By Franklin W. Dixon
Whilst eccentric Thaddeus McClintock invitations Frank and Joe Hardy to accompany him on a sea voyage, the teenage investigators develop into entangled in an online of puzzle. who's attempting to block the 3 from securing reservation on freighter ships that hold passengers? The decided efforts of Frank and Joe result in a detrimental online game of wits with a hoop of slippery smugglers and to a dramatic disagreement at the excessive seas. here's a thrilling, action-filled secret that would retain the reader on aspect with suspense.
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Immediately he considered the case his father used to be engaged on. “They have been placing there while I left home,” Mrs. Updyke answered. Riley bought out his file ebook and commenced writing. the lady stated that the infrequent records have been insured, yet that she hated to lose them. One used to be a letter written by way of Abraham Lincoln, the opposite an army order issued throughout the American Revolution. once the Hardys had heard of the papers, they left the home. Riley stayed directly to search for clues. the lads drove domestic, wanting to record this new improvement to their father. Fenton Hardy listened attentively. after they comprehensive, he acknowledged, “From what you might have informed me, i believe that the robbery of the files was once devoted by means of the person that acquired the carton. I’d prefer to seek advice from Mrs. Updyke. ” Officer Riley was once long gone while the men again with their father. The policeman had discovered not anything of significance. Fenton Hardy wasted no time. He requested Mrs. Updyke a couple of questions, inspected the lounge, then a kitchen closet the place she stored paper and string. at the flooring lay a brief piece of heavy twine, tied in a knot at one finish. Mr. Hardy picked it up. “I figured the thief wouldn’t stroll out of the following with the framed records unwrapped,” the detective acknowledged. “They will be too conspicuous. this can be the unused a part of the twine he tied them with. ” He became to his sons. “What does it let you know? ” he requested. “It isn’t this type of knot humans frequently tie,” Joe saw. “It’s a stevedore’s knot! ” Frank stated. Joe inspiration they must search for the seaman with the scar. “He definitely acted suspiciously. I’ll wager if lets lay our palms on him, we’d have the capacity to transparent the whole lot up! ” “And probably locate Aunt Gertrude’s papers,” Frank additional. “Say, how approximately utilizing that replicate of Johnson’s signature we received from the expressman and spot if someone down on the waterfront acknowledges it? ” “Good concept. yet drop me off on the apartment first,” Mr. Hardy acknowledged. After parking the auto close to the docks, they made a journey of employment workplaces and waterfront inns, retaining their eyes open for the suspect. They confirmed the signature at each one position. yet not anyone well-known both the identify or the handwriting. “If he’s a longshoreman he could be operating round the freighter that got here in approximately an hour ago,” one clerk advised. “It’s the Annie J down at Pier Ten. ” Frank and Joe moved quickly to the pier and regarded heavily on the stevedores operating there. The scar-faced guy used to be now not between them. “I ponder whether this freighter consists of passengers,” Joe remarked. “Maybe we will be able to set up whatever for Mr. McClintock. ” Frank grew to become to at least one of the boys and requested if the Annie J had passenger lodgings. “Dunno,” grunted the guy. “Ask one of many staff. hello, you up there! ” he referred to as out. excessive above them, a guy got here out at the deck. “These boys are looking to consult you! ” the stevedore shouted. the instant the Hardys observed the crewman’s face, they famous the scarred guy. Johnson! He knew them immediately, too, wheeled round and disappeared. “Come on, Frank! The ladder! ” Joe scrambled up and over the part of the ship’s rail, with Frank at his heels, simply in time to determine Johnson jump over a stack of hatch covers and race towards the fo‘c’sle.