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THE LIBERTY ,1 A Weekly Magazine contai"ning Stories of the American Revolution. /,s ued ll"ctl.:/!1-/Jy "/:;11b,cr,plio11 l\2.50 per year . f.'nlered a, Sec oud-l'llt>• .Na/1,r al //,r .Yt1r J"o d : Posl OJJicr. Febr11a1y 4 , 190 1 , by J.'ra11l: 1'one!f . No. 5 Cents. Arrest that_ man! " said the blind boy. Dick stepped forward, sword in han seized the stranger, one on each side. Claus put his hands on the p~ s Bo? and Mark face, "It is Jenkins the spy!" Ile said. oner s


THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76 A Weekl y Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Is61Ud. Wllklv-B11 Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as &c,m,d, CT,as~ Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O,81ce, FtbrvarJJ ,. 1901. Elltered a.ooording to Act of the 11ear Ul08, in the of!lce Qf ttu Librarian. of 0o11,{Jrus, Washington, D. C., b1/ Frank T01l8t11, rubli.,her, 2' Union Square, New York. No. 395. ]rS. ~. s. 1q1 q. TLL,U;. NEW YORK, JULY 24, 1908. PRICE FIVE CENTS. CHAPTER I. CLAUS AND HIS TORMENTORS. 'A strongly-built boy, dressed in coar e clothes and with a .knapsack on his back, was trudging along a country road. In front of him ran a shaggy little dog, a cord attached to his collar, being secured in the boy's belt. The dog trotted ahead as the boy trudged . s~urdily on. It was winter, and the trees, except the firs, were bare and brown. The air was not chill, Jiowever, for the scene was in North Carolina, not far from the state line. As the boy trudged on, the shaggy little dog running ahead of him, a number of boys, smaller than the traveler, appeared on the road. "Oho, look at the Dutchman, with his knapsack," cried one. "Let's take his dog," s-aid another. "He's nothing but a vagabond, let's stone him," sugge ted a third. The strange boy's breeches were loose and baggy, he wore a high-erowned, hat, his light hair was long and straight, and he in no wise resembled the boys of the region. For that reason they knew him to be a stranger, and were ready to abuse him. ; "Come boys," said the leader of the half dozen young ruffian , for uch in truth they were, "let's have some fun with the Dutch boy." Then they ran toward him, whereupon the shaggy little dog halted and began to bark vociferously. "What's the matter, Rags?" the boy asked in a pleas-ant voice. The dog gave a short, sharp bark. "Trouble, Rags?" . A repetition of the bark. "Hello l he's got a dog tied to his belt." "Oho, he's blind! Such sport!" "Untie his dog," whispered one. "Then he'll fall into the ditch." Two of the boys advanced to carry out this plan. The dog darted ahead and snapped at their heels and shins in a manner to cause them to beat a hasty retreat. "Stone the cur!" snarled one. "Yes, and knock off the blind fellow's hat. He can't see." The boy was indeed blind, and for that reason he had the little dog to show him the way. Utterly without pity, the shameless young scoundrels began to stone the boy and the dog. One stone took off the blind boy ' s hat, while two or three came near to hitting the dog. "After them, Rags!" said the boy, stooping and loosen ing the cord at the dog's collar. The little creature suddenly gave a sharp bark and flew at his tormentors. The boy meanwhile stood in the middle of the road, motionless. The bullies scattered in half a dozen directions as the angry little dog ran after them. Suddenly the tramp of a number of horses was heard in the road behind the blind boy. There was a sharp turn here, and there was danger of his being run down by anyone coming on rapidly. Ile could hear if he could not see, and he moved quickly to one side. Then a half dozen boys on horseback came suddenly galloping up. -One rode a beautiful black , one a bay, one a big gray , a fourth bestrode a handiome bay mare, and the other two were mounted on a pair of well-matched sorrels. The blind boy's tormentors having fled, the shaggy little dog came running back, wagging his wisp of a tail. "Are they gone, Rags?" the boy asked. Tlre dog gave a short bark, ran and picked up h i s mas ter's hat , and then stood alongside. The boy stooped, took his hat and snapped the cord upon the dog's collar. ' The boys on horseback had halted at sight of the blind boy and his dog. Then the boy on the black, who wore the uniform of a captain in the Continental army, said kindly: "You are blind, my boy?" "Yes," in a crentle voice, with a slightly foreign accent, "the terrier has to be my eyes, and my fists too at times." "We saw them boys running with your dog at their heels," said the boy on the bay, who wore a lieutenant ' s uniform. "Yes, and he sent them all scampering," said the boy on the big gray, who was a se~ond lieutenant. "They stoned me and the dog," the boy said, "and I loosed him at them. He had to fight for both of us." "They stoned you? The ruffians. Did they know that you were blind?" "Yes, that was why they d i d," simply. "The cowards!" sputtered the boy on the bay mare, who was about the age of the boy on the big gray. "I'd like to get after them." "Where are you going?" asked the boy on the black,, whose name was Dick Slater. He was the captain of one hundred young patriots,


2 THE LIBERTY BOY A ... -D T-HE BLIND BOY. known as the Liberty Boys, and the boys with him were some of his troop. Colonel Tarleton with his Royal British Legion was at thi time trying to overtake General Daniel )Jorgan, o-f the patriot army. • Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys were looking for Gen eral Morgan, having been sent to join him by General Greene, who had lately taken command of the patriot army in the outh. "I go from place to place," said the blind boy, selling trinkets, which I make, and," dropping his voice, "pick ing up information of the enemy and warning the patriots." "You?" said Dick. "You are a spy?" "Yes." "Wh:tt is your name?" "Claus Van Dorn." "How do vou know that we are not redcoats?" "Rags wo~ld have barked." "Rags is your dog?" asked Bob Estabrook, the young lieutenant "Yes, he is very knowing, and is of great help to me." "13.'ut you are a Dutch boy, and should belong to New York," observed Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant. "Yes, I came from the Mohawk Valley, but anywhere is my home now." The boys now rode on leisurely, Claus walking at the side of the road, with the shaggy terrier trotting ahead. As they neared a farm house by the roadside a man eame out with a shotgun in his hand and said angrily: "Where is that cur who bit my boy? I'll shoot the beast1" "lfags did not bite him," said Claus. ~'How do you know? You are blind." "Did you bite the boy, Rags?" the blind boy asked. The dog gave two sharp barks. "He says he did not bite the boy, and I believe him." "He did then, and I am going to shoot him," and the man levelled his weapon at the dog. "Stop!" said Dick. "If your boy was bitten, he must have the marks on him somewhere. Let me see him." "Can't you take my word for it?" snarlingly. "No, I cannot. No man is to be trusted who would shoot a blind boy's dog." "A blind boy's dog can make my son mad as well as anyone's, and I'm gomg to shoot him.'' "You are not," and Dick pushed up the man's gun. It was discharged in the air. Then a boy came running out of the house. "Catch that boy, Harry," said Dick, "and see where he is hurt." "Did you shoot him, pop?" the boy asked. The two bo:ys on the matched sorrels jumped down a;>.d seized the farmer's boy. They took off h(s shoes and pulled his hose down to his heels. "You leggo me!" he howled. "What you doin' of, any way?" "There ian't the sign of a bite or of even a pinch on him, Dick," said Harry Thurber, one of the boys. "Shall we pull off his breeches, Dick?" asked Harry Judson, the other boy. = "I neYer said I was bit," whined the farmer's boy. "I l aid he was a-going to." "Let him go, boys," said Dick. "I'll warm your hide for you, for lying," said the farm• er, as Dick and the rest went on. CIIAPTER II. A ~fESSAOE FROM CLAUS. Passing the home, Dick asked: "Wa that boy one of them, Claus?" "Yes I ln1ew hi voice." "He's just a piteful cub,' aid Jack Warren, the boy on the ba_y mare. "The dog made him run and he wanted the poor creature shot." ".And lied about it," declared Bob. "I hope hi father will warm him, as he promised." "He may be lying, too, Bob," chuckled Jack. They were going on at an easy gait, when Claus said: "'!'here are horsemen coming toward u,." "How do you know?" aske~ Dick. "I don't hear the tramp of hoofs myself." Dick Slater's hearing was remarkably acute. one of the other Liberty Boys had heard the sounds "Because I hear them," was the blind boy's reply. "We must avoid them, boys. What shall you do?" t Claus. "Go ahead. I am not afraid. They will not u pee me." "Very good. If you learn anything, come to our camp We are the Liberty Boys." "Thank you, I may." "Then good-by for the present." All the boys now heard the tramp of the oncomin horses, but the latter had not as yet come in sight. Dick led the boys off upon one side through the woods and they were shortly out of sight. "This is only a detailed party, doubtless," said Die "but it is as well to a.void them." Peering through the trees the boys saw a small detach ment of redcoats ride by. They then proceeded to their camp a mile or two on As they entered, they were met by a number of th Liberty Boys. Among these a fat German boy, weighing two hundre pounds. With him was a pug-nosed, frcckle

THE LIBERTY BOYS AKD THE BLL.llffi BOY. 3 "Und ma ybe you wa got licked by dot redgoat al-I Unrolling this, he read: retty." "Follow the dog with half a dozen Liberty Boys. Pa"Go on w id yez, Cooky piller. Oi wudn't let him triots in danger. "Claus." li ck m e . " "He can't write, can he?" Bob asked, as Dick read the •"For why, for cause you was runned away alretty?'' note. ".\v course not," said Pat y, while all the boys ", omeone has written it for him, of course. Come, we lau ~ h ed . mu t not delay." .\n hourJater Sam Sanderson, one of the Liberty Boys, In a few minute Dick set out on Major, his black c ame to Dick and said: hor e with ~fark. J al'.!k, Ben, am and the two Harrys. ' There i a blind boy outside the camp who wishes to The dog ran ahead and thef had no difficulty in folt a l k with you, Dick." lowing him. " end him in, Sam." "The dog is a spy as well as the blind boy," laughed In a few minutes Clau came up, preceded by his dog. Jack, riding beside Mark. " o you found the place, did you, Claus?" Dick a ked. "At any rate, he is a useful little animal." "Ye., Rags followed your trail and led me straight "Yes, and intelligent." to it. " On rode the boys, and at length they sa , w Rags run • " You met the redcoats?" up to a house and stop on the doorstep. " Y cs. There are more of them in the region looking "Come on, boys," said Dick. or General Morgan." As he neared the house he saw the gleam of scarlet "Is Tarleton near here?" uniforms through the window . "I did not learn." In a moment he di mounted and ran forward, pistol in T he spy and the redcoats paid no attention to him, exhand. . . c ept to laugh at his blindness . :Mark and the rest followed m an m tant. "Did they suspect you?" 'fhere was a ~tartled cry from within. ",j_T o, and they do not know that you are in the neigh-The redcoats were seen to pring up and run toward orhood, J am sure." the rear. "Won't you sit down, Claus?" "To the back door, some," aid Dick. Dick led the boy to a stump, and he sat down, the Ben and the two Harrys ran that way. haggy little doer crouchinrr at his feet and looking with am and Jack joined Dick and Mark. comical expres. ion from one to another of the boys They ran up the low steps and into the house. ", ure, that's an' Oirish dog" said Patsy, coming by. A door slammed in the rear. "How do you know?" asked Bob, with a laugh. Then a shot was fired. "Be the intelligence av him, av coor e. Do yez see In a moment two more were heard. he comical look he have? ure he's ta.kin' ob ervations Dick ran through the hou e and threw open the door. v yez all." Three men were just hurrying away on horses. 1IIe will h."now you all when he sees you again," said Two were redcoats, and officer . Claus . "He know you are friend', don't you, Rags?" The third wore a long, dark, full-bottomed coat, round The dog wagged his wi p of a tail vigorously hat and boots. "Howld on there, or yez'll wag it off," cried Patsy. It was he who had fired at the boys. " ure, yez haven't that much that yez can afford to lose They had returned hi.s shots. 'anny av it. " He and the two Briti h officers now leaped a fence, The dog looked up at Patsy with such a knowing exdashed across a bit of open wood, and so into the road, , re~sion that all the boys laughed. without again firing. In a. short time Claus arose and said : "Anybody hurt?" asked Dick, coming out. " I must be going. Come," "J..T o." said Ben, "or not on our ide, but I can't say " Can't yo u stay here?" asked Dick. "You are quite a much for the others." \vr l come." "The fellow in the dark coat wavered a bit," added "Thank you. Some time I may, but not now. , I have Harry Thurber, "and he may have got a flei;h wound." 1w ork to do." "There were no more than these three?" asked Dick. "Very well. Any time that you wish to stop, you are "I didn't see any more," was Ben's answer. :welcome." Dick went around to the iront of the house. Cla.u then went away, the dog trotting ahead. Sam was there. "It is remwkable that he can do so much even with "No redcoats on this side, Samf" Dick asked. he dog's help," said Bob. "No." "Ye,, but with the blind the other senses seem to be Dick then entered the house. s uickened with the lo s of sight," Dick replied. Ile found the boys talking to a very pretty girl and a ''Yei: . I suppo,e so." child, Claus sitting in a corner. An hour later, when the short day was coming to a "You came none too soon," Claus. lose, the blind boy's dog came suddenly running into "What was the trouble?" , h e c a mp. "The redcoats would have run away with the young H e h ad a paper twisted about hi collar, and, seeing lady and taken her father's money." his, Dick took it off. "Who was the other man?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLIND BOY. "His name is Jenkins. He is a spy. I hall know him again." ' "How?" asked Dick. "By his voice?" "Yes, and by his face." "But, my boy," gentfy, "you cannot see it." Claus arose, went straight to Dick and put both hands on his face. "There, now I know you," he said, "and even if you did not speak, ! would know you by putting my hands on your face." "And you did this to Jen kins ?" "Yes, as if by accident." "And you will remember him in this manner?" "It is as good as sight," the boy answered. CHAPTER III. A W01','1)ERFUL BOY. The boys now entered the house, and shortly afterward the girl's father and two elder brothers came in. They had been at work in the woods at the time the redcoats and Jenkins called. Jenkins was known to be a Tory, and a spy of the British. Caleb Haydon, the girl's father, hlid had a quarrel with him and he had threatened to have revenge. Haydon. who was a staunch patriot, had struck him with a whip for trying to kiss Jenny, his oldest daughter. This had_rankled in the heart of Jenkins, and he had sworn to have vengeance, sooner or later. Thi day, in the absence of Haydon and the sons, he had come to the house with the two redcoats. Claus, who did not know Jenny, was warned by Rags that there were redcoats in the house. He had entered, fearlessly, and, listening to the con versation, learned of the intentions of the men. In fact, they talked openly of the matter, making no secret of it. He had laid aside his knapsack when he had entered, saying that he had trinkets for sa1e. From this he took a long slip of paper and wrote on it, slowly and carefully, writing plainly words that he could not see. He had learned by long practice, and it was really remarkable how well he could do it. Unnoticeu by Jenkins and the redcoats, or even by Jenny, he had twUed the paper into the dog' collar, and then sent him off on the back track by indicating the direction. "Go, Rags," he had whi pered, and the intelligent little animal understood. Claus had shown the trinkets in his knapsack, had sung quaint old songs, and had told amusing stories, all to detain the redcoats till Dick could arrive. They had laughed at him, but had said that they meant to take Jenny away and to rob Haydon. "I h."1low your father has a lot of money in the house," said Jenkins, "and we ar~ going to have it." The arrival of the Liberty Boy prevented Jen kins and the redcoats from carrying out their scheme. "But you say that you can tell me by putting your hands on my face, Claus?" asked "Yes, and anyone." "I do not di,;believe it, bnt I would like to see a proof of it." "Then let number of you sit down." They did so, Clam; putting: his hands on their faces in succession, Dick telling him who each boy was. He had began with Jack and had gone in order to Mark, Harry Thurber, E'en, Sam, and Harry Judson. The boys then changed their position without saying anything. Claus then went along the line and, putting his hands on the boys' face , named them in the order that they then sat. Successively he named Dick, Harry Thurber, Harry Judson, Mark, Sam, Jack and Ben, the order being different from before. "Jove! That's strange," aid Mark. "Sup po e you did not see roe for a week?" a ked Jack. :,It would be the ame. I do not forget." "And you will know thi man Jenkins again, even if he does not speak?" asked Ben. "Ye , if it were a month or even a year." "It is wonderful," observed am. "It seems so to us," answered Dick; "but I suppose it is nothing out of the common with the boy himself." Claus said nothing. "Then you know this man Jenkins to be a spy?" Dick said to Mr. Haydon. "Yes." "I am sorry I did not see him, then, so that I would 1.-now him if I saw him again." "Hi is a stoutly built man, with heavy jaw and watery eyes." "There are a good many who look like that," aid Dick. "I would have to see him in order to recognize him again." "Yes, I suppose so; but that is all I can tell you." "He walks with a heavy tread," observed Clau . "I noticed that." "J mu glad we drove them away," aid Dick. "You will not be troubled with them again to-rught." "I hall be ready for them if they come," aid Haydon, determinedly. "Come, boys," said Dick, ri ing. "It will be eveninrr by the time we reach the camp." "You will come again, Captain?" a keu the farmer. "Very likely. We may join General )Iorgan very hortly, or we may not." "But on will be in the neighborhood again?" ''No doubt. Will you go with u , Clau ? You can rid with one of the boys." " o, I think not," said the lJlind boy. "If I hear o anything I will go to your camp and let you know." "Very good," and then Dick took his leave with th re t of the boys. Patsy had supper ready by the time they reached th camp. 'The boy~ were greatly intere ted in hearincr abo Claus . . "It i-, amazing how a blind boy can clared Bob.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLIND BOY. 5 "It seems so," returned Dick. "But if the boy can go about at all he could be a spy as well as anything else." "Very true," said Bob; "but it is a strange sort of spy, after all." "That may be," with a. smile. ome little time after supper, as the boys were sitting about the .fire, occupying themselves in various ways, a stranger came to the camp. He was challenged by Ben purlock, who was on guard at the time. "I would like to ee the captain," he said. "lfy name i Harrow. I live not far from here. The redcoats have annoyed me considerably, and I thought--" Ben had signalled to some of the Liberty Boys, and at this moment Sam came up. "Take Mr. Harrow to Dick's tent," said Ben. ".Follow me, ~ir," said Sam. The stranger went with him to Dick's tent. "Dick, Bob, Mark and a number of others were sitting in front of it. "This is Mr. Harrow," said Sam. "He has something to tell you concerning the redcoats." "W,9n't you sit down?" asked Dick. He noticed tl.1at the stranger had rather light, watery eyes and was of heavy build, with square jaws. The man sat on a log and said: "There are redcoats near where I live and they have been annoying me greatly of late." "In what manner?" ''Stealing sheep and cattle, insulting my family, carry ing off hay and fodder, breaking down fences, tramping the grass and annoying us in many ways." "Do you know a man of the name of Jenkins?" asked Dick, suddenly. lfr. Harrow looked very much a. Claus had said J enkins looked, and Dick was suspicious. Harrow colored deeply, and then answered angrily, springing to hi feet: "Oo I know Jenkins? Indeed I do, the scoundrel ! I would like to get hold of him to wring his neck !'' "What bas he done?" Dick asked. "He is a confounded Tory and a sneak to boot. He is a spy of the British and a terrible villain. Do I know J enk ins? Well, I should say I do" "You bear him a grudge, then?" "He'll get come up with ome day, if he is not careful.'' triding an

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS. AND THE BLIND BOY . "Then, if it is in your way, you could stop at this camp of redc.'Oats on your march." "Yes, I suppose 1 could." "They are due north of here, about two miles. If you are going that way I hope you'll stop and pay the scoun drels a visit." "H I go that way I shall do so, beyond a doubt." "And I hope you will meet that fellow Jenkins at the same time." ' "Oh, we are sure to meet him at some time," answered Dick. Harrow then mounted his horse and rode away. "You suspected the :fellow at fir t," said Bob. "Yes, I did. His resemblance to Jenkin , as described by Claus, was so strong that I could not do otherwise." "He is as much down on Jenkins as any one." "Yes, he spoke very strongly." ,, "He was a little too strong, I think," observed Mark. "He said a good deal more after you were gone." "And abused him like a pickpocket," laughed Ben. "Yes, it seemed as if he could not say enough abusive things about him,'' added Bob. "You will call upon these redcoats on your way, Dick?" asked Jack. "Yes, and scatter them. It is on our line of march . " "And quite in our line of business, too," laughed Ben. It was not long before the boys were in the saddle, riding at a good pace. They were within a quarter of a mile of the British camp and were riding along a deeply shaded rood, when they heard a sharp bark. "Hello! That sounds like Rao-s," said Bob. "Hello! Is that you, Captain?" asked Claus. "Yes," halting. The blind boy stepped forward. "Where arc you going?" he asked. "To join General :Morgan." "You must take another road, Captain," seriously. "Why, Claus?" "There are redcoats ahead of you." "Yes, I know; but not more than a score of them." "A score! 'l'here are twelve-score, if not more." "Say you so?" in great surprise. "Yes, and they are talking of attacking you in your camp." "Then we must avoid them." "How aid you hear that there were only a score of them?" "From a man who has been annoyed by them." "Well, the greater part of them arrived only this eveniDg, so I suppose he did not know." "No; probably not.". The boys then filed off to the eastward, so as to give the redcoa . ts a w:ide berth. The wood was open, but they moved forward cautiously and not too rapidly, keeping all their senses on the alert. 'l'hey passed the camp at a 8afe distance, seeing the light of the fires an.d hearing the sentries calling one to another. Claus rode with one of the Liberty Boys, Rags sitting in front. Gradually the light of the fires grew dimmer and th e voices of the sentries ceased to be heard. The Liberty Boys contirlued on the march till midnight, and then halted and made a camp in the woods. ''If the redcoats marched to our camp," said Bob, "they would be delayed that much in coming after us." "'rhey had not started or even begun to think of it when we went by," observed Mark. "~o, they had not," replied Dick. "Perhaps they were going to wait unlil this time." "So much the better," declared Bob. "It will give us all that time . " Claus remained with the Liberty Boys till daybreak and then set off alone. The boys did not re~ume their march till after break fast, and halted again before noon. 'l'here might he enemies in the neighborhood and Dick determined . to reconnoitre. He set off on horseback and rode some little distance, finally coming to a substantial stone house, with out,. buildings ano. spacious grounds, the whole seeming to denote the home o:f some person of means. As Dick halted a young lady came out, shortiy followed by a younger girl. • '' Good morning, Captain!" said the elder. "Why, I declare, I did not expect to ee you so soon, Mis Ifaydon," said Dick. "So soon? Why, did you expect to see me at all?" 1'he girl seemed puzzled, and Dick certainly was . "What I mean is, that you ,must have left home about the same time we did, or soon after." "Left home? why, this is my home." "But you are Miss Haydon?" "To be sure, but how did you know that?" "How did you know that I was a captain?" "From your uniform. We are patriots and know the uniform well. You did not answer my question." ''How did I know you were Miss Haydon? Why, I met you yesterday." 'l"he girl laughed. "Where?" she asked. "Some miles to the south. We protected you from some redcoats." "I am certain that you would be gallant enough to do so, Captain,'\. with a smile; "but, as I have been l1ere for the last week, I don't see--" :Mebbe it was Cousin Jenny," said the younger girl. A light suddenly dawned upon Dick. "Oh, I ee !" he said. "Mr. Caleb Haydon is your uncle?" "Yes, and Jenny is my cousin, and a dear, good girl she is, too." "Yes, she seems to be. You can ea iJy understand my surprise at seeing you here?" "I can, indeed. Won't you come in? Mother will be glad to see you, and so will father when he retur:1,. , I know." "'11here are none of the enemy in the neighborhood?" "N' o; not that I have seen." "We are ~oing to join General 1forgau . I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boy . " "Where ' is your troop?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS A TD THE BLIND BOY. 7 "About a mile or so back. I came on to reconnoitre." Dick then entered the house, where he was heartily w elcomed by the girl's mother. He rould now see points of difference bct'l"'een the two girls which he had not seen at first, and he laughed at his mistake. Susie Haydon was as pretty as her cousin Jenny and quite as vivacious, and Dick felt at home in a short time. ''If you remain in the neighborhood any time you must make your camp nearer," said Mrs. Haydon. "We wish to do all we can for the brave fellows who are fighting for their country." "We shall not be here long, madam," said Dick; "but we shall be glad to be near you in case you may n eed pro tection from the redcoats." Dick returned at length and told Bob of the singular mistake he had made. "It mu t have been very puzzling to the young lady," laughed Bob. The Liberty Boys moved their nearer to the Haydons' and when all was settled Dick, Bob and Markset out on foot to viit the laaies. Hardly had they reached the house before they saw Mr. Harrow approaching. CHAPTER V. THE SPY CAPTURED. 'I'hcn Rags gave a short, angry bark and seemed about to fly at Harrow. The man stepped back a pace or two. "Arrest that man!" said the blind boy. Dick stepped forward, sword in hand. Bob and Mark E.eized the stranger, one on each side. Claus put his hands on the prisoner's face. "It is Jen kin~, the spy!" he !'iid. "Jenkins!" cried Dick. "Jove! And we might have made a terrible mistake," mutfored Bob. "What nonsen,e is this?" sputtered the man. "I told you yesterday that my name was not Jenkins, Captain, and also the opinion I hail of the man." "Yes, I know you did; but the boy never makes a mistake." "Rubbish ! He is blind. How can he tell one person from another?" "Very easily. Claus, you have put your hands on all our faces. Now tell me who my lieutenants are." 'l'he boys promptly exchanged place , but very quietly. Claus walked up to where Bob had been, put his hands on Mark's face, and said : '' 'l'his i.;; Lieutenant Morrison." J enk:im, or Harrow, whichever he was, turned white. I 'fhen Claus walked to where Bob stood, but •Dick put I himself in front. "Why, thii! is you again, Captain!" he said, putting l his hands on Dick's face. "That is mere humbug!" sputtered the prisoner. "I I tell you my name it not Jenkins." "Ah! This is indeed a surprise!" said Harrow, ad-"It may not be," said Claus; "but you have been called so. You are a spy of the British. Do you remem'ber, the march," Captain, how I de.;cribed him?" vancing. "But you knew that we were going on said Dirk. "Yes, and yesterday he came to our camp and I sus pected him. He said he knew Jenkins and denounced him in the strongest terms." "To be sure, but I did not know at that time that I would be called to this district upon business, nor that I would meet you." "No, I uppose not." Susie Haydon and her younger si ter now came out. "Won't you come in, Captain?" Susie asked. "These are your lieutenants, I uppose ?" "Ye~, Lieutenant Estabrook and Second Lieutenant Mark ::Horrison. :Mis Susie Haydon, boys." ' I I had not been told otherwise, I should say we had met before, Miss Hayden," said 1fark, with a laugh. "Then you were one of the party who re cued my cousin Jenny yesterday?" "Yes, I had that honor." "\\hy, I declare, here is Claus!" cried Bob. "Unless he has a cousin, who looks just like him,,i laughed Mark. It was indeed Claus who now approached, hi~ knap sack on his back, and the little dog trotting in front of him. "The boy is blind," said Dick, in a low tone. "But he is very clever for all that," added Bob. Rags now gave a joyful bark. "Come here, Clau,," .aid Dick. "We are all friend::here." The blind boy came forward. "Certainly, I did," said the man. "It is impossible that this boy should identify me. Why, he is stone blind!" "I know your face, because I have felt it," said Claus. "It is impossible for me to make a mistake." At this moment the two Harrys, Ben and Sam rode up. . "Di. mount, boy$," said Dick. "These boys are Harry Thurber, Harry Jud on, Ben purlock and Sam Sander son. You have een_ them?" "Yes!" with a growl. " Tow I will place them in a different order from that in which they were" He did so, putting Ben at the head of the line. Clau tcppcd forward, put hi hands on the boys' faces and named each one in succe ion. "This is no guesswork," ~aid Di c k. "If those boys were put among a hundred• the blind boy would pick them out." Harry Thurber motioned Dick aside. "Jack Warren was out on that mare of his," he said, "and saw redcoats approaching. They were still a long di. tance off, but Jack could make out their uniforms." "Ha! Thi is important. Bob!" "Yes, Dick."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS .AND THE BLIND BOY. "Search the prisoner, Harry. You and Harry Judson bold him." "I protest!" cried Jenkins, trembling. "Proceed, boys," said Dick. The boys turned the man's pockets inside out, felt the lining of his coat and waistcoat and made him take .off bis boots. Finally Mark partially ripped the inner lining of one of the man' boots and arew out a thin paper, folded flat, and opened it. This he handed to Dick, who read it, Jenkins mean while turning the color of ashes. "This paper states that the bearer is one Jenkins, a spy in the employ of the British," said Dick, "and is signed by Colonel . Tarleton. Is not that evidence enough ?" "I should say sol" answered Bob. "I don't know what more we want," added Mark. "It seems very suspicious," said Dick, "that every time you appear the redcoats appear also. Your score of red coats were twelve-score, and only for Claus we would have run right upon them." "I wondered what confounded luck kept you out of the way!" snarled Jenkins. "We waited lbr you till midnight." "Perhaps you will not believe it," said Dick, "but this blind boy warned us and told bow many redcoats there were in the camp." Jenkins looked incredulous. "You came ou to attack them, saw their number and retreated," he said. "We did nothing of the sort," retorted Bob. "We saw your campfires over to the left and heard your sentries calling to each other as we went on." "'l'he boy mf\t and warned us,"' added Dick. "We will have to take charge of you, Mr. Jenkins." "It wasn't the boy at all; it was these young ladies, Mi,;s Jenny and her sister." "I am obliged to contradict you, sir. This is Miss Susie Haydon, and she was nowhere near your camp at the time." "That is quite true," ~ aid Susie. "I am not Jenny Haydon, but her cousin." "Take him to the camp, boy ," said Dick, "and see that he does not escape." The boys hen went away with Jenkins and Dick said to Susie: "You will have to excuse us, but the boys have ju t brought word of the approach of a• party of redcoats." " ay you so?" "Yes; no doubt the very party whom we avoided last night and whom that f1;llow has brought after u-." "Then you must go on the march again?" "Yes. We will see that they do not trouble you, however." "How will you accomplish that?" "By leading them in a different direction." Dick and the boys taen hurried back to the camp. Sending the greater part of the troop ahead, under the leadership of Bob Estabrcok, Dick took a score of the boys and went to meet the enemy. There were two roads which they could take when they retreated. One led pa t the Haydon house, while the other went off at an angle, quite away from it. The boys rode on at a gallop, and presently met the advance guard of the redcoat . They fired a volley, charged, fired again and then re ,reated, as the whole force of the British came after them. Then they took the road leading away from the Haydon place, while all the enemy raced after them . "Very good !" chuckled Dick. CH.APTER VI. PREPARING FOR THE ENEMY. On went Dick Slater and his score of plucky boy , lead ing the redcoats far astray and saving the Haydon hou e from destruction. 'rhey kept on for two miles and then scattered through an open wood, keeping well apart and leaving no solid trail. They had managed to gain considerable upon the enemy . before making this move. They were at a bend of the road and out of sight when they made it. By the time the enemy came up they would be too far away to be se:en. Dick told the boys which way to go, and if they were separated for a time it would not matter. They came together when well beyond the enemy's reach and at last overtook the main body, under Bob, on the oth1;r road. "The enemy are mile away by this time," Dick said to Bob, "and, not having Jenkins with them, will not know how far they are astray for some time." "All is fair in war," laughed Bob. " ot, not everything; but this is, and it will give u2 a decided advantage." Jenkins heard nothing of the conver~ation, but he knew lhat some strategic move was on foot when Bob, instead of Dick, led the troop. Then, when Dick and hi. party came in, he knew that something mu t have ben done, and he looked very sul len. "Cheer up, me mon !" said Pat y, who rode along ide. "Shure it's nothin' more than they've been' the redcoat . an' that's not as bad as yer bein' hanged !" "You're a fool!" snarled the spy. "Mebbv Oi am. It' not all av us that can be woise." "They could not defeat the British. There were not enough of them. Be ides, bow do you know that there were any about?" "Oh, we know that all right, an' Dick Slater an' bis party wint out to mi lead tbim, an' Oi make no doubt that they're far on the wrong road be !his toime." Jenkin saw that the re ourceful boys had outwitte\l the enemy and bit his lip with vexation. He had no more to say, nd the boys rode on at a rapi d gait till nearly dark.


THE LIBERTY BOY AND THE BLIND BOY. 9 Then they came upon General Morgan and his forces, who had just halted for the night. Dick turned his pri oner over to the general. "He is a spy," he "aid, "and we brought him with us so as to prevent hi bringing the enemy after us." "A ver.1 good plan," laughed the veteran. General Daniel :Morgan was a man six feet in height and very strong nnd muscular, although he was now over forty years of age and had been di sipated in his yo~h. He had been a pugilist, but the teachings of a pious mother had gradually led him toward better things. He never went, into battle that he did not pray before hand, admitting that he was "miserably afraid," although many person s often said that "old :\Iorgan fears nothing." C • • , • Claus remain ed with the Libert\Bovs and Dick took him to the general and told the latter ~bout him. "It is quite remarkable," aid the general. "Is he totally blind?" "He appears to be." "Has he alway been blind?" "That I do not know. It i. not a subject upon which one likes to talk." "-go; it is not." "If he were not born blind, you think there might be a cure?" "Pos ibly." "I will ask him. He does not . e e m to have been em bitt ered because of his blindues , but he talks very little about it, neverthele ." "Naturally, of course.'' "But the strangest part of it all i,-that he hould be a spy, and a good one at that," added Dick. "Ye, that does seem remarkable." Upon Dick's teHing the gen e ral of the approach of th e enemy they moved forward and took po' t on the nort h ide of Thicketty Mountain, n ear the Cowpens. The gra y intervale among the hills had for a long time been used for grazing cattle during the summer months. From that circumstance the place became known as the Cowpens, even long after it wa, u ed for grazing purpo es. ~[organ was advantageou ly po ted and could thus face Tarleton, who had a much sup nor force, hi own Legion and other bodies undeT hi command, amollllting to about eleven hundred men. The Liberty Boy had met Tarleton before and had no love for him. His cruel methods and his utter disrccrard of the rules of war made him hated by all, and the boys inflicted all the puni hment they could whenever they met him. Dick had lo t a number of hi brave boys at the massacre of Buford's command and at other place and they were all mo t bitter again , t. Tarleton and ready to pun ish him whenever they could. The prospect of an early meeting with him excited them, therefore, and they made every preparation for a fierce fight with " the butcher " as he wa universally called. Claus and hi;; dog were with the Liberty Boys when they reached Thicketty Mountain, but the blind boy went off shortly afterward, taking Rags with him. "He will return when he has news, no doubt," said Bob. "Yes, for he seems to like to be on the move constantlv and to dislike being with a number of persons," observed Dick. "It would not be :;,afe for him to be in a battle, and I suppo e that i' the reason why he keeps away from crowds." "No doubt." Dick went around among the Liberty Boys, finding them all making preparations for the expected battle. They did not actually know that Tarleton was advanc ing, but they took it for granted that he was, and pre pared themselve accordingly. "Cookyspiller, me bye, there's wan Oi niver thought av," said Patsy to Carl, after supper. "What it was, Batsy ?'' asked Carl. " ure Oi have nothing for breakiasht au' it'll niver do at all to foigbt the inimy on an impty htummi ck." "You don'd wa dore cnemie fought on der stomacli', Batsy. You was fighted dem on dere feets." "Well, yer own htummick ha a roight to be full phwin yez do foight." "Oh, ya; I under fa.nd me dot." "Thin, come along and see phwat we can get for the byes." "All rigbd; I was went mit you." The two comical Liberty Boys et off along the mountain on their search for game of some kind. It wa too late to go to a farmhou e for supplies, as there was none within a rea onable distance. 'There were bears and rabbit and wild turkeys on the mountain, however, and they ought to be able to find something. "Kape near to me," said Pat,y, "or Oi moight be takin' yez for a bear and yez in the hid." "Ya, und maybe I was tcok you for ein pig." "Go'n wid yez ! Shure Oi'm no way loike a pig." "'Gnd I don'd was lige ein bear been, I bet me." "Except for yer soize an' yer loikin' for shwate things." "Ya, und you was lige ein pig been for dot pig headt you was got." "Go'n wid yez an' shtop yer talkin'. hure yez will be froightenin' iverything out av the woods wid yer n'ise." "Humbug!" said Carl, who wa bound to get the last word. Pu hing on, they presently heard a noise in the bushes ahead of them. "Aisy, now, Cookyspiller," aid Patsy. "There's some thing. Get yer goon ready and kape close to me." They crept along rapylly, holding their muskets so a.a to be ready to fire in an in tant. The i:ounds continued and Carl said: "Dot wa ein bear, Bat y. Got ready to shooted him when he was come ouid." The boys moved forward rapidly and the foot teps uddenly quickened and seemed t'Q be going away from them. "Hurry oob ! He was away runned !" cried Carl.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND TlIE BLIND BOY. Then he quickened his pace and dashed into the bushes. The footsteps broke into a run and Carl fired. "Did yez hit him, me bye?" "Confound you for sneaking rebels ! You won't get me after all," snarled a voice. Then the footsteps were heard rapidly descending the mountain. "Batsy, dot was ein bear. Dot was ein--" A terrific growl was heard and then a bear was seen coming right for the German boy. ' "Batsy ! BatEy I Hurry oob ! Here he was!" yelled :Carl, taking to his heels. Patsy was, fortunately, close at hand and, having light enough, he raised his piece and fired. He hit the bear between the eyes and the great crea ture staggered forward, with a growl, and fell dead al most at Carl's feet. "Was yon sure dot was ein bear been?" asked Carl. "Av coorse. Phwat did yez suppose it wor?" "He was sphoke lige ein man." "Go on wid yez." A number of Morgan's men now came running up and said that Jenkins, the spy, had escaped. CHAPTER VIL THE FIGHT BEGIN"S. "Themon have escaped, yez say?" repeated Patsy. "Ye ; we just found it out an' came after him." " urc an ' that mu ht have been the wan we heard an' t'ought it wor a bear." "But here's ver b'ar." "Dot oder ;ne was shpoked und told me I was ein repel und dot he was got away." "Did you fire twice at th~ bear?" "Ya; only mein shot was at der man fired und Batsy was at der real bear shooted." "Shure we did be hearin' futshteps an' follied thim up, thinkin' it wor a bear. Thin they wint fasther an' the Dootchman ran ahead, big as he is, fearin' he moight lose me." "Ya; dot was righd." More of Morgan's men now came up and also some 0 the Liberty Boys. They had heard that Jenkins had escaped and had come with torche to aid in the pursuit. The bear's trail and that of the roan were so mixed, however, that it was difficult to separate them, even with the aid of torches. The man had secured a good lead and was probably well on his way by this time. The chase was abandoned, therefore, and the Liberty Boys returned to their camp, taking the carcass of the bear with them. Then Patsy and Carl found some wild turkeys roosting on the trees and took a number of them back to the camp. "Shure Oi'm sorry to have the spoy get away, the vilyan !" said Patsy. "But on'y for him we wudn't hav had the bear for our breakfasht." 'Und he don'd was got vrom us away, anyhow, for cause Tick was ga,e him to dot Sheneral Morgan alretty." "Yis, so he did, an' that inded our raysponsibility i.Jl the matther an' it's no fault av ours, intoirely." "Ya, yon got righd, Batsy." Dick felt somewhat disappointed that Jenkins should have escaped, but said : "Even if he does bring Tarleton here, it does not matter, Bob." "No, for we are expecting him some time." "And are prepared for him, no matter when he comes.' "All the same, I think I would ha,e felt bad if the fellow had escaped whan we had charge of him," contin ued Bob. "I know I should have done so, at any rate," observed Mark, who was present. "Well, he ca.n't do us any hurt, and we may run across him again some day," said Jack. Un1.-nown to the Liberty Boys or to Morgan's men at the time, Tarleton was pushina on rapidly, hoping to overtake Morgan and not knowing that he was posted on Thicketty Mountain. Tarleton was as famed for making rapid marches as Marion himself, and he was now making every effort to overtake the patriots . Leaving his baggage behind, he pushed on through the night and came in sight of l\Iorgan's advance guard at about eight o'clock in the morning. Fearful that Morgan might again retreat, Tarleton de termine-d to attack the patriots at once. Consideration for his fatigued troops had no weight. with him. Actuated only by hi ambition and by a fierce desire to punish the "rebels." who had so often escaped he made immediate preparations for battle. '.Morgan's men and the Liberty Boys were refreshed and rested and quite ready for the fray. They had had a night's sleep and had breakfasted an d were eager to do battle with Tarleton besides. They were ready and waiting, while Tarleton, with fatigued troops, found himself suddenly forced into aL fight, through pride and ambition. 'fbe patriots quickly drew up in. battle order, ready for the fight to begin. On the crown of the hill were nearly three hundr n Maryland regulars and two companies of Virginia mili • tia, under Major Triplet, in all, four hundred and thirt men under the leadership of Lieutenant-Colonel Howl ard. One hundred and fifty yards in advance of this divi•r sion were three hundred militia, all practiced riflemen, and all burning with a desire to avenge the cruelties whi clf the British and Tories, and espooially Tarleton, had i&e1 filcted. They were commanded by Colonel Andrew Pickeillfi1 who, with his followers, had arrived during the night. In advance of this line, at. about the same distance , were the best riflemen of McDowell and Cunningham ~c the Liberty Boys. el They were directed to act according to circumstan ot .


TUE LIBERTY BOYS A ... D TIIE BLI D BOY. 11 fter the fir t volley had been delivered, which was not with a loud shout, under cover of the artillery and an into be given until the enemy were within one hundred and ce -ant discharge of musketry. fifty yards. Dick waited for them to come well on before giving In the rear of Howard and concealed by an eminence the word to fire. of some height, were posted the reserve , consi ting of .McDowell's and Cunningham's riflemen delivered their Colonel Washington's cavalry and ~IcCall' mounted milifire with telling effect. tia of Georgia, armed with sabre . " row, then, Liberty Boys, let them have it!" shoutTarleton was somewhat disconcerted when he discoved Dick, waving his sword. "Down with the butcher and ered that :Morgan wa prepared to fight him. hi men! Fire!" He hnd expected to overtake the patriots on a retreat, Crack-roar! when everything was in confusion, and would much A tremendous volley echoed the command. rather have met the enemy that wa1. "Liberty forever! Down with the redcoats I" shouted "Tarleton would have liked to come up behind us," the indomitable youths. said Bob to Dick, "and attacked us in the rear." There was many a gasp in the British ranks after that " ... "o doubt," wa Dickanswer; "but now he must volley. either fa~e u or ~~ti~e." . . , The plucky fellows cheered and then sent in a rattling, The Liberty Bo)s were glad to be m the first hne and gallinopistol vollry. meant to give the e~~my all the punis~ment they could. Ma~y a redcoat was seen to go down when that tre-Force_d to fight, larleton rode caut10usly forward to mendous volley rattled. reconnoitre. . . \ . The bo~s cheered again and then, at ~ick's command, A soon as the riflemen and the Liberty Boys saw him fell back m good order to the second lme, under Pick-th<'v opened a hot fire upon his party. ens. "Gi?t out 11.v that, ye maraudher !" cried PaLy, and all The Briti h came on, apparently undi mayed, and sent tne boy laughed. in a close fire upon the patriots. ~'He was went away alretty," said Carl, as Tarleton They tood firm until the enemy began to charge with. q~ckly fell bac~. . . . . the bayonet. fhe redcoat, m hi~ conceit, which rarely ~e~erted him, They quickly fell back and took post on Iloward's felt ure of an easy victory, however, and rapidly arranged riaht. hi line upon the Spartanburg road, within three hundred 0Th d tt k d th • b d • h yards of Morgan's first linf'. . ./ enemy came on an a ac e e mam o Y wit :Morgan then addressed the troops, having been pravsp,2Th 1 fi ht • b • • L"b t B • 'th ] t'Jl tl • e rea g 1s egmnmg now, i er y oys," said mg m e wooc s 1 us rnne. D' • "St d fi d d b t ,,, uh 1 d h rt t h h rt d ICK. an rm, an o your es . 111t so emn voice an s o sen ences, e ex o e "W •n 1,, th d to b the militia of the fi~t line to be steady and to fire with e wi ey answere , a oy. sure aim and expresed the hope that if they would pour in two vollf,y at a killing di tance victory would be theirs. To the second line he ~aid that he had ordered the first line to fall back after two volleys and begged them not o be di concerted by such a movement. Then he took po t with his line near Colonel Howard and awaited the approach of the Briti h advance guard, alreadv in motion. It c~nsisted of Tarleton's British Legion, with the com mander himself in the first line, the cavalry on each wing, two pieces of artillery. and in the rear the Seventh Regi m ent, with the battaiiun of the Seventy-first and the re ,nainder of the cavalry as a re erve. "There is Tarleton, boys," said Dick, firmly. "Remem~er how you have suffered at the hands of that man, and do your duty ! " There wa a upp ressed road and everybody in the troop re olvecl to do his best. "If Tarleton, in hi conceit, honors u enough to think of us, I'll bet his earare burning at this moment," mutered Bob. "Let u hope that we will make him think of us after he fight," an wered Mark. It was now about nine o'clock in the morning. The un was shining, warm and bright, over the top of he mountain and gave brilliancy to the martial array low. At a signal from Tarleton his advance ru hed forward, CHAPTER VIII. HOW THE BATTLE ENDED. Tarleton's charge was met with spirit by the patriots. There was not a man or boy there who was not thirsty to punish the British commander as he deserved. Not one of them would retire as long as there was a chance of giving Tarleton a crushing blow. Feeling thus, it was small wonder that they fought with the utmost ferocity. The Liberty Boys had lost some of their most cher ished comrades at the hands of Tarleton's cruel followers. They were, therefore, burning to inflict punishment upon the commander and men of the Legion. The British line began to bend under the fierce assault made upon it. Dick Slater, with a score of the bravest. of the Liberty Boys about him, led a charge and, step by step, forced back the enemy. Time after time they sought to break through the line and reach Dick. The plucky lads about him held firm, however, and the re t of the troop pressed forward to his aid, with indomitable courage.


12 TEE LIBERTY BOYS AND TIIE BLL. "'D BOY . All along the l ine the Briti s h were beginning to waver and it seemed as if their front must oo broken. . Then McDonald, with the reserve, was ordered to ad van ce. This movement gave the wavering Britons fresh cour age , and they advanced with renewed zeal. The contest raged fiercely, and McArthur attempted to gain the Ameri c an flank, under Colonel Howard. The latter perceived the movement and it intent in stantly. He or "Thank you, Captain, and you, too, my boy!" to Ja, Jack saluted and blmhed like a schoolgirl. "I was but obeyina order~. sir," he said. "We will ride back," c ontinued the colonel. "Uy i petuosity carried me too far." ' They then returned, when the Liberty Boys chee r Dick to the echo . "Don't forget Jack, boys," ~ aid Dick, who wa alwt just. 'I'he boys cheered Jack a heartily a they had chee } Dick. "Good, old Jack!'' cried :Mark. "You behaved fin\ old man!" •] "Oh, but we mis ed_ hitting the butcher l" cried Ja "That was a shame." "So it was," declared Bob; "but at any rate we he to defeat him and that i 8omething worth talking abo c "Indeed it is, Bob," said Dick; "and I am prou d you all." t, "Shure, yez do be no prouder av us than we are yerself, Captain dear!" said Pat y, with a broad


r THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLL.'"D BOY. 1 3 "Anny w a n can folly, but it's not ivery wan that can lead , an ' t!1at ' phwat ye can do." "Hear . H ear!" cried Bob, ::\Iark, Jack and a score of the boy: . Dur ing th at night and the following morning the rem nant of T arleton's force reached Hamilton's Ford, on Broa d River, and Cornwalli ' camp at Turkey Creek, twe nty-five miles from the Cowpens . 'I'he L iberty Boys went back to the camp they had occupied to get a needed rest. Tarl eton's defeat, for which hi a ~ociates censured him sev e rely, wa a great blow to the hopes of C.ornwallis, who h a d e xpected to ccmquer orth Carolina, as he had triump h e d over the sister State. Th e Br itish lo s wa ten officers and ninety privates kill e d an d twenty-three officers and five hundred privates made pri s on ers, be.,ides the capture of two pieces of artil ler y , eight hundred muskets, tbirtynve baggage wagons, two s t an dards and one hundred dragoon horses cap tured. •rh e Liberty Boys rested well that night, and early the next mo rning Dick foun d Claus and h i s dog i n camp. CHAPTER IX. THE B LIND BOY'S STORY. "Who did?" "The doctor.:;." "Many of them?" " :r o, and not the best. I could not afford to go to them." And then you gnve up hope?" "I simply resigned myself and went on, doing what I could, traveling about from place to place and sup porting myself by the sale of trinkets I made and al o getting information of the enemy. For this I take no pay. It is a duty." "I do not $ay yet that your sight can be re tored, Claus," said Dick; "but it may be so. I can take you to the be t surgeons and they will tell me if there is anv hope . " • "I thought, one time, that I would never want my sight again." Dick remained silent. "That is why you have never gone back to your old h o me?" "Yes. I lost more than my sight at that time . " The boys waited for the boy to go on with his sad sto ry. Ben, am, the two Harrys and one or two others had come up. '.rhey took seats quietly or stood in the background, listerung attentively. "My mother, father, two little sisters and a brother were all killed at the same time." " Yo u were n o t a r o und at the time of the battle, Claus," "It was a cruel fate," murmured Dick, in sympathy. a i d D ick. "This was the work of Brant and his Indians. We lived "No; I can d o no good at such times . " near Fort Schuyler at the time." "'T h ere is too much confusion, of course . " "When St. Leger wa besieging it?" a ked Dick. " Yes; it is all noise and bustle and hurry and turmoil. "Yes. W c knew that there was trouble threatenina 0 g bec o me frightened and is of no use to me, and and meant to go to the fort." here a r e so ma n y men about that I lose my way." "But the Indians swept down upon you suddenly?" "Ye, one mu t keep his eye open in a battle," said "Ye::,. We,. were at some di tance from the fort and ick. could not get intelligence of the trouble as soon as others." "And, then, I am afraiq of battles; I lot my sight in "I understand." ne , and I can n ever for11et it." "However, we were getting ready when the Indians, "Then you have not always been blind?" with Brant himself, suddenly appeared." " ~o." "You were taken by surpri e?" ''When d i d it happen?" "Ye . Hardly before I knew it my poor mother was " Jearl y four years ago, in the Mohawk Valley. You butchered before my very eyec..!' now, I to l d you that I had lived there?" "Horrible!" "Yes, I remember." "Brant killed my father with his own hand." Bob, M ar~ and Jack had come up, seeing Dick talking "The monster! I know him. He narrowly escaped o Claus . us at Cherry Valley in 1778." " it d o wn, Claus," said Dick. "Will you tell me about "I fourrht as fiercely as I could and slew three or four hi ? " of the redskins in trying to protect my sisters." Rags led the way to a log and Claus seated himself. "Brave boy!" murmured Dick . "It is somet h i n g I do not like to talk about," he said; "Brant himself struck me a savage blow with a club ''but I will tell vou . " on the head and I fell. When I recovered I could eee 'rhe boys seatid themselves in front of the blind boy. nothing." "I can qu ite u nderstand that," remarked Dick. "And the red kins spared you?" "But y o u kno w that we are all greatly interested i n "They had gone. ome soldiers from the fort had your c a ,e, C l aus," aclued Bob. driven them away." "Ye ; I k no w," simply. "But too late to , ave your people?" "Have you ever thought that your sight might be re-"Yes. I lay in the midst of their dead bodies, and at stored?" asked D i ck . • first I was thought to be dead, too." The boy's face flushed. "'rhe Indian would have pared you, knowing you to "I hav e hoped it, but they told me it was impossible . " 1 be blind."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLIND BOY. "Yes; and I met some of them afterward. When I could I led the whites against them." "'That was only a just retribution," murmured :M:ark. "I could not bear to remain in the valley, and after the siege was raised I went away with Rags." The dog gave a whine, as if he understood. "You had him before that?" " o; he belonged to a neighbor, who was killed. Mis fortune made us friends and we became constant companions." "And your sight never returned?" "No; and I was told that it never would." "Did the doctors tell you the cause of your blindness?" "They said my eyes had been injured." "'!'here is no sign of it." "There are doctors and doctors," muttered Bob. "And there is much for them to learn," added ~lark. "Remain with us," said Dick. "You can be of use to us, and, as soon as I am able, I will see a suro-eon. No ordinary physician can tell you anything. You need a surgeon." "I understand. It is good of you to take this inter est," gratefully. "You are a patriot. So are we. One great aim of the Liberty Boys is to help tho e in di tress." "It is a noble aim," feelinrrly. "We aid each other and you are one of u , being a boy, and helping us as a spy. You cannot houlder a musket, but you can help in other ways and we regard you as one of us." I "Don't forget the dog," 2id Pah-y. who had come up. "He's wan av us, too, aren't ye, Rag:;?' The dog barked and wagged hi bit of a tale and Pat y gave him a bone. "You are very good,'' said Claus. "I have sened many generals, but it is more plea ure to be with boys of my own age." "Then, stay with us. There will be plenty to do anu you can sell your trinkets, as before." Claus then arose ar,d left the camp, led by the shaggy, little dog. "Wliat do you think, Dick?" Bob asked, when the blind boy had gone. "I have hopes." "His eyes are not injured?" "Not that I could see." "Then why is he blind?" "The sight nerves have been affected in some way. Probably the blow on the head affected them instead of the brain." "I see." "There may be a pressure somewhere which causes the trouble, and when this ic; removed the bov will see." "Very true." • ''I am not surgeon enough to know just where this is, but it strikes me that th'Rt is the seat of the trouble." "The boy's mind seems to be perfectly clear." "Yes, and it would not be if there were an injury to the brain." with strangers, and as soon a convenient we will ta him to an experienced urgeon." "It will be fine if he get hi sight back, Dick." "Yes, but don't say too much about it, Bob." " ,. o, I won't, for it would be cruel to raise his and then disappoint him." "Yes, it would.'' Tarleton had fled and it was not known yet what C01 wallis intended to do. 'rhe Liberty Boys would remain in the neighborh for a time and in the interim Dick would end scou parties out. There were no redcoats near, but they might co and it was necessary to know this without delay. Half an hour after the blind boy' departure Dick t Mark, Jack, Ben and Sam and set off on a couting ex dition. Bob took the two Harrys and three or four more went off in another direction. Two or three other parties went out at the same t o that it was probable that the region would be pr well scoured. Dick and his boys had gone about a mile when they Claus and Rags coming toward them. "Any news, Clau' ?" asked Dick, a the boy stood the side of the road, waiting for them to come up. :~Ye. Jenkins, the spy, i at the tavern, some li distance off." "He did not see you?" "No. I heard him." "Then we must trv and catch him. He may be to give u ome valu;ble information." "Very likely, if he will. ' "If we catch him we will make him give it. Co boys!" They rode on at a good pace and before long cam ight of the tavern Claus bad mentioned. Jenkins and another man were just coming out. The -PY caught sight of the boys before they hide. He and his companion jumped into the saddle and off like a shot. Dick and the rest followed instantly. CHAPTER X. A CLOSE PURSUIT. "After them, boys!" cried Dick. "They must not cape!" "Shall we bring them down, Dick?" asked Mark. "Ye., but don't kill them." Racing on by Dick's ide, Jack suddenly raised musket to his shoulder and fired. Bang! Jack Warren was one of the crack shots of the Li Boys. In a moment the spy's hat wa seen to fly off. "Very true." "A little bio-h " said Jack. "I wanted to graze "We will keep him with us, for he will be happier than , scalp." 0 '


THE LIBERTY BOYS A .,,D THE BLI D BOY. 15 Then Mark fired. The spy's companion had the heel of one boot taken ff and nearly fell. 'rhe two fugitive s raced on like the wind. In a short time they di!\appeared around a bend in the , where there were many trees to hide them. On went the boys, determined to catch them. Dick and Jack were in the lead . _fark and the rest were not far behind. The leaders shortly came to a fork in the road. There were fresh hoofprints on each road. "This way, Jack," ,iaid Dick, taking the road to the 'ght. Jenkin may have taken it, but there was no time to gue the matter. "Tak e the road to the left, Mark!" shouted Dick, turng hi head. Thm he and Jack dashed on, side by ide. Jack Warren was very pro"t;d of having a horse so near the equal of Dick's Major. It gave him many opportunities for adventures in ick' company. 'rhey quickly lost sight of :Mark and his comrades. On they flew, however, hoping soon to overtake either nkins or his companion. If J~nkins had taken the other road Mark could be dended on to t~ke good care of him. Pre rntly Jack cried: "There he is, Dick l" From his position he caught the first sight of the spy, ing at full speed. '' It is Jenkin~..'' :;:aid Dick. "Yes, and his horse cannot take that pace long." "No; he seems to be breathing heavily now." ,Jenk ins presently dashed around a turn in the road. The boys lost sight of him, but raced on. 4 There were open woods on one side and rocks and shes on the other. As the boys rounded the turn they could hear the spy's r e galloping ahead but could not see him. uddenly Dick reined in. '' top, Jack l" he said. However, he leaped from the saddle while still on the and hi mare hortly stopped and came back. "Wha\ is it, DiC'k?" "Look there!" "Footprints! Yes, and there are more, leading into e woods." "Come, Jack; the horse will be safe." Then the boys cnlered the woods. following the spy's il. Jenkins had dismounted and sent hi. horse ahead, >ping to misl ead the boys. Only for Dick's quick sight he would have done so. Dick saw the footprints and knew what they meant. He was as good as an Indian at following a trail and k had learned much from him. Jenkins had made good speed in the woods. He e,idently did not tru t to hiding, but wished to get far away as pos~ible. His tracks were easy to follow, as he had no time to cover them. Dick and J went on rapidly and at length saw him for an instant. He turned to look back, saw the boys and plunged into, a deeper part of the woods. "Come on, Jack!" said Dick. On went the boys, soon reaching the thicker woods. Jack had left his musket with his mare, but he had his pistols, and these he drew. "Be careful, Jack!" said Dick. "The spy is a treacherous fellow." "All right; I will, for--" Crack! A bullet ent Jack s cocked hat flying. "Tit for tat," said Jack. Then he fired twice in the direction of the shot. "There's two for one," he said. A howl echoed the shots. "I may have hit him, or that may be a ruse," he muttered. The sound of some one crashing through the thicket could be heard. The boys hurried on . Then they heard a startled cry and another crash. "Look out, 1 Jack l There may be a ravine ahead of us." The boys proceeded rapidly, but exerci ed a good deal of caution. They presently came to the edge of a ravine. It was down this that Jenkins had fallen . They could see broken limbs of trees and loosened' stones, aud even now one of these rolled down into the ravine with a crash. "There is no need of going down there," said Dick. "'No, and we may as well give him up." "If :Mark catches the other fellow we will probably learn as much as if we had got hold of Jenkins." "Very likely," said Jack. They then returned to where they had left the horses. They found them quietly grazing, no one having come that way in their absence. Then they mounted and rode back to the fork. In a shorl time they heard some one coming. Then ' Mark and his little party appeared. There was no pri oner with them. ,. "Lose him, Mark?" asked Dick. ''Yes; we ran into a part of re~coats and had to wheel in a hurry." "That was unfortunate." "But you lost J cnkins, too?" "Ye . We were hot upon his trail and had exchanged shot.." "I see that old Jack has a hole in his hat." "Yes; it was hot work. I think Jack hit him, but then he fell down a ra-vine a:tid we lost him." "Killed?" "I don't know.'' The entire party now returned to the camp at an easy gait . Mark , Ben an

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLIND BOY. it was better to let the spy escape than to be captured themselves. Bob and his party came in shortly after Dick's return. They had seen nothing to alarm them and had heard ' aothing. Later the other parties came in, reporting having seen no !'>igns of redcoats. "What there are must be to the north of us," said Dick. "Tben we know from what direction we are to expert trouble, if any," ob-crved Mark. "This fellow Jenkins, th:>.t got away, may bring the redcoats," said Bob. "I hardly think so," said Dick. "If Cornwallis makes any move it will probably be in the direction of the north or ea t, and not in the south." '' That seems reasonable enough, but we must be on the watch." "We always are," chuckled Jack. "That is nothing new for us." "Yis, an' it's me ilf that must be on the watch for ~omethingo to ate," said Patsy, "or ye'll starve. Come on, Cookyspiller I Get your croon an' come on." "All righd; I was went mit y011," said Carl. "Be careful that you two funny fellows don't get caught by the redcoats," laughed Bob. "How do yez know that we won't bring in one our-selves?" retorted Patsy. The two comical Liberty Boys mounted their horses and rode off, their muskets across their shoulders. They rode for some distance, until Patsy said: "Shure, Oi haven't seen a thing at all an' we can niver go back widout something." "Ya, dot was righd. Li ten a minute, Batsy. I heerd ti.she-churreping." "Shure fish do be betther n-0r nothin', my bye; but av we have no hooks and lines, how will we catch thim ?" "Dere ! I was heerd it again." "Shure, Oi hear the splash mesilf;' muttered Patsy. 'rhen he got down from his horse and entered the wood. Carl followed, :for the two always kept together . . Patsy heard the plashing again, and kept on. Presently he pame in sight of a little creek. Here, enjoying a wim, was a solitary redcoat, his uni form lying on the bank. Patsy signaled to Carl and the latter came up. "Sure Oi towld Bob Oi moight go back wid a redcoat," he said, with a laugh, "an' Oi belave -Oi will." Thereupon he picked l:lf> the uniform coat and threw it over his shoulder. At that moment the Briton in the water saw him and yelled: "Hi, there, you rebel! Fut that down I" "Shure Oi cudn't think av it!" laughed Patsy. CHAPTER XI. THE SPY APPEARS, The redcoat continued to yell, making his way toward the bank. Then answering shouts were heard. '' Oh, my! Oh, my! There do be redcoats comin' muttered Patsy. "Hello! Rebel !" yelled the man in the water. "Howld yer whist!" cried Patsy. "Be off with yCi Cookyspiller ! " r Carl ran off toward the road. . ' ''Here, take yer owld clothes an' kape quoiet," sat Patsy. Then he threw breeches, boots, shirt, waistcoat an hose into the water. In his haste to secure them the Briton forgot to sho Patsy put on the scarlet coat over his own and hurri to the road. He could hear the redcoat coming on in a hurry. Carl was already on his horse. "Go on wid yez, Cookyspiller !" 1 ":Mein gootness ! For why you was wored dot red goat? ''Go on wid yez, Oi say!" sputtered Patsy, jumpmg <>:i his own horse. The redcoats were now in sight. Carl clashed away in hot haste. "C I R h ,. orr.e on. ere t ey are!" cried Pat y, looking bacl The pursuers, seeing Patsy's scarlet coat, thought \ was one of themselves. 'rhey could see Carl, and thouo-ht that Patsy was p suing him. Not having horses, they could not keep up the pur long. "The Irishman will soon catch him," aid one. ",\ rebel can outrun a King's trooper." I "No and he'll soon come back with the rebel." 'If.he unfortunate swimmer, having reco,,ered ever: thing except his coat, came out. "Did you catch the rebels?" he asked. "Rebels? Why, there was but one." 1 "There were two; one a fat Dutchman and the ot one---'' "Y . es; we saw him, and Tom Burke was after him i a. horse." "Indade, Oi wor not, sor !" said an Irish foot soldil0 coming up. "You were not?" 01 '' N' o, S11' • I've just come up, hearing the ruction." "Well, but it was an Irishman I saw, and he was pu.' suing the fat rebel." 11] "The fat rebel'' comrade was an Irish boy," said swimmer, "and he ran off with my coat. You saw and not Tom Burke." "Oi'll go bail yez didn't see me, sor, till this minyut said Burke. ' "Then you've let beth rebels escape, and one has tak my coat, after throwing everything else into the cree t "Well, but we were on foot and you couldn't expec ha, ha ! It takes an Iri hman to think of a thing f that," with a laugh. ' 'rhen all the redcoats began laughing, a the co Y side of the affair 'began to trike them. Of "I don't see anythincr to laugh at." sputtered the s ' mer, putting on his wet shirt. "Why, it wa~ very clever to think of putting on a a1 coat."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLIND BOY. "We were entirely deceived, you know, thinking it was e of us." "And, then, his calling to us to come on quite put us our guard." "I think it was beastly clever, don't you know. No e but a Briti h subject would think of such a devii;r." "But he wasn t; he was a rebel." "Well, at all events, he was not an American. He was Iri hman, and that's the same as an Englishman." "Beggin' yer pardon, it's not," said Burke. "An Enghman might become an Irishman; but an Irishman ould never turn English. It's ag'in the nather of him." ''Well, Irish or not, he's run off with my coat!" sput red the other. In the meantime Patsy and Carl rode on at good speed d. 0topping for nothing, they at length reached the mp. Th e Liberty Boys were greatly surpri,2ed at seeing Carl me in accompanied by a redcoat, until they recognized at~v. The jolly Irish lad threw off his red coat and said to ob: " 'hure Oi towld yez that Oi moight bring a rid coat ck wid me, and here it is." Then he tossed the garment to Bob, who caught it, with laugh. "If the redcoats are as near as this, we had better go /' said Dick. Thev set out imrr,ediately after dinner, pushed on, o~ ed. the Broad River and then made for the Catawba, hich ::\Iorgan was intending to cro , having di po ed of s prisoners. Clau went with the boys, but wandered off by himlf at time , a he had done before. The Liberty Boys at length 11eached the Catawba. ~forgan wa on the other side, they l e arned. "Then it will be as well for u to cro . , e ~ pecially if arleton is after us, as I suspect," said Dick. Then he looked at the sky and at the river and said to ob: "If Tarleton is really coming, he had better cros be ore long or he won't do it at all." "Why nc,t ?" asked Bob. "Because it is going to rain, and by morning the river ill be impas able." The L iberty Boys were crossing when Claus came up. Dick was still on the nParer shore. "Cornwallis hos sent a force in pursuit of us and will e her e in an h0ur " the blind boy said to Dick. ''Then we must get over as soon as possible . " By t he lime all had crossed the signs of rain were rnch more apparent. By the time the redcoat had arrived, during the even~. it was beginning to rain. 'rhe Briti h waited, but the rain la ted all night, and y morning it was impossible to cro s the river except by oats. "You were right, Dic-k,'' ~aid Bob, a the two boys tood on the r ive r bank. protected by greatcoats, for it a still raining. "I lhought the sign~ coulJ not fail," said Dick, "and if the redcoats had been wise they would have crossed last night." "You are not sorry they did not?" with a laugh. "No; I am not." Dick and the Liberty Boys were once more with Mor gan, and there doubtless would be plenty for them to do. The rain continued several days, which gave Morgan time to call out the militia of the lower counties to guard the fords. The Liberty Boys went down that way to help in tht work of keeping out the redcoats. Cornwallis meanwhile was making ready for a deter. mined pursuit. He destroyed ail his small baggage, including casks of wines and spirits, wagons, stores and everything not abso lutely necessary . Going down the river, a it began to subside, he sent Tarleton and Webster to a public ford, where General Davidson, with a corps of mounted riflemen, was sup• posed to be. They were to make a feint of crossing, while Corn wallis was to descend six miles and cro s at a private ford, which was unfrequented. Davirlson was at McGowan's ford , in s tead of at the one where Tarleton and Webster had been sent. Dick and the Liberty Boys were at a point between the two ford , . It wa,, a dark night when the enemy were to cross, there being ome rain and the roads in bad condition. At McGowan's ford the Catawba was five hundred yard wide, thre e feet deep and full of stone . 'fhe British had a 'rory guide to show them the way across the river, but there were dangers to be met before reaching it. The road were heavy, the artillery stuck fast, and during a part of the distance they had to go through wood and .. wamp s where there was no road. 'rhen when they reached the river they saw campfires on the opposite ide. The ram was still falling, and to wait for the artillery might e:au. c a fatal delay. They resolved to cro s, therefore , and to run the risk of being attacked by Davidso;n and his riflemen. 'l'hey wcn:r discovered and fired upon, their guide de. crting them and leaving them to cross alone. They kept on in a straight line instead of a diagonal one, got into deep water and had to i!Wim their horses. 'rhey landed at an u~guarded point, whither Davidson aud his men hastened. 'l'he riflemen were put to flight after a hard str.ggle and were only overcome by force of numbers. Dick Slater, hearino-the sound of firing, hurried on with the Liberty Boys to the lower ford. By the time he arrived Davidson had fleer, being the last to leave, and the enemv were not to be seen. Taking a arty of the boy;, Dick rode on and came to a tavern, wher e a number of patriot w e re gathered. Among them he saw Jenkin . The py saw Dick at the same moment and fled. "Thus the enemy have crossed the river," said Dick.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS A~ TD THE BLL D BOY. "Be on your guard, men, for Tarleton is not far away when that man 1s around." ..... ' , . CHAPTER XII. IN THE TOILS. Dick dashed after the spy, the Liberty Boys following. Then some of the men about the tavern gave chase. "He did not break his neck falling down the ravine that da.y," said Jack. "No; he seems not to have done so," shortly. "Perhaps he is saving it for a dift'erent occasion," dryly. Jenkins dashed on and presently the boys heard him give a shout. "Be careful!" said Dick, r e ining in. "There may be redcoats about." • The boy s halted and none too soon. In a few moments they heard the tramp of horses. Then a party of Tarleton ' s cavalry appeared . "Away with you, boys!" cried Dick. The boys wheeled in an in tant and went off at a gal lop. Reaching the tavern, they gave the alarm to the pa triots. Tarleton's men came riding up and attacked them. Dick kept his party together and kept up a scatte r in g pistol volley upon the enemy. 'fhe mount e d militi a men also poured in a lively fire; and for a time t he advance of the enemy was checked. At last, however, they came on in such numbers that Dick fell ba{!k. The redcoats charged the militia and scattered them and then rode back toward the river. Dick hurried back to the camp and reported the ap pearance of the enemy. ''Tarleton and Webster are in the neighborhood," he said; "and, no doubt, Cornwallis is not far distant." "Then there'll be plenty to do before long, I ~uppose," said Bob. "Very likely." The Liberty Boys moved their camp, and then Dick disguised himself, took a horse which was not likely to be recognized and set off to spy upon the enemy. Claus had gone off somewhere a short time before, but Dick had no fear for the blind boy, feeling that he could take good care of himself. Avoiding the tavern where he had the brush with the enemy, Dick kept on and at length noticed a sentry pac ing to and fro on the road ahead of him. "That must be a camp," he muttered. He went on at an easy gait and soon saw a number of redcoats. }.Ji, he reached the entry the latter held his mu,;ket across the path to top him. "Arc you givin' that ter me?" Dick asked, simply. "I -don't want it. What could I do with it?" "You can't go on, yon fool!" the sentry snapped. "What fur? I'm ergoin ' hum." "You'll have to go another way, then. This is a camp." "Oh, is it? Who's campin' here, Britishers o r rebel "Why, you fool, don't you know the differe nce?" "I dunno. I've heerd er lot erbout both, but I don ' as I ever see one or t'other." "Aren't you a rebel yourself?" sharply. o "Me? ~o. I'm Presbyterian." "You're a fool. ~'hat's what you are!" with a lau0 "Wull, I be'n told o off en ernuff; but it don't seem hurt none. 'Tain't catchin', i it?" "You've got to go around; you can't pas this way . " "But this here i ther straight road; ef I go fother w it's a mile or more further." "Well, I cant help it if it is. You can't go this "ay. Dick had been e es all this time . He had a pretty good idea of how many men the 1 were and was ready to go. At that moment, however, Jenkin~ , the spy, came ri i ing up. He recognized Dick in a moment. '' Hi, arrest that fellow !" he cried. Lhe rebel spy!" 'l'hen he fired a shot, which Dick quickly returned. Dick quickly wheeled, but now redcoats were com ing in all direction , and h e qui c kly found himself u rounded. "That is later, the spy," said Jenkins . "If he a tempts to e cape hoot him. There is a reward for him alive or dead!" "Are you ure he is later?" one of the redcoats asked "He doe n ' t look like him," said another. "Ye , I know he is. earch him and you will find tha I am right." Dick was taken to a tent and searched. Nothing but pislols were to be found upon him . Only in very rare cases did Dick carry papers of an , sort. 'There's nothing on him, Jenkin_ , except pistols . " "No paper?n "No." "Have you searched him thoroughly?" "Yes." "Coat linings and all? He could ecrete papers in very small pace, you know." "There is nothing of the ort on him. He i only ~untryman, and you have made all thi fu~s for no t ing." "I tell you I haven't!" the py napped . "Get som one who knows him. There must be some in the camp. At that moment an officer oi higher rank approache "What is the matLcr, J enk'ins ?" he asked . '' Who is this person, sir?" "The officer looked sharply at Dick. "That ? Why, by joYe ! that is Dick later, t h e re spy and captain of the Liberty Boy ! I have see n h i often." Dick recognized the officer, but said nothin~. "There!" said Jenkins, triumphantly. "Now w ho rigb.t? You thought I did not know Dick Slater, you?" "What are you doing here, Slater?" a ked the other. "Nothing, just at prese nt," sho r tly. "H'm ! What were you doing, then?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS ~D THE BLIND BOY . 1 , 'Oh. just looking around," c.arelessly. "Where is your troop?" .-:Keep ~till. Rags, and don't make any noise," said Claus to the dog. "Xcar e nough to giYe you trouble when the time "H'm! W e are considering you as a spy now, not a e capta i n o f the Libert) Boys." Dick sai d nothing . "You know the fate of spies, I suppose?" sternly. "I know what would harn been done to Jenkins, if he not escaped,'' shortly. Jenk i n s colored crimson and went away. "Pu t him in that tent, under close guard," said the fficer. "He i~ a ctangerou .

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