174 THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.
in that ocean ; and though it would take him a long time to get there, without money, he would get there anyway, and every time he convinced a pirate he would say to him, "Don't you thank me, don't you give me no credit, it ail
belongs to them dear people in Pokeville camp-meeting, natural brothers and benefactors of the race —and that dear preacher there, the truest friend a pirate ever had !"
And then he busted into tears, and so did everybody. Then somebody sings out, "Take up a collec-tion for him, take up a collection !" V / Well, a half a dozen made a jump V to do it, but somebody sings out, " Let Mm pass the hat around !" Then everybody said it, the preacher too.
So the king went all through the crowd with his hat, swabbing his eyes, and blessing the people and praising them and thanking
"A PIRATE FOR THIRTY YEAR8." .
them for being so good to the poor pirates away off there; and every little while the prettiest kind of girls, with fhe tears running down their cheeks, would up and ask him would he let them kiss him, for to remember him by; and he always done it; and some of them he hugged and kissed as many as five or six times—and he was invited to stay a week ; and everybody wanted him to live in their houses, and said they'd think it was an honor ; but he said as this was the last day of the camp-meeting he couldn't do no good, and besides he was in a sweat to get to the Indian Ocean right off and go to work on the pirates.
When we got back to the raft and he come to count up, he found he had collected eighty-seven dollars and seventy-five cents. And then he had fetched