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By Arthur Ransome

Reunited for the summer time, 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 types of difficulty: not just the risk of fireplace within the drought ridden geographical region but additionally frightening encounters with detrimental 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 retain operating with out him getting to know what they've found?

(Originally released in 1936)

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Even Titty started to imagine it a pity there has been no scouting to be performed. Dorothea at times appeared regretfully in the direction of the white splashes at the hillside. what kind of a narrative was once it whilst it used to be with no villain? Dick by myself, for whom, in the interim, not anything mattered yet other kinds of stones, saved his hammer busy and was once chuffed. At midday they have been again back on the close to facet of the Topps. This was once in accordance with plan, and so they ate their noon dinner, pemmican (cold), apples, bunloaf and marmalade, and a bottle of ginger-beer (grog) apiece, within the colour of the bushes. They despatched off Sappho early, to provide her lots of time to get domestic. The message was once pleased: “ALL GOING good. ” Roger inspiration it a lot too pleased contemplating there has been greater than part the Topps nonetheless to be searched. within the afternoon they begun back on one other strip of state, and labored their manner throughout to the foot of the Screes. there has been a bit extra curiosity this time, simply because that they had numerous stony ridges to go, and little valleys and ravines within the Topps, the place they discovered heather and gray rock jointly. yet even though this appeared very hopeful, they discovered no symptoms of outdated workings, and whilst, in the direction of night, after relocating north that allows you to disguise clean floor, they began to paintings again back in the direction of the valley of the Amazon, Roger was once nearly in a nation of mutiny. They weren't half-way around the Topps whilst he invented a personal video game. He regarded correct and left alongside the road of prospectors. no one used to be as hopeful as within the morning, and the road used to be no longer as instantly because it have been. a few lagged, others have been going too quickly, and the road curled this fashion and that between heather and bracken and rock as they made their approach slowly domestic. nonetheless, a line there has been, and Roger suggestion that it'd be quite stable perform for scouting if he have been to aim to get from one finish of it to the opposite with no being obvious. Nancy, whose eyes have been sharpest, was once fortunately on his left. all of the others have been on his correct. He took a great glance throughout kingdom. there have been John, Titty, Dorothea, Peggy, Dick, and Susan. He famous issues more likely to be priceless, a patch of rocks, a gully, and, better of all, a large stretch of bracken, now not twenty yards prior to him and stretching away over the Topps, approximately so far as the rocky ridge over which Dorothea was once scrambling on her arms and knees. Roger waited on the fringe of the bracken. no one was once taking a look his manner. Now used to be the opportunity. reliable. there has been an outdated sheep tune throughout the bracken. Roger appeared around once again, and, a second later, supposing humans had occurred to appear that manner, they might have obvious not anything yet a moderate stirring of the bracken tops. He had handed at the back of either John and Titty and lay on the fringe of the bracken, peering out to work out what had develop into of Dorothea. There she was once, just about him. Roger lay completely nonetheless. nearly he had pop out in entrance of her, whilst even Dorothea may have obvious him. She had left the rocks and used to be jogging slowly throughout a few open floor, conversing aloud. maybe she, too, used to be getting a bit uninterested in prospecting.

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