The Liberty Boys' clever trick, or, Teaching the Redcoats a thing or two

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The Liberty Boys' clever trick, or, Teaching the Redcoats a thing or two
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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HE LmERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issued Weekly-By Subscriptio" $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Otrice, 1'<1um11 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of 0011 in the year 1901. in the otrice of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0., by Ji', nk Tousey, 24 Union Sq1iare, Neto York. (, 26. XE\Y YORK, JUNE 28, 1901. Price 5 Cents. an. CHAPTER I. :rHE LiBERTY BOYS" AND THE STORIES. On the 2d day of December, 1780, General Greene took command of the Southern Division of the Continental Army. The troops consisted, all told, of about two thousand men. They were stationed at Charlotte, North Carolina. The men were in bad shape. They were nearly naked and almost half starved. It was impossible to get clothing, and next to im pcssible to get food. General Greene had neither silver nor gold with which to buy provisions. He had some Continental paper money, but the farmers Cheraw, a body of horsemen was moving along a road at a point perhaps thirty miles northwest of the American encampment. There were about one hundred in the party. They were all young men-not one among them seemed to be more than twenty-one years of age. They were handsome, stalwdrt fellows. But they were tanned to the hu e of leath e r, and some of them bore scars on their faces, where bullet, or sword, or bayonet had at some past time made wounds. The young inen were well armed and well mounted. They rode their horses like Centaurs. They were dressed in the blu e uniforms of the Continental soldier, but the uniforms were not new and bright. They were soiled, and in many cases ragged They showed the signs of long and hard use. At the head of this party rode a handsome, bright-faced and others would not accept this in excha nge for goods or young fellow who would have attracted attention anyproduce. where. It took more than one hundred dollars in paper to equal He sat on his horse one born in the saddle. one dollar in. silver or gold-and the people didn't like He looked like one born to command. to accept it even then. General Greene had succeeded General Gates. Gates had intended going into winter quarters at Charlotte. The soldiers had even gone to work to build cabins. This young man and the members of the party are no strangers to the readers of "The Lib erty Boys of '76." The young man was Dick Slater, the handsome, brav<> young commander of the company of "Liberty Boys" which had given so much to aid the great Cause during But General Greene decided to enter at once upon a the years just passed, and the young men with him were, winter campaign. His men were in poor shape for it, but he thought it would be les demoralizing to be doing something than for 11 1.u b tting idly in winter quarters. tirriis theory was that it was better to wear Out, than to '.: out-in other words, it would be better to get killed ghting the British than to remain where they were and tarve to death. of course, the y0uths who were known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." What were they doing down in North Carolina, you ask? They had b ee n sent there by General Washington. They on their way to join General Greene. They were to render him such assistance as they could. Close behind Dick Slater rod e a nother youn g man who Acccrd1ngly, on the 16th of December he gave the order, had distinguished himself almost as greatly as had Dick nd the men set out on the march. They marched in a southeasterly direction. :'hey went down into South Carolina, and went into amp on the east side of the Great Pedee, at a place called beraw. This youth was Bob Estabrook. Bob was Dick;s closest and dearest friend. They lived close together, on adjoining farms, near Tarrytown, N. Y., and had in fact grown up together Both had been of great aid to General Washington On the same day that the soldiers went into camp at through acting as spies and scouts.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. ======== ----=========== ThE'y had done great work in this respect. They were learning to be soldiers for the purpose of Dick, however, as captain of the "Liberty Boys," had going against General Greene and his little army. done more work for the commander-in-chief than any other They would learn something of the work of soldiers, and spy in the Continental Army, and he was famous in this would then go and join Cornwallis. re s pe c t. The reason Dick knew the men were Tories, and not He had done so much, had been so daring, and had suepatriots, was because there was a man present in the uni ceed e d so often in learning the plans of the British, that form of a British officer. G e neral Howe had offered a reward of five hundred pounds for the capture of the daring youth. Dick had been captured on two or three occasions, but had escaped. He was teaching the Tories the movements. Dick was quick to think, and quick to act. He made up his mind that these men should nrse forward at a ing the direc;tion in which General Greene went when he run as he gave the command. left there, Dick?" asked Bob, riding alongside Dick. He did not look back to see whether or not the youths "I have no doubt of it, Bob," was the reply. "Then, were following him. too, you know the people along the road have told us that He knew they were. the army came in this direction." "I know that, Dick, but-there are so many Tories down here that a fellow never knows when the people are telling the truth." "There are a good many Tories, but we would not be so unfortunate as to strike Tories every time we asked for information. We would have found a few patriots, at any rate." "I should think so. I guess you are right." "I am sure of it. Oh, vre'll find General Greene before long." "I hope so." Presently the youths found themselves approaching a small stream. It was not a river, but was a good-sized creek. The party of "Liberty Boys" suddenly emerged from a little strip of timber and found themselves in an open space of perhaps six acres extent. This open space reached to the edge of the creek, and on the bank of the creek was a large building built of heavy logs. It looked like a mill and residence combined, and such it proved to be. But it was not the building that attracted the attention of the "Liberty Boys," after the first glance. Their attention became fixed upon a body of men, who were at the farther side of the open space, close to the mill. 'rhese men were evidently practicing military evolutions. Jn an instant Dick understood what it meant. i 'hese men were Tories. Had Dick given an for them to charge straight against a stone wall, they would have done it without a word. The Tories saw the youths as they came riding down upon them. They broke and ran toward the mill. Seeing that they were discovered, the "Liberty Boys" gave vent to wild yells. "Death to the king! Long live Liberty!" they cried. Rapid as was their approach, the "Liberty Boys" could not reach and attack the Tories before the latter reached the mill. Seeing that the Tories would succeed in reaching cover, Dick gave the order to retreat to the edge of the timber. Once in the mill, the Tories would have the advantage, and could fire out and do considerable damage. The "Liberty Boys" rode quickly to the edge of the timber. Then they spread out, to the right' and to the left, and soon were in a half circle, the line extending t? tM'cr" both to the right and to the left. A dozen or more even crossed the creek; and took u1 position where they would be able to pour in a galling should the 'rories attempt to escape out of the mill by the back way. Then Dick and Bob conferred together. What should they do now? The mill was evidently a strong structure. It was made of heavy logs. It -was almost as strong as a fort. It would not do !o try to storm it openly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 3 Not that the "Liberty Boys" would have hesitated to If hi.s Tory neighbors were to learn that he was in reality obey his command, had be given such an order, but Dick a patriot, they would kill him and take his stock and other knew it would cost many valuable lives, and he wished to portable property and burn his house capture the Tories without losing any of his men, if, Dick leaped to the ground, and handed Bob the brib's curiosity to a high pitch, but he did ot; ask any more questiOns. lie knew Dick well enough to know that when the proper time came he would enlighten him, and not before. The youths understood each other They rode back up the road a distance of perhaps half a e mile. Then Dick drew rein in front of a farmhouse. Dick had stopped here, as they were going, and had :S.lked with the owner of the farm. The men had been very guarded in his talk, but Dick had arned that be was a patriot. Living in the heart of a T&ry neighborhood, however, he ad to be very careful. "We must do it!" declared Dick; "and with your hell\ I think we can accomplish it." "Whut d'ye want me ter do?" "Petsonally nothing; I simply wish you to let me have the use of some articles of property which I see here in the barn yard." The farmer looked about him. There was a look of wonder on bis face "I don't see whut I hev beer thet would be uv enny use ter ye," he said; "but ennythin' thet I hev, ye air welcum ter use, ef ye think et'll be uv enny good ter ye." "Thank you said Dick; "you have something here which will, I think, be of great use to me--in truth, I have hopes that it will be the means of delivering the Tories into our hands." "I don't see whut ther sumthin' kin be." The farmer was puzzled. Dick quickly enlightened him. He stepped over and laid his hand on a cart which stood near. "The box can be taken off these wheels, can it not?" be &sked. "Yas," was the reply. "Let's lift if off, then."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. =========================---=============? 'rhe farmer came to Dick's assistance, and they lifted the box off the cart wheels. "Going to force the Tories to surrender, Bob!" "Going to force them to surrender !-with a log mounted The farmer had been engaged in hollowing out a log to on a pair of cart wheels?" make a pig trough. Bob was almost paralyzed with amazement. Lying near was another log. "That is just what we are going to do, Bob. This is a It was perhaps ten inches in diameter at one end and 5ix -pound er, and if the Tories do not surrender and comf six at the other. out and give themselves up, we will batter the mill down It was a nice, smooth-looking log. over their heads!" It was a.lso about six feet long-just the length Dick Dick said this in a sober, serious tone of voice, but there desired. Dick lifted this log and laid it on the framework be-tween the cart wheels. Then he stepped back, looked at the whole critically, and said: "There! That is what '.I: wish to have the use of for an hour or so. With its aid, I think I can effect the capture ()f the Tories." The farmer scratched his head. He stared at the log and at the cart wheels for a few moments, and then suddenly a look of comprehension ap peared on his face and in his eyes. "I know, now!" be exclaimed; "I unnerstan'! Ye're goin' ter make them Tories think ye hev got er cannon!" was a twinkle in his eyes. Bob gave vent to a shriek of laughter, and then presently got control of his risibles and sobered down again. "Really, Dick, I couldn't help it," he said; "the idea seemed so funny. To tell the truth, however, I am more than half inclined to think the trick will be successful. At a distance of two or three hundred yards, that log will look considerably like a cannon." "I think so, Bob. We can give it a trial, anyway." "So we can. I only hope the trick will be successful, Dick." "You ride on ahead, Bob; this gentleman and I 'will follow." Bob rode slowly down the road, and behind him, puliing the improvised field-piece, came Dick and the farmer. CHAPTER IL The rattle of musketry came to their hearing as they walked along, proving that the "Liberty Boys" were keep .. ing up the firing at the mill. "THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK." Dick nodded. "That is it, exactly!" he replied, with a smile. The man looked at Dick admiringly. "Say, thet will be er fine trick, ef so be's ye kin make et work all right!" he declared. "I think so; and I believe it will work, too." "I hope et will "So do I. Then you are willing I should have the use .of the cart wheels?" "Oh, yes; ye air welcum ter 'em. An' I'll he'p ye git 'em down ter ther mill, too !'' "Thank you!" said Dick. Then he asked for a pi eceof rope. The farmer brought Dick tied the log in such a manner that it would not fall off the frame, and then he and the farmer took the improvised cannon out through the bars and onto the highway. "What in the name of all that is wonderful are you going to do with that, Dick?" almost gasped Bob, the two reached the spot where he sat on his horse. "Ther figbt's ergoin' on now, bain't et?" asked the farmer. "No,'' replied Dick, and then he explained that his men were merely firing to keep the Tories from making a dasb out of the mill. "Thet's er good idee," the farmer said. It did not take them long to reach the strip of timber. When they reached the point. where the "Liberty Boys' were stationed, those who were near enough to see the fakE cannon, stared in amazement. They crowded forward to get a nearer look. Then, when Dick explained the use to which he intended putting the improvised field-piece, the youths gave utterance to a cheer. They were well pleased with the idea of playing such a clever trick upon the Tories. If it succeeded, it would be a great thing. They had high hopes that it might succeed. Dick made his preparations. Four 0 the youths took hold of the cart frame and pulled the fake cannon out from the edge of the timber into the open.


, ,_.-/ TH. E LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 5 The youths pretended that it took all their strength to pull the cart. They advanced only a few yards into the opeIJ. and then paused. Dick then advanced, and, stationing himself at the butt end of the fake cannon, made a great show of sighting it When he thought he had put in enough time at this, "That may be," replied Dick; "but we have you at our mercy just the same." "Have us at your mercy?" "We have." "How do you make that out?" "Easy enough." Then Dick turned and pointed toward. the make-believe Dick tied a white handkerchief to a ramrod and walked cannon. boldly toward the old mill. "Do you see that cannon yonder?" he asked "Let me go, D0ick," said Bob; "those blamed Tories will As Dick asked the question he was eyeing the fake field shoot you." "I don't think so, Bob," replied Dick; "and anyway they might as well shoot me as you." Dick continued on until he was within twent)yards of the mill, then he halted. "Hello, there!" he called out. "Hello, yourself!" came back the reply. "Who are you, and do you want?" "I am Dick Slater, captain of the company of 'Liberty Boys of '76." "Dick slater It was evident that the man who was talking was the British officer who had been drilling the Tories. It was also evident that he bad heard of Dick Slater and the "Liberty Boys of '76." His tone told that as plain words could have done. "Yes, Dick Slater," was the reply. "Well, Dick Slater, what do you want?" -"your unconditional surrender." Dick spoke in a firm, determined, ringing voice. There was supreme confidence in his every tone. ''So that is what you want, eh?" piece searchingly. He was pleased to note that the log looked like a cannon. He believed that it would deceive the inmates of the mill, yet it was with no little trepidation that he awaitrd the answer to his question. "Yes, I see it," came back the reply. Dick felt like shouting for joy. He knew from the man's tone that he had not dis covered the deception. The fellow believed it to be a real cannon. "Very well, then," replied Dick; 'as you see the cannon. there is no need of stating in words just how it happens that we have you in our power." "You mean that the cannon speaks for itself, I suppose : "Well, it hasn't spoken yet, but if you refuse to sur render, it will speak, and that at once." Dick's voice was firm and determined. I It was the only way to make a success of his trick. There was no one who could put on a bolder face when necessary than could Dick. "What is it," the man asked; "a six-pounder?" "Yes," replied Dick. .That is not really a lie," he added to himself. "I lifted the log and I am willing to "That is what we want-more, it is what we "Humph! You are very modest in your demands, I testify that it weighs at least six pounds." must say." As we are in a position to force you to surrender, I feel that I am justified in making the demand," said Dick with quiet dignity. "Do you think you could do much damage with it?" "I am sure of it. If you do not surrender at once,. I will prove it to you by opening fire with it and battering this building to pieces. I will agr e e to reduce the building "Aren't you putting it a little bit strong, young man?" to a pile of logs and splinter s in one hour s time." "I don't think so." ''From any other than Dick Slater, I should consider that boasting," was the reply. "Well, I do." "You do?" "I do." "It certainly is not boasting. I can and will make my words good unless you surrender at once. I call upon you "What are your grounds for thinking thus?" asked to do so. What is your answer ?'1 Dick "I cannot give you an answer immediately." "The best of grounds. There are a hundred of us in here, all well armed, brave and ready to fight to the death. You could not successfully storm this fortress 'if you had five times your number." "Why not?" "I shall have to consult with the other men first." "Hurry and do so, then; I will wait." "Very well."


\ 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. All was silence in the mill for a few minutes. His face turned almost as red as his coat when he Then the front door of the mill opened and a man aprealized how he had been duped. peared in the c ioorway. But he contro1led himself very well, and, turning to It was a man wearing the uniform of a British otf.cer. Dick, asked: "Well_." said Dick; "what is your answer?" He listened eagerly, anxiously for the reply. What would it be? Would they surrender? Would his hick be a success? "We surrender," came the reply. "It would be folly for us to try to hold out when you have a six-pounder with which you could easily batter down the building." "Sensibly reasoned," said Dick. "Order your men to march out here and lay their arms on the ground." The British officer turned and spoke to the persons in the mill. "What do you intend doing with us ?11 "You are prisoners of war," replied Dick; "and we will take you the encampment of the patriot army and turn you over to General Greene." Some of the Tories began to beg and plead to be let go. They said they had families, that they had wives and children who would be left unprotected if they were take.Ii away. "You were getting ready to leave them, and go and join the British army," said Dick, sternly; "and that excuse will avail you nothing." Some of the Tories continued to plead, while others utThen, one after another, the Tories to tlie number of tered curses, and a few threatened. one hundred filed out through the open doorway and de-Dick laughed at these last. posited their muskets and pistols on the ground. He gave an order, and his "Liberty Boys" proceeded The British officer was the last to come, and as he laid to bind the arms of the prisoners. his sword on the pile of weapons, saluted and asked: This took some time, and when it was finished, the "What is your further pleasure?" Tories were forced to march down the road, the "Liberty "March straight toward yonder cannon,'' ordered Dick. Boys" keeping at the sides and behind them. As the Tories marched across the open space, Dick gave Tw9 days later the "Liberty Boys" rode into the paa signal and the "Liberty Boys" surrounded and closed triot encampment, virtually driving the hundred Tory pris-in upon them. When the Tories were within twenty yards of the fake cannon, they saw what it really was. They realized that they bad been fooled by a clever trick. I oners before them. Dick turned the prisoners over to General Greene: Greene was delighted to see the youths. He was well pleased to have one hundred prisoners turned over to him, but he was more pleased to greet the "Liberty They lo. oked at each other with a disgusted and crestfallen Boys." air. He knew the youths well. The "Liberty Boys" had drawn in until they were close to the Tories, and as they saw the blank look on the fel lows' faces, they gave utterance toa shout of laughter. He had seen them fight on many a battlefield. He knew of what they were capable, and he felt that his army was strengthened wonderfully by their arrival. "I am indeed glad to welcome you and your brave 'Liberty Boys,' Dick!" he said, earnestly. "I feel much more confident now, and Cornwallis may attack us as soon CHAPTER III. as he likes." "And we are glad to be with you, General Greene," said SCOUTING AND :P.IGHTING. Dick. "I hope that shall be enabled to be of use to you." The Tories were certainly a crestfallen-looking lot of "There is no doubt regarding that, Dick." men. A few days later General Greene soot for Dick. They had been frightened by a log of wood. The youth reported at once. They had surrendered when, bad they held their position "Dick," said the general, "I am going tp divide the in the mill, they would have been in a position to laugh army, and send one portion under General Morgan over at the demands for their surrender. in the vicinity of Winnsboro, where Cornwallis' forces are. The British officer was perhaps the most chagrined one The intention is to harass the British foraging and scouting of all. pl'lrties, and put a stop to the enlistment of Tories. As


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 7 cavalry are most useful in work of this kind, I have de-At every house they came to they stopped and asked cided to send you and your 'Liberty Boys' along with him. questions. How does that suit you?" At one or two of the houses they found patriots and got "Splendidly, General Greene. The commander-in-chief some information, but at the majority Of the houses they sent us down here to make ourselves useful, and wherever got but little satisfaction. we can do the most good, there is where we wish to be." "Say, Dick, there seems to be a preponderance of Tories "I thought that, Dick. Well, get ready to start at in this part of the country, doesn't there!" remarked Bob, once." after they had left a house where the answers of the owner Dick talked with the general a few minutes longer, and of said house had been anything but satisfactory. then bade him good-bye and took his departure. "You are right, Bob," was the reply; "a good many of When he told the "Liberty Boys" they were to go with the people in this vicinity do seem to lean toward the Brit-Morgan, for the purpose of harassing Cornwallis' foraging ish side of the question." and scouting parties, the youths were glad. They liked action. They could not consent thenrnelves to remain idly m camp. It was irksome. So anything that promised action was welcome. Half an hour later the "Liberty Boys" came to a clearing in the timber at the side of the road. Near the road was a large log house. All around the house were redcoats. They were going into and coming out of the house. They were evidently helping themselves to anything and everythi:qg that 13truck their fancy, for many of the redcoats who were coming out held articles of personal prop camp. erty in their hands. 'fwo hours later the force under General Morgan broke Crossing the Great Pedee it marched away into the timber. It was slow work marching. It took several days of steady plodding for them to reach the Catawba River. The patriots crossed the river and continued onward. They broke away toward the North. General Morgan knew that Cornwallis was at WinnsOff at one side, and back a ways in the barnyard, were other redcoats, and the loud squealing of a pig told plainly what they were doing. At one side near the hous e stood a man, a woman and a couple of girls of perhaps fourteen and sixteen years. All four seemed greatly frightened. The redcoats were so busy that they had not yet seen the '"Liberty Boys." boro, and he wished to find a good place to go into 'fhere was no fence between the house and the road camp. -He wished to find a place that would be a strong position, in case they were attacked by superior numbers. He selected a camping ground at a point about fifteen f miles north of where Cornwallis and his army were. General Greene did not believe the British knew of his presence in the vicinity as yet. "We'll soon let them know we are here!" he said, grimly. Then he divided his men up into squads of one hundred ta ch. f He sent out five of these parties with instructions to look for foraging and scouting parties of the British, and Dick noted this fact and gave the command: "Charge! and. fire at will!" The youths gave utterance to a wild cheer, and urged their horses forward at a gallop. The red coats, taken entirely by surprise, looked up in startled amazement. Giving utterance to cries of alarm, they turned and fled with all possible speed. They fled toward the edge of the timber at the farther side of the clearing. This was their nearest haven 0 refuge, but many of them were fated neve; to reach it. attack them wherever and whenever found. The "Liberty" Boys" opened fire with their muskets. Dick and his company of "Liberty Boys" was one of They brought down many of the redcoats. the parties to be sent out the first d-:iy. Having fired their musketH, they drew their pistols and "I hope we'll find some Qf the 1edcoats !" said Bob, as kept on firing. they rode away. They did not cease until after the British had reached "So do I, Bob," replied Dick. They rode southward. 'l'hey kept a sharp lookout. ihe timber and disappeared from view. Then they rode slowly back to the cabin. Here they dismounted.


8 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. They were greeted by the man, his wife and the two girls. "We air much obleeged to yo'uns fur comin' ter ther he'p uv we'uns," the man said, heartily, and extended his hand, which Dick grasped and shook warmly. When they had finished all felt much better. The owner of the house wa-s worried regarding the seven wounded soldiers. He disliked the thought of having them in his house, and be told Dick that he was afraid that when the Brjtish "That is all right," he said; "we are patriot soldiers came to get them, as he was sure they would do soon, they and are always glad of a chance to strike the redcoats a would do him and the other members of his family serious blow. I take it that you are a patriot, else they would harm. not have been engaged in the work of robbing you." This load was to be taken off his mind, however, 'and Yas, we'uns air patriots, an' thet's ther reezon they'uns at once. wuz rohbin' uv us." While they were yet thinking, a British soldier came out "Well, I guess they won't bother you again soon." of the edge of the timber, bearing a white l;iandkerchief on This bade fair to prove a true statement, for there were the end of his sword. now no signs to be seen of the British'-save for the dead and wounded, who still lay where they had fallen. It was safe to assume that the redcoats who had suc ceeded in escaping were exerting themselves to get away from the vicinity as rapidly as possible. Dick now proceeded to examine the fallen red coats. He found six dead and seven wounded. The wounded were carried to the house and into it, and placed on blankets spread on the floor. Dick advanced to meet him. He asked that his men ]:>e allowed the privilege of tak ing the wounded men away. Dick readily granted the permission. He knew it would be a great relief to the farmer to get the men out from under his roof. The British officer made a signal. Instantly a score of redcoats emerged from the edge of ihe timber. Their wounds were given attention, and Dick and two or They came across the open space, entered the cabin, and three more of the "Liberty Boys" who had become somebrought forth their wounded comrades. what skilled in such work, dressed the wounds in a fairly Three of the wounded men were able to walk with asskillful manner. sistance, but the other four had to be Then a large grave was dug and the six dead soldiers When the redcoats were well across the open space, the were given burial. officer thanked Dick for permitting the removal of the "It is unpleasant work," said Dick, "but we are not to wounded men, saluted, and followed his men. blame. Their sovereign, King George, sent them over here "I'm orful glad they took them men erway !" said the to make war on us, and we are but protecting ourselves." "True," agreed Bob; "we have to kill or be killed, and I'd rather kill than be killed any day!" "Yes, so would we all," said Dick. There is nothing pleasant about war. The youths then returned to the house, and as it was about noon, it was decided to remain here and take dinner. The patriot and his wife and daughters were delighted by the thought of having the youths remain for dinner. 'l'hey had learned who Dick and his comrades were. The fame of Dick Slater and the "Liberty Boys of '76" had reached even to this place. 'rhey had heard of the youths and their wonderful ex and they felt that it would be a great honor indeed to have them take dinner at their humble home. The youths, being hungry, were only too glad t,o do so. The woman and her two girls went to work at once. They co?ked steadily for more than an hour. The youths ate in squads of a dozen or more, and in this way kept the women folks at work. farmer, with a sigh of relief. "It is better so," agreed Dick. "I wush't yo'uns'd stay erwhile," the man said; "they mought come back ag'in." "I hardly think they will. However, we will remain awhile, and I will send one of my men to spy on them arnl see if they keep on going." "Yo'uns air orful good ter we'uns !" the man said. "And you have been good to us," said Dick; "you gave us a splendid dinner, and hungry men appreciate such things, you know." Dick sent one of the boys to keep watch on the British, telling him to return within the hour. The youth departed at once, and was gone just about an hour. He reported ihat the redcoats had really gone. He had followed them two miles and they were still going. "You see," said Dick, addressing the farmer, "you are safe. The redcoats have gone for good."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 9 "I'm orful glad uv et, too! I hope they'uns'll never He made up his mind to do something. come back erg'in !" And at about the timl! he made up his mind to do Dick had asked the man a great many questions and something, General Morgan made np his mind that Corn-1 had secured much valuable information regarding the lowallis probably would try to do something. cation of the British army. Having nothing further to detain them, he gave the order to mount. The youths did so. Then, with Dick at their head, they rode away, giving the farmer ancl his wife and daughters a cheer as they did so. "Well, we have accomplished something, anyway," said Dick, in a tone of satisfaction. "So we have, Dick," replied Bob, to whom the remark had been addrl:'ssed; "I think that beforll we have been here very long, we will be able to teach the redcoats a thing or two." "I rather think so. I guess they've learned something to-day." "If they haven't, they're very d'1ll-witted, I should say!" "I hope we may meet some more bands of marauding redcoats to-day." "So do I. The encounte back yonder just whetted my appetite!" CHAPTER IY. DICK AXD THE TORIES. But they were destined to be disappointed. They rode many miles during the afternoon, but did not find another party of redcoats. '.f hey were glad they had succeeded as well as they had, howe\cr, and they returned to the patriot encampment not entirely out of heart. General :Morgan was glad to hear that the "Liberty Boys" hall met the redcoats and put them to flight. He complimented the youths. "Keep it up," he said; "a dozen such encounters will teach the British a thing or two, and cause them to realize that they are not to have everything their own way in the South." "We will keep it up," said Dick; "I only wish we could run across half a dozen foraging bands of British every day!" And the work was kept up. .Five parties of one hundred men each went out each d1ty, and they made it so lively for lhe prowling bands of redcoats that Cornwallis became very angry. Taking this for granted, he sent for Dick Slater. he said, when the youth appeared before him, 'I ha've some work for you to do." "I am ready to attempt it, sir," said Dick, quietly; "what is it you wish me to "I'll tell you: You know, we have struck the marauding parties of redcoats several sf'vere blows, and I think that Cornwallis is beginning to pant for a chance to get even I know him well enough to know that he is likely to try scheme or other. If he can do so, he will take us by surprise. I do not wish to let him do this, inasmuch as he has much the stronger force anyway, so I wish you to learn his plans1 if you possibly can do so." 'I \rill try, sir; and will do my best." "I knew you would say that, Dick. Well, go ahead and do your best, and do it in your own way. Find out the plans of the British, if you can; if you can't, of course it cannot be helped. I don't ask you to accomplish the impossible. I know that when you say you will do you r best, that means that if the information can possibly be secured, it will be secured." "Thank you, General Morgan," said Dick; "I will go. I will do my best, and, if it is possible to secure the informa tion, I will secure it." He went :it once to the quarters occupied by the com pany of "Liberty Boys" and made his preparations. There wae not a great deal to do. He doffed his uniform and donned a ragged suit of citizen's clothing-one that he had used before i spying work, and which he always carried with him in the saddle bags Then he bridled and saddled his horse and set out. He rode away toward the south. It was abou t the middl e of the afternoon when he .sta r ted. He had about fifteen miles to go. Having plenty of time he took it easy, and let his horse go at a leisurely pace. Dick did not intend to try to enter the British encampment l1Iltil after nightfall. It would have been suicidal to do so. He was well a ware of this. Dick was an old hand at the spy business. 'rhere was nothing that he did not know regai:ding it. He had enjoyed the reputation for the past fo.ur years l'f being the best and most successful spy in the patriot army.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. ===================================================================================So General Morgan certainly knew what he was about when he sent Dick on this mission. Dick kept a sharp lookout as he rode along. He knew that there was some danger that he might en counter a prowling band of redcoats. This he wished to avoid. In case his were correct, his statement that he was a king's man would go a long way toward establish ing him in favor with the fellows. The four looked at Dick, and then at each other. They seemed to be asking each other whether or not the statement of the youth should be believed. To be captured would spoil all. "Let's see," said one, presently; 'Gilberttown's up in Notwithstanding his caution, Dick was taken by surNo'th Ca'lina, bain't et?" prise after all. Dick nodded. Four men suddenly leaped out of the timber at the side >f the road, and leveling rifles at Dick's head, ordered him to halt. Of course he did so. To have refused would have been to sign his death warrant. These men were South Carolina mountaineer woodsmen, and they could pick a squirrel out of the top of the highest tree every time. No, Dick would have to obey orders now, and wait for a chance to do something later on. The men were Tories, he was confident. But did they suspect him of being a patriot soldier? He did not see how they could do so. He was not dressed in his uniform. I He had on an old, ragged suit of citizen's clothing. He looked like some ordinary country youth. "Yes," he replied. "I thort so. Whut ye doin' down beer?" "Well, I don't know that it is really any of your business, but I don't mind telling you that I have come down here to join the British army." The men looked at each other again. They seemed to ?e debating the matter. They evidently did not know whether or not they should believe the youth's statement. While they were debating the subject the sound of the hoof beats of horses was heard. The sound came from around a bend in the timber road, in the direction in which Dick had been going. Dick did not like this. He felt that the horsemen would more likely be enemies than friends. In truth, the probabilities were that they would prove to There was only one thing against him, and that was the be a band of redcoats. fact of his being on horseback. In that case he would be in trouble as soon as the new-It was seldom that anyone dressed as he was, was to be comers put in an appearance. found riding a horse. He looked at the four Tories. "Who are you, and what do you want?" asked Dick. He wondered if be might not, by making a sudden dash, "Et don't matter who we'uns air," replied one of the escape. fellows, with a leer; "ther question is, who air ye?" The men were listening to the sound of the hoof beats, "You want to know who I am?" asked Dick. the same as Dick was, but they were keeping a careful eye "We sart'inly do." on the youth at the same time. "I'll tell you, of course," said Dick, slowly and de-It would be dangerous to attempt to make a sudden break liberately; "I have no alternative. I would like to know, for liberty. though, whether you are rebels or loyalists." The four laughed hoarsely. "We' uns don t doubt thet, none whutever," said one; "but we'uns don't intend ter tell ye. W e'uns air axin' ther questions, an' thet's jes' whut we'uns'd like ter know erbout ye. Who air ye, whar ye frum, an' whut air ye, rebel er king's man?" Those mountaineers could shoot too well. Dick was in a quandary. If he waited, he would be in a greater danger than he was at present. If they proved to be redcoats, and Dick felt sure they would so prove, it would be impossible for him to escape. Then, too, there might be some among the redcoats who "Oh, well, since you nmst know," said Dick, "I'll tell would recognize him, even though he was in a measure you. My name is Sam Hardy, and I am from Gilbertdisguised. town; e.nd I'm a king's man, too! Now, what are you going to do about it?" Dick looked at the four with an assured air of defiance. He felt sure the men were Tories. Dick decided to try to escape before the horsemen reached the spot, if possible. He would take chances, if necessary. He would try the effect of a trick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER 'l'RICK. 11 Suddenly he cried out in an excited tone: "So that is it, eh?" the officer remarked; "I wonder if "It's a band of rebels Quick! into the timber, or we'll you hit him?" all be captured!" As he spoke, he spurred his horse toward the timber at the side of the road. The Tories were startled. They whirled, to see whether or not Dick's statement was true. As they did so, a band of horsemen appeared to view, at the bend in the road. The men had on the brilliant uniform of British soldiers. Instantly the four realized that they been made the victims of a shrewd ruse. "W e'uns'll see ef yo'uns'll let us." "All right ; go ahead, and hurry about it!" The four Tories hastened into the timber. 'l'hey were gone perhaps five minutes. Then they returned, looking crestfallen and disap pointed. "We'uns didn't hit him," the leading Tory said; "he bez got erway." "You say he was on horseback?" the officer asked. Yas." "What did he have to say for ?" "He said he wuz frum Gilberttown, an' thet he wuz They whirled again, with exclamations of anger. Dick was just disappearing from their sight in timber. the goin' down ter jine yer army." "He said that, did he?" The four men threw up their rifles and fired quickly. "Yas; an' then run like er rabbit w'en he foun' thet some They were dealing with a youth who was as keen as a uv ther king's soldiers wuz comin'." briar, however. "And you judge from this action on his part that he was Dick knew the men would fire as soon as they disr. rebel, eh?" covered that they had been fooied. "Y as, your excellency.' Therefore; the instant he was out of sight, he turned his "Well, his action certainly does seem a bit suspicious. horse sharp to the left, and dug the spurs into the animal's We will see if we can capture him." flanks. Then the officer gave orders, and the entire party set The horse leaped forward suddenly, and the bullets from to work to try to catch and make a prisoner of Dick. the Tories' rifles did not come within ten feet ,of Dick. He rode onward as rapidly as he could, for he knew the Tories would follow him. 'rhey did follow him, but not right away. They started to do so, but a command from the leader of the band of redcoats halted them. "Halt, or you are dead men!" was the command to which he gave utterance. The Tories had no choice but to obey. They knew it would give the "rebel" a chance to get away, but they could not help it. "What does this mean?" 9ried the leader of the British, as he rode up at the head of the party; "who are you, and what were you shooting at just now?" "We'uns air good king's men, yer excellency," replied CHAPTER V. DICK AND THE OPOSSUM. Dick realized that he had had a close call He realized also that he was n?t yet safe. He was sure that the redcoats and Tories would pursue him. They would capture him, if they could. He urged his horse onward as raP,idly as possible. He soon came to the road where it made the bend. He could not be seen, so he crossed the road. one, "an' we'uns wuz shootin' at er rebel!" He entered the timber and continued onward in a A look of interest and excitement, mingled with which southerly direction. was one of dubiousness, appeared on the officer's face. He heard the sound of hoof beats on the road which he "A rebel!" he exclaimed. had just crossed. "Yas; we hed 'im, but w'en he heerd yo'uns "They think they have cut me off from crossing the comin', he yelled out, 'Thar comes some rebels!' an' rode road," thought Dick. "But they are fooled. They were a inter ther timber. We'uns looked ter see ef whut he said bit too lde." wuz so, an' by ther time we'uns hed seen yo'uns wuzn't Dick rode as rapidly as he could for perhaps half an rebels, he bed got inter ther edge uv ther timber Then hour. ;e'uns ups an' shoots at 'im." Then he slowed up.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. He let his horse go at a mod e rate gait. Dick had become chilled during his long ride and a brisk He felt that there was no need of hurry now. fire burning in the fireplace at one end of the room, was a He wa5 no longer in danger of being captured by the very pleasant sight to him. red c oat s and Tories. Dick knew th e country pretty well. He sat down on a stool in front of the fire and began warming him s elf. He and his "Liberty Boys" had been pretty much over "Air ye thinkin' uv goin' into the British camp, Dick?" all the country in this vicinity during the past week or the man asked as he took a s e at beside the youth. ten days. "Yes, Joe." At about six o'clock Dick brought his horse to a stop in The man shook his head. front of the log cabin standing on the bank of a little stream and in the midst of a deep forest Dick leaped to the ground He walked to the door and knocked upon it. There was the sound of footsteps within. Then the door opened. "Et's ergoin' ter be dangerous bizness," be said, dubiously. "Oh, yes, there will be some danger attached to it." "Lots, my boy." "Of course, if they should discover that I am a spy, there would be trouble, but I do not intend that they shall disIn the doorway a grizzled, rough-featured but kindlycove r it." eyed man "Maybe ye kain't help yerself." The man's eyes lightened up as they rested on Dick. "l s hall try. I wouldn't think of venturing into the "Oh, it's ye, is it, Dick?" he greeted. "I'm glad to see Briti s h r amp without being well disguised." ye." "Thet's so, uv course; but ther redcoats might As he spoke he extended a hand, which Dick t hrough yer disguise." grasped and shook warmly. "True enough; but I am going to adopt a disguise which "Yes, it is I, Joe," replied Dick. "H<;>w is everything?" will I think, make me safe from detection." "All right, I gue ss; but whut air ye doin down here?" At thiR juncture .1 oe happened to think that his guest "I'm down here on special business, Joe. G e n e ral might b e hungry. Morgan sent me." He aske4 Dick if he had had his supper. The man nodded his head. Diclr replied that he had not, whereupon Joe proceeded "I know," he said, "ye've come down here to do some spy work." "Right, Joe." "I thort so. Wal, come in, Dick." "Wait till I tie my horse, Joe. I don t want him to wander away." Dick tied bis horse to a tree, and then ente r e d t h e cabin. Joe close d the d o or and put up the bar "So as to g ive y e time to hide if any of my redco at frien s s hould happ e n to come e rlong." 1.0 place some venison and bread on a table at one side err the room. Dick sat up to the table and ate heartily for be "ar, h ungry. when he had finished eating Dick took his place in front 0 i.he fire. Drawing some pi eces of c ork out of his pocket, be placed them on the h earth dos e e nough to the fir e so that the cork ll'n uld speedily b ecome c h arred. Wh e n the bits of cork h a d charre d suffic i e ntly, Dick p roceed e d to rub h a nds and face with them. Joe Mark s was a hunte r tra pp e r. Joe had wat c h ed the s e proceedings with an air of inDuring 1 th e tim e that the B r iti s h army had been e nterest, and now h e said: camp e d at Winn s boro h e had made con s iderable money "I see, Dick, yer goin ter black np and pa s s yer s elf off sellin g wild gam e to the British s oldiers and officers. 'ro them h e pre tended to b e a king's man. for a nigger, hain t ye?" "That's about it, Joe; don't you think the disguise will In r e alit y he was a strong patriot. b e a good one?" Dick had mad e the man's acquaintanc,e a week before "It orter be; but whut excuse will ye hev fur gain' while down in that vicinity with his company of "Liberty inter ther British camp?" Boys," and, having learned that Joe was a patriot, be deDick looked at his companion speculatively. cided to use the man's cabin as a point of departure in going to the British encampment. It was midwinter and quite cold without. "Let's Joe," he remarked; "you re a hunter, aren t you?" The man nodded


n THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 13 ''Ya::;," he replied. "And, I take it, a pretty good one?" "Wal," drily, "I've bagged er little game in my time." "Exactly. And now, Joe, how long would it take, do you uppose, for the two of us to bag an' opossum?" The man looked at the youth for a few moments in urprise. Then a grin o'erspread his face. "Do you think he understood what you said, Joe?" he asked. "Ye'll see,'' was the reply. "Thar's ez many coons and wildcats in these woods ez 'possums, but when he trees er varmint ye'll flnd et'll be er 'possum an' nuthin' Dick had his doubts regarding this matter, but he saw that Joe was in earnest and had the utmost faith in the ability of his dog to understand what was said to him, so "I unnerstan'," he said. ''I see; thet's go in' ter be er be said nothing more. ood scheme." Joe closed the door and led the way through the "l think so," said Dick. "I don't think the British timber. ill suspect. But how long will it take us to get an Dick kept clo1'e behind him but Tige darted ahead as if possum?" "We kin git one in ha'f an hour." "Good!" Dick went ahead with his work and as he had no mirror, e trusted to Joe to tell him whep he was black enough. eager to prove that his master's faith in him was not misplaced. Not more than ten minutes had elapsed before they heard a furious barking off toward the right hand. "Tige's treed your 'possum!" declared Joe, confidently. He missed a few spots, but Joe rubbed the cork over "Come on." ese, and presently Dick looked like a full-blooded darkey. He led the way rapidly in the direction from which the "Yer nose ain't flat enu:ff er yer lips thick enuff," bark had sounded. rinned Joe; "but I guess yer'll do. Tain't often we see ez ood loo kin' niggers ez ye." "Thanks," said Dick; "much obligea for the compli ent." Joe then took dow.n his rifle and said: "Come er long, Dick; we go out an' bag thet 'possum." As he started toward the door, he gave vent to a low histle and a dog rose from where it had been lying in ne corner of the room and came trotting across the oor. "Tige ain't much ter look at,'' said Joe; "but he's a ood hunter, an' I'm not afraid ter promise yer thet he'll ee a "possum inside uv fifteen minutes." "I hope he may do so. Joe." Joe unbarred and opened the door, and they It was dark outside but. the light from .the fireplace one out through the open doorway. Joe bent down and shook his finger at the dog. 'rige." he said; "l want you ter tree a 'pm;sum. tlon't want er 'coon, nur er wildcat, nur nothin' like thet, it I want er 'possum. Do yer unnerstan' ?" The dog lifted up its'head and barked. They soon reached the tree under which Tige stood. The dog was standing on his hind legs, his front feet being against the tree and he was still barking furiously. "All right, Tige, that'll do," said Joe. The dog ceased barking instantly and dropping upon all fours, himself by the side of his master. "Do you suppose there's an opossum up there?" asked Dick. "Uv course thar is. Tige don"t make no mistakes.'' "How are we going to get the animal down? It's so dark we can't see anything." "We can see him if we git close enuff ter him. One uv us will hev ter climb ther tree." "I'll do it," said D ick. "I'm younger and more nimble than you." "Kin ye do et?" "I think so; I'm a pretty fair climber." Dick quickly proved his words. He made his way up the tree with a dexterity that r.ould (lnly come from much practice. As he climbetl, he kept a close lookout, but he saw noth ing of the opossum until he reached the top of rhe "You unnerstan', eh? All right. I want yer ter show tree. r frien' here thet ye know er thing er two. Don't Then, out on a branch, at a point five or six feet distant ee no coon nur wildcat; et's ter be er 'possum, ernuthin'. from him, he saw a goodly-sized object which must be an er unnerstan' ?" animal of some kind, though whether or not it was an Again the dog barked. opossum, he could not determine. Dick had watched this with interest and not a little "Do ye see him yit?" called up Joe. msement. "Yes, I see him now," replied Dick.


14 THE LJl3ERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. "All right, shake him off the limb and let him drop .. Tige will fix him." "All right." Dick stood on the limb and stamped on it. The animal clung to the limb tenaciously. It was bounced up and down by the swaying of the limb and finally it lost its hold and went plunging down ward. "Look out! He's coming!" called out Dick. A few moments later the snarling of the dog and a peC:uliar squealing noise betokened the fact that the aLJ.iroaJ bad reached the earth and was engaged in a combat with the dog. Dick hastened down out of the tree. All was quiet when he reached the ground. The battle between the animals was ended. "It's all over, eh?" he remarked to Joe who stood near. "Yep," was the reply. "What is it? 'Coon or-" "Ye heerd me tell Tige to tree er 'possum an' nuthin but er possum, didn't ye?" remarked Joe, in a tone of grave dignity. 'I'wenty minutes later he stood at the edge of the timbe::tnd looked out up. on the British encampment. Dozens of camp fires were blazing. The light from these fires made visible the dozen or s t houses of which the village consisted. Dick gazed upon the scene for a few minutes. Then he set his teeth firmly together. "To business, Dick, my boy," he said to himself. "Pn on a bold face and be as real a negro as you possibl3 can." Stepping out from the edge of the timber, he advancec boldly toward the encampment. He had advanced not more than ten paces when he wa, challenged. ''Halt! Who come.s there?" CHAPTER VI. "'RASTUS WINTERGREEN." t "Ise a frien', boss," replied Dick, in his best darke "Yes, yes, so I did. Well, I'm glad we got the opossum. dialect. I'm much obliged to you for helping me out in this mat ter, Joe." ''Oh, thet's all right; I'm glad uv er chance ter help ye, Dick." They set out for the cabin at once. Joe carried his rifie--which he had had no occasion to use, by the way-Dick carried the opossum while Tige raced hither and thither. They were soon at the cabin. "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." Dick walked forward and paused in front of the sentinE "I doan know any countersign, boss," said Dil "Heah's de on'y countersign I knows anyt'ing about." Dick held up the opossum. s "Hello! it's a nigger!" the sentinel exclaimed. nigger ancl an opossum." g "I hain't no niggah, sah, I'd have yo' to know sai Dick with

THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 15 ''What kind of business?" Dick held up the opossum. "Does yo' see dis heah animile, boss?" he asked. "Yes, I see it." "Well, sah, dis heah animile is er 'possum." "So I perceive. What of it?" "Whitt ob it?" The soldiers laughed. They looked at each other and winked. Camp life was anything but exciting. They did not have much diversion. They were in a condition to welcome anything that promised sport. And they thought they saw a chance to have lots of "Yes. What's the thing good for r ?" sport. p: [ "What's hit good foah? What's dis heah 'possum good ''So your name is 'Rastus Wintergreen, eh ?'J remarked foah ?" almoi::t gasped Dick, who acted the negro to perone of the redcoats. e fection. "W'y, man, yo' shoahly doan know ennyt'ing ertall uf yoah doan know what er 'possum is good foah. Hit's jes' de bestest meat dat evah yo' tasted in all yoah life. 'Possum an' sweet pertaters !-yum-yum!" "So the thing's good to eat, is it?" "Yo' bet yoah life hit am, boss." "Well, why 'didn't you eat it then? Why have you brought it here ?" "I wants to sell hit to de sojers, boss." "Yes, sah; dat is my name, sah." "Well, 'Rastus, what is tliat thing you have in your hand there?" "Doan yo' know what dat am, sah ?" "I can't say that I do. What is it?" "What is hit?" "Yes." "I'll tell yo' what hit am, sah. Hit am er 'possum." "G() 'long, 'Rastus said another of the redcoat!!. "Oh, that's it ?. "That's no 'possum." "Yes, sah, dat's hit." Dick laughed in as scornful a manner as he wdld "You'd rather have a little sifver than something good command. to eat, would you ?" "Well, you see, boss, hit's dis way: Dar's lots moah 'possums wheah dis one come from." "Yo' say dis hain't no 'possum?" he asked. "That's what I say." "Oh, I see; you'll sell this one and catch another one le for yourself." Dick ag11in. "Yah, yah, yah !" he chuckled. "Uf dis heah animile hain't er 'possum, I'd lak yoah to tell me what hit am." "Dat's hit edzackly, boss. Kin I go inter de camp an' sell de 'possum?" "Well, I don't know about the selling part. You can o into the camp, though, if you want to." "All right, I can do it." "Go ahead den, sah. Tell me what hit am." "It's a rat." "A rat! Yah, yah, yah !" laughed Dick. "Yo' say hit T'ank yo', boss." ra The sentinel stepped to one side and Dick ward toward the nearest camp fire. am a rat, does yo'?" walked on"That's what I said." "Well, yo's wrong, white man; dis hain't no rat." "Yes, it is." r 1 "I pity that nigger when the boys see him," said the entinel to himself with a chuckle. "They'll make him 'sh he had kept his 'possum and eaten it himself." Dick walked boldly onward. He was feeling first rate. He felt confident now that his disguise would not be enetrated. He believed that he would pass muster for a negro. Perhaps a score of redcoats were gathered around the e. which Dick was approaching. "Y o's mistaken, sah. Dis heah is er Whatevah made yo' t'ink hit was er rat?" "Its tail." "Hits tail?" "Yes, its tail. Look at it." 'pos11um. Dick lifted the opossum up and pretended to be looking at its tail very closely. "Well, what ob hits tail?" he asked. They did not notice Dick until he was among them. "Can you ask? Don't you see it is perfectly smooth; it Then they stared at him in amazement. hasn't a hair on it. If that isn't a rat tail, I never "Well, who in blazes are you?" asked one. saw one." "Hello, charcoal l" greeted another. pick could hardly keep from laughing, such was the "Dat hain't my name, sah !" said Dick with dignity. absurdity of the situation. My name is 'Rastus Wintergreen, sah." He did not dare do so, however.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. He had fo retain control of his expression, look sober and play his negro part. He o:i:ared at the opossum's tail a few moments longer, the n turned his eyes upon the redcoat and said: "Dat doan prove nuffin. Hain't er 'possum got er right ter have er smoov tail, uf hit wants ter ?" The redcoah; roared with laughter. The serious manner in which Dick spoke was very amusing to them. "Oh, well, don't get mad about it, 'Rastus," the redcoat replied. "I guess a 'possum has a right to have a smooth tail if it wants to. I must insist, however, that it looks very ratty. What's your 'possum good for, 'Rastus?" "Hifs good ter eat." "Good to eat?" "Yes, sah. Dar's nuffin in dis whole worl' dat's better dan 'possum an' sweet pertaters. TJ f yo' eat 'possum wunst, yo'll fin' dat yo' can nevah heah de word 'possum' .... menshuned widout hits makin' yoah mouf watah !" "ls it so good as all that, 'Rastus?" asked another redc1Jat. "Hit suttinly am, sah." "If that's the case, I guess we had better try this one, hadn't we, fellows," remarked another. "I guess we had." "I doan see how yo' make dat out." "It' s plain enough. You gave it to us." "Wha's dat? I gibed yo' de 'possum?" "Yon did." "Yo 's mistaken, sah," said Dick, in pretended excite, ment. "I didn't do nuffin' ob de kind, sah.'' "YOU didn't ? "No, sah. I brung de 'possum heah foah de puppuss ob sellin' hit to yo'. I didn't intend ter gib hit ter yo', no how." "Oh, you didn't?" "No, sah. whatevah, sah." "Well, it doesn't make any difference what you intended, you black rascal," growled one of the redcoats. "We have the 'possum, and we are going to keep it." This redcoat had not spoken before. He was a surly -faced fellow. Dick did not like his looks at all He looked like a bully. The very tone of his ;oice grated on Dick. The chaffing from the others who had addressed him had not bothered Dick or ruffled him in the least, but the few words that this f ellow had spoken had aroused a feel i11g of anger in the youth's breast. Dick turned upon the fellow fiercely. "I think so." ( "See hcah, sah," he said, "who's yo' call1"n' a b a k 'We'll dine on 'possum and sweet potatoes to-morrow." r c "We certainly will." "Dal's right. Now yo's talkin' sense, gemmen. Yo'll fin dat what I have done tole yo' is ebery word so. Uf ye

'fll 1 LIBERTY BOYS'-CLEVER TRICK. 17 "Oh, you are, are you?" he remark>d, threateningly; I "Curse your black hide, I'll fix you this time!" the red-' "well, then, what am I?" I coat grated. "I'll knock your head off!" "Yo' is er big, white scoun'rel an' er thief!I 'Take care dar, white man; take care!" warned Dick, dat's what yo' is!" backing off. "Yo's er gwine ter git hurt uf yo' fools wid The redcoat gave utterance to a cry of anger. : me;' I'se a bad collud man, I tole yo' !" "What's that!" he almost howled; "you dare to call me 1 But the redcoat was too angry to listen to reason. a scoundrel, you black ape! Why, I'll just about kill you j The thought that the supposed neg;o would be able to for that! Look out for yourself I'm going to break that stand up before him never for one moment entered his black neck of yours mind. As he said this, the redcoat leaped forward to attack Dick. dropped the opossum and True, he had failed to land the first blow, but he prom' CHAPTER VII. DICK SURPRISES THE REDCOATS. Of course the redcoat had no idea that Dick was not a negro. Nor had any of the rest of the redcoats a suspicion that Dick was other than what he seemed tn be. The angry redcoat rt.garded the supposed negro with contempt. He would give the saucy darkey one blow. This, he thought, would finish him. The other redcoats had similar thoughts. Had they known that the supposed negro was Dick Slater, the champion patriot spy of the Revolution, they would nave thought differently. But they did not know it. They thought he was an ordinary shiftless negro, just as he a1)pcared to he. They were to be treated to a surprise. When the angry redcoat got within reach of Dick, he struck at him with all his might. To his surprise, and the surprise of all his comrades, the.blow did not land. Dkk ducked to the left and the redcoat's fist went over. his right shoulder. "Take care, white man!" warned Dick. "Uf ye does dat ag'in I'll hit yo' sech lick yo'll done t'ink yo' been kicked by er mule. Yo' wants let me er lone. I'se a bad collud man, I tole yo'!" The redcoat's failure to land the blow which he had aimed at Dick made him almost wild,. with rage. j ised himself that he would not fail to land the second. He did fail, however. I When he got within reach, he struck out straight for the I youth's face with all his might. Again Dick ducked. Again the redcoat's fist went over Dick's right shoulder. Then something happened. Dick's right arm shot out. His fist took the redcoat fair between the eyes. Spat! It was a strong blow, and delivered with great &kill. The redcoat was knocked down. He went dmrn with a crash. A long drawn out "Ah-h-h-h-h !" escaped the redcoats. They were almost paralyzed with amazement. The thought that the supposed negro might prove to be a match.for their comrade had not entered their minds. They were quite unprepared for what had happened. Probably they were not less prepared for it than had been the one who had received the knock down. Re lay fiat on his back winking and blin1':4ng up at the stars Evidently the blow had gazed him. For the time being he was incapable of making a lllOYC'ment. This lasted for but a brief space of time, however. The redcoat lay there for perhaps twenty seconds. 'fhen he suddenly rose to a sitting posture. He gazed about him in a semi-bewildered manner. Then his eyes fell upon Dick. Instantly it all came back to him. If c hastily to his feet. He gave vent to a hoarse, inarticulate roar of rage. He rushed at Dick with a:lil the ferocity of a wild b8ast. What made the matter worse was that he was the ac"l 'll kill you black scoundrel !" he cried, and he knowledged bully of the regiment, and it humiliated him began striking out at the youth rapidly, fiercely. greatly to make such a failure under the eyes of his com rades. Dick gave ground for a little while. He knew what he was about.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. He knew that the redcoat would soon exhaust himself. He was always on the lookout for a chance to pick a He would wait a minute. quarrel. He would simply keep out of the way, and then when his 1 Now this would give the other soldiers a chance to put opponent became winded, he would take his turn. a stop to the business. The redcoat's comrades watched the affair with eager They would throw up to him that he had been whipped by eyes. a negro, and he would be only too glad to slink away out Other redcoats from nearby camp fires came hastening of sight. to the spot, also. "Dar," said Dick, in a tone of satisfaction, as he gazed By the time the redcoat had himself, trying to down upon the fallen men, "I done guesses ez how dat land a blow that would knock the supposed negro sensew'ite man won't go foah ter call 'Rastus Wintergreen er less, quite a large crowd had gathered. Many of the newcomers, of course, did not know what the trouble was about. They did not understand the strange affair at all. brack rascal ag'in !" "Perhaps not," said one of the redcoats, "but if you remain here till he comes to, 'Rastus, he will very likely try to kill you. You had better get out of the way; he's They could not think why one of their comrades. was a bad man wlien he's angry." engaged in a fight with a negro. "I'se a bad man, too, boss. I hain't a!reed uv 'im." They were so interested in watching the combat that for "That may be. You may not be afraid of him, but he'll the present they did not even think of asking what it was shoot you just the minute he lays eyes on you after he about. Presently the redcoat became winded. He quit trying to strike Dick. His hands felt so heavy that he could not bold them up. He let them drop. Instantly he realized his mistake. comes to." "I'll risk hit, boss. Uf he goE!l! for to shoot me, Ise'll guv him anuther crak on de jaw, an' I'll hit 'im hard nex' time." 1'he soldiers could not help laughing. ''Do you mean to say you didn't hit him hard that time?" said one. This was what Dick had been waiting for. "Well, tollably hard, boss. Jes' tollably h:trd. Quick as a flash his left, and then hris right fist shot time I'll hit 1im my bes'.,, Nex' out. Presently the redcoat stirred and opened his eyes. The left fist took the redcoat in the pit of the stomach, "You want to look out now, 'Rastus," one of the reddoubljng him over forward, and then the right caught coats warned; "he'll be himself again in a few moments him on the jaw with terrible force. and the first thing he will do will be to put a couple of He was knocked to the ground, as if struck by a pile pistol balls through you." driver. More, he was rendered temporarily unconscious hy the terribl e stroke. In nineteenth century parlance he was "knocked out." The r:>pectators drew long breaths. They stared at Dick in amazement and wonder. They could scarcely believe the evidence of their own eyesight. The fallen man was the bully of his regiment. He had whipped every man who had dared to stand up before him. .And now he had been whipped, and badly whipped, by a Iiegro It was astonishing. To tell the truth, many of them, the majority in fact, were rather glad it had turned 011t so. Like most bullies, the fellow was of a quarrelsowe dispo sition. "I'll risk hit, boss. I'll keep my eyes on 'im." Presently the redcoat sat up and looked around him in a dazed and wondering manner. He seemed greatly puzzled. He placed his hands on his stomach as if he did not feel just right in that department. He felt of his jaw rather gingerly as if it gave him pairr to touch it. Then he looked around him. His eyes roved from face to face. Presently they fell upon Dick's face. This seemed to bring everything back to the redcoat'11 mind in an instant. A curse escaped him. He scrambled hastily to his feet. He leaped toward Dick, drawing a pistol as he did so. "I'll shoot you full of holes,, you black scoundrel!" he cried.


'fHE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 19 As he spoke he extended the weapon. Dick had stood perfectly still watching the fellow Now, however, he acted. Up came his foot as quickly almost as a lightning's Hash. The redcoat dropped a small piece of silver into his hat, I and then passed about among his comradQS. The majority of the redcoats threw in a small piece of silver and when the fellow with the hat returned to Dick, he had quite a little sum. The toe of his shoe struck the redcoat's wrist. yo', boss, t'ank yo'!" said Dick. "Uf I could The redcoat gave utterance to a of pain and inRell all de 'possums I could kill for dis much money, I voluntarily loosened his hold on the pistol. The result was that the weapon went flying up into the air a distance of ten feet. git rich moughty quick." The redcoats laughed. "I guess it is a pretty good price for an opossum," saHl As it came down Dick leaped forward and caught it in ar his hand. one; "but you're welcome to it." Dick pocketed the silver. er Extending it toward the redcoat, he said, coolly: I "Ise er good min' to do er little shootin' myse'f, boss." The spectators clapped their hands and applauded ... "That was well done." "So it was." "You are a wonder, 'Rastus." "He's the most wonderful colored man I ever saw." He could use it in buying food for patriot soldiers. The redcoats now began asking Dick questions They asked him wh1ere he lived and how he made his living. He teld them that he lived six miles away in a northerly direction and that he made his living hunting and fishing. Then they asked him if he had seen anything of a large Such, and :many more were the remarks made. bod}'_ of s0Jdiers anywhere to the northward from where be The redcoat who had been kicked on the wrist did not lived. applaud, however. He had seized hold of the injured wrist with the other hand and was hopping and dancing about and grimacing and giving ulterance to groans of pain. "Oh, you've broken my wri3t, curse your black hide!" he cried between groans. "I'll have your life yet for this." This was the subject which Dick was glad 'to have broached. While they were trying to gain information from him, he would pump them. He told them that he had seen a large body of soldiers np in that direction. "Dey's camped erbout eight or nine miles nod ob wha1 "Not uf I kin he'p hit, boss," grinned Dick. I lib," he said. "lse done sol some possums ter dem, but Whereat the spectators again applauded. dey didn't pay me sech a good price as yo'alls have." The coolness of the supposed darkey and his wonderful "Then you've been to their camp?" asked one of the work in vanquishing the bully had won their admiration. They expected that their comrade would push the mat"Yes, boss, t'ree er four times." ter and have another trial at the supposed colored youth. The redcoats looked at each other significantly .. But he did nothing of the kind. "Then you're the very man we wish to see, 'Rastus," said. He suddenly turned and walked away. one. '"\Ve you to guide us to the place where these The other redcoats realizing that the bully had given I soldiers are camped." p, 'gave utterance to hisses. "Yo' wants meter guide yo' dar?" This must have cut the fellow to the quick, but he took "Yes, will you do it?" no notice of it other than to quicken his footsteps. "Well, 'Rastus," said one of the redcoats when the van quished bully had disappeared; "you have a one nobly. I think you have earned the right to be permitted to sell your 'possum. We were going to take it for nothing, but now in recognition of your good work in thrashing the bully, we are going to pay you for the 'possum. What is it worth?" "Whatebber yo' wants ter gib me, boss." "That's fair, certainly. Here, fellows, chip in.;, "Is dar goin' ter be foughtin' when yo' gits 'dar ?" Dick assumed an anxious look and tone as he 11sked the "Yes, 'Rastus, I expect there will be some fighting when WP. get there." Will l hab ier Min de foughtin'?" The redcoats laughed. "No, you won't have to be in the fighting, 'Rastus," was the reply. "All we ask of you, is that you guide us to the spot where those soldiers are encampd. When we get


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. close there, you can get back out of the way and we'll do the fighting. Will you do it?" 10b co'se I will, boss; but w'en will I hab ter do dis? W'en shall J cum back?" "Oh, you mustn't go away." "Mustn't go erway ?" "No. We start early in the morning, and we want you f.o be on band t0 guide us." "Oh, dat's hit; yo' is gwine to start early in de mornin ?" "Yes; so you see you will have to stay here to-night." "All right, boss, I'll stay." Dick was well satisfied. He had secured the very information which he had wished to secure. A portion of Cornwallis' army was to march to attack the patriot army on the morrow. Dick had no doubt that a force two or three time;; great as the patriot force would be sent. The redcoats were now all asleep. The camp .fires had all died down and threw out but little light. Dick was glad to note that he lay just outside the range of the.light thrown out by the nearest camp fire. Dick now decided to aCt. He began rolling over and over away from the camp fire and the redcoats sleeping near it. Dick took his time. He knew that it would be better to go slow and succeed than to try to hurry and risk discovery. Should the redcoats catch him trying to escape from the encampment, it might not result seriously for him, so far as he himself was concerned, as they would think he was afraid to guide them and was trying to get out of doing so hrough fear of danger to himself, but as they would detain him in the camp and he would be unable to warn General Morgan, it would result seriously for the patriot It was important, therefore, that General Morgan should army. have advance information of their coming. Dick would see to it that he had such information. True, the redcoats had said that he would have to stay there all night and he had said that he would do so, but he had no intention of doing it. He had said that in his negro character. In his character of a patriot spy he had said to himself that he would leave the British encampment at the earliest Therefore, keeping this well m mind, Dick was very careful. When he wa1> perhaps ten or a dozen yards distant from the sleeping redcoats, he ;ose to his hands and knees and crawled toward the timber. He moved very slowly. Every few yards DiCk paused and listened. He knew that there was danger that he might stumble possible moment and hasten back te General Morgan witl1 upon a sentinel stationed in the edge of the timber. the news. Should he do this, it would be unfortunate indeed. By shrewd, though apparently guileless questioning Dick Dick's luck was still with him, however. learned that between two and three thousand men were to He succeeded in reaching the edge of the timber without be sent to attack the patri.ot army. being challenged. Dick bad now secured all the information it was neeHere he rose to bis feet. essary be should secure and wds ready to be off. He listened a few moments, and hearing nothing to inHe did not dare try to leave the encampment just then, dicate the presence of a sentinel, he stole forward into however. the timber. He would have to wait till the redcoats "'.ere asleep. When sure that it would be safe to do so, Dick quickened As they were to be up early in the morning, the redcoats his footsteps. did not remain up very late. He walked rapidly and twenty minutes later reached the Dick was given a blanket and lay down with the redcabin of his friend, Joe Marks. coats. Dick knocked on the door. He was careful to select a spot a little b1t removed from "Who's thar ?" came promptly from within. any of the British soldiers, however. "It is I, Dick Slater, Joe,'' the youth replied. "I just This would make it easier for him to steal away without wanted to let you know that I got back in safety. I'm disturbing anyone when he got ready to do so. going to take my horse and ride straight to the patriot Knowing that he bad plenty of time, Dick decided that it encampment.'J would be best nc;t to risk failure by trying to escape from As Dick finished speaking, the door opened and his the encampment too soon. It was somewhat trying to his patience, but he waited till about midnight before making a move. friend, Joe, stood before him. Joe seized Dick's hand and shook it heartily. "I'm glad to see ye back in safety, Dick,'' he said. "J


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. '>1 wuz afeerd ye hed got inter trubble. I wuz jes' er thinkin' Dick, howeYer, with whom General Morgan had talked erbout gain' down ter ther redcoat camp an' scoutin' e'round the matter over, explained matters to them and they soon er bitter see if I c'u'd see anythin' uv ye." realized and acknowledged that to retreat was the wisest "I got through all right, Joe, and I secured some valthing that could be done. uable information, too. That's the reason I am in such So the men stopped grumbling and made preparations a hurry to get back to the encampment. If it wasn't for for the march. h'hat I'd stay the rest of the night with you." An hour later they started. 1 "So ye larnt somethin.' uv. importance, did ye, Dick?" ''Yes, .Joe." Then Dick told his companion. what he had discovered. c "So ther redcoats air gain' ter attack ye, air they," re marked Joe. ''Wal, et is important thet ye should git back l ter ther camp with the news, shore enough." "Yes, Joe, and I will be going at once." Dick got his horile, mounted, and with a good-bye to tL-Oe, rode away through the timber. J.. CHAPTER VIII. TAHLETON CATCHES A TARTAR. There was considerable excitement in the patriot ranks next morning. Dick had brought the news that the redcoats were to come up :md attack them. Gener:il hardly knew what to do. The posiilon which his army occupied was not a good one. He lloubted his ability to defeat a force two or three times as great as his own under such .circumstances. A goodly portion of his troops were militia and had never been in a battle. To have a chance for success, General Morgan reasoned that it would be necessary that his troops should have a great advantage in position. They could not have it here. !early then, there was only one thing to do. That was to move his army. He decided to do this. \ He would slowly toward the north and keep on General : Morgan kept a sharp lookout, but during the entire day's march he did not see anything of a position which gave promise of being strong enough for his purpose. It was the same next day and also for the next three days. The patriot army marchr

22 THE. LIBEB.'rY BOYS' CLEVEH TRICK. General Morgan ordered that the men be given a hearty breakfast. While this was going on, General Morgan was not idle. He moved along the lines and here and there among th1 Food was scarce, but they were on the eve of a battle, men giving them advice and encouraging them. s and the men needed all the strength that they could "Keep oool," he told the militia; "don't be afraid; don secure. fire wildly; take good aim, just as if you were firing at k The men ate heartily. squirrel, and you will bring your man down every They felt like new men after that. 'Two or three such volleys and you will put a stop to n They were ready to fight, and to the death, if necessary. advance of the British." General Morgan was a shrewd, far-seeing man. The British had finished forming their lines by th. He feared that the militia would flee, as they had done time. at Camden, where the patriot forces had met with such The men had been up half the night marching through disaster. the timber in the darkness and were tired and hungry. So he made up his mind to so place them that they Colonel Tarleton, their commander, however, would not could not flee far, or bring demoralization to the ranks of wait to let them eat and get a brief rest. the other soldiers. He would attack and annihilate the patriots in .a jitt'( / General Morgan knew that heroic measureiit would have and his men could rest and eat breakfast afterward. to be adopted. So as soon as his men were formed, he gave the order To this end he selected a position not far from. the bank ,e to chnrge. The patriot militia were c ommanded by the redoubtabllt of a creek which emptied into the Broad River. There was no ford here. Pickens, who as the leader of a patriot band had done such The water was deep. '-'rhe British would attack him from the other direction, good work in the past, and be managed to inspire his me I with a feeling of confidence quite unusual for men who wen,' of course, and to keep from being forced back into the for the first time under fire. creek, even the militia would be apt to fight bravely. As the British advanced, the militia and the hundred Jn addition, the woods were open, there being no un-. picked riflemen poured several volleys into the derbrush near at hand behind which the militia might wisb. ranks. to hide nor were there any swamps to which they could flee. was a warmer reception than the British had ex Not far from the creek were a couple of ridges of pected and they wavered and hesitated. n land. Presently lhe British recovered courage, however, and l The one in front and farthest from the creek was l'l.Ot so again pressed forward. high as lhe othoc. The militia now fell back under orders from their com ed. manrler. On this first ridge General Morgan station the militia. To give the militia courage, General Morgan selecte

THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 2 J The "Liberty Boys" gave vent to cheer after cheer. They i;ought like fiends. "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" they cried. Answering cheers went up from the veterans on the top af the ridge. ".lt 'l'he wonderful work of the "Liberty Boys" inspired all patriot soldiers to fight their best 'while this was going on the militia was reformed by behind the ridge. As soon as this was accomplished the militia marched around the hill and attacked the left flank of the British. been fough!-General Cornwallis with his army bad gone into camp at a point midway between the Broad and t\le Catawba Rivers. The point where he wa3 encamped was about thirty miles from the Cowpens in an almost due easterly direction. General Cornwallis was just about ready to sit down to his supper when a British dragoon came galloping int o camp and half leaped, half fell off his foaming hor se, in front of the general's tent. He hastened into the tent. "I am a messenger Colonel Tarleton !'1 the dragoon The instaD:t the militia appel!-1"ed and attacked the redcried; "he / sent me to inform you that he attacked t h e coats, the Maryland and Virginia veterans charged rebels at the Cowpens this morning, and was utterly d e bayonets. 1'he British being thus between two fires and feeling that y '>Ould be slaughtered if attempted to fight longer, \threw down their arms and surrendered. That is to say, the majority of them did. Some Herl ::.nd managed to escape, among them being a portion of the dragoons under Colonel Tarleton himself. It is said that out of eleven hundred men-which was he real number of British engaged in the battle-only two hundred. and seventy escaped. The British loss was two hundred and thirty killed and feated He--" "What is that you say!" cried Cornwallis, leaping t o his feet in excitement; "you do not mean it! It cannot be true! What! Colonel Tarleton defeated 'by the rebel,;? -impossible!" "I beg your pardon, General Cornwallis, but I was the re, and saw it all. We were not only defeated, but we lost at least eight hundred men, killed, wpunded and prisoners! Less than three hundred escaped!" General Cornwallis turned pale He realized that the trooper was speaking the truth. ounded, and six hundred prisoners. "But I don't understand!" he said; "how did it happen? They lost in addition two field pieces and one thousand How many of the rebels were there?" stand of arms. The American loss was twelve killed and sixty-one ounded. "About a thousand, sir." "While Tarleton had eleven hundred! And the rebels defeated him, and captured and killed eight hundr e d ? It has been claimed, and no doubt justly, that !his little How in the name of all that is wonderful did it happen?" Jatile was the most brilliant and wonderful battle fo11ght "I hardly know, sir/' was the reply; "we attacked them luring the Revolution. :fiercely and seemed to have the best of it, as we forced the General Morgan, old hero and veteran that he was, here rebels back, but just when we thought we had them pruved himself possessed of military genius scarcely inwhipped, we were suddenly attacked on both ;ight and left that possessed by Generals Washington and flanks, and befO'I"e we knew it, almost, they had us at their mercy. As I have said, some escaped, but at least eight To say that qeneral Morgan was delighted with the hundred were killed, wounded or captured." esnlt of the battle is stating it mildly. Genernl Cornwallis was almost paralyzed. He was overjoyed, and he had a right to be. That the Tartar, Tarleton, should meet with such a He had not expected such a decisive victory. Nor bad he expected to win it so quickly. From start to finish the battle had up not much nore than half an hour of time, had not much more than started before it ended. CHAPTER IX. CORNWALLIS REA.RS BAD NEWS. crushing defeat was something entirely unexpected Cornwallis questioned the trooper eagerly He wished to learn all about it. Even yet he was unwilling to believe it was as bad as the trooper said. He could not bring himself to believe it. While he was still talking to the trooper, however, the fugitives began coming in. One after another they came. On the evening of the seventeenth day of J The dragoons, of course, 1trrived :first, and they were he morning of which day the battle of the Cowpens had all in camp before nightfall.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. The foot soldiers did not begin arriving till way in the "Dick," he said, when the youth appeared at his tent I night, and many did not get in till next morning. "I am going to ask you to do a favor for me." Tarleton himself arrived while yet Cornwallis was ques"I will do it, if I possibly can, General l\Iorgan," wa lioning' the trooper. the prompt reply. One look at Tarleton satisfied General Cornwallis. "I was sure of it, Dick. Well, what I am going to He saw that the trooper's story was true. you to do is this: I wish you to go.\cross the country Cornwallis questioned Tarleton eagerly. Cheraw, and take a message to General Greene. Will yo It was hard for Tarleton to have to tell the story of his do it?" defeat, but he finally managed to do so. The British general was not a fool by any means. He was shrewd and far-seeing. When Tarleton explained regarding the formation Qf the patriot troops and described their maneuvers and their sy11tem of battle he understood it all. He saw plainly that their defeat had been caused by the military genius of General Morgan. He could not help admiring the patriot general for his brilliancy, but at the same time, his anger at the result of the battle was not any the less on that account. He burned to avenge the disaster. He felt eure that General Morgan would retreat into North Carolina, and would try to get across the Cata>vba River and perhaps the Yadkin, and rejoin Greene's force which was at Cheraw, a hundred miles distant. Cornwallis thought that by marching north he could head off Morgan before he could get across the Catawba. "I will make the attempt, sir." "Good! I have others whom I might send, Dick, none in whom I have such confidence as in you. It is very, important that the message should reach General Greene at the earliest possible moment, and I know you are likely tJ succeed where others might fail." "Thank you, sir. I shall certainly do my best to reach. General Greene }Vi th the message. When shall I start? once, I suppose?" j "At once, Dick! I will trust you to tell the general th news Tell him I will march northeastward, and try to g{ across the Caf-awba and Yadkin Rivers ahead of Cornwallis You know what to tell him regarding the battle of to-day. ', "I think so, sir," with a smile. Dick bade the general good-bye, and was soon riding away into the darkne11s. Dick thought it might be a good idea to see what Cor wallis was doing, so as to be able to tell General Greene, s If he could do this, he could release the six hundred he rode almost straight eastward. prisoners and recover his field pieces and other arms and He rode onward, steadily, until about three o'clock plun?er. the morning; then he came in sight of camp fires. Also, if he had go?d luck, he could put l\Iorgan's force to flight and perhaps capture a major portion of it. "The 'British encampment!" thought Dick; "well, my horse ie tired, 1 think.I will stop and reconnoiter a bit. Cornwallis decided, however, that he would wait until Dick leaped to the ground, and, tying his horse to a tree joined by Gtme ral Leslie, who was coming to join him stole forward toward the camp fires. from Camden, with about one thousand men. He was very careful. * He was on an important mission, and it would have been But General Morgan was doing some thinking himself. a very bad thing indeed if he had been captured. He was a s hrewd, far-seeing man. He approached as close as he thought it safe to approach, He asked himself what Cornwallis would be Uk:ely to do. and then paused. He reasoned that Cornwallis would be wildly angry. He would attempt to rescue the prisoners, and, if pos sible, annihilate the patriots. General Morgan quickly made up his mind what to do. He was surprised to see soldiers up and stirring. Some were eating. "I wonder if they are going to start on the march?' Dick asked himself. He would d e spatch a trusty mes. senger to General Greene, Then an understanding of tfie affair came to him as he at Cheraw, with the news of the victory at the Cowpens, saw a soldier enter the camp with weary, dragging steps, and then he would march northeastward and try to get and approach one of the camp fires. across the Catawba and Yadkin Rivers before Cornwallis eoul d head him off. If he c ould do this he could rejoin General Greene. G e neral Morgan at once sent for Dick. "I know now!" the youth said to himself; "those are the soldiers who escaped from us at the Cowpens! They arc just getting here." This made Dick feel better.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 25 It was now well along toward morning, and Cornwallis ad not broken camp. They fired a volley, but the bullets fell short. Dick remembered having seen a road leading off to t he He evidently did not intend doing so before morning. left a mile back, and he rode to this, and, turning into it, And Dick was confident that the patriot force under made his way in the new direction at a gallop. eneral Uorgan had been ma rching during the greater ortion of the night. h Dick watched a few minutes longer, and then. stole back o where he bad left his horse. Mounting, he rode away. He made a half circuit to the southward, and then ntinued on his journey. He rode in the new direction a couple of miles, and then he once more turned in the direction in which he wished to go. "That was rather a close call," the youth thought. "I had no idea that there was a British force in the vicinity." Dick rode all day long, stopping only for dinner and supper. He. rode until nightfall, or rather till it got 80 dark When morning came, be stopped at a farmhouse anft ot breakfast. he could see nothing, and then, as a storm seemed brewin g, As soon as his horse had eaten, and had a little rest, he decided to stop over night at a house which he came to )ick was away again. He rode onward till about ten o'clock, when he came to he Catawba River. He swam his horse across, and continued onward. A couple of miles beyond the river, just as he emerged rom some timber, where the road bent, Dick found himelf confronted by a large force of British. There were at least a thousand of the redcoats, and the guard was not more than two hundred yards CHAPTER X. J A LIVELY CHASE. He was very tired and sleepy, anyway, not having had any sleep to speak of for several nights past. So Dick leaped from his horse in front of the door of the log house, and when the owner of the house cam e to the door in response to his knock, Dick asked if he might remain over night. The man-a typical settler: of tLat section-said that h e might, and Dick was soon resting beneath the roof of th e homely, but homelike cabin. Dick learned that he was within fifteen miles of Cheraw. This was cheering intelligence "I will get up early in the morning," the youth s aid to himself, "and will ride onward, and reach Cheraw by the time General Greene is up." Dick was up bright and early next morning. Dick was surprised He ate breakfast, and the good-hearted settler refus e d He had not expected to meet any redcoats over on this to accept pay for it. side of the river. Dick thanked him, and then, mounting his horse, rode This was the force under General Leslie, en route from away. Camden, to join Cornwallis, but Di ck, of course, did not The settler had given him direction s which way to go, and now it. Dick felt that be would have no difficulty in finding the It didn't matter, either. way to Cheraw. 'l'hev were redtoats, and that was sufficient. Nor did he. ----.__;He must get out of the way, and that in a hurry, too. He did as he had figured on doing. It would not do to allow himself to be captured. When he reached the patriot encampment at Cheraw, Whirling his horse, Dick rode back into the timber as General Greene had just finished eating his breakfast. uickly as possible. The British gave vent to shouts, and hastened forward. They evidently suspected that Dick was a patriot. Doubtless they suspected that he was a spy They would capture him, if they possibly could do 80. Dick rode back up the road as a gallop. The soldiers were afoot, and by the time they reached 'he turn in the road, their intended victim was a goodly istance away. Dick went at once to the generars headquarters. General Greene knew Dick well. They had fought together on more than one battlefield. He knew that the appearance of Dick in the role o.f special messenger, meant that something of importance had cc curred. Had Morgan been attacked and defeated? This was the first thought that occurred to General Greene.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. H looked at Dick's face eagerly, inquiringly and some(try to get across the Catawba, and also the Yadkin River what fearfully. ahead of Cornwallis, if possible. 'fhe look reassured him. Dick also told of having seen Cornwallis' force enDick did not look like he was the bearer of the news camped at a point about thirty miles east of the Cowpens, of defeat and disaster. and of meeting the force of redcoats on the side of the Dick did not wait for General Greene to formulate his Catawba. inquiry into words. General Greene nodded his head, as he listened. "I have come from General Morgan, General Greene," "Cornwallis is waiting for the reinforcements to reach said Dick; "he sent me to tell you that he was attacked him," he said; "and as soon as that force joins him-which day before yesterday at the Cowpens, by eleven hundred it has probably done by this time-be will march British under Tarleton, and that the,. British were de-northward, with the intention of cutting Morgan off, and feated." keeping him from crossing the Catawba." "Say you so, Dick?" cried General Greene; "good! "That is what General Morgan himself thought, sir,'' glorious! But what were the losses? Did Morgan's force said Dick; "and that is tbe reason he decided to march at suffer greatly?" once, the same evening that the battle ended." "Not so greatly as the British force Ruffered, General General Greene sent word for his staff officers to come to Greene; we lost only twelve kiUed and sixty-one wounded." headquarters at once. "And the British?" There was eager interest in General Greene's face and eyes. "The British loss, General !J-recne, was two hundred and thirty killed and wounded, and six hundred prisoners, in addition-" General Greene leaped to his feet in astonishment, and stared at Dick as if he could not credit the evidence of his own hearing. "What!" he cried; "do you really mean it, Dick? Do you really mean to tell me that General Morgan defeated Tarleton, and killed and captured more than eight hunThey were soon there, and when General Greene told them of the wonderful victory which General Morgan had won they were delighted. Dick went out, and the news soon spread among the men. 'fhey cheered till the air rang. They were wild with joy. The fact that it was Tarleton-Tarleton, the butcher who had been thus defeated, added to their pleasure. They bated General Greene and his officers held a council of war. It was decided that the force under General Green dred of the British, with the loss of less than one hundred would move northward to join 1\Iorgan's force as sooi men as it should get aeross the Yadkin. Dick bowed. Other things were decided upon, too. "I certainly do mean that very thing, General Greene!" As soon as the council was ended, General Greene se1 he said; "and in addition to that, we captured two field for Dick, and two others who had acted as messengers f pieces and one thousand stand of arms." him at other times. "Glorious glorious cried Greene ; "this news indeed One of these two the general sent on a good horse, wi puts new life and energy into me! And he defeated the instructions to ride northward two hundred mileB to t! bloodthirsty Tarleton, and put his force to rout-captured Virginia line. and killed the majority of his men! It is wonderful! It is grand!" "It certai nly was a wonderful battle, General Greene," said Dick, and then at General Greene's solicitation, he described the battle in detail. He was to see to it that boats were gathered up, on th Dan River, and held there in readiness for the use of t army, in crossing. The other man was sent away well mounted. He was sent to the southward. General Greene's eyes sparkled as he listened, and he He was to find Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," from time to time uttered exclamations of approval, as was here, there and everywhere, moving so swiftly that H Dick described the maneuvers which had been made by British never knew where to look for him. the Jiffercnt bodies of men under Morgan. The order which General Greene sent to Marion w Then Dick told the what General Morgan had that he should follow Cornwallis up, clit off his detac said he was going to do, viz.: march northeastward and mcnts and worry him all that he possibly could.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK. 27 Then, when th e other two had gone, th e ge neral turned "Morg an will know, they added, and th e y hied t h e m -to Dick. selves away t o t e ll l; what they had seen. "Now, Dick, for your part," be s aid, "I wis h you to ride at once northward to a point nearl y oppo s ite Sali s bury, and see to gathering up all the boab; alon g t h e river n e ar there. We will wish to get acros s qui c kly and the B r i t i s h :flrough being unabl e to secure any boats, will have a hard time getting across." "I will go' at once,'' said Dick; I rod e only fifteen !Diles this morning and my horse is comparatively fre sh." Dick was soon in the saddle and riding northward. And within two hours of the time he l e ft, th e patriot force was on the move. The main body, under the command of General Huger, G e n e ral Morgan did know. "It m e an s t hat Cornwalli s i s d e t e rmin e d to overta ke u s h e said; h e i s burnin g his ba g gage, so as to h ave nothin g L o i mp e d e p rogress. H e will liv e off t h e c ountr y, and march rapidly day and night. We mu s t move and move quickly, too!" The general was s ick with rheumatism lt c a used him great suffering to tra_vel, but travel he must and did. Onward moved {he littl e army. It must reach the Big Catawba ahead of Cornwall is. The tired soldiers bore up bravely. They had won a great victory, and th e y were determin e d marched northward, going in much the same direction that to keep it a victory. Dick was going. Finally they reached the Catawba. General Greene, however, accompanied by a small body The prisoners and baggage were sent across, and the n of troopers, crossed the Great Pedee near Cheraw, and rode the soldiers followed. away in a northeasterly direction. The sun was almost down when the last soldier s t e pp e d It was Greene's intention to reach Morgan at about the ashore. oint where he would cross the Catawba. And at the same instant the )eading detachment of the * * British force appeared on the side the patriots bad just General Morgan had not been idle. left. He bad left the camp at the Cowpens at about midnight The red c oats did not dare cross, until after the mam n the night of the day on which the battle had been fought. force came up and when Cornwallis arrived it was so late The men had marched steadily, resolutely, doggedly. that be decided to wait until morning. They bad whipped the British, and were exultant. They felt that they would kill themselves walking before they would lose the prisoners they bad captured. They could make only slow progress, however, at first. It rained and this made it bad. During the first twenty-four hours only a dozen miles ere traversed. After that, when it quit raining, they did better. They reached the Broad River and cro11sed it. Then they pushed on, and presently reached the Little His men were very tired, and needed the rest, anyway. Soon after dark it began raining. It rained all night long-fairly poured down. When morning came, the river was swollen to such a1;1 extent fhat it could not be forded. When Cornwallis saw the turbulent, swollen stream roll ing between him and his intended prey, he was chagrined and angry. "I sboul d have crossed last night,'' he said. Cornwallis was a determined and energetic man bow1tawba: ever. 'l'bey had as yet seen or heard nothing of Cornwallis. He knew that the stream would soon go down, and he TIIBJ crossed the Little Catawba and pressed onward. made arrangements to cross as soon as it should do so. If they succeeded in reaching and crossing the Big He sent Colonel Webster with a detachment to B e attie's -:Jatawba ahead of the British, they would feel comparaFord, and be with the main force made his way down the ively safe. General Morgan's scouts who remained behind to keep atch for Cornwallis, finally sighted him. river to Cowan's Ford, s ix miles below. Webster was to make a feint o.f crossing, and Cornwallis would cross at Co1Van's, make a rapid march and try to take It was immediately after be had crossed the Little Morgan by sup.rise. )atawba. While they were reconnoitering, they saw a strange sight. 'rhe British deliberately burned up most of their wagons .nd baggage, consisting of plunder of all kinds. The \vater soon went down, and this program was c a rried out; but it came t<) nothing, owing to the fact that Mor g an had already marched onward, away from the river. General Greene joined him that same day and took "What can that mean?" the scouts asked themselves. command.


4 TlIE LIBERTY BOYt:l' CLEVER TRICK. This was a great relief to General 1\Iorgan. They slept soundly that night. He was in poor condition to command the force. Next morning Cornwallis reached the rive r The British under Cornwallis found a force of several His army had been marching all night, in the hope that hundred North Carolina farmers guarding Cowan's Ford, it might catch th.e patriots before they reached the river. and a brief engagement took place. But they had been unable to do so. The farmers fired two or three volleys, but as this did Now could only look at the patriots, over not stop the redcoats, who waded across the river and aton the other side of the river, and wish that he might gl!l tacked the patriots, they fled, after their commander, at them. Colonel Davidson, was killed. In desperation, he ordered his cannon to be unlimbere Three hundred of the farmer:; fled toward Sali:sbun and and the patriot encampment bombarded. took refuge in a tavern. This was done, but no harm to the patriots resulted. 'l'arleton, with a detachment, was sent to rout this little A cannon ball did strike the roof of the cabin in whic force, but tlvelYc of his men were killed and fifteen were General 1\Iorgan lay sick, and in which General Greene sat wounded. The patriot force hastened onward toward Salisbury. That point was reached at last. The British were not far behind. writing, and tear off a lot of shingles and drop spli nter down on the table in front of General Greene; but he onl glanced up, and then went on writing. Such was the material of which the patriot -both offi-The soldiers d[d not tarry long. cers and soldiers-were made. They soon on the way again. Do you wonder that they succeeded in achieving their It was fifteen miles to the Yadkin, and they must reach Independence? and cross it ahead of the British. THE END. The march was kept steadi ly up. The next number (27) of "The Liberty Boys of '76," At last the Yadkin was reached will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY Dick met the army a mile from the river, and cheered WORK; OR, WITH THE REDCOATS all up by telling them that he had plenty of boats ready DELPHIA,'' by Harry Moore. in which they could cross the stream. 'I'he work was accomplished with rapidity, and by night.:SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of thll< wet>k1' fall the army, with the six hundred prisoners, and with all are a1wttys in print. If you cannot obtain them from llJ!J th e captured baggage and arms were on the other shore. newsdealers, send the price in money or postage stamps by Generals Greene and Morgan took up their quarters in ii mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIOlt log cabin, sheltered behind a ledge of rocks. .::;QUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop161 'I'he army went into camp. you order by return mail ------Samp1e Copies Se:n.1; F"ree "HAPPY DA VS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind It Gives Awa.y Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. -Send u.s your Name and Addre.s.s for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


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His Narrow Escape from Ruin. 22 Fred Fearnot's Grit; or, Hunnlng Down a Dt>srerate Th\i.f. 01 'Fred Fearnot's \Yild or, Saving Dick Duncan's Life. 23 Fred Fearnot's Camp: or, Hunting fo1 Big Game. 92 'red T'eaniot's Lo1'g Chase; or, Trailing a Cunning Villain. 24 Fred Fearnot's B. U. Ciub; or, Tbe Nine that Was Never Beaten. 03 1rred Lnst Shot. and How It Saved a Life. 25 Fred Fearnot in Pbr.adelpbia; or. 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Holding His Own Against Odds. 32 Fred Fearnot in Paris; ar, Eve!yn and the I'renchman. 101 Fred l 'enrnot on Hand; or, Showing Up at tbe Right Time .33 i?red Fearnot's Double Duel; or, Bound to Sbow His Nerve. 102 Fred Fearllot' s Puzzle: or, 'Vorrying the Bunco Steerers. 34 Fred Fenrnot in Cuba; 01, Helping "Uncle Sam." 103 Fred Fearnot and or, 'l'he Infatuated Rival. 35 Fred irearnot's Dange1; or, 'l'bree Against One. 104 Fred Fe>1rnot's Wage<: or, Downing a Brutal Sport. 36 !?red Fearnot's riedge; or, Loyal to Ills I;'riends. 105 Fred Fearnot at St. Simons: or. The Mystery of a Georgia Island. 37 Fred l<'earnot's Flyers; or, Tbe Bicycle League ol Avon. 106 l?reefeating a Congressman. J 27 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or. Backing Up His Word. fi9 Fred Fearnot's Trap; or, Catching the '!'rain Robbers. 128 Fred Fearnot and the J,iiwyer; or, Young Billy Dechl\m's Case. 60 Fred Fearnot at Harvard; or, Winning the Games for Yale. 129 Fred Fearnot at \Yest Point; or, Having lnn with the Hazers. f>l Fred irearnot's Huse; or, Turning 'l'ramp to Save a ['ortune. 130 Fred Fearnot's Secret Society; or, The Knights of the Black Ring. 62 Fred Fearnot In Manila; or. Plotting to Catch Aguinaldo. 131 Fred Femnot and the Gambler; or, '.l'he Trouble on the Lake Front. 63 Fred Fearnot and Oom Paul ; or, Battling for the Boers. 13 2 Fred Fearnot's Chl\lle11ge; or. King of the Diamond FiPld. 64 Fred Fearnot in. Johannesburg; or, Tbe Terrible Ride to Kimberley. 13 3 Fred Feanot's Grel\t Game; or. Tbe Hard Work That Won. 65 Fred in Katllr-land: or, Hunting for the Lost Diamond. 134 Freel Fearnot in Atlanta; or, The Black Fiend of D"rktown. 66 Fred Fearnot's Lariat: or, How He Caught His !\Ian. 13 5 Fred Fearnot's Open Hand; or, How.He Helpe d a Friend. 67 Fred Fea_rnot's Wild West Sbow: or, The Biggest Thing on Earth. 13 6 Fred Fearnot in Debate: or, The Warmest Member of the House. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF You w ANT 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 re-turn mail. POSTAGE S'l'AM PS 'l'AliEN 'l'HE S,\lUE AS MONEY. 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