The Liberty Boys and General Pickens, or, Chastising the Cherokees

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The Liberty Boys and General Pickens, or, Chastising the Cherokees
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"Down went tbe first Indian, and the infuriated father, by the Libert y Boys, rushed toward the door. A huge savage was coming out, with the unconscious w oman over his shoulder. He. was-dragging a screaming child, bat now released her. ,.


away, s teadily but care-A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the than IsB'Ued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per yem. Entered as Se.cond Class Matter at the New Yot sink doWJl till it is February 4. 1901 . Entered acc01dino to Act of Congress, in the yea r 1906, i n the office of the LU. Con g ress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, P u blisher, 24 U n ion Square, New Y o rk. -i;. No. 276 . NEW YORK, 13, 1906. Price b ,;.:i--.. 1-ie-CHAPTER I. LOOKING FOR GENERAL PICKENS. About the middle of a fine June afternoon in the year 1781 a force of perhaps one hundred patriot troopers came b a halt in front of a good-sized log house a few miles west of Ninety-Six, in western South Carolina. The members of this force were peculiar in one respect not one was older than twenty-one years of age . There was not a bearded face to be seen, and the upper lips of most of them were innocent of adornment. These youths were famous, however, young though they were. In fact, they were veterans, having been in the army five years, and having taken part in all the great bat tles that had taken place in the North between the patriot and Briti s h armie.s. The youths in question were indeed the famous Liberty Boys. "'liei;caphin, Dick Slater, was not only famous as the commander of a celebrated company of soldiers, but was known as the Champion Spy of the Revolution, he having done more darin g and successful spywork than any two spies in either the Continental or Briti sh armies. The Liberty Boys had been sent down South to• assist General Pickens, who at that time was very busily engaged in :fighting redcoats, Tories and Cherokee Indians in the r egion around Ninety-Six. Dick and the Liberty Boys had stopped at Ninety-Six and had been told that likely they would find General P ickens at a point about five miles west of the village . Their informant had stated that a certain patriot, whose name had been given, would likely be able to tell them "-... ,,,,t-}: w4Ri' e to look for the genera l and his little army . And now tbe Liberty Boys had halted at what they be lieved to be the home of the patriot in question. Dick leaped to the gro und and advanced to the house and knocked on the door-casing, the door itself being open. A man of middle age came to the door, and when he saw the force of patriot troopers he stared in amazement. "'Good-afternoon, sir," said Dick. " How are you, sir," was the reply. "Is your name Williams?" The man nodded. "It is," he said. "I have been informe d that y ou are a patriot; i s that the t ruth?" The man glanced keenly at Dick's face and then a t his uniform, a n d said : "Yes, you have been rightly informed . " "Good! And I was told, sir, that in all probability yon would be able to tell me where to look for General P ick ens and his army." The settler eyed Dick in silence a few moments and then asked: "Who told you this?" "A man at Ninety-Six." "His name?" "Harris, so he said . " Mr. Williams nodded and murmured, "That's all right .. then." Aloud he said: "Well, I can help you, if you are looking for General Pickens, Captain-" "Dick Slater is my name." Williams started and looked keenly at Dick, and then gave the other youths a quick, comprehensive glance. "I think that I have heard of you, Captain Shrter," he said, quietly. "Yes?" "Yes. Those young men out there are the famous Liberty Boys, are they not?" "They certainly are the Liberty Boys, Mr. Williams . '" The man stuck out his hand. "Shake hands, Captain Slater," he said; "I am exceedingly glad to make your acquaintance." "Thank you; the pleasure is mutual." "Won't you come in and sit down?" "No, thank you. I have been in the saddle practically all day, and it is really a relief to stand awhile . " "Very good. You wish to know where to find General Pickens and his army? Well, I think that the easiest,. simplest and surest way is for you to stay right here." "Ahl He is to come here soon, then?" "Yes." "When will he come, do you think?" "Possibly to day or to-morrow; perhaps not till the day after . " "And you think that we will be likely to see him sooner by remaining here than if we started out to look for him?'" "I do." "Why?" "Because he is constantly on the move; he goes here,. there and everywhere . " " I see. " "If you wer e to find him it would be an acciden t . " •' ,.


GENERAL PICKENS. Hlrnly to hap-• JI • ....nain here you are cer dng." The youths who heard this laughed, and then all rode in the direction of the pasture-lot, where they dismounted and began making arrangements for going into camp . .. JO into here, then." ..Jpen space over beyond the barnlot .....aire a camp, Captain Slater." . well." " Dick was about to tum away, but the patriot asked him to wait a moment. ... CHAPTER II. CARL .A.ND THE BEES. "I want my wife and daughter to make your acquaintThe spot chosen for the camp was a pleasant one, and an.ce, Captain Slater," he said. Then he called: the youths were well satisfied. "Mary! Annie! Come here!" They tethered their horses at a point seventy-five yard;i A woman of middle age and a pretty girl of sixteen or from the encampment, and then settled down in the shM'e ..__.... .seventeen years came to the doorway. of the trees along the edge of the timber at the side of the "Wife, this is Captain Dick Slater, the commander of pasture-lot and talked of various matters. the Liberty Boys," said Mr. Williams; "those are the Suddenly they were startled by a great clattering , Liberty Boys out there." and they leaped to their feet in alarm. The woman shook hands with Dick and said she was "Vat is dot noises?" cried Carl. • glad to make his acquaintance, and Dick responded suit"Shure an' a whole thribe av Injuns must be comin', ably. begorra !" from Patsy. "And this is Annie, our daughter," the man said, nod-"J.iook !" exclaimed Bob Estabrook, pointing toward the 4ing toward the . girl. house. "I'm glad to know you, Captain Slater," said the girl, There, out in the backyard, were Mr. an,.d Mrs. Wilxtending her hand frankly. Iiams and Annie, and each was pounding on a tinpan with "The pleasure is mutual, Miss Williams," said Dick. a stick, which was the cause of all the din. Then, after exchanging a few words, he lifted his hat "Phwat does it mane?" queried Patsy . . and made his way back to where the Liberty Boys sat on I "I know," said Dick; "a hive of bees has 'swarmed,' borsebaC'k. and they are trying to get them to settle and not fly "We're going into camp over yonder in that pastureaway." lot," said Dick. "I see the bees!" cried Bob. "See yonder, up above the "Good I" murmured Joe Small, who had been staring top of that tree,'' pointing. st Annie Williams with all his might. The youths looked and then exclaimed, eagerly: "What's the matter, Joe?" grinned Bob Estabrook. "Yes, yes!" "Nothing, why?" "I ee them!" "Why, you have been staring toward that girl as if you "There they are, sure enough!" were charmed and couldn't take your eyes off her." They were right. Up above the treetop could be seen Joe grinned in response. a little, black cloud in appearance, but it shifted and wove "Maybe that is about the truth of the matter," he said, in and out and changed form more rapidly and constantly .calmly. than any cloud could have done. "Struck, are you?" "Vill dot noise mage der bees ceddle on der dreedop ?" "Well, pretty nearly, I guess." queried Carl. ' "I can't say that I blame you, Joe; she's pretty as a "Yes, Carl," replied Dick. picture." "V ell, dot is vunniness ! I vould t'ink dot nolSlnes s "She certainly is! I hope we may stay here a week." vould mage der bees v}y avay quicgness alrerty _ ." ,.. "I guess you've got it pretty bad, old man." "No, they like it," grinned Bob. "It is music in their "llayhe I have." ears." "Vat has Sho gotted?" asked Carl Gookenspieler, he "Vat is dot? Bees haf ears? I don'd vos pelief dot. having heard only the last few words of the couersation. Such liddle insects lige dot gould nod ha ears." "Is id anyt'ing gatching, hey?" "Shure an' dhey couldn't be afther havin' such bhig "Sure an' it is, Co0kyspiller," said Patsy Brannigan, ears as yersilf has got, Dootchy," chuckled Patsy; "but who had heard the most of the conversation and underdhey hav' ears, jhust dhe same." stood the situation; "it is more catching dha:a. dhe mumps "Vat do you know abouid dot, Batsy? You nefer raised <>r dhe m'azles, begorra." bees." "Den I vill sday avay vrom Sho, py shimmanetty, vor "Wull, Oi've sane some in me toime, Dootchy." J don'd vos vant to gatch anyt'ing vorse dan der mumbses "Led us go ofer und hellup seddle dose bees, poys," said

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. Bob, seeRting fun, winked at the boys and said: "Yes, Jet's do that, fellows. Perhaps we may be able to help some." The youths were willing, and the majority got up and walked over toward the point where the three were en gaged in trying to get the bees tQ settle. "Ca:a we do anything to help you?" queried Dick, when tltey were close to Mr. and Mrs. Williams and Annie. He had to yell in order to make himself heard above the awful am. The farmer came over close to Dick and said: "If you could throw dust up among the bees it would io much toward making them settle." Dick nodded. "We'll do that," he said. Then he told the boys to get handfuls of dirt and dust and tlirow it up among the bees. -"Vat vor dove do dot?" queried Carl. "Vat goot does cfo1 !lust do, I vunder ?" "It gets on the wings of the bees, making them heavy, and the insects are forced to come down and settle," explained Dick. "Oh, dot is id, hey?" "Yes." "Yell, ve vill dry vat der dust vill do." The youths took up handfuls of dirt and dust and tGSBed it up in the midst of the bees, and presently the iJ1.SeCts were seen to be coming lower and lower. "Dot is dooding der vork, all righd," said Carl. , "l!'o it is, begorra," from Patsy. Lower and still lower the bees came, and finally they settled on the e.nd of a limb of a tree. It was a big swarm, and the weight of the bees bent the limb downward quite a good deal. The bees hung about ten feet above the heads of the farmer and his wife and •aughter and the Liberty Boys. . "How you ged dem down?" asked Carl, curiously. "I am going to cut the limb off a couple of feet from the bees and carry them to the hive in that manner," said Yr. Williams. "Oh, dot is der vay you vill do id, hey?" "Yes." Then the farmer brought a couple of stools from the 0house, placed a board on top of them, and, saw in hand, got upon +Jie board and began to saw away at the limb. "Don't y.ou want some help?" queried Dick. "Orre of you may get up beside me and steady the limb when . it sinks down far enough so that you can get hold ef it, if you will." "I vill do id!" exclaimed Carl. "Go ahead," said Bob Estabrook. "You are the very ene for the job, for if the bees we:re to sting you, you would never know it. You wouldn't feel it through all your fat." "I am nod avraid uf der elarl. Th<'n he climbed up onto bees stingin' me," declared the board and stood beside Mr. Williams, who was sawing away, steadily but care fully. "One of you taller boys would have done better Carl," said Dick. "He can't reach up so far." "That doesn't matter, the limb will sink doWJl till it is within his reach," said Mr. Williams. "Yah, dot is so," said Carl. The farmer sawed steadily, and presently the limb be gan to sag as the weight of the bees pulled it down through it being weakened by the sawing. Lower and lower it sank, until it was within Carl's reach. He stretched his arms upward, but the limb was stiU six or eight inches from his hands. At this moment Mrs. Williams and Annie came out of the house, and Carl turned his eyes on the girl. He was looking at her with admiration in his eyes, when suddenly there was a cracking sound, accompanied by a warning cry from Dick : "Look out, Carl!" The limb had weakened. suddenly at the point where Mr. Williams was sawing, had split away, in fact, and the end, rendered heavy by the bees, dropped like a bullet,, striking Carl fairly on top of the heat\. Down he wentoff the board, and he was covered half an inch thick witb the bees, they having been jarred loose from the limb. The insects must have began using their stingers at once, for Carl began kicking and thrashing about and yell ing lustily. One foot struck the board, knocking it off thetop of the stools, and Mr. Williapis was depos-ited on his back on the ground. Mrs. Williams gave utteranee to a shriek. "Oh, John's neck is broken! I just know it is!" sheand she started to run. forward to where he lay,. , only to be held back by her daughter. "You'll be stung to death, mother!" the girl cried. . And indeed this seemed likely, for the bees were buzzmg at a great and flying wildly around. The Liberty Boys had scattered in a hurry, but quick as they wer.e, several of them got stung one or more times. "Stay away, wife !" cried Mr. Williams. "I'm not hurt." "' Then he crawled hastily away from the vicinity of Carl,. who, covered with the lively insects, was kicking and floun dering and howling at a great rate. "I'm deat ! I'm killed! Oh, hellub !-hellub ! Take me avay, somepoddy ! I am sdingin' der bees to deat' ! Owwow ! Ouch! Hellub ! Hellub !" Such were a few of the remarks of the Dutch youth_ Others were inarticulate and smothered. "Say, those bees will sting Carl to death, won't they?'" cried Mark Morrison. -"I'm afraid they will!" said Dick, seriously. "Can't we do something for him?" asked Sam Sandr-SOD. "I don't see what we can do," from Bob Estabrook. •'


' • ' THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. At this moment Carl scrambled to his feet and dashed away like a :n:tadman, yelling at every jump. Around the house he went and across the road. Doubt less Carl did not see where he was going, but in all prob ability it would not have made any difference ii he had. Ahead of him lay a good-sized creek, and the bank on the side next the road was about ten feet high. Straight to this bank rushed Carl, Hnd off he plunged headfirst. Splash I He struck the water and went under out of sight. CHAPTER III. CARL INVITED TO SlJPPER. Carl came wading slowly to the shore, where he was met by Dick and Bob, each of whom took hold of an arm and assisted the Dutch youth up the sloping bank. Here he sank down, groaning. "Oh, I am hurtling all _ ofer !" he cried. "Oh, I am 3 deat poy !-I know I am a deat poy ! Der bees haf sting ded me till my plood is all turned to fire in der veins ! I am purning oop tler inside ouid, py shimmanetty I Oh-h-h-h !-ow-w-w-w !" Carl looked so lugubrious that the boys would have been forced to laugh but for the fact that they realized that their comrade really was great pain. The Dutch youth was swollen terribly about the face, and his hands were all puffed up also. He had been stung at least half a hundred times. "Let's get him to the house," said Dick; "perhaps the The Liberty Boys had watched Carl's flight with interfolks may have some liniment or something that will take ested eyes. away the pain and reduce the swelling." He had run so swiftly that he had left a lot of bees "Dot's righd; dake me der houis indo, alretty, Tic1 !" stringing out behind him like the tail to a comet; but he cried Carl. was still thickly covered when he took the plunge. Dick and Bob assisted Carl to his feet and led him to "That is the best thing Carl could have done," said the house. Bob. .... Mr. and Mrs. Williams and . Annie were very sympa-"Yes," agreed Dick; "the bees will be drowned and he thetic, and said that they had an ointment that Mr. Wilwill be all right." Iiams us _ed for bee-stings that would take away most of the "Yes, but Carl may drown, too," said Ben Spurlock;. pain in a short time and reduce the swelling. "'"'he can't swim." Carl told to lie down on a pallet which was fixed "Shure an' thot's dhe thruth !" cried Patsy; "lit's go for him, and then the ointment was brought and Dick and to his assistance." . Bob rubbed it on according to instructions from :h1r. WilThe Liberty Boys madtl a el.ash for the creek. Iiams. _ ; When they reached the bank they saw Carl just wading "How do you feel now, Carl?" asked Dick . "'

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. 5 The Liberty Boys now went back to the encampment and threw themselves down in the shade. They discussed Carl's mishap, and, knowing that the Dutch youth was not in any danger from the stinging he had received, they laughed over the affair and talked of its humorous features. When evening came the youths made campfires and began cooking their suppers, and Dick went to the house to see how Carl was getting along. The Dutch youth was sitting in a chair in the sitting room engaged in conversation with Mr. Williams, while Mrs. Williams and Annie were bustling around in the kitchen getting supper. Carl's eyes were open sufficiently so that he could see fairly well, and he greeted Dick with a nod and a grin. "How are you getting along, Carl?" Dick queried. _ ."J am all righd now, Tick." f rhe pain has gone away?" 101Yah, I don'd vos veel much bain." ' -That is good; and you can see again, I notice." "Yah, I gan see bretty veil." "Will you go out to the camp with me now, Carl?" "Vy, Tick?" "Supper will soon be ready." Carl grinned. "Subber vill be ready here bretty quicgness, Tick," he said, meaningly. . "Ah, you are going to take supper here?" "Yah.A191 haf ascred me." ,_-./."-t" b "Yes," said Mr. Williams; "and you must stay and take supper with us, Captain Slater." "I thank you for the invitation," said Dick, "but I will not accept this time . I will go back and tell the boys not to look for Carl." . Mr. Williams seemed to be a bit disappointed, but said: "Very well; just as you like, Captain Slater." Dick talked a few minutes and then took his departure. "Dell der poys dot I vill gome to der gamp afder subber is ofer," Carl called after him. "All right," replied Dick His real reason for refusing to eat supper there was because he knew that Carl looked upon it as being a great invited to supper, and Dl'ck. did not want to detract from the Dutch youth's enjoyment by dividing the honor with him. "Where's Carl?" asked Bob, when Dick reached the camp. Dick told them that the Dutch youth was going to stay at the house and take supper. "A fool for luck ivery toiine !" growled Patsy. "Oh, you're just mad because you weren't invited, Patsy," laughed Bob. "That's it!" the other youths cried. "G'wan wid yez !" growled Patsy. CHAPTER IV. GENERAL PICKENS ARRIVES. One, two days passed and General Pickens did not put in an appearance at the Williams home. Dick had a talk with Mr. Williams, and asked what he thought was the reason for the delay. "I don't know," was the reply. "Something must have happened to detain him." "Yes." "But you think he will come?" "I am sure he will." "Well, we'll wait, then." The iii.action of camp life did not suit the Liberty Boys at all, with possibly one exception-Joe Small. He was busy courting Annie Williams and would have been will ing to stay there a month. The rest of the youths, however, were restless and eager to get away. They wanted to be up and doing. About the middle of the forenoon of the following day another hive of bees "swarmed," and Mr. and Mrs. Wil liams and Annie came out and beat tinpans till the noise could have been heard half a mile. "Hurry, Carl!" cried Ben Spurlock; "they won't be able to get those bees settled and hived without your help. Hurry, my boy!" "That's right!" coincided Sam Sanderson. "Vat is dot?" cried Carl; "dey gan't ged dose bees hifed mitoud my hellub, you haf sait? Yell, den, dey viH nefer ged dem hifed, vor I am nod going to hellub, you pet my life!" "What! You don't mean it, Carl?" from Ben, in pretended astonishment. '" -"You pet I mean dot!" "Oh, come, my boy! You must go and help them hive the bees!" "I vill nod! Led Batsy-or go und hellup dem yoursell ufs." "You've had all you want of it, eh, Carl?" smiled Dick. "I haf dot!" "Well, I don't blame you." "Shure an' it's mesilf wull go an' hilp thim," said Patsy. "That's right; go along, Patsy," said Bob. "Yah, und I pet dot you vill get stingded lige efery t'ing," Carl. "Bah, Oi am not such a bungler as phwat yez are afther bein', Cookyspiller," said Patsy. Then he strode away toward the house. About half the force of Liberty Boys followed, for they expected to see Patsy get stung, the same as Carl had. Nothing.of the kind occurred, however. They succeed ed in getting the bees to settle on a limb, and then this •


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. -was cut o:ff and the bees were carried to a new hive and shake:& off into it. Patsy, highly elated because of the success which had atte:ryled his work of assisting the Willi11mses in hiving the bees, turned to walk away, when zip! a stray insect struck him right between the eyes, stinging him neatly. .A. howl of pain escaped his lips and he whirled and dashed away, evidently under the impres s i o n that a whole swarm •f bees was after him. A hive lay in Patsy's way, but he did not see it. He ran against the hive, upset it and fell headlong and rolled over and over. Out from amid the ruins swarmed the bees, and as Patsy leaped to his feet and resumed his flight, the bees sailed after him. Zip, :.1ip, zap! they stung him, and howl after howl escaped the lips of the Irish youth. In spite of the fact that they knew Patsy was suffering considerable pain from the stings, the youths bad to laugh. The spectacle of the wildly-fleeing Irish youth with the cloud of bees after him was indeed comical. Carl roared. It was fun for him. "Oh, loog at Batsy ! Loog at Batsy !" he yelled. "See him run! Dit anypoddy efer see him move mit such schwifdness pefore ? I t'ink nod I I dell you, der bees vill mage a veller move, und dot is so!" "You know something about that, eh, Carl?" remarked Mark Morrison. "Yah, you pet my life I do! Ha, ha, ha! Shoost loog at Batey I" The Irish youth reached the edge of the timber and, dashed in among the trees. He had gone only a few steps when he stumbled and fell. This was lucky for him, for the . bees continued onward, and the youth escaped being stung any iore. __. When he was sure the bees were all gone, Pats y rose and came out from among the trees and approached the point where the Liberty Boys were gathered. His face was all swollen, and he coul d ju s t see, and that was all. The youths laughed, and Carl fairly roared. "Oh, shoost loog at Batsy !" he pointing. "He i.l der veller vat vos nod ein pungler, bey? Y e ll, uf. he isn't a pungler, vat is he? Loog at dot nose ; loog at dose eyes. Ha, ha, ha I Oh, Batsy, your own mutter vould nod know you, my poy !" " an' shure an' yer own mitber wouldn ' t know yez av Oi take yez by cllie scruff av dhe nick an' swat yez a few atune dhe oyes !" growled Patsy, who was not feeling in a mood to be laughed at. "Shoost led me see you dooded dot, Bat s y Brannigan !" said Carl, belligerently. "You gannod l You ha laffed ' a:t me ve:n der bees stingded me, und I am going to laff at you, you pet my life." "Wall, av yez know wbin yez are wull off yez wull laff in sayc:ret, or in yer sleeve, begorra !" growled Pa.tsy. "How did it happen?" asked Dick. Patsy explained as best he coulcl, and then a sked Ben Spurlock if he would go to the house and get some of the salve like had been used on Carl. "J oe'll go !" chuckled Ben. "He is looking for excuses all the time." ".:Yis, but he won't be afther getthin' back undther an hour," said Patsy . "Yes I will; I'll be right back, Patsy," laughed Joe , who was good-natured and could enjoy a joke even at hi& own ex. pense. He was gone only a few minutes, and when he returned Patsy proceeded to rub the ointment on with a liberal hand. "Shure an' it's ghreat stuff dhis is," he said, after a few minutes; "dhe pain is gone alriddy." -"I don't think the folks over at the house wiH try to hive any more bees while we are here," grinned Bob Estabrook. "That is twice they have tried it, both times with disastrous results. The first time Carl drowned he em swarm, and this time Patsy upset a hive and an old ';, has flown away in disgust." 11Wull, dhey naden't be afrhaid thot Oi'll be afther wanthin' to hilp thim inny more!" said Patsy. "I vould nod hellub dem vonst more vor dwenty tollare, py shimmanetty," said Carl. "Well, I hope we won't have to stay here till some more bees swarm," said Bob. . "I'm with you in that, Bob," said Sam Sand e rson. "Perhaps we may not have to stay that long, " s a i d Dick. Bob shook his head dubiously. "General Pickens doesn't seem to be in , put in an appearance,'' he said. "He'll be along soon, I feel certain," was Dick's re-. . And Dick was right. General Pickens and his little army arrived at the Williams home about the middle o ! that afternoon. He was glad to see Dick and his Liberty Boys. "I have heard of you, Captain Slater," he said; "and 1 am delighted to make your acquaintance." "The pleasure is mutual, I assure you," replied Dick. "I am particularly pleased to have you with me right at this time," went on the general; "for the reason that I have some difficult and dangerous work on hand, and I feel sure that you will be able to help me materially." "What is the work?" . -------,.. "I am now on my way to penetrate into the Cherokee Indians' country. The Indians, together with a number of disguised renegade white men, came down upon Nine ty-Six day before yesterday and massacred three families and plundered the homes of a number of the settlers. It is my intention to punish them for this, and severely, too!" "Myself and Liberty Boys are with you, General Pickens !" exclaimed Dick. "Good!" "How far is it to the Cherokee country?" "Oh, thirty-five or forty miles."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. 7 "To the westward from here?" "Yes, in the foothills and mountains." "Well, we are ready to render you all the assistance in Gur power." "Thmlk you." "When are you going to start for the Cherokee country?" "I am on my way now; cut I think that I shall remaiu here till morning, as I want to try to secure a few recruit.o in this vicinity." "Very well; but, with your permission, general, myself and Liberty Boys will go on ahead. We have horses, you _ know, and would like to travel faster than your foot soldiers can go, anyway." "True; well, go along, Captain Slater. But be careful; those Cherokee Indians are dangerous." _ ,, "We will be careful, sir; but if we meet up with any ef them we will give them a chastising such as they will not like." Then Dick gave the order for the Liberty Boys to break camp and mount their horses, and half an hour later the company of daring youths rode away toward the Cherokee country. CHAPTER V. CARL IN TROUBLE. ..'.I'.-.::-Boys rode ,,wiftly till nearly sundown and then they went into camp at the edge of the foothills. '!'hey had come at least twenty miles, and were, so they judged, in the edge of the Cherokee country. Sentinels were stationed at once, as it would not do to permit themselves to be taken by surprise. The youths at once began cooking their suppers. They we:te not afraid for the smoke to be seen, as they felt that they were strong enough to b 'eat off any force of redskins that might come against them. When supper was over they sat around and talked awhile, and then lay down and weBt to sleep. They were up with the sun and had eaten breakfast and were getting ready to break camp by the time the sun was an hour high. t!.::lctenly there was a c0mmotion. A roughly-dressed man came dashing into the encampment wildly excited. "Injuns !" he gasped; "they-air at-my house! Come with-me-quick! They'll murder-my wife-an' chil dern !" "Lead the way, sir!" cried Dick. The man turned and dashed away again, followed by tile Liberty "Boys. '!'hey followed the trail around a bend, and a minute later came in sight of a log cabin standing near the road. No Indians were in sight. "Where are the redskins?" queried Dick. "They. mus' -be-in ther-house I" On the man and the Liberty Boys aashed, and suddenly an Indian came out of the cabin. With a yell of rage, the settler leveled his pistol and fired. . Crack! • Down went the first Indian, and the infuriated father, followed by the Liberty Boys, rushed toward the dGor. A huge sa'fage was corning out with the uncenscious woman over his sheulder. He was dragging a screaming child, but now released her. There were seTeral more Indians in the cabin, a;nd when they caught sight of the Liberty Boys they came rushing through the doorway. The big fellow dropped the woman and drew his tOmahawk and made a dash to escape, followed by his red braves. The I,ib erty Boys opened fire, however, and the five red s kins went down, fairly riddled by the bullets. "Hurrah! We've made a clean sweep !"'8hauted Bob Estabrook. The settler was on his knees beside the body ol his wife, and presently an exclamation of delight escaped his lips. "She's co min' to !" he cried. The woman stirred and opened her eyes. She shud: dered, and then caught sight of her husband's face, and a look of pleasure appeared on her own face. "The-Indians! Where-are-they?" sEie asked. "We've killed ther las' one uv 'em, wife!" "An' the--children ! Are-they-safe?" "Yas, both uv 'em!" "Thank-heaven!" ' A few minutes later the woman was able to get up and enter the cabin, and she stayed in the house with the chil dren while her husband and the Liberty Boys buried the dead redskins. H W ell, Dick, we have begun the work of chastising the Cherokees," said Bob. "Yes, and we ha'fe made a pretty good job of it, Bob." "You are right; we have made a clean sweep." The s;ttler said his name was Bill Tompkimi, and he explained that he had gone out to the stable tG feed the horses, and that as he came out he saw the redskins enter ing his house. Knowing that the Liberty Bo1s were en camped only a half mile distant, he had hastened to the camp to get assistance. "You did right," said Dick; "if you had tried to fight the Indians alone they would have killed you aud all the members of your family, likely." "I guess thet's so." "I wonder if there are any more redskins in the neigh borhood?" said Bob. "I dunno," Tompkins replied. "I didn' know thar wua enny in ther naborhood till they kim heer." "Look yonder!" suMenly exclaimed Ben Spurleck. He was pointing up the trail, and all looked in that direction and saw at least a score of redskins. The Indians were standing still, gazing at the Liberty


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. Boys. Evidently they did not know what to think about They paused and looked down, and as they did so Qoth seeing so many white men in this locality. gave utterance to smothered exclamations: "Let's charge them, Dick!" cried Bob, eagerly. "Der Inchuns !" "All right. Go for them, boys!" "Dhe ridskins, begorra !" The Liberty Boys bounded up the trail drrectly toward Sure enough, almost directly below them in the gulch, the redskins, who stood there gazing at the oncoming ' perhaps forty feet down, were at least :fifty Indians. youths a few moments and then turned and leaped in The redskins must have heard the exclamations, for among the trees and disappeared from sight. they looked up quickly, and Carl at the same instant, in The youths dashed in among the trees and searched for attempting to leap back out of sight, slipped and fell over the redskins, bu,t were unable to :find them. the edge of the bluff. Evidently the savages thought that discretion was the ' A wild cry of fright escaped his lips, and he threw out part of wisdom. his hands and succeeded in clutching some bushes which The Liberty Boys made their way back to the settler's grew on the edge of the bluff. cabin anfl :finished covering up the forms of the redskins, He held on like grim death, and his fall was stayed, the grave having been dug back of the._ cabin in the edge temporarily at least. of the timber. ' His position was an uncomfortable, precarious and dan"Well, what are we going to do now, Dick?" queried gerous one, however, for there he hung, thirty feet above Bob. , the heads of the redskins, who stared at the kicking, clawDick shook his head. ing white youth. "I don't know whether to go on or to stay here and do some scouting in search of the Cherokees," was the re ply. "Let's stay here awhile, Dick. There may be a whole tribe of the redskins in this vicinity." "I kinder wish't ye'd stay," said Tompkins; "I'm afeerd thet ef ye go erway them redskins may come an' murder us all, arter all." "Very well; we will stay here and do some reconnoiter ing in the vicinity, and if we :find the redskins we will give it to them hot and heavy." "Thank ye, Cap'n Slater." Dick ordered that the youths should go into camp close to Mr. Tompkins' house, and this was done. Then they held a council of war. It was decided that about half the force should remain at the encampment, while the rest went out to reconnoiter and scout around in search of the redskins. The youths were to scatter and go in all directions, and all were to get back to camp before noon. Among those who went out reconnoitering were Carl and Patsy. They went almost due _ west and found themselves grad ually climbing toward the mountains. It was hard work, and Carl, who was short and fat, began to pant presently. "Le.d us sdop und resd avile, Batsy," he said. "All roight, Dootchy." "Ve vill sid down here by der dree und dake id easi ness, alretty." They sat down, with their backs to the tree, and talked in low tones while resting. They kept a sharp lookout around them, for they did not know but there might be redskins in the vicinity. When they had rested sufficiently they rose and moved forward again, still ascending. Presently they came to the edge of a bhi.:ff overlooking a gulch perhaps two hundred yards wide. • CHAPTER VI. CARL AND PATSY PRISONERS. "Hellub ! Hellub, Batsy !" cried Carl. "Oh, safe me, s afe me! Don ' d led der retsgins gotted me!" peered over the edge of the bluff and down at the Indians. ,_. He eaw a number of the redskins placing 10"t1le" bowstrings, and he realized that to show himself would be to invite death. Still, it went sorely against the grain to leave Carl to his fate. '' Oi don;t see phwat Oi kin do, Cookyspiller," he said, sadly. • "Vy, lifd me up, Batsy ! -Reach down und grap me der wrisds py und bull me back up vere you are I" "Dhey'll shoot me full av arrows, begorra, av Oi thry tho , t, Dootchy, shure an' dhey wull !" "Vell, vat uf id? You musd gotted me ouid uf dis, Batsy ! Do somedings, quick I" Patsy peered over again very cautiously, and he saw that the redskins were watching for him, with . . almost to their heads in the bows. The savages seemed to be sure that Carl would have to drop among them, and were not paying much attention to him; they were eager, however, to get a shot at the one uy on the bluff. "Hellub, Batsy, hellub !" cried Carl; "I gannod hold on much longer! Lifd me up, or I vill haf to led go und fall!" "Oi'd hilp yez, av Oi could, Dootchy, but--" Whiz-z-z-z I An arrow cut through the bushes and whistled past within two inches of the end of Patsy's nose, causing him to start back with such suddenness that he lost his balance and sat down suddenly and heavily.


TILi LJBER'l'Y BOYS AND GENERAL PIO:&:ENS. 9 Then, before he could rise, he heard a wild yell of ter ror from Carl's lips, and correctly guessed that the Dutch youth had lost his hold and dropped. He rose and crept to the edge of the bluff and looked cautiously over. Sure enough, there lay Carl on his face, and a couple of redskins were binding his wrists together behind his back. "Wull, it didn't kill him innyhow," milrmured Patsy. "Oi'm glad av thot-but Oi don't know but it moight been betthe av it had killed him. Dhe rid brutes torthure pris'ners to death sometoimes, an' mhebby thot's phwat dhey'll do wid Cookyspiller." A number of the redskl.ns were gazing up toward the top of the bluff, and Patsy knew that they were iooking for him. Then he caught sight of four or five redskins moving away toward the right and about an equal number -gtiing toward the left, and he guessed at once that they were intending to ascend the bluff and attempt to capture or kill him. "Oi guiss it is abhout toime fur yez to be afther getthin' away frum here, Patsy Brannigan!" the Irish youth mut t.ered; "av yez sthay, thin yez wull soon be mate fur dhe ridskins." He crawled back away from the bluff's edge and rose to his feet. "Oi hate to desart a comrade," he murmured; "but it would do Dootchy no good fur me to be capthured, an' mhaybe av Oi kape out av dhe clutches av dhe rid bastes Oi kin do him some good later on." away on the trot, but had gone only a few paces when he heard a chorus of yells, and on looking around he discovered a party of at least t.en redskins coming after him. It was a different gang from the ones the youth had seen down in the gulch, though he doubted not that they belonged to the party in question. "Rhun, Patsy!" he muttered; "yez wull hav' to move loively, me bye, av yez ghet away rum the rid bastes." Patsy was a good runner, but the redskins were better. '.rhey gained on him steadily, and when he had run half a mile the pursuing Indians were close upon him. They evidently intended to take him alive; otherwise they would have fired arrows into him ere this. Patsy heard the patter-patter of the redskins' feet close R1ti.n4,him, and realized that he would be unable to get away. as he was on the point of whirling and showing fight he felt himself seized from behind. He whirled then and fought with all his might, but what could he do against ten b:rawny bucks? He was quickly borne to the ground, and in a jiffy his arms were bound behind his back. Then the redskins jerked him unceremoniously to his feet and half dragged him back in the direction from which he had just come. "Oi guiss Oi'll have to kape Dootchy comp'ny, after all, begorra," was Patsy's thought. He walked along at a rapid pace, as by so doing he escaped being jerked viciously. He glared at his captors ferociously, but they merely jabbered and made threat.ening gestures. Presently they met the Indians that had left the main party to come after Patsy, and these were delighted, and jabbered at a great rate to the yout}i's captors. Then all made their way back toward the edge of the bluff, and they reached it at a point where it could be scaled. They were soon down in the gulch,' and a few minutes later had joined the main party of'redskins. The redskins jabbered and gesticulated, and were evi dently highly elat.ed over the capture of the two white youths. "So dey gaptured you, afder all, hey, Batsy ?" said Carl. "Shure an' dhey did." "I vos in hobes dot you vould gotted avay." "An' so wuz Oi." "Uf you gould haf gotted avay, den you mighd haf helbed me to mage my esgapes." "Yis, that's phwat Oi wur t'inkin'." "Vat vill dey do mit us?" "Shure an' it's mesilf wull niver till yez, Dootchy." "Vill dey purn us by der sdake ?" "Mhaybe so; Oi dunno." "I vunder uf dey vill sday here avile ?" "Y ez can't phrove it by me." "I hobe dot dey vill." "So do Oi; but dhey may take us up onto dhe mountains." "Dot vould be pad." "Y ez are roight." The redskins had ceased talking and gesticulating by this time, and they now formed in a circle around the prisoners and took seats on the ground. Carl regarded them in alarm and then looked inquir ingly at his comrade. "Vat are dey goin' to dooded, Batsy?" he asked. "Oi t'ink dey are afther houldin' a council av war, Dootchy." "To mage up their minds vedder to purn us py der sdake, hey ?I' "Mhaybe so." "Oh, uf dey do decide to purn us dot vill be awfulness, von't id !" "Yis, it wull be pretthy bad, an' thot's a fact." The redskins talked nearly an hour. The discussion was at times somewhat lively, and Carl asked Patsy if there wasn't some hope that the affair might break up in a free fight. "Don't yez bel'ave it, Dootchy," was the reply; "dey are somephwat oxcited, but dhey are not goin' to foight wan anither, yez may be shure av thot." "I wish dot dey vould fighd und kill efery vun uf dem sellufs." "Dliere is no danger thot dhey wull do th.Gt."


THE' LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICK.KM:l. Presently the council broke up, and the youths looked at the redskins anxiously. What had been decided upon? Were they to be tortured to death? They could not tell by the looks or actions of the In dians. They would simply have to await developmehts. "I am t'inkin' dot ve are goners, Batsy !" said Carl. "I pet your life dot dey vill purn us py der sdake !" CHAPTER VII. IN THE INDIAN ENCAMPMENT. Pr.eeently the Indians broke camp. They set out with the two prisoners in their midst, and after climbing the side of the gulch made their way in almost a due west direction. Carl and Patsy :were pretty downhearted. They feared the worst. The redskins were fierce-looking, anii no doubt were capable of anything. Owing to hi being so short, fat and heavy, it was a difficult matter for Carl to walk as fast as the Indians wanted to go, and he was occasionally prodded along by the points of arrows in the Mnds of the savages. Carl protested bitterly, but as they did not seem to understand him, it was words wasted. "Walk fasther an' dhey won't be afther stickin' yez wid dhe ar:rows, Dootchy," advised Patsy. "Valk fasder is id you haf saided, Batsy? I am valk ing shoost so fasd as vat I gan, und dot is so. My laiks are nod so long as vat yours are." "Wull, thot's dhe only Oi kin give yez, an' av sez can't act on it it isn't my fault, me bye." "1 know dot." On they went for three or four hours, and at last they came to a stop in a little oblong valley not more than half a in length by a quarter of a mile in width. All uound were mountain-tops reaching up two or three hundred feet, almost perpendicular for the most part. There was an entrance to this little valley, a gateway, so to speak, thirty yards across. There was a large Indian village here, consisting of per haps two hundred tepees. Dozens of braves were to be seen, and many squaws, while children and dogs were thick. The moment the party of braves entered the little valley and it was seen that they had a couple of white prisoners there was a rush to see the victims. Braves, squaws and children came running, and after them, barking like mad, came dozens of mangy curs. "Vat do you t'ink uf dis, Batey?" queried Carl, with a grimace. "Oi can't say thot Oi am aftlledoikin' it, Dootchy." "I t'ink dot ve vill neer see der poys again, Batsy !" "Oh, don't be ather givin' up, Cookyspiller. Whoile dhere is life dhere is hope." "Bud I am avraid det dere vill nod be any life vor you und me, bretty soon, alretty." "Wait an' see, me bye." "Yah, I vill vait . " "Oi guiss we can't do innythin' else,'' with a chuckle. "Dot is so." The braves who had come running ' jabbered to those who had brought the prisoners, and the squaws leered at th.e youths and made faces at them and talked and ges ticulated fiercely, while the children leaped and yelled and made faces at the white youths. The dogs continued ts bark their loudest. "Batsy, haf you efer heard so much noisiness, alretty ?" asked Carl. "Not often, innyway, Dootchy." They reached the center of the village presently, and Carl and Patsy were conducted into a good-sized tepee and their ankles were bound the same as were their wrists. They were left to themselves, which was somewhat of a relief to them. They looked at each other a few moments in silence, and then Carl said: "Ve vill nefer esgabe vrom dis blace, Batsy !" "Oh, yez don't know abhout thot, Dootchy," was the hopeful reply; "as Oi said awhoile ago, whoile loife dhere is hope." "Vell, bud how can ve ged avay, hey?" "Oi can't say, Dootchy, unless-wull, it moight be thot dhey would be afther littin' us live av we would agray to marry squaws an' live wid thim loige Injuns." "Vat is dot? Marry vun uf dem squawses, Ba.tsy?" cried Carl. "Nein! I vill nod! I vould radder be burned at der sdake !-ugh !" l"atsy grinned. "Shure an' Oi'm not afther blamin' yez much fur look in' at dhe matther thot way, Dootchy," he said. Presently a couple of braves entered with some con cakes and meat, and the hands of the two were free& while they ate. The youths were hungry and ate all that • .ll brought. "Shure an' we are afther bein' much abliged to yez," said Patsy. The redskins shook their heads and grunted; it wa! plain that they did not understand what was said. "Dey don'd understooded der Irish lanquidge, Batsy,'' said Carl. "Thry thim wid some Dutch, Cookyspiller,'' was the reply. "Id vould do no goot, Batsy." The redskins bound the youths' wrists together a.gai:a and left the tepee. "Oi'm afther f'alin' a bit betther, innyhow, Cad."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. li "Yah, I veel bedder my inside ouid, Batsy." The redskins were almost to the tepee now. "Do yez t'ink yez moight agray to marry a squaw now?" "Nein! Batsy !" Soon the two whit e youths would know what their fate was to be. Slowly the hours rolled away. Occasionally the flap of the tepee would be lifted and the ugly faces of braves and squaws would be seen, and Mmetimes the faces were those of ugly, impish-looking children. "Dey seem to t'ink dot ve are a gind uf show vor dem CHAPTER VIII. CARL AND DECEITE THE INDIANS. to loog at, Batsy," remarked Carl. The flap of the tent was pulled aside a few moments "Shure an' thot's so, begorra." later, and outlined against a light made by several big It was indeed a long afternoon, but evening came at campfires could be seen a dozen redskins. last, and with it came the two bucks again, with more Several entered and unbound the bonds fastening the -corn cakes and meat. prisoners' ankles. Carl and r>atsy ate all that was brought. Then the youths were jerked to their feet. "We wull kape our stringth up, Dootchy," said Pats y; "Vat does id mean, Batsy?" "we may nade it afther awhoile." "Oi dunno." "Yah, dot is so." \ "I am afrait dot ve vill fint ouid sooner as vat ve vant The redskins bound the youths' wrists again and de-to, hey?" parted, jabbering to each other. "Mhaybe so." "Oi'd give somethin' to know phwat dhe spalpanes wur The Indians jabb e red among themselves and hustled sayin'," said Patsy. the two out into the open air. "Dey vas sayin' vat nice vellers ve vill be to roasd at der They were conducted over to the farther of the vilsiake, Batsy, maybe," was the gloomy reply. lage, where seemingly every redskin, men, women. and Another hour passed, and it was now so dark that the children, in the village were gathered. two could just see each other, and that was all . They were gathered around a huge bonfire, and not far "Batsy !" from the fire w e re two stout stakes driven into the ground. "Wull ?" Nearby were several piles of sticks. ve gan esgabe." As the eyes of the prisoners rested upn the stakes, "How?" their hearts sank. "Uf ve gould ged our hants und angles free, den ve "They were to be burned at the stake! mighd be able to slib ouid und ged avay." A groan e s caped Carl's lips. "Yis, av we could do thot-but dhe thrubble is thot we "Id i s all oop mit us, Batsy !" he said. can't do it, Cookyspiller." "Oi guiss yez ar e roight , me bye," was the sober reply. "Gan you nod ged your hants free?" "Dey are goin ' to roasd u s lige pigs, und do is so!" "Shure an' Oi cannot." "Yis." "Dt is pad." . "Batsy, I pelief dot I vould be villing to marry ein "Yis, so it is. But, phwat is dhe matther wid yez get-squaw radder dan purn mit der sdake !" tltin' your hands fray?" "Yis , but it's mesilf is t'inkin' dhey won't aTen be "Dey are tied so tight dot I gannod do id, Batsy." willin' to giv' us dhe chance to do thot." . "Thot's it. We are here to sthay till dhe spalpanes are "Asg dem, Batsy." riddy to do phwat dhey want to wid us . " "Shure an' how can Oi? It's mesilf does not spake dhe "I guess dot is der trut'." Cherokee language, Cookyspiller." h01u pass, and then the two were startled "I vish dot I gould spokeded id!" by hearing the sound of voices in excited conversation-"But yez cannot, an' we wull hav' to take whativer dhe Indian's voices. • spalpanes are wanthing to giv' us, begorra . , whether we They listened, and soon made out tliat the owners o! loike it or not." the voices were coming nearer. "Yah, dot is so." "Vat is id, Batsy?" asked Carl, anxiousl y . As the two were led into the circle the redskins set up "Oi t'ink thot a diligation av dhe murderous spalpanes a great jabberiP..g, and some squaws and boys of eight or are afther comin' to drag us to the torthure-stakes !" ten years stUck the points of sharp sticks into the bodies Patsy's voice was grave and troubled, and a feeling of terand legs of the prisoners. ror took hold upon the Dutch youth. "Ow-wow! Ouch! Sdop dot!" howled Carl. "Sdop "Uf dot is so ve are goners, Batsy?" id, I haf saided ! Vat is der madder mit you? Vat you "Loikely, me bye!" t'ink I am, anyhow, hey? Don'd you vos sdick some more "Oh, dot is awfulness !-hey, Batsy?" sharp sdicks into me, or I vill kicg der sduffings ouid uf "Shure, an' it is, an' thot's dhe thruth !" you, py sh. immanetty !" ] I


.e. 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS .AND GENERAL PICKENS. Even the philosophical Patsy gave utterance to exc:la-To carry out the idea of craziness on his part as much mations of anger. as possible, Carl jerked his head from side to side an.d "Blast yez !" he grated. "Phwat d'yez mane, innybow? rolled up his eyes and shook his head fiercely at the end Thot's no way to threat whoite min, begorra." of each verse in a way that made the redskins stare. "Dey are dreating us lige ve vos vort nodding at all, Patsy, who was watching them closely, saw one or two Batsy." tap his forehead with his finger, and his heart swelled with "Shure an' dhey are; but it's mesilf is t'inkin' dhis is delight. bliss pure an' simple, compared to pbwat we'll hav' to ex"Begorra, dhe bastes are aftber t'inkin' thot Dootchy ie perience in a few minutes, my bye." crazy, as be said dhey would," thought the youth. "Now, "Oh, don'd dalk dot vay, Batsy ! Gan't ve do some-av Oi kin do dhe same mbaybe dhey won't be afther dings to sdop id, hey?" bhurnin' us at dbe stake/' "Oi'm afhraid not, Dootchy." When Carl had finished Patsy began singing. He The two were conducted each to a stake, and then they shrewdly guessed that the fact that Carl had sang in a were bound there with lariats made of hair plaited tonew tongue to the redskins was what had impressed them gether. than anything else, and so he sang an Irish song, The redskins sitting around watched the proceeding rendering it in Irish words, and again the redskins stared_. with evident approval, for they jabbered and nodded their jabbered and shook their heads. heads, and many of them grinned fiendishly. Patsy's voice was not so musical as Carl's, but it was Carl and Patsy exchanged despairing glances. stronger, and the youth let . it out to its iullest power, and "I guess dot dis is der lasd uf us, Batsy !" sai.d Carl. he beat Carl in facial work, shaking his head, wrinkling "T'ings do koind av look blue, me bby, an' thot's a up his face and rolling his eyes in a way that had been fact." beyond his comrade's powers. "Dey vill purn us!" A number of the redskins tapped themselves on the "Loike\.. enufl'." forehead with their forefinger and shook their heads, and "I don'd vos vant to be purned." it was evident that the belief that the two prisoners were "No more do Oi, but how are we goin' to hilp ourselcrazy was getting a strong hold. lufs, hey?" , The braves who bad been piling the wood around the "Ve musd helb oursellufs some vayl" legs of the two had ceased the work and gotten "Wull, yez till me dhe way, an' thin Oi'll hilp yez make 1 the youths' vicinity. ---a succiss av it, begorra." When Patsy ceased singing the redskins jabbered exThe braves began piling the sticks around the legs of citedly and gesticulated violently, and many pointed tothe prisoners. ward the prisoners and tapped their foreheads. This was suggestive, and it caused Carl to emit a ter-"Oi b'lave your plan is goin' to worruk, Dootchy," said rible groan. Patsy. "Yez don't loike dhe prospects, hey?" "I hobe so, Batsy." "Nein! Nein l Batsy, ve musd do somedings !" "See thim tappin' dbeir foreheads wid dheir fingers?" "Wull, but phwat kin we do?" "Yah, I haf seen dot." Carl pondered a few moments, and then a bright idea "Wull, thot manes tbot dhey t'ink we are ?razy, me came to him. bhy." "Patsy," he said; "I haf heard dot der Inchuns vill nod harm anypody vat dey t'iuk is grazy. Led us bre tend to be grazy." "Shure an' how shall we act?" "Oh; do vunny t'ings-sing, whistle an' tance. Vatefer you gan t'ink uf dot ve vould nod do uf ve were subbosed to be in our righd mints." "All roight; it is your oidea, go ahid an' set me dhe patthern, me bhy, an' Oi'll do dhe hist Oi kin to kape up wid yez." ''.All righd." Then suddenly, to the evident surprise of the redskins, the Dutch youth began to sing. He sang in German, which was probably a language the redskins had never heard before, and as he had a rich, mellow voice, his sing ing was good to to; and when he cmne to the cho rus, which was yodeled, the Indians jabbered to one another and gesticulated at n. great rate. "Yah, I t'ink so." When the redskins had jabbered a few minutes their chief gave a command to the braves who had been piling wood around the legs of the prisoners and .. ;. work again, though they watched 'he youths . closely and seemed to be somewhat frightened or awed. As for Carl and Patsy, they were greatly disappointed. They had begun to think that their plan was a success, and that they would at least not be tortured at the stake, but now it seemed that they were to be disappointed after all. "Batsy, ve are goners, afder all!" gasped Carl. "Oi dunno. We moighty near had thim, an' Oi t'ink thot av we kitl think av somethin' ilse to do to make thim t'ink we are crazy, dhey wull not be afther to;turin' us." "Bud, vat gru{ ve do?" "Oi dunno, unliss-say, do yez know a piece thot yez kin spake in dhe German language ? Av yez de, go at it,


'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. 13 me bby, an' sling on all dhe funny work wid yer face an' oyes thot yez kin. Mbaybe thot'll save us." "I vill dry id, Batsy." Then Carl began speaking a piece that be had learned out of an old German reader, and the manner in which he rendered it was certainly impressive, and the redskins stared in amazement. The strange tongue, together with Carl's facial contortions and rolling of the eyes, did the work, and it was plain that the savages were now satisfied in their minds that the prisoner was crazy. Patsy saw that his comrade was making a great impression, and be hoped he would be able to do as well. He knew a poem in the Irish language, and as soon as Carl got through be began. _If anything, he made a greater impression than Carl had .done, and, noting this and desiring to clinch matters as soon as he had the poem he gave utterance to a burst of loud and wild laughter. This made the eyes of the redskins snap, and when Carl broke in and laughed loudly and wildly immediately after Patsy ceased, the redskins were completely impressed with the belief that both were crazy. They jabbered and gesticulated, and after fifteen or twenty minutes of this, the prisoners were released from the stakes and led back to the tepee, where they were bound hand and foot. They were not very comfortable, but their situation was pre{ sen to being burned at the stake. , "S&.y, thot wur a grand oidea av your'n, tbot we should pretind to be crazy!" said Patsy, when they were alone. "Yah, id vorked, Batsy." "So it did; an' it's lucky for us tbot it did worruk, me bby." "You are rigbd." "Oi don't t'ink dhey wull tbry to tortbnre us ag'in, an' mhaybe av we kape our oyes open we mbay be able to escape from dbe spalpanes." "Led us bobe so, Batsy." . : CHAPTER IX. .. , .. ! BEN DISCOVERS THE INDIAN VILLAGE. When noon came and all the Liberty Boys who had gone out to reconnoiter had returned, with the exception of Carl and Patsy, the youths began to feel alarmed for the safety of the pair. "They have gotten into trouble of some kind, you inay be sure," said Bob. "Possibly not," said Dick. "I'll wager that they have." "They may hove gotten farther away from camp than they thought for, and it bas taken them longer te get back than they expected would be the case." "Maybe so; but it would not surprise me if they have been captured by the redskins." "They would run upon the red rascals if anybody did," said Mark Morrison. ' "Yes, that's always the way; those who are least fitted to cope with a danger are the ones who bump right into it," said Sam Sanderson, who was something of a philoso pher. "We will wait an hour or so, and then if they don't come we will go in search of them," said Dick. They ate dinner and waited an hour. Carl and Patsy did not put in an appearance. "Something has happened to them," said Bob. "Perhaps they have gotten lost," said Ben Spurlock. "That is though not probable," said Dick. Then he sent out fifty of the youths to search for the missing pair. The Liberty Boys lJUt in the afternoon searching for Carl and Patsy, but were unsuccessful. The two were no where to be found. All were anxious now. The fact that the two had been m1Ssmg all day and could not be found seemed to prove that they bad been captured and taken away a distance. This was the decision that Dick and the other youths came to after some discussion. "If the two have . been captured by the redskins and taken away, the chances are that they have been taken to ward the west," said Dick; "because that is where the Cherokee country lies." "And the best thing we can do is to set out in that direction, eh, Dick?" from Bob. "Yes, if we are to save Carl and P a tsy, the quicker we get into the Cherokee country, the better." "Let's start right away!" "We will start as soon as the moon comes up." "That will be at nine o'clock." ''Yes." "All right." Dick went to the house and bad a talk with Mr. Tomp kins. He told the settler that General Pickens and his army would be along there in the next twenty-four hours, and for him to tell the general that Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys bad gone on up into the Cherokee country. "All right; I'll tell 'im," was the reply. After some further conversation Dick pade the settler and his wife good.!by and went back to the camp. The boys were getting ready to break camp, and when the moon rose, an hour later, they mounted their horses and set out, a couple of youths leading Carl's and Patsy's horses. "I hope that we may find the boys all safe and sound," said Dick. "I hope so," agreed Bob. The Liberty Boys rode slowly, for the trail was illy defined, and at places it seemed that th.ere was no trail at all.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. When they had been traveling about three hours they ff of cold corn pone and meat. Then they a council of war. What should they do-stay in camp and send out a portion of the force to search for Carl and Patsy, or go for ward in & body? "I think it will be' best to stop here and make another tiearch for the boys," said Mark Morrison. "We have come quite a distance, and if we were to go on we might pass them." "That's so," agreed Bob. "Let's stay here to-day and make a thorough search in all directions." "All right; that is what I think we had better do," .agreed Dick. As on the day before, fifty of. the youths went out to search for Carl and Patsy and the rest remained in camp. It was understood that all were to be back before noon. Among those who went on the searching expedition was Ben Spurlock, and it remained for him to discoTer the India:ra village in the little valley. He reached the edge of the high p;recipice wall and looked down and saw the dozens of tepees, and at once leaped back out of sight. "I wonder if any of the red brutes saw me?" was the thought that flashed into his mind. He felt certain that if he had been seen th.ore would be some commotion down in the camp, and so he crept to the edge of the precipice and looked cautiously over and clown ward. All was quiet. '!'here was no commotion in the village. Indian braves were stalking about and lying on blankets smoking, but they did not show any signs of excitement. "I guees they didn't see me," thought Ben; "good ! I '.,, am glad of it." . ' He peered down at the interesting scene for a few minutes and tried to size up the strength of the redskins numerically. "I should say that there are at least a hundred and :fifty of the rascals," was his muttered comment. Then he fell to wondering if it could be possible that Carl and Patsy were down there. "If such is the case we must rescue them," was his thought. He wished that he might find out whether or not his comrades were there. But this seemed to be an impeissible task. He remained there half an hour at least, and then he saw a couple of braves carrying what seemed to be some food into a tepee near the center of the village. Ben was greatly interested and excited at once. "They must have priseners in there!" was his decision, "or they would not be taking food there. And if t h e y ha\ ' e prison e rs, the chances are that they are Carl and Patsy." . He watched till the redskins came out of the lodge, and he noted that the food was missing; it had undoubtedly been eaten by somebody in the tepee. "I'll wager that the boys are there!" was Ben's thought. Anyway, he had discovered the Indian village, or one of them at least, and he made up his mind to hasten back to the encampment with the news. He rose to his feet and turned to start away-to face t he surprise of his life : -., Drawn in a half circle around him, not flf L yards distant, where they had come without having attracted Ben's attention, so noiseless was their approach, were at least a dozen redskins, and each held a bow with an arrow drawn to the head and pointing toward the Liberty Boy I CHAPTER X. THROUGH THE MOUNT.A.IN. For a moment Ben stood staring in open-mouthed amazement and dismay. Then suddenly he became aroused to actiQn. untarily took a couple of steps backward. Over the edge of the precipice he went, a startled cry escaping his lips as he did so. Guttural exclamatfons escaped the lips of the redskins also, and they dropped their bows and arrows leaped the edge of the precipice. To their surprise, they did not see anything of the youth when they looked down. He had not fallen to the foot of the precipice, that was certain. Ben had been saved almost by a miracle. Ten or a dozen feet below the top of the precipice was a l edge not to exceed eighteen inches in width, and Ben had struck on this on his feet and had managed to throw


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. 15' himself down on his face and hold on and keep from going over and on down. Then he suddenly noticed a hole in the wall of the precipice. It was not more than eighteen inches in diam eter, but, knowing that the redskins would capture or kill him if he remained on the ledge, Ben gladly crawled into the hole and made his way back a few feet. He heard a growling sound b e hind him and saw a couple of gleaming red spots i B the darkness some thirty feet back in the passage. "Some kind of a wild animal," was his thought; "well, I guess that I am in about as tight a place as it is possi b le for a fellow to be in." Ben was a brave boy, and while he was sorry that he was in such a predicament, his heart did not sink very low. He was thankful that he was as well off as he was. "I might have tumbled clear to the bottom of the preci pice, and that would have :finished me sure ! " was bis men t al comment. The growling continued bac k in the passage, and Ben clapped his hands together a nd cried out: "Scat!" There was a snarl and a scrambling sound, and the two re d s pots d i sappeared. Then Ben heard a noi s e out s ide the entrance to the pas s age and realized that the Indians were at work. He crept forward till he was close to the entrance, and then, pistol in hand, h e waited to see what would take place. -.,.-. Presently he saw the face of an Indian who was peering i n t o the passage. Quick as a flash up came Ben 's pistol. C rack! The bullet hit the redskin between the eyes, and with a gasping yell he went plunging head over heels down toward the bottom of the p1ecipice two hundred and fifty f eet below. 'l'be Indians had come running toward that point from the village, for they were eager to learn the meaning of the scene up on the top of precipice, and when their brother brave came tumbling end over end down to the ground and was smashed flat as a pancake, they were only a few yards distant, and paused and gave utterance to ""'-)dS cl dismay and surprise. The report of the pistol appr i sed them of the fact that there was a white man in the case, however, and now they yelled up to their brother braves and asked for an explana tion. Those on top of the precipice answered, and although Ben, who heard it all, could not understand what was said, he knew the story of the affair was being told. He had ammunition, and hastened to reload the pisto), but had another loaded one handy, to be seized and :fired in case another redskin was seen at the opening. None had appeared by the time he got the weapon re charged, and Ben sat there watching the entrance and thinking. He realized that he could not hope to get back up to the top of the precipice and away without being captured; indeed, he would be unable to get back up there at all,,. unless helped. What was he to do? 'l'hat was the question, and it was a serious one. Ben wished to escape, not only for his own safety, but because of the fact that he wanted to . carry the news of the location of the Indian village to Dick a:.t1.d the Liberty Boys. But he did not see how he was to make his escape. Suddenly he thought of the wild animal that he had frightened further back into the passage. This anima.l, and any others that might be there, cGuld not possibly have entered the way Ben had done, for there was no vlay of getting down to the ledge from the top of the precipice. 'l'he i:nference, then, was clear: There must be another entrance, or exit. B e n was sure that this was the case; indeed, it must be so, he felt po s itive. He decided to try to find the other end of the passage at once. He listened a few mom ents and did not hear any sound to indicate that the Indi ans were trying to get at him from the ledge, and then he turned and crawled along the passage. He W3:S soon in deepest darkness, for the passage bent t his way and that, and shut out the light from the . outer world. Ben moved slowly and cautiously and kept a sharp look out ahead, for he did not know but what he might run upo n one or more wild animals at any moment. On he went, and he could tell by the feel that the pas s a g e slanted slightly downward. This worried him. Had it slanted upward he. would have felt certain that presently he would reach the end and would emerge on the top of the mountain; but to go downward would seem to indicate that he was going down into the heart of themountain. Ben kept on going, however, for he realized that capture or death la y at the end of the passage that he had so recently left . Presently the passage began to descend at a much more rapid rate; it grew positively steep. Ben was forced to turn around and work his way down ward feetfirst. "Where am I getting to?" he quetied mentally. The thought came to him that be might get dee:p down into the bowels of the mountain and never be able to get

16 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. bling sound ensued as the animal scampered down the passage. "About ten miles to the westward." "Ah i" "I don't fancy this at all!" murmured Ben; "but there "It lies in a little valley, with high mountain-walls all is no alternative; I have got to go on for the reason that around. It is Jru)re like a basin, in fact, as it is not I could not hope to escape in the other direction." large." At last Ben gave utterance to an exclamation of de"How many Indians are there, Ben?" light. He saw light ahead. "I think there are about one hundred and fifty braves. Five minutes later he was at the opening and found There are a lot of squaws and children, but of course they that he was in a narrow ravine which extended to the don't count." right and to the left. He turned to the right and walked "No." along till he rounded a bend, and then he paused in "And, say, Dick!" amaz.ement: "Well?" Below him, and seemingly only fifty or . seventy-five "I believe that Carl and Patsy are there!" yards distant, was the Indian village. He had made a "You do?" half circuit, so to speak, and had come out within thirty "Yes." feet of the level of the valley. Two hundred yards dis-"What makes you think so?" tant, peering up toward the top of the precipice, were the Ben told him about seeing a couple of braves take food redskins, and up on top were the members of the party into a tepee. that had tried to capture Ben. Dick nodded. They little suspected that their intended victim was "Likely you are right, Ben," he said; "I rather think watching them from a point considerably removed from it likely that Carl and Patsy are there." where they thought to find him. "Do you suppose we can rescue them?" CHAPTER XL "Well, we can make an attack on the redskins, and if we thrash them and drive them away, routed, we will be able to free the boys." "It's going to be hard to get at the redskins, Dick." "Why?" THE LIBERTY BOYS LOCATE CARL AND PATSY. Ben hardly knew what to do. Ben told him that there was only the one entrance on a 1 level with the valley floor, and that it was less than one hundred feet wide, and could be held by .... i3j ••0 • doubtless. He felt confident that his two comrades were prisoner5 in the Indian village, and he hated to go' away and leave them, but at the same time he did not see how he could do them any good by hanging around. "I couldn't rescue them, anyway," was his thought. After pondering a few minutes he decided that the proper thing for him to do was to return to the Liberty Boys' encampment, in accordance with Dick's instruc tions, and place the boys in possession of the information he had secured. "Dick will know what it is best to do," was his thought. He lost no time, but set out at once. He made his way back along the ravine and found that it circled around gradually, till finally he came to a point that he remembered having seen before. He had crossed the ravine in coming. He knew where he was now and set out toward the en campment at a lively pace. He arrived there a little while before noon, and found that the majority of the youths were there ahead of him. Dick was there, and he greeted Ben eagerly. "Any news?" he asked. . 'Yes, Dick." n 6ut with it, qu;l!k ti> ,.. ., . "I have discovered the locati-On of the Indian village, ( or onf of them, at least." ' "tiood ! Where is it?" Dick looked thoughtful. "It is a hard proposition," he said; "now if there was some way of getting into the valley without their knowl edge and taking them by surprise we would be all right." "There is one other way in which we might possibl y enter," said Ben, and then he told about the ravine that extended right up to the mountain-wall at a point not far from the village and only thirty feet above the floor of the valley. "With the aid of a rope we might get down into the valley," Ben said. "Yes, that is the way we must enter," said Dick. "By waiting till nightfall we can do so without being discov ered, I am sure." -All the Mys were back by noon, and Ben proved to be the 01).ly on r who had made a discovery. He was the hero of the hour, and when he told of his narrow escape from death through falling over the edge of the precipice, and how he had escaped from the Indians by making his way down through the IJJlrrow, wind iug passage leading right down through the mountain top, they complimented him on his daring and bravery . "Ben, you are all right!" said Bob Esta.brook. "Oh, it was a case of do that or be captured or killed, and I simply chose the lesser of the two evils," was the reply.


r THE LIBERTY BOYS GENERAL PICK.ENS . l'l' "Well , we'll' astonish those I ndians t o -night! " declared Bob, his eyes sparkling. "That we will !" from Mark Morrison. "I hope that we succeed in rescuing Carl and Patsy," said Sam Sanderson. "So do I!" "And I! And I!" The boys all liked the two youths, who kept them livened up in dull times around camp with their jokes and quarrels. An hour after dinner was over the youths broke camp and set out. It was slow work, but they persevered, and by five o'clock they had reached the Tavine that led around to the point averlooking the India n v illage. It was decided to leave the horses here . In act, all stopped, for it would be more than three hours till dark . "I guess I'll go and take a look at the Indian camp," said Dick . "I'm going along, Dick!" said Bob. "All right; Ben, you come with us to guide us." "You have only to follow the ravine around, Dick; but I shall be glad to go with you." They set out and walked slowly along the ravine, keep ing close watch ahead and up the sides of the ravine. Half an hour later they came to a point where they were enabled to look down into the valley . The Indian village lay almost at their feet . Dick and Bob gazed with interest . . _ i:;_t.1te a village, eh, Bobf" from Dick. "So it is." They were careful to keep their bodies concealed, for they were aware of the fact that the Indians were keen eyed. They remained there half an hour and then made their way back to the point where they had left their comrades. The young Continentals made eager inquiries, and Dick and Bob told what they had seen . The boys w e re eager for night to come, so that they might get at the redskins. When supper-time came they ate their cold food with a relish and then waited for the coming of darkness. About half-past eight they set out down the ravine, leaving four of the boys to guard the horses . In a little more than half an hour they were at the end of the ravine, and, pausing, they looked down at the seen" below. The Indians had several campfires going and were cooking their suppers . "We'll have to wait till the fires die down a considera ble," said Dick; "they make too much light for us n ow." "That's right," ag reed Bob. When the suppe r had been cooked t li e India n s sat down in a great circle and a c6uple has t e n ed to a tepee and entered . " What a r e they g oing to do?" remarked Bo b . "That's the tepee I saw the redskins carry food into to-day , " said B e n . "I'll wager that Carl and Patsy are in there!" "But those two didn't take any food along just now," said Sam Sanderson . "Look yonder!" exclaimed Bob, in a loud whisper . The two braves were emerging from the tepee, and each was conducting a prisoner. "It's Carl and Patsy, sure enough!" said Ben. "So it is !" from Dick. "What are they going to do to the boys, I wonder?" from Bob . "I don't know," replied Dick. The Liberty Boys watched with a lively degree of in terest, and saw two redskins conduct Carl and Patsy intv the circle, where they were given seats on blankets spread on the ground . Then the ankles of the two were bound once more, after which their wrists were freed. Then a couple of squaws brought Carl a:i;i.d Patsy some food, which the two accepted and began to eat with seem ing relish. Then the squaws made the rounds of the circle of warriors and gave each some food. "Say, that beats my time, Dick!" whispered Bob. "They are treating Carl and Patsy almost like guests instead of prisoners! Did you notice, they gave our comrades food before any of the braves were given any!" "Yes, I noticed it, Bob." "What do you make of it?" "I don't understand it." "Neither do I." "I'm glad we know that the boys are there." "Yes." The Liberty Boys watched the scene below with interest, and when at last the Indians and their prisoners had finished eating Carl and Patsy were conducted back into the tepee. "They don't seem to be in any immediate danger," said Dick. "No," said Bob. "When will we enter the valley?" asked Mark Morrison. f "As soon as the fires die down sufficiently so that they won't throw light over here," replied Dick. CHAPTER XII. ATTACKING THE INDIANS. It had been a long day for Carl and Patsy. They had put i n the time as best they might, discussing their situation . and wondering if thei r c omrades would find the Indian village and rescue them . When din n e r -time came the tw o wer e conduc t ed ou t


18 LIBERTY BOYS .A.ND GENERAL PICKENS. and seated in the middle of a circle of savages, and they we:re give• their food before the braves received theirs. "Phwat do yez t'ink av thot ?" said Patsy. "1 t'in.k id is all righd.' ' "Dhey are doin' av it because dhey t'ink we are crazy, me bye." "Y ah, I am glat dot. dey vos t'in.k dot." "Se am Oi." At supper-time the two were treated in the same fash ion again, and little did Carl and Patsy suspect that their cpmrades were watching the scene with eager eyes. They were conducted back into the tepee after the sup per was ended and lay on their blankets and talked quite awhile., Then at last they went to sleep. Hew long they slept they did not know, but suddenly they were awakened by muesket and pistol-shots and loud a . nd they sat up and listened eagerly. "I pet dot id is der poys, Batsy !" cried Carl. "Oi t'i!lk: yez are roight, me bhy." "Yah; I hobe dot dey kill efery vun uf dem retsgins." "Oi wouldn't b e afther cryin' mesilf, Dootchy." "I veuld lige to kill vun or two." "Yis, hut Oi' ll be sufficiently wull plazed av we res cued by dhe bhys." "Yah-ilomepoddy is gomin' !" Foetsteps were heard close at hand, and then several dark forms entered the tepee, and Carl and Patsy were seized and jerked to their feet. The pieces of lariat bind ing their ankles wefe cut and the two were hustled out and away through the darkness. The two resisted and caused as much delay as possible , for tliey knew they were in the hands of some of the red skins, who were conducting them away from the s c en e and away from their comrades. The two were hustled alon g most unceremoniously, howeyer, and were soon out of the little valley and making their way through the scrubby timber. "I guess dot ve are nod goin' to resgued dis doime , Batsy !'' said Carl, in a disappointed voice. "Shure an' Oi t'ink yez are roight, me bhy." * * * * * * * The Liierty Boys had waited till about midnight, and had then fastened a rope to an outjntting piece of rock and descended to the bottom of the bal!in. It took them a good while to accomp.lish this, as ther e were nearly one hundred of them. And while yet there were a dozen of the Liberty Boys to come down the rope, their presence was discovered by an Indian sentinel, who at ence gave the alarm. "At them, boys I" cried Dick. The young Continentals dashed forward and opened fire, and it was then that Carl and Patsy were aroused. The redskins fired several volleys of arrows at the at taeking whites, but they seemed to realize that they would get the worst of it 1 they stayed and fought it out, so they stood their ground only long enough for the squaws and children to get out of the valley, when they slowly , retreated, still firing flights of arrows. The Liberty pursued the redskins out through the opening and into the timber and rocks beyond, but here they stopped, for they realized that it was useless to try to follow the savages in the darkness. 'They made their way back to the village and looked in the tepee that Carl and Patsy had been confined in; they were not there, of course. Nor were they to be found anywhere in the vall ey. The Liberty Boys were greatly disappointed. 'l'hey had hoped to rescue Carl and Patsy. "It is useless ti> try to follow the redskins to-:aight," s aid Dick. "So we may as well settle down here till morning." Some of the Liberty Boys had been wounded by arrowio, and their comrades dressed the wounds, but fortunate l y not one had been killed. A number of the redskins had been killed, however, and others had been wounded, though the majority of these had been taken away by the Indians. It was decided to let the dead Indians lie where the y were till morning, when they could be buried. The sentinels were station ed, and then the other yout hs lay down and went to sleep. 'They were not disturb ed. Evid e ntly the redskins had had all the fight they wanted_. The Liberty Boys were up early, and they ate their cold food and took a look at the scene about ---.,_ The y count e d twel>e dead red s kins, which wasn' t bad, they thought. ' They dug a g rave and buri e d the dead Indians, and then held a council of war. What should they do? Should they follow the :redskins at once, or should they remain where they were till General Pickens and his army arrived " ? It was decided that they should wait for the general and his army, but that scouts should be sent out to rec onnoiter and hunt for the redskins, with the hope 0 get ting them located by the time the solmers arrived. The horses were brought down into the valley, and the young patriots got ready to take it easy while waiting for the coming of General Pickens. --., Dick and Bob, however, and a dozen more of the youths left the encampment and scattered in various dire c tion s to search for the redskins that had Carl and Patsy prisoners. CHAPTER XIII. DICK• AND BOB RECONNOITER. Dick and Bob stayed together and made their way in almost a due west direction. They did not have their muskets, as ' the weapona were


•• 'rHE Li:B.E:R'rY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. 19 keavy 1>o carry, and would be in the way in getting along The Indians had circled around till they were on all swiftly, if the necessity for doing this arose. sides of the white youths, and now they were advancing But they each carried four pistols and a knife and slowly and steadily. plenty of ammunition. Evidently they themght that they would not have much They me>ved slowly and cautiously, for they well knew difficulty in capturing or disposing of two white men. that the redskins were masters of w o odcraft and might But, then, they did -not know the kind of men they had take them by surprise and at a disadvantage unless tl1ey to deal with. were very careful. Dick faced in one direction and Bob .in the other, and Diek and Bob were pretty expert in woodcraft themthey waited patiently for the redskins to get well within selves, a:nd they did not make much noise as they walked pistol-shot distance. along. Closer and closer came the Indians. The region the youths were traversing now was rough, Presently Bob spoke : but was fairly level, being somewhat like a table-land, but "They're close enough, eh, Dick?" "Yn", Bob." timbered rather heavily. = They came, however, at length to a point where the "All right." ... ountcy was open for a distance of several miles to the "Pick your man take careful aim." north and south, but it was not to exceed a third of a mile "Yes." across the open ground. "When I whistle pull the trigger, old fellow." The two paused at the edge of the open space and "Very well." looked keenly across at the timber beyond. Both took careful aim and then Dick emitted a low, "What do you think about it, Dick?" clear whistle. "There is a po.ssibility that there may be redskins lurkCrack I-bang ! ing in the edge of the timber, Bob." The two shots sounded almost as one, and following "That's so, but--" them sounded a wild scream of pain from the lips of the "You want to risk it?" Indian Bob had shot at. 'l'his brave had half turned just "Well-we've got to get across if we are to continue on as Bob pulled trigger, and while he had been ha-rd hit, Gur way, old fellow." he was not killed outright, hence the scream. "Then weJl go across, Bob-or try it, at any rate." Dick's bullet went true to the spot, however, and the -r left the shelter of the timber and set out across 1 redskin fell, shot through the heart. the open ground. With wild yells of rage, the redskins dashed forward. They had almost covered half the distance, when they Dick and Bob were on the alert, however, and two more .aw some Indians appear in the timber ahead of them. < hots rang out, and two more of the savages fell, dead or At the same moment they heard yells behind them and wounded. looked around-to see about a dozen redskins comincr toAnother chorus of yells from the Indians, followed imward them. • 0 mediately by two more pistol-shots, and down went two For a few moments the youths were at a less what to do. Then they saw, a little to one side, a depression in the ground, and all around were behind which they might shelter their bodies. They leaped toward the point in question and were 1nickly crouching there, pistols in hands. The Liberty Boys took a careful survey of the situation. that there were about fifteen of the redskins --hig odds, Bob !" said Dick. "Yes, but we have pistols, while they have only bows and arrews." "I know, but we have only eight shots; you see, we won't have time to reload .. " "Well, but Dick, if we are careful and drop a man with every lmllet they will turn and :flee. With half their num ber down and out oi it, the rest will have no stomach for more." "Perhaps you are' ' :right." "Pm ll'ltre of it." "Well, we will wait till they are close up to us before firing, so as to make • of our aim." "Thnt'>i the way to ao." more redskins. 'l'his was someth i ng more than the Indians had been : ooking for, and they paused . ;md discharged a ftight of t rrows, and th. en stood there hesitating. This was the moment that a couple more shots would do good, and Dick and Bob were ready with them . Crack !-crack ! Down dropped two more redskins, and with wild yells o f terror and discomfiture the remaining savages whirled md away in the direction of the timber. "Reload, Bob !" said Dick. They recharged the pistols, and then Bob said : "What shall -we do now, old fellow?" "We will go on, Bob." '"Good!" "Those redskins are baclw yonder on the side we came from, so it will be safer, for the present at least, for us to go on across." "And it suits our purpose better, too." "Yes; the Indian village must be on in that direc tion." They rose and strode toward the timber. They looked


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS .AND GENER.AL PICKENS . . back and saw the s even Indians standing in the edge of the forest making angry geshues. They were soon close to the timber, and with pistols in their hands, they strode onward. No Indians appeared, however, much to their relief, for had there been redskins there they would have had the advantage. When they were in among the trees the youths breathed more freely. "I guess we are all right now, Dick.'' "Yes, Bob/' They walked onward a distance of about three miles and then paused on the mountain-side and looked down into a valley, through which ran a good-sized stream. The valley was several miles in length and was about two miles wide, and scattered along the river-bank was a good-sized Indian village. "We've found it, Dick!" exclaimed Bob. "We've stumbled upon an Indian village at any rate, Bob." "I think the Indians we fought last night are here, don ' t you? "It is probable. I hope they are, at any rate, for if such is the case, then Carl and Patsy are there also/' They stood there nearly half an hour looking down at the Indian village, and then Bob asked: "What are we going to do, Dick?" "Well," was the reply; "we have learned the location of this village, so I guess the best thing we can do. is to go back to the encampment and wait till General Pickens comes along, when we can all advance and make an attack." "Hadn't I better stay here and keep watch on the red skins, Dick?" "I don't know; what good would it do, do you think?" "W eU, for one thing, Carl and Patsy might try to escape, and if I am here I may be able to render them some assistance." "That's so; but you must be careful, Bob, and not get jnto trouble." "Oh, I'll be careful; you will have to be on the lookout getting back to camp, Dick, or the redskins back yonder may get you." "I'll make a wide detour, Bob, and get around them." "That's a good idea." Then Dick turned and strode away. CH.APTER XIV. -.,::.::::.: AN INDIAl'I DUEL. Bob watched Dick out of sight, and then turned and looked longingly toward the Indian village. How he wished that he might be able to venture into the village for the purpose of resCU:ing Carl and Patsy in case they were there, and he believed that they were. The desire to at least see the village at close range took hold upon him, and he decided to see what he could do. He set out along the brow of the bluff overlooking the valley and continued onward about three miles. He could just see the tepees from the top of the bluff, and knew that it would be impossible to see them, or for anyone at the vinage to see him from the level of the val ley. So he descended to the valley and made his way across to the bank of the river. A fringe of trees and bushes grew along the stream on both sides, and as soon as he was in among the trees an cl bushes he felt comparatively safe. _......,Then he moved along in the direction of the village. He continued onward till he was within a quarter of a mile of the edge of the village, and then he stopped anti took an observation. He saw dozens of Indian braves, lots of squaws ancl hordes of children of all ages from the good-sized boy or girl down to pappooses. Presently Bob saw a couple qf braves coming toward the spot where he stood. He did not wish to retreat, so he climbed up into the tree behind which he had been standing. It had a very thick, busby top, and be felt certain that he could not be seen. The two braves came to & stop under the tree Bob was in. They began to talk in to Bob to m: angry tone of voice. "Jove, I'd say that they are quarreling," was bis thought. He peered down at them and noted that they were gesticulating vehemently. "There's going to be war between those two bucks, or I miss my guess," was Bob's mental decision. He watched them eagerly. If they were going to fight he wanted to witness the affray. "Probably both are in love with the same Indian maid," thought Bob . .; "and they will likely fight to see which shall have her." Bob wished that he understood the Cherokee language, but be didn't, so bad to gather as much .fie could through watching the actions of the Suddenly he gripped the limbs he was holding to tightly and gazed down with great eagerness and excitement. "They're going at it!" he murmured. He was' right. Suddenly the two braves bad ceased jab bering and had drawn their hunting-knives, and now they were slowly circli:ti'g around each other and watching for an opening. Suddenly one gave utterance to a guttural exclamation and leaped forward and made a stroke at bis opponent. The other seized hold of the attackiAg brave's wrist, ho. wever, and held the knife away,.and at the same time he struck vicfoasly at his antagonist. ' But he in his turn-was as quick as the other had been


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. 2 1 and succeeded in getting hold of the other's wrist and holding the knife away. Then a terrible struggle began . Each endeavored to wrench his knife-arm free and the othe r held on with grim determination. They seemed to be a b out equally matched in strength, and so it was indeed a battle royal. Arond and around they moved, pul l ing, tugging, straining every nerve to get the knife arm free. They were silent now; the exertion they were p u tting forth made it impossible for them to speak, or at least inadvisable. Bob watched the struggle with a l ively degree of in terest. It was the :first Indian duel that he had ever witnessed . His sympathies were with neither; they looked alike to him. .He was merely curious to see which would win and how it would end. He wondered if it really was a fight to the death . He was soon to learn, for suddenly one made a hercu l e an effort and succeeded in tripping the other and throw in g him heavily to the ground on his back. The fall e n brave was slightly dazed by the fall, evi dently, and before he could recover the full use of his fac ulties the other drove his hunting-1\nife to the hilt in the bare, brown breast. A gurgling gro a n , and with a little exclamation of tri umph, the othe r leaped to bis feet and gazed down at the strugg:ing form of his late opponent. Bob stared, spellbound. It had ended so quickly as to take him by surprise, and he now saw that the fight had been to the death. "Phew!" he almost whistled; "those red rascals cer tainly do fight viciously ! " The victor, after gazing at his victim a few moments, calmly placed his k n ife in its sheath in his belt . Then he caught hold -of the dead brave's ankles and dragged him away toward the bank of the river. "He's going to throw the body into the stream," was Bob's thought . "Well, 'that will end the affair wholly." Presently he saw the victorious brave pass and head to ward the village, and then he descended and took up hio positio_p,.'at the foot of the tree. ---rr-n; eyed the tepees dotting the landscape with i n ter e sted eyes. W ere Carl and P atsy i n one of these; and if so, which one? H e wished tha t h e knew. Whe n no o n cam e h e watched closely, for he tho u gh t it likel y t hat if the y ou ths wer e in the village food woul d be tak e n to them b y some of the r edsk in s . And h e was r ig h t in his s urmi se, for presently he saw a couple of bra ve s going toward a certa i n t e pee carrying some food. When they disappeared within the tepee Bob nodded and murmured : " 'That' s the one they are in ! And it is near the edge ' of the . village, too . Possibly I might be able to r escue them to-night!" This thought took possession of Bob, and he made up his mind that he would make the attempt to rescue his .. comrad es, at any rate . "I may fail,'' he thought; "but I'll do my best .11 He had some cold bread and meat in his pocket, and he ' ate it with a relish, after which he made his way down to the river and got a drink. Then he went back and took up his position behind the tree . He carefully surveyed the ground all around the side of the village and decided on his course when night should come. The afternoon passed very slowly, but Bob was as pa tient as he could be. Evening drew on at last, and Bob saw a couple of braves take some more food to the tepee in which he was sure his c omrades were prisoners. Bob was somewhat hungry, but he was used to this and thought nothing . of it. As night came on Bob saw that a brave bad taken up a position near the tepee, to stand guard, evidently. "All right, my fine fellow; but I g uess I will be able to handle you !" murmured Bob. Slowly it grew dark and darker. At last it was as dark as it would be that night, save for campfires near the center of the village. 'l' hey threw out light that r e ached as f a r as the tepee in which the two Liberty Boys were, as Bob believed, con fined, and it would be nece s sary to wait till the fires di ed down before making the attempt to res cue the youths. There was no hurry, however, and so Bob waited with a fair degree of patience. One, three hours passed, and then the village had become quiet and the campfires had died down till they threw out very little light. "I guess it is about time I was beginning to get to work," was Bob's thought. Ile felt to see i f hi s w e apons were in their places, and then he left his pos ition behind the tree and moved slowly cautiously toward the edge of the village. He aimed for the point where the tepee stood that he believed to contain Carl and Patsy, and when he . was within fifty yards of it he got down on his hands and! knees and b egan to crawl. On he moved, slowly and cautiously, and presently hecaught sight of the silhouette of the redskin senti n el against the faint li gh t of the campfir e s . Bob judged that he was within a dozen feet of t h e India n , a n d h e realized that now the most difficult and d angerous par t of his t ask was at hand. C H A PTER XV. BOB R ESCUES CAR L AND PA'IBY. Bob drew 8\ pi s t o l from hi s belt and grasped it by llie muzzle. •


. . J • .,.----22 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. Then he crept slowly and cautiously toward the red .skin. Bob could make out that the brave had his side toward ,him, and so the Liberty Boy edged around in such a man> as would enable him to approach from almost behind hls intended victim. Bob was expert at getting along without making any noise, and he succeeded in getting within four feet of the eentinel without his presence being discovered. , Then he rose to his feet slowly and cautiously and dealt the redskin a blow on head with the butt of the pistol, dropping him senseless to the ground. A gasping groan that could not have been heard more than a few yards was the only noise uttered by the stricken brave. • Bob listened intently. Not a sound was to be beard. Evidently the faint groan of the stricken redskin had not been heard. Bob wondered if the redskin would remain unconscious long enough to enable him to free the two Liberty Boys, and for the three to make their escape. He decided to risk it, as he did not feel like killing the savag e in cold blood. There was no time to be lost, however. Bob stepped to the tepee, and, pulling the flap back, poked his head through the opening. "Hist !" he sibillated; "are you there, Carl and Patsy?" "Shure an' we are!" came promptly, in a cautious whis-per. "Who is it sp'akin' ?" "It's Bob." "''I .haf regognized dot voices," said Carl, in a whisper. '.Bob crawled into the tepee and located the two by feel-ing around. "Bound hand and foot, eh?" he whispered. "Shure an' we are, Bhob." nw en, I'll soon have you free, so far as bonds are con cerned, at least." He cut the thongs binding the arms and legs of the two and then asked : "Can you walk?" "Yah, ve gan valk, Pob." "Then come along at once. I knocked the sentinel senseless, but he is likely to come to his senses at any mo ment, and if he should do so before we get away it would spoil our plans." • Bob slipped out through the opening, and after him came Carl and then Patsy. . They stole cautiously away, passing within two yards of the still form of the unconscious redskin sentinel. They headed across toward the bluffs to the eastward. They had gone only about seventy-five yards when there was a wild yell from behind them. "The sentinel has recovered consciousness!" exclaimed Bob. "We had better run, boys!" They set out on the r\ln and made as good speed as pos sible. Soon there was a chorus of yells from the village, and the youths knew that the redskins were starting in pursuit of the escaped prisoners. There were so many of the Indians that they would be enabled to scatter in all directions, and Bob and his com rades realized that they would have hard work to escape. They ran with all their might, for they felt that if they succeeded in reaching and climbing the bluff before being discovered they would stand a much better chance of making their escape, as they would be able to make it a difficult matter for the redskins to keep on their trail, once they got in among the timber and rocks. The three succeeded in reaching the bluff without being discovered, and they scrambled up it with all possible haste. They were nearly to the top when they heard guttural , voices below them at the base of the bluff. "They're going to give us a hard rub," panted Bob; "but I believe we shall be able to make our escape." They were at the top quickly, and hastened away through the timber and amid the rocks. On they went, stumbling along, but making very good headway. They heard occasional yells behind them, but :finally these died out, and the three began to breathe more freely. When they had gone about three miles they paused. They listened intently, eagerly. Not a sound to their hearing. "Oi guiss we hav' lost thim," said Patsy. ,.. .,....._... ..... ..--"I think so." "Yah, ve gannod hear dem some more," from Carl. "Shall we stop here for the night?" queried Bob. "Shoost vat you say." "Oi'm willin' to sthop, av yez want, me bhy." "Well, there is no need of going any farther, I am sure." They did not have any blankets, but that did not bother them. They scraped three piles of leaves together and lay down and were quite comfortable. "How did you boys happen to get captured?" asked Bob. They told the story of their capture. "Well, how happens it that the redskins didn't torture you to death at the stake?" queried Bob. ,,.....__ "Shure an' we played crazy, Bhob." "Y ah, ve dooded dot, Pob." "Ah, I understand, and that was the reason they treated you so well, eh?" "Yis." Then Bob explained how he came to be at the Indian village. "Dick and the boys and General Pickens an.d his army will likely be here to-morrow," he said, in conclusion. "An' thin we wull go afther dhe ridskimt, hey?" frgm Patsy. "Yes." "Dot is goot," from Carl.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. 23' "Yes, we will give them such a chastising as they won't forget in a hurry," said Bob. "Yah, ve vill jasdise dem." Presently the three went to sleep and slept soundly till morning. They were up with the sun and looked all around care fully for signs of the redskins. None were to be seen. "We will just have to wait as patiently as possible till our comrades and General Pickens' army get here," said Bob. "Oi could wait wid betther grace av Oi had somethin' to ate, begorra," said Patsy. "Y ah, und dot is der same vay mit minesellufs," said earl. "Hungry, are you?" remarked Bob. "Shu:oe an' Oi am!" "I gould ead a gow !" declared Carl. "Dhe thrubble would be to ghet dhe cow," chuckled Patsy. "Yes, I guess there are not many in this part of the eountry," s aid Bob. They settled down to await the coming of their friends as patient1y as might be, and about the middle of the afternoon they were rewarded by seeing the Liberty Boys approaching from the eastward. CHAPTER XVI. THE ATTACK ON THE VILLAGE IN THE VALLEY. When the Liberty Boys came up and sa w C arl and Patsy they were delighted, and gave them a joyou s greet ing. "How did it happen?" asked Dick, referring to the escape of the two. "Pob resgued us, Tick," said Carl. "Well, well! Tell us about it, Bob." Bob did so, making light of his achievement. He was modest and d i d not want t o let on that he had done such a wonderful thing. "Well, w e are inde e d glad to have you two boys back llitft !" said Dick. . "An' we are afther bein' glad to be back wid yez, me bhys I" declared Patsy. "Yah, dot is der trut' !" from Carl. "Where are General Pickens and his men?" queried Bob. "Coming," replied Dick. "They'll be along in a few minutes." They settled down to wait, and about :fifteen later the patriot soldiers put in an appearance. When they came up Dick and the general bad a talk , and it was decided to wait till after nightfall before ad vancing farther, for it would be a very difficult matter te make a success of an attack in the daytime. The redskins would see them coming and be able toescape. So they s ettled down to take it eMy till after nightfall. Bob, Carl and Patsy were given some cold bread and1 meat by their comrades, and they ate ravenously, for theJ were very hungry. "Dhere; shure an' Oi ' m afther f ' ailin' betth e r now :l " said Patsy, when he had eaten his fill. "Y ah, und I vos veel petter, too, Batay," declared Carl When supper-time came they ate some more and de clared that they were now ready to fight the entire tribe of Indians. The Liberty Boys' horses had been left back at their last camping-place un der the charge of four of the 00,s who had been slightly wounded in the fight with theIndians at the little valley where the village had heel& located. After dark the Liberty Boys and General Pickens and• his army moved slowly forward in the direction of the village in the valley by the river . They were two hours in traversing the distance to tbe edge of the bluff overlooking the valley, but there w as no hurry, and they h ad taken their time to i t. They look ed across the vall e y and saw the camp:fireit-burning i n the village. "They' re ther e yet,'' s aid Bob. "Yes , " r e pl ie d Dick. "I was afrai d they m ight pull up s t akes and go away, aft e r th e escape o f Carl and Patsy." "So WM I . " " M y idea was that they would naturally think that a s trong party of whites w a s in the vicinity, old fe ll ow." "That was my idea, t oo, but likely the y have i n their, own strength of nu m bers." "Possib ly t h at is it. " General Pickens an d Dick had a talk, and then the d e scent of the bluff was b e gun. This was a rather difficult undertaking in the darkness,. but it was accomplished afte r an hour of car e ful work without a single man fallin g a nd hurting hims elf. Here they pau s ed and rested a few m inut e s . Then they set out across the valley. The li of the campfires served to guide the m. When they were within half a mile of the , Indian Til-lage they came to a stop and Dick and Gene ra l Pic k ena had a final talk. It d e eided to encompass the vill age clear around from the river to the r iv er again, the Lib e rty Boys 800 patriot s oldiers forming a half circle. This move m ent was executed, and when the men were a ll irr pos i tion the command was given for them to advance. They obeyed. Slowly they m@ved forward, drawing gradually neal'ft and nearer to the village. Their presenoe was diooovered when they were about


24 'l'IIE LIBEHTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS . • seventy-five yards from the edge of the village, and in.stantly the alarm was given. Wild yells went up from the redskrns, and this was fol lowed by the shrieks of squaws, the screaming of children .and the loud barking of dogs. The sound of the alarm being given was the signal for the Liberty Boys and patriot soldiers to make the attack, .and they dashed forward and opened fire. They yelled loudly, too, for they . realized that this would help disconcert the redskins, who were themselves great believers in the efficacy of noise as a means of striking terror to the hearts of their opponents. The Indians fired several volleys of arrows, but the Tain of bullets was too much for them, and they retreated into the river and swam across. The squaws and children had already . gone across on rafts. "That will make it a more difficult matter to get the better of them then." "Yes; they occupy the entire top of the plateau-it's only about half a mile across, and it is quite a steep slope leading up from all sides." "That will give us something to do, sure enough," said General Pickrns . "How many Indians are . there in the village, Mark?" asked Dick. "Braves, you mean?" "Yes, fighting men." "Well, I should say three hundred; don't you think so, Midget?" "Yes, Mark." "Well, we can thrash them," said Bob Estabrook, con fidently. The others were of the same mind. The Liberty Boys and patriot soldiers had killed more But it was decided to wait till morning before starting than a score of the redskins and doubtless had wounded on the trip to the Indian village. nearly as many more; but these had taken to the river with the rest and had either drowned or gotten across to the other side. Three of the patriot soldiers had been killed and seven were wounded, and the wounds of the latter were dressed ,at once. Then the patriots settled down in the Indian village to await the coming of daylight. Sentinels were stationed, of course; but the redskins did not come back to make an attack; doubtless they had all they wanted. When morning came the patriots cooked and ate break: fast, and then a council of war was held. What should be the next move ? "I judge that the thing to do is to t ry to locate another Indian village, sir?" remarked Dick. "Yes," replied General Pickens; "we may as well do the Cherokees all the damage we possibly can while we are about it." "Chastise them good, eh?" "Yes." "Well, I am in for doing that." I -, ' • !I ' .Iii ' -it.Al ' Scouts w e re s ent out in all directions to reconnoiter and try to discover the location of another Indian village. Of course, Dick and Bob went; but Carl an4J>atsy said they would remain in camp this time and let somebody else have a chance at the work. Dick and Bob were not the ones to find the Indian village this time. This fell to Mark Morrison and Ira Little, the M!dget. They discovered a larger village than the one where the patriots were now encamped, and they were highly elated when they came into camp, an hour before sundown, that evening. "The village is about ten miles from here," said Mark; "in a northwesterly direction." "What kind of a location has it?" asked Dick. "It is on a sort oi table-land, or little plateau, Dick." CHAPTER XVII. THE LIBERTY BOYS IN A. TRAP. Next morning the patriots broke camp and started to ward the Indian village. Dick, Bob and two or three more of the Liberty went ahead a.s scouts to watch for the it being thought possible that the Indians might try to ambush them. They were scattered out through the timber, but Dick and Bob remained close together. Suddenly, as they were descending a slope, they found themselves confronted by half a dozen redskins, two of whom, to the youths' surprise, held pistols in their hands. One of these two redskins spoke, and it was evident that he was a white man disguised as an Indian, a rene gade. "Han's up, ye two fellers!" he cried. "Don' ye try enny tricks, er et'll be ther worse fur ye!" Dick and Bob glanced behind them, only to see that a dozen redskins had risen up a.s if by _ _ The spokesman noticed their action aud. laughed hoarsely: "Et's no use, young fellers!" he cried. "Ye are ketched an' kain't git erway, nohow." "You renegade scoundrel!" cried Bob, hotly. "Heer, heer ! Stop thet !" cried the ruffian. "Ther less ye deal in hard words th er better et'll be fur ye." "I guess we'll have to surrender, Bob," said Dick. "It looks that way." "Yes." At the same time Dick and Bob gave a look which told him as plain as words that they were to make an effort to escape. •


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND. GENERAL PICKENS. "Now ye're talkin' senserble," said the renegade. "Up with yer han's !" Instead of obeying, Dick and Bob whirled and dashed right into the line of redskins behind them, upsetting three and causing considerable confusion and consterna tion. Yells of rage escaped the lips of the renegade and his red companions. • "Arter 'em!" howled the white ruffian; "don' let 'em git erway !" But Dick and Bob were good runners, and by the time the redskins got over the confusion into which they had thrown and were ready to discharge a flight of arrows the fugitives were almost out of range. The two renegades blazed away with their pistols, but the bullets went wild. A flight of arrows from the bows of the Indians fell short. The firing of the pist.ol-shots warned the other Liberty Boys' scouts of danger, and they hastened back in the direction of the main force of patriots. They joined Dick and Bob, who explained matters. "We'll get some of the boys and go back and get after the scoundrels,'' said Dick. • They were soon with the main force of patriots, and Dick explained matters to General Pickens. "I will take some of my boys and go on ahead and try to get a chance at the redskins," said Dick. "That will be a good plan." -Dick and Bob, with about thirty of the Liberty Boys, hastened on ahead through the timber. They kept a sharp lookout for the redskins. Presently Bob exclaimed: "I saw one!" "Where?" asked Dick. "Behind that big tree yonder. He stuck his head out." Bob indicated the tree, and the youths kept their eyes on it as they advanced. Suddenly a redskin was seen running away; he was doing his best to keep the big tree between himself and the whites. "Give it t

. ' . . • ; 26 . THE LIBERTY. BOYS AND PICKENS. J • • Tlien some wore seen about one yards: dis rUnt. • ,"Here. is where we will get a few more ' of the scoi..n-.drels," said Bob. " • tl)e Indi'.1-ns did not seem to be wiiling . oo let the :whiies get within musket-shot distanc.e this time; tey retreated as the Liberty Boys advanced, keeping about the • same disb.nce 1between themselves and their enemies all • the time. and the muskets ' and pistols of the . ' Liberty Boys were so much more potent than the bows and arrows of the red fkins that 'the latter got the of it and suddenly broke and _fie in the djrectiket-shot • d?stf\Ilce. '{'hey pursuing after a few minutes and again . prooeeded a . t. a walk. " 'Fhe IndiaJ1.s did the same. "Tooy aiming to keep watch on us now," said . t'How far. is it to . the Indian village, Mark?" asked Dkk> pre&e'lltly. "I shouM; say ody about two Dick.'' -"Well, wa' . ll continue onward a little farther.'' Just' as ,Dick said this from on all sides of them went up Wnd yells in voices, and d.'ozens of dark forms were aeen ',dashing toward them froi:n all directions. • • I . "We p.re1n a trap!" cried Dick; "that i:i a strong force from 'the , .... . . '. . . . . . . . : . . I• . .. CirAPTER XY0II,I. • JOSH . it had happened tpat the youths had got there at such an opportune time. "We heard a good deal of fl.ring' ; Dick, " said Sam San derson, "and we couldn't' -stand it any longer, but has tened on in this direction.. I guess it is lucky that we did." "Yes, indeed, SaJ'!l. I think that in all probability the redskins would have massacred our little force but for your arrival." "Well, we turned the on them." "So we did." "Are we ttgoing on now, Dick?" asked Bob. Dick shook his hea"d. .. "I think we haQ. better ' wait till General Pickens and his army get here, Bob," he said. The patriot arm .y, under General Pickens, did not come up till nearly an hour and a li.alf later, and then a halt was called, and Dick and the general had a :-,_J$. _ .,, Dick explained that they were within a i:nile and a half of the and it was presently decided to push on at once and see what could be done . • The Liberty Boys anQ. the.patz:iot force now moved for-ward. There was no SQ they took their time . Nearly an hour later they reachea the vicinity of the tableland on which was the Indian village . It was decided to surround the table-land at once and make preparation to begin an attack. , 'The Liberty Boys were quick to think and equally quick 'l'his was done, and as it was now nearly no(}n and aU act. were tired and hungry, further. operations were postponed They did not have to be told what to de, but leaped be-till after. dinner. lhmd trees and rocks at once and opened fire on the ap- • An hour was given to dinner and a half hou after that pro&ehing redskins. was given up to resting, and then the patr' got rea..iy Loudly the rattle of the musketry rang out. to make the attaGk. Yells, shrieks of pain and death-whoops went up from As soon as all in their places General Pickens tile throats of the savages. fired a pistol-shot, and , the Liberty Boys and patriot sol- • Liberty Boys grim and stead)'.. They . took diers dashed up the slope leading tb the top of the plateau. careful aim before fi.t"ing, and the result was that 'they No signs of Indians were seen as the patriots neared. did deadly work among the onrushing horde of Indians. the top, nor were they greeted by :flights of arrows, as But. they were outnulllbered so greatly that they weuld they had expected would. be thE: case. u.ndoulftedly beeh overwhelmed and ma.c:;sacred but On . up the slope till they were at the top, and then it . for th(l sudden and _opportup.e. arrival of the rest of the was seen that there no Indians there. Liberty Boys, who came rushing upo!l the soene yelling They had tepees ana all. and 'firing at a . g;.:eat rate. Tha Liberty Boys and :Patriot soldiers were greatly dis-.-This made th; numbers of the two parties about equal, appointed. ,. . .


. . . . . . THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS. 27 "I wonder where they have gone?" remarked General Pickens. "Impossible to say," said Dick. "But we ca:a iind out," said Bob. ' "Yes, we will scout around the country and get the refl.skins lecated again," said Ben Spu'rlock. "And we won't let them slip away from us next time," declared Bob. There being nothing better to do, the patriots went into camp on the top of the plateau. . This done, Dick and a number of the Liberty Boys set out to reconnoiter. Along toward evening Dick suddenly caught sight of a human form about fifty yards distant among the trees. He leaped behind a tree and looked keenly in the direcition of the person in question, and quickly saw that it was 11.ot an Indfan, but a white man. ' ' Dick did not ti:lelieve the newcomer was a renegade; he did not -look like a ruffian. "A hunter, likely," was Dick's thought. He waited till the man was ciese up to him and stepped out and . confronted him. . .• The stranger started and gave utterance to an excl9ma tion, at the same time jerking up his rifle as if to have it m readiness in case the young lellow confronting him showed any disposition to make an attack. "Good-evening," greeted Dick. "How air ye, young feller?" . . "I wish to ask you a question, sir." "I -;ish t"'o know if you have seen any Indians in the direction from which you have just come?" The man nodded. "I seen er lot uv 'em," he said. "Which way were they going?" "No'th." "Was a very large number of them?" "Et wuz er hull village, young feller." Dick nodded. "That is the party of redskins that I have been looking :fer-, then," he said. Then he explained all to the man, who said that he was a hunter and his name was Josh Bunker. "Say, I reckon I know whar them thar Injuns is head.i.B.'.-fur;-1-t;aJ.&_Bunker; "an' ef ye want I'll guide ye ter ther place." . Then he explained that there was some rough country over near the headwaters of the Ennoree River, and that this was the point the Indians were undoubtedly heading for. "We shall be glad to accept of your offer to act as guide," said Dick. "That will make it easier for us and will simplify matters." Then they turned and made their way back to the pa; triot encampment. It was decided that it be best to wait till o::i:v before starting after the redskins, and this was done. Early next morning, however, the patriot army was off. The Liberty Boys, with Josh Bunker as guide, was in the leacl, and after them came General Pickens and his force. All day long, with a stop of an hour and a half at nooB for dinner, the patriots plodded and . when even ing came and they went into camp Bunker told them that they were within two miles of the point where he thought it likely the Indian village would be found. "I'll go an' reckonnoiter arter supper," he said; "an' ef ther Injuns air thar, then we kin make an attackt s ome time ter-night." • "I'll go with you," said Dick. Aiter supper they set out and were gone about an hour and a half, possibly two hours. When they'returned they reported that the guide had been right in his judgment, for they had found the Indian village at almost the exact spot where he had said it would be found. "And now to go and give the redskins a good ing '" exclaimed Bob Estabrook, eagerly : . ,._ CHAPTER XIX. CH.A.f?TISING THE REDSKINS . As the soldi e rs wou ld have to move slowly ' and care fully, and this would consume time, it was decidecl. to stari at once for the Indian village . This was done. The patriot force was a.t least two hour s going about two miles, and it was_ another hour, at iea s t, in surround ing the village. But when this had been accomplished it was felt tha• the Indians were in a trap. "They won't slip away this time!" said0 Bob, gleefully. The command was given for the patriot soldiers to ad-vance slowly and steadily, and this was done. _ The patriots were within one hundred yards 0 the edge of the village before they were discovered, . and then an alarm was given by the redskin sentinels. This was the signal or the whites to charge, an d they did so. . Down, upon the village they c harged, yelling like . demons and :firing rapidly. Pandem o nium reigned at once. , Yells, shr ieks , s c r eams , the barking of dogs and the crackin g 0 :firearms all tended to make Jl terrible din. The re d skins :fired flight after flight of arrows , and did some damage, hut nothing to compare with that which was done by the patriots' bullets. At least half the total m1mber of :fighting men of the village were k'illed or wounded, and then the remainder made a desperate dash and broke through the line of whites and got away amid the rocks and fastnesses of_ t,he mountains. The 'quaws and c-hildr e n cowered down in the tepees •


28 THE .LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS, :tnd expected, doubtless, to be killed; but, of course, their I "Yes, Bob." feats were groundless. . When morning came the Liberty Boys set out in search The patriot soldiers built huge campfires and looked of the redskins that had made the attack. to the wounded and buried the dead. Then . they settled down and rested easy till morning. Then the squaws and children were told by signs that they were free to go, and they lost no time in getting away. It was decided to remain here and send out scouts to try to get more villages located. Josh Bunker, having done what he agreed to do, bade the Liberty Boys and patriots good-by and took his departure. The Liberty Boys did most of the scouting and recon noitering, and on the second day after going into camp Dick and Bob found another village. It was not so large as the last one they had attacked, but they judged that there were probably one hundred and fifty fighting men, and the usual number of squaws and children. They went back to camp and reported to General Pick ens. The patriots broke camp and marched. in the direction of the Indian village, and shortly after noon the next day they made an attack. 'rhey killed and wounded a number of the Cherokees and the rest took refuge in flight. Dick went and had a talk with General Pickens, and that officer said that they would start at once for the set tlements, as they had fully chastised the Cherokees. So the order was given, and the patriots headed east ward and set out on the long march to the settlements. When they went into camp that evening Dick said to General Pickens : "I think it will be a good idea to put out a double line of sentinels to-night, General Pickens. The redskins may take a notion to make an attack." So the double line of sentinels was stationed, and the result proved Dick's wisdom, for sure enough the redskins made an attack shortly after midnight. They were discovered in time, however, and were met with such a hail of bullets that they turned quickly and fled. • Seven dead Chero]{ees were found lying near the en campment next morning. The patriots marched eastward all day and went into camp a little before sundown. A double line of sentinels was stationed that night also, but it was not thOught that it was really necessary. About one o'clock in the morning, however, there came a sudden alarm. The redskins had made another attack I As on the night before, the Indians were ,.easily re pulsed, but the Liberty Boys and patriot soldiers were somewhat' worked up oTer the affair. "We'll go after the scounnreh: and give it to them good and hard in thr morning. rh. Dick?" exclaimed Bob. They searched till noon, but did not succeed in getting t4.eir eyes on the savages. They stopped to eat some cold bread and meat. Senti nels were stationed, and this was lucky, for suddenly there was an alarm from one of the sentillels. He :fired his musket off and came dashing into the camp with the cry that the Cherokees were coming. There were about one hundred and fifty of the Indians, and they came to the attack, yelling like fiends. But the Liberty Boys were ready for them, and opened :fire with muskets and pistols with deadly effect. The redskins got close enough to fire a couple of flights of arrows, but they were unable to stand their ground and turned and fled, leaving at least thirty of their brother braves lying dead or dying. • Several of the Liberty Boys were wounded, but none seriously, and they made their way back to the patriot encampment, all. feeling very well satisfied with the result of their search for the enemy. "We found them-or rather, they found us," said Dick to General Pickens. And then he told the story of the encounter with the Indians. The general complimented Dick on the way he and his Liberty Boys had handled the Cherokees, and both agreed that this certainly was the finish of the campaign. The patriots encamped one night near the Williams home, and Joe Small seized upon the Annie and press his suit. To his great joy, he was suc cessful, and she promised to be his wife whenever he came for her. "I'll be here for you ju'st as quick as I can get here after the war ends, Annie !" he said, earnestly. And he kept his word. Next morning General Pickens and his army took their departure, going eastward toward the coast, and Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys started north to rejoin the patriot army under General Washington. 'l'hus ends the story of the "Chastising of the Chero kees." It was certainly most successfully performed. THE END. 'l'he next number (277) of "The Liberty oys will contain •"THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BLACKSTOCKS; OR, THE BATTLE OF THE TYGER RIVER," by Harry Moore. 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'i TH' ,. cooks Tell --?You Everything! !. COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Wach nook consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated covet". l\:los t of the books are also profu sely il111strated, and all of the subjec .ts treated upon are explained in such a simple manner tltat an;t child can thoroughly understan1 them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subject.. mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFIC E ON RECEIPT OF PRJC E, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR 'l'WFJNTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N . Y. MESMERISM. No. 81 . HOW TO l\H JSMERIZE.-Containing the most ap proved me thod s o f m es m eris m ; als o h o w to cure all kinds of disea ses b y animal mag n e ti s m , o r , magn e tic h e aling. By Prof. Lee Bugo Ko c h , A . C . S., autho r of " H o w t o Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. N?. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Embracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ' No. 77 . HOW TO DO E'ORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leS No. Zl. HOW TO Hl'N'.r AND 1nSII.-The most complete grandest assortment of magi cal illusions ever placed before thehu;nting and fish i ng g uide eve r published. It c onta ins full inpubli c . Also tric ks with cards. incan t ations, etc. •tructions abo u t guns, h unting d ogs , traps, trapping and fishing, No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL Ti:UCKS.--Containing over' together wi t h d esc r iptions of 11.nd fish. one hundre d highly amusing and i n s truc tive tricks with cll e micala. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND B UILD A BOAT.-Fully By A. Anderson. Handsomely illu strareJ. lllu11trat e d . Ever y boy s h o ul d kn o w bow to row and sail a boat. No. 69. HOW TO D0 SLEIGHT OF H.AND.--Containing over Full instructio n s are g i ven in th is littl e book, together with in!ifty of the latest and best tric ks us e d by magicians. Also oontain-•tructions on s wimmin g and r iding , compa ni o n sports to boating. mg the secret of se con-0 sight. Fully illustrated. By A. A.nderson . No. 47. HOW TO B RBAK, RIDE AN D DRIVE A HORSE.-No. 70. HOW 'l' O llf.XKE MAGIC full A compl ete treatise on the ho riie. Desc r ibi ng t h e m os t useful hors e s dire c tions for making Magic 'l'oys and devices of man:v kinds. B7 fo r busin e ss, the b est ho1-ses fo r t h e road; also valuable recipes for A. Anderson. E;ul!y illust.-ated. diseases pe c tlliar t o t h P horse. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showinr No. 48. HOW 'l'O Bl'I L D AN D S AIL CANOES.-A handy many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. book for boy s , con tainin g fnll d i rections for constructing cano es Anderson . Fully illustrate d. and the m os t p opu l a r manner o f s ail i n g the m. Fully illustrated. . No. 7 . 5. HO'\Y TO A CON.JUROR. -Contaillint By C. Stansfie ld H icks . D . omm!'s, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinr thirty-six 1llustrat1ons. By A. And e rs on. f'ORTlJNE TELLING. No. 78. T0 DO 'l'HE BLACK ART.-Contai

THE STAGE. N o . 41: THE B OYS OF NEW Y ORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety o f the l atest j ok es u sed by the most famous end men. N o a m ateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No .. 4?. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Conta1!1mg a varied of gtump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens JOk es. Just t h e t h i n g for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE IA.ND JOKl!l BqOK.;--Something new a.nd very .instructive. Every boy. s!iould obtam this as 1t con tams full mstructions for orpmzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the m ost original Joke l;><>oks ever and it is brimful o f wit and humor. It contams a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical' of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good sub'stantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing complete instructions how to make up for various characters on the •tage_; with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Scemc Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latjokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome colored cover a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. 16. H9W TO KEEP A, WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing full mstruct1ons for constructmg a wmdow garden either in town Ol' country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful 8owers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and o. grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments bracketa. cements, Aeolian harps, and bird !\me for catching ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de•cription the WO!J-derfuJ !JSes of ele,ctr.icity and magnetism; together with full mstructions for makmg Electric Toys, Batteries, etc._ George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Conts'.T1ing: full directions for making electrical machines, induction colls, Jynamc... and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. I . -.. No: 31. HQW T9 .BECOME A fqmteen 11lustrat1ons, g1vmg the different positions requi1ite to becOme a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems frOlll the popular !lUthors of prose and poetry, arra11ged in the most simple and concise manner possible. / No. 49. _HOW TO rules 'for conducting de bates, outlmes for. qu_eshons for disc1>ssion, and the belt s ources for procuring 1nformat1on on the JVeitions give SOCIETY . 3. TO arts. and wiles of flirtatl<>tl are fully exp!J!1,ned by this little book. Besides the Tarioue methods of ha.r.dkerchief,_ fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it con a full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers which is to everybody, both old and young. You cannot tie happ7 without one. . No. 4. H.OW .TO l)ANCE is the title of a new and handsome .book JUst issued py Tousey. It contains full bistruc .tions m the art of dancmg, etiquette in the ball-room and at patties, IJow to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular square dances. No. I? HOW T<:> LOVljl.-A C!Jmplcte guide to love, o.nd g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not ge11-erally known. / No. fi. :f!:OW TO full instruction in the art of dressmg and appearmg well at home and abroad giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest anNS AND RABBITS.-A useful and 'instructive book. Handsomely illuatrated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW 'l'O MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hinta on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illastrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving iljlstructions in collecting, preparing, mountinc and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving comas to tlie m.anner an.d method of raising, keeping, .breedmg, an.d managmg all kmds of also giving full !nstruct1.ons for cages, etc. Fully explamed by twenty-eight illustrations, makmg 1t the most complete book of the kind evel' published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and Instructive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; 'also exNo. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive 'and highly amusing electrical tricks together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ' E NTERTAl NM ENT. peri!11ents in aco_ustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for makmg fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. This No. 9. HOW TO BE(/OME A VENTRu;,OQVIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. Kennedy. The secret given away. Every mtelhgent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book fol' this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-making .all kinds of candy. ice-cream, • . tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. HOW 'fO BEC0ME AN AUTHOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the createst 'book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and general com Tery valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOGR OWN DOCTOR.-A won. money than any book published. derful book, containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful lirtle treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general combackgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con-the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and and witty sayings. of stamps irnd coins. Handsomely mustrated. No. 52. HOW 'l'O PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, to ', .,:mg-the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib-the world-known detectjve . In which he lays down some valuable bage, Casino, Fortv-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Braw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventures Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Oontain dred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key tC" same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other • Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. ETIQUETTE. Abney . No. 13. l:ivW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. HOW +o BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY ls a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containmg full explanations how to gain admittance, all about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, Staff of Officers, Post No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy should of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of apknow to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, author pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." in the drawing-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete fn structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, description No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECl(J'AT10NS. of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a boy -Containing the most populiir selections in use, comprising Uu.tch should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Comdialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become I ---with many standard readings. West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH, OR 3 F O R 25 CENTS. . t ' Address FRAN K T OUSEY , Publisher, 24: Union Square, New Y ortr-


. . ... • J rry GV 51 E C RE T 5 E RV l C E ' . ' . OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DE1.'ECTIVES. PRIC'.I 5 C.TR. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEKLY LA'l'ES:.r ISSUES: 309 The Bradys and "Bad Buzzard"; or, The Fight for tbe Five Forks llline. 310 The Bradys and the Chinese Prince; or, The Latest Mott Street 343 The Bradys and the Butte Boys ; or, 'l'he of the Ten '"l'errors." 344 The Bradys and the Wall Street "Widow" ; or, The Flurry In !". 1''. v. 345 The Bradys' Chinese lllystery; or, Called by the "King" of :\Iott Street. Mystery. 311 The Bradys and of Arizona." the Man From Tombstone; or, After the "King 346 The Bradys and "Brazos Bill"; or, Hot Work on the Texas Bor der . 312 The Bradys and Hop Toy; or, Working for the Mayor of Chinatown. 313 The Bradys and the Copper King ; or, The Mystery of the :\Ion tague Mine. 314 The Bradys and "Bullion Bill" ; or, The Mystery of Mill :No. 13. 315 The Bradys in Joliet; or, The Strange Case of Jeweler James. 316 The Bradys and "Roaring Rube" ; or, Rounding up the "Terror" of Ten Mlle Creek. . 317 The Bradys and the Boss of Broad Street ; or, The Case of the "King of the Curb." 318 The Bradys Desert Trail ; or, Lost on the Deadman's Run. 319 The Bradys and the 0plum Syndicate ; or, After tbe "Marquis" of Mott Street. 347 and Broker Black; or, Trapping the Tappers of Wall 348 at Big Boom City ; or, Out for the Oregon Lana 349 The Bradys and Corporal 'l'im ; or, The Mystery of the Fort. 350 Tlie Bradys' Banner Raid; or, T h e White Boys of Whlrlwinst on Mott Street. The Bradys' Tombstone "'!'error" ; or, After the Arizona Mine Wreckers. 320 The Bradys and "General the "Katy Flyer." 321 The Bradys and the Man Prince of Wall Street. 354 Jinks" ; or, After the Cara crooks of 355 322 The Bradys and "Bedrock Bill" ; or, The "Deadmen" frem Dead wood. The Bradys and the Witch Doctor; or, Mysterious Work In New With the Barrel; or, Working for the 356 and Alderman Brown; or, After the Grafters of Greenville. 323 The Bradys and the "King" of Chicago;. or, The Man Who Cor . nered Corn. 324 The Bradys and Adm .iral Brown; or, Working for the United States Navy. 325 'l'he Bradys and "Madame Millions" ; or, The Case of the Wall Street Queen. 326 The Bradys and the "Prince" of Fekin ; or, Called on a Chinese Clew. 327 The Bradys Facing Death ; or, Trapped by a Clever Woman. 328 The Bradys' Hio Grande Raid: or, Hot Work 11t Badman' s Bend. 329 'l'he Bradys' Madhouse Mystery ; or, The Search for Madame Mont 357 The. Bradys In "Little Pekin" ; or The Case of the Chinese Go I cl K10g. ' 358 The Bradys and the Boston Special ; or The Man Who was Miss log from Wall Street. ' 35!J The Bradys, and the Death Club ; or, The Secret Band of Seven. 360 Chinese Raid; or, After the Man-Hunters of Mon-361 The Bradys and the Bankers' League; or Dark Doings in '"'all Street. ' "' 362 Call to Goldfields; or, Downing the "Knights o f 363 The Bradys and the Pit of Death; or, Trapped by a Fiend. ford. 330 The Bradys shiners. 364 The Bradys and the Boston Broker; or The Man Who Wok e up and the Swamp Rats; or, After the Georgia Moon 365 Wall Street. ' The Bradys Sent to Sing Sing; or, After the Prison Plotter• 331 The Bradys and "Handsome Hal" ; or, Duping the Duke of Da kota. 332 The Bradys and the Mad Financier ; or, '.L'ralllng the "Terror" of Wall S t r eet. • .Jl.33 The Bradys and the Joplin Jays; or, Three "Badmen" from • • • Missouri. 366 ;rhe the Grain Crooks; or, After the "King of co;n. " 367 The Bradys Ten Trails; or, After the Colorado Cattle Th;eves 368 The Bradys in a Madhouse ; or The Mystery of Dr Darke 369 The Bradys and the Chinese •1come-Ons" or Dark Doing's in Doyers Street. ' ' 370 The Bradys and the Insurance Crooks; or Trapping A Wall Stree t ... . ) ; . . . ,,. . ' . '334 The Bradys and Capt. Klondike ; or, The Man from the North Pole . '3'35 The Bradys and the Wall Street Club; or, Three Lost "Lambs." 336 Tl>e Bradys' Lightning Raid; or, Chased Through the Hole in toe Wall. ij37 'l'h e Bradys and the Hip Sing Ling; or, After the Chinese Free i)lasons. • 338 The Bradys' Diamond Syndicate; or, The Case of the "Marquis" of Wall Street. 330 The Bradys and the Seven Masks ; or, Strange Doings at the Doctors' C lub. 340 'l'he Bradys and the President' s Special; or, The Plot of the 1-2-3. 341 The Bradys and the Russian Duke; or, The Case of the Woman Forom Wall Street. The Bradys and the Money Makers ; or, After the "Queen of the • Queer." Gang. ' 371 The Bradys and the Seven Students ; or, The Myst' -v of " '!<>J:l.<"t.-.--...i College. ......_ /.,-" " 372 The. Bradys and Governor Gum ; or, Hunting the King of •he High binders. ' 373 The Bradys and the Mine Fakirs; or, Doing a Turn in Tombstoiie 3 7 The Bradys in Canada; or, Hunting a WaJJ Street "Wonder" • 3 7 5 'l'he Bradys and the High binders League; or The Plot to China-town. ' 1 3 7 6 The Bradys' Lost Claim; or, The Mystery of Kill Buck Canyon 3 7 7 and the Broker's Double; or, '!'rapping a Wall Street 'l'rick3 7 8 The Brad7s at Hudson Bay; or, The Search !or a Lost Explorer. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of p rice, 5 ce nts p e r copy, i n m o ney o r postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 Union Square, York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o r our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdea l e rs, they can b e o btaine d from t his office d i r ect. 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. . . . . THE LIBERTY BOYS. OF .'76 • A Weekly ]lagazine containing Stories of t h e A1neri c a n Re v olu tion .. . ' . . . • • By H ARRY MOORE. These stories are baseC. o . n actual facts and give a faithful acco un t of t h e exc i ting adventures of a brave of .. \ruerican youths who were always ready and willing to imperi l their li 'e" " r t h e s a ke of helping al-0ng _g8,llnnt cause of lndependenee . Every number will comist of 32 large p ages of r eadi 11g matte r, bound in a lwau •i fol pr ed cover. LATEST ISSUES: 207 , erty Boys at the Mischianza; or, Good-by to General 208 The 0 ;berty Boys and Pulaski ; or, The Polish 209 The Liberty Boys at Hanging Rock; or, The Carolina Game 245 The Liberty Boys on the Xeuse Itive r ; o •. CP.mpaiv Ing Carolina. 246 The Liberty Boys and Benedict' Arnold; or, m ,, W<\t'k Wit..i , a Traitor. 247 The Liberty Boys Excited: or, Doing. W hirlwind Wor f, Cock." 210 The Liberty Boys on the Pedee; 211 The Liberty Boys at Guilford or, Maneuvering with ;\lario1;. Courthouse ; or, A Defeat t hat' 249 248 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Jaw fhn in Eveiything. The Libeity Boys' Fair Ji'tIend; or, The Woruc Wpo \ l.If'Jp,,., The Liberty Boys "Stumped": or, The Frgges. , Puzzlt> 0 • ,1.1i . • Hoys in Xew York Bay; o r , Difficult nnd D.'lllgervus Proved a Victory. 212 The Liberty Boys at Sanders' Creek; or, The Error of General Gates. 250 251 213 The Liberty Boys on a Haid: or, Out with Colonel Brown. 252 The Liberty Boys' Own :llark; or, Trouble fo r the To ies 214 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek; or, 1 <'or Liberty and lnde-253 'l'he Liberty Boys at Xewport; or, The Hhode I slan1! n pendence . . 254 The Liberty Boys and Black Joe•; or, The Xegrp ::.0 1i1 •1.•d • 2'15 'l'he Liberty Boys' Skirmish; or, At Green Spring Plantation. 255 The LilJerty Boys Ilard at Work; o r , After the :l1nra1t<>r::C. 21G 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Governor; or. Tryons 256 The. Liberty Boys and the "Shirtmen " ; or, H e lping t)lp Y 1ri;inw 217 The Liberty Boys in Rhode Island; or, Doing Duty Down East. Riflemen. 218 'l'he Liberty Boys After 'l'arleton; or, Bothering the 'Butcher." 2 " 7 219 'l'he Liberty lloys' Daring Dash; or, Death B efore Defeat. . v The .Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson; o r , T h e E lizabeth Rive1 C;im 220 The Liberty Boys and the Mutineers; or, Helping Anthony. ' 258 Ttfea1fiberty Boys and Captain Betts: or, 1 o De" .i ' 1r; ••n ''21 'l'he Liberty Boys Out West: or, The Capture of Vrncenncs. ... . 222 The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or, \Yashington s :\arrow Escape. 259 The Liberty Boys at Bemi s Heights; o r , llelpi n ' t,.. Hn it l ''2i:l The Liberty Boys Heartbroken; or, The JJes e rt1on of Dick. goyne. 'l'he Liberty Boys in the Highlands; or, Working Along the Hnd 260 the "Littl e Rebels"; or Doys at Hackensack; or., Beating_riac k the British. 261 The Liberty Boys at Xew London; or, 'l'he Fo ''"<> The Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold: or, Captarn h1dd s Legacy. .,62 Thsa'J:'.eb t B d Th J fl H ,_..,... 'l'he Liberty Boys at Bordentown; or, Guarding the 8tores. -oys an omas e erson; or, ov ' ' 'l'he Liberty Boys' Best Act; or, The Capture of Carlisle. ?63 Th I b t B B h d s t • b :::9 'l'he LibPrty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Daring Deeds. e '1 er Y oys arns e ; or, e n <>Wily Y • .30 The Liberty Boys Long Race; or, Beating Redcoats Out. 264 at the State Lin e ; o r , Despera . • al The Liberty Boys Deceived: or, Dick Slater's Double. 265' 'l'he Liberty Boys Terrib l P T r i p : i 232 The Liberty Boys' Boy Allies; or, Young, But Dangerous. . thing. ,.,-2<13 The Liberty Boys Bitter Cup ; or, Beaten. Back at Brandywme. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, eset by Redco.ats, 234 The Liberty Boys' Alliance: or, The Reds "ho Helped. Tori es. 235 The Liberty Boys on the War-Path; or, After the Enemy. 267 The Liberty Boys acd wede; or, The Scandina i n ltPenil t 236 The Liberty Boys After Cornwallis; or, Worrying the Earl. 268 Th,jl L ib e rty Boys' ''Best L cks"; or, W orking H a rel, to Wlit 237 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell ; or, How 1r 269 The Li b e r t y Boys at Ro


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