The Liberty Boys thrashing Tarleton, or, Getting even with a cruel foe


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The Liberty Boys thrashing Tarleton, or, Getting even with a cruel foe

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The Liberty Boys thrashing Tarleton, or, Getting even with a cruel foe
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Liberty Boys of "76"
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Moore, Harry
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New York
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Frank Tousey
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PIU.MK TOVJIZY. l'VDLISHER. usa WEST UD JIT&EZT, NEW \'OllL No. 1043 NEW YORK. DECEMBER 24. Price 7 Centa Tarleton himse f seize an axe and struck at the door. Through -the hole mad e a mus et protruded, and rang out sharply. One of the men handling the -battering ram Then Dick suddenly appeared at the head of bis brave ba"n.tl

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The Liberty Boys of Issued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.M. Frank Tousey, Publisher. 168 West 23d Street. New York. N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter .January 31, 1913, at the PostOflice at New York, N . Y . • under thn Act of March 3, 1879. No. 1043 . NEW YORK, DECEMBER 24, 1920. Price 7 Cents. The Liberty Boys Thrashing Tarleton Or, GETTING EVEN WITH A CRUEL FOE By HARRY M OORE CHAPTER I.-At !he Roadside Inn. There were three boys sitttng at a round ' table near a window in a queer little old tavern on the ioadside . It was in the Carolinas at the time when the British under Cornwallis and hi s leaders were greatly harassing the patriots. Tarleton, in particular, vms greatly feared and. hated on account of his cruelty and lns utter dis regard of all the rules of civilized warfare. -He ,,as operating in this part of the country at the time and the three boys sitting near a window, enjoying a frugal lunch, were particularly interested in his doings in Carolina. The boys dressed in coarse homespun, and seemed !1ke farmer's sons out upon a holiday. They were not, however, as one conld have soon told from their conversation, carried on in a low tone. "Are the people of the inn Tories, Jack?" asked one, a jolly-looking boy , whose bronzed face and frame showed that he was accustomed to an active, outdoor life. "I have been trying to find out, Ben," replied the handsome, dashy boy addressed. "It will be well to be cautious until we know," said the third. "If Tarleton is about, as we think, and these people are Tories, we would be in a fix if we were known." "Luckily our horses are close at hand, Mark," replied Jack Warren, looking out. Tethered to the side of the road were a beautiful bay mare, a big gray and a rnan, all fin e ani mals, the mare being particularly speedy. "Yes, and you are right, Jack," answered Mark, "for your mare can beat anything except Dick Slater's black Major. " "True enough, but you don't think I would run a'\\ay and leave you fellows to meet Tarleton's redcoats alone, do you?" know very well that you wo uld not, Jack," with a smile. "And so does Jack," laughed Ben Spurlock, who was a lively, joll y fellow. "He knows very well that we don't believe anything of the sort." "Here comes the landlord, " said Jack, spreading some honey on a piece of breal. T he landlord, a man with a sour face, long, spindling legs, and a bald head, now came up, and Mark pushed some money toward him acro ss the table. " I wasn't thinking of that, my boy , " the 1nan said, although he took it, counted it, and dropped it into a leather wallet at hi s belt. I "Right seasonable weather," said Jack, with his mouth full of bread and honey. "Though we are iiable to catch a storm at any time, I reckon," added Ben. "I should think you boys would be doing som ething, instead of iiding about th e country." "Oh, but we do," said Mark. "We are looking for work now." "Why don't you. go into the army? You are all likely looking boys." "Why, they don't take boys into the army, do they? They want men." "H'hJ the rebels want anyone they can get, and I reckon the king's officers won't refuse three rug ged young fellows like yo u. You aren't rebels, ate you?" Th.P boys' doubts were now settled. The man a he would never h ave applied the term ."rebels" to patriots. "No, we are not," said l\'.Iark, who did not con sider himself a rebel. "Well, yo u look pe sky like some of those dratted young rebels, the Liberty Boys. Your horses do, anyhow, and if I thought you were--" Just then one of the boys heard a quick tramp of horses. The n they saw three or four redcoats and, in another moment, as many more: The landlord went forward, and Mark Morrison who was second lieutenant of the very Liberty Boys the landlord had spoken so slightingly of, said: "We must get away, boys . The man half sus pects u s now, and he may want to impress us into Tarleton's legion, if nothing worse." F<>ur or five redcoats now rode up, and som e of those who had arrived first had dismounted and were entering. "Who ovms those three beasts at the road?" asked one. "Vve are in need of horses, and we might arrange a sale. " "Or take them, i f the price offered were not enough," said M :ark. "The boys yonder own the horses, and I think they might be i:11duced to part with them," said the landlord, with a crafty smile. "The old rascal!" muttered Jack. Attenticn having been called to the boys; they saw that they were in for it. They were all re sourceful fellows, however and often used their tc "rfo you wn the three animals out there?'• asked the :redc tr coming forward. "I reckon we tt_o, m ister," said M"ark with a nasal draW11, and stupid look.

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS THRASffiNG T ARLE.TON "Vlhat'll you take for them, a pound apiece?" "No, we never lick ' em , mister. You don't have to pvund 'em. They'll go without that." "I meaa how much do you want for them, you stupid?" "About a couple of quarts, usually. It don ' t do to feed 'em too high, 'cause they might get the colic." "I mean how much money will you sell them for, you idiot?" thundered the angry redcoat. "Oh, I ain't selling mine, and I reckon Bill isn't selling his'n, nor Jim neither." "Which one is yours?" "The one that ain't Bill's nor Jim's," with a foolish look. "How do you louts of boys come to own such good horses ?" with a snarl. "H'm! anybody can own a good horse. I know a fellow that isn't half as smart as his horse, and I reckon mine knows more than me." The boy s were working toward a side dool', so as to make a sudden dash. "Those horses look to me suspiciously like some own ed by tho se saucy young rebels, the Liberty Boys. :Qon't you b elong to them?" "To the horses? Yes, we belong to them." "You are some of the young rebels yourselves. them, men!" . ' The boys knew very well that even if th' e red coats did not prove them to be patriot.s: they would seize the horses . As three or four sprang forward, Mark tripped one, B en floored another and Jack threw a dish of hone at a third. Then they made a rush doo md overturned two redcoats who were comi 1 in. They got out and made for their horses a lively gait. Then a redcoat threw open the win dow and shouted: "Stop those three young rebels, don't let them get thei r horses, they are Liberty Boys!" Several of the s oldiers made a r u s h for the boys. Mark knocked two dowri and cried: "Get away, boys; don't mind me, but get away." . "Not till I settle this fellow," said Jack, knocking down a redcoat. "Nor I this one," echoed Ben, causing another to stretch his length in the road. ' Then there came the sudden clatter of hoofs, and a doz e n boys in Continental uniform1 led by a handsome boy on a s plendid black Arabian, came dashing into view. "Redcoats , Tarleton's men, boys, " he cried. ''Charge!" The boys gave a hearty cheer and come on with a rush. The redcoats who had not di smounted made all haste to get away, while others hunjed to get in the saddle. Out of the tavern rushed the res t of them, evidently thinking that an army was upon them. They all escaped, simply because Dick Slater, the brave young captain of the Lib erty•Boys , did not care to pursue them. "Are there any more than these, boys?" he a s ked. "Not that we saw," replied Mark, •"n;,-ting his big grny, "but these took us "They're coming back," said JP..:.#(, as he sprang upon the bay ma l'e . "And more than before," iing the roan. '"\l'<.1it a minute, b o y s,'' said Dick. "\Ve wm:e ou t fp-i ;ing for redcoats, anJ \\'e might as well see hn . , . y there aie." l .. not long 1:>eforc the fir s t dozen of r.;d coa C•Lme in sight, fo llowed by twice man y mor•'. ''(];barge! " cried Dick. CHAPTER 11.-At the Settler's Caui1!. Djck Slater had no iclel! of rushing headlong upop a force three times as great as his own. I'Ie knew, however, that a show of force would cause the redcoats to halt or even to faU back. ..D' . very favored him, for the enemy would that he had a large force with him, never imagining that the brave yonng patriot would da1 to attack more than his own number. Dick had done it more than once, however, and with suc ecss . It was so in this instance. When the eneITT:y saw Dick come dashing towa1d them, they ne 'fl doubted that he had a hundred brave folio t . his back. They quickly wheeled and 1 ode awa 'ke tho wind. Dick pursued them a few sco 'e o inds only, nn
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