The Liberty Boys' decoy, or, Baiting the British

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The Liberty Boys' decoy, or, Baiting the British
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Reprinted in 1913.

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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. '""'""' IVcckly-By Subscription $2.50 pwr veo.r lfotorl!d "' Saro1td Clo& Matier al U.. New York /'oat Of/ice. F e broory 1901, by Fmnk 1'oti.8cy No. 70. NEW YORK, MAY 2 1902 P1ice 5 C e nts. The "Liberty Boys" threw their hats in the air and shouted with delight as they looked at the dummy tlgure. "That will fool the British." said Bob. as he struck the horse with a whip.


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O ffice, Febrtuiry 4, 1901. l!Jntered according to A.ct of Congress, in the year 1902, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, .p. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. Nq. 70. NEW YORK, li'IAY 2, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE JUMPING CONTEST. "He llo What's going on here, I wonder?" "I don't know." "Looks like they were having some sport, doesn't it?" ; I "Yes; or else it is a jumping contest." I "They are certainly jumping." "Yes; and-there, that made a pretty good jump, : r I miss my guess." "He did seem to make quite a jump, didn't be!" "Yes." "They are better jumpers than one would expect r "That's right; but they are not in it with you, Dick. f ay, just for the fun of the thing, go into the affair and how them how it is done!" "I have half a mind to." 2 "Do it; it will be great sport. And then we may make ome. acquaintances and learn some thing that will be of I t alue." !t "True; well, I gue s s I'll do it." :> It was a beautiful afternoon in September, of the year 779. The place was a point about ten miles northeast 1 rom Savannah, Georgia, in the e dge of the timber which ordered the Savannah River. Two bronzed but handsome, right-looking youths of perhaps tw enty years were riding 1 long the road; and on turning a bend had come in sight of 11 0mething which had attracted their attention and which '" aused the conversation above given. At one side of the road, fifty yards distant, was group f men, women and children, while in the foregound were erhaps s1x or seven young men, with hats and coats off, if nd these young men were competing with one another in running broad jump contest. It was evident that the last llow who jumped had made a good jump, for there were ries of delight from the spectators and a great clapping of J Just at this moment the two 1 youths rode up and came to stop. "How do you do, and gentlemen?." remarked !t e the youth who had been called Dick by his companion. "How are you to-day?" "How air ye, young fellers?" replied a rough, burly but good-natured-looking man, bustling forward. "We air all well, an' hope ye air?" "Oh, yes," with a smile, "we are well-but what is going on here, anyway?" "Whut's goin' on heer?" / "Yes." ''Waal, young feller, this heer is er jumpin' contest." "A jumping contest, eh?" "Yas." "Ab, to decide the championship of this part of the country, I suppose?" The man shook his head. "Waal, not thet in purtickler," he replied ; "ye see-" "Say,'' broke in the other youth, "let my friend, here, 1.mter the contest. He's a good jumper." The man looked at the youths in surprise, and then looked at the seven youths who bad been jumping, in a questioning way, as much as to ask what they thought regarding the matter. One-it was the fellow who had jumped last-shook his head. "I don' think et is fair, Mister Hunker, ter let enny buddy else inter this-an' 'speshully a outsider." But the other six seemed to think different. "Let him in!" they said. "Let him jump ef he wants ter !" The man hesitated and looked at the young stranger closely. "Kin ye jump purty good?" he asked. "Oh, I jump fairly well," was the careless reply. "Jump sixteen or mebby seventeen feet?" "Yes, I can jump that distance." The man still hesitated, while the people present and the competitors watched and listened eagerly. "Afore I an swurs ye wun way er another," the man said, "I hed better tell ye whut this heer jumpin' is erbout." "I suppose that will be a good idea." The man turned and pointed to where a girl sat on a log; she was not a bad-looking girl, and was dressed up in what


2 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY were evidently her best clothes. Near her, but standing, thinks uv enterin' ther compertition. His name is-hum were half a dozen more girls. I furgot ter ax yer name, young feller?" looking at th "Y c sec ther gal settin' on ther log ?" the man asked The young man nodded "I see her," he replied "Waal, thet is my darter "Indeed?" "Yas; an' now, ye see these beer seven young men who hev be'n

n THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. 3 : h "I think he orter be allowed ter compeet," said one; I, fur wun, w111 raise er row ef he hain't let do et!" "An' so'll I!" from another I "Jie, too 0t All seemed to be bent on havin& r>ick compete, and, i eing that there would be a fuss if he was not permitted [ i do so, 1fr. Hunker went back to where his daughter t and had a talk with her. She must have objected p rtty trongly, for it was several minutes before her father re. and, when he did, he said: "Molly hez giv' in, sez ther young feller kin compeet, but she sez she don' ink et is hardly fa'r." "I agree with her," said Dick. t The young man who was evide;ritly wrnner over the her six :flashed Dick a grateful look. The others, how er, did not seem so well pleased J "I don' ergree with 'er!',!. one said. "Nur me!" from another. ".An' ef ther young feller n' compeet, an' j 'im Sheppard gits Molly, I'm ergoin' r kick up er rumpus, ye kin bet on et!" enter the jumping competition Many th9ught that he would give a good account of himself There was something in air that impressed one that way Dick's companion had already leaped to the ground and1 tied the horses, and now the two advanced to where the jumps had been made and looked the situation over "How many feet is that lpngest julllp ?" Dick asked. "Eighteen feet, seven inches," was the reply of a young-man who held a stick with feet and inches marked on it .. "'l'hat is a pretty good jump." "Yas, et is, fur er fack. Think ye kin beat et?" "I, don't know, but I'll try. The young man who had made the jump, Jim Sheppard,. looked at Dick anxiously and the youth met his gftze frankly, and smiled Jim hardly knew what the look and smil ; meant. "Blazes! I'm erfraid ther fel).er kin beat thet jump!" he said to him.self, "an' et's ther bes' I kin do-in fack, I never jumped thet fur before, by two. inches, an' I couldn't jump an inch furder ef my life. depended on et. I hope he kain't beat et, but I'm erfeerd ".An' I'm with ye in thet !" from another. he kin!" t Dick saw a sober look appear on the face of the young Dick threw o:ff his hat and coat, walked back perhaps m an who had been called Jim Sheppard. It was evident twenty paces, measured the to be traversed, with at he did consider the threats of his fellow-comhis eyes, and then, leaping ran with the swiftness titors as mere idle vaporings. of a deer, and, taking o:ff at the mark, shot forward like "I'm afraid that I am going to get that young fellow :::. stone from a catapult. Wh e n be alighted it was seen to trouble," thought Dick; "I didn't intend to do so, that he had beaten the best jump made prior to his by a T d should be sorry if harm came to him through me, so good margin. The man with the measuring pole hastened guess it is my place to see to it that he doesn't come to to measure tl1e jump, and then cried out: "He hez jumped a y harm." 1 w .Mr. Hunker look!=!d worried, and turned toward Dick, nineteen feet an' seven inches "Just a foot furder than Jim!" one of the other con-th a troubled face. "I guess ye'd better enter ther contest&nts exclaimed exultantly. t, Mister Darnley," he said; "ther boys won' be saters-Jim uttered a stifled groan. "Molly hain't fur me!" he d onless ye do, an' et'li be better nor fur ter hev er said to himself; "ther stranger hez won 'er!" de rnpus w'en et is all over." "I'll tell you what I'll do," said Dick; "I will enter contest if I am permitted, and in case I should win, r do as I please about accepting the girl." or "I don' see ez theer is enny objeckshuns ter thet," said or man. 'The young men looked as if they thought there objections, but they probably d ecided that no one n uld think of refusing to accept Molly, and fin.all}'said ould be all right. They judged Dick by themselves. 'Then you agree to that, do you?" asked Dick. wo 'Yes," replied one, ancl the others sairl the same. at 'Very well; then I will compete." CHAPTER II. TlIE REStJLT OF THE CONTEST. "Ye've won, young feller!" exclaimed Mr. Hunker. "Thet is, onless Jim kin beat yer jump-w'ich I doubts. D'ye wanter try, Jim?" The young man shook his head, a sad look on his face. "Et wouldn't be no use," he said; "I kain't jump no fur tler'n whut I alreddy hev jumped." verybody was interested excited as soon as the "None uv ther res' uv ye keer erbout tryin' erg'in, I I s went around that the young stranger going to s 'pose ?" to the others.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. They shook. their heads. "No, we bed alreddy done our slowly, "ef ye bed come erlong afore ever I took er notie bes'," said one, and the others nodded to signify that it ter Jim et might a-be'n thet I c'u'd er-liked ye, fur was the same with all of them. air good-lookin' ernuff; but, ye see, likin' Jim ez I do1 "All right, then; thet settles et," said Mr. Hunker, and kain't very well keer fur ye." he turned to Dick. "Come er long," he said; "we'll go "True; that is what I thought; and as I already h an' see whut Molly hez ter say erbout' et." a sweetheart, I'll tell you what I will do." Dick donned his coat and hat and he accompanied the man. As they walked toward where the girl sat Mir. Hunker said: "I'm satersfied with ye, young feller ,'but I don' know how et'll be Molly. I think she rayther likes Jim Sheppard, an' ef et hedn't be'n fur er leetle quarrel they bed over sumthin' er other, she'd a-'ceptad 'im long ergo, an' theer wouldn't hev be'n no compertition like this; but now et is all aver, an' kain't be he'ped; though ez I sed, I think she likes Jim." "Whut ?" asked the girl, eagerly, her face brightenu ";I will step aside and turn you over to Jim, who wou have won you had it not been for me." A happy light appeared in the girl's eyes. "Oh, ef e on'y would!" she cried. "I will. I am going to do so. Come, and I will nounce the fact to the people." They made their W?-Y back to the log, and the girl to a seat, while Dick mounted the log beside her, and, stam "How is he-a pretty nice fellow?" ing erect, raised his hand to attract the attention of lh "Jim? Oh, yes, he's er fine feller, an'll hev er good and called out: farm, wun uv these beer days." "Attention, everybody! As you all know, I won M "He would have been satisfactory to you as a son-inHunker in the jumping contest; but I have just ha law, then?" conversation with her and she tells me that she doesn't cri.B "Oh, yas !" for me. And as I am not desirous of getting married "Good! I'm glad to hear that." They were now in in fact, would not have entered the contest had I note>. front of the girl. a measure been forced to do so, I have decided to s "Waal, Molly, heer is yer futoor said Mr. aside and let the second best jumper, Mr. Jim Sheppa Hunker; "he beat 'em all er jumpin', an' done et fa'r an' have Miss Molly." At the conclusion of this little spt3( squar', too." Dick bowed, and a shout went up from the score of peo: Dick stepped forward and said: "Miss Molly, will you within hearing. step to one side with me? I wish to have a little talk It looked as if the words of the young stranger with you." "Sartinly," the girl replied; but she turned pale as she realized that the contest was over, and Jim Sheppard had not won. She rose and walked to one side with Dick, while the1eyes of all were on the two. No doubt many wondered what the youth wished to say. When they were out of earshot of the people Dick said: "Miss Molly, your father tells me that he thinks you wanted Jim Sheppard to win. Was .that the case?" pleasing to the majority, but the six defeated candida for the hand of Molly were not satisfied, as could be SI I by the angry look on their faces. "This Jim!" called out Dick, motioning to 10, young man, who hastened to obey. "Take her hand," youth said, and Jim stepped forward and took Molly's ha,f the girl rising and standing up as he approached. was red in the face and embarrassed-looking, as Molly also, but both looked happy. / "Take her, and that you may both be happy is my 1 The girl hesitated and then said: "Yas, thet's so." cere wish, Jim!" said Dick, earnestly. "Then you like Jim?" "Thank ye!" said Jim. "I guess we'll both be hap The girl blushed. "Yas, I-I like 'im," she admitted. hey, with a grin. ga "Better than you do either of the other young men?" "I guess so, Jim," was the reply. '.Im "Y as." "Kiss, and seal the matter for good and all l" cried "And, tell me, you knew that Jim was a better jumper youth who had accompanied Dick to the place, and la than the rest when you agreed to have the matter settled had suggested that he enter the contest. by a jumping contest, did you not?" Jim gave Molly a smack, whereat the girl blushed fym The girl nodded. "Yas, I knowed et," she acknowledged. ously and the majority of the spectators clapped t "And you don't care for me, of course." hands and cheered. The six defeated candidates were.hi The girl gave Dick a close look. "Waal," she said satisfied, however, and that they were angry was plail!


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. tie seen. They had held a brief conversation among themI forward and confronting the fellow, "ef ye want er fuss, r ;Ives, and now one stepped f 2 rward and slapped Dick on say so, an' I'll accommerdate ye enny way ye say. But sh o ulder. don' go fur t e r pickin' er fuss with this heer young ) "Se e heer," he sa id, in a hoarse, growling voice, "I don' 11abink y e b e v treet ed us fa'r in this heer matter." j "Why not?" ske d Dick. i tj "W'y not?" oul "Yes." "W'y, et s simple ernu:ff. Ye won Molly, heer, an' now I e hev gone an' giv' 'er up ter Jim Sheppard." "Well, that was in accordance with the conditions I im osed when I entered the contest," "I don' know whut ye mean." t "Well, you know that I said I would not enter the con. a st unless I was left to do as I pleased about accepting e girl if I won her." "Ya-as, I berleeve ye did say thet." M l"Of course I did; and I please to give Molly to Jim. afe would have won her but for me, and I think it only clfight to give her to him." "Waal, all ther same," ther res' uv us boys don' think t ,, s "Why not?" a "We don' think et is a fa'r deal." e "It is perfectly fair and square in every way." o "We kain t see et thet erway." "There is no oth e r way to look at the matter," said Oick sternly. a1 "Uv course ye think so--er ye'd say so, ennyway." s "It is true; and you fellows have no reason to complain." "I think we hev-an' so do ther res' uv ther boys think io, too." I "I don't see why you shoUld have anyth i ng to complain tabf; you cannot deny that Jim had you all beaten, anyway, .\nd my coming into the contest did not hav e any effe ct '.In your chances, one way or another." "I know thet, but--" "But what?" s tranger "You' r e all ri ght, Jim!" said Dick;s comrad e patting the y oung man on the should e r "Uv cour s e ye' d stan' up further feller, Jim Sh eppard!" s neer e d the fellow addres s ed as Lem Larkins. "I would, too, e f he bed turned Molly over ter me." "The t's all right; ef ye want trubble, hev et with me. Don' pick-onter ther stranger." Dick, who was a close observer, could see that Lem was not eager for an encounter with Jim, who was a regular young giant of a fellow. He dodged the issue by saying that he had no quarrel against Jim. "Et's this heer stranger I'm' uv,'' he said; "he hain't done ther fa'r thing, an' he hez gotter settle with me fur et!" "Shame on y e Lem Larkins I" cried one of the by standers. "Ye hain t got no right ter interfeer in this matt e r. Ye wuz beat by Jim afore ther young feller cum erlong, SO whut bizness is et. UV your'n ?" I I don' keer; me an' ther boy_s, heer, don' like ther way this heer feller hez ackted," s aid Lem, sullenly; "an' he's gotter settle with !" "What kihd of settlement do you wish?" asked Dick, calmly. "W'y we've made up our min's this heer: Ye kin pick out wun uv us-we don' keer w'ich wun-ter fight with, and w'ichever wun uv us et is thet ye picks on is goin' ter giv' ye er g ood lickin' fur our hull crowd." "Oh, that is the idea, eh?" smil e d Dick. "See heer, Lem Larkins," said Jim Sheppard, "ye hain't ergoin' ter do nothln' uv ther kin'. Ef ye wanter fight s umbudd y l e t e t b e me-an' l e t's you an' m e b e the r wuns t e r fig ht. The t w ill giv' ye e r chance t e r git even fur whut y e erten' ter think hal.n't fa'r tre etment." "No," with a shake of the h ead; "I'm goin' ter hev et I "Ye won Molly." out with this heer stranger. He 's the r wun we'r e mad at." t p "I know that; but I didn't choose to keep her, and so Dick gently pushed Jim back. "ft's ali right, Jim," gave her to Jim, who was the next best jumper, and I he said; "if he mus t fight, and nothing will do him, ion't think it is any of your business!" why, I shall be happy to acc?mmodate him-and I think a "Oh, come now, young feller, ye don' wanter git S(\ssy !" that he will wish that he had been satisfied to let things go aid the young backwoodsman, threateningly. as they were, without interfering, by the time I get "I am not 'sassy,' as you term it; I am simply telling through with him." ou what is true-making a simple statement of facts." "Say, Dick," said the youth's companion, "there are t "Waal, we hev our own idees erbout thet, an' we don' only six of those fellows; let the two of us give the six e ihink et wuz er squar' deal." a good thrashing I" "See heer, Lem Larkins," said Jim Sheppard, stepping All looked at the bold speaker in surprise, but the ma-


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY jority doubtless thought he was joking. They saw that I am sure, by the time we get through with our Dick took the matter seriously, however, for he shook his setto." head and said : "No, there is no need of that, Bob; this "I hain't erfeerd." fellow has himself said that I could select one of their "Oh, I don't suppose you are." number and fight him, and that that would settle it"He hasn't sense enough to know he is in danger, Dici isn't that correct, Mr. Larkins?" said Bob, with a smile. 3 "Yas, thet's kerrect," was the surly reply. Lem was glarmg at the youth who had been addressed as Bob, but he might as well have tried to look a wooden man out of "Don' ye git too smart with yer to:i;k !" said one o.f t other young men, threateningly. l "Do you want to :fight me at the same time they are countenance, for the youth met his gaze boldly and grinit?" asked Bob, quickly. He was anxious to get into ned in the most insolent manner imaginable. affair, somewhere, and welcomed the speech of ihe fellJ "All right, then," said Dick, briskly; "l will select you Hie eagerness to get into a fight was so apparent, howe for my opponent and we will quickly decide this matter." that the fellow drew in his horns, :figuratively speakii. But Mr. Hunker interfered at this juncture "See heer, and growled out: "Theer hain't no use uv us :fightil boys," he said, "this hain't no way ter do. I tell ye et They're goin' ter fight, an' et hez be'n settled thet t hain't right ter :fight, fur thar hain't nothin' ter fight would settle et." erbout "Oh, all right," with a grin; "just as you say, bu ''Ye hain't got no say in this heer, Joe Hunker!" snarled can tell you one thing, and that is, that you don t have Lem Larkins. "Ther bizness is all settled 'xcep' ther s c ore we hev erg'in this heer young stranger, an' we're goi n ter settle thet mighty quick!" A number of the people present tried to shame Lem out of the n otion of :fighting with the stranger, b ut. he slap me in the face more than half a doen times in or to get a fight." c Murmurs o.f approval went up from the spectators. Th liked Bob the better for his show of spirit. The two who were to do battle now doffed their co was obstinate, and would not up the idea The fact and hats and squared off. It was comical to see the positi .. that he thought he would have an easy time with the who 9-id not look to be so large as himself, and he was and disappointed and wanted to vent his spite and anger on some one "I'm ready whenever you are," said Dick, quietly. "Where will we go to have the settlement?" "Whur'll we go?" "Yes." "W'y, no place; right heer is ez good er place ez enny ter hev et out." "What"! B e fore the women and children?" "Sart'in; they won' t min' et. They've seen :fights afore ter-day "Yes, ef ye're goin' ter fight ye might ez well do et heer. afore us all," said Mr. Hunker; "though I think et is pesky mean uv ye, Lem Larkins, ter push ther matter." "Don't mi.pd, Mr. Hunker; he'll wisfr'he hadn't pushed the matter before he gets through with it," smiled Dick. "Bah! ye' re braggin' now!" sneered Larkins. "You are mistaken; I never brag." "Waal, ye won't hcv nothin' ter brag erbout w'en I git through with ye!" taken by the young backwoodsman. That is to say, would have been comical to any one who knew anythij about such things; Bob was the only one present who know, and he smiled, but said nothing. As for Dick, assumed the correct position, with arms held in such fa ion that they could be used both for defensive and off I sive work. Mr Hunker had taken it upon himself to a as master of ceremonies, and he waited till the two wJ j ir. position and then said : "Go et! An' may ther bes' man win!" Instantly Lem Larkins rus hed toward his with the ferocity of a mad bull. CHAPTER III. A BRIEF AND DECISIVE ENCOUNTER. It is likely that the majority of those who w e re watc ing the affair thought that Dick was going to g e t worst of it. He was 'not so large as Lem, and they jud "Who is bragging now?" with a smile. that on this account he was not so strong-and they thoug "I know whut I'm torkin' erbout that brute strength would settle the affair. They erred No, you just think you know. You will know more, this, in both respects, for brute strength would not


THE LIBERTY BOYS' D EC O Y and even i such were the case, Dick would have lit winner even then, for he was stronger thall" his l arger 1 agonist. !He gave ground before the rush 0 the other, however, wished to avoid running the risk of being struck by ic hance blow. Lem was a lusty fellow, and a blow from huge fist, i properly landed, might do considerab l e t;mage. So Dick gave ground at first, and this, again, de the spectators think he was going to get the worst it. re t.They were to be treated to a surprise, however, for wl,ien t1Jm had followed his opponent around in a hal circle, vJd had almost exhausted himsel striking the empty air, suddenly struck two blows, one catching Lem on the ti in, knocking bis head back and bringing its owner to a tl p, and then another ull in the pit 0 the stomach, iich landed the recipient fiat on his back on the ground, h a thud and a grunt 0 pain. e Then :i'l he began rolling and kicking about, trying to ain his breath, exclamations of wonder and amazement caped tbe lips 0 the spectators b "Wonderful!" "Who'd er et!" 0 "I never seen ennythin' like thet afore i "I wouldn't er-b leeved ther young feller c'u'd hit such hard lick!" 'i "He's knocked all ther breath outer Lem!" c1iTbe fallen youth's five comrades stared in wonder and smay. They looked first at their comrade and then at ck, and it was evident that they hardly knew what t o ake 0 the affair I "No," with a s:qiile. "What made you thi nk tha t ? "Whutever et wuz tl;iet hit me wuz ez ba r d ez e r rock." "Well, they were my :fists and nothing else." 'rhe young backwoodsman scramb l e d s l owly ai:d ia bori ously to his feet. "Lemme see yer ha n 's," he said. Dick held them out The other took hold of and examined them careully. "Shut 'em up," he said presently Dick obeyed, and the other elt 0 the fists ana seem e d surprised when he _ound them to be as solid and h a rd, almost, as iron. "Well, what do you think about it now?" asked Dick "I guess ye tole ther trooth." "You don't think hit you with rocks or anything like that, eh?" The other shook his head "No, I guess wuz j es' yer fish,," he a(j.mitted "You are right; that was what I struck you with A nd now if you are ready we will go on with that little affair of ours." "You mean ther fight ? Oertainl y." The other shook his head figh tin'," he said. "There won't?" "No." "Why not?" "Becos I've got ernuff "Theer w9n't be n o more At this a shout went u p from the spectato rs, with the except i o n of the :five youths who' sympathized with Lem, and were his companions in disappointment a n d misery Jim Sheppard was delighted Ile clapped Dick o n th.e "You don't mean to say .you have enough so soon?" ex e oulder and said : "Bully ur you, young feller! I'm claimed Dick, in pretended amazement. jighty glad thet ye giv' 'im them licks Mebby et' ll rrn 'im sumthin' "It may," replied Dick; "I hope so, anyway "I don't think he is the kind 0 fellow who learns very adily," said Eob Presently Lem caught his breath, and ater a few mo ents 0 gaspings and panting he rose to a sitting posture d rooked up at the youth who had floored him "Whut did ye hit me with?" he asked, feeling 0 his :ii and stomach, gingerly "With my fists." cl "With yer :fists?" ti "Yes." else?" 1 "Nothing else." g "Didn ye hev sum rocks in yer h ands?" The other nodded sheepishly "Yas, I've got e rnuff." "Well, I m u st say I'm s u rprised, Mr Larkins. I thought you had more stamina than that. "Oh, ye did?" "Yes." "Waal, I guess thet ef I hed belted ye in the r st ummick ez hard ez ye hit me ye wouldn't be in er hurry ter resk gittin' another dose uv ther same!" "Did it hurt?" Bob, with a quizzical ai r "Did et hurt?" angrily "Great Jupiter! d'ye t hi ng et would hurt ye ef er blamed mule wuz ter kick ye in ther stummick ?" "I suppose i t woul d hurt some, r e pl ied Bob, with a gri n I "Et woul d thet ; an' et seemed ter me e z ef t h e m licks


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. this feller giv' me would finish me J I never hed ennythin' hurt me so bad in all my life!" "And you are entirely satisfied?" asked Dick. "Yas>' "Don't want any more?" "Ye bet I don't!" There was a laugh from the crowd at this. The tone and air he used was enough to make any one laugh. "Oh, uv course et seems funny ter ther res' uv ye peo ple!" he giowled, "but I kin tell ye et wuzn't funny fur me!" "It is about five o'clock, Dick," replied Bob. "How far is it to your house, Mr. Hunker?" "On'y er bout ha'f er mile." "Let's go Dick" said Bob "we couldn't rm much far t:It ther this evening, anyway." "All right, Bob." Jim Sheppard came and shook bands with Dick am congratulated him on giving Lem Larkins a thrashin&: "You are a mighty good man!" be said admiringly; "t didn' think ye c'u'd do et, but ye did; an' I'm might glad uv et !" Dick turned his attention to the other five youths. "Are "Thank you," said Dick; "be would have it, and so d you all satisfied?" he asked quietly_. "If not, and there is had to give it to him." one among you who wishes to do so, he can step forward and take Mr. Larkins' place." The young men looked at one another questioningly, while all the spectators looked at them in the same fashion, with eager interest added. 'rhe young men did not seem eager to take the place leit vacant by Mr. Larkins, and Bob grinned and said: "Don't be backward, boys. You have been howling for a chance to get even with my friend, here, ll;Dd now that you the chance you had better take advantage of it." But the young men shook their heads. "I am saters fied," said one sullenly. "An' so'm I from another. The others said the same, and Dick nodded his head. "Very well," he said; "if y.ou are satisfied, that settles it. L would have been satisfied to let the matter go as it was, but M:r. Larkins, here, iIJsisted that you had a grievance lgainst me and I could not do otherwise than give him 3a,tisfaction." "You gave him satisfaction, too, Dick!" said Bob, with :t grin. The young men frowned and glared at Bob, but it had no effect on him; he grinning back at them in the most aggravating manner imaginable. Then the six turned and walked away, disappearing in ;be timber. As soon as they were gone, Mr. Hunker came ip to the youths and said: "Won't ye two young men over ter ther house with us an' stay fut' ther weddin' ?" Dick and Bob were surprised. "When is the wedding "Well, he won't want any more," grinned Bob. 0 The crowd now scattered, the people dispersing to thei homes, and Dick and Bob accompanied Mr. and M Hunker to their home. The youths were made to feel en tirely at home and were soon seated on the porch, talkint with their host, while the women of the house were--bustlinl around within, getting ready for the wedding. "We won't hev much ter eat fur supper," said M1 Hunker; "we air goin' ter hev er big supper when th ceremony is over, an' then we'll feel like eatin'." "True," agreed Dick; "I am not very hungry, anyway. A few minutes later supper was announced, and thei went in and ate, after which they again adjourned to tfo porch, it being more comfortable out of doors than in. At seven o'clock the guests begai: arriving, and it Wll4 seen that they were, in the main, the people who had bee present at the jumping contest. One thing Dick and noticed, however, was that neither of the six defeated conlE testants were present. Presently an old darky, carrying a fiddle, put in ari appearance, and the youths looked at eacb other. as if there was to be some dancing, Dick,'1 said Bob. 1 "Yes, I guess you are right, Bob." o. The next person to arrive wmi the preacher, a long, lanlr ol

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. hook hands with Dick and Bob, and, sitting down, began f alking to them. It was evident that he was nervous and ill at ease. He :fidgeted about and kept looking in through 1 he open doorway at the crowd in the house. "Blazes! but I .wush't et wuz over with!" he said :finally "A little bit afraid, are you, Jim?" smiled Dick. "Ye bet I am! Say, I'd ruther fight thet hull gang het ye hed ther rumpus with this evenin' than ter hev [ er go in theer an' stan' up afqre all them peeple an' git t arried !" "Oh, well, there's one consolation, you will only have to !do it the once, Jim," smiled Dick; "and it will not last !long. You can afford to be tortured fifteen minutes in rder to be happy all the rest of your life, can't you?" "Yas; ye bet I wanter git married, all right; but I'm r nder dreadin' goin' through ther ceremony." l n "Oh, well, no one is going to hurt you, Jim," said Bob. "Thet's so. Oh, I guess I'll git through, all right!" "I think so," said Dick. Presently the time was almost at hand for the perform g of the ceremony, and Jim went into the ho'llse. Dick d Bob followed, and were given the sea'ts where the best iew of the affair was to be obtained. After a wait of perhaps ten minutes 'Jim and Molly e ppeared and took up their position. Jim looked ale and rembled perceptibly, and Molly was somewhat pale also, ut seemed more calm and self-possessed than Jim. The minister then arose and took his place in front oi iliie couple. He hemmed and hawed, and took up five min0,tes at least in putting on his glasses and getting in readin ess for the ceremony. During this interval Jim :fidgeted nd looked as if he would have been glad had the floor ened and let him through. Then, just as the minister was about to begin the cere ony, there came an interruption. A voice was heard out the yard, and all understood the words spoken, which ere: I "They are in the house, sure, and can't git erway. All e hev ter do is ter surround ther house an' then when they men who had been defeated in tb,e jumping contest fo the hand of Molly Hunker. Naturally, Lem Larkin in addition to being defeated in the contest, had bee given a thrashing by the young stranger; was the mos disgusted one of the lot. He muttered angrily and breath ed forth threats as they walked slowly away through th timber. "Who air them tlieer young fellers, ennyway ?" aske Josh Bunson. "I dunno," replied Lem; "they air strangers." "Yer right; they don' berlong in these heer parts." "No; an' they hain't got no bizness comin' heer an interfeerin' in our doin's, eether." "Yer right erbout thet." "And I'm fur payin' uv 'em out fur et, I am!" "Me, too!" "An' me!" "But they'll go on theer way," said. one, "an' we won' never see 'em erg'in." "Thet's so," said Lem Larkins, stopping abruptly; "but hol' on-mebby they won't go right erway," he continued. "They may stop at ole Hunker's fur ther weddin'." "Thet's so; et's ter be ter-night." I "Let's go back an' watch," suggested one; ""and then ef ther strangers go ter ther house with ther Hunkers, we'll know they air goin' ter stay fur ther weddin'." "Thet's right; an' thet's er good plan, too," agreed Lem. "Come on back, an' we'll soon know whut they air goin' ter do." The si.1'. turned and stole back to the edge of the timber, and there, hidden behind trees, they watched till they saw Dick and Bob accompany Mr. and Mrs. Rqnker away from the spot. "Thet settles et," said Lem; "they air goin' ter stay at ther Hunker's fur ther weddin', an' will, prob'bly, stay all night; now whut we wanter do is ter think up some skeem fur gittin' even with them fellers. "Thet's right; I sh'd think we c'u'd do et, all right." "We kin, I'm shore; but, say, let's go ter ther ole cabin m eout ye kin grab 'em an' make pris'ners uv 'em! over in ther woods an' stay theer till we make up our hey're rebels, an' I know et!" it I min's whut ter do." This met with the approval of all. "All right," said one; and then the others said the same, after which the party set out. A walk of ten minutes brought them to an old cabin in the depths of the timber. The young men had evidently been there before, for they entered unhesitatingly and pro. It would have been bard to find a more angry and disceeded to make themselves comfortable. And when supper <\sted lot of young fellows than the six young backwoodstime came they placed some cold food on a rough table and I CHAl>TER IV. THE DISSATISFIED HALF-DOZEN.


= 10 'fHE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. 1 ate their fill. .4,s they ate they talked, and discussed the mat ter of. getting revenge on the youth who had given Lem the thr ashing. They had been talking and di s cussing the matter for n early two hours, and had been unable s o far to think of any plan that seemed to be fea s ible At last Lem uttered "Uv course they air; now I'll ask ye er question : think these heer two :feller s air redcoats?" The five shook their heads "Ye think not, hey ?" "Oh, th e y hain t redcoats," said Josh; et's e asy ter !h thet." "E:xackly," triumphantly; "an' ef they hain't redcoa "I have it!" he cri e d "Why didn't I think of it before?" whut air they?" 11n e x clamation. "What i s it?" a s k e d Josh '"fell u s !" t rom the others, in unison. "Do ye remember thet party uv redcoats we ran acro ss, over on the river, yesterday afternoon, boys?" "Y as ; ther .shin' party "Theer wuz ha' er uv 'em, ye know." "Yas." "Waal. whut is ter hender us rum goin' an' gittin' ther r edcoats ter he'p us?" "I guess ye' re right erbout ther matte r, L em," sE Josh; "I sh d jedge thet they air rebels." "Y as, I'll bet they air; an I'll bet, to_o, th et the y in: spies." :' "Spies?" > S "Yas." "Waal, ef thct's so, ther redcoats would be glad uv ti' chan c e ter captcr 'em, wouldn t they?" "Ye bet they would!" "He'p us ter do whut?" "Waal, I guess yer skeem is er good wun, Lem. "W'y, te r break up ther weddin' ceremony an' capter go right ter ther redcoats' camp an s e e whut I them two strangers." hev ter say erbout et." "Capter 'em?" "All right. "Yas." The young men left the cabin and walked through fl "Whut'd ther redcoats wanter capter the;r young fell e rs timber a distance of about a mile. Then they came to fur?" encampment on the bank of the Savannah River I "W'y, don' ye see?" queried Lem redco i ts were in camp, and they were busy cooking I 1 'he others shook their head s "No, I don' fur wun,'' suppers at a camp-fire. r eplied Josh. They greeted the youths pleasantly. Evidently t l "'fhe n ye're mighty dumb had seen each other before. "Glad to see you, boyfl W'y so? Whut d they capter ther young fellers fur?" said one of the redcoats. "Want to play some more car "Fur bein' -rebel s to be shore!" eh?" r Lem looked around at his companions with an air of o not this time," replied Lem. i mportance, while they, on their hand, uttered exclama tions. "Rebels!" "D'ye thirik they reely air rebels?" "'J'het's er good skeem, Lem Such were a few of the remarks made. Lem was well pl eased by the interest which his statement had caused. Whut makes ye think them fellers air rebels, Lem?" asked Josh, after a few moments of silence. W'y, et stan s ter ree_ zon thet they air How d'ye make thet out?" "This way: T hey're strangers, hain't they?" "Yas. An' they t ork an' act l ike they wuz frum ther North don they ?" "Yas, they do, fur er fack "Waal, an' now, who air in cont rol u v Sava nnah?" "Ther B ritish." "No?" the redcoat exclaimed. "I was sure that l x w iat you came for, and was getting ready to spend e njoyable evening ":No ; we hev come on bizness." "On business, eh?" in a surprised voice. 1 0 "Yas. "What sort of business?" "I'll tell ye. Would ye fellers like ter capter er uv rebels?" l The redcoats started and looked interested. "Wh'l that you say-rebels? Where?" Then Lem told his story, the soldi e rs listening with terest, and whe n the young man had finished the y loo 1J at one another in a triumphan\ manner. "This is all right, eh, fellows? remarked one P r e sec>med to be looked upon as the leader. "Yes/' one rephed; "those strangers are undoubU0 spies, just as Lem, here, thinks."


es, they are rebel spies!" )' haven't a bit of doubt regarding that." And, being it follows that they are in all prob ity very important ones." Yes ; if we succeed in capturing them we will find that have caught some big fish, I'll warrant you." 'Then ye fellers air go in' ter go inter this thing an' try capter 'em?" asked Lem. 'We certainly are!" 'Good the young man exclaimed; "I'm glad u v thet 'Yas; now we'll git even with thet feller!" said Josh speak, and he said, in a low, but eager aD;d excited voice : "Thet wuz Lem Larkins' voice!" CHAPTER V. .A. SHOT FROM AMBUSH. "Are you sure?" asked Dick. "Yes, I'm shore uv et; but whut does he mean by' erbout theer bein' rebels in heer ?" nson. "I think he means my comrade and myself," was Dick's 'You say there is to be a wedding at the house where reply; "doubtless there are a lot of redcoats out there." se two strangers are?" "Yes, I see some men with red uniforms on," said one 'Yas." guest, who stood near the door. 'At what hour is the wedding to be held?" "Will you please close the door and bar it?" asked Dick, "At ha'f-pas' eiirht." 1 qmet y. "And it is nearly eight now. Well, we don't care anyA couple of th'e men obeyed, and the action was greeted ng about the wedding, one way or the other, but we will by yells of rage from without. tf drop around there before long and make prisoners "Open that door!" cried a voice. "Open the door, or j the rebel spies." we will open fire on the house!" "Hedn't ye better go right erway?" asked Lem. "Ther Then followed a loud rapping on the Dick stepped lers might go on their arter ther weddin' is over." to it and said: "Who are you, and what do you want "I don't think there is any danger of that; but as we can here?" one time as well as another, we will go the moment we "I am an officer in the service of the king, and I demand t through eating our supper." that door be opened at once!" "All right." "Why have you come here and caused a disturbance? A "We will eat in a hurry, too; sit down, you fellows, and wedding is in progress in here and you have no right to ke yourselves comfbrtable." f The men obeyed, and with some impatience r the redcoats to get through. Fifteen minutes su:filceci_ d then the soldiers were ready to start. The party set out, and there were just a dozen in it redcoats and six backwoodsmen. A walk of fifteen minutes brought them to the home come and interfere." "Oh, yes, we have; we have the right and the might, too!" "You are sure of that, are you?" "Yes; so you might as well opeJ;J. the door I judge you are one of the two young strangers, are you not?" "Yes; but what of that?" 1\Iolly Hunker, and they paused to investigate. They "Well, we want you two, and you two only; so if you on learned that the guests were all in the and that will open the door and come forth, no one else shall be e ceremony was just about to be perform,ed. Then they ole forward, and Lem, in his excitement and joy at the ought that he was to have revenge on the youth who had 'ven him the thrashing, yelled out, as we have seen: molested." "And if I r!lfuse to open the door?" "Then we will break it down and will take you two fellows by force; and if some of the other people get hurt 'l'hey're in the house an' can't git erway ye hev it will be your fault and not ours!" r do is ter surround ther house, an' when they come "Oh, that is it, eh? You wish to make the two of us p.t ye kin grab 'em an' make pris'ners uv 'em! They're fbels, an' I know et!" As we know, the words were heard by those within the prisoners?" "We are going to do it!" "I have a favor to ask of you," said Dick. use, an.d caused consternation among the inmates. The ''What is it?" 1reacher paused and stared around at the people in ques"That you give me a few in which to confe r oning wonder. Jim, the bridegroom, was the first to with my comrade regardi n g this matter."


"All right; I'll do it. Don't think you can escape, however, for the house is surrounded." Dick made no answer, but hastened back to where Bob was standing. "Wait down here and keep the people from becoming alarmed, Bob," he said; "I will g o upstairs and see if I can look out. I want to see how many redcoats there are out there." "All right, Dick." Dick hastened up s tairs and made the r

ringi \ heard, and several bullets came in through the door dining-room combined and sat up to a long table which whistled across the r5Jom. was fairly groaning with good things to eat. tantly Dick jerked the door open, at the same inThe guests seemed to forget that there had been any t calling out: "Now!" and he and Bob, followed by unpleasant happening, and enjoyed themselves to the at and the other two men, leaped out and dashed toward full. They ate heartily, and laughed and talked in a lively group of redcoats and backwoods youths. fashion. Dick and Bob were the guests of honor, and. had he members of the attacking party were taken by the seats next to the young married couple. e have killea two of their number," he said, "and I s that will be sufficient to put a damper on any fur r attempts on the part of the others." I reckon ye're right erbout thet; but I tell ye, my d is up, an' I'd giv' er purty penny ter git my han's r thet thar Lem Larkins fur erbout er minnet !" You think he is to blame for this business,. then?" Yas; he went an' tole ther redcoats, an' they come ng with Lem an' ther other boys." I wonder what made the redcoats think we \ ts?" Likely L e m tole 'em so." are paI judge you are right; well, let's see if these two are ick made an examination and found that the two red s were dead. He told Jim to go into the house and the guests that the danger was over, and then he told Hunker to bring a spade. The man did so and the ies of the British soldiers were carried across the road Jim and Molly, now that the ordeal was over, seemed happy as larks, and they were the jolliest couple present. When supper was over the chairs were cleared out of the big sitting room, with the exception of some that were ranged along the walls, and then the negro got his fiddle They were rin no particular hurry, so rode slowly and conversed. "Well, Dick, we have bad quite a lively time since yesterday evening," said Bob Estabrook-for the two were Dick Slater and :Bob Estabrook, the young "Lib erty Boys" who had made themselves so famous, as the reader bas long since guessed. "Yes indeed, Bob," was the reply; "that was rather an unique experience, the competing in the jumping con test for the hand of Molly Hunker. "That' s right; and, say, those six fellows were mad at you for not taking the prize after winning it, weren't they?" "Yes, they were quite angry." a grave was soon ready. The bodies were interred "And, Lem Larkins wasn't satisfied till he had got a covered up and then the men went to the house. thrashing-ha! ha l ha!" he people were again, and were talking exdly of the affair. It was nearly half an hour before irs could get quieted down sufficiently so that the t oftl mony could be gone on with. Then Jim and Molly !k up their position and the minister said the words I a Jch made the twain one. w:Jhen everybody in the house shook hands with the happy t and congratulated them, after which the entire 11 adjourned to the large and roomy kitchen and o e, "No; and I don't think he is satisfied even now, Bob." "Well, I guess you are right about that." "I am sure of it; be will do me injury, if he possibly can do so." "But he won't have much chance, ;Dick; as we don't expect to stay in this vicinity very long." "No; and I am not afraid of anything he may do, anyway. He is a coward at heart." "Yes; but those are the kind of fellows who do the most


THE -.LIBER'l'Y BO S' DECO Y : damage, sometimes. They don't give you warning, you assassin, and the instant their eyes rested on the fello know, but take you u nawares." "True; but I sha ll n ot worry about him At this instant, crack went a rifle, and Dick's hat was .knocked off his head by a bullet) 1 I .O.H.APTER VI. A .FRIG.IITE.i."'ITED YOUTII. face, exclamations escaped t hem -.., "Lem Larkins!" This in unison ul The youths stared at the fellow on the ground and ti at each other. "I told you I thought we would rec' nize him," said Bob. "] Then Dick knelt beside the wouD UC youth and asked: "Where is your wound?" ''Ther bullet hit me in tiier thigh, an' I think ar "So you did, Bob." killed!" was the groaniug reply. ut "I'll make an examination," said Dick; "and will s c m tell you whether or not you are dangerously wounded. Dick made the examination, and then ro s e to his Quick as a flash the ;)'Ouths were off their horses and and said, with a laugh: "Get up, Larkins; c running toward the timber, fr0111 which direction the hurt scarcely at all!" shot had sounded "Whut !" the fellow exclaimed, a look of relief c<0 "Ile's right here in the edg.e of the timber, Dick!" cried ing over his face. "Air ye shore?" y f :Bob, with grim expression. "I pity the fellow i we get "Absolutely certain of it." ,, sight of him!" "But I felt a tur. rible pain in my thigh, an' my 'I'he youths had drawn their pistols and were ready to dd nl 'v' d th Et mus' be br>0 su e y g1 way un ernec me. c" fire the instant there was anything to shoot at. As they ran they leaped this way and that, going in a zig-zag manner so as to make it difficult for any one to hit them. Just before they the edge of the timber there came another sharp, whip-like crack, and a bullet whistled past Dick's ear. Whoever the unseen marksman was, he seemed to be determined to bring down Dick. The next moment the two were within the shelter of 1 the timber, however, and they caught sight of a form flit1 ting avrny, among the frees. "Stop!" cried Dick. "We see you, and will put a couple of bullets into you if you don t halt!" The fellow did not obey; instead, he seemed to run the faster. "Let's give him a couple of shots for luck, Dick!" said Bob. hain't et?" ; "No; you have only a slight flesh wond; Larkins \ I can't understand how it was that your leg gave i underneath you." e "I think I can explain it, Dick," said Bob, with a g'l.d! "Ile was s o badly scared that his nerv e s wer e at a g1 I "\l ten s ion and when the bullet struck him it s hock e d n e rvou s s ystem and he imagin e d that he was kill ed, w in fac t he wa1 only slightly wounded." "I judge that you are right, Bob." Then to Lem: up; you will :find that you can stand and walk now. are not hurt to speak of." I1arkins st111ggled slowly to his feet and bore some his weight on the wounded leg in rather a gingerly wv He found that he could sustain his weight easily, pre s ently put all his weight on the leg. It seemed toa d "All right; I'm rather curious to see who the is, as s trong as it had ever been. h and he doesn't seem inclined to stop and wait for us to "You see, you are not hurt to speak of," said Dick. ,, come up with him "Et does seem ez ef I am all right," the fellow1admit The youths lifted their pistols and :fired. They did not "And now," said Dick, sternly, "you will have to I 1 stop to take aim, but r;iade what are known as snap shots; plain why you tried to murder me!" 1 1 they were successful, however, for a wild yel l went up Larkins started and turned pale. Ile realized, nfH from the fugitive, and he fell to the ground and began that he had not got entirely out of his troubles He looPi; i ,_yelling, "I'm killed! I'm killed!" at the top his voice at Dick in a frightened manner "We will soon know what sort of looking fellow he is, "I-I-whut d'ye mean, ennyway?" he stammered .ev t now," said Djck. "You are right; and, somehow, I think we will recog nize the fellow. His voice sounds familia r to me. '; They were soon the groaning, tumb l ing would-be "Just what I say "Oh, you know "\Vhat he means, an right!" said ] "N-no, I d-don't I I-I--" "Don't try to think up any lies to tell," said D


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. ly but sternly; "you could not think up one that hang you?" the youth remarked sarcastically.. "Why !!: uld be at all reasonable. I know that you fired upon wouldn t we? What would there be to binder us from from the roadside, and came within an ace of killing doing so? Who would hurt us if we did it?" Why did you do it?" "I-I-hev -friends w-who'd take revenge onter ye "I-I-d-didn' do et; et mus' hev be'n er redcoat ez ef ye wuz ter hang m-me." n ne et." "You have friends?" remarked Bob. "I would hardly s "I told you not to lie about it," said Dick; "tell the have thought it. Would you, Dick?" th, and it will be much the better plan." "Hardly. Well, it doesn't matter; we are not afraid of "Yes, tell the truth, Larkins,'' said Bob. "You can't his friends." ceive us, for we know you fired both those shots." "Not a bit of it. Then we'll hang him, Dick?" Bob "Y cs; and, now, I wish to know why you did it,'' said said this briskly. He did not believe that Dick would ick. injure the fellqw, and he was determined to give him as Larkins was -pale. Ile Jo.oked at the youths for a few much of a scare as he could. oments, hesitated, anJ. then finally said : "I'll tell ye Dick understood Bob's object, and as he did not wish y I clone et. I wanted revenge on ye!" to do the young backwoodsman injury, he fell in with "Revenge?" Bob's plan and helped give the fellow a scare. "Yas; fur ther lambastin' ye giv' me yisterday arter -"I hardly know whether we ought to hang him or not, on." Bob," was the reply, with a meditative air; "I don't know "So I supposed,'' said Dick; "and I suppose you were i.f his crime deserves such a death. I rather think that sponsible for the appearance of the redcoats at the home we ought to shoot him and let him die in a more re 1Ir. Hunker, last night, too, were you not?" spectable manner than at the end of a rope." Larkins hesitated, but Bob spoke up: "You might as Bob pretended to ponqer the matter gravely. "Well, 11 own up, Larkins," he said; "we recognized your voice, perhaps you are right," he said slowly; "still, a would-be d know you were there, and we saw you running away assassin is not entitled to much consideration, to my way we came rushing out of the house." of thinking "Yes, you might as well make a clean breast of it, Lar"I know, Bob; but I never like to hang a man unless I ns," said Dick. am anxious to punish him to the fullest extent "Waal," doggedly, "I wuz theer, ez ye say." "Well, I think this fellow needs to be punished to the fullest extent "And you were instrumental in causing the redcoats to me, were you not?" e "W aal, I s'po s e I bed ez much ter do with et ez enny ther boys. Theer wuz six uv us, ye know." ."Yes, I know; but I judge that you were the one who d the most to do with the matter; you were the one 0 ho had most cause to desire to do me an injury, since k had, as you said a while ago, given you a ihrasbing "Waal, I bed ez much ter do with .ther matter, but not i tt I ny more." "Well, we have a strong case against you, Larkins," said n ick sternly; "and the question is, what shall we do with u ?" 0 "I think that we ought to bang him, Dick!" said Bob "Well, I think so myself." B "H-hang me!" gasped Larkins. "Yes." DI "Y-you w-woudn' d-dar' do t-thet I" Bob laughed aloud, his laughter seeming to strike ter p.r to the soul of Larkins. "You think we wouldn't dare "I will admit that he has committed a bad crime, but he had some excuse for wishing to get revenge on me; I had given him a thrashing, you know "Yes, I know; but he deserved the thrashing, if ever a .fellow did." "I admit that; but I think that, on the whole, we ought to let him die an honorable death." "I-I-d-don' wanter d -die e rtall !" stammered Larkins. "Oh, of course not," said Bob airily; "I have always noticed that the fellows who are so to try to shoot other people down are not eager to be treated that way themselves think we had better just sh_oot him and let it go a that, Bob,'' s:; Dick. "Oh, all right; if you wish it that way, old man. It was you that he tried to kill, and you have a right to say how he shall die. We'll shoot him, then." "Yes, I think that will be best." "How will we do itthe usual way?" "I guess so.


,16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. "All right; we will place a loaded and an pistol it, I will tell you something, give you some informat in a coat, folded u p lie a sack, and will r oll the pistols which will be uv value ter ye, I think." n I over and over so that neither of us will know who has the loaded weapon, and then we will never know which of us killed you, Lar kins." Bob said this i n s u ch a matter-of-fact way that it made the young backwoodsman shiver. He though t the youth meant it, sme, and he was conv i nced that he was stand ing at death's door. He looked around, as if contemplat ing trying to make his escape, but the youths n oticed it, and Dick said sternly: "Don't try it, Larkins! You could not get away if you tried. We would shoot you dead before "Go ahead and give us the information," said Diel "All right. Ther redcoats air gain' ter come down I an' burn ther homes uv ther patriots in this part uv 1he country." "They are?" "Yes. ''When will they come, do you think?" "Ternight, I guess." ,, ed < :o t eI "To-night, eh?" "Y as; ye know ye killed two u v ther redcoa ., las' n you went six paces." an' thet made ther res 'mighty mad an: they swore t "Oh, say, p-please d-don' s-shoot me, b-boys !" pleaded would git even with ye an' all ther patriots in these plOO Larkins. He was pale with fright, and was trembling at an' this mornin' tJ:iey started back ter Savannah, but a great rate. He was certainly being punished for his they'd be back right erway with er ban' uv men thet we '] attempt to assassinate Dick. Lum houses uv ther patriots 1m' kill all thet darechor "I don't see any reason why you should be spared," try ter keep 'em frum et." ed said Bob. "Oh, ho! So that is their game, is it?" 1 "Nor do I!" from Dick. "Say, I'll promise ter be good all ther res' uv my life f ye won' kill me!" said Larkins. "Humph! I suppose you would keep your promise about as long as it takes you to make it!" said Dick. No, I mean ev'ry word uv et!" eagerly. "I won' never do ennythin' mean erg'in, ef ye'll let me go this time." "What do you think about it, asked Dick. "I don't know, old man; you are the one to say. He hasn't tried to harm me. If he had tried to kill me as he has you, I think I should have had him laid out stiff as a poker by this time; but you always were a tender hearted chap." "What are you, Larkins-Whig or Tory?" asked Dick, abruptly. Larkins fidgeted anq l ooked worried. "Waal," he said presently, "I kain't say ez how't I'm eether wun "But you lean toward the Tories, eh?" "Waal, I expeck I hev kinder done thet erway, fur e r "Yas." nc "And you think they will get back here to-night?" oo I think so." :ric "Did you hear them say anything to that effect?" 'ec "I heerd 'em say-they thort ter-night would be er g time ter do ther work." rib "Exactly; well, we are much obliged for the tion, Lem ;he "Yer welcum." "Your giving us the information proves that you sincere when yo-q. said you would be a patriot.' "Oh, ye kin bet I won' ennythin' else frum now cfsin "All right stick to that Lem l .he "I will." "All right; you may go, now vil Larkins lost no time in hastening away, the yoth e watching him out of sight. "What do you think abou1 ] Bob?" asked Dick "Do you think he will remain I n c to the cause of Liberty?" re fa ck "Yes, Dick; that is to say, he will remain true to it "I thought so; and now, I'll tell you what I'll do, the redcoats get hold of him h e Larkins: If you will become a patriot, and swear to be "Yo_ u think he is a weather-vane sort of chap, eh true to the cause, I will agree to let you go free." "That's :it, exactly. will be anything to anyb1 "He must agree not to try to take your life at any time to save his life." h e in the future too, Dick," said Bob quickly "I guess you are right." \'i l "Yes, that is a part of the conditions; wl!at do you "I'm sure I am; but it doe sn't matter. He is su 128 say, Larkins?" coward he w.ill not be able to do the cause much damaso: "Thet I promise!" was the prompt reply. "And I'll keep my promise, too, and will be a true patriot To prove "I think not; and now, Bob, what shall we do?" "Whatever you say, Dick." ] 'I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. "We must see to it that those redcoats do not succeed putting their plan into successful operation." "So we must." "Well, then, our course is obvious.' We must send for v he 'Liberty Boys.' "Yes; with the boys here we will be able to make those edcoats wish they had stayed in Savannah and attended o their own business." "That's right; and you must ride back to the encamp ent and bring them as quickly as possible, Bob." "All right. And you?" "Yas, we've heerd tell uv theer doin's further pas' t er three years,') said Mr. Hunker; "ef we on'y hed the fellers heer, now, theer redcoats'd think they hed ru inter er hornet's nest w'en they come up heer !" "Then they will think so, Mi;. Hunker," said Dick, wit a smile; "for the youths in question-the ones my co rade, here, is going after, and who will be here by t middle of the afternoon-are 'The Liberty Boys of '76' "Great spoons!" gasped Mr. Hunker. uir you?" "I am Dick Slater, the captain of the company "I will return to Mr. Hunker's and wait for you there." 'Liberty Boys,' was the quiet reply. "All right; we will be there by three o'clock this after"Whoop!" shouted Jim Sheppard, and he leaped fo "Good! And that will be in time, I am sure." w The youths hastened back to the road and foul).d their e d 1orses standing where they had been left. The two mount d the animals and rode back to the home of Mr. Hunker. Naturally, their reappearance caused some excitement, nd the folks wanted to know why they had returned so oon. Dick told them, and when the y h e ard that the pa" ard, and s eizing Dick's hand shook it vigorously. CHAPTER YII. READY FOR 'l.'U E R E D COATS iot families of the neighborhood were in danger they "I'm e r s hamed uv b e in' b e at a-jumpin by ye, now! he cri e d, his face shining with d e light and satisfactio "Thet' ll be tur"'l'er be beat by Dick Slater hain t no disgrace! Sa but I'm glad ter know ye, Dick-I am, fur er fack ecame excited and alarmed. c g "Thet is bad news!" said Mr. Hunker. l ible, ef they do thet, won't et?" : or "But we are not going to permit it," s aid Dick; "that is he reason we came back." "How air ye goin' ter he'p yerselves ?" "I'll tell you," said Dick; and then he told them that e had a force, consisting of one hundred youths like iimselc, encamped fifteen miles away. "My comrade, Bob, 0 s going after them,'' he said, "and they will be here by he middle of th.e afternoon, and when the redcoats come we never 'xpeckted ter git ter see ye l e t erlone shake han with ye, an' be beat er-jumpin by ye!" Dick laughed and shook the youth's hand warmly. "I' jus t as glad to know you as you are to know me, Jim," said earnestly. Jim shook his head, but there was a pleased look on h face, nevertheless. "Y e're j es' j okin'," he said. "No, I mean just what I say. You are a patriot, and ill make it hot for them." brave and honest man. I am always just as glad to ma "Thet will be fine!" said Jim Sheppard. "But who air the acquaintance of such men as they possibly can be t hese young fellers thet ye speak uv ?" make mine." Dick glanced around over the faces of those present, "Mr. and Mrs. Hunker and Jim's wife had to sha nd then said: "I believe all her e are true-hearted patriots, hands with Dick, now, and then he introduced them a re they not?" 'it to Bob, giving his comrade's real name. "He is my right hand man," said Dick; "we are like brothers, and ar usually together." "Yas, ev'ry wun uv 'em," replied Mr. Hunker; "and hct's whut is worritin' me. We'll be shore ter git er l ?' issit rum them theer redcoats." All shook hands with. Bob, and then he leaped into th yb tna "All right; let them come," said Dick. "We'll make saddle, and with the remark, "I'm off for the encampmen hem wi:;h they had stayed at Savannah. And, now, I now, Dick,'' he rode away at a gallop. 1.'ill tell you who tho s e young men are. Ha'Ve you eve:r "Ye say he will be back with ther rest uv ther me; card of a company of young men known a s 'The Liberty by ther middle uv ther arternoon ?" asked Mr. Hunker oys of '7G' ?" as they watched Bob of sight. Exclamations escaped the lips of all, and Jim exclaimed: "Yes." 'I sh'd reckon we hev !" "But s'posin' ther redcoats cum sooner than thet ?"


J8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. Dick look ed sober "How far is it to Savannah?" he asked. "Ten miles." "It is possible that they may get here sooner," he said, "but I hope they won't." "Then we will go down there and keep watch for fd 'J. enemy. How far is it from here?" "Three miles." n: "All right; get ready, everybody, and we will start once: It would be bad if the redcoats should get tll\,, "W'y not git up er ban' uv young fellers an' be ready and set fire to the house and do a lot of damage bef\, fur 'em ef they /Jo git hcer sooner?" asked Jim. we reached the spot." "That is a good idea, Jim," said Dick; "how many young men could you get together by noon, do :you think?" Jim studied a few moments, and then said: "I think I c'u'd git up twenty young fellers by noon." "And have them here?" as." "All right; do so, then. That will enable us to show fight if the redcoats put in an appearance, and we will, perhaps, be able to stand them off till my men get here." "All right; I'll go an' git er hoss an' start right out." "Take my horse, Jim; he is fresh, and it will save time." Jim mounted Dick s horse and rode awa at a gallop Dick took a scat on the porch with Mr. Hunker, and they talked to pass the time away. A coupl e of hours passed, and then the young men began putting in an appearance, singly and in pairs They hardy, fine-looking young fellows, and were well armed, each and every one having a rifle and pistol. "I believe they are all right," thought Dick; "if we can get twenty of them together we will be able to worry the redco ats and hold them in check till my 'Liberty Boys' get her e By eleven o'clock Jim was back, and he said he had the promise from twenty-two young fellows that they would 'J'hey set out at once, Dick having left instructions 1\Ir. Hunker to tell Bob to come down to where they as soon as the "Liberty Boys" arrived. When the party reached the Miller home they were lieved to :find that the redcoats had not yet put in appearance "This is good luck," said Dick; "now we can lay plans for welcoming the enemy He rode down the road a ways and took a survey of situation He soon found a spot that would answer i mirably for a place to lie in ambush and await the ing of the enemy. Having chosen the spot, he rode to the top of a hill half a mile farther on, and looked tow the south. "If they are coming, I may be able to get sight of the he said to himself. He looked, and at first did not see signs of the redcoats, but hfter a few minutes he sudde gave utterance to an exclamation. "Ah, there they are! And much closer than I expec' to see them. 'rhey were trees hid them from Yiew. get the boys placed." clown in that hollow, and Well, I must hasten back He turned a:n'.d rode back at a gallop. "They are COf ing !" he.cried, when he was close to the party of yout\ "Come this way, quickly. We will ha:ve to hurry!" show up by noon or near that time. The youths hastened forward and accompanied Die "You have well, Jim," said Dick. "We will be the spot he had selected, and here they took up their p able to make things interesting for the redcoats if they tions, being sheltered behind bushes and trees. put in an appearance this afternoon." Mrs. Hunker and Molly had been hard at work for a "How menny uv -'em air theer, Dick?" asked Jim. "I think there must be about fifty, Jim,'' was the re coupl e of hours, and had cooked enongh for all hands ;1 and "Thet's er go.od menny, but I guess we kin hol' 'em /. when all had eaten they began making preparations for all right." welcoming the enemy. Dick was u,nanimously voted to "Of course we can; we could do it if there was t 1 the command of the party, and Jim, speaking for all, said fifty of them." they would obey his every or der, no matter what it was, "Thet's right!" "Ef ye tell us ter charge straight at er regiment uv "Now, I wish to tell you boys something," said sojers, we'll do et!" he declared. impressively; "I want you to wait till I give you the si "I wish to ask you something, Jim," said Dick. "Where before you take aim, and I want you to aim just as would the redcoats likely to strike, first? What patriot would if you were going to shoot a squirrel or a wild tur lives in the neighborhood, but nearest to Savannah?" "Joe's foik1t live the furthest down thet way," said Jim, noddin g toward

THE }LiBERTY :B6Y-s; :b:EooY. >r :irt 'Yas, we unner stan'," repli ed Jim; "an' we'll take d aim, ye bet!" 'All right; and don't fire till I give the word. Then let m have it; and I'll warrant you that they will think a nderbolt has struck them." 'We'll do et-hey, boys?" from Jim. th 'Ye bet we will!" was the reply, in chorus 'All right," said Dick; "I shall depend on you to do t as I have said." hey became silent now and watched for the corning w the redcoats. They waited patiently and watched eager l for five, ten, fifteen minutes, and the redcoats did not e e oYer the hill, which was distant a quarter of a mile. r ick became suspicious. "I don't like the looks of this," said '' W'y not?" asked Jim. 'Well, ihe redcoats ought to have been here ten minutes f and they haven't shown up at the top of the hill yet r looks lo me as if they had become suspicious and co pped." e 'Et does look thet way, shore; but I don' see how they 'd hev got suspishus-'nless they saw you erwhile ergo." 'I've been thinking of that, and it is possible they may e seen me, thol1gh I didn't think they haa done so." e a 'Waal, whut air ye goin' ter do?" de ick pondered a few moments. "There is only one ng to do," he said, "and that is to investigate and try dIBoove' why the 'edcoafa have not put in an apk ick stole away in the direction of the hill, keeping well tions that he would henceforth be a patriot; but every step he took away from Dick and Bol;> lessened the feeling an caused a new feeling of anger at Dick to tak e possession of hiru. The farther he went and the safer he elt, the greater grew the feeling of rage, and the weaker grew his determination to be a patriot He looked back; he coul not see the youths. His anger tllen became very gre{Lt, and his determination to be a patriot was thrown to winds. "I'm er loyal king's man!" be muttered :fiercely. "An' I hate thet thar feller named Dick, wusser'n pizen I'll do 'im harm ef I kin, an' ye kin j es 'bet on et I wunde whur they air goin', ennyb,ow ?" Lem halted and stood looking irresolutely back in th direction from which he had just come. After standinb thus a few moments, he heard the sound of hoofbea ts. H listened and a surprised look came over his face "They're goin' back!" he exclaimed. "I wunder whut thet. means? I'll see.; I may be mistook, ar!:er all." He ran back to the road and looked up it. "Yas, they air goin' back in the direckshun they come frum," he mut tered. "Nqw, I wunder why they done thet?" He pondered a few moments and then set out after the two, but keeping within the edge of the timber so as to avoid any chance of being seen by the youths. "They'd fix me up ef they saw me!" he S:fid to himsel "I ruther think them fellers air bad wuhs w'en they git agoin'." Lem followed the rtwo horsemen, and finally saw them stop at the home of Mr. Hunker. "Now, I wunde r w'y they cum back ter Hunker's ?" he asked himself I kain't un l}.erstan' et." hin the edge of the timber so as to avoid being seen He remained in hiding and watched proceedings with case the enemy should suddenly appear at the top of considerable interest He saw JI.Ir. and Mrs Hunker and hill. Jim and Molly shake hands with Dick, and then with Bob, ick kept on and finally reached the top of the hill. and he was puzzled by it all. "Thet beats me," he said to re he saw a sight that surprised him not a little. Fifty "they h..!nowed each other afore "Now, w'y would ds distant, standing in a group, were the redcoats, they they be shakin' han's ez ef they hed jes' got erquainted?" 'ing dismounted. !t was not the sight of the redcoats It was too deep a puzzle for Lem to unravel, and when t surprised Dick, but of an individual in citizen's he saw Bob ride away toward the north he was even more hes who stood among them Dick recognized the fellow, surprised and puzzled. Then, presently he saw Jim moun t n this was what surprised him-for the fellow was none Dick's horse and ride away, while Dick took up a posi cr than Lem Larkins, who, only that very morning, tion on the porch and began talking to Mr. Hunker, and sworn that he would be a true patriot from that time the watcher was now hopelessly muddled: "I dunno whut et means," he said to himself; "I giv' et up! Et's too much uv e r puzzle fur me!" He remained. where he was, however, having nothing else to do, and being curious, anyway, and hoping that something might turn up to give him an inkling of what hile the fear that he might lose bis life was upon him, was in the wind. He was :finally reward ed for his paCHAPTER VIII. A YOUNG KN A VE Larkins had believed himself sincere in his protestatience, for he saw a couple of young fellows put in an ap1


------,...,b,.E"j --------------================================================Jf /earance Lem knew who the two were, they being, in fact, i.he youths concealing themselves behind the bushes 'neighbor boys, and when he saw they carried rifles, a trees by the roadside. glimmering of the truth came to him. "They air goin' ter lay in wait fur ther 1 "Oh, ho! I think I begin ter unnerstan' whut is up, said to himself, "an' when they come er long, ther blam: now!" he said to himself. "I tole them two fellers thet rascals will shoot the king's sojers down in cold blood!" ,ther redcoats wuz goin' ter cum up beer an' burn ther This thought almost paralyzed Lem; and he was at8 !l homes uv sum uv ther patriots, an' they air goin' ter git loss to know what to do. At last he thought of the vE. up er ban' an' try ter fight ther British sojers off! Blazes! thing that should have occurred to him at first, viz.: TlJ:r wush't I hedn't tole 'em now! But, arter all, I slon' he should hasten forward and warn the British. think et'll ermount ter mutch They kain't git more'n er "I'll do et!" he muttered. "W'y didn' I think uv ti ;duzzen er so uv fellers, an' they won't stan' no chance afore? Blazes! I hope I won't be too late!" erg'inst ther trained British sojers." He set out, going as rapidly as he dared, as he t Lem was deeply interested now, and he remained in afraid he might be seen or heard by some of the youtl l his place of concealment and watched eagerly As the flll of whom possessed good hearing and eyesight. Wh young backwoodsmen ,put in an appearance he count, he was at a safe distance, however, he broke into a run a and when all ha:d arrived, and he found that he had count ran as fast as he could. It was hard work as it was uph Jed twenty-two of them, he looked sober. but he reached the top, finally, and saw the British c l "Thet's er good menny, arter all," he thought. "Blazes! ing, but nearly a hundred yards down upon the other si1 whut ef they sh'd lick ther British, arter all? I wunder "I'm jes' in time!" he said to himself, and then he ? how menny theer'll be uv ther British, ennyhow? But down toward the approaching redcoats as fast as he cot shorely they'll bring more'n twenty men. Yas, I know they go. When he was within twenty yards of them he ca will; they'll bring enu:ff ter lick ther boys i,p thet gang, an' out, in eager and excited, but cautious tones: 1do et eezy." "Stop Don t come up this way enny furder I The Lem talked thus, in order to bolster up his courage. He lwas not at all sure of what he said, but he hoped it would 1be that way. True, he knew the majority of the young 4men-had known them all his life-and had played with them, swam with them, hunted with them, but they were "rebels," while he was a and he felt that he would 1not care if they were all killed .. j Lem was so interested that he woitld not leave to go home and get something to eat. He wanted to see what Jthe party of young men would do. He remained where he 'was till he saw the party set out, going in a southerly direction, and he :followed, keeping well within the edge : of the timber. He followed till they came to a stop a quarter of a mile from the' hill, and then he saw Dick I ride forward alone. "He's gone to look for the British," thought Lem. 1 The Tory youth hardly knew what to do. He debated sum rebels layin' in ambush fur ye, over on ther others uv ther hill! Stop!" Of course, the redcoats stopped instirhtly. They did 1 wish to run into an ambush and be shot to pieces Tl waifed till Lem was up to them, and then the leader of party, who was evidently a captain, asked: "What do you mean? You say there is a party of reb ambushed over the hill, waiting for us?" "Yas, thet's jes' whut I uo mean ter say." "But I didn't know there were any rebels in this p1 of the country excepting the farmers around here, '1 may be in favor of going against the king." "Waal, these heer air farmers' boys-fe ll e rs like m' woh, they are?" "Yas; but theer's er lot uv 'em?" "How many?" "Thecr's twenty-three uv 'em." The face o:f the captain brightened at this. the matter and could decide on nothing, until finally he saw Dick coming back. twenty-three of them?" he said, with a laugh. we'll make short work of the country gawks!" '

THE 'LIBERTY BOYS' DE'OOY. in a fight. They will run l ike sheep at the first fire us." Mebby so," said Lem, doubtfully. The n a thought ck him, and he added: "Theer's er feller with ther ez knows sumthin' erbout fightin', I think, an' he may ble ter git ther boys te:r do sum good fightin'." Don't you know who the fellow is?" the captain asked. "No, I don' see enny uv 'em," was the reply; "an' I don' unnerstan' et, eether. I don' see whur they kin be." "Do you think they have gone away ?-1' in a tone. "I'm afeerd the y hev ,'Jove! I hope not I would have liked to have g o t a chance at them! We would have killed them all I We He's er stranger; jes' cum ter these parts yisterday, wouldn't have left one alive to tell the story!" he sed his name wuz Dick Dornley." At this instant there came the command, in a clear, Humph! Dick Dornley, eh?" ringing voice: "Fire, boys! Give it to the cowardly scoun' drels !" Never heard of him; still, that might be a fictitious Then the cra s h of a volley from rifles broke upon the e Was he alone when 1:l'e came?" air, and a number of the redcoats fell to the earth, dead No; theer wuZ anu ther feller with 'im." a An other fellow, eh?" i or wounded Yas." Wher e is he, now?" CHAPTER IX. 1 ID shook his head "I dunno," he replied;_."he rode y headed toward ther north, t h is forenoon." "'.!;RE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY A h he did? Y as." When Dick Slater recognized Lem Larkins, and realized :e And you don t know he was )leaded for?" that the backwoods youth had played him false and ha d s Nope. gone to the redcoats with information, he was surprised, h e captain was silent for a few moments, turning the as we have said', but was angry as well. eroverinhismind. Then he said: "You know where "It has turned out as Bob satd it would," he said to party is secreted?" himself; "Larkins, as soon he fou n d himself out ID nodded. "Yas, I know." of danger from us, repented having told u s about the com-ould you lead us to the place"'i:>y a roundabout route, ing of the redcoats, and to make himself square with them, to enable us to take them unawares?" think so, mister,'' replied Lem. "I kin lead ye ter place, all right, but I dunno 'bout ther res' uv et." 1 ell, we'll look out for the rest of it. You lead us e spot and that is all we will ask of you." ll right, mister; cum erlong with m led the way into the timber, the s oldiers follow leading their horses. When they had penetrated to istance of fifty yard s Lem stopped and told the capr that he had better leave the horses "Et'll be imrble ter git ennywhur near ter them fellers ef ye ther hosses erlong/' he said. e men then tie d their horses to trees and the party moved forward. Lem led the way and presentlJ'. ithin one hundred yards of the poi n t where the payou ths h ad bee n secreted. He signa l ed the captain to stop, and then peered in the directi on where out h s h ad been. He could see nothing of them, an d o t know what to think of it. o you see them?" aske d the ca ptain, in a cauti ou s has come and warned them that we have organized a company and are waiting in ambush. I have no doubt he ha s been playing the spy on us and knows just where the boys are stationed." Dick was not enough to hear what was said by Lem and the captain of the redcoat party, but he used h i s eyes to good advanta ge, and when he saw the party_ l e ave the road and enter the timb e r under the leadership of the backwood s youth, he knew what it meant "They are going to try to take us by s u rprise, instead of allowing themse l ves to be taken that way. Lem is going to lead them to the spot where he kriows the boys are stationed. W e11, we will see! Perhaps we may be able to fool Mr. Larkins and give the redcoats a surprise, after all !" Dick lost not an instant, but hastened back to wheie the youths were and told them what he had discovered. "We have no time to lose; come over here, boys, and concea l you rselves; and then, when the r edcoats ,put i n an appearance we will give them at least one good volley. D ick l e d the way. He knew i n w h ich di r ectio n t he


TIJE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. 3:-edcoats would come from, anu gave a good gues s as to evhere they would pause in order to investigate, and he l irranged his men so that they would be able to fire upon : h e e nemy from the left side, and then retre at, if n ecessary, o=oward the h ome of the Millers. b. It turne d out Htat his judgment was excellent, for the

TIIE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' DECOY. 2S: ea that Dick and the youths who had taken the horses as good as dead and buried e captain seemed at a loss to make up his mind just to do, however. He became silent and pondered the tion for some time, and at last gave the to n to where the four were Here they stopped, and \ o aptain again gave the matter some thought, ending king Lem how far it was to the nearest house Bout ba'f er mile," was the reply ho lives there-rebels or loyal people?" think they're loyal peeple, cap'n," was the reply. "All right ; we w&nt on up the road till we came in sight of the home of the Millers, and there we saw somet1' that surprised us." "What was it?" "A regular little army!" "A what?" "A little army, compared to our force; I judge than there are nearly two hundred of them "Two hundred rebels?" 0"Yes.". The captain looked amazed. Then he turned to ood Then we will carry our wounded comrades to "I thought you said there were only twenty-three of those ouse, leave them there, get a spade and return and. fellows," he said our dead, after which we will go to the home of the Lem nodded. "Thet's whut I sed," he admitted; "an" rs and make those rebel scoundrels wish they bad tbet's all theer wuz uv "em, top, w'en I saw 'em." been born!" "What is the meaning of thi.s strong show of force seen s was done; the people in the house in question were by the boys, then? Where did the rest of the force come, es, and said they wouldtake care of the wounded men, from?" do the best for them that they could. Then, having Lem shook his head. "Ye kain't prove et by me," be said_ wed a couple of spades, the redcoats returned to the "You have no idea who they are, then?" t where the encounter had taken place and buried "Nope, not ther leest idee." dead comrades. "There are not that many rebel men and youths m ow," said the captain, "we are ready to go. after tt1es. e parts, are there?" rebels. Come on, boys; we will make them wish "No; I think thet twenty-three wuz erbout .all uv 'em. "' bad let our horses alone ey set out and walked rapidly up the road. Lem o thinking the matter over and he finally said to the "Then where did these others come from-dh I have a n Didn't. you say that one of the two young strangers mounted his horse and rode away toward the north this ain : "Say, hedn't we better send sum men on erhead morning?" a o sum scoutin' aroun'? Them might ambush Lem nodded. "Yas, I sed thet; an' be done et, tQo !" "Then that explains the affair. He went to get the: s struck the captain as being good advice. "I don't reinforcements, and has returned with them." but you are right," he said. "Those fellows are "I guess ye' re right," agreed Lem. y smart, as we have ;.ilready had proof." "I am sure that I am right; and now the question is;en he named two men and told them to go on ahead What shall we do?" to beat up the timber on both sides of the road very The men nodded their heads. That was the question, ully. "We don't want to give them another chance sure enough They could not hope to cope with such a s," the captain said; "so go slow, and be sure you strong force .when they had only about thirty-five men. t overlook them." "There is only one thing to do," said the captain, after e men set out and were soon lost to sight. The cap waited perhaps ten minutes, and then gave the word all to advance. "We will go slow, however," he sai d it, we don't want to get ahea

24 1rIIE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. of the Tory, whose name was Henry Joyce. When the captain asked him if he would lend them a horse, M r Joyce said certainly. A horse was quickly bridled and saddled, and one o f ael: "At least that number, sir." "Humph! Well, I guess I will send the meJ1 hundred and fifty, with the men he sl should be sufficient to handle the saucy rebels, I n the men mounted and rode away at a gallop, carrying w i t h say. him a message to the commandant at Savannah, asking O h, yes, I am sure of it, sir." eec that at least one hundred and fifty men be sent to the V ery well ; I will give the orders that the n{e J assistance of the captain and his men ready and start at the earliest possible moment. Yd E The messenge r rode at a gallop all the way, and got to return with them I suppose?" !Pt to Savannah an hour before sundown He went at once to headquarters and handed the message to General P re vost, who read it with darkening brow "What is this?" he exclaimed, when he had finished. "You don't mean to say that some rebels actually dared to attack your force, and that they succeeded in killing seven and wounding eight of your men, and then got safely away?" The messenger bowed. "Yes, sir," he replied; "they did that very thing." "How did it happen?" The soldier explained. m "Yes sir." "Very well The messenger then took his leave, and went ei quarters occupied by his company He did not ha e 1.o wait, however, as the party of men was quickl t up, and, under his guidance, was soon riding north a An hour and a half later they arrived at the farmhouse, and were greeted joyously by Captain ers. "Ah, you are here!" he exclaimed. "Now thos will have to look out for !" "Humph!" grunted General Prevost, when the soldier The captain was anxious to strike the "rebels" r had finished, "it seems to me as if Captain Chalmers used at the earliest possible moment, and he could not very poor judgment in allowing himself to be taken by surprise, after having been warned that the rebels wer e there." Of course, the soldier did not dare defend the captain, and he reasoned that it was not any of his business, anyway so he said nothing. "And the captain says there is a strong force of rebe l s there and asks that I send at least one hundred and fifty who are those rebels and next day to do it, so he named four men to go a scouts; and when they had got a good start he with the entire force of nearly two hundred men They moved slowly, and when they bad gone to the home of the Millers, without having seen a e c of the enemy, they hardly knew what to think. S ward they moved, and at last they stood in the front of the farmhouse, and still they had seen n of the enemy. men to his assistance. Now, where did they come f1J:om ?" The soldier shook his head replied. All was dark and still in the farmhouse. Eviden "It is hard to say, sir," he inmates were in bed and sound asleep. Everythin "You are sure tl1e rebels are there?" It happened that the messenger was one of the two who bad been sent ahead to do scouting duty, and he replied promptly: "Oh, yes; they're there I I saw them with my own eyes." "Ah, you did?" HYes, sir." "And you think there are as many of the rebels as what the captain says?" "His statement is based on what I and one of my com rades who had been ahead to do scouting duty told ed calm and peaceful. "I don't understand it," said the captain, in a tented voice; "I don't see where those rebels can The captain was silent for a while, and seeme pondering the situation Presently he gave the co for the men to dismount. They did so, and then dered them t o enter the yard. "We will arouse the of the houi3e," he said, "and if he is saucy we his house down over his head. He is a rebel, and w stand anything from him. I am going to try t him tell where the rebels have gone." Scarcely had the men entered the yard when th him," the soldier replied. beats of a horse were heard. 'rhe horse was comin "Then you think there are .one hundred and fifty of the the north and was traveling at a rapid pace. The rebels?" paused and stared out towar d the r oad.


;n 0 ls THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. 25 ely dark night, but it was dark enough so that things ot be seen at all distinctly watched, however, and saw a horseman suddenly sight. They could not see him distinctly, but he been reinforced," he said; "and in that case they will not attack us." "It looks that way," agreed Bob. "I' ll tell you what you do," said Dick; "Bob, you and 'ng like the wind and dashed past without slackenSam go on a scouting expedition, and when you have d in the least. discovered where the redcoats are and why they have not er him!" suddenly cried Captain. Chalmers. "After put in an appearance, back and report." He is one of the rebels, without doubt, and if we "All right, Dick pture him we can make him tell where the others "Be careful and don't let them capture you." "We ll look out for them men were out of the yard in a jiffy, and, bounding Bob and Sam set out and wei:e gone two hours. When eir saddles, dashed after the horseman. they return e d they reported to Dick that the redcoats e did they dream that they were following a decoy, were at a farmhouse three miles distant, and that one of at they were riding right into a trap : the redcoats had ridden away toward the south at a gallop. CHAPTER X. "He has gone to Savannah for reinforcements," said Dick. Bob nodded. "That is the way I sized the affair up," he said. "They have learned that we have been reinforced, and they are going to do the same thing." "That looks as if we were to have some lively times THE REDCOATS DEFEATED. around here soon-h, Bob?" "You are right; well; I am ready." r striking the redcoats the blow, Dick and his little "And I. I would just as soon have a fight with the ad returned to the home of the Millers, as we have He believed the redcoats would attemllt to get even ing and making an attack on them, so began look-und for a good place to take up their position and e enemy at bay. While he was at this h'e redcoats as not." Dick and Bob talked the situation over, and it was decided to keep watch on the redcoats at the :farmhouse and see how many men came to reinforce them. Bob suggested that they make an attack on the force before the reinforce-ce up the road and saw a party of horsemen coming. ments came, but Dick decided not to do so. He did not 'Liberty Boys' !" he exclaimed, recognizing them believe the British commander at Savannah would send ly. "Now we will be all and if the redcoats more than one hundred men, and he felt that his force us they will think they have run into a hornet's would be more than capable of administering a thrashing re enough l" to the redcoats, even after they were reinforced. G t as indeed the "Liberty Boys," and Bob was at their "Then they won't have it to say that w e attacked and s laughtered a small force," said Dick; "if we did do it, y had ridden down this way six or seven miles," it might make them much worse in their tre atment of the lained, "and so I didn't have to go so far." patriots in the vicinity of Savannah. If we thrash an twas lucky," said Dick; "I am expecting an atequal number they will not have any reason for fee ling m the redcoats within the hour, and now we will to give them such a reception as they are not ex"Liberty Boys" and the youths under Dick-the ds young men-soon got acquainted with one an nd all enjoyed themselves in a social way while the coming of the redcoats. very angry over the affair." Bob acknowledged that there was reason in what Dick said, and so it was decided that they would not attack the small force of redcoats, but would wait and engage the entire party, after being reinforced This decided, Dick sent two of the youths, with in structions, to keep a close watch, and when the reinforcewaited patiently, but when more than an hour ments put in an appearance to make a careful estimate of !lg psed and the redcoats had not put in an appeartheir number, find out, if possible, what they intended e e began to grow restless and suspicious. doing, and then come and report. The youths; having re'ns to look as if they had discovered that we have ceived their in s tructions, set out


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. They returned at a quarter to ten b'clock and reported Lieing i n the darkness. They then placed the du ithat the redcoats were coming. the back of the ho rse, tied it .there in such a mann "IloW: many of them are there?" asked Dick: it would remain in an upright position, and then "There are nearly two hundred of tbem !"was the reply. ready. Dick was surprised. "So many as that?" he exclaimed. The "Liberty Boys" threw their hats in the a "Yes; and they are not more than half a mile away shouted with delight as they looked at the dummy Dick hardly knew what to do. Two hundred was quite "That will fool the ,British," said Bob, as he stru a strong force, and if met on an equal footing would horse with a whip; "it is a fine decoy." likely prove too strong for his force, which consisted of The horse was a mettlesome animal, and leaped f the one hundred "Liberty Boys" and twenty-two backwoods with a snort of anger and displeasure. It gallope _youths. Of course, Dick 1was nut afraid that his force into the darkness, and the farther it went the fa -*ould get thrashed, but if he met the redcoats on anything traveled, for it seemed to instinctively know that th like an equal footing, a number of his men unon its back was not a human bei:g, and was frig doubtedly be killed and wounded, and this was something Onward the horse dashed, and as we have seen i he wished to avoid. Dick was careful of the lives of his past the 1Iiller home like a streak, and the redcoats, :inen, and it was this that made him so well liked by all ing it a rebel messertger or spy, leaped upon their Dick thought the matter over quickly. There was no and gave chase So the decoy was successful, a point between fhe Miller ltome and where the redcoats l e ading the British into a trap; they ha were that they could He ambushed, but a quarter of a mile Liaited and had taken the bait like gudgeons. :farther on was a splendid place, and Dick's mind was Onward they dashed, lashing their horses to the quickly made up. speed, in their efforts to overtake the supposed "Bob," he said "take half a dozen of the boys, and one and soon they had gone a distance of three-quarte and go up the road in a northerly direction a quarmile They were now at the point where Dick a i:er of a mile or so. Make a dummy, by stuffing a coat and force were secreted, and of a sudden a sheet of ipair of trousers with straw, and tie this dummy on the forth from among the bushes and trees at the ro back of the horse. Then start the horse down the road and a hail of bullets tore the ranks of the r in this direation at a gallop. We will use the dummy as a an(j_ tumbled a score or more to the ground. -Oec-0y, and the redcoats will, no doubt, give chase, thinking The British realized now that they had been le it one of us, and a messenger going for reinforcements, a trap by a decoy, and they instantly brought their Or somet hing like that; and they "'ill thus be l ed straight to a stop "Dismount!" roared Captain Chalmers into a trap, for rand the rest.of the boys will hasten, by have the r ebels, now, .and will wipe them off the a roundabout course, to a point -q uarters of a mile up Dismount, and charge the scoundrels!" the road, and there we will be when the r edcoats put in Crash-roar! another volley rang out, this bein an appearance, and will give them: a reception such as the pistols of the "Liberty Boys," and considerable they will rrot be expecting." was done; a dozen r edcoats going down, dead or wo "Ah; you are going to bait the British, eh, Dick?" ex"Fall back, boys!" called out Dick. "Fall bac Bob. "'l'hat is a good scheme." load as you go!" 'l'hen he selecte d five companions, and taking a horse, -some old clothes and some straw, they hastened away up the road, while Dick and the main. party stole away in the opposite direction, but keeping well back in the timber. Mr. folks, acting in accordance with instructions from Dick, put out 'the lights and closed and barred the ..doors. Bob and his five comrades went up the road a distance of .a third of a mile, and then went to work. It was not the -first time they ha

rs. b.e fog e d WO l:iac wou THE LIBERTY BOYS' DECOY. t this was easier said than done The redcoats moved necessary, as we will have saved the h.omes of the patriots ard as rapidly as they could, but could not overtake 'Liberty Boys Finding that this could not be done, aptain gave the order to halt; and scarcely had the s t o p ped when another volley was poured into their by 'the. "Liberty Boys \ urses upon the scoundrels!" roared Captain Chalmers, h a d bimsel been slightly wounded. "Charge, and them the bayonet from being destroyed "True," agreed Bob; and then th.ey mad.e their -way back to the Miller home and went into camp. A double set of guards were put out so as to make it impossible for the redcoats to surprise them, and all rolled themselves in their blankets and went to sleep All was quiet during the rest of the night, and next morning Dick sent a couple of the youths to spy on the e r edcoats obeyed, in so far as charging was conBritish and se,e they were about. d, but they could not "give the enemy the bayonet" The two were gone about three hours,. and then re h e reason that they could not :find the enemy The turned with the information that the remnant of the erty Boys" had immediately fallen back, and thus were British force had taken its departure, going toward Sa-e d to keep out of the way of the British. vannah. e captain realized :finally that he could not get at the "I guess they ha'Ve given up," said Dick; "they got l s and gave the order to halt ,and return to the road. a severe blow that they don't feel like trying to c ope c k was determined to strike the British a severe blow, with us." he was at it, so as soon as he learned that the a t s had given up the pursuit and returned to the road, "And what will we do, Dick?" "\\'ell, I think that I shall let the boys remain here in ve the for the youths to make a half circuit c!'.mp and you and I can go ahead with our work of spying app roach the enemy from the opposite direction on the British and :find the best avenues of approach s plan was carried out. The youths made a hal. in to reach Savannah with the patriot army. When t crossing the road at a point two hundred yards we have found out. anything of importance I can send a where the enemy was, and then they came on around messenger to General Lincoln, you Jmow were soon at the edge of the timber on the opposite "That's right; this is a very good place for us to have of the road from where they had been when they first our headquarters." ked the redcoats While they were talking Jim Sheppard came to them was quite dark, but the dark mass of redcoats' could and said: "I guess thet ef .Ye hev no 'bjeckshuns, I'll go tinguished in the road, and the youths took aim and hum, Dick. I expeck ther folks'll be u:r:{easy, an'll want s ignal from Dick, :fired. The volley was :fired at such ter heer whut we hev done ter theT redcoats." ral}ge that tenible execution was done, and shrieks, and crses went up from the lips of the wounded hose who were not injured. 'l'he volley had come so ectedly that it was terrifying to the British. s time, instead of charging toward the point where nemy was, the redcoats fled into the timber the ite side of t;1c road, in utter confusion disorder. they were there, however, and sheltered by the bushes "That's all right, Jim," said Dick, heartily; "go right along. We won' t need you, I am sure "I guess you want to see Mrs SI1eppard Jim!" said Bob, banteringly, and Jim grinned ancl nodded. "Yer right erbout thet, Bob," he' admitted; "I do kinder want ter see ]\folly, thet's er fack." "And she is no doubt wanting to see you, Jim,'' said! iack recs, their courage returned sufficiently so that they lie t a volley. As Dick had given the word, and the youths Dick; "so go right along-and, by the way, there will be no need of the. rest of the boys staying here either. Tell them they can go to their homes; but t ell them also that ts, a e u but etired, however, the volley did but little damage; two may hold themselves in readiness to come to our ee of the youths receiving slight :flesh wounds ancl assistance at a moment's warning. We may have to giveg more. battle to a strong force of British before very long." know made up his mind to return to the Miller home "All i;ight : I'll tell 'em, Dick. An' ye kin be shore thet o into camp for the night. He thought that they they'll be reddy ter cum at' ther word. The taste they hev ruck the Britisl} a hard enough blow for once, and got uv :fightin' hcz kinder sot theer blood ter goin' faster; wait and see what they would do. an' they will be glad uv er chance ter :fight ther redcoats.'t ey may give it up and return to Savann;h," he said "All right, Jim; in case I should want them I -will let b; "and in that case we will have clone all that is you now, and then you can get the word to them."


THE LIBERTY B OYS' DEC O Y 28 "All right, Dick." feet and permitted his late opponent to get up. Ten minut e s later the backwoods boys dispersed to their now I wanter tell ye sum.thin': Ef ye know w'en y variou s homes, and Dick and .Bob began making preparaoff ye won't hev nothin' more ter do with ther r tions for a trip down in the vicinity of Savannah. D'ye unnerstan' ?" F Jim Sheppard was perhaps halfway home when he su d denly encountered Lem Larkins. He had cut through the "I hain't ergoin' ter hev nothin' ter do with the r i enny more," said Lem sullenly; "nur with ther } timber in order to shorten the distance, and had encountneether." l 1 l "All right; ef ye stay nootral I shan't say ennyt d d l ered Lem at a ben d in the path At sight of Jim, Lem gave utterance to an ef ye he' p ther British enny way look out!" of rage and fear commingled, and would have turned aside Tlien Jim walked on in the direction of his ho d l l and avoided a meeting, but Jim would not have it so. He ing Lem glaring after him with eyes of hate. "I 1 d I knew that Lem had played the traitor to his promise to ter kill 'im !" he grated "An' ef he don' look ou J Dick and Bob, and h ad gone to the British and info rmed take et inter my head te r d o et some time, too!" J them of the fact that the youths wer e in ambush, and he When J}m reached home he was greeted with h quickly made up his mind that he w ould puni sh the fell o w kisseS from Molly, a n d felt that he was the happi Ther e was ba d blood between the two, anyway, and Jim fellow in all Georgia. He told he r and his pare was rath er gla d o f an excuse for picking a quarrel w ith the p atriots had whipped the British, and his fo Lem. by the news d "Hol' on, Lem L arkin8 !"he cried, "don' be in e r hurry Next day Jim saw D ick at the encampmen t I d ter git erway I hev sum.thin' ter say ter ye. "Liberty Boys, and to l d him about meeting Lem : "Whut is et?" asked L em, sullenly, pausing and facing and giving him a t hrashing. d J im. "Good I'm glad you did that, Jim!" he sa i "I'll tell ye: T her other day ye promised Dick Slate r has saved me the trouble. Perhaps he will behave :g an' Bob Estabrook thet ye would leeve ther side uv the r from now on." king an' be er patriot, didn' ye?" "I think he will said Jim "an' ef he don't I'l ed "Yas, I did; an' whut uv et?" "Jes' this : Ye didn' keep yer prommus." "How d'ye know?" "Becos Dick saw ye tellin' ther British tbet we wuz layin' in ambush fur 'em, thet's how I know et." 'im till he kain't stan' up!" ''Bully for you, Jim! said Bob. "You are all d The "Liberty remained in that vicinity t the atte mpt had been made by the patriot army to w Savannah-the attempt resulting, unfortunately, ed d "Waal s aid Lem, with a sneer, "whut ye goin' ter do ure-and then they returned to the North. d er bout et?" "I'm goin' ter giv' ye ther worst lickin' ye ever hed in all yer life "Ye meen thet ye'll try." "No I mean thet I ll do et; an' I hain't goin' ter fool erway enny time erbout et, eether Look out fur yerse'f, Lem Larkins!" Jim leaped forward and attack e d Lem with all his energy. In an instant the two w ere engaged in a battle royal. .Both were strong, fellows, and neithe r had any idea of science; it was simply strength against strength It was a rough-and-tumble fight an'd it was soon evident THE END. The next number (71) of "The Liberty Boys will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS LURE THE SNARE THE ENEMY SET," by Harry that Jim was to o m uch for Lem He got that worthy down SPECIAL N OTICE: All back n umbers oft a nd pounde d him till he yelled lustily for quarte r a r e a l ways i n p r i n t If you cannot obtain them "I'm whipped I'm whipped I I giv' up, Jim!" Lem newsd eale r send t h e pric e in mone y or p ostage s cried. '"Stop! D on' hit me enny more Ye h urt me tur-m ai l t o FRANK TOUSEY PUBLISH E R 24 r ib l y SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will re ce ive t "All r ight, L e m L arki n s," said Jim as he rose to his y ou ord e r by return mail.


ORK AND WIN The ALL 'I'HE READ 'W"eekly N"C':MBEB.S ABE ALWAYS IN ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM Best Published. PB.INT. ALL. LA'J:'EST ISSUES: d Fearnot's Revenge; or, Defeating a Congressman l 'earnot's 'l'rup; 01, <.:atchini; t;be '!'rai n Robbers. l"earnot at Harvard; or, Winning the Games for Yal e. d l"earnot's Huse; or, Turning Tramp to.Save a l'ortuue. d i'earnot in lllaniia; or, Plotting to Catch Aguinaldo. a and Obm l'aui; or, Battling for the Boers. d l'eurnot in Jolrnnnesburg; or, The Terrible Ride to Kimberley. d Fenroot in Katllr-land; or, Hunting for the Lost Diamond. Fearnot's Lariat; or, How lle Caught His Man. d Fearnot's Wild West Show: or, 'l'lle Biggest 'l'hing on Earth. d l"earnot's Great '.!.'our; or, Managing nn Opera Queen !learnots or, Terry's Great Uit as an End i\Ian d Fearnot and the Dpke: or, Haffiing a l'ortune d Fearnot's Day; or. 'L'he G l"eat Heuuion at Avon. Fcarnot In the South; or, Out with Old Bill llland. d l\Juseum; or, Backing Knowledge with l'un d Fearnots Athletic School; or, !\laking Brain and Brawn. d Mystified: or, '.l.'he Disappeaiance of 'l'erry Olcott. d ll'earnot and the Governor; or, Working Hard to Save a Life. ct l'earuot's or, Up Against Uis Matrll. d F'earnot in 'l'exns; or, 'l1erry' s hlan from Abilene. d as a Sherill' : or, Breaking up a Desperate Gang. d Fearnot Bullied; or, Outwitted by a Woman. d i"rarnot's Wit. and How It Saved H is Life. d Fearnot's Great Prize:. or. '\Yorki 1g Ilnrd to Win. d Fearnot at Hay: or, His Great 1''igilt for' Life. d Fearnot's Disguise; or, Followin>!: a Strange Clew. d Fearnot's Moose Hunt: or, Adventures in the lllaine 'Voods. d Fearnot's Oratory; or, Fun at the Girls' High School. d Feamot's Big Heart; or. Giving the Poor a Chance. d Fearnot Accused; or, Tricked by 11. Villain. d Pluck; or, Winning Against O"reel l'earnot's Secret Society 1 or, 'rhe Knights of the Black Ring. Fred l'earnot and the Gumb er; or, 'l'he Trouble on t h e Lake irront. Fred Fearnot's Challenge; or, King of the Diamond F i e ld Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or, The Hard Work That Wo n. li'red Fearnot In Atlanta; or, The Black Fiend of Darktown. Fred l'earnot's Open Hand ; or, How lie llelped a Friend !;'red Fearnot. in Debate; or, The warmest l\Iember of the House. Freel Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence of the "Mo n eyleH Fred Fearnot at Princeton ; or, The Batttle of the Cham pio n s. Ii'red Fea1 not's Circus High Old Time at New Era. Fred l'earnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Deer of the AdlronFred Fearnot and Ills Guide; or, The Mystery of Ille :.fountain. Fred Fearnot's County li'alr : or, The Battle of the l'a k i r s !J'red Fearnot a Prisoner; or, Captured at Avon. Fred Fearnot and the Senator; or, Hreaking up a Sche m e. li'red l'"earnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. li'red Fearnot 'llnd the B rokers; or, .ren Days in Wail Street. Fred Fealnot's Little Scrap; The l<'ellow Who Wou ldn't Stay Whipped. Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moon-shiners. Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, Trailing a Stolen C hile! Ji'red Feurnot's Quick Work: or, 'l'he Hold Up at Eagl e P a s s Fred Fearnot at Silver Gulch; or, Defying a Ring. Fred Fearnot on th' e Border; or, Punishing the Mexica n Hori& Steal ers. Fred Fearoot's Charmed Life: or, Running the Gauntlet. Fred Fearnot Lost: or, l\Iissing for Thirty Days. Fred I'earnot's Hescue; or. The Mexican Pocahontas. Fred I<'earnot and the "\Yhite Caps" ; or, A Queer Turn ing o f the '!'ables. d Fearnot's Common Sense; or, 'l'he Best Way Out of Trnuble. d Framot's Grent l'ind: 01, Saving Teny Olcott's Fortune. d Fearnot and the Sultan: or, AdventMres on the Island of Sulu. 157 d Fearnot's Sil very Tongue; or, Winning an Angry l\Iob. Fred l?carnot and the l\ledium ; or, Ila ving Fun with the "Spirits." d FPnruot's Strakgy; or, Outwitting a Troublesome Couple d Fearnot's Little Joke; or. Worrying Dl<'k and 'frrr:v. cl Fearnot's Muscle; or, Ilolding ili s Own Against Odds. eel l'cnmot on Hand; or, Showing Up at tbe ltlght 'l'ime Pd l'earuot's Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerers. ed fi'earnot and ; or, The 1 ufatuatecl Hi val. ed Fe:lrnot's "ager; or, Downing a Brutal Spo1-t. ed Fearnot at St. Simons: or, The Mystery of a Georgia Island. eel Fearnot Deceived; or, After tbe Wrong Man. d Fearnot's Charity: or, reaching Othe1s a r,esson. cd Fcarnot as "The Judge;" or, Heading otl' the Lynchers. ed Frarnotl and the Clown; or, Saving the Old l\Iau s I'lace. ed Fearnot's Fine Work; or, Up Against a Crank. ed Fcurnot's Rad Break; or, What Happened to Jones. ed Fenrnot's Round Ur; or, A Lively 'l'ime on the Ranche. d Fearnot and t h e Giant; or, A Hot Time In Cheyenne. 158 Freel Fearnot and the "l\Iean l\Ian"; or, The Wotst He Eve!l Strnck. 159 Fred Fearnot's Gratltvde; or, Up a Plucky Boy lGO Fred Fearnot I<'ined ; or, The Judges M istake. 161 Fred Fearnot's Comic Opera; orr'' The Fun that Raised the lf'nnds. .. 162 Fred I'earnot and the or, The Burning of the R e d Flag. 163 Fred Fearnot"s Lecture Tour: or, Going it Alone. 164 Fred Fearnot's "New Wild West" ; or, Astonishing the Old East. 16fi Fred Fcarnot In Russia ; or. Banished by the Czar. 166 Fred Fearnot In rurkey ; or, Defying the Sultan. J67 Fred Fearnot in Vienna; or, The T1ouble on the Danube. 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal Palace at Be r li n 169 Fred J!'earnot In Ireland: or, '\Yatched by the Constabulary. 170 Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound; 01', Shadowed by Scotland Yard. Fred Fearnot's Justice; or, The of the Sc h oo l M:a rm. Fred Fcarnot and the Gypsies; or, 'J:he Mystery of a S t olen Child. d l'carnot's Coo l Nerve: or, Giving 1t Straight to the Boys. e d Fearnot's Way : or, Doing Vp a Sharper. 71 cd Fearnot in a F ix; or, The BJackmaliers Game. J ? 173 Fred Fearnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching tl).e "Green G oods" i\fen. d Fearnot as a "Broncho Buster;" or, A Great Time in the 17 Wild W est. e d llearnot and His Mascot; or, Evelyn's Fearless Ride. d Fearnot's Strong Arm ; or, T h e Bad l\fan of Arizona. e d l>'earnot as a "Tenderfoot;" or, ilaving Fun with the boys. d Fearnot Captured; or, I n the Hands of Ills Enemies. COW 174 Fred Fearnot' s Big Day: or, Harvard and Yal e at Ne w Era. 17<\ Fred J;"earnot and "The Doctor" ; or, The Indian Med icine Fakir. 176 Fred Fearnot a n d the Lynchers; or, Saving a Gir l Hor se Thie f. l? 7 Fred Fcarnot's 'Nonderful Feat; or, The Taming of B lack Beauty. 178 Fred FearnoL's Great Struggle; oi:, Downini:r a Senator. l Fearnot and the Banker; or. 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CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF S'.rORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'.rE. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CEN LATEST ISSUES: 166 The.,Haunted Belfry; or, The Mystery of the Old Church Tower, by Howard Austin. 167 The House with Three Windows, by Richard R. Mont gomery. 168 Three Old Men of the Sea; or, The Boys of Grey Rock Beach, by Captain Thos. H. Wil!On. 159 3,000 Years Old; or, The Lost Gold Mine of the Hatche pee Hills, by Allyn Draper. 160 Lost in the Ice, by Howard Austin. 161 The Yellow Diamond; or, Groping in the Dark, by Jas. C. Merritt. 162 The Land of Gold; or, Yankee Jack's Adventures in Eii.rly Au'stralia, by Richard R. Montgomery. 163 On the Plains with Buffalo or, Two Years in the Wild West, by An Old Scout. 164 The Cavern of Fire; or, The Thrilling Adventures of Professor Hardcastle and Jack Merton, by Allyn Draper. 165 Water-Logged; or, Lost in the Sea of Grass, by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 166 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Exploring Central Asia in His Magnetic "Hurricane," by "Noname." 167 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidaer, by Richard R. Montgomery. 168 The Boy Canoeist; or, Over 1,000 Miles in a Canoe, by Jas. C. Merritt. 169 Captain Kidd, Jr.; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long Island, by Allan Arnold. 170 The Red Leather Bag. A Weird Story of Land and Sea, by Howard Austin. 171 "The Lone Star"; or, The MaskM Riders of Texas, }?y Allyn Draper. 172 A New York Boy Out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa, by Jas. C. Merritt. 173 Afloat With Captain Nemo; or, The Mystery of Whirlpool Island, by Capt. Tho s. H. Wilson. lH Two Boys Trip to an Unknown Planet, by Richard Montgomery. 175 The Two Diamonds; or, A Mystery of the South African Mines, by Howard Austin. 176 Joe, the G ymnast; or, ThrE)e Years Among the .Japs, by Allan Arnold. 177 Jack Hawthorne, of No Man's Land; or, An Uncrowned King, by "Noname." 178 Gun-boat Dick; or, Death Before Dishonor, by Jas. C. Merritt. 179 A Wizard of Wall Street; or, The Career of Henry). Boy Banker, by H. K. Shackleford. t lfi 180 Fifty Riders in. Black; or, The Ravens of Raven i we by Howard Austin. ail 181 The Boy Rifle Rangers; or, Kit Carson's Three Iri Scouts, by An Old Scout. a 182 Where? or, Washed into an Unknown World, b ;i name." sh< 183 Fred Fearnaught, the Boy Commander; or, The z in of the Sea, by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. be 184 From Cowboy to Congressman; or, The Rise of a aiIJ D Ranchman, by H. K. Shackleford. a' 185 Sam Spark, the Brave Young Fireman; or, Alwa:in First on Hand, by Ex-Fire Chief Warden. i 186 The Poorest Boy in New York, and How He Becamie.: by N. S. Woods, the Young Ai;nerican Actor. 187 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Hunting for a !Jok Treasure by "Noname." I r ed 188 On Time; or, The Young Engineer Rivals. An El Story of Railroading in the Northwest, by Jas. C. l 189 Red Jacket; or, The Boys of the Farm-House Fort C? '1n 1 Old Scout. o u 190 His First GlaS'S of Wine; or, Temptations of City If, True Temperance Story, by Jno. B. Dowd : : 191 The Coral City; or, The Wonderful Cruise of theoo : Vesta, by Richard R. Montgomery. gi 192 Making a Million; or, A Smart Boy's Career illll' Street, by H. K. Shackleford. 1,93 Jack Wright and His Electric Turtle; or, Chasil! i Pirates of the Spanish Main, by "Noname." e 194 Flyer Dave, the Boy Jockey; or, Riding the Wini Allyn Draper. 19 5 The Twenty Gray Wolves; or, Fighting A by Howard Austin. l 196 The Palace of Gold; or, The Secret of a Lost Richard R. Montgomery. DE 197 Jack Wright's Submarine Catamaran; The P\ c Ship of the Yellow Sea, by "Noname." ,: 198 A Monte Cristo at 18; or, From Slave to AvengJh< Allyn Draper. c 19 ':J The Floating Gold Mine; or, Adrift in an Unknow, By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. ; 200 Moll Pitcher's Boy; or, As Brave As H i s Mothifo Gen'l Jas. A. Gordon. 201 "We." By Richard R. Montgomery. e1 202 Jack Wright and His Ocean Racer; or, Around the\ in Twenty Days. By "Noname." 11.n For sale by all newsdealeri;i or :.-ent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New ). IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o f our Libraries and cannot procure them newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office dii:ect. Cut out 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, turn mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAKEN 'l'HE SAME AS i I b . . . .. . . . . .... . . .. FRANK TOUSEY, Pblisher, 24 Union Square, New York. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me : .......................... 1901 copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ......................... : ...................... PLUCK AND LUCK ............................. ................... SECRET SERVICE . . . . . ........ THE LIBERTY BOYS' OF '76, Nqs ....................................... '4 Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos . . . . ........ !N' ame ........ Street and No .............. Town .......... State ...


1 THE STAGE. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE lOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without $ wonderful little book. o. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fouf'o teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becom\ a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems froll' all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mos'. simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBA'l'E.-Giving rules for conducting d" bates outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the sourc'es for procuring information on the questions given. ptaining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuset and amateur shows. SOCIETY. 'o. 45. THE BOYS OF YORK GUIDE No 3 HOW TO FLIRT-The arts and wiles of flirtation al" D JOKE new a!Jd very .rnstruct.ive. Ever! 1 fully 0explained by this little book. Besides the various methods o obtarn this as 1t con tarns full rnstructions for orhandkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con 1zmg an amateur troupe. tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which I; o. 65. MULDOQN S is one the most origmal interesting to everybody both old and young. You cannot be happ:y e ever and 1t 1s br1i;nful of wit and humor. It without one. tams a large collection of .songs, .etc .. of No. 4. IIOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and bandsom rence Muldoon, the great humorist and pra_ctic!ll Joker of little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc: Ever,v boy .who can enJOY a good substantial Joke shou ld tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at r AN ACTOR.-Containing comdress, and directions for calling off in all popular squar te instructions. bow to m3:ke up for various chara:ters on the No. 05. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A comp lete guide to Iov. 1ge_; with the duties of the Stage. Manager, Prompter, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etlquett emc Artist and Property Man. By a promment St!lg!! Manager. to be observed with many curious and interesting things not geie1 No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Contammg the lat-erall known it jokes, anecdote s and funny_ stories _of this world-re?'owned and Nl. 1 7 HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction fn u .. !r popular Gerl!lll;n comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving tlll lored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. !l No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of th e HOUSEKEEP! NG. brightest and most valuable little books ever given to t he :No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing Everybody wishe s to know how to become beautiful, both mal0i1.ano .l\l instructions for constructing a window garden either in town female. The secret is simple, and almost cost less. Read this boo" country, and the most approved methods for 1aising beautiful and be convinced how to become beautiful. r1,wers at home. The most comp lete book of the kind ever pub bed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books rj cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, b, game and oysters; al s o pi es puddings, cakes and all kinds of stry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular ks. o. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for rybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you bow to ke almost anything around the hou se, such as parlor ornaments, ackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. 'o. 46. HOW TO MAKEJ AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A deiption of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; ether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, By George Trebel, A. M., III. D. Containing over fifty il-trations. 1No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con lning full directions for making electrical machines, induction ,ps, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. "!' R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a rge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, gether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VIDNTRILOQUIST. By Harry ennedy. The secret given away. Every intellijl'ent boy reading is book of instructions, by a practical professor {delighting multi des every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the t, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the atest book ever publishe<'I, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable little book just published. A complete compendium games, sports, ca1d diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable ,r parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the oney than any book published. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little ,.lok, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, 1ckgammon, croquet, dominoes, ct<'. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all =ie leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches id witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A comp lete and handy little >ok, giving the rules and full direct ions for playing Euchre Crib tge, Casino, Forty-five, Rounee, Pedro Sancho, Draw 'Poker uction Pitch, All Fours and man.v othe r popular games of cards'. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun ed interesting _puzzles and conundrums with key to same A mpl.ete book. l f ully illustrated. By A. Anderson. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated a containing full instructions for the management and training of tin canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackbird, paroquet, J!arrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS ANJr RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illu: trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 4.0. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Includ!ng hint on how to catch mol e s, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird: Also how to cure skins. Copiously i)lustrated. By J. Harringto" Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRJ)S AND ANIMALS.-A vafo able book, giving instructions in co llecting, preparing, moantin'. and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Glvlng con: plete information as to the manner and method of raising, taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets ; also giving fu instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twent:y eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the )(!.'I; ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful ano h structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also o periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, an directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas balloon; 1 This book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook fo', making all kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc. No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STA'l'ES TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Givfug th' official distances on all the railroads of the United States ant Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, had fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makin1 it one of the most complete and han<]y books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A. wot; derful book, containing useful and p.ractical information hi th: treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to ever; > family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Co:t1 taining valuable information regarding the collect ing and arrangin' of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTlVE.-By Old King Brad) the world-known detective. In which he Jays down some valuabJ, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventure;r and experiences of well-known detective s No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-ContalD1< ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othei:, Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W ETIQUETTE. Abney. No. 13. TO DO rr; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT a great hfe secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Posr No. 33. HOW TO BEIIA VE.-Conta ining the rules and eti Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy shoul ( ;ette of good society and the easiest a nd most approved methods know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, autho" 1 appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." in the drawing-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete Jn, structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Nava, DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descriptio No. 2? .. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a bo} Contammg the !Dost popular selections in use, comprising Dutch shou ld know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Com alect, French dialect, Y ankec and Iris h dialect pieces together piled and written by J_,u Senarens, author of "How to Become n Ith many standard readings. West Point Military Cadet." -PRICE 10 CENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


THE LIBERTY OF '76. A W e ekly Magazine containing Storie s of the American RevolutioIJ By HARRY MOORE. These Estories based on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a. account of the exciting adventures of a. brave band of America. youths who were a.lwa.ys ready a.nd willing to their liVE for the sake of helping a.long Ever y number will consist of the 32 ga.lla.n t ca. use large pages of imperil of Independenc1 reading m atte: b ound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 Tbe Liberty Boys of '76; or Fighting for l ?reedom. 3G Tbe Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Libert 2 Tbe Liberty Boys' Oath ; or, S ettling With the British and Tories. Cnose. 3 Tbe Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and Row They Won It. 4 Tbe Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always In tbe Right Place. 3 .'! Tbe f,lberty Boys' Plot; or, Tbe Pla n That Won. 5 Tbe Liberty Uoys' N erve ; or, Not Afraid of the King' s Minions. 3!) Tbe Liberty Hoys' Great Haul; .or, Everything In Sig G Tbe Liberty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Ilang Us if You Can." 4') The Llb.irty Boys' Flush Times: or, Revelmg in British Gold. 7 '!'be Liberty Uoy s iu D emand; or, 'l'be Champion Spies of the 11 The Liberty Boys lu a Snare: or, Almost l'l'!lpp e d. R evolution. 42 Tlle'LlbPrty Boys' Brave R escue; or, In tbe Nick of Time. 8 '!'be Liberty Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 43 '.!'be Liberty Boys' Rig Day; or, Doing Bnsiness by Wholesale ?. '.!'be Liberty Boys to the R e s cue; or, A Uost Within Themselve s 11 The Liberty Bo:vs N et: or, Catching the R e d coats and Tories 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-andNe c k Race I 45 The Liberty Boy s Worried: or, The Disappearance of Dick Sla1 Wit h D eath. 4f: The>e 1t y Iron Grip; o r Squ eezing the R edcoats. 11 'Ch e Boys' Pluck; 'or, Undannted by Odds. H The Llbe rt:v Bo:vs or, Doing What They S e t Out to 12 The Liberty Boys Peril ; or, Threatened from all Side s 4 8 The Libe rty Boys S ethac k : o r D efeated. But Not Disgrnced 13 The Liberty Boys' r u c k ; or, Fortnne Favors the Bl'llve 40 'J'b e Lihe rt:v Boys in T oryville: or, Di c k Slater's F earful R I 14 'l'be Liberty Boys' nuse ; or, Fooling the nritlsb. 50 The Li berty Boys Aroused: or, Striking S trong Blows for Libe 1 15 The Liberty Boys' 'l'rap, and What They Caught in It. n The r ib e rt.v B o ys' 1'rimnph; or, B eating the R edcoats at Tb l6 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or The Tories' C l e v e r S c h e m e. O w n < h m e. 1'i The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-ot::;2 The LibPr t. v P.o;vs Scar e ; or. A Miss a s r; oorl a s a Mil e. W:ir. 5:! 'l'h e T.lbc 1 t:v Boys' D a nger ; or, F oes o n Ali Sides. ; q The Libe rty H o ys' Flight : or, A V ery Narrow Escape 18 Tbe Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Red co a t s. ;;;; The Liberty Boys Strategy: or. Ou t-Ge n e r aling tbe Enemy. 19 The Liberty B oys Trappe d ; or, '.rbe Beautiful T ory. ;;G '.rb.e Libe rty Boys' W arm Work; o r Showing the Hed coats H 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Ilitve Been." t o Fig h t 21 The Liberty P.oys' Work; or, Doing Tbl1 .,ts Up Brown. ;;7 The Liberty Boys' "Pus h": o r, B ound to Get The re. 22 The L i b erty Il oys at Bay; or, The Closest Cali of A ll 58 .rh e Libe rty Boys' Desp e rate Charge ; or, With Antho1 23 The Liberty Iloys on Their Mettle; or, Making lt Warm for the a t Stony Point. R e d coats. :rn The Libe rty B o;vs' Justi ce A n d How They Dealt lt Out. 24 Tbe r ib erty B oys' Double Victory; or, Downing t b e Redcoats and n o The Liberty B o y s B ombarded; or, A V ery Vi' arm Time. Tories m The Liberty Boys' P.eale d Orders; or, G oing it Blind. 25 The Liberty B oys Suspected; or, Take n for British Spie s ()2 The Libel'ty Boys' Daring Strolle; or, With "Ligbt-llo t se Ilar 26 The ;berty Boys' C l e v e r Trick; or, Teaching the R e d coats a at Paulus Hook. T 1g or T wo. !lH The Liberty Boys Live l y Times: or. Ilere, There and Everywh 27 The erty Boys' G ood Spy Work: or, With the R e d c o ats In U-l The Liberty Boys "Lone Hand"; or, Fighting Against Gr Philadelphia. Ofld s 28 Tbe Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy65 The Liberty Boys' or, The ldol of the Company. winP. 6 6 The Liberty Boys Wrnth: or. Going for the R edcoat s 'Roughsli 29 ThP Llhnty Boys' Wild Ride; or. A Dash to Save a Fort. Ci7 The Liberty Roys' Batt l e for Life; or, The fla t d est Struggle 3') 'The Liberty Boys in a Fix; or. Threatened by R eds and Whites. All. 31 Tbe Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check. The Ilo;vs' Lost: o r. The Trap That Did "ot W o rk. 32 Tbe r,ibcrty Boys Shadowed; or, Afte r Di c k Si n t e r for Revenge. 69 'l'b e Liberty Boys' "Jonah": or. The Youth 'Who ''Queered" Everythl :13 The Liberty Boys Duped: or, '.rbe Friend Wbo Was an Enemy. 70 The Liberty Boys D ecoy : or, B aiting the British. :14 Tbe Liberty B o ys Fake Surrender: or. The Ruse 'bat Succeeded. 35 Tbe Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the B e ll. For sale hy all newsdealers. or 8ent IlOstpai d on receipt of iwice, 5 cents per b' PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yor: IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o t 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 t h em to you by turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAU:EN '.l' H E SAME A S M O N EY. 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