118 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
a little while, anyway, because it was worse than chasing a Jack-o-lantern. You never knowed a sound dodge around so, and swap places so quick and so much.
I had to claw away from the bank pretty lively, four or five times, to keep from knocking the islands out of the river ; and so I judged the raft must be butting into the bank every now and then, or else it would get further ahead and clear out of hearing—it was floating a little faster than what I was.
Well, I seemed to be in the open river again, by-and-by, but I couldn't hear no sign of a whoop nowheres. T reckoned Jim had fetched up on a snag, maybe,
and it was all up with him. I was good and tired, so I laid down in the canoe and said I wouldn't bother no more. I didn't want to go to sleep, of course ; but I was so sleepy I couldn't help it; so I thought I would take just one little cat-nap.
But I reckon it was more than a cat-nap, for when I waked up the stars was shining bright, the fog was all gone, and I was spinning down a big bend stern first. First I didn't know where I was ; I thought I was dreaming ; and when things begun to come back to me, they seemed to come up dim out of last week.