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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "7b:A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. lBBued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Flntered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 1901. Flntered according to Act of Oongress, in the y ear 1901, in the office ot tne Librarian of Oongress, Washington. D:. 0 .. bu Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 45. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 8, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. while General Clinton, with an overwhelming force of the British, was advancing upon the city. THE YOUTH AND THE REDCOATS. It was evident that when Clinton succeeded in encom passing Charleston, the little force of patriots would be It was the 12th of April, 1780. forced, ultimately, to surrender; and it would have been At a point about ten miles north from Charleston, the proper thing for General Lincoln to evacuate the (:ity South Carolina, a horseman was riding along the road at .at once. a gallop. But he did not do so. The horseman was a handsome youth of perhaps twenty Instead, he kept drawing into the city all the force posyears. sible, and also stocked up with all the stores in the way He had clear-cut features, keen, gray eyes, a square chin of provisions and munitions which he could get hold of. and a well-balanced head covered with long, glossy hair. General washington, the commander-in-chief of the While the youth's face was handsome, his was', pfftriot army, hearing of this, called Dick Slater to him and nondescript. told him to get ready to carry a message to Lincoln. He wore a checked cotton shirt, a worn suit of Dick had asked permission for his company of "Liberty homespun, and an old, slouch hat with part of the brim Boys?' to go South with him, and-Washington had granted torn off. On his feet was a pair of coarse shoes, run over the request, only stipulating that the youth should make at the sides, and full of holes. The coat was too smaJl, the all haste, alone, and let the company of youths follow at sleeves coming nearly halfway to the elbow, and the pants such speed as was adapted to them. came scarcely more than to the ankles. The horse which the youth bestrode was a rawboned animal, with a shaggy coat of hair, and looked like a farm horse. The bridle was a heavy one, such as are used for farm horses, and the saddle could scarcely be called one, Dick was cognizant of the need for haste, and said that the fact that the youths were to go would not detain him or delay him an instant, as he_ would go on ahead at his best speed, and they could follow. So this was how it happ e ns that we find Dick riding though it was not uncomfortable to sit in. along the South Carolina highway on this April after This youth, who, at first glance, looked like a farmer's noon, alone. boy of the region and time, was not what he seemed to Presently Dick came to a log house standing beside the be, and every one who has read the stories of "The Liberty road. Boys of 76" will recognize in this lone rider the hero of a thousand wonderful adventures-brave, daring Dick There was a great deal of timber down in this part of Slater, the captain of the company of youths known as the country and the majority of the houses were log. "The Liberty Boys of '76," and the noted scout and spy." It was, indeed, Dick, and we find him away down in South Carolina, bound for Charleston on a aangerous ex pedition. In the city of Charleston was an army of three thousand patriot soldiers. The commanding officer was General Lincoln. He was a brave officer, but did not possess the peculiar qualifications which go to make up a great general. He had remained quietly in Charleston months, Dick rode up to the door and dis!nounted. He left his horse standing unhitched, and advancing to the door, knocked upon the the door itself standing partly open. "Hello, thar; come in!" cried a rough voice. Dick pushed the door open and stepped across the threshold. When he had done this, he wished that he hadn't; The reason was simple. Seated at a table at one side of the large, main room of


r THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. the cabin were four British soldiers, one of whom was an <>fficer-a captain. At the end of the room a man and a woman were seated. They were roughly and were evidently the ()Wners of the cabin. They were typical South Carolinians, and both were .smoking. It was the man who had called out to Dick to" Come in." The British soldiers were eating, late in the day though it was. They looked at Dick with considerable interest. eyed them closely, without appearing to do so. He wished to get an idea regarding bow the redcoats would tre!lt him, as quickly as possible, and if it was to i>e necessary for him to flee, he would do it without delay. He could not detect anything save curiosity in the looks -of the redcoats, however, and decided that it would be the best policy to take things easy and not arouse sus picion by trying to get away too peremptorily. The man of the house, who was a rough-looking, shaggy headed, bearded man, took the pipe fr<,>m his mouth long -enough to ask : "Who air yo', an' whut d'yo' want?" "My name's Dick Tompkins," replied Dick, promptly; "'an' I'm a-lookin' fur my brother Bill. Rev enny uv ye seen 'im aroun' in these beer parts?" The man shook his head. ''Don' think we hev," he said; "whut kind of a lookin' "Dad thinks ez how he hez gone ter jine ther British army." The redcoats exchanged glances. The man and woman of the house seemed to be in terested, also. "Then yer folks is loyal ter ther king, air they?" the man asked. Dick nodded. "Oh, yas," Dick replied; "they're loyal, but dad, he didn't want Bill ter jine ther army : "He didn't?" "No." "W'y not?" "Waa.l, yo' see, dad hez lots uv work fur us boys, an' he didn't want Bill ter jine on thet account." The man nodded and grinned, and the redcoats smiled The supposed country youth's frankness amused them "An' yo' air lookin' fur Bill, hey ?" the man asked. "Y as; yo' air shore yo' hain't seen 'im ?" "I'm shore uv et." "No, he hain't be'n erlong this way," said the woman, tn a shrill, cracked voice. "Re is not in the British army, either, young man, I can tell you that much," said the British captain, speak ing for the first time. Dick turned his eyes toward the captain. "Yo' say Bill hain't in ther British army?" he remarked. "I am confident he is not." 'feller wuz yer brother Bill?" "He looked jes' like me," replied Dick, thus boldly draw ing attention upon himself. Dick looked at the officer for a few moments in silence. He seemed to be pondering. Then he shook his head. "Looked jes' like yo'?" The man spoke slowly and m a wondering tone. "Yas--jes' like me. We air twins, yo' know." "Oh, thet's et, hey?" "Y aa." The man eyed Dick closely, as did the British soldiers .also. "I kain't unnerstan' et," he said. "Can't understand what?" the officer asked. "W'y, I kain't unnerstan' et, ef Bill hain't jined ther army. Ef he hain't thar, whur is he?" The captain laughed. "You can't prove it by me," he said; "one thing is cer tain, if your brother looks like you, and he had been seen "I don' b'leeve I hev ever seen yo' afore," the man said; in the British lines, it would have been known all along "'yo' cion' live in these parts, do yo'?" Dick shook his head. "No; we liv' erbout twenty miles frum heer-over on ther Edisto River." "Oh, thet's et ?" "Yae." "How long hez yer brother Bill gone?" "Three days." ''Three ciays, hey?" "Yaa." "Whut d'ye think hez becum uv 'im ?" the line." The three common soldiers laughed at this remark, and the officer chuckled. It was evident that he thought he had said something Bmart. He little knew that while he was imagining that he was amusing himself and his companions at the expense of an ignorant country bumpkin, that supposed bumpkin was laughing in his sleeve at the officer and his comrades. Dick acted his part, and did not seem to understand 1 that the had made sport of him.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. "Waal, Bill looks exactly like me," he said, "an' ef yo' see ennybuddy ez. looks like me, et will be him." "We'll remember, and if we see your brother we will tell him he had better go home and get to work for his dad," the officer said. One of the soldiers leaned over and whispered in the captain's ear for a few moments, and the officer nodded and smiled. Dick saw this, and, fearing that it presaged trouble, made up his mind to go at once. He did not think it would occasion suspicion now, as he had been in the house fifteen or twenty minutes, and finished the errand which had brought him-at least so it would appear to the inmates of the cabin. In reality, Dick had stopped for the purpose of inquir ing how far it was to Charleston. The thought struck him that he might ask the question now, without occasioning suspicion, and he said: "Kin enny uv ye tell me how fur et is ter Charleston?" "Why do you wish to know?" asked the captain. "W'y, ever'buddy I bev seen in this part uv ther kentry seems ter know et, mister." "Oh, they do?" "Yas." The officer eyed Dick, sternly, and shook his head. Then he turned his eyes upon his comrades. "Look at that fellow," be said, indicating Dick. The three turned their eyes upon the youth. "Look at him closely!" ordered the captain, in 11 stern tone. The men eyed Dick, searchingly. The youth bore it unflinchingly, however. He had undergone such tests many times, and was en abled to stand the searching gaze of the four without showing the least sign of trepidation. "What do you think of him?" the officer asked presently. "I hardly know, captain," replied one. "Nor I, captain," from another. "I am puzzled," the third declared. He frowned and looked at Dick with a severe air. "Well, I'm not puzzled," declared the captain; "I wasn't "W aal, I think ez how't Bill is headed fur Charleston, fooled at all. I sized this yo'ung fellow up just right, the mister," said Dick, "an' I'm ergoin' ter foller an ketch 'im, instant I laid eyes on him, but I thought I would give ef I kin." lum rope, and see what he would say and do." "Ob, you are?" "Yas; thet's whut dad tole meter do." "And you are going to obey orders, eh ?" "Yas, mister." The officer laughed. "Whut d'yo' meen?" asked Dick. He thought be had an understanding of the situation, but he would not let on. "What do I mean?" repeated the captain. "Why, I mean that you are a rebel spy, and that I have known it "You would make a good soldier," he said; "to obey all the time!" orders is the first and greatest lesson which a soldier has to learn, and you seem to have already learned it." "Then Bill wouldn't make ez good er soljer ez me," said Dick; "fur he didn't obey orders. Dad tole 'im ter do sum work, an' 'stid uv doin' uv et, Bill, he sloped." "He ran away, did he?" "Yas." "And you think he has gone to Charleston to join the army?" "Yas." "Then he isn't a loyal king's man, for the army in Charleston is rebel, and not British." "I meen thet he hez gone toward Charleston," said Dick; "ez I unnerstan' et, ther British army is surroundin' Oharleston-hain't thet right?" Dick was cunningly trying to secure some information from the redcoats. The officer nodded. CHAPTER II. .A. SHREWD TRICK. "Whut, me?" exclaimed Dick. "Yes, you!" The officer spoke sharply. "Me er rebel spy?" "That is just what you are! Hadn't you suspected it, boys?" to his comrades. They nodded. "I had," from one. "And I," from another. "I thought there was something wrong somewhere," from the other. The man and woman took the pipes out of their mouths "That is the case," he replied; "but," with a frown, and stared from the redcoats to Dick in open-mouthed "I would like to know who told you that such was the case." amazement.


/' / / 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. "Say, d'yo' reelly think he is er rebel spy, cap'n?" the man asked. They would have laughed at such a statement. But when Dick denied that he was a spy, they pretended "Of course he is," was the reply. "Why, I knew it not to believe him. from the very first." "Denial will avail you nothing," declared the captain. Dick Slater was an unusually shrewd youth. "You are a rebel spy, and as such it will be our duty to Had this not been the case he would undoubtedly have take you into camp as a prisoner, and turn you over to bolt e d out of doors when accused of being a rebel spy, and thus confirmed the officer's statement, and run the risk of being shot or captured. But being unusually shrewd, he did nothing of the kind. He held his ground. He stared at the four redcoats in what was a splendid imitation of amazement. As he was not amazed, this required considerable his trionic ability on the youth's part. But he was a good actor, and was enabled to play his part perfectly. Dick had kept a sharp watch on the redcoats, and no move made by either of the four had escaped his notice. He had observed the whisperings between the cap tain and one of the redcoats, and had been ready for some such denouement as had come. He. was a splendid reader of faces, and he judged by the General Clinton." "But i tell yo' I hain't no spy!" declared Dick, pre tending to be frightene The fact was that he was rather glad that the redcoats bad iaken a notion to try to play this trick on him. If they would carry it clear through, and take him into the British lines, and then tell him that they were only in sport, and set him free, he would be all right, as then he could wait till night and steal away and reach Charles ton. the redcoats had no intention of bothering to take Dick into the British lines. Their idea was tt> have some sport with him where they were, and then let him go free. "You are a spy!" roared the captain, pretending to be angry at being disputed; "you are a spy, and such wil} soon be proven to be the case. Search him, men!" Now, this was something which Dick had not bargained expression on the captain's face, and by the peculiar infor. flection of his voice that he did not really believe that He felt sure the redcoats were only fooling, and had not Dick was a spy. expected that they would go so far as to search him. Then why had he accused the youth of being a spy? It would not do to permit that. This was the qu e stion which Dick asked himself, and He had important messages to General Lincoln, from he fancied he could answer ihe question. ihe commander-in-chief, on his person, and if they were The redcoats had made up their mind to have some found-and they would be if the redcoats searched him-sport at his expense. ihe fat would all be in the fire. They undoubtedly sized him up as being the green So when the three redcoats leaped to their feet and adcountry bumpkin which he seemed to be. vanc e d toward him, to obey the instructions of the captain, Having nothing else on hand just at the time, they and searc h Dick, the youth backed toward the door. had decided to enliven things by enjoying themselves at He waved the r e dcoats back. the youth's expense. "Hol' on!" h e cried ; "don' yo' do et! Don' yo' try_ fur Th-is was the way Dick sized the situation up, at any ter s 'arch m e I hain't no spy, an' I hain't got nothin' rate, and he would have been willing to wager that he ont e r me e z is worth ennythin', but I'm innercent, an' I was not very far out of the way. don' inten' ter 'low ennybody ter take enny liberties with And Dick had sized up the affair just right. me, so I don't! J es' yo' fellers keep back!" The redcoats had no suspicion that Dick was other "Seize him!" roared the captain. "Seize the spy!" than he professed to be. The men made a leap forward, but they were not quick They thought him an ignorant country youth of the ( mough, for Dick had backed till he was near the door, locality. and he made a s udden spring, and went out of doors before As such, he was legitimate game for them, so they fig-the redcoats could get hold of him. ured it. him!" yelled the British captain; "don't let him Had they bee n told that the youth was the keenest, get away! Shoot the spy if he doesn't stop!" most daring most dangerous scout and spy in the patriot The three soldiers leaped out through the open doorarmy, they would not have believed it. way, in pursuit of Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 5 They were surprised to see the youth flying down thf (try bumpkin, but the man of the house, who listened to road on the back of a horse. the conversation of the four, shook his head dubiously. They would not have believed that such quick work Somehow he had got the idea into his head that Dick would have been possible. was a shrewd youth, and his opinion was that\the redcoats 'l'hey drew their pistols, and fired three shots. had been fooled. They did not try to hit the fugitive, as they had no But he realized that it would be useless to try to make idea that he was really a spy. the redcoats think as he did, so said no more. The entire scheme had been to simply have some sport He had had a good deal to do with the redcoats during at the youth's expense, and although it had not panned out the past two months, while they had been in the vicinity, just as they had expected that it would, they had no reagetting ready to lay siege to Charleston, and he had son to complain. learned that they were as a rule obstinate and conceited. They thought that they had given the country bumpkin The captain and the three soldiers could not get done a terrible scare, and were greatly delighted. talking and laughing over the manner in which th_ey had The captain came running out of the cabin just as the frightened the youth away, and one got some food down three fired, and all four laughed heartily. his windpipe, and came near choking. "Isn't he going, though!" cried one. "He certainly is!" from another. "He is the worst frightened youth I ever saw!" from the third. "I guess he thought he was doomed if he let you get hold of him!" laughed the captain. The old man and woman of the house had followed the soldiers out. The man shook his head. "D'yo' know, I kinder think thet thar youngster wuz smarter than he let on ter be?" he remarked. The redcoats looked incredulous. "Bosh!" the captain said; "he was just what he looked to be-a bumpkin. We wanted to give him a scare, and we did it." "We did, for a fact!" Meantime, Dick had ridden onward. The bullets had flown high above his head, and he was shrewd enough to understand that the redcoats had purposely fired high. "If they had known who I am, they would not have done so, though," the youth thought, and then he laughed aloud. "The fools!" he murmured; "they are no doubt laugh ing now, and congratulating themselves on their supposed success in frightening me. Well, let them laugh. I know that I have the best right to laugh, and I will exercise it." Then Dick laughed aloud once more. He kept a lookout behind him for a few minutes, and seeing that he was not to be followed, he brought his horse to a walk. "There is no need of rushing matters," he thought; "That's right!" ''I am getting near to the British lines, I judge, and will "Yes; if ever there was a scared youth, he was the one!" have to be careful." The man looked doubtful. Dick rode slowly onward for a few minutes. "I wuz watchin' thet young feller while yo' wuz a-talkHe was thinking deeply. in' ter 'im," he said; "I didn't hev ennythin' else ter do, an' somehow, I thort yo' hed et right w'en yo' 'cused 'im He knew that he had a dangerous task ahead of him. In order to reach General Lincoln, in Charleston, he uv bein' er rebel spy." would have to get through the British lines. The captain shook his head. This was something which would be difficult of accom-''Oh, no," he said impatiently. "He is no rebel spy. plishment. He doesn't know enough to be anything of the kind. He Dick knew this, and was trying to think of some plan was just what he professed to be, but we wanted to have that would be likely to succeed, and with as little chance some fun with him, and we did have." of danger as possible. "You're right, we did!" agreed one of the soldiers, and then the four laughed again. They re-entered the cabin, and went ahead with their interrupted meal, talking and laughing the while. They were sure that they had been very smart, and that they had had a lot of sport at the expense of a counNot that he was afraid, so far as he himself was con cerned, but he knew that if there was danger to himself, there was also danger that the message which he was taking to General Lincoln would not be delivered. Suddenly a thought came to Dick. Why might he not impersonate the fictitious "Brother Bill," of whom he had


...::>. 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. told the redcoats back at the cabin, and the n lie in wait as they rounded the bend and caught sight of the single for the redcoats, tell them that h e wis hed to join the horseman in front, overtook him. British army, and then ride into the British lines in their They divided and rode alongside Dick, two on each company ana in perfect safety. side, and the youth saw they were his late friends of the "I believe it will work," Dick thought. "I have an idea cabin. the redcoats will pass along this road, and all I will have "Rallo!" cried the captain; "it to me that you are to do will be to wait for them. rather bold to ride along so slowly, after your experience "There is one danger, though," he added, thoughtfully; back yonder!" "as I told them that 'brother Bill' looked exactly like me, Dick turned his face toward the officer, and simulated they will be deceived in so far as that is concerned, but they might recognize my horse." surprise in a very successful manner. "I dunno whut you mean, mister," he said; "say, kin yo' tell whar ther British army is? My name is Bill 'l'he youth thought the matter over in all its aspects. "I don't know that they would recognize the horse, Tompkins and I wanter jine ther army an' fight ftlr King George!" after all/' he decided at last; "they did not see me when I rode up, and I was some distance away when they ran out of the house back there, and the chances are that they did not take particular notice of the horse. "It is reasonable to suppose that they did not, and I believe I shall be perfectly safe in working this trick on them." Having so decided, Dick made up his mind to make the attempt. If the plan succeeded, he would be enabled to get within the lines of the British without having had to pass the sentinels and pickets, which is very dangerous work, at the best. The youth rode slowly onward till he came to a point where the road made a bend. OHAP'l'ER III. WITHIN THE BRITISH LINES. Exclamations escaped the lips of the four redcoats. "Great Gulliver!" "Did you hear that!" i'He says his name is Bill!" "See here," said the captain, severely, "do you mean to say that you are not the fellow whom we encounter e d back yonder at the cabin a little while ago?" The road ran through heavy timber, and had for sev ....., eral miles, and as soon as he had rounded the bend Dick dismounted, and led his hor s e into the timber, and tied him to a tree Dick stared at the man in assumed amaz e m e nt. Then a puzzled look took its place He shook his head slowly. "I dunno whut yo' meen," he said. "Do you mean to say that your name is Bill?" the "I will keep watch back up the road," thought Dick, "and when I see the redcoats coming I will mount and ride slowly onward and let them overtake me. The youth put his into execution, and had been there about an hour and a half, when he saw four horse men approaching from the dir e ction in which he had come. He could make out that the horsemen wore reel c oats, and did not doubt that they were the men he was waiting lor. "It is they, without a doubt," lie said to himself; "well, I will mount and ride onward slowly and let them overhaul me." captain asked. Dick nodded. "Y as, Bill-Bill Tompkins." "Have you a brother?" Dick pretended to be startled, and looked at the officer quickly. "Yas, I hev er brother," he replied, slowly. "What is his name?" "Dick." "Dick Tompkins, eh ?" "Yas." "Humph! WheTe do you live?" "Waal, I did live over ter ther west'ard 'bout t wenty Dick untied his horse, led him out into the road, mount-miles-over on ther Edisto River." eel, and rode slowly onward tow1l.rd the south. "Ah! And when did you leave there?" He had not gone more than half a mile, when the red"A couple uv days ergo." coats, who had increased the speed of their horses as soon "Why did you leave?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 7 Dick pretended to hesitate. "Say, kin I go 'long with yo'?" Dick asked, excitedly. Then he seemed to suddenly make up his mind to make "Y was the reply; "you may go along with us." a clean breast of it. "Goody cried Dick. "I run erway frum home!" he said. He was a splendid actor. "Oh, you ran away, did you?" He acted the part of a country youth, one who had "Yas." been reared in the woods and among the mountains of the "Why did you do that?" wilderness, to the life. "Waal, yo' see, mister, I wanted ter jine ther British army." _Oh, you did?" "Yas." '. 'Why did you wish to join the army?" "W aal, I wanted ter fight fur King George." "Oh, you did?" "Yas, mister." "Any other reason?" C> "Waal, dad, he makes us boys work moughty hard, an' The soldiers winked at one another. They were figuring on getting a deal of sport out of the youth. "Did you know that your brother is hunting you?" askeO. the captain, as they rode onward. "No; is thet so?" remarked Dick "Yes; we encountered him back a few miles, at the house of a friend. He said he was looking for his t'win brother, Bill, and as he went away before we did, when we saw you, we thought you were he. You must look very I jes' thort ez how ef I c'u'd git erway an' jine ther army much alike." I wouJdn't hev ter work so hard no more." "Oh, that is what you thought, eh ?" "Yas." "Humph! Well, you won't find it the easiest work in the world to :fight for King George. Being in the army is not the easiest thing you ever did; there is lots of hard work about it, and you are exposed to all kin< of weather, and are likely to get shot at any time." This description did no't, of course, affect Dick. He simply -said: "I'm willin' ter resk et, mister." "Oh, we're ez like ez two peas, mister." "You certainly are." "But we're di:ffrunt in some things." "Yes?" "Yas; yo' see, I wanted ter leave British army, but Dick, he didn't." home an' jine ther "I see." "Y as; but somehow dad he allus seemed ter like Dick ther bes', an' giv' 'im ther eazyest work ter didn't like thet, nohow." "I should think you wouldn't like that." do, an' I "No, sir; I didn't like et, an' thet's one reezon w'y I wanted ter leeve home an' jine ther army. They treets "You had better give the matter considerable thought. ever'body erlike thar, don' they?" "You are, eh ?" "Yas." After you have joined the army there will be no backing out." "I know thet, mister." ''If you were to run away from the army, you would be followed, captured, taken back to camp and shot!" Dick simulated a startled look, imd then, after a mo-ment, said: "But I hain't goin' ter run erway, mister." "You are going to stick, once you have' joined, eh?" "Yas." "Well, you will have to do so." "Say, yo' fellers air soljers, hain't yo'?" Dick asked. The captain nodded. "Yes, we are soldiers," he replied. An look appeared on Dick's face. "Yes, everybody is treated the same, in the ranks, my boy." "Thet suits me, an' I'm glad I run ercross ye' fellers !" The five rode onward at a fair gait, and half an hour later they entered the lines of the British. Of course, Dick, being with the British soldiers, was not challenged. ,. "This is a stroke of luck," he thought; "now, if every" thing works right, I shall be able to slip away and make my way to Charleston to-night and deliver the message to General Lincoln." As soon as they had dismounted, the captain turned to Dick. "Come," he said, "I will show you to the tent of the "An' air yo' goin' ter ther British army?" he inquired. recruiting officer, and you can enroll your name at once." Again the captain nodded. "Thank yo', mister!" said Dick. "That is where we are headed for," was the reply. They were soon at the tent, and the recruiting officer


8 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. took Dick's name and then assigned him to the company under the captain who had shown him to the place. "There; now you are a soldier of the king, Bill, my boy," the captain said; "and you have been assigned to my company.>' "Goody I'm glad uv thet," said Dick; "I know yo', an' won't hev ter git erquainted with sumbuddy else." The captain smiled. "Come along, and l will show you the quarters occu"That's right; things are dull enough, and we don't get a chance to have much sport." Thus encouraged, Barton was eager to get at Dick. As soon as the captain announced that Dick was now a member of the company, Barton stepped forward and con fronted the youth. "What's your name?" he asked. He glared at Dick fiercely, as he asked the question. Dick saw that he was in for trouble. pied by my company," he said. Dick accompanied the captain, and that part of the encampment where located. He had seen too many such fellows in his time to they soon reached know that this fellow was a bully of the first water. the company was He looked Barton straight in the eyes, however, and there was a peculiar light there which puzzled the bully The three soldiers who had been with the captain were not a little. there, and were talking with their comrades, and all were laughing. Dick thought he understood the affair. The three were telling their comrades about Dick and his mythical brother. The manner in which the soldiers looked at Dick as he approached, was proof of this. "That's all right, laugh if you like," thought Dick; Somehow, the expression in the supposed country youth's eyes was not in keeping with his general appearance. Had the bully seen this light in the eyes of almost any one else, he would have looked upon it as a danger signal. "My name is Bill Tompkins," replied Dick. "Bill Tompkins, eh ?" "Yas." "And you have just joined the British army?" "Yas, mister." 1Humph! Has any one told you what is required of "He laughs best who laughs last, they say, and I think I shall be the one who laughs last." a new recruiV" Now, among as many men as it takes to make up a Dick simuiated surprise, and a puzzled look appeared on company of soldiers, there is always certain to be at least one man who is a bully. . It was so in this case. his face. He shook his head "No, nobuddy hain't sed nothin' ter me," he replied. "Is that so ?" Barton pretended to be surprised. "Yas, thet's so, mister." Among those who stood talking and laughing as Dick approached, was a burly, dark-faced fellow who held his comrades in constant terror on account of his savage dis position. "That is strange; well, I shall have to take it upon myHe was always on the lookout for a chance to raise a self to tell you." row. If the row could be made to develop into a fight, he liked it all the better. "All right, mister, I'm a-listenin'." Barton looked at_ Dick, quickly and sharply. There was something in the youth's tone which he did He never lost an opportunity to create a disturbance, and not like. he thought that now he saw an opportunity. He went ahead, however, and said: "Say, watch me, fellows," he said, just before Dick and the captain reached the spot; "I'm going to put the country bumpkin tlirough his paces "It is required, always, when a new recruit enters the ranks, that he prove to the satisfaction of his comrades that he is brave enough to go into a battle and fight like There were a number of the soldiers of the company the rest of the boys." who, to curry favor, always backed the bully up in his ut terances and flattered him and fawned at his feet. "That's the way to talk, Barton!" cried one. The bully's name was Henry Barton. "Go for him, Hank!" "Give it to him!" "Yes, ye'<>; that'll be sport!" "Is thet so, mister?" "Yes; you see he might be a rank coward who would run at the :first fire from the enemy, and in that case he would do a great deal more harm than good. You under stand?" Dick nodded. "Yas, I think I do," he replied. "Thet hain't a bad


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 9 i d ee, mister. I s'pose7ou want me ter prove thet I hain't er coward?" "Yes; that is what we want you to do "How am I ter prove et, mister?" "I'll tell you how. We will select a man from among our number, and you will have to fight him. "Oh, thet's et?" The redcoats were surprised to note that the youth did not seem to be very much alarmed. 'rheir idea, however, was that he did not as yet .fully r ealize the situation. "Yes, that's it," Barton said; "if you stand up like a man and put up a good fight, and you do not yell it will be considered that you are all right, and that it will be safe to have you in the ranks." "Yes, that's so; and if you have any preparations to make, make them at once. The boys here are anxious t o know whether you are a coward, or whether you are not." "An' I yo' air anxious ter give me er poundin', hain't thet so, mister?" remarked Dick. This was so nearly the truth of the matter that a num ber of the redcoats looked at each other and winked. Barton grew red in the face. He of course was well aware that it was his desire and intention to give the supposed country youth a good beat ing. But even he was not lost to all sense of shame, and knowing that his comrades understood the matter thor oughly he could not help flushing. doesn't matter whether I am anxious to give you a "Whut ef I do holler 'enough'?" asked Dick. pounding or not, young fellow," Barton said, with as ''"Then it will be considered that you are not worthy of lofty an air as he could command. "It is my duty to put being a soldier in the king's army." "Ob, thet's et, is et ?" "Yes; that is it," Barton replied. Dick was silent a few moments, during which time the redcoats watched him closely. Presently Dick looked Barton straight in the eyes, and said: "S'posin' I mal{e ther other feller holler 'enough', then wliut?" A roar of laughter greeted question. The reCLcoats, with the possible exception of Barton, were vastly amused. Bll..rton was not pleased, for the reason that he was to be the one who was to test the new recruit, and the bare thought of the country youth making him cry 'enough' was, he thought, absurd. "Bah! You won't make any one cry 'enough'!" Barton sneered. Dick elevated his eyebrows. "Yo' think not, mister?" "I know it." Di ck pretended to look .Puzzled. "How kin yo' know et, mister?" he asked. "That is simple enough," was the reply; "I know it beyour courage to a test, and the only way I can do it is by t hrashing you soundly." "Oh, I see!" Dick nodded just as if he believed the statement of the redcoat Then he went on: "Oh, I kin see yo' air not the kind uv a feller ez would wanter pound ennybuddy up jest fur fun," said Dick "Eet's easy ter see thet yo' air a good-natured, tender hearted sort uv a feller." Several of the redcoats snickered. The statement that Barton looked good natured and tender hearted was so comical that they could not help laughing. This made Barton angry. He grew red in the face. "See here," he eaid, glaring at Dick fiercely; "don't you dare make fun of me, you young scoundrel; if you do it won't be good for you." Dick assumed a look of astonishment. "Don't yo' like whut I said erbout yo'?" he asked. Barton hesitated. "I don't like the way you said it," he replied. "Mebby yo'd liked et better ef I'd er said yo' look like cause," Barton paused an instant and swelled out his chest, er black-muzzled pyrttt," Dick remark eil coolly and calmly. "I am the one you will have to fight." CHAPTER IV. DICK PROVES HIS COURAGE. 'Oh, is thet so?" said Dick. He did not seem to be greatly surprised. The redcoats looked at Dick in amazement All save Barton. He became furiously angry. "See here, you young scoundreW' he exclaimed, shaking his fist at Dick. "I don't believe I ever saw any one who needed thrashing more than you do." / Dick lifted his eyebrows. "Is thet so?" he asked calmly.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. "Yes, that's so; and I am going to give you th worst thrashing you ever ha.d in your life!" "Et'll be er bad one ef et' s wusser n whut dad hez giv' me lots uv times," r e marked Dick, seemingly not in the least disconcerted by the prospect. Once more a number of the redcoats snickered. Anxious to redeem himself, Barton rushed upon Dick with the ferocity of a tiger. He did not depend upon one blow this time. He would not risk missing a second time, so be began rruning the blows upon the youth. Dick had been sure that this would be the redcoat's There was something amusing in the youth's words and plan of procedure, and he was ready for the fellow. manner. "Step out here!" cried Barton. enough talking." He gave way before the other, and retreated-not rap There has been idly, but only so fast as was necessary. "All right, mister," replied Dick. "All I wanter ax is whut yo' do when I make yo' holler 'enough'? Will yo' leave ther army?" Again the redcoats laughed. Very few of Barton's comrades liked him, and they could enjoy Dick's remarks at their comrade's expense. Barton, however, did not enjoy it. "Look out for yourself!" he cried. He leaped forward and faced Dick. "Now I'm going to go for you!" he cried .fiercely. "All right; I'm ready fur yo', mister," said Dick. Instantly Barton leaped forward. He at Dick fiercely. Dick ducked, and dodged under the man's arm. So hard had Barton struck that when he missed Dick he plunged forward. As Dick dodged under the fellow s arm, he managed to trip him. Barton lost his balance and plunged forward upon his face. Dick whirled and looked down upon the redcoat in pretended amazement. "Whut'd he fall down fur?" he asked "I never tetched him The spectators stared in amazement. The :tJ.appening had been entirely unexpected. Their idea had been that their comrade would knock the youth senseless at a single blow .And had the blow aimed at Dick by the redcoat taken He dodged, ducked, evaded and parried the blows and s 9 skillful was he that Barton was unable to land a s in g l e damaging blow Dick danced around as lightly as a dancing master. So agile and graceful was he that his heavier and clum sier antagonist was made appear doubly heavy and clumsy. Barton grew more and more enraged as he realized that his attempts at harming his youthful antagonist were unavailing. Hoarse growls of rage escaped him. He redoubled his efforts. He followed Dick closely, and attempted to bf>at him to the ground. To no avail. He could not do it. He was now tired. He felt that he would soon become exhausted. He was not accustomed to such violent exercise. He realized that he could not stand much more of it. would keep up the attack as long as possible, how-ever, in the hope that he might get in a blow. He felt confident that if he could get in one good stroke the fight would be won. But Dick would not let him land the blow. The youth understood the situation fully as well as did Barton. Presently the redcoat began to weaken perceptibly. His blows came less frequently, and lacked force. Up to this time Dick had been entirely on the defensive. He had not as yet struck a single blow Now, however, he felt that the time had come for him effect, such would probably have been the result, for the to do something. bully was a big, strong fellow, and had struck with all He suddenly surprised Barton by taking the offensive. his force. Barton scrambled hastily to his feet. He been angry before, but now he was wild with rage. He would not have believed it poss ible that the sup posed country youth could put him to the ground by either trick or force. But he had done so. The spectators, as well, were surprised. In truth, they had been amazed at the very begip.ning. They were beginning to think that this was th e most remarkable country youth they had ever seen. Barton was beginning to think so, too. He was destined to realize it even more forcibl y For a few moments Dick stood his gi!Ound, and c on tented himself with holding Barton in check.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 11 Then he suddenly took advantage of an opening. Out shot his fist. It struck the' redcoat in the chest, sending him reeling backward a distance of several feet. quietly waiting for his opponent to get up and renew the combat. Nearly a minute elapsed and then Barton rose to a sitting posture. It was a strong blow, and caused the spectators to open He had stopped groaning and writhing about, but it 1 their eyes in amazement. was evident from the look on his face that be was still A long, drawn-out "Ah-h-b-h!" escaped the lips of the in considerable pain. redcoats. "Great guns! what a blow!" "It was a hard one, and no :mistake!" "It came near flooring :Barton!" "Jove! but the youth is a terror, isn't he?" Such w;re a few of the exclamations indulged in. "Git up, mister," said Dick "ef yer goin' ter give me thet tbrashin' yo' were talkin' erbout, hev ter git up an' at et." "Ob, I'll get up; never you fear!" hoarsely growled the redcoat. "And when I do, I'll make you wish that I hadn't; I'll have your heart's blood for this, you young Barton was perhaps the most astonished man of them scoundrel!" all. "Sorry, but I bain't got no heart's blood ter spare, mis-He realized his despised foe had come within an ace of knocking him down. Barton began to realize that he had caught a Tartar. He could not the matter at all. However, he had no time, nor mdeed any inclination to ponder over the affair. He must accept the situation. The instant jte recovered his balance after staggering backward Barton gave utterance to a roar of anger and rushed forward to the attack. He struck three or four blows, which were neatly parried, and then out shot Dick's left arm. Thump! Again Dick's fist struck opponent in the chest and sent him reeling backward. This time Dick followed up his advantage. He leaped forward and struck the redcoat a terrific blow right over the heart. Down went Barton at full length upon the ground. There was a thud as he struck, and he gave utterance to a grunt of pain. Again escaped the lips of the spectators. "Wonderful!" "Remarkable I" "It beats anything I ever saw!" "I would not have believed it possible had I not seen it with my own eyes!" ter; I guess yo'll hev ter be content without et." "You'll see I" growled Barton. "I say I'll have your heart's blood, and I mean it, too!" "Sbo yo' don't say?'' remarked Dick. "I wouldn't be ez bloodthirsty as yo' air fur enything in ther world, mister." The spectators, who were watching Dick closely, were surprised by his calmness. He did not seem to be at all worried. They hardly knew what to attribute this to They could not make up their minds as to whether the e youth was really extraordinarily brave or whether be simply did not understand that he was in great danger. For he was in great danger, as the redcoats well knew. They knew Barton thoroughly. They were well aware that after having been handled so roughly by his despised antagonist, Barton would not be satisfied until he had revenged himself upon the youth. Barton slowly struggled to his feet. He kept a wary eye on Dick as he did so. He feared that the youth might rush upon him. He knew that had their positions been reversed, he would have done so and he judged Dick by himself. But Dick was too fair-minded for that. He would not take advantage of his opponent. He felt confident that he could handle Barton, anyway. "The youth is a I" "Indeed, he is I" Barton groaned aloud and By being even fairer than the usages of such a combat required, he would gain the good will of the other red writhea about, seemingly coats. being in great pain. So Dick stood quietly in his tracks and waited for his His face was contorted and was anything but pleasing opponent to get ready. to look upon. He did not have to wait long. Dick, immediately after delivering the blows, bad stepBa-rton was eager to revenge himself upon the youth who ped back and folded his arms, and he now stood there, had humiliated him in the presence of his comrades


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIBD. As soon as he bad got straightened up, he rushed for ward. He struck at the youth, fiercely, desperately. Dick gave ground for a few moments, then, the other's strength suddenly giving out, the youth took the offensive. Out shot his left fist straight for the redcoat's face. Barton threw up his arm to ward off the blow. This was what Dick had expected he would do. It gave the youth the opening he was looking for. I Out shot his right fist. Four of the soldiers lifted Barton and bore him into one of the tents, and placed him on his cot. Then they began the work of resuscitation. They bathed the insensible man's face with water. They forced some liquor down his throat. They rubbed his arms and leg:;:. These measures were effective. Barton soon returned to consciousness. He opened his eyes and looked >yonderingly about him. "Where am I?" he asked, feebly. "What has hapThe :first blow had been merely a feint, but this one was pened ?" ..1ot. It happened that the four who had brought Barton The fist struck Barton in the pit of the stomach and into the tent, and who were working with him, were his doubled him forward; at the same instant the youth's left cronies. fist came up and landed with terrible force on the redThey told him where he was, and what had happened. coat's jaw. Barton listened to the story, and when it was finished he Down went Barton as if be bad been struck by a groaned. cannon-ball. He struck the gound with a thud, and lay still. He had been knocked senseless by the terrible blow. Cries of wonder escaped the redcoats. CHAPTER V. A TRICKY GUIDE. "That beats anything I ever saw!" "It was a wonderful blow!" "Yes, yes!" "He has knocked Barton senseless!" "So he has !" "Yes, and has done a good thing, too!" Such were a few of the exclamations. It was plain that the majority of the soldiers did not ' It's all up with me!" he said, bitterly, when the men bad :finished. "I have been whipped, and by a gawky country lout I am diBtraced forever I shall never be able to hold up my head again. I shall apply to head quarters for a transfer to some other company. I don't want to stay in this one any longer." "I don't blame you," said one of the soldiers; "it would be tough to have to be in the s, e company with that lout!" "I could not endure it!" Barton's comrades were surprised to see him so quiet. They had expected that he would rave and curse, and be for going out at once and killing the youth who had disgraced him. The truth of the matter was that the terrible blow in the pit of the stomach bad taken all the fight out of the fellow. He felt strangely weak. rHe felt as if he could not stand, if he were to get upon his feet. There is no doubt that he would have liked to secure have much love for the fallen man. revenge on the youth, but at present be would have to One slapped Dick on the shoulder. let the matter rest. "I am glad that you gave him a good thrashing," he He intimated as much to his comrades when they asked said; "but I don't understand, yet, how you were able him if he was not going to try to get square with the youth. to do it. He was a terror, and has thrashed every one of the boys who dared to stand up in front of him." "Some time, boys," Barton said; "some time, but not right now. Why, I'm as weak as a cat, and would stand "Oh, he wuzn't so very hard ter lick," said Dick; "not no chance. against the young scoundrel-none, whatever." ez hard ez I thort he would be before we got at et." Dick was the hero of the hour. "Well, I hope and trust that you have taught him a The praised him, and told him be had done a lesson that will be of value to him." good thing. "I hope so, too, mister; I don' like them thar bullies "Wish you bad come along sooner," said one redcoat, very well, myse'f." jocularly; "it would have saved a number of us fellows "Nor does any one else." from getting roughly handled by that bully."


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 13 "I'm glad I done er good .thing," said Dick, modestly; "I didn' t want no trubble with 'im, but he would hev et, an' so I went inter giv' 'im ther bes' I could." "And that was plenty good enough to lay him on the shelf!" Dick spent the rest of the afternoon and evening talking with his comrades of the company, and he ate supper with them. They sat up till about ten o clock at night, and talked and laughed and told stories, and then all entered the tents and threw themselves down upon their cots. In half an hour or so the majority were sound asleep and snoring. But Dick was not asleep. He was as wide awake as ever he was in his life. He had important work ahead of him, and there would be no sleep for him for several hours-if at all, that night. He was determined to slip away, and press onward to Charleston. He had important messages for General Lincoln, from the commander-in-chief, and they must be d e livered. Then, too, he was in great danger every moment that he remained in the British encampment with the import ant papers in his possession. He might be suspected and searched. The papers would then, inevitably, be found That would be fatal. He would be shot or hanged. Dick was determined that he would not give the redco a t s any more chance than was absolutely necessary. So he lay there in his cot, wide awake and :ager, waiting for t4e time to come to slip away. He had aslied some questions that afternoon and evening. He had learned that it was about four miles to Charles ton. He must reach the cit y deliver the messages to Gener a l Lincoln, and then get back to the British encampment He lifted the flap slightly and looked out. All was dark outside. The camp-fires were out. There was no moon, for which Dick was thankful. The darkness would veil his movemE)nts. He pushed the flap to one side, and emerg e d from the tent. He stood s till and listened for a few moments. No sound came to his hearing. Dick realized that he was in an exceedingly dang e rous situation. Discovery and capture meant death. But he did not hesitate. He had encountered so many dan g ers during the time he had been playing the part of a spy for the patriot army that he had become, in a measure, calloused to it. Thought of danger to himself did not worr y him much. Indeed, what troubled him mos t, when thoughts that he might be c aptured came to him, was that he might fail to deliver the important messages, or that he might not be able to carry the important information which he may have secured, to the command e r-in-chief. Dick moved forward. He moved slowly and cautiously. He had taken pains during the evening to find out where the sentin e ls were stationed. This knowledge would be of inestimable advantage to him now. He could thus avoid the sentinels in lea v in g the camp. Dick made his way in a direction w hich w ould le a d him between the points where two s e ntinels wer e st-ationed. He presently reached the edge of the He entered the timber beyond. He moved very slowly and cautiou s l y now, for he kn e w that he was close to the sentinels. He was an old hand at this kind o f w ork however. He stole throu g h the timber with all the skill and siand into his tent and cot without his absence having been l e nce of a n Indian warrior. discovered, if such a thing was possible. Dick thought it might be accomplished He was ready to attempt it, at any rate. He waited half an hour longer. Then he raised himself on his elbow and listened. It was quite dark within the tent. Dick could see nothing. The labored breathing of his comrades came to Dick's hearing. "I guess it is safe to make the attempt now," thought the youth. He left the cot and stole toward the entrance of the tent. He made no sound whatever. He was not chall e nged, and presently, when confid e n t that he was saf e ly through the lines, he in c reased h is speed. He walked onward at a swinging gait, and an hour later was entering the suburbs of Charleston. He was hailed by a sentinel. "Halt! Who comes there?" "A friend replied Dick. "Advance, friend, and gi v e the countersign!" was the order. Dick the sentinel.


.. l4 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. "I do not know the countersign," he said; "I am a messenger from the north. 1 am from the com mander-in-chief, and bring important messages for Gen eral Lincoln." "Ah! Who are you?" the sentinel asked. "My name is Dick Slater." "What! not Dick Slater, the boy spy?" "The same," replied Dick. "Now, I will pass on, if you please, as it is important that the messages be placed in the general's hands at the earliest possible moment." . "Yes, yes! Pass on, Dick Slater!" the sentinel cried. .. "I know of yeu. I have h.eard many stories about you, .and am glad that I have met you!" "Thank you," said Dick, and then he hurried onward. He made his way rapidly down the street. Presently he was in the heart of the city. He stopped a patriot soldier, and asked to be directed Indeed, he had more than half expected that he would be attacked, and had nerved himself for the encounter. The result was that instead of being taken at a Jisad vantage, he was enabled to place himself on practically even terms with his assailant. It happened that there was a lamp post not far distant, and while the light was very bad, it was sufficient to en able Dick to see the flash of steel, and make it possible for him to catch the man by the wrists. A snarling curse escaped the lips of the youth's assail-ant when he found his wrists seized He attempted to wrench them loose He was unable to do so. Re was strong, but Dick was fully as strong, if not stronger. The man soon discovered this fact. It made him almost wild with rage. to the headquarters of General Lincoln. "L t t d b e go my wns s, you curse re el "This way," said the soldier. "I will show you the hi d spy!" the fe1low house." He led the way down the street a couple of blocks, turned to the left, and continued on in that direction two m three blocks, then turned again to the right, and pres Dick noticed that they were approaching the water front: Suddenly a suspicion of his companion entered Dick's mjnd.. Surely General Lincoln's headquarters were not down in this part of the city! sse "And let you stick me with that knife?" remarked Dick. "I rather think I shall do nothing of the kind! So you are not a patriot soldier at all, but a redcoat spy in dis guise, eh?'' "That is what I am, curse you! I don't mind ac knowledging it to you, for I am going to kill you, and you will never tell any one!" "We will see about that!" retorted Dick grimly. "You haven't accqmplished this yet, and I don't think you 'l'hen, either the soldier who had conducted Dick hither will." was drunk, and did not know where he ,was going, or he was a scoundr-el up to some trick. If the latter, then Dick wished to learn the truth as quickly as possible. They were within less than a block of the docks, when the youth paused. "Wait a bit, my friend," he said. "Did you understand me to say that I wished to be shown to the headquarters of General Lincoln?" "I so understood you," was the reply. "T?en why have you brought me away down here to the wharves? Surely the general's headquarters are not here?" "No, but your grave is here!'' hissed the man, and with the words he hurled himself upon the youth. CHAPTER VI A. BATTLE ROYAL. Dick, as we have said, had become suspicious, so he was not taken wholly by surprise. The two struggled fiercely. Now that Dick realized that he had hold of a British spy, he was eager to capture the fellow. He put forth all his strength. He gave the redcoat's wrist a sudden, terrible twist, and with a cry of pain the fellow the knife. It struck the pavement with a clang. "There! Now we are on an even basis," said Dick, with an air of satisfaction; "you ;von't stick me with that lLlife, and I think I shall be able to master you." "Never!" hissed the redcoat. "Curse you, you cannot do it! You could not do it in a thousand years!" "I can do it in much less than a thousand seconds!" retorted Dick. ,. Then he redoubled h1s efforts. Suddenly he the fellow's wrist another terrible twist, brilJ.ging a cry_ of pain from the redcoat, and then he seized the man by the throat. "Ah, now I have you!" said Dick grimly. "I. will speedily choke you into insensibility. I judge the


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 15 time you will be careful whom you select to try to play glad of that, for I don't want to be delayed any longer tricks upon!'1 than i s ne c e s s a ry." Then the youth compressed the redcoat's windpipe in A few moments later the man gave utterance to a louder that terrible grip of his, and the fellow gasped and gurgroan, and ro s e to a sitting posture. gled at a great rate. Dick had stepped back a pace, and now stood looking He saw now tl}.at he had, indeed, caught a Tartar. He had been shrewd enough to suspect that Dick was a patriot messenger, and had led him off to this lonely place for the purpose of killing him and securing the papers. He had not thought that he would have any difficulty in doing this. He saw that Dick was only a youth, and supposed he would be able to handle him easily. He was now learning his mistake. Too late, he realized that instead of victimizing the youth he would be the victim. He struggled fiercely; however. He thought that he might even yet succeed in getting the better of the youth. He hied to trip Dick. down upon his late foe. The fellow made an effort to free his hands Then he looked up at Dick. "What does this mean?" he asked. "What does it mean?" "Yes." "It seems to me that you ought to know." ''Well, I don't." "You do not?" "No." "That is strange." "Maybe it is." "There is no mistake about that, my friend." "How came I here in this fix?" "I guess you know, don't you?" The fellow shook his head. ''I must say that I do not," he replied. "Then I must say that you are the champion liar!" mid "You are wasting your time and strength," said Dick. Dick calmly. The youth simply laughed aloud. uyou are absolutely powerless, my friend, and might as well give up." The disguised redcoat would not do this, however. He kept on struggling. "What's that?" "You heard what I said." "Yes, I did; but I don't understand why you should say what you did. I have not the least idea why I am here, His struggles grew more and more feeble, however, and 1.n this fix. Wh t d t ?" o 1e my wns s. and presently he sank to the ground. Dick at first suspected a trick, but soon saw that there was no shamming about it; the fellow was almost sense less, and was wholly helpless. Dick turned the man over onto his face, and quickly bound his wrists together with a stout handkerchief. Then he straightened up. "I did." "Why?" "Why?" "Yes." Dick laughed in a sarcastic manner. "You are a pretty good actor, my friend," he said; "but you can't fool me. You can't make me think that He drew breath. you don't know why your hands are tied." "Phew! that was a little encounter!" he murmured. "That fellow meant to put me out of the way; there il'l no doubt about that." Dick looked about him. No one was in sight. All was quiet. "But I don't know." "Bosh!" "No bosh about it. Why are they tied, aud who are you?" "It doesn't matter who I am," replied Dick sternly. "It is enough that I know what you are, you r e dcoat "He could have done it in safety, so far as being seen spy!" is concerned," thought the youth. "Here I have him ly"What's that?" the man cried "What i s t ha t you call ing fiat on his back, seemingly dead, and no one near to me?" accuse m e o f murder." "A redcoat spy." Dick waited till the man on the ground moved and gave "What! I a spy?" utterance to a groan. "Yes." "Ah! he'R coming to," thought Dick. "Good! I'm "Whatever put that idea in your head?"


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. The man tried to put honesty and frankness into his "It is the truth!" was the dogged reply. tones, but it was hard work. Dick was silent for a few moments, during which time "The fact that you tried to murder me is what put the they walked onward, and then he said: idea in my head." "You don't mean to say that I tried to murder you?" the fellow exclaimed. "Surely you are mistaken." Dick shook his head. "You say you are a patriot soldier?" "I am," was the reply. "Very well; then you will have no objections to appear ing before General Lincoln." "No, I am not mistaken. You led me off down here, The man was at a loss what to say fo-r a few moments, as you well know, and then tried to kill me." and then he said: "You say I did this?" "I have no objections to appearing before him; but I The man simulated amazement quite successfully. He dislike to appear in this fix-with my hands bound." was, indeed, a very good actor. "Oh, you don't fancy that, eh ?" "You know you did it," said Dick sternly; "and now "No." get up. You are to go with me to hen.dquarters." "Well, I am afraid you will have to do it, whether you {'Me go with you?" fancy it or not.'' "Yes." "To headquarters?" "Yes." "What for?" "You won't free my hands, then?" "Most certainly I will not I" "But think of how cheap I shatl feel!" "And think of how silly I should be to free your hands, "Why, so that the general may see you, and then send after you have just tried to take my life I" you to the guard-house." "Send me to the guard-house!" "Yes." "Why, I'm a patriot soldier!" "Yes, you're a patriot soldier!" he said, sarcastically. "You are a scoundrelly redcoat I" "I assure you you are mistaken," the fellow insisted. "Look at my uniform." "Stolen from some dead patriot soldier!" "No, no! You are mistaken!" "I don't think so. Get up!" Dick caught hold of the fellow and assisted him to rise. The youth took his late assailant by. the arm. "Come along, now, and don't make any fuss about it," be said. The man walked along with him, but kept protesting. "It is all a mistake," he asserted. "I don't understand the matter at all. I must have been drunk, if I led you down here and then attacked you, as you say I did." "No, you were not drunk, my friend," said Dick. "Then what ailed me, that is what I should like to know?" "I'm sure I will not tell you," said Dick; "you ought to know better than any one else." "Well, I don't; and do you know, I have no bra;ce of having seen you before the moment that I recov ered consciousness, back yonder, when I was lying on the ground with you standing over me?" "Come, come; don't tell me any such stories as that !" said Dick. "You surely do not expect me to believe them?" "That was all a mistake; I was not responsible when I did that." "Well, you see, I am afraid you might have another sucl: spell, and I am not willing to take the chances." "You need not be afraid; I don't have such a speU more than once in six months." "Is that so ?" "Yes." "Well, that is a great deal too often. I think yot should be placed where you won't have an opportunity tc injure any one when another spell comes on you." "But I won't have another such spell." "I'm afraid to risk it, my friend." They had been walking steadily onward, and were back in the lleart of the city. i Presently they encotmtered a man who was along, and Dick accosted him. "Will you tell me where General Lincoln has his head quarters, sir?" Dick asked. The man paused, gave the two a curious look, anc replied: "Certainly, su. The general's headquarters are jus two blocks farther up the street-the first house in th4 third block, on the right-hand side of the street." "Thank you." Then Dick and his prisoner walked on, the citizen -star ing after them in wonder. The two were soon in front of the building. Dick maintained a tight grip on the arm of his com


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. u panion, for he thought it likely the fellow might try to had better have this man searched and taken to the guardi>olt. house." And the man certainly would have tried to do so had 1e thought there was any chance that he might succeed. "Ah, indeed! Why so?" the general asked. "Who, and what is he?" He had felt the iron-like grip of the youth on his throat, "I don't know who he is, sir, but I am confident that lOWever, and now as he felt it on his arm he realized that I know what he is." .t would be fofly for him to attempt to get away. "What, if I may ask?" It would be useless. "A British spy I" So he ascended the steps without trying to hold back, md stood, pale and trembling, and waited for some one to to the door in answer to Dick) knock. Presently steps were heard approaching; and then there a fumbling at the door. Next, the door opened. A man stood there, candle in hand. "Who are you, and what do you want?" he asked. "I am a special messenger from the commander-in-chief tf the Continental army," replied Dick; "and I have im > ortant papers fgr General Lincoln. I must see him at mce." "Ah, indeed! Come in I" the man said. Dick and his companion stepped across the threshold, md the man closed the door and barred it. CHAPTER VII. DICK IS ACCUSED OF BEING A SPY. General Lincoln was greatly SU!Jlrised. He stared from Dick to the man in wonder. "Why do you think he is a spy?" he asked. Then Dick told him the adventure he had had with the fellow. "Well, well; he is certainly a dangerous character," the general said, when Dick had finished. "I will have him searched at once. Ord e rly I" The orderly entered. "This way," he said, and he led the way into a large General Lincoln pointed to the prisoner, who sat, sullen ;vaiting-room, and, indicating chairs, invited the two to faced, listening to all tliat was said, and ordered: >e seated. Search him The orderly obeyed. "I will arouse the general and tell him you are here,' t 11e remarked. "Who shall I say you are?" this to Dick. He searched the man thoroughly, and placed the articlee "Tell him that Dick Slater is here, from the commanderwhich he had found before the general, on the table. in-chief." The man bowed and withdrew. There were a few such things as might have been expected-a knife, pipe, tobacco, a little British gold and a folded paper. The general opened the paper and looked it over. Diek turned his eyes toward his companion and saw Lhat the man was staring at him in open-mouthed amazement. "You were right in thinking -him a spy, Dick," said "Now I unthe general; "this is an order from General Clinton to "So you are Dick Slater?" he remarked. derstand why you were too much for me I" Dick smiled, but said nothing. Ten minutes and then footsteps were heard. one of the under officers." "I knew he was a British spy I" said Dick. The fellow glowered at the youth. A few moments later and the orderly entered the room, "I'll remember y ou Dick Slater!" he said "And I'll followed by a large, good-natured-looking man-evidently try to pay the debt I owe you, one of these days General Lincoln. "This is the young man, Dick Slater, sir," the orderly said, indicating the youth. The general advanced and gave his hand to Dick. "I ain glad to meet you I" he said. "And you are a messenger from the commander-in-chief?" "Yes, sir," replied Dick. Then he pointed to his companion. "You'll do well to get out of this with y our life," re plied Diek. "If I were you, I would not be thinking or talking of revenge." The fellow mumbled something unintelligible. Doubtless he r e alized that it would be bes t for him not to say too much. The orderly was sent to summon a couple of soldiers, and when they c ame they were instructed to take the "General Lincoln," he said, impressively, "I think you prisoner to the guard-house


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. "Don't let him escape," warned General Lincoln; "he campment, and slipping between the sentinels, entered an' is a British spy I" soon reached the tent in which he had been given a co1 "We will see to it that he does not escape, General LinHe entered, silently, and making his way to the cot, la: coin," replied one of the soldiers, and then they marched down and was soon asleep. the prisoner off. Dick had done a deal of thinking while returning froiJ The instant they were gone, Dick drew the messages Charleston, and had decided to remain in the British line I from his pocket and handed them to the general. for at leasi another day. "There are some messages which I bring from the com-He wished to learn bow completely surrounded the cit. mander-in-chief," he said. was, and if there was the least chance for the patriot arm The general took the papers and read them as quickly to evacuate the city, he would return to General Lincol : as possible. and tell him. "These are orders for me to evacuate Charleston!" exclaimed the general, when he bad finished. Dick bowed. "So the commander-in-chief informed me," be said. "But I don't see how I am to evacuate the city, now." "I don't see how you are to do it, myself," coincided Dick. "I have sent out spies," the general went on, "and they report to me that the city is entirely surrounded by the British." Dick nodded. "They reported only the facts," he said; "such is the case." "Then how am I to evacuate the city?" General Lincoln looked distressed. Dick shook his heail. "I don't see how you can do it/' he said. "Then what am I to do?" The general's voiee was almost despairing in tone. "There is only one thing to do, so far as I can see." "And what is that -?, Just as he finished eating his breakfast next a captain and a couple of soldiers came and arrested Dicl! "\Yha t i s thi s fur?" th e y outh a s keu. "W'y hev y< done this?" "Orders," was the gruff reply. "You must come alon with us." Dick's comrades, who had taking to the youth becaus of the fact that be had thrashed Bart2n, inquired wha the trouble was, bu,t the soldiers either could not or woul, not tell, and Dick was marched off to a rude log buildin at 'the edge of the timber. This was the guard-house, and there was no one else in i1 "We shall have to bind your arms," said the captain "this old building isn't very strong, and you might tak French leave." The two soldiers quickly bound Dick's arms togethe behind his back. "Will yo' tell me w'y yo' hev done this?" asked Did "Whut hev I done, thet they sh'd put me in beer?" "Well, I'll tell you, young fellow," replied the captai : in a confidential tone. are accused of being a rebE "To remain where you are and hold out as long as posspy." Bible." The general pondered a few moments. "I judge that is the best thing to do," he agreed. They talked for some time longer, and then the general asked: "What will you do-remain here?" Dick shook his head. "No," he replied; "I must leave, and at once. I must be back within the British lines before daylight." Then he explained how he was at present posing as a new recruit to the British army. Presently he bade the general good-night, and took his departure. He hastened out of the city and made his way in the direction of the British encampment as rapidly as he could go. He was not more than an hour in reaching the en"Who, me?" Dick exclaimed, in amazement. "Yes, you." "I don' see how they got thet idee inter theer heads, he said. "I hain't no spy, an' I hain't done nothin' te make ennybuddy think I'm one, neether." "Is that so?" "Yas." "How about this matter of coming slipping into you tent at a late hour this morning, from no one know where?" Dick gave a slight start. "Who says I done thet?" he asked. "One of your comrades who sleeps in the same tent, was the reply. "So some one has tole thet, hey?" Dick remark ed. "Yes; isn't it true?" Dick shook his head.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 11) "No; et's er lie!" The captain laughed. "Of course you would deny it," he said. "I don't blame you for doing so." "Uv course I'll deny et," said Dick; "fu; et hain't ;o. Ther feller, whoever he is, .mus' hev er grudge ag'in ne." "You_think so?" "Yas; he mus' be er frien' uv thet thar Barton thet I licked. I 'xpect thet Barton put 'im up ter tell1n' ther story." The captain looked thoughtful. "Well, I'm not the O!le to pass on your case," he said. "Yas, sir." "You are sure it isn't something else?" "I'm shore uv et, mister." The colonel eyed Dick searchingly, the youth returning the look unflinchingly. "You are accused of being a rebel spy," the officer said. "What have you to say to the charge?" "I say ez how et hain't so, mister," replied Dick promptly. The colonel turned his eyes on the man sitting beeide Barton. "Graves, tell your story," he ordered. "Very well, Colonel Wilson," the fellow replied and 'There may be something in what you say, but you will then he went on: ave to make some one higher in authority than myself elieve it before it will do any good." Then the captain and the two soldiers withdrew. Dick did not like his situation at all. He wished now, that he had not decided to remain in he British encampment another day. "Had I gone on last night-or this morning, rather, nd not stopped in the camp, I shouid have been all right," e thought. "Well, I must make the best of the situa-Dick waited as patiently as he could, and was glad when about ten o'clock the door of the cabin opened and a ouple of soldiers put in an appearance. "Come," one said; "you are to go with us." "Whar to?" asked Dick. "You'll :find out soon enough." Dick was conducted to a log building at some distance rom the guard house. This log house was occupied by the colonel of the regi ent, in which was the company that Dick had become member of. "I slept in the same tent with this fellow," indicating Dick, "last night; and at about four o'clock this morning I was awakened by a noise. I opened my eyes, and saw this fellow enter the tent, slip to his cot, and lie down. It made me suspicious, and I reported the circumstances, as you know, and the young fe1low was arrested." The colonel nodded. "I understand," said; "and it was your idea that this young man, Tompkins, was a spy?" "Yes, sir; I thought that it was likely he had been inside the rebel lines to carry information." The colonel turned his eyes on Dick. "You were out of your tent last night?" he asked. Dick shook his head. "No, mister, I wuzn't," he replied promptly. The fellow who had caused his arrest glared angrily at Dick, as did Barton, but it had no effect on the youth. Colonel Wilson looked surprised. "Do you really mean to say that you were not out of the tent?" he asked, eyeing Dick sternly. Dick nodded. Dick was given a seat in front of where the colonel rat. "Thet is jes' whut I do mean ter say, mister," he re The youth looked around upon the faces of those presplied decidedly. nt and saw that Barton was one of the number. Beside him was another fellow whom Dick recognized s being one of Barton's "There is where the trouble lies," thought Dick. "That ellow sitting beside Barton is the one who has caused me be arrested; he has a cot in the same tent that I slept and it may be possible that he was awake when I came this morning." The colonel presently looked at Dick, and said: "What is your name?" "Bill Tompkins, mister," the youth replied. "Bill Tompkins, eh?" The fellow whom the colonel had addressed as Graves started to say something, but was stopped by a wave of the colonel's hand. "What purpose could Graves, here, have had in saying you were away from the tent, if you were not?" he asked. "I think I know w'y he tol' thet story, mister," said Dick. "You do?" "Y as." The colonel looked surprised; the two soldiers, Barton and Graves looked suspicious.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. "Well, why did he tell it, in your opinion?" the colonel !asked. "W al, I think thet ther reezon he tol' thet story is be"Jove! I don't like this!" thought Dick. "The boys will probably arrive in the vicinity some time to-day, and they will expect me to be on hand. I won't be there, and cos he is ther frien' uv thet feller," and Dick pointed at they won't know what to think of my disappearance." Barton. The colonel looked still more surprised. "Why should that fact influence him to tell the story, as you call it?" he asked. "Becos he is ther frien' uv thet feller is w'y he tol' ther story, I'm said Dick. "Yoli know, I giv' thet feller er good lickin' yisterday evenin', an' they made 'up theer min's ter git even with me, an' tol' this heer story erbout me--w'ich hain't so, mister." "That is false, Colonel Wilson!" cried Graves. "Don't let him pull the wool over your eyes. He is, I am con fident, an exceedingly shrewd and dangerous fellow." "There is no doubt regarding that, Colonel Wilson," said Barton. "No country greenhorn could possibly fight CHAPTER VIII. . THE OLD MAN OF THE CAVERN .About noon of this same day a body of horsemen were making their way along the road leading through the tim ber at a point about teu miles north from Charleston. It was the same road over which Dick Slater had been traveling when we introduced him to the reader's notice a the beginning of this story. There were about one hundred in the party, which wa M he is able to fight. He is a dangerous fellow, and is, I made up, as the reader has no doubt suspected, of th would be willing to wager a year's pay, a rebel spy." ''Liberty Boys of '76." "Don' yo' b'leeve 'em, mister," said Dick; "they air .At the head of the party rode a bright-faced, handsom jes' mad at me, thet's all. Theer hain't no truth in ther fellow, seemingly nineteen or twenty years or age. story thet feller tol' erbout me a-comin' inter ther tent This youth was Bob Estabrook, Dick Slater's best friend this momin'. I laid down at ther same time ther rest and right-hand man. did, an' I never lef' there tent till I come out this mornin' ter git my breakfas'." The colonel was evidently puzzled. He seemed at a loss to know what to do. The two soldiers noted this fact, and fearing that the officer might decide to let Dick remain at large, said: "Don't let him deceive you, colonel. He is a deep scoundrel, and may do a lot of damage if he is let run free." "Then yo'd better lock them fellers up, too, colonel," Baid Dick. "They air ez lierble ter do damidge ez me." The colonel studied a few moments. "I guess I shall be forced to hold you a prisoner until General Clinton comes," he said. "He will be here to morrow." "That will be the wisest thing to do," said Barton; and there was a triumphant look in his eyes as he looked at Dick. "Uv course yo' kin do ez yo' like, mister," said Dick; "but yo' air makin' er mistake, fur I hain't no spy." "I will let General Clinton be the regarding that," the colonel replied, and then he ordered the two soldiers who had conducted Dick to the cabin to take him back to the guard house. They obeyed, and five minutes later the youth was again alone in the cabin. Dick was captain of the company, but when he w away from it Bob was always placed in command. The "Liberty Boys" were as brave a lot of youths ru; were ever banded together. They had proven this on many occasions. They were youths of whom with truth it might be &ai that they would rather fight than eat. Suddenly Bob gave the command to halt. "It is dinner time, boys," he said, "and we may well stop and eat our lunc:q. Then, too, I think we hav ventured as near Charleston as is advisable until we ar rejoined by Dick. He was to meet us here on this roa by noon to-day, you know." "That's right," agreed Mark Morrison; "we might well eat our lunch, and then we can wait till Dick comes. "I'll tell you what I think we had better do," said Bo "We had better ride into the timber a ways before di mounting. .A band of redcoats might come upon us, yo know, and we don't want to have to do any fighting un alter Dick comes back." "That's right," said Mark. "We don't want the re coats to even know that we are in the neighborhood." "True," agreed Bob. ".A couple of you boys will hav to remain here on guard, however, as Dick might be co ing back and pass by without knowing we were anywhe near."


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 21 Bob named two of the youths for guard duty, and they !IIlounted and handed their bridle reins to a couple of eir comrades. Then they took some food out of their idle bags, after which one said: "Go ahead, boys; we're all right; Dick won't get past "Liberty Boys," with the exception of the two, enjed the timber. hey followed a sort of trail through the timber, and en they had proceeded a distance of seventy-five yards y suddenly emerged into an open space semi-circular shape, and perhaps :fifty yards wide by one hundred g. t the opposite side of the open space was, not more ber, but an abyss, seemingly more than a hundred feet depth. 'Hello! I wasn't expecting anything of that kind," said b. "Nor I," replied Mark Morrison; "but I'm not sur sed. The country is quite hilly and broken around e, and such deep ravines or gullies are likely to be nd." ''So they are, Mark) and-great guns! look yonder! As 've) there is a uniform of a patriot soldier lying on the und." "You are right!" exclaimed Mark Morrison, excitedly. his is a strange affair." xclamations escaped the lips of all the "Liberty Boys." They dismounted in a hurry. They hastened forward. he uniform in question lay right on the brink of the The entire uniform was not there. There was a hat and coat only, and beside those lay a ket. "It is a captain s uniform," said Sam Sanderson. Bob picked the coat up and looked at it closely. "Great guns, fellows!" he exclaimed, "this is Dick's t; I would know it any here, and this is his hat and his ket." "By Jove, you are right!" cried Mark Morrison. he other youths, too, recognized Dick's coat and hat "I fear Dick has fallen over the bluff," said Mark Mornson. "I don t think that, for, as you see, here are his coat, hat and gun," replied Bob; "but it is a mysterious affair." "Maybe Dick was waylaid by redcoats or Tories and murdered and his body brought here and thrown over the precipice," said Sam Sanderson. Bob shook his head. "I hardly think that," he said; "had they done so and robbed him of his clothing, they would certainly have taken it With them, would they not?" "One would think so," said Mark Morrison. The "Liberty Boys" were greatly worried. They could not account for the presence of Dick's uni form there on the brink of the precipice in any other wa,y iban that something had happened to t heir brave young commander. Their idea had been that Dick had long since reached Charleston and delivered the messages of which he was bearer, into the hands of General Lincoln and that he was in all Probability close at hand on his way back from Charleston to meet them as he bad agreed. But now the :finding of his uniform bad changed their views materially. They feared that Dick had met with foul play. They were already gre atly worri ed, but if Dick did not put in an appearance some time during that afternoon, they would not know what to think. The youths crept to the edge of the precipice and peered down into the abys s Far down, a hundred feet at least, they could see the bottom of the abyss. But they could see nothing which looked like the body of a human being. Suddenly Mark Morrison utte red an exclam a tion "Look here, fellows, here's a rope!" he c r ied. The others crowded forward and looked in the direction indicated. A few f e et dist ant a larg e tree sto o d on t h e v ery brink of the abyss Many of the roots of the tree had been l eft exposed by tlie crumbling away of the d irt from about them and d gun, and g ave utterance to exclamations of amazement to one of these roots a rope was tied. wonder. The youths became excite d he youths hardly knew what to think. What could it mean? they aske d themselves. hey stared at one another, questioningly. ere was Dick ? ow came his uniform to be lying thf::e? hese were the questions they asked themselves, but 'ch they could not answer. Why was the rope the r e ? They crowded aro und the tree and holding to it, leaned out as far as they dared and looked down. Several of the youths lay dow n on the i r faces and peered over the edge of the precipice.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. They saw that the rope was about thirty feet in length. use his pistol, and so, dropping it, he engaged in a. hant The rope lay right along the face of the bluff and at a to-hand combat with his assailant. point about thirty feet down a ledge projected out from It was not very dark in the cavern, and 'Bob got a look 1 the rocky wall. his assailant. The ledge was about four feet wide and was covered with To his surprise he saw an old man with long, gray ha bushes. and beard, and gaunt features. "What do you think about this, anyway, Bob?" asked The old man's clothes were rigs, and, taken as a whol Mark. he did not present a very pleasing appearance. "I hardly know, Mark, but there is one thing that seems "Jove I he must be a madman," thought Bob, and reasonably certain." thrill of horror went through him. "What is that?" He began struggling wi1:h the old man with all h "That there is a hiding place down there." energy. "Just what I think; there is a cavern in the side of the Strange to say, he never thought to call out to h bluff, likely." friends above for help. "Undoubtedly, Mark." The struggle waged fiercely. The youths looked at Bob with eager eyes. Bob was very strong and active, but had been taken "You think Dick is down there?" asked Sam Sanderson. a disadvantage. Bob shook his head. The old man was very strong, however. "I hardly think so," he replied; "we'll find out, though, Indeed, he seemed possessed of superhuman strength. and that very quickly." It was Bob's idea that the old man would speedily "How are you going to do it?"' asked Mark. come exhausted, but such did not prove to be the case. "I am going down there!" In fact, Bob was the first to become tired. "I wouldn't do it if I were you, Bob," said Sam; "there's The madman seemed to realize this, and redoubled no telling who or what you may find down there." exertions. "Oh, I don't think there is any danger," said Bob, carelessly. He threw off his coat and hat and then swung himself down underneath the great roots which projected out over the precipice. Taking hold of the rope, Bob placed his feet against the wall : and worked his way slowly downward until he came to the projecting ledge. "Now, look out, Bob!" warned Mark. "Don't be rash; take things easy and look before you leap." "Here's a. cave, fellows, all right!" called up Bob. "I'll investigate." "Maybe some of the rest of us had better come down," said Mark. "I don't think it will be necessary, Mark; if I need any help I'll yell." "All right; see that you do." Bob drew his pistol and stepped forward. Right before him was an opening in the face of the bluff. The opening was about five feet high and three feet wide. Stooping, Bob stepped through the opening. As he did so he was given a shock. A wild, inarticulate cry startled him and he felt him self sei1.ed by strong hands. With a powerful effort, he threw Bob to the floor. As he did so, he gave utterance to a wild cry of trium He threw himself d'twn upon Bob, and seized the you by the throat. There was little doubt but that he would have chok Bob to death, had there not come an interruption. The youths had heard the old man give utterance tot wild cry as he leaped upon Bob, and had come to t conclusion that their comrade was in danger. Mark Morrison swung himself down hastily and m his way down the rope with all possible speed. He reached the ledge just as the old man succeed in throwing Bob to the floor, and just as the old m seized Bob by the throat Mark leaped through the openi He hurled himself upon the old man, upsetting h and freeing Bob. Bob leaped to his feet instantly and went to his frien assistance. The old man struggled fiercely, but could :not withsta the combined assault from the two young fellows, and was thrown to the ground with considerable force. The fact was that the youths did not wish to handle old man severely, but were forced to do so, he fighting a tiger. As the old man went down his head struck an out-jutti Bob had been seized in such a manner that he could not rock and he was knocked senseless.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 23 The youths rose and then looked at the old man and then each other, wonderingly. "Jove! you came just in time, Mark!" exclaimed Bob, ntingly. "You're right," agreed Mark; "the old man seemed have the better of you, didn't he?" "He did that." "How did it happen?" "He took me unawares-jumped upon me the instant 3tuck my head through the opening there, and I didn't ve much chance." "I see." The youths now turned their attention to the old man. "I hope he isn't dead," said Bob. "Oh, I hardly think it is as bad as that," said Mark; 1is head hit the rock pretty hard, but I don't think it ore than knocked him senseless. They made an examination and discovered that the old an's heart was still beating. "Say, that is a rather strange affair," said Sam Sander son. "And you saw nothing to indicate that Dick had been there?" from another. "No, nothing at all," replied Bob. "Maybe the old man threw Dick down into the ravine," suggested another of the youths. "I hardly think that," replied Bob; "and after we have eaten our dinner we will go down into the ravine and make a thorough search." "You say that old mall: down in the cavern was hurt in his struggle with you?" said Sam Sanderson. "Yes," replied Bo):>; "but he wasn't seriously hurt." "You think he could climb out, then?" "Oh, yes; he's all right." "Well, I'm glad of that; it would be too bad if he were unable to get out and should starve to death in there." "So it would," acquiesced Bob; "but there is no dan ger of that." "He is all right," said Bob; "let's improve the opporSeveral of youths were looking over the edge of the nity and look all around the cavern and see if we can precipice, and just then one of them exclaimed: e any signs of "There he is; I see him! He's all right I" This did not take long. Yes, he's out on the ledge looking upward," said anThe cavern was small, and had Dick been there they other of the youths; "he's not hurt to speak of." )uld speedily have found him. "You may be sure he isn't," said Bob; "and now, come As they finished their search, the old man came to, and on, fellows, let's eat our lunch and get down and search !ing to a sitting posture, glared at the youths. the ravine and see if we can find anything of Dick "Hello! You've come to, have you?" remarked Bob. not that I do expect to find him, but we haven't anything are you, anyway?" else to do; if I really thought there was any likelihood of The old man responded with a series of inarticulate finding Dick's body down there, we wouldn't wait to eat utierings. "He's dumb, Bob," said Mark, "and can't talk." "You're right, Mark; and as we will be unable to get 1y information out of him, we might as well get ou't of re." So we had." The youths left the cavern and climbing up the rope, soon among their friends once more. CHAPTER IX. BOB AT WORK. When Bob and Mark told the story of their encounter ith the old man in the cavern, the youths were greatly tcited. They uttered exclamations' of amazement. lunch." It did not take the youths long to get through with their scanty meal. All they had was some hard bread and cold meat, and it was quickly despatched. Then Bob five of the youths to go down into the ravine. They set out at once, and, half a mile away, found a place where they were enabled to descend. They made their way back down the rav-ine to a point directly underneath where their comrades stood, which marked the spot where Dick's uniform had been found. They searched everywhere, but were unable to find any thing to indicate that Dick had been thrown down there. When that their comrade's body was nowhere to be found, the youths made their way back up on top of the bluff and rejoined their comrades. The youths now settled down to spend the afternoon. Bob walked out to the road where the two "Liberty Boys" were on guard.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. "No signs of Dick yet, eh, boys?" he remarked. "No," replied one, "he hasn't shown up yet." "We haven't seen a soul since we've been waiting here," said the other. "Well, I wish he would come," said Bob; "I'm wor ried about him.'> "You are?" remarked one of the youths. ''Why so ?" Bob told the two about finding Dick's hat, coat and gun on the edge of the precipice. They were greatly surprised. "That looks bad," said one; "maybe the old man threw him over the precipice.'' "No," said Bob; "we have looked down in the ravine, underneath the spot where the things were found." "And you found no signs of his having been thrown down?" "None whatever--so the boys say who went down." "Well, well; it is a very strange affair." "So it is; and I shall be greatly worried until Dick shows up, or I know what has become of him." "That's right; it is enough to worry us.'' "If Dick doesn't show up before nightfall," went on Dob, "I shall go in search of him." miles to the British encampment, and he could walk th1 in an hour or so. He set out down the road. He walked at a brisk pace. He could walk as fast as he pleased for an hour, an would then have to be careful and proceed cautiously. Bob followed out this plan. He kept on at a good gait for an hour, at least. Then he slackened his speed. He believed he was close to the British encampment. He could smell smoke. He judged this came from the camp-fires of the enem: Therefore the camp must be near at hand. Bob might be challenged at any moment. To avoid this, Bob left the main road and si;nlck in1 the timber. He reasoned that the sentinels would be stationed 1 the point where the road struck the encampment. By going into the timber and approaching in that wa: he might avoid the sentinels altogether. Bob stole forward, through the timber. He was almost as good at this kind of work as WI Dick himself. "Where will you go, Bob?" They had worked and trained together so much thl "I'll go down and investigate the British. He may both were proficient in woodcraft. have been talren prisoner.'' Bob had proceeded in this manner a distance of thre "That will be dangerous, Bob I" quarters of a mile or so, when he came in sight of cam] "Oh, not so very; but no matter, we must find out what fires. has become of Dick." "That is true, of course." The "Liberty Boys" remained where they were, and waited all the afternoon, but Dick did not come. As soon as it was dark Bob announced his intention of going in search of Dick. He could see the fires, through the trees. "Now I will have to be careful," thought the youth; '' am close upon the camp." Bob stole carefully forward. He wished to avoid the sentinels. Every few yards he would pause and take a survey t "I am afraid the redcoats have captured Dick," he said, the situation. soberly; "I am sure that, otherwise, he would have been here ere this." "It would seem so, Bob," agreed Mark Morrison. "Better let some of us go along with you, old man," suggested Sam Sanderson. But Bob shook his head. "No," he said; "I am going on a reconnoitring expedi tion, and may wish to enter the British encampment, and one can do better than two or more. He will be less liable to be detected,. you know.'' Then, telling the youths to remain where they were till be came back, Bob took his departure. This made his progress slow. But it was sure and as safe as it could possibly be undl the ci-rcumstances. And this was what Bob wished. He did not wish to do anything rash, and allow himse to be detected and captured. Bob saw that the British encampment was in a clet space in the midst of the woods. "A splendid place for a camp," the youth thought. Forward be stole. Presently he caught sight of a log building. The building was just within the edge of the open spatl He went on foot. The back of the building was to the timber. He felt that this would be safer than to go on horseback. "I wonder what that building is for?" thought Bol He did not think it could be more than four or five "the officers' quarters, probably."


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 25. decided to investigate. changed his course so that he would approach the of the building. approached very cautiously, for he feared that there t be sentinels in the vicinity of the cabin. soon saw that he was right about this he drew near the building he saw the form of a 1el outlined against the light of a camp-fire. ere was more than one sentinel, too, Bob discovered, ,resently, just as he had ensconsced himself behind not twenty feet from where the sentinel stood, the at said: He was skillful as any redman of the forest. As he drew near the sentinel, Bob drew his pistol. Of course, he did not contemplate s hooting the man. 'fhe noise of the shot would have aroused the camp, instantly, and brought the redcoats buzzing all around him. He had a much better plan. He reversed the weapon, grasping it by the muzzle. The handle of the pistol was very solid and heavy. A better weapon with which to strike a man down could hardly have been found. Bob knew this from experience. He had knocKed many a man down with the butt of ay, Sam, go over to our tent and bring my canteen, the weapon. rou ?" was evidently speaking to a fellow sentinel, for a came from around in front of the building. ve! what if one of the officers should come while Bob crept up until he was within striking distance. Then he measured the distance carefully, and, drawing back, struck the unsuspecting redcoat over the head with the butt of the pistol. gone, Bill?" It was a terrible blow. h, there isn't any danger. .And I'm awfully thirsty; The sentinel gave utterance to a ga s ping gro a n and yqu ?" J dropped as if he had been hit with a sledgehammer. fy mouth is dry -as an ash-heap!" Stooping, Bob seized hold of the sentinel and dragged f course it is I Go along, and get the canteen." bini back into the shadows of the timber . ll right." Bob now quickly doffed his coat, removed the coat from en there was the sound of footsteps. r was thrilled with excitement. had decided that this log building was the guard or prison. ere would not likely be two sentinels on guard over was no one confined in the building ght not that person be Dick? f almost hoped so. f I was sure he was in there I'd get him out!" he to himself. I n go ahead, just as if I was sure he was in there," pught; "I'll find out, and that very quickly!" was a youth who was quick to act, once his mind rade up. left his position behind the tree and stole forward d the sentinel. the sentinel and donned it. He donned the redcoat's hat, a l so, and took up his musket. Then Bob strode forward and took up his pos ition where the sentinel had stood when stricken down. Bob held the pistol in his right hand whi c h was held down by his side and back, so that the pistol could not be seen. His left hand was on the muzzle of the musket, on which Bob leaned in the same fashion as the redcoat had done. In appearance Bob was a good counterpart of the sen tinel, and he hoped to be able to deceive the other sentinel, who would be back soo. n. Bob knew he would not have time to make an investi gation of the cabin before the sentinel would be back; tl;lerefore the only thing to do was to wait till he returned t worthy was leaning on his musket, gazing in the and serve him the same way he bad served the oth er. on taken by his brother sentinel. Bob did not have long to wait. btless he was already, in imagination, tasting the which his comrade was to bring. as lucky for Bob's plans that the redcoat's attenThe sentinel was soon seen approaching. He was walking rapidly, evidently eager to get back to his post. as all turned in some other direction. In his hand he bel.d a canteen, and as he approach e d gave the youth an opportunity to slip up close be-where Bob stood, he said: the fellow without being in much danger of being ered. I however, was very skillful at this sort of work. "Well, I got it, old man! Has everything been quiet since I went away?" He was now within a yard of Bob, and as he extended made no more noise than a ghost would have done the canteen toward his supposed comrade, Bob suddenly


. 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. struck the redcoat a terrific blow over the head with the I butt of the pistoL The fellow went down as if he had been shot CHAPTER X. THE RESCUE. Stooping quickly, Bob seized hold of the redcoat's coat collar and dragged the insensible man back into the pro tecting shadows of the timber, and to a point beside the form of his fellow sentinel. Bob felt in the pocket of the redcoats' coats, and found a key which he was sure would unlock the door of the cabin. He stood still and thought for a few moments. Should he tie the redcoats and gag them? He did not know how long he might be detained in the cabin, nor how long it would be before the men would regain consciousness. He decided that the safest plan would be to tie the red coats and gag them, and he proceeded to do this. This took valuable time, but the youth thought it would be worth all the time and trouble it cost. When he had :finished the work, Bob made his way around to the front of the cabin. He still wore the redcoat's coat and hat and carried one of the muskets. If anyone should come along he would be able to pass himself off for the regular sentinel, he thought. He made his way to the door and tried the key. It fitted the lock. He soon succeeded in unlocking the door, and opening it. He pushed the door open. Then he stepped through the doorway into the build"Are you in here all by yourself?" asked Bob. "Yes; but my hands are tied; come and cut the rope." "All right; I'm coming." Bob hastened across the room, as q_uickly as he could, in the darkness. He was soon at Dick's side He cut the rope binding Dick's hands. Dick drew a breath of relief. "Jove! It seems good to have my hands free again,'' he murmured. "How came you to :find me, Bob?" "We have no time to talk, Dick," replied Bob. "We had better get out of this as quickly as possible." "I guess you're right about that. Well, I am ready, and entirely willing to get out of here. Where are the sen I tinels?" "I have put them to sleep, Dick." "Ahl Did you kill them, Bob?" "No; I didn't have to do that, Dick. I just gave the) a gentle tap on the head with the butt of my pistol, tha 1 is all. That always suffices to put a man asleep, yo know.'' "So it does. Well, let's be going." They started to cross the room, and as they did so, thJ sound of voices and footsteps outside came to their hear ing. "What does this mean?" they heard a voice say. thought sentinels were always kept on guard here." "So did I," was the reply; "but there is no one on guar here." and-great Scotti the door is open!" "Jove! I'm afraid we're in for it, Bob!" whispered Die "It looks like it, old man." -"Let's see how many there are of them." The youths moved quickly across the room, walkin on tiptoes so as to make no noise. They reached the door and looked out. Their eyes fell upon two men who had almost reach the doorway. ing. "You take one, and I'll take the other, Bob," whisper He was careful not to make any more noise than was Dick. necessary. He did not know who might be in the room. Suddenly he was startled by hearing a voice ask: "Who is there?" He was both startled, and then thrilled with joy. He recognized the voice. It was Dick's. There was no time to say more. The two men reached the door. There they met with a surprise. Out shot the fists of Dick and Bob. The fists struck the newcomers fairly between the ey and knocked them down. Then the youths leaped out through the open doorw "Is that yon, Dick?" he cried, in a cautious, but eager and darted around the corner of the house and excited, voice. As they did so, they ran plump into a body of rl?t' .J3io "Yes, it is I, Bob. Thank goodness, you have come!" There were perhaps a dozen in the party.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED. 27 That the y had been out on a foraging expedition was :fire after them, and instead of running straight a head, ndent, for every man was loaded down with provisions the y had gone diagonally toward the left. t one kind and another. The result was that the bullets of the redcoats did not The redcoats were taken entirely by s urprise. come anywher e near them. They gave utterance to exclamation s of amazement. The youths ran onward as rapidly as was possible the They could not make out the appearance of the two who darkn ess and the trees making it impossibl e for them t o d run into them with any distinctne s s but the y seemed go at g reat speed. realize that sontething was wrong, and dropping their Their pur s u e rs labored under the same difficulties, h o w -ds, attempted to seize the two. ever. Then ensued a battle royal. Dick and Bob were desperate. They knew that under the circumstanc es, if they per Knowing this, the youths were not worried. IndEed, the y f elt reasonably safe now. They w ere always at home in the woods, and und e r al'tted themselves to be captured, it would be bad for mos t any circumstances. em. So they fought fiercely. They struck out right and left. They leap e d. this way and that. They ducked and dodged. They felt themselves to be more than matches in wood-craft for any of the redcoats. 'l'hey keP,t on running for :fifteen or twenty ininutes, and then slowed down to a walk. "I guess we're all right now, Dick," said Bob. "I think so," was the reply "Let' s stay, howeve r, and Their wonderful quickness and a g ility stood them in od stead. listen and see if we can hear anything of our pursuer s." They stopped and listened. It enabled them to keep from b e i n g struck damaging ows by the readcoats. They could not hear a sound. The two men who had been knocked down just out"I guess we've thrown them wholly off our track, Dick." "I think so, Bob. )Vell, we can go on our way at our e the doorway now appeared upon the scene and lent leisure." citeinent to the affair by giving utterance to exclama b ns of various kind s "Seize them!" "Knock them down!" "Don't let them get away!" "They are rebel spies! Give it to them!" Such wer e a few of the exclamations. The redcoats did their best to obey orders. They tried to seize the youths, tried to knock them did their best to prevent them from getting away. ut they could not do it. fter having knocked :five or six redcoats down, the hs got free from the rest, and dashed into the timthem!" howled one of the two who had been g orders. "Don't let them escape." he redcoats obeyed. ey dashed into the timber in pursuit of the fugitives. hey drew their pistols and :fired ahead of them. "So we can." "Where are the rest of the boys, Bob?" "They're in camp at a point about four or five miles from here." "On the main road leading to Charleston?" "Yes. Say, Dick, did you stop at a place where ihere is a deep ravine as you came south on your way to Charles ton?" "Is there a high bluff there, Bob, and an open spa c e about a hundred yards from the road?" "Yes, yes, that's the place. Did you stop there?" "Yes; I changed my clothes there-took off my uni for m and put on this old suit of homespun, you know." "Ahl" exclaimed Bob. "Then that explains it." "Ex. plains what?" "Wh,, our finding your uniform and musket lyi ng on the brink of the precipice." "On the brink of the precipice?" "Yes." hey could not see the fugitives, but thought they "You say my uniform was lying" ght accidentally bring one or both down. "It was." hey were dealing with a couple of shrewd youths, how"That is strange; I didn't put it there." "You didn't?" !Dick and Bob were old hands at this kind of business. "No." IT'hey knew from past experience that the redcoats would "WJlere did you put it?"


28 THE :EIBEllTY BOYS WORRIED. "Iil a hollow tree. I put my uniform and my gun there; it was a splendid p1we, I thought, for they would be kept dry in case of rain. "Well, well, I thought that you would hardly leave your uniform and gun lying in such a place," said Bob. "No, indeed; but how in the world did they come there?" "I think I know," said Bob. "The old crazy man of the cavern mu s t have seen you place them there, and took them out and placed them on the brink of the precipice where we found them." "Pretty lively." "Say, that British spy was a bold fellow, wasn't he, to try to put you out of the way and get hold of your papers ?I' "Yes, that was rather a bold piece of business, Bob. "But he made a mistake when he got hold of you." made no reply, and the youths w!}}ked onward at a goodly pace. Presently they came to the road, and feeling safe from pursuit now, they struck into the road and made their way northward at a rapid pace. "Say, Dick, what do you think ab9ut tile situation, "The old man of the cavern? Who do you mean, Bob?'' anyway?" asked Bob presently. "Oh, that's so; you don't know about him, do you?:: "You mean as between .the patriot army in Charleston remarked Bob. and the British army, Bob?" Then he went ahead and told Dick about the old man whom they had found in the cavern in the face of the bluff. "Well, well, that is rather a strange affair," remarked Dick; "and so when you saw my uniform lying there you were puzzled to know what became of me, eh?" "We were that, and we were worried, too, old man." "I don't doubt it, Bob." "We thought it possible that the old man might have thrown you over the precipice." "Under the circumstances, such a thought would be apt to occur to you." "Yes, that is what I mean." "We ll, I can define the situation in one word, Bob." "And that?" "Bad!" "I was afraid it wasn't very good. Is Lincoln going to evacuate Charleston?" "No." "Why not?" "He can't do it, Bob." "He can't?" "No; he bas delayed too long. The city is entirely sur rounded by the British army and the patriot soldien "Yes, and some of the boys went down and searched in would be slaughtered if they tried to get away." the bottom of the ravine, but, of course, found nothing." "Then you made up your mind that something else had happened to ine. eh?" "Well, well, that is too bad!" "Indeed, it is." "Dcn't you think that Lincoln can hold out against "Yes; when night came and you hadn't shown up, I British and keep them from capturing the city, Dick?" made up my mind that the probabilities were that you had "He will be able to hold out a while, Bob." be e n captured by the redcoats." "And you decided to come and search for me, eh?" "Yes, Dick." "But you think he will ultimately have to surrender.J' "Such a result is inevitable; I was in the Brii ;is11 y long enough to find out that th eir arrangements are p "Well, I'm. mighty glad that you did. They had me feet. The siege is on and Charleston will be attacked tight and fa st." both land and water." "How did it happen, anyway, Dick?" "That is a bad outlook, Dick." Dick explained. "Yes, there is no doubt about that." He told the story of his adventures in the British en"What will we do, Dick; th e re's not much that we campment, and also in Charleston. do, is there?' ; "Jove I You had a lively time of it, didn't you?" re"Not much, I guess, Bob; our force is too small to marked Bob. much damage, but we will hang around in the vicini


' rHE LIBE RT Y BOY S W ORRIED. 29 r,ateh our chances, and if the opp ortunity comes for and the patriot army, consisti n g of three t hou sa nd men, strike the British a blow, we will improve it." became prisoners of war in the han d s of the B r i t ish. r ou're right, we will, Dick." e youths had been walking rapidly and near l oint where the "Liberty Boys" were in camp. r minutes later tbe youths entered the camp. l en the :'Liberty Boys" saw Dick a n d well dehghted. fY leaped to their feet and crowded aroun d him b congratulated him on his safe return and all talked ce. here, there, fellows," laughed Dick; "that'll do. Stop lg all ai once, and some of you, if you really love me, me something to eat; I'm hungry as a bear." e r al of the youths hastened to obey, and a few min ater Dick was busily engaged in eating cold. bread eat, and telling the youths the story of his adve n the same as he had told it to Bob. urned o u t eventually as D ick had sai d it w ould The "Liberty Boys" had remained in the vicinity and ha d worried the redcoats conside r ably by striki ng at small parties here and there, but when General Li n coln s ur sendered, they took their depart u re, as they could be of more service to the cause of Liberty elsewhere. 'l THE END. The next number ( 46) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will con tain "THE LIBERTY B OYS' IRON GRIP; OR; SQUEEZING THE REDCOATS," by Har ry Moore. SPE CIAL N OTICE: All b a ck number s of t his weekly are always in prin t. If you c annot obtain t hem from any newsd ea l er, send t h e p rice in money or postage stamp11 by ma il to F R ANK TO U S EY, .PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQU ARE N E W YORK, and y ou will r e e e ive the copiet the twelfth of May, General Linco l n sur r en d e r ed, you o rde r b y r etur n ma il Samp1e Copies Sen:t / "HAPPY DAYS." he Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. ontains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. nswers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send u.s your Name and Addre.s.s for a Sample Copy Free. Addre s s FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Sauare, New York.


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Opium Joints. 47 The Bradys and the Blaca l'runk; or, Working a Silent Clew. 107 The nradys and the Pretty Shop Girl ; or, The Grand Street 48 Going It Blind; or 'l'he Bradys' Good Luck. Mystery. 49 The Bradys or, Working up Queer Evidence. lOll The Bradys and the Gypsies; Chasing the Child Stealers. 50 .Against Big Odds; or, The llradys' Great Stroke. 109 The Bradys and the Wrong; or, The Story of a Strange 5-l The Bradys and the Forger; or, Tracing the N. G. Check. Mistake 52 The Bradys' Trump Card; or Winning a Case by Blutl'. 110 The Eradys Eetrayed; or, In the Hands of a Traitor. 53 The Bradys and the Grave Robbers; or, Tracking the Cemetery 111 The P.radys and 'l'heir Doubles; or, A Strange Tangle of Crime. Owls. 112 The Dradys In the ; or, The Strange Case of a Summer M The Bradys and the Missing Boy; or, The Mystery of School No. 6. Tourist. 55 The Bmdys Behind the Scenes: or, The Great Theatrical Case. 113 The Bradys Defied; or, The Hardest Gang In New York. 56 '.rhe Bradys and the Opium Dens; or, Trapping the Crooks of 1H The Bradys In High Life; or, 'l'he Great Society Mystery. Chinatown. 57 The Bradys Down East; or, The Mystery of a Country Town. 115 The Bradys Among Thieves; or, Hot ''IToric in the Bowery. 58 Working for the Treasury; or, The Bradys and the Bank Burglars.. 116 The Bradys and the Sharpers; Darkest New York. C D G f G ld 117 The Bradys and t.he Bandits; or, Hunting for a Lost Boy. 59 The Bradys' Fatal lew; or, A e'lf,erate ame or 0 118 The Bradys in Central Park; or, Tbe Mystery of the Mall. 60 Shadowing the Sharpers; or, The radys' $10,000 Deal. 119 The Bradys on their Muscle ; or, Shadowin&" the Red Hook Gang. 61 The Bradys and the E'lrebug; or, Found In the Flames. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or, Exf}osmg the Chinese Crooks. 62 The Bradys In Texas; or, 'l'he Great Ranch M[stery. 2 Th B d Gl 1 D R dl h E Sid c k 63 The Bradys on the Ocean; or, '.rhe Mystery o Stateroom No. 7. 1 1 e ra ys r ecoy; or, oun ng 1 p t e 'ast-e roo s. 64 The Bro1dys and the Office Boy; or, Working Up a Business Case. 122 The Bradys Under Fire; or, Tracking a Gang of 'Outlaws. 85 '.fhe Brad,s in f\l.e Backwoods ., or, The Mystery of the Hunters 123 The Bradys at the Beach ; or, The Mystery of the Bath House. CamJ:l. 124 The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among the 66 Ching li'oo, tbe Yellow Dwarf; or, The Brad;;>s and the Opium 125 and tbe Missing Girl; or, A Clew Found in the Dark. Smokers. M f v It 67 The Bradys' Still Hunt; or, 'l'he Case that was Won by Waiting. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The ystery o a Treasure au 68 Caught by the Camera ; or, The Bradys and the Girl from Maine. 1 2 7 The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing up a Theatrical Case. G 128 The Bradys and Bad Man Smith; or The Gang of Black Bar. The Bradys In Kentucky; or, Tracking a Mountain aug. 129 The Bradys and the Veiled or, Piping the Tombs Mystery. 7() The Marked Bank Note; or, The Bradys Below the Dead Line. 13 0 The Bradys and the 'Deadshot Gang; or, Lively Work on the Frontier. 71 The Bradys on Deck; or, '.rhe Mystery of the Private "tacht. 131 The l3radys with a Circus; or, On the Road with the Wild Beast 'l2 The Dradys In a Trap; or, Working Against a Hard Gang. Tamers. r.t Over the Line; or, The Bradys' Chase 'l'hrougb Canada. 132 The Bradys in Wyominft; or, Tracking the Mountain Men. 74 The Bradys In Society; or, The Case of Mr. Barlow. 3 Th B d t Co I d T th s 'd c k 75 The Bradys In the Slums ; or, Trapping the Crooks of the "Red l3 e ra ys a ney s an ; or, rappmg e eas e roo s. Light District." 13 ( The Bradys and the Road Agents; or. The Great Deadwood Case. 76 Found In the River, or, The Bradys and the Brooklyn Bridge 135 TheBradysandtheBankClerk;or.TracingaLostMoneyPackage. 136 The Bradys on the Race Track; or, Beating the Sharpers. Mystery. 187 The Bradys in the Chinese Quarter; oi, The Queen of the Opium Fiends. 77 The Bradys and the Missing Box; or, Running Down the Railroad 138 The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures in the Blue 'hieves. Ridge Mountains. T8 The Queen of Chinatown; or, The Bradys Among the "Hop" Flenas. 139 The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street 79 The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler; or, Working for the Custom M:r_stery. House. the Cl.rcus H 0 The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of the Mid 80 The Bradys and the Runaway Boys; or, Shadowing ni'}ft Train. 8.1 and the Ghosts; or, Solving the Mystery of the Old HI after the Pickpockets; or. Keen Work in the Shopping Church Yard. 1 ( 2 The Bradys and the Broker; or. The Plot to Steal a Forttme. 82 The Bradys, and the or, A Desperate Game In Wall Street. U3 The Bradys as Reporters or, Working for a Newspaper. 83 The Bradys, Fight to a _Fmtsh ; or, Winning a J?esperate. Case. 1H The Bradys and the Lost Ranche; or, The Strange Case in Texas. M The Bradys Race for Life; or, Rounding Up a rough Trw. H 5 The Bradys and the !:ligna! Boy; or. The Great Train Robbery. 85 The Bradys' Last Chance; or, The Case In the Dark. U6 The Bradys and Bunco Bill; or. The Cleverest Crook in New York. 86 The Bradys on the Road; or, The Strange Case of a Drummer. I u 7 The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with the Custom 87 The Girl In Black ; or, 'he Bradys 'rapping a Confidence Queen. Inspectors. 88 The Bradys In Mulberry Bend; or, The Boy Slaves of "Little Italy." US The Bradys and the Bank Mystery; or. The Search for a Stolen Million, 89 The Bradys' Battle for Life ; or, The Keen Detec ,.,s Greatest Peril. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, Hew York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS ot our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fl.ll fn the following Order Blank and send it t(} us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ......................... 1901 DEAR SIREnclosed find ..... cents for which please send me : copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................. " PLUCK AND LUCK ............................. " SECRET SERVICE ............................. " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ....................................... " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ Name. . . . . . . ....... Street and No ........ Town ........ State ...


THE STAGE No. HO TO B.ECO:UE A TBE BOYS OF NE YORK END MEN'& JOKE teen illustrations, gi ving the different v a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. 300K.-Containing a great. variety of. the latest jokes nsed the all the popular aut1JOrs of -prostt and poetry, ,,., nost famous end men. No amateulf mmstrels itt complete Without simple anrl ('Onrbe manrur . his wonderful little book. No. 40. HO\\' TO DEH..l'l'E.-Giving roles fo r eonductln No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP s:rEAKER.-:nates outline s fo d ebates, questions for discussion, and the Containing a varied assortl!lent of stump Negro, Dutch 1 for information on the questions given. 1ncl Irish. Also end men's Jokes. Just the thmg for home amus neni: 'and amateur shows. SOC I ETV, No. 45. THE BOYS OF YORK GUIDE No 8 BOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wlle.s of ftlrttttlon .,. JOKE new a!1d very .mstruct.Ive. Every full:v 'explained by this little book. Besides the various methoC' )OY should obtam this book, as 1t contams full mstructJons for orhandkerchief. fan glove parasol window and hat flirtation, it ranizing an amateur minstrel troupe. taius a full list of 'and sentiment of flowers, whic .. No. 65. MULDOqN' S JOKJ!!S .. is one the most original interesting to e verybody both old and young. You cannot be ha;; books ever and 1t 1s bru;nful of w1t and humor. It without one. . !ontains a larg& collectiOn of _songs, conundrl!-ms etc., of No. 4. HOW TO DANCE Is the title of a new and nands Terrence Muldoon, the great humonst and joker of ittle book just iRsued by Frank Tousey. It contains full inst "'"' Ever,r boy _who can enJOY a good sulistant1al JOke should ions in the art of 'dancing, etiquette in and at part! a copy 1mmethately. 0 E A'' ACTOR C t . ow to dress, and full direction!! for calling off lll all popula.x squ No. 79. HOW TO BEC :\I; "' .-on ammg com da c es : \llete instructions _how to up for vanous characters on the o 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to lc w1th the dut1es of the Stage_l\Ianager, Prompter, 't tship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and :;sce!JIC Artist ,a,nd froperty 'PJ a J>rO!pmE>nt St!lg_e Manager. e ob served, with many curious and interesting things not J. 80. Gl;l.!1 1\ ILLIAMS JOli..!'J the laterall) known . 8t jokes, and funny. stones _of th1s and No. 17. IIOW TO DRESS,-Containing full instruction tn .ver popular Getl!la.n comed1an. S1xty-four pages handsome dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, givinr t1' , curious catches 1-rl of cardJ. "o. tiO. HOW TO DO PUZZLJ.;S.-Containing over three hun r e d inlPresting JlUZZles and COnUnll!'Unls with key to same A o mplete book. li'ully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. 'o. 13. ROW TO DO IT: OR, BOOK OF ETIQUBTTE.-It a great lifE' secn, t, and one that E'\erY youug man desires to know I ahout. ThPre's happiness in it. 'o. 3.1. now TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and et-i1 tte of good society and the easiest and most apprO\'Pc.l methods appearing to good advantage at parties. balls, the theatre, church t 1 d in the drawing-room DECLAMATION. o ROW TO RECITE A. 'D BOOK OF RECITATIONS. :-Containing the ruost popular selections in use, comprising Dutch :l alect, French d1alect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces together !flU. 'lll&D7 atandard readings. BIRDS AND No. 7 now TO KEEP BIRDS.-IIandsomely illustrate!! containing full instruc tions for the management and training o canary, morkingb ird, bobolink,. blackbird, paroquet, parrot. etc a. HOW '1'0 RAISE DOGS, POT'LTRY. PIGEONS A RABBITR.A u se f u l and instructive book Handsomely lll -trated. lh Ira Drofraw. No. 4 0. now TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-!ncluding h! on how to catrb moles, w e aRels. otter. rats, squirrels and b Al s o how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harring- KeE-n e No. 50. 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LIBEBTY u oys. OF !. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual account of the exciting adventures of a facts and give a f&ithful brave band of American youths who were always ready "nd willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping alon tile gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of f2 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 24 .The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British na and Tories. Tories. 25 'l'he Liberty Boys ; or, Taken for British Spies . 3 The Li.berty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Wash-26 Ti1e Liberty Boys' Clever .. Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a ington. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King' s Minion 6 The Liberty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of lf1e Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and .rories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue ; or, A Host Within Themse l ves 10 T:..e Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Hace With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. Thing or. Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats in Philadelphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandywine. 2!) The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 'l'he Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 31 'l'he Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check 32 The Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. 3.'l The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who an Enemy. 34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeeded. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal ; or, J.t the Clang of the Bell." 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 13 'L'he Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty's ll. Cause. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled ; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man of-War. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Torl' 20 The Lil;lerty Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the Redcoats. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 39 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything in Sight. 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in Bl'itish Gold. 41 .trhe Liberty Boys in a Snare ; or, Almost '!'rapped. 42 The. Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 43 The Liberty Boys' Big Day ; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Hedcoats aqd Tories. 4() The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slater. 4fi The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. For sale by all newsdealers, or !!lent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PBANB: TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, :New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS ot our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send It to us price of the books you want and we will send them to you. by return mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAKEN rHE SAME AS .l\10NEY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0. 0 0 0 0. 0 FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. -............... ......... 1901 DEAR SmEnclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .............................................. " PLUCK AND LUCK .................. ............................. " SECRET SERVICE ................................................ " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Noa. ......................... ........... " Ten-Cent Hand Books, No s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... N arne. . . . . . . ... Street and Nt. o o Town ... : ...... State ...


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