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" I'll run right up to town and get him," I says.
" No you won't," she says. " You'll stay right wher' you are ; one's enough to be lost at a time. If he ain't here to supper, your uncle '11 go."
Well, he warn't there to supper; so right after supper uncle went.
He come back about ten, a little bit uneasy ; hadn't run across Tom's track. Aunt Sally was a good deal uneasy ; but Uncle Silas he said there warn't no occasion to be—boys will be boys, he said, and you'll see this one turn up in the morning, all sound and right. So she had to be satisfied. But she said she'd set up for him a while, anyway, and keep a light burning, so he could see it.
And then when I went up to bed she come up with me and fetched her candle, and tucked me in, and mothered me so good I felt mean, and like I couldn't look her in the face ; and she set down on the bed and talked with me a long time, and said what a splendid boy Sid was, and didn't seem to want to ever stop talking about him; and kept asking me every now and then, if I reckoned he could a got lost, or hurt, or maybe drownded, and might be laying at this minute, some-wheres, suffering or dead, and she not by him to help him, and so the tears would drip down, silent, and I would tell her that Sid was all right, and would be home in the morning, sure; and she would squeeze my hand, or maybe kiss me, and tell me to say it again, and keep on saying it, because it done her good, and she was in so much trouble. And when she was going away, she looked down in my eyes, so steady and gentle, and says :
"The door ain't going to be locked, Tom ; and there's the window and the
rod ; but you'll be good, worn't you ? And you won't go ? For my sake." 23