The Secret of Wildcat Swamp (The Hardy Boys, No. 31)
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An invitation from Cap Bailey, science teacher at Bayport High, to accompany him out West to Wildcat Swamp on an archaeological expedition triggers off a series of dangerous events for Frank and Joe Hardy. On their way West the boys and Cap have a near-fatal accident in a private plane which has been sabotaged. Though warned to leave the area, Frank, Joe, and Cap doggedly remain until they have caught the cunning ex-convicts they are up against in this swift-paced adventure.
to a stop. Warden Duckworth jumped out, gun in hand. When the driver saw the gun, his jaw fell. “What’s the big idea?” he shouted. “You may be carrying an escaped prisoner!” The driver went white as the warden approached the rear doors of his truck and flung them open. “If Turk was ever in here, he’s gone now,” Duckworth said disappointedly. “I’ll radio the other men.” Frank and Joe got out and spoke to the driver. “Do you mind if we have a look inside your truck?” “Go ahead.” Climbing
“We’ll ride back to Wildcat Swamp and free Cap and Chet.” “How about meeting Dad?” “We’ll get there—maybe just a bit late.” As the trucks pulled away, the boys ran across the track. Racing down the other side, they found the narrow, overgrown logging road, then began following the second truck’s taillights. Fortunately the loaded vehicles were forced to crawl along the twisting logging road. Jogging alongside, Joe was able to untie a corner of the tarpaulin and boost himself aboard the load
here, the boss’ll—” “Shut up!” the angry driver commanded. “Didn’t you hear that yell? Somebody’s in the back of this truck!” “Aw, you’re loco.” “Listen, bud, I heard somethin’, and I’m checkin’ up.” With a mad scramble Frank and Joe slid from under the tarpaulin and landed in the road. Quietly they ducked underneath the truck’s chassis, just as the husky driver swaggered down from the cab. He walked along the side of the truck to the rear, the boys watching his feet every step of the way.
terrified mother. “We’re friends of the Hardy boys,” and he introduced himself and Chet. “This forger,” he went on, “has been trying to bilk you out of your land.” After Cap had explained the situation to Mrs. Sanderson, the woman burst into tears of relief. “Have you seen Harry?” she asked. Before Cap or Chet could answer, Willie suddenly spoke up. “I know where he is! In trouble! And so are Frank and Joe Hardy.” “Where are they?” Cap demanded. “Will you let me go if I tell you? Give me a
can prove enough now to give you cause to hold them until the prints arrive,” Frank said. Going over to the huge man, he asked him to hold out his hands. Unsuspectingly, the man complied. “You see that blue stain on his hands?” Frank asked the magistrate. “That came off the brief case belonging to our friend. I dusted the case with a special chemical powder before we left the car. It’s proof this man was handling it.” Snarling like trapped animals, the suspects were led away to cells in the