The Yellow House Mystery (The Boxcar Children, No. 3)
Gertrude Chandler Warner
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The spooky old house on Surprise Island intrigues Benny.
his line out over the water. “That’s nice, Joe,” cried Benny. “Isn’t it easy? When you get a fish, let me try, will you?” “Sure,” said Joe, smiling. “Sit very still now.” “Oh, look,” cried Jessie. “You’ve got a fish, Alice! Pull it in!” “Not so fast,” answered Alice. “You have to play these fellows.” She pulled her line in very slowly and carefully. Everyone watched her land the large fish and take it off the hook. Then Joe caught one. Benny could hardly wait. “Now it’s my turn,” he cried.
to.” When Violet finished her basket, Benny said, “That’s very pretty, Violet. You can give it to Grandfather.” “So I can,” said Violet, very much pleased. “He likes things we make. Now we must pay for it, Henry.” “You have paid for it already,” said Rita, smiling. “The big boy paid me for the basket and the lesson and the trip into the woods. He really paid me too much.” She looked at Benny and took hold of his hands. “Don’t you run away, again, little boy. You make too much trouble for the
telegram to Grandfather at the next village,” said Jessie. “What shall we say?” “Ten words,” said Benny. “No, you can send fifteen,” said Henry. “Let’s make up a telegram as we ride. We should certainly begin, ‘Found Bill and the money.’“ “Five words,” said Violet, counting. “‘All coming home today,’” said Jessie. “That’s four more. Nine so far.” “Then we can have six more words,” said Benny. “We ought to say, ‘We may be late for supper.’ “ “We certainly will be late for supper,” said Joe.
said Henry. Watch lay down beside Benny and put his head on his paws. “Well, one evening,” Mr. Alden went on, “Bill’s wife, Margaret, noticed that Bill seemed to have something on his mind. He would not talk about it. After she had gone to bed, she heard a queer grating noise in the front room where Bill was. She got up and went to see what he was doing. “There he sat, reading the paper. The noise had stopped. He asked her what she wanted and she told him about the queer noise. He said it must
clues?” said Benny. “That’s right—no clues,” said Mr. Alden. “Next day the island was full of policemen. They looked under the barn, under the dock, all through the woods. But they couldn’t find Bill. They found Bill’s rowboat a few days later. It was tied up at another dock about a mile away on the mainland.” “Did they radio the news?” asked Benny. “And get the F.B.I. men?” “Oh, think, Benny!” said Henry. “There weren’t any radios then.” “Oh, I forgot that,” said Benny. “But at last they