By Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar kids are attending an Invention conference on the domestic of an eccentric artist identified for her exclusive clocks. The clocks sound loudly at each hour. however the clocks should not the single noise the children listen in the dark.
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He introduced and passed a periscope to every of his siblings. Jessie squinted into hers. “I form of see ... oh, wait. I do see whatever. The canine are at the porch. ” Benny may spot Ruff and Tumble with out the aid of the periscope, yet he nonetheless desired to attempt Henry’s contraption. “Wow! ” he stated, peering via. “Hey, if I carry it this fashion, i will be able to see issues up excessive. ” Periscopes in hand, the Aldens trigger to discover. for the reason that Benny was once the shortest Alden, Henry had given him the longest periscope. He instantly came across a bird’s nest less than a few porch shingles. “Everybody’s flown away,” he stated to himself as he peered into the empty nest. He determined opposed to having a look any nearer at a hornet’s nest poking from in the back of a few shutters. “No manner. ” Benny walked alongside the part of the home, turning his periscope this fashion and that to determine what else he may possibly realize. He made up our minds to appear via one of many tall first-floor home windows. Balancing the periscope conscientiously, he gazed in the course of the gap. The view he observed was once a bit wavy. It gave the impression of the ground half somebody. If purely he have been a bit taller. Benny ran over to Henry, who used to be utilizing his periscope to go searching a nook of the home. “Can you set me in your shoulders? I’m taking a look in a high-up window over right here, yet i will merely see part somebody. ” “Maybe whoever it's misplaced her head! ” Henry joked. Benny giggled. “I can’t inform if it’s a him or a her. i would like you to spice up me up. ” “Ugh,” Henry stated as he lifted Benny. “Next time we do that, let’s try out it prior to lunch, no longer in a while. you are feeling as though you've got stones on your pocket. ” “I do,” Benny acknowledged. “For skipping stones at the pond. i will throw them out if I’m too heavy. ” Henry grunted. “Nope. i will carry you,” he stated. He conscientiously carried Benny over to the part of the home. Benny held the periscope to the window. “It’s Mr. Percy,” he whispered to Henry. “He’s tapping on partitions. Uh-oh. He simply went out to the entryway. I can’t see him anymore. ok, you could allow me down. i assumed shall we see if someone was once sneaking round. ” Henry laughed. “Somebody was once. You! i ponder what Mr. Percy is as much as. ” Jessie and Violet walked over, conserving empty puppy bowls. Ruff and Tumble trailed fortunately in the back of. “I noticed those empty water bowls at the porch utilizing my periscope,” Violet introduced. “We can fill them from the surface tap close to the entryway,” Jessie acknowledged. “Good idea,” Henry acknowledged. “You understand, i admire to determine issues with my very own eyes. They’re much sharper than my periscope. ” The Aldens went to the aspect of the home, however the backyard tap didn’t paintings. Henry grinned. “Now we need to get water from the home. ” “Let’s simply move in,” Jessie advised. “We can come correct out once we get the water. ” She walked over to front door, driven it open, and stood there, staring. “Mr. Percy! ” The Aldens couldn’t think their eyes. Mr. Percy used to be attempting to pry open front of the grandfather clock with a screwdriver! Violet improved. “What are you doing to the clock, Mr. Percy? ” “Please don’t holiday it,” Jessie acknowledged. It appeared as though Mr.