The Missing Chums (Hardy Boys, Book 4)
Franklin W. Dixon
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When the Hardy Boys set out to solve the mystery of their missing chums, they discover a gang hide-out on an island along the way.
we could go right to Shantytown.” “But first we have to round up beachcomber disguises,” Frank reminded him. The boys rode home and changed into dry clothes. While Mrs. Hardy and Aunt Gertrude were preparing lunch for them, Joe called police headquarters. He learned that there were no new leads on their friends or the bank robbers. Chief Collig was amazed to hear about the discovery of Chet’s mask. “The boys may be nearer than I thought. I’ve already sent out a seventeen-state missing-persons
the boys had been intent on the sunken hull, the swift, strong current had caught their craft. The Sleuth was being rushed toward the deadly rocks of Jagged Reef! CHAPTER IX The Old Salt’s Story BUFFETED by the current, the Sleuth plunged out of control toward the line of white exploding spray, where the sea’s swell smacked against the barrier reef. Joe bore down hard on the wheel as the churned-up waters, falling back from the rocks, seethed underneath. The din of crashing waves was
received postcards from Northport, too. We’re looking for the bald, loud-voiced man you told me about, but that isn’t much to go on.” “No,” Frank admitted, “but we’re working on a new clue.” He told of the discovery of the Fizzle soda bottle and the purchase of a similar one by the bald-headed man in Northport. “That’s why we think he’s connected with stealing the Sleuth as well as Chet and Biff’s disappearance.” “Then,” Joe put in, “we learned that the dock manager up there owns the Black Cat
prisoner. Then they handcuffed Duke and led him to the police cars hidden in the pines on the other side of Shore Road. Muster and the boys followed. When they reached headquarters, Chief Collig sent the rubber masks to his lab for immediate fingerprint analysis. Finally he turned to the Hardys. “Letting yourselves be kidnaped was a daring stunt, boys. But you got results.” He looked at Duke, who sat beside him, scowling. Frank drew the chief aside and asked quietly, “How about Dad and his men?
Without hesitation the three boys hurled themselves on the man and bore him to the ground. He hit with a thud, the fight knocked out of him. “It’s Nick Glaser,” Joe whispered as Jerry whipped off the man’s belt and bound his arms securely with it. “Okay,” Jerry replied, “I’ll watch him. Don’t worry, he won’t get away.” The Hardys slipped into the dark crack from which the man had emerged. Snapping out his flashlight, Frank groped forward as fast as he dared. Soon he could make out the yellow