By Mark Twain
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Come, now-range up, males, and plant yourselves! Forty-Four goes to renew his account of the conspiracy. Now cross on, forty four, and converse as frankly as you please. " Forty-Four informed the tale, and used to be now not interrupted. whilst it used to be entire Doangivadam was once taking a look sober adequate, for he well-known that the placement was once of a seriousness past whatever he had guessed-in truth it had a essentially hopeless glance, as far as he may in the intervening time see. the lads had the sport of their fingers; how may well he, or the other, keep the grasp from the spoil that they had deliberate? That used to be his suggestion. the lads learn it in his face, they usually appeared the scoffs which they judged it injudicious to place into phrases whereas their guns have been out in their achieve. Doangivadam famous the appearance and felt the edge of them as he sat attempting to imagine out a direction. He comprehensive his thinkings, then spoke: "The case stands like this. If the grasp dismisses 44-but he cannot lawfully do it; that manner out is blocked. If forty four is still, you refuse to paintings, and the grasp can't satisfy his agreement. that's damage for him. You carry the entire playing cards, that's glaring. " Having conceded this, he started to cause upon the problem, and to plead for the grasp, the simply grasp, the type and innocent grasp, the beneficiant grasp, now so sorely bested, a grasp who had by no means wronged somebody, a grasp who will be compassionate if he have been of their position and so they in his . . . . . It was once time to break him, lest his speech start to produce results, shortly; and Katzenyammer did it. "That's sufficient of that taffy-shut it off! " he stated. "We stand good; the guy that weakens-let him glance to himself! " No. forty four, The Mysterious Stranger sixty three The war-light started to upward thrust in Doangivadam's eyes, and he said"You refuse to paintings. rather well, i will not make you, and that i cannot convince you-but hunger can! i'm going to lock you into the store, and positioned guards over you, and the fellow that breaks out shall have his gift. " the lads learned that the tables were became; they knew their man-he could retain his notice; he had their swords, he used to be grasp of the placement. Even Katzenyammer's face went clean with the suddenness of the checkmate, and his convenient tongue came upon not anything in the meanwhile to claim. via order the boys moved through in unmarried dossier and took up their march for the store, by way of forty four and Doangivadam, who carried swords and maintained peace and order. Presently"Halt! " cried the commander. 'There's a guy lacking. the place is Ernest Wasserman? " It used to be came upon that he had slipped out whereas forty four used to be telling his tale. yet okay, he was once heard coming, now. He got here swaying and tottering in, sank right into a chair, having a look snow white, and stated, "0, Lord! " all people forgot the march, and crowded round him, wanting to discover what dreadful factor had occurred. yet he could not resolution questions, he may perhaps merely moan and shiver and say"Don't question me! i have been to the store! zero, lordy-Iord, oh, lordylord! " They could not get something out of him yet that, he used to be that used up and long past to items. Then there has been a holiday for the store, Doangivadam within the lead, and the remaining clattering after him in the course of the dim and musty corridors.