“Possibly they were told that if they did not keep quiet something would happen to the girls,” added Roger. He closed his teeth with a snap. “Oh, I just wish I had my hands on those 杭州足浴店可以吹 rascals!”
“It’s maddening, isn’t it, Roger, to stand around here and not be able to do anything?” groaned Dave. In his mind’s eye he could picture the misery endured by Jessie and his sister while they were being held captives.
At last the train for Crumville came in, and they lost no time in jumping on board.
“Thank heaven, we are on the last leg of this journey!” breathed Roger, as they settled down in a seat.
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But then their faces grew exceedingly thoughtful. What dire news might await them at their journey’s end?
CHAPTER XIX THE DEMAND FOR MONEY
“Oh, what shall we do—what shall we do?”
It was Mrs. Wadsworth who uttered the words. She sat in the luxuriously furnished living room of the Wadsworth mansion,
wringing her hands while the tears stood on her cheeks. In front of her was the 杭州哪里玩你懂 rich jewelry manufacturer, pacing up and down and biting his lip in deep thought.
“Don’t take it so hard, Alice, my dear,” said the husband in a husky voice. “It’ll come out all right—I am sure it will.”
“But, Oliver, I am so frightened! Think of those poor girls in the hands of those awful gypsies—or somebody just as bad, or worse! It’s dreadful! I can’t bear to think of it!” and Mrs. Wadsworth’s tears began to flow afresh.
In a corner 杭州按摩女图片 of the library sat old Caspar Potts, white-haired and with eyes that were no longer bright. The professor’s head was shaking from side to side.
“I wish Davy were here,” he quavered. “I’m sure that boy could do something.”
“He has telegraphed that he is on the way, 193along with Roger Morr,” said Mr. Wadsworth.
“Good! Good! He’ll do something—I know he will! Davy is a great boy!” and the old 杭州足疗网 professor nodded his head vigorously. Ever since he had taken our hero from the poorhouse years before, Dave had been the very apple of his eye.
Oliver Wadsworth walked to a writing-table, and from one of the compartments drew a much-rumpled sheet of paper, which had come to him in a dirty envelope several days before. The envelope had been post-marked, “Halwick,” the name of a town about thirty miles away.
“What are you going to do about 杭州桑拿价格 that demand for money?” questioned Mrs. Wadsworth, as she watched her husband peruse the note—something he had done a great number of times.
“I don’t know,” he answered helplessly. “We have been given at least ten days in which to raise it, so there is no great hurry about deciding the question.”
“Is Mr. Porter in favor of meeting the demand?”
“He is like myself, he doesn’t know what to do. He and Dunston Porter are both of the opinion that this demand for fifty thousand dollars may be just the forerunner of other demands. They may want every cent all of us are worth before they give the two girls up,” added the jewelry manufacturer.