The Boy Scouts Afloat, or Jack Danby's Finish Race

The Boy Scouts Afloat, or Jack Danby's Finish Race

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...You know how a crossed telephone wire makes the instrument sound when you listen at the receiver? Well, the effect they produce is a good deal like that. And this business is so important that the company takes a lot of trouble to see that the amateurs don't make any more trouble than seems absolutely necessary. "We don't want to stop them from making all the experiments they like, as long as they don't interfere with regular business." Jack went to work on the cipher at once. It didn't look hard to him at all, except for the possibility of double confusion because telegraphic symbols might have been employed. But he kept the key to the possible Continental code spelling, since he knew nothing of that code, which the Scouts did not use. He soon found that that must be the code employed. Then, seeking the most frequent letter, he discovered the symbol for e, that process being the first step in the solution of all ciphers. After that it was comparatively easy for him to work it out. But the result was easier to get than to believe. He stared incredulously at the paper on which the message was written out. "Tell Broom," ran the message, " everything is coming along all right. We intend to get Danby to-night if possible. If not, some time to-morrow. No danger--no chance of a mistake this time. He has no idea at all that there is any danger. Earliest word of success or changed plan will be sent by wireless." Jack was by no means a coward, but his face turned pale as he made out the message. The very mystery of the way he had come by it added to his fear of the implacable enemies who seemed determined never to rest until they reached him. Here was a message about him, concerning him intimately, that had just been...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783336
  • 9781236783332