The Liberty Boys on the Pedee, or, Maneuvering with Marion

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The Liberty Boys on the Pedee, or, Maneuvering with Marion
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Moore, Harry
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The British were busily engaged loading the schooner, and did not see the Liberty Boys coming until they were close at hand. ''Surrender!" cried Dick Slater, waving his sword; "don't attempt to resist, if you value your livest"


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A W eekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. l1111ed Wukl11-B11 S11bsoriptio11 $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Beco11a Ola-ss Matter at the New N. Y., Poat OflfI, Februil,1'1/ 4, 1901. l!JnteretJ aocortUng to A.ot of Oongress, in the 11ear 190-. in the office of tne Lflwarlalt of Oongreae, Waehlngton, D. O., 1>11 Frank Touaey, 24 Unlon Square, New Yorll. . N o . 210. NEW YORK, JANUARY 6, 1905. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys o n the Pede e OR, Maneuvering With Marion. By HARBY MOOBE. CHAPTER I. THE BLACKSM,JTH SWORD-MAKER. Clang! Clang! Clang ! A young man was riding along a road in South Caro lina in the Pedee River district. It was evening just before sunset, and the time was August, of the year 1780. The ' young man ili question was n:o other than Dick Slater, the famous captain of the company of youths known far and wide as the Liberty Boys of '76. The Liberty Boys had done most of their work in the North, but had recently been sent to the South to help make things hot for the British there. The company of Liberty Boys was now in camp ' at a point perhaps five miles from where we find their young commander. Dick was trying to find General Marion, known far and wide as the "Swamp Fox." Marion was doing good work in this part of South Caro lina at the time of which we write. He was moving swiftly about the country, mainly be tween the Pedee and Santee Rivers, and was striking the redcoats and Tories unexpected blows at every opportunity, and often where there was not a really good opportunity, he made one. Dick Slater realized that if he could join General l\1a rion's force the combined forces would be able to do some good work, but he had found it an exceedingly difficult mat ter to find tbe Swamp Fox. Dick found many patriots, all of whom were willing to give him all the information in their power, but Marion moved so frequently and so swiftly that it was impossible , to catch him. Dick bad at last decided to go into camp and then make txpeditions in different directions in an attempt to find the Swamp Fox. He was now out on a reconnoitering expedition, and while riding slowly along the road he heard a noise of someone beating iron with a sledgehammer. Clang ! Clang ! Clang! He brought his horse to a stop and listened. The noise continued. "What can it be?" the youth asked himself. He waited a few minutes and then rode forward slowly. "I'll investigate," he muttered. Soon he rounded a bend in the road. Before him, at one side of the road, at the edge of a clearing in the timber, was a little collection of log houses. Close by the road, at a point fifty ya1;ds distant, was a blacksmith shop. rt was from this shop that the clanging sound emanated. ".Ah, I understand," said Dick to himself. Then he rode onward till in front of the wide smithy door, where he brought his horse to a pause. He sat in the saddle and looked into the shop. Standing in front of the forge was a large, bare-armed man, a long piece of a saw-blade in one hand, a large ham mer in the other. He was pounding the saw-blade lustily, and the sparks flew in all directions with every blow. The blacksmith did not see the youth at all; he was busy with his work, and had eyes only for what he was doing. Tbe youth watched the man for a few moments and then leaped to the ground. He patted his horse-a magnificent "ni-


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. I mal-on the neck and said, "Stand there; old fellow/' anc1 then he entered the shop and approached the workman. The man did not see him even now. Dick paused and stood there watching the blacksmith. Suddenly he He eyed the strip of saw-blade carefully. Yes, there could be no dcniOt rega1'ding the matter. It was beginning to take on the shape of a sword ! Dick was deeply interested now. He was a soldier, and to know that a blacksmith was engaged in making a sword out of a saw-blade could not do other than interest him. Still, he maintained silence. He thought it better to wait till the man discovered his presence. Presently the blacksmith ceased pounding and glanced up as he was turning to place the iron in the fire. He paused and looked at Dick a few moments keenly. He was an honest-looking man, and Dick took a liking to him at first glance. "How are ye, young man?" the black8mith said. "First rate; how are you, sir?" "I'm all right; whut kin I do for ye?" Dick had been doing some swift thinking, and now he said1 "I'd like to have you make me a s\vord like that Qlit. ars at work on," I The blacksmith eyed the youth keenly. "D'ye think I'd make a sword for a patriot?" he asked. "That is what I am trying to find out," with a smile. The man was silent a few mements, and thei: said : "Well, I'll make ye a sword ef ye really want me to." "Why not let me have this one when it is done?" "Et's already prommussed." "Oh, it is ?1 ' "Yes." "Who is it promised to?" . The blacksmith.'s grimy face lighted -up with a s mile. "IIi these times," he said, slowly, "et isn't always a good plan to tell all ye know, is et?" Dick laughed. "Well, I guess not/' he said. "Still, considering that you wear a blue uniform,". the k blacksmith said, "I'll say this much-=thtt the sword is for a patriot." "I'm glad of that." "I thought ye would be." ('Yes, irnci that me think that perhaps you maybe a patriot yourself." The man nodded. "I am somewhat inclined that way," he said. "I am g1ad to hear it; perhap s you may be able to give me some information, then." "I shall be glad to do so, ef I can." "! am trying to find out where General Marion and his men are.'' "Y 011 are, "Yes, sir." "I s'pose lhel uv course JC ate friendly to him?" ''Oh, yes." "A1'e ye all lly yourself Y" "I have friends not a great c1istan9e from here." "Solcliers.1 eh ( ' "Yes." "Whut do ye inten' to do when ye do find Marion?" "I am going to join him and help him fight the redcoats and Tories." The blacksmith seemed to be pondering . "I'll tell ye whut ye do," he said, presently; "ye come home to supper with nie, an' we'll have a talk. I think that maybe I can help ye." "All right, and thank you, sir." "My name is John Lock." "And mine is Dick Slater." "Et's supper -time now. Come along with me, Mr. Slater." The man took off his leather apron and walked out of the shop in company with Dick. "Oh, you have a horse, eh?" he exclaimed, as his eyes fell upon the animal. ' "Yes." '"I'hat is au right; I have a stable and plenty of feed. I e a horse of my own." went to the blacksmith stable, tied Dick's horse in a stall, gave him feed, and then went to the house anJ entered. The blacksmith introduced Dick to Mrs. Lock, a good-. natured woman of about forty years, and to Lizzie, their Jaughter, a pretty girl of about sixteen years. "Mr. Slater is going to take supper with us, wife," said the blacks.tnith. "All right, John; I'll get supper Tight away." The girl went into the kitchen to help hcJr mother, and Dick and the nian talked . They soon became well acquainted, and it was evident that the blacksmith had become favorably impressed with his young visitor. When supper was Teady they ate heartily, for the meal was a good one, and Dick and the blacksmith were hungry. After supper the man said to Dick: "I have been doing some hard tllinkin', Mr. Slater, an' I've made up my mind thet et'll be all right to tell ye somethin'. I know where General Marion has his chief rendezvous." Dick's face brightened. "Tell me where it is!" he "I assure you that you will never have cause to regret doing so." "I'm sure uv thet. Well, Marion has his main camp and headquarters on Snow's Island, wllich ii; at the point where Lynch's Creek runs into the Pedee River. Et is quite a big island, and is covered with heavy timber, .an' filled with game." "Thank you," said Dick; "I am sure that I can find the place."


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. 8 "I'll tell ye what ye can do,. " saiil the man. "Ye can go with me." "When are you going?" asked Dick, eagerly. "Pretty soon; I hev a dozen swords made, nn' am to take them to the Swamp Fox." "TJrnt will be fine," said Dick; "we will go to the Lib erty Boys' encampmenf, get my comrades and go right along to Marion's rendezvous." "Yes, we can do thet; but ye may hev to stay there three or four days afore ye git to see Marion. He is likely off on an expedition uv some kind." "That will be all right; if we get to his headquarters and stay there we will be sure to meet him before very long." "Ye are right." Half an hour later they set out for the encampment of the Liberty Boys, Jack Lock, the blacksmith, carrying the swords. ' CHAPTER II. . ON SNOW'S ISLAND. When they were within a mile of the point where t11e Liberty Boys had been left encamped, the two heard the sound of firing. "Hello, what does that mean, I wonder P" the blacksmith exclaimed. "I fear that my Liberty Boys have been attacked I" said Dick. "I shouldn' wonder cf ye are right; there are lots of parties of redcoats an' Tories in these parts." "Arc there any good-sized forces?" "Yes; forces consisting of two a:lld three hundred men are common." "lfhat would be too many for my Liberty Boys." "How many men hev ye?" "One hundred." "Well, I hope thet the redcoats er Tories hevn't took your men by surprise." • "I hope so; lefs hasten onward!" "Get on your hoi'se an' ride ahead, ef ye want to; I'll find the camp, all right." Dick had walked to keep company with the man, but now he leaped into the saddle and dashed up the road. It was a moonlight night, and he could see to get along at a good pace. The firing still continued, but Dick was sure that the point from which it sounded was changing. "It is a moving fight," he said to himself; "and I am afraid that the boys are outnumbered and been forced to retreat." Then suddenly the firing ceased. "I wonder what it means?" he asked. 0 courioe, he could not answer his own question, and he . rode along until he came to the point where the Liberty Boys had been encamped. His fears were realized, in part at least. The youths were no longer there. It was evident that camp had been broken hastily. "They were attacked by a superior force and were forced to retreat," he thought; "now the question is, where are they?" That was indeed the question,•and it was a hard one to answer. After considering the matter a few minutes Dick de cided that it wot1ld be useless to try to follow the youths, for he would be more likely to miss them than to find them. "They will return as soon as the redcoats are out of (he way," he reflected. "They will know th"at I will e:x pect them to do so." So he remained there and waited till J Lock arrived. "What is the news?" the blacksmith asked; "good er bad?" "I hardly know," replied Dick; "my Libei:ty Boys are gone, and there qm bli no doubt but what they were at tacked and had to retre-i:tt. How they came trilt of the affair is another question." "What are ye goin' to do?" "I don't know. I suppose that I had better wait here ' to see if they will come back." "Thet may bE! a long wait, though." "Yes, that is true." They talked a little while and then the blacksmith sug gested that Dick go with him to Snow's Island; "Then you will know where et is," he said; "an' ye can Wait here till your men Corne back an' can guide them to the place." "That's so; that is a good suggesti9n, and then you will not bl' delayed from returning to your home." So they set out through the timber, Dick walking beside the blacksmith and leading his horse. At last they came to a stream. "This is Lynch's Creek," the man said. "Then we are close to Snow's Is1and ?" "Yes, et is just across this creek." "ls the water deep?" "Not very; I think your horse . can wade et." "How will you get across?" "There's a footbridge made by a tree hevin' fallen _ across the creek. I'll cross 1;m thet." "All right; then 1'11 mount and go right across." Dick did this, and a few minutes later the blacksmith stood beside him. "Now, come right along with me an' !'11 lead ye to Ma rion's headquarters." "Is it hard to get to the place?" "Well, ye heV' to know the way. An' I'd advise ye to. keep watch how we go, so ye can come over the . same . path agaiu." t'


THE. LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. ,"I shall _ They bade each other good-night, and then the black. They made their way along; and were soon . threading smith took his departure. paths leading between great s:wamps. Dick tied his horse and . then sat down to await the com-" I don't know whether I can remember this route or ing of his comrades. not," said : Dick, presently. He did not doubt that they would retu-rn. "Oh, I guess that ye will be. a-ble to do so/', The only question in his mind was as to when they would "I hope so." come. At last they came to a large, open space in the . midst of The time rolled slowly away. heavy timber. In this open space were several rude-built Perhaps an hour passed, and then he rose and stretched. log cabins. "Surely they will come back soon," he murmured. "This is the place," said the blacksmith. "Et won't do ye enny good ef they do!" said a rough At the same instant that he spoke a voice cried, sharply: voice, and then Dick felt himself seized from behind in "Halt! Who comes thar ?" strong hands. "Frien's," was Lock's reply. He struggled fiercely. "Whut ye want? An' who air ye?" He was not one to tamely submit to capt\ue, "I ani. John Lock, . the blacksmith, and . a .frien' hez come. He was an exceedingly strong, and he made it along with me." lively for his enemies-for there were several of them. "Oh, I knew ye nciw. Come . right along. Hev ,Ye got 'l'hey outnumbered him so greatly, however, that he was them swords?" soo:i;t overpowered. • "Yes; that is . why I am-here." : A few minutes he was sitting on the old Jog,_ hi s "Thet's good." arms bound, his captors standing before him. They passed the . sentinel', and .as they did so he said: There were six of them, _ all roughly dressed and shaggy" Ther general hain't . here." haired ancl"bea. rded. "Oh, hain't he?" exclaimed Lock, in a disappointed That they were Tories Dick did not doubt. voice; "I wanted to see him." . "Who are you, and why have you attacked me in thi s "And s o did I," said Dick. Then he asked the sentinel: manner?" he asked, with sphit. "When will he be back?" . "Et d _o!!' matter who we . air, excep' ter say thet we air "I dunnno, sir," was the "we never knows when I king's men; an' ez fur why we hev er pris'ner uv ye, he's comin' till we see 'im." . I reckon ther color uv yer uniform tells why we done et." "That's his way of doing," said the bhicksmith. The moon gave sufficient light so that it was poss_ibleto They then went to the cabin that Mariori occupied when distinguish colors without much difficulty. . in camp and found a couple of the Swamp Fox's men "Yer er rebel," said another; "an' we hangs rebels down there. These explained that Marion and the majority of in these parts, stranger!" the had been away two days on an expedition after "Oh, you do?" . some Tories. Dick said. this so coolly that the ipen stared in some "They'll be back afore very long, I'm thinkin'," said o:rie. surprise. CHAPTER III. THE LIBERTY BOYS John Lock left the swords and started back to his rome. Dick accompanied him, :for he wanted to get back to the point where the Liberty Boys had been encamped, so as to b e there when they came. When they arrived at this point all was quiet. The youths had not returned. "Are ye goin' to stay here?" the blacksmith asked. "Yes; I want ; to be on hand when my Liberty Boys return." "Well, I guess I'll go on home." "Yes, there is no need of your losing any time here with me. I'm much obliged to you for showing me the way to General Marion's camp." "Y e're welcome. " "Yas, we do," was the reply; "but I reckon ez how't -ye don' berleeve et, ye air so cool." _ "Well, I don't see why you should hang anyone for sim ply differing in his views from yours." "Et hain't thet, purtickler; et's becos rebels air traitors, and traitors orter be hung." . • "I can't look at it in that light. I don't consider that I am a traitor to the king, for I do not consider myself his su. bject." "Waal, ye air, no matter how ye look at et." Then he turned to his five comrades and said: "Bring 'im erlong, boys_ ; an' one uv ye bring his hoss." "Yas, we mustn' furgit ther hoss," said another; "fur et's er bout ther finest.. hoss th et I hev ever seen." They set out at once. . Two conducted Dick along, the leader of the party walk ing in front, while two more walked behind and the sixth brought up the rear, leading the horse. They made their way along an hour or more, and then they came to the top of a high bluff which overlooked a stream. Dick judged that it was Lynch's Creek.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE . PEDEE. The party stopped here, Dick looked around him The leader of the gang took Dick by the arm and led with interest. him to edge of tiili . He sa:w now a log cabin standjng back amid the trees. "Look down thar," he s aid, pointing. "Thet's whar we live when we're ter hum;'' said the Dick did so. leader of the band. . . "Well?" he interrogated. "Who are you, anyway?" asked Dick. "Efs at least one hunderd feet down ter tl:ier water m ''Waal, ef ye wanter know real bad I'll tell ye: We' re ther crick . " ther fellers whut air called 'Bad Six' around' . heer." . "I judge so." . .. _ Dick shook his head. "Yas; thefs quite . er long ways, hey?" . "I've never heard of you," he said. "Yes." thet so? Then ye hain ' t be'n in these parts long, "Now look at ther face uv ther bluff right berlow us." I take et,. stranger." Dick did as told. H e saw that the bluff was not perpen"You are right about that." dicular; it enough so that a person who was pretty "Waal, ye' ll know more erbout us in er leetle while than sure-footed could go down without j eing .in danger .offall ye know now, y01mg feller. We air famous fur never givin ' ing and breaking hi s neck. There was no regular path, enny quarter ter rebels. We kills 'em jest like they wuz but there were projections of earth and stori e s , so that one snakes, onle s s thar i s some reason fur not doin' uv et. " . -_ could get a foothold. " Indeed ? I ' -. " -Purty s.teep1 hey?" grinned the . Tory . Dick was perfectly calm and cool, though h e felt that "So it is.' : the s peaker was a heartle s s man and meant jus t what be "Think ye c'u'd go down thar with yer ban'stied behin' said. yer back, an' not fall?" . Dick . started arid .gave the Tory a quick 'look. ' ' -Now ez fut ye, young feller, we air goin' t e r give ye one little chance fur yer life . " "Is that what you are going to have me do?" h e a sked. " Thet's .erbout et." "Thank you." . Dick was s ilent a few moments, during . which time . he "We will do et, I s ay, pervidin ' y e tell u s who ye air , whar scanned the face . of the bluff ye air frum , an ' all erbout y e r s elf ." "Well," he s aid , pre s ently; "that will b e b ette r than if " I will tell you nothing,'' was Dick' s determined reply . you were. to . sho.Qt .. or , h a ng m_.e . " . : "Ye won' t tell U s e nnythin ' ?" " I will not!" : "I knowed ye' d appreshiate et," was the r e ply; "ye r e.r "Ye b.ea .bettert" brave feller , an' thet 's why we-ai.r g oin ' ter _ giv ' ye ther "No!" "Why not?":. . . "Well, for one thing , I don ' t choos e so. And , be sides, I believe that you wouldn ' t keep any promi s e you might make tc>-me." . ' thet, do ye?" "I do/' chance." '!'hen he turned and called out: "Hey, Bill!". _ "Whut ye want ?" " Bring th_ er . rop e . " "All right." Pretty soon the Tory appear e d , carr y in g a rope that was a bout fifty fee t long. The other four Tories came and stood near at hand. "Waal, I gue s s ye ah right." "I was s ure of it. " "Yas, ye air right; we wouldn' spare ye "Tie ther end uv ther rope ter thet tree , " ordered th e leader , pointing to a tree standing right on the edge of th e no matter whut bluff. ye tol' us." "I sized you up just about right." "Ye ah er purty bright young f e ller." "Thanks," with a scornful smile , "Ye air brave and cool, an' we ltke them kind uv peeple." "Do you?" "Yas; an' we air goin' ter prove et . " "In what way?" "By givin' ye er kind uv er chance fur y e r life , enny how, whether ye tell us ennythin ' er not." "I'm ' very much obliged to you." "Oh, yer welcum . I don ' mind t e llin ' ye th e t we ter _git some . sport out uv et." "What are you going to do with me?" "I'll tell ye. Come with me. " This was done. "Now rig er noose in ther otlier ena UV ther rope an' put et aroun' ther prizner ' s neck." _ Dick paled slightly , brave though he was, and a ' sudden feeling akin to terror gripped hi s heart., He realized s ud denly what it was that th e fie nds intended doing: They were going to put the noose around hls neck and start him down the bluff with hi s hand s bound tog e ther behind his back . A misstep would cause him to lose his balance and he would fall a nd he hanged by the rope tied to the tre e! . Th e "Bau Six . ' ; CHAPTER IV. TH:i;l "BAD srx." They were c e rtainly well named .


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. . That they were indeed bad there could be no doubt. Only thoroughly wicked men would think of doing such a thing as they were figuring on doing. Dick was confident that the members of the Bad Six band did not believe it possible that he could get safely down the bluff with his bands bound together behind his back. "If they thought it possible for me to do so they would not give me the chance to do it," he told himself. Then the idea came to hi'm that they would not let hint go, even if he were to succeed in making the descent in safety. "They just want to have some 'sport,' as they term he told himself, bitter!,Y. One of the Tories put the noose around Dick 's neck. "How does et feel?" he asked, with a grin. "It doesn't very good," was the calm reply. "Et's not exzackly ther kin' uv er necktie thet I would pick out fur myse'f," with a chuckle. "It's the kind you will get one of these days, though," said Dick. "Ye so?" "I am sure of it." "Waal, keep on bein' s hore uv et., Thet don' make et er1 sttrtin fact, ye know." "Oh, no, of course not." Than the leader of the band stepped to Dick' s side. "Ever'thin' is ready now," he said; "ye air ter go down ther side uv ther bluff, an' ef yet git ha'fway down without :fallin', we'll ontie ther rope frum ther tree beer an' throw et down, an' ye'll hev ther chence ter go ther res' uv ther way without bein' in danger uv bein' hung ef ye miss yer footin' an' fall." "Thank you," said Dick, coldly. "Air ye ready ter start?" "As ready as I wil! ever be.'1 . "Then go et." Dick did not start right away. Ins tead he turned and looked the leader of the band full in the "I. suppose there is no use of asking you to . free my hands and let me go my way in peace.?" he said. "Not er bit uv et. W'y, young feller, ef ye only et, we air favorin' ye er whole lot. Ye see, we like yer grit." "Well, see h'el,'e," s aid Dick; "are y6u honest in this tlring?" "How d'ye mean?" "I mean this: Am I to have a fair show?" "About gittin' down ther face uv ther bluff?" "Yes, and about being permitted to go my way unmolested if I should succeed in getting safely down." l'W'y, uv course! Ye git safely down there, an' we won' bother ye ru:> more." Dick did not belie\Te the man's statement, but he pre tended that he did. __ ''All l'ight/' he said, ":r'm glad that you are fair iri some respects, at any rate.'' "Oh, we're fa'r enuff when we wanter be." Dick took a good look down the face of the bluff and then said: "It will be very hard to get down there, even if my hands are free; you had better free them." think uv et," was the reply. "A:Rd I must . go down in this manner, with my arms bound and a rope around my neck?" "Yas." Dick's eyes flashed. "You are a gang of cowardly brutes!" he exclaimed. "Oh, ye think so, do ye?" the leader cried. "Yes!" "All right; ef ye don' wanter go down ther bluff we'll hang ye up ter er tree an' hev done with et!" There was something in his tone that told Dick he meant what he said, so the youth said, quickly: No, you needn't do that. .I'll go down the bluff-or try it, at any rate." The Tories chuckled. "I thort ye'd change yer min'," the leader said. Dick turned townrd the speaker. "I'd like to ask your name," he said. "W'y d'ye wanter kno'w my name?" "So that I will know. who to hunt for ' if I get safely through this affair." "Whut will ye wanter hunt for rqe for?" "To kill you!" There was grim determination in Dick's voice, but his words only caused the Tories to laugh. "I guess ye won' ever kill me," the leader said. "I'm so posertive uv et, thet I'm willin' ter tell ye tny name. Et is 'Joe Joggs.'" "Thank you; I'll remember it." "I Clon' think ye'll remember et long,'; was the signifi cant reply; and he pointed down the face of the bluff and laughed. "Perhaps not; still you can't be sure of that." "No, not posertively shore." "You will untie the rope if I succeed in getting halfway down without falling?" "Uv course we will." "All right." Dick then advanced to a point where it looked as if he might secure a fairly good footing and began the descent. He moved slowly and cautiously, for the least miscalcu lation, a single misstep, and all would be over. He would go plunging downward to a terrible death by hanging I He did not want to end 11is life in this manner. He was a soldier and wished to die in battle if he were to have to die at all. "Good by, rebel !" called out one of the Tories. "Ye hed better say yer pra'ers !" from another. "My name is Joe Joggs," said the leader of the band, mockingly; "don' furgit et, fur ye know ye wanter git re venge outer me when ye git safely through this af!a'!.''


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEJE. "I'll remember!" was the reply, in a cold, hard voice. "I never forget either my friends or my enemies." "Thet's good. Neether do we." "I will see to it that you remember me if I esc_ ape death here!" was Dick's grim statement. . . "Waal, I kin truthfully say thet I like yer grit, young feller," said Joe J oggs. Dick made no reply; he was now engaged in a peculiar, nerve-straining fight for his life, al'!.d needed to keep all his faculties on the work in h12.nd. Slowly, step by step, he descended. Suddenly a rock upon which he had placed his foot be came dislodged and went bounding down the bluff, and with a startled cry the Liberty Boy endeavored to keep from becoming overbalanced and falling. CHAPTER V. A TERRIBLE ORDEAL. Dick succeeded, but it was a call. For a moment he had th6ught that he would go dowb, but by a herculean effort he had recovered his balance and stood there, safe for the time being, but trembling in every limb. 'l'he thought of how near he had come to losing his life in such a terrible manne1' was what made him feel so hor rified. It was indeed terrible. The Tories were peering over the brink of the bluff, and when they saw that Dick had saved himself they called do\Vll to him : "Say, yer all right, young feller!" "Come purty nigh goin', though, en?" "How d'ye like et?" ''I'll bet ye feel shaky , !" Dick made no immediate reply. He simply stood there quietly and waited till he had recovered his nerve. Then he began making his way on down the face of the bluff . again. , His narrow escape had the effect of making him doubly cautious, and now he tested every stone before risking his weight upon it. He did not want to have another such experience as had just befallen him. '"Ye've got good nerve, young feller," called down Joe Joggs. Still Dick made no reply. He did not feel like wasting words ou the ruffians. On clown the face of the bluff he worked his way, slowly and cautiously. It was indeed a nerve-racking experience. something and save himself if be started to fall; but with his hands bound it was a trying ordeal, indeed. It made it extremely difficult to maintain his balance. Slowly but surely he worked his way downward. The cold sweat stood out on his forehead, but his nerve11 were like steel. No braver man ever lived than this Liberty Boy, and 11er haps no man ever had to go through with a more trying ordeal than the one he was gcJng through. Downward and. still downward he made his way, ahd at last he was halfway. to the bOttom, and tlie rope was stretched to its full length. Dick got a secure footing and then called nut: "Untie the rope and drop the end over the bluff." For a few moments there was no teply, and Dick could hear the murmur of voices above him. "They are discussing the matter, and the chances are that they will refuse to untie the rope, after all!" thought Dick. The thought brought the cold sweat to his forehead more than ever. He waited and then presently he heard the voice 0 Joe Joggs. "I'll tell ye whut we've decided," came down . to Dick's ears; "we hev made up our min's tl1et instid uv untyin' ther rope an' droppin' et over ther bluff, we'll giv' ye ther chance ter climb back up ter ther top uv ther bluff. Ef ye succeed in doin' thet, then we'll let ye go free." "Just what I thought!" half groaned Dick. Then he lifted up his voice and called out: "You are not lieeping your word." ' "W aal, ye see," was the reply ; "we don' hev ter keep our word ef we don' wanter." . "That is true, I know; but I promise you that if . I do :;ucceed in getting out of this affair I will do my best to get even with you cowardly scoundre1s !" "We'll risk et, hey, boys?" "Yas, yas !" came to Dick's hearing. "I don' think ye kin climb back up ter thet top; ;young feller," said Joe Joggs; "we air goin' ter go ter bed, an' in ther mornin' we air goin' tcr come heer an' look over ther bluff, an' we expeck tl1et we'll see ye haBgin' at ther end uv thet rope!" "Yau sneaking seoundrel !" cried Dick. The only reply was a chorus of laughter. "Good-night, rebel!" came down from above; "we wish ye pleasant dreams." Dick made no reply. He realized that words were wasted on such scoundrels. Ha listened and made out that the Tories were going away from the edge of the bluff. . "They are going to their cabin and to bed, as he said," . thought Dick. "Well, that leaves me alone to work out the affair as best I may." Had his arms been free he would not have worried so much, for he would then have been ab1e to eaten hold of Dick realized that it would be much more difficult to get back up to the top of the bluff than it Md to get tloWI1 to where he was, and that had been difficult


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. Indeed, he was not at all sure that he could . get back at all. He was weary no. w from .the exertion s made in gaming down. Not that the physical labor had been so se.vere, but the nerve and mental strain had been very great, because his arms were bound and the rope wa.s his neck. The youth was far from despairing , however. He was possessed of indomitable courage, and did not know what it was to give up. "I'll get back up to the top of the bluff, or die-trying!" he s aid to himself , grimly. . . And thi s would be the literal ending of it all if failed; he would undoubtedly die, and a mos t horrible death at that. The firs t thing t o do was to turn around , and thil! would be e xtremely difficult. , -But Dick had overcome great difficultie s in the time that he had been in the patriot army acting a s s cout and spy, and he was ready to meet thi s one fairly. He began work at once. . He worked hi s way slowly around tiil at last his face was in the oppo s ite direction from had been. • •so much for that , " n'lurmured Liberty Boy. ' 'No. w the tug of war begin s . " He did not look up th e face of the bluff , for he feared that he might become dizzy and los e his .balll.nce. He began making his way upward inch by inch. He did not dare to try to take steps; it was simply a game of edging upward, so to speak. His experience gained in descending . was of value to him now in ascending . He knew how to place his feet so as to get the bes t hold. -But hi s progress was discouragingly slow, e -ven at the best. Every few moment s he to i:es t aild s u _ re of his balan ce. The rope around hi s neck was beginning to weigh ter ribly. It' felt like a heavy chain and was begin ning to choke him. "I wonder if I will succeed in getting up there?" he muttered. He began to fear that he would not succeed. He would keep on trying, however. Slowly, oh, s o slowly! he worked hi$ way upward. He paused and _ rested. The rope dangling from his downward caused him to shudder whenever he looked at it. One hour passed, and he had worked his way halfway up to the top of the bluff. Having done thi s why might he not succeed in reaching the top? He asked himself this question, and he frankly told him self that the main reason why he might fail to do so was because he was growing weak, because of the awful strain that had been upon him for so long. But he set his teeth togetherfirmly and went ahead with the work. Upward and still upward he toiled. Another hour passed and he was within a dozen feet of the top of the blutl'. '• l believe that I will make it after all!" thought Dick. He toiled bravely and hopefully on. At last he reached the top and stepped away from the edge of the bluff back to where he was safe, so far as fall ing was concerned, and .then he sank to the ground, pant ing, almost exhausted. His nerves rela-xed, and for a few minutes he was almost unconscious . Looking up at the stars, he saw them as through a haze, and he seemed to be dreaming-or at least it all seemed like a dream to him. A few minutes he lay there and then he was him s elf again. . He realized what he been through, and that he was ;not yet out of danger. The Tories were undoubtedly in the cabin not more than fifty yards away , and they migh _ t come out at any mom-ent to see what had become of him. And this thought led to the one of how he was to get away, n_ow that he had s ucceeded in getting up from the face of the bluff. How was he to do it? His arms were bound, and there was a rope around his neck, with the other end tied to a tree. How was he to get away? It seemed like a problem impossible of solution. "I guess that I will have to stay here till the Tories come out and then trust to them to. free me," thought Dick. Still, he feared they would still hold him a prisoner, might perhaps even kill him, and he did not like the idea. of risking this. He would eseape if 11e possibly could. But hDw could he do it?. CHAPTER VI. DICK ESCAPES. Dick pondered the matter while resting. Then . he rose lo his feet . and tried to loosen the rope binding his hands. He found it imposoible to do this. 'rhe rope had been tied too securely. . He stood there looking about him and pondering. He could not get the rope off his neck, else he would have done so and gone away with 4is hands bound. It looked as if he would have to stay there till morning, or else call to the Tories and trust himself to their tender mercies. He did not want to do the latter , He wished to make his escape if such a thing was possible. Suddenly a thought struck hii:


... 'NIE LIBERT'( BOYS O N THE.: PEDEE • Might he not be able to untie the"rope, where it was tied around the tree? He could at least try. If it was not tied at such a height that he could not reach it with his hands bound he might succeed, for • his fingers could be used. He at once hastened to the tree. A glance told him that there was at least a chance for the success of his plan. He could at least . reach the point where the rope was tied, and the only question was regarding whether he could untie the knot. He turned his back to the tree and began work at once. He would soon be able to determine this. The man who had tied the rope around the tree had done a good job of it, but after a few minutes of hard work Dick found that he was getting the knot loosened . . "I am going to succeed!" said the youth to himself. His heart swelled with delight. "I hope those scoundrelly Tories will sleep soundly tiH after I have got this rope untied aiid get away," he . thought . . He worked steadily on, and at last succeeded in g.etfuig the rope untied, "There!" he murmured, with a . sigh of relief; "now to glit away from here before the Tories come out and . catch me." , He moved away and .had gone only a few steps when he thought his . .. "I must not go away and leave Major," he said to him self; "I would about as soon stay a prisoner myself as to leave him here." The trouble _ would he in getting . the animalts. halter strap untied, but Dick decided that he would . make the attempt. -He was not long . in finding the horse. Then began the hard work, but he could use his fingers pretty freely, and so he managed to get the halter-strap untied at last. Then he walked away, the horse following in obedience to a signal from his master. They made their way along slowly, for Dick could not go fast with bis hands bound and with the rope trailing be hind him. Then, to?, . it was hard on his neck to carry the weight of fifty feet o . f _ rope. "A band of ruffians who call themselves the 'Bad Six,' • Bob." they must be bad,.si:tre enough I" "They are; they are scoundrels." ''Why did they you in tlris fashion?" "They are . Tories and they did the way they dld because I am a_patriot." . . The Liberty Boys that Dick had simply . been made a prisoner and bad escaped, and _when he told them about the terrible experience he had gone through, climb ing down and then up the face of the bluff, with his ' arms bound and the rope aroun d his neck, they were horrified and enraged. "The scoundrels!" "The demons I" "That beats I ever heard of I" "That must have been a terrible experience, Dick I" Sueh were a few of the exclamations. . "Let's go and capture the scoundrels and ha.Jlg the last one of them!" cried Bo.I:!. "! want that we shall go and capture them, Bob," said Dick; "but I hardly think it worth while to hang them." "Then let's give them the same medicine they you. Let's make them climb down the face of the bluff with their arms bou11d arid with a rope around their necks!" . There . was more and then Bob explained that they had been attacked by a force of redcoats and Tories and had been forced to retreat. "We got wind of their coming in time so that we got away without any of us being killed, though," -he explained. "I am glad of that. Did you kill any of the redcoats?" "A' few, I think.'; "Do you think they will return?" "! hardly think so. We led them a me:r.y chase, and they would hardly expect that we would come back to the same spot from which we had been chased." "I am glad of that." Then Dick named ten y01,1ths who were to go with .him to attempt to capture the members of the Tory band. Giving the others a few instructions, Dick and his com rades set out. An hou r later they . arrived in the vicinity of the cabin. He felt as if he were being slowly but surely cho ked to They advanced slowly an.d cautiously, for they wished death; indeed, the weight of the rope trailing alsmg did to catch the Tories asleep. . ca'tl . . e the noose to get tighter and tighter. He staggered onward, however, determined to keep going When they reached the cabin they tried the door. It was ' not fastened. till he found someone who would _ free him. _ At last he arrived at the point where the Liberty Boys Dick told the y011ths to follow him, and then he pushed had been encamped; and to his ,gre_at joy he found the the door open atid entered. youths there. . other _ s came at his heels . . When Dick entered the encampment with bis arms They could see by the light of the moon that they were bound and the rope trailing behind him, the end aro1md in a good-sized room, but so far as they could make out 11is neck, the Liberty Boys were wild with anger. . there was no one in the room. They freed him quickly and then Bob Estabrook • cr.ied: l "They are gone!" exclaimed Dick, iu a disappointed "Who did it, Dick?" ' . voice; "they have given us the slip."


10 TllE lJIBERTY BOYS ON 'rHE PEDEE. CHAPTER VII. • THE BAD .SIX AT WORK. The members of the Bad Six band had not entered the cabin after telling that he would hl).ve to lW to the top of the bluff if he wanted to be saved. l lpstead tliey set out through the timber. "D'ye reckon theer's en.ny danger thet ther rebel'll git up ter ther top uv ther bluff au' git erway while we're ?" asked one, as they walkeQ. along. ' "I don' think so," replied Joggs; "even ef he wuz ter git up ter ther top uv ther bluff-which I don' think he will-he couldn't git erway." "Thet's so; he's tied ter ther tree, an,. he couldn1 • untio ther rope with his ban's bound." "That's right." "I guess he'll be theer when we git back." "Yas, er else hangin' at ther eml • uv ther rope." This was said in a cold, heartless voice. It was evident .that these scoundrels would hesitate at nothing. They onward two miles and then stopped in front of a log house and kuocked on the doer. . _ . footsteps were heard and a yoioe called out; "Who is thar ?" "Frien's," replied J oggs; ther door," "W1mt ye want?" "Open ther door an I ' ll tell ye." "I hai!l't goin' ter open ther doo:r ontil I know wl10 ye f.h,1' AD exG}11m11tiQn esoape{\ the lips of .Joe Joggs. He was a man possessed of but little patienca. "All right; I'll tell ye whg we thell/' he i;rie'1; "we ther Bad Six, an' we wallt ye ter open thet goor, ::in' do in. :lf hrry, d'ye hear!" But the mi,m who lived here ljeemeg to br a p1lwky fel low, for he replied, promptly: "I hear, but I haint ergoin' ter open ther door au' let ye ip.." -"Then we'll break et down!" "Ye hedn' better do thet." "W'y not?" HBecause I alll urmcd an' I'll er two uv ye, jes' ez shore ez ye break ther door down!" "Ef ye fire er sl10t at us we'll bang ye!" "Ye break ther door an' I'll fire more'n one shot!" The Bad Six conferred together. They knew the man who lived here, and they knew .him to be a brave and determined man. keep his word,'' p,aid one; Hhe'll shoot, an' ther chttnCeS air th et he'll ]{ill one er more UV 118." "That's so," said Joggs; "waal, let's g-o an' he'p ourselves ter som,e meat an' not bother 'im now." "I thet's thor bes' thing ter do," said one of the others. " S9 they went to the, smokehouse and broke the door down and loaded themselves down with meat and went away. They headed back toward their cabin near the and made such progress as they c9uld, loade9 dQwn as they were. They were an hour at least in getting back to the cai;>in, and they had almost reached the door when they s11w a number of men emerging from the building. They heard one of the men in question cry, "There they are, now !" and they dro:rrpec1 the meat and took to their heels at once, for they realized that they were almost two to one. The men who emerged from the cabin were, of course, Dick and the Liberty Boys, an<;l they at once set out in pur suit o-f the six, firing pistol-shots as they we:nt. ' Once or twice they heard a howl pf pain after they had fired, and guessed that had inflicted wounds upon the persons of some of the members pf the band. The Tories however, and, realizing that it would be t1seless to pursue them after that, Dick and his c omrades turned back. "We gave them a good scare, anyway," said Bob . "Yes, so we did," agreed Dick. "Bi,_1t I would rather that we had done more than scare them, eh, old fellow?" "We did; I am sure that we wounded two or three of thein." When they arrived in the vicinity of the cabin they came upon the meat lying where it had fallen when the Tories discovered the Liberty Boys. "Hello, here's a find!" cried Mark Morrison. ''Yes, it will come in handy," agreed Dick. "'Before we go back to camp, let's huve (1. fook at the place where you went down the face of the blufi',21 said Bob. ''Come on,'' suid Dick. He led the way to the edge of the bluff all looked over and downward. They did n!;)t say a word fer a fow moments, but simply gazed downward in silence. . "Do you mean to say tht"tt you made your way d1;1wn there with your hands tied together behind your l;iaek Q.nd a ropo tied around your neck!" exclaimed Sam Sanderson. "Yes," said Dick. "Grant gn1u1 !" from B9b; "I wisl1 that we had killed the laRt one of the scoundrels!" r . "They will get their deserts soone:r or later," sqid "I don't see how you managed get tht1t )?luff fifty feet and bnck up again, Dick!" from Mar]<. "I dQn't understand it myself, Mark." "I don't beliove you r,JO\lld do it agajn." "Perhaps not; f:till, one can do a great depl when. one's life depends llpon it.'l "That is tr11e." Then they went back, gatherea up the barns and shoulders that haq been dropped by the Tories, and set out in the direction of the encampment.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON . THE PEDEE. 11 When the youths saw the meat they were delighted. "Where did you get it?" was the query. Dick and his comrades explained. "Well, the Tories did you some good, after all," said one. "Yes, they were kind enough to bring the meat to us," said Dick. The youths had not had much to eat that evening, and they decided to have a square meal, late though it was. So they cooked a lot of meat and johnnycakes and feasted to their heart's content. Then they lay down and slept soundly till morning. 'After breakfast Bob said to Dick : "What are we going to do now?" "We are going to General Marion's rendezvous," was the reply. Bob looked surprised. "I know that we came down Here to find Marion," said; "but I didn't know you knew where his rendezvous . "I hadn't told you, Bob, but I do know where it is. I was there last night." "Did you see Marion?" eagerly. "No. He was away; but he is likely to return at any time, so the quicker we get to his rendezvous the better." . "You are right." Dick gave the order for the youths to get ready to move, and they did so. Half an hour later they were on their way to Snow's Island. When they reached Lynch's creek they crossed and were on the island. . Then began quite . a difficult task for Dick, th(lt of find ing his way to the which was in the heart of the island, and to reach which it was necessary to wind and twist through the swamps, following narrow paths. Dick had a splendid memory, however, . a11d he was _ en abled to go correctly, They ieached the vicinity of the rendezvous at last and were challenged by a sentinel: "Halt) Who eomes thar ?" "Friends," replied Dick. "Who air ye?" "I am Dick Slater," replied the youth; "I was here yesterday evening with John Lock, the blacksmith. I am a patriot and have my company of Liberty Boys with me. I want to see General Marion." "All right; come erlong." A few minutes later the Liberty Boys were en . camped in front of the cabins in the open space of ground in the heart of Snow's I i::land. . J\farion, one of the men who were there told Dick, had not yet returned. "But he may comr at any time," the man said. "We'll wait for him," said Dick. "We have come down l1ere to help him make things lively for the redcoats and Tories." CHAPTER VIII. DICK AND TllE SW Al\IP .l!'O:X MEE'l'. General Marion his men returned to camp about the middle of that afternoon. Dick had never met the Swamp Fox before this period of the war, but had heard him described and recognized him :from the description. He introduced himself and was given a warm greeting by Marion. "I can't tell you how pleased I am to have you and your Liberty Boys here!" said the Swamp Fox. "Now I can put into effect a plan which I have had in mind for some time." "I am glad that you are ploased, sir," said Dick; "we are pleased to be here, and are ready to do all we can to aid you in any work that you have in mind." "Good I How long can you stay in the South!" "As long as there is real need of our presence." . "That is well. With your help I will be able to strike the redcoats and Tories some blows that will make them wish they were somewhere else." Dick and the Swamp Fox had a long conversation and came to a good understanding. Dick told General :Marion about tho force that liad at tacked the Liberty Boys, and asked what he thought about going after it. "I will send out scouts at once," was the reply; "and if we can get the force located, we will go and make an attack." "I will go as one of the scouts, sir," said Dick. "Just as you iike about that, Captain Slater; I want that you shall feel free to do things, just the same as if you were not with me. And I shall always be glad to rccei ve suggestions from you." "Thank you, sir; but I am here under your orders and will act as you command." " 'We will work together, Captain Slater; I have heard about you, and know that your advice is likely to be good and of value; so we will work together and counsel together, and by so doing I feel sure that we will make it lively for the redcoats and Tories in this part of the country." "I hope so, sir." The scouts were sent out at once, and Dick and Bob went also. They separated after leaving the island, however, and went in different directions. Dick moved along at a swift paee. He was cager to find the redcoats, for lie wished to get after them, in company with the Swamp Fox. "We are down here in the South for war, and I want that we shall do some good work," he cogitated. On he went. He kept a sharp lookout around him. The Swamp Fox had told him that in tne region be-


TH.l L LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. tween the Pedee and Santee the redcoat s and. Tories myself an' take thet king's . side . I waited till the y wuz were very numerou s and he, realized that he goin' erway, an' then I shut ther door an' barred et ari.' might happen , upon enemies aJ any moment. begun s hootin ' at 'em. This made 'em orful rnad, an ' Dick continued OIJ._ ward a . nd just as it was they fired erbout fifty shots inter ther cabin afore they beginning to get dark he stopped at a cabin standing in a finally went erway." little :.: . : .; . , .. • ... . "I don't see how they can conscientiously blame you for The door was open and a ro\lghlooking man, who had trying to punish them for ' robbing and threatening you," the appeai;ance qf a hun.UJr, sat beside a table eating some said Dick: meat and bread. _ .. "Waal, thet s kountel Joe Jogg s don' see enn y s i _de uv er His quick ear heard Dick ' s footsteps, and he grabbed up question but his own." a rifle and leaped to hi s feet and faced the door. "You are right about that. But haven ' t they been bac k "Who air ye?" he a s ked, harshly. since then to try to kill you?" "A stranger," replied Dick; " and I thought that perhaps "I dunno ; (went erway ther nex' day on an experdishun I might get something to eat here." over inter ther mountains, an ' hev jest got back." The man lowered his rifle and nodded. "Oh, that' s it, eh?" "Yas , ye kin hev sumtl).in'.-.ter eat, ef ye want et/' he "Yas." said; "come in an' set up ter ther table. Thar's plenty . " "Then you don't know' but wliat they may eome at any Dick entered and took a seat at the t.!lble. time to look for you." • . He kept a .wary. eye on the man, for he did not know "No; thet' s ther reason I jumped when ye put in an but what the hunter might 'be a strong Tory, and in that appearance.'1 case might make an attack at any moment.-"I understand." The man seemed to understand the situation, for he said: Dick had been eating while talking, and now. he drew a "Don ' beerfeerd ; young felle_r; I'm er patri-ot, ther same long breath and said: .. ez ye air. " "I feel better. I a).11 much . obliged to yQUfor my sup "Are you?" exclaimed Dick. per." "Yas." "Yer weleum. B y ther way , y e hain ' t tol' m e yer name, "I'm glad _0 that !" y oung feller. }.fine's Jed T o wner. ] u s e e t s o seldom thet " Ther rea son I jumped . up an ' grabb e d m y gun when" y e I hardly ever think u v et.'' appeered wuz becos thar 's e r gang in these part s whut hez u M y name i s Dick Slater .'J, 1;aid they'll kill me. " "Ye berlon g ter ther army?" ' 'Indeed? " "Yes ; tha t i s to s a y , I have a c ompan y o f s oldiers, young' " Y as; they're Torie s a,n ' s koun ' rels." fellows lik e mys elf.' ' " What kind of a gang i s it?" ask e d Dick; " I mean .how " Whar they? " large a gang?" "They are in camp a few miles frorn ' here." "Thar's on' y s i x uv 'em, an''---" " Hev ye ever met ther Swainp Fox?' " "Do the y c all the mselves th e ''Ba d S i x?' " a s k e d Dick. " Y es; that i s where m y men ar e now-at hi s rend ez-The man nodd e d. vous." " Yas , tha t 's whut they c all s themsel v es; an ' they air "Oh, theri y e ' re goin ' ter maneuver with him, air ye?" bad, too, I tell ye! " rry e s . And I am out looking for a party of redcoats " I know t hat," was the quie t r eply. that are supposed to be somewhe r e in thi s vicinity. If J The hunt e r looked s urpri sed. find them w e will come and make an atta c k." ''Ye know 'em, then ?" he a s k e d . " I hope y e 'Il fin' 'em." "Only too w ell, yes." "So do I." Then Dick told the s tory 0 how they had made a prisAt thi s moinent there s ounded the trampling of ieet, and oner 0 him and had taken him to th e ir rendezvous aiid the two whirled just in time to see a balf-dozen rifle muz forced him to ri s k hi s life by climbing , with arms bound zles s taring them in the face. and a rope around hi s neck, down the bluff and back up it Dick and Jed Towner the inen holding the again. rifles at once. The m a n lis t ened with eager. intere s t and with indignaThe y were the Torie s who c all e d themselve s collec tivel y tion in hi s eyes, and when Dick had finished he nodded . the "Bad Six. " "Thet's jest like ' em," he s aid; "they hain't got no "Surrender er die!" c r -ied Joe Joggs. hearts er conshunche s et all." "I am sur e that you are right about that." "Ther trubble bertween me an' them , " the man went on, "started erbout two months ergo. Th e,y kim here one evenin' anc1 took ever'thin' I h eel th e t wuz worth enny thin' ; thr e atened thet they would kill m e e.f I didn' belmve CHAPTER IX. IN A BURNING CABIN. Dick and the old hunter were taken by surpri s e ; and for a f e w mome nt s sat there sile nt and motionless.


THE .. LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. PEDEE. 13 Then _ the memory of what he had had to s uffer when a prisoner in the hands of sam e s _ c oundrels only the night before came to Dic k, and he instantly decided .. to take des perate chance s rather than surrender and again permit himself to be subjected to anything that the Tories might think of in the way of a dangerous ordeal. Having made up his mind, Dick suddenly threw himself off the " stool on which he was sitting and went diving across the floor headfirst on hands and knees. Jed Towner was quick-witted , and the instant he saw Dick act he threw himself backward to the floor. At the same moment, seemingly,, the roar of the six rifle s hots sounded, and the bull e t s s patted against the wall viciously. Up from the floor leaped Dic k , and he threw the door shut with a s lam and grabbed up the bar and put it in place. This was done s o quickl y that the Torie s had been unable to prevent hi s action. Scarcel y had th e bar gone into place, however, there was a great pounding on the door, evidently from the butts of the rifle s . "Open ther door P ' cried the angry voice Of Joe J oggs; " open e.t ter onct, e r we'll kill ye both, d 'y e heer ?" . "They'll be more likel y ter kill us ef we do open the r door,'' said Jed Towner , a s he scrambled t o hi s feet. "Thafs what I think," agreed Di c k ; "so we . w ill jus t leave the door closed." " Yas, ther two u v u s in heer with the door barred orter be able ter hold out er g' in s t ther six uv 'em.". _. "We can do so, I am s ure . " . The old hunter got his rifle and fired a s hot thr however, and so were not injured. . Towner reloaded hi s rifle and fired another s hot, but this time no cry of pain was heard. The Tories had learned wisdom, and were out of range , doubtless. It was now dark in the cabin , and this s uited the two, for there was a window through which the Tories might have got sight of them, ?therwise and done them damage-. There was s ilen c e now for fifteen or twenty minutes , and Di c k and th e old man looked at each other inquiringl y . "Wh a t doe s it mean?" a s k e d Di ck; "have they gone away ?" The old man shook hi s head. "I don't think s o , " he s aid. "Then what a:re they doing?" Again the other . shook his head. "Ye kain't prove et by me/' he said; "but I'd be willin' ter bet consider 'ble thet they air cookin' up some mischief." "I think you are right.n Perhaps ten minutes passed after that, and then there came a rapping on the door; "Hello, in thar,t' called out the voice of Joggs. "Hello, yourself," replied Dick. "I've got sumthin' ter tell ye." "All right; tell it." "Et's sumthin' thet'll please ye." This statement was followed by a chuckling laugh with, 4;he hearers were !mre, something of sarcasm in it. "Then let us hear it at once." "All right; ther cabin's on firid" "What!" "Yas; ef ye'll listen ye'll hear ther cracklin'." The two listened, and sure enough they heard the sound of .fire crackling. "Hear et?" from J oggs. "Yes, we hear it, " replied Dick. "Waal, I gues s ye'll surrender an ' open ther door an' come out now,.won't ye?" Dick looked at his companion. "What do you say, Mr. •rowner ?" he asked. "Et means death, I take et, ef we go out thar now, " he said ; "so we mought ez well s tay beer-at e nny rate, ez long ez we kin." . "That's what I think. Something may turn up if we hold out as long a s pos sible." "Ye're right . " Then Dtck called. out : "We're going to stay in here awhile." "Bah; yer fools!" "That remain s to be seen." "Bo sh! But et don' matt e r ter us. Ye kin s tay e z long e z ye want to-till ther roof s all s in , fur ez w e're con sarned." "We won' t s tay that long . " "When ye do come out we' ll put er few bullet s inter ye! " Dick made no repl y , but looked ques tioningl y at his companion. "What is io be done?'' he asked. The hunter shook his head. "I kain't tell ye," he replied , soberly; " et looks like we air in fur et this time, fur shore!'' "It looks that way ; but we will not despair . " "No, we'll hold out ez long ez we kin , an' then when we d o hef ter git out uv this we' ll hev our weepins ready , an' we'll do our bes' ter kill one er two uv them skoun'rel s." "So we will . " It ;as beginning to warm up in the cabin. Th e fire was eating through between the logs at the end of the Smoke was beginning to pour into th e room, and it was becoming difficult to breathe. "Et's gittin' bad purty fast," the old hunter


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. "You are right." "Hello, in theer," came from outside, in Joggs' voice; "how d'ye like et by now?" "Shut your mouth!" replied Dick, somewhat angrily. "You deserve to be shot ! " "Is thet so?" came back mockingly. Dick noted that the voice sounded from near the door, and a sudden idea struck him. He was a daring youth, and he decided to make an at tempt to put the idea into effect. He moved softly across the floor until he was close to the doo1-. Then he took the bar down softly so as not to make any noise. Jed Towner watched Dick curiously. rrhen he tiptoed across and asked in a whisper; "Whut YE! gain' ter do?" "I'm going to jerk the door open quickly and see if I can get hold of Joe J oggs. If I can, I'll jerk him in here so quick it will make his head swim." The old hunter grinned. "All right," was the reply, and the five walked away, but it was with iivident reluctance. The old hunter got his few belongings and carried them out of the cabin, and Dick and his prisoner were out ahead of him.' The cabin was now burning fiercely. They had gotten out not any too soon. . "Air ye goin' ter turn me loose?" asked Joggs, surlily. "I guess not," replied Dick. "I guess ye will!" cried the Tory. There was a ring o.f triumph in tho man's voice, and Dick looked up quickly to sec what caused it. Coming toward them and not more than seventy-five yards distant-plainly to be seen in the light of the blazing cabin-were at least twenty British soldiers! CHAPTER X. : AN ATTACK ON THE BRITISH. "I hope yc'll succeed," he said; , "but ther others'll be likely ter shoot ye." "I will have to risk that. You hold the bar and be ''We'll have to run for it!" cried :Qick. "Thet's so!" from Towner. ready to push the door shut and put the bar in place." Then he and Dick darted around the corner of the cabin "All right; ye kin count on me." and into the timber. Suddenly Dick jerked the door open and leaped out. "I don think they kin ketch us, now," said the man. Sure enough, Joggs stood close beside the door. Dick "We'll give them a hard race for it, anyway," replied seized hold of the Tory, and, leaping back through the Dick. doorway, jerked the man through after him. Then Towner On they ran, and after them came the redcoats, urged on slammed the door shut and put up the bat. by the yells from Joe Joggs, who was wild with rage. This was done so quickly that the other Tories, stood The hunter was a good runner, however, and Dick was thirty or forty feet from the door, did not have time to try wonderfully swift, so there was not much danger that they to interfere to save their leader from capture. By the would be overtaken . . time they did awaken to a realization of the situation it Twenty minutes later they could hear no sounds of pur-was too late. suit at all, and they paused and listened intently while Dick threw the Tory to the floor, and, aided by Towner, resting. tied his hands. All was quiet. Then they rose and looked down upon their foe tri"We have shaken them off," said Dick. umphantly "Y as; I kn owed we could." "I guess you will see to it that no harm comes to us, Joe "I was pretty sure of it." J oggs," said Dick, calmly. They talked a fe_w minutes, and then Dick said: "Whut ye want me ter do?" was the sullen query. "What are you going to do, now that your home has "Well, if you think they can do it you might order your been burned?" men to put the fire out." "Oh, I'll find another place to stay. Thar are lots uv Joggs shook his head. empty cabins aroun' heer." "They kain't do et," he said; "et's an old cabin, dry ez "Well, let's 1rnnt one up; I can keep a sharp loofout or tinder, an' et's boun' ter burn down." the force 0 redcoats at the same time." "Then order them to go away and let come forth in "Thct's so; all right, come erlong." safety." They walked onward at a moderate pace, and half an "All right, I'll do et." hour later came to an empty cabin. "Open the door, Mr. Towner," said Dick. "I'll him . "'fhis'll do me, furst rate," said the liunter; "1 used ter and see to it that he doesn't get away." know ther man whut owned this cabin. He's dead now, "All right." an' won't need et enny more." The old bunter did open the door, and then Joggs called "I'm glad that you have a place to sfay. I guess I will out to his men and said: go on and try to find the British :force." l'Go on erway, boys, an' Jet these men come out." "I'll go with ye ef ye want me ter."


.,, THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. "No, that isn't necessary. You couldn't help mo any." So Dick bade Jed Towner and went on his way. He hunted around for an hour or more, going first one direction then tinother and thel1 suddenly he discovered the encampment of the British. He was on the top of a ridge, and down in the little valley lay the British encampment. He could see it quite plainly under the mellow beams of the moon. Dick stood there looking down upon the redcoat encamp ment. He sized it up carefully. "There are at least two hundred men in that party," he told himself. 'I'his did not matter; he felt sure that the Swamp Fox and his men and himself and Liberty Boys would be more than a match for the enemy. "I'll go back and tell the general that I ha Ye found the enemy's encampment," thought Dick. He turned and moved siiently away. He had kept his bearings pretty well, in spite of the exciting event at the home Qf Jed Towper, and now he headed straight toward Snow's Island. He rapidly, and was there in less than an hour. Re made his way to the patriot encaJDpment and found the Swnrnp Fox still up. "I've found the British encampmimt !" he exclaimed, after greeting General Marion. "Have yon?" cried the Swamp Fox. "Yes." "How far is it from here . ?" "An hour and a half's march." "How strong a force is it?" "About two hundred." "Just about our own number." "Yes." "Do you think we can take them by si1rprise ?" "I think so." "How is their camp located?" Dick told him. The Swamp Fox pondered a few minutes. "Yes," he said, presently; "I think that we can take them by surprise." "I am sure of it, sir." • "Well, we will get ready and start for the British encampment at onee." The general gave the order ancl the men began getting ready for the expedition immediately. The Liberty Boys made preparations also. Soo &ll were ready; then they set out. Dick went in front as gni(lC', but close beside him was the Swamp Fox. They had to go slow1.v till they WC'rr 011t of the swamps, and then they went at a faster pace. • Still, there was no grent neerl of haste. The later they were in reaching their destination the better would be their chance of taking the enemy by surprise. Two hours frQm the time of leaving their own encamp ment the patriots came to a halt on the top of ridge from whioh pl1,tee Dick htid first caught sight of the British camp. General Marion took a careful survey of the scene. The sentinels. could be seen pacing their beats, and as there was considerable open space all around the encamp ment, it would be a difficult matter to take the enemy wholly by surprise. "Still, by making a sudden, fierce dash we ought tQ be able to so demoralize them as to make it easy for us to put them to flight," said General Marion. "That is what I think, sir," agreed Dick. "And that is what we will clo. Give your men their orders and I will do the same with mine." "Very well." Dick told the Liberty Boys what was to be done, and they were delighted. "That's the way to do it, Dick!" declared Bob Estabrook. "We will seatter the redcoats like ehaff in the wind." General Marion had given his men their orclers now, and they only awaited the signal to make the dash down upon the enemy's camp. Presently the Swamp Fox g11ve the signal, and Dick repeated it for the benefit of his Liberty Boys. The next moment the entire patriot force was in motion. Down the slope it moved, gaining speed rapidly. O'ut into the open the patriot soldiers dashed and straight toward the British enctimpment. A couple of the sentinels fired their mt1skets aud whirled and ran with nil their might. The ptitriots set up a wilQ. yell. Inst11utly all was eonusi(;m in thti r!)r;lc9ats' enr;aroprnel).t. .CHAPTER XI. A SPY QAPTURED. The British numbered ns many as the patriots, but they were taken at such n disadvantage that they eou)d not do themselves jll.stice. The patriots fired a volley the moment they were in range. The British soldiers were at that momept re\).chii;i, g for their musketa, ancl in a somewhat i:ixclted state. A score of their number went clown, dead l,tnQ wounded, ancl this threw th!i others into a state of p!;lnio a1JD011t. On came the patriots, firing pistol volleys itml yellipg at the top of t}leir voices, The British managed to fire scattering shota, but the bullets did but little damage. The rn::xt moment patriotA were in 1;1mong the red coats like a hurricane.


1& THE __ . LIBERTY BOYS . ON THE PEDEE. The British soldiers were hurled " this way and that, as Dick . and General Marion walked along side by side, if they were straw men. and presently Dick said: !fany of them went down under blows from the butts of "Aren't you afraid that some of those redcoats will folthe patriots' muskets. low and spy upon us?" Others were knocked dowp. by the impact of their ene"I was just wondering if you would think of that," was mies' bodies and some of these lay still, the breath knocked the reply. completely out of them. , "Then you do fear it?" So fierce and irresistible was the patriots' attack that "I suspect that they might do something of the kind, the redcoats broke and fled. Dick." . They could not stand before such an onslaught. ''Then some of us had better drop back and keep watch The patriots, cheering lustily, gave chase, and soon the for them, had we not?" British were scattered in all directions, fleeing through the "I think so." timber. "I will be glad to be one of the number and will have Presently Dick and Marion gave the signal for the pa-some of my boys go with me, if you do not object." triots t9 cease pursuing, and the soldiers did _so and returned . "I shall be glad to . have you do . it. I know that if we to the scene of the are being followed you will detect the fac.t and capture the They had captured perhaps a dozen redcoats who were man . or men!' not wounded, but .who had fallen and been seized before "So we will." they could get up and . . . . T _ hen Dick name\} s . ix of the Liberty Boys and they The patriots took account of the damage thaf had been stopped and permitted the other patriots to go on and inflicted upon the enemy. . leave them behind. Eighteen had been killed and eleven were wounded'. Of "Now string out, boys," instructed Dick. the patriots seven were wounded, but . not one had been They did so at once. killed. Dick had told them to keep a sharp lookout, and they . General Marion had the twelve uninjured redcoats lined did as told. up in front of him, and, facing them, he said, sternly: They had . been in position only a few minutes '!hen "If I permit you to go free will y-0u give me your parole Dick heard footsteps. that you will not again take up arms against the patriots?" A moment later a soldier appeared in sight only a short The men hesitated and looked questioningly at one andistance from Dick. other. The youth was hidden behind a tree and the redcoat did It was evident that they did not know wh_ at to say. not see him. "What will you do with us if we refuse to give our The British soldier was walking pretty fast and was lookparole ?" asked one. ing eagerly ahead. "I will .hold you prisoners and you may never get away "I'm afraid that I've .los t them," the redcoat muttered alive. The chances would be good that you would starv.e as he came opposite Dick. to death, for we have hard work often in getting enough "Never --mind; we've found you!" s aid Dick, and he to eat." leaped out and seized the rec;Icoat, at the s ame time giving 'rhere silence for a few minutes, and then the same vent to a shrill whistle. s oldier siM: The British soldier struggled with all his might, but to "I will give you my promise not to again take up arms no avail. against the patriots if you will let me go free." He could not break Dick's hold. "And so will I." Quickly footsteps were heard and the other Liberty Boys "And I!" came running to the spot. "And I!" "I've got him, boys!" said Dick; "help me tie his arms." Each and every one of the uninjured redcoats gave pa"All right," said Bob Estabrook. role, and then General Marion told them that they would They quickly bound his arms, and then Dick said, be required to bury their dead comrades and look after the sternly: wounded ones. "Did any more spies come, other than yourself?" "I cannot afford to burden myself with prisoners whether "No," was the sullen reply; "I am the only one." injured or not," he said. "Spread out and watch a little while longer, boys," "We will be glad to look after our wounded comrades," ordered Dick. was the reply; "and will, of course, bury our dead." This was done, and after fifteen minutes had passed "Very well; that is settled then. Don't forget your Dick again signaled them to come back. paroles." "See any signs of any spies?" Dick asked. "We won't." The youths said no. Then the patriots witlidrew ana marched away in "Very good; then we will go on. Bring this fellow direction of their headquarters. on Snow's Island. along, a couple of you."


THE LIBER'rY BOYS ON THE, PEDEE. 1'1 Two of the boys took the prisoner by the arms and led "Thank #'OU; well, good-da#'; I must hurry on." him along. "Oh, no, don' be in enny hurry, Lizzie; I wanter talk They kept onward till they were within half a mile of ter ye:" Snow's Island, and then they blindfolded the prisoner. It was about an hour of sundown. '.'What is that for?" he asked. Pretty Lizzie the daughter of the blacksmith, had "We don't want that you shall be able to guide troops been walking through the timber, when she had found her to our encampment in case you should be free," said self suddenly confronted by Joe Joggs, the leader of the Dick. Bad Six band. He had spoken to her and the above conHaving blindfolded the redcoat, they moved onward versation had ensued. again; and at. last came to the point tree spanned1 Now, when Lizzie had started to pass tlie Tory, he had the creek. again interposed his body in her path, blocking her passage. The tree was a large one, so they had no difficulty in "Let me pass!" said the girl, the color coming to her conducting the pr.isoner across on it. cheeks, for she hated and feared the man. Arriving at the other side, they made their way along "When I 11ev told ye whut I wanter tell ye, Lizzie." the paths leading toward the rendezvous in the heart of the "I am in a hurry, Mr. J oggs; let it go till some other island. _ . time." They arrived there perhaps half an houl' after the others •i No, no tinie like : ther present.'' got there, and when Dick appeared before General Marion then, te11 it quickly; I must go on my way." with the prisoner, the Swamp Fox nodded his head and "All right, Lizzie; I'm_ er plain; blunt man, arr won't said: fool erway enny time beatin, aroun' th0er bush. I luv ye, "I thought so." . Lizzie, an' I want ye ter be my wife. Will ye?" "You were pretty sure we would be followed?" The girl's face flushed and her eyes flashed with scorn, Dick. as she said, scathingly: "Yes; I don't tmst the redcoats any too greatly." "Me be your wife, Joe Joggs? No! I detest you, and Then he looked sternly at the prisoner. consider it an insult to be spoken to in such a manner by "I believe that you are one of those who gave parole, you I" _ are you not?" he asked. The , Tory's face grew dark with anger. 'l'he redcoat fidgeted an.J looked frightened. "Be keerful how ye talk, Lizzie Lock!" he cried. "I know that you are one of them," said the general; 1 "I have a right to talk as I please. Stand aside and let "yet here you have been found following .. and trying to spy me pass!" upon us within half an hour of the time you gave the "I won't do et!" parole! What have you to say for yourself?" "You won't?" There was a brief silence, and then the redcoat said: "N 0 !" "I will just say that I am mighty sorry that I didn't "What do you mean?What are you goirig to do?" keep my promise".'' "I'm goiri.; ter take ye with me, an' hol' ye er pris'ner There waio a sincere ring to the voice, and General Ma till ye come ter yer senses an' prommus ter be my wife!" rion's stern look became softened somewhat. The girl stared in anger and dismay, and then said: "Oh, you are sorry, are you?" he remarked. "You won't dare!" "Yes." "Oh, won't I?" with a sneering laugh; "an' w'y won't "So sorry that if you were free again you would embrace I, hey?" the first opportunity to work against the patriots again?" "Because you have no right to do anything of the kind." The soldier shook his head. , "Oh, yas I hev. In these times might is right, ye "No," he said; "next time I shall stick to my word, come know." what may. I will never again break my word in a matter of this kind. I see that it is very dishonorable." "So it is. Well, we will hold you a prisoner awhile, at least; and later on we will decide what sha11 be your fate." The prisoner was then sent away and placed under guard. CHAPTER XII. JOE JOGGS AND LIZZIE LOCK. "How air ye, Lizzie?" "How are you, Mr. Joggs?" "I'm furst rate; M.' ye're lookin' fine, Lizzie." "It ought not to be so." "P'raps not; but et "Stand aside, Joe J oggs, and let me go my way in peace!" But the Tory only laughed in a vicious manner and shook his head. "Not much I won't stan' erside," he said; "I've loved ye fur er long time, Lizzie, an' I'm never goin' ter res' ontil ye hev becom' my wife.". The girl shuddered and made a gesture of "Then you will never re'3t," was the girl's reply. "I will never marry you. I would die first!" "Oh, ye would?" snarled the Tory. "Yee, I would," spiritedly.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS O:N THE PEDEE. "I think ye'll sing another tune, arter ye've Qe'n er pris'ner erwhile." "But I am not going to he a prisoner, Joe J oggs !" and with the words the girl leaped out of path and started to n1n through the timber. "lfol' on! Ye kain't do tbet, Lizzie Lock!" cried Joggs, and he gave chase to the girl. Lizzie was a. pioneer girl an9. was healthy and strong 1;1nd a good runner, but she was handicapped by her skirts, aD,d ihe Tory gr1;1dually gained on her. looked back over her shoulder and noted this fact. It gave her a feeling of fear; her heart sa:pk. "Oh, I am not going to be able to get away from him!" she told he1self; "what shall I do? Oh, what shall I do!" .Although that it was hopeless, she to run. She would put off the terrible moment as long as possible. Qloser and closer drew Joe J oggs. There was a of fiendish delight on his face as he :tan. "Ye mought ez well s top," he said, presently; "ye kain't git erway frum me." The girl made no reply, but continued to run with all h()r might. She was a brave girl and would keep on till the last mo ment. Suddenly s he felt a hand on her shoulder. It was not an easy gra s p, but a fierce, vindictive one, that pinched and bmised her shoulder. "Now I gues s y c' ll s top ! " s aid a har s h, triumphant voice. A s he spoke h e pulled back s trongly and the girl was forced to stop. "Let go, Joe Joggs !" cried Lizzie, trying to pull 100>:1e from the man . "Do you hear? Let go ! " "I coul

• THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. "Are you a Liberty Boy?" she asked. "Yes, miss." "l was sure of it. I know your captain, Mr. Slater." "I have heard him speak of you and your folks." "I thank you, Mr. Wannett, for coming to my assist ance." "You are more than welcome. It was a pleasure to ml'l to put the fellow to flight and render you a service. Who was the scoundrel, anyway?" "His name is Joe J oggs." "Why had he made a prisoner of you?" 'l'he girl blushed rosily. "He-wanted me-to promise-to=-be his wife," she stammered. "I don't blame him for that," flashed the young man, and he gave the girl a look that lnade her blush more rosily than ever. •I detest him!" the girl said, hastily, to hide her

• 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. rendezvous. One thing he reiilized, and that was that, liaa there been any redcoats or Tories -alcingthe route he traverse _ d1 they would -likely have had an easy tinie capbir ing him, for . his thoughts wefo all Oh thegirl he _ had left behind him. He did . reach the rendezvou s safelyj however; and when he informed General Marion and Dick Slater of the pres ence 0 the force of redcoats near the Lock hoine, prepara tions to go and attack the British were at once begun . . CHAPTER XIV. ANOTHER BATTLE WITH THE .BRITISH. As soon (;1. s they were ready the patriots left the encamp ment on Snow's Island aud made their way in the direction of the Lock home. They arrived at Kingsbridge, as the little village was called, in due time, and here they came to a stop. They summoned John Lock and asked him in whiqh direction the encampment of the redcoats _ "Due west frum here," was the reply. "And a pout a mile away, you ?" General Marion asked. "Very good; now we will head in that directiolf. " "I hope thet you'll succeed in takin' them by surprise." " I hope s o." Tom W annett had developed a mos t consuming thirst the moment they came to a stop at the Luck home, and he went into the house to get a drink. He 'saw Lizzie and forgot all about the water until after he was out of the house again and marching along toward the west with the rest. Then he remembered it, but he didn ' t .tell any of the boys that he had forgotten to get a drink after all. Wh-en they had gone about three-quarters of. a mile they : paused, and Dick and one of Marion's men stole forward ' to reconnoiter. They were soon at a point from which it was possible to see the encampment, it being a clear, moonlight night. They took a survey of the camp. "It be quite a strong force," whispered Dick's companion. "Yes, strong enough so that they '\"fill be able to make a goo d fight if we give them much chance." . "Well, we won't give them any more chance than we can help." "We won't." They presently st-0Ie back and made their report. "The enemy is there," they told Marion. "A strong force?" he queried. "About equal to our own, I should say," replied Dick. '"rhen we can handle them." "Yes, I think s o," said the other scout. Th e n the order was given for th e patriot s to advan ce. Tliey had received all the fostructions necessary. They knew what was expected of them always. At the signal -they were to make a sudden dash forward and fire a volley the instant they were in range. The patriots moved slowly arid cautiously forward. Presently they were near enough so that they could see the British encampment. Between them and the encampment were sentinels, however, and soon they would have to make a dash forward, for they would be discovered anyway. They advanced a few yards, slowly and carefully. Then a shrill whistle was heard. This was the signal. Instantly the patriots leaped forward and dashed straight toward the British encampment. The sentinels were startled, of course, and, realizing that they were about to be attacked, they fired their m11skets wildly to alarm their comrades in the camp and fled at the top of their speed. After them came the patriots as fast as they could run. In the encampment all was confusion. , The redcoats, the majority of whom had been lying down, many of them asleep, were leaping up and seizing their muskets. Suddenly the roar of a volley sounded on the night air. The had fired a It did considerable execution. More than a s core of the redcoat s went down, dead and wounded. Shrieks, yells and groans went up. Then the British fired a volley in return. They fired so wildly that not a great deal of damage en however . . Then the British leaped behilld tree s to s hiefd thi::m selves. from the bullets of the patriot s , and the latter, in obedience to a command from Marion , al s o took up posi tions behina trees. This made the engagement a more equal one. It was unsatisfactory to the Liberty Boys , for they haq wanted to charge the enemy and come to close quarters. The only thing to do now, however, was to fight in this manner by exchange of shots. The engagement w . ent steadily on for an hour, at least. Volley after volley fired by both forces, and the • bullets rattled among the trees and underbrush. Dick and General Marion were close enough together so that they could exchange words, and finally Dick said: "We don't seem to be making much headway." "No;'' was the reply; "they are shielded in such a manner as to make it difficult for us to do them damage." "I have an General Marion." "What is it, Dick?" "Why not let me take my Liberty Boys and make a halfcircuit and attack the enemy :from the rear?" "I think that a good plan," was the prompt reply. ''Then I shall do it?" "Yr s .''


THE LIBERTY BOYS . ON t'HE PEDEE. ... we will make the maneuYer a:t once." . "Do so; we will keep up a cons taut, s o as to cover your mqYement." Dick sent the word along the line of Lil.Jerty and soon they . were retiring from the When perhaps yards back from where Marion and his men were, the Liberty Boys turned to the left and .started make a half-circuit of the . British encampment and take the redcoats from the rear. They had gone about lialf the distance when they" found themselves confronted by a force of the British. Dick understood the matter at once. The redcoats had been making the same kind of a move that bis Liberty Boys were making. . The youth had his wils about him, however, and quickly ordered his Liberty Boys to fire. rrhey did so. Crash ! Roar l Rattle I The youths had got their work in first, and the redcoats were sadly demoralized. Dick seemed to realize this intuitively, and he yelied Ti1ey got the 'roum;l..ed together in the deserted encan:ipment and dressed their wounds as best they could. Of course, sentinels w.er_ e . placed out to _ prevent the possibility of a surprise. Twelve of the patriots had been w-0unded, and three had been The of the twelve were dressed and the three dead men buried, and then the patriots started back to their rendezvous on Snow's Island. • Eight of the wounded were not seriously hurt, and were able to walk back to the en,campment on the island, but four were seriously iiljure

,. • I 22 THE LIBER'JlY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. "Shure an' it's mesilf has heard him," said Patsy Bran nigan, a fun-loving Irish youth. "Yah, dot is so; I haf hearded him minesellufs," coin cided Carl Gookcnspiefer, gravely. "Shut up, or I'll thrash the whole crowd of you! " said Tom, pretending to be angry . . "Oh, commince wid me, Tom, 111e bhy !" pleaded Patsy; "shure an' Oi'm achin' fur er foight." "You'd be achin.g worse after it was over," said 'rom, grimly. The others laughed, and then Tom took his departure, followed by good-natured jollying from his comrade&. Tom was not more than an hour in reaching Kingstree, and when he entered the Lock home he was given a warm welcome, for Mr. and Mrs. Lock had not forgotten the seryice he had rendered Lizzie when he had rescued her from the hands of tl;ie Tory, Joe Joggs. Lizzie herself was delighted, for she had taken a liking to Tom, but, girl-like, she tried to concear fact from observation. She succeeded pretty well, so far as Tom was concerned, ' but she did not deceive her mother. One of the wounded soldiers ,who bad been left 'at the . Lock home was a Liberty Boy, and Tom went in and talked to him a few minutes, and was glad to learn that he was getting better. "I'll be with you boys agnin in a . week or so,'' said the wounded youth. "I hope so, Dan," was the reply. _ Not wishing to excite his comrade into a state of fever, Tom went back into the sitting-room and entered into conversation with the members of the Lock family. Tom would have liked to have add essed all his conver sation to Lizzie, but he was not far enough al for that, as yet. He would have to wait. So he talked to Mr. and Mrs. Lock fully as as to Lizzie, and forced himself to act if he enfoyed it. He stayed a of hours and then bade them , good night and took his departure. His comrade, Dari Morgan, was asleep, so Tom did not bother him. He walked briskly away in the direction of Snow's Island. He had gone perhaps three-quarters of a mile, when he suddenly caught sight of a couple of men stanc1ing under a large tree with their backs toward him. He could see them plainly, owing to the moonlight. They seemed to be engaged in conversation, and '!'om decided to investigate. He thought it pos s ible that he might hear something that would be of interest. He was a good woodsman, and was s oon close enough so "that he could hear what the two were 8aying. He quickly learned that they were Tories, and that they were talking abl'mt an attack which was to be made on the little village of Kingstree. "Ev'ry one uv ther famerlies t1rnr air rebels," one of the two said. "Yas, yer right,.,a.n' they orter be scotched," from the other. "Yer right; an' et's goin' ter be done ter-night." "How many men will we hev ?" the other asked. "Erbout seventy-five." "Thet orter be plenty." "Et will be." "An' when air we tcr be thar ?" "At midnight, ez near CZ posserble." Then the two moved away, and soon disappeared from Tom's sight. "So that is what you are going to do, eh ?11 the Liberty Boy muttered; "well, we'll .see about it!" He walked onward in the direction of Snow's Island. He was not long in arriving at the rendezvous. Many of the Liberty Boys and the majority of Marion's men were lying down asleep, but some of them were till sitting up, and among these \Vas D' Sinter. "How are you, Tom?" he greeted. "How are Mr. Lock's folks?" "They are all well, Dick." "And how is Dan getting along?" ' .'He is getting better every day, he says." "That is good." "Yes; but say, Dick, I have some news." "What is it, Tom?" The other LibeTty Boys who were awake looked at Tom with interest and curiosity. Then Tom told about having overheard the conversation of the two Tories and how a force was going to make an attack on the patriot families at Kingstree. "Jove, that is news, sure enough !" exclaimed Dick. "Yes," said Bob, eagerly; "we must put a stop to that, eh, Dick?" "Indeed we must. You say the attack is not to be made until a bout midnight, Tom?" "That's what they said." "Very well; that gives us plenty of time to get .there and be ready for them." . "Yes; we'll give them a welcome they arc not looking for." Dick then went over to the cabin occupied by General l\farion and knocked on the door. "Come in," called out a voice. Dick lifted the latch and entered. The general was seated at a rough slab table doing some writing. "Have a seat, Dick," he said "wl1at can I do for you? You look as if you had news for me." "I have, sir." . "Then tell me at once." Dick did so. The general listened witli interest. "Very good," he i:iaid, when J1e had heard all; "vcry good indeed. We w:ill be at Kingstre. c and receive Tories." "That was my idea, sir." "Yes, and we have plenty of time to get there if they are not to make the attack before midnight." "That is what the men said; but it might be well to be


TaE LI:REJlTJ;" BQYS ON TEE PEDEE. 23 on hand as early as possible. They might get there earlier They thtew away their rifles ill ord!)r to run aqd and decide to make the attack sooner." soon they were in among tlw tret;s and in AB l.ll\J.AY "True; well, we will be there by eleven o'clock, or a bit differt;pt , directions as t!:if.!W were m1n1, sooner." The chase was abandone(j the patriots then, for it They talked the matter over and arranged the details of wou!cl be useless to try tg patch tho when th.ey were their intended maneuvers, and then went out and arouse(l. running singly. . their men and told them to get ready for an expedition. The soldiers returned tQ the and foupg the The patriots were eager and quickly made . their arrange people out in front of their houses greatly f)Ver the men ts. aJl'air. an hour later they set out. The matter was to imd they They walked steadily onward, and an hour and a half Geueral Marion and Dick Slater for coming and driving latel' they arrived at Kingstree. It was no.w almost mid .. the Tories away. night, but there were as yet no signs of the Tories. Tom W annett seized upon tl}e opportpIJity presenteq and "They'll be along soon, though, you may be sure," said had a talk with Lizzie Lock. Whep she learned thilt he Dick to the general. had learned of the coming of the Tories while retur}ling from her home, she said that she was glad that he had They were right. They had been in p(lsition only a few come. minutes when out fr9m among the trees at north side "So am I!" he said, and there was such a meaning look of clearing in which stood the houses came the Tory on his face and such a significant intonation to his voice fore(!. that the girl understood and blushed. There were at least seventy-five of them, the pEttriots 'I'he wound.eel Tories were carried to one of the h9l)ses judged. and their injuries were looked after, and some Qf the pa" One good volley will send them away f(.lster th(.ln they triots buried those who had been killed, five in nulT!ber. have traveled in a long time, though, I'll wager," said Gel\It was decided that it would be well t6 guard the seteral Marion. tlement the rest of the night, so the Liberty Boys Rtayed. "Just w1rni I was lhinking," agreed Dick. 'Marion and his men retul'lled t.Q the rendezveus in. the Closer and closer came the Tories, and they stopped at swamps on the island. the first house they came to, and, surrounding it, knocked The Tories did not return, however; evidently they hail on the door and dem\).ngei;l it be openeP. in the name had all the experience they desired for one night. Qf the Next morning the settlers' wives and daughters bestirred "Now is tho tlll\e fo mrike the 11ttack," Sl\id General themselves early and cooked breakfast _tor the Liberty rion. Boys. "Yes," Diok. It was a glorious breakfast indeed. 'l'he youths at,e Then they gave the signitl, an<;1 the patri9ts d11sl!ed for heartily and enjoyed the meal hugely. ward, strniaht the Tories. As may well be supposed, the youths did not enjoy the 'fhey wei:e qqicldy withjp distancet ;md meal the less because there were a score of pretty they fired a vol1ey, which did considerable execution. who waited on them, them food as faRt as suppiies Were Uepleted. I . . . . ORAPTER XVI. ' P1ANNINg AN Those of the Tories who did not go do_wn dead or wounded broke a11d fled in the greatest haste. They had not expected this. They had thought that they would come to this quiet little settlement and have things all their own way, but they wer ruc1rly awakened from thi dream. 'rhey ran with all their might, for they knew that they were outnumbered by the rebels, and, too, they were not good fight rs, anyway, The patr!ot11 eager to give the 'l'orfoa n. scare while they were at it, gave chase, yelling at the top of their voices and firing pistol-Rhots 11s rapidly as possible. The Tories ran as they had never l):ln before. 'fhe girls, it may 11s well be s.tated, were (.ls well as were the boys. Thus it was a very pleasant affair, in deed, and all enjoyed themselves Soon after breakfast the Liberty Boys took their leave, for they did not believe that the Tories would return. They were only a little more than an hour In reaching the rendezvous on Snow's Island. They were greeted pleasantly by their comrades, and then Dick went to the cabin occupied by the general and hacl a talk with him .. l'I have a plan in mind," said Ma,rion, "which, if I could carry out, w9uld give me a great deal of pleaRure." "What is it?" asked Dick. "There is a Brifr

2-1 THE-LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. , trongiy fortified, you and fu11t is not . like when they, are encamped ill the operi:H "That is true, General Marion; but I am willfng . to make the attempt, if you are." "You your Liberty Boys be willing to go into the affair, eh?" .. "They will be delighted to do so." "I thought .as much." "My own men will be glad to make the attempt, I know; so if you are willing to go into the affair it may be consid ered settled." "I shall be glad to go into it, and whenever you say the word myself and Liberty Boys will be ready . " "Very good; we will get at it at once." "To-day?" "No, but we will begin making . our preparations to day." "How will we go? On foot?" "Part of the force will go down on horseback; the rest will go in boats." "Have you the boats?" "Yes." "I aidn't suppose there were many boats to be had in these parts." ':I have been quietly gathering a fleet of boats for several weeks, and have at least twenty." "That is good.'' "Yes." , They discussed their plans an hour or more, and then Dick went back to where the youths were and told them what was in the wind. It plea sed th e m greatly. "That's just the thing to do!" "I like that kind of work!" "Going to capture a fort! Hurrah!" "When are we to do this, Dick?" Such were a few of the exclamations and questions given utterance to by the Liberty Boys. Dick explained all to them, and tbey began looking to their weapons at .once. .. "Who is to go in the boats, Dick?" asked ' Bob. "I don't know yet, Bob; but likely we will." "All right." The e n c ampment took appearance : right nway, for the Swamp Fox' s _ men went to work getting read y for the expedition also. . After supper that evening Tom Wannett agai11 a skeii for leave of absence to go and see L1zzie Lock, and Dick granted it-all the more readily because he wished _ to know whether not the Tories had been seen in the vicinity . . _ . . Tom returned about ten o'clock and reported that all was quiet in the little settlement. ,_ "Not a Tory had shown himself," he s aid. "That is good," said Dick. _ "Yes, it is. a good thing for the Tories," said Bob. CHAPTER XVII. THE ATTA C K ON THE OUTPO S T. "All ready , boys ?" t'Yes, yes !" ;,Then pu s h off." It was about four o 'cloc k in the afternoon of the day succeeding thJtt on whic h it had been decided to go and make an attack on th e Briti s h outpost. General Marion and hi s men had crossed the Pedee ancl were now riding toward the Briti s h fort. The Liberty Boys w e re in boat s on the river, and when told them to pu s h off, they•did s o at onee. They were s oon out in the middle of the s tream and moved slowly down it, for there was no need of haste, it being _ their intention . to wait till nightfall before making the attack on the outpo s t. The boat in which was Di c k Slat e r had the lead, and when they had gone about five miles Di c k , who sat in the bow, caught sight of s omething jus t a s the y w e re rounding a bend and quickly ordered the y outh s to back wat e r. He motioned for all the you_ th s to turn the boats around, and the_y did so. .. "What is it, Dick?" asked s everal. _ " There is a schooner jus t around the bend, was the reply ; "and some redcoat s are loading it from the shore with boxes and barrels." "It's a s-iipply 's-chooner that has been s ent inland from Charleston , " ' said Bob Estabrook. "That i s jus t what it is!" from Mark Morrison. "And we mu s t capture it!" from Dick. "Yes, yes!" "What is the plan, Dick?" asked Sam Sanderson. "It is simple enough. We will make a landing, cross the neck of land yonder and make a sudden dash. I am sure that we can easily eapture the schooner." "Yes," said Bob; "I don't suppose that they have very many men." "No, not many." The Liberty Boys pulled in to the shore and disembarked. : A dozen of the youths remained to guard the boats, and the rest made their way across the neck of land. There being trees on the neck and their movements were shieldeil from the enemy. At the edge of the timber they paused a few moments to take rn the . s ituation before making the attack. The scl10oner lay at a landing and there was a cabin near by, from which, doubtless, the boxes and barrels had been taken. Some redcoats, perhaps a dozen in all, were on


THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS ON THE PEDEE. 25. the schooner, and more were on the shore, loading the boxes and barrels. A negro was helping. There were about a score of the redcoats. Having taken the look, the Liberty Boys were ready for work. Dick told them to make a sudden dash, and then he gave the signal. They leaped forth from among the trees and ran toward the schooner with all their might. The British were busily engaged loading the schooner, anJ did not see the Liberty Boys coming until they were close at hand. "Surrender!" cried Dick Slater, waving his sword; "dont attempt to resist, if you value your lives!" The British were taken by surprise arid were filled with Their commander, howeVllr, yelled to his men to fire upon the rebel!:; , and on hearing this Dick gave the signal to the Liberty Boys, and they fired a volley. -.: They killed and wounded at least ten of the: redcoats and the other s , after firing a scattering volley that did little damage, leaped into the water and swam toward the other shore. "Hurrah! That was easily done!" cried Bob Esta brook. "So it was," agreed Dick. They carried the wounded redcoats, six in number, aboard • the schooner and proceeded to bury the four who were dead. This done, they discussed the situation. What should be done with the schooner? It was decided to place a guard of half a dozen of the ) ' ouths on the schooner and leav . e it where it was . . The six who were to remain there designated by lot, for wanted to stay. When this had been settled they went to where the boats were and got in and started down the stream again. They continued onward till they were signaled from the shore by General ' Marion and his men. Then they went ashore and were greeted heartily by their comrades. "We thought we heard firing an hour or so ago/' said the Swamp Fox. . "I guess you did hear firing," said Dfok. "How is that?" eagerly; "do you know anything abou.t it?" "Yes," smiled Dick; "we did the firing, or most of it, at least." "Did you run aeross some redcoats?" "Yes." Then Dick told about liaving discovered some redcoats loading a schooner and how they had attacked the redcoats and killed and wounded half their number and caused the rest to leap into the river and swim for their lives. . "'fhat was well done!" said the Swamp Fox; "undoubt edly that cargo is of considerable value." "That i s what I thought, and . that was the reason ' I made up my mind that \Ve wouid try and capture the . . . Dick theri . told about the capture in A little later the talk tui:ned to the ei.pedit _ ion that_they were engaged upon. "How far is it to the British outl?ost ?" a s ked Dick. "About three miles,n was the reply: . '11'hen we will remain h e re till the time comes to ad vance and make the attack. " "Yes; we dare not advance any farther in daylight. We might be seen, and that would s poil. our of taking the enemy by surprise." . When evening came they ate the cold foq_tl'_ the./ had brought them then settled down to take thing s easy till time to move on the enemy' s outpo s t. They remained there till . nine o'e-lock, and then General 1\Iarion s aid they hac1. 'better s tart. The Swamp Fox and hi s men were to ride clear around the outpo s t and advance to the attack from the s outh, while the Liberty Boys advanced to the attack from the north. The Swamp Fox and hi s men mounted their horse s rode . away, and the Liberty Boys got into their boat s and started down the river. The British fort stood close beside the river, General Marion said, aBd its location could not be missed, for it stood on an eminence, a sort of bluff : nearly forty .feet high. . . . . . . . Half an hour later the youths sighted the fort outlined against the horizon. It was a beautiful moonligpt n!ght, and one could see pretty well. "It's too bright a night for our purpose," Bob s aid, when talking of the matter. "We will not be able to take the enemy by surprise." . . They made a when they . were pel'hap s half a mile from the fort. 'J.'hey tied the boat s to trees and made their way dciwn toward the fort on foot. They got as close to the outpost as they could without being seen by tg!} sentinels and then . they waited for thri signal. They .were at the footJ>f and perhaps two hun dred yards distimt from the fort . . The signal that had been agreed upon was a single pistol shot, and when this was heard both parties were to dash up the slope and make an attack. The youths stood there, muskets in hand, waiting for the signal. . They realized that it was going to be a stubborn fight. The British were fortified, and it was not like attacking a party in the open. The youths were grim and determined, however; they felt that they would make every effort to overcome the enemy and capture the fort. '


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. 'l'enJ fifteen, twenty minute6 passed, and then on the night air sounded a aingle pistol-shot. This was the eighal. \vith11ut a wordJ and as silently as possible, the Libt!rty Boys leaped forward. They ran up the slope at the top of their speed. Sbdn the battlll was on and the rattle of musketry was heard, sounding doubly loud in the stillness of the night. 'I'ne two forces attacked the British from opposite sides simultan!iJously, and this disconcerted the redcoats not a little. 'l'hey fought br!skly, however, and, having a confidence in the strength of their defenses, held their own remarka bly well, when it is taken into consideration that they were fighting two forces that had the of being the most desperate fighters that had a part in the War of the Revoh1tion. The battle was a desperate one, indeed, and for awhile it seemed as if the patriots would succeed in getting in and capturing the fort; but, the redcoats fought desperately also and managed to repulse the patriots. General .Marion was a careful commander. He never liked to expose his men to certain death, and so he gave the signal to retire, and the patriots did so. The Liberty Boys did so reluctantly, for their blood was up, but they did not wish to disobey the order of the Swamp Fox, so they retreated. Half an hour later the two parties were together and were talking the matter. over. Dick and the general dis the affair from every standpoint, and it was decided not to renew the attack. "We will go forward under cover of a flag of truce," said t4e general, ''and will bring away our dead and wounded." Dick went fo1'1v11.rd, cari"ying the flag of truce: He was halted when about fifty yards from the fort. "What itl wantetl ?" the sentinel asked. "I wish to see the commander of the fort," replied Dick; "\ve want to bring away our dead and wounded." "I . will tell the officer of the guard. u The officer of the guard '\las and he con ducted to thll foi't, where the youth had a talk with the co1prnander, who appeared to be a very fair-minded man. "You may come and take yotir dead and wounded away," he said. '• 1'hank yo\J.,'1 said Dick. "I will give you two hours in which to do this; then if any of you are 'vlthin range I will order my men to open fire." "'rwo hours will give Uti ample time," said Dick. Thert he took his departure. ''Did they grant the permission to take the dead and wotiiided away; Dit!k?" asked Marion. "Yes, sir; the co1l1r11ander there gave us two hours." ' "That will be plenty of time." ''So I told him." '11he patriot soldiers went forward and withdrew their dead and wounded comrades. Seven patriet soldiers had been killed j five of these were Marion's men and two were Liberty Boys. Eleven had been six of these were Marion's men and five were Liberty Boys. The seven patriotti were burietl aml the wounds of the injured were dressed as best could bt: clone under the circumstances. "We will cany the wounded men and put them in some of the boats," said General Marion. "Yes, that will be the best way to get them back to the rendezvous," agreed Dick. So the wounded men were carried and placed in the boats. The Liberty Boys then took their places in the boats and started back up the river. The Swamp Fox and his men went and mounted their horses and rode back toward the north. The attack on the outpost of the British had not been successful, but the pa-triots had the satiefaction of knowing they had inflictea fully as much damage upon the British as had been inflicted upon them. CHAPTER XVIII. THE FATE Ol!' THE CAPTURED SCHOONER. "Wt'lll, what ate we going to do . with this schooner, Dick?" "Sail it up the river to Snow's Island, Bob, and then unload the cargo and take the clothing, provisions and other things to the rendezvous." "All right; that's what 1 supposed you were going to do." "Yes." The Liberty Boys had reached the schooner and boarded it, and wel'e given a joyous greeting oy thOse who had been left on board the vessel. The six youths who had retllained behind were serry that the patriots had failed to capture the British fort1 but all were glad that the schooner and its cargo had been t:!aptured. This was some satisfaction, at any rate. Some of the Liberty Boys were pretty good sailors, and these took charge tlf the schooner and proceeded to sail the vessel up the riYer. The other youths followed in the boats. They reached Snow's Island at last and proceeded to unload the schooner. 'l'he wounded soldiers were carried to the rendezvo u s and comfortable i:o. one of tM cabins, and theh. the both the Liberty Boys and Marian's men, put in


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE PEDEE. .,,., "'' the rest of the night unloading the schooner and carrying That evening Tom W annett asked to be permitted to go ' the cargo to the rendezvous. to the Lock home. It was broad daylight when the inst loads were ready to "All right; go along, Tom," said Dick. "I know that be taken, and Dick then turned to General Marion and you want to see Lizzie, and l am anxious to know how Dan asked: "What is to be done with the schooner?" "We will burn it," was the reply. --;;you think we will not need it, then?" "No; and the redcoats might get hold of it again, so we . . might as well destroy _it." Dick and the general went aboard the schooner and set fire to it in the hold, so that the fire would gain good head way before the smoke would be seen a very great distance. By so doing any redcoats in the vicinity could not get in time to put the fire out an

2 8 'l'HR LIBER'l;'Y BOYS ON THE PEDEE. Lizzie's would-be lover, the time he put him to flight, but this fellow corresponded to him first rate. "You are Joe Joggs!" said _ Tom. "Y as I am; an' I'm go in' ter kill ye, blast ye !" "You won't ga1n a nything by that." The Liberty Boys remained with Marion on the Pedee several weeks longer, and did good work for the great cause. They liked to maneuver with Marion, for he used the kind of tactics they liked to use, and it was with sincere regret that they at last decided to leave the South. "W'y not?" The Swamp Fox hated to have them go. my comrades will hunt you down and kill you. "If you would stay here a few months longer, I think So if you lose your own life as a result of your action there we would be able to chase the redcoats clear out of the -will be no profit in it for you, will there?" Carolinas," he said . . . "But yer comrades won' know who killed they won' bother me." ye, an' so "Well, we may return and help you at another time," said Dick. "I feel that we may be needed in the North." "They will find out, never fear." So they bade goodby to the Swamp Fox and his men and "I'll resk et." rode away toward the North. Then Joe Joggs quickly a kn!fe from: his belt The Bad Six \].isorganized after the death of its and woi1ld have plunged. it into Tom's breast, but the .Joe Joggs, and it was never heard of again. erty' Boy was on bi;; giiard, and by a herc ' nlean effort Jed Towner, the hunter, lived till long after the end of ceeded in throwing his opponent aside leaping to. the war, and he never forgot Dick Slater. feet. Tom Wa'nnett returned to the Pedee at the clQse of the With a -snarl of rage, Joggs scrambled to his feet and, knife in hand, leaped toward the youth. . . Tom felt that it was his life or the othfr man's, howwar and married Lizzie Lock, who had promised to be his wife, before he had returned to the North. THE END. ever; and he had already drawn . arid cocked a pistol'. As the other leaped toward him he leveled tli'e and' fired. The next number (211) of "The Liberty Boys of '76:'' Crack! . wil contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GUILFORD The pistoi-shot rang out loudly on the night. air, andr COuR'i'HOUSE OR, A DEFEAT THAT PROVED it sounded a cry of pain, of . horror, A VICTORY," by Harry Moore. . from the lips of the Tory, !ind he . sank . to the ground, a . bullet through his heart. "I hated to do it," m urmure d Tom; "but he would have it-hello, who are they?" Running toward him were five men, and the thought came to that these were the othei: members . of the BaQ. Six band. . Not wishing to enter into a combat with such odds against him, Tom t u rned and ran. "Stop! Stop!" was the from the five, but Tom kept SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. lf you cannot obtain them from a n y . newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO N SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail . ---"HAPPY DAYS." . on running. His pursuers fired several pistol-shots, but The Be s t Illu strated Story Paper Published . none of the bullets came near the Liberty Boy. He was a fast runner, and succeeded in getting away from his enemies. When he reached the rendezvous he told his comrades about Ms encounter with -Joe Joggs. " . I guess I Jdlled him," he said; "l hated to do it, but he would have killed me if I hadn't :finished him." "You did the right thing, Tom," said Dick; "that scoundrel'is no loss to the community, and now that he is dead, perhaps the others will disperse, and a menace to the good people in these parts will be gone." ''Perhap' you nre right, Dick." ISSUED l 'RIDAYS. 16 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. -OUT TODAYI OUT TO-DAY! A BOY FROl\l THE STREET ... By C . LITTLE. Begins in No. 636 of "Happy Days," Issued Jan. 6. For Sale by all Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Ad dress on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, b y PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Unio n Square , New York . •


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Dash for Life. 2117 Fred Fearnot's Great Trotting Match ; or, Beating the Record. Fred Fearnot. an. d the Hidden Marksman ; or, The Mystery of Thunder Mountain. , . 2119 Fred Fearnot's Boy Champion ; or, Fighting for His Rights. 260 Fred Fearnot and the Money or, A Big Deal Jn Wall Street. . 261 Fred Fearnot's Gold Hunt; or, The Boy Trappers of Goose Lake. 262 Fred Fearnot and the Ranch Boy ; or, Lively Times with the Broncho Busters. 263 Fred Fearnot after the Sharperli; or, Exposing a Desperate Game. 264 . Fred Fearnot and the Firebugs; or, Saving . a City. 2611 Fred Fearnot In the Lumber Camps; or, Hustling Jn the Back woods. . 66 Fred Fearnot and the Orphan; or,,The Luck of ti Plucky Boy. 261 Fred Fearnot at Forty Mlle Creek; or, Knocking About In the West. 268 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Speculator; or, From a Doliiir to. a Mll!lon. 269 Fred Fearnot's Canoe Club; or.z.. A Trip on the Mississippi. 270 Fred Fearnot and the Errand J:IOY; or, Bound to Make Money. 271 Fred Fearnot'a Cowboy Gulde; or, The Perils of Death Valley. 272 Fred Fearnot and the Sheep Herders; or, Trapping the Ranch Robbers. 278 Fred Fearnot on the Stage; or, Before the Footlights tor Charity. 274 Fred Fearnot and the Masked Band; or, The Fate of the Moun tain Express. 271> Fred Fearnot's Trip to Frisco; or, Trapping the Chinese Opium Smugglers. 276 Fred Fearnot and the Widow's Son; or, The Worst Boy In New York. . 271 Fred Fearnot Among the Rustlers; or, The "Bad'.' Men of Bald Mountain. . . . . 278 Fred Fearnot and His Dog ; or, The Boy Who Ran for Congress. 279 Fred Fearnot on the Plains; or, Trimming the Cowboys. 280 Fred Fearnot and the Stolen Claim ; or, Rounding Up the Gulch 281 Fred Fearnot's Boy ; or, Selling Tips on Shares 282 Fred Fearnot and the Girl Ranch Owner, And How SlJ.e Held Her Own. . 283 Fred Fearnot's Newsboy Friend ; or, A Hero In Rags. Fred Fearnot In the Gold Fields; or, Exposing the Claim "Salt era." 285 Fred Fearnot and the Office Boy ; or, Bound to be the Boss. 286 Fred Fearnot after the Moonshiners ; or, The "Bad" Men of Ken tucky. 287 Fred Fee.rnot and the Little Drummer ; or, The Boy who Feared Nobody. 288 Fred Fearnot and the Broker's Boy; or, Working the Stock Market. 289 Fred Fearnot and the Bo:v Teamster; or, The Lad Who Bluft'ed Him. 290 Fred Fearnot and the Magician, and Bow he Spoiled His Magic. 291 Fred Fearnot's Lone Band ; or, Playing a Game to Win. 292 Fred Fearnot and the Banker's Clerk ; or, Shaking up the Brokers. 293 Fred Fearnot and the Oil King; or, the Tough Gang of the Wells. 294 Fred Fearnot.'s Wall Street Game ; or, Fighting the Bucket Shops. 295 Fred Fearnot' s Society Circus; or, The Fun that Built a SchoolHouse. . 296 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Courage; or, The Mistake of the Train Robber. 297 Fred Fearnot's Friend from India, and the W.,pnderful Thlnga Be Did. 298 Fred Fearnot and tile Poor Widow ; or, Making a Mean Man Do Right. . 299 Fred Fearnot's Cowboys; or, Tackling the Ranch Raiders . . : 800 Fred Fearnot and the Money Lenders; or, Breaking Up a Swln . . dllng Gang. 301 Fred Fearnot's Gun Club; or, Shooting for a Diamond Cup . 302 Fred Fearnot and the Ilraggart; or, Having Fun with an Egotist: 303 Fred Fearnot's Fire Brigade; or, Beating the Insurance Fra11d1. 304 Fred Fearnot's Temperance Lectures; or, Fighting Rum and Ruin. SOC> Fred Fearnot and the "Cattle Queen" ; or, A Desperate Woman'• Game. 806 Fred Fearnot and the Boomers; or, The Game that Failed. 807 Fred Fearnot and the "Tough" Boy; or, ,Reforming a .Vagr11ot . 808 Fred Fearnot's $10,000 Deal; or, Over the Continent on Horn back. 809 Fred Fearnot and the Lasso Gang; or,Crooked Work on th' Ranch. . SlO Fred Fearnot anu the Wall Street Broker; or, Helping the Wld ows and Orphans. 311 Fred Fearnot and the Cow Puncher ; or; The Worst. 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A Grand War Library BLUE AND GRAY WEEKLY STORIES OF BRAVE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN BOYS IN THE CIVIL WAR By Lieutenant Harry Lee Each Number Complete A 32=Page Book . 5 cent&! DO NOT FAIL TO BUY A COPY A New Story Will be Published Every Week All of the s e s ti rring stories are ba s ed on historical facts. They relate tb.e exciting adventures of two gallant young officers in the rebellion . Eac h alternate story deals with the North and South. There i s no partisan ship shown . In o n e s tory t h e exploits of Captain Jack Clark, of the Fairdale Blues, is given. In the ne x t, Cap tain Will Pre ntiss fig ur e s w ith hi s company, the Virginia Grays. Thus , both s ides of the w a r are s hown in the most impartial mann e r. Y ou will lik e the stories oi the South as well as you will like tho s e of the North. Both are eplete with daring in cidents, great battles and thrilllng military situations. An interesting love theme tlirougli ach story. Read the following number s ; • ALREADY PUBLISHED : 1 Off to the War; or, The Bo y s In Blue Mustered hi. At the Front; or, The Boys in Gray in Batt1e. 3 Holding the Line; or, The Boys in Blue ' s Great Defence. 4 On a Forced March; or, The Boys in Gray to tlie Rescue. 5 Through the Lines ; or, The Boys in Blue on a Raid. 6 Prisoners of W a r ; or, The Boys in Gray in Limbo. 7 On Spe cial S e rvi c e ; or, The Boys in Biue in Danger. 8 Bivouac and Battle; or, The Boys in Gray's Hard Campaign. 9 Out with Grant ; or, The Boys in Blue in Tennessee. O At Fair Oaks; or, The Boys in Gray Winning Out. 1 Hemmed In; or. The Boys in Blue's Hard Fight. 1 2 Trapped by a Traitor; or, The Boys in Gray in a Scrape. 13 At Fort Donelson; or, The Boys in Blue ' s Great Charge. 14 Held at Bay; or, The Boys in Gray Baft!ed. 15 At Pittsburg Landing; or, The Boys in Blue's Greatest 'Battle. 16 Leading the Line; or, 'I'he Boys in Gray's Best Work. 17 Between Two Fires; or, The Boys in Blue Cut off. 18 Winning Day; or, The Boys in Gray in the Lead. 19 Chasing tb e Enemy; or, The Boys in Blue in Hot Pursuit. 20 Beyond the "Dead Line"; or, Tlie Boys in Gray Besieged. 21 Under Court-Martial; or, The Boys in Blue Disgrac ed . 22 Before Richmond; or, the Boys in !}ray ' s Great Trust. For S ale by All N ewsde al e r s , or will be Sent lo Any Addre s s on Rece ipt of Price , 5 per Copy, by RANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 Union Square. New York. ' IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS f our Libraries and cannot procure th em from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill n the following Order Blank and send it to us with t1i.e ptice bf tlie bdoks you wttnt and we will send them to you by re-uri;i mail. POS'.rAGE STAMPS '.r.AK.ll!N '.rHE SAME AS MONEY. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............................................................. . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. • •••• : ••. ; ...•. ; .••....... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of \VORK AND WIN, Nos .............•••..............• •••.•..••.........•.•.••••..••... " " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ................... .".'. •.. ••.•..•.•••.•..•...•..••.••.••••..• " " BLUE AND GRAY WEEKtY, Nos ...............•..•.•••••••..•.•.••••••.•............ ' " " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .............................................................. . '' " SECRET SERVICE, Nos .....................•...•..•.•..•....••.•...••..•.•.•••.••••••• " " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ............. : ......•••.....••.....•..••••••••••••••• • " " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ....•...•....••••.............•.•...•. , .••...•••.•••••.•.•••••• Name ....•................•..•• Street and No ..• ; .... , ........... ToWn. ..•.... .. State. • • . • . . • • . .•.••••


:p x... U" 0 A. 1V :0 -er 0 :EE. CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVE.RY STORY OOMPLET.K. • 39 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. . PRICE 5 CENT& LATEST ISSUES: 275 Claim 33: or, The Boys of the M6untaln. By Jas. C. Merritt. 276 The Road to Ruin; or, The Snares and Temptations ot New York . By Jno. B. Dowd . 277 A Spy at 16; or, Fighting for Washlngfun and Liberty. By Gen'I Jas . .A. Gordi:m. 278 Jack Wright's Flying Torpedo: or, The Black Demons of Dismal Swamp. By "Nona1t1e." 279 High Ladder Harry, The Young Fireman of Freeport; or, Al ways at the Top. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. 280 100 Chests of Gold; or, The Aztecs' Burled Secret. By RlcharO 312 On Board a Man-of-War: or, Jack Farragut In the u. s. Na9f. By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 318 Nick and Jed, the King Trappers of the Bord&-. s, Aa Old Scout. 314 Red Light Dick, The Engineer Prince; or, The Bravest 08 the Railroad. By Jae. C . Merritt. 315 Leadville Jack, the Game Cock of the West. By An Old Scout. 316 Adrift in the Sea of Grass; or, The Strange Voyage of a Missing Ship. By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 317 Ont of the Gutter: or, Fighting the Battle Alone . A True Tem perance Story. By H. K. Shackleford. R. Montgomery. 281 Pat Malloy: or, An Irish Boy's Pluck and . Luck. By Allyn 318 The Scouts of the Santee; or, Redcoats and Whigs. A Stery &t Draper. the American Revolution. By Gen'! Jas. A Gordon. 282 .Jack Wright and His Electric Sea Ghost; or, A Strange Under 319 Edwin Forrest's Boy Pupil ; or, The Struggles and Triumphs of Water Journey. By "Noname. " a Boy Actor. , By N . S. Wood, the Young American Actor. 283 Sixty Mlle Sam ; or, Bound to be on Time. By Jas. c . Merritt. 320 Afr Line Will, The Young l!Jnglneer of tile New Mexico Express. 284 83 Degrees North Latitude; or, the Handwriting In the Iceberg. By Jas. C. Merritt. By Boward Amttln . 321 The Richest Boy In Arizona; or, The Mystery of the Gila. By 285 Joe, The Actor's Boy; or, Famous at Fourteen. By N. S. Wood Howard Austin. . (the Youns American Actor.) 322 Twenty Degrees Beyond the Arctic Circle; or, Deserted In the 286 Dead For 5 Years; or, The Mystery ot a Madhouse. By Allyn !;and.of fee. By Berton Bertrew. Draper. 323 Young King Kerry, the Irish Rob Roy : or, The Lost Liiiy ot 287 Broker Bob: or, The Youngest Operator In Wall Street. By Klllarney. By Allyn Draper. B. K. Shackleford. • . 324 Canoe Carl : or, A College Boy's Cruise In the Far North. By Al 288 Boy Parda; or, Makiftg a Home oo the Border. By An Old Ian Arnold. Scout. 289 The Twenty Doctors: or, the Mystery o! the coast. By Capt. 325 Randy Rollins, the Boy Fireman. A Stoi'y of Heroic Deeds. By Thoe. H. Wilson. Ex-Fire-Chief Warden. 200 The Boy Cavalry lilcout; or, In the Saddle. By Gen'l. Jas. 326 Green Mountain Joe, the Old Trapper ot Malbro Pond. Bg An A. Gordon. Old Scout. 291 The Firemen ; or, "Stand by the Machine. " By Er-Fire Chlet 327 School ; or, A Fight for a Railroad. By 292 or, From Office Boy to Partnel'. By Allyn 328 LOllt In the City; or, The L(8hts and Shadows ot New York . a,. . Draper. H. K . Shackleford. 293 The Shattered Glass. ; or, A Country Boy In New York A True 329 Swltchbaclt Sam, the Young Pennsylvania Engineer; er, Rall Temperance Story. By Jno. B. Dowd. roading In the Oil Country. By Jas. C . Merritt. 2'4 Lightning Lew, the Boy Scout; or, Perils In the West. . By Gen'I. 330 Trape:Be Tom, the Boy Acrobat ; or, Daring Work in the Alf'. D.v Ja& A. Gordon. Berton Bertrew. 295 The Gray House on the Rock; or, The Ghostfl of Ballentyne Rall. 331 Yellowstone Kelly, A Story of Adventures In the GTeat West. &.v By Jas. e. Merritt. An Old Scout. 296 A Poor Boy's Fight: or, 'Flie Hero of the School. By Howard 332 Wine; or, Foiling a Desperate Game By H. K. Austin. 333 Shiloh Sam; or, General Grant's Best Boy Scout. By Gel!t. Jui. 29i Captain Jaok Tempest: or, TIM! Prince of the Sea. By Capt. Thoa, • A. Gordon. H. Wilson. 334 Alone In New York: or, Ragged Rob, the Newsbo$' . By N. 8. 298 Billy Button, the Young Clown and Bareback Rider. By Berton Wood (The Young American Actor). Bertrew. 333 The Floating Treasure; or, The Secret of the Plra.tee Ro

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