The Liberty Boys out west, or, The capture of Vincennes

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The Liberty Boys out west, or, The capture of Vincennes

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The Liberty Boys out west, or, The capture of Vincennes
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 230 STREET, NEW YORK No. 821>. NE"\V YORK, 9CTOUER 20, Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys waded through the ice-cold water, finally reaching solid ground. It was liard on. them, but they were tough and used to exposure and hardships. They did not murmur, but bore up with wonderful fortitude.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-B y S1tbscription $2.50 per year. E1ttere d a . t the New N.' Y . as Second-Glass illatter by Jf'rank Tousey, Pttblishcr, 168 West 234 Street, No. 825 . NEW Y O RK, OCTOBER 20 , 1 916. P r i c e 5 Cents . THE LIBERTY BOYS OUT WEST -ORTHE CAPTURE OF VINCENNES ' By HARRY MOORE. C HAPTER I. "All righd." PATSY AND CARL IN T R OUBLE. They leaped behind the log, and leveled their muskets across the top of it, Closer and closer came the redskins. "Ru n, Batsy, run!" When they saw the action of the two white youths the.'{ "Shure, an' Of am run11in', begorra!" gave utterance to • wild yells of delig'ht. they "Ve vill be gotted PY der retsgins!" thought they would quickly have the scalps of the palefacf's. "Shure, an' Oi'm afhraid yez are afther bein' roight, Pats y ancl Carl, despite the fact that they were odrl geniCookyspiller!" uses, seemingly not at all the kind of men who would be hard It was rather an exciting s cene. to handle in a fight, yet the y were cool and desperate when Two white youths-one tall and bony-framed, the other the test came. Among the one hundred Liberty Boys there and fat-were running through the timber, at a point were none who couicl put up a more desperate and effective a few miles east of the Kaskaskja river, in what is now the fight than these two. State of Jllinois . At that time, December of the year 1778, They pre ssed the butts of the muskets against their shoulthis country was called Illinois just the same, but the borclers firmly, and looked through the sights keenl:.and grimly. ders of the State had not yet been defined. Each had selected a target, and to make sure t.ha t neithN I n those days Indians roamed all through this territory, bullet should be wasted, they told each other which redskin d as the Revolutionary War was in progress, and there had been selected. was more or less warfare between the Whigs and Tories ii'! ' ' Oi'll take dhe tall baste, wid dhe rid feather in his topt his western region, the Indians were worse than was their knot, Cooky, spiller," said Patsy, in a firm, hard voice. wo n t. And now we find a party of at least a score of redskins "An' I'll dake dot short, heafy-set vun peside him, Batsy. n ' Good! Be shure an' plug 'im fur kapes." chasing the two white youths in question. 'f The tall one was Patsy Brannigan, an Irish youth, brave "I vill do dot, you pet me your Li e!" Closer still came the redskins. as a lion, and usually full of humo r and bubbling over with They were yelling like mad, and brandishing their weapons. g-ood nature. The other was Carl Gookenspielei-, a Dutch . \'Outh, also good-natured, but who could be goaded to anger Presently they were within range, and Patsy said, through his set teeth: much easier than was the case with Patsy. The two youths were members of a company of young fol-"Are yez riddy, Cookyspiller?" lows of from eighteen to twenty years of age, who "vere "Yah!" ca1he in a hard, tense voice. known as ThP. Liberty Boys of '76. "Thin give it to thim! " They had been out hunting, and had accidentally run up Crack-crack! against the Indians. They had at once taken to their heels , With death-yells on their lips the two redskins that had for they realized that they could not fight twenty red fiend., been selected as targets by the Liberty Boys leaped into the with a n y hope of success. air and fell forward upon their faces, dead. Nor did it seem likely that they would have success in "Now out wid yer. pisthols, Cookyspiller!" away by running, for the Indians kept gaining on the "Yah!" ,'lgitivef:. It "*'as when a glance back over his shoulder had The two drew their pistols, and taking quick aim, fired ll oved this to Carl that he had exclaimed, as given at the each a shot. head of this story: "Run, Batsy, run!" Two more of the redskins dropped, one . dead, the other The two youths were at least two miles from the L iberty seriously wounded. . Boys encampment, and they were confident that they could Wild yells of rage escaped the lips of the other redskins. never succeed in reaching it. They fitted arrows in their bows and fired them at the What could they do'? youths as they ran. There was only one thing, and Patsy voiced it. The barbed missiles came down all around the two. "We'll b e afther lookin' fur a good place, an' thin we' ll One went through Carl's sleeve, cutting a gash in his arm n;akc a sthand an' foight dhe spalpanes to cl.he d'ith, Cookya n d causing him to give utterance to a cry of pain. spiller!" he sai d , grimly. "Ow, dey have hitted me!' he exclaimed. "Bu d I d on'd v os vant to die , Batsy, " panted Carl. . "Shure, an' it's on'y a scratch, . Cookyspiller . Giv' thim "An ' nayther do Oi, but begorra, whin yez hav no choice . a nither shot, me bye!" in dhe maddel"\ phwat are yez goin' to do abhout it'?" Both took quick aim and fired again, dropping two more "I g uess ve vill haf to fighd , un if necessary dfo, Batsy." of the Indians, and then they dropped their pistols and seized "Thot's roight; we'll kill some av dhe ridsk ins, innyway. their muskets by the barrels, and awaited the onslaught of 1e wo n't go over dhe river all by oursilves, bego1ra!" the redskins. Nein; dot is righd, we vill nod." They did not have long to wail. resently Patsy stopped suddenly. The red werP them in a few moments. " H e re's a good p l ace, Cookyspiller." he said. "Ghet be11i.en ensued a combat that \\'as, while verr uneqnal, des. h oi n d dhis lo z a n ' b e riddy t o giv it to dhe rid demons." perate and fierce to a degr<>c.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS OUT WEST. Patsy and Carl swung their muskets and knocked the In dians right and left, but were soon overpowered , the red skins swarming over the two and bearing then1 struggling to the earth. The Indians ould have brained the two with their tomahawks, but did not do so . Why they did not do it was a mystery to the Liberty Boys, 1but they were glad that it \Vas so. "Oi guiss thot they are afther wanthin' to torthme us, begorra,'' thought Patsy, and in thus thinking he was right. The redskins were angered by the death of their brother braves , and sudden death by a strolce of a tomahawk would ' be too easy a death for the desperate white men. No, they must be captured alive, and then tortured! The redskins bound the arms of the paleface youths, and then dance d around the two, yelling and swinging their tomahawks threateningly, in an attempt to terrify the two . "' Patsy and Carl were brave; however, and they stood there and watched the fierce actions of the Indians unflincl ingly. "Go on wid yez!" cried Patsy-;. contemptuously. "Sthop yer monk ey-shines, ye spalpahes, yez!" And a big buck happen dng to brandish a tonnhawl<' in the Irish youth's face at that 'instant, Patsy lost control of his temper and gave the redskin a kick in the ,stomach, doubling him up like a jack-knife and sending him ho"l':ling to the ground, where he kicked and r olled about, gasping for breath. "Der retskins vill kill us now, alretty, Batsy!" gasped Carl, horror-stricken. CHAPTER II. I FOOLING THE INDIANS. The party made its way along about two miles, and then came to an Indian village on the bank of the River. • lt was quite a good-'sized village, there being at least one hundred teepees, and there were half a hundred squaws and twic e that many children. Carl looked about him, his eyes rolling in dismay. "I guess we are goners, Batsy,'' he said, mournfully. "Niver say cloy, Cookyspiller," was the encouraging reply, "as long as dhere is loife dhere is hope, begorra." "I don'd vos know abouid dot." Carl was growing very despondent. "Cheer up, Dootchy. Don't lit dhe spalpeens t'ink thot yez are afther bein' afraid av them." "I vill cheer me oop all vat l gan, Batsy; but I dell you dot I don'd vos t'ink dot ve vill ged ouid uf di s mit our llves." "Mhaybe not; but we won't give up as lonl!: as we are aloive." The two were taken to the cc11ter of the encampment and tied to two trees which stood there. Naturally their advent caused a se nsation among the braves in the village, and their wives and papooses. They crowded around the two and stared at them. And then soon a great wailing was heard. This came from the widowed squaws of the dead braves, and the squaws in question came :rushing up and would have attacked the prisoners had they not been forced back by some of the braves, who said something in guttural tones that cau&ed the sq uaw s to stand back. Patsy and Carl guessed that the squaws had been told to wait and they would have better revenge than any they could take themselves. The Indians now made a gleat circle and talked a Jong But Carl as mistaken. time, the chiefs doing most of the talking, the braves listen-The action of Patsy, and the misadventure of their brother ing bravely and giving vent to frequent guttural,"Ughs." brave did not have the effect of further angering the red-The prisoners listened and watched with interest, and they ski ns, but the contrary. . wished that they. understood what was said, so. that 1.hey Thev pointed their finger s at the fallen brave and laughed. could gain s o me idea of what their fate was to be. It has.been said that Indians have no appreciation of humor, They could not understand the word, however, rn all they but in this case the saying did not prove to be true; for these could do was to wait for developments. Indians l aur,-hed at the fallen brave. At last the council broke up. They to think it a great joke, the way he had been Then the two prisoners were taken over to one side of the upset by the paleface prisoner. village and were tied to trees, they bein g bound scc ureJ.i. "Pv shimm:metty!" gasped Carl. with iawhide thongs, which were wrapped around a. "Shlire, an' dhe spalpanes are afther bein' glad thot Oi the trees. kicked 'im in dhe stummick !" exclaimed Patsy, in amaze-"Vat does id mean, Batsy ?" asked Carl, lugubriously. ment. "Begorra, an' av tho-i; is phwat dhey ' loik e, it's mcsiHuf "Don't yez know, Cookfspiller Z" ' wull giv thim some more av it!" "Nein." And then h e gave another redskin a kick that sent him "Wull, yez soon wull know, thin." fl ying headlong to the ground,. knocking. the other "Dell me now!" brave down as he wus on the pomt of gettmg up, he havmg "Oi wu!l. Dhey are goin' to burrun us at dhe stake." just recovered his breath, that had bec'!n kicked out of him "Vat!" b y the Irish youth's foot. "Thot's phwat Oi said, begorra." 1 The two redskins grappled and began fighting fie1cely, the "Purn us der sdeak mit ?" one Patsy had kicked first doing the attacking and the other "Yis." fighting in self-defense. "Bud dot vos peen durriple, Batsy!" This caused the other redskins still more deiight, and they "Shure an' yez are roight abhout thot. " watched the fight with interest, at the same time keeping a "Und do you really t'ink dot is vat dey are goin' to do?" wary eye on Patsy, to keep him from doing any more kicking. "Oi'm shure av it." In fact, the chief of the band shook his tomahawk in the "Oh-h-h-h-h-h!" Irish youth's face and said, threateningly: The groan that Carl uttered was a terrible one , and the "Paleface no more kick. Uf um do, Leaping Panther split redskins were delighted. They chatte1ed to one another, urri head with tomahawk-ugh!" and grinned. Doubtle ss they felt that in the fat youth they "Ugh!" groaned Ca1. "Don'cl vos dot some more, alretty, had a victim who w ould furnish them with a great deal of Batsy. Enough is enough, und dot is so." enjoyi;nent, as their plea1>uli'e, in s uch cir umstances, was "01 Oi won't be afther doinl inny more khickin', great or small, in prop-01tion to the cries and expressions of Cookyspiller." pain and terror that were uttered by the victims. The two redskins finally were separated by their brother "Shut up, Dcotchy!" cried Patsy. "Don't lit them see thot braves, who ;:;aw that a tragedy was lik ely to result, for the yez a1e afther falin' blue, at all, at all. It makes thim fale two were bec oming wildly enraged. too happy. Hould in and spo il their fun, begcrra. " Then, as his eyes fell upon the author of thei1 trouble, I "All righd, dot is vat I viH do. I vill laugh :i.t dern-haw, they grabbed their tomahawks and leaped toward Patsy. haw, haw!" and the fat youth forced a laugh which sounded They would have brained him instantly had not several of a,nything but mirthful. their brother braves seized them and jei:ked the wea:pons out The redskins stared at the Dutch boy in and then of their hands. looked at one another and tapped their foreheads signifi -The chief said something to them in a stern voice, an.d they became quiet, though tb,ey continued to 11:lare malevo-Patsy uoticed this, and understood that,. the Indians lently at Patsy. thought that Carl was so badly that he b,ad gohe They were released and their weapo n s given back to them. daffy. Then the Indian s talked quite a while, after which they. This gave him an buried their dead brother braves, and then they set out in "Say, Dootchy , " he said, "dhey t'ink yez are crazy, the direction from which they had come. leading the two Oi've heard it said thot redskins \\ron't hurt innvwan thot prisoners and conducting their two wounded comrades, who throuj:)lec\ way, which gives me dl).e 1>idea thot av we were able to walk, by being helped. . wull both. laugh hyeners an' grin an' pretend thot w e


THE LIBERTY BOYS OUT \VEST. e injo\ ' in' av dhe affair, dhey may lit us alon e fur a whoile yhow." ' "Ve vill dry id, anyway, Batsy. Led us laugh und make so much foolishnes s as ve gan." "All roight, Dootchy." So the two youths began to laugh in a wild and s illy man ner, and they grinn ed and acted in s u c h a strang-e and w on derful way, for persons about to be put to ''death, that the redskins stopped the work of piling brush about the fee t of the two-they having gone to work at this-and be gan jabbering to one another in some excitement. One after a n othe r they tapped their foreheads, and then they s hook their he ads' and looked black and disappointed . "Oi lb'l'ave it's worrukin' all roight, Dootchy," said Patsy. "Kape it up, me bye, kape it up!" "Dot i s vat I vill do, Batsy, bud i d is hart vork , und dot is der trut'." "Yis. hut it isn't so hard as to be bhurned a't dhe stake, begoria." " Nein; dot i s so-haw, haw, h aw! Haw, haw, haw!" and Carl grinned lik e a hyena. "Haw, haw, haw!" laughed Patsy. "Haw, haw, haw, haw, haw!" CHAPTER III. Patsy grinned. "Oi wull admit thot ye;: did thot s in gin' undhc r difficnlties , J Cookyspiller," he said. j "I s hould sav so, und I pet me your life G.ot you g ould noel haf made :such goot songness yoursellufs . Batsy." "Oi agray wid ye:!." Then they talked seri ou sly of their situation, and wereJ agreed that they we r e in great danger, for their s afety/ wo uld depend on their keepin g up the acting, and this would become difficult after a time, or the redskins might come/ to the conclusion that it was all "put on" and put them to death at the stake. * * * * * * * * Luckily for Patsy and Carl, some more of the Liberty Boys1 had gone out hunting at the same tim e they had gone. Two of these yout h s, Bob Estabrnok an

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