By Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boxcar teenagers make a journey to Washington, D.C, and stopover at the Capitol construction and the Air and house Museum. but if issues commence disappearing from their inn, and so they observe they're being undefined, the kids be aware of there is a secret.

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I believe Grandfather’s making plans a visit for us,” Henry acknowledged thoughtfully. Henry was once fourteen and the oldest of the youngsters. Violet regarded up from her neat piles of play funds. “You suggest one other event? ” Ever due to the fact that their grandfather had chanced on them residing in a boxcar and rescued them, their lives were one awesome event after one other. “You guess! ” Jessie acknowledged enthusiastically. “Let’s hear. ” “Right on the Jefferson Memorial and left on the Reflecting Pool …” Grandfather’s voice drifted around the room. “The Jefferson Memorial? ” Benny stated, wrinkling his nostril. “We realized approximately that during college. yet I can’t bear in mind the place it really is. ” “I remember,” Violet interrupted. “It’s in Washington, DC. ” “That’s correct. Washington, DC,” Grandfather acknowledged as he hung up the telephone. “That’s the subsequent position you’re going to discover — the nation’s capital. ” “We’re going to Washington! ” Benny stood up so fast, his play funds fluttered round his toes. “Wow! while are we leaving? ” “My outdated buddy Steve Bagley in Richmond, Virginia, is awaiting me the next day evening,” Grandfather stated, settling into his favourite chair. “I figured whereas i used to be there it'd be a pleasant likelihood that you should stopover at Washington. I’ve prepared that you should stick with my pal Mrs. Parsons at her B and B. ” “What’s a B and B? ” Benny piped up. “It stands for mattress and Breakfast,” Grandfather defined. “It’s now not as formal as a inn and this one’s correct in the course of the town. ” “I nonetheless imagine it’s a humorous name,” Benny endured. “It makes loads of sense,” Henry stated. “Because it tells you precisely what you get. It’s no longer a inn, it’s a true condominium. You get your individual room with a mattress, and a pleasant scorching breakfast on a daily basis. ” “That’s the easiest part,” Benny acknowledged fortunately. He scrambled into Grandfather’s lap. Grandfather driven Benny’s hair out of his eyes affectionately. “Think you young children can get packed in time? ” “I comprehend we can,” Jessie stated. She instantly begun folding the Monopoly board and placing away the items. Jessie was once the main equipped of the Aldens and constantly loved to maintain issues neat and orderly. “How approximately an early dinner? ” Mrs. McGregor, the relations housekeeper, poked her head in from the kitchen. “I’ve heard you have got an immense journey deliberate. ” “We yes do,” Benny acknowledged fortunately. “We’re going to Washington … uh, DC. ” He paused. “What does DC stand for? ” “District of Columbia,” Jessie instructed him. She scooped up the empty popcorn bowl and headed for the kitchen. “Let’s pass set the desk for dinner,” Henry reminded Benny lightly. “Okay, yet I’m too excited to eat,” Benny retorted. Jessie and Violet exchanged a glance and burst out guffawing. “I doubt that,” Jessie stated, ruffling his hair. consuming used to be one in every of Benny’s favourite actions. “Mrs. McGregor is solving one in all your favourite nutrition — spaghetti and meatballs. ” “Yum! ” Benny stated appreciatively. “Maybe i will deal with a number of bites, in spite of everything. ” Henry chuckled. “I’ll be shocked when you don’t have seconds. ” “Or thirds,” Violet further teasingly. It used to be early the following morning, whilst Grandfather and the youngsters loaded their suitcases into the auto.

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