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Complete illustrated version of Mark Twain's classic book.

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REFORM.                                                         43
that was down, was sympathy ; and the judge said it was so ; so they cried again. And when it was bedtime, the old man rose up and held out his hand, and says :
"Look at it gentlemen, and ladies all; take ahold of it; shake it. There's a hand that was the hand of a hog ; but it ain't so no more ; it's the hand of a man that's started in on a new life, and '11 die before he'll go back. You mark them words—don't forget I said them. It's a clean hand now; shake it—don't be afeard."
So they shook it, one after the other, all around, and cried. The judge's wife she kissed it. Then the old man he signed a pledge—made his mark. The judge said it was the holiest time on record, or something like that. Then they tucked the old man into a beautiful room, which was the spare room, and in the night sometime he got powerful thirsty and dumb out onto the porch-roof and slid down a stanchion and traded his new coat for a jug of forty-rod, and dumb back again and had a good old time ; and towards daylight he crawled out again, drunk as a fiddler, and rolled off the porch and broke his left arm in two places and was most froze to death when somebody found him after sun-up.