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The Missing Tin Box or, The Stolen Railroad Bonds   By: (1862-1930)

The Missing Tin Box or, The Stolen Railroad Bonds by Edward Stratemeyer

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THE MISSING TIN BOX

OR

THE STOLEN RAILROAD BONDS.

BY ARTHUR M. WINFIELD

Author of "Schooldays of Fred Harley," "Poor but Plucky," "By Pluck, Not Luck," Etc., etc.

CHICAGO: M. A. DONOHUE & CO.

COPYRIGHT, 1897. W. L. ALLISON CO.

CONTENTS.

I. The Missing Tin Box

II. A Brave Youth's Reward

III. A Serious Charge

IV. Hal Stands up for Himself

V. Hal Determines to Act

VI. A Blow in the Dark

VII. Hal Determines to Investigate

VIII. Felix Hardwick is astonished

IX. The Plot Against Hal

X. Hal is accused

XI. For and Against

XII. Hal in a Fearful Situation

XIII. Hal Shows His Mettle

XIV. Hal Expressed his Opinion

XV. Hal Defends a Girl

XVI. Hal on the Watch

XVII. Near to Death

XVIII. Hal in a Tight Situation

XIX. A Narrow Escape

XX. Following Allen

XXI. In a Dangerous Place

XXII. Hal Meets Laura Sumner

XXIII. Hal's Bold Scheme

XXIV. Hal in a New Role

XXV. Hal's Escape from Hardwick

XXVI. Hal Obtains Another Situation

XXVII. Hal Plays a Daring Part

XXVIII. Hal is Exposed

XXIX. Hal Makes a Lively Move

XXX. The Missing Tin Box

XXXI. Hardwick's Dash for Liberty

XXXII. A Surprising Revelation

THE MISSING TIN BOX.

CHAPTER I.

AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION.

"What are the bonds worth, Allen?"

"Close on to eighty thousand dollars, Hardwick."

"Phew! as much as that?"

"Yes. The market has been going up since the first of December."

"How did he happen to get hold of them?"

"I don't know the particulars. Mr. Mason was an old friend of the family, and I presume he thought he could leave them in no better hands."

"And where are they now?"

"In his private safe."

"Humph!"

The conversation recorded above took place one evening on a Pennsylvania Railroad ferry boat while the craft was making the trip from Jersey City to New York.

It was carried on between two men, both well dressed. He, called Allen, was a tall, sharp nosed individual, probably fifty years of age. The other was a short, heavy set fellow, wearing a black mustache, and having a peculiar scowl on his face.

They sat in the forward part of the gentlemen's cabin, which was but partly filled with passengers. Two seats on one side of them were vacant. On the other side sat a shabbily dressed boy of sixteen, his hands clasped on his lap and his eyes closed.

"The safe is often left open during the day," resumed Allen, after a brief pause, during which Hardwick had offered his companion a cigar and lit one himself.

"That won't do," replied Hardwick, shortly.

"Why not?"

"Because it won't."

"But we can make it appear "

"Hush!" The heavy set man, who sat next to the vacant seats, nudged his companion in the side. "That boy may hear you," he continued, in a whisper.

The man addressed glanced sharply at the youth.

"No, he won't," he returned.

"Why not?"

"He's fast asleep."

"Don't be too sure." The heavy set man arose. "Let us go out on the forward deck, and talk it over."

"It's too cold, and, besides, it's beginning to "

"Wrap yourself up in that overcoat of yours, and you will be all right. We don't want to run any chances, Allen."

"Some one may hear us out there just as well as in here," growled the elderly man.

Nevertheless, he pulled up his coat collar and followed his companion through the heavy swinging doors.

As the two walked outside, the eyes of the boy opened, and he glanced sharply after the pair.

"That was a queer conversation they held," he muttered to himself. "I am half of the opinion that they are up to no good. If I were a policeman I believe I would follow them and find out who they are."

Hal Carson hesitated for a moment, and then arose and walked to the doors.

Stepping outside, he saw the two men, standing in the gangway for horses, in deep conversation... Continue reading book >>




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