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ly THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. /s,ued Weekly-By Subscr;ption a2.50 per year. Entered as Second-Cla86 Matter at th • New Y or k Po,t Office, Febr ua r y 4, 1901, by Frank T ou,ey No. 493. NEW YORK, JUNE 10, 1910. Price a Ceo ts. There sounded the thunder of hoof-beats and the Tories whirled and looked westward to see a party of a dozen Continental troopers coming as fast as their horses could travel. The troopers set up a. yell when they saw that they were_ seen.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Contain ing Stories of the American Revolu tion 1,auea W:ukly-By Subscription $ 2 .50 per year. Entered as Secon~ Class Matt e r ~t the Ntw York, N._ Y., Z:ost OJJi,ce, February,. 1901. Entered according to Act of Oonoress,...,n t?i,e year 19-0,_ in t h e office of the Librarian of 0011,Q..ess. Wash inuton, D . 0 . , b y Frank Tousey , r ublishe r , 2 , Union Square, New Y orlt . i No. 493. NEW YORK, JUNE 10, 1910. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE MARKSMAN. "Say, do you know where we are, Dick?" "Yes." "Then you know more than I do. But where are we?" "In North Carolina, Bob." "Oh, go along ! I know that; but I mean, in what part of North Carolina are we?" "Mecklenburg county." "Humph! Sure of it?" "Pretty sure." "Then where away, and how far away, is Charlotte?" "I can't tell you that," "I thought not. Fact is, Dick, I believe , that -we are lost . " ''Perhaps so, Bob; but not so badly lost but what we can find ourselves again." "I hope that you are right; but this is a Tegular wilder ness. I don't think I have ever seen heavier timber any where, and this road is hardly worthy of the name." "Oh, we'll come to a house presently, and then we will learn how far, and in what direction is Charlotte." "I hope so." It was a pleasant afternoon in September of the year 1780. Two young men were riding along a winding trail (it could scarcely be called a road) through the timber, in cen'tral North Carolina. These young men were dressed in the blue uniform of the Continental soldier, and they were members of a company of patriot soldiers known as the Liberty Boys. In fact, they were Dick Slater, the cap tain of the company, and a famous fighter and spy~ and Bob Estabrook, his first lieutenant. Dick and Bob had left the Liberty Boys in camp :five miles back, and had come on ahead, to reconnoiter and try to learn the location of the settlement of Charlotte, which they thought must be within eight or ten miles 0 them. The Liberty Boys had been sent down into North Caro . lina by General Washington, to do whatever they could for the cause o:f liberty, and they had heard that Oorn wallfa's army was advancing from Camden toward Char. lotte, and that its advance was being retarded all that was possible by Major William Davie and his force o:f patriot soldiers, and they wanted to join Major Davie and help him . They believed that they would find him at Char lotte, or near there, hence their desire to reach that place . But they dicl not know just in which direction Charlotte lay, and so Dick and Bob had come on ahead, with the in tention of securing the desired information. Suddenly there sounded the sharp crack o:f a rifle, and a bullet went through the crown of Dick Slater's hat, knocking it off his head and sending it in among the trees at the roadside. "Great guns ! Redcoats or Tories, Dick!" cried Bob. 'fhen, quick as a flash, the two leaped to .the ground and to a position behind trees, around which they peered> in an attempt to locate the person who had fired the shot. "There he is!" cried Bob. "He's alone!" Dick had seen the marksman, too, and up came his musket, and crack ! it rang out. A wild yell of pain came from the man fired at. He was a tall, ungainly-looking fellow, dressed in homespun,, and with the yell he started to run at the top of his speed. The bullet had not injured him seriously, evidently. "After him, Dick!" cried Bob. "We can catch him." They clashed aftei' the fleeing man, and gradually drew nearer him, for they were exceedingly swift runners, and were young and strong, and could keep on running hall an hour, i.f necessary. But it was not necessary, this time, for they overtook the fugitive in about :five minutes, and Dick seized him by the coat _ -collar and brought him to an abrupt halt. Bob seized the fellow. also, and gave him a stinging slap on the side of the face, that brought tears to the fellow's eyes and caused him to utter an exclamation of pain. "Say, don' do that!" he howled. "Et hurts, so et does.'.> "Oh, does it?" said Bob, sarcastically. "Well, rm glad of it, and here goes for another." Slap! "Oh I Ow ! Ouch ! Don't do thet, I say! Quit, ]: tell ye!" "Why did you shoot at us?" asked Dick,.,sternly. "I didn't .shoot at ye," sullenly. "You did!" ":No, I didn't. Honest, I didn't." "You're lying, and you know it," said Bob. "No, I hain't. I didn't shoot at ye fellers. I dian"t see ye. " "What were you shooting at, then?" asked Dick. "A mark on a tree." "A mark on a tree, you say?" incredulously . "Yas." "Oh, say, don't expect us to believe any such sto.ry. as that," said Bob . "Et's so," persisted the fellow. "I kin show ye theF mark-et's a piece uv white cloth, pinned onter ther tree."" "Why were you shooting at the mark?" asked Dick. "I'm tryin' ter practice up till,I'rn a good shot, so's I kin jine the patriot army when et gits here." The two Liberty Boys eyed the speaker a few moments.,. keenly . They did not know whether they ought to believe him or not. He seemed to be in earnest, however. "You are a patriot?" queried Dick . "Yas, ye bet I am . "


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND :.\LA,JOR DAVIE. "What's your name?" "Hiram Hudkins." "Where do you live?" '"Bout two mile frum here, in thet direction," pointing toward the west. "Why do you want to join the patriot army?"Hudkins hesitated and flushed up and looked embar rassed, while Dick and Bob regarded him curiously. They could not understand his actions. "Say, ef I tell ye, ye won't lafI at me, will ye; .. H d kins asked, after a few moments. "Of course not," from Dick. "Certainly not," said Bob, with a grin he could not re press. "Oh, say, ye're laffin' 11011 I" prolc;;ted Hiram. "Oh, no; only smiling," grinned Bob. ''Co ahead. 1Ye w~n•t laugh." "Waal, then," half-defiantly, "I heerd 'usie cud(1er eay ther other day thet she wouldn't give two cents fur er feller whut didn't hev enuff patriotism an' bravery in him ter jine ther army an' fight fur liberty, an' I tol' her thet I heel, and thet I wuz goin' ter jine, an' she laffed at me an' said ez she knowed_ thet I couldn' hit ther side uv er barn at twenty steps, an' wouldn't be enny good ez a soldier; an' so I hev be'n practicin' shootin' on ther sly, sos to surpri e her." "I ser," sai

THE LIBERTY BOYS 11AJOR DAVIE. 3 '' A party without boys would be no party at all,'' .aid Bob. "Maype der poys don'd vos gotted her yet," said Carl Gookenspieler, who was a short, fat youth, who furnished a geod deal of fun for the Liberty Boys. "Shure an' thot is plain to be seen, Dootchy," said Patsy Bran.igan, a lively Irish youth, who delighted in teasing Cad, but who was a staunch friend and comrade of the Dutch youth, nevertheless. "Av dhey wur here ~e would be afther seein' thim, begorra." "Well, if they don't come, we will take their places," said Mark Morrison. 0Yah, dot is vot ve vill dooded," declared Carl, nod ding. "You could take the places of two of them, Carl," Bob chuckled. "You are heavy as two ordinary fellowe;." "Shure an' dhose gurrels would niver be afther lookin' at C.Ol')'spiller," declared Patsy. "But as fur mesilf, phwy, Oi'll wager thot Oi wull make a hit wid thim, an' that's the truth." "You vill got bitted py some uf der gurls' bestest vellers, dot is vot vill habben mit you, Batsy," said Carl. "You vos petter geep avay vrom dem curls." "Haw, haw, haw!" suddenly laughed Bob Oddy, a youth who S11W fun in everything. "Oh-ow! Ile, he, be!" and ' he doubled up in bis saddle •and laughed at a great rate. "What's the matter, Oddy ?" asked Dick. "What is so fu.ruiy?" "1t is funny to see so many girls together and no boys around," was the reply. "Oh-haw, haw, haw! He, he, he, he!" "Oi'm t'inkin' it looks more loike 'she, she, she!'" grinned Patc.y Brannigan. ' Dhere arent inny 'he, lie, he's' db ere." The Liberty Boys laughed at this, and then Dick leaped to the ground, and, telling the boys to tay where they were, he entered the yard and advanced to where the girls stood. He doffed his bat and bowed, when near them, and i;aid: ,t Good-afternoon, young ladies." "Good-afternoon, sir," was the reply in chorus, while the girls looked at Dick ,,,ith interest, not to say approval. for he was a handsome, manly-looking young man, if ever there was one. ":May I ask who lfrcs here?" be queried. "My father owns this place, sir," said a pretty, bright looking girl, taking a step forward. "His name i-Henry Howard; my name is Lucy, and--" "My name is Ethel Howard, and Henry Iloward is my fatlier also," said another girl, stepping forward. She looked very much like the first speaker, but her face and eyes were not so frank and pleasing. "Is :Ur. Howard a patriot?" asked Dick. "Yes," replied Lucy, promptly. "Now, Lucy Howard, you know that father has never declared himself one way or the other," disputed Ethel. "He isn't a patriot. He is neutral." "Oho !"...thought Dick. "These girls are evidently twins, yet one is a patriot, while the other is a Tory. Well, I don't care, just so Mr. Howard turns out to be patriotic enough to give us food and such information as l•c mey possess regarding the situation in this part of the country." "Is your father at home?" queried Dick, aloud. "No, sir," replied Lucy. "He went to Charlotte, and hasn't come back yet." '•Do you suppose he would object to myself an

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS A:t-.TD 111:AJOR DA VIE. if you will be so kind, please tell me what this gathering of young la.dies means. Some of my comrades are deeply foterested, ancl would like to know the whyfore of it." "We are patriot girls," replied Lucy, "and--" "I'm not ! " broke in Ethel, tossing her head. "I'm loyal to King George." "Yes, King George Latham," laughed Lucy. "W, that's no business of yours," retorted Ethel. "' I know it," replied Lucy, "but as all the rest of us girls are patriots and you are in a hopeless minority, it would look better if you kept still." -'' I ' ll talk all I want to," said Ethel. "Yes, we all know when you want to talk that no one ican stop you," said Anna Morris, who was a ratheT bright and outspoken girl. "That will do from you, Anna; I don't want any of your sauce," said Ethel angrily. "Go in the house, then," retorted Anna. "I'm like you; I'll talk if I want to." "I won't do it; I'll stay right here. I have as much t:"ight here as any of you." "Then do keep still, Ethel," said Lucy, "and let me talk t-0 lfr.-ah--" "My name is Dick Slater, Miss Lucy." 1'What ! Dick Slater? Then you are the captain of the Liberty Boys, are you not?" "I am." .:, And those are the Liberty Boys out there?" •'Yes, :Miss Lucy. But when drd you ever hear of them?" "Why , Tom Saunders, the brother of Sadie, there," indicating one of the girls, "is a patriot soldier, and he was wounded while with Lafayette's army up in Virginia, and

'THE LIBERTY BOYS AXD MAJOR DA VIE. 5 would ric1e westward and see if he could get sight of Na,ior DaYie or any of his men. He communicated his intention to Bob, who thought it a good idea, but who wi hed to go along. • o, you r-ta_v here and superintend the work of going into camp," saitl Dick. "I'll go alone." "But you might run up against some redcoats or a bunch of Tories," objected Bob. ' ot mue:h danger, Bob, I guess. The girls yonder say that there are scarcely any Tories in this Yicinity." "They probably meant within a radius of a couple of miles. If you go five to ten miles west, you may get into a regular nest of 'Tories." ' I guess not, Bob. rm not afraid." Bob laughed. '' Afraid," he said. "I guess you a-ren"t. That's the trouble with you. You never are afraid of anything; con i;equently you are likely to get into trouble, and if you should. yon would need me to help get you out of it." "If I get into trouble, I'll s.end for you, Bob," with a laugh. "Oh, all right. I i"ce yon dre determined to go alone. Well, be e:areful, old fellow." "I will he. I usually an1, you know." 'Yes. know." Dick mounted his magnificent thoronghbreJ, lllajor, and rode away toward the west. Ile was half a mile away, and ~oing at a lively pace, when Lucy Howard came oYer to the encampment, accompanied by Su ie Scudder, who ,rished to have a few words with Ili Hudkins. While Susie and Hi were talking, Lucy engaged Bob in comersa tion . ' 1Yhere cfo1 Captain Slater go?" she asked. "He is going to ride westward a few miles, in the hope of seeing )J ajor Davie," was the reply. Lucy looked grave. "If he goes too far, he may get into trouble," she said. Bob started, and looked at her inquiringly and some-what anxiously. "Why so?'' he asked. "Wh: there is a settlement of Tories about ten miles west of here. And if they were to see him with that blue uniform on, they might shoot him, or make him a prisoner." Bob shook his head, and a sober look came over his face. "I want ed him to Jet me go with him," he said, "but he wouldn't do it. He said he didnt think there was any • clanger in going alone." "If he gets to the Tory settlement he will be in danger," declared Lucy, soberly. Bob pondered a few moments. "I gue, I'd better follow him," he said . ' You had better take several of the Liberty Boys along, too, Lieutenant Estabrook," advised the girl. "I will clo so," he said. "I thank you for coming and warning me of his danger, :Miss Howard." ' 1 You are more than welcome. You see, I am a patriot, anJ I want that no harm shall come to any of your number." "It is good to see so many girl patriots_." said Bob, nodding toward the party of girls, still over in the yard in front of the house. Then, as Lucy Howard and Susie Scudder made their way back to this group, Bob mounted his horse, and, ac companied by ten of the Liberty Boys, galloped away in the same direction Dick had gone. He could not see Dick, but as the road led through tunber, and wound this way and that, making it impossible to see more than a mile ahead, this was not so strange. ""' e' 11 overtake him before he has gone ii ve miles," said Bob to :Mark Morrison, and they urged their horses to a fa ter gait. But they failed to do so. They diJ not get sight of Dick at all, and when they had gone about ten miles they came to the outskirts of a little settlement consisting of perhaps a dozen houses. "This must be the T0ry settlement that Lucy Howard spoke of," said Bob. ".i: o", I wonder if they have gob bled Dick up?" For once in his life Bob decided to be careful. He was naturally of a somewhat reckless disposition; was always so, where only his own safety was concerned, but now he felt that possibly the safety of his comrade and friend, Dick, was involved, so he was constrained to exercise cau tion . At his command tlie Youths dismounted and led their horses in among the tree; at the roadside and tied them tc. trees. "Kow I'll advance cautiom,ly, keeping within the edge _,,, of the timber, and see if I can find anything regarding Dick," he said. "You boys stay here." "All right,'-' replied 1\Iark. Bob then made his way along, just within the edge of the timber, till he came to a point from where he could get a good view of the houses, and he was standing there, looking for some signs of Dick, when suddenly he felt himseH seized from behind by at least four hands, and in spite of his struggles he was thrown to the ground with coasiderable force. Before he could cry out to give the alarm to his comrades, he was seized by the throat, and could not make any noise. His wrists were quickly bound, and a rough gag was stuck in his mouth. Then he was jerked to his feet, and saw that his captors were a couple of rough looking men, who grinned witlt satisfaction, as one said: "Well, weye got ye, ye blamed rebel spy! Come along with us." They conducted Bob into the settlement, and it. happened that the point where Bob had been captured was out of sight of the other Liberty Boys. Neither could they see the three as they entered the settlement, so they did not know Bob wa a prisoner. Bob was conducted to a tavern, and into the main room, where he found Dick seated on a bench -against the wall, and confronted by half a dozen rough-looking men, who were putting questions to the captive Liberty Boy. 'rhe half dozen men turned as the Tory entered with Bob, and grins of delight and satisfaction appeared on their faces as they saw that another "rebel" had been cap tured. "Got anuther, hey, Bill?" cried one. "I shure hev !" was the reply.


6 THE LIBERT'\ BOYS .A~D ::i1AJOR DA.VlE. .,,. "Whar did ye fin' 'im ?" "Jim an' me grabbed 'im jest over in ther edge of ther" ( 41'het'sgood. Set him over here by this other feller, an' take the gag out of his mouth. I guess they're pards, limely." "I reckon thar haint no doubt about that," and the felww did as told. :9ick stared at Bob in surprise, and doubtless feeling thai there was no need of pretending that they were stran gers to each other, said: "What are you doing here, Bob?" "I don't seem to be doing much of anything," with a sheepish grin, as he was pu~hed into a seat beside his comrade. "Well, I'm not doing much of anything, either," smiled Die.Ir. "But how comes it that you are here? I told you to stay behind." "I know you did, but I was afraid you would get into trouble, and so I followed anyhow." :lob did not mention bis comrades, a,s he did not want the Tories to know of their presence. "~ot by a long shot," added Bob. 1'We'll see about et. Bring 'em out uv doors, boys, an' tie 'em to them two trees in front uv ther tavern. They'll either hev ter talk er take ther wurst lic1.u' they ever bed in their lives." Dick and Bob were seized and hall dragged out of doors and to the trees in question. "Take off their coats," ordered Bill, who seemed to be the leader of the Tories. This was quickly done. "Now bring ropes," Bill ordered, "an' tie 'em to ther trees." This was done, the youths' faces being placed to the trees, their backs being outward ready for the "Now bring whips!" cried Bill. There was a savage in tonation to his voice which showed that he meant business. The whips were quickly brought and the two ToTies took up their positions ready to administer the punishment at a word from their leader. Bill stepped around so that he could look in Dick's face, and said threateningly: "And got into trouble yourself as a result." "Yes, that's so, but I'm not sorry. You're in trouble "Now ef ye want ter save yerselves er good lickin', tell ani misery likes company, so they sa y , and I am glad I me whut I want ter know!" am here to be company for you." "We will tell you nothing," said Dick, firmly. "Shut up, you two!" commanded the Tory who had just "Ye'd better!" b h b , "No'" dec1dedly. reug t Bo m. 'You're talkin' too much." -'-"We have a right to talk if we want to," said Bob. "Ye'll git the wurst lickin' ye ever hed ef ye don't!" "Thet'll do," growlingly. "I'm goin' ter ask ye some "Let me tell you something," said Dick in a cold, bard questions, an' the bes' thing ye can do is to answer 'em." voice that made an impression on his hearers in spite of "Go ahead," sa .id Dick. "Ask your questions, and we themselves. "If you whip my comrade and myself, it will will answer them if we feel like it.'' be the worst thing for you that you ever did in your life." "Kin' uv independent an' sassy, hain't ye?" rneeringly. "Whut'll happen?" half sneeringly. "Oh, not particularly, but we are not going to answer , "Just this: Your houses will be burned to the ground. ll.IlY questions if we don't want to." Your families will be rendered homeless, and a goodly "Don't be 'too shore uv that. J\Iebby we've got ways to number, perhaps all of you men, will be killed outright." make people talk." This was said in a calm manner, devoid of braggadocia, "Come on with the qpestions," said Bob. and it seemed to make . considerable impression on the "Well, in the furst place, whar's the rebel army thet ye majority of the 'Tories, b~t its effect on Bill was to render tw e fellers belong to?" him angry. "You'll liave to find that out for yourselves," .replied "Ye sassy young scoundrel!" he cried, "I'll show ye! Dick. Lay on the whips, boys ! Cut ther blood out uv ther rebel "How big an army is it?" spies!" "'fhat you will have to discover for yourselves, also." The two 'l'ories who held ~he whips drew back their "Humph! Ye'd better answer my questions." arms to strike. "I don't think so," was the quiet reply. '"Say, le's make them tell everythin' they know, Bill,'' sail one of the men fiercely. "Yas," from another: "They're rebel spies, an' l1ain't got no cause to put on airs. Le's make 'em talk." . "How?" queried the one addressed as Bill. "Oh, there's plenty u v ways. Fur OilE} thing, we can tie 'em up to trees an' lick 'em till they're ready ter talk." :Bill nodded, while a rather fierce look appeared on his face. '"Thet's so," he said. "We kin do that. We'll make 'em teH ev'rytbin' an' then we'll send ther news by mes sooger to General Cornwallis." "You won't get any information out of us," said Dick, quietly. CHAPTER IV. THE RESCUE. But the blows were not delivered. At this instant there sounded the thunder of hoofbeats, and the Tories whirled and looked westward, to see a party of a dozen Continental troopers coming as fast as their horses could travel. The troopers set up a. yell when they saw that they were •


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND :MAJOR DA VIE. 7 seen, and brandished their muskets, and the Tories, aiter one quick look, turned and fled into the tavern. Dick and Bob were delighted with the turn affairs had taken, and Bob fairly shouted for joy. "Oh, say, we're all right, Dick!" he cried. "It looks that way, Bob," was the reply. "Yes; unless the Tories show fight and succeed m thrashing the soldiers." "Which they may be able to do, Bob." "It is possible, of course, but not probable." "I think, myself, that the soldiers will whip the Tories, even though there seem to be only about a dozen troop ers here." "And there must be twice that many Tories; but the soldiers are used to fighting, and the Tories are npt, and that will make quite a difference." "True, but the Tories are protected behind the thick log walls of the tavern and their houses, Bob. That is a big advantage." ''The troopers'll have 'em out quick enough, Dick." "Possibly. I hope so." "So do I." Just then the troopers dashed up, brought their horses to a stop and leaped to the ground and dashed toward the door of the tavern. They evillcntly expected to be :fired upon, but were agreeably disappointed, for no shots came from within the building. Dick and Bob had expected to hear the report of fire arms and see some of the troopers go down, also, and were surprised that this did not occur. "What's the matter with tbe fellows, anyway, Dick?" queried Bob. "I don't know, Bob." "They are cowards." "It would seem so." "Of course they are. Nobody but cowards would tie fellows up and whip them, as they intended doing with us." "True." Suddenly Bob uttered a yell. "Yonder they go!" he cried. "They've left the taYern and houses and are taking refuge in the timber. Yonder they are!" The leader of the troopers, a handsome young man of perhaps twenty-four years, wearing a lieutenant's uniform, dashed around the tavern, followed by his men, and caugb.t sight of the Tories, who were just disappearing amid the trees over at the east side of the settlement. "Shall we follow them?" cried one of the troopers. "No, it would do no good," replied the lieutenant. "We couldn't catch them, and they miglit ambush us and do us a great deal of damage." "That's so." "Come on; we'll free these two soldiers and learn what this affair means." They turned and made their way back around to the front of the tavern, and bringing their knives into play, quickly freed Dick and Bob. "Thanks, comrades," said Dick. "You came at a most opportune moment." "Yes, they were just on the point of administering a Hogging to us," said Bob. "Who are you?" asked the lieutenant, eyeing the two keenly, and with a -1ook o.f approval on his face. "My name is Dick Slater," said Dick, "and this is--" "What!" exclaimed the lieutenant, while murmurs of surprise and excitement escaped the lips of his men. "You don't mean to tell me that you are the famous Dick Slater, the great spy, and captain o.f the Liberty Boys ?H "I am the captain of the Liberty Boys, yes, sir," was the reply. "But I don't know about the 'famous' part 0f it. This is my first lieutenant, Bob Estabrook. And you are-" "I am Lieutenant Arthur Sloan, with Major Davie's force." "I am glad to make your acquaintance," said Dick, shaking hands with the young patriot officer heartily. "And I am more than delighted to make your acquaint ance, Captain Slater," earnestly and enthusiastically. "I have heard a great deal regarding you, but neveT expected to meet you." "And aren't you glad to make my acquaintance, toi, ?" grinned Bob, with a whimsi . cal air. "I'm as famous as Dick is, only nobody knows anything about it but me." The lieutenant laughed and shook hands with Bob, at the same time saying: "I've heard of you also, Bob Estabrook. You are too modest, for I think that there are others beside vourseU who know about your being a famous fighter." "Yes, I fancy some of the redcoats that I have met witli know it," chuckled Bob, "and some of them don't," he added, significantly. "Bob is all right, and my right-hand man," said Dick. ",Ye are inseparable comrades, almost; are as much to each other as brothers could be." "Aud if the stories I have heard are true you will be brothers indeed, some day," smiled the lieutenant. "Possibly," smiled Dick. The young patriot officer ref erred to the fact that Dick was engaged to be married to Alice Estabrook, Bob's sister, while Bob was engaged to Edith Slater, Dick's sister. 1rhis was known throughimt the Continental army, and had come to the lieutenant's ears, along with other stories about Dick and Bob. ''Your Liberty Boys are down in this part of the country, of course," remarked the lieutenant. "Yes," replied Dick. "They are about ten miles east of here." "Have you your full force?" "Yes, our ranks have been recruited until we have our full hundred in the company." "And we expect to get more recruits," spoke up B~b. "There are about two dozen young fellows living in the v'icinity of our encampment, who will probably join our company." "Good," said Lieutenant Sloan. Dick now explained how it happened that he and Bob had been made prisoners by the Tories, and inqufred the whereabouts of Major Davies' force. "Our little army is about ten miles west of here," rep l ied the lieutenant. "How strong a force is it?" "We have about twelve hundred men." "And where is Cornwallis and his army?"


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND l\fAJOR DAVIE. "They are about five miles west 0 us." "How strong an army has Cornwallis?" "I can't really say, but I judge he has several thousand men." "What success have you haa in holding his army in check?" "Pretty good success, considering that his orce is so much superior to our own, and now that we are to have you and your Liberty Boys to help us, we will be able to do even better." "Oh, come!" laughed Dick. "Don' t pile it on like that. We may be able to help some, 0 course, but prob ably not enough so that the difference will be noticed." "Well, now, i we don't make it lively or the redcoats it will be unny," said Bob. "You see, I am not modest like Dick," he added, with a grin. The lieutenant laughed and clapp e d Bob on the shoulder. 1 "You're all right, anyway," he said. "Captain Slater is too modest, I know, or i one-hal the s tories I have heard about you Liberty Boys is true, and I have no doubt they are, then you will indeed make it liv e ly or the red coats." "We'll do our best," said Dick, smiling. The three now turned their attention to their present surroundings. "This seems to be a kind 0 nest of Torie s," remarked the lieutenant. "Yes," said Bob. "It is a Tory settlement. Lucy How ard told me about it, Dick," he went on, addressing his comrade, "and that is the reason I follow e d you here." "Well, the men seem to be so cowardly that I don't think they will do much damage," said the lieutenant. "Sometim e s that kind of men do more damage than b~ave ones," said Dick. "They slip around and do their meanness on, the sly." "That's right," said Bob, "and I think it wmtld be a goodi idea to devote a little attention to the people of this settlement, now that we are here." "What can we do?" the lieutenant asked. "I'll tell you what we might do," said Dick. "I see the women and children are still in the houses, and we can go to them and tell them to warn their husbands to be careful what they do, if they don't want to get into trou ble." "That can do no harm, at any rate, and may do some good," the lieutenant agreed. "That's so," said Bob. "If we can intimidate the ras cals it may keep them from taking an active part in affairs." At this moment one of the troopers uttered an exclamation: "L@ok yonder i" he cried. All looked in the direction indicated and saw the Tories, a score at least in number, coming toward them on the run, muskets in hand. "They're going to attack us!" cried Dick. "They're not such great cowards, after all," from Bob. "Into the taver _ n, everybody!" ordered the lieutenant. "We'll fire at them from the windows." The troopers rushed into the tavern, allowed by the lieutenant, Dick and Bob. Six of the troopers hastened upstairs to the windows on the east side of the building, while the rest stationed them selves at the downstairs windows. "Wait till they get well within range," said the lieuten ant, "and take good aim and give it to them." "Yes, that's the thing to do," agreed Dick. Dick and Bob were given muskets, and were in a posi tion to do their share of fighting. On came the Tories, yelling at the top of their voices and brandishing their rifles. Possibly they thought th e y could scare the patriot soldiers into taking refuge in flight. If so, however, they were badly fooled, for the patriots had no intention of fleeing. The fact that the Tories outnum bered them almost two to one bad no effect on them. Then, . too, they were protected by the walls of the tavern, which practically equalized matters. Nearer and nearer came the Tories, and then suddenly from upstairs came the sharp report of firearms. One of the Tories went down, evidently seriously wounded, but the others kept on advancing. "The men upstairs :fired too soon," said Dick. "Th e Tories were not close enough." "They are close enough now," cri e d the lieutenant "Take aim!" All leveled their muskets and took c a reful aim. "Fire!" ordered the lieutenant. Crash-roar ! rang out the muskets. The result was all that could be desired. Four of the Tories went down, dead or wounded, and the others came to a sudden halt. At this moment they were fired upon from the rear by the party of Liberty Boys who had come with Bob, and they turned and fled back to the shelter of the timber, CHAPTER V. IKVITED TO THE DANCE. "We've li~hd them! Hurrah!" cried Bob. "Yes, I think that will be all that they will want," said the lieutenant. The patriots now emerged from the tavern and made their way to where the five Tories lay. There were five . . women and a number of children there ahead of themthe wives and children of the dead and wounded Tories. The women and children were crying bitterly, and the .. women began upbraiding the patriots, but the lieutenant told them to husI1. "Your husbands are altogether to blame for this_." he said. ' "In the first place, they made prisone!"s of Captain Slater and Lieutenant Estah;:i:ook here, and were going to whip them, after tying them up to trees; and in the second place, they made the attack, and have, as I have said, only themselves to blame." The women aaid no more, but kept on crying. •


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DA VIE. 9 It was found that two of the Tories were dead and three severely wounded, and on receiving orders to that effect, the patriot troopers carried the two dead Tories and the three wounded ones to their homes. 11N ow, what is next on the programme?" asked Bob. "I guess we will return to our army," replied Lieuten :int Sloan. "It has probably gone into camp by this time." Dick glanced at the sun, which was perhaps an hour high. . "I guess we'll go along with you, Lieuterlant Sloan," he said. "We want to see Major Davie." "Glad to have you," said the lieutenant. Dick found his horse in the stable hack of the tavern, and quickly bridled and saddled him, and he and Bob mounted and joined the patriot troopers, who were waiting in front of the tavern. Dick told the other Liberty Boys to return to the en campment, and they set out at once, as did the other party also1 Dick rocle beside the lieutenant, and secured a great deal of interesting information about Major Davie and his lit tle army, and also about Cornwallis and his army. They rode at 3:: gallop, and half an hour later arrived at the patriot encampment. Major Davie was a man of perhaps forty years, and was a quiet, good-looking man, and had the appearance of being a good and able commander, as was indeed the case. He had heard of Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys, and was delighted to meet Dick and Bob. "Where are your Liberty Boys, Captain Slater?" he asked. Dick told him, and then added : "We will come here in the morning and join you." "Thanks, I shall be glad to have you." After half an hour' s talk Dick and Bob mounted their horses and rode away toward the east. "You had better look out for those Tories at the Tory settlement," called out Lieutenant Sloan after them. "We will," replied Dick. "They had better look out for us," laughed Bob. The lieutenant laughed in response and remarked to some of the men that Bob's words were not very far from the truth. Dick and Bob rode onward at a gallop, but it was dark before they got to the Tory settlement. At the edge of the timber a couple of miles west of the settlement, they paused. They saw lights in the various houses and doubted not that the Tories were back in their homes. "I guess we will be safe in riding right through," said D~k. . "I think so," agreed Bob. "Oh, ye do, do ye!" roared a v01ce right in front of them. "Surrender, ye blamed rebel spies!" "An ambush!" exclaimed Bob. "Forward, Bob!" cried Dick. They put spurs to their horses, and the spirited animals leaped forward, almost at top speed. At the second leap they were among the Tories, who could now be dimly seen leaping about. Yells of pain and. cries of rage went up from the Tories as several of their number were knocked down by the horses and trampled under foot. Those who escaped from being upset by the horses man aged to fire upon the two Liberty Boys, ancl the crack, crack, crack ! of the rifles was heard, and the bullets whis tled all around the youths. It was a wonder they were not hit, but as good luck would have it, they escaped uninjured. In a . few moments they were free of the Tories and dashing through the settlement at the best speed of their horses. ''Let's give them a shot, Dick!" cried Bob. "All right, Bob." Their muskets were slung a.t their saddle horns, so could not be gotten at quickly, and each youth drew a pistol, half turned in his saddle, leveled the weapon and fired. Crack, crack ! A wild yell of pain went up on the night air. "We must have hit one of them, anyhow," chuckled Bob. "You are right. Both bullets were not wasted, anyhow," said Dick. On through the settlement they dashed, but slackened speed as they approached the timber on the east side. It was now quite dark, and the youths did not care to ride so fast along the w:inding road. They did not fea1 pursuit, anyway, and there was no need of haste. A little more 'than an hour later they arrived at their encampment on tI1e Howard plantation. They were given a joyful welcome by their comrades, . who wanted to know what had kept them, and if they had had any adventur

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DAVIE. dance and eat and enjoy ourselves to-night, q.nd to-morrow we'll go after the redcoats red-he;." . "Go after the redcoats red-l:iot," repeated Bob Oddy. "Say, that sounds funny. Haw, haw, haw! He, he, he!" and he bent over forward and laughed loudly. Ben Spurlock gave Bob a push with his foot, sending him over on his face on the ground, where he lay, still laughing uproariously. "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed Carl Gookenspieler, his fat sides s haking. "Id alvays rnake rne laugh to see Pob Oddy laugh. Oh, ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" "Shut up, Dootchy !" cried Patsy. "You make more noise dhan a mule brayin' ! Shure an' ye do." At the same time be gave Carl a shove and upset him on top of Bob Oddy, whose laughter terminated in a gurs gling squeak, Carl's two hundred pounds crushing the wind all out of him. Charlotte, and I want you to meet him first of all , after which I will introduce you to the young men who are to become your recruits." ' ' All right, Miss Lucy. I thank you for your kin d in vitat:ion. Come along, boys." "You bet we'll come, Dick," said Bob Oddy. " Haw , haw, haw! Ho, ho, ho!" "Here is vere ve vill haf sorne fun, alretty," declared Carl. "You pet rne your life ve vill gome, Tick!" "Shure an' Oi can see Dootchy out on dhe floor danc in' !" remarked Patsy Brannigan, sarcastically. "It's graceful as an iliphunt he'll be afther bein', Oi'm thinkin'." "I gan tance mit shust so much gracefulness as vat you gan, Batsy Prannigan !" retorted Carl. "Dhere's agotism for yez !" said Patsy. "Phy, Oi'm wan av dhe bist dhancers phwat iver sthepped out on a floor." Carl scrambled to his feet and wanted to fight Patsy Dick and Lucy Howard were already making their way off-band, but some of the Liberty Boys intervened and toward the house and Bob and the other Liberty Beys forced him to sit down and keep quiet. promptly followed. Bob Oddy _also arose and brushed the dirt off his clothes The prospect of dancing with the girls and eating a a.ud seated lnmself.. He kep_t up a chucklmg, however, for ~ood supper was an attractive one and they looked forward he could see fun rn anytbmg. to an evening of rare enjoyment: Just then Lucy Howard put in an appearance. "So you got back safely, Captain Slater," she remarked. "I am glad of that." "Yes, I brought him back in safety, Miss Howard," said Bob, with a laugh. "He ran right into that nest of Tories and was captured, and--" CHAPTER VI. /-"So did you," laughed Dick. "We were both captured, Miss Howard, and were rescued by some patriot troopers HELPING FIGHT THE BRITISH. belonging to Major Davie's force." Then he told her the story briefly, she listening with In all that crowd that was at the Howard home that interest. evening there were only two persons that were not happy. "Oh, I am so glad you succeeded in getting away from These two were Ethel Howard and her sweetheart, Geor~e the Tories," said Lucy, earnestly. Latham. "So are we!" chuckled Bob. "But say, Miss Lucy, is it Ethel had gone to the Latham home and had insisted true that we are going to get a chance to dance and eat a that George come to the dance. He had not wanted to do big supper over at your house to-night?" so, for be knew that all the other young men would be "Yes, Lieut enant Estabrook. That is why I am here patriots, and that he would not feel at his ease, but Ethel now. I have come to invite you and your Liberty Boys was so insistent, would not take no for an answer, that at over to the house, Captain Slater." last he had told her he would come. "The house won't hold us all, will it?" queried Dick. He did come, but, as has been stated, be was not happy; "Oh, yes; and more, too. The girls that you saw iR the neither was Ethel, but she pretended to be. yard this afternoon are all there, and about thirty young But as she saw the other young men and the Liberty men whom I wish you to become acquainted with." Boys treating George cold1y, her anger rose, and she began "Ah, are they the ones who are to join our company?" to be disagr eeable, and to say disagreeable things to the asked Dick. • patriot youths. She upbraided such as she was well ac"Yes," replied Lucy. quainted with, and scolded them for not being more "That is good. That will increase our force to about friendly with George. one hundred and thirty, and we ought to be able to make "Oh, come now, Ethel," said Joe Bolton, one of the things liv e ly for Cornwallis's redcoats ." young men to whom Ethel complained, "you know, and we "I hope that you .vill be able to do so," said Lucy, "and know, that George is a Tory, and you ought not to expect I hope that our young men will give good accounts of ua to treat him as kindly as we do those that we know are thern~elves." patriots. I don't like Tories, and I don't care who knows "Oh, I JiaYe no doubt on that score," said Dick. "H it, either." they are as braYe as you girls are patriotic they will cer"You're as rnean as you can be!" said Ethel, her eyes tainl_y prove to be g-ood fip:hters." snapping. "I hope that rnch will pro Ye to be the case." earnestly. "I don't see it that way, Ethel. It's only natural that "And now, Captain Slater, you and your Liberty Boys a fellow should not like OD" who is an avowed enemy." come on over to the hou e. Father bas just got back from "George isn't an avowed enemy."


THE LIBERTY BOYS .AND MAJOR D.A VIE. 11 "Yes, he is. He's a Tory and I'm a patriot, and Tories and patr iots are avowed enemies. We're soldiers, now, you lmow, Ethel. .All of us fellows have joined Captain Slat e r's Liberty Boys." "The more fools you!" sneeringly. "I don't think so." "I do. Why, General Cornwallis will be here with his army in a few days, and then h~ will kill or capture all the Liberty Boys, and the entire force of Major Davie as well." "I suppose that's George's story, eh?" smiled Joe. Ethel colored, but made denial. "No, it is my own idea," she said. "Common sense tells me that." "Well, your common sense is at fault, then, Ethel," re torted Joe, "for no such thing will happen." "You'll see." "So will you," replied Joe, and turned away, smiling, and asked his sweetheart to dance with him, and the next moment they were whirling across the floor to the music from the violin in the hand s of the musician. George Latham managed to stay till after supper was over, but he had enough of it by then, and told Ethel that he was going home. "Oh, stay till the dance ia ended, George!" she pleaded. She didn't want that the patriot youths and the other girls should think that George had not had the courage to-stay. "No, I'm going home, Ethel. It isn't any fun for me here, I can tell you." "I know; but it pleases me to have you here, and you ought to be willing to stay on that a~count," poutin good-rught." ; ' She said no more, save to accompany him to the door and bid him good-night, but there was a frown on her face the rest of the evening, and a smouldering fire in her eyes. It was evident that she was in an angry mood. She took it out in scolding her sister Lucy, but that maiden was so happy that she merely laughed the illnatured remarks 0 her sister off, which made Ethel all the angrier. Mr. Howard was talking to Dick Slater quite a while. 'l'he planter was in reality a patriot, though, as Ethel had insisted, he had never come right out and stated that such was the fact. There had been no need of doing so. Nor did he say it even now, in so many words; but in all Jii,talk it was easy to see that he sympathized with the cau~e , of Liberty, and that he was at heart a true and ardent patriot. 1 He said that he was glad the young men had decidec1 tu ' join Dick's company of Liberty Boys. "It will make men of them," he declared. "I have heard much about the prowess of the Liberty Boys, and so know that, in so far as fighting is concerned, they could not join a force that would be likely to give them more to do in that line." • "We will try and show them some fighting," was Dick's quiet and modest reply. "I have no doubt of it. The British will soon be in this vicinity, you think, Captain Slater?" "Yes, sir; they are only fifteen miles away. They will doubtless reach this vicinity by the day after to-morr ~ w." "Davie's force is too light to do much against Cornwallis's army, then?" "Yes, sir; it can do little, save retard the enemy's progress to a certain degree. It is not strong enough to o'fl'er open battle." "Well, it can't be helped. \Ye must accept matters as they are, and do the best we can." "Yee, Mr. Howard. But it i" possible that, i a real .favorable position can be found, ,,e may give the enemy a fight-we must be in a measure ambushed, y@u know." "Yes, and I , don't know of any such favorable position in these parts, Captain Slater." , Dick smiled. "You have liyed here many years, Hr. Howard," he said, "while I have been here only a few hours, but I think I know a good point for 011r purpose." "Indeed? Where, Captain Slater?" "That knoll, just back of the pasture where we are en camped. The road rounds the foot of tbe knoll wnich ii heavily wooded, and if you did not object to 01;r offering battle practically.on your plantation, we could, I feel con fident, give the Eritish a good fight, there." Mr. Howard's eyes shone. "I have no objection to offer," hr declared. "I could not help myself, even if I had, if the patriot army wished to station itself there and offer battle; and I wouldn't help myself if I could." "Then it is practically settled," said Dick. "For I am confident that l\Iajor Davie will eee the advantao-es of the position when he gets here, and will be eager to :tation his force there, and offer battle to Cornwallis." "I hope so, Captain Slater; and I hope that you will whip the British, too!" "That, I fear, is too much to hope for; but we can get the b~tter 0 them, comparatively speaking; that is to say, we w1Il undoubtedly be able to inflict far more damage on them than they will be able to inflict on us, which will be t~tamount to a victory." "True, Captain Slater.'' The dance and supper were a great snccess. 'rhe Lib ~rty Boy:s enjoyed themselves hugely, and were sorry when 1t was time to quit; but they knew they must be in good trim to sit in the saddle all next day, and perhaps engage in a brush with some 0 the redcoats, and so they made no objection when at midnight Dick ordered them to return to camp . The thirty young men accli)mpanied the Liberty Boys, for they had joined the company, and had come, all ready to stay. :\"ext morning the Liberty Boys broke camp soon ailer sun-up, and rode away toward the west. The girls, all of whom had remained at the Howarcl plantation, were up early, also, and after bidding the Lib erty Boys good-by, stood out in the yard and waved to them as long as they were in sight. "I dell you dose curls hated to see rne go avay/' said Carl Gookenspieler, as the company rode around the bend and disappeared ' from view of the girls. "Such agotism !" cried Paby Brannigan. "Dhc oidea


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DA VIE. av innywan hatin' to see Dootchy go arny. Shure an' it's I about equal strength, and the battle was raging fast and glad to be rid av yez dey are." furious. "Speak for yoursellufs, Batsy Praunigan," retorted So far as could be judged, the affair was about equal. Carl. "I pet me dose curls were glac1 to see you go avay, Keither force seemed to as yet have gained an advantage. but not so mit mineselluf. Dwo or c1hree of them c1old me This was as it should be, but the Liberty Boys made up dot dey vished I vould stay." their minds instantly that the patriot force should. speedily "Dhey were stuffin' yez, Oookyspiller. Dh\y were just gain an advantage if they could bring it about. havin' fun wid yez, thot was all." 'l'he British force was drawn up in line a quarter of a • "I don't pelieve me dot. Dey meant vat dey sait, you mile long, in easy musket shot distance o.f the patriot .force, pet my life." and presented a fair mark for the Liberty Boys to aim at. When the Liberty Boys reached the Tory settlement, not "Charge them!" yelled Dick at the top of his voico and a man was to be seen. Only the women and children were waYing his sword in the air. "Charge the redcoats! Ride there. right over them! Down with the King! Long live Lib Dick asked one of the women where the men were, and erty !" she frankly said that they had 8een the Liberty Bo_y. com-Straight toward the center of the British lines na&hec! ing, and had fled to the timber for safety. Dick, and after him, waving pistols in the air and ;:;ltouting i'Well, you tell them they had better remain neutral and "Down with the King! Long live Liberty!" dashed tha not take any part in the war," said Dick. "If they try to darin~ Liberty Boys. render assistance to Cornwallis, they will get themselves into serious trouble." "I'll tell them," said the woman. "I ho]Je they'll do what ye say, sir, for already two have been kiJ!ed and three wounded, as ye know, sir." ''Yes, I know, and there will be more of i.hem killed if they clcm't keep out of th is affair." ' We wimmen of he settlement will do all we can to keep them from doing anything to help the British," de clared the woman. The Liberty Boys rode on through the settlement and were within perhaps a mile of the point where Davie's force was encamped when the sound of firing came to their ears. Dick listened a few moments. There could be no doubt about it; it was the rattle of muskets. "A fight is on!" cried Bob, eagerly. "The British have attacked Davie's force," said Mark :Morrison. "Thet's it, rnre as shootin' !" declared Bob Oddy "Haw, haw, haw! Ho, ho, ho!" "Let's get there as quick as possible, Dick," from Bob_. "We want to have a hand in that affair." "Forward p: cried Dick. He urged Major forward at a gallop, and the other Lib erty Boys followed pell-mell. The roa . d wound this way and that through the timber, and in many places the branches of the trees hung low, making it a difficult ride for the horsemen, but it did not matter to the Liberty Boys. They bent low over the neC'ks of their horses and dashed onward Tecklessly. They had r.wt been engaged in a battle for more than a week, and the sound of musketry excited them not a little. They wanted to reach the ~ene of action before the en counter came to an end. Louder and louder sounded the rattle of the muskets. It really sounded as if a fair-sized battle was in progress. Closer and closer to the encampment drew the Liberty Boys, and suddenly they emerged from the timber and into the open space at the foot of the hill where Major Davie's force was encamped. The scene was just about what the Liberty Boys had ex pected to see. The patriot force was being attacked by a British fo~ce of rn.\ PTER VII. THE DEFEAT OF THE ENEMY. Fortunately for the Liberty Boys, the British had jud • fired a volley at Major Davie's force, and consequently i.l:eil' muskets were empty~ The redcoats were hastily rechargin~ the weapons, but could not get them in readiness for use hdore the Lil)ertv Boys were upon them. When within about :fifteen yards of the British, DiC'k gave the command to fire, and the youths discharged their pi~tols full in the aces of the British soldiers; and the ne.:-t moment they were upon the redcoats, tearing the lines ' into pieces and upsetting and trampling under foot dozens of ll1e soldiers. Shouts of anger and pain went up from the redcoats, and they fought back at i.he young patriot horsemen as be,:t they :rn.igbt; but they could not do much damage. 'fhrough the lines dashed the Liberty Boys, and tlicn they whirled and . rode back through again, and dashe,l across and joined Major Davie's force. The major seized upon this moment, when the Brifi,h were all mixed up and confused, and his men fired a volley, which did considerable execution; and then on the heels of this the major cried : "Charge bayonets , men !I' The men ob~:yed instantly. Forward they dashed, with bayonets ready or use, an11 the Liberty Boys whirled their horses and dashed towarcl the redcoats again1 aiming at a point farther along the line • than where they had struck it the first time. Again they gave utterance to their war cry of, "Down with the King! Long live Liberty!" And then they stn1ck the lines of the enemy with such terrible force as to hurl the ~1diers to the ground as though only toy men, and on through they went, firing their pistols as they did so. Then :Major Davie's men struck the British line, and for a few minutes the liveliest kind of a hand-to-hand :fight ensued; but, thanks to the demoralization in the ranks .of the


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DAVIE. 13 British that hacl been caused by the action of the Liberty Boys, the patriots speedily got the better of the encounter, ancl the British wavered, first, faltered, and then turned aml fted t<1ward the west at the top of their speed. Many threw away their muskets, they were so frightened, and the retreat became a rout. Cheer;, of victory went up from the patriots, and they set out in pursuit, but followed not more than a quarter of a mile, as there was no knowing but the main British force might be near at hand. 'l'he patriots returned to camp, and proceeded to look after their wounded, and also the Britis h wounded as well. 'rhev found that twentv redcoats were d ead and seventeen lay ;n the field, wound~d. The patriots had lost only five, and seven wounded. The Liberty Boys had not lost one, but several had re ceived wounds, though none of theae were serious, luckily. Major Davie called Dick to him and said: "Captain Slater, I thank you for the wonderfull::, effect ive work that you and your Liberty Boys have done. But for your corning, we should ]iaye been forced to retreat, I think." "You arc more than welcome to what we did, )fajor Davie," was Dick's reply. "We came down here to render you all the assistance in our power, and that is , :hat we are going to do." "Well, you have started out splendidly. .And now, Captain Slater, you can do me still further service this morning, if you wish." , ".Anything you like, Major Davie. Myself and. Liberty Boys are wholly at your service." "\Vbat I wish you to do is this: Go after that British force and watch it, and look out for the coming of the main force. I don't want to be taken by surpri1'~. If we have time, I want to bury the dead and send th0 wounded on ahead of my force." "Myself and Liberty Boys will be off at once, anc1 we will see to it that you are not taken by surprise, Major Davie." "Thank you, Captain Slater. When you think it lime for me to get away from here, send a messenger." "I will do so." Dick told the Liberty Boys what they were to do, and all leaped into their saddles, and the force rode away toward the west. Onward they dashed for perhaps a mile and a half, and then they came to the top of a ridge covered with a growth of timber. Dick call~d a halt, at the same time saying : "We must be careful and not run into ah ambush. I'm going to see if we can get that British fort before we g0 any farther." He leaped to the ground and began climbing a large tree which stood close by the road. Up he climbed until way in the top, and then he paused and gazed long and searchingly , toward the west . "See them?" called up Bob. "No," was the reply; "I can't see anything of them at all." "That's queer." "Yes, so it seems to me." "You'll get your eyes on them directly, though, likely." ''I think so. Tbey are probably hidden from sight bi; the timber." "Doubtless you are right."P erha p s five minutes passed and then Bob called out:: "Haven't you seen anything of them yet?" "No, Bob," was the reply; "and I don't understand it ai all." "Probably they have stopped in the timber somewl1ere and are waiting for the main army to come along." "In that case they are likely to wait quite awhile, for I can see at lea,-t four miles to .. ard the west, and the mai:c. army is not in sight." "That's qn<.;or. It ought to be closer than that. It was encamped only a liWe more than five miles from Major Da vie's force last night." ''It seems rather strange," said Dick. .Again there was silence for perhaps five minutes. Then. suddenly came an e:s:clamation from Dick: "I see them!" "Where?" cried Bob, eagerly. "About a mi.le and a half almost due south of us," was the reply . "Jt is the entire British army, and they arn undoubtedl y trying to make a detour and get _in ahead of, Major Davie 's force." '''l'hey must not be permitted to do that, Dick.'i "No, indeed. We 111 ust get back as quickly a;, possible, and warn the major." Dick was coming down out of the tree as swiftly as poasi ble while talki'ng, and a few moments later he reached the ground and leaped into the saddle . "Follow me!" he cried, and whirling his horse, he dashed away in the direction of Major Davie's encampment. The Liberty Boys came after him pell-mell, and in an incredibly short space of time they were back in camp, and Dick hacl told Major Davie the news. "So that is their game, is it?" exclaimed the major. "Very well. We will see what we can do to foil them." "There seems to be about only one thing to do," saicl< Dick. "That is to break camp and march east as rapidly as pos sible, eh?" "Yes, and I think that by doing that we can beat them." "I think so. You see, we have only to march in a direct line on the main road, and will have a shorter distance to 1 traverse than the British, as they are making a detour and traveling in a semi-circle." The dead British and patriot soldiers had been buried and the wounded had been sent on ahead, and now Maj(:)r Davie gave the command to break camp. This was done as quickly as possible, and sgon the entire force was on the march, making as rapid headway a" pos• sible in the direction of Charlotte. Dick and Major Davie rode side by side in the lead, and Dick said: "If we can get to the Howard plantation ahead of the British, I think it will be a good thing to give them battle." "Can we aecure a good position there, ' Captain Slater?" "Yes, sir, a splendid one. There is a wooded knoll there so steep that. it would be hard work for the British to charge up the slope, and your force of twelve hundred or so would be equal to three or four times that number . "


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DAVIE. ''Then we will get there ahead of the :British and give them battle, Captain Slater," said the major, determinedly. He urged his men to renewed exertions and they moved forward on the double-quick. "H they can keep that up, we will reach the Howard plantation before noon," said Dick; "and I think that will be more than the redcoats can do." On they went, the Liberty Boys in the lead, and behind them the foot soldiers. They reached the 1-fowaTd plantation about half-past eleven and took up their position on top of the knoll Dick had. spoken of. Major Davie and Dick looked the ground over carefully. ''Well?" remarked Dick when they had finished their examination. "It's a strong position, Captain Slater." "I thought you would say so," in a tone of satisfaction. . "Yes, I believe we can hold this position against the British, although they outnumber us five to one." ''I think so, sir. We'll try it, at any rate." "So we will." Naturally, the Howards were quite interested in the pro ceedings and were somewhat excited to think there was likely to be a battle so near their home. Mr. Howard came up to the knoll and was introduced to Major Davie by Dick. , "Do you think my family will be in danger if they stay at th~ home?" queried Mr. Howard, somewhat anxiously. "I hardly think so," was Major Davie's reply. "The British will be firing up in our direction, and, on our paTt, we will becareful not to aim either of the field pieces in the direction of your house." "And as for the musket balls," aaid Dick, "they won't carry that far." "Thank you," said Mr. Howard; "you have relieved my mind considerably." . When Mr. Howard went back to.the house he explained matters to his wife and daughters and told them that he did not think they would be in any danger in remaining at the house during the battle. "Oh, I am glad of that!" exclaimed Lucy. "I have been wanting to see a battle, and I will get to do so." "Uh!" shuddered Mrs. Howard. "I shall be frightened nearly to death." "I don't believe that I shall be afraid at all," said Lucy. ''You may not feel afraid," said Ethel, almost viciously; "but you certainly will feel sad and disappointed when the battle is over." 'Why so, Ethel?" "Because your rebels up on the knoll there are going to get soundly thrashed." "Do you think so?" quietly. "I am sure of it." "I don~ know about that," said Mr. Howard. "Major Davie and Captain Slater both told me that they feel con fident of being able to hold the knoll against the British. It is a very strong position." "There, Ethel, what do you think of that." s aid Lucy, delightedly. "I gueas the British will find that they have met their match." "Perhaps so, but I doupt it," said Ethel, sulkily. "Of course you would doubt it," said Lucy. "Your rebels may have a strong position," said Ethel, "but they are no such :fighters as the British soldiers, and will surely get whipped." "Who told you that they are no such fighters as the British, Ethel?" ., "Kobody. I just know they are not," was the reply. "How can they be? '11hey have had very little experience, • while the British are all tra. ined soldiers, having had expe rience in wars in Europe and elsewhere." "I suppose George Latham told you that," said Lucy, sarcastically. "Ko, he didn't, but if he had it would be none of your business, Lucy Howard." Lucy laughed good-humoredly and went into the kitchen to help her mother with the work, Mr. Howard going out of doors to his work. Left alone, Ethel Howard looked thoughtfully at the floor for a few moments, and then putting on her bonnet, she quietly left the house and made her way in the direction of the Latham home. 'I'here was a grim, determined look on her face and it was ev1dent she was bent on no idle errand, but that she had some definite plan in mind in visiting the Latham home. CHAPTER VIII. DICK CAfTURES GEORGE LATHAM. George Latham saw Ethel coming, and came out of the house to meet and greet her. They sat down on a bench under a large elm tree, and Ethel at once plunged into the business that had brought her there. "George," she said, still pan ting as the result of her rapid walk, "do you know that the rebel force is encamped on the knoll by our house?" "No, Ethel," was the reply; "I saw the rebels pass, but didn't know that they had stopped at your place and gone into camp." "'l'hey have, up on the knoll, and they are going to offer battle to the British." "Well, they'll get thrashed, Ethel." "Yes, undoubtedly; but if they can succeed in taking the Britis . h by surprise they may be able to do a great deal of damage." • ''True; but they won't be able to take the British by sm:-prise, will they?" "Not if you will do your duty, George," eagerly. He looked at her inquiTingly. "What shall I do?" he queried. "Why, you must go and warn General Cornwallis that his army is likely to run into an ambush; that is what you must do." ''Where is Cornwallis' army?" "I don't know, exactly; but it must be within a mile or s o of this place." "Well, I'll find it and warn Cornwallis, if I, Ethel."


THE LIBERTY BOYS A.N"D _L\JOR DA YIE. 15 "You can do it, and must, George!" earnestly. "lf you don't, you needn't come to see me any more." "I'll do it, Ethel. 01'11 find the and warn General Cornwallis, never you fear." '' Good ! You had better get to work at onc-e, George. You have no time to lose." "I'll go at once. Are you going in to see mother?" "No, I'll go on back home. I don't want the folks to no tice that I have been away." "I see; well, good-by. Don't worry. I'll do my work, all right." "See that you do, George!" He laughed, and then kissed Ethel and hastened to the house, while the girl made her way back in the direction of her home. Neither Lucy nor her mother said anything to Ethel, or seemed to notice that she had been away, and Ethel congratulated herself that they did not suspect what she had done. But she was mistaken. Lucy had seen her go, and had at once suspected what her sister's errand was. She had hastened up to the patriot encampment and had called Dick Slater aside. "Captain Slater,'' she said to hlm, "my sister has gone over to the Latham home, and I think she has gone to send • George to warn the British that your army has taken up its position here. If you don't want the British to be warned, you had better try to head George off." "I will take measures to do so at once, Miss Lucy," said Dick. "I thank you for bringing me this information." "You are more than welcome, Captain Slater. I want that the patriots shall get the better of the British, }OU know." "Yes, so I know. Well, we will be able to give them a good fight, at any rate. Let me see, the Lathams live in that first house to the westward, do they not?" "Yes, Captain Slater." "Very good. I'll be off at once, to foil George Latham's plan of warning the British." "It's my sister's plan; George is merely the instrument." "Well, I'll spoil your sister's plan by capturing the instrument," with a smile. "I hope that you may do so." Dick hastened to Major Davie and explained matters to him, and then, telling Bob what he was going to do, and leaving the Liberty Boys in the first lieutenant's command, Dick hastened away in the direction of the Latham home. He reached there a few minutes before Ethel'and George ' parted, and, safely emconsed behind a tree, he saw them talking in the yard. He saw George go to the house, and saw Ethel hasten back toward her home, and was well satis- • fie,1 with the state of affairs. ''I will just spoil their little plan,'' was his thought. He watched closely, and a few moments later saw George emerge from the house and move away through the timber. Dick made a detour, but kept George in sight, and, walking rapidly, gradually drew near the Tory youth. George's mind was on what he was going to do, and he was keeping a sharp lookout toward the front; he did not once look behind him. 'There was no reason that he should

16 'THE LIBERTY BOYS AX-D MAJOR DAVIE. attack on the patriot force, so there wa nothing to be haste, we would undoubtedly lo~e heavily. I think we had gained. by &tayiug and fighting the three 1'ory youths. better stay here, quietly, and hold the knoll; and depend on forcing our way through the British fines later on, if nec essary to do so." "Just as you $ay, sir. We have food to lae.t a while, of._ course?" CHAPTER IX. "Yes, we have rations for a week's stay, if kept here that long; and there is a spring here that will furnish us all the , ' water we will want." THE B . I.TTLE AT THE KXOLL. A-may well be supposed, Dick Slater was not long in eaching the encampment. Of course, he had to make a detour, as the British were between him and the knoll, but thi did not delay him much. He wa soon on top of the knoll, and at his place among the Liberty Boys, and they greeted his coming with a ,cheer which was heard by the British, who wondered what it meant. , 'Th~y suspected that it meant that the patriots bad received reinforcements, which was in a way true; but the re'inforccments consisted of only one person. '' How is it g@ing, Bob?" asked Dick, eagerly. "All right, so far," was the reply. "We caught them unaware,; and gave them a volley before they knew we were on and, and it sort of demoralized them." ' That is good. Does the , major think we can hold the position?" '' I don't know; I haven't talked with him since the battle began." "I'll see him in a few minutes." '.rhen Dick turned his attention to directing the fire of tlie Liberty Boys, and they were enabled to do good execution, for they were splendid marksmen, and Dick insisted, aiway:;, that they take good aim before firing. 1iajor Davie's men were doing good work also, and the British, although they attempted to make their way up the slope !'everal times, were forced back, with considerable loss, each time. About a mile away General Cornwallis and his staff of ficers could be seen, seated on their horses, and presently a me -,enger was seen coming, his horse on the run. He reached the ofl-i.cer that had immediate command of the force of British that was making the attack, and after a hrief conversation, the messenger rode back again and rejoined the staff of officers. oon the nature of the order he had brought became ap-. parent, for the British ceased making attempt to force their way up the slope, and began instead to move to the right and to the left, with the evident intention of surrounding the knoll. Dick hastened to l\fajor Davie. "'J'hey are going to surround us, major!" he said. '• Yes, it is evident that such is their intention," was the reply. "That means a siege." "Yes, Captain Slater." "What about it? Can we afford to let them encompass us in this manner?" "We can't very well keep them from doing so, now. They could get around and head us off if we attempted to escape, .and in the confusion that would ensue as a result of the "rrruc, $ir. I judge that your plan is as good as any that cou!d be thought of." '' I think so." Dick went back to his Liberly Boys and told them what the major had decided to do. "I guess that is as good luck as any," said Bob. "Yes, I think so, too," said :Mark Morrison. "Shure an' av it is phwat wull giv' us dhe most foightin', it's mesilf thot t'inks it is dhe hist t'ing to do," declared Patsy Brannigan. "Yah, I dink der same vat Batsy does abouid dot," said Carl Gookcnspieler. "I am nefer so habbiness as ven I am fi.ghdin' der Pritish, und dot is so." The Liberty Boys all thought that staying on the h.-noll was as good a plan as any, and the majority declared that it would not be a hard matter to force their way through the British lines, if it was deemed advisable to evacuate the "' present position. "Of course, we would loae some men," said :Mark Morri son; "but so would the redcoats." "Shure an it's roight yez are abhout th{)t!" nodded Patsy Bnmr:igan. 'I'he patriots watched the movements of the British with quiet interest, and in less than half an hour the knoll was completely surrounded. 'The British then proceeded to make arrangements as if for a prolonged stay, and it was evident that a siege was contemplated. Doubtless Cornwallis felt that if he could capture the entire patriot force, it would be a good thing for the British cause. And no doubt be was Tight. The difficulty would be in doing this. CHAPTER X . GEORGE LATHAM JOINS THE BRITISH ARllIY. j George Latham and his two companions, Dan Elton and Sam Morris, followed Dick Slater at once when he dashed away, for they were eager to see the battle. It can • hardly be said that they were as eager to take part in it, however. Dan and Sam stopped when they came close to the British army, but George made his way on around to the Howard home. He wanted to see Ethel, and was successful, for Mr. Howard and ihe two girls were standing out in the yard watching the patriot soldiers up on top of the knoll. Mrs. Howard, being timid, was in the house. As George approached, Ethel hastened to meet him.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AXD :ThIAJOR DA YIE. 17 Lucy waved her hand and called out smilingly: "How are you, George? You didn't succeed in warning the B1-itish, after all, did you? The patriot soldiers took them by surprise and were successful in killing and woundJng a goodly number, which otherwise they might not haYe clone., "You think you are smart, Lucy Howard!" called back Ethel. Then lo George: "Dont mind what she says. She'll be singing a different tune in a little while, for the British will soon get the better of the rebels. Don't you think so?" "Ye~. [ do, Ethel." "How happens it that you failed to warn the British?" "Dick Slater captured me-but I wouldn't have been in time to warn the British anyway. They must haYe been almost here when I left home." "You ;,ay Dick 'later captured you!" exclaimed Ethel in surprise. "Yes." "I ,Yonder how be liappened to come up on you," murmured Ethel, thoughtfully, and her glance fell upon her sister, and Ehe at once guessed the truth. "Lucy must ham seen me leave: and suspecting what I was going to do, 'llcnt and told Dick Slater and sent him after me," remarked Ethel. "All right, I'll get e,en with her sooner or later." "Oh, well it didnt matter," said George, "for I wouldn't have reached the British army in time, anyway . " "That's true, of course," agreed Ethel; "but the fact re mains that Lucy played a trick on me, and I don't like it." Then ehe went on : "You're going to join the British army?" ''Ye~, I guess so." "\\.ell, then go on at once and take part in this battle." '' All right, Rlhel." George took his departure, at once, and made his way back around to where the British army was stationed. He did not hunt up General Cornwallis and offer to go into the army. however, but, instead, rejoined Dan Elton and Sam Morris, aml the three of them watched the progress of , the battle from more or less safe vantage-points behind tree . Occasionally a ball from one of the field pieces came whistling along in their vicmity, &larming the three some what, but they wi bed to witness the battle, so they held their places. Presently tl1e Britioh stopped trying to ascend the slope and the firing practically ceased. "Hello ! the battle is over, I guess," said George. "I guess so," agreed Dan. "What are they doing now?" queried Sam. The three peered around the trees and watched the British, who were moving to the right and to the left. "I guess they are going to surround the rebels," Eaid George. "It looks like it,'' agreed Sam. "If the rebels let the redcoats surround them they will never get away, will they?" queried Dan. "That would be my guess," said George. "And I hope it will work out that way." "So do I." "l\:Ie, too." • 'rhey watched with interest, and when they saw that the British had succeeded in surrounding the k'Iloll, they gave utterance to exclamations of satisfaction. "They\e got the rebels, now!" said George. "That's what they have," agreed Sam. "Yes, the rebels can't get away now/' declared Dan. They talked awhile, and then presently George auggested that they go and offer to join the British army. The other two agreed, and then they set out in search of General Cornwallis. They were not long in finding the General and his staff, and they approached the group somewhat timidly. 'Well, young gentlemen, what do yo want?" asked Gen eral Cornwallis when they came to a stop in front of him. ''Ke want to join your army, sir," was the reply, from George. "Ah! You want to join the army, eh?" , '" Yes, sir." "You. are loyal to the King, then?" "Yes, indeed. '' "Yery good; you may join. I suppose you want to take your place "ith the 2oldiers, at once?" "YeR, sir." "Very good. I will send you there without delay." Then he summoned an orderly and told him to conduct the three young men to Colonel Hawer's regiment. Thr orderly saluted, and telling the three youths to fol low him. set out in the direction of the British force at the foot of the knoll. 'fheY soon reached their destinatiem, and the three youths were turned over to Colonel Harper, after which the orderly returned to General Cornwallis and his staff. George and his two companions were given uniforms and weapona. and took the oath of allegiance, and were soon looking like British soldiers, sure enough. They were rather proud of their appearance in their uniforms, and de clared to each other that they were glad they had joined the army. Bnt when the battle was resumed, later on, they were not so sure of being glad. It was not pleasant to hear bullets whistling about them. 'rheir faces were pale and they trembled somewhat, but managed to fire off their muskets the same as did the other soldiers. The engagement, this time, lasted an hour or more, and was a pretty hot one. A number of British soldiers went down, dead or wounded, and more or less damage was inflicted on the patriot force, also. To their intense satisfaction and relief neither one of the three new recruits were wounded, although a bullet had cut through George Latham's coat, grazing his side. lt was a close call, and George was pretty badly scared at the time, bnt aftn the engagement came to an end, he de clared that he had not been ecared at all. George , was eager tb let Ethel know that he had joined the army, and to show himself in his new uniform, and so he asked the captain of his company for permission to go around to the Howard home. "What do you want to go around there for?" the captain asked. George explained matters and the captain told him he coulcl go. "But don't stay too long," he said. "We may liaYe


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND 11AJOR DA Yrn. another engagement with the enemy, and, if so, I would want you to be here." "All right," said George; "I won't stay long." He hastened away at once'ancl was not long in reaching the Howard home. Ethel saw him coming and went forth to meet him. "So you have really join ed the 3:rmy, George!" she ex claimed as she gave hini her hand in greeting. "Yes, Ethel, as you can see," and he glanced down at his uniform. ."You look splendid, George!" exclaimed Ethel. "I am so glad you have joined. Were you in this last engagement? "I guess I was, Ethel; just look here!" her the bullet hole through his coat. Ethel gave a gasp and turned pale. and he showed "You don't mean to say you came that near getting killed !'' she exclaimed. "Yes, Ethel." "Goodness! I almost wish you haJ.n't joined the army, after all. I didn't take into consideration the fact that you might get 1'1.lle~." "Oh, well, I'll have to take the chances of that, Ethel. I'm glad I joined. I have been in a battle and d't think I shall be afraid at all; in fact, I think I shall like it." They talked a fe\v ;i_ninutes longer and then parted, George returning to hist:company while Ethel re-entered the house. "So Gorge has really join ed the British army," re marked Lucy. "Yes, he has," was the reply, "and he is going to be a brave soldier, too. He was in this last battle and got a bul let through his coat." "Well, I don't think any the less of him for joining the army and fighting for the cause he thinks right, but of course I think he has espoused the wrong c3;use." "Well, I don't think so," snapped Ethel. "I think he is fighting in the right cause, and I hope the British will kill or capture every rebel on top of that knoll. n "I don't," said Lucy. "No, I suppose you don't," retorted Ethel; "for Joe Bol ton is up there." Lucy blushed, for while Joe-had not yet asked 1rnr to be his wife, she felt certain that he would do so, sooner or later, and on her part she loved him dearly. She made no reply, but turned and went into the kitchen to help her mother with the work. "Well, that's the time I succeeded in shutting Lucy up," murmured Ethel. "Hereafter, when she says anything about George, I"ll just have something to say about Joe and even up matters with her." * * * * * * "You sent for me, Major Davie?" "Ye~, Captain Slater. I wish you to do some recon noitering. I want to learr~ the disposition of the enemy's forces, as nearly as possible, so that in case we wish to make an attempt to force our way through their lines, we will know the best point to strik'"." "Very well, sir; I shall be glad to reconnoiter the en emy's position. I will go as soon as it gets dark enough so that I can get around without attracting the attention of the sentinels." "Very good. We are, it seems, surrounded, and as the British outnumber us greatly, we will have to exercise every care, if we succeed in getting through the enemy's lines.n "I will do my best to secnre information regarding the location of the British forces that will be of use to us, sir." "" "I am confident that you can secure the information if anybody can, Captain Slater." 'I'hen Dick saluted, and returned to the quarters occupied by the LibeJty Boys, and Bob wanted to know why Major Davie had sent for him. "He wants me to do some reconnoitering, Bob," said Dick. "Ah, so that was it, eh?" "Yes." "I thought that perhaps he might want the Liberty Boys to charge through the British lines, and create a diversion, under cover of which the patriot army could make an attempt to force its way through and escape." "Likely he will want us to do that, Bob, later on; but I think he intends to wait here awhile. There is no hurry about that." "I suppose not." After supper, Dick got ready, and as soon as it was dark he slipped out of the encampment and made his way slowly ;.., and .cautiously down the side of the knoll, in the direction of the British lines. Dick was a skillful spy, and he approached the British lines very slowly. He paused occasionally, and listened intently, in an attempt to locate the sentinels. Presently he beard the ,murmur of voices, and judged that two of the sentinels were engaged in conversation. He crept close up to them, and crouching behind a little clump of bushes, listened to the words of tbe sentinels. He heard them discussing the battle, and then pres ently he heard them talking of the plans of the British; as they had heard some of the officers outline them. Dick was soon in possession of information to the effect that it was the intention of the British to establish a siege, and keep the patriot force hemmed in on the knoll till they were starved into surrendering. Having learned this much, Dick moved slowly away. and by keeping close to the edge of timber growing on the sides of the knoll, was enabled to figure up the strength of the different portions of the British army with a fair degree of accuracy . The knoll was not exactly round, but at one point ex tended about one hundred and :fifty yards in the opposite ' direction from the Howard home. running to a sharp point, and Dick advanced to the end of this point, in the , hope of being able to reconnoiter the tents occupied by General Cornwallis and his staff. Dick could see the tents, ' at a distance of perhaps fifty yards, and he crouched there, gazing eagerly toward the tents, If he could reach the side of the largest tent, in which shone a light, Dick felt sure he would be able to hear something of interest, for h_e did not doubt that the officers were holding a council.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DA VIE. 19 The trouble was that between Dick and the tents was a compan y of British soldiers. Dick, ho,rever, was not to be daunted by the difficulties of, the underlaking, and he began to slowly and cautiously work hi6 way around the party of soldiers. It was a difticult and dangerous undertaking, for Dick hud to pass within a few yards of the soldiers. Much practice had made him expert in woodcraft, how ever, and although at the nearest point he could almost have touched some of the redcoats, he managed to get past without his presence being discovered. He was soon close beside the large tent, and crouching down, he listened intently. He had been right in his conjecture that a council was being beld, for he heard the voices of several persons, among them being that of General Cornwallis, whom Dick had met several times during the years he had been in the patriot army. 'l'he British officers were discussing the adYisability of making a night attack, and the patriot spy was glad he had secl:red a position where he could hear their conversa tion. 'fhe di.-cussion was carried on with considerable anima tion , for some of the officers seemed to favor making a night attack, while others did not. General Cornwallis was silent most of the time, and &eemingiy preferred to get the ideas of his staff before making his ideas known, but Dick, listening and sizing the canversation up, believed that it would be decided to make the attack. lnd if they did decide on making a night attack, Dick wanted to find out on what night it was to be made. In h is eagerness Dick must have pushed against the side of the tent, for although the com:cTSation went on within the same as before, a couple of the officers slipped out at the entrance and around the tent, and seeing the youth's form, l eaped upon him and jerked him to his feet almost before he realized what was happening. But Dick Slater was not the youth to permit himself to be matle a prisoner }ri-thout a struggle. He at once wrenchPd himself free from the grasp of the officers, and, striking out quickly and fiercely, dealt them severe blows, knocking them down. Then he turned and ran toward the point of the knoll at the top of his speed. The officers gave utterance to loud yells of rage, however, and one cried excitedlv: .,," A spy! Stop hi~! Don't let him escape!" The soldiers between Dick and the point of the knoll leaped up in excitement, and quickly spread out to head D"ck off. They knew. from the cries of the officers, that 'the spy was between them and the tent. aThere he is!" '' I see him !'' "Halt, rebel ! " "St()p and surrender, or we'll fire!" Such were a few of the cries given utterance to by the redcoats, and Dick realized that he would have a hard time getting past them. Re wrr, grimly determined. however, and dashent, nncl reported his discoveries regarding the intentions o.l: the British. "Well," said the major, when be had beard all, "if they d? make a night attack we will be ready for them, and will give them a hot reception." "There is a possibility that they may decide to not make t~e attacl~, now that they know they were overheard planmng," said Dick. "True," agreed MaJor DaYic "but we'll be on our guard . t l ' ' Jus tic same." And the British did not make an attack. Doubtless Lhey :felt that it would be better to hold a sie 6e. 'l'he patriots, being in readiness for an attack, would be a!lle to inflict considerable damage, while the capture by s1ege would be bloodless. CHAPTER XI. nm ES<'AT'K "Well, Captain Slatc•r, wliat are we going to do?" "Thai is for y.on to ~a~-, }fajor Davie." "Our provision~ are about all gone, and we must do something." "We will have i.o charge the enemy and break through their line,, I ju

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DA VIE. "That seems to be the only thing to do." and when all had been done they lay down to get some "•\,Yhen shall we attempt it?" rest, but not an eye was closed in sleep. 'fhey lay there ''To-night, I guefls." wide awake and alert. A week had elapsed, and the patriot force had succeeJed Slowly the hours rolled away until it was half-pa , st in holding the position on the knoll, although the British eleven. had made numerous attacks. But now provisions were alThen the soldiers arose and silently made ready for most exhausted, and something would have to be done. the dash down the slope. They must either escape or surrender. The Liberty Boys bridled and saddled their horses ancl To surrender was not to be thought of. led them to the edge of the descent, and then, when the The patriots were not of the surrendering kind. foot soldiers were ready, the youths climbeJ silently into So they were determined to escape. the saddles and awaited the signal to start. 'rhe major and Dick talked a long while, and perfected It was an exceedingly dark night, which fayored their their plans, and then Bob, 11fark, and seyeral of the officers purpose, as it made it impossible for the British to 5ee under Major Davie were summoned and told what they them, and they had studied the lay of the ground OYer were to do. • which they intended to make their dash so thoroughly that They listened with interest, and declared that they would they did not need to see in order to make their way do their parts. along. :'I'm ready for anything," declared Bob Estabrook. "I Presently the signal, a low, quavering whistle from the am getting tired of being cooped up here on this knoll." lips of Major Davie, came to the ears of the Liberty The others echoed this sentiment, and night was awaited Boys. ' with some eagerness. This was what they had been waiting for with the utmo::;t The soldiers were informed of what was in the '1ind, eagerness. also, and they were eager to get a .way. They got into motion at once. Especially was this the case with the Liberty Boys, who Down the slope they went with a rush. were young and full of life and energy . Forward they went aj a gallop, and after them. ru -It was irksome for them to be kept there in the one ning at the top of their speed, came the foot soldiers. place so long. The British sentinels heard the thunder of the hoofbeat~ "I'm glad that we are to break through the enemy's lines and fired their muskets, and gave utterance to wild yells. and get away," said Ben Spurlock. The British soldiers leaped up, muskets in hand, and just "So am I. Haw, haw, haw! Ho, ho, ho'!" from Bob as they were doing so the Liberty Boys burst upon them. Oddy. "It'll be fun-haw, haw, haw!" Crack! crack! crack! went the pistols of the Liberty "Yah, I t'ink so, alretty," nodded Carl Gookenspieler. Boys, and then on through the ranks of the redcoats the "Shure an' it is just dhe t"ing to do," de' clared Patsy youths dashed, their hor~es knocking down and trampling Brannigan . "We haYe been here long enuff, an' thot's dbe upon the British soldiers ' and demoralizing them greatly. thruth. We'll go through thim ridcoats aisy enuff, Oi'm Then came Major Davie's foot soldiers, who fired to the afther t'inkin'." right and left with their muskets and pistols, creating still "I hope that we shall be able to do so, Patsy," said Dick. more havoc and demoralization in the enemy's ranks. "Do you think there is any doubt on that score, Dick?" The British soldiers managed to fire in return, but their asked Bob. shots were scattered and did but little damage. "Well, they outnumber us greatly, you know, Bob." There was a brief but somewhat lively hand-to-hand en"Yes, I know, but they are stretched out around the counter in which several British and some of the patriot knoll, and do not outnumber us so very greatly at any one soldiers were laid low, and then the patriots moved on point where we may happen to strike them." unhindered. "That is true, and therein lies our chance of success." They had succeeded in breaking through the enemy's "When shall we make the attempt to break through their lines, and were free to go where they would. lines?" asked Sam Sanderson. The alarm had quickly traversed the line of soldiers s1u-" About midnight," responded Dick. "They will be rounding the knoll, and the redcoats came running around about as sound asleep then as any time." from both directions. They knew what was occurring, of "Shure an' we wull wake thim up all roight !" declared course, and wanted to get there in time to prevent t e Patsy Brannigan. patriots from making their escape, if possible . "Yah, dot is so," from Carl Gookenspieler. But they were too late. "We will lead the charge," said Dick, "and by riding The patriot force had already gotten through the J,in;s through their lines on horseback, will break the redcoats up and was well out of reach. and demoralize them sufficiently so that the foot soldiers "After them ! " roared a British officer. "We must not will be able to get through also, I feel certain." let them escape." "I think the plan will work all right," said Bob EstaThe redcoats dashed after the fleeing patriots pell-mell. brook. They fired shots from their piEtols as they ran, but as they As soon as night had settled down over all to hide the could not see the enemy very few of their bullets did any movements of the patriots from the sight of the enemy, damage, the majority of them going too high or too low. they began making arrangements for the work to come. The Liberty Boys, when they were sure that Major There was not a great deal to do, and they soon finished, Davie's foot soldiers had gotten safely through the Brit-....


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DAVIE. ish lines, made a detour and rode back and met the pur suing redcoats, their horses knocking the British soldiers down and tramp] ing them under foot by the dozens. This put a stop to the pursuit, the redcoats stopping and tlfrning their attention to the Liberty Boys. The youths, knowing that it would be dangerous for them to try to :fight the entire British force, however, q;_ick]y turned and dashed away again. They had succeeded in doing what they wished to do, • however, for the redcoats did not renew the pursuit. The Liberty Boys made their way to . the road, and rode eastward in the direction -,f Charlotte. safe, and that they themselves would remain and help :fight the British. Dick and Major Davie encouraged them in this plan, for it would give them about :fifty recruits, and would en able them to use the houses as fortresses, which would give them a chance against the enemy, in a measure equalizing matters. Dick and the major :figured that the British would reach Charlotte by noon, and they encouraged the men of the village to take their families away at once. 'The men did so, and had moved their families to a safe refuge and were back in the village again by eleven o 'clock. CHAP'rER XII. They armed themselves with their rifles, and each man 1 took up his position in his own home, with perhaps :fifty of the pa'triot soldiers, and all waited and watched for the coming 0 the enemy. RECO:N":N"OITERI:N"G. "Well, we escaped, Captain Slater." "Yes, :Thlajor Davie. I felt confident that we would be able to do so." "So did I, but feared we would lose a goodly number of' mcn." , "We did lo'se some, of course, but not a great number." "Twenty-four missing, of whom perhaps half that num ber are dead, and the other half are prisoners, likely." • "Probably-you are right, sir." "How many of your men are missing, Captain Slater?" "Fi,e, sir. Our losses were comparatively light. I think the British lost more men than that." "I have no doubt of it." It was morning, and the Liberty Boys and the foot sol diers ' under Major Davie had just marched into Charlotte and gone into camp. Then Dick and :Major Davie had gotten together to compare notes. "How long do you think we will. be able to hold this place, Captain Slater?" asked the major. "I don't h."D.ow. Not very long, I fear, however." "I judge you are right. It is not a very strong posi tion." "No, not as strong as our position on the knoll." "True, we could have held that a year, if we had had provisions." "So we could." "Wen, I guess the provision problem will not both er us here, at any rate." .. They talked awhile longer and then separated, return ing to their respective forces. The citizens of Charlotte were in the main patriotically i'nclined, and made the patriot soldiers welcome, but they looked forward with dread to the coming of the British army. . They dreaded, also, the thought of the battle which they felt sure would take place. Their idea was that their houses would be shot to pieces with the :field-guns or burned to the ground by the red coats. The men of the village decided that they would send their families away into the timber, where they would be Noon came, but no redcoats. They had not even been sighted as yet. 'rhe patriots ate their dinners, 8'nd then settled down to wait and watch again with as much patience as they could muster. Slowly the afternoon wore away, and still no enemy appeared in sight. "What does it mean, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. "Why are the redcoats so slow in putting in an appearance?" "I don't know, Bob." ''Well, I wish we did know. I don't like this waiting game, old fellow." "Neither do I, but we can't make them come, Bob." "That's so." "I guess they'll come quick enough," said Ben ' Spur lock. "I don't believe we will be able to hold out against them." "Well, we'll be able to do them a lot of damage, anyhow!" declared Bob. "Ye bet we will!" laughed Bob Oddy. "Haw, haw, haw! Ho, ho, ho!" "Shure an' thot's phwat we wull do!" declared Patsy Brannigan. "Yes, but it isn't much fun beating a retreat," said Ben Spurlock. "True," agreed Bob, "but it is fun to beat the British, if we do have to retreat." "It's possible that we may be able to hold the village against the redcoats," said Dick.. "I hope so," said Mark Morrison. "Well, we will do the best we can," said Dick. "And that is all anyone can do. If our force was half as large as that of the British I feel certain that we would be able to thrash them soundly, but as they have five times our num ber, the chances are against us, of course." "Yes," agreed Bob. "But if we can delay Cornwallis's march long enough so that General Greene can get down here from the North and reorganize the patriot army, we will be doing all that is required of us." "You are right, Bob," agreed Dick, "and I think that we will be able to do this." Dick waited awhile . longer, and then went to Majo r


22 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DA VIE. iDavie and offered to go on a scouting and reconnoitering expedition. "I ,vould like to see where the British are, and find out ;what is keeping them," he said. "I-would like to know that myself, Dick," agreed the .major, "and if you will go I shall take it as a favor." "Very well. I will go at once." Dick made his preparations in a few moments, and then, leaving the village, moved away toward the west. Re went onward at a fair pace, but kept within the edge of the timber that bordered the road on both sides. He walked onward an hour, and then, coming to a knoll, he climbed a tree and looked searchingly in the direction of the Howard plantation. Suddenly he saw a party of British troopers come gal loping around a bend in the road not more than a quarte1 of a mile away. There were at least fifty of the troopers, and they came onward till almost under the tree that Dick was in, when they halted and dismounted. "We'll wait here till the main army overtakes us," Dick heard the leader of the party, a captain, say. The redcoats tied their horses, and threw themselves down on the ground, evidently with the intention of taking matters easy till the coming of the army. But Dick, up in the tree, was not so well prepared to take it easy. He did not fancy the prospect of being kept up there fu the tree. Then, too, he was in imminent danger of being seen, for the redcoats, many of them lying on their backs and gazing upward, were likely to catch sight of him, the foliage of the tree being not very thick. "And if they do discover me I'll be in for it!" was his f;hought. l I r ! CHAPTER XIII. IN T.HE E~EMYs HANDS. Perhaps half an hour passed, the soldiers talking and langhing, and then suddenly one exclaimed : "Hello ! I see something ! " "Where?" asked another. "Up in the tree." "What does it look like?" '.A.11 the redcoats were gazing curiously and search1ngly upward now, and Dick, hugging the body of the tree and doing his best to shield his body from observation, waited to see what would happen. "It looks like a man,'1 mis tl1e reply 0 the soldier who had made the discovery. "Jove, I believe you're right!" cried another. uThat's right," from still another. "I see him!" The redcoats leaped to their feet and drew pistols and leveled them at the tree-top. "Hi, there!" cried the captain. "Come down out of Uiere I" ';Oh, I'm very comfortable where I am," said Dick. "I guess I'll stay up here." "I guess you won't. Come down, and in a hurry, ' too." Dick saw that it was useless to refuse to obey. ,._ Were he to do so they could easily put bullets through him and drop him lifeless at their feet. He began climbing down, and as he emerged from amid the foliage in the upper part of the tree, exclamations es-caped the lips of the redcoats. ,. "A rebel!" crie . d several in unison. "A spy!" from several others. "That's what he is; a rebel spy!" declared the captain. ''I judge we have made an important capture." At an order from the captain, the redcoats surrounded the tree, and when Dick's feet touched the ground, Dick found himself standing within a circle of soldiers through which it would have been folly to have tried to force his way. Plac ing his back against the tree, Dick faced the captain of the troopers. "Well," said the British officer, "who are you?" "A patriot soldier, as you can see by my uniform," was the reply. "You wear a captain's uniform." "Yes." ffYou are rather young to have advanced to a cap_taincy." Dick made no reply, and the British captain eyed him curiously and with deep interest. "What is your name?" he asked presently. Dick shook his head. "It doesn't matter what my name is," he replied. "It is enough that I am a patriot soldier." One of the troopers who had been eyeing Dick keenly and searchingly for a few minutes, now spoke up. "I ln1ow him, captain. I saw him once up in Virginia. He is Dick Slater, the famous rebel spy a11d captain of the Liberty Boys." The British captai:o. uttered an exclamation of surpri;,e and delight. "Dick Slater, you say? Arc you sure?" "Positive of it, captain." "Good! Then we have indeec1 made an important cap ture." Then to Dick: . "You may as well own up and ach.-nowledge your identity, Captain Slater." ., "You think so?" "I do." "Well, supposing I am Dick Slater, what of it?" "Just this, I shall come in for a neat reward for your capture." "Indeed!" "Yes. You have heard of General Cornwallis, of course?" "Yes," replied Dick. "In fact, I have met General Cornwallis." "Well, he knows you, and as soon as he heard that you and your Liberty Boys were down in this part of the coun-


24 "True, it certai nl y is work more suited to men." T hen Dick addressed the boys. "I am muc h o b l i ged to you for rescui n g me from t he hands of the redcoats," he said. "You are welcome, sir," said one of the boys, w i th a smile. •\i 'e were only too glad to Le of assistance to you." "I e:qwc ye are wonderin' how these boys came to help ye out. l',1pfin Slater," ~aid the man. "Ye,. I ha r e been woudering a bit . about it," was the .reply. ''We]l, if~ simple enougk Ye ee, I happened t o see the reckoat:' capture ye, an' made up my min' to rescue ye. ::\I_y on y chance to clo it was to get these boys to help. 'The wirnmen folks an' children from the village a re liid Dot far from here, an so 1 didn't have far to go to get the boys." • But ho" happens it that you had rifles?" queried Dick. I '' W c hacl extra oneR: an' knowin' that the boys can shoot a s good as men, we had them keep the rifles so's to be able to protect themselves in <;ase some of the redcoats stum bled onto their hiding place." ''1Yell, rm glad they did. It was a lucky thing for me." "Ye:'. so it was, an now, Capt'in Slater, what ye gain' to do?" 1 ' I gues ~ I'll go OR up the road and do some more reconnoitering.'' " . Well, don't get captured again." "I won't. I'll be more cnreful this time." "Whafll we do about them dead redcoats, Captain Sl ater?'" "We may as well let them li e where they are. When the British !!et here theY will bury them." .\fter~a little furti1e1• comer~ntion Dick said: '• \Y e11, good-by . 1 mu st be moving." 'l'he man and the girls told Dick good-by, and then he strode away toward the w est, keeping in the timber and within about fifty yards of the road. Glancing back o,•er hi~ shoulder, Dick noted that the man and the boys were moYing away also. On Dick walked, keeping a sharp lookout ahead. He did not know but what he might meet the British troopers coming back at any moment. He had gone perhaps a mile when he heard voices. He stopped instantly, and peered in the direction from which the sound came. Sure enough, it was the party 0 Briti sh troopers that had him a prisoner a short time before. rrhey had come this far and stopped and were evidently di,,cus~ing the advi~ability of returning. Dick managed to creep up close enough to hear and understand what they were saying, 'and quickly learned that this was what they were talking about. . \.fter ome discussion, however, the redcoats decided to sta_v where they were until the main army came along. came to a stop when they came to where the British troopers were. "Anything new?" queried Cornwallis, addressing the captain of the party of troopers. "Yes, General Cornwallis," was the reply. And then the captai n told the story of the capture of Dick Slater, and how they had bee n fired upon by a party of rebels and five of their number slain. General C0rnwallis li stened, a frown upon his face . "And you say you fled on being fired upon?" he re# marked severely . "I am astonished at you ! You should have charged the enemy at once. At least you should have stood your ground . " The captain, looking shame-faced, started , to mumble some excuses, but the general cut him short. '"l'hat will do!'' he said stern l y . "No excuses that you can utter will aYail you. How far is it to where this en counter took place?" "About a mile, sir." "Very well; lead the way, and we will see if we can get sight of the party that made the attack upon you." 'l'he captain and his troopers hastily mounted their horses and rode ahead of the general and his staff. They were soon at the scene of the attack, and there lav the five dead troopers, but a search of the vicinity faile t~ reYeal any signs of the party that had fired the volley that had laid the fi rn redcoats low, and put their comrades to flight. Had General Cornwallis lmown that the party in ques tion had consisted of about two dozen patriot boys the British captain and his troopers would have come in for sern r e censure, indeed. ' And had the captain and his comrades known it they would certainly ha,e felt very cheap. CHAPTER XV. FORAGING AND SK .IRMISHING. Di ck had reached the spot ahead of the British, and was conc eale d at a little distanc:. He saw the redcoats bury the five dead troopers, and begm to make preparations to con tinue the march toward Charlotte, and. then he set out in that direction. He moved at a rapid pace and reached Charlotteby the time the advance guard of the British army was half way there. He went at once to Major Davie and made his report. The major listened with interest . "So the enemy is close at hand, eh?" he remarked when he had heard all. "Very well," thought D ick. "Then I'll remain here, too." "Yes, sir, it will be here within the hour." He :rnade himself as comfortable as possible, and settled "Very good. We'll be ready for them and will give down to await developments. them a s good a fight as possible." Perhaps an hour and a half passed, and then the advance "We must keep a way open for retreat," said Dick. gnarcl of the Briti sh army put in an appearance. "Y\'e mustn't let them surround us as we did at the HowAt its head rode General Cornwallis and his staff, who I ard plantation."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DA VIE. try, he offered a rewara of fifty pounds to anyone who would capture y-0u and bring you to him a prisoner." "I am glad that he values me so highly," said Dick. "So am I," grinned the British captain. " ut you haven't delivered me to him yet, captain." "No, but I'm going to. Disarm Captain Slater, boys, and bind his wrists." ..,everal of the British troopers leap ed forward to obey. Dick had contemplated trying to break through the ring _ ~ of redcoate, but decided that it would be folly to try to do so, and so offered no resistance when they took his weapons from him and bound his wrists together behind his back. 'l'he captain then ordered D ick to sit down, and he took a seat beneath the tree . "General Cornwallis will be here within the hour," the captain explained, "so we will just wait here, and I will turn you over to him when he comes." Then the British officer asked Dick a number of ques tions in an attempt to elicit infor.mation about the Liberty Boys, and the patriot force under Major Davie, but failed to secure any information . Seeing that he was making no headway, the captain ceased questioning his prisoner. "General Cornwallis will make you talk when he comes," he ,,declared. Dick shook his head. "I do~'t think he will," quietly. "If General Corn wallis secures any information he will have to get it from s ome other source." "You'll see!" the captain declared grimly. "General Cornwallis is not to be trifled with." "Nor am I," with quiet dignity. Then Dick added : "What kind of a soldier would I be if I were to give up information to the enemy on being made a prisoner?" The captain laugh ed sneeringly. "I don't think you are different from the majority of soldiers," he said. "You'll give up the information when it comes to the pinch." "You may think so, but that doesn't make it so," said Dick quietly. "All right," laughed the captain. "We will wait and see." The British officer asked no more questions, and all set tled down to await the coming of the British general. Dick did not fancy the situation at all. He did not want to be delivered into the hands of Gen eral Cornwallis, but did not see how he was to help himselt . The only chance for him, so far as he could see, was in his being rescued from the hands of the British troopers, bu there seemed to be no likelihood that this would occur. Perhaps half an hour passed, and suddenly there sounded the report of :firearms, and then a shower of bullets came whistling in among th_ e troopers, killing and wounding several of their number. "We've got them now, men!" roared a stentorian voice. "Charge the rascals p, The BritiE::h troopers, taken by surprise and evidently thinking they were being attacked by a superior force, leaped up, hastily untied their hor es, and, springing into the saddles, dashed away toward the west. It was all over so ciuickly that Dick could hardly believe the evidence of lfr senses. He was delighted as well a& surprised, however, and scrambled hastily to his feet and looked eagerly in the direction from which the shots and the voices had sounded . He could not who the attacking party could be . He knew they wer~ not the Liberty Boys, for not one of the Liberty Boys possessed such a voice as the one he had heard . Suddenly he saw a tall, awkward-looking, roughly-. dressed man approaching, and to his surprise Dick recognized him as being a man he hau seen at Charlotte. "Hello!" he said to Dick. ' 'We made 'em get awav a hurry, didn't we?" . • "You certainly did," the youth replied. ' They have aii gone but the five you see lying herr, and they will ne er go anywhere again," and he pointed !o fiye still forms lying where they had fallen. "Well,"we aimed to send them. nway in a hurry, and rm glad we succeeded. Ilere, let me free your arms." The man cut Dick's bonds, freeing l;is wrists, and then the youth said : "Thank you! I owe you and your men a debt of gratitude for rescuing me . " "Oh, that's all right. Youre welcome, Captain dater." "Where are your men?" queried Dick, looking in the direction from which the shots had sounded. "Why didn't they come forward with you?" The man grinned. "My men are kind of backwaru like," he said. "They don't like to push themseh es forwanl . Come on and I'll show 'em to you." "All right," said Dick, his curiosity aromed. '' Lead the way and I will follow." They proceeded perhaps fifty yardf', and then the man halted and called out: "Come out from your hiding-place, men . Captain Slater wants to see you and thank you for rescuing him.',. The next moment, to Dick's infinite surprise, out from the midsht of a goodly-sized clump of bmhes appeared about two dozen boys. CHAPTER XIV. GIRL SOT.DIERS . He certainly was taken by 1>urpri:;e. He had noi expected any such thing as thnt he wonld be confronted by such small boys. He thought that he woulJ .. ee men, perhaps a party :iil..:e-the one who had come to his rc~cue. "Ye looked surprised," grinned the man. "And I am," smiled Dick. "HaYen't I reason to be?~ "Well, I don't know but ve have. One wonlcl hardly a-pect little chaps to do such good work.>'


THE LIBERTY BOYS A~D 1IAJOR DA VIE. 25 "True. We'll look out for that." Dick and the major then went about the houses and instructed the officers and soldiers to be ready for the battle. The soldiers all declared that they were ready, and seemed eager for the coming of the enemy. Peeling satisfied that the patriot soldiers would give a good account of themselves, Dick and the major returned ----x 'o their respective stations, and waited patiently for the coming of the enemy. Presently the advance guard of the British army put in an appearance, followed a little later by the main army I ' which halted just outside of musket-shot range apd began forming for battle. The British had several field pieces, and opened fire on the houses with these. . The patriots had some :field pieces, also, and returned the :fire. 'l'his was kept llp briskly for a few minutes, and then the main British army advanced to the attack. They fired volley after volley, and these were returned in kinr. It continued onward till it came to the top of a riL1g0, and h<.>re it stopped and took up it.s position m1ce more . • I believe that we can hold this position," remarked Major Davie, after taking a survey of the su.rrouud ing~. "I think so, sir," agreed Dick. They got into position for offering battle to the British, but the enemy did not put in an appearance. Several hours passed, and still the enemy did not mate rialize. • "\Vlrnt does it mean, I wonder.," remarked Major Da\'ie . "I guess it means that they are satisfied with haring driven us away," replied Dick. "They have posaession of Charlotte, and will probably remain there some tim2. '' ""Well, we will make it as lively for them as possible while they do stay there, Captain Slater." "So we will, sir." It was as Dick and the major had surmised. The Brifoh settled down in Charlotte and made preparations for a le11gtbv stay. They began sending out foraging parties to secure foo

. THE LIBERTY BOYS AND MAJOR DAVIE. Thev were thus enabled to cut off a number of fo;aging where their wounds ':ere dressed with as much skilr as .was • 1 ih"l t d th possible under the circumstances. 1:~rt1es and very near y ann 1 a e em. , . r. . d "We'll do that much for them, anyway," said Mr. HowDick did considerable reconno1termg and spymg, an m, this way managed to secute information of intended expedi; arte thanked the Liberty Boys for what they had done fol' tions. . him and his family. They assured him that they did_ not One night, hidden behind a tree not far from whe~~ al wish any thanks, that they had only done their duty and party o f redcoats were sittin_g at tbe edge of the British_. were glad to be of senice to him. ~-y •ncampment in Charlotte, Dick heard them say _that theyi Joe Bolton had a talk with Lucy and so was well satiswere going to make a raid on the Howard plantation on the fied. The only person who did not seem to be well pleased morrow. ' was Ethel Howard, whose sympathies, of course, were with This interestecl him greatly. He had a warm feeling in the British. his heart for the Howards and did not want that they should The Liberty Boys, their work done at the Howard planta-suiier fro m the depredations of the British, if it could pas. tion, rode back to their encampment. sibly be helped. . . . ,, tr: The Liberty Boys and Major Davie's force remained in "Joe Bolton will be wild when be hears this~ thought_ camp near Charlotte as long as the British army stayed !Dick. ' He is in love with Lucy Howard and w1ll wa~t to. there and when Cornwallis finally broke camp and marched be on hand to help thrash the British when they put _an awa/ toward the seacoast, they followed, being determined appearance. Well, we'll be there and will make the Bntish to retard his progress all they possibly could. wish they had stayed away." The young patriots who had joined the Liberty Boys Dick stole away and hastened to the patr_ iot encampmcllt. company at the Howard plantation remained with it to the i:s he had expected, Joe Bolton was greatly excited when he end of the war and did splendid service, and when the "war heard the news, and wanted to know if the Liberty Boys was over they went ' back to their homes and married the were going to foil the British foraging party. girls who had been instrumental in causing them to join the "Yes, indeed," replied Dick. "We will spoil their plan, Liberty Boys company. you may be sure." George Lathrop remained in the British ranks through-. "We ought to be there early, Dick," eagerly. out the war, also, and returned to his home and married "We will be, Joe. We'll get there in plenty of time so Ethel Howard. They ~ere disappointed at the way the that we will 1e on hand to welcome the redcoats." war turned out, but did not let it i~terfere with their hap" we all going to go?" queried Bob Estabrook. piness. "Y~, Bob; the foraging party will be an unusually large 'l'he Liberty Boys did lots of lively :fighting during the _ one, owing to the fact that the Howard plantation is the war, but none more lively than that they had engaged in richest home in this part of the country, and there will lie during their sojourn in the Mecklenburg district. more plunder to be secured there than any other place they have visitod.11 "How big a p:irty will it be, Dick? Dirl you learn?'.' "No, but I judge -that there will be fifty or seventy-five cf the redcoats." "Well, there won't be that many when' we get through with them. 11 'rhe Liberty Boys were at the Howard plantation at an early lj.our next morning and waited as patiently as possible for the coming of the foraging party. It put in an appearance at last, and as Dick had surmised, there were at least seventy-five of the troopers. They seemed to be utterly unsuspecting of danger, and so were taken completely by surprise when the Liberty Boys 1 put in an appearance and att~cked them fiercely. There could be only one result. The British party was al.most annihilated, rrot more than a score of the redcoats making their escape. The Liberty Boys buried the dead troopers and carried tile wounded, fifteen in number, into the Howard house, THE END. Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE HUNT; OR, CAPTURING A CLEVER ENEMY," which will be the next number ( 494) of "The . Liberty Boys of '76." SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers of this week-ly, except the following, are in print: 1 to 30, 32 to 35, 45, 49, 76, 83, 86, 107, 223. If you cannot obtain the ones you want from any newsdealer send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York City, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. A DOCTOR'S STORY. By KIT CLYDE. The story appended we give in the words of Dr. --, than whom there is not a more famous person for the treatment of insanity, and by whom it was related to me. "I was then comparatively new at the business," said the doc tor, "when the incident occurred which I am about to tell you. I had graduated from college with high honors, and was at once offered a position on the staff attached to the --Lunatic Asylum. After two years of close attention to business, I found that my health was beginning to fail, and following the advice of my associates at the asylum, I started for the country to spend the summer in quietly resting. "I found board in the charming village of Brookdale, a quaint but beautiful place, the residences being mostly of an ornamental character, and chiefly occupied by prosperous business men from a not far distant city. "Every morning at six o'clock I arose, and at half-past six any one might have seen me taking a stroll before breakfast; it was, I think, during my second walk, that having strolled beyond the outskirts of the village, I encountered a man to whom my attention was at once called, by the fact that though then midsummer, he wore across his shoulders a heavy cloak which descended below his knees; as I passed him, I obtained a glimpse at his face; it was a dark, sullen, morose-looking face, with large black eyes, that either had a far-away look in them, or else seemed to dart forth glances of very fire. "After that I met him nearly every morning, and naturally began to have some curiosity as to who he was. I inquired at the house, and after giving a description of the stranger, was,informed that nothing was known of him in the village, save that he had appeared in the neighborhood some time before, and that several times a week he came to the grocer's tor supplies. "But where does he live?" I asked. " 'I don't know,' was the answer, 'though some say he has ibee n ~ e en to enter the old Pillbury mansion, and,' with a shrug of the shoulders, 'I'd rather he'd stay there than me.' " ' \Vhy?' " 'The place is haunted.' " 'Haunted!' and I laughed. " 'It's the truth,' said my host, sagely; 'many a one can tell you of queer noises heard there at night, of lights seen burning in the windows at unseasonable hours;' and he shook his head wisely. "Here I allowed the subject to drop, but, as you will suppose, looked with increased interest for my meeting with the stranger the next morning; we met, and actuated by a feeling almost friendly, since I had so frequently met him, I raised my hat; he noticed the movement and glared savagely at me, yet touched his hat as he passed . "I bad understood that the Pillbury mansion spoken of was above a mile away, and on a side road other than that on which I used to take my morning ramble. Wishing to see the place I started the next morning a little earlier than usual, and just as I arrived in front of the place the tumble-down gate opened, and my 'stranger' stepped into the road. I touched my hat; be did the same with a scowl, and passed , leaving me to think he'd be a tough customer to deal with if be were inclined to be ugly. "That night I sauntered into the village grocery, and was sitting in the back part of it when who should enter but the 'stranger,' for other name than that I had been unable to procure for him. I saw bis great black eyes sweep around the place, and knew instinctively that they had beheld me, for almost im-mediately I saw him bend partially across the counter, and as much from the motion of the lips in speaking as from hearing I made out that he asked this question: " 'Who is that fellow back there?' "'That?' and the grocer glanced in my direction. 'Oh! that's a summer boarder. He's from the city, I believe. A " 'Professional man?' queried the stranger; '1 judge so from his cut.' "'Yes, a doctor, I believe; they say he makes insani1y a specialty.' "How the grocer learned this I never knew, and what pos; sessed him to make this remark I cannot say, yet its effect was very marked, for the stranger a,t once turned on me a pair of burning, lurid eyes, gazed at me fixedly for several seconds, while a look of the deepest, most intense hatred crossed his dark face; then he faced about and strode from the store without making any purchases, nor did he ever afterward enter the place. "I can hardly describe the effect on me of that look of hate, which it unmistakably was; yet why should he hate me? "I confess that I was puzzled not a little by the affair, and the next morning as I went for my usual walk, I determined in my mind to solve the riddle by personally exploring the old rambling house in which he had taken up his abode, since which day, as people admitted, no ghostly visions had been seen, nor uncanny sounds heard. "Then one morning the village was thrown into a state or excitement by the news that a young girl of sixteen year. s of age had suddenly disappeared, and no reason could be as signed by her parents for any surreptitious leaving; hunting parties were organized, and for two days the country ,was scoured far and near, but at no point could be discovered any trace of pretty Jenny Engel. "And then there crept around a most horrible story: 'twas said with bated breath, with relating lip placed close to listening ear, that she was not the first that had gone so mys-teriously within the past six months; two farmers, living in opposite directions, had each lost a child about Jenny's age, one a boy, the other a girl, and the story further said that one of the farmers, on rising one morning, found before his door.-a collection of bones to which here and there clung a bit of flesh, and where they had grated on the bones, the marks of teeth were visible. "I listened to the terrible story with blood running cold in my veins, and my self-put query was: 'Do we live in the days of man-eating? Who is the monster?' "There arose before me, vision-like, two lurid, flaming eyes, beneath a shaggy, black brow, and so vivid was the imaginary sight that I started and gazed about me half-expecting to see the stranger before me. "Half in a dream I arose and left the house, and careless where I went, my footsteps took me out toward the Pillbury mansion, until finally, half amazed myself at finding my destination, I found myself before the broken gate of the long tumble-down house that in former days had been looked ,upon as a magnificent dwelling, and was called 'mansion' by the country folk. '' I heard the noise of footsteps in the direction of the bbuse, but approaching the gate, and I shrunk back in the shade of some bushes that had sprung up where the fence had stood, and from my covert I watched the stranger; he advanced to the gate and there stopped, and his restless black eyes began roving up and down the road; he stood thus for some seconds, and then he uttered a low, long-continued, hollow laugh, the like of which I had heard day after day since my connection with the asylum; tben be began muttering to himselr, and finally I heard: " 'Ha, ha, ha! They don't suspect me yet, although I'm


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 afraid that cursed doctor will, for he deals with madmen, and the intelligence that the knife was even then cutting into her, they 1,1Sed to say I was as mad as a March hare. But, devil and almost instantly I had ocular demonstration, for I saw a take 'em, I got away despite the sharp watch they kept on me, tiny jet of blood spurt up. and here I've lived securely and fed to my soul's delight on-" 'Heaven help me!' I moaned, for the sight had unnerved ha, ha, ba!-tender flesh. They said I was mad, because I me; I arose quickly to my feet, turned the knob; the door was killed . a man and ate him, but I wasn't. I ate him because fastened. I retreated a few feet and flung ~yself violently I liked him better than beef. And you, my darling'-drawing against the door; it cracked, it groaned, it broke, and I dashed out and holding up a murderous-looking dirk-'you've fur-into the room, only to receive a terrible cut from the dagger nished me many a dainty bit, and always will, I hope.' in Hank's hand in my left shoulder. Quick to devise and act, "Here he paused, and then suddenly busied himself in cutI struck his hand a hard crack with the butt of my revolver, ting one of the standards of the gate. At this he kept ~ork-and he let go of the knife-hilt with a loud howl. 1ng for nearly an hour, and then returned to the house, muF " 'Now surrender,' I cried. tering: " 'Never!' he shrieked, 'never!' and dashed out of tlie room " 'There, I've my inscription cut on the gate, and if any one by another door from the one by which I had entered, upset calls, he'll know who he'll find here,' and with a hollow laugh, ting in his flight a kerosene lamp, which, breaking, set fire he was gone. to all around it; I sprang to the girl's side; she still lived! ''I crept forward from my concealment, and on the standard I cut her bonds and carried her downstairs and laid her on saw cut: " 'HANK BUTLER, " 'Anthropophagite.' "For an instant the latter word staggered me, and then of a sudden its definition rushed upon me. "It meant solely and simply-man-eater. "And Hank Butler. I remembered the name as that of an inmate of --Asylum, who had made his escape a year before, and whose madness took the form of a mania for eating human flesh. "dood heavens! what a revelation. "I thought of little Jenny Engel. Had she fallen a victim to his madness? "i thought the matter over. "Knowing who and what he was, it was clearly my duty to take him in charge-and at once. "It was rapidly growing dark, and I could safely approach and reconnoiter. I did so, and all around the house was as quiet as the grave. Then I softly mounted the steps and put my foot on the porch. Still no sound. I crossed to the door, it yielded before my touch, and I entered the house and groped along the hall until, reaching a staircase, I commenced its ascent, prompted to this by a faint noise, as of a distant, deadened moan. "Oh! what a shiver that slight sound sent through my frame, and how my heart jumped, how tightly my fingers clutched my revolver, and I dove deeper into the darkness. "I reached the head of the stairs, and stopped to listen. Yes, clear and ~istinct, though low, came the moaning sounds, as if doors or walls intervened between the utterer and -myself. I located them as best I could, and decided that they came from the ,other end of the hall, and this was confirmed when the grass; then into the house I rushed back to the room I hact just quitted, and then through the door the mad tenant of the Pillbury mansion h fled through; I found a pair of stairs before me, leading into the attic, and up them I we:p.t, several doors were open; I dashed into the rooms, they were empty; a closed door attracted my attention; I opened it, and just in time, for Hank Butler had just smashed out part of the sash, and was about to descend to the ground by the aid of a tree outside. "At my entrance he faced around like a tiger at bay. " 'Hold!' I sternly said, 'one movement and I'll kill you. Do you surrender?' "There was a look of indeclsion on his face, and I knew my stern words and decided manner had made an impression; I watched him narrowly, to prevent any surprise, and was not surprised when, with sinking head, he said: "'I do.' " 'Then stand perfectly still,' I ordered, _ and advanced toward him; he looked up and I caught his eye, and saw there a crafty, cruel, unquelled look which should have taught me caution. He seized me in his arms. " 'Ha, ha, ha!' he shrieked, 'this is the way I'll serve you. I'll roast you by a big blaze and have you for supper. By Jove, but you're tender!' "He reached the fire, and with a maddened giant's strength lifted me above his head. , "He was going to throw me into the fire! r-r saw a faint ray of light that was emitted into the darkness through the keyhole of a tightly closed door. "I thought escape impossible, for my struggles were as easily overcome by him as are those of a babe in its mother's arms; and then, when passive to fate, I head voices shouting, heard the tramp o~ feet. It gave me new life, new courage. I was balanced for the hurling into the body of fire, but I wriggled around, and fastening my arms about the madman's neck, I hung on with the desperation of deepest despair. "I heard the tread of feet on the stairs, and knew rescue was at hand. ------"With steps as stealthy and noiseless as a cat's, I ap proached, and then crouching down, I gazed through the keyholf;.,, and-such a sight! I'll never forget it to my dying day! "Directly in front of the door, half way between it and a red-hot stove, whose top was ornamented by a huge gridiron, stoo,d Hank Butler, with bared arms and that murderous knife in his hand, which he was about to plunge into the throat of the missing girl, who was bound hand and foot, and gagged to prevent any outcry; the little girl's eyes were wild with terror, and were started far out of their sockets, while his were gleaming with fiendish glee, his face wearing such a look of satisfaction as the devil's might wear when admitting a new batch of victims into his kingdom. "At the moment I saw Hank he had placed the point of his knife against the child's throat, and I saw his hand slowly place pressure on the hilt; a louder moan from the girl brought "Would they reach me in time? I was momentarily growing weaker. Ah! my hold was torn loose . Once again I was raised for the fatal plunge into the sea of fire, and then-a sudden fall-the madman was in the hands of the rescuers, and I was stretched on the floor insensible. "I was carried out of doors, where I soon recovered my rea son, and to the crowd drawn together by the glow of the fire I told of the fate I had saved Jenny Engel from, and every heart in the village bounded with joy at her recovery. She bears to this day the mark of the dagger-point in her throat, and I have the prints of the man-eater's teeth in my neck." And here the doctor showed a disposition to stop. "But the maniac," I said; "what of him?" "He killed himself within three months after his capture." ..


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