WILLIAM - online children's book

More adventures of the famous 11 year old and the "outlaws"

Home Main Menu Order Support About Search



Share page  


Previous Contents Next

THE MYSTERY OF OAKLANDS 17
the Greenhouse.' It might be like that with him. He's tryin' to kill us so as to get the money himself."
" Yes," said Henry, " but none of us have any relations that we think was drowned in a shipwreck."
" Oh, do shut up arguing about everything I say," said William wearily. " You've got no sense at all. D'you think our parents would bother to tell us about every single relation they ever had and what happened to 'em ? "
" I'll ask mine to-night," said Henry, " whether they've got any relation they think was drowned in a shipwreck."
" They'll prob'ly say they haven't 'cause they'll have forgotten him but I bet you anythin' one of 'em has. Why's he tryin' to kill us if they haven't ? "
The question seemed so unanswerable that the Outlaws did not attempt to answer it.
But for a time there was so little to feed their suspicion that it might have died away altogether had they not happened to go past the two cottages one day a week or so later and found the garden of Oaklands empty, the blinds of the house drawn and a general air of desolation over the whole. They hung over the gate for some time, but it is of course no fun hanging over the gate of a garden when there is no one in the garden to send you away. So after a time they walked on down the road.
They had long since ceased to dally over the gate of Beechgrove.
" Wonder where he's gone," said Ginger medita­tively.
" He's killed him, of course," said William. " Squirted him with poison or jabbed at him with a poisoned spade same as he'd 've done at us if we hadn't run off so quick. Poor old Scraggy." William heaved a compassionate sigh for the victim. " He couldn't run off quick so he got him."
" But why should he want to kill Scraggy ? " said
E
Previous Contents Next