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The Liberty Boys' hot campaign, or, The warmest work on record
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Moore, Harry
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THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. fs.<11rtl W cel.:ly--Dy s11uscnpti011 $2.50 per year. /0'11lcrcd o.< Seco1ul Class tfalle r at th N'vw York Post Office, F e b _ruar y 4, 1901, by Pra11k Tousey. No. 1 7 0 NEW Y OltK APRIL l mot. Price 5 f,euts. While some of the Liberty Boys kept-the raft as near the middle of the stream as possible, fired at the Indians along-shore. The Indians returned the fire with arrows. The heat from the burning timber was almost unbearable.


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'THE LIB.ERTY BOYS' OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing S tories o f the A merican Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscripti $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Mattei at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1901 Entered according to Act of Congress, in the yea,r 1904, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 U1iion Square, New Y ork. No. 170. NEW YORK, APRIL 1, 1904. Price 5 Cen ts. The Liberty Boys' Rot Campaign OR, The Warmest Work on Record. By HARBY MOOBEi CHAPTER l. A DESPERATE CASE. It was a beautiful afternoon in May, of the year 1779. Along a road which wound and twisted through the tim ber pei:;haps fifteen miles north from Savannah rode a handsome, bronzed youth about nineteen years of age. The youth in question was mounted on a magnificent coal-black horse, which evidently had Arabian blood in its veins The youth was one who had made himself famous in the North \ by his wonderful work as a scout and He was known as Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys of '76. Dick and the Liberty Boys had been sent down into the South to aid the patriots there and to render assistance to General Lincoln, who was in command of the patriot army o.f the South, with headquarters at Charleston, South Car olina. Dick and the Liberty Boys were not content to remain quietly in Charleston and await developments, however; they wished to be up and doing; they could not keep still. So they had left Charleston and had penetrated into Georgia. On this day of which we write, Dick had ridden on ahead in disguise and the other members of the company of Lib erty Boys were coming along at a leisurely pace several miles behind. Their purpose in cdming down in this part of the cou n t r y was to protect the patriot settlers from the foraging bands of red,coats that came forth f r om Savannah to rob and plunder. Suddenly an exclamation escaped Dick's lips. "Hello! That is rather an unequal combat, I must say!" were the words that escaped his lips. Fifty yards in advance of him a very peculiar combat ( was in progress. It was between an Indian and a big black bear. The Indian was making as good a fight as he could; his only weapon was a scalping-knife. The bear had seized the redskin in his paws and was hug ging him in a manner that was taking the strength from the Indian quite rapidly. A moment after Dick came in sight of the scene the bear crushed the Indian to the ground, and in a few more minutes it would 'have all been over, for the redskin was almost exhausted; but D ick arrived and took a hand in the affair. Leaping to the ground, he drew a pistol and ran up close to the bear; placing the muzzle of the pist o l against its head, he pulled the trigger. Crack! The shot was a deadly one The bear gave utterance to a gasping growl and tumbled over on the ground and began struggling in its death ago mes. The Indian scrambled to his feet and stood panting in front of Dick. "Red Fox much 'blige," he said in very fair E n glish; "white boy save Injun's life." "Oh, I don't know about that," sai d D ick; "you might have succeeded in killing the brute." '.rhe Indian shook his hea d "No think so,'' he said "lnjun 'bout tired out." I


2 'l"HE LIBERTY BOYS' HO'l' CAMPAIGN. "Well, I m glad that I happ e ned along jw;;t in time to be o f servic e to you." Injun glad, too. Red b 'ox no Iurgii. Oh, that's all right_ ; I did no m o r e than you would have done for me A peculiar look appear e d o n lhe r e d s kin 's fa c e and he looked at Dick for a few moment s in s ilence "Dunno 'bout that," wifh a sobe r s hake of Lhe h e ad; Injun's peopl e no like white m en.'' "Is that s o? Ugh They kill whil e people whe n ever-Lhe y git c hance. "Is that so?". "Ugh." "'l'hat is bad. \Vbat tribe do you b e long lo?" Cherokee. I Ah! And a re the C h e rok ees o n th'-war path?" "Ugh. The y on war path most all time an now they are helpin white m e n with red coat s on." "Red Fox want t do sumthin' for white boy l' pay um fur s avin' lnjun's lif e:" 1 "That is all right. Yon need do nothing, Red Fox." "But Injun will do s umthin'. Could whit e boy use yel-1011 s tuff what wl1ite peeplc u s e so much? Red Fox mean gold." Dick started. Gold! he exclaimed. "C' gh. In jun know w h e r e fin' lot s of gold." Wher e ?" a s k e d Dick, eagerly "'Way 11p riv e r in 'mong hills." "How do y ou know there is gold there?" "Injun have foun' ii, lols times." "ls the r e muc h of it, Red Fox?" "Ugh. H e ap lot s." "How far away i s thi s plac e where th e gold i s to be found?" "Two day s frum here. Dick was silent and thoughtful a :few moments and then said: Dick s tarted ''You mean the Briti sh?" h e a s k ed. "We could mak e use of the gold, Red Fox, and perhap s welmay go and get s ome of it later on; but at the present time I baw s0me other work to attend to. I mu s t look ::ihould ha v e l e t the bear eat Ugh That um." "In that ca se, pe{hap s I you, R,e d Fox, s aid Di ck. af.ter the r e d c oat s." "What fur? Becau s e if you a r e h e lpin g th e r e d c oat s you must be my e nem y .'.' A look of under s tandin g ap p eared in th e beady eyes of lhe Indian. M e krtow,'' h e said ; 'yo u one o f th e peopl e what red r oa t s call rebel s." "That's right, R e d Fo x; now w h a t arc c to do-fight each other?" The Indian glane:e d down at the still form of the dead b ear and th e n s hook hi s h e ad. The n h e fold e d hi s arms and look e d s frai g h t into Di c k's "Red Fox no fight white boy who saYe um lif e ," h e said, with grave dignit y; "if whit e boy want fig ht lnjun he can do so; Injun no do ennythin'." Dick s mil e d and a look cir satisfadion c:ame oYer his face. "The n w e arc to b e fri e uus, l{e d Fo x ? h e a s k ed. "Ugh. R e d Fo x white boy's fri e n -" "Good!' bick ext e nd e d h: s hand a nd l'b e Indian g r as ped it. 'rhey w e r e to b e fri e nds. "White boy a r e bel? the Indian ask e d "Yes; I told you s o a littl e whil e ago, you know." "Ugh. W e ll Red Fox liim r e bel too. 'Good for y ou! e xclaimed Dick; 'then we will be friends, indeed!" "lnjun help white boy all him can. "Glad to hav e y ou help me, Red Fox The Indian look e d thoug'htfolly at the ground for a few moments ancl then said: "Red Fox help you." "AU right; can y ou tell me if there ar e any redcoat: ; in lhi s vicinity at the present momen"t? "Red Fox don t know; we go and look." Very 1reU; come along." Dick mounted his horse and ror1e onward '11-'hile the red s kin trotted along beside him. They made their way along for at l eru;l two hour" and then of 11 s udden they found themselves sunounded by a s core or more of Indian warrior s who rus hcd1 out from among the trees. "Don' be 'fraid," said Red Fox; these my peeple Then h e s ai l s omething to the warrior s in the Indian fongue. listened \Yi th inte rest, and then replaced the anows in the holders and s howed by signs that they were friendly. "I told um you s ave m y li:fe," explained Red Fox; "an' y ou can go your 1ray now if you wanl. Red Fox no go c nny furder, but w11e11 ,vou want t' s ec me, come t' place wher e you kill bear, 'fore sundown. I be there pv'r.v day 'Very well.,'' s aid Dick, ''and much obliged, Red Fox; I may tak e a notion fhat I will want to go ana getS'Ome of that gold and will want .vou to guide me." "Ugh. R e d Fox be ready 'I'hen Dick rode onward. 'I'hre e -qnarfore of an hour lutcr he brought Major to a slop on the top of a hill, and away in the distance he saw the c ity o! Savannah'. While ho sat there looking down the roud he su. w a e onple of riders come in sight a mile away. T11ey were c oming along at a gallop, and would soon be at the to1i of the hill


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMPAIGN. 3 Dick acted upon the impulse of the moment, and dis"I wonder what he is thinking about now?" the youth mounted and Jed his horse back in among the trees and asked himself. tied him. He was not long fo remain in ignorance of the officer'R thoughts, for s uddtdily the captain said, slowly and delib erately, but with undoubted earnestness: Then he walked back and took up his position behind a tree near the road. He did not have long to wait The riders appeared a few minutes after; and, to Dick's surprise, one was a horsewom!l'D. 'I'he man was 1British officer a captain, judging by Iris uniform. The woman was young and very pretty, so Dick thought. Quite to the youth's surprise, the two brought their horses to a slop and made them turn around. The two gazed in the. direction of Savannah for a :few moments, and foen the young woman exclaimed: "What a beautiful view we get from here, Captain Fairfax!" "Very beautiful Miss Gertrude,'' was the reply. The captain, Dick noted, was looking not at the scenery, but at tbe young woman, and Dick at once decided that the officer. was in love with his fair companion. She glanced around and. sa that the captain's eyes were fastened on her I.ace, and she burst ont into a fit of silvery laughter. "Were you looking ai. me when you said that, Captain Fairfax?" she asked. "Gertrude, life you would be would be unendurable, and since you refuse to accept me as a suitor -since you tell me, indeed, that there _is no hope 1 for me, I have become desperate and I have sworn that I will poR sess you whether you consent or not.'' The young woman gazed at the speaker, a look or sur prise, anger and horror commingled resting on her coun tenance. "Captain Fairfax!" she exclaimed. "l mean it!" he declared ; '.'and I think thai. lhe timr has come for me to act. "What are you going to do?" fear in the tones. "I am going to get aW!J.Y from this part of the country, and-I am going to take you with me!" "Do you mean that you' are going to desert from the British army?" "Yes." "Oow!lrd!" / The girl's voice rang out lDud and clear. "T. raitor!" The captain's face flushed, but he was evidently not to be turned from his purpo se, for he said, with forced calm-He bowed in a grave, dignified manner, and said: "I was." ness : "Will you

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HO'.!;' CAMPAIGN. He was at least six feet tall, Dick judged, and was built in proportion. He was a handsome fellow, too, and there was an air of command about him that would scarcely have been expected from one who was dres s ed as roughly as was the case with him, for he wore the simple, backwoods costume of the time and region. Dick had been on the point of rushing forth and calling the British officer to account for th e mann e r in which he was conducting himsel.f; but the strang e r had forestalled him, and so he remained in concealnfent and watched the s cene with interest eager to see what would happen. "If I mistake not, the worth y captain will find that he ha s caught a Tartar ,' thought Dick; "the only trouble i s that the stranger may not be armed and may los e hi s life." With the coming of this thought, Dick dl'e w and cocked a pistol. "I will s e e to it t'hat the captain does not s hoot the s tranger down without giving him a c han ce,'' s aid the Lib erty Boy to him s elf, grimly Captain Fairfax and Gertrude Ames ly were s urpri sed by the sudden app e arance of th e s tranger and the y oung lady uttered an e x clamation of joy "Oh, I am s o glad that s omeone has come!" she cri e d; now your plans will be dis arranged Captain Fairfax! "Who are you calling a s coundr e l you peasant dog!" cried the Briti s h officer, fiercely "You! was the prompt r e tort. "I'll have y our life that!" hissed the captain. "You are w e lcome to it if you can t a ke it," was the cool reply "Leave her e in s tantly! c ri e d the British officer. "I shall do nothing of th e kind ; r e member, I am here to protect thi s l ady, and I inte nd to do so." "She need s no protection. "Judging b y I h e ard you sa y I r e fu s e t o b e li eve that statem ent." "Which is t h e same as saying I lie hissed the c aptain. Hav e it s o if you like. "A growl esc a p e d the lip s of t h e officer and he point e d down the roa d I will giv e you on e mor e c h a n ce,'' h e s aid ; "go and I will s p a r e y our life." "Thank you for nothing was t'he scornful reply ; "my life is in no danger Gertrud e gave the s trang e r a s mil e and nodded her head approvingly. You ar e as brav e a s you ar e noble-heart e d and chival rous," she s aid. Thi s action on G e rtrude's part and her words rendered the officer wild with rage, and he drew his sword and s purred his hor s e toward that of the stranger "I'll split you from head to waistliite, you peasant dog!" he cried. But he was given a surprise; he was not to succeed so easily. Just as Gertrude uttered a scream-she thought the stranger was to lose his life-and just as Dick leveled. bis pistol to fire, the stranger drew a sword, which up till.t:Q.en had escaped the notice of tjb.e other actors in the and then he engaged the British officer in combat. "Ha! you have a sword, eh?" cried Captain Fairfax. "Well, so much the better. I will not have to cut you down without giving you chance." ''You won't cut me down at all," was the cool reply G e rtrude Amesly watched the comliat with breathless interest, her eyes sparkling, her face pale, and Dick was almost as greatly interested, for the fact that the strang e r had a sword was as great a surprise to him a s it had b .een to the girl. Captain Fairfax pressed the combat, for he thought that he would have an easy time disposing of the "pea s ant d og," as he had t e rmed his opponent; but1he was not long in learning that the other knew s om e thing a bout the use of t'he s word. Inde e d the realization was forc e d upon him that his oppqnent was a s good a s wordsman as he. Dick, who was an expert swords man himself, was qui c k to see that t'he Briti s h officer had met hi s match. "I'm glad of it, h e tho ght; "the c a ptain i s a scoun drel, and des erves to b e g iven the wors t of it." The Briti s h officer was very angry whe n he found that he could not gain any advantage over his antagoni s t and h e s aid in a scornful voice: "Be car e ful or you may cut your s elf with that s word you pea s ant dog!" The other l a u ghed s cornfull y and replied: "Don't worry, yon r e dcoat dog. I am in no clangeJ' from my own blade-nor from y ours, e i t h e r : Thi s mad e the ca ptain mor e wrathy than ever and he mad e a fie rc e atta c k s trivin g his harde s t to beat down the other' s g uard It availed him not'hjng, howe. ver; he could not do it. The stranger was wond e rfully s trong and was fully aR good a s word s man a s the o th e r, and s o h e h e ld hi s own without much diffic ulty. Th e captain on the other hand was not in trim for a long hard combat and h e was rapidl y ge ttin g wind e d He was panting a s a res ult of hi s e x e rtions. H e was groWing weaker, too and he could not wield hi s sword as rapidly and e nergeti c ally as at fir s t. This was evident to Dick and the captain's opponent saw it also for he s aid: .. "Do you want to s top and rest awhile Captain?" An exclamation of anger e s caped th e officer's lips. I am not tired,'' he said. "Oh, yes you are; it is easy to see that such is the case." "Bah! It is false!" "It is true, and now I am going to take the offensive." "You will do well to keep on trying to d e fend your s elf "Thanks for the advice. But you will now have to try acting on the defensive." Them the stranger began making a fierce attack. He quickly proved that he was an expert with the sword.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMPAIGN. 5 and in a very few moments he had the captain in diffi1 made of his intention of deserting the army and carr.)ing culties. me away a prisoner." The officer did his best and put up as good a defense as "True; I had forgotten about that. W.elly I am at he could, but his strength was pretty well gone, and he soon service I shall be only too glad to act as your escort, Miss realized that he would be overcome and perhaps cut down II Amesly." in a few minutes. "Thank you, Mr. Welby; I shall be glad to accept of He fought on desperately, h,owever; he would not give your company." up and cry for quarter. He was not as brave as some men, I were about to ride .back m the direction of Sava.n rhaps, but he was too proud to do this in the presence of nab, when around a bend m the road a quarter of a mile peh h h 1 d I away came six horsemen. The two looked at the party, t e woman w om e ove C F h" lf t'l tl th and recognized one of the members as bemg aptam a1rSo he kept on defendmg ims: un 1 presen .Y .e The others were British troopers. stranger gave the swor d stroke, knockmg it "Hello, what does that mean?" exclaimed Arthur Welby. out his and sendmg it :fl.ymg rnto the grass by the "Danger to you, I fear!" exclaimed Miss Amesly; "the roadside. captain has told them some falsehoods; and they will atThen a sudden terror seized hold of officer. tack you before I can get a chance to make an explanaHe was a coward after all., and could not face the death tion.'' which he thought was threatening him. Welby drew his sword and u pistol, and said griml.v: He gave utterance to a yell of terror; put s?urs. to "Let them come; I will fight the six!" his horse and went dashing dow n th.e m the dlfectwn "Oh, you will be killed! Fly! Fly for your life!" of Savannah. He did not look behmd him: and so great But Welby shook his head. He was not the fellow to was hi s excitement an terror, that he lost his hat and rode run, with only six against him. Then, too, he feared that onward bareheaded. the five who were with the captain might be cronies, and "Come back!" called out the victor; "come back and get that they would aid the officer in hi s plan ofcarrying the your sword. I won't hurt you." young woman off. The last four words mu st have been galling to the capCaptain Fairfax had met thfi five troopffi's half a mile tain, but he did not let on that he had heard; he kept qn down the road, and had told them a party of half a dozen going at the top of his horse's speed. rebels had set upon him, and that after a hard fight he had "Oh, sir, I thank you ever so much!" said the and managed to but that Miss Ame sly was a prisoner; she held out her hand impulsively. he asked the troopers to aid him in rescuing the young The stranger had sheathed the sword, and now he doffed woman. his hat and, taking the hand in his, bowed over it, at the Of course they believed him, and w e r e eager to get at same time saying, gallantly: the rebels. "No thanks are necessary, lady; it was a pleasure to inAround the bend they rode, and when they sa w that terfere in your behalf. If anything, I am your debtor." there was only one man with the colonel's daughter, one The look which the stranger bent upon .the. young of the trooper s said: woman as he said this was so full of honest admiratrnn that "Where are the rest of the rebels, Captain?" Gertrude blusl.ed in spite of herself. "I don't know that fellow i s their leader and if we can "Such a brave man s'hould not deal in flattery," she said, kill him we will be doin g good work. Shoot him dqwn to hide her ronfusion. without mercy!" "It is not flattery, but the truth that I am dealing in," Forward they dashed, and as they dr e w near, drew their was the earnef't reply. pistols and got ready to open fire. They talked a few minutes, and then the girl asked the Miss Amesl.y suddenly urged her horse forward till it young man what his name was. was in front of the one Welby was mounted on, and, wav" Arth1:1r Welby," 'fas the reply. "And may I ask your ing her hand, cried out: name, Mi "Wait. Don't shoot! He is a friend!" "My name is Gertrude Amesly; I am the daughter of But the captain drowned her last words by yelling out Colonel Amesly, of the British army." the command. "Your father is stationed at Savannah?" "Fire, men, the instant you are in range." "Yes, sir." Arthur Welby down the road in the direction taken by the fleeing British officer, and said: "I wonder if the gallant captain will come back to escort you to the city?" "If he should do so I would not accompany him," said the girl, spiritedly; "and I do not he will dare return to Savannah, anywa.y," she added, "after the declaration he CHAPTER III. THE CAPTAIN'S DISC0MFITURE. "'Out of the way, Miss Ameslyl" cried Welby; "those fools may shoot, and they might kill you!"


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMPAIGN: The girl made no move to obey, however; it was evident 1 least." Then she looked in the direction from which the that she would do all s he could to protect the man who had four pistol-shots had sounded, and added: protected her. "I wonder who the friend is?" As may well be s upposed, Dick Slater Jiad been an inWelby looked in the same direction, and culled out: terested spectator of the scene from beginning to ending, "Come forth, friend." and his sympathies were with the young man, Arthur Dick s tepped out from behind a tree and advanced. Welby, as a matter of course. The two looked at him with interest. And as he drew The instant he saw the s:i,x British troopers coming he near enough so that theyr could get a go0d look at him realized that there was going to be an encounterbetween they said to themselves that he was a fine-looking young them and Welby, and he made up his mind that be would fellow. take a hand in i t. Dick doffed his hat and bowecl-when he was close to the He d,rew his pistol s and ran do'wn toward lhe advancing two1 and said: redcoats. "Good-afternoon." Just after Captain Fairfax yelled out the command to The young woman bowed and smiled and Welby leaped fire as soon as they were in range, Dick leveled his pistols down from his horse and extended his hand. and fired two shots. "Good-afternoon," he said; "and peirmit me to thank He was as good a _shot with the left 11and as with the you for the assistance which you gave me a few minutes right, and he dropped i wo of the redcoats out of the sadago. I assure you that I appreciate it; doubtless I would dles. have fared badly at the hands of the troopers but for it." This came as a surprise, and a very unpleasant 0-ne at "Well, odds of six to one is rather fhan one like s that to the troopers. They had not reckoned on having to to encounter, as a rule, that is true. H contend with anyone other than the man with Miss "Yes, indeed." Amesly. "You are entirely welcome to aU the assistance that I rrhe fall of tbe two troopers shocked the others so segave you; I was glad to be able to help you vcre l y that they brought theii horses to n s top as quickly Then Miss Amesly started to explain to Dick how the as possible. affair came to take place, so far as Captain Fairfax's part This was Arfhur Welby's opportunity. elf it was concerned, but he smiled and told her that he had He rode around from behind Miss Amesly's horse and been concealed near at hand and had heard the whole condashed toward the four troopers. versation between her and the capt l\in. He fired the pistol that was in his left hand, and one of "-I know just what a scoundrel he is," said Dick ; I am the troopers reeled and almost f ,ll out of the saddle. onJy sorry that l1e was uot one of the two who fell yonder,'' Then the daring young man gave utterance to a yell of and he pointed to where the two troopers lay. defiance and dashed onward toward the ot'her three, waving "So am I," was the reply; "but the scoundrels are nsu-lris sword. ally the ones to escape and the innocent suffer." By this time Dick had replaced the two discharged pis"Yes, the two troopers were no doubt deceived by the tols in his belt and had drawn two more. captain, who probably told them tnat he had been set llpon These he cocked and leveled aLd taking quick aim he by rebels and that you had been kidnapped." fired. "Likely enough, sir.'' Crack! Crack! Then Arthur Welby asked Dick his name, an,.d the youth One of the three unwounded redcoats reeJed and almo s t gave a fictitious one. He feared that when Miss Amesly ell.. went to Savannah and told a bout the affair there might be This was too much for them and the troopers brought some there who would recognize his real name. And he their horses around and hastened lo get them started back did t10t want t'hat his presence in this part of the cotwtry in the other direction. f'hould be known. Arthur Welby followed a s hort distance, but fonnd he 'fhe three talked awhile, and then Miss Amesly said s he was not gaining, RO stopped and returned to where Miss must bs going back to Savannal1. Amesly was seated on the back of her horse, watching the "Father will be anxious regarding my safety it I am flight of the redcoats. And, rto tell the truth, she seemed away too 1ong," she said: l pleased by the way the affair had terminated, daughter of will act as your escort whenever you wish to start, a British colonel though she was. Miss Amesly," said Arthur Welby. I The yo1:1ng man brought hi s horse to a stop and doffed "I wish to go at once, but I am afraid tha L you may get his hat to the young lady. into trouble, Mr. Welby. Captain Fairfax and the troopers "I am sorry, Miss Amesly, that the British soldiers IWlde may stop and mig'ht waylay us and shoot you down." it necessary for myself and my unknown friend to handle "I will risk it." them so roughly; we are not to blame." "I will accompany you," said Dick ; "I have a horse "I know that, Mr. Welby, and do not blame you in the i near by." I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMPAIGN. 'I "It io not said Welby; "I am not afraid of "He will send a party out to hunt Captain Fairfax down the troopers." and capture him," the girl told herself. "And I hope that "I know thal, but they might kill you, nevertheless. So they will capture him-the scoundrel!" I will go along with you Miss Amesly had plenty of spirit, and was not disposed This seemed to meet wilh lhe approval of Miss Amesly, to overlook the action of the captain. and Dick brought forth his horse, mounted, and the Then she thought of the handsome young man who had three set out down the road. 1come to her aid and who had defeated the captain in the Amesly averted hrr face and shuddere d as they sword duel, and her cheeks flushed and hea. eyes sparkled. pu:,sed the silent forms of the two dead troopers "Oh, but he is a brave and noble-hearted man!" she said ... WP will bury them when we return," said Dick to to herself; "he is my idea of a t!lie man, and-and--" Wdby. The girl hesitated, and then after a little while she went The nodded. on to herself: "I wonder if I love himl11 'l'he three rode onward at a gallop. She did, but she did not fully reulize ii as yet, though 11hey kept a sharp lookout for the troopers, but saw noth-that she suspected it is evident. ing of them. She rode on into the c\ty and went ai once to the house When they were within a mile of the edge of the city of where her father taken up his quarters. It was the ;';ayannah the young woman brought her horse to a stop home of a patriot who had tled when the British appeared aucl said to Dick ancl Welby: in Savannah. "There no need of your going f;rther; it io only a The colonel was a widower and Gertrude was an only little way to the city, and I will be safe in going alone." child; he loved her as the apple of his eye, and when she ''Very well," said Dick ; "we will go back." dismounted, turned her horse over-to a servant and entered Then the two young men bade her goodby, and Dirk, and told her father about the action of the captain, tlie who au observant youth, noted that there was heightcolonel was very angry. c>ned color in, the young woman's face as slie sh ook hand s The cowardly scoundrel!" the colonel exclaimed; "so with Arthur Welby.. he going to carry you away and try to force you to "I wish that I could invite you both l.o calJ on me at my marry him, was he? Well, we will s ee about this matter. home in the city," the girl said; "hut since yo 1 have had I will send out two or three parties to 6earch for him, and <111 encounter with some of the king's h'oopers ii would be when he is we will have a hanging-bee here in dangeron 'or you lo come." Savannah!" "C('l'tainly; we understand that," said Dick. "And serve him right, father; for he deceived five of "Yes, and thank .vou the same as though we were in a your troopers and caused them to help him .. with the result position to a<:cept of your invitation," said Welby. that two lost their lives at the hands of the strangeQs who ''Do-do you li,e--near here?" the girl asked, looking came to my aid, and two more were wounded.'' inqHiringly ul Welby. She had spoken hesitatingly, and "$0 you told me before. Well, I will attend to this matthc color came into her cheeks again as her eyes rested on ter at once." i he young man's face. He summoned his orderl.}[, and told him to send a certain "I live within a mile of the spot where you were when captain there at once. The orderly bowed and withdrew. J pnt in an appearance and interfered with the captain,'' "Why dkd you not bring the two strangers here?" wa" the reply. colonel asked; "I would have liked to have thanked them This, Dick noted, seemed to please the young woman. for what they did for you." He noted also that she did not ask him if he lived in the "Well, you see, father, they had killed two of your troop\icinity. ers and wounded two more, and 1 was afraid that they "I believe she has taken a fancy to hiri1," the youth might be seized and made prisoners if they entered the told himself; "and if I am any judge, hg has fallen in love city, and I did not want that to happen after they had been with her. Well I don't blame him, for she is a very so kind to me and had helped me." beautiful young woman, and is evidently as sensible as she "I col1ld have prevented any harni from coming to them, is beautiful." but perhaps it was as well that they did not come After so:rne further con er ation the two bade the young "Likely you are right, father." woman good-afternoon and turned and rode back in the A few minutes later a captain put in an appear11J1ce, direction from which they had come, Miss Amesly riding and the colonel explained what he ,;anted done. He told onward to,vM'd Savannah. about Captaiii. Fairfax, and how he had played the '.traitor She was thinking of the adventure of the afternoon, and' and dastard at the same time, and ordered that three par as she thought of the dastardly manner in which Captain ties be made up, and that they go in search of the fugitive Fairfax had acted, her eyes fl.ashed with anger. officer. Then she set her lips together and said to herself that "OaptlU"e him if possible," said the colonel; "I want to bro' :father would know of the caph1in's action as soon as see the villain banging at the end oJ a rope as soon as -sho got homr. sible


....... ,_ .... \,..., ...... "'."'"''It"' 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HO'l1 CAMPAIGN. "I will do the best I can, sir," said the captain; "your I One thing that will aid me will be for me to have a place orders shall be obeyed." 'rhen he saluted and took his departure. He went to hi s quarters and soon had organized three parties, as directed by the colon e l, and an hour later they were riding out of the city / "I hope that they will capture. that scoundrel! said the colonel, a fter the captain had taken his departure "'So do I, father," replied Gertrude; "but--: you won't hang him, will you?" "Perhaps not," was the reply; but he will be shot, as the traitor deserves to be!" "It seems pretty hard, father," said Gertrude 1 with a shudder, "but he certainly does deserve death if any man ever did." CHAPTER IV. IN SA VANN AH. As Dick and Arthur Welby rode back up the road they proceeded to get better acquainted. They had taken quiLe a liking tb each other for such short acquaintance. I believe you said that you live not far from the place where the encounter with the redcoats took place?" re marked Dick. "Yes," was the reply. "And am I ri&ht in supposing that you are a patriot?" "I am a patriot, yes." "I am glad to hear that. I can talk to you freely, now thaj; I know this." "You are a patriot, then?" "I am; have you ever heard Of the Liberty Boys of Sev enty-six?" Arthur Welby nodded, and a look of interest appeared in his eyes. "Yes, I have heard of them," he said. "Well, I am the captain of the company of youths known by that name." "Theil your name is--" "Dick Slater." "I have heard of you, Captain Slater; y'ou have made a re.putation as a scbut and spy, as well as a fighter on the battlefield." "I hav e done my d uty as best I could," was the modest repl y; "but now to get back t9'. the business before us. I a:qi down here for the purpose of trying to find out whether or not the British intend to advance and make an attack on Charleston." "You may depend upon me to help you all I can, Captain Slaten:." "Call me Dick." "If you will call me Artliur." "All right, and I shall be glad to have your assistance. t!J retreat to in case I should gel into trouble while spying around 8avannah." I "You must make my home your headquarters." "I will do so, and I will have my Boys go into camp near your house." "There is an excellent place for a camp near t'he house, and we have plenty of plovisions, so you will have food while there." "'l'hat will be a big help." They continued to converse a s they rode along, and by the time they reached the spot where the two dead red coats lay they had a good under sta nding, and. Arthtir Welby assured Dick that he would do all he could to help the Liber.rty Boys. They dismounted whe n they reached the point where the dead troopers lay, and they du g a grave, using swords for the purpose, Dick having found that of Captain Fairfax where it ha.d fallen when knocked out of the owner's hand in his duel with Arthur Welby. When the two :forms had been placed in the grave and c overed up the yotlllg men mounted their horses and \Vent on up the road. \ "I think that we will meet my Liberty Boys soon," said Dick, "and then we will all go to yo, ur home together." A mile farther on they met the company of Liberty Boys. The youths were glad to see Dick, and were surprised to see that he had a companion. ,,, The youth introduced Welby, and the Liberty Boys gave him a cordial greeting. Any friend of Dick's was a friend of theirs as well. "We are going to go into camp near Arthur's home," expll}ined Dick. "Then i will make an attempt to do some spy-work The two turned their horses' heads in the opposite direction and rode back in advance of the force o:f youths. r Presently they turned down a lane leading toward the west' and s'hortly came to a good-sized log house. "This i s my home," said Arthur. Then he led the way around to the rear of the stable, where, in the timber, a hundred yards away; was an open space just right in size for an encampment for the Liberty Boys. Th e youths at once dismounted and made t'hemselves at home. They were veterans, young though they were, and it did not make any difference to them where they were. As soon as Arthur had put his horse in the stable he came to Dick and said: "We have oceans of meat in the smokehouse and a bin filled with cornmeal; tell yo1ur Liberty Boys to help them selves." "All right; I will do so," said Dick; "and thank you, Arthur." "You are welcome." When Dick told the youths what Arthur had said they were delighted, and a rush was made for the smokehouse. -


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMPAIGN. 9 "I'll have some ham!" cri d Bob Estabrook. I turned the boat's prow down s tream and began pulling in "Yah, und I vill some ham haf, minesellufs," from Carl a leisurely manner. Gookenspieler. "I suppo s e you are in no hurry," he remarked. "It's mesilf will be afther bein' satisfied wid ham, be"No, replied Dick; "we will g rt t'here soon enough if gorra," from Patsy Brannigan. you simply let the boat drift." "Yah, dot peen began Carl, but' he stubbed "I will keep on pulling easy-like," was the reply. his toe and fell down, and Patsy Brannigan fell over t 'he It was an hour before they came to the edge of the city. Dutch youth. Lights weve shining in the city's streets, but along the ''Phwat d'ye mane by throwin' av me down, Cookywater-front there were very few lights. 9 spiller?" cried Patsy; "shure, an' it's mesilf wull giv' yez a "I think it will be to make a landing unobserved," b'atin' fur thot, so Oi wull!" said Dick, in a low, cautiou s voice. Then he leaped up and grabbed the Dutch youth, and "Yes," replied Arthur; "shall. I make the landing now?" was proceeding to put his thrert into execution, but Dick "Yes." interfered and made him desist. Arthur the boat in toward' the shore, and pres-As far as t'hat was concerned, however, Carl was able to ently he made a landing at a spot where the darkness was take care of himself. He was game as could be and belligunrelieved by any gleam of light. erent, and would fight like a tiger at the drop of the hat. The three sat still and listened intently. It was seldom that he and Patsy had a falling They did not wish to take chances of being discovered. ever; as a rule, they were the best of friends, and doubtless They did not hear any sounds to indicate that there was the fight would not have materialized, even had Dick not anyone in the vicinity, however, and so Dick got up anru interfered. / stepped ashore. The youths helped themselves to all. the meat and corn"When you hear a shrill, tremulou s whistle, come to the meal they wanted and then .hastened to cook thetir supper. shore,'' said Dick in a w J\isper, and Arthur said that he They were hungry and made a hearly meal of it. would do so. As soon as it was dark Dick bega,n making arrangements to start for Savannah disguised again. you go1ng 'to try to enter the city?" asked Arthur Welby. "Such is my intention," was Dick's reply. "Then I have a suggestion to make." "I shall be glad to hear it." "It is this: That you go over to the Savannah River and go down to the city in a boat.'' "How far is it to the river?" "Three-quarters of a mile." "And how far to the city?" "Six miles." The youth pondered a few moments. "I believe that will be the best and safest way to go," Then Dick stole away in the direction of main part of the city and Arthur rowed back out into the stream and brought the boat to a stop. Here he held it stationary by backing water gently. Pick moved along at a moderate pace, and presently he was on a street that was thronged with people. There were citizens and soldiers, and it was quite a lively scene, indeed. Dick mingled with the throng, and feJt himself iri less danger than when he had been traversing the dark and seemingly deserted streets. The youth wi\ihed to secure information regarding the intentions of the British, and whenever he came near a party of redcoats he paused and listened to their tion. he said, presently. "I am sure of it, and I will go along and will remain in For awhile he was nat successful in hearing anything of the boat and wait out in the river till you return." interest, but finally he came acros s a party of soldiers who "Very well." were talking of the things he wished to hear about. "Say, I'm going along, Dick," said Bob Estabrook; "I'll He listened eagerly, and learned that there was no instay in the boat with Arthur." 1 tention on the part of the British to move on Charleston at "All right; let's .be going." an early day. Indeed, it seemed to be the impression of the They took their departure, and Arthur Welby led the soldiers that the advance on Charleston would not be made way, as he knew the path fo the river and the others did 1 until near the middle of the month. not. j what Dick had wished to learn,. and he felt It did not take long to reach the stream, and Arthur led that his tnp to Savannah had not been fruitless by any the way to where a boat was tied to a tree. means. "Get in," he said; "I will untie the painter and be with "I will get awa.y from here and go back to where the you right away." boys are," thought Dick. The two got in, and Arthur was not long in taking his He was on the point of turning away, when one of the place in the boat. soldiers happened to see him. The fellow leaped forward He took up the oars and rowed out into the stream. and seized Dick When he was out near the middle of t:qe river Arthur l "You have been listooing!" he cried. "You are a spy!"


J.0 TH]J] LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMP AIGN.l "I am nothing of the kind!" cried Dick, and he jerked loose from the fellow. "He was li ste ning, comrades," said the soldier; l et's tak e .him prisoner and see what GenerarPrevost has to s ay about him." 'rhe others-there three-leaped forward and Dick realized that he was in danger o-1', captured. It was not his intent ion to pe1rmit it, however. He was determined to escape. So he dealt nearest redcoat a blow tha! knocked the fellow down and then, turning, h r rnn down the stretit at t'he top of his s peed. ".After him!" yelled one of the redcoat s "He i s a spy!" Instantly all was uproar and confusion. Citizens and s oldiers came running to see what the trou ble was. "Where i s the spy?" shouted several. "'l'here he goes!" pointing toward Dick. off. Stop him!" "Head him Soon a great crow d was after the Liberty Boy. Other s tried lo head him off, but he ran so swiftly and turned the corners so quickly that those who attempted to >:'top him failed. It then becam e a ;tern c ha se, so to s peak. Dick did so. "Ready?" asked Arthur. "Yes," replied DiGk. At this in stant there came the sound of r ishing fee( and a hoarse voice called out: "Who's there?" "Pull!" whispered Dick. Arthur bent to the oars. 'rhc boat shot out from the bank and moved out into the stream at a good rate of speed. "Hel1o! Stop, I say! Wbo are yon, anyway, and where the deuce are you going?" came to their ears. Of course, the youths made no reply, and Arthur b(;m11 his back in his efforts to force the boat through the wa.ter at a lively rate. "Stop, or I'll fire!" Still the sentinel-for such the fellow no repjo, and suddenly there sounded a sharp report. He had fired, as he had threatened. The bullet did not come near the boat, however, much to the satisfaction of the inmates. "We'll be of range before he can reload the musket," said Dick. "You are right," from Bob. The Liberty Bo y was such a fast runner tho.t he gradually drew away from his pms ner s in spite of their efforts Arthur rowed rapidly am.d the boat moved along at a to overtake him. pace; soou it was in the middle of the river, and then "I gi1ess I will get away,'' thought Dick. he headed the boat upstream. On he ran. They considered themselves safe, now, and talked freely. After him came the crowd, yelling to him to "Did you learn anything, Dick?" asked Bob. Of course, they might as well have saved their wmd, for "Yes; I overheard a con ersation be-tween some redcoats, Dick paid no attention to their commands. I and I gathered from it that the .:Brithih do not intend inov-He was soon in the dark streets, and hefe he felt com -ing against Chm'.leston very soon. paratively safe. '.'What arewe going to do in the meantime, Dick ?'1 "I can easily give them the s lip now," he told himself. asked Bob. And in this he was right. "I hardly know, simp ly lie around in camp :;ind He turned corner after corner in rapid success ion and wait, I presently he could hear no sounds of pursuit. Bob uttered a dismal groan. "Good!" he thought: "Tam safe now." "That will never do," he said; "if there is anything in T11en he made hi!' way );oward the river at a more leis-the world that I hate worse than any other thing it is to 11u8f y pace. lie around and do nothing." He did not hr; 1e much difficully in finding the point. "I don't like it myself," said D1ck. where he had got out of the boat and, pausing there, he There was silence for a few minutes, and then sudd{ln ly gave utterance to a shrill, tremulous whistle. Dick exclaimed: 1 Presently he saw something dark approaching, and a few "I have H!" moments later the boat's prow t011r'hed the hank. "Have what?" queried Bob. CHAPTER V. GOLD-HUNTING. that you, Dick?" came in Bob's voice, in cautious accents. "Yes, Bob." "Good! Climb in "I know what we will do while waittng for thf' British to make a move." "All right; tell ns what we will do." "We will go on a gold-'hnnting expedition." "Great guns, Dick! Explain yourself. Where is any gold?" Then Dick told about having saved the life of Red Fox, the Cherokee Indian, find how the redskin had told hi that he knew where t'here was gold, plenty Of it, to be 1rnd for the picking up, about two days' travel up the River.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CA:}IPAIGN. 11 Bob was excited. ( "Say, that will be great!" exclaimed Bob; "but," he added,' more soberly, "do you suppose that there is any truth in his story about the gold?" "I think so; I don't see why he should have told me the story unless it were true; there was no necessity of his tell ing it at all." "What do you think about it, Arthur?" asked Bob; "you live in this;part of the country; have you ever heard of gold being found in Georgia?" "Yes, I have heard rnmors that such was the case," was the reply; ''I should not be surprised if such were the fact." "l have the utmost faith in what the Indian told me," said Dick "But where is the Indian?" asked Bob; "you wm never see him again, will you?" ''Yes, he told me where to look1.for him.'t 'l'hen Dick explained that Red Fox had said he would be at the spot where Dick had killed the bear evening just before sunset. "So we will have no difficulty in finding him," he said in conclusion. The youths took turns rowing, for Dick and Bob were both expert 'vith the oars, and in this manner they were enab led to make good headway even though pulling against the stream. They were an hour and a half ju getting back up to the point where Arthur kept his boat, and then they landed and made their way back to the Lfoerty Boys' encampment. The youths were asleep, !ill save the sentinels, and Dick and Bob lay down and went to sleep, Arthur Welby going .lo the house and going to bed. They were up bright and early next morning, but there was nothing they could do until the Indian, Red Fox, could be found. Dick did not think he could see the Indian before evening, and thought that he would have to lose the day, but about nine o'clock Red Fox walked into the encampment. As may well be believed, Dick was delighted. He shook hands with the redskin and said : "I am glad that you have come, Red Fox." ''Red Fox is glad," was the reply; "white brother want Red Fox to do something?" "Yes." "Show um way to where gold is, mebby?" Dick nodded. You have guessed it the first time," he said. "I want you to guide us to the place where that gold is to be found." "Red F:ox be glad to do it." "l knew you would be." "Ugh. When white brother want start?" "Right away." "Injun ready." ''Will we be hindered by our horses? Or would they be a help?" "No can git through woods on horse"; mus' go afoot." "All r,ighl; we'll leave our horses here, then." They were assured by Arthur Welby that his father would look <1fi0r the hor:;es, :md thi F was satisfactory to Dick. Artlrnr 1rns to accompany the Liberty Boys. An hour later prny set out. They went lo the river and then '1alked along it. "We go this way two days," explained Red Fox. "Great girns! \ two-days' walk!" almost gasped Bob Estabrook. "Say, wouldn't it have been easier to go np the river in boats?;, "No got boats," was the Indian' s sententious reply. All day, save for an hour's stop at noon Lo rest and eat dinner, the Liberty Boys walked onward. They foll.owed the windiug river all the time, save fot an occasional cut across from bend to bend, Red Fox hav ng a knowledge of these short cutR. That evening they went into camp on the bank of the Savannah River. The night passed without anything occurring to disttub the quiet, and next morning the Liberty Boys were away Along toward evening they got in among the hills, and Red Fox told Dick that they were almost to their destination. -:; "Be there 'fore sundown," said the Indian. "I am glad to hear that," was. the reply. "White boy tired walkin'?" with a grin. Dick nodded. "Yes," he acknowledged; "we are not used to walking." "Not easy like ridin' horse," was the Indian's reply. An hour later they came to a point where it seemed evident that at one time the Savannah River had had two beds; the stream had been divided by a long, high ridge of ground, which had at that time evidently boon an island. This ridge was half a mile long and of an average width of a quarter of a mile. The stream now ran on the wesl i;icle of the ridge, while on the east side there was only the sand and gravel that had once been beneath the fl.owing waters. The Indian pointed to the dry river-bed and said: "Gold in sand; heaps uv it.'' This statement excited the Liberty Boys, and they were for beginning the search for gold at once; but Dick told them not to do this. "The first thing to do is to find a good place for a camp," he said. "Up on top ridge, 'mong trees, is good place fur camp,'' said Rerl Fox, pointing toward the ridge. "I think you are right, Red Fox," said Dick. The youths made their way up to the top of the ridge and soon found a splendid place for an encampment. They proceeded to make themselveF al home. and soon had everything arranged to suit them. "We won't attempt to look for gold thi::; evening," said Dick; "it will be dark in half aJ1 hour, so we will eat our supperF and lie down and get a good night'R $loop; thrn in the morning we will get to work early.''


12 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' HOT CAMPAIGN. rr'he youths realized that this was the thing to do. It would not do much good to try to look for gold now, for it would soon be dark. So they ate their suppers and lay down and went to sleep, with the exception of the sentinels, Red Fox having warned Dick that there was danger from Indians. I "Red Fox might keep Injuns frum hurtin' white boys," he said; "but no sure uv it." "Is the Indian village near here?" asked Dick. "Half day's walk," was the reply. "Then the Indians might come down upon us," said Bob. "Ugh. If they fin' out that white boys here gittin' gold they be mad/' said Red Fox. "Wewill have to be careful, then," said Dick. Next morning when they had eaten breakfast the Lib erty Boys made their way down and began searching amid the sand and gravel of the old river-bed for gold. They soon found that Red Fox had told Dick the truth when he had stated that there was "heaps of gold" there. Not having any way of getting the fine gold, the youths had to let this go, but they were enabled to gather the little nuggets, ranging in size from a mustard seed to a pea. Of this class of gold there W!lS a sufficiency, however, so they \Vere satisfied to not try to get the fine gold. The youths were so excited that they talked rapidly and worked in t'he same manner. They gathered a lot of gold before noon, and then went up to the camp and ate dinner. They had worked hard and were tired, but they did not fake an hour's rest. They were too eager to be at work gathering the gold. As soon as they had finished the meal t .hey went back to t'he work and they put in the afternoon, quittii;ig onl y when it grew du s k and it became impossible to see the yellow nuggets. After they had eaten s upper the youths compared notes. Each had secured a goodly lot of the yellow metal, and all werre wen satisfied. ''If the Indian s don't come an. d drive uo away we will soon secure enough gold to make u s rich," said Bob Estabrook. "Yes" agreeA but that is the trouble the In-' dians aJ.e likely to come at any moment." Next morning Red Fox told Dick t'hat he would go up in the direction of the Indian village and see what the red men we:i:e doing. "Then Red Fox come back and leL you know," he said. "All right," said Dick. The Indian was back before noon, with the information that his red brethren were in the village taking it easy. "Red Fox no think they come down here," he said; "but do no harm to keep lockout." Dick thought this a good idea, so he sent four of the youths up the river half a mile or so to keep watch for the coming of the Indians. The Liberty Boys put in the day securing gold, and they had almost a s good success a:; on the day before. "We have no cause for complaint," said Dick that even ing as they were eating supper. "That's so," agreed Bob Estabrook; "we have secured a lot of gold in the two days." Next day they worked steadily until the middle of the afternoon, and then the youths who had been sent up tbe .. river to keep watch for the.redskins came running dowp. to where the youths were at work. "The Indians are coming!" cried one "Is that so?" exclaimed Dick; "how far away are they?" "About a mile." "How many are there of them?" "Oh, there must be in the neighborhood of five hun dred." "Can there be so many as that, Red Fox?" asked Dick. "Ugh," grunted the Indian; "if all the warriors are comin' there be that many." "Then it won't do for us to try to fight them. We must get away from here." He gave the order to go to the camp and.get their weapons and blankets, and this was done. Then the youths set out down the river. They had not. gone far when Red Fox, who was accom-panying the youths, said to Dick: "Hear that cry of the whip-poor-will? That sig nal. My red brothers know you heire, an' they comin' after you." "Jove, I guess we are in for trouble, then, Dick!" exclaimed Bob, who heard what Red Fox said. "I fear so, Bob.;' CHAPTER VI. ON THE RAFT. Bob was right; they were in for trouble. The Indians had discovered the presence of the white youths, and were bent on capturing or killing the palefaces. In the Liberty Boys they had rather a difficult proposi tion, however. The youths were young, strong, possessed of wondeTful staying qualities, and, moreover, they were experts in woodcraft, which was the most important thing of all. Then, too, they had Red Fox to aid tht:m; being a red skin himself he would know what his red brethren would be likely to do. The Liberty Boys did not stop when it dark. / T'hey kept on going. They knew that it would not do to stop, for in that c'ase the Indians would surround them, and then it would be an impossibility for them to escape. "Our only chance lies in keeping right on moving,'1 said Dick. So they kept at it. They made gooa progress; so good that in spite of the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMPAIGN. 13 fact that the Indians made all the haste possible, they did not gain any to speak of. Along toward the small hours of the morning, however, the youths began to grow weary, and they found that they were not making very rapid headway. They kept on going, however, till daylight, and then they paused in a clump of trees on a neck of land which formed a peninsula, the river making a bend a.t this point. The youths were so tired that they felt that they must have some rest, and it was decided that this was as good a place to make the stop 'as could be found. Red Fox looked very sober. aMy red brothers will ketch up with us," he said; "we no git 'way frum here?" "I'm afraid you are right," said Dick; "but we can't go any farther' without rest, so may as well stop here and make a fight of it." .. Dick stationed some sentinels at the point where the neck of the ieninsula was narrowe st, and then the other youths proceeded to eat their frugal breakfast. This done, they threw down to get s ome r est, and many of them had scarcely touched the ground before they were asleep. Dick was worried He did not like the idea of his Liberty Boys meeting their deaths al, th e hands of redskins. It was his wish that, if they must die, they s hould die on the fieJd of battle while fighting for lib e rty and inde pendence. In the hope that there might be some way of escaping from the peninsula other fhan by way of the narrow neck of land they had traversed in coming, Dick made hi s way to the extreme end of the penin s ula and looked all around him. He looked across the river, which at this point was only about two hundred yards wide, and started. Back from the stream, in a clearing, stood a goodly-sized log house. "Somebody live s t'here," thought Di ck; "perhap s there may be quite a sett lement over there; but it will not help us any, for we can't get across.'" 'rhen something else caught his eye: Tied to a tree almost opposite where Dick stood was a raft made of logs, and on the raft were a number of covered strapped bales. "Likely the bales consist of hemp," thought Dick. He wondered why the raft was there and w'hy the bales were on it. Suddenly it came to him: Some of the settlers of the vicinity were going to float the raft down to Savannah and the bales of hemp. Yes, this was s urely it, and they would be able to get something for the log s as well. 'l'hen of a sudden a thought st ruck Dick: Was it not possible that the raft would furnish his Lib erty Boy s with a means of escape from the Indians? He believed that such would be the case, if they could get across the stream. This could be done, he thought; it must be done! He looked at the s urface of the st ream, and for the first time noted that there was a series of ripples extending diagonally across the river. "The water mu s t be -shallow where the ripples are," he told himself. He believed that the youths could wade across. "We will try it at any rate," he told himself At this instant there sounded the of a musket. This was followed three more in quick succession. "The Indians are advancing to attack us!" he said to himself, and then he ran toward the point where the youths were. He found them, muskets in hands, and ready to give tile redskins a hot fight. The sentinels appeared at this moment, and they re ported that the Indians were coming. 'Keep a sharp lookout for the redskins," ordered Dick; "and at the same time move back s lowly and steadily to ward the end of the peninsula. I think we will be able to escape." "How, Dick?" asked Bob, eagerly. "I think we will be able to get across the river, Bob." "But the Indians will be able to do so, too." 'rhen Dick explained about the raft, and the word went around among the youths, who were delighted by tha thought that they had a chance to make their escape. They moved s lowly and stea dily back, at the same time they kept watch in the direction of the neck of the penin s ula Occasionally they caught sight of a. red s kin, and when this occurred there was u sua lly two or three report s of muskets and t he Indian seldom escaped being killed or wounded. The Indians soon learned that it was dangerou s to s'how themseolves, and, so they were carefu l not to do so. They could afford to wait till the paleface youths retreated t the extreme end of the peninsula, when they could close in gradually, get close enough for the purpose and then c hoot the youths down with arrows. They did not sus pect that their intended prey was ex pecting to safe ly away. When the youths reached the extreme end of the penin s ula Dick pointed to the ripples. "I think we will be able to wade across by following the course ino/cated by the rippl es," said Dick. "Follow me, all, and we will make the attempt, at any rate. And when we get across we will get on that raft and fl.oat down the stream. By s o doing we may s ucceed in making our es cape." He entered the water as he ceased speaking, and the youths followed as rapidl y as possible. Those who came last kept a sharp lookout for the Indians, and by firing whenever they did eatch sight of one of the redskins they managed to keep them at a respectful distance. The Indians did not discover what was taking place until


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMP .AIGN. after the Liberty Boys were all in the water and were well "Oh, no; I don't look at it thal way at all," said Dick; out in the stream. "you owe me nothing for what I did for you. It was my Then the red demons rushed yelling with duty to render you assistance." auger, and as soon as they reached the end of the peninThe lndian shook his head gravely. He looked at the sla they sent a flight of arrows after the yout'hs. matter in a different light. The majority of the arrows fell short. "Red. Fox stay with white brother as long as um stay in One or two of the rea.rmost of the rlbcrty Boys were this part of country," he said, simply. "No 'fraid UV red slightly wounded, but before the redskins could send anbrothers." other flight of arrows the youths were out of range entirely. "How fat is it to where the river is na.rrow, Red Fox?-" Then t'he redskins rushed into the water by the scores asked Dick, presently. and did their best to overtake the fugitives, or to at least The lndiall' looked and then said: get close enough so that their arrows would inflict damage. "We go as fast as we goin' no an' we git there 'b.out The youths got through the water at a lively rate of noon," he replied. speed, however, and the Indians could not gain on them. 'l'hc Indians could be Heen hurrying along the shores, As soon as they arrived at the iarther shore the liiberty and it seen that they were moving aster than the raft Boys ran down the bank of the river to where the raft was was going. and quickly climbed onto it. "They git to J'lace where river is narrow 'way ahead uv When all were on the rope was untied and tho raft was us," eaid Red Fox. I pushed away from shore with poles, a number being I Dick nodded. fobnd. "Yes" he said ''and we can't make the raft go any 'rhe youths poled as hard a s lhey could and mana,ged faster." to make the raft move down considerably faster I Occasionally some of the Indians would let fly some arthan the cunent would have carried it. rows, but the missiles always .tell far short. They did not About one-third of the force of redskins had got across come anywhere near the raft. the river, and now they moved down the stream, some ap "Heap young braves," said Red Fox, with a cui'ling of one side and some on the other, keeping pace wit'h the raft. the lip; "no sense 'tall Waste hoap lot uv atTows." This was not a difficult thing to do; indeed, they were "I wish that they would waste all their arrows," said able to easily get ahead of t!J_e raft. Bob Estabrook, with a grin. They did this, and the thought came to Dick that himOnward moved the raft. :self and comrades we'le far from being out of danger. They The youths were careful to keep it near tbe middle of could, by keeping t'he raft in the middle of the stream, the stream, al;j.d by so doing they kept out of range of the keep out of arrow-s11ot distance of the ndians, provided Indians' missilee. the river was as wide all the way down as it. was at this About elEl'Ven o'clock the Liberty Boys saw smoke rising point. above the trees at a point :;eemingly three or four miles Whether this was the tase or not Dick was not sure so Jown the river. he asked Red about it. J "I wonder what that means?" :mid Dick, looking earn" There place where river not half so wide as here,'' I estly al the smoke. was the Indian's reply; "it narrow fur long way-mile, "Red Fox think um know," the Indian; "Injun mebby. Red Fox s red brofhel'S be close 'nu:ff then to shoot l1ave set timber on fire; make it so hot white brothers no arrows onto raft." can git through without .bein' scorched bad." "That is rather a bad outlook," said Dick. "Do you really think that? asked Dick. "Yes, but if we f;et through there in safety we will be The Indian nodded gravely. an right," said Bob. "Fed Fox sure UV it," he said. Red Fox shook his head. "Then we will have to run a gauntlet of fire as well as "Not sm:e 'bout that,'' he said, sobel'ly; "Injuns swim of arrows,'' said Bob Estabrook. out an' climb on raff7 mebby." "Ugh," grunted the Indian. "I had thought of that," said Dick, sobercy. "That will be a dangerous piece of business," said Mark The'l.c could be little doubt about the matter: The LibMorrison. erty Boys were in great danger. They had killed three In"Yes, indeed," from Dick. dians back at the peninsula and had wounded several, and "Well, get your muskets ready," said Bob; "we will have the redskins were thirsting for revenge. a warm time getting through that narrow strip of river, "YOlr ought not to have come on the raft with us, Red and so we might as well be: ready to make a. hot fight of it said Dick; "your brothers will put you to death sure while we ll're about il." if they capture you." ''Yes, w will do the beet we can.'' said Dick; "we may ''Red Fox stay with w hite brother," lw said; ''white boy not get through, but we will hope for the best.'' save Injun's Jiff', then Injun's life b'long to white boyOn moved the raft. ugh." Closer and closer it drew to the narrow strip of river.


' 'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' HOT C "MPAIGN. When the entrance to the narrow part of the stream came in sight a sobeor look settled on Dick's face. "Even though we re.main in the middle of the river we will be in range from both banki:i," he said; "we are in for it; l guess." "Yes, and look at the smoke," said Bob; "the fire along tire shore will make it so warm for us that we will come out, if we come out at all, well-baked." N rer !\nd nearer to the entrance to the narrow part of the stream the raft drew. 'T'J1e Indians could seen standing along the bank, scores and scores of them, and each and every warrior had bow and arrow in his hands. 'Get behind the bales, boys,'' ordered Dick; "we will be iri. range quickly and we must not expose ourse lves need lessly." The youths obeyed, \Vith the exception of those who were l poling, and a few minutes later the raft entered the narrow part of the stream. While some of the Liberty Boy s kept the raft as near the middle of the stream as possible, othern fired at the Indians along the shore. This conversatjon had occurred while the speakers were engaged in reloading their muskets, and now they turned to the work of killing redskins. The current was pretty swift in this narrow parl of the stream, and as it was as much as one's life was worth to attempt to guide the raft with the poles, Dick ordered the youths to keep behind the bale& and let th(j raft drift with the current. "I guess the current is strongest near the middle of the stream, anyway," said Dick. The heat was something terrible. It was all the Liberty Boys could do to endure it. Their skin seemed to be. drying up; their lips were parched. It was difficult to get their breath. The raft was now more than halfway through the nar row part of the stream. So far as t'he danger .from arrows of the Indians was concerned, the worst part of it was past, but the fire was worse the rest of the distance than it had been, so far. The Liberty Boys lay' behind the bales and gasped for breath. ,,. The Indians ,returned the fire with arrow s. They did not see how they were to endure the terrible The heat from the burning timber was almost unbearheat w'hile the raft was drifting the. rest of the way through able. the narrow part of the river. OHAPTETI VII. "THE WARl\iEST WORK ON RECORD." They had to endure it, how ever; there was no such a thing .as getting out of doing so. (It seemed to them almost as though the flames from the burning trees were lapping right over onto the raft but as a matter of :fact the flame s were at least fifty yards distant on both s ides. The Liberty Boys kept up the firing as rapidly and conOn drifted the raft. stantly as poasible. Five-ten-fifteen minutes pa ssed, and then the raft They d.ropped a number of the Indians, dead and s hot out of the narrow part of the stream onto the morr wounded; the redskins, on. their part, discharged flight placid waters, where the river was wider. after flight of arrows, many of the missiles striking on the Four of the Liberty Boys up and began poling and raft and in the bale;;. Some of them found a resting-place the raft moved along more rapidly. in the bodies of some of the Liberty Boys, but luckily no A s soon as it was where t'he Indians could reach it with mortal wounds were inflicted. their arrows the Liberty Boy s rushed to the edge of thr ft was indeed a hot fight in a double sense. raft and dipped up great handful s of water and bathed "Say, this is warm work!" said Bob Esta brook, mopping their heated faces. face with a handkerchief. "Great guns!" panted Bob Estabrook: "somebody said "I s hould say it. is about the warmest work on record," s omethin g about that being the 11't1l1TH'st work on record. said Arthur Welby, who was doing hi s s hare of the fight-and 1 guess he was right.'' ing. "Ya'h, dot p een der trut' uhouid (1ot piznrsR, you pt'f "Yah, dot is vaL I vould haf saided, uf I hacl spoge m e," panted Carl Gookenspieler. abouid dot," said C"arl (:lookc u s pielcl' w 'ho, fat a s a pig, The Dutch youth bent down to get a drink, and, heeom -was wet with perspiration. ing overbalanced, fell headfirst irlto the water. hure an' av dhe bad phlace is inny hotter nor phwat There was a SP.lash and a g urgle, and the youth wenl dhis is, it's m esilf i s not aft her wanthin to go dhere," said under out of sight. Patsy Brannigan so seriously that some of the youths "OookyspilLer ha s toombled overboard! c ried Pa by could not keep from laughing, seTious as the situation was. Brannigan, in some exciJkment; "ghrab hould av im "I guess you will find it hotteP there, Patsy," said Bob. somebody; dhe spalphane can't shwim." "An' are yez afther sayin' thot Oi wull ii.nd it thot way, At this moment the Dutch youth popped up out of the Bbb, me bye ?'J said Patsy; "Oi don't t'ink so, fur Oi'm not water close beside the raft and not far from the rear end gain' dhere, begorrn. Dhis experience wuU be a warnin' and was seized by a couple of the Boy s anrl to me." abol\,rd.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMPAION. Ca.rl ga s ped and gurgled and finally disgorged a lot of water, after which he s at up and looked around him with such a woe-begone look that the s pectator s in s pite of the fact that they were not feeling c omfortably l;iy any means, could not help laughing. Jn truth the spectacle, taken as a whole, was enough to make one laugh. Carl was wet' as a drowned ra.t, and hi s hair was stringing down over his face and in his eyes, and the woe-begone expression on his round, Dutch counte nance set all off, making of it a comical picture to say the least. Patsy Brannigan slapped his thigh and roared, and then he pointed his finger at the Dutch youth in derision. "Shure an' ain't yez afther bein' a pretthy spicimen av a hooman bein', Cookyspiller!" he exclaimed; "av Oi t'ought Oi would iver look loike thot, it's mesilf would jhoomp into the river an' ind it roight here an' lnow, begorra!" "All right," said Carl. d is your dime to shoomp in do. der riffer; go aheat, and see how you vos lige id." "O'.h, it's mesilf phwat knows thot Oi would not loike it, so yez wull have to excuse me." Carl got up and began wringing the ; water out of hi s clothes and tlie youths went back to the work of bathing their hands and face s in the cool water. It was quite a relief to the m after having been through the terrible heat. "Are there any more narrow places in the river, Red Fox?" asked Dick. The Indian shook his hea .d. more like that," he replied. "No placei; narrow enough so that it will be dangerous?" "No; an' I no thin,k my red brothers come enny farther, ennyway." > This proved to be the case. The Indians turned back and soon none were to be seen. "Why did they do that?" asked Dick. "They 'raid to leave Injun village without braves to guard it," said Red JLox. "Why so? What i s there to hurt the women and chil dren?" "Another tribe is ;i,t war with my tribe, and it has gone on the warpath, an' my red brothers 'raid to leave vil lage." "So that's it, eh?" "Ugh."' "All right; I'm glad to hear it.'' All the rest of the day and all through the night the rait drifted down the river, and when morni"!lg came the point nearest to the home 1of Arthur Welby was reached. Those of the Liberty Boys who had been wounded-fortunately none had been killed-were getting along nicely, and their wounds were not of a character to make them unable to walk, so all made their way to the Welby home and the Liberty Boys went into camp at the same spot where they had been encamped before. Dick went to the house with Arthur and when the young man's parent s had given him a greeting, they s'hook hand s with him. "We are glad to have Arthur back home 1 again, safe and sound," said Mrs. Welby. "I am glad he got back s afely, Mrs. Welby," said Dick; "he is a good fighter; however, and quite capable of taking care of himself under mos t any circumstances.'' After some further conver s ation Dick went back to the e ncampment and held a council with Bob Estabrook, fork Morrison and Sam Sanderson. After they had talked the matter over fully it was decided that the proper thing for them to do was to remain where they were and keep watch of the British. "Then as soon as they start on the march toward Charleston we can hasten there ahead of them and warn General Lincoln,'r said Dick, in conclusion. "Yes, so we can,'' said "Well; it will be necessary to keep a number of scouts and spies at work between here and Savannah, won't it?" \ "Yes.'' "All right; I s peak for a place a s one of the s pies." Several of the youth s s poke up, and Dick to1d them to g o ahead and keep a sharp lookout for the British. "Don't let them s teal a march and get pa s t you," he said. The youths declared that they wonld see to it that the British did not get past them. Then t'hey s et out and the other Liberty Boys settled to take things as easy as possible while awaiting de velopments. About the middle of the afternoon Arthur Welby mounted his horse and rode in the direction of Savannah. Dick happened to be standing near as Arthur started, and he called out : "Where are you going, Arthur?" Artbur looked around, saw a smile on Dick's face and flushed slightly, after which he laughed and shook his fist at the Liberty Boy in playful threat. "I'm going down the road a ways,'' he replied. "Toward Savannah, eh?" "Yes." "All right; give 'her my regards, old fellow." "I will," and with a laugh h e rode onward. Arthur was going down the road with the purpose of try ing to see Miss Gertrude Amesly. He was in love with the young lady, and as he did not dare venture into Savannah, the only other thing he could do was to try to see her when she was out riding. It had been nearly a week since he first met the young woman, and he did not know whether his quest would be successful or not. He was determined to make the attempt, however, and much to his joy, he met Miss Gertrude about a mile and a half north of Savannah: She tried to control her expres s ion so as not to betray that she was glad, but failed, and Arthur was secretly de lighted, for he made up hi s mind that the young lady did not look upon him with utter


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT CAMPAIGN. After they had exchanged greetings Arthur turned his horse's head in the same direction as that ridden by Miss Arnesly and they rode along together talking as only young people know how to talk. "Where have you been, Mr. Welby?" Gertrude a s ked; "I-I-that is--" "Yon mean that you expected lo see me ?-to meet me here on the road?" exclaimed Arlhur, eagerly, his hand s ome face lighting up. The girl blushed and then said : "Well, I-t'hat is--I thought you might be along this way, but I failed to see you." "I have been away, Miss Amesly." "Ah, indeed?" "Yes; I would have been her e had I been in the vicinity, you may be sure!" The look that the young man gave Gertrude was so eloquent that she blushed even more rosily than before and h1rned her head away to hide her confusion. "Isn't it lovely weather?" remarked Gertrude, demurely, when she had regained control of her expression. "Yes, indeed; but th ere are more intere st ing s ubjects for discussion than the weather, Miss Amesly; let us talk of one of them." "Very well; choose the subject "I will do so. Do you know I .was afraid that if I was so fortunate as to meet you at all you would an escort, Miss Amesly?" "Indeed? I presume it was your fear of a personal en counter that made you afraid I would have an escort?" with a smile. Arthur laughed. "If I could be sure that all your escorts would be made of the same kind of lllateria1 as was Captain Fairfax I should not be afraid. But that was really not my reason; I was afraid that you would have an escort, and that I would not get to talk to you." "Ah, now you are stooping to :flattery!" "No, indeed; that is something I don't indulge in." The two rode slo'Vly onward conve!l'sing in strain and taking no note of their surroundings, and suddenly there came the sharp report of a pistol and Afthur's hat was knocked off his head by the bullet! CHAPTER VIII. THE MEETING. Gertrude gave to a scream "Oh, are you hurt, Welby?" she cried. "No; but I will hurt skulking coward if I can get my handSI on '.him!" replied the young man, and he leaped off his horse and ran toward the point from which the shot had seemed to come. He looked all around, but did not catch sight of anyone. The would-be assas s in had fled. Arthur retur11ed to where Ger! rnde was and mounted 'his horse. "Did you see nothing of lhe person who fired the cow-ardly shot, Mr. Welby?" the young woman asked. "No, Miss Amesly; he got away quickly

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