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<SPAN name="c30" id="c30"></SPAN> </p> <div class="fig" style="width:80%;"> <ANTIMG alt="c30-261.jpg (165K)" src="images/c30-261.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> </div> <p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> CHAPTER XXX. </p> <p> WHEN they got aboard the king went for me, and shook me by the collar, and says: </p> <p> "Tryin' to give us the slip, was ye, you pup! &nbsp;Tired of our company, hey?" </p> <p> I says: </p> <p> "No, your majesty, we warn't&mdash;<i>please</i> don't, your majesty!" </p> <p> "Quick, then, and tell us what <i>was</i> your idea, or I'll shake the insides out o' you!" </p> <p> "Honest, I'll tell you everything just as it happened, your majesty. &nbsp;The man that had a-holt of me was very good to me, and kept saying he had a boy about as big as me that died last year, and he was sorry to see a boy in such a dangerous fix; and when they was all took by surprise by finding the gold, and made a rush for the coffin, he lets go of me and whispers, 'Heel it now, or they'll hang ye, sure!' and I lit out. &nbsp;It didn't seem no good for <i>me</i> to stay&mdash;I couldn't do nothing, and I didn't want to be hung if I could get away. &nbsp;So I never stopped running till I found the canoe; and when I got here I told Jim to hurry, or they'd catch me and hang me yet, and said I was afeard you and the duke wasn't alive now, and I was awful sorry, and so was Jim, and was awful glad when we see you coming; you may ask Jim if I didn't." </p> <p> Jim said it was so; and the king told him to shut up, and said, "Oh, yes, it's <i>mighty</i> likely!" and shook me up again, and said he reckoned he'd drownd me. &nbsp;But the duke says: </p> <p> "Leggo the boy, you old idiot! &nbsp;Would <i>you</i> a done any different? &nbsp;Did you inquire around for <i>him</i> when you got loose? &nbsp;I don't remember it." </p> <p> So the king let go of me, and begun to cuss that town and everybody in it. But the duke says: </p> <p> "You better a blame' sight give <i>yourself</i> a good cussing, for you're the one that's entitled to it most. &nbsp;You hain't done a thing from the start that had any sense in it, except coming out so cool and cheeky with that imaginary blue-arrow mark. &nbsp;That <i>was</i> bright&mdash;it was right down bully; and it was the thing that saved us. &nbsp;For if it hadn't been for that they'd a jailed us till them Englishmen's baggage come&mdash;and then&mdash;the penitentiary, you bet! But that trick took 'em to the graveyard, and the gold done us a still bigger kindness; for if the excited fools hadn't let go all holts and made that rush to get a look we'd a slept in our cravats to-night&mdash;cravats warranted to <i>wear</i>, too&mdash;longer than <i>we'd</i> need 'em." </p> <p> They was still a minute&mdash;thinking; then the king says, kind of absent-minded like: </p> <p> "Mf! &nbsp;And we reckoned the <i>niggers</i> stole it!" </p> <p> That made me squirm! </p> <p> "Yes," says the duke, kinder slow and deliberate and sarcastic, "<i>we</i> did." </p> <p> After about a half a minute the king drawls out: </p> <p> "Leastways, I did." </p> <p> The duke says, the same way: </p> <p> "On the contrary, I did." </p> <p> The king kind of ruffles up, and says: </p> <p> "Looky here, Bilgewater, what'r you referrin' to?" </p> <p> The duke says, pretty brisk: </p> <p> "When it comes to that, maybe you'll let me ask, what was <i>you</i> referring to?" </p> <p> "Shucks!" says the king, very sarcastic; "but I don't know&mdash;maybe you was asleep, and didn't know what you was about." </p> <p> The duke bristles up now, and says: </p> <p> "Oh, let <i>up</i> on this cussed nonsense; do you take me for a blame' fool? Don't you reckon I know who hid that money in that coffin?" </p> <p> "<i>Yes</i>, sir! &nbsp;I know you <i>do</i> know, because you done it yourself!" </p> <p> "It's a lie!"&mdash;and the duke went for him. &nbsp;The king sings out: </p> <p> "Take y'r hands off!&mdash;leggo my throat!&mdash;I take it all back!" </p> <p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <SPAN name="c30-263" id="c30-263"></SPAN><br /> <br /> </p> <div class="fig" style="width:80%;"> <ANTIMG alt="c30-263.jpg (54K)" src="images/c30-263.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> </div> <p> <br /> <br /> <br /> </p> <p> The duke says: </p> <p> "Well, you just own up, first, that you <i>did</i> hide that money there, intending to give me the slip one of these days, and come back and dig it up, and have it all to yourself." </p> <p> "Wait jest a minute, duke&mdash;answer me this one question, honest and fair; if you didn't put the money there, say it, and I'll b'lieve you, and take back everything I said." </p> <p> "You old scoundrel, I didn't, and you know I didn't. &nbsp;There, now!" </p> <p> "Well, then, I b'lieve you. &nbsp;But answer me only jest this one more&mdash;now <i>don't</i> git mad; didn't you have it in your mind to hook the money and hide it?" </p> <p> The duke never said nothing for a little bit; then he says: </p> <p> "Well, I don't care if I <i>did</i>, I didn't <i>do</i> it, anyway. &nbsp;But you not only had it in mind to do it, but you <i>done</i> it." </p> <p> "I wisht I never die if I done it, duke, and that's honest. &nbsp;I won't say I warn't goin' to do it, because I <i>was</i>; but you&mdash;I mean somebody&mdash;got in ahead o' me." </p> <p> "It's a lie! &nbsp;You done it, and you got to <i>say</i> you done it, or&mdash;" </p> <p> The king began to gurgle, and then he gasps out: </p> <p> "'Nough!&mdash;I <i>own up!</i>" </p> <p> I was very glad to hear him say that; it made me feel much more easier than what I was feeling before. &nbsp;So the duke took his hands off and says: </p> <p> "If you ever deny it again I'll drown you. &nbsp;It's <i>well</i> for you to set there and blubber like a baby&mdash;it's fitten for you, after the way you've acted. I never see such an old ostrich for wanting to gobble everything&mdash;and I a-trusting you all the time, like you was my own father. &nbsp;You ought to been ashamed of yourself to stand by and hear it saddled on to a lot of poor niggers, and you never say a word for 'em. &nbsp;It makes me feel ridiculous to think I was soft enough to <i>believe</i> that rubbage. &nbsp;Cuss you, I can see now why you was so anxious to make up the deffisit&mdash;you wanted to get what money I'd got out of the Nonesuch and one thing or another, and scoop it <i>all</i>!" </p> <p> The king says, timid, and still a-snuffling: </p> <p> "Why, duke, it was you that said make up the deffisit; it warn't me." </p> <p> "Dry up! &nbsp;I don't want to hear no more out of you!" says the duke. &nbsp;"And <i>now</i> you see what you GOT by it. &nbsp;They've got all their own money back, and all of <i>ourn</i> but a shekel or two <i>besides</i>. &nbsp;G'long to bed, and don't you deffersit <i>me</i> no more deffersits, long 's <i>you</i> live!" </p> <p> So the king sneaked into the wigwam and took to his bottle for comfort, and before long the duke tackled HIS bottle; and so in about a half an hour they was as thick as thieves again, and the tighter they got the lovinger they got, and went off a-snoring in each other's arms. &nbsp;They both got powerful mellow, but I noticed the king didn't get mellow enough to forget to remember to not deny about hiding the money-bag again. &nbsp;That made me feel easy and satisfied. &nbsp;Of course when they got to snoring we had a long gabble, and I told Jim everything. </p> <p> <br /> <br /> </p> <hr /> <p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <SPAN name="c31-266" id="c31-266"></SPAN><br /> <br />
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