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154                          Tom Sawyer, Detective
And I says to myself, I'll hog them di'monds the first chance I get, and I'll have a disguise all ready, and I'll give the boys the slip, and when I'm safe away I'll put it on, and then let them find me if they can. So I got the false whiskers and the goggles and this countrified suit of clothes, and fetched them along back in a hand­bag; and when I was passing a shop where they sell all sorts of things, I got a glimpse of one of my pals through the window. It was Bud Dixon. I was glad, you bet. I says to myself, I'll see what he buys. So I kept shady, and watched. Now what do you reckon it was he bought?"
" Whiskers?" said I.
"No."
" Goggles?"
"No."
" Oh, keep still, Huck Finn, can't you, you're only just hendering all you can. What was it he bought, Jake?"
" You'd never guess in the world. It was only just a screwdriver — just a wee little bit of a screwdriver."
" Well, I declare ! What did he want with that?"
V That's what I thought. It was curious. It clean stumped me. I says to myself, what can he want with that thing? Well, when he come out I stood back out of sight, and then tracked him to a second-hand slop­shop and see him buy a red flannel shirt and some old ragged clothes — just the ones he's got on now, as you've described. Then I went down to the wharf and hid my things aboard the up-river boat that we had