1 And I think he died afterwards.
2 Seemed like I'd die if I couldn't scratch.
3 None of the family couldn't before they died.
4 He turned blue all over, and died in the hope of a glorious resurrection.
5 Every time a man died, or a woman died, or a child died, she would be on hand with her "tribute" before he was cold.
6 My folks was living in Pike County, in Missouri, where I was born, and they all died off but me and pa and my brother Ike.
7 Peter and George were the only ones that come out here; George was the married brother; him and his wife both died last year.
8 He said his father laid mighty sick once, and some of them catched a bird, and his old granny said his father would die, and he did.
9 Everybody was sorry she died, because she had laid out a lot more of these pictures to do, and a body could see by what she had done what they had lost.
10 There's a hand that was the hand of a hog; but it ain't so no more; it's the hand of a man that's started in on a new life, and'll die before he'll go back.
11 And he said if a man owned a beehive and that man died, the bees must be told about it before sun-up next morning, or else the bees would all weaken down and quit work and die.
12 And he said if a man owned a beehive and that man died, the bees must be told about it before sun-up next morning, or else the bees would all weaken down and quit work and die.
13 I told about Louis Sixteenth that got his head cut off in France long time ago; and about his little boy the dolphin, that would a been a king, but they took and shut him up in jail, and some say he died there.
14 Then we struck out, easy and comfortable, for the island where my raft was; and we could hear them yelling and barking at each other all up and down the bank, till we was so far away the sounds got dim and died out.
15 You see, he was pretty old, and George's g'yirls was too young to be much company for him, except Mary Jane, the red-headed one; and so he was kinder lonesome after George and his wife died, and didn't seem to care much to live.
16 My great-grandfather, eldest son of the Duke of Bridgewater, fled to this country about the end of the last century, to breathe the pure air of freedom; married here, and died, leaving a son, his own father dying about the same time.
17 The stars were shining, and the leaves rustled in the woods ever so mournful; and I heard an owl, away off, who-whooing about somebody that was dead, and a whippowill and a dog crying about somebody that was going to die; and the wind was trying to whisper something to me, and I couldn't make out what it was, and so it made the cold shivers run over me.
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