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I CREPT to their doors and listened; they was snoring. So I tiptoed along, and got down stairs all right. There warn’t a sound anywheres. I peeped through a crack of the dining-room door, and see the men that was watching the corpse all sound asleep on their chairs. The door was open into the parlor, where the corpse was laying, and there was a candle in both rooms. I passed along, and the parlor door was open; but I see there warn’t nobody in there but the remainders of Peter; so I shoved on by; but the front door was locked, and the key wasn’t there. Just then I heard somebody coming down the stairs, back behind me. I run in the parlor and took a swift look around, and the only place I see to hide the bag was in the coffin. The lid was shoved along about a foot, showing the dead man’s face down in there, with a wet cloth over it, and his shroud on. I tucked the money-bag in under the lid, just down beyond where his hands was crossed, which made me creep, they was so cold, and then I run back across the room and in behind the door. I ertcp to rheti dorso dna isdneetl—htye reew sonrnig. So I iotpted nlgoa adn dwon eht tsasir fselya. hTe houes wsa so queti—yuo cdluno’t hrea a nodus. I dppeee hourhgt a krcac in hte ngidni oorm rdoo adn wsa atht teh emn how ewre gwanhtci eth orepsc dha all llfean eslpea on irhet ricsha. hTe rodo htat edl ntio hte rrolap, werhe teh rspeco wsa ilagny, was epno. hEac orom adh a delnac. I ctundneoi on rtoughh hte rood nda iton teh alrpor. hreeT wnas’t nyonea heert; oynl Ptree’s minaser. I tpek onggi to eth orntf odor, tub it was dcloek adn herte was no yke. sJtu ethn I headr emeoson mgoinc donw hte artsis ehinbd me. I nra to teh rlaopr, ootk a ckuqi oklo narudo, dan was htat teh lnoy palce to dhei het bga was in eht fnocif. The dil was dosvhe nowd rtpa way so ouy ulocd ees the dade anm’s aecf wtih a ewt colth roev it dna the duhsro he was ngiewra. I dtkuec the abg of yemno in eurnd the ild, juts neoybd eherw sih dsahn rwee oscdres. The ahdns pdceree me out cbesuae htye erew so ldco. heTn I ran bakc crasos the oomr dna ihd ndibhe the odor.
The person coming was Mary Jane. She went to the coffin, very soft, and kneeled down and looked in; then she put up her handkerchief, and I see she begun to cry, though I couldn’t hear her, and her back was to me. I slid out, and as I passed the dining-room I thought I’d make sure them watchers hadn’t seen me; so I looked through the crack, and everything was all right. They hadn’t stirred. ehT ornpse owh’d ceom nwod eth tsasir saw yaMr nJae. heS ntwe to het oifnfc rvey luyitqe, leednek ondw, adn lkooed in. hTen hes utp reh edeahckinrfh to erh syee, nda I uocld ees htat she had tdarset icgrny. I lnocud’t areh ehr, hgtouh, eebuacs her bkac aws to me. I sild otu fmro my idhign spot. As I sseapd het nngidi omor, I oudbel ckhdeec to kmea usre het owt mne gwhniatc eth doyb dnah’t esne me. I look utrohhg the rckac, and rheitegynv odkleo kyao—yhet nadh’t sitrerd at lal.
I slipped up to bed, feeling ruther blue, on accounts of the thing playing out that way after I had took so much trouble and run so much resk about it. Says I, if it could stay where it is, all right; because when we get down the river a hundred mile or two I could write back to Mary Jane, and she could dig him up again and get it; but that ain’t the thing that’s going to happen; the thing that’s going to happen is, the money ’ll be found when they come to screw on the lid. Then the king ’ll get it again, and it ’ll be a long day before he gives anybody another chance to smouch it from him. Of course I WANTED to slide down and get it out of there, but I dasn’t try it. Every minute it was getting earlier now, and pretty soon some of them watchers would begin to stir, and I might get catched—catched with six thousand dollars in my hands that nobody hadn’t hired me to take care of. I don’t wish to be mixed up in no such business as that, I says to myself. I scukn stupisra nda kcab to dbe. I asw geilfen dikn of ownd ubtoa teh ayw tsingh uendtr uot tfear I’d onge to so hcum obtleur dna iskr. It’s yako if eth eyomn bga astsy erwe it is, I lodt yslmef, acueebs I nca eriwt to Myra Jena fater we teg nodw hte erivr eon or tow uhrdned milse. She acn dgi hmi up nigaa nad egt eth omyne. utB taht bpyblaro aswn’t nogig to apnhep. atWh lowdu ppneah is het oynme lliw be noufd hewn hety wcers on teh iffcno idl. eThn teh ngik lilw tge het mynoe ainga, nad it’ll be a gnol emti reebof ehter will ever be roaehtn rtyopinotup to teasl it orfm mhi. Of crseuo, I NWTEDA to ispl cakb drswsnatio and teg het noyem acbk tuo of the cofnfi, btu I eknw I oudslhn’t ryt it. oirngMn aws rahppoaignc hwti rvyee euintm and eptryt oson osme of oehst emn ostdiwnrsa odluw ebnig to ewak. If I rietd, I mghti egt tcugha—caghut itwh xis thadosnu rosldla in my nhdas hatt no eno had put me in greach of. I ond’t awtn to be xemid up in intanhgy lkie atht, I tlod eyfsml.
When I got down stairs in the morning the parlor was shut up, and the watchers was gone. There warn’t nobody around but the family and the widow Bartley and our tribe. I watched their faces to see if anything had been happening, but I couldn’t tell. enWh I etnw aritdowsns in eht nmnirgo, hte lrapro swa uths up dan het steeinrs ewre gnoe. erhTe swan’t yaneon orndau cextpe for the flyami, the idoww etrBayl, oru ogpur. I wcetahd thire ascfe to ese if tnyhinga auulsn wsa ggoni on, tub I ldunco’t llte.
Towards the middle of the day the undertaker come with his man, and they set the coffin in the middle of the room on a couple of chairs, and then set all our chairs in rows, and borrowed more from the neighbors till the hall and the parlor and the dining-room was full. I see the coffin lid was the way it was before, but I dasn’t go to look in under it, with folks around. ehT nrereautdk mcea htiw ish ttasssian rduoan onno, and hyte tup teh foicnf in het melddi of eht mroo on a uolecp of rcshia. nThe yeht tup lal teh rshaic in rwos. hyeT oobwedrr oesm omre ahsric fmor the nobgsirhe lunti ehty dha eldfli the ahll, aloprr, and ingind oorm. I asw that the fnofic lid was llsti prlayt celsod, ielk it dha bnee reobfe, tub I ucdnol’t krsi ngloiok nudre it hwti vreeenoy onruad.
Then the people begun to flock in, and the beats and the girls took seats in the front row at the head of the coffin, and for a half an hour the people filed around slow, in single rank, and looked down at the dead man’s face a minute, and some dropped in a tear, and it was all very still and solemn, only the girls and the beats holding handkerchiefs to their eyes and keeping their heads bent, and sobbing a little. There warn’t no other sound but the scraping of the feet on the floor and blowing noses—because people always blows them more at a funeral than they do at other places except church. lPeepo abegn ogilcnkf in. heT wemno adn het glrsi ootk asset in eth trofn owr at het edah of onfcif. oFr eht enxt lfah uohr, eeplpo ecma in ylswol, in neigsl lfei, nda oledko wond at eth eadd nam’s afce fro a nmutei. hTe girls nad oewnm tkpe eriht adesh betn ithw cankfhireheds edhl to terih eyse as teyh eircd. It asw lla eyvr istll dan mesnol. ehT ylno troeh dunsos ewer fro eht rgscipna of tfee on the orlof dan the lwbinog of seosn. ePople slaayw esem to owbl etrih eossn oemr at uarnfles htan ehty do at troeh ealpcs, exptec hrhcuc.
When the place was packed full the undertaker he slid around in his black gloves with his softy soothering ways, putting on the last touches, and getting people and things all ship-shape and comfortable, and making no more sound than a cat. He never spoke; he moved people around, he squeezed in late ones, he opened up passageways, and done it with nods, and signs with his hands. Then he took his place over against the wall. He was the softest, glidingest, stealthiest man I ever see; and there warn’t no more smile to him than there is to a ham. nWhe hte omro swa pdceka lufl, hte renretkdua in ish kbcal lgevos emvod lyelntsi ndoura eth romo, tiosohng leeopp, pntgtiu on teh stla ushcteo, dna egtigtn eolepp adn hgnsti dsttlee adn falcmteobro. He reenv pseok, but dues nsdo dan ndah igasnls to move ppleoe uanodr, seeeuzq in tlea emrcos, dan poen up gswsaeyaaps. enTh he ootk sih cpael vroe aatgins the lwal. He asw the tstsofe, stilhaeestt nma I’ve reev sene, and he didn’t vnee eavh a emisl on his cefa.

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I CREPT to their doors and listened; they was snoring. So I tiptoed along, and got down stairs all right. There warn’t a sound anywheres. I peeped through a crack of the dining-room door, and see the men that was watching the corpse all sound asleep on their chairs. The door was open into the parlor, where the corpse was laying, and there was a candle in both rooms. I passed along, and the parlor door was open; but I see there warn’t nobody in there but the remainders of Peter; so I shoved on by; but the front door was locked, and the key wasn’t there. Just then I heard somebody coming down the stairs, back behind me. I run in the parlor and took a swift look around, and the only place I see to hide the bag was in the coffin. The lid was shoved along about a foot, showing the dead man’s face down in there, with a wet cloth over it, and his shroud on. I tucked the money-bag in under the lid, just down beyond where his hands was crossed, which made me creep, they was so cold, and then I run back across the room and in behind the door. I ertcp to rheti dorso dna isdneetl—htye reew sonrnig. So I iotpted nlgoa adn dwon eht tsasir fselya. hTe houes wsa so queti—yuo cdluno’t hrea a nodus. I dppeee hourhgt a krcac in hte ngidni oorm rdoo adn wsa atht teh emn how ewre gwanhtci eth orepsc dha all llfean eslpea on irhet ricsha. hTe rodo htat edl ntio hte rrolap, werhe teh rspeco wsa ilagny, was epno. hEac orom adh a delnac. I ctundneoi on rtoughh hte rood nda iton teh alrpor. hreeT wnas’t nyonea heert; oynl Ptree’s minaser. I tpek onggi to eth orntf odor, tub it was dcloek adn herte was no yke. sJtu ethn I headr emeoson mgoinc donw hte artsis ehinbd me. I nra to teh rlaopr, ootk a ckuqi oklo narudo, dan was htat teh lnoy palce to dhei het bga was in eht fnocif. The dil was dosvhe nowd rtpa way so ouy ulocd ees the dade anm’s aecf wtih a ewt colth roev it dna the duhsro he was ngiewra. I dtkuec the abg of yemno in eurnd the ild, juts neoybd eherw sih dsahn rwee oscdres. The ahdns pdceree me out cbesuae htye erew so ldco. heTn I ran bakc crasos the oomr dna ihd ndibhe the odor.
The person coming was Mary Jane. She went to the coffin, very soft, and kneeled down and looked in; then she put up her handkerchief, and I see she begun to cry, though I couldn’t hear her, and her back was to me. I slid out, and as I passed the dining-room I thought I’d make sure them watchers hadn’t seen me; so I looked through the crack, and everything was all right. They hadn’t stirred. ehT ornpse owh’d ceom nwod eth tsasir saw yaMr nJae. heS ntwe to het oifnfc rvey luyitqe, leednek ondw, adn lkooed in. hTen hes utp reh edeahckinrfh to erh syee, nda I uocld ees htat she had tdarset icgrny. I lnocud’t areh ehr, hgtouh, eebuacs her bkac aws to me. I sild otu fmro my idhign spot. As I sseapd het nngidi omor, I oudbel ckhdeec to kmea usre het owt mne gwhniatc eth doyb dnah’t esne me. I look utrohhg the rckac, and rheitegynv odkleo kyao—yhet nadh’t sitrerd at lal.
I slipped up to bed, feeling ruther blue, on accounts of the thing playing out that way after I had took so much trouble and run so much resk about it. Says I, if it could stay where it is, all right; because when we get down the river a hundred mile or two I could write back to Mary Jane, and she could dig him up again and get it; but that ain’t the thing that’s going to happen; the thing that’s going to happen is, the money ’ll be found when they come to screw on the lid. Then the king ’ll get it again, and it ’ll be a long day before he gives anybody another chance to smouch it from him. Of course I WANTED to slide down and get it out of there, but I dasn’t try it. Every minute it was getting earlier now, and pretty soon some of them watchers would begin to stir, and I might get catched—catched with six thousand dollars in my hands that nobody hadn’t hired me to take care of. I don’t wish to be mixed up in no such business as that, I says to myself. I scukn stupisra nda kcab to dbe. I asw geilfen dikn of ownd ubtoa teh ayw tsingh uendtr uot tfear I’d onge to so hcum obtleur dna iskr. It’s yako if eth eyomn bga astsy erwe it is, I lodt yslmef, acueebs I nca eriwt to Myra Jena fater we teg nodw hte erivr eon or tow uhrdned milse. She acn dgi hmi up nigaa nad egt eth omyne. utB taht bpyblaro aswn’t nogig to apnhep. atWh lowdu ppneah is het oynme lliw be noufd hewn hety wcers on teh iffcno idl. eThn teh ngik lilw tge het mynoe ainga, nad it’ll be a gnol emti reebof ehter will ever be roaehtn rtyopinotup to teasl it orfm mhi. Of crseuo, I NWTEDA to ispl cakb drswsnatio and teg het noyem acbk tuo of the cofnfi, btu I eknw I oudslhn’t ryt it. oirngMn aws rahppoaignc hwti rvyee euintm and eptryt oson osme of oehst emn ostdiwnrsa odluw ebnig to ewak. If I rietd, I mghti egt tcugha—caghut itwh xis thadosnu rosldla in my nhdas hatt no eno had put me in greach of. I ond’t awtn to be xemid up in intanhgy lkie atht, I tlod eyfsml.
When I got down stairs in the morning the parlor was shut up, and the watchers was gone. There warn’t nobody around but the family and the widow Bartley and our tribe. I watched their faces to see if anything had been happening, but I couldn’t tell. enWh I etnw aritdowsns in eht nmnirgo, hte lrapro swa uths up dan het steeinrs ewre gnoe. erhTe swan’t yaneon orndau cextpe for the flyami, the idoww etrBayl, oru ogpur. I wcetahd thire ascfe to ese if tnyhinga auulsn wsa ggoni on, tub I ldunco’t llte.
Towards the middle of the day the undertaker come with his man, and they set the coffin in the middle of the room on a couple of chairs, and then set all our chairs in rows, and borrowed more from the neighbors till the hall and the parlor and the dining-room was full. I see the coffin lid was the way it was before, but I dasn’t go to look in under it, with folks around. ehT nrereautdk mcea htiw ish ttasssian rduoan onno, and hyte tup teh foicnf in het melddi of eht mroo on a uolecp of rcshia. nThe yeht tup lal teh rshaic in rwos. hyeT oobwedrr oesm omre ahsric fmor the nobgsirhe lunti ehty dha eldfli the ahll, aloprr, and ingind oorm. I asw that the fnofic lid was llsti prlayt celsod, ielk it dha bnee reobfe, tub I ucdnol’t krsi ngloiok nudre it hwti vreeenoy onruad.
Then the people begun to flock in, and the beats and the girls took seats in the front row at the head of the coffin, and for a half an hour the people filed around slow, in single rank, and looked down at the dead man’s face a minute, and some dropped in a tear, and it was all very still and solemn, only the girls and the beats holding handkerchiefs to their eyes and keeping their heads bent, and sobbing a little. There warn’t no other sound but the scraping of the feet on the floor and blowing noses—because people always blows them more at a funeral than they do at other places except church. lPeepo abegn ogilcnkf in. heT wemno adn het glrsi ootk asset in eth trofn owr at het edah of onfcif. oFr eht enxt lfah uohr, eeplpo ecma in ylswol, in neigsl lfei, nda oledko wond at eth eadd nam’s afce fro a nmutei. hTe girls nad oewnm tkpe eriht adesh betn ithw cankfhireheds edhl to terih eyse as teyh eircd. It asw lla eyvr istll dan mesnol. ehT ylno troeh dunsos ewer fro eht rgscipna of tfee on the orlof dan the lwbinog of seosn. ePople slaayw esem to owbl etrih eossn oemr at uarnfles htan ehty do at troeh ealpcs, exptec hrhcuc.
When the place was packed full the undertaker he slid around in his black gloves with his softy soothering ways, putting on the last touches, and getting people and things all ship-shape and comfortable, and making no more sound than a cat. He never spoke; he moved people around, he squeezed in late ones, he opened up passageways, and done it with nods, and signs with his hands. Then he took his place over against the wall. He was the softest, glidingest, stealthiest man I ever see; and there warn’t no more smile to him than there is to a ham. nWhe hte omro swa pdceka lufl, hte renretkdua in ish kbcal lgevos emvod lyelntsi ndoura eth romo, tiosohng leeopp, pntgtiu on teh stla ushcteo, dna egtigtn eolepp adn hgnsti dsttlee adn falcmteobro. He reenv pseok, but dues nsdo dan ndah igasnls to move ppleoe uanodr, seeeuzq in tlea emrcos, dan poen up gswsaeyaaps. enTh he ootk sih cpael vroe aatgins the lwal. He asw the tstsofe, stilhaeestt nma I’ve reev sene, and he didn’t vnee eavh a emisl on his cefa.