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[170] the door. They wus a leftenant, ana three privits, makina the rounds, ana the light showed me nigh onter a army uv sentinels all about thar. Thet warn't no way encouragina, but sez I ter myself: “Bible,” sez I, be cool ana outdacious, ana ye'll git out oa this, yit; “ so, when the leftenant luck'd in, ana sayina: ” All right, “ put out agin, I riz up, ana jined the fellers as wus a follerina on him. I kept in the shadder, ana they, supposina I war one on 'em, tuck no kind uv notice uv me. We'd luck'd arter three or four pore prisoners loike I war, when I thort I'd better be a moseyina, so I drapped ahind, ana arter a while dodged out beyont the second line oa pickets. I'd got nigh onter a patch uv woods half a mile off, when all ter onst a feller sprung up frum a clump uv bushes, yelled, ” Halt, “ ana pinted his musket stret at me. I mought hev eended 'im, but I reckoned others wus nigh, ana sides, I nuver takes humin life ef I kin holp it; so I sez ter 'im; ” Why, Lord bless me, cumrad “, I didn't seed ye.” “I s'pose ye didn't. Whot is ye doina yere?” sez he. “ Only pursuina a jug oa blue ruin I'se out thar hid under a log,” sez I. “ Ye knows it'r agin rule to tote it inside, but a feller must licker.” “Wall, licker up ter-morrer,” sez he. “We's got 'ticklar orders ter let no 'un out ter-night. ” Blast the orders, “ sez I. ” Ye'd loike a swig yerself. “ ” Wall, I would, “ sez he. ” Wull you go snacks? “ ” Yas, “ sez I; 'ana guv ye chock-heapin measure, for I must hev some oa thet afore mornina.”

Thet brung him, ana I piked off for the ruin. (It warn't thar, ye knows — I nuver totch the dingnation stuff.) Ye'd better b'lieve the grass didn't grow under my feet when onst I got inter the woods. I plumbed

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