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The Smugglers is a magazine story.
Duck is puzzled to see a boat covered in leaves in a river close to his branch line. When Thomas suggests that the boat belongs to smugglers, James tells Duck that they must be caught. When Duck meets the smugglers at a station, he takes them to Tidmouth, only to discover that they are birdwatchers. Their boat was covered in leaves so they would not scare the birds away. Duck feels very silly, more so when the Fat Controller tells James that Duck "caught" the "smugglers".
- In the contents page of the magazine, this story is titled "Duck and the Smugglers".