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The Crisscross Shadow (The Hardy Boys, No. 32)

By Franklin W. Dixon

While a guy promoting leather-based items door-to-door steals the most important to their detective father’s dossier cupboard, Frank and Joe Hardy got down to tune him down. a wierd mark on a key case which the fellow bought to their mom leads the teenage sleuths to an Indian village, whose chiefs begs them to aid him locate helpful tribal possessions and the deed for his land. How Frank and Joe locate the lacking deed and Ramapan treasures, how they hinder the phony leather-goods salesman from accomplishing a ruthless scheme and the way they assist their father resolve the top-secret case he's engaged on for the U.S. executive makes interesting analyzing for all fanatics of the Hardy boys.

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Steadily the Ramapans’ energy used to be so weakened that we have been compelled to maneuver north. This used to be many generations in the past. “Then, ultimately the wars stopped, and modem drugs decrease our dying expense. We grew to become wealthy, yet nonetheless we have been small and overlooked our former greatness,” he stated with a remote glance. “The tribe rigorously hung on to its reductions from fishing and trapping. Then fifty-nine years in the past the leaders decided. With my father as leader, they determined to pool their assets and circulation down from the wild north state. where they selected used to be this very acreage, the positioning the place our ancestors had lived. ” the men had scarcely moved because the attention-grabbing story spread out. “My father and the tribe acquired this land from the property of a guy named York. ” York! The identify of 1 of the suspected gang! “Was his identify Philip York? ” Frank requested. “No,” leader Whitestone answered. “It used to be Amos York. yet after the tribe arrange their new domestic, they didn’t locate the peace and protection that they had anticipated. ” “What occurred? ” Joe requested. the manager had paused to strike a fit to his lengthy pipe. He puffed a couple of times, then endured. “A neighboring tribe began to raid the Ramapans. They got here each evening, stealing and destroying our estate and notable terror within the hearts of our humans. however the Ramapans fought again even opposed to heavy odds. “My father used to be anxious the enemy could scouse borrow our deed to the valuables, in addition to different useful tribal files. So he buried them secretly, including a jeweled dagger worthy millions of bucks that the Ramapans had had of their ownership for generations. they'd confiscated it after a conflict with a French military 2 hundred years formerly. ” “Where did your father bury the papers and the dagger? ” Frank requested him. leader Whitestone shook his head. “That’s the secret. presently later on, he grew to become ailing and eventually we discovered he was once demise. “According to the legislation of our tribe, i might develop into leader. everybody knew my father had buried the papers and the dagger, however the position used to be a mystery. So I requested him the place they have been. “He used to be sinking quickly, yet he opened his eyes with nice will strength and whispered: ‘My son—my son—papers—dagger—buried the place a crisscross shadow is forged within the gentle of the hunter’s moon. ” because the leader stopped talking, there has been entire silence for numerous seconds, then the Hardys checked out Chet. His face wore a boastful glance, as though to assert: “There is a treasure buried in a crisscross shadow! ” leader Whitestone persisted after a second. “That used to be the one clue my father gave and I’ve by no means been capable of finding where. ” “It doesn’t sound like a simple task,” Frank remarked. “We—” “That’s now not all,” leader Whitestone interrupted. “Not some time past strangers seemed within the village. They acknowledged they wanted to shop for our land and have been ready to provide a good expense. “ ‘No,’ I instructed them, ‘we wouldn’t promote for all of the funds on the earth. this can be our domestic. The tribe has grown and prospered the following after many generations of trouble. Our land isn't really on the market. ’ ” “But that didn’t finish it,” Ted took up the tale.

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