Internet Wiretap Edition of
TOM SAWYER, DETECTIVE by MARK TWAIN
From "The Writings of Mark Twain, Volume XX"
Copyright 1903, Samuel Clemens.
This text is placed in the Public Domain, May 1993.
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TOM SAWYER, DETECTIVE
AN INVITATION FOR TOM AND HUCK
[Footnote: Strange as the incidents of this story are,
they are not inventions, but facts -- even to the
public confession of the accused. I take them from an
old-time Swedish criminal trial, change the actors,
and transfer the scenes to America. I have added some
details, but only a couple of them are important
ones. -- M. T.]
WELL, it was the next spring after me and Tom
Sawyer set our old nigger Jim free, the time he
was chained up for a runaway slave down there on
Tom's uncle Silas's farm in Arkansaw. The frost was
working out of the ground, and out of the air, too, and
it was getting closer and closer onto barefoot time every
day; and next . . .