Many years ago, there lived in Haarlem, one of the principal cities of Holland, a sunny-haired boy of gentle disposition.
This boy was Hans Brinker.
His father was a sluicer, that is, a man whose business it was to open and close the sluices, or large oaken gates, that are placed at regular distances across the entrances of the canals and dykes to regulate the amount of water that shall flow into them. Without the gates, the town would flood.
One day while on a walk, Hans was startled by the sound of trickling water.
Whence did it come?
He looked up and saw a small hole in the dyke through which a tiny stream was flowing.
A failing gate could ruin the town!!
Quick as a flash, he saw his duty.
His chubby little finger was thrust in, almost before he knew it.
The flowing was stopped! Ah! he thought, with a chuckle of boyish delight, the angry waters must stay back now!
Haarlem shall not be drowned while I am here, he thought to himself!
Hans was discovered the next day by the local clergyman, diligently holding back the water with his finger.
'In the name of wonder, boy,' he exclaimed, 'what are you doing there?'
'I am keeping the water from running out,' was the simple answer of the little hero. 'Tell them to come quick.'
It is needless to add that they did come quickly.
The boy went from hero to legend for saving the town.
Now is your chance to be the hero.
PLEASE be sure to put the lid on the film canister well to keep it watertight.
Ed & Julie
Please do not stick anything sticky down the tube.
You do not need gum, tape, sap, or sticks to retrieve the cache.
Learn from Hans.