By Arthur Ransome

Reunited for the summer time, the Swallows and Amazons with Dick and Dorothea release a prospecting excursion to discover the misplaced gold mine of the excessive hills above the lake. however the mining camp runs into every kind of difficulty: not just the risk of fireside within the drought ridden nation-state but additionally frightening encounters with dangerous 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 maintain operating with no him studying what they've found?

(Originally released in 1936)

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Titty regarded around miserably. “It can’t have,” she acknowledged. “There it really is again,” acknowledged Nancy. “Look the following. get back a backyard or and move over that bit back. ” everyone was once alert now, and gazing. “What occurred? ” stated Roger. “I didn’t see. ” “Slowly …” stated Nancy. Titty’s eyes have been swimming. She observed the floor of the backyard at her toes via a mist. anything queer used to be taking place that she may well neither aid nor prevent. The stick used to be greater than a bit wooden in her palms. It used to be coming alive. If in simple terms she may well drop it, and be loose from it. yet there has been Captain Nancy’s voice, conversing, on the subject of her and but distant. “Go on, Titty. pass it, Able-seaman. Or is it simply your hand shaking? ” all of sudden, a backyard or so from the pump, there should be doubt not. The ends of the stick have been lifting her thumbs. She fought opposed to them, making an attempt as not easy as she may well to carry them nonetheless. however the fork of the stick used to be dipping, dipping. not anything may cease it. Her palms grew to become regardless of her. “Titty! Titty! ” They have been all speaking to her right now. the following second the stick had twisted fresh out of her fingers. It lay at the floor, only a forked hazel twig with the fairway exhibiting during the bark the place Nancy’s knife had trimmed it. Titty, the dowser, startled greater than she may perhaps endure, and shaking with sobs, had bolted up into the wooden. Steps sounded at the back of her. “It’s okay, Titty,” Susan used to be asserting. “Never brain. It’s over now, besides. ” “Sorry,” sobbed Titty. “Awfully sorry. I didn’t suggest to …” “All correct, Titty … very well … regular on. ” in some way or different she needs to cease this foolish trembling, she, an able-seaman, an explorer, a mining prospector. She stood nonetheless and stuck carry of a department, not often seeing it. all of sudden she observed it was once a hazel department. She allow cross of it as though it had burnt her. “Come on, Titty. ” Susan used to be patting her shoulder. “Just a minute or two,” stated Titty, swallowing challenging. “I’m coming again … yet … Oh, Susan … to not do it back. ” “No, no,” acknowledged Susan. “They won’t even ask you. ” Susan was once correct. After that first second of horrified astonishment at Titty’s tears there have been keen speak. There have been extra experiments with the hazel twig, however it had no longer stirred in any in their arms. nonetheless, a few of them, no less than, have been certain they'd obvious the item ensue. after which John, who had began to run after Titty and stopped brief, pondering it larger to depart her to Susan, had had a personal note with Nancy. “Giminy, I want it were me it had occurred with,” stated Nancy. “We’ve acquired a geologist within the expedition,” Peggy used to be announcing as Titty and Susan got here down out of the wooden. “And now our personal dowser … a minimum of …” “Shut up,” Titty heard Nancy say. Dick used to be maintaining the hazel twig, the reduce ends of the fork. “I don’t see why it should,” he used to be announcing. “There’s not anything to make it twist. It can’t have, quite. She should have simply idea it did. ” “Look here,” acknowledged Nancy, by surprise and loudly. “What a couple of wallow in what’s left of the river? We’ll need to dollar up prior to it’s too darkish to discover the wettest bits.

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