Text - "Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold" Victor Appleton
Then the person at the other end of the wire must have plunged into something very interesting and absorbing, for Tom did not again interrupt by interjected remarks. Tom Swift, as has been said, was an inventor, as was his father. Mr. Swift was now rather old and feeble, taking only a nominal part in the activities of the firm made up of himself and his son. But his inventions were still used, many of them being vital to the business and trade of this country. Tom and his father lived in the village of Shopton, New York, and their factories covered many acres of ground. Those who wish to read of the earliest activities of Tom in the inventive line are referred to the initial volume, "Tom Swift and His Motor Cycle." From then on he and his father had many and exciting adventures. In a motor boat, an airship, and a submarine respectively the young inventor had gone through many perils. On some of the trips his chum, Ned Newton, accompanied him, and very often in the party was a Mr. Wakefield Damon, who had a curious habit of "blessing" everything that happened to strike his fancy. Besides Tom and his father, the Swift household was made up of Eradicate Sampson, a colored man-of-all-work, who, with his mule Boomerang, did what he could to keep the grounds around the house in order. There was also Mrs. Baggert, the housekeeper, Tom's mother being dead. Mr. Damon, living in a neighboring town, was a frequent visitor in the Swift home. Mary Nestor, a girl of Shopton, might also be mentioned. She and Tom were more than just good friends. Tom had an idea that some day-. But there, I promised not to tell that part, at least until the young people themselves were ready to have a certain fact announced. From one activity to another had Tom Swift gone, now constructing some important invention for himself, as among others, when he made the photo-telephone, or developed a great searchlight which he presented to the Government for use in detecting smugglers on the border. The book immediately preceding this is called "Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel," and deals with the efforts of the young inventor to help a firm of contractors penetrate a mountain in Peru. How this was done and how, incidentally, the lost city of Pelone was discovered, bringing joy to the heart of Professor Swyington Bumper, will be found fully set forth in the book. Tom had been back from the Peru trip for some months, when we again find him interested in some of the work of Professor Bumper, as set forth in the magazine mentioned. "Well, he certainly is having some conversation," reflected Ned, as, after more than five minutes, Tom's ear was still at the receiver of the instrument, into the transmitter of which he had said only a few words. "All right," Tom finally answered, as he hung the receiver up, "I'll be here," and then he turned to Ned, whose curiosity had been growing with the telephone talk, and remarked: "That certainly was wonderful!" "What was?" asked Ned. "Do you think I'm a mind reader to be able to guess?" "No, indeed! I beg your pardon. I'll tell you at once. But I couldn't break away. It was too important. To whom do you think I was talking just then?" "I can imagine almost any one, seeing I know something of what you have done. It might be almost anybody from some person you met up in the caves of ice to a red pygmy from the wilds of Africa." "I'm afraid neither of them would be quite up to telephone talk yet," laughed Tom. "No, this was the gentleman who wrote that interesting article about the idol of gold," and he motioned to the magazine Ned held in his hand. "You don't mean Professor Bumper!" "That's just whom I do mean." "What did he want? Where did he call from?" "He wants me to help organize an expedition to go to Central America-to the Copan valley, to be exact-to look for this somewhat mythical idol of gold. Incidentally the professor will gather in any other antiques of more or less value, if he can find any, and he hopes, even if he doesn't find the idol, to get enough historical material for half a dozen books, to say nothing of magazine articles." "Where did he call from; did you say?" "I didn't say. But it was a long-distance call from New York. The Professor stopped off there on his way from Boston, where he has been lecturing before some society. And now he's coming here to see me," finished Tom. "What! Is he going to lecture here?" cried Ned. "If he is, and spouts a whole lot of that bone-dry stuff about the ancient Mayan civilization and their antiquities, with side lights on how the old-time Indians used to scalp their enemies, I'm going to the moving pictures! I'm willing to be your financial manager, Tom Swift, but please don't ask me to be a high-brow. I wasn't built for that." "Nor I, Ned. The professor isn't going to lecture. He's only going to talk, he says." "What about?" "He's going to try to induce me to join his expedition to the Copan valley." "Do you feel inclined to go?" "No, Ned, I do not. I've got too many other irons in the fire. I shall have to give the professor a polite but firm refusal." "Well, maybe you're right, Tom; and yet that idol of gold-gold-weighing how many pounds did you say?" "Oh, you're thinking of its money value, Ned, old man!" "Yes, I'd like to see what a big chunk of gold like that would bring. It must be quite a nugget. But I'm not likely to get a glimpse of it if you don't go with the professor." "I don't see how I can go, Ned. But come over and meet the delightful gentleman when he arrives. I expect him day after to-morrow." "I'll be here," promised Ned; and then he went downtown to attend to some matters connected with his new duties, which were much less irksome than those he had had when he had been in the bank. "Well, Tom, have you heard any more about your friend?" asked Ned, two days later, as he came to the Swift home with some papers needing the signature of the young inventor and his father. "You mean?" "Professor Bumper." "No, I haven't heard from him since he telephoned. But I guess he'll be here all right. He's very punctual. Did you see anything of my giant Koku as you came in?" "Yes, he and Eradicate were having an argument about who should move a heavy casting from one of the shops. Rad wanted to do it all alone, but Koku said he was like a baby now." "Poor Rad is getting old," said Tom with a sigh. "But he has been very faithful. He and Koku never seem to get along well together." Koku was an immense man, a veritable giant, one of two whom Tom had brought back with him after an exciting trip to a strange land. The giant's strength was very useful to the young inventor. "Now Tom, about this business of leasing to the English Government the right to manufacture that new explosive of yours," began Ned, plunging into the business at hand. "I think if you stick out a little you can get a better royalty price.But I don't want to gouge 'em, Ned. I'm satisfied with a fair profit. The trouble with you is you think too much of money. Now-" At that moment a voice was heard in the hall of the house saying: "Now, my dear lady, don't trouble yourself. I can find my way in to Tom Swift perfectly well by myself, and while I appreciate your courtesy I do not want to trouble you." "No, don't come, Mrs. Baggert," added another voice. "Bless my hat band, I think I know my way about the house by this time!" "Mr. Damon!" ejaculated Ned. "And Professor Bumper is with him," added Tom. "Come in!" he cried, opening the hall door, to confront a bald-headed man who stood peering at our hero with bright snapping eyes, like those of some big bird spying out the land from afar. "Come in, Professor Bumper; and you too, Mr. Damon!"
next lessonTask Single lesson Lessons group 1000 most popular words Back to test
the best way to learn touch typing is to use AgileFingers! *sample text Start typing Start typing. Good luck! Touch the keyboard and start typing Press any key on your own keyboard, and then start typing the text Welcome to AgileFingers! This is your last attempt for this task! Set your goal Choose a lesson Choose a text Choose or upload a text Choose a task Congratulations! Your score meets your current goal. Too slow! Your current goal is Too inaccurate! Minimum accuracy is Goal achieved!!! , but first sign in and your scores will be saved! Options are stored in your browser, not on your user's account. Every constructive feedback is a great gift! Choose a text for correction Ah, what a fine day for Science!! Invalid e-mail You are not signed in practice Error saving data Use your own, not the virtual keyboard for typing. Random words Text words per minute characters per minute WPM CPM chart hide Lesson Task Single lesson Lessons group Text s m h Touch typing lessons - learn to type faster - AgileFingers Type much faster without looking at your keyboard. This top free online touch typing course will help you to increase your speed and accuracy." Decide how fast you want to type - AgileFingers When learning to type faster it is important to set a goal. Try to achieve it. If you achieve the goal, set a higher one. Touch typing lessons - AgileFingers You can type faster. Each of your finger type in a different speed. Each finger is responsible for clicking a particular area of your keyboard. Practice fast typing on full texts - AgileFingers Pick a full text for practicing fast typing. Touch typing test - AgileFingers Test if you type as fast as you think you do. If you don't, don't worry. Just practice more with AgileFingeres, eventually you will achieve your goal. Test task Touch typing test - task: Your opinion about AgileFingers Share your thoughts about AgileFingers. We can surely make this course better. Let's work together on that Lesson Fast typing exercise: My own text - AgileFingers Sample text - AgileFingers Correct a text for a better typing experience in AgileFingers Typing exercise Fast touch typing exercise Learn touch typing by playing games - AgileFingers Learning touch typing is not the most pleasurable thing to do, but AgileFingers makes it more interesting. Learn to type faster by playing a game! Sheep Rescue - touch typing game - AgileFingers Learn touch typing by playing "Sheep Rescue" - game that teaches how to type faster and more accurately. Press the correct key and get points for your bravery. Star Words - touch typing game - AgileFingers Master touch typing by playing "Star Words" - game that will make you type much faster. This game is a part of AgileFingers course. User profile - AgileFingers User profile for AgileFingers Log in / register - AgileFingers Authentication for AgileFingers Settings - AgileFingers Settings for AgileFingers - touch typing online tutor Teach your students how to type faster - AgileFingers Zone for teachers who wish to improve typing skills of their students. You can start a lesson in classroom or assign your students. Observe how they type faster and faster. Student zone for those who wish to learn touch typing - AgileFingers Take touch typing classes. Your teacher will guide you in touch typing matters. index middle ring little all fingers row Lesson: fingers inner Random words Random words & numbers Most common words numbers homework classroom work One more go Try again edit English Text should not be empty