262 TOM SAWYER.
"Now Huck," said Tom, "we'll hide the money in the loft of the widow's wood-shed, and I'll come up in the morning and we'll count it and divide, and then well hunt up a place out in the woods for it where it will be safe. Just you lay quiet here and watch the stuff till I run and hook Benny Taylor's little wagon ; I won't be gone a minute."
He disappeared, and presently returned with the wagon, put the two small sacks into it, threw some old rags on top of them, and started off, dragging his cargo behind him. When the boys reached the Welchman's house, they stopped to rest. Just as they were about to move on, the Welchman stepped out and said:
"Hallo, who's that?"
"Huck and Tom Sawyer." .
"Good! Come along with me, boys, you are keeping everybody waiting. Here—hurry up, trot ahead—I'll haul the wagon for you. Why, it's not as light as it might be. Got bricks in it?—or old metal?"
" Old metal," said Tom.
"I judged so; the boys in this town will take more trouble and fool away more time, hunting up six bit's worth of old iron to sell to the foundry than they would to make twice the money at regular work. But that's human nature —hurry along, hurry along! "
The boys wanted to know what the hurry was about.
"Never mind; you'll see, when we get to the Widow Douglas's."
Huck said with some apprehension—for he was long used to being falsely accused—
" Mr. Jones, we haven't been doing nothingI"
The Welchman laughed.
"Well, I don't know, Huck, my boy. I don't know about that. Ain't you and the widow good friends? "
"Yes. Well, she's ben good friends to me, any ways."
"All right, then. What do you want to be afraid for"
This question was not entirely answered in Huck' s slow mind before he found himself pushed, along with Tom, into Mrs. Douglas's drawing-room, Mr. Jones left the wagon near the door and followed.