The Mystery in Washington D.C. (Boxcar Children Mystery & Activities Specials #2)
Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children take a trip to Washington, D.C, and visit the Capitol Building and the Air and Space Museum. But when things start disappearing from their hotel, and they realize they are being followed, the children know there's a mystery.
discount because you’re renting two rooms, or does she charge the full amount?” The questions caught him off guard. “I … I have no idea,” he said, embarrassed. Why did she want to know what Grandfather was paying? “Oh, come on, now,” she said in a wheedling tone. “You can tell me.” She eyed him shrewdly. Henry straightened up and returned her stare. “I honestly don’t know, ma’am. Maybe you should ask Mrs. Parsons about her rates.” “Humph!” Mrs. Wentworth said disgustedly. “Fat chance she’d
day at the Smithsonian, and ate a late supper that night at the B and B. Violet noticed that the pewter candlesticks were missing from the dining room, and she was glad that Mrs. Parsons had decided to move them to a safe place. Jessie was quiet at dinner, and stared at the guests gathered around the dining room table. Mr. and Mrs. Cooley, Mrs. Wentworth, John Sudderth, Peter Marshall … was it really possible that one of them was a thief? When she passed Amira a slice of apple pie, their eyes
already swept out of the kitchen. “Wow,” Benny said softly. “Is she going to be eating with us every night?” Mrs. Parsons bit her lip as though she were trying not to laugh. “Yes, she is, Benny. I’m sure she’s very nice … once you get to know her.” Mrs. Wentworth barely nodded when she was introduced to the Aldens and Amira, and frowned all through dinner. Luckily there were other guests to talk to, and Violet started a conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Cooley, who were professional
talk to Jessie and Violet the next day. If something was going on, everyone needed to be on their guard. Benny was beside himself with excitement when they arrived at the Air and Space Museum the following morning. There was a huge DC-3 hanging from the ceiling, and they walked under a model of the Wright Brothers’ plane. “We learned about the Wright Brothers in school,” he said, tugging at Jessie’s hand. “They flew the very first plane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.” “Orville and Wilbur,”
“They have viewing windows on the top floor and we can see all of Washington.” Henry and the girls drifted off to look out an east window to the Capitol, and Benny fumbled in his pocket for his toy binoculars. Violet had told him that he could see all the way to Maryland and Virginia if he pointed them in the right direction. He lifted the binoculars, and caught a glimpse of the gleaming white Jefferson Memorial and the Potomac River. Then, with the binoculars still in place, he raced to another