The Liberty Boys in Toryville; or, Dick Slater's fearful risk

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THE LIBERTY A Weekly .Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. No. 49. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 6, 1901. Price 5 Cents. It was taking a fearful risk, but Dick Slater was equal to it, and he plunged from the bridge into the stream, just as the Tories fired (


rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Rev o l u ti on I H ued Weekltl-B11 Subacrlptwn $ 2 .50 per 11ear. Entered aa Second Olaaa Matter at the New York1 N. Y., Poat Office, FWruarv 4, 1901. Entered Mcording to Act of Oongreaa, in the 11ear 1901, on the office of tne Librarian o f O o ngreaa, WaaMngto-n I\ 0 .. bu Frank To1J,11ey, 24 Unwn Square, New York. No. 49. NEW YORK, DEQEMBER 6 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. Diq:K SLATER A r WORK. It was the first week in May, 1781. Tlte British army in the South, und e r Lord Rawdon, Camde n,' in Caro l ina. miles to the northward, at Clermont, the patriot >rce, under Genera l Greene, was stationed. The British force was so strong that Green did not dare ltack, so he waited and watched. Next morning the patriot army marched into Camden and took possession of the town. No sooner had this been done than General Greene sent for Dick, and when the y outh appeared the general said: "Dick, I have a task for you. I "What is it, General Greene?" "I wish you to follow the British and learn where they are bound for, and what they are going to do, if possible." Dick bowed. "Very well, sir; I will go at once." "I hardly thinly the British can be playing any trick, He kept a close watch on the British, and on the afterDick," went on Greene, "but such a thing is possible, and oon of the 10th of May, one of Greene's spies, a youth I wish to be o n my guard against it. The only way to be amed Dick Slater, qame in and reported that the British on guard is by keeping track o f the e n emy and knowing ad evacuated camden. what it is doing." Greene was excited. "What is that you say-the British are leaving?" he wlaimed. "Yes, General Greene." Greene's face wa s aglow delight. He seemed to be delighted. "If it i s a g e nuine evacuation, all indeed well he cid; "but it may be a trick. Dick Slater shook his head. "I hardly think so, sir he said; "I do not think it is a ick. It has the appearance of a genuine movement." "Very good, sir; I will follow the British, and see what they are doing, and where they are going "Exactly; and then return and report "Very well, sir." An hour later ick rode out of Camd e n and struck out toward the south. He rode rapidly, for the British army had a day's start of him. Still, as the British were on foot, while he had a horse, he thought he could easily sight them before evening. "I ought to catch up with them somewher e in the vicinity of Fort Wat s on," thought Dick. "Very good; we will move down toward Camden, anyHe rode steadil y onward till noon, whe n he s topped at a ay, and if the British have really gone, we will take up farmhou s e and ate dinner. ir quarters in Camden." He que s tion e d the farm e r, and learned that the Briti s h General Greene issued the order to break camp, and an had camped within a mile of his place the ni ght before. mr later the army was on the march southward. After an hour s re s t Dick mount e d a nd rod e onward. It was dark when Hobkirk's Hill, two miles north of At five o'clock in the afternoon Dick dr e w r ein on the amden, was reached, and so the patriot army went into top of a high hill and looked away toward th e south. i mp. In the distance, seemingly two miles away, Dick caught General Greene called Dick to him and instructed the a glimp s e of the army marching along. mth to go to Camden and see if the coast was clear. Dick hastened away. -:He was gone less than two hours, and when he returned told General Greene that the British had gone for good, o.doubtedly, as that was the word that he got from every ie with whom he talk e d with in the town "I thought so!" said Dick to himself, speaking aloud, as becomes a matter of habit with many when much alone. "I was sure I would sight them, and I think they will encamp at Fort Watson, to-night." "Do you, indeed?" spoke a cool voice, and turning in his saddl e quickly, Dick found hims e lf cove red by the muskets


'rHB LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. of three British soldiers, who had stepped noiselessly out of a clump of bushes a few yards behind the youth. CHAPTER II. .A. BOLD DA.SH. The youth was taken by surprise. He had not been expecting anything of this kind. He had not suspected that the British would have spies out behind the army. And, after all, he did not think this had been done purposely. He decided that the three soldiers had dropped out of "Ann. did you think you would :find them down this way?" Dick pretended to hesitate. "Well, I'll tell you what I did think, if you'll promise not to get mad," said Dick "Oh, we promise; eh, fellows?" "Yes." Certainly." This from the other two. "Go ahead, young fellow, and tell us what you think." "All right; I think that some of the soldiers took dad's horses!" The redcoats glanced at each other. "So that is what you think, is it?" "Yes." "And that is why you were so interested in the army, the ranks and gone on some kind of an expedition off to yonder?" one side, and that they were now on their way to catch up with their comrades. It did not matter, though, they had him at a great disadvantage, and this was the main thing to be considered by Dick. The redcoats saw the look of surprise on Dick's face, and laughed aloud. "Took you by surprise, did we?" asked the same man who had :firs t spoken. Dick nodded. "Yes, I shall have to admit that you qjd," he acknowl edged. Dick was willing to talk, in order to give him time to think up a course of procedure, for he did not intend to permit himself to be made a prisoner, if he could help it. "You look surprised," said another of the three. "Who are you, anyway?" "Me?" "Yes, mister," was Dick's reply. Again the redcoats glanced at one another. The glances were inquiring. It was as much as to say, "What do you think about it, anyway?" Slowly, one after another, the three shook .their heads. ''I don't believe that story!" said one, presently. "Nor I!" from another. "It doesn't. sound right to me," from the third. Dick pretended to be surprised "Why don t you believe it?" he asked. "It is the truth." Again the redcoats shook their heads. "I can't believe it," said one. "Do you know, you don't look like an ordinary farmer's boy at all?" "Don't I?" "No; and I don't believe you are one, either." "I don't see why you shouldn't believe it." "Well, l do; the story that you believe the soldiers hav "Yes, you." taken your father's horses, and that you are following to se "Oh, I'm no one in particular," was the careless reply; -;1rhether or not this is true, is rather too washy for us t "I live near here." b e lieve. Why, what could you do if you 'were to find tha "Oh, you do?" "Yes." "How near?" "Oh, a couple miles." "H:umph A couple of miles, eh?" "Yes." "Which direction?" "To the northward." "Ah What are you doing down here?" "Looking for some horses which diappeared last night." "So that is what you are doing?" "Yes." such was the case? ou could not recover the horses." "No, I s'pose not," replied Dick; "but we would hav the satisfaction of knowing where the horses went." "Bah! that wouldn't be any satisfaction. Do you kno what I think?" Dick $hook his head. "No," he replied, "I can't say that I do." "Then I'll tell you: I think you are a rebel, and a spy!' Dick pretended to be greatly surprised, although he ha!! expected to hear the redcoat say just what he did. "What's that!" he exclaimed. "Yott don't mean to say tnat you think I am a rebel?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TCYRYVILLm. "Yes; and a spy, as I have said. And what is more, I escapPd come this way, and he thought that if he ou are our prisoner. Get down off that horse, and do it could h@:ar their conversation as they passed he might hear uickly !" something of interest. Of course, the redcoat figured that there bemg three He waited about fifteen minutes, and then the redcoats gainst one, and the three with leveled muskets, the youth came in sight up the road. oulq not dare refuse to obey the order; but this was be-They came along, walking slowly, as they were tired. ause he did not know the youth in question was Dick Dick listened eagerly to the conversation of the three later, the famous spy. as they drew near, but they were talking about personal Had he known that, he would have known that the youth ::iffairs, and the youth gained no information. ould not obey the command. J ,mt as thE: redcoats came opposite Dick they paused. Dick had been watching the redcoats closely, and was on he watch for just what had occurred, viz.: The redcoats, uring the conversation, had become tired of holding their uskets out at arm's length, and had let the muzzles drop, I nd the butt of the weapons slip back under their right so as to make the weapons easy to hold. Feeling sure that the redcoats could not fire instantly, ick suddenly plunged the spurs into the flanks of his orse, and the maddened animal, with wild snorts of rage I nd pain, leaped wildly forward down the incline. Dick threw himself forward on the horse's neck, just as he crack crack crack of the muskets rang out. CHAPTER III. DICK GETS EVEN WITH THE REDCOATS. The bullets whistled past Dick, but were above him. The redcoats had fired too high, not having taken into onsideration the fact that the fugitive would drop forward pon the neck of the horse. Before the redcoats could draw their pistols and fire, ick was out of range. A yell of rage went up from the disappointed redcoats. "Oh, yell, if you want to!" said Dick, grimly. "I guess ifOU won't accomplish much in that way." Dick rode rapidly onward a distance of a mile and a half, ind then he rode into the timber. Dismounting, when he had penetrated the timber to a distance of two hundred yards, Dick tied the horse to a tree. "I will wait here till evening," thought the youth; "it i s only about four miles to Fort Watson, a;id I am confitent the redcoats will camp there to-night, so I can recon oitre their camp after dark." Dick made his way back to the road, and, concealing imself in a thicket right by the roadside, waited. He felt sure the three soldiers from whom he had just "Let's rest a while," said one; "that young fellow back yonder was right, and the army will camp at Fort Wat son, so we can take our time in getting there. There's no. hurry, and I'm tired." "So am L" "And I." It happened that there was a large boulder-like rock right by the little thicket in which Dick was concealed, and the three redcoats took a seat on the rock. They talked of various matters, but did not touch upon anything that interested Dick. He was disappointed. He almost felt like stepping out and reproaching the three soldiers for not being kind enough to talk about matters which interested him. Suddenly Dick was startled. His horse gave utterance to a loud neigh! Doubtless the animal had noticed that its master was gone, and, feeling lonesome, was calling to him. The redcoats heard the neigh, of course. They, too, were startled. They leaped down off the rock and looked up and down the road. No one was in sight. "The sound came from that direction," said one, point ing toward the timber at the side of the "I believe you are right about that," said another. "I'll tell you," exclaimed the third, "it is that young scoundrel who got away from us back yonder. He bas en tered the timber and tied bis horse, and may be watching and listening to us even now." Then out from the thicket, pistol in hand, stepped Dick Slater, and confronted the startled redcoats. "That was a good guess," said Dick, calmly; "I am right here, as you see, and now what are you going to do about it?" The underjaws of the redcoats dropped. They stared into the muzzles of the pistols in consterna tion. They were taken at a deciaed disadvantage.


T.l::l.E LlBEHTY BOYS IN TORYVJLLK The youth had his pistols cocked and leveled, their muskets lay on the ground at their feet, and their pistols in their belts. Before they could secure their muskets or draw their pistols, the youth could shoot two of down, without a doubt, and the probabilities were that he would then get the better 0 the remaining one of the trio. For :i few moments there was silence, and then one of the redcoats gasped : "You here?" "As you see,'' smiled Dick; "I'm here, and this time the advanlage is on my side, as you, no doubt, perceive." The redcoats made an involuntary movement toward the "Quick!" they yelled. "Come on, and you will catcl a rebel spy! Hurry!" 'rhen they whirled quickly. A cry of anger and discomfiture escaped them. The youth had disappeared. 'Jibe instant the redcoats rode around the bend, Diel leaped into the thicket, pausing only long enough to secur the pistols and muskets of the redcoats. The pistols Dick thrust into his belt, but the musket he broke across the first tree }:i.e came to. "There; I said they should not again be turned on th patrio s, and I have kept my word," murmured Dick. Then he hastened to where his horse was tied. muskets, but paused as Dick said, sharply and sternly: Untying the animal, Dick led him away, through th "Stop Don't you try that, or it will be the worse for timber as rapidly as was possible. you! .T ust let those muskets lie where they are or you He felt confident that the redcoats would give chase. will speedily :find yourselves in a condition which will And in this he was right. make muskets of no use to you." As soon as the three redcoats told their comrades th "What do you want?" hoarsely asked one of the redcoats. story of how they had been treated by the youth, all se "What do I want?" out on the track of Dick. "Yee." Their horses they left behind, tying them to trees a "Nothing at all-save that you throw your pistols down the roadside. there alongside the muskets and then walk quietly onward, They came upon the broken muskets at once. down the road." Curses escaped the lips of the owners of the muskets. "Why do you wish to take our arms away from us?" "Just look at that, will you!" cried one. "The youn 1In order that you may not be in danger of hurting scoundrel has broken our muskets!" yourselve:i--or me. Do as I tell you!" "You know, he said they should never again be turne The redcoats' looked at one another, seemed to realize on the patriots,'' said another. that there was no getting out of the predicament into "'l'hat's so; he did say that." which they had stumb l ed, and with audible groans they "Come along, or he will get away I" cried one of tb drew their pistols from their belts alid placed them on others, impatiently. the ground, alongside the muskets. They hastened into the timber and soon reached tt "Now, walk!" ordered Dick. "Walk straight onward, spot where Dick's horse had been tied. down the road, and don't even look back." "Here's where he had his horse tethered!" cried on1 "Can WP. come back, after a while, and get our weapons?" a&keii one. "No," said Dick; "your weapons are lost to you for good and all. They will never again be turned against the patriots. Go!" The three discomfitted redcoats turned and walked s low ly away, up lhe road, and had gone perlraps a dozen paces when around a bend, a quarter of a mile distant, rode a dozen redcoats, coming on at a gallop. CHAPTER IV. LIVELY TIMES. The instant the three redcoats saw their comrades on horseback, they set up a shout. "Yes; spread out, fellows, and we will surely be able i run him down soon." The r e dcoats spread out,, and hastened 01 ward, on the youth's trail-as they supposed. They were dealing with one who was their sup rior i cunning, however. Dick k new that the redcoats would give chase, and l figured that they would, in all probability, leave the horses behind. So instead of going straight onward, as the redcoa thought he would most likely do, Dick maue a half circu and the road nearly half a mile below the poi1 where he had entered the timber. Dick glanced back up the road. Re saw the horses standing, tied to the trees, at tl roadside.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 5 Dick stood s till and pondered a few moments. redcoats arrived where they had left their horses and found He listened intently, but could hear nothing of his enethe animals gone. mies. The bend was a long one, and Dick had gone but a "It would be a good joke on the redcoats if I were to short distance farther when he suddenly came face to face go and capture their horses,'' thought Dick. with another party of redcoats. He hesitated but a few moments fonger, and then, mount"Great guns! but the woods is full of redcoats!" thought ing, he rode back up the road in the direction the point Dick. where i.he horses stood. But if the youth was amazed, so were his enemies. He rode slowly,' for if he had urged his horse to a They pulled up their horses and at the youth in gallop the hoofbeats would have been heard, and the redwonder. coats wou1d have come rushing back in a hurry. Dick was the first to act. It did not take long to reach the place where the horses He realized that he would have to do something, and do stood, however, and leaping to the ground, Dick quickly it quickly. untied the animals and tied them to each other by means of the halter straps. Then Dick remounted his own horse, and, hol!ling to the halter strap of one of the horses; rode away down the road, leading the redcoats' horses. The redcoats who had ventured into the timber in chase of Dick did not go very far. He let go of the halter strap and struck the horse next him a blow, at the same time giving it a ki9k in the ribs. He emitted a shrill yell, also. This started the horses. They plunged forward and dashed right toward the redcoats in front of them The :$ritish were mounted, but they did not relish being 'l'hey soon realized that they could not hope to catch the run down by a drove of frightened horses, and they began fugitive, and presently the leader gave the wnrd to abo t .face, and return. They turned and made their way back, and were not very long in reaching the road. When they got there found their horses missing. They stared at one another in amazement and dismay. Where were the horses ? yelling at a great rate, in an effort to keep the horses back. Their actions seemed to have an opposite effect. The horses came on all the faster. The next instant there was a great mixup The dozen animals tied together, and they were soon tangled up with the horses ridden by the redcoats. There was a great leaping and plunging of the horses, Then one of the three redcoats who had seen enough of Dick to cause them to have a great 0deal of respect for and a terrible yelling by the redcoats. him, exclaimed: "'l'hat rebel spy did it! You can wager he has slipped back here an

6. 'i'l:iE LIB]!}RTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. when the door came open and the youth found himself looking down the muzzle of a rifle. "Hello What does this mean?" exclaimed Dick. "Hold hard, stranger!" said the man witn the gun, in a calm, dispassionate voice. "Don't bein er hurry Et hain't good manners, nohow yo' kin fix et." The man who held the rifle was a typical timber settler of the region. He was half farmer, half hunter, and withal a dangerous man, if an enemy. Of this fact Dick was well aware, for he had had con siderable experience in the South, and had seen a good many such men. Hence he was anxious to ascertain whether or not the man was an enemy. "Why do you treat me in this manner?" Dick asked. "Is this Southern hospitality?" "Waal, et's ther kin' uv hospertality I inten' ter dish out ter ther redcoats whenever I gits ther chanst, stranger," was the quiet reply. This reply pleased Dick. It seemed to indicate that the man was a patriot. "Whom do you take me to be?" asked the youth. "I take yo' ter be wun uv them thar redcoats whut kim through this part of ther kentry an hour er so ergo." "So I judged," replied the youth; "but you are mistaken, sir. I am not a redaoat. Don't you see I haven't their uniform on?" "But yo' c'u'd easy enu:ff wear somethin' else besides er "An' yo' air er fr' en' uv his'n ?" "I am; I have worked under General Marion more than once." 'Yo' hev?" "Yes; I was with him when Fort Watson was captured, not long The man lowered the rifle. He still seemed somewhat suspicious, however. "Whut's yo' name?" he asked. "Dick Slater." 'rhe man started. "Whut !" he exclaimed. "Not Dick Slater, ther boy spy?" Dick nodded. "The same," he replied. "W'y, I've heerd ther Swamp Fox speak uv yo' more'n onct." "Have you?" "Yas; ari' yo' re welcome ter ther home uv Hank Parde e ., Hank Pardee was indeed a hospitable fellow, now that he was assured that his guest was of the right sort. He led Dick's horse down to the river and gave him a drink, and then tied the animal in a sort of which was built against the bank, right below the cabin, and back of it. He gave the horse some co:t'tl. and some coarse slough grass, and then they went back up the bank and entered the cabin. "I'll git suppe:i; in er jiffy, now," said Hank, and he red coat an' still be er Britisher, c'u'cl.n't yo'?" remarked went to work. the man, shrewdly. He bustled around and s.oon had some pork frying, and "Yes, I could do so, no doubt," replied Dick, "but I am half an hour later the two sat down to an appetizing meal-not a redcoat-in fact, I have just been having a time get ting away from some of the scoundrels." "Is thet so, shore enuff ?" the man asked, hesitatingly. "Indeed it is." "An' yo' hain't no Britisher?" Dick shook his head, decidedly. "No more than you are," he replied; "I'm a patriot, irom the army under General Greene, and I am following the Briti sh army in order to spy upon it." "Is thet so, shore enu:ff ?" "Indeed it is The man still hesitated. He eyed Dick, searchingly. The youth met the gaze unflinchingly. "Say, d'yo' know ther S'wamp Fox?" the man asked, abruptly. "General Marion?" exclaimed Dick. "Yes, I know him well." for persons like they, wbo were hungry and not fastidious. They had just finished the meal and risen from the table when there came a loud knock on the door, followed by an imperative voice, saying: "Open the door Open in the name of the king !" CHAPTER VI. IN DA.i.'fGEROUS QUARTERS. The two stared at each other in consternation. "The redcoats!" whispered Dkk. "They have tracked me here!" Hank placed bis finger to his lips to impose silence, and then be stole to a ladder at one side and climbed up into the loft.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 7 There came another knock on the door Then again the voice called out: "Open in the name of the king!" Dick maintained perfect silence A few moments later Hank came back down from out of the loft. some of the redcoats, Dick gave utterance to a loud yell, and then cried out : "Come on, boys! We've got them now! Give it to them!" Then he fired two shots, and throwing the empty pistols at the heads of the amazed and startled redcoats, the youth "There air erbout er dozen uv ther critters out thar," he drew two more pistols and fired two more shots. whispered; "I think we kin fight 'em off." He kept on yelling at the top of his voice, and the red"Is there any way that I can get out of the cabin and coats, imagining that they were attacked in force, took slip away, Hank?" asked Dick. "Then there would be no to their heels. need of fighting them, and you would not get into trouble Even those who were within the cabin, fighting with You know, l want to go on to where the British army Hank, became frightened, and rushed out, followed by ib in camp, anyway." Hank. "I know thet; an' thar is er way ter git out, too, but Dick threw his second pair of pistols at these redcoats, I hate fur yo' ter hev ter cut an' run fur et. We kin and drawing another pair-it will "Qe remembered t11at he lick 'em, an' I hain't erfraid ter git 'em mad at me. Ef had taken the pistols away from the three British soldiers they burn this cabin I kin build another." whom he had encountered on the road, that afternoon"I know, but that would cause you a lot 0 trouble and fired two more shots, which assisted materially in acceleratwork, and it is not necessary. Show me the way to get out, ing the speed with which the redcoats were getting away and let me go." from that neighborhood. "All right; come erlong." Dick was glad to see that Hank was alive. Hank led ihe way into a little shed-like room at the rear He feared that the big settler had bee n killed in the of the cabin, a door opening into it. melee in the cabin. Stooping, he lifted a loose board, and looking down, Dick "Waal, we licked 'em!" exclaimed Hank, pausing and saw that they were right over the shed in which the horse looking in the direction in which the redcoats had gone, a was tied. comical grin on his face. "I tole yo' we c'u'd do et, "Jump down an' lead yer hoss out,'' instructed Hank; didn't I ?" ., ''I guess yo' hed better take ter ther water and swim "Yes," replied Dick; "but how came they to attack ercrost ter ther other side. Thet'll be safer than ter try you?" ter git llp onter ther bank on t4is side." "Waal, they wuz so all-fired sas s y when I opened ther "I think so; much obliged, Hank. Now you go back and door thet I torked back ter 'cm, an' they s aid ez how I fool the redcoats into thinking you are one of them." wuz er 'rebel.' an' went fur me, 'red hot." "I'll do thet, all right; good-by!" "I heard them, and so came to your assistance at once." The two shook hands, and then, as another thunderous "Et's er good thing fur me thet yo' did," with another rapping was heard on the front door, leaped down grin; "et'd a-be'n good-by, Hank, ef yo' hedn't, fur thar into the shed, and Hank replaced the board and re-entered wuz too many uv ther cusses fur me, an' they'd a-settled the cabin and closed the door. Dick quickly untied his horse, led him out of the shed and down to the water's edge. Dick was about to mount and ride into the water when the sounds of a rnelee came to his ears. There were several shots, ome yells, and the noise as of a scrimmage in the cabin. "They have attacked Hank!" i.hought Dick. "I can't go away and leave him to be murdered I I must go to his assistance Dick leaped up the embankment and rushed around me shore! I owes yo' my life, I reckon, Dick." "But you wouldn't have gotten into the trouble but for me, so we are only even,'1 said Dick. "Oh, I dunno; I guess they'd a-smelt me out, even ef yo' hedn't a-come heer. But, come, let's git inter ther cabin afore some uv them cusses come back an' take er shot at us." Crack crack Two shots, and two bullets whistled past the heads of Dick and Hank. The two leaped through the open doorway into the toward the front of the cabin, drawing his pistols as he cabin, quick as a fl.ash, and closed and barred the door. did so. "Thet wuz oer clost call!" said Hank, calmly. As he leaped around the corner and caught sight of "Do you think they will attack you again?" asked


8 'rHE LIBE'.RTY BOYS Ir TORYVILLE. "I dunno; I shouldn't wonder." spy, and had come to report that he had remained behind The two waited and listened, but heard nothing to inche British army and had seen the "rebel" army enter dicate that another attack was to be made, and presently Camden. they opened the door and looked out. He also said that he had seen a "rebel" spy leave the Everything seemed quiet. "I guess they've giv' et up an' gone erway," said Hank. "It looks that_ way," agreed Dick. Then he bade Hank good-by, and, mounting his horse, rode away through the timber. When he reached the road he turned down it and rode onward in the direction of Fort Watson. town and set out on the trail' of the British. "I {hink the spy in question was no other than that young fellow, Dick Slater," the man went on; "and the chances are that if that is the case, he is in the camp at ibis very moment, for he is a very daring fellow." "Do you really think he would dare t;y to enter the camp?" asked Lord Rawdon, doubtingly. Dick reached the vicinity of the redcoat's encampment "Oh, yes," was the reply; "he delights in doing just half an hour later, and tying his horse in the timber, slipsuch daring things as that." ped up close to the fort for the purpose pf reconnoitring. "Well, I will have a general search of the camp made, Diel<: judged that Lord Rawdon, the British commander, and if he is here he will be found." would have his tent within the walls of the fort; and .so, "That is a good plan," said the spy, "and I would sug. putting all his skill into the effort, the youth began gest that you do not neglect to search within the very making his way toward the fort. He had to steal past group after group of the soldiers, and this was a very difficult thing to do, but Dick finally accomplished it and reached the entrance to the fort. The entrance was a gateway in front, and the gate was not closed. Just within the entrance stood a sentinel. Dick saw the soldier, and did not dare try to get past him. Dick hardly knew what to do. He stole along the stockade wall was at the rear. walls of this fort, for he is as likely to be here as anywhere." "I will give the order at once." The British commander sent out the order, and ten minutes later search was being made everywhere throughout the camp for the "rebel" spy who was suspected of being hidden somewhere. The spy had finished his report, and he now withdrew, and soon afterward the two officers did the same. Lord Rawdon had announced his intention of lying down, and Dick soon heard the creaking of the British He tested board board, and finally succeeded in officer's cot, and knew Lord Rawdon had put his words finding one that was loose. into effect. Dick pushed this board aside. The orderly entered, and Lord Rawdon said: He peered through. "Tell me if the 'rebel' spy is found, James; now blow There were several tents between him and the sentinel out the light." on duty at the gate, and Dick slipped through the opening. "I will do so," was the reply, and then James blew out In nearly every tent Dick came to he heard voices, and the light anc1 withdrew. presently he came to a tent in which was Lord Rawdon, as Diclt rose and stole to the loose board and looked out. Dick learned .after listening to the conversation for a few Everywhere he could see men moving about, carrying moments. torches. Dick lay down behind this lent and lay there for twenty "Jove I it would be impossible for me to slip through minutes, at least, to the conversation going on and make my escape while the search is going on," thought within-the conversation being between Lord Rawdon and Dick; "I guess that I shall have to remain here until the a couple of his officers. search is ended, and affairs have quieted down, and then Dick learned a few thing8 which he thought would be of I can get out of the encampment." value to General Greene. Men were climbing the steep sides of the Indian mound Presently Dick heard some one enter the tent. on which the fort was built, and there seemed to be no It was an orderly, he said that Lancaster had got chance for Dick to escape or to keep from being discovered. back, and wished to make his report. '1They are closing in on the fort, and will keep it sur"Send him here at once," ordered Lord Rawdon. rounded while they search within the walls for me," thought The orderly withdrew, and presently returned, accomDick. "Well, I hardly know what to do." panied by another man, who proved to be Lancaster.Presently some soldiers entered the fort bearing torches, Dick listened to this man with interest, for he was a and Dick realized that he was in a predicament, for there


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN 'rORYVILLE: 9 were others just outside the walls, and he would not dare leave the fort. The men began moviilg about in the fort, looking in every nook and cranny that they came to, and Dick real ized that they would soon be around.where he was. What should he do? Where could he hide? CHAPTER VII. THE BURNED CAJ3IN. Dick crouched behind the t ent occ upied by Lord Rawdon, and as the men with the torches drew near to the t ent, a thought struck Dick. It was a bold thought, but the youth did not hesitate. He proceeded to put the idea into execution. Lying fiat down bes ide the t ent, Dick s oftl y lifted the side and roll e d in under. He did this in s uch a noiseless manner tpat he felt sure he had not been heard by the occupant of the tent. The youth dropped the canvas and lay still. He was now within the tent of the Britis h commander. "They will hardly think to look ins ide Lord Rawdon 's tent," thought Dick; "and I may e scape bein g d e tected after all." Presently the s oldi er:; with the torches came near the tent and looked all around. The search for him was over. "Well, they didn't find me!" thought Dick. "Wouldn't they be angry, though, if they knew how I escaped them?" Feeling safe, now, Dick stepp e d through the opening and stood outside the fort wall. He decided not to risk trying to get out of the encampment just yet. So he seated with his back to the wall, and waited. He remained where he was for perhaps half an hour, and then, feeling that the camp was ,off its guard he quietly de s cended the side of the mound. He was s oon on the level ground, and then the hard work begun. Dick was an old hand, however. He took his time and went at the work in a careryl manner. He knew that the worst mistake he could make would be to try to get out of the camp in a hurry. It would be much better and safer to go slowly, and with extreme caution. 'rhat wa s th e way Dick worked it. He moved very slowly. Indeed, he was half an hour in g oing two hundred yards. Even then he was not safe and moved very carefully. The worst of it was over, however, and after t e n minutes more of this work, Dick drew a long breath and moved away at a fairly rapid pace. He was soon well within the t imber, and mad e his way to where he had left his horse. Dick was between tw o fire s so to speak. 'rhe horse was where Dick had left him, and the youth He had to look out for Lord Rawdon, and for the men untied the animal and was just in the act of mounting outside who were searching for him. when there came a quick rush of footstep s and Dick felt Pres ently the men :finished the search, however, and himself seized. paused near the tent and discussed the advisability of re-He instantly grappled with his assailant and a struggle portin g their non-succe s s to the They :finally decided not to disturb him. "He s aid for me to let him know if you were successful," said th e orderly; "and as you have not been successful, I don' t think the r e i s any call to both e r him." It was decid e d that Lord R a wdon s hould not be disturbed, and this suited Dick, exactly. Presently the men went away, and after waiting per haps ten minutes, Dick lifted the edge of the tent and rolled out into the open air. He listened a few moments and heard nothing Everything was quiet. He made his way to the loose board; and looked out. began. The horse was a well-trained animal, and moved but a few paces. Dick and his assailant struggled fiercely. The youth wondered why hi s opponent had not used a weapon, but soon came to the c oncluison that the fellow wished to capture him and take him into camp in triumph. "That is very laudable," thought Dick; "but I s hall have to disappoint him." Dick, although taken by surprise, soon got a hold upon other, which equalized matters. There were few better hand-to-hand :fighters than Dick. He had done so much of it that he had become very He could see men seated about the camp-fires, but there expert, indeed. were no moving groups He presently succe e ded in getting hold of his opponent's


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. throat, and once this hold was secured, Dick felt that he was safe. He knew it was a question of only a minute or so before he would succeed in getting the better of his foe. It turned out this way. Dick choked his assailant into insensibility in a very short time, and, dropping the senseless form to the ground, Dick hastened to mount his horse and ride away. Dick was soon on the road, and he rode at a gallop until in vicinity of the cabin of his friend, Hank Pardee. Then he entered the timber and rode slowly till he reach ed the clearing in which had stood the cabin. I say "had stood," for the cabin was not there now. "Yas; an' now, come erlong with me. We'll go tha an' turn in fur ther night." Hank led the way through a distance of hal a mile or so, and then they came to anoth'er cabin almos like the one that had been burned. There was a shed for the horse, and after putting th animal in the shed the two entered the cabin They talked a while, and then lay down and slept soundl until morning. Dick remained at the cabin till after dinner, next daJ and then, mounting his horse, he bade his friend good-bJ apd rode away. He headed toward the south, and rode till well alon There was only a heap of smouldering ruins. toward night, when he made some inquiries at a farrr D ick rode up and sat on his horse and gazed upon the house; and :finding that he was close upon the Britis ruins in wonder. army, he decided to remain at the farmhouse till next da "Well, well! Who can have done this, I wonder?" he This he did, and next morning, when he went to reco exclaimed, half aloud. "I suppose the redcoats must have noitre the British, he found that they had gone into done it, though,'' he said. Just then there came an interruption. I CHAPTER VIII. BACK .A.T CAMDEN. It was a peaceable interruption, this time, however. Out from among the shadows, into the flickering light I of the smouldering ruins, came a tall figure. "Hello, Dick! Is thet yo'?" asked a hearty voice. It was Hank. permanent camp at a place called Monk's Corners. Dick remained there all that day and the next nig trying to learn the plans of the British, and he succeed in learning sufficient for his needs, he thought; so th night he mounted his horse and took the back track. He was not so long in making the return trip as he h been in coming, and when he reached Camden he went once and reported to General Greene. The general was very well pleased with what Dick h seen and learned. "Now I can do some work which I have had in mi for some time," he said; "I am going to send Marion a Lee to capture :forts Motte and Granby. Do you wish go with them?" "Yes, it is I, Hank," replied Dick. this?" "Who has done "Yes, indeed!" exclaimed Dick. "I shall be delight "'l'her redcoats, Dick." "I thought so." _"Yas; they come back not long arter yo' went erway, an' called on me ter come out an' surrender; an' w'en I re1 fused they set ther cabin on fire. Uv course, I got out ther rear way, but I couldn't do nothin' ter save ther cabin, an' et burnt down." "That i s too bad." "Oh, well, et c'u'd a-be'n worse." "True; it would bave been wo_ rse if they had got you." "Yas; they'd a-made et warm fur me, ef they'd a-got me, I 'xpeck." "No doubt of it; bu.t what will you do now, Hank?" if you will permit me to take my 'Liberty Boys' and alorig." "Very well, you may do so." Dick and his "Liberty Boys" accompanied Marion a Lee in their expeditions, and assisted in capturing the t forts, which was accomplished without much trouble. At the sa11e time General Sumpter captured Orangebu and soon afterward Lee, with Dick and the "Liberty Boy to assist him, captured Augusta, just across the line Georgia. Only one playe remained to be captured by the patri now. This was a place called Ninety-Six. General Greene s forces now laid siege to Ninety-S "Me? Oh, I m all right," with a chuckl e ; "yo see, but it was strongl y garrisoned and amply provisioned, a J've got ernother cabin not fur frum heer." for twenty-eight days successfully held out against th "You have?" patriots.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 11 Lord Rawdon, learning what was going on, got a lot of men from Charleston and came up to Ninety-Six in all haste, and Greene was forced to wi'.:hdraw. Rawdon soon saw that he could not hope to bold Ninety Six, however, and on the 29th 0 June he evacuated the piace and retired to Orangeburg. Greene and his army followed, and took up a position on the high of Santee. He was told that he could if he could put up with the scanty accommodations which the owner of the cabin had to offer. Dick said he was not at all }>articular, and that if he could have some cornbread and pork and a vacant spot on the floor, he would be content. He spent the night at the cabin, and did very well. After b'reakfast next morning, just before he mounted Here they forlhed a camp, and. the patriot to resume his journey, Dick asked his host if he knew of a general decided to let his men rest a while. place called Toryville. They had been working hard and faithf\llly since De-The man scratched his hea'd and said he believed he had cember, and were almost worn out. Then, t1'0, Greene wished to recruit his army. He proceeded to do so. I "heern tell uv sech er place," but he didn't know just where it was, save that it was to the westward. Dick had to be satisfied with this meagre information, The British commander, Rawdon, proceeded to do the and rode on his way. s!ltne thing. The road he was following wound and twlsted arour.;l There were many Tories in that part of the country, but among the foothills, and later on among the mountains, in not so many as there were patriots. a fashion that was wonderful to see, but which yvas necesOne day General Greene called Dick into his tent and sary in order to avoid coming to an abrupt end at some iold him that he had some work for him to do. precipice. He said that he had received word from some of his Dick rode onward till nearly noon, and was beginning to new recruits to the effect that fifty or sixty miles to the think he was gettihg to a region where nobody lived, when westward, in the mountains, there was a place called Torysuddenly he emerged from the mouth of a narrow ravine, ville, in which no one not a Tory was allowed to remain into a good-sized valley. for a moment. The valley was at least two miles wide and stretched Greene stated further that the recruits who had given away toward the north as far as the eye would reach. him the information, had said that the people of Tory-But this was not what caused Dick to utter an exclamaville were making up a regiment to send to Lord Rawdon tion of pleasure. at Orangeburg. The sight of a town a mile or so distant was what "I wish you to go and see whether or not this is the caused this. truth, Dick," said General Greene; "and if you find that 'l'he houses of the town were plainly visible, and some of {t is the truth, you must hasten back here with the news, them seemed to be of very good size, two or three stories and I will send a sufficient force to capture or disperse the at least. regiment of Tories." Dick he would start at once, and hastened away to make his preparations. This did not take long, and having talked with the re -cruits who had given General Greene his information, and learned where the town of Toryville was supposed to be "I'll wager a good deal that that place is Torryville," Dick to himself. He sat on his horse and gazed toward the towtl for several minutes in silence He was debating the best plan of procedure He wished to do the work which he had come to do,. located, Dick mounted bis horse and rode away toward the and do it 1n the safest manner. \West. At last he made up his mind what he would do. He would pretend that be bad come to jt;>:in the regiment which was supposed to be recruiting in the town. CHAPTER IX. "l will: pretend that I atn a Tory--0De of the biggest in this part of the country," thought Dick; "and I guess I will IN TORYVILLE. come out all' rigfit." Having so decided, Dick urged his horse forward and Dick rode steadily onward all that day. rode toward the town at a gallop. It was nearly sundown when he stopped at a cabin in As he drew near the town he saw men come out into the foothiils and asked if he could stay over night. the street and watch him approaching.


TE:E LIBER'l'Y BOYS IN TORYVILLE. When he reached the town and started down the main street, he found scores of men standing on the sidewalk, looking at him. Dick paid no attention, seemingly, but in reality he was watching the men closely. Dick did not like the men's looks. 'rhere were a great many fierce-looking fellows, and the youth saw that they were looking at him su.spiciously, even threateningly. "I shall have to look out or I will get into trouble very quickly," the youth sa id to himself. He rode slowly onward, keeping a lookout for a livery stable, but saw no signs of one; and when he had reached the centre of the town he suddenly found himself sur rounded by a crowd of at least two hundred men. "Hol' on thar !" called out a big, black-whiskered man, who seemed to be recognized as a leader. "Jes' hol' up, young feller!" Dick instantly brought his horse to a standstill. "All right, sir," he said; "there you are." Then he lifted his hat and bowed and smiled at the scowling faces 0 the men who surrounded him. "How are you, gentlemen?" he said, in a light, jocular "How did yo' happen ter cum ter Toryville ?" Dick saw an eager look on the faces 0 the men sur rounding him. "I'll tell you how it happens that I came here," said Dick; "I heard that you people 0 Toryville were organiz ing a regiment to send to join Lord Rawdon at Orangeburg, and 'as I am a loyal king's man and would like the chance to strike a few blows in the service of King Georgel I made up my mind to come here and join the regiment." "Oh, thet's et? W'y heven't yo' be'n fightin' fur King George afore this?" "Because my health did not pe1mit; I feel so strong and well now, however, that I am confident I can stand the hardships of a soldier's life as well as any one." "I sh'u' d think yo' c'u' d." "I am sure that I can; and now, sir, will you be so kind as to tell me where I will find i;he recruiting officer?" "Right here." The black-whiskered man straightened up. and swelled out his chest. "Oh," said Dick, "you're he, eh?" "Yas; I'm Jeff Tompkins-Big Jeff, most everybody calls me-an' I'm ther recrootin' officer, an'll be ther tone. "I'm glad to see you; and, say, is this Toryville ?" kunnel uv ther regiment." "Yes," replied the man, "this is Tory"Good!" exclaimed Dick. "Fm glad that I ran across ville-an' whut e et is?" you. Will you let me join your regiment?" "Why, then I'm glad to know it, that's what." Tompkins hesitated. "Oh, yo' air?" ayes." "Waal," be said, "I'll see; tbar's no hurry, yo' know. Yo' kin camp down here in Toryville an' later on I'll let There was a murmur from the crowd, though Dick yo' know er bout ther matter." could not determine its significance. "Very well," said Dick; "I will do as you suggest. Andi air yo', young feller?" asked the black-whiskered I hope that 'yoU: decide to take me into your regiment. man. By the way, will you direct me to a tavern where I can "My name is Ben Burton," replied Dick. get lodgings and where my horse will be taken care 0 ?',. "Wbar yo' frum?" "Sart'inly," was the reply; and Tompkins directed "I am from the North, originally, but just at the present Dick to a tavern which was about a block distant. lime I am from nowhere in particular." "How Jong since yo' left ther North?" "Six months." I I "Whut yo' doin' down here?" "I'm traveling around for my health." "Oh, thet's et?" "Yes." "Humph! Yo' don't look sickly." Dick smiled. ''I know I do not now," replied, promptly. "Coming South so my health that I made up my mind to remain here indefinitely." "Oh, thet's et? Yo' like et down here, do yo'?" "Yes, indeed." Dick first rode to the stable at the rear of the tavern and saw to having his horse taken care 0. Then Dick made his way to the front of the and entered. He found himself in a large room in which were a score or more men-for the most part rough, uncouth, but hardy mountaineers. The room was a combined office and barroom, and the majority Of those present were patronizing the bar quite liberally. All eyes were on Dick as he entered, and as the youth was walking toward the landlord's desk, a big, tough-look ing fellow, with shaggy hair and beard, and bleary eyes,. suddenJy barred Dick's way.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 13 He stood with hands on his hips, his arms akimbo, an nsolent, leering smile on his :face. "Hullo!" he cried. "So "ifO' air lier youngster whut vants ter jine ther regiment, air yo'?" CHAPTER X. DIOK ASTONISHES THE NATIVES. As the reader is aware, was nobody's fool. A shrewder youth than he never lived. He knew that the ruffian-for such the :fellow evidently was-meant mischief. \ Everybody in the room seemed to realize this and every was upon the two. Dick was one of those :fellows who, when satisfied that rouble could not b e avoided, always liked to meet it more han half way. He decided to do. so in this case, and when the ru,ffian sked or asserted, rather, that Dick was the youth who ished to join the 'rory regiment, the youth promptly eplied: f' Then you are Mister Shore Death Seth, are you?" "Thet is me. I'm ther :feller." "Well, that is nothing to me; just step aside, please. I wish to speak to the landlord." "Oh, yo' do, hey?" "Yes." "Waal, but I wants ter speak ter yo', myse':f, :furst." "I haven't any time to fool away. Stand aside." ' "Say, yo'd better not tork so sassy, er I'll wring yer neck :fur yo' Dick's eyes fiashep. He did not like bullies in general, and the appearanc e and actions of this one in were offensive decided to take the bull by the horns. "Get out of my way!" he said, sternly "Get out of the way, or you'll wish that you had!" The ruffian gasped. The spectators stared, while exclamations escaped them They could not undersbnd the affair at all. They could hardly believe that they had heard aright, but then, the young :fellow was a stranger, and did not know what a dangerous man Sure Death Seth was. This was the way they figured it. Still Seth had told the young :fellow who he was. The spectators decided to hold their breath and wat c h "Yes, I'm the :fellow; and what business is it o:f yours?" and wait. "Hey ?-whut's thet !"almost gasped the ruffian. "Whut "Say," said Sure Death Seth, as soon as he could reR d yo' say?" cover his breath, which had been taken away by the youth s "I said, whut bu s iness is that of yours?'" words; "wuz yo' torkin' ter me?" ... The big :fellow ga s ped again, while a murmur of amazeThere was a threat in his voice, a threatenil).g look on nent went up :from the ,inmates of the room. his ugly :face. All were surprised by the youth's temerity in speaking But he could not intimidate Dick Slater. hus to one who look e d as i:f capable of eating him without my trouble. The ruffian, aft e r gaspin g, grinned in a sickly manner, nd then a s he h e ard the e xclamations o:f his comrades, a 1 i cked look app e ar e d on his :face. "Say, I reckon yo' don know who I am, do yo' ?" he ;row led. Dick shook hi s head. o, I do not," h e r e plied; "and I care a good deal less." "Oh, yo' don keer, hey?" I "I do not." "Did yo' ever beer t e ll u v Shor e D e ath S eth?' Dick shook hi s h e ad ag a in. \ "I neve r did. "Humph! That counts :fur yer torkin' so big, then." certainly was talking to you and to no one else, you big ruffian! Get out o:f my way!" "Whut !-yo' call me er ruffian?" he howled. Shore Death Seth? Say, I've er good min' ter wring the( neck uv your'n !" Seth reached out his great paw as he spoke, as i:f with, the intention o:f taking Dick by the neck, but he met with a surprise. Dick seized the man by the wri s t and gave a quick,, w:renching twist, which brought a c ry of pain and rage :from the owner. Then Dick gave the bi g :fellow a shove and sent him to on e side, after which the youth walked up to the desk, behind which sa,t the landlord Dick pretended to be paying no more attention to Sure Is that s o?" Death Seth, but in reality he was keeping a close watch "Y as; u:f y o h e d heerd tell uv Shore Death Seth, I think on the :fellow out the corner of his eyes. o would kno w b ette r tha n t e r tork t e r 'im tbet way." He saw Set li ru s h toward him


-':"'': I ' 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. -Re whirled quickly. "'OhJ haven't you had enough?" the youth asked, calmly. '"-Then take that!" Out shtJt his fist: Seth did not know the first principles of the pugilist's art. He made no effort to parry the blow or to dodge it. :Perbape he thought the youth could not strike hard, that the blow would do no damage. If such was the case, he was quickly undeceived, for the hard fist o:f the youth caught the ruffian fair between the eyes and he was knocked down in the neatest possible fashion. .Crash! 'When the ruffian struck the floor, the building shook. Cries of wonder went up from the spectators. "Whut er lick!" "Et wuz like ther kick uv er mule!" "Et sart'inly wuz !" ." I seen nothin' like et ''N1:1r .me, neether !" "Who'd er tnort et Such were a few of the exclamations. The men stared at the youth in open-mouthed amazement. .As for Death Seth, he was seemingly temporarily dazed by the : blow and the shock of the fall. He lay where he had fallen for a few moments, and then aP it all came to him and he realized what had happened, he leaped to his feet, with a hoarse roar of rage ..and rui:;hed upon Dick. The youth gave ground at first. Sure Death Seth was a larg e heavy fellow, and he came on like a mad bull. Dick did not: have to retreat very far, however; he quickly secured an opening and then once, twice his fists shot out and once more down the ruffian went, with a crash. Again wondering exclamations escaped the spectators. They could not understand it at all. They would not have believed it possible that a youth like Dick could overcome the terror, Sure Death Seth-- :.e; turning black, where Dick's iron-like knuckles; had alighte and the fellow, not handsome at any time, far fro good-looking now. Seth glared about him. His eyes rested on Dick and he goilve utterance to hoarse howl of rage. He scrambled hastily to his feet, his actions being most as graceful as those of an elephant. "I'll fix yo' fur this beer!" be cried, hoarsely. "I'm e goin' ter ha' kill yo', thet's whut I'm ergoin' ter do!" 1 Oh, you threaten too much and do too little!" sa Dick, calmly. "You are one of those big, blowing bulliE who depend on frightening people, but you can't frighti me." "Oh, is thet so!" exclaimed Seth. "Waal, I'll show} whether I depen' on skeerin' people er not. Yo' want jes' look out fur me now, I tell yo'!" As h'e spoke he advanced, cautiously. Dick saw what the fellow's scheme was at once. Having got the worst of it at long range fisticuff wo1 he was going to try to get hold of his antagonist. Seth evidently thought himself much stronger th. Dick, and felt confident of being able to handle the you if he could get hold of him. Of course, Dick could have kept the fellow from getti hold of him, but feeling confident that he could bane his opponent, the youth decided to let the fellow put 1 plan into execution. The surprise to 11im would be all the greater when found he was rlot a match for the youth in any way. So Dick stood still and permitted the ruffian to within reach of him. Suddenly Sure Death Seth leaped forward and sei2 the youth "Now I've got you' the ruffian chuckled. "Now J she)\\' yo' whut kin' uv er f e ller Shore Death Seth is!" "}fo: I'll show you and the rest of the people here wl sort of a fellow you are!" retorted Dick. As Seth leaped upon him, Dick had dodged and wrigg in under the fellow's arms, and he now secured the h1 which he wished to get. for he was a terror, the bupy of the town. The next instant all present, even including Seth hi To tell the truth, many were glad to see their bullying self, were treated to a surprise. comrade taken down in this manner, but they would not bave said so, for fear it might get them into trouble with Seth. Just how it was done not one could have told, but si clenly up in the air went Seth's heels; the next the spec lors saw was Seth's entire body making a revolution The ruffian lay still and blinked up at the ceiling for the air. perhaps half a minute, &nd then he sh:.-qggled to a sitting Dick had "cross-buttocked" his opponent and given l posture. the worst fall a man can get. His ugly ..ace w;:i,s .swelling, and his eyes were Down ca:tne the ruffian, het1:d first.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 15 The contest had taken place near the end of the bar. At this point stood a barrel half filled with water, which was used by the bartenders for washing the glasses and mugs. Into the barrel, head first, went Sure Death Seth, with a great splash and a gurgling howl. A shout of laughter went up from the crowd. The spectacle of the ruffian going head first into the barrel was so comical that they could not help laughing. "That beats anything I ever saw!" "Thet's tber furst barth Seth hez took in menny er day!" "I wonder ef he likes et?" Evidently Seth did not like the bath. He began kich'ing and floundering around, and in doing so managed to upset the barrel. Out upon the .floor pomed the water, and then out of the barrel crawled Seth, looking :..ike a drowned rat. With hair wet and stringing down over bis eyes, and water dripping from him-running off him in little streams, in fact, Sure Death Seth made a dash for the cloor of the tavern. Tompkins could not understand anything that was said, and promptly shut them up. "Don't all talk at once lik e a lot of gabbling geese," he cried; "you tell me what has geen going on in here!" and he indicated one of the men. The individual in question, swelling up with delight and importance, proceeded to tell the story of the encounter hetween the young stranger and Sure Death Seth, and the story did not fall short of the actual facts in the case, by any means. Tompkins was amazed. He turned toward Dick and stared at the youth, wonder ingly. "Great guns!" he gasped. ''I'd never a-b'leeved thet yo' c'u'd git ther better uv Sure Death Seth! I don' unner stan' et." Dick smiled. "I don't suppose Seth does, either," he replied. "No, I s'pose not," with a grin; "an' yo' throwed 'im inter ther bar l, an' thet wuz whut made him so wet? Haw! haw! haw! Thet's ther bes' thing I ever heerd tell The of the spectators was ringing in the rufon in all my life! Haw! haw! haw!" fian's ears, and he wished to get away he could not hear it. He jerked the door open and dashed out. The worthy Mr. Jeff Tompkins-"Big Jeff"-was just on the point of entering, and Seth's head struck Tompkins in the stomach, doubling that gentleman up and sitting him down on the ground with great force. "Augh-h-h-h-h !" grunted Tompkins, as he struck the ground. 'rhen, as he saw what struck him, he roared: "What are you about, yo' ha'f-drowned muskrat! Whut d'yo' mean by bumpin' inter a feller in thet fashion?" But Seth did not stop to explain. He raced down the street, water at every jump, and disappeared around a corner. Tompkin s rose to his feet, brushed the dirt off his clothes, and mtered the tavern, the grinning men making way for him, the door having quickly filled after the departure of Seth, as they wished to see what became of him. "Whuf does this heer mean, cnnyhow ?" asked Big Jeff, still brushing, as he entered the tavern and looked around blln. The bartenders had already righted the overturned ba rel, and were engaged in mopping up the water. Dick was quietly bargaining with the landlord for a room and board for a few days. The men who ,had seen the encounter between Dick and Sure Death Seth were all eager to tell it, and all started to talking at once. The crowd laughed, also, and just then a man burst into the room and cried out: "Shore Death Seth is acomin' up ther streef with his pistils out, an' cussin' like er pirut He sw'ars he'll hev ther heart's blood uv ther young feller whut chucked 'im inter ther bar'l uv water!" CHAPTER XL DICK AMAZES THE TORYVILLEITES. All was c;onfusion in an instant. The inmates of the tavern began talking excitedly. They evidently thought it was all up with the young stranger. Some advised him to run out and escape by the back way. All assured Dick that Sure Death Seth was a terrible fellqw when angry. According to their say-so, he was "sure death," sure enough. But to the surprise of all, Big Jeff Tompkins included, the young stranger did not seem to be greatly aktrmed. Nor, indeed, was Dick ala:i:med. He had seen too many such fellows as Sure Death Seth, to be afraid of one.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. They were bullies who, when once they met their master, would be proven to be the most arrant cowards. Dick had already gotten the better of the ruffian in a hand-to-hand encounter, and now he felt that if he met the man to face and disposed of him ih an encounter with pistols-which he did not doubt his ability to do-his standing in Toryville would be pretty :firmly established. None of the other bullies and ruffians would be likely to bother him. '!"his was something to be desired, and Dick was rather eager for the affray than otherwise. Dick drew a pistol and examined it, to see if the prim ing was_ in gooa order. "Will s,ome gentlem,an please step out and tell Mr. Sure Death Seth to come to a stop about a hundred paces down the street?" he asked. "Tell hi'.m I will then come forth and do him battle. As soon as we are facing each other in the street we will be at liberty to advance and fire at will, and keep it up till one or both is satisfied." "I'll tell 'im," said Big Jeff, promptly, and he hastened out of the tavern. The crowd poured out after him. All were eager to see the encounter, and hastened to ibid safe points from which to view the affair. They had seen such encounters before, and were aware that often the spectators were in more danger than the principals, and the majority were careful to get behind the corners of houses and behind boxes and barrels, and even trees, of which there were a number growing along the street. Dick was about the last one to leave the tavern, and as he stepped out into the street a cheer went up. The young r;tranger had won the admiration of the rough crowd by his ability as a fighter, and they could not help cheering him as he came forth and took up his place in the middle of the street. Curses, not loud but deep, escaped the lips of Sure Death Seth as he heard the cheers, and realized they were for 11is hated foe. "But I'll kill 'im !" he grated between his set teeth. I'll kill ther cuss, e r my name ain't Shore Death Seth no more!" Big Jeff Tompkins had constituted himself master of eeremonies, and he now called out : "Jes' wait er minnet, gen'lem'n. Our feller citizens uv ther town uv Toryville want fur ter see this heer fight, an' we mufi.' giv' 'em er few minuets in which ter git h.eer." This was the truth. The people of Toryville were coming to the scene from l'very direction. From the windows of houses women were watching. It was not every day that an affair such as this coul be witnessed. There were so many men on the street that Dick was in: pressed with the belief that there must be nearly enough t make up a regiment, sure enough. At last Big Jeff was ready "I guess mos' ever'buddy is heer, now," he said; "s y o mought ez well go ahead with this heer affa'r. W'en say ther word, yo' kin go fur each other ez soon ez yo' lik( One, two,' three--go !" As Jeff shouted out the word, "Go!" Dick and Sur Death Seth began advancing toward each other. They were within pistol shot distance, and wishe to get closer before firing, in order to make as sure of the shots as possible. Every eye in that great crowd was on the two, watchi eagerly and anxiously for the opening of hostilities. Dick had his wits about him. He did not intend to let this mountain desperado g the better of him, if he could h e lp it, and b e thought th he could. Th e youth was calm and cool. He was not going to throw away any chances. He was watching his opponent with the eyes of a haw] _He waited till they were just within pistol ,shot distam of each other, and then he fi.Uddenly threw up his pist as if to fire. This was a trick on Dick's part to disconcert his o : ponent, make him think .he (Dick) was going to fire, an if possible draw the fire of the desperado. 'l'he plan succeeded. Sure Death Seth thougl1t Dick was going to fire, an anxious to get the first shot himself, he quickly leveled l pistol and fired, alm'ost without taking aim. The bullet went wild, and struck a behind which fat citizen had taken refuge, causing him to yell out war ings to "Be keerful, thar Whut yo' 'bout?" Instaptly Dick leaped forward and ran toward his OJ ponent at the top 0 his speed 'rhis move took all by surprise, and a murmur of amaz ment went up from the spectators. I CHAPTER XII. DICK IS SURPRISED The. move took Sure Death Seth by surprise, along 'ri the rest. I


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. It disconcerted hinl, too, quite a good deal. He became excited. He had been engaged in a number of impromptu street fights, with weapons, in his time, and had, usually, manacred tc come out first best, but he had never been pitted b against a man who acted as this young stranger was acting. The result was that he was, as we have said, disconcerted --in the parlance of to-day, he was "rattled." He up with his other pistol and fired quickly. He y, No one there had ever seen a man run faster than the ennyway !" frightened ruffian ran. "C'u'd yo' er hit 'im, d'yo' think?" asked Tompkins. And at every jump he emitted a yell. "Oh, ys !" replied Dick, quietly. "I am an expert in Sure Death Seth was the worst frightened man Torythe use of the pistol. I could have killed him had I wished ville had ever seen. to do so." No one had e \ yer suspected that Sure Death Seth was a Some of the spectators looked at each other in a doubtfoot-racer, but he certainly showed all the signs of being ful manner, and Dick, noticing this, said: a first-i-ate performer in this line. "I'll show you. Do you see that bit of paper sticking That he was possessed of a good pair of lungs was made on that tree, yonder?" doubly evident, his yells making almost as much work for He pointed to a tTee standing perhaps a hundred feet his lungs as the running. distant. The spectators watched Dick and held their breath. On the tree was a bit of paper perhaps two inches square, 'rhey expected each instant to hear the crack of the a remnant of a proclamation of some kind, which had pistol and see Sure Death go down-for somehow they had been tacked there. gotten the idea that the yolmg stranger was a good shot. "Yes, yes!"


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. "We see et!" "Ef yo' kin bit tbet, yo' air ther bes' shot in this town!'.' "Yo' kain't do et, young feller." "Ef yo' hits tber tree, yo'll do well." When Dick left the patriot encampment at Camden, had left Bob there, and until this moment had suppos him to be there still. Naturally, therefore, he was greatly surprised to s "Watch," said Dick, quietly. him here in Toryville. He leveled the pistol, and, without seeming to more than Dick could not think why his friend had come. glance along the barrel, pulled the trigger. Of course, he did not dare recognize Bob-or let t. Crack'! spectators know that he recognized him, rather, and The crowd rushed forward, anxious to see the result of he put on a look of curiosity and surveyed Bob with t the shot. look which he would have given a stranger. 'l'he :first to reach there was Big J efl'. He set up a shout. "Hit et plumb centre!" he cried, waving his hand in the air. "Say, young feller," to Dick, ''yo' air ther cham peen p!stol shot uv this kentry, an' thet's er fack I guess yo' wuz right w'en yo' sed yo' c'u'd a-killed Seth ef yo' bed wanted ter." "Yas; et would hev be'n all up with Seth!" "I wouldn' hev b'leeved thet anybuddy c'u'd shoot like thet with er pistil, ef I hedn' seen et!" Such were a few of the exclamations from the members of the crowd. They were excited over the wo:qderful shot of the stranger who had come among them. They could not help feeling admiration for one who could get the better of Sure Death 'Seth in a personal en counter, and then frighten him so that he ran for his life; and now that they knew the youth was a dead shot with the pistol, they could not refrain from giving expres sion to their admiration. They were still examining the bullet-mark in the tree, when a cry from one of the men attracted the attention of all: "Look yonder! There comes another stranger! He's a young fellow, too!" Dick, in common with the rest of the crowd, looked down the street and saw a horseman approaching at a gallop. He thought there was something familiar about the looks of the horse and rider, and it turned out that this was the case, for when the newcomer was within a hundred feet of the crowd Dick suddenly exclaimed, under his breath: "Great guns! it is Bob! I wo. nder what can bring him here?" CHAPTER XIII. ... Bob was smart enough to know what to do, too. He did not let on that he had ever seen Dick. "How are you, ?" Bob greeted, politely, he drew rein. "How air yo'." "Ther same ter yo'." "Howdy, yo'se'f." Such were a few of the replies to Bob's salutation, thou the majority merely nodded. Big Jeff Tompkins now stepped forward. "Who air yo', young 'feller ? he asked. "My name is Robert Wilson." "Bob Wilson, eh?" "Yes." "Whar yo' frum ?" "I live in the but am down here for my healt The people looked at each other, and, then at Dick. By acciaent Bob had told the same story that D' had told. Big Jeff turned toward Dick and grinned. "Heer's inverlid !" he said. "I wonder, no ef he hez recovered ter ther exten; thet yo' hev, B Burton?" It will be remembered that this was the name Dick given when he firat came to Toryville. Dick smiled. He knew this was meant .as a compliment to him. "I don't know, I'm sure," he replied. "Whut d'yo' want beer in Toryville, Bob Wilson asked Jeff. "I heard that a regiment was being organized, an came here for the purpose of joining the regiment." "Is th et so? W aal, thet's strange; this beer young ler," indicating Dick, "hez come beer fur ther same p puss. W aal, ef yo' air ez good er man ez he is, I guess t SOME REDCOATS ARRIVE. won't be no trubble but whut yo' kin jine." It was, indeed, Bob Estabrook, Dick's nearest and dear"I shall be glad to do so." est friend and chum, and the second in command of the "Yo' air er king's man, then?" company of "Liberty Boys." "Yes sir."


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 19 -"All right; glad ter heer et. N obuddy but king's men I the coward took to his heels and ran for his life. He was air erlowed ter stay heer." afraid to stand up and take his turn at being shot at." "So I u_nderstood, and I think it is a good idea." Dick laughed again, in a carele s s manner, as if the "Oh, yas; no doubt erbout thet." matter did not amount to much, and then asked if there "And now, sir, will you tell me where I may s ecure was a room for his companion. lodgings?" "He has just arrived, and is going to join the regiment, Dick now thought it was time for him to say something. the same as I am," explained Dick; "and we will wish He stepped forward. room s till the r e giment is organized and ready to leave "I am glad to know you, Bob Wilson," he s aid, offering his hand; "I have come to Toryville for the same purpose "Jove! I'm sorry, but I haven't another vacant room," which brings you here, and I hope and trust that we will said the landlord. "I_ assigned the last one to you. be good friends. My name is Ben Burton." "Perhaps you young gentlemen would not object to Bob shook Dick's hand as heartily as if they were strangoccupying the room jointly?" ers, and said: Of course, thi s just the thing of all things that the "I am glad to know you, Ben Burton." "Come with me," said Dick; "I am stopping at a tav ern, just up the street, ana you will find it a good place, I think. They will take care of your horse, also, as there is a stable in connection with the tavern." "Good and thank you. I will go with you." Bob leaped to the ground, and they walked toward the tavern, the hor s e being led, and the crowd parted to let them through. Dick had made such an impression. by his prowess, and. by his expertne s s with the pistol that they were glad to youths desired, it would not do to let this be known, so they looked at each other for a few moments, in pretended doubt, as if trying to see what they thought of each other, and then Dick said : "I can't say that I have any objections, landlord. I am willing to share my room with the young man, if he wishes it." "I shall be glad to be allowed to share the room," said Bob. Then the two went up to their room. As soon as the door was closed and locked, Dick turned to hi s c ompanion. make way for him ".i: ow, Bob, explain," he said. "How happens it that The two r e ached the tavern, and Boh turned his horse y ou have come to this place?" over to the hostler. Then they entered the tavern. "I'll tell you, Dick: G e neral Greene sent me." Dick was surprised. "He did?" he exclaimed. The tavernkeeper came forward to meet them, and seiz ing Dick's hand, shook it. "Young man, I congratulate you!" he said. "You are a wonder! I am exceedingly glad that you got the better "Yes; he c all e d m e to him, not long after you left, and told me where you w e re going, and said that you were i aking such a ri s k in venturing into the heart of of Sure Death Seth, who is a ruffian and desperado, and !-be Tory countr y and right into Toryville, that he felt I shall be glad i he never again shows his face in Tory-that he s hould s end some one to help you in case you got ville." "Thank you," smiled Dick; "r didn't expect that he would take to hi s he e ls and :flee in the fashion that he did, but I guess it is just as well, as it saved me the trouble and necessity of putting a bullet through him." "What is this?" asked Bob, in wonder. "What have you into trouble." "That was good of him, Bob; but I think there is not mu c h danger "Well, th e re may no1: be, but at the same time, if there are two of us we may be able to pull through in safety. where one would be helpless." been doing, D-Ben ?" "True, Bob; but I don't think it will be necessary to He had come within an ace of saying "Dick." r e main h e r e long." "Oh, nothing much,' : laughed Dick. "You don't?" "He says it is nothing, but it was a great deal s aid "No; I am already certain that a regiment of Tories is I the tavernkeeper; "he thraslied the worst desperado of this being organ ized, and all that will be necessary is for us community, and then fought a pistol duel with him: And to ascertain. some of the details regarding the proposed after Sure Death Seth, that is the rufEan.'s name, had movements of th e r e giment. As soon as we have done this fired both his pistols and it was this young mani s turn we will be ready to go back."


The youths talked for some time, and then went back down into the office and barroom. When they entered the room the inmates were just' leav ing it in great haste. "What is the trouble?" asked Dick of the landlord. "Some British officers coming to take charge of the regiment and di"ill it," was the reply. "Is that so? Where are they from?" "From Lord Rawdon's army at Orangeburg." "Ah! and they are coming now, you say?" "Yes; they are coming up the street. Don t you hear the people shouting?" Dick and Bob glanced at each other in consternation. Dick was known personally by a number of the officers of Lord Rawdon's army-would any of those coming be of the number who knew him? This was the question which fl.ashed through the minds of Dick and Bob. As the two walked toward tne door, to follow the others, whispered in Bob's ear: "They won't know you, anyway, Bob, so if they should recognize me, you remain and learn all that you can, and 1 will hunt a hiding place in the mountains two miles south from here." "All right, Dick." The two s tepped through the doorway out upon the street. The officers in question-there were four of them-had just dismounted in front of tavern, and as they started toward the door they came face to face with Dick and Bob. One of the four suddenly uttered an exclamation. Re pointed his finger at Dick. Quick seize that fellow he cried. "He is Dick Slater, the famous rebel spy, 011 whos e head there is a reward of five hundred pounds. Seize him I" There was a tableau of astonishment. The spectators stared, open-mouthed. Dick was the first to act. CHAPTER XIV. OVER THE l!' ALLS. He suddenly bounded away and ran down the street with the speed of a greyhound. Instantly there was a wild scramble. The Tories gave chase. They ran after the fleeing youth with all their might, and many of them drew pistols as they ran. "Get him dead, if you can't catch him alive!" the officer shouted, and his words were followed by the crack crack of firearms. Bob was fearful that his comrade would be killed. He would have done anything, almost, to save his friend, but there was nothing he could do. All he could do was to stand there and watch the chase. As Dick raced down the street he saw Tories coming up the street to meet him. He was practically between two fires. He would soon be hemmed in and would be either cap tured or shot. Dick came to a point where the street crossed a stone bridge. There was a deep stream runn!ng right through tl1e centre of the town, and the bridge was over the stream. Dick paused and glanced back over his shoulder. His foes were not far distant and were coming rapidly. A lot more were coming from the other direction It would be suicidal to remain whe re he was, or to try to go on down the street. He could not go back. There was only one thing to do. That was to leap over the side of the bridge, into i.,he stream. It was taking a fearful risk, but Dick Slater was equal to it and he plunged from the bridge into the stream, just as the Tories fired another volley. The stream was a mountain torrent. It was both deep and swift. Dick went under, out of sight, when he struck the water, so was not injured by the fall. The Tories set up a shout as the youth plunged from the bridge. They thought sure that they would soon capture him. But they did not know the youth with whom they were dealing. He would rather take all kinds of chances than to allow them to capture him. So he struck out down the stream, with lusty strokes, the instant he came to the surface. The stream fl.owed so swiftly an"d strongly that he ,was carried rapidly along, anyway, and when in addition to "After him!" roared the officer. "After him! Don't this he swam with all his might, Dick moved v e ry rapidlv. let him escape Remember, it is five hundred pounds in The Tories paused at the bridge and look e d at the the pocket s of the men who capture that fellow!" swimming youth in surprise.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN rrO RYVIGLE. 21 St op!" they called out. "Go ashore, or you are a dead so dark he could scarcely see at all, and although he swam If you let yourself be drawn into the mouth of the to the side of the stream he could not make a landing for e m yonder you will never come forth alive! There is the reason that there was nothing but a rock wall, which a terfall just beyond the cavern, two hundred feet deep. was absolutely vertical. you a r e swept over that you will be dashed to pieces on rocks bel ow." ick heard, but he did not heed e set his teeth, grimly, and swam as strongly as ever. than to let you capture and hang It was the same on both sides, as Dick learned by swimming from first one lo the other, and although he kept thi s u p, h e f ound no p lace where he could effect a landing He was carried onward with resistless forc e the stream I !" he murmured. "I'll risk the cavern and fue waterflowing even more swiftly here than on the outside Onward he swam. The Torie s continued to shout to him to come a s hore. But Dick paid no attention to them. H e kept on his way. Seeing thi s the Tories fired a volley. Suddenly he shot out of the cavern, howe ver, into the full glare of the light of day He looked up and saw that the stream was running along at the bottom of a deep, narrow gorg e the wall s of which were a thousand feet high, at least. The walls came right straight down to the water 's edge, The distance was too great, however, and most of the and although he looked eager l y, anxiously, Dick could se_ e llets failed to reach the vicinity of the youth. no place where it would be possible to effect a lanain g Y ery kind of you!" murmur e d ironically "I pose you think that death by bullet would be easier for than death by being dashed on a rock at the bottom More, there was not even an outjutting crag or any thing to whi c h he could hold, to stay his progress. And now, as he rounded a b e nd in the gorge a t e rrible t h e waterfall, and fired at me in the kindness of your roaring sound came to his hearing. rts "The falls thought Dick. "Jove I guess I am in '' Ob, say! Swim ashore while you have time!" shouted for it, this time!" ory. "You will never come out alive if you let yourself Onward he was swept, and suddenly h e was c arried carried into the mouth of that cavern!" around another bend, and as he rounded it a cry--0f B ut Di c k continued onward, though now he s impl y let amazement, consternation, almo s t terror--escap e d the curr e n t c arry him along youth s lips. He '}'ishe d to save hi s s trength Right before him was a white wall of foam, mar k ing the If the Tories wer e t e lling the truth, he would need all line where the wat e r da s hed over the precipice. his trength very soon. It was not mor e than a quarter of a mil e from the The roar of the cataract was almost deafening. Dick was helples s 'dge to th e entrance to the cavern, whi c h was in the He could not make a landing at eith e r side; n e ither e of a high bluff which bordered Toryville on the south could be stay his progress. e. ick was now almo s t to the cavern. he y outh calculated the chances for making his escape, case he should go ashore, but saw that he would be un e to do so. Dick looked up at the blue sky, murmured a brief pra y er, and the next instant shot over the falls as if thrown from a catapult. Down-down-down! he went. 'fhe thought flashed through th e y outh 's mind t hat he he Tories could easily head him off and capture him. was never going to reach th e bot tom. here was only one thing to do. hat was to enter the cavern and risk going over the terfall. ick thought that he might be able to land somewhere bin the cav e rn, or on the other side of it, b e for e going r the fall s and made up his mind to try it, an yway. e was that the Tories s hould not capture ;\ few moments later he entered the mouth of the cavern Then he felt a shoc k and knew n o mor e CHAPTER XV. .A MUTUAL SDRPRISE. When Dick came to, he was lying on a little sand b ar, in a bend in the stream. He was perhaps two hundred yards below the falls, which At fir s t h e see tolerabl y w ell, but it soon grew were in plain


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. They were l'Oruring and rumbling at a terrilible rate, and There was a back stairway leading to the rooms at t as Dick looked he shudder.ed. Tear, and Dick made his way up the stairs. He could not imagine how he .had ever s ucceeded in1 He reached the upper hall and made his way along it. coming over those falls without losiE,g .Jais life. He was on his guard, for he feared that at any mome And so far as he could judge .he was not even seriously s ome one might step out of some one of the room s a injured. di s cover him. Dick rose to a sirttimg posture and tthe:n t his feet. Luck was with him, however. He found that all bis limbs were sound, but there were He aaw no 6i1El, and presently reached the door of t numerous sore spots on his b@dy. room which he and Bob. had intended to occup y jointl These were where he had struck against rocks, whil e .and whicll. Dick suppdsed Bob would occupy. being swept al0ng, belaw the falls. Dick tried the door. I'm alive, and that is the th'ing," th0ught It opened at his touch. Dick. "Good! I'll go in and see if Bob is there," though Dick moved aibout on the sand bar till he was limbered Dick; "and if he isn't, I'll wait till he comes." up, and then he began the -ascent of the bluff b ehind him. The walls of the stream had widened out considerably, and were not so -steep as was the case above the falls_, and Dick thought it possible be might cli mb out of the gorge. It was hard work, climbing, for the youth found that he was weaker than was usual with him. He persevered, however. The result was that he :finally succeeded in climbing out of the gorge. Dick decided to wait till night, and then slip oock into Toryville secure his horse. Then, too, he wished to get something to eat ; also, he wished to see Bob. He waited till nearly sundown, and then he climbed over the top of the ridge and made his way slowly and cau tiously in the direction of the town. He. reached a poin from which he coula look down upon the town, just as the sun disappeared behind the mountain s to the west, and here he paused and wai te d another hour. It was now quite dark, and Dick made his way in the direction of Toryville. It was dangerous work climbing down the mountain in the darkness, but Dick was a good hand at this sort of work, and :finally succeeded in reaching the level of the valley. Dick entered the room and closed the door behind him It was dark in the room. Dick could see only very indistinctly. He stood still and called out, in a cautiou s "Bob l are you here?" 'rhere was no reply, and Dick knew the room was n occupied save by himself. This suited Dick, first-,ate. He made his way acro s s the room and seated himself i1 a chair. He thought it likely Bob would come to the roon;i pre s ently. The youth waited perhaps half an hour and then hi heard steps in the hall. Some one was coming. "I hope it is Bob," thought Dick. The steps ceas e d in front of the room. "Yes, it is Bob t" said Dick to himself. "Won't he h! r surprised when lie sees me?" There was a fumbling at the door and then it open e d The newcomer stepped through into the room and clo se1 the door. Dick s tared at the newcomer in amazement. It was not Bob . Ins t e ad it was on e of the British officers who had com to the town that day-in fact, it was the one who ha1 There were no street lamps in Toryville, and Dick stole recognized Dick and caused him to have to flee. down the street, seemingly in as great safety as if he The officer held a candle in his hand, 'and for a f e 1 were not in a town wher e e v e ry one was an enemy-with moments the two s tared at each other on e e x c eption. Presently Dick reached the hotel. He stole around to the rear. He knew better than to try to enter by the front door. By watching his chance, Dick mana ged to enter the kitchen when the cook was absent and then he stole across the kitchen and into the hall. CHAPTER XVI. LIVELY TIMES. "Dick Slater, by all that is wonderful t" suddenly ex claimed the redcoat.


THE IJIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 23 "At your service!" replied Dick. The man seemed dazed. He could evidently hardly believe the evidence of his wn eyes. "But you went into the cavern-I saw you myself," said e reJcoat; "and all whom I talked with said it would be possible for any one to enter there and come forth alive." Dick smiled. "You have evidence before you to prove that they id Dick, quietly. "And you are really alive?" "As you will speedily realize." Dick had been gradually drawing himself together; every muscle was set, every nerve tense, and as be spoke he quickly rose to his feet and leaped upon the officer, with e ferocity of a tiger. The man saw what was coming, too late. He doffed his own clothing, and taking the clothes off the body of the insensible redcoat, donned them. Then he lifted the redcoat and placed him on the bed. "He will be comfortable there," thought Dick; "but in order that he may not arouse everybody in the tavern I will bind and gag him." Dick quickly this, and the officer was truss ed up and gagged in a jiffy. What pleased Dick now was the fact that he found himself possessed of a good saber and three fine pistols. "The captain was well armed, anyway,'' thought Dick; "I'm glad of that." At this instant Dick heard footsteps in the hall. They ceased in front of the door. Then there came a knock. "I wonder who that can be?" thought Dick. "One of the captain's comrades, I am afraid,'' "Who is there?" be called out, imitating the tone of the Dick was upon him had him in such a manner that captain as nearly as be was able. he could not draw a weapon, for an instant. He attempted to draw a pistol, but did not have time. The redcoat was gritty, however. He started in to make as good a fight as possible. Doubtless he thought be would be a match for the youth. If such was bis thought he speedily discovered his mistake. Dick was the stronger and much more skilled in band -hand encounters. Too late the redcoat realized this, for when he attempted yell for help, presently, he found his throat grasped by, a hand of iron, and the yell died away to a gurgling groan. Dick had secured the hold which he had been working to secure, and he made the most of it. He choked the redcoat till his face grew as red as his coat. The feHow gasped and gurgled, and did his best to try o get his breath, but could not. His face grew almost black, his eyes seemed about to urst from their sockets, and then suddenly the officer lost onsciousness. When sure of this fact, Dick eased the insensible form ack to the floor and picked up the candle which had fallen o the :floor, but was still burning. Placing the candle on the stand, Dick stepped to the door d bolted it. Then he stepped to the side of the redcoat and looked t him, reflectively. "It is I, Starkley," was the reply; "I think you bad better come downstairs for a few minutes, captain. I am afraid there is going to be trouble. The men are accusing that young fellow, Bob Wilson, of being a friend and comrade of Dick Slater, the rebel spy, and although he denies it, the men don't believe him, and there will likely be a fight." At this instant the sound of scuffling and loud yell s came up from below. "They're at it!" cried Starkley. "Will you come?" "Yes, yes!" replied Dick. He unbolted the door, opened it and leaped out into the hall and raced after Starkley, who was hurrying toward the stairs at the end of the hall. Dick was soon right at Starkley's heels, and they went down the stairs in a hurry and burst into the large office and barroom like twin cyclones. The scene which met their gaze when they entered was an exciting one. A couple of the Tories were just arising to their feet, they having undoubtedly been knocked down by Bob, who stood with his 1back to the wa,ll and pistol .in each hand, holding the crowd at bay. Around him, glaring at him angrily, were a dozen of the Tories. "Don't attempt to draw your weapons!" oried Bob, as Dick entered the room. "If you do, I shall fire; and I "I believe I will change my wet clothes for dry ones," warn you that I am a dead shot!" hough Dick; "I will feel more q>mfortable, then." Dick hastened to put his plan into effect. The warning was evidently needed, for a number of the men were fingering their weapons.


24 'fHE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVlLLE. It was equally evident, however, that Bob could not hope to hold out against such odds. Dick, too, realized that whatever he did must be done quickly, for Starkley would see at once that he was not the British captain, but an impostor, and he might even recognize him. "Scatter, everybody!" called Dick, in a voice which was a good imitation of the British captain's "Get away from here and let this young man alone. He is not a rebel, but a true-hearted loyalist!" Dick had his hat pulled well down ?ver \ his eyes. The n;en crowding about Bob dispersed from his immediate vicinity, now, though some of them grumbled. Dick stalked majestically to the door. Pausing there he pointed his finger Bob. "Young man, stEW out here with me for a few moments," he said ; "I wish to speak to you." Bob had recognized Dick, and while delighted to know that his comrade was alive, he was tortured with fear that Dick would be recognized arid would lose his life, after all. Bob wondered how Dick happened to be in the tavern, and wearing a British uniform. There was no time for delay, however. Bob knew that Dick's action in telling him to come outside was but a shrewd device to get him out of the tavern and danger, and he said, promptly: "All right, sir; I'm c<:>ming." He walked quickly to the door, but before they coul d leave the room a man clad only in a blanket, which was wrapped ahout him, rushed through the open doerway which led from the hallway leading to the stairs They could only stare in amazement, for the time bei paralyzed. It was the most remarkable thing they had ever heard o Such daring was beyond their comprehension. Then, too, they had supposed that Dick t rebel spy, had gone to sure death down the stream a through the cavern leading to the falls. When he disappeared through the opening to the cave that day, they bad given him up for dead. And now to see him here, alive and well, and engaged more daring work, was almost too much for the peop of Toryville. What manner of youth was this young fellow, anyway This was the question which fl.ashed through their min As for Dick and Bob, having reached the doorway, the lost no time in getting through it and out of doors. They realized that they were in great danger. The temporary dazing of the 'l'oryvilletites afford them the opportunity to get out of the room in safety, a they were not slow to make the most of the opportunity. The instant the youths disappeared, however, the Tori came to, so to speak "Seize them!" howled the beblanketed captain. "Don let them escape Five pounds to the man who captu r either of them!" The Tories rushed out of the tavern, pell-mell. They uttered wild shouts as they did so. They were after youths, however, who cared nothi for shouts. They were not the sort who could be frightened by noi Dick and Bofi darted to the corner of the tavern, a It was the captain whom Dick had made a prisoner and seeing some men corning up the street, they leaped arou left tied, hand and foot, on the bed up in his room. the corner of the building and ran along its side. In some manner he had succeeded in freeing himself. Reaching the rear, they again turned and came up He pointed toward Dick and cried, in a loud, excited a cellarway . "'.l'he very thing!" murmur e d Dick. voice: "Seize him! That is Dick Slater, the rebel spy, in my uniform! Seize the scoundrel!" CHAPTER XVII. DICK AND BOB DO SOME DODGI::-<"G. Of course, the appearance of the captain clad in a blanket, and his excited words, caused a sensation. I So great a sensation in fact that for a few moments no one moved. He stooped and opened the door. "Down with you, Bob!" he said, in a quick, eager voi Bob passed through the opening and made. his w down the steps. Dick and lowered the door, just as half a doz Tories came rushing around the corner. "Where did they go?" "I'm sure they came back this way." J "Yes,_ they couldn't have gotten out of sight down t street." "Maybe they went to the stable "That's it; they've taken refuge in the stable!" "Come on, fellows!" There was the sound of rushing f e et.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 25 ick tried the door opening into the cellar. t was fastened. he fastening was upon the inside of the cellar. Dick drew back and then threw himself against the r with all his force. There was a crash. The fastening had given way. The door flew open and Dick went through the opening fell upon his hands and knees. t the same instant a voice was heard to cry out: What was that noise?" e crash had been heard. nd where was it?" asked another. t seemed to come from down in the cellar." 0 it did." the rebels are down there." they are." et's see!" .. "The rebels are clown there, I'll wager," from the other. "Let's give the alarm." "All right. Let's go back up and close the cellar door, and then while you stand guard I'll go and tell our com rades that we have the rebels caged." There was the patter of feet on the steps and then the cellarway door went s\mt with a slam "The celfar will be full of rories in minute, Bob," said Dick. "We must get out of here." "So we must," agreed Bob. Dick tried the door at the top of the stairs. It was not locked. He opened the door a few inches and peered through. He was looking into the kitchen. No one was in sight Dick puslied the door still farther open and stuck his head through the opening 'l'here was no one in the kitchen. II right; go ahead . "o; you go fil'st." Dick stepped quickly through into the room and Bob J followed. Come; we'll go together." Then Dick closed the door and bolted it. vidently the two Tories were a bit dubious about ven"'rhat bolt will keep them from getting through in a g to explore the region from whence had come the .hurry," he remarked. bing sound. At this imtant they heard footsteps approaching. eantime, Dick and Bob had been making the best of r opportunities. r hey had entered the cellar, but as it was very dark there r had to feel their way. I j his, of course_, made their progress very slow. j hey did not know what they would find. f hey heard the conversation between the two Tories, r ever, and realized that they must make haste if they rd escape discovery. r hey realized that in all probability there was no place cellar where they could conceal themselves, and idea was to find the stairs and go up into the kitchen try to get out of the house unseen, after things ted down. I bile they were making their way across cellar, they f d the cellarway door open. r he Tories were coming rhe youths stepped more quickly, at the risk of making e enough to be heard by their enemies, and a few ments later they found the stairs leading to the floor ve. rhe youths hastened up the stairs, being careful, of l rse, to not mak!'l any noise. l'hey had almost reached the top of the stairs when they lrd the Tories give utterance to exclamations. \ 'The door is open cried one of the Tories. Dick judged it must be the cook coming. If the cook saw them and gave the alarm they would certainly be captured The youths hastened across the kitchen floor. They walked on tiptoe so as to make no noise. Reaching a door at the farther side of the room, Dick opened it and a moment later they were in a hall. There was a stairway leading to the upper floor, and the youths hastened to ascend the stairs. As soon as they reached the hall they made their way toward the front of the building. Just as they came opposite the room in which Dick had had his encounter with the British captain, the door opened and ?ut stepped the captain. After giving the alarm down in the office the captain had hastened back up to the room, and doffing his blanket suit had donned an extra uniform which he had brought with him. To say that the captain was surprised when he came face to face with Dick and Bob is stating it very mildly. He was almost paralyzed, but did manage to gasp out : "You-here!" .As you see," remarked Dick. The captain opened his moutl1 to utter a yell. But he did not utter it. Out shot Dick's hand .


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. It grasped the captain's throat in a grip of iron. The yell which the captain had started to emit died away in a gurgle. The captain kicked and squirmed and struggled. All to no avail. He could not free his throat from that terrible grip. Dick quickly choked the captain into a state of insensibility. For the second time that night the captain bad gone through this experience. Doubtless if he lived to be a hundred years old he would never forget the sensation caused by the clutch of the steel iike fingers of Dick Slater. At this instant the youths heard the sound of trampling feet in tlie ball below. Dick quickly dragged the insensible form of the captain back into the bedroom, and, then coming out, closed the door. Then the youths hastened along the hall to its end. There was a window here and Dick raised it. This declaration was a little bit premature, however. They did not have Dick and Bob yet. Th e youths whirled and darted away down the street a the top of their speed. The Torie s struck out in pursuit. The y chased the youths some little distance before the bethought themselves that they had pistols and that i would be better to shoot the rebels down than to allow the to escape When they did think of this they drew their pistols an fired a volley. A pistol is a bard weapon to fire accurately with unde the most favorable circumstances, so when the person wh does the shooting is running at the top of bis speed and i unable to see the target he is trying to hit, it would almost a miracle if be should hit it. Dick and Bob were uninjured. Not a bullet touched them. The youths continued to run at ibe top of their spe and were going with such force that wben they sudden! Dick remembered that there was an awning in front encountered a party of Tories they crashed through th of the tavern, and he and Bob climbed out upon this line without difficulty, and went on their way. awning. I By the time the Tories got s'traightened up, after t Dick closed the window and then both the youths took a youths tore through their ranks, the other Tories-t survey of the situation. ones chasing Dick and Bob-were upon them; and by t So far as they could see the coast was clear. time they got st,raiglitehed out and in shape to contin It was so dark' they could not see anything distinctly the pursuit, the youths bad secured a good lead. save at a short distance, and no one was in sight near at hand. They made their way carefully down to the edge of the awning. They did not encounter any more Tories, and were soo out of the town As soon as they reached the gulch they turned aside an climbed its side till they felt that they were safe fro It was about ten feet to the ground and the youths made pursuit. the leap without hesitation. Then they paused and threw themselves down to res They alighted on their feet and gave a quick glance "Well, we got away, anyway, Dick," said Bob. around them. "Yes; but it was a close call, Bob." At this instant half a dozen Tories came rushing forth "So it was; but you must have had the closest ca from the tavern. Dick. When I saw you disappear into the mouth of th cavern I thought I should never see you again. \I as the a wate1fa1l two hundred feet in depth on the other si of the cavern?" CHAPTER XVIII. "There was a waterfall there, Bob, but just how deep was I cannqt say." DICK AND BOB ESCAPE. "Surely you didn't go over it, Dick?'; "I certainly did." The opening of the door let a flood of light stream out. "Goodness! I don't see how you escaped being killed." Dick and Bob were right in the path of the light. "Nor do I, Bob. I was rendered unconscious by t The Tories saw the youths and gave utterance to loud fall, and when I came to I was lying on a sand bar bel yells. the falls." "Here they are!" cried one. ''Great guns! you did have a narrow s "We've got them now!" cried another. enough!"


TRE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. 27 "You're right, Bob. I don't care about taking that unge again." "I shouldn't think you would." The youths lay there and discussed the situation for an They realized that it would not do to try to stay longer Toryville. They made their way up the street till they came to the tavern which had been the scene of such exciting events earlier in the evening. Now all was quiet. The youths left the sidewalk and made their way back to the stable at the rear of the tavern. They move d very carefully, for they felt sure that there The p e ople were on their guard now, and it would be w::i.s some on e sleeping in the stable. possible for the youths to spend any more time in the The youths succeeded in finding their horses and the wn. But, after all, the youths rea s on ed, it was not necessary at they should remain. They had learned what they had come there to learn. They had learned thaf a regiment was being organized d that as soon as it wa,s ready it would go to the assistce of Lord Rawdon. They had found Toryville and kn e w the route the regi ent would take in going to join the Briti s h army at range burg. saddles and bridles, even though it was dark, and ten min utes later they led the animals out of the stable. As they were in the act of mounting they were startl e d by hearing a voice yell : "'rhieve s Murder! Relp !" It was the hostler. The youths rode out to the street, and just as the y reached it there came a loud report which sounded like a baby cannon and a lot of fine shot rattled about the youths. The hos tler had fired an old musket which he kept on They might as well return to Camden and make their hand, loaded with small shot intended for rats which inport. fested the stable. Then General Greene could take such measures for pturing or dispersing the Tory regiment as he thought st. It was finally decided to do this. But they could not return afoot. They would have to have horses. The shot did no harm to the youths, but a few of the little leaden pellets struck the horses and caused just sufficient pain to make the animals leap forward and dash away down the street. The yells of the hostler, the report of the musket, and the clatter of the horses' hoofs on the hard street aroused Their horses were in the stable at the tavern in Tory' the people of Toryville, and they came rushing forth in ue, and it would be a difficult matter to secure the anihot haste to see what the trouble was. als; nevertheless tbe youths were determined to make the ttempt. They were powerless to stop the flight of the youths, however, and Dick and Bob were soon out of the bounds of It would not be safe to try to do this until late at night. the town. They would wait till midnight, at least, before making e attempt. The time passed very slowly. The youths had long ago learned the lesson of patience. In their work it was necessary that they should have tience, for often tlie only way to accomplish their purse was by watchin g and waiting. The hours passed slowly away. About midnight the youths left their hiding place and The youths were not expecting pursuit, but they, had been riding but a short time when they heard sound of hoofbeats behind them. "Do you hear that, Dick?" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, Bob." "They're after us!" "I guess you are right." The youths soon realized that their pursuers were gain-ade their way back down into the gulch. ing on them. They followed it till they reached the valley, and then "We'll have to ride faster," said Dick. ey hastened onward toward Toryville. They urged their horses into a run. A brisk walk brought them to the edge of the town, The youths listened intently and judged that they were d then they slackened their pace and advanced slowly holding their own. d cautiously. Presently the gulch was reached and onward through The Tories had not yet become sufficiently imbued with the dark, winding defile the youths rode. e military spirit to cause to post sentinels at night, o the youths had no difficulty in enrering the town. The Tories kept up the chase for a distance of ten miles at least, and then finding that they could not gain on the


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TORYVILLE. fugitives, they gave up in despair, and, turning about, rode back in the direction of Toryville. When the youths became assured of the fact that the Greene began making preparations to spoil the ]Jlans of Tories. He sent out scouts and spies and told them to b Tories had abandoned the pursuit, they brought their watch and as soon as they discovered the approach of horses down to an ordl.nary gait. They rode onward till daylight, and stopped at a farm house for breakfast. They waited an hour to give their horses time to eat and re s t, and then, remounting, they rode onward. They rode all that day and stopped at another farm house for the night. Tory regiment for them to come to him with the inforIJ tion. It was not long before Dick Slater, who was one of spies in question, came into camp with the information t the Tory regiment was enroute from Toryville to Oran burg. He informed General Greene that the regiment was At noon on the next day they rode into the patriot enthat about twenty miles to the southward. campment on the hills of Santee. Greene at on9e sent one thousand of his best men, urn Their arrival was hailed with delight command of Marion and. Lee, and instructed them All had felt that Dick Slater was taking a fearful risk disperse the regiment and drive the 'l'ories back into in going alone to Toryville and they were delighted to see mountains whence they had him return in safety. Dick and his company of "Liberty Boys'' went al They were almost equally glad to see Bob, as he, like as a matter of course, and in the encounter with the T Dick, was a great favorite with the patriot soldiers. regiment they did splendid work. Dick lost no time in reporting to General Greene. The general greeted Dick with delight. "I am, indeed, glad to see you back again, Dick!" he exclaimed. "After you star ted the other day I became fearful that I had sent you on an expedition which might lead to your death." "So Bob told me," smiled Dick. "Well, I'm alive yet, as you see." "And I am glad of it. What success did you have, Dick?" Dick told him. The patriots succeeded beyond their most sanguine pectati0ns. They were veterans, while the Tory regiment was rn up entirely of militia-green hands who had never he the roar of cannon or smelled the smoke of battle--and result was that the Tories were quickly routed. They fled for their lives and the patriots chased t fiercely. The Tory regiment was scattered to the four winds, its members made their way back to their mountain f nesses with all possible speed. When he had heard all, he slapped Dick on the shoulder. So Dick Slater's fearful risk in venturing into T "Dick, my boy, you have done splendidly!" he exclaimed. ville in the heart of 'rorydom was not for naught "The information which you bring me is of great importDick was glad that he had taken the risk, and was re ance; now, I think I shall be able to head this Tory regito take more and even greater ones, if necessary, for ment o:fi and prevent it from reaching the British army cause of Liberty. at Orangeburg." "I hope you will be able to do so, sir." "I don't think there will be much difficulty about it; I know about what direction they will come from and can arrange it so that we will be able to intercept them." General Greene then proceeded to ask Dick a number of questions. In this way he secured information regarding a number of points which had not been touched upon by Dick in making his report. When at last he was done questioning Dick, General Greene again complimented the youth on his good work, and let him go. THE END. The next number ( 50) of "The 1;.iberty Boys of will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AROUSED; STRIKING STRONG BLOWS FOR LIBERTY," Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this we are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from newsdealer, send the pricein money or postage stamps mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI Having secured the necessary information regarding the SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the co organizing of the Tory regiment at Toryville, General you order by return mail.


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