By Franklin W. Dixon
While canine and males all of sudden disappear, and weird screams fill the evening, great tales of vengeful ghosts are nearly plausible. it's those unusual happenings which carry Frank and Joe Hardy to the Pocono Mountains to aid their father’s friendsolve the secret of Black hole. but if the Hardy boys and Chet Morton arrive at Captain Thomas Maguire’s cabin at the fringe of the hole, he has disappeared. Frank and Joe are made up our minds to discover the captain, regardless of Chet’s misgivings after an evening of peculiar and terrifying screams. unusually, it's a small dog that discloses a most unique and fabulous set of situations, concerning a mute boy, an elusive hermit, and a fearless puma coach.
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Chet shuddered, because the motor vehicle floor up the hill in low equipment. “Relax,” Joe advised him. “You acknowledged your self that folks don’t think in that hex stuff any further. ” “I don’t know—around the following they might,” Chet persevered in a anxious voice. “All those thick woods, and not often any homes. Do you feel she’s simply making it up? finally, somebody—or something—must have taken Bobby’s puppy! ” Joe chuckled. “That’s how those tales get started,” he defined unconcernedly. “Something mysterious occurs, and rather than searching for a smart rationalization, superstitious humans contemplate spells and witches at once. ” “I don’t know,” Frank installed thoughtfully. “There’s the screaming, Joe. Mrs. Thompson wouldn’t have instructed us approximately that if she hadn’t heard it herself. ” A freshly painted R. F. D. mailbox, with the identify T. MAGUIRE rigorously revealed on it, used to be the very first thing the lads observed once they reached the pinnacle of the hill. past was once a small grassy clearing. either side have been bordered via woods made from thickly leaved hardwoods and darker hemlock and spruce bushes. A neat rustic cabin, outfitted of stripped logs chinked with white mortar, stood to their correct. The polished headlights and radiator of an old-model motor vehicle peeped from at the back of the little construction. “That’s Captain Maguire’s motor vehicle, alright. ” Joe laughed. “It’s fifteen years outdated, yet he retains it taking a look like new—just the way in which I observed it final. ” The Hardys and Chet discovered, to their astonishment, that simply past the rear of the home the floor dropped off into area. the plush grass gave solution to gentle grey rock that fell steeply and disappeared within the tangled woods of a deep, cup-shaped valley less than. For miles, the lip of rock curved round in a big circle just like the rim of an exceptional bowl, damaged the following and there via a strip of eco-friendly indicating a path into the valley. “This needs to be Black Hollow,” Frank acknowledged quietly. “Funny, even the bushes down there glance black, notwithstanding it’s nonetheless sunlight. ” “Well, what do you are saying we get settled? ” Joe prompt cheerfully. “Strange that Captain Maguire hasn’t pop out to satisfy us. Oh, Captain Maguire! ” he shouted towards the cabin. “It’s Frank and Joe Hardy! We’ve arrived! ” however the trim little apartment and the woods round it remained silent. because that they had written the captain to assert they have been coming, the men have been stunned. They fastened the porch and knocked on the cabin door. “No answer,” acknowledged Joe, at a loss for words. “May besides attempt the door. ” It used to be unlocked, so the viewers entered. they discovered themselves in a small, yet neat and cozy room, with a slender bunk on one part. there has been no signal of the captain. Chet Morton, venturing into the little kitchen past, unexpectedly known as out. “Whoops! A fellow may well move swimming in the following! ” Frank and Joe raced in. Their buddy was once status in a wide pool of water at the flooring. differently, the kitchen was once spick and span: the pots at the partitions gleamed; the curtains have been spotless. every little thing was once in its right position. Joe couldn't aid chuckling. “Water at the ground? That’s unbelievable. Captain Maguire’s a tidier housekeeper than a few ladies.