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The Liberty Boys' honor, or, The promise that was kept
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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I 1n HE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Amer i can Revo l ution. I I ssued Weeklv-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, .ted February 1901. Entered according to A.ct of Congress, tn the year 1902, in the office of t11e Librarian that of Congress, Washington, D. C., bl/ Frf!-nk Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. 0. 79. NEW YORK, JULY 4, 1902. Price 5 Cents. DDR PY-Fl=============================== == ============-===========================================: nagic a rd t orm e t hi s CHAPTER I. A BRAVE ( ?) OFFICER. and Jennie had accepted the man's escort with the same l!alm philosophy that she would have accepted that of a colored servant. The captain was doing his best to impress the young ooJ oing was a lovely afternoon in September, of the year 1779. lady with an idea of his great prowess as a soldier and an 'British officer, a captain, and a beautiful young lady officer; and had told several wonderful stories of imagin erhaps nineteen or twenty years, were riding along ary adventures, wherein he played the part of hero. Miss road leading westward from Savannah, Georgia. It Jennie had laughed, and although she knew the stories evidrnt that the officer was greatiy in love with the were made from whole cloth, she did not hurt her escort's ing ng lady, for he was doing his best to entertain he.r and feelings by telling him so, and he flattered himself that he se her. He occasionally pointed out objects of in-was making a great impression. st in the surrounding landscape, but the most of the "Ah, Miss Jennie," he said, "how I would like to meet 0w e he was talking, and, sad to say, he himself figured a party of rebels-say a dozen or so, in order that I might B y great extent in his talk. show you how little they amount to when opposed to a n otl;ter words, Captain Fitzmorris was bigoted and British officer, a man of prowess like myself." n more than a good opinion of himself in e.very way. "What would you clo, captain?" asked Jennie, with an was not bad-looking, to tell the truth, but was not assumption of interest and seriousness, as if she took most handsome man in the world, though he felt that the captain's bravado seriously. th was, and imagined that all the members of the :female "What would I do?" swelling out his chest. pt who laid eyes on him did so admiringly. In truth, P had no doubt that his !air companion, Miss Jennie gf e andler, the daughter of one of the higher officers at et vannab, admired and was in love with him, but he be l<' "Yes." Jennie was amused, but she was a girl who could keep perfect control of her risibles, and she looked as sober and serious ,as a judge on the bench. "I'll tell you what I would do, Miss J e nnie: I would l'.:y ved in making sure, and was bent on clenching matters charge the scoundrels!" t laying himself out to please her, and make as deep an ra pression as possible. DI : i Had the captain known what the beautiful woman really tl ought of him, however, he would not have looked and II so import.ant and self-satisfied. Miss Jennie was an ceedingly bright girl, and she saw through the captain "How much would you charge tbem, captain?" the girl ask'ed, demurely. There was a little joke concealed in this, for the girl was given to an occasional dry jok e but it was los t on the ,, captain; he took himself too seriously to be able to detect the presence. of anything in the nature of a joke in anyif he were transparent. She knew he was vain and thing said in his august and awe-inspiring presence, and 1 goted, and a man whom any woman would be sorry she he replied: arried, if she were to do such a thing. "I would charge them with all my might!" Miss Jennie had no intention of marrying, however, and "Indeed !1 with a scarcely perceptible smile. "Would could take the captain lightly; she enjoyed his comyou have me hold your horse while you charged the :1 any on eccasions, as his conceit and boasting amused 1 his afternoon her father, Colonel Chandler, bad deputed I he doughty captain to accompany bis daughter for a l iorseback ride, as he did not wish the girl to go alone, enemy?" "Oh, no; I would charge them on my horse." ('Then it seems to me that your horse would do the charging, captain."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. "No, no; '8 horse simply carries me to the enemJ., and I do the charging." "I see. And what would the rebels do? Would they flee, do you suppose?" "I rather think they would!" pompously. "I think so, myself." "Oh, yes; they would never think of standing before a British officer!" "Oh, no; surely not !" There was sarcasm here, bui the captain did not know it; he took it as a c9mpliment, and swelled still more. "The instant they saw that I wore a British uniform they would turn and make off at the top of their speed!" captain declared. ,at "They hide in the woods and amid the mountairud t l know, and we can't get at them." "So that is the way of it?' tisJ "Yes; if they would come out in the onen and fig. "'" ile would end the war very quickly." 1 11 ( 1 "As they are the weaker party, don' 1o.:1 'O.[\; think it is showing good judgment in refusing to 1 out and fight on the open, Captain Fitzmorris?" ;n "Well, yes; that is, they will be enabled to cira{ g war along in this manner, but as the resuit is inevf P ud1 I think it would be better for them to come out arid 1, c their fight and have done with it." ? a n "You think we would whip them, captain?" fr e "Oi course; why, they would not .stand any ch "But I think I ;have hea,rd father say that some of the whatever against us." V.e reb els are quite brave, captain," said Jennie. "Bah! while I will admit that there is here and there a brav e man among the majority are arrant c owards." "Is that so ?" "Yes; why, I once charged nearly a hundred one day, wit h only six Briti s h dragoon s and the cowards ran Eke shee p "Indeed?" "Yes; I never saw the like of it b e fore or since." Which was literally true, as he had not seen anything of the kind at any time. The girl understood this also and the smile which appeared on her face was mistaken by the captain for one of admiration. "You must be a very brave man, captain!" she in a tone of pretended ac1mi:i:atio11. "Oh, yes I am!" the captain said. said, "If ad mor e such brave men a& you in the British I army we be able to beat the rebels in a very short time, I am sure." "Yes yes; that is what I think, Miss Jennie," the captain agreed; and this time he told the truth, for he really did think so. "What I don t understand is how the war has dragged along more than three years wb'en the rebels are such arrant cowards," the girl remarked, in a voice which expressed wonder. "It is very simple, Miss Jennie." "How is that?" "Why, the rebels won' t give us a chance at them." "They won't?" "No; they won't come out openly and fight us." "Ah, I see." "And you think they realize this?" "Oh, yes." .,. "Then they would be fools to come out and fighf' ) think they do quite right in refusing to do so, an< n my opinion it proves that they are cunning and resou ful men." ., "I know; but look what cowardice they show in re}] ing to come out and give battle. Ii they are pretenct. to be at war with us whj not come out and fight 1 prove that they are at war?" "For the reason you have stated. They know t., would the worst of it and so they exercise the bes judgment and keep away from you. They may eventuf 3ucceed in tiring out our army, and thus win a vict without having to fight so much as a battle." "Humph! I would bate to win in such a way as tha "I know, captain, but all men are not so brave as yo "That is true, of course," said the captain, swelling "but I should think that men who are at war would willing to _do some fighting, in order to prove it." "But all men are not so brave as you, and, too, I th the people of America are not anxious to prC>V t bravery, so much as they are to establish their indep dence. That is what they are working for, and the me by which this is brought about do not worry them. I they could do it by coming out and fighting, perhaps t woulil come out and fight; but if it can be done by stay back and not :fighting, they are quite willing to do that way." "I don't believe the beggars would fight, even if t were sure they would win," sniffed the captain. "You have_ a poor opinion of their courage, I see, tain." "I have!" with an important rtir.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 3 ) at is because you are so brave, undoubtedly," re p.tain I the girl. rhaps you are right," .was the reply, in a tone of d :fi tisfaction. g ile talking, Miss Jennie had surreptitiouslJ drawn a 't little pistol. It was ivory-handled on shots sounded, and I involuntarily threw up my and atld was so unfortunate as to knock your hat off your he\d.'> This was a :fib, for Jennie had done it purposely and with malice aforethought; but nobody could blame her for telling a little story under such circumstances. "Pistol shots, you say?" remarked the officer. "Yes." to ohl mounted, and had been given her by her father. irl had practiced shooting quite a good deal, and was "Ilow do you know they were pistol shots? I think they good shot. She cocked the pistoi and then watching were rifle shots, and :fired from the edge of the woods at dra portunity, wheh the captain's head was turned away, nevi d f1ddenly :fired off both barrels of the pistol, the bullets down into the ground at the side o'f the road. At ame instant she gave the captain's hat a knock with ree hand and sent it flying off his head. chL are attacked!". yelled the captain, in wild excite. "'fhe rebels are upon us! Flee f your life!" and doughty captain, who had been talking so glibly of htging a dozen "rebels," put spurs to his horse and was away at top speed, yellmg in a frightened 1ner, when the girl managed to ch back her laugh01ong enough so that she could call out to him to come that "there were no "rebels." re captain refused to believe the girl's statement, bowand kept on going, urging his horse to its best speed. was thus compelled to give chase, and as she was a thoroughbred, possessed of great speed, she flcly overtook the clumsy charger on which the cap the roadside." "Oh, no, they were not rifle shots, but pistol shots. I know, because I :fired them myself." 'l'he captain's underjaw dropped and he stared at the girl with starting eyes. "You-fired-them-yourself?" he gasped. "Yes, of course. See, here is my pistol/' a_nd Jennie held the weapon up, and as the captain d at the weapon and seemed to wilt down in his sa ddle} the girl could not for the life of her help bursting into a peal of laughter. She laughed and laughed, and kept it up for nearly a minute; it was so funny, to think of the way the captain had taken refuge in flight, leaving her to take care of herself after having been boasting to such a great extent, that she could not have kept from laughing had she tried her hardest. The captain could not stand it, and with a muttered exclamation of rage and chagrin turned his and rode back to where his hat lay beside the road. J was mountecl.. t Stop, captain!" she called to him. rebels." "Wait; there are mounting, he picked up his hat and donned it, :first covertly looking for a bullet-hole, for he thought it possible a he captain looked around at the girl and then back Jennie might be mistaken, after all. There was no bullet bole, however, and he was forced to come to tile concluo n the road. He saw no signs of an enemy, and rather ctantly brought his horse to a stop. 'What made you run away, captain?" asked the girl, iggling to suppress her laughter, and making herself in the face in doing so. 'Why-I-didn't you hear the shots?" stammered the cer. "We were attacked by rebels!" "Oh, .no; nothing of the kind." 'Yes, we were; one of the bullets knocked my bat off." "Oh, no, captain." "What did it, then?" hand." "Your ha11d ?" the captain stared in amazement. "Yes," still struggling with her merriment to such an tent as to see:ru. to be threatened with apoplexy. "How came you to hit my hat with your hand?" "Accidentally, captain. My horse shied when the pistol sion that the girl had told the truth. "Curse the luck!" captain grated between his teeth. ''I fear I have made myself ridiculous in her eyes, after all my talk about wanting. to meet a party of rebels. I won der, now, \f she fired off that pistol on purpose?'' Remounting his horse the young officer rode slowly back to where the maiden was awaiting his coming. The captain was red in the face, but had regained some of his lost composure. He had been cudgeling his brains for an excuse for his action of a few minutes before, and ...had thought of something that he imagined might do. "What did you fire off your pistol for, Miss Jennie?" the capl : ain asked when he had come up to where the maiden sat on the back of her horse. "I :fired at a hare, captain.'' This was another :fib, but Jennie was excusable. "A hare?"


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. "Yes." "Humph P' "It jumped up out of the grass right beside the road,'' the girl w ent on, fabricating almost as glibly as the

THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. ll 5 t th k out for yourself and your escort would have raced to Savannah." erhaps so, captain," with a smile. ey were riding through the timber, the road winding twisting after the fashion of roads in the South, in "Good afternoon, lady,'' he said, his voice being deep but pleasant. "Good afternoon, sir," replied Jennie, bowing slightly. "Did you hear me, sirrah ?" cried the captain, angrily. The man turned his eyes on the speaker and looked the localities, and suddenly as they rounded a bend they captain over with such a look of cold and calm contempt face to face with a man on horseback. that Jennie could not help smiling to herself me he man was roughly dressed, but he was handsome manly looking, and was apparently about twenty-four "Yes, I heard you, sirrah," was the stranger's calm reply. The officer flushed angrily. "What did you call me?" her wenty-:five years of age. His face was bronzed, and he h e cried. "Do you dare address me as 'sirrah' ?" t ed like one who had seen much exposure and hardships. The other elevated his eyebrows and shrugged his shoule d,l. his gray-blue eyes were bright and clear, and he ill ed, to a observer, like a man whom it would hi do to trifle with. Now it happened that Captain Fitz al Tis was not a close observer; doubtless he was so contly looking at himself, so to speak, and admiring him ad that he had no time or inclination to take notice or a! er people; be that as it may he was not a close ob reJver, and he saw only a rough-looking, uncouth native the stranger. ai 'Ha J'? the captaiti, under his breath, but loud 014ough for his companion to hear. "I'll wager this is an 1Cfolent rebel and I am going to give him a lesson and in lentally show you how I treat such vermin, Miss Jennie!" .. .. CHAPTER IL A BOLD "REBEL." 1 "I fear you are going to get yourself into trouble if you ttempt to take any with that man!" said the girl o herself, but she made no reply, as there was not time or ppportunity. The captain brought his horse to a standstill just before hey came to the stranger, and Jennie followed suit. She aw the man's eyes were on her face, and that the eyes were filled with admiration, and in spite of herself, she had to blush. There was nothing bold in the stranger's lGok, however, and Jennie not feel angered by it. ders about, French fashion. 'L'hen he smiled, and with a glance at the young lady to see how she was regarding mat ters, said: "You addressed me< as 'sirrah.' "So I did, but that is uifferent." "In what way?" calmly. "Why, I am a British officer, don't you see?" "I see you wear"the uniform of a captain in the army, yes." I "Well, doesn t that prove that I am a British officer?" Another shrug. "I can't say that it does." "Why not ?'1 "It i.s very simple." "I don't see it.'' "That proves nothing," with a smile, and a glance at the young lady, which revealed a twinkle in the blue-gray eyes. "What do you mean?" bhistered the captain. "Do you intend to try to insult me, sirrah ?" "Ob, no, sirrah. I have no such intention." "Then you had better address me as my rank of an officer in the king's service demands that I should be ad dressed." "What do I care for your rank in the king's service?" the stranger asked, his lip curling in a scornful manner. "What's that?" the captain almost gasped. He was taken by surprise and somewhat aback by the prompt and determined utterances of this stranger whom he had despised. "You heard what I said. I do not care for your rank The instant the man saw that the two were intending in the king's service. Nor does the fact that you are an to stop, he brought his horse to a standstill. officer jn such service make it necessary that I should "Hello, fellow!" said Captain Fitzmorris, .in an insolent and arrogant voice. The man paid no attention to the captain, any more than he had not be there, but instead lifted his hat and made an elaborate bow in Jennie's direction. ild.dress you with respect." "Why not.?': The captain could not say much; the wind was for fli,e time taken completely oU:t of his sails. "For the reaon that I am not a subject of the king." The man s oke firmly and proudly, and he turned his


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. handsome eyes upon the girl to see what effect this state-that now I shall be able to make an impression on= ment had on her. There was no expression on the girl's Jennie, and erase the memory of that business back yiick face that would give the man an idea regarding how she from her mind," he said to himself. -out felt regarding his utterances, however. "Ah, you are not a subject of the king?" cried the cap tain. "Surrender in the name of the king, eh?" the strarhe : said, a peculiar look in his eyes and on his face. Oh, "Yes." Y-y "I am not." The voice was firm. "Surrender-to you?" l' Cl "Then you-then you are a-you are a rebel!" "Yes, to me!" The capta,in swelled out his chest Ve: "Oh, no, not a rebel." looked as important as possible. :it 1 "What, then, if not a rebel?" d J b_.. h "You had, better sir," sai enme, so e "I am simply a man who is determined to be free from "l assure you that the captain is an extremely dang fl. ihe tyranny of a king who has no right to rule over me man." fle or any of the people of this country." "Why has he no right to rule over you?" "Why should he have a right to rule over us? What are we to him?" "You are his subjects." "We are not; your king has never been in this country, he has never seen us, knows nothing about us; why, then, should he have jurisdiction over us and force us to pay tribute to him and help support him in luxurious idleness?" "It is an honor to help sti'pport the king." The laughed in a scornful manner. "You may deem it so," he said. "And you do not?" "Most assuredly not. I have no use for kings." "Well, you are the worst kind of a rebel." "No, I am, a patriot." "It is all the same." "No, a rebel is one who rebels against just authority; we are not doing that. We do not think your king has any authority over us." "He has, however, and will soon be exercising it again." "That is what you think, perhaps." "I am sure of it." "It is my opinion that you will find, when it is all over, that you are mistaken." "Well," said Captain Fitzmorris, in as fierce a tone as be could command, "I am going to do my duty, right here and now; and do something to aid the king in re gaining 9ontrol of his rebellious subjects." "What are you going to do?" the stranger asked. "I am going to make a prisoner of you." The man smiled and gave the young lady a quick, amus-ed look. "You are going to make a prisoner of me?" slowly. "Yes ; surrender, in the name of the king The captain put all his dignity into the utterance and fancied that what he said sounded very well. 1'I guess The stranger eyed the girl llearchingly. There w/de peculiar look in the maiden's c 11 bantering-that he detected, and he seemed tQ undm-att intuitively that the girl was making sport of the officer '1i "So he is dangerous, is he?" the man remarked, pt tending to eye the captain with considerable interest. "Yes, indeed!" The captain swelled till he was seemingly in imminel danger of bursting. it "You will find that I am dangerous if you should so foolish as to attempt to resist 1IJ.e, sirrah !" he said, w:if great dignity. "What w1uld you do if I were to resist?." the strango asked. "What would I do ?'' "Yes." "I would run you through!" "Rl.ln me through, eh?" "Yes-spit you as if you were a frog "That wouid be terrible, wouldn't it?" "Well, I don't think you would like it," the captai said, with an at facetiousness. "I am that I would not; nevertheless I shall hav to take the risk of being spitted like a frog." The captain stared, and a look appeared in hil eyes. "Y-you d-don't meant-to say t-that you are g-going to attempt to resist?" he exclaimed. The man shook his head. "I am not going to 'attempt' to resist, no; but I am going to resist." are?" "Certainly." "But think before coming to a decision," said the cap tain; "I have no wish to kill you." ''I am glad to .hear you say t"tiat," with a smile, which


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HON.OR. 7 ck glance showed him was duplicated on the face of oung lady. a hen you will surrender?" eagerly. -you w-won't ?" l' could not think of it." Very well, then; if you won't surrender peaceably I t use force," said the captain as bravely as he coufcl, he started to draw his sword with considerable show flourish. "But if fo'U were to shoot me you would sign your own death-warrant." "How is that?" "Why, I am an officer, and the British in Savannahthis young lady's father for one-would not rest until they had avenged my death by catching and stringing you up to a tree!" "Goodness that would be terrible, wouldn't it?" the man exclaimed, in mock terror. Jennie Chandler could hardly keep from laughing. She e did not draw the weapon, however. A cocked pistol understood the speaker and admired him for his coolness denly appeared in the stranger's hand, coming from, and calmness; truth to tell, she admired film for what he captain did not know where, and the pistol was leveled had said about the king also, and this was strange, when it 1 at the officer's head. is considered that the girl's father was a British officer. "Don't draw the sword, captain, I beg of you!" the n said, in a calm, almost persuasive voice. And the captain didn't draw the sword. He let go of the hilt as if it had suddenly become hot, d permitted the weapon to slide back into its scabbard, th a clang. "W-what d-do m-mean ?" the captain gasped, rning pale and shrinking back. "Business, captain!" in the most calm, ma ne imaginable. "Eb?" "I mean that if you attempt to dra sword I shall Gompelled to put a bullet through your head." i' A4-h-h-hh !ll This was a gasp from the captain> who But, then, women are peculiar; they have a way of seeing and leaning toward the side of right and justice, regard less of the fact that even pear and dear relatives may be on the other side. ''You would think it terrible!" growled the captain, .. who was now beginning to regain ontrol of his nerves to some extent. "No doubt, no doubt." "So if you know when you are w e ll off you wil pistol away," went on the oipce r, gaining courage rapidly under the calmness and of the other's man:oor and words. "Put away my pistol? Why,. the stranger said, and in a twinkling it disappeared in some mysterious pocket. "Only you must not attempt to draw your s pale and trembling. ,,,.. sword or a pistol on your own account," e man continued. As for Miss Jennie, she seemed not to be a bit alarm!!d or "1 you do the pistol will appear again, and next time it 'smayed at the turn affa'rs bll.d taken. Ordinarily .it might go off!" The last three words were spoken in such ould be supposed that sh w:ould feel frightened to :find a manner, not to say threatening, that the captain r companion and protector :'held at a disadvantage b7 an owed "rebel," but slle,,.did not seem at all put out over "Who are yau ?" he asked, abruptly. e occurrence. The was that while she despised the "Who am I?" ptain for his boastful ways and talk, and "Yes." as not averse to him taken down, she at the same me had taken a sudden iking to the handsome stranger. "Why do yo, u wish to know?" "So that I shall know what name to call you when I e was her ideal of a pan-strong, handsome, brave, and, make my report on returning to Savannah." e was sure, honest and honorable. "I should not fear to trust myself to his protection," e girl thought; "he may be a 'rebel,' but he is an honest, "Oh, that is why you wish to learn my name, eh?" "Yes." The man glanced at Jennie, and somehow he onorable man and a brave one, and I have no fear whatfrorn the eager light in the girl's eyes, that she, too, wi's er of him." to learn his narrte, and he immediately decided to be It w_as different with the captain. He was badly scared. accommodating and tell it. is teeth almost chattered. "I no objections to telling my name," he said. "Sure1y y-you wouldn't s-shoot m-me !" he gasped. "Oh, yes;-if you make it necessary, I will do so." quietly ; "I wish the British to know me, and know of me; for I ani going to do my best to do enough work in this ...


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. vicinity within the next few weeks to make them under"I will challenge you to fight me with swords, stand that I am a man who is going to cause them concut you down!" siderable trouble. My name is Ernest Saunders." "Oh, that is what you think of doing, is it?" "Ernest Saunders, eh?" remarked the as if im pressing the name on his memory. "Yes." "I will remember the name." "I suppose so; and now, captain, will you tell me your name?" "I have no objections, sirrah. morris." It is Augustus Fitz"Thank yon," with a smile; "and now, lady, if you do not object too seriously I should be pleased to learn your "Yes!" hissed the captain. av "But, captain, you are taking trouble to protect when I am not in need of protection," Jennie said, call Oh,. "you will do well to wait. Don't be hasty." tak "But I know what I am doing. I know what 11g a 'y m father would do if he were here." "I do not think my father would feel called upofhe do anything, Captain Fitzmorris." {> s "Zounds! what is the matter with you, Miss Jenni co the captain cried. "Have you become fascinated by fellow's face?" 11 "Captain Fitzmorris, I think you forget yoy.rself ." 'Pl The captain frowned, and with a gesture 'of anger, said: the girl, haughtily. "By what right do you speak in t'l name." "You are insolent, sirrah What right have you to fashion?" ask--" "Don't trouble 'yourself on my account, Captain Fitz morris," interrupted the girl, quietly; then to Ernest Saunders she continued: "My name is Jennie Chandler, sir, and I am the daughter of Colonel Chandler, in the king's service." "The right that all cowards WJ?. bigots seem to c to exercise, M1ss Chandler," sail ,rnest Saunders, quief'l "You can always depend on such men as the captain, he'' to say something utterly foolish and absurd at almost time." "What is that?" almost howled the captain. "Do ytE The stranger lifted his hat and bowed. "Thank you, dare apply to me the epithets of coward and bigot?" rs Miss Chandler," he said; "it gives me more pleasure than "Certainly," was the prompt reply. "They just fit yorl I can show to be placed in possession of the knowledge so why or your name." "Ah-h-h-h-h You think. they just fit me, do you?" The girl blushed rosily and Captai:ri Fitzmorris saw it "I do." c and at once became wildly angry and jealous. The captain was very angry and almost choked. He WI" "Zounds! has she fallen in love with this insolent rebel?" red in the face and fairly panted to get revenge tl!e he said to himself. "H I thought that, I would challenge bold speaker. But how to get it? That was the questior," him to a duel with swords and kill him. I am sure thnt Then his mind went back to the thought of the sword he can know nothing of the use of the gentleman's weapon." he believed that he must be the superior of any Americm "I am afraid that you are a little bit given to flattering," peasant, as he considered the stranger to be, and would b! said Jennie. able to cut him to pieces if he could get him to meet hi "Not at all," was the quick reply; "indeed it would be in a duel with swords. impossible to say anything of you, Miss Chandler, that "Dare you fight me?" he cried. would be flattery." The girl blushed even more furiously, and the captain's rage was beyond control. 1 I "You impudent scoundrel!" he cried, o;baking his fist at the stranger. "By what right do you talk thus to one who is the daughter of an ofticer in the king's Zounds if Colonel Chandler was here he would cut your head off so quick you would not have the time to realize what was happening-and as he is not here, but sent me "I dare." There was a smile on the face of Saunders, and surpriSE. on the face of Jennie. She wondered if the captain really would fight. "With swords?" The man nodded. "With swords," he replied, "or pistols, cannons, club stones-with any kind of a weapon." "Swords shall be the weapons," almost hissed the officer; with his daughter to protect her, I herewith take it upon "but there is a difficulty." myself to protect her." '"\Yhat is it?" "What will you do, captain?" a s k e d the man quietly. 'You have no sword."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 9 h, yes, I have." As Saunders spoke he drew a sword, blow, to having it hacked off a little at a time, captain, h had been worn in such a way that its presence was if it should so happen that it had to come off at all." perceived until then. Ernest Saunders spoke in such a calm, matter-of-fact Ah-h-h-h-hl" ga.,ped the captain, turning pale. "You manner that the captain was nonplussed. He hardly knew what Oh, yes," with a smile; "I have all the necessary tools taking care of stray British officers who may be met g around the country like raging lions seeking whom may devour." upo he captain gasped, and Jennie Chandler could not smiling. The captain saw the smile on the face of Jenni companion, and his rage was increased a hunared fold. d by 'I'll sh?w you!" he hissed, addressing the cool speaker. 11 cut your head off, you blatant boaster!" I t t" s Please don't l" said the man, in mocJc terror. in t 'I will!" 'Let me know when you get ready to do it, please," was to w careless reply. quiet 'I am ready now." n, he 'Oh, shall we fight on horseback?" ost a 'No, no; we will dismount." 'Very well; I'm agreeable." o y Ernest Saunders leaped to the ground and led his rse out to one side df the road. Then he bowed to the t yo 1 and said : what to think. "Can it be that he is an expert swords man?" he asked himself. "No, no; it cannot be! He is a peasant, a boor. What can he know of the use o:f the gentleman's weapon? Nothing! I'll quickly finish him. I shall take a delight in doing so, too, for I know Miss Jennie is more than half in iove with him, and I will nip her passion in the bud, as it were." Aloud he said: "You seem to think that you are in no danger, Sir Rebel." "That is just what I do think, Sir Redcoat." "Well, I shall speedily convince you of your error." "I think it in your power to do so." "You will soon think so." "Spare the lady's nerves, captain, and go ahead with the affair. Don't keep her on a strain." "I guess it is you who are on a strain!" sneeringly. "You guess wrong." "We will see." "Yes, indeed ; so we will "Bah! Are you ready?" "Ready!" "The_ n look out for yourself l On guard!" I "I am sorry that you are to be forced to witness 11 The next instant the weapons clashed together and the bat, lady, but I am not to blame. I do not see': the sparks flew in every direction. "Oh, you need not apologize, sir," the girl said; "you n t not to blame. The quarrel was forced upon you and stio u cam:iot do less than protect yourself." CHAPTER III. rica ld b "You are right, miss." A hoarse growl went up from Captain Fitzmorris as he ard what Jennie said. "That girl has fallen in love with THE CA.PT.A.IN'S DE.FEAT. is scoundrelly !" he said to himself. "I know it; Jennie Chandler was the daughter of a soldier, and d now there is just one thing for me to do-to kill while possessed of all the finer instincts of the female sex she was yet so accustomed to war and its horrors, that a He had dismounted and now led his horse out to one combat between two men, each of whom was eager to make de of the road. Then he stepped forward and aced the an end of the other, did not cuse her much nervousness. an who was to be his opponent. he sat her horse and watched the combat eagerly, but "I am going to kill you!" hissed the captain, glaring there was more of curiosity than fear written on her beauatred at the stranger. tiful face. Somehow she had the idea that the "You mean you are going to try to kill me," was stranger, Ernest Saunders, would prove to be a foe worthy bs, e calm reply; "always speak the truth just as it is, not of the steel of the best of England's swordsmen, and in you think it may be." this she was right, for Captain Fitzmorris, although a "No, I am going to kill you! I shall cut your head off really good swordsman, WB;S unable to get any advantages. t a single blow!" He worked hard to do so; he used all the tricks and "Well, I would preer to have it cut off at a single artifices of which he was master, but in spite of all he


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. could do the stranger was able to keep out of harm's way. And the worst of it, from the captain's standpoint, was that he seemed to do it with consummate ease. "I think the captain has met his master said Jennie to herself, when she had watched for a few momehts; and there was a thrill of satisfaction in the thought. The girl, who was something of a female philosopher, the result of !10t having many girl or women friends, tried to analyze this feeling, but she could not. She was somewhat puzzled; she did not think that she was in love with the handsome, stalwart stranger, but there was no doubt of the fact that she was pleased when she saw that he was at least the equal, and doubtless the superior of the British officer, whom she, as a loyal maiden, should have wished to triumph over the "rebel." "It may be that it is because I dislike the captain so heartily," she said to herself; "he is so insufferably con ceited that I shall be glad to see some of it taken out of him-though I cannot say that I wish him to lose his life.'' As the captain began to realize that he had met one who "Yes." 1tery "Well, I am sorry to disabuse you of belief, b ran is necessary I should do so, for I assur e you that yotH er mistaken. I could keep this up all u;,.y." led< "'V-h-a-t !" tll e .,ntain gasped out. : in "I said I could keep up all day if necessary." But "You are just boasting; saying that in the hope of, ke couraging me." The stranger shook his head. un ide "I assure you that such is not the case," he am strong and hardy, and don't know what it is to th If endurance was to decide it then your fate would .d tainly be sealed." \ .0 The captain turned pale. The truth was that he rri becoming tired himself. He was not so very strong, a "1 way, and did not do enough to keep himself in traini ( and the result was that the exertions he had been mak ie had begun to tell on him. In the hope that he might be able by some lucky str1 s to end the affair in his favor, the captain put forth was at least his equal with the sword, he grew pale. His bis energies in a supreme effort and attacked his oppon1 rage grew, as feint after feint was parried with ease, and with great fury. The other was enabled to defend hims he :finally hissed: "You are a very fair swordsman, but I will kill you, just the same." "Perhaps you will; perhaps not," was the calm reply. "I am amazed, however, that you should be willing to acknowledge that I am even a fair swordsman." "Oh, you have proven that." "By standing up before you for a minute, eh?" with a smile. "Yes." "Then you must be a good swordsman?" ".J: ot the best, but one of the best in the British army at Savannah." "I am so glad to hear that." "Why?" "So that it may not be said that I took advantage of one who knew nothing of swordsma nship." "Ah, then you are counting on vanquishing me?" Oertainl y." .The face of Captain Fitzmorris grew red with anger. "I'll s how you!" he hissed. "You may be able to hold your own for a few minutes, but the pace will soon tell on you and then I shall run you through or cut your head off!" "Then you trunk tliat I shall not be able to stand the pace?" "Yes." I "That I will become weary, eh?" / successfully, ho,vever, and said, calmly: "Come, come, captain; that will never do You "l'I not be able to stand that pace long, and then-it will all over with you!" .; A hoarse growl of rage was the only reply, and 1 British officer continued his efforts. He cut and slash\ Rnd did his best to get through his opponent's guard, to no avail. He could not do it. he became tired he was forced to let up somewhat in his efforts, Saunders then took the offensive. y "I see you have tired yourself almost out," the strang r e marked, c0olly; "so I will now take the offensive a1 let you defend yourself, which, being the easier, will pe mit of your resting somewhat." Then Saunders attacked the captain so :fiercely that I was forced back and back. The officer was so tired that I could scarcely do anything in the way of defense, and ti stranger could have run him through had he so desired. was not his intention to kill ihe captain, however, b1 merely to give him a good scare. I In this he was successful, as the captain became in pressed with the belief that his end was near at hand. :a realized that he was at the stranger's mercy and knew hi opponent must be aware of the fact. "He will run me through in a moment!" the captai said to himself, and then of a sudden his terror got tb


' THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 11 mastery of him and he leaped back, threw down his sword "He might do very well in that role, but as a to and ran down the road at the top of his speed. protect you, he is a rank failure." "Here, here! come back and fight it out like a man!" "Yes, indeed; oh, I did not expect even so much from called out Saunders, scarcely able to keep from bursting him as he really did do." out in laughter. "Come back, I say!" But the captain heard not, qr if he heard he heeded not. He kept right on running, and picking up the sword Ernest Saunders took it by the blade and stepping forward ex tended the hilt toward Jennie Chandler. "You did not?" "No; I knew he was an arrant coward, and did not think he would ever be able to muster up sufficient cour age to fight you." "It was because he thought that I would know nothing "So that you may be able to protect yourself," he said, of the use of the sword." with a smile; "your 'protector' having taken his departure and left you to your own devices it is necessary that you "Yes; he thought he would have you at his mercy." "I knew that, and I felt confident that I could teach f ._ him a lesson." should have a weapon, as there might be some o terrible 'rebels' near at hand." "Which you did do." "Thank you, sir," said Jennie, smiling; "but I do not "I think so," with a smile. "And now, Miss Chandler, need the sword, for, see, I have a pistol," and she held as I have been the means of robbing you of the company the weapon up to view. "Ah, a pistol! Well, that is better for a lady's use than a sword, that is true. But what shall I do with the sword?" "Keep it, sir." "Keep it?" "Yes, you have fairly won il-" "And you say for me to do this, miss ?" "Why not?" "Well-you are a-a loyalist, and--" "And what?" "Your sympathies are naturally with the British; and if I keep this sword I shall most certainly use it against the British at each and every opportunity." "And why not that weapon as well as another, sir? You would use some weapon, so you might as well use the one you have honorably won." "That is true, of course; the lack of a weapon would not keep me from doing harm to the British." The man looked up the road in the direction taken liy the owner of the sword. "The captain is quite a runner, isn't he?" he remarked, with a smile. The girl's lips curled in scorn as she replied: "Yes, he il1 a better success as a runner than as a fighter." "That is the way I sized him up from the first, miss. I fear your father is not a good judge of men if he selected that fellow as your escort, with the expectation that he would be any protection to you if you got in danger." "He did not expect 1hat I would get in any danger," was the reply, "so he selected the captain simply in the thought tbat he would do as well as any one, simply as a riding companion." of your escort, it becomes my duty to offer myself in that capacity. If you will acce-pt of me, I shall be only too glad to take the place of the captain." "Thank you very much," was the reply, with a bewitch ing glance, "but I think that I shall return to Savannah, and so I will not need an escort." "At least permit me to accompany you till the captain is overtaken, miss? I will lead his horse and then when he has mounted and is ready to escort you, I will yield my place and go my way." "But I fear we shall be unable to overtake the captain," with a laugh. The stranger laughed also. "It does seem a possibility that we may have difficulty in doing so," he said. "Yes; I don't think he would let you get very close to him." "We can try the experiment,.at any rate." "Just as you say, Mr. Saunders." The truth was that Jennie was more than willing to accept of the company of the handsome stranger. It did not matter a particle that he was an avowed enemy of the king, a "rebel"; this did not make the girl think the less of him. So Ernest Saunders thrust the aaptain's sword into his belt, caught the officer's horse, and, mounting his own, rode along beside the girl, leading the animal beside him. "Do you live in this part of the country, Mr. Saunders?" the girl asked. "Yes, Miss Chandler," was the reply; "I live two miles from here, farther up the road, and half a mile off to one side, in the timber." "Ah, indeed?" "Yes; I live there with my mother."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. "You have no father?" "Yes, yes I'll keep my promise. Yes, yes; anything "No," sadly; "he was killed in the French and Indian to keep you from being killed. Fly!" war." Saunders lifted his hat and bowed, and then wbirliug "Ah, I see." his horse, galloped away, back up the road. After him "Yes; he was fighting for the king-as Washington did clashed the redcoats, shouting to him to halt and surrender. at that time; while now I am fighting against the king, But Saunders had no such idea. He was mounted on a as Washington is doing." splendid horse, and saw no reason why be should not easil "I should be pleased to know your mother," said the f'scape from his pursuers. He half turned in the saddle, girl; "perhaps some time I shall ride out there and visit and waved his hand at the redcoats and laughed tauntingly. her." "Stop and surrender?" he called out. ''Oh, no "I wish you would do so." The man's face :flushed with could not think of such a thing. If you capture me you pleasure and his voice trembled with emotion. will have to first catch me!" "You say that in order to reach your mother's house Yells of rage went up from the dragoons, and thei one must go on up the road about a mile and a half from leader, a man wearing the uniform of a major, ordered his here and then go half a mile into the timber?" the girl men to fire. They did so, but the bullets all fell to th asked. musket-shot distance. "Yes, miss." "Try again!" called out Saunders, mockingly. "Is there a road that leads to your mother's house that This enraged the redcoats, and they lashed their horse is plain to l;>e seen?" unmercifully an cl used their spurs cruelly, but they coul "It is really but a path, miss, but it is plain to be seen." not gain on the fugitive. His horse was a superior auirnal "Very well; I shall call and see your mother,. some and it was not difficult to keep a safe distance between him time." self and his pursuers. "Ske will be delighted to see you, Chandler." The reP.coats sa'v it was useless to attempt to capture th At this instant a cry escaped the lips of the girl. "There fugitive, and so they gave up the chase and returned t comes a party of British dragoons, sir!" Jennie exclaimed, her voice trembling. "Fly, Mr. Saunders! The captain has told them about you and they will you! Fly for your life Ernest Saunders did not seem to be very much alarmed; indeed; he was the reverse, f6r he turned a pair of eyes upon the girl, eyes in which there was a look of delight, of joy. "You really wish me to escape capture at the hands of your friends, Miss Chandler?" he cried, his voice trembling also, but not from fear. "Yes, yes; fly-fly at once! Do not delay an instant!" This was good advice, for the party of British, to the where Miss Chandler and Captain Fitzmorris were await ing them. "You did not catch him, then?" remarked Jennie, an the major, who was a pretty shrewd fellow, although y6un and in love with the girl, eyed her searchingly. "She's glad we failed, or I'm a liar!" he said to himself But aloud: "No, we di. d not catch him. His horse wa too :fleet.'' "It looked like a fine animal." "So it did. And its owner-he is rather a fine-lookin animal, too, is he not?" "He is a handsome man," was the girl's calm reply. "Who is he, I wonder," the major asked. number of twenty or rnore, was only a hundred yards dis"He's a rebel, major," said the captain; "he acknowl tant and was coming at a gallop, and the men were getting edged that much to me, and said his name was Ernes their muskets ready for use. CHAPTER IV. AN ANGRY Oll'FICER. "I will go, Miss Chandler, if you will promise to keep your promise to come and see my mother," said Saunders, in a low voice. Saunders." "Ernest Saunders?" "Yes." 1 "I've heard of him." "You have?" "Yes; he is somewhat noted hereabouts as boing a scout and spy." "Ah, he is?" "Yes." "We11, he's a dangerous man, I know that."


I 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 13 "Yes, the captain can vouch for that, major," said "Yes, he is a very plea s ant gentleman and reall y I enJ ennie, drily. joyed his company." The eaptain flushed crimson. He knew the girl was making sport of him. "I believe the captain fought the ell ow, did he not?" asked the major. "At least so I gathered from what you said; captain." "Yes, I fought with him," the captain replied. 'A duel?" "Yes." "With what weapons?" "Swords." "And he conquered you?" "Yes, he is a demon!" "Well, he must be. I WO"!Jld not have believed that any rebel could be your equal with the sword." "He is no common man, major," said Jennie, quietly. "No, I judge not," was the reply, with !l sidelong glance at the girl. "The capta\n was no match for him in the sword duel." "No?" "No; he was much the better swordsman, and had the aptain at his mercy." "And that was why you ran, Captain Fitzmorris?" re arked the major, who was glad of the chance to rub it nto the captain a bit, for he was aware that the other was rying to make an impression on Miss Chandler. "Well, wasn't it better to run than to permit myself to e run through?" the captain cried, angrily. "From your point 0 view, yes," was the reply; "I rather hink, however, that had it been me I would have stayed t out to the bitter end rather than show cowardice in that anner." "It is easy enough to talk," growled the capiltlin. The major laughed. "Where is your sword?" he asked. The captain :flushed. "I dropped it," he said. "And Mr. Saun-that is to say, the rebel secured it," aid Jennie; 111he had it in his belt." "What was he going to do, Miss you to Savannah?" the major asked. "I don't think he would have done that; he said he would "I would enjoy his c ompany or about five minute s," said the major, grimly; "I would run him through, and put an end to his operations in this part 0 the c ountry!" Jennie Chandler ga v e the major a quizzi c al glance. "What i it turne d out in the sa:ine way a s whe n the captain made the attempt?" she remark ed, s weetly. "It would not turn out that way!" shortly. "You think not?" 1 I am sure 0 it. The fellow was too much of a sword s man for the captain, but he would not be abl e to s tand before me." "Oh, come, come, major; that sound s lik e boas ting," bantered the girl. "No, there is nothing boastful about it. "You may think so." "And don t you?" "Well, major, I would not like to hurt y our feelings, but--" "You think me boas ting, do you?" The m a jor's voice was hard and tense. "Well, not exactly that, but I think you are p e rhaps overestimating your powers." The major muttered something under hi s br e ath, while his face flushed with anger. "I take it that you think this fellow Saunders is in vincible he said, there being a sneer in his voice. "Oh, no, I don't think that. I simply think that he is the equal of any British soldier, no matte r w hat hi s rank or how skillful he may be." "You have a ve171 high opinion of the rebel. "M:y opinion of his prowess is born of my observing him at work. The captain was no match at all for him, and he will tell you so." "Nor is the captain my equal." "That may be." "Which is as much as to say that you still think this rebel my superior!" cried the major, angrily. "Well, I will show you that such is not the case. I will prove to you that th.e contrary is the fact." "How will you do it, major?" "By going back, hunting the scoundrel down and killing tay with me till we overtook the captain, so I would not him.!" ave to be without an eseort." For an instant there was a startled look in the girl s eyes. "That was very kind of him," said the major, with just She was well aware of the fact that Major Morgan was bit of sarcasm in his tones. "I think so," said Jennie, promptly, "You do ? in surprise. one of the most dangerous and desperate of men, and a lerror in a fight. She had heard him spoken 0 by her father more than once, and at the first moment she had


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. been alarmed for fear that he might do what he had said fellow, here, and all I ask is that you let us settle it without he would do; but on second thought she was reassured. interfering in any way. Will you do it?" She remembered wba} a fine, stalwart, brave and masterful The leader of the band of horsemen stared at the redcoat fellow Ernest Saunders was, and felt confident that be in surprise. Then he looked at Saunders, who also seemed would be able to take care of himself. surprised. So she quickly recovered her equanimity, and turning a "What do you say, old man?" he asked. calm face toward tqe major, said: "You will do well to be "I say to grant the gentleman's request," was the promp careful, major, for unless I am very much mistaken, if you reply; "I havq never met him before, that I know of, and enter into a combat with this Mr. Saunders, and it is do not know him from Adam, but I am quite willing to fought to the death, the king's army will be in need of a take bis word for it that we have a quarrel to settle; new officer of the rank of major." fact, if such were not the case I would be more than willin "You think so, do you?" cried Major Morgan, his to quarrel with him. I am always ready to quarrel or to fl.ashing wickedly. "Well, I'll prove to you that you are fight with any man I happen to run across wearing mistaken. I am off, and I shall not return until after I uniform such as he has on." have put an end to this boastful and arrogant rebel!" The horsemen gave a cheer, and one cried: "Hurr "Good-by, then, major-forever!" called out the girl, for Saunders!" as the officer wheeled his horse and rode away. Major Morgan frowned :fiercely. "Then it is settled?' The major did not reply, but rode up the road at a gallop, he asked. "We will not be inferfered with in any way?" his teeth set, his eyes fl.ashing. "You will not be interfered with in any way," was th "She loves that scoundrelly rebel-i know it!" he said quiet reply. 1 to himself; "and there is only one way to cure a woman like "Good!" Then the major turned his blazing eyes o her of such a foolish infatuation. I'll hll the ruffian the Ernest Saunders. instant I get within striking distance." "And you will fight me?" he cried. Onward the horseman rode at a gallop. He kept a sharp "Why, certainly," was the prompt response, "I'll :figh lookout ahead, but owing to the fact that the road twisted you. Anything to accommodate you. But what are w and turned, through the timber, he could not see very far going to fight about? Is it anything special, or are w at any time. The result was that he came upon a pl,l.rty of simply to fight because you wear a British uniform an horsemen almost before be knew it. I do not?" There were at least one hundred of the horsemen, and "No, it isn't that. If that were the case I would a they were not r e dcoats, for they did not wear the red uniquickly have selected one of these men. No; I have forms-in fact, they wore no uniforms at all, being dressed matter to settle with you." in rough suits of citizens' clothing. Major Morgan was a desperate and hot-headed man, and was the possessor of bulldog-like bravery and persist ence. When in the pursuit of an object he was ready and "I suppose you do not mind telling me what it is?" "You are the man who just fought a duel with a Britis captain, back down the road, are you not?" Ernest Saunders nodded. "I'm the man," he said; I willing to take all kinds of r chances, and was not willing to that's why you wish to fight me, eh? You wish reven have his mind diverted from the object. Now, it was so in for the defeat of your comrade." this instance. He saw that the man he was looking for, "We will let it go at that, at any rate," was the repl Ernest Saunders, was among the members of the party, and with a cold smile. as he had a quaqel to pick with Saunders, he gave no "Well, if there is any other reason I would like thought to the other men, who they might be Qr where they know what it is." had come from. "Well, know, then: I told a certain lady that I wou He rode right up till in front of the horsemen, who were come after you and kill you!" staring at the red-coated horseman in amazement, and brought his horse to a stop. He gave a quick glance at the faces of the men con fronting him, seemed to pick out the leader at a glance, "Oh, that's it, eh?" remarked Saunders, his jaws co ing together in a peculiar way. "And the lady, did s seem desirous that you should succeed?" "She I would find that I overestimated my prow and to him said: "I don't know who you and yo-qr men are, when I stated that I could beat you." sir, and I don't care. I have a quarrel to settle with this A peculiar look of delight, perhaps, appeared in the e


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 15 f the patriot. "Well," he said, slowly and deliberately, "I redcoat succeeds in getting the better of Saunders I am shall do my best to prove that the lady 's judgment was going to force a fight upon him, Bob. He shall not leave correct." "And I will quickly proye that it was not. How will you fight-with pistols or swords?" "It doesn't matte.r to me." "Then with swords it shall be." here triumphant!" "'l'bat's right, Dick," said Bob; "we'll avenge Saunders, if he fails, if it takes the entire force, one at a time, to do it." "l think I can handle him," said Dick, quietly; "l have "Swords it is!" never yet met my equal among the redcoats, when it came The men lost no time. They were both men who were to the using of the sword." not prone to waste time in fooling around, and when there was work to be done. They leaped to the ground, drew their swo.rds, stepped out to where there was a level and open space, and the next instant were hard at it. Clash! clash clash! went the weapons. CHAPTER V. THE DEFEAT OF :MAJOH 110RGAN: "You are right, old man." "I think so; but I hope Ernest will be too much for the redcoat." "So do I!" For a few minutes it was impossible to make. out which of the two men was the better swordsman. They seemed to be about equally expert in the use of the weapon. This caused Dick and his comrades to hopes that their friend would ultimately win, for they knew he was as tough as a pine knot. His muscles were like steel; his wind was perfect, and they did not remember to ever having seen him when he seemed to be very tired, even after the The party of men who were mostly young fellows of from most strenuous and long-continued exertion. This made nin eteen to twenty-one years-and who were indeed the them feel that he would be able to tire the Briton out and famous "Liberty Boys of '7G," watched the combat with defeat him. great interest. They .knew and loved Ernest Saunders. Clash! clash! clash! the weapons The sparks flew Ile was a patriot partisan scout, who had worked with from the highly tempered blades. The British officer made them on several occasions, and to whom, indeed, they were use of all the feints and thrusts of which he was master, indebted for their lives, foron one occasion, when they and although these were not few in number, and some of had been surrounded and hemmed in by the redcoats he them were quite scientific, his opponent was enabled to had showed them a way to escape and had led them safely evade and parry all of them. ouf of the terrible danger which had threatened. Dick Major Morgan, as he realized that he had really met a Slater, the leader of the "Liberty Boys," had at once told foeman worthy of his steel, became very angry and tried the brave scout that if ever the chance came when they to rush matters. This, of course, had the effect of tiring be in a position to do him a favor he might be cerhim much more ra pidl y than if he had been more careful, tain that they would do it, even if they had to face death and had not attacked so fiercely. Of course, it made it to do it. Saunders had laughed at the idea of their owing more difficult for his opponent to protect himself, but him anything in return for what he had done, but at the Saunders was very strong, quick and skillful, and managed same time it wa'i! also evident that he was pleased to have to keep out of harm s way in spite of all Major Morgan been able to earn the friendship and good will of the could do. brave "Liberty Boys." "Oh, stand p and fight like a man!" cried the major, Knowing him so well and loving him as only such true-who was red-faced and panting. hearted young fellows can love a comrade, the "Liberty "You want me to stand up and fight like a man, do Boys'' were naturally an_xious that Saunders should win you?" remarked Saunders, cool and calm as CQuld be. in his fight with the British officer. For this reason they "Yes." watched the combat with breathless interest. "Very well; anything to please you, Sir Redcoat." There was a peculiar light shining in the handsome eyes Then Saunders suddenly took the offensive : He knew of Dick Slater, and a grim expression on his face, and after that his opponent was tired, ada as he himself was as fresh watching the combat for a few moments he whispered to and str6ng as when they begun, he felt confident of his Bob Estabrook, who was Dick's right-hand man: "If that ability to speedily defeat his antagonist.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. Saunders' attack was so fierce that in spite of all he "Very well," said Major Morgan; "you will know wha could do the Briton was forced backward. He fought des-to expect. I am your deadly enemy, and either you or perately, and an occasional muttered exclamation escaped his lips; but in spite of all his efforts he could not withstand the assault, and almost before he realized what had occurred ; and indeed he did not fully know how it occurred, I his sword was knocked out of his hand and he found himself facing his adversary, weaponless-helpless. But the major was not a craven. He had plenty of physi cal, bulldog courage; he was not like Captain Fitzmorris, who, when he found himself hard pressed, threw down his must die, and that soon!" "I don't see any need for 3;ny such thing happening," said Saunders, quietly; "the world is pretty big, and there s hould be room in it for both of us." "But there isn't! One or the other of us must "But why?" "You know very well." Saunders shook his head. "You are mistaken; I do not know why." sword a nd fled. Ins tead, eve n whe n he was weaponless "Yes, you do." and d e fensel ess, the major stood there, erect and defiant. ''I Leg your pardon, sir, but I do :not." "Strike!" he cried, fiercely. "Strike and end it!" "Do you mean to deny that you have turned the head of But Saunders shook his head and lqwered his sword. Uolonel Chandler's daughter-that you have caused her to "I could not think of doing such a thing," he said. "But it is your right; you have won. You have a right to cut me down. I should have done so with you." "Tha t may be the way you redcoats do business," was the c a lm, c old reply; "but we patriots do not do it that way. We would consider ourselves but little better than murder ers if we were to strike a weaponless man." "But it was a duel to the death, and you disarmed me; now y ou have the right to reap the fruits of your exertake a fancy to you, a rebel?" Saunders started. "I do mean to say that I deny having caused it," he said, slowly; "if the young lady you mention has taken a liking to me she has done it of her own accord, for I have done nothing to attempt to bring such a thing about. I have my doubts regarding the matter, major." The redcoat shook his head. "It is patent to any one who hears her talk of you," he said, stubbornly; "and as I have made up my mind to make Miss Chandler Mrs tions Morgan, there can be only one settlepient of the questio "I could not think of doing it," was the quiet reply; you or I must die!" "I shall, howeve r, keep the sword, as in that way I s hall "I can't help thinking you are very much mistaken be able to prove to the young lady in question that h e r Major Morgan," said Saunders; "I never in my life lai judgment of me was right." "I would rather that you kill me!" cried the major. eyes on Miss Chandler until an hour ago, and it seems t me the height of folly for you to assert that she car you will think differently as soon a s you g e t cooled aught for me." -0ff a bit, sir; to-morrow you will b e very glad that I did not The major shook his head and frowned. "Women ar kill you." queer beings," he said; "especially when they are about th "Ve r y w ell; but I want y ou to distinctly under s tand one age of Miss Chandler. They are as likely to fall in lov thing, Mr. Ernest Saund e rs." with a man at first sight as not, and while I do not say sh "What is that?" is in love, yet she may become infatuated if you are wher "That I shall con s ider myself und e r no obligations to she can hear of you, and perchance see you once in a while you for sparing my life." If you will give me your word, however, that you wi "I do not wis h you to so con s ider your s elf." keep away from her, I will agree to call this matter off b "I told you to take my life, and you r e fu s ed to do so; tw een us." that absolve s m e from any obligation s and I w:irn you that this will not end the affair." Saunders smiled in scorn. "You mistake your man,'' h said; "I will agree to nothing. While I not think th "Just as you will,'' was the careless reply; "I could not young lady in question cares anyt?-Ing for me, or ever wil bring myself to strike an unarmed man, even if I knew he yet if it should so happen that such proved to be the ca would be after me the next hour, trying to kill me." and I wished to meet her and cultivate her acquaintance, The Boys" clapped their hands in approval of would do so even if a hundred British officers were threat this sentiment. They were as honorable as they were brave, ening ID)( life!" and they could approve of murder committed in the Again the "Liberty Boys" clapped their hands in a name of war, or in the guise of a duel. proval of this statement. They were young men, and man


"BOYS' HONOR. 17 of them had sweethearts at home, and they were in sympathy with such an utterance as the one made by Saunders. Major Morgan frowned. "Very well; have it that way if you like," he said; "then it is understood that we are deadly enemies, and that one or the other must die!" "I don't understand it that way, major; but if you attack me I shall be ready for you, and you may be sure at I shall not yield up my life if I can help it." "That is to be expected, of course. Well, I will go and the next time we meet, beware!" "I shall look out for you, major." The British officer mounted his horse, turned its head d galloped back down the road in the direction from hich he had come only a short time before. He was in a ifferent state of mind from what he had been in, then, owever. He had come, feeling arrogant and important, tending to kill the man who had defeated and humbled aptain Fitzmorris, and now he was returning defeated d humbled himself. The major was terribly cast down and was filled with "Oh, he me by some of his apparently awkward work, and I grew careless," was the reply; "I had him at my mercy, but thought I would play with him a bit, as a cat does with a mouse, and it was my undoing. He man aged to catch me unawares and knock my sword out ot my hand. He did not beat me, however; I beat myself." The girl was not to be deceived so easily, however. She was watching the major closely and was sure that he was not telling the truth. "Come, come, major," she said; "be fair and give the man credit for what he did. He undoubtedly defeated you fairly." "Oh, yes, he defeated me fairly," acknowledged the major, flushing; "I say he did not, for all is fair in love or war, but I do say that he did it by a trick, and could not do it again." "Hbw happens it that you were not injured in any way, major?" the girl asked. "I supposed that ;vhen you came together it would be a combat to the death." "'l'hat is what I intended, but he would not take ad'sgust on account of the failure of his mission. To be devantage of his opportunity-the more fool, be-and re ated and disarmed by a "rebel," and a seeming peasant at fused to cut me down, although he could have done so." at, was terribly galling. A peculiar light shone in the eyes of Jennie Chandler. He rode slowly, for he did not wish to overtake his men It would be hard to analyze it, but h d Ernest Saunders fore they reached Savannah. He did not wish to be been where he could have seen it, kn :wp. what caused it, reed to see Jennie Chandler and acknowledge his de-he would not have been displeased. at at the hands of the "rebel." "That what I call an honorable and magnanimous His scheme to ride slowly and let his men reach Saacl," said the girl. "It proves not that Ernest Saunders nnah ahead of. him however, for when he had is a fool, but that he i a brave and true man." ne a couple of miles he suddenly came upon the party, "Oh, I knew you would look at it in that light," half turning a bend in the road. sneered Major Morgan. They had halted, at the suggestion from the girl, to "Surely you do not cherish ill will against him yet?" ait the coming of the major, and he was so close upon said Jennie. "After what he has done in sparing your life, em when he caught sight of them that he could not get I should think that you would think well of him." ck out of sight and was forced to come on and join them. "I told l1im that I would not consider myself under any "Well, major, what luck?" asked Jennie, although she, obligations to him for sparing my life, and that we were ing a shrewd reader of faces, knew in an instant that he deadly enemies and that the next time we met, one or the d not been successful. other of us would have to die!" was the vicious reply. Captain Fi zmorris and the dragoons looked at the "Ana I meant it The world is not big enough to hold jor They we;re not such good readers of faces, both of us!" d waited for the officer's reply to the question with in-rest and anxiety. "Beastly luck!" the maj6J" growled. "Ah, you were defeated, theri ?" the girl exclaimed, a 'le coming over her face. "I was beaten by a trick," the major growled. He ought he would lighten the discredit to himself by say g that he had been beaten by a trick. "By a trick?" Jennie said. "How was that?" CHA:rTER VI. WHAT A-BRAVE GIRL DID. "What is all this I hear, Jennie?" said Colonel Chand ler, that evening, as he and his daughter were taking sup per in their quarters in Savannah.


18 THE LIBERTY B01"'3 HONOR. "I'm sure I .don't know what you have heard, father," with a smile. The colonel, who while haughty and austere to outsiders, and a strict disciplinarian, was kindness and gentleness personified to hi.s daughter, laughed and said: "Yeil, he take about twenty men." "When is he going to start on the search for the rebel?" "In the morning." "In the morning?" "Yes. He thinks it best not to attempt anything at "I have reference to the stories which Captain Fitznight, as the rebel is much more familiar with the country morris and Major Morgan have been telling, regarding their any of our men can possibly be, and it is likely that the encounters with a rebel, one Ernest Saunders, I believe they say his name is." "What have they been saying about this-about the rebel, father(" "'1'hey say he is a terrible fellow, a genuine desperado, and that he should be hunted down and killed." "So that is what they say, is it?" "Yes; they seem to be very bitter against him." "I suppose that is natural, as he defeated them in duels." "True; but they don't lay so much stress on that. Their claim is that he is a very dangerous man, and that he is working up th; rebels of the vicinity and inciting them to join the enemy and fight against us." "I don't know anything about that, father. I never saw this man before and know nothing about him." fellow may be found in tlie day time, as he is h."!lown to do most of his work at night, and then do his sleeping in the daytime." "I it quite likely that is the case, father," the girl said; and even while speaking a plan was rapidly maturing in her mind, a plan by which she thought it pos sible she migl;lt warn Ernest Saunders of his danger. Jennie did not have much more to say during the time spent in eating supper. She was thinking, maturing her plan. She had made up her mind to warn the patriot of his danger; that much was settled. She did not stop to usk herself wl{y she was going to do this. It did not mat ter why. It was enough that' she wished to do it. Her father did not notice the pre-occupied manner of his daughter. He was busy with his own thoughts, wonder"That reminds me of what Captain Fitzmorris said," ing if Major Morgan would be successful in capturing the remarked the colonel; "he made me half angry, and I was "rebel," so did not pay much attention to Jennie. at the same time amused." The colonel's daughter had enough of her father in her "What did he say, father?" make-up to make her very determined, and she lost no time "That this rebel, Saunders, tried to make an impression in putting her plan into operation, once it was decided on you-ha! ha! ha Did you hear of such foolishness?" upon. When supper was over she went to her room and "I never did, father. Why, the gentleman was only so donned her riding costume, much to the surprise of Sarah, polite to me as a gentleman might be expected to be to her colored maid. any lady." "Is young missus goin' fur er ride ter-night ?" the girl "So I knew; but the captain insisted that he put himself asked. out to try to attract your attention and make an impres sion on you." "The captain is silly, father; and such a statement is ridiculous." "So I knew. Well, I think that the fellow will not be allowed to run at large much longer, for I have given Major "Yes, Sarah; and I wish you to keep the matter quiet, you understand ?" "I s'pose so, missus. Yo' doan wan' meter say nothin' ter no buddy erbout yo' goin', is dat it?" "Yes, Sarah.'; "Not even ter Master Ounnel ?" Morgan permission to scour the surrounding country for "No, not even to him; and, Sarah, if you will do as I him, and capture or kill him." ask you, you shall have that gold breastpin of mine that :fiad the colonel been watching his daughter closely he you think is so pretty." might have seen a change of color, for she suddenly grew "Foah de goodness' sake libe, Miss Jinnie, yo' is de best pale. She soon recovered from her temporary paleness, est n;iissus in all de hull worl' !" the colored girl cried, he however, and managed to speak calmly and apparently eyes rolling in ecstasy. unconcernedly. "So the major is going to try to hunt this man Saun ders down_, is he?" she asked. "Yes." "I suppose he will a force of men with him?" "Here is the pin, Sarah; it is yours." "T'ank yo', missus-t'ank yo'!" "And, Sarah, I wish you would go to the stable and tel Sam to saddle and bridle Knight, and have him ready fo me."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 19 1-'ll do it, missus. Shall I go right erway ?" "Yes, Sarah; and-tell Sam to keep the matter quiet, will you?" "Yes, indeed, missus; Sam won' say er word ef I tell 'im not ter." As Sam was Sarah's sweetheart, Jennie was sure that the girl spoke the truth. iioned. She knew of three streets that were not guarded, as they were small affairs and led to nowhere in par ticular, but once out in the country she could easily gain the main highway. She decided upon which one of the three streets she should as an exit, and made her way in that direc tion. She rode slowly and cautiously until she was clear "Very well; you see, father would not le.,t me go out of the city, and then she made a hal circuit and struck alone if he knew of it, for he would be afraid I would the main road leading westward. Once on it .she let her be captured by the rebels; but this is such nice weather, and horse out and rode at a gallop. we have such a beautiful moon, that I a:r eager to take at least one moonlight ride, and enjoy mysel. I hate to have to be escorted by a stiff officer in uniform, and_ be forced to ride along at a sedate pace. I want one good, in vigorating ride, one wild dash in freedom, through the country." "All right, missus; Sam'n me won' tell nobuddy, yo' kin be shore ub dat." "That's right, Sarah; now go and tell Sam." It had been dark, but now the moon was just rising above i.he tops of the trees and its bright light would soon make it almost as light as day. Jennie was happy; she felt like singing, but did not dare do for fear she might be heard. She could not think what it was that made her feel so light-hearted and happy; but finally came to the conclusion that it was because she was riding alone, was free from the escort of an officer whose presence was hateful to her. "I'll go right erway, missus." This was not what was making her so light-hearted and The girl took her departure, and was gone fifteen or happy, however; although she did not at the time realize it, twenty minutes. "Sorry I wuz so long, missus," said Sarah, giggling; "but dat fool nigger wouldn' lemme go till I gib 'im er kiss, an' so I hed ter let 'im, arter he'd done kep' me dere fur er spell." all right, Sarah. t don't wish to start unfil it is quite dark, anyway." "Dat's whut I t'ought, missus." "And Sam will have the horse ready for me?" "Oh, yes, missus." "Very well." Jennie waited till it was quite dark, and then again cautioning Sarah, she stole downstairs and out at the back door. She made her way to the stable and found that Sam had Knight saddled and bridled. "Now, Sam, don't tell any one that I have gone for a ride," said the girl. "I won't, ::Uiss Jennie," was the reply. "Very well; I will be back in two or three hours. I want tc take a nice ride." "Doan' let de rebels git yo', missus," said the darky. it was because she was en route for the home of Ernest -Saunders, and because she thought it likely that she would see the handsome patriot there. Onward she rode, at a gallop, !or an hour or more and then she slackened the speed of Knight and commenced keep a sharp lookout for the path which led to the patriot's home in the timber. At last she came to the path, and with a pleased ex clamation she turned the horse's head in the direction of the path and entering it rode onward at a walk. Fifteen minutes of this and then she came to a little opening in the timber, and in the centre of the opening was f! log cabin. There was a light shining through the one wind'ow of the cabin, and this made the girl feel bet ter, for it indicated that the inmate or inmates of the house were up, that they noretired. When within a few yards of the front door Jennie brought the horse to a stop ai:id leaped to the ground. 'l'ying the animal to a tree which stood near the girl ad vanced to the door and knocked. "I am not afraid of them, Bam." There was no response from within, and again the girl Then the girl mounh\d and rode slowly away. She knocked. made her way through the city at a moderate pace, for she This time there was a response; a voice--evidently that kept to unfrequented streets, where there were few street of a woman-answered and said : lamps, and could not see to go rapidly. She was in no hurry, however, as she had plenty of time. "Who is there?" "Open the door," replied Jennie; "I am a woman and Jennie knew all the streets leading out into the c9unam alone." try, and was aware of the points where sentinels were staThe girl heard an exclamation in a masculine voice, this


20 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' HONOR. being followed by hasty footsteps, and then the door was "Yes, I thought of that," was the low reply, "but-LlunbaAed and opened, and Ernest stood in the could not remain in Savannah and let you be--be--taken open doorway, staring eagerly out at the girl standing there. Chandler!" he exclaimed. "I recognized your voice the instant you spoke. Come in; come in Mother, this is Miss Chandler, of whom I have just been telling at a disadvantage, so I-I--eame to--warn you." Mrs Saunders stepped to the girl's side and placed her arm around Jennie's neck. She brushed the hair back from the white forehead and, stooping, imprinted a kiss you. Miss Chandler, my mother." there. "Bless you, child!" she whispered, and a pleased Jennie had entered the cabin while Ernest was speaking, look appeared on the girl's face and she looked smilingly and she stepped forward and gave the woman her hand. Mrs. Saunders was seemingly about fifty-five years old and was a well-preserved and rather good-looking woman for one of her years; sh'e eyeq Jennie closely without seeming to do so, and was evidently pleased with the girl's appear ance, for her manner was very friendly toward the maiden, and she led her to a chair and insisted on her removing her riding-hat. Meanwhile Ernest had closed the door and barred it, and up at Ernest, who was looking at this by-play with wonder ing eyes. .Man-like, he did not understand it; but the I woman and the girl did. "Well, I must say that I appreciate what you have done, Miss Chandler>'.' said Ernest, earnestly; "you have taken a I great deal of trouble on my account, and I thank you." "You are welcome," was the reply, in a low, almost tremulous voice. "But now, in what shape will this danger manifest he now advanced and stood facing the girl, looking at her Miss Jennie?" asked Ernest. inquiringly yet with the light of a great admiration-and "A party of the British is coming in the morning," was something more-shining out of his eyes. the reply, '\and they are going to hunt you down and kill Jennie saw the look and blushed. To hide her embarrassor capture you." ment she turned and spoke to Mrs. Saunders, saying some thing about the weather and how beautiful the night was. "What in the world has brought you out here in the night, Miss Chandler r" asked Ernest. The girl turned her eyes on the patriot's face, but almost instantly dropped them. "I came to warn you," she replied. ,. A look of surprise and delight commingled appeared on the young man's face, while one of fear appeared on the face of his mother. "To warn me?" Ernest said. "Of what?" "Of danger which threatens you." "From what source?" "From the British." "Ah And you have to warn me, a 'rebel,' of danger?" "Yes." The girl's voice was low and almost tremulous. "But why should you do that, Miss Chandler?" "Because--I-it seemed to me so--so--unfair to permit you to be taken unawares, as-they-are intending to take you. I thought it my duty to come and warn you." "But I am an enemy of the British, Miss Chandler; an enemy of your friends-of your father. Did you think of that?" The girl's face was red with blushes and she turned an almost appealing look upon Mrs. Saunders. "So that is it, eh?" "Yes; and Major Morgan will have command of the party." "I should have guessed that such would be case." "Yes; he is very bitter against you for overcoming him in the duel this afternoon." told me as much this afternoon:" "Yes, he says that one or the other of you must die." "I do not doubt it." "You will have to be very careful, sir, for the major is a dangerous man." "Yes, I think myself that he is a dangerous man I do not underestimate him as a foe; but I think that I shall be able to hold my own against him." "I hope so; but so long as he is searching for you with a score of men it will be best and safest for you to keep out of his way." "Yes, that will be my best plan so long as I am alone; but I have friends in this part of the country, and think I sMll be able to' give this Major Morgan and his men a "You have friends, you say?" the girl exclaimed, eagerly. "Yes." "Are there many of them?" "A hundred, Miss Jennie." "Oh, I am so glad! But where are they now?" "They had some business to attend to and are away


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 21 but will be back soon. They are likely to come at almost should love me, but I am confident that such is the case, any time." and I am going to know the truth this very night. I'll 'I am glad 0 that!" There was no doubting the girl's have it from her own lips or the denial that such is the 'incerity, and Ernest looked at her curiously. Could it be case." 'l possible that she cared or. him? Ernest asked himself. So busy was the young man with his thoughts that he The thought that such might be the case gave the young did not answer the girl's question. She did not seem to man a delicious feeling 0 happiness; it almost took his be put out, however, or with a woman's instinct she seem hreath, in truth, and the rich, red blood rushed to his ed to divine what was passing in Ernest's mind. face as he saw the girl looking at him earnestly, and he Mrs. Saunders stood in the open doorway and waited till realized what the thoughts were that were in his mind. the two had mounted, and then she called out good-by to And when Jennie saw the flush which came over the Jennie, and entered the cabin and closed the door. young man's ace a feeling 0 happiness came over her and The two rode across the open space and entered the a look 0 delight shop.e in her eyes. path, Ernest being in the lead; the path being only wide "I believe he loves me!" she aid to herself. "Oh, I enough or one horse. They rode along or twenty minutes, hope so, I hope so! or-I love him! I know it now! I. exchanging scarcely a word; but both were busy with their love him dearly!" thoughts. The girl remained at the cabin half an hour longer, talking, and then said she must be going. "Wait a few minutes," said Ernest; "I will go and get my horse and will escort you back to the city." "Oh, there is no necessity 0 your doing so," was the reply, though it was plain from the tone that the idea was When they came to the point where the path joined the main road, however, Ernest brought his horse to a stop, and as Jennie rode up alongside him he said 0 : "Miss Chandler-Jennie, I have s omething which I wish to say to you, and I am going to ask you to dismount, as we will be more comfortable standing than sitting on horseback. not displeasing. "I had no trouble in reaching here, and Will you grant me this favor?" will doubtless have none in getting back." "Wby, certainly, Ernest-Mr. Saunders," was the reply, "I know, but you will eel safer to have an escort," said fhe young man. "It will take me but a few minutes to ridle and saddle my horse." "Very well; I will wait," said Jennie, and Ernest has ened out of the cabin. and there was a tremor in the girl's voice. In an instant Ei:nest was on the and reaching up his hands to assist the girl to alight. She leaped down, and was steadied by Ernest, who, l eaving the horses to graze on the grass growing by the roadside, held to Jennie's hand few minutes, and then he reand said, rapidly, passionately: ntered and said: "Now I am ready, Miss Jennie." "Miss Chandler-Jennie, do not think me bold, but I "Very well; I am ready, too," was the reply. Then the must tell you, I cannot help telling you, now and here, that "rl kissed Mrs. Saunders and bade her good-by, and turnI love you. I would not have had courage to tell you had .. g to Ernest, said: "Now we will go." you not made me think that perhaps yocared something "You must come again, Miss Jennie," said Ernest's or me by coming to warn me 0 the danger which threat other, and the girl gave the woman a smile and a nod. ened me." Jennie was silent, and thinking that perhaps "Yes, I 'll come again-and again and again," she said. he had made a mistake, after all, Ernest went on: "Forgive l like it here and will come and spend a day with you, me if I have made a mistake, J ennie-Miss Chandler. rery once in a while." If I am mistaken, and you do not love me, say so, and "Do, Miss Chandler!" said Ernest, enthusiastically. I will beg your pardon or my presumption and we will Mother will be so pleased to have you do so-and so go on our way to Savannah. Speak to me, anyway, Jennie 1 I!" --Miss Chandler; tell me that you love me or that y ou "Will you?" with an arch look. There was something in the girl's eyes and expression d in the tone of her voice, that was a revelation to do not!" The next instant Jennie whispered: "I love you, Ernest!" and with an exclamation of delight the young rnest. "She loves me!" he said to himself, and the knowlman seized the girl and kissed her again and again. ge almost made him dizzy'. "It does not seem possible "And you will be my wife, little sweetheart?" whisat this beautiful girl, the daughter of an officer in the pered the young man. rvice of the king whom I detest and am :fighting against "Yes, Ernest." I' _;


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. "But your father? He is a British officer, and will ob-wounded three of the redcoats and knocked the swords o ject to your having a 'rebel' for a husband, will he not?" of the hands of several, but, of course, one man could n "He won't like it," was the reply; "but I will marry defeat a dozen, no matter how much prowess he might you, anyway, Ernest, even if I have to run away, for I possessed of; there was a diversion in his favor, for a fe love you so dearly that I could not think of letting my moments, however. father's objections keep us apart." It was caused by Jennie, who suddenly thought of h "Bless you, little sweetheart!" At this instant there came an interruption. 'A dozen dark forms emerged from the edge of the timber at the farther side of the road and came rushing across and were upon the lovers before they knew what was happening. "It is that scoundrelly rebel, Saunders!" cried a fierce voice which the two as belonging to Major Morgan. "Kill him! He must not be allowed to make his escape!" /. CHAPTER VII. THE PURSUIT. double-barreled pistol, and drawing it she fired two sho managing to bring down two of the men who were tryi to kill her lover. "You she-fiend!" hissed Major Morgan. "I will ma you suffer for that You are a traitress and you shall suff the fate of a traitress I will attend to your case when have rid the earth of this scoundrel!" Then the redcoats turned their attention wholly to Er est Saunders, and attacked him so :fiercely that he was soo at a desperate pass. He could not keep sq many at l.ia and presently one of the men succeeded in running hi through, the sword passing clear through the brave patrio body, at a point well up in the chest on the right-hand sid lt was a serious wound, and with a gasping groan t brave fellow sank to the ground, apparently dead. wild scream of anguish went up from the lips of Jen Although taken by surprise, Ernest Saunders was not Chandler when she saw her lover go down, apparently the man to give up without a struggle. He saw that he corpse, and the scream was answered by a ringing chee was outnumbered a dozen to one, but that made no differthe galloping of horses could be heard, too, and it was e ence. He would put up a good fight for his life, just the dent that a party of horsemen was coming-was close same. He realized that it would be death, anyway, if he hand. surrendered, for Major Morgan had sworn to kill him on "I fear it is an enemy!" cried Major Morgan. "Fly f sight, so there was oply one thing for a brave man to doyour lives, boys! I will join you in Savannah. I ha fight to the death; and Ernest Saunder s was a brave man. rnme ''Ol'k to attend to, first!" and as he spoke.._ and t Quickly disengaging himself from the embrace of his inen fled across the road, the major leaped forward a sweetheart, she having seized him in convulsive fright at seized Jennie Chandler, who was kneeling beside the sf sound of the voice, Ernest said, hurriedly, even while form of her lover and was calling upon him wildly drawing his sword: "Get back out of harm's way, sweetspeak to her. Lifting the girl bodily, the major, who was heart, and I will show those fellows that they will not have strong man, ran across the road and disappeared in t I things all their own way!" timber-but not befo e he had been seen by the newcome "Oh, fly for your life, Ernest!" the girl cried. But who were no other than the "Liberty Boys." there was. no chance to do this, for the young patriot was "There has been some bad work going on here, boys surrounded. He had drawn a pistol with his left hand, cried Dick. "Ah, here is some one, dead or seriou while drawing his sword with the right, and he fired the wounded! Let's see who it is." instant he got the weapon cocked; and so true was his He reined up his horse, and, leaping to the ground, h tened to where the wounde'd patriot lay. aim that one of the redcoats went down. "It's Ernest Saunders!" he cried; then he knelt besi 1 the unconscious patriot and made a quick examinati e2 of the wound, which was bleeding copiously. m "A serious wound," he murmured; "but I do not t ca though they outnumbered him a dozen at least, and were it is necessarily fatal. I'll see if I can bring him t di all around him. He kept whirling around and around, and Then he called to Bob Estabrook a:nd asked for the fl striking out fiercely and rapidly with the sword. He of liquor w4ich was always carried for use in cases of Then the others were upon him, and he was fighting fiercely against overwhelming odds. The p atriot a stalwart and powerful fellow, however, and he made use of tacti _cs that for a few moments held the enemy at bay, even


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 23 Placing the mouth of the fl.ask to Saunders' lips Savannah, and if he does that Miss Chandler will be safe ick permitted some of the fluid to fl.ow into the injured from him." an's mouth. A few moments and then with a gasp Saun-"True." ers came to. He looked up at Dick's face in wonder, Dick gave a few in s tructions, and then selecting twenty d then as the remembrance of it all came back to him of the "Liberty Boys set out in the direction taken by cry escaped him. "Where are they?" he cried, faintly. "Where is Jennie?" j "Easy, Ernest," said Dick, soothingly; "tell us all about r l, but don't excite yourself; you are wounded, you know." "Ah, yes, so I am," and a groan, not of pain but of an sh, caused by the knowledge that he was helpless to rener assistance to Jennie if she was in need of it, left his ps. the British officer with his prisoner, for Dick knew the girl was a captive in the hands of a villain. .As soon as they were on the opposite side of the road, and had entered the timber, Dick directed the youths to spread out, fan shape, and continue going in the direction they were headed in until they found the British officer and the girl, or until summoned by two pistol s hots, which to be the signal that the quarry had been run to earth, no "Jennie-where is she?" he asked, faintly but eagerly. matter who found them. "I saw a man run across the road a few minutes ago, The British officer had perhaps ten minutes start, but as arrying a woman in his arms, Ernest," said Dick, gently; he was burde ned with the girl it was probable that he had 'perhaps that was she." not been able to go very far in that time, and Dick was "Yes, yes; that was she! That was Jennie Chandler, my confident that they would be able to speedily run him to weetheart and promised wife, Dick. And the scoundrel earth. ho was carrying her was Major Morgan, and I doubt not e will carry her away somewhere and hold her a prisoner nd try to force her to agree to become his wife. Oh, this s terrible, that I am lying here, helpless, my loved one n the hands of that scoundrel I" "Calm yourself, Ernest," said Dick, earnestly; "don't 'orry; for I give you my word of honor that your sweet earl shall be rescued from the hands of the redcoat. I ill take a lot of the boys and go on his trail at once, and e will run him down, as. sure as my name is Dick Slater!" "You will do this for me, Dick?" The wounded man's oice was weak but eager. The "Liberty Boys," in keeping in the directions in which they had started, gradually drew away from each other, and when they had gone a mile were scattered out quite a distance. No sign was found of the Briti s h officer and the and the youths kept on at as rapid a pace a s it was poss ible for them to keep up, through the timber. Another mile was traversed and the youths were more than a quarter of a mile apart. Indeed, they could not hear anything of one another. They kept on, however, and k ept a sharp lookout or the redcoat. It so happened that Dick was to be'the lueky one to find the fugitive. He suddenly emerged into an opening in the "I will, Ernest. I promise you, on my honor, and I timber, and through this opening ran a stream. It was ill keep the promise or die trying." not a wide stream, nor a deep one, nor was there any bank "God bless you, Dick You make me almost happy, for to speak of on the side next to Dick; but on the opposite know that if the scou:ridrel. can be found, you will find s ide there was a bank thre e or f our feet high, and a little ways back from the edge of the bank was a large stone. "Yes, we will never leave his trail until after we have run Leaning against the stone, plainly to be seen in the moon. m to earth, Ernest; and now I will leave you to be looked lig ht, were the British officer and the girl. The red c oat fter by some of the boys, who will carry you to your home had paused to rest. The girl's arm s were bound with a nd dress your wound. You are seriously wounded, old piece of rope-doubtless off a rope halter that had been an, and will need to keep quiet and take things easy; worn by the lforse the major had ridden from Savannah, ut you are not fatally wounded by any means. You will but hacl been forced to abandon when he made off with the veto be happy with Jennie. Bear that in mind and rest girl. asy; for when I come back your sweetheart will be with The youth did not hesitate, but bounded forward and e." was almost to the bank of the stream when the British "Thank you, Dick. I will rest easy, for I know that you officer saw him. The girl saw Di c k at the same instant, an do as well as I could do, if able to go after tha\ scounand as the major attempted to draw a pistol she lurched rel, myself." against him with all her might, and in order to save him He cannot escape us, Ernest; unless he goe.s back to self from falling the redcoat was forced to leap out into ...


THE LIBERTY BOYS' ihe stream. He struck near the middle and caused the the stableman. So the major hastened around there, a water to splash up greatly. although Sam tried to evade the questions which t This was Dick opportunity, and he took advantage of it. officer put to him, he had to admit that his young mist He did not wish to shoot the redcoat down in cold blood, was gone and that she had said she was going out for nnd so, feeling himself capable of overcoming the officer moonlight ride. in a hand-to"band combat, the "Liberty Boy" leaped into "That settles it!" thought the major, his heart almo the stream and grappled with the n;ian. bursting with rage. "She has gone out to keep ari appoint c r With a curse of rage the redcoat grappled Dick. "I will ment with that rebel. Well, I will get some of the boy l quickly make an end of you, you d-0g !" he hissed, and he and we _will follow her, and if we get the chance-and went to work to try to make his words good. think we shall-we will make one rebel the less in this He had found a foeman more than worthy of his best efforts, however, and be soon realized this, but he fought desperately, in the hope that he might succeed in over powering the youth. part of the country before morning." r So the major had hastened to bis quarters, had called 1. io a dozen of his men to mount and follow him, and ha 8 leaped into the saddle and set out in the direction which he It was a terrible struggle, there in the water, between the guessed the girl had taken. British officer and the "Liberty Boy," and the fair prisoner watched the struggle with starting eyes and prayed for the su?cess of the patriot youth. He was right in his estimation of the direction taken, but Jennie had secured such a start that the pursuers ] did not catch sight of her before she reached the path which branched off from the main road and led to the cabin in the timber, the horii.e of Ernest Saunders. CHAPTER VIII. THE MAJOR'S FATE. On account of this the major and bis men had gone too far toward the west, and when at last it was decided that the girl had not come so far, they turned and rode back in 1 he direction of Savannah. Ernest Saunders and Jennie Chandler were standing We will now explain how it happened that Major Morback in the sl:i.adows of the trees, out of sight, as the major gan and his men had happened to be at the spot when Ern-and his men approached from the west, but the two horses, est Saunders and Jennie Chandler had been coming to an in moving about, cropping the grass, had moved out far understanding. enough into the road so that they were .soon while the party The inajor had walked around to the house occupied by was two hundred yards distant. Colonel Chandler, with the intention of having an int(lrThe major at once jumped to the conclusion that their view with the officer and ask his permission to pay address search was at an end, that they had found the girl and J to his daughter; it was just after dark, and it so happened her lover, and he ordered his men to dismou:p.t and tie that he .got there just as Jennie rode out of the little alley their horses, which they did. Then he led the way and the leading from the stable at the rear of the house to the street. redcoats crept along, down the road, keeping just out of The major could not see very plainly, but he seemed to sight in the edge of the timber, but on 1he oppo;ite side know at once that the rider was the colonel's daughter. of the road from the one the girl and her lover were sup"Where can she be going, I wonder?" he asked himself. posed to be on. "'It is very strange." His first impulse was to hasten forward and accost the girl, and then he the thought and decided to When the redcoats were nearly opposite the two horses the major suddenly caught sight of Ernest Saunders and Jennie Chandler, and while the two were well back, in learn where she was going, if possible. Somehow a susthe shadows he was able to make out that the girl was in picion had entered his mind-a suspicion that the colonel's ihe man's arms. The sight rendered the British officer daughter was going out to meet some one. Who that some wild with rage, and he at once gave the order to charge and one might be -was to the major's mind quite patent. ui.tered the words given at the close of the preceding chap" She is going out to meet that scoundrelly rebel, Saun-ter: "It is that scoundrelly rebel, Saunders! Kill him! ders !" he said to himself. "I would be willing to wager a He must not be allowed to make his escape!" hundred pounds that such is the case!" Then a thought The rest we know-how Ernest Saunders was attacked, struck him that he might be able to find out from Sam, and a fierce fight was laid low, apparently dead; how


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 25 borsen}en were heard apyroaching, and the major and his addressed in such a manner by one whom he looked upon men took refuge in flight, the ofl;lcer carrying the girl with with scorn, as being plebeian, as being a "nobody." him, a prisoner; and how Dick Slater and a dozen of his He began a fiercer attack than ever and exerted him Liberty Boys" went in pursuit of the major, and how, ulself to such an extent that it k<:pt Dick pretty busy for a timately, Dick ran the officer down at the stream and be-few minutes. It had the effect of tiring the officer out, came engaged in a hand-to-hand combat with him in the however, and he was soon puffing at a great rate. middle of the stream, watched by the fair prisoner, who hoped and prayed for the patriot youth's success. "You see, you are tiring yourself out," said Dick, calmly; ';you know what that means-that I shall have you at my The struggle went on The major was a strong ,mercy in a very few moments." man and prided himself on his strength He had felt a Major Morgan realized this only too well, anQ. he made !hrill of plea,sure as he felt the youth in his grasp, and up his mind to make one desperate attempt to end the rnid to himself that he would make short work of the matter. In hi s belt was a long-bladed, sharp knife tha t he fellow. had had made to order in Bngland. The major was a But he did not know with whom he was dealing. Dick great gambler, and he bad found this weapon handy for Slater was perfectly at home in a contest of this kind use at the card-table, after a quarrel, as he could draw it He had been engaged. in many during the three years he quickly and strike his adversary before the other could bad been serving in the patriot army as scout, spy and draw a sword. Now he reasoned that if he could draw 'aptain of the ''Liberty Boys," and never yet had he met the knife he would be able to make short work of his op1is match. He did not think he would find his match, this time, but soon realized that be bad a foeman worthy of his best >fforts, and did not throw any chances away. "I'll kill you, you young scoundrel!" snarled the major, iiciously. "Perhaps," was the sententious reply. fl "There is no 'perhaps' about it; you are as good as dead lready !" "And buried, why didn't you say?" remarked Dick, arcastically "Don't be so modest Say it all while you ponent ; and he began figuring to do this. He managed to get his right hand in such a position that he could let go quickly with it, draw the knife and use it, and when all was ready he put his plan into execution. He let go of Dick, drew the knife, quickly, and made a fierce stroke at his opponent; but Dick was on his guard. The instant the other let go his hold with the right hand the youth knew the major was up to some trick, and when he saw the knife he realized what the trick \M.s. He was not willing that it should succeed, however, and he caught the major by the wrist and by an exertion of all his wonre about it. clerful strength of arm he twisted the man's wrist in such A curse escaped the major's lips. He had thought that a manner that the blade of the knife, instead of reaching e might frighten bis opponent and thus gain an advanhim as intended by tM owner, was sheathed instead in the age, but the other's coolness showed him that he cou ld not major's breast. icceed in this. With a gasping cry the officer staggered and would have "Don't swear or you won't catch any fish, major," said fallen, but Dick half carried, half dragged him tci the bank, ick, calmly; and again an oath escaped the major's lips. and eased him to the ground. "You think you are smart, don't you?" he hissed "Oh, no!" coolly. It was evident that he would not live a minute. The knife had penetrated to the heart, and the major was "Well, before I get through with you you will have gotdoomed. He realized it, but the realization did not seem n over the idea that you are smart." "Is that so?" "Yes." "Oh, very well; if you say so, that settles it, I suppose "I am going to drown you, you rebel dog!" "I'll wager you anything you like that you don't do ything of the kind, you British hound!'; [ A hoarse roar of rage issued from the lips of the officer. Jc was a man who had a great deal of pride in rank ind pomp, and nothing ,eould cut him so much as to be to take any of the venom out of him. He turned his eyes on Jennie, who was staring at him with eyes of horror, and said, with fiendish joy in the tones: "I die, but-your lover-Saunders-he is-dead, too I He will-not be--your-husban d !" "You are mistaken, major," said Dick, quietly; "Ernest Saunders is sever e ly wounded, but he will not die." "What!" almost shrieked :Major Morgan, trying to rise, and falling back, weak and dying. "He-will-not-dieyou say? You-are-speaking-falsely!"


!6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. .,; "No, I am telling you only the truth," was the calm arms and carried her across the stream and deposited h reply. "Ernest Saunders will live." on her feet on dry ground. "Thank God cried Jennie Chandler, a look of joy on "Now I will call my men to this place and we will t her face. be ready to start back to the home of Ernest Saunders, "Curse-the-luck!" These were the last words of Major Morgan, and as the last word left his lips he gave a convulsive gasp and all was over I "Is-he-dead?" almost gasped Jennie, as she stared in horror at the still form. &aid Dick. As he spoke he drew two pistols, and, coc i.hem, fired them off, one after the other. "That is the signal that was agreed upon when one us was successful in finding you, Miss Chandler.'' explain Dick. "Yes," replied Dick, soberly; "he will never again I understand," the girl said; and then she adde bother you. I did not intend to kill him, but it was un"You have not yet told me your name. I would like avoidable. He tried to stick the knife into me, and I know to whom it is that I am indebted for my rescue fro turned its point upon himself with fatal effect." the hands of that terrible man," with a shuddering glan "He deserved his fate," said the girl; "but it seems at the still form of Major Morgan. terrible to think of." r "My name?" smiled Dick. "It is Slater-Dick Slater "Yes, indeed; but I will free you from the rope which binds you, Miss Chandler." "How did you know my name?" the girl asked as Dick was cutting the rope with the knife taken from the stiffening hand of the major. "Dick Slater!" exclaimed the girl, staring at the you with interest. "Why, I have heard my father speak of y frequently." "And he said nothing good of me, doubtless,'' smil Dick. "Oh, he did not say anything bad of you,'' the girl ha "Ernest Saund e rs told me your name." i.ened to say. "Father is a very fair man, even if he is "Ah, y es!" eagerly. "And is he-was it true what you British officer, and is always ready to give credit whe told-him,'' indicating the dead man, "about Ernest? Will he get w ell?" credit is due, and I have heard him speak of you inter of admiration. He said that if all the 'rebels/ as you a called by the British, were like you there would be "Oh, yes, I am sure that he will." "Oh, you make me so happy!" such thing as triumphing over you." "Ernest is seriously wounded, but not fatally. He will have to keep to his bed for two or three weeks, and be carefully nursed, but he will not die." "And I will nurse him!" cried the girl, her eyes shining. "You can be a great help to hii\ mother, at any rate,'' said Dick; "but what about your father, Colonel Chandler? He will object to your remaining there and nursing a 'rebel; will he not?" "I won't let him know where I am." "Ah, so that is the way you will work it, eh?" smiled Dick. "Yes." ,,... "But will he not be very anxious regar'ding you?" "I fear he too high an opinion of me,'' said Di "I don't think so, judging by what I have seen.. Y have just rescued me from that man at the risk of yo life, and seem to think nothing of it, and that is just wh might have been expected of you, judging by what I ha heard father say about you." "Oh, that was nothing more than any man would ha done, Miss Chandler. And, besides, I had promised friend Saunders that I would bring you safely back, or trying; had promised him on my honor, and I had to k my promise, don't you see ?" "Yes,' but I know you would have kept it, anyway, a that you would have done the same thing had you "I will send him a message telling him that I am well known who I was and had made no promise to any on and getting along splendidly, and that he need not worry "I will acknowledge that that is true, miss," was about me." quiet reply. "I have a sister of my own,, and a sweethea "True; you can do that. And now, Miss Chandler, if too, and I simply have done for you what I would you will permit me, I will place you, dry-shod, on the other any man to do for either of them, should the necess' side of the stream." The girl protested that it 1 would not hurt her to get wet feet, but the "Liberty Boy" said there was no need of her getting per feet wet, and laughingly took her in his arise." "I understand." The "Liberty Boys" began putting in an appear now, one after another, until all the who had sta


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HO:Jlf OR. 27 ; on the trail of the fugitive British officer were present. en Dick quickly and tersely told the story of his en mter with the major, and ordered the youths to bury the ly. rhis was quickly done and then the little party, with the cued maiden in its midst, started on the back track. It CHAPTER IX. TIIE C OLON E L UECEIVE S A L ETTER. Next mornin g Colone l C handl e r s at at the breakfasts a walk of an hour to the road, and of another fifteen table alon e Ther e was a frown on the colonel' s face. nutes to the cabin home of Ernest Saunders, to which LCe all the rest of the "Liberty Boys" had gone, taking the horses with them. "Why don't J e nni e come to breakfa st?" h e murmured. "(3he is not usually late." Just then the colored girl, Sarah, passed the door and When they got to the house it was found that the woundthe officer called out: "Isn' t your mistress up yet, Sarah?" patriot was resting easy and was strong and cheerful; "I do an' think she is, Massa Ounn e l was the reply; d when Dick entered the room and told him that Jennie and if the colonel had been acutely observant he would d b have noticed that the colored girl s voice tre mbl e d and een rescued and was in the house, ready to come to n, Ernest's face shone for joy. "Ahl you are a true comrade, Dick!" he said, feelingly. 'he honor of the 'Liberty Boys' is beyond dispute, and Len y<;m make a promise it is kept." "Yes, if it is possible to keep a promise we will do it 3ry time," said Dick; "and now, old man, I will send ne one in to see you." The 'some one' was Jennie, of course, and when she saw w bright and cheerul-lo9king her affianced was, she was lighted "Oh, Ernest, I am so glad to find you so well!" she mur ired, stooping over him and kissing him tenderly; "I 'lght when r saw you go down, when those men werp at J king you, that you were dead, but you will live, won't u.'_you will live for me?" "Yes, indeed:, little sweetheart I will live for you I l worth a dozen dead men. I'll be all right in a week or o." "yes, your mother and r will nurse you, and if good re will help any, then you will get well rapidly." What l you will help nurse me?" cried Ernest, in surise. "Yes; why not?" "But your father--" that its owner looked frightened. "Well, go and call her at once/' "Yes, Massa Ounnel." "Tell her breakfast is on the table and getting cold." "Yes, Massa Ounnel." The girl hastened away, but returned a few minutes later and tremblingly entered the room. She looked so pale and perturbed that the officer could not fail to note it, now, and he looked at her in surprise. "What's the matter, Sarah?" he asked. "De young missus, sah !" "Well, what of her?" in a brisk, almo s t harsh voice, for the colonel was overcome by a sudden fear trfat something had happened to his daughter. "She hain't in her room, sah !" "Isn't in her room?" The colonel I and seemed somewhat dazed. "No, sah; an'-an'--" "Well, out with it!" fiercely stared at the girl, "Her baid wuzn' slep' in last' night ertall, sah !" "What! Her bed wa s not slept in last night, you say?" "No, sah; au' Missy Jinnie bain't in de house nowhars, sah. Sam'n me hez looked ever'wha r, sah !" "Her bed not slept in-she not in the house!" murmured the colonel. "What can it m!lan ?" "Re need not know where I am. At this moment Sam appeared at the dining-room door, back to Savannah when you needed me, Ernest? No, and said: "Dere's a man wants ter see yo', Massa Oun ; I will stay here by your side and help your mother nel." Do you think I would rse you and take care of you. I will send a message to ; her, telling him that I am safe and that he need not ,rry about me, but I won't let him know where I am." "Where is he?" "In de front hall, sah." "Show him in 1 -nr :>.t once." "You are the best and sweetest little sweetheart any man "Yes, sah !" auu barn vanished ir had, Jennie!" exclaimed Ernest, in and then Somehow the colonel jumped to the conclusion that the 3 girl kissed him and told him to keep quiet and be a man might bring news of his daughter; he could not have )d boy, which he promised to do. explained why he should think so, but the idea had


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' HONOR. \ to him, and when the stran ge r was ushered into the room the colonel looked at him eage rly. "And now, please, dear father, do not take this too m to heart. Ernest is a noble man. and will make me The newcomer was a young man of perhaps twenty yea rs noble husband; I shall be happy with him; would h of age; he was bronzed and handsome, and there was a been miserable all my life without him; so bear with manly loo k about his face that impressed the Britis h officer and do not be angry, and when this cruel war is ended at once. Before t h e colonel could speak the young man hcrpe that you two, my husband and my father, will meet said: ; "I am the bearer of a message from your daughter, sir; and here it is I will say that she is well and happy, so read the message at your ease and l eisure." The colonel took the letter, which was addressed fo him in the handwriting of his daughter, and opening it' r ea d as follows: "DEAR FATHER-You will be s urprised to get this let t er, and will no doubt be pained by its contents, but you must remember that the life happiness of your daughter is at stake, and the n it will not be so hard on you. "Father, I am the promised wife of a patriot-a 'rebel,' as we were always wont to call them, and while I know the friends, and that you will learn to know and respect ea other Do not try to :find me, father, or I do not wish y to do so, and I do not think you could possibly :find anyway. Rest easy; I am happy, and will be well tak care of. Ernest is the comrade and dear friend of Di Slater and his hundred 'Liberty Boys,' and they are he ready to :fight or me to the death, as they know I ani be Ernest's wife. Oh, father, I like the brave patrio more and more, tJrn more I see them; I am sure there ca be nowhere in the world one hundred :finer, nobler, bett men than the hundred 'Liberty boys.' How I wish th you did not have to :fight against the patriots., father! "Good-by, from your loving daughter, JENNIE.'' knowled ge will cause you pain, yet when you know how The colonel read the letter through and then folded much I love him and how happy I shall be as his wife, and, placing it in his pocket, advanced and extended h you will not feel it so keenly. You have beard of him; hand.. hiR name is Ernest Saunders, and he is one of "So you are Dick Slater?" he remarked, eyeing tl noblem en. He is seriou s l y wounded, how e v e r, and I shall youth with interest : "Captain Slater, I am pleased to ma remain at his bedside until be is well again, which may your acquaintance. I have heard many stories of yo be three week: pos ibly a month. And now, father, I wish valor, of your wonderful doings, and I am proud to kno to tell you something which will surprise you: 1\Iajor you." Morgan was a coward l y scoundre l and last night he and "And I am proud to make the acquaintance of t men set upon Ernest, as he was talking, to me not far father of so brave and noble-hearted a girl as your daug from the spot where I first met him, and after they had ter, sir," said Dick. wound ed him and l e ft him for dead, they forced to The two shook hands, cordially, and then the colon ilee by the of some horsem en; \mt Major Morgan, 8aid: "Have yon had breakfast, Captain Slater?" who ha s been trying to make love to me for weeks, seized me and carried me away, a prisoner, into the timber. He was followed, however, by Dick Slater and s ome of his 'Liberty Bo ys,' and Dick Slater himself ove rtook us and engaged the major in a combat, which resulted in the major's was richly m erited, as you will, I ihink, admit. There is no knowing what would have been my fate had not Mr. Slater so bravely rescu e d me. "And now I will introduce the bearer of this message. He i s no other than Dick Slater, himself, of whom I have "I ate a bite before starting to Savannah, sir," was t reply. "Then you must be hungry by this time; sit up to t table and take with me. The table is set f two, as I expected my daughter to breakfast with me; now that she cannot do so it is :fitting that you, who br me news of her, should occupy the place she would ha occupied." "Thank you," said Dick, and he took a seat at the tab When Dick was ready to go the colonel took his ha often heard you speak with admiration, and to whom we and pressed it warmly. "Captain. Slater," he said, "I w both owe much for his rescue of me from the hands of to ask you just one favor before you go." Major Morgan. I know that Mr. Slater is safe in your "What is it, sir?" hands, father, and that you will honor the confidence "That you will give me your word of honor, as a soldi which we both haYe placed in you, and that he will be that no harm shall come to my daughter while away fro permitted to le ave Savannah without me. Will you do it?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HONOR. 29 "With pleasure, Colonel Chandler. I give you my word "Dear fatbei !" she murmured. "He loves me so dearly f honor that no harm shall come to her. You need have that he cares for nothing save that I may be happy. We fears whatever on her account. She is amo:ttg friends; will yet see the tim e when he and Ernest will shake hands 1. ayself and my hundred 'Liberty Boys' will fight to the and be friends." for her, if necessary. But it will not be necessary; J he is the affianced of as noble-hearted a man as lives o day." "Thank you, Captain Slater; I shall feel perfectly at !ase regarding my daughter And now how long will it .ake you to get out of the city--outside our l ines?" "Thirty minutes, colone l. And such proved to be the case. When Ernest Saunders was well he and J e nnie were married and when the war ended Chandler, instead of returning to Eng land, went to their home and s p ent the rest of his days there. And in the Saunders' hom e no persons in all the world were held in such great esteem as were Dick Slater and h is "Very well, I will wait thirty min u tes and then will brave "Liberty Boys." tart men on your trail and attempt to capture you; that s my duty as a soldier. Good-by, Captain S l ater, a n d good uck to you." TH)!} END. The next number (80) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'TENS.TRIKE' ; Dick saluted and withdrew Mounting his horse he rode OR, BOWLING THE BRITISH OVER," by Harry mt of Savannah and headed westward. He was mounted Moore. /n ::M:ajor, a magnificent horse with Arabian blood in his -veins, and the youth rode like the wind. T he redcoats SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly chase to him, without dou bt, but they neve r got in are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any 1 ight of him. newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by When Dick told Jennie Chandle r how mat t e r -of-f act had mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION ieen her father's manner of taking the news conveyed in SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies he letter, the girl's face lighted up. you order by return mail. Sam p1e Copies Sent F"'ree "HAPPY DAYS." The Largest \and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. :I "t contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. :t Answers all sorts of Questions .in its Correspondence Columns. I:. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


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By "Noname." 156 The Ilaunted Belfry: or, the Mystery ot the Old Church Tower. 198 A Monte Cristo at 18; or, From Slave to Avenger. By .Allyn By Howard Austin. Draper. 157 The House with Three Windows. By Richard R. Montgomery. 199 The Floating Gold or, Adrift in an Unknown Sea. By 158 Three Old Men of the Sea; or, The Boys of Grey Rock Beach. Capt. 'l'hos. II. \Yllson. By Capt. Thos. II. Wilson. 2 .A B H" 'f th B G 'I 159 3,000 Years Old; or, The Lost Gold Mine of the Hatchepee Hllls. 00 Moll Pitcher's Boy; or, s rave as is "' o er. Y en By Allyn Draper. 2 Jas. A. Gordon. 160 Lost In tbe Ice. By Howard Austin. 01 "We."' By Richard R. Montgomery. 161 The Yellow Diamond; or, Groping in the Dark. By Jas. C. Merritt. 202 Racer; or, Around the World in 162 The f,and of Gold; or, Yankee Jack's Adventures in Early Aus203 The Boy Pioneers; or, Tracking an Indian Treasure. By Allyn tra.lia. By Richard R. Montgomery. 163 On the Plains with Bull'alo Bill; or, Two Years in the Wild West. Draper. By an Old Scout. 204 Still Alarm Sam, the Daring Boy J;'lreman; or, Sure to Be On 164 The Cavern of Fire; or, The Thrllling Adventures of Professor Hanel. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. HArdcastle and Jack Merton. By Allyn Draper. 20:5 f,ost on the Orean; or, Ben Blull"s Last Voyage. By Capt. Thos. 165 Water-logged; or, Lost in tbe Sea of Grass. By Capt. Tbos. H. 11. \Vilson. Wilson. 206 Jac k Wright and Ilis Electric Canoe; or, Working in the 166 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Exploring Central A!la In Revenue Service. By "Noname." His Magnetic "Hurricane." Ry "Nonnme."' 207 Give Him a Chance; or, Uow Tom Curtis Won Ills Way. By 167 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder. By Richard R. Mont Howard Austin. gomery. 208 Jack and I ; or, The Secrets of King Pharaoh's Caves. By 168 The Boy Canoeist; or, 1.000 Miles in a Canoe. By Jas. C. Merritt. Richard H. )font,.-omery. 169 Captain Kidd, Jr.; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long Island. 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Smugglers. 99 Th1> Bradys Duped; or, The Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. 153 The Bradys' Boy Pupil; or, Sifting Strange F.vldence .. 100 'l'he Bl'adys lo l\Ialne; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. 154 The Bradys in the Jaws of Death; or, Trapping the Wire Tap101 'l'he Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, Tracking the Canada Gang. pers. 102 The Bradys In Montana; or, The Great Copper Mine Case. 155 The Bradys and the Typewriter; or, The Office Boy's Secnt. 103 The Bradys Hemme d In; or. 'J'heir C11se in Arizona. 156 The Brndys and the Bandit King; or, Chasing the l\Iountaln 104 'l'he Bradys at Sea: or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. Thieves. 10!> The Gil'! from London; or, 'l'he Bradys After a Confidence Queen. 157 The Bradys and the Drug Slaves; or, The Yellow Demons of 106 'l'he Bradys Among the Chinamen; or, 'l'he Yellow Fiends of the Chlnatown. Opium Joints 158 The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen; or, Running Down the 107 The nracys and the Pretty Shop Girl ; or, The Grand Street "Reds." 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