1 By this time Jim was gone for the raft.
2 It warn't good judgment to put everything on the raft.
3 Then Jim manned the oars, and we took out after our raft.
4 We stayed in the wigwam and let the raft take care of itself.
5 It was the raft, and mighty glad was we to get aboard of it again.
6 We boomed along down the river, watching for lights and watching for our raft.
7 So he locked me in and took the skiff, and started off towing the raft about half-past three.
8 IT must a been close on to one o'clock when we got below the island at last, and the raft did seem to go mighty slow.
9 We would sell the raft and get on a steamboat and go way up the Ohio amongst the free States, and then be out of trouble.
10 Before he was t'other side of the river I was out of the hole; him and his raft was just a speck on the water away off yonder.
11 By that time everything we had in the world was on our raft, and she was ready to be shoved out from the willow cove where she was hid.
12 Jim made a floor for the wigwam, and raised it a foot or more above the level of the raft, so now the blankets and all the traps was out of reach of steamboat waves.
13 By the time I got there the sky was beginning to get a little gray in the east; so we struck for an island, and hid the raft, and sunk the skiff, and turned in and slept like dead people.
14 I passed the line around one of them right on the edge of the cut bank, but there was a stiff current, and the raft come booming down so lively she tore it out by the roots and away she went.
15 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.
16 When the first streak of day began to show we tied up to a towhead in a big bend on the Illinois side, and hacked off cottonwood branches with the hatchet, and covered up the raft with them so she looked like there had been a cave-in in the bank there.
17 When it was beginning to come on dark we poked our heads out of the cottonwood thicket, and looked up and down and across; nothing in sight; so Jim took up some of the top planks of the raft and built a snug wigwam to get under in blazing weather and rainy, and to keep the things dry.
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