By Gertrude Chandler Warner
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to reside on my own in a boxcar. Now they've got a house with their grandfather, and they're solving up the previous Bugbee apartment, a spooky mansion of their local! The Aldens are aiding the center and fingers crew restoration an previous property. the home is bursting with collections of its mysterious and kooky former proprietor. but if the contents of the home are auctioned off, the Aldens become aware of that a lot of the gathering is lacking! And that's now not the single secret anticipating the Aldens during this unusual mansion. because the teenagers discover, they arrive throughout hidden rooms, mystery passageways, and weird noises coming from the partitions. The Aldens are made up our minds to benefit the key of the Bugbee apartment . . . yet are they the one ones?
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The Gardiners have been already backing one of many previous autos down the driveway. “Stop! ” Henry yelled. Jessie noticed a major garden mower. She raced over and driven it into the driveway. This blocked the auto from going any farther. George became off the engine then banged his fist at the guidance wheel. He and Louella stared instantly forward. The Aldens had them trapped. by way of this time, every body else had come outdoor, too. The reporter raced over and appeared within the vehicle window. “That’s the pair that made off with part the contents of the Paulding property over in Winslow final month,” he acknowledged. “These have relatively a racket going. They appear at large estates which are approximately to be offered. They paintings there for your time and move themselves off as public sale experts—which they're. That’s how they understand which stuff to thieve ahead of it ever will get to public sale. They sneak out the true treasures and go away the remainder for the public sale. ” He grew to become to Mabel. “I wager you every little thing they took is worthy ten occasions greater than what you made on the public sale. ” Mabel swallowed not easy and tapped her arms opposed to the outdated automobile. “It’s all my fault. I employed them. ” “So did loads of clever humans, Mrs. Hart,” the reporter stated. “You’re now not the 1st. yet due to the Aldens, this is often the 1st time they’ve been stuck red-handed. ” “Oh, my,” Mabel acknowledged while she noticed a few rolled-up papers within the backseat. “Those are the home blueprints i presumed I misplaced. So that’s how they found out the place the roomful of treasures used to be. however the Gardiners didn’t anticipate the Aldens. those little ones didn’t desire blueprints to discover the hidden rooms. ” Brian grew to become to Mabel. “Well,” he stated, “now we will plan one other public sale. ” “Another public sale? ” Mabel stated. “It’s tough to consider that instantaneously. We’d greater get the police the following. ” “I’m making the decision correct now,” the reporter stated, retaining up his cellphone. “These aren’t going wherever. ” “Yes, they are,” Henry stated. “While we’re ready, i would like them to teach us how they obtained from the storage to the home. We knew there has been a fashion, yet George despatched us out of there sooner than shall we locate it. ” He opened the automobile door for Louella. Louella unlocked the storage door. every person her within. “A trapdoor! ” Benny cried whilst he noticed a wood door at the storage flooring. “It used to be below the auto. ” “So that’s why we saved listening to a vehicle engine occasionally while the Gardiners have been within the garage,” Henry acknowledged. He went over and pulled up the door. “There are a few steps. ” “Can i glance? ” Benny acknowledged. The Aldens climbed down a few wood steps to a basement below the storage. They didn’t have their flashlights, yet there has been sufficient gentle to determine anything up forward. “It’s a spiral staircase,” Jessie stated whilst she went over. “It is going method, approach as much as the 3rd ground. ” a number of humans crowded round to get a glance. Brian smacked his brow. “Now I keep in mind this passageway,” Brian acknowledged. “My dad pointed out that my grandfather had a chauffeur named Wolcott. He lived in a small room at the 3rd flooring close to the lavatory. He complained forever approximately how a lot he disliked going outdoors in undesirable climate to begin the automobile.