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Tom Sawyer Abroad                           55
lieve it. I couldn't, you know; it seemed too awful far away for us to have traveled.
But Tom was full of his discovery, as he called it, and said the lions and the sand meant the Great Desert, sure. He said he could 'a' found out, before we sighted land, that we was crowding the land some-wheres, if he had thought of one thing; and when we asked him what, he said:
"These clocks, They're chronometers. You al­ways read about them in sea voyages. One of them is keeping Grinnage time, and the other is keeping St. Louis time, like my watch. When we left St. Louis it was four in the afternoon by my watch and this clock, and it was ten at night by this Grinnage clock. Well, at this time of the year the sun sets at about seven o'clock. Now I noticed the time yesterday evening when the sun went down, and it was half-past five o'clock by the Grinnage clock, and half past 11 A. M. by my watch and the other clock. You see, the sun rose and set by my watch in St. Louis, and the Grin­nage clock was six hours fast; but we've come so far east that it comes within less than half an hour of set­ting by the Grinnage clock now, and I'm away out — more than four hours and a half out. You see, that meant that we was closing up on the longitude of Ireland, and would strike it before long if we was p'inted right — which we wasn't. No, sir, we've been a-wandering—wandering 'way down south of east, and it's my opinion we are in Africa. Look at this map. You see how the shoulder of Africa sticks out to the