200 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
—give the country a show ? No. All of a sudden he heaves all the tea in Boston Harbor overboard, and whacks out a declaration of independence, and
dares them to come on. That was his style—he never give anybody a chance. He had suspicions of his father, the Duke of Wellington. Well, what did he do ?—ask him to show up ? No—drownded him in a butt of mamsey, like a cat. Spose people left money laying around where he was—what did he do ? He collared it. Spose he contracted to do a thing; and you paid him, and didn't set down there and see that he done it—what did he do ? He always done the other thing. Spose he opened his mouth—what then ? If he didn't shut it up powerful quick, he'd lose a lie, every time. That's the kind of a bug Henry was ; and if we'd a had him along 'stead of our kings, he'd a fooled that town a heap worse than ourn done. I don't say that ourn is lambs, because they ain't, when you come right down to the cold facts ; but they ain't nothing to that old ram, anyway. All I say is, kings is kings, and you got to make allowances. Take them all around, they're a mighty ornery lot. It's the way they're raised."
"But dis one do smell so like de nation, Huck."
" Well, they all do, Jim. We can't help the way a king smells ; history don't tell no way."
"Now de duke, he's a tolerble likely man, in some ways."
" Yes, a duke's different. But not very different. This one's a middling