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Dick and his followers rushed from behind the barn. Aiming a I>istol at the marauder who held the chickens, he shouted "Halt? '' The Liberty Boys charged on the soldiers in the road, resolved to seize their supply of food.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Maga z ine Contai ning Stories of the American Rev olu t ion . Issued Wukl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 7:>er yea,.. Entered as Sreond r.lass Matper at the New York.!"' Y., Post Office, February 4. 1901. Entered accm-ding to Act of Con(lress. in the 11ear 1905. in the office of the LWrarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by li'rank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 255. ORK, NOVEMBER 17, 1905. Price 5 Cents . \> CARL IN TROUBLE. "Led us go in und ged ein trink uf vater, Batsy." "All roight, "Gome along mit me." " Oi'm co min' . " It was about the 20th of March of the year 1781. The place was central-southern North Carolina, near where Cross Creek emptied into the Cape Fear River. Two young men had been walking along a road and had paused in front of a house which stood back from the road perhaps fifty yards and was separated bom it by a rail fence. . These young men were rather peculiar-looking fellows. One was tall and angular, but evidently strong and hardy; this was Patsy Brannigan, an Irish youth. The other was short and fat, and would weigh about two hundred pounds; this was Carl Gookenspieler, a Dutch youth. The two were members of a company of young patriots who were known all over the country as "The Liberty Boys of '76." The Liberty Boys had been fighting for liberty and inde pendence four years, and were indeed veterans, though their average !lge was not b exceed twenty years. The company had been sent down into North Carolina to aid General Greene in his campaign against Cornwallis, the British general, and only a few days before the date of this story the battle of Guilford had been fought. In t:l!is battle the Liberty Boys had fought like demons, and now they were following the British army on its retreat down the Cape Fear River. The British soldiers were terrible for marauding, and +li.!JY robbed the settlers right and left. Whatever they found that was portable and that they cared for, that they would and carry off with them. The Liberty Boys were to follow, hover around the Brit ish and strike blows to any parties of foragers and plun d erers that they could find at werk. Each day the Liberty Boys would scatter and search for parties, and that was what Carl and Patsy had been doing. They had walked several miles and had not seen any signs of the B ritish And now, tired and thirsty, t hey had paused in front of the house in question, and Carl had suggested that they go in and get a drink. ' Patsy had acquiesced, ancl now they passed over the rude steps leading over the fence and walked toward the house. There was no one in sight, and Carl knocked on the door. Presently steps were heard, and then the door opened, showing a tall, angular, vinegar visaged woman of about forty-five year s . : ' She looked at the two in a fierce and uncompromising manner, and in a shrill, high pitched voice said: "W aal, whut d'ye want?" "Der first t'ing, laty, ve vill say goot-afdernoons to you," said Carl, bowing p o litely. "I don' keer ennythin' erbout yer 'goot afdernoons,'" said the woman. "Whut d'ye want?" . "Ein trink uf vater, laty," replied Carl, with another bow. The woman glared at the two. "I know whut ye want," she snarled; "ye air maratiders / an' robbers I Ther woods air full uv 'em, an' ye wanter git inter ther house and steal ever'thin' ye kin lay han's on, thet's whut ye wanter do !" "Shure, madam, an' yez are afther bej.n' mistaken abhout thot," said Patsy. "Yah, you hav made some misdak:es abouid dot," from Carl. "I know better; ye air robbers. I kin see et in yer faces. Ye wanter git in an' rob ther house, an' ye shan't do et. Go 'long erway !-d'ye heer ?" "Bud, mein goot laty, ve--" "I'm not your 'goot laty !'" snapped the woman. "Nor innywan's, Oi'm aither t'inkin'," muttered Patsy. "Whut's thet ye say?" "Nothi.n', ma'am," replied Patsy. "I know better. Ye said sumthin' mean erbout me, an' I've a good min' ter scratch yer eyes out!" The look in the woman'c; eyes was so tigerish that Carl took a step backward hastily, and, stepping off the edge of the little, narrow porch, fell to the ground kerthump. Some little suckling pigs bad come up and were ro o ting away unconcernedly beside the porch, and Carl fell o n one of them and knocked it out. One terrible, ear-splitting squeal and all was over. Carl had not noticed that the pigs were there, an d when he heard the shrill squeal he was startled greatly. "Vat T OS dot?" h e cried. "Shure an' yez hav' kilted a pig, C ookyspiller, " g rinn ed Patsy.


_,,,. THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. But the woman did not grin. The death of the pig an gered her terribly, and she yelled out: "Git er long erway frum beer, ye two raskils !--d'ye beer? Git out, afore I scald ye, er set ther dog onter ye! Git I" Carl scrambled to his feet. "Laty, I "TOS peen sorriness dot I haf der liddle big made dead, alretty," he said. "I--" "Whut ye talkin' er bout, ennyhow ?"shrilled the woman. "Whut ye mean by 'little big,' ennyway. Whoever seen er little thet wuz big, I wanter blow?" "I mean der liddle big, laty; dis "Ton "Tat I haf smashed," explained Carl. "I "Tos peen sorriness dot dis haf hab bened." "Git er long erway ! " cried the woman. "Ye better go quick, too, :for I'm gittin' my mad up, an' when I'm good an' mad I'm er caution, I tell ye!" "Shure. an' it's me&ilf wull wager thot thot is no lie!" muttered Patsy. "Whut's thet ye say? Whut'.s thet, sir!" cried the woman. u Oi said tbot we wull fly, ma'am," said Patsy. "Ye'd better! . .An' ther quicker ye fly the better, too! Now git erway frum beer in er hurry!" "Bud, laty, "Te are "Tery thirsty, und vould lige ein trink uv "'l:ater pefore "Te go." woman glared at the youths a few moments, and then, without a word, banged the door shut and they heard her footsteps as she hastened across the room. [ The two Liberty Boys looked at each other. "Vat you t'ink, Batsy ?" "Oi t'ink thot dhis is abhout dhe affair thot Oi iver run up ag'inst." "Und dot is vat I t'ink, Batsy. Der vomans is ein, vat you gall him-shrew. Dot is id. Yah ! I vos bitty her huspand !" Footsteps were heard again, and then suddenly the door <>pened and there stood the woman with a tea-kettle in her hand. Steam was coming out of the spout, and there could be no doubt that there was boiling bot water in the recep-"D'ye two raskils see this?" the woman cried, nodding -toward the tea-kettle. They did. They were staring at it as though fascinated. "Wull, I hev tole ye ter git, two er three times, an' ye ackward, stumbled over the dead pig and fell and went rolling over and over. Doubtless he thought he was going to be treated to a hot-water bath, for he cried: "Don'd do id! Don't sgald me, laty ! Ve "Till !--0h, don'd gif ue der hot nter !" The spectacle was so comical that in spite of himself, Patsy could not help chuckling. Temporarily he forgot about the woman, but he was reminded of her presence when she whirled toward him with uplifted tea-kettle and shrilled out: "Whut air ye laffin at, ye hyener? I'll gi"T' ye er taste uv ther hot water an' see ef laff, then I" Patsy was sure she meant what she said, and he leaped backward so quickly that he, too, stumbled and fell. Wild with fear of the scalding that had been promised him, Pa.:sy scrambled to his feet and ran hastily around the corner of the house. He was in such a hurry, indeed, that he did not see a man who was coming around the corner at the same time until it was too late to avoid him, and the two came together with a crash. Down they went, a yell of pain and rage escaping the lips of the man. "0 h, ther raskil hez knocked Joshua down I" the woman shrieked. "Now I'll scald him fur shore !" and she ran toward the two prostrate men. CHAPTER II. A LIVELY SCENE. Patsy was slightly stunned by the shock of the collision and by the fall, and he did not realize that he was in dan ger. Had he been forced to depend upon himself he would have been scalded, for the woman undoubtedly meant to douse the youth with the hot water. But Carl had Ecrambled to bis feet, and he saw his com rade's danger. The Dutch youth was brave, and was the fellow to stand idly by and see a friend injured, and he ran quickly forward, and, just as the woman was on tht:! point of pouring the water on Patsy, be seized hold of the handle of the tea-kettle and jerked it out of its owner's hands and threw it ten feet away, spilling the contents ou the ground, and indeed breaking the kettle, it striking against a rock. "Ye've broke my kittle !"screamed the woman, "an' I'm goin' ter break yer yead, ye skoun'rel !" the woman cried,Y and she leaped forward and began clawing and scratching at Carl's face with both hands. The Dutch youth was too chivalrous to think of striking a woman, no matter how much of a tigress she might be, and so he confined his efforts to trying to keep him from hurting him and to get away from her. Patsy suddenly got over his dazed condition and scram bled to bis feet, and found himself confronted by the man be had knocked down, who had also risen to his feet. "Blast ye! whut ye tfyin' ter do, ennyhow?" cried the man, and he made a fierce attack on Patsy. J I


THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. He struck out fiercely, and it was all Patsy could do to keep from being knocked down. He managed to ward off the majority of the blows, however, and to send in some in return, and it speedily became a fight indeed. With Carl struggling to keep out of the clutches of the termagant and Patsy fighting with the man things were lively about the place. . But they were destined to be livelier still, for suddenly a dog came bounding around the corner, and as Carl happened to be the nearl:lst person, the dog bit the Dutch youth on the leg. "Ow-wow! Ouch !" roared Carl. "Oh, vat is dot? Vat has bited me der leg half off, I vant to know l Ow-wow !" He whirled, saw the dog and gave a fierce kick at the animal, which leaped quickly out of the way, and Carl, becoming overbalanced, fell to the ground. The woman gave utterance to a cry of delight. "Good dog! Good Tige !" she exclaimed. "Bite 'im erg'in ! Bite 'im, boy!" Then she seized Carl by the hair and began pulling and jerking in an attempt, seemingly, to drag the youth in this manner. "Oh, hellub !-hellub !" howled Carl. "Oh !-ouch! My bait! Vat are you doing? Led go uf my hair, I dell you! You vill bull id all ouid-oh !-ouch !-ow !" "An' sarve ye right!" shrilled the woman. "I'll pull all yer ha'r out, an' I'll scratch yer eye out, too !-sick 'm, Tige ! Bite 'im, boy!" Carl was kicking wildly and the dog leap e d and dodgecl :;i.bout and snapped at the youth ' s :flying heels, growling and barking fiercely the while. And all thi s tim e Pats y and the man of the house were pummeling eac h oth e r at a great rate. It was inde e d a liv e ly scene, and the excitement was at its height, whe n sudd e nly 1.wo persons appeared from the edge of the timber about fifty yards north of the house. These two youths wore the uniform of the Continental soldier, and they were indeed patriot soldiers, being no other than Dick Slater, the captain, and Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant of the company of Liberty Boys. They hastened forward, and when they were close up Dick cried out : "Here! here! Stop this, everybody! Stop it, I say!" Bob left the talking for Dick to do, and hastened around and gave the dog a kick, causing the animal to give utter ance to a yelp of pain and go galloping around the corner of the house in a hurry. A cry of anger escaped the lips of the woman and sheleaped toward Bob, her claw-like hands extended, the fingers working. "Kick my dog, wull ye?" she cried; "I'll choke ye fur thet ! I'll scratch yer eyes out!" "Loog ouid vor her, Pob !" cried Carl, scrambling to feet. "She is ein tigress, und vill do you much tamages uf she geds close oop mit you!" Bob seized the woman by the wrists and held her firmly,. though she tried hard to get free, all the time threatening what she would do to the youth. "Dot's id, Pob ! Dot's der vay !" cried Carl, excitedly. "Hold ondo her, Pob ! Don'd led her ged avay !" Just then Patsy knocked his antagonist down and turned toward his comrades, a comical grin on his face. "Shure, byes, an' Dootchy an' mesilf hav' be'n afther havin' a loively toime av it here!" he exclaimed. "So it would seem," smiled Dick. "Yah, dot is so," from Carl, who was examining his leg where the dog bad bitten him. " Let go my wrists!" cried the woman, struggling fiercely. "I will if you will promise not to try to scratch me,.,. said Bob. "I am not goin' ter do nothin' now. How kin I when. thar air so menny uv ye? Ye kin rob our house uv ever' thin' thet wuzn ' took by the m redcoated sojers thet went erlong heer yistiddy, an' we'll hev ter eet off'n ther bare tabl e an' sleep on ther bare :floor." "We are not robbers, madam," said Dick , as Bob released the woman. "Nein, nein," from Carl; "all vat ve vanted vos ein. trink uf vat e r, und der vomans she vanted to mage us trink_ id hot und righd ouid uf der tea-keddle, py shimma nett y !" ou made a mistake, Mrs.--" '"":l'hey paused and stared at the scene before them in "Skaggs is my name." amazement. • "As I was saying, Mrs. Skaggs, you made a mistake,'>' "What does it mean, Dick?" w ent on Dick. "These two young men are my comrades,. "Trouble for somebody, Bob-especially for' the fat el and I that they bad no intention of robbing you." low on the gro imd." "W aal, mebby I made er mistake. Mebby they didn'" "I should say so! With an angry woman hold of his inten' ter rob us. But on'y yistiddy er lot uv sojers kim hair and a dog trying to take a piece out of bis legs, the erlong an' they took mos' ever'thin', an' I thort thet thesefellow is certainly in trouble!" heer two fellers bed come ter git wuz left." "Why, it's Carl, old fellow!" "You were altogether wrong, madam. In fact, we are-"Jove, so it is-and that's l'atsy fighting with the after the marauders. We are doing our best to keep the-man!" redcoats from robbing and plundering the settlers as thef "You are right; let's go and put a stop to the fracas and have been doing." find out what it is all about." . "Waal, I wish't ye hed be'n beer in time ter keep 'em "All right." rum robbin' us."


4 THB LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. "So do I." The man that Patsy had fought with had risen to hi s feet and was nursing a black eye and listening to the conversation. "I guess ye made er mistake, shore enuff, Marthy," he growled; "ye---" "Don' ye dar' ter -tell me thet I made er mistake, Joshua Skaggs!" cried the woman, rushing toward him and shak ing her finger in his face. "Don' ye dar' say enny sech er thing !-d'ye heer ?" "Y-yas, M-Marthy," stammered the man. "Shure an' it's mesilf phwat pitties thot mon," thought Patsy. "Oh, vat a vomans !" murmured Carl. CHAPTER III. turned to start back to the house, only to :find himself con fronted by six redcoats who had leaped out from among the trees. They held leveled pistols in their hands, and one cried out, sternly: "Surrender, rebel, or you are a dead man!" Now, Bob Estabrook was as brave a youth as ever lived; more, he was daring to the verge of recklessness, and he was moreover impulsive and quick to act. In this instance he proved that this was a leading char acteristic, for, like a flash, he dashed the contents of the pail over the redcoats. Not one but what received some of the water. Of course, the water did not injure the redcoats, but it disconcerted them greatly, for they were not expecting any thing of the kind. They uttered gasps and lowered their pistols to try to wipe_ the water off their faces and out of their eyes. Two of them dropped their weapons to the ground. THE ENCOUNTER AT THE SPRING. This gave Bob an advantage, which he was quick to follow up, quick as a flash, he threw the pail and struck the nearest redcoat in the face, knocking him down. Then, Dick and Bob could hardly keep their faces straight, and whirling, Bob bounded in among the trees and took up his Patsy did not try, but looked at Dick and Bob, shook his position behind one. head and then grinned. Then he drew two pistols and cocked them, at the same "May we have a drink now, madam?" asked Dick. time yelling at the top of his voice: She whirled and snapped out: "Help! Redcoats! This way, Liberty Boys!" "Y as, ye kin hev all ther water ye want; but I'd like ter He followed this up by :firing a shot from one of the know who's goin' ter pay me fur my broke tea-kittle !" pistols, and one ot the redcoats gave utterance to a yell of "Shure, an' ye wur ter blame fur id gitthin' broke, pain. The bullet had hit him in the shoulder. ma'am," said Patsy; "we didn't want yez ter bring it out, The next moment Dick, Patsy and Carl came rushing did we, Carl?" .J)ut of the house and down toward the spring. Mr. and "Yell, I t'ink nod, Batsy !" Mrs. Skaggs followed them, and the dog came running out "Waal, git yer drink an' be off with ye 1" the woman from under the house barking like mad. cried. The redcoats saw the youths coming, and so demoralized "Where is the fater ?" queried Bob. were they by what had already taken place that they turned "Thar's er bucketful in ther kitchen. We kerry ther and fled at the top of their speed, quickly disappearing water frum er spring er quarter uv er mile erway." among the trees. "Go right in an' he'p yerselves," said Mr. Skaggs, who Bob sent another pistol-shot after them and yelled: seemed glaa the affair was terminating in an amicable man-"Run, you cowards, run!" ner. But his wife rather took him down by snapping out: As soon as Dick and his two comrades reached the spring "Shet yer head, Joshua Skaggs!" Bob joined them, and the four dashed into the timber in He obeyed; at least he did not say any more. pursuit the fleeing redcoats. The four Liberty Boys enterea the house, the wohlan They did not get sight of the fugitives, however, and preced'ing them and her husband bringing up the rear. after running a third of a mile they stopped and turne He was caressing his injured optic, and he surreptitiously back. shook his fist at Patsy's back; but he undoubtedly knew Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs were at the spring, and the woman better than to make an attack on that youth. asked, eagerly: The boys drank heartily, and as they :finished up what "Did ye ketch 'em?" was in the pail, Bob said: "No, ma'am," replied Dick. "I'll go and bring another pail for you, Mrs. Skaggs. "They ran too fast," grinned Bob. Show me where the spring is." "Der fastest runners vat I hef nefer seen pefore," de-"Ye're ther mos' decent one uv ther lot," said the clared Ca.rl, puffing like a porpoise. woman, slightly mollified; "ther spring is right down yen"Shure an' dhey wouldn' haTe to run very fast to kape der at ther foot uv ther hill," and she pointed out through out av your way, Cookyspiller," grinned Patsy. the window. "I don'd know a\>ouid dot, Batsy," was the good-nature Bob took the pail and hastened out. "I gan run shoost so fast down der hillside as va Re was soon down at the spring and, filling the pail, he you gan."


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS HAl:W A'l' WORK. "Yis, yez kin fall down an' roll to dhe botthom, be rra." "I wish't ye hed killed some uv 'em," said Mrs. Skaggs. "I'm almos' sartin thet they wuz tber fellers whut robbed our house yistiddy." "I put a bullet into one's shoulder," said Bob. "Good l I'm mighty glad uv et." "An' so'm I," from her husband. "Shet up, Josh Skaggs P' cried his wife, who was in a mood to scold someone, and her husband offered the safest mark. There was no reply from Mr. Skaggs. Experience had I doubtless proved to him that in silence lay safety. I B-0b picked up the pail and again filled it with water. "I wasted one pailful on the redcoats," grinned Bob. '"You had ought to have seen 'em when I threw the water in their faces l Of all the coughing and spluttering! You would have thought that they bad never tasted water before." "That saved you from capture, Bob, doubtless," said ick. 1 "Yes; it gave me a chance to get behind a tree and to ive the alarm." The party made its way back up to the house and all ntered. The woman was now in quite a good humor, and she invited the four youths to stay and take supper with ,hem. I They agreed, as it was not often that they got a chance o eat a meal cooked by a woman. Mrs. Skaggs bustled in the kitchen and cooked up a very meal, indeed, to which the four Liberty Boys did full ustice. Dick explained to Mr. Skaggs that he and his Liberty '3oys were after the marauders, and the man said that he bought they were doing a very good thing indeed. "Them redcoat sojers air sartinly marauders," the man . aid; "they take ever'thin' they fin' in er house thet they reer fur at all." "So we have been informed." "Yas; they're mighty mean thet way." When supper was over Dick and his comrades bade Mr. d Mrs. Skaggs good-by and took their departure. Ab they walked down the road in the direction of the int where the encampment was they talked of their ad entures at the Skaggs home, and Patsy and Carl detailed eir encounter with Mrs. Skaggs and her husband. The ray the two told it it certainly sounded comical, and Dick nd Bob laughed till they nearly cried. "Oh, I wish that I had been where I could have seen the •hole affair!" cried Bob. "It must have been a great LOW." "V ell, id vos nod so vunniness at der dime," said Carl; )Ud now I gan smile a liddle ven I t'ink abouid id." "Oh, yez would have doied a-laffin' av yez had seen >0kyspiller fall off dbe porch an' smash dhe pig !" uckled Patsy. "An' whin dhe woman had 'im by dne hair an' dhe dog wur thryin' to take a piece out av his legs Oi t'ought Oi would split a-laffin', aven though Oi wur foightin' wid dhe mon at dhe toime." "Haw, haw, haw!" laughed Carl. "Dot vos vunniness to t'ink abouid now, bud I vos sgared at der dime. Dot tog had alretty bitted me vonct, und I did nod vant him b bite me some more." Half an hour later they were in their encampment and were given a hearty greeting by their comrades, who said that they had begl?n to feel alarmed for their safety. The four explained what had kept them, and the adven tures of Carl and Patsy at the Skaggs home had to be told all over again, and the Liberty Boys fai-ly roal'ed with laughter. CHAPTER IV. AFTER THE MARAUDERS. "Where are they bou nd for, anyhow, Dick?" "Well, if they keep on down the Cape Fear River they will land at Wilmington, Bob." "It looks as though it is their intention to keep right along parallel with the river, doesn't it." "Yes." Dick and Bob had mounted and ridden on ahead the morning after the evening on which occurred the events already narrated. They had paused on a hill and had caught sight of the British army a mile ahead. It was the army that they were talking of. The two stood there gazing at the British thoughtfully. They had dismounted, and their horses were cropping the grass at the roadside. "See that, Dick!" suddenly exclaimed Bob . "What, Bob?" "A party has just left the main army and is making its way off to the right. Don't you see it?" "Yes." "It's a marauding party, old fellow!" "Likely." "And we must go for the scoundrels!" "That is what we will do." "How many men are there in that party, do you think?" "Looks as though there are fifty or sixty." "I guess that is about the number." "We will follow them and make prisoners of them, if possible." "Yes, Dick." The two waited till the Liberty Boys came up and then explained what they had seen and what they intended doing. All were eager for the work. The British army was out of sight by this time; so als(l was the marauding party.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. • "Forward, boys," commanded Dick. They rode forward at a moderate pace, for they did not want to get where they would be seen. When the Liberty Boys came to the point where the marauding party had left the main army they turned aside and followed the small party. A mile and a half from where they left the main road they came upon the redcoats busily engaged in the work of plundering a house. The redcoats caught sight of the Liberty Boys while yet they were a quarter of a mile distant, and quickly stopped their work of robbing and fled toward the timber at the back of the house. "After them !" cried Dick. "If we can't capture them we may be able to kill a few." Forward dashed the Liberty Boys. When they were within musket-shot distance the youths fired a volley. Their horses were going at top speed, and consequently the young Continentals could not take aim; they had to fire snapshots. But they were experts at this kind of work, and they dropped two of the British dead and wounded three more, though not so bad as to make it impossible for them to keep on going. Before another volley could be fired the redcoats got in the trees and were comparatively safe. "Let's pursue them, Dick!" cried Bob. "All right; dismount, boys, and we will go after them." The Liberty Boys leaped to the ground and dashed into the timber in pursuit of the enemy, leaving half a dozen to look after the horses. The British had made good use of their time, however, and had gotten such a start that the young Continentals could not them, and presently Dick gave the com mand for the boys to give up the pursuit and return to where they bad left their horses. This was done. Dick went to the house and bad a talk with the fam ily. The redcoats had only just begun their work when the Liberty Boys put in their appearance, and so things bad not been torn up or disarranged any to speak of. "We thank you for coming so opportunely," said the man. "They "Would have taken everything we have that is of nlue if you had not come, I am sure." "Undoubtedly," agreed Dick. Then be asked for a spade. "We will bury the two dead redcoats," he said. This was done, and then bidding the members of the family good-by, the Liberty Boys rode away in the direction from which they had come. They had gone only about half a mile, when Bob suddenly remarked: "Say, Dick I" "Well?" "What if those redcoats should return and rob those people after all!" Dick looked at Bob and then at the ground. "Do you think it likely that they will attempt any of that kind?" he asked. "The thought struck me, an cl the more I think of more likely I think it to be that thay may try just trick." "That would be bad, Bob." "Yes, they would be getting the better of us, afte wouldn't they !" "So they would." "I think we had better go back and keep watch, you?" "Yes, and that is what we will do." Dick gave the command to halt, and the Liberty obeyed. He then explained to them what he and Bob had discussing. The youths were eager to return. "The chances are that the marauders will come b said Sam Sanderson. "Yes, it is likely they will," said Mark Morrison. So the Liberty Boys rode back till they were with third of a mile of the house, and then they dismounted tied their horses and moved forward on foot. When they got to the edge of the timber they pa1 and took up positions behind trees. They waited and watched . patiently, and at last they r e warded by seeing the British soldiers come walking b ly out from among the trees at the farther side of clearing. "There they are!" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, " said Dick. "Shall we wait till they get into the house?" "Yes; we will be more likely to kill or capture .som them that way." The marauclers evidently deemed themselves safe time, for they were very bold and arrogant, and they str into the house and began carrying articles forth and positing them on the ground. "All ready?" asked Dick. "Ready!" came the reply, in chorus. "Then charge!" Out from among the trees dashed the Liberty BoJs. CHAPTER V. INTO THE PIT. The redcoats caught sight of the young Continen while yet they were out of musket-shot distance, and alarm was given. Out of the house pell mell came the redcoats. They made a dash for the timber, as they had done fore, and the Liberty Boys sent a volley after them. The young patriots stopped this time and took aim,


THE LlBERTY BOYS H.ARD AT WORK. 7 ftsult wae that they killed seven of the enemy and ed a number, two so seriously that they fell to the d, unable to run. The Liberty Boys pursued the redcoats half a mile, but marauders ecattered to such an extent that it was usetn foilow and so Dick gne the command to rn to the farmhouse. This was done, 11.Ild again the members of the Melwood ily had to thank the Liberty Boys for saving their propfrom the marauders. "How happens it that you came back?" asked lfr. Meld. Dick told him. ' "Well, it was a fortunate thing for us 'that you did " "So it eeems, Mr. Melwood." I "Say, Dick, don't you think we had better stay here till afternoon?" queried Bob. "Yes, Bob; it is possible that the redcoats might return." "We shall be glad to have you stay, Captain Slater; re is plenty in the way of food supplies here. I have a re of hams and shoulders in the smokehouse and plenty vegetables and fruits in the cellar." "Thank you, sir. We will stay till about the middle of e afte1moon, and if the redcoats have not returned by t time it is likely that they will not return at all." "True." The .first thing the Liberty Boys did was to bury the en dead redcoats and carry the two wounded ones to the use and dress their wounds. Then they went and ' ught their horses to the clearing and gave them hay and The youths were not long in making their arrogemsts for the night. After they had eaten their cold supper Diek departed tn . . a reconnoitering expedition. He was not long in reaching the vieinity of Briwh encampment. When he was perhaps one hundred yards distant he aet with an unpleasant surprise: The ground seemed to give way beneath his feet u.d lle fell downward a distance of at least a dozen feet. He struck the bottom of the pit, or whatever it was, with a thud, but fortunately he alighted 0:1. his feet and was •ot injured, though he was jarred somewhat. He stood perfectly still for a few moments and liitened. "Where am I?" was the query that entered his mad. "What have I tumbled into?" He decided to investigata. He bad heard no sou.ts from the British encampment to indicate that he had beea heard when he took his tumble. He r e ached out and his band touched the wall. Then he made his way slowly along, feeling his way, for it was pitch dark down in the pit. He reached a corner presently and made his way tea er twelve feet in a direction at right angles to that he :Ud been going at first; then he came to another corner and he kept on going till he wa:s sure that he had made the eir cuit. "I am in a pit about ten or twelTe feet square and about the same depth," was Dick's thought. "Now, the queirtion is, How am I to get out?" There was absolutely nothing, so far as he could make out, that would furnish him with a means of getting mlt; the situation was indeed anything but a pleasing one. The British encampment was so close that he would have to be very careful or he would be heard, and then he would be captured. Dick was worried. He could not think how he was to escape. However, he was not the fellow to way to a feeling of despair. He would hope for the best, and make evflry effort to ge{ safely out of the predicament. He stationed himself near one side of the pit a.nd leaped high in the air and tried to grasp the edge of the pit-wall, but he could not do so. It was too big a jump for him, splendid athlete though he was. I He sat down, leaned his back against the wall a.nd pondered. How was he to get out? That was the burden of his thoughts. But no answer came to the question. Perhaps three-quarters of an hour passed, and then Dick h e ard footsteps and voices. Some of the redcoats were coming. Dic k listened intently. "There are two of them," he murmured, presently.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS HARlJ AT WORK. Closer and closer sounded the footsteps and voices. I He began moving slowly and cautiously across the 1l.oo The two men seemed to be walking directly toward the of the pit. pit. • "I wonder if they wil.l tumble in here, the same as I did?" was Dick's mental query. Just as footsteps sounded almost at the edge of the pit, Dick heard one of the men : "Wait a moment, Charlton." The moment down into the pit came a human form! One of the redcoats had tumbled in, the same as Dick had done. A startled cry escaped the lips of the redcoat, and then he struck the bottom of the pit with a thud and fell on his back. -

THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. "All right; we'll lower the rope and you fasten it around der your armpits and we'll pull you out in a jiffy."' "All right." "Here comes the rope." There was a swishing sound and the end of the rope ck Dick on the head. "Got it?" from above. "Yes.'' "Good I" Dick did not intend to tie the rope under his armpits, if he were to do so he would be unable to make a sudd.en for liberty as soon as he got out of the pit, which it his intention to do. So he simply grasped the rope 'th his hands and waited a few moments to make the coats think he was tying the rope. "Ready?" came down from above presently. "Yes, all ready," replied Dick. "Good! Now we'll snake you out of there in a hurry." Dick felt a strong, steady pull on the rope and feet the ground. p he went slowly. Steady, men," he heard the leader of the redcoats pit, and then they were startled by hearing a voice calling for help. "Help I Help!" "That's Charlton's voice!" cried the leader. "And it seems to come from the pit where he was before!'' cried one of the soldiers. "The POif fellow has made a circuit and returned and jumped into the pit!" from another. "Jove, I believe that you are right !" the leader agreed. They hastened toward the pit. "Hello I Hello, Charlton I" called out the leader, as they drew near the spot where they knew the pit was; "where are you?" "Here! In the pit I" was the reply. "He's there, sure as anything!" the leader exclaimed. "Yes," from one of the soldiers; "we'll pull him out again, and this time we will make sure that he doesn't run awtl.y.'' They paused beside the pit, feund the rope, and tile leader called down : "Are you hurt?" "Not much," came the reply; "have you the rope?" "Yes." p he was drawn, and Dick got ready to make his break "Lower it, then, and pull me out of this hole." 'berty. "He doesn't remember that we just pulled him out!" clrily it was so dark in under the trees that it was immurmured one of the soldiers. 'ble for the redcoats to distinguish that Dick was not "Here is the rope, Charlton." comrade and he had no fears of immediate disThey the rope as their leader spoke and sud' , denly the words came up to their hearing: ry. few more seconds and Dick stood on the level ground he midst of the redcoats, of whom there were a dozen. Well, how do you feel, Charlton?" asked the leader of party. 'I feel all right," replied Dick. And then, to their surse, he hurled a couple of them out of the way and dashed ay. "What's the matter with the man?" "He must be crazy!" "That is a queer way to do!" "I've got it ! " "Tie it under your armpits," instructed the leader. "All right." "Tell us when you are ready." "All right.'1' A few minutes later they heard the words: "All ready!" "Pull him up, men," commllnded the leader. obeyed, and soon had Charlton standing in their midst. They instantly seized hold of him, greatly to his surprise. "What are you grabbing hold of me for?" he cried. ' "We thought that y0u might take it into your head to Such were the remarks of the redcoats. run away again," explained the leader. "He must have hurt his head when he fell!" They co'uld not understand it at all. "To run away again?" "We must catch the poor fellow and bring him back to "Yes." encampment!" cried the leader of the party. "I don't know what you mean." He set out on the run and the others followed. "Why, when we pulled you out of the pit half an hour They ran in the direction taken by Dick, but he had ago you ran away and we coulan't catch you. And you red such a lead while they were standing beside the pit must have made a circuit and come back 8.lld' jumped in ring the exclamations that they were unable to catch up again." h him. Indeed, although they paused frequently and "You must be crazy!" cried Charlton. "Yon never pulled ned, they did not even hear him. .me out of the pit. It was the other fellow.'' Presently they gave up the pursuit and turned back. "What other fellow?" , They walked slowly,' discussing the strange affair. "Why, there was some fellow in the pit when I fell in, They had been engaged in pursuing the fugitive perhaps and when you went to the encampment to get'help and the minutes, and as they walked slowly, as stated, it was rope he attacked me and choked me into i:asensibility." ty minutes more before they reached the vicinity of the l "Wbat !"


ft THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. don't mean it!" "Well, well !'> H That> the matter !" Such were the exclamations of the soldiers. 'l'hen the leader ot the party told Charlton the details of laow they had pulled someone out of the pit, and how they had supposed it was him, and how pursued him to no aTaiL "Well, he was a cleTer chap> whoeTer he was," said CTharlton; "he was too much for me, and he took adTantage of the accident to me to make his escape from this pit. Elridently he had fallen in the same as I did." "That's about it. Well> he is far away now." "Yes; couldn't find him.." They then made their way into the encampment, still dienssing the o;trange adTenture. CHAPTER VIL J.. lt:IDN .A.PPED GIRL. When Dick got back to the Liberty Boys' encampment he told the story of his adventure, and the boys all listened with interest. "You had a narrow escape," said Bob. "You were in a bad predicament," declared Mark Mor rieoll. "You are right," agreed Dick; "I don't know what I should have done had not the redcoat fallen into the pit and thue giTen me a chance to make my escape through impersonating him." "I wonder if he is out of the pit yet?" chuckled Bob. "Yes, likely," 1mid Dick. "As soon as he recovered con sciousness he would call for help, and he would be heard by the soldiers in Uie encampment and rescued." 1 "They'll wonder who you were, Dick." "Undoubtedly. Well, they will have to keep on wondering." Dick had learned nothing about the intentions of the redcoats, but he was certain that they were bound f6r Wilmington. This proved to be the case, for late the next evening the Britis:lt army marched into Wilmington. The Liberty were only a mile and a half away, and from a hilltop watched enemy enter the town. "Well, there they are, Dick," said Bob. . "Yes, Bob." "DG you suppose they intend to stay there?" "Impossible to say." "That is what we must find out, eh?" "Yes." • "Yes; he may want to come down here and make attack." "We have been hard at work all the week, Dick, Im believe. that our hardest work is ahead of us." "I think so." Then Dick turned to the Liberty Boys and said: "Go into camp, boys." They leaped to the ground, unbridled and unsad their horses and tethered them and then they began get supper. After they had eaten supper, Dick set out in the dir tion o.f Wilmington. It was his intention to get as good an idea as possi of the lay of the land. He advanced till within a ql!arter of a mile of the e of the town and then paused and took an obsenation. He stood there looking toward the town and wonderi if he could manage to get past the sentinels and enter. Suddenly a heavy cloth of SOD'.\e kind was thrown o his head and he was borne to the ground. He felt several hands and the weight of two or th bodies, and, although he struggled as :fiercely as possi he could do nothing. The enfolding cloth made him he less, an9. one man could have overpowered him under circumstances. He felt that a rope was being wound around and aro his body, and then he was assisted to his feet. A strong hand seized hold of his arms through the cl and a voice commanded him to "Come along." Dick's legs were not enveloped in the cloth, it exten only the length of his body and so he could walk. He walked along, and after a period of perhaps twe minutes be was conducted up a series of steps across w seemed to be a piazza and through a doorway and int house. He was led along what was evidently a hallway, and through another doorway and into what Dick guessed a room. Here he was told to "Sit down." The Liberty Boy did so. coula not see, of course, but had no doubt that would find a chair ready to receive 11m, and this pro to be the case. Presently the rope was unwound and the cloth was from oTer Dick's bead. His hands were quickly ho and then a candle was lighted, the room l\aving been darkness before. pick looked around him with interest. He was in a room of goodly size, t,he walls being with shelves, on which many books-old, musty-loo Tolumes. He saw this at a glance and then looked at his ca with no little interest. There were four of them . "I 1mppoo;e that, if it is found that they intend remainThey were men ranging in years from twenty-ing here we will send word to Gene

THE LIBER'rY BOYS HARD AT WORK. 11 of age, and he was not bad looking, but there was :i r cast to his countenance which would have warned close observer to beware of him. man confronted Dick and said : "Well, how do you feel?" "Better, since that cloth has been taken off," was the ly. "What is your name?" Dick thought it best not to give his real name, and so answered: "Henry Ward." 'Do you live in this vicinity ?" "Xo." Where do you live-but, no matter. What I wish to first, is, are you acquainted much in Wilmington?" "ck shook his head. I am not acquainted there at all." edg Indeed? How does that 1 appen ?" n. have never been in the town." ell, you were pretty close to the town when we cap you." n over rue." r three ssible, n helpr such into a at were you doing there?" thing." man eyed Dick keenly . s plain that he was somewhat puzzled. ick had his uniform on the man would have known why he was so cloae to Wilmington, but Dick had dinary suit of citizen's clothing-which he always en reeonnoitering. ok advantage of the brief silence to ask : have you made me a prisoner?" will soon learn," was the reply. an pondered a few moments longer and then said: e with me." alked out of the room and Dick followed. The iree men remained behind. d then/ g the hall the man went and up the stairs, Dick folbed waf'f' closely and then along another hall. The man had another candle before starting, and so they could sing in front of a door in which was a key, the man that ked and pushed the door open. l s prov: nter," he said to Dick. . e Liberty Boy did so, and found himself in a room ta . ps twelve feet square. It was evidently a sleepingy bo , for there was a bed, two or three chairs, a stand, a been u, etc. But what surprised Dick was to see a beautiPirl of seventeen or eighteen years sitting on pf the chairs beside the stand reading, there being a ing litle on the stand. e girl looked "?-P as they entered, and she was evi y interested in Dick, for she eyed him closely. tis cap en she glanced at Dick ' s c0mpanion and said, with a ful intonation to her voice: e ll, Eben Renard, wha.t now?" nty-fiv bout t Rena.rd. paid no attention to the girl, but looked Dick, and, making a gesture toward the maiden, said: "You see the young lady, Mr. Ward?" "Yes." "She is a prisoner." "Indeed?" "Yes. And she is the daughter of the richest man in Wilmington." Dick eyed Renard questioningly. "Well?" he said. "I don't like her father," Renard explained; "and so I have kidnapped his daughter, and I am going to have revenge on him by forcing him to give up a large sum of money in order to secure her release and return to him." "Ransom money, eh?" "Yes; but neither myself nor either of my companions dare venture into Wilmington, where we are altogether too well known for our own good, and I want you to go there and to Mr. Emerson, the young lady's father, and carry a message." "Ah!" said Dick. He understood why h . e had been captured now. CHAPTETI VIII. DICK AGRFlES TO ACT AS MESSENGER. Eben Renard looked searchingly at Dick. The youth noted that Miss Emerson was regarding him intently also. The Liberty Boy was a manly, chivalrous young man, and his heart went out_in sympathy to the girl. He felt like kicking Renard, but knew that this would not do. His own hands were bound, and he was helpless in the power of the scoundrel and his companiens. Dick decided to use policy. "There can be nothing wrong in pretending to fall in with the fellow's plans," . thought Dick. "I owe him some _thing for the manner in which he has treated me, any way." "Will you act as my messenger to John Emersoii ?:' Renard asked. "I will act as messenger," said Dick. He not ed a look of scorn on the girl's face, and it hurt him, but he had to bear it, for he could not let the girl know that he was simply fooling the man. "You are sensible," . said Renard. "If you had refused, your life would have paid the forfeit I" Dick looked at him keenly. "Do you mean that?" he asked. "Certainly I" was the cold reply. "I'm glad I didn't refuse, then!" said Dick, drily. But to himself he said: "So you are that kind of a villain, are you? Very well;


-12 THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. that is all the more reason that I should circumvent you." "Come," said Renard. He left the room and Dick followed. The man closed the door and locked it. "Follow me," he commanded, and Dick followed him back downstairs and to the library. The three men looked at Renard eagerly and question ingly. The head villain nodded. "He has agreed to act as our messenger, men," he said. "Good!" "That's sensible!" "We are all right, than!" "Sit down," commanded Renard, indicating a chair. Dick took the seat indicated. "I will write a letter to John Emerson," t&e man explained, "and you will carry it into Wilmington and deliver it into his hands." "I will start as soon as you have written the letter," said Dick, quietly. The head Tillain wen,t to a table, drew out a drawer, took out paper and quills and began writing. He wrote rapidly for perhaps ten minutes, and then he sanded the papi;lr, folded it, sealed it and came and placed it in Dick's inside coat pocket. "Are you not going to free my hands?" asked Dick. "At the proper time." "When will that be?" "When we have conducted you J:>ack to where we found you." "Ah!" . "When we have taken you there you will enter the town, go to the home of John Emerson-anyone will tell you where he lives-and hand him this letter." "Yes," said Dick. "He will return to the point where we will conduct you to with you and will bring the sum of money that I have demanded. We will be there and will conduct you here to this house again, and later will let the three of you go free." "Very good," said Dick. The man turned to hii; companions. "Place the cloth over his head," he commanded. They placed the cloth over Dick's head and tied the rope around the youth's body to hold the cloth in place. This was more than Dick had bargained for. He had 'hoped that . they would not blindfold him when taking him back. He wished to see the house and take cognizance of the route traversed in returning to the point where he had been captured. "But, no matter," he thought; "I'll foil tlrnse villains yeti" They left the house, two conducting Dick, and after a walk of twenty or twenty-five minutes again came to a stop. The rope was untied and the cloth was taken off Dick' head. He looked around and drew in long breaths of air. He saw that he was indeed at the same point where h had been standing when captured. "Now go," said Renard; "but, remember this: If you attempt any trickery it will mean death of the girl! I am determined to have the money, and I will have it or Florence Emerson's life I Either will give me revenge o her father; but, of course, I would prefer the money, as that will be o.f use to me, and Emerson thinks enough o money, so that the loss of it will punish him terribly.'' "How long will it take me to attend to this, do yo think?" queried Dick. "I don't know. An hour, or an hour and a half, pos bly. Don't waste any time-and tell Emerson that I sai for him to be in a hurry ! " "I will go at once," said Dick; "but you are going t free my arms, are you not?" "Yes." They freed Dick's arms and then, as he was starting away, Renard said, warningly: "Remember, no tricks, if you do not wish to be a party to the death of the girl. We shall be on the lookout, and if you should bring a party of men from the town and try to capture us we will be able to easily make our escape, and we would return at once to the house where the girl is confined, put her to death and flee !" 'rhere was something so cold-blooded in this statement and'"in the villain's voice that Dick shuddered. "I have no wish to be a party to the girl's death," said Dick. Then he set out in the direction of the town. He went straight ahead till, certain that he was out o sight of the villains, and then he turned sharp to the left made a detour and set out in the direction of the Libert Boys' encampment on the run. CHAPTER IX. THE KIDNAPPERS CAPTURED. Dick ran every step of the way to the encampment. When ha appeared, panting, iie youths leaped up seized their muskets. "What is it, Dick?" cried Bob. "Are the redcoats ing ?" "No, Bob," was t}\e reply. "Wait a moment, till I my breath, and I will explain." When he had got his breath Dick told the Liberty the story of his adventure. They were amazed. "That was a queer adventure!" cried Bob. "Yes," said Dick; "but now I want a dozen of you to come with me."


THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. Going to capture those scoundrels, eh?" from Bob. Yes." "That's the talk !" Dick named twelve who were to accompany him, and ey at once set out. "The four villains will be looki•g for Mr. Emerson and yaelf to appear from the direction of the town," said 'ck; "and they will have their attention turned in that tion. That will make it a comparatively easy matter r us to slip up and capture them." "Yes, they won't be looking for anyone to come from direction," said Bob. When they were within a quarter of a mile of the point re the four men were in waiting, the Libery Boys ened their pace to a very slow walk and advanced tiously. They were expert at this kind of work. They had had lots of experience and were almost as ful in woodcraft as the red Indians of the forest. resently they were within fifty yards of the four men then they red1mbled their caution. oser and closer the Liberty Boys crept. ey caught sight of the four men when within a dozen of them, and then they advanced only a few incheil time. e four were facing toward the town and were converslow tones. n within six feet of the four men Dick gave the a low whistle. t ntly the youths bounded forward. y threw themselves upon the four men, and in spite fierce struggles of the villains, quickly overpowered und them. hat does' this mean?" cried Renard. "Who are you, y?" guess you know me, don't you?" said Dick. "Henry , you know." last you!" hissed Renard; "I'll have your life for just as sure as that the sun will rise in the mornon't make any threats, Eben Renard," said Dick, y. ou will see that I will make my words good!" nough of that! Now, lead us to the house where you Miss Emerson a prisoner." won!t do it!" You will!" Boys," said Dick, calmly; "bring the prisoner back the timber far enough so there will be no danger that one in the town will hear us." All right," said Bob. he Liberty Boys conducted the four prisoners back the timber a distance of a quarter of a mile. ick had found the cloth that had been thrown ove r his and the rope that had been bound around his body, be carried these along with him. The moon was now up and the party had come to a stop in a little glade where it was possible to see fairly well. Dick dangled the rope in front of Eben Renard. "You see this ?" he said. "I see it," growlingly. "Well, unless you consent to conduct us to the house you. shall feel it as well as see it." ' "What do you mean?" "That I will hang you unless you do what I demand!',. "You wouldn't dare!" "Don't make such a mistake," said Dick; "I dare d() that, and mor..e. Don't force me to use extreme I have you in my power and you can easily see that th& game is up. If you don't conduct us to the house we will be able to find it after due search." "I won't guide you to the house I" sullenly. "Then we'll try the others," said Dick. "Perhaps one of the three may have sense than you have." "Don't either of you dare guide them to the house!',. cried Renard, fiercely. "It will be better for you if one of them does so," said Dick; "for unless one of you guides us, I will string yolli up one after another until one expresses a willingness to act as guide. if all hold out and prefer death, then we will search for the house and will find it, of a certainty:• "We may as well guide them to the house," said one of' the men. "You are right," said Dick; "you will do it, then?" "Yes." "Don't you dare do it!" hissed Renard. "Lead the way, my man," said Dick. The man did so, and they made their way through tb& timber at a fair pace, Renard and his two companions being. in the midst of the Liberty Boys. Half an hour later they came to a large house which stood on a knoll. The house had at one time been a fine one, a mansion,,. in fact, but it was sadly rnn down and decayed. Evidently it had no regular inmates. "This is the house that you brought me to?" Dick asked of the guide. "Yes, sir." "Good! You have earned your liberty, but we won't set you free just at present." "I am in no hurry." "You are going to set me f:ooe, are you not?" asked Re-nard. "I have not yet decided regarding that." "You had better do it!" "Don't threaten me," said Dick, quietly. "It will doyou no good and may do you considerable harm." "Bahl" They were up on th e piazza now and Dick opened the door and all entered. L e aving the party and the pri'mers in the librar y , Di c k . made his way upstairs and to the door of the room in whi c h the girl was confined .


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. To his surprise, the door was unlocked. But when he opened the door a still greater surprise awaited him: , The room was empty. The girl was gone ! CHAPTER X. ATTACKED BY REDCOA'.J;S. The candle was burning, but was almost burned out. "Miss Emerson! Oh, Miss Emerson!" called out Dick. There was no reply. "Where can she be, I wonder?" was Dick's mental query. He called downstairs to Bob, and when his comrade came up Dick told him what had happened. "I 1:1.on't understand it at all," he said. "Perhaps she is in hiding somewhere," said Bob. 'rShe may be afraid that we are enemies." "There are some candles, Bob; light o'ne," said Dick. Bob did so, and blew the one out that was almost burned down. "Now we will search for her, Bob." They looked in every room upstairs, and from there they went into the attic. Miss Emerson was not to be found. "I didn't expect that we would find her anyway, Bob," said Dick. "Why not?" "Because the door was locked when we left this house and the key was on the outside; she could not have un locked it herself." "Then you think--n "That someone must have let her out." "And that someone?" "Perhaps it was a friend; perhaps-" "An enemy, eh?" "There is no telling." "Well, what is to be done?" "I don't know." ' "Let's go d@wnstairs and search for her there." "All right; we must make sure that she is not here before going away." "True." • They went downstairs and looked in all the rooms. Flor ence Emerson was not to be found. When Dick told Eben Renard that Miss Emerson was missing he stared in amazement. "Well, that beats anything I ever heard of!" he said. "Have you any idea what has become of her?" "No." "If you have; if you can give :me a clew I will agree to let you go free." Renard was silent and thoughtful for a few minutes, and then he said: "I can think of only one thing: There was a young fel low in Wilmington who was in love with Emerson. Sh did not give him any encouragement, and he threaten that he would take her by force if he could not get her an other way. It was this that made me think of kidnapping her. I thought that it would be laid at his door-and l have no doubt but what it was. Now, he may have foud her, and in that case-" He paused and looked thoughtful. "Well?" from Dick. "He would in all probability have carried her away in stead of taking her back home." "She would be. getting from the frying-pan into fire, eh?" "Yes." At this moment there sounded the trampling of feet . o the piazza, and it was evident that there must be quite a number of men outside. "The redcoats!" cried Bob. Dick blew out the light and all listened intently. They heard the door open and a voice said: "I saw a light moving about upstairs awhile ago, and there must have been someone there. We will search the house and see what we can find." Another voice said : "Hadn't we better surround the house, captain?" "Yes, sergeant; that is a good suggestion." "Hadn't we better be getting out of here, Dick?" queried Mark Morrison, in a cautious voice. "We'll have to stay and fighj it out, eh?" "That' s the thing to do!" Bob. The footsteps ceased, and the sound of flint striking steel was heard. "They're striking a light," whispered Bob. "Yes," angered Dick. A faint light was seen in the hall through the open door-way. Then footsteps were heard again. The redcoats were coming along the hall. "Be ready!" whispered Dick. The Liberty Boys nodded and leveled their muskets. Presently three or four British soldiers appeared at th open doorway. One carried a candle. Crash !-roar! The Liberty Boys had fired at a signal from Dick. Down went the four redcoats who had been in a the candle was extinguished. Yells of rage and consternation escaped the lips of U rest of the British soldiers. o "Rebels!" cried a voice. "Fire through the s men! Give it to them!" Crack !-crack !-crack! Crash !-roar! The British had fired a scattering volley. One of the four kidnappers gave utterance to a g and fell to the floor. "I'm-a-gener !" he gasped. "Give them a volley, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick.


' THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. 15 Dick iuessed that some more of the redcoats were in range, and the youths fired in obedience to the command. There were more cries of pain and rage, and then came the wor41i: . "Retreat, men! There must be a score of the scoun-drels l" The trampling of feet followed. Tba a door slammed. A couple more of the boys said they were wounded, 9ut only slightly. "Forward, then," said Dick. "We will return to the encampment." "What about that girl, Dick?" queried Bob. "That's so; I had forgotten about her." "And why not keep at work against the redcoats ?11 queried Bob. "We can make it hot for them, eTen though gone out of doors," said Dick. they outnumber us." "Let's go after them!" cried Bob, eagerly. "That's so, Bob. We'll driTe the redcoats away and '''Let'e reconnoiter a bit, and see how many there are of then see if we can find any traoos of the girl." ' em fut, Bo9." They reloaded their muskets and pistolil and then reVery well." turned to the , edge of the clearing. e Liberty Boys scattered and went to the nrious winTo their surp:rise, the redcoats were not to be seen. on the ground floor and looked out. "They are gone!" exclaimed Bob. hey could see the redcoats, and after sizing the enemy "So it seems," froin Dick. it waa decided that there were about twenty of them. "They may be in the house," augiested Mark Morri-Let's make a dash and go right through them, Dick," son. Bob. ' "We will soon find out," said Diak. "Forward, all, and I guess that is what we will have to do." enter the house." 'Say, free our hands and let us have a chance to get The young Continentals obeyed and were soon in the y from the redcoats," said Renard. house. ick decided to do this. He had no love for Renard and All was quiet. companions, but neither did he for the redeoats. So Not a soul other than themselTes were there. decided to free the arms of the three-one was mortally There nothing to be gained by remaining, so the nded, probably, which left but the three-and let them Liberty Boys took their departrue. e a ehance. ' Jf Three-quarters of an hour later they were in their en-he ropes were cut, and then when the Liberty Boys had 1 campment . .arged their muskets and pistols the front door was They told their adventures to the rest of the youths, who (wn open and out they rushed, firing as they went. listened with interest. l Next day Dick sent out scouts to watch for marauding parties of redcoats. His idea was that the British would probably remain CHAPTER XI. quite awhile in Wilmington, and that they would be send ing parties out to secure provisions. CAPTURING THE ENEMY"S SUPPLIES. About the middle of the afternoon one of the scouts The redcoats were taken by surprise. They had not expected any such action on the part of the els. Their idea was that, being ensconood in the house, the els would stay there. Crack ! Crack ! Crack ! Crash !-roar ! rrhe Liberty Boys fir'ed a volley born their muskets and one from pisto!s, and then they were among the re . dcoats, striking right and left with their muskets used as clubs. They quickly opened a way through the ranks of the enemy aBd dashed on into the timber. Dickicalled a halt at once. Then he called the roll, naming each and every Liberty Boy, and was d:'elighted when he received an answer from every one. Not a single youth had been killed. "Are any of you seriously wounded?" he then asked. "I have got a bullet in the arm, Dick," replied Ben Burton; "but it is not serious." came in and reported to Dick. "A party of marauders is coming down the road about a mile and a half from here," he said. "They are oTer Ol:l another road that runs parallel with this one." "How strong a party, Tom?" asked Dick. "Oh, there are twenty of the redcoats, I guess." "They have secured some provisions from the farmers?" "I should say so! They have cows, s'heep, pigs, chickens and a >Mgon-load of miscellaneous provisions, such as potatoes, apples, cabbages, and so forth." "Well, well! We must stop them and secure the pro Tisions for ourselves." "They must have found some liquor, too," said To1g. Shelby; "they are laughing, talking loudly and singi:ag :,o a great rate." "That will make it all the easier for us to capture therie and secure the provisions, Tom." "So it will." "We won't need m@re than fifty of the boys, will we?" "I should think not."


..,-/" 1 ----16 THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. "That's what I think." "We had better start as soon as possible, Dick." "We will be ready in five minutes." Dick told fifty of the Liberty Boys to follow him, and they set out at once, Tom going in front as guide. Ten minutes later they reached the other road. Up the road a quarter of a mile was a farmhouse. Beside the road was a good-sized barn. "Say, let's go up there and take up our position behind the barn, Dick," said Bob. "Just what I 'was going to say, Bob. Come along, alL" They were soon at the farmhouse, and a woman and a girl of perhaps sixteen years came out anq stood looking at the Liberty Boys somewhat fearfully. "Have no fears, lady," said Dick, doffing his hat and bowing; "we are after the redcoat marauders and will not do you or yours any harm.'' "Oh, sir, they passed here this forenoon, and they threat ened that when they came back this evening they would help themselves to everything of value that we possess." "Well, we will see to it that they do not do so, lady," a.aid Dick. ./ "I hope that you will succeed, sir!" "We will. You go back i:c the house and rest easy. The marauders will not rob you to-day." "We will do so, sir." The woman and the girl went back into the house and the Liberty Boys took up their position behind the barn. They did not have long to wait.' Ten minutes had scarcely elapsed, when Bob Estabrook reported that they were coming around a bend half a mile distant. "I hear them singing,'' said Mark Morrison. "So do I," from Sam Sanderson. ''Shure, an' we'll be afth e r makin' av thim sing out av dhe other soide av their mouths, begorra !" said Patsy Brannigan. "Y ah, ve vill do dot, you pet me your life I" declared Carl Gookenspieler. Closer and closer came the marauders. In the lead strode a redcoat carrying some chickens. Others were driving cows, sheep and pigs, while one was driving a team hitched to a wagon which was evidently loaded down with provisions in the way of vegetables and fruits. Closer and closer still came the noisy party, and when they were almost even with the stable Dick gave the signal for the Liberty Boys to be ready for action. Then the redcoats were even with the barn, and Dick 1ve the signal for action. Dick and his followers rushed from behind the barn. a pistol at the marauder who held the chickens, te shouted: "Halt!" The Liberty B0ys charged on the soldiers in the road, :esolved to seize their supply of food. The redcoats were taken wholly by surprise. They were pretty much u . nder the influence of liq,ue they had been drinking, but they were smart enough t understand that they 'were outnumbered, and that the would stand no chance against their enemies, and so the took to their heels and fled at the top of their speed. The Liberty Boys pursued them, firing as they went, an a number of the marauders were killed and two or thre were wounded so severely that they could not continue thei flight. Having put the enemy to rout, the Liberty Boys turDe their attention to securing the cows, sheep and pigs, whic had become frightened by the shots and the confusion, and were running this way and that. This was quite a task, but was accomplished pres ently. ) The stock was driven into the barnlot and the gate was closed, and then Dick went to the house and knocked on door. It was opened by the girl, who smiled pleasantly when she saw Dick. "Did you whip them?" she asked, eagerly. "Yes," replied Dick; "we killed several, wounded some, and the rest are running with all Uieir might in the direc tion of Wilmington." "I am glad." "I have come to ask if your mother will care if we go into camp over in the timbar back of the barnlot ?" The girl's eyes brightened, and she said, eagerly: "Oh, I know she won't care, sir! She will be glad, for then we will feel safer than we do now." "That is what I thought, Miss--" "My name is Emma Furlong. I will call mother and you can speak to her about this matter if you like, M:r.--" "Dick Slater is my name. Yes, call your moth e r , please, Miss Emma, and we will see what she has to say." The girl did so. .Mrs. Furlong was well P,leased with the idea. "Nothing could please me more," she declared. "You s ee, I am a widow, and Emma and I live here by ourselves, and we have been terribly afraid since we learned that the redcoats have taken possession of Wilmington." "Well, we will go into camp near here, and unless the British come with an exceedingly strong force we will be able to. protect you being robbed." Then Dick went back and told the boys that they were to go into camp in the timber back of the barnlot. "Bob, you go and tell the other boys and have them come here at once,'' he said, in conclusion. "All right; I'm off, Dick,'' said Bob. He hai;tened away. An hour later the rest of the Liberty Boys put in an appearance, and soon the work of going into camp w completed. There was a little knoll back of the barnlot, and it


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. l'f ered with trees and clumps of bushes, and made a endid place for an encampment. It was a strong position in case of an attack from the 0tish, and Dick felt confident that they could stand off r times their own number without much trouble. It seemed to be the general opinion among the British that the party of rebels would not stay in the Ticinity of the spot where they had made the attack. "Then, too, we have provisions enough to last us a long e," he said; "and that is no small item." "You are ri.gbt," said Bob. "We are in a position now keep hard at work making the marauders behave them-lves." / CHAPTER XII. llENCE EMERSON AIDS DICK TO ESCAPE CAPTURE. Dick was glad to learn that this was the redcoats' idea. as it made the place a good one or the Liperty Boys to remain in camp. An hour later Dick went to a tavern aud secured a room and went to bed. He slept soundly all night and was up early next morn ing. After a hearty breakfast he sallied out to see what the town and the British encampment looked like by day light. He walked about calmly and ttnconcerneClly, so far as outward seeming went, and took in everything. Wilmington was not a large place, but there were quite at are you going to do now, Dick?" a number of good houses, and as Dick was passing one of off for Wilmington." these, a little while before noon, the door opened and a girl ing to try it again, eh?" stepped out upon the stoop. / es." Dick glanced at her and stopped in amazement. The ell, you want to be on the lookout this time and not girl was Florence Emerson! 1ybody gobble you, as those four scoundrels did the She looked at Dick and evidently recognized him, for she time." gave utterance to an exclamation. 11 keep my eyes and ears open, Bob." "Mr. Ward!" she cried. was evening. Dick doffed his hat and bowed. ght was just coming on. "At your service, Miss Emerson," he said. "I am , e Liberty Boys had eaten supper and were settling pleased to see that you got safely back to your home." 1 to take it easy a couple of hours before lying down "In spite of you and Renard and his companions," said he night. I the girl, coldly. ck now gave Bob a few instructions and took his de-I Di c k walked up the steps and paused in front of the ire. ! girl. it was only about two miles and a half to Wilming-I "Miss Emerson, I :P,ope that you will believe me when I Dick went on foot. ' tell you that I had no intention of aiding Renard and his e did not think it would pay to be bothered with a c ompanions," he said. ' in going such a comparatively short distance. ."Is that true?" with a keen look. ck had told Bob that it was possible that he might nol "Yes. Do you know what I did last night?" u n that night. "No; I only know that my father and three companions 'If I don't come back to-night don't be alarmed," he happened to come to that old house, found me, and brought td. me back to my home. I supposed that you went ahead and "All right, Dick." • intended to do all you could to aid Renard, but if I am / Dick was a good walker, and was close to Wilmington mistaken I am sorry." less than an hour. "I assure you that you are mistaken, miss. Instead of Then he slackened his speed and advanced slowly. coming here to bring your father the message, as Renard "' "I may have a hard time getting past the sentinels," expected me to do, I went to where I had some friends, was his thought. brought some of them back and we captured Renard and Dick was expert at this kind of work, however. his three companions." " ! \.. I" He managed to get past the sentinels without being dis-.fill covered, although it took him an hour to do so. "We went to the old house , but you were not there." Once he was in the town, Dick felt comparatively safe , "I see; and did you intend to set me free?" for the British would not know but what he lived there. "Certainly." Of course, he had on his suit of citizen's clothing. As they stood there talking some redcoats came along. Dick spent an hour walking about and listening to the There were six in the party and they glanced up '1t the two conversation of the citizens and soldiers, but did not ac-on the stoop. quire any information of value. As his eyes fell on Dick's face one of the redcoats gave Hr heard some talk about the attack that had been made utterance to an exclamation: on the marauding party by the rebels, but did not hear any"Dick Slater, by all that is wonderful I" ing 9aid about my force going to look for the rebels. Dick was startled. L


THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. That the redcoat recognized him was certain; the question was, What should he do? "Seize that fellow, comrades!" cried the redcoat who had recognized Dick. "Ire is the most famous spy in the rebel army! I know him ! I saw him once in the North. Gooeral Howe offered five hundred pounds for his capture at 011e time!" The redcoats bounded up the steps and ' attempted to iene Dick. He had the adTantage of position, however, and he iitruck out with such rapidity and energy that he knocked tke six back down upon the sidewalk in a confused mass. "Come into the house, quickly!" cried the girl. She threw the door open and Dick entered quickly, the girl following and closing and barring the door. re Hasten on through the house and out at the back door," the girl breathed. "You may be able to make your escape: tli.en." "Thank you for your kindness, Miss Emerson," said Dick. "Good-by, and if ever I get a chance I will repay you for this." "You are more than welcome, Mr.-Slater. Is that right? Are you indeed the person the soldier said you were?" "Yes, :Miss Emerson." "Then hurry ! If they should succeed in capturing you it might mean your death, might it not?" "Yee." "Go, then, at once!" "I will do so " Dick hastened along the hall toward the rear door, and as he reached it there came a loud thumping at the front door. Dick opened the back door and passed through, closing the door after him. He hastened across the back yard, climbed the fence and found himself in an alley. He made his way iown this alley till he was on a side street and then he walked toward the edge or the u;wn. When he reached the point in question he was stopped by a sentinel, who demanded to know who Dick was and where he was going. "I am a citizen of this town," said Dick, "and I 8.lil on my way to th11 home of a friend out in the country." "Your name, young man?" "Henry Ward." The sentinel hesitated. He looked at Dick searchingly. He was about to speak, when loud voices were lieard coming frbm the direction Dick had come from, and both turned to 100k. They saw a party of at least a dozen redcoats coming on the run. They were waving their hands and shouting. "Stop that fellow ! He is a rebel spy ! " cried one. CHAPTER XIII. THE BRITISH DECIDE TO llARCH NORTH Dick knew that no time was to 'be loet. It would be folly to stand and parley with the sent" and so he acted instantly. Leaping forward, he dealt the sentinel a blow on the ja knocking him . down. Then Dick dashed away at the top of his speed. The redcoats set up louder yells than ner. They also redoubled their e:fforts to onrtake the youth. But Dick was a fast runner . . Now that he had a clear road before him, he did not have much fears that he would be captured. "They can't catch me," was his thought. Ife kept glancing back, and soon saw that he was grad ually distancing his pursuers. They must have realized the hopelessness of the pursuit, for presently they gave it up and turned back. As soon as he saw that the pursuit had been abandoned Dick slackened his pace to a walk. "Jove, that was a narrow escape !" thought Dick. "But for the ready wit of Miss Emerson, I would have been cap tured, likely." He walked steadily onward, and in less than an hour he arrived at the encampment. The boys were glad to see him. "We were beginning to fear that something had hap pened to you," said Mark Morrison. "I told Bob that in all probability I would not return last nighf," said Dick. "I know that; but at the same time we could not help feeling somewhat uneasy." "Did you learn anything of importance?" queried Bob. "No." "How came you to leave in the daytime?" "I had to leave." "How was that?" "I was recognized." "You were?" "Yes." "Who by?" "A redcoat." "You don't say so ! " "Yes; he called me by name and called upon his com rades to capture me, and I had to flee for my life." "Well, well!" "He said that he had seen me in the North." "Ah I" Then Dick toM al1 about the affair and also about Mi Emerson. "So she got back home, eh, Dick?" "Yes." "That is good." "So it is."


THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD A'r WORK. IJ 4 ti. ,..... ..J ck had not had any dinner, and so he ate some now. en he had a talk with the Liberty Boys. t was decided to mount their horses and make a trip the pmpose of seeing if they could run upon a band marauders. They put this plan into execution at once. They rode many miles that afternoon, but did not come n any party of marauders. They got back to their encampment an hour before sunwn, somewhat tired and quite disappointed. "Never mind, we'll find what we are looking for sooner later," said Dick. ''I hope so," said Bob, who, as was to be expected, was most disappointed one of all. Liberty Boys remained in. camp at this point a week, that time they succeeded in getting aiter three f marauders. killed a number of: the redcoats and drove the back to Wilmington. aroused considerable excitement among the British and a council was held. s decided to run the daring rebels to earth. will corner them and kill the last one of them !" General Cornwallis. t may be more difficult of accomplishment than you ir," said a colonel. 1 matter how difficult it may be; it -must be done." and means were discussed, and at last a force con-1 of five hundred men set out under the command of ' __,-!el and five captains, with the usual number of under , to run the force of rebels to earth. tried hard to accomplish their purpose, but the r Boys were not to be caught napping. r knew of the approach of the force before it was two miles of their encampment, as scouts were out on the watch, and they broke camp and got out way. managed lo make an attack on the redcoats from r, taking them b_y surprise, and a number of tho i were killed and wounded. ' made the redcoats very angry, and they were deter to get at the rebels, but they could not make a suc it. y worked three days, but only succeeded in getting a er of their men killed each day, and finally, in dis-t", they went back to Wilmington. '"l'here is no use of trying to get at those fellows," the lone! said to General Cornwallis; "they are here one inute and over yonder the next. It is impossible to strike em a blow. They get around too swiftly. They are as d as the Swamp Fox and his gang." The general looked thoughtful. "Well, let them go," he said. "I am thinking of break camp and marching northward into Virginia soon. yway, and the chances are that we will get a chance at e rebels before we reach our jqurney's end." I hope so." "What do you think about the matter, colonel? Our going up into Virginia, I mean." "I can hardly say, sir, offhand; but I should think that there would be a good field for work up there." "That is my opinion." "Then you intend to go?" "I shall hold a council this evening and get the opinions of the various members of my staff, and if the concensus of opinion is in favor of the trip we will take it." The council was held after supper that evening at the headquarters building, and it was found that the majority favored going. "We will break camp early Monday morning," said Gen eral Cornwallis. This was on Friday, and, although matters of this sort are supposed to be k ept to themselves by the officers, as Gener!ll Cornwallis had not cautioned them to say nothing, a number of the officers about the move in the pres ence of their soldiers, and it was quickly common property, even going to the ordinary citizens. ' Of course, the patriot citizens were glad to hear that they were to be rid of the redcoats, but the Tories felt differently regarding the matter. Monday morning came and the British broke camp and marched away toward the north. They were bound for Virginia. CHAPTER XIY. • FLORENCE EMERSON WARNS THE LIBERTY BOYS. The Liberty Boys were just eating breakfast on this Monday morning when they saw a girl comi:g up the road on horseback. ''Who i s it?n asked Mark Morrison. Dick had keen eyes, and he s aid almo s t at once: "That is Florence Emerson." ''From Wilmington, eh?" from Bob. "Yes. " "I wonder what she wants?" "I don't know; but my guess would be that she has some information for u s." "Likely you are right." On came the girl, and wh e n s he reached the encampment Dick was waiting to receive her and assisted her to alight. "To what do we owe the pleasure of a visit, Miss Emer-son?" Dick asked. "I bring you some news, Mr. Slater.'.' "What is the news?" "The British are breaking camp!" ?" "Yes!" "Whe re are they going?" "Up into Virginia." "Well, well! Then they will pass this way, likely."


20 THE LlBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. "That is the reason I came to you. I was afraid they :would be upon you before you knew it." "You are a brave, noble-hearted girl, Miss Emerson!" "Well, I don't like the British, and I feel grateful to you for your having captured Renard and his companions that night." "It did not really do you any good." "I think that it did." "You escaped before we got back to the house, you re member." "I know; but I have not' seen Eben Renard from that day to this. You must have scared liim away." "Well, I hope tha,t such is the case, and that he will never bother you again." "I hope so." ., "You think the British army will be coming up this way soon. ?" "Yes, they were getting ready to break camp when I left Wilmington." "Then we will have to break camp also and get out of the way." "True, sir." "I thank you for bringing us the information, Miss Em erson." "You are more than welcome, Mr. Slater." "Will yQ.u have breakfast with us?" "No, thank you; I had breakfast before leaTing home." "What will you do, Miss Emerson? If you start back you will meet the British army. Do you wish to do that?" "No; I will go over to the house yonder and wait tru army passes." "Are you acquainted with Mrs. Furlong and Emma?" "Yes, Emma and I are great friends." "That is good." Then Florence Emerson shook hands with Dick and ::.ent to the Furlong house, first leading her horse into the imber back of the h('mse and tying him there. ' Emma and her mother gave Florence a hearty greet-"What brings you up here at such an early hour?" asked :;', after giving her friend a hug and a kiss. 4'J came to warn the Liberty Boys, Emma." "To warn them?" "Yes." "Of what?" "Of the coming of fue British army." Emma started. "ls it coming?" she asked. "Yes." "When?" "Right away; thi s morning." "You don't say so!" "It is true, Emma." "And the Liberty Boys?" . "They are going tq break camp and get out of the way tnl after th e British have pas sed." There was a peculiar, sober look on Emma's face, a . Florence noticed it. "What's the she asked. "Oh-nothing." "Tell me," she urged. "There is something the mat1 ter." And then, as a sudden thought struck her, she ex claimed: . "I know! You have a lover among the Liberty Boys !'v Emma blushed. 1 • "Oh, no I haven't!" she exclaimed; "that is, he-f mean, I-he has never said-any words of-of--" Just at this moment there was a knock on the door an Emma went and opened it t.o find Hal Woodward, one o the Liberty Boys, standing there. ' "Good-morning," said Hal, bowing. "G-good m-mG-rning," stammered Emma, and in spite of herself her face colored somewhat. "That's the fellow, I'll wager anything!" Florence whis pered to Mrs. Furlong, who nodded assent. "May I speak to you in printe, Miss Emma?" asked the Liberty Boy. "Certainly," replied Emma; "come in, 'Mr. Woodward." Hal entered and was introduced to Florence Emerson: who then, in company with Mrs. Furlong, went out into the kitchen, ostensibly to get some pointers about cooking. This left Hal and Emma alone, and the young man advanced and stood close to the girl and looked searchingly into her eyes, which drooped before his own. "Emma," he said, presently; "I have known you short time, but as we are going to leave here soon I havP. something which I wish to say. Promise me that you won't be angry with me for saying it." "I-promise," was the reply. Hal reached out and took gently hold of the girl's hands j they were not withdrawn. "Emma," he said, earnestly; his voice trembling, "I love you!" The girl stood there looking down. It seemed almost aa though she had not heard him. Hal waited a half minute, and then suddenly he did th right thing-seized the girl in his arms and kissed her. "Emma!" he breathed; "tell me that you love me, tha you will be my wife I Speak, sweetheart !" Still with her eyes downcast and her cheek on his shoul der, the girl murmured: -.. "I love you, Hal. I will-be--your-wife." "Bless you, little sweetheart!" exclaimed Hal, andbut, there; we have told enough about this. The rest may be left to the reader's imagination. Mrs. Furlong and Florence Emerson were summoned few minutes later and were told the joyous news. Florence threw her arms around Emma and hugged an kissed h e r. "I am so glad, dear!" she murmured. "But when a you to be married?" "Ha l s ays h e mu s t s ta y with the Liberty Boys till t


THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. 21. ends, and will be married jus t as soon as that comes I "That officer seems to be s ick," said Mrs. Furlong. ss.'' "It is General Cornwallis !" said Florence, who-The war may last five years yet," with a mischievou s had seen the British general often and knew him well. "I don't think it will; but if so we will wait." "Yes," said Hal; "my duty is to my country, and I remain with the Liberty Boys till the war closes, or til I am killed or too badly wounded to sit in the sad-#. "That is right," nodded Mrs. Furlong. "Your determination does you credit," said Florence . "I would not want Hal to do otherwise,'' said Emma, was a brave, sensible and noble-heart ed girl. al did Dot stay much longer. "We are breaking camp, and I must get back," he said. "We are going to retire out of the way till the British y gets past, and then we will follow in its wak e." "You will see me--us again, will you not?" asked a, anxiously. "Yes; we'll come back here as soon as the British haTe d and will make our start from here." Then he took his departure. "He seems a fine fell-ow, Emma," said Florence, as soon Hal had disappeared. "I think lie is," said Emma, blushing. "How do you like him, Mrs. Furlong?" asked Flor-The three approached the house and knocked on the door. Mrs. Furlong opened the door. "Permit us to enter, madam," said one of the officers. "General Cornwallis has become suddenly ill \nd we must crave your hospitality till he is able to resume the march." "Certainly; you are welcome," said the woman, throwing the door wide open. General Cornwallis was conducted to a bedroom and placed on tb.e bed. "You go, Gerard, and give orders for the army to stop and go into camp," said General Cornwallis, feebly; "I don ' t think-that I shall-be able to go on-under two o-f three days, at least." "I will attend to the matter at once, sir." Then the officer addressed as Gerard saluted and wit!l draw. He went out and gave the order for the soldiers to go into camp, and they proceeded to do so. Emma and Florence were discussing the matter in the kitchen after Gerard went "What will this result in, I wonder?" remarked Flor ence. "I wonder how it will affect the Liberty Boys?" "I don't know, Florence." "First rate, Florence; he seems ta he a manly, sensible "Well, one thing, it will keep them in this vicinity a few l!ng man.?' days longei", and that ought to suit you." • "So I think; Emma, I guess that you will be happy with "Yes, but I am afraid that the Liberty Boys may at-"If he doesn ' t get killed, Florence," with a sober look ' her face. "True; that might happen. But we must look on the 1ight side always. I would n.ot expect that if I were u." "I shall try not to do so." They saw the Liberty Boys disappear in the timber, and 1en an hour later the advance guard of the British army it in an appearance. "There they come !" said Emma. "Yes; I'm glad that I warned the Liberty Boys," from CHAPTER XV. EBEN RENARD APPEARS AGAIN. The advance guard of the British army passed the house, then the staff of officers on horseback came along. his party stopped and dismounted and three advanced rd the hou se, two holding to tile arms of the third and g him to walk. at's the mattP-r, I wonder?" remarked Emma. The Wffi'e looking out of the window. tempt to strike the redcoats a blow and get the worst of it themselTes, Florence." The latter shook her head. "I don't think you need worry," she said. "Dick Slater is a shrewd, cool-headed fellow, and he is not going to do. anything reckless , you may be sure." "I hope that you are right." "I am sure that I am." "Goodness! I wish that this awful war was ended!',. "So do I. Well, it may come to an end soGn." "I'm afraid that it won't." "Hope for the best, dear." "I shall try to do so." "Well, I think I had better be going." "Why so soon?" 1 ,, "I'll tell you: I want to go around and find the Lilierty Boys and tell them what has occurred." "0:1. !-about General Cornwallis getting sick and the army going into camp." "Yes." "Do you think you can find them?" "I think so." "Aren't you afraid to start out now?" "Afraid-of what?" "Of the British soldiers." "Oh, no." "I should thi11k you would be."


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. "Not at all. I'll tell them that I came up here for morning's ride." Then she went in and bade Mrs. Furlong good-by. "Come again, Florence," said the woman. a 11 I guess that I had better finish up the work I begun one before." "You mean that--" "Yes, Mrs. Furlong." Then Florence kissed Emma and went out and untied her horse and led the animal out to the road. The soldiers were on every hand, going into camp, and they stared her, but said nothing. Colonel Gerard, the officer, who had seen her in the house, advanced and, bowing gracefully, inquired: "You are a friend of these people living here, Miss .Emerson?" "Yes, Colonel Gerard; I have bee n a friend of Miss Emma for years. I ride out here. often." "Ah, I see. Permit me to assist you to mount." ''Thank you." The colonel assisted Florence to mount, and with a nod and a smiling "Thank you," she rode away toward the south. As soon as she was around a bend in the road half a mile distant, she dismounted, and, leading her horse in among the trees, tied him. "Now to find the Liberty Boys," she murmured. She set out through the timber. She walked slowly,. as the country was strange to her, and she had to pick her way. Occasionally she paused and . listened, in the hope that shfil might hear some sound that would lead her to the spot where the Liberty Boys were. She . was not successful in hearing anything, however, and so she kept on going at random. She had walked at least two miles, when suddenly, as she reached the bottom of a wooded gully, she found herself confronted by a man. The girl gave a start and uttered an . exclamation of alarm. "Eben Renard !" she cried. "At your service, Miss Emerson," said the villain, with a bow and an evil smile. "Stand aside!" cried Florence, spiritedly. "I wish to go on my way." "Indeed?" "Yes l" "Whither are you bound, if I may ask?" "It is no business of yours!" "Possibly not. Still, as I am interested in you I would be pleased to know." "Let me pass!" "'I may do so presently, but I wish to have a little talk you first." "I have no wish to talk to you. Stand aside, or you will wish that you had! My father will have you hunted down and p'n.D.ished, . sir !" "Oh, I am not at all afraid." 1 "You had better be!" "I don't think so. And, con:ie to think the matter over, "I am going to hold you a prisoner until your fa the ransoms you." "You won' t dare attempt that a second time!" 'The villain showed his teeth in a wicked smile. "My dear Miss Emerson," he said, dare anything." "Permit me to go on my way, sir, or you will regret it!" The man shook his head. "l am sony, but I cannot do it," he said. "Stand aside ! " "Oh, no!" With an exclamation of vexation, the girl made an at tempt to run around the villain, with the intention of going on her way, but be seized her and held her, despite her struggles. "Help ! Help !" she cried. "Oh, there's no one within hearing," sneered tlie villain. "Help! Oh, help!" screamed Florence. "There's no help for you, I tell you!" laughed Renard. "You lie, you scoundrel!" cried a clear, ringing voice; "help is at hand!" The two looked around and saw a handsome young man dressed in a blue uniform coming toward them on the run. In his hand was a pistol. 1 "Free the young lady, you cowardly scoundrel!" he cried, as he drew nearer. 1.,. __ _ ;;.r CHAPTER XVI. JACK HOW .A.RD TO THE RESCUE. , Eben Renard let go his hold and whirled to meet the newcomer. In his hand flashed a wicked-looking knife. "I'll kill you, you meddling hound !" he cried. The newcomer was Jack Howard, one of the Liberty Boys, and as brave a young fellow as ever lived. He saw that the villain was going to show fight, but tha made no difference. He reversed his pistol, taking hold of the muzzle an holding it ready to use as a club. When he was close to Renard, the villain struck at hi with the knife. The Liberty Boy caught hold of the scoundrel's wri and arrested the knife's descent. Then he dealt the man a hi.ow over the head with t butt of his pistol. Thud! A gasping cry of pain escaped the lips of Renard the knife dropped from his grasp.


I THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. Howard deliToced blow, and this time the villain llilt down, hli legs aeeming to crinkle up under him. "There; he won't bother you again, miss," said the eung man, with a bow. "Oh, su, 1 thank you!" Florence exclaimed. "You ha-re Mile me a great fuor indeed in rescuing me from his wer." "Who is he, Miss Emerson?" The girl started and she looked at the youth quickly. "You know me, then?" she exclaimed. "Oh, yes; I saw you when you brought Dick the news the redcoats thia morning." "Ah, yes; well, thilil man is the one that had me a priser once before, alil .Mr. Slater told you about, doubtlesssame man who, with three companions, made a pri s oner him once." "Oh, I know; he ill Eben Renard." "Yes.'1 "I saw him that same night; we had him and his three panions prisoners, but it was dark and I didn't get a d look at him, and I was stationed . at the door as sentiel and did not ilOO him after he was taken into the house here there wa11 a light." "I see." "But what are you doing away out here in the wilder ' Miss Emerson?" "I was hunting . the Liberty Boy s." ''Indeed? For what purpose?" "I have some more information for you." "Will you tell me, Miss Emerson, or would you prefer to to the point where the rest of the boys are?" 1 "It doesn't matter." "You may tell me as we walk along, if you like. It is ly about half a mile to where the boys are." "I will go with you, Mr.--" "My name is Jack Howard." "I will accompany you ' to the point where your comrades in waiting, but what will you de about him?" noddti.g ward the unconscious man. "We will let him lie where he is." "He-isn't-dead?" "Oh, no; the blows I gave him were not sufficient to kill He is merely unconscious and will be all right ain inside of half an hour." "Then it will lie as well to leave him here to recover at s leisure." "I think so; come-but, first, I'll throw that thing ay," and he picked up the ugly-looking knife and threw far away in among the bushes. Now I am ready," he said. hey set out, a1:1d as they walked along Florence told t the British going into camp. :\nd sr,i General CGrnwallis was taken suddenly ill and not go farther, eh? ! ' remarked Howard. es." hen it is likely that the British army will be in camp seTeral days." "Likely, Mr. Howard. They won't want to start 11D.til they are sure that General Cornwallis is well enough to ride steadily." The y soon rea c hed the point where the Liberty Bop were. They had not gone into camp, but had tied their horses and were sitting about on their blankets talk-ing . They stared in amazement when Howard m an appearance accompanied by Florence Emerson. Dick leap e d up and g ave th e girl his hand. "I am indeed g l ad t o see you a g ain, Miss Ei:Bel'SO:n," he; "I supposed tha t y ou were bac k i n Wilmington. by this time." "I would have been, probably, but I had informa-tion for you, and so hunted you up." Dick regarded h e r eagerly. "What is the information, Miss Emerson?" "The British army ha.s gone into camp neu the home of Mrs. Furlong." "Gone into camp!" "Yes." "After a mar c h o f only three miles r That is strange!" "General Cornwallis was taken sick, Mr. Slater." "Ah ! So that i s it, eh?" "Yes." "Is he very sick?" "Oh, no; h e was able to walk to the house, but he is: too ill to ride all day." "I see. Well, I am glad that you have brought 1J8 tDe information, for now we will 1rnow what to "So I thought, sir." "You have done us two favors to-day,.. Mi&'J Emerson." "And I am glad that I was all.le to • do so.,,. After some further talk the girl said, thalJ she Dl1l&t be going. "May I accompany her, Dick?'' asked Howard, tpUekly-. Dick gave the young fellow a quick, searching g1aDC9' that caused him to color slightly, and tb.e:n said: "Certainl-y, Jack." "I don't know that I will need an ese0'rl," said :Flor ence, and her color seemed to he somewhat heightened also. "I think it necessaDy," said Howard. And then he fld about the girl's encounter with Eben Renard. "What! has he turned up again?" exclaimed Diel:.. "Yes, Mr. Slater," from Florence, "llJ'ld I don7t know what I should haTe done had not Mr. Bi@wa.rd happened along just at the right moment." "Jack must accompany you to your Iwme, Miss Emerson," said Dick, seriously. "That scoundrel has :reco...-ered consciousness ere this, and he may lie in wait for JUD and. try to capture you again." "I'll go clear to her home, Dick," said Howard, prom ... ly. After some further talk the two took their departun_ Howard took his )ion1e, leading the animal, as it .... (


D ll THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. 0 =====================================================================================================;it more than two miles from where Florence had left he1 I,, When they had entered Florence introduced t horse to Wilmington. j her father and mother, and when ' she explained tha so "Say, Dick, did you notice?" remarked Bob, when the . had rescued 8er from the hands of Eben Renarqt;1 two had gone. thanked him earnestly. "Notice what, Bob?" with a smile. He made light of what he had done, and said Jh "How the two young people blushed," with a grin. was only too glad to have been of service to Flore ' . . ,, . " "I was only repaying her for ' what she did Yes, I noticed their heightened color, he stud. l warning us of the coming of the British army," 'iWb believe that they have taken a fancy to each other, and' I Then Florence told her parents about General dh f hope that such is the case." lis becoming too ill to ride, and how the British an, /1 ' "So do I. Florence is a fine girl." gone into camp near the Furlong home. 0: n "Y d J k . fi b " w es, an ac is a ne oy. "Well, well! They didn't get far," said Mr. i • "You are right; there are none better than Jack How-l sh son. ard." "No, indeed," from Mrs. Emerson. "I hope they'll make a match of it.'' Jack did not stay long. w "The same as Hal, here, and Emma Furlong did, eh?" He said that he must get back to where the with a grin. were. The youths knew about Hal Woodward's love affair and "Dick may be wanting to make a move of some k pa he was sensible enough so that he was ready to be jollied he explained, "and he won't want to do so until a: ow: a bit without getting angry. get back." .boll "I began to think I was the only one of the boys who "You must call and see us if you come near Wilmi\ifru was going to find a sweetheart down here," he said; "but I again, Mr. Howard," said Mr. Emerson. fo guess that I'm not the only one." "Yes, indeed!" from Mrs. Emerson. hi "No," said Bob; "Jack has found one, or I miss my Florence accompanied him to the door, and as ht,0 guess." taking his leave, she said: .' The others all thought the same about the matter. "I should be pleased to have you call especially,rn CHAPTER XVII. GETTING AFTER THE MARAUDERS AGAIN. Jack Howard kept a sharp lookout as he and Florence Emerson walked along through the timber. He did not know but what they might encounter ,Eben Renard again, and did not intend so that the villain should take him at a disadvantage if he could help it. They saw nothing of the man, however, and finally ar rived at the point where Florence had left her horse. The animal was still there and neighed a welcome to his young mistress. Howard untied the halter-strap, led the two horses to the road, assisted Florence to mount, and then leaped into the saddle and they set out down the road. They did not ride fast, as they had only about two miles and a half to go. Needless to say, Jack Howard made the most of his opportunity, and did his best to make a favorable impres sion on the girl. He had already done this, but he did not know it. Florence had fallen in love with him when he came to her rescue. They reached Wilmington in about an hour, and Flor ence invited Jack in. He said that he was thirsty and would stop in and get a drink. Howard. I shall be glad to see you/' ;h "Thank you!" he said, earnestly, a look of deligl\'."es his face; "I will call at least once befflre we leave this }o of the country." he "Do so! Good-by." m "Good-by." be Then Howard mounted his horse and galloped out o7h town and back toward the north. :he On he rode, and presently he reached the point wh h wai;; best to leave the road. e He dismounted and walked, leading his horse, as i h not practicable to ride through the timber.. • .s He finally reached the point where he had left the thl erty Boys and found them 11till there. j:ts "Well, you finally got back, eh?" laughed Bob. "Yes; did you think I wouldn't get back?" "I hardly expected you s o soon." "Oh, I knew that Dick wanted to make some kind move, and so hurried." "I hardly know what kind of a move to make," Dick. . "I guess the only thing we can do is to watch the en and if a marauding party sets out we can make an a on it," said Mark Morrison. "That's the thing to do," said Bob . . "I will go over and spy on the British, I guess," Dick. He set out at once. He was not Ieng in reaching the vicinity of the B encampment.


THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. ok up his position behind a tree and looked at the ith interested eyes. thing seemed •be quiet. soldiers were taking things easy, and there was no ard ong them. 'Ji ept his post an hour, and then he saw some red d g ting ready to leave the encampment. e "Oh, were about thirty in the party. . e m were dragoons, and when they had bridled and ( "th. h h :wer. ell' orses t ey set out toward the north. c 'Wb y are going on a marauding expedition," thought rr he "Well, that will give us some work to do, and the 'Y.< ll be glad of it, as they are never so happy as when O t work." ( slipped away from his position, and as soon as he A a safe distance he hastened away on the run. r was not long in arriving at the point where the st were in waiting. rJ ell?" cried Bob. party has set out on a marauding expedition," said I 0ow big a party?" . p.bout thirty." dnfantry ?" a[ o, dragoons." way did they go?" the north." j ! 'liet's get after them I" f ,;s,1ll right." all of us go?" es." " ll-ood ! " l •.. : ; H\e youths set out at once, with Dick and Bob in imce. 'hey walked and led their horses. f' hen they reached the road at a point half a mile north l}he British encampment they mounted and set out. r;1hey rode at a gallop, as they were eager to catch sight he marauding party. ':'hey had ridden about two miles when they came to a >sroad. IvChey stopped and looked in eaeh of the four direc-111s. " ' Which way did they go, I wonder?" remarked Dick . '"Let's look at the tracks in the dust, Dick," said Bob. :e leaped down and examined the ground carefully, and i lly he said: ' I think they turned to the left here, Dick." "All right; we'll go in that direction. We can't see far that direction on account of the timber, but the chances that we shall come upon the redcoats." They set out up this road, and when they had gone about ile they caught sight of smoke rising from among the 1t at the righthand side of the road and about half a e ahead. 'They have set a house on fire!" cried Bob, excitedly. 'Forward, on the run !" commanded Dick. CHAPTER XVIII. TURNING THE TABLES ON THE BRITISH. The Liberty Boys urged their horses forward at a swift op. As they drew near the point where the smoke was rising they saw that it was a stable, and not a house, that was on fire. Bob discovered this first. "It's the stable!" he cried. "Good!" exclaimed Dick; "that is better than if it were the house." "You are right." Then Mark exclaimed: "See! There are the marauders!" "Yes, and they have seen us!" from Sam Sander son. "We ' ll have to hur:cy or they'll get away !" suddenly cried . Bob. The redcoats could be seen, and they were hurrying toward the timber at the back of the house leading their horses. "Dismount and pursue them on foot!" cried Dick, as they came up to the fence in front of the house. "Half a dozen of you boys stay and look after the horses." The youths in hot haste and all but six leaped over the fence and set out in pursuit of the fleeing marauders. The redcoats were now among the trees and quickly disappeared from sight. "Run, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. And run they did I They put forth their best efforts and fairly flew across the open ground. They reached the timber and dashed in among the trees. On, and still on they ran. They presently caught sight of the maraud e r s . "We ' re gaining!" cried Bob, delightedly. "Yes, we'll catch them!" from Dick. Closer and closer to the fleeing redcoats drew the Lib erty Boys. Then they saw that the redcolljs had reached a road and were hastily mounting. "'rhey'll escape after all!" cried Bob, disappointedly. "Give them a volley!" commanded Dick. The Liberty Boys halted instantly, leveled their muskets and fired a volley. Crash ! Roar I Loudly the volley rang out, and on the air rose yells of rage and pain. Three of the redcoats were seen to go down. But the rest dashed away at a gallop. "They have got away!" said Bob, dejectedly. "Not all of them," said Dick, significantly.


THE LIBERTY BnYS HARD AT WORX. "Nop we downed three .of them," said lla.rk llorrieon. They walked forward to where the three horses stood and found the three redcoat.s lying in the dust, dead. Each of the three soldiers had been hit by three or four bullet.a.. "Dig a gta'l-e and bury them," ordered Dick. The young Continentals brought their bayonets into play and soon had a grave dug. The bodies w:ere placed in the excavation and covered .over. "Now we will return to the house," said Dick. They set out .at oooe., three of the boys leading the three .horses. When they rea

THE LIBERTY BOYS HARD AT WORK. 2'1 CHAPTER XIX. IN OLD VIRGINIA. The Briti sh ,returned the fire, firing into the darkness random. They fired volley after volley, however, and, of course, e Liberty Boys, being far inferior in point of numbers, d not dare advance. Presently the British began moving in the direction of e rebels, and this left the young Continentals no choice ut to retreat. They did so, but slowly, and they stubbornly contested ery foot of the ground. The British ceased to advance, presently, and turned d made their way back to the main encampment. They had taken the dead and wounded along, and it was und that there were eleven of the former and eighteen the latter. It was not known whether or not they bad killed any the rebels. The Liberty Boys had escaped without the loss of a single Me. Five of the Liberty Boys were wounded, but only two of the wounds were serious. 'l'he manner in which the young Continentals had ed of the intentions of the British was very simple: One of their number had been spying on the British, the same as the redcoat had been 'spying on the Liberty Boys, and had seen the force getting ready to march, and had at once leaped to the conclusicn that the location of the enampment had been learned, and that an attack was to be ade. He had hastened back and warned Dick and they ad broken camp and gone . to another point a mile dis ant. They had left their horses there and had hastened back and were thus on hand ready to welcome the British when they put in an appearance. The young Continentals were very well satisfied with the nighfs work. "I rather think that we got the better of them, Dick/ said Bob. "I am quite sure of it, old fellow." -''Ob, ve licgea dem lige eferyt'ings !" declared Carl Gookenspieler. "Yis, an' we kin do it 'ag'in, begorra !" from Patsy Brannigan. "We did pretty well, I think," said Dick; "they must have had at least four hundred men." "All of that number," said the youth who had seen the force leaving the British encampment. "It doesn't make any difference how many of them there are when it is night-time and we have a chance to protect ourselves behind trees," said Bob. • "That is true," agreed Dick. Four days passed. * * * * * * Dick kept spies watching the British all the time. At the end of the fourth day, one of the spies told Dick that he had heard a couple of British officers talking, and that they had stated that General Cornwallis was able to travel and that the march would be resumed on the follow ing day. "That means that we must get ready to break camp tomorrow," said Dick. "Well, I'm ready to go/' said Bob. "I've been here as long as I care to stay." The majority of the Liberty Boys said the same. There were two, however, who did not look happy over the prospect of leaving. They were Hal Woodward and Jaek Howard. They would have to leave thei:r sweethearts behind, and this was not pleasant. However, they were brave and sensible y01mg fellows, and they made up their minds to look at things in a philo sophical manner. "You can come back," said Dick. "Yes, you are not leaving for good and all," grinned. Bob. "Oh, we'll come back, all right,. if we live!" said HaL "Yes, indeed!" from Jack. "There will be no need of our getting away in a hurry in the morning," said Dick. "Certainly not," said Bcb. "We can give the redcoats a good start, and then catch up with them before even ing." "We will remain at the Furlong home till after noon," ic:aid Dick. This pleased Hal and Jack, and they looked me:re cheer ful. A spy was sent to watch the British, the :first thing in the morning. When the redcoats had broken camp and marched away he came and reported to-Dick. The Liberty Boys then broke camp and made their way to the Furlong home. Jack Howard at once asked permission to go to Wilmington. -"Go along, Jack," said Dick. "And when do I have to be back?" "By one o'clock." "All right; I'll be here." Jack mounted his horse and galloped away in the direc tion of Wilmington. When he was about halfway there, jnst as he was passing through the most densely wooded portion of the there came the sharp crack of a pistol A bullet whistled past Jack's head. "Hello! what does that mean!" be exclaimed. He brought his horse to a stop and leaped to the ground and ran toward the timber at the roadside. Crack! There came another report, and another bullet whistled past Jack, this one cutting t.hrm:rgh the sleeve of his coat.


28 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS HAlW AT WORK. f1aD.inced now that someone really was trying to kill him, he drew a pistol and cocked it. Peering ahead, he caught sight of a man, and up came the pistol. Crack I Jack fired, and immediately following the shot a yell of pain went up, and down went the man with a thud. "I guess I fixed him!" thought Jack. He was soon beside the stricken man and recognized him as being the man he had rescued Florence fr01:. "Eben Renard!" the youth exclaimed. The stricken man tried to speak, but was unable to do so, and after an ineffectual struggle he gave a gasp and expired. "I'm sorry I killed the fellow," murmured Jack. "Still, he tried to kill me, that is certain." He looked at the still form a few moments and then turned and made his way back to the road. He took a good look at the spot so he could describe it correctly, and then mounted and rode onward to Wilmington. He dismounted in front of the Emerson house and tied his horse, after which he entered the house and was greeted cordially by Mr. and Mrs. Emerson. Jack had called there twice within the past four days and had made splendid progress with Florence. He called Mr. Emerson to one side and told him about the attempt that had been made on his life by Eben Renard and how he had killed the man. "I will send a couple of my servants to bury the body,'' said Mr. Emerson. "That is the proper thing to do, sir," said Jack. He went with Mr. Enierson and told the servants where they would find the body. They set out at once, armed with spades, and the:n Jack and Mr. Emerson went to the library, where Mrs. Emer son and Florence were, and told them the news. They were somewhat shocked, but at the same time both expressed themselves as feeling relieved now that they knew Florence was safe from being bothered by Eben Renard. 1 Jack remained to dinner, and when he left, at half-past twelve, he carried with him Florence's promise to marry him as soon as the war was over. 1Ie was a very happy fellow, and when he got to the Liperty Boys' encampment the youths knew he had been successful without having to ask him any questions. -* * * * * * * When the two servants returned to the Emerson home they reported that they had found the dead body where Jack Howard had said it would be found, and that they had buried it. "That is good," said Mr. Emerson. We may as well state here that the comrade of Renard's who had been wounded in the old house the night the Lib erty Boys were attacked there by the redcoats, died; and the other two soon afterward had departed for parts un-' known, so the death of Renard ended the work of the cals in that part of the country. Florence was pretty sober for a few days, and then brightened up, for she knew that Jack would be back th after her in due time. * * * * * * * The Liberty Boys kept hard at work during all the ti it took the British to march up into Virginia. They struck party after party of marauders seve blows, and the redcoats finally became very careful, a would not venture out on marauding expeditions unl there was a strong force of them. At last the British reached Petersburg and went camp. The Liberty Boys went into camp about two miles a "Now what are they going to do, Dick?" queried the evening the British reached the end of their march went into camp. "That is what we must find out, Bob." "You are right." "How are you going to find out?" queried Sam Sanrt son. "By keeping a sharp eye on them." This Dick proceeded to do. 1 • . J There was not an hour of the day or night wrf,t:1 more of the Liberty Boys was not watching the ish. They could not make a move without it being nown t the young Continentals. The redcoats were pretty quiet, however. They seemed to be waiting for something, though " what it was the Liberty Boys were unable to determine0t "We will find out sooner or later, though,'' said Dick. Finally the British broke camp and marched away t ward the Chesapeake, and after them went the Libert Boys. "We'll keep hard at work till the very last,'' said Die determinedly. 1 "Yes, we'll keep after the marauders as long as the keep up that kind of work," said Bob. And they did, desisting only when Cornwallis surr dered at Yorktown, a few weeks later. And as soon as possible after this Hal Woodward Jack Howard set out for Wilmington to keep their pr ises to their sweethearts. THE END. The next number (256) of "'The Liberty Boys of ' will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND T 'SHIRTMEN'; OR, HELPING THE VIRGINIA FLEMEN," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this w are always in print. If you can11ot obtain them from newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps mail to FRANK PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copi yflu nriler by return mail.


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(l'ormerly•"TBE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY") BY "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR" Issued every Friday. A 32-PAGE BOOK FOR 5 OENTS. Handsome Oolored Oov These intensely interesting stories describe the adventures of Frank Manley, a plucky young athlete, who tries tp eel in all kinds of games and pastimes. Each number contains a story of manly sports, replete with lively incid dramatic situations and a sparkle of humor. Every popular game will be featured in the succeeding stories, such as ball skating wrestling etc. Not only are these stories the very best, but they teach you how to become stro h eaithy. can lear; to become a trained athlete by reading the valuable information on physical culture they From time to time the wonderful Japanese methods of self-protection, called Jiu-Jitsu, will be explained. A devoted to advice on healthy exercises, and questions on athletic subj(lcts are cheerfully answered by the .,to -PHYSICAL DIRECTOR." JCJC JC JC JCJC JCJCJCJCJC JCJC JC JC JC JC JCJCJCJC.Jt. .;J. Jc .;,t. .;,t. JC .;,t. JC ..,-C JC .;J. JC JCJC JC JC JC .;,t. JC ,:1', ALREADY PUBLISHED: . t 6 Frank Manley's Prize Tackle; or, The Football Tactics that 1 Frank Manley's Real Fight; or, What the Push-Ball Game Brought About. 7 Frank Manley's Mad Scrimmage ; or, The Trick that Dazed i; ford. " 8 Frank Manley's Lion-Hearted Rush ; or, Staking Life on the 2 Frank Manley's Lightning Track; or, Speed's Part In a Great Crisis. come . Y 3 Frank :Manley's Amazing Vault; or, Pole and Brains In Deadly 9 Earnest. !!'rank Manley's Mad Break Through; or, Playing Halfback tor All)[ 4 Frank Manley's Gridiron Grlll ; or, The Try-Out for Football Grit. 10 5 Frank Manley' s Great Line-Up; or, The Woodstock Eleven on the Ill Worth. Frank Manley's Football Strategy; or, Beating Tod Owen's Fake Kla Frank Manley's Jap Ally; or, How Sato Played the GridirontGam!:, Frank Manley's Tandem 'l'rick; or, How Hal Spolford Fooled tbe:e:i For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamp FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Y r THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S BE STRONG I By "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR" LA.TEST ISSUES: 12 Frank Manley At the Bat ; or, "The Up-and-at-'em Boys" on the Diamond. 13 Frank Manley's Hard Home H it; or, The Play That the Bradfords. 14 Manle y in the Box; or, The Curve That Rattled Bradford. 15 Frank Manle y ' s Scratch Hit; 9r, The Luc k of "The Up-and-at-'em Boys." 16 Frank Manley' s Double Play; or, The Game That Brought Fortune. 17 Frank Mlllll e y ' s All-around Game ; or, Playing All the Nine Positions. 18 Frank Manley' s Eight-Oare d Crew; or, Tod Owen' s Decoration Day Regatta. 19 Frank Manley's Earned Run; or, The Sprint That Won a Cup. 20 Frank Manley' s Triple Play ; or, The Only Hope of the Nine. 21 Frank Manley' s Training Table ; or, Whipping the Nine Into Shape. 22 Frank Manley' s Coaching; or, The Great Game that "Jackets" Pitched. WEEKbY BE HEALTH" IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS lor


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. arr on adual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band l•l .\rnerican \1ho \l'Crc al11l}'ti ready and willing to imperil their lives for the ake of helping along th nllant of I ndependcn(;e. number will of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful (;olured <:on.:r . LATb:8T ISSUES: J c; ThP Liberty Boys un t h e ll11dso11; or. Working on the Water. 11:!7 Tlle Liberty J:oys at Gcnua11lowu; or, Good Work in a Good l'nuse. 188 'l'bc Li!Jcrty Hoys lndia11 DNoy; 01. 'l'lle Fight on -Quaker Hill. Hm The Liberty Boys Afloat; or. Sailing \\'ith J'aul Jones. U!O The Liberty Boys in Mohawk \'alley; or, l"igbtiug l:edcoats, To-ries and Indians. 101 The Liberty Boys Left B ehind; or. Al o n e in t h e !en emy's Country. t!J2 The Liberty Boys at Augusta; or. '\\'ay Uown in CJeorgia. 1 !13 The Lillert'r Boys' Swarnp Camp; or. l"iglating and U iding. 1 U4 The Libel'l;' Boys in (:otham; ul'. l>aring \\'ork in lh<' c;ieat C'ity. 1U5 'l'he Liberty Boys and Kosciusko; '"" Th" l"ighl al Urcat Falls. 1!)6 The Liberty Boys Girl 8<'out; or. l 'ii:hting Butle1";> Ha'?gcrs. 107 The Liberty Boys at Budd's Crossing; or, !lot "ork tn Cold Weathe r. 198 The Liberty Boys' Raft; or. Floating and I"ighting. 199 The Liberty Boys at Albany; o r . Sa\iug (;,'ncral Schuyler 200 'l'he Liberty Boys Good Fortune; or: Sent 011 S"cnt Service. 201 The Liberty Boys at Johnson's Mill ; o r . A llard t:rist to Grind. 202 'l'he Liberty Boys' \\'aming; or. A Tip that ''ame i11 Time. 203 The Liberty Boys with Washington; or. Ila rd Times at \'alley Forge. 204 The Liberty Boys after Brant; o r. Chasing tlw In<.lian Raiders. 205 'l'he Liberty Boys at Red Bank; or. !touting lhe llessians. '1'1'-U>e1t' Boys aud the Riilemcu; or, llelping all They Could. _ The Llbeity Boys a the Mischianza ; or. Good-by Lo General Howe. 208 The Liberty Boys and Pulaski; or. The Polish I'f1triot. 209 'he Liberty at Hanging Rock; or, The "Carolina Game Cock." h 'l 210 The Liberty Boys on the I'edee; or. w1l " anon. 2L1 The Liberty Hoys at Guilford Courthous!'; "'" _ \ Defeo• tbal I 'ro\ecl a Yictory. . 212 'he Liberty Boys at sanders' Creek ; or, 'I'h" Er1 r ,; • -ral Gat<•s. 21:{ The Liberty Jloys on a Raid; o r. Out with, f'olo!'"I Rmwn. 21-1 The Liberty lloys at Gowanus Creek: or, L•or J , 1berty and Inde-pendence . , . 215 Tbe Liberty Boys• Sldrmish; or. At Green Spr111g I Iantat1on. Tbe Liberty Boys and thP. Governor; or,. Tryons t 2L 7 'l'ht> Liberty Hoys in Rhode lsland; or. Doing ll<•w!1 ,hast. . 218 The Liberty Boys After 'l'arleton; or. Bothermg lhP .utcbcr.' 21 !) The Liberty Boys' Daring Dash; or, Death Hefo1 e J>efeat. 220 The Liberty Boys and the Mutineers; o r. Uclpini; Authony." 221 The Liberty Boys Out West; or, 'he Capture of \ . 11weuues, 2:l:l The Lilwny Boys at Princeton; or. Washington's ;\arr'.rn I .s<'apc. 22H 'l'ht• I ibf'l'll' Boys Heartb1oken; or. 'I'he Desertio n of Dwk. 224 The 1'.nwrt'r Boys in the Highlands; or, Working Aloug lhe Ilud son. 22;-. 'l'he Liberty lloys at Hackensack; or, Beating Back the British. 22H 'J'hc Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold; or, Captain Kidd's L egacy. 227 'l'he Liberty Boys at Bordentown ; or, Guarding tbe Stores. 228 'l'he Liberty Boys' Best Act; or, The Capture of Carlislt'. 22\J The J.iberty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Daring Deeds. i:.:o The Liberty Boys Long Hace; or. Beating the Redcoats Out. 231 The Liberty Boys De ceived; 01, Dick Slatet" s Double. 232 'l'h" Liberty Boys Boy Allies; or. Young, But Dangerous. 2:n 'l'be Liberty Boys Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Brandywine 2:1-1 'l'hP Llherty Boys' Alliance; or. The Heels Wllo Uelped. 2:{(; The Liberty Boys on the War-l'ath; or. After the Enemy. 2:rn 'l'hc Roys After Cornwnllis; or. \Yorrying thP L•;arl. :!::; Tbc Liberty Hoys and the Libet"ty Bell ; or, How 'hey Saved It. :!:J8 'l'be Liberty lJoys and Lydia Darrah ; or, A Wonderful WoR'lan's Warning. ,1 2;10 The Liberty Boys at P erth Amboy; or, Franklin's Tory Son. 2-10 Tht Liberty Boys and the or, Good Goods in a Small l'acknge . 241 'l'he Liberty Boys at Frankfort ; or, Routing the "Queen's Rang ers." 242 Th.-I.ibcr,ty Boys and General Lacey; or, Cornered at the "Crooked Billet." 24:1 The Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fetc; or, Friglltening the British With I<'ir!'. 24-1 The Lihert.v Hoys Gloomy 'l'ime; or, Darkest Dawn. The Liberty Uoys on tlle Xeuse River; or, <.:ampaigning in : •forth Carolina. '.!4G Liberty Boys ancl Bene<.lict Arnold: or. Hot Work Witb a rJ'raitor. 247 '!'he Liberty Roys Excited; or. lJolng Whirlwind Work. 248 'J,'he Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or. 'J'hc Boy Who ::;aw Fun Everything. '.!4fl Th<' I.lberty b'air l.''riencl: or. 'l'he Woman Wh JWlt ': :!C.11 TbP Liberty Boys "8tumped" ; or. 'l'he Biggest Puzzle of All. :!r.l Tbv 1.iberty Boys in Sew York Bay; or. Difficult and Dllilg .. rouR Work. '.!:;'.! 'J'hc Liberty Boys' Own )lark; or. Trouble for the Tories. The f,iberty Boys at Newport; or. The Rhode Island Cumpaign 2i;4 ThP Liberty Boys and "Black Joe" ; w. Tbe Negro \Ybo Ualp•>d 2r,r, 'l'he Liberty Boys liar


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