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The Liberty Boys' justice, And how they dealt with it
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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No. 59. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 14, 1902. Price 5 Cents. ca.used that house to 'be burned." said Dick sternly: "and you shall replace it, than it was before. or I will hang you. and my 'Liberty Boys' shall burn a dozen Tory homes!"


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Rev ol uti on Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Etitered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Conoicss, in the year 1902, in the otrice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 59. YORK, FEBRUARY 14, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. A CHIV..l.LROUS REDCOAT AND A BRAVE GIRL. "'\\hat are you, patriot or loyalist?" I might become a prisoner o.f war, if he should go into battle, that he was careful not to do much in the way of fighting. He realized that he would receive short shrift and a p

2 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' JUSTICE. "Ha ha, ha!" roared the captain, bowing mockingly ''After we have saved some valuables from the house to Mrs. Walter; "the old lady calls us gentlemen, and the I shall surely have to take a few kisses to pay me for being JOung maiden calls us cmrards and scoundrels! We can talked to in such a severe manner!" cried the redcoat who take our choice, eh, boys?" bad said he guessed he would have to make love to her. The men laughed, and Florence 1looked at them with "Oh, daughter! you are very, very unwise in talking eyes and seemed on the point 0 replying, but her thus to those dreadful men!" murmured 1\1rs. Walters. mother placed her hand over the girl's mouth and said: "I can't help it, mother," was the reply; "they are such "' ::)h my daughter; don't say anything more." contemptible scoundrels that I must telLthem whi:it I think Oh. I wish I were a man!" said the girl, after gently 0 them.'' remo\'i11g the hand 0 her mother; "I would show you "But it isn't always best to tell everybody just what you that it is dangerous to trifle with people who are de-feel like telling them, Florence." term ined to be free '' l can't help that, either. There isn't much policy about l admire yol,lr spunk, young lady!" the captain me. I am what I am, and believe in telling any one just s'.lirl. his eyes drinking in the beauty 0 the beautiful, "h::it I think of them." spirited face; "if I wasn't already in love, I'd make it 'rhe redcoats, with the exception of one who had re my business to fall in love with you-I would, for a fact!" rnained behind to hold the horses, had already entered the "I'm not in love, captain!" cried one 0 the men. a house and were r11mmaging about in search of valuables of -Binister -looking fellow, who evidell1tly thought he was any kind. handsome. "I guess I shall have to make love to her!" "Oh, if brother were only here now !" murmured Flor"Oh, daughter! i$ee what you are doing by speaking as ence, presently; "those men would not carry things with yon haYe !"half whispered the frightened mother. "Please, such a high hand, I am thinking!" do not say anything more to anger them!" "1 am glad he isn't here," said Urs. Walters; "he would "\Yhat I say won t make them mad, mother," was the only lose liis lifo if he were to try to do anything against -quiet reply; "they are naturally scoundrels, anyway, and six men.'' will go ahead with their cowardly work, even if one re"He could put the entire crowd to flight!" declarerl mains silent." Florence, confidenlly; "I know lie could!" "Firn minutes have elapsed," announced the captain, "If he has as much grit as you have, miss, and is as after a glance at his watch; "if you are going to save great a fighter as he should be to go with it, he would mako .anything out of the house you had better huuy." the six of us jump around pretty lively!" said the trooper "Please don't burn the house!" pleaded M:rs. Walters. who was holding the horses and who was not such a ball 'rhe redcoat frowned. "It will do no good to plead," fellow, even though a redcoat. he said severely; "just remember what I have sa-ltl, and "I am half inclined to think that perhaps you haYe act accordingly. In five minutes your house will be in some manhood in your make-up," said Florence, with an flames!" approving glance at the man from under her long eyc-"We could save nothing of moment in that short time," lashes. said Florence; "so we might as well wait patiently for The man flushed with pleasure and doffeu his hat. you to do your cruel work." "Thank you, miss," he said, "I hope so. I can tell you "If they won't stir themselves to save something, why one thing, at any rate, and that is, that I don't fmi-cy should we not see if we can't save something, captain?" Eort of business a t all. To my mind it is very poor work .asked one 0 the soldiers, with a significant wink and grin. to he engaged in, this pillaging and burning, and I wish "That i s a good idea," the captain said; "hurry, boys, ilnd get what you can in a short time. We mustn't delay foo long at this one place or Arnold will roast us." ''You will all roast one of these days-down below!" said Florence, and the men laugh ed as i they thought that a good joke. "Hear her!" cried one. 'She is a spitfire, sure enough!" from another. "I have told the truth!" cried the girl, spiritedly. that I didn't have to engage in it." "Why do you do it, then?" "I can't help myself, miss; I have to obey rders, you know. That is the first thing a soldier learns, and no matter what he is told to do or how bad he hates to do it, he has to obey." "Well, I wouldn't!" declared Florence, her eyes fl.ashing. "No man, even though he were a superior officer, could force me to do mean, cowardly things such as burn-


TIIB LIBERTY BOYS' JUSTICE. 3 ing and pillaging houses and rendering people homeless." times. She must learn some time and we are the boy1:r 'You would be taken out and shot if you refused to who can teach her." obey orders, miss." "Yon cowards!" cried Mr. Walters. "I would nm away." "Hard words break no bones, old man!" was the sneer" And then, if caught, you would be shot." ing reply ''I don't care; I would take the chances." Florence was still struggling, and was so strong that she There were a few moments of silence, and then the managed to keep the redcoat from kissing her. He became redcoat spoke. "You had better be careful when the men angry presently, and seizing her anns gave them such n come out of the house, miss," he said; "that fellow who twist that a cry of agony escaped the girl's lips. "Oh!" aid he thought he would have to make love to you is a bad she cried. "You coward! you demon! Oh, if my brother one, and he is liable to offer you insult if you say anywere only here he would make you suffer for this!" ihing he doesn't like." There came a sudden interruption and from a most "I'll tell him what I think of him if he says anything unexpected source. The redcoat who had held the horses to me!" the girl declared. while the others were in the house and who had talked in "Oh, Florence, you really must not say a word when such a manly fashion, suddenly leaped forward. "I am they come oui. !" said her mother, an alarmed look on her not youT brother, miss," he cried, "but I have a sister at face. home, ahd I am going to act toward you as I would act towar

4 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' JUSTICE. thing of kind: And they had the I shall die by my hand if they do not go and leave us 11sc of their faculties the girl bad secured the pistols and alone!" taken her position beside the man who had come to her The truth was that Florence had suddenly taken a assistance. great liking to the braYe trooper. She did not stop to This aroused them. They suddenly drew their pistols and murmurs escaped their lips "Drop those pistols and step to one side, girl!" cried Captain Haddon. "We are going to make a prisoner of this traitor, or kill him-just as he elects; and if you don't wish to get hurt you had better get out of the way." "He stood by me at the risk of his life; now I will stand by him!" was the undaunted reply from the brave girl. "I am a farmer's daughter, and have been used to handling weapons all my life and I can shoot as well as any nian. I hold the lives of two of your men in my hands and I 8\l'Car that if you make a move to harm this man by my side I will take their lives!" analyze her feelings; aU she knew was that he was a handsome fellow, and that he had risked his life to save her from insult She consulted nothing but her feelings, and they told her to stand her ground and fight by the side o.f the man who had befriended her, and she was going to Jo it. )[:". Walters i::aid nothing, but while he was afraid his daughter would be killed, he did not blame her for the stand she had taken He knew that she was a good shot, and that if the redcoats made the attack they would be damaged as much by the bullets from Florence's pistols as from those held by the trroper. He cautiously looked around for a club or something which he could seize and "Yo u had better draw out of the affair, miss," said me as a weapon, for be was determined to take a hand as the redcoat who had befriended her; "I am doomed, 1 &oon aa the firing was over and help the trooper and at nnyway, and there is no need of you getting yourself into trouble on my account." Didn't you get yourself into trouble on my account?" the same time make the attempt to get Florence out of harm's way. The redcoats seemed to hardly know what to do. They "'Yes, but--" realized that if they attacked, some of them would lose "There are no 'buts' about it; you stood by me and I their liYes. They well knew that while Sheldon tr11s a :shall stand by you to the bitter end. I they attack you quiet fellow who never had much to say, he was as brave they will have to reckon with me. I will stand here and as a lion and as dangerous when aroused He would be fight to the death!" fighting for his life and would undoubtedly put up a 1 "You are a brave girl!" murmured the soldier, in adstrong fight; and then there was the girl to be reckoned m1ration; "I hope no harm will come to you through me. with. That she was a goocl shot with the pistols they did not doubt, for they had seen enough of the people of "If it does, let it come!" "See here, miss, this is all foolishness on your part," prote sted Captain Haddon, who, to tell the truth, did -not relish the task of trying to make a prisoner of the trooper if he was to make a fight and be assisted by the brave girl; "you had better draw out of the affair-and you, Sheldon," to the soldier, "had better surrender and not :show fight." "I am not going to surrender," was the grim, reply; "I would rather die here, making a fight for my life. than to be taken back to Arnold to be hanged "That's right-don't surrender!" cried Florence, who nad the heart of a soldier. "I will fight with you to the death!" ''Oh, Florence! Florence!" almost moaned her mother "please, oh, please come away!" But the girl slrook her head. "Never, mother I will help ibis brave man, as lie helped me. With the pistols I am the of any miin, and two of those scoundrels America since coming across the ocean to know that the women were often hardy and brave, and expert in the use of rifle or pistol. 'L'hey did not doubt that one or both of the bullets from the girl's weapons would find a resting place in the bodies of some of them. So they stood still and hesitated. "The best thing you can do is to go on about your business, boys, and let me alone," said Sheldon, quietly. "Never!" cried Captain Haddon. "We are not going to leave here until after we 1rnve made a prisoner or a corpse of you, and have burned the house of this rebel and punished this hussy for her insolence." The captain was angry, and was all the more angry be cause at the present moment the two seemed to have the best of the affair. True, they were five to two, but the two hacl their pistols leveled and could fire before the fi,e could level their weapons. The redcoat who had been knocked senseless now began to show signs of returning consciousness, and at [he ;;ame /


THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUSTICE. 5 instant one of the five redcoats suddenly exclaimed: I soldiers I may lose my life, but I can't help it. I would "Yonder comes somebody down the road. There seem::: I lose it if I follo"lled my late comrades, just the same." to be a party of them. Who do you suppose they are?" "Stay where you are," said Florence, her eyes shining; Captain Haddon looked in the direction indicated and "if they are patriots you are safe, for I shall not permit an exclamation of vexation escaped him. them to harm you." "They are not British troopers!" he cried. "If they The band of horsemen was almost at hand now, and a are not Tories I don't know who they can be." moment later the foremost riders brought horses ")fay be it is a band of Whigs, captain," said one of the to a halt within a few feet of the little group. The leader men, nervously "Don't you think we had better be getof the party, a handsome young fellow with keen, blueting away from here?" gray eyes and firm mouth and chin, drew a pistol and Sheldon had smiled in a scornful manner at first. His leveled it at the man wearing the British uniform, with idea was that the men were trying to play a trick on the words, calmly spoken yet with grim determination : him, and that nobody was coming. He thought it a ruse "You are my prisoner, Sir Redcoat! Up with your to get him to turn his head to look, when they w-ould athands or you are a deacl man!" tack him; but a remark from Mrs. Walters proved to him Instap.tly Florence Walters leaped in front of Sheldon, that he was mistaken-that somebody was coming, sure and, extending her pistols which she still retained, she enough. cried out: "Oh, I hope and pray that they are friends!" 'llere the "I believe you are patriots and friends, but if you try words uttered by the frightened woman. to harm a hair of this man's head, some of you will die! "I think we had better get away from here, boys!" Jfo saved me from insult at the hands of one of his own suddenly cried the captain. "I don't like the looks of who have just fled, and thereby placed his own those fellows A couple of you get Wallace up and on his life in jeopardy; and if you make a prisoner of him you horse, if possible, anq WC;! wiU get away from here in will have to fast kill me! He i::i here because of hi$ hurry!" braYe act, ancl he shail be permitted. to ica1c without let Wall ace was the redcoat who had been knocked sense-or hindrance, or--" less by Sheldon, and he was now trying to get to his The girl's voice was drowned by a wild cheer from the feet. A couple of his comrades hastened forward and asthroats of the hundred newcomers, who swung their hats sisted him to rise, and to his horse, and lifted him into the and chcerecl till they were heard by the fleeing redcoats, saddle. Then the others hastened to mount, but before "ho were frightened by the sound, thinking it meant that they could get started away 'Florence leaped forward, ancl, they were to be puraued. lewling her pistol at Wallace, cried out: "You have some 'I'he pistol was returned to the belt of the leader of the of our silver in your pockets Give it up or I will shoot party, ancl doffing his hat he bowed low over his horse s you!" neck, and, as soon as he could make himself heard, said: Wallace was still somewhat dazed, but he "Young lady, you need lrnYe no fear that we will lMrm what was said and he hastened to empty his pockets, dropthe man who has proven himself to be a truehearted, ping the articles to the ground. noble man. We admire and honor one who can do what "X ow away with you, men!" cried Captain IIaclclon. he has, according to your statemC>nt, clone, and to prove "We must not stay here and take chances on those fellows t.0 you that I mean this, we will give three cheers for the being friends. They may be enemies." redcoat who has proven himself to be a man. Now, boys, They stuck spurs into the flanks of their horses and all together!" rode mrny at a gallop, and the four who were left behind And then the cheers were given or Sheldon, who lifted stood ancl watched the approaching party of horsemen with his hat, anc1, red-faced and blushing, bowed his thanks interest. There were about a hundred of the newcomers, to the youths for the honor which had been shown him and they were a :finelooking lot, as could be seen as they "May I ask who and what you gentlemen are, sir?" drew near. They did not look to be on an average more asked l\fr. Walters, whose curiosity could no longer be than twenty-one years 0 age, and they were handsome, restrained. bronzed fellows and well armed. "Certainly, sir; my name is Dick Slater, and these," in" I guess I may as well stay here and see what happens," clicating his comrades with a wave of the hand, "are 'The said the redcoat trooper, Sheldon; "if they are patriot Liberty Boys of '76.'


6 'l' HE l .lBERTY BOYS' JCSTJ CE. CHAPTER III. .A. NEW RECRUIT "'The Liberty Boys of '76 !'" exclaimed .Mr. \Valters, his jaws spreading apart in amazement "Yes, sir; have you ever heard of us?" "Have we ever heard of }"OU? Well, I should say we have heard of you!" "Yes, indeed!" said Florence "And I know from what I have heard that there is no danger that you will not treat us right and fairly, so I will put these things away,'' and she lowered the pistols, and, stepping back, l aid them on the ground by a pile of the silver which had been taken from the house by the redcoats. "You say those men who departed as we a pp roached were redcoats?" asked Dick. "Yes," replied .Mr. Walters. ''How many were there?" "Five." 11 And what ere they doing here?" "They were going to burn my home." "1'he scoundrels!" escaped Dick's lips, and then h e looked down the road in an undecided manner. "I hardly kno\1,'' was the hesitating reply. "One thing is certain, I can't go back to the British army." "I should judge not." "No; it would be as much as my life is worth to do so.'' "Then what will you do?" The redcoat looked at Dick for a few moments, ran his eyes over the "Liberty Boys," and then glanced towarcl Florence Walters His mind seemed made up very quickly. "I'll tell you what I will he said, quietly; "if you will permit me to do it." "What?" "Join your company of 'Liberty Boys The British soldier watched Dick closely, eagerly and somewhat anxiously. Evidently he was afraid the youth might refuse to accept him, when he would be in a danger ous situation indeed; for he would be in danger from both the British and patriots. Another watched Dick anxiously, too, and that was Florence She hoped that the captain of the "Liberty Boys" would say, yes. Dick hesitated an instant, gave the face of the redcoat a keen, searching look, and then turned toward the mem bers of the company. "Boys," he called out, "you have heard this man's proposition-that he will join our 'ompany and fight for the liberty and independence of our people, if we will let "If I thought we could catch them we would give him do so; and now I am going to lea re it to a vote chase," he said, half musingly; "but their horses are prob" \vhethel' or not he shall do so. All in fa>or or it say, 'yes.'" ably fresher than ours and the probabilities are that we "Yes!" came the cry, in a roar. could not catch them." ''All who are opposed to it say, 'no "I doubt it," was the reply. There was no reply. "Are their horses fresh?" Dick asked of the redcoat. Dick turned toward the redcoat, and, with a smile, mid: "Reasonably so, sir," was the reply; "we have just come "You aTe elected. Three cheers, boys, for the new l'etl f f d cruit !" us ar rom Richmon and did not ride very fast either." "And how far is it to Richmond?" "About four miles." The cheers were giYen with a will and the eyes of Sheldon shone with pleasure, as did also the eyes of Flor-"Then it would be folly for us to try to catch them." ence Walters. "I think so, ir; and, then, you might run into some large parties as there are a number out." "If they were not too large we should enjoy that," was the quiet reply. "Oh, I am so glad you ha Ye co.-ie over to our side joined the 'Liberty Bo}"s' !" cried Florence, stepping for'rard and giving Sheldon her hand. "I congratulate you!" "Thank you!" said the ex-redcoat, flushing. And then "'i\ 'ell, I don't think any of them would be larger than he turned toward the "Liberty Boys" and said: "I thank your pariy; you have about a hundred men, haven't you?" you, one and all, for the confidence which you have shown "Yes." in me by making me a member of your company. I shall "The.n they would not outnumber you; but they might try not to do anything to make you sorry for what you ambush you and take you at a disadvantage." have done "Exactly; well, I guess we will not try to catch the "I don't think there is any danger that you will do fleeing men. But about yourself, my friend? What will anything to make us sorry for what we have done," said you do now that you have gotten yourself inLo such disDick, quietly; "and now, what is yovr name?" iepute with your own people?" "Don Sheldon."


THE LIBERTY BOY:::l' JuSTICE. 7 "\T cry good; is that your horse, Mr Sheldon?" pointreply; "we have come down here to assist in holding Ar ing to one standing near, bridled and saddled. nolcl in check and rendering as much aid as possible to "Y cs; that is my horse." those who are .fighting for their liberty and indepenclcnee." "Good; then you are all fitted out, save for one thing "Then why not stay here over night? It is within au "And what is that?" hour of sundown and you could not do much, anyway. "Your uniform must be doffed and an ordinary suit of You had better camp down right here. I have a l:uge citizen's clothing donned in its place. It wquld never do house, as you can see, and can bed fifty or silty of you, for you i.o conti:iue to wear that, as the British woulJ while the rest can sleep in the barn." lmow who you were as far as they could sec you "Thank you," said Dick; "but that won't be necessary "True; but I don't know where I can get a suit." W c are used to sleeping out of doors; and, indeed, in this "I know," said Mrs. Walters; "we have a son who is nice weather it is more comfortable than sleeping indoors. now in the patriot army, and there are several suits of his I believe we will camp here over night, however, and i[ olcl clothes here. You can have one of them." you have anything extra in the way of food supplies m' "And he is just about your size, too, Mr. Sheldon,'' shall be glad to accept of it, for we have been compelled said :Jir. "'i'{ alters; "so I think his clothes will just about to subsist on what we could get hold of handily as we fit you rode through the country." '"J.1hat will do nicely," said Dick. "I have hams and shoulders enough to feed three times "Y cs, indeed," agreed Sheldon; "I shall be very much the number you have with you, and you shall have all you obliged for the clothes." can eat And I will put some of the negro women to "You arc more than welcome Mr. Walters bastenerl work baking bread and you shall have all the bread yon to say "After what you di.d for Florence he:i;e a while need also." ago I guess we can let you lrnYe a suit of old clothes." "Thank:;! That will be splendid," said Dick; "we shall Dick, who had remarkably sharp eyes and who had enjoy liaYing enough to eat of something that is good anJ rntchecl the faces of the redcoat and Florence, said to wholesome, I assure you." himself that l\1r. and :Mrs. Walters would have to give '"rhree cheers for Mr. Walters!" cried Bob Estabrook, Sheldon more than a suit of old clothes some clay, if the who was delighted by the prospect of plenty of good footl, man lived; for it was evident that the girl and the exantl the others gave the cheers with a will, for all r edcoa t were very much pleased with each other. like Bob. Ur. \Yalters and Sheldon entered the hou e and the "Go in and set the women to work, baking, Mary," said "Liberty Boys'' alighted from their horses to stretch :Jir Walters; "I will show the young men where will be their legs while waiting. Dick askPd J\Irs. Walters aml a nice place to call)p, and where they may get feed for their Florence a number of queslio:s regarding the redcoats who had been there, and what they had said, done and threat ened Then he went to the door 0 the house and called horses." The youths were soon in camp and had watered and fed their horses. Then they built camp-fires and got ready to out: "Bring your uniform when you come, Sheldon; it cook the meat which Mr. Walters had promised them may come in handy as a disguise, some time, i it beThey were young, healthy and hearty, and were always r,omes necessary to visit Hie encampment of the British." ready to eat. Presently the two emerged from the house and Sheldon It was just sundown when the first batch of big, round was dressed in a rough suit, which made him look quite loaves of bread were brought out to the "Liberty Boys," different from when he was in the uniform There was 11 and when they saw the fresh bread they gave utterance pleased look on his face, however, and it was plain that to a shout of delight. Then Mr. Walters told them to come he was glad to get out of the uniform to the smokehouse, and they went. He handed out five: "There is the uniform that I now hate the looks of," or six great, big hams, and as many shoulders, and the he said, as he handed the bundle to Dick; "I hope that it youths hastened back to the camp-fires, eager to get the will be of some benefit to the patriot cause." meat to cooking. The camp utensils were gotten out and "I hope so," said Dick; "and I rathe r think that it soon the smell of the frying meat went up on the air and will be. the boys sniffed in delight A score of big, round loaves "Which way arc you going?" asked :i\Ir. Walters of Dick lay near, on a table-cloth belonging to Mrs Walters, and "Well, we are going no way in particular," was the 1 half an hour later the boys were eating a meal that they


8 'l'IiE LIBERTY BOYS' JD:lTICE. thought was the best they had ever eaten in their lives. They had just :finished eating when there came th<.> sound of hoofbeats of many horses, and Dick leaped to his feet and cried out: "To arms, boys! It may be the British!" CHAPTER IV .. THE REDCOATS ARE ROUTED. "Xo.'' "Then he is with those men who rode up as we rent away!'' the captain said, posi:tively. "Well, what if he is?" remarked )fr. "\'falters. "Just this: We are going to have him if we have to kill every one of his new friends! I suppose the camp-fires 01Jt yonder are theirs?" "Perhaps so." "I know they are, so it doesn't matter whether you acknowledge it or not. I suppose the strangers are out there?" "Perhaps you had better go and see for yourself," said Instantly the "Liberty Boys" seized their muskets and Florence, who found it almost impossible to keep still. ran around behind the barn, which was a large, rambling "Oh, you are still able to talk saucy, are you?" retructure and would give good protection in case the new-marked the captain, mockingly. comeTS were redcoats and made an attack. Dick left the boys ensconced behind the barn and stole to the house and entered at the back door. He made bi5 way through and into the front room, where be found Mr. and :Jirs. "\\alters and Florence, who looked somewhat frightened. "I am," was the prompt reply; "but you won"t be long after you go out where the strangers are." "Oho you think not, eh?" "I am sure of it." .. "Well; :Mi s Spitfire, I am going to prove to you that you are mistaken. I shall take my men and go out there "Redcoats?" asked Dick, in a cautious voice. and give those strangers the worst thrashing they ever had." "Yes; rind a lot of them, too!" replied 1Ir. Walters. "If you knew who the strangers are you woukln't talk "Just take a peep out of the window." so confidently,'' cried Florence. Dick did so; and as there was a moon he could see ''Humph! who are they?" fairly well. He saw quite a large body of horsemen out "They are the 'Liberty Boys,' of whom have no in the road, but one of the men had dismounted and was doubt often heard." approaching the front door. Dick made a quick estimate rrhe captain stared, and gave utterance to an exclamation of the number of the redcoats-for he could see that they of amazement not unmixed with consternation. "You wore British uniforms and decided that there were not don't mean it!" he said. "I don't believe it!" to exc0ed two hundred. "You will be ready to believe it by the time they get "I believe we can whip them out of their boots!" he through with you!" was the significant reply. said to himself; and then he stepped to :Mr. Walters' side "But. the 'Liberty Boys' are .away up North." and said, rapidly and cautiously: "A redcoat is coming "You will find that they are away down South, and that to the door. Keep him parleying as long as possible. Yery soon, too!" You understand?" 'l'he captain hardly knew what to think. He ,;tared from "Yes; you are going to attack them?" one to the other of the three and then he addressed :Mr. "Yes Walters in threatening tones and asked: "Is this the truth, Dick hastened out of the room just as there came & sir?" knock on the front door. "It is," was the prompt reply; "but I dont think my J\Ir. Walters did not at once open the door, but instead daughter Ehould have told you." stood still and called out: "Who is there?" The redcoat was almost convinced. He looked worried, "Captain Haddon," was the reply; "I was here this and after hesitating for a few moments, started io leave. afternoon and I have come back after that deserter-traitor, He had just turned around when there suddenly arose Sheldon! Open the door at once or it will be broken 1.)::ie sound of a terrible tumult. There was the clash of down!" weapons and the rattle of :firearms, intermingled with which Ur. Walter stepped to the door and opened it. "The were the cheers of the "Liberty Boys" and the wild yells man you speak of is not here," he said. of the redcoats. ":N" ot here?" There was incredulity in the tone. "The 'Liberty Boys' have attacked the redcoats!'' cried


THE LIBERT BOYS' JUSTICE. until they have hatl Florence. "Good! good! I hope they will kill every one beP.n put to flight in such a manner. I would ,, ,J ", sa11t oi the scoundrels!" believed it possible!" rrh c captain did not answer, but with a muttered ex-Jus t then he heard the sound of hoofbeats behind him, clamation of rage and dismay he hastened away. and looking back he saw a horseman coming after him. On leaving the house, a few minutes before, Dick had It was bright moonlight and the pursuing horseman was hastened back to where the "Liberty Boys" were awaiting dose enough so that the captain recognized him. hini, b e hind the barn. "It is that traitorous scoundrel, Sheldon!" he said to "Come, boys," he said, eagerly, "we must make an athimself. "I wonder why he is pursuing me?" tack on the redcoats before they have time to clo : :my devil'rhcn a thought came to the officer: "Maybe he wants try. Follow me and we will make a half circuit and surto come back to us and take his place in the British army prise them." again," he s aid to himself. "Well, if he thinks he will be He hastened away, the "Liberty Boys" following. A s allowed to do that he is badly mistaken. H he comes they went they looked to their weapons and got them in back he will be hanged like the traitor he is!" readiness for quick work when the time should come to Ju t then the pursuing horseman called out: "Hold on, them. Captain Haddon; I wish to speak to yon!'' ,,, They made a half circuit and came upon the redcoats from the rear. The troopers were looking toward the l10use and were not keeping watch behind them, consequently it was easy to take them by surprise. The youths crept up as close as they could, and when

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' JCSTICE. thought Wf!S ,,. .i Haddon gasped. "Blazes you are the rankest "'l'hat he would rehtrn soon with twenty men and would bury the dead and look after the wounded." They ... cuefl have run across in a long time, Sheldon!" he cried. "But if you don't want to come back into the British army, why have you followed me?" "I was told to do so by my commander, and--" "Your commander "Yes; my new one-the captain of the 'Liberty Boys.' "What! have you indeed joined the rebels?" "I have, and I was in the fight, and think I knocked over two or three of your redcoated men back there a few minutes ago, Captain Haddon." This was said coolly and calmly. "Blazes!" cried the captain in anger, "I have a good mind to run you through, you traitor!" He took hold of the hllt of his sword as he spoke, but did not draw it for he found himself looking down the muzzle of a pistol, as quick as a flash. "Don't try to draw, captain," said Sheldon, calmly; "if you do, I shall put a bullet through you!" The captain's hand dropped instantly. "What do you want?" he asked sullenly. "Good! How long will it be before they get back here, do you think?" "I couldn't say; an hour, doubtless." His guess was close to the mark, for it was a little more than an hour later when the redcoats put in an ance. 'I'here were twenty of the men under Captain Had don, and the captain dismounted and approached Dick Slater. "Are you Dick Slater?" he asked. ''I am," was the reply. "Will you promise that we shall not be interfereawith or fired upon if my men come here and go to work?" he asked. The men had halted some fifty yards back and were waiting the order of their commander before advancing farther. 1I have already given the promise," replied Dick, coldly. "Do you think we are barbarians, that we would so Yio late the rules of war as to fire upon your men under such "I was sent by my commander, Dick Slater, to tell you ?" that you should return with fifteen or twenty men anu "Well, I didn't know," was the hesitating reply. "I take care of your wounded and bury your dead. We canwished to make sure." not be burdened with the wounded men." "Oh, that is what you want, eh?" "Yes." "I suppose he thinks he will get a score of us back there in his power and massacre the whole of us." "No, I don't think you need be at all afraid of that, captain. He said to tell you that you would not be in terfered with in any respect or bothered in any way." "And do you think he will keep his word?" "I am sure of it." The captain was silent a few moments, pondering, and then he said: "Very well; tell Dick Slater that twenty of us will return soon and bury the dead and look after lhe wounded." "All right; I'll tell him." The captain rode onward at a gallop, then, and Sheldon turned his horse's head in the opposite direction and roue back to the scene of the recent encounter. He found Dick Slater and the "Liberty Boys" doing what they could for the wounded redcoats. "Tell your men to come at once," said Dick; "a nu1u bcr of these poor fellows are suffering greatly," pointing to the wounded men, "and the quicker you get them to whC'l'e they may bo attended to properly the better for them." "That's right, captain," saiu one of the wounued men who was lying near, "and you needn't be afraid this fel low won't keep his word with you; he'll do it, for he's white and square, if he is a rebel; for he has done his best to make us fellows comfortable while waiting for you to come." The captain called to his nien and they approached. They uismounted and went among the wounded and made a brief survey of the situation. "There are ten of the boys who are wounded and will have to be ta_ ken back to Richmond," said the captain; "I must get a couple of wagons. I wonder if this man here will let us have them?" the last to Dick. "If you will give a promise that the teams and wagons will be brought back again," replied Dick, "I think there "Did you catch up with any of them?" asked Dick, will be no difficulty about securing what you wish here." Sheldon rode up. "You are welcome to the teams and wagons, sir," said "Yes; I overtook Captain Haddon." Mr. Walters, who was standing near; "all I ask is that "What did he say?" lhey be returned to me."


"I giYe you my word of honor that they shall be brought twice at my home, and will not rest until they haYe had back to you before morning, sir," :::aid the captain. "Yery well; I will ha>e the teams hitched up at once." 11[r. Walters hastened away and called a couple of revenge on me." "I fear there is some grounds for your fears,'' sain Dick, slowly; "but perhaps there is some way out of the ncgroes out of a cabin and told them what was wanted, matter." and they went to work to harness the horses and hitch them up. "Drive out into theroad wh e n you baYe fini s hed hitch ing np,'' ordered Mr. Walters. "All right, Massa Walters," was the reply. Mr. Walters then returned to the road and found the redcoats engaged in digging a long trench over in a field, "Well, if you can think of some way to avoid such con &equences I hope you will let me know." "I shall do so; and I think I know of something that may be done. About how many patriot families arc there .in this vicinity?" "In how big a scope do you mean?" "Well, say within the territory embraced m a circle and when it was finished the dead soldiers were interred three miles distant from here?" B y this time the ncgroes were on hand with the wagon s "J\lr. Walters 1-iondered for a few moments. "I should :rnd the wounded men were placed in the ample wagonsay that there are thirty Whig families living within three bed on the bottom of which a thick layer of straw had miles of us,'' he said, presently. bee n placed, and then the redcoats took their departure; the negroes, in accordance with a command from Mr. "Thirty, eh?" "Yes." Walters going along to drive and bring the teams back. "How many men and boys are there in these thirty ''Do you think there is any danger of an attack from families, do you think?" the redcoats to-night, Dick?" asked Bob, when the enemy had "l don t think so, Bo];; but I am going to place senti"You mean boys who are big enough to fight?" "Yes; who can shoot with muskets, rifles or pistols "We11, I should say there are perhaps a hundred all nel s out so as to do away with any chance of our being fold." taken by surprise." .Jir. Walters called Dick and asked him to come into th e house. "I wish lo haYe a talk with you," he said. Dick entered the house and found .Mrs. Walters ana Florence in the sitting-room, busy in conversation oYer the exciting events of the evening. 'l'hcy greeted Dick pleasantly and were eager to hear what he had to say regarding the affair. Dick was not "That isn't so bad," said Dick, with a nod of satis ,. faction "One hundred brave ancl determined men can do a good deal, and I suggest that a band of 'Home Pro tectors be organized at once." Mr. Walters, and his wife and daughter as well, seemed to be favorably impressed by the idea. "I believe that is a good idea!" said the former much of a talker, however, and waited for Mr. Walters to "I think so,'' from Mrs. Walters tell why he had asked him to come -in. "Yes, indeed!" from Florence "By organizing and "I wished to ask you what is to be done, l\Ir. Slater?" arranging so that the men can be called together quickly said the "You are not going to remain in this on receiving certain signals which may be decided upon, vicinity long, I take it?" it would be possible to make considerable trouble r any "Well, I coula not say how long I shall remam here, party of redcoats that might put in an appearance Walters,'' was the reply; "I have been sent down "You are right," agreed Dick; "and if you like, Mr. here by the commander-in-chief to co-operate with Generals \Yalters we will put in the day, to-morrow, at that work. Lafayette, Marion and others, and shall remain here until \Ve should be able to get pretty much aro1111d the circle in I can locate them and report; when I will, of course, be a day." subject to their orders "Very well; I shall be glad to have your assistance, Mr. "That is the point, Mr. Slater, and I am wondering w hat Slater, as I know you have had considerable experience in will become of us when you and your men are gone?" such matters and will be able to tell us just how to go Dick was silent a few moments. Then he said: "You about it to make the plan a success." :ire afraid the redcoats will come here and bur n your "I will help you all I can, sir," replied Dick, and then, bomr. ?" a ftcr some further conversation, he bade them good night "Yes, that is what I fear. They have had bad luck and went out to where the boys were encamped; and after


making the rounds and seeing that the sentinels were propwere encamped and told Dick that Florence was missing, erly stationed, he rolled up in a blanket and went to sleep. and asked him if he and the rest would help search for Next morning, immediately after breakfast, Dick and her. Mr. Walters rode away, bound on their mission of getting "Most assuredly!" replied Dick; and then they set out up the company of "Home Protectors." at once. They were gone nearly the whole day, and when they came back that evening they announced that they ha4 been successful, and had gotten up a company consisting of one hundred men and boys, and that ::\fr. Walters to be the captain of the company. "Where is Florence?" asked Mr. Walters, when, having put his horse in the stable and fed it, he entered the house and found only his wife there. "She went over to spend the day with Lucy Hicks," re plied Mrs. Walters. "Oh, that's it? It's about time she was coming home, isn't it?" "Yes; she will be here soon I doubt not." CHAPTER VI. FLORENCE .A PRISONER. What had become of Florence Walters? As the Hickses bad said, she had left there at dusk to return to her home. She had spent the day with Lucy and had enjoyed herself greatly, and was in great good spirits when she bade them good-by and started up the road. "She oughtn't to stay out late in these troublous times." She had gone perhaps a third of a mile when she turned "No; and I don't think she will do so. She will be aside from the road and entered the timber. The road home before dark, doubtless." made quite a bend at this point, and hr cutting across But Florence did not come home before dark; nor did through the timber she could cut off more than a quarter E>he come home for some time after nightfall, and presof a mile. She did not mind the extra walking that fol ently her father and mother became alarmed by her exlowing the road would have entailed, but she had stayed at .. tended .absence. the Hickscs longer than she had intended, and as it was ''l fear c omething has Jrnppened to her!" said ::\Irs. l10'i\' rapidly growing dark she knew her parents would Walters, in an an.xious voice. be getting uneasy about her. l\Ir. Walters was afraid so, too, but he pretended to "I ought not to have stayed so late," she said to herthin"K lightly of the matter, and reassured his wife all he self; "but w11en I get with Lucy it seems as if it is im could ''l will go and see why she has not come home possible to get away from her. She always has something sooner," he said; "it isn't far over to Hicks', and I can get interesting to tell one, and I hate to leave her." there quickly." Suddenly Florence paused and an exclamation escaped "It is more than a mile, and you had better ride a her. A man had stepped into the path in front of her horse, 'l'om," said his wife. and stood confronting her. ''Oh, no; I can walk over there while I would be getting ''Who are you?" she called out as bravely as possible, the horse ready. It is not more than a fifteen minutes' but her voice trembled somewhat, for the sudden appearwalk." ance of the man baa given her a start. :Mr. Walters took his departure and was gone scarcely The man made no reply, but stepped nearer; and then more than half an hour. When he got back b.e was panta cry of dismay and anger escaped the girl's lips. "I ing as if he had been hurrying. know you now she cried; "you are the-the scoundrel "'l'he Hickses say Florence left there more than an hour who was going to kiss me yesterday and who was knocked ogo," he said, in answer to his wife s look of inquiry; down by one of your own comrades-as you deserved to "she said she was coming straight home and she should be!" have been here before this." The man chuckled when first the girl began speaking, "Oh, something terrible has happened to her-I know but at her closing words he uttered an oath. it! I feel it!" wailed Mrs. Walters. "Get Mr. Sloter "Yes, I'm the man-and I am going to have the kisses and his men and go in search of her at once, Tom! Somelfrom you, just the same; and I am going to have rething terrible has happened to Florence !'; 1 venge on that scoundrelly Sheldon, too, if it takes me a Mr. Waiters hastened out to where the "Liberty Boys" lifetime-don't think otherwise!"


-------------------:r=-:::=-orr.r:r:rr;:c.1,r..L ..1. .J...JV ..1.. '-' u U tJ ..1..1.V.LJ. There was a Yiciousness about the utterance of the man reucoat, and exclaimed, jubilantly: "Good! some one is that almost made the girl shudder. She instinctively coming! I am saved!" recognized the fact that here was a man utterly without "George Wallace, the redcoat, was deceived, and turned conscience or moral principle-a man capable of any bis head to look behind him. l!'lorence was quick to il]1crirne, and her blood ran cold as she realize"([ that she was proYc her opportunity, and leaping forward she jerked a alone with him in the depths of the forest. pistol out of Wallace's belt. He gave utterance to an oath, She wonclcrcC1 if any one would hear her if she were to and seized the girl by the arm. Florence had succeeded call out, Rnd i:;he got ready to do so if the redcoat made a in cocking the pistol, however, and fired just as the man move toward seizing her. seized her. The matter was soon to be put to the test. It was eviWalln.ce gave utterance to a cr_l of pain. "Oh, you ham and


r would make some light-sufficient, at least, to dissipate not sure she could hear them at all. Certainly hacl \\al:the darkness in the room to some degree. lace been only asleep instead of unconscious, he could Florence was a brave girl, and as a rule was not afraid not have heard the foot.falls of the tawny beast. They would -0f the dark; but under the circumstances she preferred to uot have awakened the lightest sleeper. have some light. She waited patiently, and after half an hour or so the moon got up high enough so that its light entered the cabin through the doorway, the door haYing been left open by Wallace when he came there with Florence. "That is better," thought the girl as she glanced over toward the motionless form on the blanket, and she shudSlowly and cautiously the brute advanced. At last its nose was within six inches of the unconscious man, and the panther sniffed three or four times and then crept still nearer. Florence, watching in breathless terror, expected that the bP,ast would leap upon the redcoat and tear him to pieces; lmt it did nothing of the kind. derccl "I wonder if he is dead?" she asked herself. "I After sniffing a few times it put out one forepaw and .should hate it if I have killed a human being, but he de-gently touched the redcoafs form, giving a gentle pull at served it; and if he is dead I shall not feel so very badly it as a kitten will pull at a ball of yarn. Ilaving touched it. He ought to have been more of a man ancl less the form gently, the animal shrank back and crouchcCl as Df a scoundrel." d f ir rea y or a spring should the form show signs of life. Florence was a philosophical little body as well as a Dou hi;.less this was what it intended to do; but aiter waitbrarn one. ing a few moments without seeing any signs of life in its 1t was well that she was brave, for her courage was soon intended victim, the panther again stuck out its paw and to be put to a test. She had been a prisoner in the gave another pull at the form. <0l

TUB LIBERTY BOY8' J 15 ing across the floor, its eyes still fixed on Florences face, Crar:k the shot rang out, followed instantly by a \rild its tail switching from side to side. shriek of pain from the panther. "Heaven help me now!" thought the girl. CHAPTER VII. SHELDON SAVES FLOREKCE'.S LIFE. The animal was hard hit, but was not rendered helpless b y any mean s ; and realizing that its wound had been inflicted by the newcomer, the panther whirled with the quickness of lightning and leaped toward the man in the doorway. Crack! Sheldon had fired the other pistol. The bullet must have struck the animal also, for another shriek es caped the panther; but all the fight was far from being Among those who went in search of Florence Walters knocked out of it and the next instant man and brute were was Don Sheldon, the ex-redcoat, but now a "Liberty Boy." rolling on the ground in a deadly encounter. 'l'he "Liberty Boys" had scattered, and the y went in Sheldon had dropped his pistols and n ow, with rare <>very direction from the Walters home. It happened that presence of mind, he drew the long-bladed knife out of hi s Sheldon took a course that led him straight to the old uelt and plunged it l.nto the panther's body, again and e:abin in the woods, where, as we have seen, Florence was again. at that moment, tied hand and foot, and gagged, and The panther was tough, but the knife thr11$ts in addithreatened by death from the Claws and fangs of a hungry tion to the two pistol shot wounds were too much for it, panther. antl the man came forth from the encounter the victor. Sheldon was hastening along through the timber, keepHis clothing was badly torn, and he had received several ing a sharp lookout in every direction, when suddenly he severe scratches, but he had triumphed and saved the life came out in the edge of the little clearing and saw the of Florence Walters and was satis.fied. cabin at the farther side Sheldon's wounds smarted, and gave him consid e rable "It might be possible that she is there," he said to pain, but he gave the matter no thought. He hacl somehimself; "I'll see, at any rate." He strode forward, and crossing the open space wa'S in front of the cabin. He reached the open doorway !ind looked in. The sight that met his gaze was almost suffi cient to paralyze him. At the farther side of the room a human form lay upon thing else to think of; he had seen the girl sitting within the cabin, bound hand and foot, and he hastened to enter the cabin and cii.t the girl's bonds and remove the gag. "What does this mean, Miss Florence?" he asked. "How came you here a prisoner?" Florence' pointed toward the form lying on a blanket. a blanket on the floor, and at the end of the room, seated "He brought me here," she said. on a rude bench, was Florence Walters, bound hand and "The scoundrel!" cried Sheldon. "Who is he?" foot and gagged-and standing in front of her, crouchell "Look and see; I think you know him." if for a spring, was a full-grown panther! Sheldon stepped forward, saying, as he did so: "What's 'l'he animal must have heard Sheldon's footsteps, fer the matter with him, is he dead?" as he reached the doorway it turned its head an:l glared al him fiercely, while low but threatening growls escaped it. "I don't think so; he is severely wounded, however." Sheldon had reached the form of the redcoat by this Sheldon had not brought his musket, so was armed only time and taking him by the shoulder turned him onto with two pistols and a knife. He did not hesitate, howhis back and took a look at his face. ever. He lniew that unless he attacked the brute it would "Great Scott! it is Wallace!" he exclaimed. quickly tear the beautiful girl to pieces He realized that "Yes; it is the scoundrel who tried to kiss me yesterhe must act quickly. day evening and whom you knocked down." Drawing both pistols he cocked them. Lifting the one ''He is severely wounded," remarked Sheldon; "he has in his right hand he took careful aim at a point just back a bullet in his right chest." of the brute's left foreleg. Sheldon was not a dead-shot "Y cs," said Florence, simply. with the pistol, but he was within ten feet of the animal A sudden suspicion crossed Sheldon's mind. and could hardly miss it if he tried. The only question was as to whether or not he could inflict a fatal wound. As soon as he had secured good aim, Sheldon fired "Who shot him?" he asked. "I did." "You


16 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS. JGSTICE. "Yeo." And then, in a few words, Florence told the story of her encounter with the r edcoa t, and how she had shot Wallace with his own pistol. "What a brave girl you are, Florence!" cried Sheldpn. ''I may call you Florence, may I not?" he added, in an apologetic tone. 'l'he girl looked at him with glowing eyes. "Indeed you may!" she exclaimed. "You may call me anything you "I"ve found her, boys!" he called out. ''Hurrah!" was the cry, anJ the three rnshed forward and in another instant were in the cabin. They were surprised when they saw the unconscious red cont lying there, and when Sheldon and Florence had told the story of ho\\' she came to be in the cabin they de cided that they would carry the wounded man to the hom e of JUr. w alters arid see if they could do anything toward for-didn't you save my life just now?" snving his life. A rude litter was improvised and the our "I I diu, Florence; and, do yon !mow, the fact men carried the redcoat, while Florence led the way thnt I was able to do so makes me very, very happy!" \Yhen they reached the house Wallace was taken to a "Oh, ::\Ir. Sheldon, do you really mean that?" said Flor ence, lier voice trembli!lg slightly. "Do I mean it, Florence? Yes-and a great deal more. Oh, Florence, if I only could-If I only dared tell you all that I mean!" spare room and placed on a comfortable bed, and Dick, who was one of those present, made a careful examination of the wound. "I think he will get well with careful nursing," he said. Then he went to work and dressed the wound with conThere was a brief silence during which time the two sidcrable skill, and then stimulants were administered and looked at each other, and then Florene: said, in a halfpresently the wounded man came to. demure, half-bantering voice: "One who is brave enough to attack a panther with no weapons save a couple of pistols aml a knife ought not to be afraid to say what he pleases to a weak girl like myself." A feeling of joy went over Sheldon. Somehow he got the id ea from the girl's tone and words that she thought "Where am I?" he asked, weakly. Only Dick and JUr. Walters were in the room, and Dick told the man that he was where he would be taken care of. "Don't worry; you will pull through all right," he &aic1. "Where's the-girl?" he asked huskily. A frown came over :Mr. Walters' face, but Dick anconsi11erable of him, and taking a quick step forward he swered, gently: "She is at home, safe and sound, and you extem1et1 his arms and cried, passionately: FlorP.nbe. I as well dismiss her from your mind. You han.! love yon Will you-may I hope that some day you will yourself into trouble twice on her accounf, and yot. consent to become my wife?" will do well to never make any more attempts in that \rith a little cry of joy Florence leaped into the outdirection." stretched arms. "I-never-shall!" was the reply. "She is-the-the"1 love you," she murmured; "and some day I will be bravest g-irl I ever--ever saw, and I'll ne\er bother-heryour wife." again." Sheldon folded the beautiful girl to his heart and kissed "That is right; and sec that you stick to it." her, again and again, while he murmured: "You have Signal shots had been fired as soon as the "Liberty mar1e me the happiest man in the world, darling!" 1 Boys" arrived at the Walters home with Florence, and soon "Aml I am the happiest girl-Don!" Florence murthe youths who had been searching for her returned, glad mured. to !mow that she had been found and that nothing serious "How came you to take a notion to such a great, big hnd happened to her. stick of a fellow as I, Florence?" he asked. "I have loved you from the moment you interfered with -him," pointing to the form of Wallace. "Then I owe him something or the happiness of this moment, little sweetheart," said Sheldon; "and that makes me think that while he is a scoundrel, yet I should try to do something or him. I will see if I can summon some CHAPTER VIII. DICK ARNOLD'S CAM:P. of the boys by firing off some more pistol shots-ah! I An hour after the return of l!' lorence in safety, Dick bear foots.teps; some of them are coming now!" Slater, dressed in the uniform that had been worn by Don He hastened to the door and saw three of the "Liberty Sheldon when he was in the British army, and mounted Boys" approaching. on a good horse, rode away from the Walters home. He


THE LIBERTY BOYS' JlJSTICE. 17 was headed southward, and was on his way to spy upon the British under Arnold, and also to try to find General But the redcoats were pretty shrewd follows. "He's a stranger," said one; "and let's take him before Marion, who was supposed to be somewhere in that part General Arnold. He may be a rebel spy!" of the country. "That's so!'' agreed one; "we n take him before Dick rode steadily onward, and an hour later drew rein Arnold." and listened and looked for several minutes. "I assure you that you are mistaken," said Dick; "I am "I should be within a short distance of Arnold's ena British soldier like yourselves." campment," he said to himself; "Sheldon said I would find it somewhere in thi part of the country. I am on a high place here and should be able to see the lights of the camp-fires." Presently an exclamation escaped the youth's lips. "Yonder is a faint reflection above the tree-tops, and I doubt not that is where the British are encamped. I should "Well, we don t say that you are not, but we'll take you to Arnold and let him settle the matter," was the reply. Dick saw it would do no good to protest, but he did ihat hiR hands be freed. "There is no necessity of having me bound in this fashion," he said; "I could not possibly get away even if I wished to do so-which I do not." Of course; this was not the truth, but Dick did not judge that it isn't more than half a mile distant, so I will deem it wicked to 11e to the enemy. lcaYe my horse here and go on afoot." "I don't see any objection to freeing your arms," said Dick dismounted and led his horse into the timber one; "you couldn't get away, as you say." beside the road. When in a distance of a hundred yards "Of course not." he paused and tied the horse to a tree Then he left the Then the belt which had been buckled around Dick's spot and making his way back to the road walked onward. wrists was unbuckled and his arms were free. W'hen he was close to the encampment he left the road ancl again entered the timber. "I shall have to be careful." he thought; "they will have sentinels out, doubtless, anrl I mustn't stumble on one of them :-\lowly and cautiously Dick advanced and presently he paused and took a survey of the situation. He had come to a large, open space of several acres in extent, and in this open space the British were encamped. "I guess I might as well face Arnold," thought the youth; "I have a curiosity to see him, anyway, and if I have to make a break for liberty, and take chances, I shall take a shot at him; for of all men I would prefer to put a bullet through that arch traitor!" The little party had attracted considerable attention as it made its way across the clearing, and a number of red coats called out to their comrades and asked what was the 'This is Arnold's .force, sure enough!" said Dick to 111.nlseJ.f. trnble. The three made answers as they saw fit and "He has quite a large force, too Dick was standing there gazing out upon the animated scene when suddenly he was seized from behind. He strug gled, but was helpless, for there were at least three men who had seized him; and strong and athletic though he was he could not hold his own against such odds. He was soon thrown to the ground and his hands bound together behind his back, after which he was marched into the encampment. It had been quite dark in the shadows of the trees, but the instant they were out in the open and Dick's captors saw that he had on a British uniform they gave utterance to exclamations. "Who in blazes are you?" "Why didn't you say you were a British soldier?" kept on till they came to a tent near the centre of the eneampment. "Tell General Arnold that we wish to see him," said one of the soldiers to the orderly who sat in front of the tent. He rnse and entered th.e tent. Reappearing a .few mo ments later he said: "Enter; he will see you." He held the flap, which constituted the door, back as he spoke The redcoats pushed Dick through the opening ahead of them and then .followed. They were in the presence of General Arnold, the man "hose name was in.famous throughout the country on ac count of his terrible act of treason. Dick eyed him closely without seeming to do so. The "What ails you, anyway?" youth had met Arnold once before when the latter was an Dick thought he might succeed in getting free and houored officer in the patriot army, up near Saratoga, and quickly spoke up: "I thought you were rebels," he said; "I hr, wondered if the man would remember him supposed that, of course, none of you fellows would attack "If he does," thought Dick, "it will be all up with me. a comrade." for he is aware that I ha>e done a great deal to damage ..


/ 18 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' JUSTIUE. the British, and be glad of the opportunity of getting me out the way." Arnold looked up, frowningly. "Well," be said, "what do you want ?" One of the men stepped forward, and, saluting, said: "I was trying to decide whether or not it was Arnold's force." "Humph!" Dick could not tell what the exclamation meant, so said nothing. "We have a prisoner here, sir, which is the reason of our "How are things down in Georgia?" asked Arnold coming. We thought that perhaps you would wis h to see presently. him." "Oh, all right!" was Dick's reply. Arnold ran his eyes over the four, a surprised aftd puz"Humph! so you wish to join my force, do you?" zlcd look on his face. "I should like to do so, sir." "A prisoner?" he said "Why, you are all British Arnold was silent for a few moments, during which time soldiers and I don't understand what you mean?" he knitted his brows and seemed to be thinking deeply. "This man was found hiding behind a tree and spying Presently: be took up the candle from off the little portable upon the encampment," the spokesman said, indicating table and hanaed it to the redcoat who bad act e d as Dick. ..... "Ha Say you so?" Arnold exclaimed, and then be took a good look at Dick. spokesman "Hold it close to his face," he said. Dick steeled his nerves to enable him to undergo the The youth stood the scrutiny well, but was afraid it was ordeal which he knew was coming. all up with him. He was nearly three years older than "He is suspicious and thinks it possible that he has when Arnold had seen him, true, but he had not changed met me before," thought the youth; "I am afraid he will much. His face had some scraggy beard, where it hli{l recognize me, but perhaps be may not." been smooth; this was about the only difference. It must The redcoat took the candle and held it close to Dick's have changed his appearance considerable, however, or else face. Arnold's memory was bad, for no light of recognition came Arnold leaned forward and studied the youth's features into his eyes. "Who are you?" be asked. "Uy name is Sam Sparks." "Are you a British soldier?" "Yes, sir." "Where are you from?" "Georgia." "'hat are you doing up here?" "I came to join Arnold's force." "YOU did?" "Yes." "Who were you with down in Georgia?" "Tarleton." "Tarleton, eh?" "Yes, sir." "Why did you leave him?" "I had a falling out with one of the men and came near killing him; and Tarleton told me that be did not blame me, but that as the man I had hurt had a lot of friends he thought it would be best for me to go somewhere else and join some other force." "And so you came up into Virginia, eh?" Yes, sir." "What were you doing, spying on the encampment?" closely, searchingly. Dick was on a gteat nervous strain, but he did not flinch. Indeed, no one, to have seen him, would have suspected that he was at all worried. Arnold studied Dick's face for nearly a minute, antl then suddenly a peculiar light leaped into his eyes. Dick was watching him closely and saw it. "He has recognized me!" be thought; "it is all up with me now!" Arnold made no sudden or excited exclamation, ho1rnver. Instead he settled back in bis camp-chair and looked down at the ground for a few moments in silence. Then he looked up and said, in the most quiet, matter-of-fact man ner imaginable: "Haven't I met you before?" Dick answered as quietly: "Not that I know of, ;;ir." He noted that the officer inclined his head and seemed to be listening to the sound of his voice, and a sudden thought came to Dick: "He fancies that he remembers my voice," he said to himself. "You think we have never met be ore?" "I think not, sir." Arnold was silent a few moments, and then said: "I think we have met before." ''YOU think SO ?" "Yes."


' '"\Yhere, if I may ask?" by the bold an<;l unexpected action uite sure!" was the positive reply, with a triumphant smile. "And you are sure that I am Dick Slater?" "I am." "Dick Slater!" from another. The advancing crowd paused and begdn to ask questions. They presently learned that the man -who had been taken to the tent a prisoner had turnerr out to be Dick Slater, "And no denial of mine would make you think differthe noted "rebel" spy, and that he had shot General Arnold ently ?" and taken flight. "Ko." "That was him we met running away!" cried one, "Yery well; so be it!" 'rhen, quick as a flsah, Dick drew quicker witted than his fellows. "Come; we must catch a pistol and leveled it. him!" t "Dir, you cowardly traitor!" the youth cried fiercely. The crowd whirled and darted away in pursuit of the Then crack! went the pistol, and with a wild cry of fugitive, who was seen entering the timber at the farther 1, pain and terror Arnold tumbled off the stool to the ground! side of the clearing. I CHAPTER IX. A great hue and cry was raised and soon a hundred men were in pursuit of Dick. The youth did not mind this, however. He was feeling pretty good just about then, for he had gotten through the DICK AND THE "sw.A.MP FOX." worst of the ordeal he was confident. He was now in the Instantly all was confusion. timber and felt that he would be ab1e to escape even i.f a The three redcoats had been so amazed and paralyzed ; British soldiers were after him


"I am skilled in woodcraft," he said to himself, "while to shoot you and can't be bothered to take you prisoner, they know little or nothing about such things. They I so you may go." might as well try to find a needle in a haymow." obleeged, mister." He kept on running and soon had the satisfaction of The man walked away, but paused when he was fifteen hearing the sound of the shouts of his pursuers growing to twenty yards distant and called back, in a peculiar, fainter and fainter. high-pitched, nasal voice: "Ye hed better tell ther Whig "I am leaving them behind," he thought; "well, I might people up aroun' Tom Walters' place ter keep theer eyes as well begin making the circuit, for I must get back to open! Ther Tories air gittin' reddy ter do er lot uv where I left my horse devilment up thar, an' they're goin' ter do et afore vers He started on the long circuit and after half an hour long!" oi rapid traveling reached the spot where his horse was tied. Dick was surprised. Who was this man and what did As he drew near the place he heard the animal kicking he know about the matters of which he spoke? Dick callrd and plunging around and snorting as if in fear of some-out to him: 1.hing. "Wait," he said, "I wish to have a few words with you.'' "What can be the matter, I wonder?" the youth asked But the man leaped away and almost instantly disaphimself; and then he advanced slowly and cautiously, peared from sight in the depths of the forest. Dick knew watching carefully as he did so. it would be useless to try to follow him as the fellow was When he was within a few yards of the horse he caught a born woodsman and even an Indian could not ha1e found sight of a man who was trying to get close enough to the him. animal to untie the halter strap. He was a tall, roughly "I would have liked to ask him a few que;;tions," dressed fellow, and Dick saw at once that he was not a the youth thought, "but it really doesn't matter; he has redcoat. "arned me, and the knowledge that danger threatens "Some wandering rascal who thought he would ride sutlicient for our purpose. We can be on the lookout fol' a. while instead of walking, I suppose," thought the youth; trouble now. "well, I will give him a little surprise J ust then Dick heard the sound of voices. They were in Then, pistol in hand, he stepped forward and said: the direction of the redcoat encampment and were coming "What are you about, you scoundrel?" closer &nd closer. The man uttered an exclamation and whirled around. "There come the redcoats!" thought Dick; "I must be When he saw that the other had him at a disadvantage, he getting away' from here cried out: He untied his horse and led him out to the road. Leap" Don't shoot, mister!" ing into the saddle he rode away toward the north. He 1'I'll shoot if you don't give an explanation of your ac-had gone perhaps half a mile when he suddenly found himtious, and that quickly!" self. confronted by four horsemen, who leveled their musDick saw that the man was one of those peculiar men kets at him and called out to him to halt who make a living hunting and trapping; this was shown by his dress "Ob, I wuzn't doin' nothin'," was the sullen reply. "I know better. You were trying to get my horse." "Oh, is this your hoss ?" "It is." "Is thet so?" "Yes." Dick saw the men were redcoats; he could see their scarlet coats quite plainly in the moonlight, but he was iu a hurry to get back to the Walters home and did not fancy being detained. It might be possible that he would be made a prisoner by the redcoats if he stopped to parley, so he whipped out his pistols and fired two snapshotcl as quick, almost, as thought. One of the redcoats fell to the ground, while another "Waal, I'm glad I know et, mister. Ye see, I wuz on'y reeled in the saddle. The horses of all four began rearing wantin' ter fin' out whose boss et wuz. I hain't got no and plungi ng, and the result was that while the two re use fur er hoss maining redcoats fired at Dick their shots went wild and "Your curiosity got the better of you, eh?" he was not injured. "I guess thet's erbout et Dick put spurs to his horse and dashed forward, at the "Very well; I don't believe your story, but I don't wish same time drawing his other two pistols-he alway car ,-


ried four-and as he came even with the redcoats he fired 1 plish, and was ready to give all the aid iL. two more shots. which would be considerable. One of the two redcoats who had not been hit at the When General l\Iarion saw Dick and learned who he first fire, went down, and the other uttered a cry of pain he was delighted. He wrung the you,th's hand and and anger. Onward up the road went Dick, and the told him how glad he was to meet him. redcoats were speedily left behind. "And you say your force is within two miles of here?" "I got through that in first-class style," thought Dick. he asked eagerly. "I guess they were not expecting any resistance on my part, and it took them by surprise." The youth had ridden not more than half a mile farther when he found himseH confronted by a party of at least ten men, who were stretched across the road in such as to make it impossible for him to get past with out encountering one of them. "Halt!" cried one of the men. "Who are you?" Dick thought it best to obey the command, and brought his horse Lo a stop. Then, too, there was something about the men which made him think they were friends. "I am a friend, I think," replied Dick, quietly. "Who are you?" One of the men laughed. "You arc all right he said; "you are certainly possessed of considerable shrewdness." you; don't you think that, as you outnumber me ten to one, it is only fair that you tell me who you are before I tell who I am?" "Well, I don't know but you are right; then know you that we are members of General Marion's band!" "What exclaimed Dick, in delight; "you mean the 'Swamp Fox?' "Yes. And now, who are you?" "I am Dick Slater, captain of 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' and we have down into Virginia to join y.ou and help you make things lively for the redcoats!" ''.Are you indeed Dick Slater?" was the question in eager tones. "I !tm." "And where are your men?" "Camped near a farmhouse about two miles from here.'' "Good! General Marion will be delighted to hear that. Will J:OU come with us and see him now?" "How far is it to where he is?" "Half a mile back in the timber." "Yes, I will go with you." "Good! come along." The men rode into the timber and Dick accompanied them. He rode in front, alongside the leader, and they conversed as they went. By the time they reached the en campment of the "Swamp Fox" the youth had a good knowledge of what it was that Marion wished to accom"Yes, sir," replied Dick. "How many men have you?" "One hundred." ..... "Good, good It was evident that l\Iarion was delighted. "And I have only eighty men,'' in a half-musing tone; "your force will more than double my strength, numerically t least. With that number we ought to be able to strike Arnold some severe blows." "I i hink so, sir." "And you will join me, Mr. Slater?" "I was sent down here by the commander-in-chief to find and join you or Lafayette and assist all in my power to hold Arnold in check protect the homes of the Whigs in this part of the country." "Good! And you will join me at once?" "At once ; this very night if yon wish." "1''ithin the hour, if pos ible, Mr. Slater," eagerly; "I have discovered where a blow may be struck the enemy, and if your men will join me at once we will go and get in the blow before morning." "I will go at once, sir, and bring my men." "Do so; and get here just as quick as possible." "I will do so." Dick mounted his horse and rode away. He soon reached the road and then urged his horse forward at a swift gallop. 'l'en minutes later and he w11s at the home of Walters. He made his way back to where the "Liberty Boys" were in camp, and awoke Bob Estabrook. "Get the boys up at once, Bob," he said; "I have found General Marion and be wishes us to join him at once and go on an expedi tion against the British to-night. Hurry!" "I'll get them up right away, Dick. But what are you going to do?" "I'm going to the house to speak with Mr. Walters. Danger threatens the Whigs from the Tories, and I wish to warn him to be on his guard and keep a sharp lookout for trouble." Dick made his way to the house and knocked on the door, and when Mr. Walters came be told the man what the trapper had told him-that danger threatened the Whig


_ the Tories, and warned him to be o n the "Yes; we will guarantee to run any of the redcoats to "I am going away with my 'Liberty Boys,' explained Dick, "and you will have to loo)c out for yourselves." "Is that so-going away?" exclaimed Ur. Walters -''When are you going?" "Right away; the boys are up and getting ready to start now." death who may take it into their heads to chase us "Hum! waal, thefs all right, ef yo' kin do et," was ther reply. The "Liberty Boys" laughed. They were good-natured and were willing to wait till the time came for fighting to show their new comrades that they could fight as well as they. "Where are you going?" A few minutes later the word was given to start and the "We are going to join General Marion, who is about force moved away through the timber The men under two miles from he!e; but he is going to-night Marion were old woodsmen and could move through the to strike the British." "Oh, that's it?" timber as silently as the redmen of the forest, and they soon learned that their i1ew comrades could do the same. "Yes; and now I will say good-by; I hope, however, 'rbis increased their respect for the youths to a con ider that it will be only for a short time that we will be away. able degree They had expected that the youths would I trust that we will meet again before many days have make so much noise it would be impossible to get withi n passed." being heard, and they were agreeably Sluprised. "I hope so. Well, good-by!" "Tell your wife 'and daughter good-by for me." "I will." Then Dick returned to the camp and found the boys ready to start. .r o time was lost, but mounting they rode Marion had had some such fears as had his men, and he, too was agreeably surprised To Dick, who was in front beside him, he said: "Your men are wonders, Mr. Slater. They seem to be fine woodsmen." "They were almost to a man born and reared m the .away. As soon as they were in the road they moved fortimber," was the reply; "and they are almost as well ward at a gallop, and half an hour later were in General vcr!'ed in woodcraft as are the redskins themselves." J\farion's camp. "Which is fortunate, as it will enable us to slip right 1 The "Swamp Fox" looked the youths over with kindling up to the enemy's camp without our coming being di eyc1:'. "A likely looking lot of fellows he said; "and covered." if all accounts are true they are fighters, too. Now to go When they were within a quarter of a mile of the ;SJnfl R trike the redcoats a blow that they will remember!" British encampment a halt was called and four men were To Dick he said: "I\ e had better leave our horses sent ahead to locate the sentinel on that side and quiet J1erc It is only about a mile to the British encampment him. 'l'he men returned, after a brief absence, and saicl .and c 1rill not need the horses ; in fact, they would be rlrn t the way was clear. in our way and retard our progress through the timber i:ather than facilitate it." rrhen the order was given to advance slowly and cau tiously, and the men obeyed. They crept forward until "'l'hat i::; true," agreed Dick. Then the "Liberty Boys" right at the very edge of the clearing in which was the endismounted and tied their horses campment. Here they paused for a few moments and The youths were objects of considerable interest to the then, of a sudden, the sharp command to charge came men under 'l'hey were in the main, rough, unfrom the lips of the "Swamp Fox." couth, hardy and illy dres eel men from the mountains of ".Forward, men!" he cried. "Charge, and give it to North and South Carolina, and some of them had doul!ts the scoundrels!" I regarding the fighting abililies of the youths who were to The men obeyed the order on the instant. Leaping for-join issues with them. ward they clashed into the encampment, and as the startled "Kin yo' boyees fight?" asked one rugged mountaineer redcoats leaped up they were shot down or bayoneted. In-who was chewing vigorously at a great quid of tobacco. stantly, almost, the camp was in an uproar and the red"Well," replied Bob Estabrook, with a wink at some of coats came swarming out of their tents like hornets out: ihe boys \rho were standing near and had heard what the of their nests. There were at least fifteen hundred men wan had said, "what we lack in fighting abilities we make in the camp, and they so greatly outnumbered the "Swamp 'llp in running qualities." "Oh. thet's it?" in a perfectly serious tone. Fox's" force that it was his intention to make a quick, sharp rush forward, shoot and bayonet all he could in a


T IIE LIBERTY BOYS' JUSTICE. 23 1 ew moments and then retreat as soon as the enemy came tqe 'Liberty Boys,' and he told me that it was their warorth in force; but he had reckoned without the "Liberty cry.'' oys" when deciding to do this. They were eage.r for "Well, if I ever get a chance at those 'Liberty Boys,' as-(hc fray and not inclined to stop so quickly. So when you call them, it will go hard with them, I promise you :.\farion, in his sharp, high-pitched voice, gave the order that!" lo retire they did not obey. Instead they kept right on The redcoats had good cause to be out of humor. More oing and fought their way ahead with such energy that than half a hundred had been killed and wounded in that he redcoats gave way in terror. Wild cheers went up quick, fierce rush of the "Liberty Boys" and Marion's 1 rom the "Liberty Boys." men, and so far as they knew they had not killed a single1 "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" they cried, one of the attacking party. pgain and again, and kept firing their pistols and bayonet-It was an affair that rankled in the minds of the British ng all who came within reach of them; and so fierce was officers, and Arnold-who had been only slightly wounded heir rush and attack that the redcoats were utterly deand not killed by Dick's shot earlier in the evening-was jIIJOralized. The thought came to them that they were atlike a wild man. He raved and threatened and sent out acked by a force equal to their own, and they did not men in every direction in search of the da_ring force of :for a moment think that such a small force would dare men who had attacked so boldly. invade their encampment; the result was that the ''Liberty Boys" went clear across the clearing, cutting and slashing, hooting and bayoneting, cheering and yelling, and created ruch havoc, such a terrible disturbance, in act, that the fJ3ritish were unable to do anything, comparatively speak jng, until it was too late, and the enemy had disappeared the timber at the farther side of the opening. Then they suddenly awoke to the fact that they had allowed hemselves to be roughly handled by a mere handful, and rrhe different forces returned, one by one, later on, with the report that they could find no traces of the party that had struck them the blow. Arnold was angry and disappointed. "Wait! I will get a chance at that rascally Dick Slater and his 'Liberty yet!" he muttered. "And when I do he will wish he had not tried to shoot me, and had not played such a trick as he has played to.-night !" There was no doubt of the fact that Dick 8later would heir rage knew no bounds. fare badly if he was to fall into the hands of Arnold, the! The British officers yelled orders at the top 0 their arch-traitor. oices and a large force went in pursuit of the daring 'Liberty Boys." They might as well have remained in amp, however; they could no more have caught the 1ouths than they could have captured a will-o'-the-wisp. They returned half an hour later, tired and disguste

24 LIBERTY BOYS. JUSTI CE mn !" said the man who had had the comersation with Bob Estabrook. "Yer right erbout thet !" from another. 1 Yas; I guess ther redcoats think ez how they kin fight!" "Thet's right; say, they is jes' erbout ther heftiest fel lers in er scrimmage thet ever I seen "They air fur er fack !" "They are brave boys!" said Marion. '"Brave even to rashness." "Yer right erbout that, gin'ral," was the reply of one of the men; "but et wuz thet very rashness thet made et safe fur 'em ter do what they did. Ther redcoats thort ez how thar wuz a big force arter 'em an' wuz all bu'sted up an' didn't know whut ter do." "You are right about that," from 1\farion; "well, I wish they would hurry and come for we must get away from here very soon." "'s right; ther redcoats'll be snoopin' aroun', a-lookin' fur us purty quick, I reckon." "So they will." .Just then the "Liberty Boys" entered the camp .. They were tired, but triumphant, and were greeted with a sub dued cheer by Marion's men. "Mount your horses at once, for we must be getting away from here," said Marion. "Are any of your men so badly wounded they can't ride, Mr. Slater?" A roundabout course was chosen, as it was not desired to encounter Amold's force, and it was almost noon wher they reached the point for which they were headed. k brief stop was made just long enough for them to eat l bite and let their horses graze; and then they remountec e and rode onward in search of the redcoats who had beef C 1 committing the outrages in this Yicinity. Half an hour later, when tb:ey bad reached the top ol a high hill an exclamation escaped Dick. "We will find them yonderl" he cried. "See, there is ri house on fire The scoundrels are at work !" He pointed his finger, and the 0thers, looking in th a direction indicated, saw that Diek had: spakrn the truth. "Forward shouted Marion:. "If we hasten per we may strike them before they ca:n get away. We may even be. able to take them by surprise. Forward!" The party dashed down the slope and rode towarcl the burning house at a gallop. The house was only about a mile distant and it did not take them long to reach it. An intervening strip of timber hid them from the view of any persons in the vicinity the house and the result was that they were enabled t catch the redcoats napping. They dashed out of fhe tin ber at a point scarcely more than a hundred yards dista from the house, and the redcoats l'l ere taken entirely urprise. There were about one hundred of the British, an "No; we got through in fine shape. Two or three of straight toward them rode Marion and his men and Di the boys are wounded, but only slightly. We are all right Slater and his "Liberty Boys." and good for another skirmish at any moment." The patriots were yelling and cheering like mad, a The entire party mounted and rode away through the the redcoats turned and ran toward the timber at t timber, and after a ride of an hour a halt was called. All back of the house with all possible speed. Their hors dismounted, and here they went into camp for the night. were tied to the fence in front of the house, but th "This is a secluded spot, and I don't think there is realized that the enemy would be upon them before th any danger that the redcoats will find us," said Marion. Be placed a cordon of sentinels, and then all lay down to get some needed rest and sleep. 'l'hey were up bright and early next morning and Marion conferred with Dick, and with his officers. could mount, so they preferred to take their chances escaping on foot. :Marion's men rode to the fence and stopped there lou e nough to fire a volley at the fugitives; then they leap to the ground, climbed the fence and started in pursu "There have been a number of outrages committed by the firing as they ran. redcoats at a point a dozen miles to the southward," 'he Perhaps half the British force succeeded in reaching t said, "and I have a good mind to go down there and strike timber and making its escape, but the other half went do the enemy a blow while they are looking for us in this thirty of their number being killed and twenty-t neighborhood. What do the rest of you think about it?" wounded. All said they thought it would be a good idea, and so 1\farion s men went to work and succeeded in extinguis it was decided to put General Marion's plan into execution. ing the fire. Only the shed portion had been burned, t The order to mount was given, and twenty minutes later main portion of the house being saved. The owner the entire force was riding away from the place where the house, a Whig family by the name of Larkins, w they had spent the night. profuse in their thanks to General Iarion and his men


Tl E "That is all right," said General J\Iarion; "that is what are here for-to save the homes of patriots and to kill many of the redcoats as possible. I am indeed glad that got here in time to save your house." Spades were procured and the dead redcoats were buried; departure, to go back up in the vicinity of Richmond, as a messenger from Lafayette had come, telling them that there was likely to be some lively fighting in that part of the country soon. l[arion said his men would be sufficient to cope 'Yith en the question of what should be ther they went to the stable In half an hour's time 1ey back, bringing the wagons The wounded redcoats were loaded into the wagons and to the homes of the Tories. The latter did no1 Forward the "Liberty Boys" dashed, with wild che ers_. CHAPTER XI. "TilE LIBERTY BOYS'" JUSTICE. There were at least a hundred of the redcoats standing re about receiving the wounded men, but Marion soon in the yard of the \\alters home, but when they saw the a stop to the utterance of objections. "Liberty Boys" charging down upon them they ran to "You are their friends!" he said, sternly; "somebody their horses, and, leaping into the saddles, started to flee. as to take care of these wounded men, and it is only The youths were upon and among them before they igbt and proper that those sympathize with them could get away, howeYer, and a terrible hand-to-hand con ponld be the ones to administer to them Don't say aniiict was waged. The "Liberty Boys" were the attacking her word; you mus.t take care of them, and that is all party, however, and got in several volleys which so de-1e1:e is to it!" moralized the enemy that it could not do much. True, The Tories made no further objections. They saw that the redcoats fired two or three volleys, but the men were ey were in for it and that the best. thing they could do as to accept things as they without any words, and ake the best of it. trying to flee at the same time that they were firing, c on seLl(,lently had to fire almost backward, and their aim was bad-indeed, they were not able to aim at all, so to speak. \\hen the wounded men had been thus disposed of, all They simply reached around behind them, extended their turned to the home of Mr. Larkins. Nothing more had pistols, and fired at random Of course, they wounded i ?en seen of the redcoats, and it was probable that they several of: the "Liberty Boys," and killed one, but did not ad not stopped until they were well away from that do much damage, comparatively speaking They were chased half a mile by the main nody of :Marion was well pleased over the result of the encounter, r n d said that if he could get another blow in on the red 1 p ats who had been doing so much deviltry in this vicinity would be ready to return and give Arnold his attention more Ill To this end Marion and his men remained in that eighborhood, but Dick and the "Liberty Boys" took their Liberty Boys," but Dick Slater had caught sight of a British officer coming out of the stable, and he brought his horse to a stop, leaped to the ground, and, running across the yard, covered the officer with his pistol and called upon him to surrender The officer did so, and was disarmed by Bob, who had :followed Dick. Then they conducted the prisoner to where


26 TllE LIBERTY BOY::>' Jnl'rICE. the house had been and found ?iirs. Walters and Florence I and these other prisoners shall hang, as sure as my nam there. Dick Slater!" t "So those scoundrels burned your home, after all, Mrs. The fellow rode away at a gallop. There was no do Walters?" said Dick, after greeting the two. "Yes," was the reply, in trembling tones; "I was afraid that something oJ' the kind would be done. They have been especially angry at us on account of the fact that they got that he appreciated the gravity of the situation, in so as his commander and the othllr prisoners were concern l\Ir. Walters appeared just then, and with him was D Sheldon. 'l'hc latter had remained at the home of into trouble here twice before, and I suppose they were Ir alters when Dick and his "Liberty Boys" went sou -Octermined to burn us out of house and home, come what ward "ii.h Marion, on account of the fact that he had b might." clawed pretty badly by the panther that he had killed Dick's eyes flashed as he turned his gaze on the British the cabin the night it came so near eating Florence. 'r <>fficer. "You caused that house to be burned," he said, hrn had been away on some business, and the British h sternly; "and you shall repla.ce it, better than it was had no opposition when they put in an appearance a before, or I shall hang you and my 'Liberty Boys' shall made ready to burn the house. Urs. Walters and Flore Jm!n a dozen Tory homes!" had pleaded, and Florence had talked pretty saucy, but The officer was frightened; thi.; was evident, for he no avail; and they had withdrawn to the shelter of t turned pale and trembled. timber antcrcd, and then the groans and curses rose higher a higher. It was no use, howeYer, they had to keep at WOJ If they were to quit their commander \Yould be hung, a1 they themselves would, in all probability, be shot do There was no alternafoe; they hacl to keep "It is all right." he saic1; "you may go, anc1 if you disrastrful aS" it was. know when yon are well off you will bring all your com-As fast as the logs were gotten in shape for l1se hac:k with yo11. lf you fail, your commander; here, \"ere carried out into the opening and piled where t


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' JUSTICE. 27 lnld be handy when wanted, and the piles grew with burn the homes of all the Tories; so if you know \rhen pidity, for there were at least fifty men at work. you are doing well you will tell your redcoat friends, when rro say that the "Liberty Boys" enjoyed what was going you go back, that it will be best if they refrain from any 1 is putting it mildly; but the redcoats ilid not enjoy it. further work of that character in this vicinity." had buried twenty comrades who had fallen in the "I'll tell them." counter with the "Liberty Boys," before going to work, "Do so; you will get to see and talk to them, and I ld thjs had put a damper on their feelings, to start with. "on't." b.en there were a dozen wounded men, and these had 'l'hat afternoon the redcoats took their departure. They en taken to the homes of a couple of Tory neighbors of were allowed to take their horses but not their arms. "Wer. Walters." need i.he weapons and will keep them," said Dick; ''but Of course, it was impossible that the house should be "e don't need the horses, and have not the feed for them,. built in one day. Indeed, it took three days to do the so you may ride back." >rk, during which time the "Liberty Boys" kept the dcoats at work during the daytime and guarded them night, so there was no chance for them to escape. The uths kept a cordon of sentinels out, too, for they feared mold might hear of what was going on and send a force The redcoats were glad enough to get away on any. terms, and lost no time in doing so. They rode away at a gallop; nor did they slow up so long ns they were irn sight of the "Liberty Boys" and their friends ''Well,'' said Dick, turning toward 'Mr. \\'alters and his attack them and rescue their comrades. wife and daughter, with a smile, as the redcoats disapAnd Arnold undoubtedly would have done so, for he had peared from view, "the forcing the redcoats to rebuild 'ard of what was going on; but Lafayette got after him your home and reimburse you for the loss of your furniture-1r1 he had all he could do to look after himself for fl is what I call merely an act of justice--it is, I may say T 1ile, so the redcoats at J\Ir. Walters' were forced to look 'J...iiberty Boys'' justice. What do you say? Don't you t for themselves. think we dealt it out about right?" At the end of three days the house was :finished, and so r as the house itself was concerned it was just as good was the one that had been burned. The furniture, how er, would have to be replaced later on, and this was the eater loss. Dick had wormed out of the officer the fact ''I do!" said Mr. Walters, decidedly. "I think so!" from Mrs. Walters. ".It was glorious!" cried Florence. "Oh, it did me good' to see those redcoats have to work! It sened them right!'" The "Liberty Boys" all said the same, 11.ncl taken all in at he had some money, and he made him send a messenall no one was so very sorry that the affair of the burning r to Petersburg, where he said he hacl his headquarters, of the Walters home had taken place. It hacl given them 1d bring one hundred pounds in gold, which was handed a chance to strike the British a hard blow and teach them er to Mr. Walters. With this money he would be able a very much-needed lesson. Dick felt confident that if replace all that had been destroyed by the fire. would have a good effect in that it would make the red-Before letting the British officer and his men take their coats more careful about burning and pillaging. parture, Dick took the officer to one side and said: "I His work was completed here, now, however, and he got sh to tell you something and impress it upon your mind: ready to take his departure, to look for and join Lafayette. this house is burned, or if you bother Mr. Walters again, When he told Mr. Walters that he was going to go, Don hall make it my business to make a clean sweep of the Sheldon took him to one side and asked him if he might mes of every Tory in this part of the country-do you remain behind. derstand ?" "Aren't your wounds healed sufficiently yet?" asked "I understand,'' was the reply; "and you may be sure Dick, giving the ex-redcoat a searching look. one thing, and that is that I shall not bother any of the "Yes," was the reply; "so far as they are concerned, I ig families in this vicinity again. I have had enough should be able to go with you, but I'll tell you: Florence it, and if anything happens to any of them you may Walters has promised to marry me, and she me to ow that it was some one else who did the work and stay here and not go to war any more.'' t l." Dick smiled "I suspected something of the kind, SheI "Well, it matters not who does the work; if the homes don,'' he said; "well, I must congratulate you, for Florany of the Whig families in this vicinity are burned, ence is certainly a splendid girl. She is a prize for any if any of the people are bothered in any way, I sha11 man."


28 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' JUS'rICE. "She is, indeed!" was the enthusiastic reply. "She is I Walters, after which all four came to where Dick was the sweetest, best and dearest little girl in the world; and standing I am the luckiest fellow alive! I don't see how she ever They told him that they were in for having the miircame to take a notion to me, do you?" riage take place that evening in the new house, and t4at "Oh, there isn't anything so very strange in it, Sheldon," the young people of the neighborhood would be only replied Dick. "You are not a bad-looking chap, and then, you you saved her from insult from your comrade, Wallace, and later saved her life when threatened by the panther, and why should she not fall in love with you? I think it the most natural thing in the world." "Well, I'm glad she did, anyway; and I am the happiest gkd to come and witness the marriage and have a dance afterward. "1\Iost of the girls would give their eyes to get to dance with one of the 'Liberty Boys !' said Florence, with smiling face. So it was decided; and there was a great hustle and fellow in the world, Dick. But I hate to ask you to let bustle, for it was now three o'clock, and before eight, at me remain behind, when I know there is work for me which hour the ceremony was to be performed, it would be to do." "What are you going to do here, Sheldon?" "I thought-indeed, Florence, she-she-we thought that-that--'' necessary to get the house furnished in a slight degree by borrowing some furniture from some of the neighbors, and both the preacher would have to be brought; the neighbors would have to be called upon to furnish some food "Don't be. backward Sheldon," with a smile; "out plies as well, as it would be desirable to have a supper, with it." nnd all this would take a good deal of time and work. "Well, we had in mind that we would be married right There were a hundred of the "Liberty Boys," however, away, if you were willing that I should stay here, and I and they were eager for the sport and ready to work hard hope that you will be, for-for I fear that we shall both to get the chance to enjoy themselves. The result was that be greatly disappointed if you refuse." "You will settle down and live here if you marry?" "Yes; Walter s has a large farm, and says he will be glad to have my help in taking care of it." Dick was silent a few moments, during which time he was thinking rapidly, and Sheldon was watching him by seven o'clock the Walters house was reasonably well furnished; there was food a-plenty on hand, and already cooked, too, and ready to be eaten; the preacher was on hand also, and all that remained was for the company to come and then the ceremony would be performed. Soon the young people began pouring in, and by a anxiously. Presently Dick spoke: "Is there a preacher quarter of eight the house was crowded; indeed, it was im near here that you could get quickly?" he asked. possible for one-third of those present to be in the large Sheldon's face lighted up. "Yes; only a couple of &itting-room when the ceremony was performed, but that miles away," was the eager reply.

'l'HB LIBERTY BOYS' JUSTICE. 29 o the majority of those present. Indeed, Sheldon and that scoundrel and traitor to task than to aid in anything were so happy that 11iey set a gooa example -for else that I can think of. 1 ll the rest. "And I shall be glad to give him a blow; he is worse l 'l'he dancing was kept up till nearly daylight, and it is ihan the British themselves, Mr. Slater." \Jrobable that the sun was up before some of the young "I aui aware of that. He has pillaged and burned since people got home, as tliere were couples present from a coming down into Virginia, and it is time he was brought diEtance> of three to four miles. up with a round turn." The "Liberty Boys" threw themselves down on their "\Yell, that is w hat I hope to be able to do." 1blankets, at their camp, and snatched two or three hours Soon after dinner the entire force under Lafayette moved 1 sleep, and then were as good as new, for they were used away toward the south, and the soldiers were in a lf\rely to losing sleep and it did not have much effect on them. mood. They scented fighting and were eager to get at 'They s to come and see you," said Dick, and he was five miles and then stopped and rested till nightfall. Then urged to clo so. 'l'hey had about two miles when they were chal l enged, and Dick was delighted to find that they had run onto a detachment of Lafayette 's army He asked the wny to the main encampme nt, and one of the soldiers went with them and guided them to the encampment. Dick introd11ced himself to was giYen a joyous greeting. "I nm indeed glad to make your acquaintance, 11Ir. Slater!" said Lafayette; "I have beard many stories of the bravery of your 'Liberty Boys,' and I am about to make nn attempt in which I shall be only too glad to haw you join with me, as your assistance will be very valuable." Lafayette sent out spies, who returned after an absence of a couple of hours and reported that Arnold's force was within a mile of them. "Arc they in a strong position?" asked Lafayette. "Rot so very; we can take them by surprise, I am confident," was the reply. "Good I hope that sh!iU to do so, and ii we do succeed I think we shaii be abie to put a check to the burning and pillaging by the men under Arnold." It was decided to make no move till near midnight, imd the men even lay down and snatched two or three hours' sleep before it was necessary to start on the ex pedition. Promptly at midnight the entire force moved forward. "Anything we can do will be gladly done," Dick hast-It advanced cautiously, being more than half an hour in going the mile that intervened between the two encamperred to say. "I was sure of that; I met General Marion yesterday and he told me how you aided him in giving the redcoats a thrashing a few days ago, down to the southwa rd a ways." "You saw General Marion, you say?" "Yes." "And is he going to assist you in this attempt which you arc going to make?" "He is; and has already gone to take up his position. 1 We will move this afternoon." "An cl what is it you are going to do, if I may ask?" "We ar e going to make a concerted attack on the British under .Arnold.'' "Ah, that is it, eh?" "Yes." "I am glad to hear it; I would rather a1>sist in bringing ments. redcoat sentinels were on the lookout, how ever and detected the approach of the patriot force ancl fired their muskets and alarmed the camp. "Charge!" cried Lafayette, seeing it was useless to try to take the enemy by surprise "Charge! and give it to the scoundre ls The patriot soldiers charged forward, with ringing cheers, and in the front ranks were the "Liberty Boys." On the night air rose the wild, thrilling war-cry: "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" Lafayette's men took up the cry and it went up in such a roar as must have sounded threatening indeed to the redcoats. Soon the rattle and roar of musketry and the crack! crack of pistol shot vplleys broke on the air and the carnage was under way. It was a terrible engagement while it lasted. The red-


" 30 THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUSTICE. coats had not been taken wholly by surprise, but they had they heard the sound of the firing, but had been unable bee n taken at a decided disadvantage, and they were un-to do so. able to make a strong stand. They ought or a while "Oh, well, it doesn't matter," said L afayette; wirh desperate energy, but when they had emptied their Slater and his brave 'Liberty Boys' were with me and we muskets and small arms and saw the advancing host, they were able to administer a sound thrashing to Arnold." decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and "But I should have been glad to help in 1.he good work!" broke and fled. said the "Swamp Fox," regretfully. "I wish w e co-.Ilcl The patriots followed with yells and cheers, and there have been with you!" wa.,; a running fight or quite a ways, and then the purBut the redcoats, had they known that the "s,rnmp suers stopped and returned to the late encampment of the enemy. It was found that over a hundred of the British had Fox" was not in the fight, would not have grieved oYer the matter, doubtless. The "Liberty Boys" wer e bad enough, and if they had been aided by :Marion's desperate been killed and seventy -five were wounded, while of the fighters it would have been even worse. patriots only twenty were killed and twenty-two wounded "It is a great, a glorious victory, Mr. Slater!" said General Lafayette, delighted, when the two met later on. "Yes, we did give them a pretty good thrashing,'' agreed Dick. "I think it will be a wholesome lesson to Arnold, don't you?" "Yes, I think it will do him good." Just then General Marion and his men put in an ap pearance. They had missed the fight. They had tried to gd there in time to render some aid to Lafayette, ater Thus ends the story of the "The Liberty Boys' J u s ticc." THE END. The next number (60) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS BOMBAHDED; OH, A VERY WARM TIME,'' by Harry :Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Se:n."t F'ree DA VS." The Larges t and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns .Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Addre ss FRANK Pnbli she1, 24 Union Square, N e w York.


c CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLETE PRICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. LATEST ISSUES: 146 The Diamond Island; or, Astray In a Balloon, by Allan Arnold 147 In the Saddle from New York to San Francisco, by Allyn Draper 98 The Young King; or, Dick Dunn in Search of His Brother, 148 'he Haunted Mlll on the Marsh, by Howard Austin by Jas. C. Merritt 149 'l' he Young Crusader. A True Temperance Story, b y Jno. B. Dowd 911 J oe Jecke!i_ The Prince ot Firemen, by Ex Fire Chief Warden 150 The Island of Fire; or, The !fate of a Missing Ship, JOO The Boy ttallroad King; or, l!'lghtlng fo r a l!'ortune, by A ll a n A r nold by Jas. C. Merritt 151 The Witch Hunter's Ward; or, The Hunted Orphans of Salem, 101 Frozen In; or, An American Boy's Luck, by Howard Austin by Richard R. Montgomery 102 Toney, the Boy Clown; or, Across the Continent With a 152 The Castaway's Kingdom; or, A Yankee Sailor Boy s Pluck, Circus by Berton Bertrew by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson 103 Ills First Drink; or, Wrecked by Wine, by Jno. B. Dowd 153 Worth a Million; or, A Boy's Fight for Justice, by Allyn Draper 104 The Littl e Captain; or, The Island of Gold, 154 The Drunkard's Warning; or,, The Fruits of the Wine Cup, by Capt. Thoe. H. Wilson by Joo. B. Dowd 105 The l\Ierman of Klliarney; or, The Outlaw of the Lake, 155 The Black Diver; or, Dick Sherman in the Gulf, by All'nn Arnold by Allyn Draper 156 The Haunted Belfry ; or, the Mystery of the Old Church 106 Jn the Ice. A Story of the Arctic Regions, by Howard Austin Tower, by Howard Austin 107 Arnold's Shadow; or, 'l'he .rraitor's Nemesis. 157 The Ilouse with Three Windows, by Richard R. Montgomery by General Jas. A Gordon 158 Three Old Men of the Sea; or, The Boys of Grey ,108 The Broken P ledge; or, Downward, Step by Step, Rock Beach, by Capt. Thos. H. W ilson by J oo. B. Dowd 159 3,000 Years Old; or, The Lost Gold Mine of the Hatchepee 109 Old Disaster; or, The Perils of the Pioneers, by an Old Scout Hills, by Allyn Draper 110 The Haunted l\Ianslnn. A tale of Mystery, by Allyn Draper 160 Lost in the Ice, by Howard Austin 111 No. 6; or, The Young Firemen of Carbondale. 161 The Yellow Diamond; or, Groping In the Dark, by Ex Fire Chief Warden by Jas. C Merritt 112 Deserted; or, Thrilling Adventures In the Frozen, 162 The Land of Gold; or, Yankee Jack's Adventures In Early by Howard Austin Australia, by Richard R. Montgomery '13 A of Wine; or, Ruined by a Social Club, by Joo. B. Dowd 163 On the Plains with Buffalo lilill; or, Two Years in the Wild ,r 14 'l'he Three Doors; or, Half a Million In Gold, by Jas. C. Merritt West, by An Old Scout 15 The Deep Sea Treasne; or, Adventures Afloat and Ashore. 164 The Cayern of Fire; or, The Thrilling Adventures of Professor by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson Hardcastle and Jack l\lerton, by Allyn Draper 116 Mustang Matt, The Prince of Cowhoys, by an Old Scout 165 Water-Logged; or, Lost in the Sea of Grass, 117 'l'he Wild Rull of Kerry ; or, A Battie for Life, by Allyn Draper by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson 118 'he Scarlet Shroud ; or, 'l'he J?at e of the Five, by Howard Anstln 166 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Exploring Central Asia 119 Brake and Thrc.ttle; or, A Boy Engineer's Luck, In His Magnetic "Hurricane," by "Noname" by J as. C. Merritt 167 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder, 120 Two Old or, l 'ound in the :&lephant Cave, by Richard R. Montgomery by Richard R. Montgomery 168 The Boy Canoeist ; or, Over 1,000 Miles In a Canoe, 121 The Boy Courier or Siberia; or, The League of the Russian by Jas. C. Merritt Prison Mines, by Allan Arnold 169 Captain Kidd, Jr. ; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long 122 The Secret of Page 99; or, An Old Book Cover, by Allyn Drape1 Island, by Allan Arnold '123 Resolute No. 10; or, 'l he Boy !!'ire Company of 170 The Red Leather Bag. A Weird Story of Land and Sea, by Ex l ?ire Chief Warden by Howard Austill' 124 The P.oy Scouts of the Susquehanna; or, The Young Heroes 171 "The Lone Star" ; or, The Masked Riders o f Texas. By Ally u of the Wyoming 'Valley, by an Old Scout Draper. 125 The Boy Banker; 01:, l!'rom a Cent to a Million, 172 A New York Boy out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa by H. K. Shacklefo r d By J as. c Merritt. 1'l6 S h orP Line Sam the Young Southern Engineer; or, Rall-173 Afloat With Captain Nemo; or, The Mystery of Whirlpool Island. roadlng In War 'l'imes, by Jas. C. Merritt By Capt. Thos. H Wilson. 127 On the Brink; or, 'l'he Perils of Social Drinking, by Joo. B. Dowd 174 Two noys' Trip to an Unknown Planet. B.1 Richard R. Mo nt12ll Tbe of Octuber,.1863, by Allyn Draper gomery. 129 Through an Unknown I.and; or, The Boy Canoeist of the 175 The Two Diamonds; or, A Mystery of the South African Mi n e s Qunnza, by Allan Arnold By Howard Austin. 130 The Blue Door. A Romance of Mystery, 176 J oe. the Gymnast; or, Three Years Among the J aps. B y AilaD by Richard R. Montgomery Arnold. Vil Runnlng with No. 6; or, The Boy lflremen of l?ranklln, 177 Jack Hawthorne, of No Man's Land; or, An Uncrowned Kln1t. by Ex Fire Chief Warden By "Noname. 132 IMtle Red ClouCl, The Boy In<'llan Chief, by an Old Scout 178 Gun:Boat Dick; or, Death Before Dishonor. By Jas. C Merritt. l !!3 Safety-Valve Steve; or, The Boy Engineer of the R. H. & l 7 9 A Wizard of Wall Street; or, The Career of Henry Carew, Boy W., by Jas. C Merritt Banker, by H.K. Vl4 The Drunkard's Victim, by Joo. B. Dowd 180 Fifty Riders In Black; or, The Ravens of Raven Forest. By 135 Abandoned; or, The Wo l f Man of the Island, Howard Austin. by Capt. Thos. H Wilson 181 The Boy Rifle Rangers; or, Kit Carson's Three Young Scouts. 13G The Two Schools at Oakdale; or, The Rival Students of By an Old Scout. Corrina Lake, by Allyn Draper 1S2 Where? or, Washed Into an Unknown World. By "Noname." 137 The Farmer's Son; or, A Young Clerk' s Downrall. A Story 183 Fred Fearnaught, the Boy Commander; or, The Wolves of the of Country 1md City J,ife, by Howard Austin Sea. By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 138 The Old Stone Jug; or. Wine, Cards and Ruin, by Joo. B. Dowd 184 From Cowboy to Congressman; or, The Rise of a Young Ranch130 Jack Wright and iUs Deep Sea Monitor; or, Searching for a roan By H. K. Shackleford. Ton of Gold, by ")'loname" 185 Saro Spark, the Brave Young Fireman: or, Always the First 140 The Richest Boy in the World; or, The Wonderful Adven-on Hand. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. tures of a Young American, by Ailyn Draper 186 The rooreiit Boy In New York, and How He Became Rich. By 141 The Ilaunted Lake. A Strange Story, by Allyn Draper N S. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '.76 .A. Weekly Magazine containine Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on a.ctua.1 fa.cts a.nd give a. faithful : account of the exciting adventures of a. ba.nd of American. youths who were a.lwa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping the ga.lla.nt cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 la.rge pa.ges of reading matter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES. 23 The L iberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making it Warm for the Redcoats. 24 The Liberty Boys Double Victory; or, Downing the Red c0ats and Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats in Philadelphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandywine. 29 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A: Dash to Save a Fort. 30 The Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' :Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check 32 The Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. 33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who was an Enemy. 34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeeded. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell. 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty's Cause. 37 The Liberty Boys Prize. and How They Won It. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 39 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything in Sight. 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare; or, Almost T Fapped. 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In t:he Nick of Time. 43 The Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Busines;i by Whole-sale. 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Di'sappearance of Dick Slater. 46 The Liberty Boys Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 47 The Liberty Boys Success; or, Doing What They Set Out to Do. 48 The Liberty Boys Setback; or, Defeated, But Not Dil! graced. 49 The Liberty Boys in Toryville; or, Dick Slater' s F earful Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Liberty. 51 The Liberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the R e d coats at Their Own Game. 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss a s Good as a Mile. 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foes on All Sides. 54 The Liberty Boys' Flight; or, A very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys Strategy; or, Out-generaling the En emy. 56 The Liberty Boys Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How to Fight. 57 The Liberty Boys' Pu-sh; or, Bound to Get The re. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With Mad An thony" at Stony Point. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt ot price, 5 cents per copy, PBAllK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS etour and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill ln the Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return ma1!. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN 1.'HE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . --............. .. FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s h e r, 24 Union Square, New York. .............. ........ 1901 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: .. : copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................................... PLUCK AND LUCK ................................................ SECRET SERVIC E ................................................ THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76 Nos ...................................... 1 Ten-Cent Hand Books Nos .............................................. Name ......................... Street a n d N o ................. Town ......... State ...


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