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2 1 The Day the Children Vanished Modified by: Laura Parsons

3 2 Nine children from the town of Clayton travel by bus to school in Lakeview everyday. Went to school in busNine children

4 3 Since there were only nine children, their bus was a station wagon painted as a school bus. station wagon paintedThe bus

5 4 Jerry Mahoney, a man from Clayton, was hired to be their bus driver. Bus driverJerry Mahoney Jerry

6 5 Everyone in Clayton and Lakeview liked and respected Jerry Mahoney. Liked Jerry MahoneyEveryone

7 6 Jerry was a mechanic who could fix any engine. Was a mechanicJerry Mahoney

8 7 He was engaged to marry Elizabeth Deering. Elizabeth DeeringPeter was engaged

9 8 Elizabeth worked at Clayton bank. Worked at bankElizabeth

10 9 The road the bus traveled included a two mile “dugway”. Two mile “dugway"The bus route

11 10 It was called the “dugway” because it had been dug out of the side of the mountain. Dug from mountainThe road

12 11 The road also wound around the side of the lake with a heavy wire guardrail protecting it from the lake. Protects from lakeHeavy guardrail

13 12 After school one day, Jerry headed into the dugway to take the nine kids home in his bus. To take kids homeDrove into dugway”

14 13 At about four thirty in the afternoon, Joe Gorman realized that the bus was three quarters of an hour late. The bus was lateAt four thirty

15 14 He called the school principal to find out what had happened. Called the schoolJoe Gorman

16 15 Mrs. Bromfield, the principal, received seven phone calls about the bus. Mrs. BromfieldHe spoke to principal

17 16 Nobody knew where the bus with the nine kids was. Where the kids wereNobody knew

18 17 It seemed to have vanished. Had vanishedThe bus

19 18 Jake Nugent said that Jerry had stopped by before driving into the dugway. He had seen JerryJake Nugent said

20 19 Joe Nugent drove his jeep into the dugway to look for the bus. Drove jeep to look for kids Joe Nugent

21 20 He didn’t find the bus. There was no break in the wire guardrail and no bent post. Were not bentGuardrail and wire

22 21 There were no signs of the bus going into the lake. Didn’t go into lakeThe bus

23 22 Joe called the trooper barracks in Lakeview to report it. …called state troopersJoe Nugent

24 23 Trooper Teliski and Karl Dickler showed up to figure it out. Karl DicklerTrooper Teliski

25 24 Karl Dickler said he passed the bus going into the dugway…but it never came out the other end. Had passed the busKarl Dickler

26 25 Hundreds of people began searching the area. Searched the areaHundreds of people

27 26 The bus couldn’t be in the lake because the guardrail was intact and the lake was frozen over. …was frozen overThe lake…

28 27 People began saying mean things about Jerry Mahoney. About Jerry MahoneySaying mean things

29 28 They started saying that he kidnapped the kids. …Jerry kidnapped the kids People said that…

30 29 At nine-thirty at night, people went to Jerry Mahoney’s house to question his father and girlfriend. Jerry Mahoney’s housePeople visited

31 30 Jerry’s father, Pat, and girlfriend, Elizabeth, didn’t know anything. Jerry’s dadPat Mahoney

32 31 They were very worried about Jerry. Elizabeth was worriedPat was worried

33 32 Pat was a old man who kept talking about the old days…not the missing bus. …the old daysPat talked about…

34 33 He liked to talk about “The Great Thurston” who had the greatest magic act ever. Greatest magic act ever “The Great Thurston”

35 34 At daylight, helicopters were searching and a five-state alarm was issued. Helicopters searched for missing kids At daylight

36 35 A man named Clyde Haviland was in charge of the search. In charge of searchClyde Haviland

37 36 He went to Jerry’s house to ask Pat some more questions. Asked Pat Mahoney questions Clyde Haviland

38 37 Pat still did not know where his son, Jerry, and the nine kids were. He didn’t know where the kids were Pat told him

39 38 Pat continued to talk about “The Great Thurston” and his magic act. “The Great Thurston”Pat talked about

40 39 He also talked about the act he and his wife used to do… Mahoney and Faye Boffo Buffalo He and his wifePat talked about

41 40 News came that some clothes and books had been found by the quarry…but no kids. Were foundClothes and books

42 41 By this time, the town of Clayton was dead and most stores were closed. Were closedMost stores in town

43 42 There were only two girls, Gertrude and Millie, working in the telephone office… In telephone officeTwo girls working

44 43 … and one man, Mr. Granger, working at the bank At the bankOne man working

45 44 Everyone else was out at the quarry helping search for the missing kids, bus, and bus driver. Searching for the kidsEveryone else

46 45 Pat Mahoney, Jerry’s father, decided to get dressed in his old cowboy costume. Dressed in cowboy suitPat Mahoney

47 46 Pat walked out of his house and towards the bank. In the streetPat, in cowboy suit

48 47 The girls at the telephone office saw him in the street. Saw Pat in streetTwo women

49 48 Pat walked into the bank and asked for his bank account statement of the past three months. Went into bankPat Mahoney

50 49 Mr. Granger walked into the vault to get Pat’s bank statement. Walked into the vaultMr. Granger

51 50 Pat told him to close the vault, stay inside, and set off the bank alarms Set off alarmsClose the vault

52 51 Gertrude and Millie saw a car drive up in front of the bank and four men get out. In front of bankCar drove up

53 52 Two of the men had suitcases and two of the men had guns. Two men had gunsTwo men had suitcases

54 53 The bank doors opened and Pat came out shooting his guns. Pat shooting his gunsBank doors opened

55 54 The bank robbers ran for cover. Ran for coverBank robbers

56 55 Pat told them to give up and throw their guns down. Throw guns downGive up

57 56 One of the robbers threw his gun down. Threw down his gunsOne robber

58 57 One of the robbers shot Pat in the shoulder. Shot Pat in shoulderOne robber

59 58 Next, two of the robbers got shot Were shotTwo of the robbers

60 59 Mr. Haviland shot the two men and the other two men gave up Shot two robbersMr. Haviland

61 60 Elizabeth ran into the street to see if Pat was OK. …to see if Pat was OKElizabeth ran…

62 61 Trooper Teliski came to tell everyone that Jerry and the kids had been found and were safe. Kids had been foundTrooper Teliski

63 62 Jerry said that the bank robbers had kidnapped them… Kidnapped themBank robbers

64 63 …and put their bus in the back of a truck to hide them. …in back of truckPut bus…

65 64 Haviland explained that Pat Mahoney figured out what had happened and… Figured outPat Mahoney

66 65 …was the person to thank for saving the bank from being robbed. Pat MahoneyThank

67 66 Pat Mahoney told Jerry, “It was a boffo”. It was a BoffoPat Mahoney

68 67 The End

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