The Liberty Boys' wrath, or, Going for the Redcoats roughshod

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The Liberty Boys' wrath, or, Going for the Redcoats roughshod
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Reprinted in 1913.

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Issiud. Weel:ly-B!I $2. 60 per year JJ,.t rd a. Cla4.< .I/ alt,,at !lw New !'or/,; Post Offec February 'l, 1 901, by Frank TlnJ.86fJ -No. 66 N E W YORK. A P R I L 4. 1902 Price 5 Cents. The redcoats had supposed their presence in the haymow was not known,. and were taken by surprise when the Liberty Boys suddenly appeared. They showed fight, but when tw() went down the rest surrendered.


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered a,s Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February {, 1901. J!Jntered accordin. g to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. r No. 66. NEW YORK, APRIL 4, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE BOY AND THE REDCOAT. "Where are you going, boy?" "To Camden, sir." "'l'o Camden, eh?" "Why are you going there?" "I am going after a doctor." "Going after a doctor ?" "Yes, sir." "Who is sick?" "My father, sir; and please do not stop me, for--" "Who is your father? What is his name?" "Samuel Morgan, sir, and--" "Where does he live?" "Two miles back on this road, sir; and please-" I "What ails your father?" "I don't know; he is very sick, ancl I must hurry and t the doctor. Please let me-" It was midsummer of the year 1780. On the main road ding southward into Camden, South Carolina, and about e mile north of the town, a British soldier and a hand"Because I had orders this morning to let no one pass.'' This was a falsehood, but the redcoat was a cruel-hearted follow and had taken it into his head to be mean on his own responsibihty. He had decided not to let the boy pass. "\That's his old father to me?" he said to himself. "He may for all I care; the probabilities are that it will be one rebel less in this part of the country.'' 'l'hc boy looked the redQoat straight in the eyes. "You say you had orders to let "DO one pass?" he asked. "That's what I said.'' "I don't see why any such orders as that should be given you." "There's lots of things you don't know." "Well, I don't see any sense in such orders having been given. People must go to town and I don t see why you should wish to keep them from it." "As I said before, sonny, there are lots of things you flon't understand." "Well, there is one thing I do know, and that is that I must go into Camden, and at once. Kindly let me pass." '-I'he redcoat shook his head and laughed. "I couldn't think of it, sonny,'' he said. "Orders are orders, and I must obey them." It happened that Tom Morgan was a bright young felme but roughly dressed youth o.f perhaps eighteen years low, if he was but a farmer's boy, and somehow he got it I od .facing each other. into his head that the redcoat was not telling the truth. The youth had come riding down the road at a gallop, There was that in his air that made it so impress the youth. i cl the redcoat who was a sentinel had leaped out in "! don't believe you were given any such orders!" he. ont of him and after forcing the youth to dismount had said, in an angry voice. _, gaged him in conversation as above The redcoat became very angry at once. "What is that?" "How do I know your father is sick?" the redcoa.t inhe cried. "Do you dare insinuate that I, a soldier of the rupted. "I don't know him and I never saw you before." king, would tell a falsehood?" "But I tell you he is sick!" the boy cried, a glint of "Well, I don't believe you wer e given orders to keep ger appearing in his eyes. He is very sick, and if I do everybody out of Camden," was the defiant reply. t get a doctor for him soon he may die." "Humph! that's nothing to me," was the heartless reply. The boy's eyes flashed. '11 don't suppose it is anything you," he said; "but it is a great'deal t6 me." "I can't help that; I can't let you pass." "Why can't you?" "You don't, eh?". The soldier's tone was threatening in the extreme. "No, I do not. And I ask you to let me pass. My father may die and--" "Let him!" roared the redcoat. "Who cares? Let him die--and if he is as impudent as his son it will be as well


THE LlllEilTY BOYS' lrIL\TII. to let him fight it out without any do;tor. Jut't you rightwhere !he doctor'5 ofiic:c was he rode straight there nbout face, now, and get back home in a if you dismounting. Hastening inio !he doctor'::; office he fol {1on" t want to get a musket bull through you!'' the man of medicine what he wanted. The boy looked the redcoat straight in i.he eyes. ''You ''So your father is sick, ch, Tom'.''' remarkcd \ thc }>hy cowardly scoundrel-to talk thus of a sick man whom you s ician, who knew the :Jiorg:ms well. never saw and who never did you any harm!" The "boy's tone was filled with righteous indignation and fairly rang. ''Yes, sir, he i:; wry sick. You will come at once?'' The doctor shook his head and looked grave. "I can "What's that?" the redcoat cried. I'll have your life for that." "You young dog, come right away, Tom," he replied; "I have three cal to make here in town before I can leave. Two of then As he spoke the redcoat leaped forwal'd and made a nre to members of Cornwallis' staff of officers, and, o lunge at the youth with his bayonet with the intention of comse, I have to go there promptly "hen sent for; if I di running it through him. 'Fhe boy was too quick for not, off would go my head." however, and leaped aside, the bayonet missing him. "I understand Lhat; but you will come just as soon "Don't you try that again!" the ringing out clearly and defiantly ''Ilut I will!'' roared the redcoat boy cried, his voice you can?" "I'll not only try it again, but I'll do it this time." As he spoke the redcoat made another lu?ge at the boy, "Y csi my boy; but it will be three or four hours before can get there." grave look appeared on the youth's face and he .pal perceptibly. "I'm afraid, sir, that that will be too late, who again escaped injury by leaping quickly to one side. he said !n a husky' voice. "Oh, if you could only go wit The redcoat's bayonet ran through the boy's coat, however, und tore a great hole in the garment. Then something happened. a :flash the youth ,drew an old pistol from a belt which was buckled around his waist, and, leveling it in the redcoat's face, fired. His aim was true. The bullet struck the redcoat fair between the eyes and killed him instantly With a groan the stricken man dropped his and fell full length upon the ground. "'Jove I've killed him exclaimed the b9y, in a tone of me now!" 'I can't do it. my boy, I am sorry to say; but I'll te you \Yhat you do: Tell me, just as nearly as you can, yo father's symptoms. Tell me how he acts and how he loo aI).d all about it. It may be then i.hat I can send some me cine that will help him." The boy did this, the physician listening attentivel He asked a few questions and then went to work and fix np a small bottle of medicine and gave to the youl "Give that to your father according to the directions," l and with a glance up and down the road to see if 8aid; "lrnny back and I will get there just as soon as .ruiy one was in sight. "Well, he would have it. I don't think I am to blame. I'm sure he would have killed me, and I did what I did in sel.f-defense." The youth stared at the dead body of the redcoat for a few moments and then, stepping forward, he took hold of can." "All right, doctor: and thank :rnu.'' replied the boy a then hastening ont of the office he leaped upon his and galloped out of the town. He rode onward at a rapid pace, and as he drew rie the coat-collar and dragged the body out to one side of the spot "here he had encountered the redcoat sentin the road, behind some bushes when coming to Camden, he a party of at least twc "I'm ,afraid I have done something that will get me into men standing there. He lme" they were redcoats beca trouble," the boy murmured; "however, I don't know why it should Nobody saw me shoot him, and they would lmrdly suspect that a boy like me would do such a thing. I may come out all right, after all. Anyway, there's noth ing to hinde.r me from going on into Camden and getting the doctor, and that is a matter of great importance. I'll be going." The made his way to where the horse was stand ing, and, leaping into the saddle, rode onward toward Camden at a gallop. It was a ride of only a few minutes, and as Tom knew they wore the British uniform and the thought came him that he was likely to have some trouble. He not slacken speed, howcYer, but galloped straight ahead. He was not allowed to pass, FiYe or six of redcoats ran out in the road in front of him and cal upon youth to halt. There was nothing for it but obey the command. so Tom reined up the and ca to a stop. "Hello!" greete'a one of the redcoats. "Who arc yo "Uy name is Tom JHorgan, sir "Where do you liYe ?"


THE LIBBHTY BOY:::l' wRATII. 3 "l:p the road about two miles from here." 'Humph two miles from here, eh?" "Yes; I live up on Sanders Creek." Humph \\'here have you been?" 'To Camden." To Camden, eh?" 1YeB, sir. '"\\'hat was your business in Camden?" "I went to get a doctor." "To get a doctor, eh?'' my father is sick." "WJiv clidn t YOU cret the doctor?'' I b ''He vrns busy and couldn't come right away." .tlYcll, Tom how long has it been since you sod here, going into Camden?'' The clocior gaye me some medicine and told me to hurry uavk and give some of it to my father as quickly as .\. few minutes delay here may mean the death of my father. I must be going." Tom made a motion as if to start his horse, but thcreclcoaLs I \.XD HIS SI:iiTEil. Tom saw that he 'was in for it. The redcoats s u spected him and would make a prisoner of him unless he managed tc get away in some manner. But how was he to do it? That "\\'as the question. There were a dozen of them and iL looked as if he could not escape. IIe was not willing to give up, however, without making an attempt to escape. "You must be joking!" he cried, simulating amazement. The redcoat shook his head. "No, I'm not joking," hernid, 'our comrade lies here dead; you acknowledge hav ing seen ancl talked with him, and I am of the opinion that you killed him." "\fhy, the idea of such a thing is absurd!" the youth declared. "Please let me pass; I must get home quickly. )Jy father may die while I am detained here." "I can't help that; your father will haze to take his chances. As for you, you are our prisoner!" But Tom was desperate. "X ot yet!" he cried, a1}c1 thrn.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. he gave his horse a kick in the flanks, gave a jerk on the broke and trembled so that she could hardly speak, as bridle reins and uttered a loud yell. The hol'Se was a said: "Your father is dead, my dear son!" mettlesome animal, and not being used to such treatment''What!" exclaimed the youth, his voice vibrating wi., in fact, it was a great pet and had always been treated s orrow and pain. "Don;t teD. me that, mother!" kindly-gave utterance to a snort of anger, and, leaping "It is too true, my dear son! upward and forward, dashed through the line of redcoats, Rgo !" Ile died half an ho J knocking two of them down as he did so. 1 The boy stood as if dazed. Then he spoke in a straine Curses and yells of anger and pain escaped the two redt 1 "If th d t h d t d 1 d coats, whil e the leader yelled for the youth to halt. uuna ura voice. e re coa s a no e aye me "Stop!" he cried. "Stop at once or we will riddle you with bullets I" But Tom did not stop. Instead he urged his horse onmuch I would have been able to get back in time to gi him the medicine, and it might have saved his life," said; "they are to blame, and I shall have re>enge up1 them, just as sure as my name is Tom Morgan!" ward with words and blows. "Don'.t talk so, Tom!'' said his mother; "I wouldn't fe "Stop the redcoat yelled again. "Stop, or you are a that way about it." dead "But I do feel that way about it, mother," was the col Tom did not answer nor even let on that he heard the grim reply; "and I shall make the redcoats suffer for thi command, bnt leaning forw:ard on the neck of the horse They detained me, even after I told them I was going so as to make himself as small a target as possible, he a doctor, and it was inhuman and cruel. They had urged the horse onward. right to stop me or bother me under such circumstanc "Fire!" roared the redcoat leader, and his men, who had as that." I already leveled their muskets, obeyed the command. ''Perhaps not; but-I'm afraid you will get into troub roar! the volley out and bullets I Tom. You must not do anything rash." whistled all around the darmg fugitive. "That reminds me, mother, that I was pursued by so 1 One bullet cut through the youth's clothing and grazed redcoats and I escaped them only by taking the short his side, but the only effect it had was to cause Tom to through the timber. They will be here in a few minuh urge his horse to renewed exertions. Onward the fugitive dashed. His horse had not been struck by any of the bullets and he believed that he would be able to make his escape. The redcoats fired another volley, but the bullets fell short, and then Tom lmew that and they will make a prisoner of me if I don't resist." "Why should they make a prisJner of you?" "Because I killed a sentinel who detained me, mothe "Oh, that is terrible--horrible !" "l had to do it, mother; he tried lo kill me. He plung for the present, at least, he was out of danger. at me with his bayonet twice, and the second time he ca "Mount and after him, men!" roared the redcoat leader. pretty near getting me. See the hole he tore in my coa "We must capture the young scoundrel!" The men ran and leaped upon their hor ses and dashed after the fugitive. He had a good start, however, and his horse was a better "That makes a difference, Tom," said the woman; cour se, every one has a right to protect his life." "Yes, mother; I shot him dead, but it was in self-defen one than theirs also and he steadily increased the distance The redcoats won't take that into consideration, howev between them. The road crooked and turned through the and will shoot or hang me, likely, if I give up and let' th timber, and presently he was out of sight of his pursuers. make me a prisoner; and I am not going to do it. I He turned aside from the main road and entering a path make a fight for my life. Where is Lottie?" which led through the timber he rode as fast as the cir"Here, Tom!" replied a girl of perhaps sixteen, st cumstances would permit, the path being a near cut to his ping into the room. There were tears in her eyes, b home, making the distance only half what it otherwise they flashed with spirit as she said: "I what y would have been had he kept to the main road. said, 'l'om, and I would fight if I were you. Indeed, I It did not take hini long to reach his home, and leaping help you! I have my rifle, and can shoot as good as to the ground, in front of -the door, he ran into the house. "How is he, mother?" the youth asked, anxiously, of his mother, who met him at the door. There were tears in the woman's eyes, and her voice can. The redcoats are coming, you say?" "Yes, Lottie; they will be here in a few minutes. Co let's get ready to fight them!" 1\Irs. Morgan said nothing because she knew it woi:


'l'HE LIBERTYBOYS' Vl' RATH. 5 no good, and besides she did not wish her son to fall I "Oh, ho; you're there, are you;;, the voice cried. "I t 1 into the hands of the redcoats. I thought we would rouse you up!" ii "You get the guns and ammunition ready, Lottie," said "You' ll get us roused up in a way you won't like!" Tom; "I'll be with you in a moment." "Open the door The girl hastened away and Tom and his mother went "We won't do it!" 1 into the room where the dead man lay. The boy stood by "Then we'll break it down!" i:he bedside and gazed down upon the calm face of his dead "Go ahead, if you think you had better!" father for a few moments. Then he bent and kissed the 1cold forehead and without a word turned and left the i room. There was a grim, set expression on his face that 1 boded ill for the redcoats who, in the youth's estimation, we+e responsible for his father's death. He hastened into the kitchen and found his sister Lottie 6-examining the weapons, the same being two rifles and an old-fashioned musket. Tom still had his pistol and he pro eeded to load it. "There!" he said when he had :finished, "'we have four shots, and I think there will be only six of ihe redcoats. If they attack us we can make it lively for hem." "So we can," agreed the girl; "we can each fire a shot from the rifles and then I will reload them while you are 1.firing the musket and pistol." "That is a good plan, sis," said Tom; "and now let's asten the back door and go and keep watch at the front f the house." Tom barred the back door and then they went through nto the front room. "Ready, men; now, all together!" cried the voice. Then there came a crash against the door. The men had hurled themselves against it simultaneously. The door creaked and groaned, but did not give way. There was no doubt of the fact that another such trial or two would force it, however. Tom motioned to Lottie. "Come over here!" he whis pered; "there is no doubt that they intend to break in and make a prisoner of me, if they can, and as I don't intend to permit it, if I can help it, we might as well get in the first blow. We will take aim and fire at them through the door; then we will get to one side out of range and you can reload the rifles while I guard against them with the musket and pistol." "All right, Tom," whispered the girl; "when you say tlie word I will fire!" "Take aim, sis!" the youth directed. Both leveled their rifles. Tom waited a few moments until he had taken aim at a spot on the door at about the height of a man's chest, and then he whispered: "Are you "There they come, now!" exclaimed Lottie, who hapready?" ened to glance out of the window. "Heady!" was the reply. Tom leaped to her side and looked out. "Just as I ex"Fire!" ected," he said; "there are six of them." Crack! crack! Both shots rang out so near together that Then he quickly closed the front door and barred it, it was almost impossible to say whether it was one shot fter which he to the window and watched the or two. Then a yell of pain, followed by a volley of curses, edcoats. came to the bearing of the two. Their bullets had The six British soldiers to the ground, tied their tainly found lodgment in the person of at least one redcoat. 1 orses, and, entering the yard, advanced to the house, and get out of range of the door, Lottie!" whispered he leader knocked o:r; the door. Tom. They leaped aside, and not a mome:iit too soon, Tom did not reply, but he grasped his rifle with a firm either, for the redcoats fired a volley and the bullets zipped rip and a dangerous glint appeared in his eyes. Lottie across the room and imbedded themselves in the farther as fully as plucky as her brother, and held her rifle in wall. eadiness for instant use. "Curses on you!" roared the redcoat leader, "you have Again there came the knock on the door, followed alkilled one of my men and wounded another I will make ost immediately by a voice which called out: "Open, in you wish you had never been born when I get my hands he king's name!" Tom remained silent and presently there came a kick n the door. "Open, I tell you!" the voice cried. "If you on't, we will break the door down!" "You break that door down and you will sign the death t arrant of yourself and men!" was Tom's defiant answer. on you!" "But you are not going to get your bands on meif I can help it." "I'll show you!" Crash bang! the redcoats had thrown themselves against the door. It shook and rattled, but did not give way.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. Tom ancl Lottie were busily engaged in loading the in a bullet and ram it home, took but a few moments, and rifles. It dicl not take them long to do this and they were the two were standing, rifles in hand, ready to offer battle soon ready for the enemy. when the redcoats reached the house. [ expect you had better get out of this, Lottie," said "What's the trouble here; Mortimer?" one of the newTom; "they'll break the door down about the next time corners asked of a wounded redcoat who lay groaning on they try that, and they will be so angry that I am afraid the ground in front of the door. might hurt you.'' "Oh, tP.ere are some fiends 1.o fight in there, Captain "I'll risk it, Tom," replied the brave girl; "I will stay Gordon!" was the reply; "be careful or you will get a right here with you and help you fight them!" bullet through you!" right, sis; be ready to give it to them as soon as the door breaks in. As soon as we fire our rifles I will "llow many are there in there, :Jfortimer ?" "I don't lmow; but I should judge that there are seize the musket while you grab the pistol; then by the at the least." time we fire those off there certainly won't be many of "Are all the boys down?" the rascals left." '' EYery one of them, captain." The two held their rifles in readiness and kept their "That is bad, but we will soon aYenge them!" 'l'he eyes on the door. Just then Urs. opened the he lifted up his voice and called out: "Hello, in there'.' door which led into the kitchen and said: "Come away, children; come, let us go out by the back doorway and try to m:ike our escape.'' "No, no, mother; we'll stay and fight them!" replied 'l'om. "Shut the door and get back out of the way; they may shoot through the door at any moment and might 1.-ill you." ::\Irs. }forgan closed the door and Tom and his sister "Hello, yourself!" replied Tom. "I call upon you to lay down your arms and surrender'.' "Just keep on calling on us to do so; that is all th good it will do you!" "Then you refuse to surrender?" "We do!" "Tt will go hard with you if you show fight." "It will go hard with you fellows, too!" again turnell their attention toward the front door. Just "See here; I dont want to have to shoot you down i then there came a crash and the door flew from its binges, cold blood.'' the cross-bar having give11 away. "Never mind about that. ::\Iy blood is hot enough. Yo The redcoats half leaped, half tumbled into the house, caused the death of my father, and my blood is almo t a and as they did so, crack! crack! went two shots and down the boiling point. Just come on, as soon as you like, an tumulcd two of the British soldiers. I will see if we can't send a few more of you to keq Dropping the rifles Tom and Lottie seized the musket company "ith the fellows you sec lying about.'' and pistol ancl fired. One of the remaining two redcoats A curse escaped the lips of Captain Gordon. "You ar fell over dead, with a bullet through his heart, while the e110ugh, anyway!" be growled. other staggered backward, wounded in the shoulder. "You will find that we are a great deal more than simp1. 'Yith a cry of triumph Tom leaped forward and dealt saucy!" was the cool reply. this fellow a blow on the head with the butt of the musket, While talking Tom and Lottie were busily engage strei.ching him senseless on the floor. loading the musket and pistol, and they succeeded in get At this moment Lottie, who had been looking out of the ting both loaded, after they felt better. window, gave utterance to a cry of alarm. "Oh, brother!" "Now we will be able to give them a good fight, sis!' she exclaimed, "there come another party of redcoats; I whispered Tom. fear we are doomed!" "You are right, Tom," the girl replied, with a nod Tom leaped to her side and looked out through the Her eyes were shining with excitement, and a round, re window. Lottie was right. .A party consisting of six i:;pot was glowing on each cheek. Lottie -was a warrior redcoats had just ridden up and were dismounting. It was if ever there was one tvho wore female garb. the other half of the original party that Tom had seen when "Are you going to surrender?" called out the captain returning from Camden. in a threatening tone. "Hurry, sis, and help me load the rifles!" cried Tom; was the determined reply; "we are not goin 1 "';cn give them a fight for it yet!" to surrender. Just come ahead whenever you get read) L o pou, wme powd" in the mu<>les of the ,;fles, drop and see what will happen to you!"


'l'HE LIBERTY RODf "'RATH. IL will be the death of you!'' '' .\nll o-f you fellows, too!'' 'Bah! you can't do anything again 't my force!" '' \\' c just laid out six, and your force nunibers the pamc. I am confident that e can do the same thing right n'r again." with and curses the other four Wl'rc following, r.hen there e:arnc an interruption. 'Hold, there! \\'hat docs cried a loud, ringing voice. he redcoats and whirled-to find themselves confronted by at least one lrnndred determined-looking 'Do you hear that, captain?'' groaned the wounded follows of about eighteen to hrcnty years of age. The new redcoat. "I would let this job go if I were you and go comer" were armed and had the redcoats cowrcd with a back to Camden and get half a company. That will be lrnndre out there, The soldiers held their muskets in readiness and awaited and he believing that friends were at hand did not hesi he order to charge forward. The order soon came. "Fortate to sho'r himself. ward, men, and gire it to the scoundreb !" the captain "You are right, sir,'' he said quietly, "the redcoats cried. were the They came here and demanded adThe men dashed forward, and the first man who enmittance, and when it was refused them they broke the tered the doorway went dowu with a bullet through his door down. \\c met them with bullets, nncl succeeded in heart. The second man also 'rent down, he being Lottie's putting the entire force of six men down,

8 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. j .. I most assuredly do not!" was the hearty reply. "You dicl just right-eh, boys?" "Of course he did!" came in a chorus from the bronzed youths. the youth cried, and the cheers were given with a vim The girl blushed like a peony, and then with a graceful: bow she turned away and disappeared from sight. h 'rhen the leader of the party of youths turned to theh "And then another gang, consisting of six men, came," captain and said: "Here are eight of your comrades, dead continued Tom; "they called upon us to surrender, and and wounded. If you will promise not to bother theseb when we refused they started to come in and we shot down good people again I will permit you to bury your deadl two more of them-and we would have done our best to comrades and carry the wounded away. What do you kill every one of them, too!" in a grim, determined voice. "Three cheers for you, young fellow-whatever your name may be!" cried one of the youths. "You are all right.!" "Who do you mean by 'we'?" asked the leader of the party of youths. "How many of you are there?" ":My sister and was the reply. "Your-sister and yourself almost gasped the young leader of the party. "Yes, sir." : "You don't mean to say that just you two did all this this damage?" indicating the dead and wounded redcoats. Tom nodded. "Yes," he said simply; "just me and sis was all there was of our army, but we put up as good a fight as we could." "I should say you did in a tone of admiration. say?" "So far as I am concerned that will be all right," th/ captain replied; "I shall not, of my own accord, try tob harm these people. But if my superior officers order me0 to come back here, I shall have to do so." iE t "I understand that. Well, get to work and be careful what kind of a story you tell when you go back to Camden.P Tell the truth and only the truth." "I will do that, of course." 01 "One word, sir," said Tom, addressing the young leade:rY of the party of stranger youths; "the e redcoats are re sponsible for the death of my father, which is the reason9 I have been so merciless in dealing with them." J "They caused the death of your father?" in surprise. s. "Yes; he lies in this house, dead, at the present moment.'P "Did they kill him?" d Captain Gordon and his men looked at one another with '"rhey caused his death indirectly. He was very sick, an expression of amazement and unbelief on their faces. and I was on my way to Camden to get a doctor wheEW "It can't be possible!" said the captain. "Two persons-one of their sentinels delayed me and--" t\\o men, even-could not have whipped six British "You killed him!" broke in Captain Gordon. B soldiers." Tom nodded assent. "I did,'' he acknowledged, "I kille "But sis and I did it alone and unaided," said Tom, quietly, and his tone and air carried conviction. "Where is your sister now?" asked the leader of the youths, a look of interest on his face. Tom turned and looked over his shoulder. "Come here, 5is !" he called, and then, to the surprise of everybody, the redcoats especially, a beautiful, blushing and shrinking girl of not to exceed sixteen years appeared in the doorway and stood by the youth's side. him in self-defense. He detained me, and because I pro tested he was going to run me through with his bayonet. I defended myself, that is all, by shootfag him dead. 1 went on in to Camden and got some medicine, and when>1 1 got back to where I had been stopped by the sentinel J found this gang of twelve men. They stopped me and delaved me long enough so that when I did get away from and reached my home I was too My father wm0 dead But I charge his death to their account, the An involuntary murmur_ of admiration went up from as if they had shot him dead!" the youths. "And rightly, too, I am sure,'' said the young stranger "What a beautiful little girl!" "And now, have you any objections to what I have sug "Isn't she, though!" gested to the captain here? If so, say so; and whJ1teve1 "And so brave!" you say shall be done." "She's a regular little soldier!" "No, I have no objections to offer. I think it is th1 Such were a few of the murmured exclamations given best and easiest way to get rid of the whole gang of redutterance to by the youths. coats. I will just say to the captain, however, that it wrn Instantly the leader of the youths doffed his hat and be dangerous to come fooling around here. If you de bowed to the maiden, his followers all doing the. same. come around here again you will do so at your peril." "Three cheers for the little soldier in petticoats, boys!" "That is all right," said the captain; "I shall not com1 I -----


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. 9 ere again on my own account. If I am ordered to come here I shall have to come, that is all." "Of course, I shall not blame you for obeying orders; but you will have to look out for yourself, just the same. 1 shall not spare you on that account." ''I don't ask you to do so." The fo.ur redcoats went to work, Tom having brought them a spade, and in the edge of the timber, back of the they dug a grave large enough to hold the five dead ,men. When the work of interring their comrades was fin l ished they made impromptu litters and fastened them be-r tween two horses; on these litters the wounded men were placed and then the redcoats took their departure. .. When they were gone Tom turned to the leader -0 the party of youths and asked: "Will you tell me who J.YOU and your comrades are? I am sure you are patriots." "Yes," was the reply, "we are patriots. Have you ever eard of 'The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" Tom started) and an exclamation escaped him. "I should say I have heard of them!" he dried, sweeping the faces the youths with his eager eyes. "Do you-surely you klon't mean to say that-that--" pose of assisting General Gates, who was marching toward Camden for the purpose of engaging the British army stationed at that point in battle. "You haYe not told me your name yet, my boy," said Dick. "My name is Morgan-Tom Morgan." "Glad to know you, Tom," said Dick. "'!.'hank you!" the boy replied, his eyes shining. Then he raised his voice and cried out: "Mother! Lottie! Come out here!" Mrs. Morgan and Lottie came forth from the house and were told who the youths were by Tom, who was greatly excited. i\Irs. Morgan greeted the youths pleasantly and ihankccl Dick for having come to the assistance of her s on and da,ughter. "I shudder to think what might have happened had you not come," she said; "I fear that my darling children would have been killed, for they could have tri umphed over all the redcoats." "Well, no\1 we would haYe made them fewer in number than they were, wouldn"t we, sis?" exclaimed Tom. \f e had two shots left," said the girl, in a voice which "These are ''!.'he Liberty Boys of '76'-yes, that is just was sweet as music. "We could have dropped two more hat I mean to say." "G1ory !" cried Tom, "I have heard of the 'Liberty oys' hundreds of times, but I never expected to have the leasure of seeing them. And you are--" "My name is Dick Slater." t "Good!" exclaimed Tom, leaping forward and se1zmg he young man's hand and shaking it heartily; "I am roud to shake hands with you, Dick Slater! Oh, but for he sorrow I feel on account of the death of my father, his would be a happy day for me!" "I sympathize with you," said Dick Slater, quietly; "T oo lost mv father-at the hands of Tories, however, one l. 1 f whom shot him down in front of our house." l "That was terrible, Dick." "So it was, my boy; but, like you, I settled with the rr 1coundrels who did the dastardly work!" : "I'll warrant y ou did!" said Tom, in admiration. A FIGHT WITH THE REDCOATS. -It was indeed Dick Slater and his company of "Liberty [l oys." They had been down in the vicinity of Charleston, d had come up into the vicinity of Camden for the purof the m, I am sure." aHurrah for Lottie Morgan, the bravest girl in America!" cried Bob, and the other youths nodded in token that they approved of this statement They would undoubtedly have given three cheers for the maiden hacl it not been that they knew her father lay dead in the house and did not wish to make the noise. "I am not at all sure the four remaining redcoats woulcl have got the better of your two brave children, madam," said Dick. "They made a wonderfuliight of it and prnved they are dangerous persons to trifle with." "That' s what they did!" coincided Mark Morrison, and the rest of the "Liberty Boys!' nodded assent to this ment. "But what are you doing down here in South Carolina, Dick?" asked Tom. "I thought you we1'e fighting the redcoats up in the North." "Things are rather quiet up there just now, Tom, and General Washington sent us down into this part of the country to help look after the redcoats in the South." "So that's it, eh?" "Yes. And, by the way, Tom, have you heard any news of General Gates and the patriot army?" The youth shook his head. "I heard a rumor to the etl'ect that they were coming down here, but nothing defi nite," he replied. "Are they coming, sure enough?"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. "Yes, they are coming, Tom; there is no doubt regardtoo glad of a chance to render a little assistance to peopl ing that. But it is hard to say just where they are at the who are in sympathy with the great cause." present time." Dick now conducted his "Liberty Boys" over to th "I should say it would be." point where he intended to go into camp, and they foun "We have come here to join the army and help fight the that it was just suited to their needs They beg an wor British at Camden, and we wish to find Gates as soon as of making an encampment that would be more or lei possible." permanent, and when this had been finished Dick sclecte "Well, I can't help you any, for I ha>e heard nothing two of the youths and sent them down the road in tb definite regarding the movements of the army in qucsdirection of Camden, with instructions to keep a shar tion." "I am sorry for that; but you can aid us, Tom, in one respect at least." "What is that? I shall be only too glad to do it." lookout for i.hc redcoats. "As soon as you see the m coming, come back, one you, and let me know," he said. "All right," was the reply and the two took their d1 "Permit us to stay here until the patriot army comes parture. 1 along.n "We will be only too glad to have you do that!" eagerly. "But won't it be dangerous to stay here so close to the British?" "Ola, I guess not. llow far is it to Camden?" "Three miles." '''l'hat isn't very fai:, is it?" 'l'he word had gone out that :Hr. iliorgan was dead, an the neighbors began coming in to console the widmn woman and the young folks who were thus bereaved The; were a number of patriot neighbors residing in the vicinit and their visits did 1Irs. Morgan a world of good. When they hcarer into the sweet, brave little girl!" and then taking her in his an timber an

\ THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. ,_\bout four o'clock in the afternoon one of the scouts for them to take aim, and they at once proceeded to do so. that Dick had sent out came running into camp and inDick waited just long enough for his men to get good aim formed the young commander of the "Liberty Boys" that and then upon the air rose the sharp command: the were coming. "Ilow many of them are there, do you think?" asked Dick. ''Oh, I judge there must be two hundred at least." ''Two hundred, eh?" "Yes." "Fire!" Crash! roar! The volley rang out loudly. It did terrible execution, too. The "Liberty Boys" were veterans. They had been fighting for Liberty almost constantly for nearly four years, and they were veterans in the sense of the word. When about to enter into an engage.. Ilow far away arc they?'' ment with the enemy they were no longer in any way "About :+ mile." affected by nervousness. They were cool and calm and "Good!" exclaimed Dick; "that will giYe us plenty of ,,cmt at the affair in a matter-of-fact way They took time to fu up a surprise for them." careful a"nd deliberate aim, and when they fired, the vol"Wbat are you going to do?" asked Tom }\Iorgan. ley, as I haYe said, did great execution. "I am going to station my men in the timber by the At least sixty of the redcoats fell, either dead or ''und-i-1rndside and give the redcoats a warm receplion when they ed. This may seem like a large number to go down as come along." the result of one YOlley, but the "Liberty Boys" were all "Good!" cried Tom; "I'm going with you!" dead shots, and at such a short distance they could not "Let me go, too?" said George MaTtin, who had remiss the marks at which they weTe aiming. The only turned from his walk with Lollie, and approached in time reason that rnoTe than sixty of the enemy did not fall was .. to hear what was said. because that in many instances two of the "Liberty Boys" "I shall be glad to have you both along," replied Dick. fired at the same redcoat. Irr every such case it insured Then he gave orders for the "Liberty Boys" to get ready the death of the redcoat in qtie'tion, but it lessened the to moYe and they hastened to obey. Two minutes later total number to be brought down. the paTty moved out of the yard and down the road in The redcoats were thrown into terriple disorder. Yells the direction of Camden. A quarter of a mile from the and curses of amazement and anger escaped the lips of J10use there was a bend in the road. The timber was quite those who had been uninjureu, while groans and cries of heary at this point and there was also a thick growth of pain went up from the wounded men. bushes, which, with the underbruilh, would afford the youths excellent hiding place. It would be impossible for the redcoats to see them. "fire a Yolley into the bushes!'' roared the commander of the redcoats. "Fire and then charge the scoundrels The redcoa'1:: leveled their muskets and fired a volley "Here is the very place we have been looking for," sai into the bushes :from behind which had come the storm of Dick. "We can take up our position belDnd these bushes ln.1llei.s a few moments before. The Yolley did no damage, and giYe the redcoats a volley, a.ftcr which we can.leap ho,rernr. The "Liberty Boys'' had followed instn1ctions, behind tree$, and when the redcoats fire they will be unable and the instant they had fired the volley had leaped back to harm us. Then we can giYe them a pistol volley or and taken refuge behind trees. bo, and by that time I think they will be ready to take the back track t!l Camden." 'l'be other youths agreed with this view of the case and lll'Ocerued to take up their positions behind the bushes. "Now charge!" the redcoat commander. "Gi\'e 1.:hr scoundrels the bayonet! We'll teach them how to lay in wait for us and shoot ps down from ambush!" Dic:k gave them a few instructions and then they waited : patien1ly for the enemy to appear. They did not have long to wait. The redcoats soon put in an appearance. ) The redcoats rushed fonrard and had almost reached the bushes when there came another volley. It was from pistols, and while not so much damage was inflicted as when the muskets were used, at least thirty of the redcoats went do'lln, dead or wounded. There "ere at least two hundred of them and they came J inarching along evidently uns11spicious of the fact that r they were walking straight into a trap. 4 Omrnrd they came and presently they were almost op"Now another volley!" cried Dick. The youths had a pistol in each hand and at the command from Dick they fired another volley, which dropped twelve or fifteen of posite the point where the "Liberty Boys" were concealed the enemy and added greatly to the confusion and demorali o n Dick waved his band to the youths, which was the signal zation of the redcoats. I


-THE LIBER'rY BOYS' WRATH. Dick was a shrewd commander. He possessed all the qualities which go to make a great general. He saw that the time was at hand for striking the redcoats the :fifilsh ing blow. "Charge, 'Liberty Boys'!" he cried. "Charge! and give the sco1mdrels the bayonet!" \ The youths obeyed the command on the instant. They bounded forward, 'muskets in band, giving utterance to a buried. loud cheer as they did so. 'rhe man was gone scarcely more than an hour when he "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" they cried returned, accompanied by comrades; each of the four as they leaped through the bushes. The next instant they was driving a team bitched to a wagon. were upon the redcoats and they used the bayonets so 'l'he wounded men were at once placed in the wagons-'. effectively that the redcoats were overcome with terror, and, and taken to Camden, while the other soldiers remained yielding to the sudden feeling, dropped their muskets and and buried their dead comrades. This done, they made ) took to their heels. Of the two hundred who had come, their way back to Camden, and the commander of only about seventy-five or eighty were now on their feet, party was at once summoned to appear before General and the way they ran was a caution. It was evident that Cornwallis. they thought there was great danger that they would meet the same fate that had overtaken their comrades. "Come back!" called out Dick. "Corne back and look after your wounded comrades! We won't fire upon you!" The commander of the party of redcoats, who was among those who had taken flight, heard and understood Dick's' words, and finally managed to get his men to stop. Taking a white handkerchief rrom his pocket he stuck it on the CHAPTER V. THE BURNING HOUSE. General Cornwallis was walking backward and forward end of his sword and came walking back toward the scene across the floor of his priv_ate room in the building' occu of the late encounter When he was within twenty yards pied as headquarters when the officer put in an appearance., of where the "Liberty Boys" stood be paused. 'l'he general acted like a caged tiger and he whirled upon the newcomer almost fiercely. "What is this I hear!" he cried. "Is it true that the party which I sent out in search of those rebels was am bushed by them and more than half their number killed men here who need attention, and as we have neither the and wounded?" "Did you really mean what you said?" be asked. "Certainly," replied Dick. "And you will not fire upon us if we back?" "We will not There are twenty-five or thirty wounded time nor inclination to attend to them I prefer to let you come back and do it yourselves." "). t is true, sir," the officer replied. "Humph How did it happen?" "Very well," said the British officer, sullenly; "but I will just tell you this: If you do not keep your word and "I hardly know, sir. We ran into an ambuscade whe we were not thinking of such a thing and that is abou fire upon us it will go hard with you! You and your men all there is of it." will be run to earth and killed, if it takes the entire British "How many of our men were killed?" army to do it!" 'The fear of what the British might do in case we fired upon you would not keep us from doing so," was the calm reply; "we have no fear of the B ritish. I have given you my word, and I always keep it." "Very well; I am glad to bear that you will keep your "Ninety, sir." "And how many wounded?" "Thirty-two." "Terrible! terrible!" growled Cornwallis. many of the scoundrels did you kill?" "1 dci'n't know, sir." word." "You don't know, eh?" "And ho Dick ancl the "Liberty Boys" withdrew into the timber "No; we fired one volley, but had no opportunity o and the redcoats came back to the scene of the encounter I learning whether or not had inflicted any damage upoi and began ministering to the wants of their wounded comthe rebels."


1111!.i j_, "Well, who are those rebels, anyhow, Major Marsh?" The major was silent a few moments as if pondering, d then he said: "I don't know for sure, General Corn allis, but I have a suspicion regarding their identity." "Out with it, then. Who do yo u think they are?" "Have you ever heard of a company of young fellows tho call themselves 'The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" the major ked. 13 The major looked interested. "That is a neat little sum of money," he remarked; "I have a good mind to go to work and see if I can't win it." "You will earn it i.f you ever get it in that way," was the significant reply; "one thing is sure, however, we must get even with those young rascals for their terrible work of this afternoon." "You are right," agreed Maj or Marsh, nodding his head; General Cornwallis paused abruptly and glar e d at the "we cannot lef the matter rest as it is. We must either iestioner. "What's that!" he exclaimed. "Did I ever kill them or drive them out of the country." e ar tell of 'The Liberty Boy s of '76,' you a sk? I have "So we must; and I will give you the task of doing the lore than heard of them; I have seen them on the field work, major f b a ttle a number of times. But why do you ask? Surely "Thank you, sir; I shall be glad to be assigned to the pu do not mean to say that the rebels who attacked you task." re--" "Very good; consider the matter settled. I will leave 'The Liberty Boys of '7G,'" the other said, nodding everything to you. Take as many men as you wish to and is head. "Yes, that is just what I mean to say; I am go about the matter in your own way. All that I shall mfident that that is who they were." require of you is that you kill those 'Liberty Boys' or drive "What makes you think so?" asked Cornwallis. them out of the country." "Several things." "I will do it, sir, if it can be done." I some of them." "Oh, I guess it can be done; taker plenty of mf2n and "\Yell, they were such daring and desperate fighters, exercise all possible care. Don't let them anl.bush you r one thing." General Cornwallis nodded. The manner _in which they acked you savors very much of the style of warfare ually adopted by the 'Liberty Boys,',, he said. "What 1e made you think they were the 'Liberty Boys'?" 'They are all young fellows, their ages being from n p.eteen to twenty-one years, I should say." '\Yhat else?" e" They are bronzed by exposure to almost the hue of -P.ians and are evidently veterans." d1'That fits the 'Liberty Boys' first-rate," said the gen-]; "was there anything else?" "They had a peculiar battle-cry." 1eneral Cornwallis started. "What was it?" he asked. n It was, 'Down with the king! Long live Liberty'!" t That settles it!" the general. "Those fel are undoubtedly 'The Liberty Boys of '76' That is r battle-cry. I have heard them give utterance to it te than once." 'They are certainly terrors in a fight," remarked Major rsh. ow You are right, they1 are terrors; and their leader, Dick er, is one of the shrewdest young rascals I ever en tered. He has been a veritable thorn in the flesh for this time." / "I shall not do so; I will feel my way thi:.; time and will keep scouts out ahead of us." / "Quite right I don't overlook anythi/h.g or neglect any \ precautions, for I tell you, Dick Sla .ter and his 'Liberty Boys' are dangerous foes." "I have already found that out 1 to my cos t, sir, and I will he very care:ful." I The major then took his M1parture, and going to his quarters, began making for the work in hand. Presently he went out and making up a party to go I with him in search of th;e "Liberty Boys." He had no trouble in this as all t]h e soldiers were eager to get a chance to strike a blow at the "rebels" who had killed so many of their commdes. When they learned that the "rebels" in question "The Liberty Boys of '76," they were even more eager to go with the major on the ex pedition, for they prderred going after big game, as was natural. 'I'hey got ready aJ quickly as possible and Eet out im mediately after super. 'rhe major thou ght it would be safer to approach tb t e point where the "Liberty Boys" were supposed to be at night than in the daytime. He had had I one experience of daylight work when oppo s ed to the ly four years, and has caused us more trouble than a youths, and wished to try it when darkness was over all. ment of soldiers. Why, there is a reward of five Then, too, he had secured the services of four of the most 9 pounds offered for his capture." skillful scouts in q1e entireBritish army at Camden. The


14 THE LIBERTY BO \\ R.: 1 four were Tories who had joined the army, and who, hav-''So they would; but by coming after them from ing lived in that neighborhood for year;;, were familiar rear w e will be able to get clO$e to them without be ,;vith the country, and were, moreover, skilled in wooGlcraft -something of which the r edcoats knew nothing whatever. "I think so. Bob; I am confident that \\'C will be ah All they knew how to do was to march in perfect align and to giYe them a pretty scYcrc blow." fight when the enemy appeared before them. In the work ".l'hc "Liberty Boys'' ate an earl) supper and then s <> fighting after the fashion of the Indians they were of out on their journey. Tom Morgan and George 1Uarti 110 value whntcver, and this gave the patriots considerable accompanied them and the former actecl as guide an adrnntage, as a general thing. :iliaj or 1Harsh was determined to take force enough so that he would be enabled to crush the "Liberty Boys," and con cl uet<>d the party through the tirn bcr in such a manne to cut o[ at least one-third of the distance. A wal of a mile brought them out onto the main road, Ly whic so he had five hundred men in his party-a regular little road it wa:; about a mile and a half to Camd. "You're better at :figur"Jowl there must be an army of them, Dick!" he sa' ing on those kind of things I am. I guess you can "I think we will have our hands full if we go for the1 I think up something to do, can'ti you?" "\r ell, we will go for them," said Bob E;;tabrook, gri "Well, I have thought of a plan that gives promise of "We will go for them rough-shod!" being fairly successful." "Get ready, boys!" said Dick. "And yo11, Sam, t "What is it, Dick ?n back and stay till the entire British force has passed, t: "It is this : That we go about k;ilf way to Camden and then come back and tell me." there, concealmg ourselves in 18dge of the timber by the roadside, wait till the redcoats past us and then make an attack upon them from rear. What do you think of the plan, Bob?" \ 'I think it is all right, Dick; tMy won't be looking for an attack from the rear, and will brt taken by surprise." "You are right; and it would be in possible to surprise them from the front, foT, warned by )their experience of this afternoon, they will have scouts <.'.mt who would dis cover our presence and giYe the alarm." "All right;" and the youth hastened away t The "Liberty Boys" li stened eagerly, and soon the trat d tramp of the British could be h eard as they marched al l the road c "Sam was right; there is almost an army of the t said Dick, as he listened. Much practice had mad possible for him to estimate, with approximate correctn r 1.he number of men in a bocly that might march within his h earing, and he told Bob that there ll"erJn least fiye lrnnclred of the red coats n p


Tll E LIBEHTY BOYW \YlL\.TH. 15 ''That j;; rather big odds against u:=:, old man," Bob. killing and wounding a number of the British and "Yes, in an open fight, where we would ha Ye nothing in nL1cling greatly to the demoralization of the enemy. ur favor; but by taking them from the rear, and by Then Dick gave utterance to ti1c shrill, quavering whistle -urprise, WC will be able to, in a measUH' equalize matters which was the signal to retreat, and the youths hastened 'Yen if we were intending to fight it out to a iinio.h. That, to obey 10\rc.vcr, we will not do as I haYe no wisb to lose any of ny men if I can avoid it; so I shall simply strike them as innl a blow as possible and then get away from them." "That will be the best plan, I think. rnyo.clf," replied ob. "It will be more of a victory to kill and wound fifty o a hundred of them and away without being injured n return, than to kill two hundred and lose :fifty of our wn men." '"l'hafs the way I look at it; so be rcatly, all, to obey i.he signals. The inftant I give the signal to retreat, do so; and be very careful to retreat in such a manner as to protect yourselves by taking advantage of the shelter afforded by the trees and underbrush The redcoats :fired a volley, but so skillful were the "Liberty Boys" in protecting themselves behind trees that no particular damage was clone. Three or four of the y ouths were wounded, but only slightly, and by the tim the redcoats :fired a second volley they were far enough back in the timber to be out of range. Dick's iclea had been that the redcoats, as soon as they learned. that the. youths were behintl i.hem, would turn around. and come back in search of them, but they did not clo it. Instead they kept right on going. "1 don't understand that," he said; "however, you load yom weapons, boys, and we will go alter them again. Perhap::; we will be able to strike them a harcl enough blow '11hc youths said they would do so, and just then Sam ncxr time so that they will be cager to giYc cha e to us. arn1crson came hurrying up. "They have passed, Dick," I irnnt to stop them from going on to your house, Tom, if he saicl, "ancl there must e half a regiment at least lJOssible." "That is the way I sized them up, Sam," was Dick's "T hope yon will be able to do so, Dick;'' Tom replied,. reply. Then he gave the order for the "Liberty Boys" to soberly; "I should hate it if they succeed in getting move. to the house, for they would frighten mother and sis They obeyed the order \ind movecl through the timber, almost into fits." going diagonally across towarcl the road so as to strike it '8t a point where they would be near the rear guarcl of 1 he British. \Yhcn they the edge of the timber where it bordered the roacl, they fouml that they had judged tho ''I don't think they would scare Lottie Yery much," aitl George :Martin. 'That's so; sis is a brave girl, but without any men folk,; at all around she would be afraid." "Well, come on, boys, and we will give them another rnttcr cqrrectly, for the rear guard of the B}'ilish was opblow," said Dick, and they set out alter the British at a rapid pace. Dick did n?t a moment, but gaYe the signal, and It did not take long to overtake the rear guanl as the. then of a sucldcn there came the roar of a volley from redcoat,; were marching at only an ordinary pace, and a,: athc hundred muskets of the "Liberty Boys." in the former instance the "Liberty Boys" had fired a H was night, and, of course, the youths were unable to do as good execution as when they hacl the light of rday to assist them in taking aim, but nevertheless the voldey did considerable damage, dropping a core of the recl toats, either killed or wounded, and filling the hearts of he redcoats with anger and consternation 'rhe redcoats had not been expecting an attae:k from the rnear, and -the sudden volley was demoralizing I Shouts and curses went up from the British oningled with which were groans o! pain from the wounded rnllcy before the enemy knew they were anywhere near. The youths followed the musket volley with two pistol vollty:o;, anu lhen leaped into the edge of. the timber and took refuge bchincl trees. They were just in time, for the redcoats firet1 a volley and then came charging in that direction. The "Liberty Boys" retreatetl rapidly, but in such a manner as to not give the enemy a chance at them, and easily kept out of the way. The redcoats, :finding that they could not overtake the nimble youths, fired a couple of volleys from their pistols nicn. and rejoined the main force in the road '11his secoml "Quick, boys, give them a couple of volleys from your attack from the rear did not stop the redcoats, however; pistols!" cried D ick. they kept onward, and it was evident that they intended The youths obeyed and :fired two volleys in quick suegoing to the l\Iorgan ho use before stopping


JG THE LIBERTY BOYS' \\-RATH. Having become satisfied of this fact, Dick told the "It is terrible to think that his body i.s in there," sai youths that they would take the short cut and try to get Torn, "but," with sudden fierceness, "we will make the1 there ahead of the enemy and warn Mrs. Morgan and pay dearly for having set fire to the house!" Lottie. Then a sudden exclamation escaped Tom. "Great guns. "Load your muskets and pistols as we go," be ordered, 1 had forgotten about the powder!" he cried. "If thos and, Tom, take the lead and get us back to your house as redcoats stay around that burning house long enough the) quickly as possible." will get the worst shaking up they ever bad!" Tom was only too glad to do this, for he was very "You are right, Tom," said Lottie; "there will be 11nxious regarding his mother and sister. He led the way terrible explosion when that powder catches on fire. at a rapid walk, and fifteen minutes later they came to "Yes, indeed, sis; you and mother stay here while I go the edge of the timber at a point s e venty-five yards back of and teU Dick about the powder." the stable. As they came in sight of the house exclamations Torn hastened to where Dick was standing and said: of wrath and horror escaped the lips of all. "'i\'hat are you thinking of doing, Dick?" "Awful!" "We are thinking of creeping up as close to the "Terrible!" "The scoundrels!" "That is just like the redcoats!" The house was on fire! The fire was well under way, C;Oa ts a;; we can get and giving them a volle .I",'' was th reply. ''Don't do it, Dick." ''Why not?" the flames leaping high up and crackling as if in delight, "Because we will be able to inflict more damage on th the redcoats were all around the house, watching the redcoats by letting them alone than by attacking them.' fire and evidently taking a great pleasure in the sight of "What do you mean, 'l'om? Explain." their handiwork. "I will. You tree, there are four kegs of gunpowde1 "My poor father's body!" groaned Tom. "My poor concealed under the floor of the house, and when th mother and sister!" fire gets to it there will be a terrible explosion If th CHAPTER VI. A. TERRIBLE EXPLOSION. redcoats stay where they are many of them will be killed.' "And serve them right," said Dick, whose wrath ha been aroused by the action of the redcoats in setting :fira to the house; "as you say, then, Tom, it will be better to let the redcoats alone." "Yes; let's not do anything to cause the reacoats to leave At this moment there was a stir in the rear of the the vicinity of the house. I want as ma;ny of them to get "Liberty Boys," and then Dick said to Tom: "Here are 8haken up as possible." your mother and sister, Tom. escaped from the red"You're right, Tom; it would be too bad if that powdl'r coats, after all." was to be burned up without doing any damage to the red" Oh, thank goodness for that!" said Tom, and then he coats; we will stay back and give it a chance to get in its hastened to greet his mother and sister and congratulate work." them on their "Don't you think we had better get farther away, Dick?" "How did you manage to get a way from them?" he "I think so; there is no telling how big an explosion asked. that amount of powder will make, and we might as ll'el "Lottie happened to be out at the front gate," replied he on the safe side." Tom's mother; "she heard them coming and came and Dick gave the order and the "Liberty Boys" with Mrs. told me. We hastened to leave the house and made our Morgan and Lottie in their midst moved back into th way back into the timber far enough so that we thought timber far enough so that they thought they would b we would be safe." out of harm's way. "I'm so glad you escaped, mother and sis," said Tom, They could just see the burning house by peerin earnestly; "but poor father's body-it is in there yet, through between the trees, and they watched it eagerly. is it not?" Presently there came quite a large crash and a "Yes, Tom," replied his motl;ler, bursting into tears; rlond of sparks went up. "The ro_of has fallen in," "Lottie and I could not move it." Dick Slater.


TILE LJDEUT'l WlL\TII. 17 \"Yes," replied Tom : :\Iorgan; "the floor "ill s.oon burn nnd immediately began the work of attending to their in3rough, now, an

-----.,...., U l TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. make an attack on them when they were out in the open to make another attack or haYe another encounter un ground, but found their mistake tft c r a afo re.fuge had been found for :Jirs Morgan a "At the scoundrels, men!" roared Major Marsh. "At Lotti e them and shoot and bayonet them to death! They have Dick had consulted with Torn on the subject and h done quite enough, and it is time we were doing somelearned that there was an old log cabin on the bank of l thing. At them, I say!" Catawba River about two miles distant. But the major was dealing with as shrewd a lot of youths "The cabin is so hidden by thick underbrush, and t as could have b e en found anywhere, and when his men high bank of the riYcr, that l dont think the redcoats c darted in the direction from which the volley had come ind it," s aid Tom. ''The cabin is half way down t they found no one there to shoot and bayonet embankment, and the top of the roof doesut reach as hi Dick had been too smart for the redcoats. He and his as the riwr bank. It will be a safe hiding place, I think "Liberty Boys" had slipped up till they were within range, "We will go there, then," said Dick; "ancl they went and then he had uttered the defiant words; the youths had &traight there as possible. After looking things over Di :fired the volley and a ll had retre.ated, doing this so prompt was of the opinion that they would be safe from discove l y that they succeeded in getting away without being :fired ;it the cabin He placed out sentinels, however, and in ad upon. tion s ent out six scouts with instructions to keep a sha The British ran in the direction in which they supposed lookout, and report if the enemy came in the direction I the youths had gone, but did not catch sight of them; and the cabin. finally returned to where the injured and wounded men lay. The scouts took their departure, anii!, feeling that To say that they were angry is putting the matter very l';oult1 be safe to do so, Dick and his comrades selected mildly. They were almost wild rage, but they could place near the cabin and throwing themselves down up d o nothing save nurse their anger and wait. their blankets, went to sleep. As the cabin was a li T he major placed sentinels on every side, however, so one room affair, it was given over entirely to the use as to prevent a repetition of the affair of the attack by :Jfrs. Morgan and Lottie the ''rebels About two o clock in the morning one of the scouts cai "Those fellows are dangerous, major," said the underin anc1 told Dick that the party of redcoats was within h, officer cl mile of the cabin and coming it. Dick thoug "You are right," was the reply; "I had no idea that they the matter over for a few minutes and then proceed would be s o harc1 to get at. They are undoubtedly the to rou s e the 'Liberty Boys." Ile told them that t 'Liberty Boys,' of whom we have heard so much." redcoats were within half a mile of the cabin and comi "I guess the re is no doubt about that. I don't believe toward it, and then said: "I guess we will try the sa any other gang C

tere-, at lca"t. alter which paused and listened. for the nmrpose of trying io locate the fugitives by the noise they 111i:ht make in running. 1 They could not hear a sound, howcYCr. The "Liberty wc>rc too smart for their e:ncmies; they had gotten 1quite a ways ahead and were now making a half circuit; nmd. 'rould soon be behind the redcoats. They succecdccl in doing this, and were not long in getting back 1.o the cabin. Having full confidence in his touts, Dick and his Boys" agaiu lay duwn and p were >'Oon asleep; nor were they disturbed again that night. t 'L'he fact of the matter was that this attack disconcerted

"All right, major; I will leave the management of the 1 The woman nodded vigorously. "Yes, sir, I am," s affair to you and I hope tha you will succeed better than replied; "me an' my old man are both loyal to the king. you have so far." I "I'm glad to hear that. How about the neighbors? A 'I will do my best, and if I fail it will be through no many of them loyal like yourself?" fault of mine." 'l'he woman shook her head. W;'lfot very many uv 'e "I am sure of that; and I will say that while the recent aroun' here," was the reply; most uv 'em air rebels u exped:ition resulted disastrously, I do not think it was the wo:rSt kind." through mismanagement or fault of yours." "Humph! I understood that there were quite a good "'l'hank! you; no, sir, I will say that I do not think any many rebels in this part of the country." one would have been able to do any better than I did "Yas, thar's lots uv 'em." The major saluted and took his departure from head"Well, I wish to ask you: Have you seen a party 0 quarters. He went to ,Vork at once and selected one hunyoung men, about one hundred in number, around her dred men whom he knew to be as brave as lions, and when this morning?" this was done he told them what he doing. The woman shook her head. "No, I hain't seen no sech "We are going to make another attempt to kill or scatparty uv men," she replied ter that band of 'Liberty Boys,' be said; "I am going to The major was disappointed. "Well, good morning," he take only one hundred men-which is the same number as said, after a moment of irresolution. is in the band of rebels we are going after-and I think we "Good mornin'." will be able to do better than when we had so rriany men. The officer went back out to the road and reported that We can move much more rapidly and with speed and ease, he had been unable to secure any information. "'l'h and we will search for the enemy in the daytime and keep a double line of sentinels on guard at night. I believe we will be able to make a success of it. What do you think?" The men said they so: They were willing to make the attempt, at any rate, and soon the party set out. woman has seen nothing of the 'Liberty Boys,' he said. "What will we do, major?" asked the under-officer "I suppose that we shall just have to keep on looking for the scoundrels." "Here comes the woman; perhaps she is about to give us some information, after all." H marched to the place where the Morgan house had stood, and where was now a scene of desolation. The redcoats The woman had left the house and was approaching the paused here for a few minutes to take a look at the ruins gate. and then moved onward, up the road. "l'll tell ye sumthin'," she said as she reached the gate, "We will stop at the first house and ask if they have "ha'f er mile up ther road lives Simon Kent's folks. They seen anything of the 'Liberty Boys,'" said Major Marsh "If the people happen to be Whigs they would not tell us, even if they knew where" the rebel band was," said an under-officer. is true," was the reply; "they may be loyal people, air ther wust rebels in these parts, an' thar hain't no doubt thet they c'u'd giv' ye informashun ef they wanted ter. I think thet ef ye'll keep watch uv theer place you'll see \ ther rebel band ye air lookin' fur afore very long." "Thank you," said the major; "we will act upon your suggestion however, and if such is the case and they have seen anything of the band of 'Liberty Boys,' they will tell us." 'l'hen the party moved on up the road, and ten minutes "True; fhope they will prove to be loyal people." later came to the house in question. The major entered Half a mile farther on they came to a farmhouse. Here the yard and approached the front door of 'the house. He they halted and Major Marsh entered the yard and adknocked, and the door was opened by a girl of perhaps sev vanced to the front door. He knocked, and a few moments enteen years She was a pretty girl, but looked somewhat later the door was opened by a tall, sallow-faced woman, frightened when she saw the major and his men. The dowdily dressed and with frowsy hair. officer doffed his hat and bowed, however, and smiled in his "Good morning, my good woman!" said the major. "I most engaging manner. wish to ask you a few questions." "I beg your pardon, miss," he said; "but will you kindly "All right, sir," was the reply; "I'll answer 'em ef I tell me if you have seen anything of a party of men any kin." where around lrnre this morning?" "Very well First, then, are you loyal to the king?" 'fbe girl shook her head. "No, sir; I have seen nobody


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. 211 e you and your men," was the reply, in a voice whicb ward till she cam e i n ig ht o f the party. \Yhen it s topped nbled slightly in spite of her to control it. she was not y ard s distant, and she wat c hed You are sure?" the major eyed the girl searchingly. proceedings with inte re s t. he :flushed. "Surely you do not think I would-would When the s ix m e n sep ar a ted from the re s t and s neaked what was not .true, sir?" There was anger in the away through the timber the girl nodded her head. "1 !, this time Oh, no," the major hastened to say; "I just thought ssible that you might have forgotten, that is all." That would be impossible, sir. Do you think that if su s pected they would b e up to some trick or other," she murmured, und e r h e r breath; "well, I will just see where tho s e men are goin g, and what they are going to do." The girl follow e d th e s ix and k ept the m in sight, and e one was to come along an hour hence and ask me if when th e y paused j u s t w ithin th e edge of the timb e r, back id seen a party of soldiers this morning, that I would of the stable, s he was not far distant, but concealed behind forgotten in that short time that you were here?" a tree. She \rnt c h e d t h e redcoats closely, and presen.tly No, I suppose not." saw them s teal forwa:i:d and approach the stable. Certainly not; and I have seen no other party of men "What are they g oing to do, I wond er?" .the girl asked morning." herself. "Are the y going to s t e al our hor8es ?" Very well, miss; I beg your pardon, if I have said any'rhere was a window at the rear or the stable, and the 1g that did not please you." redcoats crawl e d through this and disappeared from the 'he girl bowed coldly, and the major went out to the girl's view. She l eft h e r hiding place, and, stealing for-! and rejoined his men. ward to the stable, p e er e d through between two boards eThat girl is a rebel, I'll wager," he said; "she is smart The redcoats were climbing up into the haymow. In whip. and a bit saucy." fact, four of them were already there and the other two Has she seen any of the 'Liberty Boys,' major?" quickly disappear e d through the opening in the floor of the iJ"She said not." Do you believe her?" [ hardly know. She seemed to be telling the truth." haymow. "Now, I wond e r what that means?" the girl asked her self. have the y climbed up into the haymow ?,., Y"et she may not have been." The n the thought ca m e to h e r that the men had secured / ou are right; well, I'll tell you what I think of doing: thi s position in ord e r to keep watch of the hou se. rrl leave half a dozen of you boys near here and you "That's it!" she s aid to herself. "That Britis h office:r keep watch of this house. Then, if you see the 'Liberty asked if I had see n an y large party of men around here, \' you can s end me word and I will come back and them a fight." t h e party moved on up the road and was soon out of t of the house. When perhaps a quarter of a mile e mt the party came to a stop and the major named six and seemed to doubt m y word whe n I told him that I had not. He bas si;nt these m e n h e re to kee p wat c h a nd if the party be >i'as looking for s hould come, the s pies would go and report the fa ct." The girl stol e away fr o m the stable, and ente r ing the and ins tructed them to slip around to the rear of the timber mad e h e r way b y a circ uitous rout e to t h e front of t farmhouse and secrete themselves and keep watch for th e hou se. Entering, s he addressed a woman who was at "Liberty Boys." work in the kitchen. wi.11 continue on up the road in this direction, a mile "Mother," the g irl s aid "there are six redcoat s c on c ealed 1, and then we will make a circuit and come back and in our haymow!" e you," he said; "and if the 'Liberty Boys should show The woman starte d and almost dropped a di s h that she ioner, send word to me." t ie men said they would, and started to do as instructed. e went up a circuitou s route, through the timber, and oon in the timber back of the K ent home. They osed that their mov e ments had not bee n seen by any but in this they were mistaken. As soon as the party had left the place and moved on up the road rrl had hastened through the house and out at the door, and entering the timber she bad hastened forwas washing. "What i s that you s ay, Mamie?" s he ex claimed. "Six r e dcoats in our haymow!" "Yes, mother." "How do you know?" "I saw them ente r the s table." "You saw th e m enter the s table?" "Yes." "When?" "Just now; I hav e jus t come from there."


2 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ''Oh, how did you happen to see them?" '' 1 .followed the main i.orce that was here a little while ago, mother; I suspected that they might try some kind of a trick; and I saw the six men lea,e the main force and start back this way, through the timber. I followed them, and saw them enter our stable." '"Well, well!'' "I crept 11p close and looked through a crack and saw them c1imbin,g up into the haymow." Mamie! You arc Yenturesome !" the girl's mother exclaimed. "I "oulJ. not ha1e let you follow the i:erlcoats if 1 had known where you were going." "I knew that, mother; that i5 the reason I slipped away," a smile. 'You should, not liaYe done it." "But I'm glad I did, now; aren't you?" "Yes, I'm glad, now." "Yes, indeed; what if those redcoats were there and :we did not know it. We might have .gotten into trouble." So we might; but what shall we do? Why are they there, do you think?" ''Well, you see, mother, that officer asked if I had seen ii I bope so. Is he coming to the house?" "Yes; he's almost to the door." The girl hastened to the front door and greeted Ge )fartin cordially. "I'm glad to you, George," she 1 frankly; "I wish to ask you if you know where the 'Lib Boys' are?" "Yes, I know where are," he replied. "Why! Then Mamie told him about the six redcoats who in the haymow of the stable. "I thought the 'Lib Boys' might come and capture them," she added, in clusion. "And that is just what they will do, Mamie!" Ge< exclaimed. "And they will go after the main bod. redcoats, too. You say it went on toward the north?' "Yes; but it will come back this way again, likely.' "I have no doubt that vou are riO'ht well "OU .J .. just rest easy. I will go at once to where the 'Li Boys' arc, and tell Dick Slater about this, and they be back here in less than no time." "Where are they, George ? You know we are pat so need not be afraid to tell us. "You know the old cabin over on the bank of the ,a body of men, and I have no doubt he had reference to young men, the 'Liberty Boys,' who struck the British tawba-where we camped out when we went on the .fi excursion last summer, Mamie?" such severe bl9ws yesterday afternoon and last night." ''Of course, that is who the British are looking.for." ''And tliey have in some way learned that we are patriots, ancl the offic. er detailed these men to watch our house, thinking that the 'Liberty J)oys' will come here." ''Likely you are right." ''lam sure of it. 11Iy I wish I knew where the 'Liberty Doys' are; I would go and tell them about the six redcoats \rho are in our haymow, and they could come and capture tllem." "1 1vish you knew; I shall feel uneasy as long as those men are there. When your father comes in from the field at noon he will go up into the hay.mow to put down hay for the horses, and I am afraid he may get into trouble with ll1e redcoats and even lose his life-for he hates the sight of a redcoat, and may talk to them in such a fashion as to ahgcr them." Mamie looked sober. "True," she replied; and then a Ii ttle cry of delight escaped her as she glanced out through front door. .. What is it, 1\Iamie ?" There comes George 1\Iartin He may know where the 'Liberty Boys' are; and, if so, I may be able to get him to take the news of the presence here of the redcoats to Dick Slater." "Yes. "Well, 1.hat is the place where the 'Liberty Boys' "..ind where are Mrs. Morgan .and Lottie?" "They are there." "Tlrnt isn't so very far from here." o; only a little more than a mile." "Well, hurry, George, and go and tell Dick Slater the redcoats are here," said Mrs. Kent; "I a:m afraid they may kill Mr. Kent when he comes home frnm in the eld." "All right; I will hurry, l\Irs. Kent. We will be here in an hour or so and will make those redcoats they bad stayed out of your hayloft." George bade them good-by, and hastened away. H careful to go back to the road in such a way as to kee house between himself and the stable so as to kee redcoats from seeing him if possible. There was t' on the opposite side of the road and he entered this t' breathing a sigh of. relief as he did so. "There; now the redcoats can't see me," he sai himself; "and I will not let any grass grow unde feet while I am on my way to 1.he" Ile hastened onward, through the timber, and minutes later was at the cabin.


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. 23 "Hello, George!" greeted Dick Slater. "What is the retlcoats were playing cards, and had no suspicion that they were in clanger. "I know where there are some redcoats, Dick!" the Dick climbing the ladder, the others following tUth exclaimed, eagerly. as closely as was possible, and five of the youths had got t" You c1o ?" with an air of interest. The olher "Liberty np into the loft before the British soldiers became aware ys" listened eagerly also. "' y c,.'' ''Where are they ?" "In a haymow at the home of Mr. Kent." of their presence so busily engaged were they in p!aying cards and looking out through cracks in the siclc of the loft towarcl the house. 'rhe redcoats had supposccl that their presence in the ,c "\Yhb is ilir. Kent?" asked Dick. haymow was not known, and were taken by surprise when ) "He is one of our neighbors, and a strong patriot," said the "Liberty Boys" suddenly appeared. They showed fight, rs. Uorgan, wl10, with Lottie, had come out of the cabin but ''hen two had gone down the rest surrcnderetl. b.en George put in an appea:Pance. "Ilow far docs he live froi:n here?" "Only about a mile," repliecl George. "How many redcoats are there in the haymow, and what 'e they doing there?" _George hastened to explain. "So they are watching for us, eh?" remarked Dick I\ ell, I guess we shall have to let tkem see us-but we }ln't let them see us until after we are ready for them to so. That will be when are climbing up into the ymow and calling on them to surrender." "That is the talk, Dick!" cried Bob Estabrook. "And a en, when we have captured those fellows we will go after 0 main gang "We will remain in tl1e vicinity of the Kent home and it for them to put in an appearance," said Dick; "and en we can go :for them rough-shod." l "Yes, that will be all right," agreed ::\lark :\Iorrison "7hen shall we start?" CIIAPTEH VIII. LIVELY TBI'.ES. The redcoats hlld seen that the stable was full of youths, and realized t1iat it would be impossible for them to escape, hence their giving up so easily. "Well, my friends, we rather took you by surprise that time, dic1n"t we?" remarked Dick. "Yes," growled one af the prisoners, "but our comrades will--" Ile caught himself as one of the others gave him a warn ing kick. Dick noiccl this and laughed. "Never mind," be said, "we know all about your comrades, and bow they have gone farther north in search of us. You cant give us any infol'mation we do not already possess." The redcoats looked at one another in dismay. "Who tolcl you about it?" one asked "At the quicker, the better. We must get there ll capture the redcoats before :Mr. Kent comes from the Id, as they might, as :Mrs. Kent fears, kiil him. Then, "No matter; we know what is going on in this vicinity, we must get through with them before the main force you may be &ure; and when your comrades come back this back." e 'True." I ick gave the order for the youths to get ready, and they }antly began making preparations. It took them but ew minutes, and then, leaving George Martin and three the "Liberty Boys" behind to look after the safety of }!organ and Lottie, the others set out 1 It did not take them long to reach the vicinity of the nt borne. 'J.1hey approached the stable from the rear, 1 like the redcoats, climbed in through the rear window. ey were careful to make as little noise as possibk, and leed they ma e scarcely any noise at all. As they ap mche.d the ladder leading to the loft the faint murmur way we arc going to go for them rough shod Dick ancl his comrades now bound the legs of the pris oners as well as their arms, and gagged the fellows. "You sec, we don't want you to be in a position to give warning to your comrades when they come back this way," said Dick. Then, leaving the six men lying in the loft, the ''Liberty Boys" went down t]:ie ladder and out of the stable l\'Irs. Kent and Mamie came out to greet the youths "Have you captured them?'' asked Kent anxiously "Yes, madam," replied Dick; "they arc bound, hand and foot and gagged, and we are now going to lay in wait for the main party of redcoats;, and when they come we voices came to their ears, and it was evident that the will give them a warm reception


24. TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. "You will have to be very careful," said Mamie; "there who had been left at the cabin, made a tour in the vicini are a hundred of them at the very least." of the cabin, keeping his eyes open for redcoats, and to h "We will be careful," replied Dick. Then lw sent out surprise and consternation he saw the entire body of : to keep watch for the return of the party of British. least one hundred British soldiers coming through tl The youths remained at the home of the Kents till timber. noon, and when Mr. Kent came in from bis work he.was "Great guns!" exclaimed Sam to himself, "there com surprised. He was delighted when he learned that six ihe entire gang! Dick and the boys have missed the redcoat s had been captured in his hayloft. in some manner, and the chances are that the scoundr "It was lucky for me-and possibly for some of them-will discover the cabin I must get back and warn t that you captured them," he said, quietly, "for had I come 1est." home and found them up there when I went to throw down He hastened back toward the cabin, but one of the r some hay for my horses, there would have been a fight." coats, sharper eyed than his companions, caught sight "It would have resulted in your death, likely," said Dick. the youth and called the attention of the rest to him. "Perhaps so." They at once set out in chase and pursued Sam with Mrs. Kent and l\famie had been busy for an hour past their might. were unable to gain on him, howev and had cooked enough for the "Liberty Boys," who were and were so far away as to make it a matter of do invited to remain and dinner there. Dick consented, whether or not the muskets would carry that distan and they ate dinner. When they saw they could not gain on the fugitive, ho They had just finished when the sound of musket shots 0 ver, they discharged a number of the muskets, in came to their hearing. It came from the direction of the hope that they might bring the fugitive down. cabin on the bank of the river, and the youths became It was this firing that was heard by Dick and his "Li alarmed at once. erty Boys." Sam was not hit and ran faster than ev "Can it be that the redcoats have discovered the cabin?", '''l'here is no use talking," he said to himself, "we w, .cried Dick. have to get away from the cabin in a hurry. But wh ''The firing came from there, I am sure!" said Bob will 1rn go? The redcoats will catch us sure, for Estabrook. women folks can't run very fast." "Let us hasten back there and see what is going on!" cried Tom llforgan, who was anxious regarding the safety of his mother and sister. "Very well," said Dick, who was himself somewhat anx ious; and he gave the order for the "Liberty Boys" to 'Illove. They obeyed and were soon hastening in the direc tion of the old cabin. Let us see what had taken place at the cabin. .As we know, George Martin and three of the "Liberty Boys" had remained at the cabin to look after the safety of Mrs. Mor gan and Lottie. George and Lottie went away for a short walk, but did not stay away long, for they feared there filight be danger if they did so as some of the redcoats might be nosing around in the timber. Two hours passed and they wondered if their comrades had captured the 1edcoats in the haymow at the Kent home. They had not heard the sound of firearms, but that did not prove any thing, as might not have to fire any in capturing only six men. About eleven o'clock Mrs. Morgan and Lottie got dinner, and all sat down and ate. By twelve o'clock they had finished and the women folks had :washed the dishes. Sam Sanderson, who happened to be one of the "Liberty Boys" Then a thought struck him: "The boat!" he thoug "it will hold four, and brn can go with Mrs. Morgan Lottie, and two of us will tay on this side and take chances of esca1)ing from the redcoats. If the four get across the river without being killed by the redco, J bullets they will be safe, for the river is a barrier that 1 stop the enemy." When Sam reached the cabin he found that the th youths and the woman and girl bad been alarmed by i firing, and were ready for flight. George Martin e thought of the boat, and they were down beside it, ready get in, when Sam put in an appearance. "Into the boat and away as quickly as possible!" c1 Sam. "George, you and Dave go with the ladies, w Frank and I will take our chances on this side. Haste Sam assisted the ladies to enter the boat and George r Dave leaped in and seized the paddles. Sam pushed boat off and telling the two youths to paddle with all might, turned to Frank and said: "Come, old man, 1 ; must get out of this in a hurry!" The two leaped away, running along the bank river, and going in the opposite direction from the 1 1 the redcoats would come from. They had gone but a sl


' THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. ;; i stance, howeYer, before they received proof that the ing been seriously wounded were enabled to gradually draw nemy was close at hand. There was the crack! crack! away from their pursuers. The redcoats kept up the chase, i ck! of muskets, and the bullets flew all around the fugibut soon realized that they did not stand much chance of 11res. catching the fugitives. f 'Their good fortune stayed by them, and although slightly 'rhey kept on firing shots from pistols and yelling t<>' t\unded neither was disabled so as to impede their flight. the youths to stop and surrender, but they might as well iey sheltered themselves as well as they could by keeping m1ind trees and ran with all their might. eA part of the British force came after them, while the portion ran down to the river bank and began firing tthe occupants of the boat. ''You cowardly scoundrels! d?n't you see there are ladies rethis boat?" called out George Martin, angrily. "What t : you, anyway-barbarians and fiends?" have saved their lead and breath for the youths did not stop. Indeed, they seemed to increase their speed and dre\\ away from the redcoats more rapidly, but this was because the pursuers, not being used to such violent exercise, were becoming tired and their speed was slackening. At last the fugitives disappeared from sight and the redcoats stopped and turned back. They rejoined the other part of the force at the cabin and then each section of the 'Stop the boat and come back, then!" cried the leader force condoled with the other on their non-success in cap :the redcoats. "If you don't we shall keep on firing, turing the fugitives. While they were talking one of their evl if we hurt the women it will be your fault, not ours!" scouts came running up. George and his companion kept on paddling for dear "The 'Liberty Boys' are coming!" he cried. "The 'Libn1. They felt that they would rather take the chances erty Boys' are coming!" 1 0n to come back and surrender; and Mrs. Morgan and "Where are they?" cried Maj or Marsh, eagerly. i;tie encouraged them to keep on going. "A quarter of mile away, in the timber." 1N ever mind us," said Mrs. Morgan; "let them keep "rs it the entire force?" if they like We would rather be shot than to "Yes--one hundred strong, at least!" evtender and become their prisoners wy es, indeed said Lottie. the youths kept at it and succeeded in getting out of before any of their number were wounded. They not breathe freely, however, until they had reached "the glher bank of the river and had disembarked. "Did they see you?" "l don't know; ordinarily I should say that they did not; but those 'Liberty Boys' have sharp eyes, and I would not Vke to say positively that they didn't see me." "Well, if they are coming this way they will soon be here, so we had better get ready for a fight." 31ien George Martin shook his fist at the redcoats, de> The major gave orders, ancl his men took up the best e rge shook his head "Not unless they are willing to 1 tl,,, he replied. "There is no ford, nor any boats any an, e near he r e." terms, as we have about equal number of men." "We will have the advantage of them, Dick," said Bob Estabrook. "We are more skilled in woodcraft than they, and can protect ourselves from injury better than they can." "That is true; and I am glacl of it, for I don't want to lose any of you boys, if I can help it. We have been to gether a long time, and have been :remarkably fortunate, !anwhile how was it faring with Sam Sanderson and and I hope our good fortune will continue." of k Ferris? They were splendid runners, and not hav " I," said Bob. "Well, what is the programme?" e sl


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. 'We will advance slowly and cautiously, protecting our-: Lo take fifty men and go around and make an attack fr selves behind trees, and when we get close enough we will the rear. engage the redcoats in battle and will try and teach them Bob selected his men and the fifty were soon steali .a few tricks about the Indian mode of wariarc which they away. So skilled were they that the redcoats did not have not yet learned." tcct what was going on, .and the first they knew of wh The order was given and the party adrnnccd. The had taken place was when i.he youthti opened fire on the youths moved slowly, and protected themseln3s behind from nearly behind them. the tree. They could be reckless enough when there was The redcoats were taken entirely by surpri>;e, and befo need and they could be cautious when there ihcy could make up their minds what to do a dozen was occasion for it. least of their men had been killed. In this instance there was need of it. The redcoats Fee1ing that it would be folly to try to contend with t were securely disposed, as we have seen, and had the "Lib-"Liberty Ba.ys" in a style warfare with which they w erty Boys" advanced openly they would have suffeted the not familiar, the redcoats were ready to get away; a loss of many men. As it was they were reasonably safe, when :Thfojor Marsh gave the command to retreat, t though the redcoats, catching occasional glimpses of the were prmn11I: to obey. They ran with all possible sp youths, began firing. They were not expert marksmen, as and a number were shot down Lefore they could get out were the "Liberty Boys," however, and although one or range. two of the youths were wounded, none were killed or even 'Oh, come back and fight!" called out Dick. seriously injured. wouldn't have believed that soldiers of the king could When within about fifty yards of the cabin the "Liberty 1mch cowards!" Boys" came to a stop, and began keeping a sharp lookout 'rl1e taunt. angered them, but the Briti h did not co for the redcoats. Every once in a while they would catch hack. They knew it would not be healthy for them to a glimpse of one of the members of the opposing force and so; so they kept right on going. two or three muskets would speak, usually with bad results A sudden thought came to Major Marsh. He rem for the venturesome redcoat. bered that he had left six men on guard over the It did not take Major Marsh long to learn that in this farmhouse, and he decided that he would return to t mode of warfare his men were not the equals of the "Libplace and burn the house, out of spite, so h3 gave the or erty Boys,'' and he began trying to think up some other and the force set out in that direction. plan. Ile thought of making a charge, but reflected that They reached the farmhouse after a walk of fifteen they would be exposed to volleys from the weapon s of the ntes, and gave Mrs. Kent and Mamie a great scare, enemy, and knowing the youths were dead shots he did tbey were not expecting to see the redcoats. not care to expose his men to almost sure death. "Ont of the house if you don't wish to be burned He hardly knew what to do. This was not turning out 'roman!" cried 11Iajor Marsh, who 11as now in an the way he had expected, at all. Ile had hoped the "Libmood. "We are going to burn the hou e down!" crty Boys" would walk blindly up and permit themselves 'Oh, sir, please do not do that!" pleaded the womaJ to be shot down, but they were so unaccommodating as to "It will do no good to plead. Come out of the h not do anything of the kinu, and now the British comai once!" mander was puzzled and did not know what action to take. "\\e had better obey, mother," said Mamie; ''hem :J.1eanwhile Dick had sized up the situation. Ile realto burn the house, I am sure." ize could have done that he was work of those 'Liberty Boys'!" he grated, striding t


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "TRATH. stable "Oh, how I would like to get a good chance at It was a short, fierce encounter. The "Liberty gang!" 1 bad all the best of it. They were terrors in a band-to-be six soldiers had been freed from their bonds by the hand fight like this, as the redcoats quickly found, and the major reached the stable, and came down and out. presently when the men saw their commander go down, What does this mean? How came you to be prisoners under a blow over the head from a musket butt, they took he hayloft of the stable?" the officer cried. Tefuge in flight. We were surprised and captured by the 'Liberty Boys.' Dick and the youths pursued the fleeing enemy a short the reply. distance and then stopped and came back. They took a I suspected as much. Were they all here?'' s1uvey of the battlefield. They counted :fifty-four bodies Yes, the whole gang." of the redcoats, and out of these about forty were dead, the Humph! It is as I suspected; these people are rebels, others being clown, senseless as a result of blows from the 11 am going to make an example of them. Come, men, butts of the muskets. we will burn the house down!" ... I "1 h f ajor ars was one o the first of these to regain con-e led the way back to the house and ordered some of sciousness, and when he rose to a sitting posture and look nen to pile some brush against the side of the kitchen n this had been done he ordered that the brush be n fire. .Just as one of the men got down on his knees began trying to start the fire with a flint and steel, eoi came the cry, in a clear, ringing Yoice: 1 Mrs Kent and Mamie-get out of the way we will give the redcoats a volley! Run-run out to !'' K or CHAPTER IX. THE REDCOATS AGAI:N" "'ORSTED. e reclcoats whirled and looked behind them-to see !cl Liberty Boys" standing in the vicinity of the stable l 1leveled muskets in their hands ed about him, a groan escaped his lips.' "\\ell, major, what do you think about it now?" a,;ked Dick, quietly. The major .felt of bis head and groaned again, and fhen said: "I have nothing to say-save that I think you fellows are demons! I. dont think you can be killed!" "Oh, we are the same as yourself, major; but we are careful not to expose ourselves, that is all. We prefer to kill the enemy to letting the enemy kill us." "YVell, you certainly make a rnccess of what you try to do "We try to do so," with a modest tone and air. "What are you going to do with me?" the major asked. DiC'k was silent a few moments, during which time he glanced around over the se:ene and then he looked again at the officer and said: "I'll tell you what I will do, major: s. Kent and :Mamie had presence of mind sufficient I don't wish to take any prisoners. They would be in my naey the instructions given therri. by Dick Slater, and way I don't wish to have the care of them I think that hran out to one side as quickly as possible. I shall let you go free; all that I shall require is that you instant they were out of range, crash roar! went will bury your dead and get your wounded away from here m., a hundred muskets and a score of the redcoats went at, the earliest possible moment." Then on the air rose the ringing command by "I shall be only too glad to accept your proposition," Jslater: "Charge, 'Liberty Boys'! Charge, and fire was the reply. Some of the redcoats had come to, by this Y 1 go I" ys'. youths obeyed, and dashed .fonrnrd with loud and f01g cheers, giving utterance to their battle-cry of with the king! Long liYe Liberty!" T fired two volleys from their pistols as they came, time, and the major ordered one to go to Camden a111d bring a couple of ambulances. Dick told him to get a horse out of the stable, as he could make a much quicker trip, and he obeyed and soon dashed away in the direction of Camden. e iJie redcoats were so demoralized that, although they He was back again an hour a half later, and during cl !'1 volley, their bullets did no damage to peak of, and the intenal the major and such of his men as were able to oixt instant the "Liberty :)3oys" were among them, work, and assisted to some extent by the "Liberty Boys," ; right and left, and laying about them with buried their dead comrades. the wounded men uskets clubbed-which were most effective weapons v.ere placed in the wagons and the redcoats took their dee quarters. parture.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. "Well, what do you think about it, Dick-will they have another try at u do you suppose?" "I hardly know, Bob. If they do we will try and make it interesting for them." Bob grinned. "We have certainly succeeded in doing so, so far,'' he said; "we ha ,.e gone for them rough-shod, and have done them a lot of damage." "Yes, but the probabilities are that the majority of th are militiamen," said Major Marsh; "and in that c the number does not mean so much as it might." "You are right about that," said the messenger; "m than two-thirds of Gates' force are militiamen "While our men are all veterans, trained fighters," s Cornwallis, "it is good We shall be able to give Gat warm reception, without a doubt." When Major Marsh and his men arrived at Camden The fact that the patriot army was coming, tu there was great excitement. The entire garrison was agog General Cornwallis' attention away from the "Lib with interest and wonder. What sort of ;fellows were those Boys," however, and he dismissed Major Marsh with 'Liberty Boys"? was the question they asked themselves. s tatement that for the present he would not do anyth The youths certainly seemed to be invincible, and the Brit-in the way of trying to get at the daring band of youths ish hardly knew what to think. "This other business is of more importance," he s Of course, the major went at once to headquarters and "and I shall have to consult with Lord Rawdon and reported to General Cornwallis, who paced the floor like in readiness to give battle to the rebels." It caged tiger and uttered exclamations of anger. "Well, well! This beats anything I ever heard of!" the .general cried when the major had finished. "It seems that those 'Liberty Boys' are invincibl e." "So it does," was the disconsolate r e ply; "at any rate, I 'freely acknowledge that I am not equal to the task of capturing them or driving them out of the country." "Nevertheless it must be done!" cried Cornwallis. "It -will never do to have it said that a band of one hundred youngsters was able to s uccessfully defy the e ntire British army of the South!" "'l.'hat would be rather a bitter pill to have to swallow," .the major agreed. "Yes; and I do not intend to swallow it. I am going to capture Dick Slater and those 'Liberty Boys,; or drive them out of the country, even if I have to take the field against them in person!" But the general did not do so. Something came up to :att ract his attention in another direction. While he and the major were talking a messenger came and entered the room where ihey were. He had come from X orth Carolina, away beyond the Great Pedee, and brought the news that General Gates and a large force of patriots was coming southward with the avowed intention of giving battle to the British army at Camden. He sent for Lord Rawdon at once and also for the o officers of his staff, and they held a council of war. T discussed the matter from all standpoints, and finally cided upon a plan of action. As soon as the redcoats under Major Marsh had departure, with their wounded comrades in the bulances, Dick sent a couple of the "Liberty Boys" Tom Morgan to the cabin on the river bank to let Ge Martin and his comrade and l\Irs. Morgan and Lottie it would be safe to come back across the river. When they appeared and waYed their hats, George Dave saw them and the four got into the boat and r back across the river. "What has become of the redcoats?" asked George tin, eagerly, as they were getting out of the boat. ''We gave them the worst kind of a licking," said Morgan, "and what was left of them have gone ba Camden." "Hurrah! I'm glad of that!" "And so am I!" declared Lottie. "Goodness! I w could have been with you and helped fight the Britisl "We didn't need any smiled Tom. "We we them rough-shod, and they were the worst thrashed s fellows you ever heard of. We killed forty of thell1j "General Gates, you say?" remarked the general when wounded a number." 1 the messenger had finished. It was decided that Mrs. Morgan and Lottie shou "Yes, sir." "And how large a force has he, do you think?" "''About three thousand men." "So many as that?" "Yes." "Jove! that is a third more men than we have!" to the home of the Kents for the present, and the "L. Boys" would remain there on guard to keep the coat from doing any damage, and the little part out. It did not take long to reach the Kent Mrs. Morgan and Lottie were welcomed by Mrs. Ken I I


. 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' WRATH. 29 1 The "Liberty Boys" went into camp near by and Dick'. take part in one real battle help thrash the redcoats; cint out scouts so as to make sure that his men would not then I will be to come back home and settle down." a surprised; and he was careful to send them in every hection, as the enemy might try to approach from a iffcrcp.t direction from that in which they might be ex bcted to come The day passed by and night came, and no sign of red>ats had been seen. It was the same that night and the day, and Dick began tr! wonder why the British had )t made an attempt to get even with his "Liberty Boys" tr the severe manner in which they had handled the btrties that had been sent out. The next day he learned the reason A scout who had a me on in advance of the patriot army was encountered one of Dick's scouts at a point three miles north of r>te Kent home, and he told Dick's man that Gates and e patriot army would be along in about a day and a half. ie scout came in and told Dick, and he shrewdly sur 8ed that the British at Camden had learned that the triot army was coming, and that e reason they had tde no further effort against bis "Liberty Boys" was they were busy getting ready to offer the patriots i ltle rhe news that the patriot army was coming filled the ec kiberty Boys" with enthusiasm. 'X ow we will be all right," said Bob Estabrook; "as n as Gates gets here we will go in and give Cornwallis e c h a thrashing as he never had before!" '\Ye will go at once and join Gates' army," said Dick; e must be with him when the battle takes place." are right," agreed Bob, and all the other "Liberty rs" said t.hc same. When will you go, Dick?" asked Tom Morgan. cTo-morrow morning, Tom." And may I go with you?" "See that you do it, Tom!" "Do you think I would forget my promi e to you ?" with a look of reproach. if .rou love me like you say you do, Tom," "Well, you know I do that!" was the reply, and then 'l'om took the girl in his arms and hugged and kissed her. "There," he "now I guess you don't have any doubts regarding the matter, do you?'; "No," replied the girl, with a flushed face and happy look in her eyes. Tom went with the "Liberty Boys," and went through the unfortunate battle with the British without receiving a wound; and when the patriot army was split up and scat tered to the four winds, he made his way back to his home and went to work. "We got badly whipped," be said to Mamie, in a sor rowful tone, "but I did the best I could, and am confident that I killed a sufficient number of the redcoats to settle the score which I had against them." The "Liberty Boys" fought desperately in the battle of Camden, but could not turn the tide of battle, and when the affair was ended they rode away in search of other chances for "Going for the Redcoats Rough-Shod." THE END. rrhe next number ( 67) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE; OR, THE HARDEST STRUGGLE OF ALL," Why, certainly, if you wish,' Tom. by Harry 1\foore. ww ell, I do wish to go. I am not yet satisfied. I want 11.ay the account with tlfe British. for the part they took n.,rnsing the death of my father. sWell, I shall be glad to have go with us, and I no doubt that you will be able to even up matters with British before we get through with the affair." urhat will suit me, first-rate." 1e told his mother and sister that he '\\as going to go SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any te Dick and the "Liberty Boys" and then called Mamie newsdealer, send t.he price in money or postage stamps by \who was his sweetheart, and told her the same. She mail to TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 U:NION eested at first, but finally gave in on Tom's nhe woul d come back as soon as the battle was over. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies )h, I'll do that, Mamie," he said; "I only want to you order by return mail.


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r I UON'.l'AlNS ALL SORTS OF s.roRIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'l'E. 32 PAGES. BEA.UTIFULL' COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CENTS. LATEST ISSUES: 154 The Drunkard's Warning; or, The Fruits of the Wine Cup, by Juo. B. Dowd. 155 The Black Diver; or, Dick Sherman' in the Gulf, by Allan Arnold. 156 The Haunted Belfry; or, The Mystery of the Old Church Tower, by Howard Austin. 157 The House with Three Windows, by Richard R. Mont gomery. 158 Three Old Men of the Sea; or, The Boys of Grey Rock Beach, by Captain Thos. H. Wilson. :1'59 3,000 Years Old; or, The Lost Gold Mine of the Hatchepee Hills, by Allyn Draper. 160 Lost in the Ice, by Howard Austin. 177 Jack Hawthorne, of No Man's Land; or, An Uncrown King, by "Noname." 178 Gun-boat Dick; or, Death Before Dishonor, by Jas. Merritt. 179 A .Wizard of Wall Street; or, The Career of Henry Care Boy Banker, by H. K. Shackleford. 180 Fifty Riders iB Black; or, The Ravens of Raven Fore, by Howard Austin. 181 The Boy Rifle Rangers; or, Kit Carson's Three You1 Scouts, by An Old Scout 182 Where? or, Washed into an Unknown World, by name." 183 Fred Fearnaught, the Boy Commander; or, The Wolv of the Sea, by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson .161 The Yellow Diamond; or, Groping in the Dark, by Jas. 184 From Cowboy to Congressman; or, The Rise of a You C. Merritt. Ranchman, by H. K. Shackleford. 162 The Land of Gold: or, Yankee Jack's Adventures in Early Australia, by Richard R. Montgomery. 163 On the Plains with Buffalo Bill; or, Two Years in the Wild West, by An Old Scout. 1G4 165 The Cavern of Fire; or, The Thrilling Adventures of Professor Hardcastle and Jack Merton, by Allyn Draper. Water-Logged; or, Lost in the Sea of Grass, by Capt. Tbos. H. Wilson. 185 Sam Spark, the Brave Young Fireman; or, Always t First on Hand, by Ex-Fire Chief Warden. 186 The Poorest Boy in New York, and How He Became Ri by N. S. Woods, the Young American Actor. 187 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Hunting for a Sun Treasure, by "Noname." t88 J66 ;ack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Exploring Central 189 Al)ia in His Magnetic "Hurricane," by "Noname. j 167 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder, by Richard R. 190 On Time; or, The Young Engineer Rivals. An Story of Railroading in the Northwest, by .Jas. C. Mer Red Jacket; or, The Boys of the Farm-House Fort, by Old Scout. His First Glass of Wine; or, Temptations of City Life. Montgomery. True Temperance Story, by Jno. B. Dowd. 168 The Boy Canoeist; Jas. C. Merritt. or, Over 1,000 Miles in a Canoe, by 191 The Coral City; or, The Wonderful Cruise of the Y 169 Captain Kidd, Jr.; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long Island. by Allan Arnold. 170 The Red Leather Bag. A Weird Story of Land and Sea, by Howard Austin. 171 "The Lone Star"; or, The Masked Riders of Texas, by Allyn Draper. 172 A New York Boy Out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa. by Jas. C. Merritt. 173 Afloat With Captain Nemo; or, The Mystery of Whirlpool Island. by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. lH Two Boys Trip to an Unknown Planet, by Ric.hard Mont gomery. 175 The Two Diamon,ds; or, A Mystery of the South African Mines, by Howard Austin. 176 Joe, the Gymnast; or, Three Years Among the Japs, by Allan Arnold. Vesta, by Richard R. Montgomery. 192 Making a Million; or, A Smart Boy's Career in V\l Street, by H. K. Shackleford. 193 Jack Wright and His Electric Turtle; or, Chasing I Pirates of the Spanish Main, by "Noname." 194 Flyer Dave, the Boy Jockey; or, Riding the Winner, Allyn Draper. 195 The Twenty Gray Wolves; or, Fighting A Crafty Ki by Howard Austin. 196 The Palace of Gold: or, The Secret of a Lost Race, Richard R. Montgomery. 197 Jack Submarine Catamaran; or, The Phan Ship of the Yellow Sea, by "Noname." 198 A Monte Cristo at 18; or, From Slave to Avenger. Allyn Draper. 191l The Floating Gold Mine; or, Adrift in an Unknown By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. For safo hy all oi PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, b 24 Union Square, New IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. .POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAKEN 'J'HE SAME AS Mc:llil.EY . . . ................................................................. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: . . . 1901. copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................. PLUCK AND LUCK .............................. SECRET SERVICE ............................. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .................... Ten-Cent Hand Books, . . . . ........ Name ............ Street and No ................. Town .......... State ...


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By a prominent Stagt Manager. JO. GCS WILLIA}.IS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat1, anecdotes and funny of this world-renowned ana opulal'.' German comedian. Sixty-four pages: handsome cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. 6. BOW TO rEJEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Conta!nln,; ructions for coPstructing a winuo\\' garden either in town .rv, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful ome. '.l.'he most complete book of the kind ever pub-' BOW TO COOK.-One of tho most lnstrurtlve books ing ever pt1blished. It contains recipes for cooking meats, me and 03 st rs; also pies, pud4. HOW TO :\IAKEJ ELECTRICAL l'l!ACHINES.-Con full directions for making electrical machinPs, induction .,namos, and many novel toss to be .worked by electricity. R. BPnnett. Fully illustrated. 1. HOW TO DO ELECTR1CAI:. TRICKS.-Contalnmg a lection of inst ru-tive and high I.\ amusing electrical tricks, with illustrations. By. A. Anderson. ENTERT.AI ENT. TO A \ E .. TUILOQUIST. 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BOW TO BECOME A SCIE.'TIST.-A use stri.ctive book, giving complete treatise on chemistry; periment's in acoustJCS", mechanics, mathematics, che directions for making fireworks, colored fires and This bo.ok cannot be equaled 'o. 14. HOW TO l\IAKFJ complete han making nil kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, ete. No. 19. FRANK TOlTSEY'S CNI'.rED S1'A'l'ES DIST.Al TABLES, POCKET COMPANION official distances on all the railroads of the l'nited St&tu Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign portr, fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., ete., it one of the most <'Omplete and ban

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a fai thfu account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Ame, ica. : youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their five for the sake of helping along the gallant ca.use of Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading ma;tteJ bound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 T b e Liberty Boys of '76; or, Flgbtlng for Freedom. 2 Tbe Liberty Boys' Oatb ; or, Settling With the British and Tor ies. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington 4 The Liberty Boys on Iland; or, Always In the Right Place. 5 T h e Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's M inions G The Liberty Boys' Defiance: or, ".Catch and Hang Us if You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Iloys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Thelll'!!elves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Boys' Pluck; or, Undannted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from all Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. la The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled ; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 1 i The Llbe1ty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-o! -War. 18 The Liberty Boys' Cballenge; or, Patriots vs. Rede ate. 19 The Libe1ty Boys .rrapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "Wbat Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' l+'lne Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 2'.l The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The C losest Call or All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; o r Making It Warm tor t h e Redcoats. 21 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and Tortes. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching t h e Redcoats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In Phlladelphla. 2A T h e Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy wine. 29 The Libert y Boys' Wild Ride ; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 31) The Liberty Boys In a Fix ; or, Threatened by Reds a n d Whlte8. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater tor Rcve R3 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an P, emy R4 Tbe Liberty Roys Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That ur,. d 3:\ '.rbe Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the ,. 36 The Liberty Boye' Daring Work; or, Risking Life ,:\.ioort 37 The Liberty Iloys' Prize, and How They Won It. 38 The Liberty Roys' Plot; or, The Plan Tbat Won. 3!l The Liberty Iloys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything In SI 41) The Liberty Boys' F lush Times: or, Reveling in British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare; or, Almost Trapped. 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 43 '!'he Liberty Boys' Rig Day ; or, Doing Business by W holesale 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats a n d Tories 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slat 4G The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. H The Liberty Roys' Success; or, Do ing What They Set Out to : 48 The Liberty Boys' Settrnck: or, Defeated. But Not Disgraced. 49 The Llllerty Boys in Toryville: or. Dick Slater's Fearful RI 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Llbe1 t:l The Liberty Iloys' Triumph ; or, Beating the Redcoats at Tb Own G:ime. 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare; or. A Miss as Good as a Mile. 53 The Liberty Boye' Danger; o r Foes on All Sides. 54 The Liberty Boys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' or. Out-Generaling the Enemy. 56 The Liberty Boys' Warm Wotk; or, Showing the Redcoats How to Fight. 57 The Liberty Boys' P ush"; or, Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' De3perate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" Stony Point. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They DPalt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded: or, A Very Warm Time. 6 1 The Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going it B lind. 6 2 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, W ith "Light Horse Harry'' Paulus Hook. 6 3 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; o r Here, Ther e a n d Everywhere. 6 4 Tho LiberLy Boys "Lone Hand"; o r Fighting against Great Odds. 65 The L iberty Boye' Mascot; or, The Idol of the Company. 66 The Liberty Boys' \ V r aLh; or, Going t o r the Redcoats Roughshod. For sale by all newsdealers, or 8ent postpaid on ..-eceipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New orl IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libra ri e s and cannot pro cure them from n ew sd e al ers, they can be obtain e d from this offic e direct. Cut o and 1 in the following Ord e r Bl ank and send i t to u s w i t h t h e price of the book s y ou wan t a n d we will s end them to you by turn m a il. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAKEN 'l'HE SAME AS l\10NEY . . . . . . . . . .. .. . .. FRA N K T OUSEY, Publishe r 24 Union Sq ua re, New Yo rk. ......... .............. 1901. DEAR SmEnclosed find .... cents for which please send m e : ... copies o f W OR K AN D WIN, Nos ................................................. PLUCK AN D LUCK ............... ............................ S EC R E T SERVIC E .... ...................... ....... ... ....... THE LIBERTY BOY S OF '76, Nos .. ......................... ............ 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