The Liberty Boys on Swamp Island, or, Fighting for Sumter

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The Liberty Boys on Swamp Island, or, Fighting for Sumter

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The Liberty Boys on Swamp Island, or, Fighting for Sumter
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Reaching the tree, Dick hurriedly released the rope, seized It th both hand&; and &WWlg d. The British captain, in his eagerness to seize Dick, slipped from the bank 1.nd went waist deet> in mud and water in an in11tant .


The Liberty Boys ued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.l50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Forelirn. $4.'50. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered a1 Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the PostOtnce at New York, N. Y .. under the Act of March s. 1879. No. 1052 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 25, 1921. Price 7 Cents. he Liberty Boys On Swamp Island OR, FIGHTING FOR SUMTER By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-.Art; the Wayside Inn. "Is there no way o.f trapping the young rebel ? " "We have not been able to do so, as yet, Cap:n,, 1'"Nhere does he hide himself and his rebel and?" "Somewll.ere in the ::wamp; but every time we .ch sight of one of them he disappears in the o s t mysterious fashion." -"The Tories ihereabQUts know the swamps. ould they not guide us?" "They might, if they knew which one he was iding in." "The chance of obtaining a large reward ought stir them to action." "Oh, tihey are anxious enough, Captain, but they re as much puzzled by the young rebels as any n:e." "There are one hundred of these rebels, the iherty Boys?" "Yes, all of that." "Are they mounted?" "Yes, and finely mounted, too, many of their "mails being thoroughbreds." "Lt is ve1y st:range that we can never get sight f their camp." 1 "These swamps make excellent hiding places, .,aptain, especia.lly for thvse who know them "But the people here are familiar with them, nd it is very strange that they cannot get sight f Dick Slaster and his band in camp." "They are not all loyal to the King." "No, b11t there are enough who are, ana these ught to be able to find him." "So it would seem, but they have not done so et and they do no.t hold out any promises." "We must capture this rascally Dick Slater, for, rough him we shaM be able to learn more of ener>al Sumter and give him the thrashing he richly deserves." There were two British officers sitting at a ble in a quaint roadside inn, discussing a matof great importance to them. General Thomas umter known as the "Carolina gamecock," was using Cornwallis and his leaders a great deal trouble in their endeavors to subdue the Caro as. Acting under Sumter and bravely 'th and for him, w.ais a band of sterlmf,' young triots known a.s the Liberty Boys, led by Capin Dick Slater, a sturdy boy from New York tate. . ous parts of the country and were thoroughly de voted to the cause of American independence and to their yvung leasder. Just now the British were doing their utmost to capture Sumter. The surprise of Dick Slater and his band of pa triots, whom the enemy slighting}y called 'l'laScally young rebels," seemed to 'be the surest+ means to that end. The swamps of the Carolinas afforded exceliJ.ent hiding pl.aces for Dick Slater and his band of young patriots, and the redcoats and Tories were put to it to find the boy • s. Every now a.nd then the daring lads would dart out from rome secure ihiding pilace, f.all upon the enemy, do a lot of damage, and then dash back again, defy ing both pursuit and di:seovery. Now and then single Liberty Boyis, or small parties of them, would be seen, but as soon as they were pursued, they would slip away and disappear in the most puzzling fashion. The two redcoats, ea.ting and drinking in the tavern, helonged to a force located in the neighborhood. They had been troubled a great deal by the Liberty Boys and the captain was most anxious to secure Dick Slater, learn of Sumter's intended moves, and earn renown and prnmotion. During the conversation, an ordinary-looking bey entered the taproom. He seated himself at a deal table in a corner, near a door, and ordered a mug of buttermilk and some bread and cheese. His face was bronzed from exposure to the weather and he looked like a farmer's boy off on a '.holiday. He wore a coarse, wooHen hose, a suit of rough gTay •homespun and a Cocked hat, and appeared to be no t over-intelligent as he sat eating and drinking and paying attention to nothing e l s e, appar ently. If one were to judge merely b y appear ance s in t h e boy's case, however, i t would be a great mistake. Instead of lacking intelligence, he po ssessed it in a marke d degree, and, far froJ?l being an ol'dinary boy, he was a most extraordi nary one. He was, in fact, no less a person than Dick Slater himself, the daring young captain of the Liberty Boys. He was a master of disguis es, and had ways of altering his e;x:pression which gaye ihim a different look. He did not seem to be lis tening, and yet he had not lost a W?rd of . the convel1Sation since he had entered, earned on m a low tone as it was. The two officers h a d noticed him at length, and the second lieutenant said to the captain: .. The Liberty Boys themselves were from van-


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON SW AMP ISLAND. "That a boy of the district. Perhaps he may give us s om e information." "He does not look over-intelligent." "No, but he is not a fool. He ma:y be just the one to tell us what we wish to know." "Perhaps. Call him over, Hazzard, and we will question him." "I say, you boy, come here, we wish to talk to you," sai d the '1iUtenant, in a commanding tone. "Huh?" returned Dick, looking up after a pause with his mouth full of bread and che e s e. "Speak in' ter me?" "Yes; come over here, we wish to speak to you." "W.aal, I can hear ye. What do ye want ter talk about?" "Come over here and we wfill tell you." "Yew come over here. I'm as good as yew ibe, an' ef ye want t e r talk, I reckon ye kin git up as well as me." "H'm! Independent!" muttered the officer; but lhe arose and cro ssed over to Dick, sitting opposite him at the square table. "You live in this neighborhood?" he asked. ' "Reckon I do," replied Dick, proceeding with his eating and drinking. "You know the people all about?" "Shouldn't wonder." "Do you know Dick Sl iater?" "Huh! I know the critter as well as I know tn'self." "Do you know where his camp is?" "Shouldn't wonder ef I CO'Uld find et, ef I was ter look," with a foolish laugh. "Then you are a rebel!?" the redcoat sahl. "Ain't nuther, an' don't ye go ter callin' names, or ye'll git hurt, fust thing ye know." "You know where Slater's camp is?" "Reckon I do." "You show us where it is and I'll give yo u five guineas." "Huh! I don't want nothin' fur doin' that. I'd show it to ye fur the fun of it." "Could you tell us where to find it?" "Why, o' cours e. Ye go up this here road an' :foller it till ye come to a red barn, on'y ye don't go .as fur's that, bu.t turn off ter_ the east, then southwest to ther stunted willer, down the lane ter ther white house, 'cross ther crick, halfer mile :furder, then south a bit, and--" "W'hy, you fodl, no one can follow such directions as those!" sputtered the lieutenant. He had been trying to make a diagram on a piece of paper, and simply got a tangle of lines. "Reckon ye ain't 'customed ter travelin' in these 'ere parts. Why, thet's as easy as gettin' yer foot in a mudhole." "Could you go with us .and show us the way?" "Reckon I could. I'm goin' that 'ere way now, ef yer want ter come." . Dick Slater had no intention of betraying his comrades, but he saw a way to annoy the enem y , and if he could capture these two officers, s o much the better. "You will s:how us the camp now?" eagerl y . "Reckon I'll take ye right tew it ef ye want ter go." "No, show us the way to it; that will be enough." "Why o' course, anything tew erblige ye." "Very' good. We will go at once." At that moment a coarse-featured, evil-looking man came into the room. He shot a quick look at Dick and then said huskily: "Seize that boy! He is Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" CHAPTER II.-A Novel Ferry. The seeming country boy had his face in his mug as the newcomer made this sudden accusation. The lieutenant reached over the table to seize him, half rising for that purpose. Then he was deluged with buttermilk and dropped back into his chair in haste. The man who had denounced Dick Slater drew a pistol and dashed forward. "It's all the same, dead or alive!" he cried hoarsely. Cr.ash! A stoneware plate went flying across the room and struck the pistol just as the fellow was pulling the trigger. The weapon was dis charg'ed, but the man's aim was disconcerted and the bullet up and struck one of the great beams running across the ceiling. The other redcoat flew at Dick, stepped on a piece of cheese, slid two or thr'0 fee t on the sanded floor, and then sat down with his hat off and his wig aw1'Y, under a table. Dick was out of the room by this time, having le:Lt by the door nearest to him. "Stop him!" ,shouted the redcoat, w:iping the buttermi:Ik from •his face and eyes with his handkerchief. "Catch the rebel!" 1bawled the coarse-featured man, running to one of the front windows and throwing it open. There were two or three vile-fooking men, mounted on small Carolina bre d horses, outside. "Where is he?" they a:sked excitedly. "At the rear; don't let ihim escape. He is Dick Slater himself!" The -three men fle w around to the rear, all on the same side of the house. The man indoors hurried out by the door through which Dick had just gone. The two re

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON SW AMP ISLAND. 8 "No; \didn't see him." "That critter goes as quick as the wind, but I didn't see no hoss tracks nor nothin', an' I reck-on he wa,s afoot." . "He wasn't i n uniform, was he, P eleg?" asked the man who 'had looked in the springhouse. "No he wasn't but there's no mis'takin' the critter' to a man what' s seed him." "Yus, but they do say he kin disguise himself amazin', so's his own mother wouldn't know ihim." "So I hear, an' mebby I'd be fooied ,another time, but I qone suspicioned him this time, shore ly." The Tories now went one way and the redcoats another, and everything was quiet about the quaint old inn. The n the g:irl went into a little r oom off the passage and rapped oh the wainscot near the fireplace. "It's all quiet now1 Captain," she said. In a moment a panel sli back and Dick Slater stepped out from some dark hole in the wa:ll. "They have done , Eur).ic e ?" he asked, as 'he sJi.d the panel into place again. "Yes; and they were g-reatly puzzled at your getting away so suddenly." "They d i d not search the house?" "No, 'cause they all allowed 'that you had gone out and taken to the w oods or some of the out buildings." "It was wet! that I knew of thait place, for I had little time to lose ,and, without Major, would have had to take to my heels." "Where is your .horse?" "In camp. I came without him." "The redcoats would like to find it. Peleg Potter doesn't know where it is, d'Oes ihe? " "No; and yet knows the place',, but ihe would never suspect that we were there. "Might h e n-Oi go there by accident, Captain?" The innkeeper's d aughter was a thorough pa triot .and had-often assisted the bo:ys. was not the first time that Dick SLater had made u s e of the secre t chamber in the walls of the old inn, and he knew every part of the house. "He cannot see the camp from the bank, and he would have no especial objection crossing over to the island." "I suppose not, and he has no suspicion?" "No, nor any of the Tories." "ALI the Liberty Boys are there?" "Yes." "And your hol"ses ?" "Yes , all of them." "You did not swim them over?" "No," with a smile. "We got them r that we are there.'' "That is capital, for you can dash out upon the redcoats, do a lot of mischie:(, and get away without any one suspecting where you have gone." "Exactly. Are there any new redcoats in the region?" "Yes, and they are mo s t eager to sunound General Sumter." "I know they are, and they think that if they can get hood of me I will tell them everything." "But you would not?" anxiously. A smile was Dick'.s only repty, and then he shortly took himself off and went away by the road. He presently struck into the woods as he heard voices, and, looking back, s aw a party of redcoats headed by the very captain he had seen in the tavern. The redcoats did not see him and he went on rapidly, at length entering a swamp. There were easily seen paths leading over good ground, and he hunied on till he came to a slug grsh creek, half mud, half water. On the other side was what •seemed to be ian island in the swamp. There was no one to be seen there, and in the . cool, 1Shad'Y quiet of the p1ace not a sound could be heard. Dick hurried on and stopped at a great tree right on the bank of the creek. Its branches 'OVer}:!ung the water and mingled with those of the trees on the jsland. Stepping close to tree, Dick reached around to the farther side and soon drew in the end of a stout rope which was • fastened there. The other end seemed to come from a tree on the ISiand, but it was so hidden by leaves that it was seen. "Now to cross the ferry,' said Dick, with a l-0w l

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