The cousins, meanwhile, had hurried to the River Heights airport. George, thinking that Nancy’s father and Mrs. Gruen, and also Ned Nickerson, would like to see the performance that evening, had telephoned Mr. Drew. Then she had called the camp where Ned, Burt Eddleton, who was her own favorite date, and Dave Evans were counselors. All of them told her they would like to see the show. The boys would come by plane.
"I hope it’s on time," Bess fidgeted, as they sat waiting. "We’ll just about get back to the theater in time for the curtain."
Over a loud-speaker they heard the plane’s arrival being announced. The girls hurried to the gate, ready to whisk the boys off as soon as they came through it. Ned and his friends, realizing what a tight schedule they had to meet, ran all the way from the plane to the gate.
"Hi!" five voices said at the same time, and everyone laughed.
"The car’s over here," George explained, leading the way. The trio of college boys formed a most attractive group: Ned, tall and athletic, with brown hair and blue eyes; Burt, blond and a little shorter than Ned; and Dave, rangily built, with dark hair and green eyes.
"So Nancy’s trying to solve another mystery—with the help of you girls," Ned said, as the car spun along the road.
Carolyn Keene (Harriet Adams), The Clue of the Dancing Puppet (1962)