The Liberty Boys at Four Hole Swamp, or, Cornered by a regiment

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The Liberty Boys at Four Hole Swamp, or, Cornered by a regiment
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Jj the redcoats were closing in upon Dick, expecting to capture him, he suddenly ran to the bank a.nd dove into the water. Down he went into deep water, but, to the dismay or the British, did not come up.


The Liherty Boys of W eekly -Subscription price. $8.110 per year; Canada, $4.00; F oreign, Frank Tousey, Publisher, f68 West 23d Street, New York, 'N. Y. Entered as Sec ond-Class Matter January 31, 1918, at the Post-O fllce at New York, N. Y .. under the Act of March S. 1879. NEW YORK, AUGUST 20, 1 9 20. Price 7 Cents. e Liberty Bo y s at F our-Hole S w a mp Or, CORNERED B Y A . REGIMENT By HARRY MOORE -CHAPTER I.-At thb Bend In the Road. r Two boys in backwoods garb were walking ong a winding country road near the Santee e r in South Carolina one pleasant afternoon Septembe• To the casual observer they would ve seemed like two ordinary boys of the region. o one accustomed to read character, however, e y would not have seemed at all like ordinary ys. They were not, in fact. The boy with rown hair and the blue-gray eye s was Dick a ter, captain of the Liberty Boys, a band of n g patriots fighting for American independ-e. His companion, who was also his closest 'end, was Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant t h e troop. The Liberty Boys were at that time encamped a swmnp on the Santee, a few miles away, tching the movements of the British. General reene was then in command of the patriot army th e South, and the Liberty Boys were acting der his orders. The enemy were reported as ing not far distant, and Dick and Bob were out onn oitering. A s the boys were walking leisurely along the d, they suddenly heard shouts and the sound f blows just ahead of them. "G ive it to the rebel I" they heard someone out. "That may be one of the Liberty Boys in dan r, B ob," said Dick. "Come on." Some of the boys were known to be out looking or the enemy, and one of these might have got to t r o uble. There were Tories in the nighbor-' and the sight of the Continental uniform to em was like the sight of a red dress to,_a bull. and Bob dashed around the bend in tne road came quickly in sight of an animated scene. sturdy looking boy with light hair and blue , and dressed in coarse home spun, stood with back against a tree, a stout stick in his hand. " o s i ng him were fully a dozen rough looking , m ost of whom were larger and stronger h e . Several of the crowd were nursing sore s or aching limbs , and the solitary boy ' st the tree seemed to have been giving a good account of himself. Many of the boy s " n g him carried heavy sticks, and t.hey no':v t

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FOUR-HOLE SWAMP They quickly reined in, saluted and dismounted, and then the boy on the big bay said: "There are redcoats so m e distance beyond Eutaw, Captain. They have halted." "In any large numbers, Lieutenant Morrison?" said Dick. "No, Captain, not as yet." "Why, you are Captain Dick Slater himself!" cried the Carolina boy, in great excitement. CHAPTER II.-In the Swamp. The four Liberty Boys all laughed at Rob HavUand's surprise, and Bob said\ "Yes, that is Captain Dick Slater, I am Firs t Lieutenant Bob Estabrook, and this is Second Lieutenant Mark Morrison." !'It is all right for you to know now, Rob, " said Dick, "for we can trust you." "Who is the other boy, is he an officer, too, sergeant or corporal, or something?" "No, I'm jus t Private Jack Warren," said the fourth boy, who was a dashy fellaw, of the same age as but younger than Dick and Bob . "But you ' ll find Private Jack Warren as fine a fellows as you will want to meet," said J.lilark, promptly. He and Jack were the closest of friends, as were Dick and Bob. "This is Rob Haviland, boys," said Dick. "He wants to join the Liberty Boys!' "Good!" cried Jack. "As far as I can see, he is just our sort." "Have you a horse, Rob?" asked Dick. "Yes, s i r, but it's half a mile away. I can walk . " ,.,. "You can ride with me, Rob, if you like," said Jack. "Dolly has carried two on her back more than once." "Go on to the camp and show Rob around, boy s," said Dick. "Bob and I will return later. " "Come on, then, Rob," said Jack. "Get up be hind." The three boys rode off and Dick and Bob went away in another direction. After riding some little distance the boys met five others in Continental uniform and well mounted. One rode a black horse with a white star in his forehead, another a pure white, the third a roan, and the other two a pair of well-matched sorrels. "Whom have you got there, Lieutenant?" asked the boy on the white horse. His name was Paul Howes, and his white horse, captured from the enemy, was called Captain, in honor of Dick. The boys on the sorrels were Harry Thurber and Harry Judson, great chums and brave fellows. The boy who rode the roan was Ben Spurlock, one of the jollies t and liveliest of the Liberty Boys. Mark introduced them all, saying in conclusion: "The black with the white star in his forehead Is Sachem, and that is Sid Carhart riding him. This is Rob Haviland, boys. He wants to be one of us." "Looks like a smart chap," said Harry Thurber to his chum. "If he were not you wouldn't catch Jack War ren letting him ride on the mare," said Ben. "You an' me must've been cut off the same piece," laughed the boy on the black, " b ein' sandy comp l ected." "Are you a Southern boy?" asked Rob. "Yes. I'm from South Carolina, near the no ern line. Paul is a Virginian, and you'll Georgia, Carolina and even Florida boys a us." They all rode on to the camp now, and they reached it Rob said: "Oh, I know this place. It is Four Swamp." "Why do they call it that?" asked Mark. "I'll show you," said Rob . Wal king along a sluggish stream which through the swamp, he presently paused. "You see the water bubbling up there, d you?" he asked. "Yes, there's a spring there, I suppose," Mark. " Yes, there is, and farther on there's anot Pretty deep there, isn't it?" "Yes, it seems to be." Passing along a few yards, Rob picked stone and threw it into the water. "How's that?" he asked. "Shallow and a lot of mud b elow it." "Wait here, some of you." The two Harrys, Mark and Jack waited. P Sid and Ben went on with Rob. At a distance a hundred feet from the spring the latter pau and took off his clothes. There was anot place here where the water bubbled up, but not as lively a fashion as at the first. "It's deeper here," the new boy said. Then he suddenly dove almost straight do into the water. He disappeared, but when boys w ere looking for him to come up he fail to dg so. " Do you suppose he hit his head on anything asked Paul Howes, anxiously. "I reckon he's all right," replied Sid Carha "I'in afraid he has stuck in the mud," s Ben, who seemed greatly worried. Just then there was a shout from below. Sid ran back and saw Rob Haviland swim ashore from the spring hole they had seen. " My word, boy," laughed Jack, "you did swim through that mud, did you?" Rob climbed up the bank, Jack giving him hand. "Doesn't look like it, eh?" he asked, getting breath. ' "No, you're as clean as a whistle." "Dia you swim from the other hole?" ask S idney. "Yes." "Under ground?" 'Under ground part of the way," with a !au "I couldn't stay under as long as that, even I found the hole." "Neither could I, going up. The stream against you. I can swim from the other ho! though, either way." "There are four of them?" asked Mark. " Yes. The other two are farther on, and p bably it is the same stream that feeds them a "There is the same appearance at Eu Springs," said Mark, "but I never heard of one swimming underground from one spring the other." -"No, I reckon tht:y don't," with a smile.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FOUR HOLE SW AMP -Then this is why this place is called Four e Swamp, is it?" Yes, and it's a good place for a camp, except tit's pretty well known." y had been walking back to where Rob had his clothes, and he now put them on. "There's an underground stream there, is ?" asked Ben. "Yes, and it's plenty big enough for two boys swim through. I'll take you through it, some "No, thank you," laughed Ben . "I'll go through with you, Rob," said Jack, "All right, but you've got to hold your breath." "Oh, I can do that, but Bob will go through d have breath left. He's a wonder that way." "Dick will want to know that place," said rk, "if hedoes not already." The boys made Rob welcome, and they ran, e, wrestl ed, fired at a mark with pistol and usket, and did other things, apparently with Jy the idea of amusing themselves. There was another purpose, hawever. All this was to test Rob's abilities, and the boys were 11ell satisfied. "He is not as good as the best," said Mark, "but e is better than some." e "You can call him an all-around good fellow," 1h declared Jack. "Did you notice how Sir Carhart 1 takes to him?" t "Yes, and Sid is a thoroughly reliable boy." "We'll have a good report to give to Dick when h e returns," declared Ben. "And if Rcib!s mother is willing, there is no reason why he should not be one of us." Dick said the same thing when he returned and heard the boys' report. CHAPTER III.-Dick In Danger. account of their being short breathed like Sidney Car!Jart. The Libt;rty Boys were glad to see Rob and made him welcome. Dick went off b y . as he often did, going outside the camp and sitting on . a stump not far from the hole where Rob had appeared after diving into the water. The air was mild and balmy, the place was quiet and secluded and Dick had abundant chance for meditation. He was absorbed in his having no idea of ltny danger, when a susp1Cious sound caught his ear. Somebody had said in a hoarse whisper: "There's the rebel now, but he's got on his uniform." A whisper will always carry farther than a, low tone, and all was still here in the woods. Dick glanced up quickly and saw a ing boy scurrying away among the trees. It was one of the crowd from whom he and Bob had de!ended Rob Haviland that morning. Rob had said that the .Tory boys lmew of this place so that was nothmg. In a moment, however, Dick saw a of redcoats approaching from diff erent pomts. They were coming on rapidly and there seemed to be no chance of escape. one side was the and. on the other the woods, the redcoats commg on m the form of a half cir cle. To the redcoats, who now hurried forward it as if .there. were no escl!-pe for the yotlng patriot. Seemg his danger, Dick sprang to his feet. "Surrende:i:, you young rebel," cried an officer, drawing his sword. "Capture the young rascal. Forward!" As the redcoats were closing in u:gpn Dick ex pecting to capt_ure him, he suddenly ran to' the bank and dove mto the water. Down he went in to deep water, but, to the dismay of the British, did cpme They expected to see him appear agam m a mmute or two, and spread out along the bank to intercept him as he landed. Two minutes passed and he had not been seen. Then Rob Haviland told Dick about the four holes , moi:e and still there was no sign of and pointed the:m out. him. Six mmutes after he had dived into the "I never knew the place was called Four Hole water he had not come up. Swamp," said Dick, "although I have been here "The young villain dove into the mud and has b efore." been drowned," cried one. "Everybody doesn't call it that," said Rob. "It "He could not stay under water as long as that. h as other names." where could he have gone?" _ "It might b e very handy to know about," said "We shoul d be able to see him if he came up. Dick as he went on to the camp with Rob. He must }

THE LIBERTY B OYS AT F OUR HOLE S WAM P "I've seed boys swim from one ter t'other, but I u eve r dast ter do it myself. " " W h y did n't you tell us of that before, you fo ol?" thundered the officer. It seemed impossible for him to address anyone w itho u t giving a certain amount of abuse. " 'Cau::.e I didn't think of it, that's why, an' if y e don't stop bein' sassy, I won't show yer noth ln ' !" The officer realized that it would be more poli t i c to save his abuse until the camp was found, a n d said nothing. The two boys hurried on into t h e swamp, the redcoats following at a steady tramp. Presently the white tents of the camp coul d be seen through the trees. "There are the rascally young rebels now," cri ed the officer. "Forward and we can capture the w h o l e wretched lot of them." The redcoats pushed on confident of sweeping thro u g h the c a mp and capturing the boys,, baggage a n d everything. Then the path sudde:i l y narrowed down so that not more than six coul d walk abreast. . And at t h e other e n d of the narr ow path were the Liberty Boys, waiting for them. C HAPTER IV. -ln a Trap. When Dic k dove into the hole in the swamp he went straight to the bottom, quickly found the passage u nder the marl a n d swam against the current to the other opening. He came up, screened fro m observation by i ntervening stumps t r ees a n d thickets, and swam to shore. E ve n if t h e redcoats had been looking his way, they w o uld not have seen him. They were look ing alo n g t h e water and he was not there. He hurrie d t o the camp in his wet clothes and soggy boots , s u r p r i si n g everyone by his sudden appear ance i n that c o n dition. " R edc o a t s ! " he cried, sitting on a stump and pulling off h is boots. . • " Li e utenant Morrison, send a body of Liberty Boys t o defe n d the chief road into the swamp," s a i d Bob. With no n oise or confusion, Mark hurried off with thirty of the boys, mounted and armed, to d efe n d the path. " H ow did they find the place, Dick?" asked B o b. "Brought here by some of those Tory bullies we thrashed this morning." "H'm! who told them we were here?" " I don't know," simply. Dic k h urri ed o u t of his wet outer gQrments and then ran in to his tent, close hand. "Send a party to the other road, Bob," he said. "We m ust look out that we are not cornered." " A ll righ t , Dic k ," and Bob gave a few short, s harp orde r s . A d o zen boys were quickly sent off on their hors es to wat c h the other path. Before long t h e s t e a dy tramp of a large body of men could be heard, and at length the glimmer of scarlet uniforms and t he glint of brass and steel could be s een. Rob H aviland, Sid Carhart, the. tv;o Harrys and Jac k W a'rren stood noa r Dic k I'! tent Rob had s aid nothing all this ti m e but was a tro ubl ed look upo n his face. When Dick entered h i s tent Jack Warren, w ho was universally liked, went to Rob, shoulder a n d said: •Y, p u t a hand O \ a "Something is troubling you, Rob." 'Y l o "Yes," the bor aswered, with an effort. "What is it?' .r s "Does the captain think I told those 'd sneaks that the camp was here?" "I "I don't believe he does," in a quiet, rea& . ing tone. , "I told him that they knew of this place." "Well, [ suppose they do. A good many J,, sons know of it." "Do you think-I don't want to but---" _;, "You don't need to ask it, Rob," sairl Sid.1 Carhart. "Jack doesn't think you told those(, lows . " . -"But doesn't it look bad for me, Sid?" in' E anxious tone. "How does it?" "I go away am gone a couple of hours, I p enough for o n e to ride to the redcoat camp 1 ; back, and then they come here.'' "You don't know where the redcoat army c is." "Somewhere near Eutaw. I heard Lieute Morrison say so." "Well I do n't believe you told the Tories, I know Jack doesn't, and I don ' t b e l ieve here does." "But, Sid, who else c ould have told them?" "A lot of fellows, R ob," s a i d D i ck, coming of his tent. "You may h a v e been followe d some of these b.oys, and they, seei n g our ca hurried off to tell t h e redcoats." Rob seemed greatly rel ieved a t this statem and the cloud left h i s face. "I don't think you so ld u s out, Rob," Dick there isn't a b oy her e who does, it did loo k bad for m e , Captain?" "Not in the eyes of any fair-minded boy, Ri We are all of us accustomed to reading ch an ter, and we could not think that of you." "I am glad of that. I don't see how they c o have followed me, for I am always on the 10< out for them. " "You were in high spirits, probably thinki of nothing but the Liberty Boys, and did no t tice anything else.'' "They knew that you were a patriot, that had been with us, and that no doubt you w come to our camp," said Jack. "And then, seei n ' you come out o' the sw and reckonin' that you must have had some b ness here, they just followed an' saw us," Sid. . Just then :Paul Howes came up on his horse. "We hold the path in front, Captain," h e sa1uting, "and there is not another within h mile.'' "Are the redcoats massed before this p " Some of them have gone off to the wes cretcly, they think, but some of o u r boy s been watchin g them.'' "Send a party off to watch the other Bo b ," said Dick. "May I go, Captain?" asked Rob. just w here it is."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FOUR-HOLE SWAMP 5 may go as guide. Are you ready oath?" Captain," firmly . :viland was thereupon sworn in as one tlberty Boys, a nd , springing upon his off with Jack, Sid, the two Harrys zen others . Tory bullie s have somehow discovered ce here , Bob," said Dick , "an d they ught the redcoats." may not h ave followed Rob Haviland at ps not , although I think it likely that Jaave." no one would suspect him after a good iltillm." o one who understands boys , certainly, " reDick. now sprang upon Major, a magnificent black which he rode, and dashed from one of the camp to another. He quickly de ed more boys to help Mark, the redcoats signs of coming forward. A rapid ere and there showed him that men had despatched to other points to try and find er way into the swamp. As soon as this accomplished, the main body would press , expecting to place the boys between fires. There was an evident reluctance to e the dangers of the narrow path with the y Boys pre senting a firm front at the far end. It would b e equally hazardous for the rty Boys to attempt to force the path, and y remained on the defensive . At length one the boys sent by . Bob to examine the rear returned. "There are redcoats in the rear," he said, ''but e are enough of us to hold them in check." Have they a large force?" "No, but the path is narrow and dangerous, swamp is full at that point and only a few advance at a time." ey can prevent our leaving a s well as we keep them out?" l'Yes, Captain." Later Rob came riding back and reported to Q .. They reached the path soon after we d id. k H

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