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Complete illustrated version of Mark Twain's classic book.

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DISCRIMINATION IN STEALING.                                    305
crime in a prisoner to steal the thing he needs to get away with, Tom said ; it's his right; and so, as long as we was representing a pris­oner, we had a perfect right to steal anything on this place we had the least use for, to get ourselves out of prison with. He said if we warn't prisoners it would be a very different thing, and nobody but a mean ornery person would steal when he warn't a prisoner. So we allowed we would steal every­thing there was that come handy. And yet he made a mighty fuss, one day, after that, when I stole a water­melon out of the nigger patch and eat it; and he made me go and give the niggers a dime, without telling them what it was for. Tom said that what he meant was, we
could steal anything we needed. Well, I says, I needed the watermelon. But lie said I didn't need it to get out of prison with, there's where the difference was. He said if I'd a wanted it to hide a knife in, and smuggle it to Jim to kill the seneskal with, it would a been all right. So I let it go at that, though I couldn't see no advantage in my representing a prisoner, if I got to set down and chaw over a lot of gold-leaf distinctions like that, every time I see a chance to hog a watermelon.
Well, as I was saying, we waited that morning till everybody was settled 20