By Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens stopover at Cap Lambert close to Hannibal, Missouri.

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I hold seeing a wierd guy at the highway. i presumed he labored for Cap. ” Henry frowned. “What does this guy appear like? ” “Sober fellow, by no means smiles,” the mailman acknowledged. As he defined the fellow, Henry stuck a short breath. The mailman was once describing Mr. Jay from the riverboat completely. “Tell Cap to recover soon,” the mailman additional, placing his automobile in equipment and taking off. Henry walked again to the porch thoughtfully. It used to be something for Mr. Jay to hang out city and act unusual, yet listening to that he was once jogging up and down Cap’s highway relatively Henry. Cap’s letter was once from Mr. Alden. He learn it aloud. Grandfather Alden had gotten the children’s message from Mrs. McGregor and preferred listening to from them. He informed Cap to not fear concerning the youngsters, that they have been doing what they cherished to do top. He stated to count on him this coming Saturday. He used to be desirous to see them all. “We have to repair an outstanding fancy meal for my outdated friend,” Cap acknowledged. “You most likely have to experience Pilot into city back. I’d hate to not provide your grandfather a hearty welcome. ” “We may possibly use a couple of things,” Jessie stated. “Maybe shall we cross day after today. that will depart us time for different jobs. ” “What different jobs? ” Cap requested. “You’ve performed lots! ” Violet grinned at him. “Oh, Cap,” she acknowledged. “Even although your ankle is ever lots greater, you’ll nonetheless need to use that cane for it slow. We’ve considered plenty of little issues to assist with sooner than we depart. ” She didn’t upload what she used to be relatively pondering — that they intended to resolve the mysteries earlier than they went off and left him by myself. “Like climb the timber and choose the apples,” Benny stated. “And weed and skinny the garden,” Violet installed. “And I’d wish to freshen up the barn,” Henry acknowledged. “I are looking to sweep up the unfastened hay to reserve it for Pilot. ” Cap threw up his arms. “I supply up,” he acknowledged. “But groceries to your grandfather’s dinner come first. Agreed? ” bankruptcy nine typhoon Clouds we'd like a truly solid grocery list,” Jessie informed the others. “Cap wishes Grandfather’s dinner to be precise. ” “And it’s our final probability to cook dinner for Cap,” Henry additional. every person desired to upload whatever. It used to be overdue once they ultimately entire the checklist and went to mattress. They have been slightly asleep whilst the wind rose. prior to Jessie and Henry may perhaps even get the home windows closed, a chilly rain got here blowing in, too. Lightning sliced around the sky, by means of crashing thunder. “Come on, Henry,” Jessie cried, pulling the yellow oilskin ponchos from the hooks by means of the door. “I’ll money the bird condominium home windows. You cost on Pilot. ” Leaning into the using rain, Jessie ran to the henhouse whereas Henry closed the home windows and doorways of the barn. Violet and Benny have been huddled jointly below a dry blanket observing the typhoon after they acquired again within. The thunder had awoke Cap. He stood within the door, frowning. “You youngsters okay? now not scared, are you? ” Violet shook her head. “It’s beautiful,” she acknowledged. The thunder eventually growled away, however the rain saved coming. It settled right into a sluggish regular drumming opposed to the closed porch home windows. It was once nonetheless falling the following morning.

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