The Liberty Boys' horse guard, or, On the high hills of Santee

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The Liberty Boys' horse guard, or, On the high hills of Santee
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Moore, Harry
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7'5. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories o f the America n Revolution,., I"ved Weekly-B y Subsori p Uon $2. 50 pe r yea r Entered as Secood Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post OtTfoe, Februa111 4, 1901. Entered aooording to A.ot of Oongress, fn the llear 1903, in the off ice of the Librarian of O ong re u Waahfng ton, D O ., b'I/ Frank Tousey 2 4 Union S q uare, Nll'W York. No. 128. NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 1903. Price 5 Cents I The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard OR ON THE HIGH HILLS OF SANTEE. By HABBY MOORE. CHAPTER I THE "LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. "Orderly!" "Yes, sir." "There is, in my force here in Charleston, a company of young men known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' "Yes, sir." "Their commander is a you ng man by the name of Slater-Dick Slater.'' "Yes, sir.'' "I wish to see this young man, Dick Slater, at headquart e rs, as rnon as possible." "Very well, General Lincoln." The orderly bowed and withdrew. It was April of the year 1780. General Benjamin Lincoln was in command of the pa triot army of the South, with headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. This army consisted of about three thousand men. A few days prior to the one on whic:h we write Dick Slater and a portion of his company, to the number of twenty, had arrived in Charleston. The young commander of the "Liberty Boys" had been sent down there from the North by General Wa shi ngton, with a to General Lincoln, and as he was to travel 1 rapidly he had selected nineteen of his men to accompany him. The ninetee n were the youths who had the best and s wiftest horses, and they had m ade fast time on the trip, and had reached Charleston, and Dick had delivered the m essage The young man ;yas now waiting to see whether General Lincoln had any return message to send. General Lincoln was sitting there, looking down at the floor in a sober, thoughtful manner, when the door opened and the orderly announced: Di ck Slater." As he stepped back away from the door a handsome young man of perhaps twenty year s entered, and doffing his hat, bowed to the general. "Good afternoon, General J.;incoln," the newcomer said, in a full, musical voice. "You sent for me?" "Y cs, Capta in S lat er Have a seat," motioning toward a chair Dick Slater took the sea t and then l ooked inquiringly at his superior officer. "Captain Slat e r," said the general, after a few mo ments of silence, "I have sent for you to ask you to do som e work for me." "I s hall be glad lo make myself useful during the time that I am h e re, sir." "Ah that is what I wished to s p ea k of, first, Capta in Slater. Did the commander-in-chief say anything ;egard ing how long you were to remain here? The young man shook his h ead. "No; he said nothing regarding that at all, sir." "But you supposed you were to merely bring the mes sage and then return?" "Yes.'' "We ll in the l etter which the commander-in-chief sea t me, by you, he said that if I needed any aid that I might retain you and your guard here awhile and put you to work." "Indeed?" said Dick.


'l'HE Ll.BlR'1'Y .BOYS' .Ei0HSJ UUARD. "Yes How does that suit you ?" "First-rate, sir." "Then you are not in a hurry to go back?" "Not at all; I am more than willing to go w h ereve r duty calls me, and to stay there as long as it is wished that I shall stay. I like it here, very much, and so do the mem bers of my guard, and I would be glad to remain awhile and help you, if there is work that I can do." "Well, there is work that you can do, Captain I am sure. From what I have heard of you and your Liberty Boys,' there is work to be done here that can better be done by you than by any other p ersons "What is the nature of the work, sir?" "It is scouting and spyi ng, Captain Slater." "That is the kind of work I like." "So I hav e heard. ind I have heard, also, that you are wonderfully expert and successful at this work." "I always do my best, sir "And that is good enough. Now, as you may know, qaptain Slater General Clinton has come down into this part of the country, and hi s intention is, undoubtedly, to capture Charleston "There can be no doubt regarding that, sir." "Well, I wish to have informat\on regarding him and his operations in this vicinity and I believe that you can keep me informed, if anybody can do so; and that is the reason I have sent for yem. "I shall be glad to undertake the work, Genera l Lincoln." "I am g l ad to hear you say that." "I sha ll enter upon the work at once, sir?" "Yes, at once." "Very well. Am I to go and come as I please?" "Certain ly, Capta in Slater. I shall give orders to that ffect." "And for my men to pe allowed to do the same?" "Yes, certainly "For I s hall n eed the assistance of my horse guard, "Of course "When doing real spy work I can work better alone; but when scouting, it i s better to have a party along, so as to put up a fight should a party of British be encountere d suddenly and unexpectedly." "Yes, yes,; I understand." "And you will wish me to report every day?" "As nearly as may be; of course, if nothing 0 import ance has been learned, there may be a wait for two or three days, till something is learned." "Ve;y well. Then I w ill report every day, or as often a s it is necessary." "That is satisfactory, Captain Slater." "Very well. I will now be going." The young "Liberty Boy" rose, and saluting, bade the genera l good afternoon, and took his departure. "Jove," he said to himse.M'. as he was leaving the h ouse, "'this will please the boys, Iknow. Some of them were say ing, just before I came away from their quarters a little while ago, that they would like to stay down South awhile, as they like it here, and 1.lOW they are going to get to do so. I am well pleased, also, or I like it, and shall enjoy spendin g a few weeks here." He was s oon baok at the quarters where the other "Lib erty Boys" were, an d as he had expected would be the case, they beg an plying him with questions regarding what was wanted by the generaL. I suppose we are to go back North, Dick? remarked Bob Estabrook, a bright, hand some youth, who was indeed Di ck's be st fri end a-Rd a lifetime comrade, they having grown up together, their parents' homes adjoining, up in Westchester county, New York. "Guess again, Bob," with a smile "Aren't we to go back right away?" "No." "What did he want with you, then?" "Somet hing that will please you boys, when you learn what it is." This interested and excited the youths. "Then .tell u s what it is, quick." "Yes, yes!" "What did h e want, Di ck?" "H0 didn't give you a message to carry back to t1'e com mander-in-chief, then?" "No," said Dick. "I will telr you what he wanted with me." "Go 3:'li:ead," from Bob, as Di ck paused. "He .w.ants that we sha ll remain here awhile, and do scout and spy work." "Great Scott, Dick, i s that so?" from Bob. The others uttere d exclamations of delight and sp.rprise, as well. "Yes, Bob "But I thought we had to r eturn to the North." I thought so, too, Bob." "We ll, how do you know that we do not have to do so?" "There was somethi n g r egard ing the matter in the mes sage that we brought General Lincoln "Oh, there was, eh?" "Yes; General Washington wrote that if General Lincoln could make good use of us he was welcome to keep us here awhi le." Say, I'm glad he wrote that!" "Hurrah! "So am I." "And I! And I!" Di ck gazed around upon the aces of his "Liberty Boys,'' and smi led. "I thought you would be pleased," h e said. "Pleased? We are more than pleased,'' said Bob. "We're tickled half to death,'' from Mark Morrison "'rhot's phwat we are afther bein ', begorra!" declared Patsy Branniga n, the Iris h member of the company. "Yah, dot ish so!" from Carl Gookenspieler, the German member


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSJ:iJ GUAH.D. 9 ''Phwat d yez know a b out it, Cookyspiller?" cried Patsy, in supreme scorn "Yez had betther kape thot pertatytbrap av your'n sh11t, so -yez had!" D on'd you vas gall me Gookyspiller!" exclaimed Carl, exci tedly "Dot vas peen nod my name, py shimmanetty!" "Sh u t yer trap, Dootchy," said Patsy. "I vill shutted it ven I don'd vas gotted retty, you pig I rishmans." "That will do," said Bob "Shut up, both of you, or I 'll take you by the back of the neck and bump your heads t o gether "Don't do that, Bob," grinned Sam Sanderson "Their heads are so soft they would squash like an overripe muskmelon if you were to do that." "Ton'd you pelief me!" said Carl. "My hait vas not so m uch softness like you pet me.I' "Shut up," said Patsy. "Pbwat's dbe madther wid yez, Do tchy? Don't yez see dhe byes are afther wantin' to talk abhout dhe an' sphyin' worruk?" "You talk too muchness yourselluf, Irish," said Carl. Then the two subsided, and the youths discussed the matter in all its bearings, and the more they talked of it the better they liked the prospect of remaining in the vicinity and doing scout and spy work. "The general said we might get right to work, boys," said Dick, "so let's go out and bridle and saddle our horses and start out "That's the talk!" from Bob. "But, say, what shall we call ourselves, Dick?" "I'll tell you," said Mark. Morrison; "let's call our selves 'The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard.' "All right," was the cry, in chorus broken-which they very nearly a woman and two girls, one about eighteen years old, the other perhaps sixteen. The man in question was a patriot settler by the name of John Jordan Th El woman was hi s wife, and the two girls were their daughters. The girls were named re spect ively Ruth and Lizzie. Ruth was the e lder. Half an hour before we introduce them to the reader's notic e the party of redcoats had put in an appearance, and after having eaten all they wanted, had taken some things from the house that suited his fancy. Not satisfied with this they had demanded that the sett ler give them money. He had replied that he had no money, but they said they knew he was lying, and that he money hidden about the place somewhere. The truth was that the redcoats l ooked upon the patriot settlers as legitimate prey, and the foraging partie s often secured gold and silver by threaten ing to s hoot or hang the patriots. They had to hang Mr Jordan, but he had held out, protesting that he had no gold or s ilver, and now they had the rope around his neck, and were ready to pull their victim up. The leader of the party, a li eutenant, had given the or der, "Up with the rebel, men!" and the redcoats pulled at the rope, tightening it, and choking the patriot; but they had such work to do before, and und erstood that their leader did not wish the man pulled up just yet. The main thing desired was that he should be frightened into telling whe re his gold and silver was hidden. "How doe s that feel?" the li eutenant asked, a s neer in his voice. "Three cheers for 'The Liberty Boys' Horse cried Bob Estabrook. "I will that it doesn't feel pleasant," was Guard'!" 1 the reply, in a voice that trembled somewhat. It was not fear for his own safety that made the man's voice trem The cheers were given, and then Dick cried: "Now, to horse, boys! We will be up and away at once.'' Half an hour later "The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard" rode out of Charleston and away into the country. C H A PTER II. A PATRIOT IN DANGER. "Up with the r ebel, men!" It was a thrilling, a wonderfully exciting scene. Standing underneath the spreading branches of a giant tree, which stood beside ihe road running northward from Charleston, and about eight from the city, was a party of perhaps a dozen British soldiers. In their midst stood a man dressed like a armer. His arms were tied together behind his back, and around his neck was a rope, the other end of which was thrown over a limb of the tree, a n d was now being he l d by half a dozen of the red coats. Stan d ing a few yards d i stant, weeping as though heartble, but sorrow for his wife and daughters. John Jordan was a brave man. "Ah, it doesn't feel pleasant, eh?" "No.'' "Well, it lies with you whether or not we sha ll go ahead, and hang you till you are dead. Tell u s where your gpld and silver is hidden, and we will not hurt you.'' "I have already told you that 1 have no gold and s ilver." "Gold or silver, then You certainly have one or the other.'' "You are mistaken. I have neither." "You lie1 you blasted rebel!" "It i s easy for you to tell a helpless man he lies." "Well, you do lie. You have gold or s ilv er, or both, hidden somewhere about the place, and I know it.'' "You are mistaken "Shall we pull him up lieutenant?" asked one of the men who had hold of the rope. He gave a jerk at the rop e aA he spoke. "No, wait a moment, .ieffers. If he doesn't tell us where the gold and silver is hidden we will hang him; that i s as certain as that you and I stand here. But. we want


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. the money wor s e than we want his life, and I am going to I can't tell you, sir," the girl said, "for the reason that exhaust all the means I hav e at hand to make him talk, we have no money." before giving up." "I know better; every man has more or less money on "It will do you no good," s aid the s ettler. "If I had hand. It is necessary, and I have found that in nine cases any gold or s).lver I would gladly give it for my life, but I out of ten the American farmers and settlers have some have none." money laid by, that they have cheated King George out of, "Rah! I have 11eard that same s tory many times before, and 1 am making a business of collecting it." eh, boys?" "Do you turn it over to the king?" asked John Jordan, "Yes, yes!" in a sarcastic voice. Even though threatened with a hor"And have found that the men who denied having gold rible death, he was absolutely fearless. or s ilver strenuously for a time finally weakened, and told "Ha, ha, ha! I don't mind telling you, my rebel friend, me where I would find both gold and s ilver." that up to the present time I have not sent more than "That's right, lieutenant." a bushel of gold and silver to the king." And the lieu"Yes, and 1 think it will be the s ame 1 here, m this tenant laughed heartily, his men joining in. case." "I judged as much," said Mr. Jordan. "In fact, you are Then the lieutenant went around and placed his hand nothing more or less than highway r6bbers." on the of the weeping woman. "Don't use harsh language, rebel; it doesn't really be" Stop crying, and listen to me, woman," he said sternly. come you, and it is not calculated to make us feel more The .. woman lifted her face from th e fold s of her apron friendly toward you." and revealed eyes that were red from weeping. "I don't expect to make you feel friendly toward me. "'I'ell me where your husband' s money i s hidden, wo-And there is no reason why I should not speak my mind \nan," the lieutenant said. "If you wis h to save his life, and tell the truth." tell me at once." I "Well, I don't know about that. It isn't always politic "We have no money, sir," faltered the woman. to speak your mind, even though you migJ{t be telling the "Bosh!" with a st11mp of the foot and an impatient gestruth. Very few people do so, under all circumstances. ture. "I know better. I don't want to hear such talk. The best thing you can do is to tell where your gold and Tell mr where the gold and silver is hidden, or yonr hussilver is concealed." band dies! Do you understand?" "I have none." "Yes, sir; but I-I-give you my word that-that-we "Bahl" Then the lieutenant tapped the younger girl on have no gold or silver." the shoulder. An impatient exclamation escaped the lips of the young "Do you care enough for your father to save his life, lieutenant. miss?" he asked. "If so, tell us where the gold and silver "Do you think more of your money than of your husis hidden." liand ?" he asked, sneeringly. "I would tell you, sir, gladly, if we had any gold and "No, no; no, indeed! If we had the money I would silver," was the reply; "but we have none gladly give it up to save him. I would die to save him! "Bab; you all think more of""J'our money than you do Oh, sir, put me in his place, and if you must hang someone of the life of your father and husband. Well, let it be so. hang me!" The woman held out her hands imploringly, and her tones <.1.nd words were almost enough to move a heart of stone. But the British officer had a very hard heart, and he said angrily : "Bah! Don't try to fool me. I know that you have money hidden, and that you are simply trying to save it, thinking that we won't hang your husband-but you are mistaken. We will hang him! yes, we'll make an end of him, as sure as you are standing here!" "Spare him!" the woman pleaded. "If he will tell where the gold and silver is hidden." "Don't talk to him, Jane," said the man. "He is a heartless brute, and will do as he threatens, no matter if you beg him on your bended knees, to spare me." "You are right, so far as my refusing to spare you is concerned," said the lieutenant. Then he tapped the elder airl Ruth on the shoulder, and said: b ''My girl, if you care anything for your father, tell us where the money is concealed." and when we hang him up to that limb, you can look at his dead body and realize that you are to blame for his death." "Oh-h-h-h!" moaned the girls, while the woman sobbed out: "You must not hang my husband, sir! Oh, please spare him!" "If you will tel1 where the gold and silver is conpealed "They can't do that, lieutenant," said the man. "There is no gold or silver hidden about this place, so they are helpless to save my life in the manner you speak of." The lieutenant made a gesture of anger and disgust, and turning to his men, said: ''You boys hold onto the rope; the rest of you come into the house with me. We'll make as thorough a search for the gold and silver as possible, and then, if .:we don't find it, we will hang the rebel." "Let's hang him first, and all hunt for the gold," growled one of the men who had hold of the rope


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GU ARD. 5 "No," was the reply. "I will give him a chance for life, for the sake of his wife and daughters, and then, maybe, if we fail to find his hoard, they will meet me halfway, and tell me where it i s hidden." The lieut>enant and five of the men entered the house, and began searching for the money, which they thought must be somewhere about. They spent nearly an hour, and then came forth, looking tired and disgusted, as well as angry. "Find it?" asked one of the men holding the rope. "No," was the growling reply. "\Ye didn't find it." Then the lieut enant turned to the woman and girls. "N is your time lo tell me where the money is," he said. "It is your last chance. If you don't tell, and quickly, we will hang that rebel, as snre as anything can be!" "We would tell you if there was any," said the woman; "but we have no money, and now, please do not hang him, sir! Please set him free! I beg of you not to hang him!" "How about you, now, rebel?" asked the lieutenant, stepping up and glaring into the man's eyes. "Will you tPll where the money is concea led and thus save your life?" "I have long ago told you that I have no money," was the firm reply. "Up with the scoundrelly rebel, men!" roared the lieutenant in a rage. "Water-bring water, quick!" cried :Mrs. Jordan, and Lizzie ran to the well and came back with a pail of water. Mrs. Jordan poured some in her husband's face, and then rubbed his face and temples, and Ruth chafed his wrists, and presently he came to with a gaspl Meantime the newcomers-who were no others than Dick Slater and his horse guard-were busily engaged They had appeared just in the nick of time, and would have been able to knock over a number of the redcoats had it not been that the woman and girls were right in fife midst of the British, and it would have been impossible to fire on the enemy without endangering the lives of the three. The redcoats had recogruzecl the fact that to this they were indebted for their safety, so far, and they retreated, around the nouse, keeping the woman and girls between them and ihe newcomer-s, who had leaped from their horses and were running toward them. "After the scoundrels, boys!" cried Dick. "Get around the house as q;uickly as possible, and the instant you catch sight of them, give them a volley." The youths replied that they would, and they dashed past the little group on the ground under the tree, and rnn around the house at the top of their speed. When they came in sight of the redcoats they lifted their muskets and fired. As they fired while running at full speed, their aim was not good-in fact, they did not really aim at all, but merely CHAPTER III. gues. ed at the elevation to give the muskets, and the result was tlrnt only three of the redcoats dropped. THE HORSE GUARD APPEARS. The next moment the others reached the timber, and quickly disappeared from view. There was no doubt regarding the fact that the lieutenThe "Liberty Boys" did not stop, but kept right on runant meant what he said this time. ning. They w : shed to strike the enemy as hard as posHe was tired_ angry, and disgusted, and had made up his sible, and they entered the timber and followed closely mind to hang the patriot, and thus be revenged for being upon the heels of the fugitives. --as he deemed it-cheated out of the money he had ex-Dick caught sight of one of the men, and fired a shot pected to secure. that brought the man down. The men understood that their leader meant it also, and When he .reached the side of the fallen man he thought they did not hesitate, but pulled down on the rope with the fellow was dead, but after a brief examination he saw all their might. that his bullet had merely "creased" the soldier, st unning Up into the air went the patriot,. and as he did so him temporarily. screams escaped the lips of the woman and girls. The young commander of the Horse Guard blew a shrill "Spare him!" wailed the woman, falling upon her knees blast by placing his little fingers in his mouth. and holding up her clasped hands entreatingly. "Don't This was a signa l for his men to cease pursuing the hang my husband!" enemy and return, and soon they were all back where he "You are foolish to beg of me," sneered the lieutenant. 1 stood. "There is one way to save him, and that is by--" I "Why didn't you let us follow them and bag some more He never finished the sentence, for at that instant there of them, Dick?" asked Bob. came the clatter of horses' hoofs, and a party of twenty "I don't think we could have captured or killed any horsemen dashed up. more of them," said Dick. "And they might slip around "Rebels!" cried the lieutenant; "run for your lives, and get our horses, and get away; so la y hold, four of you, men!" and carry this wounded man back to the house." Those who had hold of the rope let go instantly, and "He isn't dead, then?" asked Mark Morrison. Mr. Jordan, almost strangled, dropped limply to the I "No, merely creased, which has rendered him temporar ground; but his wife and daughters leaped to his 1:1ide and ily unconscious. I want to ask him a few questions as soon quickly unfastened the rope. I as he comes to."


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. Four of the boys lifted the unconscious redcoat and by me had you killed me, than !}'OU have done, for you have carried him back to the house, and deposited him on the me a prisoner, here, tight and fast." t grass near where Mrs. Jordan and her daughters were "Oh, well, I am not going to hang you until after you working with the husband and father. Mr Jordan had have had a chance to do something to save your life." jnst come to, and Dick approached and asked if he might "Hang me!" v have the pail for a few minutes. 'J'he fellow fairly gasped the words out, and stared at. "I have a wounded man here," he explained, "and wish Dick in affright. to bring him to, so as to ask him a few questions." "S-surely y-you wouldn't h-hang me!" 1 "Certainly; take the pail; we don t need it now, for my Dick pretended to be surprised. He arched his eyebrows -ilusband has recover e d consciousness," was the reply from and shrugged his shoulders. the woman, who was delighted to find that her husband "Why not?" he asked. was not only not dead, but not much injured. "Well, that would be murder." By the time Dick a11d his comrades had brought the "Well, what name have you for what you were doing to redcoat back to consciousness M:r. Jordan was himself Mr. Jordan, here, when we appeared upon the scene a little 1 again and he walked up to Dick, and 0xtended his hand. while ago?" "I wish to thank you and your brave young comrades "Oh, we weren't going to really hang him,'' said the for saving my life, sir," he said, earnestly redcoat. "You are more than welcome, sir," was Dick's reply, as "You were not?" in a skeptical voice. he grasped the man's hand and shook it. "We are always "No; we were just trying to frighten him into telling glad to do anything to aid patriot settlers3 and to cause us where he had hidden his money." the redcoats trouble "Indeed?" "Who are you, sir, if I may ask?" "Yes, that's the truth." "My name i s Dick Slater, sir." "Let me ask you something." "What is that? Dick Slater you say?" "All right. Go on." ''Yes, sir." "Did you ever know an unconscious man to talk." "Well, well! I have heard of you, Mr. Slater, but never "No, I say that I have ever known anything of the expected to see you." kind." "How comes it that you have heard of me?" "Then how did you expect Mr. Jordan would be able to "I have a son, Jack, who is in the Northern army, and 1 tell you where his money was hidden? He was unconhe was home a year ago, on a furlough, he having been scions when you let go of the rope and let him fall to the wounded, and he told u s all about you and about your ground." 'Liberty Boys.'" "Is that a fact?" exclaimed the redcoat, with a very "Indeed? Well, here are some of my command," indifair assumption of surprise, but which did not at all deceive eating the youths. Dick. "I am glad to know you, boys," the man said Then "Yes, and you know it.'' he introduced Dick to his wife and dar.ghters, who were "I assure you that you are mistaken, sir. I had no idea greatly pleased to make the acquaintance of such a fathe man was unconscious. Certainly h e must not be able mous young man as Dick. to stand much choking." When Dick had shaken hands with the woman '3.nd girls, "What do you expect-that a man will be able to hang he again turned his attention to the wounded redcoat, by the neck for five or ten minutes without losing his who was now conscious and sitting up:> His arms were tied breath?" together behind his back, and he was looking pretty sick. "No; of course not." It was evident that he was not feeling as chipper as he had "Certainly not; and no man living can hang by the felt fifteen minutes before, when he was one of the six who neck for five or even for three minutes, without had pulled the rope that lifted Mr. Jordan off terra firma becoming totally unconscious; and you, who have no doubt "Well, my man," said Dick, "how do you like the change had much experience in helping string up honest patriots, in your circumstances?" must know that very well." "I don't like it," was the gruff reply. The youth's voice was stern, and he impressed the red"I suppose not. How does your head feel?" coat with a feeling that he was in danger of being handled "Big as a bushel basket.'' severely. "You may thank your lucky stars that you have any "I assure you that this is my first experience at such head left. I came within an ace of ending your career with work, sir," he hastened to say. "I never helped p u ll a man that bullet." up in my life bef.pre.'' "I guess you did.'' "Is that the truth?" asked Dick. "You are right; two inches lower, and you would never "Yes, it is." have known what hurt you." "Well, I don't believe it. I would be willing to wage r "Well, I guess you would not have done much worse that you have helped pull on the rope that lifted m o r e I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUA RD than one poor fellow, and I don't doubt but that you have been among those who held the bodies of some of the vic tilns too Long suspended/' "No, you are mistaken." It was evident that the redcoat was becoming some w h at alarmed t "Now, then, answer me a question or two,'' said Dick. "I will do so, sir," in a humble voice. "And you will answer them ti:uthfully?" "If I answer ai all, it will be truthfully "Very well. How far from here is the main encamp ment of the British army?" The fellow hesitated a few moments, and then said : "Well, I'll answer that question, for I don't see how twenty of you fellows could do the British any harm. It i s .five miles to the main encampment I n what direction?" "Almost due east from here." "Over toward the ocean, eh?" "Yes; we came from New York on ships, you know-or perhaps you didn't know that." "Yes,'' said Dick, "I knew it .>

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. "Oh, don't pay any attention to him," said Dick. "A man who does not know any more than he does ought not to be noticed at all "I'd give a good deal to have him stand up in front of me, with his hands free., for about five minutes,'' said Bob "I'd be willing to wager a good deal that he wouldn't stand up that long,'' laughed Mark Morrison "That's what he wouldn't!" from Sam Sanderson. "Shure, an' Bob'd knock dhe two oyes av dhe spalpane into wan so quick it'd make his head swim, begorra!" de clared Patsy Bran:r{igan. "He vonld t'ink von muel had kicked him der face in," said Carl Gookenspieler. It happened that the redcoat was a large, well-built fel low, and like Englishmen from time immemorial, he prided himself on his physical prowess. His eyes shone eagerly, as ing," said the fellow. "There isn't one among your whol s crowd that can give me a thrashing." s "Don't be too sure," said Dick. "Now, go ahead and make your boast good if you can." 1 "All right." He started toward Bob, but Dick said: "One moment. Before you begin I want to warn you not to try to make a break and escape, for if you do my boys will shoot you dead. Do you understand?" "Yes. But I think that if I succeed in thrashing this 1 fellow you ought to let me go free." "Oh, no; that would not be fair at all. You are our pris-1 oner, and we are going to hold yon. I am simply per; mitting this affair to take place in order to teach you l something, and cause you to have more respect for pa triots, in the future." "Say, Dick, make that agreement with him," said Bob, with a grin. "Let him go free if he succeeds in thrashinir me." he said: u "Just free my hands and I'll show you! I can thmsh "No, I won't agree to that, Bob, for he might succeed in that insolent young rebel and not half try!" dealing you an accidental blow that would knock you He saw Bob was not nearly so large as himself, and he senseless for the time being." did not believe the youth would be able to stand up before "An 'accidental' blow?" said the redcoat, sneering!\)'. hiID:. Thi:; was where he made a mistake; Bob was not "Yes; that is the only way you will ever land a blow on large, but he was wonderfully strong, and moreover he was my comrade, there." as lithe and active as a cat. Then, too, he was tough as a "I'll show you!" and the redcoat rushed at Bob, striking pine knot, and it was practically impossible to tire him out. out wildly as he did so. Dick had no fears but what Bob would be more than a It was practically impossible for him to hit Bob. The match for the redcoat, but he was averse, nevertheless, to "Liberty Boy" and Dick had practised sparring together permitting the encounter to take place. Bob pleaded that/ for years, and Bob was as expert his comrade, and was as the fellow's arms be freed, however, and that they be allowquick in his movements as a panther. The redcoat tried ed to have it out, and so at last Dick consented. his best to land a blow, but found it impossible to do so. "The fellow is so arrogant and bigoted that a good All he could do was to tire himself out, striking empty air thrashing may do him some good,'' said Dick. "But yon -the most tiring work a man can do. had better let me take your place, Bob." When he was becoming pretty badly winded Bob began. "Not on your life, Dick. I will attend to him. I He dealt the redcoat blow after blOil'. He could have wouldn't give up my place to you for anything. I feel that knocked the fellow down and out at one blow had he he has personally insulted me, and I am going to settle wished to do so, but that would not have been much fun. with him." He wished to give the man a good, all-round thrashing, so "He hasn't said anything to you more than to the rest of he would remember it longer, and have respect for the us, old fellow." prowess of at least one patriot. "Well, I was the first one to want a chance at him, and Bob struck the fellow when and where he pleased, much I am therefore entitled to it." to the delight of the Horse Guard, who encouraged him, "I'll settle that," said the redcoat, insolently. "I'll and said things that were calculated to ruffle the feelings thrash each of you in turn; so it doesn't matter which one of the British soldier. I begin with." "Can you really fight, Mr. Redcoat?" "Did you ever hear such insolence?" cried Bob. "Free "Why don't you thrash the 'rebel'?" his arms, quick, so I can knock some of that conceit and "You said you would do it easy ." arrogance out of him." "But he has found it to be quite a hard job, it seems." "You will have a hard time doing it," said the redcoat. Such were a few of the sarcastic remarks indulged in "I don't think so; apd I'll quickly prove it to your sat-by the "Liberty Boys" and it made the redcoat very angry; isfaction." he could not help himself, however; he had run up against One of the boys unfastened the bonds holding the redhis master, and knew it. coat's wrists. "Now you are free. Get ready to take a good thrashing," he said "Don't you be afraid about my having to take a He fought as desperately as possible, however, and pres ently went down at full length from a terrible blow straight from Bob's shoulder. He lay there, half dazed for a few moments, and then


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. 9 le 14't up; but he made no move to get on bis feet and re sume the combat. d "Get up and let me knock you down again," invited Bob, who was just getting warmed up. The redcoat shook his bead. u "I've had enough," he said. o "What, already?" "Yes; I know when I have enough I won't fight any more." "All right," said Bob in a disappointed voice. "But I think you are not much of a man after all. From the way you talked before the fight began I thought you would be 1 able to make it interesting for me; but you haven't." "It bas been interesting enough for him, though, I think, Bob," said Mark Morrison. "Yes; I think he will have more respect for patriots, from now on," said Sam Sanderson. "You don't want to cont inue the fight then?" asked I Dick. "No." / "All right; we won't try to force you to fight against your will. Tie his arms, boys." Thi s was quickly done. CHAPTER V. AT MR JORDAN'S. Di ck asked Mr. Jordan if he could leave the prisoner at his house for a few hours. "Certainly," was the reply. "But I'm afraid that some of the will come back here and take him away with them The "Liberty Boy" shook his head. "I don't think there i s much danger of that," he said "In my opinion the British floldier s will not come back here. 'rhey will be afraid to do so." "Well, you are welcome to leave the prisoner, and then if the redcoats come back and free him it won't be my 'fault." "True; and I won't blame you or hold you in any way responsible for him shou ld he be gone when we return." "Very well, Captain Slater." Then the "Liberty Boys" mounted their hor ses and rode away. They rode northward half a mile, and then turned to ward the east It was Dick's intention to go over and reconnoiter the main army of the Briti& h a bit. "It will be dangerou s work, Dick," said Bob, when Dick told him where they were bound for. "Well, we will be very careful, of conr e," replied Dick. J "Shure, an' we'll give thim a good thrashin' av dhey thry for to bodth e r us," Raid Patsy Brannigan. "Yah dot ish so," said Carl Gookenspieler. "What, twenty of us thrash the entire British army, Car l? asked Mark Morrison. "Yah, dot make no difference ouid; ve can whip dem shust so easy as noddings." "Shure, av dhey got a good look .at thot mug av your'n, Dootchy, it's scart to dea h they'd be afther bein'!" said Patsy. "Ton'd you pelief me," said Car l. "I vas nod so much ness ukliness haf like yourselluf, Irishmans." "Oh, gwan wid yez, Cookyspiller. Av Oi had such a face as your'n, it's mesilf'd be afther wearin' a mask dhe whol e toime, begorra." "Dry up, you two," said Bob; "if there were redcoats within a mile of us, they'd hear you quarrelling." "It's dhe Dootchy, Bob," said Patsy. "Oi niver can make dhe spal}l>ane kape thot taty-trap av his'n shut ." "Vat a lie dot vas peen," said Carl. "I don'd vas dalk half so muchness mit mine mout' as dot Irish.mans." The "Liberty Boys" had gone about a mile when they came upon another somewhat exciting scene A party of perhaps a dozen redcoats were plundering a house, undoubt edly the home of a patriot. "Forward!" cried Dick. "Charge the scoundrels! Show them what 'The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard' can do!" They dashed forward, with wild yells, and as they drew nearer they called out : "Long live liberty! Down with the king!" Their coming struck terror to the hearts of the British. The redcoats fled like so many st artled rabbits. They rushed around the house and fled into the timber back of the house, bu_ t not until the "Liberty Boys" had fired a volley and wounded a couple of them. The fellows did not fall, however. They were able to keep on run ning. It was n patriot family, sure enough, and they thanked Dick and the rest for coming to their assistance and dis persing t I 1 e redcoats. The yot1 lh assured them that they were welcome. "We are here for the purpose of doing all the good we can for the patriots and the patriot cause," he said, "and we feel that it is our duty to help whenever the opportu nity presents itself." The name of the family was Hargreaves, and there were, beside s the man, his wife and three children, two boys and a girl, ranging in age from six to twelve years. After spending a few minutes in conversation with the family, Di ck and his guard rode onward. Half an hour later they came to the top of a hill, and Dick called a halt. "I want to see if we can loca te the Briti sh encampment," said he. "It must be within a coupl e of miles of this spot, I think. They dismounted, ancl Dick and Bob climbed trees and took an observation. They caught sight of the British encampment at once. It was not to exceed a mile away, and was plain l y ( to be seen.


10 'J'HE LIBERTY HORSE GUARD. "Well, there is the British encampment, Dick," said thought Dick. "Well, I'll give the two youths work to do Bob in this locality whenever it is possible." "So I see, Bob." The redcoat prisoner was given his supper, and he ate "What are yon going to do now?" heartily. There was a sullen look on his face, however, "Nothing in particula;-; I simply wished to locate the and it was evident that he was not feeling very good. The British encampment, so that I wou'ld know where it is, and thrashing Bob had given hini'lrnd given him something to be enabled to find it in case I should wish to do so at any think about. time." The "Liberty Boys" could not refrain from rubbing it "Oh, that's the idea, eh!" i11to him a bit. "Yes." "How are you feeling?" asked one, with a grin. The two descended, and then Dick told the youths to "What do you think about patriots now?" from unmount their horses. other. "Which way now, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. "You will have to admit that some of them are your "Back the way we came; we promised to take supper equal in some respects, at l east, won't you?" from a third with the Jordans, you know." "Th&t's all right," growled the prisoner. "I'll make yo "Yes, so we did fellows suffer one of these days. I'll get even with tha It was now almost sundown, and by the time they reachyoung scoundrel," and he nodded toward Bob. ed the Jordan home it was dusk. "All right, you old scoundrel,'' grinned Bob. "Whe They fed and watered their horses, and then went to the you do get even with me I hope you will tell me." house, where they found a splendid s upper awaiting them. "Yon' ll know it without having to be told!" fiercely. l\Irs. Jordan and the girls, Ruth and Lizzie, had been busy "Yah, I don't vas tink so,'' said Carl Uookenspieler. while the "Liberty Boys" were away, and had cooked a vill pet me my life dot ven you nre efen mit Pop you vil meal fit for anyone. fint dot you don't vas efen mit him The youths were not used to such meals, being accus "Oh, listhen to dhe Dootchy talk, wull yez!" said Pats tomed to rough camp fare, and they enjoyed it hugely. Brannigan in supreme contempt. "I very toime he open 'I'hey complimented the woman and girls on their cooking, his mouth he's afther putiin' his fut in it, begorra." and pleased them greatly "I'll make me mine foot into mout' out, dot's va "You ought to be a happy man, Mr. ,Jordan,'' said Dick. I'll do, uf you don'd vas loog ouid, Batsy Prannigan!" de "Why so, Captain Slater?" clared Carl, belligerently. "Why, for having such a splendid wife and such good "That's a pretty pair of rebels you have there,'' said th and beautiful daughters." redcoat, sneeringly, and wilh a contemptuous look at th "'You are right," was the reply. "I would be very haptwo. py, but for the fact that a cruel war is raging, and we know "Say, phwat d' yez mane by spakin' onre pectfully av a not what may happen We live in constant fear Oirish Amirikin, ye spalpane, yez!" cried Patsy." "It's me "Yes, that makes life anything but pleasant, Captai n silf wull have Dick set yez fray av yez don't look out, an Slater,'' said Mrs. Jordan then Oi' ll give yez dhe worrust lickin phwat iver yez ha "True," said Dick. "Well, the war can't la st forever in your loife." Sooner or later it will be over, and then we will be enabled to live in peaqe once more." "Yah, dot is so,'' said Carl. "Uf you don'd vas sbea "Yes, but the British may murder my husband, or our disresbectfulness abouid me I vill sdep on your neck mi son Jack may be killed ere that time comes," said the both of nrine feetses, by shimmanetty !" woman, with a sober look on her face "Oh, all you would need to do would be to sit do"lln o "That is possible,'' said Dick. "But let us hope it may him, Carl,'' said Bob, with a grin "'I'hat would smas not happen." him as as a pancake." "Amen to that!" from Mrs. Jordan. CarL was short and fat, and weighed nearly two hundre The girls did not have much to say, but it was evident pounds, so this statement of Bob's was not so much out o that they were not displeased by the presence of twenty the way, after all. handsome young men; and when they were the subjects of "Bah! I could thrash half a dozen like you fellows," conversation th e y and their eyes shone with said the redcoat. pleasure. "Shure, an' yez'd have a harrud toime a-doin' av it," Two of the "Liberty Boys," Dick noted, seemed to be said Patsy. smitten by the beauty of the two gi rl s These youths were "You cannod thrash me py mineselluf,'' said Carl, belli 'I'om Saunders and Will Forbes, and as they were handgerently. "I gou ld Yon thrashing gif you, uf your han some, manly young fellow s Di c k was glad to see that they tied togedder. ehind mine were impressed with the girls' beauty. \Yher eat the "I,iberty Boys"' roared, ;\ml Carl, thinkin "I think the gir l s will take a Liking to Tom and Will, he had sairl some thing very witty, smiled broadly. too, if they are given a chance to flee them a few times,'' "O h look at clhe Dootchy,'' said Patsy. "He's afth


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD 11 kin' thot he has said somethin' thot wur smart, beUnd don'd I vas sait id?" asked Carl. "Raf you nod er poys heard make much laughness ?" : r ''Yis; but dhey're laughin' at ye, ye Dootch monkey, i yes." D on'd you pelief me. I gan't vas fool you dot a-y ." "Av coorse yez can't fool me, Dootchy; but yez are afther bein' very aisy fooled, begorra At this instant one of the "Liberty Boys," who lifid been standing guard outside, came running to the door and cried out: "A force of some kind is coming! I hear hoofbeats!". CHAPTER VI. A LIVELY SCRIMMAGE "Q uick, boys! Out of here, all!" cried Dick. I They das hed out of the house, and stood, watchi\).g and n l istening f The thunder of hoofbeats could be heard coming from the north. 3 It was so dark it was impossible to see more than twenty yards, so nothing could be discerned. ; "Likely it i s a band of redcoat troopers," said Dick. "In that case we must give them a reception that they won't forget in a hurry." "That's what we will do," said Bob "Yes, yes!" from a number of the others. "Hold your muskets in readiness for instant use," said Dick. "All right." Closer and closer sou nded the hoofbeats. Dick, who was a good hand at judging such things, de cided that there were about thirty of the horsemen. He told the youths what he thought regarding the num ber of the approaching horsemen "That's about the number I would have guessed," said Mark 1\Iorrison. "'Yell, we can thrash twice that many," said Bob Esta brook. "Y ah, dot ish so," from Carl Gookenspieler. "Oh, shut up, Dootchy," said Patsy. "Phwat do ye know about such t'ings, is phwat Oi'd loik e to know?" "I know such a muchness as vat yon know abouid id, I don'd vas t'ink," was the reply "Sh!"1 cautioned Di ck, and youths became as silent as death. The horsemen rode up in front of the Jordan house and came to a stop. They were just visible from where the "Liberty Boys" stood. "Jove I wish I knew positively that they are enemies," sai d Dick to himself. "Then I would have the boys give them a volley But it might be such a thing that they are patriots, though I don't think they are "Dismount, men,'' they heard a voice say. "Let us go in and see if these people will tell us anything regarding that party of rebels This was sufficient They were British troopers, and Dick made up his mind they would give the redcoats a surprise. The youths could just make that the redcoats were dismounting, and then they saw a dark body advancing "We will s urround the house, so no one can escape,'' said the voice of the leader of the party, "and if the rebels are not here we will make these people tell where they have gone." At this instant a low, tremulous whistle sounded on the still night air. It was followed instantly by the terrible, crashing sound of a volley from firearms. The whistle was the s ignal from Di ck for the "Liberty Boys" to fire, and they had obeyed it promptly The Briti s h troopers were so close that great damag e was inflicted upon them. A dozen or more went down, dead or wounded. Then on the air rose yells, shrieks, a_nd groans. The volley had come so unexpectedly that the British were taken wholly by surprise and stood stock still, almost paralyzed. Another whi s tle sounded It another signal from Dick. It meant that the "Liberty Boys" were to fire a volley from their pistols. They had already drawn these weapons, and so were ready when the signal was given. Crash!-roar! More redcoats dropped, and with wild yells of affright the rest turned and fled back to where their horses stoocl, and leaping into the saddles, they d11shed away, back up the road in the direction from which they had just come. Some of the ride rless horses followed, while a few of them. remained standing, evidently not knowing what to do. "Hurrah for 'The Libert y Boys' Horse Guard'!" cried Bob. "We routed that gang of redcoats in a hurry!" "Have you driven them away?" a ked Mr. Jordan, com ing around the corner of the house. "Yes," replied Dick, "and we hav e dropped about fifteen of their number here in your front yard. Bring a candle and let us h ave a look, to see how many are dead." "All ri ght; I'll bring one at once," and he hasteneu back. "Oh, John, is the battle over?" asked his wife tremulously. "Yes, Jane." "And did the 'Liberty Boy s' beat them?" "Yes, and killed fifteen or twenty. Bring me a candle; Captain Slater ants to see ho" many are dead, and ho'1 many wounded."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GU ARD. "Oh, this is terrible!" said Ruth. "Just to think of a battle being fought right in front of our house!" "Oh, this wasn't a battle," said Mr. Jordan. "It was simply a scrim mage. "Well, it was bad enough, anyway," from Lizzie, with a shudder. Mr. Jordan took the candle and went out of doors. He found the "Liberty Boys" just :finishing the work of reloading their muskets and pistols, which was something they never neglected to do at the first opportunity, after an encounter lik e this one. They now advanced and looked at the fallen troopers. They found twelve dead men, and four wounded ones. The four were quite ser iou s l y wounded. "We will bury the dead men, after looking after the wounded," said Dick. "Will you consent to let us carry Lhe wounded men into your house, Mr. Jordan?" "Oh, yes," was the reply. I could not refuse to take anyone in under such circumstances." "Quite right. Well, we will carry them in. You go in and tell your wife and daught ers to fix a place for the wounded troopers "There i s a lar ge, unoccupi ed room up stai r s," s aid Mr. Jordan. "They may have that. He hastened into the house, and told his wife and daugh ters that four wounded redcoats were to be brought in, and the three hast e n e d up to the room, and s pread some old blankets on the floor as there were no bedsteads in the room. The Liberty Boys" carried the wounded men into the house and upstairs to the room and laid them carefully down on the blankets. The poor fellows groaned with pain, for it was impossible to handle them without hurt ing them more or less. "Now bring me some old white rags that are clean," said Dick; "and bring some water, and s ome salve or oint ment, if you have any such things in the house." "Yes, we have plenty," said Mr s Jordan, and she has tened to bring the articles asked for. Then Dick went to work, to examine and dress the wounds of the troopers. Three of them, quite wounded, would recover, Di c k was confident but the fomth man was very baclly wound e d and the youth doubted his being able to pull through He dressed the poor fellow's wound as best he could, however, and spoke a s encol/.!J:agingly to him as possible. Mr s Jordan did not fancy the id e a of having four wounded redcoats in her house, and told Dick so. "I am afraid the British will come here, find them, and burn us out of house and home," s h e said. "I don't think there is as much danger of their doing so with the wounded men here as would be the case if they were not here, Mrs. Jordan," said Dick. "You do not?" in surprise. ''No." ; "Why not?" "Well, if you take good care of the wounded men, nu ing them and giving them food, the redcoats will certain} be somewhat grateful. I don't think they will burn yo house, or indeed do you any injury whatever." "I am glad you think that way about it, Mr. Slater," th woman said "And I hope you are right." "I am sure that I am. I have had experiences like thi before, and jt has turned out the way I have said ." I tlrink you are right, Captain Slater," said J or dan. ''Well, we'll take the best of care of the wounded men,' said his wife, "and we will hope for the best when thei comrades come here to see about them." "What will we do, Dick?" asked Bob. "I guess we had b etter return to Charleston, Bob." "And come out in the morning, again?" ('Yes." "You are welcome to stay here, Captain Slater," said Mr. Jordan, "Indeed, we shall be glad to have you stay," sa id Jordal. I think we will return to Charleston," said Dick. "J wU1 to have a talk with General Lincoln. But I'll tell yoJ what I'll do : I will leave a couple of the boys here to ;enl der you assistance in case any redcoats come and attemp to do you any hurt." "Very well," said Mir. Jordan. "But two could not d much." "I don't think there will be any necessity for anyon to do anything," said Dick. "But if they are here, an redcoats cJme and attempt to do anything, the boys ca hasten to Charleston and let me know, and then we wi come back here to your assistance." "Very well; and thank you, Captain Slater." 'l'hen Dick named Tom Saunders and Will Forbes as the two who were to remain, and it was easy to see the two youths in question delighted. "Begorra, an' thim two young fellers are afther bein' lucky," said Patsy, shaking his head; "it's mesilf'd loiked to have sthayed here, begorrra. phwere oi could look at dhe boochiful :faces av thim two gurrels." "Und I vould hav liked me dot shob, mineseVuf," said Carl Gookenspieler. ((Jh ust listhen to dhe Dootchy, now!" said Patsy. Dick gave the order for the youths to bridle and sa dle their horses and get ready to return to Charleston, an they oJieyed at once. The youth talked with Tom Saunders and Will Forb explaining what he wished them to do; and then had short conversation with Mr. Jordan, telling him what thought would be the best course to pursue if a party redcoats should come, and then he bade them good-by, a the youths mounted their horses and rode away in the rection of Charleston.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. 13 CHAPTER VII. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" OUT AND AWAY AGAIN. Next morning Dick called on General Lincoln at head quarters. He told the general that he was confident, from what he had already seen and learned, that the British were s lowly but surely encompassing the city, and that sooner or later they would make an attack that would be almost certain to result in the fall of the city. General Lincoln pondered for several minutes / He looked at the floor, and seemed to be weighing Dick's words carefully. The truth was that he was not a brilliant gen eral; he was a good man, and a good fighter, and had done good work a(ill'Saratoga and elsewhere in the

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. "Yah, I vill haf som e chicken bye, you pet me your lif e,'' said Carl. "That's something we would a ll like to have,'' sai d Bob, "but I don't think we will get any very soon Dick made his way to the house and told Mr. Jordan what he wishe4 done The man said he would have it at tended to. "If the redcoats attempt any meanness one of the girls >yill make the s i g n a l,'' he said "All right,'' and then Dick went ba ck. "The gir ls are well and as pretty as ever, Tom,'' said Di ck, addressing Tom S aunders. That youth looked astonished, and stared at ick, whose face was as s0ber as that of a judge on the bench. "I supposed that such was the case, Dick," Tom s aid, aft er a moment "But why did you say that to me?" "I thought you looked as though you wanted to know, Tom ,'' was the quiet rep ly. Some of the other youths laughed, as they und e rstood the joke, and among them was Will Forbes. "What are you lau ghing for, Will?" asked Dick. This turned the youths' attentio to Will, and they lau ghed at him, causing him to grow red in face. "It's horse and horse with you two fellows,'' said Bob with a grin. "They're pretty badly sm itten, don't you th'ink so, boys?" "Yes, yes!" "I should say so!' "Anybody could see that. .. "Yes, a blind man could see it." and the with whi c h they gazed about them, that they were on their guard against being surprised. They rode up in front of the Jordan farmhouse and stop ped. The commander, a captain, leaped to the ground and advanced to the front door, where he was greeted by Mr. Jordan. "Are you the owner of this house?" the captain asked I am,'' was the reply. "Your name?" "John Jordan." Did a :fight between some British troopers a .nd a band of rebels take place here, la st night?" "Yes, sir." "And some of the British troopers were killed?" "Twelve, I believe, sir." "And h<'.v many were wounded?" "Fo ur." "Whe r e are they?" / "In the house. \ "Ah, you have taken the m in then?" ayes, sir; and we have nursed them as best we could." "Thaot is a good thing for you Do you know where the rebels are who did this work?" "I do not, sir." "Did yon know they were here when they fired upon t he British troopers, la st night?" "No, sir. The first we knew of their presence was when they had driven the British troopers away; then they came and asked me to take the four wounded men in and care "Oh, say, let us alone, you fellows,'' sai d Tom. don't know what you are talking about." "You for them." "Oh, don't we?" laughed Mark Morrison. 'No." "You pet me your life ve do know vat ve are talking abouid,' said Carl Gookenspieler, who didn't know, but was determined to pretend that he did. "Oh, g'wan wid yez, Uookyspiller," said Patsy. "It's mesilf wull be afther betthin' innythin' thot yez don't know phwat dhe byes are laughin' abhout, begorra." "Yah, und I 1'ill pet you don'd vas know inny as vat I know, you pig Irishman's.'' The youths talked and laughed, and h ad sport with the two youths, 'rom and Will, and also with Patsy and Carl, and thus the time did not seem to hang so heavily. It passed much more seemingly, at.least. Presently Dick stepped out and l ooked up the road to ward the north. "I should think the British would be coming soon,'' he said. Scarcely had he uttered the words when a party 0 horsemen came around a bend in the road a quarter of a mile north of the Jordan house. Dick l eaped back, out of sight. "They're com ing at last he said. "Ah, and you don't know where they are now?" '"N o s ir." "Very well. May I see my comrades?" "Yes, sir; come this way. M:r. Jordan led the officer in to the house and upstairs to the room occupied by the wounded men. The captain greeted the men by name, and examined their wounds Three of them are able to make the trip to the encamp ment," he said. "But that man there wilL have to remain. He is very severe l y wounded. I s uppose you will take the best of care of him?" Oh, yes, sir,'' sai d Mr. Jordan. "Very well; no harm shall come to you or yours so long as you act right toward us." The three men wbo were not s o seriously wounded were carried out of the house by their com rade s and were placed in blanket a:q:ibulances made by tying blankets between two horses, after which the entire party took its departure. OHAPTER VIII. DICK DOES SOME PLANNING. Th.ere were at lea st one hundred of the troopers, and it The departure 0 the party of redcoats was a great relief v..-as evident, from the way they handled their muskets, 1 to the members of the Jortlan family So long as the


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS" HORSE GUARD. 15 troopers were there the patriot s could not help feeling uneasy. The fact that they had taken lhc wounded soldiers .in and taken care 0 them was in their favor, however, and had saved them fro m being bother ed. Dick told Mr. and Mrs. Jordan and the girl that he b e lieved they would be safe in future, and that the redcoats would not bother them. "You have won them over," h e said. "I'm glad of that," said Mr. Jordan. "Yes, it isn't pleasant to have the fear constantly over one that a b and of redcoats may d escend at any moment upon you, and bum you out of house and home, and perl1aps murder you." "You are right, sir. And now, what are you going to do?" "Myself and comrades are going to go scouting around, to see what we can, and l earn as much as pos sib le." A few minutes later the Liberty Boys' Horse Guard" rod e away. The youths put in tw o or three days at this, and in that time Di ck was fully impressed with the idea that Charles ton was doom ed H e bad learned that the c i ty was already practically surrounded by the British, and that they were slowly but surely drawing closer and c loser, narrowing the cirCle of Bri tis h sold i ers, until after awhile they would be right up to the city, and then they would be to close in and capture the patriot army, for they outnumbered it three to one. Dick again went to General Lincoln and explained the situation. The genera l .listened courteously, but it was evitlent that he did not look upon the matter as being nearly so serious as Dick was confident it was Had he known Dick Slater better he would have given the youth's words more careful consideration, but he thought that the young man was needlessly alarmed I am glad to hear what you have to say, Captain Sla ter," he said "But, really, I do not think the British can overp owe r us here in Charleston. We will be able to beat them off, I fee l sure. On the other hand, if we were to leav e the city, we would be at the enemy's mercy." Of oou rse, Di ck felt as though he were rather overstep pin g his privileges in arguing with the general, but he was so sure of his ground, and felt so sorry for the patriot sol diers, that he did arg ue quite earnestly Re told the ge n era l that he did not have the lea st doubt of their ability to s ljp awny in the night, and make their escape from the city, without having to encounter the British, but General Lin coln shook hi s head. I prefe r to r emain in Charleston," he sald. "I do not b elieve that the British can beat us here on our own ground, as it "ere." Then he went on, and told Dick to keep close watch oi the British and report their eyery move, and lo secu re as many recruits as possible, and send them in to Charleston. "'J'hat make;; me think, sir," said Dick. I have my hands so full, watching the British, that I have no time to secu r e Tecruits, so 1 sha ll have to ask that you place that work in other hands." "Very well, Captain Slater. I do not wish to overwork you; I will give that work into other hands "Thank you, sir Dick Slater had another reason for not wfshing to se cure recruits for the patriot army in Charleston. I was because he did not wish to be Tes onsible for bringing men into what he considered to be a trap." "That's all it is," he said to himself. "Charlesto n is a trap, nothing more or less, and I should never forgive myself if I were to persuade a good l y number of men to go there, only to be captured by the British when they inv e t the city." Dick had talked to the "Liberty Boys" on the subject, and had told them he was going to try to persuade the genera l to evacuate Charl eston, and they looked at him inquiringly when he returned to their quarters "What did he s4y, Dick?" asked Bob "He is determined to remain here, Bob," was the sober reply. "Is going to stay right in the trap, eh?" "Yes "Did you explain to him that is was a trap?" "Yes." \ "And he still insisted onremaining?" asked Mark Mor rison "Yes, Mark." "That is queer "Well, I don't know; I think he believes I am overestimating the danger." "He ought not to think that; you have been out, ing around, and have had the opportup.ity of seeing how things really are." "That is true; and I told him how things are, but still he was unconvinced. He seems to think that so long as he remains in Charleston he is safe 'That is a mistake," said Sam Sanderson. "Why, Gen era l Washington got out of New York ity in a hurry when General Howe started across from Brooklyn Heights He didn't think that because he was in a large city he was safe." "No; he realized that his army was outnumbered greatly by the enemy, and that he would certainly be overwhelmerl if he remained, and so retreated to Harlem Heights." "Yes; and General Lincoln ought to retreat, also." "Where could he retreat to?" asked one of the youths "Well, he could fall back to the High Hills of the Santee, forty miles north from h ere," said Dick. "'rhere he would be absolutely safe "Have you ever been there, Dick?" asked one. "Oh, es." "Say, Dick, what is to become of us?" asked l\fark Mor ri son "Surely we are not called upon to remain in Charleston when redcoats make the attack, and permit omse lve s to be captured?"


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. Dick shook his head. "No; we will not do anything of the kind," he said. "I do not feel that we are called upon to do so. If General Lincoln wishes to stay, and permit the jaws of the lion to crus h him, that is bis business, but I think that self-pres ervi.tion is the first law of Nature, and we will turn up missing abcwt that time." "We will not be in the city when the British knock at the door, e h Dick?" said Bob. "No." "Tbot's the way to talk, begorra," said Patsy Branni gan. "We wull not be here whin dhe redcoated spalpanes make dhere appearance." "Yah, dot ish so," said Carl Gookenspieler. "Ve vill be some odder blace ven der retgoats come der city in." "Oi t'inli:: it'd be a good t'ing to l'ave yez here, Cooky spiller," said Patsy. "Shure, an' yez are afther bein' such a noosance thot it'd be betther fur all av u s if yez wur ter be capchoored by dhe ridcoats, begorra." "Yah, I don'd vas t'ink so," sai d Carl. "There is mother thing," said Dick motioning to Patsy and Carl to be silent. "I had promised General Lincoln that I would get all the rec ruits I possibly c oultl and send them to him here in Charleston, but I told him a little while ago that I could not do that." "I know why you don't want to do it, Dick," said Bob. "Yon don't want to get men into snc h a trap." "That's it, exactly, Bob." I "But what excuse did you give him?" asked Mark Mor-,.rison. "I told him that it kept me so busy watching the doings of the redcoats that I really did not have time to secure recruits, and that I would have to ask him to relieve me of my promise to do that." "Ah, that was a good excuse." "Yes." "Did he accept it?" "Oh, yes; be said that was all right, and that he would get somebody else to look after thd work Of securing new recruits ." "Well, the poor fellows will be brought in here to be captured, just the same, Dick," s aid Sam Sanderson. "Yes, but I won't be to blame." "True." "I would put a stop to the work if I could; but you know I have no right to work against the commander of the patriot army of the South." "True; all you can do is to keep your own fingers out of the work of securing "You are right. I hope, though, t hat the persons who are deputed to secure recruit s will not be very s uccessful." "Why not go around to th,e houses of the patriots of the vicinity and warn them not to join the patriot army and go into the city, Dick?" asked one of the youths. I would not do such a thing as t hat Joe; it would be a 8pecies of treason." "I can't see it that way; it would be for the good of the men, and, indeed, it would be for the good of the cause, for the men who were thus saved from captured by the British now might join the patriot army later on, when it would be possible for them to do some good." "Say, Dick, aren't we to have any hand in the fight when the British make the attack on Charleston?" asked Bob "That is you, Bob," smiled Dick; "you are always want ing to fight, and I believe you would Tather remain in Charleston and take all the risks of being captured, rather than miss being in the battle." "Well., I guess you are not far wrong in that." "I'll tell you, Bob, I do intend that we shall have a hand in the battle, .but we will fight from the outside, and not from within the city." "How is that?" "It i s my intention to remain out in the country when I see that the BTitish are about ready to make the attack, and as soon as the battle i s under way we will enter it, but will attack the enemy from the rear." "Ah, I see!" exclaimed Mark Morrison. "By so doing we shall be enabled to do a great deal more damage than we otherwise would be able to do," said Dick, "and we will not be in such great danger of being captured." "That's true eno-gh," said Sam Sanderson. "That programme suits me -very well," said Bob. "And now, Dick, I have a suggestion to make to you." "What about, Bob?" "In regard to this matter of getting patriots to join the pat-i:iot army and help fight the British." "Well, what is the suggestion?" ''I know a way to keep the patriots from entering the city and being captured by the British, and at the same time you will not be acting in a treasonous manner." "All right; I shall be glad to hear how this may be done." "It is very simple. Get them to join our horse guard, and fight with us. They will be under your control then, and will go and come as we do, and they will thus be outside the city when the battle begins, and will escape being captured." "I'll do it," said Dick. "It's a good scheme; but I will not do it unknown to General Lincoln." "How will you explain to him without raising his sus picions?" "I'll ten him that my force is too small to successfully resist the forces of British that we are constantly run ning up against, and that I shall be glad if he will permit me to increase the number of my men by recruiting them from the patriots of the vicinity. I'm sure he will be willing, and then we will get to work and secure as many as possible, before his men can get at them." "That's the scheme, Dick; go and see him at once "I will," and Dick hastened back to headquarters.


THE LI.BERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. 17 CHAPTER IX. GENERAL LINCOLN SURRENDERS. they were safely past the enemy Di c k and his men drew breaths of relief. "I tell you, I don't think we would be able to get through the British lines very many more times," said Dick. The general told Dick he was welcome to increase his "You think so?" from Bob. force to such size as he wished, through recruiting mem"I do; they are about ready to make the attack. bers from among the patriots of the vicinity, and so he "Then we don't want to get very far away, Dick ." went to work to do this at once. "I know you don't, Bob," with a smile. "For you are For the next ten days he was busily engaged, recruiting always ready for a fight." and keeping watch of the redcoats, and at the end of that "So are the rest of you," with a grin. "Yon can't lay time the "Liberty Boys' Horse Guard' numbered one all the blame on me." hundred. The '( Liberty Boys" did not go f\u. They paused on the The majority of the members of the company were you.rig top of a hill a mile beyond the British lines, and went men, though there were a few of middle age. All were into camp for the evening and night. brave men, and the force was now quite formidable. "We will be within easy hearing distance if the British During the ten days that had passed the British had open fire,'' said Dick. "That i if they attack in the night gradually closed in around the city, and Dick felt sure that time; and if they attack in the day time ire can both hear it would soon be too late for the patriot army to escape. and see." He decided to ha\'e one more talk with 'General LinThe British did not make an attack on 'har le sto n that coln, and try to persuade him to evacuate the city, and he evening or night; nor, indeed, did they do so until several did so. He explained the situation, as he understood it, days later. The "Liberty Boys' Horse Guard" remained out from observation, and tried to impress upon General Lin-in the country, watching and waiting, ho1rever, and on the coln's mind the fact that the situation was indeed serious, 12th of :l\Iay the British made the atlack. but the general had got it into his head that he could hold Dick and hi s "Liberty Boys" h eard the firing, and rode the city in spite of the British, and refused to entertain at the top of their horses' to the scene. They at1.he idea of evacuating. tH(;ked the British from the rear, and fir ed 1 r olley after So Dick gave up the attempt to persuade him, and revolley, doing considerabl damage. tired, .feeling disappointed. To their di smay and disappointment, how ever, the firing It was now the first week in :May, and the British were soon ceased. getting close to the city. Dick felt confident that they "General Lincoln has s urrend e red!" cried Dick. "We ll, would soon advance upon the city from all sides and make it was the best thing he could do, as it has put a stop to the a concerted attack, and he held a council with his Libfiring, anrl will be the means of saving a great many lives." erty Boys," and discussed the matter thoroughly. Dick was right; the patriots had surrendered, and as' "We must not permit ourselves to be caught in the city,', soon as this had been sett led a force of two hundred troop -Dick said, and the others agreed with him. ers set out, to try to run the party of youths clown: and kill "How soon do you think the British will make the at01 capture them. tack?" asked Bob. Had Dick had the full one hundred "Liberty Boys," he "It is hard to say?" was the reply-"but they may make trould not have retreated very far, but \rould have stopped the attack within a few days. They have the city comand given the enemy a good thrashing; but there were only pletely surrounded, and are close up to it now, as you al\ twenty of the original Liberty Boys,' the rest being young know." men of the vicinity, who had not had much experience in "Well., what shall we do?" asked Mark Morrison. fighting, and who might become demoralized and flee at After some discussion it was decided to ask permission a critical moment. from General Lincoln to remain out in the country a Tahng this into consideration, Dick kept up the retreat, week, looking after the British who were foraging and pilmuch to Bob EstalJrook's disappointnl.ent. !aging the patriot homes, and Dick's idea was that by that "Oh, say, Dick, let 's sto p and give those fellows a thrashtime the attack would be made by the British, and then he ing,' he said. 'We have run from them long enough ." and his "Liberty Boys" could get into the affair, and make Dick explained the matter to Bob, which he could do an attack from the rear and do a good deal of damage, without the others hearing, they riding side by side. Bob without running much risk of being captured. could not help admitting that there was wisdom in Dick's So he asked permission to make an extended scouting course, but he did hate to flee before the redcoats. trip, and be absent perhaps a week, and General Lincoln They better horse s than the majority of British granted the permission. troopers, and succeeded in getting away from them in The "Liberty Boys' Horse Guard" rode out of the city safety. When they reached the hom e of the ,J ordans they that afternoon, and managed to evade the British, who had told the story of the fall of Charleston, and Mr. Jordan and not quite established a continuous chain as yet, and when the members of his family expressed great sorrow.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE Ye s it i s b a d,'' a g reed Di c k. "But i t can t b e h e lped now. "I should have thought that General Lincoln would have eY:tC l \ ated the city b e for e h e was c ompl e tely surrounded and hemmed in," s aid Mr. Jordan. Dick trie d t o get him to do s o," sa id B ob. "But he would not d o it. H e thought h e could hold the city." Too bad, s aid Mr .. Jordan, with a shake of the head. "Yes, so it is a gre e d Dick. "What a r e y ou going to do now, Captain Slater?" the patriot a s ked. "f hardly know." "Will you return to the North?" Di c k t h o u gliit a few moment s and th e n said: I don t think I shall r eturn right away." "I am g lad to hear that." "It i s m y b e li e f that the British will overrun the coun try and do a lot of damage, and perhaps, by remaining in 'these parts a while, we may b e abl e to do a good deal of good." "Yes; but it will be d a ngerou s don t you think?" "Yes to a certain e x t e nt. But the n we are al ways in dang e r, and hav e be c ome u s ed to it." It did no t t ak e v e r y long to find this out. The British had. captur)d Charle ston and the patriot army, and was jubilant. The c ommander, General Clin ton, s ent out parties in all dir e ctions, beth to plunder the patriot s ettler s and to seaTch for Di c k Slat e r and his Horse Guard,'' of whom the British had been by some of the Tory citiz e n s of Charle s ton. General C linton kne w Dick Slat e r per s onally. He had met him more than onc e and was well aware of the fact that there was not, in the entire patriot army, a man who was so dangerou s to the kin g 's cause as was this beardless youth. G e neral Howe, three years b e fore, had offered a reward of five hundre d pound s for the capture of the youth, who was known far and 1rid e a s "The Champion Spy of the Revolution," and while Dick had been captured on two or thre e occ a s ions, he had alway s managed to escape, and the five hundred pound s had never been earned by any British soldier. General Clinton wis hed to capture Dick, or drive him out of the country, however, and s o he again renewed the offer of fiye hundred pound s for Dick's capture. "Bring him to me h e re in Charleston, a prisoner, or drive him out of t h e State,'' h e said, and the British troop ers said they w o uld do so. It did not tak e him lon g to learn that a concerted and determined effort was b e in g made to capture him, and it made him all the more d e termin e d to remain in the vicinity and worry the British all he po s sibly could. "We will stay here till we find out what the British intend doing in the South," h e told the "Liberty Boys," and they a g r ee d that this was the thing to do. They soon l e arned that it was going to be dangerous to r e main anywhere near C harle s ton, however; t he y had sup po;:ed they c ould s tay n ear the Jordan home and 'l'Gm Saunders and Will Forbes in the seventh heaven of: delight over the prospect of s pending perhaps weeks ther e but their dre am s of happines s were rudely shattered. The British became so thick in the indeed, b all direction s within twenty -fiye to thirty miles of Uharle s ton, that the party hac1 to pull up s take s at night and sl.ip away, keep.lng well in the timber as it went. "Where are we going now, Dick?" asked Bob, when they were sure they had gotten through the British lines. "I'll tell you where we will go, Bob. Up into the High Hills 0 the Santee." "I've been there. 'rhey'TC about ten miles from here, aren't they?" "Yes about that." "Well, I think that will be tbe and safest place for us to go." "So do I; once we are there we will be absolutely safe; all the British in South Carolina could not capture us." No; not if all the Torie s in the State were to join in and help them." "We will go right on up into the High Hills of the Santee, select a place and make a camp. The n "e will settle down to worry the Briti s h all we can." "And we are the boys that can do a lot of worrying when we settla down to it," s aid Bob. "We will give the m a lot of work, anyway,'' said Dick, "and I think we will b e able to be of great benefit to many of the patriot settlers of this part of the country." "Yes ; the British will try to take all that the patriot have that is worth taking, and we will pounce down on the rascals, and make it lively for them at every opportunity." "['hat's what we'll do." The "Liberty Boys' Horse Guard" reached the Rig Hills of the Santee jus t at sunrise, and spent an houi looking for a suitable spot for an encampment. One was found, then, that suited them, and they went into camp. CHAPTER X. ON THE HIGH HILLS OF SA:N"TEE. Dick had selected the camping spot with an eye to t s afety of his men in case the camp was discovered by t Britisb. it was so situated that it would be impossible for t < B:r;itish to surround them; and they could retire throu 'the timber, and along deep ravines and around the hil and would be able to get away without much trouble And from the tops of tall trees standing in the midst the encampment it would be possible fu see over the s rounding country for miles and miles. It would not only be possible to see any party of r coats that might be hunting for them, but it would enable them to see foraging parties of the British descend upon them and their plans.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUA RD. 19 A Jookout was sent up into one of the trees, and the went to work to make the camp comfortable for their y. The eighty natives of the region who had joined the $berty Boys Horse Gua rd were g lad that Dick had de cided to remain in the vicinity. They were anxious re garding the safety of their families, and they knew that if uyone could protect t h e patriot families Dick could do it. That very afternoon the lookout reported that a forag ing party of the British was to be seen, two miles away, at a house, and the "Liberty Boys' Horse Guard" was headed that way within a few minutes' time. They got to the house just in time. The Britis h troopers had been angered by the refusal of the settler to tell them where they would find gold or silver hidden, and had set fire to the hou,se. There w ere perhaps fifty of the troopers, but Dick and his men took them by s urprise, and scattered them to the four winds. Fourt een were killed, and six were wounded; the resif managed to reach their horses, mount, and make their escape. Th e "Liberty Boys" buried the dead redcoats, and conveyed the wounded ones to the home of a Tory, who, so the patriot sett ler told them, lived half a mil e away, and the Tory, of course, could not well refuse to take the wounded redcoats in and take care of them. "And tell the redcoats, when they come to your house," said Dick, "that Dick Slater and his 'Honi e Guard' is going to put a stop to the robbing and pillaging that is now being indulged in by the British soldi e rs." "I'll tell them," the Tory said sullenly "See that you do; and tell them that if they harm any women or children, or burn any houses, rt will go hard with them." "I'll tell them," in the same sullen voice. Onl y a dozen or so of the "Horse Guard" had come to the Tory's home, to bring the wounded r e dcoats; the rest had remained at the patriot home to put the fire out, that havin g been started by the British troopers, and they suc ceeded in doing it before it had done dll.mage. Then, having finished what was to be done at Tory's home, Dick and his comrades went back to the patriot's hom e The fire had jus t been extinguished, and when Dick was pointed out to the patriot settler as the leader of the "Horse Guard," and his name was mentioned, the man shook hands with him, and thanked him earnestly for coming to the aid of himself and family "Oh, that i s all right," said Dick. "That i s what we are here for "\Ye are going to remain in these parts and mak e it hot for the British, and put a stop to the way they have been doing, if we can do so." The man shook his head doubtfully. "You think we can't do it, eh?" said Dick. "I'm afraid you can't." "Well it will be a big task, I suppose; but we will be able to hold them in chec k some, at any rate." "Yes, you ought to be able to do that." Then Dick and bis comrades rode back to their camp in the hills. They kept a lookout in the tree-top the whole time, anu half an hour after they had' got back the l oOkout an nounced that another party of redcoats was in sight. "Are they at the home of a patriot?" asked Dick. "No, but they are almost to a hou se, which is, I think, the home of a patriot "All right; keep your eye on them, and if they stop there let us know." "All right. Dick gave the order for the hor ses to be brid l ed and sad dled, and this was done, and presently the lookout called out: "They've stop ped at the hou se." "All right. Come down," calle d out Dick. "We'll make them wis h they' had stayed in Charleston." The lookout descended quickly, and then all mounted their horses and rode away "Take the lead," said Dick to the youth who had been the lo oko ut. "You know the way." They rode at a gallop, and twenty minutes later the youth who was guiding the party brought his horse to a. stop, and the others did likewise. "The house where the redcoats were when I saw them is just around the bend a,head, yonder,'' he sa id. "I don't know whether they are there now or not, of course "We'll soon find out," said Dick. Then he took the l ea d, and motioning to his followers, said : "Follow me now, and come with a rush. Fire the instant you see me level my musk et." The youths nodded their heads, and then Dick rod e for ward at a ga llop. He dashed around the bend at full speed, and there, sur e enough, were the British troopers. They were busily engaged in robbing and plundering the house of the patriot. "At them, 'Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, in a foud, ring ing voice "Give it to the scoundrels Kill them!" A wild yell went up irom the youths. They watched Dick, and when he lift ed his musket they did the same, and the next moment they fired a volley The British troopers had been taken by su rpri se, and perhap s a dozen of their men fell dead, whi l e several were wound ed, some qt1ite seriously. They fired a volley, wildly, without taking aim, and then fled into the timber at the back of the patriot's house, leaving their horse s tied to the front yard fence It was a comparatively sma ll party of troopers, not to ex ceed thirty, and almost half their number lay on the ground. Dick called a halt, for he knew it would be folly to try to follow the redcoats, who cou ld escape in the timber. The patriot settler and his family were wild with de light on account of the coming of the party of patriots, and


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. when they learned who Dick was they were s urpri sed, and thanked him earnestly for what he had done for them. He told them that no thanks were due him; that he was there to render assistance to the patriot families, and make things lively for the British. well, I guess those fellows think we have made it liv e ly enough for them,'' grinned Bob. "And we made them move lively, too,'' said Sam Sander son "Yah, dot i s h so," sai d Carl Gookenspie "Oh phwat's dhe madther wid yez, Dootchy?" cried Patsy Brannigan. "Shure, an' av all dhe 'Liberty Byes' wur loike yez, dhere wouldn't be much runnin' done by dhe ridcoaots, begorra." "I haf didded me mine s harenes s uf maging dose ret goats run lige rappits, py shimmanetty," said Carl. To do the two youths justice, they were both good .fight e r s The y were utterly fearless, and Di ck often told Bob and the other s that he would hate to lcse the two. They were n ot only as good fighters as any of the youths, but were a boon be sides, in that they furni s hed for the rest when there was nothing of interest going on, and when they were in camp." "You are both all right,'' sai d Dic k, "so stop yom quar reling." "Yes, stop quarre lin g and go to fighti,ng," said Bob. "Begorra, an' it's mes5.lf would loike a chance at dhe Dootchy," sai d Patsy with a gr in. "Oi would l'ave nothin' but a grease spot, an' thot's dhe thruth. "It would be a big grease-s pot, Patsy," grinned Bob. "I vould mage dot Iris hmans up indo mincemeat uf ve vas to fight mit one anodder alretty," sai d Carl. 'l'hen the two s ubsided, for they saw Dick wanted to talk to the patriot. I After a bri ef conversation, Dick told the youths to bury the dead redcoat s and then a team was hitched to a wagon, the wounded troopers were placed in the wagon, on some straw, and they were taken to the home of a Tory who lived three-quarters of a mile away, where they were placed untler the man's care, he being w illin g to look after the wounded men because of the fact that they were British troopers. Then the youths drove back to the home of the patriot, and found the "Liberty Boys" ready to take their depart ure. They took the horses belonging to the British when they went, and Dick to ld the farmer that they were where they could keep watch of hi s home, and that if the troo pers came back to tell them they had better go abo u t t heir business if they wished to live. 1 The patriot said he would do so, a;nd then the party t ook i ts departure, and half an hour later was back at the en campment on the hill. "Well, we have done pretty well, this afternoon," sa id Bob Estabrook. "So we. have ," agreed Dick. ''I hope we shall be a to do as well every day." The other s echoed this wish, and then, as it was getting along toward evening, they set to work to get supp They had taken some provisions from the home of t Tory where the wounded men had been taken, and had al bought some meat from the patriot farmer, and they we pretty well fixed, so far as food was concerned. The lookout remained up in the top of the tiee, and J told Dick that the r e dcoat s who had fled to the woods hJ come forth, and after a c onver sat ion with the set tler, hal taken their departure. "All right; I guess they have I.ea rned a lesson," sai( Dick. Stay up there as long as you can see, and the1 come down and have some supper." "A ll ri g ht. I'm mighty hungry, I tell you." The youths cooked and ate their sup p er, and by this tim it was dark, and the l ookout came down and ale his supper Then Di ck stationed sentine ls, for he did not intend tha hi s force sho uld be taken by su rprise. "We are h ere to take the Briti sh by s urpri se," he tol< Bob. I don't intend that they shall turn the tables 01 us." "That's right," agreed Bob. CHAP'I'ER XL THE "HORSE GU.ARD" AT WORK. Next morning, leaving the ''Liberty Boys" in camp D ick and Bob mounted their horses and rode away on 1 scouting expedition. Their idea was that the redcoats had been st ruck sucl hard blows, and that if they were to get a chance at othe l parties, they would have to look around in other directiorn for them. So they rode away toward the west. They rode s lowly, and talked a s they went along An hour and a half later they paused on the top of 1 high hill and gazed about them. Suddenly Bob excla imed: Look yonder, Dick!" ''W here, Bob?" Bob pointed toward the north. Half a mil e away was a l a rg e house, almost a mansion and it was evidently the hom e of a planter who was quib well to do, for there was a numbe r of cottages for the ne g roe s In front of the house were three wagons, and t hese wagons articles of various kinds were being "What does it mean, Dick? I think that it is plain eno u gh, Bob. Those men w a re putting the things in the wagon are British aren't they?" "Yes; I see t he red uniforms." "Exactly; well, it i s a foraging party, and they are loa in g the wagons with valuables from the house. ''It look s that way." "Yes; the own e r of the place is a patrot, undoubtedly


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GU,\RD. ''And I suppose the redcoats will drive to Charleston "th the wagons." "Yes-if they are not interfered with." Bob started and gave Dick a quick, eager look. "Then you are thinking of-" He stopped, and Dick nodded. ''Yes, Bob; we must head this party off and put a stop to its work." "But how are you going to do it? The boys are not here." "'rhey must be brought here, Bob." "Ah!" "I will give you the work of getting the boys here, Bob, while T remain and keep watch of the enemy." "Shall I have them come right back here?" "No; the wagon will probably be fhe mile s from here, in the direction of Charleston before you could get back." "Then where shall we go?" "Aim to strike this road at a point ten miles south from here." "Will you be there?" "Yes; I'll keep watch from here, and when the British start, I will start also. and will keep ahead of them, and join you before we make an attack.'' "All right; I'm off." "Ride as fast as possible, Bob.'' "I will." Bob rode away, going back in the direction from which he and Dick had come only a few minutes before. "What will we do with the stuff, Bob-take it back to the place whe re the redcoats got it?" "Yes; we don't want it. We are here to protect the and make trouble for the redcoats, and that is all we care for." "All we take from anybody will be something in the way of provision s for ourselves and horses,'' said Mark Morrison. "That's it," sai d Bob. 'rhe youths rode at a gallop, and an hour later struck the road that they believed the wagons would traverse in going to Charleston. Bob called a halt, and looked up the road as far as pos s ible. He could see nothing of Dick, but the road made a bend not more than haH a mile away, and that was as far as he could see. "Let's rid e up to the top of this hill, h ere,'' he said, poinfo1g. "I think ''"e will be able to see quite a distance up the road from there." The youths rode up to the top of the hill, and looked toward the north. They could see bits of the road for

f 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. "I see; and you expect the wagons to be here by that "All right; we'll remember the programme, and will foltime low it lo the Letter." "Yes; and we will attack the drivers, and the other party of troopers." "That's a good scheme." "I think now you take forty of the boys and go on down the road three-quarters of a mile or a mile, Bob; I will remain here with the r est." "All right." Bob designated the youths who were to accompany him, nnd they set out, riding back down to the road, and then down it, presently di sappear in g aro und a pend in the. road. The youths who were left on the hilltop turned their attention up the road, and presently they saw a wagon come around the bend three-quar ers of a mile away Presently anoth e r came in sight, and then still another. There wa a strip of road perhaps two or three hundretl yards lon g that could be seen, and when the wagons again disappeaTed behind the inte rvening ridge, a party of horsemen wa6 seen come around the bend three-quarters ,of a mile away. "I thought you said there was a party of twenty-five redcoats ahead of the wagons, Dick,'' said Sam Sanderson. "There i s; back among the trees, all, so they won't see us. They will be around the bend here in a few mo ments." "Ah, they must have got across the open bit of road while w e were lookin g after Bob and the boys." "Yes, that is it." Presently the first wagon came creeping around the bend in the road a quarter of a mile distant. "It is time to mount our horses, boys," said Dick. All did so, and then they sat there, peering down at the wagons, all three of which were now in sight. "You see there is a redcoat on the seat beside each of the drivers," said I)ick. "If either of the three attempt to shoot put a bullet through him." "We will," was the grim reply. The wagons crawled slowly along. They would soon be even with the spot where the youths were in waiting. "Ready, boys," said Dick. "When I give the signa l, ride down and head the wagons off; then be ready to charge the troopers the instant they come in sight around the bend." The members of "The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard" nodded to signify that they understood what was expected of them. Suddenly Dick gave utterance to the expected signal' a low, tremulous whistle. The "Liberty Boys" dashed down the slope, and headed the wagons off. They shot the guard of the first wagon, and the driver elevated his hands in terror. "Don't shoot!" he cried. CHAPTER XII. 'rhe youths rode back in among the trees, and dismountI ed. Then they peered do1rn and watched with inter-THE ROUT OF THE REDCOATS. est. Only a few minutes passed, and then a party of troop ers rod e around t h e bend, and moved down the road. There were nbout twenty-five of them, and they rode past the point where the youth were, and on down the rnacl, disappearing around the bend a few minutes later. J oYC, T hope 0111 boys are out of sight of the red coats!" said Mark Morrison. "They are," said Dick. "The road twists and turns among the hills and it is impo ssible to see more than a quarter of a mi]P. ahead, and our boys are at lea st half a mile ahead of the redcoats." "Yes, I gues they are." Then the youths tnrned their attention in the direction from which the wagons were coming. "Are we to rush down and make an attack on the drivers of the wagon s as soon a::; they appear, Dick?" a s ked one of the youths. "We will wait till the first wagon is almost even with us; then we will ride down and stop the three of them. By that time the other party of troopers will be in sight, and we will charge the scoundrels, leaving three or four of our number to guard the wagons f!,nd see that the clrivers don't try to get away (' The guard that had been shot had attempted to shoot at the "Liberty Boys" as they dashed toward the wagon h e was on, and he had paid for his temerity with his life. The other two guards profited by the experience of their comrade, and threw down their musket s and held up their hands, to show that they had no intention of offeTing re s istance. "Mark, you and two of the boys guard the wagons,'' said Dick. "We will look after the troopers." Then he turned to hi s followers and said : "Come on, boys; the troopers will be around the bend in a moment, and we must give them a surprise. We'll meet them as they come." He urged his horse forward at a gallop, the other youths following, and just as they passed the hindmost wagon the party of troopers came dashing around the bend in the road. When they saw the force they were up against they rein.ed their horses back upon their haunches, and this action caused them to be taken at a disadvantage, for the horses were not expecting to be stopped so suddenly, and many of them reared and plunged on account of the pain caused to their mouthE by the bits.


THE LIBERTY HOHSE 23 The "Liberty Boy s" were now within musket-shot dis tance, and Dick ordered them to fire. The youths obeyed, firing a volley that tumb1ed eight men from the saddles. "Now charge!" c ried D ick. "f'harge, and give them a pistol volle y!" 'fhe youths ua s hed forward, givi n g utternnce to wild yells. The redcoat s fired a scattering volley, but their horses were leaping and cavorting to such an extent that none of the bullet s did any damage, and then the "Liberty Boys" fired a volley from their pistols. That settled it; those who were still in the saddl.e'=. about one-half the number that had ridden around the bend a few moment before-whirled their horses and dashed wildly back arou"ncl the bend and disappeared from sight. The "Li berty Boys" would have followed, but Dick called them back. "Let them go," he said "\\' e have done well. enough. Ah, Llsten to that!'' Away, toward the south, was heard the sound of firing Bob .and his boys are attacking the other party of troop ers!" Sam cried "Let some of us go to their assistance." men in the head yonder, ancl WC' ll'ill ta!rn them on down to the Tory's house This was done, the "Liberty Boys" handling the wound ed men as carefully as was possible, for the youths were humirn e and more tender of heart than might have been expected. "Now part of the force will remain here and watch the wagons, and guard against the return of the dozen or so troopers that ran away so fast, while lhe rest of lit:> will accompany this wagon that has the w-0unded men in it." Dick and about forty of the "Liberty Bbys" accompan ied the wagon that had the wounded men in it, and twenty minutes later they arrived at the home of the man they s u spected of being a Tory. When they got there they found that he and his boy, a youth of s i xt en or seventeen years, had carried the four wounded troopers into the house, and thia made Dick sme the man was a Tory. "I've brought you some more patients," he said, address ing the farmer. "You have hey?" in a sullen voice "Yes. "How many?" "Six." I "W aal, I guess yc'll hev ter bring blamed ef I know whur we'll put 'em. too much room, ez et is." 'em in, but I'm I hain't got enny I don't think they will need any assistance," said "Oh, they won't n eed muc 1 room. Just spread some Dick; ''but hventy-fise of you boys may go. You may be blankets on the floor, and we will bring the wounde d able to hea d off some of the fugitives." in and }Jlace them on the blankets The youths divided up into two parties, and one of the "All right. parties dashed away, down the road, leaving Di,ck and Twenty minut'es later the ten wounded men were lying twenty-fiv e "Liberty Boys'' to guard the wagons. side by side on blankets pread on the floor of an extra The firing did not continue long, down the road, and rovm, and Dick went to work to do what he could for the twen ty 'minutes later the entire party of "Liberty Boys" poor fellows. tha t had been down that way came riding up. "What luck did you have, Bob?" asked Dick. "Good luck, Dick. We downed twenty of the redcoated rascaL." "Only a few got away, eh?" "Five or six "How many dead and how many wounded, Bob?" 'Sixteen dead, four wounded." "Jove, you boys must have taken good aim before you pulled trigger." "We did. But how did you come out here?" "We killed one of the guards on the wagons, and four te en of tbe troopers are dmrn-eight dead and six wound ed." "Well, what is to be done with the ten wounded men, Dick ?" "We'll put them in the wagons and take'them to the borne of a good loyalist and make him take them in." "Good! There's a house down near where we struck the red coats, and I think from the 'my the owner of the place talk ed and looked-he came out to where we \Yere, after the affair was over-that he is a T ory "Ve ry good. Boys. l ay hold and place the s i x wounded Six of them were painfully, but not ser iously wounded, but four were very seriously wounded, Dick doubted whether they would recover, e ,ien with the best of care. He dressed the wounds of these four first, and then at tended to the six "There; that's the best that can be done for them, with the limited means at our command," he said. ou had better send your boy to Charleston for a physician." "Thet's whut I thort I'd do; I kain't hev all t he se heer woonded men beer, fur we hain't fixed ter take keer uv 'em." I suppose not." Then Dick went out to where the "Liberty Boys" were in waiting, the old farmer him. Who air fellers, enny ho1v?" he asked, looking at the youths curiottsly, and in a manner not overfriend l y "Oh, we are a party of young chaps who haven't much to do, so we simply ride around the country and pop over the redcoats whenever we see them rqbbing and plundering the farmers." ""Who hev they be'n robbin' an' i_)lunderin'?" "A lot of armers farther up the road." "How'd l1\e know? .-


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. 'We saw them doing it." .,. 1 "Ye did?" "Yes; that wagon, there, is filled with plunder from the big house on the lefthand side of the road, seven or eight miles from here." Whur ther nigger cabins air?" "Yes." "Waal, thet man is er rebel, an' ther British troope rs hev er right ter take whutever they want frum rebels." "Oh, they have the right to do that, eh?" remarked Dick, looking keenly and somewhat ste rnly at the Tory. "Yas,'' was the s ullen and somewhat defiant reply. "Well, now, if that is true, then we, who are patriots, have the right to take anything you, a Tory, have that pleases us." I "I don' see et thet way. Ye air rebels, a-fightin' erg'inst ther king an' all who air in symperthy with ye be robbed uv ever'thin' they hev." "That may be the way you look at it, but we don't. We believe that the king has no right to rule over us, and in a few years he won't be doing so. Then you will wish you had been on our side and helped make yourself a free man." "I'm free enuff now" "No, you are not; you work here like a slave, and have to give up a portion of what you earn to a man who lives across the ocean a man you have never seen, and who has never seen you." "And a man who doesn't want to see you," said Bob. "What is more, he wouldn't s peak to you if he were to meet you. He would look upon you as being fit only for him to wipe his feet on. Do you lik e to work for such a man as that?" "Oh, I don't berleeve whut ye say,'' was the growling reply. "Of course you don't," said Bob. "A man who wants to remain the slave of a man whom he nev er saw and never will see, and to whom he owes nothin at all, ha sn't sense enough to recognize the truth when he hears it, or to be lieve it." "I've got ez much sense ez ye hev,'' growled the man. Bob laughed. "If 1 tho ught that I would go off some where and drown myself," he said. The other youth:: laughed, and thi s made the Tory so inad that he snorted angrily and went back into the house. "Now we will go back boys," said Dick. But, first, one of you go and get a spade from this old Tory, and we will bury the dead redcoats when we get back to where the other two wagons are." "What about these dead troopers, Dick?" asked Bob, pointing to the still forms lying around. "Let the nian who like s to be a slave to King George work for him, by burying the king's de:ad subjects," was the reply. the man had a spade he could let them have, and he told why they wanted it. "Yas, I hev two spades," was the reply. "W elL, keep one for your own use," said the youth. "There are sixteen dead redcoats out here, and you will have to bury them, which you will of course be only too glad to do, since you are s uch an ardent admirer of the king." "Y as, I'll bury 'em. Don't ye worry erbout thet." He got a spa d e and gave it to the "Liberty Boy,'' who placed it in the wagon, and then the mule team was turned around, and the party made its way back up the road. Twenty minutes lat er they reached the spot where the other youths were guarding the two wagons, and received the report that all was quiet. They they buried the dead redcoats, after which the other two wagons were turned j arouncl, and the entire party ma

THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD 25 i mpressed b y Dick's appearance Doubtless not many handsome, m a nl y -l ooking young fellows as he were to be und in t h e neighborhood The c on versation was lively, and mauy question s were isked b y t h e three, all of which Dick an wered promptly. !'he t hree wondered how Dick and his men had s ucc eeded in escapin g capture, when Charleston was surrendered, and Dic k expl a i ned that his force was outside the city at th e tim e Th e three thanked Dick most earnestly for bringing th eir furn it ure and valuables back to them. They had not expected to ever again see any of the stuff that had been taken. When supper was ready all repaired to the great dining room, where a small table had been placed for the family, and you ng commander of the "Liberty Boys' Horse Guard." The members of the force sat at two long tables, which reached almost clear across the room. Ther e was a splendid supper on lhe table, and the youths certain ly enjoyed it. They had been living on coarse camp fare for a l ong while, and this meal was a luxury to them. T a l k and laughter was heard on every side,. and all en joyed themselves hugely. It was evident that Miss Louise had taken a great fancy to D ick, but he .was careful not to pay any particular attention to her, as he did not wish to make an impression on h e r He had a sweetheart up in New York State, and was nc;t desirous of making himself liked by any other girl. He talked to :Mr. Hosterman and hi s wife fully as much as he did to the girl. When supper was over the youths went out on the piazza, for it wail a beautiful evening, and this was a very pleasant lace to sit The youths talked of the enco11nirr 1\iih the British t r oopers, and all were very well satisfh>rl with the outcome f the affair. Mr. Ho$terman asked Dick how long he expected to re ain in the South. "I don't know, sir," was the reply. "I thought of tay"ng as long as I could be of any great benefit to the patriot ettlers in these parts The British are very bold and arro a nt, since capturing Charleston, and will n eed to be check d or they will be vel"y cruel and heartles s in their treat ent of patriots." T rue, Mr Slater. But I think that a few such lessons s they received this afternoon will teafh them to behave hemsel ves." "It will help to do so, at any rate, sir I should think, though," said the plantar, "that it would be extremely dangerous for you to remain here, with such a small force as you have Are you not afraid tha t the British will hunt you down and make prisoners of you." "N ot much afraid, sir. I don't believe that the entire Brit s h army could captur e us amid the H i gh Hills of Santee." "It would be difficult, I judge, if you are familiar with the ins and outs of the hills." "We ll, I have been through the hills before, and know tlrnm pretty well. I don't think the British could pos sibly know them as well as I do." "Probably the British have not much knowledge of the ountry, but they may secure the serv ices of Tories who have, and get them to act as guides for their forces." "That is true; in that case, they might make it pretty lively for us." "l should think so; and 1 would ad vise that you be constantly on you r g uard. "We shal l be on our guard all the time; another thing I would like to do, if possible, and that would be to rescu e some of the patriot soldiers from the hand s of the British." "Down at Charleston, you mean?" "Yes." The planter "hook his head. "I don't think that you cou ld possibly do that," he said. "Well, of course it would be a difficult matter, but I do not think it an impossibility." "You may be right. Still, I am going to watch for an opportunity to do Romethin g of the kind, while keeping watch of the foraging parties of redcoats and putting a stop to their work." Presently Mrs. Ho sterman called her husband into the house, and h e told Dick to excuse him, that he wpuld be right back. He was gone perhaps :five minutes, and when he r et urned he told Dick that his wife had suggeste d that they send for some of the youn g folks of the vicinity and hav e a dance while the "Liberty Boys" were there "I will see what the boys say about it, Mr. Ho te rman," said Dick. "1 they wish to stay we will do so." He went and ban a talk with the youths. i\ll were eager for it. Eighty of the youths were Southerners, and they felt perfectly at hom e at the mansion, as they were accus tomed to Southern hospitality and the ways of the South erners. The twenty "Liberty Boys" were not averse to ome sport, though, and so Dick went back and told Mr. Hosterman that the youths were plea sed with the idea. "But can you get up a party of young people of both sexes on s uch s hort notice?" he asked. "Oh, yes; we can hav e thirty young men and the same number of young ladies h ere within one hour's time," was the reply. "This is quite a thickly settle d region Mr. Hosterman at obce sent out negro messengers, to the number of a dozen at l east, with in structio ns to visit the home s of the neighborhood, and tell the young people to come to the mansion at once. The negroes h astened away on their errand, and did their work well. As ma y well be supposed, the young people of the n eighborhoo d were only too glad of the chance to come to the mansion and see the "Liberty Boys," and dance with them. They had heard the news of the way the "Liberty Boys" had beaten the British troopers, and were eager to make the acquaintance of the younir men.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD Especially was this the case with the girls, and it may Every girl Dick danced with asked him about Patsy and be taken for granted that the maidens were unusually careCa,rl, and he had to explain the matter QVer and over again ful with their toilets that evening, and that they put on It wa.s fun for the young men of the neighborhood, wh o their best and finest dresses. were playing the part of wall flowers, and they were glad As Mr Ho ste rman had promised would be the case, that they had something to amuse themselves with. They t:k.irty young men and the same number of maidens were at laughed till they cried, almost, at the antics of the Irish the mansion within the hour. and Dutch youths. All the rooms on the ground flooi were lighted up, and "I wouldn't have missed this for anything," said one to the big dining-room was cleared of the tables, and was to a companion. be used for dancing purposes, on account Of the floor being "Nor I,'' was the reply. "I would be willing to do withbare. out dancing at all this evening, in order to let those two Dibk did not lose sight of the fact that he and his men fellows be on the floor were practically in the enemy's country, and he placed out "So would I; they are worth looking at." four sentinels, two a hundred yards south of the mansion, The dancing went merrily on, J3,nd all seemed to be enand two about the same distance to the north. joying themselves. Every half-hour four of the youths "We wil1 change the guards every half-hour,'' he told went out and relieved the four who wer e on guard, and so the boys, "and that will not make it a hardship on any all had a ;hance to dance and enjoy themselves of u s ." seeing that Patsy and Carl were furnishing so This was sat i sfactory to the youths. much entertainment for all, did not send either of them An old plantation negro, with his fiddle, had put in an out to stand guard, and thus the fun was kept up by the appearance, and soon the dancing began. Jollity reigned two during the whole evening. 8upreme. The young men of the neighborhood were very At midnight a grand supper was served, and although generous, in tliat they dicl not do much dancing, but perthe "Liberty Boys" had eaten a splendid meal at six o'clock i;nitted the "Liberty Boys" to do most of it, and this in the evening, they were ready for another. It was not pleased the g irl s greatly. They could dance with their often they got a chance to enjoy luxuries, 11nd they were beaux at any time, but they might never again have an opinclined to make the most of the opportunity. portunity to dance with the members of the company of 1 After the supper the dancing was continued, and the youths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76 They confun was at its height, when, about half-past one o'clock, sidered this quite an honor, and all the girls were eager to one of the sentinels rushed into the mansion, and called dance with Di ck Slater. out: Even Pat!ly Brannigan and Carl Gookenspieler danced, "A force of horsemen is coming, Dick! Likely they ar and t he antics of the Irishman, and the grotesque motions British dragoons!" of the Dutch youth occasioned great amusement. The Instantly alL was confusion. two kept making sar7astic remarks about each other, and this kept the young folks l aughing, for some o the things the two said would have made a dog laugh. "Those two are comical fellows, Captain Slater,'' said a CHAPTER XIV. young lait y wbo was dancing wi h Dick. "Yes,'' he said. The y are a boon to the members of PLAYING HIDE AND SEEK IN THE HIGH HILLS. my compan:, for they keep up in good spirits when otherwise we would be very much depressed." "How large a force i s it, do you think?" asked Die "Are they really angry at each other, Mr. Slater?" hastening to the youth. "Oh, no; that is their way of talking and acting toward "I don't know, Dick, bnt the c hances are that it is to each other They are fast friends, and would fight for strong a force for us to fight against." each other much quicker than they would eJ:lgage in a "Just then the other three sentinels rushing i fight with each other." with the report that it was a strong force, and Dick at on "Well, anyone who doesn't understand would think they called the "Liberty Boy s" around him, and said: were very angry at each other, and that they would soon "We will slip out the back way, boys and leave engage in a fight." young folks here. They must keep right on dancing, a n "Yes; but I re ally believe that one were to lose his when the radcoats ask where we are, they must deny t life in a b attle with the Briti sh the other would be so we have been here." heartbroken and lonesome that he would die." The youths then hastened out of the mansion, by t "Well, well! That is very strange; one would not rear way, and Dick explained to Mr Hostennan what expect to see an Irishman and a Dutchman such close wished done. The planter said he would see to it that t friends progmmme carried out, and the old negro went "No; as a rnle they don't think a great deal of one work, at the command, and played energetically, w another." the young men and women of the neighborho.od we.nt c


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GUARD. 27 cing with all their might. The girls were pale, hower, and were evidently greatly frightened. They were appointed, also, on account of the departure of the ''J,ibert y Boys." The dancing was going on at a great rate when there came a loud knock on the door. Mr. Hosterman went to the door, and was there when the negro servant opened it. On the threshold stood a British canlry officer-a c, ptain "Where are those scoundre ll y rebels?" the captain cried, glaring through the doorway, and into the room in which the dan cing was going on. "What rebels do you have reference to, sir?" asked Mr. Hosterman. "You know very well," was the gruff reply. Slater and his 'Liberty Boys,' as he call s them "They are not here,'' was the reply. "Who are those young men in there, then?" "They are neighbor boys, and we are having sir." "Dick a dance, "But those scoundrelly rebels were here. They kil.).ed a number of British soldiers this afternoon, and recovered a lot of property and brought it back to you. You cannot deny it." t "I make no attempt to deny that, sir; but they went r earing and plunging. This, of course, frightened the other horsrn, an'd soon the animals were all rearing, plung ing, and snorting in terror. The capta in hastened to rejoin hi s men, and yelled at them to fire a volley; but they were too busy trying to con trol their frightened horses, and the' "faberty Boys" did the firing, a volley from their pi s tols doing much to in crease the demoralization of the enemy In spite of the commands from the l3riti h ct1ptai n the entire forc e of trooper s went da s hing a 1rny do11: n the road, nnd he, no,t being able to find his horse, had to run acros s the road, and take refuge in the timber, where he almost tore hi s hair, so great was his rage. _,, He made his way down, parallel with the road, and final ly found a riderless horse, which he mounted and rode at a gallop till he overtook his men. He ordered them to halt, which they did, they being now over their sudden fright, and having regained control of their horses. "Why did you flee like a party of coward ly militiamen?" the captain cried. "I am ashamed of you Why did you not remain and kill every one of the coward ly rebels?" "Our horses became unmanageable, s ir," was the reply, from one of the troopers "We tried to hold them, but could not." away again." "I suppose that any excuse is better than none," grow led "How lon g ago?" The captain. "Oh, three or four hours ago." I Then he told the men to follow him. "We will go back "I believe you are lying, sir, and if you don't te ll me and wipe up the earth with those rascally rebels,'' he said. when those rebel s went, and where they went, we will "Hold your muskets in readiness for instant use, and when take you out and hang you to a tree!" we get within shooting distance don't hesitate an instant, The dancing had ceased, and a cr01rd of young men and but give it to them, and keep right on going, followi ng up maidens had approached the door. Cries of terror escaped the musket volley with more from the pistols." the lip s of the girls at this The men said they would. They were well over their "Oh, sir, don't do that!" cried severa l in unison. fright, now, and were eager to get even with the yout h s "Don't hurt my father!" pleaded Louise Hosterman. who had made s uch havoc among them "I w il l l).tmg him, just as sure as anything, if_ he doesn't Back the party went, at a ga llop, ti ll t hey were within ell me when and where those seoundrelly rebel s went." two hundred yard s of the mansion aml then the s peed was At this instant the roar 'of a musket volley was heard, s lack ene d to a walk. nd with a cry of anger the captain whirled and dashiid They h e ld their muskets in readiness for instant use, as ack to his men were the captain had ordered, but they were .not giving the Dick Slater was not the youth to let a chance s l ip to enemy credit for as much shrewdness as they were postrike an enemy a blow. His idea, when they made their sessed of Dick Slater was smarte r than any redcoat in ay out by way of the back door was to size u} the force 0 the party, and he had instructed his men to move up the edcoats, and if it was not too formidable, strike it a road in the direction taken by the redcoats, which had low. With this idea in his mind, he stole around, and as been done. They had crossed over, at a point one hun t was a c lear, beautiful night, he was enab l ed to get a dred and fifty yards distant, and had concealed the mselves airly good view of the He judged there were two in the edge of the timber. They were waiting there, mus undred of the troopers, and this was odds of only two to kets in hand, and when the troopers came along Dick gave ne, which was not too great. He at once told his men the signal, the low, tremulous whistle, and the one hunl o get ready to fire a volley, and they had crept around to dred youths poured a volley into the enemy, with disa s L here they could get a good chance, and at the signal, a trous effect, at l east thirty of the troopers going down, dead 1 ow, tremulous whistle, had fired a volley, which did a great and wounded eal of damage. The captain yelled for the troopers to fire, and they did It had come unexpectedly, and a score or more of sad-so this time. But they did sca rcely any dam::tge, for the es were emptied. On the air rose wild yells, s hrieks and I "Liberty Boys" were behind trees, and the bullets could and some of the horses were wounded, and b e gan not reach them, save in a few in stances, where the tree s


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HORSE GU ARD were s mall, and the bullets infiictea wounds in an arm or leg of the youths The "Liberty Boys" fired two volleys from their pistols, and this was more than the troopers cou ld withstand. rrheir horses were rearing and plunging, some of them being wounded, and a11 being frightened, and the result was that the force aO'ain clashed a way down the road That ended the fighting for 1_,1at night. The captain was among those who had gone down, and the troopers who had fled kept on going, and made their way back to Charleston where they told a wonderful story of how they had been attacked by an overll'helming force and half their number killed and wounded. Generals Clinton and Cornwallis hardly knew what to think. They did not think it possible that any vev large force cou ld be in the vicinity of Charleston, but the troop ers stuck to their story that it was a strong force, of at lea s t five hundred, and the result was that a regiment was started out that forenoon, with instructions to hunt the enemy down and kill or capture the rebels. The regiment was nearly two

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WORK ALI. 'I'HE READ Best -W-eekly Published. PB.INT. N"C':MBEBS .A.:RE .A.LW .A. 'Y'S IN ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. LATEST ISSUES: 137 Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence of the "Moneyless Man." 138 Fred Fearnot at Princeton ; or, The Battle of the Champions. 139 Fred Fearnot's Circus or, High Old Time at New Era. 140 Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Deer of the Adlron141 and Hie Guide ; ot, The Mystery of the Mountain. 142 Fred Fearnot's County Fair; or,1. The Battle of the Fakirs. 143 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner; or, t.:aptured at Avon 144 Fred Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking up a Scheme. 145 Fred Fearnot and the Baron ; or, Caiiing Down a Nobleman. 146 Fred Fearnot and the Brokers; or, 'l.'eu Days in Wail Street. -147 Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn' t Sta)' Whipped. 148 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger ; or, Ten Days with the Moon-shiners. 149 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers ; or, .rraiiing a Stolen Chtld. 150 Fred Fearnot's Quick Work; or, The Hold-Up at Eagle Pass. 151 Fred Fearnot at Sliver Gulch ; or, Defying a Ring. 188 Fred Fearnot and the Mayor ; or, The Trouble at Snapping Shoals. 189 Fred Fearnot's Big Hunt; or, Camping on the Columbia River. 190 Fred Fearnot' s Hard Experiew:!l; or, Roughing It at Red Gulch. l!ll Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, HOw Terry Olcott Lost the Money. 192 Fred Fearnot in the Mountains; or, Held at Bay by Bandits. 193 Fred Fearnot's Terrible Risk; or, Terry Oicott's Reckless Ven194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 ture. Fred Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Game that Saved Hls Life. Fred Fearnot and the Professor ; or, 'l.'he Man Who Knew it All Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop ; or, Beating a Thousand Rivals. Fred Fearnot and the Raiders; or, Fighting for His Be lt. Fred Fearnot's Great Risk; or, One Chance in a Thousand. Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth ; or, Running Down a Slick Villain. Fred Fearnot's New Deal; or, Working for a Banker. Fred Fearnot in Dakota ; or, The Little Combination Ranch. Fred Fearnot and the Road Agents ; or, rerry Olcott's Cool Nerve. 203 Fre d Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wlld Woman of the Plains. 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border ; or, Punishing the Mexican Horse Stealers. 204 Fred Fearnot's Training School ; or, How to Make a Living. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life; or, Running the Gauntlet. 205 Fred Fearnot and the Stranger; or, The Long Man who was 154 Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days. 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Struck. 210 Fred Fearnot on the Stump; or, Bac l!.ing an Old Veteran. 159 Fred Fearnot's Gratitude; or, Up a Plucky Boy. 211 Fred Fearnot's New Trouble; or, Up Against I\ Monopoly. 160 Fred Fearnot Fined; or The Judges Mistake. 212 F d F t l\fa shai C d" th p Fred Fearnots Com1c "-pe1a or, The Fun that Raised the 213 re earno as 1 ; or, omman mg e eace. 161 v Fred Fearnot and "Wally"; or, The Good Natured Bully of 162 and the Anarchists ; or, The Burning of the Red Badger. Flag. 214 Fred Fearnot and the Miners ; or, 'l.'be Trouble At Coppertown. 163 Fred Fearnot's Lecture Tour; or, Going it Alone. 215 Fred Fearnot and the "Blind Tigers" ; or, : ore Ways Than One. 164 Fred Fearnot's "New Wlld West" ; or, Astonishing the Old East 216 Fred Fearnot and the Hlndoo; or, The Wonderful Juggler at 165 Fred Fearnot In Russia ; or, Banished by the Czar. Coppertown. 166 Fred Fearnot in Turkey; or, Defying the Sultan. 217 Fred Fearnot Snow Bound; or, Fun with Pericles Smith. 167 Fred Fearnot In Vienna; or, The Trouble on the Danqbe. 218 Fred Fearnot's Great Fire l'ight; or. Rescuing a Prairie School. 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser ; or, In the Royal Palace at Berll6. 219 Fred Fearnot In New Orleans; or Up Against the Mafia. 169 Fred Fearnot In Ireland; or, Watched by the Constabulary. 220 Fred Fearnot and the Haunted House; or, Unraveling a Great 170 Fre d Fearnot Homeward Bound; or, Shadowed by Scotland Mystery. Yard. 221 Fred Fearnot on the Mississippi; or, The Blackleg's Murderous 171 Fred Fearnot's Justice; or, The Champion of the Marm. Plot. 172 Fred Fearnot and the Gypsies; or, 'l.'he Mystery of a Stolen 222 Fred Fearnot's Wolf Hunt; or, A Battle for Life in the Dark. Chlld. 223 Fred Fearnot and the "Greaser" ; or, The Fight to Death with 173 Fred I<'earnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching the "Green Goods" .22, Lariats. Men. .. Fred Fearnot in Mexico; or, Fighting the Revolutionists. 174 Fred Fearnot's Big Day; or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. 225 Fred Fearnot's Daring Bluff; or, The Nerve that Saved His Life. 175 Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor"; or, The Indian Medicine Fakir. 226 Fred Fearnot and the Grave Digger; or, The Mystery of a Ceme -176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a Girl Horse Thief. tery. 177 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; or, The Taming of Black Beauty. 227 Fred Fearnot's Wall Street Deal; or, Between the Bulls and the 178 Fred I<'earnot s Great Struggle; or, D owning a Senator. Bears. 179 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 228 Fred Fearnot and "Mr. Jones"; or, The Insurance Man In 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson; or, "Who Runs This Town?" 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x.:. "U c :EC CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLETE. 31 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 LATEST ISSUES: 221 The Demon of the Deep; or, Above and Beneath the Sea. By h R f y R h Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 184 From Cowboy to Congressman; or, T e !Se o a oung anc 222 Jack Wright and His Electric Deers; or, Fighting the Bandits of man. By H. K. Shackleford. the Black Hills. By "Noname." 185 Sam Spark, the Bl'ave Young Fireman; or, Always the First 223 At 12 o'clock; or, The Mystery of the Lighthouse. A Story of the on Hand. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. Revolution. By Gen. Jas. A. Gordon. 186 The Poorest Boy In New York, and How He Became Rich, By 224 The Rival Boat Clubs; or, The Boss School at Beechwood. By 187 J Nk SW 'f1iotd, 1oungI Ame[1can ActiJ:. t' f a Sunken Allyn Draper. a:Jcreasi:r; 'By or; or, un mg or 225 The Haunted House on the Hudson; or, the Smugglers of the 1'!8 On Time; or, The Young Engineer Rivals. An lllxciting Story Sound. By Jas. 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By How-of the Spanish Main. By "Noname." ard Austin. 194 Flyer Dave, the Boy Jockey; or, Riding the Winner. By Allyn. 233 Custer's Last Shot ; or, The Boy Trailer of the Little Horn. By Draper. An Old Scout. 195 The '.l.'wenty Gray Wolves; or, Fighting A Crafty King. By 234 The Rival Rangers; or, The Sons of Freedom. By Gen. Jas. A. Howard Austin. Gordon. 196 The Palace of Gold ; or, The Secret of a Lost Race. By Richard 235 Old Sixty-Nine; or, ':"he Prince of Engineers. By Jas. C. Merritt. R. Montgomery, 236 A th Fl W h' T 197 Jack Wright's Submarine Catamaran; or, The Phantom Ship of mong e re-ors ippers; or, wo New York Boys In Mexico. the Yellow Sea. By "Noname." By Howard Austin. 198 A Monte Crisfo at 18; or, From Slave to Avenger. By Allyn 237 Jac k Wright and his Electric Sea Motor; or, The Search for a Drifting Wreck. By "Noname." Draper. 238 Twenty Years on an Island; or, The Story of a Castaway. By 199 The Floating Gold Mine; or, Adrift in an Unknown Sea. By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 239 Colorado Carl ; or, The King of the Saddle. By An Old Scout. 200 Moll Pitcher's Boy; or, As Brave as His Mother. By Gen'! 240 Hook and Ladder Jack, the Daring Young Fireman. By Ex-Fire Jas. A. Gordon. Chief Warden. 201 "We." By Richard R. Montgomery. '241 Ice-Bound; or, Among the Floes. By Berton Bertrew. 202 Jack Wright and His Ocean Racer; or, Around the World In 242 Jack Wright and His Ocean Sleuth-Hound; or, Tracking an Un-20 Days. By "Noname." der-Water Treasure. By "Noname." 203 The Boy Pioneers; or, Tracking an Indian Treasure. By Allyn 243 The Fatal Glass; or, The Traps and Snares of New York. A Draper. True Temperance Story. By .Joo. B. Dowd. 204 Still Alarm Sam, the Daring Boy Fireman; or, Sure to Be 011 244 The Maniac Engineer; or, A Life's Mystery. By Jas. c. Merritt. Hand. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. 245 Jack Wright and His Electric Locomotive; or, The Lost Mine of 205 Lost on the Ocean; or, Ben Bluf'f's Last Voyage By Capt. Thoe. Death Valley. By "Noname." H. Wilson. 246 The Ten Boy Scouts. A Story of the Wild West. By An Old 206 Jack Wright and His Electric Canoe; or, Working i;n the Scout. Revenue Service. By "Noname." 247 Young H1'ckory the Spy" or Man Woman, or Boy. By Gen'! 207 Give Him a Chance; or, How Tom Curtis Won His Way. By Howard Austin. -Jas. A. Gordon. 208 Jack and I; or, '.rhe Secrets of King Pharaoh's Caves. By 1248 Dick Bangle, the Boy Actor. By N. S Wood (The Young Amerl-Richard 1-t. Montgomery. can Actor). 209 Buried 5,000 Years; or, The Treasure of the Aztecs. By Allyn 249 A New York Boy In the Soudan; or, The Mahdi's Slave. By How 210 Jack Wright' s Air and Water Cutter; or, Wonderful Adventures 250 Jack and His Electric Balloon Ship; or, 30,000 Leagues on the Wing and Atloat. By "Noname." Above the Earth. By "Noname." 211 The Broken Bottle; or, A Jolly Good Fellow. A True Temper-251 The Game-Cock of Deadwood; A Story of the Wild North West. By ance Story. By Jno. B. Dowd. 25 2 HJ as. CH. 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THE STAGE. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE SOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the nost famous men. No amateur minstrels is comulete without his wonderful httle book. '.'oks ever publis hed, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It : ol!tarns a large collection of so ngs, jokes, conundrums etc., of rerrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of t he Every boy .who can enjo,v a good substantial joke should ?btam a copy immediately. No 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com "lete mstruct1ons how to make up fo r various character s on the 4,tage ,; with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Scemc Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. N?. 80. G U S WILLIAl\IS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the lat -est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stori es of this world-renowned and popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome cover containing a half-tone photo o f the HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. 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Also containing gems from all the !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mos t simple am1 conc ise manner po ss ible No. 49 HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting de bates, outhnes for debates, questions for discu ss ion and the bes sources for procuring informa' tion on the questions given SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wil e s of fiirtat:on arc; fully <>xpl u in ed by this little book. Besides the various methods o f ha.i...dke r ch i ef., fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, con a .foll list of the l angna!(e and sentiment of flowers, which is m.terest1ng to everybody, bot h old and young. You cannot be happy wi t hout one. 4 HOW .'1'0 DANCE i s the title of a new and handsome. .book Just i ss ued by l'rank Tousey. It contains full instr.u t10ns m the a r t of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at parties bow to dress, and full direc tions for calling off in all popular squart dances. No. 5. HOW TO l\IAKE LOVE.-A complet e guide to love courtship and ma!Tiage, giv ing se n sib le advice, rules and etiquett; to be ohs e ne

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .A. Weekly :Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give a. faithful account of the exciting a.dventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the ga.llant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading mattert bound in a. bea.utiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: I 89 The Liberty Boys' H urry Call"; or, A Wild Dash to Save a Friend. 48 The J,\berty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful Maid of the 49 The Liberty Boys In Toryvllle; or, Dick S later's Fearful Risk. Mountain. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Llbertt 'll The Uberty Boys' Brave Stand ; or, Set Back but Not Defeated. ul The Liberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beatmg the Redcoats at Their 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed''; or, Warm Work .in the Tall Timber. Own Game. 93 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. 52 The r,\berty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mlle. 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Benning-53 '!'he Liberty Boys' Danger; or, Foes on A ll Sides. ton. 54 The Liberty Hoys' Flight; or, A Very Narro.y Escape. H5 The Liberty Boys in New J ersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the Britr 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generahng the Enemy. isb Lion. 5G The Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How ()6 The Liberty Boys' Daring; or. Not Afraid of Anything. toL l ? 1ght. B "P h" B d t G t Th 97 The Liberty Boys' Long l\Iarch; or, 'l'h e :\l ove that Puzzled the 57 The 1berty oys us ; or, oun o e eie. Anthony" British. 58 The Liberty Bo;vs' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad 08 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. 59 Justice, And How They Dealt It Out. 99 The Liberty Boys in New York; or, Helping to Hold the Great 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. hClty. 61 The Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going it .Blind. 100 f e ty B!g R11sk .' o.r. Ready to Take Chances. G2 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke or With "Light-Horse Harry" 101 lhe L!be1ty Boys 01, hauling the Hedcoats In. at Paulus Hook. 102 ?;he L1be 1:ty Boys', L1ghtnmg or, ;Too Fast f o r the British. 63 'The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everywhere. 103 Ih,e Llbe1 ty Boys Lucky B lunder or, The :\listake that Helped 64 '!'he Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand"; or, Fighting Against Great Th em. Odds. 104 The Liberty Boys Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise. 65 The Liberty Boys' lllascot; or, The Idol of the Company. 105 'l'b e Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath; or, Going for the Redcoats Roughshod. 106 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit''; or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. 67 The U berty lloys' Battl e for Life; or, 'l'he Hardest Struggle of 107 'The Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman"; or, A L i vely Lad from All. Dublin. 68 The Liberty Bors' Lost; or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Look6 9 '!'he Liberty Boys Jonah"; o r The Youth Who "Queered" Everythin g. Ing l'or. 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Luc ky Find. 71 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. 110 'l'he Liberty Boys in Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Hands of the Tory Outlaws. 111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee; or, A Great Day for the Grefl.t Cause. 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, Trailing Benedict Ar-112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn?" nold. 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard-74 The Liberty Boys "Swoop"; or, Scattering the Redcoats Like ships. C h all' 114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or, Lost in the Swamps. 7 5 T h e Liberty Boys' "Hot Time" ; or, Lively Work i n Old Virginia. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager. And How The y Won It. 76 The Uberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture the 116 The Liberty Boys D eceived: or, Tricked but Not Beate n. King's Son. 117 '!'be Liberty Boys and tbe Dwarf; or, A D angerous Bnemy. 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold l\Iove ; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 118 The f,iberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, 'l'he Deadly Twelve. 7'1 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Mountain. 119 Tbe Liberty Boys' League; or. 'The Country Boys Who Helped. 70 The Liberty H onor; or, 'l'he Promise That W!!s. Kept. 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, How the Redcoats were 80 The r,iberty Boys' "Ten Strike" : or. Bowling tbe Br1t1sh Over. 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed It. 121 'Th e Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot in the Enemy's Country. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to 122 The Liberty Boys in the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's Handle. Cause. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line; or, "Cross it If You Dare!" 123 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. 84 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed ; or, Troubl e at Every Turn. 124 The Liberty Boys at Saratoga; or, 'The Surrender 6f Burgoyne. 8:5 The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, 'l'he Light that Led Them. 1 25 The Liberty Boys and "Old Put.'; or, The Escape at Horseneck. sr. T h e Liberty Boys' Indian Friend ; or, T h e Redskin who Fough t for 126 The Libnty Boys' Bugle Call; or. The P lot to Poison Washington. Independence. 1 27 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther"; o r The wyoming Valley 87 The Liberty Boys "Going it Blind": or. Taking Big Chances. Massacre. 88 The Liberty Boys' B lack Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 128 'l'he Liberty Boys' Horse Guard; or, On the High Hills of Santee. 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