was off, and as the youths gave utterenough to enable you to get to your home, and then you ce t o the three cheers, they swung the hats around their would lose no time in getting to Arnold with the inform aa d s. tion It was a splendid tribute to the brave girl, and she ap"Ye are mistook, Mr. Slater. I wouldn' do nothin like thet. eciated it, for her eyes sparkled and her face took on ded col or "And now, Ben Snaggs," said Dick, when the cheering w as ended, "what have you to say for yourself?" "Nothin'," was the su ll en reply "N othin, eh?" "The t's what I said." "So you were going to tell Arnold where we are staying, vere y ou ? 1 I wuz; an' I would hev done et, too, but fur Lucy Hop per." "Exactly, and we owe you a debt of gratitude for saving ue from being attacked by a large force of British, Miss L y. We thank you sincerely." You are more than_ welcome, Mr. Slater. I was glad to do -it, because--because---" "Because Tom, here, is a member of my company, eh, Lucy?" smiled Dick, slapping Tom on the back. Then, as he saw a blush suffuse the girl's face, and she loo ed confused, he added : "That is all right, MiSs Lucy. There are many among us who have sweethearts, and we are glad to know that Tom, here, has such a brave girl for a sweetheart. We are proud of you, for bis sake and your own, both." T hen Dick turned his attention again to Ben Snaggs. Make a prisoner of him, boys," said Dick, indicating the Tory youth, and a couple of the "Liberty Boys" quickly tied B e n 's arms together, behind his back. W hat ye goin' ter do with me?" asked Ben, his face wi n g ashen, for now he realized that be was in a prE)dica t sure eno u gh. He was a prisoner, and he thought it ib l e he mig h t never live to return to his home. Being cowardly disposition, his fears were augmented by the ge r -'We a r e going t o h ol d y o u a prisoner for awhile, Ben, my boy replied D ick. "And we may t ake it i n to our beads to string you up to a fimb to see how you will look," sai d Bob Estabrook, with a sober face. "We'll make sure of it by keeping you here," said Dick. "Take him and place him with the other prisoners, boys." And Ben was led away Tom Farrell asked permission of Dick to accompany Lucy home, which permission was of course promptly granted, and the lovers set out, after Lucy had been thank ed again for what she had done for them. "Jove, but I almost envy Tom," said Bob, gazing afte1 Tom and Lucy as they walked away. "Isn't that one oI the bravest, sweete st, and most bem1lifol girls you ever saw, Dick?" "Yes, she is all you have said, Bob,'' was the reply. "Bed if I should write home and tell SisJer Edith how you aw talking, I guess she would pull out some of your hair thr next time she sees you." "But you won't tell her," grinne d Bob. "If you wer to do so I'd tell Sister Alice you made love to most all the pretty girls we met while traveling around the country, and I guess you would lose some of your own wool when she next laid eyes on you." Whereat both laughed, for there were never two mon true-hearted youths, and there was not the least danger that the pretty faces of any girls would cause them to forgei their sweethearts, Alice Estabrook and Edith Slater. 'I'he "Liberty Boys" went ahead with the work they were engaged upon for two or three weeks longer, and Arnold was rendered nearly wild with rage as party after party of his men were struck severe blows by the dashing "Liberty Boys." It became his one aim to run the youths to earth and cap ture them, and he made herculean efforts to do so, bui al ways failed He began to think that his force was doomed to be gradu ally cut down and captured, until there would be nothing left of it-and as he realized that this was the work o f one hundred youths scarcely more than out of their teens, his anger was something fearful. About the first week in however, be beard good news.


THE LI.BERTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. A messenger came, lrringing the intelligence that Corn wallis was coming up into Virginia with his army, and that he would soon reach Petersburg. "Good!" exclaimed Arnold. "l'l1en he will march against Richmond, and that will put a stop to the work of the 'Liberty Boys' do\rn in part of the country. La -f':lyette will have to retire from Richmond, and Dick Slater and h.i.s gang will have to follow him or be captured." It was the 20th of :Jiay when Cornwallis and his army reached Peteroburg, however. the march having been a tedi -0us one, and swollen streams and missing bridges having retarded its advance. Cornwalliheld an interview with _-\.rnold at once, and -asked for information as to the lay of the land. Arnold gave the British general all the information in his power, and Cornwallis felt sure he would be able to advance to Richmond and give Lafayette a good thrashing. He ange red, howe,cr wheutold of the work the "Liberty Boys" had been doing in the vicinity of Peters burg, and said that it was a shame that a party of one hundred .. beardless boys." as called the youths, should be permitted to go on with their work of capturing and killmg British soldiers for \1eeks without being brought up with a round turn. "I have done the best rhat I could," said Arnold, with 1SoP1e haughtiness. "I assure you, General Cornwallis, that, beardless boys though they may be, the 'Liberty Boys' are -ve"y daring and dangerous customers, and you will find ti :.., out to your cost if you give them a chance at any small parties of your men." Dah I will exterminate the band if they come within nn reach," was the11rrogant reply. H happened that Mr. Graws and his daughter Nettie wer' in Petersburg on the day the British army reached th .. re, aml they made hasll' tu get out of the town and away, fo r they realized that they .,.,-erL' in danger if they remained, anJ then, t)(J, they knew that it \\U$ important that Dick S'11er ancl hi:0: "Liberty Boys" be informed of the coming of )ornwa!lis and his army. ':lo they left the town, and drore home as fast as their h orses could go. and then Xettie set out for the camp of the "Liberty Boys)) on the island in the .swamp ':lhe had been there two or three times with her brother Frank, an.J knew the way \\ell. Half an hour's walk took her to her destination, and wl,en she ;ll'rived there she was greeted pleasantly by all, for Frank wa,; a favorite among his and one of the 'Liberty Boys,"-George Daris by name-had fallen in lo,e with Nettie, and she with him, anc1 it \\'US characteristic of t he youths that a sweetheart of one of their number \\as looked upon uo a rcry queen among girls. In the generous, impulsive hearts of the "Libert. Boys'' there was no room for petty jealousies, and they were glad when one of tl1Pir number was enjoying the companionship of a sweet heart. So now. Nettie put in an appearance in the en -carnpment. they hastened to call George Davis, who was standing guard over the prisoners, one of tlie other youths taking his place. When George and Nettie had exchanged greetings the girl turned to Dick al\d said : "I have news for you, J\ir. Slater." "What is the news, Miss Nettie?" the youth asked "Cornwallis and his army have arrived at Petersburg." The "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to exclamations. "Say you so, Miss Nettie?" exclaimed Dick. "Yes; father and I were in Petersburg this forenoon \\'hen the British army arrived iJlere." "Ah! And has he a large army with him, l\fiss "I think he must have brought an army of nearly four thousand men, Mr. Slater." "And with the thousand already there, under Arnold, 110 now has an army of at least five thousand," said Dick "Yes, and Lafayette has only three thousand, Dick," said Bob Estabrook. "You are right, and of themen under him are raw militia. He will be unable to hold Richmond, Bob.'' "That's right; and if Lafayette has to retreat from Richmond it will be necessary for us to get ou't of this part of the country, don't you think?" "Yes, indeed ; if we remained we !Jc captured sooner or later." "Well, what will you do, Dick?" The youth was silent a few minutes, pondering the situ tion, and presently he said: 'I will tell you what we will do, boys. We will retreat to Richmond with our prisoners, at once." Well, that is one place where we have the better of Arnold, Dick," said Bob. "We have nearly one. hundred of his men prisoners, imd he has not cine of our men." "True, Bob. Our drag-net has been at work while we li:we been here, and we have hauled a goodly number of redcoats in." .. So we ha1c." XIV. A:N'OTHER HAUL. Hining ma_

THE LIBEHTY BOYS' DRAG-NET. "Let me see; how many men have you, General Lafayree thousand." d a large number of them are militia?" hile Cornwallis has at least five thousand soldiers, all of them trained and experi ence d veterans. I will the answer to your question to your own judgment, permission had beerr t,>Tanted, though Lafayette c aution.eel Dick not to l et :my of his men be captured. "I need you and all your brave boys," he said. ''We will be careful,., 5aid Dick. So the "Liberty Boys" remained behind when the main force marched out of Richmond. "What are you going to try to do, Dick?" asked 1-'ob. "I wish to try to capture a few moTe redcoats Hob,n was the reply; "I would like to capture some of CornwaJfo' ayette was silent for a few moments and then he men." ook his head. "You want to bring our drag-net into play on cf iJJC e, It is an impossibility," he said. "\Ye cannot hold eh?" mond. So I think, general." 'No, it would be folly to attempt it. The only thing is iiD get reacly to retire as soon as the British put in an 191pearance." "You are right, sir "\\hen do you think Cornwallis will adnnce upon Rich mond ?" "Likely within a day or two." "Then we must work rapidly." "Yes; it won't do to lose any time." ""S" o, indeed." Lafayette at once sent out word for his men to begin makin g preparations to retreat from Richmond. The men lost no time in getting to work and within ten i. our s they were ready to march at the command. "Now let Cornwallis come as soon as he likes,'' said La t&yett e, when he was informed of the fact that all prepar ation s for the retreat were don't think he will find much here to repay him for the trouble of coming." Cornw a lli s did not seem to he in any great hurry abou t comin g, however. A whole week passed and he had not put in an appearance F eeling that he might as well hold his ground until he wus forced to vacate, Lafayette remained quietly in Rich mond. Fearing there might be a threat in the action or nenaction of his enemy the young general kept scouts and spies out constantly, Dick and his'' Liberty Boys" com ing in for a large share of this work. Nearly another week passed before there were any signs to be seen of the British, and then Dick Slater rode into Richmond on a gallop, and hastened to inform Lafayett e of the fact that the British "'ere coming. Instantly Lafayette sent' ouf the order to get ready to retreat, and there was great bustle and confusion for a ti me, but soon all was straightened out and the Patri)t H roy marched out of nichmoncl.

THE LIBERT'Y BOYS' DRAG-NE'r. the extra horses, and then the "Liberty Boys" mounted in to himself "I will now hasten back to camp and let hot haste, and the entire party dashed away just as the fayette know what I have learned." main part of the advance guard appeared on the scene. 'rhe youth was soon back to .where his horse stoo When the "Liberty Boys" overtook the main force of the mounting, he rode back to the Patriot encampment. Patriots and General Lafayette saw that the youths had "They are after us in full force, general," he tol captured a number of the redcoats, his sutprise was great. fayette, and the general called his officers togethe "It was simple enough, sir." ;:aid Dick, and then he told held a council. how it had bem done. It was decided to keep on retreating swiftly, and t o General Lafayette was loud in his praises of Dick and his end the army was afoot long before daylight the "Liberty Boys." morning, an d had marched several miles before the B "You are wonders," he said. "If I had an army the size force was in action. of the one I have, and all were men like you boys, I wou l d Cornwallis' scouts speedily informed him that the enem return to Richmond and drive Cornwallis out of the had stolen a ma rch on him, and he was very angry, state." pushed forward in pursuit of the Pat rio ts with rene Dick laugh.ed. vigor. The prisoners listened to the con.-ersation with sullen The Patriots were good at marching, however, and looks on their faces. The way the: looked at Dick and their own admirably, the British gaining very little, his comrades showed that they would have liked to have any. had a chance to get even with the youths. That night Cornwallis tried to make an extra march and "Do you suppose Cornwallis will follow us?" asked catch the Patriot army, but thanks to the scouting "Ltl> Lafayette, after the subject of the captnre of the redcoats erty Boys," who were out under Dick's directions, o n the had been exhausted. lookout for this very thing, the movement was det ected "I think it likely, siT,'' replied Dick. in ti1:1e, and the Patriots broke camp, and by marching "In that case we will have to keep on retreating." st.eadily for seYeral hours, to place about the "Yes, unless you should come to a place "here yon could 1 distance between them and their pursuers as had exstation your army in what yon considered an impregnable 15ted before. position." The British, disappointed and disgusted by their failm; "True. I will a lookout for some such place." to catch th: enemy napping, went into camp in the aban-:_ That. evening the Patriot army went into camp just Patn?t e,ncampment across a stream, in the mid5t of heavy timber, and as soon Uornwalhs up the until the 4th. of J e, 118 supper lraa been e>aten Dick mounted his horse and \I hen, Lafayette s force crossed the Rapidan nv galloped back down the road in the direction from which and taken up a strong position beyond, he gave up tile they had come chase and turned back toward H1chmond. "I will find out whether or not the British are following us," he told General L afayette anll this was the errand that he was bent upon. He rode at a gallop a distance 0 two. and then he slac kened his speed to a walk, and ewn occasionally paused, and during the })ames he leaned fonrnrd in his saddle and listened intently. when he had gone another mile he paused and listened for a period of five minutes at leasr. Hearing nothing, he dismounted, and climbin g a tall tree standing beside the road, looked toward the south. At a point less than a mile distant, as nearly as he could ju dge, he saw the reflection from the campfires. "There they are," he said to himself; "yes, Cornwallis ilas followed us. But I will investigate and make sure of the matter, and learn, if possible, how many men have come in pursuit of ns." 'The "Liberty Boy" climbed to the ground, mounted, /ind rode half a mile further, and then dismounting, he crept forward, and after spending an hour in reconnoiter ing, succeeded in becoming possessed of all the information necessary to a full of the situation. "Cornwallis and his entire army are after us," said Dick 'l'hus ends the story of "The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net. They had certainly done godd work for the great ca and the redcoats that had been hauled in in such a ski manner were used for exchange purposes later on,

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The Champion of the School Marm. 172 Fred l'earnot and the Gypsies; or, The of a Stolen Child. ..l.l Fred I 'earnot a "fironcbo Buster;" or, A Great Time in the 173 Fred Fearnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching the "Green Goods" 1 and bis or, Evelyn's Fea'l'less Ride. 11 Fred Fearnot's Stron.g Arm: Ot', 'l'hc Bad Man of.Arizona. Fred Fearnot as a "'.l'enderfoot ;" or, Having Fun with tile Cowboys. Fred Fearnot Captured: Ol'. Tn the If ands of Ills Enemies. li'led l<'earnot and the Banker; or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin Him. Fred Fearnot's Great : or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. Fred Fearnot's Iron Will; or. Standing Up for the Right. Fred Fearnot Cornered: or, Evelyn and the Widow. Freel Fearnot's Daring Scheme: or, Ten f>ays iu an Insane Asylum. 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.THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A. Weekl y Mag azin e conta ining Stories of the American Revolutio By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a talthf account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Am,ertCI youths who were a.lwa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to imperil uv, foJ.9 the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Ind' cfen< E very number will consist of 32 large pages of reading attt bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 165 The Liberty Boys' j Mascot; or; The ldol of the Compan7. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath ; or, Going for the Redcoats Rougb1 2i The J.lberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and 67 The r ib erty Boys' Battle for Life; or, 'be Hardest Strualt Tories. All. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 68 'l'be Liberty Bors' Lost; or, The Trap That Did 1'jot Work. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clev,er 'rick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a 69 The Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Ev9l'J't ; Thing or Two. 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In 71 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, Snare the Enemy Set. Philadelphia. 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Hands of the rr<>r1 Outl\ 28 Tile Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, 'l'ralllng Benedict wine. nold. 29 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to save a Fort. 74 The Liberty Boys "Swoop"; or Scattering the Redcoat.a l 31) 'l'he Liberty Boys In a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites Chaff. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold. in Check 15 The Liberty Boys. "Hot Time" r, Lively Work in O l d Vlrgl 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge 76 The Boys Daring Sche1 e ; or, Their Plot to Captnre 33 The I iberty Boys Dupe d ; or, 'l'he Friend Who Was aa Enemy. Kmg s Son. The B E' k s d Th R 'h t s ded 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move; or, lnto the Enemy's ountry 3:> The s/lgneal .. _i't; 'kellJ.ccee 7'! The Liberty Roys' Beacon Light; ot, The Signal on ltbe Mo11nt 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for L!berty'a 7 9 The Llherty Boys' Honor; or, The Promise That W iKept. c1111se. 80 The Liberty Boys' "Te n Strike" ; or, Bowling the Bl'itlsh Over. 8 1 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, ancl How they Showed It. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Glant; or, A Hard Ma n '.!:be J,iberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. Handle. 3 l The Llherty Boys' Great Haul ; or, Taking Everything in Sigh t s3 Th L'b t B D d LI "C t If y D 1 41) The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, R e v eling In British Gold. e t er Y oys ea ne: o r ross t o u are' 41 The J lberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost '!'rapped. 84 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooe d"; or, Trouble at Evecy Turn. 42 Tbe Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 8i\ 'he Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that Led Then: 43 '!'be Libertv Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 8fi The Liberty Boys' Indian Frlend; or, The R edskin who l<'ougb1 11 'rh e Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the R e d coats and Tories. Independence. 4!'i The Liberty Boys Worried; or, 'be Disappearance of Di c k Slat.,!'. 87, The Libe rt;.-Eoys "Going it Blind" ; or, T aking l.llg 4fi The Lib e r t v Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the R e dcoats. 88 The Liberty Boys' Black B and: or, Bumping the Brl1 .sh Hard. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What They Set Out to Do. 89 The Liherty Boys' "Hurry Call"; or, A Wild Da9b t.> Sa 48 T l1e Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. Friend. 49 The Liherty Boys In Toryville; o r Di c k Slater' s Fearful Risk. 90 The Uberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, 'b e Heautlful Malt.I of 50 The Liberty B oys Aroused: or, Striking Strong Blows fo r Libert,;>'. M ountain. ut The Liberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their Ql The Uberty Boys' Brave Stand: or, Set Back but Nbt DefeatE Own Glim e. 92 The L ib erty Boys "Treed" ; or, Warm Work in the 'all Tlmb1 52 The L iberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good a s a Mll e D3 h e Liberty Boys,' Dare; or, Backing British pown. 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger ; or, Foes on All Sides. 94 The Liberty Boys Best Blows; or, B eatmg the Br1t1sb at Ben. 54 The Liberty Hoys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. ton. 55 'l' b e Liberty Boys' Strategy; o r O ut-Generaling the Enemy. fl5 The Libe rty Boys In New Jersey; o r Boxing the Ears of the 56 The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How i s h Lio n. to l!'igbt. D6 The Liberty Boys' Daring; or. Not Afraid of Anytblnl{. 57 The Boys' "Push" ; or, Bound to Get There. 97 The Liberty Boys' L ong llfarc h ; or, 'l'he Move tba't Puzzle( 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With ";\fad Anthony" British. at Stor. y Point. !)R The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot. Times on Harlem Hei 59 The Libeny Boys' Justice. And How They Dealt It Out. 99 The Liberty Boys in New York; or, H elping to Rold the ( 60 The Libe r t y Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. City. 61 'l' h e Libe1 ty Boys' S ealed Orders; or, Going it Blind. 100 The Liberty Boys' Big Risk; o r Read y to Take Chances. 62 The Libe:ty Boys' D aring Stroke; or, With "Light -Horse Harry" 101 The Liberty Boys' Urag-Net: or, hauling the R e d coats In. at Paulu s Hook. 102 The Liberty Boys' Cigh tning Work; o r, 'l' oo E'ast fo r the Br 63 'l'he LibHty Boys' Lively Time s ; o r, H ere, The r e and Everywh e r e 64 The Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand" ; or, Fighting Against G reat Oddf.. 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