Life On The Mississippi By Mark Twain




















































































































































 -   I saw two men in the room, and one was saying to the other,
in a hoarse whisper, 'I told - Page 270
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I Saw Two Men In The Room, And One Was Saying To The Other, In A Hoarse Whisper, 'I Told Her I Would, If She Made A Noise, And As For The Child - '

The other man interrupted in a low, half-crying voice -

'You said we'd only gag them and rob them, not hurt them; or I wouldn't have come.'

'Shut up your whining; had to change the plan when they waked up; you done all you could to protect them, now let that satisfy you; come, help rummage.'

Both men were masked, and wore coarse, ragged 'nigger' clothes; they had a bull's-eye lantern, and by its light I noticed that the gentler robber had no thumb on his right hand. They rummaged around my poor cabin for a moment; the head bandit then said, in his stage whisper -

'It's a waste of time - he shall tell where it's hid. Undo his gag, and revive him up.'

The other said -

'All right - provided no clubbing.'

'No clubbing it is, then - provided he keeps still.'

They approached me; just then there was a sound outside; a sound of voices and trampling hoofs; the robbers held their breath and listened; the sounds came slowly nearer and nearer; then came a shout -

'HELLO, the house! Show a light, we want water.'

'The captain's voice, by G - !' said the stage-whispering ruffian, and both robbers fled by the way of the back door, shutting off their bull's-eye as they ran.

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