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Tom Sawyer Abroad                         135
that they travel west in these latitudes; and they travel low, too."
Then he ciphered on the time, and says —
" Seven thousand miles, three hundred miles an hour — you can make the trip in a day — twenty-four hours. This is Thursday; you'll be back here Sat­urday afternoon. Come, now, hustle out some blankets and food and books and things for me and Huck, and you can start right along. There ain't no occasion to fool around — I want a smoke, and the quicker you fetch that pipe the better."
All hands jumped for the things, and in eight min­utes our things was out and the balloon was ready for America. So we shook hands good-bye, and Tom gave his last orders:
" It's io minutes to 2 P.M. now, Mount Sinai time. In 24 hours you'll be home, and it '11 be 6 to-mor­row morning, village time. When you strike the village, land a little back of the top of the hill, in the woods, out of sight; then you rush down, Jim, and shove these letters in the post-office, and if you see anybody stirring, pull your slouch down over your face so they won't know you. Then you go and slip in the back way to the kitchen and git the pipe, and lay this piece of paper on the kitchen table, and put something on it to hold it, and then slide out and git away, and don't let Aunt Polly catch a sight of you, nor nobody else. Then you jump for the balloon and shove for Mount Sinai three hundred miles an hour. You won't have lost more than an hour. You'll start back at 7 or