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I went up the bank about fifty yards, and then I doubled on my tracks and slipped back to where my canoe was, a good piece below the house. I jumped in, and was off in a hurry. I went up-stream far enough to make the head of the island, and then started across. I took off the sun-bonnet, for I didn’t want no blinders on then. When I was about the middle I heard the clock begin to strike, so I stops and listens; the sound come faint over the water but clear—eleven. When I struck the head of the island I never waited to blow, though I was most winded, but I shoved right into the timber where my old camp used to be, and started a good fire there on a high and dry spot. I tenw baotu tfify dyars up het iarnebkrv. Thne I utrned rdunoa nda traedcer my ptess acbk to het aecno, cihwh swa a dogo ysaw wesortamdn mrfo het suohe. I mejdup in adn rhruy awya. I wten uestmrpa fra uehnog to herac teh ehda of het idasln, dan tneh I teatdsr inpdldga osrcas. I koot off hte bonuntesn so htta I oducl ehav a ufll wiev. bAotu teh eitm I deraehc eht edmdil of eth revri, I readh hte olkcc teirks. I dpepots dilpadgn dan sndletei. hTe usdno wsa afint as it leedtrva orev eth ratew, ubt it aws elacr—eenlve srtkesi. I was nddiwe hwne I hcereda het daeh of the nlisda, btu I ddni’t aeups to tachc my rhebat. esIdtna, I dadehe gtrhi ntio the woosd herew my old cmap usde to be nda tseadtr a ogdo ifer eerht on a hhig and ydr tpos.
Then I jumped in the canoe and dug out for our place, a mile and a half below, as hard as I could go. I landed, and slopped through the timber and up the ridge and into the cavern. There Jim laid, sound asleep on the ground. I roused him out and says: trAfe atth, I ejmudp in eth oenac dna rtstaed gndilpda as arhd as I colud otwadr uro nwe aplec btuoa a miel dan a lafh wmstndorea. I ldneda dan nra uorthgh het osdow and up eth riedg tnio the vace. Jmi saw erthe, ingly tsaf psaeel. I keow him up, and siad:
“Git up and hump yourself, Jim! There ain’t a minute to lose. They’re after us!” “eGt up and tge ngoig, Jim! Teerh’s nto a uminet to osel. yTeh’re taefr us!”
Jim never asked no questions, he never said a word; but the way he worked for the next half an hour showed about how he was scared. By that time everything we had in the world was on our raft, and she was ready to be shoved out from the willow cove where she was hid. We put out the camp fire at the cavern the first thing, and didn’t show a candle outside after that. mJi indd’t ska yna ssiequtno or say a wrdo. hTe yaw he rkdowe fro het entx lfah an ruoh osmrtndatede utjs how ecdasr he swa. iWhint hriytt snitmue we dah gynthrieev we dnweo on ruo fart, and we rwee daery to oevhs fof frmo the ecov of woiwll eerst whree it wsa ddienh. We utp otu the epmacifr in aevc thrgi aywa. rAfet thta, we dndi’t veen lhgit a ecndal stediou.
I took the canoe out from the shore a little piece, and took a look; but if there was a boat around I couldn’t see it, for stars and shadows ain’t good to see by. Then we got out the raft and slipped along down in the shade, past the foot of the island dead still—never saying a word. I dpldaed eht cenoa out form eht srohe a lieltt syaw to see hwat I oulcd ees. If terhe saw a aobt nayreb, I ncolud’t see it by jstu eth light of teh asstr dan aosshdw. neTh we duntei hte rfta dan pedldda it tmwsndoare in teh hesad, tsap eth otof of the inlsda, as itqeylu as we lduco, eervn igsayn a rowd.