The Liberty Boys "going it blind," or Taking big chances

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The Liberty Boys "going it blind," or Taking big chances
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American R.evolution. l; u e d Week'11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered CJ8 Second Ola8s Matter at the Ne.w York, N. Y., P.ost Off loe, February 4, 1901. J!Jntered aociwding to Act of Congress, in the 11ecu: 1902, in the office of tne Lilwanan o f Congress; Wa8 hington, D O., b11 Tousey, 24 UnMln Square, New York. No. 87. NEW YORK, AUGUST 29, 1902. Price 5 Cen ts. CHAPTER I. STOPPED ON THE HIGHWAY. and when my curiosity is once aroused I am like a :fish out of water, restless-like, till I have said curiosity satis fied." "It thet so?" The man, who was a big, brawny, dark Surrender, er ye air er dead man!" faced and :fierce-looking fellow, looked at the cool youth A horseman had just reached the bank of the Roanoke rather searchingly. He did not know just what to make o f iver in the northern part of North Carolina when the him. hove command greeted his hearing. The rider in ques ion was a bronzed and handsome youth of perhaps twenty "Yes, that's so." "Humph. Wal, hev ye ever heerd tell uv er feller by oors of age, and he was dressed in citizen's clothing, there ther name UV John Bender?" eing nothing to indicate that he was other than what he The young man shook his head. emed, though this was in May of the year 1781, during e Revolutionary War, when every one was supposed to e either for or against George As the ominous words fell upon the young man's heapng e brought his horse to a stop, for a dozen :fierce-looking ''I don't believe I ever have." "Ye hevn't ?" The man was evidently surprised. "No, I'm quite sure J haven't." "Mebby ye've heerd tell uv 'Black' John, then?.<' The young man started, and looked at the speaker quicken, armed wih rifles and pistols, leaped out of ly and with interest. rim and barred the way. A quick glan"e showed him that "So ye've heerd tell uv him, hey?" with a grin. here were four or five more behind him. His escape was The youth nodded. ntirely shut off. "yes, I have heard of him." "What does this mean?" he asked quietly. "I thort so frum ther way ye looked." "Whut does et meen, hey?" "That is what I asked "Et meens thet ye've got ter surrender "But what fo:r. ?" "Whut fur?" "Yes. "Wal, I reckon thet's simple enu:ff; cause I tells yer to." "That's the reason, eh?" "Yas; an' et's reezon enu:ff, too, ye bet!" "No douht you think so." "Yed think so, too, ef ye knowed who I am." The looked at the speaker sharply. "Is that so?" he asked slowly. "Ye bet et is J" "Who are you, then, if I may ask?" "Are you .Black John?" .'I hain't nobody else, young feller." "Why have you stopped me?" "W'y ?" "That is what I asked." "Wal-fur reezons "State them, for I'm in a hurry." The scoundrel, and his comrades as well, grinned "Oh,.yer in er hurry?" remarked Black John, ironically. "Yes." "Whar ye bound fur, young man?" "I'm going South." "How fur south?" "Oh, down into South Carolina." The man shook his head. "Ye'd reely like ter know?" "I'm sorry ter dispoot yer word, young feller, but I don' "Why, yes; you see, I'm rather a curious sort of fellow, think ye'll go en,ny furder south jes' now."


., THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." "Why not?" I "I have a sweetheart down in South Carolina, and I I on my way down there to get married." "Becos et's erg'inst ther rules." "Against the rules ?" "Yas." "Haw, haw, haw!" roared Black John. "D'ye heer th boys?" "What rules?" The men nodded and grinned "Black John's rules-haw, haw, haw!" and the scoun drel laughed loudly, his men joining in, 'as in duty bound. "It's isn't it," remarked the young man coldly. "This heer young feller whut we've stopped is er pr pecktive bridegroom! Would enny uv ye hev thort et? say?" "Hardly, cap'n," replied one. "Oh, ye bet !--0rful funny." "It must be; but I don t see it. Tell me where ihe fun -comes in." "Wal, I sh'd say not. W'y, boy, yer altogether young ter be thinkin' uv sech sollum things as matrim "W'y, in yer not knowin' nothin' erbout Black John's rules." "Well, you see, I could not be expected to; I'm a stranny, ye air, fur er fack." "Do you think so?" asked Dick soberly. "Ye bet I do. Say, et wouldn' do at all." "You think not?" ger in these parts." "But ye sed ye hed heerd tell uv Black John." "I'm shore uv et. Ye see, afore ye sh'd think uv gittito merried, ye sh'd furst be able ter take keer uv yerself-e "So I have; from settlers along the road, where I have nerstan' ?" stopped to stay overnight, or eat a meal." "Oh, thet's how ye herd tell uv me, hey?" "Yes." "Oh, yes, I understa:qd." "Er man sh'd furst be able ter support wun afore h' sh'd make er ter support two; hain't thet wil' "An' I s'pose thet ther mQs' uv what ye heerd tel'.l uv dom?" me wuzn't whut ye mought call jes' complermentarj, hey?" "With a capital W, friend John." "Well, some of it wasn't complimentary." "Hey?" The fellow did not comprehend the youth S "I s'pose not. I reckon they sed thet Black John wuz 1 -er purty bad man?" "That's all right, John; never mind me; just tell lll "So some of them said." what you want of me, and then let me go." "Let ye go, hey?" "I shouldn' wonder an' sum uv 'em sed thet they thort ., Of course." I c'u'd give Ole Nick a good start an' then beat him out in er race, hey?" "Well, they didn't exactly say that, but they intimated "Wal, I guess not." "You are not going to try to keep me from going o my way are you?" that you were a very apt pupil of Old Nick's." I "Wal, I guess we won't'purzackly try-but we'll jes' ( "Haw, haw, haw! 'A very a _pt poopil' is good! Now ye et!" bet I am er apt poopil, too, an' thet's no mistake." "But you have no right to do anything of the kind." "If the half that has been said about you is true, you "We hev ther might." certainly are, sir," was the cool reply : The youth looked quickly and searchingly at the mev "Humph. Say, young feller, who air ye?" all of whom had leveled rifles in their hands, and then saio "Who am I?" coolly: "Yas." "I don't know about that." As the reader who has been reading the "Liberty Boys" "Whut !" Black John was evidently greatly surprisedt stories has already suspected, the young man was Dick It was not often that he encountered such a cool fellow 2 Slater, the captain of the company of youths known as this young stranger. "'The Liberty Boys of '76," but he did not wish to let this "I said I don't know about that," pretending to thit fellow know who he was, if he could help it, so he replied: the man had not grasped his meaning the first time. "My name is Henry Watkins." Black John waved his band, indicating the men sui "Watkins, hey?" "Yes." "Whut ye headed South fur?" rounding him. "See 'em?" he asked. "Happily, I'm not blind," was the cool reply.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." Ye see 'em, then, do ye?" The youth s face was so perfectly sober that Black John Yes." was puzzled. He did not know how to take the youth at all. l wuzn' shore erbout et. I thort mebby ye wuz so neerHe had never encountered a person who puzzled him as thls ted er sumthin' thet ye couldn't see more'n six inches cool young man had done. frunt uv yer nose. Yer shore ye see 'em?" a "Git down o:ffen thet hoss !" Black John suddenly roar"Quite sure." "How inenny air ther uv 'em "Oh, I'm too tired to count; I should guess them at a "An' yet ye say ez how ye don' know erbout us hevin' r might ter do ez we please erbout keepin' ye frum goin' yer way?" "Certainly." ed; "d'ye heer ?" "I told you awhile ago that I am not deaf." "Then hop down, an' do et quick!" ".And if I should refuse?" "Then we'll riddle ye with bullets!" "Surely you wouldn't do that!" "Shorel y we would-an' will." "But that might hurt me." The fellow gasped, and stared at the youth in open"Et'll do wuss'n hurt ye; et'll kill ye dead ez er door-uthed amazement. Finally he turned his eyes on his nail, thet's whut et'll do." and nodding toward Dick, said : "Whut d'ye think uv 'im, boys?" "He's er fool!" "He's jes 'blowin'." "Er crazy." "He's er plum' ijiot !" "W'y, we c u d eat im up in er minnet !" Such were a few of the remarks made by the men, and ack John turned his gaze on Dick, and nodded his head. "Did ye heer thet ?" he asked. "Happily I'm not deaf." "Oh, ye hain't deef, nuther, hey?" with a grin. "No." "Ye kin see an' heer both, hey?" "Yes." "Thet's good. I kin tork ter ye, an' ye kin see me w'ile "But that would be murder." "Oh, cuss ye, shet thet mouth uv your'n an' hop down offen thet hoss !"roared Black John, almost beside himself with rage; "ye air makin' me mighty mad, young feller. an' when I'm mad I'm dangerous Dick Slater had a purpose in talking as he bad been do-ing. He was not the youth to talk in this way just for the fun of the thing. He felt that by talking in a flip pant, careless fashion be would be able to anger the ; man, and cause him to be thrown off his guard through think ing that he (Dick) was not as smart as he might be, and then take him by surprise. This was just what the youth did do. Black J obn wa.B angry and disgust e d, and the men had become so tired of holding the heavy rifles out at arms'-length that they .had allowed them to lower considerable. This was Dick's op .. doin' et, hey ?" "Yes." portunity, and suddenly driving the spurs into the horses' "Wal, then, Mr. Watkins, I mus' inform ye thet when flanks, he took the scoundrels by surprise. The horse say ye don' know erbout us hevin' ther might ter do leaped forward with a snort of pain and rage, knocking down one or two with his hoofs and body, and causing wila ut we wanter with ye, ye air showin' thet ye air er ol." I ndeed?" "Yas. Now I'm goin' ter prove ter ye thet ye air misken." "You are?" "Yas." yells and to go up from all. The youth bent forward upon the horse's neck, and by so doing escaped being hit when the four men who were behind him fired their rifles, which they did as quickly as. they could after they saw what was going on. They missed Dick, but one of the bullets brought the "What are you going to do?" horse down, and this was almost as bad for the youth as "I'm goin' to tell ye ter git down offen thet ho&t, ther if he had been hit, for he was forced to loosen his feet fro m urst thing." the stirrups and take a flying leap to avoid being falleDt "That is the first order, eh?" "Yas; ye see, I don' think et's good manners fur ye ter e settin 'up thar at yer ease w'ile we fellers hev ter stan'." "It does seem rather hard, doesn't it." upon and crushed by the In alighting Dick was overbalanced, and fell, and be fore he could leap to his feet tlie men had pounced upon him, and although he struggled fiercely, he could not do


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." anything, and was soon a prisoner, his arms being bound the fellow handed over to Black John, who pocketed t behind his back. with an air of satisfaction. CHAPTER II. LIVELY TIMES. ,:' : l "Thort ye'd get erway, didn' ye?" grinned Black John, when Dick was a prisoner, and standing helpless in their midst. "I didn't know whether I could make it or not," was the rk too much, ymmg foeller." "But you said I would have to pay for--" "I meant thet we would take pay fur thet outer yer hide -d'ye unnerstan' ?" "Oh, yes, I understand what you mean by that." "Uv course ye do." "I don't see why you lay up against me what was done by the horse, though." "Isn't there enough there to pay for the injuries to y men, John?" asked Dick. "jfo," was the reply; "munny won't pay thet. W n got ter punish ye in sum way fur thet." Then the who had searched Dick's pockets w through the saddle-bags, and found nothing there s some old clothing, which were in one of the bags, and so food, which was in the other. "We kin eat ther grub," grinned Black John; "31 mebby ther duds'll fit sum uv ther men." The clothing was opened out, and was found to be a s of Continental blue, whereat a great growl of rage went from the men. "He mu s be er cussed rebel, cap'n grow led one. "An' er spy, like ez not!" from another. Mutterings went around from mouth to mouth, and Di very quickly realized that he was in the hands of enemi of the patriot cause. "They are and Tories," he said to himself; fear I am in for serious trouble if I don't exerciBe grel care." Black John pointed at the clothing, and looked searc ingly and accusingly at Dick. "Whut does thet meen ?" he asked. "What?" "That rebel clothing." "That?" "Yas." "Tber hoss wuzn't te:r et wuz ye." "Why) that's some that I got of a fellow three or fo "Well, that is so, come to think of it. What are you days ago." going to do with me?" "We hain't decided ez ter thet." "Well,.! wish you would hurry. I wish to continue my journey-though I don't see how I am to do it, now that you have shot my horse." "Oh, you won't need er hoss, my young frien'." "But I don't like to walk." "Wal, ye won' ter walk, neether, I think." "How'll I go, then?" "Ye won' go." "I won't?" "No." "Oh, I think I will." "Ob, you did?" "Yes." "An' ye claim thet et hain't your'n ?" "It is now." "An' yer er rebel, bey?" "Oh, no." "Oh, yas !" "Not at all." "Then what did you want with the uniform?" "l traded with the fellow. He wanted a suit of citize clothing like mine, and insisted on trading, and fina he me some money to boot, and I took him up." "So thet's et, hey?" '\I think ye won't. Jim, s'arch ther cuss's pockets." "It is." One of the men stepped forward and proceeded to go "Wal-I don' berleeve et." through Dick's pockets. He didn't find much. There A murmur of approval went up from the men, showi were a few pieces of silver and gold, however, and these that they did not credit the story either.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." "You don't believe it?" "Not er bit uv et!" "It's the truth." "Bah!" "Oh, all right; if you don't want to believe me, you needn't do so." "I know thet; a.n' I berleeve thet ye air er bout ther biggest an' bes' liar I've seed in er long while." "Thanks for the compliment." "Oh, yer welcum But now, boys, whut shell we do with this heer rebel cuss?" "Tie 'im up ter er tree, cap'n, an' then let Mike an' me giv' 'im er good lickin' with h\ckory switches!" cried one. "You're a nice specimen, you are!" said Dick scornfully. "I suppose you will insist that I be tied good and tight. I would advise you to see that this is done, for should I manage tb get loose while you were at the work I would 1."ill you, as sure as anything can be." "Bah I hain't erfeerd u v ye "You're a liar I" "Becos yer er rebel, an' likely er spy, an ez we air loyal men, we couldn' think uv lettin' ye go." "Well, at any rate, don't tie me up to a tree and let '1 those two cowardly scoundrels whip me with switches. If they want revenge they can have it, but make them fight me to get it, as I have proposed." "Wal, thet's fa'r enuff fur them, I sh'd think," said Black John. "They'll be two ter wun, an' ef they kain't git revenge, then I sh'd say ez how they hain't entitled ter hav et." A murmur of approval went up from the men at this, and it was evident that the majority were eager to see the ,, contest. "And if they are not afraid, they will agree to meet me, instead of holding out to have me tied to a tree," added Dick: "Oh, we hain't erfeerd, hey Mike?" the fellow who had done most of the talking said. "No, we hain't erfeerd uv 'im," said the man addressed as Mike; "an' ez fur ez I'm consarned I'd ruther fight wid 'im than jes' ter larrup 'im with switches Et'll be more "W-whut's thet !" The reply had been .so prompt and lively-like, an' interestin'." forcible that the fellow hardly knew what to think or say. "I spoke plainly. I say you're a liar when you say you are not afraid of me." "Yer lyin' yerse'f when ye say ez how I'm erfeerd uv ye," he man retorted. "Oh, you think I am, do you?" "Yas." "Well, I am not." "Yas ye air I" "Let me see, you are one of the two fellows who was hurt by my horse, aren't you?" "Ye bet!" "And the reason you wish me tied up and whipped is your desire to have revenge?" "Thet's erbout et." "Well, I'll tell you what I'll do. I will agree to meet you and the other fellow who was bumped by the horse -meet you both at once, with fists or weapons, and give you a chance to get revenge on me. What do yon say?" The fellow looked around him in rather an undecided manner. i'If you don't accept the proposition, it will prO'Ve that you are afraid of me," added Dick. "Another thing: I wish it understood that if I whip the two of you I shall be permitted to go my way unmolested." "I kain't ergree ter thet," objected Black John. "Why not?" "Yes, I'll guarantee that I will make it interesting for you," said Dick, calmly, whereupon some of the outlaws snickered. The idea of this beardless youth making a fight that would be sufficient to interest the two big, burly men seemed to them to be ridiculous. "Oh, you don't believe it, eh?" smiled Dick. "Well, just free my arms, and form your ring; then turn the two men loose and see what happens." "Thet's jes' whut we'll do," said Black John, and soon Dick stood with arms free, but without any weapons on his person-bis belt of weapons had been removed-facing the two burly outlaws, who were regarding him with grins on their faces. The youth saw the grins and smiled.. "I judge that you two fellows think you are going to have a lot of fun with me?" he remarked. "Thet's jes' whut we're going ter do, young feller," declared one. "Ye bet!" from the other. "Well, I am sorry to have to inform you that you are destined to be disappointed, but strict c:onsideration for the truth makes it necessary that I should do so; then, too, I dislike to take unfair advantage of you. It would be much like standing idly by and permitting a blind man to walk up against a circular saw." "Oh, I reckon ye think ye air a mighty good man, hey?" said one in a growl.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." "That's it; that's it, exactly. I am the best man that ever set foot in these parts, and I wish you two to under I stand it before we get to work; then you can't say that I took an unfair advantage of you." "Haw, haw, haw!" roared the outlaws, who stood in a circle, surrounding the combatants-to-be. "Oh, say, yer mighty kind, young feller!" remarked the man called Mike; "but I guess yer warnin' hain't needed. We kin take keer uv ourselves." "You think you can?" "We're shore uv et__;hey, Jim?" "Y as the other said with a leer. "Very good; then I guess we might as well get to work. I didn't want you to have any hard feelings against me when it was over, and say that I had inveigled you into the affair." ''Haw, haw, haw!" roared Black John. "Say, ef ye kin fight ha'f ez good ez ye try ter make out thet ye kin, ye'll be able ter make et lively fur ther boys. But I don't ber leeve ye kin." "I'll show you," said Dick quietly; "just start the trouble." "All right; go fur ther rebel cuss, boys !" The two outlaws rushed toward Dick with a roar of rage, intending to make quick work of the affair, but when they got to where the youth had been standing he wasn't there. He had evaded them with the greatest of ease, and they were two very much surprised men when they found that they had not succeeded in laying hands on the youth. Dick had dodged and ducked, and came up behind them, with a smile on his face, and as they whirled to again rush upon him, he dealt Mike a terrible blow in the face, knock ing him down as if he had been struck by a sledge-ham mer. Eager to avenge the fall of his comrade, Jim then dashed at Dick, uttering oaths with every breath, and h(' struck at the smiling face of his lively antagonist with all his might. He did not land, however, and the force of the blow swung him around. His side was toward Dick, and out shot the youth's fist. Crack! The iron-like fist of the youth caught the out law on the jaw with terrible force, and down he went, 1i:er thump By this time Mike had struggled to his feet, but he was a bit dazed, and not quite sure of his bearings. Before he could get everything straightened out to his satisfaction Dick stepped calmly forward and dealt him a terrible blow on the jaw, just underneath the ear. Mike dropped in his tracks, and lay still. Jim, too, still lay where he had fallen, and after a few moments t spectators realized that the fight was over. The beardless youth had thrashed both the outlaws, an they were really knocked out, insensible. CHAPTER III. ADRIFT ON A LOG. "Wal, thet beats enythin' I ever seen!" "Ye bet et does!" "I wouldn' hev berleeved. et posserble !" "Nur me. I thort et'd be more'n he c'u'd do ter li one uv 'em, ter say nothin' uv both!" Such were a few of the exclamations. The outlaws were amazed. They had expected that their two comrades would ha no difficulty in pounding the youth, but the shoe had b on the other foot-the two had got pounded. "Say, how did ye l'arn ter hit so hard?" asked Bla John, with no little show of interest. "Oh, that is an easy thing to do," replied Dick. "Is et?" "Yes; all you have to do is to know ltow." "Ye gotter hev consider'ble strength, too, hain't ye? "Oh, yes; but 'most every one has sufficient strength, i they know how to use it." "Humph. I dunno 'bout thet." "It's the truth just the same; and now I think you oug to permit me to go on my way." "Ye do, hey?" "Yes." "We couldn' think uv doin' et." "Why not?" "'Cos yer er rebel." 1 I have told you that I am not." "I know ye hev." "Then why not let me go?" "Cos I don' beleeve yer story." "What reason have you for not believing it?" "Common sense tells me et hain't so.. Ef ye wuzn't rebel ye wouldn' be goin' aroun' wiFh er rebel uniform yer saddle-bags." "I t.Jld you how those came to be in my possession." "An' I tell ye we don' take enny chances on thet bein' so." "What are you going to do with me then?"


THE LIBEl-n .i_ BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." "Thet's ter be settled." "I'll tell ye whut et boys; this heer young feller may "All right; but I wish you would hurry and settle it." be er rebel-in fack I'm conferdent he is-but he's sech a "Oh, we'll git ter that soon enuff ter suit ye, I reckon," all-fired brave feller thet et seems er pitty ter hang er ith a leer. shoot 'im." By this time Mike and Jim were showing signs of re rning consciousness, and presently they sat up and ooked around them in a wondering manner. "Whar am I?" asked Jim. "Whut's happened?" growled Mike. "You fellows got struck by a hurricane." "Ye tackled er lion an' got chawed up." "Er tree fell onter ye." "Y e've be'n ersleep." "How d'ye feel, ennyway?" Such were a few of the remarks, spoken ironically for the most part, and presently the eyes of the two fell on Dick, and it all came back to them. "An' so do I," from Jim; "we wuz tryin' ter knock ther ead off'n thet young cuss's shoulders, an'--" "I reckermember ne>w,'' growled Mike. "Got your own very nearly knocked off, instead," said Dick, with a smile. "That's right!" in a chorus. Thus spoke the members of the band, Mike and Jim being :ibout the only ones who did not seem eager to per mit Dick to have a chance for his life. Doubtless they would have been glad to see him hung, and help pull up on the rope. "Seein' ez how ther mos' uv ye think ez I do in this heer matter," went on Black John, "I'll tell ye whut I've thort would be er good plan, an' thet is ter do ez wun uv ye menshunned er leetle while ergo-tie 'im ter er log an' send 'im floatin' on er v'yage down ther river. All in favor uv doin' thet say "I-I-I!" rang out the chQrus. "All erg' inst ther plan, say 'No'." "No I" from Mike and Jim in chorus. "Ther 'I's' hev et," said Blaok John; "so tbet's whut we're goin' ter do with ye, young feller." "Tie me to a log and set me afloat on the river, eh?" "Yas." The two felt of their jaws in a most gingerly fashion. "I guess ez how't thet's erbout ther trooth, jedgin' frum "All right; I would prefer that to being shot or hanged, ther way my jaw feels," growled Mike. "An' mine," from Jim, "feels ez ef er mule hed kicked though of course I think you ought to let me go free." "We couldn' trunk uv doin' thet." e, an' thet's ther trooth." The outlaws lost no time in putting their nlan in execu-"Get up, ye two," ordered Black John; "ye've played aby long enuff. We's got sum bizness ter tend ter." ti on. They made their way down ta the water's edge, with Dick The two scrambled slowly to their feet. "You might ask the gentlemen if they are satisfied, in their midst, and search was made for a log suitable for Black John," suggested Dick; "if they are not, I stand their purpose. ready to give them satisfaction." "Oh, I'm satersified, ye bet I" from Jim. "Me, too," from Mike. "I hain't er hog." "Very well," said Dick quietly. "I didn't want that ou should have it to say that I wasn't willing to afford ou full and ample satisfaction, for I am quite willing to do so." "We know ye air I" said with a grimace. "Yas, we know et," from Jim. "Now, boys, the question is, what shall we do with this fellow?" said Black John. "He is a rebel, I am confident. What shall his fate be?" "Rang 'im." "Shoot 'im." "Tie 'im ter er log an' float 'im orf down ther river." These were a few of the suggestions, and Black John was silent for a few minutes, pondering. Finally he said: One was soon found, and was rblled into the water. Next they placed Dick on the log, with his back to it, and tied him there securely with a long rope wruch was wound around the log and the youth's body, and tied. Then they gagged Dick, so that he would be unable to cry out for help. "Not thet I think theer is much danger uv ennybuddy heerin' ye ef ye sh'd call out," said Black John, "fur theer's mighty few settlers down ther river frum heer, but et is ez well ter make shore uv et by gaggin' ye." Then he gave the word, and the outlaws shoved the log out into tb.e river. The log moved slowly and sluggishly at first, as it had not yet reached the current, but presently it drifted out far enough so that the current got hold of it, and then it began to move more swiftly. 1I'he outlaws watched the log and its human freight


I THE LI.BERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." 6 =around a bend a quarter of a mile distant, and then almost as good a swimmer as I am myself. plunged into the timber and disappeared from view. r And Dick? He :was in imminent danger of being drowned, he thought, for he felt that at any moment the weight of his body :might cause the log to turn and he would be plunged underneath the water and held there. Nothing of the kind happened, however, and the youth then remembered that there were limbs reaching out at each side, and these kept the log steady and prevented it from rolling over Onward down the Roanoke River the youth floated. He wondered if anyone would see and rescue him. If what Black John had said was true there was not much likelihood that he would be rescued. Still, he would not give up hope. There was a chance that he wouid be seen and rescued. More than an hour had elapsed, and Dick was beginning to feel very uncomfortable, when he thought he heard a human voice. He intently, and presently heard it again. There was no mistake about it this time; it was a human voice, and it sounded very much like the voice of a girl. It was not the voice of a man, at any rate, decided Dick, and he did not believe it was that of a boy. As he had thought, it was a girl.' She stood on the bank of the river, shading her eyes with her hand and gazing him eagerly earnestly. Would she be able to see that he was a human being? Presently the girl stooped, and seemed to be occupying herself untying shoe-strings-at least this was what Dick thought she was doing. "Can it be possible that she is going to try to swim out io the log?" Dick asked himself. Could she, a mere girl, swim? He did not know, but he hoped that such might prove to be the case. all right, and I will be freed from this unpleasant predi ment." and closer came the girl. Soon she was within a few yards of him, and Dick, w was watching her closely and eagerly, said to himself the sunburned and slightly freckled face of the girl wa very pretty. But then it was the face of a deliverer, whi may have made it look prettier to him than it otherwli might have done. "Goodness exclaimed the girl as she drew near; "it a man l And he's tied tight and fast, and gagged! Thi is terrible She on till she was right beside the log, and then ;,he saw Dick's eyes fastened upon her face in gratitude a admiration, she blushed. "I have no k:nifQ with wliich to cut the ropes bindi you," she said, "so will guide the log in to the shore, an then set you free." 'l'he youth nodded as best he covld, and the girl at on began the somewhat difficult task of pushing the log in the shore. It was slow work, but she :finally succeeded, and whe she shallow water she walked to the shore, pull ing the log after her. Then she proceeded to free Dick, her first act being to r move the gag. "Thank you!" mumbled Dick. He had been gagged Jong that he could not speak plainly-could scarcely spea at all "Who has done this?" the girl asked, as she worked awa :it the ropes binding the youth to the log. "Some scoundrels, whose leader called himself Blac John," Dick managed to reply, his tongue having begun t feel more limber and normal-like. "Black John's band?" exclaimed the girl; "they are ba men." "Yes, she is going to enter the water!" Dick exclaimed "You are right, miss; they are bad men, sure enough to himself, presently, as he saw the girl walk down to the and I shall try to even up matters with them for this af water's edge and enter. The girl waded slowly in till the water was up almost to her neck, and then began swimming. Djck watched her closely and anxiously, for he feared that she might not be equal to the task, it being at least two hundred yards from the shore to the log. He was quickly reassured, however. The girl swam strongly and confidently. She was undoubtedly a good swimmer fair, one of these days!" "Why did they do this?" "They accused me of being a rebel." "Ah, that accounts for it. They are Tories." "Yes, and outlaws as well, I should judge." .. "You are right, sir; they rob the people right and feft.' "So I judged." "How long have you been in the water, sir?" "About an hour, I guess; though it seemed longer th "Jove! that girl is all right!" thought Dick; "she is that, owing to the uncomfortableness of my position."


I I 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." "-"That is easily understood." I where it was sticking in the muddy bank, and lifted a The girl worked rapidly, and five minutes later had sueof :fish which would have gladdened the heart of any one ded in freeing Dick, who was so stiff and cramped in his fond of piscatorial sport. in ts that he was unable to stltnd unaided. The girl had "So that i's what you were doing here the river?" steady him, and render him assistance as he walked up remarked Dick, with a smile. to the shore. Here he took up a position against a "Yes, sfr." ee, and rubbed his arms and legs until he got the blood circulating again, and then after he had taken a few "Let me carry the :fish, Miss Mary." The. girl handed them to him, and then drew her line lrD.s up and down the shore a distance of a few yards he from the water, and winding it around the stick which as all right. I "There," he said in a tone of great satisfaction; "I'm as od as new again. Miss, I thank you sincerely for what she used for a pole, she went with the youth, guiding him through the timber Both were thoroughly soaked, but as the weather was tm have done for me." warm, they were not very uncomfortable "I do not wish any thanks, sir," with a smile and blush. ,,A walk of :fifteen minutes brought them to a log house am very glad that I happened to be here, and so was standing in the midst of 'the timber, and as they approached riabled to render you assistance." the house the door opened and a young man of about Dick's & "Well, you may be sure that I am glad. By the way, age stepped out, and seated himself on a rude bench on iss, what is your name?" the porch. "Mary Morgan, sir; and yours?" "Hello, Sis!" he exclaimed. "Did. one of those fish jerh: "My name is Dick S'later." you into the river?" The girl started, and looked at Dick searchingly and "That's Tom," said the girl in a low tone to Dick, and "th considerable interest. then aloud she called out: "Are you the Dick Slater who has made such a reputa"No, I didn't get jerked into the river, Tom; I entered on ip. the North with his company of 'Liberty Boys' ?" she it of my own accord." Then as they reached the porch, she ked. went on: "Tom, this is Mr. Dick Slater, captain of 'The "Yes, Miss Mary; at any rate I am the Dick Slater wh9 Liberty Boys of '76,' of whom I have heard you speak so the captain of the 'Liberty Boys'." often." "I am glad to know you, Mr. Slater," extending her ump little hand, which Dick grasped and pressed warm. "I have heard brother Tom speak of you many times. 'ou Tom is in the patriot army, is a member of a irginia regiment, and ne is just now at home on a fur gh, he having been wounded." The young man was pale, and his left arm was in a s ling, but he was a bright, handsome-looking fellow, and h e leaped to his feet in excitement. "What's that!" he cried, eyeing Dick searchingly; "y. ou don't mean that, do you, Mary?" 0 "Ah, that's the way you heard of me, is it?" "Yes, Tom; this is Mr. Slater, and he was set upon by Black John's band, and after they had shot his horse and "Yes, sir." tak e n hi s weapons and money,.they tied him to a log, and "Well, I shall be glad to make the acquaintance of your set him adrift in the river. I saw him floating along, and other Tom. He is at your home now, you say?" s w a m out and pushed the log ashore and freed him." the young man, offering his hand. "Yes, sir." f-"How far is it :from here?" "Well, well! I am glad to meet you, Yr. Slater!" cried "About a mile." "And I am glad to meet you, Mr. Morgan,'' replied "If you have no objections, I shall be glad to accomDick, seizing the hand and shaking it heartily. "Your y you to your home." "I shall be glad to have you come, sir," was the reply, b.d the look on the girl's face proved that she meant it. "Very well; you see, I have lost my horse-those scoun-els shot him-and my weapons, and must get some more ?apons before proceeding further on my vray." m. "Wait just a moment," said the girl, and stepping to edge of the water, she pulled a forked stick out from sister has told me th&,t you are a patriot soldier, home on account of a wound." "Yes, I got a musket-ball through my arm, and can't hold a musket, so had to come home for awhile. Well, come in the house and see mother. Father isn't at home." "Where is he, Tom?" asked Mary. "He went to Halifax after some groceries." Halifax was a small cluster of houses hardly worthy the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." 10. ..J of a 1vihage, about two miles away, on the river, so. "Where are your 'Liberty Boys,' Mr. Slater?" ask Tom explained. Tom. "Why, Mary Morgan!" exclaimed the girl's mother as "Call me Dick, Tom," said the "Liberty Boy." they entered the house, "where have you been, and how "All right, Dick," was the prompt reply. did you get so wet?" "Good! My 'Liberty Boys,' Tom, are about five "In the river, mother," with a merry laugh. back on the road. They went into camp, and will rema "In the river I" there until I get back. I came on ahead to do so "Yes," and then the girl explained, and Tom broke in scouting." with: "This is Dick Slater, mother, of whom you've heard "So that is it?" me speak lots of times. He's the captain of 'Liberty Boys,' "Yes; you see, we heard rumors that Cornwallis ai you know." the British were advancing toward the Virginia line, ai "Yes, I've heard you speak of Dick Slater quite often, we wish to find out whether or not it is the case." Tom," with a smile, and then the woman shook Dick's hand "Ah, I see; do you think there is any truth in the l'1 heartily. mor ?" ''I'll go and put on dry clothing, mother, and then I'll "I don't know. I hadn't secured any information up 1 come back and clean the fish for supper," said Mary, the time Black John's band captured me, and of course th: she hastened away. put a stop to my reconnoitering." "Say, you're about my size," said Tom; "come to my "Yes, but, say, Dick, this will be a good place for you room and you can have a suit of mine to put on whil e stay while making your scouting expeditions." your own is drying." "Thank you, Tom," said Dick. "I will feel better with a dry suit on, I am sure." The two went upstairs to Tom's room, and Dick doffed hi s wet clothing and donned dry. "There, I feel like a new man," he said with a sigh of satisfaction. "I don't doubt it," agreed Tom. "If I only had my weapons, now, I would be all :right, Tom." "I have some extra pistols and knives, Dick. You shall have some of them, if you wish "Thank you I shall be very glad to accept of them, for I feel li)\:e a fis h out of water without my weapons." Tom opened a chest at one side of the room and drew forth two pistols and a knife, also a belt. These he handed to Dick. "Here is ammunition, also," he said. "Now take as much as you want." The youth did so, and soon had the pistols loaded, and "Do you think so?" "Yes; if the British are coming northward with a vie to entecing Virginia, they will come by the road whic leads through Halifax, I am certain." "And how far is it from your house to that road?" "Only half a mile." "Ah, that will be convenient to reach from here." "Yes; if you will bring your 'Liberty Boys' here we wi be glad to furnish you with provisions for them, and the i i s no better place for camping purposes anywhere aroun here, as we have a splendid spring h e re, which furnishl plenty of water." "Then I shall take advantage of your offer. and do 1 you suggest. I will start for camp at once." "You must wait till after supper, Dick. You are hm gry, are you not?" "Well, I am, come to think of it." "So I judged; wait till after supper, and then you ca have one of our horses, and it won't take you very long 1 reach the point where your 'Liberty Boys' are encamped placed in a belt, also the gift of Tom. "True, and that will suit me better than walking." "You are a friend indeed, Tom, my boy!" said Dick. "I 'fhe youth remained to supper, and ate heartily. TJ shall not soon forget the kindness of yourself and sister." fish was fine, and there was venison besides, which w1 "Oh, that' s all right," with a smile; "we are glad of good, and plenty of good bread and coffee. Dick enjoye the chance to do something for you." the meal very much, and while eating he and Tom ei They now made their way downstairs and to the sitplained what had been decided upon. Mary was delighte1 ting-room. A glance into the kitchen showed them that but Mrs. Morgan looked grave. Mary was there, engaged in the work of dressing the fish. "I'm afraid that the presence of a force of patriots he1 1 "Come out on the porch; it is more pleasant out there," may get us into trouble, Tom," she said. said Tom, and they went out and sat down. "It'll be more likely to keep us from getting into troublt'


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." other,'' said Tom. "You see, if the under Corn allis really are coming through part of the country, hey will send out foraging parties constantly, and they would steal everything we have, and perhaps murder us, [,if not interfered with. With the 'Liberty Boys' near at hand they would not be allowed to do it." from the log when I was drifting down the river, and now if I can save her father from hanging at the hands of these villains I will come near evening up the score." While drawing his pistols and getting ready to take a hand in affairs, Dick listened to the conversation which was going on between the leader of the band and the man "Your son is right, I think, Mrs. Morgan," said Dick; on hoTseback. "if I was not sure that such is the case I would not for At first Dick had thought that this was Black John's one moment think of coming here with my 'Liberty Boys,' band, but closer inspection showed him that it .was not. for I would not for the world do anything to cause you "It is just about such another gang, though, I am con folks to be endangered, after what Miss Mary and the fident," he said, ''and if I can kill one or two of them it rest have done for me." will be no loss. I hope that I may be to put them to "Oh, I am sure of that, Mr. Slater," the woman hasflight. Thft odds are against me, but by taking them to say. "I just spoke as the affair happened to strike unawar e s I may be able to accomplish my purpose. If I me. I see now that your: idea is the correct one." can frighten them away for a few moments, just long "And if the British come foraging around here they will enough to permit me to free the man, it will be all right." run against a snag!" cried Tom. The leader of the band, Dick learned by listening to the Mr. Morgan had not yet returned from Halifax when t a lk was a Tory, and was trying to get the prisoner to the meal was ended, and Dick did not wait to meet him. take the oath of allegiance to the king. In speaking to Tom and he went to the stable, and the youth bridled and the pri s oner the fellow called him "Joe Morgan,'' so Dick saddled a horse, and took his departure, promising to be knew the man really was Mary's father. back just as soon as possible. "I must rescue him," he said to himself. "I owe it to Tom had given him directions how to reach the road he Mary, and I will rescue him, or die trying." had been on when captured by Black John's band, and It was evident to Dick that the man did not intend to once there he would have no difficulty in finding his way take the oath. "He has good backbone," the youth said, back to the encampment. admiringly. "He is foolish in not taking the oath, how-Dick had reached the main road leading toward Halifax, e ver, and thus making sure of s aving his life, for an oath, and had proceeded along it nearly a mile when he sudt o s uch scoundrels, and obtained under such circumstances, denly came upon an unusual scene on rounding a bend in woul d not be binding. If I was in his place, and thought the road. th e r e was no help near, I would take the oath, and then I CHAPTER IV BL.A.CK JOE;N .A.GAIN. would make it my especial bu s iness to hunt the scoundrels down and exterminate the band." I Seeing that the &fl'air nearing a climax, Dick made up his mind to act. Jus t as the leader of the band of Tories was about to give the order for his men to lead the horse out from under its owner-which would have left him hanging at A man was seated on the back of a horse and surroundth e end of the rope-Dick urged his horse forward at a ing both was a party of men numbering eight, according to gallop, and giving vent to a loud yell, fired once, twice into Dick's count. The man s hands were bound together be-the crowd. hind his back, and around his neck was a rope, one end of Coming so unexpectedly, the Tories were startled, and which was thrown over a limb-the horse standing under then, too, one of their number was killed by one of the a giant tree at the rGadside. bullets, and another was wounded, and they took to their It was dusk, but not so dark but that Dick could see what heels, darting in among the trees. was going on quite plainly. "Quick; ride homeward as fast as you can I" cried Dick A thought came to him instantly, and that was that fois as he threw the noose off the man's neck and cut the rope man might be Mr. Morgan. binding his arms.' ''In that case, I may be able to repay Miss Mary for "Who are you?" the man cried, in surprise. "'.hat she did for me," thought Dick; "she freed me I am one who is your friend, Joe Morgan, so do as I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." tell you and ask no more questions. Tell your folks when you get home that Dick Slater saved you from the bands of the T,ories, and then they will explain all to you." "Ver"i/ well. will do so, but I don't understand--" "Nor is there time for explanations The Tories will be right back again in a few moments, eager for revenge. Hasten and make your way to your home. Good-bye/' and Tom lifted the bar down, and Opned the door, and handsome youth of perhaps twenty years entered. He was a neighbor boy, and was greted cordially by tbl f members of the Morgan family, Mary's greeting being a bi warmer than what would have been expected of a mer(Q friend, while there was a blush on her cheek and a peculiar happy light in her eyes which would have told the close ob Dick rode onward at a gallop. sever that she was very, very glad to see Dick Willis. n Mr. Morgan recognized the fact that the young stranger "What's the news you said you bad for us, Dick?" aske bad given him good advice, and urged his horse to a Tom. gallop, and rode onward till he reached his home. "Black John's band is coming here!" He put his horse in the stable, and then went to the house. He told his folks the story of his capture by a band "What!" "Black John's band coming here?" l of Tories under the leadership of a man known as "Red" "Why is it coming here, Dick?" Rodney, owing to his red hair and beard, and when he Such were the exclamations from the members of th told of how he bad been rescued by a young man who said Morgan household. his name was Dick Slater, exclamations escaped his hear-"I heard them talking; I was out in the timber, hunting ers. and happened upon them, and managed to get close enough "Oh, did Dick-Mr. Slater save you from Red Rodney, to hear what was said without their knowing I was in th father?" exclaimed Mary. vicinity, and I heard them say that they were going to com "He is the boy who can do such work!" from Tom. here some time to-night and make you, Mr. Morgan, tak "I am glad he happened along just at the right time!" lhe oath of allegiance to the king." from Mrs. Morgan. "You know him, then?" Mr. Morgan said in surprise. "Yes, father,'! replied Mary, and then they explained, Mary telling how she saved Dick Slater from possible "So that's what they are going to try to do, is it?" the man rcm arked, grimly. "Yes; at least, that is what they said." "That will be the second gang, to-night, that bas tried death by rescuing him from his position on the log, after to make me take the oath." having been set drifting down the stream by the outlaws. "Is that so?" asked Dick in surprise. "Well, well! But be said you would explain." "Yes," and then Mr. Morgan explained. "Yes; and he is going to bring bis 'Liberty Boys' here, "Well, I hope Black John will put off coming here till father," said Tom. "He bas gone after them." after Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" get here," said "Well, to tell the truth, I shall be rather glad to have rom him and his 'Liberty Boys' here, Tom. What with the two "Dick Slater and his 'Liberty Boys'?" remarked Dick bands of Tory outlaws-Black John's and Red Rodney's-Willis, inquiringly. and the coming of the British under Cornwallis, we are likely to have lively times in these parts before long." "Then you think it is really true that the British are coming, father?" asked Tom. "Yes.." "Who are they?" Tom hastened to explain, and when Dick learned that there would be plenty of help there for Mr. Morgan's folks "It is so reported at Halifax, Tom." he was delighted. He was deeply in love with Mary, and "Well, as you say, then, there is going to be lively work bad feared that she might be forced to see her father around here before long." Mr. Morgan sat up to the table and ate his supper, and bad just flnished when there came the sound of a knock on the door. "Who is there?" called out Tom. "It is me, Tom," came back the reply. "Is it you, Dick Willis?" "Yes; open the door and let me in. I have some in formation for you. and even murdered by the Tories. Dick Willis remained there two hours, at least, talking, and when at last be rose to take his leave be gave a start, and, placing bis bana to his ear, listened. "I hear the sound of footsteps !" be said in a low voice. i'I have no doubt it is Black John's band. Had you not better put out the light?" This suggestion was acted upon at once, Mary blowing out the candle and leaTing them in darkness.


" hen they heard the footsteps plainly, and a few mo-me, a score of brave fellows, and we are not disposed to nts later there came a knock on the door. brook any nonsense on your part; so the best thing you Mr. Morgan thought it best to not let on that he heard can do is to open the door." first, so he made no reply. There was a brief silence, and then there came the knock ce more. Rat-tat-tat! Still Mr. Morgan made no reply. He wished to make the J>ries think that the members of the household were in d and asleep. Rat-tat-tat-tat! The rapping was louder this time, and following it came loud voice, which called out: "Hello, in there! Hello, I say I" ''Hello, yourself!" retorted Mr. Morgan, who felt that e time had come to say something. "Oho, ye' re not all dead in there, after all, hey?" came r k in ironical tones. h 'No, but we were asleep." 'Asleep, hey?" "Yes; what do you mean by coming here and rousing up est people in this fashion?" mean business, friend Morgan, as you will soon find e "Who are you?" 'Who am I?" "Yes." 'D'ye really want to know?" I don t care particularly about it; if you will just off about your business and let me go to sleep again, I 1 not insist on an answer to the question, for I don't "Oh, you don't, hey?" "You must delay them as long as possible, father," whis pered Tom; "so as to give Dick Slater and his 'Liberty Boys' time to get here." "Yes, Tom," whispered bis father in reply. Aloud he said, in answer to Black J obn's last words: "I don't see why I should open the door; I have no de sire to see you or have anything to do with you." "Oh, you haven't, hey?" "No." "Well, we have a very strong desire to see you, and have a talk with you." "Why so?" "That does not matter; open the door, and then we will explain fully." "I don t think I shall do anything of the kind," said Mr. Morgan. "You mean to say that you refuse to open the door?" The tone was angry and threatening. "Yes." "You are very foolish." "I don't think so." "I know so; if you don't open the door we will break it down." "You would not dare do that." "Bah! you don't know Black John if you he would not dare do anything he makes up his mind to do." "But why are you so anxious to see and talk to me?" "That I will explain, just as soon as you open the door." "Explain it now, and then if I think your business with me is of sufficient importance I will open the door." "Well; I rather ough with you. "I know my business is of importance, so I command think you will care, before we get y ou to open the door at once." I will just inform you that I am "See h e re, Bla c k John; why not be reasonable?" r "We want you!" "Me?" "Yes; so open up the door at once." t "Why should I do that?" "Because I say so." e. "I do not see that' r am bound to obey you." l t "You will see it, readily enough, I reckon." I 'I don't think so." 1 g (You will when I tell you that all my men here with "Reasonable. How?" "Why; by telling me why you wish to see me." "I don't like that way of doing. When I talk busines$1 to a man I don't want it to be through a door." "Well, it will suit me to have it that way, so go ahead and explain your business." "I won't do it! For the last time, Joe M<;>rgan, open the door !Y' "See here, Black John," said Mr. Morgan, warningly; "if you break my door down it will be bad for you." "Bah! What will happen?" "Considerable." "What, for instance?'' J i I


J.4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "Well, you and some of your men will get hurt." "Oh, we will, hey?" "Yes." "You don't mean to say that you will show fight?" "That is just what I mean." "You will be the biggest kind fool if you do that." "Why so?" "Because we will kill every one of you if you so much as give one of us a scratch-wound." "Perhaps you will, and perhaps you won't. There are more of us in here than you think." "Bah! how many are there of you?" "You will find out if you break the door down." "There is nobody there extra save your boy, Tom, and he is wounded." "You will find that you are mistaken. I would advise you to go about your business, if you have any, and let me alone." "My business just now is to make you open the door and show yourself, friend Morgan." "GOING IT BLIND." there an hour after parting from Mr. Morgan, an greeted joyously by the youths. "We thought you had been captured, Dick!" said Estabrook, Dick's dearest and best friend. "Or that you had got lost," from Mark Morrison. "I didn't get lost, but I did get captured," said Di This excited the youths at once, and they uttere clamations. "You were captured?" "Who by?" "Were your captors redcoats?" "Tell us about it, Dick." "All right, I will," and then Dick went a:tiead and the story of his capture by Black John's band, and ho had been sent :floating down the Roanoke River on a and how he had been rescued by Mary Morgan. The youths listened with great attention and cons able excitement, and uttered exclamations occasionall "Jove, you had a narrow escape, didn't you!" excla Bob, when Dick bad finished. "That I refuse to do." "Yes, it wasn't a pleasant experience,'' agreed "All right, then; come, boys, lend me the use of your I "but for Mary Morgan I might have lost my life." shoulders here'. We will soon burst this door down." "True; she is the right kind of a girl!" cried Mr. Morgan had kept the outlaws waiting for quite a Sanderson. while, but felt that it would be impossible to do so longer, "And now," Slid Dick, "we will break camp and and so he whispered to his wife and daughter to go upstairS, our way over to Mr. Morgan's house. It will be a and told Tom and Dick to have their weapons in readi ness. "Fire the instant the door falls!" he instructed them, "and shoot to kill." The youths repli:d that they would, and Mary, like the brave girl that she was, said that she would stay and help fight the outla'?. "I have a pair of pistols," she said, "and as you all know, I know how to use them. I will stay and help you repel the scoundrels." "You must run upstairs immediately after firing the two shots, Mary," said her father, and she promised to do so. Suddenly they were startled by the sound of musketshots, follow ea by yells and curses.._the latter coming from Black John and his men undoubtedly. F11llowing this sounded the patter of running feet. CHAPTER V. place to camp, and they have promised me provision all." "That will be all right," said Bob. "Yes, and we will be close to the road leading thr Halifax, the village on the river, through which the B will pass in going up into Virginia, and it will give good opportunity for keeping watch." The ''Liberty Boys" proceeded to break camp at and in a short time were ready to start. Dick took the as he knew the way, and they steadily for an hour. "We are almost there," said Dick, and the youths glad to hear this, for they were beginning to feel sleep Presently they came in sight of house, and as moon was shining they caught sight'of the band of standing in front of the door. "I'll wager that is Black John's band!" said Dick, the youths had come to a halt in abeyance to a signal f him. "If such is the case, we will ride down upcin t and give them a volley, for they cannot be here for DICK WILLIS .A. PRISONER. good." Dick did not have much difficulty in finding his way to I He leaped to the ground and stole forward to the y where his "Liberty Boys" were encamped. He arrived fence, and aftoc reconnoitering and listening a few n


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." es, returned with the information that it was indeed I There was plenty of grass for the horses in the timber near lack John's band. at band, and the trees in the lot would furnish the youths. Mounting his horse he said: "Follow me, and when you all the shade they could desire et to the fence give the scoundrels a volley! "This will do nicely," said Dick, and he sent Tom back Forward the youths rode at a walk, for they wished to tu show the "Liberty Boys" h'" to reach the spot. ke the enemy by surprise One of the outlaws happened Ten minutes later the youths were hard at work, going catch sight of them just before they reached the fence, into camp, and half an hour later they were as much at owever, and gave the alarm, the scoundrels suddenly scathome as if they had been there a week. ering and starting to run "Fire!" cried Dick, and the "Liberty Boys" obeyed Crash-roar! the volley rang out, and although it was vident that several of the outlaws were wounded, not one as killed. The youths had fired while their horses were in otion, which had made their aim uncertain; and, too, the Dick stationed sentinels, and then told Tom he might as well go to the house and to bed. "Tell your folks to go to sleep, and fear nothing," he said. "If Black John and his band, or Red Rodney and his gang come fooling around, they will meet with a recep tion that will effectually discourage them from ever atutlaws were leaping hither and thither, and running, and tempting it again ." his made it a difficult matter to fire to good advantage. "All right, and thank you, Dick. Jove! I don't know The outlaws quickly disappeared, and the "Libert) ; what might have been the result had you not come and oys" proceeded to dismount, Dick hastening to the house, put Black John's band to flight. We could have killed a he door of which opened as be reached it. few of the scp-qndrels, but they were too many for us, and "I knew it was you," said Tom Morgan; "you got here we would soon have been at their mercy." ust in time, Dick." "Well, you will be in no danger from them again so long "I judge that you are right, Tom," was the reply; "what as we remain here ." d Black John's band want?" Tom made his way to the house, and told his folks what "They wanted me to open door and come out where Dick had said. ey could see me," said Mr. Morgan. "I think that they "That makes ni.e feel much easier in mind," said Mrs. ntended to try to make me take the oath of allegiance to Morgan. "I hope that Dick Slater and his 'Liberty Boys' he king, or kill me." may remain long enough to break up the two bands of "Well, I'll tell you what I would do, if pinned down Tories and scatter the members in every direction." o it again, as you were when I came upon you a few "It would be better to kill the villains," said Tom, "an.d ours ago, Mr. Morgan," said Dick; "l would take the oath the 'Liberty Boys' hesitate to do it, either, if the ithout any hesitancy, making a mental reservation, and then I would make it my business to do all I could to get even with the scoundrels. An oath, taken under such circumstances, and administered by such arrant scoundrels, should not be held binding at all." scoundrels come fooling around here again." Dick Willis, who had remained in order to talk to Mary, now bade them good-night and took his departure, being cautioned by Mary to keep a sharp lookout as he went. "If those villains should get hold of you they might mur"True," agreed Mr Morgan; "but I hate to give in to der you, Dick!" she said nervously. such villains." "Perhaps it would be best for you to stay all night, "It would .be better to do so than to let them take your Dick," said Mr. Morgan. life, sir; more especially as you could more than get even "Yes, stay, Dick," said Tom, but the youth shook his with them later on." head. "Well, I will take the oath next time rather than run "I hurried off without telling the folks where I was the risk of losing my life. By the way, are all your men bound for," he said, "and if I should not return they would on hand now, Mr. Slater?" "Yes, sir; we are all here." "Good! You may camp wherever you choose." "Come with me, Dick," said Tom; "I will show you the best place in the world for a camp." Tom led the way to a point back of the barnyard, to a little pasture-lot, in which grew numerous large trees. be uneasy." "Well, do be very, very careful, Dick, and don't let those terrible men get hold of you," said Mary, and Dick laughingly said that he would not. Then he took his departure, and had made his way thtough the timber a distance of nearly half a mile when of a sudden he found himself surrounded by nearly a score


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." <>f dark forms. They had risen up almost as suddenly hands together behind his back, boys, and then bring 1 .as thought, and with almost absolute noiselessness. along." "Great Guns I I'm in fer it, I guess!" thought Dick The men obeyed the command, and Dick's Willis. "This is Black John's band !" tied together behind his hack, in spite of his protests He was right, and the :i;i.ext moment he found himself then he was hurried along in the midst of the Tories. lel eonfronted by the redoubtable Black John himself. They continued onward for more than half an 8 1 "You are Dick Willis, aren't you?" the outlaw asked, and then came to a cabin located in a deep ravine '\'l sternly. ran through the timber at this point. '

THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." I rd with his army, and will be in this part of the country I "Yes. She says they were not much alarmed that he n." had not come home at first, but when breakfast time came "So we've heerd." and still he had not come they got worried, and she came "Well, if that gang that attacked us to-night stays over to see if he was here." und here till the British get close we can go down and "Well, well; that is strange-his not reaching his home, the British about the party of rebels, and Cornwallis I mean." send a force up here and capture them." "So it is. I'll tell you what I think, Dick." "Thet'd be all right." "What?" "So it would, and it is just what we will try to bring "That he has been captured by Black John's band." ut." "Likely you are right, Tom." The prisoner, Dick Willis, heard all this, of course, and "I think so; and now the question is, What shall we thought that if he could only escape, he would carry the do ?" !formation regarding this matter to Dick Slater, who then be enabled to defeat Black John's plans. "Why, as he is a friend of your family, and I am in debted to your folks-especially to your sister, who is, so I "I fear it will be a difficult matter to free myself, how-judge, the young man's sweetheart-I shall make it my r," the youth thought. "I am bound, and there will ays be some of the scoundrels around in all likelihood." However, he did not give up to a feeling of despair. He a brave young fellow, and was determined to watch his :ances and make an effort to escape at the first favorable ortunity. business to try to effect the young man's rescue." "Thank you, Dick. I'll go and tell the girls at once. It will relieve their minds." "I'll go with you, Tom." The two hastened to the house, where the girls were found, looking very pale and disturbed. Tom introduced Dick to Miss Nellie Willis, and then the young "Liberty Boy" proceeded to speak reassuringly to the perturbed maidens CHAPTER VI. SPYING. "I shall divide my 'Liberty Boys' up into parties of fif teen or twenty and send them out to hunt for the hiding place of the outlaws," he said; "and once found, we will quickly effect the rescue of your brother, Miss Willis." The "Liberty Boys" were early astir next morning, and er breakfast Dick began laying his plans. He sent a y of four of the youths over to the main road, with tructions to keep a sharp lookout for the coming of the i.tish army. hile he and Bob and two or three more of the youths e talking the matter over, Tom Morgan came running 'Ill the house, and called Dick to one side 'You remember the yoling fellow, Dick Willis, who was our house when you came last night, Dick?" he reked. Yes, what of him, Tom?" Dick asked, for he knew by 's looks that something had happened. Why, he left here soon after you went into camp, last t. He started for home, but he didn't get there!" He did not?" o." ow do you know?" is sister Nellie came over a. few minutes ago, and told h, that's how you know." "Oh, I hope and trust that you may: do 130! Mr, said the girl. : l.'::;; "Yes, indeed I" from Mary. "We will do the best we can, and I assure you that all the members of my company are expert woodsmen, and understand all the ins and outs of work such as they will be called upon to do. H the outlaws' hiding-place is within five miles of here we should be able to find it durinO' the b day." "Oh, I hope that you may succeed!" cried Nellie. "Yes, yes!" from Mary. "Well, rest easy," said Dick. "I think that we shall have good news for you before evening." 'l'hen Dick went back to the encampment and told the boys what he wished to do. He sent the four scouts over to keep watch on the main road for the coming of the Brit ish army, and left six in the encampment, and the re maini:ag members were divided up into searching parties of fifteen each. These parties at once set out, each going in a different cli' rection, and it wae understood that a messenger from each


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIXD." party was io return to the encampment every hour to him eagerly and questioningly. It was hard to tell the report progress. In this manner they would know if the that he had n.ot been successful, but it had to be don outlaws' hiding-place was found by either party, and all "There are five more parties searching, however, girls the other parties could proceed to the spot, when it would as you know, and one or the other of them may find th be an easy matter to force the Tories to surrender and outlaws' hiding-place. You must bear up and be brav effect the rescue of Dick Willis. Don't give way to a feeling of despai!, for I think som The parties of "Liberty Boys" made thorough work of of my men will be successful; and even if we fail to-da it, but up to noon had not succeeded in finding the hiding-we may succeed to-morrow." place of the outlaws. "But Dick may be---dead-to-morrow," faltered Nellie. "We'll keep right at it, however," said Dick to the girls, "I am confident that you need fear nothing of the sort, he having cotb.e back to the encampment of messengers at Miss Nellie," said Dick. "I can see no reason why they the noon hour. "I feel confident that we will discover would kill your brother." where Dick'is secreted before evening." Having said he could to comfort the girls, Dick "Oh, I hope so," breathed Nellie, who had gone home made his way to the main road, and .climbed the tree in to tell her folks the news and then returned. which two of his scouts were perched. "I pray that you .may succeed, Mr Slater," said Mary He reached a position beside the youths, and then looked "Oh, wouldn't it be terrible if-if--". She could get no toward the south. There, sure enough, toiling along, seem further, and broke down. ingly at a snail's pace, was what had the appearance of a "I don't think there is the least danger that they have long, writhing serpent of a scarlet hue. harmed him, Miss Mary," said Dick; "they are without "That is Cornwallis' army, sure enough," exclaimed doubt holding him a prisoner. I would not worry a mo-Dick. ment on that score, if I were you, for I have not the least "Yes," it's the British," agreed Mark Morrison, one of doubt that Dick is alive and well at this very moment." the scouts. "Ob, I am so glad to hear you say that!" "I shall wait till they go into camp, this evening, an The young commander of the "Liberty Boys" went back then I will find out as nearly as is possible how man to his party and the search was prosecuted with vigor until men Cornwallis has, and I will despatch a messenge nearly four o'clock, without having found any signs which to Lafayette with the information that the British reall would indicate the hiding-place of the Tories, and then the are coming North, and how many there are." messenger wiio had gone to the encampment to report "Yes, that will be a good plan, Dick. Then Lafayett brought Dick some important news. "The British are coming, Dick!" he said "ls that so?" the youth cried eagerly. "Yes, one of the scouts you stationed on the main road was at the encampment, and told me t,o tell you that they had sighted the British." "Good! I'm g}ad of that. I suppose they are quite a ways off yet." "Yes; he guessed them to be about eight miles awaythat is, the advance guard, which was what they saw, of course." The youth pondered a few minutes. will know what he will have to contend against." "Yes. But, Mark, I can't understand why Cornwalli,i is coming up here, when General Greene is Carolinas." "I don't understand that, either." "It is a very strange affair." "So it is; it may be, however, that Cornwallis has so deep plan in so doing." "That is possible, for be is a good general." "Yes." "And that makes it all the more necessary that I shoul get word to Lafayette as soon as possible, so that he ma "The British will just about go into camp somewhere in know just wha.t he will have to contend with." this vicinity," he said, finally; "well, I will put in another "Yes, and he may be able to secure some recruits w hour looking for the hiding-place of the outlaws, and then waiting for Cornwallis to put in an appearance," will come to the encampment and begin getting ready to "You are right." keep track of the British." Dick remained up in the tree for nearly an hour, an An hour later having failed to find the hiding-place of then, it being near supper time, and the British bei the Tory outlaws, Dick and his party returned to the enwithin a mile and a half of them, he descended and ma campment. He was sorry for the girls, who looked at hi:> way back to the "Liberty Boys" encampment.


THE At the Morgan home no news had been received regard ing Dick \Villis, and Nellie and Mary were looking very pale and troubled. Thud. The youth struck the sentinel a severe blow with the heavy pistol-butt, and the redcoat sank to the ground with "Don' t worry," said Dick to them. "Dick is alive and a gurgling groan which could not have been heard far. well, you may be sure. And we will find and rescue him Nevertheless Dick dropped to the ground with almost as sooner or later." much suddenness as had been the case with the redcoat, and The girls said they hoped that such would be the case, he crouched there for half a minute, listening. Then, but it was plain that they were greatly troubled by fears hearing nothing, he became satisfied that the redcoat's that he might not be found and rescued. groan had not been heard, and rising, he stepped to the The news that Cornwallis and his army was close at hand stricken man's side, and taking hold of his arms dragged was not very pleasing or reassuring to Mr. Morgan, for he him into the deep shadow of the trees. feared that it meant trouble for himself and family. The youth had decided upon his course, and did not hesiAll the searching parties came in just before dark, and tate. none of them had been successful. They had looked high He quickly removed the redcoat's outer clothing, and and low for the hiding-place of the outlaws, but had been then bound the fellow's arms and legs, and gagged him. unable to find it. This done, Dick doffed his o;vn outer clothing and "Never mind," said Dick to the girls. "We'll keep up donned the British un,iform Next he went back up the the search and will find the Tories' hidingroad a hundred yards, and concealed his clothing behind place sure a tree, where he knew he would be able to find it again. One of the scouts that had been left over at the main "Now, then, I am a full-fl.edged British soldier so far as road had brought the information that the British army looks go," the youth said to himself. "The next thing is to had gone into camp half a mile south of where the scouts enter the encampment." were in hiding, and as soon as it was dark Dick started This would be a very dangerous undertaking, but Dick to go on a reconnoitering tour. I did not hesitate. I He reached the main road, had a brief talk with the It would not be the first time he had taken his life in his scouts, and then stole away in the direction of the British encampment. "It will be dangerous venturing near their camp," he said to himself, "but this is as good an opportunity as I will have, without a doubt." 'l'he youth moved slowly and cautiously forward, for he did not know what moment he might run upon a British hands in the furtherance of the interests of the great cause. Forward he stole, until he was the edge of the tim ber, and only a few yards distant from the outer edge of the encampment. He paused here to make an observation. He saw that the camp was quite a large one, and judged that there must be quite a large sentinel. "I must :find out as nearly as is possible how many Nearer and nearer to the Th:itish lines he drew, and there are," he said to himself, "and if possible I must every few mome!ts he paused and listened earnestly, and find out what the intentions of the British are." strained his eyes to catch some glimpse of the enemy. After thinking the matter over he decided that the best Presently, when he was confident that he must be within course would be to walk boldly into the encampment, just a short distance of the British encampment, he heard the as if he were one of the soldiers who had wandered (')Ut footsteps of a sentinel, and just had time to crouch down behind some underbrush at the side of the road when he saw the sentinel appear from among the trees at the far ther side. The sentinel, as Dick saw, would pass within a couple of yards of where the "Libertx Boy" was hidden, and he made up his mind to attempt a bold scheme. As the sentinel passed Dick the youth rose to his feet, at the same instant drawing his pistol and reversing it so as to hold the weapon by the barrel, and crept close up behind the unsuspecting man. into the timber and was coming back. Having made his decision, Dick left his hiding-place and walked slowly and deliberately into the encampment. There were only two or three camp-fires, and these were so far apart that they did not light up a very large area, and so Dick was not exposed to light that would make discovery likely. In the darkness he would be taken for one of the soldiers. This was the way he reasoned, and the results proved that his judgment was good. No one did more than glance at him; none asked him any questions.


---.. u 1'1' .tlLLN lJ." i few were strolling about the encampment, and this here with the information? I hope not, for that might::: made it better for Dick, as he was not so noticeable a8 make it rather awkward for me." he otherwise would have been. "Well, sir, who, if I may ask, are you?" Dick heard thetJ He was very much on the alert however, :for he did sharp, incisive voice of General Cornwallis ask. not know what moment an accident might reveal the fact that he was not a British soldier, but a patriot spy. The youth wandered around, taking in everything with "My name is Bender, sir," was the reply, in a voice which Dick recognized. lE "It is Black John, the leader of the band of Tory out-n his keen eyes, and it did not take him long to decide which laws," said Dick to himself. "Now what does that scounof the several tents was occupied by General Cornwallis. drel want here?" He saw two or three men enter the tent in question, it being a very large one, and he decided that the men were officers and _that likely a council was being held. "Now, if I only get close up behind the tent and conceal myself, I would be able to hear everything that was said," thought Dick. "I will watch my chance a..pd make t):i.e attempt." CHAPTER VII. DISCOVERED. He was very deliberate in his movements, for he knew The man who had been ushered into the tent of Gen-tbat to appear hasty or nervous would be to attract atteneral Cornwallis was indeed Black John, the leader of the tion to himself, and ten minutes later he had succeeded in outlaws. getting close up behind the tent, on the side farthest from "Well, Mr. Bender, what can I do for you?" asked Cornthe main portion of the encampment, and lying there with wallis, surveying the man searchingly. his ear almost against the cloth, 1he was enabled to hear every word that was spoken within. As Dick had suspected, a council was being held, and the officers were talking over their plan s and outlining their I intended movements. The youth, of course, listened with eager interest, and made mental note of all important items of information "You can't do anything for me, sir, that I know of," was E the reply." "No? Then why are you here?" "I have come to do something for you." "Ah, that's it?" "Yes, sir." General Cornwallis surveyed the man closely, as did the 1 He learned that the British army was headed for Petersother officers as well. burg, Virginia, a town perhaps twenty miles so11th of "Well" after a :few moments, "what can you do :for me?" 1 Richmond, where Lafayette was stationed. "I think I can give you some information that will will take up our quarters in Petersburg," said a please you." voice which Dick recognized as being that of Cornwallis, l "and then we will begin a campaign against Lafayette I which will soon have the of driving him back toward the north, I am certain." "You do?" "Yes." "Humph. First tell me, what are you loyalist?" "I am, sir I am the leader of a band of loyalists like r I The other officers said they thought this would be a good myself, and am known as 'Black John, the Tory.'" plan of procedure, and the details of the intended opera1 tions were discussed, much to Dick's satisfaction. ) "I am much obliged to you, gentlemen, for talking the matter over so thoroughly," thought Dick. "I am gaining just the information that I wished to gain." Presently there was a stir within the tent, and Dick, who was on the alert, learned that some unexpected person I had put in an appearance. "I wonder who it can be?" the youth asked himself, "and is it someone that suspects my presence in the camp, or even knows of it? Can it be that the redcoat whose "Black John, the Tory, eh?" "Yes." "How many men have you in your band?" "Sixteen." "You live in these parts-you and your men?" "We do." "And you know the lay of the land for miles around, no doubt?" "I do, sir." "That is good; no doubt you will be of value to me. But what is the nature of the information which you say you (uniform I am wearing has been discovered and has come have for me?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." "It is in regard to a band of men who are in this vicinwhich time he was busy thinking, and then he turned to ',and who, so I think, are rebel soldiers." one of the officers and asked: Dick, of course, heard this, and gave a start. "How many men, do you think, had we better take for ''Ha I So that is what Mr. Black John is here for, eh?" this enterprise?" e said to himself. "He is going to tell Cornwallis about "Oh, I should think that two hundred would be a suf-yself and 'Liberty Boys.' "A band of men in this vicinity, and you think them "Yes." "How many of these men are there?" "About one hundred." ''One hundred, eh?" "Yes." "Do they wear uniforms?" "No, sir." Dress in citizen's clothing, do they?" "They do." "How do they travel-on foot or on horseback?" "On horseback." 'Ha! A company of rebel cavalry, no doubt," with a nee at his brpther .officers, who nodded their heads in "Likely they have come down here from Richmond, an d long to Lafayette's force," suggested one. "Quite likely," agreed Cornwallis. "And you say this rty is in this vicinity?" again turning his eyes on Black illl. "They are, sir." "Are they where we could get at them to-night?" "Yes, that's the reason I have come to you. thought u might wish to capture them, and so have come with e purpose of guiding you to the spot where they are camped, if you wish i .t." "You are very kind, Black John," said Dick to himf, grimly. "If I get the chance I shall try to PJ'.OVe to u that I appreciate the interest which you seem to take my welfare and that of my brave 'Liberty Boys'!" "You know where these rebels are, then?" asked the itish general. "Yes. I know the exact spot where they have their enpment." "How far is it from here?" 'Scarcely more than a mile." 'Ha! say you so?" "Yes." 'Well, that is indeed good. We will make arrangements effect the capture of the rebels." ficient number," was the reply. "Yes, that should be a sufficient number, unless i.t should happen that this force is an extremely dangerous one." The general turned again to Black J obn. "Have you any idea who the men may be ?-whether any special force that has ever been heard of, as Marion's men, or Sumpter's men, or anything like that?" he asked. Black John at first shook his head, and then said as an afterthought: "One of my scouts, while out scouting around to-day, ran across a portion of the force in ques tion, and he heard one of the fellows call the other a 'Liberty Boy'-but I suppose that didn't mean anything." Cornwallis started, and gave utterance to an exclama tion. "You say he heard one call another a 'Liberty Boy'?" he asked in some excitement. The other officers, too, much to Black John's surprise, manifested considerable interest and excitement. "Yes, that is what my scout said." "Humph!" exclaimed Cornwallis, and then he asked: "Have you seen those men, Mr. Bender?" "Yes, I've seen them." "Very good. I wish to ask you a question: Were they all young fellows of seemingly about twenty years of age?" Black John started, and looked at the general quipkly and wonderingly. "Come to think of it, they were," he replied. "All young fellows, eh?" "Yes." "But bronzed, tough-looking fellows?" "Yes." General Cornwallis looked at his officers significantly and noddi:!d. "I thought so. I guess you had take four hundred men, Major Tarleton." The officer addressed nodded assent. "I think so, sir, if the party is, as you think, the 'Liberty Boys.' "I ha e not the least doubt regarding the matter." "I think that is who they are, myself." "Yes, the description fits them "So it and the fact that one was heard address another as a 'Liberty Boy' is corroborative evidence suffiGeneral Cornwallis was silent for a few moments, during cient, I think." .....


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." "Indeed, yes; and Major Tarleton, if we can effect the Dick bad remained long enough to hear this, and th capture of the 'Liberty Boys,' we will be doing a splendid was on the point of rising and stealing away and maki thing for the king's cause." his escape when he felt some one seize him in a stro "Indeed we will, sir. They have done a great deal of grasp. harm in their day." The youth had been so intent on what was going o "Yes, and will do more unless something happens to within the tent that a soldier had managed to slip up clo put an end to their work." to the youth without attracting bis attention. The soldi "Well, I think that 'something will happen' this day, had seen Dick steal up behind the tent, and had suspect if the gentleman, there, can do what he says-guide us to. that there was something wrong. He had made no hast the encampment of the enemy." however, but had taken his time, and had stolen forwar "I can and will, sir." "Very good." "But who and what are the 'Liberty Boys,' sir, if I may ask?" Mked Black J 0hn, whose curiosity was aroused. "Toot is very easily explained, Mr. Bender," said General Cornwallis. "The 'Liberty Boys' consists of a company of young men who go by that name, and they have made themselves famous throughout the North by their wonderful :fighting, and they have operated to some ex-. tent in the South. Have you never heard of them?" Black John shook his head. very slowly and cautiously. He had been close enough t hear the words of General Cornwallis, and the idea ha suddenly came to him that this might be Dick Slater, th spy in question. "If so, and I can effect his capture, it will be a bi feather in my cap, and may win me promotion," he tol himself, and with this thought uppermost in his mind, b leaped upon Dick, and attempted to make him a prisoner. Had he not wished to win the credit of making the cap ture alone and unaided, Dick would have undqubtedly bee captured, for a single yell from the soldier who had leap "No, I never have," he replied. "At least, never before upon him would have brought a horde of soldiers to bi to-night." assistance; but he did not give vent to the yell, or cry fo1 "Well, the 'Liberty Boys' have done the king's cause assistance, and this gave Dick a chance. more dnmage than any other entire rebel regiment, and if I Evidently the redcoat had supposed that he would hav we succeed in capturing them to-night, through your aid no difficulty in capturing the spy when he had succeeded and the information which you have given us you shall be in taking him at such a disadvantage, but he did not kno rewarded." Dick Slater. Had Dick been only an ordinary man he '"rhank you, sir." would have succumbed, but he was an extraordinary youth, Black John was well pleased. He found that he had and was so strong and agile that he was able to put up a brought much more important information than he had suspected was the case, and felt elated as a result. Just at this instant the orderly stuck his bead into the tent, and called out, in some excitement: "One of the sentinels has just come into camp, sir, and he say8 he was knocked down by a blow from behind, and that when be came to he was bound hand and foot and gagged, and his uniform had been stripped off him. He was accidently found by one of our men, and will be wonderful fight for freedom, even though taken at a tlis advantage. He realized that he would have to end the affair and make his escape quickly, if at all, for he remembered what General Cornwallis had said, and that soon there would be redcoats swarming around him thicker than be around a bi ve. Under such circumstances he exerted himself to the ut most, and :fiercely did he struggle the redcoat found here to report to you as soon as he dolls another uniform." himself lifted in the air in spite of all he could do, the "That is the work of Dick Slater, the captain of the spy rising to his feet even though his would-be captor was 'Liberty Boys'!" cried General Cornwallis, leaping to his doing all he could to prevent it. feet in excitement. "He 'is the most daring and fearless Then of a sudden-so suddenly, in fact, that the redcoat rebel spy alive, and I will wager that he is within the did not know it was done-Dick hurled bis assailant confines of this encampment at this very moment Quick! high in the air, and darted away. sound the alarm, and have every avenue of escape guarded. At the same instant the redcoat gave utterance to a wild If we can capture him before he gets away it will be a yell of anger and disappointment, and from every direction big feather in our cap, for he is worth a score of common soldiers came running. men." "I'll have to get away from here lively, now," thought


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." Dick, setting his teeth firmIY "'J'he entire British force ,1 ment, and as he was pursued by a large number of redwill be at my heels in a moment." coats, who spread out as they ran, he was unable to turn Just as Dick reaqhed the edge of the timber several back very soon, but was forced to run nearly a mile bevoices cried "There be goes!" and then crack, crack, crack! fore doing so. Then he paused, and doubling on his tracks went the muskets, and the bullets whistled all around the like a fox, he made his way back toward the "Liberty fugitive. CHAPTER VIII. PURSUED BY TARLETON. Boys" encampment. He came very near running into the t arms of two or three of the redcoats, but his woodcraft stood him in good stead, and he was enabled to avoid them and get through the line. This accomplished, he ran with all his might, for he suspected that the British might hasten to get the force ready and go make an attack on the "Li?erty Boys," and he felt that that would be terrible. Instantly the 1::ntire British encampment was in an up"I must get back to the camp before Tarleton and his roar. Some thought they were attacked, and there was a men get there," said Dick to himself. "If I don't they may hurried grabbing of weapons. Others, however, knew succeed in surprising the boys and butcheri:g them. I what the excitement was about, and they set out in pursuit must run as I never ran before." of the fugitive. And he did run as he had never run before, and as General Cornwallis was greatly excited, and several times luck would have it he succeeded in reaching the encampexpressed the hope that the spy would be captured. ment while yet the force under Tarleton was a quarter of "And when he is captured he will be found to be none a mile away. other than Dick Slater himself," he declared. "Quick, up and away, boys!" cried Dick. "An over"But in case he is not captured, which I think very whelming force of redcoats is coming-must be almost probable, will he not carry the warning to his men that here. Hasten." they are to be attacked?" asked Major Tarleton. Those who had thrown themselves down upon their "Quite likely," was the reply. "Then would it not be a good plan for me to take my force and go to the encampment of these 'Liberty Boys' and make the attack on them at once? If this is not done they will break camp and get away, will they not?" "You are right, major," agreed Cornwallis. "Get your force ready and start as soon as possible." "Very good, sir." "And, Mr. Bender, you accompany the major, and be in readiness to guide him to the encampment." "Very well, sir." Then the two hastened away, and twenty minutes later the party was makipg its way up the road in the direction of the home of Mr. Morgan, just in the rear of which was the "Liberty Boys" encampment, as Black John was aware. They reached Mr. Morgan's house, and found all quiet there The lights were out, and apparently everyone in the house was sound asleep. It was only apparently, however; there were several pairs of eyes gazing out upon the force of redcoats. It had happened hat Dick had been forced to leave the British encampmeht on the side farthest away from the home of Mr. Morgan and the "Liberty :Boys" encampblankets leaped up, rolled up the blankets, and seized their weapons. Those who had not yet laid down were ready very quickly, of course. "Won't we have time to get our horses?" asked Bob. "No, we must get away at once. They may be almost upon us. Quick, now! Follow me !" They hastened away, and scarcely had they got out of the confines of the encampment before they heard the sound of rushing feet, and glancing back saw the redcoats. "They would have had us in half a minute more," said Dick, "but now they can't catch us." Major Tarleton was an energetic officer, however, and he was determined to capture the "Liberty Boys," or strike them a severe blow, if such a thing was possible. "We are too late!" he exclaimed in a tone of disappoint ment. "They have been warned, and have taken refuge in flight. But we will run them to earth or know the reason why." "I doubt if they have been gone two minutes," said Black John. "That is what I think, and we will follow them." The redcoats set out in pursuit, and when they had gone half a mile they were joined by Black John's party, the members of which, at their leader's suggestion, at once


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." scattered and acted as scouts and guides, to enable the began to figure on how he should go to work to effect the British to on the trail of the fugitives. As the outlaws capture of the "Liberty Boys." were skilled in woodcraft, they were enabled to do this, and the British kept on the track wl:iere otherwise they could not have done so at all. About midnight one of the scouts came to Black John with the information that they had the fugitives in a trap. "You know the old mill, up in the head of Blind Ravine?" he asked. CHAPTER IX. "GOING IT BLIND." "Yes, yes," from Black John. Dick and his "Liberty Boys" realized that they were "Well, the fellows you are after have taken refuge there, being pursued, as soon. as they were out of the encampment and as they know we are here at the entrance to the rawhich they had vacated so hastily, and they moved forward vine, they dare not try to come back out. They dis-at a rapid pace. covered that they can t go on any farther, and they don't They thought they would have no difficulty in distancing know what to do." the redcoats, as they knew the latter knew very little of "I think that we will get them, then," said John, woodcraft, but the manner in which the enemy stuck on in grim joy. "There is only one possible chance for them their trail proved to the youths that there were some to escape." "And that?" "Is by swimming down Mill Creek." "They would all be drowned if they tried that, for you know the water is cold as ice, it coming from springs up Tories of the vicinity along. "Likely some of the members of Black John's band are guiding the redeoats," said Dick. "I judge that you are right, Dick," acquiesced Bob. "Well, I guess we can get away from them, anyway, in the hills. They would have cramps before they went a guides or no guides." quarter of a mile, and as the walls are straight up and This proved to be no easy task, however; the redcoats down, and smooth as a floor, they could not escape." hung to the trail with bulldog-like tenacity, and the re "You are right. We will either capture them or be the seemed to be no such thing as shaking them off. means of causing their death, that is certain." At last the youths came to the entrance to a deep rav i ne, Then Black John conveyed the information of the state and turned up it. They proceeded onward nearly a mile; of affairs to Maj or Tarleton. and then came to an old, deserted mill, which stood with "Fine! Excellent!" he e x claimed, in a tone of satisfacits back right against the upright wall of the ravine, near tion. "Now we will put an end to the careers of the a point where a stream poured ove r a bluff one hundre d -feet 'Liberty Boys.' You are sure there is no other means of above. This stream had at on e time turned a wat e r-wh e el, escaping than by the river?" which ran the machinery, out now all vras silent. The mill "Yes, I'm sure of it. The ravin e is a blind one, and the sides are practically s trai ght up and down. No man coUld scale them, and the only way of getting out is by coming was falling to ruins. After Dick and his "Liberty Boys" had looked about them they made the discovery that they could go no farback to this end, where they entered, or by attempting to ther. They were in a sort of cul-de-sac, from which there swim down the river." was no way of escape save by the route they had come. "And you are sure they could not do that?" "And that would be dangerous work now," said Dick, "Positive. The water is too cold for human endurance "for I have no doubt that the redcoats are at the entrance more than a few moments, and they would be seized with even now." cramps, and drown just as sure as they made the effort to escape in that way." "All right. Then we will simply stop up the hole, and keep the rebels in the trap they have so 11.ccommodatingly entered. Then we will take our time, and go at the work of "Likely, Dick," agreed Bob. "Well, the question is, what s hall we do?" "I hardly know, unless we turn back and fight our way through the redco ats." "I'll send some scouts back to see if the British really making an end of tnem at our leisure." have discovered that we entered the ravine," said Dick, and Maj0r Tarleton moved his 'force forward until it was he did so. stretched right across the mouth of the ravine, and then 'F'he scouts were not gone long, and they returned with


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." 21> the information that the British were at the entrance to casks and floating down the stream? Use the casks as the ravine in force. "I heard some of the talk," said Mark Morrison, who was one of the scouts, "and they seem to be confident that they will us." "So they feel confident of it, do they?" remarked Dick. "Yes. Black John and his men are with him, and the outlaw chief told Tarleton that the only chance for us to escape him was by swimming down the creek, but that the water of the creek was so cold that it would give any one the cramps in a few seconds, and that we would lose our lives if we attem:?ted that." "Humph. I had thought of escaping by way of the boats, in fact." "Jovel that's an idea, Bob," exclaimed Dick. "I think so." "But there are not enough casks, are there?" "I think so. There is a large room back there, and it is full of casks. I should say there are more than a hun dred." "Well, that will be just the thing if the casks will keep the water out." "I am confident they will; they are strong and solid." "Good then we will make the attempt; but-hist! There ..;omes the enemy now! We will have to give them a fight creek," said Dick. "Let's examine and see how cold the before getting away." water is." "Well, that suits me," said Bob, grimly. "I would like This was done, and it was found that the water of the a chance at 'Butcher Tarleton.' stream was almost as cold as ice. "I am not averse to dealing him a blow before getting "It would certainly be death fo try to escape by swimaway from here." ming down the stream," agreed Dick. "It looks bad for Dick at once gave orders for the youths to be ready to us." fire when he gave the word, and then they waited for the enemy to approach near enough so that the bullets the "It does, sure," agreed Bob. "We will have to do somemuskets wbuld be effective. thing at once, Dick, or it will be too late. The enemy will They did not have long to wait. Suddenly, with loud advance up the ravine soon, and if we are to fight them yells, the r edcoats came rushing toward the old mill. Dick we ought to be getting ready for it." waited till the redcoats were close at hand, and then gave "So we ought. Well, let's take a look in the old mill. the command to fire. P erhaps we may be able to use it as a fort and repulse the red coats even though they outnumber us greatly." The youths entered the old mill, and after making a brief survey, decided that they could hold it ag'1-ins t the redcoats. Bob, who went rummaging about, presently re turned to Dick; in some excitement. "I've made a discovery, Dick," he said. "What, Bob?" "In the big back room there are a lot of casks." Crash-roar! the volley rang out. Terrible execution was done. The "Liberty Boys" were old hands, and took aim be-fore firing. Fifty of the British went down, and on the air rose the creams and yells of pain and anger, intermingled with w hich were the oaths and curses from wounded and un wounded alike. "Quick, now With the pistols!" cried Dick, and in "A lot of casks?" q uick succession two more volleys were poured into the "Yes. I suppose they had them to put flour in. They ra nks of the redcoats. re tight and solid." This was too much for even "Butcher Tarleton" and his "Well, what of that? I don't see what there is in this to men. c of interest to us, Bob." They had not expected such a reception, and they turned "You don't?" and fled at the top of their speed, nor did they stop till "No." they were halfway to the mouth of the ''Well, I do." Here Tarleton managed to get the men to stop, and he "Then tell me, at once." began berating them soundly for fleeing. "All right. You know we decided that the water was "The idea of nearly four hundred men running from one too cold in the stream for us to risk trying to make our hundred!" he cried. "It is absurd." scape by swimming." "So we did." "Exactly. Well, what is to hinder us from getting in the "But remember who the hundred men are, major," pro tested one of the men. "Bab! We don't care anything about that. The 'Lib-


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." erty Boys' are no more invulnerable than any other men apprehended, and one after another they went :.oatin We must return to the attack, and this time there must be down the stream. no fleeing. I'll shoot the first man I see turn to run." They presented rather a strange spectacle as they :.oate "But they are practically in a fort," said one. away, but little did they care for this. They did not car "No matter. We must enter the old mill and engage for looks; it was safety they were after. them in a hand-to-band combat. If we do that they will It was no easy matter to guide the barrels; and, too, th be at our mercy." The men did not seem to be so sure about it, but of course they would have to oeby their commander, and he gave orders that they were to advance to within fifty yards of the mill, and then charge forward on the run and enter the mill in spite of all resistance. Meanwhile the "Liberty Boys" had not been idle Leav ing four of the youths on guard, to watch for the coming ?f the enemy, the others made their way into the room where the casks were, and began rolling them out and down to the side of the creek. The wounded redcoats watched the youths with wonder ing e yes, and seemed to be puzzled to figure out what the move 11?-eant. They were soon to learn. At last all the casks had been brought out, and they were counted. It was found that there were more than a hundred, so there would be a sufficient number and a few to spare. casks showed a predilection for tipping over that was har to counteract. The circumspection was required t keep from upsetting, and the youths were very careful, fo they realized that a spill into the cold water would be any thing but pleasant. Just as the "Liberty Boys" floated out of sight of th wounded redcoats-the moonlight making it possible to se fairly well-the British force again appeared, all ready make another and more desperate and determined attack. CHAPTER X. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" DO GOOD WORK. When Tarleton reached the point where his wounde and dead men lay the former informed him that the "Lib "Say, it's lucky they are good-sized barrels," said Bob erty Boys" had escaped. "I think they will carry us safely." "Escaped!" Tarleton exclaimed. "How can that b "Yes, if there does not happen to be falls in the stream," said Dick gravely. "Jove do you think there are falls down the stream, Dick?" asked Bob. "I don't know, but it is more than possible." "You are right. Say, we are taking big chances, after all, in making the trip down the stream in the barrels, fel lows." possible?" "They didn't swim down the creek, did they ?" aske Black John. "No, they didn't swim," was the reply, "but they wen that way." "They didn't have boats, did they?" cried Tarleton. "Yes, they bad boats," the wounded redcoat replied with a grin-be was not severely wounded. "They had th "That's right. We will be practically 'going it blind,'" funniest boats you ever saw or heard of." said Mark Morrison. "For we don't know anything about "What kind of boats were they?" the stream, or what we are going to encounter "Barrels." "Well, we know what we will have to encounter if we "What!" cried Tarleton. stay here," said Dick, "so we will choose the lesser of the "Barrels !" exclaimed Black John evils, and risk the trip down the stream in the barrels." "Yes, barrels. They got them out of the old mill, and Fearing the redcoats might return to the attack at any e very rebel had a barrel, and the whole crowd went float. moment, no more time was lost than was absolutely necesing down the stream just before you got here." sary. Even while talking they had been putting the barA deep and bitter oath escaped the lips of Major Tar rels into the water, and now they began getting in the barl e ton. "They have escaped us, after all," he cried, "and rels and pushing off from the shore. This work was don e a ft e r killing and wounding a number of my men, too. very speedily, and ten minutes later all had embarked. Black John," turning to the Tory, "is there no possible The "Liberty Boys" did not know where they would c hance of heading the reb e ls off, and capturing them? bring up-they were practically "going it blind"-but How far from here to where the y will land?" they went ahead as if there was no danger at all to be "This stream runs into the Roanoke River at a point'.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." three miles from here," said Black John, "and I doubt our you assistance if the redcoats offer to injure you, Mr. being able to get there in time to head them off." Morgan." "We will make the attempt, at any rate," cried Tarleton. "I'm much obliged, Mr. Slater," was the grateful reply. Then he detailed fifty men to bury the dead and take "We will get our horses and steal away before Tarleton care of the wounded and get them back to the British enand his force gets back here." campment, and with the rest of his force hurried away "I will go with you, and show you a splendid campingunder the guidance of Black John. place, Dick," said Tom Morgan. "It is not more than A forced march on the double-quick brought them to half a mile away, but is in such a secluded spot that I the mouth of the c:reek, where it emptied into the Roanoke don't think the redcoats will find you." River, but they saw no signs of the youths who had escaped The youths got their horses, and then the entire force them in such a clever manner. moved away through the timber until the spot Tom had in "They got here ahead of us," said Black John. "I was mind was reached. It was all that could be desired, and confident that they would." Dick was well pleased. "But where are they now, do you think?" asked Tarle"This will do splendidly, Tom," he said, and then he ton. "It is hard to say. They may have gone on down the river in the barrels." "Well," said the major after some thought, "I guess the only thing for us to do is to return to the encampment and gave the order to go int6 camp. The youths obeyed, and half an hour later the "Liberty Boys" were fixed as comfortably as was possible. Dick ordered out a double set of sentinels, and then the youths lay down to get some sleep and rest, Tom taking his de-report that we met with defeat. and disappointment." parture, to return to his home. "It looks as if that is what will have to be done." 1 Acting under Dick's orders, Sam Sanderson, one of the "Yes, but I can tell you one thing, and that is, that if most trustworthy of the "Liberty Boys," bad made prepara ever I get another shance at the 'Liberty Boys' I will make tions for a journey, and be now mounted his horse, and it warm for them. I will get even with them for this took his departure, going toward the north. night's work sooner or later." He was bound for Richmond, to carry the news of the As Black John had surmised, the "Liberty Boys" bad emerged from the mouth of Mill Creek into the Roanoke River before the redcoats got there. Dick thought it best to go down the river a ways before going ashore, and this was done. A mile down the stream they pushed in to the shore, and abandoning the barrels that had served them in such good stead, they struck out through the timber. The youths were such expert woodsmen that they did not have much difficulty in :finding their way back to the home of Mr. Morgan, and Mr. Morgan's folks were de lighted to see them. "We feared you would be captured," said Mr. Morgan. "We had a brush with the redcoats," said Dick, "but managed to inflict some damage without receiving any our selves, and later on in making our escape." Then be told the manner in which they bad escaped, and the hearers ut tered exclamations of surprise and delight. "That beats anything I ever beard of," s aid Tom Mor gan. "Yes," said Dick, "and now that we are safe we wish to' remain so. We will have to change our camping-ground, but will not go far, as we wish to be where we can render coming of Cornwallis and his army to General Lafayette. When the home of the Morgans was reached by Tarleton and his force all was quiet. The house was wrapped in d a rkness, and it seemed as if the inmates were all asleep. "This is the home of a rebel, Major Tarleton," said Black John, as they paused in the yard and surveyed the house. "Why not burn the house down?" "I don't care to do that-to-night/' was the reply. "I will rouse the owner up, however, and try to secure some information from him." "You won't get much information from a rebel like him," muttered Black John. Tarleton pounded on the door, and finally managed to make some one hear. It was Mr. Morgan, who presently appeared at the door, wb!ch he opened without hesitation, for he realized that with three hundred men there it would be useless to attempt to bar them out if they wished to enter. "What is your name?" asked Tarleton, sharply. "Joe Morgan, sir." "Humph. Rebel or loyalist?" "Neither, sir." "Bah if you are not for the king you are against him."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' "GOING IT BLIND." "I don't look at it that way, sir." The "Liberty Boys" remained in the neighborhood in "I do. But enough of that for the present. Do you spite of the British, who made a thorough search for them know where that band of youths who call themselves the next day; more, the youths struck two of the searching 'Liberty Boys' are? "I don't know who you mean, sir." "You lie. Those scoundrels that had a camp back of your barn lot were the 'Liberty Boys,' and you know it." "I assure you you are mistaken, sir. The young men came along and wanted to camp there, and as they were so many I knew it would be useless to try to keep them from doing so, and did not try. But I did not know who forces hard blows and got away without being damaged any to speak of in return This angered Cornwallis, but lie felt that he could not afford to lose any more time in trying to effect the capture of the "Liberty Boys," so on the next morning the British army resumed its march toward the north. For some unexplainable reason the redcoats did not burn the home of Mr. Morgan, and this made Black John they were." so angry that he decided to do it himself, and that even" Bah! I don't believe you. But no matter about that; if ing, just after dark, he gathered his men together and proyou can tell me where they are now, it will be all right." ceeded to the home of the patriot and ordered him to get "I have not the least idea, sir. The last I saw of them out of the house if he wished to save the lives of himself they were making off in a hurry, and then you came along and the members of his family. in pursuit of them." Of course Mr. Morgan and his folks obeyed, as they knew "And they have not been back here since?-within the Black John to be a desperate and cruel-hearted fiend, and past hour?" they expected nothing else than that their home would go "Not that I am aware .. of, sir." A low curse escaped the lips of Major Tarleton. "I don't know whether you are telling the truth or not," he said, "and I will let the matter rest for the present. I may see you in the morning, however, and beware how you at tempt to deceive me, then." With a grunt which expressed unbelief, Major Tarleton turned and strode away, his men following him. Mr. Morgan stood in the door and watched them till they had disappeared from sight, and then, just as he was on the point of closing the door, there came the patter of feet, and Dick Willis appeared in front of the door. "What! is it you, Dick?" cried Mr. Morgan, in delight. "Come in, quick. The girls will be tickled to see you." "Is Sister Nellie here?" "Yes, and she and Mary both have been well-nigh dis tracted ever since it became known that you had disappeared." r ,. r:, l There was the sound of excited voices in Mary Morgan's room, and Dick Willis had not much more than got into the house and Mr. Morgan had closed the door before the girls rushed forth from Mary's room and seized Dick Willis in a loving embrace. After the greetings Dick told them that he had been a clown in ashes. This was not to be, however, for just as one of the scoundrels was about to apply the torch Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" appeared on the scene, and they dropped every one of the members of Black John's band, the leadeI included, at the first volley. It was a clean sweep, for those who were not killed out right were mortally wounded, and died soon afterward, Black John being among these. The "Liberty Boys" buried the dead outlaws, and theIJ settled down there and remained till morning. Then, bid ding good-bye to the Morgans, the "Liberty Boys" rodE away on the trail of Cornwallis' army. They followed it to Petersburg, and the "Liberty Boys' made their way to Richmond and rejoined Lafayette'i army. THE END. 'l'he next number (88) of "The Liberty Boys of '76' will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' BLACK BAND OR, BUMPING THE BRITISH HARD," by HarrJ Moore. : I SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekli prisoner in the hands of Black John's band, but had made are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from an] his escape, and had come straight to Mr. Morgan's house. newsdealer, sen d the price in mo:ney or postage stamps bJ "I'm hungry as a bear, too," he added, and as may well mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI01' be supposed, Mary and Nellie hastened to set some food on SQUARE, NEW Y O RK, and you will receive the copiei the table in the kitchsn and wait on him solicitously. you order by return mail.


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LA'rEST ISSUES: 7 8 Fred Fearnot in Texas; or, Terry's Man from Abilene. 7 9 Fred Fearnot as a Sheriff; or, Breaking up a D esperate Gang. 80 Fred Fearnot Baffled; or, Outwitted by a Woman. 81 Fred Fearnot's Wit, and How It Save d His Life. 141 142 143 144 145 J.16 147 82 Fred Fearnot' s Great Prize; or, Working Hard to Win. 83 Fred Fearnot at Bay; or, His Great l'ight for Life. 84 Fred Fearnot's Disguise; or, Following a Strange Clew. 148 85 Fred Fearnot's Mo ose Hunt; or, Adventures in the Maine Woods. 86 Fred Fearnot' s Oratory; or, Fun at the Girl's High S chool. 87 Fred Fearnot's Big H eart; or, Giving the Poor a Chance. 88 Fred Fearnot Accused ; or, Tracke d by a Villain. 89 Fred Fearnot's P lnclt; or, Winning Against Odds. 149 150 151 152 90 Fred J!'earnot s Deadly Peril; O!J His Nal'l'ow Escape from Ruin. 91 Fred Fearnot's Wild Ride; or, ;:saving Dick Duncan's Life. 92 Fred Fearnot' s Long Chase ; or, 'railing; a Villain. 93 F'ear Fearnot' s Last Shot, and How It Saved a Lite. 5 94 Fred Fearnot's Common Sense; or The Best Way Out of 'rouble. li\5 95 Fred Fearnot's Great Find; or, Saving Terry Olcott's l!'ortune. 156 96 Fred Fearnot and the Sultan; or, Adventure s on the Island of Sulu. 157 97 Fred Fearnot's Slivery Tongue; or, Winning an Angry l\fob. 98 Fred Fearnot' s Strategy; or, Outwitting a Troubles.ome Couple. 158 99 Fred Fearnot's Little Joke; or, Worrying Dick and 'Perry. 100 Fred Fearnot' s l\luscle; or, Holding His Own Against Odds. 101 Fred Fearnot on Hand; or, Showing Up at the Right Time. 102 Fred Fearnot's Puzzle; or, Worrying tbe Bunco Steerers. 103 Fred Fearnot and Evelyn ; or, The Infll.tuated Rival. 159 lGO 161 104 Fred Fearnot's Wager; or, Downing a Brutal Sport. 162 105 Fred Fearnot at St. Simons; or, The Mystery of a Georgia Island. 106 Fred Fearnot Deceived; or, After the Wrong Man. 163 107 Fred Fearnot's Charity; or, Teaching Others a L e sson. 164 108 Fred Fearnot as "'.!.'be Judge;" or, Heading olI the Lynchers. i.Gfi 109 Fred Fearnot and the Clown; or, Saving the Old Man' s Place. l66 Fred Fearnot's Fine Work; or, Ur, Against a Crank. 167 111 Fred Fearnot's Bad Break; or, "hat Happened to Jones. l68 112 Fred Fearnot' s Round-Up; or, A Lively 'l'ime on the Ranch. 169 113 Fred Fearnot and tbe Giant; or, A Hot Time in Ch eyenne. H'O 114 Fred Fearnot' s Cool Nerve; or, Giving It Straight to the Boys. 115 Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. J 71 116 Fred Fearnot In a Fix ; or, The Blackmailer's Game. i 7? 117 Fred Fearnot as a "Broncho Buster;" or, A Great Time In the Wild West. 118 Fred Fearnot and his Mascot; or, Evelyn's Fearless Ride. 173 119 Fred Fearnot's Strong Arm; or, '.!.'be Bad Man of Arizona. 174 120 Fred Fearnot as a "Tenderfoot i" or, Having Fun witb tbe Cow J 7!'\ boys. 176 121 Fred Fearnot Captured; or, In tbe Hands of His Enemies. 1 j7 122 Fred Fearnot and tbe Banker; or, A Schemer' s Trap to Ruin l 78 Him. 17:1 123 Fred Fearnot's Great Feat; ori.. Winning a Fortune on Skates. 180 124 Fred Fearnot' s Iron Will ; or, ;:standing Up for the Rlgbt. l 8 1 125 Fred Fearnot Cornered; or, Evelyn and tbe Widow. l82 126 Fred Fearnot's Daring Scheme; or, Ten Dnys In an Insane Asylum Fred Fearnot and His Guide ; or, The Mystery of the Mounta i n Fred Fearnot's County Fair; or,1. Tbe Battle of tbe Fakirs. Fred Fearnot a Prisoner; or, captured at Avon. Fred Fearnot and tbe Senator ; or, Breaking up a Scheme. !<'red Fcarnot and tbe Baron; or, Calling Down a Noble m a n !!'red Fearnot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days In Wall Street. !!'red Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, Tbe Fellow Wbo Wouldn't Stay Whipped. Fred l<'earnot's Greatest Danger ; or, Ten Days with the Moo n -shiners. Fred Fearnot and tbe Kidnappers ; or, Trailing a Stolen C h il d Fred Fearnot's Quick Work; or, '.!.'be Hold Up at Eagle Pass. Fred Fearnot at Silver Guieb ; or, a Ring. Fred Fearnot on lbe Border ; or, Punishing tbe Mexican H one Stealers. Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life ; or, Running the Gauntlet. Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days. Fred Fearnot's Rescue; or. The Mexican Pocahontas. Fre d Fearnot and tbe "White ; or, A Queer Turning of the Tables. Fred Fearnot and tbe Medium ; or, Having Fun witb tbe "Spirits. Fred Fearnot and tbe "Mean Man"; or, Tbe Worst He Ever Struck. Fred Fearnot's Gratitude; or, Up a P lucky Boy. Fred Fearnot Fined ; or, '.!.'be Judge s Mistake. Fred Fearnot's Comic Opera; or, Tbe Fun that Raised tbe Funds. Fred Fearnot and tbe Anarchists ; or, Tbe Burning of tbe Red Flag. Fred Fearnot's Lecture Tour ; or Going it Alone Fred Fearnot's "New Wild West1 ; or, Astonishing tbe Old East. Fred Fearnot In Hnssia; or, Banished by tbe Czar. Fred Fearnot in Turkey ; or, Defying the Sultan. Fred Fearnot In Vienna; or, The Troubl e on tbe Danube. Fred Fearnot and tbe Kaiser; or, In tbe Royal Palace at Berlln. Fred l<'earnot In Ireland; or, Watched by tbe Constabulary. Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound ; or, Shadowed by Scotland Ynrd. Fred Fearnot's Justice; or, '.!.'be Champion of tbe School Marm. Fre d Fearnot and tbe Gypsies ; or, '.rbe Mystery of a Stolen Child. Fred Fearnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching tbe "Green Goods" Men. Fred Fearnot's Big Day. ; or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor" ; or, The Indian Medicine Fakir. Fred Fearnot and tbe Lynchers; or. Saving a Girl Horse Thief. Fred Fearnot' s Wonderful Feat; or, Tbe Taming of Black Beauty. Fre.d l!'earnot' s Great Struggle; or, Downing a Senator. Fre d F earnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. Fred Fearnot and Samson; or, "Wbo Runs '.!.'bis Town?" Fred Fearnot and the Rioters; or. Backing Up the Sherif!'. Fred Fearnot and tbe Stage Robber; or, His Chase for a Stolen Diamond. 127 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or, Backing Up His Wora. 128 Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy Dedbam's c a se. 183 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek; or, Tbe Masked Fiend s of tbe 120 Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Having Fun witb tbe Hazers. Mines. 130 Fred Fearnot's Secret Society; or, The Knights of tbe Black Ring. 184 Fearnot and tbe Vigilantes ; or, Up Against t h e W rong 131 Fred Fearnot and tbe Gambler ; or, '.1.'be Trouble on the Lake Man. Front. 1 85 Fred Fearnot in New Mexico; or. Saved by Terry Olcott. 132 Fred Fearnot's Challenge; or, King of the Diamond Field. 186 Fred Fearnot in Arkansas; or. The Queerest of All Adventur es. 133 Fred Fearnot' s Great Game; or, '.!.'be Hard Work '.!.'bat Won. 187 Fred Fearnot in Montana; or, The at Rocky Hill. 134 Fred Fearnot In Atlanta; or, '.!.'be mack Fiend of Darktown. 188 Fred Fearnot a.nd tha Mayor; or. The Trouble at Snapping S hoals. 135 Fred Fearnot's Open Hand; or, How He Helped a Friend. 189 Fred Feariiot' e Big Hunt; or. Camping on the Columbia River. 136 F red Fearnot In Debate: or, The Warmest Member of tbe House. 19 O !!'red Fearnot's Hard Experience; or, Rough It at Red Gulch. 137 Fred Fearnot's Great P lea; or, His Defence of the "Moneyl es1 191 Fred F earnot Stra.nded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the M o ney. Man. 192 F red Fearnot in the Mountains; or. Hel d at Bay by Bandits. 138 Fred Fearnot at Princeton; o r Tbe Battle o f tbe Champions. 193 Fre d Fearnot's Terrihle Risk; or, Terry Olcott's Reckless Venture. 139 Fred Fearnot's Ci rcus; or, High O l d Time at New Era. 19! l<'red Fearnot's Last Ca.rd; or. The Game That Saved His Lite. 140 Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Deer of tbe A d l r o n -l 95 Fred Fearnot and the Professor; or, Tlte Man Who Knew It All. dacks. 196 Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop; or, Bea1 .ing a Thousand Rivals. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postilaid on receipt of 1wice, 5 c ents per copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from t h is office di r ect. Cut out and fill in the f o llowi n g Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send t h e m t o you by re-turn mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAUEN 'l' H E SAME AS M ONEY. . . . . . .... 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ISSUES: 86 '.l'he Bradys on the Road ; or, The Strange Case of a Drummer. 87 The Girl in Black; or, The Bradys Trapping a Confidence Queen. 88 The Bradys In Mulberry Bend; or, The Boy Slaves of "Little Italy." 89 The Brndys Battle for Life ; or, '.l'he Keen Detectives' Greatest Peril. 90 '.l'he Bradys and the Mad Doctor ; or, '.l'he Haunted Mill in the Marsh. 91 '.l'he Bradys on the Rail ; or, A Mystery of the Lightnlng Express. 92 The Bradys and the Spy; or, Working Against the Police Depart-ment. 93 The Bradys Deep Deal ; or, Band-In-Glove with Crime. 94 The Bradys in a Snare; or, The Worst Case of All. 95 The Bradys Beyond Their Depth ; or, '.rhe Great Swamp )Mystery. 96 The Bradys' Hopeless Case ; or, Against Plain Evidence. 97 The Bradys at the llelm ; or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. 98 The Bradys in Washington; or, Working for the President. 99 The Bradys Duped; or, The Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. 100 The Bradys in Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. 101 'l'he Bradys on t):1e Great Lakes; or, Tracking the Canada Gang. 102 The Bradys in Montana; or, The Great Copper Mine Case. 103 '!1e Bradys Hemmed ln; or, 'l 'heir Cdse in .tl.rizona. J 04 The Bradys at Sea ; o r A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. 10:1 ;i:he Girl from London; or, 'he Bradys After a Confidence Queen. 106 l he Bradys Among the Chinamen; or, 'l'he Yellow Flends of the 141 The Bradys after the or, Keen Work In the Sho ping District. 142 143 144 145 146 The Bradys and the Broker; or, The Plot to Steal a Fortune. The Bradys as Reporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. The Bradys and the Lost Ranche; or, The Strange Case in Texn The Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, the Great Train Robbery. The Bradys and Bunco Bill ; or, The Crook in Ne York. 147 The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with Customs Inspectors. 1 l 48 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery ; or, The Search for a Stole Million. 149 The Bradys at Cripple Creek; or, Knocking out the "'Bad l\1en. 150 The Bradys and the Harbor Gang; or, Sharp Work after Dar 151 The Bradys in Five Points; or, The Skeleton In the Cellar. 152 Fan Toy, the Opium Queen; or, The Bradys aIId the Chine Smugglers. 153 The Bradys' Boy Pupil ; or, Sifting Strange Flvidence. 154 The Bradys in the Jaws of Death; or, Trapping the Wire Ta pers. 155 The Bradys and the Typewriter; or, The Office Boy"s Beere 156 The Bradys and the Bandit King ; or, Chasing the Mountai Thieves. 157 The Bradys and the Drug Slaves;. or, The Yellow Demons o Chinatown. 158 The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen ; or, Running Down th "Reds." Opium Joints. 107 The nradys and the Pretty Shop Girl; or, The Mystery. 15!l The B1adys and the Hotel Crool;:s ; or, The Mystery of Room 4 Grand Street 160 The Bradys and the Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work in the Ha lO'l '.rhe Bradys and the or, Chasing the Child lO!l The Bradys and the \\"rong Man; or, The Story Stealers. of a Strange 110 The Eradys Cetrayed; or, In the Hands of a Traitor. 111 The Tlradys aud 'J'heir Doubles; or, A Strange Tangle of Crime. 112 The Bradys in the Everglades; or, 'he Strange Case of a Summer 'l'ourist. 113 The Bradys Dc!led; or, The Hardest Gang In New York. U4 The Bradys in High Life; or, 'l'he Great Society Mystery. 115 The Bradys Among '.l'hieves; or, Hot Work In the Bowery. 116 The Bradys and the Sharpers; or, In Darkest New York. 117 The Bradys and the Bandits; or, Hunting for a Lost Boy. 118 The Bradys in Central Park; or. 'J'he "Mystery of the Mall. 119 The Bradys on their Muscle: or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gang. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or, Exposing the Chinese Crooks. 121 The Bradys' Girl Decoy ; or, Rounding Up the East-Side Crooks. 122 The Bradys Under Fire: or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. bor. 161 The Bradys and the House of Mystery; or, A Dark Night" 162 163 164 Work. '.l'he Bradys' Winning Game; or, Playing Against the Gambler The Bradys and the Mail Thieves; or, The Man In the Bag. '.l'he Bradys and the Boatmen ; or, The Clew Found lu th River. 165 The Bradys after the Grafters; or, The Mystery In the Cab. 166 The Bradys and the Cross-Roads Gang; or, tne Great Case Missouri. 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown ; or, The Mysterious Case In So clety. 168 The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret of the Poisone Envelope. 169 The Bradys and Blonde Bill ; or, The Diamond Thieves of Maide Lane. l 70 The Bradys and the 0-P.ium Ring: or, The Clew In China tow 171 The Bradys on the Grand Circuit; or, Tracking the Ligh Harness Gang. The Bradys and the Black Doctor; or, The Secret of the. 01 Vault. 123 The Bradys at the Beach ; or, The Mystery of the Bath Bouse. 124 The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among the 172 125 The Bradys and the Missing Girl ; or, A Clew Found In the Dark. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Mystery of a Treasure Vault. 127 The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing up a Theatrical Case. 128 12() 1 30 131 132 133 Ja4 135 136 137 138 ]39 140 The Bradys and Bad Man Smith ; or, The Gang of Black Bar. The Bradys and the Veiled Girl ; or, Piping the Tombs Mystery. The Bradys and the Deadshot Gang; or, Lively Work on the Frontier. The Bradys with a Circus; or, On the Road with the Wild Beast Tamers. The Rradys In Wyoming: or, Tracking the Mountain !1en. The Bradys at Coney Island; or, Trapping the Sea-sideCrooks. The Bradys and the Road Agents ; or, The Great Deadwood Case. The Bradys and the Bank Clerk ; or, Tracing a Lost Money Package. The Bradys on the Race Track; or, Beating the Sharpers. The Bradys lil the Chinese Quarter ; or, '.rhe Queen of the Opium Fiends. The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures In the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street l\lystery. The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of the Midnight Train. 173 The Bradys and the In Grey; or, The Queen of the Crook 174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show. 175 The Bradys and the Moonshiners; or. Away Down In Tennesse 176 The Bradys In Badtown: or, The Fight for a Gold Mine. 177 The Bradys In the Klondike; or, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieve 178 The Bradys on the East Side; or, Crooked Work In the Slum 179 The Bradys and the "Hlghblnders"; or, The Hot Case in Chin town. 180 The Bradys and the Serpent Ring; or, The Strange Case of th Fortune-Teller. 181 The Bradys and "Siient Sam" ; or, Tracking the Deaf and D11m Gang. 182 The Bradys and the "Bon.anza" King; or, Fighting the Fakirs I 'Frisco. 183 The Bradys and the Boston Banker; or, Hustling for Millions in t Hub. 18 !l The Bradys on Blizzard Island: or, Tracking the Gold Thieves or Ca Nome. 185 The Bradys in the Black Hills; or, Their Case in Norih Dakota. 186 The Brarlya and "Faro Frank"; or. a Hot Case in the Golcl Mines. 187 The Bradys and the "Rube"; or, Trackin_g the Co nfidence Men. 188 The Bradys as Firemen; or, Tracking a Gang or Incendiaries. 18 9 The Bradys in the Oil Country; or. The Mystery of lhe Giant Gushe 19 0 The Bradys 'and the Blind Beggar; or, The 'Vorst Crook of alt. For sa1e by au newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of pr&e, 5 cents per copy, by !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS ot our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fl! in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by r turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN SAME AS lUONEY. . . ............................................... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ............... ...... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ..................... : .......................... '' '' PLUCK AND LUCK '' ................................................. SECRET SERVICE 0 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ................................... -.. 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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOO!K.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the :nost famous encl men. No amateur minstrels is complete without :his wonderfu I Ji ttle book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. Bontaining a varied assortment of stump speecher, Negro, Dutch ind Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse' :nent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTRillL GUIDE JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every Jy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or;anizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original loke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It eontains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of rerrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical jok;er of he day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should lbtain a co .py immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.--Containing com1 ,1ete Instructions how to make up for various characters on the 1tage ; tog.ether with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Artist and Property By a prominent Stage Manager. No. 80 GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat;at jokes anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and -.ver popular German comed i an. Sixty-four pages ; handsome cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. No. 16. BOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.--Containing rtun ln1tructions for constructing a window garden eithe-r in town tr country, and the most approved m ethods for raising beautiful !owera at home. The most comp lete book of the kind enr pub l1hed No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructin books tn cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, tsh, game and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand co llection of recipes by one of our moot popular No. 37. HOW TO KillEP HOUSE.-It contains information for tverybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you bow to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catclling birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELIOOTRICITY.-A de 'ICription of the wondedul uses ol e lectricity and elect ro magnetism ; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Containing full directions for making e lectrical machines, induction dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. Sy R. A. R. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRlCAL TRICKS.--Containing a arge collec.tion of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks-, rogether with illustrations. By, A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry !Kenned-y. The secret given away. Illvery intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A yery valuable little book just published. A comp lete compendium games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc suital.Jle tor parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the 1111oney than any book rnblished. No. 3:5. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, 'ba ckgammon, croquet, dominoes; etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLYE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all t he leading conundn1ms of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches -&nd witty sayings. No. :52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A comp lete and handy little \book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage, Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Pekei, Auction Piteh. All l!'ours anc: many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hundred interesting puzzles and conundrums with key to same. A a:omplete book Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It ta a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know "11 about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and eti ,j1iette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods >f appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the lheatre, church r:ind In the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular se!P.ctions in use, comprising Dutch 41alect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together -Ith many 1tandard r eadings. 'o 31. IlOW 'l'O BECOME A SPEAKER.-Contn.ining four.. teen illustrations, giving the eifferent positions requisite to becomf:' a good speaker, reader and elocutionist Also containing gems froli! all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the simple aud concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules lor conducting d bates, outlines for debates, questiE>ns for discussion, and the bH& sources for procuring information on the questions given SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of fiirt&tion ar fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, w ind ow and hat flirtation. It con tains a full list of the lan guage and sentiment of flowers, which is interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsom& little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at parties, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular square dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etlquett1 to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction ln the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving tht selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books eve r given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and female The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this boot and be convinced how to become beautiful. ISIPIDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-H;andsomely illnstnted ancl containing full instructions for the management and training of th canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely !Jiu trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hinll on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird1 Also bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtow Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valu able book, giving instructions in collect i ng, preparing, mountln[< and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54 HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeplnr, taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of. the kinb: ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A W eeldy Magazine containing Stories of the A.mericail Revolution, By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithfu: account of the exciting adventures of a, brave band of America1 youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their live1 for the of helping along the gallant ca.use of Independence Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter bound 1n a. beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Iloys of '76: or l"igllting for l!'reedom. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance at Dick Slate 2 The Llbel"ty lloys' Oath; or, Settlrng \\"ith the British and Tories 4r. 'rhe Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeeziag the Redcoats. 3 'l'he Liberty lloys' Good Work; or, H elping Ganeral Washlngten. 47 The Liberty Boys Success; or, Doing What 'fhe,v Set Out to D 4 'l'he Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the !'lace. 48 T l1e Liberty Boys' Setback; o r Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 5 'l'he Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the l>Hnlons. 1!) The Liberty Roys in 'l'oryville; or. Dick Slater's !earful Rls () The Liberty Boys' Defiance: or, .. Catch sod Hang Ls if You Can." 50 'l'he Liberty Boys Aroused: or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert, 7 The Liberty Boys In Demand; or, The Champ10n Spies of the 1:1 The Liberty Boys Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at The Revolution. Own G;ime. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, lleset by British and Tories. 52 The Liberty Boys Scare: or. A Mis' as Good as a llllle. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within 'l'hemselves. 51! The Liberty Boys Danger; or, Foes on All Sides. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Elicape ;. or, A Race 'i4 The Liberty Hoys Fli1?ht: or. A Very Narrow Escape. With Death. 5;) The Liberty Boys' Strategy : or, Out-Generaling the Enemy. 11 The Liberty .Boys' Pluck; or, Undannted by Odds. 5G The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Uedcoats HO' 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril ; or, Threatened from all Sides. to Fight. 13 The Liberty Boys' r.uck; or, l<'ortnne Favors the Brave. 57 The Liberty Boys' "Push": or, Bound to Get There. ;14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; o r, l'looling the British. ::18 'l'he Liberty Boys Desperate Cliarge; or, With "Mad Anthonl Hi The Liberty Boys' 'l'rap, and What They Caught In It. at Stony l'oim, 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Seheme. The Liberty Boys Justice. And How They Dealt It Out. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British l\lan-ot-GO '!'he Liberty Boys Hombarded: o r A Very Warm 'l'lme. War. 161 The Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or. Going It Blind. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 62 Ttie Liberty Boys Daring Stroke; or, \Yith "'Light-Horse IlarrJ 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful 'l'ory. at l'aulus I look. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." !l3 The Lil>erty Boys Lively Times; or. Here. 'l'here and Everywher 21 The Liberty Boys' l!'lne Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. U4 The Liberty Bors '"Lone LI and"; or, Fighting Against Grel 22 'l'be Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closet Call of All. Odds. 23 Tbe Libert.v Boys on '!'heir lllettle; or, Making It Warm tor the it5 The Liberty Boys or, 'rhe Idol of the Company. I Itedcoats. 66 'l'he Liberty Boys' Wrath; or. Going for the Redcoats Roughsho 2i The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and G7 The Liberty Hoys Il:lttle for Life; or, The Ilardest Struggle < Tories. AIL 125 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 6B The 1,1b<>rty Boys' Lost: or, Trre Trap That Did Not Work. !!(1 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats 8 69 The Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or. The Youth Who ''Queered" E,.erythin 'l'hlng or Two. 70 The Liberty .Boys' Decoy; or, Bait.inK !he British. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In 71 The Liberty Boys Lured: or. The Snare the Enemy Set. J'hi!Hclelphla. 72 The Liberty Roys H1rnsom: or. In the Hands 'the Tory Outlaw 211 T !Je Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With wasbiagton at the Brandy ";"3 The Liberty Uoys as SleuthI -Ionnds; or, Trailing Renedict A wlue. nolcl, 7 4 The Liberty .Boys "Swoop .. ; or. Scattering the Redcoats The Llhfrty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A to Save a Fort. Clrnff'. The Liberty Boys In a Fix; or, Threatened by Heds and Whites. 7f. '('he Liberty Roys "Bot Time": or, Lively Work in Old Virgini. T!!c I.lberty Roys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Check. ";"6 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, '!.'heir Plot to Capture tt 3'..! Th<' Liberty Bo:vs Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for fievenge King's Son. X:l The Liberty Roys Duped: er, The l'rlcntt Who \\"as an l<:nemy 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move: or, Into the Eeemy's Country. 114 The Liberty Boys Fake Surrender: or, The Ruse That Succeeded. 78 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or. The on rhe Mountain. Liberty Boys Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Rell."' 79 The Liberty Boys' Honor; or. The Promise That Kept. ty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' 80 The Boys' '''l'en Strike": or. Bowling the British Over. nuD, SI The Boys' Gratitude, anil How they Showed it. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prioo, and Row They Won Tt. 8 2 '!'he Liberty Boys a>.d the Georl/,"il> Giant; or. A Hard l\fan to Handle. :lil 'rhe Liberty Roys' Plot; or, The Plan That Wen. 8 3 The Liberty Boys' Dend Line: or, "Cross it. if yon Dare!" 3!1 Tbe Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything In Sight St The Liberty Uoys "Hoo-Dooed:" or, Trouble at Every Turn. 4') 'l'he Liberty Boys' Flush Times: or, Reveling In British Gold. 85 The Liberty Boys' Lel\p for Life: or. The Light tht Led Them. 41 The Liberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost Trap[led. 8 6 The Libert. y ll-0ys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin who Fought for Ind 42 The Liberty Roys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. pendence. 43 The Liberty Boys' Rig Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 87 1'be Liberty Boys "Going it Blind"; or, Tking Big Chances. 11 The Li_berty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and 'l'ories. 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the .British Hard. For sale by all newsdealers, or 8ent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yorll IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from new9dealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fl in the follewing Order Blank and send it to us with the pric:e of the books you want and we will send them to you by l'l turn mail. POSTAGE S'l.'AMPS TAU.EN 'J'HE SAM:E AS lUONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square Mew York. ...................... 19Q DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .................... : ........ PLUCK AND LUCK ............................. SECRET SERVICE ....................... .' ..... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .................... Tcn-Celil.t Hand Books, Nos ....... . ........ Name. . ......... Street and No ................. Town .......... Stat e ...


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