Part one. Fugitives Pioneer detachment was encamped near the estate of Count Karagaev. Komsomolets, who led the detachment, went to serve in the army, and in his place appointed Misha Polyakov. His leading work began with an emergency: two guys fled to Spain to beat the fascists. About this Misha learned, after returning from Moscow, where he traveled on business. Together with him came Mikhail Korovin, a former homeless child, and now a labor colonist. The director of their children’s home, Boris Sergeevich, decided to found a work commune in the estate, and sent Korovin to inspect the house. Misha, however, believed that there would be no street children. In a huge, neglected house decorated with a large bronze bird on the pediment, there lived a superintendent, a tall, thin old
In the camp, Misha learned that the boys had fled because of Genka Petrov, who had teased them. There was a hope that the fugitives just left home. Misha sent Genka to Moscow with an order to get hold of the provisions and find out about the escaped pioneers.
The Misha detachment had an important task – to create a pioneer link in the nearby village and eliminate illiteracy. Village folk, however, did not break into the pioneers, were fearful and superstitious. The closest thing to the guys was Vaska Rybalin, nicknamed Zherdyay. His older brother Nikolai helped the pioneers equip the village club. From the Strong, the guys learned the latest news. He also told the pioneers of history and fables, including the legend of the Golygin Ghat, under which one of the Counts of Karagaevs was allegedly buried with his son. The local believed that at night the old count went to the gavel, holding his head in his hands, and dragged the travelers to the swamp.
In the morning Misha met Nicholas, who together with his neighbor Kuzmin was going to go in a boat to Khalzin meadow. A little later the boy learned that Kuzmin was shot, and Nikolai, who had already been arrested, was accused of murder. In the culpability of Nikolai
From Moscow, along with Genka came Boris Sergeevich. The keeper of the manor haughtily presented him with a security document signed by the deputy. head. the provincial department of public education Serov and refused to leave the house.
The task to learn about fugitives Genka failed, only alarmed their parents. In the village of Misha they told us that a son of a local fist Erofeev was hijacked by a homemade raft. The boy guessed that the fugitives swam away on the raft about a day ago and decided to catch up with them. Taking a boat from a local anarchist artist, Misha, Genka, Slava and Zherdyay went down the river.
Part two. Pursuit The boys left early in the morning. Swim up to the boat station, they noticed the countess, the fist of Erofeev and the boatman. They loaded some sacks on the boat, and the boatman sailed down the river. The guys saw him in a few hours. The boatman stopped at the beginning of the trail leading to the Golyginskaya Gat, with the help of two hefty guys dragged the bags into the forest and swam away. Pretending they were just walking, the boys swam towards him. Seeing the pioneers, he tried to detain them, but the guys managed to slip away. Misha decided that the incomprehensible behavior of the boatman had to do with the murder, which could have been witnessed by escaped pioneers.
A broken raft lying on the shore, the guys noticed the evening. In the nearest village Polyakov learned that two boys were sailing here on a boat yesterday.
An empty boat was found at the mill dam. To everyone’s surprise, it was Kuzmin’s boat. The fugitives found friends in a neighboring village – they were detained by a local policeman who suspected the boys of complicity in the murder, as they sailed on the boat of the dead. In fact, the guys took her, stray, on the Sandy Spit. The pioneers were released only after they had testified to the city investigator.
Part Three. Goliginskaya gat camp lived a normal life, but Misha could not forget about the boatman and the countess. Nicholas did not justify, but the investigator began to doubt his guilt. From the artist-anarchist Kondraty Stepanovich, who undertook to decorate the village club, the children learned that the countess, who turned out to be a count’s housekeeper Sofya Pavlovna, and the boatman were looking for the treasure left by the father of the count who had fled abroad. The murdered Kuzmin was a count’s forester. Misha decided that they killed him because of the treasure, which is buried somewhere in the forest. It is him who is looking for a boatman with his stalwart assistants.
Club Kondraty Stepanovich spoiled, painting the walls with surreal lines and blots. For the waste of public funds, the children got from the chairman of the village council, who was under the influence of Erofeev’s fist. A few days later an investigator appeared in the camp. Misha told him about the boatman, the “countess” and his suspicions, but the investigator did not hurry to act. He knew that the old Count, a rich man and an eccentric, had mined precious stones in the Urals, but he did not believe in the existence of the treasure. The boatman turned out to be a famous thief-recidivist, a specialist in currency and jewelry. The investigator was sure that he would not kill.
According to Misha, “such an investigator should deal with cases of kidnapping of chickens, and not seek a murderer.” The boy decided to find the evidence himself and save Nikolai. Having sent Slava to the library for information about the graphs of the Karagaevs, the boy persuaded Gershdy to take him to the Golyginsky Gati at night. Returning from the library, Slava told that the Karagaevs were distant relatives of the famous Demidovs and could, while fleeing abroad, leave here a treasure of precious stones.
At night at Golyginsky gaty children came across freshly dug pits. Deaf uniform blows came from the gathi side. Closer, friends saw assistants to the boatman, who dug out another pit.
Part Four. The Museum of Local Lore Having come to Mother Zherdya somehow, Misha found Erofeev there. He wanted the widow to persuade the eldest son to admit his guilt. Misha asked the woman not to do this and promised the help of her detachment. The next day it was discovered that someone had broken four apples in a former landowner’s garden. This and other incidents of pioneers were written in the local newspaper. A few days later, Misha was handed a paper signed by Serov, in which the detachment was asked to leave the estate because of systematic damage to property. Surrender Misha was not going to. Taking Slava with him, he went to the provincial center to defend his rights. In the train the guys saw the “countess” and the boatman, who was following her. The boys watched them to the museum of local lore – the Countess entered and the boatman waited outside.
Leaving Glory to watch, Misha went to Serov. He said that it was hard to put out the scandal that erupted because of the article. He advised Misha to immediately find another detachment of the detachment, and then tried to intimidate him, threatening him with expulsion from the Komsomol. The boy did not flinch and went to the sponge of the Komsomol. The secretary of the Provincial Committee said that Serov’s Komsomol affairs are not concerned, and ordered the detachment to remain in the estate.
Dealing with business, Misha met Slava, and the boys entered the museum. Slava said that in the “Life of the landlord” department, where the objects from the estate were exhibited, the “countess” fiddled for a few minutes near the bronze bird – a small copy of the one that adorned the house. What exactly she did, Glory did not see, but in the bird there was clearly a hiding place. Misha tried to open it, but the boy was prevented by visitors to the museum and the watchman.
One of the pioneers fell ill in the camp. Arriving to the patient, the doctor turned out to be a longtime acquaintance of the Countess. He persuaded Sofya Pavlovna to let the patient into the former human cell. A couple of days later, Misha and Genka again went to the museum of local lore. They decided to stay there for the night and try to open the hiding place. The boys suffered all night, but the birds did not solve the mystery. The next day was Tuesday, the only day off at the museum. Misha did not take this into account, and the boys had to stay there for another day. On Wednesday morning a tall, slightly limping man entered the hall of “The Life of the Landlord”. Hiding behind the curtain, the friends saw him open the hiding place by pressing the bird on his eyes, and left a note in it. When the stranger left, the boys opened the bird and found out that he would come to the estate in the future Wednesday.
Part Five. The Secret of the Bronze Bird “If there is a cache in a small bird, why not be in the big one, the one that stands in the manor?” The guys decided to check it, but they were not lucky: the patient recovered, and the “countess” ordered to leave the human. Soon, however, a new patient appeared – a very gluttonous boy named Kit. He ate too much and was now tormented by indigestion. Misha persuaded the visiting doctor that Kit should be isolated, otherwise he would again eat. To the displeasure of the countess, the human was again occupied.
Having seized the moment when Sofya Pavlovna left, the boys got to the bronze bird. In her head, there really was a hiding place where the drawing lay. Friends decided that with his help they would find count’s jewelry, but they were disappointed by the doctor who came to visit the patient. He said that before the revolution, Karagaev, Jr., who was nicknamed Rupe Twenty for his light lameness, tried to declare his father insane and take possession of the inheritance. He did not work, the old count went abroad, and before his departure he punished his son, hiding the remaining wealth. The place where they are stored must indicate the patrimonial coat of arms. The card that the guys got was fake. Even the “countess” did not know where the treasure was hidden. Polyakov recalled that the man they saw in the museum, too, limped, like a young Karagaev.
Misha had to disappoint friends, but Slava had already made three copies of the plan. Looking at them, Polyakov drew attention to the coat of arms in the corner of the sheet. It was an eagle with a black head, a shaded body and white paws. Perhaps the key was in it. After much debate, the guys decided that the emblem depicts a golden eagle, or steppe eagle, he is an eagle-burrow. Misha immediately remembered the Khalzin meadow where Kuzmin was killed. It turned out that the treasures were hidden in the steppe on a mound near the Khalzan River.
The guys went immediately to search, but they did not find the burial mound. Meanwhile, Korovin came to the camp. Homeless children still gave up the estate: it turned out that the Countess gave a bribe to Serov for a security letter. Sofya Pavlovna agreed to cede the house, but asked me to wait until Thursday. The director of the orphanage was also interested in a bronze bird and believed that it was an eagle-eagle, nesting on high cliffs. Just such a rock rose above the rivulet of Khalzan.
On Wednesday, the guys saw how the “countess” meets with a limping stranger. From the conversation, friends realized that this man was Count Aleksei Karagaev. It was he who killed Kuzmin for knowing where the treasures lie, but he did not tell the Count. The Countess appointed Karagaev a new meeting three hours later at the cliff near Khalzan.
The children asked the director of the orphanage for help, and he called with him the chairman of the village council and called the investigator. Not only the pioneers, but also the villagers gathered at the rock. At its top, under the boulders, a tombstone was discovered. In the recess under the stove lay a black metal casket, and in it – a brooch studded with stones with a huge diamond in the center. At that moment Karagaev appeared. He snatched the casket from the hands of the director of the orphanage and began to retreat, threatening the crowd with a revolver. He could not leave.
By the autumn the labor colonists settled the estate, and the pioneers, having arranged a farewell bonfire, went home.