“So he went back and got the gum—but why?”
Behind the other pilot sat one of the Sky Patrol, at the mercy of a devilishly minded adversary, and he was as helpless to save himself as Larry and Dick were to aid him!
“That seaplane is coming fast!” mused Dick. “What a race! It will be a wonder if there isn’t a smash when they all come together!”“I believe you!” Larry spoke earnestly, reassuringly. “It’s a perfectly reasonable explanation.”
Sandy, elated and panting, turned to Mr. Everdail as Dick and Larry raced away. :
Silhouetted against the northern blue of the sky, with a tiny white circle showing sharply in the sunlight, the leaping person fell clear of the diving seaplane, while Larry, shaking with excitement, tried to focus his glasses and train them on the falling object.“Follow the dust line, Dick,” Sandy urged.
“The fellow who flew with you in the seaplane isn’t here,” remarked Larry, quietly, and, after a glance around, he said: “Neither is the yacht stewardess.”
Like a cat the figure squirmed, a heel, small and sharp, came down on his foot. He grunted and winced and the figure broke his grip.。
“Then we have found the man who is guilty!” exclaimed Dick. “He was with Tommy Larsen, hired him to go out to meet the yacht!”。
Sandy had only to take one look when he located the object of their flight, to know that his deductions had all been sound.。
“But it had to be a pilot who did all the things we have evidence of, Dick.”。