344 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
and yelled, but we didn't wear no boots, and didn't yell. We was in the path to the mill; and when they got pretty close onto us, we dodged into the bush and let them go by, and then dropped in behind them. They'd had all the dogs shut up, so they wouldn't scare off the robbers ; but by this time somebody had let them loose, and here they come, making pow-wow enough for a million ; but they was our dogs ; so we stopped in our tracks till they catched up; and when they see iv warn't nobody but us, and no excitement to offer them, they only just said howdy, and tore right ahead towards the shouting and clattering ; and then we up steam again and whizzed along after them till we was nearly to the mill, and then struck up through the bush to where my canoe was tied, and hopped in and pulled for dear life towards the middle of the river, but didn't make no more noise than we was obleeged to. Then we struck out, easy and comfortable, for the island where my raft was ; and we could hear them yelling and barking at each other all up and down the bank, till we was so far away the sounds got dim and died out. And when we stepped onto the raft, I says :
"Now, old Jim, you're a free man again, and I bet you won't ever be a slave no more."
"En a mighty good job it wuz, too, Huck. It'uz planned beautiful, en it 'uz done beautiful; en dey ain't nobody kin git up a plan dat's mo' mixed-up en splendid den what dat one wuz."
We was all as glad as we could be, but Tom was the gladdest of all, because he had a bullet in the calf of his leg.
When me and Jim heard that, we didn't feel so brash as what we did before. It was hurting him considerble, and bleeding; so we laid him in the wigwam and tore up one of the duke's shirts for to bandage him, but he says :
"Gimme the rags, I can do it myself. Don't stop, now; don't fool around here, and the evasion booming along so handsome ; man the sweeps, and set her loose ! Boys, we done it elegant!—'deed we did. I wish we'd a had the handling of Louis XVI., there wouldn't a been no ' Son of Saint Louis, ascend to heaven !' wrote down in his biography : no, sir, we'd a whooped him over the border— that's what we'd a done with him—and done it just as slick as nothing at all, too. Man the sweeps—man the sweeps ! "