The Liberty Boys at Johnson's mill, or, A hard grist to grind

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The Liberty Boys at Johnson's mill, or, A hard grist to grind
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Moore, Harry
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'I F A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. luutd .JYeel:ly-By Subscription $2:50" per year. Entered as Scc011d Class Matt e r at tke New York Po;t Offi c e, J.'ehrUJJ.f!f 4, 1901, by 1'ou.sey. Tom \\&va done your last spy work, Dick Slatert' ' said the redcoat, fiercely. "I think this will end ha . our career." Suddenly a man appeared at the open window of the mill. A look of L'f 'mg do horror over his face.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A We ekly Mag azine Containing Stories of t h e A m erican Revolution. Issued Wec1dy-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered iu Second Clius Matter at the New Yori:, N. Y., Poal Oft lcs. February 4, 1901. Entered according t o A.ct of Congreas, in the year 1904, tn the o(ftce of tha Llbrarlatl . of Congreas, Wiuhington, D. 0., by Frank ToUBey, 24 Onion Bqvare, New No. 201. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 4, 1904. Pric e 5 Cents. THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL OB, , A Har d Grist t o Grind. By HABBY MOOBE. CHAPTER L ACROSS THE RIVER DAN. In February of the year 1781 the patriot and British armies of the South were resting and waiting, each for the other to make some decided move. The patriot army, tmder General Greene, was just across the line in Virginia, while the British army was at Hills borough, perhaps twenty-five miles down in North Caro lina. Cornwallis and his army had chased General Green and his army clear across North Carolina and across the River Dan into Virginia only a short time before, and now neither knew what the other intended doing. With the patriot army of the South at that time was a company of youths known as the Liberty Boys of '76. The captain wai1 a young man by the name of Dick Slater, and he had made himself quite famous, especially in the North, where his company had operated principally. General Greene held a council, and it was decided to re cruit soldiers from among the patriots of the surrounding country, and to at the same time send scouts and spies to learn what the British were about. General Greene decided that the proper persons for the latter work were Dick Slater and his comrades, and so he sent an orderly to summon Dick. Half an hour later the young captain appeared in the general's tent. Dick was a bright, handsome young fellow, with bronzed face, but keen, clear gray eyes and a firm mouth. H e sa ;+Pn General Greene and said: J: no l "''' 1t for me, sir?" Tom was h-in Slater. I have some work for you and 1ging do., , ,, The youth's face lighted up. "They will be glad to hear that," he said. "I thought so; well, what I want you to do is this: I want that you shall go down into North Carolina to the vicinity of Hillsborough and reconnoiter. I wish to know what General Cornwallis is doing and, if possible, what he intends doing; then I will know better what to do." The face of the Liberty Boy shone with delight. "We w.ill go at once, sir," he said. "As fast as you secure information of value you will send it by special messenger, Captain Slater." "Very well, sir . " Then the general gave Dick careful instructions regard ing what was to be done, after which the youth saluted and withdrew. He went at once to where the company of Liberty Boys were encamped. He t o ld them what the general had said. They were delighted. They were young and full of life, and were always eager to be on the move. Camp life never agreed with them. They gave utterance to exclamations of pleasure . "So we're going back down into North Carolina !" "And we're to watch Cornwallis!" "That is all right." "I wish we could get a l ick at ' B utcher' Tarleton a n d his l egion !" " So do I!" Such were a few of the ' excla m ations, and then the youths went to work getting ' ready for the expedition. They began bridling and saddling their horses, and while they were thus engaged Lieutenant Colonel Henry Lee, who comma nded a body of cavalry, approached Dick a n d said: "You are going down to reconn oiter and keep watc h o f the British at H illsbo ro ug h, C aptai n S l ate r ?"


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. "Yes, Colonel Lee," was the reply. "So I supposed; I was a member of the council when it was decided to send scouts and spies down there. I have a favor to ask you." "What is it, sir?" "That you will keep a sharp eye out for Colonel Tarleton and his legion. I am especially eager to get a chance at him; I have about the same number of men under me, and I believe that we ca.a thrash him and his forca. If you learn that he has gone or is going on any kind of an expe dition let me know, and I will get permission from General Greene and go after him." "All right, Colonel Lee." The colonel thanked Dick and turned away, after wishing him success in the work of reconnoitering. The youths were not long in getting ready to start. They mounted and set out. A few minutes' ride brought them to the River Dan. They crossed it, and then, as they set out toward the south, Bob Estabrook suddenly exclaimed: "Who's that, yonder?" He pointed as he spoke and the youths looked in the direction indicated and saw a horseman riding away at a swift pace. There was something in his actions that made them suspicious, and Dick exclaimed : "He look1> and acts like a spy !" "Just what I thought!" cried Bob; "let's go after him !'' "All right," said Dick; "after him, boys!" , They set out in pursuit of the single horseman. The fellow happened to look back, and on seeing them coming after him he urged his horse to even speed. "Stop !"' cried Dick, as loudly as possible; "stop, I say I" But the fellow only lashed his horse to greater speed. "He's a spy, Dick!" cried Bob. "Yes, and we must catch him, if such a thing is possible." "We would be able to do it all right if it were not that our horses are still wearied from their long chase iicross North Carolina." "You are safe now, but the time may come when we will have the advantage on our side, and then you will need to look out I" The reply was another derisive gesture and shout of de fiance. The Liberty Boys kept up the chase, not because they expected that they would have any success in capturing the fugitive, but because they thought it possible that his horse might go lame or stumble and throw his rider, or something of that kind. And, too, they were going in the direction they wished to go. Presently the fugitive rounded a bend in the road and was quickly out of sight and the Liberty Boys did not catch sight of him again after that. That evening they went into camp near the headwaters of the Neuse River at a point about five miles from Hills borough. CHAPTER II. A PATRIOT YOUTH IN DANGER. "Hello, ,r wonder what the trouble is here?" Dick Slater was making his way through the timber; he was headed for Hillsborough, for he was out on a recon noitering expedition. He had come out in a clearing, and in front of him was a log cabin. In front of the cabin, weeping and wringing their hands, were a woman and a girl of sixteen years. It was a bright moonlight night, and Dick could see. quite plainly. He stood watching the two a few moments and then advanced and stood before them. It was not until he was right in front o.f tl1em that the two saw him, and then they gave vent to little exclamations of surprise and fear, and made as if to enter the house. "That's so; but we may be able to catch him anyway." "Don't be alarmed," said Dick. gently; "I am a friend "I hope so." to all who are in distre s. Tell me what the trouble is and But the fugitive slowly but surely drew away from his perhaps I may be able to 110lp you." pursuers. "Oh, sir, if you only could!" aobbed the woman; "but I His horse, while perhaps no better than the majority of fear you cannot." those ridden by the Liberty Boys, was fresher and stronger, "'!'ell me what the trouble is and then let me be the. ' ancl consequently could move at a swifter pace. ji1tlge," was the reply . . The Liberty Boys, seeing that they were not going to be "It's my brother, sir, that is in trouble," the girl exable to overtake the horseman unless by accident, unslung plained, tearfully. their muskets anrl began firing at him. "How is that, miss?" The distance was too great, however, and they soon saw "Why, you see, we are patriots, and most of the people that they co11ld not injure the rider. living in this part of the country are Tories. They know He realized it, too, and made derisive gestures and gave that we are patriots, and to-night four young men-Tories vent to yells of defiance. -came here and took my brother Tom awav with them." This aroused the anger of the Liberty Boys to a great 1 "What do they intend doing to him?" " pitch, but they had to bottle up their wrath, for they real-"They said they were going to make him promise to joi-m ized that they could not catch the object of their anger. the Rritish army at Hillsborough, sir." .,T Bob Estabrook shook his fist at the fugitive and yelled at "So that is what they intend doing, eh?" ,st the top of his voice: "1)Qs." s


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. 3 ' 'Do you have any idea where they have taken him?" "I am glad that you are a soldier, Mr. Slater." "Yes." "Are you?" "Where?" "Yes; it gives me more confidence that you will be able "There's an old log cabin about a mile from here on the to rescue brother Tom." banks of the river> and they went in that direction. I'm "I have no doubt of my ability to do 'So, Miss Lucy. I sure that is where they went." will try to take the Tories by surprise, and that will count "Very well; you come with me and show me the way for a good deal." to the cabin, and I will see if I can rescue your brother." They walked onward through the timber, and presently "Oh, sir, if you only could!" they came to the edge of a little open glade bordering the "Yes, yes!" from the woman. river. At the farther side of the glade stood a little log "I think I can," quietly. cabin. In front of the cabin stood four men; in their midst, . "Bl1t there are four of them, and they are armed." standing on a stump, with his arms tied together behind "I don't care for that; if I can take them by surprise 1 his back, was a young man; around his neck was a rope, can make them set your brother free." the other end of which was thrown over th; limb of a tree; "Come, then, sir; I will guide you to the cabin at once," the four men had hold of the rope. cried the girl, eagerly. And then she hesitated, ancl said A little gasp escaped the lips of the girl as her eyes fell dubiously : upon this scene, and she said in a horrified whisper: "But the Tories are armed, sir; they have pistols, and "They are-going-to hang-him!" will shoot you if you try to interfere with them." "Don't worry, Miss Lucy," whispered Dick; "I will see "I am armed also, miss, "and Dick held the skirts of his to it that they don't put their plan into effect." coat back and showed them four pistols in the belt around "Oh, be careful, Mr. Slater!" his waist. "I will; you remain here in hiding behind the trees; "I will go with you, also," saicl the woman; "perhaps there may be a pistol shot or two, ancl a stray bullet might Lucy and I may be able to help you." hit you." "But you are sick, mother,'' objected the girl; "and you "I will obey you,'' was the whispered reply. cannot walk there and back, and with the excitement it will Dick had been watching the scene while speaking to the be very bad for you." girl, and his heart swelled with anger. The Tories were "You go into the house and rest perfectly easy, madam," young men and were rather vicious ones, for tbcy were forc said Dick. "I will be able to handle the Tories alone and I ing the young patriot to dance for their amusement, on unaided, and your daughter can guide me to the cabin as penalty, if refused, of being drawn up off the log by means well alone as if you were along." of the rope. The woman he itated, looked searchingly at Dick, and Occasionally one if their number asked young Davis if i;;aid: he would agree to join the British army, and he refused "Oh, sir, you-you won't-I may-trust you-withwith energy and determination, even though half-strangled. with--" ' "Better ergree ter jine ther British army, Tom," said "Yes, indeed; you may trust me,'' said Dick, earnestly; one, just as Dick drew two pistols and cocked them. "I am a patriot and an honest man. I have a mother and "Re'ier !"was the firm reply. a sister away up in New York state, and I will treat you "Then dance, blast ye! dance!" cried the Tory, angrily. and your daughter as I would wish anyone to treat them." "I'm not going to ' dance any more!" was the defiant anu "I will trust you !" . decidedly; "go with the gentleman, determined reply. , Lucy, and guide him to the cabin, and I pray that you may "Ye've gotter dance, er we'll hang ye, jes' ez shore ez succeed in rescuing Tom from the Tories!" ennythin' !" "I will succeed; don't worry, madam." "Go ahead and hang me, then, you cowards!" cried the Then the woman entered the house, walking slowly and young patriot, in a clear, ringing voice . weakly, and Dick and the girl set out across the clearing. Dick's heart swelled with admiration of the patriot "What is your name, miss?" Dick askeCl. youth. "Lucy Davis, sir." "He is a brave fellow, and that's a fact!" he said to him" My name is Dick Slater; I am the commander of a comself; "I'll rescue him or kill the whole gang of Tories!" pany of patriot youths, and they are encamped a couple of "So ye're willin' ter be hung, air ye?" cried the Tory miles from here. I was on my way to Hillsborough to spokesman . reconnoiter." "No, I'm not willing; but I'm more willing to be hung "TI1e British army is there, Mr. Slater." than I am to go on furnishing amusement for you cowards." "Yes." "All right; ef ye'd ruther be hung than dance for us, er "It would be very dangerous for you to go there, would ter jine ther British army, ye kin ' hev yer way erbout et." jJ. no+ ?:,: . . Tom 'va, .r11ld be danger, of course, but one cannot stay wa::1ging I go where duty calls, Miss Lucy." "If you fellows knew when you were well off you would set me free and go about your business," was the reply; "you are going to get yourselves into trouble."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. "We'll resk et, hey, boys?" "Yas !" "Ye bet we will!" "We hain't skeered." "You will have to answer for what you do, sooner or later," said Tom, decidedly. ".All right; et won't be you havin' ter do et." Then the fellow said, fiercely : "Pull 'im up, boys!" { .At this moment, just as the four were on the point of surgingdown on the rope and pulling the patriot youth up in the air, Dick Slater strode forward and leveled his pistols. "Let go of that rope!" he cried, sternly. The four Tories whirled, with exclamations of amaze ment and anger. CHAPTER III. THE RESCUE. The Tories did not let go of the rope, but stoocl there staring at the newcomer in open-mouthed amazement. "Who air ye, ennyhow ?" asked the leatler of the gang. "That is none of your business!" was the prompt reply; "drop that rope and take the noose off the young head." "See heer; whnt right hev ye got ter come aroun bossin' uv us, thet's whut I wanter know?" "What right have you to handle that young man as you ha Ye been doing?" was the counter-question. "Waal, ye see, he's er rebel, an' he won't <'rgree ter jine ther British army, an'--" "That shows his good sense and manhood. I honor him for being so wise as tci side with the American people and be willing to suffer for his principles." "Bah, ennybuddy is er fool ter be etg'inst King He's got ther right ter--" "The king has no right to do anything at all, so far as we people of .America are concerned," said Dick, breaking in upon the other's talk . . "But I did not come here to argue politics with you; I am here to make you free that young man, and I want you to do it, and right away!" 'fhe four Tories glowered and were silent for a few mo ments. "Whut'll ye do, ef we don' do whut ye say?" the spokes man presently inquired. "I'll shoot you dead!" There was no mistaking the fact that Dick meant what be said, and the Tory youths looked at one another a few moments and then the leader said : ".All right; we'll do whut ye say, but-ye wanter look out fur yerse'f, I tell ye ! We'll make ye wush't ye hedn't interfeered with us, thet's whut we'll do!" "You will do well to not try any tricks," said Dick, coldly; "I am dangerous when aroused, and the chances are good that you will get badly hurt if you attempt to do me harm." The Tory made no reply, but all four let go their hold on the rope, and one cast the noose off from Tom's neck. "Now cut the rope binding hit:i ordelec1 Dick. This "as done. "Kin we go now?" the leader asked. "Not yet." "W'y not?" There was a note oi uneasiness in the tones. "You will soon know." 'rhen to the patriot youth Dick sail!: "Take their weapons away from them, Tom." The youth uttered an exclamation. "You know me?" he said. "Yes; take their weapons away from them. They might hurt themselves or . omebocly else if permitted to carry . them." "Say, ye hain't got no right ter do thet,'' protested the spokesman of the party. "But we have the might, my dear sir, and that amounts to the same thing in these times and under such civcum stances. " . Then Tom Davis removed all the weapons possessed by the . four Tories and placed them in a pile on the stump on which he had , tood only a little while before. "Now you may go," said Dick; "but first I wish to ask you, Tom, if you know the four?" "Oh, yes, I know them," was the reply: "I know them only too well." "All right, then you will kno ,, who to be on yom gua;d against in. future. And if they attempt to bother you again shoot them down without a:p. instant's hesitation." "I will!" There was no mistaking the ring of determination in the youth's voice. He meant what he said. "The best thing you fellows can c1o is to attend to yonl' own business and let other people alone," advi:ied Dick. "Now get away from here." The four turned and, without a word, strode away. They quickly disappeared amid the trees, and then Tom turned toward Dick and said : "I suppose we had better-hello! is that you, Sis!" Lucy had suddenly appeared from behind the tree, and now she ran to Tom and threw her arms around his neck and kissed him. "Yes, it is me, Tom," she said. "I know now how you knew my name," said the youth to Dick. "Yes," with a smile; "but now let's take these weapons and go back to your home. Those four Tories might slip around and make an attack on us." "Yes, let's go at once!" from Lucy. They gathered up the weapons and set out t_b timber. Twenty minutes Jater they arrived at +' .:s


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. 5 was incleed an affecting scene when Mrs. Davis seized her son in her arms and kissed him and wept tears of joy over his rescue. "Oh, sir, how can we ever repay you for what you have done for us?" the woman asked through her tears. "I don't want to be repaid," with a smile. "I am a patriot, and I hate Tories and redcoats, and am always glad of an opportunity of getting to spoil their plans." "Are you a soldier?" asked Tom, eagerly. "Yes, Tom." And then Dick told who and what he was. The yo1\th was delighted when he learned that Dick was not only a soldier, but the captain of a company of youths who were doing good work for the patriot cause. ''I wish that I could join your company, Captain Slater!" he said, his eyes shining. Dick glanced at the mother and then at the sister, to see what they thought of the matter. • They looked thoughtful and somewhat dismayed. "What do you say, Mrs. Davis?" asked Dick; "of course, I would not think of permitting Tom to join my company if you did not wish him to do so." "I hardly know what to say, sir," was the reply. "I don't know but it would be about the best thing he could do, mother," said Lucy. "Why, dear?" "Because if he stays here at .home the Tories will come and take him again, or else they will ki11 him, and if he joins Captain Slater's company he will be comparatively safe." '"frue; but what will become of us, Lucy?" "I don't think they will bother us, mother." 'I guesf< you are right about that, but--" "Oh, 'let me join the army, mother!" pleaded Tom. The woman hesitated awhile longer and then threw her am1s around Tom's neck and kissed him and said: "Very well; you may do so, my boy, and may heaven bless and protect you!'' "T-hank you, mother!" Then he told his mothet briefly the story of his rescue at the hands of Dick Slater. The woman thanked Dick earnestly, or rather tried to do so; he would not let her go on at very great length. "As I told you a little while ago, Mrs. Davis, I was glad to do what I did," he said. They talked awhile longer, and then Dick said he must be going. "Where to, Captain Slater?" asked Tom. "I am going to Hillsborough, or to the vicinity of the town, to try to find out something about the intentions of the British." "Shall I go with you?" "Yes, if you like . " "You won't be afraid to stay alone, mother and sister?'' he asked. 1'• ""N' o," said Lucy; "and if you are to join the Liberty Tom was anv we may as well begin getting used to staying wa::1ging dow .... • "That's so; you can bar the doors, and don't open them unless you know who is wanting to get in." "That's what we will do, Tom." Then Diek and the new recruit took their departure. They crossed the clearing, entered the timber and walked at a goodly pace in the direction of Hillsborough. CHAPTER IV. IN JOHNSON'S MILL. ''Sh!" Di . ck suddenly uttered this caution, and at the same time he placed a restraining hand on Tom's shoulder. The two paused and listened intently . Footsteps were heard approaching and a little later voices were also heard. Somebody was coming. "Get behind a tree," whispered Dick. They both got behind trees and waited watched. The footsteps sounded louder and phiiner; the voices, too, could be heard more distinctly. Peering around the trees behind which they had taken refuge, the two presently caught sight of two men. The two were engaged in conversation ancl were not paying much attention to ;their surroundings. They evidently did not suspect that anyone other than themselves were in the vicinity. "Where is the joint meeting to be held?" one of the men asked, as the two walked along within twenty feet of where the two patriots were standing. "At Johnson's Mill," was the reply. "That's a good place for a rendezvous." "Yes, so it is." Then the two passed on, and while their voices could still be heard, the words eould not be distinguished. Dick turned to his companion. "Those were Tories," he said. "Undoubtedly, Captain Slater." "Call me Diek, Tom." \ , "All right, Dick." There was pleasure in Tom's voice. "And I suppose that they meant by 'joint meeting' that r:fories and redcoats both were to meet at the mill." "Likely." Dick was thoughtful a few moments and then asked : "Where is Johnson's Mill?" "About a mile from here over on the river." "Is the mill running?" "No; it is an old abandoned mill." "I see; it is no doubt a fine place for a rendezvous." "Yes." "Guide me thither, Tom." "All right." They set out and went in the same direction that the two Tories had gone .


/ 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. They moved along at a moderate pace, and ater a walk 0 twenty minutes they came in sight 0 the mill. It stood on the bank 0 the river at the farther edge of an open space and was plainly vis ible, for it was so light that objects c ould be seen at a dis tance. The two paused among the trees at the edge 0 the open space and looke d keenly and s earchingly at the mill. No s ign 0 lie was visible. "Those two Torie s mu s t have gone there, don't yon think?" aske d Dick. "I supposed that was whe r e th e y were bound for, "Likely they ar e in ther e." "I judge that you ar e right; well, how ar e w e going to get into th e mill without b e ing seen?" "I'll t e ll you; let's go around to the river and then slip down along the shore unc],er the bank till we come to the basement 0 th e mill." "That is a good plan; come along." They mad e the ir way ar o und to the bank or the river and down it to the e d g e 0 the water. Then they moved slowly and cautiou s l y along, keepin g und e r the bank. Pre s entl y th e y saw th e mill looming near at hand. They p a u sed and looke d and lis tened. They could not hear a s ound, nor could they see any thing to indicate the pre senec 0 anyone in the mill. They b e lieved the two Torie s they had seen were in there, however. They moved on down the s hor e until close bes ide the bas ement 0 th e mill. There was a door there, and Dic k opened it cautiously and looked in. All was dark inside; he c ould see nothing. He li s ten e d intently. He c ould hear nothing. "Shall we go in?" he asked, in a cautious whisper. "Just as you say," was the reply. "Come." D'.ick entered, and Tom came clos e at his heels. Tom took hold 0 Dick' s hand and whis pered: "This way; the re' s a s tairway leading to the main floor 0 the mill over here." He guid e d Di c k along, and pre s ently they came to some s tep s , up whic h the y mad e their way. They moved slowly and cautiou s ly, and were careful to make a s littl e noi s e as possible. Presently they were s tanding on the main :floor of the mfil . They stood there, silent and motionless and listened, for it was s o dark they could not see anything. "I don't b e li eve ther e i s anyone here, Tom," said Dick, in a whi s p e r , presently. "It would seem s o , Dick." , "Let's look around a bit." "All right." They moved orward, but had taken only two or three steps when they were s et upon by two persons. That the two were th e Tories they had seen in the woods Dick did not doubt. "Go or them, Tom!" Dick; "we can get the better 0 them!" Then a terrible struggle began. The two Tories were powerul men, but Dick was stronger and more agile than the ellow he was contending with, and soon lited him bodily and threw him down on the :floor with such force as to temporarily stun him. Then ,, he went to Tom's assistance. Tom was younger than Dick and not so strong, and while he was holding his own fairly well, would no doubt have been overpowered sooner or later. Dick took a hand, however, and as soon as he had deter mined which was the Tory, he seized the e11ow and did the same with him that he had with the other. "Now let's get out 0 here!" he said to Tom; "there may be more Tories near at hand." At this moment hurried foot s teps were heard, coming seemingly from above, and Tom whis pered, excitedly: "They're coming downs tair s l What shall we do?" "We will go back down into the ba s ement and on out that way." They hastened back toward the head 0 the steps leading to the basement. As they did so a voice was heard: "Hello, there ! What's the trouble?" 0 course, the youths did not reply. They moved down the steps as as t as possible, and as they did so the voice was heard again, sharper than before: "Hello, I say l What is the trouble down here?" The two Tories, being insensible, could not reply, and Dick and Tom were mute. They soon reached the oot of the steps and made their way across the floor of the basement in the direction 0 the door. "Say, Dick!" "Yes, Tom?" "We left that door open, didn't we?" "I think so." "Well, it's closed now!" "I believe it is!" "Yes, I remember that I looked back and could see things out 0 doors through the open doorway." "Perhaps the door has blown shut." H Perhaps so; but it opened rather hard, didn't it?'' "Yes." They were at the door now and, taking hold 0 the rude latch, they pulled. It did not move and they pulled harder. They had no better success this time. "Say, it must be fastened on the outside!" whispered Tom. "I begin to think you are right, Tom!" "I am sure 0 it l We are in trouble!" Just then a voice came througl1 the cracks "Yon are trapped, my fine ellows !"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. CHAPTER V . THE ESCAPE. Dick and Tom were silent. They felt that the man had spoken truly. They were indeed trapped . They could not go back up to the main floor of the mill, for there were Tories there; neither could they get this door open. It seemed obvious that they were in a trap. "Is the;re no possible chance for us to get out?" whispered Dick . Tom was silent a few moments and then said: "Come with me; perhaps we may be able to escape." He took Dick's hand and led him across the floor of the basement and through a doorway and into another room. As they passed through the doorway they heard the clatter of feet on the steps leading from the main floor down into the basement . Dick took hold of the boy's legs and guided his feet to a safe footing. "All right, now, Tom; let go," whispered Dick. The boy did so, and then the two clambered slowly and carefully down, using the paddles as rungs in a ladder. They were still ten feet from the ground when they heard a voice from above them and looked up, to see a man lean ing through the window. "Here they are! " he cried turning his head to speak to some person or persons in the mill; "quick! Run outside by way of the basement door, some of you, or they will get away." Tlien he again looked down at the two youths and ex tended an arm, in the hand of which was a pistol. "Hi, stop !" he commanded; " s top or I shall be undct the necessity of putting a bullet through you!" "Drop ! " cried Dick. The two dropped to the ground, alighting on their feet. Crack! The man at the window had fired. They heard a stern voice call out : The bullet whistled past Dick's ear. "Where are you, you rebels? Answer and surrender at "Run!" cried Dick. once! You cannot escape." They struck out down the shore of the river, and as they Of course, the two made no reply. They wished to keep did so the basement door opened an . d half a dozen men the Tories in ignorance of their whereabouts as long ae came running forth . "There they go!" yelled the man in the window. ''After "This way," whispered Tom; "there are . some more steps them, men! Don't let them get away." to go up." The Tories came running in pursuit of the :j'ugitives. They came to the steps and made their way up them as They yelled to the two to stop , but they might as well have fast as possible, and at the same time not make a noise that saved their wind. The two had no intention of stopping. would be heard by the Tories. On ran Dick and Tom at the top of their speed. Presently the two were in a small room which was on the After them came the Tories, still yelling. floor above the main floor of the mill. . Possibly they thought that they could frighten the fugi" This way," whispered Jorn. tives into stopping and surrendering; but if such was the He led Dick across the floor and they were soon stap.ding case they soon learned their mistake, for the two kept right by a window. on running. Tom raised the window and both looked out. "This way, Tom," said Dick; "let's get in among the "Ah, I see!" breathed Dick; '1the water-wheel is right trees . " below us. You intend for us to get down that way." • They ran up the bank and in among the trees, and were "Yes; we can do it, I think, don't you ?" q uickly out of sight of the pursuing Tories. "I think so." They ran onward as swiftly as possible, a:nd after making "There it: danger that we will be seen, of co-urse. " a detour, returned to the river, striking it at a point per" Yes, but we'll be captured if we stay in here." haps three-quarters of a mile clown from the mill. "So we will." "What are you going to do now, Dick?" asked Tom. "The Tories will be up hel'e in a few minutes." "I would like to enter Hillsborough . " "Yes." Tom shook his head. "Come; we will get out this way and take our chances "You can't slip in," he said. of being seen." "No, I suppose not; itds such a light night." "Go ahead; I will follow." "You simply want to find out what the British intemt Dick climbed through the window and lowered himself doing; is that it, Dick?" by his hands till his feet touched the paddles of the water"Yes." wheel. "Well, I have a plan that I believe will be successful, and He felt around till he got what he considered a very !air there won't be any danger in it, either." footing and then let go. He balanced a moment and then "Let's he , ar the plan." placed his feet even more securely. "All right; Sister Lucy has a girl friend in HillsborTom was aheady half through the window, and soon he ougb. Her name is Anna Laurens. She was at our house '':aE.. • 1ging down at arm's length. , not long ago, and she made Lucy promise to come anc1


THE LIBER.TY BOYS AT .JOHXSON'S JlILL. ., I visit her soon. Now Lucy can go into town to-mo.rrow to visit her friend and while there she can make caution!'! inquiries and find out what the British intend doing." "That will be fine, Tom!" "I thought you would say it was a good idea." "Yes, and it is about the only way I can find out any thing, for I would be taking big chances if I tried to enter the town." "So you would." '' W c will settle upon that plan, back and reconnoiter the old mill." Tom, and so let's go "All right." "We may be able to learn something there if we overhear the Tories talking." "They will not think that we might come back." can "No; they will believe that we were so badly frightened that we could not be gotten back within a mile of the mill." They made their way back toward Johnson's Mill; but they made a detour nnd approached it from a different direction than the one they had taken in leaving. rl'hey paused at the edge o:f the timber and looked toward the mill. CHAPTER VI. TIED TO THEW.ATER-WHEEL. When they told Lucy what tlrny wanted that she shouhl do, she said she would be only too glad to d,.., it. "I owe Anna a visit anyway," she said; "and she will be glad to see me. And no one will suspect that I have any motive other than to visit her." "True," said Dick; "you will go to-morrow?" "Yes, in the morning." "Thank you, Miss Lucy." A little later Dick and Tom took their departure and made their way to the patriot encampment. When Dick introduced Tom to the Liberty Boys and told that he was going to join their company they gave him a hearty welcome. The night passed quietly, and next day Tom 'ras fitter1 out with a musket and four pistols, some of the youths hav ing more than their share of weapons. Dick explained to the youths that Tom's si:;ter was going to visit Hillsborough to try to secure information regarding the plans of the British. "All seems to be quiet there," said Dick. . "So all we need do is to remain here quietly ancl await "Yes, but the chances ar!') that there are a dozen Tories her return from the town," he said, in conclusion. in the mill." "That is the only thing to do, I suppose,'' said Bob EsLa "That's so." / I brook; "but it is slow work." They stood there watching, and suddenly they saw some Along toward evening, after having given the youths in men emerge through the doorway on the side next to them structions, Dick, accompanied by Tom, took his departure. and come across the open ground. They went to Tom's home and were given a cordial wel'l'he two took refuge behind trees and watched the men come by Mrs. Davis. closely. ''Lucy hasn't come back yet," she said. There were eight of the men, and as they passed the "It is possible that she won't come to-day," said Dick. youths they were talking about the two. "She wiU remain till she has learned something of impor,..;.. "They were spies, you may be sure of that," said one. "Yes, that is undoubtedly true," said another; "and they got away from us in rather a clever manner." "So they did; but there is one thing : They did not get to hear anything that would give them any information!' "No, but they know we use the mill as a rendezvous and may do more spying." "We will keep a closer watch and will capture them if they come around again." "We will see about that!" said Dick, in a grim whisper to Tom. When the men were out of hearing Dick asked Tom if he recognized any of them. "I think I knew two of them," was the reply. "They 14ve about two miles from our house." They talked a few moments longer and then set out to ward Tom's home. "We will go there and tell your sister what we wish her to do," said Dick; "you are sure she will be willing?" "Yes; she'll be glad to do it." ta.nee." "True, sir." They remained there to supper, and when they had eaten, Dick said to Tom: "I am going to the old mill to reconnoiter; you stay here, and if your sister comes home with news come at once and let me know." "All right, Dick; but," hesitatingly, "won't there be considerable danger if you go there alone?" "I'll be careful, Tom." So he bade Tom and his mother goodby and walked away in the direction of Johnson's Mill. When he came to the edge of the open ground surrounding the mill he paused and took a survey of the scene. All seemed to be quiet. There was no sign of anyone about the mill. "Still there may be a score of Tories inside the building,': the youth told himself. He decided to approach the mi11 by the same route trav ersed by rroin and himself the before. He made his way around to the river, keeping back in among the tTees where he would not be seen, and then he


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. 9 started along the shore, keeping under the bank, \Vhere he would not be so likely to be seen. When he reached the mill he advanced to the door and listened. It was a cloudy night, but still the moon shone through the clouds with su+ficient strength so that anyone would be visible some distance. Dick imagined that he heard the murmur 0 voices with in the building, and he bent down and placed his ear to a crack, the better to hear. As he did so three men ran around the corner 0 the mill and threw themselves upon him. Taken by surprise and outnumbered as he was, Dick was at a big disadvantage. He made as good a fighi; as he was able, however, and for awhile he kept the three pretty busy; but presently force 0 numbers told, and he was thrown to the ground and his arms were bound together behind his back. Then the men rose and brushed their clothes and looked triumphantly down upon their prisoner. "We got you this time, young fellow!" said one. "So it seems," was the quiet reply. "You are a rebel spy!" "I don't suppose it would profit me any to deny any thing you may see fit to "You are right, it wouldn't. We know' that you are a rebel spy, and we are going to put an end to your existence here and now." Dick looked at them in some surprise. "Why su c h 1mste ?" he asked; "don't you think you had. better wait till you are sure that you are right about thii:; matter before going ahead with it?" "We are sure we are right." Dick shook his head. "No, you simply take it for granted that you are without going to the trouble of investigating.'' "No inYestigation is needed. We caught you in the act 0 spying, and that is proof sufficient." Dick said no more, but sat there with his back against the mill and listened to the conversation of the three. They talked of hanging Dick, but dismissed this idea; then they spoke of shooting him, but gave this , up also. "Why not drown him?" asked one. Before there could be an answer to this a redcoat came around the corner of the mill. He was dressed in the uniorm of a captain, and the Tories quickly explained the situation to him. He took charge of affairs at once, and ater some talk adopted a suggestion of one of the Tories to tlrn effect that they tie the prisoner to the water-wheel and then throw off the brake and let the rebel be churned to death in the mill race. They had just come to this decision when another red coat put in an appearance. He was a common soldier, but wore a felt hat. As soon as he laid eyes on Dick he gave utterance to an exclamation : "Say," he cried; "I'll wager that you don't know what a ten-strike you havp made in capturing this fellow." ''Do you know him?" asked the captain, while the Tories looked at the &peaker eagerly. "I sl10uld say that I do know him!" "Where did you ever see him?" "Up North." "That's so; you are from the North, sure enough." "Yes, and this fellow is from the North, too; he is known up there as 'the Champion Spy of the Revolution.'" "He is?" in surprise. "Yes, and he is the commander of a company of young rebels who go by the name of the Liberty Boys of Seventy six." "Is that so? What's his name?" "Dick Slater!" "I've heard of him," the captain; "and I'm glad that we have captured him." Then he ordered that Dick be tied to the water-wheel. Two of the three Tories and the common soldier seizeJ hold of Dick and dragged him to the water-wheel, and the soldier bound him there. Then he stepped back and shook his finger at the youth threateningly and triumphantly. "You have done your last spywork, Dick Slater!" said the redcoat, fiercely. "I think this will end your Suddenly a man appeared at the open window .of the mill. A look of horror came over his face. CHAPTER III. TOM TO THE RESCUE. We said a man appeared at the window of the mill, but it was, more properly speaking, a youth. It was no other than Tom Davis, in fact. He dodged back out of sight instantly to avoid being seen. The youth understood what the redcoats and Tories intended doing. "I must save him!" he told himself. But how was he to do it? That was the question, and it was one that must be de cided immediately. Delay would mean the death of Dick Slater. Tom hardly knew what to do, but he was doing some swift thinking. Suddenly an idea came to the youth. He decided to act upon it immediately. He made his way down the stairs to the main floor of the mill; then he ran to the door in the side next to the river and pounded upon it and gave utterance to the loudest, most blood-curdling yells of which he was capable. "Help! Help! Murder I H-e-1-p ! M-u-r-d-e-r !" he screamed. Then he dashed back up the steps and to the window and looked out.


10 THE LlDERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. As he had hoped would be the case, the redcoats and the Tories, having heard the unearthly yellR for help, had run to the door and entered the mill. They would be out again quickly, however. There was no time to lose, and Tom did not delay an instant. He climbed quickly through the window, lowered himself till he got a good footing on the wheel and was bef'.lide Dick. "Tom!" breathed Dick, delightedly; "cut the ropes bind ing me, quick! Hurry, for they will be back in a jiffy!" "I know they will, and I'll beat them if I can P' "Hello, down there!" retorted Dick. "Do you surrender?" "No!" "What!" I ''You heard what I said." "Yes, so I did; but-you certain l y will not be such :fool s as to offer fight!" "Why not?" ''Because it will mean the death of both of you." "I am not so sure about that." Tom's knife was out, and he matle swift but sure strokes , at the ropes binding his friend. "Bah! It could not be otherwise . " "Well, even so, we can easily kill a dozen or more of your men." Soon Dick was free, but just they were thinking of leaping to the grountl, as they had done once before, Tom exclaimed: "There come a lot of retlcoats ! We cannot get clown and off that way, Dick!" Dick looketl in the tlirection indicated and saw that Tom had spoken truly. He was a youth of quick wit, however; it never took him long to make up his mind to do. "We will climb up into the mill through the window!" he exclaimed. "Quick, Tom!" He made Tom go first, and then followed. Just as he was entering the window the redcoats and Tories who had bound him to the water-wheel came running out of the mill and they caught sight of him. '.t'hcy gave utterance to yells of disappointment and anger. The other redcoats coming along the bank of the river from the opposite direction gave utterance to yells also, and then the captain, s eeing that there was a goodly num ber of them, cried out: "Surround the mill-quick ! He will get away if wo don't!., The redcoats obeyed the order and quickly surrounded the mill. • Dick and Tom had thought that they might succeed in getting down to the main floor and escaping, but they heard the command given by the captain and realized that this would be impossible. "We are in for it, I guess," said Dick; "we can't get away." "We J:tre prisoners in the mill," said Tom . "Yes, we are helpless, I think. At least I don't see how we are to get away." "Let's go into the main room," said Tom. They entered the main room on the second floor. "We can make quite a fight," said Dick. "Yes," agreed Tom; "there is only the one stairway l eading up here, and it is a narrow one, and the opening through the floor is small, so we can hold the place agairnt f a strong force . " "Yes-for awhile. We would have to give up sooner or l ater, however, for we have neither food nor drink." "That's so." : 'At this moment came a hail up the stairway : "Hello, up there!" "What good will that do you if you lose your own lives in the end?" "We will be doing some good for the cause . " "Bah! Only fools sell their lives for the go od of a 'cause.' " "That is the way you look at it, perhaps, but not the w ay we look at it." "It is the only way to look at the matter." "I might so regard it i.f I were fighting in the same cause as the one you are fighting in." " 0 h, surrender, and come down and permit you rselves to be found." "And tied to the water wheel, I suppose!" "No, if you will surrender we will leave that out." "Thank you!" "We will take you to Hillsborough and turn you over to the commander there." "That would mean death, just the same." "Oh, not necessarily . " "Yes, it would." "Well, what's the difference? It means death, anywn if you don't surrender." ''Yes, but it means the death of some of your men as well, and the other way it would not mean that." "I'm not so sure of what you say being true, you blasted rebel. I think we can manage to capture you without ex posing ourselves in such a manner as will lead to the death of some of us." "All right; if you think that, go ahead . " "You won't surrender then?" "No!" ' ' Very well." Dick now turned to Tom and said : "Take up a position near the stairway, Tom; shoot the first man that shows his head at the opening in the floor.' ' "I will, Dick !" determinedly. "Do so. I am going to look around and see if there is not some means of escape from here . " "I don'i; think you'll find any, Dick." "Perhaps not." Tom drew two pistols and stationed himself near the opening in the floor. His teeth were set, and it was plain that he would shoot if the redcoats made it necessary . I


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. 11 Dick started on a tour of investigation. He moved slowly along the wall looking for something that might be of help to himself and Tom either in effect ing an escape or in making a fight against the redcoats and Tories. There was a window on the side opposite the river, but it was a sheer drop of twenty feet or more to the ground, and then there were the redcoats standing there waiting, weapons in hand. If the two were not killed by the dl'Op they would be captured or killed by the redcoats. Dick worked his way on around till he was on the side next to the river. It was the same here . There was a window, but it would bll impossible to escape by way of it. He walked slowly across the floor, and when about the middle of the room he paused and gave u.tterance to an exclamation. "What is it, Dick?" asked Tom. 'Here is a wooden box-sbute, Tom," said Dick; "it ex t(lnds downward through the floor and slantingly through the upper part of the room below us and then through the wall, and sticks out four or five feet on the outside. I remember noticing it." "Yes-,'' said Tom, questioningly; "it was used by the J ohnsons to get rid of trash that accumulated here, I sup pose. Likely they threw it into the shute and it shot down ward and out into the river." "Exactly," said Dick; "and, Tom, why can't we do the same thing?" "What!" Tom! "you mean for us to--" ''Get into the shute and slide down and out into the river!', CH.APTER VIII. DOWN THE SHUTE. Totn Davis stared at Dick as well as he was able by the faint light from the moon shining through the two win dows. "Say, that will be-dangerott , won't it!" he exclaimed. "Perhaps; but it won't be so dangerous as for us to per mit ourselves to be captured." "I s uppose not." "No. But before we do this we will eee if we can't kill a redcoat or two." "Why not get away at once, Dick?" "There is no hurry, my boy; now that I feel sure of a way of getting ottt of the mill when we wish I fee1 like doing the enemy some damage. That is one of my rules to do the British damage ltt every oppottunity, Tom." "Well, I don't biame you for wahtifig to get a lick at them, after what they were going to do to yott." "It isn't that so much 1s it is that I aim to injure the enemy all that I possibly can and at every possible oppor tunity." The redcoats and Tories had removed Dick's pistols, and so now he told Tom to give him two of bis. "I'll attend to the work in hand, Tom," he said; "you take up your position here by the mouth of the shute and when I say the word get in and slide down." ".All right, Dick." , "Give me the other two pistols, too, Tom." "Very we 11." Tom handed the weapons over. Dick then went and stationed himself near the opening in the floor and waited. Presently he heard cautious footfalls. Someone was coming up the steps! The Liberty Boy cocked one of the pistols. He knew better than to look down through the opening. He had no doubt that the man coming had a pistol in his hand, and was watching for some such move on the part of the rebels. • "I'll fool him," thought Dick. "I'll let him do the dangerous thing ; and he will have to take the conse quences." The sound of the footfalls grew louder and plainer to be heard. He strained his eyes and watched closely. Suddenly a hand and arm came up through the opening. In the hand was a pistol. Craek! There was a loud report, a flash of fire, and a bullet whistled within two inches of Dick. "Oho! so that's your game, eh?" cried Dick; "take that!" He threw his arm out straight. Crack! There was another report, a flash of fire, and this was followed by a loud yell, and then by thumps on the steps as of a body falling. And this was what it was. The bullet from Dick's pistol had hit the redcoat in the shoulder and he had gone tum bling down the steps. He alighted on his head and shoul ders on tl;ie floor and was rendered insensible. "Did you kill him?" cried Tom. "I don't know," was the calm reply; "but I am pretty sure that I hit him." "Yes, I'm sure of that." "You blasted rebel, we will hang you for that!" came up from below in an angry voice. "Catching before hanging, you know!" retorted Dick. He thought of the shttte, and how hin1self and comrade were pretty sute of being able to get away at the last mo ment, and felt pretty independent. "We'll catch you, never fear," was the reply from low; "you can't escape us." "That remains to be seen." "So it does; but your own common sense, if you have any, ought to tell you that you cannot get away." "I think I have a little common sense, and it hasn't told me that I. cannot get away."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. ' "I guess you are more 0 a fool than I thought you." "That remains to be seen; it is my opinion that you and y o ur comrades will turn out to be the ools." " B ah I I will waste no more words on you." , wise resolution," laughed Di ck. T hen Dick heard the officer say to hi s companions, in a ritern v o ice : ; " Get ready, men. We will go up the s teps, one ater another, as fast as we can, and we will qui c kly overpower the two scoundrelly rebels!" Dick made his way to Tom s side. "I gue s s it is about time for u s to take the slide, he said. "That's what I think, Dick." "I'm going to fire the three pi s tols off down the stairway, Tom. We \\ ill want the loads out beore we take the plunge into the river, anyway." "That's s o." Dick ha s tened back to the opening in the floor and :fired the pistol s down through it. A yell 0 pain followed the s econd s hot, and he judged that he had wounded one of the redcoat s . Then h e ha s tened back and rejoined Tom . "Shall I go fir st?" Tom a s ked. "Yes; you can swim, 0 course?" "Like a duck." "Very well; go ahead, then, and don't be afraid." Tom climbed into the mouth 0 the shute, eet first. "Hold your breath as you go down, Tom." ''All right." "When you come up after the plunge s t rike out or the farther side of the river." "Very well. " "I'll do the same, and once we are over' there we will be safo from the redcoats." "So we will; well, I'm going now, Dick." "Good by and good lu c k." "Good by; the same to you, Di ck." Steps were heard on the s tain ; at thi s moment, and Die!\ said: ' ' Quick! Away with y ou, Tom ! They're c oming!" Tom let go hi s hold on the s ides o:f' th e i;hut e a nd s hot down the i:;lanting boxe d-in affair lik e a flas h. He was out 0 s ight in s tantly. Dick climbed into the opening and lowe red himself till only his head was above the edge 0 the opening. The footstep s and voice s 0 the redcoats were h e ard plain ly now, and it was evident that the men would be in the room in a ew moment s . Dick let go bis hold and shot down the shut e like a shot. It was a mos t peculiar s ensation that came over him as he slid down the s hute. The blood seemed to come to his head in a wave. This was only for an instant, and then he s hot out into the open air and on c1own towa r d the water in the stream below. Ile struck the water with a splash and went under out of sight. When he came up he struck out toward the farther shore, a n d he was glad to see Tom just climbing up the bank. "He got through all right," thought Dick. He swam strong l y, and was soon at the farther ohore. He climbed out and up the bank, and was soon standing beside Tom. B oth were 1shivering, for it was the month of February; but the cold was noth i ng compared to what it would have been in the North . There was not even a thin sheet oi ice on the water. The weather had been very mild , m en for the winter. The two grasped each other' s hands and shook hands heartily. "We are all right , Tom! ' ' said Dick. "So we are , Dick." "How did you happen io come to the .mill at such an opportune time?" "Why, sister Luc y got home with some newo, and I came at once to tell you, as you told me to do. " "Ah, I see.'; CHAPTER IX. DISAPPOINTED REDCOATS. " W here are the rebels, anyway?" ''That is the q u estion." "They must be here somewh e re.' ' "Perhaps they are up in the cupola." "Go up there and see, some of you.'' "All right . " "And someone go down and bring up a light." "That' s so; with a lantern we will be able to find the scoundrels quickly . " The redcoat s had reached the upper room 0 the mill arnl had looked all around, only to :f'ail 0 finding the rebels. They c ould not und e r s tand it. Two o:f' their number went up into the cupola, but, of course, fail e d to find the rebels th e re . They c ame back down and r e ported thio fad. "Where can the s coundrels be?" th e c aptain growled. "They mus t be in this room s omewhere; the y could not have g ot away." , "I wis h that f ellow would hurry with the lantern." "He' s coming now. " A few moments later the redcoat appear e d with the lan t ern and a thorough search wa$ mad e o:f' the room; but no where were the rebels to be found. "They have disappeared most mys teriously," the captain said. "I don't understand it." "Can they have leaped out o:f' one oI the windows?" queried one. "No; that would have been death to them. The n , too,


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. 13 the windows are :;hut, and they would not have bothered to "How was that?" in surprise. close them." The soldier told him and all listened with amazement. ''Then where are they?" "We supposed that the rebels had been capturetl," said "Yes, what has become of them?" one, when they had heard all. The captain shook bis head and looked gloomily at the The Tories were present also, and it transpired that they floor. were leaders in that vicinity, and that they were the organ"I'm sure I don't know," he replied; "but I would give izers of companies that were to join the British army at a good deal to lmow. I hate to think that that fellow, Dick Hillsborough. • Slater, has outwitted me and made his escape." Meanwhile Dick and Tom were making their way toward The men stood there looking questioningly and somewhat Tom's home. sheepishly at one another. They felt cheap, and looked it, They went up the river perhaps a third of a mile and too. then swam across it and started toward the youth's home. Suddenly one of the soldiers uttered an exclamation and They ran in order to keep their blood in circulation, ancl strode to the opening of the shute and stood looking down thus they counteracted the chill that kept trying to take into it. Then he got clown upon his knees and looked down hold of them. the shutc. They did not talk much as they went, but the distance The others were looking at him curiously. was not great, and it did not take them long anyway. "Herc's how your rebels escaped, captain !" he exelaimed. . When they got to the Davis home Mrs. Davis and Lucy "How?" 'l'he captain strode to the spot and looked ingave utterance to cries of amazement and concern when quiringly at the soldier and then at the opening. they saw the water-soaked clothing of the two. "Down this shute," said the soldier, pointing; "that'.s "Where have you been?" cried the woman. the way the rebels e caped!'' "You are wet as drowned rats!" from Lucy. The soldiers crowded around the opening and starccl "We have been in the river," said Tom; "but we arc down it. chilly, and will change our clothes at once. Come to my The captain smacked his fist into his hand and uttered room, Dick; I have some old clothing there that will do for an angry exclamation. us temporarily." "Of course! Thafs how it was done!'' he cried; "but 1 They went to Tom's room, and while changing clothing they must be daring scoundrels, to risk their lives in such Dick said to Tom: a manner!'" "Don't you think it likely that the redcoats and Tories "Well, they looked upon it as being almost sure death are going to hold a council in the old mill?" if they remained," aid one of the soldiers; "and this was a "Yes, I think it likely," was the reply. chance to escape, and they took it." "Then it is probable that they will be there quite awhile." "I guess you are right. Well, back downstairs, all of "yes." you!" with sudden animation. "Perhaps we may succeed "I'll tell you what I am going to do, Tom; I am going in getting hold of them yet. They may have been injured to go to the encampment and bring the boys as quickly as by the fall." possible, and we will go to Johnson's Mill and see if we The redcoats hastened back downstairs and out and to can capture the redcoats and Tories." the bank of the river. "That's a good plan." They looked all around, but nowhere could they see any "Yes; we may be too late in getting to the mill, but again signs of the two daring rebels. it is possible that we may succeed." They had disappeared. "You are right." The redcoats looked up at the mouth of the shute and They hastened back to the sitting-room and told Tom's then measured the distance from it to the water. mother and sister what they intended trying ta. do. "It was a safe enough venture," said the captain; "they "But I forgot," said Dick; "you have some information struck in the water, and of course were not likely to be in.. for me, Miss Lucy?" I jured." "Yes, Mr. Slater; but it will keep-at least for a few "And undoubtedly they were good swimmers," said anhours. I feel sure that there is no hurry about your know-other. ing it; there will be plenty 0 time to attend to the matter." "Yes, there can be no doubt about that." "All right; I am willing to risk your judgment in the They talked awhile longer and then went into the mill. matter, so wpl go ahead and attend to this affair, as it is The captain went to the door at the other side and called urgent, and will then hear what you have to tell me. Come, • to the soldiers. Tom-but, after all, there is no need of both of us going "Oome in, men," he said. to the encampment." '!'hey did so, and when they entered they looked around "That's so," said Tom; "you stay here and bear what inquiringly. Sis has to " say, and I will go and bring the boys." "Where are the prisoners?" asked one. "All right; tell them I sent you, and that they are to "They got away," said another. come at once."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. "Very well, Dick." Tom the house and hastened away in the direction of the encampment. Then Dick turned to Lucy and said : "Now tell me what you learned at Hillsborough, Miss Lucy." "Very well, Mr. Slater; I heard that Colonel 'rarleton . and his band of troopers were going over into the Cape Fear River r'1gion to organize a regiment of partisan troops." "Ah, indeed! When are they going?" "The day after to-morrow." Dick pondered a few moments and then nodded. "Yes, there is time enough," he said, as if speaking to himself; "I can get word to General Greene and he will be able to send a force to head Tarleton off." Then he thanked Lucy and complimented her on having secured such valuable information. CHAPTER X. CAPTAIN SHELDON SHOOTS THE SHUTE. "We got here just as quick as we could, Dick !" "I will wager that you did, Bob!" "YeR; and now where are those redcoots and Tories, anyway?" "About a mile and a half from here, at Johnson's Mill, on the Neuse River." 'l'he Liberty Boys had arrived at the Davis home. They were panting, and it was evident that they had come as fast as they could. "You must have hurried, Tom," said Dick. "Well, I did move along pretty lively, Dick," with a smile. "And now we must all move along lively; if we do so we may succeed in getting to the old mill before the redcoats and Tories get away." "Lead the way and we will be right at your heels, Dick," said Mark 1\Iorrison. "Come," said Dick, and he struck out, the youths fol lowing. They made their waJ along through the timber, and half art hour later came to the edge of the opening in which stood the mill. 'rhey looked across at the mill eagerly and with interest. Wete the redcoats and Tories still there? Had they come too late? This remained to be seen. Dick gave thr youths their instructions. They were to surround the mill a'R quickly and quietly as possible, ab.11 then he would !tdvance and demand that the inmates of the mill-if there were any-should surrender. The youths put this plan into operation. They were expert at work of this kind, and soon hatl the mill surrounded, save for the side next to the river. They stayed close io the ends of the mill, however, and had any redcoati:; or 'l'ories come forth they would hava had to sur render or be shot down. this movement had been executed Dick advanced toward the mill and paused fiity yards away and called out: "Hello!" There was no reply. Again he called out, loudly: "Hello!" There was a brief silence and then a voic'\ said in reply: "Hello, yourself; what de you want?" ''I want that you shall surrender!" "What!" "You heard what I said." "I know; but aren't you a bit impudent and presumptuom1 ?" "I don't t11ink so." "Why should I listen to such a demand from you? Who are you, anyway, and where is your force to hack up your demand?" Dick and called out: "Show yourselves, boys." The moon harl come out from behind clouds and was shining now, and as the Liberty Boys stepped out they were plain to be seen. ThPy stoocl there a Iew moments, and then Dick waved his hand and said : "That will do; go back." The youths disappeared as if by magic. Then Dick turned toward the mill and called out: "Do you surrender?" There was a brief silence and then came the voice in reply: "No!" "You are foolish." "Why so?" "For refusing to surrender. I happen to know that there are not to exceed twenty men in the mill, and what can they do against my one hundred?" "A great deal, I fancy." "I don't think so." "I clo; you forget that we have the protection of the walls of the mill. To injure us you will have to enter, and. I don't think you will find that an easy task." ''It may not be exactly Dn easy task, but it is one that we will accomplish, if you force us to do so by refusing to surrender; and then it will be bad for you." ,"All right; we will risk it. We would be fools to surren der when we have such a goodly force and have the ad Yantage of such a strong position." "As you like; you will be sorry that you did not surren der, however, before you get through with this affair." "I guess not." Dick turned and statted back the edge oI the timber, and as he did so a musket-shot rang out. The


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. 15 bullet did not come anywhere near him, but he turned and said: "Cowards!" Then he turned again and walked calmly on till he reached the timber. "Say, that fellow tried to get you, old man," said Bob Estabrook. "Yes, but he failed." "So he did." "What are you going to do, Dick?'' asked Mark Morri son. "I hardly know, as yet, what we will do. I hate to make a direct attack, for that will give them a chance to do us considerable harm." "'l'hat's so; but I don't see what else you can do." "Neither do I-as yet. I will think the matter over, however, a bit." At this moment the Liberty Boys at the ends of the mill gave utterance to yells and then crack, crack! went the muskets. "The reclcoats are trying to make their escape!" cried Dick; "come, boys ! " , He ran toward the end of the mill and the Liberty Boys ran after him pell mell. They divided, some going toward one end of the building and some toward the other, and when they got there they found the youths who had already been there standing, muskets in hand, watching the mouth of the slmte eagerly. "Two redcoats came down nnd out of that shute,'' said Ben Spurlock; "we shot at them, but they went so quickly that we missed them, and they swam under water till they got out of range." "Quick I Around to the rear of the mill, boys!" cried Dirk; "they will try to make a dash and escape while our i:.ttention is attracted here." The youths whirled and ran around the end of the mill, and sure enough, the redcoats and Tories were out and making a dash for the timber. "Fire ! " cried Dick. The youths obeyed. • Crash I Roar ! The volley rang out loudly, and then clown tumbled hali a dozen of the enemy. Yells of anger went up from the others, but they did not pause. They realized only too well that they were so greatly out numbered that they could not hope to contend with the rebels, so they kept on running. The Liberty Boys brought their pistols into use and fired two volleys, and while they probably wounded some more of the redcoats and Tories, they did not bring any of them down. The youths chased the enemy to the edge of the timber and then paused, for they realized that it would be impossi ble to catch the fugitives. They went back and looked at the six fallen men. The entire six were dead. "We will bury them," said Dick. A grave was dug with knives and then the bodies were placed in the excavation and covered over. "I am sorry that we let them get away from us," said Dick, referring to the main body of redcoats and Tories. "Yes, it is too bad," agreed Bob. "Still we would probably have lost a number of lives in trying to capture them," continued Dick. "Likely enough; perhaps it is as well to have it the. way it is." "Perhaps so." TJ1e youths then set out and were soon at the Davis home. They remained there only a little while and then made their) way onward to their encampment. / CHAPTER XI. THE CAPTAIN REPORTS. "Halt! Who comes there?" "F --friends." "Advance, friends, and give the countersign." "It i-is'd-down w-with r-r-ebels." "Pass on." ( , One of the sentinels on duty at the edge of the British encampment at Hillsborough had challenged two men who had appearetl before him, and they had given the counter sign, as we have seen. The two in question were a captain and private, and they were soaking wet. They were indeed no other than the two who had slid down the shute and made their escape from the old mm when it was surrounded by the Liberty Boys. They now passed on into the town and hastened to their respective quarters to change their for they were chilly and their teeth were chattering. The captain was about as mad a man as one could have found in a long search. He had made his escape when escape had seemed practically impossible, true, but the cir cumstil,nces of his escape had been so unpleasant that he was all out of sorts. "I owe that confounded Captain Slater and his Liberty Boys a big debt," he mused; "and I am going to pay it, if such a thing is possible!" As soon as he had changed clothing he left his quarters and made bis way to headquarters. He told the orderly that he wished to see General Corn wallis on urgent business. He was shown into the general's private room. The British commander was alone, and he nodded to the visitor and said : "Ah, Captain Sheldon, be seated." The captain saluted and took the seat indicated. '(General Cornwallis," said the captain, "I have just returned from Johnson's MiloJ.."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. The officer nodded. "I knew that you had gone there to confer with some loyalists,'' he said. ' "You are right, sir; 1 found the men there, but while we were engaged in conversation some rebels came and sur rounded the mill." General Cornwallis started and looked at the speaker in amazement. "You don't say so!" he exclaimed. "I do, sir." "How many of the rebels were there?" "About one hundred." "What! So many as that?" "Yes." "Then how did you manage to escape?" The captain narrated the manner of his escape and the general listened with interest. "Well, you certainly have plenty of courage and deter mination, Captain Sheldon!" he said, when he had heard all; "that was a daring feat that you performed." "Well, I was determined that the rebels should not cap me, sir," with an air of pleasure because of the praise. "And you say that the rebels were the Liberty Boys, Cap tain Sheldon?" asked the general. "Yes, sir; the Liberty Boys, under Dick Slater, the fa mous rebel scout and spy." "I didn't know they were in the South." "Well, the man who escaped from the mill at the same time I did told me they were the Liberty Boys, and he says that he knew Dick Slater well in the North." General Cornwallis looked frowningly at the fire. "That means that we are to be bothered a lot, Captain Sheldon," he said. "Do you think so?" "Yes, I know Dick Slater of old. He is one of the bravest, shrewdest, most determined fellows that I have ever seen. His Liberty Boys, too, are all very much like him, and in a fight they are dangerous in the extreme." "Then, sir, the proposition that I have come here to make ought to meet with your approval." "What is the proposition?" "It is this: That I take a force and .go up in the neigh borhood of Johnson's Mill and try to capture the Liberty Boys." The general looked thoughtfully into the fire. "You might try that, Captain Sheldon," he said, slowly; "but unless you have better luck than has attended the efforts of others who have tried the same plan you will not succeed." "I can at least try." "Yes, you can try." "Then you give your permission?" eagerly. "Yes." "How many men may I have?" "As many as you want." "I judge that I hacl better take at least two hundred." "You had better take four hundred." This was said quietly, and the captain stared at his superior officer in amazement. "Do you mean it?" he asked. "I do." "You think that I will need four hundred men in order to go against one hundred rebels?" "Yes." "But, General Cornwallis, I shall take along British soldiers, veterans who know all about the game of war and who do not know the meaning of the word fear." General Cornwallis nodded. "I know," he said; "but you will need the number I have mentioned, just the same." The captain looked skeptical. "I don't understand how that can be possible," he said; "if I were up in front of the one hundred Liberty Boys with one lrnndred British grenadiers and could not whip them, and whip them good, then I would be willing to resign from the army and retire to private life." The general smiled. "I understand just how you feel, captain," he said; "I have known others who have felt the same way and made just such statements as you have made. It is a bit hard on one's pride to have to admit it, but the fact remain.:::, neverthelese, that those Liberty Boys are remarkable fel lows. They are young, lively, brave, and when it is neces sary are utterly reckless. My word for it, Captain Sheldon, you will find use for each and every one of the four hun dred men, veterans though they may be." The captain stared a few moments, and then, realizing that his superior officer was in earnest, he said: '•Very well, sir; I will bow to your judgment and take the four hundred men." "It is not a matter of judgment, captain; it is knowledge born of experience and observation. I have seen the work of those Liberty Boys on more than one battlefield. I have seen more than one battle won by a bold stroke on the part of the Liberty Boys. They are wonderful fellows." "They must be !" "They are, and I caution you, Captain Sheldon, to not hold them too lightly. They are very, very dangerous." ''I am willing tp take your word for it, sir. I will not hold the Liberty Boys too cheaply." "When will you go on this expedition, captain?'' "I think that I will go this very night, sir." "Have you any plan in mind?" "I have." "Let me hear what ii is, captain. Two heads are fre quently better than one, and I may be able to make some suggestions that will aid you and make your plan more likely to succeed." • "Very well, sir; I will tell you my plan. It thiR: I am going to go to J olmson's Mill and have my men take llp their quarter in it. It is a large, rambling building, with , plenty of room." "Go on,'' n0<1c1ec1 the general. "When we have gotten into position," continued the


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. captain, "I will manage lo get information to the Liberty Boys-through help from a son of some leading loyalistto the effect that a small force of British is in the mill. Then the rebels will come with the intention of capturing us and we will get them instead." The general nodded assent. "The plan is all right," he said; "if you can carry it out to a successful issue." "I will do my best to do so, sir." CHAPTER XII. GEORGE GALE. "Ah!" exclai,med Dick. "They were talking o.f a meeting that is to be held to night . " "What kind of a meeting?" "There are to be redcoats and Tories there, sir-a lot of them." "Where is the meeting to be held?" "At Johnson's Mill." "Ah!" breathed Dick, and the other Liberty Boys looked at one another eagerly. Dick was thoughtful a few moments and then said : "Have you any idea how many redcoats and Tories are to be at Johnson's Mill?" "I think there will be about fifty." Dick nodded. "We can handle that number, eh, boys?" he s aid. "I want to see your commander." "Yes, yes! We can handle doub1e that number!" ''Oh, you do?" Dick turned again to the boy. "Yes." "Do you know at what hour they will gather at the "Who are you?" mill?" "My name is George Gale." "I think they said about eight o'clock." "Where do you 1ive?" "Very good; we will be there soon after eight." "About three miles from here." Dick a$ked the boy a number more questions and JlCeived "What do you want, anyway? Why do you wish to see prompt answers to them. the commander?" When he had learned all that the boy had to tell he "I have something to tell him." thanked the young fellow heartily, and told him that he "Something of . importance?" might go. "Yes." "We will capture the redcoats and Tories," said Dick; It was about the mi dclle of the forenoon._ A boy of, per I "and to you will belong the major portion of the credit." haps :fifteen years had appeared at the Liberty Boys en"Oh, no," was the reply; "I have only done my duty." campment and had addressed the sentinel as above. Then he said goodby and took his departure. Sam Sanderson, the sentinel in question, looked at the 1 The moment the boy was out of hearing Dick turned to boy searchingly for a few moments and then said: the youths and said: "Go on into the camp and ask for Dick Slater." ''I'm going to follow him. You boys remain here till I "All right, and thank you." return. Be ready to start when I get here." The boy who had given his name as George Gale walkec1 "What do you think, Dick?" asked Bob. "Do you think on into the encampment as directed. the boy is fooling us?" He was not a bad-looking boy, but there was not so much "I don't know, Bob, but I want to be sure. There was of frankness in his face and bearing as was the case with something about his appearance that impressed me with a the majority of the Liberty Boys. feeling of vague mistrust." The youths looked at him curiously and somewhat searc.h"Strange, but I had such a feeling also." ingly as he appeared among them. ''Well, I'll know about the matter for certain before I He paused near a group surrounding a campfire and said: come back." "I wish to see Dick Slater." "You will have hard work following him without his One of the youths pointed to a group at another campknowledge, Dick." fire a short distance away. , ' 'Yes, but I think I can do it." "There is Dick Slater," he said. Then he set out in the direction taken by the boy. The boy walked over and paused near Dick, who looked He was careful to shield his form behind trees and to at him inquiringly. move carefully so as to avoid being seen in case the boy "You wish to speak to me?" he asked. looked back. "Yes, if you are Dick Slater." On the two moved through the timber. "That is my name; an cl yours?" When they had gone a mile or so Dick noted that the "George Gale. I have some information for you." boy was heading toward Johnson's :Mill. "What is it?" "Is he going there, I wonder?" the youth asked him" I will tell you. I live only half a mile from a man who self . . is a strong Tory, and I was over there last hight and over-It certainly looked as if the old mill was the boy's inheard him and some more Tories talking." tended desti'1ation.


18 THE LIBERrry BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. Dick shook his heacl and a look of distrust appeared on his face. "I begin to believe that the boy is a Tory, and that he hai:i been used by the redcoats as a tool to lure us into the enemy's power," the Liberty Boy said to himself. He congratulated himself on having followed the boy. "I shall be able to learn the truth without cloubt," he told himself; "and if it is a trap we will be able to avoid it." When the boy was perhaps a third of 8: mile from tl1e old mill he was suddenly confronted by a girl. He stopped and began talking to the girl, and from the way he ges tured Dick guessed that he was somewhat excited. "I wish I could hear what they are saying," said Dick to himself. He hastened forward and the two were so intent on their own affairs that they did not hear or see Dick, and he man aged to get up to within twenty-five feet of them; here, ensconced behind a tree, he watched and listened. He noted that the girl was seemingly about seventeen or eighteen years of age, and that she was quite pretty. He also learned after listening a few moments that she was the boy's sister. "Now do tell me where you have been, George!" Dick heard the girl say, earnestly. "Ob, what difference does it make to you, Dora?" the boy replied. "A good deal, George." "Well, I am not going to tell you." "I kn 'ow where you have been," said the girl, after a few moments of silence. "Where, then?" "To the encampment of the patriots-the Liberty Boys.;' "Say, Dora, you've been_ listening!" cried the boy. "Yes, I li stened this morning when that British captain was talking to you," was the reply; "and I intended b follow you when you went away, but you got started while I was helping mother, and I couldn't get on your track. I want you to me where the Liberty Boys are en camped." The boy la11ghed. "Find out where their encampment is, the same as I had to do," he said. ''All right, I will !" in a determined voice. The boy became angry. "See here, Sis," he said; "you don't want to go to trying to spoil the plans of British ! Tl1ey are our friends, and--" "They are no friends of mine, George," interrupted the girl; "I am a patriot." "Well, the best thing you can do is to go home and not try to interfere, Dora." "Why didn't you stay at home and not interfere?" was the spirited reply. "That's different; I'm a man." "Well, I'm a woman , and I have as much right to my views and sympatlitifils a5 you have to yours."• "See here, Sis, you're not going to go off and Wl/-rn those Liberty Boys," cried the bOy; "I won't let you. You have got to either go home or else go to the mill with me, and then Captain Sheldon will keep you there a prisoner till after they 11ave captured the Liberty Boys." "Would you want that I should be taken prisoner and held in that manner, George?" exclaimed the girl. "Yes; if you refuse to go home and behave yourself and keep out 0 th_ is affair." "Well, I do refuse!" spiritedly; "and I am not going home, nor am I going to the mill with you." "Where are you going, then?" "To the Liberty Boys' encampment to warn them of their danger." The boy gave utterance to an angry exclamation. "You will do no such thing, Dora !'' he cried. "Yes, I will!" Tl10 girl was spirited and determined. George Gale glared at his sister. "Dora, you have got to go home I" be said, angrily. "I am not going!" "Then you will have to go to the mill with me!" and he seized her by the wrist. At this moment Dick stepped into view. "Dick Slater!" George exclaimed, aghast. ,. CHAPTER XIII. DORA GALE'S GOOD WORK. Dick smi led. "Yes ; you weren't looking for me, "were you ?" "No! H-how d-did you g-get here?" It was evident that the boy was frightened. The girl was staring at Dick with a look of commingled wonder and delight. "I walked here, the same way you did," said Dick. "And you-did you-have you--" "I know that you were trying to help the redcoats cap ture myself and Liberty Boys, George," said Dick, quietly. The boy turned pale. He looked around him as if con templating taking refuge jn flight, but Dick tapped his pistol and frowned, and said: ' "Don't try it, George. You are my prisoner, and you will lose your life if you attempt to escape." "Be careful, George!" said his sister. Dick now motioned to the two and said: "Walk along in front of me." "Where do you w:mt us to go?" asked the boy. "To the home of Mrs. Davis. You know the way there?" "Yes." "All right; go along." The two walked in the direction indicated, and Dick kept


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOE:NSON'S MILL. 19 close at their heel:s. He was turning over in his mind a plan .for the undoing of the redcoats. When they reached. the Davis home Dick knocked on the door. It was opened by Lucy, who gave utterance to an excla mation o.f surprise. "\Yhy, .Mr. Slater!" tihe cried; "untl George and Doral Where did you come from r" The two smiled in rather a half-hearted manner and ma1]e no reply. "Go 01!-in," said Dick, antl the two obeyed. Then he entered ancl Mr.;. Davis came and greeted them. Dick now explained matters ancl then Raid to George: "I am going to make a prisoner of you, my boy." George turned pale, but off creel no remonstrance. Dick asked for a piece o. rope and Lucy brought l1im I one . He lied George's wrists together behind his back am1 then turned to Mrs. Davis. "I to leave George here all day," he said; . "will you let him stay?'' "Yes,'' was the reply. Then Dick turned to the boy and &aid, smilingly: 'You ought to be a patriot, like your sister, my boy; then you would be all right." "I'm all right anyway,'' was the somewhat sullen reply; "Sis will be sorry or the way she has acted to-day.'1 The girl shook her head. "I don't think so," she i:mid; "but I should think you would iie sorry for the way' you have acted, George." "I'm not, he said, somewhat sullenly . "You may have the uHe of Tom's room, Mr. Slater,., said Mrs. Davis. "Come, George," said Dick. He conducted the prisoner to the upstairs l'oom occupied by Tom Davis when he waR at home and locked him in. Then he went back llownstairs and found Lucy and Dora talking earnestly tugethcr. He achnncccl ancl sat clown and addressell Dora, half apologetically: "I am sorry, for your sake . )Iiss Dora, that I have been forced to make a prisoner of your brother." "That is all right, Mr. Slater," was the reply; "I am glad that you have discovered that a trap has been set for you. I should have felt very bad, indeed, if it had suc ceeded and my brother had been instrumental in bringing it about." ''Well, now that I know the trap we shall be able to.avoid entering it; more, we may be able to turn the tables on our enemies." "Oh, I hope that you may do so !" said Lucy. "A.nil RO do I!" from Dora. "With your help we may he able to clo so," said Dick. "Anything that I can do will be cheerfully clone." Raid Dora. "Very good; there is thiR that yol1 can do. You can go to the old tnilJ ancl tell the captain that your brothet saw ' the Liberty Boys and that they will be on hand this evening at about nine o'clock." ''I will do it, sir." "That will keep the redcoats quiet in the mill all day." ''But what i. the captain asks where my brother is?" •Tell him that he is at home and that he is not well and could not come and make his report." ''Very well." "You are sure that you are not afraid?" asked Dick. "I am sure I am not afraid, sir." "Very _good; then you may do this." "And may I come back here?" "Why, certainly, if you wish." "I do wish it." ' "You must be careful not to let the redcoats s uspect that you are not going home, however, for they might suspect something was out of the way." "I will go in the other direction till I am out of sight of the rer1coats. They will think that I am going home." "That will h e a good plan." They talked awhile longer, and then Dora said she would go ancl attend to her errand . "There is no hurry," saicl Dick. So they chatted an hour longer, and then the girl took her departure, Dick accompanying her. "I will go with you to the edge of the timber and will stay ther e till you come hack from the mill," he said. "Thank you,'' lhc girl said. It was evident that she felt glad to haye Dick accompauy her. When they reached the cclge of the open ground sur rounding the mill Dick paused, and after exchanging a few words with the girl and encouraging her, permitted her to go on to the mill. He saw her enter the mill and then stood there waiting and watching with as much patience as he could command. Half an hour elapsed-it seemed more like half a day to the youth-and then he saw Dora emerge from the mill anc.l come acrm;s toward the point where he was in hiding. When she joined him she gave him a bright smile and nodded and said: "I succeeded in pulling the wool over their eyes, Mr. Slat er . Thes did not suspect that I was deceiving them." "You have done well, Miss Dora," said Dick. CHAPTER XIV. REINFORCEMENTS FOR THE LIBERTY BOYS. When Dick and Dora got back to the Davis home they found the Liberty Boys there. They also found a s1.1:1all force consisting 0 about one hundred patriot soldiers who gotten lost from the main patriot army during the wilcl race across North Carolina when Cornwallis 11nd his army was after them. This little force had two field


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. pieces, and in the ammunition-boxes was plenty of powder and balls. After greeting the commander of this party, Dick had a talk with him. "I am glad that you got here just at this time, Captain Hart," said Dick. "Is that so ?" "Yes; we Liberty Boys have some work on hand, and you will be able to render us material assistance." "I am glad of that." "Those field-pieces will come in handy, too." "Is that so?" "Yes; I am sure that they will aid us greatly." Then he explained that a party of about four hundred British soldiers were hidden in an old mill not far away. "They think that we don't know how many are there," Dick went on; "and their scheme is to lure us to them, when they mean to capture us." "I see; they think that they have deceived you into be-lieving that tl1ere are only a few there." "That is it exactly." "How did you find out different?" Dick told him and then went on: "There is a hill about half a mile from the old mill, and my plan is that we take the field-pieces up there and plant them, and then, after our combined forces have taken up a position surrounding the mill, we will open on the enemy and either force them to surrender or else knock the mill to pieces." ' Captain Hart nodded. "That is a good plan," he said. "I think so. The redcoats think that they are going to trap us, but they are destined to be given an unpleasant surprise." Having come to an understanding with the captain, DicK: gave orders for the soldiers to get ready for work. He told them what they were to do and then set out with the major portion of the force for the old mill. Captain Hart and a sufficient number of men set out for the hill , on top of which the two field-p:ieces were to be planted. Tom Davis went with this party as guide. Dick had instructed Tom to come and let l1im know as ;:;oon as the two cannon were in position. Dick and his force soon arrived at a point near the old mill. The work of surrounding the mill-that is, partly sur rounding it, from the river around to the river in a circle-was at once begun. This occupied perhaps half an hour of time. The move having been made, Dick waited patiently for the coming of Tom with the news that the cannon were in position. Half an hour passed, and then Tom put in an appear ance. "Captain Hart said for me to tell you that he is ready business, Dick," said Tom. "All right; then I will have a few words with the red coats." Dick stepped out from among the trees and advanced till he was within fifty yards of the mill. He relt sure that scores, perhaps hundreds, of eyes were upon him. He paused and, standing with a white handkerchief held so that it could be seen, thus representing a flag or truce, he called out : "I wish to see the commanding officer of the force in the mill." There was no reply. Dick waited a few minutes and then again called out : "I wish to have a talk with the commanding officer." Again he waited, and at the end of two or three minutes , the door opened and a British officer wearing the uniform of a captain stepped forth and advanced toward Dick. Dick did not know the British captain's name, but Tecog nized him as being the same man tha,t had been on the point of putting him to .death by tying him to the water-wheel. The officer paused when within a few of Dick and looked at him superciliously : "So it is you, Dick Slater, is it?" he remarked. "Yes, it is I," was the quiet reply. "What do you want?" Dick smiled and nodded approvingly. "That is getting down to the business in !land without any foolishness," he said. "I am glad to see that you axe so practical." "Oh, never mind that!" irritably. "Tell me what you want." "Very well. I want you to surrender." Dick said this in the most matter-of-fact manner imaginable. The captain gasped. "What!" he cried. Dick smiled. "You seem to be surprised," he said. "Your audacity, indeed I should say impudence, is enough to cause me to fe e l surprised," was .the reply. "Cease your fooling and tell me what you really want." " I have tolcl you." The captain stared. "You don't mean that !" he said. "Oh, yes I do." The officer laughed sarcastically. "Why the mirth?" queried Dick. "If you lmew what I lmow you would laugh a,t.yourself for making such a demand." "Indeed?" "Yes; but, tell me, how many men have you, Captain . Slater?" "Enough to effect the capture of your force." Again the British officer laughed. "I am not at all alarmed," he said. "Will you surrender?" asked Dick. "No!" "You had better think twice before coming to a decision;


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON"S MILL. 21 if you refuse to surrender it will mean the death of many Close upon the heels of the boom of the . cannon a corner 0: your men." of the roof of the mill was knocked off and went flying into "I am not afraid," with a scornful smile. the river. "That is because you don't know what you have to con-'rhe Liberty Boys and the other patriot soldiers gave tend with." utterance to yells of delight. "Then tell me what I have to contend with." "That's the way to do it!" cried Bob Estabrook; "it "Very good. You have to contend with a force strong j won't take long to knock the mill all to pieces." enough to overwhelm yours, anc1 in addition to this I have Boom-m-m-m ! ' some field-pieces planted OD the hill up yonder, and if you The other piece rang out ana the ball struck the side of persist in your refusal to surrender I will proceed to knock the mill and went through. the mill to pieces." Instantly yells of pain and consternation went up from The captain stared. within the mill. Then he laughed, though not so confidently as before. "Hurrah!" cried Bob Estabrook; "that is the way to do "You arc simply boasting and trying to make an im-it! That must have killed or wounded some of the redpression by using big talk and threats," he said. coats." "Not at all; I am telling only the truth, and I mean "l.1ikely you are right," agreed Dick. just what I say." There was an interval of a few minutes, and then the The. British officer gazed searchingly at the speaker. It cannon were heard again, one close upon the heels of the was plain that he hardly knew what to think. other. Presently he came to a decision. The shots both did damage, one striking the roof and "I re:fuse to consider your demand," he said; "it is pretearing it up considerably, and the other going through posterous." the wall and causing the redcoats to give utterance to more "As you please," said Dick. yells 0 pain and rage. The captain hesitated and then said: "Jove, I guess ,that British captain will begin to think "When will this attack begin," There was something in that you meant what you said pretty soon, Dick," said Bob. the tone that told Dick the speaker did not believe that an "Yes, I guess so." attack that would be at all erious could be made. * * * * * * * * • "The attack will begin right away." "Very good; we will await the affair with interest." Then the captain laughed sarcastically. "You won't think it so funny, later on," said Dick, quietly. "Perhaps not-but I have my doubts." "You still refuse to surrender?" "Of course! That point has already been settled." "Very good." The captain turned and walked toward the mill and Dick turned and strode toward the timber. As soon as he had rejoined his men in the edge of the timber he sent the worc1 around to those who were stationeJ near the ends of the mill, telling them to be on the watch and to shoot clown all the redcoats who tried to escape on the side next to the river. Then he i::ent Tom back to the hilltop to tell Captain Hart to open fire on the old mill with the field-pieces. CHAPTER XV. T:NE FIELD-PIECES INTO PLAY. Boom-m-m! The roar of a cannon sounded on the air. Tom Davis had reached the top of the hill and had told the captain what Dick had said. The officer had at once aimed the cannon and then the piece had been discharged. Within the mill the redcoats were talking excitedly. They knew now that the rebel had told the truth when he said that he bad some field-pieces planted on the hill. They knew also that sooner or later the rebels would succeed in pounding the old mill to pieces with the solid shot if they (the redcoats) remained in the mill and refused to surrender. ,, "We must make a dash for liberty," said Captain Shel don. "That is what I think," from a lieutenant. "Yes; three of our men have been killed and two wounded already, and if we stay here it will mean that the death score will run up steadi ly." "Let's make the dash for liberty,' cried several. Crash! At this moment another solid shot came tearing through. the side of the mill and killed two men and wounded an other. "That settles it; we must get out of here!" cried the captain. "Yes, yes !" was the cry. Then the arrangements were made, and wlien all were ready the door was suddenly jerked open and the redcoats began pouring out in a stream. The British ran across the open space straight toward the timber, and when they were within fifty yards of the timber there came the crash and rattle of musketry, and the bullets fairly rained in upon them. At least two score of the redcoats went down, dead and wounded, but they did not falter.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. They kept right on coming, and they began firing their muskets as they ran. 0 course, they could not see the enemy, and fired by guess, so did not do much damage. For perhaps half an hour there was as live_ly a time there as anyone would wish to see. The British outnumbered the patriots two to one, so were enabled to force their way through the latter's lines; but they lost a goodly number 0 men while doing it. They inflicted more or less damage upon the patriots, but, not knowing the number 0 the enemy, they did not dare stop and enter into real battle. Their efforts were all toward making their escape . The Liberty Boys and the other patriot soldiers pursued the fleeing redcoats quite a distance, but as they had to stop frequently to reload their weapons they were not able to do much more damage, and presently ceased pursuing and went back. The British kept on going, nor did they until they reached Hillsborough. Leaving his men to go to their quarters and look ater the wounded among themselves, Captain Sheldon Went to headquarters to report to General Cornwallis. "My officers inform me that you and your men have re turned to qamp in a somewhat demoralized condition, Cap tain Sheldon," said the general. "What does it mean?" The captain told his story as briefly and cle.arly as possi ble. "And so your plan was a complete failure, Captain Sheldon?" when the other had finished. "Yes, sir." "How did it happen?'' The other shook his head. "I cannot tell you, sir . The rebels learned 0 our pres ence in the mill through a son 0 a loyalist who went to the Liberty Boys' encampment and pretended to be a patriot; but he told them that there were only about fifty of us in the mill. They must have learn ed differently later on, but I don't see how they did it." "Where did the rebels come rom-the ones that had the field-pieces, I mean?" "I don't know, sir; I had no idea they were in the neigh borhood until after they began firing with the field-pieces in question." General Cornwallis was disappointed and somewhat angry. ''I ear you did not exercise enough caution, Captain Sheldon," he said; "that is to say, you took too much or granted. You thouglit that because you had such a strong force you were in no danger whatever; and, too, you were too confident that your plan would succeed, and did not take into consideration the possibility that it might ail." "Perhaps you are right," was the reply; "but who would have thought 0 such a thing that there was a strong force of rebels in the vicinity, and with field-pieces at that?" "It was scarcely to be expected, of course, but it is best always to be careful and to he on your guard. You should have had scouts out, and then you would have known what was going on." "True, sir; I will know better what to do next time." "How many men did you lose?" "About seventy, sir." The general shook his head. "That is bad ! " he said; "very bad ! " The captain looked blue and down-hearted. ''l am sorry, sir, that things turned out so badly," he said. "So am I. Well, the question is, what shall we do now? I eel like punishing the rebels." "So do I." They talked quite awhile, and it was decided to send a strong force up to Johnson's l\Iill at once. The general said that he, himse1, would go and be in command 0 the force. Having made up his mind, he at once issued orders for a regiment to get ready to march. 'rhe soldiers who had been up at Johnson's l\Iill and who had had such an unpleasant experience had told others about it, and so when the order came for the regiment to get ready to march it did not occasion much surprise. The regiment selected was one 0 the best in the British army of the South. It was made up of veterans of more than one war, and they were men who would stand and fight to the death. They were individually brave, and, working together, comprised a dangerous .fighting machine. An hour later this regiment marched out of Hillsbor•' ough, and at its head was General Cornwallis himself. Captain Sheldon was beside him, for he was to act as guide. The regiment arrived at Johnson's l\Iill presently, but no signs 0 the rebels were to be seen. In the mill, how ever, were .found thirty-four wounded redcoats. Their wounds had been dressed by fairly skillful lrnnds, and on being que tioned by General Cornwallis, they . told .all about it. The rebels had buried the dead and had carried the wounded into the mill and dressed the wounds ; then, ing the wounded men that tl1eir friends would come and take care 0 them, the rebels had taken their departure. ''How :trtany of the rebels were there?" the general asked. "I should say there were about two hundted 0 them," was the reply. Captain Sheldon's underjaw dropped and he looked some what disconcerted and shamefaced. "You see," said General Cornwallis, severely, "I told you those Liberty Boys were wbnderful fighters. You fled from half your own number." CHAPTER XVI. TRYING TO OONVERT GEORGE GALE. "The redcoats have gone back to Hillsbbrough, Dick.;, "Have they ?11 11Yes.'1


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. 23 "All right; that makes it safe for us to go into camp "Ah, I see," said Dick, smiling. "That's all right, and build some fires." Tom," as the other started to say something. "I'm glad "Yes." of it. Miss Dora is a fine girl and you are a fine fellow, so Bob Estabrook had been out spying on the redcoats and it will be a good match." had just got back to where the Liberty Boys and the other George Gale grinned when he saw that he had embarpatriot soldiers, under Captain Hart, were stationed. He :r.assed Tom. had reported that the regiment of British, under General 'rhe grin encouraged Dick, and he began trying to con Cornwallis, had gone back to Hillsborough. vert the Tory boy to the patriot r talking a room and now they went downstairs. little while Dick and Tom went upstairs and to the room' "Hello, are you here yet, Sis?" said George, when he in which was the Tory boy, George Gale. saw his sister. Tom knew of George's presence there, but this was the "Yes, George." first time he had seen him. "We have about got George converted to the patriot "How are you, George?" he greeted. cause, Miss Dora," said Dick. "Hello, Tom," was the somewhat sullen reply: The girl's face lighted up. "How are you feeling?" asked Dick, cheerfully. "Oh, have you !" she exclaimed; "I am so glad!" "I'm not feeling very good," was the reply. "Don't be too greatly pleased, Dora," said George; "I "I have come to have a talk with you, and I have brought have only promised that I won't help the British any Torn along to help me. I am going to try to convert you more, that is all." to the patriot cause." "He has acknowledged that there is more than one side George shook his head. to the question, Dora," said Tom; "and that is consid"You can't do it." erable." "I think we can; what do you think, Tom?" "That's so," with a smile; "that is more than he would "I am sure that we can." He took his cue from Dick have done this morning." and decided to help all he could. Then Tom, who had heard the cannonading and the The Tory boy shook his head. rattle of the musketry during the fight between the pa"Your sister is a patriot, George," said Dick. triots and the redcoats asked about the affair. He wanted "I know that; but she is a fool for being one." to know how it came out "Oh, no." They told him, and when he heard how the redcoats had "I think so." been handled, and how they had got the worst of it he did "You are wrong; she is wise, and certainly bas the right not seem to be very sorry. idea. She is--" Presently Dick said he must be going back to the en" Bah! she is a patriot because Tom, here, is one," broke campment, and Tom drew him to one side and asked perin George. "It isn't because she thinks that the rebels are mission to come later. right; she doesn't know anything about that part of it." "All right," said Dick; "I understand the situation. You Dick gave Tom a quick, searching look, and the flush wish to be with Miss Dora awhile longer, and I can't blame that was on the youth's face was sufficient proof that there you for that. I have a sweetheart myself away up in New was something between himself and George's sister. York state, and sympathize with you."


24 THE LIBEHTY BOYS AT JOHNSON' S MILL . . 'l'om laughed and blushed, but thanked Dick, and was I haven't though.t anything about it, sir. I'm only a evidently grateful for the permission granted him to regirl, you know, and can't fight, anyway." main. , "Humph." . Dick bade the five good-night and took his departure. Captain Sheldon, of the British army, was out on a He was soon back at the encampment, and Bob Estascouting and reconnoitering expedition. He had been sent brook reported that all had been quiet while he was gone. by General Cornwallis, who had told him that if he sucThen he asked: ceeded in getting the rebels located another force would he is the programme for to-morrow, Dick? What sent out against the enemy. are we going to do, anyway?" In making his way through the timber the captain had Dick shook his head. "I haven't made up my mind as yet, Bob." "We are not going to leave this part of the country, are we?" "No, not right away." "I don't . want to go away. I would like to stay in the vicinity of Johnson's Mill. It seems to be a sort of storm center, as it were." "And that is . what you like-storins, eh?'' "Well,' I to fight the redcoats; and I believe that if we stay around the old mill awhile longer we will be able to convince the redcoats that we are a hard grist to grind." met Lucy Davis, who was, as she had said, on her way to vis:!'t her friend, Dora Gale. The above conversation had ensued, and now the captain looked at the girl with considerable admiration, and said: "J;ove, but you are pretty, Miss Davis!" "Sir!" exclaimed the girl, blushing, but much more from anger than pleasure. "I say that you are very pretty, Miss Davis; if you don't mind I will-ah-just take a kiss or two!" The captain took a step forward as he spoke, but the girl stepped quickly back, with a gesture, . and cried out: "Sir, you make a mistake! Stand back! Keep away from me!" Dick laughed. The officer seemed unabashed. He stared at the girl for . "I think we have already convinced them of hat, Bob," a few moments, and then said: he said. j "I guess you are just pretending that you don't want to "Well, by staying awhile longer and having another 1 be kissed. All girls like it, and I am sure you cannot be an fight or two }Vith them we will be able to convin c e th e m exception." of it most conclusively." , "Perhaps you are right, sir, in part. It is possible that "We will sta_y till Colonel Lee and his troopers get all girls like to be kissed-when the right person comes he. re; Bob." along. I assure you, however, that I have no desire to be "All right; 'm glad of that." kissed by you." They talked longer, and then Dick made the "But I'm an officer in the British army! Think of rounds to see that all was shipshape for the night, after that! Most girls would consider it an honor to be kisi;;ed which he lay dqwn by one of the campfires and went to by me." sleep. "Well, I don't look upon it in that light!" with spirit. CHAPTER XVII. HE'.NRY HARLOW AND LUCY. "Hello, miss. Do you live in this part of the country?" "Yes, sir." "Do you know where there are any rebels?" "No, sir." "Humph! Are you sure?" "Oh, yes." "What's your name?" "liucy Davis, sir." "I am Captain Sheldon, of the British army.'J " Indeed ? " "Yes; where are you going?" "To the home of a girl friend, sir." "What is her name?" "Dora Gale." "Are you loyal to the king?" The captain looked at Lucy a few moments and then said, ironically : "Oh, you don't!" "I do not, and I must be going now." She made as though to pass the officer, but he stepped in front of her and she was forced to stop. "Let me pass, please," said the girl. The officer laughed. "After you have paid toll," he said. "What do you mean?" "That you must give me a l(iss before you will be permitted to go on your way." The girl's face flushed with anger. "You ar; insolent!" she said. "Oh, do you think so?" "I do!" "You are mistaken; I am only gallant." "There is no gallantry about trying to force a girl to let you kiss her." 1 , "No?" "No ! It is the work of a brute !" Tlie captain's face flushed with anger.


THE LIBERTY BOYS .\.T JOHXSON"S MILL. 25 "See here, my pretty miss," he said, threateningly; "yon are making a mistake in talking to me in that fashion .. , "And you are making a mistake by talking to me in the way you have been doing and in barring my way. Step aside anc1 let me pass!" Lucy tried to speak and act bravely, but her voice trembled in spite of her efforts to hold it steady. "After I haYe had my kisses I will stand aside, and not before." 'rhis was said with such a grim, determined air and tone that Lucy saw the officer meant it, and she became more alarmed than ever. She looked around her as if for some avenue of escape. The captain noted her action, and said: "Oh, there is no escape for you, save by means of the methC1d I have mentioned. Half a dozen kisses will pay the toll and open the way for you." "You shall not have them!" the girl cried, determinedly. "Zounds, but I will have them!" the captain cried, and he took a Rtep forward and reached out to seize Lucy. She leaped back with a little cry of terror, and then out from behind a tree leaped a youth of perhaps twenty years. Hr. was dressed in a faded blue uniform, and he was a hand some, manly-looking youth. His eyes were flashing with anger. and he cried, sternly: "Back, you cowardly scoundrel! What do you mean by offering insult to a lady?" The British officer stood quite still and glared at the . newcomer :for a few moments in speechless rage, and then he cried: • "You rebel scoundrel! I'll kill you with as little com punction as if you were a snake!" As he spoke he jerked his sword out of the scabbard ancl made a sweeping blow at the youthful patriot. The young man leaped backward quickly, avoiding the stroke, and at same instant a cry of terror escaped the girl's lips . "Oh, sir, he will kill you!" she exclaimed, clasping her hands and looking on with horror-stricken eyes. But the patriot youth was not one who wonk! permit himself to be cut down. Having leaped back and avoided the first stroke of Captain Sheldon's sword, he now quickly drew a pistol and cocked and leveled it. placed his hand over his heart-or as nearly over it as was po:ssible, and after a brief wait, rose and said: "Yes, he is dead, miss . " "Oh, it is-terrible-but he-brought it upon-himself." "So he did, mis . lf he had let you go on your way he would not have gotten into trouble." "You are right, sir." "And now, if you will go on your way, miss, I will bury the dead man," the youth said. The girl hesitated . . ''I-I-don't want to go on until-until-after I have learned the name of the man who has rendered me such a favor," she said. "My name is Henry Harlow, Miss--" "l\Iy name is Lucy Davis." "Thank you; I am glad to know you." "It is I who must thank you for what you have done for me, :Thh. Harlow," was the reply; "I don't know what I should have dQ,J'.le if you had not put in an appearance." "I was glad to do what I did," was the quiet reply; "you can see by my uniform that I am a patriot, and I don't like redcoats, and am always glad of a chance to do them in jury. So you owe me no thanks . " "I shall always consider that I do." "You should not do so. But; now, if you will go on your way I will bury the ' dead man." "lf you-don't object, I-will wait," said Lucy. "I don't seem to want to-to-go on by myself." "I shall be only too glad to accompany you, Miss Davis. Just wait a few minutes and I will be ready." Henry Harlow took the captain's sword and dug a grave and placed the body in it and covered it over; then he turned to the girl and said: "I am at your service, Miss Davis." CHAPTER XVIII. GENERAL CORNWALLIS IS WORRIED. The British officer saw this move, and with a snarl of Henry Harlow walked to the Gale home with Lucy rage drew back to strike another blow with the sword. Davis, and by the time they got there they were pretty well Crack ! acquainted. More, each had taken a deep liking to the The pistol spoke, loudly, sharply; the bullet sped straight other-a liking that was to ripen into something stronge:r and true and pierced the captain's heart. and deeper. With a gasping, gurgling cry the British officer dropped Lucy introduced Henry to the different members of the his sword and fell to the ground, where, after a few feeble Gale family and explained hew he came to be with her. It struggles, he became still. happened that Mr . Gale was away, or .it would have been a He was dead! bit awkward, for he was a strong Tory. The youthful patriot turned to Lucy and, doffing his hat Henry did not stay long, for he had work to do. He took ' and bowing, said apologetically: his departure and went in search of the British. "I am sorry, miss, that you were a witness to this. I He felt sure that ,he would find a force of redcoats somehated to kill the fellow, but he forced me to d'.o so. '' where in the vicinity. The presence o_f Captain Sheldon "You are not to blame, sir," was th r e ply; "but oh, sir, proved this, he was sure. is he-is be-deail ?" He reconnoitered the country for quite a distance around, The youth turned and knelt beside the still form and but did not see anything of any redc,oats, and at last he


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. decided that the captain had been out on a reconnoitering expedition, the same as he was. Having satisfied himself that there were no British in the vicinity, Henry set out for the patriot encampment. About halfway between the Gale ancl Davis homes he overtook Lucy, who was returning to her home after a brief visit to the Gale home. She was glad to see Henry, and she did not try.very hard to disguise this .fact. She was frank and candid by nature. And, for that matter, so was he, and he did not take any ,.trouble to from the girl the fact that he was delighted to get to walk with her. When they passed the pot where the captain was buried the girl shuddered and drew nearer to Henry. He saw that she was feeling depressed and talked rapidly and cheer.fully, and soon had her mind diverted from thoughts of the dead redcoat. When they got to Lucy's home they found Tom there. "Hello, Henry," he greeted; "where did you run across Sis?" Henry explained, and then Tom introduced him to Mrs. Davis. She shook hands with Henry ancl gave him ::i scrutinizing look, for there was something in Lucy's looks that made her suspect that her daughter had taken a liking to the youth. She was satisfied, however; she was a good judge of . hu man nature, and felt sure that Henry Harlow was a fine young fellow. Henry said he must be getting back to the encampment to report to Dick, and so Tom went along with him. When they reached the encampment Henry went to Dick and made his report. "So you think there is no force in the vicinity, Henry?" Dick remarked. ' "I am sure of it, Dick." ''Likely you are right; in all probability Captain Shel don was out on a scouting and reconnoitering expedition." "I think so." "The redcoats in Hillsborough will miss the captain and send out a force to search for him, don't you think?" asked Bob Estabrook. "I think they will," agreed Dick. "Then the thing for us to do is to send out scouts and keep watch for the enemy." "Yes, that is what we will do." 'fhen Dick named twelve youths who were to go and keep watch for the coming of the redcoats. The youths set out at once. * * * * * * * General Cornwallis walked the floor of his private room at headquarters. From time to time he called to his orderly and inquired if Captain Sheldon had returned. Each time the reply was to the efl'ect that the captain had not yet returned. "Strange what is keeping him!" the general mused, his brows wrinkling. "I told him to return as soon as possible, and he is hours overdue." One, two, three hours passed, and then General Corn wallis summoned the orderly and told him to send Colonel Wilson to headquarters. The orderly bowed and withdrew. Half an hour later a colonel appeared and saluted. "Ah, Colonel Wilson, sit clown," said the general. The officer took the !'eat indicated. He looked inquiringly at his superior officer, and that gentleman said : "Colonel Wilson, I am worried about Captain Sheldon." The ot , her nodded. "He "lent on a scouting and reconnoitering expedition, I believe?" he remarked. "Yes, and he should have been hours ago." "I see; you think that something has happened to him." "I fear so." u It is possible." "Yes, those Liberty Boys are likely still ln the vicinity of Johnson's Mill, ancl some of them have happened 11pon the captain and made him a prisoner, in all likelihood.'' "It is probable that you are right." "Yes, and now I am going to send a force up into that part of the country to look for him, and I want that you shall have command of this force." "I shall be pleased to take charge of the expeclition." "So I judged; well, take as many men as you think necessary and go along." "I will take half a regiment." "That will be sufficient, witho11t doubt." "I think so." After some further conversation the colonel saluted and withdrew. He went at once to his quarters and notified his undel' officers that a portion of his regiment was to get ready to march at once. The under-officers went out ,and soon had the five compa nies ready for the trip. Then they set out, the colonel in front. He had been with General Cornwa11is when the regiment went up to Johnson's Mill, and so knew the way. When they reached the vicinity of the mill the colond sent scouts ahead to reconnoiter. The soldiers then down to wait, and the colonel and his under-officer talked in low voices. An hour passed, and then one of the scouts returned, with the report that he had been unable to :find any signs of the rebels. 0 after another the scouts returned, and each had the same report to make: Now here had they seen any re be l had rned, save one. h f7!l and then this scout returned. "Well?" said the cofonel, inquiringly. He supposed this scout's report would be the same as that of the others.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. J')', "I have discovered the encampment of a rebel force!" the scout exclaimed. The colonel was all animation at once. "Indeed!" he exclaimed; "where is this encampment?" "About three miles from here, sir, toward the north." "How strong a force is it?" ... "I should say that there are five or six hundred menJJ "Aha, that is a strong enough force to give us a good fight." "Yes," said a captain; "unless we succeed in taking them by surprise." "True; we may be able to do that, and in that case we will easily get the better of them.". "So wo will." The colonel asked tho scout a number of questions, and was at last in possess ion of a full knowledge of the position occupied by the enemy, and of everything that he needed to know. "We will make a detour and approach the enemy's camp from the northwe st," said the colonel; "the rebels will not look for an enemy to come from that direction." "No," said the captain; "they will look for the enemy to come from the south , or not at all." "Yes, and that will give us a chance to surprise them.'' Then the colonel gave the order to march. CHAPTER XIX. OUTWITTING THE REDCOATS. There was considerable excitement in the Liberty Boys' en9ampment. 0olonel Lee had arrived with hi s our hundred troopers. Dick Slater was delighted. "Now we can go in search 0 r:L:arleton and his band," he said. "So we can," agreed Colonel Lee. "Indeed, that is what I am here for." ''We will start in the morning." "Yes; my men and horses are tired, and I want to let them have a good night's rest." They arrived there in th e evening, and cooking their suppers, consisting 0 j They had just finis hed eating, w a sco had sent out came into the camp. He cited and ha s tened to Dick at once. "What is it, Sam?" Dick a s ked. "There is a strong force of British tention of making an attack on ''Is that 110? How strong a force? ' "About five hundred." "We have more than that numb "Yes, but they expec\ to take Dick smiled. "They will be disappointed," he said; "we will be on the lookout for them." Then the scout told Dick that the British were moving in such a manner that they would approach from the west or northwe8t. tt All he said; "we'll be ready for them." Then and told Colonel Lee about the matter and they discussed the situation. They decided that, as their encampment had been seen by a British spy, it would be a good plan to move it; and from that they evolved the scheme of moving around and falling in behind the British, and then advancing swiftly and making a sudden and unexpected attack. "We will give them a dose of their own kind of medi cine," said Dick. The order was given at once, and the youths and Lee's s oldiers broke camp and moved away. They went to the Davi s home and left their horses, leaving a small fo1ce to guard the animals, and then they moved away, to fall in bel1ind the British force. A dozen s couts were sent out, and an hour later one re turned and told Dick that the British force had been dis covered. "You are going in the right direction to overtake the redcoats," the scout said. ' 1All right," said Dick; "we'll keep right on going." TJ1e order was given to advance on the double-quick, and this was done. Hal an hour later the patriots came in sight of the rear guard of the British force. The patriot soldiers were enthused, for they saw a fight in prospect, and this was what they wanted. On they n1oved, and when they were a s clos e as they thought it possible for them to get without being seen, they dashed forward on. the run. Th e y moved as silently as possible, even then, for they wanted to get as close a possible before firlng. They were clos e up to the redcoats b efore the latter di8covered them, ancl then, as the alarm was sounded by the members of the British rear guard, the patriots fired a volley. This wns the beginning of a lively but quickly ended skirmish , for the redcoats, pausing only to fire a scattering volley, fle d at the top of their speed, leaving perhaps forty of their number lying dead and wounded on the ground. The surprise had taken all the fight out of them. They had expected to ' surprise the rebels and to have the les turned in this manner was enough to demoralize Three of tl1e patriots lrnd been killed and four were wounded, though not severely. When the dead had been buried and the wounds of the . ured had been dressed the patriots held a council. It was decided to return to the Davi s home and go into p. he wounded men were placed in blanket-hammocks and


II'HE LIBERTY BOYS AT JOHNSON'S MILL. . \ c arried, a n d in this manner the force ma d e very good prog ress . When they arrived at the Davis home they went into cam p . ..... Campfires were built, and then a double row of sentinels were l,Station e d so as to avoid any possibilit,r _ t h e red c o a t s . J I P Mr s . Davi s insis ted t hat Dick Slater and Colonel Lee take up their q u arters in thehouse, and they accepted her i nvitation with thanks. The ni ght passed q u ie tl y . Nex t m orning after breakfast the order was given to the trooper s to get ready for a journey. "What are ,You and your Liberty Boys going to do, Dic k r" asked Cqlonel Lee. . " I g uess we will go along with you," was quiet "We ll , I shall be glad to have you along; that will make our force nu mber five hundred, and we can whip any force o f B r i tish t hat is anywhere near the same as ours in num ber of men." " That is w h at I think." "Wh at about Captain Hart and his force of infantry?" "I t hink he had better start at once for the patriot en-campm e n t across the River Dan." "So do I. Well, I'll tell him to get ready and start." :J?:enry Harlo'\V managed to have a few minutes' t a l k alone w/th Lucy Davis, an _ d when it was over there was such a loo!"' of delight on his face .that Dick shrewdly guessed that the affair betwfen them was all settled. . Tom Davis had been over to the Gale home and had said Dora, { md now he and Dick \ said goodby to Mrs. ancL.;Lucy, after which they youths mounted their horses and then the patriot force of troopers rode away. They rode westward, for they expected to :!ind Tarleton and his force in that direction . 'l'hey did find them, but that is another story . This one is practically ended. The Liberty Boys had many adventures while in the but they forg?t the lively ti;rnes they had at Jolmsofi's Mill, when they conclusively proved to the red ca?ats that they were a hard grist to grind. When the war ended, Tom Davis and Dora Gale, and Henry Harlow and Lucy Davis were married, and lived. long and happily. THE END. The next number (202) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' WARNING; OR, THE TIP THAT CAME IN TIME," by Harry Moore. Col o nel Lee went to Captain Hart and told him that he S PECIAii NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly hacl better march for the patriot encampment, and he gave are always in priirioe ORDER ::A Bou ght si n g ly, t hese songs would cost you nearly $2 32 pages of fami l iar o l d songs dear to t h e OUT TO-DAY! F or sal e by Newsdeal e rs, or will be sent to any aO:dres FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, < . a handsome colored cover and contai n s n i n t h e North and South . OUT TO-DAY!": ts p er in money or pos tage 24 Union Squar.e, New York.


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• CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STOBIES. EVE.RY STORY COMPLETE, D PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CEB'l'S. LATEST ISSUES: 298 nilly Button, the Young Clown and Barebac k Ride r . By Berton Bertrew. 263 The Rival Schools; or, Fighting for the Championship. By 299 An Engineer at 16 ; or, The Prince o f the L ightning ExprPu. Allyn Drape r . Jas. C . Merritt. e 264 Jack Reefb. the Captain; or, Adventures on the Ocean. By 300 To the North Pole in a Balloon. By B erton B etrew. 265 A 1:1J'i 1; Dick Hatch. the Y oung Broker. By 301 Kit Carson' s Little Scout; or, The Renegade' s Doom . . By An Old H . K. Shacklefor d. Scout. Jack Wright ana his Iron-Clad Air Motor; or, Searching for a 302 l'' rom the Street; or, The Fortunes of a Boo tblac k . By N . S . Wood L o s t Explorer. By "Noname." the Young American A ctor) . 261 The Rival Base Ball Clubs; or, The Champions of Columbia 303 Old Putnam's Pet; or, The Young Patriot Spy. A Story of the Academy. By Allyn Draper. Revolution. By G e n. Jas. A . Gordo n . 268 The Boy Cattle King; or, Frank Fordham's Wild West Ranch. 304 The Boy Speculators of Brookton ; o r , MillJonalres at Nhietecn. By an Old Scout. By Allyn Draper. 269 Wide Awake Will, The Plucky Boy Fireman of No . 3; or, Fight305 R o b Rudder, the Boy Pilot of the Mississippi. By Howard Austin. Ing the Flames for Fame and Fortune. By ex-Fire Chief War 306 The Downward Path ; or, The Road to Ruin. A True Temperance den . Story. By H. K . Shac kl eford. 270 Jack Wright and His Electric Tricycle; or, Fighting the Stran-307 Up From the Ranks; or, From Corporal to General. A Stor y of glers of the Crimson D esert. By "Noname." the Great Rebellion. By G e n ' ! J u s . A . G ordon. 271 The Orphans of New York. A Pathetic Story of a Great City. 308 Expelled From S c hool ; or, The R e bels of B eechdale Acad emy. By N . S . Wood (the Young Ameri can Actor). lly Allyn Draper. 272 Sitting Bull' s Last Shot; or, The Vengeance of an Indian Police 309 Larry, the Life Saver; or, A Born Fireman. By Ex-Fire Chief man. By Pawnee Bill. Warden. 273 The Haunted House on the Harlem ; or, The Mystery of a Miss 310 The Brand of Siberia; or, The Boy Tracker of the Steppe s . By Ing Man. By Howard Austin. Allan Arnold. 274 Jack Wright and His O cean Plunger; or, The Harpoon Hunters 311 Across the Continent with a Circus; or, The Twin R i del>f o f the of the Arctic. By "Noname." Ring. By Bertot\ Bert;ew. 275 Claim 33; or, The Boys o f the Mountain. By Jus. C. Merritt. 312 On Board a Man-of-War, or, Jack Farragut In the U . S . Navy. 276 The Road to Ruin ; or, The Snares and Temptations of New By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. York. By Jno. B . Dowd . 313 Ni c k and Jed, the.King Trappers of the B orde r . By An Old 277 A Spy at 16; or, Fighting for Washington and Liberty. By S cout. G en"! J a s . A . Gordon. 314 Red Light Dick, The Engineer Prince ; or, The Bravest Boy on 218 Jack Wright"s FWlng Torpedo; or, The Black Demons of Dismal the Rallroitd. By Jas. C . M erritt. Swamp. By ' Noname. " 315 Leadville Jack, the Game Cock of the West. By An Old Scout. 279 High Ladder Harry, The Young Fireman of Freeport; or, Al -316 Adrift In the Sea of Gras s ; or, The Strange Voyage of a Missing ways at the Top. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. Ship. By Capt. Thos. H . Wil son. 280 100 Chests of Gold; or, The Aztecs' Burle d Secret. By Richard 317 Out of the Gutter; or, Fighting the Battle Al o n e . A True Tem-R. Montgomery. perance Story. By H . K. Shac kl e ford. 281 Pat Malloy ; or, An Irish Boy ' s Pluck and Luck. By Ailyn 318 The Scouts of the Santee ; or, R edcoat s and Whigs. A Story of Draper. the American Revolution. By G e n '! Jas. A . Gordon. 282 Jack Wright and His Electric Sea Ghost; or, A Strange Under 319 Edwin Forrest's Boy Pupil; or, The S trugg l e s and Triumphs of Water Journey. By "Noname." a Boy Actor. By N . S . Wood , t h e Y oung American Actor. 283 Sixty Mlle Sam: or, Bound to be on Time. By Jas. C. Merritt. 320 Air Line Wiii, The Young Enginee r o f the New• M exic o Express. 284 83 Degrees North Latitude; or, the Handwriting In the Iceberg. By Jas. C. Merritt. By Howard Austin. 321 The Richest Boy in Arizona ; or, The Mystery of the Gila. By 285 1oe, The Actor s Boy; or, Famous at Fourteen. By N. S. Wood Howard Austin. (the Young Am erican Actor. ) 322 Twenty Degrees Beyond the Arctic Circle; or, D e s erte d in the 286 Dead For 5 Years; or, The Mystery of a Madhouse. By Allyn Land.of Ice. By Berton Bertrew . Draper. 323 Young King Kerry, the Iris h R o b Roy ; or, T h e Lost Lilly of 287 Broker Bob ; or, The Youngest Operator in Wall Street. By Klllarney. By Allyn Dra p e r . H . K . Shackleford. 324 Canoe Carl; or, A College Boy ' s Crui s e in the rrar North. By Al-288 Boy Pards; or, Making a Home on the By An Old Ian Arnold. Scout. 325 Randy Rollins, the Boy Firema n . A Story of Heroic Deeds. By 289 The Twenty Doctors; or, the Mystery of the Coast. By Capt. Ex-Fire-Chief Warden. Thos. H . Wilson. • 326 Green Mountain Joe, the Old Trapper of Malbro Pond. By An 290 The Boy Cavalry licout; or, Life In the Saddle. By Gen'!. Jae. Old Scout. A. Gordon. 327 The Prince of Rockdale School ; or, A Fight for a Railroad. 2 1 Howard Austin. 9 The Boy Firemen; or, "Stand by the Machine." By Ex-Fire Chief 328 Lost in the City; or, The Lights and Shadows of New York. By Warden. H. K . Shackleford. 292 Rob, the Runaway; or, From Office Boy to Partner. By Allyn 329 Switchback Sam, the Young P ennsylvania Engineer; or, Rall 29" ThDraSphert. t d GI A C t B 1 N y k A T roadlng In the 011 Country. By Jas. C . Merritt. " e a ere ass; or, oun ry oy n ew or rue 330 Trapeze Tom, the Boy Acrobat; or, Daring Work in the Air. Hy Temperance Story. By Jno. B. Dowd. 294 Lightning Lew, the Boy Scout; or, Perils In the West. By Gen'!. Berton Bertrew. Jas. A. Gordon. 33 1 Yellowstone Kelly. A Story of Adventures in the Great West. By An 295 The Gray House on the Rock; or, The Ghosts of Ballentyne Hall. 33 2 Wine: or. Foiling a Desperate Game. A True TemperBy Jas. C. Merritt. ance St.ory. By H . K. Shackleford. 296 A Poor Boy' s Fight; or, The Hero of the School. By Howard 33 3 Shiloh Sam; or, General Grant' s Beet Boy Scout. By Gen'! Jae. A. Austin. Gordon. 297 Captain Jack Tempest; or, The Prince of the Sea. By Capt. Thos 33 ! Alone in New York; or, 'Ragged Rob the Newsboy. By N. S. Wood, the H . Wilson. . Young American Actor. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PB.A.If][ TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 'Union Square, Bew York. 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THE STAGE. No. 4 1 . THE BOYS 01<, NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE 'BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes 1,1sed by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. .,.Conta ining a varied assortment of ,;tump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes. J ust the thing for home amuse ment and amateur shows . No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl catches and witty sayings. No. 52. HOW 'l'O PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch. All Foll'rs, and many other popular games of card8. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred interesting pnz7Jles and conundrums. with key to same. A complete book . Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It ls a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about." There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of ap •pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and i.n the drawing-room. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fo ur teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from aH the popular of prose and poetry, arranged in the mo s t simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting d e bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion and the b est sources for procuring informatioll" on the questions g'iven. SOCIET Y. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-'.rbe arts and wiles of flirtation a r e fully explained by this little book . Besides the various methods of har.clkerchief, fan, glove , parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which is interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without one . No. 4 . HOW 'l'O DANCE is the title of a new and handso m e little book just issued by J<'rank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at parties , how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squa r e dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A <'omplete guide to love, and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette lo be observed, with many curious and interesting things not ge n

THE lIBEBTY BOYS OF '76 . .A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on a.ctua.l fa.cts a.nd give a. fa.ithful account of the exciting adventures of a, ba.nd of America.n youths who were a.lwa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 la.rge pa.ges of reading ma.tter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover . . LATEST ISSUES: 129 The Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr ; or, Battling for Independ-ence. 130 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox" ; or, Helping Marlon. 131 The Liberty Boys and Ethan Alloen; or, Old and Young Veterans. 132 'he Liberty Boys and the King' s Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dia-mond. 133 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Charge; or, The Siege of Yorktown. 134 The Liberty Boys and Paul Jones; or, The Martyrs of the Prison Ships. 135 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green ; or, Smashing the King's Statue. , 136 The Liberty Boys and Nathan Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. 137 The Liberty Boys' "Minute Men" ; or, The of the Cow Pens. 138 The Liberty Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Handled Him. 139 The Liberty Boys at Yellow Creelt; or, Routing the Redcoats. 140 '!.'he Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. l 41 'he Liberty Boys In Richmond; or, lnghting Traitor Arnold. 142 The Liberty Boys and the Terrible Tory ; or, Beating a Bad Man. 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight; or, Winning with the Enemy' s Weapons. 144 The Liberty Boys in Georgia; or, Lively Times Down South. 145 The Liberty Boys' Greatest Triumph ; or, The March to Victory. 146 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy ; or, Two of a Kind. 147 The Liberty Boys In Florida; or, Prevost's Army. 148 The Liberty Boys Last Chance: or, Making the Best of It. 149 The Liberty Boys' Sharpshooters; or, The Battle of the Kegs. li\O The Liberty Boys on Guard; or, Watching the Enemy. 131 The Liberty Boys' Strange Gulde; or, the Mysterious Malden. 152 The Liberty Boys In the Mountains; or, Among Rough People. l ;;3 The Liberty Boys' Retreat; or, In the Shades of Death. 104 The Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend: or, A New Kind of Battle. 155 The Liberty Boys In <,!uakertown ; or, Making Things Lively In Philadelphia. J 56 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; o r , A Wonderful Surprise. 157 'he Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery; or "Liberty or Death." 158 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons; or, Fighting the Indian Raiders. l 59 The Liberty Boys' Gunners; or, The Bombardment of Monmouth. 160 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette; or, Helping the Young French General. 161 The Liberty Boys' Grit; or, The Bravest of the Brave. 162 The Liberty Boys at West Point; or, Helping to Watch the Redcoats. 163 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Tussle; or, Fighting to a Finish. 164 The Liberty Boys and "Light Horse Harry" ; or, Chasing the British Dragoons. 165 The Liberty Boys in Camp; or, Working for Washington. 166 The Liberty Boys and Mute Mart; or, 'he Deaf and Dumb Spy. ' 167 The Liberty Boys at Trenton; or, The Greatest Chrlstm_ as 'er Known. 168 The Liberty Boys and General Gates; or, 'l'he Disaster ti; c _ den. " 169 Boys at Brandywine; or, Fiercely tor Fre•-170 Boys' Hot Campaign; or, The Warmest Work on 171 The Liberty Boys' Awkward Squad; or, Breaking' In New Re-cruits. 172 The Boys' Fierce Finish; or, Holding Out to the End. 173 The Liberty Boys at Forty Fort; or, The Battle of Pocono Mountain. 174 Boys aa Swamp Rats; or, Keeping the Redcoats 175 The Liberty Boys' Death March; or, The Girl of the Regiment. 176 The Liberty Boys' Only Surrender, And Why It wa,s Done. 177 The Liberty Boys and l•'lora McDonald; or, After the llesslans. 178 The Liberty Boys' Drum Corps; or, Fighting for the Sta1-ry Flag. 179 Boys and the Gun Maker; or, The Battle of Stony 180 The Liberty Boys as Night Owls; or, Great Work after Dark. 181 The Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, Fighting Tryon's Raiders. 182 The Liberty Boys' Masked Battery; or, '!.'he Burning of Kingston. 183 The Liberty Boys and Major :Andr , or, Trapping the British l\Iessenger. 184 The Liberty Boys in District 96; or, Surrounded by Redcoats. 185 The Liberty Boys and the Sentinel; or, The Capture of Fort Washington. 186 The Liberty Boys 9n the Hudson; or, Working on the Water. 187 '!.'he Liberty Boys at Germantown; or, Good Wor!f In a Good Cause. 188 The Liberty Boys' Indian Decoy; or, The Fight on Quaker IIlll. 189 'l'he Liberty Boys Afloat; or, Sailing With Paul Jone . 190 The Liberty Boys in Mohawk Valley; or, Fighting Hedcoats, To ries and Indians. 191 Tb,e Liberty Boys Left Behind; or, Alone In the Enemy's Count,_.f 192 'he Liberty Boys at Augusta; or, 'Way Down In Georgia. Hl3 The Liberty Boys' Swamp Camp; or, Fighting and Hiding. 194 The Liberty Boys In Gotham; or, Daring Work in the Great C ty. 195 The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko; or, '!.'he Fight at Great l!'al a 196 The Liberty Boys' Girl Scout; or, Fighting Butler's Rangern. 19 7 The Liberty Boys at Budd's Crossing; or, Hot Work in Col d Weather, 1 !l8 The Liberty Boys' Ra.It; or, FloaLi11K and Fighti11K 199 '!'he Liberty Boys l\t Albany; or, Saving General Schuyle. 2 O O The Liberty Boys' Good Fortune; or, Sent on Secret Service. 201 The Liberty Boys at Johnson's Mill; or. A Hard Grist to rind. 2 02 'l'he Liberty Boys' Warning; or, A 'l.'ip that Came in Time, For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of 5 Cents per Copy by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure th em from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this offic.e direct. 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