The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther," or The Wyoming Valley massacre

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The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther," or The Wyoming Valley massacre
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Reprinted in 1915.

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I s sued W e e kly-By Sub scription $2.5 0 per y ear Ent e red as Sec,011d Class Ma.tie r at the New Yol"k Post O/ficc, Febrwry 4 rnoi,. b y F rank Touse y No. 127. NE'V YORK, JUNE 5, 1903. Price 5 Cents. The brave young woman shot one Indian dead. The red demons rushed forward and would have tomahawked her but for D ick Slater, who leaped off his horse and knocked them right and left with the butt of his musket.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76. A Weekly Magazin e Containing Stories o f t h e America n Rev olution Iss ued Weekly-By Subscripti on $2. 50 p e r y ear. Entered as Second O!a11s Matter at t he N ew York, N. Y ., Post Otr,ce, Februarv 4, 1901. acc ording t o A.ot o f Congress, in the 1903, in the office of the Lib r arian of Oongron, Washingt o n D O ., by Fra n k Tousey, 24 Unio n Square, New Y ork. No. 127 NEW Y ORK, JUNE 5, 1903 Price 5 Cents. Ifie Lifiertg Bogs ana Estner' O R, The Wyoming Valley rla s s acre. By HARRY lVIOO R E CHAPTER I. EN ROUTE TO WYOMING VALLEY "How much farther is it to Wyoming Valley, Dick?" "I don't know, Bob." families, the Tories and Indians should come and kill t he women and children and burn the homes "Yes, indeed. Well, we will save the families of the patriot soldiers, or do our best to do so, at any rate." "You are right, Bob It was the afternoon of the 1st day of July, of the yea r 1778. "I should think it would be possible for us to reach there thi s evening. What do you think?" Two youths were riding along a winding road which le d "I think that we will probably reach there this evening through the timber, in eastern central Pennsylvania. "And do you really think there is danger that the Tories and Indians of Kew York intend falling upon the unpro -They were riding toward the northwest, and were bound tected families in Wyoming Valley, and massacring them?" for the Wyoming Valley, to warn the settlers there that a "Well, such was the rumor that reached the commanderforce of 'I'ories and Indians was thought to be on its way i n-chief, and he has sent us out here to do what we can to to destroy them. warn the people and protect them The youths i.n question were Dick Slater and Bob Esta"We can warn them if we get there in time." brook, and they were members of a military company "Yes that's the troublewe don't know whether we will I called "The Liberty Boys of "16." Indeed, Dick Slate r cret the;e i n time it was the fear that we would be too l ate was the captain of the company 0 that ca u sed you and I to push on ahead of the rest of t h e The "Liberty Boys" had been in the patriot army t w o 'Liberty B oys,' at the top speed of our horses, so as to get years, and had done good work. They had been in the there ahead of the Tories and Indians, if possible." majority of the battles that had taken place in the. past two "Well, we have done our best; our horses have been years, and had earned an enviable reputation for daring p u shed till they are almost exhausted." and desperate fighting on the field of battle. More than "'rhat's so. Well, if we are successful in warning the once the "Liberty Boys," by their de s perate and deter p eop l e and being the means of getting them to go to a mined fighting, had turned the tide of battle when it secure point before the enemy gets there. we shall be well seemed to be going against the patriots, with the result i;aid for the exertions we have put forth." that it had ended, instead, in a victory for the patriots. "Yes, it is terrib l e to think, Dick, of a whole settlement Tn addition to this, Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook had of fami li es, consisting of women and chi l dren, and just a earned great reputations as scouts, spies, and messengers fe w o ld m e n, b eing expose d to suc h danger." Of the two Dick was the more famous, he having been "So i t i s; i t wo'uld be terribl e indeeq, if, while the men chosen for this dangerous and difficult work .mnch more w e r e away, :fig h t ing fo r t h e f r eedom o f themse lves and their often than Bob, and so well had he a l ways succeeded, tha t


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND ''QUEEN ESTHER." ... he had become known as "The Champion Spy of the Revo lution." And now Dick and Bob were on their way to the Wyo ming Valley, as has been said, they having been sent by the commander-in-chief, rumors having rea

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 3 "I've alred d y to l d ye t h et ye kai n't go on, at present; so g i t down offen yer hosses Bob's face grew red. His eyes flashed as he glanced inqu iring l y at his comrade. "Are you going to submit, Dick?" be asked. I guess we will have to do so, Bob." "N 01 we don't have to do anything of the kind Let's go for the scoundre l s." "Ye hed better be keerful how ye tork,'' growled the l eader of the band "An' ez fur tryin' ter git erway-et'll be shore death ter ye ef ye do try et. We air dead sh ot s an' we' ll put more'n er dozen bullets inter ye ef ye try e n n y tricks \ Ve're dead shots, too," said Bob, "and we--" "Had better do as the gentleman says, I think, Bob," b roke in,' Dick. "It would be sure death, as he says, if we t ried to escape." "All right; you are the one to say,'' said Bob, w i t h a s i gh; but it was evident that he was not sat i sfied He would have made the attempt, and taken the chances But Dick ]mew that it would not be safe to do so. With some men it would have worked, but with these ii;on-nerved mountaineers it would not have worked; they wou ld have br ought the you ths down with bullets, without dou bt, and Di c k was n ot yet ready to d ie. He l eaped to the ground, Bob getting down a l so, but more slowly, and with evident reluctance. "Well, we are off our horses, now what a r e you g oin g t o d o?" asked Dick. "We're goin ter make pris' n ers uv ye!" was t h e promp t repl y C H AP TER II. IN THE HANDS OF THE TORIES "You see, D ic k ?" murmured Bob "We sho ul d h a ve made a dash for it w h e n we were on horseback." "Why do yoll wi s h to make prisoners of us?" Dic k aslted "Wha t i s your purpose in detain i ng us?" "Thet's our bizness Then the leader addressed a couple of the men by name, and told them to d i sarm the youths and fasten their arms with the i r belts. This was done, the two not making any resista nce, for D ick knew it was worse ( han use less. It was hard work for Bob to submit, however, and he grew red in the face be cause of the strain imposed upon him in holding himself in check. "Now, b r ing 'em er l ong,'' sai d the leader "We'll go st r aight ter ther cabin." He struck out through the timber, and his men follo w ed, w ith the youths in their midst, two of the men bri n gi n g up the rear, l eading the horses The men did not ta l k whi l e walking a l ong, nor did Dick and Bob The youths wer e busy t hi nk ing, however They were saying to themselves that the delay, if ex tended, might be a costly one for the settler s of the Wyo ming Valley They made up their mindR, however, that they woul d not remain prisoners long, if tlwre was any possibility of making their escape It was Dick's belief that they would be able to escape some time during the night .. Presently they came to a log house in the midst of the forest. The youths judged they had come about a mile from the road. They were careful to bear the general direction in mind, also, so that they would be enabled to find thei r way back to the road after making their escape, if they were so for tunate as to do "W aal, heer we air," said. the leader, w ith a grin. "I hope ye two young fol1ers'll be comfort'ble "Oh, I guess we shall be comfOl'table enough, so far as our bodief' are concerned," said Dick. "But our peace of mind has been somewhat disturbed by this affair We ca. n see no reason why we should be made prisoners." "No, I s'pose not," was the rep ly. "But we hev reezons, an' they air whut we think air good wuns, so thet is a ll thet is necessary." Then he pointed to a bench outside the cabin, and to l d the youths to sit down. They obeyed, and then the two who had charge of the horses unbridled and unsaddled the animals, and tied them to trees not far away Some of the men went inside the cabin, and began building a fire, evidently with the intention of cooking supper, i t being now pretty well along foward evening. There were a sufficient number of the men outside to make it a foolish and dangerous thing for the prisoners to attempt to escape, however, and the fellowe kept their rifles close at hand, where they cou l d be instant l y seized "Now, s'posin' ye fellers answur er few questions," said the l eader. He was seated on a stump near the door. "What are the questions?" asked Dick. "W aal, in ther furst place, ye fellers air rebe ls, hain't ye?" The youths knew, the instant the fellow said "rebe l s,'' instead of "patriots,'' that he was a Tory, and Dick was de termined not to he l p them by acknowledging anything. It was war times, and all is fair in war, so he shook his head, and answered promptly and without "Oh, no; we are not rebels." Indeed, Dick did not con s i der that they were "rebels." They were patriots, an d n o thing e lse. T he man eyed them searchingly, as if trying to discove r the truth in this manner The youths looked so frank and innocent that he was puzzled; and Dick had answered so promptly and decidedly that this nonplussed him. "Ye say ye rebels?" he remarked, slowl y and du bious l y


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." "Of course I say so, because it is so. Why, dicl you really think us rebels?" "I'm shore ye air." Dick shook his head, and Bob did the same. "You are mistaken,' said Dick. "We are not rebels, and if that is the reason you have made prisoners of us, you will release us at once, for you have made a great mis take." But the Tory-for such the youths now knew the men to be-shook hi s head. "I hev on'y yer word fur thet,'' he said, "an' I kain't think uv lettin ye g?." "Who and what do you think we are?" asked Dick. "Waal, we wuz told thet-I meen thet we thort ye wuz rebels an' spies, whut wuz comin' inter these parts ter hunt down ther loyal peeple "Who told you this?" "Nobuddy,'' su llenly ; "we jes' suspected et." "You started to say that somebody told you so and so," said Dick. ) "Thet wuz er s lip fhet's all. I didn' mean nothin' ?Y et." But neither Dick nor Bob believed him. They were surl'l 1.hat someone had learn ed of their coming into the region, and had carried the new s to these Torie s ']'hey did not voice their thoughts, however, and prese ntly Dick asked: "How far is it from here to the W yom ing Valley?" "Erbout three mile ter ther valley." "And how far to Forty Fort-I believe that is what it is called?" "Et's erbont eight mile rum here." "Are there any rebel soldiers in the valley?" "Y as-some." "About how many-do you know?" "Not exzackly; but I think theer air erbout three hun. derd." The youth askEd another question that was calculated to evoke some information, but the Tory refused to answer. "Yer axin' too menny questions," he said, sullenly "Keep still, an' don' tork so much." "It won't do you any hurt to give u s some information," said Dick. "Wall, et won' do us enny good, eet h er; an' so ye mought ez well ax no more que stions, fur I won't answur 'em." "You will at lea st tell us how long you intend holding us 'l'here had been H witness to the capture of the two "Liberty Boys" by the band of Tories. Concealed behind a tree, on the opposite side of the road from that from which the Torie s had come on sur rounding the two youths, was a beautiful girl of perhaps seve nteen or eighteen years. She heard all that was said, and saw all that was done, when the Tories marched away, with the two prisoners in their midst, she followed. She was the daughter of a pioneer, and knew how to ste al along silently and stealthily, after the fashion of thr r e d Indian of the forest, and she had no difficulty in keep ing in sight of the party, and yet keep herself from being seen. She paused at a safe distance, when the party came to a stop at the lo g cabin, and, hidden behind a tree, watched the scene with eager eyes. "That is Ben Rock and his band of Tories,'' the girl said to herself, "and I am sure that those two handsome }Oung men are patriots. Now, I wonder if it will be pos sjble for me to rescue them? I wish that I might be able to do so! The name of the girl was Laura Deane, and she was the daughter of a patriot who had gone to war, and was now with the patriot army Laura and her mother and a brother of ten years, and another sister, aged eight, was the family, and they lived in a house located in a little clearing three-quarters of a mile from where the "Liberty Boys" had been stopped and captured. Laura remained where she was for half an hour, at least. and then she stole away, going back in the direction from which she had come She walked slowly and wore a preoccupied air. She was doing a lot of thinking, was trying to figure out some way of setting the two handsome young men free. She wished to do this on general principles, even had she not been s ure they were patriots; for she knew Ben Rock well, and hated as well as feared him, and would be only too glad to spoil his plans, whatever they might be. Ben Rock had tried to pay attention to Laura, and had been sent about his business very quickly. The brave girl had told him that she did not like him, and did not want that he should come near her. He had not been around the girl's home lately, but he had threatened that he would have her for his wife, whether she were willing or not, and the girl felt that sooner or later he would make trouble for her. pri soners here, won't you?" So, as has been said, she was quite ready to spoil his plans "No, I won't tell ye thet, eether." if she possibly could do so.. "Why not?" But how was she to do it? That was the question, and "Becos I don' know, m yse' f." I it was a hard one, and the girl wrestled with it as she "Why don't you?" walked slowly along. "Thet'll do," surlily. "Don' ax me enny more." At la s t she reached the road, and involuntarily paused, And the 'rory refused to answe r any more questions, and looking down at the ground, pondered deeply. though Dick and Bob both asked a number, Bob aoing it I How was she to effect the rescue of the two handsome just to wony the fellow. young men who were prisoners in the hands of Ben Rock : and his band of Tories?


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 5 "I don't see how I am to do it," she murmured, knitting her brows; "but I must do it! I must accomplish it some how!" Again she became plunged in thought; and several min utes passed. Suddenly she thought she heard the sound of hoofbeats of horses, and she looked up. Toward the south there was a bend in the road, and the trees shut out the view in this direction; it was from beyond the bend that the sound came, and she listened a few moments, and then stepped quickly back and took up her position behind a tree. Scarcely had she done so wlien a party of horsemen to the nun:iber of nearly one hundred, the girl guessed, came in view around the bend They are dressed almost exactly like the two young men in the hands of B en Rock and hi s band!" the girl exclaimed to herself. l wonder if they are comrades of the two? Oh, I hope so, for then they will go and rescue the young men and give Ben Rock and his men a good thrashing be s ide s!" The next moment the girl stepped out in the road and confronted the party of horsemen. rrhey reined up their horses in surprise, and the leader lifted hi s hat and bowed and said: "I beg your pardon, miss, but who are you?" CHAPTER III. LAURA DEANE AND THE "LIBERTY BOYS." "My name i s Laura Deane, sir," was the reply, "and I liv e not far from here.'' "A h, well, I would like to ask, miss, if you have seen two young men pass along this road any time this afternoon?" The girl started, and exclaimed : "Oh, sir, are you young gentlemen friends of those two?" "You saw them, then?" exclaimed the leader of the party, who was Mark Morrison-these being the "Liberty Boys." "Yes, indeed! I saw them, sir." "Ah, how long ago, miss?" "Less than an hour, sir.'' "Indeed? Then we have kept closer behind them than I thought was the case. Were they going in the same direc tion we have been going?" "They were going that way, sir, until stopped.'' "Until stopped!" "Yes, sir." "Yes, sir.'' "And do you know which way the Tories went with their pri s oners?" ''I do, sh; more, I know where they went." "You do?" "Yes, sir. You see, I followed them, and saw where they went.'' "And will you show us where they are?" eagerly. "Yes sir, gladly." "Good! We shall be much obliged, miss. And now, had we better leave our horses h ere, or ean we go there on horseback?" "You had better leave your horses; it is through timber all the way." "Very well; we will leave our horses under a guard And now, how many of those Tories are there?" There are about twenty, sir." "Good! We will make s hort work of the scoundrels.'' "I hope s o." "You are a patriot, then, :Miss Deane?" "Yes, indeed. My father is in the patriot army." "Good! Dismount, boys." The "Liberty Boys" leaped to the gro und. Then Mark left six of the youths to stand guard over the horses, and with the rest followed Laura Deane, who had at once started in the direction of the Tories' camp. Mark walked up till he was beside the girl. "You say you saw the Tories when they captured the two young men?" he asked. "Yes, sir," was the reply. "Do you know why the Tories made the capture? What excuse did they give for doing so?" "They said they believed the young men were rebel s "I suppose they took the young men at a disadva ntage." "Yes, inde ed; they jumped out of ambush and surround-ed the young men, and each Tory had a leveled rifle in hi s hands It would have been s ure death had the young men tried to make their escape." "I was sure the Tories had secured a great advantage, else they would not have succeeded in capturing my com rades "You are right; I judged, by their looks and actions, that they are brave young men." "You are right They do not know the meaning of the word fear." "Do you mind telling me who they are?" "Not at all. One of the two is Dick Slater, the captain of this company here, which is known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' The other is Bob Estabrook, another of the members of the company.'' "The 'Liberty Boys,' you say, sir?" eagerly. "Yes, Miss D eane." "What's that you say, miss? the two young men?" A band of Tories stopped "I have heard of you!" "Yes, sir; stopped and made prisoners of them!" "Did you see this done?" I "Have you?'' I "Yes; and I have h ear d of Dick Slater. A young man who went to the war, not far from my home, was


6 'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." seriously wounded, and as soon as he was able to make the trip he came home, and I heard him talking of Dick Slater and the 'Liberty Boys.' "Well, these are the 'Liberty Boys,' and Dick Slater is our captain." "I nm glad to know that, sir; and I am proud that I shall be instrumental in bringing about the rescue of the two brave young men." in' ter sunoun' ther clearin'I Come, quick, e ye wanter git erwayl" Then he dashed around the cabin, and .away, the other Tories following him pell mell. 'rhe "Liberty Boys" saw what was taking place, and real izing that they could not surround the clearing-in time to head the :fleeing Tories off, dashe'd out 0 the timber and across the open space at the top of their speed, in an effort to catch up with the enemy. "You will have earned their everlasting gratitude, Miss Deane, aJ1d they will never forget what you have done for them-never." Seeing they were not going to be able to do so, they paused as they came to the cabin, and leveling their mus "I am glad to do this, sir; I hate the Tories, and am kets, fired a volley after the fugitives. glad to spoil their plans." Two or three of the Toiies gave utterance to wild yells, On they moved through the timber. evidently of pain, but not one dropped, and the next mo-The girl walked at a swift pace, and the youths kept ment they disappeared among the trees. close behin.d her. Mark Morrison and Sam Sanderson quickly freed the Presently, however, the slackened speed, and moved forarms of Dick and Bob, who exclaimed in unison: ward silently as so many shadows "How did you know we were here?'' They knew how to do this. Nearly all had been reared Mark glanced around and saw Laura Deane approaching, in the timber, and could move through it with the silence across the open space. and celerity of the Indians. "That girl told us where you were," he replied. Presently the girl made a gesture to enjoin silence and "That girl told you?" from Dick. caution, aud stole forward, slowly and carefully. "How did she know?" from Bob. The youths followed suit, and presently all came to a "She saw the Tories capture you," repli ed 1\Iarli. stop near the spot where Laura had been hidden when she "Who is she?" from Dick. was watching the Tories. "Her name is Laura Deane, and she. is the daughter of The cabin was in the center of a clearing, would a patriot who is in the patriot army." make it a difficult matter to get close to it without being I "Well, well!" seen. Laura was soon at the cabin, and Mark introduced her Another thing made it a difficult matter to do the Tories to Dick and Bob, who gave the girl an earnest, pleasant damage if the youths were to rush forw:;ird, and that was greeting the fact that Dick and Bob were sitting on a bench in "My comrade here tells me that we owe our rescue front of the cabin, and in the midst of a number of the from the hands of the Tories to you, Miss Deane," said Tories. If the "Lib1Jrty 1 Boys" were to shoot at the Tories Dick. they would be as likely to wound their comrades as a'ny of "Well, I told him where you were, Mr. Slater," was the the enemy. reply. "I'll tell you what let 's do," said Mark Morrison, in a ''Which amounts to the same as your having rescued us, whisper to his comrade on the left; "let's surround the for had you not told our comrades where we were, they clearing, and in that way we will be able to keep the scouncould not have come to our assistance; and we thank you drels from getting away." sincerely, I assure you, and lf it should ever come in our "That's a good scheme," was the reply. way to do you a favor, rest assured that we shall do it." "Pass the word on around, Sam," whispered Mark, "and "Oh, you are more than welcome to what little I have I will start it around this other way." done, sir," was the reply. "I am a patriot, and was only too "All right." glad of a chance to do you a favor and spoil the Tories' In a few moments all the "Liberty Boys" knew what was plans." to be done, and then they began circling around, with the ''We owe you a great debt, nevertheless, Miss Deane and intention of surrounding the clearing. we shall pay it if ever we get the chance." Unfortunately, however, one of the 'l'ories happened to Then Mark explained how they had been accosted by be out in the timber on an errand of some kind, and he the patriot girl, who had told them where they would find caught sight of the party of "Liberty Boys." their comrades. He hastened around till he was behind the cabin, and "I guess it would be useless to try to follow the Tories, then left the protection of the timber and ran to the cabin, don't you think, Dick? asked Sam Sanderson, presently. the "Liberty Boys" not seeing him till he reached the "Yes, indeed," said Dick. "They know the lay of the cabin. land hereabouts, and we don't. It would be foolish to try "Quick, men!" the 'l'ory cried, pantingly. "Theer's a to follow them." big force uv rebel s out heer in ther timber, an' they're try-So it was decided to go back to the main road at once.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." Dick asked Laura Deane whose cabin this one was, and she said it was simply an old, abandoned cabin, and that it had been made the headquarters, seemingly, of the Torie s "Let's burn the thing down," said Bob Estabrook. The other youths were in favor of this, and so Dick told them to go ahead The youths did so, and ten minutes later the cabin was on :fire. The wood was dry, and it did not take long for it to get under good headway. 'rhe "Liberty Boys" remained long enough to make sure that the cabin was burning so fiercely it could not be saved, and then they made their way back toward the main road, Dick and Bob l eading their horses. When they reached the road they bade Laura Deane good-by, mounted, and rode away. By riding at a gallop, they managed to enter Wyoming Valley just as the sun was setting Half an hour later they arrived at Forty Fort, and were given a warm welcome by Colonel Zebulon Butler, who was the commander of the little force of three hundred sol diers. CHAPTER IV. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" ARRIVE AT FORTY FORT. 'l'he colonel was su rpri sed at the arrival of the "Liberty Boys," however. He had had no hint of their coming, and when he was told why they were there he was greatly surpr i sed "You say that General Washington heard rumors that a force of Tories and Indians were coming down into the Wyoming Valley from New York, with the intention of falling upon the patriot families and massacring them, Captain Slater?" he exclaimed, as, after supper, they were seated in his private room in the fort, talking. (, and he headed toward the nearest one. Presently he came to the house. It a good-sized log house, and Dick inade his way to the window through which the light hone, and looked in. He was looking into the sitting-room, and saw a woman and three children of perhaps six to fourteen years of age. There was no man to be seen, and the "Liberty Boy" guessed this was the home of a patriot, and that the man was away, in the ranks of the patriot army. He did not lose any more time here, but made his way in the direction of another light which he saw shining through the darkness ahead. On reaching the house where thi light was Dick made his way to the window and looked in, as he had done at the other. There were two women in the sitting-room, one an old lady, the other perhaps forty of age; and there were two girls, one about six, the other eight or nine years of ago. There was no man to be seen. "Another patriot hmily," thought Dick. "Well, there is nothing to be learned here. I will travel onward and :find the home of a Tory; then I may learn something ." He lost no time in making his way toward another light which he saw shining in the distance. Ten minutes later he was standing, looking into a sit ting-room, and this time he saw a man was present. There was, in addition to the man, a woman, and a boy of per haps fifteen years. The man was a rough-looking fellow, roughly dressed in blue homespun, and the boy was ill-favored also, looking much like the man, who was evidently his father. The woman was not bad-looking, and it was evident that she stood in awe of her husband, for she acted as though afraid of him. Some kind of a discussion was going on between them,


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." and the man was evidently angu, for he shook his fist at! "Waal, I don' kn0w w'y not." the woman once or twice. Dick could hear the of I "It is simple No one save an sc?undrel their voices, but could not understand what was bemg and coward would strike a woman; her bemg his wife does said not give him the right to do so." He was eager to do so, however, for he guessed that this "See heer, young feller, ye hed better be keerful how ye mnn was a Tory, aod he thought it possible that if he could call me names! I don't like the way ye talk, an' I've er hear what was being said he might learn something of ingood min' ter knock yer head off!" terest and value. "Go fur 'im, dad," said the boy. "Knock 'im down, an' "He may know something about the contemplated move I'll he'p ye throw 'im outer ther house." of the 'rories and Indians-if any move is contemplated," "Oh, sir, you had better go away," said the woman, thought Dick. ''I must try to hear what is being said." addressing Dick. "You will--" He made his way around the house till he came to what "Shut yer mouth, ye fool!" roared the man. "Ye'll he jndged was the kitchen door; here he paused and tried speak when yer spoke ter an' ther res' uv ther time ye'll the knob. keep yer mouth shet, er ye'll wish't ye hed!" To his surprise, and much to his delight, the door was "Have no fears on my account, madam," said Dick. "I not fastened; and he pushed it open and entered the room. can handle your husband easily enough, and the boy also He saw at once that the door between the kitchen and the if he attempts to take a hand." s itting-room was partially open, and he walked softly across "Oh, ye kin, hey?" the man sneered, advancing a couple and peered through the doorway. of steps and glaring at Dick. The words of the man and woman were easily under"I can." stood now, and Dick felt that he would be able to hear The youth spoke calmly and confidently, and he met the something that would be of interest. He was disappointed fierce glare of the ruffian unflinchingly. Indeed, he rather in this, hmrever, for just as he looked into the sitting-room looked the fellow out of countenance, for he was forced to he heard the give utterance to an exclamation of rage, turn his eyes away; the cool, masterful look in the youth's and saw him leap toward the woman with fist drawn back. eyes was too much for him. It was evident that the fellow was going to strike the "Say, let's throw 'im out uv doors, dad!" the boy said, woman, and this was something Dick could not stand there advancing toward Dick. and witneRs, so he leaped into the room, with the exclama"Stand back, boy,'' said Dick. "I would not like to tion: I hurt you, because you are young and don't kriow much. "Don't you strike her, you big brute! If you do it will Keep away from me be a bad thing for you!" "Ye git outer this house!" the man cried angrily. "Git The woman gave utterance to a cry of fear and out, an' right erway, too, er et won't be good fur ye!" pleasure, and the man whirled, with an exclamation of surther way ter talk ter 'im, dad!" cried the boy. prise and rage, and stared at Dick fiercely. But he was careful not to advance any farther "Who air you?" he cried. "I will go when you give me your promise that you The boy had uttered an exclamation, also, and had leapwill not strike your wife," said Dick. ed up, and stood glaring at Dick. "I won't giv' enny sech prommus. Et's none uv yer biz-"It doesn't matter who I am," said. Dick, quietly. "It ness, an' ye'll go out uv heer right erway, er ye'd wush't ye will suffice to say that I am one who will not stand by and hed." see a man strike a woman. Man, did I say? I should have The man advanced menacingly as he spoke. said brute." The youth waved him back. "Say, d'ye know who yer talkin' to?" the fellow cried, "Don't attempt to lay your hands on me," he said wamhis face dark with anger, while his hands clenched and ingly. "I shall defend myself, if you do, and it will be bad unclenched, as though eager to get hold of the daring for you, I assure you." youth who had talked so saucily to their owner. But the man evidently thought he was more than a "No, and I don't care who you are," replied Dick. "All match for the youth, for he advanced to the attack. When I have to Sfcy is that you won't strike that woman while I he was close enough, he struck at the youth, who ducked am here." slightly, letting the fellow's fist pass over his shoulder; "Thet's it; how did ye git heer?" the man cried. "Whut tl,Jen he struck out, and the man got a terrible blow fair bizness hev ye heer? Hain't this my house?" between the eyes. "I don't know, I'm sure,'' was the cool reply. "It may Down he went on his back on the floor, while a howl of be your house for all I know." pain and rage escaped him. "Et is my house; an' hain't er man got er right ter do The boy stared in amazement and terror, and the woman ez he pleases in his own house?" looked surprised, but pleased as well. "He has not the right to strike a woman." "Served him right,'' she said. "He has struck me many "Not ef ther womern is his own wife?" times, and I am glad that he knows how it feels to be "Most assuredly not." struck down."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN E8'l'HKR." 9 The man scrambled to his feet and rushed at Dick with the ferocity of a tiger. He was evidently determined to avenge his dpwnfall. The "Liberty Boy" was forced to give way before the man for a few moments, and in doing so passed near where the boy stood. The boy was angry at Dick, and anxious to aid his father, and he stuck out hi s foot and tripped the youth. Down went Dick with a crash, and with a snarling cry of delight the man leaped upon the youth's prostrate form. CHAPTER V. DICK IN TROUBLE A.GAIN. The boy leaped forward to help hi s father, but the woman now became active, and she stepped quickly forward,. and seizing her son, jerked him back and held him in s pite of his struggles. "You shan't both jump onto the young man,'' the woman said, determinedly. "That was a mean trick you played, Dave Rock." "Uv course ye'd say so," the boy snarled. Let go uv me, I tell ye!" But the woman would not l et go, and as s he was strong, she managed to hold the boy. Meanwhile Di c k and the man 'Were having a hot st rug gle. Althou gh taken at a great disadvantage, Dick did not for one moment give up hope of coming out the victor. The man was st ron g, true, but h e was awkward and slow, while Dick was quick as lightning, and like an eel in his movements. Indeed, he was a trained athlete, and so toughened by exposure and outdoor life that h e could not be made tired in a contest of stre ngth. It was a lively strugg le, but presently Dick managed to turn his opponent, and get on top. "Now, I have you where I you," he sa id, sternly. "You are now at my mercy, and if you don't give me the promise I asked you to give I will give you the WQI'St thrashing you have ever had in all your life!" "Lemme loose!" the boy cried, kicking and st ruggling. "Lemme loose! Whut d'y e mean, enny how? Air ye goin' ter hold me an' l et thet feller poun' dad all ter pieces?" "He n eeds a good pounding," sai d the woman, "and I am going to hold you while he gives it to Dan." "I'll kill ye, ole woman, fur thet!" the man cried fiercely. "You will do nothing of the kind," said Dick. "You will not kill her, nor will you strike h er any more, for I s hall be here in the valley for quite a while, and if you maltreat her, and I find it out, I will come here and thrash you within an inch of your life." "Oh, ye wull, hey?" "Yes ." Whar ye stayin' ?" "At the fort. And, madam, if your husba nd treats you roughly, send word to Dick Slater, at the fort, and I will come at once, and attend to hi s case." "Air ye Dick Slater?" the man cried. "That is my name." "I've heerd uv ye." "Well, then, perhaps you know that I mean what 1 say." "Mebby ye do, but doin' a ll ye say is anut her matter. "Oh, I think I shall be able to do most all I say I can do." "Mebby not ; now let me up, Dick Slater." "If you will give me your promise not to strike your wife again, or maltreat her in any way." "I will not prommus ye ennythin'.2' The Lib erty Boy" raised his fist and held it threateningly in front of the man' s nose. "I guess you had better promise," h e said "I won't do et,'' doggedly. "I shall count five, and if you don't say you will prom ise before I have counted that number I sha ll give you a blow that will make you see more stars than you ever saw before at one time." "Ye hit me an' et' ll be ther worst thing ye ever done in all yer life!" "Promise!" said Dick. Before the man could reply there came the sound of footsteps, and into the room, coming from the kitchen, as Dick had come, came half a dozen rough-looking men. They leaped forward and seized Dick as he sprang to his feet, and they overpowered him befor e he could draw a weapon with which to defend himself. Then Di ck saw the l eader of the party was the same man who had been the leader of the party of twenty Torie s that had captured Bob and himself, that afternoon. The five men with the fellow were some of the same men that had been with him at that time. "Ah, h a; we've got ye erg' in young feller!" Ben Rock c ried, a fie rce look of joy on his face. We've got ye erg'in, an I think thet this time we'll keep ye." Then he turned to lhe man Dick had had down when they entered and said: "Whut wuz ther trubble, Dan?" "There trubble wuz thet this heer blamed Dick Slater is interferin' whar he hain't got no bizness, thet's ther trubble, an' he knocked me dom1 an' raised er lump onter my head; an' I'm ergo in ter do ther same thing ter him thet's whut I'm goin' ter do!" He advanced toward Dick, whose arms were fastened, and drew back his arm threatening ly, but Ben Rock pushed him back. "Hol' on, Dan,'' he said. "We'll atten' ter this feller's case in time. But did I unnerstan' ye ter say h e is Dick Slater?" "Thet's j es' whut ye did; h e tole me thet wuz his name." Ben Hock turned an inquiring look on the prisoner "Air ye ick Slater, s hor e e nuff?" h e asked.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." "That is my name." "I haven't decided yit; but likely thet's whut I'll do ter "An' wuz them fellers we saw at ther cabin, this arter'im." noon, ther 'Liberty Boys'?" "Yes, they were the 'Liberty Boys.'" "An' then I owe ter ther 'Liberty Boys' ther burnin' uv my cabin, hey?" "Yes; the cabin was burned clown by my boys.'' "I'll git even with ye fur thet." "Perhaps.'' "Theer hain't no perhaps erbout et. I'm goin' ter settle with ye; but I want ye ter tell me w'y ye an' yer 'Liberty Boys' hev come heer ter ther Wyomin' Valley?" "We have come here to make such scoundrels as you fellows behave yourselves," was the calm reply. "An' cl'ye think ye'll be able ter clo et?" "I think so. "W aal, ye'll fin' yer mistake, young feller." "Is that so?" "Y as. But I'm thinkin' ye hev some other reason fur comin' heer jes' at this time." "What other reason could we have?" "Ye know, all right, and I want ye ter tell me." "Well, you will have to keep on wanting." "Ye won' tell?" There i s 11othing to tell more than what I have already told.'' "I don' berleeve ye." "Well, you needn't believe me if you don't want to do so." "I don' berleeve ye; ye air heer fur some other reason, an' I want ter know whut et is." "I have told you all there is to tell. And I will now acld that it will be for your interest to set me 'free and let me go away from here in peace." "Oh, ye think ye kin make me berleeve thet ?" "I don't kiiow whether you will believe it or not, but it i s the truth, just the s ame." Whut'll happen ef we don't set ye free?" ".My Liberty Boys' will come here and kill or capture the last one of you.'' "They won't know where ter look fur ye." "Oh, yes they will." "Bah, ye kain't skeer me." "I am not trying to scare you,' but am telling you the truth; that is all." "W aal, ye mought jes' ez well save yer breath." "You won't set me free, then?" "No; we've got ye, an' we're gain' ter keep ye; and whut more, I'm gain' ter git even with ye, arter erwhile, fur burnin' my cabin." "Why wait?" "Becos I hev some bizness with my brother, beer, w'ich I mus' 'tend ter furst; then I'll be reddy ter 'tei;id ter yer case." "Say, Ben," said the fellow who owned the house they Then he turned to the five men who had accompanied him into the house and assisted in making a prisoner 0 Dick. "Take Dick Slater out uv doors and keep 'im heer fur erwhile," he said. "I wanter hev er talk with Dan, an' don' want ther rebel ter heer whut I say.'' "All right,'' replied one, and then two of them seized hold of Dick's arms and half dragged him out of the house "Say, Ben," said Dan Rock, when the others had gone out of doors, "whut did ye mean when ye spoke uv yer cabin bein' burnt clown by Dick Slater an' his 'Liberty Boys'?'; "Jes' whut I said, Dan,'' and then Ben Rock explained how he and his companions hacl captured Dick Slater and another youth that afternoon, and how they had been res cued by a party of at least one hundred men. Tlrnn the two went over to one corner of the room and began conversing in low tones; they glanced toward Mrs. Rock occasionally, and it was evident by their actions that they did not want that she should know what they were talking about )'he truth of the matter was that the woman was a patriot, ancl they knew it; and this was one reason Dan Rock treated her in such a brutal manner. Indeed, Dan was going to beat her when Dick interfered because she expressed patriotic sentiments. The boy, Dave, followed the men outside, and it was plain that he was looking forward to the time when they would punish the prisoner for striking Dan Rock. After Ben and Dan Rock hacl conversed a few minutes, Dan turned to his wife, and called out, in an imperative voice: "Bring me my whisky bottle, ole woman; I'm thirsty." The woman went to a cupboard, and drawing forth a black bottle, took it to her husband, who jerked it out of her hand ancl ordered her to get away. She did so, and he handed the bottle to Ben, who took a big drink; then he followed suit. "Now we kin talk better,'' he said, smacking his lips. "Whut wuz thet ye wuz sayin', Ben?" The other clicl not make a reply, for at this moment there came an interruption. Dave Rock rushed into the house, with the loud cry: "Ther pris'ner's escaped! Diek Slater hez got erway! Dick Slater hez got erway!" CHAPTER VI. DICK ESCAPES. were in, "whut air ye goin' ter clo with ther young scounDick Slater was not the youth to remain a prisoner if dril-hang 'im ?" I he could succeed in making his escape.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 11 The instant he heard Ben Rock order the men to lead him out of doors, he made up his mind that he would make his escape, if such a thing was possible. His hands were tied, true, but his feet were not, and he was sure he could run faster than these Tories, even with his hands bound together behind his back. He would be willing to risk it, anyway, if the opportu nity presented itself. If he could manage to get away without being shot down he would be able to get clear away, he was sure. They passed through the kitchen and out of doors. "Now, don' ye try enny tricks, young feller," said one of the Tories. "What do you mean?" "Ye know whut I mean?" "Yo u are mistaken; I don't know what you mean? What tricks could I play?" "'IVaal, ye c'u'd try ter git erway rum us." Dick laughed ironically. "I might try," he said; "but I guess that is all it would amount to. How could I hope to get away from five of you, and with my hands tied?" ye couldn' do et, uv course; but I thort I mought ez well warn ye, fur I didn' know but ye mought try et." "Oh, that would be foolish." "Y as, so et would." Even while talking, Dick was looking around him, and taking stock of his surroundings He was getting ready to make a dash for liberty Two of the Tories had hold of him, but he could tell that they did not have a very tight grip on his arms, and he believed he would have no trouble in breaking away. He did not know how long or how short a time the two men in the cabin might spend in conversation, and his idea was that it would be best not to fool away any time, but to makE) the break at once. So of a sudden he jerked with all his might, and man aged to tear his arms loose from the hold of the two Tories. Then he darted away, and was around the corner of the house almost before the Tories knew what had taken place. Then they uttered cries of anger and surprise, and dashed after the youth. And Dave R6ck, the boy, who had just come out of the house, rushed in with foe information that the prisoner had escaped. Ben and Dan Rock utteTed exclamations of rage and dashed out of the house by way of the kitchen. Of course, when they got out of doors, they could neither see nor hear anything of the fugitive or of their com rades. "He went aroun' ther corner uv ther house," volunteered Dave Rock. The two men dashed around the house, and in the dark ness ahead they heard the sound of excited voices and running feet. They rushed in the same direction. "Ketch 'im !" cried Ben Rock. "Ketch 'im Don' let 'im git erway!" 'l'he five were doing their best to catch Dick, but to their surprise they found that they could not gain on him at all. They were pretty good runners, but they were no match for the "Lib e rty Boy,'' even when his hands were bound; and they wondered what would be the result if his hands were free. "I guess he'd a'most fly ef his han's wuzn't tied," one said to himself. Of course Dick headed t ward the fort. He judged that the fort was a mile distant If he could keep from falling and hurting himself he would be able to reach the fort ahead of his enemies, and once he reached I there he would be safe. The youth could hear the patter-patter of the footsteps of his pursuers, and also the sound of their as they talked to one another excitedly; and he was enabled to judge whether they were overtaking him by these sounds He ::;oon decided that they were not doing so. for the sounds did not grow louder or plainer "I'm holding my own, I think," he said to himself, "'and I guess I shall be able to reach the fort in safety On he dashed. After him came the Tories. They could not see or hear Dick, but they were sure he would head for the fort, so they ran in that direc tion. It was no use, however; they could not gain on the fleet footed "Liberty Boy." He reached the fort ahead of them, and gave the...cotmtersign, and was admitted. The Tories heard the great gate go shut with a slam, and knew they were beaten. They realized that the prisoner had escaped, and turned and walked rapidly back in the direction of the house from which they had just come. They met Ben and Dan Rock when they had gone per haps a hundred yards, and explained matters. The two were very angry, and accused the five of having been careless, which the men denied, however, and there was almost a fight between them. They finally decided that it was foolish to quarrel, and then they walked back toward the house. As may well be supposed, the sentinel, when he saw Dick enter the stockade, with his hands fastened together be hind his back with a belt, was greatly s urprised. "Great Guns!" he gasped, as he slammed the gate shut, and fastened it; "who tied your hand s?" "A gang of Tories/' replied Dick. "Unfasten them, will you, please?" "Of course I will," and he unbuckled the belt and freed


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." Dick's arms. "Where did you run across the Tories?" he added. "At a house, over in the valley." "At a house?" .. "Yes." Whose house was it-do you know?" "I understood that the man's name was Rock." "Dan Rock?" Yes." I know him. He ha s been over here to the fort two or three times in the past day or so, and we couldn't get much out of him. He claimed he was a patriot, though." "Well, he lied; and he has a brother named Ben, who is a big scoundrel. It was Ben Rock and his gang that cap tured Bob and I this afternoon, two or three miles from the valley." "Is that so? I didn't know Dan Rock had a brother." Yes; and he' s a des perado of the deepest dye." ''Was he at his brother's house to-night?" Yes." Then Dick made his way to the quarters occupied by Colonel Butl e r, who greeted him pleasantly. "You haven't been gone very long," he said. "Did you learn anything?" "We ll no t a great deal, sir; but I found out where one Tory lives." "Ah, did you?" "Yes "Who is he?" "His nam e is Dan Rock." The colonel started "I know him," he said. "He has been in the fort several times. But he claimed to be a strong patriot. "He was deceiving you, s ir. He is a strong Tory." "Are you sure?" "Yes; and h e was here to spy on you in the interests of the Tories." "Do you really think so?" "I am sure of it, sir." "The scoundrel! Jove, if he comes around here again I will teach him a lesson he won't forget in a hurry!" "Yes, if h e comes." Dick emphasized the "if." "You don t think he will come here again, then?" "I am s ure of ii; you see, h e know s that I am here, and he knows that I know he is a Tory, so he would naturally be afraid to risk his precious person in the fort." "And his f ears would b e well founded; the scoundrel! So he was here to spy on us, was Well, I will send some men to hi s home to-morrow, and see if they can catc h him and bring him to the fort. Once I have him here I will show him how I treat spies." "I don't think it will do any good to send men there to-morrow." "You think not?" That i s what I think." "What i s your idea?" "I don't believe h e will be there." "Why won't he?" "He will be afraid to stay, after what happened to night." "Ah! What happened, Captain Slater?" The youth explained how he had entered the Tory's house, and how the six Tories had come and made him a prisoner, and how he had succeeded in making his escape after aJl, and getting back to the fort. "So Dan Rock has a brother, who i s the lead e r of the band of Tories who captured you and your comrade this afternoon, eh?" "Yes, sir ." ''Well, that is news; there is little doubt that you are right when you state that Dan Rock will not be at home to-morrow. But perhaps we might bag the entire party by sending some men there at once." "We might," said Dick, "but I doubt it. They will probably suspect that this will be done, and will hasten to get away." ''Well, it won't do any harm to make the attempt, any way." "That i s true; and if you are willing I will take a score of my 'Liberty Boys,' and go to Dan Rock's home, and see if they are still there." "You have my permission; go along, Captain Slater, and I hope you will find the scoundrels, and succeed in making prisoners of them." "I would like to do so, but I do not have much hope of being so fortunate." Then Dick left the colonel's quarters, and hastened to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." He explained what he wanted, selected twenty of the youths, and five minutes later they left the s tockade, and hastened away in the direction of the home of Dan Rock. Fifteen minutes later they were at the house, and had surrounded it. Then Dick advanced and knocked upon the door, which was opened by the woman in whose behalf Dick had interceded earlier in the evening. "Oh, it is Ur. Slater!" the woman exclaimed. "Yes, it is Dick Slater, Mrs. Rock," said Dick. "And now, I wish to ask is your husband and his brother and the rest of the Tories here?" The woman shook her head. "No,'' she said "They-eame back after you got away, but did not stay. They said you would likely be back with some of your 'Liberty Boys,' to try to capture them, and they went away." "I suppose they didn't let you know where they went?" \ "No, they didn't tell me." CHAPTER VII. SCOUTING. Dick understood why they did not tell her. They knew she sympathized with the patriot cause, and were afraid she would tell the patriots where they had gone.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 13 The "Liberty Boy" conversed with the woman a few minwere to come down upon the people of this valley, Dick!" utes, and then bade her good-night, and took his departsaid Bob. ure "The Tories have gone, boys," he said. "It is no more than l expected. 1 s uppose we may as well go back to the fort They made their way back to the fort, and Dick went to the colonel's quarters and made his report "So the Tories were gone, eh?" the colonel remarked. "Very well, it can't be helped." "You are right, sir; and it is only what I expected." "I know that is what you said; but, Captain Slater, do you really think there is a plan on foot among the Tories and Indians, to come down upon this settlement and mas sacre the patriot people?" "It would not surprise me, sir, if it were true. Surely there must be something in the rumors that came to the ears of General Washing ton. I know he placed credence in them, or he would not have sent me here, with my 'Liberty Boys.' "True. Well, I hope that it will turn out that there is nothing of truth in the rumors." "I hope it may turn out that way, sir, for it would be bad if a strong force should come her e "So it would. I hope the rumors may prove to have been unfounded." "So do I." The youths stopped occasionally and took observations; and they rode back and forth, across the va lley, and in this way became familiar with the lay of the l and They reached the extreme north end of the valley by noon and paused and went into camp on the bank of the beautiful Susquehanna. They let their horses drink in the river, and then staked them out, so they cou ld get plenty of gra s to eat. The youths had brought food, consisting of bread and meat, with them, and sat clown to eat their lunch. They talked as they ate, and they discussed the matter of the coming of the TOTies and Indians with a great deal of interest and serio u sness "I hardly believe it possible lhey are thinking of com ing away down here from up ip ew York State, just to massacre a lot of women and children, Dick," said Bob. Dick shook his head, and looked thoughtfu l and seriou s "I don't know about that, Bob," he said "Yo u see, there are the three hundred soldie r s in the fort the Tories and Indians would be glad to get a chance at t h em." "True; we have, even now that you and your 'Liberty "That's so; and then Indians, you know are better satisBoys' are here, only about three hundred fighting men." fied to murder defenseless women and chi ldren "than to "That is all, sir; and that is not a strong force." fight men." "T h" rue enoug I "Yes; they like it much better. There is not so much Soon after this Dick bade the colonel good-night, and danger attached to it." w ent to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." 1 "That's a fact." They were up bright and early next morning, and after The youths ate in silence, for a few minutes, and gazed breakfast Dick again visited the colonel's quarters. reflectively down into the blue waters of the Sus-"I am going on a scouting expedition, up toward the quehanna. 1 north end of the valley, colonel," he said. When they had finished their meal they r ema ined there "Very well, Captain Slater. Will you go alone?" nearly an hour, discu ssing their plans for the afternoon. "No; my friend, Bob Estabrook, will accompany me The question that came up for sett lem ent was, should "I am glad of that; if there are two of you there will they go brrck to the fort, or should they contin ue onward not be so much danger that you may be set upon by Ben toward the north, and see if they could l earn anything Rock and his gang of Tories and made prisoners." regarding the Tories and Indians. "We will be on our guard all the time, sir. We know, "It is almost a certainty that if the Tories and Indians now, that there are enemies in these parts, which we did are coming down in the Wyoming Valley they will come not know yesterday, when they first appeared b efore u s." from the north," said Bob. "I am in favor of going on "True; and of course it will be more difficult to take you farther in that direction, Dick." by surprise when you are on your guard." "All right; I'm willing!' "Yes, indeed." "If we were to di scover the Tories and Indians coming, Dick and Bob bridled and saddled their hor ses, and set we could ride back posthaste, and give warning." out up the valley. "Y cs; so we could." It was a b ea utiful morning, and the youths felt in high So it was decided thal they would go on toward the spirits. They were great lovers of Nature, and a horseback north. ride on such a morning as this was very enjoyable. They bridled and sadd l ed their horses, and mounting, "Say, Dick, this is about the prettiest place I have ever rode onward. been in," said Bob. They were following a mere trail, for now they were be"It certainly is a lovely valley, Bob.'t yond the sett l ement, and the road wa not much used. They rode onward, talking and laughin g, but they were I The youths did not mind this, however; they were u sea keeping their eyes open as well. to riding through the Jove: it would be terrible if the Tories and Indians 'l'hey kept on for nearly two houc, but as they had trav-


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." eled at only a moderate pace_, they had gone only about ten miles They decided to stop and see if they could take an obser vation. They dismou:nted, and Dick climbed a tree and gazed all around them, but saw nothing that looked suspicious. "See anything, Dick?" asked Bob, when his comrade came down. "No, Bob; there were no signs of Tories or Indians, so far as I could see." "Well, I hope that the rumors were unfounded." "So do I; and it begins to look as though such is the It was getting pretty well along toward evening, and finally Bob said: "Do you suppose we will have any trouble in finding our way back to the fort?" "In the night, you mean?" "Yes." "I hardly think so; our horses will follow the trail, won't they?" "I don't know. Perhaps." "I guess they will." "And if they won't, what does it matter? We do not have to get bac__k to the fort to-night." '-True; and this is such lovely weather that it will be "So it does; but let's make a good job of to-day's work, Dick. Let's go on toward the north till we are sure there pleasant camping out." case is no enemy within a day's travel of the valley." "So it will; more pleasant than sleeping in our quarters "All right." in the fort." Th t d d d d "You are right." ey moun e an ro e onwar They kept this up two hours longer, and then again They remained sitting, and looked across at the farthe\ paused. shore and talked on. Again Dick climbed a tree; and as before, when he came Presently Bob glanced up the river, and as he did so an down he reported that he had not seen any sign of Tories or exclamation escaped his lips, and he leaped to his feet. Indians. "Great Scott, Dick!" he gasped. "Look yonder!" and "I guess we might as well turn around and go back, he pointed up the stream as he spoke. Bob,'' he said. Dick turned his head and looked up the stream. "You think the Tories and Indians are not coming, Coming around the bend a mile distant were dozens of then, Dick?" asked Bob. canoes, and the canoes were filled with Indians! "It looks as though they are not." "Well,. I hope they are not." "So do I." "I'm ready to turn. back i:f you are, Dick." "All right; I think we may as well do so." They were about to mount when they paused and stood hesitating. "Let's walk over to the river, Bob, and take a look up the stream," said Dick. "Somehow, I think that if the Tories and Indians come, they will CQme down the Susquehanna in canoes." "Do you really think so?" "Yes." e1Then let's go over there and have a look. We might see them." "You are right." The youths tied their horses to trees and walked west ward, till they came to the river. 'J'hey paused on the bank, and gazed toward the north. They could see not more than a mile, the river bending at a point about that distance from them. "Well, the river is clear, as far as we can see, Dick." "Yes Bob." "I gue s th er are no Tories or. Indians coming." "I guess not-I hope not." "Let's wait here a few minutes, though." "All right; w e are in no hurry." The youths s at down on the grassy bank of the river, and gazed down into the water and across to the farther shore, with occaaional glances up the stream CHAPTER VIII. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" .A.ND "QUEEN ESTHER." "The Indians are coming!" cried Dick. "Yes, and there are a good many Tories among them, too, Dick." "How do you know, Bob?" "By the way they are dressed." "Ah!" ''The Indians are easily distinguished, on account of their brilliant head-dresses, you see." "Yes; and there are a good many in the canoes who have not head-dresses at all; they are Tories, without a doubt." "Yes." "Let's get away from the shore, Bob, and back a ways; they might see us and ;uspect that they have themselves been seen ." "Well, that wouldn't matter so very much, would it?" "I guess not so far as the danger to ourselves is con cerned; but no doubt they are intending to try to take the people of the valley by surprise, and if they were to see they might SUijllect that their plan to surprise the pa triots will fail." "True." The two Rtepped back anfl took up positions behind trees, from behind which they peered, and they kept count,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." as well as they could, -0f the canoes, as they came around Presently Dick turned his eyes upon an Indian who had the bend in the stream. .hold of his arm, and said: "Jove, Dick, there are a lot of them!" said Bob, after a "Indian understand white man' s language?" while. The India n nodded. "Me unnerstan'," he said-:-"So there are, Bob." "Well, I wish to ask, where did you and brother braves 'rhe youths waited, watched, and counted. come from? Why were you not in the canoes along with "Jove, are they never going to stop coming?" exclaimed the others?" Bob. "We git out canoes,'' was the reply. "River make big "There seems to be no end to the number of canoes, bend, away aroun'," with a comprehensive sweep of the Bob." arm. "We git out canoes an' on gronn'-come 'cross "You are right." Presently all were around the bend, however, and then Bob asked: "How many men, all told, are there in tho s e canoes, do you think, Dick?" "I would guess that there are at least one thousand.'' "I believe there are more than that." "Do you think so?" "Yes." "Well, it is much too strong a force for the little hand ful under Colonel Butler to contend with." "Even with the fort to protect them, nick?" "Yes; the fort is made logs, which are dry, and they will burn readily. The Tories and Indians will set fire to the logs, and the fort will burn down and the s oldiers will have to come forth, with the result that they will be butchered." cut off heap .much long way; we git here quick-'fore canoes; ugh-unners tan'?" "Ah, yes; you got off. and cut across, the di sta nce being much shorter than by way of the river." "Ugb. That um." "And it was unfortunate for us, Dick," from Bob. "Ugh. Ketch white boys nappin'," sai d Indian, with a grin. "You certainly did,'' agreed Dick. "But what are you g oing to do with u s?" "Me not no ; -pe see what Queen Esther say." "Queen Esther?" exclaimed Dick, inquiringly. "Who's she?" from Bob. "Ugh She heap big queen uv Seneca Injuns. What ever she say, Injuns do-ugh!" "Queen Esther, eh?" remarked Bob, refle.ctively. "Seems to me I've heard of her, Di ck." "I think I have, Bob; she is the queen of the Seneca "Jove, we must not permit that to happen, Dick!" Indians, a s this one says." "No; we must get back there as quickly as possible,. and "Yes, you are right. Well, I hop e s h e' ll say for them to give warning of the coming of the enemy, and I shall ad-turn u s loose." vise that the valley be deserted, and left to the Tories and "I guess there is no SllCh lu ck as that in store for u s Indians, Bob." "I fear you are right about that." "But where can the people go?" "Ugh. White boys heap right,'' said the Indian. "In-"U p into the mountains, somewhere; anywhere will be juns no let white boys go. safer than remaining in the valley." The canoes were heading in toward the s hore, and as "I guess that is true. Well, the are coming rapthey drew nearer it was easy to see t hat about half the ocidly, so we had better be getting back to our horses and cnpants were white men. making all possible speed to the valley." At least a dozen of the leading canoes had rio white men "So we had. Come, Bob." in them, however, and in the leading one was an 0 lc1 Indian The youths turned, to make way to where they had woman, rigged out in all the finery s o dear to their left their horses-only to find thems e lves seized by at least hearts. a score of Indians, who were rigged out in all the hideou s Her hair was white as snow, the youths saw, as the boat' glory of war paint and feathers. drew near er, and her face wa seame d and wrinlded, while Dick and Bob strugg led fiercely, but it was no use. They the black eyes shone with considerable fire. were helpless in the hands of so many. As the canoe reached the shore, and came to a stop, a They were quickly overpowered, and their arms bound number of the Indian braves waded in, and, lifting the behind their backs. Then the brave who seemed to h e the old Indian wo:man, bore her to the shore, and i::preading leader of the party of Indians, stepped to the bru1k of the a blanket on the grass, gave her a seat. river, and signa led the Indians in the canoes. The other canoes made a landing, also-the dozen or so As for Dick and Bob, they were greatly cast down. They that had only Indians in them-:-and the brave s swarmed looked at each other in a helpless, sorrowful manner. ashore and gathered around the spot where t h e old hag "This is bad, Bob," said Dick. "Yes, Dick; it is bad not alone for us, but for--" "Sh! Be careful what you say, Bob." The youths said no more, but watched the appro1tching canoes with interest. s at, and near which sto9d Dick and Bob. The other canoes came to a slop, bul the occupants did not make any move to come ashore. "What have you here, my brave s?" the old Indian wo man asked, nodding toward the "Liberty Boys."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." "Two white boys, great queen," replied one of the Indians-the on!il who had done \he s ignaling, and who was evidently the lead er of the party tliat had captured the youths. "Yes, yes; two white boys. What were they doing?" The old hag spoke very good English, much to the youths' s urprise, for she did not look as though she would be capable of doing so. 'l'hey did not know that half a century before, when this old hag was a young woman, she had been beau tiful, and had been received among the best society of Philad e lphia, had peen petted and caressed b y the wealthy and cultured women of that city, but such was the fact. A temporary painting out of the leopard 's s pots does not make of it another animal, however, and the temporary association the white people did not change this woman or make her any less an Indian at heart. And now, at eighty years of age, an ugly old hag, s he was the queen of the Senecas. "White boys playin spy," replied the Indian to the hQ-g's question. Ah, they were spying on u s?" "Ugh. 'rbey lookin' up Tiver an' talkin' 'bout canoes We think um spies an' so we ketch um." The old woman fixed her eyes on the face of Dick and Bob in turn, and then she said: a Look at me. I am Queen Esther. Have you never heard of me?" "I think we have, Queen/' w_as Dick's "Then you know that I am queen of the Senecas, and that with them my word is law." "We may have h eard something to that effect, queen, though I am not positive." "It is the truth; and at a word from me, they will split your head s with their tomahawks!" "I hope you will not speak the word, Queen." "That depends upon yourselveR, I think. Answer me, who are you?" "We are a coup l e of young men wl10 liv e a few miles from here, Queen," was Dick's answer. "Oh, yes, quite sure," said Dick, with apparent frank ness. I would not attempt to deceive you, great Queen." "It would be useless to try to do so, for I would know it if you did,'' the old hag declared "Of course you would know it," said Dick. At this moment two brave s approached, leading and Bob's horses. Of course, the Indians knew the animals must belong to the two prisoners, and there was a great jabbering in the Indian tongue. One of the Indians talked with Queen Es ther for quite a while and then s he again turned her eyes upon the "Liberty Boy s ." "I think white boys have spoke n to the queen with c rook e d tongues," she said. "Why so, Queen? asked Dick. "'There are white boys' hor ses, are they not?" nodding toward the horses. "Yes,'' was the reply. "We ll, if white boys liv e d around here, they would not have ridden to the river, and they would not have horses like those," pointing. "They are not work-horses; t hey are fine riding-horses. "Ve r y true; they are not work-horses," Dick acknowl edged. "They are riding-horses, but that doesn't make any difference." "Yes; it makes much differ e nce; no farmer boys have horses lik e those. You two boys have spoken with crooked tongues; you are enem ies of th e king, and of the Indians!" At this moment a white man strode through the c ro wd of Indian s surrounding the queen, and he said, in a l oud, hoarse voice : "Yer right, Quee n E st her; them theer two young fellers air pizen rebels!" The newcomer was B e n Rock the leader of the band or twenty Torie s that had captured Dick and Bob the after noon before. CHAPTER IX. DOWN THE SUSQUEHANNA. "What were you doing here on the bank of the strea m?" "Nothing in particular, Queen. We just happened to come here, but when we saw the canoes coming down the river, of course we looked at them. We could not help being interested." The old Indian woman greeted Ben Rock in a friendly manner, and it was evident that they had met before "Of comse, I understand that. But tell me, are you not from the Valley of Wyoming?" The y ouths both s hook their heads. It was somet hing they must not do-acknowledge that they were from the valley, for that would in sme their being held prisoners, OT even bein g put to death, for they knew this force of Tories and Indian s was on its way to Wyoming Valley to mas sacre the settlers. "No, we are not from the Wyoming Valley," replied Dick. He considered it no sin to tell a falsehood under the cir cumstances. "Are you sure that you are not speak ing with a crooked tongue?" the old ha g a s ked, eyeing the youth sharply. She a s ked him what he meant by say ing they were rebels, and he explained, telling all about Dick and Bob, who they were, and everything. A leading Tory, b y the name of Johnson, had made a landing by this time, and he and Ben Rock shook hands, and the latter explained to Johnson who Dick and Bob were. "Ha! so this is the famous Dick Slater, eh?" exclaimed the Tory leader eyeing Dick with interest. "Yas, thet's Dick Slater," said Ben Rock, proud that h e had been able to come here and give them so much infor mation.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 17 "Queen," said Johnson, "I am going to ask that you let me have the prisoners But the old Indian woman did not seem willing to do this. She shook her head. "'rhe young white men were cap tured by my braves," she said "They belong to my braves. I shall i! ot give the prisoners up." A frown came over Johnson 's face, and it was evident that he could scarcely keep from saying somethinis that would have aroused anger among the Indian lfarriors. But he did not wish to do this He was depending on the Indians to help the Torie s murd e r the patriots of Wyoming Valley, and he could not afford to take the chances of making them so angry that they would refuse io assi st in the work. So h e bit his lips, and said: "Very w e ll; but I must ask that yon make sure the pri s oners do not escape." "Oh, you may rest assured that they will not be per mitted to escape,'' said Queen Esther. "If they were to do so, they might s nccced in getting to Wyoming Valley and warning the sett l e r s there of our comin g, you know "Yes, I know that. The prisoners will not be permitted to escape." Then followed a discussion, which the two "Liberty Boys" were not p er mitted to hear, they being conducted away to such a distance as to place them out of earshot, and the discu ssion was carried on between Johnson, Ben Rock, and Queen Esther for awhile, after which another Tory by the nam e of John Butler came ashore and took part in the council. He was really the leader of the expedi tion, Half an hour later Dick and Bob were placed in one of the canoes, and all the Indians and Tories got in-with the 0xcep tion of two, who were to ride the horses of Di ck and Bob-and the voyage down the river was resumed. It grew dark when the flotilla of canoes was till two or three miles from the extreme north e nd of Wyoming Val ley, however, and the canoes headed in to the s hore and a landing was made. Soon campfire s were blazing, and the odor of cooking meat filled the air, and made Dick and Bob very hungry. Soon after the camp had been made, the two Indians who were riding Dick's and Bob's horses arrived, and pick eted the animals out. The youths saw the Indian s when they arrived, and noted where the horses were picketed. "If we can only manage to make our escape, Dick," whis pered Bob, "we might get to the valley and warn the people, after all." "Yes, but that is the trouble Bob. It seems to me that there is absolutely no chance for n s to make our escape." "l guess you are right about that; we are in the midst of more than a thousand Tories and Indians." "Yes, and they will place a guard over us to-night, which will make it useless for us to attempt to escape." "And likely our ankles will be bound, as well as our hands." "No doubt of it." The youths thought they were not to hav e anything to eat, for everybody e lse in the camp, Indians as well ai:; whites, had eaten their fill before any attention was paid to the pri soners. Then a couple of braves brought them some meat, and after tying tlw youths' ankles, their hand::; were freed, and they were given the meat, which they ate with a relish, for they were hungry. When they had finished, their wrists were again bound, but the bonds were not taken off their ankles. "You see,'' whispere d Bob, "we are to be l eft trussed up this way, just lik e turkeys that are being taken to market." "I guess you are right, Bob." W e are in for i t "Yes; but what will happen to us is not the worst of it." "No, indeed; the trouble is that they will descend upon the settlers of Wyoming Valley, and murder them by wholesale." "Yes, it is bad, our being h eld prisoners." The Tory l eader of the exped iti on, John Butler ad vanced to the point where Dick sat, and stopp ing, e yed them with con side rabl e interest. "So you are Di c k Slater, are you?" he remarked, ad dre ssi ng Dick. "That is m y name,'' was the quiet reply. "And you a r e the captain of 'The Lib erty Boys of '76'?" "Yes." "So BEJn Rock told me Then Butler asked a great many questions, trying to get information r egarding General \Vashington and the pa triot army; but he might as well have spare d hims elf the trouble. Dick was not the youth to give an enemy any information. He saw a chance to do some good to the great cause of liberty, how ever, by te llin g some things that were not true, and when the conversat ion finally ended Butler went away, thinking that there was grave doubt in regard to the king ultimately triumphing over the pa triots. "Say, you gave that Tory rascal somet hing to think about, Dick,'' said Bob, with a grin. "You put a good sized bee in his bonnet." "Yes, I think I impressed him somewhat." "You certainly did; and I'm glad you told him what you did. If you can get the enemy to over-rating the patriot forces' strength it will be a big help to us, and will make us able to thrash them, where othe:r;wise it would be im possible to do so." "True." The youths wonderf!d if the Tories and Indians were going to remain in camp at this s pot a ll night. They hoped so, as it would delay th& attack on the settlers of the valley just that much longer and would give Dick and Bob more time to try to make their escape.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." They did not have much hope of being able to do this, I out as they went, and murdering the patriots and burning however. their homes. Soon the Tories al)d Indians lay down and went to sleep, It was a cold-blooded 11;ffair, coldly and heartlessly with the exception of the sentinels, and of a party of six pl:mned, by as nearly human fiends as history has any recIndians who stood guard over Dick and Bob. ord of. A blanket was spread on the ground, and the youths were placed on the blanket. They remained awake, and waited patiently till the campfires died down, and the darkness shadowed all, and then they began working at their bonds, in the hope that they might succeed in getting their hands and legs free. They made but little, if any progress, however. The Indians had done their work too well. Still the "Liberty Boys" persevered. They felt that a great deal depended on their making their escape and car rying the news to the settlement of the com ing of the enemy. In the end, however, they were forced to give up, for the Indians on guard finally discovered that the two were not asleep, but were trying to free themselves, and they came and in guttural voices told Dick and Bob they had better stop woTking at their bonds and go to sleep. The youths gave up hort_e, then, of being able to free their hands and feet and make their escape, and desisted. "I guess it would be foolish to try any more, Dick," said Bob. "Yes; the Indians know what we have been trying to do, and even if we were to succeed in getting our hands and feet free, we could not escape." "You are right; we would simply be tied up again, and tighter than ever "Yes; so we would." 'l'bey straightened out, then, and were soon asleep, for they knew that they would need to be wide awake and alert on th& morrow. The camp was astir lon g before daylight, and breakfast was cooked and eaten. And then, just as the first faint gray of early morning was beginning to steal over the eastern horizon the Tories and Indians again embarked in their bark canoes upon the bosom of the Susquehanna. Dick and Bob were placed in one of the canoes, bound hand and foot. Dick protested "If the canoe 1rcrc to upset we would be drowned," he said. "Free our handi:; and feet." But the Indians refused to do so. "Canoe no be upset," replied one. "Queen Esther" rode, as on the afternoon before, in the leading canoe. About nine o'clock the north end of the Wyoming Valley was reached, and the canoes were headed in toward the shore. The Tories and Indians landed, and drew all the canoes up out of the water. Then a council was held between the Tory leaders, the Indian chiefs, and Queen Esther, who represented the Senecas. It was decided to start right clown the valley, spre ading Dick and Bob had been placed on the shore, @d thcit ankles had been freed, in order to let them walk up the embankment, to save the Indians the labor of carrying them. Just as the council was finished, the two Indians who were riding the "Liberty Boys'" horse:;;, rode up, and dis mounted. The two youths had been working at the bonds on their wrists all morning, and had at last succeeded in getting them loosened somewhat, but not sufficiently to enable them to get their hands free. Presently a guard of six Indians were placed over Dick and Bob, and then the entire force of Tories and Indians started down the valley. The six Indians who were left behind to guard the two prisoners glared at Dick and Bob with eyes of hate; it was plain that they were angry because they were forced to stay behind, and there was no doubt thut they would have mur dered the youths had it been left to them. Scarcely half an hour elapsed, and then the sound of firing was heard. "The advance of the Tories and Indians has been discov ered, Bob!" cried Dick, joyously. "Yes, Dick; the fight has begun, and we are not there to take part in it." There was a world of disappointment in Bob's voice. CHAPTER X. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" ALARMED. "What do you think about it, boys, anyway?" "I think it strange they haven't come back." "So do I." "And I." "They didn't intend to stay away so long, did they, Mark?" "No, and Dick and Bob usually do what is expected of them." "You are right. I'm afraid something has happened to them." "I would not be surprised if they have been captured by that band of Tories." "It is possible, of course; but I hardly think it probable, for they would be on their guard." "Yes; but even then they might be taken at such a dis advantage that they could not prevent themselves from being made prisoners." H was the morning after the one on whi ch the two


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 19 "Liberty Boys," Dick and Bob, had ridden away, to go on a scouting expedition. The "Liberty Boys" who had been let behind, at Forty Fort, were discussing the non-return 0 the two. They had expected that the two would return the even ing before, and they had not done so; and now it was morning, and they were still absent. A foll day had passed, and the youths were oppressed with the ear that their comrades had met with trouble of some kind. The discussed the matter for some time, and then Mark Morrison said : "I'll tell you what let's do, boys." "What?" ''Tell us." "Let us hear at once, old man." "Out with it." 1 "Yes, i you have a good suggestion to offer, don't waste a moment in doing it, Mark." "The suggestion is this: That we go in search of Dick and Bob." "I'm in or it!" "Just the thing!" "Yes, yes!" "Hurrah! let's go!" "All right; I'll go and ask permission of Colonel Butler for us to go," said Mark. "I am ;mre he will let us go, however, so you might as well be bhdling and saddling the horses and getting ready." "Yes, yes!" "We'll be ready by the time you come back." "Yes, and I'll have your horse ready for you, Mark," from Sam Sanderson. "All right; much obliged." Then Mark hastened to the quarters occupied by the colonel. The orderly showed him into the colonel's private room. "Ah, you are one of the 'Liberty Boys,' I believe?" the officer remarked. "Yes, sir; my name is Mark Morrison." "Very well. What can I do for you, Mr. Morrison?" "You know our captain, Dick Slater, and one of the 'Liberty Boys,' Bob Estabrook by name, went away on a scouting expedition yesterday morning, sir?'.' "Yes." "Well, you are aware that they have not returned?" A sober look came over the colonel's face. ''Yes, I am a ware of that,'' he acknowledged. "Well, sir, we boys have been talking the matter over, and we have made up our minds that the two have been C'aptured by ihe Tories." The colonel nodded his head slowly. "I have begun to fear so, myself," he said. "As I under stood it, they were to have returned yesterday evening." "That is the way we understood it, too, sir." "Yes; and as they have not returned, it would begin to look as tliough they had met with bad luck of some kind." "That is what we are afraid of, sir, and I have come to ask a favor 0 you." "What is it, my boy?" "That you permit the 'Liberty Boys' to go in search of the two." "Certainly; you are welcome to do so, Mr. Morrison; in deed, I shall be glad to have you do so. Will you go at once?" "At once, sir. I took the liberty to tell the boys to be getting ready, for I was sure you would give your consent to our going." "Quite right. Well, I hope you wil1 find your comrades, and that nothing has happened to them." "Thank you, sir; I hope so, sir." Then Mark saluted and withdrew. "What did ho i>ay?" was the query, as soon as Mark got back to where the youths were. "He said we may go." "Good! Good!" "Hurrah!" "I thought he would say so." "Well, we are ready to start, Mark." "The horses are all saddled, eh?" "Yes." Have you examined your weapons, to see that they are all in order?" "Yes, yes." "All right; lead the horses out 0 the stockade, and then we will mount and get away in a hurry." The youths obeyed, and soon had led the horses through the big gateway and outside, where the youths could mount. They leaped into the saddles, the word was given, and they dashed away toward the north at a gallop. They were eager to get to where they would begin look ing or signs 0 Dick and Bob. An hour later they had reached the northern end of the valley, and ju st as they were about to ride into the timber a party 0 Tories and Indians came in sight "Enemies!" cried Mark. "Fire, 'Liberty Boys'f-fire!" The youths leveled their muskets and fired a volley, dropping some o the Tories and Indians, even though the distance was great. Of course the Tories returned the fire, as did some 0 the Indians-those having firearms. There were ew, however, the majority having bows and m:row Having fired off their muskets, the "Liberty Boys" re tired a distance of half a mile, reloading their muskets as they went. Then they came to a stop and waited for the enemy to again come in range. While doing this, Mark Morrison turned to one 0 the youths and said: "You ride at the top 0 your horse's speed to the fort, Dan, and give the alarm. Tell the colonel, a large force is coming, and that his men hacl better come forth and help us hold the scoundrels in check."


20 THE LIBEHTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." "All right, Mark,' and the "Liberty Boy" rode away at a gallop. The Tories and Indians were nov.: in range, and again the "Liberty Boys" fired a volley, and dashed away. And again the 'l'ories and Indians fired, the bullets rat tling around like hail. Some of the youths were wounded, but luckily not one was killed Marl{ Morri s on called a halt when they had gone hal.f a mile the youths having reloaded their muskets while going at full speed-something that had required a great deal of practice in the learning. Mark now detached two "Liberty Boys," and told them to ride on, one going to the righthand and one to the left hand, and warn the settlers of the coming of the Tories and Indians. "Tell them to hasten out of the valLey and up into the mountains,'' he instructed. "I don't think it will be safe to go to the fort, for I don't believe that it will be possible to hold the enemy at bay, even after the fort has been reached." 1 The two youths da s hed away to attend to the work, and then the others fired another volley at the Tories and Indians and again retreated quickly, reloading their muskets as they went. Of course, the Tories and Indian returned the fire, as be fore, and this time two of the "Liberty Boys" were killed. "Two of the boys are down, Mark!" said Sam Sanderson, who was near Mark Morrison. "Yes, Sam," was the reply, in a tense, hard voice; "two as brave boys as ever leveled a musket. Well, we'll make those scoundrelly Torie s and Indians pay dearly for the lives of our comrades." "So we will!" The "Liberty Boy s" fought desperately after that, con testing every foot of the and they killed many of the Tories and Indians. At last they were joined by the three hundred men un der Colonel Butler and then it became a battle royal. The patriots were outnumbered at least three to one, but they stood their ground and stubbornly contested every foot of the ground. They fought desperate ly, for they realized that the lives of scores of innocent women and c hildren upon wheth e r they could hold the r e d and white demon s in check. The two "Liberty Boys" who had been sent to warn the patriot settlers' families to flee for their lives, did their work well, but in s pite of the youths' advice that the women and children fly up into the mountains, many went to the fort. They seemed to think they would be safe there, even though the youths told them they would not be. Slowly but surely the brave defenders of the valley were forced back. They were against a force that was too st rong for them, and had to go back; they could not help it, though \hey fought as men never fought befor e They killed many of the Tories and Indians, but there were others to take the places of those who fell, and it did not seem to stay their advance in the least. On the other hand, when one of the patriot soldiers went down, there was no one to take his place, and thus gradually the ranks of the defenders were thinned out. Slowly but surely the patriots were forced back, until at last the fort was reached, and then they passed through the s tockade, and into the fort-with the exception of the "Liberty Boys." They s aid they co11ld keep out of the Tories' and Indians' way, they being on horseback, and that they could retard the progress of the enemy to some extent, and thus give the women and children in the lowP ... end of the valley more time to make their escape. CHAPTER XL DICK AND B013 DO GOOD WORK. "Say, Dick, we must get away from here!" "Yes; but how are we going to manage it, Bob?" "I have my hands almost free, and I will free them sud denly, and make a break for liberty; that will attract the attention of the redskins to me, and while they are trying to shoot or catch me you make your escape." "Wait a minute, Bob; I have my hands almost free, also, and we will both free our hands at the same time, and make a concerted attack on the Indians." "All right; there are only six of them, and by taking them by surprise, I think we can get the better of them." "Yes; we will knock down the two nearest us, seize their tomahawks and split the heads of the other four." "All right; you give the word when you are ready." I will." The six Indians who had been left on guard over Dick and Bob were so excited over the sound of the firing, and the yelling that came to their hearing that they had for the time being forgotten the presence of the two prisoners, seemingly. They were craning their necks and looking in the direc tion in which the force of 'Tories and Indians had gone, and it was evident that they were wishing they were with their comrades. Their attention was attracted in that direction to such an extent that it gave Dick and Bob the chance to indulge in the conversation as given above. Of course, the youths talked in low; cautious whispers. Dick worked fiercely at the bonds binding his hands, and presently nodded to Bob, and said, in a whisper: "Ready, Bob; free your hands, and go for the red de, mons!" As he spoke he wrenched his own hands free. Bob did the same. Then they leaped to their feet and bounded to, ward tl1e two Indians standing nearest them. Then they dealt the redskins a blow behind the ear. Seizing their tomahawks, they bounded toward the four r e maining guards, who whirled, they having heard the sound of the fall of their comrades' bodies. As they whirled, two received the edges of the toma,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 11 hawks in their foreheads, and sank to the ground, a gaspSoon buildings were blazing in many parts of the val ing groan being the only sound they gave utterance to. ley. Many women and children were overtaken as they The other two started to draw their tomahawks, at the were attempting to flee to the timber and mountains, and same time giving vent to wild war-crys,. but they were not were shot or cut down in cold blood. quick enough. The youths dealt them blows with the tomaThe "Liberty Boys" made every effort to prevent such hawks, and dropped them to the ground, dead. horrible work, but could not cover all the ground, and so Then the youths turned to find the two redskins they were in many instances utterly helpless to prevent it. had knocked down just scrambling to their feet. Dick and Bob got around the main force of Tories and "Let's make a clean sweep of it, Dick!" cried Bob, Indians, and soon were with their comrades, doing all they bounding toward one of the redskins. possibly could to keep the red and white demons from masDick followed suit, and the next moment the two Indians sacring the women and children. again fmnk to the ground, this time to stay, for their heads The "Liberty Boys" did not stay together all the time, were hit with their own tomahawks. but divided up in parties of from ten to twenty, and went '"Now we are free!" cried Bob, in delight; "and yonde r hither and thither, and harassed the Tories and Indians all are our horses. The trouble is that we have no weapons, ttey possibly could-they being able to do a good deal in save these tomahawks." this line, owing to the fact that they were on horseback, "There are the bows and arrows of the Indians, Bob." and could get around rapidly. "No bows and arrows for me, Dick. But, say; we will Slowly but surely the Tories and Indians worked their find some dead and wounded Tories down the valley, I am way down toward the lower end of the valley. The "Lib sure, and we ean take their weapons." erty Boys," of course, were forced down that way, also, but "True. Well, let's mount and get away from here, to so far as that is concerned, they wanted to go that way, where we can take a hand in this business." as that was where their services were needed by the patriot "All right." families. 'The two hastened to where their horses were, and mountPresently Dick and Bob, with half a dozen more of the ing, rode away, heading toward the south. The Tories and "Liberty Boys," came to where a party of perhaps twenty Indians were two miles away, but the youths soon came to Indian s were attacking a cabin. As the red demons burst where several Tories and Indi ans lay dead and dying. the front door down the back door opened and a woman "Now we can arm ourselves, Dick,'' said Bob. 1 and two children--one a boy of ten, the other a girl or They l eaped to the ground, and helped themselves to pisabout twelYe-ran forth and darted toward the timber, tols and ammunition Then each took a musket, and rewhich was a quarter of a mile away. A girl of perhaps loading it, leaped into the saddles and dashed away. seventeen or eighteen years followed them out of the "We must get around past the enemy in some manner, house, but was headed off by the Indians, who had discovBob," said Dick. ered what was taking place at the rear and rushed around "Yes, but how are we going to do it?" there. The girl had a pistol in one hand and a toma"We will ride away around to the left, go -qp into the hawk in the other, and Dick aJI Bob recognized her as timber along the mountain-side, and in this way we will be being Laura Deane, the patriot girl who had led the "Lib able to get around the enemy, and appear in front of the erty Boys" when they came to the youths' rescue when they scoundrels. were prisoners in the hands of the Tories under Ben "You are right. I believe we can succeed in doing it Rock. that way." The brave young woman shot one Indian dead. The red The youths rode at a gallop, and gradually neared the demons rushed foTward and would have tomahawked her side of the valley They reached the edge of the valley but for Dick Slater, who leaped off bis horse and knocked when they were about opposite Forty Fort. The patriot them right and left with the butt of his musket. soldiers had already entered the fort, and the Tories and Bob and the other "Liberty Boys" followed Dick's exIndians had scattered out, and many of them were rushing ample, and they succeeded in beating the Indian s back. in various directions, in squads of twenty to fifty. Each of They fired a volley from the muskets as soon as the In rhese parties headed toward the cabin of a patriot set fell back a few paces, and this compl eted the detler. moralization of this party of the red demons, and they fled The "Liberty Boys" were riding hither and thither, fir ing at the Tories and Indians, and making it as bot for them as possible, but of course eighty-five to ninety youths could not stay the work of one thousand human fiends. The scene soon became a terrible one, indeed. The demons would surround a cabin, drag the women and children forth-if they bad not already taken refuge in flight-and murder them, after wllich they would set fire to the cabin. in disorder. Other parties were coming that way, however, and the youths knew it would not do to delay an instant; they must hasten if they were to succeed in savi ng the Life of the brave girl. "Leap into the sadd l e," said Dick, taking the girl's band, and leading her to where bis horse stood. "I will get up behind you, and then we will make our escape We have done about all that we can do, I am sure."


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." "But my aunt and the children?" Laura cried. ''We will take them up on our horses, also." "Oh, thank you-thank you!" Dick ass isted the girl into the saddle, and then leaped up behind. The oth er yonths sprang into the saddles, and then the party rode after the woman and two children, and quickLy overtook them. Lifting the three up on the backs of three of the hor es, the youths again rode onward at a swift pace, leaving the Tories and Indians behind. Dick mad e a s ignal with his handkerchief, and the other "Liberty Boys" saw it, and followM the little party. There were no more houses in the valley that had not been reached by the Tories and Indians, so there was no need of staying longer. To do so would be to render them selves liable to being killed or captured. It was a terrible scen e they were leaving behind thema scene of blood and massacre. And what was worst of all was that it was mainly the blood of innocent and helpless and children. Soon all the "Liberty Boys" were together, and it was seen that five w e r e missing. "Five of the boys are gone, Dick!" said Bob, in a sor rowful voice. "Five as brave boys as ever lived." "You are right, Bob. Well, it can't be helped." "No; but I'll make those scoundrels suffer for it if ever I get the chance! And if I don't get the chance I will make one." The other youths all expressed great sorrow, for the five youths who were missing were well liked by all. "How came you to be in the valley, Miss Laura?" asked Dick, after the matter of the missing "Liberty Boys" had been dismissed. "I was visiting my aunt, father's sister, M::r. Slater," was the reply. "Ah, I understand. /en, you selected a bad time for a vii;it, didn't you?" "Yes; but I'm not sorry I was there. But for my presence there my aunt and the children might have lost their lives.' ; ''True; you are a brave girl, Miss Laura. I saw you shoot one of the red demons dead." "Yes, and I would do it again. I wis h I cou ld have killed a dozen with the one bullet!" "And so do I. Ah, it is terrible to think of what has occurred in the to-day! Scores of innocent and helples s women and children have been put to death." "Yes, it has been a terrible, a horrible ma ssa cre, Mr. Slater." "So it has, and I fear the end is not yet I am afraid that. prisoners have been taken, and that they will be tor tured." "Oh, that will b e awful!" "Yes, indeed; but there is no need of harrowing yom feelings any further. Shall we go straight to your Miss Laura?" "Yes; I think it will be safe. Don't you?" \ "I do. I' don't believe the Tories and Indians will come any farther in this direction." "I hope not!" An hour later they arrived at the home of the Deanes, and were given a warm greeting. When Mrs. Deane was told of the terrible happenings in the valley she was horrified. "Oh, that is terrible!-horrible!" she exclaimed. "But I am so glad you escaped!" this to her sister-in-law and the children, and to Laura as well. "We would not have escaped had it not been for the brave work of the 'Liberty Boys,'" said Laura. "Well, not one of the 'Liberty Boys' did anything braver t han was done by you, Mi s Lalira,'' said Dick; and then he told the girl's mother how Laura had s hot an Indian dead. "She ha s the spirit of her father," said Mrs. Deane. "He i s a wonderfully brave man, and has no fear of anything or anybody." "Yes, and I will wager that her mother isn't a coward," said Bob, with a smile. "You are right, Mr. Estabrook,'' said Laura, kissing her mother. "She is willing to give all the credit to father, but I am not; mother is as brave as any woman can be, I am certain." I "I knew it," sa id Bob. CHAPTER XII. FIGHTING THE TORIES AND INDIANS. The "Liberty Boys" remained at the home of the Deanes only a few minutes; then Dick gave the order for the youths to mount once more. "We will return to the valley, or to the edge of the at least," he said. "We may be able to do some good, and save a few lives." A few minutes later the company was riding westward at a liv ely pace. When they were within a quarter of a mile of the edge of the valley Dick called a halt. "Dismount,'' he said. The youths obeyed. Then they tied their horses, af4er which Dick gave the order, and they sto l e forward through the timber. They were soon at the margin of the timber, and could look out upon the valley. Here and there were to be seen burning houses, and the Tories and Indians were moving about, in parties of from twenty to fifty, looking for plunder and for victims whom they might put to death. Scattered about, within the view of the "Liberty Boys,'' were bodies of women and children who had been mas sacred, and it made the youths' blood run cold with hor ror, and then boil with anger. "I'll tell you what we will do,'' said Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 23 "What?" was the eager query. "We will go back mount our horses, and come here and wait and watch; and when we see a party of the demons, red or white, come close enough so that we think we can do it with safety, we will dash out and surround them, and kill every one of them." 'l'he plan met w:ijh the of all. They were eager to put it into execution. They haste ned back to where they had left their horses, untied ihe animals, mounted, and rode back to the tim ber. They took up their positions where they could watch the Torie s anl1 Indians and yet not be seen by them. They remained there, motionless and watchful, for perhaps half an hour, and no 'l'orie s or Indians came any where near them. ".Jove, this don't seem to be panning out very well," said Bob presently. "I don't think we tire going to get a chance at any of the scoundrels." "Wait, Bob; some of those parties will venture over in this dire ct ion after awhile, and then we will go for them, T tell you." Pretty soon a band of Tories and Indians, to the number of about twenty, was seen coming across toward where the youths were concealed. This party was evidently examining the bodies of the women and children, to see if all were dead. "I think we shall be able to get that said Dick. "Be ready for the signal, boys.''. The youths nodded, and kept their eyes on the party of Tories and Indians. Closer and closer it came. When the Tories and Indians were within about two hundred yards of the edge of the timber they paused, and started, shortly afterward, in a direction which would take them farther away. Dick realized this, and gave the signal. Instantly the "Liberty Boys" urged their horses out from among the trees, and the entire party dashed straight toward the enemy. The Torie s and Indians did not see the youths till they were more than halfway to them, and then they gave utterance to startled yells, and started to run. This was the worst thing they have done. Had they stood their ground, back to back, and fired with their mus ket s and pistols, they might have made a very good fight of it, but inst ead, they tried to escape by running. They saw they were greatly outnumbered, and this frightened them so that all they could think of was to get away. This they were not to be permitted to do, however. The "Liberty Boys" quickly surrounded them, and as they did so they fired a volley from their muskets and two or three pistol volleys, with the re sult that every one of the :I'ories and Indians went down, dead or wounded. The youths had made a clean sweep of it. 'rhe n they dashed back to the timber, and 'tlisappeared from sight. The "Liberty Boys" were well pleased with t!ie result of the affair. "We settled those scoundrels, mighty quick,'' said 130 b. "So we did," agreed Dick. "I wish anoth e r s uch gang would com e this way." "Possibly one will come-; Teload your weapons, so as to be ready if such proves to be the case." The youths hastened to reload their muskets and pistols. This did not take long, for they were expert at this sort of work. They had just fini s h e d the work when one of the youths said: "Look yonder, fellows; there comes another party." All looked, and saw their comrade had spo ken truly. Another party of Torie s and redskins was coming, but it was a much larger party than the one they had just wiped out. "There must be more than one hundred in that party,'' said Mark Morrison. "Yes,'' said Dick. "There i s nearer two hundred." "Are we going to charge out and s urround them, as we did the other gang, Dick?" a sked Bob. "No,'' was the reply. "There a re too many of them, and it wou:ld prove too costly. vVe will r e main here in the edge of the timber, protected by the trees, and then if they attempt to attack us we will have the advantage on our s ide." "That's right.'' "Yes.'' "It would be dangerous to go out in the open against double our number." "So it would.'' "We could thrash them, even in the open," declared Bob. "Y cs, we might do so, Bob," said Di c k ; "but we would undoubtedly lose a number of our boys, and that is something I wish to guard against. We have lost a s ufficient number for one day, already.'' "Well, that's so, too.'' The youths sat motionless in their saddles and watched the party approach. '. As it drew n earer it was easy to see that it numbered twice as many as there were in the "Liberty Boys" com pany. They were not alarmed, however ; they felt that s o long as they had the s helter of the trees, they Jrnd the advan tage. The party of Tories and Indians paused when it came to where their comrades lay dead and dying and then thevsudde nly rushe d toward the timber, yelling and whooping, and brandishing their weapons. Doubtless they thought they would intimidate the enemy by making a lot of noise, but they did not know the "Lib erty Boys." Noise had no effect on them. "Steady, boy s,'' called out Dick. "Wait till they are


24THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." well within'tange, and then when I give the word, let them have it. The youths nodded, and leveling their muskets, took careful aim, and waited for the word CLoser and closer came the Tories and Indians They were brandishing their weapons and yelling like mad. They certainly looked fierce en ough; they looked more like fiends from the lower regions than human beings. But this did not matter to the "Liberty Boys." Looks had no influence over them. They knew that the scoundrels would succumb to bullets if the leaden pellets were properly placed, and they were the youths to place them properly. Suddenly Dick cried out, in a sharp, clear voice: "Fire, 'Liberty Boys'!" The youths obeyed instantly Crash-roar! Upon the air rose the sound of the volley, and at least seventy-fivl? of the Tories and Indians went down, dead and dying. It was a terrible, a wonderfully destrnctive volley. It brought the enemy to a sudden stop. They had not been expecting any such reception as this. Doubtless they had expected to be fired upon., but they had not been prepared to see nearly half their number go down, as had been the case. They paused and stared fearfully in the direction the timber. Then their leader recovered his nerve, and called out: "Charge! Charge them while their weapons are empty!" The Tories and Indians again l.eaped forward, and they fired a volley as they came. The bullets rattled against the trees and bushes, and one or two of the "Liberty Boys" were wounded, but not seri ous ly. They were so well protected by the trees that the bullets could not do much damage. But there was another surprise in store for the Tories and Indians. They had not advanced more than a few yards when they were treated to another volley from the timber-this one being from the "Liberty Boys' pistols. The youths were good shots with the pistol, and at least f o rty of the enemy went down. "Now another volley cried Dick. The youths had drawn two_ pistols, and now they fired a second pistol-volley. A t l east twenty of the redskins and Tories went down this time, and this completed their demoralization They had already come to a stop, when the second volley was *fir ed by the "Liberty Boys," and now the third one sent them skurrying away like frightened rabbits. There were not more than sixty or seventy left, and they ran their l ives. "Charge them, 'Liberty Boys'!" cried Dick. "Let's make a clean sweep of it!" This met with the wishes of the "Liberty Boys.? They urged their horses out into the open, and dashed after the enemy. They gave utterance to their thrilling battle cry of "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" and it struck terror to the hearts of the fugitives. They ran at the top of their speed, but it was no use; they could not get away from the youths on horseback, and the result was that they were, one after another, shot or cut down. Not one escaped. The "Liberty Boys" had made a clean sweep of it, sure e n ough CHAPTER XIII. FIGHTING AGAINST ODDS. The "Liberty Boys" were busy all. the rest of the day. They skirted the valley, keeping just within the edge of the timber, and whenever they saw an opportunity to make a sudden dash and strike the Tories and Indians a blow, they did it. The enemy became too watchful after awhile, however, and the youths could not get any more chances. The Tories and Indians drew away from the edge of the valley, and assembled in force near Forty Fort, which they completely surrounded. The "Liberty Boys" watched the scene from the timber at the edge of the valley, at a point opposite the fort. "They are not going to give the soldiers and women and children a chance to escape, Dick," said Bob. "It looks that way, Bob." "See, they have the fort completely surrounded." "Yes." "Do you suppose they wilL set fire to it?" "I don't know; I hardly think that Colonel Butler will hold out that long." "You think he won't?" "That is what I think; and perhaps it will be better for him to surrender, for if the Tories and Indians are forced to burn the fort to get at the inmates they will be so in flamed with anger and excitement that they will murder the majority, I am sure "Perhaps so; but they might not. "I wouldn't trust them." "You would h\lld the fort, then, and fight it out to the bitter end, Bob?" "That's what I would do." "Well, it could only result in the certain death of all who are within its wall by surrendering; some may esecape with their lives." "It will be very few, I'm thinking; those bloodthirsty redskins won't let one of the whites live if they can help it." "I fear you are not far from right in your estimate of the situation."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER.'-. 25 "I am sure of that." There was some desultory firing back and forth, between the Tories and the soldiers in the fort, but not much dam age was done, as the Tories and Indians were too far away from the fort. The "Liberty Boys" watched, waited, and discussed the situation. They hardly knew what to do. They wished to aid the people in the fort, but did not know how they were to do it. At last evening came, and the youths, who had tied their horses back in the timber a ways, and were seated near the edge of the valley, decided that they would eat their sup per. They had some dry meat and bread, and this they ate, finishing by drinking from a spring which bubbled out from underneath a rock near at hand. By the time they had finished it was growing dark. Over toward the fort campfires were blazing They had been built by the Tories and Indians, and there was a com plete circle of them, surrounding the fort. 'rhe campfires were made of driftwood which had floated down the Susquehanna during times of high water. 'l1he youths now held a council, to try to decide on their course of action. They talked there for an hour, but were no nearer a solution of the matter at the finish than when they began. At last Dick said: "I think I will go over and see what the Tories and Indians are doing. That may give me an idea. You boys stay here till I come back." "I'm going with you,'' said Bob. "All right; come along." "Say, you two fellows want to look out," said Mark Morrison, a sober look on his face. "You must remember that about half that gang out there are Indians, and if you make any noise at all, anywhere in their vicinity, they will hear it, and the first thing you know you will have a dozen of them on top of you." "Oh, we know all about Indians, Mark," said Dick. "Yes," said Bob. "We are not going to let them cap ture us." "Well, you have already been captured a couple of times, and what has happened in the past may happen again "We'll keep our eyes open." Then the two stole away in the direction of the fort. It was now quite dark, and they had no fear that they would be seen; on the other hand, they would be able to see the Tories and Indians, who would be in the light thrown out by the campfires. At last the two were within a quarter of a mile of the nearest campfire, and they paused and stood stock still and listened for several minutes. They could hear the faint murmur of the voices of the Tories .:ind Indians. They could see them stirring about, also. "Say, Dick,'' whispered Bob, "look up yonder, where that big fire is. Isn't that a stake they are driving i n t o the ground?" "I believe it is, Bob." "Yes; that's just what they are doing." "Come; let's move up that way. The two moved away, at right angles from the cours e they had come, and were soon about the distance away from the big fire that they had been from the other. Here they paused and surveyed the scene with interest. The Tories were not assisting in the work of driving the stake in the ground, but were standing around, watching The Indians were hard at work, however, and it was only t o o evident what the scene meant Some of the prisoners that had been captured that day were to be burned at the stake! "Say, I don't like the looks of that, Dick!" whispered Bob. "N eitl;ter do I, Bob." "It means that somebody is to be tortured by the red fiends." "Yes, that is what it means. Only, I am afraid it will be several bodies, instead of somebody "I am afraid you arc right about that." "Where are the prisoners, Bob? Do you see them?" "Yes; yonder are some." "Oh, yes. Where that clump of Indians are stand ing "Yes; they have the prisoners surrounded "What shall we do?" "I give it up, Dick?" "I'll tell you what we'll do. We will have the 'Liberty Boys' come over here, and when the Indians go to tie the victim to the stake we will open fire on them, and cause them to stop operations." "I'm in for doing that; but I fear it will have only a temporarily restraining effect "Possibly you are right; but we will have the satisfaction of killing some of them, anyhow "True Well, if we are going to do that we had better hurry back to where the boys are." "Yes; come along They moved away as swiftly as possible, and at the time did not make any noise that .might attract the atten tion of the InJians. They ran part of the way back to the edge of the valley, and were panting when they reached the spot where the "Li berty Boys" were in waiting. "Hello! what's the matter?" exclaimed Mark Morrison, who noticed that the youths were panting "Were you chased?" "No, Mark,'' replied Dick; "but we have come back for you boys. The Indians are getting ready to burn some of their prisoners at the stake, and I have made up my mind that we 'Liberty Boys' will ride out there, getting as close to them as possible, and when they go to tie a prisoner to the stake we will make a sudden dash forward, fire a


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." couple of volleys, and then get away before they can do us any damage." "That will be just the thing!" All the youths said the same. They were eage11 for a chance to strike the enemy a sud den, hard blow. They lost no time in rushing to where the horses were tied, and untying them and mounting. This done, the entire company of "Libel'ty Boys" rode slowly out from among the treas. As soon as they were in the valley, where there was nothing to l)lake their progress hard, they urged their horses to a swifter pace. When they were about a quarter of a mile away from the camp-fires they brought their horses to a stop. It was very dark, but to advance closer would be dangerous, as the Indians would undoubtedly hear the hoofbeats. This was close enough, however, for when the time came they would be able to make a sudden dash forward and be upon the enemy before it knew danger threatened. The youths realized that they had got there none too soon. There was excitement at the big campfire, where the stake had been driven in the ground, and the youth! B W the Indians were bringing a prisoner to the stake. "Get ready, boys," whispered Dick to the nearest one, who sent the word around. Soon all were waiting, on the alert, ready to urge their horses forward at a gallop the in stant the signal was heard. They cocked their muskets, and held them ready for instant use. Dick waited till the Indians had dragged the prisoner to the stake, but before they could tie the poor fellow up the youth gave the signal for the charge. The signtil was a low, tremulous whistle, and the instant the youths heard it they dashed forward at the full speed of their horses. The thud, thud, of the horses' hoofs sounded like muffled thunder. It came to the hearing of the Indians as a great sur prise. lt frightened them, also, for they leaped up and seized their weapons, while they glared into the darkness. The "Liberty Boys" were almost upon the Indians now, however, and again a whistle sounded. This was the signal to fire, and the "Liberty Boys" obeyed instantly. Crash-roar! The sound of the volley rang out loudly, and at least fifty of the Indians fell to the ground, dead ind dying. Then on the air rose wild shrieks, yells, and screams, mingled with which were groans of the wounded and dying. CHAPTER XIV. COLONEL BUTLER SURRENDERS. Th/ "Liberty Boys' muskets were fastened to their bodies by straps, so that the instant they had fired the weapons they let them drop at their sides and drew pis tols. Then, as they dashed right into the midst of the Indians, at the top of the speed of their horses, they fired a pistol volley at the red fiends at close range. So utterly demoralized were the Indians at this sudden ancl unexpected attack that they were unable to do any thing, and the "Liberty Boys" had dashed through their ranks and were away again before any damage could be inflicted upon them. '11his affair caused great excitement in the encampment of the Tories and Indians. The daring of the "Liberty Boys" appalled the red and white scoundrels. They would not have believed that a small force, conl:list ing of fewer than one hundred, would dare dash into the midst of hundreds of their enemies, but the "Liberty Boys" had done so, and what was more, they had suc ceeded in doing a lot of damage, and in escaping without any of their number being killed or wounded. The youths rode away a distance of half a mile, and came to a stop. They proceeded to reload their muskets and pistols, and while doing so discussed the exciting scene through which they had just passed. "Well, we gave the scoundrels a surprise, I think," said Bob Estabrook. "Yes," agreed Dick. "We put a stop to the work of the Indians and delayed the torture of the prisoner who was about to be tied to the stake." "Yes; and that is the trouble,J)ick-we have only de layed said Mark Morrison. "True; but perhaps we can make another dash, and clo the same thing over again." "I don't know about that; the Indians and Tories will be on their guard, don't you think?" "I suppose you are right; yes, I fear that it/will be im possible for us to repeat our feat of dashing upon the enemy and firing at them at close range ancl making our escape uninjured." After some further conversation the "Liberty Boys" turned and rode back ioward the fort. They headed toward the big campfire where the stake had been erected. When they were yet a quarter of a mile away they saw that it would be dangerous to make a dash as they had done before, for a great force was now gathered there; there were at least five hundred Tories and Indians, and they were surrounding the stake, to which, as the youths could see, a prisoner was at that very moment being tied.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." 27 The cries of the doomed man came plainly to the hear ing of the "Liberty Boys." The sound caused the blood to boil within their veins. They were wild to go to th.e aid of the poor fellow, but realized that to do so woul d be like butting their heads against a stone wall. What should they do? Dick asked the other this question, and Bob said: "Let's advance to withln musket shot distance and give the scoundrels a volley, anyway, Dick." "All right; we will do it. But, remember, we will have to whirl our horses and get away very quickly i we wish to save our skins.j' "Yes, so we will," agreed Bob The youths said they would remember, and t h en they advanced, slowly and cautiously. Presently they were ac; close as they dared go. To ad vance any further would be to be seen by the sharp eyes of the Indians, some of whom seemed to almost possess the catlike faculty of seeing in the dark. There was a brief period of silence, and then !l low, quavering whistle was heard. It was the signal to fire Crash-roar! Loudly the volley rang o u t, and upon the air rose the wil d yells of the 'Tories and the screeches of the Indians. T he "Liberty Boys" knew they had not titne to spare. They did not wait to see how much damage they had done, but whirled their horses around and dashed away at the best speed of the animals. They were followed by a storm of bullets from the mus kets of the Tories; but thanks to the promptness of their action, the bullets fell short, and did no damage. The Indians followed the youths, however, running a;; fast as they could, but of course they could not overtake the horses It ma d e it necessary for the ''Liberty Boys" to leave the Yalley, however. 'I'hey knew the Tories and Indians would scout around in every direction, in search of them. So they withdrew into the timber, part way up a steep hill-almost a mountain, and here they went into camp Here they remained morning, and then they made their way to the home of the Deanes. They were given a warm welcome, and the women and gi rls went to work and cooked breakfast for the "Liberty 13oys." It took quite a while, as i t is no light task to cook suf ficient food for nearly one hundred healthy, hearty young men; but it was ready at last, and the youths ate heartily. T he women and girls talked with the "Liberty Boys," a n d asked questions about the situation in the valley, and the youths told them all they knew about it. "And do you suppose the Tories and Indians will burn the fort down?" asked Laura Deane "Yes, un less Col one l But l er surrenders," sai d D ick. "Do you trunk he will d o that?" "I don't k now; he may do so. "If he thinks he can save lives by doing so he will s ur render," said Mark Morrison "But don't you think that if he surrenders he an d all the inmates of the fort will be killed Dick?" asked Bob I don't know, Bob; possib l y it von't be so ba d as that." Bob shook his head. It was evident that he dicl not have much hope that the Tories and Indians would be merciful. "The Indians are demons," Je said, "and the Torit!s are worse. God pity all who are already prisoners in their hands, and all who may become prisoners, is what I say!" "I am afraid that there wilL bad doings in the valley to-day," said Dick, sober ly. "Yes, and you may be sure there were bad doings there' last night, after we were forced to get out." After they had eaten breakfast the "Liberty Boys" mounted theiT horses, which had been given feed while their owners were eating, and rode away. They were riding along, and had almost arrived at the edge of the valley, when there came the sharp report of a rifle, and a bullet knocked Dick's h

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "QUEEN ESTHER." "He-wuz--rmong-ther ones -ye-killed, over by ther-ort." "Well, it served him right, too,'' said Bob, and even as he spoke the r e was gurgling sound, and Ben Rock was d ead "He's a goner, Bob." "Yes. Well, it is a good thing for the people 0 this part 0 the coun try "I guess you are right. But come; let's be going." "And leave him lying th re?" "Yes; we have no time to waste, burying him, now. Later we may do so. The two returned to where their comrades were awaiting them, and exp l ained matters. Then they mounted t h eir horses, and the company rode onward once more.'' When they came to the edge 0 the valley they came to a stop and dismounted. Tying their horses, they made the i r way to where they cou ld get a view 0 the fort They saw that the Tories and Indians were still there, and that the fort was surrounded. They talked 0 various plans or aiding the inmates 0 the fort, but none were considered to be practicable, and were g iven up as fast as talked 0. About noon a white flag went up over the ort. Colonel Bu tler had surrendered Bob," he told his friend that night, and it turned out that he was right. Henry and Laura plighted their troth before the "Liberty Boys" took their leave next morning. After breakfast the youths oade good-by to their friends, and mounting their horses, rode away toward the south east. It was a good while before the Wyoming Valley was occupied by settlers again, as the patriot families were afraid they might have a second visit from the Tories and Indians. 0 the prisoners taken away from the Wyoming Valley, some died, some were killed, some escaped, and others were l ater permitted to return to their homes. But the terrible massacre at Wyoming w ill always be remembered with hor ror by the people 0 the civilized world. THE END. The next number (1 28) 0 "The Libert y Boys of '76" will contain "T.HE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD; OR, ON THE HIGH HILLS OF SANTEE," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers 0 this weekly The inmates 0 the fort marched out and were made a re always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any pri soners by the Tories and Indi ans The "Liberty Boys," from a distance, saw this, and they were earful that i t portended a terrible tragedy, or they believed the prisoners would be put to death. In this they were happily disappointed, or t h e Tories and Indians did not put the prisoners to death; and about the middle 0 the afternoon they marched away, up the valley, with their prisoners. The "Liberty Boys" mounted their horses and rode to the fort, and took a look at the scel}e. At the point where the stake stood, they found charred bones, thus proving that some 0 the prisoners had been burned at the stake Just how many were thus treated no one knows. Historians have had to guess at the number. History states, further, however, that in addition to those who were b urned at the stake, others were placed on fires and held down with pitchforks, until burned to death, while others sti ll were hacked to death with knives. Certainly there were some terrible atrocities committe d in the Wyoming Valley on the night 0 the massacre The "Liberty Boys" knew they could not rescue the prisoners, so did not try; but, sick at heart, on account of what they had seen, they rode back to the 0 the Deanes stayed overnight, and Dick was greatly pleased newsdealer, send the pric e in money or postage st amp s by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, N.EW YORK, and y ou will receive the copie s you order by return mail. ''HAPPY DAYS.'' The Best Illustrated Weekly .Story Paper Published, ISSUED FRIDAYS. 16 PAGES. :!?rice 5 Oen. "ts. OUT TO=DAY! OUT TO-DAY! Jack Wirigbt's o:a, After the Lost Balloonists, By ''NONAME,'' Begins in No. 463 of "Happy Days,'' Issued June fi. to see that Henry Holt, a bright, handsome "Lib erty Boy,'' For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Ad-had taken a lik ing to Laura and he was sure that dress on Receipt of Price 5 Cents per Copy by the girl was equa ll y well p l eased with Henry. I l'BANX TOUSEY. Publisher, I believe it will result in an engagement between them,' 24 Union Square, New York.


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THE LIBEBTY BOYS OF '76. A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American .Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give a. fa.i thful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound tn a. beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 48 Tbe Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 49 The Liberty Boys In eoryvi!!e; or, Dick Slater' s Fearful Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Strikini; Strong Blows for Libert,:/'. cl The J,!berty Boys' Triumph; or, Beatmg the Redcoats at Their Own 52 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Scare: or, A Miss as Good as a 111iie. 53 T h e Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foes on ;All Sides. 54 The Liberty Hoys' Flight; or, A Very Nanow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, the Enemy. 5G The Liberty Boyi. Warm Work; or, Showmg the Redcoats How to Fight. 5 7 The Liberty Boys' "Push" ; or, Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "l\1ad Anthony" at Stony Point. 59 The Liberty Bo:vs Justice. And How They Dealt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm '.l'lme. 61 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders ; or, Going It Blind. (;2 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry at Paulus Hook. 8{1 The Liberty Roys' "Hurry Call"; or, A Wild Dash to Save a Friend. 00 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, The Beautiful Maid of the Mountain. 'll The L!berty Boys' Rrave Stand; or, Set B a c k but Not Defeated. 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed .. : or, Warm Work In the Tall Timber. 03 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing tbe British Down. 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Bennington. !l5 The Liberty Boys in New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit ish Lion. 06 The Liberty Boys' Darlag: or. Not Afraid of Anythi-ng. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long Marc h ; or, The Move that P u zzled the British. !)8 The Liberty Roys Bold Front ; or, Hot Times on Harle m Heights. 119 The Liberty Boys in New York; or, Helping to Hold the Gre11t City. 100 The Lltierty Boys' Big Risk; or, Ready to Take Chances. 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, hauling the Redcoats In. 102 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too Fast for the British. 103 The Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder; o r The Mistake that Helped '.l'bem. 63 The Llbert:v Boys' Lively Times ; or, Here, There and Everywh e re. 64 The Liberty Boys' "Lon e Hand" ; or, Fighting Against Great Odds. 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise. 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The ldol of the Company. 105 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath; or, Going for the Redcoats Roughshod. 106 The Liberty Boys' "Bil? Hit" ; or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. 67 The Liberty Hoys' Battl e for Life; or, The Hardest Struggle of 107 Boys "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively Lad from All. 68 The 1,iberty Bo;vs' Lost: or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Look-69 The Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Everything. Ing l "ur. 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find. 71 '.l'he Libert:v lloys Lured; or, The Suare the Enemy Set. 110 '.l'he Liberty Boys In Trouble; or, A Bad Hun of Luck. 72 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Hands of the Tory Outlaws. 111 The Liberty Boys Jubllee; or, A Great Da;v for the Grel\t Cause. 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, '.!'railing Benedict Ar-112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Whic h '\\ ay Shall We Turn T' nold. 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard-74 The J,iberty Boys "Swoop ; or, Scattering the Redcoats Like ships. C h all'. 114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or, Lost in the Swamps. 75 The Liberty Boys' "Hot Time" ; or, Lively Work In Old Virgin ia. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And Ho"' They Won It. 7 6 Tbe Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture the l.16 The Liberty Boys Deceived; or, Tricke d but Not Beaten. King' s Son. 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf ; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 77 The Liberty Bovs' Boid Move; or, Into the Enemy s Country. 118 The Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, The Deadly Twelve. 7 8 T h e Liberty Tloys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on th<;_ Mountain. 119 The Liberty Boys' League; or. The Country Boys Who Helped. 70 The J,iberty Bo:vs' Honor; or, The Promise '.l'hat Was Kept. 120 '!'he Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, How the R e dcoats were 80 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike" : or, Bowling the British Over. 81 ThE' Liberty Boys' Gratitude. and How they Showed It. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded: or, Afoot In the Enemy's Cou ntry. 82 '.l'he Liberty Boys and tbe Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to 122 '.l'he Liberty Boys I n the Saddl e ; or, Lively Work for Liberty's Handle. Cause. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line: or, "Cross it If You Dare!" 123 Tbe Liberty Boys' Bonanza; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. 84 The. Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed"; or, Trouble at Every Turn. 124 The Liberty Boys at Saratoga: or, The Surrender of Burgoyne. 85 The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that Led Them. 125 The Liberty Boys and "Old Put.'; or, The Escape at Horseneck. 811 The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin who Fought for 1 26 The LibPrty Boys' Bugle Call; or, The Plot to Poison Was hington. Inde pend ence. 1 27 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther"; or, The Wyoming Valley 87 The Liberty Boys "Going lt Bllnd" ; or, Taking Big Chances. Massacre. 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band ; or, Bumping the British Hard. 12 8 The Liberty Boys' H orse Guard; or, O n the High Hills of Santee. For Sale by All Newsdea l ers, o r will be Se n t to Any Address on Receipt o f Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. 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