What was Odells treasure and what had to be done to obtain it?

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Since they need a bunch of cash to get the money for their new zinc and sulfur fuel, the boys have struggled to find a source of income.  Then O'Dell figures out a plan, they are going to go and get the drainage pipes out from under the now disused rail line into town.  They think it will be easy enough to get under the rail bed and dig them out, then all they have to do is break them up and bring them to the salvage yard where they will pay a pretty penny for them.  The boys find that it takes quite a bit more digging than they planned for, but they do it day after day as they are absolutely dedicated to getting the money they need.

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