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The Liberty Boys' mascot, or, The idol of the company
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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THE LI A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American lSSWld Wkly-By Subscriptio1t $2.50 per year 811/uerl ns i' Clas.< ;l/<1tler at tho New Yor" l'osl Of/ice, /i'ebruary 4, 1901, by Franl< No. 65. NEW YORIL ltIARCH 28. 1902. Price 5 Cents. Dick Slater led the blushing girl to the edge of the platform, and hat in hand, said: "Three cheers for our beautiful mascot, the idol of the compil'ny!" The cheers were given with a will.


r ., r A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULA R ENCYCLOPEDIA! .-;. book coni1t1 of lxty-four rea, printed on good p per, Jn clear type and nea tly bound In an attractln, lllu. ef the books are ako profusely illustrated, and all of the 1ubject1 treated upon are exp! i ned i n such a simple manne 4 n thorou,hl;; r.nderstand them. Look over the li1t a1 clauified and see if .;you W4nt t o k now anythinc abou t ... E BOOKS .ARE FOR SALE BY ALL TEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SE. T BY MAIL TO .ANY THI OE I ICE -0 RECEIPT OF PRICE, TE.N' CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BO OKS FOR TW.llN'FI 8 AG TA E.i lIE SA.ME AS )IO. rE Y. Address FRANK TOUli>lilY, Publii her 24. U n lo l: r s n h 3


THE LmERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekl y Magazine Containing Stories o f the American Revolution .. Issued Weakly-By Subsc1"iption $2.50 per year. Entered as Second C l ass Matter at the New Yoi-k1 N Y Post Office, February 1901. Kntet ed according to Act o f Congress, in the year 1 902, in the office of tne Lil>..aria n of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank 'l'ousey, 24 Union Sq uare, New York. N o 65. NEW YORK, UARCH 28, 1902 Price 5 Cents -------------------CHAl'TbR I. TWO OF THB SA:ilrn "Oh, for no reason that I know of. But alight; you shaU Jiaye dinner for yourself and feed for your horse." The youth leaped to the ground and waited for Samuels to tell him where to go with the horse. He only had to wait a few moments, as Mr. Samuels merely stuck One hot day in midsummer of the year ] -;'';"'D a family sat bis head back into the house and said : "Martha, lay anat dinner in the roomy dining-room of their house, which other plate. A stranger is going to take dinner with us." Then he said to the youth: "Come with me." Georgia, to Charleston, South Carolina. There were four He led the way around the house and to a good-sized in the family, viz. : Mr. and lllrs Samuels, and George and 81able, which stood fifty yards back of the house. The 1ras located on the main road leading from Savannah, Daisy, aged, twenty and seventeen years, the horse was led into a stall and was given a portion of oats son and daughter. George was a bright, handsome fellow, and hay, and then the two men went back to the house and and it WOl1ld have been hard work to :find a more beautiful girl than Daisy. She was good to look upon, and that is the truth, her blue eyes, fair face, golden hair and pearly teeth gleaming plump, r lips, making up such a pleasing sight that one would hun to look more than once. They had just !Jegun eating when they were disturbed by a call from outside. Hello called out some one. "Hello, in there entered Mrs. Samuels and her son and daughter rose fro.m the table .a:: they entered. "Martha," said the man, addressing his wife, "allow me to make you acquainted with :!\Ir. George Samuels; Mr. Samuels, my wife, }Irs. Samuels. And this is my son George, and this my daughter Daisy The young stranger laughed merrily as he stepped for Samuels got up from the table and \Yent to the door. wmd and shook hands with each of the three in turn. "Now He rnw a youth of about twenty years, seemingly. The I know what astonished Mr. Samuels when I told him my youth waR a handsome, l.Jronzed-faced felloir, with gray name," he said; "my name is the same as that of his own hJue eyes and Jong hair; and there was a firm look aboutson." his chin and a frank, ho11e t expression to his face that I 1ras pleasing, to say the least. He was not 1rell dressed however, his clothes being a lrnost ragged, and he had on I rough boots and an old, slouch hat with holes in it. "Isn't it strange!" exclaimed Mrs. Samuels. "How jolly!" exclaimed Daisy, smiling upon the young stranger in a manner well calculated to turn his head. said her mother, "you should not use such-such language." I "How are you, sir?" the stranger youth greeted as Mr. I Samuels appeared. "I would like to get dinner for my self and feed for my horse if agreeable." "Don't scold her, ma 'am," said the youth with a smile; "she is-well, just jolly when she talks and smiles like "What is your name?" asked Mr. Samuels. that." "George Samuels." Daisy burst a peal of silvery laughter and shook Ur. Samuels started and looked at the youth in amazeher finger at the handsome young stranger. ment. "What is that you say?" he asked "Did I understand )"OU to say your name is George Samuel.;?': "Be careful, sir she said; "mother doesn't allow any young 11!an to flatter me. She says it likely to turn my head, and I dont wi h that to happen, for wouldn't I "Yes," "as the youth's reply, though he spoke somewhat look dreadful with my head turned?'' and she made a mock hesitatingly and looked inquiringly and a bit suspiciously attempt to tlYist her head around so she would have her at the man. "Y\'hy should that surprise you?" face in the other clirectirm.


'IHE LIBERTY BOYS' :JIASCOT '"I'hat would be dreadful, sure enough," laughed the what curious regarding their visitor. He was roughly stranger youth; "but I guess there is no danger of that dressed, true, but there was an air about him that bespoke happening. It would be impossible to say anything to you the gentleman, and to the eyes of George, who knew somethat would be flattery thing about such things, the actions and air of the visitor "Oh, my; worse and worse!" laughed the "Stop, please, or mother won't let you eat dinner here, but will insist that you mount your horse and ride on to the next neighbor." The young man turned and looked Mrs. Samuels in the eyes with such a frank, open and respectful look that she smiled. She was a woman of discernment, and she read were such as bespoke a soldier, and a veteran at that. "I believe he is a soldier in disguise," the young man said to himself. "I should not wonder if he were a spyand I wonder which side he is on?" He watched the young stranger closely, and was more and more favorably impressed. "I like his looks, by Jove!" he said to himself "I wish he were a patriot and then in those honest eyes of the young man that he was a true I might be able to do him some good, or he might be of man and a gentleman. benefit to General Sumpter." "You look like my mother, Mrs Samuels/ said the "You say you are from New York?" remarked l\Ir. youth, a half sad look appearing in his eyes. Samuels "Ah, indeed?" with a softening look in her eyes. "Your "Yes," replied the young stranger. mother is alive?" "How is everything up in that part of the country?" "Yes, ma'am "Where does she live?" "Away up in New York State." "Ah, that is a good ways from here "Yes." "Have you a sister that looks like me, Mr. Samuels?" asked Daisy. "I have a sister, miss," was the reply; "but she doesn'.t look like you "She is better-looking than I, I will warrant," with a merry laugh The youth shook his head "That would be impossible," he replied. Daisy blushed, though it was plain to be seen that she was not displeased "I really did not mean to fish for a "Rather quiet just now." "Not much doing, eh?" "No, sir." "I suppose you came all the way on horseback?" 'Yes, sir." "You must have come past l\forristown, then, in cross ing New Jersey." "Yes, sir." It was evident that the young stranger was a cautious fellow He was not in for himself until he should know the side taken by his host in the war. "Have you ever seen General Washington?" asked George Samuels, eyeing the other closely. "Yes, I have seen him," was the quiet reply. "Oh, how I should like to see him!" cried Daisy, her compliment, l\Ir. Samuels," she said; "I hope you will be-eyes sparkling "He must. be a grand man!" lieve me." Daisy had unconsciously let the caf out of the bag. 'I'he "I believe you, Miss Daisy," was the prompt reply; "I Samuels were patriots, without doubt; .yere it otherwise know you were not, for you will never of necessity have to the girl would never have spoken in such terms of the fish for compliments They will come without your t commander-in chief of the Continental army for them." The young stranger gave a quick, searching, though "Oh, goodness! Let's eat dinner!" Daisy cried, blushing fleeting glance at the other three members of the family, and laughing; "the food is getting cold, anyway." and what he saw was sufficient to tell him that they were "I hardly think there is danger of it getting cold, patriots. They were looking at the girl, warningly, and Daisy," said her brother, with a smile, "with the ther-she had evidently just realized that she had said something mometer one hundred in the shade." she ought not to have said, for her face flushed and she "That is the most sens i ble thing you have said for the looked at the young stranger quickly and searchingly, past few minutes, Daisy," said her mother, smiling; "sit up to the table, all, and we will have something to eat." They seated themselves, and as they ate they conversed. that the membera of the family were 'methough' with a confused expression on her face As for the young man he laughed merrily "Good for you, Miss Daisy!" he said. "I am glad you said what you did, for now I know that you are patriots-and the knowl -


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. 3 edge gives me a great deal of pleasure and makes it pos sible for me to be at ease among you, for-I am a patriot, too." "I suspected as much," saicl George Samuels; "and you are a patriot spy, too, are you not?" The stranger laughed. "Well, I have done some work in that line," he acknowledged; "in fact, I ham done work in almost every department of the army." "Goodness what a mascot you would make for a com pany or regiment, Miss Daisy!" exclaimed the young slranger. "A mascot? That would be fine!" the girl cried. "Well, maybe I will have the chance to be a mascot, one of these days. I hope so!" "And I hope that if you ever do become the mascot of a company or regiment, Miss Daisy, that it will be the com'I knew it!" cried George; "I knew you were a soldier. pany or regiment to which I belong," said the young man Your air and actions proclaimed the fact." earnestly. "With you there we could not lose a battle. The young stranger eyed George closely. "You must be And with such a beautiful and noble-hearted girl for a a soldier yourself, then, or you would not ha1e been able mascot the soldiers would fight to the death." to detect the symptoms," he said, smiling. 'I am not a member of the regular army," was the reply, "but I am a little bit of a soldier, neyertheless. I am a member of Sumpter's band." "Ah!" the other exclaimed, "I have heard of Sumpter. ,,,. And you are a member of his band?" "Oh, dear! there you go again!" blushing rosily. "H you don't stop that mother will be so angry she won't let you eat another bite, but will send you on your way I" 'l'he young man looked around at Mrs. Samuels with the frank, honest light shining in his eyes, and smiled into the eyes of the woman. Then he reached out his hand "I am." and stroked her hair back from her forehead, gently. "No, "Then he must be in this Yicinity?" won't, Daisy," he said quietly. "She looks like my "I don't know exactly where he is now. I secured a mother, and she knows that I am the right kind of a boy week's lay-off and am home on a "Visit. J\1y time is up in -don't you, Mrs. Samuels?" two more days, when I will rejoin him. I know where he The woman looked at the youth with a peculiar, tender will be on that day and will be able to find him." light in her eyes, and said: "Yes, I do know it. H it "I see." were necessaTy that I should hunt up some outsi9-e person "Brother has been in five engagements with Tories and to take care o.f you, Daisy, I should go no farther than redcoats!" said Daisy, proudly, her eyes shining. It was right here!" and she laid her hand on the young stranger's evident that she was proud of her brother. arm. "Oh, come, sis; don'.t go to bragging about me before ''I don't think you would ntake any mistake, Mrs. Sam-the stranger," protested George; "he is a regular soldier uels," said the youth quietly. and has been in real battles, I have no doubt." "I know I would not," was the quiet, decided reply. "Oh, :Mr. Samuels, have you been in any real battles?" ''Goody! Ob, I'm so glad :you like him, mother!" cried cried the beautiful girl, looking at the youth eagerly, her Daisy, clapping her hands; and then suddenly realizing eyes shining with excitement. that she was displaying more interest in almost a total The young man nodded and smiled. "Yes, I have been stranger than she ought, the girl blushed and looked conin some real battles," he replied, with quite a modest air. "Oh, tell us some that you have been in!" the girl ex claimed. "I do so love to hear about battles. Oh, I wish fused. The youth smilingly reached across the corner of the table and garn the girl's golden hair a playful pull. "That I were a boy so that I could go to war! I would be only i:; all right, Daisy," he said; "I am glad that you like me, too willing to give up my life, if need be, to help 'the people and you shall be my sister while I am in this part of the secure their freedom from the tyrannical King George!" country, and when I go back home I will tell sister Edith Dick gave the girl an admiring glance. "You are indeed that I haYe another sister down in Georgia, and make her a patriot, Miss Daisy!" he said. "You are a true-hearted jealous." girl, and I am proud that I have been able to become ac-A sober look came over the face of Daisy Samuels, and with you. I consider it a great honor." remained there for several minutes. She stole occasional "Oh, I would go with the soldiers if I could, even though glances at the handsome young stranger, and it was plain am a girl!" Daisy cried. "I wish there was something that she was thinking of something which was not exactly hat a girl could do so that she could go into the army as pleasant as she would have had it. .rith propriety. Ah, I would go at once!" The girl did not formulate her thoughts in word form,


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS'. MASCOT. I !Jut the idea that was there \\"US that the young man had I drank in the wonderful beauty 0 the maiden a peculiar ,;aid she shoul, who had until then


THE LIBERTY BOYS' :MASCOT. 5 been a silent spectator, decided to take a hand. As the two "I judged so by your making such a would-be humorous men started forward, he drew a pair of pistols with a remark." lightning-like motion, and leveling the weapons at the I redcoats' heads, cried out, in a stern, ringing, voice : "Stop! The first man who attempts to lay hands on '. that girl dies!" "Oh, but I didn't intend it that way, my dear captain." "YOU didn't?" "No; I meant it seriously I meant just what I said." "0 h, you did?" The captain: i::howd his teeth in a It is hard to ay who was the most surprised person .in the room. The m e mbers of the Samuels family were as l gre atly surprised as were the r e dcoats, and every eye was \on the daring youth who had so boldly bade defiance to the redcoats. sneering smile, which made him look something like a hyena. "Yes." "Bah! I have not much time to fool away. Are you going to put those pistols down?" I A snarl of rage escaped the lips of Captain Garver. "Young fello11-, you are simply courting death by acting in he way you have!" he cried. "Put down those pistols!" "Oh, no!" was the calm reply. "No." "You are not?" "I um not!" "By refusing to do so you are signing your own death"Put them down, I say!" warrant." 'l'he young stranger shook his head. "I couldn't think "Do you think so?" The youth smiled in a bland manof it," he remarked in the most matter-of-fact manner im11er as he asked the question. aginable. "I know it!" fiercely. "If you don't put the pistols away immediately we shall "Oh, you know it?" take you along with us when we go!" "Thank you, I don't care about going there. It's hot enough here for me." "Yes." "You mean that you think you know it." ".No, I mean just what I said. I know it." ""\That do you mean?" "But you don't know it, captain. There is not the least danger that I have signed my death-warrant by r e fusing to put the pistols down. On the contrary, I think you are an I should be much more likely to sign it by doing so." \ "What I say." "But I don't understand you." "I thought I spoke plain English-and Englishman, are you not?" "You will find out!" "Undoubtedly; and so will you." "Yes, and I'm proud of it!" """\fell, I'm an American, and I'm proud of it!" of this! For the last time, will you put the "Boh But explain what you meant by what you pistols down?" \said just now." "Well, you said you would take me with you when you did you not?" "Yes, that is what I said." "And I said I didn't want to go; that it is warm enough here for me." "Yes; but what did you mean?" "Isn't my meaning plain?" "No." "Then you must be very dull, indeed. I meant that vhen you go you will probably go-down!" pointing down"For the last time, I will not!" "You had better It was evident that the captain, in spite of all his bravado and threatening talk, did not like the looks of the pistols, or of the young man who held them. He was a pretty shrewd fellow, was Captain Garv e r, and somehow he got the idea into his head that the young stranger was a dangerous fellow. He fancied that he saw the word "Shoot!" written in those clear, unwinking eyes, and at such a close range, if the youth was anything of a pistol f'bot at all he would be able to kill or seriously wound at ard with the muzzle of one of the pistols. "And I don't least two of the enemy-and the captain would have been a eare about going there." willing to wager that the youth was a good shot There A curse escaped the lips of the captain. was a peculiar air of confidence about him that betokened "So that's what you meant, is it?" he growled. f "Yes." "You probably think you are funny, don't you?" e the fact that he was sure of his abilities. "Let me tell you something, captain," said the youth, quietly; "you have just told me I had better drop the ''Oh, no; not at all." pisfols, and now I will take my turn at it and tell you_


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. that you and your men had better leave this house and "Good! Then I choose swords as the weapons Com go about your business. Do you understand?" outside, if you dare, you rebel puppy, and I l' spit yo The officer nodded. "I understand," he said; "but I as I would a frog!" am not taking advice from rebels just yet." "I am coming; but :first I wish o:r;ie thing understood.' "You would be better off if you were doing so. It would "What is it?" save the lives of yourself and some or all of your men, for "That if I defeat you this young man shall not b I give you my word that if you atterupt to lay hands on bothered." either the young lady or on the young man, I shall shoot, and shoot to kill!" There we1'e a few moments of silence and then the youth went on: ''I will add that I am a dead shot with the pistol, and that I hold the lives of two of "I give you my word that he shall not be bother ed, if yo overcome me-which you will not!" "But he will-he shall!" suddenly cried Daisy, leap ing forward and standing by the youth's side. "He wiU your number at my mercy." defeat you, for I will be his mascot, and he cannot, h "I don t believe it!" the capiain growled, but the men shall not fail!" looked worried. They evidently believed it and were of the opinion that the best thing they could do would be to withdraw from the house and give up the attempt to cap ture the young rebel, George Samuels.' "::M:iss Daisy," said the stranger youth, "kindly step Impulsively the youth bent and kissed the beautiful gir full upon her ripe, red lips. "You are right, little sister,' he said, "with you for my mascot I cannot fail. I wi defeat the representative of a tyrant king; do not fear!' "Very pretty!" sneered the captain. "Very pretty, in around out of the way. You might get hurt where you are. deed! But a dozen mascots could not save you, once yo Don't be afraid," as she hesitated, "they will not touch are in front of me, sword in hand. Come on, dog of a you. I will shoot the first man that makes a move to rebel!" do so!" 'l'he girl quietly vacated her place between tbe redcoats ancl her brother, and it was now seei: that George had drawn pistols, so the redcoats were now thrPaten e d by four weapons. "Now then, captain, you have a free :6.eld," said the "Lead on, dog of a redcoat!" C III. youth; "but I advise you to give up your idea of making TJIE Mo\.SCOT rs A succEss. a prisoner of this young man. You will only get yourself rnto serious difficulty, if you make the attempt." Th e captain and his four men led the way Captain Garver grew almost black with rage. He realhouse, followed by the daring youth who had bidden de ized that, as matters now stood, the advantage was really fiance to the minions of the king in such a bold manner with the youths. They had their weapons out and leveled, and behind him came George, Daisy and Mr. and :Ur while his men had not yet drawn theirs. Samuels. "If you will come outside, you cursed, insolent young "Can't this duel be stopped, father?" asked Mrs. Sam puppy, I will give you one of the best thrashings you ever uels, who feared the handsome an.d manly young strange had!" the captain cried in a rage. Re did not expect would meet with death at the hands of the redcoat. that the youth would accept his challenge, but the young "I don't think it would be possible to stop it, Martha,' fellow did so at once. was the reply. ".Ah, you wish to fight me single-handed and alone, do "Try, anyway," she half-whispered to him; "it woul( you, captain?" he asked. be dreadful if the brave young man should fall before th1 "Yes; and if you dare, I wish it to be with weapons!" sword of the British captain!" The captain's tone was vicious, but if he thought to l\fr. Samuels stepped forward, and, addressing the Brit intimidate the youth he was disappointed. It did not ish captain, said: "What is the good of you and thi seem to have the least effect on him. "I accept your young man fighting a duel ? Nothing is to be gained b. challenge and will fight you any way you like," was the it, and considerable is to be lost, for one or the other maJ reply; "you may name the weapons. I have no choice. lose his life. Why not give up the idea of the meeting?' ) .Anything will suit me; fists, pistols, swords, muskets"For the reason that he has interfered where he wa. just suit yourself and you will suit me." not concerned, and because he has insulted me!" repliel


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT 7 aptain Garver "There is no way out of it save for him / o fight me. 'r1is his life or mine!" "Let him have his way, sir," said the young stranger, uietly; "you need have no fears for me. I have met than one such boaster as he in my time, and have of them without trouble. It will be the same thing over again when we meet with swords in hand "Bah! you are a great boaster!" sneered the captain. "No, not a boaster. I am simply telling the truth, that s all." "Bosh! Have you a sword?" a l "I am sorry to say that I have not." "One of my men will lend you u blade, then. Theirs are same style as mine, so you will be as well armed as I." "Very well; that will be satisfactory." One of the redcoats drew his sword and handed it to the 'l'he captain turned toward his men. "Boys," he said, "you are not to interfere in any way, no matter what hap pens, do you understand?" 'l'he men nodded "We understand," said one. 'l'he young stranger turned to George Samuels "George," he said, "keep them covered with your pistols, and if they make an attempt to interfe1:e, shoot them!" "All right; I'll do it!" was the George held his pistols in readjness and then the young and daring stranger turned and faced the Bri get the better of you your men are not to interfere." a: "'l'hey will not interfere under any circumstances." e "Give them that order." disgraced if his own men should see him held in c heck by a country bumpkin. He quickly found that he could not gain anything by forcing matters, however ; the stranger youth was ready for him, no matter what he did. "Curse you l who taught you to handle the sword?" growled Captain Garver. "A better swordsman than you!" 'Tis false 'Tis true "There is not so good a swordsman in the entire rebel army as I." "Oh, yes, there are lots who are better swordsmen tha n you "Who are they?" "I am one." "Bah!" "You don't believe it?" "No." "Well, you will, before we are through with this little affair." Clash, clash!


.... THE BOYS' llIASCO'l'. "Bah! I will run you through in a jiffy!" I "Withdraw from the contest-never! H is your life o "All right; go ahead and do it." mine!" The stranger youth was cool and calm, and did not seem ''You had better take my advice. It will be your lif to be at all worried. and not mine, I give you warning!" The spectators watched the combat in breathless inter est. 'l'he four redcoats, of course, wished their captain to "You are the biggest kind of a braggart." "No, I am simply telling you plain truths." conquer; but the four Samuels wished the young strange; "Bah! go ahead and do your worst. I am your superio to be the victor. They wished it for a double reason. with the sword, and I will soon prove it." First, because if he won _it would save George from ca1;ture. Clash, clash, clash! The weapons clashed together with great force, and the sparks flew from the high-tempered blades. It was give and take between the two, but after ten minutes had elap s ed the captain began to show signs of weariness. "Getting tired, captain?" the young man asked. The British officer got very angry in an instant. "None "You lack a great deal of being his equal!" exclaime( Daisy. "You had better take his advice and withdra1 from the combat." '"Ha, ha, ha!" laughed the officer, mockingly; "you ax. s;mart, young lady, but not smart enough. You are afrai1 yvur lover will be killed and would be only too glad ti get me to quit." "You are mistaken," came back the reply, quickly; am not afraid he will be killed. He cannot lose, for of your business, you rebel dog!" he cried. "If you think am his mascot!" I am tired why don't you go to work and run me through?" "Oh, you are his ma s cot, eh?" "For the reason that I should despise to take advantage "I am." of you in that fashion." "Well, mascot or no mascot, you cant keep him "Oh, you think that would be taking advantage of me?" falling by my band." "Yes." "Ile would be glad of the chance to take advantage of you," said George Samuels. "I judge you are right,'' replied the young stranger, "but I would not like to run him through after he has become ''You will find ont tliat you are mistaken." 'I no lean; tegarding that." 'You woul<.l d o well to have some fears regarding captain," said his opponent, quietly; "I could finish al any moment that I might take the notion to do it." so exhausted that he caii'not protect "I don't believe it," sneerin g ly. "You are just tryin "But I'm not in that condition yet!" cried the captain. to get me to quit. If you can do so muc h why don't yo "And I defy you to run me through! You could not do go ahead and do it?" it in a hundred years." "I guess I will have to do so; you see m unwilling t "I could do it this moment if I wished," waa the calm believe what we tell yon, s o I shall have to go in and .reply. lt is false ''It is the truth." "I that it is not the truth!" "I can prove it." "Do so, then; dare you to try it." 'l'he youth mad e a quick feint, which the other, in guard-it plain enough so that e v e n you cannot help admittin that such is the facts in the matter." The young man at once began a fierce attack on tl: redcoat officer and forced him back and back. The ca1 tain was forced to giYe ground, in spite of all he coul do, and his face grew black with rage chagrin at .rs this giving way later to a deathly pallor as he began ing against, threw himself open and then his opponent's realize that the youth was his master with the sword. sword darted forward and the point touched him just "Do you not now realize that I am your master?" ab o v e the heart and just penetrated through the skin. tl1e youth quietly. c A c1:y of pain and rage escaped the captain. "It was "No," was the fierce reply; "I do not! You are nc an accident," he exclaimed; "you could not touch me my master with the sword." \' again." "I could haYe run you throu g h, then, had I so desired, captain," was the quiet repiy; "you bad better acknowl clge yourself b e aten and withdraw from the contest." "Am I not? I will prove it so that all may see." \Yi th these words the young man pressed the .ght sti. l harder and presently succeeded in getting a hold on tb l captain's sword with his own in such fashion that he WB


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' ::iI.ASCOT. nablcd to Jerk the weapon out of its owner's grasp and ) .ud it tw enty feet away. J .. :N" o" will you acknowledge that I a.m your ma ster the sword?" asked the youth quietly. The captain did not reply in direct answer to the ques ion, but glared at the youth for a few moments with a ook of d e adly hatred and said: "Run me through and l nd it!" I The youth s hook his head. "I could not think of slay f)ng an unarmed man," he said. "Run me through, I tell you!" almost hissed the .cap ain. "If you do not, I give you fair warning that you will ee the day when you will wish that you had done so!" Again the youth shook hi s head. "I would not think tf s u c h a thing," he said. "I have defeated you and that I sufP.cie nt. Now take your m e n and go y our way in 1eu c e '11h e captain s tood the re for half a minute at lea s t, glar ing at hi s conqueror, and the n without a word he turned f walked to wliere his sword lay, pick e d it up and put it in the scabbard, and then, turning to hi s men, said: 'C1m1e !" The five made their way out to the road, mounted their o rscs and without another look toward the five people ho were watching tbem rode away at a gallop. cOh, that was glorious!" cried Daisy, leaping forward rnd throwing her arms around the young man's neck .and O'iving him a ki ss. "That is to pay you for saving_ brother rorn tho s e dre a dful red c oats," s he said, with a blush and a probabilities are that he would have been taken to Charles ton and shot or hanged." "0 h, that would have been dreadful shuddered Mrs. Samuels. "I am of the opinion that I owe you my life!" said George, stepping forward and taking the youth's hand. "I thank you most aincerely for what you did for me." "Don' t say another word about it," said the youth, blushing; "you must understand that I am a patriot soldier, and that I am always glad of an opportunity to foil the Britis h in any way. I was only too glad of the chance to do George, here, a favor, and at the same time get in a blow at the redcoats." "And y o n vanqui s h e d the redcoat captain easily!" said Dais y proudly." "That was becau se I had you for a mas cot, Daisy," the youth s aid The girl blu s h e d ancl look e d pleased. "I am glad tha t I wa:> your mascot," she said; "I shall be your mascot as long a s you s tay in this part of the country." "Thank you, Daisy the youth said. "Then I shall have the best of success in everything I undertake, I know." "I hope so." "Now l et's go back in the house and finish our dinner," s u gge s te d .llr.i. Samuels. 'rhe re s t a s s ented to this proposition, and, entering the hou se, they sat up to the table and went o n with the meal as if nothing had occurred to disturb them. Daisy kept looking at their guest and presently she said: "You said a while ago, before those redcoats came, that y ou hqd been in a numbe r o f r e al battles. Would you mind ''Then I wis h they would come back again and try to telling what ones you ha\e been in? I s hould so like to apture him on c e more," said the youth, with a smile; know!" "or I wish some othe r gang would come along." "Daisy! I am surprised at you!" said her mother, re provingly, but the tone was not very severe. "You have et me a good example, however so I guess I won t scold you very hard!" and she stepped forward and gave the vouth :1 motherly kiss. "Yon are a brave, noble ooy !" she said. "Ah, but your mother must be proud of you!" "Certainly I will tell you," was the reply; "I can name s ome of the principal ones." "Oh, do, please "Let me see," reflectiv e ly, "I might as well begin at the beginning. I was in the battle of Long Island, Harlem Heights \Vhit e Plains Fort Washington, Trenton, Prince ton, -Brand y wine, G e rmantown and Monmouth beside a score of smaller battles." "Oh, you make too much of the little I did, Mrs. "Goodness! you are a veteran!" exclaimed Daisy, in -ad Samne l s," the youth said, blushing clear through his coat miration. of tan. "Well, yes, I suppose I am. I have been at it steadily ":No, indeed. It would be impossible to do that!" the for three years now." woman insisted. George Samuels had been studying the youth for some "We all owe you a great deal,'' said Mr. Samuels, shaktime, and presently he said: "Excuse me, old fellow, ing the youth's hand. "But for your interference the but I more than half believe you are more than you reu coats would have made a prisoner of George, and the make out yourself to be. Is it not so?"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. "What do you mean?" the young man asked. "Well, well! We never expected to see you, Mr. Slate "Why, I mean that I believe you are some noted person said Mr. Samuels. in the patriot army. If so, tell us; for we are true friends, and will not betray you. We would like to know who you really are--for somehow I don't believe tha.t your name is George Samuels." The others were looking at their guest eagerly arid in"No, indeed; we did not expect that you would e come down South," from Mrs. Samuels. "But we are glad to see and know you!" said Dai her eyes shining with pleasure. "Thank you," said Dick; "you folks do me too mu quiringly, and Daisy's look was beseeching in the extreme. honor, I am sure." Presently she spoke: ''No, no; that would not be possible," said Daisy. "Oh, do tell us; please do!" she pleaded. "If George is right, tell us so and tell us who you really are." 'rhe young man laughed. "I can't refuse my mascot anything," he said, "so I will tell you. George is right. My name is not George Samuels. That is a name I took for the purpose of making my identity unknown, and you may be sure I was surprised, and a bit taken aback when I found that you folks were named Samuels, and that you even had a son named George. I was afraid you would think my name a fictitious one--but that was before I knew you were patriots. I don't care if you do kmnv it now, of course, since learning that you are patriots and my friends." "But what is your name?" asked Daisy eagerly. Girl lik _e, her curiosity was aroused and she could not rest until it was satisfied. "You wish to know what my name is?" with a smile. "Yes, yes; tell us, quick!" "Very well, I will do so. My name is Dick Slater." "Don't you know," said George, "I have been co dent from the first moment I set eyes on you, Dick, t you were some noted patriot." Dick smiled. "What made you think so, George?" asked. "Why, your looks and actions." ''In what way did I look or act like some person of t kind, George?" "I can't explain it in words, but you impressed me t way. I said to myself at once that you were a soldier, f your bearing was that of a soldier, and there was a lo of determination and of confidence on your face that dicated experience, and I was sure that you were a vetera Dick laughed. "You are a close observer, my boy," said. "If you saw those things you have a very sharp p of eyes, for I never observed them myself." "Well, a fellow isn't the best judge of himself in su things, you know." "No, I suppose not." "Dick Slater!" cried the three in chorus. Dick was anxious to get the conversation into other ch "The captain of the company of 'Liberty Boys'?" cried nels, so he asked: "How far is it to Savannah?" George. "Yes, Dick Slater, the captain of 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' CHAPTER IV. BAD NEWS. "About six miles," replied George. "And General Prevost is in charge of the garris there?" "Yes; and he is a mean man, too." "He is?" "Yes. Oh, he's awfully mean!" said Daisy, who wish to have some hand in the conversation. "Why, since took command at Savannah the redcoats have done mo damage than during all the rest of the time of the war." "In the way of foraging, you mean?" To say that the membe:rs of the Samuels family were "Yes, in the way of pillaging, robbing, and, in ma surprised when they learned that their guest was the famcases, burning." ous Dick Slater, is stating the case mildly, indeed. They "So he is that kind of a man, is he?" had heard many stories qf the youth and of his wonderful work as a spy and scout. They were aware of the fact that he had earned, and had been given the name or title of "The Champion Spy of the Revolution." They had heard, too, wonderful stories of the daring and desperate work of the "Liberty Boys" on the field of battle. "Yes." "There are too many such men in America in comma of British forces," said Dick; "they seem to think t American people are legitimate prey." "Yes, that is certainly the way General Prevost look at it."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. 11 er They had finished their meal now and were just getting chap," the youth thought; "well, he ought to be if he is up from the table when there came the sound of rapid to get such a prize as Daisy. She is one of the finest ev boofbeats, and all hastened to the door to see who was comgirls I ever saw, and no mistake." ing. The fear had come to them that more redcoats were "I forgot you two don't know each other," said George; sjapproaching. "Frank, this is Mr. DiGk Slater, the famous patriot scout Such was not the case, however, for there was only one and spy, and the captain of 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' no person coming, and he was a young man of not more tlian Dick, this is Frank Forrest, a true patriot, and a fine young twenty years. He was evidently a young farmer of the fellow-if you don't believe that, ask sis!" with a mis b_Jneighborhood, judging by his clothing. And such he was, chievous glance toward Daisy. /or Dick saw that his friends knew the newcomer. The girl blushed like a peony. "George!" she said, half "It's Frank!" cried Daisy, in a tone of delight; and angrily, "you mustn't try to be so funny! We all know then she suddenly stopped and gave Dick a peculiar glance, that Frank is a patriot and a fine fellow, so why single which he saw and wondered at. me out to testify to the fact?" "It is : Frank, sure enough!" said George. "I wonder what he is in such a hurry for?" They stepped out of doGrs as the young man rode up, "Well, I thought you would be the most willing one to testify," with a grin. George did not know it, but he had ruffled his sister's feelings considerable, for she, while she and as he leaped to the ground he called out: "How are had been keeping company with Frank Forrest, was not you all? I bring bad news." engaged to him and had not made up her mind that she f "What is it?" cried Mr. and Mrs. Samuels in unison. really loved him; and now that she had seen Dick Slater 10 in "The British am coming!" "The British?" "Yes." "How many of the British, Frank?" asked George. the whole army that has been in Savannah." "What?" "You don't mean it?" "What does it mean?" Such were the exclamations and queries, but Dick bad remained silent, listening. "I think I know what it means," said the young man. "What?" this from Mr. Samuels. she had about made up her mind that he was more to her notion than Frank was. Hence she was embarrassed by her brother's speech, for she did not want Dick to think that there was anything between her and Frank. As for Frank Forrest, he was a rather bright, keen fellow, and it was evident that he did not fancy the way Daisy acted. He was naturally a gentlemanly fellow, how ever, and he put his fears and disturbing thoughts behind him and acknowledged the introduction heartily, shaking hands with Dick and telling him that he was glad to make his acquaintance. "I have hearii of you," he said, "but I never expected to "The British are marching on Charleston; they are have the pleasure of making your acquaintance." going to try to capture the city." "I had business down in this part of the country," "Do you think so?" was the reply, "and I must my that I am glad I came. "I am sure of it. What else would the entire army be 1 like it down here, first-rate." marching this way for?" Then the conversation returned to the subject of the h 'rhe others nodded their heads. "I believe you are British, and Dick asked a number of questions, all of which right, :Frank," said George; "there would be no other Frank answered promptly. reason for practically the whole army marching in this "What do you think of the matter, Mr. Slater?" asked direction." "It looks suspicious, to say the least," said Mr. Samuels. "What do you think about it, :Mr. Slater?" asked Daisy, urning to Dick. "Well, I rather think the young man is right,'' was Dick's reply. The young man looked at Dick curiously, and then he ,)\lanced quickly and somewhat searchingly at Daisy. Dick this ancl the thought came to him that this young fellow was Daisy's lover. "He seems to be a nice sort of Mr. Samuels. "Well, I must say that I don't like the looks of things at all, sir," was the reply; "Mr. Forrest says that the soldiers under Prevost are pillaging and burning as they come, and I fear that there will be a great deal of trouble." "I am afraid so,'' was the sober reply. "Is this house on the main road-the road the redcoats will travel in going to Charleston?" asked Dick. "Yes; they will go right in front of our door." "Then, in my opinion, you had better pack up all port-


, 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. :1ble valuables and get away from here in a hurry,'' the "You don't mean to say that they are "l'he Liberty Boys youth said. "They will be along here in an hour and a of '76' ?" cried George Samuels. half at the least and then if you are here you may get "Yes," with a smile, "they are 'The Liberty Boys of into serious trouble." "I;et us do that at once, father!" said Mrs. Samuels, who was pale. l judge that we had better," was the reply; "it won't do to :;tay here and try to de.fy the entire British army." "But where will we go, father?" asked Daisy. "We will have to take to the swamp." "Goodness! that will be terrible!" "Not so bad as death at the hands of the redcoats, Duif'Y" CH.APTER V. TIIE "LIBERTY BOYS',, MASC OT. When Dick said this his new friends stared at him i:a amazement. 'l'hey were taken entirely by surprise. You didn't say a word about them being on their way ''No, that is true." "Have your folks left their home yet, Frank?" asked here,'' said George. .Mrs. Samuels. "They were packing up such things as they could carry anJ getting ready to leave when I came away," was the Teply. "And where are they going?" "To the swamp." ''Well, maybe we will find them there." "It is likely." "I hope so; for then it won't seem so terrible if we have company." "No, I wished to surprise you." ''Well, you have succeeded." "But I am glad they are here!" cried Daisy. "Will they remain in this part of the country, Mr. Slater?" ''I think that they will,'' was the reply, "for a whil e at any rate. We will see what we can do to worry General PreYost and his army of redcoats." "Oh, goody!" cried Daisy. ''And I will be the, mascot of the company, Dick-Mr. Slater!" Frank .l!'orre s t ga, r e Daisy a quick look and then he glanced at Dick. It was evident that he suspected that Daisy liked the handsome "Liberty Boy," and he was "'l'hat is a true saying, too, I think,'' said l\frs. Samuels. fearful that he might lose his chances of becoming the "Misery likes company, they say,'' said Dick, smiling. Then they went into the house and began the work of husband of the girl whom he loved. But he was a sensible, 1nicking up such portable things as they wished to take with manly fellow, and he did not say a word. them. This was the work of half an hour, and just as they were about ready to start an exclamation escaped the fortune, but none of my bu s iness," he said to himself. "I "lf she likes him better than she does me, it is my miBlips of George Samuels. won't give up without a struggle, but if I can't win her, "Look!" he cried. "Yonder come a party of horseI can't, and that is all there is about tbnt." Jllen They are coming from the north. I wonder who ''Nothing would please me more than to have you be the ihcy can be?" mascot for the company of 'Liberty Boys,' 11iss Dnisy !" All looked in the direction indicated, and saw that said Dick, in reply to the girl's last w0rds. "The boys ill George had spoken truly. A party of horsemen, to the be delighted, I am sure; and they will fight to the death number of about a hundred, was coming 'down the road. rather than that mu should be made feel bad over their 'J'he horsemen rode like soldiers, but they did not have on defeat." uniforms. They were dressed in citizen's clothing. "Goodness I wonder who they can be?" exclaimed Daisy, and then as she noted a. peculiar smile on Dick's face she added: "I believe you know who they are, Mr. Slater! Please tell us if you do." "Yei::, I know who they are," he replied. "Who?" eagerly, while the others looked at him curiously and eagerly. "Oh, goody, goody! I'm going to be the mascot of the company!" the girl cried, jumping up and do>Yn in her excitement The Liberty l3oys" \rere at the gate, now, and recog nizing Dick they gave a cheer and then lifted their hats and bowed to the ladies of the party. "How far is it from here to the swamp you are going w enter?" asked Dick. 'Those are my own men,'' said Dick quietly. "About half a mile," replied Mr. Saru11r1>:.


'l'Hl:J LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. 13 "Good! then I'll tell you what we will do: Here are a "But before we build the house we will wait and see if hundred strapping fellows, ready and willing to work. We they burn your own house. It may be that they won't be will simply take all the portable furniture out of your so mean as to do that, in which case if you only have to hom:e ancl carry it to the swamp. We can do it easily remain here a week or so it will be hardly worth while to before the redcoats put in an appearance." go to the trouble of building a house." '''l1hat would be splendid," said 'Hrs. Samuels; "but it "That is the way I look at it; but I am afraid they will will be asking too much of you and your men, Mr. Slater." burn the house. You know, they are aware of the fact "Kot a bit of it! That is what arc down here forthat I am a patriot, and that my son is a member of t0 render all possible assistance to the patriot people of :::>umpter's band, and they will not spare the house." this part of the country, and we will get to work at once." "l judge that you are .right; we will waif and see what Dick hastened out to the fence and explained matters they do, however. And if my 'Liberty Boys' get a chance to the "Liberty Boys," who at once leaped to the ground, they will deal the redcoats a blow that they will not soon tied their horses and entered the yard. Dick introduced forget." them as a whole to the Samuelses and ].<'rank Forrest, and 'l hope you will be able to do so." then the work of stripping the house was begun. "Oh, you will be able to do so, I am sure, Dick!" said This did not take long with so many at work. In fact, Daisy, who had overheard the conversation. "I am your fifteen minutes after the work was begun the house was mascot, you know." stripped and everything was out in the yard. Another "That is right, Miss Daisy," said Dick, smiling and fifteen minutes and a strange-looking cavalcade made its bowing; "and that makes me think. Come over here way toward the timber a quarter of a mile distant. with me and I will tell the boys about the matter." '11here were one hundred horses, and many of them The girl went with him and blushingly faced the hunwere laden with articles of furniture and bric-a-brac. Many ras in the lead, acting as guide, and he conducted the party Instantly every hat was off; and waving the hats in the safely along the winding, narrow pathway lea

11 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. 'rhen they went back to where Daisy's parents were, and "but father said he believed he recognized you folks, so Frank Forrest was there. He looked somewhat sad, but we risked it and came forward." smiled when he encountered the gaze of Daisy. "Well, we are glad you came to this island," said J'ilrs. "Aren't you glad I am to a part to play in the Samuels; "it will not seem so bad now that you are here." fight for freedom and independence, Frank?" exclaimed "It will be much more pleasant for us, too; but who the girl. are the young men?" "Yes, Daisy," was the quiet reply, "I am glad. I hope :Mrs. Samuels told her that the young men were the you will be a great success as a mascot, and I have no .famous "Liberty Boys," of whom they bad all heard, and doubt you will be. At any rate, I know that I should be the members of the Forrest family were delighted when able to fight to the death if I had you for my mascot!" they learned that the youths were going to make the island "Why, you have me for your mascot," the.. girl said; their headquarters, and that they would thus afford the "join J'ilr. Slater's company and then you will be under two families protection from the redcoats. my dominion." "And I am the mascot of the company of 'Liberty "I think I shall do so if Mr. Slater will have me." Boys'!" said Daisy, with sparkling eyes. "I shall be only too glad to have you join us, Mr. For This attracted the attention of Lncy and Jennie at once, rest," said Dick; "and if you wish to leave us when we and they asked a number of questions regarding the mat go away from this part of the country, that will be all ter. "Goodness, I wish I could be a mascot, too!" said right." "Thank you "And I believe I will join your company, too, said George Samuels. Dick," "But what about Sumpter, George?" asked his mother. "I will go and report to him to-morrow and ask that he let me withdraw from his force and join the 'Liberty Boys,' mother; and I am confident that he will be willing for me to do so." "Very well; but I would not wish you to leave him without his consent." Lucy, her eyes shining with eagerness and excitement. ''Can't I be a mascot, too, Daisy?" Daisy shook her head. "X o, there can be only one mas' cot for a company of any kind," she replied. "If there 'vere two it would spoil all." "I don't' see why it should," said the girl, a look of discontent on her face. "Why, of course it would spoil all, you little silly!" said her sister Jennie. "Daisy is the mascot, so what do you wa}ft to be one for?" ''Well, I should think I would be as good a mascot as anybody," the girl said, poutingly. "I wouldn't do that, of course, mother, as it would be "I don't doubt that you would, Lucy," said Daisy, "but practically the same as deserting." you see, they never have more than one mascot, so there Just then an exclamation escaped the lips of Frank i3 no chance for you." Porrest. "There come my folks!" he cried. "I didn't The other was silent a few moments, evidently pondering, know they intended coming here." and then she said : ":Mayn't I be mascot part of the time?" "Well, I am glad they are coming here, Frank!" ex"That wouldn't do at all, Lucy," said her sister:"Stop claimed Mrs. Samuels. "It will make us less lonesome, your silly talk." you know." "'l'rue; well, it will be a good thing for them, for if the 'Liberty Boys' are going to make this their headquarters, my folks will be safer here than they would be anywhere dse." "I'll tell you what we will do, Lucy," said Daisy, who sympathized with the girl, "if it should happen that at any time I should be unable to act as mascot, then you may act in my place. How does that suit you?" 'l'he girl's face brightened. That will suit me first: "So they will." rate," "I know that I would be a good mascot It was indeed-the Forrest family, of whom there were for a company of sold_iers, for I am a good rider and could five besides Frank. They were Mr. and :Mrs. Forrest, 'l'om, aged twelve, and Lucy and Jennie, aged sixteen and ighteen, respectively. When they found the Samuels folks they were delighted. They greeted one another joyously. "We were frightened when we first reached the island and saw so many strange men here," said :Mrs. Forrest,. go anywhere that they could go." ... "Yes, and you would faint if you were within a mile of a battle!" said Jennie, derisively. "I guess you had better let Daisy do the mascot work." "I am going to be mascot if at any time Daisy can't act," was the determined reply.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASC O T 15 Dick SlatJr now told his "Liberty Boys" to mount their now, however, the best thing I can think of is for us to horses and follow him "We will go back to the main stay where we are and play the role of spectators." road and hide in the vicinity of Mr. Samuels' house," he "I never was any good at that sort of thing," said Bob; said; "and then, if we get a chance, we will strike the I "I want to be up and hustling redcoats a blow as they go along." "We may be able to do some of that kind of work before This plan met with the approval of the youths, and they we are through with this affair." hastened to mount. Frank Forrest and George Samuels mounted their horses and the party was about to set out 'rhen D aisy Samuels came running forward and she called out: "You must not go without your mascot, Mr Slater! Wait till father saddles my horse and I will go with you." Dick looked inquiringly at Daisy's brother George, and he said : "Let her come." "Very well; we will wait, J'ifiss Daisy. You must keep well toward the rear of the party, however." "Yes, our mascot mustn't be where she will be in danger," said Bob. The horse as soon ready and Dick assisted Daisy to mount. Then the party set out, and half an hour fater the edge of the timber, at a point opposite the Samueles house, was reached The youths uttered exclamations as they looked, for the redcoats were on hand and were at work They had set fire to the house and were watching it burn. The entire a11ny was in sight, and it would have been an act of folly for the youths to try to make an attack. '"rhe cowardly scoundrnls !" grated George "Now, what use is there for the burning of houses? Why can't they go along about their business and let such work alone?" "Because they wish to do all the harm they can, I guess," replied Dick. "Well, it is a mighty mean way to do it!" Tears came into the eyes of Daisy as she watched the house jn which she was born go up in smoke "My dear old home!" she murmured "The house can be replaced," said Dick; "they can't --burn up the land "No ; but they would if they could." "I have no doubt of that. "What are we to do, Dick?" asked Bob, who was neve r willing to remain silent or still a moment, if he could help it. "I hope so. Tlre first company of redcoats had been the ones to set the house on fire, and as they marched away the next company came along and cheered as they passed. "Let them cheer!" grated George Samuels "They think they have done something wonderful in setting fire to the house, but we'll teach them different before we get through with them!" Company after company of the redcoats marched past the burning house, and on after the other companies until there was only one company yet to pass This company, when it reached the house paused to watch it burn Doubt less they wished to see the structure collapse. Be that as it may, they paused and stood leaning on their guns watch ing the fire Dick looked at his comrades. "I think this is our opportunity," he said; "mount and charge the redcoats, boys!" Instantly the you ths leaped to obey. They mounted in silence and rode to the edge of the timber, then at a word from Dick they dashed out from among the trees and straight toward the redcoats The British were looking in the opposite direction, their back bein{ toward the approaching youths, and they did not know that danger threatened until startled by the thrilling cry : "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" They whirled, then, and received a volley fair in their faces-a terrible, withering volley it was, too I CH4.PTER VI. A LIVELY ENCOUNTER. To say that the redcoats were surprised is stating the case very mildly They were almost paralyzed with amaze" I don't know, Bob." ment. The thing farthest from their thoughts was that "Well, let's do something." they might be in danger from an enemy, and now to sud"What can we do?" denly receive a volley from a hundred muskets at close "I don't know; but I should think you could think of range, when they had not thought there was such a force something." of "rebels" within a hundred miles, was enough to startle "Perhaps I may be able to do so sooner or later. J ust and amaze them.


16 l THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. :;..===== At le;1st forty of the redcoats went clown, dead or woundthe entire party of "rebels" had taken flight. They did l' ed, and before the rest could lift their muskets to fire the not for a moment think that they would be so foolhardy 5 terrible riders were upon them. The "Liberty Boys" bayas to stop and try to show fight whrn they saw five or six oneted many, many more were knocked down and trampled times their 011n number coming f under foot by the horses, while others had been knocked They did not know the "Liberty Boys," 110we1er, and t senseless by blows from the butts of the muskets 1vere soon to learn their mistake. It was a scene of terrible confusion, !ind the redcoats When the redcoats were within one hundred feet of the knew not what to do. More than half their number was edge of the timber they were treated to a volley which haod mascot!" replied and by so doing were enabled to take advantage of the Dick. "Three cheers for Dai sy Samuels, our mascot, boys!" I "'helter afforded by the_ trees. were born woodsmen, The cheers were oiven with a will the youths wavina and had no trouble m protecting themselves, so were 0 b their hats in time to the cheering, and the redcoats stared \ 'liabledJ.o get rleaT away out of range of the muskets and in amaz e ment. When they saw what havoc had been made pistols of the British with the company of soldiers, however, their anger knew The "Liberty Boys" kept on retreating, and caught up no bound,, and the offiCer in command yelled for them to wit.h the yonlhs 1rho had charge of the horses, just as they charge the "rebels!" reached the pathway leading into the swamp. Each youth TheY obeyed and came rushina toward where the 10ok charge of his own horse, and, with Daisy in the leafl, youths" sat on :heir horses. But was too smart to I they rode across to the island. allow himself to be taken at a disadvantage, and he gave I They were greeted joyously by the members of the the order for the youths tQ dismount. They did so, and \ Samuels and Forrest families, and when they told how they then a dozen or .so of the youths took charge of the I had gotten the better of the British, 11itliout losing a single bores, and hastened to lead them through the timber in 1 one of their own men, the folks were delighted. the direction of the swamp, the main body of "Lib-"And it 1ras all owing to me acting as their mascot!" erty Boys" remained behind and prepared to give the cried Daisy, 1Yith shin ing eyes. "1\fr. Slater himself redcoats a warm reception. :;ays so, and be ought to know.'' Acting under Dick's instrudions, Daisy went with the "We all say so!" cried Bob Estahrook. "I tell yon, if. youths who were taking the horses away. Daisy w ill continue actillg as 0ur mascot we will be Fonrnrd rushed the redcoats. Doubtless they thought utile to almost wipe out the British army!"


'rHE LIBER'l'Y BOY:::l' .JlASCOT. l't ---------------_______ ,. The other "Liberty Boys" said the same. The fact of j ''I'll be careful, Bou." i:he matter was that almost all the youths had fallen in j Dick took his departure, and, crossing to the mainland, iove with Daisy, and were more than willing to attribute made his way slowly and cautiously tlll'ough the timber. their good luck in the encounter with the redcoats to the He stopped occasionally and took a careful survey of the presence of the beautiful girl. Dick Slater and Bob Esta-' surroundings, as he did not wish to run into an ambush. brook and a few of the youths, lrnd sweethearts up North, He at last reached the vicinity of the spot, near the !Jut the majority were heart whole, and tliey were ready to edge of the timber, where the !'econd encounter with the idolize the beautiful Southern girl. I redcoats had taken place, and was standing behind a large 'rhis pleased Daisy, and she was ready to act as mascot tree, peering around it, and looking at some redcoats who and talked it over between themselves when they were alone. 1 behind him. He whirled on the and found l1im"I think Daisy is too proud, altogether!" said Lucy. o elf face to face with a r e dcoat! 'W e ll, I think she ought to be a little bit less forward," said Jennie; "l cl on t believe that J! rank likes the way s he is cloing." Humvh Little care;> ,, hetl1er Frank likes it or not. t:lbc i s struck with the fa c e of that Dick Slater, or I mis s rny guetis !" "Do yo u r e ally think so, Lucy'.-'" ".i am rnre of it. She s eem6 to 1 hiuk that 1yhatever he j i>e any part of their force in this vicinity," be said. l<1psecl into a state of in s ensibility. l am a bit suspicious that they may detail a couple of Dick now went to work and rernovell the redcoat's uni-hundred of the soldiers to remain in thii:; vicinity to try form. Doffing hii:l 01rn outer clothing, he donned the unit.o get a blow in on us; and if so, I wish tO know it and form. Then he bound lhc man's arms and turn the tables on them if poR:

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. then he hastened by a roundabout course and joined the "Of course, it is possible," said another; "but I think redcoats where they were at work near the burned house. it rather improbable." In doing this Dick was taking chances, but he figured it "Well, I don't. I would be willing to wager that they that the redcoats did not know one another, excepting are no others than the 'Liberty Boys.' The wonderful man where they were members of the same company, and that ner in which they fought, ancl the very daring of their he would not be noticed on account of the fact that he attack in the first place is characteristic of the 'Liberty was not known to many of them. In this reasoning he seemed to be correct, for no notice was taken of him, and he managed to get around near where several of the officers were standing, talking. Dick wished to hear what th;y were saying, and was successful,_ He found that th,ey were discussing the affair, and lear ned that the officers were puzzled. They could not think who the "rebels" could be that bad attacked them Boys.' "How do you know so much about them?" "I have a brother in the Northern army, at New York, with General Clinton, and he has seen Dick Slate, the captain of the company of 'Liberty Boys,' a times, and has been in engagements where the youths were in the battle, and has seen them fight. He wrote me about them and told me that their battle-cry was, 'Down with so savagely, and who had done so much damage the king! Long live Liberty!' and the instant I heard that One of the officers. thought it was Sumpter's band; ancry to-day I made up my mind that we had .run up against other said it must have been Marion's band, while others 1.he famous 'Liberty Boys.'" doubted it being either. "Well, the question now is, what are we going to do? "There were too many of them," said one; "and they were all young fellows and dressed exacily alike." "Well, who can they be, then, if not Sumpter's or Marion's band?" asked one. "I'll tell what I more than half suspect," was the reply. "What?" "Did you hear their war-cry as they charged the men, in the first place?" was the counter-query. "Yes." "Wh,at was it?" Shall we let this audacious piece of business go un noticed and unpunished?" "No, I'm in for getting after the scoundrels, red-h.ot." "And so am I!" "And I, too!" "Well, I'll tell what we will do" said o-%.e, "General Prevost is very angry on account of this affair, and he told me to do what I saw tit to do, so I think I shall leave two hundred men in this vicinity for the purpose oi hunting those rebels down, and either killing them all or "Let me see. Ah, yes, now I recall it. It was, 'Down capturing them, or both." with the King! Long live Liberty'!" The other nodded. "You are right," he said; "that was the cry, and that is the battle-cry of--" "Whom?" 'The Liberty Boys of '76' !" "What!" "You don't mean it?" "Surely you are joking!" "Why, the 'Liberty Boys,' as they a:i:_e called, are in the North with Washington's army!" Such were a few of the exclamations. The officer only smile d and looked knowing. "I tell you, "'l'hat is a good plan," said one. "Yes, indeed!" from another. .. The others signifie

THE LIBERTY BOYS' :UASCOT. 19 This was just what Dick wanted, and he hastened to"That's easy enough answered," was the reply; "do \rard the timber. He paused just before he reached it and you remember that fellow you fought the duel with over began making a pretense of searching here and there, on the but gradually edged nearer the timber. When he reached the edge he entered the timber and walked rapidly to where he had left the redcoat a prisoner. 'l'he fellow was where be had been left, but was now at the farmhouse this afternoon?" "Of course I remember him-curses on him!" with a dark frown. "But what has that to do with your being tied up here in this fashion?" "Everything to db with it." conscious. lie stared at Dick wonderingly, but of course "I don t know what you mean." could not say anything as he was gagged. "I mean that it was that young fellow who tied me up Dick disarmed the redcoat and then dragged him forth in this fashion." Jrom. the hollow tree. "I am going to take the gag out of cried the captain, laying his hand on a pistol your mouth," he said. "Some of your comrades will be butt and staring around him. "You don't mean it?" along here in a few minutes, and you can call to them and they will free you. I wish you would tell the com of the party that will be along that Dick Slater extends his compliments, and warns him to get away with his force. If he remains in this neighborhood it will result in his men losing their lives or in their being cap tured. \Vill you tell him?" The other nodded, and then when Dick took the gag out of his mouth he asked: "Are you Dick Slater?" .... '.:I am," was the reply. "Tm g.illd to know it," the redcoat said; "it takes away some of the sting of my defeat at your hands. I have "Yes, I mean it." "And you say that young scoundrel tied you up?" "Yes; and took my uniform, leaving me with only my una.erclothing, as you see." "The impudent young scoundrel ( But how did it hap pen? He must have taken you at a big disadvantage." "No, it was a fair and square fight, and I got the worst of it." "Jove he must be a good man! I don't see how he ever managed to get the better of you, Inglesby. You are counted one of the best athletes in the regiment." "Well, he did it. It was his terrible grip that did the hearcl of you as a wonderful fellow, both in work. Jove I can feel his fingers on my throat yet !" and and as an opponent in single combat. I don't wonder now he felt of his throat gingerly. that. Captain Garver got the worst of it in the duel which "The marks are there, too, Inglesby," said the captain. you fought with him this afternoon at the farmhouse." "He must have choked you in good shape." Dick now looked at the man closer and recognized him as being one who had been with the British captain whom he had defeated in the sword duel at the home of the Sam uels. "Choked me till I was unconscious." "Well, well! He is a dangerous fellow, it seems." "Dangerous? Well, I should say he is dangerous I And, by the way, captain, do you have any suspicion who that "Ah, I recognize you now," Dick said; "you were with young fellow is?" th9 captain." "No," in surprise; "why do you ask?" "Yes; and he was one of the maddest men I ever saw. "I just wondered if you suspected who it was you fought He made some terrible threats against you, and if he gets the duel with, that is all." a chance will do you serious injury." "I have no doubt regarding that," said Dick, with a smile; "but I am not going to let him have the chance at me if I can help it." D" <'k now took his departure, but went only a short distance. He hid himself where he could see the redcoat, and waited. Fifteen minutes later the party of two hun dred British soldiers came along, and when they found their comrade lying there on the ground, trussed up like a turkey, their amazement knew no bounds. "What does this mean, Inglesby ?" asked Captain Gar ver. 'ho, as it happened, was in charge of the party. "How came you here, tied up in this fashion?" "No; but you speak as if you know who he is." "And so I do." The man's bonds had been cut, by this time, and he was on his feet. Some clothing had been produced by one of the men who had an extra suit along, and Inglesby was donning it. !'You say you know who the young rebel is?" "Yes." "Well," impatiently, "who is he?" "His name is Slater-Dick Slater!" "What!" the captain cried. "You don't mean it?" "Yes, I do." "How do you know he is Dick Slater?"


TllE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. -== "He told me so." ''He did?" "Yes; and he told me to warn you to take your men and get away from this part of the country." "That was the voice of Dick Slater," said the man who had been made a prisoner by the youth. s "He is so mew here around here cried the captain. "Let "He told you to tell me that?" us look for the sc:oundrel Scatter, men; and run him to f':irth !" "Yes." The sound of mocking laughter rame lo the ears of the 'l'hc cRptain laughed scornfully. "I wonder if he thinks redcoats and again they looked at one another doubtfully. he can scare me ?" 'l'hey did not think there waa much chance of nmning l don "t know; he didn't act or talk like he \\'as trying clown a fellow who was so daring as this one seemed to be. to frighten any one. He talked earnestly, just as if he 'rhey obeyed the captain's order, however, an! soldiers?" "Didn't you see that crowd a while ago, captain?" in surprise. "Those were his 'Liberty Boys,' and they will make it lively for us if we dont look out, you may be sure cf that." mysterious voice; but \\ere unaule to find him. After ten minutes of this work they returned to where captain was and reported that they had been unable to get sight of the Oll'ner of the voice. The captain was very much disappointed, as he had hoped they would ;;uccecd in getting hoid or the daring youth, and that \rould hare been a triumph indeed. "Oh, well, the affair has been defencd, that is all," said the officer; we will get him sooner or later." "It will be later-ha, ha, ha!" came a mocking voice, fol 'J'he captain looked sober. "I judge that. you are right, lowed by mocking laughter. As before, it was impossible to and those were the fellm,s known in the North as 'The Liberty Boys of '76'; but all the same they, only a hundred locate thedirection from which the voice came. in number, cannot thrash two hundred of the king's 1'he men looked at one another in a startled manner, soldiers." while a of rage and disgust c::icaped tbe captain's lips. "Perhaps not.'i A great fist you made of searching for that rebel!" lie The captain frowned. "You seem doubtful," he said. cried. "llc has been right near at hand all the time!" "\Yell, I have had some experience with Dick Slater, "Your men could not find me if they were to search a :::.ncl we haYe all seen what the 'Liberty Boys' can do." week, captain!" came back the voice. "You might as well "They took us by surprise." give up that idea as well as that of trying to kill or captul'e "True; and they may do so again." the 'Liberty Boys.' If you remain in this vicinity and try "We'll be on the lookout for them." to put yol.1r plan into operation it will go hard \\'ith you and "Well, we will need to be; that is my way of thinking.'' your men.'' "That is all right; I will break up' this band of rebels, "I'll risk it," cried the captain; "and I'll have you by and kill or capture the whole gang!" declared the captain, the heels, too, in a very short time, you insolent young somewha.t bo:;istfully. acoundre l !" "Take care that the 'Liberty Boys' don't serve you and yonr men that way, Captain Garver!" cried a voice, coming from no one knew where. CHAPTER VIII. "Do you think so?" "Yes. Scatter, men, and hunt for him!" "Maybe he's up in a tree, captain," suggested one of the men. "1 t is possible. Keep a sharp lookout up in the tree tops, anyway." .\LU!CUING AliAI::\ST 'l'IIE W\!E:.\fY. The smmd of mocking laughter came to the captain's cars, causing him to stamp his foot with rage and utter a curse. The men scattered and looked in eYery d i rection, The men looked all around them and then at one ankeeping a sharp lookout up in the tops of the trees as well other. They did nol know 11 hat to make of the strange n: all around them, but saw nothing of the daring" I,ibcrtv affair. B

THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT 2f fifteen minutes of this work, and reported their non1 into camp he ha st en e d and ma de h i s way back to the 1 success. i s land. He was angry and disgusted. "It is outrageous that a common rebel should be able to foil the soldiers of the king in this fashion!" he cried "It is galling, to say the least." He was greeted with joyous exclamations by the "Lib erty Boys, "and by Daisy Samuels and her parents, and the .Forrests. "So you have got back at last, have you?" cried Bob. "I think h e is rathe r an uncommon rebel, captain,'' said "Jove! I was on the point of starting in s e arch of you!" !he fellow who had been made a prisoner by Dick. "We thought that perhaps the red coa t s had gobbled you "Well, there is no uoubt of that,'' was the reply; "but, said George Samuel s all the same, it is galling to think that he is able to set us I knew they hadn't,'' said Dai sy. "llow could they, at defiance in this fashion." W bat will we do now, Captain Garver?" the soldier j asked. "Well, the thing to do is to try to find those 'Liberty when I am his mascot?" "That's right, Daisy!" said Dick, approvingly; "the redcoats could not catch me so long a s you are acting as my lilascot. Boys,' as they call themselves." "What have you been doing, Dick?" asked Mark MorThe captain then gave the order for the party to advance ri:;on, another of the 'Liberty Boy s." He instructed the men to keep a sharp lookout for the enemy, and for an ambu s h, and they put in the rest of the afternoon tramping through the woods without finding any signs of the youth s for whom they were searching. They had come to the edge of the swamp a dozen times, but had not happened to find the pathway leading over to the island, and so they had no suspicion that they were within a mile of the "Liberty Boys." "I have been k e eping watch on the redcoats." "Why, haven"t 1.hc y gone?" a s k e d :Mr. Samuels, m as tonishment. "The main army has, but they left a party behind for the especial purpose of looking afte r us." "So that is what they have done, ch?" remarked. Bob. "Yes." "How many men did they leave D ie;k ?" from Sam SanAt last, tired out from their tramping, they paused and derson. the captain gave orders for them to go into camp. It was almost sundown, and would be dark soon, and the men were only too glad of the chance to rest. "Two hundred." "Two hundred, eh?" remark e d Bob. "Say, Dick, can t we get at them and make them wish they had not stayed 1'hey went into camp, built fires to cook their suppers, bthind ?" and put out sentinels to prevent their being surprised. And while they were thus employed, whern was Dick Slater? It was indeed the voice of the daring youth that had been "That is what I want to do, Bob." "Well, what is to hinder?" "Nothing that I know of. That i s what mad e m e late heard by the redcoats, and that had caused them so much getting back. I wished to learn whe r e the y int cndeu going worry, and work of searching for the owner. He had stopinto camp." ped behind a large tree not far from where the redcoat lay whom he had made a prisoner, and he head heard all that was said and had made the remarks \\' hich Captain Garver and the s olcJiers had heard. When they started out to search for him he had retired quickly, and being an ..e::i:p eTt wood s man was enablec1 to get out of their way with out diffi c ulty. And as soon a::; they gave up searching for him and went back to where the captain was, he followed them. Thii:; was done over again, as we have seen, and he rn ecce d c d in c r eating a feeling of half awe, half fear in the br e a s ts of lhe majority of lh e reLlcoats, though th e feel ing which dominated Captain Garver was anger and disgus t at his int1bility lo catch the l1<1ring youth. Dick had followed tile redcoats, keeping at a sa.fe dis tance during the rest of the aHernoon, aud when they went "And you know whe re they are e n c mnped ? "Yes. "Good! Then _we can go for the m r e d-hot, to-n i gh t!" "Such is my intention." "Good! That's the way to talk!'' cried Bob, in d e light "Won't it be for you to attack double your own number?" aske c l 1frt<. Samuels ; somewhat anxiou::;ly. "No; for we shall take them by surprise, and that will more than equalize matters." "Yes, that will make a diffcreni:e." ''The bigge:>t difference in the 1rorld," jfark :\lo r "How far are the redcoafs from h e re ? Frank ( ; 'orre s t. "About a mile and a halr"


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. Ah, that is handy to us." It certainly must have startled the sentinel greatly, fo "Yes; we can stay here till midnight and then set out he jerked up his musket and fired in the direction fro and be ready to make the attack within the hour." which the sound had come wiihout taking the trouble t The Lib erty Boys" ate their suppers and then began challenge; and then he caught sight of the shadowy form looking to their weapon s There was likely to be lively of the youth and leaped forward intent on bayonetting th work be:fore morning, and th e y wished their tools to be in prowler. the bes t possible condition. By nine o'clock they had this Dick saw that there was no time for he s itation. The work .nished, and were ready for anything. Having nothredcoats would be aroused, and up and on guard in a few ing el s e to do they laughed and talked and told stories. moments, anyway, by the shot and drawing a pistol, he The y had no camp-fires, as th e y were afraid the light might s hot the sentinel dead. Then he called out: b e seen by some prowling r e d c oat scout, and they dicl not "Forward, 'Liberty Boys'! Come, quick, and give it t wish to be the ones to be surprised. It was their d e sire and them before they are fully awake!" intention to surprise the r e dcoats. The "Liberty Boys" came rushing forward, and a s soon Although their parents went to bed at a r e a s onable hour, as they reached Dick's side, he led them still further forDaisy Samuels and Lucy and Jennie Forrest remained up to see the off. Daisy said they must not go until they h a d been wished good luck by their ma s cot, and the oth e r two girls were eager to remain up and see the "Lib ert y Boys" start. When they were ready at midnight, and just as they were about to start, Daisy took up her position in front of them 1 and s aid: "Your mascot wishes you the best of luck in this exp e ditio n. Good-by, and may you all return in safety." "Thre e subdued cheers for the mascot!': s aid Bob Esta-I brook. "I would have said 'roaring cheers,' but I'm afraid some redcoat might hear us. A11 together now: Hurrah ward, to where they could get a fair chance at the redcoats, who were now on their feet and getting ready to make il fight. "All ready!" cried Dick. "Take aim! Fire!" A volley rang out. CHAPTBR IX. STRIKING THE ENE:UY .A BLOW. The volly did considerable execution. The "Liberty for Daisy Samuels, the beautiful mascot, and the idol o.f Boys," ever calm and cool, had taken good aim, and had the compan y !" dropped at least a score of the redcoats. The cheers were given in a subdued tone, and then waving their hands to the girls, the youths marched away. They were soon making their way in single file along the crook e d pathway, and when they reached the main1and Di c k took th e lead and guid e d th e m in the direction of the point wher e the redcoats had gone into camp. Twenty minutes later he gave the signal for the party i.o come to a stop, and the youths obeyed. Then Dick stole forward to reconnoitre. He wished to locate the sentinel, and if possible make a prisoner of him. He crept forward, softly and finally succeeded in locating th-e sentinel. The fellow was standing, leaning against a tree, and the outlines of his form could barely be seen. It was a moo nlight night, but the heavy foliage on the trees mad e it quite dark. Di ck cr ept forward, but in a semi-circle. He wished to a pproach the fellow from the rear. Dick was careful, but h..: accid e ntall y stepped on a dry twig, which broke, giving out 1:1 s n a pp i ng sound that was startling in the silence of i.he night. The British were thrown into confusion, but the voice of Captain Garver was heard, calling out to them to keep cool, and charge the "rebels." "We outnumber them two to one!" the captain cried. "Charge them, I say! Charge!" This had the effect of bringing the redcoats to their senses, and they leaped forward in obeyance to their leader's command, and charged towaril the point from which the volley had come. "Now a volley from the pistols!" eried Dick. "Steady! Take aim. Fire!" Crash, roar! Again a volley rang out and this time about fi:fteen men went down. It did not have the effect of checking the ad vance of the redcoats, but it enraged them so that they fired a volley. As it happened the "Liberty Boys" were well sheltered behind trees, and althougl?one or two were slightly wounded not one was killed. A shrill whistle pierced the air. This was the signal for the youths to retreat. They hastened to obey, and in


THE LIBERT BOYS' 23 retreating each youth went entirely on his own hook; no astonished they never uttered a yell. They realized that attempt being made to keep order. Dick had tested the what they had feared might happen, really had happened, matter thoroughly, many times in practice, and had learnand had nothing to say. eel that it was possible for his "Liberty Boys" to retreat, ''Well," said Dick, "what do you think about it? Do when in timber, almost without being in any danger whatyou think you will be able to locate the 'Liberty Boys' and c1er from shots from a pursuing enemy. The youths were return and give Captain Garver the information?" all skilled woodsmen, and made this possible; where, in the case of soldiers who had not this skill and knowledge, many "It doesn't look much like it," growled one, in reply. "You are right; it doesn't. I should think that your '"ould fall through the unnecessary exposure of their percommander would begin to see, after a while, that he cansons in keeping in order and running blindly ahead. not make a. success of fighting against us." The redcoats charged forward, but did not find the "He is one of those stubborn fellows who are not willing enemy, and were disappointed. They kept on going, howto acknowledge themselves beaten," said one of the men. c>er, urged thereto by the angry voice of Captain Garver, "He will keep after you till he gets the better of you, or and raced through the timber a distance of a quarter of a you get the bette r of him." mile, at least. Then, seeing nothing of the enemy, they halted and reluctantly returned to their encampment. Captain Garver was almost wild with rage. Twenty-four of his men had been killed and fourteen more were wound ed, and he was not at all sure that he had inflicted a bit "It will be the latter. 'Yell, I am going to give him one more chance. I am going to send you fellows back to the encampment, and I want you to tell him that I said for him to leave this part of the country at once and for him to not burn another house. If he does, it will go hard with of damage on the enemy. It was maddening, and he raved him." like a madman. "We'll tell him," one of the men said; and they drew "We must run those scoundrels to earth!" he cried. breaths of relief to think that they were going to be allowed "This thing has got to be stopped! They have done enough to return to their encampment in safety. already and we must not permit them to do anything more. "Very good," said Dick; out at O:Q.ce and dont \\e will hunt them to their holes and kill them wihout forget to tell Captain Garver what I have you to tell compunction l" him.': He at once placed out two lines of pickets and then de-"All right; but-you haven't freed our arms yet." tailed four men to act as scouts. "Stay out till morning," The "Liberty Boys" had bound the arms of the four he toltl the scouts; "find the hiding-place of the rebels, if scouts with their awn belts, after disarming them. 11ossible, but if you do not succeed, return, and I will send "We are not going to free your arms. Your legs are out four more men in your places. We will never let up free and you can walk as well, almost, your arms till we have located them and when once we have done that bound as with them free. You are now at liberty to go." -good-by, 'Liberty Boys'!" The men realized that it would do no good to protest, The four men who were to act as scouts set out. They so they started without another word. To tell the truth were not very skilled in woodcraft, however, arid although they were glad to get away on any terms. i.hcir coffilinander was confident they would be able to find They had not much difficulty in :finding their way back the "Liberty Boys," they themselves felt that the "Liberty to the encampment, and only fell down once or twice on the Bo:ys" were much more likely to find them; and in this way. As may well be supposed, however, their appearance they "ere right, for they had not gone a quarter of a mile at the encampment, with their arms bound, was the signal _from the encampment before they were being followed by for great excitement among the redcoats. a score of the youths. A great crowd gathered around the four men and quesDick had foreseen what Captain Garver would do, and tions galore were fired at them. had made arrangements to capture the scouts. This was not a diffi cult thing to accomplish, and when the redcoats were far enough away from their encampment so that there would be no danger that they could give the alarm, Dick grrve the order, and his youths rushed forward and seized the scouts. The ello11s were prisoners in a jiffy, and they were so "What is the matter?" "Who did that?" "How did it happen?" "How came your arms to be tied?" "What does it mean?" Such were a few of the questions asked, and the four answered as best they could. Captain Garver had lain


24 TH.1 LIBER'rY BOYS' MASCOT. down, but when word was taken to him that the four of work and can keep track of us much easier than we can scouts he had sent out had returned, with their arms bound of them I think we will be better off to get away from together b e hind their ba c ks, he leaped up and rushed out this part of the country just as this fellow advises us a at once, e ager to know what it meant. to do." "What: s this I hear?" he cried, breaking through the "Kever!" declared the captain "I am going to stay w crowd surrounding the four men. "What's this I hear? right here until I run them to earth!" .s: The scouts back again and with their arms bound? What Meanwhile Dick Slater and the "Liberty Boys" were does it mean? Where are they? Let me see them!" making their way back to the island. 'rhey reached the t: The men gave way before their commander, and in a encampment on the island three-quarters of an hour later, few momeuts he stood before the four men. Their arms were and succeeded in getting into their quarters without rous-s still bound, the men having been so amazed and so eager ing the members of the Samue ls arid Forrest families up. 0 to question th1lt the y had not thought to cut or unfasten Next morning when the folk s l e arned of the victory the t the bond s an

THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. 25 "Good! Now I will be lucky, I know, and shall not be I leaped to his feet and dealt the fello\r a blow on the head afraid of getting captured by the redcoats." with the butt of a pistol, knocking him to the ground, inThen he bowed to Daisy and the other two girls and sensible walked away. Dick glanced toward the mainland and saw that no other "Isn't he handsome!" exclaimed Lucy, who was impresredcoat was in .sight, and then he quickly fastened the inoionable. sensi ble man's arms together behind his back with his belt, "Yes, he is handsome," agreed Jennie "Don't you and, throwing the form over his shoulder, carried the felthink so, Daisy?" low clear back to the encampment on the island. "Yes, I do," was the low reply; and the girl looked To say that Dick"s approach with the redcoat on his studiously down at the ground; and did not meet the gaze shou lder, created excitement, is putting it mildly. The of the other two Was she afraid they might read someLiberty Boys" came running to meet Dick and promptly thing in her eyes? It looked a bit suspicious. relieved him of his load, while they asked many queations :ueantime Dick was hastening along the path leading to regarding the affair. the mainland, and when he was still a hundred yards from it he suddenly paused gave utterance to a low exclamabon. ... "Jove! there is a redcoat!" he murmured. CHAP1'ER X. DICK .A.Nl!l THE JEALOUS YOUTH. ""\Yhere did you find him?" "How did you manage to capture him?" "What was he doing?" "Were there any more?" Dick answered the questions, and soon all knew the whole story. "He was evidently a spy," said Dick. "There isn't any doubt regarding that," agreed Bob. "Well, he won't do any more spy work right away!" from Mark Morrison. "Didn't I tell you you would have good luck?" cried Dais.y, with sparkling eyes. "So you did, Daisy," replied Dick, with a smile. : "What will we do with this chap, Dick?" asked Bob. "We will have to hold him a prisoner, Bob. I don't like Dick had caught sight of a redcoat, who was at the point where the path entered the swamp. 'rhe fellow had evidently just disco>ered the path and was starting to follow it. Had he been looking in Dick's direction he would to burden ourselves with prisoners, but it will be neceshave seen lhe youth, but his eyes were on the ground at his to hold or he had the path leading to feet and be did not know that any one was near. rhe and if he were to be allowed to go back he could Dick dropped to the ground and hid behind some bushes, lead the enemy to this spot." "1'bat's right; well, we'll see to it that he doesn "t get and when the redcoat :finally looked in that direction there \\'as nothing to indicate the presence of any one. a1rny from here." The British soldier stole forwanl with cautious steps. "Good!" and then after a little furthe r conrersation He was undoubtedly a scout from the force under Captain Dick again took his departure Garver, and was likely pluming himself on having found "I will have to be careful, I judge," he said to himself; a pathway leading into the swamp. Doubtless he already "the redcoats ha Ye scouts out and I am likely to run saw himself spying upon the patriots whom he suspected across one at any moment." 111ight be hidden in the swamp. He approached the mainland very cautiously, for be did But he had some one to reckon with before doing this; not know but there might be some of the redcoats hidden that some --0ne was Dick Slater, the most dangerous fellow near, and be did not wish to be captured. in that part of the country and the probabilities were that He did not see any signs of the enemy, however, and 1 iic redcoat would not do any spying very soon. succeeded in reaching the mainland in safety. Then he On he came, slowly and cautiously. He finally reached set out and made his way through the timber, keeping the ll.1 roint where Dick lay concealed behind the bushes, 11nd sharpest kind of a lookout in all directions. Ile spent two '' ith rnnsummate skill the youth moved slowly around or three hours at this and got sight of several redcoat spies Lc' hind the lrnshes, keeping them ever between himself and arnl scouts, but managed to keep from being seen by the redcoat, as the latter approached. Then when the He discovered that the main body was in camp at the same soldier had pat>secl and his back was toward Dick, the youth spot where it had been when the "Liberty Boys" madE


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' the attack the night before, and he judged that the redhim tell her how much he loved her, with the intention coats intended to remain there for a while. Finally feeling that he had accomplished all that he co11ld, Di ck s tarted on his return to the encampment on the faland. He had almost reached the point where the path ent ere d the swamp when he heard a shrill scream in the voiGc of a girl, and he rushed forward to see what was tak ing place. undoubtedly, of asking her to be his wife, and when she had refused to let him do so, he had rushed away in a fit of jealous anger and had proba bly gotten him self into tTouble as a result. Daisy, fearing for his safety, bad followed, and Dick argued from this that she thought a good deal of the handsome young fellow; and he was glad of it, for he had feared that Daisy was taking a liking to 'To his surprise and alarm saw Daisy Samuels strughim gling in the grasp of three redcoats. "So he came over here to the mainland, did he?" re" Great guns, what does that mean?" he exclaimed to marked the youth. himself. "How came Daisy to be over here on the main land?" While asking himself these questions Dick was dashing forward. One of the redcoats saw him coming, and letting go of the girl, drew a pistol. "Y-yes; and I-I'm afraid that-that he may get ki killed." Dick nodded. "There is danger that he may at least fall into the hands of the redcoats I hope, however, that such may not be his fate." H e did not discharge it, however. Dick was too quick "And I'm to blame!" the girl exclaimed, clasping her for him, and fired first, the bullet striking the redcoat fair hands and looking very much distressed indeed. Letween the eyes and killing him instantly. "Only partly to blame, Miss Daisy." "Oh, I'm to blame; yes, I'm altogether to blame!" Dick wondered if he couldn't make a match of it for The other two, startled by this occurrence, let go of the girl and drew their pistols. Dick had a pistol in his left hand and fired, severely wounding one of the two. The Frank, and he decided to try, at any rate. "See here, other fired, but he was excited and missed by two inches. Daisy," he said, "if I will find Frank and bring him back Before he could draw another pistol Dick was upon him, and, seizing him by the throat, dealt him a terrible blow over the head, felling him to the ground. to you, safe and well, will you let him tell you what he wished to when you refused and he went away?" The girl hesitated and looked at Dick for almost a min-The battle was over and Dick was victorious. He had ute before replying. Then she said: "What would you overcome the odds 'of three to one. advise me to do, Dick-Mr. Slater?" "What was the trouble, Daisy?" asked Dick. "How The voice trembled slightly, and there was almost 3 did it happen? How came you to be over here on the beseeching look in the girl's eyes as she asked the question. mainland?" Dick did not hesitate to answer, however. He felt that The girl was still pale, but had recovered her self-poshere was his chance to do the right thing, and perhaps save, session sufficiently to enable her to answer. "I-I--came the girl a great deal of suffering in the future, even though over to-to-see if I-if f could find Frank," she replied. it might not leave her at the present time, and so he said: "Came over to see if you could find Frank?" "I would advi.'!e you to let Frank tell you what he wished "Y-yes." "You mean Frank Forrest, of course?" "Y-yes." "Did h e over onto the mainland?" ---.. 'l'he girl nodded. to, Daisy." "And-'-and-what would you advise me to say to him in-in answer?" The girl had grown pale again and Dick felt sorry for her, but he felt sure that she liked Frank very much "Why did he do so?" indeed, and would soon learn to love him, and so he said: '"rhe girl blushed and looked confused. "I-he-got "That is asking a bit too much of me, don't you think, angr y at me on account of-on account of my refusing to-Daisy? However, since you have asked me I will say that to let him tell me he li-lik ed me," she stammered; "and I don't think you will ever find a finm: fellow than Frank. then he said he was going to go over and fight the redcoats He is brave, good-hearted and handsome, and would make singl e -handed and alone, the same as Dick Slater did, and you a splendid husband." then I would like him The girl looked at Dick for a few moments as if ponA light broke in upon Dick's understanding. It was dering, and said, quietly: "Thank you Dick-Mr. Slater. a love affair. Frank FolTest had tried to get Daisy to let I-I will-will think of what-of what you-have said."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' :MASCOT. 27 : It was evident that she had thought of it already, but Frank looked skeptical. "Y Oi,l are not?" he remarked, e brightened up very quickly. She was a brave girl, and in a tone that implied doubt. l en, too, the probabilities are that she thought more of frank Forrest than she had thought was the case, and not Fte so much of Dick as she had fancied. '' "Now, Daisy, you hurry back to the encampment," said ick; "I will go at once and search for Frank. I won't me back till I have found him." Daisy stood still and looked at Dick for a rew moments, nd then she suddenly leaped forward and throwing her trms about his neck gave him a kiss. "There, Dick, my rother That is for saving me from those redcoats," she !aid; "and now if you will find Frank and bring him safely ack to me I will give you another." "All right, little mascot; I'll find him and bring him "I am not." "But I saw you kiss her. .And if you were not her lover, why would you do that?" "She kissed me, Frank," he said; "I didn't kiss her." "It's all the same-and I don't believe that you didn't kiss her, anyway. How could you help it, with as pretty and sweet a girl as Daisy?" This was something of a stumper, but Dick was equal to the emergency. "I will tell you why Daisy kissed me, Frank," he said quietly, "aud then if you want to shoot me, do so. I shall not lift a hand to prevent you." ".All right; tell me, then." Dick made up his mind to tell Frank a little, white lie. ack," said Dick, confidently; "now you run along home." He believed it would be just ifiable under the circumstances. The girl hastened away, pausing at the entrance of the So he said: "Daisy kissed me because I promised to find path into the swamp to wave h er hand to Dick, who waved you and bring you safely back to the encampment." n return. "A good, beautiful, noble-hearted girl!" murmured Dick. "I hope that she and Frank will be married and live a long and happy life." Frank started, and a joyous light &hone in his eyes. "Do you really mean that, Dick?" he asked, his voice trembling. "ls that the truth, sure enough?" "It is the truth, Frank. She loves you, and you only. H t d d t t d th h th i. b t t The kiss she gave me was only a brotherly one--and, by e urne an s ar e roug e er, in en on :i; d. F k F t d h d t h d d f t the way, she promised me another if I brought you safely ing

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT. ture of happiness, and there was a look of contentment on !n an upright position they presented a much better mark Daisy's face. Dick saw and understood and was glad. than when lying at full length on the ground-and it did "It is all right," he said to himself; "Frank has asked not partake of the nature of assassination either her to be his wife, and she has consented. I am glad, and Instantly Dick gave the signal and a volley was fired. At they \rill be happy together." such close range terrible execution was done, and thirty 'l'hat afternoon Frank got the opportunity to speak priat least of the redcoats fell to the ground, dead or wounded. vately to Dick, and told him that Daisy had promised to "Quick! a vopey from the pistols now, boys!" cried be his wife. "I am sorry I treated you the way I did this Dick, and another deadly volley was poured into the mass morning, Dick," he said; "I beg your pardon. My excuse of dazed redcoats. is that I was mad with pain and jealousy." "Give them still another F' cried Dick. "That is all right, Frank,'' smiled Dick; "you will be Crash, roar Again a volley rang out, and almost as happy, I know, and I congratUlate you One thing: Don't much damage resulted as had been the case at each of the get your pistol out when I go to -the kiss Daisy owes others. It was terrible, but now thered

Tl-IB LIBERTY BOYS' MASCOT 29 ='--=--:=-:==--._-:::--_------------------------------. --------' And mine," from the third officer; "we bave already At last they were ready to start, and tben Dick took le. almost half our force, in either killed or wounded, hold of Daisy Samuels' hand and conducted her to a plat the rest well go the same way about to-morrow night form that stooek longer :rnd then Dick mid they must be going, as there was "ork to do elsewhere. The Samuels folks and are always in print. If yo:,i cannot obtain them from any the Forrests and otber patriot families hated to have the Hrwsdealer, send the price in money or posfage stamps by youths go as they were splendid protection from the redrnnil to FRAXK 'I'OUSEY, PUBLISHER, 2 l UXIOX coats, and they g::ithered at the 8an111cl" borne to see the oft the day they were to gn \'OU O]'(ler by rch,un mail.


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