256 TOM SAWYER.
right the Saturday I went to the pic-nic. Don't you remember you was to watch there that night?"
"Oh, yes! Why it seems 'bout a year ago. It was that very night that I follered Injun Joe to the widder's."
" You followed him ? "
" Yes—but you keep mum. I reckon Injun Joe's left friends behind him, and I don't want 'em souring on me and doing me mean tricks. If it hadn't ben for me he'd be down in Texas now, all right."
Then Huck told his entire adventure in confidence to Tom, who had only heard of the Welchmen's part of it before.
"Well," said Huck, presently, coming back to the main question, " whoever nipped the whisky in No. 2, nipped the money too, I reckon—anyways it's a goner for us, Tom."
" Huck, that money wasn't ever in No. 2 ! "
"What!" Huck searched his comrade's face keenly. "Tom, have you got on the track of that money again ? "
" Huck, it's in the cave! "
Huck's eyes blazed.
" Say it again, Tom ! "
" The money's in the cave ! "
" Tom,—honest injun, now—is it fun, or earnest?"
" Earnest, Huck—just as earnest as ever I was in my life. Will you go in there with me and help get it out ? "
" I bet I will! I will if it's where we can blaze our way to it and not get lost."
" Huck, we can do that without the least little bit of trouble in the world."
" Good as wheat! What makes you think the money's — "
" Huck, you just wait till we get in there. If we don't find it I'll agree to give you my drum and everything I've got in the world. I will, by jings."
" All right—it's a whiz. When do you say ? "
" Right now, if you say it. Are you strong enough ? "
" Is it far in the cave? I ben on my pins a little, three or four days, now, but I can't walk more'n a mile, Tom—least I don't think I could."