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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. PAGE 2 These A COMPLETE SET. IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I Books Tell You '\. .. f ... Each oonsist11 of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound iit"an attractive, oor.i'i'..J109t of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the treated Jpon are explained in sucl:l a simple manner that Ul'.f'.' .can thoroughly understand them._ Look over the list as Cfassified and see if you want fo know anything about the IUlll tloned THESE BOOKS ARE .. 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Also the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and tll!c the most approved methods which are employed by the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The om)7 tilading hypnotists of the world. Byl Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. authentic explanation of second sight. SPORTING. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing t!iio No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete ?f magical illusions ever placed before tkJ and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inpublic. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. ::itructiona about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, No. 68. HOW TO DO T.IHCKS.-Containing O'ttkf Qoðer with descriptions of game and fish. one hundred highly amusing and inst1 uctive trickli with chemie&lo No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SA.IL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. mu1trated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. No. 6tl. 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Fully illustrated. _No. 7.5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. ContainlnrJ By o. Stanafield Hicks. tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ alls, Hats, etc. Embracinf thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Contain!ng a comNo. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.plete desc1iption of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Han4> the 'great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean-together with many wonderful experiments. By A. A.nder.o@l 'JI.I of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, Illustrated. '\lid curious games of cards. A complete book. MECHANIC No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREA;\lS.-Everybody dreams, AL. ili'om the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boW Ql u the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky should know how inventions originated. This book explain thell1' :::Cd unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. all, examples in electricity, hydraulielf, magnetism, optioo No. 28 .' HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of pneumatics, mechanics etc. 'l'he most instructive book pubUsheQt l.Jl!iow!ng what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing fulll 111.ery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little mstructions how to proceed m order to become a locomotive ell\' liook. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; togeths, fortune of your friends. with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 76. HOW TO .rELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.-' No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Fuliil .Qi1ntalning rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, JEolian Harp, Xyll!>' the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events phone and other musical instruments; together with a brief .:;,I' aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. scription of nearly every musi cal instrument used in ancient ci modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgeral{\. ATHLETIC. for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full inNo. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC '..\tructlon for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, a description of the lantern, together with its history and inventiaii:' rizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsome!); althy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy ca n illustrated. By John Allen. strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containl11B0 :.!JI thl1 little book. complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical TriclID N o 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. By A. And erson. E'ully illustrated. over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dilfer ; LETTER WRITING. GRit poaitions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of Qll .. e useful and 1nstructive books, as it will teach you how to box No. IL :a:ow;ro WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A moat CO\ID" c,;ylthout an instructor. plete little book._ oontaining full directions for writing love-letteru No. 25 HOW TO BEQOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full and when to w them, giving specimen letters for young and o!Gl e.li..truction s for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. No. 12. HO:W :TO WRl'l'E LETTERS TO LADIES.-Givill(j ll\znbracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. complete instructipns for. wrlting letters to ladies on all 1ubjec1:Q), A band y and useful boo k. also letters of intt.oi{:uctirm. notes and requests. No. 84. HOW TO FE.NCE.-Containing full instruction for No. 24. HOW TO WJ:t!TE LETTERS TO ,enclnr and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all 1ubjecti1 De.cri bed with twenty-<>ne practical illustrations, giving the best also giving sample letters fur instruction. ? PAGE 3 '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

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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

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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
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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 Ji.ad 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 PAGE 10 ....... ,_ .... \,..., ...... "'."'"''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. - PAGE 11 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!" PAGE 12 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 i.here 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. PAGE 13 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 aga.in. 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.''

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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 mark.et 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

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' '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.

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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 1rn.ve 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 th.is 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 th.at 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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