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Title: Stormy Voyage
Sandy Steele Adventures #3
Author: Robert Leckie
Release Date: October 17, 2015 [eBook #50238]
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SANDY STEELE ADVENTURES
Danger at Mormon Crossing
Fire at Red Lake
Secret Mission to Alaska
Sandy Steele Adventures
BY ROGER BARLOW
SIMON AND SCHUSTER
New York, 1959
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- CHAPTER PAGE
- 1 Off to the Mesabi 11
- 2 The Long Boats 22
- 3 Bull’s-Eye 34
- 4 A Plot Discovered 45
- 5 A New Friend 58
- 6 Man Overboard! 73
- 7 In the Locks 81
- 8 Fire! 93
- 9 Charged with Arson 105
- 10 The Unsalted Seas 116
- 11 The Big Blow 130
- 12 A Web of Lies 142
- 13 Cookie to the Rescue 156
- 14 Checkmated 167
- 15 Safe in Port 178
- 16 Summer’s End 184
Off to the Mesabi
Jerry James’s foot came down gently on the brake pedal of Old Faithful, his cut-down, open-air jalopy, and as the car slowed, Sandy Steele vaulted lightly over the side onto the pavement. With a wave of his hand and the shout, “See you tonight, Jerry,” Sandy whirled and sprinted up the front walk.
His long, gangling legs gobbled up the distance with astonishing ease and catapulted Sandy up the porch steps three at a time. But then, after the screen door had slammed shut behind him, Sandy Steele came to a sudden halt as though tackled by an entire enemy football team.
“Dad!” he cried. “But I thought you’d be in Alaska by now!”
“Signals off, Sandy,” John Steele said, rising from the porch hammock and laying aside his evening newspaper. He gazed soberly at his tall, blond son. “You know, Sandy,” he went on, “I believe you’ve grown another two inches in the few days I’ve been away.”
“It’s Mom’s cooking,” Sandy said, smiling. He brushed aside the cowlick that had flopped over his eyes as he ran up the walk. His face resumed its normal expression of quiet thoughtfulness, and he said, “What happened, Dad?”
“Change of plans, Sandy. Instead of testing for uranium in Alaska, the government has decided that I’d better spend the summer on the Mesabi Range.”
“Mesabi?” Sandy repeated, frowning. Then, brightening, he exclaimed, “Oh sure. That’s in Minnesota. The ore mines. Mr. Wilson told us all about it in class the other day. Why are you going there instead of to Alaska, Dad?”
John Steele’s face became grave.
“I don’t know how much your teacher told you about the Mesabi iron-ore mines, son. But the truth is that these ore deposits are among our country’s greatest treasures.” His voice turned grim. “And I’m afraid they’re running out.”
Sandy looked perplexed. “But I thought there were whole mountains of ore up there. At least, that’s what Mr. Wilson said.”
“Your teacher’s right, Sandy. But, unfortunately, most of these deposits are of low-grade ore. As the son of a government