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man, but mainly because he was her parent. He would have liked to fall down and worship him, if it were in the dark. The Judge put his hand on Tom's head
and called him a fine little man, and * asked him what his name was. The boy stammered, gasped, and got it out: " Tom."
" Oh, no, not Tom—it is — " " Thomas."
" Ah, that's it. I thought there was more to it, maybe. That's very well. But you've another one I daresay, and you'll tell it to me, won't you? "
" Tell the gentleman your other name, Thomas," said Walters, u and say sir. —You mustn't forget your manners." " Thomas Sawyer—sir." " That's it! That's a good boy. Fine boy. Fine, manly little fellow. Two thousand verses is a great many—very, tom as a sunday-school hero. very great many. And you never can be
sorry for the trouble you took to learn them; for knowledge is worth more than anything there is in the world; it's what makes great men and good men; you'll be a great man and a good man yourself, some day, Thomas, and then you'll look back and say, It's all owing to the precious Sunday-school privileges of my boyhood—it's all owing to my dear teachers that taught me to learn—it's all owing to the good Superintendent, who encouraged me, and watched over me, and gave me a beautiful Bible—a splendid elegant Bible, to keep and have it all for my own, always—it's all owing to right bringing up ! That is what you will say, Thomas— and you wouldn't take any money for those two thousand verses—no indeed you wouldn't. And now you wouldn't mind telling me and this lady some of the things you've learned—no, I know you wouldn't—for we are proud of little boys that learn. Now no doubt you know the names of all the twelve disciples. Won't you tell us the names of the first two that were appointed? "