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

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Beecher to return back. he's taking after his father in being very thorough in what he does. "Sometimes I think," went on Mr. Nestor, "that Tom isn't really fairly regular sufficient. he is considering such a lot of issues, probably, that he cannot get his brain right down to the average. I bear in mind he as soon as despatched anything right here in a field categorised `dynamite. ' although there has been no explosive in it, it gave us an exceptional fright. yet Tom is a boy, even with his years. Professor Beecher turns out a lot older. all of us like him greatly. " "That's nice," acknowledged Ned, as he took his departure. He had figured out what he had come to benefit. "I knew it! " Ned exclaimed as he walked domestic. "I knew whatever was once within the wind. The little eco-friendly god of jealousy has Tom in his clutches. that is why my creative buddy was once so apprehensive to move in this excursion whilst he discovered Beecher used to be to move. He desires to beat him. i suppose the professor has evidently proven that he would not like whatever higher than to chop Tom out with Mary. Whew! that is anything to contemplate! " bankruptcy V. THE LITTLE eco-friendly GOD 17 Tom fast within the Land of Wonders bankruptcy VI. disagreeable information Ned Newton made up our minds to maintain to himself what he had heard on the Nestor domestic. now not for the realm might he enable Tom fast understand of the location. "That is, I will not allow him recognize that I know," stated Ned to himself, "though he's most likely besides conscious of the placement as i'm. however it certain is queer that this Professor Beecher must have taken one of these fancy to Mary, and that her father should still regard him so good. that's ordinary, i assume. yet i'm wondering how Mary herself feels approximately it. that's the half Tom will be so much attracted to. "No ask yourself Tom desires to get prior to this younger collage chap, who most likely thinks he is the complete convey. If he can locate the buried urban, and get the idol of gold, it'd be an immense feather in his cap. "He'd don't have any finish of honors heaped on him, and that i believe his hat would not come inside 3 sizes of becoming him. Then he'd stand in larger than ever with Mr. Nestor. And, possibly, with Mary, too, although i believe she is unswerving to Tom. yet one by no means can inform. "However, i am happy i do know approximately it. i will do all i will to aid Tom, with no letting him understand that i do know. And if i will be able to do something to aid to find that idol of gold for Professor Bumper, and, by the way, Tom, i'm going to do it," and he spoke aloud in his enthusiasm. Ned, who used to be jogging alongside within the darkness, clapped his open hand down on Tom's journal he was once sporting domestic to learn back, and the consequent noise used to be a pointy crack. because it sounded a determine jumped from in the back of a tree and known as tensely: "Hold on there! " Ned stopped brief, considering he used to be to be the sufferer of a holdup, yet his fears have been allayed while he beheld one of many police strength of Shopton confronting him. "I heard what you stated approximately gettin' the gold," went at the officer. "I was once walkin' alongside and that i heard you talkin'. Where's your friend? " "I don't have any, Mr. Newbold," responded Ned with fun, as he famous the fellow. "Oh, pshaw! it really is Ned Newton! " exclaimed the upset officer.

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