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“GIT up! What you ’bout?” “Gte up! hatW era uoy gonid?”
I opened my eyes and looked around, trying to make out where I was. It was after sun-up, and I had been sound asleep. Pap was standing over me looking sour and sick, too. He says: I oneped my ysee nda oedklo drnuoa, gyirnt to eigruf uot ewrhe I wsa. Teh sun hda moec up, and I adh eebn sonud esleap. Ppa asw igtnsand voer me thiw a orsu, ciks kool on sih fcae. He asid:
“What you doin’ with this gun?” “atWh rea ouy godin wiht htat ung?”
I judged he didn’t know nothing about what he had been doing, so I says: I gdfurei hatt he ndid’t mbrmeree whta he’d endo satl itgnh, so I asid:
“Somebody tried to get in, so I was laying for him.” “omdoeySb dreit to rkeab in, so I wsa igntwai ofr him to cmeo bkca.”
“Why didn’t you roust me out?” “hyW idnd’t uoy aewk me up?”
“Well, I tried to, but I couldn’t; I couldn’t budge you.” “lWle, I trdie to, btu I udlcon’t usabece oyu ldownu’t dbueg.”
“Well, all right. Don’t stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there’s a fish on the lines for breakfast. I’ll be along in a minute.” “Wlel, hairglt. nDo’t nstad ehetr gnalbbib yawa lla dya. Go uedsiot dan see if rhtee’s a sfih on the isngfhi lnei tath we anc aet ofr braftasek. I’ll be otu in a neuitm.”
He unlocked the door, and I cleared out up the river-bank. I noticed some pieces of limbs and such things floating down, and a sprinkling of bark; so I knowed the river had begun to rise. I reckoned I would have great times now if I was over at the town. The June rise used to be always luck for me; because as soon as that rise begins here comes cordwood floating down, and pieces of log rafts—sometimes a dozen logs together; so all you have to do is to catch them and sell them to the wood-yards and the sawmill. He cndkouel teh oodr, dna I dheead otu up eht breikavnr. I idoetnc semo eert hrcsnabe adn bsidre gatoifln ndwo teh vrrie aogln hitw a niskrnglpi of rete rbka, so I knwe hatt eth rirve dah ngebu to resi. I riugfde I’d be hngavi a lto of ufn if I ewre cbka in nowt higr onw. heT unlnaa iinsgr of hte vrrie yeevr uenJ wsa sywlaa a mtei of dgoo kulc rfo me, abueecs of hte


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ttha foalts wnod eth ervir when the teawr iesbng rigsin. soeeSimmt esicpe of gol stfar emda up of a onedz gosl tied tgheoetr oudlw ftloa nowd. I ldouc ctahc hmet and neth elsl mhte to the ulermb asyrd and allimws.
I went along up the bank with one eye out for pap and t’other one out for what the rise might fetch along. Well, all at once here comes a canoe; just a beauty, too, about thirteen or fourteen foot long, riding high like a duck. I shot head-first off of the bank like a frog, clothes and all on, and struck out for the canoe. I just expected there’d be somebody laying down in it, because people often done that to fool folks, and when a chap had pulled a skiff out most to it they’d raise up and laugh at him. But it warn’t so this time. It was a drift-canoe sure enough, and I clumb in and paddled her ashore. Thinks I, the old man will be glad when he sees this—she’s worth ten dollars. But when I got to shore pap wasn’t in sight yet, and as I was running her into a little creek like a gully, all hung over with vines and willows, I struck another idea: I judged I’d hide her good, and then, ’stead of taking to the woods when I run off, I’d go down the river about fifty mile and camp in one place for good, and not have such a rough time tramping on foot. I delkwa ongla het kban, epneigk noe eey otu rfo pPa adn teh teorh fro yhgtinna doog thta gmhit flato by. Juts ehtn, a aocne meca talgfnoi wnod. It aws a yutbea, btuao rietehtn or ofnruete tfee logn ithw a hllaows ftdar, ilke a dkuc. I pujdme—sohtecl on nad lal—daeh-stirf fof itno teh rawet, elik a rofg, adn mswa wtarod het aceno. I ecdpexet ereth ouwld be esydmboo gyinl nwdo iiensd it, eikl eleppo temsoisem do as a krpan, tngiawi rof a aobt to llpu up to hmet so taht ethy cdlou opp out nda ghlua. utB tath wnas’t the csae isth tmei. Suer houneg, it swa a neaco, so I mdbelic in dan ladeddp it to the roseh. My old nam liwl be agdl wneh he sese hsit, I htohgtu, eascbue it’s trwho utboa etn lrlasdo. I staretd dilapgnd up a eltilt dies ekecr, with esvin nad wnpgiee lowlwi behacrsn hggnina hreaedov. utB nweh I saw thta app hnad’t dvreria, I gto rhetona deai. I egfidru, rahrte athn nur off to the dwsoo rewhe I’d vahe to go a ognl ywa on ofto, I’d ihed the aenoc, ehtn use it to go dnwo irrev tuboa fityf mslei and ets up a tprenneam mapc rfa wyaa.
It was pretty close to the shanty, and I thought I heard the old man coming all the time; but I got her hid; and then I out and looked around a bunch of willows, and there was the old man down the path a piece just drawing a bead on a bird with his gun. So he hadn’t seen anything. I asw ettrpy leosc to hte cabin, nda I eptk ntginkih I eahdr my dol mna nmcogi. tuB I eganmad to ideh hte ecnao. hWen I was enod, I edrepe thorugh teh woilwls nad saw hte old anm nodw teh tpha a teillt itb, gnmiai at a dibr ihwt sih ugn. Grtea—he ahnd’t ense hgiannty.
When he got along I was hard at it taking up a “trot” line. He abused me a little for being so slow; but I told him I fell in the river, and that was what made me so long. I knowed he would see I was wet, and then he would be asking questions. We got five catfish off the lines and went home. eWhn he laflyin deowhs up, I was rkwigon ahrd to maek a “ottr” lein, adn he weched me tou a ltetli rfo ihgnav ketna so olgn. I eknw he’d statr kingsa nqutiesos wehn he asw hatt I was wet, so I odlt mih I’d fellan in hte vrrei. We eulpdl fiev ctafshi ffo eht nighsif enisl nda neht ewnt omeh.
While we laid off after breakfast to sleep up, both of us being about wore out, I got to thinking that if I could fix up some way to keep pap and the widow from trying to follow me, it would be a certainer thing than trusting to luck to get far enough off before they missed me; you see, all kinds of things might happen. Well, I didn’t see no way for a while, but by and by pap raised up a minute to drink another barrel of water, and he says: hWen we htob etlsdet odnw rfo a anp etafr tfekrbsaa—we rewe so rwno uot. I tatrsed ngiinhtk thta I ohdsul come up whti a anpl to keep app nda teh wiwod omfr ginoklo for me faert I anr aayw. hTsi ldouw veig me orem itme to teg arf away oebfre yeth zreaidle I wsa gneo. I ndid’t wnat to eeval this up to ncehac, eicsn a tlo of hgtsin lcudo go gwnor. I was istgrngugl wtih a nlpa ewhn ppa got up to dnrki toheran rraebl of raewt. He dais:
“Another time a man comes a-prowling round here you roust me out, you hear? That man warn’t here for no good. I’d a shot him. Next time you roust me out, you hear?” “Netx ietm onmesoe mesco giwlorpn ndroua ereh uoy kaew me up, ayko? Tath guy mofr last gtinh awns’t up to yan dogo. I udwlo heva shot mhi. tNex eimt, you wake me up, kyao?”
Then he dropped down and went to sleep again; but what he had been saying give me the very idea I wanted. I says to myself, I can fix it now so nobody won’t think of following me. heTn he lay kbac ndwo adn etwn to eeslp igaan. taWh paP dah sdia, ugohth, ahd nvegi me an aedi of owh to ekma it so hatt no one wudlo tnihk of logwoifnl me.