“What makes you think he could have had anything to do with it?”
“I’ll tell you,” answered our hero. And thereupon he related how he and Roger had first seen Nick Jasniff in the vicinity of the construction camp, and how, later on, he had been instrumental in having Jasniff sent away from the camp, and 201then how he had met the rascal on the road, had a fight, and lost 长沙桑拿服务 the two letters and the contents of his pocketbook.
“I ought to have written about this, but I didn’t want to worry you folks too much,” he concluded.
“Dave, you may have struck the truth!” burst out Mr. Wadsworth excitedly. “It would be just like that rascal to do such a thing as this. And besides that, you must remember one thing—Jasniff was not pardoned.”
“Not 长沙桑拿酒店 pardoned!” burst out our hero and Roger simultaneously.
“No, he was not pardoned,” answered the jewelry manufacturer. “His case came up before the Board of Pardons, and after a hearing they recommended a pardon for him to the governor. But before the governor signed the order to let him go, Jasniff made his escape from the prison and ran away. Then, of course, the recommendation for a pardon was torn up and thrown in the waste-basket; so if the fellow is ever captured 长沙桑拿洗浴中心排名 he can
go back to prison and serve his term over again.”
CHAPTER XX BEGINNING THE GREAT SEARCH
“Well, what do you know about that!” cried Roger.
“No wonder Nick Jasniff wanted to leave the vicinity of the construction camp,” remarked Dave. “He must have reasoned that sooner or later we would learn that he hadn’t been pardoned and was wanted at the prison.”
“That 长沙桑拿爽记 must be it,” answered the senator’s son.
“If this Nick Jasniff is interested in the affair, we want to know it,” said Mr. Wadsworth. “I shall at once give the authorities the particulars of Jasniff’s doings, so that they can go on the hunt for him. They have his picture in the Rogues’ Gallery, and that can be copied and circulated, so that the authorities in different cities, and especially in this vicinity, can be on the lookout for him.”
“But why weren’t the authorities
on the lookout for him before?” questioned our hero.
“They were at first. But then they got word that Jasniff had sailed for some port in South 203America, so they gave it up. Evidently the report was a false one.”
“Yes, and probably circulated by Nick Jasniff himself,” added Roger.
“Of course you have been over to Coburntown, where the gypsies went after 长沙桑拿攻略 they left here,” remarked Dave.
“We have been all around that territory,” answered his Uncle Dunston. “The gypsies have disappeared entirely, one report stating that they were bound south. I had them stopped at a town about fifty miles away, and those in the camp were closely questioned. They said that Mother Domoza had been left behind on account of sickness, and that two gypsies, one named Tony Bopeppo, and the other Carlos Vazala, had remained with her to take care of her.
They said the three were to go to another gypsy camp some twenty or thirty miles away. But at that camp it was said that they knew nothing about the old hag and her followers.”
“Were the two gypsies, Bopeppo and Vazala, the two with whom you had trouble about the land?” questioned Roger.
“Yes, they were the leaders in the quarrel,” answered Dunston 长沙桑拿按摩预约 Porter. “Bopeppo was particularly furious, and one day threatened to strike Mr. Basswood. I stopped him, and told him if he didn’t behave himself I’d have him placed under 204arrest. Vazala was also very vindictive, he asserting, along with Mother Domoza, that they had the right to occupy the land as long as they pleased.”
“Then it is more than likely that Bopeppo and Vazala, assisted by Mother Domoza and perhaps by Nick Jasniff, are guilty of this kidnapping,” went on our hero.
“We had figured it out that way—of course leaving out Jasniff.”
“Have you any sample of the handwriting of Bopeppo or Vazala?” asked Roger. “If you have you might compare them with the note sent to Mr. Wadsworth.”
“We have managed to get one note written by Bopeppo, and we have two samples of Vazala’s signature. But neither of them seem to be in the 长沙桑拿按摩网 handwriting used in the note,” answered Dave’s father.
“Then it would seem as if the note had been written by somebody else!” cried Dave. “How about Mother Domoza?”
“We don’t believe the old hag can read or write English.”
“I’d like to see the note,” said Roger. Thereupon the communication was brought forth and the two young civil engineers scanned it very closely.
“I wish I 长沙桑拿论坛社区 could remember Nick Jasniff’s handwriting, 205but I can’t,” said Roger. “How about it, Dave?”