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Original Illustrated Version By Mark Twain

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SLEEPY GHOSTS.
203
" Those infernal boys," quaked again under the inspiration of this remark,, and thought how lucky it was that they had remembered it was Friday and concluded to wait a day. They wished in their hearts they had waited a year.
The two men got out some food and made a luncheon. After a long and thoughtful silence, Injun Joe said :
" Look here, lad—you go back up the river where you belong. Wait there till you hear from me. I'll take the chances on dropping into this town just once more, for a look. We'll do that ' dangerous 'job after I've spied around a little and think things look well for it. Then for Texas! We'll leg it together ! "
This was satisfactory. Both men presently fell to yawning, and Injun Joe said :
" I'm dead for sleep ! It's your turn to watch."
He curled down in the weeds and soon began to snore. His comrade stirred him once or twice and he became quiet. Presently the watcher began to nod; his head drooped lower and lower, both men began to snore now.
The boys drew a long, grateful breath. Tom whispered—
" Now's our chance—come ! "
Huck said :
" I can't—I'd die if they wato wake."
Tom urged—Huck held back. At last Tom rose slowly and softly, and started alone. But the first step he made wrung such a hideous creak from the crazy floor that he sank down almost dead with fright. He never made a second attempt. The boys lay there counting the dragging moments till it seemed to them that time must be done and eternity growing gray; and then they were grateful to note that at last the sun was setting.
Now one snore ceased. Injun Joe sat up, stared around—smiled grimly upon his comrade, whose head was drooping upon his knees—stirred him up with his foot and said—
"Here! You're a watchman, ain't you! All right, though — nothing's happened."
" My ! have I been asleep ? "