The Liberty Boys' "lone hand", or, Fighting against great odds

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution .. Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as S econd Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in the ofTice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D C., b11 Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 64. NEW YORK, MARCH 21, 1902 Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. A STRANGE WARNING. "Jove I believe there is going to be a bad storm I wish I could find a habitation of some kind. These south ern storms are sometimes very severe." It was just growing dark 1on a summer afternoon in South Carolina, in the year 1780. A young man of per-it was evident that the storm would break soon. Th& rider kept urging the horse forward, and all of a sudden the brute stopped short and gave utterance to a snort of terror. "What's the matter, Major?" asked the rider, attempt ing to urge the horse forward. "This is no time to stop We must hurry forward, old fellow." The animal s only answer was to paw the ground an d snort in a frightened manner. haps twenty years was riding along the highway-which, "Go on, Major!" ordered the rider, but the horse would however, was scarcely more than a lane through not take another step forward. the timber. A storm did seem to be brewing, as the young man had said The low, threatening rumble of thunder could be heard in the distance, and as it grew darker, the :flash of the lightning could be seen. "Yes, there is going to be a storm, and quite a storm, too, if I am any ju\lge," murmured the lone rider; "I wish I could come upon the house of a settler before the "Well, that is strange," murmured the youn g man;. "Major is an exceedingly sensible horse, however, and if h e won' t go forward there must be a good rea s on for itah l What is that?" rrh e youth l e aned forward and star e d into the darkness expec tantly. By the light made by a faint flash of light ning he had caught sight of something stand i n g uprigh t storm breaks. It won' t be pleasant to be caught out in a in the road just in front. What it was he could not say thunder storm." The lone rider glanced eagerly around, and in front of him, but could see no sign of a house. His horse was tired, and had evidently been ridden hard, but the young man urged the animal forward at a gallop. as he had secured only a momentary, :flee ting glimpse, but h e would soon learn, for there would be more and orighter l i ghtning :flashes in a few moments. Suddenly there came a bright flash of lightning and the rider gazed eag e rly upon the object which had caused the "I must find shelter somewhere," the young fellow murhorse to come to a stop. What the youth saw was a rough mured. "I don't fancy getting soaked with rain, and p e rboard shap e d like a coffin, and it was standing upright in haps struck by lightning." the road with the wide end up. Onward he rode. It grew darker and dark e r, the rising "Well, well I What does thi s m e an, I wond er?" the clouds aiding in accentuating the darkness and it soon was y oung man murmured. "I 1IlUS t investigate. I think impossible for the youth to see more than a few yards th e re i s some writing on that board; perhap s it will ex ahead. Soon he could see scarcely at all, and the thunder plain the mystery." rolled louder and more threateningly, and the flash of the The y oung man leaped to the ground and stri ding for-igbtning was more frequent and much plainer to be seen. ward, reached out and felt around till he was e nabled to, Soon the rider could see nothing at all save when there station himself right in front of the board. as a lightning flash, and he had to trust to the horse to "N I'll be all ready to read when the n e xt fl.ash nd the way. Animals have better eyes for the night than comes," he said to him s elf. "Jove this is rath e r queer,. o human beings, and the animal manag e d to s ta y in th e whe n a fellow comes to think about it! I wond e r what road, though be was forced to drop back to a walk-whic h i t m e an s anyway?" the tired brute, however. But h e was s oon to l e arn. Jus t then there came a flash Louder and more frequent sounded the thunder, and of lightning-in fact; a s eries of three or four, and by the-


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." light thus made the youth was enabled to read what was Dick read the words on the board. He had not made written or rather scrawled on the board. At the extreme any mistake; the words were there, just as he had seen top of the board was a rudely drawn skull and cross-bones, them the first time, and his name was there, too. and underneath, running downward, the words under each other, was the following: "DICK SLATER, GO BACK! IF YOU PASS THIS SPOT YOU DIE!" The 'words were not many and the youth succeeded in reading them during the time the light lasted, and when "There is no mistake about it," the youth said to him self; "somebody doesn't want me to come any farther south, and has warned me away. Now, I wonder who it could be that would do that?" Dick puzzled his head over the question for some time, hut, of course, could not figure it out. Just as he was about to turn away from the board there came a dazzling flash of lightning, followed immediately by a loud crash of thunder. The horse reared up and snorted in terror, but Dick had hold of the strap and the animal could not get away. "Jove! I don't like this!" murmured Dick. "I must hasten or I will be caught out in the rain, sure enough." 'l'hen he turned and seized hold of the board and pulled the light was gol;le and he stood in the blind condition in it out of the ground. The end had been sharpened and which the contrast between the dazzling light and the the board had been driven)nto the ground. He.gave the darkness left him, he was thinking. Loard a toss to one side, and just as he did so there came "Now, who is it, down here, that knew I was coming?" another brilliant flash of lightning. he asked himself. "I thought my coming was not known As the light died out and all was blackness, there came to any one, yet it is evident that such was not the case. a voice from the roadside. "Dick Slater, bewiye I" was Somebody knows I am in this part of the country, and that what the voice said, and it was said in a very threatening tone, indeed. "Aha so you're there, are you?" cried Dick. "Yes, I'm here "I suspected as much." "Oh, you did?" "Yes." ... somebody-or those somebodies-are not friends of mine, either. Whoever they are they knew I would pass along this road this evening and they have prepared a little spec tacular entertainment for my benefit. Doubtless they expect that as soon as I see this board and read what is written there, I will turn and go back in a hurry. Well; they will be fooled I don't think that Dick Slater will "That doesn't matter. You are going to be warned to allow himself to be scared out so easily as all that." turn back." The young man was indeed Dick Slater, who at that "Turn back?" time was famous throughout the country on account of the wonderful work he had done for the great cause of Liberty. He was the captain of a company of youths of about his own age, and these youths were known as "The Liberty .Boys of '76." They were famous, indeed, and had a great reputation for daring and bravery on the field of battle. As for Dick, he had earned for himself the title of "The Champion Spy of the Revolution." "Yes." "Oh, no!" "You will not ? "No!" "You had better." "Why so?" "You will lose your life if you go on." "Do you think so?" "I know it." Dick Slater was now down in South Carolina on secret business, and he had traveled all the way from the North under a fictitious name, and had supposed his identity un known to any one south of New Jersey, yet here was his name written on the coffinshaped board, with a warning for him to keep back and not go any farther in the direc tion he had been going. "You mean that you tlunk you know it." Dick's tonev was perfectly cool and calm. Again there came a series of lightning flashes and again "No, I know it. If you venture another mile farther you will never live to return to the North!" "One question." "Well?" "Who are you?" a


''I would be a fool to tell you, would I not?" "Why so?" "Why, then you would know who I am, and--" "But you forget; I am doomed, and what harm can it do to tell a doomed man who you are?" There was sarcasm in the young man's tone, and the other seemed to recognize the fact for h e said : "You are pleased to make light of me and my warning, I see." "Oh, not that particularly. Bl1:t s ay, why do y o u wis h me to stay away from this part of the c ountry?" "That is my affair." "Oh, that's it?" "Yes ." "Well, it is my affair that I do not c hoose to s tay away." "You had better." "I don't think so." "I know so; your life will pay the forfeit if y ou advance another mile the way you have been going." "I'll risk it. "YOU mean to say that you are going to go on in spite of the warning?" "'l'hat is what I mean." "You are a fool!" "Thanks for the compliment; you are another "Why am I a fool?" "For thinking that you could frighten me and make me turn back by having recourse to such a silly trick as this one." emy, but could not. Doubtless the fellow was hidden behind a tree. "Aha, you have pulled the board down!" said the voice. "Yes; and tossed it to one side, out of the way." "And you are going to go on in spite of the warnin g?" "I am." "Your blood b e on your own h e ad, then!" "Of course." "You will regret y our a c tion i n di sreg arding th e warning." "Perhaps so." "I know it." "Oh, you are very knowing!" said Dick s arca s ti c ally. "Do you know what I think about you?" No, I don't know that." 'rhen I'll enlighten you. scoundrel!" "What's that!" "You heard what I said." I think you ar e a cowardly "Do you mean to call me a cowardly scoundrel, you reb e l hound?" "That is just what I do call you, and it i s just what you are, too." 'Tis false "It is true !" "l say it is not!" "I can prove it." "Do so, then-if you can." "Very well; I will prove that you are a coward by challenging you to come out here in the road and fight me "I didn't wish to harm you, and decided to give you You will refuse, r know, and that will prove that what I fair warning, and that seemed to be the only way of doing said is true." it without revealing my identity to you." "What is that? You dare me to come out in the road "You might as well have taken the open, manly course, and fight you?" and come to me openly, my friend." "Yes. Accept the challenge if you dare!" "You think so?" "I know it." "Why should I as well have done so?" ''For the reason that I will soon find out who you are, anyway." "You think so?" "Yes." "Don't fool your s elf, Dick Slater. You will never know who I am." Dick awaited the unknown enemy s reply with eager interest. CHAPTER II. A C ROSS THE DEAD-LINE. There were a few moments of silence and then the un"I would be willing to wager something that I will know seen enemy spoke. "I refuse to accept the challenge," was ho you are, and before many days, too." what he said; "but it is not because I am a coward "Bosh! But take my advice and heed that warning." "Oh, it isn't?" in a mocking tone. There came another brilliant flash of lightning at this "No." oment and Dick tried to get a sight of his unknown en"Then why refuse?"


,, .. 2=2=sn============================:=== "For the reason that there is no need of my doing so." "Oh, there is no need?" "No; I will be able to kill you, anyway, and will not need to take any chances by meeting you in mortal combat." ".And that proves what I said-that you are a coward." "No, it does not.',. "How do you make it out?". "It is simply policy to refuse a personal encounter." "Why so?" "Why, to ask me such a question." "Oh, that is all right. You live in the vicinity, don't you?" "I won't say; but if such is the case--what ?" ''Why, you are informed regarding matters, t,hat's all. You know where there are houses, how far it is to them, and all about it; and I have always made it a rule that when I wish information I ask people who are likely "That is what you term it-'policy,' eh?" to know what I ask about.'' "Yes; would not I be a fool to meet you and take "That part of it is sensible enough, but have you stopped chances of getting killed, when by waiting a few hours I to think that I might easily direct you to the house of an can put you out of the way, safely, without risk to myself?" enemy of yours, and a friend of mine, where we could "Well, yes-if you can do it. But can you?" easily put you out of the way and no one be the wiser?" "Can I put you out of the way?" "Yes-without risk to yourself?" "I most can-and will! Unless, indeed, you :reconsider the matter and decide to heed the warning you have received." "Well, I shall not do that." "Oh, yes; but, you see, I make it a rule to meet only one dilemma at a time. Just now I am worrying about finding shelter from this storm, and I don't care a rap where I find it-whether in the home of a friend or au enemy. That will come up for consideration later. If l agreeable, I will go home with you and we can talk this "You had better!" The tone was angry and threaten-matter oYer as we go." ling. Dick said this in the most matter-of-fact tone imaginDick Slater laughed scornfully. "Why, my dear sir," he said, "you don't know me at all if you think to frighten me back. It has the opposite effect. I would go on, now,

made up my mind that a man who takes any chances with Who was this mysterious enemy? Why was he so thoughtyou, Dick Slater, is a fool!" "Thank you." "I have heard many stories regarding you; you have made such a wonderful name for yourself by ventur ing right into the lines of the British, and often right into ful as to warn him to go back instead of letting him come, and killing him? How had he learned that Dick was coming down into South Carolina? These were difficult questions, and, of course, the youth could not answer them. the British headquarters, and then making your escape, "I shall have to keep my eyes open now," Dick said to and I did not believe more than half that I heard; but I himself; "I rather think there is more than one enemy, do now." and they will, no doubt, put their threats execution "Oli, you believe it, now?" and try to put me out of the way. They are certain to, "Yes; and I do not propose to take any chances at all after having gone to such trouble to warn me back." You are a dangerous fellow; I can see that, now, and I shall be very, very careful." "Well, that is your right and privilege I will say that it will do you no harm to be careful as I might accidentally It was a mysterious affair, and Dick presently dismissed it from his mind and turned his thoughts on finding the house the man had spoken of and getting shelter for the night. get the better of you, you know." The road crooked and turned and made quite a wide "l am convinced that you will do so if you have half a bend, but when the youth had gone about three-quarters chance." "I will do my best; but say, can you not at least tell me how far it is to the nearest house ahead?" "You won't turn back?" of a mile he suddenly came in sight of a light. "That is shining through a window, I take it," thought the youth; "well, I am glad to know that I have found a house at last. The storm is about to break." Indeed, a few dashes of rain had already fallen and "Well, then, it is about three-quarters of a mile to the more would speedily follow, without The lightning _earest house in that direction." was becoming much more frequent and the thunder louder "Thank you." and more continuous. "Think 'l'Cll before you decide to go forward!" There Dick rode up to the front door of the house, which, he could sec-the lightning flashes making this possible I will go on to the house, get under shelter, and then was a good sized log one, and, dismounting, knocked on o my thinking," was Dick's quiet reply; "it is too threatas deep menace in the tone. the door. ning now, and the storm is too imminent for o,ne to stop nd do much pondering." "All right; suit yourself." "I shall do so; good-by." Dick mounted his horse and rode away down the road, 11st as a brilliant ft.ash of lightning came, and the unknown There came the sound of footsteps, and then the door opened. A man was shown against the light background, and he gazed out at Dick, inquiringly. "Who are you, and what do you want?" he asked. "I am a travele r and would like to stop over night with oe, if he was looking, and there was little doubt of this, you," was the reply; "there is a bad storm coming and I ould not help seeing that the youth was riding on toward don't wish to be out in it." he south. "I don't blame you for that; well, you can stay, I guess Dick was made to realize that he was being watched, for "Thank you," said Dick; "I will pay well for the night's mediately following the flash of lightning came the lodging.'' ords: "You will do nothing of the kind," was the prompt "You have crossed the dead -line! Beware!" CHAPTER III. ELSIE WARNS DICK. reply; ";you must remember that you are in the South, sir. We do not deal out hospitality and charge a man for it." "Very well; we will not quarrel about that," said Dick. ''I shall be glad to partake of your hospitality on any "All right; I will be on the lookout for you, my friend!" terms to-night." e called back. The man stepped out and closed the door. "Come Then, as he rode onward, Dick kept up a rapid thinking. with me,and I will show you where to put your horse," he


,.. (j l J:5U I :::i' ---"LUI .... ,.,.., --------------================================== said. "Or, stay, you go in the house and I will put the at the girl. "No," he replied, "Philadelphia isn't so large horse in the stable. There is no need of your going." as New York. I don't know much about the last-named "Oh, I can go just as well as not." "No; you go in the house." The man opened the door and half pushed the youth through the doorway and then closed the door again. Dick glanced about him and saw a woman and a girl, both of whom rose and courtesied. The woman was per haps :forty-five years of age, the girl, seventeen or eighteen. The woman was not bad-looking; the girl was really beau tiful. "How do you do, sir?" the woman said. The girl said nothing, but she eyed Dick searchingly, and, he fancied, in rather a peculiar manner. "Good evening, ladies!" said Dick, bowing gracefully and doffing his hat. "I am pleased to meet you, and you do not know liow glad I am that I have gotten under a roof, :for it is going to be a bad night out." "You are right," replied the woman as a deafening crash of thunder was heard; "I :fea1; that storm may do con siderable damage to the crops." "I should think that it might do a great deal of dam age," the youth replied. "Pray, be seated, sir," the woman invited. Dick .took a seat. "May I inquire your name, sir?" the woman asked. "Yes, lady; my name is George Davis, and I am :from Philadelphia." "Ah? And I am Mrs. Wilson. This is my daughter Elsie, Mr. Davis." Dick bowed. "I am pleased to make the acquaintance of Miss Wilson," he said. Feeling that they would be curious to know what he was doing so far from Philadelphia, Dick told them a story that he had told everywhere he had stopped while coming South. He said that he had relatives down in city, however, as I was never there but once, and then only: for a couple of days." : "I have never been North," the girl said; "I was in 1 Charleston once, and it is quite a fine city." "Is it?" remarked Dick. f "By the way, Mr. Davis, have you had your supper?" asked Mrs. Wilson. "No, Mrs. Wilson, I haven't," the youth replied. "Then 1 suppose you are hungry." "To tell the truth I am a bit hungry." "I will set some :food on the table at once." i The woman went into the kitchen and began the work 1 of putting :food on the table, and this left Dick and the ] girl in the room together. Dick, who was watching the girl, sa w that she was nervous. She got up, looked at Dick, ] hesitated, and then, with a cautious glance toward the kitchen, said, in a low voice scarcely above a whisper: ''You are Dick Slater, the patriot scout and spy, are you J not?" j Dick was surprised. He looked at the girl in amaze ment. "Here is somebody else who knows who I am!" he chought. "Jove! I don't understand this matter at all H e looked at the girl searchi ngly :for a lew moments and then replied : "And supposing I am Dick Slater, then what?" "Then you are in danger-here!" frightened look in the girl's eyes. "In clanger here?" ")es." There was a wi;d, 1 "Do you mean that I am in danger in this house?' The girl nodded. "Yes, you are in danger as long as yon stay in this house." Dick was amazed. His mind recurred to the warning Georgia, and that he was on his way there for the purpose sign he had encountered in the road, and to the conversaof staying through the winter. tion he had heard with the unknown enemy, and the Dick, who was an observant youth, :fancied the girl lookthought came to him that this girl must know something ed at him more searchingly than might be expected, and about the warning so strangely given. he wondered at it. "I'll wager she knows who that man was that talked "I wonder what makes her look at me that way?" he to me back up the road!" the youth said to himself. And asked himself. "She looks as if she didn't believe what I then a thought struck him: Could the girl's father be the haYe been saying." "Philadelphia is a big city, isn't it?" she asked, presently. "Oh, yes; quite a large city," replied Dick. "But not as large as New York?" man in question? After a little thought Dick decided that this was not the case "He could not have gotten here ahead of me, I am sure," he thought; ''I came at a fair gait and I don't think he could have beaten me here." Dick shook his head and shot a quick, search ing glance Still there was a possibility that he might have done so} d


e cl y THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." and Dick decided to question the girl. "From what or then Mr. Wilson entered the house, having returned from ll whom am I in danger?" he asked. the stable, and as he came right on into the frbnt-room The girl looked worried. "I can't tell you that, sir," where Dick and the girl were, there was no further chance she replied; "I can only warn you that you are in danger for them to exchange words. so long as you stay in this house. You had better go on 'rhe man looked sharply at his daughter. Dick noticed your way as soon as you have eaten your supper." this, and the thought came to him that Mr. Wilson must be "But the storm, miss," said Dick; "just listen to that!" one of those from whom he might expect rough treatment. as a terrible clap of thunder shook the house and almost "Why are you not out in the kitchen, helping your deafened them mother, Elsie?" Mr. Wilson asked, and it was evident from "It will be unpleasant and even dangerous to be out in the tone that he was not pleased to find her sitting in the the storm," she admitted, "but it is nothing compared to k what may happen to you if you remain in this house all e iuight." e "But who will try to injure me, miss? Surely you do c, not mean that your father will--" i e The girl clasped her hands and a look of fear and agony appeared on her beautiful face. "Oh, please, sir, do not u ask me any questions regarding that part of it!" she pleaded. "Believe me when I say you are in great danger lhere, however, and go on your way as soon as you have ie eaten your supper:." But Dick shook his head. Here was more mystery, and d the youth was determined to fathom it if possible. If n he remained, it would be dangerous, of course; but he would, in all probability, have the chance to locate l, source from which he might look for danger so long as be room with Dick, and her mother out in the kitchen "She didn't say she wanted me to help her, father," was the reply. But she got up at once and went into the kitchen, casting a warning glance toward Dick as she did so. It was also an appealing look, and the youth under stood it to be a mute way of asking him to heed her warning and leave the house. But Dick had no thought of doing anything of the kind. He was into the affair, and he was determined to stick to it and see what came of it. Besides, it was a terrible night and he would not go out in the storm un less actually forced to by immediate and terrible danger. Nothing seemed to be threatening him at present and be could see no reason for leaving. He entered into conversation with Mr. Wilson, and watched him closely without seeming to do so; be listened was in this part of the country, and as he intended to be closely to the man s voice also to see if he could det.ect in the vicinity for a while it was important that he should any similarlty between it and the voice of the unseen enemy learn this with whom he had talked that evening. "No, I will remain," he said, quietly and firmly. "I hardly think he is the same man," thought Dick; 1s "But, sir, you are risking your life if you do so!" "the voice doesn't sound the same. Still, he seems to be "That is no new experience for me, Miss Elsie," with a very intelligent man, and it is possible that be would be g a smile; "I have been risking my life almost constantly smart enough and have the ability to disguise it so that ifor four years, and have gotten used to it. Indeed, I beI would not recognize it when I beard it again 1e lieve I should not know what to do with myself if I were Mrs. Wilson annomtced that supper was o,n the table, w not doing so. ancl Dick went in and took a seat. He was hungry a.nd 0 The girl's face paled. "But you have never faced such ate heartily, waited on by Elsie, who gave him a number d terrible danger as you will have to face to-night," she murmured "I am sure of that" 1 d of warning and pleading looks. ''She is certainly afraid that something will happen to ie "Can you not tell of what the danger consists?" he me," thought Dick, "and as I flatter myself that I am a pretty good reader of people, I must say that I think it is asked ot 'I'he girl shook her head. "I must not!" she said; "you because some one of her own people is mixed up in the e must not ask me to do so. affair to do me harm. i't "Very well; I shall not ask it again I thank you for When Dick bad finished he went back into the sittingthe warning which you have given me, and I think that room, and, taking a seat, again entered into conversation 0 l>eing forewarned I shall be able to take care of myself." with the man. Mr. Wilson was not at all talkative-, but he ''l hope so, sir, but-I fear you will not be able to was willing to converse, and then, too, Mrs. Wilson and do so." Elsie were soon in the room and bad something to say, Dick was about to ask some more questions, but just and so the evening passed quite rapidly, and on the whole, h 3 art" 3 -llilll


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." t o ================================================================================::I.a pleasantly to Dick, for he took pleasure in talking to Elsie, "well, I will do it, for I don't fancy the idea of having who was really beautiful and evidently as sweet as she my throat cut while I am asleep. I prefer to be awake was beautiful.. The lightning :fl.ashed, the thun

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' "LONE HAND." 9 tortcd Dick, whose blood was up. "You will find that I .'...lack a good deal of being dead and buried, my friend!" "Oh, I will, eh?" "Yes; and I will wager that before you succeed in put ting a finish to me I will do the same for you, or for some ttof yonr comrades, if you have any!" man, but his hands encountered only thin air. The big fellow had gotten out of the way with greater quickness than the youth would have thought possible. "Stop! Come back here, you cowardly scoundrel!" cried Dick. "Come back and I will choke the life out of you!" l"You are plucky, young man, and I must acknowledge "Fool!" came back the reply. "Be warned and get away tthat l admire you for it; but all the same it will not -save from here at once! Get your horse and ride back to the You must die!" "Some time, I will admit; but I dont intend to shuffie off the mortal coil just yet a while." "You may not intend to do so, but you won't have any-ll hing to say in the matter." "You think not?" "I am sure of it." "Well, you will find out that you are mistaken." "I don't think so." "I do." Dick had been talking for a purpose. He wished to ocate the voice, if possible; or at least discover from which irection it was coming. He listened intently when the e an was speaking, but for some reason could not decide r hat direction the voice sounded from. "That beats me," he thought; "I wonder where the fel rw is?" He was determined to try to discover the man's whereNorth, where you came from, and your life will be.spared; otherwise you die before the sun rises in the morning!" "Bah stop threatening and do something retorted. Dick. "If you hadn't fled like the coward that you are I would have given you a lesson you would not soon forget." "I did not flee because I was afraid to meet you; but because I am not yet ready to strike." "Oh, that was it, eh?" ''Yes." "And I suppose you wish to strike when I am asleep." "No, not necessarily. I care not if you are awake at the time. You will be helpless, anyway." Just then'1he door leading into the main building open ed and 1\Ir. Wilson appeared, outlined against the back ground made by the lighted room. "What is the trouble?" he asked, looking at Dick in seeming amazement. "Don't you like your quarters?" "Oh, yes, I like my quarters very well," replied Di ck, a tbouts, if possible, however, and believing he was out of "but I was disturbed." loors the youth proceeded to move the table. In order to "Disturbed?" l from making a noise that would apprise the unseen If the man was not surprised, he was a good actor, and enemy of what he was doing, Dick lifted the table and carthe next moment Mrs. Wilson and Elsie, the latter looking ied it away, placing it down very softly. Then he stole pale, appeared just back of the man. ack to the door and listened for a few moments. "Well, what are you doing?" suddenly asked the voice. 'Have you gone to sleep?" Even then Dick could not locate the direction of the oice, and instead of answering he opened the door quickly ,nd stepped through th& doorway. Just at this moment a brilliant flash of lightning lighted lp everything, and to Dick's surprise and delight he saw tanding in the middle of the passageway between the two nbins a man of large stature and commanding presence. man, as well as Dick could see in the brief glimpse ecured of him during the fl.ash, was dark-faced, with ushy, black beard. I;[e had on a long cloak and wore a louch hat, however, and this made it difficult to see what prt of looking man he really was. Undoubtedly he had een taken by surprise, for there was a sudden exclamation pd the sound of a hasty movement. Dick bounded forward with the intention of seizing the "Who disturbed you?" asked Mrs. Wilson. "I don't know who he was." ''It was a man, then?" asked Mr. Wilson. "Yes." "Did you-did you see him?" Dick imagined the man was rather anxious. "Yes, I saw him," the youth replied, watching Mr. Wilson closely. "You did?" The man appeared to be startled. "Yes." "Did you see his face?" "Not very plainly. I could see that the fellow was darkfaced and had a black, bushy beard; that was about all." "Where is he now?" "He ran away; but I guess he hasn't gone far." "You had better come in the house, Mr.-Davis," said Elsie, her voice trembling; "the man might shoot you "Elsie!" said Mr. Wilson, reprovingly, "what affair is


,. 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND. this.of yours?" Then to Dick: "I beg your pardon; I plans into execution while he is in this part of the coun didn't mean by that that I wish you to remain out where try he will interfere, and we don't want that to happen.' you will be in danger, and perhaps it will be as well for you to come in the house." "Oh, no," replied the youth; "I will return to the room and go to bed. Good-night." "No, of course not." "We warned him to go back, you know." h ''Yes." "And he laughed at the warning and persisted on comm s Then he walked across the passageway and re-entered ing on; so now his death will be on his own head." the room and closed the door. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and "That is true; still, I believe I should be willing to givt t Elsie gazed out into the passageway for a few moments, him one more chance." and then the former closed the door and fastened it. "In what way, do you mean?" Dick, as soon as he was in the room, closed the door but "Why, I mean that after we have captured him he did not fasten it. He waited till he heard the door taken him to the rendezvous we shall give him a chance tc across the way close, and then he quickly opened the door return to the North, if he will promise to go and staf and stepped out into the passageway. He had noticed a away from this part of the country." box back near the rear end of the passage. The box was partly filled with corn. Stepping quickly back, Dick climb"Do you think he would keep his word?" D "I am sure that he would. Brother Tom says that hf ed into the box and sat down. His head was below the is a fellow who will keep his word always." 1 top of the box and he would not be seen if any one should be looking his way when it lightninged. "Now if that fellow comes prowling back here, I will grab him!" thought Dick, grimly. "Jove! I'd like to get my hands on him He has had a good deal to say to me, and I want to say a few things to him!" "Well, we'll t:ilk that matter over after we have made 1 prisoner of him." I\ ''Say, don't you think that we are likely to be interfereP with by Marion and his men, or by Sumpter and hi3 gang?" "Yes, there is danger of it; but they are in the Soutnl Dick was silent and motionless for several minutes, duralready, and we have taken them into consideration, but ti ing which time he listened for some sound that would tell have this young rebel come down here and go to work an1 him that his unknown enemy was returning. He could raise a force of young rebels, as he would no doubt hear nothing to indicate the man's return, however. The that would not do at all." thunder was all that he could hear. That and the patter "No, that would complicate matters, and make it i of the rain, which seemed to be trying to wear holes possible for us to make a success of our plans." through the roof, so hard di d it come down. "You are right; he must be either killed or driven o Presently Dick's patience was rewarded, however. He of the country." heard a sHght noise, and, listening intently, was sure it "When shall we attempt to make him a prisoner-rig]( was the sound of footsteps. The man was returning away, or wait till he sleeps?" "I guess he thinks he will bother me some more," "We will wait. I was foolish enough a while ago t thought Dick; "well, if he isn't careful, I may bother him speak to him, when if I had not done so he would hav a bit." gone to sleep very quickly." Re continued to listen intently, und soon made out that "Well, he is just the sort of fellow to go to sleep, anywa. the man was again in the passageway between the two He will think you were simply trying to frighten him buildings. The youth soon discovered something else, too: won't be afraid." The fellow was not alone. He knew there was some one There was some conversation on topics which did n with him, because he could hear the two whispering. They interest Dick, and then the two stole away and the you came closer to where he was hidden, and he could dis-was left alone in the passageway. tinguish the words. "Well, well! So they really mean to kill me, or "He is a bold young fellow, isn't he?" Dick heard one frighten me out of the country, eh?" thought Dick. '' say. wonder what their plans are? I wish I knew; I shou "He is, for a fact!" was the reply. most certainly remain here and try to spoil them. But "It seems a shame to put such a brave man out ff the believe I will remain, anyway, and there is little doubt t way." I will soon find out what the gentlemen are thinking "It is necessary, however. If we go to work to put our doing."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." 11 The question for Dick to answer now, was: What should but did not discover that the person he was looking for 1e do ? Should he slip out to the stable, secure his horse, was there. ount and get away from that part of the country? Or "Jove! that was a narrow escape!" thought Dick, after hould he remain, stand his ground and try to checkmate the danger was past. !the men at their own game? Dick finally decided upon he latter course, even at the risk of being captured. But should he return to the room? He believed this vould be dangerous. The enemy would look for him there, hile if he were to stay out of the room they would be "Jove, I believe I will remain where I am," thought ick; "this is a large box, and the shelled corn is almost as omfortable as a bunk. Yes, I'll stay h e re and see what iappens." Dick made himself as comfortable as possib1e, and waited to see what would turn up. One hour, two hours

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." face he was sure of it. Mr. Wilson stared at the youth "The rebel isn't far away from here," said one. "Well, 'as to that it is impossible to say," said another; "be may be several miles away. He has had a couple of hours to get away in, and if he has made good use of his time he may be five six miles away." "Yes, that's true," was the reply. "Well, let's get back to the rendezvous; I'm tired and sleepy." "'So am I." "And I." Then the men set out through the timber and Dick followed them. Strange to say they did not seem to think of such a thing as that the youth for whom they had been searching might follow them. Doubtless they thought he was frightened and tl:ift.t he was getting away from that part of the country as rapidly as possible. Dick followed the men through the timber, the distance if he were a ghost. w "You-here?" he gasped. Dick assumed surprise. "Why, certainly," he repliedp "didn't you to see me this morning?" Mrs. Wilsolf was pale, but Elsie, Dick was sure, looke

THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LOWE HAND." 13 there, Gabe, and try to get into the room where that rebel was?" The men stared at Wilson in amazement. "Yes, we .not only came back and tried to get in, but we did get in, h, boys?" remarked the man as "Gabe." The others nodded assent. "What! You don't mean it?" cried Wil s on. "Yes, we mean it." "Well, that is strange!" 'rhe men looked at him inquiringly. "Why is it trange ?" asked Gabe. "Why didn't you make a prisoner of him, then, if you were there and in his room?" was the counter-question. "Why didn't we make a prisoner of him?" r "Yes." The big man burst into a hoarse laugh, in which he was joined by the rest. Then he presently got control of his :J.Ughter, and said : "The reason we didn't make a prisone!' f him is very simple: He wasn't there." "What's that?" ''I say, he wasn't there; so we couldn't very well make a risoner of him." "Y ou say-he--wasn't-there ?" Mr. Wilson spoke 1 lowly and haltingly and was evidently greatly surprised. what I said; he wasn't there." "Are you sure?"' "Am I sure?" "Yes." "Qf course I'm sure The boys' ll tell you the same--"Yea," said one, "we were in the room and he wasn't here; nor was he anywhere around, for we looked in the e assaO'eway and all around the house." "You don't mean it?" almost gasped Mr. Wilson. a "Yes, we mean it,'' replied Gabe; "but what's the ml' ter? What is about it that is so surprising?" 3 "Why, just this: He was there !n r e Gabe leaped to his feet in amazement, while the rest of he men stared. "You don't meant it!" he cried. "Yes, I do; he was there all the time!" Gabe was silent a few moments, and then he shook his "You don't :rpean it "Surely you are mistaken!" ''You don't mean to say that he was in that room this morning!" "Yes, he was there this morning," declared Wilson; "he came out and walked into the house as bold as you please, ready for breakfast." "Great guns is that a fact, really?" exclaimed the big man. "Yes; you may be sure I was surprised, for I supposed you had made a prisoner of him and taken him away." "No, we couldn't find him, as I have told you. And you say he was there this morning?" "Yes." "Where is he now?" There was an eager look on the rnan'_s face. "He has gone on his way." "When did he start?" "Just before I started here. an hour, I judge." He has been gone about "Well, he won't go far. You know, Tom Dean told us that he was coming down here for the purpose of communicating with Marion, the 'Swamp Fox,' and as Marion is somewhere in this vicinity the rebel will remain near here till he communicates with the man he is looking for." "I suppose there is no doubt regarding that?" "No; and all that is necessary is for us to locate Mr. Dick Slater once more and then we will lose no time in making a prisoner of him. Then if he will not agree to return to the North at once we will put an end to him!" "I think it would be best to put an end to him and not risk his keeping his promise, if he makes one," said one of the men. "Oh, if he makes the promise he will keep it," said an other. "Brother Tom says that Dick Slater was never known to break his word." "Well, do as you like, but if I had my way I wouldn't risk it. If he should get wind of what we intend doing l he would co-operate with Marion, and by getting up a band &mong the Whig young men of the neighborhood he could bead. "No, he wasn t there/' he said, decidedly; "we spoil our plans." 'IOoked carefully, and he could not have escaped us." "\Yell, we will see to it that he doesn't spoil our plans," "Then where was he?" asked Mr. Wilson. said Gabe, grimly. "We will either make him leave the c "I don't know; but what made you think he was there country or we will put him where he can do us no harm!" ll the time?" "Why, the fact that he was there this morning." Exclamations escaped the lips of the men. e "There this morning?" Gabe asked Mr. Wilson some more questions, and then the latter took his departure and made his way back to his home. Meanwhile, what of Dick?


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." CHAPTER V. .A.:M:ONG PATRIOT FRIENDS. Dick had gone not more than three:quarters of a mile when he was treated to a surprise. Out into the road stepped Elsie Wilson! The youth reined up his horse and stopped instantly. "What You here, Miss Elsie?" he exclaimed. "Yes," the girl replied; "I wished to have a talk with you in private, and so I slipped away and headed you off." Dick leaped to the ground and advanced to where the girl stood, leading his horse behind him. "You must have run most of the way," he said. "So I did," with a smile; "but I am used to so il won' t hurt me." "Why did you wish to have a talk with me, Miss Elsie?" the youth asked. "I wished to tell you something; but come in among the "You knew there was a band of men looking for you, then?" the girl said. "Yes; and I know the leader is a big, dark-faced, black bearded man. What is his name?" "Gabriel Johnson; though he is usually called 'Black Gabe.'" "Black Gabe, eh?" "Yes." "A.nd he is the leader of this band?" "He is." Dick hesitated and was silent a few moments, during which time he looked at the girl half-inquiringly. Then he said: "Miss Elsie, would it be asking too much if I were to you what this band is, and what it intends doing?" The' girl shook her head. "No, indeed," she replied; "that is really why I came here to see you. I to tell you what the band is, and what it intends doing, for I hope that you will be able to spoil the plans of the men in trees, for some one might come along the road, and I question." don't want any one to see me talking to you." "Then they intend trying to do something that is "Very well." Dick followed the girl, and when they wrong?" were far enough in the timber so that no one would be "Yes; they are Tories, all of them, and as it happens likely to see them, the maiden paused and turned and that the Tories are in the minority in this neighborhood faced the youth. they have banded themselves together, secretly, and they "Your name is not Davis, is it?" she asked abruptly. are planning to burn the homes of all the Whigs and kill Dick hesitated and laughed, and then shook his head as many of the men as possible." and said: No, Miss Elsie, it is not. I am not afraid to tell you this, for something tells me that you are my friend." "So I am!" the girl declared, earnestly. friend to all patriots." "I thought as much "I am a true "Yes, I am a patriot; but father is a Tory." "So that is their scheme, is it?" "Yes." Dick pondered a few moments, and then said : "Your father is a member of this band, you say? But I know that he is." "Yes." "That makes you out quite a heroine, Elsie!" said "I suspected that, too." Dick, "to inform against a band of which your father is a The girl looked at Dick curiously. "How did you e.i-member." cape being captured last night?" she asked. Dick smiled. "It was quite simple and easy," he reThe girl flushed slightly. "But he isn't my real father, plied. Then he told her how he had hidden in the box Mr. Slater," she said. of shelled corn, in the opening between the two buildings. "Well, that was quite an idea!" the girl exclaimed. "I was afraid you would be captured, and would have warned you more than I did had I dared. But I was afraid father would suspect me." Dick was surprised. "He isn't?" the youth exclaimed. "No; he is only my step-father. My mother is his eecond wife, and I was eight years old when they were married." "Well, you are a true-hearted girl, anyway, and doubtless "You did warn me, Miss Elsie. I was on my guard, and you are going against the wishes of your mother in this so was not taken by surprise when the men came. Still, matter." the leader of the band was foolish enough to warn me by "Well, she rather leans to the patriot side of the question, talking at me through the cracks in the logs, and I would but she thinks a good deal of father and doesn't say any at --,, my anyway." thing to let him have an idea that she feels that way


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." 15 about it. Still, I am sure she would be happ:y if the return, see to it that your father does not meet death at patriots should triumph in the end." "Do you know when the Tories intend to put this plan of thei ... "5 into operation, Elsie?" The girl shook her head. "No, I do not know," she replied; "but I think I could find out." "Very well; find out, if you possibly can, and let me know as soon as you do so." "I will do so, but where will I find you?" "That is something I don't know myself. Perhaps you 1 could help me out in that matter. I wish to remain in this vicinity. Where would be a good place to stay?" The girl thought a few moments, and then her face 7 lighted up. "I know," she said; "a mile farther on you will come to a house; it is the home of a patriot by the name of Lawrence. I think they will be glad to let you o stay there as long as you like, especially when they learn that you are going to help them protect their home from the Tories." "Very well; I shall try the Lawrences, and I have no doubt that they will be willing to let m e stay there." "I am sure of it." "Will you come there when you have the information 3 that I wish ?11 "Yes, I'll come there, Mr. Slater "Very well; and now, what about your father? I the hands of any of the patriots." "Thank you I" said Elsie. After some further conversation the two parted, Elsie going back to her home, while Dick mounted his horse and continued on his way. It did not take him long to reach the house Elsie had spoken of, and as he rode up a young man of perhaps nine teen or twenty years was standing near the front gate. The youth eyed Dick curiously, and became all attention when he saw that the newcomer was going to address him. "Does Mr. Lawrence live here?" asked Dick. "Yes, sir," replied the youth; "do you wish to see him?" "I suppose I will have to .see him, yes. But are you a member of the household?" "I am Mr. Lawrence's son, Fred." "Ah, I am glad to make your acquaintance!" said Dick, as he leaped to the ground and approached the fence against which the youth was leaning. "Who are you?" the young man asked, somewhat bluntly. "My name is Slater-Dick Slater." Dick spoke in the most matter-of-fact tona imaginable, but his words had wonderful effect. The youth straightaned up, and, staring at Dick, eagerly and excitedly, cried: "You don't mean to say you are Dick Slater? Surely l should be sorry to see him get killed, now that you have you are not the real Dick Slater?" been so kind. In case the Tories try to put their plan in execution he will be in danger." "True; I'll try to get him to stay at home instead of going with them when they start on their trip of destruction." "That will be a good idea. But, by the way, Miss Elsie, "What do you mean by 'real Dick Slater' ?" "Why, there is a great patriot scout, spy and soldier I whose name is Dick Slater, and I thought at first you might be him; but, of course, you aren't. He is away up North." Dick smiled. "I am the only Dick Slater I ever heard r there is one thing that puzzles me: Why did not the Tories unil er :Black Gabe kill me at the first instead of of," he said quietly. warning me to go back and not come any farther south?" The other looked at the speaker eagerly. "You don't '"l'hat was on account of the influence mother and I mean to say that you are the real Dick Slater, then?" he have over father. We told him that it would be murder to cried. kill you without warni:i;ig, and we got father to get Gabe to promise to warn you before trying to injure you." "Then I owe you and your mother quite a good deal, Elsie!" said Dick, feelingly. "Oh, don't speak of it, Mr. Slater," the girl said; "we were only too glad to be able to save your life. We had "I am Dick Slater, and I am from the North." "And are you a patriot scout, spy and soldier?" "Yes." The young man was visibly excited. "Do you really mean to say that?" he exclaimed, and then a thought struck him. "Are you the captain of 'The Liberty Boys of heard so much about you and your brave 'Liberty Boys,' '76 ?" he asked. and we thought it would be terrible for you to ride blindly Dick nodded. "Yes, I am the captain of 'The Liberty to your death." Boys of '76,' he replied. "Well, I thank you both, earnestly and sincerely!" said "Hurrah!" cried Fred Lawrence, throwing his hat in Dick, feelingly. "And now, if I can manage it, I shall, in the air. "Hurrah! Great guns! but I never expected to


,.16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." have the pleasure of making your acquaintance, Dick hay, after which Fred conducte d Dick to the house and Slater!" introduced him to the other members of the familY.. c Dick smi l ed. "I am glad to know that you are pleased Of these there were three-Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence, and on account of getting to make my acquaintance," he said; Rosa, a girl of perhaps n years, and a very prett,Y "it will simplify matters considerably." girl, too. "How is that?" "I'll tell you: I wish to get to stop here with you a few days, and if you are pleased to know me there is some probability that you will be willing to let me stay." "Some probability!" in an extremely sarcastic manner. "We shall be delighted to have you stay here as long as you like, Dick Slater! We shall esteem it a great honor." '!Well, I shall esteem it a great favor for you to let me stay, I assure you." "Have you had breakfast?" asked Fred. "Because if y ou haven't I will run into the house and tell mother and sis to set the table for you." "I have had breakfast, thanks," said Dick; "I stayed over night at the home of Mr. Wilson and ate breakfast there." Dick saw Fred give a start, and he looked at the speake r sharply. "Why did you not remain there if you wished to stay in this part of the country?" he asked. "I didn't think it would be a healthy place for me." The youth looked at Dick searchingly. "What Jp.ade you think that?" he asked. "Because Wilson is a Tory, and associates with 'l'ories, and I didn't think it would be a good place for me to stay." "Oh, I understand! Mr. Wilson is a Tory, I know, but his wife and daughter are not." Fred looked at Dick sharply as he said this. They welcomed Dick hearVly, and he made up his mind' that he Ehould enjoy himself here, first-rate. He was glad, too, that he would be instrumental in saving the home of this family from the destruction intended for it by Tories, and he did not wait long to tell them why he was l there and why he wished to remain a while. Exclamations of astonishment and anger escaped the lips of the four when they heard of the plot that was on foot to destroy all the homes of the patriots of the neigh borhood. "That is terrible!" said Mrs. Lawrence. "Goodness! I hope you will b.e able to put a stop to their work, Mr. Slater!" "I think it will be possible to do so if there are many l patriot young men in the neighborhood." "There are quite a good many," said Rosa. "I guess there are as many as fifty or sixty," said Fred. "That ought to be sufficient for our purpose," said Dick. 1 I "I think there are more Whigs than Torie s in this im-1 mediate neighborhood," said Mr. Lawrence. :'So I have understood. Well, we will be able to check mate the Tories, I think. All that is necessary is that we organize a company and be on the lookout for the Tories, and when they start out to burn and destroy, we can go to : work and put them to rout." "How will we know when they are going to go to work?" asked Fred. "Elsie Wilson is going to let me know," replied Dick; "I know they are not," Dick replied; "Elsie told me that." "her father is one of the Tories, you know, and she said "So Elsie told you that,. did she thought either she or her mother could get the m-Fred Lawrenc e started she?" he asked. "Yes; and she told me to come here; that she thought you folks would let me stay. "Ah, did she ?" "Yes." "Well, she knows we are patriots, and thought that we would be willing to keep a patriot." "I judge that was it." formation out of MT. Wilson." "That will be all right," said Fred. "I think so; and it will enable us to stop the Tories before they can do much, if any damage." "Yes, that will be fine," said Rosa Q "When will we go to work to get up the company?" asked Fred. "Right away; to-day, if possible. The sooner the better,. "Yes, and she was right; well, come with me. We will you know." put your horse in the stable and then go to the house." "Well, I can help you with the work to-day, if you like. Fred opened a gate and Dick led his horse through. I have nothing particular to do, have I, father?" They made their way to the stable and the horse was placed "No; and if you had it would not matter. I know of in a stall, and was unbridled and unsaddled and given some nothing else that is so important as to get the company


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." 17 i ganized so as to be in relfdiness to protect our homes as "Well, what was Fred Lawrence here, then, if it on as the T ories show signs of activity." \ms not to see you?" i "That is the way I look at it, :ffi,ther/' said Mrs. Law"He came to see am.'' Sam was her brother, and a '! "this is the most important thing of all, and Fred true-hearted patriot. eed not think of having to work on the farm at all until "On, he came to see Sam, eh?" Lon's tone implied. i fter he has given Mr. Slater all the assistance nece ssa ry." doubt ., "Thank you," said Dick; "Fred will be able to render ''Ye, he did." e very valuable assistance, as he knows everybody and Lucy realized that Lon was jealous and doubting, and ows whether or not they are patriots. It will simplify she was eager to get him out of such a state of mind, for s e work wonderfully to have him help me. Then, too, the she really thought a great deal of him and expected to ople will have confidence in me, where other se they e "ght not have." marry him. "What did he want to see Sam for?" 1 "Oh, as soon as they learned who you were it would be Lucy hesitated. She knew why Fred and Dick had been right," said Fred; "everybody in this part of the counthere and what their business was with Sam, but she was has heard of you and your brave Liberty Boys.'" aware that Lon was a Tory and she didn't know whether [ "Yes, indeed!" said Rosa, with a bewitching smile inshe ought to tell or not. Lon noted her hesitation and nded for Dick's exclusive benefit. There was no doubt bacame more jealous than ever. out it; Rosa was very favorably impressed by Dick's ap"Tou daren't tell!" he cried. "I don't believe he came arance, and being a little bit of a neighborhood belle and to see Sam at all. I believe he came to see you." quette, she had about made up her mind to try to catch o, he didn't," the girl protested. e handsome, manly looking patriot youth. "Then tell me why he came to see Sam? Do that, and After some further talk Fred and Dick mounted their I'll believe Fred came to see him; otherwise I shall refuse rses and set out. They visited the homes of twenty pa-to believe it." iot families before noon, and enlisted about thirty youths Lucy still hesitated. "I don't think I ought to tell," [ r the company, which was to be known as "The Patriot she said. nd." Then they went back home for dinner, after which they t out again and put in the afternoon visiting fifteen fami-s, and enlisting twenty youths. This made a total of ty, and Fred and Dick both thought it would be a suffint number for their purpose. "The Tories haven't so many in their band, I know," "Why not?" "Because they-he came to see Sam on business that concerns only themselves, and although I know what it is, I don't think I ought to tell.'' "All right; then I shall believe Fre d Lawrence came to see you and not to see Sam." 1t was evident that Lon Durley was a stubborn and de-id Fred, "for there aren't enough of them in this vicintermined youth, when he wished to be, and this seemed to be one of the times when he wished to be. But trouble was brewing, owing to the fact that the "I hate to tell; I really don't think I have any right ughter of one of the patriot households was the sweet -to do so." art of a Tory youth of the vicinity. The girl's name was cy Harley, and she lived about a mile from the Lawnce home. Her lover, the Tory youth, was named Lon urley, and he lived only about a quarter of a mile away om the Harleys. He had seen Fred and Dick at the "Who was the fellow with Fred?" a ked Lon. Again Lucy hesitated. "I-I-don't think I ought to tell that; either," she stammered. "Great guns!" cried J,on, angrily, "you don't seem to want to tell anything! What's the matter with you, anyuse, and being of a jealous nature he had hastened over way? There's altogether too much secrecy about this busi ere when the two gone and had called Lucy aside ness to suit me!" 1 d began asking questions regarding the youths who had Lucy looked worried. She didn't wish to let Lon g-0 st been there. away angry, and she didn't like to tell him, either; but at "Are you going to throw me over for that fellow, Lawlast, after he had grown almost angry enough to go away, nee, Lucy?" he asked in a surly tone. she told him who it was that was with Fred, and what they "Of course not, Lon," was the reply; "what put that had been there for. ly notion in your head?" "So that is who the young fellow with Fred was, is it?"


r 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." Lon said, in surprise. "Jove what is he doing down here, ing in the direction of the cave:m by the riverside, where anyway?" Dick had seen the band when he had followed them the "Of course, I don't know what his business down in this night before. part of the country is," said Lucy; "I only know why he and Fred came to see Sam." "And they are going to get up a company to be known Mr. Durley reached the cavern after three-quarters of an hour of rapid walking, and was successful in finding Black Gabe in, as well as two or three more. as 'The Patriot Band,' are they?" "Hello!" greeted Gabe. "What's up? You don't usual"Yes; but, Lon, you mustn't tell any one. It wouldn't ly show up here in the daytime." be right, for I ought not to have told you." "There's trouble brewing, Gabe," was the reply. "Oh, I won't tell anybody, Lucy." Lon did not stay much longer. He was satisfied now that Fred Lawrence had not come over to see Lucy, and his was allayed to such an extent that he was very pleasant, and kissed Lucy when he said good-by. Lon went back home, and it happened that his father was in the yard and asked the youth where he had been. "Over to Harley's," was the reply. "Humph!" was the man's exclamation. "Can't you do enough in the way of courting of evenings and Sundays, wiihout going over in the daytime on week days?" "I saw some fellows over there, father, and went over to see who they were," replied Lon; and then a thought struck him. He knew his father was a member of the "Trouble brewing?" ''Yes." 0HAPTER VI. BOB ARRIVES. "How do you know?" "Because I do. I just found it out a short time ago, and came here as fast as I could to warn you." "Of what does the trouble consist?" "I'll tell you: You know Dick Slater, whom we tried to band of Tories under the leadership of Black Gabe, and capture last night?" \ the thought came to him that the members of said band Gabe frowned. "Yes, I know him; we'll capture him ought to be placed in possession of the information he had to-night," he said. secured from Lucy Harley. True, he had promised Lucy that he would tell no one, but his own father's life was at stake and Lon, although not a bad youth at heart, thought he would be justified in telling what he had learned. Hav ing so decided, he went ahead and told his father what Fred Lawrence and Dick Slater were doing. "Ha! so that is what they are up to, is it?" Mr. Durley exclaimed. "I saw them pass here a while ago and won dered what they were about." Lon noticed that his father did not seem surprised when told that the young man with Fred was Dick Slater, the "I don't know whether we will or not." "What do you mean?" "I mean that we ought to killed that rebel the moment he showed up in this part of the country." "Well, as to that, I think so, too; but you know Wilson didn't want us to, and as I am sweet on that pretty daugh ter of his, I listened to him. But what do you mean, any way? What is in the wind?" "I'll tell you. This fellow Dick Slater, accompanied by Fred Lawrence, is going around the country to-day organ izing a company of young fellows to be known as 'The noted scout, spy and captain of the famous "Liberty Boys," Band'!" and he said as much, and asked his father if he had known who the youth was before he (Lon) told him. "Yes, I knew who he was," was the reply; "I learned, last night, that Dick Slater wa1> in the neighborhood." "Oh, that is it, is it?" remarked Lon. "You found it "You don't say so?" "I do." "How do you know this?" "My boy, Lon, told me." "How did he find it out?" out while you were away from home last night?" "His girl, Lucy Harley, whose parents are patriots, you "Yes." Mr. Durley did not tell his son that he had know, told Lon. Dick Slater and Fred Lawrence were at been one of the members of the band that had tried to her house to get her brother Sam to join the company, and make a prisoner of Dick Slater, but such was the case. Mr. Durley took his deintrture as soon as Lon went into the house, and he walked rapidly through the timber, head-she heard all about it." "I see; and I suppose by that that this Dick Slater has learned, in some manner, that we have an organized band,


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE. HAND." ================================================================:i21 and that we contemplate doing the Whigs of the neighbor hood some damage, eh?" "It looks that way." "I wonder how he found it out?" "It is hard to say." "You are right; well, the main thing is that he knows." "You are right; that is the main thing. Now we will be the ones who will have to look out." ''Very well," was the reply. "Where are you going?" "To Charleston." "To Charleston?" "Yes." "What for?" Black Gabe glanced toward Mrs. Wilson and Elsie, who were within hearing, and then said : "I'll tell you while I am bridling and saddling the horse. Come to the stable "I guess you are right; there are more Whigs than with me." Tories in this neighborhood." The two went to the stable and Elsie hastened to get "Yes, and with such a leader as Dick Slater they will where she could overhear what was said by the two. By be dangerous foes." "So they will; we undoubted! y made a mistake in not killing him at once instead of trying to frighten him away." "Yes, that was 11 bad mistake." "Now, I hardly know what to do." "I'll tell you what would be a good plan, Gabe." "What?" ''To go to Charleston and get a lot of the soldiers to come and assist us to burn the homes of the Whigs-and to thrash the band that Dick Slater has org,anized." making a circuit she was enabled to approach the rear of the stable and there, hidden, she overheard most all that was said. As Gabe told Wilson all about Dick Slater get ting up the band of youth!! to protect the Whig homes, and how he was going to Charleston to get a lot of British soldiers to come and help them burn the Whig homes and thrash "'l'he Patriot Band," Elsie was well repaid for the trouble she had gone to. "So that is what you are going to do, is it, Black Gabe?" she said to herself. "Well, that is something that Dick Black Gabe was silent for a few moments. Then he Slater and Fred should know at once, and as soon as you nodded his head. "I think that is a good idea," he said; are gone I think I shall make it my business to take "l don't want to give up beaten, and there is only one way news to them." to avoid it, and that is by getting the soldiers to help us, Elsie hastened back to the house, and when Gabe and as you suggest." "I think that will be a good plan." "Yes; the only objection is that the soldiers will want to take most of the valuables that are found in the Whig houses for their own use. We won't get much out of it." "No, I suppose not; but it will be better than to give up and not attempt to do anything." "Oh, yes; we won't give up in that fashion." "I'm not in for it." "No; we will do what we set out to do, even if we don't make much by it. I have grown tired of hearing the Whigs talk about 'Liberty' and 'Freedom' and all that sort of thing." "And so have I. They don't seem to think we have a:ny right to be loyal to our king." "That's right; well, I will set out for Charleston at once and will get back just as quickly as possible." "All right; I will go back home, as the folks will wonder what has become of me." Mr. Durley started back home, and Black Gabe, after giving the two or three men who were in the cavern some instructions, took his departure. He went to the home of Mr. Wilson and found that man at the house. "I wish to borrow a horse, Wilson," said Black Gabe. Mr. Wilson came forth from the stable she was at work in the kitchen with her mother. Gabe mounted the horse and set out, and Mr. Wilson presently went to work in the field. As soon as he was out of the way Elsie put on her bonnet and set out through the timber. She reached the home of the Lawrences just before noon, and had been there but a few moments when Dick and Fred put in an appearance. Elsie immediately called. Fred to one side and told him what she had overheard Black Gabe say, and Fred at once called Dick and gave him the information. "So Gabe has gone to Charleston to get the redcoats to come and help them, eh?" the youth remarked. "Yes, and I am afraid that means trouble for us, Dick." "Quite likely you are right; still, perhaps we may be able to do something to neutralize the odds against us." "But what can ye do?" asked Fred. "That is the question." "What would you suggest, Dick?" Fred was not much for originality, and had no knowledge of warfare, so left everything to the young "Liberty Boy." Dick was silent a few moments, pondering, and then he said : "I'll tell you, Fred, if


t ( 1 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." the 'Swamp Fox,' or Sumpter and bis men, we might get them to aid us." "Yes, I know; but bow are we to communicate with them?" is a bard question fa answer, of course. You haven't any idea where we would find either of them?" "No; I have beard of them as being in the vicinity of "No; and I bad no idea he intended coming. He must have been sent." "That is rather queer." "I should say so." 1 Dick ran out to the fence, and as Bdb reined up his horse and leaped to the ground, cried out: "Well, Bob Esta brook! what in the world are you doing down here, anyCharleston, two or three times, but they have never to my way?" :knowledge been in this part of the country." "Oh, I just came down to see what you were doing," with "Well, I'll tell you what we'll do, Fred; we will send a laugh. out a couple of boys, with instructions to search far and As he spoke Bob leaped to the ground. near for Marion and Sumpter, and if they find either we Dick looked sober and serious. "Has anything bap-will have some valuable assistance and will not have to go it pened ::i.t-at home, Bob?" be asked. entirely 9.lone in this affair." "Oh, no, Dick," was the reply; "don't get frightened, "All right; we'll send a couple of the boys out this now, for there is nothing to be scared about at all. I have afternoon a1'l.d tell them to beat up the swamps for miles come down here just to be coming; just for the fun of the around. That is where they will :find the men, if anything. There was nothing doing, and I decided to come where." "I have 'Understood that they stay in the swamps, save on the occasions when they swoop down upon the enemy." "Yes_ ; they have to stay there. They haven't very many men, and it is only once in a while that they dare venture to do anything." "I know that; well, send the boys in search of them as down and have some fun." "Are you sure, Bob?" Dick was still somewhat suspicious that something might be wrong up North, and wished to know the truth. "Certainly I am sure, Dick. I got to thinking, after you had left, and the next day I went to the commander-in chief and asked permission to come down here. He gave soon as possible for there is no knowing how soon we may me permission to do so and I set out-and that's the whole need assistance." story. I'm glad I have found you, and now if you are Elsie did not stay long as she was afraid her father going to get into any trouble and have any sport with the might be suspicious, but bidding the youths good-by, took redcoats and Tories of the South, I am going to hav e a her departure. band in it. You won't have to go it entirely alone." Dick and Fred put in the afternoon getting recruits for "Well, it won't be much different, as two of us are not so their company, as already stated, and when they had finvery many, Bob." ished they ate supper, feeling that they had done a very good day's work. "We have a company of fifty young fellows, all of whom will be ready and willing to fight," said Dick; "and we will give the redcoats and Tories a good fight, even if we don't get any assistance, and have to fight them alone." "Yes, the boys will fight, I am sure of that," agreed Fred. The youths out in front of the house, talking} and suddenly they heard the sound of hoofbeats. They looked up and saw a horseman approaching, and as he drew nearer an exclamation escaped the lips of Dick. "Great guns, it is B.ob!" be cried. "I wonder what he wants down here?" "Who is it, did you say, Dick?" asked Fred. "It is twice as many as one." "Yes, that's trne; well, there is going to be some sport, as you call it, though it may not be so very funny for us by the time we get through with it. I wish I had all the boys down here." "They would have been tickled to death to come, Dick." "I have no doubt regarding that." Dick then introduced Bob to Fred, who was delighted t0 make the acquaintance of another of the famous "Liberty Boys." you had supper, Bob?" asked Dick. "No; 1 stopped at a house, back a mile or so, and was going to ask for supper and a night's lodging, but I asked, first, if a young man, a stranger, had been along here within the past twenty-four hours, and the girl told me that "He is my friend and comrade, Bob Estabrook, my such a fellow was at a house a mile or so farther on, and right-hand man in the company of 'Liberty Boys.' a And he didn't come South with you?" so I came right on down here, for I was sure it was you." After they had put Bob's horse in the stable and given


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." 21 it a feed of grain and hay, they went to the house and Bob I foot-bridge, and after dropping the wagon-bridge into the wal:l introduced to Mrs. Lawrence and Rosa. The supper stream Dick and Bob had hastened to the old tree and had hac1 not yet been cleared off the table, and so Bob sat down begun chopping at it with the intention of dropping it into and ate a hearty meal. the streal:n. Before they had worked more than five min Take it all in all, I'm glad you came, Bob/' said Dick utes, however, Dick's quick eyes had caught sight of the that night they had gone to bed. brilliant uniforms cf some of the redcoats, and had spoken "And so am I!" was the reply. "There is going to be something to do down here, and I am never so happy as when there is a chance to be up and doing. I would rather wear out with work than rust out." "And so would I, Bob." CHAPTER VII. ''"J. DICK'S BOLD :MOVE. "There they come, Bob!" "Yes, there are, sure enough, Dick!" "Jove! I wish we had had an hour more time!" "Yes; if we had had another hour we would have been able to chop this footbridge in two and drop it into the stream, and then the redcoats could not have gotten across without going several miles out of their way." ''Right; and that would have given_ Fred and the boys time to things in shape for making a strong fight." "So it would." "Well, it can't be helped now." 'l'he speakers were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook. They were standing beside a stream which fl.owed through the timber at a point halfway between the home of Fred Lawrence and the city of Charleston. The stream, while not very wide, was very deep, and had high, steep banks, up or qown which it would be almost an impossibility to climb. Near where the youths stood a giant tree lay across the stream, from bank to bank, and this had been used as a foot-bridge so much that it was flattened on top by the wear from many feet. It was mid-afternoon of the day following the one on which Dick and Fred had gone around and organized the company of youths for the purpose of defending the homes of the Whigs. Dick and Bob had left the home of Mr. Lawrence immediately after dinner and had gone to where the main road crossed the stream; here there was a wagon bridge, and they had chopped the supports in two and dropped the bridge into the water so that when the British should come along they would be unable to get across. Fred had told them of the old tree which was used as a as above. There were several large boulders near at hand and the youths took refuge behind one of these and watched the redcoats as they approached. "Hadn't we better beat a retreat, Dick?" asked Bob. "They will be across the log before very long, and it won't be good for us to be here when they do come across." "Wait a minute, Bob." The redcoats were approaching at a rapid walk, and their commander, a major, judging by his uniform, was in advance. Dick counted them and found that there were one hundred of them. "That isn't such a very great number," he thought; .even with the addition of the Tories the enemy will num ber not to exceed one hundred and twenty, and I believe that with the fifty youths I can make it exceedingly lively for the redcoats." Closer and closer came the redcoats, and Bob became somewhat nervous. "We had better be getting away from here, Dick," he said; "they will come across and nab us the :first thing you know." The officer stepped upon the tree tnmk and started across, and Bob was just on the point of again telling Dick that they had better be getting away from there when his comrade surprised him by suddenly drawing his sword and leaping forward and. advancing to meet the officer. The major, as well as his men, was surprised, and he halted and stared at Dick in amazement. "Ha! what does this mean?" he exclaimed. "You are certainly bold, Sir Rebel "You will find out what it means very quickly!" said Dick, significantly. As he spoke he flourished his sword in a suggestive manner. "You don't mean that you will fight me?" the officer cried. "Yes ; and I am going to kill you "Going to kill me, eh?" "Yes; I have nothing against you of a personal nature, but you are the commander of this force which is on its way to burn patriot homes, and perhaps murder patriots who may attempt to defend themselves, and I think that it is necessary that I should kill you as then your men will be without a leader and will not know what


18 Lon anyi :22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." ,,_ the 'I them ") them '"] havei "1' Char kno" "' out 1 near will: entir "1 afte1 arou whe1 "] on t: men to d1 soon neeo E "You are frank." ""'And why not?" "''A re you not afraid that my men will shoot you dead?" "''They dare not fire at me for fear of hitting you.'' "''Ah, that is the secret of your boldness in advancing lo meet me, is it?" "Partly." '"Well, you will be sorry for your temerity in facing me." iti all; and you have giving advice where you should have been receiving it." "That remains to be seen." "True; but it is a fact, nevertheless. If you are wise you will avoid this duel will take to flight. If we cross blades it will be the end of you." I "I have no fear on that score." "There is an old saying, you know, that 'Where ignor"You think so?" ance is bliss, 'twere folly to be wise,' but it doesn't apply "I am sure of it." here, for if you were wise it would be good for you-would As the officer was speaking he drew his sword and floursave your life, in fact." ished it in a dexterous manner. "There is no need of wasting further time in talk," said "If you will give me your word of honor that you will Dick, quietly; "I have warned you and you refused to take take your men and return to Charleston, I will agree to advantage of the warning, and I have no desire to receive not injure you," said Dick. "How kind of you!" sneeringly. "Then you refuse to give me your word to do this?" advice from you." "Well, you may be sure that I, a British officer in the king's service, do not wish to receive advice from a beard"I most assuredly do!" less rebel!" This was said with a scornful air "You will lose your life!" "As you please," said Dick, calmly. "I think, how-The officer laughed derisively. "Why, young fellow," ever, that before you get through with the 'beardless rebel' he said, "I am the best swordsman in the garrison at ihat you will be willing to acknowledge that he is equal Charleston, and one of the best in the British army; so to any man who ever faced you, even though the man there is not much danger that a green, American youth may have had whiskers a foot long." like you can injure me." "Bah! defend yourself!" "Don't be too sure of that. I may be a green, American The next instant the swords clashed together. The duel youth, but I am a good swordsman, just the same, and there was on are a large number of redcoats who could testify to that fact were they alive!" rmg. her D thei ishe will givE get Fre '1 sud up an wa; "Bah! you are a boaster!" "No; simply telling-you the truth for your own good." "Well, you needn't trouble yourself any further in that respect, young man. I am amply able to take care of myself and do not need any guardian or even advice with regard to how to comport myself." "Your blood will be upon your own head, then!" "Oh, yes-if there is any of my blood spilled, which I do not think will happen, it will be my own fault." "And you refuse to turn back and return to Charleston?" "I most assuredly do!" "Very well; you have been warned." "Oh, yes, you have been very kind!" sarcastic8.lly. "I have no fault to find with you on that score." "You are pleased to sneer, but you will realize, before we get through with this, that I was doing you a kindness, just the same." "You may think so." rig "I am sure of it." my young friend, you are simply ignorant, that CHAPTER VIII. FIGHTING .A.GA.INST GREAT ODDS. It was a strange and awe-inspiring spectacle, the duel between Dick Slater and the redcoat commander. They stood on the log and fought desperately, while Bob and the redcoats watched breathlessly. Bob was seated on a boulder near at hand, and he never thought of such a thing as that the redcoats might shoot him. He was too much interested in the duel between his beloved.comrade and the British officer to think of any thing else. Fortunately it was the same with the redcoats. They had eyes only for the combatants, and did not think of Bob at all. He was as safe sitting there in plain view of the i enemy as he would have been had he been a mile away. The duel raged with fury. The officer had quickly found that he was not pitted against a novice, as he had imagined would prove to be the case; on the contrary, Dick very


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." quickly taught him that he would have all he could do to The British officer realized this, and so, :finding that he take care of himself. could not gain any advantage by talking, he stopped and The realization that in this beardless youth he had met put all his energies on the work at hand. one who was at least his equal, was sufficient to enrage the officer, who was egotistic where his sw<0rdsmanship was concerned, and he went to Dick furiously, in order to end the affair as quickly as possible, as he did not like to have his men see that he had met one who was anything like his equal. And when he found that, even though he was attacking with all his energy and doing his best to beat down the l other's guard, he was unable to do so, and could, in fact, make no progress, he became still more enraged and at tacked with still greater fury. Still Dick held his own with seeming ease, and maintained his position on the log. He had not yet been forced to give an inch. "Curse you! you are a young demon!" the officer finally Clash, clash, clash! went the weapons. The sparks flew,. and thie combat was to say the least, and it seemed a very even affair, too. Neither seemed to be getting any advantage over the other. One thing, however, Dick had' worked almost wholly on the defensive so far. It yet re maied for him to show what he could do in offensive work. It was coming time for him to show his abilities in this line, too, for the British officer was becoming somewhat winded as a result of his exertions Re stopped pushing the affair with such vigor, and the combat was consider ably toned down. Now Dick spoke: "I will give you one more chance, sir," he said; "if you will give me your word of honor that you will return to Charleston with your men and give up this work of burning exclaimed. and pillaging the homes of the patriots, I will let you go No, there is nothing demoniacal about me," saiq Dick, unharmed." quietly; "I am merely an American, and a beardless one at that." "Who taught you to handle a sword?" ''No one." "Bahl tell that to the marines!" "You don't believe me?" "No; you have had lessons and instruction from the best swordsmen in the world or you could not have stood "Curse you, I will promise nothing!" the man cried in a rage. "I ask nothing at your hands, dog of a rebel I It is to the death-to the death, do you hear? This is to be your life or mine! I will accept nothing at your hands!" "Think well, sir," said Dick; "life is precious, and you should not throw it away." "I shall not do so. If I lose my life it will be because I before me as you have done." "Y t h -h. h f bil"t" "th cannot help myself, but I shall not withdraw from this ou mus ave a ig opm1on o your a i ies WI combat. I would be disgraced before my own men, and I would rather die than that such a thing should happen. the weapon." "I know what I can do with the sword. I have already No, I am a soldier, and am not afraid to die, if it is neces told you that I am one of the best swordsmen in the sary." British army." "But surely you are not. You must have been jesting; else a beardless rebel could not foil you at every turn, as I am doing." "You are a fine swordsman, boy though you, are." "Thanks." "But I will kill you yet!" fiercely. "No, I don't think you will do anything of the kind." "You will see "That is the proper spirit, I judge; but at the same time I do not think it a good plan to give up your hold life to avoid a feeling of discomfiture because of defeat at the hands of an enemy. That is vanity, sir." "Be it so; it matters not what you may call it, I would rather die than acknowledge myself beaten by a boy." "Very well; have it so. Now, look out for yourself I have given you plenty of opportunity to sa'1e your life, but "And so will you!" you have refused to avail yourself of the opportunities, and 'rhe two had talked as they fought, and if the redcoat I shall not hold myself accountable for your death." thought to throw Dick off his guard by talking, he was "No; no one is to be blamed by me if I fall-which I do badly fooled, for the youth was a vete:an and had been not as yet think it possible that I will do." engaged in many such affairs, and had indulged in con versation while so engaged, so was perfectly at home. He could :fight and talk at the same time and do as good work with the SW?rd as if he were not saying a WOra. "Here goes for you, sir!" said Dick, and then he began an attack which was very fierce indeed. He soon had the officer on the defensive, and it was evident that he was outclassed, that he was not the equal of the youth as a


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND." swordsman, and that he lacked considerable of being his and succeeded in dropping six more of the redcoats off equal physically. the log. The officer was forced to give ground, and this enraged him greatly. It was evidence to his men that he was getting the worst of the encounter, and he did not wish to have the scene prolonged. He decided to end it as quickly as possible, and he began a counter-attack which he hoped would result in winning a victory for him. He reckoned without his host, however Dick was pre pared for just such an attack, and quickly took advantage of an opening, and wounded the man in the shoulder. A wild cry of rage and pain escaped the lips of the officer. "Cursed dog of a rebel, you have wounded me!" he almost shrieked. "Now it is your life or mine, and that ''Well, we seem to be doing something for the great cause, Bob!" said Dick. "Yes, we have done very well so far; but I am afraid we have about exhausted our resources." "I fear so, myself. Well, we have done pretty well, con sidering that we have been going it alone, with none to aid us." "That is what I think. We have been fighting against great odds, and so far have more than held our own." "Yes;. but now we must retreat, for here they come!" While the youths were talking they were busily engaged reloadii:g their muskets, but before they could get this fin-very quickly, too!" ished several of the redcoats had succeeded in getting across the stream and were advancing. He went at the youth in such a manner that it was sure Dick and Bob promptly retreated, working away at their to bring the contest to an abrupt termination, sinpe one muskets as they went. They were able, as a result of a or the other must be run through. As it happened, it was great deal of practice, to load as they walked, and the.v the officer who met with this fate. He was so angry that he lost his head entirely; and his wound gave him succeeded m getting the muskets and the pistols also loaded. siderable pain also and the result was that Dick ran him through in a very few moments. The officer dropped his sword, gave utterance to a gasp ing cry and fell from the log into the stream, and his body went rolling and tumbling down the swiftly fl.owing current. "Quick, Bob; we must get away from here at once!" cried Dick as he leaped back off the log onto the ground. "Run for your life Both youths ran with all their might and succeeded in getting around behind a large boulder before the redcoats 1ecovered from the stupor of horror and amazement that held them motionless for a few moments after their commander had met with his death. Then they aroused themselves and rushed forward, many of them firing their muskets at random, so excited were they. Of course, none of the bullets came anywhere near Dick and :aob, who were for the time being safe. They decided to do some more work while they had the opportunity. They had muskets with them, the weapons having been left leaning against the boulder, and they secured the guns and succeeded in dropping the first two They kept on retreating, however, and watched for a place where they could make another stand. At last they came to a place where there was a hill to cross. It was not a very high hill, but it would give them opportunities for making a stand, and they decided to make the most of them. 'l'hey took up positions behind trees and waited till the redcoats came in range, and then they opened fire. They were good shots, and they were careful to take good aim before firing, so did remarkable execution. They dropped seven of the enemy out of ten shots fired. This, of course, angered the redcoats terribly and they were wild to get revenge on the bold youths who were making such a great fight even against great odds. They uttered wild yells, and rushed up the hill at the best speed of which they were capable. They fired a couple of volleys, but they did not take aim, so no damage was done to anything save the trees. But when the got to the top v:f the hill the youths were not there. They were well down toward the foot of it, on the farther side, retreating and reloading the weapons and getting in shape to make another stand. redcoats off the log into the stream. This put a damper "How many have we killed, Dick?" asked Bob, as they on the others who were about to attempt the same thing, were hastening along. but deciding that somebody would have to risk losing their "If I counted right, it is fifteen, Bob," was the reply. lives for the good of all, they again started forward. "Fifteen, eh? That. 's what I made it, too, so I think it Dick and Bob brought their pistols into play, and as is the correct' number. Well, fifteen from one hundred each had four they were enabled to fire four shots apiece, leaves only eighty-five, Dick." 'Anu. :


,-. THE LIBERTY BOYS' "LONE HAND ." 25 'Only' eighty-five, Bob?" with a laugh. "Yes, 'only'; that isn't such a very great number." "No; and I hope to. make it less before we reach the "Yes, that is what we will do." The youths were so tough and wiry, and in such perfect health and condition that they had no difficulty in keeping home of the Lawrences." ahead of the redcoats. Indeed, the latter were already al" That's right; I hope we will be able to cut the number most exhausted. They were not used to running, and the down quite materially." I "If we can get rid of enough of them so as to somewhat even it up and make them no more in number than our Patriot Band, then we will be able to give them a fight I that they will remember for a while-such of them as succeed in getting away alive." "That's right; what's the matter with our killing the whole gang, Dick?" '"l'hat is rather a large contract, I fear, Bob," with a smile. "We are :fighting against great odds, I know, but if we ke.ep on cutting them down the odds will be greatly reduced. before very long." exertion was rapidly telling on them. They could maroh at the regulation pace all day, but not being accustomed to running they were speedily out of breath. This made the work of the youths comparatively easy and simple. They had no trouble in reloading their weap ons and making stands, and they knew that as soon as they bad discharged the weapons they could easily get out of range of the enemy. 'l'hey kept up this work for an hour, and it proved to be very costly for the British soldiers, for by the time the Yicinity of the Lawrence home was rea ched the redcoats had lost nearly half their force. Indeed to be explicit, there were only :fifty-four of the British left; the others "'l'rue; well, we'll keep at it as long as we can." had all fallen by the wayside, victims to the mark smanshi p Presently the youths had their weapons reloaded, and of Dick and Bob. selecting a favorable spot they paused and made another The redcoat s were determined to oatch the youths, howstand, holding out till they had fired the ten shots; and, as ever, if possible, and put them to death. in the stance, they dropped seven of the redcoats. "'l'bey have killed and wounded nearly fifty of our "That makes twenty-two that are out of the fight, Dick," nnmbcr," said the man who had taken the leadership, "and said Bob, in a tone of satisfaction. "Oh, I guess we are we are not British soldie r s if we do not follow them to doing pretty well, even though we are going it alone, as ih8 end of the world rather than give up and let them it were." escape "You are right, Bob; I guess the redcoats will begin to "That is what we ill do!" one of bis men replied. "We have some respect for patriot soldiers, after a while, and must not let tho e young fiends escape!" be willing to acknowledge that they can do a little bit in "No, no Follow them-follow them to the end of the the fighting line." world, if necessary!" was the cry, and so the redcoats kept "Well, if they don't acknowledge it in words they will up the pursuit. know it in their own minds, Dick." As they drew near to the Lawrence home Dick and Bob Again the youths retreated, and as in the former inkept a sharp lookout. They bad left word for Fred Lawstance the redcoats rushed forward, yelling like fiends, and booting at a great rate. As the ground was almost level bcre some of the bullets came dangerously near the youths, but luckily none todk effect. Dick and Bob were such veterans, however; that the zip ?ing of the bullets had no effect on their nerves. They ere used to it and went ahead, retreating, and kept stead at work reloading their weapons. When this had been successfully accomplished they gain made a stand, and this time they dropped six of l.ieir pursuers. "That makes twenty-eight who are out of the fight," id Bob. "We are doing very well, indeecl, Dick." "Yes, so we are, Bob." "And we'll keep right on with the good work!" rence to be there with the band of boy patriots, and if he was there they would be able to give the redcoats a re ception they would not soon forget. When they were a third of a mile away from the house Dick said : "Let's run at the top of our speed, and get there quickl y as possible, Bob." "All right." They leaped forward and ran with a}l their might. The redcoats did not at first realize what the fugitives were doing, but whe n they did they tried to increase their own speed-without much result, however. They were about fagged out. As the youths drew near the house they looked in that direction eagerly, and presently an exdamation of delight escaped Dick.


tn, I 26 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' "LONE HAND." "I see them, Bob he cried; "they are there, in the as easy to kill or disable as a squirrel, and that if you kill yard! Hurry, and we will take up our position behind the or disable him he will be unable to hurt you, and take good stable, which is far enough this way so as to enable us to aim before you fire. That is the secret. Take good aim. keep the redcoats from reaching the house." Don't fire at random, for if you do you will not hit any-The youths hastened forward and if was soon evident body, and the redcoats will be free to come right on and that the youths in the yard saw them, for they came runattack us. On the other hand, if you take good, careful ning to the fence and gazed down the road. As Dick and aim and fire when I give the word, one volley will be all t Bob drew near, Dick yelled out: that will be necessary, and the redcoats will not want to 1 "Come on down thi s way and get behind the stable; come any farther-the few who will remain on their feet a there are a lot of redcoats coming, and we must give them They will think only of getting away from this dangerous t 1 a thrashing!" locality as quickly as possible. Now, remember: Take .a Ai,_ The youths hastened to obey, and a few moments later careful aim. They are almost within range. Wait a mov Dick and Bob, but triumphant, were among their ment. Now-take aim, all!" friends. The youths had listened attentively to Dick's words, and t "How many of the redcoats are there, Dick?" asked Fred it was evident that they were impressed with the soundness 0 Lawrence. of his reasoning. Besides, the fact that Dick and Bob had "About fifty, Fred." succeeded in killing forty-six of the redcoats without any 11 "Then they don't outnumber us any to speak of." "No; and they are all tired out, so wp have the advantage of them in that respect. Bob and I have led them a merry assistance whatever, had had a great deal of effect, and the 11 youths felt that fifty of them would be a match for a n hundr:ed redcoats. Consequently their nerves were like tl chase of about thre e miles, and have kept popping them steel, and when they leveled their rifles Dick saw that the n over all the way along the route." "We dropped forty-six of them," said Bob, in a rnatter of-fact hme. "What!" exc laimed Fred, while exclamations escaped all. "You don't mean to say that you two fellows killed forty-six of the redcoats!" "Yes, that's just what we did do!" "And you are not e r en wounded? How in the world did you do it(" "Oh, we kept st opping and pegging away at them, and I as we happen to be good s hots we generally brought our weapons were as steady as a rock. "Good'." he said to himself. "The boys are all right. tc I pity those redcoats!" SC He waited till the British soldiers were within range, and fc then cried out, sharply: "Fire!" D Crash, roar! The youths fired at the word, and the volley did wonderful execution. At least thirty of the hi redcoats went down, either dead or wounded. Cries, groan and went up on the air. It was a terrible scene and the redcoats were almost W paralyzed. Before the youths could draw pistols and fire wi men do1rn.'' another volley, however, the remaining redcoats had re"Well, you are wonders, you two!" said Fred, his voice covered from their dismay, and, whirling, they took to their th vibrating with admiration. heels and ran with all their might. They had not been "Well, if we two can kill and disable forty-six of the expecting such a reception; indeed, they had not seen the El redcoats, tl1 fifty of u s ought to be able to easily thrash party of youths until too late to retreat, and had been fifty of the redcoats, don't yon think?" asked Dick forced to meet the volley. "I should say so!" "Come back!" called out Dick. "Come back and bury "All right; just feel that way about it and we will do your dead and take care of your wounded. I give you my it and not half try. Are you boys good shots?" "Yes, most of us are wuat might be termed fair shots," replied Fred. "You can bring down a squirrel out of a tree with a rifle bullet?" "Yes." "Well, then you can't miss as big a target as a full-grown l'.'Ol'd of honor that you will not be fired upon." The r e dcoats probably understood what Dick said, but they were so demoralized that they did not at once stop. They kept on running until they were well out of range, Fr and t11en they halted. They were not yet out of hearing,tb: and Dick again called out: wa "Come back Y 01t must bury your dead and look after man." Then he raised his voice. "Boys," he went on, your wounded. We don't wish to be bothered with having "don' t get the 'buck ague.' Just rem e mber that a man is to do that work.''


2'f 4 Presently one of the men came forward, waving a white "Who will go with me in search of the scom ._. ?" cried handkerchief. When he was within twenty yards he Fred. paused "You give me your word of honor that we will not be fired upon if we come back?" he asked. "Certainly," replied Dick. "You need have no fears whatever." "Very well, then, we will come back and get to work." The man turned and waved to his comrades, and they ad vanced. It was evident that they were a bit suspicious, and they kept their eyes on the youths, but when Fred had brought a spade they went to work, the men taking turns, and after an hour a big enough excavation had been made to receive all the dead soldiers. They were placed therein and covered up, and then the problem of moving the wounded men, of whom there were eight, was to be met. "If you will let us have a team and wagon we will return it," the redcoat leader said; "I will send it back at once after we reach Charleston." l Fred went and asked his father about the matter and Mr. Lawrence said the redcoats could have the team and I wagon. The team was hitched up and then the wounded "I will!" cried Dick. "And I!" from Bob. "And I!" came in a chorus from the youths. Fred selected a dozen of the youths and the party set out, after getting all the information out of Mr. Wilson that he possessed. "Won't Black Gabe take Elsie to the cavern?" asked Dick. Mr. Wilson looked at the youth in surprise, he being amazed at the knowledge which Dick possessed, but he shook his head and replied : Jo, he won't go there, for he has cut loose from the leadership of the band. In fact, he and I had a quarrel, and it was on acount of Elsie. He 1ranted to marry her, and when Elsie told me she would rather die than marry him, I told him he couldn't have her, and he said he would have her whether I liked it or not. Some of the other members of the band took sides with me, and finally be left us in a huff. I didn't think of such a thing as that he would try to steal Elsie away, however, men were placed on some straw placed on the bottom of bu: he did it; and now the question is: Where has he taken the wagon-bed, and the redcoats took their departure, but her?" not until Dick had given the leader a talking to. "I rather think I know where he has taken her," said "Give my compliments to the commandant at Charles Fred as they were hastening through the timber. ton," said Dick, "and tell him not to send any more of his "Where?" asked Mr. Wilson. soldiers out here on a burning and pillaging expedition, "Do you remember that Gabe has a cabin over on the for if he does we will wipe them off the face of the earth! hank of the Edisto Ri\er where he goes of a winter to Do you understand?" "Yee," the man r eplied; "I understand, and will tell him just what you have said." "See that you do 'rhe redcoats had just disappeared from view when Mr. Wilson put in an appearance. He had been running, and was panting. "What's the matter?" asked Fred Lawrence, who saw hat something was up. "Elsie!" cried Mr. Wilson. "Black Gabe has sto len lsie and carried her away!" CHAPTER IX. THE RESCUE. A wild cry of rage and anguish escaped the lips of hunt and trap?" An exclamation escaped the lips of Mr. Wilson. "That is it; and I 'll wager that you are right, Fred!" he cried. "That is certainly the most likely place." "How far is it?" asked Dick. "Oh, only an hour-and-a-half's walk." "We can get there before dark, then?" "Yes, easy." They hastened onward, and after an hour and a half of brisk walking Fred called a halt. "We are almost to the little opening on the bank of the stream where the cabin is locat ed," he said. "I think we had better gate before advancing, don't"you, Dick?" "Perhaps it would be best to do so." "Let's you and I go forward, then; the rest may follow slowly." "V cry well." Fred and Dick crept forward and were soon at the edg e Fred Lawrence. Elsie was his sweetheart, and to think of the little opening, which consisted of perhaps an acre 'that she should be carried off by the scoundrel, Black Gabe, of ground. At the farther side, right on the bank of the 1was enough to cause him anguish. r river vwas a small, log cabin.


"Thr==; is!" suddenly whispered Fred, in excitement. fellow who will steal a girl and carry her off against he He right. Black Gabe had just emerged from the will, as he did, is too big a scoundrel to be let live." cabin and was walking toward the river. He had a bucket "Let's carry the body around and place it where sh in his hand and was evidently going for water. The won't see it," said Dick, nodding toward the cabin. youths waited till he was out of sight around the corner This suggestion met with ipproval, and five or six o of the cabin, and then they gave the signal, a low whistle, the youths lifted the dead man and carried him aroun for their comrades to come a.head, and then emerged from the ec1ge of the timber and hastened across the open space toward the cabin. behind the cabin. "Is-is he--dead ?" asked Elsie, as she emerged fro the cabin in company with Fred. She looked fearfull They had just reached the door when Black Gabe put in around her as she spoke. an appearance, coming back !I.round the house; and the instant his eyes fell upon the two youths a curse escaped him and be leaped forward, drawing a pistol as be did so. Crack Dick had fired. He was quicker than the big fellow, and his shot was a good one, too; for while it did "Yes, he's dead, Miss Elsie," replied Dick. "Ob, I'm sorry; and yet I'm glad, too, for he might hav done Fred or some of you folks harm had be lived." "It is just as well that be is dead," said Dick. Then he went back around the cabin and assisted th not kill the man it struck him in the right shoulder, giving others to dig a grave, they using swords and knives fo a severe wound. He dropped the pistol as if it had the purpose. It did not take them long to finish, and a become suddenly hot, and a series of curses escaped his soon as Black Gabe had been placed in his last resting lips as he bounded toward the youths, evidently bent on place, they went back around to the front of the cabin an fighting both of them even though he had but one hand to rejoine.d the rest of the party. do it with. As there nothing to remain for, they set out; Crack 'I'his time Fred had fired, and his bullet struck Elsie could not walk so fast as the it took about tw the desperate man fair in the chest. Down went Black I hours to reach the home of Mr. Wilson. It was now jus Gabe at full length, and he clawed and struggled in agony. coming dark, a:nd he asked the youths to stop and tak "You-have killed-me, curse-you!" he cried. "You supper, but they said they would go on to the Lawrenc have-given-me my-death wound!" home, and then they would disperse to their own homes. served you right, you girl-stealer!" cried Fred, Dick and Bob went to the Lawrence home, and fearin fiercely. "\Vhere is Elsie?" that the British mighty try to get revenge for the treat" Here, Fred!" cried a joyous Yoice from within the ment their force had received, by sending another force cabin. "I am here, safe and unharmed, but tied hand and Dick named four of the youths to go out and do scou foot." duty the first half of the night. Then he named fou. "Thank heaven, you are safe and unharmed, Elsie!" more, who were instructed to relieve the first four at mi cried Fred, and he leaped through the doorway into the night. This would make it almost impossible for th( cabin, and in an instant was at the girl's side, cutting her British to surprise them bands. The instant she was free he seized the girl in his The wagon was brought back, the two soldiers wh( arms and hugged and kissed her, and called her all the brought it bringing saddle horses on which to ride back endearing names he could think of. and they took their departure at once, seemingly noi And Elsie? She evidently liked it. At any rate she wishing to answer questions. did not make any effort to free herself, and it is a fact Dick thought this a bit suspicious, and he cautioned thE that she held her mouth in, such fashion that it was easy for Fred to get at it. It may have been because she wa's so excited, however. I will leave that for my girl readers to decide. By the time Mr. Wilson and the youths reached the youths who were doing scout duty to be very careful and keep their eyes open. They said they would, and their departure to do the work to which Dick had as signed them. Dick instructed the youths to come back as soon as the3 cabin Black Gabe was dead. They gazed upon the had eaten supper and go into camp at the Lawrence place of the dead man without showing much signs of feeling "We may have to fight the British before morning," ht pity for him. said; "and if so, we must be ready for them. I didn't lik1 "He deserved it!" said one. the actions of the two who brought oack the team anq "Yes, you are right about that," coincided Bob; "a wagon."


' "I think they intend making an attack on the people of "I think we. will do so, Dick. We have r far tothe settlement to-night," said Bob; "and we want to be day, and horses and men are weary. A will ready for them." do us good." The result was that the "Patriot Band" was on hand, "I should think s o." ten o'clock, and the youths were one and all ready for General Marion inquired the rea s on of the gath e ring of anything that might come up Their encounter with the the youths, and Dick explained redcoats of the afternoon had given them immense confi-''So ther e is danger of an attack to-night, eh?" Marion ydence, and they would not have been afraid of a regiment exclaimed. Well, let them come on. We will help you of British soldiers. As confidence is a valuable requisite give them the thrashing they deserve." u cases of this kind, Dick did not do or say anything to He complimented Dick and Bob on their wonderful 8disturb them in the feeling. l fight against such great odds of the afternoon, when they It was about half-past ten o'clock when a party of men had killed forty-six redcoats, alone and unaided, and gde up, coming from the opposite direction from that in complimented the patriot youths who had put the redcoats which the redcoats would be expected to come. When they to flight later on. o-ot within the radius of the light thrown out by the campThe youths were well pleased to b e prai s ed by so great fire, Dick recognized the leader as being General Marion, a man as the "Swamp Fox." the "Swamp Fox." At last, no alarm having been given by the scouts, The youth ran forward, and, as the general alighted, Marion and his men, and Dick and his youths lay down reeted him pleasantly and eagerly. "I am indeed glad to G 1 1\..,,, th th 1 d "I have and to sleep. ee you, enera .luanon. e you exc a1me letter for you from the co:m.rii.ander-in-chief." No attack was made that night, and next morning MaE "Ah, Dick, is that you?" the "Swamp Fox" exclaimed. rion and his men bade Di c k and hi s companions good-by, 'I am glad to see you. And you have a letter for me, and went on their way. They were head e d in the direction in which they expected to come upon Gates and t -"Yes, sir; here it is his army Dick drew the document from his pocket and handed Dick and Bob remained in the neighborhood a week and .. to the general, who at once broke the seal and read the helped repulse the redcoats a second time, and then, feelntents. ing that the people were in no immediate danger, they Q "Good!" he exclaimed when he had finished; "General bade their friends good-by and started back for the North. f'Vashington wishes me to co-operate with General Gates, They had practically played a "lone hand" in this affair, !l.Jnd I shall do so at once." but although they had been forced to fight against great "Hadn't you better remain here with us to-night?" odds they had given the redcoats much the worst of it and o sked Dick. were happy. ej ce, he THE END. The next number (65) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT; OR, THE IDOL OF THE COMPANY," by Harry Moore. ike SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any rd.ewsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION QU ARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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SECR.ET SER.VICE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. 'PRICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. f-' ISSUED WEEKLY LA TEST ISSUES. L20 The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or, Exposing the Chinese Crooks. :.21 The Bradys Girl Decoy; or, Rounding up the East-Side Crooks. L22 The Bradys Under Fire; or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. 123 The Bradys at the Beach; or, The Mystery of the Bath House 24 The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among the Cowboys. L 25 The Brady s and the Missing Girl; or, A Clew Found in the Dark. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Mystery of a Treas ure Vault. 127 The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing up a Theatrical Case 128 The Bradys and Bad Man Smith; or, The Gang of Bar. 129 Bradys and the Veiled Girl; or, Piping the Tombs Mystery. 130 The Bradys and the Deadshot Gang; or, Lively Work on the Frontier. 131 The Bradys with a Circus; or, On the Road with the Wild Beast Tamers. 132 The Bradys in Wyoming; or, Tracking the Mountain Men. 113 The Bradyl5 at Coney Island; or, Tracking the Seaside Crooks. lH The Bradys and the Road Agents; or, The Great Dead wood Case. 115 The Bradys and the Bank Clerk; or, Tracing a Lost Money Package. .. 16 The Bradys on the Race Track; or, Beating the Sharpers. 117 The Bradys ln the Chinese Quarter; or, The Queen of the Opium Fiends. 138 The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; 1 or, Wild Adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 139 The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John. Street Mystery. 140 The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of the Midnight Train. 141 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work in the Shopping District. 142 The Bradys and the Broker; or, The Plot to Steal a Fortune. 143 The Bradys as Reporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. 144 The Bradys and the Lost Ranch; or, The Strange Case in Texas. 14.5 The Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, The Great Trai n Robbery. 146 The Bradys and Bunco Bill; or, The Cleverest Crook in New York. 147 The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with the Custom Inspectors. 148 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery; or, The Search for a Stolen Million. 149 The Bradys at Cripple Creek; or, Knocking out the "Bad Men." 150 The Bradys and the Harbor Gang; or, Sharp Work After Dark. 151 The Bradys in Five Points; or, the Skeleton in the Cellar. 152 Fan Toy, the Op ium Queen; or, The Bradys and the Chinese Smugglers. 153 The Bradys' Boy Pupil; or, Sifting Strange Evidence. 154 The Bradys in the Jaws of Death; or, Trapping the Wire Tappers. 155 The Bradys and the Typewriter; of, The Office Boy s Secret. 156 The Bradys and the Bandit King; or, Chasing the Moun tain Thieves. 157 The Bradys and the Drug Slaves; or, The Yellow Demon of Chinatown. 158 The Bradys and the Anarchlst Queen; or, Running Down the "Reds." 159 The Bradys and the Hotel Crooks; or, The Mystery of Room 44 160 The Bradys and the Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work in the Harbor. 161 The Bradys and the House of Mystery; or, A Dark Night'!! Work. 162 The Bradys' Winning Game; or, Playing Against the Gamblers. 163 The Bradys and the Mail Thieves; or, The Man in the Bag. 164 The Bradys and the Boatmen; or, The Clew Found in the River. 165 The Bradys After the Grafters; or, The Mystery in the cab. For sale by all newsnea1ers, or se.nt postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PBANB: TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS >f our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill In the following Order Blank and send It to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY. . . . . . . . . . . . ..... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 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 SERVICE ... ............................................. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Nos .................................... Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos . . . . . Name ........................ Street and No ............... Town .......... Stat e


ti WORK AND WIN. The AI.I. THE READ B e s t "Weekly 'Published. :PBINT. N"O':MBEBS ABE ALWAYS IN ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. LA'.l'EST ISSUES: 45 Fred Fearnot In the Clouds; or, Evelyn' s Narrow Esc ape. 46 Fred Fearnot at Yale Ag ain; ot, ':aching t h e College Boys New Tricks. 47 Fred l ?earnot' s MPttle; or, Hot Work Against Enemies. 48 Fred l!'earnot In Wall Street; or, Making and Losing a Million. 49 Fred l!'earnot's Desperate Ride ; or, A Dash to Save Evelyn. f>I) Fred Fearnot's Great Mystery ; or, How Terry Proved His Courage. 61 Fred Fearnot s Betrayal; or, The Mean Work or a False Friend. 62 Fred Fearnot in the Klondike; oi;, Working the "Dark Horse" Claim. 53 F1ed Fearnot's Skate 1 ror Life; or, Winning the "lee Flyers' Peo nant. 64 Fred Fearnot's Rival ; or, Betrayed by a Female Enemy. fi5 l'red Feamot's Defiance ; or, His Great l!'ight at Dedh a m Lake. fi6 Fred Fearnot's Big Contract: or, Uunnlna a County Fair. fi7 Fred Fearnot' s Daring Deed; or, Saving ferry from the Lynchers fi8 Fred Fearnot' s Revenge ; or, Defeating a Congressman. 119 Fred Fearnot' s '.L'rap ; or, Catching the '.L'rain Robbers. 60 l!' r e d l 'earnot at Harvard; or, Winning the Games for Yale. 6 1 !!'r e d Fearn0t' s Ruse; or, Turolog '!'ramp to Save a Fortune. 62 Fre d l!'earnot in Manila; or, Plotting to Catch Ag uioaldo. 63 Fred Fearnot and Oom Paul ; Ol', for the Boers. 64 Fre d Fearnot lo Johanoesburg; or, The 'Ierrible Ride to Kimberley. 65 F r e d l 'e arnot In Kafilr-laud; or, Hunting for the Lost Diamond. 66 l!'red Fearnot' s Lariat; or, How He Caught His Man. 67 Fred l!'earnot' s Wild West Show: or, The Biggest T hing on Earth 68 Fred F earnot' s Great Tour; or, Managing an Opera Quee n 69 l!' r e d Fearnot' s Minstrels; or, 'l'el'l'y's Great Hit as an End Man. 70 Fre d Fearnot and the Duke; or, Barning a l!'ortune Hunter. 71 l!' r e d Fearnot's Day; or. 'L'he Great Reunion at Avon 72 Fre d IJ'earnot in the South; or, Out with Old Bill Bland. 73 Fre d Fearnot's Museum: o r Backing Knowledge with Fun. 74 Fre d Fearnot' s Athletic School; or, Making Brain and Brawn. 75 b r e d Fearnot Mystified ; or, The D!sapperrrance of 'l'erry 7 6 Fred l ?earnot and the Governor; or, 'Vorking Hard to Save a J,lte. 77 Fre d Fearno t s Mistake ; or, Up His Matc h 78 Fre d l!'earnot In '.L'exas; or, 'l'erry s Man from Abilene 7 9 F r e d F earnot as a Sherill' : or, Breaking up a Desperate Gang. 80 Fre d Fearnot Battied; or, Outwitted by a Woman. 81 F r e d 1"earnot' s Wit, and How It Saved His Life. 82 Fre d F e a rnot' s Great Prize; or. Working Ilard to Win. 83 Fre d F earnot at Bay ; or, His Great Fight for Life. 84 Fre d F earnot's Disguise; or, Following a Strange Clew 85 Fred F earnot' s l\Ioos e Hunt; or, Adventure s In the l\faine Woode 86 F r e d F earno t s Oratory; or, l!'un at the Girls' High School. 8 7 F r e d F earnot' s Big H eart; or. Giving the Poor a Chance. 88 Fred Fearnot Accus e d ; or, Tricked by a Villain. 89 Fre d F earnot's Pluck; or, Winning Against Odds. 9 0 Fre d Fearnot' s D eadly P eril; or, His Narrow Escape from Ruin. 9 1 Fred F earnot' s Wild Ride; or, Saving Di c k Duncan's Life. 112 l!'r e d F earnot's Long Chase ; or, Trailing a Cunning Villain. 9 3 Fre d Fearnot' s Last Sho t and How It Saved a Life. 9 4 Fre d .l!'earnot's Common S ense ; or, The B est Way Out of Trouble. 9 5 Fred Fearnot' s Great Find; or, Saving Terry Olcott' s Fortune. 9 6 Fred F earnot and the Sultan: or, Adventureg on the Island of Sulu. 9 7 Fre d Fearnot' s Silvery '.L'ongue; or, Winning an Angry Mob. !IS Fred Fearnot' s Strategy: or, Outwitting a Trouble some Couple. 9 9 Fred F e a rnot' s Little Joke; or. Worrying Dick and 'l' e ny. 100 Fre d Fearno t s Muscle; or, Holding His Own Against Odds. 101 Fre d F earno t on Hand; or, Showing Up at tbe Right '.L'ime 102 Fre d Fearuot' s Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerers. 103 Fred Fearnot and rnYelyn ; or, 'l'b e Infatuated Riv al. 104 Fre d FMrno t s Wage r ; or, Downing a Brutal Sport. 105 Fred F earnot at St. Simons: or, The Mystery of a Georgia Island 106 Fred F earnot D ece iv e d ; o r, After the Wrong Man. 1 0 7 Fre d Fearnot' s C h arity: or, Teaching Others a L e sson. 108 F r e d F carnot as "The Judge;" or, H eading oil' the Lynchers. 109 Fre d FMrnot and the C l own; or. S aving the Old Man' s Place. 110 F r e d Fearnot' e 1-'ine Work; or, Up Against a Crank. 111 Fre d Fearnot' s Bad Break; or, What Happened to Jones. 112 113 lH 115 116 117 118 1.19 120 Fred Fearnot's R o und U{'; or, A Lively 'l'lme on the R a n c h e. Fred Fearnot and t h e G iant; or, A Hot Tim e In C heyenn e Fred Fcarnot's Coo l Nerve; o r Giving It Stra ight to t h e Boys. Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. Fred Fearnot In a Fix ; or, The Blackmailer's Game. I Fred Fearnot as a "Broncho B uster;" or, A Great Time I n t h e Wild West. Fred Fearnot and His Mascot ; or, Evelyn' s Fearless Ride. Fred Fearnot's Strong Arm; or, The Bad Man of Arizona. Fred Fearnot as a '"l'ender!oot ;" or, Having Fun with t h e C ow boys. 121 FrPd Fcarnot Captured ; or, I n the Hands of His Enemies. 122 Frerl Fearnot and the Banker ; or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin Him 123 F red Fearnot's Great l'eat ; or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. 12 Fred F

I ., T H E S T AGE. Nil'. 31. HOW 1'0 .\ ,nt:lining "'o. '1. TH'<' BOYS 0'.' N'r'\' YOln E ND MEN'S JOKE I t1wrl illustral ions, g1viug the diil'P.r<'ut tJos11'iu11" ''"'l'.li'it" t o b ecom.r "' "" .I! "'' -h I\ good speaker, 1earnd lJUltry, ar1ang1le g uicle t o lov e itagi:; with. the. duties of i\!anager, courtship and marriage, giving f'1rnilile : ulvic'. and e ti41t1ette geemc Artist and f'tope1 a Pt 0 1:!1111( nt Stag. e t o h e observed, with many curious and inl e resti11g things not gen N?. 80. GUS '' ILLLUI8 JOh.I<, BOOh .. -Conta111111g the laterally known. 111t Jokes, anecdotes and ftmn.Y. _of tins wo1kl-1enowned and Xo. 17. IIOW TO DRESS.-C'ontaining full inslrnction r tht ) Ver popular com<'dian. Sixt,-four .handsome art of dressing aud appearing well Ht hom0 nncl abroad, giTig the >olored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. selections of colors. matrriRI, and how to ha,e tlwm made up. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16 HOW TO KEBP A WINDOW GAitDEN.-Contaiuing ','ull instructions for eonstructin g a window garden either in town ) r countcy, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful fowers at born e The most complete book of the kind ever pub' l shed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instru<>tive books cooking ever publis h ed It C'ontains recipes for cooking meats, & sh, game and oystel'S; also pies, pudll professor (delighting multi every night \\"ith hi s wontlel'i'u l imitations). can mastPl' the ut, and create an.v amount of fu11 for himself a nd friends. It i s the r reatest book eve r publishNl. and there's millions (of fun) in it. N o. 20. HOW TO lDXTEJH'l'AIN IDVENING PAR'i'Y.-A ery valuable litlle book just published. A complete compendium 1f S1JoLs, tare('onw l 10autiful. both male aniil female. 'J'IJP sf'cret is simple, and almost c ostless. H ead this book and be con\'inced how lo become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. Ko. 7. rTOW TO KEEP BIHlJS.-IIantlsomcly illustrated ano containing full instrnf'tions for the nrnnagemeot and tr11inin, f th1ain \V. De W A bney. Xo. r.2. ITO\V TO lmcmm .\ '\l,'E:--;T POfXT full Pxplanu 1 ions !Jm\' Io gain arlmitt an ('Olll'S(' of Stnrl,1', Exn111inntio11s. Duti!'S, Sf:1ff of om('ers, P o Guard, Police }{Pgulntinm;, Fire J)ppnrtnwnt. and nil a !Joy sho" know to he a t'.adPL Compii1'd an1l nitten 11,1 Lu Srna1 e11s, aut h of '"Ifo'i\ to Re"ome a :'\:irnl Cn

r THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolutioll By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faith:lu account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of youths who were always ready and willing to in1peril their Ii. for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading mattei bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. I 31 T!Jc Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Chee 2 Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the Britisb and 'l'orles. 32 Liberty 13oys Shadowed; or, Arter Dick Slate r for Reven@ 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Liberty Roys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. G 'l'he Liherty. Days' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand ; or, The Champion Spies o! the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Themselves. 10 'l'he Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. ll The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from all Sides. 13 'l'he Liberty Boys' r.uck; or, Fortune Favors the Ilrave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 'The Liberty Boys' '.rrap, and What They Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-o! War. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 111 The Libe1ty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Ileen." 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Up Brown. 2!! The Liberty Days at Bay; or, The Closest Call of Ail. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their llfettie; or, Making It Warm !or the lledcoats. 21 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and To!ies. 25 The Liberty Iloys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or 'l'wo. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In Phii11d eipbia. 28 Tl.Je Liberty Boys' Battie Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy ThP Iloys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Rnve a Fort. 3') The i:o;-s in a Fix; or, Threatened by R eds and Whites il:! The Liberty Iloys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. R4 The Liberty Boys Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeede :i:; Tlle Liberty Boys' Signal ; o r, "At the Clang of the Beil." 31; The Liberty f3oys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for LibertJ Cnos.-. 3 7 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 3!l Th& Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Pian That Won. 3!\ The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything in Sigt 41) The Lillerty Boys' Flush Times: or, Reveling in British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. 4:! T!Je LibPrty Boys' Brave Rescue: or, In the Nick of Time. l 43 The Liberty Boys' Big Day: or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. The liberty Boys Worried: or, The Disappearance of Dirk SiatE -rn The Litl erty Boys' Iron Grip: o r. the R e dcoats. 7 The Liberty Boys' Success; or. Doing "'hat They Set Out to D 48 The Liberty Boys' Sethack: or, Defeated: But :\ot Disgraced. 4() The Liberty Boys in Toryville: or. Dic k Slater's Fearful Ris 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused: or. Strong Blows for Libert The Liberty Boys' Triumph: or. Ileating the Redcoats at 'l'be Own G'.lme. 52 The Liberty Boys' or. A l\liss as Good as a Mile. 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foes on All Side. 54 The Liberty Boys' Flight; or. A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or. Out-Generaling the Enemy. 56 The Liberty Boys' warm \\"ork; or, Showing the Redcoats How to Fight. 57 The Libert.y Roys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' Deiperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" Stony Point. 59 The Liberty Roys' Justice, And How They DPalt It Out. 60 TIM Liberty Boys Bombarrled; or, A Very ""nrm Time. 61 The Libert) Boys' Seii ied Or<'ers; or, Going it Blind. 6 2 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, \\"ith "Light Horse Harry" Pa11!11s Huok. 6 The Liberty Boys' Livey Times; or, Here, There and Everywhere. 6 4 Thu Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand"; or, Fighting against Great Odds. For sale hy all newsdealers. or 8ent 1>ostpaid on re<'eipt of price. 5 c:nts 1>er copy, 1t !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yovll l IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fi in the following OrrlPr Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by r turn mail. POS'l'AGE 8'.l'AMPS 'l'Al\EN THE !:"A.l\1B AS : LUONEY ......... .......... ........ ...... FRAN:!:\: TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square New York. ......................... 19QL DEAR find ..... cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ........... .................. PLUCK A.ND l,lJCK ............................. SECRE'l' SKRYI CE ........................... .. THE T.TRF.TI'T'Y BOYS OF '76, Nos .................... Ten-Cent H : rnd Books, Nos .............................................. Name......... . ......... Street and NJ ................. 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