The Message in the Hollow Oak (Nancy Drew, Book 12)

By Carolyn Keene

A bunch detectives problem Nancy to take on a secret that they've did not resolve: locate a useful message hidden by way of a missionary centuries in the past in a hole oak tree in Illinois. whereas looking the woods for the traditional tree, Nancy and her neighbors dwell with a bunch of younger archaeologists who're excavating prehistoric Indian burial mounds on a close-by farm. A shadowy enemy stalks Nancy and harasses everybody on the dig. The younger investigator pursues her risky adversary to an outlaws’ cave, and is threatened while she discovers an strange treasure. How Nancy, with few clues to move on, solves this complicated secret will thrill all readers.

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May possibly this be the true hole oak? ” Nancy requested excitedly. “Let’s investigate cross-check it! ” Ned steered. the 2 waded into the move and tested the bark. Nancy was hoping fervently that if there have been a hump indicating an item beneath, it's going to no longer be at the underside of the tree. “Here’s whatever! ” she referred to as out in a couple of moments. George shouted down, “What do you're thinking that? ” “Tell you in a moment,” Ned spoke back. “Dave, did you convey alongside your little hatchet? ” “I convinced did,” Dave answered. He got here down the embankment carefully. George and Bess stayed on the best and saved taking a look round them to determine if somebody have been staring at. If Kadle had no longer been captured and have been locally he might definitely attempt to intrude. utilizing the hatchet, Dave quickly exposed one other identify plate. On it have been the initials P. F. yet there has been no arrow! “We’ve came across it! We’ve came upon it! ” Nancy cried gleefully. The tree used to be particularly rotted. The teens figured it can no longer were within the water very lengthy, or it will have fallen aside. After a couple of mild whacks with the hatchet they got here to the hole part. “Oh! ” Nancy murmured. inside of lay an extended, slender steel field. Ned lifted it out, then the elated finders all started up the embankment with it. “I can’t think it! ” Bess known as down. “You’ve chanced on the treasure! ” Nancy used to be virtually too excited to talk. She may well infrequently wait to determine what was once within the field. as a result of its dimension and weight she learned there has to be anything extra inside of than simply the message. The steel field used to be laid at the flooring on the best of the embankment and brushed aside. “Here are Père François’s initials. ” George pointed. there has been a lock yet no key. The steel had rusted, in spite of the fact that, and with little attempt Ned pried the lid open. within the field lay a copper searching horn embellished with beautiful Limoges porcelain paintings depicting scenes in France. “It’s beautiful,” acknowledged Bess as Nancy lifted the horn from the field. “The message needs to be hidden within! ” she exclaimed. Nancy was once approximately to place her hand into the horn while a voice close to the crowd commanded: “Hand that over to me! ” bankruptcy XX equipment and Caboodle NANCY and her pals whirled to determine who had ordered her handy over the treasure. Kadle! Beside him stood a guy with a gun. Nancy’s middle sank. finally her exertions, used to be she going to need to give up her discovery to a thief? Defiantly she requested, “Why may still I supply this to you? ” “Never brain the explanation! ” Kadle shouted angrily. “Come right here, all of you! ” Bess, trembling, began to stroll forward. Dave stepped to her part. the following second Nancy, Ned, and George noticed country soldiers hurrying towards them one of the timber. the 3 pals exchanged appears. Then, taking part in for time, Nancy persisted to oppose Kadle. “What may you do with this? ” she requested. “And how a lot might you pay for it? ” “Don’t be ridiculous! ” Kadle shouted, stepping ahead a velocity. Bess became her head. “You’d larger do as he says, Nancy. We don’t are looking to get harm. ” “She’s correct! ” Kadle referred to as out. ahead of he may well flow back, the soldiers sprang from the woods and seized the 2 males.

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