1 They said he was floating on his back in the water.
2 I looked away down-stream, and seen a black speck on the water.
3 I crept up the dead water under the bank, and hadn't no accidents and didn't see nobody.
4 You see, they was firing cannon over the water, trying to make my carcass come to the top.
5 I could always stay under water a minute; this time I reckon I stayed under a minute and a half.
6 The water was three or four foot deep on the island in the low places and on the Illinois bottom.
7 I took a good gap and a stretch, and was just going to unhitch and start when I heard a sound away over the water.
8 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.
9 Look sharp, now; the current sets in the closest here, and maybe he's washed ashore and got tangled amongst the brush at the water's edge.
10 I shot past the head at a ripping rate, the current was so swift, and then I got into the dead water and landed on the side towards the Illinois shore.
11 He dropped below me with the current, and by and by he came a-swinging up shore in the easy water, and he went by so close I could a reached out the gun and touched him.
12 Sometimes the widow would take me one side and talk about Providence in a way to make a body's mouth water; but maybe next day Miss Watson would take hold and knock it all down again.
13 We struck for the stern of the texas, and found it, and then scrabbled along forwards on the skylight, hanging on from shutter to shutter, for the edge of the skylight was in the water.
14 Up-stream boats didn't generly come close to us; they go out and follow the bars and hunt for easy water under the reefs; but nights like this they bull right up the channel against the whole river.
15 She was leaning over, with part of her upper deck above water, and you could see every little chimbly-guy clean and clear, and a chair by the big bell, with an old slouch hat hanging on the back of it, when the flashes come.
16 They judged it was him, anyway; said this drownded man was just his size, and was ragged, and had uncommon long hair, which was all like pap; but they couldn't make nothing out of the face, because it had been in the water so long it warn't much like a face at all.
17 I struck for the light, but as soon as he turned the corner I went back and got into my skiff and bailed her out, and then pulled up shore in the easy water about six hundred yards, and tucked myself in among some woodboats; for I couldn't rest easy till I could see the ferryboat start.
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