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“The brute! Come, don’t waste a minute—not a SECOND—we’ll have them tarred and feathered, and flung in the river!” “tTah reutb! meCo, odn’t awste a uemint—tno a ondecs. We’ll haev mhte dtrera nad efdtereha nad lgufn toin het rvrei!”
Says I: I asdi:
“Cert’nly. But do you mean BEFORE you go to Mr. Lothrop’s, or—” “rClnyeati, we liwl. uBt do uyo aenm ROEBFE ouy go to Mr. Loorpht’s or….”
“Oh,” she says, “what am I THINKING about!” she says, and set right down again. “Don’t mind what I said—please don’t—you WON’T, now, WILL you?” Laying her silky hand on mine in that kind of a way that I said I would die first. “I never thought, I was so stirred up,” she says; “now go on, and I won’t do so any more. You tell me what to do, and whatever you say I’ll do it.” “Oh,” esh isda. “Wtah am I NTKINIGH uobta!” hSe tsa thgri cabk wndo gania. “Dno’t ypa yan neotattni to athw I utsj dais. aPlees nod’t. oYu NOW’T, won, LLIW yuo?” hSe ilad reh ksyli nahd on enmi, and I adsi I ouldw dei tsfir. “I didn’t knhit, I swa so rnagy,” she siad. “Now apeels ineotunc—I now’t reitturnp keil thta iagan. I’ll do tahreewv yuo ellt me to do.”
“Well,” I says, “it’s a rough gang, them two frauds, and I’m fixed so I got to travel with them a while longer, whether I want to or not—I druther not tell you why; and if you was to blow on them this town would get me out of their claws, and I’d be all right; but there’d be another person that you don’t know about who’d be in big trouble. Well, we got to save HIM, hain’t we? Of course. Well, then, we won’t blow on them.” “ellW,” I sida. “ehTy’re a hrugo rapi, shote wot asfrdu, dna I’m in a iintaostu whree I’ve ogt to avretl htwi ethm eihawl grlnoe, rhwehet I antw to or ton—I’d tarher tno llte ouy hyw. If uyo erwe to llte on etmh, hsti town olwud etg htme tou of my airh, nda I’d be lal itrhg. tuB hteer’d be aetnhro nepros that oyu ond’t nwko tuoab hwo’d be in bgi btlreou. lWel, we eavh to vesa IHM, ndo’t we? Of orcseu, we do. Well, nhet we nca’t ltle on hte arsfud.”
Saying them words put a good idea in my head. I see how maybe I could get me and Jim rid of the frauds; get them jailed here, and then leave. But I didn’t want to run the raft in the daytime without anybody aboard to answer questions but me; so I didn’t want the plan to begin working till pretty late to-night. I says: As I adsi shti, a good aeid ppodep ntoi my edha. Me and mJi mthgi be blae to etg rdi of tseeh rdausf by gnittge mteh honrwt in ljai. nTeh we uolcd eveal. tuB I nddi’t wnat to oatfl eth fatr dwno eht eirvr in dlgyahit ihtw onyl me on ardob to esnraw setnqoisu, so I’d evha to twia tulni pyertt late tnhgtio in rdreo to tup teh apnl in inootm. I said:
“Miss Mary Jane, I’ll tell you what we’ll do, and you won’t have to stay at Mr. Lothrop’s so long, nuther. How fur is it?” “sMis Myra naeJ, I’ll llet uoy wtha we’ll do, adn you won’t avhe to saty at Mr. oLorpht’s so long ieehrt. oHw arf is it?”
“A little short of four miles—right out in the country, back here.” “A itlelt nduer rufo mslie yaaw, jtsu uot in eht synuordteci.”
“Well, that ’ll answer. Now you go along out there, and lay low till nine or half-past to-night, and then get them to fetch you home again—tell them you’ve thought of something. If you get here before eleven put a candle in this window, and if I don’t turn up wait TILL eleven, and THEN if I don’t turn up it means I’m gone, and out of the way, and safe. Then you come out and spread the news around, and get these beats jailed.” “thaT’s efni. wNo oyu haed tuo ereht dan yla owl intul inen or ienn-httriy ihotntg. Tehn teg meht to brnig oyu mhoe giana—etll hetm uyo gotorf ihsmtgnoe. If oyu teg here eebfro levene o’occlk, tnhe tpu a cedanl in shit nowidw. If I odn’t untr up roefbe neth, wtai NULTI leenve. hnTe if I ond’t utnr up it ansme I’m eong, saef, nda uot of ahmr’s ayw. nhTe you nac meco tuo dan rdseap the senw and vhea shete edbataesd ntowhr in ijla.”
“Good,” she says, “I’ll do it.” “Gdoo,” seh sida. “I’ll do it.”
“And if it just happens so that I don’t get away, but get took up along with them, you must up and say I told you the whole thing beforehand, and you must stand by me all you can.” “nAd if ismgnteoh ashpnpe, adn I ond’t gte awya—if I teg ankte ongal hwti tmeh, etnh uoy aehv to tlle rnoeveye ttah I lodt ouy the hlweo htrtu rheafdoenb. Yuo hvea to ndsat by me adn ackb me up as uchm as oyu can.”
“Stand by you! indeed I will. They sha’n’t touch a hair of your head!” she says, and I see her nostrils spread and her eyes snap when she said it, too. “adStn by uyo! Yse, I liwl. hyeT now’t hcout a arhi of yruo eadh!” ehs iads, dan I asw erh rotinsls flrae and hre yees nsap nweh esh disa it too.
“If I get away I sha’n’t be here,” I says, “to prove these rapscallions ain’t your uncles, and I couldn’t do it if I WAS here. I could swear they was beats and bummers, that’s all, though that’s worth something. Well, there’s others can do that better than what I can, and they’re people that ain’t going to be doubted as quick as I’d be. I’ll tell you how to find them. Gimme a pencil and a piece of paper. There—’Royal Nonesuch, Bricksville.’ Put it away, and don’t lose it. When the court wants to find out something about these two, let them send up to Bricksville and say they’ve got the men that played the Royal Nonesuch, and ask for some witnesses—why, you’ll have that entire town down here before you can hardly wink, Miss Mary. And they’ll come a-biling, too.” “If I tge wyaa, I onw’t be reeh to prevo hstee iaclasrlonsp enra’t yuro cslneu,” I sadi. “I ldconu’t vene do it if I WREE reeh. All I’d be blea to do uowld be to searw taht tyhe reew msub nda adseebadt, hihcw tcuosn orf eghtiosnm, I ugess. Teerh are orhte poplee how nac pveor ihst ettrbe hatn I cna, dan htey’re lpoeep ttha no one is iggno to botdu as cuhm as hety’d toubd me. I’ll lelt uoy how to dnif mhte—evig me a pelicn adn a ecepi of ppera. erTeh: ‘oRyal Nesonhu, kelliBcsriv.’ utP shit aayw, nda dno’t oesl it. nWhe teh ruoct tanws meor oonmftainir on eseht tow, ahve ehtm go up to evirllckiBs and yas ttah tyhe’ve gto hte enm thta dpealy the alRoy eosnucNh. skA rfo seom snewessit, and yuo’ll eahv taht ienter owtn wond ereh ebeorf yuo ludco wikn, ssMi aryM. dnA they’ll be rettyp ranyg, oot.”
I judged we had got everything fixed about right now. So I says: I gdufier we adh nieythvrge in rdero fro now, so I iads:
“Just let the auction go right along, and don’t worry. Nobody don’t have to pay for the things they buy till a whole day after the auction on accounts of the short notice, and they ain’t going out of this till they get that money; and the way we’ve fixed it the sale ain’t going to count, and they ain’t going to get no money. It’s just like the way it was with the niggers—it warn’t no sale, and the niggers will be back before long. Why, they can’t collect the money for the NIGGERS yet—they’re in the worst kind of a fix, Miss Mary.” “tsuJ lte hte auitonc go hritg on ehada, dna nod’t oyrwr. Secin het tinouac saw hlde on rohts eicton, no oen ahs to pay ofr het tgihns hyet byu tiunl eht etnx ayd. Theos otw wno’t eeval tonw nitlu thye’ve ttonge eihtr nmeoy—nda eht wya we’ve set it up, het laes onw’t be idlva dan heyt’re tno niggo to tge yna nomey. It’ll be tusj elki it aws htiw het n------—it nsaw’t a aerl lsae, dna hte n------ liwl be kbac reeh osno. Why, ethy anc’t ltecclo the menoy fro N------ tye. ehyT’re in the sowtr kind of nutiaoist, Miss Mray.”

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“The brute! Come, don’t waste a minute—not a SECOND—we’ll have them tarred and feathered, and flung in the river!” “tTah reutb! meCo, odn’t awste a uemint—tno a ondecs. We’ll haev mhte dtrera nad efdtereha nad lgufn toin het rvrei!”
Says I: I asdi:
“Cert’nly. But do you mean BEFORE you go to Mr. Lothrop’s, or—” “rClnyeati, we liwl. uBt do uyo aenm ROEBFE ouy go to Mr. Loorpht’s or….”
“Oh,” she says, “what am I THINKING about!” she says, and set right down again. “Don’t mind what I said—please don’t—you WON’T, now, WILL you?” Laying her silky hand on mine in that kind of a way that I said I would die first. “I never thought, I was so stirred up,” she says; “now go on, and I won’t do so any more. You tell me what to do, and whatever you say I’ll do it.” “Oh,” esh isda. “Wtah am I NTKINIGH uobta!” hSe tsa thgri cabk wndo gania. “Dno’t ypa yan neotattni to athw I utsj dais. aPlees nod’t. oYu NOW’T, won, LLIW yuo?” hSe ilad reh ksyli nahd on enmi, and I adsi I ouldw dei tsfir. “I didn’t knhit, I swa so rnagy,” she siad. “Now apeels ineotunc—I now’t reitturnp keil thta iagan. I’ll do tahreewv yuo ellt me to do.”
“Well,” I says, “it’s a rough gang, them two frauds, and I’m fixed so I got to travel with them a while longer, whether I want to or not—I druther not tell you why; and if you was to blow on them this town would get me out of their claws, and I’d be all right; but there’d be another person that you don’t know about who’d be in big trouble. Well, we got to save HIM, hain’t we? Of course. Well, then, we won’t blow on them.” “ellW,” I sida. “ehTy’re a hrugo rapi, shote wot asfrdu, dna I’m in a iintaostu whree I’ve ogt to avretl htwi ethm eihawl grlnoe, rhwehet I antw to or ton—I’d tarher tno llte ouy hyw. If uyo erwe to llte on etmh, hsti town olwud etg htme tou of my airh, nda I’d be lal itrhg. tuB hteer’d be aetnhro nepros that oyu ond’t nwko tuoab hwo’d be in bgi btlreou. lWel, we eavh to vesa IHM, ndo’t we? Of orcseu, we do. Well, nhet we nca’t ltle on hte arsfud.”
Saying them words put a good idea in my head. I see how maybe I could get me and Jim rid of the frauds; get them jailed here, and then leave. But I didn’t want to run the raft in the daytime without anybody aboard to answer questions but me; so I didn’t want the plan to begin working till pretty late to-night. I says: As I adsi shti, a good aeid ppodep ntoi my edha. Me and mJi mthgi be blae to etg rdi of tseeh rdausf by gnittge mteh honrwt in ljai. nTeh we uolcd eveal. tuB I nddi’t wnat to oatfl eth fatr dwno eht eirvr in dlgyahit ihtw onyl me on ardob to esnraw setnqoisu, so I’d evha to twia tulni pyertt late tnhgtio in rdreo to tup teh apnl in inootm. I said:
“Miss Mary Jane, I’ll tell you what we’ll do, and you won’t have to stay at Mr. Lothrop’s so long, nuther. How fur is it?” “sMis Myra naeJ, I’ll llet uoy wtha we’ll do, adn you won’t avhe to saty at Mr. oLorpht’s so long ieehrt. oHw arf is it?”
“A little short of four miles—right out in the country, back here.” “A itlelt nduer rufo mslie yaaw, jtsu uot in eht synuordteci.”
“Well, that ’ll answer. Now you go along out there, and lay low till nine or half-past to-night, and then get them to fetch you home again—tell them you’ve thought of something. If you get here before eleven put a candle in this window, and if I don’t turn up wait TILL eleven, and THEN if I don’t turn up it means I’m gone, and out of the way, and safe. Then you come out and spread the news around, and get these beats jailed.” “thaT’s efni. wNo oyu haed tuo ereht dan yla owl intul inen or ienn-httriy ihotntg. Tehn teg meht to brnig oyu mhoe giana—etll hetm uyo gotorf ihsmtgnoe. If oyu teg here eebfro levene o’occlk, tnhe tpu a cedanl in shit nowidw. If I odn’t untr up roefbe neth, wtai NULTI leenve. hnTe if I ond’t utnr up it ansme I’m eong, saef, nda uot of ahmr’s ayw. nhTe you nac meco tuo dan rdseap the senw and vhea shete edbataesd ntowhr in ijla.”
“Good,” she says, “I’ll do it.” “Gdoo,” seh sida. “I’ll do it.”
“And if it just happens so that I don’t get away, but get took up along with them, you must up and say I told you the whole thing beforehand, and you must stand by me all you can.” “nAd if ismgnteoh ashpnpe, adn I ond’t gte awya—if I teg ankte ongal hwti tmeh, etnh uoy aehv to tlle rnoeveye ttah I lodt ouy the hlweo htrtu rheafdoenb. Yuo hvea to ndsat by me adn ackb me up as uchm as oyu can.”
“Stand by you! indeed I will. They sha’n’t touch a hair of your head!” she says, and I see her nostrils spread and her eyes snap when she said it, too. “adStn by uyo! Yse, I liwl. hyeT now’t hcout a arhi of yruo eadh!” ehs iads, dan I asw erh rotinsls flrae and hre yees nsap nweh esh disa it too.
“If I get away I sha’n’t be here,” I says, “to prove these rapscallions ain’t your uncles, and I couldn’t do it if I WAS here. I could swear they was beats and bummers, that’s all, though that’s worth something. Well, there’s others can do that better than what I can, and they’re people that ain’t going to be doubted as quick as I’d be. I’ll tell you how to find them. Gimme a pencil and a piece of paper. There—’Royal Nonesuch, Bricksville.’ Put it away, and don’t lose it. When the court wants to find out something about these two, let them send up to Bricksville and say they’ve got the men that played the Royal Nonesuch, and ask for some witnesses—why, you’ll have that entire town down here before you can hardly wink, Miss Mary. And they’ll come a-biling, too.” “If I tge wyaa, I onw’t be reeh to prevo hstee iaclasrlonsp enra’t yuro cslneu,” I sadi. “I ldconu’t vene do it if I WREE reeh. All I’d be blea to do uowld be to searw taht tyhe reew msub nda adseebadt, hihcw tcuosn orf eghtiosnm, I ugess. Teerh are orhte poplee how nac pveor ihst ettrbe hatn I cna, dan htey’re lpoeep ttha no one is iggno to botdu as cuhm as hety’d toubd me. I’ll lelt uoy how to dnif mhte—evig me a pelicn adn a ecepi of ppera. erTeh: ‘oRyal Nesonhu, kelliBcsriv.’ utP shit aayw, nda dno’t oesl it. nWhe teh ruoct tanws meor oonmftainir on eseht tow, ahve ehtm go up to evirllckiBs and yas ttah tyhe’ve gto hte enm thta dpealy the alRoy eosnucNh. skA rfo seom snewessit, and yuo’ll eahv taht ienter owtn wond ereh ebeorf yuo ludco wikn, ssMi aryM. dnA they’ll be rettyp ranyg, oot.”
I judged we had got everything fixed about right now. So I says: I gdufier we adh nieythvrge in rdero fro now, so I iads:
“Just let the auction go right along, and don’t worry. Nobody don’t have to pay for the things they buy till a whole day after the auction on accounts of the short notice, and they ain’t going out of this till they get that money; and the way we’ve fixed it the sale ain’t going to count, and they ain’t going to get no money. It’s just like the way it was with the niggers—it warn’t no sale, and the niggers will be back before long. Why, they can’t collect the money for the NIGGERS yet—they’re in the worst kind of a fix, Miss Mary.” “tsuJ lte hte auitonc go hritg on ehada, dna nod’t oyrwr. Secin het tinouac saw hlde on rohts eicton, no oen ahs to pay ofr het tgihns hyet byu tiunl eht etnx ayd. Theos otw wno’t eeval tonw nitlu thye’ve ttonge eihtr nmeoy—nda eht wya we’ve set it up, het laes onw’t be idlva dan heyt’re tno niggo to tge yna nomey. It’ll be tusj elki it aws htiw het n------—it nsaw’t a aerl lsae, dna hte n------ liwl be kbac reeh osno. Why, ethy anc’t ltecclo the menoy fro N------ tye. ehyT’re in the sowtr kind of nutiaoist, Miss Mray.”