The Liberty Boys at the death line, or, Saving the prisoners of Logtown

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, I i 994. NEW YORK, JANUARY. 16, 1920. Price i Cents "Fire!" shouted Dick. The brave boys advanced to the death line. A tremendous volley rang out. The prisoners came !lashing from the enololllllre with a cheer. Then they made a rush .for freedom, the redcoats being powerless to st.op them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 6 A W e e kly Magaz ine Co n t a in ing S t o ries o f the American Issue d Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50 . Framk Tousey, P ublisher, 168 West 2 3 d Stree t, New York, N. Y . Entered as S e cond-Class January 31, 19 1 3, at the Post-Offic e at New York, N. Y., under the Act of M arch 3, 1879. No. 994. NEW YORK, JANUARY 16, 1920. Price 7 Cents The L i b erty Boys at the By HARRY .MOORE CHAPTER I. Bob dismounted and led the horses around to the s ide of the hou se. DISCOVERED BY THE ENEMY. Here they tethered them, where they were not in sight from the road. It was the month of April. Dick Slater's black horse, Major, was well known t o the Two boy s h a d pause d before a tavern in South Carolina, a Britis h. few mile s frcm Camden. If he were see n, therefore, the enemy would know that At the time Lord Rawdon, of t he Britis h a r my, was in posDick wa about. session . _.., It was abo u t noon and the boy s had an excuse for entering The patriots, under Greene, were debating an a ttack upon the tavern. it. There were already several men there, eating, smoking and There had been a battle fought near i t in Augus t of t h e d r inking. p revious year. They paid little or no attention to the two boys . This h a d proved m ost disastrous to the Americans, then l ed The latter took a seat where they had a view of the road. by General Gates. If redcoats approached they would have timely warning Greene had reorgani zed the army, and at this time, while thereof. Marion and Lee, with their forces, were harassing the enemy In a few moments a young girl in a neat frock, white cap in the lower coun t ie s , Gree ne was getting ready to march and apron came forward. against them e l sewhere. "Beware of the man with the red beard!" she said, in a low The two boys in front of the tavern looked like young tone. farmers. "What have vou to eat?" Dick asked, showing no s urpri s e. The wore suits of coarse homespun and r ound hats. "Boi l ed mutton and turnips. You are patriots. I saw your One ride a fine, black ho rse, a pure Arabian, the other hors es." riding a bay. "Bring us s ome and some buttermilk. 'l' he weather hold s The horses were not farm hors e s, nor did the boy s look like pleasant." farmers' s on s when one glanced at their faces. "The man is a Tory and a s py, but he does not s uspect that They were not farmer boy s, they were out on a scouting the captain of the Liberty Boys is here. " expedition. Dick s howed no surprise, although he wondered h o w the They belon ged to a band of young patriots known as the girl knew him. Liberty Boys. She was a patriot, he was certain; but he did not care to The b o y on the black horse, whom he called Major, was say too much, for fear of being overheard. Dick Slater, the captain. "That will be s ufficient, with bread and butter," he s aid, as The other was the fir s t li eutenant, and his name was Bob if the dinner alone interested him. Estabrook. "She knows u s , Bob," he said, when the girl had gone. "There are no redcoats in the tavern, Bob?" a sked Dick. "Yes. Do you remembe r her? " "No," answered Bob, who was nea rer the windows than "No; but she has see n us somewhere." Dick. "She seeme d to know Maj or, at any rate." ''"We might lear n something of the enemy, nevertheless.", "Very true, and doubtless saw you lead him around." "Yes, so we might." "She is a friend, no doub t ; but we cannot say too much." "Mark and his party may learn something, if we don't." "No, we cannot. " "Very true." In a few minutes the girl returned, placing the boy s ' dm Mark Morriso n was the s econd lieutenant of the Liberty ners before them. Boy s and was out with a party scouting at this very time. "No on e s uspects," she said, in a low t o ne. The camp of the Liberty Boy s was in a swamp a few miles "Very good," sai d Dick . "I will pay the sc ore no w. I distant. • might not see you again. " The Liberty Boy s , b e in g all mounted on gocd horses , could "The redcoats w ill not know you in tho se disguises." move rapidly from plac e t o place . "So I have heard, but I have not se en them." Dick Slater was a famous spy and often went alone into the "They are near, do you know?" very camps of the enemy. "So I have heard, but I h ave not seen them." At this time Bob was with him, the two being the closest of The girl then went away to attend to other customers . friends. Several entered at that moment. The sister ot each was the sweetheart of the other, and they Dick kne w so me of them. were like brot hers, as they would be some d ay. They were Tories of the region. "We had better keep a good watch," said Dick, di smounting. The boy s proceeded to eat their dinner, talking in low tone!i, "Yes. for the redcoats canno t be far distant." but with no air of i:P..,rP.r.v.


2 THE LIB ERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. The Tories paid no attention t o t hem. T hey quickly wheeled and dashed away when they saw that The man with the red beard seemed !:carcely to have seen t h ey were outnumbered. them. The red-bearded man fled with the British soldiers. He talked boastingly and 1n a . loud voice , drank deeply and Dick did not pursue them very far. smoked a short pipe. He was satisfied wi t h having checked them. Bob presently glanced out of the windo w. Quickly halting the boys, he said to Mark: "Redcoats, Dick!" he said, in a low tone. "The g i r l was "vVe knew that you were out, but not that you were near right." us.1t "Many, Bob?" 'We >vere scouting about and just happened to come this "Five or six, a sergeant and mcunted. " way, that's all." In a few minutes the redcoats entered and sat at a table "We must have known that we were observed a not far from where the boys were. dashing looking boy on a bay mare, riding next to Mark, who "Loking for rebels?" asked the red-bearded man. rode a big gray. "Not especiallly . There are none here, that I can learn. " Thi s was Jack ' llfarren, Mark's chum. "Greene will be coming soon , I hear, and then there are I . "Oi 'm thinkin' the horses scinted yez, for they did be turnin' those young rascals, the Libert y Boys." this way before we knowed it," said Patsy Brannigan, the "They are the troop of boys i rom the North?" Iris h Liberty Boy. "Yes." "Dot was so, I bet me," added a fat German boy, riding Dick and Bob and many of the boys li ved in 'Vestchester, \ ;L h him. "Dose horses choo s t was went dis way, und we New York. don'd could helped it." There were some Southern beys in the tro, p, however, and 'Carl is right," said Ben Spurlock, a j e lly, lively fellow . . boys from difierent sectio n s of the coun try. "Well, it's not often that Cookyspillet do be gettin' the There was also an Irish and a German Libe 1ty Bey. roi ght a v annything, so yez moight as well give u m credit"for "They are in the region, you say?" continued the sergeant. it," laugh ed Patsy. "Yes, but I dunno where; I'd like to know." Carl's name was Gookenspieler, but Pa'.sy could never get The boys went on with their dinner, attracting no attention . it straight. The red-bearded man took his leave, and the buys thought "You clon'd always was get somecl ings r ighd yoursellut and they had seen the last of him. you don't bedder had said nodings , I 'bet me," spu'. tered Carl. They had not. "It was that way, anyhow," li>.ughed M ark. "We were In a short time he returned . really coming this way before we knew it. " "Some of those pes ky, young rebel aie around!" he s:

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. 3 "Didn't I say I would?" carelessly. "Do you know Dick Slater?" "I've seen him and heard him talk lot s of times." "Then you'd know him?" ''As well as I'd know myself." "All right; we'll go over there. It i s in a swamp, you say?" "Yes, but I can find my way to it easy enough." "You live around here?" "Well, I haven't been around here lately, but I know the way about." "I thought I didn't remember you. What's ycur name?" "'r'1ey call me Joe Green." "Huh! You don't look very green, do you?" with a laugh. They were now riding in the direction Dick had come. "No, I reckon not; but you look pretty red, d on't you, with that hair and beard, 'most as if you h a d taken fire?" "Huh! That's pretty good!" with a laugh. "What's your n ame? Seems to me I haven't see you around here, either." "Oh, my name's Joe Black," carelessly. "Pretty funny, black, ain't it?" with a dry laugh. "That's a fine mare of yours." "Yes, she is pretty tolerable." "That isn't a Carolina mare?" "No, she isn't; but she's pretty fair," simply. "Pretty fair, you donkey! I should say she was! The Carolina horses aren't anywhere near as good as that. I'd like to have that mare myself." "Did you ever see Dick Slater's black horse? 1 suppose you have, as you know him . " "Yes, and I'd like to have that, too." "Anything else you'd like?" laughing. "Yes , I'd like to catch Dick Slater himself, the crafty, young rebel , and take him to Camden." "Would you?" "Yes , and ff you show me where his camp is, I'll bring the redcoats there and do it." "That would be pretty slick, wouldn't it? I'd like to s ee you do it. You ain't a redcoat, are you? You'd be all red the n, wouldn't you?" "Yes, I r eck on I would. You are going right?" "Yes, and will get there pretty soon. Do ycu know, I'd just IH:e to see you catch Dick Slater?" "Well, you will if you wait around. You just give me a good view of the camp, and that's all I want." Dick did not lead the way directly to the camp. He went a roundabout way, as i f trying to find it himself. Presently he imitated the soun d of a bullfr g's croak. It was immediately Tepeated. "Lots o' frogs here," he said. Then he made the sou nd of a blue heron's cry. This was repe'lted a l so. "Seems to me you can start anything to making a noi se,'' the man said. "Yes," and Dick whistled. In an instant L i berty Boys sprang up all around them, and the man found him se l f the target of twenty muskets! CHAPTER III. THE RETURN TO THE INN. 'Hello, Dick! Brought company, have you?" laughed Bob, coming forward. He was now in uniform, but the spy recogn i zed him. He attempted to draw a pistol to threaten Dick, but it was knocked out o f his hand. "Hold up your hands!" Dick, sternly. "If you don't--" A pistol pressed against the spy's temple indicated the alternative. •Up went' his h a nds. Dick signalled to two or thl'ec of the b oys . They qui ck l y came fonvard and disarmed the man. "Put down your hands,' ' said Dic k . The man obeyed . "Get off your horse," dismounting him se lf. The spy got off, looki s h very sheepis h. "Follow me, and I'll take you to the camp of t he Liberty Boy s , as I said I. would." In a short time they were in the camp. Joe Black, as he called himself, saw Dick's horse and others standing around. "Sit down," said Dick, taking a sea t on a big moss-covered stone. Joe Black sat on a stump. "So you are a spy for the British ?" "No, I'm not,'' hastily; "I just sai d I was, that's all." "You know what is done with spies when they are caught?" The man's face turned gray. "You fetched me here," he said, trembling; "I didn't sneak in." "No, but you would have brought the redcoats here. " "You li e d to me," muttered Joe Black. "You said you were not a rebel." "Nor am I. We do not call ourselves rebels. We are patri ots." .. What are you going to do with me?" uneasih. "I don't know yet. We will not hang you, though, so you can make your mind easy on that scora." Black seemed greatly relieved. "You're a clever fellow, Slater," he said . "J would not have s upposed any one could get the better o f me like that:' "You though I was simply a fo oli s h boy, whom you could humbug, didn't you?" The man colored. Dick had read his very thoughts. " T ake care of him, boys," Dick said. "We cannot let him go jus t yet." The spy was put in a tent under guard. It was hardly likely that he could give them any :nformation of the enemy. Dick knew their number and disposition, and it was not likely that Black knew any more. The man might give information of the Libe rty Boys and other patriots if he were set free. It was better to keep him a prisoner, therefore, until the meeting between General Greene and Lord R awdon, which was expected shortly to take place. If Black had thought that it would be an easy matter to capture Dick Slater, h e did not tihnk s o no w . The neat arrangement of the camp, the thorough discipline and the watchfulness of the Liberty Bo ys , all g..1ve him a greater respec t for them. He saw at once that any attempt to e scape would be frus trated. A s long as there was no danger of hi s being hanged, he migh t as well make up his mind to remain a prisoner for a time. "You boys have had some experience," h,e said to the sentry in front of his tent. The boy made no reply. "You expect Greene shortly, do you not?" Still no a nswer. "Would you mind sending for son1ething for me to eat?" The boy signalled . Sam Sanderson, one of the Liberty came up. "He wants something to eat." "All right." ' Sam went away and shortly returned with food on a big chip in lieu of a plate. ''I a m acc ustomed to eating with a knife and fork," said Bl ack. "Fingers were made first,'' chuckled Sam. With that h e went away, and Black saw that his scheme to obtain a weapon had fallen through. He was no t hungry, and the food remained untas ted. Retaining his disgui se , D . ick took Jack \Varren's bay mare and set off once more for the tavern. Reaching it, he tethered the mare at the side of the hou se a nd entered. There were no s oldiers in the place now. Two or three of the men formerly presen t were s'.ill there. They did not recognize him ,apparently. He took his former seat and the girl came forward. "Yo u are daring to come again so soon," she said. "You know me, then?" "Yes; but you!' disgui se i s a good one." "There arc few wh o would know me." "I take notice of many things," quietly. "What i s the name of the man with the red beard?" "Jim Huddy." "He is in our camp." "He tried to find it?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. "No; I took him there," with a smile. "They will notice," the girl said. Then s he went away, returning with a mug o f buttermilk. "Do you know anything of the British in Camden?" Dick asked. "They are short of provision s." "Do they expect reinforcements?" "No." """ "Are they expecting Greene?" "Shortly." "This man Huddy is a spy?" "Something of one . Yes, I will get change." Some of the men had be en looking Dick's way. The girl therefore walked away. When she returned, the going for change being simply an excuse, she said: "He is a Tory and a spy and an evil man. He has a gang who have quarters in a swamp near the creek. Beware of him!" "Very good." Dick drank hi s buttermilk and presently aros e. As he was mounting a party of redcoats rode up. Some of them had been in the first party. "Jove ! There's that mare that one of the Liberty Boys >'Ode!" cried one. "The boy is a spy! After him!" "He has Slater's build and hair to a dot . " "I'll wager it's Slater himself. After him!" Jack Warren's beautiful mare fairly flew as Dick urged her on. She knew him, having carried him often, and would obey him as readily as s he would obey her own master. She was not as swift as Major, but s he was fast enough for the present occa s ion. As Dick das heq ahead, bullets flew about him. He quickly turned in his saddl e, still riding like the wind. Crack-crack! He had whipped out a brace of pistols in a moment. Both shots were felt by the enemy. He did not care to kill hi s pursuers, but he gave them a decided check. "Get along, Dolly," he said. '!'hp, beautiful creature seemed to fairly s kim over the ground. 1 ... ouking across through the trees , Dick saw redcoats approaching on an intersecting road. He wished to get to the cros sroads ahead of them. . On he sped, the redcoats not haviny yet caught sight of hi m. . As he neared the crossroads they saw both him and his pursuers. Then they le aned forward. hoping fo catcli him. Di ck shot by like the wind. -: Now, however, he saw more redcoats coming toward him. These had come out from another road, be1ng a scouting party sent out from Camden. ' Dick seemed to be caught in a trap. He knew what Dolly could do, however, and he suddenly put her at a hedge at the si de of the road. Oyer it she went, like a bird. Then across country toward a creek Dick urged her, some of the enemy following. Leaping the creek at a bound, he went on. None of the redcoats dared take the leap, and Dick was safe from pursuit. CHAPTER IV. CLEARING OUT THE TORIES. Dick kept on after leaping the creek, having a thorough knowledge of the direction he was going. He could go through a swamp and get to the road leading to his camp. This would be a shorter road, albeit a dangerous one. The swamp was full at this time, and qne would have to pick his way carefully. Dick was well used to such places. . He determined to go that way for two reasons. One was that it would shorten his route as he was now eoin&". The other was that he wished to locate the gang of Tories the girl had spoken of. The Liberty Boys had often broken up just such gangs. If he could find this one he would di sperse it also. On he went, and at length reached the swamp. Only to one accustomed to making his way through suc h place s was the road vi s ible. Dick found it and went forward at a fair speed . Here and there the mare's feet were in w a t er, but gener-ally she could pass dryshod, although the ground was spongy. Near the middle of the swamp Dick came upon a hut. Here the:i:e were half a dozen coars e, evil-looking men. Thes e came foi:ward. "What do yer want?" asked one. "You know Jim Huddy, don't you?" Dick answered. "Yes, we know him." "Well, I'm going to see him." "But he isn't here." "I know that. I'm going to meet him at the camp of the Liberty Boys. He wants to run out them young rebels." "It's all right, Bill," said one. "Let the boy go on." "He seems ter know the captain's business all right, any how." "Of course I do. Why, the captain and I ate together this evening." Then Dick went on, taking note of everything , while not appearing to do so. "It was a clever guess, " was hi s thought, a s he rode on. The outlaws, for such they undoubtedly were, had no s uspicion of him, and allowed him to go on . T1aversing the swamp safely, he at lengt h reached the road. The n he went on at a gallop. Reaching the camp, he :was met by J ack. "I've given the mare some lively work, J ack," he said; "but she took it all right." "Good girl,'' said Jack, stroking the mare's sleek neck. "You had Dick Slater on your back, and you were bound to do well, weren't you?" The mare rubbed her nose against Jack's shoulder and went away with him. Dick dism oun ted. Dick went to the tent of the p risoner and said: , "Well, 1 Jim Huddy, it's a question whether we ought,-not to hang you, after all!" u , At the mention of hi s name the man flus hed, and then grew pale. "You said you would not," he said uneasily. "Yes, I know I did; but you ought to be hanged." "What for?" "You are an outlaw. I saw some of your They are a s :curvy lot ! " Huddy said nothing-. _ -. "You are a spy, a Tory and a scoundrel!" Dick contin ued . '''!'hose are three reasons why you should be hanged." "You -said you wouldn't," muttered H uddy. "And I won't, but I am not going to keep you here. i am going to turn you over to Gene ral G ree ne." Huddy said nothing, and Dick walked away. "Keep your eyes on that fellow," he said to some of the boys. "He may try to e scape." Shortly after that a messenger arrived from Greene's . . The general had de s cribed the southern s lope of Hobkirk's Hill and had encamped at Logtown, within half a mile of Ca)Tlden. Dick kept his camp where it was, but sent word that he would come up as so on as he was wanted. "I'm going to drive out those Tories, Bob," he said, "and I believe there is time to do it before d ark. " Half the Liberty Boys set off with . Dick to drive out the Tories. Reaching the swamp, Dick left half of his party to cut off any retieating Tories and went on with the rest. Riding on in open column and at good s peed, they so on heard them breaking through the bushes at either sidP Hurrying on, they reached the hut where Dick had see n the Tories. Here they found a number of them gathered to resi s t an attack. "Forward!" cried Dick. The Tories opened fire from the hut. At once the brave boys returned the fire, dismounted and attack the hut on three sides.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE .. 5 The Tories, seeing themse l ves in danger of being surrounded, rushed out at the rear. 'l'he Liberty Boys quickly procured fi1 ebrands and set fire to the cabin. In a short time it was a mass of flames. Other cabins were found and set on fire. Then they set out to return. Now and then t hey heard men hurry ahead or at on e side of them, and pushed on. Reaching the edge of the swamp, they found that a num-ber of p1 isoners had been taken. , "We don't want to bother with you fellows," s::tid Dick, "so I will give yo u warning that if you return to the swainp and continue your evil practices you will be hanged." Some of the Tories had escaped , and so D:ck added: "You can tell this to the rest of your companions, so that they need not say that they were not fully warned of their fate!" "Why, you're the feller what said you was going to the camp of the Liberty Boys to s ee J . im !" exclaimed one. "So I did, and Jim Huddy is now a prisoner in our camp." "If we'd known that y ou wouldn't have got away so easy." "I know that. But you did not know it. Boys, cut switches." A doz e n of the boy s cut good, stout switches and pro ceeded to trim them. "Get to work, boys," said Dick. They boys quickly obeyed, and began thrashing the Torie s s oundl y with the switches. Tl-:ere was a tremendous howling. The Tories i-an this way and that to escape the punishment the boys were giving them. Finally they dashed off into the woods and up and down the road. In a few minutes not one was to be seen. "That is better than hanging the wretches," said "It lasts longer," Jaughed Mark, "and so will be remembered longer." "A good whipping is the only thing that makes any im pression on some folks," added Jack. "Some of the switches made a pretty deep impression, I notice," chuck l ed Ben. "Ithink I actually f2'0t throug h the di1t on some of the fellow _ s," said Sam Sanderson dryly. _ ,It was sunset when the boy s set ouf-, for their c:ainp and aid fiothing. -"We have burned the huts and driven away your gang, with a warn_ing .not to return," Dick c;:ontinued. . -Still H.uady said .nothing. -: would give you a thrashing and send you away with a warning, as I did the rest, but you are the leader and must be made .a n example of." "How do you know I am?" with a snarl. "I know it, and that i s s ufficient . I shall give you up to General Gree ne, and he may do as he pleases." "So you have broken up the camp and scattered the gang, eh? You're a clever fellow, Slater." "And if you escape a hanging, you had better take my ad vice and leave this par t of the country at on ce." "I reckon I will," said Huddy, but Dick knew that he would not. CHAPTER V. AN EXCITING RIDE . General Greene fell back to Hobkirk's Hill the next day. Although he had more men than Rawdon, the latter was too strongly entrenched to fear an attack. Dick sent Huddy to Greene, with a . short account of the reputation the man bore. . The next day Greene heard that Watso n was approaching with five hundred men to join Rawdon. He at once sent his artillery toward Lynch's Creek and took a position to the east of Camden on the Charleston road. The Liber v Boys moved their camp something nearer to Hobkirk's HilL Then Dick set out in disguise and on an ordinary h orse to pick up information. N0.aring the inn where he had already had on e or two exciting adventures, he saw the girl near the back of the house. She beckoned to him, and he rode up to the fence as sl1e came forward. "General Greene has gone off on a wild goose chase," she sa'd. "Is that so?" Dick asked. "Yes. Watson i s not coming." "How did you hear this?" "From the redcoats." "The general must know this. You are a good girl to keep your eye s and ears . open, as you do." "It is for the cause," simp ly. "Yes; but many who are as earnest are not so clever." "It i s all I can do." "What is your name?" asked Dick: "The Liberty Boy know of you, but do no t know you1 name." "My name is Worthy MacLean." "You are of Scotch de scent?" "Yes." "You are well named," with a smile. "You have certainly proved yourself worthy of our admiration." "I have a s ister Charity and one named Prudence," simply. "The quaint names run in our family." "I have no doubt that your sisters live up to their names as much as you do," smiling. " I must go 01 I shall be mi ss ed," the girl said shor tly. "Get word to the general as soon as possible." "I will," and Dick xode away. "She is a good friend tothe cause," was his thought, "and I trust that no harm may befall her." Bearing off to the eastward, he was passing a thick clump of trees at the side of the road, when he noticed a sus. picious movement among them. In an instant he had whinned out a brace of pistols. "Who is he called. "What do you want?" He hea1d a sharp click, and at once urged l1is horse for-ward. Almost on the instant a bullet whizzed past hi s head. Crack! ,, H e fired a shot at the t rees, turning as he rode. There was an answe1ing yell and then some shots . They passe d dangerously near to him, nut he was not hit. "Some of the Tories, perhaps," he mut tered. "They may have known mE! or they may not." Looking back. in a few moments, he saw two or three men come into the road, leading hoTSes; Mounting has tily, they rode after him. In a short time he saw that they were mounted than himself. "They have sto l en -their horses," Dick thought. "These are not ordinary Carolina animals." He urged his hol'Se on at a gall op . On came his pursuers, goaining rapidly. Then two or three shots iang out. Dick felt his horse stumble. He was out of the saua.e like a fl.ash. A moment l ater and he wou l d have received a bad fall. Then he dove into the woods at one side . On came the men, evil-looking felJ n ws, and halted. "Look for the rebel!" cried one. "He must not escape!" Then they dismounted. Leaving their horses untethered in the rough road, they began their search. Dick saw them coming. Creeping almost no1se1es sly along, he made his way gradually toward the road. The men did not come on a close line, but a yard or two apart, and sometimes more. Lying fiat on hi s face behind a bus h, the men pass ed him, one on each side. . I Then he wormed his way along rapidly r.nd without noise. "Hello! Do you see the rebel?" "No, but he's here somewhere." "Hear anything?" "No; not yet." "Then he must be hiding. Ke e p a s harp lockou t for him." "All right."


0 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEAT H L INE. The men were circling about the spot, closing in upon the spot where Dick had been. Dick was now outside the line . He became le ss cautious, and presently arose and dashed toward the road. The horses were there still. In a twinkling he picked out the best and jumped upon his back. Seizing the bridles of the others, he suddenly shot off down the road. Instantly a loud outcry arose. "Hi! Hi! There's the young rebel now!" "By George! He's got our horses!" "Here! Come back, you pesky, young rebel" Bang-bang! Crack-crack-crack! Muskets rattled and pistols cracked and bullets whistled and sang among the trees. "After the rebel! Don't let him get away!" "Shoot the saucy rebel!" More shots were fired, now the bullets fell short. The men were on foot, while Dick was mounted and riding at good speed. He had proved more than a match for the 1ori es . They had considered him an easy capture. Now they saw their error. Dick Slater was one of the most resourceful boys who ever lived. . He a lways had his wits about him and was rea dy to take the greatest risks when there was any chance of success. He was not foolhardy, but took any reasonable chance that offered. Speeding on, with the two led horses coming on behind him, he soon left the Tories far b e hind. He did not want the extra horses, but he did not want the Tories to get them yet. If he had been going to the camp direct he would have t aken them. . N ow th.ey would only be a hindrance, as it was impera tive for him to make as good time as he could. Riding on some little distance, he came upon a collec tion of log cabins forming a small settlement. At once a number of m e n came running out. "Hello! There's one of the horse thieves now!" "Hi, there! Stop, you y oung robber!" Dick halted. "What is the matter?" he asked. "Tl1e matter is," said one, "that you're riding of my horse, and I'd like t o know w re, e you P"Ot him?" "And one of them led horses is mine," sai d another "You're carrying on a regular business of it, seems me " added a thir d. ' "Are these your horses?" Dick asked. "That's mine you're riding. Come here, Bill!" The horse Dick rode went at once to the man whinny. ' "I can ten you where I !Jet the h o r s es," said Dick. "They were stolen by Jim Huddy s gang, were they not?" "That's just what they were, and if we catch the pesky Tory robber, we'll hane; him I" "He has been caught and is new with General Greene, unless he has been hanged." "I want to know!" "It's true, " said Dick. "And w ho mought you be?" "I am Dick Slater of the Liberty Boy s. Some of Ruddy's gang shot my horse and I ran away with thetrs." "Not that fine, black critter what you iide?" "No; I left him in the camp, as I was afraid he would be recognized." Dick then told hew he had secured the horses. The men were greatly interested in the recital. "Now I am going on to warn General Green," Dick said, "and I would very much li ke to borrow your hors e." "I'll let you have a better one yet, and a fresh one at that," said the owner. CHAPTER VI. IN A TIGHT PLACE. Reaching General Greene's camp, he reported what h e had heard. 'You can rely on this information being correct, General," h e added. "My informant is in a position to know just what is taking place." Greene knew that Dick was to be depended upon . Ile at once made preparations for returning to Hobkirk's Hill. He at the same time despatched a mes senger to Carrington to return with the artillery. ' !'he n, in a short time, another messenger arrived wi,th the information that the report of Watson's rumored ad vance was false. "I was right in relying upon your intelli g ence, Dick," said the general, with a smile. "I wo uld not have given it to you, sir, if I had n0t been certain that it was correct," said Di ck quietly . . "I know you would not, D i ck, and therefore I had no hesitation in acting upon it immediate ly." Huddy had escaped, Dick learned. He had been ordered to be hanged as a spy and had got away within an hour of the time set for t he execution of the sentence . "The fellow will be more wary after this," was Dick's thought; "but if he has learned anything he will probably report direct to Rawdon." . Dick returned to his own camp, without waiting to go on with Greene's force . Sending o n e of the Liberty Boys b ac k with the borrowed horse, he changed his camp, taking u p a position on Hobkirk's Hill, not far from the main army. Green e arrived in the afternoon, and at once took up his old tJOsition. Shortly after the general's arrival Dick set out for Cam den. He had been busy since morning, and in the saddle the greater part of that time. He seemed to be utterly tireless, howe ver, as the boys had often remarked . "There goes Dick again," said Bob to Ma r k. "Yes, and as if he had no t already ridden miles." "I believe he sleeps in the saddle, for he never seems to be weary." " H e works harder than any of the Libert y Boys, although we are always ready to do what is needed." "Well, there are n o lazy bones among u s , but Dick does more work than any of u s." "I think he suspects that Rawdon is up to some new move," suggested Marie "Very likely, and wants to learn what it is." "If any one can do so, he will." "Very hue." "If Rawdon knew that we had sent our a:rtillery away and that Surnte1 had not anived, he might attack u s ." "Yes, but ' he does not," was Bob's reply; "or, at any rate, Dick i s going to find out if he d oes or not." "And he is going right into the enemy's stronghold, one of the nerviest things ever heard of." "But not a new thing for Dick, by any means," with a laugh. Dick was speeding on his way. He wore a suit of iusty black, a scratch wig, tied with a knot of faded, black r ibbon; a cocked hat, &. bit of torn lace at his thioat, copper s hoe buckles and darned ho se. In appearance he looked like a lawyer, and no one would have taken him for the gallant captain of the Liberty Boys. He rode Major, but when within a short distance of the town hid him in a wo o d. The country hereabouts was thickly wooded, and it was pos s ible to ge t within a short distance of the town without being observed. "Approaching the outposts on foot, Dick was stopped by one o f the guard. "Well, sir?" sharply. "But .it is not," with a whine. "'Vhat is yo u r business?" "I h ave none,'' dolefu ll y . "Then what d o you want?" "Business, to speak truly." The officer of the g uard came eut, l ooked at Dick and said: "'Vho are you a n d what do you want so near t o the Mounted on a fresh horse, and an even better one he had been riding, Dick went on at a, dashing pace. than town?" l "Veril y, I w i sh t o enter it t o cons ul t with certain p ar-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. 7 ties as to obtaining their patronage. Truly there are wills to be indicted, transferences to be written and other legal business to be transacted, and I wish a share of it." _"Oh, you are a briefiess barrister, then?" with a laugh. "So it would seem, corning afoot instead of in my coach, wearing rusty habiliments in place of purple and fine l inen, and corning hungry instead of with full paunch." "And you are anxious for employment?" with a laugh. "Truly, I think I n1ight pick up something if I were al-, lowed to enter." . I "You are acquainted in .the town?" "Verily, I am. I know sundry poor widows anxious to get husbands and divers rich young blades desirous of starting a fine establishment, to say naught of J11en in want of Huddy turned pale and trembled. "Well, sir?" asked one. "I wish to invite yoti all to be my guests for the mo ment and drink me," said Huddy. The greater part of the company r egarded the man with looks of contempt and went on with their con versation. T11en Dick made a sign for him to get up. CHAPTER VIL BEFORE THE BATTLE. money, like mysel f, willing to effect a lo an." Huddy obeyed. "Where do you live?" "The assurance of the fellow!" said one, tossing his head. "Where the rental is the least." . "As i f we drank with every roisterer who came along!" "And your name?" s niffed another. "I am called Gregory Small, barristei:, councillor and at"There he goes with the pettifogger, the only uerson torney-at-law, Scrub Chambers, Camden-in-theWoo ds." who would drink with him." The officer laughed and continued: "Go out," said Dick in a low, tens e tone and a look which "You are not one of the scurvy crew beyond, whom we did not brook d isobed i ence . hope to presently rout out of their hiding places? You Huddy went out, Dick clo se at his side . are not a rebel, I suppose?" In the passage outside h.e suddenly opened the door of "Truly I am not, and no one who knows me would call the linen closet. me such." Pulling off his neckcloth, he stuffed it into Ruddy's mouth "You have seen none on your way hither?" and thrust him in the closet. "That have I, and hastened from them with all diligence . " Then he took his handkerchief and b ound the man's wrists With another laugh, the officer waved his hand and said: ti!!h t behind him. "In with you, then, but remember that if we find you 'In another moment he had closed and locked the door. a_re not what you pretend to be the rope will be your por-1 A!l that. . could do was to tion." Dick qmck1y leii; the tavern, seemg Ruddy's horse out-.. Your vigilance is to be c o mmended, sir," whined Dick, ' s ide . as he went on. He sprang into the saddle and rode away. At the inner line:e he said: . Entering a, he took off his '\.vig, slipped it in a pocket "I have h a d gracious permiss ion from the watchful guar-of hi s coat, which he turned i n s ide out, and then went on. dians beyond to enter and to transact s u ch business as. I His coat was now gray, and he look ed to be much younger may with my be s t endeavors a ttract to myself, being, as than before. you must know, a learned advocate and--" At the inner Jines nothing was said t o him. "Very good. Go on!" sharply. At the outpost the guard came forward. "'By George! He would talk forever," laughed another "Huddy," whispered Dick; "I am going to visit the enemy." soldier. . . . "Very ln the town Dick walked about for a time, attractmg little Once outside the town, Dick rode on as rapidly as the or no attention and addressing no one. horse would take him. Then seeinO' a tavern, which he knew to be a general re"That was a tight place to b e in," he muttered, "but I sort fo1'. he entered and took a seat b etween a door got out of it." and a window. ' It was nearly sunset when he reached the camp. There were several officers already in the place. Calling at the general's quarters, he related what he h a d They were nearly all dl'inking and and there learned. . . seemed to be very little or no earnest conversat10n. . "Do you thmk that Rawdon me"ans to attaclc us, Dick ?" Most of the talk was purely personal and of no .mterest. the general asked. In keeping with hh; impoverished appearance, Dick gave "I cannot t e ll. T;his may be only the officers' opinion." a very rnodest order and paid for it in coppers. "To be sure." • Where he sat he could look into the passage without and "What do you think, Dick?" asked Bob, when Diet told see the door of a linen close t , get a glimpse of the private his adventure. . bar and see the outer door. "I don't know. Rawdon may attack us and he may not." "What l heard the officer say is the only thing of im"Perhaps Greene will attack h im." portance I have heard." he thought, "and that may have "He might. In fact, I think he would if Sumter were been but idle boasting." here." Presently two officers entered and sat near him. While Dick and Bob were talking Patsy said to Carl: "The enemy has a larger force than our own," said one. "Come along wid yez, Cookyspiller, and help me get sup"Yes, but they will not attack us, entr enc'hed as we aie." per or the byes will have nothing to ate." "But will Rawdon attack them? It woul d be a bold "All righd. What you was had?" move." "Make the foire forst an' put on the kittle. Sure did "Something must be done . Provisions are running short; yez know that Dick wint away wid wan an' come back Watson is harried by the rebels Marion and Lee, and if wid two?" Greene a.".lly knew--" "Did you wanted dot oder horse for subber?" asked Carl, Some one scraped a chair on the sanded floor and took innocently. . a seat next to Dick. "Sure Oi do not. Oi wor just axin' y e z a que stion." The latter turned carelessly and saw Huddy. "Maybe he was doed somedings while he was been ouid." The man looked fix edly at Dick for a moment, and gave "It wud be the forst toime av he didn't." a sudden glance of recognition. Carl was making the fire and now he put on the kettle, He knew Dick's eyes, but nothing more. hanging it on a stick between two crotches. Those keen, blue-gray orbs, once seen, could never be for"Cookyspiller?" gotten. "Ya! What was it?" Huddy flushed, and then suddenly said in a loud tone: "Did yez fill the kittle?" "Gentlemen all, I wish to say--" "You don'd was told me to doed dot." Dick suddenly thrust his hand into the side pocket of "Go on wid yez to the shpring wid a bucket an' get some his coat. wather, thin. " In an instant the muzzle of a pistol was pressed against "All righd, I was went," and Carl picked up a Huddy's side. and set out. Then he gave the man a significant glance and moved He had just filled his bucket when a man .iumoed out of still closer to him. the bushes and said:


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. "Surrender, you rebel, or--" The Liberty Boys took a position with the van and opened Carl at once hurled the contents of the bucket in the fir e at once . man's face, knocking him over. The rattle of musketry, the cracking of pistols and the The n before the man could rise, Carl sat on his chest, cheering of the brave boys made a tremendous din. took his pistols, and cried: Gallantly the plucky boys stood their ground and poure:i "Hello, Batsy! Come here mit you!" . volley after volley upon the enemy. Patsy came running out of the camp, and cned as he Not a boy in a ll the troop would fall back t:n D:ck Slater came up: gave the word. "Phwat's the matther wid yez at all?" The Maryland, Virginia and Delav:are regiments, with "I was ein brisoner got, und I was s , e? . Dick took his boys : to their former camping : ground iind "It looks like it nov:,'' answered . Dick. . , , in the morning set out to reconnoi t re. "The Liberty Boys did not have him, at any rate. The defeat was unexpected to all, .but. was not di s "N o. You know, I told you that I would not trust thos e couraged, and was ready to fight again. .. fellows?" Advancing cautiously as far as the summit of Hobkirk's "I know you did." Hill he saw that Logtown was now a prison camp. "And no w they will tell Rawden ,_ ap they learned." The few houses were used as quarters for the officers , Fortunately, if this meant anychmg , Ca:i:rmgton had re-and in an enclo sure we r e t ents and huts for the prisoners. turned with the artillery in the garly mornmg. A certain space outs ide the group of huts and tents was It was a clear, warm morning and Greene and his officers allowed for the prisoners to exercise. were lei surely taking breakfast under some trees. Around this was a low wall of earth and turf and within Some of the soldiers were washing their clothes, and the a few feet of this a shallow ditch. horses of Colone l Washington's cavalry were U!J.Saddled. ' Beyond this ditch the prisoners were not allowerl to go. Dick Slater, hi s suspicions aroused upon o! the Sentries marched up and down on the outside of the wall. cape of the prisoners, had set off on • a reconno1termg tr!P If any one crossed the ditch he was fired upon. Apprehending that the en emy wo_uld approach by a CirIf he came too near he was. warned away. cuitou s route, he set off toward Pme Tree Creek, to the Dick, watching from among the branches of a tree over-east of Hobkirk's Hill . looking the place, saw a man fired upon who had slipped and He had ridden some little distance beyond the line of fallen in the ditch. picke t s, when he heard the steady tramp of men and of He was severely wounded, and it was no fault of the horses. redcoat on guard that he was not killed . "The enemy!" he muttered, and at once da s hed off to"That is the death line, then,'' was Dick's thought. "We ward the camp to give the alarm. must try and get beyond it." -.......There were many prisoners and a large force of officers CHAPTER VIII. and men to guard them. AFTER THE BATTLE. Descending from the tree, Dick returned to the camp and The American advance guard kept the British van in called a number of the Liberty Boys into his tent. clu:cli:. while Greene formed hi s army in line of battle. "There are a number of patriot prisoners at Logtown,"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. 9 he said, "guarded by brutal soldiers and herded together in a small space." "Can we release them?" a s ked Bob. "We must try. There is a death line drawn about the prison enclosure, which no one can pass." "Are there as many of the redcoats as there are of us?" asked Mark. "More, and Camden is not far away, whence reinforcements could speedily be sent." ;'Whatever is done must be done rapidly, then?" said Jack. "Yes; a bold dash and a rapid retreat." "Can one get very near to the place without di scovery?" asked Ben. "No, as the place is on the southeastern slope, where there are fewer trees." "We want to release the prisoners of Logtown," observed Harry Thurber. "Yes, and we must," was Dick's answer. "The Liberty Boys are ready to carry out any plan which you may suggest, Dick," said Bob. "I know you are, and we must give the matter our full con sideration." "Can a sudden das h be best made from the top of the hill or from one side?" asked Mark. "From one side, I believe, but we must 1001<: the ground over carefully and decide the point. lt may be that I am mi staken." . "Well, that doe s not often happen," laughed Bob, "and you are always ready to admit it." "I am as liable as any one to make mistakes,'' with a smile, "and I should be sorry to be so obstinate as to say I was not." "It's the fellows who will admit who make the fewest,'' said Jack simply. "Wise boy,'' laughed Mark. "But we must look over the ground, as Dick says, and decide which is the best point from which to make our dash." "That is what I wish,'' said Dick. "We must save the of Logtown," declared Bob. "We must, indeed!" the bo ys. ; It was aueed, therefore, that the Liberty Boys should remain in tf1e vicinity and save the prisoners before rejoi'fting the main body under General Greene. That same forenoon Dick disguised himself, took an ordhi'ary horse and rode off to the tavern where he ha• d seen ' might be redcoats prowling about, and ofl:e went • ., ,Nea,ring the tavern, he met a party of five or -six redcoats, in charge of a sergeant. they were mounted, but their horses were rather an in-ferior lot. ' Dick's horse, although only an ordinary animal, was bet-ter than one of those ridden by the enemy. The sergeant seemed to take this in at a glance. "Hello, boy!" he said. "Hello, yourself!" answered Dick. "How'll you swap horses?" "Don't want to swap." "But ours are soldiers' horses and y ours is only a farm beast." "What you want him for, if he's so or'nary?" "Oh, just for a change,'' with a laugh. "I don't want to change. I'm used to him and he's used to me." "Well, I want to change, so that's enough, so get down." "Won't do it!" "If you don't I'll shoot you!" "Tell you what I will do, Mister Redcoat," said Dick slowly. "What's that?" "I'll wrastle with you, best two in three, or fight you for three minutes to see who has the hoss." The sergeant laughed. He seemed to think that he had the best of the bargain. "Very well. I'll wrestle you for him,'' he said. "And there won't nobody touch the horse?" "No." "Then, come on!'' CHAPTER IX. DICK SLATER AND THE SERGEANT. The sergeant and Dick dismounted. Both stripped to their shirts and s to o d facing each other. The sergeant was taller and heavier than D ick, but not so well built. Dick's muscles were well knit, while the sergeant's were flabby here and there. .Keady?" said Dick. "Yes." Dick suddenly ran at the man, got a clinch, tripped him quickly, threw him on his back and pressed both shoulders to the ground, all in half a minute. The man was thoroughly astonished, as well as chagrined. "You can't do that again," he said, as 11e got up, Dick having arisen. "Ready?" "Yes ," and the sergeant watched Dick closely. Dick made a feint and then rushed in suddenly again, bore the man over backward, him self on top, and again pinned both shoulders to the ground. "You haven't learned how to wrastle yet,'' h e drawled as he got up. It's jus t a waste of time to wrastle with yer." "I'll bet my horse against yours that you can\ make it three running," he said. "Huh! I said two out o' three. You want to get my hoss for just one throw, if you get it. You're cute, aren't you?" I want that hors e and I'm going to have it!" snarled the sergeant. "Then let me see you get it,'' and Dick, who had put on his coat, suddenly leaped into the saddle. In an instant he was off like a shot. The sergeant firp.:i two shots at him, but one hit a' tree and the other flew wild. Dick did not return the fire. "It would be only a waste of powd e r and b a ll ," he said. "l don't want to hurt them. They d'.d not hurt m e." In a short time he arrived at the tave l'n. "What was the shooting about?" a s ked th<' landlord, c oming out. "Some redcoats wanted my hors e and shot at me b ecau se I wouldn't 2'ive it up." "Huh! Sergeant and four or five soldier s ?" "Yes." "A scurvy lot! They wanted trust, but didn't get it." "Many redcoats?" "Not as many as I had. They seeme d to be afraid of Greene's coming back." "Many Tories?" "Not so many, thank goodness! The Liberty Boy s drove away the worst of them." "The swamp outlaws?" "Yes." "Jim Huddy. too?" "Well, he's been around a little, but not so muc11." "Since the battle?" "Once--this morning. You know him?" "Oh, I know about him,'' careless ly, dismounting. He entered the inn, took his former seat and was pres-ently approached by Worthy. "I am sorry we lost the battle," she said. "Yes; it was totally unexpected." "My brother was made a prisoner. They have. taken him to Logtown." "And we are going to try and save the prisoners there." "Good! 1 hope you will." Then she saw Dick glance suddenly out of the window . "Redcoats!" the girl said. "Do they know you?" "Yes; I have just had a bout with one of them." "You can't have it,'' Dick presently heard the landlord say outside. "I'm going to, then! It belongs to a young r ebe l, and I'm going to seize it!" "They are talking of my horse,'' said Dick. "This is neutral ground, and you can't s eize anything,'' the landlord said. "There isn't any neutla l ground, and I'm going to seize the horse and the young rebel, too, if he's here I"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT Til-E DEATH LINE. Dick looked out of the window, a pistol in each hand, and said: "If you men are wise you will leave at once." Then, turning his head, as if addressing some one, he said: "Now then, boys, iiurround these follows!" The sergeant and hi s men sprang upon their horses and dashed off in the direction they h a d come. Dick fired three or four rapid s hots in the air to frighten them. I had that effect, and in a few moments not one of them was to be see n. The landlord laughed outright, as he saw the r edc oats going off at full s peed. "I will see about releasing your brother and the other prisoners as soon as I possibly can,'' observed Dick, turning to Worthy. As there was no longer any need of remaining in the neighborhood, Dick mounted hi s horse and r ode off. H e watched the road carefully, but had no occ asion to make a detour, and at length reached the camp, shortly be-fore noon. . "There are redcoats about," h e said to Bob, when he went in. "Many of them?" "l saw half a dozen." "That is not enough to cause us any alarm." "Not if there are no more than that," with a smile. "They came qut from Camden, I supp ose?" "Or from Lo gtown , perhaps. They :inay have suspected what w e were about and have come out to inv!stigate." "Then they may keep a s t ricter watch upon the prisoners." "Yes. The girl's brother is a prisoner, with the .rest, and I said that we wou ld try and rescue him as soon as we could." flick then told of his adventure with the sergeant. "The fellow was angry at having been so easily over come,'' laughed Bob. "Yes, and he suspected that I was not an ordinary boy after that." "We had better taken a full observation of the prison camp, I suppose?" observed Bob. "Yes, so as to know just at what point it will be best to make our advance." "You will take a party, of course?" "A small one-yes." After dinner Dick, Bob, Mark and two or three more boys set out to look over the gro und. Dick set out toward Pine Tree Creek a lone, B c b taking Ben and Sam around to the top of the hill, and Mark, Jack and Harry Thurber advancing from the west. Nearing a bimd of the creek, Dick heard voices. He dismounted and left Major under the trees. Then he advanced cautiously. There were men at hand, and they were enjoying themse lv e s greatly. Dick hear d the splashing of water, l a ughter and goodnatured chaffing. Advancing further, he peered through the bushes. Before him was a small, open bathed in suh li1.?ht. -The se,rgeant and his men were swimming and di sportlng them, ; elves in the creek. . Their clothes lay in three or four orderly piles on the bank. Not far away their horses were tethered and i ndustri011sly cropping the short grass. The men evidently had no notion that there was an enemy within miles. They we r e too near to their own camp to make this pos sib le, they seemed ' to think. "One would not thin1< that there was a patriot anywhere within forty miles,'' laughed Dick. Then he stepped out and walked toward the piles of clothes. He had reached them before he was di scover e d , the red-coats bein g so busy with their fun. Then the redcoats began to scramble toward the bank. Dick picked up the sergeant's pis t ols. "Better stay where you are!" he said, pointing the weap ons. "Catch the rebel!" stormed the se1geant . Dick put the sergeant's pistols in his b elt and picked up two more. "Get back there!" he said, aiming at two of the redcoats. They immediaely ducked out of sight. Dick slung three or four pistol belts over his shoulders. "Take the rebel, I say!" the sergeant thundered. Dick now • took aim at the officer himself. The valorous sergeant fell back into the water with a splash . . CHAPTER X. ADVENTURES WITH THE REDCOATS. "Keep away!" said Dick in threatening tones to two of the redcoats who were advancing toward the bank, a little to one side of him. "But you mustn't take our pistol s , you know?" sputtered one. "Oh! Mustn't I?" and Dick help e d himself to the remaining pistols and to three or four hangers, or short swords. He was fail'ly well load ed now, although he could ha\ e taken more. "Here! Stop that, you young rebel!" bl"Ustered the ser-geant, coming up. "Couldn't think of it," with most provoking coolness. "Seize that fellow, I say!" roared the sergeant. Two o f the men set off upstream, to come ashore around the bend. "Get out into the deep water!" ordered Dick. "Hun y, now, or I will pepper you fellows so that you will remem ber." In a moment they were all five or six yards from shore. "Are you from Logtown?" Dick asked. "Yes. , we are, and we are going to have you young rebel.> there before long." "How many prisoners have you?" "Two or three hundred,'' boastingly. "You might as well tell the truth," said Dick, taking aim at the sergeant. ' "Forty then, but we are going to have all y c u young rebels there before long." "How large is your own force?" "Five hundred." "To guard fo1'ty prisoners? I know beher than that." "Find out how many the1e are," .snapping ly. "Tell me,'' said Dick, taking aim at the sergeant. "Eight-score!" snapped the fellow, ducking out of sight. "Is that right?" asked Dick of the men. "No; it's a scor e or two too many," growled one; "but, I say, old ch ap, Jet us out of here, won't you? It's getting cold." "All right," said Dick, and, loosening the horse;;;, he gave each a resounding slap on the flank and sent them all s1;ampering away into the woods. " Here! Come b ack!" yelled the men, but the horses went on. "Excuse my making you so m'uch trouble," laughed D ick "but I m ust look out for myself, you know." ' Then he hurried away, got into the s addle and l'Ode off at good speed. The luckle ss redcoats came out o f the water and huniP

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. 11 his men will give the :l l arm and the enemy may be S\\'.arm-1 "I suppose not." ing out u p on us." The box was found to be locked, but it was no difficult As they rode away Dick told of his adventure with t he 'matter to pry open the licl. sergean t and his men, causing the boys to laugh hearti ly. I On top was laid a fine shawl of white thread, with a fringed "What did you learn, Bob?" he asked, when he had finedge. 1shed. Haising this, Dick saw a number of bags, containing coin, Bo b h a d gained about the same knowledge that Dick had. eviden t ly. "Did you find out which would be the best point from which Opening one or two, he found that they contained silver. to m a ke an advance?" asked Dick. One contained gold, but the rest held silver, with a small "No. The place i s pretty well guarded at all points." mixture of copper. "We will find tha t ou t later," observed Dick. Ther e were one or two pewter mugs, containing silver Then they rode on rapidly and at len gth reached the camp. coin s, two silve r candlesticks, a silver drinking cup and Mark and his two companions had,. meanwhile, app:oached some pieces of lace." the prison camp from the There was nothing to sho w to whom the box had be-They were all courageous boys, ready to take any chance. lon ged, however. Reaching the wo ods , from the farther side of which t hey "We have the word of these redcoats that it belon ged to could see the camp, they d ismounted. a patriot," said Dick, "but that is all." Tethering their horses they advan ce d cautiously. "Then we must try and find out who has been robbed Presently they heard sounds as of some one coming in the neighborhood," added Bob. through the woods. "The landlord at the tavern might tell us," declared Mark. "Sh!" whispered Mark. "Very lik ely," observed Dick . The three boy s crouched qehind trees. The box was clo sed and put in a safe place in Dick's tent. In a short time they saw three or four redcoats approach. It was well along in the afternoon now, and the boys d e"This is a good place," said one, who had a spade. termine d not to go out again that day. T w o of the others carried a box b etween them. The redcoats would be looking for them, no doubt, and "Yes, and later we can dig it up," said one, as they set it was just as well to keep them puzzled, Dick thought. the b ox down. At night the boys kept a strict watch, not knowing whether It seemed heavy and no doubt contained v aluables. enem ies might try to find their camp. "That will do. It w ill be better to bury it here than in .Jack Warren was walking up and down his beat on the the camp, where others may get hold 'Of i t ." edge of the camp . . :;we took it from the rebels, and we don't want to lo se Presently he heard cautious footsteps. it." . ,, "Who goes there?" he demanded . . No. mdeed. At the same moment he stepped behind a tree The man with the sp:;tde now began to dig. The footsteps cea sed. Then Mark gave a signal to the others. Jack waited and listened. In a moment a ll three boys leap ed forward. For some minutes no thing was heard. "Come on, Liberty Boys!" c r i ed Mark. "Down with the The n the footsteps came on again. redcoats!" . . "Who goes there'!" said Jack s harply. The man with the spade was thrown on his back in a The footsteps ceased. twinkling. "Answe r or I fire!" The two who had borne the box tried to se ize and go off There was no sound for five minutes all being dark and with it. s till. ' In a moment they weTe spinning. . "Is he there yet?" some one whispered. . The fourth man fled toward the prisoners' camp, sbout"I donno. I don't see or bear anything." mg: "That's the camp is it?" "Rebels! Rebels! Look out for the r ebe l s!" "I s uppose it i s ."' The man with the spade got up hastily and took to his "You are n ot sure?" heels. "No there are no fir es. " "Quick!" said Mark. "We mus t have this chest!" Suddenly the hooting of an owl was heard. Jack Harry se ized it and hurried through the Jack was signaling . woods with it. The boy s often communicated with each other in thi::. Reaching the horses, they put it on Mark's big gray. manner. Then Mark leaped _int o the . "What's that?" said one. The redcoats had discovered by this time that there were "Only an owl." only three of the . The sound was repeated. 11fo!e came hurrymg after the plucky fellow s , firmg and "There's another." shoutmg. . Then frogs croaked. Jack and Harry qmckly mounted and rode after M ark. The boy s knew that enemies were about. The redcoats were on foot, and the boy s thus had the ad-They were to surpri se them. vantage. . On e of the boys carelessly trod on a d r y twig. the road, the boy s fired a few shots to keep the It broke with a loud snap. enemy m check. . . . . . "Look out! Somebody's coming!" Mark went ahead, while Jack and Hairy covered his reHurried footsteps were then heard, and Jack imitated the treat. hootin g of an o wl again. There was a tremendous outcry from the camp, but the . boys rode on, soon leaving the r e dcoats well b ehind and "!?0b _up forced to give up the chase. Wllat is it, ack. . "Pr owler s trymg to find our camp. Tones, I think." CHAPTER XI. PROWLING ENEMIES. .. • , "You did not see them?" "No. Did you break that twig?" "That was me," said Ben, coming forward. "I am afraid I frightened them off . "There were only two of them, I guess ," said Jack. "They were looking for our c ar.1p ?" "It mus t have been ours, although they did not speak of us. "Did you know them, Jack?" Reaching the camp with the box, s omething after the return of Dick and the others, Mark reported what they had done. "I don't remember to have heard their voices before, but Dick. they spoke in whispers. " The box was taken to Dick's tent to be examnied. "They said it was taken from the patriots?" asked "Yes, only they called them 'rebels,' which we do laughed Mark. "Very true. You did not open it?" "No; there was no time." not," Dick Slater had been aroused, as Bob had, by Jack's signal. I He crept forward, passed the boys a little to one sidP and followed the two men when hurried away.


.12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LIN E. He could almost be said to see in the dark, his sight was so keen. . CHAPTER XII. All his senses were well trained and most acute, m fact. Hurrying on, with scarcely a sound, he suddenly heard THE PROWLERS FOOLED. the men pause. "Any one coming, Zack?" It was the darkest hour of the night. "I don't hear 'em, Tobe." The camp of the L iberty B oys was dark and silent. Dick stood motionless. Not a sound was to be heard. "Reckon they must have suspicioned us." Not a glimmer of light was s een. "Shonldn't wonder." It was a da1K, nu .. n,.1 m;;,IL, and not a star tw'nkled in the The men went on at an easy pace. sky . T1ick crept after them with noi se le ss tread. A si l e n ce a s of the grave broo ded over every thing. l'hat must have been the camp of the young rebels." The Liberty Boy s were on the ale rt, for all that everyit was, Tobe." thing was still. "It would be safe enough to tell Jim so?" There were no more pickets than u s ual, but all were en . "I donno. Jim Huddy wants t o be plumb sure of every-the watch. thing " The enemy might come from a different direction than he doe s, but I reckon that was the place." that where they were ex p ected. "There were no lights . " If Huddy were the guide, he would know many ways of "No; but they may have gone to s le ep." l eading the enemy to the camp. Jus t then another footstep was heard. • At every pomi: wl1ere an aLtac k could be made the vigiSome one was coming along the road with a lantern. lant boys were on the watch. "Hello!" said one of the men sof tly. N o t a sound would escape them, and they would know "Hello, yourself! That y ou , Zach?" in an instant if it were sus pic ious. "Yes, that you, Jim?" They wer e to u se a different code of signals in commu"Yes. Did you find it?" nicating with each other if the enemy came. The thT ee men stood together in the road. Huddy would suspect if owls were heard hooting or frogs Dick stoo d motionless behind a great syc amore. croaked. "I reckon we did. Anyhow, we was challenged and t hen There were many other sounds whic h w culd not excite s u ssomeb ody came up and we lighted ou t." picion and which could be heard to a Lmg distance. "We heard the greatest lot of hooting .and croaking The shrill piping of the tree toad, the notes of the though." whip-poor-will and the strident t ones of the cricket were all "Huh! That was them fellers signalling. Injuns do that, natural sounds and o f a far-carrying n 'lture. and I reckon they i;:ot it off of them." They were all heard at intervals, for all that it was so "H'm! I neve r thought of that." dark and still. "You've got to think of everything with them young Jack Warren had heard the approach of the spies. rebels." From a different point he now heard the steady tread of "Well, I reckon you're right." a considerable body of men. "Come on. We'll stir 'em up later. They'll be looking A tree toad had just piped. for us now." i Jack made the sound in a peculiar manner and one which "So they will. They'll be sorry they didn't go ahead with!' would not attract attention. Greene." Ben Spurlock, near to him, heard the two sounds and dis"Shouldn't wonder." tinguished between them. They went on, Dick seeing the gleam of the lantern fo r When next a tree toad piped he made. the sound as Jack some time. • had made it. "Rawdon's success has given these fellows fresh courBefore long the whole camp knew that the enemy was age," was Dick's thought, "and we will have more trouble proaching and from what directio n. . from them unless we infi'ict some heavy punishment upon Presently Dick came up to Jack. them." "Corning, Jack?" he asked. Dic k could have shot all three of the men from where "Yes." he stood. Dick listened a moment. He looked upon that as no less than murder, however. So they were. ,,, He was in no danger; the men not having discovered him. Then he stole away. They were his enemies , but he would give them a chance In a short time tiny points of light were seen here and for their live s , nevertheless. there in the swamp. They would have shot him down without warning, but Dick had lighted fires in the very worst part of the swamp, he could not do the same to them. 1 a part which few of the boys would have ventured into by "So they think to find us asleep?" he thought, as he day and none by night. went away. "Jim Huddy ought to know better than that." These lights looked like the glimmer of dying camp fires. Entering the camp, he went to Bob's tent and said: If any one ventured. too near them , however, they would "That was s ome of Ruddy's gang. They are cropping be in danger of boghole s , quicksands and tangles of briar up again." brush. "You followed them?" D ic k knew his way perfectly, however, and could venture "Yes, and I could have shot Huddy and at' once ridden here a t midnight or noonday w ith equal safety. t.he country of a rnisetable outlaw." The tramp of the approaching enemy sounded louder. "But you would not do that?" I Then it ceased for a few moments. "No, for then I would be as bad a s he is." "They have been led astray by the false lights," said Dick "Very true." I to Jack, having retuined as silently as he had gone away. "They are going to attack us later, probably in .the very The sound was heard again, and Dick knew that the dead o ' night." enemy had changed its direction. "They said so?" ' "They'll get into a nice mess if they keep on the way "Huddy o;aid as much." they are going," said Dick. "How many has he?" .. Huddy, at the head of a detachment of redcoats and Tories , "I don't know." was leading the way to Dick's camp. "As many a s we have, Dick, do you s uppose?" "There it isl" he said, catching sight of the twinkling "I have no means of knowing. They may bring a delights. tachment of redcoats." Then the enemy pressed forward. "Then we must be ready for them, Dick." Getting nearer to the deceiving fire s , Huddy said to the "So we will be." leader of the redcoats: "How do you supoose they found our camp?" "vVe'll go forward and surprise them and then you follow "Hu ddy knows the camp. Still, that will do them no us." good . " "Very good." "No. it will not." Huddy went on and made a sudden dash, firing a volley.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. 13 Then the Tories found themselves suddenly fbunder;ng Having settled in their new camp, Dick rode off to Hob in boghole s , in danger of quicksand, tod1 by briers and kirk's Hill and climbed one of the tallest trees. tangled in brush. He saw the camp, the death line, the hou ses and ever . "Confound it all! Where is the camp, anyhow?" the prisoners and guards most distinctly. "I don't believe there's any here." "We must get beyond the death line and save those poor "We've been following willy-wisps; there ain't no camp fe llow s," he said to hims elf. here at all." The camp was well guarded, but from hi s point of obserSome of the Tories got out of the tangle and stirred up vation he thought he saw a place where the line was weak. the fires . "Once let us reach that," J J e thought, "and we can break Their light showed them into what a terrible tangle they through. The trouble is to reach it, however." had plunged. De scending the tree, he got in the s addle and rode off toSome lost their horses, many were extricated only wit h the ward the inn. lo ss of their boots and pa1 t of their clothing, and some nar-He was in disguise, and so had little fear of detection. rowly escaped getting into the quicksands. Worthy knew him when he stopped, and, coming forwar d, "What sort of place is this you want us to g o into?" desrtd: mantled the redcoat leader. "You fooled the redcoats well this morning." "Those fires misled me. I thought we were right on top "How did you hear of it?" of the young rebel s." "There were some of them at the inn this morning and "It's my opinion you don't know where they are," in a they spoke of it." ' tone of contempt. "It was a great disappointment to them." "Some of the blame fellows have been here and lit these "They are going to send a detachment to drive you out." fire s just to lead me astray. " "They won't find us," with a laugh. "We have moved." "This is a fine time to find it out!" contemptuously. "Then you thought they might attack you again?" "You wouldn't have known where to go at all!" sputtered "I heard them say so, and I thought we would puzzle Huddy. them." "And you're worse than no guide whatever!" with a snort. "They call you a swamp rat, but say that they mean to "Find them yourself then! " with a snarl. hunt you out." "Start up the fires there. Don't you dare to address me "Easier said than done," laughed Dick; "but, tell me, do like that, yo u w1'tched outlaw, or I'll have y o u hanged in a you know of any patriots who h a ve b ee n robbed of a che " t twinkling!" of money by thE?' redcoats lately?" The fires were lighted, and sent a glow over the swamp "No." and lighted u p the deep recesses of the woods. "We recovere d such a chest from the enemy and are anxious They showed that the party had come to the worst part t o find an owner." of the swamp, one that they could never traverse. "No, I know of no one who has lost one. If I hear I And now the first gray streaks of the dawn bega n to b e w ill let you know." seen, and before long it would be daybreak. "Do s o." The Liberty Bo ys, wherever they were, would be ready Some one was approaching on horseback, Dick could hear. for them, and there could l>e no s urpri se . H e presently came in sight and proved to be Huddy. Even if Huddy found the right path now, it would be t o o Dick had already dismounted and now he quickly hurried late, for the L iberty Boy s wou l d fire upon them from trees Major out of sight and went on . and bushes and inflict a terrible punishment upn them. Huddy shortly entered, but did not recognize Dick, nor The boys remained silen t and gave no sign that tJ:ey were eve n suspect him. anywhere within hearing. H e talked loudly and boastingly and said: .As it grew lighter Huddy saw where he h a d gone astray "The rebels will have to hide thefr heads shortly, for we "That's Slater's work ," he said. . "He heard us coming intend to d r ive them out of the Carolinas." lighted those deceiving fir es. He's a clever boy and "Where ye going to drive 'em to?" asked Dick in a high I 'am willing to admit it." key, and with a simple look. "If you had not led us off on the wrongroad weeould "Drive them into the ocean, of cours e." have surprised the rebel s and driven them out of their "What state is that? Don't remember ever to have heerd camp," snarled the redcoat. of it. Anywheres near the old North State?" It galled him greatlv to admit or even think that one "No, you fool, it's water!" had gotten the best of him. . "Big river, is it? Bigger'n the crick?" "You couldn't have done anything of the sort!" snapped "Why, it's s o big that you can't see across it,_ and you Buddy. "T "e!ieve now that Slater knew we were coming can sail on it for weeks before you r each the other s ide." all the time." "Shucks! You can't make me believe any such lies as "You're a fool!" snapped the redcoat. I'll drive out these that," and there was a general laugh. young rebels yet and put them all in the prison pens at Log"I don't care if you don't. It's there all the same." town." : "Ever be'n onto it?" "Before y ou know it, my boaster," was Dick's thought, "No." "you will have no prisoners at Logtown." "Ever seen it?" Dick was near enough t o hear all the conversation. "No." ' ... I . No one suspected this, howeve:-. "Then how do you know?" The redcoats and Tories retreated as it grew lighter, and "Oh, a fellow told me." by sunrise were w ell on their \\ 'ay b ack to Logtown. "Mebbe the feller li ed . You can't believe everything you The Liberty Boys were very jubilant over the failure of hear these days." the intended surprise. "You're a fool!" "'\Ve're regular swamp foxes," laughed Bob, "and Jes no "I wouldn't beli eve that, neither," with a foolish little easy matter to drive us out." laugh. . . . . "Huddy is getting a better opinion of u s every day," added Then Dick arose and went out, wa1tmg m the passage m Bob; "but he might be cle \'erer than he is. Any one might a dark .corner. know that the fires w ould all be out at that time." Huddy remained a time, talking loudly , as before, but at "He was too eager and that was how he got fooled." last he arose and came unsteadily a long the passage. • "We'll foo l him wome yet,'! said Bob,. and the b oys all 'Then Dick suddenly sprang upon him. agreed with him. "Are yo u going to lead the enemy to our camp again toCHAPTER XIII. HUDDY IN' TI-IE TOIL S. During the forenoon the Liberty Boys changed their camp to a wilder and more inaccessible part of the swamp and nearer t o Sanders' creek. They wished to make it still more puzzling for Hudd y and the boasting redcoats. and therefore every trace of their former camp was removed. day ? " Dick asked. Huddy was greatly surprised and tried to get away. Dick held him firmly. "Tell me!" he said, sternly. "No; they won't trust me." "Ent you know they are going to our camp?" Dick fixed his eyes steadil y on the man and fowced him to ' wsaner. "Yes, they are."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. "They will take the men from Logtown ? " "Yes." "Have they enough?" "Yes." "Some will be left to guard the prisoners?" "Yes.'' "How many?" "A hundred." "Ha:ve any tried to escape?" "Yes, and been shot.'' A few of the Liberty Boys were left in the camp, but Huddy did not know that any had gone. They all went away quietly, by threes and fours, taking their horses 'with them. Not half a dozen were left to gua1 d the camp, but it was enough. All wlio were going being out of the camp, Dick put h imself at the head and set off. They went around to the eastward, so as to approach the pr1 son camp on the side where it was weakest. Dick sent Bob ahead with the troop and climbed a tree. "You are coming with me, Hud!fv _ " "I won't!" fiercely. "You shall!" and Dick caught the man by the collar dragged him outdoors. F1om this he at length saw a number set out to attack his and camp, as they had promised. Huddy struck at Dick, but could not get in a blow. Dick took away his pistols and literally _dragged him to his horse. Drink had weakened the man, and he seemed to be but a child in Dick's grasp. Then the young captain's eyes seemed to fairly burn into him, and he could not get away from them. "What are you going to do with me, Slater?" he muttered. "Nothing. Keep you out of mischief, that is all." "Huh! You are a clever fellow, Slater." "Get on your horse,'' said Dick. "Don't try to get away. You don't want to be shot?" "Huh! I reckon not.'' One of the stablemen brought out Major and Dick quickly mounted. In a moment they were going up the road at an easy pace. They were riding alongside, Dick with a pistol in his hand. Huddy looked at him askance now and then. He had enough to do to steady himself on hi s horse, without trying to struggle with his captor. "You aren't going to hang me, Slater?" he at length asked. "Not this time," shortly. "I want to keep you out of mis chief." There was not a moment that Dick did not have his eyes on the man. If Huddy had tried to escape he would have had a bad fall, perhaps have "broken his neck. He seemed to know this, and made no attempt to get away. He trusted Dick and at the same time was under the boy's influence and unable to help himself. On they went, and presently turned off at an unexpected place. "You have changed your camp, Slate1?" "Yes.'' "To fool the redcoats?" "Yes.'' "You set those false fires last night?" "I did.'' "You fooled me and I know the swamps." "I expected to do so." "You knew we were coming?" "Yes, I saw the men you sent ahead." "That was the time they heard the owls?" "Yes, and I heard yo u t ell them they were our signals." "You did?" "Yes; you had a lantern and met them." They were riding more slowly now, being in the swamp. "You were there?" in surprise. "Yes, and could have shot the three of you.'' ;,Why didn't you?'" I am not a murderer,'' shortly. "Then you knew we were coming?" "Yes, and heard your quarrel with the redcoats after your failure to find us.'' "Huh! I always admitted you were clever." Dick whistled. Half a dozen of the Liberty Bo ys appeared in a moment. "Take this man and put him under guard," he said, and it was done . CHAPTER XIV. THE RAID ON THE PRISON CAMP. Huddy was bound and left in a little shack in this camp. His arms were / bound behind him and a rope about his bodv was secured to a post. , Then he came down, sprang upon Major and rode away like the wind. He escaped the redcoats and joined Bob and the Liberty Boys in good time. Then they rode to the edge of the open ground bordering on the prison camp at Logtown. Here they dismounted. They could see the prisoners in the enclosure and see the picket s outside the death line. "Now, then, bo ys , quickly and silently," Dick said. Crouching on the ground, the boy s advanced rapidly. They were close to the mound of earth before they were discovered. Then they arose and leaped forward. The pickets fled, giving the alarm. Then the brave boys cheered. The prisoners heard them and pressed forward to the edge of the enclosure. " Now, then, boys!" cried Dick. They boys pressed forward and leaped over the low wall. The redcoats began to rally to beat back the daring youths, some of them firing. "Forward!" said Dick. "Make a stand at the death l in e." On ran the brave boys. "Fire!" shouted Dick. The brave boys advanced to the death line. A tremendous volley rang out. The prisoners came dashing from the enclosure, with a cheer. Then they made a rush for freedom, the redcoats being powerless to stop them. They fired a volley at the boys, but it was answered with terrible effect. Then they fired at the prisoners, but the latter escaped. The smoke hung about in clouds for a time, and, taking advantage of it, the prisoners quickly joined the brave boys. "Away with you!" said Dick. "You will find horses. Show the way, Ben!" Extra horses had been brought for the prisoners, and now Ben Spurlock hurried off, leading the way. The others poured volley after volley upon the redcoats. Then they made a sudden dash beyond the death line. In a mom ent they were tearing down and settinir on fire the tents and shacks where the prisoners had been herded. They were filthy and not fit habitations for any one. In a short time they were being consumed by the flames. Then the gallant lads rushed upon the houses occupied by the officers. There was no withstanding the attack. Torches were quickly applied, and before long the houses were all ablaze. The redcoats fled toward Camden to summon aid. Having completed their task, however, the daring fellows set off toward their camp. The prisoners they had saved went with them. They heard the other detachment of redcoats returning after their fruitless exped i tion. They avoided them, however, and went back to the camp. Huddy was greatly astonished to see them return, not knowing that they had gone. He had seen boy s walking about and had not noticed any change in the camp. "'Whe1e have y ou been?" he asked Harry Thurber, as the latter passed his shack. , "Saving the prisoners of Logtown," the reply. "All of you?" "All but five or six. They will go on our next expedition." "And you saved the prisoners?" "Yes; there they are now."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. 15 The prisoners rode by at this moment to find quarters in He knew the man by his resemblance to the girl. the camp. "Your sister Worthy, at the tavern, has done us great The sick and wounded were attended to, and good, clean service, Mr. MacLean," he said. quarte1s were provided for all. "Worthy is a good girl and a true patriot." They were most grateful to Dick and the Liberty Boys for "Indeed she is!" their rescue and could not thank him enough. "I don't like to have her out at service, but I have not Patsy and hi s assistants got to work at once preparing been able to make a home for her." light but nourishing food for the m . ''I suppose not." They had been insufficiently fed, had not been allowed to I "And then her sisters are both married and have all they k eep their quarters clean, had been brutally treated by offican do to look out for themselves." cers and guards alike and many had been shot dOWll wan"Worthy has a home, gives good service, and is respected." tonly by their brutal jailers. "Yes , but she s hould be with me." Many were ill, but Dick gave them the best of care, and "Some day s h e may have a husband of her own," with a there was every hope that would soo n be strong and well s mile. again. 1 "Yes ; but there is time enough for that." "Sure it's a shame to trate anny wan loike that," said "Where will you i::-o when you are well e nough?" asked Patsy. Dick. "Ya und you would t'ought dose Pritishers was Hessians "I will join General Greene , wherever he is." been alretty," answered Carl. "Very good." "Sure Oi'd niver trate the Britishers loike that, an' O i have Many of the prisoners said the same and a number were no l ove for thim, aither." ready to leave at once. "Nor me, neider; but I don'd could doed dot." Thes e were stronger and abler than the rest. "It won't do thim anny good in the ind, my bye." Dick said that they had better remain till morning at "I belief you, Batsy." least, and they agreed to do so. "Phwi n we've thrun thim out av the counthry, they'll be Toward evening Dick rode to Hobkirk's Hill. foindin' out phwy we don ' t want thim, Cookyspiiler." The buildings at Logtown lately occ upi ed by the British "Off dey don'd was found it ouid efore dot, dey don'd were in ruins. nefer was doed it, I bet me," answered Carl, philosophically. There was no sign of the enemy, and they had probably "Maybe they won't, " dryly. returned to Camden. "I was wanted to put ein patch on mein preeches. Was It was growing dark whe n .he set out on his return. you got some cloth?" He was rid;ng along a wood-border ed road, when he heard "Yis; vez'll fo ind an o w ld pair in me tint. Go an' h e lp voices. yourself." Dismounting, he led Major into the woods. "All righd," and away went Carl to get the material re-Then he waited. quired. In a short time two or three men came riding s lowly along. Later he came out with a fine new patch on his old "They drove the redcoats out of Logtown all right," said breeches, which qu ite put to shame the rest of the garment. one. "Where did yez get the patch, Cookyspiller?" asked Patsy. don't matter, 'cause Watson has got to Camd e n and "Vrom dot oldt pair off preeche s you was toldt me I could Rawdon's going after Greene . " h<'ld." " Still it was a pity we made a mess of it last night and Patsy ran hurriedly t h i s tent. didn't drive the young rebels out." In a few moments he came running out. "They're worse'n foxes." "Yez tuck the new breeches, bad cess to yez!" he shou ted , '.'.And what's become of Jim?" holding up a pair of almost new breeches. Donno." "Dot was der only ones," said Carl. " How I knowed dey "Is he going to join the redcoats?" was new?" "Donno." Then Patsy l ooked down at his own. "He hain't run away, has he?" "Oh, my! Oh, my! Oi have on the owld ones meself an' " I couldn't tell yer." . Oi forgot ivery worrud about it!" he wailed . "'Cause, if he hain't, there's a parcel of rebels in the dis"Dot was all righd, I was gif you ein oldt pair off mine trict what we can swoop down on and get something out of." alretty." "We'll havt! to do it quick, before these Liberty Boys hear "Sure, that'll be enough to make a whole s uit av clothes of it." wid." "We will." "Well, dot was all righd, don't it?" "Who are they?" "An' thin Oi'll luck loike a Dootchmon." "One is the husband of old Scotch , MacLean's daughter. "Gone ouid mid you. You was look lige a off you He's pooty well off ." was >vored dot Pritish uniform, I bet met." "Live near here?" "Sure I niver wud!" decidedly . "No t far." "For why dot was?" "Plenty of money?" "Becos Oi'd niver wear it." "Yes." "Humbug!" said Carl. "Then we'll get the boys together and make a haul." After the bound. CHAPTER XV. MISCHIEF INTENDEJti . return of the Liberty Boys Huddy w!s un-He was allowed to leave his shack and to walk about, but not to go out of the camp." "You thought I might escape and warn the redcoats, didn't you?" he said to Bob. "We were not taking any risks." "What are you going to do with me now?" "You will find out, all in good time." "Are you going to remain around here indefinitely?" "We will stay as long as we can be of any use," shortly. "You don't give much information," with a shrug. "None to enemies," shortly. Dick found Donald MacLean, Worthy's brother, among the rescued prisoners. "All right. Tell Jim about it and he'll fix it up." "Yes, like he done las t night," with a laugh. "Well, I reckon that was our fault, 'cause I believe the rebels was listening." ''And one of them is listening now," was Dick's thought. Then he crept away, having heard all that was necessary. Returning to Major, he mounted and rode away at a gallop. If Rawdon were going after Greene, it might be well for the Liberty Boys to join the latter. On the other hand, if Greene wanted the L i berty Boys he would send for them, being not so far distant. Then these marauding Tories would be punished and dis persed. On the whole, Dick thought best to remain in the neigh borhood for the time. He had not been able to find the owner of the chest taken from the redcoats, and he had not wholly d ispersed the Tories, although he had destroyed one of their camps. Reaching his own camp, he went to Huddy's shac k and found the red-bearded man sitting at the entrance. "Your friends Zach aud Tobe are looking for you, Huddy," said Dick.


• 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE DEATH LINE. "You did not tell them where I was, I suppose?" I Bob remained beh'nd to look after the camn, while Mark "No, but they want you to lead a maraud they are going went with Dick. on." Dick dismounted and we n t to the front door. "You couldn't spare me, of course?" with an odd sort of A loud knock brought a man to the window. laugh. "What want ye at this time o' nicht ?" he demanded with . a "No, and yo'u won't get the blame of this one, at any strong accent. "Gang awa' an' let honest folk seek their rate. " beds." "Where are thev goin"' ?" "I come on an honest errand, Mr. McTavish," sa'd Dick. "Do you know old Sc;tch MacLean's daughter?" "An' hoo do ye know that I'm Mister McTavash, an' who "At the tavern, you mean?" be ye at a'?" "No, one of the married ones." "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, and I "Which?" come on an important errand. Show a light and you will "ls one well off?" see OUl' uniforms." "Ye s , but close . . He's a rebel, too." .., "I'll na show a lkht to have ye put a bullet in me," said "Where does he live?" the caut:ous Scot. Gang awa' an' no vix me." " Now you are asking me to betray the gang, Slater," "Show a light, boy s," said Dick. "The gentleman i s sus-muttered Huddy. p i cious of us." "You need not. The girl will tell me." • '' Your house is to b e attacked by Tories to-night, Mr. Mc"Yes, and I won't." Tavish, and we have c'ome to protect you." "There is no need." "So? Come in, lad. It's a braw company ye have, but I Dick then went away, saying to two or three of the boys: doot if I can get the m a' in, so come in as manny a' ye as "Keep an eye on Huddy, and don't let him escape." can." " All rght," they said. Mark, Jack, Ben, the two Hanys and three or four more Dick then rode off at full spee d to the inn. dismounted and went in with Dick. H e wore his uniform, but there were no redcoats about. MlS. McTav is h presen tl y entered, and Dick s aw at once As he sat down Worthy came over to him. her resemblance to Worthy. "One of your sisters is married to a rich man?" he said. ' ' Rob is suspicious,' ! she said to Dick, "but he has reason "Yes, Prudence, but he i s very near, as they s ay." to be." "He is well off, however?" "Say you so?" "Yes." "Yes, only a short time ago a number of British s oldiers "Does Jim Huddy know where she lives?" came and robbed us of considerable property." "Yes, it is not many miles from here." " Aye, an' they cam' in as saft spoken as ye please, an' "His gang is going to attack the house." then went awa' wi' a box o' siller, an' goold and siller can"Has he escaped?" dlesticks, an' such like braw things, an' ne'er said 'by your "No, but I overheard the plot." l eave' or annything." "They tell me the prisoners were saved." "Tell me,'' said Dick, "was there a white thread shawl on "Ye s , and your brother Donald will come and see you tothe top of the box and some piece s of lace?" morrow. He knows where your sister lives?" "Yes, there were,'' s aid Mrs. McTavish. -Yes." "The scoonclrels s aid i t wad s ave the j i ngle an' the shak1n' "I did not want to worry him, and I wished to tell you aboot,'' sputtered the angry Scot. the new s." "The n I have your property in my posse s sion, and have Dick learned the exact location of the house, and then rebeen looking for an own e r for some t'.me." tumed to the camp. "Ye hae the box wi' the siller an' goolcl an' a'?" "Huddy wants to see you, Dick,'' said Bob as he sought his "Yes, captured from the redcoats who stole it." tent. "Wee!, wee!, I'd ne'er think it, my lad." . . . 1 Dick went to the prisoner's shack, finding the man smok"Yes, and I asked Worthv about it, but she did not kncliw ing a short pipe wh : ch sent a glow over his face and made of any on e who had been robbed by Br' ti s h soldiers of . late . " hi s ied beard look brighter. "They were no' sogers, they were robbers, scoundrels!'1 , "I sup]Jose I ought to tell you, Slater,'' he s aid. "I wouldn't "We had not told any one,'' said the woman. "It seemed like to see McTavish's wife injured, though I care naught for no use ." ' '' him." "The box is in our _ camp, and I will bring it heie tonior" l know where the place is,'' shortly. "Donald M cLean row." . r would have told me, but I wanted to see Worthy." Dick.then told of how h e had heard of the inferide

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