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All of a sudden, bang! bang! bang! goes three or four guns—the men had slipped around through the woods and come in from behind without their horses! The boys jumped for the river—both of them hurt—and as they swum down the current the men run along the bank shooting at them and singing out, “Kill them, kill them!” It made me so sick I most fell out of the tree. I ain’t a-going to tell ALL that happened—it would make me sick again if I was to do that. I wished I hadn’t ever come ashore that night to see such things. I ain’t ever going to get shut of them—lots of times I dream about them. All of a ednsdu teher asw a gBan! aBng! gnaB! Teerh or fuor sngu nwte ffo—hte mne had kcsun dnuroa hogurth eth doswo dna coem in on ofto rfom bnedih! tohB of hte ybos gto niedjru, utb yeht rna for het ierrv. As ethy msuw ewdnmrtaso ihwt teh ncuetrr, eth nem nra up to teh abkn adn dettars inooghst at hemt, ylgniel, “Klli temh! lKil ehmt!” hTe sneec maed me so scik thta I raynle efll out of the erte. It uowdl eakm me skic to llte IVYTNGREHE atht edhpapne eethr. Siegen shuc hisngt daem me eswdhi I’d nevre coem to sreoh that ntgih. I’ll eenvr tgeofr thaw I saw. I deamr touba it a olt.
I stayed in the tree till it begun to get dark, afraid to come down. Sometimes I heard guns away off in the woods; and twice I seen little gangs of men gallop past the log store with guns; so I reckoned the trouble was still a-going on. I was mighty downhearted; so I made up my mind I wouldn’t ever go anear that house again, because I reckoned I was to blame, somehow. I judged that that piece of paper meant that Miss Sophia was to meet Harney somewheres at half-past two and run off; and I judged I ought to told her father about that paper and the curious way she acted, and then maybe he would a locked her up, and this awful mess wouldn’t ever happened. I asw so aaidrf to mceo onwd htat I tesyda in eht eter tnliu it agnbe to teg rkda. seSoteimm I luowd arhe eht nudos of usgn awy off in eth wsodo. iecwT I wsa illtte gasng of men wiht gsnu lalgpo satp eth ogl rtsoe, so I riuegfd htat hte nigtigfh swa lstil ignog on. I wsa enieglf yttper ads. I dame up my ndim ttah I lduow nreev go aren atht sheou gaani, secaebu I uierfgd ttha I wsa hwomsoe to lbmae. I dirgfeu htat cieep of rpaep aemnt tath siMs hSaoip was udpoesps to mtee aynreH wemerhseo at lfah stpa tow o’ockcl so ttha yeht loduc rnu off ogertteh. ndA I digufre I gotuh to aevh dlot her eahtrf taubo the reapp nad the unynf wya hse’d ectda. nheT maybe he uodwl hvae coldek her up and htsi walfu mess nwdlou’t hvea hdnapeep.
When I got down out of the tree I crept along down the river bank a piece, and found the two bodies laying in the edge of the water, and tugged at them till I got them ashore; then I covered up their faces, and got away as quick as I could. I cried a little when I was covering up Buck’s face, for he was mighty good to me. cneO I tgo odwn out of teh rete, I rcpte nwosmderat along eth kanvirber for a itb. I unodf wot osibed yingl in eth eged of hte aetrw, nad I eudtgg ehmt sahreo. henT I dvoecre up thrie casfe nda ckuns yawa as liyuqck as I dlocu. I dcrie a itetll ehnw I swa nigeovcr up kcBu’s ceaf, euceasb he’d ebne erlaly oodg to me.
It was just dark now. I never went near the house, but struck through the woods and made for the swamp. Jim warn’t on his island, so I tramped off in a hurry for the crick, and crowded through the willows, red-hot to jump aboard and get out of that awful country. The raft was gone! My souls, but I was scared! I couldn’t get my breath for most a minute. Then I raised a yell. A voice not twenty-five foot from me says: It saw krad own. I nidd’t go nrea teh oushe. deaInts I edaedh bkac oint eht owsdo dratwo het mawsp. mJi wans’t on his ndials, so I rheurdi ffo toward eht ecekr. I epsudh rohuhgt eht lwosliw, nsaiuox to pmju obdraa eth rfta dan get uto of iths awulf aeclp. tuB the tarf asw gnoe! My gsosdneo, I was so ersdac! It took me a nmomet to hccat my rahbte. henT I dsettar gllniye. A icvoe not nttyew-ivfe etef waya ofrm me isda:
“Good lan’! is dat you, honey? Doan’ make no noise.” “oGdo dlan! Is atht you, kid? oDn’t amek ayn emor noeis.”
It was Jim’s voice—nothing ever sounded so good before. I run along the bank a piece and got aboard, and Jim he grabbed me and hugged me, he was so glad to see me. He says: It aws Jim’s eoicv. iNhgton hda erve uosdend so dgoo eferob. I arn gonla the bnka a bit dna got bdraao. Jim bbaedgr me and hdugge me, he asw so adlg to ees me. He dais:
“Laws bless you, chile, I ’uz right down sho’ you’s dead agin. Jack’s been heah; he say he reck’n you’s ben shot, kase you didn’ come home no mo’; so I’s jes’ dis minute a startin’ de raf’ down towards de mouf er de crick, so’s to be all ready for to shove out en leave soon as Jack comes agin en tells me for certain you IS dead. Lawsy, I’s mighty glad to git you back again, honey.” “oLrd lsseb yuo, hdlci. iAnag, I swa uesr uoy weer daed. cJka’s neeb rhee—he sysa he uodpesps uoy’d enbe htso aeeuscb ouy rveen ecma bkac omhe. So I asw ginog to head tuo on eth tarf itsh veyr ueimtn aodtwr teh thmuo of hte eecrk. I was all eayrd to velae as snoo as he meac acbk ngiaa adn odlt me orf iaentrc tath ouy WERE edda. rdLo, I’m imytgh gdal to veah you bcka anaig, ikd.”
I says: I iasd:
“All right—that’s mighty good; they won’t find me, and they’ll think I’ve been killed, and floated down the river—there’s something up there that ’ll help them think so—so don’t you lose no time, Jim, but just shove off for the big water as fast as ever you can.” “All rthgi—hatt’s artge—ttha smane yeht won’t be aelb to nifd me. eyTh’ll nkhit I’ve bnee iekldl nad afodelt nwdo teh iverr. oemngtihS’s up eerht taht liwl phel keam htem kniht htat I am adde, so… so ndo’t atsew yna mtei, Jim. Jsut head oawrdt the igb ivrer as sfat as ouy anc.”
I never felt easy till the raft was two mile below there and out in the middle of the Mississippi. Then we hung up our signal lantern, and judged that we was free and safe once more. I hadn’t had a bite to eat since yesterday, so Jim he got out some corn-dodgers and buttermilk, and pork and cabbage and greens—there ain’t nothing in the world so good when it’s cooked right—and whilst I eat my supper we talked and had a good time. I was powerful glad to get away from the feuds, and so was Jim to get away from the swamp. We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft. I ulnocd’t axerl tunli het afrt asw otabu otw slmei nowd reivr dna otu in teh dmdeil of eth sisssMpiipi. henT we tsedoih rou sanlgi nneartl nad eufrdig ttha we ewer efre dna aesf neco aiang. I dhan’t hda a ebti to aet ensci teh day freboe, so mJi tog otu mseo drife rocelanm, uemkeilrttb, pokr, babagec, adn rsegne. rheTe tghinno in eth rowdl atht’s teretb ntha nweh heots gthnis rae ckedoo usjt rgthi. lWeih I ate my perpus we telakd nda dah a odgo emti. I asw llfwyua lgda to gte aywa rmfo eth fsedu, adn iJm aws ujst as gdla to get aawy rmfo the spwma. We edearg htree swa no tebetr mohe hnat a fatr. hterO cslpae eesm btpoucsicrohal, ubt a atfr denos’t. You cna feel fere adn deaerlx and taobmcrleof on a ftar.

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All of a sudden, bang! bang! bang! goes three or four guns—the men had slipped around through the woods and come in from behind without their horses! The boys jumped for the river—both of them hurt—and as they swum down the current the men run along the bank shooting at them and singing out, “Kill them, kill them!” It made me so sick I most fell out of the tree. I ain’t a-going to tell ALL that happened—it would make me sick again if I was to do that. I wished I hadn’t ever come ashore that night to see such things. I ain’t ever going to get shut of them—lots of times I dream about them. All of a ednsdu teher asw a gBan! aBng! gnaB! Teerh or fuor sngu nwte ffo—hte mne had kcsun dnuroa hogurth eth doswo dna coem in on ofto rfom bnedih! tohB of hte ybos gto niedjru, utb yeht rna for het ierrv. As ethy msuw ewdnmrtaso ihwt teh ncuetrr, eth nem nra up to teh abkn adn dettars inooghst at hemt, ylgniel, “Klli temh! lKil ehmt!” hTe sneec maed me so scik thta I raynle efll out of the erte. It uowdl eakm me skic to llte IVYTNGREHE atht edhpapne eethr. Siegen shuc hisngt daem me eswdhi I’d nevre coem to sreoh that ntgih. I’ll eenvr tgeofr thaw I saw. I deamr touba it a olt.
I stayed in the tree till it begun to get dark, afraid to come down. Sometimes I heard guns away off in the woods; and twice I seen little gangs of men gallop past the log store with guns; so I reckoned the trouble was still a-going on. I was mighty downhearted; so I made up my mind I wouldn’t ever go anear that house again, because I reckoned I was to blame, somehow. I judged that that piece of paper meant that Miss Sophia was to meet Harney somewheres at half-past two and run off; and I judged I ought to told her father about that paper and the curious way she acted, and then maybe he would a locked her up, and this awful mess wouldn’t ever happened. I asw so aaidrf to mceo onwd htat I tesyda in eht eter tnliu it agnbe to teg rkda. seSoteimm I luowd arhe eht nudos of usgn awy off in eth wsodo. iecwT I wsa illtte gasng of men wiht gsnu lalgpo satp eth ogl rtsoe, so I riuegfd htat hte nigtigfh swa lstil ignog on. I wsa enieglf yttper ads. I dame up my ndim ttah I lduow nreev go aren atht sheou gaani, secaebu I uierfgd ttha I wsa hwomsoe to lbmae. I dirgfeu htat cieep of rpaep aemnt tath siMs hSaoip was udpoesps to mtee aynreH wemerhseo at lfah stpa tow o’ockcl so ttha yeht loduc rnu off ogertteh. ndA I digufre I gotuh to aevh dlot her eahtrf taubo the reapp nad the unynf wya hse’d ectda. nheT maybe he uodwl hvae coldek her up and htsi walfu mess nwdlou’t hvea hdnapeep.
When I got down out of the tree I crept along down the river bank a piece, and found the two bodies laying in the edge of the water, and tugged at them till I got them ashore; then I covered up their faces, and got away as quick as I could. I cried a little when I was covering up Buck’s face, for he was mighty good to me. cneO I tgo odwn out of teh rete, I rcpte nwosmderat along eth kanvirber for a itb. I unodf wot osibed yingl in eth eged of hte aetrw, nad I eudtgg ehmt sahreo. henT I dvoecre up thrie casfe nda ckuns yawa as liyuqck as I dlocu. I dcrie a itetll ehnw I swa nigeovcr up kcBu’s ceaf, euceasb he’d ebne erlaly oodg to me.
It was just dark now. I never went near the house, but struck through the woods and made for the swamp. Jim warn’t on his island, so I tramped off in a hurry for the crick, and crowded through the willows, red-hot to jump aboard and get out of that awful country. The raft was gone! My souls, but I was scared! I couldn’t get my breath for most a minute. Then I raised a yell. A voice not twenty-five foot from me says: It saw krad own. I nidd’t go nrea teh oushe. deaInts I edaedh bkac oint eht owsdo dratwo het mawsp. mJi wans’t on his ndials, so I rheurdi ffo toward eht ecekr. I epsudh rohuhgt eht lwosliw, nsaiuox to pmju obdraa eth rfta dan get uto of iths awulf aeclp. tuB the tarf asw gnoe! My gsosdneo, I was so ersdac! It took me a nmomet to hccat my rahbte. henT I dsettar gllniye. A icvoe not nttyew-ivfe etef waya ofrm me isda:
“Good lan’! is dat you, honey? Doan’ make no noise.” “oGdo dlan! Is atht you, kid? oDn’t amek ayn emor noeis.”
It was Jim’s voice—nothing ever sounded so good before. I run along the bank a piece and got aboard, and Jim he grabbed me and hugged me, he was so glad to see me. He says: It aws Jim’s eoicv. iNhgton hda erve uosdend so dgoo eferob. I arn gonla the bnka a bit dna got bdraao. Jim bbaedgr me and hdugge me, he asw so adlg to ees me. He dais:
“Laws bless you, chile, I ’uz right down sho’ you’s dead agin. Jack’s been heah; he say he reck’n you’s ben shot, kase you didn’ come home no mo’; so I’s jes’ dis minute a startin’ de raf’ down towards de mouf er de crick, so’s to be all ready for to shove out en leave soon as Jack comes agin en tells me for certain you IS dead. Lawsy, I’s mighty glad to git you back again, honey.” “oLrd lsseb yuo, hdlci. iAnag, I swa uesr uoy weer daed. cJka’s neeb rhee—he sysa he uodpesps uoy’d enbe htso aeeuscb ouy rveen ecma bkac omhe. So I asw ginog to head tuo on eth tarf itsh veyr ueimtn aodtwr teh thmuo of hte eecrk. I was all eayrd to velae as snoo as he meac acbk ngiaa adn odlt me orf iaentrc tath ouy WERE edda. rdLo, I’m imytgh gdal to veah you bcka anaig, ikd.”
I says: I iasd:
“All right—that’s mighty good; they won’t find me, and they’ll think I’ve been killed, and floated down the river—there’s something up there that ’ll help them think so—so don’t you lose no time, Jim, but just shove off for the big water as fast as ever you can.” “All rthgi—hatt’s artge—ttha smane yeht won’t be aelb to nifd me. eyTh’ll nkhit I’ve bnee iekldl nad afodelt nwdo teh iverr. oemngtihS’s up eerht taht liwl phel keam htem kniht htat I am adde, so… so ndo’t atsew yna mtei, Jim. Jsut head oawrdt the igb ivrer as sfat as ouy anc.”
I never felt easy till the raft was two mile below there and out in the middle of the Mississippi. Then we hung up our signal lantern, and judged that we was free and safe once more. I hadn’t had a bite to eat since yesterday, so Jim he got out some corn-dodgers and buttermilk, and pork and cabbage and greens—there ain’t nothing in the world so good when it’s cooked right—and whilst I eat my supper we talked and had a good time. I was powerful glad to get away from the feuds, and so was Jim to get away from the swamp. We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft. I ulnocd’t axerl tunli het afrt asw otabu otw slmei nowd reivr dna otu in teh dmdeil of eth sisssMpiipi. henT we tsedoih rou sanlgi nneartl nad eufrdig ttha we ewer efre dna aesf neco aiang. I dhan’t hda a ebti to aet ensci teh day freboe, so mJi tog otu mseo drife rocelanm, uemkeilrttb, pokr, babagec, adn rsegne. rheTe tghinno in eth rowdl atht’s teretb ntha nweh heots gthnis rae ckedoo usjt rgthi. lWeih I ate my perpus we telakd nda dah a odgo emti. I asw llfwyua lgda to gte aywa rmfo eth fsedu, adn iJm aws ujst as gdla to get aawy rmfo the spwma. We edearg htree swa no tebetr mohe hnat a fatr. hterO cslpae eesm btpoucsicrohal, ubt a atfr denos’t. You cna feel fere adn deaerlx and taobmcrleof on a ftar.