1 I was going to catch some of them, but Jim wouldn't let me.
2 Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me.
3 De bes' way is to res' easy en let de ole man take his own way.
4 Well, Ben Rogers, if I was as ignorant as you I wouldn't let on.
5 De dream say let Balum inves' de ten cents en he'd make a raise for me.
6 I wanted to be getting away before the old man got back, but of course I didn't let on.
7 I got out amongst the driftwood, and then laid down in the bottom of the canoe and let her float.
8 We could see saw-logs go by in the daylight sometimes, but we let them go; we didn't show ourselves in daylight.
9 So I took my paddle and slid out from shore just a step or two, and then let the canoe drop along down amongst the shadows.
10 I got the thing, and the first rat that showed his nose I let drive, and if he'd a stayed where he was he'd a been a tolerable sick rat.
11 She said she wouldn't let me go by myself, but her husband would be in by and by, maybe in a hour and a half, and she'd send him along with me.
12 Then I slid out quiet and throwed the snakes clear away amongst the bushes; for I warn't going to let Jim find out it was all my fault, not if I could help it.
13 Then he went down on all fours and crawled off, begging them to let him alone, and he rolled himself up in his blanket and wallowed in under the old pine table, still a-begging; and then he went to crying.
14 He hopped around the cabin considerable, first on one leg and then on the other, holding first one shin and then the other one, and at last he let out with his left foot all of a sudden and fetched the tub a rattling kick.
15 He said he would split open a raw Irish potato and stick the quarter in between and keep it there all night, and next morning you couldn't see no brass, and it wouldn't feel greasy no more, and so anybody in town would take it in a minute, let alone a hair-ball.
16 After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people.
17 The judge and the widow went to law to get the court to take me away from him and let one of them be my guardian; but it was a new judge that had just come, and he didn't know the old man; so he said courts mustn't interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he'd druther not take a child away from its father.
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