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The Liberty Boys at bay, or, The closest call of all
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Reprinted in 1912.

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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '" Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American R.evolution. lHMd Bblorlptlo f2.llO per...... aa Becolld OlaH Jl11Uer tJf the Neto Yorlltc N. Y., PHI OfrW, FWrUarv 1901. Bntered 11eoordng to Aol of Oonqreu, m the 11e11 Frank Tovse11, 24 Union Sqvare, Neto Yorll. No. 22. NEW YORK, MAY 31, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. CORNWALLIS BAFFLED. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! B-00-00-00-m Cannon were roaring. : It was the first week in the month of February, of the ar 1781. l Cornwallis, the British general, and Greene, the patriot ? eral, had been opposed to each other in the Carolinas s ring the past winter. ; Cornwallis had tried to strike the little army under / eene a blow that would crush it, out had been foiled. He had sent Tarleton, "The Butcher," to attack a por-1 n of the American army under General Morgan, at the 1 wpens, and Tarleton's army had been almost annihilated. l n Out of his entire force of eleven hundred men, only two 0 dred and seventy of Tarleton's men escaped. wo hundred and thirty were killed and wounded; six dred were taken prisoners. n addition, Morgan had captured two :fieldpieces and l u thousand stand of arms, besides wagons laden with rn gage and provisions. I u l d 0 I he Cowpens had been worse' than a Waterloo for Tarley twelve patriot soldiers were killed at the Cowpens, m sixty-one were wounded. t was indeed a remarkable battle. in neral Cornwallis was only thirty miles away to the tward, however. eneral Morgan knew this. ) e knew also that Cornwallis had nearly three thousand e knew further that Cornwallis would be wild with er when Tarleton reached him with the news of his strous defeat. e realized that the British general would use every rt to try to rescue the six hundred English prisoners, eral Morgan had only one thousand men. He co14d not hope to give successful battle to Cornwallis;. force of three times his own. He would have to retreat if he expected to hold the prisoners and other things which he had captured. The Catawba River lay fifty miles to the eastward. If he could reach that and cross it before Cornwallis could head him off, he would be all right, he thought. At an! rate, he would be in better shape than he was at present. He made up his mind to try to accomplish it, anyway. He decided that it was his only hope. So he gave the order to march soon after nightfall of the day on which the battle of the Cowpens took place, January 17, 1781. The men were _so jubilant because of their wonderful victory over the British that they were ready to march. And march they did, all night long, through the pouring rain. They reached and crossed the Broad River next morning,. and continued on toward the Little Catawba. They crossed this two days ahead of Cornwallis, who had been delayed, waiting for reinforcements, which came up from Camden to join him. Cornwallis was so chagrined and angry when he found that Morgan had gotten across the Little Catawba ahead of him, that he burned all the army's baggage, with the exception of three or four wagons for carrying the sick and wounded, and the ammunition. He did this so that his men would have nothing to re. tard them in their march. They could make good speed, and he hoped to be able to catch before he could reach and cross the Big Catawba. But he failed, although he was not far behind. His army reached the riv'1r late in the evening, and the patriot had :finished crossing only a short time before. Cornwallis decided to wait till morning to cross, as hie men were very tired. This decision cost him considerable delay; as it set in to rain soon after dark, and rained all night long. Next morning the Catawba was a roaring torrent, and. could not be forded.


2 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. Morgan thus got the start once more. While he was thus engaged, a cannon-ball came throug'. Cornwallis got across the next morning, however, and the roof of the cabin. again started in pursuit. It went on through, and out at the farther side, but tl:i General Greene, who had haste ned up from Cheraw, on splinters and pieces of shingles rattle d down around the Great Pedee, as soon as he learned of Morgan s sueeral Greene's head at a great rate. cess in the battle of the Cowpens, joined General Morgan He glanced up, brushed the splinters and bits of shin the morning after he crossed the Catawba, and took comI away and calmly went on writing. mand, as was. down with rheumatism. J "They're getting too free with us, altogether, Greeneri Cornwallis chased the patriot force fiercely, and gradur e marked Morgan, coolly. ally cut down the lead it had secured through the delay "So they are. Well, they are angry because of m caused him by the high waters of the Catawba. escape. One cannot blame them for hurling a few thm He was not far behind at Sali s bury, and he was closer derbolts this way." still when Greene reached the Yadkin River, but when the "No, I suppose not." British advance guard reached the river the last boatload Presently General Greene summoned an orderly. of patriots had crossed. "Send Dick Slater to me," he said. When Cornwallis came up and found that his prey had The orderly bowed and withdrew. e scaped him, he was furious. Ten minutes later a handsome, browned young man He ordered the cannon to be gotten i-n place, and the perhaps twenty-one y ears entered the cabin. patriot encampment bombarded. "You sent for me, General Greene?" he asked, as This was done, and so, now, on thi s morning of which saluted. we write, the British gunners were hard at work, doing "Yes, Dick; I wis h you to take a mess ag e to Hug their best to do some damage. instructing him to hasten northward as rapidly as In the distance they could see the top of a log cabin. and join me at Guilford." The cabin was well sheltered by rocks. "Very well, sir; I will start at onc e." Some one said that the patriot generals, Greene and Dick took the message, placed it in his pocket, and t Morgan had taken up their quarters in the cabin. s aluted and withdrew. It was probably a gue s s on the part of the redcoats, but Dick was soon riding out of the en c ampment and a > as it happened, it was a good one. toward the southeast. G e nerals and Morgan had taken up their quarHe did not know exactly where to look for Huger, ters in the cabin f the general, with the main body of patriots, was m ov It was so well sheltered that they felt safe, even though northward. within range of the cannon of the British. He knew about where the general should be, however, a The British gunners were pretty good ones, however. The cannon-balls begun dropping around in the vicinity of the cabin. An officer entered the cabin and informed General Greene of the fact that the British gunners had evi dently selected the cabin as a mark, and asked if it would not be a wise precaution to vacate the cabin. he shaped his course so as to head him off. Dick succee ded. He reached the patriot force late that evening, a point nearly forty miles southeastward from where he left the oth e r portion of the patriot army, on the bank the Yadkin. He delivered the messa ge, and when General H G e neral Greene asked Morgan's opinion. hdd read it, he said: The old veteran was suffering so greatly from rheu-1 "Tell General Greene his order shall be obeyed to matism that he said that if it was left to him, he would! letter. stay in the "I'd rather risk the cannon-balls of British than endure the pain of being moved from here," he said. "We'll stay here, then," said Greene, quietly. And they did stay. The officer withdrew from the cabin, and General Greene returned to bis work of writing orders and dispatches. "Very well, sir," replied Dick. He had intended to start on his return that same e: i n g, but it s e t in to rain and he decided to remain in patriot encampment till morning. This he did. He was away bright and early next morning, howeve He shaped his course so as to intercept the patriot fo


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 3 foh would, he knew, be enroute for Guilford, and he ached it that evening. Dick made his report to General Greene. "Good!" said Greene. "Perhaps when we reach Guilford will be in a position to give General Cornwallis the battle 1i seems to be wanting so bad." "You are looking for reinforcements ln the way of new cruits there?" asked General Morgan. I sent word to Governor Thomas Jefferson, asking l!m to send recruits." Morgan shook his head. "I have doubts about your finding any recruits there," said. "Why so?" His scouts, whom he had left behind at the Yadkin to watch Cornwallis, reported that the British commander had started northward, up the river, with his army. Greene knew what this meant. Cornwallis was going up the river to where it would be shallow enough to ford. He would cross and advance upon Guilford. He would be there in a very few days, General Greene was confident. The question then was, should he remain where he was f!.nd give Cornwallis battle, or should he continue to re treat? General Greene decided to call a council of war. He did so. "Because of the that that scoundrelly traitor, He found that it was the unanimous opinion of his nold, has been giving the people of Virginia and North officers that they were in no condition to offer successful rolina so much trouble. I think they have need of most battle to the British. their available men at home." Greene looked thoughtful. 'You may be right," he said, "though I hope to find t you are wrong in thinking thus." 'I hope I will be wrong, too," said Morgan, "but I am 1aid I will prove to be right." march was kept up steadily toward Guilford. I : t was almost heart-breaking to see the manner in which soldiers suffered, however. ecy few of the men had shoes, scarcely any had coats, there were no blankets. t was cold, too, at night, even in this southern climate. f he ground froze at night and thawed out in the day a e. n the morning the crust would hold the soldiers up; at jdday the mud would be half knee-deep. lt was terrible, but the brave fellows bore it bravely. streams were all swollen from the rains, and the malk ity of the bridges were gone, but Greene pressed forward rsistently pn the 9th of February the little army, then having ched Guilford and gone into camp, was joined by the in body under General Huger. j ven then General Greene's force was inferior to the tish force under Cornwallis. v reene had but two thousand men, while Cornwallis had l tee thousand-the flower of his army, picked men, all of e s General Morgan had prognosticated, there were no 0f'uits from Virginia or North Carolina there waiting to p Greene. The patriot commander was disappointed. General Greene so, also. "Then we will have to continue our retreat," he said, sadly; "we will have to march to the Dan River and cross it. Then we will be safe, as Cornwallis will have no boats with which to get his army across the river." "It will be a race," said one of the officers; "the British are in light marching order, and will make good time." "Yes, it will be a race," agreed General Greene; "but we will beat them-we must beat them!" CHAPTER IL A MASTERLY RETREAT. Having decided, General Greene began to act. Promptness was necessary. The first thing the General did was to send the heavy baggage ahead. The next and most important thing was to select a rear guard. This would have to consist of the strongest, swiftest, bravest and best men in the army. Theirs would be the duty of fighting off the vanguard of the British when it should appear-which it would be certain to do before the patriot army could reach the Dan River: For this service General Greene selected Howard's in fantry, the riflemen, and all the cavalry, made up largely of Dick Slater's wmpany of "Liberty Boys."


4 THE LIBER'l'Y .HOYS AT BAY. Colonel Williams was placed in command of this force, which numbered, all told, seven hundred men. This rear guard was the best men in the army-veterans, men who had been tried time and again and had never been found wanting. This having been decided upon, the men were separated from the main body of the army. The rear guard remained behind, while the main force marched away. Greene went with this force, and took the main road. Colonel Williams took another road which ran parallel with the one the main force was on, and still farther over was another road. Up this road this British were advancing. They were as yet several miles away, but they were coming swiftly. Cornwallis was eager to get even with the patriots for the terrible drubbing which Tarleton had received at the Cowpens. Colonel Williams was as brave as a lion, and was, more .over, shrewd and keen. If the advance guard of the British passed him, they would have to get up very early in the morning. The line extended in a northeasterly direction, half mile, and in a southwesterly direction the same distance. It would be impossible for the British to get through U line without being discovered. The men were up at three o'clock next morning, and W marched till nearly the middle of the forenoon beU breakfast Then they stopped and ate breakfast and waited, restiJ till the British came in sight. Then they were away again. It snowed, rained and sleeted during the more tran thJ days that this race was kept up, and although the men WE barefooted and insufficiently clothed, they kept on u murmuringly. They were veterans; they were brave-hearted men were determined to have their liberty or die. On the third morning, as the men were eating breakf a picket came in and announced that the advance guard the British was close at hand. Dick and the "Liberty Boys" leaped into the saddles rode swiftly back a few rods where they secreted themsel in the timber. They had been there but a few minutes when they $ General Greene could not have selected a better man to the redcoats coming. -cover the retreat of the army. "Wait till they get close," cautioned Dick; "then at And in Dick Slater and his band of brave "Liberty word, go for them!" Boys" Colonel Williams knew he had some aids who were The "Liberty Boys" waited. -each and every one a host within himself. The "Liberty Boys" were well mounted, and they were deputed to bring up the rear. 'l'he British cavalrymen came on rapidly. They did not look for an ambush. Dick waited till the enemy was close at hand, and t They remained a mile or more behind the infantry and gave the order: riflemen. This would make it difficult for the British to get near "Fire!" Crash! enough to do much damage. The weapons of the "Liberty Boys" spoke, and fifteen The "Liberty Boys" would fight the redcoats back, and the redcoats fell from their horses. -overhaul the infantry and riflemen; and then the latter woulP. take a hand, and the British would be forced to fall back. "Charge!" Dick's voice was loud and clear. Out from the shelter of the timber rode the "Li This was the way Colonel Williams fi'gured it, and it Boys." turned out to be the case. They uttered cheers as they advanced, and the next The British drew nearer and nearer. The advance guard consisted of the cavalry and a body -0f light infantry. ment the two parties came together with a crash. A couple of the "Liberty Boys" went to the ground, eight or ten of the redcoats went down. By noon of the first day after Colonel Williams' party The British became seized with a panic, and all who -started, the British were near enough so that Dick and his do so fled back toward the army. -comrades exchanged shots with the redcoats. When night came they went into camp. Colonel Williams threw out a picket-line a mile long, .consisting of men placed one hundred yards apart. Dick and his comrades captured a dozen of the redco however. They hastened on after Colonel Williams and his All day long the race went on.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 5 The news of the encounter reached Cornwallis and he as wild. He ordered his men to redouble their exertions. It did not aid him to overcome the insuperable obstacle, the deep, swift-flowing Dan. Cornwallis waited around a while, and then marched "We will have them when the Dan River is reached!" away, going in a southerly direction. e cried. "They will be unable to get across, and we will The patriots now went into camp. ve them at our mercy!" They were weary, and they would rest a while The British were unable to gain much on the patriots, General Greene's mind was busy. wever. He was thinking out a plan of action. Whenever they did get a bit close the rear guard would He would let his men remain here long enough to become lt and fire a volley into the redcoat ranks. rested, and then he would be up and doing. This would check the advance quickly. Meantime he wished to keep watch of Cornwallis, so as Night came on, and the patriots stopped and went into to know what the British were doing, or wbat they inmp. tended trying to do. They were up bright and early next morning. While they were eating a messenger came from General reene. The mes sage which the man brought was that the greater rtion of the wagons and baggage was over the Dan River, d that the troops were beginning to cross. The general sent for Dick Slafer. Dick soon put in an appearance. "Dick,'' said the general, "I have some work for you." "I am glad of that, sir," the youth replied, promptly. "I am never so well satisfied as when at work." "I believe you, my boy. Well, you are the man for this work, I am sure. It is in your line; the same kind of Instantly a great cheer went up from the soldiers. Their splendid work in holding the British in ad been successful. check work wbich you have done so much of for the commander in-chief during the past five years." Their comrades would soon be across the Dan, and in a ace of safety. The British were near enough so that they could hear the eering, and doubtless they wondered what it meant. They were to soon find out. The soldiers started immediately. They marched to the river, and reached it well in advance the pursuing British. 1 They entered the boats and were taken across to the i her side. "Scouting and spying?" "Scounting and spying-and especially the latter. I wish you to follow the British, Dick. I wish you to see where they go, and then come back and report to me. If you can, by any hook or crook, discover what the intentioru of the British are, so much the better." "I will do my best, sir." "I am sure of that, Dick." Dick conversed with the general for some time, receiving instructions and suggestions, and then took his departure. 1They were safe at last. He went back to where the "Liberty Boys" were quar Cornwallis and his army came up to the bank of the Dan, tered. hy to realize that their intended prey had escaped. He told the boys he was to go away on a spying and The British commander wondered how it had come about at the patriots had found all the boats there in readiness } use. He had no idea that General Greene, with admirable esight, had sent a messenger from Cheraw, down on the scouting expedition. "I'm going along, Dick!" declared Bob Estabrook, a bright-faced but bronzed young man of about Dick's age. "You are not going to get away without Bob was Dick's bosom friend. eat Pedee, nearly three weeks before, with instructions to The two were old playmates, old schoolmates; they had to it that the boats were gathered up for this very lived neighbors to each other all their lives. They were in rpose, but such was the case. The British general was an angry man. used language such as an ordinary, common man ht be expected to use when he is very angry. ut this did him no good. t did not help him in the least. love with each other's sister. So Bob spoke determinedly. Nor did Dick have the heart to refuse. He knew how disappointed Bob would be if he were left behind. So he told Bob he might accompany him.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. "I may wish to send some news to General Greene before I am ready to return, myself, and you can bring it," he said. "Of course!" agreed Bob. He would have agreed to almost anything to get to ac company Dick. The youths went to a farmhouse, which was on a hill, about lialf a mile away. They succeeded in procuring a couple of old homespun suits of clothes. These they brought back to camp and donned in place of the ragged Continental uniforms which they wore. "There isn't much left of these uniforms," said Dick, with a smile; "but there is sufficient to prolaim the fact that we are patriots, and that is what we do not wish to proclaim where we are going." "'l'hat's right," agreed Bob. It was nearly eyenin g when the youths finished gf,!tting ready for their journey. They decided to wait till after supper before starting. They did so. When they had eaten, they went out and bridled and saddled their horses. Dick went to General Greene's headquarters for a few minutes, to get his :final instructions. Then he returned, and five minutes later the two youths led their horses aboard one of the :ferryboats and were fer ried across the river. Bidding good-by to the boatman, the youths mounted and rode away. They headed toward the south. That was the 'direction in which Cornwallis and the British had gone; it was the direction they would go. The youths rode steadily southward until daylight next "llorning. It had been a very dark night, so they had been forced to go slowly. They had not ridden out of a walk the whole night through. The result was that they had gone only about twenty-five miles. They stopped at a cabin and asked if they might have breakfast. "Ef you uns air king's men, you uns kin hev breakfus," was the reply; "but ef you uns hain't king's men, then you uns kain't hev no breakfus !" "Oh, we're king's men!" replied Dick, promptly. "Who wouldn't be?" "Then you uns kin hev breakfus. Hop down off'n yo' bosses." CHAPTER III. RIDING WITH REDCOATS. The youths dismounted. "Have you feed for the horses?" asked Dick. "Yas; we'll take ther hosses ter ther stable now, an' I feed 'em." He led the way to the stable and the horses were 1 into stalls and the :farmer fed the animals. Then the three returned to the house and entered. While the woman of the house was getting breakfa Dick questioned the man. ''Have you seen anything of the British army in th parts?" the youth asked. "Whut yo' wanter know fur?" asked the man. He was evidently a suspicious man. "Myself and friend wish to join the army." "Ob, thet's it?" "Yes." "Waal, then, I don' min' tellin' yo' ez how ther Briti army passed heer yistiddy." "Ah, indeed? Then we must not be so very far behi it." "Yo' air within ten miles uv British army>' "That is good news, eh, Bob?" remarked Dick. ''Yes, indeed!" replied Bob. And so it was. 'rhe youths were anxious to find Cornwallis and his a -though not for the reason given the Tory farmer. "Where away is the British army?" asked Dick. "Et's over ter Hillsboro." "Oh, yes; and it will stay there a while, I suppose." "I guesses ez how yo' is right. Gineral Cornwallis driv ther rebels out uv N o'th Calliny, an' he is goin ter s et Hillsboro long enuft' ter git er lot uv new recroots, then he is goin' ter go up inter Virginny an' wallop t rebels good!" "So that's what he is going to do?" remarked Di "Well, we will he in time, Bob." "Yes, so we will." The youths sat up to the table, when breakfast was rea and ate heartily. They bad been riding all night without anything to e and were hungry. Just before they had eating there came t] sound of the hoofbeats of galloping horses. Dick and Bob exchanged startled glances. Horsemen in this part of the country would more like be enemies than friends.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 7 Ten chances to one the horsemen would prove to be red i oats. The farmer and his wife were looking towa:d the door lnd did not see the exchange of glances between the youths. The farmer got up from the table and went to the door. Opening the door he looked out. Dick and BoJ.i went on eating. They were cool and calm. If they felt inward trepidation, they did not let the fact ow in their faces. I "Et's er comp'ny uv British!" cried the farmer. This announcement was made in a pleased tone, as ougb be were announcing something which would give \]easure to the hearers. It didn't please Dick and Bob a bit. But they did not let the fact show in their expression. I "They've stopped I", announced the farmer a few mo later. This \statement was hardly necessary. The youths knew by the cessation of the sound of the ofbeats that tp.e horsemen had come to a stop. Dick and Bob now arose from the table and walked to rard the door. "We dare not try to run for it," whispered Dick; ''we ill have to stay and try to brazen it out." Bob nodded. When they reached the doorway and looked out, the der of the company of redcoats was just dismounting He strode up to the house and, pausing, addressed the rmer: "Good morning,'' be said; "can you tell me how far it I to Hillsboro?" "Yas, I kin tell yo'," was the reply; "et's ten mile." "Ten miles, eh?" a t "Yas." e "Straight ahead, in the direction we are going?" Y as, straight er head." "Thank you." Dick and Bob, when they saw that the redcoat simply ).shed to ask the distance and direction to Hillsboro, step rd back out of sight. 1 They hoped that they might not be seen by the redcoats. Doubt!ess they would not have been seen, but the farmer, ger to let it be known that he was a loyal king's man, said: "Thar's er couple uv young fellers in heer ez air goin' Hillsboro ter jine ther British army. Mebby they'd e ter go right er long with ye." Dick could have kicked the farmer. It could not be helped, however. They had said they were king's men, on their way to join the British army, so the farmer was not so much to blame. The statement naturally aroused the interest of the British officer. "A couple of fellows on their way to Hillsboro to join the army, eh?" he remarked. "Who are they? Where are they?" The youths knew they would have to show themselves now. It would be dangerous, as there might be some one among the redcoats who would recognize them, but they would have to take the chances. They stepped forward and stood beside the farmer. "Here we are," remarked Dick, quietly. He looked searchingly at the redcoat. He wished to see if he knew him. Dick had never seen the officer, he was sure. 'rhis caused him to feel relieved. If he did not know the redcoat, the redcoat would not be likely to know him. The officer looked at the youths rather searchingly. "So you wish to join the British army, and :fight for the king, do you ?" he asked. "We do," replied Dick, promptly. "Good! That's the way to talk. Then you might as well come right along with us." "We haven't :finished eating breakfast yet; you needn't wait for us. We'll overtake you before you reach Hills boro, likely." Dick hoped the redcoats would go on. But he was doomed to disappointment. "Oh, we're in no hurry," was the reply; "we'll wait till you are through with your breakfast." Although disappointed, the youths did not dare show it. They had to look pleased whether they felt pleased or not. "Oh, very well," said Dick; "but you need not bother to wait on us, I assure you. We will catch up with you." "No; we'll wait." That settled it. Dick and Bob could not help themselves. They could not force the redcoats to go on and leave them to follow So they would have to accept the situation and make the besl of it. They were accustomed to doing this. Their :five years of experience in the ranks of the patriot army,' and as scouts and spies, had taught them this. They would have to go on in the company of the redcoats and be on the lookout for a chance to escape.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. They had no intention of entering Hillsboro in the eompnny of the redcoats. It would never do to appear before General Cornwallis. He knew both youths, and would recognize Dick and Bob at once. They intended to enter Hillsboro, but they wished to do so secretly. When the officer said they would wait, Dick said, "very well," and he and Bob returned and seated themselves at the table. "Eat slowly, Bob," whispered Dick; "maybe they will get tired of waiting and go on." Bob nodded. The youths had already eaten about all they cared to eat, but they pretended to still be quite hungry. They ate slowly. They were determined to kill as much time as possible. The redcoats might become tired of waiting and go on and leave them. The youths hoped this would be the case. But it did not prove to be the case. The officer remained standing at the door, talking to the farmer. Presently he called out : "Yon fellows must have been very hungry!" "So we were," replied Dick. "Hurry a bit, can't you?" "Yes, we're ready," replied Dick. He saw the officer look searchingly at the horses. "I half believe he is suspicious of us," thought Die "we'll have to be very careful." The officer led the way out to the road. Dick and Bob followed, leading their horses. "Here are a couple of fellows who wish 'to join the ar and fight for the king," the officer explained to his me "they are going to accompany us to Hillsboro." The soldiers looked curiously at the youths. Dick and Bob bore the scrutiny well. They were old hands. They had been in too many tight places to be m nervous by their present situation. They were cool and calm. Had they really been what they claimed, and eager to to join the British army, they could not have appeared m cool and self-possessed. The officer mounted his horse. The youths mounted theirs. "Fall in!" ordered the officer, nodding toward Dick Rob. The redcoats opened up a place and the youths ente the ranks of the dragoons. "Forward The dragoons, with Dick and Bob in their midst, r "We are hurrying; but as I told you a while ago, there is away. .. The officer turned to the youths when they had go no need of your waiting for us. take you." "No; we'll wait." Go on, and we'll over"Ile sticks like a leech," said Bob, in a low tone. "He certainly does," agreed Dick. Seeing that there was no chance of getting rid of the red coats, the youths stopped making a pretense of eating and rose from the table. "How much do we owe you?" Dick asked the farmer. The farmer named a sum and Dick paid it. "Now we'll go and get our horses," said Dick. The youths left the house, and, accompanied by the farm er, made their way to the stable. They had told the farmer they could get the horses, but he insisted on coming along and helping. The horses had been unbridled, but the saddles had not half mile or so and asked : "Do you know the road to Hillsboro?" The youths shook their heads. "No," replied Dick; "we do not live around here, a are not familiar with the country." "Ah! From what part of the country are you, then?" "From the mountains, away to the westward." "That's it, eh?" "Yes." "What made you decide that you wished to join l British army and fight for the king?" "Oh, the same thing that makes all loyal people wish fight for the king, I suppose. We wish to do somet "Well, that is commendable. You will soon have t chance, too." been removed. "'fhat is what we wish, sir." The bridles were put back on the animals and then the Dick and Bob could not help--notfoing that they were youths led the horses out of the stable. objects of considerable interest to the redcoats. "Well, you're ready, eh?" remarked the officer, as the They could not understand it, but it was in truth av two approached the front of the house, leading the horses. simple matter.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 9 Dick and Bob were supposed to be simple, country youths, t they did not look it. There was something in their appearance which indited that they were not ordinary individuals. There was something masterful in their very air. Their eyes were keen, clear and bright. The youths were self-possession personified. They sat their horses with ease and grace. The bronzed faces of the youths spoke of much exposure wind and weather. In a word, the youths looked like veterans. The redcoats had seen a sufficient number of the ordinary untry people during the time that they had been in erica so that they were enabled to notice the difference. Consequently it was not strange that the British dragoons ould eye the youths keenly and with evident interest and iosity. "I wonder if they suspect us?" thought Dick. CHAPTER IV. THE "SWAMP FOX." Dick feared that if they did not already suspect them at they would do so. "We must manage to escape, somehow," he thought. This was going to be a difficult matter, however. They were in the midst of nearly a hundred horsemen. It looked as if any attempt on their part to break through d get away could but result disastrously. Dick and Bob were no ordinary you'.ths, however. They had taken many desperate chances during the time at they had been fighting for independence. They were always ready to take chances. They would do so again at the first opportunity. As they rode alo_ng, Dick kept up a lively thinking. He tried to think of some plan of effecting their escape. This he could not do offhand. He would have to wait and trust to circum"""Stancea to furh the opportunity. He and Bob would both be ready to take aavantl;ige of the porlunity when it presented itself. They were now in the open country. It would not do to attempt to escape here. Should they attempt to escape at all, they would cer y stand a better chance in the timber than in the open untry. 'A couple of miles farther on the road entered another forest. As they rode along, Dick and Bob managed to work their way toward the outer edge of the body of horsemen. They did it in such a careless manner as to not attract attention. The redcoats did not suspect that it was done inten tionally. Indeed, it is doubtful if they noticed what the youths were doing. Since starting, Dick had not, of course, had an opportunity to say a word to Bob. It was unnecessary to do so, anyway. Bob understood the situation perfectly. He knew that they must part company with the red coats before reaching Hillsboro. All he would have to do would be to watch Dick. His comrade's movements would furnish him a cue as to his intention. As soon as Dick began edging toward the outskirts of the body of horsemen, Bob began doing the same. He knew what the movement meant. He understood that as soon as they got in a good posi tion at or near the outer edge of the crowd, and a half-way favorable opportunity presented itself, they would make a break to escape. Presently, when they had penetrated a distance of per haps a mile into the timber, Dick saw where another road left the main road. It was on the side next to them. Dick gave Bob a quick, meaning look. Bob understood. They were to break from among the redcoats and make a dash down this side road. They occupied a very favorable position for making the attempt. They were not at the extreme edge of the crowd, but there were only two or three horsemen beyond them. Just as the party came opposite the branch road, Dick, who was riding close beside a redcoat, turned his heel out ward and drove his spur into the flank of the redcoat's horse. The animal, pained and surprised by this unexpected happening, began leaping and plunging wildly about. His actions frightened several of the other horses, causing them to shy out to one side. This made the opening Dick and Bob wished for. They took advantage of it instantly. They drove tbe spurs into the flanks of their animals and


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. the next moJllent were dashing down the road leading off to one side. So quickly had this all been done that the redcoats wer e taken wholly by surprise. They thought at first that the youths' horses had become "I don't care how close they come just so they miss} s aid Bob, with a smile. "That is the way I feel about it, too," agreed Dick. They watched their pursuers closely. They were eager to see whether or not the redcoats w frightened and were running away. gaining on them. 1 Then they saw differently. The youths soon became satisfied that they were at lea The youths were making no attempt to hold the animals. holding their own. Indeed, they were doing all they could to urge them to This did not entirely satisfy them, however. better speed. Then it fl.ashed upon the redcoats: The youths had done this purposely. They were trying to make thefr escape The thought angered them. "After them I" the captain of the dragoons, ex citedly. "They are rebels and spies, I'll wager! We must capture them I We must not let them escape!" The entire body of dragoons dashed down the road in pursuit of Dick and Bob. They entered into the affair with zest. This would give them sport. It would be better fun than chasing a wolf or a fox. They felt confident that they could overtake and capture the youths. But Dick and Bob were as determined not to be captured as the redcoats could possibly be to capture them. They urged their horses forward at their best speed. Behind them, yelling and shouting, came the redcoats. You did that all right, Dick," laughed Bob. "We got out from among them all right, Bob." "We certainly did." "We are not yet safe, by any means, however." "No, I guess we're not. Those fellows will give us a lively chase, I have an idea.'' Yes, they will do their best to catch us." The youths glanced back over their shoulder s The redcoats were about a hundr e d yards behind. As the youths looked back they saw the redcoats draw and level their pistols. "They're going to fire Down on the neck of your hor se, Bob!" Dick threw himself forward on the neck of his horse as he spoke. Bob instantly did likewise. Crack! crack! cr-r-r-r-rack The redcoats had fired a volley. None of the bullets took effect, though several came very close. If they were to succeed in escaping, they must do m than simply hold their own. They must draw away from the redcoats. They urged their horses to renewed exertions. The redcoats did the same. Their horses and those of their pursuers increased th speed somewhat, but the distance between pursuers pursued remained relatively the same. "Let's try a shot or two at them, Dick," said Bob "No, let's don't do that, Bob. You see, they have not! ing against us as yet save to suspect us of being cut if we should kill one or two of them, they would hand us roughly if they caught us. Doubtless they would strij 1 us up to a tree." -"That's so; I guess ii will be bes t not to fire upon the "I think so." The race went on. I: Presently the _youths were plea s ed to note that they wet drawing away from their pursuers. Slowly but surely they increasing the distance 1i tween themselves and the redcoats. The dragoons noticed this fact, also. They set up fresh yells-of anger now. They belabored their poor horse s in an attempt to fo them to hold their own They did not succeed very well however The youths horses had better staying qualities than th ridden by the redcoats. Presently the road ceased to be a road. It narrowed down till it was only a path. It was wide enough for one horse, but not for two abre Dick took the lead, Bob falling in behind. Dick would not have done this had they been within pis s hot of their pursuers. In that case the rear hor s eman would have been in m more danger than the one in front, and he would not h con..sented to let Bob occupy the more dangerous positi on. .As it was, he was will' to take the lead. For aught he knew there might be danger ahead of th Onward they raced.


THE LIBERT! BOYS AT BAY. The redcoats yelled and kicked their horses and spurred cried Dick. "We are pursued by a band of British dra-em. They did their best to overtake the fugitives. When they reached the point where the road narrowed to pathway, the officer in command of the dragoons called jut: "Come on, men Doubtless we will run them into a lace that there is no getting out of. Come on!" He was in the lead. He waved his sword and then belabored the poor horse hth the fiat side of the weapon. The other troopers did likewise. Onward still they raced. Dick and Bob were somewhat fearful that they might running into a trap. They could not turn back, however, nor did the timber goons. They are almost upon us!" General Marion gave a sharp, quick order to his men. They sank upon one knee, each and every man of them, and resting their muskets on the other knee, waited quie:iy and calmly for the appearance of the British dragoons. They had not long to wait. They had not much more than got into position before out into the little dell dashed the redcoats! CHAP'rER V. BESET BY TORIES. either side of the pathway seem very inviting. The instant the British officer saw the men kneeling Dick was determined to keep on as long as possible, there, within easy musket range, with their muskets leveled, In doing so he wa& doing better than he knew. Suddenly the youths dashed out into a little delt, across hich ran a little brook. In the centre of the little dell, right by the brookside, was encampment. Seated about roaring campfires were perhaps a hundred ughly dressed men. A little ways off to one side horses were grazing, there ing some grass here, even in the winter time. As the youths rode into the little dell at a fierce gallop, he reined up his horse with a jerk and shouted a command to his men. 'rhey reined up their horses, also. But they were too late. Crash! 'rhe Swamp Fox's men had fired a volley. A death-dealing volley it was, too. Good shots were these hardy rangers. A score of saddles were emptied at this one fire! 'rhis was too much for the rest. They whirled their horses and galloped back into the e men, who l!_ad been lounging about the fires, leaped protecting forest with all speed. their feet. The instant Dick's eyes fell upon this crowd of non :escript-looking men, a cry of joy escaped him. "It is Marion, the 'Swamp Fox,' Bob, and his brave men! I Ve are safe now Dick and Bob were both well-acquainted with the Swamp They had carried more than one message to him from Greene during the past winter. ]}farion recognized Diak and Bob almost as soon as they cognized him. It was not more than fifty yards from the point where youths had emerged from the timber to where the amp Fox's men were. and the youths were there very 'ckly. 'rhat was all there was of the encounter. It was over almost before it begun. In an instant twenty of the redcoats had been laid low. Not all had been killed, of course. Six were killed, the others more or less severely wounded. The Swamp Fox now .stepped forward and shook hands with the youth. "Well, well; this is indeed a surprise!" said. "Where did you boys come from?" Dick told him. He also related the story of how they came to be chased by the band of British dragoons. "It is lucky you happened upon us," the Swamp Fox said, when Dick had :finished; "otherwise they might have captured you." They reined up their horses with a jerk that set them "Well, we would have given them a big chase, first," ck on their haunches. said Bob. They leaped to the ground. "Ye::;, indeed," agreed Dick. "We were pulling away "Quick! Tell the men to make ready, General Marion!" from them."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY The Swamp men now went and took a look at the redcoats who had been knocked off their horses by the bullets out of the muskets. "Why not?" "For a very good reason." "Name it." The six who had been killed were buried. "I cR.n do that; you needn't think you can fool me, you The wounded ones were given such assistance as was blamed old Tory. I've been expecting you and your gang possjble, under the circumstances, as General Marion was for an hour, and if you get this door open you'll have to as humane as he was brave. break it down, that's all!" "You boys had better wait till nightfall before ventur ing into Hillsboro, I think,'' the Swamp Fox said; "some of those fellows who were in the crowd you were with would recognize you, if you went into the town in daylight." "True," agreed Dick; "we will wait till night." The Swamp Fox put out pickets. Now that the British knew where the patriots were, they might attempt to slip back and attack them unawares. Nothing of the kind happened, however. Evidently the redcoats had had all they wanted. The one volley had been sufficient. Dick and Bob remained till after supper, and then, mounting their horses, bade good-by to Marion and his men and rode away. They followed the path they had traversed in coming. When the path opened up into the road they followed it back to where it joined the main road. Turning into the main road they rode onward in the direction of Hillsboro. They rode onward for perhaps an hour. It was quite dark, and not being sure of their way, they in front of a house to make inquiries. Dick leaped down and knocked on the door. There was no reply, nor indeed any sound from within. Dick knocked again. Still no reply. Dick waited a few moments and then knocked a third time, this time quite loudly. A few moments later he heard sounds within. Footsteps approached the door. And a voice called out : "Who is there?" "Friends,'' replied Dick. "Friends, you say?" "Yes." "What do you want?" "I wish to ask you a few questions." "Well, go ahead and ask them." Open the door and I will." "I won't do it," was the prompt reply "You won't ?" "No." Dick was surprised. He began to understand matters. The inmates of this house were patriots. 'fhey were evidently expecting an attack from Tories. This excited Dick's interest. Dick was a generous-hearted youth. He was all ready to lend assistance where assistance was needed. He jumped to the conclusion that this family would rieed help. "So you're a patriot, are you?" Dick asked. "Yes, I am!" was the defiant reply "You know it well." "I didn t know it," replied Dick; "but I am glad to learn that such is the case. I am a patriot myself." "You say you're a patriot?" The tone was questioning, doubting. "Yes, I am a patriot. Open the door; I wish to talk to you." There were a few moments of silence. Then Dick heard the sound of a bar being removed. Then the door opened slowly. In a huge .fireplace at the opposite side of the room a brisk fi:Pe was burning. The person who had opened the door was plainly lined against the background of light made by the fire. Dick was surprised to see that the person in question was a youth of about eighteen years of age. As Dick stood facing the youth, his face was plainly in the firelight and it was easy for the youth to see. that Dick was a stranger to him. "Who are you?" the youth asked. "Who am I?" "Yes, who are you? I don't think I ever saw you before." "I don t suppose you ever did see me before," replied Dick. "I'm sure I never did; you don t live in these parts." "You're right; I live a thousand miles from here." "A thousand miles !" "Yes." "Who are you, and what are you doing here?" "I am a patriot like yourself."


"So you said; but your name?" "My name is Slater, Dick Slater." "What!" exclaimed the youth; "Dick Slater, the patriot scout and spy, and captain of the 'Liberty Boys of '76 ?' }'.. "It must be the Tories coming to burn our house down I" said '.l'om, in an excited voice. "Do you think so ?" "That Tory said they would pay me a visit soon, and "The same,'' replied Dick, with a smile. "But how hapgive me a chance to take the oath of allegiance to the king." pens it that you heard about me?" "I judge you would not do that?" "Some of General Wayne's men were here the other day>'' was the reply, and I heard them talking about you." "Oh, that's it?" "I would die first!" There was no mistaking the earnestness of the youth. He meant every word he uttered. "Yes." "Good! You are made of the right kind of material," "Well, now that you know who I am," said Dick, "tell said Dick; "and now I'll tell you what we will do: My me who you are." "My name is Tom Winters." companion here, Bob Estabrook, and I will conceal our horses in the edge of the timber, back of the house, and then "Tom Winters, eh? Well, Tom, do you live here all come in the house and render you all the aid possible. I alone? I don t see any one else around." "No; I live here with my mother and sister. They are up in the loft. They went up there when they thought the Tories were coming."' "Oh, that's it?" "Yes." think we may be able to astonish your Tory friends a bit." "Oh, thank you! thank you!" the youth said. "I would not let you endanger your own lives for me alone, but for the sake of my mother and sister, I accept your offer, gladly." Dick ran to where Bob sat, and, grabbing the halter s trap, led his horse around behind the house and into the timber, which came up close. It was not necessary to say anything to Bob. "What made you think there were Tories coming?" "Because they have been threatening it for a long time; and now that Cornwallis has come back and taken up his He had heard Dick's conversation with the youth, and quarters at Hillsboro with his army, the 'rories around here knew what was to be done. are worse, ten times over, than they were befo,re. I have been expecting some of them to come and attack us, as one of the scoundr e ls threatened me this morning. He said that all the Whigs would be killed or driven out of North Carolina in less than a month, and that unless I changed, and declared myself to be loyal to the king, they would burn our house down and drive us out." "The scoundrel!" excla i med Dick. "Have you no father?" "Not now; he was with General Marion, and was killed." The youth s voice took on a sad tone. "Too bad!" said Dick, sympathetically. "I know how to sympathize with you, Tom. My own father was killed by the Tories right a t t h e very beginning of the war. That is really what caused m e to join the patriot army." He had followed Dick without a word. He leaped down, and both youths tied their horses. Then they hastened back to the house. The hoofbeats of the horses sounded quite plainly now. The horsemen, whoever they were, were close at hand. "Come on!" invited Tom. Dick and Bob stepped through the doorway. Tom closed the door at once. He placed the bar in place. As he did so,',he drew a breath of relief. Then he turned, and, indicating a woman and a girl of about sixteen years, who stood near, said: "My mother and sister; I have told them _who you ar e." The woman stepped forward and shook hands with the y ouths, greeting them pleasantly, while the girl bowed and "I heard Marion's m e n say something about that. It is looked confused. terrible, isn t it, the way the Tories have acted during the There was not much time for ceremony, however. war?" The hoofbeats sounded close at hand-could be plainly "Yes, indeed; they are, as a rule, worse than the British." beard even now, though the listeners were inside the house. "So they are; and--" ''Perhaps it would be better for the ladies to return to "Listen!" interrupted Dick. the loft, Tom," said Dick. They listened for a f e w moments, and then Tom said: "Maybe it will be best," was the reply. "I hear the sound of horses' hoofbeats !" The mother and daughter thereupon returned to the loft. ''So do I," replied Dick. "I think you had better go up there, too, Bob,'' said


,.. Dick; "you will be likely to find some cracks between the logs, through which you. may fire if trouble begins. stay down here with Tom." "All right, Dick;" and Bob went up into the loft. There was a window in front, as well as a door. Tom told Dick there was a crack underneath the window ledge, through whlch he could look. "You'll find you are mistaken, Sam McPurdy !" crie Torn, in an angry tone of voice; "you are not my boss, an never will be!" "Won't I?" There was a sneer in the man's voice. "You won't "Well, we'll see about that. Open the door!" Dick took up ills position there. "I won't do it!" It was pretty dark out, but not so dark but that he could "You'll wish you had!" see a dark body advancing toward the house. "I don't trunk so. But why do you wish me to open th Dick knew the dark body was made up of a number of door?" horsemen. It came to a stop in front of the cabin. There was a delay of a few moments, and then came the i;lOund of footsteps. Dick, straining his eyes, was enabled to make out the body of a man. The man advanced straight toward the house and passed out of the range of Dick's vision. Then there came a loud knock on the door. Tom did not answer the knock. He maintained absolute silence. Dick thought it well to let the youth use his own judgment in the matter. He was quite favorably impressed with Tom Winters. He seemed to be an unusually bright youth. Rap rap rap Again the knock. "I want to talk to you?" "What about?" "You know." "No, I don't know." "Yes, you do. You know what I was talkin' to you about this mornin'." "Yes, I know that." "Well, that's what I want to talk to you about now." "But I don't care to have any more to say on the subjl'Ct." "I do; and I'm goin' to say it, too! Open the door!" "I don't think I will." "I know you will! If you don't, we'll break it down!" "Who are 'we?' "Oh, some of our neighbors. Open the door! You are to take the oath of allegiance to the good King George!" "I am, eh?" Still Torn maintained silence. There was superb scorn in the ringing voice of the He did not know that it would do any good to delay, but youth. did not think it could do any harm. There was a short interval of silence. Then an impatient exclamation, followed by another: "You are!" "You are badly mistaken, Sam McPurdy; I shall never take an oath of allegiance to King George, or any other Rap! rap! rap! king! I am a patriot, and expect to see our country Tom saw it was useless to try to ignore the man, whoever our people independent. Nor is your King George good, he might be, so he called out: either; he's a tyrant!" "Who is there?" "What's that? You insolent young rebel! We'll make "You know who is_ here!" was the reply in a gruff voice. you talk different as soon as we get at you! Open the "It is Sam McPurdy." door or we will break it down!" "Oh, it's you, is it?" "Yes." "'Well, what do you want?" "'I want you to open the door." "'What for?" "'What for? Because I say so!" "Oh, because you say so, eh?" "'Yes." "'Since when did you become niy boss?" "'Since tills mornin'." "You'll have to break it down if you get in!" was the de fiant reply. "You may be sure I shall not open it." Torn and Dick heard the fellow give vent to an ex clamation of disappointment and anger. "It'll be all the worse for you, you insolent young rebel the fellow cried. Then he called tohis companions. "Come here, boys! Corne on, and help me break tills I door down Immediately the trampling of many feet were heard.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 15 CHAPTER VI. DICK'S RUSE. Dick had been watching closely through the crack bet w een the logs. "He saw the dark forms approaching, and was sure were fifteen or twenty of the scoundrels. "J ovo that is too many for us to fight off,'' he thought; what shall we do?" It did not take him long to decide that strategy would h ave to be used. He was fearful that even with the aid of strategy they might not succeed in driving the fellows away. He decided to try the plan of putting on a bold front, first. He thought he might succeed in scaring the Tories away. He walked across to where Tom stood in front of the door. "I'll talk to them a minute," he said. "All right," said Tom. "Hello, out there!" called Di ck, in a loud, peremptory tone of voice. "Hello, your self!" was the reply. "Who are you?" The speaker had detected the fact that it was not Tom's Dick hardly knew what to think. "You have us at your mercy?" he asked, to draw the fellow o:ut. "We have!" "How do you make that out? How can it be possible that you have us at your mercy?" "It's easy enough." "I don't understand how it can be so. We are almost as many as there are of you, and we are practically in a :fort. We. can fire upon you with deadly effect, while you cannot hurt us to speak of." "Oh, we shan't enter into a battle with you." "No?'' "No.". "Then. what do you purpose doing?" Dick's voice was calm and self-contained, but at the same time that he asked the question, a terrible thought had come to him. He believed he understood what the man had reference to. A fiendish lang'h came from the man outside. It was echoed by his companions. "What do we intend doin' ?" "Yes." "That is easy enough to tell you : We are going to set the house on fire and burn it down over your heads unless v oice. you come out and surrender!" ,_ "It doesn't matter who I am. Suffice it to say I am one It was out! who will not permit you to put your plans in operation." This was what Dick had feared. "I'd like to know how you are going to help yourself. It was what he had expected to hear the man say. There are twenty of us out here, and you are only--" It gave him a chill at the heart. "There are fifteen of us in here! I think that is suffiTom gave a gasp of terror and anger commingled. cient to enabl e us to d e feat you and your plans." "The scoundrels !-the--the--fiends !" he exclaimed, in "Fift een of you? I don't believe it a low tone, intense with feeling. "It doesn't matter to us whether you b e lieve it or not. "That is jus t what they are, Tom," said Dick, in a grim We will soon prove it to you if you do not go away and tone. "Those Tories are worse than the redcoats." attend to your own business!" Dick knew that he make some reply to the words Imme di a tely the y outh heard a murmuring of voices. of the Tory. This was kept up for nearly a minute. It would not do to let him think they had frightened the "They are discussing the matter," whispered Dick; "I inmates of the cabin. hope they will deeide to go on about their business. It "That is what I supposed you would say," replied ])ick, would save 11S considerable trouble." in a voice of scorn; "that is just what might be expected "So do I," was the reply; "but I would like to get one from a gang of cut-throats and cowards!" shot at that scoundrel, :M:cPurdy !" "What's that! Do you dare call u s cut-throats and Presently the murmur of the voices ceased. Then in a loud voice one of the fellows called out: "We have you at our mercy, ari' we call on you to come out and surrender!" The fellow's tone was confident. There was even a triumphant ring to it. cowards?" The Tory almost choked with rage "That is just what I do dare say-though it doesn't take much daring to talk thus to such cowards as you fellows will prove yourselves to be, if you put your threat in}o e x ecution !"


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. "Well, we'll put it into execution, you may bet! If you will come out and surrender, it will be all right; but if you refuse, we will set the cabin on fire I" "Well, I can tell you one thing," said Dick, in a tone which, in its seeming calmness, was greatly at variance with his feelings, "if you intend to roast us out, you will 1 have to do it very quickly, for we have another party of The fellow's voice had a satisfied ring. ,"I'd like to get a good lick at him with the butt of a musket," said Tom, in a low, fierce tone. Wait; we'll fix him before very long," said Dick, and then he went to the ladder and called to Bob to come down. Bob hastened down out of the loft. "What is it, Dick?" he asked, in a whisper. "What do men coming, and they are likely to reach here at any moyou want?" ment." "Bosh I I don't believe it." "You don't believe it, eh?" "No, I don't." "Well, you will believe it presently." "Bah! that is all bravado-a story intended to frighten us." "Very well; think so, if you will. You will soon learn your mistake." "Bosh! Are you going to come out and surrender?" Now, while talking, Dick had been doing some rapid thinking. He :ealized that himself and companions were in serious danger. The Tories outside were capable of doing what they had threatened. Dick knew this. He had no intention of marching out and surrendering. Consequently they were in a tight place. Something would have to be done. And at once. "We must get out of the house, through the back window, Bob, and see if we can scare those seoun.drels away.'' "All right; I'm ready to try it." "Come on," said Dick. They made their way across to the farther side of the room. There was a window there. I It swung inward on hinges. When Dick had opened it he found heavy wooden shutter which was closed. He pushed this open. that there was a He was careful, and opened it slowly. There might be some of the Tories around at the rear of the house. He looked out. It was quite dark, but had there been some of the Tories near he could have see'n them. Dick decided that the fellows had not thought to come around to the rear. They had doubtless been so confident that the inmates When Dick told the fellow there was another party to of the cabin would come forth and surrender that they did not deem it worth while surrounding the house. come, a thought struck him. If there was any way to get out of the cabin besides the front door, he might be able to work the plan which he had in mind. "Tom," he whispered, "is there any other way of getting out of the house save b:y the front doorway?" "There's a back window," was the cautious reply. "Good!" Then Dick raised his voice : Dick climbed cautiously through the wip.dow. As soon as he was through, Bob followed. Dick pushed the wooden shutter shut. Then he stole away toward the timber. Bob stole after his comrade. Fortunately it was only a few paces to the timber. The youths were soon within the shelter of the trees. Their horses were not far distant. "Wait five minutes," he called out; "I will have a con'rhe youths soon reached the spot where the animals ference with the rest of the men and see what they say were tied. about it. If they say surrender, then we will do so; otherwise, not." "All r.ight," was the reply; "talk to them about it. Hurry, though, for we haven't any time to waste." "In a hurry to go on and burn the houses down over the beads of a few more patriots, I suppose?" remarked Dick, scathingly. "Well, yes; that's about it, I think." They untied the halter-straps and led the horses away through the timber. The youths moved and carefully. They did not wish the Tories to hear them. They made a circuit, or half-circuit, rather, through the timber and came out into the road at a point perhaps two hundred yards from the house. The youths knew that they had no time to spare.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 17 The Tories might become impatient at any moment and put their threat of setting the cabin on fire into effect. "Now, Bob," said Dick, "we must play the old trick of making them think a small army is coming. You know what is required-we must make noise enough for twenty, men." "I know, Dick. I 'll make all the noise I can." "Good Do so. Are you ready?" "Ready, Dick." "All right; forward, then!" The youths spurred their horses forward. The animals leaped into a gallop at once. They raced up the road, their hoofbeats thundering on the ground. The thunder of the hoofbeats of the Tories' flying horses could be plainly heard. The youths laughed in a tone of satisfaction. "Well, we frightened them away, Bob," said Dick. "I should say so, Dick!" with 11. chuckle. "Say, they must be going. Just listen to the thunder of their horses' hoofbeats !" "They are getting away with all possible speed, Bob." "They are, for a fact. Say, do you suppose they will come back again?" "I hardly think so." "They are too badly scared, eh?" "I "I judge you are right; they would be afraid that we As they drew near the cabin, Dick and Bob set up a were still here." terrible yell. "Yes." It was really enough to frighten almost any one, the noise the youths made. Then, as they came close up to the front of the cabin where the Tories had been, the youths drew their pistols and fired four shots. CHAPTER VII. THE PATRIOT PRISONER. One would have thought the Tories would have been able to detect the fact that there were not more than two or three horsemen coming, and that the number of shots fired were very few for a body of men to fire. The Tories, however, did not detect this. The cabin door now opened and Tom appeared. "You scared the scoundrels away, didn't you?" he ex claimed. "Hurrah!" "They are gone, at any rate," replied Diek. "I don't think they will bother you again very soon," said Bob. "I hope not. Say, I don't know what we should have done had you two not been here." "It might have turned out bad for you, that is a fact," admitted Dick. "Those Tories are mean-hearted fellows, md will stop at nothing." "Well, if they try to bother me, some of them will get hurt, any":ay I" said Tom, determinedly. "They may not bother you again at all," said Bob. '

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. t ,..._ cabin, mounted horses, and, with a cheery "good-by" to Tom, rode away in the darkness. The youths rode onward steadily for an hour. They thought they must be near Hillsboro by that time It was about ten o'clock, but the majority of the business houses were still open. This wao> due to the presence of the British soldiers in the town. They were right. The business men w ere quite willing to keep their stores They reached the suburbs of the town twenty minutes open in order to get a chance to secure some of the British later. They did not enter. lt was not their intention to ride into the place. This would attract too much attention. It would at once stamp them as having come a distance. They did not wish to attract attention at all. To this end they decided to leave their horses outside the town. They would then enter on foot. If there were sentinels out they would thus be enabled to &lip past them by climbing fences and cutting across lots. On horseback they would have had to keep in the road, and could not have gotten past without being challenged. They rode back a distance of perhaps a quarter of a mile. They entered a clump of timber. They dismounted. Then they led the horses into the timber. They penetrated a distance of a hundred yards or so. Then they tied the horses to trees. This done, they made their way out of the clump of timber .. rrhey walked back in the direction of the town. They were soon at the outskirts. "We will have to be careful, now, Bob," said Dick. "I think we had better take to the lots. The sentinels are doubtless posted on the roads." "I judge so, Dick." The youths climbed a fence and made their way across a lot. Reaching the farther side, they climbed another fence. They crossed a narrow alley, climbed anoth e r fence and continued on across the adjoining lot. They kept up these tactics until well within the town. Presently they emerged upon a street and walk e d boldly down it. Diel$; was sure they had passed the sentinels. They would be in no particular danger now, he was sure, might as well be bold in their movements. They were in the residence portion of the town as yet. They kept on. Presently they reached the business portion. gold which the.soldiers were more than willin g to spend for liquors and tobacco, as well as for clothing shoes, under w e ar and other things. The merchants of Hillsboro had never had su c h a market. 'l'hey might never have such a market again. This one might not last long. So it was merely good business judgment to make the most of it while they did have it. And this was what they were doing. Things were lively in the business portion of the town. British soldiers were here, there and everywhere. Many of them were d runk, and all were enjoying them-selves, each after his own fashion. There was much talk. The redcoats were boasting of what they had done. Dick and Bob paused occasionally and listened. The redcoats declared that they had "beaten the rebels." They said they bad driven the "rebels" out of North Carolina. They declared that they would soon go up into Virgini and drive the "rebels" out of that State. They were very boastful. Especially was this the case with those who had bee drinking more than was good for them. It made Dick's and Bob's blood boil to listen to the fel lows. They had hard work containing themselves at times. They could hardly resist the temptation to tell the red coats what they thought of them. 'l'his would not have done, however. It would have been suicidal. The youths were there in the British lines. They were there as spies. They had come to secure information. They wished to secure all the information possible. In order to secure it, it was absolutely necessary tha their presence should not be suspected. They were well aware of this. They were old hands at this business. They were skilled in keepin.g control of themselves, als So although sorely tried at time s th e y managed to kee still and listen to the boasts of the redcoats without makin a word of reply.


'rhen, too, there were recompenses. They succeeded in picking up many little items of in formation. They learned that the Tories were rallying to the British standard. The redcoats said that in a couple of weeks the British army would be twice as large as it now was. 19 The prisoner was a brave man. He sat his horse erect and dignified. He looked about him upon the faces of the shouting red coats with a look of scorn, contempt and defiance-on his face. The cries of "Hang the spy!" did not seem to daunt him or frighten him in the least. The youths were standing, listening to a group of redAt times even a smile-a smile of scorn-appeared on coats, who were talking loudly and boasting of what they his face. had done, and of what they would do later on when sud denly there was an outcry as some men came riding down the street. "A prisoner! A rebel prisoner!" was the cry. -"A spy!" "Hang him "That's it-that's the talk!" "Hang the spy Dick and Bob were interested now, for sure. 'rhere were lights enough in the building on each side of the street ap.d thrown out by the street lamps so that it was possible to see first rate. A body of horsemen were riding down the street. They were redcoats. In their midst was a man who was evidently a prisoner. He was dressed in a rough, ragged suit of citizen's clothing. As the party drew near,. Dick and Bob forced their way -through the crowd. 'rhey wished to get as close as possible to the party as it passed. They wished to see if they could recognize the prisoner. Then, too, if they could do so they wished to let the poor If the redcoats thought to frighten him they soon realized tb:it they could not do so. Dick and Bob pushed their hats back and held their heads up so as to get the prisoner to see their face, if possible. If he should see them he would know he had friends near at hand and would no doubt feel better. The prisoner's eyes roved here and there, from face to I face. Suddenly his eyes fell upon the faces of Dick and Bob. Many men in his situation would have given a start; would perhaps have betrayed to the onlookers the fact that he had seen and recognized some one. Not so this man, however. He recognized the youths, without doubt. He looked them straight in the eyes and gave a scarcely perceptible nod. The nod said, as plainly as words could have said: "I see and recognize you!" But he gave no sign that could have been discerned by eyes other than those of Dick and Bob. The crowd followed the party with the prisoner. The crowd grew larger as it pioved along. fellow lmow he had friends in the town. The redcoats shouted and yelled for the "rebel" spy to This would be a difficult thing to do, however, unless the be hung. prisoner should prove to be some one whom they knew and ".Let's take him and hang him!" suddenly shouted one who knew them. vociferous fellow. "Come on, fellows! Let's hang the They looked at the prisoner, eagerly, searchingly, as the spy!" party drew near. He made a rush toward the party, in the midst of which Presently they got a good look at his face. was the prisoner, as he spoke. They recognized him. Perhaps half the redcoats present in the crowd were The man was one of General Marion's officers. He was one who had done much good work in the of apying and learning the plans of the British. He knew Dick and Bob well. He had been at the camp of the Swamp Fox when they left ther0 that evening. either drunk or well along on the road. Their blood was heated, their minds inflamed. They were in just the condition for anything of this kind. All they needed was a l e ader. And here was a leader. Instantly two-score of the redcoats surged forward, close The youthf.l wondered how he happened to get captured. upon the heels of the leader. Doubtless be had started out on a scouting and spying I "We're with you l" was the cry. expedition and had been by surprise by the redcoats. 8py out and hang him!" "We'll take the rebel


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. CHAPTER VIII. THE PATRIOT'S DANGER. Still others joined in the demonstration. The party having the prisoner in charge tried to get the fellows to listen to reason. All t!l no purpose. The half-crazed men were not in a condition to be :reasoned with. They kept :yelling, "Hang the rebel spy!" and drowned the voices of the men on horseback. Seeing they could not do any good by remonstrating, the men tried to urge thei:t horses forward and escape the rush of their excited comrades. Here again they failed. They found the horses' bits seized. The horses were held. The men in the saddles did their best to ride over the men, but could not. The fellows held on with desperate energy. Then the men on horseback drew their pistols and threatened to shoot. This but angered the drink-crazed redcoats the more. "What! shoot your comrades, to save the life of a cursed rebel spy!" they cried. "Just try it! Just do it! We dare you to fire!" It was now an exciting scene. Diok and Bob, as may well be supposed, were very much interested. They watched affairs with the eyes of hawks. Would the men who were crying out for the patriot's blood succeed in getting their wishes satisfied? The youths, watching closely, thought that they would The members of the party demanding that the "rebel" be hung were mad and desperate from drinking too much liquor, and they outnumbered the men on horseback at least five to one. Dick and Bob could not help noting the demeanor of the prisoner. Although he was no doubt fully aware that his life was in great danger, he did not turn pale or look frightened. His face still wore that peculiar, scornful smile. He met the gaze of the angry redcoats unflinehingly. The youths admired the man for his wonderful coolness and bravery. Dick's mind was working rapidly. He was trying to think of some way to save the life of the patriot. He felt that the man's life was in grave danger. The redcoats were angry enough, crazy enough to do what they threatened. But how was he to save the prisoner's life? It looked as if there was no possible chance of doing so. Dick was a youth, however, never despaired. He believed there was some way it might be accomplished, if only he could think of it. He kept on thinking. Suddenly it came to him. Dick knew that if Cornwallis, the British general, knew that there was a "rebel" prisoner in the he would not permit him to be hanged. He would wish to question the patriot and see if he could learn something from him regarding the patriots and their plans. If word could be gotten to General Cornwallis before the patriot was hung by the infuriated mob, the general would see to it that the deed was not committed. Dick made up his mind that word should be gotten to General Cornwallis, if possible. He plucked Bob by the coat-sleeve. The two moved through the crowd till they were on its outskirts. Dick looked around him. There were many persons standing around, dressed in citizen's clothes, who were taking no part in the demonstra tion against the patriot prisoner. Dick picked upon one rather intellig e nt-looking fellow, and, plucking him by the arm, said : "It will be a big mistake to hang that fellow, don t you think?" The man looked at Dick rather curiously and replied: "Well, I don't know. He's a rebel spy. He will be hung, anyway, so as well one time as another." "You are mistaken," said Dick; "General Cornwallis will be very angry when he learns that a rebel spy has been hung without his knowledge or orders, and without his hav ing had an opportunity to pump the fellow to see if he could secure some valuable information from him." "That's so; I never thought of that!" the man said. "Well, I have thought of it. It will be the biggest kine of a mistake if the rebel is hung before General Cornwallie gets a chance to talk with him." "I guess you are right." "I know I am." "Why don't you go and inform him of what is going or here, then?" "I would, only I don't know where his headquarters are.'


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 21 "You don t know where they are?" The man seemed surprised. Dick knew he could always count on Bob. He made his way back through the crowd, elbowing "No," replied Dick; "I am a stranger in: Hillsboro. I people a s ide a s he did so. just got here a little while ago." Bob kept close at his comrade's heels. "Where from?" If an y thing happened he would be on hand to render aid. "From fifty miles over to the northwestward." While the youths had been away, talking to the man who Why have you come here?" had gone to warn General Cornwallis, the infuriated red"I came to join the British army." "Then you are loyal to the king?" "Yes, I'm a king's man." "So am I." "Are you going to join the army?" "I think I shall do so." "Then why don't you earn the good-will of the British general by going and informing him regarding what is going on here?" The man looked interested. coats had made a rush and had pulled the prisoner down off his horse. They had just started down the street, uttering cries of exultation and triumph. Di c k and Bob followed as closely as was possible. They wondered where the redcoats could be headed for. They soon learned. Not more than fifty yards distant from where they had taken possession of the prisoner, the redcoats came to a stop beneath a large tree which stood near the edge of the side"I hadn't thought of the matter," he said, in a moment; walk. "I believe it would be a good speculation, however." "It certainly will bring you the favorable notice of the general, and that may mean rapid advancement." "True, by Jove! I believe I will do it." "Do so, urged Dick. "I will!" There was decision in the man s tone now. "Hurry, then!" said Dick. "It will be bad if you are too late." "I'Jl make it in t i m e It isn t far to headquarters." "Don' t l e t any grass grow under your feet." "I won't." "Hurry." "I'm off The man turned and hastened away. As soon as h e was clear of the crowd he broke into a run. Dick and Bob, who were watching him, looked at each other with a look of satisfaction. "I believe he'll make it in time, Bob." "I think so." "But in case he doesn 't," added Dick, in a low tone, "we must be in readiness to try to do something to save the prisoner's life." "But what can we do?" "That is more than I can say. We will have to be guided by circumstances." "You are right; well, lead the way and I will follow, and whate v er you decide to do will be all right, and I will do my best to back you up in it and do all I can to help you out." "All right, Bob." "Here's the place!" cried one of the redcoats who had hold of the prisoner; "here's Just the place to string the r:bel spy up Somebody run to the nearest store and get a rope!" "I'll go cried a fellow. "All right; hurry The man who h ad volunteered to get the rope hastened away. He was back in an incredibly short space of time. He brought a coil of rope with him. "Rig a noos e in it!" cried the redcoat who seemed to have taken the lead in the affair. The fellow who had the rope proceeded to do as he had been ordered to do. He was not an expert at this work. He had some difficulty in rigging the noose. Dick and Bob were glad of this. They were glad of the delay. Every minute would count now. They kept a wat c h on what was going on here, and al s o up the street to see if the general was coming. They hoped that General Cornwallis or one of the mem bers of hi s staff would put in an appearance in time to put a stop to the hanging Presentl y the fellow who was tying the knot in the rope and rigging the noose succeeded in getting the work done to his satisfaction. "The re," he said, in a tone of relief, "I think that will do, all right." He handed the noose end of the rope to the leader of the redcoats.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. The fellow looked at the noose and nodded. "You don't deserve it, but i you have anything to say, "That is all right," he said; "that is plenty good enough any word \\Chich you wish delivered to any one, we will for the hanging of a rebel spy!" listen to you and will deliver your message, if it is possible Then he placed the noose over the prisoner's head. to do so." "How do you like the feel of that?" he asked, ironically. "I have nothing to say-no message for any one," was 'Do you think it will make a becoming necktie?" the calm reply. "You'll learn by experience how it feels, one of these 'rhe redr:!oat looked at the brave man standing there wit days,'' was the cool reply; "you will wind up your career the rope around his neck-s tanding, waiting for the wor on the gallows or I'm no judge!" that would sound his death-knell, and then, after a moment "Curse you!" the redcoat cried, hotly; "we'll take that he said: sauciness out of you in a very few minutes, now!" he spoke he pulled the rope taut and adjusted the knot under the prisoner's left ear. lTt':r."' h" ;..'.1''11 lrl nding the end of the rope to the uuu .... u lu

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 23 Dick was right in the midst of the crowd. A few o f those who stood almost beside him doubtless ew from whom it was that the words came, but the ma. ority of those in the crowd did not know. Dick was careful not to make any move to attract atten tion to him more than he had already done by calling out. He stood perfectly still. 'rhe members of the crowd looked first to see who the speaker of the words was, and failing to single him out they turned and looked up the street to see if h e had spoken the truth. No one was in sight. The redcoat who had constituted himself master of cere monies looked to see if Dick had spoken truly, and, seeing no one coming, he made up his mind there was no truth in the words. He became angry. "Whoever spoke those words, just now, is a liar I" he cried; "and I doubt not he is a reb e l and sympathizes with the prisoner. Some one please point the speaker out to me. Do this and I will point out to you a rebel I" Dick decided that a bold course was as good a course as any. He at once called out, loudly and clearly: "You yourself is the liar, and I am not a rebel!" "What's that! You dare to call me a liar?" the redcoat -:!ried, in a rage. "I'll settle with you as soon as we have tlnished this affafr !" "Very well," replied Dick; "but I would advise you to go very slow and not finish this affair very quickly. When General Cornwallis comes and finds you have hanged this man without having given him a chance to talk with him, you will wish you had not been so hasty." ''Bosh I General Cornwallis is not coming. Up with the rebel spy, men I" The men started to pull on the rope. "Hold!" cried Dick. "You will be sorry if you hang A thought came to him. He drew one of his pistols and cocked it. He leveled the weapon, took quick aim, and fired. Then a wonderful thing happened : The rope parted midway between the top of the pri!!On er's head and the limb, and the poor fellow dropped to the ground in a heap. The men who had hold of the rope went sprawling to the ground, t .he sudden giving way of the rope having let them fall. As might have been expected, the fellow who had consti tuted himself master of ceremonies, dodged and nearly fell down in trying to get back behind some of the people in the crowd when Dick :fired the shot. Like all such fellows, he was an arrant coward; and he had thought that Dick had :fired at him. When he saw what had happened, however, he was furi-OUB. It was a marvelous shot which Dick had fired. The bullet had partially severed the rope, causing it to snap in two. The people who had seen the wonderful shot uttered cries of wonder. There was a tone of admiration in the cries of many. The tone of others, however, betrayed anger. The majority of the redcoats in the crowd were, of course, in favor of the hanging of the rebel spy. "What a wonderful shot I" "Who did that?" "He is a brave fellow I" "He's a meddler!" "He did right!" "He ought to be hanged himself!" I Such was the tenor of the remarks, the people being seemingly about equally divided in sentiment. The redcoat leader, having discovered that he had not this man before the general gets here. You had better wait been aimed at, and that he was unhurt, became quite bold. a few minutes." "Seize the scoundrel who fired that shot!" he cried. "He / "Up with him I" ro?red the redcoat, who had all along is a rebel himself or a sympathizer, and an enemy to the acted as leader. "Up with the cursed rebel spy!" king. Seize him, I say!" The men obeyed the command this time. It may be worthy of note'to state that he made no move-Dick again called out for them to "Hold!" but this time ment toward putting his own orders into execution. they did not do so. He left that for others to do. Slowly and steadily the prisoner was lifted. His feet left the ground. He hung writhing in the air. Dick realized that if the poor fellow's life was to be saved something would have to be done instantly. A number of redcoats, who were near Dick, leaped forward. They intended to grasp him and make a prisoner of him. But they found they were likely to have their hands more than full in doing so.


24 LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. The first two or three who came within reach of Dick They took the rope from around the prisoner's neck were knocked down so promptly as to fill the spectators with a jiffy. wonder and amazement. Cries of "Bravo, young fellow I" were heard from the citizen members of the crowd. From the redcoat members came snarls and curses. They were becoming worked up now. A dozen rushed forward to attack Dick. The youth met them bravely. Bob was there, also, and took a hand. Affairs were indeed lively there for a few Then there came the cry: "The general I General Cornwallis is coming!" This cry had the effect of causing the redcoats to pause in their attack on Dick and Bob. The fact that the general was coming would seem to in dicate that the two young fellows had known more than was suspected. This frightened the redcoats who had been attacking the youths. For aught they knew Dick and Bob might be confidential spies under the general, in which event all who had taken a hand against the two would come in for a severe repri mand or perhaps worse. Cornwallis, accompanied by several officers of his staff, was approaching. "What does this mean?" he cried, in an angry tone, as he came near, the crowd having parted to let the little party approach closely. "What is going on here?" The fellow who had taken the lead in everything, and had been strenuous in his efforts to have the patriot prisoner hung, was attempting to sneak away through the crowd, but the eyes of the general were upon him, and he called out for the soldier to stop. "Let no one leave the spot until given permission to do so I" Cornwallis ordered. "I am going to probe this matter and see who is to blame for this work." The prisoner, who had been pretty severely choked, but who was now sitting up, the rope still around his neck, now attracted the attention of General Cornwallis. "Ab, here is the prisoner I" he exclaimed. "And he is still alive. Good I Take the rope from around his neck, some one!" Half a dozen of the soldiers leaped to obey the command. They were eager to redeem themselves, and try to get on the good side of the general. In this way they hoped to avoid punishment for the hand they had taken in this affair. "Help the man to his feet I" ordered Cornwallis. This was done. "Now take the prisoner to the prison The soldiers at once started away, with the prisoner in their midst. Dick and Bob slipped out of the crowd and started after the party having the prisoner. They did not wish to remain and be seen by Cornwallis, as he would be likely to recognize them. And then they tiiought that it was possible that they might be able to rescue the prisoner before the prison was reached. Quite a crowd followed the party, however-partially surrounding it, in fact-and the youths had no opportunity for making the attempt. Dick and Bob kept with the crowd and followed the party into the prison court. The door of the prison was opened and the soldiers dis appeared within the building, taking the prisoner wit them. The crowd then filed out of the court and dispersed. Dick and Bob passed out of the court with the rest, bu they did not go away. They paused just outside, and within the shadow of high stone wall. They were unwilling to leave the vicinity of the priso A patriot comrade was a prisoner within those walls, an they must rescue him if such a thing were possible. This would be an extremely difficult thing to do, how ever. The youths realized this. While they were standing there discussing the situatio t hey saw General Cornwallis and his staff officers approach ing. The youths drew still farther back, so as to avoid bein s een. When the little party reached the entranee to the priso court, General Cornwallis entered alone. The others went on in the direction of headquarters. "He's going to enter the prison and have a conversatio with the prisoner," whispered Dick. "Little good will it do him," said Bob. "You are right, Bob; he will learn nothing that will of benefit to him." The youths stepped to the entrance into the court an looked after the general. They saw him disappear through the doorway leadin


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. into the prison, and then they resumed the discussion of now just daylight-and bought about thirty feet of small the problem which confronted them. but stout rope. "If we could only manage to get in there," said Dick, This rope Dick coiled around his waist underneath bis meditatively, "I think we would be all right, and that we coat as soon as they left the store. could free the prisoner and make our own escape as well." Then they made their way in the direction of the prison. "I think so, Dick; but getting in there is the trouble." They were soon there. "Yee, that is the difficulty." They entered the courtyard and approached the front The youths talked the mat t er over from every point of door of the prison. view. They discussed it, pro and con. They thought long and hard. But they could think of no way in which it would be possible for them to gain entrance to the prison. They remained there till General Cornwallis came forth and started toward headquarters. As the general passed the youths they heard him say: "He is a stubborn rascal, but I'll make him talk in the morning or know the reason why I" Bob nudged Dick, and when the British commander bad gotten out of hearing, said : "He didn't learn anything, eh, Dick?" "I knew he would not," was the reply. The youths were unable to decide upon a course of action, so they presently moved away down the street. They remained on the streets listening to the talk of the redcoats, and picking up all the information possible, until nearly midnight; and then they went to a tavern a:M se cured a room for the night. It seemed to Bob as if he had scarcely more than gotten asleep when be was awakened by Dick. "I've got a scheme for entering the prison, Bob!" Dick said. "What is your scheme, Dick?" "I'll tell you : We'll go to the jail and tell the jailer we Dick pounded on the door loudly and boldly, He waited a few moments and then pounde<'I again. Presently the door swung open and a man appeared in the doorway. "Who are you?" be asked. Dick saw that the man, who was evidently the turnkey, was eyeing himself and comrade closely. The youth realized that he would have to be careful if he did not wish to be found out. "General Cornwallis sent us here," replied Dick, prompt ly, and with every appearance of candor and frankness; "he was here to see the prisoner last night and the fellow refused to tell him anything regarding the intended move ments of the rebel army, so the general told us to come here and tell you to pretend that we were prisoners who have just been captured. He said for you to put us into the same cell with the prisoner, and we are going to try to secure some information from him." "Where is the order from the general?" asked the turn key. "He did not write one; he said that it would be sufficient for us to tell you we came from him." Dick was afraid this would not be sufficient, but he hoped it would be. The turnkey seemed doubtful. He looked at the youths with keen, searching eyes. have been sent by General Cornwallis; that we are to be "Who are you?" be asked. treated as though we were prisoners and-placed in the room "We are king's men who have just recently come here. with the prisoner captured last night, in order that we We have joined the army, and General Cornwallis sent may learn something regarding the movements of the pa,. us to do this work for the reason that he knew it would be triot army; do you understand?" easier for us to make the prisoner believe we were rebels, "Yes, but bow will that do the prisoner any good?" and prisoners, than it would be for some of the regular "I'll tell you: We'll take a rope along, hidden under my soldiers to do it." coat. We will assist the prisoner to make his escape by "True," the turnkey admitted; "well, I will do as the way of the window, and then we will go back down and walk general said for me to do. Come in." out through the front doorway and get out of this town in The youths stepped across the threshold, and the great 8 hurry.'' "We can try it," said Bob, who was always ready to fol low Dick's lead. They at once left the tavern. door swung shut with a dull clang. They were inside the prison Would they succeed in freeing the patriot prisoner? < Would they succeed in getting out and away again in They went to a store which was open thus early-it being safety?"


26 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. CHAPTER X. Dick and Bob watched till they saw their friend had gotten safely to the ground and away, and then they pulle up the rope. They listened expecting to hear the alarm raised, but The s e were questions which flashed through the youths' they were agreeably disappointed. mind. No alarm was sounded. AT BAY. Of course, there was no knowing what the answers to the might be. Clancy th patriot, had succeeded in getting away without attracting attention. Dick and Bob now sat down to await the return of the The youths would have to go ahead and see how affairs worked out. turnkey. He had told them that he would return in one hour. "Follow me," said the turnkey. 'l'he youths did so. 'l'he turnkey led the way along the hallway, up of stairs and then along another hall. He would quietly unlock the door and then the youths a pair could quickly open the door, step out into the hall, lock the door again and go back downstairs with him. Presently he paused in front of the last door. "Thls is the room," he said. He unlocked the door. Then he turned to Dick and Bob. "In with you-I" he said in an imperative tone. "You will find another rebel in there and you can talk your troubles over, and all be miserable together. The youths entered the room and were barely through the doorway when the door went shut with a clang. Dick made a sign to the inmate of the room to maintain sil e nce, and placing his ear close to the keyhole of the door listened. He heard the footsteps of the turnkey as he walked away. When sure that the was gone, Dick turned to the patriot prisoner. "Well, Mr. Clancy, how are you?" greeted Dick. "In pretty bad shape now, Dick," was the reply, as he shook bands with the youths. "But how comes it you two are here?" Dick told him in as few words as possible. '"rhere is no time to lose," he said, in conclusion; "if you escape, it must be at once. Let us get to work." Dick went to the window and raised it cautiously. There was no one in sight. The window overlooked the street, not the prison court. "You can escape, I think," Dick said, eagerly. 'l'hen he unwrapped the rope from around his waist, and, tying the end of the rope to the leg of the iron cot, he threw the other end out of the window. "Now, down with you, as quickly as possible!" said Dick. "And don't wait for us when you get down. Get away as fast as you can. We will go out the way we came in." The man thanked the youths earnestly, and then quickly climbed through the window and slid down the rope. This plan was carried out. An hour had passed-it seemed longer to the youthswhe n they heard foot s teps approaching along the hall. Then the footsteps ceased and there was a slight rattle at the lock of the door. Then the footsteps were heard going away again : Dick took hold of the knob and opened the door. Both youths stepped through. Dick clos ed the door and locked it. Then they walked quickly down the hallway and caught up with the turnkey. "Diu you learn anything of the prisoner?" asked the jailer, as Dick handed him the keys. "Not very much," replied Dick; "he seemed to be sus piciou s of us." "He did?" "Yes." "I thought h e l o oked like a pretty shrewd sort of fel low." "He certainly is." They were soon at the end of the hallway, and made thei way downstairs. They walked al o ng this hallway to the front door, whic the turnkey opened. Dick and Bob s t e pped through the doorway and starte to walk away when they heard a commanding voice cry out "Hold! Stand where you are!" They whirled-to find themselves standing face to fac with General Cornwallis! In one hand the general held his sword, in the other whistle. "Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, rebel spies, I have yo at last!" the British officer said, in an exultant tone. Then he placed the whistle to his lips and blew a shri blast.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. 27 Instantly from both the right and left-hand sides, That General Cornwallis was angry and disgusted, goes through entrances into the prison court, a score of armed without saying, redcoats came rushlng forward. Dick and Bob stood at bay. They were taken by surprise. They had not expected anything of this kind. But they were not the youths to give up tamely. To be captured would be to be put to death. They were the most noted spies in the patriot army. The company of "Liberty Boys" had done more to aid the cause of Liberty and to injure the redcoats' chances for success in America than any entire regiment. The result would be that they would be hung or shot at once. The youths realized this. They would rather die fighting than to submit to capture. He was so angry, he swelled up like a toad. He seemed to be in imminent danger of bursting. "You young scoundrels shall yet be made to suffer for this!" he growled, through his clenched teeth. "You will be sorry for this outrage." "Ob., I hardly think so," said Dick, quietly; "it was necessary, you know. We were forced to do it." "I'll force you to hang "Perhaps so, but not right away." Dick was cool and calm. It seemed as if the great danger which had menaced, and whlch still menaced them, only had the effect of making both youths more calm and self-possessed. This was the result of having been engaged in such hazEven as the redcoats came rushing toward the youths a ardous work for the past five years. thought came to them. They had become so accustomed to danger that even the .At the same jnstant each drew a pistol. worst danger to whlch they could be exposed seemed power-.As one person, they leaped toward General Cornwallis. less to cause them to show signs of trepidation. Each youth seized one of the wrists of the British comThe youths kept a sharp watch behind them, to see that mander. the soldiers obeyed orders and remained where they were. He was taken so wholly by surprise that he did not think The fellows did not dare do otherwise, however. to try to use his sword at all. They had been ordered to remain there by General CornQuick as a flash Dick and Bob each placed the muzzle wallis himself, and they had to obey. f his pistol against the British general's head. The youths and the British officer were soon out on the "Halt! Stand where you are!" cried Dick, in a grim, s treet. etermined voice. "Take one step nearer, or attempt to evel your muskets, and your commander is a dead man!" The soldiers paused as if they had been shot at. There was no mistaking the fact that Dick was thor ughly in earnest. There was a deadly ring to his voice that was unmistak ble. It was still early. Not many people were abroad. 'rhis made it safer for the yc:uths than it would otherwise have been. They had no time to spare, however. They waited till they were near the corner of a block, and then they suddenly released the general and bounded General Cornwallis hlmself seemed to realize the fact around the corner. hat he was in great danger. "Quick! this way, men!" He turned pale. General Cornwallis shouted tills at the top of ms voice. "Hold, men_!" he cried. "These young scoundrels are He even bounded forward as if to chase the youths, but eperate. Don't advance until you receive the order to paused. o so.J' "You are wise in giving that order, General Cornwallis," aid Dick, grimly. 'I'hen he added : "We are going to make our escape from here, and to that nd you must go with us. You will please walk quietly ong. Tell your men to remain where they are." His soldiers came running and started in pursuit of the youths. They got sight of Dick and Bob once or twice, but could not gain on them. In fact, the youths gradually drew away from their pursuers. They managed, also, to get through the picket line, and "Remain where you are, men!" the general said, and ran rapidly out into he country. en he began walking along with the youths toward the They were not long in reaching the clump of timber trance to the prison court. where they had left their horses the evening before.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY. They found their horses where they had left them. The animals whinnied. T h e y w ere doubtless glad to see their masters. "I'll warrant you the horses are hungry and thirst y B ob," said Dick. "I don't doubt it, Dick. Well, there is a stream a little cross the Dan and see if we can do something to worry the British." That he did do so is a matter of history. He crossed the Dan with his army, and the battle of Guilford took place not long afterward. Of this campaign and battle we may have more to say way back, where they can get a drink, and as soon as we get at another time. far enough away so as to be safe we can get some for them. So we can." THE END. 'l' he you ths moun ted and rode away They loo ked back, but could see no sign of red coats and they felt that they were safe. T h e ne xt number (23) of The Liberty Boys of 7 6" will "It was a close call, though, Dick," said Bob, speaking of c ontain "THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THEIR METTLE; their adve n ture in the prison court. OR, MAKING IT WARM FOR THE REDCOATS," by "Yes about the closest call of all that we have had Harry Moore. Bob," agreed Dick. The youths, by hard riding, reached the encampment of the patriot army that evening The encampment was across the River Dan, and di s tant about thirty-five miles from Hillsboro. They reported to Gen eral Greene at once. "So Cornwallis has taken up headquarters in Hillsboro, and is recruiting his army with Tories, is he?" remarked Greene, when he had heard Dick 's report. SPECIAL NOT IC E : A ll b a c k numb e r s of this w eekly are a lways in prin t If you cannot obtain them from any news dealers, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TO US EY, PUBLISHER, 2 4 UNION "Yes, sir; that is what he is doing," repli e d Dick. SQU ARE, NEW Y ORK, and you will receive th e copies "Very well; we will have to put a stop to that. We will you o rd e r b y r e turn mail. Bamp1e Copies Se:n.t :F'ree I "HAPPY DAYS." The 'Larges t and Best Weekly Story Pape r Pnblishe

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SECRET SERVICE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, D E T ECTIVES. PB.ICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEKLY 1 The Black Band: or, The Two King Bradys Against a Hard Gang. 66 CbSinmgokFe"r?so the Yellow Dwarf; or, 'l'he Bradys and the 0pium An Interesting Detective Story. 2 Told by the 'l'icker; or, The Two King Bradys on a Wall Street 67 The Bradys' Still Hunt; or, '!'he Case that was Won by Waiting. Case. 68 Caught by the Camera: or, 'l'he Bradys and the Girl from Maine. B The Bradys After a Million; or, Their Chase to Save an Heiress. 69 The Bradys In Kentucky; or, Tracking a Mountain Gang. 4 The Bradys' Great Bluff; or, A Bunco Game that Failed to Work. 70 1'he Marked Bank Note; or, 'be Bradys Below the Dead Line. C> In and Out; or, 1.rbe 'l'wo King Bradys on a Lively Chase. 71 The Bradys on Deck; or, 'l'he Mystery of the Private \acbt. 6 '.rhe Bradys' Hard Fight: or, After the Pullman Car Crooks. 72 The Bradys In a Trap; or, Working Against a Hard Gang. 1 Case Number Ten; or, The Bradys and the Private Asylum Fraud. 73 Over the Line; or, The Bradys' Chase 'l'hrough Canada. ll The Bradys' Silent Search; 11r, 'racking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 74 The Bradys In Society; or, The Case of lllr. Barlow. 9 The Maniac Doctor; or, Old and Young King Brady In Peril. 75 The Bradys In the Slums; or, '!'rapping the Crooks of the "Red 10 Held at Bay; or The Bradys on a Baffiing Case. Light District." 11 Miss Mystery, the Girl from Chicago; or, Old and Young King 76 Found in the River; or, The Bradys and the Brooklyn Bri(lg e Brady on a Dark Trail. Mystery. 12 The Bradys' Deep Game ; or, Chasing the Society Crooks. 77 Th B d d th Ml 13 Hop Lee, the Chinese Slave Dealer ; or, Old and Young King Brady an e ssmg Box ; or, Running Down the liailroacl and the Opium Fiends. 78 h 14 The Bradys in the Dark; or, The Hardest case of All. 9 T e Queen of Chinatown: or, The Bradys tbe "Hop" Flenas. 15 The Queen of Diamonds; or, 'l'he Two King Bradys' Treasure Case. 7 The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler; or, Workmg for the Custom 16 'he Bradys on .rop; or, The Great River Mystery. 8 House. 11 The Engineer; or, Old and Young King Brady and the 0 The Bradys and the Runaway Boys; or, Shadowing the Circus Lightning Express. Sharps. 18 The Bradys' Flo-ht For a Life, or, A Mystery Hard to Solve. 81 The Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the Mystery of the Old .. Chmcb Yard. 19 The Bradys' Best Case; or, Tracking the River Pirates. 82 The Bradys and the or, A Desperate Game In Wall Street. 20 The Foot In the Frog; or, Old and Young King Brady and the 83 The Bradys' Fight to a Finish or, Winning a D esperate Case. Mystery of the Owl Train. 21 The Bradys' Hard Luck; or working Against Odds. 84 Tbe Bradys' Race for Life; or, Rounding Up a Tough Trio. 22 The Bradys Ballled; or, In Search of the Green Goods Men. 85 'l'he Bradys' Last Chance; or, The Case in the Dark. 23 The Opium King; or '!'he Bradys' Great Chinatown Case. 86 The Bradys on the Road; or, The Strange Case of a Drummer. 24 '!'he Bradys In Wall Street: or, A Plot to Steal a Miilion. 87 The Girl in Black; or, The Bradys 'rapping a Confidence Queen. 21> The Girl F'rom Boston; or, Old and Young King Brady on a Peculiar 88 The Bradys In Mulberry Bend; or, The Boy Slaves of "Little Italy." case. 89 The Bradys' Battle for Life ; or, The Keen Detectives' Greatest The Bradys and the Shoplifters; or, Hard Work on a Dry Goods Peril. Case. 90 The Bradys and the Mad Doctor; or, The Haunted l\lill In the 21 Zig Zag the Clown : or, 'he Bradys' Great Circus Trail. Marsh. 28 The Bradys Out West; or, Winning a Hard Case. 91 The Bradys on the Rall; or, A Mystery of the Lightning Express 29 After the J.i:ldnappers; or, The Bradys on a False Clue. 92 The Bradys and the Spy; or, Working Against the Police Depart30 Old and Yonng King Bra<'lys' l.lattle; or, Bound to Win Their Case. ment. 31 The Bradys' Race Track Job; or, Crooked Work Among Jockeys. 93 The Bradys' Deep Deal; or, Hand-In-Glove with Crime. 32 Found in the Bay; or, The Bradys on a Great Murder Mystery. 94 The Bradys in a Snare; or, The Worst Case of All. 33 The Bradys In Chicago; or, Solvmg the lllystery of the Lake Front. 95 The Bradys Beyond Their Depth; or, The Great Swamp Mystery. 34 The Bradys' Great Mistake ; or, Shadowing the W1ong Man. 96 The Bradys' Hopeless Case ; or, Against Plain Evidence. 35 The Bradys and the Mail lllystery; or, Working for the Government. 97 The Bradys at the Helm; or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. 36 'l'he Bradys Down South; or, Tbe Great Plantation Mystery. 98 Tbe Bradys In Washington; or, Working for the President. 37 The House In the Swamp; or, The Bradys' Keenest Work. 99 '.rh B d D d Th c 38 The Knock-out-Drops Gang; or, 'l'he Bradys' Risky Venture. e ra ys upe ; or, e unnlng Work of Clever Crooks. 39 The Bradys' Close Shave; or, Into the Jaws of Death. 100 The Bradys In Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. 40 'he Bradys' Star Case; or, Working for Love and Glory. 101 The Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, Tracking the Canada Gang. 41 The Bradys In 'Frisco; or, A Three Thousand Mlle Hunt. l02 The Bradys In Montana; or, 'l'be Great Copper Mine Case. 42 The Bradys anil the Express 'l'hleves; or, Tracing the Package 103 The Dradys Hemmed In; or, 'l'heir Case in Arizona. l\farkecl "Paid." 104 The Brndys at Sea; or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. 43 The Bradys' Hot Chase: or, After the Horse Stealers. 105 The Girl from London; or. The Bradys After a Confidence Queen. 4'4 The Bradys' Great Wager; or, 'he Queen of Little Monte Carlo. 106 The Bradys Among the Chinamen; or, The Yellow Fiends of the B D c c Opium The radys' ouble Net; or, atchlng tile Keenest of rlminals. 107 The nradys and the Pretty Shop Girl ; or, The Grand Street 46 the Steel Mask; or, The Bradys' Work for a Great Mystery. .rh B d d th Bl k T k w kl Sil t Cl The Bradys and the Gypsies: or. Chasing the Child Stealers. e ra Y 6 an e ac run : or, or ng a en ew. 1(19 ThMelsBt8rakdeys and the Wrong Man, or, '!'he Story of a "trange 48 Going It Blind ; or 'he Bradys' Good Luck. 0 49 The Bradys Balkt!d; or, Working up Queer Evidence. 50 Against Big Odds; or The Bradys' Great Stroke. 110 The Pradys 'Cehayed; or, In tbe Hands of a Traitor. C>l .rhe Bradys and cite For3er: or, Tracing the N. G. Check. l 11 The P.radys and 'l'h eir Do11bles; or, A Strange '!'angle of Crime. g; Cemetery 112 in the Everglades; or, The Strange Case of a Summer Owls. 113 Tbe Bradys Defied: or, The Hardest Gang In New York. C>4 The Bradys and the Missing Boy; or. The Mystery of School No. 6. U4 The Bradys In High Life; or, 'l'he Great Society Mystery. 55 The Bradys Behiud the Scenes; or, The Great Theatrical Case. 115 The Bradys Among Thieves; or, Hot '\Tork in the Bowery. C>6 'l'he Bradys and the Oplnm Dens; or, Trapping the Crooks of 116 The Bradys and the Sharpers; or, In DR.rkest New York. Chinatown. 11 7 The Bradys OJld t.he Bandits; or, for a Lost Roy. 57 The Bradys Down East; or, The Mystery of a Country Town. 118 The Bradys in Central Park; or, The Mystery or the Mall. 58 Working for the Treasury; or, The Bradys and the Bank Burglars 119 '.rhe Bradys on their Muscle; or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gang. 59 The Bradys' Fatal Clew; or, A Desperate Game for Gold. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or. Exposing the Chinese Crooks GO Shadowin g the Sharpers; or, The Bradys' $10,000 Deal. 121 The Bradys' Girl Decoy; or, Rounding Up the East-Side Crooks. &1 The Bradys and the F'lrehug; or, Found In the Flames. 122 The Bradys Under Fire: or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. 62 The Bradys in Texas; or, The Great Ranch M[stery. 123 The Bradys at the Beach; or, The Mystery of the Rath Honse. 63 'he Bradys on the Oct!an; or, The Mystery o Stateroom No. 7 124 The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among th" 64 The Br>ldys and the Office Boy; or, Working Up a Business Case. CojVbo:iis. 65 rhe, Bradys in the Backwoods; or, The Mystery of the Ilunters' Camp For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by l'BA:NK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and canno t p rocure them fro m newsdea l ers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the foll owing O rde r Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. POSTAGE S T AMPS TAKEN '.rHE SAME A S M ( \NEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher. 24 Union Square, New York. ..... .... ........ 190+. DEAR SIR-;Enclosed find cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ..................... LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 PLUCK AND LUCK SECRET SERVICE TEN CENT HAND BOOKS .................................................... Name .......................... Street and No ................. Town .......... State ...


STAGE 1 :--o. 31. HOW 'l'O BJilUOME A 8l'l!JAKER,--Containing fourTHE TD EN'S JOKE te1n illustrations, g iving the different positions requisite to >. 41. THE BOYS 01!' YORK EN M 11 good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from B! tJK.-Containing a great variety of Uie Jokes used the n 11 the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the moet na-t famous men. No amateur mmstrels is complete without and concise manner possible r:1: wonderful ilrtle ):look. I No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-GiTing rules for conducting de-;, 1. 4_2. THE J?O'U5 Ol!' NEW YORK STUMP SPEAl\.ER.bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the best < '.u: aimug a vaned of stump Negro, Dut('h I sources for procuring information on th!! questions ginn. ;tt< irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thrng for home "'' .. : and amat<>ur shows. SOCIETY. 1 4;). 'l'IlE BOYS OF KEW YORK Grll>E No 3 TIOW TO FLIRT-The arts and ot flirtation are .\ '\ 1 JOKE BOOK new a?d very .rnstruc9ve. Every 1 fullv 'explained by this 0book Besides the various methods of Iv. ::iould obtain as 1.t contarns full rnstructwns for or-handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, 'window and bat flirtation, i! eo1;1-g an a!m1tN11 ti ?upe. . ta ins a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which 11 Go. !\fl LJ>OQ:\ 8 is one of the most origmal interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy j iooks ever and it 1s of wit and humor. It without one. <'L. : .ns a large ni> of society and the easiest and most approved methods l f a1t"'a 1 i m : to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church ; t.J in thi: d1awing-room. \,!. DECLAMATION. non TO AND BOOK OF REJCITATIONS. '. ing the !nost popular selertions in nse, comprising Dutch I rench dialect. Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together .i: v standard readings No. 18. HOW TO BlWOl\IE TIEAl ''.rfF'C T L.-On.e of the hright.s t and most v11lu11ble little books H!'r given te the world. Ev.-rybod.v wishes to know how to become hrautiful, both male and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convinced bow to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO I):EEP BIRDS.-Bandsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the mn.nngeinent and training of th canary, morkini:Lird, bobolink, bl:t('kbird. paroQuet, parrot. etc. No. 3!l. now TO RAISEl DOGR, l'Ol'IlfltY. PWEO?\S AND RABBITR.-A useful and iDi:trudive' book Hand omely illua trated. Bv Ira Drofraw. No. now TO MAKE AN!) SET TRAPS.-lncluding hinta on how to cntrh moles, W<'a se ls, otter, rats. squirre l and birda. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND vain able b o ok, giving instruC"tions in collecting, preparin1 mountin&' and birds, nnimals and ins.-cts. No. 54. l!OW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving <"om plete information as to the manner and method of rai1ing, taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets; a lso givinl!' f ,i! instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained lly tw1 eight illustrations, making it the most complete book ot the k "'" ever published. MISCE"LLANEOUS. No. 8. ROW TO BECmrn A SCIENTIST.-A uHful and instructive book, giYing a complete trentise on chemistry: ex periments in acousti cs, mechanics, mathematics, chemistr,". and for making fir eworks, colored fires and 11:11.11 balloons. This book cannot he equal!'d. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook for making nil kinils of randy, ice cream, s.vrups, essence11, t>t('. Pl<'. No. rn. FRANK TOT STIJY'S l'NI'J'Jrn 8'l'A'l'Jl)S DISTA,NC.lll TABLES, POCKET COMPANIO:N AND Gl'IDE.-Giving the official distan('rS on all the railroads of the rnited States and Canada. Also tahle of distances by water to foreign ports. J;;irk fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, e tc., e tc., mahini it one of the most C'omplete and handy books No. 38. HOW TO BECOl\IF.: YOl;H OW!ll' DOCTOR.-A won derful book, containing useful and prn('tiC'al information in the treatment of ordinary diseases and ailmentq C'ommon to every fnmi!,v. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for 1r11neral com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con tnining valuable information regardini: the collectinr and arranginr of stamps and ('Oins. illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTI Old King Brady, the world-known detective. In wbiC'h he lays down eome valuable nnd sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventure. and exp.-ri.-nres of well-known detect ives No. HO. HOW TO A PIIOTOGRAPHER.-Contain ing useful information the Camera and how to work it; also bow to make Photographir Magic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney. No. 62. ROW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittan('e, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Hegulations, Fire Department, and all a boy should know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Sen1trens, anthor of "How to Be('ome a Naval Caclet No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.--Oomplete tn etructions of how to gain admission to th!' Annapolis Naval Academy. Also containing the course of instru<"tion, description of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a boy should know to become an officer in the United States NaTy. Com piled and written by Lu Seuarens, author of "How to Become a West Point :Military Cadet." PRICE 10 Address FRANK CENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


HER E'S ANOTHER NEW ONE f Splendid Staries af the Revalutian. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the A1nerican Revolu t io n. By HARRY MOORE. DON'T FAIL TO READ IT These stories based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or. Settling With the British and 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. Torie:>. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Bral'e. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping Gen eral Wash-14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. ington. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or. Always in the Right Place. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Minions. M.rn-of-War. 6 The LibP.rty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if You can... 118 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand. or The Champion Spies o[ 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. thP. Revolution. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, ''V\'hat Might Have Been." g The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and i 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. Tories. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. 9 The Liberty Boy.:; to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Them-selves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. sale by all newsdealers. or !'lent post11aid on receipt o f 5 cents per co1>y, by F RANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New .York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. .POS'l'AGE S'l'AMPS 'l'AUEN 'J'HE SAlUE AS l\IONEY. l . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... .......................... 1901 FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. t DEAn Sm-Enclosed fin cl ..... cents for which please send me : -. .... copies of ii'ORK ,\XD No ............................. PLFCK AXD .................... ,. .. .,: .,. .... SECRET SERYIOE .................. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Nos ........ Ten-Cent Hand Book s Nos ........... .. Name ............................. ............................................. Street and No .... . . . . . . . . . . . .. Town State ...................... -....


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