" No, my boy," says the old gentleman, "I'm sorry to say 't your driver has deceived you ; Nichols's place is down a matter of three mile more. Come in, come in."
Tom he took a look back over his shoulder, and says, " Too late—he's out of sight."
" Yes, he's gone, my son, and you must come in and eat your dinner with us ; and then we'll hitch up and take you down to Nichols's."
" Oh, I can't make you so much trouble ; I couldn't think of it. I'll walk—I don't mind the distance."
"But we won't let you walk—it wouldn't be Southern hospitality to do it. Come right in."
"Oh, do," says Aunt Sally; "it ain't a bit of trouble to us, not a bit in the world. You must stay. It's a long, dusty three mile, ana we can't let you walk. And besides, I've already told 'em to put on another plate, when I see you coming ; so you mustn't disappoint us. Come right in, and make yourself at home."
So Tom he thanked them very hearty and handsome, and let himself be persuaded, and come in ; and when he was in, he said he was a stranger from Hicks-ville, Ohio, and his name was "William Thompson—and he made another bow.
Well, he run on, and on, and on, making up stuff about Hicksville and everybody in it he could invent, and I getting a little nervious, and wondering how this was going to help me out of my scrape ~, and at last, still talking along, he reached over and kissed Aunt Sally right on the mouth, and then settled back again in his chair, comfortable, and was going on talking; but she jumped up and wiped it off with the back of her hand, and says :