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Curlie Carson Listens In   By: (1878-1959)

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CURLIE CARSON LISTENS IN

by

ROY J. SNELL

The Reilly & Lee Co. Chicago

Printed in the United States of America Copyright, 1922 by The Reilly & Lee Co. All Rights Reserved

Curlie Carson Listens In

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I A STRANGE MESSAGE 9 II SOMETHING BIG 20 III A WHISPER IN THE NIGHT 34 IV A GAME FOR TWO 46 V IN THE DARK 55 VI A REAL DISCOVERY 64 VII CURLIE RECEIVES A SHOCK 75 VIII CURLIE MEETS A MILLIONAIRE 84 IX A MYSTERIOUS MAP 95 X THE FIRST LAP OF A LONG JOURNEY 107 XI "MANY BARBARIANS AND MUCH GOLD" 117 XII OUT TO SEA IN A COCKLESHELL 126 XIII A GHOST WALKS 134 XIV THE COMING STORM 141 XV S. O. S. 151 XVI A CONFESSION 160 XVII A BLINDING FLASH OF LIGHT 170 XVIII THE STORMY PETREL GETS AN ANSWER 177 XIX THE MAP'S SECRET 185 XX A SEA ABOVE A SEA 194 XXI THE BOATS ARE GONE 203 XXII THE WRECK OF THE KITTLEWAKE 211 XXIII THE MIRACLE 219 XXIV THE STORY OF THE MAP 227 XXV OFF ON ANOTHER WILD CHASE 234

CURLIE CARSON LISTENS IN

CHAPTER I

A STRANGE MESSAGE

Behind locked and barred doors, surrounded by numberless mysterious looking instruments, sat Curlie Carson. To the right of him was a narrow window. Through that window, a dizzy depth below, lay the city. Its square, flat roofs formed a mammoth checker board. Between the squares criss crossed the narrow black streets. Like a white chalk line, drawn by a careless child, the river wound its crooked way across this checker board.

To the left of him was a second narrow window. Through this he caught the dark gleam of the broad waters of Lake Michigan. Here and there across the surface twinkled the lamps of a vessel, or flashed the warning beacon of a lighthouse.

A boy in his late teens was Curlie. Slender, dark, with coal black eyes, with curls of the same hue clinging tightly to his well shaped head, he had the strong profile and the smooth tapering fingers that might belong to an artist, a pickpocket or a detective.

An artist Curlie was, an artist in his line radio. Although still a boy, he was already an operator of the "commercial, extra first class" type. So far as license and title were concerned, he could go no higher. A pickpocket he was not, but a detective he might be thought to be; a strange type of detective, however, a detective of the air; the kind that sits in a small room hundreds of feet in air and listens; listens to the schemes, the plots, the counterplots of men and to the wild babble of fools. His task was that of aiding in the capture of knaves and the silencing of foolish folks who used the newly discovered radiophone as their mouthpiece.

"Foolish people," Major Whittaker, Curlie's superior, who had called him to the service, had said, "do quite as much damage to the radio service as crooks. Fools and knaves must alike be punished and your task will be to help catch them."

Wonderful ears had Curlie Carson, perhaps the most wonderful ears in the world. In catching the fine shadings of diminishing sounds which came to him through the radio compass, there was not a man who could excel him.

So Curlie sat there surrounded by wire wrapped frames, coils, keys, buttons, switches, motors, dry cells, storage batteries and all the odds and ends which made up the equipment of the most perfect listening in station in the world... Continue reading book >>




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