The Liberty Boys' threat, or, Doing as they said

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The Liberty Boys' threat, or, Doing as they said
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THE LmERTY BOYS OF '76 A Wee k l y Magaz i n e Containing . Stories of the American Revolutio n Issued Wukly-By Subscription $2,50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at tM New York, N, Y., Post OJ!lce, February

THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. "Which I don't use on such as you. Go ahead, why ,don't you lick him? I'm waiting." "It's my opinion he can't," laughed Bob. "Well, I'm ergoin' ter." Then Hub Dumps dashed his hat on the ground with great violence." "Ji)on't hurt it!" laughed Bob. "There!" said Hub. • "Well, go ahead." Then Hnb took off his jacket and dashed that down. "There!" he said. "I dare him to kick that." "Go ahead. That's all nonsense. Why don't you fight, if you're going to?" "Afraid," chuckled Bob, and some of the girls on Milt's side laughed. . Hub took off his waistcoat and threw it down. "Y ~u are not going in swimming, Hub,n roared Bob. "Why don't you do something?" . Hub rolled up his sleeves and spat on his hands. "Yes, they need washing," laughed Bob, "but the brook is better." "Ef he'll take back what he done said ter me, I won't lick him," saii Hub. "What did you say to him, Milton?" asked Dick. "I told him he was a toad eater, a lickspittle, a bully, a, sneak, a liar, and a coward." "And you want to take it back?" "No, for he is all that, and worse." "You promised to lick him, didn't you?" turning to the other. "Yus, I did." "Then I don't see but that you'll have to do it, Hub." "If he can," laughed Bob. Hub Dumps was the bully of the school. He had expected to thrash the patriot boy, with the help of his cronies. When he saw that he had to do it alone, he wanted to back out. This he did not dare to do, however, while the others were present. If he did, he would lose his hold upon them. He had terrorized them by his size and his bluster, and they had not 1..-nown that he was a rank coward. They began to look sharply at him now, and one of them snarled: "Whyn't yer lick him, Hub, like yer said yer would?" "Waal, if he says he's sorry, an' axes my pardon, I'm willin' ter let it go at that," Hub answered. "I'm bigger'n him, an' it ain't fair ter hit a littler feller'n you." "Oh, you are finding out a few things, are you, Hub?" laughed Bob. "Are you going to say you are sor.ry and ask his pardon; Milt?" asked Dick. "No!" decidedly. "If he thinks he can lick me, let him come and try it.'' Milt stepped out four or five paces, a clear challenge to the bigger boy. "! doR't see anything else for it, Hub," said Dick, i}Uietiy. "You've got to do it." Hu~ began to repeat his bluster and bravado, in the hope of terrifying his on-.ponent. "Oh, come OR, you did all that before, Hub," said Bob, impatiently. "That's only wind, that isn't fight. You're afraid, that's what ails you.'' "Scare cat!" cried some of Hub's own adherents. The crisis had come. He had to fight now or be thoroughly despised by all.' He rushed desperately at Milton, and struck furiously at him. The smaller boy ducked and sent in one swift blow that struck Hub on the point of the jaw. In a moment Hub was stretched qut on the grass. Tli.en the schoolmaster suddenly appeared. "Here, here, I can't have this fightin'!" he shouted. "There won't be any more of it,:' laughed BC>b. CHAPTER II. DICK TEACHES SCHOOL. The schoolmaster was a tall, lank, sallow, flaxen-haired, cadaverous looking man, with very pale blue eyes, a weak mouth, a long chin, a sloping forehead and a long nose. Weakness and pettiness were stamped upon his every feature. His hands wei;e long and flabb.y, his feet were big, and both in face and figure he was uncompromisingly unpre, possessing. "I want this fightin' tew stop," he whined. "You uns h.'"llOW right well I don't allow it.'' Hub got up, looking very much dazed, and muttered, as he took himself off: "Waal, you all know I'd have licked him, ef teacher hadn't stopped me.'' "Ya, that's nuthin' but bluff," cried three or four of Hub's former cronies. "Why didn't you come before?" asked Dfok. "I saw you at the back of the schoolroom." "I was busy, I didn't reckon there was agoin' ter be a fight. Was you encouragin' of 'em? Ain't you ashamed?" "You remained in because you thought Hub would thrash Milt," said Dick. "There's the truth for vou," Bob chuckled in a very audible way, aside. " , "You only interfered when you realized that the right must prevail and that Hub was going to get the worst of it," Dick continued. The schoolmaster's sallow face grew more sallow, and he began to tremble. "You teach things in your school which you have no right to teach.'' "What do you know. about it?" with a snarl and a whine. "You teach politics, you teach the boys to be sneaks, or you would, but some of them won't receive such teach in g.'' "I ain't goin' ter have no insubordination in my school, an' th~t there boy refused to mind me," pointing to Milt. "In what pa.rticular?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. 3 "He wouldn't say his lesson." "How is that, Milt?" Dick asked. ."He wrote that thing out on the blackboard and wanted me to read it, and I wouldn't." "That's so," mid a number of the boys and girls with Milt. "Neithe:r would I, ,nor any of us," spoke up the boy who had spoken before. .. "And then?" "The others called us rebels , and Master Squeens said he'd exp e ll us if we didn't say it, and then we all ran out, and those f e llows followed." "And that was the only thing you refused to do?" "Yes, Captain." "Then go back to your seats and continue your les eons." • "They shan't go back. I forbid 'em to go back, they've been expelled for disobedi e nce an' fightin', an' they shan't go back." "And I say that they shall, and that you either go back ~nd conduct the school properly or leave it altogether." The schoolmaster winced at Dick's determined tone, aud, as the scholars began to return, snarled: "Y ew're a rebel yerself, ari' o' course yew stick up fur rebels. You encouraged this naughty boy tew fight, but yew wouldn't say nothin' tew encourage the other, jest becaus e he was a l'yal subject." "You c ouldn't encourage hlm," laughed Bob. "It wasn't in him. If he could have had five or six to help him he would have fou g ht, but he ~ould not fight air any more than you can." Most of the scholars had returned by this time. ~'I'd like tew know what call you are got to interfere, anyhow," said Squeens. "Air yew on the deestrick board?" "The right that any hone s t boy has to interfere to pre vent injustice," replied D ick. "You are here to teach school, not make Tories of your scholars." "I'll learn yew tew 'tend tew your own affairs. I'm goin' ter conduct this school jest as I've a mind ter." ".And let me tell you," said Dick, "that if you conduct it as you have been ~onducting it, we will drum you out of town. "An' who's 'we,' I want ter know?" scornfully. "The Liberty Bo y s and every honest person in the district.". "Yew cain't do it." "You will s~e if we cannot. We do as we say, and you will find it out if you defy us." "I ain'~ goin' ter have them onruly boys in my school, an' e~ they stay there, I shan't learn 'em nothin'." Then the schoolmaster went into the little log school house, followed by the last of the scholars. "We will see," said Dick. Then he called to his black horse Major, l eft him just outside the school house and entered. "I've got to see thfa thing out," said Bob. Then, whistling to his bay, he followed Dick inside. .As Dick entered the schoolmaster said, from his desk on a little platform at one eI1d of the room: "Class in spellin' come up." Nearly all the boys came and stood in front of the desk. Milton Bartow and the boys who had been with him were on the line. Squeens put words out of a book t-0 all the rest, nam ing them in turn. Then he went over the same lot of boys, leaving out Milton a.nd the rest. "Why don't you give those other boys words to spell?" asked Dick. "B'ecause they ain't no pupils o' mine," with a whine. "Ef they want ter stan' up there, they kin, but I ain't agoin' ter learn 'em nothin', an' yew can't make me." Dick took a little bench, put it next to th~ school master, sat so that he could look on the book, and said quietly: "Give Milton Bartow some words to spell or you go out of the window to the rain butt." Squeens knew it wa~ there and winced. Then he gave Milt five or six of the most difficult words to spell on the page. The boy spelled them all correctly. , "Now the next one,'' said Dick. "James Jessup, spell 'geometry'," the schoolmaster said. The word was there, and Dick made no objection. Young Jessup spelled all his words correctly, and Squeens passed on to the next, and so through the class. Milt and his fellows were the better spellers, as they were better at ciphering,-as was quic kly proven. Dick sat by the schoolmaster's side and saw that he gave out the "sums" impartially to all the boys. It was the same with the girls, and Dick soon saw , who were the bright ones. Not only did Dick see to it that Squeens gave instruc tion to all impartially, but he looked after the matter of discipline as well. He saw some Tory boys whispering, over in a corner, and said: "You must stop those boys whispering, Mr. Squeens." "Stop that talkin' over there," said Squeens, looking in the direction of som:e patriot boys who were diligently studying their lessons, while the whispering in the other corner went on unabated. "The other corner," said Dick. "These boys are only studying." "Master Dumps, please stop whisperi]l'," said Squeens. "Won't do et, ain't whisperin' anyhow," growled Hub. "Yew do as teacher sez!" said a boy sitting on a bench just behind Hub, giving him a stinging box on the ear. "Yew was talkin', you sneak!" , This had been one of Hub's cronies, but he was one no longer. r "Sam Stocks, yew stop o' that!" said Squeens. "Ef there's any corporeal punishin' done i:a this school, it's me what administers of it." There was no more whispering in that corner nor in any other. The school was in the midst of a reading lesson. when someone was heard shouting outside . "Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, h"earken to the proclamation, good people."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. Then a stout, red-faced man, wearing a scarlet coat and a bag wig, came into the schoolroom. "Hearken to the proclamation of the governor, rep resenting his most gracious majesty," he began. "Where-as--" 1 Dick seized a bundle of proclamations the red-faced man had under his arm, and said : "You can't read those here!" CHAPTER III. A LIVELY CHA.SE. The red-faced man in the red coat glared at Dick and said, in great surprise: "How dare you, young sir?" "Because this is a schoolhouse, and no place in which to read proclamations." "And who are you, sir, to dictate to me, what I shall or shall not do, pray ?" "Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys. This is my first lieutenant, Bob Estabrook." "Rebels, both," with a snarl. "How dare--" "No, not rebel s , patriots. We know i;i.o rebels." "I say _ you are rebels, and unJess you swear allegiance--" "And I say we are not, Are you a school in s pector? If not, leave this place." "Give me those placards, sir, or--" Dick took the bundle in both hands and tore it right across, possessing great strength. 'rhen he tore each pal across and threw the fragments out of the window. "There are your precious proclamations," he said. "There will be some difficulty in reading them, after this wind gets at them," Bob chuckled. "Sir, this is contempt, and--" "I am glad that you see it in its proper light," said Dick. "Yes, sir, it is contempt, and--" "To be sure it is," laughed Bob. "Didn't you know that before?" "It is contempt," said Dick, "and that is what we feel for you and your precious Captain Houseman and Earl Cornwallis, if not for your poor, mi s guided king. For him we feel more pity, because he will not choose better -counsellors." "Sir, this is treason, and--" . "It, is not, it is reason. But we have heard enough. Either leave this place by the door, or you will go out of the window." "You young reb el," pufl'ed the big man, "I am here to give out a proclamation of the governor, representingOh yes , oh yes, oh---" aNo!" laughed Bob. Dick, seizing the big man by the collar and waistband, lifted him cl ear of the floor, big as he was, and pushed h i m through the open window. It was something of a tight fit, and the proclamation distributor carried some of the sash with him. Just then a sharp whistle was heard without. Then a handsome, dashy looking boy appeared at the window and said in a low tone : "Redcoats, Dick!" The boy was Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant, one of the ,bravest of the Liberty Boys, and trusted by Dick Slater next to Bob himself. "All right, :Mark," he said. Then he turned to the boys. "Be obedient and studious, boys," he said, "in all things that have to do with the school. Be respectful a~d Jearn all you cap.." Then, turning to Squcens, Dick said: "And you, M:r. Squeens, remember the threffi of the Liberty Boys. If you go on as you have been going, we will drum vou out. " "Quick, Dick," whispered Mark at the windo\\ . "All right." Then Dick left the school house, followed in st antly by Bob. Outside they saw Mark, sitting on a big gray, at the ' window. • . In the road were four of the Liberty Boys, all well mounted. One rode a speedy bay mare, one a roan, and the other two a pair of well-matched sorrels. The red-faced man whom Dick had thrown out of the window, was now seen dashing down the road, shout ing at the top of his voice. The tramp of horses was heard in that direction, and Dick said: "Have you seen them, Mark?" "Yes, from the hill. They are redcoats , Dick." "Away with us, then, for there may be more of these fellows than we• will care to meet." Dick, Bob, Mark, and the rest now went flying up the road as a party of redcoats came in sight from the other clirectfon. There were thirty or forty of them, and they came on at a dash. Catching sight of the boys, they fired. The brave young fellows answered the .-olley with musket and pistol and rode on. Their volley had greater effect than that of the enemy. Three or four redcoats were seen to waver in their saddles, and one or two drew rein suddenly. The rest dashed on, firing another volley at the daring boys. Ben Spurlock, Jack Warren, Harry Thurber and Harry Judson turned in their saddles and fired two or three shots apiece with their pistols. "Kever mind, boys," said Dick. "They won't trouble us much longer." The plucky fellows quickly disappeared behind the trees which bordered the road and went on at a gal lop. "Things have been going at a lively gait for us, this morning," laughed Bob.


THE LIBERTY BOYS! THREAT. "Have vou two been adventures, as usual?" :M:ark asked. "Yes, plenty of them." They presently turned into a narrow lane, hardly distinguishable on account of the many trees bordering it and the grass which grew between its ruts. They rode at a more leisurely gait after entering the "Exactly!" said Dick. "Well, we'll try our best to accomplish it." CHAPTER IV. 5 lane. A w ARNING. In a short time they heard the redcoats go thundering • past, never suspecting how the clever boys had escaped. The camp of the Liberty Boys was in a secluded spot 'rhe boys could ride only two abreast down the lane, just off the Rocky Mount district, where they would but they made good progress. not be likely tt> be disturbed by the enemy. Ke e ping on this secluded road for some little time, the Dick Slater was just now acting under the ' orders of boys at l ength got upon another road, General Thomas Sumter, known as the "Carolina gameThey followed this for a time, then entered a wood, cock." and at length came upon the camp of the Liberty Boys. Sumter was gathering an army to oppose the redcoats, "Good mornin', Captain dear, an' how are ye the day, and Dick " " as watching them and getting information. Liftinant?" said the rosy-cheeked, pug-nosed Irish boy There were many Tories in the district, and Captain wbo met them at the edge of the camp. Houseman ' s proclamation would have a great influence "Very well, thank you, Patsy," said Dick, riding on upon them. • with Bob and Mark. There were many sterling patriots as well, however, "An' how are ye, byes?" asked Patsy Brannigan, the and these would resent Houseman's officiousness. ]il'ish Liberty Boy, as the others dismounted. "Fellows like this schoolmaster, Squeens, and this dis-"Prtty well, Patsy," said Jack. "The redcoats from tributor of the proclamations may do a lot of mischief," Rocky Mount got after us." declared Dick to Bob, as they sat in the former's tent. "Did they now? Sure Oi loike the impedence av thim, "Unless they are drummed out," chuckled Bob. chasin' a foine lot av byes loike yersilves." "And that is juE3t what will happen," firmly. "The "For why you was like dot?" asked a fat German boy Liberty Hoys do not make idle threats." who stood near. "Dot

6 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' THREAT. "Before beginnin' my remarks," said the red-faced man, clearing his throat, "I must demand that the two rebels in the rear at once disperse." "I am here in the interests of right and justice," Dick answered, "and I shall remain." The man's face grew redder as he ,proceeded. "I understand that there has been great insubordina,.. tion in this place of late," he said, pompously. "Tb.ere has," whined the schoolmaster. "Master Milton Bartow, step out here." The boy arose in his place, but stood there. "I prefer to stand here," he said. "What do you mean by goin' agin the rules o' the school?" asked Greenhill. "I have not," firmly. "Tut-tut, don't answer me in that fashion. Say 'sir' to me, you young rebel." Milt said nothing. "Didn't you refuse to read out your lesson?" "I not.'' The offensive sentence was now written out on the blackboard in staring white letters. "Ain't it the custom of the master to write out sentences for the scholars to repeat in concert?" "It is." "Then read what is writ on the board." "I will not," fir:mJy. "Why will you not, Milton?" Dick asked. "Because, Captain, what is written there has nothing to do with our school work." "What is usually written there, my boy?" "The capitals of the states, with their geographical position, the boundaries of the states, and problems in arithmetic." "Very good. This is none of those." "'l'he master has the right and privilege of writin' whate-ver be pleases," said the squire. "Are you goin' to read that?" "No." There was a buzz all around the room. ''Lleutenant Morrison," said Dick, "oblige me by erasing that offensive and unnecessary sentence." "Yes, Captain." / There was a wet sponge on the edge of the blackboard. Mark walked over to it, took the sponge and erased the writing. "Master Bartow," said the squire, "you are no longer a pupil of this school." Then Milt's friend stood up. "If he isn't, neither am I," he said. "Nor me!" cried half a dozen boys and as many girls, popping UP. in different parts of the room. Then Dick arose and walked to the platform. "Wait a moment, girls and boys," he said. Then all sat down and there was immediate silence. "Mr. Greenhill," said Dick, "why is this boy expelled?" "It's none o' yure business," with a snap. "He don't do as teacher says," snorted the other, . angrily. He had been appointed evidently for the purpose of as sisting the master in his high-handed conduct of the school. That he was giving Squeens very little assistance, how ever, was patent to all. "Mr. Squeens has introduced entirely irrelevant matter into the school exercises," said Dick. "It is veryproper to refuse to read out such things." "Are you on the school board?'" snapped Greenhill. "It is not necessary for me to be. You are both ex ceeding your authority, and must stop." "How dare you say 'must' to me, you rebel?" and the-squire's red face turned purple. "Because I have authority behind it," :firmly. The room became as still as a vault. "You, Mr. Greenhill, have been circulating offensive handbills in this district. You, Master Hiram Squeens, have exceeded your authority in the conduct of this school." Neither of , the men said a word, but glared a.t Dick. ''The Liberty Boys never make a threat that they

THE LIBER'rY BOYS' THREAT. '1 "That does not matter, Jack," quietly. distance on the main road when he met Milt Bartow, "He also mentioned that he would find out the camp another boy and two girls. ' of the 'saucy young rebels' and hunt them out like a "School out, Milt?;, asked Dick, as the boys touched lot of rats." their hats. "Ah, that is of more importance, Jack," said "It seems to be out for us," the boy answered. "Mr. "That will need our attention." Squeens won't have anything to do• with us. We might Then the boys rode off toward the camp at an easy" just as well not be there, for all the attention he pays gait. us." Presently Mark said: "You will go, as usual?" "'l'here is someone coming on behind us, Captain." "I suppose so1 unless--" and the bqy paused. "Yes, I hear him. There is only one person." "Unless what, :Milton?" They kept on, still hearing the sound of the single "Are there any , vacancies in the Liberty Boys?" horseman behind them. "Yes, two." "Hang back a little, Jack," Dick said presently, "and "Do you think I would do? If I can't go to school, I see who it is. I think it is someone following us." would like to do something for my country." The boys went on, Jack waiting at the side of the road "ls there nothing else you can do, besides being a 501-till he saw the rider a:ppear. dier, Milt? That is a perilous life." . He was Hub Dumps riding on a big, ungainly horse of "Yes, but so is living about here, with Tories burning a very loose-jointed action. barns, shooting men from behind thickets, and running Jack took one glance at the boy and dashed ahead off with cattle and horses." after Dick and the others. "Very well," thoughtfully. ':The Tories think of hold-"It's Hub Dumps/' he said. ing a meeting, Milt . . Do you suppose you could learn "Didn't he see you?" where it is to be held?" "I think not." "It is in the old field." "Take the road through the woods, boys. Remain with "Yes, but when?" p:ie, Mark." "I'll find out, Captain." Jack and the two Harrys turned off, Dick and Mark "Hub Dumps knows," said the other boy. "He and keeping on. . E;0me others were talking about it." In a short time they teard the boy coming after them "You didn't hear the time mentioned?" as before. They went past the lane and finally stopped. In a few minutes Hub Dumps came up. He seemed surprised to see the boys, and halted a~ruptly. "Where are you going, Hub?" asked Diek. ",Goin' home, o' course," replied Hub, but Dick could see from a certain change of color that the borY was not telling t1ie truth. "No." "See if you can learn, Milt," said "I will meet you here some time this evening." "I'll have my chores to do1 and it will be after sun.-down before I can get here." "That will be time enough. I will be here." ~'V e ry well, Captain." Dick rode on, and tl!l.e boys and girls went their ways. Not far from the schoolhouse met Hub Dumps "Is school over?" "Yus." • and three or four of his cronies. "All right, go ahead," and Dick drew up on one side, Mark doing the same. Hub went on, but one could easily see that he did not want to do so. "Turn back, Mark, and go down the lane," said Dick. Mark did so, Dick keeping on till he caught up with Hub. . The latter seemed better satisfi.e _ d to have Dick go ahead, and yet showed his astonishment at the latter being alone. Dick went ahead at a pace whic)l Hub could not possibly keep up with and, being well in the lead, turned off down an unused road, went through woods, and by many devious ways at length reached thf:! camp. "If that fellow f(?llows us, he is a good deal smarter than I think he is," Dick said, with a ' laugh, to Mark. "You think he was trying to?" "Yes, s ent by the master or by this pompous squire." "They will have to send a smarter messenger than Hub Dumps." They looked black, but said no , thing, and he rode on. "Those fellows would have attacked me if they dared," he said to himself, "and they fnean mischief, as it is." In front of the schoolhouse Dick saw Squeens and the squire coming out. The red-faced man got upon his horse and said, snarl ingly: "You thought you had the best of us, but them re~els is expelled from the school, and you will be drove out of the district by to-morrow." "The scholars have not been expelled, and the ho:nest1 men of this district shall know of your high-handed p,roceedings. Remember my ~arning. If you continue this line of conduct, both of you will be drummed out." "Not for any boys that I can thrash like l would birch an unruly pupil," snarled Squeens. "I ain't goin' out not for no young rebels like you all." "We will see," said Dick, quietly, _ and then he . rode on. When out of sight of the two Tories he heard some "That's what I think." , • men coming on, talking loudly. Later, Dick set off on Major, and had gone a short l He drew rein as he heard one say:


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. "We'll meet to-morrow in the old field and settle them rebels." "Yu-, we will, an' run out them Liberty Boys. Hub '11 find out where their camp is." Then the men, thtre were three or four o. them, caught sight of Dick. They glared at him, but did p.ot offer any violence, and both he and they went their ways. "Hub is going to find our camp, is he?" laughed Dick. "I don't think he will." At length Dick turned and rode toward the camp. Soon after passing the schoolhouse, which seemed to be deserted, he heard someone coming on behind him on horseback. "They mean to follow me," he said, and at a turn in the road hid in the bushes, causing Major to lie down. Before long he heard someone say : "I don't hea.r him, do you?" "No, but I reckon he must have went on." They passed, and in a few moments Dick took to the road again, and turned into the lane without being seen. After dark he was at the point where he had promised to meet Milton. Before long the boy appeared, walking. ('Have you learned anything, Milton?" Dick asked. "Yes, Captain. The Tories meet in the old fiela' early to-morrow morning." "Very good." "They also mean to learn the location of the Liberty Boys' camp, and drive you out of the district." "Yes, I know that. rrhey have tried to follow me two or three times, since I saw yolL" "They have not succeeded,, I should judge," with a laugh. "No, but they have tried, and will try again." "These Tories, if they succeed in arousing enthusiasm, expect to be joined by others, especially by one Captain Huck," added Milton. "I know him, a profane, cruel man. He has a good deal of influence, I know, and we must counteract it." "There will be more trouble in the school if these Tories succeed." "We must see that they do not," quietly, "and I thank you for what you have done." Then Dick said good-night and rode away. CHAPTER VI. " BREAKING UP THE '.MEETING. -----diers from the fort at Rocky Mount, were just about to begin their meeting. ' Then Dick Slater gave the signal, and down upon the Tories swept the Liberty Boys. :Milt Bartow bad told more than the Liberty Boys of the intended meeting. A number of patriots had gathered close to the old field. They remained hidden in a lane until they heard the cheer ~f the gallant boys. Then they came rushing out of the lane, and fe11 upon the Tories and reoeoats with a shout. Squeens, Greenhill, Hub Dumps and others were recognisej:l. Hub and other boys of his age were the first to retreat. Down upon the surprised Tories dashed the Liberty Boys and the people of the district. The soldiers from Rocky Mount made some show of resistance at the first. The Tories were driven helter-skelter from the field, however. Then the redcoats were forced to follow. They went in better order, however, and kept to gether. Milt and some of the patriot boys from the school were in hiding opposite to the Liberty Boys. When Hub Dumps and his cronies fled they ran right upon the boys. 'l'hey arose quickly and fell upon the Tory bullies. 1 They were equal in number to the Tory boys, and the latter could not say that there was not fair play. They showed themselves in good time for the Tories to have p_repared themselves. Milt ut once attacked Hub, his chum pitched into a boy as big, and all along the line the brave boys fell upon the Tories. Milton quickly conquered Hub, who could not rely upon any of his cronies to give him assistance. It was the same with the rest, none of the Tory boys being able to get another to help him. The Tory boys were routed, and now the men were flying in all directions. Squeens and Greenhill had horses, and they found and sprang upon them without delay. They did shout to the Tories to stand firm, but they did not set the example, and no one listened to them. The Tories having fled, the Liberty Boys charged upon the redcoats. The latter fled to Rocky Mount, where Captain Houseman was most indignant at the conduct of the patriots. The field was left in the possession of the Liberty Boys and the:ir allies, and there was great rejoicing. The Liberty Boys quickly returned to their camp_, and the neighbors went back to their homes. Early the next morning the Liberty Boys left their During the early forenoon Dick set out with some of camp and made their way cautiously toward the old field. the boys to see if he could learn any news of the self They went through the woods and d<:>wn bylanes, and styled Captain Huck, and also of General Sumter, whom made very little noise, going in parties of a dozen or he was daily expecting to put in an appearance. twenty. / With him were Bob Estabrook and Jack Warren Ben They reached the thicket bordering the old field andl Spurlock, Will Freeman, George Brewster and Ned Nash, spread out so as to make a rush at the word. all brave boys. All had assembled, and the Tories, with a party of solThey arrived at the little log schoolhouse at the mo-


THE LIBER'l.1 't BOYS' TlIRK\.'1'. 9 ment that the scholars were let out for the forenoon "Huh! school teachers don't grow on !lvery bush," recess. snorted Squeens. They saw only Tory boys, however, although th~e "Perhaps not, but we'll find one, and a better one than were a few girls whom Dick recognized as having sided you are." with Milt Bartow and his companions the day before. Just then Dick heard a signal from Bob. The girls, seeing Dick, came forward, and one, a very The latter signalled that enemies were coming. pr ty miss with a white sunbonnet hm1ging by its strings, Dick listened and heard the tramp of horsemen. a.round her neck, said: Then he went to the window, as if to look out. "The other boys are keJ>t in during reces,,." 1Ie thereupon signalled to Bob to hide. "Probably for fear they will thrash Hub and his bull-Then he sat down, and Squeens went to the door and ies," chuckled Jack. c-alled to his pupils. "For what?" asked Dick. 'l'hey :ill came trooping in, and took their seats. "Fighting, the schoolmaster say .. , Hardly had they done so when the tramp of horses "Among themselves?" was heard. • "Why, no, they wouldn't do that," puzzled. Milt Bartow looked alarmed, and cast a warning glance "They why aren't the others kept in at recess as well .at Dick, who did not seem at all worried. as these boys? The boys must have been fighting with Presently in marched the squire and six redcoats. them." Th

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. .. squire. "You have got us into this scrape. I we help suddenly heard shouts and shots down a little lane they you again, you will know it." were passing. "Don't you talk to me like that!" stormed Greenhill. • "There is ~ome trouble," said Dick. "Forward!" "You're nothin' but a sergeant. Air you aware that I The boys dashed down the lane, the soun

,-THE LIBERTY BOYS-' THREArr. 11 "There was more trouble at the school this morning," He caught sight of the back of the schoolmaster's Dick added, "but you must go, just the same." head through a window, and, dismounting, went forward. "We will." "Keep a watch, Bob," he said . "As for Huck's army, we will look out for that," Dick Bob took Major and his own horse into the thicket and continued, "and there will be no more recruiting for it, waited. if we can prevent it." . Nearing the open window, Dick heard Squeens say: "That's right, I hope you will. Teacher's been carryin' "You gotter find out where the young rebels have things on with a high hand, I reckon, fur's I kin learn, their camp." but Tom ain't ther sort ter kerry tales, an' I have ter git "We've done tried ter, teacher," said Rub, "an' we ther news outside." cain't do it." "We will attend to the schoolmaster's case also," re"Make Milt Bartow tell you where it is." plied Dick. "I shall give him no further warning, but "He dunno et, no more'n we do. I reckon he met ther . ,carry out our threat when he least expects it." rebel on ther road an' talked to him, an' didn't go ter Having done all they could about the place, the boys ther camp at all." took their departure. "Then you gotter find it, I tell you, or you'll get a As they neared the head of the lane, they heard thrashing. Them rebels has gotter be drove out. Find the sound of a dru~. l where it is, and Captain Hck '11 come and drive them Dick went forward cautiously, and saw a number of away." men, whom he recognized as having seen on the road "How be we goin' ter find out? Every time we try ter near the schoolhouse. foller him or any o' them, they scatter all over, go down "Is it much furder ter go?" asked one. lanes, or inter ther woods, an' they ain't no tellin' where "On'y ter Williamson's," answered the leader. "Cap'n they be." Huck is goin' ter camp there an' then we're agoin' ter "It takes a smarter boy than you are to track any of march agin ther rebels, an' drive 'em out'n ther kentry." the Liberty Boys, Hub," was Dick's thought. "If you are not first drivtn out," thought Dick. "You gotter find 'em, you fool, or I'll take the hide CHAP'l'ER VIII. SOME DISAPPOINTED TORY BOYS. 1right off'n you!" snapped Squeens. "You an' the rest git ter work.~' "All right," said two or three boys. "If yer don't find out where it is by toTnight," Squeens continued, "I'll warm yer jackets so you'll think yer've ' been settin' next ter fire. Now git out!" • I Dick dodged around to the side and Hub and others presently came out at the front. They went off down the road, and then Dick came out , The recruits to Huck's army ,were allowed to go on and signalled , to Bob. unmolested. Dick had learned where the man was encamped, and that was enough for that time. If he attacked these men, they would know that he had learned something and would warn Huck. It was better to let them go on, therefore. Returning, he told Bob and the rest what he had heard. "It was all right not to bother them now," observed Bob, "but now that we know where to find them, we will do something when the proper time comes." "Yes," said Dick, "Jack, you are well mounted. Ride to Colonel J\IcClure's camp and tell him that Huck will encamp to-night at Ur. Williamson's plantation." "Very good, Captain." _ ,"It is a good ride, but your mare can do it with ease. Then return to our camp." "All right, Captain. I shall want to avoid these fel-. lows who have gone on, I suppose." "Yes. Take the road to the right, a little way on. Then you will not see them." "Very good," and Jack saluted and rode on. Dick and the rest now turned back and went toward their camp. Reaching the lane; he left Ben and the others, while he and Bob went on. Coming in sight of the log schoolhouse, he saw that everything was quiet about the place. "The schoolmaster says that he will take the hides off of those fellows if they do not find our camp before night," he said, when Bob came out. "Then I guess he will have to begin tanning right away," Bob returned. "L think I will let them do it, Bob," smiling. "I don't know that it will do any harm, seeing that we will probably leave there to-night." "That's what I was thinking of," dryly. They rode off in the direction taken by Hub and the rest. In a short time they overtook the Tories. The lattGr ran as soon as they caught sight of Dick. A little later Dick said to Bol.: "You go ah _ ead with Major, Bob. I want to see what these fellows are going to do." Dick then dismounted and made his way back cau tiously. , He soon saw the Tory boys coming on, talking earnesly. "There's their boss track," one said. "Why can't we foller that?" "We kin, if they keep straight on," growled Hub, "but f>Uppose they go in ha:ff er dozen different ways?" "They cain't, 'cause theyls on'y two on 'em." "Wull, we've done tried ter roller 'em afore, an' couldn't." I


Hrn Llll.EU'l'Y B()YS' THREAT. "Yes?" "We gotter do et now, anyhow, Hub Dumps, an' er yer back out, I'll tan yer hide, 'sides what teacher does." "Here's their tracks, anyhow," said another, "an' they're plain as kin lJe. ':,. "I overheard them talking about it to 1Hr. Squeens and was able to fina it by their deception." "Well?" Dick stole away, made a detour and caught up with Bob. "The Tories are all going to attack it to-night and drive you out." "They are following us, Bob," he said, "so we must make a good easy trail." "We won't be here, )Iilton, we are going to attack 1:,ome other Tories." "And they think they are clever," with a laugh. Then it's all right." "Hub Dumps has been dethroned . Any of the boys can talk to him now as he pleases." "Yes, and we knew of this, but I am just as grateful to you for giving us the information." "I thought you oug-ht to know." The boys went on, turned into the lane, and rode ahead, making as ]jroad a trail as possible. "Quite 1ight. and you are a good patriot, ::Hilton." AftQr they had reached the camp Dick weut out, made a detour and finally came upon the Tory boys following the trail. The boy remained a short time, and half an hour later Lhe Liberty Boys were on the march. "We'll find 'em this time, all right," $aid Hub. "I follered ther trail good." "You hain't done it any more'R the rest on uf:, Hub Dumps . You needn't go to crackin' of yourself up like that." CHAPTER IX. "Wull, we all have done it, o' course. That's what I THE DEFEAi' OF THE TORIES. meant," apologetically. 1.; . . ~• Dick watched them .following the trail, keeping even 'The boys saw nothing of the Tories on their march, with them, but out of sight, and quite relished their deas it was probably too early for the latter to make their light at having been able to trace the boys to their camp . attack. "And they have no idea how we helped them," he They mo,ed rapidly but quietly, and there was no chuckled. alarm given . When they came in sight of the camp and saw the They rode until midnight, and then, being"' not far Liberty Boys moving about, the Tories sneaked away. from the camp of the Tories, rested. "Wel l , they have found us, Bob," Dick said, when he Dick shortly went out, with great caution, and found returned. the patriots under Bratton and Noel. "Yes, with our help," laughing. The Tories were encamped in the middle of a lane and "They don't know that, and they think they have were totally 1msuspicious of the presence of enemies. done something wonderful." "The Liberty Boys are at the other end of the lane, "And when Huck does not find us to drive us out, Hub colonel," said Dick to Colonel Bratton. will get his thrashing," Bob laughed. . "Very good," said the other . "\Yhen dawn approaches It was nearly supper time when Jack Warren returned. draw near. When you hear our firing, make the attack." He ,rent to Dick's tent at once and said: "I will," said Dick. "Huck means to do a lot of mis"The troops nre coming down to-night, Captain. They chief, but he will find us ready for him." will make the attack early in the morning. We are to "Yes, and ,re shall put an end to this Tory uprising, meet them." which is bound to do a great deal of harm, if not put "Good. The enemy know the location of ou; camp, down at once." Jack, and are going to attack us." Dick returned to his own camp, using due caution, for, "When?" asked Jack. notwithstand.i,ng the stillness, he did not know at what "Oh, when we get through with them," laughing. "The moment a sentry might spring out and challenge him. schoolmaster sent some of his favorite pupils to find out The Tories, confident in their strength, were sleeping where we were." soundly, howeYer. "And did they?" Not a breath was heard and the sentries, if there were "Yes, with our help. Never mind. We won't be here , any, seemed to be as sound asleep as the camp they to-night." guarded. "Oh, I see. You played them a trick?'' Dick heard nothing, saw nothing to alarm him on his "Yes." way back. The boys . were greatly pleased ,,hen they knew that 1 . Not a sentry challenged him, nor did he hear a tread they were going to march against Captain Huck. as he crept silently past the sleeping camp. Even if the man's army were not dispersed, the Tories I The Liberty Boys had their pickets set, as usual, but i•ould .::ec that there was opposition, and would be cau-1 no one came near the camp during the rest of the night. tious how they acted. Just before dawn the daring fellows moved noiselessly It was after dark when Milton Bartow rode out into forward, toward the end of the lane. the camp and asked to see Dick. All was dark and silent. "Hub Dumps and some of the Tory boys have disThe boys lay waiting the signal :from the other end covered. the camp, Captain," he said. of the lane.


THE LlBEH'l''t BOYS' THREAT. 13 At daybreak it came. "Yes, so she did," said the Carolina boy. "Somebody First there was a single shot, then a cheer anu after has 1!:idnaped her, Captain." , that a volley. "Say you so?" Then the Liberty Boys sprang forward and dashed into "She would not run away. Her sunbonnet was found the lane with a cheer. in the road, and there were the evidences of a struggle," "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. "Scatter the "Could you make out any of the footprints, Milt?'1 Tory marauders!" "They were greatly confused, and then hoofmarkil "Liberty forever!" echoed the daring lads. "Down were seen, as if she had been carried off on horseback. with Ruck and his Tories!" There were wheel tracks, too, but they may have been The surprise was complete. made afterward or before, for that matter." The Tories, reposing in fancied secu rity, were sud-"But the footprints?" denly aroused to find themselves beset on all sides. "Th_ey ceased after a short distance." Fire!" cried Dick. "Did they go into the woods?" Crash-roar! "No, they stopped short, in the middle of the road." A tremendous volley answered the command. "Do you suspect anyone?" :Many a Tory was laid low as they came rushing forth :Milt paused for a few .moments before answering. to give battle to the brave boys. "'l'he schoolmaster tried to kiss her yesterday aftep It was a fierce fight, for the Tories saw that the pa-ischool. He pretended to be fond of her, if she was a triots were in earnest, and realized their peril. 'rt:!bel,' as he called her." Muskets rattled, pistols cracked, bullets whistled, brave "Was he in school this morning?" boys shouted and cheered, and the din was tremendous. "Yes, I went there first." Huck was killed, and then the Tories, losing heart, "How did he seem?" began to fall back. "He said he was sorry." The Liberty Boys were ordered to pursue the fugitives, "Did he look so?" and were quickly in the saddle. "Ko, and if I can tell anything by a man's face, he wa!il Fast rode the Tories, but close behind them raced the glad." gallant Liberty Boys. "\fhen was Polly missed?" Terror stricken, the Tories urged their horses for-"Last evening, just before sundown." ' ward with spur and voice. "You did not see Squeens last night?" The plucky young patriots gave chase and kept the "Ko." beaten marauders on the dead run. "Where does he live?" 'I'he boys pursued the fugitives almost to Rocky 11'.Iount, '1He lives around. Just now he is at the house oE Hub and then turned and rode back more leisurely. Dumps." ~[any of the Tories fled this way and that, on the way "Have you been thete?" to Rocky :Mount, while the remainder scattered far and "No. Hub said she had run off with some scamp, no wide. doubt." Within four hours there was not a vestige of Huck's "Hub wants a thra~hing," said Jack. army left, and it might never have be<'n for what was "He got it," replied Milt, briefly. ever known of it afterward. "And now you want the Liberty Boys to help you find The pursuit of Cunningham and the' capture of four her?" asked Dick. of his party, an . d now the death of Huck and the falling "Yes." to pieces of his army, aroused the patriots, discouraged "Why did you not come before, )Iilt? I am afraid the the Tories, and alarmed the redcoats at Rocky Mount. trail is cold." :Meanwhile the Liberty Boys, haYing rested, returned "I did not know it until this morning. Mr. -Weeks 'Ila to their old camp. scouring the neighborhood all la t evening, but he did Here they expected to remain till Sumter arrived. not come to our house till late, and I was in bed and The . next morning Dick set out with )lark, Hen. Jack asleep." • and the two Ilarrys to reconnoiter. . "I think that Squeens and the squire had something to They haq only been a short 1.ime on the way when they do with it," said Mark. met Milt Rartow on horseback. hurrying toward them. "Perhaps, Mark," answered Dick, quietly, "but we The boy halted as he met them, and Dick said: must have proof before we accme these men." "Well, Milt, any more trouble at the school?" "To be sure, but Squeens is mean enough , . and the "Not exactly, although I think that-Polly Weeks is other would help him out." missing." "Take us to the place where thi~ happened, Milt," said "One of the girls ?0 ' Dick. "Yes, you will remember her, she has yellow curls, and 'l'hey turned into the road and '\\ere soon riding along wore a white sunbonnet." at a good pace. "She carried it around her neck by its strings, mostly, I: "There's Hub Dumps," said Ben. "He seems to b should say,'' laughed Jack. I taking a holiday this morning." "Tn1st to Jack for noticing the girls,'' chuckled Mark, Hub was coming along on foot, and seemed not a 1 wbo was a bit of a tea~e. 1 little alarm<'d at the sight of so many patriots.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' TITRE.AT. He kept to one side of the road, and seemed ready to run at the slightest sign of trouble. "Come on, Hub," said Dick. "No one is going to hurt you." Hub kept close to the side of the road, and Dick shot a quick glance at him as he passed. On the shoulder of Hub's coarse jacket were two or three long yellow hairs. CHAPTER X. A VISIT TO MRS. DUMPS. Hub hurried on, as if doubtful of Dick's honesty and, when once by, broke info a run. "Does Hub live in that direction?" asked Dick. "No, he lives the other way," answered Milt. "Let us see the place where you found Polly's sunbonnet." "Hub lives beyond that, on a rough road." "Did the tracks l ead in that direction?" "Not the wheel tracks. The others did, but then they got confused, and you could not tell where they went." "Is it a stony road?" . "Yes, and full of ruts. A wagon would be rattled to pieces going over it." 1 The y came at length to the place, antl Dick got down and began to examine the footprints. They were confused now, and men had come by that morning. Dick could tell the old tracks from the new, and he presently said: "Hub Dumps wears a pretty big boot, doesn't be?" "Yes," answered Milt. "I noticed it as he passed. These tracks were made last night." "He went home from school this way." "Yes, but there are a girl's footprints, and then every thing is confused." "Do you think the bully was engaged in it, Dick?" asked Mark. I / go there and have a look around. We won't all go. Some of us had better hang back when we get near it." Then they set off in the direction of the rough road on which Hub lived. "It is just beyond that clump of bushes," said Milt, at length. "Very good, wait here, boys," said Dick. "Milton and I will go ahead." The road was narrow and rougher than ever by the bushes, and Dick dismounted. Then he took something from the bush and said : "Polly wore a pink print dress yesterday, I believ e.~ "So she did," answered the other. "She often did." "Is this a piece of it?" and Dick handed a little bit of cotton cloth to Milton. "Yes. Where did you get it, Captain?" "From this bush." "I ' did not see it." "No, but I suppose you are not accustomed to looking for such things as I am." "Then that shows that she came this way?" "Yes, for it is not likely that Hub would tear it off and put it on the bush." The two boys now went ahead, Milton dismounting. Stuck on the side of the rough road was a log cabin, a story and a half in height, but of some extent. It wa!' approached by a flight of rough steps dug out of the bank and washed out in some places by the rain. Two or three untidy looking girls were at play on the steps , and a boy of eight, ragged, dirty and ill favored, was at the top. At sight of Dick Slater, this boy suddenly gave out a yell and shouted: "Hello, ma'am, here's some rebels come arter that strange gal!" Then he ran into the cabin, and in a moment there was the sound of a resounding slap, followed by a yell. "Shut yer mouth, yer dratted nuisance," a sharp voice cried. "Rebels, rebels!" cried the little girls as' they sprang up and began to throw pebbles at Dick. He ascended the rough steps and the girls ran away as an untidy looking woman appeared at the door. "What yer want?" she snapped. "Rebels ain't no use ,"Did you notice the yellow hairs on Hub's shoulder?" in this house." Dick asked, by the way of reply. All the boys were interested in an instant, and be sieged Dick with questions. "Yes, I saw them, but I did not wi h to alarm Hub. He would have warned the rest." "Then be was in the affair," said Mark. "Undoubtedly. These footprints convince me of that. I wanted to get a look at Hub's feet, and I noticed his shoulders:" "You see everything," said Mark. "You are Mrs. Dumps?" asked Dick. "Yus, I be, but et ain't naught ter yew. What's yer businei;:s ?" "I have come for Polly Weeks, the young girl who was brought here last night," quietly. "How'd yew know she was hrung here?" "For severa l reasons, but they don't matter." "Huh! s'pose I was ter say she wasn't brung here?" with a snort, "Well, not much escapes me at any rate." "I wouldn't believe you," tersely. "She was. I have "I never thought of such a cal as Hub," declared Milt evidence of it." "He was working for another, no doubt," Dick an• "Wull, she was, an' her an' Hub was huggin' an' kissin' swered. ter beat all, an' I sent her out'n ther house." "But would they take the girl to Hub's house? Squeens Milt's face was scarlet as he cried: is boarding there and some of us suspected him at once." "It is not so, you are not telling the truth. Polly Weeks "They might," returned Dick. "At any rate, we will , would have nothing to say to a fellow like Hub Dumps."


'11HE LIBERTY BOYS' THREA'l'. 16 Then the boy, appearing at an angle of the cabin, piped up: "Teacher tried ter kiss her an' she fetched him one on the mouth that putty nigh sent his teeth down his thrut.". "Luck Dumps, yew shet up carryin' tales!" snarled the woman, "or I'll tan ye!" "Where is the girl?" asked Dick. "I sent her away, I tell yer," with a snap. The little girls began throwing stones again, but not being good on the aim, hit their mother instead of Dick , or Milt. " 'Lisbeth Ann, Sairy Jane, yew stop o' that or I'll warm ye!" Mrs. Dumps yelled. "Ther gal ain't here, I tell ye." "Teacher tooked her away this mornin' or las' night, I tt"eckon," said the eldest of the girls. "I wisht I had ther frock." "Yew hold yer yawp, Samanthy M'ria Dumps," said the woman. "Yew donno nothin' erbout et, yew wasn't awake." "l was so, an' I heerd the shay drive away with the gal into it, an' I seen teacher adrivin' with a black man settin' behind, holdin' onter ther gal." "Squire Greenhill has a ncgro coachman," said Milt. "She ain't here, I tell yew, an'---ef yew don't stop firin' them rocks I'll take a rawhide to yer!" "Did Mr. Squeens drive off with her this morning?" asked Dick. "Yes, he did, an' that's all I know about et, an' yer don't n~edn't ter ast me no more questions, 'cause I dunno nothin'." "Where was he going?" "I donno." "Was it Bijah Greenhill's rig?" "Yus, an' his nigger. I told 'em I wouldn't have ther gal here with folks suspicionin' I done et. ~dnappin' is ergin• ther lawr, an' I wasn't ergoin' ter be mixed up in any o' ther lawr business." "Where did they go?" "I donno, ter ther parson's, I reckon, 'cause teacher he says he was ergoin' ter marry ther gal, but et's a clear case o' kidnapin', whatever he says." Dick saw that the woman, in her fear of the 4tw, was now telling the truth. "Do you think they went to Squire Greenhill's ?" he asked. "Is he a magistrate, could he marry them?" "He ain't no squire, he just says he is, he couldn't marry folks no more'n that boy o' mine. They went ter ther parson, I reckon." "When was this?" "Last evenin' or early this mornin'. Leastwise ther gal didn't $tay here i.J.11 night." "And Hub and the teacher helped to bring her here." "My Hub?" "Yes, I saw three or four yellowish hairs on his shoul der. They must have fallen there in the struggle." "Waal!" muttered the woman, angrily. "Hub '11 git warmed fur thet! An' I won't have teacher here no more arter that!" Then the angr:r and frightened woman rushed into the house. A few moments later one of the windows on the side flew open. Then out came a shabby portmanteau, shoes, a beaver hat, a pair of broadcloth breeches, and various o.therarticles of wearing apparel. "The schoolmaster is changing his quarters," laughed, Milt, :'but that's an odd way to do it." CHAPTER XI. A TROUBLESOME PRISONER. Dick was forced to laugh at the energetic way Mrs. Dumps had of getting rid of an unwelcome lodger, an

16 TUE LIBERTY BOYS' 'l'HREAT. ,ervant unless he expected the girl to go there. Is there a clergyman near?" "None that would marry Squeens. They all know him too well." "'l'hen he may have agreed to do it." Riding along at good speed, the y at length came in 1-ight of the pretentious house wh e r e the Tory lived. They all rode in at the g a te, and h a d not gone far w he n a negro <,ame forward and ' said: "What am you' wis hes , youn gc'm en? De mastah ob di,:h yer 'state am gon e o ' t on impo'tant business." 'We wish to rel e a s e a y oung w o man who i s kept a pri s oner in this house," was Dick's r e ply. "Yo'm rebel s , I reckon?" "So they call us, but we are patriots." ''Waal, I'se jus' glad you's done come 'long, 'cause dat y o ung woman done make a heap o' trouble, an.' I reckon Mar s e Squire 'II be mighty glad when she's o't o' de h o's e." "Then she is kept a prisoner here, as I supposecl?" " She ain' kep' one, she done keeps herse'f." ''."What do you mean?" Dick ask e d, puzzled. " he done lock d e do' on de in. ide , an' won ' let no one i n nohow." "'l'hat's just like Polly!" cried :Milt. "She's got lots of g rit." "Dat's raight, young ge'man," said the p.egro. "She d on e slap de squire in de face till yo' kin see de print c,h her five fingers plain as anyt'ing, an' den she lock de d o' an' JlO one cain't get in, not fo' coaxin' or nuffin. She's a smaht gal." " I s Mr. Greenhill out?" asked Dick. "Yas'r, he'm o't jus' now, but ef yo' wan' ter leave an_\ wo' d, I'll undertake to delivah it." "First, let us into the house to release this young lady!' "Yas'r, an' glad ter do it, fo' ob all de trubble makin' young pussons .[ ebah see, she am de wust!" "Ti e main behind, Ben and Jack, to look after the h ors e s," said Dick. Then he and the rest went into the hou se, preceded b y the negro. . The latter led the way to a room o n an upper floor, an d Dick rapped on the door and said : "It is I, Captain Slater, :Miss Poll y . Do not be afraid t o o pen the door." " Captain Slater, of the Libert y Boy s ?" cried Polly, fro m within. "Yes, and a number of the boys," as the bolts were heard being withdrawn, and someone else." The bolts shot back rapidly after that, and the door flew open. "Milt!" cried Polly, and in a . moment the two were clasped in each other's arms. "Better hurry up, Marse Cap'n," said the negro. "Why?" asked Dick. "Ole marse am comin' wif a lot o' redcoats f'om de fo't. dat yo' done broke inter d,, ho'sc, but yo' bettah get away raight smaht, I reckon." "Yes, there are too many of them for us to handle," said Dick. Then they all hurried below, and were soon in the saddle, Polly riding in front of Milt. "Did Squeens carry you off?" the boy asked. "Yes." "You were put on a horse?" "Yes, with Hub riding behind." "And went to his house?" "Yes, at first, but :Mrs. Dumps was afraid and made ~queens take me aw~'" "Did you sec Greenhill?" "Nat at first. Afterward he came and said that I must marry Squeens." "And then?" "I slapped his face, shut the door and locked it on the in s ide, and defied them to do their worst." "You're a plucky girl, but it took Captain Slater to find out where you were. I could not have done it." "But you suspected?" "Yes, but I did not know how to go to work. He saw s ome of your hair on Hub's shoulder, he found a bit of your frock, he recogni7,ed Hub's footprints." "Well, you went and got him, at any rate." "Yes, I did that.,., "That was something," greatly pleased. They heard the tramp oJ'. the redcoats not far off be hind them as they rode out at the gate , and dashed down the road at a gallop. They were not s e en by the enemy, however, and ~lark eaid, with a laugh: "That black fellow will have a terrible story to tell of how we broke into the house, smashed things g e nerally, terrorized them all, and carried off the girl." "He has a good model in his master," added Jack, dl'yly. 'rhey reached Polly ' s home at length, and were most heartily received. Polly herself was welcomed with every demonstration of joy, and Milt was praiaed for what he had done. There was great indignation expressed against the schoolmaslrr and the squire, and Weeks declared that he would h,wc them both run out of the town. "We will attend to that," said Dick. "We threatened to drum them out, and we always do as we say." "'l'hen eYery decent man, woman and boy in the di . -trict will turn out to see you do it," heartily. The Liberty Boys now rode back to the camp, and were met by Bob, who said: "General Sumter is coming, and will shortly attack the fort at Rockv :Mount." "Then the Liberty Boys will have something to do," saiJ Dick, and all the boy8 cheered. CHAPTER XII. Y o' kin see 'em o't o' dish yer window." THE NEW LIBERTY BOY. J)ick looked and saw a large detachment of redcoats Preparations were at once made to go and meet Sumter, com ing along the road, not far distant. and the camp was a busy scene. "I am obliged to you," he said to the negro. The boys would not march at once, as that would "Y as'r, tank you', sah. I'se gwine ter tell ole marse; arouse suspicion.


'I'IIE LIHlW'l'Y BOYS' TIIREA'l'. 1'1 Preparations could be made, however, and at the proper time the boys would go on the march. Lieutenant-Colonel Turnbull now commanded at Rocky Mount. The garrison consisted of one hundred an:d fifty New York volunteers, and some South Carolina Tory militia. These were stationed principally in three buildings upon a slope smrounded by a ditch and an abatis, and encircled by an open wood. Sumter had crossed the Catawba, and was rapidly ap proaching Rocky Mount. He was accompanied by Colonels Neil, Irvine and Lacy, Mld Captain McClure, all brave :fighters. while the Liberty Boys were making ready, Patsy said to Carl: "Av we do be going away, Cookyspiller, we will want to take something to ate wid us." "I was t'ought you was rather fighd as eat, Batsy?" "Sure Oi would," retorted the Irish boy, promptly. "Den why you was wanted to got somedings to eateJ already?" asked Carl, wi'th a laugh. "But there do be some av us what would rather ate than foight, do ye moind," Patsy added, soberly. "Was dot so?" "Yis, an' ye're wan av thim," and Patsy let out a .roar. "Humbug! I was fighted like anydings." "Yis, an' ate loike iverything," with a langh. "Gone ouid mit you." "An' we'll have to get something to ate for thim fcllys, so come along wid ye." "All righd, I was went mit you," and the two comical Liberty Boys presently set out, taking a box wagon with them. "Don't you two funny fellows go to getting into any trouble," laughed Bob, as they left the camp. , "Sure Oi won't mesilf," said Patsy, "an' av Oi do be along, Cookyspiller can't." Patsy had the seat and drove, while Carl sat in the bot tom o:f the cart. "Dot wagon don'd was had some springs, und I was went boompetty-boomp like deryclings,~' complained Carl, when they were a little w~le on the road. "Sure that's all right,." Patsy" answered, laughing. "Subbose you letted me drove lmd you was sit der bottom off der wagon on, und den you know how dot is," Carl retorted. "Sure Oi niver could hold it down loikc yerself, so set still." "I don'd could sitted still, I was all dcr dime choomped abouid." While they were talking the horse set oil' on a road of its own. It was scarcely more than a cart path, and led to a little brook with steep banks. Carl began to get more bumps than ever. "Where you was went?" he asked. "Dot don'd was der road." "It's a short cut, that's all, an' we'll get to where we're goin' all the _sooner." • When the horse started down the bank Patsy flew off the $Cat and hrnded on the animal's back . • Carl slid down toward the front of the wagon and bumped his head against the seat. "Hold ouid, where you was went?" he shouted. "Sure, that"s all roight, it's a postillion Oi am," laughed Patsy. When the horse started to go up the other bank, after crossing the brook, Patsy had some trouble in holding on . "Begorry, Oi'll be roidin' on his tail next," he said. "Hold on, Batsy, what you was doed?" "Sure Oi am howldin' on as hard as Oi can, but Oi can't rache his ears." "Hold ouid, I toldt you, I was slippe

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'rHREAT. a runner as Jack, nor as good a shot as I, nor as fine a "Loike the heads av some of the redcoats," laughed swimmer as Harry, but he keeps up a good average in all." Patsy. "He'll do very well," added Jack. "Keeps his temper, Nearing Rocky Mount, the boys halted and waited d@esn't brag, knows what he can do, and is ready for the appearance of Sumter. anything." It was still dark, but the boys were careful al,out "And he is a good patriot and loyal to his friends. He lighting fires, for fear that the enemy might see then. would not do a mean act, .and his principles are the best." They set pickets, to keep a lookout for stragElers, "He's just the boy we want with us," said both boys. some of whom might give information to the enemy of "I agree with you. Send him here in a few minutes." their approach. The boys returned, and at length Ben said: There was a small fire lighted, beside a rock near "The captain would like to see you, Milt." the road, and here Milt Bartow was on picket. The boy colored and said: The fire did not burn brightly, but could be stirred "Come along, Ben, I don't. think I could stand it into flame at any moment. alone." Milt walked across the road and back, keeping h is "Well, all right. Come on, Jack." eyes and ears open. Dick smiled as the three boys came up, and said: Toward morning whep. the fire had nearly died out, be "You thought perhaps I would not want you, Milt?" heard someone coming along the road. "Well, I didn't know, of course, but I thought I could . Jack, ~en and othe:s ha~ told him th~ Liberty Boys' stand it better if I ha . d someone with me." _ signals, and had practised him on them till he knew the Dick laughed, and said: 1 principal ones fairly well. "Will you swear to uphold the honor of your country, These consisted ?f natural sounds,. given in a peculiar to :fight its battles, to stand by your comrades in all that manner, all of which meant somet~ng. is right, and to face even death in defence of the cause The hoot of an owl, the cry of a rught hawk, the croak 0 freedom?" of a frog, the chirp of a cricket, all hid a meaning. "I do," said Milt, firmly. . By using the~e sounds, ~he boys could communicate "Then you are one of the Liberty Boys. '\Ve are on with each other m the presence of an enemy, and the latthe eve of a battle. Do you want to go home first and ter be none the wiser. see your parents?" There. were two or three persons coming along the "Father said there might be one before I knew it, but road, Milt could tell .by !he so~d. _ to stick it out if you took me " answered Milt. "So I They were conversmg m ordinary tones, but he coulct think I'll stay." ' not as yet distinguish what they said. "Very good," and then Milt was fitted out with a uniStepping well into the shadow at the side of the road, form and provided with a musket the boys all giving him where he was not likely to be noticed, the boy remained a hearty cheer. ' silent and waited. As the strangers came on, Milt recognized their voices as those of Tory neighbors. CHAPTER XIII. A JlRAVE .ASSAULT. The Liberty Boys set out for Rocky Mount tha.t night. There was no time to attend to the schoolmaster and Greenhill at that time. "If they are wise, those two fellows will leave the district at once," declared Mark. "They never struck me as being the wise kind," an swered Jack. "They think that if they say a thing, it makes it so, observed Ben, "and. they are . too pigheacled to see any different." "Well, we'll give Patsy ' something to do when we get, 'beating the drum," added Harry Thurber. Patsy was the drummer, on occasion, as well as the cook. "What are those men doing so far from home?" he said to himself. "Squire says they weren't in their camp," said one. "Yus, but he donno if they come this way or no," growled another. "No, but they ain't any more redcoats, 'cept at Hangin' Rock, an' that's a matt'1, o' twelve mile." "The pesky young rebels moughter come this way," a third man said, "but we hain't saw 'em yit an' so we can't tell ther redcoats--" "Wha.t's that?" cried the others in a startled tone. "That's only a owl. What yer skeered on, Bill?" The new Liberty Boy was signalling to tho e nearest to him. "It:S pooty late for a owl ter be out. It'll be daylight soon." "Huh! I donno. There he gor,; again fnrder off." The three men were passing the almost extinguished fire and had not noticed it. Suddenly a puff of night air stirred it, and it quickened into flame. Three or four Liberty Boys w ere rewaled, creeping toward thc.m. Milton was seen standing by the road, and beyond "Humbug!" said Carl. "Dot drum was nodings but were seen more Liberty Bovs and their horses. leader." "Great snakes, rebel~!" gasped one. "Well, don't ye know that an Oirishman loikes to get howld a.v something he can bate?" laughed Patsy. "Oi can bate the dhrum loike iverything, because it do have a red coat."


• THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. 19 "And them pesl-y Liberty Boys inter ther bargain," cried another. "Run, yer fools, run!" yelled the other. Milt and the other boys sprang forward to seize the three Tories. The latter fled, post haste, each in a different direction, and escaped. "'l'hat'i:l too bad!" muttered Ben Spurlock. "Now they'll tell the enemy that we are here." "I suppose I ought to have put the fire out," said Milt, "but I had no idea it would fl.are up like that." "You couldn't help it, Milt," answered Sam. "No one would have thought of it but Dick." "And he thinks of everything," added Will. The sound of the men's footsteps quickly died out, and all was quiet. Dick was informed of what had occurred and said : "Well, they may inform Turnbull, but it could not be helped, so there is no use in fretting about it." Soon after daybreak, Sumter appeared with his force on the summit of a hill near at hand. Th~ Liberty Boys soon joined him and preparations were made for the attack. The enemy had been informed of Sumter's coming and were prepared to receive him. The plucky "Carolina gamecock" was determined to make the attack, however, even if the enemy had learned of his presence. The word to charge was given. Forward dashed the gallant lads and sent in a volley. The others fired several volleys, but they seemed to have little effect. Orders were then given to get over the abatis and drive the enemy into the houses. This was work just suited to the Liberty Boys. Dismounting h0is brave fellows, Dick led them to the attack. lt was difficult work surmounting the felled trees with their branches interlaced and projecting in all directions. The boys scrambled up like so many cats, sending in a pistol v0lley as they climbed. The enemy tried in vain to drive the brave fellows back. All along the line Sumter's hardy veterans were swarming up the abatis. Where they were driven back in one place, they ad vanced at another point. . The Liberty Boys massed themselves, one helping an other, and thus they made good progress. There was a constant pop-pop-pop from theiT pistols, and it was impossible to drive them back. "Liberty forever! Down with the redcoats. Forward!" they cried. "Let them have it, boys." Step by step they advanced, cheering and firing as they climbed up and over the obstruction. There was no keeping them back, and their phack in spired the rest. At last they surmounted the obstacle and were within the enclosure re.ady to continue the good work. "Charge!" cried Dick, and they dashed forward, firing a rattling volley. 'l'he garrison was driven into the houses, but now the next thing to be done was to force these. . CHAPTER XIV. TITE ESCAPE OF TI-IE ENE'MY. I The houses were situated near the bottom of the slope, were built of logs and were very strong. Having no artillery, Sumter was obliged to resort to other methods. 'l'he order was given to throw burning fagots upon and against the houses, to_ set fire to them. 'l'he plucky Liberty Boys, headed by Dick Slater him self, undertook to do this work. Providing with bunches of blazing fagots, they rushed forward . Some of the most nimble footed succeeded in throwing the fagots against the buildings. The garrison sent in a hot fire, and they were forced to fall back. Some of them were hurt, but none seriously. "We can't do it that way, and it's a pity," sputtered Bob. "We've got this far all right, and now we ought to get the rest of the way." "Very likely these redcoats think that we have al ready gone too far," said Mark, with a laugh. "I'm not looking at things from a British point of view," sputtered Bob. "But you could not expect them to look at it from your ~ide, could you, Bob?" smiling. "No, I suppose not," and Bob was forced to laugh himself. Another method was now resorted to as a means of de stroying the houses. An old wagon was found and piled high with straw and brush taken from the abatis. Upon these were thrown fagots, and the whole set on fire, and the wagon rolled down the hill against one of the houses. "Aha! that will give them a warning!" cried Bob, joy fully. The boys all cheered, seeing the logs beginning to take fire. ' The British, seeing their clanger, hoisted a flag. "I thought that would fetch 'em," sputtered Bob. Sumter, supposing the enemy were about to surrender, gave the order to cease :firing. At that moment a heavy shower descended, and in a few moments the flames were extinguished. The white flag was quickly hauled in, and the enemy opened :fire upon the patriots, defying them. Sumter had no other means at hand to dislodge the garrison, and he withdrew. "It was too bad," declared Bob. "It's a great pity the rain did not come after we had driven those fellows out." "I suppose it is," returned Dick, "but we cannot con-


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'III11EAT. trol such things, and the British probably regard it as a special act of Providence." Sumter withdrew to the north side of Fishing Creek, near the Catawba, while the Liberty Boys went back to their old camp. "We've got those Tories to look out for," said Dick. "They may try to do some more mischief, our attempt to dislodge the enemy having failed." "And we have an old score to settle with them, as it is," asserted Bob. "Very trne, and the folks around here have not for gott e n it, Illl warrant," added Mark. "We made a threat," said Dick, "and it is quite time to execute it." When they w ere in camp again, Dick said to Milt: -''If you want to go home and see your folks and Polly, Milt, you may do so, now that you have been in a fight." "Very well, Ca.ptain," said Milt, coloring with pleasure. "I should like to, very much." "Be back to breakfast, Milt," added Dick. "Yes, Captain," and the boy quickly made ready and set out. It was about nine o'clock that night when the boys were startled to hear a rapid clatter of hoofs coming toward the camp. In a few moments Polly Weeks came dashing in, quickly drew rein and dismounted. "Where is the captain?" she asked, almost breathlessly. Dick came forward. "What is it, Polly?" he asked. "The Tories have attacked our house. Milt is there. I got away on my horse without being seen." "And rode bareback," said Dick. "Get ready a score or more of the boys, Bob." Bob hurried away to execute the order. "Are there many of them, Poll y r" asked Dick. "About thirty, I should think, but many of them were boys, Hub Dumps and his crowd." "Was the schoolmaster with them?" "Yes, but he was disguised. Still, I knew his figure, and I heard his voice." "Tell Bob to get about forty of the boys, Ben," said Dick. "All right, Captain," and off ran Ben. "I heard them say that when they burned down our house they would go to Bartow's," Polly continued. "I see." "And that then they would see the other rebels." "I suppose they think we were beaten at Rocky Mount, and so they can do what they like." "Yes, that is what they said." "Are your folks able to hold out against them?" "Yes, the house is strong, and there are my father and brothers and Milt and one of the neignbors." "They are all armed?" "Yes." At that moment Ben came up, mounted on his roan, and leading Major, Dick's splendid black. "All ready, Captain," he said. "Good. You had better wait here, Polly. We will ride much faster than you are used to, I think." "Very well, Captain." The boys set out at once and rode like the wind. As they rode on, they heard shots. "The 'l'ories are getting desperate," said Bob. "We did not hear Rhots be.fore." Then there were more shots, fired in quick succession. "The patriots are answering them," declared Dick. "'rirn Tories probably thought they could surprise them, and did not want to fire for fear of alarming us." There were no more shots heard for a time. Then, as the boys drew near, they were heard again, with loud shouts and yells . As they came in sight of the house they saw a large crowd on the lawn in front. The original party had evidently just been reinforced, ttnd they wrre now making ready to attack the house. A crib near the house had been set on fire, and by the light of the flames Dick make out Squeens, Greenhill, Dumps and others whom he knew. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" he shouted . "Down with the Tory marauders, liberty forever, give it to the sneaks!" the boys answered with a ~hout . Then they charged pell-mell upon the riotous Tories. Their coming was utterly unexpect ed, and threw the 'rories into a panic. 'l'he Tories did not attempt to fire a volley, but fled in great haste. Many of them were recognized by more than Dick, and a number of the patriots identified both Squeens and the squire. None of them fell into the hands of the • patriots, as all fled too rapidly. No other houses were visited, the Tories being afraid to do so after being so thoroughly routed. J\.filt rode back with the Liberty Boys, and then took Polly home. "Be back early in the morning, Milt," said Dick. "There will be work to be done." • "Very weD, Captain," said :Milt, well understanding 11 hat the work was. CHAPTER XV. DRU1iU.fED OUT. ]Hilt Bartow was back to the camp betimes the next morning. It was soon after sunrise when the Liberty Boys set out from camp. One party set out for the house of Hub Dumps. another went to the squire's, and another to the schoolhouse. No one was found at home at the house of Dumps. Dumps himself, Hub, :Mrs. Dumps and the younger children were nowhere to be seen. . "They have taken the alarm and have decamped," said Mark, who led this party. The cabin was shut up and there was 110 sign of life ftbout it. "There is nothing to be done here," said . Uark. "Let us go to the settlement."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. It The party under Bob, which visited the schoolhouse, The squire tried to sneak out by a rear door, but waa was more :rnccessfu1. seen and seized. They found Squeens in his accustomed place, but Then he was taken to the square in the centre of th.a. there were no patriot scholars, and some of the Tories village. • were absent. Here Dick found Bob and his party and Mark. Hub Dumps was not to be seen, nor were :four or fise A number of the villagers had assembled, and noT of his particular cronies. more came flocking fr"om all directions. Squeens was defiant, and refused to come out ,rhen rrlie news quickly spread that Hiram Squeens, thtl Bob summoned him. schoolmaster, and Squire Greenhill were to be drummefr "Yew rebels were beaten at Rocky Mount," he snarled. out by the Liberty Boys. "Gin'ral Sumter has retreated, an' all you rebels air goin' The two men had no sympathizers, for both were thor-ter be druv out." oughly despised by every honest person in the district. "Jack, Ben, Harry, Sam, Will, go in there and fetch When the Liberty Boys had all gathered, no time va,-this fellow out," ordered Bob. lost in getting ready for the business of the day. The doors were harred, but Jack promptly climbed in at Patsy was ready with his drum, and Carl had his fife. a window, and was quickly followed by others a.t differA good stout fence rail was procured, and upon tlue-ent points. the two offenders were placed, back to back . .A few of the Tory bullies tried to stop the plucky boys. 'l'heir arms were tied together, and they were securel.J-' They were promptly knocked down for their pains. bound to , the rail also. Squeens tried to draw a pistol, and was seized by the The roadside was lined by men, women and boys. t,vo Harrys. Not one in the crowd felt the least sorrow for either Ben and Sam held back the Tory boys, and Will opened of the men. the front door. . Many of them knew of the Liberty Boys' threat, anw Then they marched out with the schoolmaster between were glad that it was being executed. them. The rail with its two riders was lifted to the sh:oufde:tS' "This is a high-handed outrage," whined Squeens, "an' of four of the stoutest Liberty Boys. I'll have ye prosecuted by the law." Then Patsy and Carl took their places at the head of "You were one of a mob who tried to burn down the the procession. Weeks' house last night," said Bob. "That was not an 11 On the bank, on the fences, and in the windows, and outrage, of course?" at the doors of the houses, the people were gathered to "I wasn't nuthcr. I was ter home all ther evenin'." see the procession go by. Jack suddenly tore open the schoolmaster's long-tailed "Forward, march!" said Dick. "We threatened: te coat. drum you out, and we have done it." In an inner pocket was found a black mask and some Patsy beat the drum, and the four boys mairchec}I to sulphur matches, and a tinder box. its music. ''YVhat are these things?" the boy asked. The Liberty Boys followed, while e.veryone ~heered "I keep 'em so's I can make a cup o' tea. for myself loudly. arter school, evenin's," whined Squeens. The file played merrily, the drum beat loudl.'y and the "And that' s your teapot, I suppose?" holding up the procession passed on. mask. Squeens looked defiant; but Greenhill seemed' abjectly "It's no use for you to try and lie out of it, Squeens," miserable, and hung his head in shame. said Bob. "You were recognized by a dozen different He had posed as a man of great importance;. and now persons." "And there's an abduction case," said Jack, "to say nothing of defiance of all warnings." to be brought down to his proper level greatly humiliatecr, him . The men were uncomfortable, to say nothing of the-Ehame of it_. and before long Squeens began to • whine to• be let down. "You will find out whether the Liberty Boys keep their threats or not," added Bob. He said nothing of high-handed outrages a:nd' prosecU• a nd tions at law now. The schoolmaster's hands were tied behind him, he wll.s made fo walk to the centre of the village. "You are cuttin' my legs off on this here rail;"he said.!.. "We'll let you ride later," observed Bob, dryly. "Can't you let me down?" All the boys smiled, for they knew what sort of steed "You might have got it a good deal worse, Master would be provided for the obstinate fellow. Squeens," answered Bob. "Those folks back there might Dick's party, at the squire's, met with some opposition have cow-hided you and given you a coat of pitch and at :first, but Dick said firmly: g-oose feathers." "Understand me, once for all. \Ye are determined to The procession went on until the last house in the sethave this man if we have to tear down the house and Llement had been passed. shoot everyone of you. You arc only servants, and we J Then they stopped, the drum and :fife ceased ' playing_, have no use for you, but we want , Bijah Greenhill, and we 1.ind the two men were lowered from the boysi shouldersmean to have him." ' and released. The house was then thrown open, and the boys en"Now," said Dick, "we have carried out our threat, but tered. if you return, or i~we hear of your-doing. as-you have-


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. done here in any other place, you will be drummed out again." Squ , eens and the squire h!ld nothing to say. . "And if we have to drum you out too often, we will resort to even harshsr methods." The two Tories, humbled and sm_arting with rage, fear and pain, set off in different directions, while Patsy and Carl played the "Rogues' March" tjll they were out of .sight. Then .the boys returned to camp. CHAPTER XVI. THE SCHOOUfASTER .A.T HIS OLD TRICKS. Nothing was seen of either the schoolmaster or Greenhill for the next three or four days. It was likely that the warning of the Liberty Boys was having a good eff e ct, there fore. Then the bo y s w ent to the neighborhood of Hanging Rock, where there was a detachment of British sdldiers. It .was quite prob a ble that Sumter would attack tl).em, and therefore Dfok wished to be there. The day after his arrival in the new neighborhood, Dick iiet out to reconnoiter, taking thre e or four of the boys with him. , There were Milt Bartow, Ben, Sam , -and Jack Warren. Dick usually took new recruits with him when he went out scouting, to give them an idea of the work. The boys had ridden a certain distan ce when they came to a little one-story log cabin, s etting a little back from the road. From the very appearance of the g round s around it, Dick and the rest knew just what the little log cabin was used for. It was a schoolhouse. As the boys halted, there came the s ound of blows from within, followed by lusty howls. "I'll lear~ ye to do like I say or take . the hide offi.'n ye!" they heard, in strident tones, and then there was another blow. The boys looked at each other and smiled. "Master Hiram Squeens is at his old practi c e s," s aid Milt. "If he is thrashing the boys for s impl e stupidity or infraction of the rules, there is no n ee d of our interfering," !iaid Dick. ' 'Then he dismounted and walk e d forward. Entering the door, he stood in the ' little passage out side and heard Squeens say : "Now you say what I tell ye o r I'll give ye another switchin'. Are you goin' ter?" ''Yes, teacher," in a sobbing voice . "Then say it. We ain't goin' ter have no rebels in this sch.ool." "I forget it." "Long live the king." "There's no great harm in that," said Dick, "for he can live as long as he likes, if he lets us alone." 'l'he boy within repeated the words. "Down with Washington, Sumte.r and all rebels," continued Squeens. Then Dick stepped within. The schoolmaster turned at the sound of Dick's step. His face turned more sallow than ever, and his watery eyes grew more watery. "Up to your old tricks, are you, Squeens, teaching boys to be liars, sneaks and cowards?" Dick said. "I'm goin' to run this here school as I got a mind ter," the man snapped. Dick looked around him. The greater part of the scholars were under twelve years of age. The boy whom Squeens ,had been flogging was only nine. . ' "You were drummed out of one school for exceeding your authority, and you will be drummed out of this, if you are not careful." Some of the pupils began to show interest. "Were you punished for not talking against the pa-triots?" Dick asked the boy in front of him. "Yes, sir." "Not for not b eing studious?" "No, sir, I always know my lessons." "Yes, you look as if you might. Go and sit down. This man will not punish you for that again." Many of the pupils smiled, and looked relieved. "It looks to me as if you had been doing this thing right along, Squeens," said Dick. "I'm goin' to do as I've a mind ter, I tell yer, and if yer interfere with me I'l1 go to the captain at Hanging Rock an' you rebels will be drove out." "Be careful how you threaten me, sir," said Dick, firmly. "Shall I tell these boys and girls what happened at Rocky Mount?" The scholars all looked greatly interested, while the &choolmaster scowled. "You are here to teach, not to make Tories. You may have all sorts , but you are here simply to instruct them in the common branches." "You tlonno what I'm paid for teaching," snapped Squccns . " know that it is not to teach politics or to force patriots to become Tories , and if you continue it, y ou will be drummed out of town." Then turning to the scholars, Dick said: "You must be studious and obey all the rules ot the s chool, but if the master tries to make Tories of you, refuse, and report the matter to your parents . This is not tale b e aring, it is putting down an evil practice . " The greater part of the pupils seemed relieved at this. "Remember, you have every right to refuse to say anything against your conviction s , and to report it to your parents. You may be Torie s, if you cho_ose, but the school i s no plac e to make convert s." Squeens sat at his desk scowling and frowning , and Di c k turned to him and said : • "Remember, sir, whenever the Liberty Boys make a threat, they keep it."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. 13 Then he went out, and, as he mou~ted and joined the oth e rs, a number of the scholars came out. "More trouble, boys?" Dick asked. "&hool is out till this evening," said one, the term "evening" being often used for "afternoon" in the Carolinas. • "Very good," said Dick, and then he and the boys rode on. " Same as ever, Captain?" asked Milt. "Yes, and I repeated my threat. It may be that we s hall have to carry it out." "Did he defy you, Captain? " Jack asked. "I heard a few words." "He did at first, but he said nothing in the end. I think he realized that I was in earne st." "He ought to have realized that whe n we drummed him out," laughed Ben. "If he did not, I don ' t believe he ever will." "He spoke of bringing the soldiers at Hanging Rock against us," said _ Dick. "We must keep watch, ther,e-fore." "But they don't know where our camp is." . "He may try to learn its location and bring them to it, and s o we must keep a lookout." ' "Yo u c an depend upon us all to do that," said Ben. "I know I can." "My opinion is that he will not remain in the neigh borhood," spoke up Milt. "Why so?" "He has had a lesson. Jus t now he defied you, because the scholars were present, but I believe that he will go away very shortly." . "I shouldn't wonder if you were right, Milt," Dick re plied. The boys then returned to the camp, where all were cautioned to keep a look out for the enemy. Later in the day Dick received word that Sumter' was coming, and that an attack would be made upon the enemy in th.e morning. . . . The boys would move their camp that night, and in the meantime Dick went out in disguise and on another horse, so as not to be recognized. Reaching the schoolhouse, he found all the scholars at play outside.' "No school, boys?" he asked. "Waal, we s'posed they'd be, but teacher went away this noon time, a_nd he't been back all the evenin', an' it looks like he wasn't comin' back no more." "But why shouldn't he?" "W aal, he was tryin' to make Tories out'n us, a.n' a young soger fellow said he dassen't, an' I reckon he's went away, 1m' ain't comin' back , no more." stationed a part of Tarleton's legion1 and a considerable number of Loyalists, all under the command of M11jo:r Carden. In the formation of the British camp, the regulars were on the right, a part of Tarleton's legion in the centre, . and the Loyalists, some distance on the left, the creek being in the rear. Sumter's force first came upon the Tories and chargedi them furiously. The Liberty Boy s were part of the advance guard, anti f e ll upon the Tories with great spirit. .Among them, riding a horse and looking as pompous as ' . . eve r, was Greenhill. He was an officer of some sort, but he might have been a g e neral, if airs and officiousness counted for anything. "Be the powers, av there isn't the felly Oi dhru.mmed out av town,'1 roared Patsy, a s he caugh t sight of the man. There was a roar of laughte r all along the line, and the squir e quickly fell to the r e ar. He was not the onl y one , for the assault of the gallant boy s was so furious that the Tor ies retreated in great di s ord e r, s c a rcel y firin g a s hot. Man y of the m thre w away t h eir mu s k e ts without di!:l . ch a rging them. They were qui c kl y seized by Sumter's men, who had not more than two rounds apiece when they enter ed the fight. On pushed the patriot s , s e eing their advantage, and soon fell upon Brown ~ s Provi n cials, who poured a heavy fire from a wood. Brown's men then took their bayonets and there was a fierce conflict. Dick Slater picked out two s core of the Liberty B'oys, all being deadshots, and said : "Now, boys, break the line. We must get through." From behind trees, rocks and bushes, the young sharp shooters began to pick off the enemy. There were Bob, Mark, Jack, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys, Patsy, Will, George and others, all magnificent shots. At every crack a r e dcoat felJ, and now, as Sumter's riflemen joined in the firing, the effect was soon felt. Brown's corps was thrown into confusion and :8.ed, leaving their arms and ammunition b e gind them. These were quickly caught up by Sumter's men , who were greatly in need of them. , Had the men stopped at seizing the arms, all would have been well. Instead, however, they beg a n plundering the camp and drinking the liquors they found. "I shouldn't wonder , " ' s aid Dick. Then h e r o de on, saying t o himself: "Milt was ri ght." "For ~hame!" crie~ Dick, coming upon a number . doing this . "Would you r athe r b e drunkards than w i n . the I fight?" CHAPTER XVII. A LOST FIGH T. The Liberty Boy s joined Sumt e r in t he night, and early the next morning they mar c h e d a g ainst the enemy. "It's h e r e," said one. "Why s houldn't we t a k e i t?-H e l p yoursehes . " " T he L iberty Boys n ever drink intoxicating l iquors/)' sa id Di ck . I "The bigge r foo~s y ou the n, whe n it is right to y onr Lord Raw s on had established a post near Hangin g R~ck , on the western bank of the creek, and here wer e h an d," l a u g h ed. sever al. "And the g r eate r coward s and knave s you, to stop to


THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. ,,vleba:uch yourselves when there is a battle to be won,'t re, . tort,ed Dick, with burning indignation. One or two struck at the fearless fellow, and were , promptly knocked down. Dick's words of just indignation shamed some into leavwg th-e iiquors, and they slunk away. 'The ,greater part, however, yielded to their appetites, -ana Sumter could only muster two hundred men, with Davie's cavalry and the Liberty Boys in addition, to renew the attack. The enemy formed a hollow square and Sumter at~ked them on three sides of it. They were on the point of yielding when a reinforceiment arrived from Rocky Mount, and Sumter, the numiber being exaggerated, prudently retreated. U was now noon, the fight having lasted four hours. ' ~1Mnpter retreated toward the Waxhaw, taking his wo;nnaed with him, the Liberty Boys falling back to their camp near Hanging Rock. "The squire did not show off very well," laughed Bob, when they were once more in camp. ''No, he did not, but Bryan's Tories were all like that," returned Dick, "so that he had plenty of company. Their retreat was as shameless as the conduct of our men in pillaging the enemy's camp and making themselves drunk." "It lost us the fight," declared Bob, "and it was a great shame." "It makes me prouder than ever of the Liberty Boys," answered Dick. "I am sure that they will not be thus tempted, but can be depended upon to fight right through .nntil the battle is finished." .c'And you have taught them all that, Dick," said Bob. Early in the evening, before it was quite dark, Dick ~et out to reconnoiter. On the way to the camp, he came upon a little tavern by the roadside. Her he heard sounds of merriment, and judged that some of the Tories and perhaps some of the British reg iulars as well, were celebrating their partial victory. : He was in disguise, and did not fear detection. He left his horse tethered to the fence outside, and .entered carelessly. In the main taproom he saw Greenhill sitting with a party of 'l'ories, drinking ale from pewter pots, and smokmg long clay pipes. There were no redcoats in the place, but a number of Loyalists and Provincials. "Maybe we did run to-day," Dick heard the squire say, 41& he to,ok a seat near him, "but I can make it up." "H~w, sir?" asked a fellow at the same table. "By showing you the camp of them . rascally young rebels, the Liberty Boys," the ' Tory answered. "~Do you know where it is?" cried one. ~can you do that?" another echoed. ~u you do, it will make up for your running away." '"Yes, I know the place well, and will take a party to it, Rrprise the young villains ; take , Dick Slater and hang him, and scatter the rest." , "Ys, that's all very good, but where is the camp?" Diek listened attentively, not knowing if this were simply a b oast on the Tory's part. The squire began giving a description of the place, and b.~ppened to catch sight of Dick. He stopped, looked at the boy, and said: "I donno as I ought to tell any more. Wbo's that young feller?" "You are sure you have got the place right?" Dick asked. "Yes, of course." "Well, I'll wager that when you go there where you've mid; you'll find that the Liberty Boys are not there." "What do you know about it?" asked two or three of the company. "Only that I've seen the camp of these boys, and that it won't be where this man says it is, when you go to look for it." The peculiar phraseology was npt noticed, but Green hill said, with a snort: "Well, then they've moved it, for it was there this evening . . I know the place . , I tell you, and I'll , take a de tachment there to-niglrt and rout 'em out." CHAPTER XVIII. A NIGHT ATTACK. The men at the table seemed to believe Greenhill, rather than Dick, and the latter soon managed to slip away unobserved. "They may come out there," he said to himself, "ancl it will be as well to be prepared for them." He jumped on his horse, therefore, and rode away to the camp. "Squire Greenhill is going to bring a party of Tories out here some time to-night," he said to Bob, "and break up our camp." "Are they the same fellows he was with to-day, who ran away so bravely?" laughed Bob. "I think they are, mo~tly, but they regard us as mere boys, and eager to conguer." "Don't they know the experience we have had?" sput tered Bob. "Maybe we are boys, but we don't run at the first fire and throw down our muskets." "Greenhill ought to know what we are," dryly, "but he wants revenge oh us for drumming him out:'' "To be sure, and he may get a lot of 'these other Tories and come out here." "I'd like to know liow they discovered our camp, though, Bob." "Yes, for 1we were supposed to be very carefal about concealing it." "He knows, for he described it." "Squeens may have told him," "I don't believe Squeens is anywhere near here." "No, perhaps not." , "Some of those other Tories who went away just before he did, may have found it." "Hub Dumps, Dick?" "Per haps." "What are you going to do, Dick?" "Move the camp something nearer, and surprise these fellows when they come out." "That will be a good idea." Ord e rs were at once given to break camp.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. When the Liberty Boys knew the reason, they were "Huh! you won't s'prise nuthin', 'cause when tire sogem eager to meet and thrash the Tories. come back this here way they'll find ye." The camp was moved quite a little distance nearer to "Yes, so they may, Hub, but they may not like it.~' the British line, in a deep wood well back from the Hub was taken away where he could not give the alar~ road. and at length the Tories were heard coming back. Everything was dark and still, and no one, passing They were very angry at having found only the re-that way, would ever have guessed that there was a camp mains of a camp, and blamed Greenhill for their disap-within miles of the place . pointment. There were no fires and not a sound could be heard As they came on a number of Liberty Boys at different to give evidence of the boys' presence. points suddenly began to shout. They were on the alert, however, and guards were "Forward, Liberty Boys, down with the Tories!" posted along the line of march, to give timely warning "Forward, march, drive back the ruffians!" of the coming of the enemy. "Charge! Now then, down with 'em!" It was quite late when the dull tramp of a goodly body It seemed as if there were half a dozen different i)~ of men could be heard. Liberty Boys, regulars and militia, all ready to fall upon Word of the coming of the enemy was rapidly sent the Tories. along the line by signals. They . could see no one, and they did not know at whleb "They are coming, then," said Dick. "They may have . point they would be attacked first. secured some of the men who did not run away to-day." They heard bodies of men, as they supposed, moving As the e:aemy was not near the place wkere they supforward, and then came a sputtering volley. posed the boys to be, they were at no pains to keep their They dashed forward at full speed, some discha-rging coming secret. their weapons in the air, some throwing thew away;-anif Louder and louder grew the tramp of many feet, till some woun1ding their own companions. at last the Tories reached the point where the camp was, Then the plucky boys came tearing through the wood..r and never suspected it. making a terrific noise, shouting, cheering and miDg The horses were at the farthest point from the road, their pistols. and gave no sign that they knew the enemy was near. As all these sounds went echoing through thew~~ The Tories passed on ' and at length the tramp sounded seemed as if there must be a thousand of the en~Dl'Y to fainter, and it ~as evident that they were proceeding with the 'l'ories. more caution. _ The darkness added to their terror, and they imag:med Then the boys heard •someone else coming aloncr the all sorts of things. road and saw the crlcarr. of lanterns. 0 They :f:le. d in great confusion, falling over each other, J;ck and Milt B~rtow, who were together, recognized ~ripping one another u? wit_h their mu~kets, _getting~• the boys before they could see their faces. m the woods, and turnmg nght about m their conmnon One was Hub Dumps. and going the ,yrong way. "I ain't goin' ter break my neck stumblin' over this The gallant young fellows had many a hearty lall!J;'h ri here road." said Hub. the discomfiture of the Tories., and when they weL'e-a.-S 1 "No, siree, nuther be I," replied the other. "They're gone, Hub and his crony were set free. ' goin' ter lick ther rebels?; "Don't try to bring the enemy to our camp ~-"Yus, an' I'm goin' ter git Dick Slater's pistols an' his Hub," said Dick. "We always know of these thlngs i:a, 111 advance." sword, an' get up a comp'ny o' King's Boys, what' ick-hey, what yer doin' on, yew caow?" "Then that plaguey squire done told you," snavlea At a signal from Jack, the two boys had Sllddenly Hub, "fur ye wouldn't ketch me doin' a • thing like dr' f that." dashed out upon Hub, kicked his lantern out o his hand and seized him. "Not unless you expected to make something out of i~ Th th h . . t th d h"l t others Hub," with a laugh. en ey ran rm m O e woo s, w 1 e wo In the morning the boys moved their camp nearer tw grabbed his companion a nd made oft: with him. Sumter's position, and kept a watch on the enemy. Hub was taken before Dick, who said: "So it was you who told the Tories where our camp They were some little distance from their formev j,0&i-was, was it, Hub?" tion, and not likely to be discovered by the enemy m "Yus, I did, an' they're agoin' there, an' you're goin' ter be captered, an' all o' you rebels is goin' ter be druv out." "But our camp is no, where you said it was, Hub, and your friends will be greatly disappointed." "It ain't where it was," greatly surprised. "Whyn't yew stay there an' let 'em s'prise yer?" Hub seemed to be quite indignant that this had not , been done, in fact, and Dick laughed outright. "Oh, we couldn't oblige you that way, Hub," he saiJ.. "It's too bad, I know, but we prefer to do the surprising." their hidden camp. Dick, a few hours after their arrival, set out to soo-mr the neighborhood, when on a rough, little traveled road.,.. he suddenly came upon Squeens, the schoolmastm-; mounted upon a small, stocky horse. CHAPTER XIX. $QUEENS IN A NEW OCCUPATION. "What are you followin' of me around all the time for.:, you rebel?" demanded Squeens, with a whine, as boUt halted.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' THREAT. "I am not," answered Dick, "I did not know you were 1aere." "What you want to stop me from earnin' my livin' for?" continued Squeens. "I do not." "You do, you've drove me outer two schools now." "If you would simply teach what you are paid to teach I would never trouble you, but you go beyond your au thority and terrorize your pupils, making sneaks and cowards of them, and that I will not permit." "Don't you make rebels of folks?" snarlingly . "No, I did not tell you that you must make all your scholars patriots. The school has nothing to do with such things." Squeens started to go. "Another matter," said Dick. "You abducted Polly Weeks and laid yourself open to a sev-ere punishment." "I would have married her," with a whine. "Agai.J?.st her will? 'rhat is not a civilized way of doing things. We could have punished you for that, but simply drummed you out as we threatened." Squeens went on, muttering something which Dick did nQt catch. "I don't think he is in a very penitent mood yet," he said to himself, "and if he can make trouble for us he will." Dick kept on upon the rough road which seemed hardly such a one as the enemy would take if they were anywhere about. Proceeding, he at length came upon a better one, which 11howed signs of recent travel. "Troops have been along here recently," he said to himself. "Perhaps Tarleton is in the district. "If he 4!ould surprise Sumter, he would. I must make sure of this." Riding on, he at last came upon a queer little log cabin in a clearing, where a tall, bearded man was hoeing corn. The man look up and said gruffly: "Mornin', young stranger. That 'ere uniform o' yours is a. sight for sore eyes." "Then you are a patriot?" answered Dick. "Yus, I reckon I be. Some folks calls me er rebel. Ther last sogers I see around was redcoats." "W aal, I reckon he did." "They were mounted?" "Yas, oh, yes, they had horses, an' a right smart on 'cm, an' they was a 'cunnel with 'em, an' he seemed in a powerful sweat. They rid on like the old scratch arter that." "Sumter is on the creek," and Tarleton will surprise him," muttered Dick. " t is too bad." ""\Yaal, I'm plumb sorry for et, stranger," said the other, "but ycr see I didn't know, an' ther loose-jinted feller had fust say, an' I didn't know whether Sumter was a rebel or no, an' so I jus' held my yawp." "It is astonishing what ignorance prevails," thought Dick, as he turned back and rode at a gallop . When well upon his way he came upon Squeens, com ing toward him. "You told 'rarleton's men where to :find Sumter," Dick said . • "S'pose I have? You're rebels, ain't you?" "Oh, I am not going to drum you out for tha~," said Dick , "alth011gh we might hang you as a spy." Squecns suddenly leaped from his horse and dashed into the woods, fearing to be caught. Dick darted ahead, having no time to spend upon tp.e man just then. At another time he would have captured the man, but 110w it was necessary to make all haste. A bullet came flying after him, and if he had remained behind, the consequences might have been • more serious. He hastened on, reached the camp, aroused the Lib erty Boys, and soon had them on the mar.()h. They went rapidly, taking all the short cuts across country that they knew of. ']~hey were not in time to warn Sumter, however, and could do no more than harass Tarleton's rearguard. They were at length obliged to beat a retreat them selves, which they did in good order, and without losing one of their number. Later the_y joined Marion and did good work with him, joining Sumter again at a still 1.ater period. They came upon Squeens again, some time later, the man then being a spy in the pay of the British. Dick almost captured the fellow, Squcens only escaping by plunging into a river on horseback. "How long ago?" "Some time this mornin', I reckon. I meal sence." The Liberty Boys shortly went north, and Dick saw no had my noon .more of Squeens. "Where were they going?" "I dunno, zackly. They met a loose-jinted, white-faced feller, that told 'em ef they kep' on, they'd s'prise Sumter or .some such feller.'' "General Sumter? Is he in the neighborhood?" "Waal, I couldn't say, bu~ tennyrate.this slab-sided felle:i; told ' , em he was on ther crick, an' that ef they'd hurry, they'd ketch him." "Don't you know that Sumter is a patriot, or a 'rebel,' as these men call him?" "Jerushy! yer don't say? Wisht I'd er knowed et, an' I'd er told the long-legged feller he was erlyin', an' sent ther redcoats off t'other road.'' • "Sqneens must hav~ known where Sumter was, and informed them." Milt Bartow remained with the Liberty Boys until the c-lose of the war, and then returned home .where, a year or two later, he was married to Polly Weeks, and settled down as a planter. THE END. 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THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 12, 1909. Terms to Subscribers. 51n~le Coples ...... ....................................... . ~ne Copy Three Month• ............................... .. . On e Copy Sb: Months .................................... . One Copy One Year .......•.............................. Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. At 0JJr risk aend P.O. Mone:, Order, Cheok, or Relrlstered Letter; remittances in an:, other wa:, are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same ae caeh. When eending silver wrap the coin in a 11eparate piece of paper to aYoid cutting the envelope. W,'iU s,our 11ame and address plainl71. ...,_dress ldurs to IPraok Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. FROM EVERYWHERE. A large flock of wild geese became bewildered at Berlin; Somerset County, Pa., recently, and fifty shots were fired at the fowls from the square of the town , as they were circling about the ele ctric light. The whole populace assembled in the square to enjoy the novelty. The geese were frightened away, but afterward a number were secured, one gunner, it is said, shooting seventeen. Dr. Louis Kolipinski reports the arrest of persistent hic cough by depressing the tongue. A patient was attacked by hiccough which had persisted for four days before being seen by the doctor. He complained of the fulness in his throat, was almost gone, they managed to kill a seal which was asleep on the ice. A fire was made in the bottom of the canoe, the unfortunates using their spear-poles and mast for fuel. Before the meat was more than half cooked the Indians snatched it and ate it. They were famished and almost exhausted. On the fourteenth day after leaving the schooner they landed at Bristol Bay, Unimak Island. While searching for water they came upon some bears, which immediately made for the Indians and scared them back to their canoe. The canoe was overturned in the surf, the woman being caught under neath the boat by her clothing. She was extricated with diffi culty, and both waded ashore. The canoe had been cracked by pounding on the rocks, but they calked it •with a portion of the man's shirt, and for two days more the craft was kept afloat by dint of constant bailing, until a landing was made at an abandoned hut, where two quarts of flour 'l')'ere found. Here they lived for eight days. . Eventually they were picked up by the steamer Dora, in a most pitiable condition, their hands and feet being swoilen to nearly twice their nl!,tural size from exposure . HAPPY MOMENTS. "Pa, what's tetanus?" "Oh, he was a Roman senator or something-I forget, just what. Now, don't bother me any more." Suburbanite (to applicant for a job)-Do you know anything about gardening? Applicant-Sure. I worked in a beer gar• a condition which he thought the result of the hiccough. He den once. was directe d to sit up, and with a large spoon handle the tongue was pressed down and back with steady for c e to allow inspe ction of the fauces . Firm pressure on the tongue, with thti hope of further noting the action of the patient's muscles, was continued, when, to the doctor's surprise, and the patient's astonishment and joy. the hiccough ceased. When the hic cough r eturned, the patient himself stopped it by using the spoon handle. Western brides have an easier time than their Abyssinian sisters. On the occasion of her marriage, an Abyssinian bride has to change her skin. From ebony she has to become the color of cafe au lait. To accomplish this the expectant bride is shut up in a room for three months. She is covered with woolen stuff, with the exception of her head; then they burn certain green and fragrant branches. The fumes which they produce destroy the original skin, and in its place comes the new skin, soft and clear as a baby's. The elders of the family feed the young woman with nutritive for . cemeat balls. With the arrival on the Pacific coast recently of the sealing schooner Thomas F. Bayard, particulars were learned of the experiences of an Indian hunter and his wife during thirteen days of exposure -and starvation on the storm-tossed waters of Bering Sea, after their canoe had been carried away from the schooner by a gale. The couple had seven biscuits with them-their day's allowance-when they left the schooner to hunt seals, and four of them were washed overboard shortly after leaving the Bayard. They allotted themselves one inch of biscuit each day, and managed to eke out an existence on this allowance for nine days. They had no drinking-water with them in the canoe, but when it rained they caught the rain in the folds of their sail. On the tenth day, when hope Employment Agent-Come, now, how is this? You stayed two weeks in your last place. How did that happen? Domestic-Sure, Oi dunno. Oi musht av overshlept meself. Mulligan-The byes say ye licked poor Casey . Slmre, he niver hurt iny man's feelin's. Harrigan-He's a shnake in the grass. The blackguard referred to me as his contimperary, and l'l~ be the contimperary to no man livin'. • • 1An A~erican, who had to leave on a journey before the end of a case begun against him by a n e ighbor, gave orders to hie lawyer to l e t him know the result by telegraph. After several days he got the following telegram: "Right has triumphed.,. He a:t once telegraphed back: "Appeal immediately." Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Barker have been married ten yeare-, yet Jetome found out only yesterday why his wife's tavorite seat in a street car is the middle of the front seat in an open car. The chances are he wouldn't have found out .then if she hadn't aroused the ire and the curiosity of half a dozen passengers who liad been shuffled around at hei: request to make room for her ln the chosen seat. After that }Uggling stunt had been su cc essfully accomplished, one woman, with a ruf• fled temper and a torn skirt, asked the cause of Mrs. Barker's predilection for that particular spot. Jerome himself hall frequently pressed her for an explanation, but he never got any satisfaction. But Mrs. Barker answered the other woman: "I like to sit here, " she said, "because the motorman forms a background for that big piece of glass, and makes an ex cellent mirror. When I am here I can watch myself and keep my hair in place and my hat on straight all the way down town, which is quite an advantage on a windy day like this. "


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. BETRAYED BY CONSCIENCE. By PAUL BRADDON. The old adage that "a guilty conscience needs no accuser" hili!s verification very often in a detective's experience, and 'll'e'ry often aids solving mysteries that, for their nature, &eem. incapable of solution. The most notable illustration of this proposition occurred dlorUy after I detective career, and my success in"is case had great influence in determining me to follow the business as a profession, having always had a predilection for Q. detective's life. Among my acquaintances and schoolmates in my native irillag,e, in the western part of the State of New York, was a young lady named Lizzie Hunter. She was a veritable flirt by mature. Han. dsome, witty, and accomplished in all modern graces, it was little wonder that she succeeded in playing !havoc with the hearts of the many .susceptible swains in the llt.Ulage .and the country round about, a number of whom she Wireetile~ into the belief that she was favorable to their in~ t.em~ns to make her their wife; and then, when the con,summa tion of their hopes were submitted to her decision, ~011n(l. themselves cast aside with as little unconcern as she ,woui& decline an invitation to a party to which she was opf,l<>sed ti) attending. Her dirtations were the cause of a great many heartaches, imw the observing gossips, who noted her career, predicted 'tm1t dn the end Liz~ie Hupter would meet with great t!irough her heartlessness. Xo aU tb.ese conjectures Liz z ie retorted that she would sur'i)

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 village I would . find out whether the villagers' suspicions bad any foundation in fact. A few days passed by, and the suspicions of the villagers seemed to have been buried in the same grave with Webster. They were not spoken of except in the most guarded manner, and then only by those who were suppos e d to have a pique against the young widow. But the case had taken such deep root in my mind that I could not shake it off, and about a week after the funeral J res olved upon a plan which I thought would solve the mystery. Presuming on my acquaintance with Mrs. Webster in her maiden day s, I determined to call upon her at her farm home, which was only about a mile distant from the village. Accordingly, I directed my steps thitherward one pleasant .afternoon, and in a short time arrived at her residence. I was cordially received by Mrs. Webster, and found her, despite her bereavement, in a very pleasant frame of mind. • She retained, notwithstanding her sad marital experience, the same sprightliness and archness of manner which had distinguishe d h e r maidenhood, and I fancied I detected in her actions a disposition to indulge in her old-time coquetry. She was aware of my profession, and to disarm any sus . picion that she might have concerning my visit, I indulged her in her disposition for flirting. Selecting a favorable opportunity, I invited her to take a walk with me over the farm, an invitation which she readily accepted. After she had told me all I informed her that I had deceived her, that her crime was known to . nobody but me. "Well," she replied, "I am glad the secret is out. It haEJ been a source of great agony to me, and knowing your profession, I shall expect that you will inform the al:lthorities, so that I may be dealt with according to my deserts." I told her that I regretted deeply to -meet her under such circumstances, but that m y duty to my profession and to society would compel me to give her up to jitstice. After a few moments of desultory chat we returned to the house , wh ere I l eft h e r for the village. ' I laid the ca s e before . the magistrate, who immediately is s ued a warrant for her arrest. When brought before him she repeated her confession as fully to him as she had to me, and was remanded for trial and sentence to the county court. She was indicted in due fortn, and when arraigned the evi d e nce of h e r guilt was so conclusive that the formality of a trial was omitted . . The visitor to Auburn State Prison, in wandering along through the corridors, will see in one of the cells a middleaged woman, whose face, despite the trouble she had undergone, s t ill bears traces of girlish beauty. If curiosity prompts him to learn her crime a glance at the card pinned on her door tells him that the inmate is Mrs. Lizzie Webster, sentenced for life for poisoning her husband. • We started UD a long lane, which ended in a thick piece of ' woodland. HOW OLIVE OIL IS MADE Wandering along until we came to a small bank of earth under the spreading branch. es of a huge oak, I suggested that we sit down for a few moments' rest. She .assented, and for the first time I spoke of her recent bereavement. "Poor Webster," she repli e d, "his death was-very sudden and very sad. He had been so happy during our married life, .and was looking forward' to the future with so much pleasure;" and she heaved a d eep sigh. "Yes, it was very sad , " I replied, looking her square in the face; "and, Lizzie," I continued, "you were the cause of his death!" " Goodness gracious! Mr. --, " she exclaimed, starting to her feet and looking me in the face, her frame trembling like an aspen-leaf with guilty emotion, "how did you find that out? Have they• found poison in his body?" Seeing that she had been thrown off her guard by the sudd~nness of my accusation, I determined to follow up my. advantage by a little deception; and replied:. "Yes; his body was disinterred yesterday and subjected to a chemical examination, and a large quantity of arsenic was found in his stomach." "Heaven help me!" she exclaimed, "I am ruined! Oh, what shall I do? It was a foolish thing for me to do;" and giving way to her feelings, she reeled to and fro like a drunk.en man, and would have fallen to the ground had I not risen to my f eet and supported her. When she became a .l ittle compo _sed I seated her on the bank and requested her to tell me all. Thinking that secrecy was of no further avail, between s obs she t old me how from the first a union with Webster was abhorrent to her, and that she ,only accepted him on condition that h e would m ake a will giving her all his property; that from the moment he put that document into her hands and she became his wife , she determined to cut his life short, how she administered the fatal dose in a cup of tea, and how , since his death her conscience had goaded her so keenly that she had yearne d to impart her secret to somebody who would share her sorrow with her. The finest olive oil in the world is grown in Tuscany-the garden of Italy. The trees blos som in Tuscany in the month of May. The fruit begins to ripen in November and is generally in full maturity in January. Sometimes the fruit remains on the trees till May, yielding a pale, very thin oil, appreciated in some quarters, but which speedily develops rancidity. The process of extracting the oil is simple in the extreme; the fruit is first crushed in I a inill to a uniform paste, then the paste is transferred to circular bags or receptacles made of vegetable fibre. A pile of these are placed in a press and the exuding oil flows into a collecting tank below. Essential conditions are that the mill should not revolve too fast, or it will overheat the olive paste and give a bad flavor to the oil; that the bed of the mill should not be of metal for the same reason. Also the degree of pressure, when the object is to get the finest quality of oil-"oil from the pulp," as the term runsis essentially a cold drawn oil. Heat is prejudicial to quality. However, when all possible care has been taken in the process the fa,ct remains that olive oil can be made only from freshly gathered, perfectly sound, ripe olives of the proper kind. The big fat olives of hot, subtropical climates can never yield a delicately fia vored oil. The newly made oil mus t be allowed to settle. It is then clarifi e d simply by passing it through cotton wool in a suitable filter. Really fine • olive oil calls for no other treatment whatever, chemical or otherwise, to render it fit for the table. On this point it is as well to be clear, as reference has been made b e for e now to proc e s se s for refining olive oil so as to obtain a spe ci a lly fine quality-one might as w e ll try to "paint the lily or adorn t h e rose! " Afte r b e in g bro u ght to Am e r i c a the cl a rifi e d oil is preserved in warehouses in large slate lined tanks, holding up to 20,000 gallons each , wherein the oil is maintaine d at an equable temperature. F o r bottling and can filling purpos es it is transf erre d by pip e s from these large tanks to other smaller tanks in the packing rooms.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly ~lagazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithfu I account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 355 85fl 357 358 3[,!l 360 361 362 3ll3 364. 3(l;\ 3G6 367 369 370 371 3 72 373 374 375 385 :386 387 ~8'3 389 390 391 LATEST ISS UES: 392 The Liberty Boys Flanking the Enemy: or, Putuam' s Clever Ruse. 393 The Liberty Boys aud the l\ight Watch; or, \\.heu the British Held N e w York. The Liberty Boys on King's Mountain; or, A Hot Time for the British. The Liberty Boys and the Mad Provost; or, Caught in the Reign 394 of Terror. The Libert, Tlovs' Crack Shots: or, The Capture of Philadelphia. The Librrfr R oys' Gun SQuad: or. llot Work on the Hills .. The Lib e1ty Roys' Wat Trail: 01. llunting Do,vn the Redskins. The Liberty 1:oys a11d Captain Talllot: or. The Fire Brig of the Hndson. '.rhc Liberty Snow. Boys in Winte r Quarters: or, Skirmishing in the The Liberty Boys and the "Tenor"; or, The l\Iasked Spy of Harlem Heights. The Liberty Boys on the Rapid Anna; or. The Fight at Raccoon Ford. The Liberty Boys' Fierce netreat: or. Driven Out of Mannattan. The Liberty Boys with Hand's Ri!lemen; or, The Fight of the Hessif!ns. , The Liberty Boys at Tarrant's Tavern : or. Surprise/I by Tarleton, The Liberty Boys' Drum Beat; or, Calling Out the Patriots. The Liberty Boys in a Tight Place; or, Dick Slater's Lucky Shot. • The Liberty Boys Settling Old Scores; or, The Capture of General Prescott. The Liberty Boys and Tmmpeter Barney; or, The Brave Bugler' s Defiance. The Liberty The Liberty Pass. Roys in Irons; or, Caught on a Prison Ship. Boys and the Refugees ; or, The Escape at Battle Boys After the Jagers; or, The American Cause in 395 The Liberty Boys and the Blind Boy; or, The Strangest Spy of All. 396 The Liberty Boys' Rear-Guard; or, Covering Greene' s Retreat. 397 The Liberty Boys at "Ten Cabin''; or, The Most Dangerous l'lace in Georgia. 398 The Liberty Roys and the :\!asked Duelist; or, Running Down the Night Riders. 390 The Liberty Boys Underground Battle; or, Trapped in a Mammoth Cave. 400 The Liberty Boys' lnvisihle Foe: or, l<'ighting Death in the Dark. 401 The Liberty Boys and the Headless Scout ; or, Shadow~d by An Unknown. 402 The Liberty Boys' V engeance: or. Punishing a D eserter. 403 The Liberty Boys and Hill Cunningham; or, Chasing the "Bloody Scout." 404 The Liberty Boys o n Kettl e Creek; or. Routing Boyd's Bandits. 405 The Liberty Boys Watch J.'ire: or, The Haid at Mile Square. 40G The Liberty Boys taking Fort George; or, Hunning out Simcoe's Hangers. 407 The Liberty Boys and f'aptain Sue: or, Helpe d by Girl Patriots. 408 The Liberty Boys FightiDg l'revost: or, Warm Work in Georg'a. 4011 The Liberty Boys Ba1Ticade: o r . H olding off the Hessians. • 410 The Liberty Boys on the Watch ; o r , The Plot to Invade New York. 411 The Liberty Boys at Fairfield; or, A Bold Dash Across the Sound. The Liberty Peril. The Liberty Mill. 412 Boys' Lightning Sweep; or, The Affair at Rugeley' s 'l'he Liberty Boys' Sag Harbor Sortie; or, lllarvellous ,-vork With Colonel ~Ieigs. The Liberty l\lountain The Liberty ners. Boys and the Dumb Messenger; or, Out with the Men. Boys' Cav11lry Charge; or, Running Out the Skin-The Liberty Boys' Secret: or, The Girl Spy of Brooklyn. The Liberty Ro.vs in the Swamp: or. Fighting Along the Santee. The Liberty Boys l'ompact: o r , Bound by an Oath. The Liberty J:oys Hollow S~uare; or. llolding oil' the Hessians. The Liberty Boys Countersign: or, llot \\'ork at the Forts. The Liberty Boys Gold Chest: or. The Old Tory's Secret. The Liberty Uoys llelping [ -Jarden: or, Spy Against Spy. The Liberty Boys at Cherry Valley: or, Battling with Brant. The Liberty Boys on Picket Duty; or, Facing the Yl'orst of Dangers. The Liberty Boys and the Queen's Rangers; or, Raiding the Raiders. The Liberty Boys at Savannah; or, Attacked on All Sides. The Liberty Boys and De Kalil: 01, Di c k Slater's Last Bullet. The Liberty Boys Seven Battles: or, Fighting in the l•'orest. The Liberty Boys and the Press Gang; or, The Raid on Fraunces' rravern . The Liberty Boys at the Death Line; or, Saving the Prisoners of Logtown. The Lio~rcy Boys in Prison ; or, The Escape from the Old Sugar House. 413 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsy Spy; or, Learning the Enemy's Secrets. 414 'U1e Libntty Boys and the Wicked Six; or, The Plan tu Kidnap \Vashington. 415 The Liberty Boys and "Mad Mary"; or, Fighting Among the Hills. 416 The Liberty Boys' Indian Runner; or, Thrashing the I:ed Raiders. 417 The f,il,erty Buys in Canvas Town; or, 'l'he Worst l'lace in Oltl Xew York. 418 The Liberty Boys o n t lw Delaware; or, Holding Fort Mii'flin. 411.l The Liberty Boys in \\'yoming Valley; or, Dick Slater's Narrowest Escape. 420 The Lib erty Boys and the Fighting Parson;. or, The Brave Rally at Rahway. 421 The Liberty Boys a& Four Hole Swamp; or, Cornered by a Regiment. 422 The Liberty Boys and "Lame Joe"; or, The Best Spy of the llevolution. 4:.!3 The Liberty Boys on Pine Tree Hill; or, The Charge of the White Horse 'l'roop. 424 The Liberty Boys Threat; or, Doing ;1s 'l'hey Sa'd. 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