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Victor Appleton was once a favored writer within the twentieth century, yet Victor used to be no longer a unmarried person. as a substitute, that identify was once used as a pseudonym through the Stratemeyer Syndicate to place out the preferred Tom Swift series.

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There are acknowledged to be many curious things," went on Jacinto, talking as if he had no curiosity. "You have pointed out buried towns. have you ever inspiration what can be in them−−great heathen temples, idols, probably? " For a second not one of the professor's partners spoke. It used to be as if Jacinto had attempted to get a few info. ultimately the scientist acknowledged: "Oh, definite, we could locate an idol. I comprehend the traditional humans, who have been right here lengthy sooner than the Spaniards got here, worshiped idols. yet we will take no matter what antiquities we discover. " "Huh! " grunted Jacinto, after which he known as to the paddlers to extend their strokes. bankruptcy XII. A fake pal forty Tom rapid within the Land of Wonders the adventure up the river used to be now not very eventful. Many alligators have been noticeable, and Tom and Ned shot a number of with the electrical rifle. towards the shut of the 3rd day's go back and forth there has been a cry from one of many rear boats, and an alarm of a guy having fallen overboard was once given. Tom grew to become in time to determine the terrible fellow's struggles, and even as there has been a swirl within the water and a black item shot ahead. "An alligator is after him! " yelled Ned. "I see," saw Tom evenly. "Hand me the rifle, Ned. " Tom took fast objective and pulled the set off. The explosive electrical bullet went real to its mark, and the nice animal became over in a dying fight. however the river was once jam-packed with them, and no faster had the single nearest the unlucky Indian been disposed of than one other made a splash for the fellow. there has been a wild scream of anguish after which a dismal arm shot up above the crimson foam. The waters seethed and bubbled because the alligators fought less than it for ownership of the paddler. Tom fired bullet after bullet from his great rifle into the spot, yet even though he killed many of the alligators this didn't retailer the man's lifestyles. His physique used to be no longer visible back, notwithstanding seek was once made for it. The coincidence forged a bit damper over the occasion, and there has been a sense of gloom one of the Indians. Professor Bumper introduced that he might see to it that the man's family members didn't want, and this appeared to supply basic pride, specially to a brother who used to be with the celebration. apart from being stuck in a drenching typhoon and one or minor injuries, not anything else of second marked the rest of the river trip, and on the finish of the 3rd day the canoes pulled to shore and an evening camp was once made. "But the place are the mules we're to exploit in touring to−morrow? " requested the professor of Jacinto. "In the subsequent village. we will march there within the morning. no need to head there at evening while all is darkish. " "I think that's so. " The Indians made camp as ordinary, the products being introduced from the canoes and piled up close to the tents. Then evening settled down. "Hello! " cried Tom, awakening the subsequent morning to discover the sunlight streaming into his tent. "We should have overslept, Ned. We have been to begin ahead of previous Sol received in his heavy paintings, yet we have not had breakfast but. " "I did not pay attention anybody name us," remarked Ned. "Nor I. wonder whether we are the merely lazy birds.

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