By Enid Blyton

The oldsters of Mike, Peggy and Nora are held captive within the mystery Mountain in Africa. including their associates and Prince Paul, they run away to look for them. yet can they locate the mountain - and who're the unusual and unsafe red-haired humans dwelling there?

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We run speedy, fast! ” Captain Arnold knew without delay that their break out were found, and they needs to break out from there quick. yet the place have been they to move? �Back to the river! ” he whispered to Mrs Arnold, and the 4 of them made their approach silently and speedily down the passages to the darkish river. at the back of them they felt convinced they heard the sound of voices and footsteps. They went correct to the financial institution of the river. �We may possibly get in and cross throughout to the opposite facet, the place that prime rock is, and wish that our heads wouldn’t express above the water,” stated Jack. yet simply then Mafumu made a curious discovery. He ran to Jack, stuck carry of his arm, and whispered whatever excitedly, pulling at Jack forever to make him stick to him. The boy went - and observed what Mafumu had so without warning chanced on. It used to be a small boat, of a curious form, painted in curving stripes. �Look! Let’s get in and move down the river! ” stated Jack. �I can listen anyone coming now, particularly evidently! ” There didn’t appear something greater they can do. in order that they all packed themselves into the humorous rounded boat and driven off down the darkish river. there have been paddle-like oars within the boat, yet Captain Arnold didn't have to use them as the present took them alongside strongly. That used to be a really unusual trip throughout the middle of the key Mountain. occasionally the river ran via giant caves, which gleamed with eco-friendly phosphorescent gentle. occasionally it ran via dank tunnels, and the 4 within the boat may possibly think the slimy partitions as they floated via. as soon as the river opened out into an immense pool, whose aspects lapped the partitions of a excessive cave. Mafumu was once terrified. He clung to Jack tightly, and muttered strings of strange-sounding phrases, fingering his necklace of crocodile enamel. Jack used to be sorry for the opposite boy, specifically as he felt afraid too! The river swirled alongside quick. occasionally the boat knocked opposed to rocks and approximately disenchanted. as soon as Mrs Arnold nearly fell overboard, and Captain Arnold basically simply snatched at her in time. every person puzzled the place the adventure may finish. It led to a so much amazing demeanour. The river without warning grew to become less violent, and the present appeared to fall away to not anything. The boat nearly stopped and Captain Arnold needed to use the paddles to get it ahead. They have been in a reasonably vast tunnel with a low roof, and never a long way forward there appeared to be an archway, by which a vivid mild shone. �We’re arriving somewhere,” acknowledged Captain Arnold. �Well, we can’t return, so we needs to move ahead! i'm wondering what that vivid mild is! ” They quickly discovered! The boat went slowly ahead, gone through the archway - and the 4 came across, to their huge, immense amazement, that the river flowed via what gave the look of an important and most luxurious room! the ground used to be of serious delicate stones, polished until eventually they shone. The partitions have been coated with terrific hangings, all of the shades of the rainbow, and the ceiling which was once domed in glittering stones, rose up excessive and lovely. From it hung the nice sparkling lamp that gave the intense mild the 4 had obvious throughout the archway.

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