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By Arthur Ransome

Reunited for the summer season, the Swallows and Amazons with Dick and Dorothea release a prospecting day trip to discover the misplaced gold mine of the excessive hills above the lake. however the mining camp runs into all kinds of difficulty: not just the risk of fireplace within the drought ridden geographical region but in addition frightening encounters with harmful tunnels. Worst of all is the sinister Squashy Hat, who seems to be a rival prospector and who's definitely a undercover agent - how can they preserve operating with out him gaining knowledge of what they've found?

(Originally released in 1936)

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It’ll blow over yet,’ he says, ‘but that’ll tak me oop to London,’ he says, ‘and I’ll be getting an assay of yon gold at t’ related time. ’ He used to be off subsequent day via t’ morning educate. Reservist he used to be. He by no means come again, and that’s all there's to it. but when you question me, is there gold in t’ fells, why, I says, ‘Aye, there's. Seeing’s believing. And I’ve noticeable the stuff wi’ my very own eyes. ’” “Yes,” acknowledged Nancy, “but the place used to be it he chanced on it? ” “Ah, now,” stated Slater Bob, “if I’d knowed that, probably I’d have long past searching for ’t myself. And he attempted to inform me, too. He’d his map he’d been making for presidency, wi’ numbers on it for the previous degrees, and adits and sinkings … numbers, brain ye, stead o’ names like we name ’em, gray Cap and Slate Crop, and Brown’s puppy, and Jimson’s and Giftie and the remaining. He confirmed me his map, yet I couldn’t make owt o’ his numbers and arrows and all. He used to be to take me as much as see where while he come again. yet he by no means did get back …” “Yes, yet which part of the valley was once it? ” acknowledged Nancy. “If we purely knew the place to begin having a look it’d be rather sufficient. ” “Nay,” stated the previous guy. “It’s no longer during this valley in any respect. It’s away in the back of us, up yonder, t’ different facet o’ t’ Scar. He advised me he came upon that stuff in a bit a shallow backside the place folks had begun a degree and dropped it, up on excessive Topps …” Nancy nearly groaned. “High Topps? ” she acknowledged. “But that’s correct over the opposite aspect of Ling Scar. ” “Aye,” stated Slater Bob. “On excessive Topps he stumbled on it. ‘By an previous copper working,’ he acknowledged, ‘wi’ heather turning out to be alongside a fault in t’ rock. effortless to find,’ he stated, and he had it numbered on his map. yet there’s many a ranking of these outdated workings on excessive Topps, and each fault in t’ rock makes a carry for heather. after which you're status at the very spot wi’out seeing what he observed. ” SLATER BOB TALKS OF GOLD “Is it far? ” requested John. “Miles from Beckfoot,” stated Nancy. “Over the opposite aspect of this hill. We can’t move prospecting up there and come back each evening. mom suggestion the gold was once someplace close to. ” “Nay, it’s on excessive Topps,” acknowledged the outdated guy. “The gold I’m telling of … no longer yet what it's possible you'll ensue on it elsewhere … not anyone understands but nor ever will all that’s concealed in those fells. ” “If basically it was once a section closer home,” stated Nancy. “Oh, good, i guess we should be going again. ” everyone may perhaps pay attention the discontentment in her voice. “If you discover it,” acknowledged the outdated guy, “I don’t comprehend yet what i would supply slates a leisure. provide me steel each time. ” “We shan’t have the ability to search for it simply now,” stated Nancy. “But thanks greatly for telling us approximately it. ” “Thank you very much,” stated the others. They lit their candles, acknowledged “Goodbye,” and began alongside the tunnel, Peggy this time going first. Dorothea used to be nonetheless taking into consideration the previous man’s tale. “He should have taken his map to the warfare with him,” she acknowledged, virtually to herself, “and then he was once killed and an individual came upon the map, and years afterwards, they’ll wager what it ability and are available up the following to seem … Oh, I say …” She stumbled, and her voice abruptly shrilled.

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