The Liberty Boys and Flora McDonald, or, After the Hessians

The Liberty Boys and Flora McDonald, or, After the Hessians

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The Liberty Boys and Flora McDonald, or, After the Hessians
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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' No. 177. NEW YORK, MAY 20, Price 5 Cents. Flora McDonald, leveling her pistols; "you can't come through here!" "Over the fence with you, boys,'' cried Dick; catch the rascals yet!" The youths obeyed the command with alacrity.


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/.///!, 1/1..!.v/.39 HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution laaued Weekl,y-B y 8ubsor,ptlon $2.50 per vear. Entered as Second 0Za8s Matter at the New Yo r k, N. Y., P oat 0.,,"'6, Fdwuaru 4, 1901. Entered according to Aot o f Congress, in the year 190!, iii the otrice of the Libraria o f O ongrea11, :Washingt on, D 0., by Fronk Tou11e11, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 17 7. N E W YORK, MAY 20, 1904. Price 5 Cent s H E LIBE'RTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD I OR, AFT.ER THE HESSIANS. By B.A.BBY lVIOOBE CHA PTER I DOWN SOUTH. It was the month of May, of the year 178 0 The War of the Revol ution had been raging more than four years. It had been about an even thing between the and the British. The British had bElen successful in capturing Forts Washington and Lee, but to offset this the patriots had Burgoyne and his army at Saratoga, thus winning in the extreme northern section. Now, however, the British had gone down into South Carolina and had overpowered the patriots there, thus cap oruring the entire State. 1 Gener al Clinton, the British commander-in-chief, ha d ssued a proclamation promising that all who would tak e i h e oath of allegiance to the king should be pardoned for y past offenses against the crown. O thers gave their parole that they would not take up 'iarms against the king during the continuance of t h e war The circular called upon all loyal men to get up loyalist militia, with which to suppress any fut u re attempts at pri sing or rebellion. H avi n g don e this, General Clinton l oaded all his troopsi t h t h e exception of 5,000-on tra nspo rts, and set sail for ew York, leavi n g Gen eral Cornwallis in command in t?e outh. It was Clinton's belief that Cornwapis, w ith this num r of 'men, could easily retain control of the state, and even extend operations.. r It was just at t hi s time that the Liberty Boys of '76 made their appearance in the Cape Fear River regi o n of North Carolina. T'he Liberty Boys were a company, one hundred in number, who were strong patriots and wonderful fighters as will They had done splendid work for the patri0t cause during the four years they had been in the army. They were a company of cavalry, and consequetly, being in a position to get over a large scope of country, they were often sent on long trips to assis t the patriot 'Cause where the need of assistance existed. It was so this instance. General Washington knew that the British were hard at work in South Carolina, and he had sent the youths down into that region, with instructions to do a'll they could for the cause of liberty. They had reached a creek that emptied into the Cape Fear River on the evening of which we write and had gone into camp T hey were still in N o rth Carolina, but expected to be i n South Carolina very soon. The youths had j u st gone into camp, when the sentinel on the south side of the encampment challenged a stranger who suddenly put in an appearance. This stranger was tall and gaunt, and carried a long rifle. He looked as though he were a hunter or trapper, or b o th. He was dressed in b lue homespun, and on his head was a squirrel-skin cap. "Who are you? the sentinel asked, holding the stra n g er at bay with leveled musket. "My name is Lige Shull," was the reply. "What do y o u want here?" "I want to see ther boss uv yer crowd."


THE LlBBR'l'Y .BOYS AND li'LORA McDONALD .. The sentinel hesitalcd, and then lowered hi musket and :iaid: "All right; go right into the encampment." "Who shall I ask fur, then?" for Dick Slater." "All right." 'l'he stranger walked into the encampment and stepped up to a group of youths and said: "Evenin'; I wanter see Dick Slater." "I am Dick Slater," said one of tp.e youths, turning and facing the stranger. He was a handsome youn.g fellow, seemingly about twenty years of age. He was bronzed by exposure to a d!:>ep brown hue, but was evidently healthy and hearty. This youth was the captain of the Liberty Boys, and he was one who had a great deal of good work for the patriot cause. He had done lots of scout and spywork, and was one whom the commander-in-chief had every confidence in. "So ye're ther head wun beer, air ye?" the stranger asked. "I am; what can I do for you?" The tall stranger grinned. "Mebby I kin do sumthin' fur ye," he said. The youth looked surprised. "Perhaps so," he said; "if you can, I shall be glad to have you do so." "All right; ye're patriots, hain't ye?" The youth eyed the man searchingly. "What are you?" he asked; "are you a patriot?" "Ye bet I am!" This was said Ro earnestly that Dick could not doubt that the man was speaking the truth. "I am glad to hear you say that," he said; "vhat is your name?" ''Lige Shull." "You live in this part of the cot1ntry ?" "Yes; I've lived heer all my live, purty near.'> '"l'hen you ought to knew the country pretty thor oughly.'' "I do." "I am glad to know you, Shull; what can I do for you, or what can you do for me?" "I kin give ye some news, p'raps." "About what?" "Er bout ther sta.te uv affa'rs in these parts." "You mean as regards the British army of the South?" "Yes; did ye know thet Lher British hev captered ther hull State uv South Caroliny ?" The youth shook his head. "No, I didn't know it," he said. "Waal, et' s so; ther British hev got ever'thin', an' ef ye wuz thinkin' uv goin' on down inter South Caroliny ye had better change yer minds." "Jove, that is bad news, Dick!" said Bob Estabrook, a bright, handsome youth of about Dick's age. "That's so, Bob." "And won't we go on down into outh Carolina?" "Not right away, at any rate." "Ye hedn't better," said Lige Shull; ''et won't be saf1 fur er leetle gang like yourn't ter go down thar. "What are the redcoats doing?" asked Dick. "They're doin' jes' ez they pleeze; they air makin' ever buddy take ther oath uv alleegiance, an' they air makin others git up milishy. Ther woods is full uv redcoats Tories, I tell ye!" "Then i think we had better stay on this side oi. lh river," eaid Dick. "Oh, let's don't stay here, Dick," said Bob; "let's g over and have some fun with the redcoats, To ries and -R.essians." "We would probably have more fun than we would want." '"r11et's whut ye would," said Shull. "Well, we can stay over here and make flying ripe across the line," said Bob. The hunter grinned and looked at Bob. "I guess ye like ter fight," he said. "Well, I like to have enough to do .o that I won't ge lazy and not want to stir around at all,'' was the reply. "I think thet et's likely ye'll hev ernuff ter do, even e ye stay on this side uv ther river.> "You think so?" asked Dick. "Yes, I do." "Well, then we will stay here, at least for the present." "Y e'll want er better place nor this fur er camp, won't ye?" "Yes; do you know of a good place?" "Thet's whut I do." "Will you guide us to it?" "Uv course; I'll do thet ther furst thing in ther morn in'." "Very well." The hunter remained in the. encampment all night, and next morning he led the way to a high bluff which over looked the Cape Fear River, and indeed the whole country for miles in every direction. There was timber on top of the bluff, and there wa al s o plenty of grass growing in the timber for the horses to graze on. 'l'here was a path leading down to the river; the path had been made evidently by wild animals that went back and forth to get water to drink. "Thar'i1 er big cavern in tl)er face uv thor bluff, not for down, whar ye c'u'd go an' hol' an army at ba.y," said Lige. Shull "But I don' think enny uv ther redcoats, Hessians er Tories'll come up heer ter look fur enemies.'' "I hope :r;iot," said Dick. "'Oh, say, you don't want us to have any fun at all, Dick!" grumbled Bob. "Thot's roight, Bhob, me bye," aid Patsy B anniga.n. ''Yah, dot is

THE LIBERTY BOYS .AND F L ORA MGJ!ONALD. IWh bn, Coo kyspiller," said Patsy, soqrnfolly; "yel! would d t h e r s h tay in dhe camp an' take t'ings aisy, begona." "Und vat d o j'OU know abouid dot, Batsy Prannigan ?" etorted Carl ; ''I vos lige vun so muchnes s a s vat yoti lige im, UJld dot i s so." Tho t may be dhe thruth, but Oi doubt it, so Oi do fQfra." "You w ill have all the fun you want, no doubt," s aid i c k ; "we will m&ke excursions over into the enemy 's c oun r y a nd t her e will be p l enty of lively work." Th et's w hut thar will be Cap'n Slater," s aid Lige hull. Th e youths went to work to make themae lves comforta le. They t h ought -:it likely that they would be here s ome ime, a n d so they arranged things flo they would have hand y and convenient. "The only thing I don't like about thi s place is having o c a rry water up the hill," said Dick "Oh, thet won't be s eoh er hard job wh e n ye git used ter t," said Lige. "And it is better to be inconvenienced in that way and ave position that is almo s t un'a s sailable than to have a oor position and everything handy," said Mark Morrison. "Yes, that is true," agreed Dick; "and I suppo s e that here is a way we can go with the horses to lead them down let them drink?" t O h, yes; thar's er path down thet way," pointing; "et's r u rder, but hain t so steep." \ "Ob, I guess that this will be a good plaoe fur u s to make our encampment," said. Dick. '"Yes, this will be all right, Dick-if you will let u s go over into the enemy' s country whenever we want to," s aid Bob. They had not done anything, i;ave ride on horse]?i:i,ok in making the long tfip from the N ortb-for. two weeks, and they wanted to get into action. They would hav e peen willing to e ngage in battle with four or five times their number, jus t for the s ake to fight and get their blood to c irculating freely They hastened to cook their dinner s and eat, after which they made pre paration s for the trip across into the enemy'i; c ountry Six of the youths remained on guard at the encampment and the other s went down the path to the river. Here, in under s ome bushe s was the hunter' s boat. The youth s l e aped in till the boat would hold no wore, and then they rowed a c ross to the farther s hore and di s embarked Lige Shull brought the boat back to the north shore, and another lot of Liberty Boys got in and w e re ferried across. This wa s repeated till all were over. and then the boat was conce11led under some bu s he s and the youth s set out through timber. '.Phe hunter led the way, for he was familiar with the lay of the land, and, too he knew where they were likely to encounter redcoats and Hes sians. youths kept a sharp lookout, for they did not know but what they might run upon the enemy at any moment. Presently th.ey came to the top of a high ridge, and right ahead of them, halfway down the s lope, was an ..encampment of Hessian soldiers. The J.;iberty Boy s paus ed and took a s urvey of the en campment. They s ized it up a s having about three hundre d men in it. This was pretty big odd s but th e y did not mind it. A s Bob often said, the bigger the odds the more fun they would have. 0 Sb111l we make an attack?" a s ked D'tck. OH.APTER II. "Yes, yes s aid B o b ; w e don t want to let this chance s lip by." FLORA :M'DONALD. All right; jnst a s yeu boy s say; but we mu s t be ready to retreat at' a moment's notice.' ; "Say, Lige?" You think w e are lik e l y to b e in the po s ition of the "What, Cap'n Slater?" boy who poked the horn et's ne s t with a stick, Dick?" with "Row are we to get across the riv e r when we wis h to go a s mile over into the enemy' s country?" Well, it i s that it may turn out that way." "Thar i s er good boat down thar." Then he told the youth s to get ready for the attack. "Oh, is there?" ''We will s lip down till we are in mus kets hot distance "Yes." of the enemy he explained; "then we will take careful aim "How big a boat is it?" and give them a volley. After tl:fttt we will act a s circum" Oh, et'll kerry er duzzen at er time." stances direct." "'l'hat is all right, then; it won't take long to get us all "After that we will charge right down through the ranks across.1 of the enemy," said Bob Estabrook. "No." But Dick shook hi s head. ''L et's go1over this afternoon, Dick." This last was from "We don't wtint to be too rash," be said; "you must reBo b --r r member that we are a long wavs from home, and that there All rig h t. dJ r: -., are not many patriot troops this part of the country to L This suit e d1 t h e LlYe 1 .ai; 9111 h elp us oilt i n case we get into troub l e."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. "Oh, we won't need any help." That was Bob up and down; he never thought that' the Liberty Boys needed help. They advanced slowly and cautiously. Thl!y were experts at this kind of work. They were equal to Indians, in fact. They advanced till they were within musket-shot distance of the enemy and then paused. They leveled their mus ket s and took careful aim. When the youths had had time to get good aim Dick gave the word to fire. The youths obeyed the command. Crash! Roar! The volley rang out loudly. Good execution was done; at least thlrty of the Hessians went down, dead and wounded. Groans went up from the wounded and yells of rage were given utteranc e to by the others. They had been taken completely by surprise, but the Hes s ians were st ubborn fighters, and they at once seized their muskets and fired a volley up in the direction the Libert y Boys' volley had come from. Three of the youths wounded. Following the musket-vo lle y by the Hessians, their com mander ordered them to charge up at the enemy. T.hey obeyed and came running up the slope. "Give them a couple of pistol-volleys and then retreat," ordered Dick. The youths obeyed. 1 They fired two volleys from their pi s tols and then turned and retreated up the s lope to the top of the ridge. The Hessians were s till coming in pursuit, and so the youth s continued on down the slope. They were. out of range before the Hes s ian s got to the top cif the ridge, and so had no difficulty in getting clear away. They continued .. onward till they were safe from pursuit and then they came to a stop. "We came out all right," s aid Bob; "I tell you, we are hard to beat when we get to work in good s hape." "\:ah, dot i s der trut'," said Carl Gookens pieler; "ve are der poys vat are hart do peat." "Yez are afther bein' roight abhout thot Dootchy," said Patsy Brannigan. "Yes, for once you have both told the truth," said Ben Spurlock. Then the que stion came up regarding what should be done next. "Shall we go back to1our encampment?" asked Dick. "Oh, let's not go back yet, Dick," sa1d Bob "We have been over here only an hour or so. Let's not go back till night." None of the youths seemed eager to go back, and so it was decided that they would reconnoiter some more. T11ey s pent most of the afternoon in moving about look ing for redcoats and Hessians, but' did not find another I Along toward evening they made their way back towan the river. When they got there they found boat in place aru proceeded to cross to the northern shore. .<' An hour h:ter they were back in their encampmen't Ol the top of the bluff. It was not )let late, so Dick decided to go out on a scou1 ing expedition. He went alone and 1 moved a1ong at a fair pace. 7 His object, as much as anything, was to get acq1v.iint8l with the lay 9f the ]and, so that he would not de pend upon a guide when he wanted to go anywhere -wit] the Liberty Boys. He had gone about two miles, when he came upon a littl sett lement. It consisted of :five houses, and was in a little valley lyin: along a small stream which evidently emptied into the Cap Fear River at no great away. Four of the five houses were half a mile away, up th vaUey, the other being within a stone's throw of Dick The house that was nearest to Dick was a good-sized on( and, to judge by the number of outhouses, the owner-wn pretty well-to-do While Dick was s tanding looking -at the scene i front of him he saw a man wearing the uniform of a:: Brii ish captain emerge from the timber and advance to. th house. He opened the door without. stopping to knock and e.n tered. "He seems to be quite at home there," thought Dick. His curiosity was_ aroused, and he made 'llp his mind tha he would learn who the officer was, if possible; ha e _vej thought of capturing him. He advanced to the house and !fiade his way around t the rear. \ His idea was that he might see a servant and fing ou who lived in the house. He was just about to knock on the door, w)len it s _udd_enl: opened, m1d Dick found him self _by the :office he had seen enter the house not long before. The Liberty Boy had taken the precaution of donning rough suit of citizen's c1othing, so was not particularl afraid of being suspected of being a patriot. The officer eyed Dick a few moments and then said : "Good-evening, sir." "Good-evening," replied Dick. "What can I do for you?" the captain asked. "I was going to ask what place this is," was the reply. "This is called Cross Creek Settlement." The Liberty Boy glanced toward the west. : The sun wli just disappearing below the treetops. "I would like to stay here to supper, and all night, i agreeable," he said. !' -The captain hesitated. 1 He eyed Dick rather closely. "What is your '" "Henry TateJ\ qrrhf -. I .7


LIBERT' Y BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. 5 "You do not live in this part of the country He made I The Liberty Boy had eaten s upper at th e M c Donald this as a decided statement. home and bad th e n t aken hi s departur e and 'ha s tened back ''No; I am from over near the coast. I am on my way to the Liberty Boys' enc ampm e n t. down into South Carolina." The abov e conver s ati o n had th e n en s u ed. "You are traveling afoot?" "I know all erbout Cross C rick Settlement, said Lige "Yes, sir." Shull; "ever'buddy thet live s tbar air Torie s." "That is slow work, isn't it?" "So I judged, s aid Dick. "Pretty slow; but I am in no hurry." "Yes ; an' Allan McD.onald is tber boss Tory uv 'em all." "Which side do you favor?" "I met him." ."-Oh, I am loyal to the king." ".Ye did?" "That is good. Why don't you join the British army "Yes; I took s upper with him and his wife." or : the loyalist militia?" "Flory McDonald hey?" "I have been thinking of doing so." "Yes, I believ e h e c a lled h e r Flora." "ls that really the truth?" "Waal, thet woma n i s a wund e r I tell ye, Cap'n Slater; "Yes, sir." she i s purty, ez you know, hevin s e e n her, an s he hain't The Liberty Boy seemed to'be so candid and frank about erfraid uv nothin' the matter that the officer was impressed with the belief "(should judg e that she i s brave." that he was speaking the truth. "Thet's no nam e fur et. Sh e g oes huntin b'ars, pain"You may stay to supper and over night if you like, Mr. the r s cattymount s an' sichlike anermals, an' sl:1e a ller s gits Tate," he said. "Come in." / some uv 'em ev'r y time." The youth entered and the officer led the way to a good"A huntress, eh?" 1 sized sitting room near the front of the building. "Yes; an' she hez killed more n wun Injun. "My McDonald," he said; "and I am a captain "Indeed?" of loyal militia." "Thet's er fack; an' ther red s kin s l'arned t e r s tay erway -''I am glad to make your Captain McDon ald," said Dick. frum her hou se, I tell ye." They sat dowrr and talked awhile, and then a woman of perhaps f9rty years entered the room. "I s hould have thought they would come in force and destroy her home and kill her." "They s eemed ter be erfraid ter try et." The captain and Dick both rose to their feet and the former said : "Permit me to make you acquainted with my wife, Mr. Tate." The woman advanced and gave Dick her hand. As she did so he bad a chance to get a good look a.t her, and he thought that he had never seen a more striking woman. That she was as brave as she was good be was destined to learn lat er on, for thi woman when a girl in Scotland had performed some daring deeds that had made her famous there, and was to do similar work in America. CHAPTER III. THE WOMAN SPY. "Get ready for work, boys." "What have you found out, Dick?" "I have discovered that there )s to be a gathering of loyal settlers to-night." "For what purpose?" m:ro. into militia." "Where .pe they going to meet?" "At Creek Settlement." "Where is that?" .cl I 'I ji,J. :JI .) (" sr: "About tw miles 9 wu nr..?f. P.i It was no about nine ht. 'i' rn..,ff "I judge there are not many Indians in this vic inity n9w, are there?" "No, not menny. Thar air er good menn y furder ter ther west, up in ther mounting s." "I am glad that there are not any in this part of the country; we will have enough to do to fight the redcoats, Tories and Hes s ians." "I guess thet's er fack." "But what about the work you were s peaking about, Dick ? a s ked Bob. "Well, we are going to get at that right away We are going to go to Cross Creek Settlement and see if we can put a stop to the organizing of the loyalist militia by Captain McDonald." "Shall we get ready now?" "Yes." The Liberty Boys proceeded to do so. They were not l o ng at thi s and then s ix were left in charge of the encampment, while th e re s t move d away in the direction of th"' Tory settl e ment. r Dick and Lige Shull were in the l e ad a s guides. Three-quarter s of an hour later th e y v ere at the edge of the valley. They moved forward and surrounded the hom e of the McDonalds. Here, so Dick had under s tood the Torie s were to gather to organize. I When they had s urrounded the house Dick advanced and knocked on the door.


THE LIBEHTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. It was opened by a n e gress, who. l ooke d a t Di c k inquir ingl y 'l' h ere w a s 'l can d l e burnin g i n t h e hallway which ligh t ed up t hin gs q uit e di s tin ct l y Wha yo' w ant, sah?" t h e colo r e d woman a s k ed. I want to see C apta i n :Mc Donald .' "He. h ain't h e ah sah." 1 "Whe r e i s h e ? Ah doan' kn o w s ah." At this m o m ent F l ora ::\fcD o n a ld appear e d bes ide the negress. She lo o k e d at Dick keenl), and a pec nl lar, Rcomful s mile appeared on h e r fo ce. "So it i s you, i s il ::\Ir. H e m y Tale? :;h e rem arke d "Yes Mrs M c D o n ald; a nd I w o uld li ke lo see Captain McDonald." The woma n smil e d I have n o d o u bt reg ardin g lhat,'' i;lie s aid ; "but I don't think h e would carr to >ou .i u s t a t presen t whep. you have a str@ nge forre o f r e lwl:< a i your back.' The Liberty J3o y dis appoi n te d ; h e had expected to find Cap ta in :'lkD o n a l d < lml perha p s tw e nty Tories here; and now i t <>eemed tha t h e w as a w a y off in his reckoning : '"What m a kes you t hink w e ar e r e b e l s ?" he asked. I am sure tha t you ar e ; in fa c t, a s soon a s y ou disap peared aft e r rnppcr was over thi s e v e ning I made up my mind that you w e r e a r e b e l, and I t old m y hu s band that it would b e s af e r a nd b ette r fo r him to g o awa y from here." 'l'he Lib etty Boy d offe d hi s h at and bowed. J "You arc a s hr ewd 1rom a n Mrs. M c D o nald," he s aid; "I acknowl e dge t hat you 011! "' ittecl m e I did not think you would s u s p ect m e.: Wha t did y o n t hin k a b out i i. the n ?" "I thou g h t t hat yon would th ink I had wandered away and g o t Jo,.t.' 'l'h e woman s hook he r h e ad N o; yon arc fa r too bri ghtlookin g f o r tha t s h e s aid; "you a r e not at a ll the kind o f yont h to wander away an a g et los t. "Thank yon,'' w ith a s mile. I s uppose there is no use a s king wh e r e your hu s band h a s g on e? "Not a bit of nRe 0 it w i t h a s mile. 'l'h e n we w ill h ave to searc h for him." Yes, y ou ar e free to d o tha V "We w ill be g in b y sear c hing y our house, Mr s McDon ald." You a r e free to do so." The Liberty Boy ente red the house, and taking the Mindle wen t all t hrou g h the building, looking in every room He did not find t h e c aptain. Indeed, h e h a d not expect e d to do so, but he was deter mined to s earch thoroughly whil e h e was at it. He bade Mr s M c Don ald good-night politely and then left the house and told the Lib erty Boy s to follow him They went to t he other four hou ses and surrounded them and searched there tho1oughly. Onl y the wome n were found at the 110us e s; not a ina was to b e seen. 'The y h a d dii;:appeared, as had been the ca s e with t cap t ain No douht they had gon e wit h him "\re ll w e h a v e s lipped up on this,' ? s aid Dick ; "l to be i n capturing the captain and the Torili but they h ave got away from us, thanks to the keen wit that wom: rn, M r s McDonald.'' The T,ihH t y Hoy knew what to do now. H e felt that il wonld b e foll y io try t o find the Torie Thoy w er P fa mi lia r w i t h th e c onn fr y and he was not. O f Lige Shull wai; familiar with the c ountry, hll he said h e did n o t th ink it ll'ould be possibl e to run t to e ar t h W e couk1n' K e l c h 'c m in er week," h e s aid; "they kp01 t h c r g roun ', an' in th(lr d;u1;. they c ould je s t laff at us." I g11es.' th e thing i.:; for u s to g o bac k to our e campm cnt,'' said Die:k. So t h e y l e ft the settl e m e nt ttncl mad e the ir way ba toward the ir en ca mpm ent o n top o f lhe 1Jlnff. They did not s u s pect the fac t but t h e y w e r e b eing-f lowecl b y a s p y This spy was a woman-no other than Flora McDonal Brav e shrewd, loyal to her king, s h e felt that it was h duty to do all s he could to aid the cause in which she w intere s ted, and in which her hus band was offering 'up b life. She was used to making her wn.y through the timber, a over the hill s ; in Bonnie Scotland she had been accustom to thi s a l s o Sh e had no diffi culty ip following the Liber Boy s Th e y did not s u s pect that they were being followed, did not try to mov e along silentl y On they w e nt, and after them went Mrs. McDonald. They c limb e d the s lope leadin g to the top of the blu and Flora McDonald was not far behind When the y got to the encampment and s ettled down th the s p y was not f i n awal She managed to s lip past the sentinel and got cl enough s o that s h e c onld hear what the y outh were talki about. Sh e l e arn e d who and what they were and the informati was of a c haract e r that was plea s ing to her. Allan s hall know thi s soon," s h e told hers elf ; "and am goin g to clo m y bes t to get him to capture the s e Libe Boys, a s they call them s elves. I have heard of them a of their commander, Dick Slater That was him who ca to our house and ate s upper and who s aid his name w Henry Tate. Well he i s ,bright and s hrewd, but he w' find that when it comes to dealing with Flota McDona he will have all his wit s about him if he does not want get beaten at hi s own game. She remained there an hour, and then slipped back p the s entinel and hastened away in the directio f of her o home. ;I Wheill she got : tlfore sh'e" found hct1 husband1 awaiti n i h :


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD She told him. He listened with interest. 1 "So that young fellow who took supper with us was Dick 3later, eh?" the captain remarked; "l have heard of him of the Liberty Boys." "So have I, Allan; and if report has it right they are angerous." "I have no donbt you are right about that, and th .at the ports we haYc heard are true." '-'Allan, you must capture these Liberty Boys." The offic er looked thoughtful. "I haven't enough men to do it with, as yet, wife," he id. "Why not go over across the river and get some of those essians that are there to help you?" 1 The captain was thoughtful. "I might do that," he said, slowly and thoughtfully. "Y cs; that is the thing to do." "You have a good head, wife; I will do this at once." Then he complimented her on..having successfully folwed the Liberty Boys to their encampment. "I would pity the rebels had you been a man!" he said, "th a smile. "I can do a good deal of work, even tliough I am a oman," was the reply. She had indeed made a good start, for she had saved her usband and the Torie s from capture, and had learned the cation of Dick Slater's encampment. A little later Captain McDonald took his departure. tr "I will go over across the river and get the Hessians tci me and help us capture the Liberty Boys," he said. "You will bring them here, Allan?" "Yes." "When do you think you will be back?" "Oh, before morning." CHAPTER IV. TUE HESSIANS ON THE MOVE. Three miles south of the Cape Fear river was the home John Stark, a prominent Tory. Near his house was an encampment of Hessian soldiers. Their commander, a lieutenant colonel, had his headuarters in the Stark home. J a.meson was his name, and w : hile he was not a bad oking fellow, theTe was something sinister in the exression of his eyes and face. In truth, he was not a man whom one would feel like ;rusting fully and unreservedly. The was about twenty-five years of age, and he as in love 1with pretty Ma.ry Stark, the daughter of his ost. that Mary would return the li e utenant' s affect:i.on and become his wife; but the girl did not like Lieutenant J ameeon at all. Indeed s he disliked him; mor e she di s trusted him. "I don t think he is a good man, mother," she s aid, when her mother s poke to her about the officer and asked her regarding the state of her feelings. "Why, Mary, I don't see what would make you think that," her mother exclaimed; "he ha s alway a c ted like a good man and a gentl e man ever s ince he has bee n here." "I know that; but I don't trus t him, and I would not marry him under any consideration." "You are a foolish girl." \ "I don't think so." "You will never get another s uch chance to get a good husband." "I would rather do without a husband all my life than to marry a man I don't like, mother." "Oh, you just think that y.ou don't like him; will learn better aiter awhile, and will learn to love him." "Never, mother The truth oi the matter was that Mary wa8 at heart a patriot maiden. Living half a mil e away was a famjly by the name of Sutton, and Mr. Sutton was a strong patriot. He had a daughter named Lucy a.nd she and Mary were great friends. The y had talked of the war often, and Lucy had converted Mary to the belief that the patriots were right and that the people of America ought to be free. About midnight on the night that th e e veni 8 occurred of which we have been writing there !3ame a knock at the door of the Stark hoine. After an interval it was repeated and John Stark got up, dressed, opened the door, and saw Captain Allan McDonald standing there. Itwas .qioonlight now, so it was possible to recognize the visitor. "Ah, captain, how are you?" greete d Mr. Stark; "come inside." Allan McDonald obeyed. "Is Lieutenant-Colonel Jameson here?" he asked, when he had take n a seat. "Yes." ''I would like to see him." "He is abed and asleep, but if your business is of importance, I suppose it will be all right to get him up. "The business i s of importance." "Very well." Mr. Stark w ent t o the bedroom occupied by the Hes sian officer and awoke him. "What is wanted?" wa s the s leepy and somewhat quer ulous que s tion. "Captain McDonald want s to see you, sir," was tlie reply. "Where is be?" "In the sitting-room." "This is rather a late hour for a man to call to see another." Mr. and M s. Stark .. vm.1<;1 vei-y W1lll t091t\\1.nk at a British officer 1 daughte.r, .a,ndJ hbped \


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. "Trne; but he said it was business of importance." "Well, tell him I will be right out there." tion of the place, and he had not much difficulty in gur'E ing the soldiers aright. The Tory bowed and went back to the big front room and told the captain what the officer had s aid. When they reached the foot of the slope leading up fo the top of the bluff they made their way along at moderate pace. There was no need of haste, and it wiu ac-hard work climbing the hill, anyway. Fifteen minutes later the lieutenant entered the room and greeted the captain, with whom he was already quainted. "You have some business with me?" he asked. "Yes, I have made a discovery, Colonel Jameson." "What is it?" "I have learned tha.t there is a rebel force in this vicinity." "Humph! I knew that already; some of my men en countered the force in question and got the worst of it." "Is that so?" "Yes." "But you didn t know who they were?" "No, and don't yet." "I can tell you. They are the Liberty Boys, of whom you have no doubt heard." "Is that indeed the truth?" "Yes.'' "And you want that we shall go and capture them?" "Yes." "Very good; we will do it." "At once?" "The quicker the better, I should say." "Yes ; there is nothing to be gained by waiting." "No; and there is a chance that they might change their place of encampment, and we might fail to cap ture them.'' The Hessian officer went to the encil'mpment and aroused his men. He told them that he had work for them to do, and ordered that three :hundred of the soldiers get ready I to go on the march at once. They were not long in getting ready, and then, guided by Captain McDonald, they set out. 'l'hey reached the river and marched up the south shore a mile and a half. Here the river was shallow, and they waded across. As it was the month of May, the water was not cold, and the wet feet, while it might make them feel uncomfortable, would not be likely to bring on sick ness. When thffy were across the river they made their way to Cross Creek settlement, and here the company over which Captain McDonald had command was found. Mrs. McDonald told the men that there would be work for them to do, and they had awake, ready to move at a moment's notice. This made the force number more than four hundred, and it was thought that they would be able to easily cap ture the Liberty Boys; especially as they exi>ected to take the rebels by surprise. They set out and made their way in the direction of the high bluff on which the Liberty Boys had their en campment. The captain knew where it was from his wife's descripThe timber was of rather hea'vy growth, but the mcio was shining brightly, and the soldiers could see to IllakE their way along. .... They intended to advance until they were challenge{!._ b3 the sentinel, and then they would make a sudden aa.Sl: forward and overwhelm the rebels. They believed this would be easy of accorriplishme _nt. They outnumbered their intended victims four to _ori.e and ought t9 be able to get the better of them easily. 'l'hey toiled onward until they were within one hundred yards of the top of the hill, and then suddenly we challenged. "Halt! Who comes there?" The Hessians and Tory militia did not reply, bu dashed forward. The sentinel fired a shot, which rang out loudly. CHAPTER V. .. t A BRA VE GIRL. Mary Stark slept in a room that was right over th sitting-room. She was awakened by the knocking of Captain. M Donald, and when she heard her father open the door curiosity to know who the late visitor was caused her t get out of bed and place her eye to a crack in the floo through which it was possible to see what 'was in the room below. She recognized Captain McDonald, for she had seen hi a number of times since he had been made a captain, an before as well. "I wonder what be wants?" she asked herself. She was determined to find out. She listened, and heard the captain tell her fl!:th that he wished to see the Hessian officer. "Now, I wonder what that means?" thought Mary. She was determined to find out. All she would have do would be to wait and listen to the 1 conversation b tween the two, when the Hessian officer should put in a appearance,. She put in the time dressing, and when the lieutenan colonel appeared she listened to the conversation that -e sued with a great deal of interest. When she learned that a scheme to capture a pafri force was on foot she became alert. "I wish that I could warn them," she 1said to lie self; "if I knew where they were I would do l so." ___ \ __


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. 9 Presently she was delighted to hear the captain i tell where the Liberty Boys were encamped. "I know where that is," she said to herself; "and J; am going to go and warn the patriots of their danger." -She waited till the captain and the Hessian officer had taken their {leparture and her father had gone back and then she slipped down the s tairs, out of doors a -ii:d away through the timber. S,he was a brave pioneer girl and did not have any fears for her safety in going out thu s at night. 'she had often been out alone at night She walked to the river and hunted along till she found a small boat that was often used when fishing. She got into the boat and rowed acrbss the river. She got out when she reached the farther s hore, and tied the painter to a tree. Then she made her way along the and climbed the slope leading to the top of the bluff. She was almost to the top when she was ch-allenged by one of the sentinels. "Are you a Liberty Boy?" the girl asked. ''Why do you ask?" the sentinel replied. ''Because if you are, I wish to your commander. I ave.some important information for him." \Yhen the girl reached the point where the Liberty oy stood, and h e saw that it was a girl who had been alking to him he was somewhat surprised, though he ad thought that the VQice \Vas not that of a man. "You say you wish to see Dick Slater miss?" the youth sked. "Yes, if he is your commander." "He is; wait a few moments until I s ummon the fficer of the guard. He will conduct you to the captai n." "Thank you." A few minutes later the officer of the guard put in ppearance. It happened that this was Bob E s ta brook, and he at once told the girl to come along with him. Dick was asleep, but was quickly awakened by Bob, and e leaped up, wideawake on the instant. He bowed to the girl, and said: "Your errand must be of importance to bring you here t this time of the night, miss." "It is, sir; it is of importance to you, at least." "I thank you in advance for your kindness, Miss--" "My name is Mary Stark." "Where do y.ou live, Miss Stark?" a About two and a half miles south of the river, sir." "And what is the information you have for me?" The girl told ' an. As may be supposed, Dick was greatly interested. "So that is the scheme, eh?" he remarked, when he had eard all. \ "They are going to try to surprise us and apture us,\ are they?" -':Yes, sir \ "And they JWill be here before long, I should say." A number ff the Liberty Boys who were near at hand had been awakened by the girl's aclvent, and were sitting up listening to the conversation When the conversation was brought to a close and Mary said s he must b e getting back to her home Dick said: "I will send one of my Lib erty Boys along with you to see that you get home safely." "There i s no need of that, Mr. !-!later. I am not at all afraid." "Perhaps not; still, there i s danger that you might be attacked by a wild animal of some kind, and so I insist on sending one of my boys along as an escort." Scarcely had Dick ceased speaking when one of the youth s near at hand leaped up. He did not say anything, but Di c k under3tood that the youth in question was ready to accompany the gir1. Frank Felton was the young fellow's name, and he was a good-hearted, generous, honest youth, one to b e trusted any'Yhere. "You go with Miss Stark, Frank," said Dick. "All right, Dick." Then Dick introduced them to each other, and they set out, after he had thanked the girl for what s he had done for them. "But for your kindness and bravery in coming here with the news, we might have been captured," he s aid "I am glad that I was able to do something for the good of the patriot cause," said the gir1. Accompanied by Frank Felton, s he made her way back to where she had left her boat. They both got in, anc\, Frank took the oars and rowed across. He assisted the girl to the s hore although s he protested that s he did not need any assistance. Then he tied the painter to a tree, and they set out through the timber. Frank now began talking to the girl. He was greatly s truck with her; to tell the truth, he wa!! falling in love with the girl. He had taken a great liking to her the moment his eyes fell upon face. And now, as he talked to her, he found that he was .. sure to like her more and more as he grew better acquainted with her. Mary was a bright, sensible, noble-hearted girl, and her talk proved this. There was no foolishness about her. Frank wanted to be at the encampment when the Hess ians got there, so as to take part iri tne :fight that was sure to ensue, but at the same time, he wanted to prolong the trip to Mary's home so that he might be with her as long as possible. They arrived at the Stark home presently, however, and Frank bade the girl good-night, first asking her if he might call and see her. She told him that he might, and he hastened back toward the encampment, fairly bubbling over with hap piness. He crossed the river in the girl's boat, and then has tened on to the top of the bluff.


THE LIBEllTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. He found the youths all ready for business. They were stationrd behind the trees, in hand, and were awaiting the coming of the enemy. "I got back in time after all!'' Frank, to Bob Estabrook. cYes, and I am somewhat surprised that such is the case, Frank," was the reJ;Jly. "Yah, und so vos I surbrised," said Carl Gookenspieler; ''uf id vos peen minesellufs vat vent mit der girl home, I vould not pe pack so soon, alretty." "Ah, g'wan wicl yez,' Cookyspiller," said Patsy Branni "yez would niver be aft her getthin' a chance to walk wid such a beautiful girrul as thot wan, so yez 1rouldn't !" '' Und you vould nod get to walk mit dose girls, Batsy Prnnnigan." "Shut i.lp, both o:C you," said Ben Spurlock; "the Hess ians will be coming soon, and they will heax you and know that they are not going to surprise us." "All righd; I vos peen shoost lige von glarn-shell, shut up tightness, alretty," said Carl. There was no more talk. Everything was quiet until at last the youths heard one of the sentinels give utterance to a challenge, following"'which was the sound of a musketshot. "They arr coming! N

. THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA l\IcDON ALD. 11 l=============:::fil=.=========================================================\ 'Vell, I gould kill so menny as vat you g,ould, 13atsy nnigan, und dot is der trut'. here was no further alarm before morning. he Hessians had had all they wanted. ey outnumbered the Liberty Boys greatly, but had ed to take them by surprise, and had gol the \Vorst of affair and did not feel like repeating the attempt. ey went into camp at dross dreek Settlement, and utenant-Colonel Jameson took up his qual'ters in Cap:?iicDonald's house. lora McDonald was up when the two officers came the house. She had heard the firing and was eager earn how the attack had succeeded. en the officers told her that the plan had been a ure she was greatly surprised and disappointed. 'You say they were awake and waiting for you?" she laimed; "I don't understand it. I wonder how they w that the attack was to be made?" 'Impossible to say," said the colonel, shaking his head. 'It is a mystery how they learned about it," said the tain; "but they certainly hail information to the effect, they were ready for us." '\fell, well! I a.m sorry that you did not succeed,." Mrs. McDonald. We haven't given up yet," .said the colonel. 'No," from the captain; uwe -wilt capture thOt!e rascally ls yet.'; 'Why wouldn't it be a g()od plan to snrround their ampment and starve them into surrendering?" asked woman. I have been thinking of tha .t," said the colonel; "they ipy such a strong position that to capture them by force ld mean the deaths of a large number of our men." 'I don't think that it is likely they have any great ply of provisions," said the captain; "and they could I hold out 11mg." 'And by getting between them and the river we could t off their water supply," the colonel said; "it seems e the plan is practical." hey decided to wait, however, and reconnoiter the LibBoys' position on the morrow. his they did. t was decided to surround the youtlis' encampment, to wait till night. he two officers, Colonel Jameson and Captain M:cDon did not think there was any danger that the rebels ld try to their position during the day, but in 'ng thus they were mistaken. hey did nbt know Dick Slater as yet. e was one who believed that the boldest plan wa.s ally the best one. e had scouts out, the flame as wa.s the case with the sians, and when the Liberty Boys' scouts crune in and him that the Hessian scouts had all gone back to the arnp:ment' at Cross Creek settlement he got ready to act. We will give the Hessians a surprise,'; he said. Are we going to get after them, Dick?" asked Bob. Ye s ; they intend to surround our position to-night, I am certain; and we won' t wait. We will slip away from h e re and make a wide detour and attack them." "Jove, that is a bold plan," s aid Bob; "but it is just in accordance with my ideas. I am in for doing it.'' The youths were all in for doing thi s It would be a daring feat, but that would not matter. The y liked to enter into encounters where the odd s again s t them were sufficient to make the affair very inter e sting. The y ouths broke camp, got everything in readiness, and then led their horses down the s lope :;lowl1 and cautiously They did not know but there might be some Hessian scouts in the vicinity, and it was necessary that they s hould be careful. The youth s did not encounter any scouts, however, and :finally they reached a road where it wauld be possible for them to ride instead of walk. They climb e d into the saddle and rode along a mil or more. Then they dismounted and led their horses into the timber far enough BO that they could not be seen from the road, and tied them to trees. "Now, Lige, you take the lead and guide us to Cross Creek Settlement," said Dick. "All right, Cap'n Slater.'J The hunter took the lead and the Liberty Boys fol-lowed. \ They walke(l along an hour or so, and then Lige turned to Dick, and sa!d : -"We air a'mos' thar, Cap'n Slater." "How much farther is it?" "Oh, erbout er quarter uv er mile." "Well, lead on, but go very slowly.'' The Liberty Boys were approaching the settlement from the opposite direction from where their encampment had been, and this woltld be likely to make it easier for them to slip up clos e without being seen. Another thing that was in their favor wa:; that the Hessians would not for one moment think of s u c h a thing as that the rebels would dare make an attack on them. There was only one sentinel on the side from which the Liberty Boys were approaching, and Dick knew that if this sentinel could be captured without alarming the Hessians it would be possible to surprise the enemy. "And ff we can surprise them we can strike them a blow and get away before they a:waken to the realization of what has happened," he said to himself. He decided to make the attempt to capture the sentinel. He stole forward slowly and cautiously. He was an )lXpert woodsman. He was equal to a.n Indian almost, and he succeeded in slipping up to within two yards of the Hessian without having made any noise to alarm him. The Liberty Boy took a cautious look in the direction of the settlement, did not see any more signs of the Hessians, and then suddenly leaped forward and grasped the sentinel by the throat. The fellow's back was toward Dick, and I


, 12 THE LIBERTY BC>YS AND FLORA McDONALD. the first he knew that he was in danger was when he felt the iron-like grip of Dick's fingers on his throat. He attempted to cry out, but could not. The fingers gripped his neck so tightly that he could not utter a sound. They compressed his windpipe to such an extent that he could not get his breath. The only thing he could do was to struggle. This he did. He struggled as fiercely as he could, but to no avail. Dick had secured such an advantage that it would be impossible for the Hessian to break his hold. The fellow's struggles soon became less strong and fierce. He was gradually succumbing. The Liberty Boy kept a wary eye in the direction of the settlement, for he did not know but some of the Hessians might put in an appearance at almost any moment. None did, however, and presently the sentinel was choked into unconsciousness. When this had been Dick lifted the in sensible man and carried him to where the Libe1ty Boys were and placed him on the "Good for you, Dick!" said Bob; "you made a success of it, s ure. The fellow never uttered a s quea.k." "We will be able to take the Hessians by s urprise now,'' said Dick; "are you ready, Liberty Boys?" "Yes, we are ready," replied Mark Morrison, and the other s nodded assent. "Then come along; we will walk until we. get close up to the edge of the settlement, and then we will make a sudden da8h forward and give it to them hot and heavy and then get again." This plan was followed to the letter. They made their way along slowly until they were al most to the edge of the settlement and then Dick gave the signal for the advance. The youths dashed forward at the top of their speed. They held their muskets in readiness for instant use. A few moments later they bur s t into the encampment That their appearance was unexpected was evident. The Hes s ians were encamped beyond the four houses, and seemed to feel perfectly secure, for they were lolling around on their blankets spread on the ground and were taking it easy. The youths paused suddenly, and taking quick aim, fired' They were s o close that they could not have helped a lot damage, even had they not been good marksmen. 'As they were expert s hots, however, and took aim before firing, they did great execution. At least fifty of the Hessian s sank down dead and wounded. The suddenness of the attack paralyzed the enemy, and the soldiers sat there as if stunned. The Liberty Boys had time to draw their pistols and fire a couple of volleys before the enemy awakened to a realization of what was happening. Then the youths dashed away at the top of their speed They went so quickly an4 swiftly that the Hes, although they leaped up and fired a volley as quickln possible, did not do any particular damage. Three of youths received wounds, but not serious ones. It was as successful as anything could possibly be. Liberty Boys were certainly to be congratulated on Ut achievement. They had attacked boldly and in broad daylight a fd: nearly four times as strong as their own, and had kil and wounded a number of the enmy and made th escape without losing a man The Hessians attempted to pursue the Liberty Tu but found that it would be folly on their part, for youths were so swift-footed as to make it impossible the soldiers to catch them. They quickly gave up the attempt at pursuit and turned to the settlement. Colonel J a.meson and Captain McDona.Id were on ground now, and they asked questions regarding attack. They 'had not been able to get there in time to part in the affair, as they had been at the home of captain. To say tlia.t they were angry is stating the case mil were wild with rage. That the comparatively small party of rebels s ho have the audacity to come and make an attack, whe11 should have been trying to make its escape was so thing they could not understand. It was conh to the way it would have been expected to act. But then this force was made up of the Liberty B and they were no common youths. They might be expected always to do things that one else would attempt to do. The two officers began on trying to get even tlie youths, however. They at once sent out scout follow the Liberty Boys and learn where th'ey were goJ These scouts came back two hours later, anP. said the enemy had gone into camp three miles away, but they did not believe it was to be a permanent camp. 1 "Why didn't you stay and watch them, then?" McDonald asked. "Why, I think they are going to stay ther e the res the day," one of the scouts replied. "Then we will there at once,'' said Col Jameson. "Yes; perhaps we may be able to take them by surp as they did us," sai d the captain. Leaving a small number of men to look after wounded, the rest of the Hessians and Tories mar away, guided by one of the scouts. They had learned caution now, and they advanced .sl and carefully, and had out a number of scouts, so avoid being taken by surprise. They arrived at the point where the Liberty Boys been encamped, but the youths were not there. They br:oken camp and gone.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. 13 e, Hessians were disappointed. ey had hoped to get a chance to get even with the y for the blow it had struck them. But now they had ed up on it. r ever mind; we will catch them sooner or later,,. said ain McDonald. CHAPTER VII. FLOR.A. MC DONALD IS CAPTURED. id you catch them, Allan?" o, wife." at is too bad!" es, but those Liberty Boys are slippery young rascals." 'es, and ones, too, it seems." ob. are right; they proved that." es, indeed; it was a daring thing, their dashing right the settlement and attacking your force." t is jlist in accordance with vhat I have heard re. g them." 1 aptain McDonakl. had returned after the unsuccessful h for the Liberty Boys and had gone to his home, the above conversation had ensued. l'i Mc:bcinald was more disappointed than was the with her husband, 1 that could be possible. She a good, noble-hearted woman, but was intensely loyal he king, and wished that the representatives of his e should triumph in every case. here did the Liberty Boys go, Allan?" she asked. at is what we do not know." ouldn't you find out?" o; they have disappeared, and we could find no traces hem." he woman's lips came together in a determined manner, she said: will learn where they have gone." would rather you would not bother, wife," said ain McDonald. "Leave all such things to the s oldiers." on't worry about me, Allan. I will get along all t; and 1 enjoy doing something :for the good of the 's cause." You must be very careful." 1 '.[. wrn be; but I am going to find the Liberty Boys, ss they have gone clear out of the country." little later she leftthe house a .nd moved away through timber. e searched three or four hours, but could not :fin,d the pment of the Liberty Boys. e was about to give up and return to her home, when uddenly found herself s urrounded by at least a score uths, who appeared almos t as if by magic. ey were the Liberty Boys, and had stepped out from d the trees. "G_ ood-evening, Mrs. McDonald," he said. The. woman was taken aback. There could be no doubt regarding this. But she was a brave old woman, cool headed and calm in .face of Q.anger, and she bowed and smiled, at the same time saying: "Good-evening, Captain Slater." "Were you looking for somebody, Mrs. McDonald?" "Yes, to tell the truth, I was." "Who?" "You." "Ah, you were looking for me?" ''Yes, you and your Liberty Boys." "Why did you wis h to find u s ?" Mrs. McDonald he s itated. Then she evidently deQided that it would b e besl to tell the truth. She seemed to rea.lize that it would be useless to try to deceive Dick Slaier. "I wished to find where you were encamped, s o that I might tell the king' s soldiers and have them come and capture you." "You are frank and candid, Mrs. M c Donald," sai d Dick; "and I honor you for it." "It i s a s w e ll to b e so-especially with you, Captain Slater. I that I could not deceive you, even if I were to try." 'l'hank you," with a s mile. "But, Mr s McDonald do you realize your position?" "I cnn't say, Captain Slater. I however, I am a pris oner." "Yes, you are a prisoner, and you in reality a spy. Do you know the fate that is u s ually meted out to spies whe n they are captured?" 4Fhe woman nodded. "They are shot or hang ed," s he r e plied. "At lea st, I have heard so." "You are right; and now, what are we .to do with you?" The woman shpok her head. "That is not for me to say Captain Slater." The young commander looked at the woman a few moments in silence. Then he said: "If you .,_vill give me your promise to go st raight back home, Mrs. McDonald, I will let you go free." The woman hesitated. Tpen she realized thal it would be very .foolish of her to refuse the chance given her, and so she said : "I give you the promise, Captain Slater, but it i s only :for this one time." "Very well, it is only .for you your freedom." 11foDonald, and you must remember thi s one time that I agree to give T)lis was s poken qui e tly, but there was a warning in the words and tones. I understand, Captain Slater. W e ll, I will go. Goodby, and thank you for your kindnes s to me in this in'ek Slater j1ppeared right in front of Mrs. McDonald, stance." doffed hi s hat and bowed. "You are welcome; but l would advise you that you


'THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. refrain from taking any further part in the struggle, Mrs. McDonald." "Thank you fot the advice," and with a bow she turned and walked away, the youths parting and making a way tor her t9 pass through. "Shall I follaw and see that she really goes to her home, Dick?" asked Sam Sanderson. "There is no need, Sam. She has given her word, and 1 :;he will keep it. She will go straight home." "We had beiter move our encampment from this vicinity, though, don't yon think so, Dick?" remarked Bob. "Likely it will be as well; she may feel free to tell where she found us, and the Hessians might come here a nd 'ry to capture us." So the Liberty Boys moved the encampment, and the hunter, Lige Shull, led the way to a spot that seem ed .to promise well, so far as security was concerned. Meanwhile Mrs. McDonald was making her way back toward Croos Creek Settlement. She arrived there shortly after nightfall. When she entered she found her husband walking the floor the sitting-room, looking worried. "Ah, back again, wife?" he exclaimed; "l am glad, for I began to fear something had happened to you." The W(}man smiled weariedly. "Something did happen t o me," she said. Captain McDonald looked anxious and worried. "What happened to you:'" she asked. "J was captured by the Liberty Boys." "What l You don't mean to say that you were really if prisoner in their hands?" "I do mean lo say that very thing." "How, then, does it happen that you are here? How did yon manage to make your escape?" "T didn't ;manage it at all." "What do you mean? Explain." "Captain Slater let me. go free." The captain looked surprised. "ls that so, really?" he asked. "Yes." "Well, well! H(}w did he come to do that?" "He said that he would let me go this time if I would promise to come straight home;" "And you promised, of course?" "Yes; I should have been foolish to do otherwisil." "True; well, this Captain Slater is not a bad sort of fellow, is he?" "N(}." "It is not every rebel captain that W(}uld have been so generous." "That is true." "And you succeeded in doing what no one of tle Hessian scoutf! were a.ble to do-found the rebel encampment." "'*es, and what d(} you think about it, husband? I know where their encampment is; ought I to give you the information and let you go make an attack (}n them?." "I think so; all the prolilise that you matle was you would come straight home; is not that the case?" '.'Yes, but I have a shrewd suspicion, Allan, that if you tG go to the place where they were enca you not find them." "I rather think so myself; still, it is worth while ing, if you will tell me to go to find the Lib Boys." "I can tell you where they were." "Very well; do so, then." The woman complied. Then the captain went to the encampment and Lieutenant-Colonel Jameson what his wife had told and they talked the matter over. They decided to go and see if the Liberty Boys still at the place where they had been encar11ped w Mrs. McDonald found them. It did not take them. long to get teatly to march, then they set out. At' last they arrived at thti place by Mrs. Donald, only to find that the Liberty Boys bad di appea Again the Hessians and Tories were disappointed. They their way back fowatd Cross Creek Se mcnt. "Those Liberty Boys about thti tnost slip pet-j tomers J have ever had anything to do with," said Cit]) McDonald. "Yes, they are certainly hard tc.J catc11," said Col Jameson. When they arrived at the settlement the soldiers into camp, and the two officers went to the capt house. Mrs. McDonald was awaiting their ctHtiiflg. "You did not find them?" she asked. ''No, wife," was the captain's reply. 'I was afraid that would be the case.'' ''So was I; but we have done our duty, and tha all that anybody can do." ''T'rue." "We will catch Liberty Boys soonet or later, McDotl.ll.ld," anid Colonel Jameson: "I hope so, colo n el." The captain and the colonel ate supper, and then to the sitting-room and smoked awhile, after which went to bed. Although the Hessians had.not found the Liberty thil latter had knowledge that their eMmy had been l ing for them. They ha d left scouts there to watch fQ Hessiahs, and these scouts rMched the patriot enca.nlp about eleven o'clock at night and told Dick that the e had been looking for them, but had gohe back d p(}inted. I was sure they woula come to our late encampm said Dick. "And so was I," from Bob. 1 "Yah, I vos t'ought dot der Hessians vould ve I vor us, alretty," said Carl Gookenspieler.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FJ;ORA McDONALD. 15 Oh, g'wan wid yez, Oookyspiller," sa id Patsy Branni. Phwat d"ycz know abhout 'it, innyhow ?" I know uch a muchness as vat you don'd vos know, Prmmi gan.'' "Yis, an' who coula be aither undtherstandin' inny such in' av dhe English language as tJ10t, Oi'd loike to w ('' with scorn. '' Bfcrpody gan dose lanquishe unterstand but you, tsy Prannigan, an' nobody exbect.s you to understand." The Liberty Boyi> passed a quiet night. They were not turbed in any way. Next morning they got ready to.start out again. They re going to get after the Hessians. CHAPTER VIII. JUDE AND SEEK. They sent out scouts ahead to keep a lookout for the emy, as they did not want to nm any Jl'i'k of being taken surprise. About the middle of forenoon one of the scouts e to Dick with the report that a strong force of H ess s and Tory mi li tia had come across the river. 'Ho'r many men in the force?" asked Di ck. Five hundred at least." ick looked thoughtful. "Jon, that's quite a number," he r emarked. "Yes, but what do we care, Dick?'' ;:;aic1 Bob Estabrook. e can whip them, anyway." ick shook his head and looked >:ober. 'Xo. thC'y are too many for us, Bob," he said Then he ed: 'Where did this force go?" ''.To Cross Creek Settlement." l'hen there must be a force of nearly eight hundred dier s there." "Yes.'' "They have over to make a campa ign against u s, ck," said Mark Morrison. "It looks that way." "The.r e can be no doubt about it," said Bob Estabrook. ''What are we to do?" asked Sam Sa nderson. 'That is the question," said Dick "and it is one that mu s t settle right away." "Yah, ve must seddle dose flUVestions righcl ervay ter st, alr e tty," said Carl Gookenspieler. "Oh, phwat do yez know abhout it, Cookyapiller?" ered Brannigan ; "yez could not b e a'.fther sittling ythin', begorra." "TJud dl}t is all vat you know abouid dot." ''You two fellows KP.Pp still," said Ben Spurlock; "you 1't either 01\e of you know iVhat you are talking a.bout." "Oh, g'wan )vid yez, Bin, me bye." I 'l'he youths

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. were more exposed than was the case with the Liberty pened on the north side and came back, and he wish Boys. learn whether or not this was the case. Soon the cracking of muskets was heard. The engagement had begun. He made his way to the river at a point could be fordea' and settled down to watch. Both parties were firing, but most of the execution was It was not dark, as the moon was up, and done by the Liberty Boys. They were sheltered behind see up and down the river quite a distance. trees, and took careful aim, while the Hessians did not He had been there only a short time when he saw shelfer themselves and fired without taking aim-prac-dark forr11s entering the water on the opposite side o-4 tically at random, indeed. stream. Alter a number of the Hessians had fallen dead and "There they come," he said to himself. "I tho wounded the rest retreated. they would be getting back to this side; the news of The Liberty Boys followed and fired, several pistol vol-attack on the Hessian force was taken to them, as I leys, but did not succeed in doing a great deal of damage. sure it would be." Then they made their way back to where they had been He watched until he was sure that he was right, stationed when the encounter began then he turned and hastened back to the Liberty B Here they found one Liberty Boy dead and two wounded. encampment. 'L'hey dressed the wounds of the two as bes t they could, and fonnd that they were too severely injured to remain with the comp:my. One of the two was Frank Felton, who had fallen in love with pretty Mary Stark, and Dick decided that they would take the two to the g!rl's home, where, he knew, they would be given the bes t of attention. They bnried the dead Liberty Boy and then took up the wounded youths in blanket hammock s and out toward ihe home of : Mary Stark. "The Hes sians arc coming, boys!" he said. "Are they ?".remarked Sam Sanderson. "Yes." \ "Let them come," said Bob Estabrook. for tliem." "We are rt! "Not for six or seven hundred," said Dick. "ls such a strong force as that coming?'' renun Mark Morrison. "Yes." When they arrived there, and Dick asked Mrs. Stark "OJ 11 1 t' h b tl We can 1 we e s awe t em at e, anyway. if thev might leave the two wounded Liberty Boys there, h 0 t em" s he said that they could. "We will take the bes t of care of them," the woman J "No; we must exercise caution, Bob. Remember, said; "won't we, Mary?" are away dawn here a long distance from home, and, _"yes," replied Mary, and then as she caught a glance \ have to depend upon ourselves. We mustn't take from the eyes of Frank Felton s h e blu shed {Ind felt conchances." fused. I "Do you think they are likely to find our encampm The wounded youths were placerl on the bed in the, asked .Ben Spurlock. sleeping-room adjoining the sitting-room, and then Dick "They might do so if we remained here." named a Libfolrty Boy who was to remain and help the "Ah, then you are thinking of going away?" woman and girl take care of the youth s "Yes_ ; we will go back to the north side of the ri This having been attencleu to, the Liberty Boys took 'I'he Liberty Boy laughed. their departure and returned to where they had left their This idea struck them as being a good one, and it w horses. be rather amusing to fool the enemy in this mann This happened to be a good place for a camp, and so time. the youths settled down to take it easy for the rest of the They were ready for the move, and it did not take day. long to bridle and sadd l e their horses. They were not disturbed during the rest of the afterThis done they set out, and they made a half ci noon. Everything was quiet. qo as to avoi"d all chance of meeting the Hessians. "Well, we played a pretty shrewd trick on the Hessians, they reached the river they rode into the water, an anyway," said Bob Estabrook. "'I'hey are for us horses swam across. over on the north side of the river, and we came over here When they were on the side of the stream and made things lively for some Hessians on this side headed for the top of the high bluff, where they had of the stream." first encampment. ri'lYes, we have done pretty well," said Dick. "If we They knew that they would be safe here, for a tJan keep this up-if we can keep after the Hessians, in-at least. stead of having them after us, we will be all right." They settled down to rest until morning. "Yes, that's so." They were up early, and after they had eaten After supper Dick set out on a scoufing expedition. breakfast Dick went down to the Cross Creek Settl t He suspected that the Hessians who had gone over to to see if the Hessian s had remained there. the south side of the river might hear of what had hapHe saw about fifty.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. :!< "Jove, we will make those fellows hunt for a hiding shone in her for a moment. Then she shook her I ace!" he said to himself. head and lowered 1the weapons and placed them in her rE Then he hastened back to the encampment and told the belt. uths to come along with him. "No!" she exclaimed aloud. "Flora McDonald could ro He explained where they were going, and why, and the never do such a thing as that. And those Liberty Boys Boys were ready for the work. are too brave and magnanimous to be treated thus, even They were not long in reaching the Settlement, and they were 1 disposed to do so." ashed forward, intending to get to the Hessians before A iew moments later all the Liberty Boys had disap" llcy could get out of the way. peared from sight, and Flora McDonald walked slowly to n They would have done so but for Mrs. McDonald, who her home and disappeared within the house. llppened to come out of the house neare8t to where the essians were encamped just at the moment the Liberty IOys rushed out of the timber. She saw them and ran 1 tarned the Hessians. Just of where. the Hessians had been encamped as a stone wall five feet high and two hundred yards ng. There wa.s an old stable there, also, which took the 1 1 ace of the wall for its length, and Flora. McDonald linted to the open stable door and cried out: P "Go through the old stable, men, and make your escape. will hold the rebels back!" The Hessians obeyed. r They dashed through the doorway and from tght. "Ater them, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. "We must pt let them escape!" rt' "We'll catch them, Dick!" cried Bob Esta.brook. But they had not reckoned on Flora'. McDonald and the 11.rt she was to play. l As soon as she saw that the Hessians had all got through !le stable door she ran back and took up her position 1ere. In a belt around her waist were two ;pistols, and as Liberty Boys advanced she drew the pistols, and a ll im, determined expression appeared on her face. "Back!" cried Flora McDonald, leveling her pistols; you can't come through here!" "Over the fence with you, boys!" cried Dick. "We'll tch the rascals yet!" The youths obeyed the command with alacrity. They leaped to the top of the stone fence and then on ver on to the ground-all save half a dozen, who stood onfronting Flora McDonald. One of these was Mark Morrison, and he, said: "You might as well let us through, MrB. McDonald; tie other boys are leaping over the wall, as you see, ou cannot keep them back." "All who pursue the king's soldiers will have' to climb ne fence," was the determined reply; ''not one goes hrough here unless he goe over my dead body!" Flora McDonald's eyes fl.ashed. She was even more striking now when bidding defiance o the rebels than he had been before, and the youths ould not help noting the fact, admiring her as a result. "Come along, boys! We'll climb over!" said Mark, and tie youths dashed away. )frs. McDonald leveled her pistols, and a peculiar light I CHAPTER IX l\fOVTNG ABOUT. The Liberty Boys chased the Hessians quite a distance, but failed to overtake them. They fired a couple 0 but did not do any damage to the Hessians. Then they made their way back to the Settlement. They went to the point where the Hessians had been encamped and secured the muskets that had been left be hind by the soldiers in their hasty flight. Then they left the settlement and went back to their own encampment on the top of the bluff. The youtb were disappointed. They had hoped to capture a number of the redcoated Hessians, but, thanks to Flora McDonald, had failed. "Say, Dick, that woman seems to be always popping up to spoil our plans," said Bob Estabrook. "Yes, she is very wideawake, Bob." "Yah, dot vomans nefer schleeps, und I vill pet me on dot," said Carl Gookenspieler. "Shure an' Oi would radther foight a whole rigiment av Hessians dhan to hev to look out for thot woman," said Patsy Brannigan. And in thus estimating the abilities of FloN McDonald the youths were not far wrong. She was a dangerous woman, indeed. She watched the youths as they let the settlement, and then she followed them. She did not lose sight of them until they reached their encampment, and then she made a detour, went down to the river, searched along the shore until she found a boat, and then she got foto the boat and rowed across the stream. Disembarking when she reached the south shore, she tied the boat's painter to a tree and hastened away in the direction where she thought she would find the. Hessian force under Colonel Jameson and the loyaJist militia under her husband. She had to search two or three hours before she suc ceeded, and then she found the force. When she told the two officers how the Liberty Boys had succeeded in fooling them by slipping across the river and making an attack on the Hessians who had been left


18 THE 4..JIBEHTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. at Cros s C reek S ettle m ent, the col o n e l ai1d t h e c a ptain I s hould not b e : rnrpri sed.'' were v e ry angry. They talk e d while they w a t c h e d the Hessians, and then Tho s e Lib erty are s lipp ery c h a po." id the c ap-Dic k said: tain. "Yes s lipper y as e els," agreed t h e colo n el. .. But w e' ll get the m s oon e r o r lat er.'' "What will y ou do now ? a s ked Flora McDonald. "Why, we will g o right ba c k a c ross the river and surround the y oung ra scals and capture the m .' s aid the colonel. "That i s the thing to d o," agreed the c ap taiin. 'o the ord e r was g iv e n that the s oldi e r s right about fac e and marc h ba ck. This was done. They m a r c h e d up t,he strea m t o the p oint wher e i t fordabl e and then 'rhe Lrooked and wound around through the timb er to s u c h a degree that the 1'oldi e r s felt that thry would n o t h e seen b y t h e Lib-erty Tn thi s they wer e mist a ken, h o w e v e r C arl w as o n e of lh e g uard s a t the e n campm ent o n the bluff a nd it happe n e d that h e wa s s ta tion e d a t a point from whe r e it was possibl e l o sec up the stream 1.o whe r e th e 'flessiam w er e wading a crosR. H e c au g lit s i ght o f the fir s t bat talio n of tha t starte d to c ro ss, a nd gave utte ranc e to a s h on l. "Oh, loo g at d e m Loo g a t elem!" h e c ri e d p ointing "Der H esshuns a r e c rossing der riffer DerF!esshuns a r e goming clo fighd U 8 p y flhimminctty Dick and Bob w e r e standing a t no g reat di g tance talking and when they h ea rd the Dutch youth's e xclamation they tan to wh e r e 11e was and look e d up the stream in the direction indi cate d b y the e xcited yo11th. ".Tov e, Dic k, Carl i s right!" e xclaimed Bob "Yes, the 1a.rge fore( of Hessian s i s c oming back." "They have l e arned that w e tric k e d them "No doubt of it." "I wonder how they learned it?" "I pet dot I vos know dot," s aid C arl ; "dot voman s haf gone ofer und dold d e m abouid u s, nnd d e y Y 0 8 peen goming to mag e u s s ome mor e trouble." "I shouldn't wond er if Carl had it right, said Bob. "Likely enough Bob ; she i s wideawake sure.,, "Well, the question i s What are we to do? Dick looked thoughtful. I wiq go down there and s e e if the y c om e this way. If s o I will ha s t e n back and we will bre ak camp anLl ge t a.way; for w e will not dare offer battl e to s u c h a strong force 11 'l'hen he has t en e d away. H e was half an hour r e aching a point n ea r e no1lgh: to the Hessians s o tha t h e c ould s e e which way they headed when the y got r e ady to start. Then h e waited 'rhe last compan y of s oldi er s were jus t coming acro:;s the stream and whe n they w e r e across th e force s tarted. It c ame toward the p o int where Dick was hidden, and this proved that the H ess ians had knowledge of the place \l' her c the Liberty B oys w er e e n can1pe d .. I gueRs w e wlll hnvc t o move, thought Dick. U e ha s t e n e d bnc k lo th e t o p of the bluff W ell?" e x c luim cLl B o b They're c omin g ".Tove Then Carl was right. foll owL'd arnl then s h e told w e r 0 U ndoubt e dl y The wom a n mus t have the Hessians where we Dic k g a v e llw order for the yo.uths t o c amp. "We mus t ge t awa:v from h e re," h e They were s oon r eady, and they set out clown the slope on the oppo site side from t h e one on whi c h th e enemy The H ess i a n s toil e d up the s l o p e s lowl y and c arefully, for they had l earne d to hav e a great deal o f respect for the prowe s s of the Liberty Boys. When they got to the top and found nobod y the r e they w e r e disappoint e d however ] '' W e have been outwitte d a gain, s aid Colonel Jame s on, in a voi c e fill e d with di sg u s t ; 'they hav e gotten away from u s." "So they have agreed Captain McDol').ald. "I don t b e li e v e that w e will e ver run the rebels to earth. "It begin s to look that way." "'l' hey are like so many eel s You can t get your hands on them and if you could you c ouldn t hold them.'' "I'm of that opinion myself-at lea s t unless we had three or four times their number." We wi1l keep on trying, how e v e r P erhaps we may "'l'here can be no doubt but what the Hessians are coming back over to this side to hunt u s np and mak e an attack,'' he said. "The only que stion ns, Do t hey know where we are?" "I pet me fife tollar d<>t dey know all abouid it," said Carl "dot voman s she vos know everyt'ings, und she haf s ucceed s ooner o r later." "Perhaps s o.'' I how long they have been gone?" "Hard to say: perhap s a good whil e, perhaps only a f minutes '' l wonder if it would be worth while trying to follo them?" told dem, you gan pet me dot." "Say, Carl, 1you hav e a high opinion of that woman s "1 doubt it." "That is my idea al so.'' I \ They talked awhile longer and then the c<>lohel orde idea Boh" the soldier s to march back to the s ettlement. ? I This was done. abilities," smiled Bob. "Dot is so; she i s von great vomans.'' "I believe that Carl has about the right said Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FllORA McDONALD. 19 They arrived there an hour later and went i11to camp. '!'he colonel and. the captain went at once to the latter's home of the settle ment tl10y paused and Di c k went forward to reconnoiter The Hessian s had reitch e d the S e ttlem ent and were just .'You did not find them after all!" Flora goin g into c amp. McDonald, in a disappointed voice. "How do J.OU know?" asked her husband "That is simple enough; there was no sound of fl.ring." "True; no, the J..1iberty Boys must have got wind of our coming and s lipped away. We did not see even one o1 them." "Thal i s too bad ; but I more than half expected it. 'rhos e I,iberty Boy s are a shrewd lot of youths, and you are going to have to get up very early in the morning in order to catch them napping." 'We will catch them. sooner or later," said the colonel. At this moment the saund of firing was heard. It -sounded near at hand. ''We have b e en attacked!" cri e d the colonel, leaping to his feet and dashing toward the door. '"l ho s e reckless, daring .Liberty Boys!" cri e d Flora Mc DonaJa, as her husband dashed after the colonel. CHAPTE!i X. REINFORCEMENTS. When the Liberty Boys eva cuated their encampemnt on the top of the bluff and moved clown to the road hall a mile a;vay they cam e upon a l arge f or ce 0 patriot s oldier 'l'be forc e con s isted of five c ompanie s and wa s unde r rhe command o.f Colon e l Sne ll. He was not personall y acquainte d with Dick, but had heard of him and the T..1iberty Boy s and was glad to meet them and make their a cquaintance. After greeling1; had been e xchanged an'a Lhe c olonel hail explained that h e had been sent down to offer battle to any redcoats or. H e ssian s that might be in the vicinity, Dic-k told him that there was a chance to give the enemy haltle that very day Di c k saw the colo n e l and th r captain g o td the latter' s hon1e arid enter. "Now i s the ti11le to make the attack," he told himself. He h as t en e d ooc k t o wher e he had l eft the Iiiberty Boys and their allies, and lold them what he had dis covered. Then an advanc e was made. They w ere not long in arriving 11t th e edge of the timber, then they got read y and at a s ignal from their com-mander they dashed forwarq. The instant they got clo s e enough the y began firing, and this was what the two officer s and the won1an had heard. By the time the offic er s reachetl the sGeile the battle was raging. They took charge and urge d their m e n to fight their hardest. The officer s s aw at once that the.v w e r e b e ing attacked by a force almo s t as strong as their own and that they would hav e to fight hard if th ey wer e to s ucceed in ing the enemy off Liberty Boy s w e r e in the front rank,; 0 the pa triot force, and they fought lik e Their action was en c ouraging to the patriob, many of whom wete militiamen \tho had nev er b efore been in battle. Had it not b e en or the exa111ple se t them b y the Liberty Boys they would doubtlesR have becom e de moralize[\ arnl retreated early irl the enga ge m ent. A s it wa s they held their ground with all t he R tn bhornneBE! of vet et'a:tll'I. Indee d a t on e time the pa b riot s seem e d about t o win and the H ess ian s were on the point of br eakihg and :fleeing. They would have do11e s o but for Flora McDonald She had been wat ching the progresi:: of thr battle from h e r front door. a nd had see n that it w a s going again s t h e r friends. In a n in stant s h e was fly in g toward the s c en e She forgot that s h e was a woman ancl a s such, s hould be a nonc ombatant. She forgot e verything E ltve that the king 'i< s oldi e r!'\ w e r e getting the wori;t of it and He explained the situation. that she ml1s t do s om e thinir to aid them-or to "I think they will go right back td the settlement," he them, at l e a s t. raid "and if they do w e will make another a ttack otJ She scarcel y kn e w what .;h e intende d to do; she acted them." upon impulse. and would l e t c ircum s tance,; dire c t h e r This suited Colon e l Snell and he said so. cours e "You lMd the way to tM Settlemtint Captain Slatef," She had the two p is tol s in her belt howev er, and .she he said "We will folfow you, and when the Hessian s drew them a s s h e near e d t h e h e ad of troop s of lh e rome back there and go into camp we will make an attack king. A few moment,; late r s he was right at the front, on them." appearing s o sudd e nly a s to give the s oldiers a great So they set out. The Liberty Boys 1were i11 the lead, and as they reached a point half way to the settlement, they paused long enough to tie their hors e s to trees. Then they pa ss ed on, the patriot s oldier s following. When they were wilhin a quarter of a rrule o.f the edge s urprise. "Forward, king:; rward and give it to the reb els!'' s h e c Tied ; "driY e t h e m Don't let them force you to r etreat!' With thif' f'h c fired both pi K tol@. A wilrl ,..:h onl wenl up from th e H essians


2 0 'fHE LIBE RTY BOYS AND FLOR.A McD ONALD. H a woman could be sb brave they certainly could afford "We wish to remove our dead and wounded,'' he-said. to risk.their lives by standing firm. "I will see what Colonel Jameson ha.o; to say about it" More, they obeyed her command to move forward, and was the reply, this Hessian being one who spoke very goo made a dash straight toward the patriot troops. English. Captain McDonald, recognizing his wife, and fearing He went to the colonel and told him what Dick had .ie, she would lose her life, ran toward where she "Was and tried quested, and the officer himself came along with the soldier to get her to go to the rear or back to the house, but "Are you Captain Slater, of the Liberty Boys?" he a::;ked, refused. eyeing Dick with interest. "I am going to stay, Allan!" she said; "th(! king's "Yes., sir; and you?" Lroops must win, and I must stay here and help them "I am Lieutenant-Colonel J I am glad to make to do so." your acquaintance, Captain Slater. I can aprecfate The Hessians, encouraged, now made 8Uch a fierce onbravery and daring, even "Whon the per::;on having the at slaught on the patriot force tfiat il was forced 1.o give tributes i an enemy." back. "Thank you; I am glau to make your acquaintance, ColThe Liberty Boys fought fiercely, and called upon the onel Jame8on." others to do the same. The patriot ."olclierR clicl fight Then the colonel told him that he was at liberty to pretty well, but there was such a preponderance of militia remove the dead and wounded. men among the troops that something akin to clemoralizaThe youth thanked him and then went back and told ti on took hold upon them. In min. the Li bert.Y urged Lhe patriots that the Hessian offieer bad granted them ::per-1.hem to stand firm and drive the !Jac:k. The mi8t:ion lb carry away t'he dead and woundecl patriot patriot soldiers could not be eucouragcd sufticient ly for thi::;, soldiers. and they retreated, slowly at first, and in fairly good order, .\.bouL one hundred of the patl'iot$ U1en went to the"acene but :faster, pre$eutly, and ::;till, and l'0011 iL became oI the batllc and broug!tl awuy all U1e dead and wounded. a genuine retreat. Tlre latter a ltemled 1.o, thcii 1rnunt1::; being d1:essed The Liberty Boys ,;aw it lo lry Lu ::;land as best could. be done; and then lite dead were buried.their ground longer, antl so they retreated along \rilh the This clone, the patriot fotte rnol'ed away, and rest. hour later was at the point wl1(1re the Liberty Beys had When they wore saf e in a1riong the trees where the left thci r hor 'es. T'hey unti6c1 the animals enemy would not try lo follow them they succeeded in 1 along, leading them. getting the patriot soldiers stopped, and then they held They continued. onward, and finally went into camp on a council. the bank of the Cape Fear river at a point where fhe shore "This is rather bad," said Colonel Snell; "they have was only a few feet above the water. driven us off the field." Here they settled down to take it easy. They did not ''Yes, but we did them more damage than we did to thin k they would be bothered by the Hessians, for the us," said Dick. "I. am confident we killed and wounded enemy had sustained enough damage to make it want to be two of their number where they killed and wounded o n e careful and fight shy for a little while. of our men. Dick and Colonel Snell entered into conversation; and "Perhaps you are right." soon became very well acquainted Dick took quite a lik" And we would have whipped them and driven them off ing to the patriot officer, and the liking was reciprocated the field if it had not been for Flora McDonald, Dick," Colonel Snell thought that he had never met a brighter, said Bob. ''Did you see her?" pleasant youth than Dick. "Yes, and I think you are right. But for her we After supper that evening Dick said he would go over would have beaten the enemy bad and driven it from the aci:oss the river to the Stark home to see how Frank Felton field." and Tom Saunders, the two wounded youths, g-etting "That woman seems to be our most dangerous enemy," along. old fellow." He took his departure and soon found a boat, into vhic h "She is certainly a stumb1ing block in our way. he got and rowed across to the south shore. is von big sclumbling plock," Carl Gook-Here he disembarked and tied the painter to a tree enspieler; "uf ve do noel loog a leedle ouid she vill J'row Then he made his way through the timber, and at last us down, py shimmanetty.'' came to the home of the Starks. "We will have to look out for her,'' agreed Dick. He advanced and knocked pn the door. "She i::; more dangerous to us than her husband is," It was opened by Mary, who recognized him at once. said Mark "I am glad to ::;ee you, Mr. Slater," she said; "come in. "Yes, that is true." "And I am glad to see you, Miss Mary," e replied Then Dick tied a h;ndkerchief on the end of the bayonet as he entered; ''and how are the wounded b ys getting of his musket an.d went back, and was met by one of t h e along?" Hessian soldiers. "Very. well, indeed."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. 21 "I am glad to hear that." Mr. and Mrs. Stark greeted Dick cordially, and then went into the bedroom where the two wounded Liberty oys lay. They were glad to see him, and greeted him joyously, en though weakly. "How you, Dick?" was their greeting. "How is erything ?" "Everything is all right, boys," was the reply. "How c you feeling?" "Pretty good." "I am going to be up and out in a few days." Such were the replies, but Dick shook his head and id: "You mustn't be in too big a hurry to get out, boys. e don't need your help particularly, and you must stay re until you are able to get atound briskly." "Say, Dick/' said Frank Felton, "we heard .firing a w hours ago. Did you have a fight with the Hessians?" "Yes, Frank." Then Dick explained about the arrival of the patriot rce from the northern part of' the state of North, and how they had made an attack on the Hessians d loyal militia. When the two heard about the patriot force they were lighted. "We will be able to get afler the Hessians in good shape Dick," said Tom Saunders. "So we will, Tom." "Jove, I wish we were well enough to go back to the ampment with you, Dick," ::iaid Frank. "You must not get impatient, Frank. Stay here until u are well and strong." "All right; I am willing." Dick thought of Mary, with whom he was sure Frank s in love, and smiled "I thought you would be," he said, significantly, and rank blushed. Two of the Liberty Boys had been killed in the battle "th the Hessians, but Dick did not tell the wounded uths this, as he eared it would have a depressing effect them. He remained at the Stark home an hour or more, and en bade all and took his departure. Dick got along all right until he was within perhaps quarter of a mile of the river, and then he was given unpleasant surprise. Someone leaped upon him from behind and bore him to ground. The Liberty Boy, however, was not disposed to sur render without a fight. He began strugglinfg, and the tussle was a fierce ohe. Dick found that his antagonist was an exceptionally strong man, however. He was, indeed, the strongest man that the youth had ever become engaged in a truggle with. Had Dick had a fair chance he would undoubtedly have been able to hold his own, and might have even escaped. But he did not have a fair chance. He had been leaped upon from behind, and had been borne to the ground before he could do anything to pre vent it. And now he found that, struggle as he might and exercise every ounce of his strength, as he did, he could not free himself. In spite of his efforts to prevent it his arms were drawn together behind his bac\{, and were tied there. Then he was allowed to rise to his feet. "Come," said a hoarse voice, and the youth's captor took him by the arm and led him along. Dick could see his captor, but not plainly enough to make out his features. Indeed, he could iiot have told whether the man was white, red or black. "Who are you?" asked Dick, as they walked along. '"l'hat does not matter." "Where are you taking me?" "You will find out before long.',.. They moved onward, and half an hour later they reached the river at a point more than a mile below where the patriot encampment was. The bluff was perhaps thirty feet high at this point, and there was a cave in the face of it. This cave was concealed by a clump of bushes. The man who. had captured Dick led the youth in behind llhe bushes and into t-e cave. It was dark as a pocket, but the fellow seemed to know the way perfectly, and presently he came to a stop, and told Dick to stand still for a. few moments. "I will strike a light," he said. A few moments later a candle was burning, and Dick got a look at his captor saw that the man was about forty years of age, and that he was not at all bad looking. Having lighted the candle and placed it on the table, the stranger advanced and faced Dick. He stood looking at the youth for a few moments in a keen, searching manner, and then said : CHAPTER XI. "I believe that you a,re the kind of person I have been looking for." DICK :A. PRISONER. Dick was taken wholly by surprise. The person, whoever he was, had slipped up so noise ly that the youth had no intimation of his approach. "Do you thin k so?" was the reply. "Yes." "If you will me who you have been looking for, then I will tell you whether you are telling the truth." "I have not been looking for any particular person." "No?" ,,;


TltE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. r Dick was surprised. He did not understand what the meant. 1 "No; ttave some work that I wish done, ahtl it is work that reqi.dtes a cool head and a.. brave heart. What I meant .. when 1 said that you are the kind of person I have bllen looking for was, that I you had the cool head and the brave heart." "Perhaps I have, and perhaps I h11ven't. What is the work that you wish done ?" "It is this. I wish JIPtl to go td Charleston amtl captuM General Cornwallis ahd brihg hitn heM to me." Dick was surprised, and his exptessed it. "You wish me to go to Charleston and capture General Cornwallis?" he exclaimed. "Yes." "Why do you wish to be captured by the British general?" "I will tell you. One day a 0few weeks itgo a party of his soldier s-British troopers, they were-came tt> my home, only a dozM miles frbm hl:lre. -Theyrobbed my house of all that Wai of value, a .nd :my son, a brave boy of sixteen years, protested thl:ly shot him down in cold blood: His mother became insane as a result; and killed herself. I was away at the time; but a neigh bor told me about it, and that he hatl given my wife attd son burial. The blow almost crazed me; and I swore to have revenge, and tha.t it should be wreaked on the head man of alJ, the Britis4 general himself. I cltme herethe troopers had burned my home--and took up my tesi de11ce in this cave. Here I have plotted and planned, but have been unable to evolve a plan that promised success. I have made up my mind to get someone to help me-if willingly, well and good, but if not willingly, then to make them do it to save their aw'n life. I happened to be near you when you were passing along to-night, and the impulse came upon me to seize you and make a pris oner Qf you. I did it, as you know, and now the question is, Will you assist me in this dangerous undertaking?" Dick was. amazed, even yet, after hearing the man's story The idea of t:i.)'ing to capture General Cornwallis was s uch an impraotical one that it bespokf} a mind un settled by the trouble ihat had come upon its owner. The Liberty Boy was trying to think of some way of getting out of the trouble lrn had stumbled into, He did not believe that such ll thing as the capture of the British general was po!lsible, and he did not wish to be forced to go on any !men wild goose chase, and. yet he feared he would be 1tn!l.ble to reason the man out of his iclea. He would try, however, and so he said: "I synipat'bize with you Mr.--. By the way, what is your name?" "John Laidlow." : "As I was saying, Mr. Laidlow, I sympathize with you, and would be glad to aid you ; but I do not believe that your plan is practicable at all." Laidlaw looked at' Dick earnestly. "Do you really mean that?" he asked. ''Yes; can't you s\)e it yourself? ,.General Cornwallis is in Charll'lstoh, surrounded by hundreds, of soldiers. Bow coultl two men hope to penetrate to his headquarters, capture him, and carry him away?" Lii.idlow looked thoughtful. It was evident that Dick's words had made an impression. Theli suddl')nly a grim, determined expression app,eared upon his face. "lt must be done! It must be made to be practicable!" he cried. "General Cornwallis is morally responsible for the deaths of my wife and son, and he must be made to suffer for it. 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth' 1 is my motto, and you must agree to help me, whether we succeed or not." "Mr. Laidlaw, I really cannot spare the time,'' said Dick. /'I have other things to attend. to." "That doesn't matter, my young friend," was the grim reply; "as it stands now you have no choice. You are tny prisoner, and must either agree to do as ask, or you l must take the consequences." "What would the consequences be?" Death Dick loolted at the man wonderingly and doubtfully. There was1no signs of anger on Laidlaw's face. He spoke calm1y and quietly, just as though speaking of some com monplace matter, but there was a tone of determination underlying all. "Surely you don't mean that!" said Dick. Laidlow nodded. "Yes, I mean it." Dick saw that the rman had brooded over the deaths bf his loved ones till his mind. was unsettled in this one respect, at least, and he realized that he was in no little danger. He was determined to try to talk the man out of the notion of trying to capture General Cornwallis, and he argued with Laidlow for quite awhile, all to no avail. The man was grim and determined. Dick must promise to assist him or die. t "Let's put the discussion off till to-mo1Tow,'' said the J,iberty Boys, finally. "There is no -hurry about starting to Charleston, you know." "True; well, we will postpone diseussing the matter tintil morn1ng. is a pallet that you may occupy. You will :11d it comfortable, I think." tle pointed to a place where a lot of green boughs oi trees 1ay on the floor, covered by a blanket. Dick'-.lhrew himself down and pretended to be 8.1.iliost c;ompletely worn out. He was not in this but wished to deceive the man and thus throw him off his. guard. "I will make my escape before morning, or know the reason why," thought Dick. John Laidlaw placed a blanket close to the entrance to the cave and lay down there, after blowing th: light out. His idea was to make it an impossibility for, Dick to lea ihe cave without awakening him. ,/ As Dick's arms were bonnd the man dit not think


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. 23 ; uth would make uny attempt to get away. Rad he nowri Dick Slater, however, he would have known better ian this. The light had scarcely more than gone out before Dick as at work trying to free his hands. He. found this a difficult thing to do, but" felt f\ure that e would be able to succeed sooner or later. He tugged and strained at his bonds, and found that e was gradually getting them loosened. "I'll be able to get one of my hands out s oon," he told imself "and then I will be all right." He was right about this. After working perhap s half n hour longer he succeeded in getting his hands free. "I am all right now," he told himself; "I will get way from here in a hurry. But I will have to be care nl not to disturb Mr. Laidlow. Poor man! I feel )rry for him, but I can't afford to let him force me to go pon such a wild goose chase as he is figuring on under tking." Dick rose 1.o hi s feet c autiou s ly and moved toward the it. He thought he was moving carefully, but sud denly he umbled and fell. A loose stone had been his undoing "What's that? Who i s there?" cried Laidlo\v CHAPTER XII. CAPTURED AGAIN. 'T'he noi se had awakened the man. 11ick wus sorry fo1 H e hoped i.o get without i.roubl:e. He "ished tQ ip out without disturbing Laidlow. _ow, however he would have lo e ngag e in another ruggle with the man-unless he could s ucceed in dodging im in the dark. Dick hoped to be able to do this. He did not answer the man' s quetitions of course, as nt would have revealed his whereabouts. Instead he ros e to hi s feet as qui ck ly and quietly as ;;:sible and tip-toed oYer toward the side of the cave. He d been careful to take a sur1ey of the interior of the ve while the can

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA Mc DON AtD. of the British troopers, and the 'wife from grief over the death of her son. Lige Shull had listened to Dick's story in silence; but when the youths had got through making remarks about the affair he s poke up, and said: "An' so ye run across John La idlow, did ye, Cap'n Slater?" "Yes," was the reply. "Did you know him?" "I knew 'im, yes; I knew 'im well. I knowed thet he hed lost his wife an' son, an' thet he hed disappeared, but didn' hev enny idee whut hed bercome uv 'im." "Well, he is living in a cave on the shore of the river about a mile and a half downstream." "Poor feller; I think I'll go down an' see 'im." "That isn't a bad idea. It may do him good 'to see some one he knows. I don't suppose that there is any danger that he will treat yqu in the same manner ihaf he treated me." "No; he knows ole Lige, an' won't try no tricks with me. Poor feller; he mus' be looncy.'' "His mind is certainly unscttlc

THE. LIBERTY BOYS AND :FLORA McDONALD. 25 in favor of waiting another day before putting the d.isoner to death. "I'll think abouL the matter, however," said the colonel. You must remember, however, that this young man has 1used us a great deal of trouble recently. He has caused 1ie deaths of a large number 'of the king's soldiers." "True," agreed the captain. They talked quite awhile, and then Dick was. conducted 1to a bedroom, and the door was closed and fastened. 1 As.-lris hands were bound, he would be unalile to make 1y attempt to escape. .r. "If they don't decide to put me to death to-day, I may Jcceedl in making my escape," he told himself. He tested his bonds, and found that they were tied ')Ty securely. 1"0h, well, perhaps something may turn up to aid me," CHAP'l'ER XIII. 1 BOB AT WORK. c When Dick failed to return to the encampment tlie iberty Boys became alarmed. They knew he had gone to reconnoiter the Hessian ncampment, and they realized that in doing so he was iking risks. -As the hours rolled away and he did not return they ecame more a.nd more alarmed, and they were sure, also, Dick had been captured. "We must :find out whether or not Dick is a iid Bob Estabrook, determinedly; "and i he is we must 0scue him." Bob thought the matter over, and then he went and liad talk with Colonel Snell. The patriot officer was sorry to hear that Diel{ was 1issing; and was willing to make another attack the Iessians and Tories. "I am willing to do anything and everything possible aid your commander," he said; "I have taken a great king to Captain Slater." So it was decided to advance to Cross Creek Settlement nd make an attack. The order was given for the soldiers to get to arch. They obeyed, and an hour later the army was, moving ong through the timber. Of course progress was slow. There was no need of haste, however, as they would able to easily reach the settlement by noon. They made a detour, so as to approach from a different irection from which they might be expected. They approached slowly and carefully, and at last were sight qf the encampment. They caught sight of the sentinel, and two of the Libty Boys stole forward and attempted to get close enough to capture him before he could give the alarm. It was daylight, however, and he saw them, fired off his musket and gave utterance to a wild yell of wafning to the soldiers in the encampment. "The rebels!" he yelled. "The rebels are coming!" Then he dashed toward the encampment. Seeing there was no possible chance to take the enemy by surprise now, the patriot soldiers dashed forward at. the top of their speed. In less than half a minute the battle was raging. The battle was a fierce one. A number fell dead and wounded on both sides, but the patriots did the most execution. They were better marksmen, and they were more care ful when they fired, a great many stopping to take aim, even in the heat of the engagement. The Hessians and Tories outnumbered the patriots, how-. ever, and force will tell, as a rule. The Hessians were better trained and disciplined, too, so the result was that the patriots were at last forced to retreat. They withdrew to a safe distance, and then the wounds of those who had received injuries were dressed. 1Bob then tied a handkerchief to the muzzle of his pistol and advanced to the edge of the British encampment. He was met by Captain McDonald. "We wish to be permitted to come and remove our dead and wounded," said Bob. "Very well, you may do so," was the reply. "Thank you." Then Bob looked keenly and searchingly at the cap-tain, and said : "Is Captain Elater a prisoner in your encampment?" The officer nodded. "He is," he said. "You are not thinking of doing him any injury?" The captaii;i shrugged his shoulders. "He was caught spying," was the reply, "and you know the fate that usually comes to spies when they are caught." A hard, steely light appeared in Bob's eyes. "Let me tell you something," he said, jn a stern, grim voice; "if you harm Dick Slater I will kill you with my own hands! Do you hear? I swear it!" The captain again shrugged his shoulders. "I have not the say so about the matter," he said. "Who has?" "Colonel Jameson." "He is the commander of the Hessian force?" \ "Yes." "Will you have him come here? I wish to see him." "I will tell him." The captain went back to the encampment, and a few minutes later Bob saw him returning, accompanied by another officer. "'l'his is Colonel said the captain, as' they pau sed in front of Bob. "What do you want?" the colonel asked, somewhat curtly.


2 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. ;'I wish to a s k what you intend doililg with your prisoner, Captain Dick Slater?" replied Bob. .. He i s to be s hot." This was s aid in a c old determined voice.' .. When i s this to b e done?" h e asked. of your bus ine ss; it will come whenever I make up m y mind t o hav e it done." Inde ed?" Rob's ton e was grim and deadly "Yes ; and now, if_ there i s nothing els e you have to s&y to m e I will go. But 1 have some thing to say to you. It is this: That if you c arr y out y our threat and put Dick Slater to d e ath I will never res t until I have put you to death I Do you hear ? I m ean it t I swear it !" "Ha t You thr eate n me, do you you insolent young scoundrel crie d th e Hes s ian officer; "jove; if you were n o t under th e p rotection of a flag of truce I would run you thr o u g h! and he laid his hand on the hilt of his s word. ''Don "t worr y about tha.t," s aid Bob. H you will mee t me man t o man w e will pretend ther e i s no flag of truc e and fight it out now and here. That was Bo\i, up and down He was alwa ys read y for a figh t But h e was not t o be gratified in thi s in s tan c e The Hessian officer's hand dropped from the hilt of hi s s word and hi s lip c urled in s corn. "I am a He s sian officer," he said with great dignity; "and you-who and what ar e you? A mere---" "I'm as good a s any Hessian officer that ever lived," broke in Bob; "and if you say or in s inuate that I am not you ar e a liar!" The officer's face :flushed. He looked angry enough to draw his sword a nd c ut Bob down, but res trained any such impulse, if h e had it, and turn e d on hi s heel and walked away, with the remark: "You ar e beneath m y notice s o I shall pay no to anythin g you s ay." "Listen to thi s," c ried Bob. "If you harm a hair of Dick Slater's head I will kill you, if it is the last thing T do on earth Do you hear?" If h e h e ard h e gave no hee d for the officer walked on without looking back. "You are rather reckless, y oung man," said Captain M c Donald ; you are protected b y the :flag of ttuce but e v e n s o you mus t not expect that you can hide behind i t and in s ult ofUcer s on the other side with impunity." "I don't have any desire to hide behind the .flag of truce," said Bob; "and if you say the word I'll fight you, now and her e I tell you that Dick Slater is as dear to me as a brother, and that if harm comes to him the author s of it will need to look out for themselves." "That will do ; I shall not fight you. Return to your comrades and send your men to remove your dead and wounded. With these words the captain turned and strode awa. and Bob did the same. Suddenly a thought s truck Bob. Might not Dick b a prisoner in the home of Captain M c Donald? The mor e he thought o f this the mor e h e thought i likely that this was where Dick was I wonder if I c ould s lip around t h e r e and rescu him while the o.f t h e e nem y i s on tho s e .of ou men who are removing the dead and wound e d? h e aske himself. He made up hi s mind that he would attempt it, a any rate. He might fail, but then he might b e successful. He was soon at the point where the patriot forc e wa stationed, and then he told Colonel Sn e ll that permissio to remov e the dead and wounded soldier s had been grant You oversee that. work," he "I am. going to t to effect the rescu e of Dick Slater. I have l e arn e d t ha h e ,re all y i s a pri s oner in the hand s of the Hessian s an I hav e a s u s pi c ion that I kn o w whe r e he i s and that ma y b e abl e to re scue him." I hop e tha t you ma y be s uccessful. Well g o alou and good lu c k t o you I will atte nd to the work of get ting the d e ad a nd w o unded sold i er s away from th e battle field." "Very well." Bob ha s tened away. He mad e his way across through the timber until a point directly back of the McDonald home. Then advan ced to th e edg e of the timber and s tood ther e, takin a 1reful survey of the scene. He could see the Hessian soldiers over at the encamp ment which wa s near wher e the other our hou es stood He kn e w that it would be risky work venturing to try to reach the hou se, but he was determined.. to do so, ris or no risk, and so he suddenly darted forth from amon the tree s and ran toward the hou s e with all his speed. He reached the rear door and tried it cautiouly. It was not fas tened and Bob pushed it open and en tered. Ther e was no one in the room-evidently a kitchen when he entered, but a s he turned again after closi the door he found him s elf fac e to face with Flora Mc-! Donald. / CHAPTER XIV. ANOTHER BATTLE. The woman was evidently greatly surprised. She stared at Bob in open-mouthed amazement. "Who are you? s he asked, preaently. ":My name is Bob Estabrook, Mrs. McDonald," .. t reply. "What do you want here?"


THE LIBERTY :aoys AND FLORA McDONALD. "1 wish to see a young man by the name of Die}\ ;:jlater.'' 'fhe woman started. "Why do you think that Dick Slater i s here?" she asked. / I guessed it. "What would you say if I were to tell you that you have 'not guessed correctly?" Bob s miled "It would not b e polite," he said; "but I am afraid that I houlcl have to tell you that I did not believe you." The W01llan smiled. "And you be right in doing s o s he said ; "I will acknowledge that Cantain Slater i s a Jn this ...., house; but you had bett e r go away aL once. My huo;band and Colonel J nme;;on may c:ome at an y moment and you would then be c aptured or kill ed.'' ''Your hutiband and the c olonul mi ght b e killed, Mrs. .:\foDonald. No; I am here, and l am going to rescue my friend. I hope that you will not mak e any attempt to prevent m e from doing so, and that you will not 'try to warn the soldiers in the encampment that I am here." ''Very well, I promise ; and I )l' ill show you where Cap tain Slater is confined To tell the truth, I am not averse to s eeing im set free, for Colonel Jameson seems bent on having him shot and your friend is such a fine, brave, :noble-hearted youth that J cannot bear to think of this being done. I have not forgotten that I was captured by him and that he let me go free as a result of which I have a :friendly feeling toward him." The woman pointe.d to a connecting door. "He i in that room," she said. Bob oponed the cloor and entered. As he clid s o Dick leaped up with a glad exolamation. "Bob l" he cried. "Old :fellow, where did you come from?" "Oh, I came out o:f the timber old fellow, and I have rcome to set you free." ''I am glad of that Free my arm s at once." Bob did s o 'l'heu they went out into the s itting-room where :M:rs. )foDona1d was s tanding. She was looking toward the Hessian encampment A s the youths entered she turned toward them and said, excitedly: "Leave the house quickly My husband and Colonel Jameson are corning." "We will do so; good-by." "Good-by." The youths went out through the kitchen and ran with all their might toward the timber They kept the house between them and the two officers, anr .vere not seen, and a few minutes later they were mak... g their way in the directio o:f the point where the patriot a1my was. When they reached there they found that the patriot soldiers had just finished Qurying the de11d and dressing the wounds of the injured. I The Liberty Boy s were delighted to sec Dick, and they him a rou s ing welcome There -was sadness in their hea,rts, however, or two of their nmnber had lost their lives in battle that had just taken place Dick and Colonel Snell held a council, a11d it wa,s de cided that they would go back to th e top of the bluff, by the riv e r, and go into camp. The. order was given and the pat riot soldiers mftrched away through the timb e r An hour and a half later they were in camp at the foot of the bluff They were very well satisfied with the results of tlrn battle, on the whol e They had inflicted more damage on the enemy than they had received. Dick explained to the Liberty Boy s how he happened to be made a prisoner "You will have to take me along with you hereafter, Dick," said Bob; "and while you are watching the enemy t will watch and see to it tha.t nobody s lip s up and grabs you when your back is turned." Dick laughed. Things moved along rather quietly for a week. The two forces seemed to be content with watching each other. This was rather monotonous, and the Liberty Boys be gan to grow fidgety. They were never satisfied unless they were up and doing. They began figuring on getting after the Hessians once more. Dick had not heard from Frank Felton and Tom Saun ders, the two wounded Liberty Boys who had been left at the home of Mary Stark, io:r nearly a week, so he decided to go and see how they were getting along. He crossed the river in the boat, made his way to the Stark home, and found that the youths were up and around. They were practically well. "I guess we may aswell go back with you Dick s aid Frank. "Yes; we ought to get back to work, Dick," said Tom. Dick saw a s ober look appear on the .face of Mary Stark. Frank noticed it also and he went and seated himself beside his sweetheart and began talking to h e r in a low voice. "Say, Dick, (;an you wait an hour for me?" asked Tom "Yes but what arc you going io do?" "There is a mighty nice girl living half a mile away, Dick," spoke up Frank, with a s mile. "What is her name, Frank?" "Lucy Sutton." "Well, run along, Tom," smiled Dick. "I'll give you an hour, freely and I know ::;omething about


THE LIBER1'Y BOYS AND FLORA McDONALD. this sort of thing myse1. There is a little girl away up in New York state that would be glad to see me, and with whom I would like to spend an hour just about now." Tom hastened of the house and away in the direc tion of tlie Sutton home, while Frank and Miry left the house and went for a walk in the yard, there to talk of the things that interested them most, while Dick re mained in the house and conversed with Mr. and Mrs. S'tark. At the expi,ration of an hour Tom Saunders arrived, and a few minutes later Frank and Mary came in, after which the three Liberty Boys bade the members of the family good-by and took their departure. "How is everything, Dick?" asked Frank, as they walked along; "ho w are all the boys?" Dick told him a.bout the second battle, and haw two of the youths had been killed. They talked until they reached the river, and then they got into the boat and were soon on the other side. When they arrived at the encampment Frank and Tom :were given a royal welcome by their comrades, who were indeed glad to see the youths back among well once more and ready to fight for the great ca.use. The Hessians had been struck such severe blows the times they were attacked by the Liberty Boys ap_d the patriot force under Colonel Snell, that they were willing to take things easy and remain quietly on the spot, for awhile, at least. Now, however, at the .end of a week of foactivity they were beginning to grow restless, and Colonel Jameson and Captain McDonald a council at the captain's home. Mrs. McDonald hkd told them that Dick escaped dur ing her absence. It was decided that reinforcements should be sent for and that then an attack should be made on the rebels. So messengers were sent across the river to hunt up some of the parties of Hessians, British soldiers or loyalists, and get them to come over to assist the m ain body of Hessians. For the three days party after party of Hessians came to Cross Creek Settlement. The Liberty Boys and the soldiers in general knew what was going on, however. The patriots knew that they were to be attacked sooner or later. The question with them was as to whether they should remain where they were. or seek out some new location. "I think we had better find some position where we will have access to water," said Dick, anti Colonel Snell agreed with him. So the patriot army moved to a point a mile distant from its late encampment and there.went into camp. Earthworks were thrown up, and the position was made as strong as possible. The patriots believed that they could hold the position, but in case they were unable to do so they could make their escape by entering the river and crossingit. it beinefordable .at this 1Doint. Two days the Hessians the attack. It wa! a hotly contested battle, but the patriots made such strong defense that the enemy finally gave up and It was virtually a victory for the patriots, for the Hess ians crossed the river and ma. rched away in directio1. } of Charleston. I} With them went Captain McDonald and his loyalist mifl WL The patriot army crossed the river and went in pursui 1 9 Finding that they could not overtake the Hessians, how.ll ever, the patriots turned and marched back. to the crossed it, and took up their position on the north shore9 Dick and Bob went to Captain McDonald's home tha1 9 evening and spent an hour in friendly conversation witI-. g Flora McDonald. She acknowledged that the Hessians and her husband an c pis militia had gone to Charleston, but she would say whether they intended Teturning soon or not. The Liberty Boys remained in the vicinity another and then with Colonel Snell and his army and ioinl the army being organized by General Greene. 1The Liberty Boys heard news of John Laidlow befor they left the vicinity of the Cross Creek Settlement. H1 had made bis way to Charleston, had penetrated the Britis l headquarters, and had fired a pistol shot at General Corn wallis, missing him by less than an .inch. Before he coul fire another shot he was him self shot dead by a soldier. When the Liberty Boys left that part of the coun Lige Shull remained behind. He said he could not thin of leaving his old hunting grounds The Liberty Boys heard of Flora McDonald a of times after they had left that seetion of the country ancl each time it was a story of some daring deed that ha been performed in the service of the king, to whom remained loyal to the end of the war. She and her husbJnd returned to Scotland. After the war c1osep Frank Felton and Mary Star and Tom Saunder and Lucy Sutton were married, an both couples were very happy. THE END. The next number (178) of "The Liberty Boys of '76' : will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRUM CORPS or FIGHTING FOR THE STARRY FLAG," by Ha Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekl3: are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from &DJ newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps b mail to FRANK TO EY, PUBLISH R,_24 UNION. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will eceite the copi vou order bv return mail.


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The Bra dys in t h e l oo t -Hllls; or, The Blu e Rand of Bard Luck 2 and the Blac k Riders; or, l 'he Mysterious MUrller at. aud Brady t h e Banke r ; or, The S ecret of the O l d I 3 The Hradys and S enator :>law; or, Working With Wa.sblngton Santa '!'rail. crooks. 2;;-t T h e Rrndys Graveyard C lue; o r, D ealings With Do ctor Death. 4 'l'he Bradys and the lllan from r\ ow h e r e ; or, 'l'ileir Very .Hardest 2l>5 The Ur11.d;vs and Lon e l y Lnke"; or, The Hard Gang of tlard -Case, 5 'l'he Brndys and '"No. !)!) ; or, T h e Searc h for a Mad Million 2;JG l'bll Hrauys a n d Tombs t o n e r om: o r A Hurry Call from Arizona. aire. 2;w l h e Bradys Hackw o o!ls 'l'ra il ; or, Landing tile Log U o llera 6 The B radys at Baffin s Bay; or, 'i'be Trail Whic h Led t o the .A G ang. tic. re-258 The D1uuJ' S a 1 1 u J oe Jinge 1 ; or Tile C l e w in the Convict 7 The B radys and Giro r,e ,e; ?F Working a Cle w In 2;;0 'l'hc llrndys at )la dmau s Itoust; or, A C lew from the Gol d l!n 8 The Bradys and the .. 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WILD WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing Stotties, Sketebes, ete., of testeirn hife. .A.N'" C>X...:O SCC>U"T. 39 PAGES. PBICE 5 CENTS. 39 PAGES. 1 EACH BUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild Wes t i s a hero with who m the a u thor was acquainted His daring deeds a nd thrilling adventures hav e never been s urpassed They form the base o f the most dashing stories e v er published Read the {ollowing numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced : LATEST ISSUES: 57 Young Wild W est's Runni n g Fight; or, Trappin g the Reds and 28.Young Wild West Trapped; or, The Net That Would Not Bold Renegades. Him. 58 Young Wild West and His Dead lilhot Band ; o r t h e Smugglers 29 Young Wild West' s Election; or, A Mayor at Twenty. ot the Canadian Border. 30 Young Wild West and the Cattle Thieves; or, Breaking Up a "Bad 59 Young Wild West' s Blind Ride; or, The T reasure Trove of the Gang. Yellowstone. 31 Young Wild West' s Mascot; or, The Dog That Wanted a Master. 60 Young Wlld West and the Vigilantes; or, Thinning Out a Hard 32 Young Wild West' s Challenge; or, A Combination Bard.!o Beat. Crowd. 33 Young Wlld West and the Ranch Queen; or, Rounding up the Cat 61 Young Wlld West on a Crimson Trail; or, .Arietta .Among t h e tie Ropers. Apa<'.he s 34 Young Wlld West' s Pony Express; or, Getting the Mall Through 62 Young Wild West and "Gil t Edge Gtl"; or, Touch i n g up t h e on Time. Sharpers. 35 Young Wild West on the Big D ivide; or, The Raid of the Rene-63 Young Wild West' s Reckless R i ders ; or, .After t h e T rain Wrec k -gades. era 36 Young Wild West' s Million In dold; or, The Boss Boy of Boulder. 64 Young Wild West at Keno Gulch ; or, T h e Game That Was Neve r 37 Young Wild West Running the Gantle t ; or, The Pawnee Chie f s Played. Last Shot. 65 Young Wild West and the Man from t h e East ; or, The Luck that 38 Young Wild West and the Cowboys; or, A Bot Time on the Found th.e LOllt Lode. Prairie. 66 Young Wild West In tbe Grand C anyon; or, A F i nish Fight With 39 Youpg. Wild West' s Rough Riders; or, The Rose Bud of the Outlaws. 40 67 Young Wild West and the "Wyoming Wolves" ; or, Arletta's WonT West' s Dash for Life; or, .A l_tlde that Saved a derful Nerve. 41 West' s Big Pan Out; or, The Battle for a Silver Mine. 68 Wild W est' s Dangerous Dea l ; o r The Plot to F l ood a S ilve r 42 Young Wild West and the Charmed Arrow; or, The White Lily of 69 W est and the Purple Plu mes; or, C h eyenne C h a rli e' s the Kiowas. Close Call. 43 Young Wild West's Great Round Up; or, Corrallng the Ranch 70 Young Wild West at "Coyote Camp"; e r lilpolling a Lynch i n g B e e Raiders. 71 Young Wild West the Lass o K ing; or, The Crooke d Gang of 44 Young Wild W est' s Rlfl e Rangers; or, Trailing a Bandit King. "Straight" Ranch. 45 You,ng Wild West and the Russian Duke; or, A Lively Time on 72 Young Wild West's Game of Chance; e r Saved by .Arietta. Mountain and Plat n y WI d w 46 Yoong Wild Wes t on the Rio Grande ; or, Trapping the Mexican 1 and "Cayuse K itty; or, The Queen of t h e B ron47 West and Sitting Bull; or, lilavibg a Troop of Cavalry. 74 West' s Steady Ban d ; or, The Shot that Made a 48 West and the Texas Trailers; or, Roping In the 75 Young Wild W est and the P i u t e Pri ncess; or, T h e Trail t hat L ed Young Wild W est' s Whirlwind R iders; or, Chasing the Border to the Lost Land. Thugs. 76 Young Wild West' s Co w boy Carnival; or, The Roundup a t Roar! 50 Young Wlld W est and the Danites: or, .Arietta' s Great Peril. Ing Ranc h 51 Young Wild West in the Shadow of Death; or, Savell by a Red 77 Young Wild Weat and the G irl In Green ; or, A Lively T im e a t Sil Man' s Bulle t ver Plume. 52 Young Wild W est and the .Arizona Boomers; or, The Bad Men 78 Young W !ld West' s LongR a n ge S hot; or, .Ar letta's Ride for L i fe. of Bullet Bar. 79 Young Wild West and the Strande d S how; or, Waking the Prairie 53 Young Wild W est After the Claim-Jumpers; or, Taming a Tough Pilgrims. Town. 80 Yeung Wild West' s Life a t Stak e ; or, '.l'h e Strategy of .Ariett a. 54 Young Wild West and the Prairie Pearl; or, The Mystery of No 81 Young Wlld W est' s Prairie Pio neers; or, Fighting the Way t o t h e Man' s Ranc h Golden Loop. 55 Young Wild W est on a Crook e d Trail ; or, Lost on the Alkali 82 Young Wlld W est and Nevada Nan ; or, T h e Wild Girl of t h e Des ert. 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THE STAGE. No 41. THE .BOYS 01<' NEW YOltK END MEN'S JOKE OOK.-Contammg a great variety of the latest jokes used by the ost famous e nd men. No amateur minstrels is complete withou t his wonderful little book. No THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Conta1!1111g a vaned as801rtn;i ent of stump spee ch e s, N e gro Dutc h Irish. Also end m ens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuseent and amateur shows. No. 45. 'l'HE B9YS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE ND JOKl!J new and very in s tructive. Eve ry oy. should obtarn this book as it contains full instruc tions for or amzmg an amateur mms trel troupe. No. 65. M ULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the mo s t original tioke b ooks ev e r published, and it is bl"imful of wit and humor. It k:ontaios a la1 g e colle c tion of song s, jokes, conundrums e tc., of 'I'erre n c e Muldoon, the great wit, humori s t, and prac tic al jok e r of the da y Ji:vcry boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should btain a copy imm e diately. No 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing complete mstruct10ns how to make up for various characters on th e s,tage.; wi t h the duti e s of the Stage Manage r Prompte r, ::lce !ll C Property By a promin ent Stage Manage r. 80. GUS WILLIAMS BOOK.-Containing the la t est Jokes, anec dot e s and funny stones of this world-r e nown e d and eveipopular U erman com e dian. Sixty-four pages: handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. 16. H9W TO KEEP A, WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing full m struc t10ns fot c on structing a wmdow garde n either in town oicountry, and the most approve d m e thods for raising b eautiful flow ers at home. The most complete book of the kind ev e r pub lish e d. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instruc tive books on c ooking ev e r publish e d. It contains r e cip e s for c ooking meats fish, game, and oy sters: al s o pi e s, puddings, cake s and all kinds of pastry and a grand colle c tion of rec ip e s by one of ou1 mo s t popular cook s HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains informat ion for ever y body;--boys. g i.rls, m e n and wom e n ; it will t e a c h you how to make almost auythmg around the hou se, su c h a s parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian h a rps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de scripti on of the wonderful us e s of electric ity and e l ect ro m a gn e ti s m tog e th e r w ith full instruc tion s for making Electric Toys, Batteries: etc. B y George Trebel, A. M., l\f. D. Containing ov e r fifty illustrat ions. !'\ d 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.Con taining full Jire ctions for making el ectrical mac hin es, induc tion c o i l s d y namo s. and many nov e l toy s t o b e work e d by ele ctricity. By R A. R. B ennett. Fully illustrate d. 67. 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THE LIBEBTY BOYS OF '16. A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were al ways ready and willing to imperil their Ii ves for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 99 The Liberty Boys to Hold the Gre11t I ;; 0:: :1 : City. 139 The Llll erty B oys at Yellow Creek; or, Routing the Redcoats. 'I 100 The Liberty Boys Big Risk; or, Ready to Take Chances. 140 'l'he Liberty lloys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. 101 The Liberty Boys' l>rag-Net; or, hauling the lledcoats In. 141 The Liberty lloys m Richmond or l 'ightlng 'Traitor Arnold 102 The Liberty Boys' L ig h t ning Work; or, 'l'oo l<'ast for the British. '. 103 'The Liberty Boys' Lucky lllunder; or, 'l'he Mistake that Helped 142 'Ihe Liberty Boys and the Terrtble Tory; or, Beating a .Bad I 104 Th Lib t B Sh d T 1 k S 1 1 Bl S 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Ftght; or, Winning with the Enemy s 1 e er y oys rew r c : or, pr ng ng a g urpr1se. Weapons 105 'l'he Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 144 'l'he Liberty Boys In Georgia or Lively Times Down South 106 ?-'he Liberty Boys' ;,Big Hit" ; or, lle dcoats Out. 145 'l'he Liberty Boys' Greatest or, The Marc h to Victory. 107 The Liberty Boys Wild Irishman ; or, A Ltvely Lad from 146 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy: or, Two of a Kind. Dublin. 147. 'l'he Liberty Boys In Florida; or, l 'ightlng Prevost's Army. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were LookHS The Liberty Boys' Last Chance: or, Making the Best of It. Ing l"llr. 'l'he Llbertv Boys' Sharpshooters; or, 'The Battle or the Kegs. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find. laO 'l'he Liberty Boys on Guard; or, Watching the Euemy. 110 Liberty Boys, In or, A. Bad Hun of Luck. 1;;1 The Liberty Roys' Strange Guide; or, the l\Iysterlous 111 Boys ?' A .. Da;v tort.he Grpat 152 The Liberty Boys In the Mountains; or, Among R ough People. 112 'Ihe Llbe1ty Boys Cornered. ay \\ e Turn? 153 'l'he Liberty Roys' Retreat; or, In the Shades of Death. 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley l orge 01, Enduring Terrible Hard154 The Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend; or, A New Kind of Battle. ships. 155 The Liberty Boys in Quakertown; or, Making Things Livel y in 114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or, Lost In the Swamps. Philadelphia. 115 Liberty Boys' Wager, And How 'l'hey W!Jn lt. 156 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Surprise. r 116 lhe Liberty Boys Deceived; or, Tricked but.1'ot Beate_n. 157 The Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery; or "Liberty or Death.' 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous .Enemy. 158 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons; or, Fighting the In-118 'l'hc Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, 'The Deadly Twelve. dlan Raiders 119 The Liberty Boys' League ; or, The Country Boys Who Helped. 120 'l'he Liberty Boys' Neatest '.DJ;lck or How the R e dcoats were 1.59 The Liberty Boys Gunners; or, The of Monmouth. 160 'l'he Liberty lloys and Lafayette; or, H elpmg the Young l 'renc h 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded ; or, Afoot In the Enemy's Country. 122 The Liberty Boys In the Saddle; or, Lively Work !or Liberty's 161 The Ltberty Boys Grit: or. The Bravest of the Brave. Cause. 162 The Liberty Boys at West Point; or, H elping to Watch the R e d?;he Liberty Boys' Bonanza; o':-, Taking Toi!. from. the To.rles. 163 Boys' Terrible Tussle; or, Fighting to a Finish. 1-4 lhe J::lberty Boys at Saratoga or. The Surrendet of Burgoyne. 164 'l'he Liberty Boys and "Light Horse Harry" or Chasing the 12 5 The Liberty Boys and "Old Put.''; or The Escape at Horsen eck. B ltl h D l 26 The Liberty Boys Bugle Call; or, The Plot to Polson Washington. r s ragoo.ns. 127 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther" ; or, The Wyoming Valley 16 o The Liberty Boys m nip; or, Working aslnngton. Massacre. 16 6 'l'h e Libe r t y Boys and Mute Mart; or, The Deaf and Dumb Spy. 1 ?8 The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard or On the High HI !ls of Santee 16 7 The L!berty Boys At Trenton: or, the Greatest <;:hristmas ever Known. I 9 d A B B ttr f 1 d d. 16 8 'l'he Liberty Boys and General Gates: or. 'l'he at Camden. 1-_ 9 The Liberty Boys an aron urr or, a mg or 0 epen -16 9 'l'he Liberty Boys at Brandywine; or, Fighting l<'iercel;y for Freedom. ence. 17 O The Liberty Boys' Hot Campaign; or, The "'armest \\ ork on Record. 130 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox" : or, H elping Marlo n 171 The Liberty Bors' Awkward Squa.d; or, Breaking in N e w Recruits. 131 The Liberty Boys and Ethan Alhm; or, Old and Young V"terans. 17 2 The Liberty Boys' Fierce Finish; or, Holding Out to the End. 1.32 The Liberty Boys and the King's Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dia 1 7 3 The Liberty Boys at Forty Fort; or, The Battle of Pocono Mountain. mond. 17 !l The J.iberty Boys ns Swamp Rats; or. Keeping t h e Redcoats \Vorried. 133 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Charge; or, The Siege of Yorktown. 175 The Liberty Boys' Death March; or, 'l'he Girl of the Regiment. 134 'The Liberty Boys and Paul Jones; or, The Martyrs of the Prison 17 6 The Liberty Boys' Only Surrender, And Why was Done. Ships. 17 7 'l'he Liberty Boys and Flora NlcDon1tld; or, Alter tiulllesala 135 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the. King's 17 8 'l'he Liberty Boys' Drum Corps; or. Fighting for the Starry F"'!l>.11,_,: Statue. 136 The Liberty Boys and Nathan Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. F o r Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to A n y Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 'Union Square, Bew Y'f! IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o f o u r Lib raries and c annot procu r e t hem from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut ou t a i d tilt in t h e following Order Blank and send it to us with the price o f the books you want and we wiJJ send thein to y ou re-, tu:. n m a il POS'l AGE S TAMP S TAU.nN 'J'HE S AME A S MO:NEY. k # ......................................................... ............ ................. ...... 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