THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER - online book

Original Illustrated Version By Mark Twain

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A NEW SENSATION.
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inquiring if any one' was missing. One young man finally blurted out his fear that they were still in the cave! Mrs. Thatcher swooned away. Aunt Polly fell to crying and wringing her hands.         
The alarm swept from lip to lip, from group to group, from street to street, and within five minutes the bells were wildly clanging and the whole town was up! The Cardiff Hill episode sank into instant insignificance, the burglars were for­gotten, horses were saddled, skiffs were manned, the ferry-boat ordered out, and
TOM AND BECKY STIR UP THE TOWN.
before the horror was half an hour old, two hundred men were pouring down high-road and river toward the cave.
All the long afternoon the village seemed empty and dead. Many women visited Aunt Polly and Mrs. Thatcher and tried to comfort them. They cried with them, too, and that was still better than words. All the tedious night the town waited for news; but when the morning dawned at last, all the word that came was, " Send more candles—and send food." Mrs. Thatcher was almost