Sam and Bill were driving through Summit and past Ebenezer's house, when they spotted Ebenezer's son in the street, throwing rocks at a kitten on the opposite fence. Bill then asked him, "Hey, little boy! Would you like to have a bag of candy and a nice ride?"
As Sam was waiting for Bill, while Bill and Johny (the boy), Bill came back, and told Sam, "But he's gone." As Bill said that, he soon explained that Johny went home and he showed him the road to Summit. Bill also said that he was sorry they lost the ransom, but little did he know, the boy was still there ; Sam told Bill to look behind him because Johny didn't go to Summit, he was still there.
Both Bill and Sam went to deliver the letter to Mr.Dorset. The letter explained how they had his son concealed in a place far away from Summit and told Mr.Dorset that it was useless for him to try to rescue the boy with professional detectives. Bill and Sam said in the letter that the only way Mr.Dorset could get his son back is if he paid them, in bills $1500 and the money to be left at midnight tonight in the same spot he got the letter. And if he replied to the note, then he needed to write it to a solitary messenger and for them to deliver it tonight at half-past 8 o'clock ; And to deliver it in a certain location and for the messenger to place it there. Also if he failed their demand, then he would never see his boy again, and if he did do as demanded, then he would have his boy back.