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THE LIBERTY A Weekly .Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. faiued IVcckly -By Subscription, $2 .50 per year. Enl ered cu Secot1d Class Malter at the New Y o rk Post Olf.ce, 4, 1901, by Frank Tomey, No. 92. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 3, 1902, Price 5 Cents. "It' s about time youl' career was brought to an end, then!" exclaimed Dick, and with the words he whipped out two pistols and leveled them at the astonished trio. "Hold on, thereJ What do you ______ .... _:tll.J.l,.he gambler crie d. s tarting back and d 'OI> in is hand u1>on the but of his pist_ol. I


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine ContJlining Stories of the American Rev olution Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, Februarv 4 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the 11ear 1902, in the office of the Libraria n of Congress, Washington, D. 0., blf Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. NO. 92. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 3, 1902. Price 5 Cents l k b CHAPTER I. .A. DESPER.A.TE LEAP. "We have the rebel, now "He won't be able to escape us." "Close in on him, boys." "Don't give him a chance to get back past us." "Oh, he is as good as captured, even now." An exciting scene. On a high bank of the Savannah River, on the South arolina side, and about ten miles from Savannah, was a B oung man of perhaps twenty years He was mounted n a magnificent black horse, and the two made a fine ti icture as they faced toward the enemy, consisting of a in core of British dragoons who were spread out, fan-shape, nd slowly but surely approaching nearer and nearer. so It was the month of September of the year 1779, and b he British were in possession of Savannah. The dragoons ad encountered the stranger youth on the highway, and ?U ad called upon him to tell who he was and where he was f rom, and where bound for; the young man had done so, e th ut his answers had not been satisfactory, and the draF1 oons had decided to make a prisoner of him and take him .r d Savannah When they attempted to do this, however, c "Jove, it does look a bit blue for me," said the lone horse man, with a somewhat anxious look on his handsome face. "Those rascally redcoats seem.bent on capturing me. And it really looks as if they would succeed, for there is only one possible way for me to evade them, and that is by making Major take the leap over the bluff. As it is thirty feet, at least, to the and no knowing whether or not the water is deep enough to break the fall, that would be very dangerous Still, I believe I will risk it, rather than let them capture me." He turned his head and looked down at the water so far below, and then again glanced toward the redcoats "Yes, I'll risk it," with determination, and turning the horse's head toward the river, the young man patted the animal on the neck, and said : "Good Major. Noble old fellow! Are you good for the leap into the river?" There was a whinny from the horse, and settling himself firmly in the saddle4 the young man over his shoul der, saw that the redcoats were on the point of firing upon him, and with a reassuring word, he urged the noble black horse forward. The animal seemed to know that a desperate feat was to be performed, but he did not falter. At the word from bis master he leaped boldly out from the bluff, and went e stranger youth had resisted, and had fired two-pistolsailing downward, like some huge, four-legged, wingless ots, emptying two saddles, and had burst through their bird. ne anks like a whirlwind and dashed away. They had given Splash! the horse struck the water, and went clear un ase, and as the fugitive had taken a side-road, which led c1er, the water coming .to the rider's waist. Then up the : o im deeper and deeper into the timber, they had followed horse came, and expelling the water from his nostrils with the hope that they would manage in some way to capa snort, the beast struck out bravely and swam straight out ter re the daring young horseman, and the result was that U vi e fugitive was finally brought to bay on the bank of the ct avannah River. into the stream. When the redcoats saw what the fugitive was going to do they uttered cries of anger, and attempted to level their There was no chance to escape up or down the stream, muskets and fire, but the horse and rider disappeared beittlnd the troopers had spread out, and formed a half-circle fore they could fire, and all that was left was for them to ound the horseman, and as they advanced the y had given spur their own horses up to the river bank. This they m pression to the remarks given at the beginning of this did, and when they reached the edge of the bluff they saw Jo ory. the horse and rider fifty yards distant out in the river, apec me


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." parently uninjured, for the horse was swimming lustily, and the rider sat the animal with the same ease and grace that had characterized him so far. "Fire!" roared the leader of the party of dragoons. "Don't let the scoundrel escape I Fill hlm so full of lead that when he drops off the horse he will sink, and never come to the surface. again." The troopers leve:ft;d their mu s kets and fired a volley, but their shots for the most part failed to carry the dis tance, and the few bullets that did reach that far did no damage. The redcoats rode down river bank, keeping as near the edge of the bluff as they could, and for the most part they were where they could see the daring fugitive, and could see that the horse was still swimming strongly. The river at this point widened greatly, and was seemingly half a mile in width, and it was this way for a couple of miles up and down. The horse and rider were now nearly halfway across the I s tream, and the young man was beginning to congratulate himself on having escaped, when his quick eyes detect e d something on the opposite shore which caused him to give The rider turned in his saddle, and waving his hand, vent to an exclamation of discomfiture. gave utterance to a shout of derision and defiance. "If you can t do better shooting than that you had bet ter save your powder and bullets," he cried. "0 h, the saucy rebel," cried the redcoat leader. "I'd give a pound note to have him in my clutches just now." "He's a daring fellow," said one. "He is for a fact," from another. "He is the most dar ing scoundrel that I have ever seen." "I more than half believe he is some noted rebel spy," said the leader. "I should not be surprised, captain," agreed one. "He be an old hand, or he never have had the au-/ dac1ty to attempt to make his escape from us in the first place." "That's right, and I 1Vish that we had succeeded in capturing him." "Are you going to give up the affair, now?" "What else can I do?" half-angrily. "l don't know." "There is only one thing that we could do, so far as I

THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." 3 rd to say, Lucy." "He is not a redcoat, that is plain." "True. At any rate, he does not wear the British uni and that is pretty good proof." \ "So it i.s. The are rarely seen without the scaret coats and brilliant trappings." "He may be a Tory." "Yes, that is possible." "But somehow, I-look, father !-look!" The girl pointed eagerly and excitedly as she uttered he exclamations. "Ha! he has fo.rced his horse to leap over the bluff!" enter the river, to go in pursuit, father. They did not fancy taking the plunge over the bluff." "You are right. Well, they will find a place a half mile down the stream, but that will make them lose enough time so that the stranger can easily escape." "Yes, father, and-but, look there I Goodness I he will not esca12e, after all." "Why not, Lucy? What is it?" "There is another band of redcoats, on the other shoreof the river." "Say you so, Lucy." "Yes, yes." "I cannot see them; but my eyes are not so good as "So he has !-and see, h'e is safe. The horse is a magnifiyours." ) ent animal, and made the leap successfully." "I see them very plainly." "So it did. I would never have believed that the feat :ould be performed. without kifiing horse or rider, or 16th." "Nor I." "There must have been some powerful incentive, or the nan would not have forced his horse to make such a danrous leap." "You are right, father. 'Ah !-look there!" A score of horsemen had suddenly appeared on the bluff 'he re but a few moments before had been the lone horseian. "'Redcoats," exclaimed the old man. "Ha I I understand .t now. The stranger is a patriot, and was pursued by the dcoat He was hemmed in on the bluff, and had to make e leap or submit to capture." "You are right, father, and-goodness I they have fired volley." ) "But did no damage, Lucy." "I believe you are right." "Yes, for see, the fugitive turns in his saddle and waves 's hand." "Yes, and he yelling in defiance, father," eagerly and citedly exclaimed the girl. "Oh, but he must be a brave an." :.. "There is little doubt on that score, Lucy. None but a afc man would have risked the plunge over the bluff. e took the risk of death rather than submit to capture.'' < "That horse is a splendid animal, father." d "He must be, Lucy; he swims very rapidly." : "Yes, be will have no difficulty in swimming across the rer." "How many are there, do you think?" "There must be a score, at least." "Too bad. Then the young stranger will not make his escape, after all." "I fear not, ather. Goodness. I wish that I might warn him of his danger He has not seen them, and seems to have no suspicion that-ah! yes he does I He sees them, I am confident, for he has stopped, and is swimming his horse around and around in a small circle, evidently at a loss to know what to do." When the horseman discovered that there were redcoat& on the farther shore of the river, he brought his horse to a stop, and then, in order to have time to think what he should do, he guided the animal, and kept him swimming gently aroul!d and around in a circle. "Now what shall I do?" he asked himself, a sober look on his handsome face. "Dick Slater, my b >y, it looks very much as if you were in a tight place." 1 He looked back toward the shore he had left, and saw the redcoats riding down the river bank. "They are hunting for a place where they can enter the river, and come in pursuit," he said to himself. "And the scoundtels on the other shore will lie in wait for me there. I don't see that I have much chance for my life, under the existing circumstances." It was indeed Dick Slater, the famous young scout, spy,. and captain of "The Liberty Boys qf '76." He and his co!11pany of "Liberty Boys" were in the South, for the purpose of doing all they could to aid the pattiot army and patriots in general, and on this afternoon Dick had started n "So I think. But see, the redcoats are riding down the out on a tour of investigation, leaving the youths in camp ore of the river." in a beautifol little glen amtd the tall trees of the heavy "They are going in search of a place where they can forest. He had, as we have seen, encountered the party of


4. THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." British dragoons, and the rest has been told, up to the pres ent moment. After looking first at the redcoats on one shore, and then at those on the other, looked up the river, and then down it. As he looked down the stream he gave a start. "There's an island," he exclaimed. "I will head down toward it, and make a landing, and wait and see what the reclboats do. They will probably swim out to the island, but if I can keep them away till dark, I may be able to make my escape by slipping out through their lines." Dick turned the horse's head downstream, and urged the animal forward. "Go on, Major, old fellow," he patting the animal on the neck. "You have done nobly, so far, and we will soon be on solid land again, in spite of the redcoats." The intelligent animal uttered a whinny, as much as to say: "I understand, young master, and will do my best." As they moved down the stream, there came the sound of yelling, an, d Dick saw the redcoats on the farther shore moving southward, evidently bent on keeping even with him. "Oh, yes, you scoundrels!" the youth murmured. "Yell, if it will do you any good-which I doubt. You haven't captured me yet." Down the stream they moved, and slowly but surely they drew nearer to the island. Dick was interested in this is land, and kept his eyes on it, with an occasional glance at either shore, tp see what the redcoats were doing. ."That's quite a nice little island," he said to himself, as he drew nearer, "but it isn't large enough, I fear, to afford me a hiding-place from the redcoats if they come off from the shore and search for me." However, he said to himself that it was a case of "any port in a storm," and this was better than no haven at all. ."It will give m& a brief respite, at least," he said to himself, "and I will have a little more tlme in which to ponder the situation and decide upon my future course." Nearer and nearer horse and rider drew to the island, and when theJ were within fifty yards of the north end the youth was surprised to hear a sweet, musical feminine voice call out : "This way, sir. Head right in here, and you will be able to a landing without difficulj;y." CHAPTER III. SIR HENRY NETHERSOLE. We will: with the author's privilege, go back three days. We wi? introduce the reader into Savannah, which was in the hands of the British at that time. In one of the best rooms of one of the b e st taverns in Savannah were seated two men. One was well dre ssed, anJ not unhandsome for a man of his years, he being at leas fifty years of age. His face was round and florid, showin that the owner bad always bee n a good liver, and it was J typical Engli s h face, the beard being worn in the style. The other man looked and dressed like a servin man, and indeed be was the other's valet, for the :firs t d scrib e d man was Sir Henry N ethersole, a rich and title Eng lishman. The gentleman, just at the time we introduce him to th notice of i.he reader, was greatly excited. His fa was even more florid than was customary, and shone eagerly. "Barnes," he said, his v01ce trembling with eagerne, r and excitement. "I am sure that I have this day s e en Har. rison Lemayne !" "Here in Savannah, sir?" rE;\marked the valet, m prise. "Yes, right here in Savannah." "Well, that is good, sir." j "So it is, so it is, Barnes; for if he is here, then it possible that I shall learn the whereabouts of my '1arlin long-lost child, Marguerite." "Yes, if you can get Lemayne in a corner, and force to tell, sir," was the reply, and thEf tone of the valet i plied doubt. "If I can, do you say, Barnes?" wa.s tJi1e testy repl ; "Why, man, I must, I will get him into a :corner, and I wi make him tell what he has done with my child, or I w1 kill him." "He deserves death, sir, to my way of .thinking." "And to mine, also," in a :fierce tone. "He s tole n! baby daughter more than seventeen years ago, and fled wit her from England, and never from that day till this have laid eyes on her. The baby was nearly a year old at -th) time, and now, at eighteen years of age, she is, if alive, young lady. And to think, Barnes, that I might meet bl in the street and never know her." .. "It is terrible to think of, sir." [ "So it is. But perhaps I may meet imd know her soon in a hopeful tone. P. "I hope so, sir." "The fact that I have at last found the hiding-place ii Lemayne gives ine hope, gives me renewed courage. A but he is aged, Barnes; he doesn't look like he did seve teen years ago." "I suppose not, sir."


THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." "No, he has changed wonderfully, and for worse. wish for the death of the child. He was well aware of the ut I knew him. It is hard to deceive the eyes of hate." fact that, the death of my wife left me welJ-nigh broken"Do you. think he saw you, sir?" asked the valet. "He saw me, for we met face to face; but if he recogzed me he gave no sign." :'And did you have any words with him?" g "Not then. I wanted to see where he stayed, and so I ,_Pllowed him, and tracked him to his home." q "Ah, tb'.en he lives in Savannah?" "Yes, Barnes; I inquired regarding him, and learned t he bas lived here for a period of nearly ten years." l "Well, well. And does he go under his own name?" hearted." "True, sir. It is possible that you will find your daughter, and right here in Savannah, too." "I hope so, I pray so, Barnes." "When are you going to see this man, sir?" "This eve.lling; right after dinner, Barnes." "\Till you wish me to go along, sir?" "Yes, you may come with us, Barnes." "Very well, sir." This ended the conversation, but when it was time for 0 .. No. He calls himself Morton-Hugh Morton." "And the child-your daughter, sir; did you dinner, the valet assisted bis master to dress, and accom learn panied him down to the dining-room, where they sat at li regarding her?" "Not yet have I learned anything regarding her. The. n who gave me the information was one who had met mayne--or Morton, in business transactions, but knew 1hing about his home life, or whether be had a family, inmates of his home, other than himself." rrt may be that you will find your daughter there, sir," t i Barnes, in the hope of encouraging his master. t 'I hope so, I trust so, Barnes," was the eager reply. llnd going to find out regarding the matter this V evening."How are you going to do it, sir?" iL'I am going to go to his home, and demand admittance." I And if be refuses?" he other smiled. "I shall be prepaTed for that," grim "I have applied for a and will take an offi-1 with me. If be refuses to admit me we will force our in, and if I find a young lady of P,erbaps eighteen s I shall be convinced that she is my daughter." But you can never be sure of it, sir, unless Lemayne table in an alcove, away from the main room. The valet, who was at the same time a confidential servant and com panion, always ate with his master, and when they had :finished and were in their rooms again, preparations were begun for the work of the evening. "The officer will be here with the necessary search-writ > at half-past six o'clock,'' said Sir Henry, "and I wish to be ready to go with him as soon as he comes." "Very well, sir," said Barnes, and he assisted his mas ter to doff his dinner suit, and don a street costume. The work had just been :finished when a tavern employee up a card. "Ah, the officer is here, Barnes,'' exclaimed Sir Henry. "Come along; we will not keep him waiting." Sir Henry wore a belt, with sword and pistols, and as be made his way down fo the waiting-room there was a stern look on his florid face. "I'll kill that scoundrel, L'emayne, if he tries any tricks with me," he said to "Yes, I'll kill him, if it is the last thing I do on earth." The officer was an alert-looking man, and after greeting can you?" Sir Henry and Barnes, he led the way out of the tavern, es. The child had a birthmark on her left arm, just and down the street. w the elbow. It was a crimson star, and two people "We will soon know whether or not your daughter is with d not bear such a mark. If I find such a young lady, the man whom you knew as Harrison Lemayne in Eng such a mark, I shall be certain that I have found my land, but who is known as Hugh Morton here in Savan -lost daughter. Ab, Barnes, I hope that I may find nah," 8aid the officer. "Yes, yes," said Sir Henry, eagerly. "T-hat is what I hope so, sir. But I have some fears that you may be wish to find out. Ah, I hope that she is with him, and that pointed. Lemayne hated Y'1Il intensely, sir, and be I may find her alive and well." have put the child out of the way.n The house occupied by Hugh Morton-and which the rue, Barnes," in a voice. "Lemayne :was officer said had been occupied by him for years-was soon and hated me with a bitter hatred for winning reached. It was noticed that there was no sign of a light Throckmorton from him. Still, I will hope for the :i.u the house, though it was rapidly growing dark, and Sir Barnes; the death of my wife, soon after Marguerite Henry experienced a queer sinking of the heart. orn, should have been sufficient to cause him to not "Looks as if there was nobody at home," said the officer.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." Sir Henry made no r e ply, and they advanced to the "To Sir Henry Nethersole:

THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." "Well," said the officer, "I would advise that you have a I from hl.s uncle's own lips the story of the stolen child, and tch kept on the house he was also awa re that Sir Henry was making strenuous "You think they will return?" eagerly. efforts to :find his daughter Fearing that Sir Henry might "I am almost sure that they will do so. You see, Morsucceed, he had b e en in the habit, for a year p a st, of follow n will remain away awhile, and when he thinks that you ing his uncle whe rever he went, in the hope 1 that, should 1ve in all probability started on your return to Engllttl.d, the search prove successful, be (Harold) might either win will come back and take up his quarters under his own the daughter to be his wife, or, failing in this, kill" her, thus of, once more." "Then I will set a watch on his house. Can you find me men :for the ?" 'Yes; 1 will take the contract of attending to the mat if you like, relieving you of all worry, and will make re ts to you at regular intervals." 'Good! What will be your charges for the work?" l 'Twenty pounds a week." 'It is settled Attend to the matter, and report to me making himself the heir to his uncle's title and wealth. The young man who was with Harold was perhaps :five years older, and wore beard and mustache. He was an unscrupulous villain, a London gambler who had often fleeced Harold, but who had finally taken up with him, and had agreed to furnish the money to enable the m to travel wherever Sir Henry went; and it was under s tood that, if Harold succeeded in making himself the heir to Sir Hen ry s wealth, Morgan Thornton, the gambler, was to receive my rooms in the King's Crown tavern whenever you a princely sum for his assistance in bringing the matter e anything of interest to impart." about. ery well, Sir Henry." Barry and Thornton had been in Savannah nearly a they parted, the officer to attend to his work, and month, and had succeeded, by a lucky accident, in identify Henry his valet to return to the tavern. As a mating Hugh Morton as Harrison Lemayne, who had stolen l of course, the titled Englishman was very much disapSir Henry's child, Marguerite, nearly eighteen years before. ( ted by his failure to fuid the persons for whom he was They had cultivated Morton's acquaintance, and although ching, but he did not say much, and soon afterward re-he had seemed rather shy and suspicious, had managed to .d for the night, though, as the valet could tell by the gain admittance to his house, where the y had made the bling about, and mutterings, not to sleep. CHAPTER IV. A PAIR OF VILL.A.Il

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." "Sh, Morgan," he half whispered. "Remember, the very About ten o'clock the pair left the tavern, and made the walls have ears, it is said." way in the direction of the house occupied by Hugh 11<>-' "Bosh; you are as timid as a girl, Barry." ton and his pretended daughter. "Who wouldn't be, Morgan, when-when-such a topic The two were soon there, but they waited till a Ji is being discussed ?" after eleven before making any move. Then they a' "Bah! 'tis nothing, when you make up your mind that preached i:he rear of the house, and Thornton proved th' way. The girl has chosen to refuse you, so the only thing he had told the truth about being able to enter any holl'! to do now is to put her out of the way. She is to blame, in the town by speedily effecting an entrance into the buie for she might just as well have married you." ing. They had brought a dark lantern along, a.nd ti" "But, jove, Morgan, I don't believe that I will ever be carefully made their way upstairs, and began the search lu equal to the task of putting her out of the way." the room occupied by the girl. They soon found a TIJ(" "You are too chicken-hearted, Barry. However, all that which q1ey felt confident was the one the girl occupied, you will need to do is to accompany me, and render me some little assistance, so that it may be said that you are equally guilty; but I will strike the blow. I am not at all squeamish." Barry shuddered. "Very well," he said. "I can do that." "And when the girl has been put out of the way, the next thing will be to serve your uncle, Sir Henry, the same way." "Yes." "It will be best to make an end of him while he is in this country, and then we can return to England, with proofs of his death, and you can at once enter into your she was not there. Yi The iwo hardly knew what to think, but went ahead vi' their search, and :finally :finished, without having found' girl or her pretended father, either one. "They are not at home," said Thornton in a low voice}l which disappointment and disgust were plainly discernif "It looks that way. I wonder where they have gone? "I drn't know. Well, let's get out of this. We have l our labor for our pains, this time, but we'll get her i time." 'r They made their way downstairs, and in the lower J encountered the old negress, who had been aroused by inheritance." noise made by the two. They were both masked, so did "It's a good plan," said Barry, "if we can only carry it fear recognition, and they were glad that the old neg out." had been awakened, for they could question her. "We must do it, Barry. There must be no 'ifs' about it." When the old negress saw the two men, with maskt "When will we make the attempt to put the girl out of their faces, and the dark lantern in hand, she utttm the way, Morgan?" 'The sooner the better. We will make the attempt this very night." "How will we work it?" "We will wait till about eleven o'clock, and then we wil go to the girl's I\.ome, enter, and make our way to her room, and make an end of her. Then about the next night we will slip in and :finish your esteemed uncle." Barry shuddered slightly. He was a reckless, dissipated fellow, but was not yet hardened to crime, as was his companion. "How are we going to manage to get into the girl's house ?" he asked. Morgan Thornton laughed. "Don't worry about that," he said. "I was at one stage of my career a professional and I haven't forgotten what I learned then. I JVill agree to enter any house in this town, at pleasure, and do it without any trouble to speak of." "That is all right, then." "Right you are." cry of terror, and dropped on her knees, her eyes rol wildly. "0 h, don't 1.ill me," she cried. "Please, massas, doa]l fur to hurt me. I hain't aone nothin', an' I hain't erg ter do nothin'." j Thornton drew a pistol and flourished it threateniny "Do you see that?" he hissed. "Y-yas, mas$as, I sees hit, so I does," in a quavti voice. "Well, then, tell us where your master and mistress A gone. Ift you refuse, I put a bullet through head." "I'd tell, massas; but I doan know-' deed I doan." t "You don't h.11ow ?" threateningly. "No, massas." "When did they go ?" "Dis evenin'." "And do you mean to say you don't know where went?" /2 "Yes, massas. Dey didn' tole me w hur dey wuz f;


THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." 9 "When will they be back?" "Dey didn' tole me dat, massas." "Humph. You are telling the truth?" "'Deed I is, massas !" "Well, we will be going. But, see here, you black ncb," in a fierce tone, "if you tell them of our visit to house when they return I will kill you. Do you hear?" 'Yes, Massas; I won' tell. I'll nebber say er word er t bit." 'See_. that you do not-if you wish to live." hen the two took their departure, leaving in the same they bad entered. 'Dey seems ter be a heap uv peep le dat air wan tin' ter Ole Massa an' Young Mist'ess, dis beah night," the ess muttered as she went back to bed. "Hit's mahse'f t doan unnerstan' bit, so I doan." he two villains returned to the hotel, and went to their m, feeling much put out. They were badly disappointtaken no active part one way or the other," the girl said noting Dick's hesitation. "You need not fear to speak. We saw that you were pursued by redcoats, and guessed that you were a patriot." "And you are 1n great danger, sir." "It would seem so, with a score of redcoats on either side of the river, waiting to go for me the instant I ven ture ashore." "You must not venture ashore, sir." "No, indeed," said the old man. "Your life will pay the forfeit, if you do so." "But if I don't go ashore they will come to the island and get me." The girl shook her head and smiled: "They will not be able to find you," she said. Dick was surprised "Do you mean to tell me there is a secure hiding-place on this little island?" he asked. "Yes, sir; there is a good biding-place. I don't th_ink the redcoats will be able to find you if they search all day." Well, the thing missed fire this time," growled Barry, a "Good!" exclaimed Dick. "I am indeed in luck." of disgust on his face. ."I don't know about biding the horse, however," said the But we'll succeed next time," said Thornton; confidentman dubiously. "What think you, Lucy?" CHAPTER V. A GOOD HIDING-PLACE. hen Dick Slater heard tbe voice call out "This way, as he was swimming his horse toward the island in the le of the Savannah River, be was very much d. ell, well, a friend here ?-and a woman at that?" be to himself. "This is better luck than I was expecting. follow the advice, and head right in for the shore." e did so, and soon reached it, and made a landing in y. As he leaped to the ground, he found himself in I resence of an old man, bent and apparently feeble, and utiful maiden of perhaps eighteen years. lh, good afternoon, lady," said Dick, doffing his hat owing, "so it was you who called to me?" es, sir," was the reply, the girl flushing slightly, and The girl knitted her brows. "I don't know, father," she said. "Perhaps it will be possible to conceal the horse." "If not I will remain out and take my chances on getting away from the redcoats," said Dick, decidedly. "I would not give up my horse under any circumstances." "He is a noble-looking animal," said the girl, _in admiration "Indeed, he is a noble animal, and we have been through many wild adventures together, Major and I. No, if we. cannot conceal him then I will remain here, in the open, and make an attempt to escape by swimming ashore." "Look," exclaimed the girl, pointing, "the redcoats have come down to the river's edge, and are riding_ in. They are going to swim their horses out to the island." "Yes, and I doubt not that. those on the other side of the river are doing the same thing," said Dick. "Come," said the old man, "if we are going to bide, bad better be about it. We may have some trouble in get ting the horse into the place of concealment." The old man and the girl led the way toward the cen ter of the isl and, Dick following, leading the horse. The way was uphill, the of the island being much higher ou are a patriot, are you npt, sir?" than the edges, and there we:re many large rocks and boule youth hesitated, and glanced at the girl searchingly, ders. Indeed, at the extreme high point, near the center of hen at the old man. the island, great heaps of stones and boulders, and at we are patriots in feeling, though so far we have one point was a giant ledge of stone, thirty feet in height,


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." and seemingly forty feet wide and a hundred feet long. Piled along the face of the ledge were hundreds of stones and boulders of all sizes. At the point in front of where the old man and the "It seems to be a very good place to stay." 'l'hey had been in the cavern fifteen or twenty min when they suddenly heard the sound of voices. "The redcoats are searching for you, sir," said the g maiden came to a stop, a slab of stone perhaps three inches in a low, cautious voice. in thickness and five feet wide by seven or eight in height, leaned against the face of the ledge. Seizing hold of this slab, the old man and the girl pulled outward, and it came away from the face of the ledge a of two feet, re vealing an opening about three feet wide by five in height. "There; do you think you can get the horse through that ppening ?" the girl asked, somewhat anxiously. "Yes, I think so," was the reply; "but is there room for him after he enters?" "Oceans of it, sir. Once he is through the entrance, all will be well, for beyond is a large cavern, capable of hold ing a score o'f horses." "Good! I will get him in there at once." The "Liberty Boy" led Major up to the entrance, and, passing through, spoke to the horse. "Down upon you:i:, knees, Major," he said, "down, sir, and follow me." 'rhe intelligent animal dropped upon his knees, and worked pis way through the opening, slowly but surely, and when the cavern proper was reached, he rose to his feet and shook himself and gave utterance to a snort of relief. "Bravo, Major," said Dick, patting the animal on the neck; "you are a horse worth having." The old man and the maiden followed, and pulled the slab back to its place against the side of the ledge. To surprise, it was not dark in the chveni, and the girl explained this by saying that there was an opening in .,. the top of the cavern, which admitted the light. 1 "This seems to be a nice hiding-place," said Dick. "How did you happen to find it?" * * The redcoats who had chased Dick Slater, the yo1 "Liberty Boy," rode down the river a distance of ha mile, and here they found a place where they could down to the edge of the water in safety. "Follow me, boys," said the leader of the party, a tain by the name of Morgan. "We will get that yo s coundrel yet. He was forced to come down to the isl: our boys on the other side having made it an impossib for him to cross th river, and all we will have to do be to swim our horses out to the island, while our fri come out to the island from the other shore, and the will have no chance to escape." "You are right, captain," said one of the men. They rode into the and swam their horses t island. The party from the other shore readied the i at the same time, and the leaders conferred; and the r was that the majority of the men were ordered to strin around the edge of the island, so as to be sure of.he the "rebel" off, and effecting his capture, if he atte to take to the water. This done, a searching party of a dozen began the work of looking for the fugitive. The redcoats searched thoroughly, their surpris wonder growing as they progressed, and found no si the fugitive. They made a thorough search of the i and :finally brought up at the great ledge o.f ston paused almost in front of the slab which covered n, trance to the cavern. "Well, this beats anything I ever heard of," excl. Captain Morgan. "Entirely by accident," the girl said. "Father and I "It is very strange," said Lieutenant Marsh, who were on the island one day, ;hen a severe rainstorm came command of the other party of dragoons. up, and in seeking for shelter we found this cavern." "I saw that scoundrelly rebel land on this island, "And do you here?" the youth asked. His keen swear to that." eyes had taken note of the fact that the cavern was well "So did I. And I can take oath that he did n stocked with provisions and with blankets, etc. the island." "We are staying here now," replied the old man, quick"So can I. But where is he?" ly, and with a warning look at the girl, which did not "That is the question." escape Dick's notice. The men looked at one another wonderingly and "There is some mystery here," thought the youth, "but I tioningly. shall make no effort to pry into it, for they have proved "I can see how it might be possible for the rebel themselves my friends, and it would be poor return for but I don't see where he could have concealed the their kindness to make an attempt to pry into their affairs." "That is indeed a mystery," was the reply. So he simply said: At this instant there came to the hearing of the r


THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." 11 peculiar, ringing noise made by a horse pawing the id stone with its hoof. "ls ii. a large force?" a s ked Bob eagerly. "No, I don t think so," was the reply. "I think that The men started, and uttered exclamations, while staring we can easily hold our own now that we have escaped being one another in amazement. o "The horse is within one hundred feet of where we are nding at this very moment," exclaimed Captain Mor *m, looking all around him with searching gaze. l "And where the hor s e is there also is the horse's mas L\," said LiE!_utenant Mar s h. D r i "You are right, Marsh! And I do not intend to leave re till we have found both horse and master." CHAPTER VI. A STARTLING REVELATION. "I wonder what is keeping Dick?" telling, Bob." c 'He ought to have been back before this." taken by surprise." ''We will try to, at any rate," said Bob grimly. The redcoats di'd not seem to be very eager to make an attack, as it was half an hour at l e a s t before they made any demonstration, and then all they did was slip up a a clos e as they thought they dared, and fire a :few scattering shots. The "Liberty Boys" returned the shots with inter est, and presently the enemy withdrew, and all was quiet again. Feeling confident that the redcoats were in such small force that they could do no damage, Bob told the boys to lie down and get some sleep, a double line of sentinel s being placed out, to give warning in case the British made any more attempts at attacking. No more were made during the night, but when mornig c ame, some scouts which Bob sent out brought back the astounding information that they were completely SU:\ rounded, and by a force of at least three hundred. i s 'Yes; he did not intend to remain away long, I think." This was not pleasing news, but as. the encampment was 'No; he said he would ride ahead two or three miles, on the top of a wooded knoll t o hundred feet high, the it scout around a bit, and then return." youths felt that they would be able to give a good account a1 That is possible; I wish he had let one of us fellows go 1 of themselves. .h him." "They have us nicely 'treed,'" said Bob, grimly, "but. I f 'So do I." think we will be able to hold our own against them twas night, night in the tall timber bordering the Sa"Yes, we'll make it warm for them," Mark0Mornah River in South Carolina. In a little opening a ri s on. n y of young men had made a camp. There were perThe redcoats, feeling confid ent on account of their sus one hundred of the young men, and they were the p e rior numbers, now began advancing. They cam e up e ous "Liberty Boys," who at that time were famous sloping sides of the knoll slowly and cautiously, takiRg aci h ughout the North and the South for their daring work vanta g e of all the protection afford e d by the trees; but.. they the battlefields, and in guerrilla-like work, after the were n o t so e xpert at it as were the "Liberty Boys," and the 1 on set by Marion, Sumpter, and other Southern pary outh s began doing some sharpshooting that was a revelaleaders. tion to the enemy. he conversation given above was between Bob Estabrook Mark Morrison. It was now dark, and Dick Slater 1, ld have been back, and the two were somewhat anxious. b, who was in command in Dick s absence, had placed ot nels out, and suddenly all were startled by the sound musket-shot. o arms, boys," cri e d Bob. "The redcoats may b e ng!" n le "Liberty Boys" leaped up, and seizing their w e apook refuge behind trees, and scarcely had they don e s o the sentin e ls came running into the camp. e 1 he redcoats are at hand," cried one. "Look out for They fired individually at irregular intervals, wherever the y got a chance to take aim, and nearly every shot was effe ctive. Scarcely a bullet that did not find lod g m ent in some portion of the body of a Britis h soldier As they saw their comrades dropping on all sides the a nger of the ret!coats blazed up, and their. command e r ga v e the order for them to charge. The y obeyed, but the y w e r e met by volley after voll e y from the weapons of the "Lib e r t y Boy s," and finally turne d and fled bac k down the s lope. Their reception had been too warm, and they could n ot face the storm of bull ets A loud cheer went up fr o m the Lib e rty Boys" a s th e y saw the redcoats retreating and some of the youths wis h e d


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." to follow up the success by charging out upon the enemy, ceed in finding the entrance to the cavern, they will rema but Bob would not permit it. near at hand, and it will be impossible for us to leave he "Hasten and reload your muskets and pistols," he orwithout being seen and captured." dered; "that will be wiser than to chase after the red-He listened intently, and heard the redcoats movi coats, with empty weapons in our hands." about, searching for the hiding-place of the horse and This was good advice, without doubt, and the youths mast e r One fellow thumped on the very slab that obeyed. Bob was a hot-headed fellow himself, as a rule, and when Dick was present to command, but now the re sponsibility rested upon his shoulders, and he held his im pulsiveness in check, and forced himself to act with cau tion. In truth, he did as nearly the way he thought Dick would do as he possibly could, and he had been with Dick so long that be knew just about what the young captain of the "Liberty Boys" would do in any emergency. The wisdom of remaininl where they were and reloading their weapons was speedily made apparent, for presently the redcoats again advanced to the attack. As in the for mer instance, however, they were repulsed. They made no further attempt to attack the "Liberty Boys," but settled down at a safe distance, and made them selves as comfortable as possible. "What does it mean, Bob?" asked Sam Sanderson. the opening, but failed to discover that it concealed e ntrance to a cavern. While Dick was listening at the entrance he was s denly startled by a muffied cry of pain from the old and another cry-of alarm-from the girl. Dick look around, and saw the old man leaning against the wall, face very pale, and with both hands clasped upon his 1 side in the region of the heart The youth hastened to the old man's side, the girl rea_ ing there at the same instant. "What is the matter, fat er?" she asked, an anxious look on her face. "The--old-trouble--Lucy," was the reply, in a gaspi voice. "My-heart--" The old man paused, and grew very pale, and a litt cry escaped the girl's lips, as the old man' s hea in her lap and smoothed bis hair back. "I guess it means that, having us 'treed,' so to speak, Dick looked sober. He judged, from the old man' s looks, they are going to keep us treed, Sam," was the reply. that he was not long for this world, and he asked the girl ''You see, they have us at a big disadvantage, in that we "Is he subject to such attacks?" have no water here, and but very little food." "Yes," she replied. "But I-I-have never seen-him "True, and they can force us to make some sort of an look quite--like this." attempt to escape, when they will have the chance to shoot The youth knelt beside the old man, and chafed b' us down, as we ha-rl! been doing with them." wrists, but the labored, stentorious breathing told him th "That is it; we cannot hold out much longer than to-it was useless to try to do anything. He would not te day." "You are right. I am very thirsty, even now." "So am I. Things. look blue for us, I must say." "And whe re is Dick?" remarked Sam Sanderson. "That is the question," replied Bob, soberly. "I fear he has gotten into trouble." "It is likely, or he would have been back long ere this." * * And what of Dick Slater and his two companions. As soon as he beard the sound of the voices, Dick crept up close to the entrance to the cavern, and placing his ear close to the opening at one side of the slab of stone, listened. He heard and understood all that was said be-> tween the captain and lieutenant, and when pawed the hard stone bottom of the cavern, and was heard by the redcoats, a fee ling of dismay took possession of Dick. "Jove, that i,, ad," he said to himself. "The redcoats heard that, and kn -v the is secreted near at hand, and the result will be '1at, even though they may not suethe girl so, however, as it would make her feel bad for n purpose. Presently the old man, who had had his eyes shut, ope ed them with a start, and looked up at Dick. "You seem to be--an-honest-ma:n," he gasped. "Will -you-promise to--to Lucy-when I-am gone?" "I promise," said Dick, soberly, and a low moan escaped lhe lips of the girl. "You will not die, father," she cried. "You will live many years yet." "No, I-am going-Lucy." Then he again looked up in Dick's face. J in s ide the bosom of-my-shirt," he said; "y1ouwill-find a-packet-there." t The youth did as told, and drew fc:irth a packet of pa \ ers. "When I-am-gone, read-the--papers," the old ma gasped. "They tell-all." He was silent a few moments and then looked up in Lucy's face.


THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." 13 me-you-won't-hate-me when-when-people who are fighting the people of America. No, I will have-read the--<:ontents of-the papers-Lucy," he remain here." id in an appealing voice, and an eager, pleading k on his face. The girl bent and kissed him. "I promise, father," the 1 said. "You should know that I will always love you." "You might not, after-after-you-read." He said no more, and a few moments later he was dead. Gently as possible Dick told the girl, who had not noted fact, and then the youth had to utter comforting words the bereaved girl, who wept as if hei: heart were broken. t last she grew calmer, and then Dick called her atten n to the packet of papers. He thought that the read of the might interest the girl, and take away the "By the way, Miss--" "Morton," said the girl. "Lucy Morton shall be my name. I lay no claim to the name of Marguerite Nether i;ole." "I will call you by the name you have always borne, then, Miss Lucy," said "And now, how comes it you are here, in this cavern?" "We came here only three days ago, sir," was the reply. "Father-he," with a nod toward the dead man, "said he was in danger in Savannah, where we have lived for years, and asked me to come to the island with him for a few days until the danger had passed.;, rp edge of her sorrow. He su s pected that there would "Ah!" said Dick with an interested look in his eyes,, "did omething in the papers to influence the girl against her he say of what the danger consisted?" her, and this would aid some in getting her over her ing of sorrow. Of course, Dick did not for a moment ect the real truth-that the dead man was not the Shall we read the papers ?" he asked, and the girl re f d that thf!y might as well do so. oche youth cut the string binding the packet, and un f#ing the papers, began reading. He read slowly, aloud, in a c::p1tious voice that would not be heard by the red s outside, and as he progressed a wondering look of zement appeared on the girl's face. "No, sir." "Do you suppose it was some person that he feared ?" "Yes, I am sure it was some enemy, who may have come to Savannah." The youth nodded. "This is what I think," he said. "And the chances are that that enemy of your father-your supposed father, I mean-would be a friend of yours." "You mean-" "That it might be that your real father is in Savannah, or at least one who knew this man, Harrison Lemayne, and was acting for your father, and searching for Lemayne." nd I nm not his daughter," the girl exclaimed when had :finished. "I am not Lucy Morton, but am Mart ite Nefhersole, the daughter of an English nobleman. o well, is it not strange!" ,. es, indeed," acquiesced Dick, looking at the girl with 0 est. "You now see why he asked that you would not "I wonder if that can be true?" the gfrl murmured. "It is possible, at least said Dick. Just at this instant the two were startled by hearing the crack, crack, crack of firearms, and the wild yells of anger and defiance, such as are given vent to by men whe n en gaged in battle. "What can it JEean.?" Dick asked himself. "Who can es," in a sad tone. "Well, he has wronged me ter[ have put in an app e arance and attacked the redcoats?" I him after reading the papers." But I freely forgive him. He has treated me well, !iave loved him fully as much as if he had been my c father, I am sure. I suppose I will never see my own r now." ill don't see any reason why you should not-if he is still "said Dick. "You can go to England, and with these ke s to show, you can easily convince your real father you are his daughter." y )eculiar, sober look came over the girl s face. "I don't l I shall ever go," she said, slowly. pa hy not.,,, in surprise ld ell, I am an American !irl, now, in feeling and symand I could not bear to go to England, among the CHAPTER VIL THE VILLAINS AT WORK. Harold Barry, the scapegrace nephew of Sir Henry Neth ersole, and Morgan Thornton, the gambler and desp e rado, were greatly disappointed by their failure to find the sup posed daughter of Hugh Morton, and the real of Sir Henry, at home when they entered the house, as already


14 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." told. They did not sleep well, that night, and were in difficult to get him to talking, the liquor loosening a bad humor when morning came. tongue. They were quiet and uncommunicative, and ate breakfast "Say, do you know," said Thornton in an oily, insinua in almost total silence; but as they drank considerable ing voice, "I like you, Luke Wilson"-they had learne l i quor, it began to have effect and they gradually grew less the hunter' s name-" almost as well as I do my old frien morose and sullen, and talked some. They began laying Hugh Morton." ptans to make their plans a success, and as they thought Wilson, the hunter, looked at the speaker and grinn the man and girl would return to their home soon, they in a pleased way. "Is thet so?" he said.

THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." 15 "He never tole ye thet he hed tole me, hey?" "No." "'.Val, I m er good frien' uv Hugh, an' I guess thar hain' t much thet he hain't tole me. I know all erbout how he i s er Englishman whut hed his prommussed wife stole frum 'im by er nobleman, an' how-but m e bby I hedn' better tork too much," with a startled look at the two. "Mebby ye two don' know ez much erbout Hugh ez I do." "Oh, I guess we do," eas ily im.d car e lessly. "You were going Lo sp e ak of his st e alin g the dau ghte r of the English nobleman who stole his promised bride--isn' t that right?'' "Yas," with a nod. "I guess ye fellers know ez much erbout Hug h ez I do." "Oh, we know all about him, so you need not hesitate to speak right out." "All right; I won't hesertate." "By the way, why did you wish to see Hugh?" asked Thornton, carelessly. "Whut d ye wanter know fur?" "I thought it possible that we, being dear friends of his, might be able to take his place." 'rhe hunter shook his head. "No; I hev ter see 'im," was the reply. "Et's s umlhin' thet kain't be tole ter outsiders no matter how good frien'li they may be." "Oh, then of course you will have to go and see Hugh himself." "Yas; thet's whut I'm goin' ter do." "When are you going?" "Purty soon; jes' ez soon ez I git good an' full uv licker." "The n you really know where he is?" I ever, for as the fellow himself said, he did not get to the city very often, and when he did he wanted to enjoy himself a bit. The two had never encountered a man who could drink as much as Luke Wilson put away, and it was well along toward evening before he was willing to leave the tavern. The schemers had feared that they would have trouble in getting the hunter along, but he surpris e d them by walking almost as straight as they could, and he led the way down to the river. He untied the painter of a boat, and told the two to get in, which they did, though they hardly knew what to think. "ls Hugh up the river?" Thornton asked. "Yas." He clambered into the boat, after pushing it off, and taking the oars, began rowing. He was a strong fellow, and even though about as drunk as it was possible for him to be, he managed to propel the boat through the water a t a very fair rate of speed. The hunter kept this up steadily and tirelessly for a hour or It was now almost sundown, and as they a bend in the river they saw a party of seemingly about one hundred horsemen swimming their horses acro s s from the mainland to an island in the middle of the stream, which was at this point nearly a mile wide. "Hold!" cried Thornton, who with his friend was s it ting in the stern of the boat, and, being faced in th e d i rec tion they were going, saw the horsemen at once. "What doe s that mean, Wil son?" The hunte r stopped rowing, and twisting around in h is seat, l ooked in the direction indicated. "Yas; I'd bet thet I do." "I dunno whut et means," he muttered, after a bri e f Thornton looked at Barry, and said: "Say, old fellow s urv ey; '.'but I guess we hed better git in under kiver, an' don't you think it would be a good plan for us to go with wait an' see whut happens." Luke?" He headed the boat in toward the shore, and with a few "Yes, I do," r e plied Barry, taking he cue. "I think it s trong strokes sent it against the bank at a point where very important that we see Hugh at once." some overhanging bushes would effectually conceal it from "You see," explained Thornton, confidentially, to the observation. hunter. "We happen to have some iBformation regarding Hugh's enemy, and I think he ought to have the informa tion at the earliest possible moment." "Oh, thet's et, hey?" "Yes." "Wal, ye kin go along uv me, I guess." "All right." The two scheming villains now began trying to get the hunter out of the bar-room, so as to get him to start for the point where he seemed to feel sure he would find Hugh :Morton and the girl. They found this no easy task, how"Who can those men be, I wonder?" remarked Thorn ton "Have you any idea, Luke?" "No," was the "I on'y know they hain't fur they hain't got on no uniforms." "Perhaps they are Tories." "Mebby so." "They are going to land on the island, aren't they?" "Looks like et." "I wonder why they are going there?" "I dunno." "Perhaps tliey have a camp there."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." "Mebb'y so; but I donbts et." "Why do you doubt it?" "'Cos I know thar wuzn't no camp thar er week ergo." "That proves nothing." "No, I s'pose not." "Certainly not. They have made a camp there within the past two or three days." CHAPTER VIII. THE VILLAINS RJOH THE ISLAND: Captain Morgan and Lieutenant MalJlh were very much puzzled when they heard the pawing noise. They were "Mebby so." sure it was made by the horse of the rebel, and they were "Were you headed for the island, Luke?" asked Thornequally certain that the horse was very near where the ton, a sudden thought coming to him. "Yas." "Why, are Hugh and the girl there?" stood. "We must find the horse and his master," the captain declared, but after the half-dozen had searched all around "Thet wuz whar I 'xpeckt ter fin' 'em." and found no signs of the fugitive they hardly knew what "But you won't find them there, now," in a tone of disap-to think. poini.ment. "Let's have all the boys come up here and help us "W'y not?" "These men will have caused them to leave the island." Luke Wilson chuckled. search," suggested the lieutenant. "Very well," agreed the captain, and the men were sent for-, and were soon on hand. Then the work progressed with considerable vigor ancl "No; they'd stay, jes' ther same," he said. "Then you think this party of men would be friendly to energy. It was no use, however; nQwhere could they find a place where horse and rider could be concealed, and at last they paused :hear the entrance to the cavern-whose ex They won't be nothin' 'im." "Wh t d ,m istence they did not of course suspect-and held a council. Hugh?" a o you mean. I "Th h 't k h th 1 ,, "What shall we do?" the captain asked. et t ey won never now e lS on er ls an "H th h 1 k 't? Th 1 d "I hardly know what to reply to that," said the lieuten-ow can ey e p nowmg l e lS an lS very small, and it would be impossible to hide in such manner as to escape being seen." "Ye think so ?" "Yes." whar yer "Eh?" "Yas; thar's er hi din' -place on ther islan' thet them fel lers wouldn' fin' in er hunderd yeers." "Is that a facH" ant; "I am confident that the rebel is within hearing of our voices, and I hate to give up without having found and cap tured him." "That is the way it seems to me," the captain declared. "What do you say to camping down here and holding on till the rebel is forced by hunger and thirst to show him self?" "That is a good idea." "And you are in favor of doing that?" "I am." "Yer bet et is." At this instant came the crack, crack, crack! of "Well, I should never have thought that such could he muskets, and several of the redcoats fell, either dead o'., the case." "Nor I," from Barry. "Listen ter thet," suddenly exclaimed the hunter, peer ing wonderingly in the direction of the island. wounded. "We are attacked l Run for your lives!" cried the ca_p tain, and with wild yells of terror the men fled from the !:ipot. The attacking party went in pursuit, and fired after the fleeing redcoats, bringing down several. Perhaps twentyfive of the British dragoons succeeded in getting mounted The three had seen the party of horsemen reach the shore, dismount, and disappear among the trees a few minutes be fore, and now they heard the rattle of firearms, followed by wild yells. on their horses, and away in safety, twelve to fifteen of their asked Thornton, looking incomrades having fallen. "What does that mean?" quiringly at the hunter. Wilson shook his head. "Ye kain't prove et by me," he said. "Mount and pursue the scoundrels," cried the leader of the attacking party; "we must not let so many escape. After them."


THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." 17 The men rushed to where they had left their horses, I way back to where my 'Liberty Boys' are. They will unounted, and riding into the water, started in pursuit of easy if I fail to return on time." e redcoats. "So I should judge." There did nqt seem to be much difference in the swim. g abilities of the horses ridden by the redcoats and those "But you see, I don't know what to do with you?" "I think it will be best for me to return to my home in which the pursuers were mounted, and the British draSavannah. Would you not 'think so?" ns managed to keep out of musket-shot distance, until "Yes; I should think that would be the best thing to do, e shore was reached, and then, with wild yells of dellfiss Lucy." nee, they plunged into the timber and rode away at the "There is only one drawback to such a course, and it is .st speed of which their horses were capable. not a serious one." .. The pursuers r eached the shore, and as they rode out "What is it?" to the solid ground the leader, who was no other than '"rhere is a man there, an Englishman, who has been e famous General Marion, "The Swamp Fox," cried tmt: paying suit to me, and he has worried me dreadfully, as ''Now give chase, men, and catch the scoundrels, if you he persists in coming, even though I have told him again an Give them a volley if you succeed in getting in musand again that I prefer that he remain away." et-shot distance." "He certainly is, not a gentleman." With cheers the men dashed onward in pursuit of the "No; for I have refused the offer of his heart and hand Jcoats. * * Dick Slater and Lucy Morton, as we will call her, lisened to the shots and yells in amazement. (resently all became quiet, and the girl looked at the still cuted by the attentions of this fellow?" a of the dead man and shuddered. "! don't see what else I can do." What shall we do, Mr.-you haven't told me your name, "Nor I. Well, I will accompany you to the city. But "My name is Slater, Slater." ''I have heard of you." how are we to go there?" "By boat." "Where is the. boat?" "Indeed!" "I know where one is secreted. -We came here by it." "Yes; you are the captain of the company of young men "Ah, that will simplify matters." own as 'The Liberty Boys of "So it will. Shall we go now?" "That is correct, Miss Lucy." "I think it is safe to venture out, as I do not hear any"Well, Mr. Slater, what shall we do? Arre you going to thing of the redcoats or their pursuers." ay here all night?" "And what will we do with the body of my poor father?" "I do not wish to do so. I ought by rights to be on my 1 The girl could not get over calling the man father, even


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." though she knew that he was really not related to her at all. "I will give the body burial before we leave the island," Dick. "Thank you, Mr. Slater." The "Liberty Boy" and the girl seized hold of the huge flat stone, and pushed outward. It and swung slowly "Perhaps you are right, but I doubt it." "I'm a dangerous man," fiercely. "Pshaw, nci !" simulating surprise. "Yes." "Well, well. I wouldn't have thought it." "You wouldn't, eh?" "No; you don't look it." outward until there was room for them to pass through the "Well, I am a dangerous maJ!, just the same, and yo opening. Then they stepped out and glanced about them are risking death by talking to me in the fashion you ha Lying near were four dead redcoats, and while Dick was been doing." looking at tM bodies he wi! -startled by a cry from the 'ro the desperado's surprise Dick laughed aloud. girl. "I've beard barking dogs before to-day," be said coolly. "What is it, Miss Lucy?" looking up quickly. "What's that," the Englishman hissed. "Do you da As he did so three men stepped out from among the talk thus to me?" trees and confronted them. "One of them is Harold Barry," said Lucy in a low voice, intended only for Dick's ears. The three newcomers paused and stared at Dick in amazement, and this gave him the chance to ask: "Who are the other two?" "One is a friend of Barry's, who calls himself Morgan Thornton; the other, I think, is named Luke Wilson, and he is an old hunter and a friend of my dead father." "Did he know of this cavern?" "Yes." "Why not? Who are you?" "My name is Morgan Thornton, and 1 have killed mo men than you are years old. fl "It's about time your career was brought to an end then," exclaimed Dick, and with the words he ou two pistols and leveled them at the astonished trio. "Hold on, there. What do you mean?" the gamble cried, starting back, and dropping his hand upon the but o.E his pistol. "I mean replied Dick firmly, "and if you at tempt to draw that weapon I will put a bullet through you "Then he has guided the two scoundrels here." black heart with as little compunction as if you were "It would seem so. You think they are scoundrels, mad aog." then?" Thornton was keen enough to realize that the speake "If looks are not deceiving, Miss Lucy." meant what he said. He realized now that he had caugb The th1'ee advanced at this juncture, and Thornton, cona Tartar in this quiet-looking young fellow, and he curse stituting himself spokesman, said: himself for being so foolish as to permit himself to be take "Who are you?" at a disadvantage. Knowing that he would not dare dra The "Liberty Boy" did not like the fellow's tone, so the weo.pon he took his hand away from the pistol. did not waste any politeness upon him. "That is none of your business," he replied, promptly. The fellow's face grew dark with anger. "Do you know who you are addressing, sir?" he asked, witli great haughtiness. "No, and I don't care." "Ob, you don't?" The gambler and desperado was eyeing Dick closely, and there was a fierce, threatening light in bis eyes. "Not a bit." "You are quite independent, aren't you?" sarcastically. "That's right," said Dick approvingly. "Now what d you feliows want?" "We want ter see Hugh Morton," said the old hunter. The youth shook his head, while the face of Lucy &1d dened. "You can never again see him in life," said the yo1'1J1 "Ye don't mean ter say ez how't Hugh is dead?" Wilso exclaimed. "Yes, he is dead." "And you killed him," exclaimed Barry viciously. Ji had gotten the idea into his head that Dick had know "Quite so, yes." Lucy before, and h ad killed her pretended father in orde "If you knew who you were dealing with, you would not to secure the girl. be so ,independent." "No?" "No." _, "You are a liar," said Dick calmly. The face of the EnglishmaIY'grew red with anger. "You dare tell me I lie?" he hissed.


THE LIBERTY BOY "Certainly. You did lie whe n you accu s ed me of killing "Those two scoundr e l s do not intend to leave the island Hugh I did not injure him." jus t yet, Mis s Lucy," said Dick. ''He died a natural death," the g irl said s adly. "He has long been troubled with a weakness of the h eart, and h e had an atta c k a short time ago, from whi c h h e did n o t recover.n "An' i s he in th er cavern, thar ?" asked the hunte r. "His body lies in there, yes." "Then, as you have no protector, accept the offer which I "That is what I think, sir." "Yes they m ean mi s chi e f." "What had we b ette r do?" A crackling amid the underbru s h was h e ard at this in s tant, and seizing the girl, Di c k half-pu s h e d her through th e ope ning leading into the cavern, and followed The n as they pulled the stone back into place, Thornton have several times made you, Miss Lucy," s aid Barry eagerand Barry came leaping out from among the trees. ly. "Give me the right to pro te ct you during the rest of your lifetime." The girl shook her head. "I liave given you your answer s everal times," she said, decidedly. then your father was alive, and you had a pro tector; now you have no one to look after you, and take care of you." "I will take care of myself." "Then you r e fuse to accept my offer?" "I do." CHAPTER IX. SIR HENRY .A.T WOR'K. As we said in a former chapter, Sir Henry N ethersole had hired the police-officer to keep a watch on the home of Hugh Morton, so that he might be informed of the man's return. A muttered curse escaped the lips of the young scapera c e fortune-hunter, and he looked inquiringly at ThornTwo days passed, and then about the middle of the after-, I of the third day the offic:r was on watch at that "We will have to carry the other plan," said the time saw the hunter, I.Juke Wilson, call at the house, and ambler in a low voice. afte r a conver s ation with the negress at the door, leave. Barry nodded assent, though it was plain from the look "I'll wager that fellow knows where Morton is," thought on his face that this did not suit him very well. the officer, "and I'll just keep my eyes on him, and if I get "What's all that mumbling about?" asked Dick, whos e a good chance I'll interview him." u s picions were aroused. He believed the two scoundrels to be capable of anything, and he was confident that he meant the beautiful girl no good. "None of your business," said Thornton, with a vicious ook. "Why did you wish to see father?" Lucy asked of the mnter. Then, to his surprise/ and somewhat to his disgust, he saw the two rascal s Thornton and Barry, join the stranger and engage him in conversation. "Now what are those two fellows up to?" the officer asked himself. "I wonder if they are wanting to find Hugh ton, the same as we are?' It looks so. Well, I'll put one of the boys on their track, and then I'll return to the house "Et don' matter now," was the reply. "He's gone, an and interview that old negress, and resume my work of lhe t ends ther matter. I mought ez well be goin'." Then watching." 1e turned to his companions. "D'ye wanter go back with me?" he asked: The two hesitated, and then Thornton said: re might as well. He followed the three a couple of Llocks, when he sud Jenly made a peculiar gesture to a man on the opposite side "I guess of the street. The man at once joined him. "See the three fellows ?" the :first officer asked-the other "Won't you come along with us, Miss Lucy?" asked Bar-was an officer, also. y. "You will return to your home in Savannah, I sup pose?" "No, I will' remain h e re for th e pre s ent," the girl said. "Yes I see them." "Well, k eep your eyes on them. See they go, and foll o w them. That hunter-looking fellow was at Morton's "I thank you for y our kind offer." house, and I have no doubt he knows whe re Morton is." "All right," and the thre e turne d and s trod e away, quick"\Vho are the oth e r two?" ly di s appearin g from s i ght in t11e timb e r and darkness. "A coupl e of ra s cal s or I mi s s m y guess. The y have


been stopping at the King's Crown for nearly a month, ana they are gamblers, and likely desperadoes." "Quite likely. Well, I'll keep watch on them." "Good; and I'll go back and see if I can find out anything from the negress." The two parted, one to follow the three men, and keep watch of them, the other turning back, and retracing his steps to the home of Hugh Morton. He made his way to the ho.use and knocked on the door. The old negress opened the door. "Well, whut yo' want?" she asked. "I wish to ask you a question, aunty,'J was the reply. r. "Whut yo' wanter a4?" "I wish to know who the man was that was here a little while ago." The negress shook her head. "Yo' won' fin' out dat frum me," she declared. "Why not?" '"Case I dunno who he wuz." The officer eyed her searchingly. "Are you telling the truth, aunty?" he asked. "'Deed I is, sah." "And you don't know the man's name?" "No more'n I knows yo' name, sah." "What did he want?" "You say Olli) of your men is watching the stranger the two gamblers?" he asked. "Yes." "And they went into the barroom of the King's Oro Tavern, you say?" "Yes." Sir Henry showed signs of excitement. "Somehow, I believe this stranger will lead us to whe Hugh Morton is in hiding," he said. "Perhaps so," was the reply. "It is not impos s ible." "I hope that it may prove to be the case, for I a indeed anxious to find that scoundrel who stole my d gh ter from me.'! "Hist; there the y come, now," said the officer in a low, cautious voice. "We will keep our backs turned towar them, and they may not notice us." Indeed, this proved to be the case. So interested in con versation were the three that they did not notice Sir Henry and the officer, and passed onward utterly uncon scious that they were under suneillance. Sir Henry wanted to follow them at. once, but the officer held him back. "Wait a minute," he said. ''Here comes the man who ]ms been watching them." The other officer joined them, and explained that the "He done wanted ter know whar Massa Morto wuz, three had been in the bar-room all this time, engaged in sah." drinking and talking. "He did, eh?" "I was unable to catch much of their conve sation," he "Yes, sah." said, "but what I did hear leads me to think that they are "And what did you tell him?" now o:r;i their way to some place where it is expected that "Dat I didn' know, sah, same's I done tole yo' de they will find Hugh Morton and the girl." night." "And don't you really knqw, aunty?" "Ob co'se I don'." "Then we must follow them," said Sir Henry, eagerly. "Yes, that is the thing to do," agreed the officer. "Come. But we will have to be careful, or they will see that they "What did the man si.1 when you told him you didn't are being followed, and lead us a wild-goose chase." know where your master was?" The three set out, and walked down the street at about "He seemed inde:c. s'prised, sah." the same pace as the hunter and his two companions were "So I should surmise. And he didn't say why he wished going. When Sir Henry and the officers saw the three ento see your master?" "No, sah." "Humph. By the way, aunty, have you heard no word from your master since he went away?" "Not er single word, sah." "All right; that will do." The negress closed the door, and the officer walked away, pondering the situation. Two or three hours later Sir Henry N ethersole camH walking along, and the officer stopped him and told him what had taken place. The Englishman was interested. ter a boat and row away they looked at one another blankly. "They are going away in the boat," Sir Henry exclaimed. "So they are," replied one of the officers. "What shall we do? We will lose track of them now, and will lose our opportunity to find the hiding-place of Hugh Morton." "I know where there is a boat," said the other officer. "We can get it and continue the pursuit." "Where is it?" the other asked. "Up the shore a couple of blocks." "Let us hasten," said Sir Henry.


':rHE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." "There is no hurry. In fact it would not do to row I island?" asked Sir Henry, as they saw the thre e men dis out upon the river too soon. They would see us, and then embark. would go anywhere rather,than to where Hugh Morton is "It is not unlikely," was the reply. l hidden. We will have to let them get almost out sight Ten minutes later they the island, and leaped before we start, if we wish to be safe." "Then they are likely to make a landing and escape I from us altogether," Sir Henry protested. "I don't think so. And that would be no worse than for ashore. Pulling the boat up close under som e overhan g ing bushes, they tied it, and then made their way toward the center of the island. When they were almost at the center of the island, th e y them to see us and lead us on a wild goose chase." paused at the edge of the timber and gazed upon the scene So they made their way leisurely along the shore, and before them with interest. They saw the hunter and his presently came to the spot where the boat in question lay. companions, Thornton and Barry, standing at bay, with a They got in the boat, and after waiting till they thought handsome young man holding them under control with two the men whom they wished to follow were so far away leveled pistols, while just b e hind the young man s tood a they would not suspect that they were being followed, they b e autiful maiden of p e rhaps eighteen y e ars. pulled out into the stream. "My daughter," exclaimed Sir Henry, in an agitated Instead of pulling straight up the stream, in pursuit, the undertone, and it was all that he could do to restrain himofficer who had the oars rowed nearly straight across the self from rushing forth. rJver. "Wait," whispered one of the offi.cers; "let us see what "Why is he doing that?" asked Sir Henry, who wished to happens." be after the three men in the other boat. They saw the three men take their departure, as already "Well, if tpey look back and see us crossing the river, told, and they _were just on the point of emerging from they will not be suspicious," was the reply, "and when we their hiding-place when the two scoundrels, Thornton and get nearly across, we will turn the boat's head and move Barry, rushed forth from the edge of the timber, and the up the stream, keSping close in shore, and I do.n't think young man and the girl disappeared within the entrance to they will notice us." the cavern, and pulled the stone into place. Sir Henry said no more, but it was plain that he was iar from being satisfied.: When at last they were well across, however, and were beaded upstream, he looked better pleased. "Now, if they don't outrow you we will be able to keep track of them, I judge," he said. "They are rowing leisurely," was the reply. "We can easily keep up with And so it proved. They even gained somewhat, but were careful not to gain too much, and when the boat they were following suddenly headed in toward the shore they did the same. They could not think what bad caused this ac tion at first, but presently they caught sight of the horsemen swimming their horses across :from the mainland to the island, and understood. They remained where they were till after the engage ment was the redcoats and their pursuers had left the island and disappeared in the timber at the farther side of the river, and the boat they were following had again head ed out into the stream. :Feeling sure, now, that the men were intending to land on the island, the officers and Sir Henry were in no hurry to fvllow, and when they did start, moved very leisurely. "Do you suppose Hugh Morton has a hiding-place on the CHAPTER X. ENTOMBED .A.LI VE. To say that Thornton and Barry were angry and disap pointed when they saw their intended make their escape is stating the case mildly. They gave utterance to curses loud and deep. "Never mind, Barry," said Thornton. "We'll g e t them, just the same. They cannot escape us." "I judge that you are right, Morgan," was the repl y Sir Henry gave a start when be heard the first s peaker address his companion by the name of Barry, and when he heard the voice of the second speaker he gave anoth e r start. "Can it be possible that that fellow is my scapegrace nephew, Harold Barry?" he lireatbed. "It can not be possible, surely, for this man has a heavy beard, while my nephew bas only a mustache." "The fellow with the heavy beard is disguised," said one of the officers, in a low voice. "Do you really think so?" asked Sir Henry, excitedly. \


.-, 22 THE LIBEH1'Y BOYS "TI!EETJ." "I am sure of it." slab, as they would undoubtedly be able to do. :: "Then 1 would be willing to wager anything that he is took up his position right at the entrance, where he coul a scapegrace nephew of mine who has entertained hopes of see what was going on, and waited patiently. being my heir and successor,. but whom I kicked out, a Presently he saw the slab move slightly. "Ah, they are d y ear ago, with the assurance that he would not be my h eir." "If it could be proved that your daughter was dead he w ould be the heir, would he not?" "Yes." "Then I think I understand the scheme of himself and that rascally companion of his." "What is it?" "Well, you see, he has been trying to get the girl to marry him." "So I judge, from what I heard a few minutes ago." "Exactly; and having failed in that, he and his precious c omrade have decided to murder the girl." Sir Henry gasped. "Do you r e ally think that?" he whispered, agitatedly "I am sure of it." "Then :it is lucky that we are on hand to spoil their wicked plans." "Yes, so it is. Still, I think they would have hard work c arrying out their scheme, with that young fellow standing b e tween them and their prey." "YOU mean the young man with the pistols?" "Yes." "I wonder who he is?" "I don't know; but he is a brave fellow, and one who will give the scoundrels a good fight." at work," he said to himself. "Now I shall have to giv 11 them a warning, and if they refuse to take it, what hap pens afterward will be their fault, and not mine." He f lifted np his voice and called out : "Hello, you fellows." "Well?" came the reply in a surly voice. "Let that slab alone." "Let it alone?" "Yes." "Why?" "Because I for you to do so." "Oh, because you say so, eh?" "Exactly." "You think that is a good reason, I dare say?" The tone was sneering. "Yes "Well, we don't." "You don't?" "No." "Let me tell you something." "Go ahead." "You fellows are going to get in trouble." "We are?" "You are!" "I don't think so." I. "If you pull this stone away from the entrance to this "And so Harrison Lemayne, or Hugh Morton, as he is cavern you will soon be made think so." i mown here, is dead," murmured Sir Henry. "He has "We will, eh?" cheated me of my revenge:" "You will." -"You are right, sir." "'I judge it is better so," Sir Henry continued; "I am glad, after all, that I was not called upon to imbrue my hn:nds in blood-for I fully intended to kill him." "His body must be within the cavern," the officer said "I judge so. Ah, I wonder if he confessed the truth to t hegirl before he died?" "What will you do?" "Put bullets through you "Ha, you will, eh?" "Yes "Well, that's a game we can play at, too." "You won't have any chance to play at it." "We won't?" "No." "Why not?" They now turned their attention upon Thornton and :Bany, who had advanced to the slab covering the entrance fa the cavern, and were pulling at it, in an effort to g et .il away from the opening. "Because, I will put'bullets through you before you have * * As soon as they had succeeded in pulling the slab back to i.ts place, Dick told Lucy to get back where she would be ,in no danger from bullets, if the two scoundrels outside took it 1 nto their heads to fire into the cavern after moYing the time to draw your pistols." Bah! You are a boaster." "No, I am simply telling you what I will do. "What you think you will do, you mean." "No, what I will do. I am giving you warning." "You are very kind," sarcastically.


, THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." "Please do not mention it." I very quickly. I am a dead shot, and as I told you awhile The two villains looked at each other in the gathering ago, I shall shoot to kill." dusk, and it was evident that the words of the youth had Dick meant what he said, and bis tone seemed to tell the made some impression on them. "He's a bad man, I'm thinking, Morgan," said Barry, in h aw isper. "Yes, but we ought to be too much for him." "Well, it would seem so. But still, all he has to do i s 'llait for the chance, and shoot us, while we have to pull at the stone, and will be at a disadvantage." "You are not going to funk, are you, Barry?" "No; but-I don't like this business." "Neither do I, but we have got to put the girl out of the way." "Yes, that must be done, s1nce she has seen fit to refuse to become my wife." "Then lay hold here, and help me pull the stone away." Both took bold, and pulled, and the stone moved an inch or so. "Now you fellows want to look out," warned Dick. "I am going to shoot the first one of you that I lay eyes on -and I shall shoot to kill, for I think you are murderou s scoundrels, who deserve death." "If you s}loot, you will in all probability do no more than wound one of us," said Thornton, "and then we will kill you, as sure as anything." "I am not at all alarmed." "You had better be." "Oh, I don't think so." "Give up the girl, and we will not molest you." Dick laughed sneeringly. "You fellows must think I am a coward," he said. "You are a fool, if you don't do it." "I would be a poltroon if I did." "And you won ? t give up the girl to save your life?" ":Uy life is in no danger." "You think not ?" "I am sure of it. It is you fellows who will need to look out." "We are not afraid." "All right; just jerk the stone away from the entrance, then, and see what you will get." "If you wound either of us we will kill you." two so, for they hesitated, and looked questioningly at each other. Suddenly Barry uttered an exclamati o n under his breath, and making a gesture, walked away a few ya11ds. Thornton followed. "What do you want, Barry?u be asked. "I have a plan, Morgan." "A. plan?" "Yes; one that will be successful, I am sure, and one by which we will escape all danger from that fellow's pistols." "Out with it, then." Barry motioned toward the great hea:ps of stones and boulders lying about, and said: "See those?" "The stones ?-yes; what of them?" impati e ntly. "Why not pile a lot of them against that s lab, and make the cavern a tomb for the fellow and the girl ?'l Thornton uttered an exclamation. "A. splendid thought," he said, "but it will necessitate our making an end of Wilson." I "True; but we have already half-killed him. That lick you gave him on the head was a hard one." "Yes; well, we want to do our work with as little dang e r to ourselves as possible, and I think that if we wall them up in the cavern they are as good as dead. Doubtless there is no other person besides Wilson and ourselves who knows of the cavern." "Likely you are right. Well, let's get to wol'k." The two made their way back to the &lab; and seleeting a huge stone, which lay near, they rolled it over and over, until it rested against the slab. It was a very heavy stone, and it would be impossible for the inmates of the cavern to move the slab; they could never get out without assii.;ta nce. Dick, who was on the qui vive, heard the t hump, as the stone struck against the slab, and he called out: "Hello, tliere. What are you doing?" "Oh, nothing much-simply burying you and th ginl alive, that is all," was the triumphant reply, followed. by chuckling laughter. "Oh, I won't wound either of you." The "Liberty Boy" understood what had been done in "Tbat is talking more sensibly than you have been be-stantly, and his he _art sank. He placed his s houlder again s t fore." the slab, and pushed, but could not bndge the stone. "I won't wound either of you, but-I'll kill both of you." "You cowardly scoundrels," he callecl out. "You :ffends. "Bo sh! you can't do that." Take the stone away, and I will come out and fight both of "All right, if you think so, go ahead. I will show you, you."


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." A 6horus of mocking laughter was the only reply, and presently there was another thump. Jhey had rolled an, other stone against the slab. The girl was beside Dick, now, and she was evidently filled with terror, for she said : "Oh, MF. Slater, we are doomed! doomed to a horrible death by starvation." "Is this nephew, Sir Henry?" he askedi "Yes, 'tis he," exclaimed Sir Henry. "I was sure of i t, however, as I recognized his voice, and the other rasca l called him Barry." "He will never be your heir, sir," said the officer, quietly "He is fatally wounded, lb.en, you think?" "Perhaps not," said Dick bravely, though he did not "He will not live an hour." feel that there was much chance for them. "We may sue"You are right," groaned Barry. "I am not long for ceed in making our escape." this world. Well, it can't be helped We played our cards "Well, w.hat do you think about it now?" came in mufthe best we knew how--eh-Morgan ?" fled tones to Dick's ears. "Yes-Barry," was the low answer, in a weak voice. "We "I think you are heartless fiends, and that you deserve -have--played-our-last-game I" death a hundred times over," was the reply. Those were the last words ever uttered by Thornton, and "All right; think so, if you like. It won't hurt us. Well, with a gasp he died. goodbye; a long, long good-bye--;--ha, ha, ha!" Having finished their work, the two scoundrels turned to leave the spot _-to find themselves confronted by a trio of men, two of whom held leveled pistols. "Surrender, or you are dead men," said one of the offi Ci:lrs-for uf course it was the two officers and Sir Henry who had so suddenly appeared. CHAPTER XL FATHER AND DAUGHTER. "You have come to just such an end as I expected," sai d Sir Henry to his nephew, severely. "If you had behave d yourself, and been respectable, I would have done the fai r thing by you, and would Irave left you a goodly portio n when I died, but you were not satisfied, was determined t o be a rogue, and you plotted to get all my wealth, by fai r m e ans or foul, eve n to taking the life of my daughter, whom you have walled up in the cavern, and would have left there to die of starvatio:z: I am not sorry for you, for you de serve the fate that has overtaken you "Yes, I-guess-you-are--right." A few minutes more, and Barry was .dead, and then the three rolled the two great stones away But before pulling the slab away from the entrance one of the officers calle d Now, it was a terrible surprise and disappointment to out: Thornton and Barry to find, just as they thought they had "We are friends, stranger, so don't shoot us when w e settled the affair to their own satisfaction, and had made pull the slab away. Those two scoundrels are dead Barry sure of being Sir Henry's heir, that all their plans "I understand," came back the reply. "Pull the sla b were knocked into a cocked bat, so to speak-for they recback. I will not fire upon you." ognized Sir Henry, it not being very dark as yet. The two officers obeyed, Sir Henry standing near an d The villains were desperate men, however, and they made g azing into the entrance to the cavern with eager eyes, th e up their minds that they would not surrender. Instead, while he trembled with excitement. they started to draw their pistols. A few moments later and Dick and Lucy stood in the It was a fatal move, for the officers already had their open air once more, and unable to restrain himself longer, pistols out and cocked Nor did they hesitate to fire They Sir Henry leaped forward and holding out his hands towar d knew who they were dealing with, knew the men were desthe girl, cried: peradoes, and would shoot to kiU, and so they took advan"My child! My darling daughter I Come to my arms, tage of the rascals without scruple, and fired, Thornton and Barry botli dropping, and giving utterance to groans of pain. "I'm a dead man," gasped Thornton "It's all up with me, I-am-afraid," from Barry. "You would have it," said one of the officers, coolly. The other stepped forward and pulled the false beard !rom Barry's face. for I am your own, your real, true father." 'Are you Sir Henry N ethersole ?" asked Dick. "I am, sil'," was the reply. "And this young woman, who has all her life supposed herself to be the daughte r of of the man who called himself Hugh Morton, is in rea lity Marguerite N etbersole, my beloved daughter, and she waa stolen from me when she was a baby, within a month o f the death of my wife."


THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." 25 F "I do not doubt that you are telling the truth, sir," said ing in pain. They assisted him to walk to the shore, and Lucy quietly, "for my father-the man whom you have just into his boat. One of the officers got in with him, while the 3poken of-left some papers telling me who I am." "He is dead, then?" said .Sir Henry. other officer, with Sir Henry and Lucy, got in the other boat. "Yes, and even though he may have been in the wrong, "When you reach Savannah, please call and see me, Mr. he has treated me well all those long years, and I have Raven," said the beautiful girl. "I owe you a great deal loved him as a father; and I cannot all at once forget it, for protecting me from those two. terrible men, and I can and transfer my affections. I will give you my hand, sir, never repay you for your kindnE!ss, I fear." but until I can learn to look upon you as my father, and "I simply evened up the score, Miss Lucy," said Dick. love you such, I cannot permit myself to embrace you." "You saved me when I was pursued, and you are not inA groan escaped the lips of Sir Henry. debted to me in the least." "It is hard to hear such words coming from the _lips of one's own daughter," he said, sadly; "but it is right, and I will not complain, Marguerite-you will let me call you by your real name?" "Yes, yes; and some day I may love you, sir, as a daugh ter should love her father." "I shall always consider that I am, sir," was the reply. Then the boats pushed off, and moved down the stream with _very good speed, the current assisting the oarsmen, and making the wo_ rk of propulsion very easy. Dick stood and watched the boats as they faded away into the darkness, and when they had disappeared he mounted "Ab, I hope so. I trust that such will be the case, MarMajor, and urged him into the water. guerite," and taking the girl's hand, he pressed it gently. "And now, who are you, sir, and how came you here?" asked one of the officersJ addressing Dick. "Now for a old fellow," the youth said. "I must get back and see what the boys are doing. They will think I am in trouble I'll wager." The "Liberty Boy" reached the shore at a point half a The youth, with commendable foresight, had requested Lucy to not reveal his identity, and he replied that bis mile farther down stream, and had no difficulty in land name was George Raven, and that he was a traveler, on his ing. Then he set out through the timber, aiming to strike way to Savannah, but that he had been halted by some the highway, which he judged to be not to exceed two miles men on the highway, who had mistaken him for a "rebel," distant. and had given chase to him. He had managed to reach Herode onward, steadily for an hour, and did not reach the island, where the maiden, and the man she had for I the road. Re continued onward half an hour longer, and ears supposed to be her father were staying, and they had shown him the secret cavern, etc. "But where is your ho!se ?" asked the officer. "I'll show you," and Dick uttered a whistle. A moment later the noble black horse was seen virtually crawling out through the entrance to the cavern, and exstill he did not strike it. "Jove! I hope I am not lost," he murmured. "It would be rather unpleasant to be forced to pass the night here, for I have no blanket." After some deliberation he changed his course, and rode clamations of amazement escaped the three men. for an hour in the new direction, as nearly as he could do "I suppose you folks will return' to Savannah by boat?" so. emarked Dick. Still he did not come to the highway. The men replied that they would. "Well, I will change my course and try it again," he "While r will go on horseback. Miss Lucy, r suppose you said. "There is nothing like sticking to a thing to insure ll go with your father?" success." "Yes, sir." But before we leave the island, I ask that the He put his words into practice, and rode for another an whom I have so long loved as a father be given burial." hour. "It shall be done," said Dick. Still no road was found. A grave was soon dug, and Harrison Lemayne's body was "Well, I hardly know what to do," he said, "but I'll have terred therein. Then another hole was dug, and the one more try at it, anyway, and then if I fail I'll give it up odies of the two dead schemers. were buried. for to-night." "Now we will leave this place," Sir Henry, and they He rode onward for half an hour, and then of a sudet out. .About halfway to the river they found the huntden cam.e to a little opening in the forest, and in the mid r, Luke Wilson, sitting with his back against a tree, groandle of the opening was a small log cabin ..


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS "'IfiREED." The youth brought the 11orse to a stop and looked medita-He was given a dirty blanket, and lying down upon it, tivelytoward the cabin. on the floor, was soon asleep. The cabin might be empty. After breakfast, next morning, Wilson went with Dick, Then again, it might have occupants who would be more and guided him to the main road, leading south, toward dange.rous than the trees of the, or the night-prowlers Savannah. Thanking Wilson, Dick turned his horse's head of said forest. toward the north, and rode away at a gallop. There was a chance, of cou.rse, that the inmates might be friendly. Anyw2-y, after aue .reflection, Dick decided to apply for lodging for the rest u:f the night. He rode up to the cabin door, and dismounting, knocked. There being DD reply, he knocked again. This time there was a .response. A sleepy voice called out, "Who's tha.r ?" "A friend/' replied .Dick. The youth didn't know whether this was true or not, but thought he might as well claim that such was the case. "Whut d'ye want?" "I wish to stop the rest oi the night with you." "Who ai.r ye?" "A traveler." "A trav'ler, hey?" "Yes. I .have lost .my way." "I wuz jes' ergoin'ter say ye wuz doin' sum mighty queer travelin', ergoin' through the.r timber in this beer fashion, an' at this heer time uv night." "I've heard that voice before, somewhere," thought Dick. ''I wonder where?" He was soon to learn. Presently the door opened, and as it was not a very dark night, the moon shining brightly, the youth recognized the "I think I will find the boys soon," he said to himself And be did. CHAPTER XII. "WARM WORK IN THE TA.LL TIMBE,R." Dick was an expert sc0ut, and it was seldom that he was caught napping. When he had ridden perhaps five miles he made the discovery that there were redcoats ahead. He brought Major to a stop, and dismounting, tied him, and moved forward cautiously. "I'll see what the redcoats are doing here," he said to himself. "They must be up to some sort of mischief." An hour of cautious, clever work had unraveled the mys tery. At the end of that time Dick understood the situation as well as if he had had a part in affairs from the beginning. The "Liberty Boys" were on a knoll, half a mile distant, and the British, to the number of nearly three hun dred, had the youths su.rrounded. "I judge they have attacked the boys, and got the worst of it," thought Dick; "and have sent for reinforcements, so as to enable them to crush the boys by superior strength." The captain of the "Liberty Boys" pondered the situa "Hello," he exclaimed, "is it you, Luke Wilson? I ti on. man at once. thought you were in Savannah long before this." "They have the boys 'treed,' sure enough," he said to "Hullo," Wilson-for he it was-exclaimed. "Why, yer himself, "but I will take a hand in the affair, and will see ther young feller whut wnz on ther islan'." if I cannot turn the tables on the redcoats." "So I am. But bow comes it you are here?" After some thought, Dick mounted Major and dashed "W'y, I got 'em ter l et me ershore, er couple uv miles away, back down the road toward the south. A couple of down ther river, an' I walked hum." miles in this direction, and then he i.urned to the left. "You live here, then?". "Yas." "And may I si.ay overnight?" "Sart'inly." "Good. Where will I tie my horse?" "Thar's er shed aroun' ahind tber cabin." Dick led :Uaj or around behind the cabin, and into the shed, and tied him. Then, removing the saddle and bridle, the youth went back 1lD.d entered the cabin. Four miles in this direction, and he came to an encam p ment of the patriots. It was a portion of General Lincoln's army, and Dick went at once to the tent of the commander, a Colonel Hardwick. "Good morning, Colonel Hardwick," said Dick. "Good morning, Captain Slater." The young "Liberty Boy" was well known in the camp, having been there severai times before.


THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." 27 "Colonel Hardwick, I have come to ask you to do me a "If I can do it, Dick, I will," was the hearty reply, for he officer liked the handsome youth. "I was sure of that, sir". Well, my 'Liberty Boys' are in :rouble, and I wish you to help me get them out of it." "The 'Liberty Boys' in trouble?" "Yes, sir." "Where are they?" ".About six miles from here." "What is the trouble that they are in?" HThey are surrounded by a superior force of redcoats, sir." "Surrounded?" Yes; the British have them practically 'treed,' and they cannot escape without running the risk of losing half their men, and that is something that I should hate to have, happen." "Yes, indeed; and you want me to send some men to their relief." "Yes, colonel, if you will be so kind." "I shall be glad to do so, Dick." "Thank you, sir." "No thanks are necessary. You have been of great as sistance to us, and I am only too glad to be able to do some-thing in return." "Then with your permission I will be away, with a part blow when they are not expecting it," he said. "We will get out and away as quickly as possible, for fear that the red coats may make an attack on your 'Liberty Boys,' and do them serious damage." Half an hour later two hundred patriot soldiers, under the leadership of Dick Slater and Captain Martin, rode out of the encampment and away toward the west. They rode rapidly, and an hour later w e re as close to the British as they would dare venture on horseback. They dismounted, and leading the horses deep into the timber, tied them. "I guess the have not made an attack, fo:r we have heard no sounds of musketry," said Captain Martin. "No, I think we are in time," said Dick. They moved cauti011sly forward, until they were within two hundred yards of the British, and then at the word from Dick, they dashed forward, yelling like mad, the instant they were within musket-sh@t distance they fire. The redcoats were taken by surprise, and only pausing .. long enough to fire one scattering volley, took to their hwls and ran for their lives. "We are attacked. by an overwhelming force," was the cry. "Run for your lives." .And run for their lives they did. Bob Estabrook and the "Liberty Boys" were 'Y1-de awake, too, and the instant that they heard the yells, and saw the "Take as many men as you think Dick." redcoats start to flee, they charged down the sides of the "Very well, sir. I think two hundred will be plenty." knoll like an avalanche, and fired after the fleeing enemy. Just then a captain entered the tent, and Colonel HardTile of your force at once." wick exclaimed: ".Ah, Captain Martin, you are just the man I wished to see." "What do you 11ish with me, sir?" "I want you to go with Captain Slater-you know him, I believe?" "Yes, indeed," and the captain shook hands with Dick. Things were certainly warm for a few minutes. British yelled in terror as they fled, and the patriot soldiers yelled in delight and triumph, as they gave chase, while above all could be heard the battle cry of the "Liberty Boys": "Down with the king! Long live Liberty." The British were completely routed. They kept on running, as long as they could be and there was little danger that they would return. "Very well. Take two hundred men, and accompany "Hello, Dick,'' cried Bob, when he encountered his friend Captain Slater. He will explain what is wanted as you go along. You will command my men, but will be subject to on the hillside, after the had been given up. "Where have you been, anyway?" "Oh, I was chased by some British dragoons yesterday afternoon, nob." / "I told the boys I'd wager you had gotten into some Captain Slater's orders." "Very well, sir." "Thank you, Colonel Hardwick," said Dick, and then, saluting, and Captain 1'.Iartin took their departure .As they ha s t e n e d to the captain's quarters, Dick extrouble." plained the situation, and the 'officer was eager to go with the "Liberty Boy." "I shall be glad of the chance to strike the scoundrels a "Yes; they chased me over to the Savannah River, and forced me to leap Major over a bluff thirty feet high." "Well, well, that beat& anything I have heard of lately."


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS "TREED." exclaimed Bob, when Dick had finished. "You have had some adventure, sure enough!" "I can't do a thing with Marguerite," he told Dick i confidence. "She won't listen to my taking her back t "Yes; but what about you Bob? to be cooped up, on the hill?" How came you England. She she is an American, and will live an die here, and I don't know what to do. She is patriotically "Well, the redcoats 'treed' us there, Dick, and we couldn't get away; that's all there is to it. Of course, we could have ma .de a dash, and half our number might have broken through and escaped, but we didn't want to do anything so desperate as that until forced by hunger to do so." "What will you and your 'Liberty Boys' do, Dick?" asked Captain Martin, coming up at this moment. Will you go inclined, too, and has almost got me converted." "Perhaps she is in love with a patriot, sir," Dick sug4 gested. Lucy was out of the room talking to a servant regarding serving some refreshments while this conversation 9 was gomg on. "I think you are right," said Sir Henry, "and he has been here already. He is a fine-looking fellow, by the name 4 on, by yourselves, or come back with us?" of Howard Falworth." "I guess we will return with you, and I will learn from After the refreshments had been served, Dick bade the Colonel Hardwick are the plans. of General Lincoln. two good-night and took his departure. Lucy, of course, wish to be on hand to help when the attack is made on knew that Dick was in Savannah in the capacity of a spy, Savannah, you know." but her father did not, and she had not enough faith in his "'rrue; well, I guess we might as well be moving. We patriotism, as yet, to tell him. can do nothing more here." After the close of the war Dick was in Savannah on Several or the patript soldiers had been wounded, but business, and one day while walking along the street he not so severely but what they could ride, and soon the force saw a gentleman and a beautiful lady riding along in a carwas on its way back to the patriot encampment. riage. The man he had never seen, but the woman be rec7 When they reached there Colonel Hardwick was well ognized as being the girl he had known as Lucy Morton, 5 pleased to learn of the success of the expedition. Then he really Marguerite N ethersole, the daughter of Sir Henry told Dick that General Lincoln had sent word him to Nethersole. The woman saw Dick, and recognized him, 2 come over to the main encampment, a mile distant. So Dick went over there, at once, and was soon deep in conversation with General Lincoln. JHe learned that the general wished him to venture into ., and calling him to the carriage, introduced him to her hus2 band, Mr. Howard Falworth. Dick was their guest during hi.s stay in Savannah, and enjoyed himself greatly, for they showed him every possible Savannah, on a spying expedition, and remembering Lucy attention, and did all they could to make it pleasant for Morton, and how she had asked him to be sure and see him. her, if he should come to Savannah, Dick was more than willing to go. Not that he was at all in love with Lucy. Dick had a sweetheart up in New York, in the person of Alice Estabrook, Bob's sister, but he was greatly interested in the strange case of the girl, who, seemingly a patriot maiden, was in reality the stolen daughter of an English nobleman, and the youth wished to know whether she would renounce her patriotic inclinations, in order to return to "But for you those scoundrels, Thornton and Barry, might have succeeded in putting Lucy out of the way," l\fr. Falworth said. "We owe you more than we can ever repay, 4 Mr. Slater." THE END. The next number (93) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will England and be a fine lady. Somehow he could not be-contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARE; OR, BACKlieve that such would be the case. He took his departure, just at dusk, that evening, and managed to enter Savannah. He looked all around and found out what General Lincoln had wished him to learn, and this done, be made his way to the home of Lucy Mor ton. He scarce!y expected to find her there, but she was. And she was delighted to see Dick, too, as _was plainly evi dent ING THE BRITISH DOWN," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION Sir Henry was with her, and it looked as if he had settled SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies down to remain for quite a while. you order by return mail.


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CONTAINS ALL SO.RTS OF STO.RIES. EVERY STORY C01l'IPLE'J.'..1!.:. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 6 CENTS. LATEST ISSUES: 189 Red Jacket; or, The Boys of the Farmhouse Fort. By An Old Scout. A Sheet of Blotting Paper; or, The Adventures of a Young 190 Hts First Glass of Wine; or. The '.remptatlons of City Life. A Inventor. By Richard R. Montgomery. True 'l'emperauce Story. By Jno. B. Dowd. The Diamond Island; or, Astray In a Balloon. By Allan .4rnold. 191 The Coral City_;_ or, The Wonderful Cruise of the Yacht Vesta. In the Saddle from New York to San Francisco. By Allyn Draper. By Richard it. Montgomery. The Haunted Mill on the Marsh. By Howard Austin. 192 A Smart Boy's Career In Wall Street. By The Young Crusader. A True Temperance Story. By Jno. B. L Dowd. 193 Jack Wright and Hts Electric Turtle; or, Chasing the Pirates The Island of Fire; or, The Fate of a Missing Ship. By Allan of the Spanish Main. By "Noname. Arnold. 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'Vllson. ;5 Water-logged; or, Lost in the Sea of Grass. By Capt. Thos. H. 206 Jaclc Wright and His Electric Canoe; or, Working In the Wilson. Revenue Service. By "Noname." l6 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Exploring central Asia In 207 Give Illm a Chance; or, How Tom Curtis Won His Way. By His Magnetic "Hurricane." By "Noname." Howard Austin. l7 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder. By Richard R. Mont208 Jack and I; or, The Secrets of King Pharaoh's Caves. By gomery. Richard R Montgomery. JS The Boy Canoeist; or, 1,000 Miles In a Canoe. By Jas. c. J\Ierrltt. 209 Buried 5,000 Years; or, '.rhe Treasure of the Aztecs. By Allyn l9 Captain Kidd, Jr.; or, The Treasure Hunters of Long Island. By Draper. Allan Arnold. 210 Jack Wright's Air and Water Cutter; or, Wonderful Adventures 10 The Red J,eather Bag. A Weird Story of Land and Sea. By on the Wing and Afloat. By Howard Austin. 211 The Broken Bottlej or, A Jolly Good Fellow. A True Temper Tl "The Lone star" ; or, The Masked Riders of Texas. By Allyn auce Story. By no. B. D<>wd. Draper. 212 Slippery Ben; or, The Boy Spy of the Revolution. By Gen'! !2 A New York Boy out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa. Jas. A. Gordon. By JAs. c. Merritt. 213 Young Davy C'rockett; or, The Hero of Sllver Gulch. r3 Afloat With Captain Nemo; or, The Mystery of Whirlpool Island. Old Scout. By An By Capt. Thoe. H. Wilson. 214 Jack Wright and His Magnetic Motor; or, Golden City o! r4 Two Boys' Trip to an Unknown Planet. By Richard R. Mont the Sierras. By "Noname." gomery. 215 Little Mac, 'l'he Boy Engineer; or, Bound To Do His Best. By T5 The Two Diamonds; or, A M:ystery of the South African Mines Jas. C Merritt. By Howard Austin. 216 The Boy Money King; or, Working In Wall Street. A Story 16 Joe. the Gymnast; or, Three Years Among the Jape. By Allan of a Smart New York Boy. By H. K. Shackleford. Arnold. 217 "I." A Story of Strange Adventure. By Richard R. 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ISSUED WEEK LATES'.r ISSUES: 145 '.l'he Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, the Great Train R o bb e 0 the Mad Doctor; or, The Haunted Mill i n the 146 and Bunco Bill; or, The Cleve r est Croo k in Ul 9 0 The Bradys and :-Iarsh. 91 The Bradys on the R all; or, A Mystery of the Lightning Express. 92 The Bradys and the Spy ; o r Working Against f h e Police Depart m ent. 93 The Bradys Deep D eal ; or, Hand-in-Glo v e with Crime. 94 The Bradys iu a Suare; o r 'l'he Worst Case of All. 95 TheBradys B e y oud '!'h eir D epth; or, 'l'he Great Swamp Mystery. 96 '.l'h e Bradys' Hopeless Case; or, Against Plain l!:vid euce. 97 'l'he Bradys at the Helm ; or, the Mystery o f the ltiver Steamer. 98 'l'he Bradys in Washington; or, Working for the l'resideut. 99 The Bradys Duped; or, The Cunning Work of Cl ever Crooks. 100 'l'he Bradys in Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. 101 'l'he Bradys on the Great Lake s ; or, Tracking the Canada Gang. 102 'l'he Bradys in Montana; o r, The Great Coppe r :\liue Case. 10::1 The Hemme d In: or, !'h eir Cits e in Arizona. 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... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a, faithfu account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Americall youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or Fighting for Freedom. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What '.rhey Set Out to Do 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling \Vith the British and Tories. 48 T lie Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 3 'l'he Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping Genernl Washington. 19 The Liberty Boys in Toryville; or. Dick Slater's l"earful Risk 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always In the Right Place. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert.ii 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. ul 'l'he Liberry Bo! s Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Thei 6 The Liberty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Can." Own Game. 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of the 52 The rAberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mlle. Rovolutlon. 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger; or. Foes on All Sides. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 54 The Liberty Hoys' li'light: or, A Very Narrow Escape. 9 'l'he Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within '.rhemselves. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generallng the Enemy. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race 56 The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats HOVI With Death. to Fight. 11 The Lib?.rty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 57 The Liberty Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from all Sides. 58 The Liberty Boys' D esperate Charge; or, \Yith ":\lad Anthony' 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Favors the Brave. at Stony Point. 14 The Liberty Boys', Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They Dealt It Out. 15 The I.iberty Boys' Trap, and What They caught In rt. 60 'l'he Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Sch&me. 61 'l'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going It Blind. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-orG2 Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry' War. 18 The L'berty 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everywhere '' Boys' Challenge; O!:t Patriots vs. Redcoats. 64 The Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand" ; or, Fighting Against Greal 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. Odds The Liberty Boys' Wrath:' or, Going for the R e dcoats Roughshod 2201 TThhee LLllbbeerrttyy BBooyyss: n I 6665 The Liberty Boys' Mascot. or, The Idol of tbe Company. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. G7 The Liberty .Boys Battle for Life; or, The Hardest Stl'llggle ol 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm ror the All. Redcoats. 68 The 1,1berty I:oys' Lost: or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and 69 The Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or. The Youth who "Queered" Everything Tories. 7 O The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. il The Liberty Boys Lured; or, :rhe Snare the Enemy Set. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Hedcoats a 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom; or. lo the Hands of the Toty Outlaws1 Thing or Two. 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, '!'railing Benedict Ar-27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In nold. Ph1111delphla. 7 4 The Liberty Boys "Swoop" ; or, Scattering the R e dcoats Like 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy C hall'. wine. 7f. The Liberty Boys' "Hot Time" ; or, Lively Work I n Old Virginia., 29 Thn. Ll"-rty 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme ; or, Their Plot to Capture thE r. ,,,. Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. King's Son. 31) '!'he Liberty Boys In a Fix; or. Threatened by Reds and Whites. 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold lo Check 78 Tl L'b t B B L' ht Tb s I th M t -32 The Liberty Boys Shadowed ; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. ie 1 er '1 oys eacon ig ; or. e l':'na on e oun am. 33 Th Llbe t Boys Duped: or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 79 The Liberty Boys' Honor; or. The Promise 'l'hat Wa Kept. Th: Fake Surrender, or, The Ruse That Succeeded. 80 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike"; or, Bowling the British Ove r 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed it. 33,65 TT.hhee ULlbbeerrttyy Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell.'' 82 The Liberty Boys and t h e Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to Handle. Caoae. Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line; or, "Cross it if you Dare!" 84 Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed;" or, Trouble at E,ery Turn. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and Row They Won It. 85 The Liberty Boys' Lea p for Life; or, The Light that Led 'l'hem. 88 The r,lberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 86 The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, 'l'he Redskin who Fought for Inde 3!l The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything in Sight pendence. 41) The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in British Go ld 8 7 'l'he Liberty Boys "Going it Blind"; or, T aking Big Chances. 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare: or, Almost .rrapped 88 The Liberty Hoya' Black Band; or, Bumpi_ng the British H ard .. 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the N i ck of Time. 89 The Liberty Boys' "Hurrr Call"; or, A Wild Dash to a Fnend. 4.3 '.T'he Liberty Boys' Rig Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, The Beautiful Maid of the Moun 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. tain. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried: or, The Disappearance of Dick Slater 91 The Liberty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Back but Not Defeated. 46 The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed"; or, Warm Work in the Tall Timber. 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