By Gertrude Chandler Warner

The spooky outdated residence on shock Island intrigues Benny.

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There have been such a lot of bricks. all at once Jessie jumped up. “I imagine that one sounds diverse! ” she stated. She obtained down beside Benny. “I don’t,” acknowledged Henry. “Tap it back, Benny. ” “Tap. faucet. Tap-tap,” went the hammer. “Well, probably not,” stated Jessie. “I suggestion it did the 1st time. ” In a couple of minutes Violet acknowledged, “Listen back to that one! That one sounds varied to me. ” “It’s correct over the 1st one, Violet,” acknowledged Benny. “Right over the only Jessie heard. ” however it didn't sound varied to somebody else. “Go on, my boy,” stated Mr. Alden leaning ahead. “Keep on tapping. ” the youngsters all appeared up at their grandfather. They have been stunned to determine that he was once excited and intensely white. Benny all started on one other row of bricks. Then it used to be Mr. Alden himself who acknowledged, “Stop there! faucet back! ” “That final one is different,” cried Joe. “Give me the hammer a minute, Ben! ” yet Joe didn't use the hammer. He simply checked out the brick. Benny was once it too. “Whitewash! ” he whispered. “Whitewash,” stated Joe. “I do think that this brick has been taken out and positioned again back. ” “Can you're taking it out, Joe? ” Alice requested excitedly. “I’m going to try,” responded Joe. “We don’t wish the entire chimney to come back down. ” “Here’s the screwdriver,” acknowledged Benny. “Just what I want,” cried Joe. “Yes, this brick has definitely been taken out! ” He placed the screwdriver on the fringe of the brick and tapped it with the hammer. Out got here dried whitewash. “What did I inform you? ” cried Benny. “New whitewash. in contrast to the previous. ” extra dried whitewash fell out with each faucet of the hammer. “This has definitely been painted to seem just like the different bricks,” stated Joe. “But the whitewash is diversified. ” “Now pull it out, Joe! ” shouted Benny. Joe took carry of the brick and pulled. It made a queer grating noise, as he labored it out. finally it got here out and fell at the flooring. “Look within the gap! glance within the gap! ” yelled Benny. “There’s a letter within the gap. ” Joe may well not often think what he observed. yet there has been the letter. He took it out and browse it. “What on the planet does this suggest, Uncle James? ” he requested, as he passed it to Mr. Alden. “Read it aloud! ” cried the youngsters. Mr. Alden learn: pricey invoice, thank you for the cash. i will make it 3 times as a lot when you can help me. a few acquaintances of mine understand how. Meet me at your little condominium in Maine. (Bear path) then you definitely pays Mr. A. and get your a part of the remaining yes. glance within the tin field. conceal this. S. M. “Well, my dears,” acknowledged Mr. Alden, “now we've a true secret. ” Jessie acknowledged, “And we don’t comprehend any further than we did. ” “Bear Trail,” stated Benny. “I ask yourself the place that's. ” bankruptcy five the next step Mr. Alden learn the letter back. Then he stated, “Jessie, you are saying we don’t comprehend any further than we did. yet i believe we do. ” “Right,” acknowledged Jessie, guffawing. “I imagine so myself, now. we all know there's something up in Maine besides. ” “Yes, and we all know greater than that,” stated her grandfather. “I had higher let you know another factor. in advance of invoice disappeared, he bought tremendous race horses on your great-grandfather. yet he by no means paid over the money.

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