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176                        Tom Sawyer, Detective
" Oh, shet up — do! Looky here; what was they going to do with a dog? — hunt blackberries with it?"
" I think, m'm, they—"
'' Now, Tom Sawyer, what kind of a lie are you fix­ing your mouth to contribit to this mess of rubbage? Speak out — and I warn you before you begin, that I don't believe a word of it. You and Huck's been up to something you no business to — I know it perfectly well; I know you, both of you. Now you explain that dog, and them blackberries, and the lantern, and the rest of that rot — and mind you talk as straight as a string — do you hear?"
Tom he looked considerable hurt, and says, very dignified:
" It is a pity if Huck is to be talked to that way, just for making a little bit of a mistake that anybody could make."
" What mistake has he made?"
" Why, only the mistake of saying blackberries when of course he meant strawberries."
"Tom Sawyer, I lay if you aggravate me a little more, I'll—"
"Aunt Sally, without knowing it — and of course without intending it — you are in the wrong. If you'd 'a' studied natural history the way you ought, you would know that all over the world except just here in Arkansaw they always hunt strawberries with a dog — and a lantern—"
But she busted in on him there and just piled into him and snowed him under. She was so mad she