The Liberty Boys' wager : and how they won it

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The Liberty Boys' wager : and how they won it
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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I ssue d 1Veel.:ly-By Subscription. $2 .50 per year 1"11tered os Second Class Matter at th e New York Post Office, F e 6ruar y 4, 1 901, by Frank T ouse y No. 115. NEW YORK, MARCH 13, 1903. Price 5 Cents. Hanging by their hands, the Liberty Boys,'' one after another, worked thei r way acrosa the stream. They had won their wager; they were on the enemy's territory


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revo l ut i on .. Iaaue d Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Ent ere d as Second Giass Matte at the New York, N. Y., Post Otffllfi, February 4 1901. E nter ed according to Act o f Congress, in the year 1903, in the ofTice of the Librarian o f C ongr ess, Washing t on, D 0., b y Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 115. NEW Y ORK, MARCJI 1 3, 1903. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. S.UIBO AND THE REDCOATS "Stop!" "Stop, or we' ll shoot!" "Halt, you black rascal!" "If you don't stop you will b e a dead nigger mig hty quick!" It was rather an unusual scene. On a lonely timbered road a ew miles south from Charleston, South Carolina, one March afternoon of the year 1779 a negro was engaged in running for his life -for after him c ame six British soldiers, with weapons in their bands. It was the soldiers who bad given utterance to the com mand s given at the beginning of the story. The negro was frightened-terribly frightened. Oth er wise he would not have kept in the road, where he could be seen, and would furnish a good target for his pursuers Had he turned aside and entered the timber at either side of the road he would have stoo d a very good chance of mak mg hi$ escape. Suddenly the negro stumb led and fcU. "Goodness alibe, I done guesses I'2e a dead nigg e r now!" h e said aloud, and he was so frightened that he did not e ven try to get up. But help was at ha,nd. Out from amid the trees at the roadside dashed a young man of p erhaps nineteen years. He was a handsome, bronzed yout h, with keen gray eyes, and firm chin; and that he was wonderfully stro n g and ath letic was at once evident, for he seize d the negro by the coat-collar and waistband of the trousers, and lifting him bodily, carried him back into the timber-and this was don e so quic k ly that the astonished Britis h s oldiers did not have time to take aim and fire. They wer e within pistol-shot di sta nce, but by the time they reali zed what was going on the youth and the negro had disappear e d from view. "Hello P' "Who was that, I wonder?" Likely a rebel!" "All right; we'll capt ure or kill him as well as the negro !" Such w e re a few of the exclamat ion s given utterance to by th e redcoats. They came on 'as rapidly as the y could run, but when they were still twenty yards from the point wher e the two had disappeared, there came a sharp comm a nd : "Stop! If you come any closer I shall open firJl on y ou, and I warn you that I am a dead shot!" The redcoats paused involuntaril y There was somethi n g so authoritativ e in the t one of the stranger's voice that they realized the fact that he meant what he said, and as the redcoats had no desire to die, they paused. "Hold on, there; s hoot! called om one o f the Briti sh soldiers. "'I'hen stay where you are." "All right; but we want that nigger." "Oh, you do?" The negro, who was crouching at the feet o:f the young s tranger, just within the edge of the timber, said in a half whisper: "Foah de lub ob goodness massa, doan' let dem felle rs hab me!" "I won't," was the r e ply. "Have no fear.ii "Yes," replied the spoke'rnan redcoat. W e want the nigger." "Why do you want him?" "We want to pu t h im to work." What doing?" "Cooking." "For whom? "For our m ess: in the camp : "Where i s your camp ?" "Oh, down the road a ways .. "Can you cook?" the youth asked of rhe negro "Well, yes, massa, I kin cook. c-r little; but I d oan' wanter go an' cook foab dem reclcoatC'll fellers, d at's whut I doan'.'' "The n egro says he doesn't want ro gc with you." said the youth, liftil}g up his voice. "We kn e w that already." "Indeed?" Yes; he said that right away, as soon as we told him we need e d a cook, and wanted to go with us, a nd when he took to his heel s we took after him and now we wan t him to come along with u s "But he says he doesn't want to do -o. : I don't see what difference that;;: 'hat he wants 'is of no consequence." "I t'ink hit am ob considdyblc quin c eyque nce, massa,"


'l'HE LIBER1'Y BO'fS' WAGER. said the negro. "Whatebber yo' does, doan' let dem r ed coaters hab me, an' I'll do ennyt'ing in de worl' foah yo-

THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. 'I'll wager something that the saucy rebel runs like a greyhound in an effort to get away from us." "H I was sure he was a rebel I would be in for captur ing him rather than killing him," said the captain. "Lhave no doubt that he is a rebel/' another. "He knows we are British soldiers, and has taken the part of the nigge r against us, and that, it seems to me, is proof suf ficient." "I judge you are right," agreed the captain. "Well, we will capture him if we can do so handily, but if not then we will kill him. Scatter now, and advance on the run." 'l'he next moment the six redcoat s leaped in as many dif ferent directions, and then ran toward the spot where the young strange r and the negro were concealed. CHAPTER II. DICK SLATER SA)IBO As they adrnnced ihey set up a }"ell. Evidently this was intended to frighten the young man, but it had no such effect. He simply smiled in a sa r cast ic manner, and took deliberate aim at one of the oncoming redcoa ts. 1'he negro, ho,rever, was s hakin g with fright. He cow ered at the young man s feet and shook till his teeth rat tled. "Foah de lub ob good ne ss, we"se goners now, massa," he manage d to gasp I "Oh, no, Samba," sai d the youth quietly, and then nack "ent his pistol, and the nearest redcoat threw up his hands and fell headlong to the ground. The youth had a pistol in each hand, afld he now fired a shot from the one in his left hand. Captain Devoe g ave utterance to a cry of pain, and fell to the ground, but got up again, and staggered into the b ushes beside the road. The other four soldiers came to a sudden stop It was evident that they were horror-stricken. That they were frightened as well as horror-stricken was prove d by their n ext a ction, for they dashed in among the trees at the road side Now is our time to get away from here, Samba," said the young man. "Come with me The negro leaped up quickly enoug h, and followed his companion closely, his head turned backward, his eyes rolling wildly. It was evident that he was greatly frightened. The two moved away at a half-run, and afte r they had gone perhaps a third of a mile they came to a little clear ing, in the middle of which was a small log cabin. Hitched to a tree in front of the cabin was a bl ack horse, a magnific en t looking animal. I think that we will be safe here, Samba," said the young man s la ckening his speed to a walk. "I suttinly hopes so, massa." "Come into the cabin." "All right, massa." The two entered the cabin. There was a fire blazing-ilh the fireplace at one end of the si ngle room of whi ch. th2cabin consisted. "Sit down," said the youth, indicating a rough ben ch. The negro obeyed The young man also seated himself, taking up a p o;;itiou that enab l ed him to look ac ro ss the clearing, in the direc tion from which the redcoats would li kely come, if they came at all. "What's your name, Samba?" the youth asked "Dat's hit, sah," with a grin. "What do you mean? "W'y, I means dat my name is Sambo, sah-an seems funny ter me is how yo' knowed clat wuz my name "Oh, I just guessed at it; and so I hit it, eh?" "Yes, sah; plum' cen ter, sah." "That's all right, then. And now, where do you live?,., The negro shook his head. "Yo' means whar does I stay, massa ?" "Yes." "Well, I doan' 'zackly stay ennywhars in "You have no permanent home, then?" "Xo, sah.'' "I supposed you lived on a p lantation n ea r here." "No, I doan' lib on no plantashun, massa." "But you know the country pretty well, in this part of the State?" "Purty middlin' well, massa. I'se done libbed heah all mah life, sah. "And you go around from place to place, you say?"' "Yes, sah; dat's jes' whut I does, sah." "Well, I want to ask you a question, Samba, and if can giYe me any information I hope you w ill do so.'' "I'll do hit, massa." "Very good Can you tell me where to go to fin Andrew Pickens and his force of militia?" The ncgro and looked at the youth eagerly : rndi questioning! y. "Say, is yo' er patriot, massa ?" he asked "I am, Samba." "Yo' hain't er redcoater, widout yo' red coat on, den?)"> "Not a bit of it. Didn't you see me shoot down two redcoats?" "Yes, 'deed I did, massa." "Well, that is proof posifo'.e that I am not red coat." "I guesses as how yo' is right, sah." "Of course; if I was a redcoat I would not have inter fered to save you from those fellows back yonder; and :ii certainly would not have sho t any of them." "I t'ink

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. I "Then tell me whether or not you know the whereabouts of Pickens and his men." The negro hesitated, and then said, slowly and question ingly: "Yo' is reel shuah dat yo' is fr'en'ly ter Massa Pick ens?" "Ha' 'Massa Pickens,' you say? Then you do know him, and probably know where he is!" 'fhe negro looked flustered. He rolled his eyes, and then finally blurted out: "Yo' is right, massa. I does know Massa Pickens, an' I knows whar he is." "Good Is he far from here?" "'Bout fibe or six mile, massa." "Which way?" "Ter de west'ard, sah; he's ober on de Edisto ribber, sah." "Will you guide me to him?" "Uf yo' will swar dat yo' doan' mean no harm ter 'im, massa, I'll show yo' de way dar. Uf yo' means 'im harm, an' I shows yo' de way dar, den he'll kill me. Hit'll be all up wid Sambo." "I mean him no harm, Sambo. I am a patriot, as I told you, and consequently I am his friend. I wish to see him on important business." "Well, den I'll show de way dar. Massa, does yo' min' tellin' me who yo' is. sah ?" "My name is Dick Slater." The negro uttered an exclamation. He stared at the youth with rolling eyes. "Say, is yo' reelly Dick Slater?" he asked eagerly. "Yes, I am really Dick Slater. Why, what of it?" "N olhin' on'y I'se heerd J'll:assa Pickens talk erbout yo' lots ob tim es." "Then he is really your master?" "I calls him dat, sah. I hain't wid 'im all de time, but I done be'n wid 'im moah dan wid ennybody else, sah." "What do you for him?" "I'se his cook, sah.'' "Oh, that's it." "Yes, massa." "But what are you doing over here in this part of the country?" The negro grinned. "I'se done got er gal ober heah, sah," he said. "I comes ober foah to see her onct in erwhile, I does." "Ah, and that was why you were here?" "Yes, massa." "And how came the r.edcoats to be chasing you, a little while ago?" "I dunno, sah; all I la;iows is dat as I wuz comin' er long de road, de redcoaters corned out ob de timber 'bout fifty yards berhin' me, and wun ob dem yelled out foah nie to stop. Well, I doan' lak redcoaters, nohow, an' so 'stid ob stoppin' I jes' up s an' lights out as fas' as ebber I c'u'd clatter." "And they pursued you. eh?" "Yes; dey ups an' comes arter me, lickety-split, an' de!Y kep' a-yellin' an' a-yellin' foah me ter stop, er dey would jes' shoot me full of holes." "But you didn't stop worth a cent." "No, sah; not till I fell down," with a grin. "I couldn' he'p mahse'f, den." "True enough. Well, are you ready to show me the way to where Pickens and his men are?" "Yes, massa." "Will it be so that I can ride on horseback, or will I have to walk and lead my horse?" "Hit am de shortest uf we walk, through de timber, massa; but by takin' de road yo' kin ride." "We'll go the shortest way. I don't mind walking." The two then left the cabin, and Dick untied his horse, and told Sambo to lead the way. The negro set out through the timber, and the youth leading the horse. "Does yo' t'ink yo' killed bofe ob dem redcoaters, Massa Dick?" Sambo asked. "I think not, Sambo. I believe the first one will never pull trigger against the patriots again; but the second one was only wounded." "Golly, an' yo' shooted at 'im wid yo' lef' han', massa I t'ink yo' done mighty good ter even hit 'im." "I can shoot about as well with the l eft hand as with the right, Sambo." "Hi, I wouldn' want yo' ter git arter me, sah !" Onward they went at a good pace, as walking goe Mile after mile was gone over, and at last they came to an encampment on the bank of the Edisto nver. The sentinel challenged them with: "Halt! Who comes there?" "Hit am me, Sambo," replied thP. TIPo-rn "Me'n Dick Slater--dat's who hit am. An' doan' yo' go ter doin none ob yo' shoo tin' bizness, needer "Oh, it's you, is it, Sambo?" "Dat's whut hit am." "Come on into camp, then. Colonel Pickens wants to give you a good licking for running away." "I guesses ez how I'm in foah hit, Massa Slater," said Sambo, rolling up his eyes, and then a thought struck him, and he added in a low tone: "Git 'im ter be easy on me, 1\Iassa Slater, an' I'll do ennyt'ing foah yo', dat's whut I will." "I'll see what I can do for you, Sambo," with a smile. "I feel friendly toward you, for you have led me to the place I have been searching for." "T'ank yo', Massa Slater." CHAPTER III. IN THE PATRIOT PARTISAN'S CAMP. Entering the encampment, the two walked across to where a camp-fire was burning brightly in front of a tent at the farther side.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. A rather stern-visaged man sat on a camp-stool in front of the tent, and not far from the fire-for while the weath er was not cold, it was chilly enough to make a fire almost a necessity, where one sat out of doors. "Dat's Massa Pickens," whispered the negro. "Now, recommember yo' prommus, Massa Slater." "All right, Sambo The man looked up as they approached, and when he saw the negro he cried out, sharply: "Ha! So you have got back, have you, you black ras cal!" "Yes, Massa Pickens, I done got back; an' I done brung wid me Massa Dick Slater, sah, an' I hopes yo'll be moughty glad dat I went, massa, foah uf I hadn't went, Massa Slater wouldn' nevah have foun' his way heah." "Oh, you sly rascal! Trying to slip out of the thrashing you have earned, aren't you! Well, you may go? and it is possible, barely possible, that I may decide not to thrash you this time, seeing that you have been of some benefit to the cause, in thus guiding Captain Slater here." Then he rose and offered Dick his hand. "I have heard of you, often, Captain Slater," he went on, "and if one-half that I have heard is true, then indeed am I honored in being enabled to shake you by the hand." "And I feel honored in shaking hands with one who has don e as much for the cause as you have done, sir," was the reply. "Orderly called out Colonel Pick e ns. A man appeared from the tent. "Another stool, at once!" The orderly brought anoth e r stool and then the patriot chief and Dick took seats. "You ar e from Charleston, Ur. Slat er?" asked Colonel Pickens. "Yes, sir. I have a letter for you from General Lin coln." The youth drew it from his pocket and handed it over. The patriot chief took the letter, opened it, and read it through. "It is about what I expected it would be," he said, when he had finished. "General Lincoln wishes that I shall watch closely, and try to intercept any loyalists who may be trying to get to Augusta to join the British." "Ah, indeed?" remarked Dick. "Yes. Well, that is just what I am doing. So it is all right." "Yes, indeed." "I have a force of scouts out, constantly," Colonel Pick ens went on. "They keep a sharp lookout, and it would be an impossibility for any force of Tories to get through this part of the country unknown to my men; and the in stant one of them sees a force they will come and inform me of the fact. "I see; and then you will hasten to intercept the Tories, and strike them a blow." "That is it, exactly." The youth pondered a few moments, and then, after giving the encampment a sweeping glance, asked: "How many merr have you, sir?" "One hundred and twenty." "That is not a large force." "No; but what we lack in quantity we make up in qual ity. Each and every one of the men you see here is tried and tested and they are ready to fight to the death, at any moment. "I understand, sir. My 'Liberty Boys' are a good deal the same way. And now, I ha Ye a proposition to make you. It is this: that you permit me to return to Charleston and bring my 'Liberty Boys' back with me, and join your force "How many men have you?" "One hundred." "That would increase my force to nearly twice its pres ent size." "Yes, sir; and my 'Liberty Boys,' if I do say it myself, are recruits worthy the name. They, like your men, are ever ready Lo fight to the death, for the great cause of lib e rty." "I shall be glad to have your 'Liberty Boys' come here, Captain Slater." "Y ery well. I will return to Charleston at once, and bring them back with me to-morrow." ''You will remain and take supp er w it h m e before start 1 ing back, will you not?" "I suppose I might as well, for I a m hungry. I have s coured the country for many mil e s in e v e r y direction from Charleston, to-day." 11 How did you happ e n to fall in with my cook, Sam bo ?" The youth explained and Colonel Pic kens smiled and said: "I hope this experienc e will frighten Sambo so that he won' t care to run away again." "The redcoats would have got him if I hadn't happened to be at hand.:' "Undoubtedly." "I stopped at a little cabin in the forest," explained Dick, "and my horse being tired, I tied him to a tree, built up a fire in the fireplace, and rested and warmed awhile; and then, thinking I might see a settler who could give me eome information regarding your whereabouts, I walked ove r to the road, and had been there but a few minutes when I saw the negro coming, with the six redcoats after him. I interfered, and got Sambo out of danger, as I have e x plained." "Well, it was more than he deserved; but it was a good thing for you, too, for he guided you here." "You are right, sir." Colonel Pickens then called to Sambo, and told him to get up the very best supper that he possibly could. "Captain Slater is going to take supper with me," he added, "and if you outdo yourself, and get up a good meal, I may decide not to have you thrashed 1.hiB time."


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. 'All right, Massa Pickens. I'll git up jes' one ob de be::.tEst suppers dat ebber yo' tasted in all yo' life, sah !" See that you do." Sambo went to work, and he proved that he was a skilled cook, for he got up a very good meal, with the limited resources at his command. There was corn bread, bacon, sweet and Irish potatoes, and butter; also coffee. Colonel Pickens and Dick ate heartily, and then the youth bade the officer good-by, and mounting his horse, rode away. He had been given instructions as to the best route to take to reach Charleston, and he was sure he would have no difficulty in finding his way there. He soon reached the main road, which was about a mile from where the patriot force was encamped. Striking southward, he rode onward at a gallop for half an hour at least. It was now dark, and he permitted his horse to drop into a walk. A mile farther on he turned toward the east, and rode in that direction till he found himself in the city of Charleston. He rode first to the quarters occupied by his company of "Liberty Boys." Having looked after his horse, Dick made his way to headquarters. I wish to see General Lincoln," he said to the orderly wh o opened the door. ''Come in.". The youth entered, and the orderly pointed to a chair, an d said : "Be seated, Captain Slater. I will tell the general you are here." 'fhe youth sat down, and the orderly hastened away. He returned soon, however, and said: 'The general will see you; come this way." He led the way along the hall, and ushered Dick into a on the righthand side, near the rear of the building. General Lincoln g,reeted Dick pleasantly. "Diel you succeed in finding Colonel" Pickens and his force of militia, Dick?" he asked eagerly. Yes, sir ; I found him." .!nd delivered my letter?" "Yes, sir; and here is one he sent you in reply." 'f"he youth drew a letter forth from his pocket, and hand e:d it to the general, who opened it' and read the con te nts. "Very good," he said aloud, when he had finished read ing. "He states l1ere, Dick, that he will do what I ask, and he adds that you wis11 to join him with your 'Liberty Boys.' "Yes, sir; I ihink it possible that \re may be able to do some good work if you will let us go." "I am willing, the more because I feel that Pickens' :force is rather small for the work required of it. With your force added to it he \rill be able to handle almost any number of Tories that may be encountered." "True, sir." "Well, you may haYe my pernnss1on to join his force, until further notice, Captain Slater." "Thank you, sir." "When will you go back?" "I think we may as well wait till morning." "That will be best, I judge." "I i:hink so, sir." After some further conversation, Dick salute d and "-ith drew, returning to the quarters occupied by his 'Liberty Boys." "What's up, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook, a bright, handsome youth of nineteen years. Anything in the wind that promises to give u s something to do?" "Yes, Bob." "What is it?" eagerly. "Yes, tell us, Dick." "If there is work ahead for us, ire want to know it." "Yes, and we want to know what the work is, old man." "I'll tell you what it is, bop," said Dick. "We are going to join the force of patriot partisans under Colonel Pickens, and help him head off and thrash any parties of Tories that may attempt to get from orth Carolina across this State, to Augusta." "Where is Pickens, Dick?" asked Bob. "About twelve miles from here." "And when will we join him?" "In the morningi" "Good!" "Hurrah!" "That is good news!" "Yes, I'm tired of sitting here in Charleston, doing nothing, and want to get out and move around." Such were the remarks of the youths, and Dick told them they would have a chance to get out next morning, and for them to make their preparations for an early start. CHAPTER IV. TAKEN BY SURPRISE. ''So you are back again, Captain Slater?" "As you see, sir." "And have brought your 'Liberty Boys' with you." "Yes, sir." "I am glad of it; now I think that we shall be able to get the better of any force of Tories that may show up in this part of the country." "I think rn, sir." "Well, t ell your 'Liberty Boys' to make themsehes at home. My men will be glad to make their acquaintance, and make things pleasant for them." "Thank you, sir."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. It was ten o "clock of the next morning after the events already narrated had taken piace. The "Liberty had left Charleston about halfpast eight. and had ridden at a gallop most of the \ray, arriving at t .he patriot partisan encampment on the bank of the Edisto ri>er an hour and a half later. They had entered the camp, alter satisfying the sen tinel of their identity, and Dick bad at once reported to Colonel Pickens, and the above conversation bad ensued. It did not take the "Liberty Boys" 1ong to become ac quainted with their new comrades, who were for the most part bunters, trappers, and farmers, and were good-na tured and matter-of-fact. Then, too, all the men under Pickens had heard of Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys," and knowing the latter were terrible fighters, treated them with respect and consideration, for they themselves were fighters could appreciate such qualities in other&. Just after dinner, while the men were lying and sitting around on blankets, a scout came galloping into camp, bis horee flecked with foam, proving that he had ridden far aiJ.d fast. I He leaped to the ground and hastened to where Colonel Pickens sat. The officer was looking at the scout eagerly, and asked, .as he approached: "iYhat is it, Scott?" "A party of Tories, sir," was the reply. "Ah'. And where is the party, Scott?" "About fifteen miles northeast from here, sir." "And headed in which direction?" "West, sir." "Ah, it is bound for Augi.1sta, then!" "That is what I think." "And how large a force is there of the Tories ?" "There must be six or seven hundred, I should say." "Quite a strong force." "Yes, sir-too strong for our own force, I fear." "But we have received reinforcements." "We have?" "Yee-this morn The com of youths known as 'The Iiberty of '76" joined us here this morning, and that makes us pretty strong." "True, and tho e 'Liberty Boys are fighters, too, if all we ha Y e heard of them is true." "You are right; and I think nothing more than the truth has been told regarding them." "I think you will be able to 'head the Tories off by going northward, along the Edisto, Colonel Pickens," the scout suggested. 'That is just what I was thinking of; and that is what we will do. Have you had anything to eat, Scott?" "Not since morning, sir." "Then go and get something-. and be ready in half an hour to lead us to the spot \1hich in your opinion you think will be the best for our purpose of taking the Tories surprise." "Very well. colonel," and then. saluting, the scout walk-eel away, and was soon eating his dinner and talking to a crowd of the patriot partisans at the same time. Soon the order came for all to get ready for a prompt tart, however, and the men hastened to bridle and saddle their horses, and look their weapons. In twenty minutes' time all were ready, and ten min later the two hundred and twenty-odd men were riding north,rard, through the timber bordering tlie Edisto river. In front rode Colonel Pickens and the scout, Scott, and behind them rode the patriot partisans Then came Dick and his "Liberty Boys." "\Yell, it begins to look as though we are to have some work before very long, Dick," said Bob. 'You are right, Bob." "Well, I'm glad of it." "And L" Indeed, all the "Liberty Boys" were glad. They laughed and talked, and joked one another at a great rate. The force rode onward for two hours, and then the scout tolcl Colonel Pickens that he thought they were far enough Lo1rnrd the North. "H the Tories continue onward the way they were going 1rilcn I saw them," he "they will come right a long this road." The patriot force had come to a stop at a road which ran east and west. "Then we will go into ambush here," said Colonel Pick ens, "and I will send out half a dozen scouts, to watch for the enemy, and thus make sure it does not get past us." "That will be a splendid scheme, sir." How long, do you think, will it be before the enemy shows up?" "An hour or more; perhaps two hours. You see, they are on foot, and can proceed but slowly, comparatively speaking." "True. Well, we will stop here till we learn where the enemy is, and as soon as that is learned, then we will know just where to post ourselves." The order was given to dismount, and it was obeyed in stantly. Then the horses were tied to trees well back from the road, afte \ which the men took up positions close to the road, but concealed in the underbrush Colonel Pickens then named six men who were to act a\; scouts, and Dick was one of the six. They mounted their horses, and rode away. Each went in a different direction. The "Liberty Boy" went straight toward the east, lhe road, and continued onward for half an hour, when he came to the top of a hill, or ridge, rather, for it extended along from north to south, for a distance of a mile or more. Bringing his horse to a stop, Dick leaped to the ground. IIe tied the horse to a tree, and then proceeded to climb another tree which stood nearby. iYhcn he was well up toward the top, he paused, and took n survey of the surrounding country.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. At first he could see nothing of the enemy. This was not strange, however, for the country was roll ing and broken, as well as for the most part heavily tim bered. Suddenly Dick heard his horse give vent to a snort of terror, and looking down, be saw a huge black bear ap proaching the horse. The youth saw at a glance that it would be impossible for him to get to the ground in time to untie his horse, mount, and get away, and be hardly knew what to do. He, was afraid be might lose the horse, and as the animal was a valued one, being a thoroughbred black horse that the youth had captured from the British on Long Island more than two years before, he did not wish to see the animal fall a prey to the bear. Major-that was the horse's name---was eyeing the in truding animal closely, and was evidently so:i;newhat fright ened. His instinct told him that the newcomer was an enemy. There being seemingly nothing better to do, Dick started to descend, and was as rapid in his movements as was pos sible. He kept his eyes on the scene below, and saw the bear rear up upon his bind legs and start toward the horse. "Jove, I fear it is all up with Major!" thought Dick, and at the same time be drew a pistol. Before he could cock and fire the weapon, however, the scene below bad come to a focus, for as the bear rushed toward the horse, Major whirled quickly, and kicked out fiercely with both bind legs. The hoofs struck Bruin on the nose and in the throat, and such was the force of the kick that the bear was knocked down and sent rolling over and over, bringing up against a tree five or six yards away with a crash. "Bravo, Major!" cried Dick. "You did that splendid ly!" Major recognized his master's voice, and gave utterance to a whinny, to indicate that he heard. Bruin had tumbled over on his side, and lay where he fell, whether dead or only dazed, Dick did not know. Fear ing it might be the latter, however, Dick hastened to climb on down, having returned the pistol to his belt Before Dick reached the ground, however, the bear scrambled to his feet. The youth saw this, and feared it would again attack Major, but the brute did nothing of the kind. It gave one look toward the horse, who snorted as i_f in defiance, and then went lumbering away in the opposite direction. The "Liberty Boy" reached the ground at the same mo" ment, and decjding that it was as well to let the bear alone, and let it go, he walked over to Major, and patted him on the neck. "Brave old Major!" he said. You are certainly capable of protecting yourself, old fellow!" The horse whinnied and rubbed his nose against Dick, and seemed to be well pleased with the affair as it stood. The youth was sure the bear would not return, and so again turned his thoughts to the work that had brought him to the spot. "I guess I might as well climb back up in the tree," he told himself. "If the Tories are within a mile or two of here, I ought to be able to see them." He went back and again climbed up into the tree. As before, he looked toward the east, and as before, noth ing was to be seen of the enemy. The youth felt conndent that he would see the Tories sooner or later, if he only had patience enough to remain where he was, and keep watch, so he settled down to do this. He made himself as comfortable as possible, and kept a sharp lookout. Half an hour passed, and then he gave utterance to a murmured exclamation : Sure enough, nearly a mile away, toward tb,.e east, and coming along the road which led past the tree in which Dick was perched, was a large body of men. They were marching four abreast, and were strung out quite a distance. "That is the party we are waiting for, I am sure sai d Dick to himself. He watched them a few moments, and then started to climb down. He was soon to the lower limb, and hanging down from this he dropped, the distance being only about twelve to fourteen feet. He slipped and fell as he struck the ground, however, and when he arose and brushed the dirt off his knees, and straightened up he met with a surprise. Standing within five yards of him, with pistols leveled, were two men, whom, the youth instinctiY e ly realized at a glance, were Tories and his enemies. "I think we hev got ye, my friend," s aid one of the two, with a grin "Jest throw up yer han's an' surrender!" CHAPTER V. DICK GETS THE BETTER OF HIS ENEMIES. Tne "Liberty Boy" threw up his hands promptly. He did not intend to surrender, by any means, but he did this to throw the two off their guard. By making them think he had no intention of offering resistance or of trying to escape, he would deceive them into the belief that he was not at all a dangerous fellow, and then he would take them by surprise. The youth's mind acted quickly. He realized that he had not much time, and that if he was to make his escape, he would have to do it quick ly. The front of the column of Tories would be on the scene inside of fifteen minutes, and if he had not made his escape before that he would surely be captured.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. 9 But Dick was confident be could get away before the head of the column of '11ories put in an appearance. "Who are you?" asked Dick, pretending to be frightened. "We air king's men, young feller, an' now, who air ye?" "I'm a king's man, too." "Ob, air ye?" The man leered as he said this, and thl look and the tone of bis voice were sufficient to prove that he did not believe the youth's statement. "Yes, I'm a king's man," said Dick. "I want to join the Br:itish army." "Ye ao, do ye?" "Yes." "W aal, then, ye'll git er chance ter do et, mighty quick, young feller." "I'm glad of that." "Ye air, air ye?" "I am." "Thet's good. Waal, thar'll be er big force uv king's men erlong beer in er few minnets, an' ye kin jine 'e m ef ye wanter." "Good That will just suit me." "Humph! Say, is thet yer boss, yeI;tder?" "It is." "Et's er mighty fine hoss." "You are right about that." The youth was glad to get attention turned upon his horse, for it would enable him to make a move which he had in mind. "He's er thurrerbred hoss, hain't he?" "Yes, he's a thoroughbred horse, and-now you fellows will have to look out for yourselves!" As Dick said this last he suddenly leaped to one side, and sprang behind a tree. At the same instant there were two reports, almost together. Both the Tories had fired at Dick. The men were probably good shots under ordinary cir cumstances, but Dick had taken them by surprise, and they had fired too quick, with the result that they did not hit him. The "Liberty Boy's" pistols were out in an instant, and he fired one shot, and brought down one of the Tories, who, judging by the groans, must be very badly wounded. Before Dick could take aim at the other, however, he had leaped behind a tree. The "Liberty Boy" had the advantage, however, in that he had his head out, and was watching for the other to show himself, while the Tory bad yet to get his head out from behind the tree, so as to enable him to view the situation. He stuck his head out, quickly, but saw the youth's pis tol come up like a flash, and jerked his head back even quicker than he had stuck it out. "Try it again," called out Dick. "I think I can put a bull et through yo ir head next time." "Blast yer picler," was the reply. "I'll fix ye fur shoot in' Bill." "Bill is to blame for the trouble be got into. He ought not to have bothered me." "I'll bother ye "If you get the chance." "Oh, I'll git ther chance all right. I'm wun uv ther best woodsmen in this part uv ther kentry an' et'll be funny ef I kain't git ther better uv er young chap like ye, who kain't know mu ch erbout sech things." "Oh, but I know all about such things, my friend." "I don' berleeve et." "It is true, nevertheless. I took lessons in woodcraft from the red Indians of the North, and I fancy I l!an bold my own with you, n o matter what trick you try to play." "I'll show ye!" Now Dick knew be would not dare waste much more time here The Tories were coming, and would be on hand soon. 'l'here was littl e doubt but that they had heard the pis tol -shois and they would probably hasten their steps in order to learn what it was about. "I must bring this affair to a head quickly," thought the youth, and he made up his mind to put into effect rather a desperate plan. This no more nor less than to leave his position behind the tree and make a rush for the one behind which the Tory was ensconced. Having decided upon his plan of action, Dick lost no time Leaping out from behind the tree, he ran toward the tree his e n e m y was behind. He ran on tiptoes, and made as little noise as was possible. The Tory did not hear him till Dick was close to the tree, and then he peered around the side of the tree, saw Dick and giving vent to a yell of terror, turned and fled at the top of his speed. The youth fired, .and hit the fellow in the arm, causing him to give vent to a s till w ilder yell, of pain and fear commingled, and then the speed with which the Tory widened the di stance between Dick and himself would have put the best efforts of a greyhound to the blush. Feeling that he had nothing to fear from the Tory. Dick now hastened to where his horse stood, untied the halter-strap and leaped into the saddle. The first Tory Dick had shot lay groaning where he had fallen, but the youth gave him only a passing glance. A look down the road showed him the head of the col umn of Tories, and he saw they were running. They would be within musket-shot distance in a few moments, and so, having no time to fool away, Dick spoke to Major, and the animal bounded away up the road. The Tories saw Dick, and set up a shout. "Oh, yell." murmured Dick. "Little good will it do you." Onward Major galloped, and in a few moments Dick: was out of sight of the enemy.


10 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' \LA.GER. When the Tories reached the spot where the wounded ard !" exclaimed the leader of the Tories, in angry acman lay, and saw him, they were very angry. cents. They gathered around the Tory and asked him questions, The Tory flushed. but all he couJd do was groan. "Mebbe he hed orter," was the growling reply, 'an' I "I wonder where Jim is?" remarked a man who seemed don' doubt none thet he' d er done et, ef he could. An' rn to be ihe commander of the force "Poor Bill don't seem bet thet thar hain't menny thet'd er done diffrunt frnm to be able to understand anything, or to speak." whut I done." "'Thar"s Jim now," said one of the men. "Bah! The idea of two men letting a boy get the better He was right; the Tory who had been wounded in the of them! It 'tlisgusts me to think of it." arm haJ paused when at a safe distance, and had seen Jim turned and walked away, nursing his 1roundeJ Dick ride away, and had also seen his comrades coming up arm, and the leader gave orders for a hammock to be made the road, and so he made his way slowly back to where they out of a blanket, and Bill was placed in this, and the were gathered around the wounded man. march was resumed. "What does this mean, Jim?" asked the leader. "Who "We'll leave Bill at the first farmhouse we come to," did thif:' ?" said the leader "We can't take him with us, that is "I don' know who he wuz, sir," was the reply. "All thet certain." I know is thet he is erbout ther v;"qst feller I've ever run This was sel-evident. e rcross in all my life." "I see you are wounded also. Do you mean to say that one man did this?" '' X o, et wuzn't er man, sir. He wuz on'y er youngsternot more'n eighteen yeers old, I sh'd say." 'Indeed?" "Yas, but he fooled Bill an' me, all right-an' how is Bill ? Hez he got et fur good an' all?" "No, I think he will get well; he is badly wounded, h owever." "I'm glad thar is er chance fur Bill. An' ef ever I git e r chance at ther young feller whut done this rll fix 'im, thet's whut I'll do!" "He wa's a young fellow, you say?" Yas; but he's er rebel, I'm shore, an' er bad wun, too." "How did he manage to get the better of you two?" "He fooled us, sir; thet's how he done et. He hed been Half an hour later the Tories came to a farmhouse, and stopped. The leader of the Tories asked if they might leave the wounded man there, and were given permission, the people who lived there bejng Tories themselves. "We'll take keer uv 'im," said the farmer. "He'll be all right beer." So Bill's comrades carried him into the house, and placed him on a bed, and his wounds were dressed the best the men could do it. Then they resumed their march, it being their intention Lo camp that night on the bank of the Edisto river. CHAPTER VI. A GREAT VfCTORY. 11p in thet tree, thar-whut fur, I don' know-an' wuz "They are coming, Colonel Pickens." climbin' down when Bill an' me spied him. We drawed "Ah, indeed. Then you saw them?" c..ur pistols an' stood thar, waiting fur .'im ter git ter ther "Yes, sir." groun', an' when he dropped we ordered 'im ter throw up "In which direction are they from heTe ?" his ban's an' surrender, an' he done et quick enu:ff." "Almost due east." "Ah! And he got the better of you after that?" in "And they are coming this way?" rnrprise "Yes, they are on this road." "Yas. Ye see, he done this so prompt-like, an' seemed "Good! How long before they will put in an appear kinder scart thet we thort he wuzn' enny good ertall, ance, do you think?" an' wuz keerless, an' ther furst thing we knowed he bed "Possibly an hour and a half." jumped erhind a tree an' hed dropped pore Bill in his "Very ''"ell. We will be in readiness for them when they tracks get here." "Ah!" Dick Slater had reached ihe spot where the patriot par"Waal, I jumped erhin' er tree, an' lhort ez how I'd be tisan force was in waiting for the coming of the Tories. a ble ter git ther better uv ther youngster, but he wuz too He had gone to Colonel Pickens, and reported his dismuch fur me." co1ery of the enemy, as given above. "vVell, well!" Then he told the story of his encounter with the two "He wuz sech e desprit-like feller thet et kinder took Tory scouts, whereat Colonel Pickens looked thoughtful. t her grit outer me, ye see, an' so when he jumped out "If those Tories are as smart as they ought to be," he frum berhin' his tree, an' come arunnin' towards me, I jes' said, slowly, "they will suspect a trap, I fear." up an' skooted, an' he put er bullet through my arm." "On account of my having been where the hrn scouts "He ought to have put it through your head, you cow-saw me-up in a tree?"


THE LIBERT BOYS' WAGER. 11 "Yes, and the fact that you got the better of the two will prove that you are no ordinary youth. I fear it will set them thin.king." "Perhaps not," said Dick. "I hope not, for I want to strike the rascals a blow that they will not get over in a hurry, and if we can take them by surprise, '"e can easily do it." "I will go back up the road a mile," said the youth. "I will see if they are still coming this way. If so, that will be pretty good proof that they do not suspect anything." "That will be a good idea," agreed Colonel Pickens. The "Liberty Boy leaped into the sad'dle and rode away back up the road in the direction fron;i which he had come a few minutes before. rhen he had gone a mile or so he paused and di smou nted, tied his horse, and again climbed a tree. A mile away he saw the Tories. "They are marching right along. just as if nothing had happened," thought Dick. "I dont believe they are sus picious of danger." 1 n this he was correct. The Tories were new to the l rnsiness, and could not read signs so readily as regular soldiers 'rould haYc done, and their l ea der, while be had given the matter of the presence of the youthful stranger some thought, and had wondered what he had climbed the tree for. did not think that it foreshadowed danger for his force Another thing-he had seven hundred men, and felt that the! would easily be more than a match for any force of patriot partisans that could be got togeth e r in that part of the country. So forward Hie Tories marched, vith confident steps and air. The "Liberty Boy'' did not remain in the tree very long. He saw that the enemy was coming right along, and felt confident it would continue to do so. "I'll get back and tell Colonel Pickens," though Dick. "II('. ,rill be pleased when he learns that the .Tories are still coming." He climbed do1rn to the ground, untied his horse, leaped into the sa ddle, and rode away at a gallop. He was soon at the point where the patriots w ere in \\aiting. "Did you see them this time, Captain Slater?" asked the colonel. "Yes. sir." "And are the!' still, marching thi" 'rn" ?" aThey are." "Ab. Then it seems likel! that they are not suspicious, after all." "That is the way it would seem. sir." "Well, we will be ready for them." Then he i ssued order after order. and the men obeyed promptly. Soon the two hundred and twenty men were stretched along the road, but hidden from sight behind trees, and amid the underbrush, for a qistance of more than a quar-ter of a mile, one-half the force being on one side of the road, the other half on the other. The plan was to let the Tories march along till the front end of the column was even with the farther end of the line of patriots. This would bring the greater ber of the Tories where they could be fired upon at close range, and there was little doubt in the minds of Colonel Pickens and Dick Slater that they would be enabled to so paralyze the enemy that it could offer no resistance of any moment. Colonel Pickens was in command of his men at one sid e of the road, while Dick was in command of his "Liltertv Boys," on the opposite side. Presently the head of the Tory column came in sight, up the road. Closer and closer it came, and the pafriots waited pa tiently, but eagerly. Every eye "a.s on the oncoming Tories, and every finger \ms on the. trigger, the muskets being cocked and in readi ness for instant u se when the time should come. Soon the Tories \Vere entering the lane that was to soon be a lane of d eath There was no movement among the patriots to appris e the Tories that danger and death lurked near by. The pa triots were old hands, and were as motionless as so many statues. As the front end of the column neared the point wher e the end of the patriot column was, however, the muske t i;1-ere lifted and placed to the shoulders of their owner3. while the eyes glanced keenly down the barrels, and sighted through the sights carefully. Colonel Pickens 'ms up at the farther end of the line. and he was to give the sig nal which 1vas to be a single pis tol shot. Presently the shot rang out. And then, almost instanth. there came the sound of a volley, the patriots having the triggers on hearing the signal. The volley did great damage among the Tories. The distance was so short, and the patriots hacl taken ,:uch careful aim, that the execution was terrible. It \\OJ1ld have been rmich worse had it been for Pach of the patriots to select a different individual to aim nt. They could not do however, as one could ha1" no knowledge of which one his neighbor was aiming at. ani! tl1e result was that in many instances several of them fired at the same man, who in every such easr fell. pierced by number of bullets, while three or fonr of the men close by him were not injured at all. But it was terrible enough as it was. At l eas t seventy-five of tiw 'l'or ies went down. d e ad and 'rounded. Be it said to the credit of the Tories, howeYer, that they proYed themselves quite the reverse of coward8. Instead of fleeing, as might have been expected. after


12 TRE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. such a surprise and slaughter, they drew their weapons and "Did yo' call ter me, w'ite man?" the negro asked. opened fire into the bushes at both sides of the road. "Yas. Say, c1'ye wanter make sum munny ?" This caused the patriots to get down to work in earnest, "I'se allus on d e lookout foah er chance ter make munand drawing their pistols, they fired four volleys in swift ny, w'ite man," was the reply. succession, doing great execution. "I'll tell ye how ye kin do et, then." This was too much for the Tories. "How?" They gave utterance to cries of terror, and throwing The Tory gave a swift glance around, saw that there w as down their muskets, fled-that is, such of them as were not no patriot soldier near, and said, in what he intended to be within the jaws of the trap fled. There were about three an impressive manner: hundred that. found themselves surrounded, and they sur"By settin' me free." rendered. The negro gave utterance to a low whistle. It was a great victory for the patriots. "So dat's whut yo' is arter wantin' me ter do, is hit?" At least one hundred and fifty of the Tories had fallen, Sambo asked. dead and wounded, and three hundred were prisoners, while "Yas." of the patriot force, only six were killed and eight wound"An' yo'll gib me munny ter do hit?" ed. None of these, fortunately, were. seriously wounded. "Yas," eagerly. The commander of the Tories was among these cap"Whar is dat munny, w'ite man?" tured, and he was a crestfallen-looking man, if ever there "In an inside pocket uv my shirt." was one. The negro stepped forward, unbuttoned the shirt, drew When he learned that this bad all been accomplished by out a wallet, and stuffed it into his pocket. only a few more than two hu:e.dred men he hardly knew "I'm much erbliged ter yo', w'ite man, I am, so," be what to think. said coolly, and be started to walk away. As night was now close at hand, it was decided to go "Hol' on!" cried the Tory. "Hain't ye goin' ter sot me into camp here. free?" This was done, and after the soldiers had eaten their "Me sot yo' free ?-I guesses not, Mister Tory. My supper and rested awhile, the work of burying the dead massa he'd kill me uf I wuz ter do dat, so he would." was begun. Of course the wounded had been attended "Then put my munny back inter my pocket, blast yer to as soon as the engagement was over. black hide." "Jim," the Tory scout Dick had wounded, and who "Oh, no, I couldn' t'ink ob doin' dat, sah. De munny bad come on with the main body of loyalists, was among won't do yo' no good, ennyhow, whar yo's goin', an' hit'll the captured, and when he saw Dick he scowled. do me er lot ob good." "So yer beer, air ye?" he growled. "Stop, thief) Hold on, you black scoundrel!" roar ed "Yes, and so are you," with a smile. the Tory, but Sambo only chuckled and walked away1 "But I won't stay." "Hi, I got de better ob dat Tory feller dat time," said "Won't you?" Sambo to himself, as he walked away. "Golly, but he "No." talks some lak he wuz mad erbout sumfin !" "Why not?" "Becos I don't wanter." "You'll have to stay." "I'll bet I won't haf ter stay." "Such talk is folly," said Dick. "Waal, I'll show ye. I'm goin' ter git erway, and whut's more, I;m goin' ter git even with ye fur shootin' Bill an' me, thet's whut I'm goin' ter do!" "I guess you are a great fellow to boast," and then Dick walked away, not giving the man another thought. "I'm er boaster, am I?" the man muttered, looking after the youth darkly. "Waal, I'll sh6lw ye whether er not I am, my fine young feller Pretty soon Sambo, Colonel Pickens' colored cook, and man of all work, happened to stroll along past where the Tory, Jim, lay, and the Tory called to Sambo. "Hey, ye black feller," he called out, "come beer." Jim was careful to speak in a low voice, just loud enough for the negro to hear. Sambo walked up and gazed down upon the Tory, eyeing him as be11t he could in the darkness CHAPTER VII. THE "LIBERTY BOYS'" WAGER. "I don't believe it is practicable, Dick." "You do not?" "No." 1Why not?" "Because the British are on the watch too closely. It is said that they hav e a guard stationed along the river for a distance of ten miles in either direction, and that it would be impossible for any party of patriots to get across with out the fact being known." "I'll wager that myself and 'Liberty Boys' could get across, and that we could march around the town of Au gusta, and recross again, and do it in safety." "Very well, Captain Slater. I'll make the wager with


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. 13 you, that you and your 'Liberty Boys' cannot cross the "No; I will go alone. I c an learn all that will be neces Savannah River, anywh e re within ten miles of Augusta." sary, and will not be so likely to b e seen as if there wer e "Done; but wha t shall the wager be for?" two of us." "I'll tell you. Let it be for the command of our com-The youths l e d the horses bac k into the timber a hunbined force th e n ext engagement we have with the enemy." dred y ard s and tied them to trees, and then Dick, first "All right," e xtending hi s hand, which the other graspcautioning his comrades to be c ar e ful and not make too ed and shook heartily. mu c h noise, took his departure. "I have a r e ason for having you mak e the attempt, He went westward, for he knew the Savannah R i ver lay Dick," s aid Colon e l Pick e n s "If you succeed, then I in that direction. wish to try to g e t acro s s the Savannah Riv e r with our com-H e had gone perhap s a mile whe n he was suddenly bined force and strike the British a blow. By taking them startled by hearing a cry for help. by surprise, we would be enabled to do a great deal of Th e c ry was in a woman's voice-or a girl's, at least. damage, I am confid e nt, and would not be running such a Th e r e was terror in the ton es. terrible risk." "Help! Help!" was the cry, and the voice shook and W e ll, if the r e i s a place where a crossing can be made, quav e red in such a degree a s to be plainly heard. then we will find it." Jove, a girl or woman is in distress," thought Dick. It was th e day aft e r the c apture of the force of Tories. I will see what is the trouble." The prison e rs had been sent away, under an escort of He dashed forward on a run. t wenty of Colonel Pickens' men, and this left about two He was careful to make as littl e noise as possible, howh u ndred in the main force. eYer, for he clid not know what h e might happen upon. The above conver s ation bad taken place betw e en Dick Sudd e nly he cam e to the edge o f a little clearing, in the S late r a nd C o l o nel Pickens. c ente r of which was a log house of goodly size. A few Dick at OD<:!e m ade hi s way to where his "Liberty Boys" y ards from the front door of the house stood a girl; her wer e and to ld the m what he was going to try to do. back was toward Dick, so he could not judge as to : her "Why that will b e e asy e nough, Dick said Bob Estaage, but he could see she was not very old; and between the brook. g irl and the door s tood four brawny Indians. 'I don't kn o w a bou t i t, Bob." Gr eat guns; Indians!" said Dick to himself. W e ll we will try it, and see, anyway." He was amazed. The you t h s wer e a ll in for it. H e had not e xpected to see Indian s in this vicinity. A nyt hin g t ha t offe red diffic ulties or was s piced with dan" They are Cherokees," he added. ger ha d an att r acti on for them. Th e "Libert y Boy" was familiar with the characteristi c s "Whe n sha ll we start, Dick?" a s ked Sam Sand e rson. o f t h e v arious tribe s of Indians, and had no difficulty in "Oh, some time a fter d i nn e r The r e i s no hurry as we decidin g that these were Cherokees. w on't wan t to reac h the vi c inity of the riv e r until night" They ar e a long way from their hunting-grounds," he :fall." thou g ht. "Doubtless they have b e en p e rsuaded to come :far is i t t o Augusta?" ask e d Mark Morri s on. down here by the British. "Abo u t t w enty-five miles." At this moment one of the Indians took a couple of W e w o n t need to start till the middle of the afters tep s toward the girl, which had the effect o:f making her noon, then." a g ain give vent to the cr y : "Well yes. You see, I want to make some s couting ex"Help! Help!" pe diti o n s and get the lay of the land before dark. We will Th e n, a s if having just g a in e d c ontrol of her physical h alt wlien a mile or more from the river, however." b e i ng, t h e girl whirled and ran with all her n,right. A b out one o'clock the "Liberty Boys" mounted their She headed straight toward where Dick stood. horses a nd r ode away toward the west He was shielded from observation behind a large tree. ,The patriot p artis an s under Colonel Pickens gave the He took a keen survey of the s ituation, and saw that youths a cheer as they w ent and the youths gave utterance while the Indians were giving chase, and were undoubtedto a cheer in response. ly able to overtake her sooner or later, they would not b e Then they rode onward for three hours. able to do it before she reached the edge of the timber B elie vin g tha t they must be nearing the vicinity of the "So I'll stay here and be ready to give them a warm Savannah Riv e r Dick called a halt. reception," thought Dick. "What do you think, Dick?" asked Bob. "Do you He drew two pistols, cocked them, and holding one i:q snppo s e we ar e nea r the river?" each hand, waited quietly for the redskins to come within "I rath_ er think so, Bob, and I guess we might as well range. stop, here, and settle down and take it easy---or, rather, you Fear seemed to lend 'the girl wings, for she ran very boys will do so; I'll go on a reconnoitering expedition." swiftly, the Indians were not gaining on her very "Better let m e go along, Dick,''. said" Bob, as they were I fast. dismounting. Still, if left to themselves, without interference from


i4 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS" WAGER. any o ne, the Indians would ultimately have overtaken and I around us, and the British occupy Augusta where we have e heard father speak of you, many times, M r. were on the Indians. Slater. You are the commander of a company of young They were now within range, and raising one of men who are known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' are yo u pisfo]5 to a level, Dick took quick aim and fired. not?" The foremost redskin threw up his arms and fell head"Ye,." long t o the ground, a wild, blood-curdling shriek on his "l am glad lo hear it, I assure you. captain Slater, ju5 t bps. rai s e your hands above your head, and surrender. I hav e Tl e other three paused instantly. yon c orcred, and i f you make a move to draw a weapon I They had not been expecting any such thing as this, and will put a bullet through you!" the death of their comrade seemed to strike terror to their The worrl s w e r e in a stern, mas culine voice, and turning iieartE. his lwacl. Dick sa1r a Britis h soldier standing near, with Up came Dick"s other arm. n pair 0f pis tols l e v e le d in a threatening manner. A g ain he took quick aim, again the pistol shot rang out, ol{nd another of the redskins threw up his arms and fell !leae long to the ground, a yell of agony going up from his hp.s. This wa s too much for the other tw o Indians, and they turned and fled at the top of their speed. T h e "Liberty Boy" dropped the empty pistols and drew t\ro more, which he cocked, and leveling, fired in quick succ ession, seemingly without taking aim. O ne of the Indians was struck b'y a bullet, however, for he rrave utterance to a wild yell of pain; but the wound was n o t serious enough to make him stop. Indee d, if any thing, he increased his speed, for he quickly passed his -comp anion and left him behind in the rac e Feeling that there wa s no more danger to be apprehended from the redskins Dick turned and looked to see what liad be come of the girl. He s aw her standing near at hand. "Ah, you are here, are you miss?" remarked Dick, lift ing his hat and bowing courteously. "Well, I think you are safe. I have ended the careers of two of the red scoundrel s and put the other two to fli ght, and I very much doubt their coming back this wa) again." The girl stepped forward am1 e xt ending her hand, which Dick' g rasped. said: "Oh, sir, from the bottom of my heart I thank you! You h ave saved me from a terrible fate and you will have m:v gratitude forev e r and ever." "You do not owe me any thanks miss." said Dick. "I was o nly too glad to put bulle ts through those redskins. T hey a re in with the Britis h and-we ll. I don't like the British." "Neither do I sir," was the quick repl.Y. 'I'll am a patriot and so are m:v father and moth er-tho ugh we have to be > ery careful what we s ay for ther e are Tory neighbors CIL\PTER YIII. AN UIPRO::lf PTU DUEL. Tli c British s oldi e r was a captain, judg in g by his uniform H e \\'US a man of perhaps thirty years, and his fac e w a o not a pl e a sing one. To the contrary, it impressed th e keen observ er wry unfavorabl y Ther e rere lines and seams whi c h onh dissipa t i o n and riotom: living could have pl ace d there. The eyes too, were fierce and siniste r Dick Slater took all thi s in at a glance. e v e n whil r re;1] izin g that he was in great danger. This one man wa s more to b e drea d e d than the four Tnrlinm:: at l e a s t s o Di c k believ efl. Bnt the youth was f a r from b eing willing to give u p. anr1 p r rmi t hirnsel f to b e made a prisoner by the r ed conl. H e would turn the tables and g e t the better 0f the f e ll 0w. if such a thing was possib1 e In order to throw the man off hi s guard, and make h i m think he would have no trouble at all. Dic k prompth-rai s ed his hands above his head, saying: "'1ell. sir, you have the better of me." A i::inister smil e came over the British o fficer's fac e "That is a self-evid ent fact," he said in a harsh voice. "And now. 1IT r. Dick Slater. what are you d oing in the s e part,:?'' ":Nothing in parlicular, sir." "Ba h'. Yon are here for some purpose."


THE LIBERTY BOY:::!' "\L\GER. l& 'Oh, l s impl y wish e d to take a look at the country, that <111." Bosh! That will do to t e ll, but not to belieYe. You a r e h e r e for a purpose, and I know w h at the purpos e is." Do you?" I do." \"\hat i s it, then?" 'You are l\fi s s Sande rs' s1reetheart, an will not be bound t o ac c ept of the suit of the winner.' "Ah, I unde r s tand. Well, I accept your propo;:it ion, s impl y to prove to you-and to her-that I am n ot a c oward. W e will fight a duel, and thus decide the mat t er." "That s uits m e captain." "What weapons shall we "Any weapons that you like." "You leave m e to name Ye s." "Very w e ll. The n I say-knives. The "Liberty Boy" was astonished. He had supposed that the officer would s a y p istols He would never have expected a British s oldier to knives as weapons in a c ase of this kind. "KniYes suit me, very well,'' he said. "Good e nou g h. G e t ready, and we will qui c kly settl e thi s matter." "I b e g of you two gentlemen not to fight!" cri ed the g irl. ''Captain Slater is not my sweetheart, Captain Shannon and I have told you time and again that I do. not, nor e 1er can, love you; so the1 e is no r e ason w hy you s hould fight-none whatever!" "It is a que15tion of whether we shall fight, or wherher I shall shoot him down in cold blood, Miss Laura, sa i d the captain, coldly, "and for his sake, you h a d bett er keep qui e t and let u s have it out in our own way." "Yes, and then if you don't wish to hav e either of us for a suitor, y ou will not b e bound to do so. )liss Laura," add e d Di ck. "I do. No gentleman \Tould tell a lady that she was tell-He was only i oo glad to have a chance to get out of th.e in g an untruth."

16 THE' LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. He dre w his knife from his belt, and the officer did the J>ame. They adv a n c e d and stood facing each other. The girl stood a few yards to one side, her eyes fixed upon the two, as if sh e were fascinated. A moment th e two stood gazing into each other's eyes, and then th e k niv e s clas hed together. Tae du e l was o n The Briti sh cap tai n e vidently thought he would easily -Overcome the y outhful patriot, for he attacked fiercely. He seemed bent on e nding the matter quickly. The "Libe r ty Boy' soon proved to him that he had something to s ay in the matter, however, for he defended himself quite succ essfully. He did thi s t ill the other became somewhat winded, on account of e x e rti o ns, and then it was the youth's turn. He took th e offe n s ive, and now it was the captain who had to def e nd him s elf. ThiB was e vid e ntl y something the officer had not taken into consid e ration His face paled. He set hi s teet h an d glared fier c ely, as if hoping to be able to t e rror ize h i opponent in that manner. If this was h is intention he wasted his energy. Dick Slater was not the youth to be terrified by a look. He was a veter an, and had had too many desperate experiences for that. He was cool, calm, and self-possessed. He gazed in to the eyes of his opponent, and almost smiled. It was ea sy to eee that he was not alarmed for his safety. The captain saw this, and the knowledge caused him considerable worry. He began to euspect that he had done a very foolish thing in agreeing to fight a duel with the "rebel." "I am an idiot," he told himself. "I had him dead to rights and could have put a bullet through him just as well as not, and I had to let him badger me into :fighting him a duel, man to man. If he gets the better of me it will only serv e m e right-and I beg in to fear he will do it." The officer braced up and began another attack forcing Dick to d e fend himself for a few moments. The captain could not keep it up howe ver and soon weakened sufficientl y so that Dic k was e nabled to again take the defensive. "No w I t h i nk I have you, c apta i n said Dick wit h c alm confidence "You may think so, but you w ill fin d you are mistak en," was the fier c e repl y "No, I a m n ot mistak e n I hav e you a t my mercy." / "You lie, you r ebel dog. I am your master an d I will yet pro v e it." "You can not d o so, captai n You a r e i n m y power even now." "Bosh!" It was evident from the look on the officer's face, how ever, that he himself re alized that what Dick said was the truth, but of course h e was not willing to acknowledge it. While talking, Dick w a s pond e ring whether he should kill, or only wound the British officer. He was not long in deciding. To his mind it seemed too much like murd e r to kill the man in this way, and he made up his mind to simply wound him and let him go. He was forcing the captain backward, when the offi.cer caught his heel somet hing and fell on his back on the ground. He gave utterance t o a cry of fear, disappointment, anci anger combined, and l e ap i n g to his f e et, fle d from the spot at the top of his speed The duel was ended CHAPTER IX. DIC K A.ND LA.U RA. "Oh, I am so glad tha t you won, Captain Slater!" cried the girl, leaping forward and giving him both her hands "I was so afraid he would ove r come y ou, and--oh, I hate and fear him, so!" "And with good cause, too, I beli e v e Miss Laura," tak ing the girl's hands and pressing them warmly. "l;Ie is, if I mistake not an arrant villain. He has certainly proved himself to be a great coward." "Yes, or he would n o t have run, whe n he saw he was g e tting the worst of it. "You are right; an d h e w o uld never hav e consented to meet me in a fair fight if he had not felt confident that h e would be able to get the b e t ter of me." "I am sure you are rig h t about that, Mr. Slater." "Yes, ind eed. "But won' t h e come back an d try t o shoot you down?" with a fearful g l a nce in t h e directi on taken by the fleeing officer. The youth shook his head. "I don't think so, h e said. "I feel confident that he has given up trying to injure me, for this time He will likely return to Augu sta and make some new plans." "Likely enough; oh. I wis h t he British would go away from there; for as long a s h e i s there. I shall have no peace of mind at all. I fear hi m greatly, Mr. Slat e r for I am s ure he is a bad man. "And he is a b a d man. Miss Laura ; of t hat I am confid e n t I would su ggest t ha t y ou b e on y o u r gu ard, for t h e r e is no know i n g what he migh t take it i n to his head to do." "Do y ou thi n k h e would try to-to-car ry me a.way, Mr. S la ter ? aske d the girl, anxiou!'lly "I woul d n ot put it past hi m


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. "Well, I shall be on my guard." "You will do well to be on the watcil. for him, Miss LaurB:: And now, can you tell me how far it is to Au gusta?" "It is only a mile, Mr. Slater." "And that road yonder, leads straight there?"" "Yes." "Thanks for the information." "Surely yrn are not here in this part of the country, so near the British all alone, Mr. Slater?" "No; my 'Liberty Boys are not far away." "How many of them are there?" "One hundred." The girl shook her head, and looked sober. is not many," she said. "That is, as compared with the number of the British in Augusta. You would be quickly killed or captured if you v.entured to Augusta." "I am not' so sure of that, Miss Laura. I think that if we can get across the Savannah river without being dis covered by the British we can make a detour and come into the city from the west, and make an attack and escape without being damaged much." "It is a rash project, Mr. Slater," said the girl, "or at least so it seems to me, but of course I can not set my knowledge up against yours." "Well, it does seem to be ra sh, at first glance," agreed Dick, "but it is m,ore often than otherwise that the bold, even rash, moves succeed." "How are you going to get across the river? It is guarded by the British for miles up and down its length." "That is the hard part of the problem. But we have made a wager that we will cross it, and stand on the enemy's territory, and we are going to do it, if possible." "Perhaps I may be able to aid you, Mr. Slater." "You?" "Yes. You see, I have lived here all my life, and I know the country all around like a book; and I have fished up and down the river, and know all about it." 1 "Perhaps you may be able to render us some assistance, then, Miss Laura." "I shall be glad to do so, Mr. Slater." "Very well. Do you think you can guide us to a point on the river where it will be possible for us to get across without being discovered by the British?" "I think so.1 "That will be fine. I will go back to where I left my 'J_,iberty Boys,' and bring them here at once, and then to night we can--" "Oh, please don't leave me here alone, Mr. Slater," pleaded the girl, and she gave a glance at the two stark forms of the dead Indians, and shuddered. "They won't hurt you, Miss Laura," with a smile. "No, but the-the idea of it, Mr. Slater. I could not bear to be left here alone; and / Sham10n might come back." "True. Well, I will remain here till your parents come home. By the way. where are they?" "They went to Augusta to sell s0me produce." "'I'hey wili be back soon, will they not?" "I think they will." "Very well. I'll remain till they come." "Oh, thank you!" "And I might as well be doing something as not, so if you will get me a spade or shovel I will dig a hole in the ground and put those corpses out of your sight.'' "I shall be glad to have you do that. Wait a moment, and I will bring you a spade." She hastened to a sort of smokehouse which stood not far from the house, and entering it, was gone from sight a few moments; then she reappeared, carrying a spade. "There," she said, as she handed it to Dick, on reaching the spot where he stood. "Now you can do the work.'' "Where shall I bury them ?-here in the edge of the timber?" "That will be as good a place as any, I judge, Mr. Slater." The youth at once began digging. He worked steadily, and soon had an excavation made that was sufficient for his needs. He threw down the spade, and said to the girl : "Now, if you will step away a short distance I will bring the dead bodies and inter them." "Oh, I have got over the feeling of horror that had hold of me, Mr. Slater," said the girl. "I shall not mind much. It was the fear of being left here alone that caused me to experience such a feeling of horror." Then Dick dragged the two bodies to the hole, and rolled them in, after which he covered them over. Just as he finished an exclamation of pleasure escaped the lips of the girl : "There are father and mother, now!" The youth looked. and saw that a team had just come to a stop in front of the house. In the wagon was a man and a woman. "I am glad they have come," said Dick. "Now I will go at once, and bring the 'Liberty Boys' here.'' "Come and meet father and mother first, Mr. Slater," pl eade d the girl. "We ll, I will do so, but will stop only a few moments. And remember, Miss Laura, no thankin g me on their part." "You_ are too modest, Mr. Slater.'' They walked across the clearing, and were almost to the wagon before they were seen by the girl's parents. 'Ah, there's Laura," said Mr. Sanders. "Where have you been, "I will tell you all, father and mother; but first, let m e make you acquainted with Captain Dick Slater, of whom we have so often heard." Sanders was already out of the wagon, and now Mr. Sanders leape d out, and both gave the youth a pleas ant greeting. Then Laura told her parents the story of how Dick had


THE LIBERTY BOYS' \YAGER. s av e d he r from c ap ture a t the hands of the four In dians. The b ro utter e d exclamati o n s of dirnrny when they heard of the presence o f Indians in th e vicinity of their home, and th e n they thanke d Di c k earnestly for what he ha d don e for their daughte r "Don't s a y a word," said Dick. "I was onl y too glad to d o wha t I e to be?'" "I should s ay about one hundred and fifty feet. "We can make one that length by tying short ones to g ether." This was done and then the party set out. The gill and Dick were in the lead, and half an hour lal er the bank of the river was reached "The night was not very dark, there b eing a good m o on, anu it 1rns ea s y to see what would hav e to be done. The river 11as quite narrow here, an<} Di c k believ e d t he girl's plan would be practicable He ti e d the end of the rop e to a stro n g treen e n r th e bank, and then a s ked who ould volun tee r l o swim ac ross and carry the oth e r end of the rop e and make it fast t o a tree on the o ther bank. I \ dozen Yolunt e ered, but Di c k lau ghingl_r told the m t h ey con l

THE LIBERT BOYS' WAGER. 19 as hat and shoes, and fastening the end of the rope around his waist, struck out. Tbe stream was very swift here, but the "Liberty Boy" \ra s a swimmer, and soon succeeded in making his way across. Then he tied the other end of the rope to a tree, after pulling up all the slack, and the unique bridge was ready. Realizing now ihat they were on the verge of being suc cessful in getting across the stream, Dick decided to send word to Colonel Pickens, and have him come at once, and then the entire force could make the attack on Augusta. He selected Harry Somers for this work. Harry was a bright, handsome, energetic youth, and he had, as Dick had noted, taken a liking to Laura Sanders; and in the hope that it might r esult in a mutual attachment, Dick selected Harry, as the youth >rnuld return to the girl's home in her company and this would give them an opportunity to become better acquainted. So Dick said to Harry : "Harry, I have decided to send you back with Miss Laura, and as soon as you reach her home, saddle and bridle your horse and start for the encampment of Colonel Pickens." "All right, Dick," was the eager reply. "Tell the colonel that" we have crossed the Savannah ri,er, and that we are waiting for him to join us, when we will make an attack on Augusta," added Dick. "rll do it, Dick." "Good! Now, away with you-but be careful and don't permit yourself to be captured by redcoats, Tories, or Indians." "They won"t get me, Dick." "See to it that they don't." Then Dick bade Laura good-by. after thanking her or her kindness in guiding them to this spot. "You are more than welcome, Mr. Slater," was the repl y "You must remember that I owe you a great deal for what :rnu did for me this afternoon." "Yo u owe me nothing, Miss Laura," said Dick. "Now go along with ITarrY. who will escort yon back to your home." Harry Somers and Laura Sanders set out, and soon dis appeared from ,ie" and then the "Liberty Boys" turned the:r attention to the work before them. "Let's get to work. fellow s." said Dick. u Go ahead now. in turn. It will be a bit hard on the hands, but yon can do it, all right." The youths at once began the work of getting across the river on the rop e Hanging by their the "Libert.\ Boys)' one after anoth e r. worked their across the stream. They had won their wag<:r: thcY were on the enemy's territory. X ow that theY were on the Georgia shore. the. youths began looking arnund for a secure place to stay till they could be j oin erl h Colonel Pickens and his men. If Harry Som e rs made quick time it would be possible for him to be back there, with Pick ens' force, by three o'clock in the morning, so Dick thought. So they hunted till they found a seemi ngly sec-me place, and here they settled down to take it easy-that is to say the majority did. Six of the youths, Dick being one of the six, set about reconnoitering, so as to locate the guards, and the extent of their posts. This was necessary, as i t would enable the patriots to get through the lines when Colonel Pickens' force came, and make their way around to the rear of the town of Augusta. This done, it would be possible to take the British by surprise, as they would not be looking for danger from that direction. Harry Somers and Laura Sanders made their way through the timber, going at a fairly rapid pace. Harry engaged the girl in conversation, for he had fallen in love with her, and he talked for the sake of hearing her voice, this being great enjoyment for him. He kept telling her that there was no hurry, for her to go slowly, as there was plenty of time, and then he told himself that he would ride that much faster, when once he was mounted and headed for the encampment of Colonel Pickens. They were perhaps half an hour in reaching Laura'.,, home, and it was the happiest half-hour Harry had ever spent. He told Laura so, when he bad e good-by te her at t he door, and she blushed, for, with her feminine intuition, she had alread}' discovered that the handsC>me young "Liberty Boy" loved her. "I enjoyed it, too," she said, shyly. "Oh, did you, really?" exclaimed Harry, his face lighting up. "I'm so glad, and-I'll tell you why some day." "Very well, 1\Ir. Somers," "'as the reply. "Good-by." "Good-by." The girl gave him her hand, which he pressed warmly. and then, bending over quickly and impulsively, he kii;sed l he hand. "Please don't be angry," he said. "I'm not angry," was the low and there was som e thing in the look which the girl ga>e him that caused Harry to be even more bold, for he quickly drew her to him, and gave her a kiss full upon her lips. "I hope you won't be. angry even now," breathed 'for-I really could not h e lp it-Laura." "I'm not angry-Harry," breathl:!d the girl. and then. '.vith a whispered good -by," she disappeared within the house, and the "Liberty Boy" made his way to the place where ,t h e were tethered, feeling that he was the happiest fellow in the whole world. He soon had his horse bridled and saddled, and then led the animal out to the road. He leaped into the gave a glance at the house ""ithin which was ihr girl he loved. and then spoke to hi8 horse. Away the animal bounded, and then Harry put his whol e mind on the work that was before him".


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. He realized that the re was considerable responsibility resting n his shoulders. Dick trusted him to reach the encampment of Colonel Pickens as quickly as poss ible, and bring the force back with him, and Harry was d e t e rmin e d to be worthy of the trust. He rode eastward till he came to a cro s s-road, and thel} he turned south He continued onward at a gallop, and mile after mile was reeled off. He kept a shart lookout, for he did not want to be cap tured. That would be bad, for it would spoil Dick Slater's plans. Onward rode Harry. He was fortunate in not meeting anyone at all, much less an enemy, and he reach e d the patriot encampment about half-past eleven. He was challenged by the sentinel, fold who he was, and a few minutes later was in the encampment. Leaping to the ground, he went to the tent occupied by Colonel Pickens An orderly was on duty in front of the tent; he was keeping up the fir e which blazed near by. ur am Harry Somer s orderly," the youth said. "You know me. I am a messenger fro m Captain Slater, and wish to see Colonel Pickens." "Show him in orderly," call e d a voice from within the tent. "I am not asleep." The orderly held th e tent-fl a p back and Harry entered. Colonel Pickens was sitting on a camp-stool, looking at some papers by the light of a c andle, but placed the pa pers in his pocket and turne d to face Harry as the youth entered "Well, my boy, what is the news?" he asked. "Captain Slater sent me to tell you that he has suc ceeded in crossing the Savannah River, sir," said Harry. "Ha he has succeeded, you say?" "Yes, sir; and he says that if you will come at on ce, with your force, you can get across in safety, and that then the combin e d forces can make a circuit and attac k Augusta from the rear." "Very good, my boy. As Captain Slater has crossed the Savannah River, and has thereby won his wager, made with me, he is now first in command, and I shall have to obey his orders "Oh, he did not give them as orders, sir; he simply said that if you would come at once it would be possible, he was sure, to get through the line of guards and get around to the rear of Augusta. Then, by making a sudden and un expected attack, he thinks it possible to strike a blow that the British will remember." "I lost my wager with Captain Slater, and in accord ance with my agreement, I now place myself and force under his we will start just as soon as the men can get ready. I will give the order at once He did so, and the men were soo n u p and working l ike beavers to get r e ady quickly. CHAPTER XI. A DARIN G AT T A CK. "Is this the pla c e? "Yes, sir." "And this is the hom e o f a patri ot ? "Yes. Our horses are in a little, s heltered basin, around back of the stabl e a n d there is room for your hor s e s a s well." "Very good." "Come along. I will show you the way." It was about three o'cloc k in the morning. Colonel Pickens' for c e had r i dden hard and fa s t, and was now at the Sanders' home. Harry Somers-for it was he and Colop.el Pickens who had been conversing-le d the way around behind the stable, and to the b asi n where t h e "Libe rty Boy s horses were concealed. The patriot partisans q u ickly tet h e r e d their horses, and were ready to follow Harry, w h o a t o n c e s et out through the timber. Half an hour l ate r t h e force came out o n the b a nk of the Savannah River. All was qui e t. The rop e was still in place, and e v e r yt hing seeme d pro pitious. "So that i s the w ay they got across the river e h ?" r e marked Colonel Picken s "Yes, sir." "Well, it is simple en o u g h. "But rather difficult t o o "Yes, it will be a bit ha rd o n t h e h and s But w e are e qual to it." Then he told the m e n what w a s e xpected of them, and t h e work of cro s sing was at once begu n. One after another they made their way across, and half an hour later all were on the G e orgia b ank of the r i v e r. Harry now uttered a peculiar, quav e ring whistle. It was answered fro m amid the s hrubb e ry near at hand and the y outh l e d the w ay t hith e r the patriots follow ing. The person who had whistled in response to Harry's signal was Dick Slater, and he gra s p e d Colonel Pickens' hand, and shook it. "Well, we got across .the river you see, colonel," he said "Yes, Captain Slater, and now I place myself under your orders, in accordance with my agreement." "Oh, I don't want you to do that," said the youth. "Think no more about that." "Oh, but I am a man of my word, my boy," the colo n el


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. 11 insisted, "and all you have to do is to give orders, and they. will be obeyea to the letter." Seeing that the colonel was in earnest, Dick accepted ihe command of the combined forces, and at once gave his orders. A few minutes later the force was making its way through the timber. Thanks to the reconnoitering that had been done, it was not a difficult matter to get through the line of guards, and then the patriots had nothing to fear in the way of detection. Onwanl they marched, and an hour later, just as the first faint light of approaching day was to be seen, they reached the western edge of the town of Augusta. They marched down a silent street, and were soon close upon a sentinel, who must have been oozing, for they were almost on top of him before he saw them, and before he could fire his musket they had leaped upon him and knocked him senseless. Then they charged down the street, and were soon in the heart of the encampment. left to furnish the British with a clew as to how the enemy had crossed the river. The boat was then sent afloat, and soon disappeared down the stream. And just as the patriots were ready to start away, they heard voices and saw British soldiers on the other side of the river, it now being daylight. The patriots were hidden behind trees and clumps of bushes, however, and the redcoats did not see them. "They are searching for us," said Colonel Pickens. "Yes. I guess they wonder who we were, and where we came from. n "Yes, and where we went so quickly." Then the order was given to march away, and the pa triots obeyed, and were soon heading toward the Sanders' home. They arrived there half an hour later, and found the members of the Sanders' family up. As the patriots had had a rather hard night's work, they decided to remain here, and have breakfast before starting.' This the Sander;'"were glad to have them do, and Mrs. Sanders and Laura went to work to cook for the soldiers. They began :firing right and left, into the tents, and soon As it would have taken them several hours to cook enough there was a scene of indescribable confusion. The British for all the patriots, however, the men built :fires and cooked soldiers, aroused from their slumbers in this uncere monious fashion, rushed out and opened fire, but being hal:f-asl e ep, could not aim to advantage, and their shots for the most part went wild. 'l' he patriot force fired at least five volleys, and then re tired as suddenly as it had appeared, leaving the British all mixed up and confused, and scarcely understanding what had occurred. The patriots had done considerable damage, and not one of their number had been killed, though several were wounded, and some of these had to be helped along. "They will make up a force and pursue us, likely," said Dick to Colonel Pickens. "Yes; but I think we can get back across the river before they can catch us." "I think so." Almost the same route was taken in returning that had been traversed in coming, and by exercising care they man aged to slip through the line of guards without being dis covered. Then the question of how the wounded men were to be gotten a c ross the river came up, and it was a serious ques tion. It would be impossible for them to work their way across on t.he rope, as they had done in coming. "Perhaps we may :find a boat somewhere along the shore," suggested one of the "Liberty Boys," and this sug g.estiori was acted on at once. Some went up the river and some down, and twenty min utes later one of the searchers put in an appearance in a boat. This simplified matters wonderfully, and as the majority of the patriots had 'already crossed on the rope it did not take long to finish the work. The rope was taken down, and thus there was nothing their own breakfasts. In this manner the meal was ended within the hour. Colonel Pickens, Dick, and a number of the "Liberty Boys" ate in the house with the Sanders family, Harry Somers being one of the favored ones, Dick having seen to that, much to Harry's satisfaction. "I believe Dick knows I'm in love with Laura," the youth told himself, "and it's kind of him to think of me in this way." While the men were eating their breakfast, a British officer-a captain-was approaching from the west. The man was Captain Shannon, and he was coming from Augusta, being bound for the Sanders' home. Just what his intentions were is hard to say, but it is evident that he was in anything but a mild mood. There was a dark and threatening look on his face. He was within one hundred yards of the house when he caught sight of the men sitting around the camp-fires, cooking and eating their breakfasts. "There is that party of rebels that made the attack on us, this morning, and I would be willing to wager any thing on it," he muttered. Fearing that he might be seen, he leaped behind a tree, from which place he watched the scene before him with interest. ,,, "Yes, there are about two hundred of them," he said to himself, "and they are the scoundrels who made the at tack. Now, what shall I do?" His first idea as to hasten back to Augusta, with the news that he had discovered the whereabouts of the rebel force. After thinking the matter over, however, he decided not to do this. He was as deeply in love with Laura as his na ture would permit him to be, and he thought that


!2 THE BOYS' WAGER. be no11 saw his way clear to making her accept him as a suit or Her parents were harboring "rebels." He would use that against her as a threat, and if she still refused to have him for a suitor he would inform on her father, who would be arrested and perhaps hanged for being a "'rebel" and traitor. It was too good a chance lo let slip, the captain reasoned, and so he remained where he was, until at last the patriot force rode away toward the east. As soon as it was out of sight around the first bend in the road the captain left his place of concealment and ap proached the house. \'\'h en he was yet thirty yards away Laura came out of the back door and, catching sight of the captain, she gave utterance to a cry of con'sternation. The cry was not loud, and was not heard by her parents, who were in the front room. Captai n Shannon advanced, bowing with exaggerated po liten ess, while there was a triumphant smile on his sinister face. CHAPTETI XII. THE EKD OF A nLLAIX's CAHEETI. The girl drew herself up and ga'e the captain a scath ing look. "That is about lik e >on." she said scornfu lly. "You do not fear to say insolent things to girls and women, but I notice you talk differently when there is a man before 1on. ,. The captain flushed. ''Bah!" he growled; "l fear no man." "\\hat made you run so las t evening \\'hen you the duel with Captain Slater?" asked the girl. "I d!d not run' because of fear.'' "Oh, you did not?" 1 fought "X o; I knew lhat he woultl take achanlage of my help lessness-I dropped my knife when I tripped and felland so I ran. I had had him at my mercy, and had ''Ah, good-morning, Miss Laura," he said. his life, at first, and I felt that it was no more than "Good-morning," was the reply. right that I should save my own life, by any mea n s within "You seem surprised see me," with another as my power-for I should have shot him down in the first sinister as the first. place, instead of agreeing to fight a duel wilh him. That i;; "I-yes-that is-I--" one time that I played the fool. and I got 1rhat I desened The girl paused unable to speak coherently, for she was for doing it." thinking of the trouble for herself that this Yisit por "Indeed?" tended. "Yes. But I shall never do such a thing again. But it "I see you folks have been entertain in g company," said time I was talking bnsiness, l\Iiss Laura. the officer, with a sarcastic smile. "What do you mean?" "Oh, you saw this, did you?" remarked She had 1 "Just this: I am going to ask to be my wife, and rn a measure recovered control of her fa culties, and was 1rill not dare refuse." determined to put on as bold a front as po ssible. "I 11,ill not dare refuse?" "Yes. Miss Laura. I was a witness to it all.'' "Tlrnt is in accordance with your nature-the playing of the part of a spy." said the girl cuttingly. "Ha, ha, ba How bitter the young lady i::an speak when she wishes to!" sneered the captain. "By the way, IIIiss Laura, I suppose you know that a party of r ebels made an attack on the B:r;itish force in Angu$ta early this morning "X o, I know nothing about it, sir.'' "You do not?" with a doubting smile. "I do not." "Can it be possible that they did not tell about it?'' "The rebel s who were just here." ''They tolcl me nothing. I have no knowledge that the men who were just here are 'rebels'.'' "Bravo. Keep it up, Miss Laura," with a sarcastic smile. "You are doing splendidly. You play the part of Miss Ignorance very well indeed. If you know nothing abont the men who have iust left here. I "ill tell >ou: They are the rebels who attacked the Briti sh in Augusta this morning." "Do you, Captain Shannon?'' "I know it, and-so do you!" "Xo." "\\hy not?" "For the reason that if yon do refuse. the life of your r,1ther shall pay the forfeit! .. The officer spoke fiercel>" Laura turned pale. "\rlH:t do you mean?" $hr gasped. "Holl' will mY fnth rs life pay the forfeit?" "It is 1cr? simp le. He ha>' been cnlerlaining a rebel force. hasn't hr?" "X ot that I know of.'' The girl was determined to ad mit nothing. "\\ell, I know it-and so do >'OU. as I sai d awhile ago. .\11d. as you will sec all that will be n ecessa r y to cause .rnur father to be shot or hung will be for me to return t o Augusta ancl report this affair to m.v superior officers. Thr commandant at Augusta, Colonel Thomas Browne. 1loes not lik e rebel s at all, and will be frlad of a chance to -tring one up." This was sa id in an offhand, cold -bl ooded manner that 1ro1-ecl conclusil'ely that the speaker would have no scruplee ;11 doing as he threatened. The girl hardly knew what to say, so she simply stood


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAG E R. 23 s till, and s t a r ed at the captain wit.h a look of horror in "Step fa r t h e r to o n e si de, ou t of t h e \ ray, L aura," said Harry. I d o n't want to run a n y risk of h i ttin g y ou w he n Wh a t I s h oot. he r e y e s Well, h e said, after waiting a few moments. do y ou say? Yill you con sent to be m y wife ? The girl shuddered "I-cannot-conse n t-to be-your wife," she said, s t ammeringly. A dark look came o ver the captain' s face "Don't be i n too big a hurry to decide," he said, menac i n g ly. "Remembe r wha t it means, if you refuse-the cer tain death of your father!" Give m e a week-to think-about it," said the girl, beseechingly. The villain \Yas s i lent a f e w moments, and then shook h i s head. "That is too long,'' b e s aid. "I'll give you two days in which to it over. That is long enough." "Very well. That w ill have to suffice, I suppose," said Laura slowly. "Yes, and if you kno w when you are well off you will not trifle wit h me I mean just what I say, and if you re fuse me, y our fatber s life shall pay the forfeit I-ah, wha is that, I w onder?" There was a n ote o f surprise, even alarm, i n the cap tain's voi ce and he was gazing up t h e road toward the e ast. Laura turned he r h ead, and saw a horseman approach i ng. At a glance s he recognized the newcomer as being Harry S9m e rs, her "Liberty Boy" lov e r He h a d ridden a way with the rest onl y a few minutes b efo re, but was now r eturning. Laura was a larmed. She fear e d H a r ry might approach c arelessly, and fa ll a victim to a bull e t from the captain' s pistol. She n oted that e v e n as he s poke t h e Britis h officer's hand had d r opped to the butt of a weapon The girl was de t ermine d to warn H arry of his danger. Sh e wait e d till he was within fift y yards, and then c all e d out: "Harry D on t come any closer. This man will shoot y ou if y ou do An e xclama tion of rag e e scap e d the captain's lips. "So this i s you r love r, eh?" h e s narled. "It wasn't Dic k Slater afte r a ll W e ll, I am g l a d that he has come back, for now I sha ll hav e the satis fa ct ion o f putting a n end to his ca ree r." As he sp oke he d rew a pis tol and coc k e d it. Harry Som e r s fo r he it was-brought his horse to a sto p, and lo oked keen l y at the Britis h officer. He saw the captain draw the pisto l and r e aliz e d that t he fellow m eant m i sc hief. All right,'' he said t o himself, grimly. "I'm willing to h ave war if he is I think that I can hold my own wit h a n y o ne redcoat, either soldi e r o r officer who ever set foo t o n A merica n soil. H e l ea p ed to the ground, and drawing a pistol, cocked it. The n he a dvanced slowly and cautiously, ke.eping his eyes fixed o n the British officer. T h i s seeme d to give Captain Shannon a n idea and before L aura coul d move he l e ap e d for w a r d and seized h e r in h i s a rm s T h e n h olding t h e girl i n fro n t of hi m, as a s h ie ld he g ave utter a nce to a fiendis h laug h o f triumph. s ho o t i f you dar e h e crie d "Shoot, y ou r asca ll y r e b el! Wh y d ont y ou sh oot ? A scr eam esca p ed t h e lips o.f Laura anJ s he strugg l ed to get free fro m t h e v illain s cla s p. She c ould not d o it, however for he fe lt that his safety d e p ende d on his k e e ping h e r i n front o f h i m, and he held h e r t i ghtly. Oh, y o u cowardly scoundrel!" c ri e d Harry Som e r s, h i s face white wit h ang e r. "Unhand the lady!" "Ha, ha, h a So rry, but I can' t accomm o date you, my r e bel friend." "Unhand t h e l a d y and fight it out face to fa ce, li ke a man." "You mu st exc u s e me. I am a Britis h offic er, and d o not fee l c all e d upon to fight a rebel on e v en t erms." "You a re a British scoundrel and coward You d o n o t d a r e flght m e o n e qual terms." I do no t h ave to do so; t h e r efo r e I s hall no t do s o Crack! A s he s pok e ihe captain fir e d a shot at Ha:rry Som e rs. The bullet whi s tled past the youth's head, but he did not s o mu c h as wink. He had heard the whi stle of bull ets to o many times to be alarmed by it now. Laura gave utterance to a cry of t error, for s he fear e d that Harry had been wounded. The youth' s a c tion proved that he was n o t wound ed; how-ev e r for he bouJ!ded f orward, with t h e quickn ess and ag ility of a panther. The captain, of cour s e had exp e cted to kill the y ou t h l\'ith the bullet he had fired. Had he thought of such a thing as mi s sing, doubtless he wo-u.ld have hesitated; but th e young man was so close that he thought he could n o t m iss Now, however with an empty weapo n in bis hand, and t h e youth coming toward him with the swiftness of a p anthe r he realized that be was in great dan g er. Befor e h e could dra w another p is tol the youth would b e upo n him. All t his fla s h e d through th e ca p tain's mind instantly, and t hen, a s he saw Harry was almo s t upon him, he became desperate, and acting upon the impuls e of the mom ent, hurle d Laura straight into the "Liberty Boy's" arms. The instant h e did this be turned and fle d at the t op of his s pe e d, lik e the c raven-heart e d coundre l tha t he w as. B u t his career was nearing its close Throwing hi s l eft arm around L aura, and holdin g h e r tightly Harry l e veled his pi s t o l and fired a quick s hot. H e h a d not e xpect e d to do mor e than wound the captain, b u t t h e b11lle t spe d s trai ght t.o th e mark, and down went the


/ 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS" WAGER. British officer, flat upon his face on the ground, where he lay, motionless. "Jove, I wonder if I killed the fellow, after all?" re marked Harry. "He is lying very still." "It is terrible to think of," sai d Laura, tremblingly. "But I could almost wish that it might be so, for he threatened to have my father arrested and shot or hanged, if-if--" "If what, Laura?" "If-I-refused to-to--marry him." "Ha I So that is what he wanted, eh?" "Yes." "Well, I must say he had good taste, redcoat though he was," said Harry, and he gave the girl a kiss, just as Mr. and Mrs. Sanders came running up to where they stood "What is the trouble?" cried Mr. Sanders. "Yes, yes! What is the matter?" from Mrs. San .. de rs. Laura quickly explained, and then the four advanced to where the captain lay, and Harry knelt beside the still form, and made an examination "He is dead!" he said pre sently. "I meant to kill him. He was a villain, and would have caused you lots of trouble, and it is as well as it is, I guess." "Yes; he brought his fate upon himself," said Mr. San ders. "So he did. Well, you bring a spade, Mr. Sanders, and we will bury him." Then, as the man walked away, to go for the spa de, Harry said to the woman and girl : "You had better go to the house. This is not a pleasant sight for you." "And-will you-come to the house before--before you go away?" asked Laura, dropping her eyes in confusion before the look which Harry gave her as he replied: "Indeed I will, Miss Laura What I came back for is in the house, anyway, I think." "What was it?" "That little purse that you made out of your hair, and which you gave me," was the repl y "I left it lying on the corner of the table, and when I thought of it I came right back, for I would not lose it for anything. I shall wear it next my heart." Laura blushed, and her mother smiled. "Ob, you young folks!" she said. "You are not so very old, Mrs. Sanders," said Harry, "and I will wager that you have not forgotten how it was with yourself when you were a girl, and Mr. Sanders was paying attention to you." "You are right; I reme mber it very distinctly, iMr. Somers," the woman acknowledged. Then the two went to the house, Laura giving Harry a look that made him almost wild with delight, for it said as plainly as words could have done: "I love you!" Mr. Sanders was soon back with the spade, and they lifted the captain's dead body and carried it into the timber % distance of at least a hundred yards. Here they laid it \ on the ground, and dug a hole, into which the corpse was placed and covered over. This done, they went back to the house, and entered after Mr. Sanders had put the spade away. ":N" ow where is my purse?" asked Harry, smilingly. "Here--Harry," replied the girl, handling it to the you th, and looking up into his eyes shyly. The youth took the purse and placed it carefully awa y, in an inside pocket of his coat. Then he slipped his arm around Laura's waist, drew her close to him, and facing the girl's parents, said, bravely and manfully: "Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, I love your daughter, and wish h e r to become my wife. I left the purse on purpose to give me an excuse to come back and tell you this. What do you say? Are you willing to have me for a son-inlaw ?" "I am," said Mr. Sanders, promptly. "And I am willing, also," said Mrs. Sanders. "It is for Laura herself to say." "Oh, she will say 'Yes,' I know," said Harry, pressing the girl more tightly, and smiling down into her face. "How do you know?" asked Laura, blushingly. "You told me so." "When?" "Just a few minutes ago, as you started to the house with your mother." "Why, I didn't say a word-Harry!" "Not with your tongue, no; but with your eyes yes. They said as plainly as could be, 'I love you, Harry.' Don't deny it, Laura, for I know it is true-isn't it?" "Yes!" said Laura, after a few moments, and then Harry gave her a kiss. "Hurrah!" he said. "I am the luckiest and happiest fellow in South Carolina I" CHAPTER XIII. BACK AT THE SANDERS' HOME. "I thought I heard a pistol shot." "And so did I." "It sounded like it was fired somewhere in the vicinity of the Sanders' home." "So it did I wonder if Harry has gotten into trouble?" "Hard telling." "He may have encountered some redcoats at the Sanders home." "That is not an impossibility." "Why did he go back, anyway?" "He said he forgot something." "And I know what it was that he forgot," said B!>O with a grin. "What?" in a chorus of voices. "He forgot to kiss Laura Sanders good-by."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. T he "Liberty Boys" had come to a stop--or rather, half a dozen of them had, and were sitting on horseback, looking back in the direction of the Sanders' home, and discuss i ng the pistol shot, which they were sure they had heard. While they were still engaged thus, a second pistol s hot was heard. Jove, there 's another shot!" "Harry is in trouble!" "It would seem to be probable." Let's go back, fellows!" 'No," said Di ck, who happened to b e one of those who had s topped. "Let's wait, and perhaps Harry will come.'' They wait ed at lea s t fifteen minutes, and Harry not havi ng come in sight, Dick said: "I fear Harry has got into trouble, sure e nough. Come along, boys, we'll go back and, investigate." Whirling t heir horses, they rode back to the Sanders' home at a gallop, and dismounting, made their way toward the house. 'There's Harry's horse," said one, "but where is he?" "You'll find him in the house," said. Bob. "I hope so," said Dick. No one was to be seen anywhere, and the youths were soon at the house. Fearing that something unu s ual had happened, Dick did not pause to kno c k on the door, but opened it and w alked into the house, the other youths following T1iere stood Harry, with his arm around Laura's waist, an d he stared at the newcomers sheepishly for a moment, an d then his face relaxed into a broad smile. "Congratulate me, fellows," h e said. "I've won a wife by coming back here." "Oh, you sly rascal!" said Bob shaking his fist at Harry in mock anger. "Say, who fired the pistol-shots?" asked Dick, when he an d his comrades had shake n h ands with the yout h a nd maiden and congratulated them on their betrothal. "A Briti sh officer fired the first," said Harry, "and I :fired the second "The officer was Captain Shannon, Mr. Slater," explained Laura. "The same man you had your encounte r with yesterday evening, you r e member." "Ah, yes. I remember him,'' said Dick. "Where is he now?" "Dead," replied Harry. ''Dead ?" 'Yes He :fired at me, and m issed; and then I took a shot at him, and hit him. The bull et found his h eart, and killed him instantly." The n be went ahead, and to ld the entire sto ry. "SerV'ed him right," said Dick. "Yes, yes!" in chorus from the lips of the "Liberty Boys." After some further conv e r satio n the "Liberty Boys" bade the Sanders good-by for the secon d time that morn ing, and goi n g out of doors, mount e d their horses an d rode away, pausing to wave their hands at Mr. and Mrs. San d ers and Laura, at the first bend in the road. Then the boys began giving it to Harry Somers. Say, you are a tricky chap, Harry!" "So be is I" "Yes, he played it nicely "He stole a march on us." "You ought to be thrashed, Harry Such were a few of the r e marks, but the youth knew his comrades were merely trying to hav e fun at his ex pense, and he simply laughed. That's all right, fellows," he said. "You are just feel ing angry because you didn't think to do what I did-not that it would have done you any good, though, for she wouldn't have listened to you, had you gone, the same as I did." "Just see the egotism of the fellow!" said Bob Esta brook, in mock disgu st. "Did anyone ever see the like of it?" Bui Harry only laughed. He was too happy to get an g ry, even had the youths meant what they said, which he knew they did not. Half an hour they overtook the main force, having ridden rapidly till they did so. The others wanted to know why they had gone back, and soon the story was in the possession of all the "Liberty Boys." The combined forced moved onward till noon, and the n paused for dinner. Afte r the mea l was finished, an d just as they were get ting ready to start again, an exclamat i on was given utter ance to by Bob Estabrook, who bad been the first to get in the saddle "Great Guns!" he cried. "Yonder comes a large force of soldiers "From whic h direction?" cr ied Dick. "The east." A ll was excitement at once, and one of the "Liberty Boys" climbed a tree, to get a better view of the appr oachi11g force, it being quite a long ways off as yet "It is a patriot force!" he called down presently. "At any rate, the men are wearing the Continenta l blue." "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "Say, Dick, it looks like a large force, and it may be going to attack the British in Au gusta." "I hope that such may prove to be the case," sai d Dick; and then he made his way to where Colonel Pickens stood, and the two discussed the matter earnestly. Half an h our later the head of the force in question had reached the encampment, and at its head rode General Ashe, with whom Dick was very well acquainted. The general dismounted and shook hands with Dick, who introduced him to Col onel Picken s The two had heard of each other, and shook hands cordia lly. Then Genera l Ashe gave orders for his force, which 0 f fiftee n hundred soldiers, to go into camp, for dinnPr and the men hastened to obey the orde r.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. Then General Ashe explained that his purpose was to th e hill, and that distance there was a he avy growth mak e an attack on the British at Augusta and capture the Limber; but from there on to whe r e the troopers were the towp if possible. country was open. "Good! and we will go with you and help you:" cried "About the only thing to do i s to lie i n wait for the:wi Dick. at the edge of the timber at the foot of this hill," though "Yes, indeed!" from Colonel Pickens. "'Ye have just come from there," smiled Dick. "But, we are ready and eager to go back, now that you are on hand, with sufficient force to make an attack likely to Diel\. "Yes, that is what we will d o H e hastened to descend, and quickly informed the "Lib erty Boys" of the discovery which he ha d made The youths were eager and excited. prov e successful." The y wanted to get a chance at a party of British dra'l' h e n they explained that they bad slipped into Augusta, goons. that very morning, and made a sudden attack, and had So when Dick ordered them to advance to the bottom the n retreated, making their escape. of. the slope and conceal themselves, the y l ost no time in The general listened in amazement. obeying. "That was a dangerous and daring piece of work," he They led their horses to the bottom of the slope, and said. tied the animals to trees, back a ways, where they woul d "Yes, but it was quite successful, nevertheless," said not be likely to get hit by flying bull ets; then they adDick, J ; 1 rnnced to the edge of the timber and brush and concealing ''Its very daring and audacily made it safe," said Colthe rnselyes, waited. on e l Pickens. They could see the party of British tro op e rs now, about "True," agreed General Ashe. "Well, I shall be glad to two-thirds of a mile away. hav e y ou accompany me, for I will need all the men I The troopers were advancing slowly, the horses moving crn secure, I think." 'I'h c r e was little doubt regarding the truth of this statement I Aft e r General Ashei and his men had eaten their dinners >1t a walk. "They seem t.o be taking it easy," r e marked Bob Esta br o ok, 'l"rho was beside Dick. "So they do, Bob." and rested sufficiently, the march was resumed, the "Lib-On came the troopers, and presently they were within Boys" and Colonel Pickens' force accompanying half a mile of the ambuscade. them. onwarr1 they rode, slowly, and wh e n they were 'rhe "Liberty Boys" were ordered to move forward and s till a third of a mile away Dick utte r e d an exclama d d tion: ac e a s an a vance guar and this work was just in accor da nce with their tastes. "Look!" he cried "See that troop e r riding toward They rode along, a mile in advance of the foot-soldiers, t h e party, yonder? He has been up on top of the hill. and k ept a sharp lookout for the British, for they thought s couting, and has discovered the presence of our main it likel y they might encounter a force of the enemy. force They will not come any farthe r in thi s direction. A b out the middle of the afternoon they came to the and the only thing for us to do is t o mount and go for top of a hill. On the hill was timber, and they came to a them. We will have to hurry, or they w ill get such a start sto p a nd Dick climbed to the top of one of the trees. n-e will be unable to catch them!" He looked carefully for several minutes, and finally was The "Liberty Boys" l e aped up and r a n to where their rewardH1, for he saw a party of seemingly about one bun-horses were, and untying the halters traps, leaped into dred h o rsemen ride out of a strip of timber a mile distant. the saddles. H e could see the brilliant red uniforms and knew it was a c o mpany of British dragoons. "He r e is a chance to get in some good work," thought Dick. Then he studied the topography of the country lyin g b e tween himself and the enemy. The lay of the land was not very favorable, Dick de"Fonrard !" cried Dick. A DlSASTROuS AFFAIR. D ick was right in his supposition. T he horseman he cicled. It \\ a s onl v ahout I had see n riding toward the party o f troope rs "-as indeed two lmnc1red yards to the bottom of one of their own number, and he ha d been sent ahead on a


THE LIBERTY BOYS' W_.\.GER. ,.,. scouting expedition. He had already reached the shelter The "Liberty Boys" presently came to the conclusion of the timber before Dick had climbed the tree, and this ihat they were gaining some, and they gave utterance to was how it happened that he had not been seen. cheers The trooper had ridden into the timber a distance of This had Lhe effect of causing the troopers to belabor nearly a quarter of a mile, and had then dismounted and their horses worse than ever, and the animals incre ased tied his horse, after which he had climbed to the top of the their speed. hill, and, like Dick, had climbed lo the top of a tree. ., Say, let's don't yell any more, fellows," cried Bob E-.;taHe bad not seen the "Liberty Boys," but had caught brook, in disgust. "It has caused us to lose the grount1 we sight of the large force of patriots coming along a mile away, toward the east. He had looked long enough to assure himself that it a stronbu force of "rebels," and had then descended, has tened back to where his horse was, mounted, and rode to the edge of the timber, and then diagonally toward the company of troopers, no.w a third of a mile distant. His comrades saw him coming, and guessing from his haste and his actions in general that something ll"as in the wind, they came to a stop. "Back!" cried the trooper, when he was near enough to make himself heard. "Back! A large rebel force is coming, and it would be folly for us to try to engage it in battle." "How far away is it?" asked one of the troopers, a captain, judging by his uniform. "About a mile and a half." "Beyond the hill, eh?" "Yes. "Are there any horse soldiers?" "Yes, a hundred or more, at least. had gained." .. I guess you are right, Bob," agreed Dick. "Well, we will keep still, and put all our energy into getting b ette r ::peed out of our horses. They did this and soon were again slowly but drawing up on the fugitives. Closer and closer they drew, and then, just as they began to think they might open fire on the redcoats, the latte r began increasing the distance between themselves anci the 'Liberty Boys." "Jove, I believe their horses have better staying quali ties than our own," said Dick regretfully. "It looks as if they are going to get away." "So it does, Dick," agreed Bob. "I could easily overhaul them on Major," went on Dick. "But it would be folly for me to try to do anything alone." The redcoats drew away, slowly but surely, and when the troopers saw they were increasing the distance betw,een themselves and their pursuers, they uttered cries o f de"Humph! I don t see any need of haste. \Ye can hold light. our own against an equal number of troopers, and the foot "Oh, yell, you rascals!" exclaimed Bob, shaking his fist. soldiers could not catch us, of course." "If we were close enough we would make you yell out of "Look!" cried another, at this instant. the other corner of the mouth." All looked in the direction indicated, and saw a body of ''But getting close enough is the trouble, Bob," said horsemen emerge from the edge of the timber at the foot Dick, with a smile "I guess they are going to escape, of the hill, and come dashing forward at the best speed of after all." the horses. And he was right; the hoopers did succeed in making "That is still another party of troopers!" cried the their escape, fo. r they drew slowly but surely away, and seout. "I had not seen them. If we would save ourselves, by six o'clock had placed more than a mile between themwe had better get away from here!" selves and their pursuers. The captain seemed to think so, too, for he gave the The "Liberty Boys" reached the Sanders' home soon order to retreat, and the troopers whirled 1.heir horses after this, :incl decided to stop. and dashed away pell-mell back in the direction from which To say that Mr. and Urs. Sanders and Laura were they had just come. amazed when they saw the "Liberty Boys" is stating it It now became an exciting race. mildly; and that Laura was delighted to see Harry Somers The "Liberty Boys" did their best to overtake their Jgain may be taken for granted, but she was no mor e d e enemies, and urged their horses with voice and spur, but lighted at seeing him than he was at seeing her. the British had good horses, and were enabled to bold Thry had seen the British troopers go dashing past. so their own. 1rere in a measure prepared to see a patriot force, but had


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WAGER. hardly dared hope it would prove to be the "Liberty Pickens and his men, and back of them the infantry under Boys." Then Dick explained about the coming of the patriot force under General Ashe. General Ashe. They rode and marched to the river. They crossed at the ford, and did not see any signs wha t "I am glad to hear that a strong patriot force is comever of the British picket line. ing," said Mr. Sanders. "And so am I," from Mrs. Sanders. Meanwhile the British troopers rode onward at the best speed of their horses, nor did they stop until they reached the Savannah River; then they merely slowed the animals down to a walk, while they were fording the stream. Shortly afterward they rode into Augusta, and soon the news was spread throughout the encampment that the patriots were coming in force. Colonel Thomas Browne, who was in command, sent for "The redcoats have taken fright and fl.own, I'll wager," said Dick. And so it proved, of course. When they rode into Augusta not a redcoat was to be seen anywhere, and every body they talked to were-so they claimed-patriots. The day before many of them had been claiming to be loyalists They told in which way the British had gone, however, and the patriot officers held a council. What should be done? Should they go in pursuit, or not? It was finally decided to do so, and the order was given the scout who had seen the "rebels," and asked him how to march. many he thought there were in the enemy's force. Soon they were heading southward, on the track of the "lt looked to me as if there were at least two thouBritish, and they overtook the enem y at Briar Creek, and sand," he replied. "And how far from here is this force now?" "Oh, miles, I should judge." the result was-disaster. The British turned on Gen e ra l A s he's force, and routed it completely. It was sca t tered a n d only a little more than half the number succeeded in "Humph. The n we may be attacked thi s v e r y night." getting safely back to Charleston. "It is possible, sir The "Liberty Boys" and Colon e l Pick e n s forces ha d "Then w e shall have to break camp a nd e vacua te the fought bravely, but to no avail, and wh e n the infa n try town at onc e." This ord e r was sent out, and soon all was bu stle and con fusion in Augusta The soldiers w e r e m a king ,read y to march, and while they were doin g this th e re was con s id erable excitement among the Tory citizen s of the town. They did not know what to do. They hated to leave their homes, and they were afraid to remain. Some packed up as much of their household effe cts as they could carry, and fled into the timber and hills, but others, more bold, remained behind. By ten o'clock the British were ready to go, and at half past ten they marched away toward the south. The patriot force under General A s he continued marching till away after nightfall, for they wished to reach the Sanders' home, of which place they had heard from the lips of Colonel Pickens, and the y arrived at the farmhouse of the patriot at about the same time that the British were marching out of Augusta. They were given a hearty welcome by Mr. and Mrs. San ders and Laura, and the patriot soldiers went into camp. Next morning they were up bright and early. After breakfast they broke camp, and the entire force and marched away toward the west. The "Liberty Boys" were in the lead; behind them were ret re a t e d they covered the retreat, and h e ld the en e m y back, thus savin g their comrades from being b u tc h ered. It was a s ad affair, but the patriots made t he b est of it, a n d r ega rd e d it with philo s ophic composure W e u d o b ette r n e xt time," said Di c k S later ; a nd they did Whe n the war ended, Harry Somers and Laura Sanders wer e married, a number of the "Liberty Boys" being pres ent at the wedding THE END. The next number (116) of "The Liberty Boy s of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED; OR TRICKED, BUT NOT BEATEN," by Harry Moore SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of thi s weekl y are always in print. If you cannot obtain them fro m an y newsdealer send the price in money or s ta mp s b y mail to FRAKK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 U NION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop.ies you ord e r by return mail.


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I An Interesting Weekly for Young America. t.aul lreel:ly-By Subscriptio" $2.50 per year Ent ered os Second Class lllatter at th& New Yori; Post Olfico, December 8, 1898, by Frank No. 223. NEW YORK, MARCH 13, 1903. Price a Cents. DR.THE FIGHT TD IlEATHWITH LARIATS. yfiz!L T/f/V.LJIBIT The noose of Fred' s lariat fell over the Greaser's head just as he shot his own lasso in the air. Back went Fearnot' s horse. The rope tightened around the Mexican, pinioning bis arms, and he was jerked from his saddle.


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How lie Helped a Friend. 1:rn Fred Fearnot in Debate: or. 'l'he Wannest i'llerubet of the House. 137 Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Deren<:,, or the "Moneylee1 Man." 138 Fearnot at Princeton; or. The Battle or the Champions. 139 Fred Fearnot's Circus: or. High Old Time at New Era. 140 Fred Fearnot's Camp Bunt; or, The White Deer of the Adirondacks. 141 Fred and E-Ils Guide; or, The Mystery of the Mountain. 142 Fred Fearnot's County Fair: or, The Battle of the Fakirs. 143 !/red Fearnot a Prisoner: or, Captured at Avon. 144 Fred Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking up a Scheme. 145 Fred Fearnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. 146 Fred Fearnot and the Rrokers: or, Teu Days in Wall Street. H7 Fred Feoruot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Stay Whipped. 1-18 Fre d l<'eal'llot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moonshiners. H9 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers: or. 'l'ralling a Stolen Child. 150 Fred Fearnot's Quick \York: or, The Hold Up at Eagle Pass. 151 Fred Fearnot at Silver Gulch; or, Defying a Ring. 152 Fred Fearnot on tbe Border; or, Punishing the Mexican Horse Stealers. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life: or, Running the Gauntlet. 154 Fred Fearnot Lost: or, Missing for Thirty Days. li\5 Fearnot's R escue: or. Tl)e l\1Pxican Pocahontas. 174 Fted Fcal'llot's Big Day: or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. 175 Fred Fearnot and 'The Doctor" ; or, The Indian Medicine Fakir. 176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or. Saving a Girl Horse Thier. 177 Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; or, The Taming or Black Beauty 178 !!'red Fcarnot' s Great Struggle; or, Downing a Senator. 17'.l Fred Feal'llot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 180 li"red Fearnot and Samson; or, "\Vllo Jluns rrhis Town?'' l 81 Fred Fearnot wd the Rioters; or. Hacking Up the Sherill'. 182 Fearnot and the Stage Robber; or, His Chase for a Stolen Diamond. l 33 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek; or, The Masked Fiends of the Mines. 184 Fred Fearnot and the Vigilantes; or, Up Against the Wrong lllan. 185 18!1 187 188 18!) mo l!ll 1()2 193 l'l4 t95 196 Hl7 19S ]9!) 200 '.!01 202 203 204 205 206 Fred Fearnot in New Y1exico; or, Saved by Terry Olcott. Fred Fearnot in Arkansas; Ol", The Queerest of All Adventures. Fred Fearnot in Montana; or, The Dispute at Rocky !Till. Fred Fearnot and the Mayor; or, 'l'he Trouble at Snapping Shoals. Fred Fearnot's Rig Hunt : or, Camping on the Columbia River. Fred Fearnot's Hard Experience: or, Roughing it at Red Gulch. Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the Money. Fred Fcarnot in the Mountains; or. Held at Bay by Bandits. l 'red Fcarnot's Terrible Risk; or, Terry Olcott's Reckless Venture. Fred Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Game that Saved His Life. Fred Fearnot and the Professor; or, The Man Who Knew it All. Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop: or, Beating a Thousand Rivals. Fred Fearnot and the Raiders: or, l''ighting for His Helt. irred Fearnot's Great Risk; or, One Cha11ce in a Thousand. Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth; or, Running Down a Slick Villain. Fred Fearnot's New Deal ; or, \Vorking for a Banker. Fred Fearnot in Dakota; or, The Little Combination Ranch. Fred Fearnot and the Road Agents; or, Terry Olcott's Cool Nerve. Fred Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wild Woman or the Plains. Fred Fearnot's Training School; or, How to Make a Living. Fred Fearnot and the Stranger; or, The Long .\Ian who was Short. Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper; or, Searching for a Lost Cavern. 156 Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps"; or, A Queer Turning of the Tables. 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium; or, Having Fun with the "Spirits." 207 20R Ever 209 158 Fred Fearnot and the "Mean Man" ; or, The Worst He Fred Fearnot In Colorado; or, Running a Sheep Ranch. Fred Fearnot at the Ball ; or, The Girl in the Green Mask. Fred Fearnot and the Duellist; or, The l\Ian Who Wanted to Struck. 159 Fred Fearnot's Gratitude; or, BackinP. Up a Plucky Boy. 160 Fred Fearnot Fined: or. The Judges Mistake. 161 Fred Fearnot's Comic Opera; or, The Fun that 210 211 Raised the 212 Funds. 162 Fred Fearnot and the Anarchists; or, The Burning of the Red Flag. 163 Fred l<'earnot's Lecture Tour: or, Going it Alone. 164 Fr('d Fearnot's ':\'ew Wild West" ; or. Astonishing the Old East 165 Fred Fearnot in Hnssia: or, Banished by the Czar. 166 Fred Fearnot in Turkey; or, Defying the Sultan. 167 Fred Fearnot in Vienna: or, 'l'be Trouble on the Danube. 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal Palace at Berlin. 169 Fred Fearnot in Ireland: or. Watched bv the Constabulary. 170 Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound; or, Shadowed by Scotland Yard. l 71 Fred Fearnot's Justice ; or. The Champion of the School Marm. 172 l<'red Fearnot and the Gypsies: or, The Mystery or a Stolen Child. 173 Fre d Fearnot's Silent Hunt: or, Catching the "Green Goods" 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 Fight. Fred Fearnot on the Stump; or, Racking an Old Veteran. Fred Fearnot's New Trouble; or. Up Against a '.\fonopoly. Fred Fearnot as lllarshal : or. Commandin!{ the Peace. Fred Fearnot and "Wally": or, The Good Natured Bully ot Badger. Fred Fearnot and the Miners: or. The Trouble At Coppertown. Fred Fearnot and the "Blind Tigers" ; or, ore Ways Than One. Fred Fearnot and the llindoo; or, The Wonderful Juggler at Coppertown. Fred Fearnot Snow Bound: or, Fun with PericlPs Smith, Fred. Fearnot's Great Fire Fight; or, Rescuing a Prairie School. Fred Fearnot in New Orleans: or, Up Against the Mapa. Fred Fearnot and the Haunted House; or, Unraveling a Grellt Mystery. Fred Fearnot on the Mississippi; or, The Blackleg's Murderous Plot. Fred Fearnot's Wolf Hunt: or. 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ISSUED WEEXL Y LAT.EST ISSUES: 130 The Bradys and the Deadshot Gang; or, Lively Work on the Frontier. 131 The Bradys with a Circus; or, On the Road with the Wild Beast Tamers. 132 The Bradys In Wyoming; or Tracking tne Mountain Men. 133 The Bradys at Coney Island; or, Trapping the Sea-side Crooks. 134 The Bradys and the Road Agents; or, The Great Deadwood Case. 135 The Bradys and the Bank Clerk; or, Tra,cing a Lost Money Packuge. 136 The Bradys on the Race Track ; or, Beating the Sharpers. 137 The Bradys in the Chinese Quarter; or, The Queen of the Opium Fiends. 138 The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. l3!l The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street Mystery. 140 The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of the Midnight Train. 141 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work in the Shop-nina District. 142 Th"e i'lradys and the Broker; or, The Plot to Steal a Fortune. 143 The Bradys as Reporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. 144 The Bradys and the Lost Ranche; or, The Strange Case In Texas. 145 'l'he Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, the Great Train Robbery. ;l.46 The Bradys and Bunco Bill ; or, The Cleverest Crook in New York. 147 The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with the Customs Inspectors. 348 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery; or, The Search for a Stolen Million. 149 The Bradys at Cripple Creek ; or, Knocking out the "Bad Men." 150 The Bradys and the Harbor Gang; or, Sharp Work after Dark. 151 The Bradys in Five Points; or, The Skeleton in the Cellar. 152 Fan Toy, the Opium Queen; or, The Bradys and the Chinese Smugglers. 153 The B1adys' Boy Pupil; or, Sifting Strange Evidence. 154 The Bradys in the Jaws of Death; or, Trapping the Wire Tap 174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show. 175 The Bradys and the Moonshiners; or, Away Down in Tennessee. 176 The Bradys in Badtown; or, The Fight for a Gold Mine. 177 The Bradys in the Klondike; or, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieves. 178 The Bradys on the East Side; or, Crooked Work in the Slums. 179 The Bradys and the '"Highbinders"; or, The Hot Case in China town. 180 The Bradys and the Serpent Ring; or, The Strange Case of the Fortune-Teller. 181 The Bradys and "Silent Sam" ; or, Tr11cking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; or, Fighting the Fakirs in 'Frisco. 183 The Bradys and the Boston Banker; or, Hustling for Millions In the llub. 184 The Bradys on Blizzard Island ; or, Tracking the Gold Thieves of Cape Nome. 185 The Bradys in the Black Hills ; or, Their Case in North Dakota. 186 The Bradys and "Faro Frank" ; or, A Hot Case in the Gold Mines. 187 The Bradys and the "Rube" ; or, Tracking the Confidence Men. 188 The Bradys as Firemen; or, Tracking a G11ng of In'cendiaries. 189 The Bradys in the Oil Country; or, The Mystery of the Giant Gusher. 190 The Bradys and the Blind Beggar; or, The Worst Crook of All. 191 The nradys and the Bankbreakers; or, Working the Thugs of Chicago. 192 The Bradys and the. Seven Skulls; or, The Clew That Was Found in the Barn. 193 The Bradys in Mexico ; or, The Search for the Aztec Treasure Honse. 194 The Bradys at Black Run ; or, Trailing the Coiners of Candle Creek. 195 The Bradys Among the Bulls apd Bears; or, Working the Wires in Wall Street. 196 The Bradys and the King: or, Working for the Bank of England. 197 Th-f and the Duke" s Diamonds; or, '.rhe My'!ltery of the pers. 155 The Bradys 156 The Bradys Thieves. 198 The Bradys and the Bed Rock Mystery; or, Working in the Black and the Typewriter ; or, The Office Boy's Secret. 199 Hills. and the Bandit King; or, Chasing the Mountain 200 The Bradys and the Card Crooks; or, Working on an Ocean Liner. 157 The Bradys and Chinatown. the Drug Slaves; ot, The Yellow Demons of 158 The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen ; or, Running Down the Reds. 159 The Bradys and the Hote l Crooks ; or, The Mystery of Room 44. 160 The Bradys and the Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work in the Har bor 161 The Bradys and the House of Mystery; or, A Dark Night's Work. 162 The Bradys' Winning Game; or, Playing Against the Gamblers. 163 The..Bradys and the Mail Thieves; or, The Man in the Bag. 164 The Bradys and the Boatmen; or, The Clew Found in the River. 165 The Bradys after the Grafters ; or, The Mystery in the Cab. l.66 The Bradys and the Cross-Roads Gang; or, tne Great Case in Missouri. 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown ; or, '.rhe Mysterious Case in So ciety 168 The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret of the Poisoned Envelope. 169 The Bradys and Blonde Bill; or, The Diamond Thieves of Maiden Lane. 3 70 The Bradys and the Opium Ring: or, The Clew in Chinatown. 171 The Bradys on the Grand Circuit; or, Tracking the Ligbt Harness Gang. 172 The Bradys and the Black Doctor ; or, The Secret of the Old Vault. 173 The Bradys and the Girl in Grey; or, The Queen of the Crooks. 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THE STAGE. Ko. 41. nm BOYS NEW YUltK END MEN'S JOKE a great rnriety of rhe laLest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without bis wonderfu I littl e book. i 'o. -!!?. THE BOYS 01!' 'EW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. Containing u varied assortment of speeches Negro Dutch Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home' amuse111ent and aruat!'ur shows. No. 45. 'rITE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!J BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book. as it contains full instructions for or ganizin g an amateur minstrel troupe. No. li::i. i\lULDOON'S JOKES.-Tbis is one of the most original 1oke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It wntains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terr ence Muldoon. the great wit, humorist, and practi-cal joker of he day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should Jbtain a copy imm ed iately. No 79. 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THE LIBEBIY BOYS OF '76. A. W eekly Magazi ne c o ntaining S tories of t he Americ an Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave banll of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives j for the sake of helping along the gallant ca.use of Independence. .l Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LA TEST ISSUES: 77 The L iberty Boys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 'l'hc Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or, '!'he Signal on the Mountain. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 79 The Llt>erty Boys' Honor; or, The Promise That Was Kept. 86 The Liberty lioys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' 80 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike"; or, Bowling the British Over. C... 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed It. 87 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to 38 The I.!berty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. Handle. 3!l The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, 'l'aklnf Everything In Sight. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line; or, "Cross It if You Dare!" 41) 'l'he Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Revel ng I n British Gold. 84 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed"; or, Trouble at Every Turn. 41 'l'he J,iberty Boys In a Snare; or, Almost 'l'raoped. 8 'I'h Lib t B L f Llf T LI h h L h 42 The Liberty Roys' Brave Rescue; or In the Nick of Time. o e er Y oys eap or e; or, he g t t at ed T e m 43 Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 86 The Liberty Boy s Indian Fri end; or, The Redskin who Fought for 41 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. Independe nce. 45 The Liberty Bova Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slater. 87 The Liberty Boys "Going It Blind"; or, Taking Big Chances. 4r. The Liberty Boys' Iron .Grip; or, Squeezing the Ued coats. 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What '.rher, Set Out to D o. 89 The Liberty Boys' '"Hurry Call" ; or, A Wild Dash to Save a 48 TlJe Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, Hut Not Disgraced. Friend. 49 The Liberty Boys In Toryvil!e ; or, Dick Slater's Fearful Risk. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful Maid of the 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for LlbertJ. Mountain. tit The Liberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their Ql The L iberty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Back but Not Defeated. Own 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed ; or, Warm Work In the Tall Timber. 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare ; or, A Ml .ss as Good as a Mlle. 03 The Liberty Boys' Dare ; or, Backing the British Down. 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foe s on All Sides. 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Benn!ng54 The Liberty lloys' Flight; or, A V ery Narrow Escape. ton. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Genera!!ng the Enemy. f.15 T h e Liberty Boys in New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit 5G The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the R e dcoats How !sh Uon. to Fight. 06 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. Not Afraid of Anything. 5 7 The Liberty Boys' "Push" ; or, Bound to Get There. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long March; or, 'l'he Move that Puzzled the 58 The Liberty Bofis' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" British. !\9 Justice. And How They Dealt It Out. 08 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 99 The J,lberty Boys In New York; or, Helping to Hold the Gre a t 61 'l' h e Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going It Blind. City. 02 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry" 100 The Liberty Boys' Big Risk; or, Ready to Take Chances. at Paulus Hook. 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, hauling the Redcoats In. 63 The Liberty Boys' Live l y Times; or, There and Everywhere. 102 The Liberty Boys Lightning Work; or, 'l'oo Fast for the British. 64 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand" ; or, 1;-!ghting Against Great 103 The Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder; or, The M istake that Helped Odds. The m 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The Idol of the Comvany 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath ; o r Going for the Redcoats Roughshod. 105 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy.G7 The Liberty Boys' Battle for Life; or, The Hardest Struggle of 106 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" ; or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. All. 107 T h e Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively Lad from 68 The Liberty Bors' Lost; or, The 'l'rap That Did Not Work. Dublin. 69 The Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Everything. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Look7 O The Liberty Boys' D ecoy; or, B a i ting t .he Brit, i sh Ing For. 71 '.rhe Liberty Boys Lured ; or, '.rhe Snare the Enemy Set. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure ; or, A Lucky Find. 72 The Uberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Hands of the .rory Outlaws. 110 'l'he Liberty Boys In Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 7 3 The Liberty Boys as S!euth-Hountls; or, Trailing Benedict Ar111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee ; or, A G reat Day for the Grertt C ause. nold. 112 'l'he Liberty Boys Cornered ; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn?" 74 The J,!berty Boys "Swoop" ; or, Scattering the R e dcoats Like 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard Chaft' ships 75 The Liberty Boys' "Hot Time" ; or, Live ly Work In Old Virginia. 114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or, Lost In the Swamps. 76 The I.!berty Boys' Daring S cheme; or, '!'h eir P lot to Capture the 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How They Won It. 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