The Liberty Boys' "Wild Irishman," or, A lively lad from Dublin

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The Liberty Boys' "Wild Irishman," or, A lively lad from Dublin
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Club in hand, the "Wild Irishman" de.need a lively jig, giving vent to an occasional lusty yell while the "Liberty Boys" laughed heartHy and .applauded :without stint.


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THE LmERTYBOYS OF '76. A W eekly Cont a in ing Stories o f the Am er ica n Rev olut io n ,Caauea Weekly-By S1tbseription $2.50 per 11ear. FJnte1ea as Class JJfatte_r at the New York, N. Y., Post Offtce, February 4, 1901. Entered according to A.ct ot Congress, '" the year 1903, in the o/Tice of Uie Librarian of Cong,.ess, Washington, D. 0., by Frank To11se11, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 107. NEW YORK, JANUARY 16, 1903. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. 'l'HE "WILD IRISHMAN." "Shure, capthin, an' phy don't yez l'ave the young leddy be?'' It was a pleasant evening in the last week in August of the year 1780. In front of a farmhouse in central South Carolina, not more than six miles from Camden, stood a party of British solrliers. 'rhcre were ten in the party, and that it was on a forag ing expedition was evident, for piled around on the ground were" number of articles in the way of clothing and furni ture, and some bags which e\idently contained provisions. Besides the soldiers there was a pretty girl of perhaps seventeen years. Her name was Mary Martin, and her father was a patriot. He was away to-day, he and his wife having gone to Camden to sell some produce and buy some things needed in the house. This had left Mary alone at home, but as she was a brave girl she was not at all afraid. She had not thougbt of such a thing as that the redcoats; who were at Camden, might come and bother her. But they bad come just the same. About half-past four o "clock the ten soldiers had put in an appearance, en.tered the house unceremoniously, and had taken whatever they saw that won their liking. 'l'he girl protested, but her protestations had elicited only laughter from the soldiers of King George. They had gone right ahead with their work, until they secured all they cared for, and then their leader, who wore a captain's uniform, turned his attention to the girl, and asked her for a kiss. The girl had told him no, in decided tones, but the captain happened to be one of those who thought himself irre eistible to the fair sex, and he imagined Mary was simply putting on when she said he should not have a kiss. He had become more importunate than ever, and had at last declared his intention of taking not one, but several Kisses, to pay him for the trouble of waiting and talking. Among the soldie rs was a tall, broad-shouldered, freckle faced Irishman named Larry Holt. He was a noble hearted fellow, and his blue eyes had flashed, and a frown had come over his face when his captain kept on persisting, and now, when the officer said he was going to take the kisses, w bether or no, and started toward the girl, the Irishman exclaimed: "Shure, capthin, an' phy don "t yez l'ave the young Jeddy be?" 'rhe captain paused instantly, and whirled, his face red with anger. He glared at the frank-faced young Irishman in a fierce manner for a few moments, but finding the private soldier met his glare unflinchingly, he grew even more angry, ana cried out: "What do you mean by speal}ing thus to an officer, Larry Holt?" "Shnre, an' Oi mane phwat Oi said, sur," was the reply, in the broad brogue of the North of Ireland. "You are impertinent, sir!" "Am Oi ?" "Y cs; you have no right to address saucy remarks to an officer." "Shure, an' nayther do yez have inny roight to addhress mane remarks to the young leddy." Ther e no getting ahead of Larry Holt, who among his comrades in the regiment was known as "The Wild Irishman." He was only about twenty years old, but was a magnificent specimen of manhood, and it seemed very hard to get him to understand that a private soldier was merely a machine, and had no rights which anyone was bonnd to respect. He would speak up, whenever he wanted to, but had so far escaped 'more than mere repri mands. Now, however, it seemed likely he would get into trouble, for Captain Horton was not only a strict disci plinarian, but had a grudge against Larry for something the y01mg Irishman had done that had not suited him. So now, when-Larry replied that the captain had no right to address mean remarks to the young lady, it made the otficer very angry. "You impudent Irish scoundrel !" he roared. "What do you mean by speaking so insolently to ml}?" "Oi mane phwat Oi say, sur." "See here. Do you know who I am?" swelling up his chest. "Yis, Oi know who yez are." "Then you know I am your commanding officer, don't you?" "Oh, yis, Oi know thot." Well, do you know that I can have you thrown in the


2 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." guard-house and kept there a week for talking insolently girl, he could not control himself, and with a boun d he to me?" placed himself between Horton and the doorway. "Oi dunno about it, but Oi supphose yez could do that "Back wid yez, capthin," he said, waving the officer 1 same av yez wanted to." "Shame on yez, to want to make a poor gurrel so r; li "I could; and if you open your mouth to address me be-throuhle !" fore you are spoken to again, I shall most assuredly have "By heavens, Holt, but this does settle it!" criec ti JOU placed in the guard-house." ooptain, fiercely. "You have gone entirely too far, anll "Oh, yez will?" when we get back to Camdep_ into the guard-house yc'u go "Yes, I will." for a week! Perhaps, when you come out again, you.wJl "Shure, an' Oi'll not say anither worrud, sur, av yez'll know more than you do now." only lave the young leddy be." "Mebby so, captain," was the imperturbable r e ply. "I am not going to let the young lady be, either. I "But av Oi kin kape yez frum insulthin thot swate 1i l .am going to have the kisses. She wants to be kissed, you gurrel, Oi'll be more than willin' to spind a wake iu fool, itnd is only pretending that she doesn't. It's the way guard-house, so Oi wull." of girls, the world over." Larry Holt was such a jolly, lively, good-natured f ello w "Tliat. is false," cried Mary, her eyes fl.ashing. "I don't that he was liked by all his comrades; and Captain Horton know how it may be with your English girls, but with the was so big-headed, self-important, and o.verbearing H" an gi r ls of America your statement does not apply. When we officer that he was heartily disliked by the majority of his say we don't want to be insulted we mean it." men; so the sympathies of the other soldiers were with "Mere talk!" sneered the captain "I know the women Larry, but they feared he had made a bad mistak e in like a book, and they all like to be kissed and made love to .'' showing insubordination. They knew Captain Horton. "Not by every one who comes along, Sir Captain," reand felt that he would see to it that the "Wild Irish1 u n" plied the girl. "I suppose that almost every girl at some was punished for his temerity. time in her life encounters some man whom they would "Out of the way!" roared Horton :fiercely be glad to have make love to them, an

THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." 3 '{I would, and will! Stand aside, or die!" 'l'he voice was firm and fierce, and there was no doubt that the speaker meant he said. "All roight, thin," said Larry, very quietly. "Av yez r"ally mean it, Oi'll-do thot !" and as he spoke the last two words, out shot his fist His action was wholly unexpected by the captain, and the young Irishman 's fist struck the officer fair between the 'eyes, knocking him down w .ith a thump. "Hurroo !" cried Larry, his face alight with the enthu ,Uasm of war. "Thot's the way Oi thrate omadhouns loike 1iro, phwat go in fur insulthin' av helpless young leddies Whoopl-hurroo!" CHAPTER II. THE "WILD IRISHMAN" AT WORK. Mary Martin leaped out and seizing hold of Larry, pushed him with all her might, crying, excitedly, tremblingly: "Oh, sir, go Go at once! He will kill you when he gets up. Flee while you have the chance !" "That's good advice, Larry," said one of the soldiers who stood near, in a cautious voice. "The captain'll shoot you dead as a herring when he gets up." "But Oi'm not goin' to lave the little gurrel to be in sulted by the spalpane," protested Larry "You can't help Iler after you are dead," the 15oldier replied. "Go at once, Larry." The blow which the Irishman had given the captain was a terrible one, and it, with the concussion when the officer's bead struck the ground, rendered him temporarily almost unconscious. He '1as dazed, and lay there, gazing up at the sky, winking and blinking, and seeing more stars and meteors than he had ever taken notice of before at one time. "Please go, sir!" pleaded the girl. "Go, and save your life. Please do!" The Irish youth turned his hea

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAJl." the present, and he was willing to enjoy the company of the girl, even though a man who hungered for his blood stood just on the other side of the door. Mary suddenly thought of the back door, however, and exclaimed: "I must fasten the back door, or they will get in there, right away!" She hastened along the hall, to the rear, and Larry ac companied her, and forestalled her, taking up the bar and placing it across the door. "Shure, an' such work is not fur the swate litthle hands av a maiden loike yees," he said ; giving Mary a look out of his frank blue eyes that brought a blush to the girl's face and made her heart beat faster-for the younl?i Irishman was a manly-looking fellow, and Mary had taken a sudden liking to him. They had just got the door barred when it was trieP. from without, and a voice called out : "The back door is barred, captain." "Then likely the Irish scoundrel is in there yet!" was beard in the officer's voice. much taken with the Irish youth as he was with her, and she laid her hand on his arm, looked up in his eyes, and said: "But I do want you to live. I sould be very, very sorry if you were to lose your life." "Hurroo !"cried Larry. "Oh, it's joyful an' happy Oi am, an' Oi don't care who knows it; nor do Oi care two shillin' fur the capthin out there, who is eager fur the blood av mesilf. Oi fale as if Oi could thrash the null crowd av thim all by mesilf. But," lowering his voice, "the byes are friendly to me, an' Oi'd hate to have to hurt inny av thim, so Oi would." The captain had been giving his men some instructions, and now he came to the door and knocked upon it, crying out, authoritatively: "Open the door, Larry Holt!" "Sure, an' Oi'll do nothin' av the koind, Capthin Hor ton," was the defiant reply. "You might as well do so." "Phwy?" "Perhaps so, captain." A moment later there came a knock on the door. "Because, if you don't, we will break the door down." "Y ez had betther think two or three toimes afore yez do !'Hello, in !" called a voice, which the two recog tbot, capthin." nized as being that of Captain Horton. "What do you mean?" "Hillo, yersilf, an' see how yez loike it," retorted Larry, "Oi mane thot av yez bhreak the door down it's mesilf defiantly. ll make yez wish yez hadn't done it." "He's in there, all right, boys!" cried the captain. "What will you do?" "Good! We'll have him out in a jiffy, and then we'll make "Oi'll foight !" him wish he had never been born." "Bah! What could you do against nine of us?" "Mhebby yez wull, an' mhebby yez won't," muttered "Oi'll do the best Oi kin." Larry. "Folly! We will overpower you without any trouble." "Oh, sir, I'm afraid you will lose your life, after all!" "Yez are mistaken, cap thin. There'll be trouble, an' said Mary. "I'm so sorry, and shall feel guilty, for it was plinty of it." for my sake that you got into trouble." "If you should kill or wound one of us, Larry, it would "An' wouldn't Oi wade kn ee-deep in throuble fur the 'be your death.warrant." sake av such a swate litthle gurrel as yersilf, miss?" "Shure, an' Oi think it wull be thot, innyway, av Oi young Irishman exclaimed, giving the girl a look to match give up, an' so Oi am goin' to sthick it out, an' foight to his words and tone. "Shure an' av Oi lose me loife, it'll be the death. An' Oi'll make shure to put a bullet through lost in a good cause, so it wull !" yez, Capthin Horton, if Oi niver do innythin' else, fur yez "But I don't want you to lose your life," the girl said, are the cause of all the throuble." blushing. "I want that you shall live, as you deserve to "Bosh! you caused the trouble, yourself." do." "Oi did not; yez caused it by botherin' the young led dy." "Shure, an' do yez, indade ?" cried Larry, delighted "That was all right, and none of your business. You "Begorra, thin, it's a big foight Oi'll be afther makin' fur ought not to have interfered." me loife, since Oi know yez wants me to live; but av yez "Oi'm glad Oi did interfhere, an' Oi'd do the don't care whether Oi live or whether Oi don't, thin Oi'll ai'in." open the dure, an' walk roight out an' say to the capthin, "All right; then you won't open the door?" 'Here Oi am; do phwat yez wull wid me!'" "Oi wull not!" This was showing his hand with a vengeance, but the "Then we'll smash it down. Bring a batteringram, Irish youth was impulsive and warm-hearted, and he had men!" fallen head over ears in 'love with the pretty .American maiden, and he was almost in earnest in his statement, for if she were to say she didn't care whether he, lived or died he would not have cared a cent, either, and would just as soon have walked out and faced the wrath of the captain as not. But he didn't have to do that. Mary was almost as CHAPTER III. LARRY REFUSES TO FLY. There was a wood-pile near at hand, and the chopping log was a goodly.sized, solid stick eight or ten inches in.: diameter, and seven or eight feet long.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." Six of t he redcoats picked up this log and advanced, in obeyance to the command of their captain. They did not seem to be very eager or enthusiastic, but the officer did not notice this, his mind being on other things. ".r men are here in front of the door, with a log in their hands. One blow from the log will be sufficient to burst the door down. Now, for the last time, I call upon you tQ open the door." Such were the captain's word s but the re was no reply. He waited a few moments, and then muttering angrily, cried: 5mash the door!:' The redcoats swung the log forward, and the end struck thedoor nllar the center. It was a pretty hard bump, but while the door shook and rattled, it did not give way. The bar across it was a strong one, and held well. "Not hard enough!" cried the captain, angrier than ever. "Put your force into the effort, and make a success of it this time." Again the men swung the log, and this time the door was unable to withstand the assault. Down it went, the i.- rving given way in the middle, and the way of entry was open to the redcoats. But neither Larry nor the girl were to be seen. "They have gone upstairs," cried the captain. "Into the howie and a;er them, men. We must capture that Irish scoundrel, and make an example of him." The captain hung back; evidently he had not forgotten what Larry had said, to the effect that he would shoot the officer the :irst one. The men noticed their commander's action, and seized upon it for an excuse to bang back also The truth was they did not like the work they were en gaged upon. They did not approve of the captain's action in attempting to mak e the gi rl give him some kisses, in the place, and s e condl y, the y were warm friends of Larry and did not want t o do him an injury. "Go ahead; what a r e you hanging back for?" cried Captain Horton, angrily. "For the same reason you are, captain," repli e d one of the men, more bold than the others. "We're afraid to go in :front for fear some one of us will get the bullet that Larry intends for you." The officer colored up, and muttered an angry exclama tion. He saw he could not hold back and make his men take the most dangerous work, however and so he entered the house, with a great show of bravery. "l am not afraid of a cowardly Irishman, if you men are !'1 he declared. "If he shoots at me it will be the last thing he will ever do in thi s world!" and he :flourished his pistol in an extremely menacing manner. The captain was right when he stated that Larry and the gir had gone upstairs. As soon as they heard him order the men to bring the batteriBg-ram they realized that they must get out of the way, and Mary had seized hold of Larry's arm, with the words: "Come with me; we will go "It's mesilf '11 go innywheur s wid yees litthle lump of swateness thot yees are!" said Larry, as the girl jerked him along the hall at a rapid rate, in order to hid e her confu s i0n. Of course, be was more than willing to go, or she c ould not have got him along. Opening a door, the girl led the way into ,hat was evi dently the sitting-room She closed the door, and fastened it by sticking a wooden pin above the latt h, and then led the way across to a rude wooden stairway. Up this they went, and were in another hall. Along this they moved rapidly, and the girl paused only when they reached the end of the hall. Opening a door on the right-hand side, she pushed the youth through into the room, and followed. The was bare and was evidently unused, and fasten ing the door as best she could, the girl hastened across to the one window, and looked out. There was only one red c oat in sight. The others were evidently within doors. "This window be opened, and there is a shed, the roof of which is only three or four feet below the sill," the girl said. "If it wasn't for that soldier, yonder, you could escape." "Shure, an' thot's Tommy Hall, me chum in the com pany, an' he'd no more shoot me than he would his own fadther, Miss Mary," said Larry, after glan.c ing out. "Then you can easily escape! Hasten, sir," and she tried to open the window, which for some reason stuck fast. "Wait a minnet, Miss Mary," said Larry. "Shure, an' Oi'm not goin' to go away an' lave yez to be insulted by thot spalpane of a captain, so Oi ain't!" "He won't hurt me, now. He is too eager to catch you, and won't pay any attention to me. Go, please go!" At this moment steps were hearP. in the ball, and the sound of voices. "They are coming the girl cri e d "Go, please go and again she tugged at the window. Larry seized hold of the window and jerked it open. The n he looked out saw the roof of the shed was only a short distance down, and that it was not very slanting, and lifting Mary, he d epos ited her on the roof, and followed just as there came a crash against the door. The soldier on the ground, who had been called Tommy Hall by Larry, g lanced up saw the two realized what they were doing, and then giving Larry a prodigiou s wink turned his back and deliberately walked around the corner of the house, out of sight. "Yez see?" breathed Larry, grinning broadly, "Tommy i sn't goin' to be witness to our escape, d'ye moind? Oh, Oi'll tell yez Tomm y' s the roight sort, so he is." "We must hasten!" breathed the girl. "The door will not hold them in check any time at all." Then they made their way down the sloping roof of the shed, and just as they reached the lower edge they heard a crash. The door had given way Without a W >rd Larry lifted Mary gently in his arms,


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." and leaped to the ground, w1'ich was perhaps twelve feet distant. The impact, when he struck the ground, jarred Larry considerably, but he did not mind it, and taking a moment of time to place the girl on her feet, he caught her by the hand, and said : "Come along, darlint Shure, an' we'll git away from the spalpane, afther all." They ran alofig the side of the house, to the corner, turned here, and were at the front of the house. At this moment a cry escaped the lips of Mary: "Look! Yonder comes a party of horsemen! Perhaps they are friends!" "Yez are roight,' Miss Mary," said Larry. "An' Oi hope they are frinds, begorra, fur Oi'd loike to see thot coward av a capthin have to run loike a scared wol, so Oi would!" The soldier who had remained out of doors, Tommy, Hall, saw the approaching party of horsemen at almost the same moment the girl did, and he dashed into the house, through the rear doorway, and yelled to his com rades: "Come down, fellows; come down instantly A party strange horsemen is coming, and I think they are rebels l Hurry!" The redcoats who were upstairs heard, and the captain gave utterance to an exclamation of anger. "Come, men!" he cried. "We must not let ourselves be caught like rats in a trap. Hurry!" The eight men hastened downstairs and out of doors, and a glance around the corner of the house in the direc tion indicated by Tommy Hall was all that was needed. "Rebels!" exclaimed the captain, in a tone of angry dis appointment. "We will have to 1 get away from here in a hurry, men. Follow me!" He dashed away toward the timber, which was nearly a quarter of a mile distant, and his men followed at the best speed of which. they were capable. It was a hard matter for them to keep anywhere near their leader, however, for he was a good runner, and on this occasion he seemed to be out-doing himself. The fact was that the captain' was not as brave as he tried to make out that he was, and when there was danger to be apprehended, and he could escape from it by a show of speed, he was more than willing to do so. The horsemen who were coming down the road saw the fleeing redcoats, and uttered yells, and made an effort to catch them before they could reach the shelter of the tim ber, In this they failed, however, as they had to stop to let down some fence bars, and thus lost enough time so that the redcoats were enabled to get in among the trees before their pursuer s could get within pistol-shot distance of them, Having failed in catching the nine redcoats, the horse men, of whom there ;were perhaps a dozen, turned their horses' heads, and rode back to the house and around to the front, where they found a stalwart redcoat and a beautiful girl engaged in an animated conversation. fact was that Mary, fearing Larry might get into tro uble with the newcomers on account of the fact that he ore a British uniform, was trying to persuade him to t ke refuge in flight, the same as his late comrades bad do e,. but the "Wild Irishman" refused to go. "Oi won't lave yez, Mary, dear!" he said. "It's mesilf as has stharted in to purtect yez, an' begor:ra, Oi'm goin' to do it. How do Oi know but these spalpanes may be worse than the capthin himself?" He had just made this plea in answer to Mary's ar ments and entreaties when the horsemen around t.he corner of the house, and paused in front of the two, and of course then it was too late to try to take refuge n flight, even had he wished to do so, which he did :aot. The horsemen were young men of perhaps ninetee n to twenty-one years of age, and were bright-looking, hand some, and manly fellows, and the girl's heart grew lighte r as she noted this fact. "Surely they cannot be bad men," she said to herself "And I believe that they will be ready to listen to rease> and will not injure this brave young man who took my; against his own commanding officer, thus taking, his hands." The young man who was evidently the leader of ilie party of horsemen eyed the two keenly and searchingly. "Your pardon, miss," he said in a clear, pleasant voice "but may I ask the meaning of this affair?'! And h doffed his hat and bowed gracefully. "The British soldiers whom you saw running were robbing my home of everything in the way of valuables+,, they could find, sir," was the reply. "Ah, indeed? But you, sir," nodding toward Larry. "why have you remained behind? Why did you not ta' refuge in flight, the same as your comrades have done ?n "Shure, sur, an' Oi was in betther busine ss," was the reply, with such a comical brogue and twist of Hae face that a smile came on the faces of the horsemen. "Ah, indeed? What was the business, if I ma y ask?" "Bein' fadther, mither, brother, an' sisther to this young leddy, sur, av yez plaze. She was all alone here, sur, an' Oi consthitooted mesilf her purtictor, sur, an' though she did her best to get me to go, Oi wouldn' do it, far says Oi to myself, says Oi, 'Larry, me bye, it may be thot these sthrangers may be bad min, an' the thing fur yez to do ii to stand yer ground an' purtict the young Jeddy wid yer loife, if nade be, in case they should prove to be spalpan -an' thot's phwy Oi'm here, sur, insthid aT scootin through the timber loike thim ith er fellows are doin', sur." CHAPTER IV. LARRY JOINS THE "LIBERTY BOYS." "All of which speaks well for you, my friend," said the young man, eyeing the Irish youth with an interested air. "I see you are a British soldier."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." "Shure, an' Oi wur a British soldier, sur." "Were?" "Yis." "You mean that you are not one now?" "Thot's phwat Oi mane." The young men all looked surprised, and stared at the speaker inquiringly. "How is that?" asked the spokesman. "Why are you not a British soldier now ?" "Well, fur wan r'ason, it's mesilf is ashamed to be a British soldier inny longer." "A.shamed, eh?" "Shure an' Oi am." "Wby sc?" "Fur the reason thot Oi don't apphrove av the way they have of insulthin' swate yolmg leddies by wantin' to kiss thim, sur." The young man looked at the Irishman with interest. "You don t approve of that, eh?" he remarked. "No more Oi do, sur; yez see, it's mesilf has a swate sister back in the ould counthry, an' Oi think av her, an' whin Oi see the soldiers botherin' an' insulthin' the young leddies, it makes me mad an' ashamed fur to be seen wid 'em." "And I don't blame you. One thing is sure, your feel ings do you great credit. But is that the reason you are no longer a British soldier?" "Yis, sur; it led up to the throuble, an' now on account av the thr:ouble, Oi don't want to go back to the British army." "What was the trouble?" "Oi'll tell yez. Yez see, me commandther, Captain Hor ton, who thinks he is loved by all the gurrels thot sets eyes on him, wanted the young leddy, here, to give him a kiss, an' she refhused; but thot only made him the more eager, an' he wur gain' to take a dozen, he said, by force, but Oi couldn't sthand that, sur, an' Oi interfered, an' it made him mad, an' he wur gain' to run me through wid his sword." ".Ah, ha !" "Oi couldn't stand thot, sur, fur Oi'm as much in love wid loife as inny ither man, an' so Oi gives him a smack achune the eyes an' knocks him down." "Served him right ;, "So it did!" "You did the correct thing, old men." "Yes, he needed killing." Such were a few of tke remarks given utterance to by the horsemen. "What did the captain do, then?" asked the spokes man. "Shure, an' as soon as he got his sinses back he wanted fur to kill me, so he did, but Oi knocked him down. an' thin the litthle gurrel an' mesilf went into the house an' barred the doors. They broke in the back door an' got into the house, an' so we rethreated upstairs an' wur climbin' out through the windy whin yersilves kim in soight. Thin wan av the soldiers saw yez comin' an' warned the rist, an' they got out of the house and run fur their loives, as yersilves wur afther seein'." and now, if I understand you aright, you do not wish to return to the British army ?" "It would be as much as me loife is worth to do it, sur." "You think the captain would have it in for you?" "Shure an' he would; he's a bad wan, sur, so he is." "Well, if you are not going back to the British army, what will you do?" "Shure an' Oi dunno," was the reply, with a scratch of the head, "unless the young leddy here wull let me sthay an' be her purtictor all the toime," this last with a comical grin. The young men smiled and the girl blushed rosily. "That would be rather a pleasant task," said the young man. "It certainly would beat soldiering." "Shure an' it would," with an admiring glance at the girt "But Oi'm afraid the young leddy wouldn't agree to it." "Father and mother will be home soon," said Mary, "and then I will have protectors, you know." "Roight yez are, Miss Mary," nodded the Irish youth. "An Oi don't see phwat Oi'm to do fur a livin' frum now on, shure an' Oi don't." "What is your name?" asked the spokesman of the party of horsemen. "Larry Holt." "Well, Larry, you have cut loose from the British, you say, and will have to do something, so why not join the patriot army?" "Yez mane the ribel army, sur ?" remarked Larry. "The British call it the rebel army, but we are not rebels, Larry. We are patriots, :fighting for our homes and for our country." "Shure an' thin yez are pathriots ?" "We are; we belong to a company of young men of whom you may have heard. We are called 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' "Shure an' it's mesilf has heard av-yez, many's the toime !" exclaimed Larry, his eyes lighting up. "I have heard father speak of the 'Liberty Boys,' many times, Eir," said the girl. "Is your father a patriot, miss?" asked the young spokes man of the party. "Yes, sir." "Begorra, an Oi've matle up me moind," exclaimed Larry. "Have you?" "Yis." "And what have you decided upon?" "That frum this day on Oi'll be a pathriot !" "Good for you, Larry!" approvingly. "I am sure you will never regret your decision." "Oi'm shure av it, too, sur," with a side-glance at the patriot girl.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." "I'm so glad you have decided to become a patriot!" exclaimed Mary. ''Hurroo thin it's deloighted Oi am that Oi have become a pathriot," the Irish youth cried. "Shure, an' it's m ilf 'd do innythin' to make yez glad, me darlint." rhe' girl blushed again, but did not look displeased, and the young men, who were observant fellows, decided that the handsome stalwart son of Erin had made his way into her good graces. "Are you Mr. Dick Slater, sir?" asked the girl, address ing the spokesman of the party, speaking more to hide her confusion than for any other reason." "That is my 11ame, miss. And if I may ask, what is your name?" "Mary Martin, sir." "Shure, an' are yez r'ally Dick Slater?" asked Larry, a look of interest on his face, as he eyed Dick keenly. "I am, Larry," was the reply. "Phwy, Oi don't see thot yez look inny different frum the rist av the byes," said Larry, in a tone of surprise. "Did you think I would look different from the rest, Larry?" "Shure, an Oi did." "Why so?" "On account av the wond e rful sthories Oi have heard about yez. Oi thought yez must be a giant, begorra, an' yez are no bigger than the rist av the byes." "You are right, I am not so very great in stf!-ture, Lar ry," was the smiling reply. "But he gets larger when in battle, Larry," said Bob Estabrook, who sat next to Dick. He was a jolly, irrepres sible youth, and was Dick 's right-hand man, and a lifelong friend and companion, they having lived neighbors for years. "I have heard redcoats say he look s as big as the side of a house at such tim es." "Shure, an' thot's phwat Oi was aft her thinkin'," said Larry, soberly. "Judgin' by the sthories Oi have heard av him Oi thought he muEt b e as big as the soides of two houses." The Iris hman' s tone and air were so droll that all had to laugh. "Say, Larry, why not join my c ompany of 'Liberty Boys'?" remarked Dick. Larry's face lighted up. "Oi'd loike thot betther than innythin' in the worruld, sur," he replied. "Good! then you may consider yourself a 'Liberty Boy'." "Hurroo It's happy Oi am to think thot Oi'm to be wan av the famous 'Liberty Byes'!" exclaimed Larry; and then his face lengthened, and became sober. "What's the matter?" asked Dick. "Shure, an' Oi have no horse. Phwat am Oi to do? Oi can't kape up wid yez on foot. "Oh, we have extra horses and extra uniforms." "Have yez, indade? I'd like to get rid of this English uniform." "At our encampment up the river a ways, you w ill be SU pp lied." "Thot's all roight, thin." "Yes ; you won't have to walk." "There come father and mother!" exclaimed Mar., at this juncture. "I'm so glad." A team and wagon were seen coming down the roa d, a quarter of a mile distant; in the wagon were a man a: d a woman. The man drove up in front of the house and stepping the team, stared about him wonderingly. He looked a t tbe dozen horsemen, at Larry, with his British uniform on, at Mary, and then at the piles of clothing, furniture, aDAl provisions lying on the ground, and then, turning his at tention again to his daughter, exclaimed: "What in the world does all this mean, Mary?" "Yes, what does it mean?" supplemente d her mother. "I'll tell you just what it means, father and moth r," the girl replied; and then she explained. "Well, well, so the redcoats have been here, have th ?' Mr. Martin exclaimed. "And you interfered against he captain of the party, and protected my daughter ir<'n in sult, sir?" to Larry "Permit me to thank you It very kind of you, indeed, and you will :find that we know how to be grateful." "Thot's all roight, sur," said Larry, bowing awkwardl "Oi have a sistber av me own over in the ould coumhry, an' Oi couldn't stand shtill an' see the capthin kis8 c litthle gurrel ag'inst her will, sur. It wasn't :much t t Oi done." "Wasn't much!" exclaimed Mary. "You risked your life, and you know it, Larry. "Shure an' Oi' d estame it an honor to risk all m e J o i '?:I fur yez, Miss Mary, av Oi had a s minny av thim as a c 'l t declared the young Irishman, and Mary blushed and lo confused Dick and his "Libe rty Boys" now got down oft their horses and helped carry the clothing, :furniture, and provisions back into the house after which they bade Mr., Mrs., and Mary Martin good-by; and took the _ir depar ture, going back up the road in the dire c tion from which fbP.y had come only half an hour or so before. And Larry Holt the "Wild Iris hman," a ccompanied them. CHAPTER V. THE "WILD IRISHMAN" MAKES A HIT. Of course, the "Liberty Boys" went slowly, for Larry was on foot, and could not go fast. It was only about two miles to the encampment di the "Liberty Boys," however, so Dick told the young Irishman, and he laughed and said that was only an exercise jaunt. He walked beside Dick' s horse, and the captai n of the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." 9 "Liberty Boys" plied Larry with questions regarding the a young man who would do what Larry had done was all Britis h at Camden. He asked how many there were of right, and worthy of being a comrade. the British, how strong the works were, what the British I One of their number proposed three cheers for Larry intended doing, and everything of that kind, and Larry anI Holt the new recruit, and the cheers were given with a swer e d all the question s to the bes t of his ability, for will, though the voices were held in check considerable, as he was now a s tan c h patriot and willing to do anything the youths did not know but there might be enemies within and everything pos sible for th e cause of liberty and indehearing distance, should they cheer loudly. pendence. It was now time to get supper, and the youths went to By the tim e th e patriot enca.r;n.pment was reached Dick work, and cooked and ate frugal repast This had SElcurc d a gre a t deal of valuable information from the they settled down to take thrngs easy new recnnt, and he congratulat e d himself on having They sat around, on logs, and on their blankets spread made such addi r ion to the rank s o f the "Liberty Boys." ou the ground, and laughed and talked, and told stories, The arrival d the party of youths, with the young man and finally Larry was asked to tell a story. in their occasioned con s iderabl e excitem ent in thl3 He complied, and told a story that brought forth shouts encampment. Becuuse of t he fact that L arry wore a Briti s h uniform the "Liberty Boy s supposed h e was a prisoner, but they .soon l e arned their mistake; and when they were told that Larry was to bEcome a "Lib e rty Boy," and fight against the B r itish, they gave utteran c e to e xclamation s of delight and satisfaction. "That is rood, I tell you!" s a i d one. Yes, and he is doing the right thing now." "We are always glad to get recruits." "Yes, and taking him away from the British and adding him to our force makes it c ount double, you see." Such were a kw of the e x clamations given utterance to by the youths. 'rhere was something about the .t:rank, open face and merry blue eyes of the young Iris hman that appealed to the youths and they took a liking to him at once. They engaged him in conversation, and it did not take them long to l earn that he was bright, witty, and chock full of fun. "Say h e is all right, isnt he!" said one youth to an other, aft e r Larry bad got off some funn y remark that made them all laugh. "You are right. He will be a boon to us for he will keep us livened up with his funny sayings." Larry too, on his part, was greatly pleased with the "Liberty Boys." He saw they were lively, jolly fellows, good-natur e d and manly, and he told himself he was fortunate in having fallen among them. Som e of the y ouths with proclivities for joking, at tempted to have a bit of sport with Larry, but he was al way s ready with an answer aJtd managed to turn the laugh on them with such unfailing certainty and ease that they soon got enough of it, and w e re glad to quit. Al1d Larry did not mind it. He rather enjoyed it, for he knew the re was no ill will back of it, but simply a desire to hav e s ome fun. Dick Slater and his comrades who had bee n with him told how Larry bad taken the part of a patriot maiden, and knocked his own captain down twice in protecting the girl from insult, and this earned for Larry the respect and admiration of all the "Liberty Boys." It was something that appealed to their sense of chivalry, and they felt that of laughter from the h e arers. The story itself was a good on e but the mann e r of the telling aided greatly in mak ing it effective, while th e inimitable brogue helped also. Larry had been furni s hed with a Liberty B o y's uniform a nd had doffed the British uni-form, and now he looked mu c h like the other "Liberty Boys." He said he felt bett er. "Shure an' it's mesilf is glad to get rid av thim rid c ompli c ted duds, so Oi am," h e declared. "And I don't blame you," said Bob Estabrook. "Do 'on think you will like to fight for Liberty and Independence, Larry?" a s ked Sam Sanderson. ,-, Oi do," was the reply, and then a sober look came over the youth s face for a moment. "There 's only wan thing thot Oi don't loike about it," he added. "What is that?" "Oi may have to foight some av me ould chums in the company Oi was in. There are some foine byes among the redcoats, though av course wbin the officers egg thim on, they are likely to do things thot they oughtn't to do." "Yee that would be bad, if you were to have to fight some of your old chums,'.' said Dick. "But you may never meet them on the field of battle." "It's mesilf hopes thot same, fur av Oi wur to mate some av thim, Oi'm afraid Oi'd shut me eyes an' shoot too high, s o Oi would." "And no one would blame you for that, Larry." "But would th e y be a s careful not to hurt you, do you think?" a s ked Mark Morrison. "Would they ? in an enthu s iastic tone. "Shure, an' the wans pbwat wur me chum s would, ye kin wager! There s Tommy Hall, now, the b y e phwat allwus called me th e W oild Oiri s hman,' he would sooner shoot his fadther than mesilf !" And the n Larry told how Tommy Hall had seen him and th e girl c l i mbin g out of the window, and htrd d e lib e ratel y turne d bi s back and walked around the corner o f the house out of s ight. "He i s the right stripe, that fellow," said Bob Esta brook. I'm glad to know, Larry, that there are some such men among the British soldiers." "Oh, they're jhust loike most min, sur," was the reply "Av they act worse than they ought, it is the blame av the


' THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." officers, minny of whom are misthake." moighty bad min, an' no I down, and at the saIQ.e time whirling his stick in a most "And so they called you the 'Wild Irishman,' did they?" asked Bob E s tabrook, with a grin. "Shure, an' the byes phwat loved me the most wur afther callin me thot," was the reply. "Well, it's a good name, and as soon as we fall in love with you we' ll call you by it, too, Larry." dexterous manner, and bowing to the youths, he a s ked, with a broad grin: "Shure, an' how do yez loike it?" "It is the best we ever saw, Larry." "It was great!" "It was splendid, old man." "The 'Wild Irishman' is all right." "Three cheers for the 'Wild Irishman' "All roi g ht. Shure, an' Oi don t care phwat yez call me, so y e call 'me in toime to be on hand fur grub." The "Liberty Boy s saw they had gotten hold of a jolly comrade, and were delighted, and they asked him to tell them another story. Larry demurred, but they kept on in sisting, and finally he said: Such were a few of the remarks, and the three "Oi'll till yez phwat Oi'll do. It' s mesilf 'll give yez a dance, so Oi wull." "A dance! A dance!" cried a number. "Yes, yes!" "That's just what we want, Larry." "The very thing "You couldn't please us better than by dancing." "All roight; Oi'll do it. Jhust wait a minnet." Larey rose and went into the timber a little ways, and looked around till he found a club which looked somewhat like fhe far-famed shillelah so d ear to the Irish Mart. He returned to his pla ce, and whirled the stick so dexterously as to elicit exclamations of amazement and delight from the spectators. "Say, you ar e all right, Larry said Bob E s tabrook "You h a nd le th at s tick like you were used to it." "Be gorra, an Oi used to be th e champion wid the shille lah in the part o f the ould counthry whur Oi lived, so Oi did," was the repl y "Minny's the hid Oi've cracked on Fair days." 'rhe "Libe rty Boys" could not doubt the truth of this statement, after witn e ssing the manner in which the young Irishman handl e d the stick Larry tramp e d do\\'n a place, makin g it smooth and level, and then, without further urging while s e veral began whistlin g be b e gan d a n c ing Club in band, th e "Wild Irishman" d a nced a lively jig, giving vent to an occasional lust y yell, whil e the "Liberty Boys" laugh e d h e artil y and applaud e d without stint. The Irish youth was a splendid dancer, and evidently enjoyed it fully as much as did the s pectators, for there was a broad grin on his face, and pre s ently he burst into a song, and sang in a reson'ant, but melodious voice, keep ing in time to his dancing. This brought forth additional applause and the "Lib erty Boy s s aid to themselve s that they w e r e ind e ed fortu nate in hav i n g secure d s u ch a n a ddi t ion to their company. They w ere young, an d l ike d spor t and jo llity, and this you ng Irishman was so full o f spi r its that h e w o uld help keep t hi ngs l ivened up, and it would not be so g l oomy in cam p Finall y L arry :finislte d his dance b y l e ap i n g in the air and crack i n g h i s heel s togethe r thre e time s before comin g were given, the youths making up in vehement rr turing with arms, what they lacked in loudness of ., for they did not dare yell loudly, for fear there might redcoats near enough to hear them, and come and im gate. "0 i'm glad yez loiked the dancing," said Lan pleased look on his face. "How could we help ,liking it, Larry?" asked Dick, ting the Irish youth on the shoulder. "You are the dan c er we have ever seen, and you can handle a stick in a way that is amazing." The other youths said the same, and complimented Larr; till he grew red in the face with confusion, and his feet and motioned for them to cease. "Oh, sthop sthop !" he cried. "Shure, an' yez'll m e face as rid a s the uniform Oi took off this aveni.J yez kape on. Stop, me byes, an' don't be makin' a blu s h loike a gurrel, begorra." Th e youths laughed, but desi s ted, much to Larry's relief One of the "Li.b erty Boys" now started to tell a story. but b e for e he had got far with it, one of the sen( came running up, and said that a party of r e d coah coming. "To arms boys!" cried Dick. CHAPTER VI. "THEY .ARE THE 'LIBERTY BOYS OF 76.' The "Liberty Boys" had chosen their present campin spot with an eye to just such an emergency as. this Their camp was right at the entrance to a ravine hich extended back up into the hills. The horses were tethered up this ravine, and it took the youths but a few moments to roll up their seize their muskets, and retreat. As they came to their horses the y untied the animals and l e d the m along. The n th e animal s w e re turne d over t o per haps tw ent: :five of t h e youths, to look a fte r an d th e sev enty -five th::n paused, and waite d wit hin one hundre d yards of th e i r l at e -en camp m ent, t o see what t he e n emy would do. "How big a force i.R it, d o you think?" asked Dick o1 th e s ent i n e l who had di s covered the approach of t he enemy. I


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." 11 "I don't know, Dick. But I should judge that it is 'quite a large party." And he was right. There was quite a large force of J3ritish close at hand. When forced to flee from the Martin home, as already told, Captain Horton was very angry, and greatly disgusted .and disappointed. He anathematized Larry Holt, and told himself;. that but for the Irish youth they would now be safely on their way back to Camden, with the plunder they had taken from the Martin home. "I'll get even with that scoundrel!" he said to himself. "I'll make him wish he had behaved himself, or my name isn't Horton!" When assured that the strangers were no longer pursuing his party, the captain called a halt. "I want to see who those fellow:s are, and what they in tend doing in these parts," he_ said. Then he told the men to stay where they were. "I'll go and spy on them," he said. "Stay here till I come back." He made his way by a roundabout course, till he got to where he could see the strangers, and he saw that they were engaged in conversation with Larry Holt and Mary Mar tin. He watched them with eyes glowing with vengeful anger. "I wish I had a force here that was strong enough to cope with them!" he muttered. "I'll wager that I would break up that little party there in short order." He glared at the horsemen and at Larry and the girl fiercely "That Irishman deserves Cleath," he said to himself. .\.nd if I had thought to bring my musket I believe I would have tried a shot at him." But he had left his musket with his men, and the distmce was too great for a pistol to carry. "I'll have to wait till another time to get even with Larry Holt," he told himself. "And I will get even with him-I swear it!" He watched the party intently, and saw that the new comers were not disposed to harm Larry, and he said to himself that the Irishman probably bad announced his intention of deserting from the British army. "It would be just like him," he said to himself. "Those Irishmen don't think any t-Oo much of the English, any way, and I have more than once suspected that he did not more than half sympathize with the king's cause." Presently Mr. and Mrs. Martin arrived, and after quite a long conversation between them and the party of stran gers, the latter dismounted and helped carry the clothing, furniture, and provisions back into the house. "That is Larry Holt's fault," muttered the captain "But for him we would now be halfway to Camden with those things in our possession. There was another wagon in the barnyard, and some horses in the stable, and I in tended hitching up and loading all those things in and hauling them into camp in triumph." E;e remained where he was till he saw the party of horse men take its leave, and when he saw Larry Holt accompany them he was not surprised. "Just as I expected," he muttered. "Larry has deserted, and gone over to the enemy. All right. We'll get bold of him before very long, and then we'll show him how the king's soldiers treat deserters and traitors!" Then a thought struck him. Why not have one of his men follow the party, and learn where it came from, and all about it? "The very thing!" the captain said to himself. "I'll do it," and be hastened back to where his men were. "They have gone!" he exclaimed, excitedly, "and I want one of you men to follow them, and find out where they go. You do it, Jack. You are good at that sort of work." "Which way have they gone?" asked Jack. "Back up the road in the direction from which they came." "All right. I'll trot along after them, but I can hardly hope to keep up with men on horseback." "Yon can keep up with them. Larry Holt has gone with them, and is on foot." "Oh, well, then I'm all right." "Yes; and, Jack, when you have run them to earth, and learned where they hold forth, come back here to this famn house and wait for us." "What are you going to do?" "We are going to hasten back to Camden. I will report to General Cornwallis the presence of the rebels in this vicinity, and will ask him to permit me to come back here with a strong force, and make an effort to capture the scoundrels whoever they may be." "All right. I'll follow them to their headquarters, and then come back here and wait for you." "That's it. Now hurry, or you may lose track of them, altogether." Jack hastened away, and the others, after some took their departure also, going toward Camden. On. e or two of the men were for going to the farmhouse and plundering it, after all, and taking the plunder with them, but Captain Horton opposed this, saying it would cause too great a loss of time. "We will attend to that later,'' he said. "Now we have other and more important work on hand. So they hastened onward toward Camden, and after a. walk of an hour and a half, reached there. Captain Horton at once made bis way to headquarters. "Well, what is it, Captain Horton?" asked Cornwallis, when the officer stood before him in his private office. "I have to report, sir, the presence in these parts of a party of strange horsemen," said the captain. "A party of horsemen, you say?" in surprise. "Yes." "Whe re did you see them?" "At a ,farmhouse about six miles north from here." "Humph! How many were there in the party?" "Abc.1t a dozen."


12 THE LIBER'l1Y "'BOYS' "WffiD IRISHMAN." "Did the y inte rfer e with you in a ny way?" "Yes We wer e forced to flee, and leave a lot of plunder behind: t hat we h ad take n from t h e fa rmhouse in ques t ion. "That is bad "Yes, indeed." "'Y o u think th e mem b ers o f t h is p arty o f horseme n a re r e b e l s ? "I am sure of it." "What makes you s ure?" "They chase d u s." T h e general was si l ent a few moments, thinking, a nd t h e n sai d : "It is undoubtedly a fact that the horseme n you saw are rebels, and such being the case, it is likely that there are more of them than the dozen you saw. That is what I t h ink, s ir. "Yes, there i s no doubt regarding that-unless t h e part y was made up of rebe l farmers of the vicinity." "I don't think that, sir, for they did not look like farmers." J "They looked like fighting men, eh?" "Yes; they were uniformed. And by the way, general, I have to report that Larry Holt, one of my men, has de serte d ." "Deserted!" in a voice o'f anger and amazement "Yes, and more, he went away in company with the party of horsemen." "The scoundrel!" "That's what I say. And now, I have come to ask if you will permit me to take a strong force and go after these rebels?" "'110 b e sur e Of course, captain. But how came the man 'Holt to desert?" "I hardly know, sir; he just took a sudden notion to do so, I guess. l;Ie is an Irishman, you know, and I have long doubted his loyalty." "Ah, i ndeed?" "Yes; I was not much s u rprised, but I was angry, an d I l ong for a chance at the traitor "Well, don t kill him, please, captain. I want that he shall be captured and brought here, so that I may make an example of him before the entire army. It will have a good effect, and t e ach the men that it will not pay to turn traitor "Very well, sir. I will bring him back a prisoner, if I possibl y can do so." "I suppose you wish to start after those m e n at the ear liest pos sible moment, captain?" "Yes, sir. I sent one of my men to follow the party, and spy out its hiding-place, however, and he is to return \ to the farmhouse and be there when we arrive So I will not have much difficulty in "fin ding my prey "True Th a t was a goo d plan ." "I thi n k so. And now, how man y m e n s hall I take?" "As m a n y a s you li ke; on e h undred one hu n dred and I fifty, two hundred-wha teve r number y ou think neces\ s ar y "We ll, I don t know h o w ma n y of the r ebels the r e are but 1 shou ld think one hundred men would be sufficient to take." I would think so. But take more if you like." "Well, I'll take one hundred and fifty," said the c tain. I know that will be eno u gh B u t he did n ot know it; he sim p ly thought he kne it Hav i ng been given permission to do what h e wishE d do, the baptain hastened away from headquarters,. awl l ected his men This did not take long, and then they set out on j ourney. They walked at quite a lively pace, a n d arrived a farmho use a little while after dark. T h e spy Captain Hor t o n had sent after the par horsemen was there, waiting, and he hastened to r to his captain "You followed the party, Jack ?" the eagerly, before the other could speak. "Yes, captain "And did you learn where they are s taying?" "I did." "Good How many are there of them? I suppose there are more than the dozen we saw?" "I should say so was the reply "The1e are at least one hundred of them, captain." "So many as that?" almost gasped the officer. "Yes, and they are redhot rebels, too, the very w orst rebels in ihe world, Captain H orton." "What do you mean, J ack?" "I mean that I discovered who and what they are "Well, who are they, then? Out with it." "They are 'The Lib e rty Boys of '76.' CHAPTER VII. THE RE D COATS SURPRISED. The captain was greatly astonished. He had heard of "The Lib e rty Boys of '76". times. The youths who constituted the company known by name wer e well known all ove r the North, and ha d become very well known in the South. 2 They had made a great reputation as being despe:r' fighters on the field of battle, and their young comm an t Dick S l ater, was famous as the b e st and greatest spy of I l Revolution There was a price on his head, indeed General H o had offered five hundred pound s for the youth's cap and many attempts had been made to win the reward, bu1 far a ll such attempts ha d signally fai led The captain glare d at J aek for a few moments in l e nce, a n d then gasped ou t : ;


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." 1' "They are the 'Liberty Boys,' you say, Jack?" "Yes, captain." "Are you sure?" "Absolutely certain of it, captain." "And there are at least one hundred of them?" "Yes." "Then all I have to say is that I am glad I brought one hundred and filty men, instead of only one hundred. Those 'Liberty Boys' are terrors." "They are, for a fact," Jack. "Perhaps we may be able to take them by surpnse, how ever," said the captain, musingly, "and it we can do that 'fe can kill half their numb er before they know what has happened." \ Jack shook his head. "You may take them by surprise," he said, "but I ,:i/oubt it." / l "You think it can't be done, eh?" I "That is my op1mon of the matter. I have heard a u\eat deal of the 'Liberty Boys,' and from all I have eard it will have to be a keen lot that takes them ,surprise." "O.J;i, they are only human, Jack. They are not infalli ble." "I lrnl?w that; but they are veterans, and are not the ellows permit themselves to be taken unawares.I' ''We'll try it, anyway." "It can do no harm to try it; but I think you will find it will be a failure." "We shnll see." Then the captain gave the order to march, and he and wk le d the force, Jack acting as guide, of course. ll'hey were in no particular hurry, so they marched at a n' Jderate pace, and it was an hour before they arrived in the vicinity of the "Liberty Boys'" encampment. A halt was called, and Jack explained where the camp 1 s heated, and the cantain told the men w : hat was ex' of them. 1Then, when an understanding had been arrived at, the 'der was given to advance. rrne redcoats attempted to c reep up close to the "Libl encampment, and get in a volley on them be fore fhey were aware of the presence of an enemy, but the ntry, as has been shown, discovered their approach, and arned Dick, and the "Liberty Boys" retreated back up 1to the mouth of the ravine. The redcoats were unaware that the intended prey had caped, however, until they were close upon the campfi res; ien they stared at the place where the enemy should be, but as not, in amazement. "They have slipped away!" gasped the captain, bitter i sappointment in his tone. "What did I tell you?" remarked Jack. "I half believe you are g-lad of it!" growled the cap in, who was ready to vent his ill humor on anyone "Oh, no, captain. I wish that we had been able to take them by surprise, b-ut it is as I thought it would be. W have failed." "I wonder where they have gone?" "There is the mouth of a ravine just the other side of the encampment, captain. Likely they have retired into it." "That is it, you may be sure," was the reply. "What will you do?" "Follow them!" "You must not forget who they are, captain," Jack. "What do you mean?" I \ "I mean that it will be well to go slow, or you may meet with the experience you intended treating them to." "Ah, I understand. You think they may surprise us!" "Yes." 'I don't think there is much danger of that. My idea is that they are retreating as rapidly as possible." "You must not forget that these fellows are the famous 'Liberty '.Boys,' captain." "Bah! I do not fear the 'Liberty Boys.' I fancy they are only human, and can be killed, just the same as can other soldiers." "Well, they seem to be pretty liard to kill. I have heard it said that in spite of their recklessness on the field of battle, they lose fewer men than any three or four companies having the same number of men." "That is because they are horse soldiers ; cavalry do not lose so many men, proportionately to their number, as do infantry." "That may be; but the 'Liberty Boys' lose fewer men than do any other company of horse soldiers, so it is s aid." "Bosh! I don't care what is said of them. I am not afraid of them, and I intend fqllowing them up, and giving them the worst thrashing they have ever had!" "You had better send scouts ahead, then, captain, so as to avoid being ambushed." "Of course I shall do that. Do you suppose I know my business?" "Oh, no, I have no such thought, captain," was the reply, but to himself Jack said that he doubted the ability of the captain to cope with a man of such proved shrewd ness as Dick Slater. The captain selected Jack and one other man in whom he had considerable confi dence, as being good scouts, and them ahead, to if they could discover any signs of the "Liberty Boys.'' Signals were agreed upon, and on hearing' the signals the main. force would move forward. Jack and hi s comrade stole forward, first skirting the encampme nt, keeping back in the s hadows of the trees, so as to avoid being in case the enemy was near at hand. When they had reached the farther side of the en campment they entered the mouth of the ravine and made their way slowly and carefully along. -


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "W!I,D IRISHMAN." They were dealing with youths who \Vere not only keen and shrewd, but were as skilled in woodcraft as the red Indians of the forest, however, and the youths discovered the approach of the scouts before they were themselves dis1 1 covered, and promptly concealed themselves along the sides of the ravine, amid the brush which grew there. Jac k and his brother scout did not discover the presence t h e enemy, and moved on down the ravine a distance of 1il:iore one hundred yards Of course, the twenty :fr\ e "Liberty Boys," who had charge of the horses, had mov e d on down the ravine, and were out of hearing. Fancying that the coast was clear, as far as they had already come, Jack and his comrade gave utterance to the signals upon, keen, tremulous whistles. Hearing the signals, the captain gave the order to ad vance, but told the men to skirt the encampment, so as to keep in the shade of the trees. This was done, and then the British soldiers marched into the mouth of the ravine, and conti:rmed onward till they came to where the two scouts stood. "Is the coast clear?" asked the captain. "Seems to be," was the reply. ii And you have seen or heard nothing of the rebels?" "We have neither seen nor heard anything of them," was the reply. "I begin to think you were right.) and that they are retreating as rapidly as possible." "Of course that's what they are doing. They are no more than any other m e n, and :finding that they are out numbered they have fled, that is all." But the captain was to be shown that he was mistaken, and that. quickly. E\'cn iu; he finished speaking there a ser ies of fl.ashes from the bus hes at both sides of the ravine, and at the same instant, s eemingly, the crack, crack, crack! of s core s of mm : kets was heard. It was a f>Ul1)rise, if e ver there was one. The British had not been expecting anything of the kind, and the volleys that were poured into their ranks were demora l izing in the extreme. They were deadly, too, for many of the redcoats fell, dead or wounded, and soon groans and s hrieks went up on the night air. Yells and commands went up also, the yells being given utterance to by the redcoats, and the orders coming from Captain Horton. He was not the bravest man in the world, by any means, but this sudden attack had rendered him desperate, and he shouted to his men to return the :fire. They obeyed and fired several volleys in the directions from w hich the shots came that had damaged them to such a serious extent. Rut still the volleys were being :fired from the ravine's sides, and at last the redcoats could endure it no longer, uid broke and fled for their lives. Dick Slater detected the movement instantly. "After them!" he cried. "Up and after them 'Liberty Boys'!" With wild cheers the youths obeyed, and charged upon the rear of the party of fleeing redcoats, and cut down a numb e r with their swords. They cha s ed the redcoats clear out of the ravine, and s topp e d only when the y cam e t o the point w h ere they would be in the light from t he cam p-fires. D ic k f eared the redcoats might s top jus t beyond the enca.mpmen t, and pcnir a witherin g :fire into the r a nks of t he "Liberty Boys." t.Jo he call e d a h a lt, a nd the r e d c o a ts w e r e p ermitte d to g(lt The youth s the n mad e their way ba c k, and by the light o f t h e ris in g moon manage d to take a fairly good sur vey of t h e :fie ld. Tw o "Li b erty Boy s bad b een killed, and four mo wer e w o und e d, but not very s e riously. The redcoats, ho ever, had suffe red much more s e verely. There were ei t1:;en d e ad nnd t e n more who were wounded. Of t he t seven wer e not s eriou s ly injured, and would be all right a few day s Three were sever ely" wounded, a d would c e rtainly die unless taken to some place where t1.r could r e c eive good nursing and the care of a physicia n. The d e nt h of two of their comrad e s saddened the "Lib erty Boys," but the y had long sin c e learned to look ,:inpon such things in a philo s ophi c al light; it was to be expec ted, and s o the r e was no use of worr ying about it. 1 The "Liberty B o y s who had charg e of the l(orses had' h eard the :firing, and l e aving the horse s had i;Mhed back to the ass i sta nce o f their comrades, but got thel"e only just a s the r edcoats w e r e retreating; so they had bnly got te strike a few stragg l e rs blow s The you t b vburie d their two d ead c omrad s, and the:n. mad e r eady t o tak e their d eparture "I d is like to g o away and l eav e you wound e d men here. to s uffer," said Di c k to on e of the wounded red c oats. "Buf' sqrne of your comra d e s w ill sure ly be back here soon to look a f t e r y ou. "Yes, I-think-s o," was the r e pl y "I don't-blame \ -you for-looking out-for-yours elves." "Tha t i s the way to look a t it, said Dick. The n h e gave the order, and his men moved away up he ravin e "We mu s t find another and e v e n s afer boys, Di c k said, when they wer e away from ?f Lhc w ounde d red c oat s "I thinlc the enemy will e am ID this vicinity, and make every effort to strike us a severe blow, and likely they will send to Camden for m ore men." "Well, the y'll need more men," said Bob grimly. "They haven't a much stronger force than ou;rii and we can thrash them every day in the week, unless th get. two or three times as many meri." And this was the opinion of the majority of the "Libertj Boys." CHAPTER VIII. SE'

.. THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." hobbled away in the direction taken by his comrades when they fled. He hoped to find them before having to go very far, and he did. He was just the groUn.d lighted up by the campfitos of tbe deserted encf mpment when he was hailed by some of his comrades, wba asked him where he was going, and wher e 't h e "Liberty Boys" were. "The 'Liberty Boys' have gone," he replied. Captain Horton awl his men at once came forth, and surround e d the wounded man, and he told his story. "Well, if they have gone we will go back and bury our dead and look after our wounded," said the captain. He gave the ordeY, but w as careful to send four men ahead to scout around nd beat up the sides of the ravine, to make sure there wo d not be another ambush. \Yben the spot as reached 'Yhere the encounter had taken place sentinels placed out in all directions, and the redcoats proceeded to bury their dead, and look after the wounded. When this had been fini s hed a council of war was held and it was decided that they should return to the. home of Mr. Jl[artin, and force him to admit the three seriously waur;ided men into his house and take care of them. "If he refuses we'll burn his house over his head," the captain. declared. "Oh, he won't refuse; he won't dare," said the man named Jack. The three severely wound e d men were carried by a num ber of their comrades, but those who were not so se riously wounded managed to walk, with the assistance of a man on either side to steady them. It took the party nearly two hours to reach the farm house, a s the progress was n ecessa rily slow, and the mem bers of the household had gone to bed. Captain Horto n soon had them up, however, and as soon !l& they had dresse d the door was openl!d, and Mr. Martin asked what was wanted. "We have three wounded men here;" was the r ep ly, "and you must find a place i:or them in your house, and take care of them till they are able to get out again." "Ali .1ight, sir,'' was the r eply. Mr. Martin knew it would be no good to protest or object. The redcoats would take of the house, if he was to show a disposi tion toward not wanting to give shelter to the wounded n "That is sensible talk," said the captain. "Just lead the way to the room where our comrades may be taken care r." The farme r did so, and led the way to a room on the grouur} floor. It "as a bedroom that was not in use b y any of mern .bcrs of the family, and the wound ed men were soon comfortable quarters. Th(lu t1w captain went out and told his men to go ipto camp. "You are not g oing to give up trying to wipe the 'Lib erty B ys' out, then?" asked the scout called Jack. \ "I am never going to give up," was the reply. "I an going to keep after the rebel scoundrels till I kill them all o.r drive them clear out of the country." "We'll have to have more men, then." "I know that, and I am going to send for them." "When?" "At once; or as soon as I have written a letter to Ge eral Cornwallis." "Ah!" "When I have finished the leter, I want that you sha11 take it to Camden, Jack." "All right." "You are to deliver it into the hands of General Corn wallis." "But he'll be in bed and asleep." "No matter. This is important enough so that he mus 1 be awakened." "All right, if you say so." "I do say so." Then the captain entered the house, took a seat at desk at one side of the sitting-room, and wrote a letter, which he sealed up and placed in the hands of .the scout, Jack. "Now away with you," he said. "Place the letter in the hands of the general at the earliest possible moment." "I'll do it, captain." Then Jack took his departure. Captain Horton was too tired to make himself unpleasant that night, but he had given Mary Martin one or two l o oks that had made her tremble; the looks were full of malice, and the girl thought she detected something in the way of a threat, too. When the officer threw himself down on a blanket spre;,i on the floor of the sitting-room and we.nt to sleep Mary glad. Meanwhile Jack was hastening through the timber, id the direction of Camden. "I wish I had thought to take one of the old farmer's JI horses," the r edcoa t thought. "I don't see how it happeL : I didn't think of it. I'm not much of a rider, true, but I can ride after. a fashion, and it would beat walking. He had already gone a mile, however, and he continuei onward. 1 He was a good walker, and r e ached Camden after the. lapse of an hour and a half. He was challenged by a sentinel, but gave the counter sign, and was permitted to pass right along, so did not lose any time 1 He went st raight to the house occupied by General Corn wallis and the 0:fficers of his staff. He knocked on the door, and after a delay of several minutes the door was opened by an ord e rly. '' "What iR wanted?" he asked. ar am a me s senger, and ha\e a letter for General Corn' 1 wallis,'' was the reply. "He is asleep." "Waken him."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." I ,. "I would not dare do so unless the matter were of imI that Captain Horton wis hes me to send reinforcements so tpor--" he can go ahead and crush the 'Liberty Boys." ii "It is of the utmost importance. Waken him immedi"I supposed that was what he wished done." eately, and then to his room." "Yes; he asks for one hundred and fifty mbre mep, but The orderly knew Jack by sight, and was aware that he that will not be sufficient, yet. I know Dick Slater of old a scout and stood high in the regards of the general, and know that it will take an -0verwhelming force to Jo he said : anything against his "Come in. I'll wake the general up, and tell him who "How many men will you send, sir?" wants to see him and what you have said." "Three hundred.'' "Do so, and hurry about it." "I think myself that it will req11ire at least that man Jack: entered the house and took a seat in the waitingmore men to give the captain a fair. chance to get the bet room, while the orderly hastened to the slee ping-room of of Dick Slater and his 'Liberty Boys.'" General Cornwallis. "That is the way I look at it, too. Well, I will se He awakened the general, and as soon as the officer was men, so that they will be at farmhous e, ready to able to understand the orderly explained matters to him. work the first thing in the morning." "Show him into my private office, orderly," sai d Cor -"And what shall I do, general?" wallis, "and tell him I will. be with him in a few mo"Go to your quarters and get two or three hours sleep. ments." l shall expect you to guide the force to the farmhouse." The orderly bowed and withdrew, while the general got "Very well, sir," and Jack took his departure up and donning a dressing-gown, made bis way into the About three o'clock in the morning a force of three office, which adjoined bis sleeping apartment. hundred British soldiers marched out of Camden and away "Ah, Jack, what is it?" the general asked, somewhat in the direction of the hom e of :;Hr. Martin eagerly. He realized that he would not have been disturbed away in the middle of the night if of importance had not occurred. "I am a messenger from Captain Horton, sir," said Jack. "I haYe a letter here which will explain all, I judge-'.' He hand ed th e general the letter, which was seized and opened with nervous fingers. The general read the contents of the letter eage rly, and a dark frown gathered on his face like a thundercloud as fhe import of the contents was gathered. Zound s, this is terrible!" he excl aimed "Captain Horton says here, Jack, that his force was ambusheq by the 'Liberty Boy s,' and that eighteen men were killed and n number wounded!" "It is. trne, sir," was the reply. "You were in the combat, Jack?" "Yes, though we didn't do much save make ourselves sca rce, general. There was no combat." "You fired several vollevs before retreatin0(J', did you '\ v not?" I "Yes, but I am sure 1ve did no damage to speak of.', "And so the party of horsemen that you saw at the farm house in the afternoon was a por'tion of the company of 'Liberty Boys,' eh?" exclaimed the general. "Yes, sir." "And Captain Horton has only one hundred and fifty men!" "He has less than that numb e r now, sir." "I know; and the 'Liberty Boys' number at lea st one hundred, do they' not?" ".Just about that number, sir." ,; And they are equal to four hundred ordinary soldiers." "That is the way I figure it." "It is unquestionably true. And I see by this letter CHAPTER IX JOKI!\G Ll.RRY A :arr. 'rhe "Liberty Boys" kept on up the ravine a mile, and then climbed the slope on the lefthand side and walked in this direction, leading their horse s till they came to the Catawba River. At this point the river made a great bend, and there was a neck of land perhaps two hundred yards wide extending out into the stream. The land on this neck was higher than that anywhere else around, and was heavily timbered, there being a great deal of underbrush, also. The point of land was shaped like an egg, with the big end out in the river, 'the small end at the shore, wher e it was only seventy-five to one hundred yards across. The moon was up high enough, now, so it was possible for the "Liberty Boys" to see the lay of the land, and Dick nt once decided thnt this would be a splendid place for a c amp. 'There was several good points to the location. One was that the neck of land was almost wholly s rounded by the waters of the stream, and this would m2ik it impossible for the to surround them, an d crus them with a superior force 1 Another good point was the fact that where the neo-k of land joined the mainland it was only seventy-five W one hundred determined :fighters could hold quite a army \ Another thing was that 'there was plenty of watet' to be had; they would never have to surrender on of thirst. l


THE "WILD IRISHMAN.". 1 The bad poi t about the location was that they might j "Well," with a sigh of relief, 'it's mesilf is moight} be cooped up, a'.u"fl be unable to get away, in case they glad of it." st1ould wish to deso. And then the youths roared. Hunger, too, drive them to surrendering; but this "But I haven't any sweetheart," s aid Bob, swelling o could be provided against, by laying in a supply of provihis chest, and looking very sober and impressive. "And sions and Dick ma de up his mind that this should be the more than half believe that I will go in and see if I ca first 'work done w1.1en morning had come. capture that little girl, Larry." "We'll make this our camping-place," said Dick after The "Wild Irishman" looked at Bob for a few momen having sized everything up. "I think it is the best place most searchingly, and in si lence and then a broad s:illile we could find." came over his face. "I think so, Dick," said Bob. "Go on wid yez he said "Y ez are afther loying to m may he some time before the redcoats find us here." an' Oi know it." "And they may wish they hadn't found us, when they "Right you are, Larry!" cried one. do." "Yes, be has a sweetheart." "We'll try and have it come out that way, Bob "He was just trying to make you jealous." So the Boys" went into camp, and made them"You needn't worry about anything he says, Larry.' selves as comfortable as possible Sentinels were stationed "You'll soon find out what kind of a chap he is." al the point where the neck of land joined the mainland, "Shure, an' Oi know phwat koind av a chap he is, a and the other youths lay down and went to s leep. riddy," with a grin. Next morning they were up bright and early. "What kind of a chap is he ?n asked Sam Sanderso i A frugal breakfast was prepared and eaten, and while "Shure, an' he's a pritthy good sort av a chap, fur th thu s engaged, the "Liberty Boy s talked of the engagemost part, but, loike mesilf, he can be a turrible loir whi ment of the night before. he wants to 'be." "Well, Larry, how did you like fighting against your This turned the laugh on Bob, who was just the boy late friends?" asked Dick addressing the young Irishman take it without getting angry. Indeed, he laughed E "Shure, an' Oi loiked it all roight, sur," was the reply. heartily as any one. "Yez see, Oi couldn't see inny wan to know them, an so Oi "Larry, you're all right," he said, when the laughter ha filt all roight." subsided. ''For a 'Wild Iris hman ,' you seem to have prett "'rhat is good. It would be bad if one were to see a good discernment." friend on the opposite side. He would hardly know what 'Thank yez," said Larry gravely. "Yez are a loivel course to pUISue." lad, Bob, an' it's mesilf loikes loively byes." "Shure, an' Oi don't want to be afther mating inny av "You're rather a lively lad yourself, Larry," said M ,ar me ould fr'inds in battle, but it's mesilf 'd loike to come :Morrison. facin' thot spalpane av a Capthin Horton, bad luck to him "Shure an' Oi kin kape me end up, av Oi'm falin' well : Oi'd make short wurruk av him, so I would!" was the modest reply. "He's the fellow who wanted to kiss the girl over at the "What part of Ireland are you from, Larry?" asked or farmhouse?" asked Bob with a sly twinkle in his eyes. of the boys. "Yis." "From Dublin." "We can understand why you don't like him," said Bob, "Then you're a lively lad from Dublin T,arry, my boy. 1 1 with a: grin, and a peculiar stress on the "him." said Bob. "'l:hot's all roight,'' he said. "Shure, an' Oi'm swate "Thot's phwat Oi am." 'I' on thot li.tthle gurrel, so Oi am, an' Oi don't car e who "How do you like thi s country, as compared to Ir knows it." land?" "That's the way to talk, Larry," said Mark Morrison, "Shure, an' up to yestherday avenin' Oi didn't loike \ Q approvingly. well,'' was the reply, "but now Oi think it is the most 'rhe other youths nodded a s sent. anrl many made retiful counthry in the worruld." marks to the same effect. "What has changed the looks of the country so quickl'. "She's a nice girl Larry," said Dick, "and T don't blame Larry?" asked Sam. you for being sweet on her." "Why, he saw : :Hartin evening for th "Shure, an' don't yez go in fur to git ahead av me, Capfirst time," said Bob quickl:v. "What a silly questioL thin Dick!" exclaimed Larry, with such a look of dismay Sam-" on his freckled face as to bring laughter to the of the "Shure an' thot's it, Bob, me bye,'' said Larry, sober1f majority of the youths 1 "Yez san1P to know how it i s your s elf." "You need have no fear on that score, Larry,'' with a "You may be sure I do, Larry I've seen lots of housf' smile. "I have a sweet h eart of my up in New York in my time, but the handsomest house in the world for ,,. sta te." I is a certain not over large one up in New York State. "Yes." sweetheart lives there, and that makes the hcmse beautifut


, 18 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILf> IRISHMAN." none others that I have ever seen are half so handsome, .even though they may be mansions." "Thot's it, thot's it, Bob!" cried Larry. "Yez have it, too, the same as Oi have, begorra; shake hands on it," and 'P. reached out his hand, which Bob took and shook heart-1 .ly. The extremely sober and serious look on Larry s face as .<>, spoke amused the "Liberty Boys," and they laughed he:trtily, anll when Larry reproached them for so doing they told him it was all right, and they didn't mean any !lthing by it. "Don't pay any attention to them, Larry," said Bob, aNith a grin. "The fellows that are laughing are the vho have no sweethearts, and of course they don't under tand. Just wait till they get sweethearts of their own, nd then they'll be worse than we are, and we will laugh at hem." "Shure, an' we wull!" grinned Larry. "Oi hope they'll 1111 succeed in gettin' swatehearts before they are much \1dth er, but Oi don't want inny av thim to try to get mine t way from me." He doubled up his fists and looked pugnacious, and the ouths could not help laughing again. "They won't any of them try it, Larry," said Bob. "But f they should I'll help you, and we'll give them such a ; hrashing as they have never had administered to them in : heir lives before." "All roight; it's a bargain, begorra." I When the meal was ended, Dick gave his orders. One-half the force was to remain in the encampment, to hold off the British, in case they put in an appear -ance; the other half was to divide into two parties of twenty-five each and go out on a foi:aging expedition. "We must secure a lot of provisions and store them here in camp," "Said Dick. "Then if the redcoats find us and ry to starve us out we wm be in a position to laugh at hem." This having l5een decided unon. the two narties set out. One of the parties was' under the command of Dick, and 11en it had proceeded a distance of two miles the home of settler was reached. The "Liberty Boys" found the farmer out in the yard, )itting wood, while an awkward youth of perhaps eigh -Jn years was piling the wood up in ricks. The two paused in their work, and stared at the youths a open-mouthed amazement. "Good-morning," said Dick. "Mornin'," was the reply from the man, while the youth nerely nodded his bead. "What is your name?" asked Dick in a business-like 1anner. ,, "Smock-Jim Smock, sir," was the reply. "an' this beer s my boy, Joe," indicating the youth. "Tory or rebel?" asked Dick. 1'be man hesitated and glanced at the youths half-fear. ily. It was plain that he did not know what answer to nake; the "Liberty Boys" wore no disguises, so he had nothing to give him a hint regarding whicih side they were on. They might be "rebels," and ther,r again they mio-ht be Tories. 0 "I-I hain't neether wun, sir," was he stammering reply, after a few moments' hesitation. "Neither one, eh?" "Thet's right, sir. I hain't neether 'Ior nur rebel." "Well, it doesn't matter, anyway," >aid ick, wit smile. "If you had said you are a patriot we would have asked for a donation of some provisions. If you had said you are a Tory we would have demanded some provisions. But as you are neither Tory nor patriot we shall ask and demand som<:\ provisions, and leave you to take y choice of the two propositions." "Y e-want-some-purvisions ?" exclaimed the man, a blank look on his face "Yes. Come along, boys, and we will see what Mr. Smock has in his cellar." CHAPTER X. FORAGING. "Oh, say, ye wouldn't take my purvisions whut I ha'le put in ther cellar fur to use nex' winter, would ye?" the man cried. "We need provisions, sir, and will have to do so,'' replied Dick. "I am sorry, but it can't be helped. We cannot fight unless we have food, sir, and so we will help our selves. A fierce-looking woman came rushing out of the hom as the youths walked toward it. "I heerd ye!" she cried, flourishing her arms, and glar ing at the "Libe rty Boys." "I heerd ye say ye wuz goin ter take our purvisions, an' I say ye hain't goin' ter do nothin' uv ther kind. Ther best thing ye kin do is ter g(J away about yer bizness, er some uv ther Britis h soldiers n come erlong an' make ye wuslft ye hed stayed erway." "Ah, ha, what have we here?" remarked Bob, with a comica l look on his face. "Shure, an' it's a rig'ler ould tiger-cat she's afther be in' !" remarked Larr-y, in what he intended to be in a voice too low for the woman to hear, but she was evidently possessed of remarkably good hearing, and she whirled upon the "Wild Irishman" like a tiger, sure enough. "A tiger-cat, am I?" she cried, l eaping forward. "1'11 show ye how to speak onrespectful uv a woman, thet's whut. I'll do!" and before Larry knew what was coming the termagant had seized him by the hair and was at it with all her might. 1 "Ouch-ow!" almost howled Larry. "Oh, fur the love av goodness, take her off, some av yez Don't be afther standin' there an' secin' her pull all the hair out av m e hid! Ouch-ow!" "I'll 'ouch-ow' ye!" almost screa med the woma:a.. "I'll


"WILD IRISHMAN." 19 show ye how te r to r k insultin' o f a w o ma n old e nough te r myself," was the r eply. Bu t as I'm o n'y er weak w oman ; be th I kain't do ennythin'." yer mo er. "Begorra, an' it's glad O i a m thot yez are not me "Wake d oes s h e be aft h e r callin' av h e r silf?" m urmure d 1$h e r ," cried Larry. "Av yez wur, Oi'd off an' j hump L arry, with a grimace. "Begorra, a n Oi' don't call her to the ri er, so Oi \\ ould '." As he said this, the young wake by inny manes, an' Oi think she has done considerable Irishman tore th'J wrn::n hands loose from his hair-not alriddy." w ithout Jo.;'. L .;0m1.: : : !:,:.-be said in passing-and hurled "Your husband is powerless to do anything, madam,'' bacl,w:11 d ll haa,cr ,ed that Mr. Smock, who had has said Dick, addressing the woman; "and the best thing you tened f(l : rd when the woman emerged from the house can do is to keep quiet and not interfe_re. We would hate was right i : 1 the woman's way, and she was thrown against to hurt a woman, but we must at least protect ourselves if. m. Sbc was so angry and excited that she could not attacked." straight, a)ld mistaking her husband for one of the "She's no woman, but a tigress, begorra !" urmu angers, she caught him by the hair and jerked him Larry He was careful not to speak loud enoug h for un d at a great rate, talking rapidly and vehemently the to he:->1" him, for he had had one experience wit h her ile, and it was some time before the man could make her did not want another. understand that she had got hold of her own husband in"Come, boys, we must get to work," said Di ck, sddress-E t e a d oi one of the enemy ing his commdes, and they went down into t h e c ellar and A s may be supposed, the "Liberty Boys" were highly began selecting what they wanted. amUed and entertained. It was funny enough whe n the Two of the "Liberty Boys" remained ou tside to keep woman had hold of Larry, but it was ten times more funny watch, to see that those i n the cellar were n ot surprised b y wbe., she got hold of lier husband, and the youths fairly the approach of redcoats, and they were obli g e d to submi t with laughter, and kept uttering encouraging reto a tongue-lashing from the woman marks a+l the time, this aiding in making it more difficult "Shure an' Oi'm glad Oi ain't out there !" chuckl ed for the man to make his wife hear his words, and under Larry "Jhust listhen to the woman otand who he was. The youths found a lot of provisions that would be a When ehe learned the mistake she had made she stood great help to them, and they took such as they wanted and still, glaring at the laughing youths with a look of rage each youth was well laden with something when t h e y came and hatred on her face. She was panting from the violence up out of the cellar. of h r a cks on Larry and her husband, however, and did "Jest look at them!" cried the woman, her face black not sce111 to feel capable of making another e;lfort just at with rage "Jest look at ther theeves 'They've took most tlie mon 2t.iat.; she took it out in looking daggers. ever'thin' thet we hed stored up fur winter." t was i '1_g t watch Lany and hear the remarks he "Are you quite sure you had it stored ior winter, mad-ga e uttcra <: afte r he was freed from the hands of the am?" asked Dick. w man. He felt of his hea d gingerly, making such a wry face the while that the "Li berty Boys" roared "How do you like Al'nerica, now, Larry?" asked Bob "Shu r e an' Oi loil;:e Amiriky purthy well-in spots,'' wuR the reply, with such a lugubrious look that the youths laughed louder than ever. "This isn't one of lhe spots, eh?" asked Mark Morrison "Oi should say not, Mark, me bye! This is wan av the spots phwat Oi could nivcr take a loiking to "It is too lively here :for you, eh?" from Bob. an' it is. Oi'm a pretthy loively bye, mesilf, but i a it too much fur me ut in !:>lazes d'ye meen, Hanner?" half-gasped, half owled Mr Smock, feeling of his head gingerly "By Uil r I berleeve ye hev pulled out ha'f uv my hair, so I o." "An' sarves ye right, Jim Smock, iur being in ther way," was the retort. "I hain't er mite sorry fur ye, so I hai n't." ,. "Air ye goin' ter let these heer robbers take whatever icy wants ter, Jim Smock?" "How kin I he'p myself, Hanner," was the growling re ly. "I'll bet thet ef I wuz er man I'd find er way ter hc'p "Yes What do you mean?" "I mean that my idea is that you intended taking these provisions to Camden and selling them to the British," was the cool reply. "It is a bit early to store 1lp provisions for the winter." "Wal, ct hain t none uv yer bizness whut we intended cloin' with ther purvisions,'' the woman cried. "They're our'n, an' we hev er right ter do whutev-er we w anter with 'em." "And this is warti:\Ile, you know, ma dam, and as soldier s, we have the right to take such provis ions as we need wherever we may find them "I hope ther purvisions'll choke ye when ye eet 'em!" was the venomous reply "I guess there is l/.O danger of that," with a s mile. "Well, let's be going, boys." The party set out thr ou g h the timber, and the youths were watched by the man, woman, and youth till they were out of sight. Then the youth who had been calle d Joe by his father, spoke: "Say, dad, them theer fellers is rebels, hain't they!" "Thet's whut they air, Joe," the reply. "Yas, rebels an' tbecves !" said Mrs. Smock, viciously.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ry IRISHMAN." "Wal, say, dad, I've er good min' ter foller 'em an' see wbur they go." "Wbut good would tbet do?" "W'y, don' ye see ?-then I c'u'd go ter Camden an' tell Gin'ral Cornwallis wbur tbeer is some rebels, an' be e'u'd send some uv bis sojers an capter er kill 'em.". "Say, tbet's er good idee, Joe!" his face lighting up. ''Hurry, er ye'll lose track uv 'em." "Tbeer hain't no danger. They air loaded down with thet stuff they took rum us, an' won't be able to go very fast. I'll soon git in sight uv 'em." "Wull ye be back beer afore ye go ter Camden, Joe?" "Mebby so; mebby not." Then the .gawky youth shambled away in the direction ,. '-.:.. '"'! by the "Liberty Boys." He entered the timber, and hastened onward, for be was eager to catch sight of the party. Joe thought be was playing a sharp trick on the young men who had taken tlite provisions, and was chuckling to himself over how he would cause their discomfiture by spying out their stop pi:ijg-place and going to the British at Camden with the information. He forgot, however, that others might be up to tricks as well as himself. The result was that he was taken by i::urprise. He wa,s walking along, peering ahead, when of a sud.den two youths stepped out in front of him, with leveled pis tols in their hands. They were Sam Sanderson and Tom Roger::, two of the "Liberty two were not carrying any loads of provisions, and who had been on guard outside, while the others took the provisions out of Farmer Smock's cellar. Dick bad suspected that either .Mr. Smock or his son would make an attempt to follow them, and had told the two to stop and secrete themselves, and wait till sure there no attempt being made to follow them, and the youths had obeyed the order. To say that Joe Smock was surprised is not telling all of it, by any means. He was almost paralyzed with amaz(lment, and terror as well. He had stopped instantly on being commanded to do so-Sam having called out to him to "H11lt !"-and one foot was in the air, and re mained. there rigid, as if frozen. Joe's underjaw dropped, and his face turned a sickly pallor. The two "Liberty Boys" could hardly keep from laugh ing when they rnw bow terrified the Tory youth was, but they managed to keep their faces straight, and Sam said, in a severe voice : "Well, young fellow, what does this mean?" This seemed to cause the youth to come to an under standing of the situatio n, and be placed his foot on the ground and asked: "Wbut does wbut meen ?" He tried to look innocent, but it was useless; bis face showed that he knew he was caught. "You know well enough." "No, I don't," was the reply. Joe was determined to try to brazen it out. "Yes, you do; you were following us, with the intention of discovering our headquarters, so you could go to Camden and tell the British." _, "Joe was terribly frightened, and trembled visibly, ile bis face grew paler, if anything, than before. "Yer mistook, mi!lter," he stammered. "I wuzn't gf)in' ter do ennythin' uv ther kin'." "I know that was your intentio'n; and I know, also, that you are not going to do it." "Say, misters, pleeze turn ther muzzles uv ther pis io some other direction," pleaded J oc; "they mougbt go orf." "It would serve you right if they did. But Joe evidently did not think so, and stammer<3 something to that effect. "I think it would be the best thing that could happen to you if we were to accidently shoot you," said, Sam, g aYl' ly and soberly; "for when we take you into camp an d tell our comma nder that you were following and spying lrno:n us he will hang you up to a tree right off." "Oh, fur goodness' sake, misters, don' take me t 1 then," Joe pleaded. "It is useless to plead with us," said Sam. "We caught you and are going to take you Ceme along peaceably now, or it will be the worse for you." Joe looked wildly around, as if contemplating ta "ng refuge in flight. "Don't you try it," warned Sam. "If you try t o ma e a break for lib erty we will put two or three bullets t r h you before you have gone ten yards." A half-groan was Joe's only response, and seei.J1'"' the frightened Tory youth had given up all hope of m. his escape, Sam said: "You walk in front, Tom, and Joe will follow at our heels, while I will bring up the rear-and," shak 0 bis pistol ai Joe, "if you try to get away I will shoot ye just as sure as you are alive." "I hain't goin' ter try ter git erway," was the rep ly. "See that you don't; forward, march!" Tom struck out through the timber, Joe following cl,ose behind, and at his heels came Sam, pistol in hand. CH.APTER XI. LARJlY VISITS HIS SWEETITEA.RT They walked quite rapidly, and soon overtook f of "Liberty Boys." "Ha! so he was following us, eh, Sam?" exclaimed Die when he saw the three. "Yes, Dick." "And you took him prisoner. That is good." Sa:m explained all as tbey walked onward, aJl(J t l the encampment was reached. The return of the party, with a lot of provis: hailed with delight by the fifty boys who had ren ", was ned


the and when they saw the youths had a pris oner they asked who and what he was They were told, and some of them took pains to tell Joe what would probably be his fate. Needless to say their statements were quite horrible enough to terrify a person like Joe, and he shivered in terror as he listened. He did not expect that he would ever liv e to return to his home. Mary herself came to the door, and she seemed both glacl and sorry to see Larry. The young Irishman saw this, and his heart sank. "Shure, an' are yez not glad to see me, darlint?" he asked. -"Av yez are not, say so, an' it's back Oi'll go, fasther than Oi kim, so Oi wull." Soon,. the other party came in, and it had secured a lot of provisions, also, and the "Liberty Boys" began to feel better and more secure. "0 h, yes, yes, I'm glad to see you, Larry," was the r e ply. "But there are three wounded redcoats here, and there is danger that some of their comrades may come here at any moment. You had better not stay, Larry, dear." "If the enemy doesn't coop us up here, too quickly, we may be able to secure enough food supplies to be enabled to bid them defiance," said Dick. A week before the time of which we write the battle of Camden had been fought, 'and the patriot army, un

THE LIBERTY .. BOYS' all, and letting go of the hilt of his sword, the British officer staggered backward and sank down upon a chair. Blood was showing on the right side of his chest, and it was evident that he was hard hit. "Oi hated to shoot the fellow roight here in the house, Mary, dear," said Larry. "but it was his loife or moine, an' Oi didn't fale loike givin' up moine jhust yet awhoile." Mr. and Mrs. Martin had come running into the room just as Larry fired, and they now hastened to the officer's side. "How do you feel, captain?" asked Mr. Martin. "Oh, that-Irish-scoundrel-has killed-me!" was the gasping reply. "Perhaps not so bad as that," said the farmer. "Shure, an' he naded killin', thot's phwat he did," said Larry. "An' Oi shall not cry much if he turns up his toes, so I shan't." "Will you help carry him into the room where the other three wounded men are, Larry?" asked Mr. Martin. "Certainly Oi wull, sur," and then Larry and the farmer lifted the captain, and bore him gently to the room where his three wounded comrades lay. They placed him on a blanket, and then did all they could for him. "The surgeon will be here soon, I think," said Mr. Mar tin. "He was here this forenoon, and said he would be back this evening." "Shure, an' av he wants to save the loife of this fel low, he had bctther be comin' purthy quick," said Larry. Mr. Martin thought so too, and said as much. At this moment a knock was heard on the front door, and Mrs. Martin said: "Likely that's the surgeon now." as not," agreed her husband. "Well, you go and let him in, wife." "You had better not be seen here, Larry," said Mary1 "True," said Mr. Martin. "There may be some British soldiers with the surgeon." "Oi'll be aftber makin' mesilf scarce around here," said Larry, and he went into the kitchen, with Mary, and giving her a kiss, bade her good-by. "Take good care of yersilf, darlint," he said. "I will, and you must do the same, Larry," was the reply. "Oi wull; Oi don't fale-so afraid-loike fur yez as Oi did, Mary, now that Oi have put the captain on the flat av his back fur a long spell, an' maybe furiver. Oi don't loike the oidee of killin' innywan, but Oi'm not sorry plugged him." "Neither am I, Larry, though I hope he will not die." Then Larry passed out of the house, and pulled the door shut behind hJm. He walked around the corner, his mind on the girl he was leaving behind him, and as he did so two men leaped upon him and bore him to the ground. .. t IRISHMAN.' .J CHAPTER XII. THE ARRIVAL OF JOE SAfOCK. / Lany was taken by surprise, or he would never ha>e permitted himself to be borne to the ground in this m a nner by only two men. The "Wild Irishman" had not been so named for not ling. He was a remarkably strong, athletic fellow, and 0kri e v not the meaning of the word fear. He was surprised by the sudden attack, but he wa frightened by any means. The only feeling that animated him was anger on n count of being leaped upon in this sudden and uncer emm ous .fashion, and he had not more than struck the gTound before he was fighting like a lion. So fiercely did he struggle, indeed, that his assaL were unable to hold him down; and he kept them so l m they could not draw weapons if they had wished to d 1 e the result was that Larry was soon up on his knees, an from there he rose to his feet. A cry of satisfaction escaped his lips at this jun and he managed to get each of his assailants by the .. "Sure an' it's jhump onto me in the darrk, woul2 J z !'' the young Irishman cried grimly. "Wull, Oi'll tacJ betther than to thrate a gintleman in thot fashion, "'v wuli. Take thot !" and he slammed the two men's together with such terrible force that they were re l uncon s cious, and dropped limp and for the time lifeless to the ground. Sati sfied with his work, Larry hastened away 1 the darkne'>s. He was careful to move as cautiously as possible, did not know but there might be more of the redc1 the vicinity. "Loikely the two fellows thot jumped onto me ca the surgeon from Camden," thought Larry. He hastened up the road, and had gone but littl( than a quarter of a mile when he heard the tramp many feet, and the murmur of voices. "Shure, an' a lot of thim are after comin', so they are l 'i the Irish youth said to himself, and he hastened to con ceal himself by the roadside. He lay still in his hiding-place and could makEl out a dark, moving mass passing along. It was the British :orce that had been sent up there by Cornwallis to hunt down t "Liberty Boys" and kill or capture them, and L r learned from the conversation of the soldiers as they pass by that they had tramped all that day without having lui any success in learning the whereabouts of their intcudcd prey. "An' serves yez roight," muttered Larry. "Shure. n' 01 hope yez'll niver have inny betther luck than yez ha;e hn 1.o-day, begorra !" When the force had marched past Larry rose a., 1-t t


THE LIBER'rY BOYS' "WILD I RISH MAN." s umed his journey, and an hour later was at the "Liberty actlter the horses and the prisoner, Joe Smock. 'Fhe four Be.ya' encampment. ha4 been elected by the drawing of lots, far no one 'WiiSbed "See anything of the British, Larry?" asked Dick to be left behind, and Dick did not wish to name the i

THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." their at all. They were wild with rage, and ran hither and thither, in a wild effort to find some of the enemy, and shoot them. Of course, they were unsuccessful, and at last, tired, dis gusted, and disappointed, they made their way back to the encampment, and began looking to the comfort of their WOUBded. It was found that there were twelve men seriously wounded, while as many more had received slight wounds. Twenty-three had been killed outright; and these were buried as soon as it was light enough to see in the morning. 'rhen the officers held a council. They were eager to strike the "Liberty Boys" a blow in return for the blow that had been struck them, and it was decided to send out 800llts and spies, in all dir ections, and discover the hidingplace of the enemy. "It will do no good for us to take the entire force and go trailing around the country," said one of the officers. "The thing to do is to let the force remain here, taking it easy, until the whereabouts of the 'Liberty Boys' is discovered, and then we can go after them, and eithe r kill or capture the entire force." "That is my idea," said another, and so it was decided io follow out this plan. They selected a dozen of the best men they had for that rt of work, and told them what was to be done. "The hiding-place of the 'Liberty Boys' must be discovered," said the spokesman of the three officers. "Go, now, md look everywhere, carefully and searchingly. The enany must be within a few miles of here, and you must find their hiding-place." The men said they would do their best, and set out. They were gone all day, and came straggling in, one after ihe ether, in the evening; and one and all reported the same thing-failure. They had been unable to find the hiding-place of the "Liberty Boys." "That is too bad," said the leading officer. "Well, we will try again, to-morrow; and perhaps we will have better .success." That night they placed out three lines of sentinels, the iarlbest out being distant at least a third of a mile from the encampment. "The 'Liberty Boys' will not surprise us again," the officer said, grimly "They caB.not hope to get through three lines of sentinels, and find us unprepared to greet them." And such proved to be the case. If the "Liberty Boys" were anywhere in the vicinity they saw the uselessness of trying to make an attack; at any rate, no attack was made. Next morning, while soldiers were eating their breakfast, a gawky youth, bareheaded and wildly excited, into the encampment, the sentinel having refrained from shooting him, because of the fact that he thought he sight be the bearer of important news. He was right, for the boy in question was Joe Sn. ck. "I know whur ther 'Liberty Boys' air bid!" Joe 1 'ed. "I've be'n er pris'ner in theer han's, but I got e:I'way, an'' ef ye want me tcr, I'll show ye ther way ter whur the air!" CHAPTER XIII. THE DEED OF A BRA. VE GIRL. Of course the redcoats were only too glad what Joe had to say. The three officers took the youth in han with questions. He told them how the party of "Liberty oys" had come to hie homeand taken a lot of provisions, and that he had followed, with the intention of learning where the rere staying and coming and informing the n 1 but had been captured and taken to the "Liberty Boy enca mp ment and held there, a prisoner. "But this mornin' I managed tcr git free ther ope whut they heel me tiecl with," said Joe, "and I slipp e o t uv theer camp, an' got erway." "And you came straight here, did you?" "Yes, sir." "Do you suppose the 'Liberty Boys have diecovererl your escape by this time?" "I dunno, sir, but I think et is more'n likely." "Then they will take the alarm, and ...iiee," said the officer, excitedly "We must hasten, and try to get before they get away." "I don't think ye need ter be afraid uv thet ... said Joe. "Why not?" "Waal, ye see, et's this way. I know thet they hev be'n fora gin' about, an' hev got er lot uv pervisions on han's, an' I heerd 'cm torkin' erbout ez how they c'u'd hold. orf enny force a'most thet c'u'd be brought erg'in' 'em, and I don't think they will try ter git erway." "They must have some strong reason for wishing to remain in this vicinity, then,'' saici one of the officers. "You are right, for they could easily esca pe, as they have horses, while we are on foot." "I on'y know, mister, thet they seem ter be intendin''ter stay whur they air fur quite erwhile," said Joe. "We will get ready and march to their hiding-place as soon as possible, anyway," said the leading officer. As soon as breakfast was :finished the order was given for the soldiers to get ready to march, and they at once began making their preparations for breaking camp. If the British expected to reach the point where the "Liberty Boys" were encamped, ana treat the youths to _a surprise, however, they were destined to be disappointed. Mary Martin had witnessed the coming of Joe Smock, and had managed to hear what he said to the officet s.


THE LIBEH.TY BOYS' "WILD. IRISHMAN." She thought of Larry, and made up her mind that she 1 "Joe Smock told them." w6uld warn the "Liberty Boys" of their danger. ''Ah i So he went straight there on making bi s escape. True, she realized that in all probability the youths did he?" would discov e r the escape of the prisoner and suspect that "Y sir. You Knew he had escaped, then?" he would act as guide to the redcoats; but there was a pos"Yes. We discovered it shortly after he got away, I am sibility that they might not discover it, and then they sure, and we made search for him, but could not find him. might be taken by surprise by the British. We supposed that in all likelihood he had gone home, That w9uld never do at all, and she made up her mind ever. We thought he would be afraid to go and to warn the youths. Larry had told h e r where the encampwhereabouts to the British." ment was, and as she had been there more than once in the "No; he appeared at my home, panting and excited, and st years, to fish, in company with other young fqlks of the told the British that he had been a prisoner in your hands, Jleighborhood, she knew she would have no difficulty in and that if they wished, he would guide them to where yo11 ding the spot. were." She did not say a word to her parents, as she feared the "And they are coming soon, eh?" effi.cers might notice her absence and ask where she was, "Yes, sir; just as soon as they can get here." and if her parents did not know they would only say so, "You are a bra:ve girl, to come and warn us, Miss Mary," and that would end it; if. they were to know where she said Dick earnestly, "and in the name of the 'Liberty Boys' had gone they would be worried. I thank you." S.o she slipped out, and away, and was soon past the "Oh, you are welcome, sir. I was glad to do it, f

2.6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." two parted, the girl to make her way to her home, Larry to T.eturn te the "Liberty Boys' encampment. Larry had not gone far pefore he caught sight 0 some bright, scarlet-clad :figures toward the right, and he knew at once that the enemy was coming. lffe brake into a run at once. "Bgorra, an' the are roight on hand, so they "111'e 1'' he-Said! to himself. "Oi. must bate thim back, or it's mesilf wull be lift all alone out in the timber." I!fe ;ran with all hris mll.ght, and had the of seeing that he was leaviing the redcoats behind. They had evidently gotten a glimpse 0 Larry, or they were running, and gesticulating to one a,nother, but the "Wild Irishman" was fleet of foot, and distanced them. A few minutes later he burst info the "Liberty Boys'" -encampment, a.nd cried out, ex;citedly: "'l'o ar11ums, byes. The spalpanes are c0mm' They're roight clost at hand, so they are!" The youths seized their weapons and dashed to the point where the neck of land joined the mainland, and made ready to receive the redcoats properly. They had not long to wait. Peirhaps three minutes elapsed, and then the redcoats put in an appearance. They halted just out of musketshot distance, h.owever, and a was seen approaching, bearing a white flag. ''They want to talk to you, Dick," said Bob. "So they do. I'll just see what they have to say." And Dick walked forth to meet the messenger. CHAPTER XIV. A TERRIBLE COMBAT. Are you Dick Slater, commander 0 the 'Liberty Boys'?" asked the messenger, when he and Dick were face t(}I fa.ce, abut midway between the two parties. "I am," was the reply. "What can I do for you?" I have a message for you from our commander, Captain Moore." "'Whait is the message? "He asks on what term s you will surrender?" "Go &ack and tell Captain Moore, with my respects, that w e will not 1:mrrender on any terms." What, you refuse?" in surprise, whether assumed or not, Dick could not tell. Certainly I do." "Why, you have onl y one hundred men." I h.'llew that." "While we have nearly four times that number." Jif the messenger expected to overawe Dick wii:h this s tatement he made a mistake, for the "Liberty Boy" mereway we can have things made interesting for us. I' n glad you've told us your strength." The messenger si:ared. He had heard of Dick Slater many times, and had hea:rd that he was a cool, darin g, and fearless fellow, but he had. not expected to see him so coo!t, and unconcerned in the faee of overwhelming-as it seemed to the redcoat-odds. "So you think it takes at least four times your own null!llher to .make it interesting for you, do you?" he re marked sl.ewly;. "Yes; and under the present circumstances, where we have the advantage 0 position; it wonld take s.ev.en or eigh t times our own number to dislodge us." "You think so?" "I am sure of it." "And again you refuse to surrender?" '

...._ THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." 27 g gedly and desperately, also, and there is no ht they Then the pistols were drawn and two volleys were :fired wculd have overcome the "Liberty Boys" ultimately had in quick succession. Of course the pi s tols did not do so much damage as the muskets had caused but at least thirty of the enemy went iown as a result of the two volleys. With wonderful quickness the youths returned the empty weapons to their belts, and drew two more loaded pistols. These were fired in quick succession, and as the enemy was now close at hand, fully as much damage was done as by the other two pistol volleys when the enemy was farther _away. The redcoats were desperate and determined, however. They had lost more than one hundred of their men, but they still had at leaet two hundred and fifty, which made not an interruption come. The interruption was as sudden as unexpecteU.. Without warning a party of perhaps seventy-five or eighty horsemen dashed out of the timber and attacked the redcoats from the rear. Thus taken by surprise, and attacked from both direc tions-being between two fires, as it were-the redceata became demoralized, and broke a nd fled or their lives. It was an utter rout. It was a case of every man for himself, and many of the fleeing soldiers were cut down by the horsemen. The "Liberty Boys" pursued, also, and cut down a num ber 0 the enemy, and what had only a few mome11ts before


.28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "WILD IRISHMAN." look1ld like a defeat or the youths, was turned into a glorious victory. Perhaps one hundred 0 the redcoats escaped. At least two hundred and :fifty 0 their force lay dead, dying, or wounded on the :field. It had illdeed been a terrible combat. Of the "Liberty Boys," eight had been killed, and seventeen were wounded, but fortunately none 0 the wounds fire serious. The loss 0 the eight brave "Liberty Boys" saddened the erty Boys," i they were found there, but they were not there. They hag disappeared, and all that was there wert: the dead, dying, and wounded redcoats. The British soldiers buried their dead, and carried the wounded to the Martin home. Later on they hauled a1J the wounded to Camden, where they could have the su, geon's constant attention, and as may be supposed tr members 0 the Martin family were delighted. I Captain Horton, who was wounded at the Martin h by Larry, as will be remembered, died soon after b 1 .g taken to Camden. rest, but they made the best 0 it, looking upon it as the fortune o war, and to be expected. Joe Smock, wh6 was with the British force at t}I en.As soon as the redcoats were gone, and the pursuit had counter with the "Liberty Boys," received stray bullet been abandoned, the leader o the strange horsemen ap-in his shoulder, and while he managed to get to h is home, proached, and leaping to the ground, seized Dick's hand and shook it warmly. "Dick, boy, I am glad to see you," he said; "and I am delighted that I and my comrades got here at such an opportune moment, and were able to render you the aid you needed." "And so am I glad of it, General Marion," said Dick, shaking the man's hand. it was all he could do, and it was two months before could get out of doors again; and when he was able to get out he said he was done with war, and that t ritish would have to get along without any more hel p from i On the night after the redcoots took the woun away from the Martin home, Larry Holt call ed ther e had a long and highly satisfactory ta k with Mary. She told him he might come for her as soon a over, and he declared that he would be on to c aim It was indeed General Marion, the famous "Swamp his bride. Fox," end he and his men had got there at an opportune Larry, the "Wild Irishman," had fought like a wild molJlent, sure enough Irishman, indeed, in the battle with the redcoats, and '.11Dick and his "Liberty Boys" and Marion and his men though he had been wounded in the arm early in th c m-'1; had met b efore, and, indeed, had fought side by side bat, he had kept on :fighting. He had his :against the British on two previous occasions, and the W'hen he went to see Mary, and bid her good-by, but he had greetings between the youths and the veterans was cor-one good arm-the right one, in a double sense--and he dial and joyous. was enabled to hug the blushing girl all right. Captain Moore and his remnant of the force that had Thus we leave the "Wild Irishman." ettaeked the "Liberty Boys" hastened back to Camden, and The "Liberty Boys" were told by Marion that there was Comwallis, when he learned what had taken place, sent a work to do over in the eastern part of the State, and so fonie of a thousand men to where the encounter had taken they went with his party to see about it. As may be sup place He intended to exterminate the company of "Libposed, they were not long in :finding plenty to do. THE END. The next number (108) 0 "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' SURPRISE; OR, NOT JUST WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR," by Harry Moore. 1 SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in. print. If you cannot obtain them from any Jiflwsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 2 4 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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SECRET OLD AND YOUNG. KING BRADY, )jE'fECrl'IVES. pmcE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEKLY LATES'l' ISSUES: 1G2 'l'be Bradys' Winning Game; or, Playing Against tbe Gamblers. 163 Tbc :-;radys and tbe Mail Tbieves; or, Tbe Man In the Bag. 1.13 Tbe Bradys Dc!led ; or, Tbe Hardest Gang In New York. 164 Tbe Bradys and tbe Boatmen ; or, Tbe Clew Found In tbe 1.1 4 Tbe Bradys in Higb Life; or, '!'he Great Society Mystery. River. 115 Tbe Bradys Among Tbleves; or, Hot Wo1k In tbe Bowery. 165 Tbe Bradys after tbe Grafters; or, Tbc Mystery In the Cab. lJ.6 The Bradys and the Sbar.pers; or, In Darkest New York. 166 Tbe Br .. dys an

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THE LIBEBIY BUIS '76. A W Magazine containing S to ries o f .the American I By HARRY MOORE.Tliese stories are based on actual. far.ts and give a account o f the e xciting adventures of r -. b rave youths who wer e always ready and willing to imperil for the sake of helping along the gallao t cause of Every number will consist of 32 large r,.i.g;es of bound in a beautiful colored cover. r 27 The Liberty Boys' Philadelphia. 28 Tile Liberty Boys' wine. LATEST ISSUES: Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy-Boys' Wild Ride ; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 70 The Liberty Boye' Decoy; or, Baiting the 71 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, The Sua 72 The Liberty Boys' Hansom; or, In the 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; nold. 74 The Liberty Boys Chall'. 75 The Liberty Boys' 76 The Boys' Scheme ; or, Their Kmg's Son. 77 'T'he Liberty Boys' Bold Move ; or, Into the The Liberty Roys' Beacon Light; or, The Slgn'il.1 th 29 The Liberty 30 The Liberty 31 The Liberty 32 The Liberty 33 The Liberty 114 The Liberty 35 The Liberty 36 The Liberty Boys In a Fi x ; or, Threatened by Reds and W hites. Boys' Big Contract ; or, Holding Arnold In Check. Boys Shadowed ; or, After Dic k Slater for Revenge. Boys Duped; or, The J;'rlend Who Was an Enemy. Boys' I<'ake Surrender; or, The Huse 'fhat Succeeded. Boye' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." Boye'. Daring Work; or, Risking Li::e for Liberty' 7 0 'l'he Liberty Boys Honor; or, The Promise That 119 re. 80 The Liberty Boys' ''Ten Strike" ; or, Bowling the lttBiiV ftr. 81 ThP Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Sho'l\'ed i:;.. 31 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 38 The J,lberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 82 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A If"-I an Handle. .. 3D The Liberty Boys' Great Haul ; or, Everything In Sight. 41) 'l'he Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Revelmg in British Gol d 41 The Liberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost 'frappe d 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line: or, "Cross It If You -rareTu. 84 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed"; or, Trouble at 11n:-J' T n.., 8:> 'fhe Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light tht" .. 'l'Mim. 42 The Liberty Roys' Brave Rescue; ,or, In the Nick of Time. 43 '.!'he Liberty Boys' Rig Day ; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and 'l'orles. 45 'l'he Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slater. 4() The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the R e dcoats. Sil The Liberty Boys' Indian l!'rlend; or, The Re "" OUlt.;ht ,for IndependPnre. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What 'rhey Set Out to Do. 48 T'1e Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated. Hut Not Disgraced. 49 The Liberty Boys In Toryvllle; or, Dick Slater's l'earful Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert;/' t:l '.!'he Liberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their Own 87 'J'he Liberty Boys "Going It Blind" ; or, Takll!I' 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band ; or, Bumping 89 The Liberty Roys' "Hurry Call" ; or, A Friend. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, Th l\Iountain. ats In. at Paulus Hook. 102 'l'he Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, o l'ut for the Brltlab. 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everywhere. 103 The Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder; or, T Mlstale that Helped 64 The Liberty Boys' 'Lone Hand" ; o r Fighting Against Great Them. Odds. 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick; or, ;!ilMl .. Ea Bis Surprise. 65 The Liberty Boys' :Mascot; or, The Idol of the Company. 105 'fhe Liberty Boys' Cunning: or, Outwtt1 r ,1lJIB !MtU L\. G6 The Liberty Boys' Wrath ; or, Going for the R e dcoats Roughshod. 106 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" : or, JCi;O II.I the lledcoats Out. 7 The Liberty lloys' Battle for Life; or, The Hardest Struggle of 107 The Liberty Boys "Wild IrlshmaQ,"; or, .A. Llvel)' from All'!' Dublin. The Liberty_. Bors' Lost; or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Jat What They Were LooltLiberty .tS0)[61 "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Everything. ing For. PRA:or Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 cents per Oepy, by: ===NK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squaft, B8" of our Libl" in the fol' IF YOU WANT ANY BACK turn ma; Libraries and cannot procure them from n e wsdealers, they can be obtained from this office d i rect. CUt out and ftlf e following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will l e n d them t o you Y 1'81" : :,_mail. 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