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Yet I hate to renounce now that we’ve come this a ways. ” “I’ve had a couple of studies in fog out in this bay,” Biff Hooper remarked, “and I don’t are looking to repeat ‘em if it may be helped. You by no means understand whilst another boat goes to come back alongside and run you down. You can’t see it until eventually the boat’s correct on most sensible of you. permit a type of large ships wallop you and you’re performed for! ” “A horn isn’t a lot good,” stated Jerry, “because the fog turns out to make the sound come from a distinct path than the real one. ” The fog swirled down at the boys, hiding the shore from view. It enveloped them so thoroughly they can scarcely see various yards forward. Frank had already became on his yellow fog gentle and without warning they observed a small tug a quick distance up the bay. The craft was once heading towards the town, yet now it vanished. Frank decreased pace and pressed the horn. No sound! “This,” acknowledged Jerry, “is undesirable. If it weren’t for Joe, I’d say move domestic. i'm wondering how lengthy the pea soup will final. ” not anyone ventured a bet. Frank stated tensely, “Watch for that tug, fellows. My horn won’t blow. ” because the Sleuth groped blindly during the clammy mist, Frank proposal he heard the faint throb of the tug’s engines. His gentle didn't choose up the craft and it was once very unlikely to estimate its distance or path. Then got here the blast of the tug’s whistle, low and mournful in the course of the heavy fog. It appeared to be some distance to the correct, and Frank was hoping to prevent it by way of going immediately forward. while the whistle sounded back, it used to be louder and appeared to come from some degree simply to their left. It was once drawing nearer! “That outdated tug should have traveled approximately miles fresh around the bay in part a minute,” Chet remarked. “Frank, 1-look out! ” As he spoke, the whistle sounded back. This time Biff straightened up in alarm. The tug looked to be at once forward. “How do you work its place, Frank? ” “I imagine the tug is effective shut. It’s tough to inform the place the sound’s coming from. We’ll simply need to pass effortless and wish we see it first. ” Biff may perhaps rarely make out the strict of the Sleuth. “This is worse than a blackout,” he commented. once again the whistle blew, this time so terrifyingly loud that the tug looked to be just a couple of yards away. the men might listen its engines. nonetheless their mild printed not anything. “Up in entrance, Chet! ” snapped Frank. “If you notice it, sing out! ” Chet scrambled onto the bow and peered into the grey gloom forward. all of sudden he gave a yell of terror. “It’s bearing correct down on us! ” whilst he shouted, a heavy darkish shadow loomed out of the fog. The Sleuth used to be approximately to be rammed! The tug was once sweeping down at the boys. It used to be just a couple of yards away! the lads may see a guy on deck, waving his hands wildly. The whistle shrieked. No time to lose! The engine of the Sleuth broke right into a surprising clamor as Frank opened the throttle broad. on the related quick he swung the wheel difficult to port. The motorboat swerved and shot without delay around the bow of the bigger boat. For a breathless moment it appeared that not anything might shop the men. They waited for the jarring effect that appeared purely seconds away!