Original Illustrated Version By Mark Twain

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and provoked a reproof from the bench. Counsel for the prosecution now-said:
"By the oaths of citizens whose simple word is above suspicion, we have fastened this awful crime beyond all possibility of question, upon the unhappy prisoner at the bar. We rest our case here."
A groan escaped from poor Potter, and he put his face in his hands and rocked his body softly to and fro, while a painful silence reigned in the court­room. Many men were moved, and many women's compassion testified itself in tears. Counsel for the defence rose and said:
" Your honor, in our remarks at the opening of this trial, we foreshadowed-
our purpose to prove that our client did this fearful deed while under the influence of a blind and irresponsible delirium produced by drink. We have changed our mind. We shall not offer that plea." [Then to the clerk]: "Call Thomas Sawyer! "
A puzzled amazement awoke in every face in the house, not even excepting Potter's. Every eye fastened itself with wondering interest upon Tom as he rose and took his place upon the stand. The boy looked wild enough, for he was badly scared. The oath was administered.
" Thomas" Sawyer, where were you on the seventeenth of June, about the hour
of midnight ? "
Tom glanced at Injun Joe's iron face and his tongue failed him. The audi­ence listened breathless, but the words refused to come. After a few moments, however, the boy got a little of his strength back, and managed to put enough of it into his voice to make part of the house hear: " In the graveyard !"