Original Illustrated Version By Mark Twain

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TOM STEALS AWAY FROM CAMP.                                   127
talk, and sat gazing into the fire, with their minds evidently wandering elsewhere. The excitement was gone, now, and Tom and Joe could not keep back thoughts of certain persons at home who were not*enjoying this fine frolic as much as they were. Misgivings came ; they grew troubled and unhappy; a sigh or two escaped, unawares. By and by Joe timidly ventured upon a round-about " feeler " as to how the others might look upon a return to civilization—not right now, but—
Tom withered him with derision ! Huck, being uncommitted, as yet, joined in with Tom, and the waverer quickly " ex­plained," and was glad to get out of the scrape with as little taint of chicken-hearted home-sickness clinging to his gar­ments as he could. Mutiny was effectu­ally laid to rest for the moment.
As the night deepened, Huck began to nod, and presently to snore. Joe followed next. Tom lay upon his elbow motionless, for some time, watching the two intently. At last he got up cauti­ously, on his knees, and went searching among the grass and the flickering reflec­tions flung by the camp-fire. He picked up and inspected several large semi-cylin­ders of the thin white bark of a sycamore,
and finally chose two which seemed to suit                 tom's mysterious writing.
him. Then he knelt by the fire and painfully wrote something upon each of these with his " red keel; " one he rolled up and put in his jacket pocket, and the other he put in Joe's hat and removed it to a little distance from the owner. And he also put into the hat certain school-boy treasures of almost inestimable value— among them a lump of chalk, an India rubber ball, three fish-hooks, and one of that kind of marbles known as a "sure 'nough crystal." Then he tip-toed his way cautiously among the trees till he felt that he was out of hearing, and straightway broke into a keen run in the direction of the sand-bar.