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Tom Sawyer, Detective                         195
whole business when we got to his blacksmith shop and told him what we come for.
"You can take the dog," he says, "but you ain't a-going to find any corpse, because there ain't any corpse to find. Everybody's quit looking, and they're right. Soon as they come to think, they knowed there warn't no corpse. And I'll tell you for why. What does a person kill another person for, Tom Sawyer?— answer me that." f          "Why, he — er—"
"Answer up ! You ain't no fool. What does he kill him for?"
"Well, sometimes it's for revenge, and—"
" Wait. One thing at a time. Revenge, says you; and right you are. Now who ever had anything agin that poor trifling no-account? Who do you reckon would want to kill him ?— that rabbit!''
Tom was stuck. I reckon he hadn't thought of a person having to have a reason for killing a person be­fore, and now he sees it warn't likely anybody would have that much of a grudge against a lamb like Jubiter Dunlap. The blacksmith says, by and by:
"The revenge idea won't work, you see. Well, then, what's next? Robbery? B'gosh, that must 'a' been it, Tom! Yes, sirree, I reckon we've struck it this time. Some feller wanted his gallus-buckles, and so he—"
But it was so funny he busted out laughing, and just went on laughing and laughing and laughing till he was 'most dead, and Tom looked so put out and cheap that