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THE LIBERTY -I A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the Amerttan Revolution. I ssued Week i By Subscripiion $2.50 per 1fear. fi11terrd a Second Clas ;llallcr at the. New York Post Office, Fclfruary 4, 1901, by Fra"k Tousey. No. 67. NEW APRIIJ 11, 19021' .,;_, Price il Cents. ....... .... Just as the British Officer was going to put the noos e around Dick Slater's neck, there tame a. vol ley from the Liberty Boys' muskets, and the ofJ\cer r'ell dead. Dick away at full speed.


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekl y Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution I ssuea Wee1Gl11-B11 ubscription $2.50 per year. Enterea as Secona Class Matter at the New York N. Y., Post Offce, February 4, 1901. Entered accortUng to A.ct of Congress, in the year 1902, in the office of the Librarian of OongreJJs, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 67. _NEW YORK, APRIL 11, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. A TERRIBLE PONISHMENT. your way, Major Murdock-oh, no! Don't think that for ;i, moment. I have some important business to transact with you, and when I get through.I don't think you will be "Ah-ha! I have you now, Major Murdock-murderer iu a condit ion to go anywhere!" at you ar e !" This was said in such a tone as to almost freeze the "Hold, man! Don t fire!" blood in the veins of the British officer; there was no. "Oh, I won't; never you fear!" with a wild, blood-chilldoubt that the man was in deadly earnest, and there was a g laugh. "No, I won't fire unless you make it necessary fierce, almost wild light in his eyes which boded ill for r me to do so." "Who are you?" "Who am I?" "Yes." "I am an avenger!" "An avenger?" "Aye!" II "I don't know what that has to do with me." You don 't?" "No." "Well, I do-ha,_ ha, ha "Explain your meaning." 0 h, I'll explain, never fear "Do so, then." It was a strange, a thrilling scene. Two men stood in e middle of a road which wound through the timber like me huge snake. One of the men was a British officer-or the time was the summer of 1780-and he was a major, udgi:ng bis uniform. He was a dark-faced, wick man, one on whose face the marks of dissipation iad set their seal. the man with the uniform on. "What do you mean?" asked the other, bis voice almosttrembling, strong man though he was. "What do I mean?" "Yes." "You really wish to know ? "Either tell me what you mean, and what you intend doing, or let me go on my way. Don't keep me standing here." "Very well; I will tell you. First, let me recall some thing to your mind." "Go ahead." "One month ago to-day, Major Murdo ck, you were in c o mmand of a party of redcoats which came over across the Catawba River from Camden, and foraged and pillaged among the patriot people of this vicinity. Is this not so?'._" "I won't say whether it is or not," was the sullen reply; "you are telling the story, go on and tell it." "All right!" almost fiercely, "I will do so. Among the patriot homes visited by your party was that of a man named James Sherlock." The other man was dre s sed roughly, after the fashion The man paused and the officer said: "I don't know f the settlers of the South, and in his hands was a long, whether that was the name of the owner of one of the angerous-looking rifle which was leveled full at the British homes visited or not." 1 fficer. The place of strange meeting was in north"Ah-ha you acknowledge that you were in command of E:ntral South Carolina, about three miles wes t of Winnsthe party in question!" the other exclaimed. "I knew it, oro, and two miles from the Congaree River. however, so you are not hurting yourself any by acknowl So you want me to explain, do you?" the man with edging the truth. You know that the name of the owner be rifle asked, slowly and deliberately. of one of the homes was Sherlock, too, if you would only "",es," the officer replied; "explain-or better still let e go on my way." The other laughed hoarsely "I shan't let you go on acknowledge it." "Well, supposing I do acknowledge it, what then?" "You will soon learn At the home of this James Sher-


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. lock you found a woman, a girl of eighteen years and a no other living being was ever punished!" he said i boy of twelve." cold, deadly voice. yo The man paused and waited for the officer to say some"You can't frighten me," the officer said; "and I vr b thing, but he maintained silence, so the former continued : just say that if you harm me in any way you will he "You became enamored of the pretty face of the girl killed by my comrades with compunction a ut and was going to carry her away. The woman and the boy you were a worthless cur Do you hear?" ro1 interfered, and the boy shot one of your men dead This The other smiled-a cold smile, which was more dr sai made you angry and you murdered the woman and the gerous than a frown or a spoken threat. "Yes,. I h ewm boy and burned the house to the ground; after which you wa;; the reply; "and now li ste n to me: I have held 'It made a prisoner of the girl and carried her away. Is this up here for a p11rpose." Th not true?" The officer had grown somewhat _pale as the other talked, but now an angry, defiant expression came over his dark face and he nodded his head. "It is true," he said. "Of course it is true; I know it is true. And it is just as well that you acknowledge it, too, Major Murdock, for it would do you no good to deny it." "Well, I shall not deny it; but what about it? What is it to you?" "What is it to me?" There was a peculiar intonation to the man's voice. "I supposed as much." 'nu .id1 "Well, since you are so knowing, will you tell me wM "G the purpose is ?" "Oh, I suppose you are thinking of having rev enge Jiir the wrong which you are pleased to think I have ddrl '' you." The office r tried to speak carelessly, but his vo trembled slightly, and it was evident that he was laboriJ11 under a feeling of fear, notwii hsfanding the fact that ;i : wore an outward air of sang froid. The man nodded "That i s just what I am au do!" he said. "But with all your smartness I do think you can guess in what way I am going to be \1 "Yes, what is it to you?" venged upon you." l 'I "Well, it is a good deal to me, as you will no doubt "I shall not try to guess," >'{US the sullen repl y acknowledge when you hear my name." "It would be useless for you to do so as you could r4 :fi "Well, what is your name?" guess it in a hundred years. Suffice it to say that it wif c "James Sherlock!" as I said a while ago, be such a punis hment as was n evi .a 'rhe man shot the words out :fiercely and the look which before inflicted upon one human being by another." ts he bent on the Bri tish officer would have frozen the blood "Indeed?"in a sneering voice. of one with weaker nerves t han those possessed by the "Yes, 'indeed!' You will think so before I am throu& } majo r. He had fortified himself for an unpleasant dis with you, you cowardly woman and boy murder e r an closure, however, and he l aughed harshly and said: "I girl stealer!" suspected as much." "Oh, impatiently /"if you are going to do an. "Ah, you did?" thing, do it and don't talk so much about it." "Yes." It was evident that the major was trying to braxe k "You had an idea that I was James Sherlock eh?" "Yes." '.'You are pretty smart, aren't you?" "Well, I rate myself as being pretty shrewd." "You do, eh?" "I do." "Do you think you were doing a shrewd thing when you murdered that innocent woman and boy and carried away that poor girl to a fate which is worse than death?" \ out, and make out that he was not afraid by assuming air of bravado; but it did not deceive the man, who smil in a cold, scornful manner. "Oh, very well, since you are in a hurry," he sal!c calmly "I will get to work. First, ta,ke off your sword belt containing your pistols and throw the m on t)\, ground The officer hesitated, but the man shook the rifl e threa eningly "I give you until I count ten to obey," he sail I think so," defiantly. coldly. "One, two, three, four, :five,_ six, seven--" A dark look came over the face of the other "Hold!" cried the major, "I will do as you say are simply fortifying me in the determination which I "Very well, do so-but mind you make no attempt tf have formed-that of punishing you for your crime as draw and use a weapon If you do it will be the signal i


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 3 your death, for I shall put a bullet straight through ing abruptly to the right, James Sherlock conducted his r black heart!" 1 prisoner along the bank of the river a distance of a.mile, e officer shuddered. There was something so fierce and then came to a stop at a point where the stre m was as ; ut the man's tqne and air as to give him a feeling of not more than fifty feet wide. At this point the water ror. "'I am afraid I am up against a great danger," rushed along swiftly, flowing past numerous rocks which d said to himself, and then aloud: "I shall mak ; e no s tuck up above the surface, and numerous trees overhung e a mpt to use a weapon." the stream, the limbs extending far out over the water. 'It will be 'rnll :for you not to do so!" Major Murdock looked at his captor with an inquiring, he major took o:IT his sword and threw it on the anxious expression in his eyes. The other understood it,_ und; and then he unbuckled the belt and tossed it down and said: "You will soon understand the meaning of this Major 'Good!" said James Sherlock. "Now put your hands Murdock; but before we go any farther in the matter, I iind you and turn your back to me." 0 The officer\ obeyed ''Don't move or attempt to resist," warned the man; "if r i l do it will bring your evil life to a close, now and here. you understand?" "I understand that I am trapped, and that at am helpless," was the snarling reply; "so go ahead and b what you please It will be my turn later on." I "I doubt it!" wa's the significant reply; "I think you am going to ask you: Is my daughter alive?" The major npdded "Yes, she's alive," he replied, hesitatingly. "Where is she?" The British officer made no reply "You refuse to tell me ? 'l'he other nodded. "I will not tell you," he replied "You had better!" threateningly The other smiled sarcastically "You may think I am ve about run your course, you redcoat butcher!" a fool, but I am not," he said; "I shall not tell you at There is little doubt that had the British officer known any rate, not unless you first let me have my liberty and at was in store for him he would have whirled and made f fight for his life, then and there; but he did not know, l d so he bottled up his rage at being talked to in such a r ai;iner, and submitted to having his arms bound-and the stant this had been accomplished his last hope of escap g deatp_ at the hands of this man whom he had s o terri y wronged was dashed to the ground James Sherlock picked up the belt of weapons and the vord and buckled them on his own person ; then he turned the frowning officer and said: ".Come with me.' \ "Where are you going?" the other asked, a tremor in is voice. "You will learn soon enough." The Briti s h officer held back and was averse to accom anying the other. Too late he realized that he \Vas ab l lutely and wholly in the man 's power, and he eared, judging by the look in the man's eyes, that he l as in for sonle terrible experience. It did him n6 good to old back now, however, for the other seized him by the rm and forced him to walk. They l eft the road and entered the timber and walked n almost a due westerly direction. This was kept up for agree not to bother me again in any way.'' "And not avenge the death of my wife and boy?" in a hoarse, angry voice "I shall make no such agreement." "Then your daughter will die of starvation; for no other living person besides myself knows where she is." "You had better tell where she is!" said Mr. Sherlock, in a threatening voice. "Not unless you give me my freedom." '"l'hat I shall not do; you are doomed!" "What are you going to do?" "You will soon l earn.'' ( Sherlock then took the major's belt and taking the Pistols out of the holsters, buckled the belt around the prisoner's ankles. This done, he seated the major at the foot of a tree and proceeded to unwind a bu ckski n thong from around his own waist. It wa:s under his coat and bad escaped the notice of the other until this moment; then, as his eyes fell upon the thong, the major gave a start and turned pule "What are you going to do with that?" he asked. "You will soon see," was the grim reply. When Mr. Sherlock had unwound the thong he made hree-quarters of an hour, during which time not a dozen a noose in one end and then proceeded to climb the tree ords were spoken by the two, and then they came to the under which the major was seated. He climbed up till l road River at a point a mile above where it, in conhe came to a limb which extended straight out at ight unction with the Finnoree, b ecomes the Congaree Turnangles with the trunk, and then made way out o 'this


4 'THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LlFE. limb. There were other limbs above, extending in the he was incapable of uttering a sound, and all he coul same direction, and by holding to these it was not a diffi-was to maintain his place on the top of the stone-wlJsh cult matter to make his way out as far as he wished to go. was no easy feat, the top being and the rush Mr. Sherlock paused when he was right above a rock which waters having a tendency to make him dizzy. He extended a foot above the surface of the wate,r, at just that to fall from the rock would be to doom himself about the middle of the swift-flowing stream. H e re h e death by strangulation at the end of the thong, howmh bent down and tied: the end of the thong to the limb on and lie managed to keep his position. d which he was standing, and dropped the noose end. Then 'rhen he found his voice and began to beg for his he climbed back to the ground, and, unbuckling the belt from the terrible position. He begged and pleaded, 1 f from arou'nd the major's legs, assisted him to rise. the man on the shore was inexorable. "You murdeit ''Come," the man said, and he led the officer toward the my wife and son," was the cold reply, "and you carried 1t water. beloved daughter away. There is no puni shment too sev1 o Major Murdock held back. "W-what are y-you going for the sins which you have committed. You have fit t-to d-do ?" he asked, stammeringly. feited your life a hundred times over, and if there 'ii n "You will soon see for yourself," was the grim reply; another style of death that I could think of that woul r "come along. It will do you no good to hold back." more terrible than this one to which I have doomed h The major was becoming almost too weak from fear of would adopt I can think of no other that would be what was coming to offer much resistance, anCi he suffered bad, however; I might torture you at the stake as the II himself to be led to the water and into it. The water was Indians do their victims, but the pain would too soon only about knee-deep, and as the weather was warm, getting the feet wet would not be likely to do injury. When t hey reached the rock which stuck out a foot above the water, Mr. Sherlock paused and said: "Climb up onto that rock." The major di_d not move. He began to realize what .was {!Oming, and was. beginning to feel desperate. "Up with you!" said Sherlock, almost savagely. "Hurry!" But the major had at last made up his mind to make a fight for his life-had decided when it was too late! He suddenly tried to break loose from his captor, with the intention of trying to reach the opposite bank of the river and making his escape. His attempt was futile. Mr. Sherlock was strong, and he easily h e l_d the man, whose arms were .securely bound; more, he actually lifted the officer and stood him on the rock, and reaching up quickly, slipped the noose over the doomed man's head and drew it tight enough so that it <;ould not be thrown off by a toss of the head. This done he quickly stepped back, the major almost falling off the rock as he was freed, and the thon&' tightened and pulled 11pward. The top of the rock was moist and sli]>pery, too, and this made it difficult for the officer to maintain his position there. Tames Sherlock made his way quickly back to the bank of the river and pausing there, looked back at his victim, .a look of pleasure and satisfaction on his face. For the first few moments Major Murdock was so para iyzerj with horror as a result of his terrible position that e nded. In this way you will suffer perhaps for hours, on to slip off the rock at last and perish miserably at the eJ t of the halter-as you d eserve to do!" "Oh, man, shoot me!" pleaded the miserable wretch I the rock. "Have you no pity?" "What pity did you show to my beloved wife and sol and to my darling daughter?" was the stern reply. Then the doomed man burst forth in a torrent of curSI and called bis executioner all the vile names he coul think of, the other sitting there, unmoved, through it al "You had better be praying!" was all he said when tb other finally ceased on account of exhaustion There was a good-sized stoiie lying near the water's edgt and Mr. Sherlock seated himself on this stone, and wit his rifle lying across hi s lap he watched the mal a look of stony calm on his own face. Evidently he wa determined to remain and keep guard till the end cam He bad waited long for his revenge, and he would not le the victim have the least chance to escape the terrible fa '"hich threatened him. An hour passed, and then the Britis h officer said: wil1 tell you where your daughter is if you will l et me free." "I have already told you that I cannot agree to an such terms," was the cold reply Again the doomed man burst forth in a torrent of abus1 for bis executioner, and he cursed in a way to make one'! hair stand on end; but the one hearer listened with a ston J calm that would almost indicate that he did not hear. Another hour and then the .man on the stone said: "l


THE LIBER'rY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 5 "Yes, like some one shrieking "I wonder what is the trorrble? It sounds like a human voice." "So it does; let's go over in that and see what is going on." "All right." Two youths of perhaps twenty years were making their way through the timber, and they had suddenly paused and exchanged remarks as given above. They were bronzed youths and rather roughly dressed, but they were handsome fellows and manly looking. They set out, now, and walked rapidly in the direction from which the sound came which had attracted their attention. As they moved along the sound became louder and plainer, and they could make out that it was indeed a human voice. Presently they could understand what was being said, and as the curses and prayers came to their ears they paused and looked at each other in amazement. "What does it mean, Dick?" asked one. "I hardly know, Bob," was the reply; "it sou. nds like the cold, grim reply. the ravings of a madman." "But I have told you where your daughter is." "So it does." "You did so of your own accord-and I have no means "Well, come along; let's see what is the trouble." of knowing that you have told the truth." "I'm with you; but hadn't we better look to ou:r "Oh, I have told you the truth!" eagerly; "and she is weapons?" unharmed, too-I swear it! She was so beautiful that I "It wouldn't be a bad idea." really fell in love with her and asked her to marry me. She The youths drew their pistols then stole forward, refused, and scorned me, but I did not injure her, for yI for they did not know what they might run upon. They hoped that she would learn to Jove me and would consent had advanced perhaps fifty yards, when suddenly they to marry me, a British officer. Please let me go?" paused and stared in amazement. "Never The blood of my wife and son are calling aloud They had come upori. a strange scene-strange and terfor vengeance!" rible in the extreme. Qit in the middle of a stream, on "Then, for the love of heaven; shoot me and put an end the bank of which they now stood, but fifty yards further to my misery!" upstream, standing on a rock, was a man; around his neck "I will not! I shall do nothing to in any way lessen was a noose, and the thong in which the noose was, made the torture which you suffer. I wish I could make it reached upward and was fastened to the overhanging limb greater. If you wish to end the matter, leap from the of a tree. Seated on a stone on the shore was a man, rock." Then the doomed man lifted up his voice and shrieked and y e lled in a mad frenzy; he cursed and yelled, and prayed; he was like a crazy man-but the man sat quietly on the s tone and watched and listened stonily. CHAPTER II. ANNIE SHERLOCK. "What is that?" "It sounds like some one yelling." across lap lay a long rifle. The two youths stared in silent amazement, not un mixed with horror. There was something terrible in the picture of the man standing there on the brink of the grave, crying, cursing and praying, and there was some thing almost awe-inspiring in the attitude of the lone watcher, who sat there gazing stonily upon the doomed wretch on the stone in midstream. The youths stared for a few moments in silent wonder a nd amazement, and then looked at each other. "What does it mean, Dick?" gasped the one who had been addressed as Bob.


G THE LIBERTY B OYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. The other shook his head. "I don't know, Bob," was eyes as he fingered his rifle nervously arid glared at the8 the reply; "it is a very strange affair." youths. "You are right; do you suppose a wrong is being per petrated here?" rrhe other did not reply at once, and when he did he said slowly : "I would not like to say whether I think so "We are not going to take :my hand in the affair, one8 way or another, until we know the rights of it," replied the yonth who had first spoken. The man with the rifl e nodded approvingly. "That is or not, Bob; there is one thing that makes 'me think that the way to talk," he said; "you look like fair-minded young perhaps only justice is being don e boweYer." me n, and I believe you are. I will tell you the reason for. "And what is that?" this strange situation, and then you can judge for your "Th f l b d :iclves." e act t mt t e man stan ing out there on the rock, with the noose around his neck, is a redcoat." "Go ahead," said Dick; "we shall be pleased to hear There is no doubt that be is a redcoat; his uniform your sto ry. proves that. But why should the fact make you think it "Yes, yes!" said Bob, eagerly. possible that only justice is being done?" The man pointed toward the officer standing on the "I'll tell you, Bob. We have had a good deal of exstone, the noose around his neck. "Do you see that manno, I will not say man !-demon is the proper word. Do perience with redcoats, and have learn e d that they are likely to take advantage of their su perior force and crimes that would not be countenanced under any other circumstances." Yes, I know that "Well, have you noticed that the man sitting on the stone on the shore is a settler a farmer, evidently?" "Yes, I have noticed it." "Well, perhaps the redcoat has wronged the old man, and he is wreaking vengeance on the head of the marl who committed the wrong "It is possible." "Yes, it is possible; but we will :find out just what is going on Come; we will interview the old man, and if he cannot make out a pretty strong case against the red coat we will make him stop torturing the fellow." "All right; I'm with you. Go ahead." 'l'he two advanced, and were almost upon the man before he knew of their presence. Then he l eape d to his feet and held his rifle in a threatening manner. _1'':Vho are you and what do you want here?" he almost snarled. It was evident that he fancied the strangers might interfere with his arrangements with r egar d to the punishment of the redcoat. you see him?" he asked The youths nodded. "Yes," they replied in unison. "Well, when you look upon him you see the biggest scoundrel that you ever in all your life:" "Go on," said Dick. "That man, as his uniform indicates, is a major in the British army. He came over in this part of the country nearly a month ago, and with his party of men, all scoun drels like himself, robbed and pillaged the patriot homes of \ his neighborhood. At my house his evil eyes rested upon the face of my daughter, a beautiful, pure and good girl, and he was going to take her away when they got read y to go. My wife Mary, and my son Tom, aged twelve, in terfered to save Annie, and both were murder e d in cold blood and my home was burned to the ground; then the end carried my darling daughter away, and I have not laid eyes on her face since I swore to be avenged-to hav e a terrible revenge, and, young strangers, I am having it. No;, do you blame me?" "Not if you are sure you have the man llho did the deed," replied Dick "I am sure of it. I learned that Major Murdock was the man, and this is Major Murdock; then, too, he ac knowledged it all to me to-day and I know ,he is the man. "We are friends, I think," replied the youth who had .He told nie where I would find my daughter, so there can been called Dick by his comrade; "but I wish to ask a b,, :i;io mistake. He is the man." fevr questions." The man on the stone in the middle of the stream heard the new voices and managed to turn his head and get a look at the newcomers. "Oh, save me, friends!" he cried. "Then I do not blame you for what you have done." do I!" declared Bob; "the redcoat s do too much of that sort of thing, and something shou]d be done to put a s top to it. If a few more of them got serv ed in t'his ''Sa Ye me from this demon!" fashion it would be a good thing." "If you try to fr4e that scoundrel you will first have "And you will not interfere in any way to prevent me o kill me!" said Mr. Sherlock, a :fierce expression in his .from having my revenge?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. "No, we will not interfere. It is no affair of ours. Be-"He certainly did!'' agreed Bob. "What are you going sides, we have seen a great deal of the kind of work that to do-cut him down?" you have said this man has been doing, and we have no "No; I am going to let his body hang there as a warn sympathy to waste on such a man as this one evidently is." ing to any of his comrades who may happen along this "Good!" said Mr. Sherlock. "You are honest men, and way." gentle;111en. May I ask, what are your names?" "Yes,'' replied the one who had done most of the talking; "my name is Dick Slater, and my comrade is Bob Esta brook." Mr. Sherlock started. "Dick Slater, Jid you say?" ha exclaimed. The youth nodded. "That is my name,'' he replied. "I have heard of a young man by the name of Dick Slater-but he was in the North." "We are from the North,'' said Bob. "You are?" "Yes." The man eyed the two closely. "Can it be possible that ''That is as good a thing to do as any,'' said Dick. "Now, what is next on the programme?" asked Bob. "I am going to where he said my daughter was hidden, and see if she is there,'' said Mr. Sherlock. "How far i s it from here?" asked Dick. "About a mile." "Then we'll go with you." 'l'hey were about to turn away when they heard foot steps, and the next instant a young man of about twenty years stood beside them. He paid no attentio n to the three, however; ) his eyes were fixed on body swaying back ward and forward at the end of the thong. Dick and Bob stared at the newcomer in wonderment, you are the Dick Slater I have heard so much about?" he but Mr. Sherlock did not s e em surprised. "It is George said, eyeing Dick eagerly. Davis,'' he whispered in Dick's ear; "he and my daughter The youth smiled. "I am the only Dick Slater I have were engaged, and he has been nearly wild ever since she eYer heard of," he said. "And you are from the North?" ''Yes, we arc from the North." "But the Dick Slater I mean was the captain of a com pany of young men who call themselves 'The L iperty Boys of '7G.' was stolen away by the British scoundrel." "Ah!" whispered Dick, nodding understandingly; "and then he told Bob who the young man was. Both watched the young fellow with eyes tf sympathy, for they could what a terrible strain he had been under Presently the young man turned his eyes upon Mr. SherThe youth n-odded again. "I am the captain of such a lock, and, ignoring the presence of the youths, pointed to .company,'' he remarked quietly. ward the swaying body and said: "Is it really him, Mr. "You don't say!" the man exclaimed. "Then yo are Sherlock? Is it really the scoundrel, the demon who murthe real Dick Slater?" dered your wife and son and stole Annie away?" "Yes." iMr. Sherlock nodded. "It is,'' he replied; "Maj or Mur" Shake hands, young man!" extending his hand. "I dock will never again cause honest people unhappiness, have long wished that I might see you I have heard many George wonderful stories regarding the doings of yourself and The young man burst into half-hysterical laughter your brave 'Liberty Boys.' Shake hands!" "Good! Good!" he cried. "I am glad the fiend is dead Dick shook hands with the man, as did Bob also. Just but I would have liked to have been the death of him at this moment they were startled by a wild shriek from myself. Still, I guess you h:'ld the better right to inflict I the man on the slippery rock out in the middle of the the punishment upon him." str eam, and they looked. and saw him sl ip off the rock and hang struggling at the end of the stout thong. The doomed man made desperate efforts to. get his feet back on "I did it for both of us, George." "Yes, yes; so you did; and I am glad you did it! But did-did he-say-anything about-about-Annie?" the rock, and indeed he touched the top two or three times, There was eager light in the eyes of the young man but he could not succeed, and gradually his struggles grew as he gazed beseechingly into the face of his sweetheart's :ve1-1ker until at last he straightened out and hung motionfather. less above the rushing waters. "Yes, George; he told me where \ Annie is hidden, and "He is dead!" said Dick. we were just starting there when you came "Ancl deserved the fate that overtook him!" said Mr. ''Oh, let us go at once!" the young man cried. "Let us Sherlock. hasten !."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. Mr. Sherlock laid his hand on the youth's head. "Re-1 of the two youths, and the rifle of the man, and Dicf' member, George, we must not expect too much," he sai d Slater's ringing voice called out: the gently ; "the scoundrel may have told the truth, and he "Hands up! Don't attempt to draw weapons or you alt!O' may not." dead men!" It "Oh, maybe he told the truth! He was standing on the of eternity; surely he would have told the truth!" "I think so-I hope so; but we must be to be disappointed, George." "Yes, I understand that; and did he-did he-say anything about-about Annie?" "He said that she was well and unharmed, George." "Ob, thank heaven for that!" the young man e xclaimed "But remember, we must not take it for granted that he has told the truth," said Mr. Sherlock soberly; "we must be prepared for possible disappointment and additional sorrows ." "Where is she, Mr. Sherlock?" "A mile up the river, in a cavern." CHAPTER III. THE ESCAPE. "Who are you?" cried one of the redcoats. "We are friends of the girl whom you have been holding a prisoner here!" was the prompt reply. "And this gentleman is her father!" said Bob. you mean to do with us?" one asked sullenly "We are going to make prisoners of you," replied Dick, quietly; "so please place your weapon s on the floor and turn your backs to us and place your hands behind you.11 "I know the place!" cried George Davis; "I know where it is, and it is strange that I did not think of it long ago! The two redcoats obeyed, though with a sullen air. Oh, why did I not think of that cavern? I have searched Evidently they did not like to give up without a struggle; everywhere else-why should I have forgotten the existyet they dared not attempt to offer resistance as theyi ence of that cavern just when I should have remembered were outnumbered, and the enemy had the advantage it?" "I know not, Gorge; it is the same with me. I knew of its existence, but did not think of it when looking for Annie. But come; we will hasten there and see if the scoundrel told the truth." of having weapons out and ready to use. They thus made a virtue of necessity and a few minutes later were lying on the ground, bound hand and foot. By this time George Davis had freed his sweethe _art and was hugging and kissing her and laughing in a half-hys The four hastened away, keeping along the bank of the terical way; the girl, too, doing the same. Evidently both river, and as they walked Mr. Sherlock told George who were extremely happy. their companions were, and the. youth greeted Dick and Mr. Sherlock now advanced, and when the girl saw her Bob in a friendly manner. The farther they went, and father she leaped into his arms. "Oh, father, is it indeed the closer they came to their destination, the more rational, you?" sl).e cried. "I am so glad to see you! Ob, I am seemingly, did George Davis become, and by the time 80 glad that you and George have come to my rescue!" they reached the C!J.Vern he was all}lost himself again. Mr. Sherlock lrissed his daughter and smoothing her Dick and Bob were sorry for the young fellow, and hoped back from b'.er forehead, gazed down into her eyes "Did that his sweetheart would be found, alive and well, as that scoundrel-have these men," indicating the prisoners, the redcoat officer had said she was. "treated you with respect, Annie?" he asked, in a hoarse They reached the entrance to the cavern and hastened to whisper. enter. As they did so they saw a fire blazing at the farther "Yes, father," was the prompt reply; "the major treated end of the cavern, and before it were seated two British me very well, indeed. He said that he loved me and soldiers playing cards. Over to one side a girl reclin. wished me to be his wife. Of course, I refused; but he ing on a pile of blankets. held me prisoner and kept insisting that I would learn With a cry of joy George Davis leaped toward the s pot to love him in time I don't know how it might have where his sweetheart lay, and the redcoats sprang to their ended if you had not found me, but so far all is w e ll so feet and faced the newcomers, giving utterance to exclafar as I am concerned-but mother and Tom I Oh, father, mations of amazement and anger. They would have drawn are they really dead? fiends really murdered them?" weapons, but they saw that they were covered by the pistols A groan escaped the lip s of the man as he replied:


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 9 "Yes, Annie.? they are dead; the fiends killed them-but the head fiend, Major Murdock, is dead I He will never commit any more crimes. And I have you, my daughter. It is not so bad as it might have been." "No, but-it is-is so-so terrible to think that mother and Tom are-are-dead t The beautiful girl broke down, and sobbed on her father's breast for a few min utes, but presently became more calm. i George Davis now claimed the girl's attention, and while they were talking Dick ha,ppened to glance toward the en trance to the cavern and saw a redcoat peering in at them. The entrance was not large, and only a portion of the man's body was visible. "We are discovered exclaimed Dick; and as he spoke he drew a pistol and :{ired a snapshot at the redcoat's face. A wild yell of pain went up, proving that the bullet had not been entirely wasted; and the face dis appeared from the opening. "I fear we are caught in a trap!" said Dick. "Do you think there are more of them than the one?" asked Mr. Sherlock. "Oh, yes; I have no doubt there is a party of the scoun drels out there." "In that case we are caught in a trap, sure enough," said Bob. "I'm not so sure of that," said George Davis. "What do you mean?" asked Dick. "I mean that it is possible there is another way of getting out of this cavern." l'Do you think it possible?" "Yes." "Why don't you come ahead and do it, then? Why call upon us to surrender?" "For the reason that we do not wish to cause any blood to be shed if we can help it. "Oh, that's it?" "Yes "Well, if you try to enter the cavern there will be some blood shed, and it won't be ours, either!" "That, would only result in your own death. You will do better to surrender without making any attempt .fighting." "We will do nothing of the kind. We can stand off an army, and we will not surrender!" we can starve you out." "We have two of your men in here, prisoners, and if you try to starve us out you will have to starve them, too." "Oh, but I guess you will sunender when you get good and hungry." "I guess that we will do nothing of the kind "I think you will." "You will find that you are mistaken." "Well, we'll give it a trial, anyway." "All right; if you like J\fr. Sherlock and the three youths cousu1ted together and tried to make up their minds regarding what would bl:) the best thing for them to do, and finally they de to try to find another exit from the cavern "They will stand guard over the entrance, yonder," said Dick; "and there will be no chance to escape. Our "It is possible. I know that I once penetrated a long only chance lies in :finding another exit." ways back, and did not find the end of the cavern. I re"Shall we take the two prisoners with us?" asked Bob. member that the general trend of floor of the cavern "Yes; if we are pursued we may be able to use them was upward, and I more than half believe that there is as a threat against our pursuers, and thus make them a point where it reaches the open air." keep their distance." "Well, there is nothing better to do than to make the "That's right; it will be best to take them along." attempt to find another outlet," said Dick; "I am conThe legs of the prisoners were freed and the two were fident there is a party of the redcoats and we would be assisted to rise, after which the party stole away, going unable to fight back into the depths of the cavern At this moment a voice called out from the entrance : "Hello, in there!" "Hello, yourself'!" called out Dick. "Will you surrende:c?" "No!" "You had better "Why so?" ''Because we are ten to one and can easily capture you, anyway." "You think you can ? George Davis was in the lead, as he had once explored the cavern quite a distance, and behind him was Annie, then her father Next were the two prisoners, and behind them were Dick and Bob. 'rhey made their way forward as raP,idly as the dark ness and uneven surface of the floor would permit, this being not very rapid as may well be supposed T hey lis tened, to see if they could hear sounds of pursuit, and for a while could hear nothing o f the kind. They began to think that they were to be allowed to


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. make the attempt to escape being pursued, but presently they heard the sound of voices behind them. "They discovered that we are trying to get away," said Dick. "Yes," replied Bob; "and they are coming after us." "You are r:ight. Well, I am not much afraid of them What I fear most is that we will be unable to find another exil, and that we may e>en be so unfortunate as to get lost in here." "I don,'t think there is much danger of that, Dick." "I hope not." decided to leave the two prisoners, as their c0mrades wei:j coming nearer every moment and would speedily be ther ''Now we bad better get away from here as quickly 81 possible," said Dick. "The question is: Where shall wb a "We will go to my home," said George Davis; "t}t1 folks will be glad to have us come, and they wjll be ticklet nearly to death when they learn that Annie is alive ani safe." '' Ho:tv far is it from here?" asked Dick. "Two miles." "No," said George Davis, "there is only the one cavern, "Very well; you and Miss Annie go on ahead, and Bo' and so there is not much danger of getting lost The and I and Mr Sherlock will stay back and see how ma.nJ unly thing to fear is that there is no other e xit." of the redcoats there are. If not too many, we will give They made their way along as rapidly as was p0ssible them a fight in the darkness, and every once in a while they would hear the sound of voices behind them ''They are still after us," said Bob. "Yes," replied Dick; "they are afraid that we may suc ceed in finding another way out of the cavern "I hope we will succeed in doing so." "So do I. It will be bad for us if we do not." "I'll like to have a few shots at them myself," said George; I'll do as you say, this time." He and Annie set out and Dick and Bob and Mr. Sher lock concealed themselves behind trees at a point fifty yards from the opening through which the redcoats would come1 and watched and waited They watched and waited an hour, at least, but saw nq On.ward they went, stumbling over the urnwen surface signs of the redcoats of the floor, and they could not make very fast time under "I guess we might as well go," finally said Mr. Sherlock such circumstances. Still, their enemies would be labor"I don't think they are going to come out of the cavern.' i ng under the same difficulties and could not go any faster. "I more than half suspected that they would not," sai Om.-ard for, it seemed to them, hours, a:nd at last it Dick; "they were to stick their heads out for fea seemed to be growing lighter. "We must be approaching an !" said George Davis, joyously. "It is becoming light." "So it is!" coincided Annie. "Oh, I hope we will find an exit and be able to make onr escape from those terrible redcoats!" A few minutes later they came to a point where the floor of the cavern sloped upward at a great angle Indeed it was just about all they could do to climb it, it was so steep They did manage to do so, however, and :firlally they eame out at a point where there was a small, cell-like they would get bullets through them." "That's about the size of it," agreed Bob. Then, guided by Mr. Sherlock, the three set out for th home of George Davis. CHAPTER IV. THE REDCOATS LOSE THEIR HORSES. compartment, and above their heads.a distance of four feet The youths were right in their statements when was an opening a couple of feet in diameter. said that the redcoats were afraid to stick their heads u "How will we get out?" asked George. through the hole leading out of the cavern "We'll boost you up, George, and then you can pull There were only six of the redcoats, and when the one of us up and we will pull the rest up," said Dick found their two comrades where they had been left, an He and Bob boosted George up and he managed to climb learned from them that there were four of the fugitives through the opening; then Mr. Sherlock and Dick boofilted they decided to stay in the cavern and go back the way Bob up and George pulled at him from above, and the they bad come. "Liberty Boy" was speedily out of the cavern. "Probably those fellows are waiting outside, rifles in Then Bob and George pulled Annie up, and then Mr. hand, ready to plug us between the eyes as fast as we Sherlock, anti last of all came Dick. It had already been climb out," said one of the redcoats


, 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 1 The others nodded in assent to this statement. "That's ust about what are doing," said another; "so. I ess "e had better keep our heads away from there." "You are right," said one of the two redcoats who had may get a chance to dance on a. slippery rock with a noose around your neck if you don't look out." "I'll risk it." The redcoat s now made their way back through. the een prisoners; "two of the men out there are the father long cavern, and emerged into the open air. nd sweetheart of the girl, and you may be sure they are "Come," said oue; "let us go and cut the inajor's body mxious to get even with us for the way we treated the down and give it burial." irl and her mother and brother." They walked rapidly down the river, and when they "Well, one thing is sure, they have already got even vith .Major :Jlurdock for his s hare in the affair!" said one f the other redcoats. "\\'hy, how is that?" asked the other. "Why, Major Murdock is dead!" "Dea cl?" "Yes "How do you know?" ''We saw his dead body." "When?" "Xot more than an hour ago ." "_\n hour ago.?" 'Yes.:' "\'i"here did you see it?" "About a mile down the river." "You don't mean it!" ''Oh, yes, I do!". "And the major is dead?" "A. a door-nail." "And you think the girl's father and sweetheart did it?" "Quite likely. The manner of the major's death proves that it was done by some one "ho had a big score to settla with him." came to where the body swung above the waters the two redcoats who had not before seen the spectacle stared in open-mouthed amazement and horror. "Well, well; that is terrible!" gasped one "It is, for a fact!" from the other. The redc oats had a disagreeable task ahead of them, and did not delay. A couple of them took off their boots, rolled up their trousers and waded out to the rock. One climbed up and cut the thong, and the major's body tumbled down into the water. The two then half dragged, half carried it ashore, and it took them only a few minutes to dig a graye f'.nd inter the body. When it had been covered over the redcoats took their departure, seeming ly glad to get away from the spot. They headed for Camden, and did not stop till they rea ched there. Then one of their numb(l1. made his way to headquarters, in order to 'report the death of Major Murdock to Lord Rawdon, who was in command at that time "What's that! l\Iajor Murdock dead, you say?" Lord Rawdon exclaimed, in horrified accents. '"Dea r me! How did it happen? Who did it-and why?" "Some of those rebels over across the river," was the "II ow is that? Explain." Tl d t d 1 t 11' 1 th h d th d d reply; "oh, they are a bad lot, your excellency, and I wish 1e re coa ic so, e mg 1ow ey a seen e ea you would let me take a force of men and go over there body of the major swinging at the end of the thong, and teach them a lesson." above the rushing waters of the Broad River "The major's feet almost touched the top of a rock in The speaker was the redcoat who had said that the major midstream," went on the redcoat, "and it is evident that he was a good friend of his, and who had threatened that he stood on that rock for some time with the noose around his would avenge his death He was a captain, and his name neck, that at ,la st he lost his footing and was hanged. was Henry Horton. 'l'he torture while he stood on the slippery ro ck must Lord Rawdon was silent for a few moments, and the n have been something terrible." he said : "Very well, Captain Horton,: you may take fifty "Those two men did it, undoubtedly. Well, the major men and go over across the river and teach the rebels a might have known that sooner or later he would bump up lesson, if you lik e.'' hgainst some such fate He has carl'ied thing s with a "Thank you!" said the captain; and then, after some high hand since coming to America." further conver s ation, he took his departure. "That is all right," said the other, "Major I didn't tell Rawdon the real cause of :Murd ock's )lurdock was a good friend to me, and I will avenge his death/' said Horton, with a chuckle; "had I done so the death if I can!" old chump would hav e said it served him right. I hardly "Better let it go as it i s," was the advice given ; "you expected that he would let me take a force and go across


12 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. the river to teach the rebels a les son He wouldn't have done it if h e had known the facts in the c ase." Captain Horton went to his quart e rs and ate suppe r it being now almo s t night. He decided to wait till morni n g to start on hi s expedition, and did so. He was up bright and earl y and sel e cted fifty men out of his company. He was car ef ul to sel e ct m e n whom he knew to be in sympathy with him. .They would do jus t a s h e t old the m to do, no matter wha t the ord e r :he might giv e t h em. 1 They set out soon after br e akfa st a nd they w e r e a jolly l ot. 'I' hey s e emed to think the y w e r e b e n t o n a holiday expedition ; and so they did look upon it: The y d i d not stop to reason that they w e re going for the purpo s e of carrying desolation into the homes of innocent people; the fact was that they were men who did not think that r ebels" were entitled to any consideration whatever Among the m e n select e d by Captain Horton was an ex Tory, one who had lived over in the n ei ghborhood whe r e the force was g oing, and this man was to tell the capfain who were "rebels" and who were loyal p e ople. "None of us did/' said Captain Horton; "we were toY E bu s y drinking to have eyes for anything save the liquorJ t "But how did the y to get away with fift'he horses?" cried one of the men sai "There must have b e en a whole gang of them," fro:ne 1 another fe'1 "Lo t s a s k the tavernk eepe r if he saw anythin g of tliY1 m e n \\Ibo s tole our horses," suggested one of the m e n : w Some of them rus h e d ba c k into the tavern and m a d A inquiries, but the tav e rnkeeper had seen nobody. I waY too bu s y serving you g e ntlemen with liquor to s e e anyW thing that was going on out s ide," he said and the r e i < coat s could not gainsay this :n As they h ad n ot paid the tav ernkeep e r for the liquoile nor would do so-inde ed, he had not expe c t e d -tha t thE{'h would-he was not sorry that the hor ses had been ta k enw Possibly the expression on hi s face told the th is, for suddenly one cried: "I b elieve you h ave thing to do with the affair, you cursed. old win e -sell er!" The tavernk e eper turned pale and looked alarmed "How The m e mbers of the party were mounted o n h o rses and could I, my dear friend?" b e ask ed. "I was in t h e rode at a s wift pace; two hours and a half from the time the whole time and was busy, as you know" "Yes, I know that, but you c ould have had your s tablll' o f l eaving Camden they rode into Winnsboro, and here t h e y s t opped and went into the one tavern of the place and called for liquor The landlord and his assistant has tened to s e t out the wine and brandy, and the r edcoats began drinking. They were men who had an appetite for drink, and once they got started they could not tear themselves awa y so they r emained at the bar, drinking, for an hour at l e ast, and b y the time they got ready to go they were all pretty well a l ong o n the r oad toward intoxication. T hey had been so busy drinking that they had paid n o a ttention to anything else, and when they stepped out of d oors they were treated to a surprise. Their horses were gone .A!hey paused and stared in amazement. They could n ot und erstand the affair at all. Where were t h ei r horses?" man in s tructed to take the hor ses while you kept us in' side, drinking 1 The others caught at this solution, even the c aptailf. joining in. "I believe y ou are right, Johnson h e said l l e t s g o and tak e a look around the stable. And i f w6' find an yt hin g to indic a te that the stableman h a d any.c thin g to do w ith the affair we will string him up an d com b ack a nd serv e old Win e -keg the s ame way!" "Ge n t l e m e n, gentl e m en! I a s sur e y ou t hat I kn o w n ot h1 in g of the a ffair!" the man cried "And you will see thatc my s tabl e man know s nothing of it, t oo. You will not find your horses the re "We ll s e e anyway," was the repl y ; and t hey h astened, a round the t a v ern and to the stable, wh e re they found th e stab l e m a n seafed in the doorway, smokin g a p i pe H e r e you ra scal!" cried Captain Horton, whe r e a r "Our horses have been s t o len!" roared Captain Horto n. our hor s e s ?" "So they have!" cried o n e of the men. "Who could have d o n e it?" T he rebels, o f c o u rse The man took the pipe out of his mouth and at the redcoats in ope n mouthed amazement. "What d 'ye he asked "But how did they ma n age to do it without our seeing them?" "What do I mean?" roared the captain. "Why, som body stole our horses that wer e hitched out in front o f the Wh o looked out of doors after we went into t h e tavern? tavern, and I want to know wh o did it-that' s wha t I I didn't." "No r I!" Nor I!" mean O h, thet's i t, hey? Y ou wan t t o know w h o stole yer bosses?"


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 13 you fool! And I believe you helped "Good!" cried the captain; "we will set fire to the house and shoot anybody who attempts to hinder us! Forhe stableman shook his head. "Yer mistpok, mister," ward, men!" said; "I didn't .he'p do et. I dunno who they wuz ez They leaped the fence and advanced toward the house, e et, but I saw 'em ridin' erway like all fet out, jes; few minnets ergo." h 'You did? You saw-who?" 'W'y, er lot uv fellers." :1 'A lot of fellows ?" a 'Yas." -y 'Why didn't you come and tell us ?" d i 'Cause I thort the fellers owned ther bosses." 'Didn't you see us ride up on those horses just a little but when they were still twenty-five yards distant the windows, both upstair s and down, suddenly came open and a volley was poured through the openings from at lea.St two score rifles and muskets CHAPTER V. ile ago ?" A CLEVE.R TRICK. he man shook his head. "N oap; I wuz in ther stable work, I guess; leastwise I didn' see ye come, an' when At least a dozen of the redcoats went down, dead and t en them fellers ridin' erway I s'posed they wuz on their wounded, and the yells of anger and amazement from the bosses." uninjured were mingled with the curses and groans of the 'How many of them were there?" wounded, all combining to make a rather exciting and 'Thar wuz a feller fur ev'ry hoss. I guess theer mus' thrilling scene. be'n fifty uv 'em." 'Did they have uniforms on?" As for the redcoats, they were taken by surprise, and were badly demoralized. They had not been expecting 'Noap; they wuz dressed like me." anything of the kind, and it startled them and caused them 'They weren't soldiers, then?" to pause and falter. They did not know whether to 'Ef they wuz they didn' hev on ther ennytheir ground, to advance or to retreat. And while they I y." ; 'Which way did they go?" stood there, thus undecided, there came a second volley and eight or ten more of their number went down. e 'Thet way." The man pointed toward the west. 'rhis had the effect of arousing the redcoats to action, -'In that way, eh?" and Captain Horton ordered his men to retreat. He was somewhat muddled as a result of the liquor he had drank, 'And they're out of sight now. Great guns, men! and hardly knew what to do; so he decided to withdraw at are we to do?" and take time to think the matter over. 'Let's try to get our horses back and have revenge on The men were willing to retreat and they lost no time t cursed rebels at the same time, captain," replied one in obeying the command. They ran with all their might the redcoat s "It must have been some of he young and leaped over the fence witlr wonderful agility. They els of this part of the country who did the trick." showed considerable more haste in getting out of the yard he captain nodded. "That's so," he agreed; "we'll than they had shown in getting in. out afoot and will burn every rebel house we come to, They withdrew to what considered to be a safe dis! d will keep our eyes open for the gang that stole our tance, and here paused to hold a council of war and decide rses-and when we find them they will suffer!" upon what course th .ey should pursue. And while they what they will, captain!" are doing this we will go back to the evening before, and Captain Horton and his men set out afoot, after en-see what occurred after Dick Slater, Bob Estabrook and ng the tavern and taking a couple of extra drinks to ify them for the toil of walking, and they made their y along the road toward the west. Mr. Sherlock set out to go to the home of George Davis. They reached there without adventure, and found George and Annie there. George's folks had made the girl wel-resently they came to a house standing well back from come, and she was in very good spirits, everything consid road, and the ex-Tory, pausi:i:ig and pointing toward house, said: 'There is the home of a rank rebel, Captain Horton." ered. George had a sister, Lizzie, who was about Annie's age, and the two were great and this made Annie feel quite at home.


14 THE LlBERTY BOYS' BATTL E FOR LIFE. "Didn't the redcoats pursue you?" asked George, in surBoys' here \Ve could make the take to th 1nise, when the three put in their appearance, coming along timber!" at a lei surely, pace. "They will be here-in about three or four days ''No," replied Mr. Sherlock. "They didn t show their heads," said Bob. "'l'hcy did not?" "No." "That is stl'ange." "They were undoubtedly afraid to do so," said Dick. "Perhaps. th e re were not very many of them, after all," s;aid George. ''That is the way we sized the matter up," agreed Dick. "Well, I'm glad of it, as they might have follow ed you, and caused u s trouble, had there been a large party of them." "'l1he trouble is only delayed, that is all," said Di ck. "\Vhat do you mean?" "I mean that the red coats will go and get a large party return." "YOU think SO ?" "I am sure of it. They have no doubt seen the dead body of Major Murdock, and will not re3t until they have had revenge." "But he deserved his death, and they know it." "They won't look at it in that light "No, I suppose not. They will doubtless regard it as that won't do us any good to-morrow or next day." "N () ; and the redcoats will be back nere looking fol' \ cnge by to-morrow, at any rate." '"rhey will that! Well, perhap s they won't COii'.\ strong but that we can stand them off with George's youths." ''I hardly think that a very stro ng force will come,"' George; "they won't be looking for armed r esistance know." "True; well, we will do what we ca n to make it w esting for them." "You don't think they will come back to-night, do y4 asked George, somewhat anxiously. I will get the boys together at once." "It won't be a bad idea to get them to gethe r, said Dick; "then, i f the r edcoats should come we read y for them. And if they don't come we will shape to meet them to-morrow when they p0ut in a pea ranee "All right; I'll get the boys togeth e r this evening." George mount ed a horse and rod e away,. and was perhaps half an hour. Wh e n he r etu rned he told Dick the youths would all be on hand within the hour By the time supper was over the youths began arri being murder." and it was not long before the entire force wa s on h "At any rate, they will be eager to avenge his death, and Dick and Bob looked the youths over and were favorl will be back in this part of the country sooner or later with a force strong enough so that th"ey can do about as they please." "Well, we will see about that said George. "What do you mean?" "I mean that I have a force of young fellows, and that if they try any such tricks I will make them wish they hadn't." "You have a force, you say?" "I have "Of young fellows like yourself?" "Yes." "Yoling men who live in this neighborhood?" "Yes. "How many have you in the force?" "Fifty." "Fifty, eh?" "Y cs." impressed with them They were all well armed, eac h every one having a rifle and a pair of pistols, as well long-bladed knife, and a dozen or so had swords buc on. They were bronzed, healthy-looking young fellows, it was evident that they would make a good fight if made up their minds to do so. When they learned who Dick and Bob were, they d e lighted; and it was plain that they were determin so conduct themselves as to earn the good opinion of two "Liberty Boys." By unanimous consent, George having made the gestion, Dick Slater was placed in command "You all about thi s business, Dick," said George, "and I you to take charge. Whatever you say for us to d will do; and if we don't make it intere sting for the coats it will be .strange!" Dick accepted the commq,nd in the spirit in whic\ was tendered, and the first thing he did was to appt "That is quite a nice little force, eh, Bob?" four of the youths to act as scouts They were to go\ are rightT Dick. Ah, if we only had the 'Liberty stay until relieved by others.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 15 1e1======================================================================================== 'The redcoats might take it into their heads to come "l think the boys will be able to get away with the k to-night," said Dick, "and we want to be ready for horses in safety," thought Dick; "well, it will be a good m if they do so." joke on the redcoats ." 'o 'he redcoats did not show up night, however, but He watched the British closely and kept an eye alternk was confident they would put in an appearance some ately on his friends, and when Bob gave him the signal m e during the day, so he told the youths to get ready he gave a glance through the window, saw that redcoats arch, immediately after breakfast were still lined up in front of the bar, and then hastened 'Where are we going, Dick?;' asked Bob. io where the youths were 'I think that it will be a good plan to go over in the "Do they show any symptoms of being on the point of inity of Winnsboro." 'Why so?" If ell, you sec, I am confident that the redcoats will ike .for that point when they cross the Catawba, and we ro l get sight of them at Winnsboro, and will be enabled keep track of them from that time on." George Davis thought this would be a good plan, and r the party of youths, follo\ved by the cheers and encourag words of the Davis folks, and of Mr Sherlock and ib ie, set out. n They marched at a moderate pace, and when they came sight of Winnsboro they saw that a goodly number of rses were tied in front of the tavern. coming Qut, Dick?" asked Bob. "No; and they have no one watching the horses. I think we are safe, and can take our time about going." "That is good; then it will be best to go slowly and not 1 ma

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. Dick and George l eaped off their horses and made their "I' m going to stay up and help fight, too, father!" way to the house. Bob, who was fifteen years old; "I'm not going down ip "How are you, Mr. and Mrs. Larkin, and Bob and the cellar with mother and sis." Sadie?" said George. "All right; yov. may stay up and help fight, if you 1d "Oh, George Davis, is it you?" replied Mr. Larkin. to," his father said, and Bob' s eyes shone with delill "I'm glad to see you I was beginning to think it wa s Re got his rifle t>ut and took his place among the di a band of redcoats in come to burn us out of house youths, many of whom he knew. and home Perhaps half an hour later the redcoats were seen eti "And that is just what will happen, if we don't here and protect you, Mr. Larkin," George. "What! You don't mean it?" "Oh, goodness!" from Mrs. Larkin. stay ing up the road. They were making very good time, were not long in reaching the farmhouse As we I already seen, they were given two volleys by the youth.' the house and retired to a safe distance to hold a cou Bob's eyes shone with excitement, but Sadie turned and decide what they should do, leaving a score of slightly pale. number lying in the yard, either dead or wounded. "Yes," said George; "you see the horses the toys are on?" indicating the youths. Mr. Larkin nodded. "Well, they belong to redcoats-or did belong to them, I should say; they belong to us now-and the redcoats in question will be along here before long, mad as wet hens, and eager for revenge on us for taking the horses. So we thought we had better stay here and stand them off for you." "Yes, yes!" from Mr. Larkin. "I'm mighty glad that .t' ,_ you are going to do so. I don't want the redcoats to burn up my house, if it can be helped." "They sha n t do so, either-not if we can help it!" said George, and then be told them who Dick was The Larkins bad heard of Dick Slater, the famous scout and spy, and captain of the "Liberty Boys," and they greeted him cordially. Then Dick and George went back to where the youths' were and told them to ride around into the edge of the timber, just back of the stable, and and tie the horses. CHAPTER VI. CAPT.A.IN HORTON SURPRISED. "What will they do now, do you think, George. a 0 "It is hard telling what they may decide to try to George." "Do you think they will make another attack?" 8' Bob Larkin, eage rly. Dick eyed the boy and smiled as he said: "I believe, wish they wouid do so, Bob." "I'd like to get one more shot at them, that's a fa4 was the reply '!It would be hard to foretell what action they take," said Dick. "You are right" a"reed Bob Estabrook "they h 0 l been hit a pretty hard blow, and they won't be This was done, and then the entire party went to the have another try at us, with us intrenched in the hot house. Dick took things in hand and placed hal'f the force while they are out in the open-at least that is the 1 upstairs and half down. He placed Bob in command, upI look at it." stairs, while he took charge downstairs. "Now I think we will be able to give the redcoats a warm reception," he said "I hope so," said Mr. Larkin. "As soon as they come in sight I think it will be well "And I think you have it about right, Bob." "Goodness there are eighteen men down, out the1 said Bob, who had been counting; "and I believe that majority of them are dead, too, for they are mighty sJ "Twelve are dead, I think," said George; "and six for you folks to go down in the cellar," said Dick; "you wounded." will not be in so much danger of being hit by bullets All watched the redcoats with interest, and preset down there." they saw one leave his comrades and come back to"l\1 "Bob and the women fo l ks can go down," said Mr. the house. As he came he drew a white handkerchief fr Larkin; "for me, I have a rifle, and I will stay up here his pocket and waved it. and help you fight the scoundrels." "He wants to have a talk," said Bob.


rl'HE LIBERTY 1 BOYS' BATrl'LE FOR LIFE. 17 "Yes; I'll go to the door and see what he wants," rades, take the wounded and go away and not bother you plied Dick. any more." He opened the front door and stood there waiting. The "I will promise that you shall not be fired upon," redcoat, who W!!-S Captain Horton in person, approached pli e d Dick; "and you can bury your dead comrades, and ll he was within twenty feet of the house, ari.d then he take your wounded away-and I will let you have a suffiaused. cient number of horses to carry fue wounded men, too, "Well," he said, glaring at Dick fiercely, ; "l you but 'you can have no more. The uninjured men will have ink you have done something wonderful, don't you?" to walk." "I think so," replied Dick, quietly; "l kg.ow it." '"Say, but that will be an outrage-to keep our horses!" "Oh, you h.Llow it, eh?" in a snarling voice. s aid the captain, angrily. "Yes." "You may think so; I don't." "Then you think it praiseworthy to kill a lot of brave "Well, 1 certainly do think so!" en, like these?" indicating his comrades lying about. "I can't heh> that." "What's .that!" cried the captain, in a rage. "Do you Oowardl y scoundrels, you mean said Dick, calmly. "And you won't let us have our horses?" "Only a sufficient number to carry away the wounded are to talk in that fashion to my face? Why, I'd have men on, as I have said." ou know, you accursed reb--" "That will do!" interrupted Dick. "No name s plea se. f you have anything of importance to say, say it; if notet out!" The captain glared at the youth fiercely, but if he exected to frighten Dick Slater he was doomed to be disppointed. It took a great deal more than a look to cause hat youth to fl.inch. "Who are you, anyway?" presentl:y asked the redcoat. "None of your busines,s." "None of my business, eh?" "Exactly." "Well, you are about as insolent a young scoun--" "Stop it!" cried Dick, drawing a pistol quick as a fl.ash "Tha t is final? You won' t change your mind?" "No." "You will be sorry if you don't!" "I don't think so." "You will find out! I will tell you that if you keep our horses, it will be the worst thing you ever did in your life!" "Ob, stop threatening and get to work,_" said Dick, with a wearied air; "I am tired of listening to you." "All right!" Then the redcoat motioned to his men, and they approached and entered the yard. Dick, who had remained standing in the doorway, said: "Now, captain, I don't want a single one of your men to leave the front yard. Anything you want will be brought you by -some of my men." "Well, we need a spade." "I will see that one is brought." Dick asked M.r. Lar o you call me names State your business, if you have kin if he had a spade, and he said that he had. "There nd leveling it; "l don't intend to stand here and listen ny; if you haven't, get away from here as quickly as you is one at the back of the house. Bob, you go get it and take ow how!" it out to the redcoats." The captain was very angry, but he saw that it would Bob obeyed, and after taking the spade to the redcoats, e dangerous to talk saucy to the youth. He made an atcame back in the house. empt to gain some information, however, by asking : How many of you are there in the house?" "'!'here is a sufficient number to enable us to you nd your crowd a thrashing," was Dick's cool reply; "and hat is all you need to know about it." "Humph!" the captain grunted, angrily, but had sense "Now, how many horses will you have to have for the wounded men?" asked Dick. "Six," was the reply. Dick sent six of the boys out to the horses, and they did so, after which they re-entered the house. The redcoats carried the dead bodies of their comrades nough 'to see that he could gain no information from the uver across the oad and buried them in the edge of the 1 outh. Then he said: "I have a proposition to make to timber, and then they placed the wounded men on the 'OU." "Go ahead and make it." "It is this: If you will let us have our horses, and will romise to not fire upon us, we will bury our dead com-horses and took their departure. At the top of a hill half a away they paused a few moments and Captain Horton shook his fist in the direction of the house they had just left.


18 THE LIBERTY BbYS' BA'l\TLE FOH L IFE. "Oh, bu t I'll make you suffer for this, young "You had better be warned and stay away.'' :>u drel!" he grated. "I do_n't know your name, but I'll know "You had better be warned and get out of the co1 y our face if I see it again, and if I get a chance at you try!" the captain replied "If you don't, the 'LibefU I w ill make you wish you had never been born!" T he captain did not know it, but the object of his wrath and remarks was at that moment within fifty feet of him, a nd heard and understood every word he uttered. Dick Boys' will need a new man for captain!" "Threatened men live long, you. know, captain," reply. P "This will be an exception to the rule, then; for yJ t h a d fo1lowed the narty of redcoats, keeping in the edge of days are numbered!" l the timber, and when they paused at the top of the hill he c r ept up close and was j ust in time to see the captain's action and hear what he said. Dick was something of a dare-devil when the notion seized him, and he suddenly made up his mind to let the r e d coat officer know who he was. So he called out : "Oh, come, captain, dbn't talk so positive. You m slip up on it, you know." 1 "Not a bit of it! I know who you are, now, anap shall make it my business to get even with you for wf you have done io-day." "Oh, you are at liberty to try, of course; but you wu You don't know my name, you say? Then I'll tell you. fail." n It is Dick Slater, be.tter known, perhaps, as the captain 0 'The ;Liberty Boys of '76' !" j CHAPTER VII. PICK .AND THE CAPTAIN .EXCHANGE "CO::lfPLIMENTS. Cries of amazement escaped the lips of the redcoats, whil e Captain Horton was almost stricken dumb, he was so surprised. He had not suspected that any one was I won't fail. I have a double account against and I will settle it in full." h "A double account?" "Y C8." "What is the other?" "The death of :Major Murdock, which I am now c vinced was your work." "You are mistaken a pout that; I had nothing to t with the death of that scoundrel." "Bah! Of course Y,OU would deny it!" "No; if I had had anything to do with his taking l should be proud to acknowledge it, for if all I hear is tr within hearing distance, and now to learn that the 1ery and I think it is, he was a deep-dyed villain who sho youth he was speal:ing of wa:s within a few feet of him, have been killed long ago." and had heard and understood every word he had uttered "Oh, of his enemies would have nothing g was enough to make him dumb for fi few moments. He to say for him speedily recovered the use of his faculties, however, and "Nor his friends, either, if were to tell the trut l eaped toward the point from which the voice had soum1ed. "Bah! Well, you may go, now, but a reckoning day men !" he cried; "come, and we will capture the saucy scoundrel!" T he men leaped forward and ran with all their might, and the party was soon within the edge of the timber, but n owhere could they see any sign of a human being. They were looking in every direction when a peal of mocking coming." "Oh, thank you!" mockingly. "And let me tell :Niister Redcoat, that when the day of reckoning come will be there, ready to reckon with you!" "Bah! you are a braggart!" :< "Not at all, my friend You will find that there i s rl l aughter came from back in the timber a ways. much of that quality in my make up. Yo will :find ijl "You might as well continue on your way," called out a I am ready to act-more so than to talk; but I had tot voice; "you couldn't catch me in a hundred years. Just this time, in order to hold my own against you, for ) go on your way and don't waste any more time. Another are a braggart, if ever there was one!" thing: Don't corp.e fooling around in this part of the "Bosh! Just wait till I get at you!". country again. If you do, it will go hard with you!" "You can get .at me right now, if yo{i wish ;1 was "Won't I come fooling around in this part of the coundefiant reply; "just tell your men to stay whe re they a try?" cried Captain Horton, red with rage. "Well, I'll and you come here, and we will have it out with any show you, Mister Dick Slater, captain of 'The Liberty ons you care to use It doesn't matter to me--pista Boys of '76' !" muskets, sword:s, anything you like."


THE LIBEHTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 1 "I shall not lower myself by engaging in a duel with but the captai n shrewdly suspected that the com u." mander would refuse to let the reinforcements come, i o "No, I wouldn't, if I were you!" mockingly. "It is otherwise, and would, moreover, order him to return with )e uch safe r not to do so!" the remnant of his force. 'l'his, of course, the officer did The captain hesitated and looked at his men in an unnot wis h to do, as he had set his heart on avenging the cided manner. "I have half a mind to take the fellow death of Murdock, and also on getting revenge for on that proposition," he said; "I could cut him into the manner in which his men had been treated by Dick ro "ts with my sword, for he can know nothing of the use Slater and his party of "rebels." the weapdn of officers and gentlemen." J..iord Rawdon, not knowing the truth of the matter, ''I wouldn't do i.t, captain," said one of the men; "he limrevcr, at once sent for an officer, a captain, and told ay lure you into the timber and shoot you down. Then, him the news and ordered him to take one hundre d men d o, 1.he wounded men need attention, and the sooner we ancl go at once to the relief of Captain H ort on and his rb et to \Vinnsboro and a doctor, th e better." men 'Thafs so," the captain acknmdedged; then he called "Hasten!" he said; "dou t los e a mom e nt, for the cap-ut: "I shall not accept your proposition, as the wounded iain and his m e n may be slaughtered, he says a:qd we en, here, need to be gotten whe re they can have attention must not permit that." uickly; but the time will come when we shall meet, ancl en I will slice you up into bits as I would a tomato or otaio !" 'Suit yourself," replied Dick; "but I think you will are some difficulty in doing th e slicing." "?.\ ot Uie least bit of difficulty!" ''You '"ill change your mind after you hav e made the ttcmpt." The captain made no reply, but gave the word and the "Very well, sir; I will the men and go at once," sa id Captain Sharp; a few more words, he hastened out and to his quarters. He told the news to a number as he went, and it speedi ly trav eled throughout the entire garrison, and the men became greatly excited. "The idea of those country gawks getting up a force attacki1:g a: force of British soldiers;" was the general cry. "It is outrageous!" Captain Sharp could have had a force of a, thousand men arty started once more and made its w ay onward to had he wanted it, and been authorized to take such a Tinnsboro, arriving there half an hour later. 'l'he wounded number. He had been instructed to take only one hundred ien were taken to rooms in the tavern, and the village !I. odor was sent for. He came at once, and did what he onld for the wounded men-though his knowledge of men, however, so he selected that number, and, as soon as they were read.)', set out. They crossed the river and rode away at a gallop, being urgcry was not great. Still, he managed to dress the determined to get to their journey's end as quickly as pos ouncl:;, after a fa s hion, and ga\ C the rnen such medicine sible. It illight result 'in the death of Captain Horton's s tended to eaEc their pains ancl lessen their suffering entire force if they were to go slow ly._ The captain then called for quill and ink and paper, Two hours of hard riding brought them to Winnsboro, nd hastened to write a letter to Lord Rawdon, asking that and when they got there and found that Captain Horton ue hundred men be sent at once. He told such a story as was not surrounded by the enemy, and that that story was ould make the commander lik ely to comply with his all a they were at first quite angry. Then the cap equest, and when he had finished he sealed the letter and tain took Captain Sharp to one side and explained to him cnt a 1nessenger pos t haste to Camden his reason for sending the mes s age. 'I'he me senger rode the best of six horses, and did "I knew Rawdon would not send any more men if he of. spare the animal. As a result he reached Camden at knew the truth," he said, "so I made that story up. Now oon and delivered the mess age into Lord Ilawdon's hands you are here, Sharp, and I am going to ask that you keep 'hen he went to his quarters aucl ate dinner. the secret and help me punish these insolent rebels for I When Lord Rawdon read the message he became very what they have done You were a friend of Major Murnuch excited. Captain Horton had written that he had dock, too, the same as I was, and together we w ill make it een ambushed and set upon by a horde of "rebels," and so hot for the rebel people of this vicinity that they will hat he was at that moment surrounded by said "rebels," wish they had behaved themselves a.nd not show n fight." rn

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. ton, and was not averse to plundering, pillaging and burnhurry He knew that his friends were in danger, an(ja ing the "rebel" homes. wished to get back to the Larkin home and warn the youtri The two shook bands to bind the compact, and then they Also, he wished to give the redcoats an unpleasant sl t repaired to the bar of the tavern to have a drink and lay prise, and he would be unable to do so unless he got the plans for their campaign. fifteen minutes ahead of them. And here was this bt I "The first thing to do," said Captain Sharp, "is to :find and crush this band of young rebe l s you speak of "Yes, that's the :first thing to do," agreed Horton. "Where will we be likely to find it?" "At the house where it was this morning, I judge." "How far is that from here?" "A mil e." "Well, let's go out there at once." "I'm in for it; we'll go just as soon as we have another drink." While they were taking this drink a rough-looking C;Ountry youth, with a slouch hat and stoga shoes, rose from a seat at a table at one side of the barroom and walked quietly out of the room. This was Dick Slater, who had come to the tavern an hour before to spy on the redcoats and learn, if possible, what they intended doing. headed redcoat holding him back le Of course, the fellow was doing it just because he co11 1 He had had no orders to stop any one from passing, he had sized Dick up as being a country youth and a e subject to have some sport with. ta "You can't go," he said. "But I must go. "You said that a while ago." "I know I did, an' I meant et, too." "Ha, ha, ha I You meant it, did you?" "Yas. w y r t, d A number of the redcoat's comrades had gathe'red abd, and were grinning with delight, the scene being, to tb minds, quite comical. "You had better look out for him, Jack," laughed oil "he is beginning to talk in a threatening manner." I "So they have secured reinforcements and are going "I have my eye on him," replied the one addressed to hunt the band of 'rebel' youths down and crush them, Jack. "I know he is a dangerous fellow, and I am lit arethey?"hesaidto. himself. "Well,we'llseeaboutthat!" going to take any chances.". He said this in a sarcas 'rhen aloud he exclaimed: "Hello! whut d'ye want, mister?" If he had but known it he had told the truth when One of the redcoats had got in his way and presented said the supposed country youth was a dangerous fell his threateningly. He did not know it, but was soon to find it out. "What do I want?" Dick realized that he must get away from there 'Vel. "Yas. quickly. The two captains were likely to come out "I want you to give me the password before you can the barroom at any moment, and Dick feared that pass me." "Ther password, mister? "Yes. "I dunno no password." "Then you can't pass!" "W'y not?" "I have just told you-because you haven't the pass word." Captain Horton's attention was attracted to him close. he might be recognized; so he decided to act, and at on Dick suddenly leaped forward and dealt the who had blocked his way, a blow fair between the e It was a terrible blow, and the redcoat went down as ;: struck by a sledgehammer. The other redcoats stared open-mouthed amazement. They were temporary par[ lyzed and incapable of making a movement. This was "But they didn' ax me fur no password w'en I come heer Dick's favor, and he took advantage of it. He bound erwhile ergo." "Oh, didn't they?" "No." "Then they neglected their duty; and because they di, d so is no reason I should." "But I've gotter hurry home." "I can't help that; you can't go." "But I mus' go." Dick was in earr"i.est about wishing to get away in a forward, dashed through the little circle of r;dcoats, r out to the road, cut a halter-strap, leaped upon a horse alfi dashed away at speed. [ By this time the redcoats had recovered the use of tht"C faculties. With wild yells they rushed out into the road "Stop, thief!" "Halt! or you are a dead man!" Stop or we will :fire l r Such a few of the cries given utterance to by tbt


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 21 ats, but Dick paid no attention to them. Indeed, if Dick had a good start, however. He was already a ies had any effect at all, it was to make him urge the third of a mile away and ridin g at full speed, while the to renewed exertions He leaned forward upon the redcoats had yet to get und e r way. This would not give 1 al's neck and slapped it on the shoulder, at the same Dick much time, however, and so he urged his horse forurging it onward by words. ward constantly. e redcoats, seeing that the fugitive was not going to It happened that Dick had been so fortunate as >to leveled their muskets and fired a volley. But they secure the best horse of the entire bunch, and he gradually waited too long, and very few of the bullets carried up. increased his lead so that when he reached the home of e noise of the firing brought the two captains out of Mr. Larkin the party of redcoats were n ea rly half a mile vern in a hurry. away. hat's going on here?" they cried in unison. you firing-and at what?" "Why Bob Estabrook had been on the watch, and when he saw Dick coming at full speed on hor seback he knew that hat scoundrel, yonder!" cried the redcoat named something was up. He immediately called George,. Davis who W'as the one who had caused all the disturband the band of youths together and told them to be in He had just struggled to his feet and was brushing readiness for instant action. dust off his uniform. His eyes were rapidly swelling > the result of the blow Dick had given him, and he rather a disreputable-looking fellow, to say the least ho is he?" asked Captain Horton. 1 I don't know; but he's a regular demon with his !" the redcoat growled. "Just look at my face!" id he strike you?" asked Captain Sharp, in amaze-1 t. "Dick is coming like a streak of greased lightning!" he said. "I have no doubt that the redcoats are pursuing him and he "\\'.ill want us to be ready for a fight the in stant he gets here." They opened the gate leading into the yard, and when Dick reached there he rode right in. "Q, uick!" he cried as he leaped to the ground; "come up the road here, with me. The redcoats are coming and we must give them such a reception as will make them ow did it happen?" want to take the back track." y, I stopped him and demanded that he give the "Go ahead,'' said Bob; "we will follow you." ord before being allowed to pass. He said he didn't Dick led the way back up the road a distance of a any password, and wanted to pass, anyway. I hundred and fifty yards, being careful to keep within the ght I would have a little fun with him; but, as it edge of the timber so the approaching redcoats could not ed out, he had the fun and I was the one who got the them, and here he paused. "Conceal yourselves behind the bushes and trees, boys," hat did he look like?" asked Captain Horton, quickly. he said; "and as the redqoats approach take deliberate aim. c h, he looked just like an ordinary country gawk," was And when I give the :word, fire! Don't be afraid; there reply. are at least a hundred of them, but we can thrash them, '11 wager a five-pound note that it is that scoundrel, all right. 'I'he main thing is to take good aim and not Slater!" the captain cried excitedly. o you think so?" exclaimed Captain Sharp. do; it would be just like him." give way to a feeling of nervousness "Oh, we're not a bit nervous, Dick!" grinned Bob. 'We'll take good aim, and when we pull trigger there ell, l et's pursue this rascal and capture him, if posare going to be some redcoats take a tumble-eh, boys?" this last addressed to the youths. 11 right; but we won't be able to catch him." Bob was shrewd. He was an old veteran, and there was not the least danger that he would become nervous, but 'm sure of it, but we can try; we want to go in that by placing himself on an equality with the other youth s tion, anyway." o horse, men, and after the scoundrel!" cried Oap Sharp. he would be able to inspire them with a feeling of con fidence. In fact, there was something about Bob that tended to inspire all around him with confidence, for h e e soldiers hastened to obey the order, and soon the was so jolly, good-humo!'ed and matter-of-fact, withal, party was dashing up the road in pursuit of the that it was hard to that danger threatened, so long as his face was where it could be seen.


22 'fHE LIBERTY BOYS BATTLE F.OR LIFE. "You are right, Bob," said George Davis. !'I think t he redcoats will be fewer in numbers after we have given t11em a volley." 'l'he redcoats were now in sight ancl coming rapidly. They would be within range in another minute 1" imagine that each yedcoat is a wild turkey and that you. want turkey for dinner, boys," said Dick; "do this, and when you pull trigger, down will go a redcoat l It is as easy to kill a man as a turk'ey, if you hit him :right." On came the redcoats. The advance guard was almost ven with the spot where the youths were secr eted, and Dick gave the signal for his comrades to take aim They leveled their rihcs and muskets, and when Dick thought they had good aim he called out : "Fire!" Crash! roar! The volley r ang out loudly, and that t ne yonths had taken good aim was quickly prornn, foy at le ast a score of the r edcoats tumbled to the ground A scene of confusion ensued The redcoats shouted and cursed, while Captains Horton and Sharp yelled out loud commands. around so as to come out somewhere m the vie Mr. Larkin's stable. They reached it presently a+ tering, hastily loaded their muskets, rifles and p They had just finished when the youths who halb placed on guard gave the ahlJ:m, stating that the r were coming. p "All right, let them c?me !" said Dick, grimly. b get ready, boys, and be prepared to give it to the sco hot and heavy as soon as they cor;-e in range." The youths took up positions where they would abled to fire through cracks in the side of the stab was right alongside the road, and the redcoats within deadly range when they got opposite. Evidently they thought they had driven theenem away from the vicinity, for they came ou without ing any signs of fear, and the two captains wer ranguing the crowd, telling the men what to .do. "We will bufn down this house, here!" cried C Horton; "it is the home oi one of the worst re this part of the country "Fire at this instant rang out Dick's voice youlh had taken good aim, and at the word the "Fire!" roared one. "Charge the scoundrels!" roared rang out. ttte other. Nearly a score of the redcoat s were unhorsed, The redcoats obeyed both commands. They fired a volkilled or wounded, and shouts and curses went up ley, and .then charged straight toward the edge of the air. 'rhe horses kicked, reared and plunged, an timber. As they came, Dick called out to the youths to groans and shrieks of the wounded who were :fire, and they poured a volley from their pistols full into tl'ampled by the horses' feet added to the excitemen the faces of the enemy. A dozen or more 'rent down, and terrors of the scene. the party was thrown into disorder, but they kept on ad"Ready?" cried Dick. "Take aim!" Then after vahcing. moments his voice again rang out: "Fall back, and fire as you go called out Dick, and the "Fire youths obeyed. They retreated, keeping themselves shel Crash! roar! Aga\n the volley rang out and tered as well as they were able by the trees, and fired an great execution was done, for a dozen of the re other volley from their pistols. went down. Dick, who was watching affairs closel 'fhe rcacoats were very angry, however, and Captains that the redcoats were on the verge of a panic, and Horton and Sharp kept shouting orders for them to purdetermined to cause them to take to flight, if poss.ih sue the "rebels," and give them the bayonet, and the "Give them another volley, boys!" he cried, and soldiers leaped from their horses and dashed into the the boys obeyed. timb er in full of the youths. This had the desired effect. The redcoats we As they canl.e on they fired a couple of volleys, and proof against such a storm of Bullets, at such close one or two of Dick's youths went down. It could not be and they turned their horses and rode away as if t helped, however; the only thing to do was to keep on reNick was after them treating, and this the youths did Captains Horton and Sharp, both of whom were s "We can outrun them," said Dick; "so keep right on wounded, rode after their men, calling on them to ha going and as soon as we have distanced them we will re-come back, but the men would not obey-at any rat load our weapons and make for the house. We will be until they were well out of range of the terrible :fire able to keep them from burning it, I think." the youths' weapons Then they stopped and wait The youths ran with all their might, and gradua lly bent theit commanders to come up.


'l'RE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 23 at do you m e an by running like a flock of sheep?" "Hello!" he calle d out. "I wish to 'Speak to you, Captain Sharp, angrily. Dick Slater!" eYer saw such a pack of cowards!" cried Captain Dick immediately stepped out of doors and iaeed the captain. "W:hat do you want?" he asked. ll, great guns l we couldn'i; help it," cried one of I wish to ask permission to bury our dead an d remove n, "the horses ran away with us. We couldn't manthe wounded." ''Very well; the permission is granted h snorted Sharp; "but I suppose a poor excuse "And you won' t fire upon us?" "Fire on a flag of truce? What do you think we are-you had remained and charged up to the stable, we savages?" have had the scoundrels at our mercy," said Horton; "Oh, no; I simply wished to make sure that is all." are able to fire but three volleys before having to "Well, you may advance with the assurance that yon and they had fired the three Now you have run will not be molested-that is, so long as your men con and given them a chance to reload the weapons, and fine themselves to the work of burying their dead commeet with a storm of bullets if we return." hat we do, Horton?" asked Sharp hardly know what to do, Sharp," was the reply. oks as if we are to have to give up and acknowledge e have been thrashed by a gang of boys." looks that way, sure." ere is one thing about it, however, that takes away of the disgrace which might otherwise attach to the rades and removing the wound ed. If they should try any tricks, then there would be trouble "Of course; but we shall do nothing of the kind ." "If you are wise you -will not!" The captain grunted out something unintelligible and rode back fo where he had left the others "What did he say?" asked Captain Sharp "He said it would be all right Dick S l ater, the famous captain of 'The Liberty "Then we m a y go back and bury our dead and remove of '76' is in command of those young scoundrels our wounded without being fired upon?" es; and what he 'does n't know about :fighting isn't ou're right about that." ell, one thing is certain, we must take care of our ded comrades," said one of the soldi e r s think there will 1be no difficulty about that," said in Horton; "this fellow Slater seems to be willing e should bury our dead and attend to our wounded "Yes "Do you suppose it will b e safe to trust to the fellow s word?" '\Yes, I think so." "You had one experience of the same kind with him, a nd he kept his word?" "Yes. Oh, I am not afraid that he won't keep his word." "Very well, then; let us go back there and get to work." s he doesn' t want to be bothered with the matter." "The men will have to be very careful, though," said ell, then, I'll tell you what let's do, Horton," said Captain Horton; "if any of them should try to do any in Sharp, "let's communicate with him and get perthing in the way of getting a sho t at thos e young scoun n to bury the dead and take away the wounded; then drels it will be all up with us." "ll return to Winnsboro and hold a council and decide "I'll caution them." we shall do." Captain Sharp did so, and the men said they would be bat's a good idea, Sharp." yery careful and not do anything to an ger the youths. o will go forward-you?" Th e n the entire party went back to the scene of the encan do so, yes. I have had conversation with Dick counter. A couple of spades were borrowed from Mr. r before." 1 right; go along. \V, e will temporize with him now, ater on we will square accounts with him or know eason why!" ou are right about that, Sharp!" en Captain Horton, with bis handkerchief waving, forward and approached the stable. He rode up to n fifty yards of the building stopped Larkin, and a large excavation waiil made in the edge of the timber, opposite the stab le, and in this the dead bodies were placed and covered over The n the loan of a team and wagon was procured from :Mr. Larkin, and 1he wounded were placed in the wagon and taken to the tavern at Winnsboro. The team and wagon were then nturned. As soon as t hey were safely back at the tavern the two


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. captains held a council of war. Seated at a table in the 'l'he redcoat nodded, mounted his horse and r barroom, with a couple of bottles and glasses between them, away; and then the two captains returned to them they talked the matter over in all its phases. and glasses. They were united in saying that they had failed mis erably in the work which they had set out to do. "There is just this about it," said Captain E;orton: "We are not versed in the style of warfare that our enemies indulge in." "You are right," agreed Captain Sharp; "they are people who have lived in this vicinity all their lives, and know every foot of the ground, and we don't stand much chance with them. If it was an army that would come out and meet us openly it would be different; then we would have some chance and would know what we were doing." "'l'hat's so; and as it is, now, we don't know anything CHAPTER VIII. DICK A PRISONER. "Well, we licked them!" ) n "So we did." :a "We gave them a good thrashing I" 1e "Yes; I think we have taught the Britis h a lessio "They will be careful how they fool around us la about it." "So they will." .s "Not much; that's a fact; I think it is plain, though, The speakers were the band of youths who, und11;> that we will have to have more men if we are to do anySlater's leadership, had given the redcoats such a thing at all with these scoundrels." ing. They had just emerged from the stable, afl "Then you think we had better send back to Camden redcoats had taken their departure. for more men?" "What is the next thing on the programme, Dick?" "We ought to have more men, there is no doubt about Bob Estabrook. > that; but I doubt if Rawdon will let any more come." "The next thing, Bob, is to go back in the timl\ "You think he won't?" find our boys who fell under the fire from the "Well, I don't think he would l et you come if I hadn't of the redcoats when we were retreating. Three wrote him that cock-and-bull story about being surrounded I think, and all may not be dead. We may be by the enemy, and in imminent danger of being slaugh tered." "Very good; then we'll write him another message of similar import, and have him send us another hundred men." "We might do that." "We must do it if we are to have the men we must have them; there is no two ways about that." rcYou are right; I shall never rest until we have squared accounts with that accursed young scoundrel, Dick Slater." ''Nor shall I." "Shall I write the message to Rawdon at once?" "Yes, at once." The went to the landlord and procured quill, pape:i; and ink, wrote a letter which he handed to the other for his inspection. Captain Sharp read it, nodded ap provingly, and said: "Very good; that ought to bring the save the life of one or more of them." "They are Gerald Harkley, Maurice Moore Sanford," said George Davis. "Oh, I hope that th not dead I" J The youths hastened back thro'1gh the timber a came upon one of the bodies lying still and stark ground. t "It is ).faurice !" said George, in awed tones, "an is-dead :i "Yes," said Dick; "he is dead, poor boy; but h in a good cause." "Four of you boys carry the body to our house,( George; "we will keep it there till his folks come, all} bury it." Four of the youths stopped to 'do as George said, a rest hastened onward. Soon they came upon anothtll -that of Gerald Harkley, and it was stiff and starkJ men." ald was dead. ( "I think it will." George told four of the youths to carl'y the ha The lett er was sealed, given into the hands of one of Gerald to the house, and then they moved, onwa1 the soldiers, who was instructed to ride to Camden wit4 little farther and they found Tom. He was not deCl all possible 6espatch, and place the message in the hands was unconscious from loss of blood. Dick made a of the commander. amination and said he thought the youth would gd:


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 25 roper care. Tlten four of the youths lifted their Captain Horton nodded, a :fiendish look o:f joy on his comrade and bore him tenderly to the house. face. "The same!" he said. Then he got up from the went to work with Tom, while the rest gave such table and stepping forward, faced Dick and glared at him ce as was possible, and a few minutes later the with a look of hatred. d youth came to. He was weak, but recognized "So> we meet again, do we?" he grated. rades, with a smile, and asked, feebly: "Did we "It would seem so," was Dick's cool reply. em?" "You won' t J:ie so cool about the by the time did that, Tom!" sai d George. "They have gone I get through with you!" snarled the captain. Winnsboro and were only too glad to get away." "You think not?" was the imperturbable reply. glad of that!" "I know it!" relatives of the two dead youths were sent for, and ''Then there isn't any need of my making any state-ame soon. They were greatly grieved when they ments regarding the matter, if you know it; for when e dead youths, but they seemed to realize that their a person knows a thing, that settles it.'" o nes had died in a good cause, and made the best of "Well, that is settled; for I am going to make you suffe r tter. 'rhe bodies were interred that evening, and for what you have done, you young !" s soon as it was dark Dick set out on a scouting ex"It will be just about like you to do it, you old scoun drel!" was the retort. went in the direction of Winnsboro, as be knew that "What's that! Do you dare call me a scou ndrel?" al-' t be the proper place to look for the redcoats. Dick most yelled the captain, red with anger. y suspected that the enemy would be up to some or other, and he wished to_ find out what the trick be. moon came up, full and bright, it was almost as day. "It will be dangerous trying to spy on the ts,'' thought the youth; "I will have to be very "And why not? You called me one." "But-that is different." "I don't see how it is diffe'r' ent." "You don't?" "No." "It is plain enough; I am a British officer, while you are--" approached the vicinity of Winnsboro very cautiously, "An American officer, and as good a man as you or any r once in hi_s lifo Dick was fooled. He was still a other British officer, at any time and anywhere!" r of a mile away from the edge of the village when suddenly leaped upon by a dozen r edc oats, who bad oncealed behind an immense fallen tree. struggled, but it availecl him nothing, for the odds oo great again s t him. He was soon overpowered, e jubilant redcoats dragged him off to the village to the tavern. The two captain s were seated at a drinking and playing cards, and .looked around in hment when the soldiers came bustling in with their er. at's all this?" exclaimed Captain Sharp. have captured a spy, c;aptain !" was the reply. ptured a spy, eh?" "Bah! you are insolent "No, I am merely telling the truth." The captain glared at Dick for a few moments and then said: "Can it be possible that you think yourself the equa l of a British officer?" Dick bowed. "The equal of any, and the superior of i.he majority, if such as I have seen in this country are fair samples of the whole." Captain Horton turned and lodk e d at Captain Sharp. "What do you think of that for an exhibition of impud ence, captain?" he asked. "It is a very good exhibition,'' was the reply; "it is jus t about what I would expect to hear from this fellow Slater. I've heard a great deal about him since coming to America." on't know." "Well, I guess the stories we have heard regarding his t I do I" suddenly cried Captain Horton, who had impudence were not stretched any,'' growled Captain ught sight of the prisoner's face. "It is that rebel Horton. rel, Dick Slater!" "Not a bit." at!" cried Captain Sharp. "The captain of 'The ''Do you know what I am going to do with you, Dick y Boys of '76' ?" Slater?" asked Horton, again turning to the prisoner.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. "l hav en't the ,least idea." "I wouldn't walk ten paces to see you "I supp0se you have some curiosity r ega rding the matDick, quietly. ter, in an ironical tone. "No great a.mount/' was the cal m repl y ; "I suppose I shall find out soon enough." Captain Sharp burst into l oud laughter, and even the soldiers could not help smiling, and some looked admir ingly at the handsome, manly looking prisoner. "There's coolness and sang froid for you, Horton!" cned Captain Sharp. "Yes, he's ut what I please, and when I please." 1 "A very bad practice, as you will soon find." "Oh, I don't know about that. Say, captain, remember the little talk we had yesterday in the Captain Horton frowned. ''Yes, I remember 1 growled; "I told you at tl{e time that I would sorry for what you had done." "I know you did; but you haven't made me so "Perhaps not; but I shall do so very soon "I doubt it; but see here, captain, do you reme I challenged you to fight me, a::id that you said meet some other time?" "Yes, I r emember it." "Well, then, why not have the affair out now? you choice of weapons. It doesn't matter to me choose-swords, pistols, muskets, anything." Captain Sharp burst into loud laughter. "The ness for you, Horton," h e said; a wants to figh duel-ha, ha, ha!" "You must think I am a fool, Dick Slater!" cri w as his quiet, decided r e pl y "I am confident, though, that tain Horton, angrily. "Why should I fight a d 1 Dick shook his head. "You will Jever know from me," the majbr deserved the fate which overtook him." "Oh, of course you would think so!" "S0 would any fair-mind ed person. You know it." you I have you a prisoner in my hands? Th hr. the work of a fool, sure enough!" 1 "But you feel confident that you are. my super 1 :' I don't h."'Ilow an ything of the kind!" snar l e d the captain. the sword, do not, captain?" asked Dick, cal "Yes, you do; but you won't acknowledge it, that is all.'' "Yes, I k:p.ow that." "Bah! you are altogether too free with your tongue. I "You mean you just think you know it. You think I will put a stop to its wagging, and at once." my superior." "Say, you a r e not going to take him away oYer to the "What! I am not your superior with the swo Broad River to hang him, are you?" asked Capt ain Sharp. most roared Captain Horton. "Certainly you are not. y OU are not even mr with the weapon." Dick s pokely calmly and wit\: ance. r: The other shook his head. "No, that would be too much troubl e and take too much time," he r eplied; "we will take him out in the timber, back of the ta1ern, and hang him there "Why, why-I have thl\11' a mind to-to fight J.: "That is the thing to do. There is no need of going impudent young scoundrel, just for the satisfa

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR L IFE. 2 7 gt=================================================================== l you are able," said Dick; I don't think you are d o it." The part to a stop under a large tree which had l imbs extending almost straight out from the trunk. "This s just trying to get you angry enough to :fight him, will do nicely," said Captain Horton. "Who has a rop ?' "said Captain Sharp; "if is a cunning trick, and No one had a rope, so a man was sent to the stable to a n't pay any attention to what he says Let's take get one from the stableman. The redcoat was soon back and string him up and put an end to his chatter." with the rope, and a noose was quicldy made in one end, gave Captain Sharp a peculiar look. "You are a and this noose was placed over Dick's neck. Then a nimble hrewd fellow," he said, coldly; "if I get out of this redcoat climbed the tree with the other end of the rope shall try to meet you some time and tell you just in his mouth and be passed the end over the limb and down think of you to his comrades below, who seized the rope and made ready t's all right," laughed Sharp; "I don t think you to pull at the word from their captain out of this scrape "Ah, ha! now I think I shall have the pleasure of hear 1 haps not; but I have gotten out of a number of ing you beg and plead for your life!" cried Captain Horton, ly just as bad ones in my time grinning like a fiend "I' ll wager you anything you like that you will not have s time your c i reer was brought to an end, then," heartless reply. the pleasure of cloing anythiiig of the kind," was the calm we'll bring it to an end very quickly!" said Capreply orton. t 's t h e way to talk!" from Captain Sharp. "Don't ut s trin g up rebel s as fast as you get hold of m y mot to!'' u ppose you are proud of your motto?" remarked old l y and cuttingly "wen see!" "Yes, you'll see. "We'll make you beg, and I'll '-rnger anything on it!" "You'd lose." "You think we can t make you plead for your life, eh?" I know you can't Just go ahead w ith your cowardly I am." work! Y o u won't hear a word of me." ould expect you to be, for you have the look of t's t hat You dare call me a brute?" The cap rtainly do dare call you a brute, for such you cerre. Now, perhaps you would like to try conclusions e, sword in hand!" I shall do nothing of the kind; I shall, however, n being present and seeing you hung!" course; I expected that. Ther e will be no danger in doing that." Dick spoke cuttingly, and an c aped the lips of Captain Sharp. "We wen't, eh?" "No!" / "We'll see; men, haul him up!" CHAPTER IX. "THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE." A party of young men of an average age of twenty years c on, Captain Horton," he cried, l eaping up from was riding along the road leading southward into Winns le; "let's take the saucy rebe l out ancl string him boro. It was night, yet the full moon made everything as out a n y more parleying!" right, I'm willing, said Captain Horton; "bring ng, men. light, as day. The youths were riding at a gallop, but the horses :moved in a labored fashion as if tired. Doubtless they had traveled many weary miles that day. two captains strode out of the tavern, and behind "We ought to come to a village pretty soon if that man ame the redcoats with the p r isoner. They made back yonder told tlie truth,'' remarked one of the leading ay to the timber, which stood a hundred yards b ack rider s to his companion e tavern. The entire force of redcoats, about ninety 'l'hat's right; let's see: What did he say the name of bcr, were there, for all wanted to see the affair village wasWinnsboro?'.' to the finish. Many of the redcoats were of the 'Yes, that's itWinnsboro. We must be pretty nearly that the prisoner would die like a bra\e man; but there." xpcctecl to hear him beg and plead. "I should think so. Bllt we will have t o be a l i ttle bit


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. c ar e ful, won' t we? You know h e s aid that he thought that th e re was. a p a rty of redcoats there." "Yes; when w e come in sight of the place I will advance a l o n e and do a bit of spywork. We don't want to run into youths, was moving through the timb e r in the at that would take them to the spot where the y exi-a find the redcoats. .s They soon cam!3 .. in sight of the scene and an ambush, you know." ran cold and then almost boiled with anger as "No; it would be bad, and Dick would think we were that their beloved young lead e r, Dick Slater, tiedP v e ry careless." "That's right-ah! there is the village! You boys stop limb of a tree with a rope around his neck. here and I will go on and see if the redcoats a:i:e there / All right, Mark." 'I'he horsemen came to a stop, and the one who to b e in command, and who had been addressed as Mark, leaped to the ground and stole forward on foot. It was only about two hundred yards to the tavern, and Mark ap proached slowly and As he drew near he saw tha t quite a number of redcoats were in front of the building There was something of intere s t transpiring within the tavern, he judged, for he could hear loud voices there, and the attention of all the men on the out s ide s eemed to be attracted in that direction. "I must see what is going on in the re," thought Mark, s nd making a half-circuit he approached the sid e of the building and looked in through a half-open window. What Mark g ave a s ignal, and the "Liberty Boys" c o c ked their mu s k e t s and l e v e l e d them. At the stant Captain Horton ordered the r e dcoats who of the rop e to haul Dick up, but the youth sai moment, b e fore you finish your work, captain. the noose; I have something to say to you, and wish to say it with a rope around my neck." "All right; hold, men!" called out the captai he stepped forward and lifted the noose ofj: the neck. "Now," he said, "what is ityO'll wisR to say?" "It is this," said Dick: "Down with the king live Liberty!" A cur s e escaped the lip s of Captain Horton, made a motion a s if to strike the daring youth in he saw almost made him cry out aloud. "Great guns!" he The n he bethought him that there was anoth e r exclaimed to himself, "there is Dick-and he is a prisoner puni s h the prisoner-by hanging him, as he had Jove! we mu s t rescue him!" 1 to do. The watcher was Mark Morri s on, on e of the memb e r of the comp an y of "Liberty Boys" of which Dick Slater was the captain, and the part y of horsemen-as the read e r ha s s urmised-was the "Libe r t y Boys." Dick and Bob had Jus t as the Briti s h officer was going to put t aro und Dick's neck, however, ther e came a voll e y "Liberty Boys' mus kets and the officer fell d e a a l s o a number of the redcoat s Dick d a rted awa -come on ahead, and, as we have stated in a former chapter, .;p e ed. He r e alized that fri ends wer e a t hand an Dick was looking for them to r e ach that part of the counto give them a good chanc e to fire on the redcoats try in about three d a y s By riding hard, howeve r, they h a d mad e b ette r tim e and had got to Winn s b o ro ah eaa o f time. And it was lucky for Dick that they h a d d o n e so. being in danger .. of killing him He ran with all his mi ght and was soon out o and then the crack! cra c k! cra c k I of the weapons Mark w a tch e d t h e scen e wit hin wit h br eat hless inte rest, 1.ha t a sharp engagem ent was t a king pl ace and lis t e n e d t o the convers a tion b etwee n Di c k and the F e aring that h e might ag ain fall in t o the handt two c a p t ain s "So they are going to h a n g Di ck, a1'e the y ?" h e said to himself "We ll, we'll see about that!" M a rk w a i te d till the party starte d, and a s soon as he e n e my, Di c k m ade a h a lfci r cuit and came i n b ehi h is unknown fri e n d s w e r e s t a tion e d a nd jus t as th e r e the firin g cea sed. At the sam e tim e the re saw that they w e r e going to the timber at the rear of the s ound of rus hin g feet and on the air rose the old, t tavern he ha s tened back to where the other "Liberty Boys" cry of: "Down wit h the king! L o n g live Lib ert} were, and told them what was in the wind. "It is my 'Lib erty Boys'!" Di c k exclaim ed. "B "Dismount and l e ad your hor ses into the e dge of the now we will make it warm for the r e dcoats in this timber a nd tie them," he command ed; "then we will make th e country, or know th.e reason wh y !" our way around to wh e re the scoundrels are and put a stop The "Liberty Boys" bad ch a rg e d the redcoa to their proceeding s The youths obeyed the command with alacrity, and soon lhe entire party, cons i s ting of nearly a hundred hardy quickly scattered them, cau s ing them to flee fa lives, and the majority :fled back to the shelter of ern, seeming to think it the safest place for-them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE FOR LIFE. 29 the "Liberty Boys" came back they encountered under George Davis, the youths made a strong fight, and nd he was greeted with delight, and the rope holdtheir knowledge of woodcraft stood them in good stead and arms was quickly cut, making him free again. enabled them to equalize things. 11, well! You boys got here just in tirr/I" True, they were hard pressed a number of times, and in one instance had to wage a battle for life, but they finally d I'm glad we. did get here in time!" said Mark pulled through, though it was a very hard struggle; and n on. finally the redcoats had to give up the fight and return to u may be sure I am, Mark!" Camden, as news came that the patriot army was coming "' youths all expressed their delight at having got do"'.11 from the North to offer the British army battle. s n time to save Dick's life, and then they ]Jlade their h where the horses were, and, untying them, mounted de away, Dick riding behind Mark. As for the "Liberty Boys," they went over across the Catawba, determined to take part in the battle when the time came. They were never so happy as when striking strong blows at the British. 1 d knew a road that would take them around the vilnd they got past it without being seen by the redFifteen minutes later they were at the Larkin home, ob Estabrook was tickled when he saw his comrades. en he learned how near Dick had come to being hung, ve utterance to a whistle. "They'll get you one of days, Dick," he said; "after this you had better let with you when you go on a spying expedition." redcoats received reinforcements, until there were three hundred of them, and they set out to try to the "Liberty Boys" out; but they found this was a big undertaking. Reinforced by the fifty youths THE END. The next number (68) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERT Y BOYS LOST; OR, THE TRAP THAT DID NOT WORK," by Harry Moore. S PECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealers, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order b y return mail. Samp1e Copies Sent pwree "HAPPY DA VS." I he Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. co;ntains 1 6 Large Pages. I t ts Handsomely It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Awa.y Valuable, sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free e Address FRANK Pnhli s h e r 24 Union Souare, New York.


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WORK AND WIN The Best \?Veekly Pu q .lished. THE READ PRINT. N"O':M:BERS ARE ALWAYS IN ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. LATEST lSSPES: 48 Fred Fearnot in Wall Street; or, Making and Losing a Million. 49 Fred l!'earnot's Desperate H .ide; o r, A Dash to Save 1'lvelyn. ;;o Fred Fearnot's G1eat Mystery: or, Hew Terry Proved His Ceurage. al Fred Fearnots lletrayal ; or, Tile Work or IL l"alse )!'riend. 52 Fred F'earnot in the Klondike; 01. Working the .. Dark Horse" Claim. 53 Fred Fearnot's Skate i or Life; or, Winning the .. lee l'lyers' Pen uaut. 54 Fred Fearnot' s Hival; or, Betrayed by a 1cemale l!}nemy. r.5 Fred l"earnot's !Jetlunce; or, His Great 1"ight at D edbam Lake. 56 11'eu.rnot's Big Contract: or, ltunniuO' a County Fair. 57 Fred l 'earnots Daring Deed; or, i:laviug ferry from the Lynchers. 58 Fred Fearnot s lteveug!l; or, DeJ'eatrng a Congressman. 59 Fred J<'earnocs 'l'rup; !Ir, Catching tile 'l'rain Hobbers. 60 Fred l 'earnot at Harvard; or, W mmng the Games for Yale. f\1 'red l'earnot's or, Turning 'l'1amp to ::!ave a l'ortune. 62 l'r e d l'earnot 1 n Mantia, or, l'lortmg to Catch Aguinaldo. t;3 l'red l"earnot and Oom l'aul ; or, Battling for the J.loers. 64 l?red l 'earnot i n Joliannesburg: or. 'l'he 'l'enble Ride to Kimberley. 65 Fred Fearnot in Katlirlaud: '"" Hunting for the Lost Oiamond. 66 J;'red Fearnots Lariat: or, How He Caught ll1s Man. 67 Fred J;'earnot's \Yi ld West Show: or. 'l' h e Biggest Thing on Earth. 68 Fred Fearnot's Ure:.t Tour. : or, Managing an Up era t,Jueen. 69 'red Fearnot s or, Tenys Great l11r as an End Man. 70 Fred Fearnot and the Duke: or, Ballling a Fortune Hunter. 71 l<'red Fearnol's !Jay: or. The <;r eat lteuuion at Avon. 72 Fred l"earnot 1n the ::!outb ; or. Out with Old Hill Bland. 73 J;'red Fearuots ur. Hacking Knowledge with l<'un. 74 Fred Fearnots Athletic School: or, .\Inking Hrain and Brawn. 75 l 'red l'earnot or. The Disappearance of Terry Olcott. 76 Fred l"earnot ai:d t h e Governor; 01-. \\'orking !lard to Save a Life. 71 !<'red lo'earnot s Mistake: o r, l ; p AJ>'ainsl llis Match. 78 Fred li'earnot in Te.\aS: or, 'l'erry s :.\Ian from Abilene. 79 Fred Femnot as a Sherill:: or, U1eaking up a Desperate Gang. 80 Fred 1 rearnot HatiiPd: o r, Outwitted by a Woman. 81 Fred l"earnot's n it. and How I t ::laved Ilis Life. 82 Fred Fearnofs Great Prize: o r. Working Uard to Win. 83 Fred Fearnot at Hay : or, His Great Figilt for Life. 84 I?r e d l'earnots Disguise: or, a Strange C lew. 85 Fred Fearnots Hunt; or, Adventures in the Maine Woods. 86 FrPd Fearnot s OrHto1 y: or, l 'un at the Girls' Hi!!'h School. 87 l?red l 'earnots llii: IlPart; or. Giving the Poor a Chance. 88 Fred Fearnot Accused : or, Tricked by Villain 89 Fr!'d Fearnots Pluck ; or, Winning Against Odds. 90 Freel Deadly Peril; or, His Narrow Escape from Ruin. 91 Fred Fearnot's Wild Ride: or, Saving Dick Duncan's Life. 92 Fred Fearnots Long f'hase: or, 'l'railing a Cunning Villain. 93 Fred Fearnot's Lnst Shot. and How It Saved a Life. 94 Fred lt'earnot's Commo11 Sense; or, The Best Way Out of Trouble. 95 Fred Fearnot's Great Finel: or, Saving 'l'eny Olcott's Fortune. 96 Fred Fearnot and the Sultan: or, Adventures on tbe I s land of Sulu. 97 Fred Fearnot's Silvery 'l'on.gue; or, Winning an Angry Mob. f\8 Fred FParnot' s Strategy: o r. Outwitting a 'l'reublesome Couple. 99 Fred 1rearnot's Little Joke; or. Worrying Dit-k and 'l' e IT)' 100 Fred l\!uscl!'; o r, Holding His Own Against Odds. 101 Fred Fearnot on H and; or, Showing Up at fne Right Time. 102 FrPd FPnrnot's Pnzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerers. 103 Fred Fearnot and gvelyn; or, 'l' h e Infatuated Hival. 104 Fred FP1trnots Wage r : or, Downing a Brntal Sport. 105 Fred Fearnot at St. i:limons: or, The Mystery of a Georgia Island 106 Fred Fearnot DPceived: or, After the \Yrong Man. 107 Fred Fe'lrnot's Clrnrity: or, Teaching Others a Lesson. 108 Fred FN1rnot as "'J' h e Judge;" or, Heading off the Lynchers. 109 Fred Fenrnot aPd the f'lown; or. Saving the Old Man's Place. 110 Freel Fearnot' s Fine Work; or, l'p Against a Crank. lll Freel F'Pnrnots P.ncl P.rpak: or, Wbat Hnppened to Jones. 112 F'rPd Fef' .rnot's R<1nnci Pp: or. A Tiively rrirn P on the Ranche. ll:J Fred FParnot and the G;ant: or. A Hot Time in Cheyenne. 114 Fred fl'cnrnots f' o ol Nerve: or, Giving it Straight to the Boys. 115 Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. l 16 Fred Fearnot in a Fix ; or, The Blackmailer's Game. 117 Fred Fearnot as a "Broncho Buster;" or, A Great Time in 118 119 120 121 122 123 12 125 12(1 127 128 12:.l 130 131 132 133 134 135 Vl(I 137 138 139 140 141 142 1.43 144 145 146 147 Wild West. Fred Fearnot and His Mascot; ot, Evelyn's Fearless Ride. Fred Fearnot's Strong Arm; or, 'l'he Bad Man of Arizona. Fred Fearnot as a .. Tenderfoot;" or, Having Fun with the Co 1 boye. 1 FrPd Fearnot Captured; or, In the Hands of His Enemies. Frerl Fearnot and the Banker; or, A i:lchemers '.rrap to Ruin Hi Fred Fearnot's Great Feat; or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. Fred Fcarnot's lron Will ; or, Standing Up for the Right. l<'red J7'earnot Cornered; or, 1'Jvelyn and the Widow. Fred Fearnot's Daring Scheme; or, 'l'en Days in an Insane Asylu l<'red Fearnot's Honor; or, Hacking Up His Word. 1 l''red Fearnot asd the Lawyer; or, Young Bllly Dedhams Cae Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Having Fun with the Hazer Fred Fearnots Secret Society; or, The Knights of the Black Rio Fred l?earnot and the Gambler ; .or, The '!'rouble on the. Lak Front. Fred Fearnot's Challenge ; or, King of the Diamond Field. Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or, The Hard Work 'l.'hat Won. Fred Fearnot in Atlanta; or, 'l'he Black Fiend of Darktown. Fred Fearnot's Open Hand; or, How He Helped a Friend. Fred Fearnot in Debate; or, 'l'he Warmest Member ol the Hous Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence of the 'Moneyles h!an." Fred Fearnot at Princeton; or, The Batttle of the Champions. Fred Fearnot's Circus; or, High Old 'l.'ime at New Era. Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, 'l.'he White Deer of the Adiro dacks. Fred Fearr.ot and His Gulde; or, The Mystery of the Mountal Fred Fearnot's County Fair; orJ. The Battle of the Fakirs. Fred Fearnot a Prisoner ; or, captured at Avon. Fred Fearnot and the Senater ; or, Breaking up a Scheme. !?red Fearnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. Fred Fearnot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days in Wall Street. l!'red Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Sta,. Whipped. 148 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moo shiners. 149 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, Tralling a Stolen Chi! laO Fred Fearnet's Quick Work; or, The Hold Up at Eagle Pass. 151 Fred Fearnot at Silver Gulch; or, Defying a Ring. 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border; or, Punishing the Mexican Hon 1 Stealers. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life; or, Running the Gauntlet. 154 Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days. 155 Fred Fearnot's Rescue; or, The Mexican Pocahontas. 156 Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps"; or, A Queer Turning of t Tables. 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium; or, Having Fnn with. the 158 Fred Fearnotand the "Mean Man"; or, The Worst He Ever Struck. 159 Fred l<'earnot's Gratitude; or, Backing Up a Plucky Boy. 16 0 Fred Fearnot Fined; or, The Judt;e's Mistake. 161 !<'red Fearnot's Comic Opera ; or, rhe Fnn that Raised the Funds. 16 2 Fred Fearnot and the Anarchists; or, 'l.lhe Burning of the Red Flag. 163 Fred Fearnot's Lecture Tour: or, Going it Alone. I 64 Fred Fearnot's "New wild West"; or, Astonishing the Old East. 165 !<'red Fearnot in Russia; or, Banished by the Czar. 166 Fred Fenrnot in 'l'urkey; or, Defying the Sultan. 167 Fred Fearnot in Vienna. ; or, The 'l'ronble on the Danube. 168 Fred FAarnot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal Palace at Berlin. 169 Fred l<'earnot in Ire land; or, \\"atched by the Constabulary. l 7 O Freel FAarnot Homeward Bonnd: or, Sh>1dowe d b y Scotland Yard. 171 !<'red Fe...-not' s Justice; or, The or the School Marm. l 7 2 Freel Fearnot nnel the Gypsies; or, The Mystery of a Stolen Child. 173 Fred Fearnot's Hunt; or, Catching the "Green Goods" Men. 17 I Fred Fearnot's Big Day; OJ'. Hanard a11d Yale at N e w Era. l 7 5 Fred Fearnot and "The Doct0t"'; or, The Indian Medicine Fakir. 17 6 l<'red Fear11ot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a Girl Horse Thief. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of prtce, 5 cents per copy, by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS ot our Libraries and cannot pro cure them from newsdealers, they can b e obtained from this offic e direct. Cut out and fil in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will sen d them to you by re turn mail. .POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS lHONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squ are, New York ......................... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find .... cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ................................................ PLUCK AND LUCK . . . . . ...... .. SECRE'I' SERVICE THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ................. ........ ............. Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .............................................. iN'ame ....................... Street and No ............. : .Town ......... State ... s I


THE STAGE. o. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE a great variety of the latest jokes used by the famous el).d men. No amateur minstrds is complete without wonderful litlle Look. Ko. ;n. llOW TU HECO.ME A SPEAKER.-Containing fourteen illustrations, g iving the different positions requisite to I' good speaker reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems froi:t all tbe popula; authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the simple and coneise manyer possible. No. 4!J. UOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rule.s for conducting de Lates, outliaes for debates, questions for discussion, and the beei' sources for procuring information on the questions given. o. 42. 1'1H.l BOYS 01!' NEW YORK STU;\IP S1;'EAKER.tainin" a varied of stump speeches, .1. Dutch Irish."' Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home .amuse-t aud :tmateur sho .. irs. SOCIETY. o 43. Tlrn BOYS OF NEW YORK Gl'IDE N 3 no' TO F IllT 'II d f fl' t t" D JOKB n e w and very rnstruct1ve. Every l o Y .' L. .ie arts. an w1 . s. ou 0 am '. handkerdnef, fan, glove, narai:iol, wmdow. anrl hat f!trtat10n, con z1n7 an amatem .-,.. tains a full list of the lani;uage and PntJCTent of flowers, which ir o. 65. MULDOqN S is one the most ori_.,mal interesting to everybody both o ld and young. You cannot be happJ' books ever pul.Jhshcd, and 1t is brn:nful of wit aud It withont one ains a large coJJection of songs, Jokes, .etc., of No 4 IIO\V TO DANCE is title of a new and handsom ence the great humorist pra_ctie:il Joker of little just issued by Frank Tousey. I t contains full instru.,_, Ever,r boy _who can enJOY a good Joke should lions in the art of cl:rnring, etiquette in the ballroom and at partie m a copy 1mm<'d1atelv l t d d f 11 d' t' f 11' ff II Jar o. 79. HOW TO BECO:'IIE AN ACT9R.-Containing comress, nn u irec ions or ca ing o in a popu s11ua .. e illstr,uctions. how to mn,ke up for charac;ter,s on the Ko.8.5. IIOW TO :\IAK!l] LOVE.A complete guide te lovt e.; with the duties of the bnager, I rompter, courtship ancl marriage, giving sensible, advice, rules and eti41uetb ic .Artist and Property Man. ]3Y a P1 OI,!llll<'Jlt St:ig_e :'1-lanager. to be 0Lser1ed with many c11rious anlr interesting things net gen o. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' the lat-crall known jokeil anecdotes and funn.v. stories .of this worlrl-re?ownecl and Nl. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction h1 th<1, pepull. r Gerl!la.n comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome -rt of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giviar; th4 re9. cover contammg a half-tone photo of the at.tbor. selections of colors, material. and how to have them made up. HOUSEKEEPING. No'. 18. IIOW. TO l3EC0;\IFJ BEAl'TIFUL.-One of brightest ancl most valuable littie books ever given to the wtrld Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male f(tnale. The secret is sim1'le, and almost costless. Read this booJJ and be convinced how to become beautiful. e. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing iastructions for constructing a window garden either in town ouatry, and the most approved m.elhods for raising beautiful ers a.t home The most complete book of 'the kind ever pub e!i. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. o. 3 t HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructiv e books No. 7 HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Ilandsomely illustra.tei an ooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking me:lts, containing full instructions for the management and training f the gaae and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes aus, w<'aRels, ottev, ratR. s(JuirreJs ani alrdt. kets, cemeuts, Aeolian harps, \lnd Lird lime for catching birl toys to be worked Ly electricity. R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrati'd. o 137. HOW TO DOELECTTIICAJ, TRICKS.-Containing a e collectio n of instructiw and high l y amusing e lectrical tricks, ther with illustrations. By A. .Anderson Keene. No. 50 HOW TO STPFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A. vainable book, giving i nstru<'tions in collectiug, p reparing, meutil1(' and prrscrving birds, Rnimals and inRectst, No. 54. IIOW TO KEEP AND J\L\.. 'AUE cont plete information as to the manner and metl1ocl of raising, kee,int1 taming, breeding and managing all kinrls. of pets; also givir full instru<"tions for making eages, etc. Fully explained by twent)r eight il'ustrations, making it the most complete book of the klnt ever published. MISCE'LLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO A SCIEXTIST.-A useful ua l-;;p structive book, giving a C'omplete treatiat' en chemistry; alse e:s PP,rimPnts in aconstics. mechanics, mathematic'. C'hemistry, an E NTE RTAI NM E N T direction s fot making fireworks, colored' fire:; and gas balloonf. o 9. IIOW TO BECO.'.\IE A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry This book cannot he equali>d. The secret ghen away. Every intelligent boy reading No, 14. HOW 1'0 MAKE CAXDY.-A complete handbook fa(; book of instructions. by a practi<'al professor (delighting multimaking all kinds of <'andy iee cream. svrups. Pssences, etc. etc. s every night with his 'v.onderful imitations), can mastPr the Xo. 1!l. FRANK TOtTREY'S S'L\'l'IDR DISTANC and ereate any amount of fun for himself and friE>nds. It is the TABLER, POCKET CO:\IPANIOX AXD GPJDE.-Giving test 11ook Pver publishecl', and there's millions (Of fun) in it. official distanees on all the railroads of th<> l'nited States an{t o 20. IIOW TO 1'1\'TEHTAIN AN lDVENING PARTY.-A CalHlda. Also table or distances by water to foreign ports,!' valuable little Look just pul.Jlished. A complete compendium fares in the principal cities, reports of the <:<'usns. etc., etc., ma.kinr,, 11m1>s, sports, car8. HOW TO rm A DFJ'l'}l}CTIYIJ.-B.v 0'd King Bra dy. giving the rules and full directions for playing IDuclue: Cribthe world-known df'tertive. In whi<'h he down some valuable Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro T>raw l'oker, anrl sensible rule for lwginnerlil. anrl nL<>o relates some adventur tion Pitch. All l!'onrs and mauy oth!'r popular games of curds. an1l PlqwriencN of well-known rletertives. o. 66. IIOW TO T>O Pl'ZZLES.-Containing ovPr three hunNo. no. HOW TO A PUOTOGH.\PIIER.-Coata 1 interesting puzzl11s anrl conundrums with key to same A ing useful information reirntrling the CumeJl anre's in .1t. ourse of Study, Exammatrnns, f>ntrnfl. St:iff of O fficers, Poe& o. 3..'l. IO'V TO BEIL\ VE.-Containing the rules and eti-uard, Police Regulations .. Fire )epai:tmi>ut, and all a boy sho ulJ' te of od sodet v anrl th" ensiest an cl most approved methods ow to be a Cadet. Compi!Pd \\Tttten by Lu Senarens, au th ppeari g to goo d aclvantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church ow lo a Xav{I)' Cn1l:t.". in the drawing-room. No. IIOW TO BEC());lE A A' AL CADET.-Complete m structions of how t9 g; to t he Annapolis Nav.,); DEC LAM A T I 0 N Academy. containfng the of instruetion, descriptlO'l: 27 _IJOW TO RECITE AND ROOK OF RECITA'l'IO:N'S. of grounds and historical s k P t c h and everything a bo-,1 on nmg the _most pop ular sr>lert i o n R in use, comprising Dutr:h Rhoulil know to an officei i n th e Uni ted State1 Na'!')'. ect, French dialect, Yank ee a n r l Irish d ialect pieces, together piled and written ])!;' Lu Sena r en s author of "How u, <] many standard readings. West Point ;'\[ilitnry Cadet." PltICE 10 CEN'l'S EA<:H, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FR.ANK T O USEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square. New York


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF A. W Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give account of the exciting adventures of a, brave band of youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their live: for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter bound in a, beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and Tories. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Libe,rty Boy. a on Hand; or, Always In the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid or the King's Minions. 6 '.!.'he Liberty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us If You Can." 7 The Liberty BoyS' In Demand ; or, The Champion Spies o! the Revolution. 8 'l'he Liberty Boys' Hard Fight ; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within '.l.'hemselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Deat)l. 11 The r,lberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undannted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys Peril ; or, Threatened from all Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Lock; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. Hi The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What 'J'hey Caught In I t. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled : or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a Btitish Man-o! War. J 8 The Liberty Boys' Ch'b.llenge; or, Patriots vs. R e d coats. l ll The Libert,"i Boys T Aapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. :10 The Liberty Boys' ilstake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 Tbe Liberty Boys at Bay: or, The Closest Call or All. 23 The Liberty Boys on .llelr Mettle; or, lllaklng It Warm !or the Redcoats. 24 The Liberty Boyp' Victory; or, Downing the Iledco a d a';ld Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Bo;es' Clever Trick; or, Teaching tile Redcoats a 'J'hlng or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good $py Work; or, With the Iledcoats In Philadelphia,. 2R Tbe Liberty Boys Battle Cry; or, With Waslllngton at the Brandy wine. 29 The Lfh<>rty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. Y> 'T'he Liberty Boys In a Fix; or, 'J'hreatened by Reds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Chee! 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed ; or, After Dick Slater for Reveng :13 The Liberty Boys Dupe d ; or, '.!.'he Friend Who Was an Enemy. :14 The Liberty Boys Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeede 3:1 The Liberty Boys' Signal ; or, "At the Clang or the Bell." 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Lile for Liberty Cause. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 38 The J.lberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 3!l Tbe Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking ;hing In Sigh, 4') Tile Liberty Boys' Flush Times ; or, Reveflng In British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys In a Snare : or, Ali::.1ost Trapped. 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, .u the Nick or Time. ;ta '.!'he Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale.1 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or,. 'fhe Disappearance of Dick Slat 4G Tile Lll.>erty Boys' Iron Grip: or, Squeezing J h e R e dcoats. 47 '.!.'he Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What 'rhey Set Out to 18 'l'he Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, But Not Disgrnce d 40 The Liberty Boys in roryvifle; o" Dic k Slater's Fearful Rij' 50 The Liberty B9ys Aroused: or. Striking Strong Blows for Liber Cl '.!'he Liberty Boys Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Th\ Own 52 The !,lberty Boys' Scare: or, A Miss as Good as a Mile. 53 The Liberty Boys' D anger; or, Foes on All Sides. 5'1 The Liberty Boys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or. the Enemy. 56 The Libert.y Boys' 'Varm \ \ ork; or, bowing the Redcoats How to Fight. 51 The Liberty Boys' "Pnsh"; or, Bound to Get 'rbere. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" Stony Point. 59 'l'he Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They DPalt It Out. 60 'l'he Liberty Boys Bombarrled: or, A Very Warm Time. 61 The Liberty Bots' Sealed Orders; or, Going it Blind. 6 2 'l'he Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, with "Light Horse Harry" Paulus Hook. 6 3 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times: or, Here, There and Everywhe re. I 6 4 '!'ho Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand"; or. l<'ightin11 against Great Odds. 65 The Lihert, y Boys' M; or, The Idol of the Company. 06 '!'he Liberty Boys' Wrath; or. Going for the Redcoats Roughshod. 67 The Liberty Boys' Battle for Life; or, The Hardest Struga:le of All. 68 The Liberty Boys' Lost; or, The '.!.'rap 'l'hat Did Not Work. For sal e l>y all newsdealers, or 8ent postpaid on receipt of 1wice, 5 cents per copy, by 24 Union Square, New Yori PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, IF YOU WANT ANY BACK .NUMBERS ot 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 'l'AUEN 'l'HE SAME AS l\10NEY FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New -. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which pje!tse send m e : .. .. .. .... .. .... .. copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ....................... ..... 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