100 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. ♦
what you're up to in some way that's jist as good and at the same time don't bring you into no resks. Ain't that so ? "
" You bet it is. But how you goin' to manage it this time ? " " Well, my idea is this : we'll rustle around and gether up whatever pickins we've overlooked in the staterooms, and shove for shore and hide the truck. Then we'll wait. Now I say it ain't agoin' to be more 'n two hours befo' this wrack breaks up and washes off down the river. See ? He'll be drownded, and wron't have nobody to blame for it but his own self. I reckon that's a considerble sight better'n killin' of him. I'm unfavorable to killin' a man as long as you can git around it ; it ain't good sense, it ain't good morals. Ain't I right ? "
" Yes—I reck'n you are. But s'pose she don't break up and wash off ? "
"Well, we can wait the two hours, anyway, and see, can't we ? "
"All right, then; come along."
So they started, and I lit out, all in a cold sweat, and scrambled forward. It was dark as pitch there; but I said in a kind of a coarse whisper, " Jim !" and he answered up, right at my elbow, with a sort of a moan, and I says :
"Quick, Jim, it ain't no time for fooling around and moaning ; there's a gang of murderers in yonder, and if we don't hunt up their boat and set her drifting down the river so these fellows can't get away from the wreck, there's one of 'em going to be in a bad fix.