The Clue of the Leaning Chimney (Nancy Drew, Book 26)
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Nancy Drew and her friend Bess discover that a rare and valuable Chinese vase has been stolen from the pottery shop of Dick Milton, a cousin of Bess. Dick had borrowed the vase from his Chinese friend, elderly Mr. Soong, and he is determined to repay Mr. Soong for the loss. He tells Nancy that if he can find “the leaning chimney,” he will be on the track of a discovery which will solve his financial problems. Nancy finds the leaning chimney, but it only leads her into more puzzles. Can there be any connection between the vase theft – one of a number of similar crimes – and the strange disappearance of the pottery expert Eng Moy and his daughter Lei?
write.” “That’s what Mr. Soong would like to find out,” Mr. Drew replied. “He came to my office today because he had received a letter from a relative in China. Mr. Soong supposed the Engs had returned to the Orient without paying him the promised visit. He had been a bit perplexed when his letters to China were never acknowledged.” “Sounds very strange,” said Nancy. “He learned something from the letter he received today,” said Mr. Drew. “The relative wrote that the Engs never had returned to
into the blossoms. They were the same strange symbols Nancy had seen concealed in the peach-tree pattern on the Townsends’ vase! She turned again to Mr. Soong. The elderly gentleman’s lips were parted. He seemed unable to take his eyes from the symbols. “What are they?” she asked. “They are the marks of Eng Moy!” he whispered. “My missing friend Eng Moy!” CHAPTER XII A Jade Elephant “ENG Moy!” Nancy gasped. Mr. Soong nodded slowly, as if he still could not believe it himself. “I would
you free on the nineteenth?” Connie asked. “Yes. I’ll come over.” “I’d love to go to a luncheon party that day,” Connie explained. “Dick’s going out of town to see about some different kind of clay.” “Not China clay,” Dick spoke up quietly. “You haven’t had any luck, Nancy?” She told him of her recent search and how both of Miles Monroe’s clues to the China clay pit had led to the mysterious enclosure in the woods. “The first chance I have I’ll go out there.” “I hope you’ll find the clay,”
favorable time to escape. As they marked time, the pottery maker haltingly told his friend all that had happened to him and his daughter since they had arrived in San Francisco five years before. Eng Moy said that the man known to him as David Carr had been a business acquaintance in China. He had tricked the Engs into coming to America by making the father promises of an important position in one of the country’s modern pottery plants. As the final stop in their tour of United States factories,
She had hoped Mr. Soong’s Ming piece and the jade elephant would be among them, but she was disappointed. The Chinese newspapers intrigued her. After carefully unfolding one of them she stuck part of it in her handbag. Two Masonville policemen arrived, and Mrs. Wendell at once told them of Nancy’s prowess as a detective. Nancy smiled and explained what had happened. “What was the fellow like?” asked one of the officers, named McCann. Nancy said she regretted not having had a better look at