Three-Towers Hall was a boarding school for girls. For a time after Billie arrived all went well. But then the head of the school had to go on a long journey and she left the girls in charge of two teachers, sisters, who believed in severe discipline and in very, very plain food and little of it--and then there was a row!
With horrified eyes the girls followed her pointing finger and saw a malignant tongue of flame shoot out--then another--and another.
"It's the baggage car!" screamed Laura, as men, attracted by the blaze, came running from all directions. "Billie, your trunk!"
"My trunk! my trunk!" wailed Billie distractedly. "Oh, it will be burnt up! All my money and everything!"
"Say, Chet, look! The baggage car's on fire!"
It was Teddy's voice, and Billie looked up to see him beside her staring unbelievingly at the burning car.
"Oh, Teddy," she cried, clutching his arm desperately, "my trunk's burning up! Can't you do something--can't you?"
Teddy gave a low whistle and kept on staring while Chet and Ferd came rushing up and joined him.
"The trunk----" Chet began, but Teddy clutched his arm excitedly.
"Look!" he cried. "It's the front end of the car that's on fire. If we climbed through the side door we'd have a chance to----"
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