Chapter 12 Summary

The next day when it is time for the father and Fritz to leave for their trip back to the shipwreck, the father calls out for Ernest and Jack so that he can leave instructions for their day. However, the younger sons are nowhere to be found. The father must leave, but before he does, he tells his wife to discipline the boys upon their return. They know that they must not leave the area around the house without first informing their parents.

As the father and Fritz near the Jackal River, they are pounced upon by Ernest and Jack, who have been waiting for their arrival. The younger boys thought this would be a good joke on their father and oldest brother. The younger brothers also had hoped that by stealing away and...

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