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 Half Title
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 Title Page
 List of Illustrations
 Chapter I
 Chapter II
 Chapter III
 Chapter IV
 Chapter V
 Chapter VI
 Chapter VII
 Chapter VIII
 Chapter IX
 Chapter X
 Chapter XI
 Chapter XII
 Chapter XIII
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Title: Tom Sawyer abroad
Physical Description: viii, 208, 32 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Beard, Daniel Carter, 1850-1941 ( Illustrator )
Chatto & Windus (Firm) ( Publisher )
Spottiswoode & Co ( Printer )
Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Spottiswoode and Co.
Publication Date: 1894
 Subjects
Subject: Wit and humor, Juvenile   ( lcsh )
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Sawyer, Tom (Fictitious character) -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Balloon ascensions -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Adventure and adventurers -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Inventors -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Kidnapping -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Desert animals -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Weddings -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Juvenile fiction -- Egypt   ( lcsh )
Publishers' catalogues -- 1894   ( rbgenr )
Adventure fiction -- 1894   ( gsafd )
Fantasy literature -- 1894   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1894
Genre: Publishers' catalogues   ( rbgenr )
Adventure fiction   ( gsafd )
Fantasy literature   ( rbgenr )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
 Notes
Summary: Tom, always looking for trouble, finds it when he sets out to become Hannibal's First Traveler. Tom, Huck, and Jim find themselves kidnapped by a mad inventor, sailing cross the Atlantic and into Arabian adventure on a hot-air balloon.
Statement of Responsibility: by Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) ; with 26 illustrations by Dan. Beard.
General Note: Issued in pictorial red cloth binding.
General Note: Source: Gift of Frances R. Friedman, June 15, 1992.
General Note: Publisher's catalogue precedes and follows text.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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    Half Title
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    Advertising
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    Frontispiece
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    Title Page
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    List of Illustrations
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    Chapter I
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    Chapter X
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'WE CATCHED A LOT OF THE NICEST FISH YOU EVER SEE [2. 127










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BY

MARK TWAIN


(SAMUEL L. CLEMENS)


WITH 26 ILLUSTR.4TIONS BY DAN. BEARD





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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS




PAGE
'WE CATCHED A LOT OF THE NICEST FISH YOU EVER
SEE .. Fotisipiece

'WE WENT OUT IN THE WOODS ON THE HILL, AND TOM TOLD
US WHAT IT WAS. IT WAS A CRUSADE 12

'HE WOULD HAVE RAISED A COUPLE OF THOUSAND KNIGHTS,
AND BRUSHED THE WHOLE PAYNIM OUTFIT INTO THE SEA' 18

'HE SAID HE WOULD SAIL HIS BALLOON AROUND THE GLOBE,
JUST TO SHOW WHAT HE COULD DO' 27

'AND HERE WAS NIGHT COMING ON' 29

THE PROFESSOR SAID HE WOULD KEEP UP THIS HUNDRED-
MILE GAIT TILL TO-MORROW AFTERNOON, AND THEN HE'D
LAND IN LONDON' .. 51

" YOU WANT TO LEAVE MIE. DON'T TRY TO DENY IT "' 52

"THE THUNDER BOOMED, AND THE LIGHTNING GLARED, AND
THE WIND SUNG AND SCREAMED IN THE RIGGING' 57

'"RUN! RUN FO' TO' LIFE!"'. 69

'THEY WERE JUMPING UP AT THE LADDER, AND SNAPPING
AND SNARLING AT EACH OTHER .. 72

'WE SWOOPED DOWN, NOW, ALL OF A SUDDEN, AND STOPPED
ABOUT A HUNDRED YARDS OVER THEIR HEADS' 81









viii LJST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE
THE LAST MAN TO GO SNATCHED UP A CHILD AND CARRIED
IT OFF IN FRONT OF HIM ON HIS HORSE 83

'WE COME A-WHIZZING DOWN AND MADE A SWOOP, AND KNOCKED
HIM OUT OF THE SADDLE, CHILD AND ALL' 85
'"WHERE'S YOUR MAN NOW ? "' 90

'"AND WHERE'S TOUR RAILROAD, ALONGSIDEE OF A FLEA?"'. 92
" THAT FLEA WOULD BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
AND YOU COULDN'T PREVENT IT"' 94

'WE OPENED THE BOX, AND IT HAD GEMS AND JEWELS IN IT' 107

'AND ALL THIS TIME THE LIONS AND TIGERS WAS SORTING
OUT THE CLOTHES'.. 124

THE CAMEL DRIVER IN THE TREASURE CAVE 143

IN THE SAND-STORM 157

'WHEN THEY DANCED WE JOINED IN AND SHOOK A FOOT UP
THERE' ... ..160

THE WEDDING PROCESSION 103

'JIM HAD BEEN STANDING A SIEGE A LONG TIME' 183

' THEY'LL HAVE TO APOLOGISE AND PAY AN INDEMNITY, TOO,"
SAID TOM 185

TOM SAWYER'S MAP OF THE TRIP. 204

THE DEPARTURE FOR HOME. 'AND AWAY SHE DID GO' 207
















TOM SAWYER ABROAD


CHAPTER I

Do you reckon Tom Sawyer was satisfied after all
them adventures ? I mean the adventures we had
down the river the time we set the nigger Jim
free and Tom got shot in the leg. No, he wasn't.
It only just p'isoned him for more. That was all the
effects it had. You see, when we three come back
up the river in glory, as you may say, from that
long travel, and the village received us with a
torchlight procession and speeches, and everybody
hurrah'd and shouted, and some got drunk, it made
us heroes, and that was what Tom Sawyer had
always been hankerin' to be.
For a while he was satisfied. Everybody made
much of him, and he tilted up his nose and stepped






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around the town like he owned it. Some called
him Tom Sawyer the Traveller, and that just
swelled him up fit to bust. You see, he laid over
me and Jim considerable, because we only went
down the river on a raft and come back by the
steamboat, but Tom went by the steamboat both
ways. The boys envied me and Jim a good deal,
but land! they just knuckled to the dirt before
Tom.
Well, I don't know; maybe he might have been
satisfied if it hadn't been for old Nat Parsons,
which was postmaster, and powerful long and slim,
and kind of good-hearted, and silly, and bald-
headed, on accounts of his age, and 'most about the
talkiest old animal I ever see. For as much as
thirty years he'd been the only man in the village
that had a ruputation-I mean a reputation for
being a traveller-and of course he was mortal
proud of it, and it was reckoned that in the course
of that thirty years he had told about that journey
over a million times, and enjoyed it every time; and
now comes along a boy not quite fifteen and sets
everybody gawking and admiring over his travels,







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and it just give the poor old thing the jim-jams.
It made him sick to listen to Tom and hear the
people say, My land !' 'Did you ever ?' My good-
ness sakes alive and all them sorts of things; but
he couldn't pull away from it, any more than a fly
that's got its hind leg fast in the molasses. And
always when Tom come to a rest, the poor old
cretur would chip in on his same old travels and
work them for all they was worth; but they was
pretty faded and didn't go for much, and it was
pitiful to see. And then Tom would take another
innings, and then the old man again-and so on,
and so on, for an hour and more, each trying to
sweat out the other.
You see, Parsons' travels happened like this.
When he first got to be postmaster and was green
in the business, there was a letter come for some-
body he didn't know, and there wasn't any such
person in the village. Well, he didn't know what
to do nor how to act, and there the letter stayed
and stayed, week in and week out, till the bare
sight of it give him the dry gripes. The postage
wasn't paid on it, and that was another thing to
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worry about. There wasn't any way to collect that
ten cents, and he reckoned the Gov'ment would
hold him responsible for it, and maybe turn him
out besides, when they found he hadn't collected
it. Well, at last he couldn't stand it any longer.
He couldn't sleep nights, he couldn't eat, he was
thinned down to a shadder, yet he dasn't ask any-
body's advice, for the very person he asked for the
advice might go back on him and let the Gov'ment
know about that letter. He had the letter buried
under the floor, but that didn't do no good : if he
happened to see a person standing over the place it
give him the cold shivers, and loaded him up with
suspicions, and he would set up that night till the
town was still and dark, and then he would sneak
there and get it out and bury it in another place.
Of course people got to avoiding him, and shaking
their heads and whispering, because the way he
was looking and acting they judged he had killed
somebody or done something they didn't know
what-and if he had been a stranger they would
'a' lynched him.
Well, as I was saying, it got so he couldn't








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stand it any longer; so he made up his mind to
pull out for Washington and just go to the Presi-
dent of the United States and make a clean breast
of the whole thing, not keeping back an atom, and
then fetch the letter out and lay her down before
the whole Gov'ment and say, Now, there she is-
do with me what you're a mind to; though, as
heaven is my judge, I am an innocent man and not
deserving of the full penalties of the law, and
leaving behind me a family which must starve and
yet ain't had a thing to do with it, which is the
truth, and I can swear to it.'
So he done it. He had a little wee bit of steam-
boating, and some stage-coaching, but all the rest
of the way was horseback, and took him three
weeks to get to Washington. He saw lots of land,
and lots of villages, and four cities. He was gone
'most eight weeks, and there never was such a proud
man in the village as when he got back. His
travels made him the greatest man in all that
region, and the most talked about; and people
come from as much as thirty miles back in the
country, and from over in the Ililnois bottoms, too,







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-just to look at him-and there they'd stand and
gawk, and he'd gabble. You never see anything
like it.
Well, there wasn't any way, now, to settle which
was the greatest traveller; some said it was Nat,
some said it was Tom. Everybody allowed that
Nat had seen the most longitude, but they had to
give in that whatever Tom was short in longitude
he had made up in latitude and climate. It was
about a stand-off; so both of them had to whoop
up their dangersome adventures, and try to get
ahead that way. That bullet-wound in Tom's leg
was a tough thing for Nat Parsons to buck against,
but he done the best he could; done it at a dis-
advantage, too, for Tom didn't set still, as he'd
orter done, to be fair, but always got up and
santered around and worked his limp whilst Nat
was painting up the adventure that he had one day
in Washington; for Tom never let go that limp
after his leg got well, but practised it nights at
home, and kept it as good as new right along.
Nat's adventure was like this-and I will say this
for him, that he did know how to tell it. He could







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make anybody's flesh crawl, and turn pale and hold
his breath when he. told it, and sometimes women
and girls got so faint they couldn't stick it out.
Well, it was this way, as near as I can remember :
He come a-loping into Washington and put up
his horse and shoved out to the President's house
with his letter, and they told him the President was
up to the Capitol and just going to start for Phila-
delphia-not a minute to lose if he wanted to catch
him. Nat 'most dropped, it made him so sick.
His horse was -put up, and he didn't know what to
do. But just then along comes a nigger driving an
old ramshackly hack, and he see his chance. He
rushes out and shouts:
'A half a dollar if you git me to the Capitol in
a half an hour, and a quarter extra if you do it in
twenty minutes !'
'Done! says the nigger.
Nat he jumped in and slammed the door, and
away they went, a-ripping and a-tearing over the
roughest road a body ever see, and the racket of it
was something awful. Nat passed his arms through
the loops and hung on for life and death, but pretty







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soon the hack hit a rock and flew up in the air, and
the bottom fell out, and when it come down Nat's
feet was on the ground, and he see he was in the
most desperate danger if he couldn't keep up with
the hack. He was horrible scared, but he laid into
his work for all he was worth, and hung tight
to the arm-loops and made his legs fairly fly. He
yelled and shouted to the driver to stop, and so did
the crowds along the street, for they could see his
legs spinning along under the coach and his head
and shoulders bobbing inside, through the windows,
and knowed he was in awful danger ; but the more
they all shouted the more the nigger whooped and
yelled, and lashed the horses, and said, Don't you
fret-I's gwyne to git you dah in time, boss; I's
gwyne to do it sho' for you see he thought they
was all hurrying him up, and of course he couldn't
hear anything for the racket he was making. And
so they went ripping along, and everybody just
petrified and cold to see it; and when they got to
the Capitol at last it was the quickest trip that ever
was made, and everybody said so. The horses laid
down, and Nat dropped, all tuckered out, and then







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they hauled him out, and he was all dust and rags,
and barefooted; but he was in time, .and just in
time, and caught the President and give him the
letter, and everything was all right, and the
President give him a free pardon on the spot, and
Nat give the nigger two extra quarters instead of
one, because he could see that if he hadn't had the
hack he wouldn't 'a' got there in time, nor anywhere
near it.
It was a powerful good adventure, and Tom
Sawyer had to work his bullet-wound mighty lively
to hold his own and keep his end up against it.
Well, by-and-by Tom's glory got to paling
down gradu'ly, on accounts of other things turning
up for the people to talk about- first a horse-race,
and on top of that a house afire, and on top of that
the circus, and on top of that a big auction of
niggers, and on top of that the eclipse; and that
started a revival, same as it always does, and by
that time there wasn't no more talk about Tom to
speak of, and you never see a person so sick and
disgusted. Pretty soon he got to worrying and
fretting right along, day in and day out, and when






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I asked him what was he in such a state'about, he
said it 'most broke his heart to think how time was
slipping away, and him getting older and older, and
no wars breaking out and no way of making a name
for himself that he could see. Now, that is the way
boys is always thinking, but he was the first one I
ever heard come out and say it.
So then he set to work to get up a plan to make
him celebrated, and pretty soon he struck it, and
offered to take me and Jim in. Tom Sawyer was
always free and generous that way. There's plenty
of boys that's mighty good and friendly when you've
got a good thing, but when a good thing happens to
come their way they don't say a word to you, and try
to hog it all. That warn't ever Tom Sawyer's style-
I can say that for him. There's plenty of boys that
will come hankering and gruvvelling around when
you've got an apple, and beg the core off you; but
when they've got one, and you beg for the core and
remind them how you give them a core one time,
they make a mouth at you and say thank you 'most
to death, but there ain't a-going to be no core. But
I notice they always git come up with; all you got







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to do is to wait. Jake Hooker always done that
way, and it warn't two years till he got drowned.
Well, we went out in the woods on the hill, and
Tom told us what it was. It was a crusade.
What's a crusade ?' I says.
He looked scornful, the way he's always done
when he was ashamed of a person, and says:
Huck Finn, do you mean to tell me you don't
know what a crusade is ?'
'No,' says I, I don't. And I don't care,
nuther. I've lived till now and done without it, and
had my health, too. But as soon as you tell me, I'll
know, and that's soon enough. I don't see no use
in finding out things and clogging my head up with
them when I mayn't ever have any occasion for
them. There was Lance Williams, he learnt how
to talk Choctaw, and there warn't ever a Choctaw
here till one come and dug his grave for him. Now,
then, what's a crusade ? But I can tell you one thing
before you begin : if it's a patent-right, there ain't
no money in it. Bill Thompson he--'
'Patent-right! he says. 'I never see such an
idiot. Why, a crusade is a kind of a war.'






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'WE WENT OUT IN THE WOODS ON THE HILL, AND TOM TOLD US WHAT IT WAS. IT WAS A CRUSADE


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I thought he must be losing his mind. But no;
he was in real earnest, and went right on, perfectly
cam:
A crusade is a war to recover the Holy Land
from the paynim.'
'Which Holy Land ? '
'Why, the Holy Land-there ain't but one.'
'What do we want of it ?'
'Why, can't you understand ? It's in the hands
of the paynim, and it's our duty to take it away
from them.'
'How did we come to let them git hold of it ?'
'We didn't come to let them git hold of it.
They always had it.'
'Why, Tom, then it must belong to them, don't
it?'
'Why, of course it does. Who said it didn't ?'
I studied over it, but couldn't seem to git at the
rights of it no way. I says:
'It's too many for me, Tom Sawyer. If I had
a farm, and it was mine, and another person
wanted it, would it be right for him to-
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in when it rains, Huck Finn. It ain't a farm-it's
entirely different. You see, it's like this. They
own the land, just the mere land, and that's all
they do own; but it was our folks, our Jews and
Christians, that made it holy, and so they haven't
any business to be there defiling it. It's a shame,
and we oughtn't to stand it a minute. We ought
to march against them and take it away from
them.'
'Why, it does seem to me it's the most mixed-
up thing I ever see. Now, if I had a farm, and
another person- '
Don't I tell you it hasn't got anything to do
with farming ? Farming is business; just common
low-down worldly business, that's all it is- it's all
you can say for it; but this is higher-this is
religious, and totally different.'
'Religious to go and take the land away from
the people that owns it ?'
Certainly it's always been considered so.'
Jim he shook his head and says:
'Mars Tom, I reckon dey's a mistake about it
somers-dey mos' sholy is. I's religious myself, en







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I knows plenty religious people, but I hain't run
acrost none dat acts like dat.'
It made Tom hot, and he says:
'Well, it's enough to make a body sick, such
mullet-headed ignorance. If either of you knowed
anything about history, you'd know that Richard
Cur de Lyon, and the Pope, and Godfrey de Bulloyn,
and lots more of the most noble-hearted and pious
people in the world hacked and hammered at the
paynims for more than two hundred years trying
to take their land away from them, and swum neck-
deep in blood the whole time-and yet here's a
couple of sap-headed country yahoos out in the
backwoods of Missouri setting themselves up to
know more about the rights and the wrongs of it
than they did Talk about cheek!'
Well, of course that put a more different light
on it, and me and Jim felt pretty cheap and
ignorant, and wished we hadn't been quite so
chipper. I couldn't say nothing, and Jim he
couldn't for a while; then he says:
'Well, den, I reckon it's all right, beca'ze ef dey
didn't know, dey ain't no use for po' ignorant folks





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like us to be trying' to know; en so, ef it's our duty,
we got to go en tackle it en do de bes' we kin.
Same time, I feel as sorry for dem paynims as
Mars Tom. De hard part gwyne to be to kill folks
dat a body hain't 'quainted wid and hain't done
him no harm. Dat's it, you see. Ef we uz to go
'mongst 'em, jist us three, and say we's hungry, en
ast 'em for a bite to eat, why maybe dey's jist like
yuther people en niggers-don't you reckon dey is ?
Why, dey'd give it, I know dey would; en den--'
Then what ? '
'Well, Mars Tom, my idea is like dis. It ain't
no use, we can't kill dem po' strangers dat ain't
doin' us no harm, till we've had practice-I knows it
perfectly well, Mars Tom-'deed, I knows it per-
fectly well. But ef we takes a' axe or two, jist you
en me en Huck, en slips acrost de river to-night
arter de moon's gone down, en kills dat sick fambly
dat's over on de Sny, en burns dey house down,
en--'
'Oh, shut your head you make me tired. I
don't want to argue no more with people like.you
and Huck Finn, that's always wandering from the







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subject and ain't got any more sense than to try to
reason out a thing that's pure theology by the laws
that protects real estate.'
Now, that's just where Tom Sawyer wasn't fair.
Jim didn't mean no harm, and I didn't mean no
harm. We knowed well enough that he was right
and we was wrong, and all we was after was to get
at the how of it-that was all; and the .only
reason he couldn't explain it so we could understand
it was because we was ignorant-yes, and pretty
dull, too, I ain't denying that; but land that ain't
no crime, I should think.
But he wouldn't hear no more about it; just
said if we had tackled the thing in a proper spirit
he would 'a' raised a couple of thousand knights
and put them up in steel armour from head to heel,
and made me a lieutenant and Jim a sutler, and
took the command himself, and brushed the whole
paynim outfit into the sea like flies, and come back
across the world in a glory like sunset. But he
said we didn't know enough to take the chance
when we had it, and he wouldn't ever offer it again.







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And he didn't. When he once got set, you couldn't
budge him.
But I didn't care much. I am peaceable, and
.don't get up no rows with people that ain't doing





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Walter Scott's books, which he was always reading.
And it was a wild notion, because in my opinion



e never could 'a' raised the men, and if he did, as
Now, Tom he got all hat wild notion out of
iVl'er Scott's books, which he was always reading.

And it was a wild notion, because in my opinion
.he never could 'a' raised the men, and if he did, as







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like as not he would 'a' got licked. I took the
books and read all about it, and as near as I
could make it out, most of the folks that shook
farming to go crusading had a mighty rocky time
of it.






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CHAPTER II

WELL, Tom got up one thing after another, but
they all had sore places in them somewhere, and
he had to shove them aside. So at last he was
'most about in despair. Then the St. Louis papers
begun to talk a good deal about the balloon that
was going to sail to Europe, and Tom sort of
thought he wanted to go down and see what it
looked like, but couldn't make up his mind. But
the papers went on talking, and so he allowed that
maybe if he didn't go he mightn't ever have
another chance to see a balloon; and next, he
found out that Nat Parsons was going down to see
it, and that decided him, of course. He wasn't
going to have Nat Parsons coming back bragging
about seeing the balloon and him having to listen
to it and keep his head shut. So he wanted me
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It was a noble big balloon, and had wings, and
fans, and all sorts of things, and wasn't like any
balloon that is in the pictures. It was away out
towards the edge of town, in a vacant lot corner of
Twelfth Street, and there was a big crowd around it
making fun of it, and making fun of the man-
which was a lean, pale feller with that soft kind of
moonlight in his eyes, you know-and they kept say-
ing it wouldn't go. It made him hot to hear them,
and he would turn on them and shake his fist and
say they was animals and blind, but some day they
would find they'd stood face to face with one of the
men that lifts up nations and makes civilisations,
and was too dull to know it, and right here on this
spot their own children and grandchildren would
build a monument to him that would last a thou-
sand years, but his name would outlast the monu-
ment; and then the crowd would burst out in a
laugh again, and yell at him, and ask him what was
his name before he was married, and what he would
take to don't, and what was his sister's cat's grand-
mother's name, and all them kind of things that a
crowd says when they've got hold of a feller they







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see they can plague. Well, the things they said
was funny-yes, and mighty witty too, I ain't
denying that; but all the same it warn't fair nor
brave, all them people pitching on one, and they
so glib and sharp, and him without any gift of talk
to answer back with. But good land what did he
want to sass back for ? You see, it couldn't do him
no good, and it was just nuts for them. They had
him, you know. But that was his way; I reckon
he couldn't help it: he was made so, I judge. He
was a good enough sort of a cretur, and hadn't no
harm in him, and was just a genius, as the papers
said, which wasn't his fault. We can't all be sound :
we've got to be the way we are made. As near as
I can make out, geniuses think they know it all,
and so they won't take people's advice, but always
go their own way, which makes everybody forsake
them and despise them, and that is perfectly
natural. If they was humbler, and listened and
tried to learn, it would be better for them.
The part the professor was in was like a boat,
and was big and roomy, and had water-tight
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in, and a body could set on them and make beds on
them too. We went aboard, and there was twenty
people there, snooping around and examining, and
old Nat Parsons was there too. The professor kept
fussing around getting ready, and the people went
ashore, drifting out one at a time, and old Nat he
was the last. Of course it wouldn't do to let him go
out behind us. We mustn't budge till he was gone,
so we could be last ourselves.
But he was gone now, so it was time for us to
follow. I heard a big shout, and turned around-
the city was dropping from under us like a shot !
It made me sick all through, I was so scared. Jim
turned grey, and couldn't say a word, and Tom
didn't say nothing but looked excited. The city
went on dropping down, and down, and down, but
we didn't seem to do nothing but hang in the
air and stand still. The houses got smaller and
smaller, and the city pulled itself together closer and
closer, and the men and waggons got to looking like
ants and bugs crawling about, and the streets was
like cracks and threads; and then it all kind of
meltedtogether, and there wasn't any city anymore :







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it was only a big scab on the earth, and it seemed
to me a body could see up the river and down the
river about a thousand miles, though of course it
wasn't so much. By-and-by the earth was a ball
-just a round ball, of a dull colour, with shiny
stripes wriggling and winding around over it, which
was rivers. And the weather was getting pretty
chilly. The widder Douglas always told me the
world was round like a ball, but I never took no
stock in a lot of them superstitions o' hern, and of
course I paid no attention to that one because
I could see myself that the world was the shape of
a plate, and flat. I used to go up on the hill and
take a look all around and prove it for myself,
because I reckon the best way to get a sure thing
on a fact is to go and examine for yourself and not
take it on anybody's say-so. But I had to give in,
now, that the widder was right. That is, she was
right as to the rest of the world, but she wasn't
right about the part our village is in: that part is
the shape of a plate, and flat, I take my oath.
The professor was standing still all this time
like he was asleep, but he broke loose, now, and







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he was mighty bitter. He says something like
this :
'Idiots! they said it wouldn't go. And they
wanted to examine it and spy around and get the
secret of it out of me. But I beat them. Nobody
knows the secret but me! Nobody knows what
makes it move but me; and it's a new power A
new power, and a thousand times the strongest in
the earth. Steam's foolishness to it. They said
I couldn't go to Europe. To Europe! why there's
power aboard to last five years, and food for three
months. They are fools-what do they know about
it ? Yes, and they said my air-ship was flimsy;
why, she's good for fifty years. I can sail the skies
all my life if I want to, and steer where I please,
though they laughed at that, and said I couldn't.
Couldn't steer Come here, boy; we'll see. You
press these buttons as I tell you.'
He made Tom steer the ship all about and every
which way, and learnt him the whole thing in
nearly no time, and Tom said it was perfectly easy.
He made him fetch the ship down 'most to the
earth, and had him spin her along so close to the







TOM SAWYER ABROAD


Illinois prairies that a body could talk to the
farmers and hear everything they said, perfectly
plain ; and he flung out printed bills to them that
told about the balloon and said it was going to
Europe. Tom got so he could steer straight for a
tree till he got nearly to it and then dart up and
skin right along over the top of it. Yes, and he
learnt Tom how to land her; and he done it first
rate, too, and set her down in the prairie as soft as
wool; but the minute we started to skip out the
professor says, 'No you don't!' and shot her up
into the air again. It was awful. I begun to beg,
and so did Jim; but it only give his temper a rise,
and be begun to rage around and look wild out of
his eyes, and I was scared of him.
Well, then he got on to his troubles again, and
mourned and grumbled about the way he was
treated, and couldn't seem to git over it, and espe-
cially people's saying his ship was flimsy. He scoffed
at that, and at their saying she warn't simple and
would be always getting out of order. Get out of
order-that gravelled him; he said she couldn't any
more get out of order than the solar sister. He got









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so it did Jim. By-and-by he got to yelling and
screaming, and then he swore the world shouldn't
ever have his secret at all now, it had treated him
so mean. He said he would sail his balloon around
the globe just to show what he could do, and then he
would sink it in the sea, and sink us all along with
it, too. Well, it was the awfullest fix to be in; and
here was night coming on.
He give us something to eat, and made us go
to the other end of the boat, and laid down on a
locker where he could boss all the works, and put
his old pepper-box revolver under his head, and said
anybody that come fooling around there trying to
land her he would kill him.
We set scranched up together, and thought
considerable, but didn't say nothing, only just a
word once in a while when a body had to say some-
thing or bust, we was so scared and worried. The
night dragged along slow and lonesome. We was
pretty low down, and the moonshine made every-
thing soft and pretty, and the farm-houses looked
snug and homeful, and we could hear the farm
sounds, and wished we could be down there; but







TOM SAWYER ABROAD 29

laws we just slipped along over them like a ghost,
and never left a track.


AND HERE WAS NIGHT COMING ON'

Away in the night, when all the sounds was late







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sounds, and the air had a late feel, and a late smell,
too-about a two o'clock feel, as near as I could
make out-Tom said the professor was so quiet
this long time he must be asleep, and we better-
Better what ?' I says in a whisper, and feel-
ing sick all over, because I knowed what he was
thinking about.
Better slip back there and tie him and land the
ship,' he says.
I says:
No, sir Don't you budge, Tom Sawyer.'
And Jim-well, Jim was kind of gasping, he was
so scared. He says:
Oh, Mars Tom, don't! Efyou tetches him we's
gone-we's gone, sho' I ain't gwyne anear him,
not for nothing' in dis world Mars Tom, he's plum
crazy.'
Tom whispers and says:
That's why we've got to do something. If he
wasn't crazy I wouldn't give shucks to be anywhere
but here; you couldn't hire me to get out, now
that I've got used to this balloon and over the scare
of being cut loose from the solid ground, if he was






TOM SAWYER ABROAD


in his right mind; but it's no good politics sailing
around like this with a person that's out of his
head and says he's going around the world and
then drown us all. We've got to do something, I
tell you, and do it before he wakes up, too, or we
mayn't ever get another chance. Come !'.
But it made us turn cold and creepy just to think
of it, and we said we wouldn't budge. So Tom was
for slipping back there by himself to see if he couldn't
get at the steering gear and land the ship. We
begged and begged him not to, but it warn't no use ;
so he got down on his hands and knees and begun
to crawl an inch at a time, we a-holding our breath
and watching. After he got to the middle of the
boat he crept slower than ever, and it did seem
like years to me. But at last we see him get to the
professor's head and sort of raise up soft and look
a good spell in his face and listen. Then we see him
begin to inch along again towards the professor's
feet where the steering buttons was. Well, he got
there all safe, and was reaching slow and steady
towards the buttons, but he knocked down some-
thing that made a noise, and we see him slump flat







TOM SAWYER ABROAD


aid soft in the bottom and lay still. The professor
stirred, and says, What's that ?' But everybody
kept dead still and quiet, and he begun to mutter
and mumble and nestle, like a person that's going
to wake up, and I thought I was going to die, I was
so worried and scared.
Then a'cloud come over the moon, and I 'most
cried, I was so glad. She buried herself deeper and
deeper in the cloud, and it got so dark we couldn't
see Tom no more. Then it begun to sprinkle rain,
and we could hear the professor fussing at his ropes
and things and abusing the weather. We was
afraid every minute he would touch Tom, and then
we would be goners and no help; but Tom was
already on his way home, and when we felt his hands
on our knees my breath stopped sudden, and my
heart fell down amongst my other works, because I
couldn't tell in the dark but it might be the pro-
fessor, which I thought it was.
Dear! I was so glad to have him back that I
was just as near happy as a person could be that was
up in the air that way with a deranged man. You
can't land a balloon in the dark, and so I hoped it







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would keep on raining, for I didn't want Tom to go
meddling any more and make us so awful uncomfor-
table. Well, I got my wish. It drizzled and
drizzled along the rest of the night, which wasn't
long, though it did seem so; and at daybreak it
cleared, and the world looked mighty soft and grey
and pretty, and the forests and fields so good to see
again, and the horses and cattle standing sober and
thinking. Next, the sun come a-blazing up gay
and splendid, and then we begun to feel rusty and
stretchy, and first we knowed we was all asleep.






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CHAPTER III

WE went to sleep about four o'clock, and woke up
about eight. The professor was setting back there
at his end looking glum. He pitched us some
breakfast, but he. told us not to come abaft the
midship compass. That was about the middle of
the boat. Well, when you are sharp set, and you
eat and satisfy yourself, everything looks pretty
different from what it done before. It makes a
body feel pretty near comfortable, even when he is
up in a balloon with a genius. We got to talking
together.
There was one thing that kept bothering me,
and by-and-by I says:
'Tom, didn't we start East ? '
'Yes.'
'How fast have we been going ? '
'Well, you heard what the professor said when






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he was raging around; sometimes, he said, we was
making fifty miles an hour, sometimes ninety,
sometimes a hundred; said that with a gale to help
he could make three hundred any time, and said if
he wanted the gale, and wanted it blowing the
right direction, he only had to go up higher or
down lower and find it.'
'Well, then it's just as I reckoned. The pro-
fessor lied.'
Why ?'
'Because if we was going so fast we ought to be
past Illinois, oughtn't we ? '
Certainly.'
'Well, we ain't.'
What's the reason we ain't ?'
'I know by the colour. We're right over Illinois
yet. And you can see for yourself that Indiana
ain't in sight.'
'I wonder what's the matter with you, Huck.
You know by the colour ? '
'Yes-of course I do.'
'What's the colour got to do with it ? '
'It's got everything to do with it. Illinois is
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green, Indiana is pink. You show me any pink
down here if you can. Nro, sir; it's green.'
Indiana pink ? Why, what a lie !'
It ain't no lie ; I've seen it on the map, and
it's pink.'
You never see a person so aggravated and dis-
gusted. He says:
'Well, if I was such a numskull as you, Huck
Finn, I would jump over. Seen it on the map!
Huck Finn, did you reckon the States was the
same colour out of doors that they are on the map ? '
Tom Sawyer, what's a map for ? Ain't it to
learn you facts ?'
'Of course.'
'Well, then, how is it going to do that if it tells
lies ?-that's what I want to know.'
'Shucks, you muggins, it don't tell lies.'
'It don't, don't it ?'
'No, it don't.'
'All right, then; if it don't, there ain't no two
States the same colour. You git around that, if you
can, Tom Sawyer.'
He see I had him, and Jim see it too, and I tell







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you I felt pretty good, for Tom Sawyer was always
a hard person to git ahead of. -Jim slapped his leg
and says:
'I tell you! dat's smart, dat's right down smart!
Ain't no use, Mars Tom, he got you dis time-he
done got you dis time, sho'! He slapped his leg
again, and says, My lan', but it was a smart one '
I never felt so good in my life; and yet I didn't
know I was saying anything much till it was out.
I was just mooning along, perfectly careless, and
not expecting anything was going to happen, and
never thinking of such a thing at all, when all of a
sudden out it come. Why, it was just as much a
surprise to me as it was to any of them. It was
just the same way it is when a person is munching
along on a hunk of corn-pone and not thinking
about anything, and all of a sudden bites into a
di'mond. Now, all that he knows, first-off, is that
it's some kind of gravel he's bit into, but he don't
find out it's a di'mond till he gits it out and brushes
off the sand and crumbs and one thing or another,
and has a look at it, and then he's surprised and
glad. Yes, and proud, too; though, when you come







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to look the thing straight in the eye, he ain't entitled
to as much credit as he would 'a' been if he'd been
hunting diamonds. You can see the difference easy,
if you think it over. You see, an accident, that
way, ain't fairly as big a thing as a thing that's
done a-purpose. Anybody could find that diamond
in that corn-pone; but, mind you, it's got to be
somebody that's got that kind of corn-pone. That's
where that feller's credit comes in, you see; and
that's where mine comes in. I don't claim no great
things; I don't reckon I could 'a' done it again, but
I done it that time-that's all I claim. And I hadn't
no more idea I could do such a thing, and warn't
any more thinking about it or trying to, than you
be this minute. Why, I was just as cam, a body
couldn't be any cammer, and yet all of a sudden
out it come. I've often thought of that time, and
I can remember just the way everything looked,
same as if it was only last week. I can see it all:
beautiful rolling country with woods and fields
and lakes for hundreds and hundreds of miles all
around, and towns and villages scattered everywhere
under us here and there and yonder, and the pro-







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fessor mooning over a chart on his little table, and
Tom's cap flopping in the rigging where it was hung
up to dry; and one thing in particular was a bird
right alongside, not ten foot off, going our way and
trying to keep up, but losing ground all the time,
and a railroad train doing the same, down there,
sliding along amongst the trees and farms, and
pouring out a long cloud of black smoke and now
and then a little puff of white; and when the white
was gone so long you had 'most forgot it, you
would hear a little faint toot, and that was the
whistle; and we left the bird and the train both
behind, 'way behind, and done it easy, too.
But Tom he was huffy, and said me and Jim
was a couple of ignorant blatherskites, and then
he says :
Suppose there's a brown calf and a big brown
dog, and an artist is making a picture of them.
What is the main thing that that artist has got to
do ? He has got to paint them so you can tell 'em
apart the minute you look at them, hain't he ? Of
course. Well, then, do you want him to go and
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He paints one of them blue, and then you can't
make no mistake. It's just the same with the
maps. That's why they make every State a
different colour ; it ain't to deceive you-it's to keep
you from deceiving yourself.'
But I couldn't see no argument about that, and
neither could Jim. Jim shook his head and
says:
Why, Mars Tom, ef you knowed what chuckle-
heads dem painters is, you'd wait a long time befo'
you'd fetch one er dem in to back up a fac'. I's
gwyne to tell you, den you kin see for you'seff. -I
see one er 'em a-paintin' away, one day, down in
old Hank Wilson's back lot, en I went down to see,
en he was painting' dat old brindle cow wid de near
horn gone-you knows de one I means. En I ast
him what's he painting' her for, en he say when he
.git her painted de picture's wuth a hundred dollars.
Mars Tom, he could 'a' got de cow fer fifteen, en
I tole him so. Well, sah, ef you'll believe me, he
jes' shuck his head en went on a-dobbin'. Bless
you, Mars Tom, dey don't know nothing. '
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always does that's got laid out in an argument.
He told us to shut up and don't stir the slush in
our skulls any more-hold still and let it cake, and
maybe we'd feel better. Then he see a town clock
away off down yonder, and he took up the glass
and looked at it, and then looked at his silver
turnip, and then at the clock, and then at the
turnip again, and says :
'That's funny-that clock's near about an
hour fast.'
So he put up his turnip. Then he see another
clock, and took a look, and it was an hour fast too.
That puzzled him.
'That's a mighty curious thing,' he says; 'I
don't understand it.'
Then he took the glass and hunted up another
clock, and sure enough it was an hour fast too.
Then his eyes begun to spread and his breath to
come out kind of gaspy like, and he says:
Ger-reat Scott, it's the longitude '
I says, considerable scared:
'Well, what's been and gone and happened
now ? '







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'Why, the thing that's happened is that this
old bladder has slid over Illinois and Indiana and
Ohio like nothing, and this is the east end of
Pennsylvania or New York, or somewhere around
there.'
'Tom Sawyer, you don't mean it '
'Yes, I do, and it's so, dead sure. We've
covered about fifteen degrees of longitude since we
left St. Louis yesterday afternoon, and them clocks
are right. We've come close on to eight hundred
miles.'
I didn't believe it, but it made the cold streaks
trickle down my back just the same. In my
experience I knowed it wouldn't take much short
of two weeks to do it down the Mississippi on a
raft.
Jim was working his mind, and studying.
Pretty soon he says:
'Mars Tom, did you say dem clocks uz right ?'
'Yes, they're right.'
'Ain't yo' watch right, too ?'
'She's right for St. Louis, but she's an hour
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Mars Tom, is you trying' to let on dat de time
ain't de same everywhere ? '
'No, it ain't the same everywhere, by a long
shot.'
Jim he looked distressed, and says:
'It grieve me to hear you talk like dat, Mars
Tom; I's right down 'shamed to hear you talk like
dat, arter de way you's been raised. Yassir, it'd
break yo' aunt Polly's heart to hear you.'
Tom was astonished. He looked Jim over,
wondering, and didn't say nothing, and Jim he
went on:
Mars Tom, who put de people out yonder in
St. Louis ? De Lord done it. Who put de people
here whah we is? De Lord done it. Ain' dey
bofe His children ? 'Cose dey is. Well, den! is He
gwyne to 'scriminate twixtt 'em ? '
''Scriminate I never heard such ignorant
rot. There ain't no discriminating about it.
When He makes you and some more of His
children black, and makes the rest of us white,
what do you call that ? '







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Jim see the p'int. He was stuck. He couldn't
answer. Tom says:
He does discriminate, you see, when He wants
to; but this case here ain't no discrimination of
His-it's man's. The Lord made the day, and He
made the night; but He didn't invent the hours,
and He didn't distribute them around; man done it.'
'Mars Tom, is dat so ? Man done it ?'
'Certainly.'
'Who tole him he could ?
'Nobody. He never asked.'
Jim studied a minute, and says:
'Well, dat do beat me. I wouldn't 'a' tuck no
sich resk. But some people ain't scared o' nothing .
Dey bangs right ahead-dey don't care what
happens. So den dey's allays an hour's diffunce
everywhab, Mars Tom?'
'An hour? No! It's four minutes' difference
for every degree of longitude, you know. Fifteen
of 'em's an hour, thirty of 'em's two hours, and so
on. When it's one o'clock Tuesday morning in
England, it's eight o'clock the night before in
New York.'







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Jim moved a little away along the locker, and
you could see he was insulted. He kept shaking
his head and muttering, and so I slid along to him
and patted him on the leg and petted him up,
and got him over the worst of his feelings, and then
he says:
Mars Tom talking' sich talk as dat-Choosday
in one place en Monday in t'other, bofe in de
same day! Huck, dis ain' no place to joke-up
here whah we is. Two days in one day! How
you gwyne to git two days inter one day-can't git
two hours inter one hour, kin you ? can't git two
niggers inter one nigger skin, kin you? can't git
two gallons o' whisky inter a one-gallon jug, kinyou ?
No, sir; wouldd strain de jug. Yes, en even den
you couldn't, I doan' believe. Why, looky here,
Huck, sposen de Choosday was New Year's-now
den Is you gwyne to tell me it's dis year in one
place en las' year in t'other, bofe in de identical
same minute ? It's de beatenest rubbage-I can't
stan' it, I can't stan' to hear tell 'bout it.' Then
he begun to shiver and turn grey, and Tom says:
Now what's the matter ? What's the trouble ?'







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Jim could hardly speak, but he says:
Mars Tom, you ain't jokin', en it's so?'
'No, I'm not, and it is so.'
Jim shivered again, and says:
'Den dat Monday could be de Las' Day, en
dey wouldn't be no Las' Day in England, en de
dead wouldn't be called. We mustn't go over dah,
Mars Tom. Please git him to turn back; I wants
to be whah- '
All of a sudden we see something, and all
jumped up, and forgot everything and begun to
gaze. Tom says :
'Ain't that the- He catched his breath, then
says: It is-sure as you live-it's the Ocean! '
That made me and Jim catch our breath, too.
Then we all stood putrified but happy, for none of
us had even seen an ocean, or ever expected to.
Tom kept muttering:
'Atlantic Ocean-Atlantic. Land! don't it
sound great And that's it-and we are look-
ing at it-we! Why, it's just too splendid to
believe '
Then we see a big bank of black smoke; and







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when we got nearer it was a city, and a monster
she was, too, with a thick fringe of ships around one
edge; and wondered if it was New York, and begun
to jaw and dispute about it, and first we knowed
it slid from under us and went flying behind, and
here we was, out over the very ocean itself, and
going like a cyclone. Then we woke up, I tell
you!
We made a break aft, and raised a wail, and
begun to beg the professor to take pity on us and
turn back and land us, and let us go back to our
folks, which would be so grieved and anxious about
us, and maybe die if anything happened to us; but
he jerked out his pistol and motioned us back, and
we went, but nobody will ever know how bad we
felt.
The land was gone, all but a little streak, like a
snake, away off on the edge of the water, and down
under us was just ocean, ocean, ocean-millions of
miles of it, heaving and pitching and squirming,
and white sprays blowing from the wave-tops, and
only a few ships in sight, wallowing around and
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and sticking their bows under and then their sterns;
and before long there warn't no ships at all, and
we had the sky and the whole ocean all to our-
selves, and the roomiest place I ever see and the
lonesomest.







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CHAPTER IV

AND it got lonesomer and lonesomer. There was
the big sky up there, empty and awful deep, and
the ocean down there without a thing on it but just
the waves. All around us was a ring-a perfectly
round ring-where the sky and the water come
together; yes, a monstrous big ring it was, and we
right in the dead centre of it. Plum in the centre.
We was racing along like a prairie fire, but it never
made any difference-we couldn't seem to git past
that centre no way; I couldn't see that we ever
gained an inch on that ring. It made a body feel
creepy, it was so curious and unaccountable.
Well, everything was so awful still that we got
to talking in a very low voice, and kept on getting
creepier and lonesomer and less and less talky, till
at last the talk run dry altogether, and we just set







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there and thunk' as Jim calls it, and never said
a word, the longest time.
The professor never stirred till the sun was
overhead; then he stood up and put a kind of a tri-
angle to his eye, and Tom said it was a sextant
and he was taking the sun, to see whereabouts
the balloon was. Then he ciphered a little, and
looked in a book, and then he begun to carry on
again. He said lots of wild things, and amongst
others he said he would keep up this hundred-
mile gait till the middle of to-morrow afternoon,
and then he'd land in London.
We said we would be humbly thankful.
He was turning away, but he whirled around
when we said that, and give us a long look of his
blackest kind, one of the maliciousest and sus-
piciousest looks I ever see. Then he says :
'You want to leave me. Don't try to deny
it.'
We didn't know what to say, so we held in and
didn't say nothing at all.
He went aft and set down, but he couldn't seem
to git that thing out of his mind. Every now and







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'THE PROFESSOR SAID HE WOULD KEEP UP THIS HUNDRED-MILE GAIT TILL TO-MIORROW
AFTERNOON, AND THEN HE'D LAND IN LONDON'


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then he would rip out something about it, and try
to make us answer him, but we dasn't.


S" YOTU WANT TO LEAVE ME. DON'T TRY TO DENY IT '


It got lonesomer and lonesomer right along, and
it did seem to me I couldn't stand it. It was still







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worse when night begun to come on. By-and-by
Tom pinched me and whispers:
'Look! '
I took a glance aft, and see the professor taking
a whet out of a bottle. I didn't like the looks of that.
By-and-by he took another drink, and pretty soon
he begun to sing. It was dark now, and getting
black and stormy. He went on singing, wilder
and wilder, and the thunder begun to mutter and
the wind to wheeze and moan amongst the ropes,
and altogether it was awful. It got so black we
couldn't see him any more, and wished we couldn't
hear him, but we could. Then he got still; but he
warn't still ten minutes till we got suspicious, and
wished he would start up his noise again, so we
could tell where he was. By-and-by there was a
flash of lightning, and we see him start to get
up, but he was drunk, and staggered and fell down.
We heard him scream out in the dark:
'They don't want to go to England-all right;
I'll change the course. They want to leave me.
Well, they shall-and now !'
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still again; still so long I couldn't bear it, and it
did seem to me the lightning wouldn't ever come
again. But at last there was a blessed flash, and
there he was, on his hands and knees, crawling,
and not four foot from us. My! but his eyes was
terrible. He made a lunge for Tom and says,
'Overboard you go !' but it was already pitch dark
again, and I couldn't see whether he got him or
not, and Tom didn't make a sound.
There was another long, horrible wait; then
there was a flash and I see Tom's head sink down
outside the boat and disappear. He was on the
rope ladder that dangled down in the air from the
gunnel. The professor let off a shout and jumped
for him, and straight off it was pitch dark again,
and Jim groaned out, 'Po' Mars Tom, he's a
goner! and made a jump for the professor; but the
professor warn't there.
Then we heard a couple of terrible screams-
and then another, not so loud, and then another
that was 'way below, and you could only just hear
it; and I hear Jim say, 'Po' Mars Tom '
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could 'a' counted four hundred thousand before the
next flash come. When it come, I see Jim on his
knees, with his arms on the locker and his face
buried in them, and he was crying. Before I could
look over the edge, it was all dark again, and I was
kind of glad, because I didn't want to see. But
when the next flash come I was watching, and down
there I see somebody a-swinging in the wind on
that ladder, and it was Tom !
'Come up I shouts-' come up, Tom !'
His voice was so weak, and the wind roared so,
I couldn't make out what he said, but I thought he
asked was the professor up there. I shouts :
'No; he's down in the ocean! Come up Can
we help you ?'
Of course, all this in the dark.
'Huck, who is you hollerin' at ?'
'I'm hollering at Tom.'
Oh, Huck, how kin you act so, when you knows
po' Mars Tom's- Thenhe letoff an awful scream,
and flung his head and his arms back and let off
another one; because there was a white glare just
then, and he had raised up his face just in time to







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see Tom's, as white as snow, rise above the gunnel
and look him right in the eye. He thought it was
Tom's ghost, you see.
Tom clumb aboard, and when Jim found it
was him, and not his ghost, he hugged him and
slobbered all over him, and called him all sorts of
loving names, and carried on like he was gone
crazy, he was so glad. Says I:
'What did you wait for, Tom ? Why didn't
you come up at first ?'
I dasn't, Huck. I knowed somebody plunged
down past me, but I didn't know who it was, in the
dark. It could 'a' been you, it could 'a' been Jim.'
That was the way with Tom Sawyer-always
sound. He warn't coming up till he knowed where
'the professor was.
The storm let go, about this time, with all its
might, and it was dreadful the way the thunder
boomed and tore, and the lightning glared out, and
the wind sung and screamed in the rigging, and the
rain come down. One second you couldn't see
your hand before you,'and the next you could count
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THE THUNDER BOOMED, AND THE LIGHTNING GLARED, AND THE WIND SUNG AND
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wide desert of waves pitching and tossing, through
a kind of veil of rain. A storm like that is the
loveliest thing there is, but it ain't at its best when
you are up in the sky and lost, and it's wet and
lonesome, and there's just been a death in the
family.
We set there huddled up in the bow, and
talked low about the poor professor, and everybody
was sorry for him, and sorry the world had made
fun of him, and treated him so harsh, when he was
doing the best he could and hadn't a friend nor
nobody to encourage him and keep him from
brooding his mind away and going, deranged.
There was plenty of clothes and blankets and every-
thing at the other end, but we thought we'd ruther
take the rain than go meddling back there. You
see, it would seem so crawly to be where it was
warm yet, as you might say, from a dead man.
Jim said he would soak till he was mush before he
would go there and maybe run up against that
ghost betwixt the flashes. He said it always made
him sick to see a ghost, and he'd ruther die than
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CHAPTER V

WE tried to make some plans, but we couldn't come
to no agreement. Me and Jim was for turning
around and going back home, but Tom allowed
that by the time daylight come, so we could see our
way, we would be so far towards England that we
might as well go there and come back in a ship and
have the glory of saying we done it.
About midnight the storm quit and the moon
come out and lit up the ocean, and then we begun
to feel comfortable and drowsy; so we stretched
out on the lockers and went to sleep, and never
woke up again till sun-up. The sea was sparkling
like di'monds, and it was nice weather, and pretty
soon our things was all dry again.
We went aft to find some breakfast, and the
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light burning in a compass back there under a
hood. Then Tom was disturbed. He says:
You know what that means easy enough.
It means that somebody has got to stay on watch
and steer this thing the same as he would a ship,
or she'll wander around and go wherever the wind
wants her to.'
'Well,' I says, -' what's she been doing since-er
-since we had the accident ?'
'Wandering,' he says, kind of troubled-' wan-
dering, without any doubt. She's in a wind, now,
that's blowing her south of east. We don't know
how long that's been going on, either.'
So then he p'inted her east, and said he would
hold her there, whilst we rousted out the breakfast.
The professor had laid in everything a body could
want: he couldn't 'a' been better fixed. There
wasn't no milk for the coffee, but there was water
and everything else you could want, and a charcoal
stove and the fixings for it, and pipes and cigars
and matches; and wine and liquor, which wasn't in
our line; and books and maps and charts, and an
accordion ; and furs and blankets, and no enid of







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rubbish, like glass beads and brass jewellery, which
Tom said was a sure sign that he had an idea of
visiting around amongst savages. There was
money, too. Yes, the professor was well enough
fixed.
After breakfast Tom learned me and Jim how to
steer, and divided all of us up into four-hour
watches, turn and turn about; and when his
watch was out I took his place, and he got out the
professor's papers and pens, and wrote a letter
home to his aint Polly telling her everything that
had happened to us, and dated it 'In the Welkin,
approaching England,' and folded it together and
stuck it fast with a red wafer, and directed it, and
wrote above the direction in big writing, 'Fronm
Toni Sawyer the Erronort,' and said it would sweat
old Nat Parsons the postmaster when it come along
in the mail. I says:
'Tom Sawyer, this ain't no welkin: it's a
balloon.'
'Well, now, who said it was a welkin, smarty ?'
You've wrote it on the letter, anyway.'







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What of it ? That don't mean that the bal-
loon's the welkin.'
'Oh, I thought it did. Well, then, what is a
welkin?'
I see in a minute he was stuck. He raked and
scraped around in his mind, but he couldn't find
nothing, so he had to say:
'I don't know, and nobody don't know. It's
just a word. And it's a mighty good word too.
There ain't many that lays over it. I don't believe
there's any that does.'
'Shucks,' I says; 'but what does it mean ?-
that's the p'int.'
'I don't know what it means, I tell you. It's a
word that people uses for-for-well, it's ornamen-
tal. They don't put ruffles on a shirt to help keep
a person warm, do they?'
'Course they don't.'
But they put them on, don't they ?'
'Yes.'
'All right, then; that letter I wrote is a shirt,
and the welkin's the ruffle on it.'







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I judged that that would gravel Jim, and it
did. He says :
'Now, Mars Tom, it ain't no use to talk like
dat, en moreover it's sinful. You know's a letter
ain't no shirt, en dey ain't no ruffles on it nuther.
Dey ain't no place to put 'em on, you can't put 'em
on, en dey wouldn't stay on ef you did.'
'Oh, do shut up, and wait till something's
started that you know something about.'
Why, Mars Tom, sholy you don't mean to say
I don't know about shirts, when goodness knows
I's toted home de washin' ever sence--'
I tell you this hasn't got anything to do with
shirts. I only--'
'Why, Mars Tom You said yo' own self dat
a letter-
'Do you want to drive me crazy ? Keep still!
I only used it as a metaphor.'
That word kind of bricked us up for a minute.
Then Jim says, ruther timid, because he see Tom
was getting pretty tetchy:
Mars Tom, what is a metaphor? '
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an illustration.' He see that that didn't git home; so
he tried again. When I say birds of a feather flocks
together, it's a metaphorical way of saying--
But dey don't, Mars Tom. No, sir; 'deed dey
don't. Dey ain't no feathers dat's more alike den
a bluebird's en a jaybird's, but ef you waits till you
catches dem birds a flockin' together, you'll -
Oh, give us a rest. You can't get the simplest
little thing through your thick skull. Now, don't
bother me any more.'
Jim was satisfied to stop. He was dreadful
pleased with himself for catching Toh out. The
minute Tom begun to talk about birds I judged
he was a goner, because Jim knowed more about
birds than both of us put together. You see, he
had killed hundreds and hundreds of them, and
that's the way to find out about birds. That's the
way the people does that writes books about birds,
and loves them so that they'll go hungry and tired
and take any amount of trouble to find a new bird
and kill it. Their name is ornithologers, and I
could 'a' been an ornithologer myself, because I
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out to learn how to be one, and I see a bird setting
on a dead limb of a high tree, singing, with his
head tilted back and his mouth open, and before I
thought I fired, and his song stopped and he fell
straight down from the limb, all limp like a rag,
and I run and picked him up, and he was dead, and
his body was warm in my hand, and his head rolled
about, this way and that, like his neck was broke,
and there was a white skin over his eyes, and one
little drop of blood on the side of his head, and
laws I couldn't see nothing more for the tears; and
I ain't ever murdered no creature since that
warn't doing me no harm, and I ain't going to.
But I was aggravated about that welkin. I
wanted to know. I got the subject up again, and
then Tom explained the best he could. He said
when a person made a big speech the newspapers
said the shouts of the people made the welkin ring.
He said they always said that, but none of them
ever told what it was, so he allowed it just meant
outdoors and up high. Well, that seemed sensible
enough, so I was satisfied, and said so. That
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pleased Tom and put him in a good humour again,
and he says:
'Well, it's all right, then, and we'll let bygones
be bygones. I don't know for certain what a welkin
is, but when we land in London we'll make it ring,
anyway, and don't you forget it.'
He said an erronort was -a person who sailed
around in balloons; and said it was a mighty sight
finer to be Tom Sawyer the Erronort than to be Tom
Sawyer the Traveller, and would beheard of all around
the world, if we pulled through all right, and so he
wouldn't give shucks to be a traveller now.
Towards the middle of the afternoon we got
everything ready to land, and we felt pretty good,
too, and proud; and we kept watching with the
glasses, like C'lumbus discovering America. But
we couldn't see nothing but ocean. The afternoon
wasted out and the sun shut down, and still there
warn't no land anywhere. We wondered what was
the matter, but reckoned it would come out all right,
so we went on steering east, but went up on a higher
level so we wouldn't hit any steeples or mountains
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It was my watch till midnight, and then it was
Jim's; but Tom stayed up, because he said ship
captains done that when they was making the land,
and didn't stand no regular watch.
Well, when daylight come, Jim give a shout,
and we jumped up and looked over, and there was the
land, sure enough; land all around, as far as you
could see, and perfectly level and yaller. We didn't
know how long we had been over it. There warn't
no trees, nor hills, nor rocks, nor towns, and Tom
and Jim had took it for the sea. They took it for
the sea in a dead cam; but we was so high up, any-
way, that if it had been the sea and rough, it would
a' looked smooth, all the same, in the night that
way.
We was all in a powerful excitement, now, and
grabbed the glasses and hunted everywhere for
London, but couldn't find hide nor hair of it, nor
any other settlement. Nor any sign of a lake or a
river either. Tom was clean beat. He said it
warn't his notion of England-he thought England
looked like America, and always had that idea. So
he said we better have breakfast, and then drop
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down and inquire the quickest way to London. We
cut the breakfast pretty short, we was so impatient.
As we slanted along down, the weather begun to
moderate, and pretty soon we shed our furs. But
it kept on moderating, and in a precious little while
it was 'most too moderate. Why, the sweat begun
to fairly bile out of us. We was close down, now,
and just blistering !
We settled down to within thirty foot of the land.
That is, it was land if sand is land; for this wasn't
anything but pure sand. Tom and me clumb down
the ladder and took a run to stretch our legs, and
it felt amazing good ; that is, the stretching did, but
the sand scorched our feet like hot embers. Next,
we see somebody coming, and started to meet him;
but we heard Jim shout, and looked around, and he
was fairly dancing, and making signs, and yelling.
We couldn't make out what he said, but we was
scared, anyway, and begun to heel it back to the
balloon. When we got close enough, we understood
the words, and they made me sick :
Run run fo' yo' life Hit's a lion-I kin see
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de bes' you kin He's busted outen de menagerie,

en dey ain't nobody to stop him !'

It made Tom fly, but it took the stiffening all

out of my legs. I could only just gasp along the


' BUN RUN FO'


TO' LIFE -- --
--



YO) LIFE! "'


way you do in a dream when there's a ghost a-gain-

ing on you.

Tom got to the ladder and shinned up it a piece

and waited for me; and as soon as I got a footholt

on it he shouted to Jim to soar away. But Jim had


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clean lost his head, and said he had forgot how.
So Tom shinned along up and told me to follow; but
the lion was arriving, fetching a most gashly roar
with every lope, and my legs shook so I dasn't try
to take one of them out of the rounds for fear the
other one would give way under me.
But Tom was aboard by this time, and he
started the balloon up a little, and stopped it again
as soon as the end of the ladder was ten or twelve
foot above ground. And there was the lion, a-rip-
ping around under me, and roaring, and springing
up in the air at the ladder, and only missing it about
a quarter of an inch, it seemed to me. It was deli-
cious to be out of his reach-perfectly delicious-
and made me feel good and thankful all up one side;
but I was hanging there helpless, and couldn't climb,
and that made me feel perfectly wretched and
miserable all down the other. It is 'most seldom
that a person feels so mixed, like that; and it is not
to be recommended, either.
Tom asked me what he better do, but I didn't
know. He asked me if I could hold on whilst he
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I said I could if he didn't go no higher than he was
now, but if he went higher I would lose my head and
fall, sure. So he said, Take a good grip !' and
he started.
Don't go so fast,' I shouted; it makes my head
swim.'
He had started like a lightning express. He
slowed down, and we glided over the sand slower,
but still in a kind of sickening way, for it is uncom-
fortable to see things gliding and sliding under you
like that and not a sound.
But pretty soon there was plenty of sound; for
the lion was catching up. His noise fetched others.
You could see them coming on the lope from every
direction, and pretty soon there was a couple of
dozen of them under me skipping up at the ladder
and snarling and snapping at each other; and so
we went skimming along over the sand, and these
fellers doing what they could to help us to not for-
git the occasion; and then some tigers come, with-
out an invite, and they started a regular riot down
there.
We see this plan was a mistake. We couldn't









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THEY WERE JUMPING UP AT THE LADDER, AND SNAPPING AND SNARLING AT
EACI OTHER '







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ever git away from them at this gait, and I couldn't
hold on for ever. So Tom took a think and struck
another idea. That was to kill a lion with the
pepper-box revolver, and then sail away while the
others stopped to fight over the carcase. So he
stopped the balloon still, and done it, and then
we sailed off while the fuss was going on, and come
down a quarter of a mile off, and they helped me
aboard; but by the time we was out of reach again
that gang was on hand once more. And when they
see we was really gone and they couldn't get us,
they sat down on their hams and looked up at us
so kind of disappointed that it was as much as a
person could do not to see their side of the matter.







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CHAPTER VI

I WAS so weak that the only thing I wanted was a
chance to lay down, so I made straight for my
locker-bunk and stretched myself out there. But
a body couldn't git back his strength in no such
oven as that, so Tom give the command to soar, and
Jim started her aloft. And, mind you, it was a
considerable strain on that balloon to lift the fleas,
and reminded Tom of Mary had a little lamb, its
fleas was white as snow. But these wasn't; these
was the dark-complected kind-the kind that's
always hungry and ain't particular, and will eat pie
when they can't git Christian. Wherever there's
sand, you are going to find that bird ; and the more
sand, the bigger the flock. Here it was all sand,
and the result was according. I never see such a
turn-out.
We had to go up a mile before we struck com-







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fortable weather; and we had to go up another
mile before we got rid of them creturs; but when
they begun to freeze they skipped overboard.
Then we come down a mile again, where it was
breezy and pleasant and just right, and pretty soon
I was all straight again. Tom had been setting
quiet and thinking; but now he jumps up and
says :
I bet you a thousand to one I know where we
are. We're in the Great Sahara, as sure as
guns!'
He was so excited he couldn't hold still. But
I wasn't; I says:
'Well, then, where's the Great Sahara? In
England, or in Scotland ?'
Tain't in either : it's in Africa.'
Jim's eyes bugged out, and he begun to stare
down with no end of interest, because that was
where his originals come from; but I didn't more
than half believe it. I couldn't, you know; it
seemed too awful far away for us to have
travelled.
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it, and said the lions and the sand meant the Great
Desert, sure. He said he could 'a' found out, before
we sighted land, that we was crowding the land
somewhere, if he had thought of one thing
and when we asked him what, he said:
'These clocks. They're chronometers. You
always read about them in sea-voyages. One of
them is keeping Grinnage time, and the other one
is keeping St. Louis time, like my watch. When
we left St. Louis, it was four in the afternoon by
my watch and this clock, and it was ten at night
by this Grinnage clock. Well, at this time of the
year the sun sets about seven o'clock. Now, I
noticed the time yesterday evening when the sun
went down, and it was half past five o'clock by the
Grinnage clock, and half past eleven A.X. by my
watch and the other clock. You see, the sun rose
and set by my watch in St. Louis, and the
Grinnage clock was six hours fast; but we've come
so far east that it comes within less than an hour
and a half of setting by the Grinnage clock now,
and I'm away out-more than four hours and a
half out. You see, that meant that we was closing







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up on the longitude of Ireland, and would strike it
before long if we was p'inted right-which we
wasn't. No, sir; we've been a-wandering-wander-
ing 'way down south of east-and it's my opinion
we are in Africa. Look at this map. You see how
the shoulder of Africa sticks out to the west.
Think how fast we've travelled; if we had gone
straight east we would be long past England by
this time. You watch for noon, all of you, and
we'll stand up, and when we can't cast a shadow
we'll find that this Grinnage clock is coming mighty
close to marking twelve. Yes, sir; I think we're in
Africa; and it's just bully.'
Jim was gazing down with the glass. He shook
his head and says:
Mars Tom, I reckon dey's a mistake somers. I
hain't seen no niggers yit.'
That's nothing-they don't live in the desert.
What is that, 'way off yonder ? Gimme a glass.'
He took a long look, and said it was like a
black string stretched across the sand, but he
couldn't guess what it was.
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chance now to find out whereabouts this balloon is,
because as like as not that is one of these lines here,
that's on the map, that you call meridians of longi-
tude, and we can drop down and look at its number,
and
'Oh, shucks, Huck Finn! I never see such a
lunkhead as you. Did you s'pose there's meridians
of longitude on the earth ? '
Tom Sawyer, they're set down on the map, and
you know it perfectly well, and here they are, and
you can see for yourself.'
Of course they're on the map, but that's
nothing; there ain't any on the ground.'
'Tom, do you know that to be so ?'
'Certainly I do.'
'Well then, that map's a liar again. I never
see such a liar as that map.'
He fired up at that, and I was ready for him,
and Jim was warming up his opinion too, and the
next minute we'd 'a' broke loose on another argu-
ment, if Tom hadn't dropped the glass and begun
to clap his hands like a maniac and sing out:
Camels !-camels !'






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So I grabbed a glass, and Jim too, and took a
look, but I was disappointed, and says:
'Camels, you granny-they're spiders! '
'Spiders in a desert, you shad ? Spiders walk-
ing in a procession ? You don't ever reflect, Huck
Finn, and I reckon you really haven't got anything
to reflect with. Don't you know we're as much as
a mile up in the air, and that that string of crawlers
is two or three miles away ? Spiders-good land !
Spiders as big as a cow ? P'raps you'd like to go
down and milk one of 'em. But they're camels,
just the same. It's a caravan, that's what it is,
and it's a mile long.'
'Well, then, le's go down and look at it. I
don't believe in it, and ain't going to till I see it
and know it.'
'All right,' he says, and give the command:
'Lower away '
As we come slanting down into the hot weather,
we could see that it was camels, sure enough, plod-
ding along, an everlasting string of them, with
bales strapped to them, and several hundred men in
long white robes, and a thing like a shawl bound






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over their heads and hanging down with tassels
and fringes; and some of the men had long guns
and some hadn't, and some was riding and some
was walking. And the weather-well, it was just
roasting. And how slow they did creep along We
swooped down, now, all of a sudden, and stopped
about a hundred yards over their heads.
The men all set up a yell, and some of them fell
flat on their stomachs, some begun to fire their
guns at us, and the rest broke and scampered every
which way, and so did the camels.
We see that we was making trouble, so we went
up again about a mile, to the cool weather, and
watched them from there. It took them an hour
to get together and form the procession again;
then they started along, but we could see by the
glasses that they wasn't paying much attention to
anything but us. We poked along, looking down
at them with the glasses, and by-and-by we see a
big sand mound, and something like people the
other side of it, and there was something like a man
laying on top of the mound, that raised his head
up every now and then, and seemed to be watching























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'WE SWOOPED DOWN, NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN, AND STOPPED ABOUT A BUNDBED
YARDS OVER THEIR IIEADS '








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the caravan or us, we didn't know which. As the
caravan got nearer, he sneaked down on the other
side and rushed to the other men and horses-for
that is what they was -and we see them mount in
a hurry; and next, here they come, like a house
afire, some with lances and some with long guns,
and all of them yelling the best they could.
They come a-tearing down on to the caravan,
and the next minute both sides crashed together
and was all mixed up, and there was such another
popping of guns as you never heard, and the air
got so full of smoke you could only catch glimpses
of them struggling together. There must 'a' been
six hundred men in that battle, and it was terrible
to see. Then they broke up into gangs and groups,
fighting tooth and nail, and scurrying and scamper-
ing around, and laying into each other like every-
thing; and whenever the smoke cleared a little you
could see dead and wounded people and camels
scattered far and wide and all about, and camels
racing off in every direction.
At last the robbers see they couldn't win, so
their chief sounded a signal, and all that was left









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of them broke away, and went scampering across

the plain. The last man to go snatched up a.


THE LAST MAN TO GO SNATCHED UP A CHILD AND CARRIED IT OFF
IN FRONT OF HIM ON HIS HORSE'


child, and carried it off in front of him on his

horse; and a woman run screaming and begging
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after him, and followed him away off across the plain
till she was separated a long ways from her people;
but it warn't no use, and she had to give it up, and
we see her sink down on the sand and cover her
face with her hands. Then Tom took the helium,
and started for that yahoo, and we come a-whizzing
down and made a swoop, and knocked him out of
the saddle, child and all; and he was jarred con-
siderable, but the child wasn't hurt, but laid there
working its hands and legs in the air like a tumble-
bug that's on its back and can't turn over. The
man went staggering off to overtake his horse, and
didn't know what had hit him, for we was three or
four hundred yards up in the air by this time.
We judged the woman would go and get the
child now, but she didn't. We could see her,
through the glass, still setting there, with her head
bowed down on her knees; so of course she hadn't
seen the performance, and thought her child was
clean gone with the man. She was nearly a half a
mile from her people, so we thought we might go
down to the child, which was about a quarter of a
mile beyond her, and snake it to her before the








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caravan-people could git to us to do us any harm;
and, besides, we reckoned they had enough business


'WE COME A-WIIIZZING DOWN AND MADE A SWOOP, AND KNOCKED
HIM OUT OF THE SADDLE, CHILD AND ALL'

on their hands for one while, anyway, with the
wounded. We thought we'd chance it, and we did.







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We swooped down and stopped, and Jim shinned
down the ladder and fetched up the cub, which was
a nice fat little thing, and in a noble good humour,
too, considering it was just out of a battle and been
tumbled off of a horse; and then we started for the
mother, and stopped back of her and tolerable near
by, and Jim slipped down and crept up easy, and
when he was close back of her the child goo-goo'd,
the way a child does, and she heard it, and whirled
and fetched a shriek of joy, and made a jump for
the.kid and snatched it and hugged it, and dropped
it and hugged Jim, and then snatched off a gold
chain and hung it around Jim's neck, and hugged
him again, and jerked up the child again and
mashed it to her breast, a-sobbing and glorifying
all the time; and Jim he shoved for the ladder and
up it, and in a minute we was back up in the sky,
and the woman was staring up, with the back of
her head between her shoulders and the child with
its arms locked around her neck. And there she
stood, as long as we was in sight a-sailing away in
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CHAPTER VII

'NooN!' says Tom, and so it was. His shadder
was just a blot around his feet. We looked, and
the Grinnage clock was so close to twelve the
difference didn't amount to nothing. So Tom said
London was right north of us or right south of us,
one or t'other, and he reckoned by the weather and
the sand and the camels it was north ; and a good
many miles north, too--as many as from New
York to the city of Mexico, he guessed.
Jim said he reckoned a balloon was a good deal
the fastest thing in the world, unless it might be
some kinds of birds-a wild pigeon, maybe, or a
railroad.
But Tom said he had read about railroads in
England going nearly a hundred miles an hour for a
little ways, and there never was a bird in the world
that could do that, except one -and that was a flea.







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A flea? Why, Mars Tom, in de fust place he
ain't a bird, strictly speakin'--
'He ain't a bird, ain't he? Well, then, what
is he?'
I don't rightly know, Mars Tom, but I speck
he's only jist a animal. No, I reckon dat won't
do, nuther-he ain't big enough for a animal. He
mus' be a bug. Yassir, dat's what he is-he's a bug.'
'I bet he ain't, but let it go. What's your
second place ? '
'Well, in de second place, birds is creturs dat
goes a long ways, but a flea don't.'
'He don't, don't he ? Come, now, what is a
long distance, if you know ?'
'Why, it's miles, en lots of 'em-anybody knows
dat.'
'Can't a man walk miles ? '
'Yassir, he kin.'
'As many as a railroad ?'
Yassir, if you give him time.'
'Can't a flea ? '
'Well, I s'pose so-ef you gives him heaps of
time.'







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Now you begin to see, don't you, that distance
ain't the thing to judge by at all; it's the time it
takes to go the distance in, that counts, ain't it ? '
'Well, hit do look sorter so, but I wouldn't'a'
believed it, Mars Tom.'
'It's a matter of proportion, that's what it is;
and when you come to gauge a thing's speed by its
size, where's your bird, and your man, and your
railroad, alongside of a flea ? The fastest man
can't run more than about ten miles in an hour-
not much over ten thousand times his own length.
But all the books says any common ordinary third-
class flea can jump a hundred and fifty times his
own length; yes, and he can make five jumps a
second, too-seven hundred and fifty times his own
length in one little second; for he don't fool away
any time stopping and starting-he does them
both at the same time; you'll see if you try to
put your finger on him. Now, that's a common
ordinary third-class flea's gait; but you take an
Eyetalian first-class, that's been the pet of the
nobility all his life, and hasn't ever knowed what
want or sickness or exposure was, and he can jump













































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more than three hundred times his own length, and
keep it up all day, five such jumps every second-
which is fifteen hundred times his own length.
Well, suppose a man could go fifteen hundred times
his own length in a second-say, a mile and a half.
It's ninety miles a minute; it's considerable more
than five thousand miles an hour. Where's your
man now ?-yes, and your bird, and your railroad,
and your balloon ? Laws they don't amount to
shucks alongsidee of a flea. A flea is just a comet
b'iled down small.'
Jim was a good deal astonished, and so was I.
Jim said:
'Is dem figgers jist edjackly true, en no jokin'
en no lies, Mars Tom ?'
Yes, they are; they're perfectly true.'
'Well, den, honey, a body's got to respect' a flea.
I ain't had no respect' for um befo', scasely, but dey
ain' no gittin' roun' it-dey do deserve it, dat's
certain.'
Well, I bet they do. They've got ever so much
more sense, and brains, and brightness, in proplor-
tion to their size, than any other cretur in the




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