By W. E. Johns

This includes sixteen brief tales all of that are strange in that they include Ginger telling his comrades in 666 (Fighter) Squadron of his adventures with Biggles after they have been chartered by means of Dr. Augustus Duck (nicknamed "Donald") to take him to enquire a number of unusual phenomena.

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Algy stated whatever approximately me falling over with fright. "Nothing of the sort," stated Biggles. "Even if he did, there has been no this is because he may still scratch his face. " He got here nearer, and we stumbled on that the rainy stuff on my face was once blood. The humorous a part of it used to be we could not discover a wound; while i would wiped it there wasn't a mark on my face. Then Biggles went into the room and the secret was once solved—at least, we chanced on the place the blood had come from, for there, at the piano, was once a gory mess which we made out to be part a rat. "Do spooks devour rats, health professional? " asks Biggles, it seems that particularly heavily. "Not that i am acutely aware of," solutions Donald. "Frankly, i have had little or no adventure of ghosts. " "In that case I shall have the excitement of unveiling you one in a minute," says Biggles; and from the best way he acknowledged the phrases I knew he had the answer of the secret in his pocket. He picked up the mutilated rat by means of the tail and flung it throughout the doorway directly to the line. "Now, Ginger," he says, "you take the torch. whilst I say the be aware, change the sunshine on that rat. attempt to shine the beam on it first pass, or we should be too past due. " I took the torch. Then got here one other spell of ready. This time we should have waited approximately part an hour. a few times we heard voices within the distance, yet not anything very shut. Then unexpectedly, there has been one of those graceful. "Now," snaps Biggles. I switched at the gentle. Bang went the gun. We dashed out, and there beside the rat lay—a raven. Algy began guffawing. "That's a great one," he chuckled. "We lay a seize for a spook and get the bird—ha—ha. " Biggles says, "I beg your pardon, but if I shoot at a spook I hit a spook. " "What do you suggest? " says Algy, without warning. "That's the spook," solutions Biggles, pointing on the raven. "Have you by no means heard of ravens conversing? They speak as truly as parrots—some humans say higher. " good, you could think how that cleared the ambience. We laughed ourselves in poor health, for what, a minute sooner than, have been tragedy, used to be now natural farce. We have been nonetheless giggling after we went again to the computing device and made a cup of tea to scrub down a number of biscuits. the one one of many get together who wasn't relieved used to be Donald. He was once bored to death simply because what had promised to be a firstclass secret had grew to become out to be an easy prosaic occasion. there has been, in spite of the fact that, one peculiar element to the affair. We have been lower than the influence that the raven used to be typically an afternoon fowl; yet there, for a few cause or different, it had built nocturnal behavior, after the style of the owl. doubtless there has been a cause of that, had we cared to extend our remain to enquire the problem. the subsequent morning we stumbled on lots of ravens, sitting in darkish corners. It used to be effortless sufficient to determine how that they had constructed the behavior of conversing, even if this, in fact, is solely surmise. both there have been ravens within the district while the settlers arrived, or they have been introduced with them. regardless of how they got here, ravens have been there, and a number of of them should have been stuck and saved as a puppy. Being nice imitators, like parrots, they might discover ways to reproduction the sounds made by way of the folks.

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