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CHAPTER VIII

ANOTHER VISITOE

frank went to the door.

When he opened it he was surprised to find himself confronted by Chief Collig. Lurking in the background was Detective Smuff, looking as important and red-faced as ever.

"Good evening, Chief," greeted Frank. "What can I do for you?"

Chief Collig stepped inside. His stolid assistant followed.

"We'd like a few words with you, Hardy," said the chief. "Little matter we'd like to have you explain."

"We're on even terms then, Chief," returned Frank. "There's something Joe and I would 'ike to have you explain, too. Come into the iving room."

Collig and Smuff exchanged glances. When they went into the living room and saw Mr. Dal-rymple there, they blinked in surprise and doffed their hats respectfully.

"Good evening, officers," said Mr Dalrymple

"What seems to be the trouble?"

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"Why, no trouble at all, sir-yet," added :Chief Collig significantly. "We just dropped in to ask the boys a few questions."

"Go ahead," invited Joe cheerfully. "And then we'll ask you some "

"Well," began the chief, clearing his throat, "it may be that we're on the wrong track-but being as we always try to do our duty, and if everything is all right then you mustn't mind being asked questions-in short, as I was about to say-it isn't the sort of niglit one expects to see young fellows tearing around in a car-what I mean to ask-----"

He stumbled helplessly.

"Exactly!" said Detective Smuff in a profound voice, looking sternly at the boys.

"I can't make head nor tail of it," snapped Mr. Dalrymple. "Speak up, Chief! What on earth are you trying to say?"

"I'm asking these lads," said Collig with dignity, "what they were doing out on the Shore Boad in the storm tonight?"

"That," said Frank, "happens to be our business. We'd like to know what you meant by following us?"

"They followed you?" demanded Dalrymple, glaring at Smuff and the chief. "What did you mean by it ? Speak up! What did you mean by ?t, eh?"

The shoe was now on, vhe other foot. The

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rfiief coughed dubiously. "Matter of duty/1 be mumbled at last.

"We were out for a drive in our car," said Frank. "There's no law against that, is there? We weren't speeding. Yet you followed u? out on the Shore Road and then followed us back again."

"As a matter of fact," said Chief Collig, hastily, "we didn't know it was you."

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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