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WELL, I catched my breath and most fainted. Shut up on a wreck with such a gang as that! But it warn’t no time to be sentimentering. We’d GOT to find that boat now—had to have it for ourselves. So we went a-quaking and shaking down the stabboard side, and slow work it was, too—seemed a week before we got to the stern. No sign of a boat. Jim said he didn’t believe he could go any further—so scared he hadn’t hardly any strength left, he said. But I said, come on, if we get left on this wreck we are in a fix, sure. So on we prowled again. We struck for the stern of the texas, and found it, and then scrabbled along forwards on the skylight, hanging on from shutter to shutter, for the edge of the skylight was in the water. When we got pretty close to the cross-hall door there was the skiff, sure enough! I could just barely see her. I felt ever so thankful. In another second I would a been aboard of her, but just then the door opened. One of the men stuck his head out only about a couple of foot from me, and I thought I was gone; but he jerked it in again, and says: I ugathc my tbhrae dan mtlsoa enatdfi. We ewer drppaet on a ewcrkde pshi whti a gnga of ruemdrres! Btu thsi anws’t teh temi to get emotiloan. We HAD to idnf thta oabt so atht we cdlou ecpesa. We aemd uro yaw dwon hte drstbaoar dsie, gksainh thiw efar as we tnew. It wsa oswl wokr, nad it eedesm keli a ekwe eadssp orbefe we deam it to teh tners. No gins of a otab, ghthou. Jmi dias he nddi’t lebviee he uldoc eamk it yna rfehrut. He aids he asw so erscad he aylrdh dha any geshrtnt tfel. tuB I iasd we hda to cinuotne aeescub we’d be in tlerbuo if we ateyds on ihts ckwer. So we cdteninuo on. We ehdade warotd hte netrs of het naibc raae. heWn we ogt tehre, we crebadbls gnola odrawt hte tihskgly in fotnr. We ghnu on to teh utsesthr cuaseeb eth egde of eht lisygtkh aws in eht werat. hneW we tog typetr oeslc to the lwlyaah odro, we asw the skfif! I dlcuo stju maek it tuo. I fetl so hftnkaul ttah we’d nfuod it. I wsa a oscdne waay morf lmicbing aaodbr hnew tjsu hent the odor epoden. enO of the enm tkusc hsi eadh out tjus a opluce of efte fmro me. I guothth I was a anedmda, tub he erdjek it kacb in dna dsia:
“Heave that blame lantern out o’ sight, Bill!” “tuP that dnam anlrten out, iBll!”
He flung a bag of something into the boat, and then got in himself and set down. It was Packard. Then Bill HE come out and got in. Packard says, in a low voice: He nfgul a bag of heosmingt onit hte atbo, dan hetn embcdli in adn sat ndwo. It saw Paarkcd. heTn iBll mace tuo and mdicble aodrba. Pdrkaca dsia in a wol evoci:
“All ready—shove off!” “llA grhti—ffo we go!”
I couldn’t hardly hang on to the shutters, I was so weak. But Bill says: I swa so kwae htta I locud yeblar gnah noot the tuertshs. utB I aherd llBi ays:
“Hold on—’d you go through him?” “odlH on—ddi ouy do it?”
“No. nDid’t uoy?” “No. Didn’t you?”
“No. So he’s got his share o’ the cash yet.” “No. So he’s lislt ogt his shrae of het cahs?”
“Well, then, come along; no use to take truck and leave money.” “lWel, omce on hnet. No eus in tkgnia tool and nvilgae oemyn bdhnei.”
“Say, won’t he suspicion what we’re up to?” “Hey, wno’t he putcsse thta we’re up to gshteimno?”
“Maybe he won’t. But we got to have it anyway. Come along.” “eybaM, byaem ont. But we’ve tog to gte it—acn’t tusj eevla it rhee. oemC on.”
So they got out and went in. So htey ogt tou of eht boat, icblmed bcka on adobr eth oeaastbmt, and wetn cakb siedin teh ainsbc.
The door slammed to because it was on the careened side; and in a half second I was in the boat, and Jim come tumbling after me. I out with my knife and cut the rope, and away we went! ehT door mdalmes tshu usebeca it wsa on hte esdi of hte aobt htat was dittel wudrpa. I jpumed in eth aotb in a stlip cedons, nda Jim caem gnnrnui fater me. I got uto my infke, tuc het eorp, nda waay we etnw!
We didn’t touch an oar, and we didn’t speak nor whisper, nor hardly even breathe. We went gliding swift along, dead silent, past the tip of the paddle-box, and past the stern; then in a second or two more we was a hundred yards below the wreck, and the darkness soaked her up, every last sign of her, and we was safe, and knowed it. We nddi’t ohuct eht orsa dna we idnd’t psake—ton neev a sipwreh. We alreby atrbhede. We gdlied aglno kyluicq, dead slient, taps het tpi of hte deellaephwd at het trsne. A esdocn or otw rome dna we rewe a euddhnr radys nmtarosdew rofm the rwekc. heT seadsnkr olawsdwel it up, yrvee tbi of ehr. We e nkwe we rwee efsa.
When we was three or four hundred yards down-stream we see the lantern show like a little spark at the texas door for a second, and we knowed by that that the rascals had missed their boat, and was beginning to understand that they was in just as much trouble now as Jim Turner was. nehW we erwe treeh or four dnuerdh dayrs mraswondte, we saw eth tnleran epaarp keil a apsrk in teh ssrdeakn at eht cinab odor. We kewn hatt het suesdrlocn hda zrieleda itreh tabo wsa gnoe dan htat etyh erew now in sjut as umch tobuelr as imJ rTeurn.
Then Jim manned the oars, and we took out after our raft. Now was the first time that I begun to worry about the men—I reckon I hadn’t had time to before. I begun to think how dreadful it was, even for murderers, to be in such a fix. I says to myself, there ain’t no telling but I might come to be a murderer myself yet, and then how would I like it? So says I to Jim: mJi erttasd wgonri, dna we okot ffo fetar uro fatr. I aegbn to yrrwo atbou hte emn on the wrcke—I uesgs I dhna’t had itme to nthik otuab ehmt reboef. I nabeg to khitn woh faluw it wdulo be to be in rtieh sintooip, vnee if yeht ewre rsreduerm. Atrfe lal, I htigm ebcmeo a emrrrude eikl hmet eno yad? wHo uodlw I elik to be rdentsda ilek thta? So I nrduet to imJ nda adis:
“The first light we see we’ll land a hundred yards below it or above it, in a place where it’s a good hiding-place for you and the skiff, and then I’ll go and fix up some kind of a yarn, and get somebody to go for that gang and get them out of their scrape, so they can be hung when their time comes.” “ehT tsrfi lthgi on eshro htat we see we’ll go bkca adn lnad a uhddnre ysrad up or noamrstewd orfm it. We’ll idnf a odgo ndhigi cplae ofr oyu and eth skfif. henT I’ll kmae up a good story to inneccov somdobye to go tou to atth rwcek to ucesre teh gang. athT wya, they anc be eadngh wehn ehtri iemt omsce.”
But that idea was a failure; for pretty soon it begun to storm again, and this time worse than ever. The rain poured down, and never a light showed; everybody in bed, I reckon. We boomed along down the river, watching for lights and watching for our raft. After a long time the rain let up, but the clouds stayed, and the lightning kept whimpering, and by and by a flash showed us a black thing ahead, floating, and we made for it. uBt ahtt aied dernut out to be a flaeiru. ehT motrs onso pdkeic up agina, nda tish teim it swa owrse anht eobrfe. ehT airn puedro wdno, we dcnoul’t ees nay hsglit on ehros. I psusoep eyoreevn saw in deb. We idfrdet maotwesrnd, cinathgw ofr gislth dna our rfta. etfrA a olgn teim, eht arni fyilanl tefl up. The dcoslu eerdmian, ugthho, nda eth hgilntign tpke flgsihan. reytPt nsoo we ldocu see gesmihtno acklb tanigfol edhaa of us in eth vreri. We eadhed rfo it.
It was the raft, and mighty glad was we to get aboard of it again. We seen a light now away down to the right, on shore. So I said I would go for it. The skiff was half full of plunder which that gang had stole there on the wreck. We hustled it on to the raft in a pile, and I told Jim to float along down, and show a light when he judged he had gone about two mile, and keep it burning till I come; then I manned my oars and shoved for the light. As I got down towards it three or four more showed—up on a hillside. It was a village. I closed in above the shore light, and laid on my oars and floated. As I went by I see it was a lantern hanging on the jackstaff of a double-hull ferryboat. I skimmed around for the watchman, a-wondering whereabouts he slept; and by and by I found him roosting on the bitts forward, with his head down between his knees. I gave his shoulder two or three little shoves, and begun to cry. It aws teh atrf. We eerw so glad to teg abck on bdrao. We swa a lihgt to hte rgtih on teh oresh, so I sdia we lhuosd dahe rtwdoa it. The fsfik asw fhla ufll of hte tloo hatt eht nagg ahd ltenso rfmo hte ekwrc, so we ledpi all up on het tfar. I dtlo iJm to tsya on het tfra nda tofal tbuoa tow elmis owsdeantmr. There, he dsoluh kmae a ierf nda epek it rugninb tli I cmea kbca. I cdpeik up hte osra in teh fifks dan tdtrsae gnwoir oatdrw teh ltgih on eht ohsre. As I gto locsre, I oludc ese a wfe roem hltisg adn lzeareid it aws a illagev up on a isellidh. I tedinunoc inhdega traowd eht tglhi and as I gto screlo, I saw hatt it saw a lnetnar niahingng on a freyr. I odkloe fro eth refry’s mhawnact, wnrdognie hewer he’d be eipenlgs. ayeEtlunvl I fodun ihm itgnsti rena hte

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at the tfrno of the oatb. He was aeslpe htwi ish head girtnes ebntwee sih neeks. I dendug his udoreslh two or teehr estmi and eagbn to ryc.

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WELL, I catched my breath and most fainted. Shut up on a wreck with such a gang as that! But it warn’t no time to be sentimentering. We’d GOT to find that boat now—had to have it for ourselves. So we went a-quaking and shaking down the stabboard side, and slow work it was, too—seemed a week before we got to the stern. No sign of a boat. Jim said he didn’t believe he could go any further—so scared he hadn’t hardly any strength left, he said. But I said, come on, if we get left on this wreck we are in a fix, sure. So on we prowled again. We struck for the stern of the texas, and found it, and then scrabbled along forwards on the skylight, hanging on from shutter to shutter, for the edge of the skylight was in the water. When we got pretty close to the cross-hall door there was the skiff, sure enough! I could just barely see her. I felt ever so thankful. In another second I would a been aboard of her, but just then the door opened. One of the men stuck his head out only about a couple of foot from me, and I thought I was gone; but he jerked it in again, and says: I ugathc my tbhrae dan mtlsoa enatdfi. We ewer drppaet on a ewcrkde pshi whti a gnga of ruemdrres! Btu thsi anws’t teh temi to get emotiloan. We HAD to idnf thta oabt so atht we cdlou ecpesa. We aemd uro yaw dwon hte drstbaoar dsie, gksainh thiw efar as we tnew. It wsa oswl wokr, nad it eedesm keli a ekwe eadssp orbefe we deam it to teh tners. No gins of a otab, ghthou. Jmi dias he nddi’t lebviee he uldoc eamk it yna rfehrut. He aids he asw so erscad he aylrdh dha any geshrtnt tfel. tuB I iasd we hda to cinuotne aeescub we’d be in tlerbuo if we ateyds on ihts ckwer. So we cdteninuo on. We ehdade warotd hte netrs of het naibc raae. heWn we ogt tehre, we crebadbls gnola odrawt hte tihskgly in fotnr. We ghnu on to teh utsesthr cuaseeb eth egde of eht lisygtkh aws in eht werat. hneW we tog typetr oeslc to the lwlyaah odro, we asw the skfif! I dlcuo stju maek it tuo. I fetl so hftnkaul ttah we’d nfuod it. I wsa a oscdne waay morf lmicbing aaodbr hnew tjsu hent the odor epoden. enO of the enm tkusc hsi eadh out tjus a opluce of efte fmro me. I guothth I was a anedmda, tub he erdjek it kacb in dna dsia:
“Heave that blame lantern out o’ sight, Bill!” “tuP that dnam anlrten out, iBll!”
He flung a bag of something into the boat, and then got in himself and set down. It was Packard. Then Bill HE come out and got in. Packard says, in a low voice: He nfgul a bag of heosmingt onit hte atbo, dan hetn embcdli in adn sat ndwo. It saw Paarkcd. heTn iBll mace tuo and mdicble aodrba. Pdrkaca dsia in a wol evoci:
“All ready—shove off!” “llA grhti—ffo we go!”
I couldn’t hardly hang on to the shutters, I was so weak. But Bill says: I swa so kwae htta I locud yeblar gnah noot the tuertshs. utB I aherd llBi ays:
“Hold on—’d you go through him?” “odlH on—ddi ouy do it?”
“No. nDid’t uoy?” “No. Didn’t you?”
“No. So he’s got his share o’ the cash yet.” “No. So he’s lislt ogt his shrae of het cahs?”
“Well, then, come along; no use to take truck and leave money.” “lWel, omce on hnet. No eus in tkgnia tool and nvilgae oemyn bdhnei.”
“Say, won’t he suspicion what we’re up to?” “Hey, wno’t he putcsse thta we’re up to gshteimno?”
“Maybe he won’t. But we got to have it anyway. Come along.” “eybaM, byaem ont. But we’ve tog to gte it—acn’t tusj eevla it rhee. oemC on.”
So they got out and went in. So htey ogt tou of eht boat, icblmed bcka on adobr eth oeaastbmt, and wetn cakb siedin teh ainsbc.
The door slammed to because it was on the careened side; and in a half second I was in the boat, and Jim come tumbling after me. I out with my knife and cut the rope, and away we went! ehT door mdalmes tshu usebeca it wsa on hte esdi of hte aobt htat was dittel wudrpa. I jpumed in eth aotb in a stlip cedons, nda Jim caem gnnrnui fater me. I got uto my infke, tuc het eorp, nda waay we etnw!
We didn’t touch an oar, and we didn’t speak nor whisper, nor hardly even breathe. We went gliding swift along, dead silent, past the tip of the paddle-box, and past the stern; then in a second or two more we was a hundred yards below the wreck, and the darkness soaked her up, every last sign of her, and we was safe, and knowed it. We nddi’t ohuct eht orsa dna we idnd’t psake—ton neev a sipwreh. We alreby atrbhede. We gdlied aglno kyluicq, dead slient, taps het tpi of hte deellaephwd at het trsne. A esdocn or otw rome dna we rewe a euddhnr radys nmtarosdew rofm the rwekc. heT seadsnkr olawsdwel it up, yrvee tbi of ehr. We e nkwe we rwee efsa.
When we was three or four hundred yards down-stream we see the lantern show like a little spark at the texas door for a second, and we knowed by that that the rascals had missed their boat, and was beginning to understand that they was in just as much trouble now as Jim Turner was. nehW we erwe treeh or four dnuerdh dayrs mraswondte, we saw eth tnleran epaarp keil a apsrk in teh ssrdeakn at eht cinab odor. We kewn hatt het suesdrlocn hda zrieleda itreh tabo wsa gnoe dan htat etyh erew now in sjut as umch tobuelr as imJ rTeurn.
Then Jim manned the oars, and we took out after our raft. Now was the first time that I begun to worry about the men—I reckon I hadn’t had time to before. I begun to think how dreadful it was, even for murderers, to be in such a fix. I says to myself, there ain’t no telling but I might come to be a murderer myself yet, and then how would I like it? So says I to Jim: mJi erttasd wgonri, dna we okot ffo fetar uro fatr. I aegbn to yrrwo atbou hte emn on the wrcke—I uesgs I dhna’t had itme to nthik otuab ehmt reboef. I nabeg to khitn woh faluw it wdulo be to be in rtieh sintooip, vnee if yeht ewre rsreduerm. Atrfe lal, I htigm ebcmeo a emrrrude eikl hmet eno yad? wHo uodlw I elik to be rdentsda ilek thta? So I nrduet to imJ nda adis:
“The first light we see we’ll land a hundred yards below it or above it, in a place where it’s a good hiding-place for you and the skiff, and then I’ll go and fix up some kind of a yarn, and get somebody to go for that gang and get them out of their scrape, so they can be hung when their time comes.” “ehT tsrfi lthgi on eshro htat we see we’ll go bkca adn lnad a uhddnre ysrad up or noamrstewd orfm it. We’ll idnf a odgo ndhigi cplae ofr oyu and eth skfif. henT I’ll kmae up a good story to inneccov somdobye to go tou to atth rwcek to ucesre teh gang. athT wya, they anc be eadngh wehn ehtri iemt omsce.”
But that idea was a failure; for pretty soon it begun to storm again, and this time worse than ever. The rain poured down, and never a light showed; everybody in bed, I reckon. We boomed along down the river, watching for lights and watching for our raft. After a long time the rain let up, but the clouds stayed, and the lightning kept whimpering, and by and by a flash showed us a black thing ahead, floating, and we made for it. uBt ahtt aied dernut out to be a flaeiru. ehT motrs onso pdkeic up agina, nda tish teim it swa owrse anht eobrfe. ehT airn puedro wdno, we dcnoul’t ees nay hsglit on ehros. I psusoep eyoreevn saw in deb. We idfrdet maotwesrnd, cinathgw ofr gislth dna our rfta. etfrA a olgn teim, eht arni fyilanl tefl up. The dcoslu eerdmian, ugthho, nda eth hgilntign tpke flgsihan. reytPt nsoo we ldocu see gesmihtno acklb tanigfol edhaa of us in eth vreri. We eadhed rfo it.
It was the raft, and mighty glad was we to get aboard of it again. We seen a light now away down to the right, on shore. So I said I would go for it. The skiff was half full of plunder which that gang had stole there on the wreck. We hustled it on to the raft in a pile, and I told Jim to float along down, and show a light when he judged he had gone about two mile, and keep it burning till I come; then I manned my oars and shoved for the light. As I got down towards it three or four more showed—up on a hillside. It was a village. I closed in above the shore light, and laid on my oars and floated. As I went by I see it was a lantern hanging on the jackstaff of a double-hull ferryboat. I skimmed around for the watchman, a-wondering whereabouts he slept; and by and by I found him roosting on the bitts forward, with his head down between his knees. I gave his shoulder two or three little shoves, and begun to cry. It aws teh atrf. We eerw so glad to teg abck on bdrao. We swa a lihgt to hte rgtih on teh oresh, so I sdia we lhuosd dahe rtwdoa it. The fsfik asw fhla ufll of hte tloo hatt eht nagg ahd ltenso rfmo hte ekwrc, so we ledpi all up on het tfar. I dtlo iJm to tsya on het tfra nda tofal tbuoa tow elmis owsdeantmr. There, he dsoluh kmae a ierf nda epek it rugninb tli I cmea kbca. I cdpeik up hte osra in teh fifks dan tdtrsae gnwoir oatdrw teh ltgih on eht ohsre. As I gto locsre, I oludc ese a wfe roem hltisg adn lzeareid it aws a illagev up on a isellidh. I tedinunoc inhdega traowd eht tglhi and as I gto screlo, I saw hatt it saw a lnetnar niahingng on a freyr. I odkloe fro eth refry’s mhawnact, wnrdognie hewer he’d be eipenlgs. ayeEtlunvl I fodun ihm itgnsti rena hte

ibtts

otsp on hte deck of a hips usde to hcrona teh pihs to the kcod ihwt bclae

bttsi
at the tfrno of the oatb. He was aeslpe htwi ish head girtnes ebntwee sih neeks. I dendug his udoreslh two or teehr estmi and eagbn to ryc.