Tom Swift and His War Tank: Or, Doing His Bit for Uncle Sam (Tom Swift, Book 21)
Tom Swift and His War Tank is the 21st book in the original Tom Swift series.
"Every boy possesses some form of inventive genius. Tom Swift is a bright, ingenious boy and his inventions and adventures make the most interesting kind of reading."
"These spirited tales convey in a realistic way, the wonderful advances in land and sea locomotion and other successful inventions. Stories like these are impressed upon the memory and their reading is productive only of good."
This series of adventure novels starring the genius boy inventor Tom Swift falls into the genre of "invention fiction" or "Edisonade".
took him to Boomerang's stable." "How'd you get him to go with you?" asked Ned, for the old colored man was feeble, and most of the men employed at Tom's plant were of a robust type. "I done fooled him. I said as how I'd lest brought from town in mah mule cart some new sauerkraut, an' he could sample it if he liked. So he went wif me, an' when I got him to de stable I pushed him in and locked de door!" "Come on!" cried Tom to his chum. "Rad may be right, after all, and one of my workmen may be
no answer, and then the fleeing shadow was merged in the other blackness of the night. "Maybe it was the watchman making his rounds," suggested Ned. "No," answered Tom, as he broke into a run. "If it was, he'd have answered. There's something wrong here!" But he could find nothing when he reached the window from which he and Ned had seen the shadow dart. An examination by means of a pocket electric light betrayed nothing wrong with the sash, and if there were footprints beneath the casement
he got that message Tom decided not to go." Accordingly they made enough inquiries to establish the fact that Tom had started for the farm of the rascally Kanker, who had been so insistent in the matter of his almost worthless barn. A number of people who knew Tom well had seen him pass in the direction of Kanker's place, and some had spoken to him, for the young inventor was well known in the vicinity of Shopton and the neighboring towns. "Well, out to Kanker's we'll go!" decided Ned. "And if
anything has happened to Tom there—well, we'll make whoever is responsible wish it hadn't!" "Bless my fountain pen, but that's what we will!" chimed in Mr. Damon. And so the two began the search for the missing youth. Chapter XXI - A Prisoner * Amos Kanker came to the door of his farmhouse as Ned and Mr. Damon drove up in the runabout. There was an unpleasant grin on the not very prepossessing face of the farmer, and what Ned thought was a cunning look, as he slouched out and asked:
trying something more desperate than that," Tom answered. Again the wireless crackled, Tom working it with one hand while, with the other, he guided the aircraft. Ned looked downward with wondering eyes. The tank was still plunging her way toward the steep bank of the river. If she tumbled down this, there would be little left of the expensive and complicated machinery inside. "The rascals did their work well," mused Ned. "They've probably gotten all the secrets they want and now they're going