1 They said he was floating on his back in the water.
2 And there was the ferryboat full of people floating along down.
3 I closed in above the shore light, and laid on my oars and floated.
4 The boat floated on and went out of sight around the shoulder of the island.
5 I knowed mighty well that a drownded man don't float on his back, but on his face.
6 Here, I'll put a twenty-dollar gold piece on this board, and you get it when it floats by.
7 I was floating along, of course, four or five miles an hour; but you don't ever think of that.
8 I got out amongst the driftwood, and then laid down in the bottom of the canoe and let her float.
9 So, says I, I'll keep a lookout, and if any of them's floating around after me I'll give them a show.
10 A big double loaf come along, and I most got it with a long stick, but my foot slipped and she floated out further.
11 I noticed some pieces of limbs and such things floating down, and a sprinkling of bark; so I knowed the river had begun to rise.
12 Well, then I happened to think how they always put quicksilver in loaves of bread and float them off, because they always go right to the drownded carcass and stop there.
13 The ferryboat was floating with the current, and I allowed I'd have a chance to see who was aboard when she come along, because she would come in close, where the bread did.
14 After a long time the rain let up, but the clouds stayed, and the lightning kept whimpering, and by and by a flash showed us a black thing ahead, floating, and we made for it.
15 So at last they got just about dead broke, and laid around the raft as she floated along, thinking and thinking, and never saying nothing, by the half a day at a time, and dreadful blue and desperate.
16 Thinks I, it won't do to paddle; first I know I'll run into the bank or a towhead or something; I got to set still and float, and yet it's mighty fidgety business to have to hold your hands still at such a time.
17 We hustled it on to the raft in a pile, and I told Jim to float along down, and show a light when he judged he had gone about two mile, and keep it burning till I come; then I manned my oars and shoved for the light.
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