Larry obeyed all instructions, doing the work as Jeff gave the order. Larry was rapidly growing sure of his ability.
“Why, Dick! Wait till everybody was gone, then take to the rubber boat, get himself picked up——”
No wonder that he failed to react to a slight clinking, hardly more than would be made by the scratch of wire in a lock.
Then, with the beam directed in the path the mysterious unknown must have taken, he tried to show the occupant of the amphibian what he meant.He drew back on the stick for, with the throttle rather wide—because Larry had feared a stall as the nose went up and had thrust the throttle control sharply forward—the craft began to go down in a very steep glide, not quite a dive, but with engine on full gun, sending it in a sharp angle toward earth.
The flight back to the landing field was without event. Larry made the landing first, and his companions tumbled out to join the waiting cluster of people while they all “took hold” to run the airplane out of the way so that the spiraling amphibian, its wheels down, could shoot the flare-lit field, and land.
“I fixed up Atley’s old short-wave radio, in the old house—and I’ve been getting dope from the yacht the last couple of nights. In about an hour we’ll take off, fly out beyond the lighthouse and patrol.”“What have you discovered?” Sandy asked Larry quickly, to cover his impulse toward assaulting the teasing chum.
“Go on, young feller.” The caretaker was absorbed. :“And I think they are not destroyed!”
“If he is Mr. Everdail, after all,” Larry said.“I’ll get Jeff to ask Larry to spiral down for a better look,” Sandy decided.
“Golly-gracious!” Larry exclaimed. “Do you think?——”“Some strong, pungent liquid had been poured on the green necklace,” the letter from the millionaire stated. “No alarm was given. My wife did not want to broadcast either the fact that she had the real gems or the trouble in the hotel. But people had heard the ‘fire!’ cry and doubtless some suspected the possible truth, knowing why she was getting ready.
CHAPTER XXIV A PUZZLING DEVELOPMENT
Assuming an air of having forgotten all about Dick’s rhyme, he went to his place in the seat behind Jeff and the instant his safety belt was snapped Jeff signaled to a farmer who had come over to investigate and satisfy himself that the airplane had legitimate business there; the farmer kicked the stones used as chocks from under the landing tires and Jeff opened up the throttle.。
So it was in Larry’s race, with Dick, Sandy and the caretaker.。