WHEN Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn had determined to rescue Jim by digging under the cabin where he was confined, it seemed to the uninformed lay mind of Huck Finn that some old picks the boys had found were the proper implements to use. But Tom knew better. From reading he knew what was the right course in such cases, and he called for case-knives. "It doesn't make no difference," said Tom, "how foolish it is, it's the right way and it's the regular way. And there ain't no other way that I ever heard of, and I've read all the books that gives any information about these things. They always dig out with a case-knife." So in deference to the books and to the proprieties the boys set to work with case-knives. But after they had dug till nearly midnight and they were tired and their hands were blistered and they had made little progress, a light came to Tom's legal mind. He dropped his knife and, turning to Huck, said firmly, "Gimme a case-knife." Let Huck tell the rest:
"He had his own by him, but I handed him mine. He flung it down and says, 'Gimme a case-knife.'
"I didn't know just what to do--but then I thought. I scratched around amongst the old tools and got a pickax and give it to him, and he took it and went to work and never said a word.
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Publication information: Book title: The Spirit of the Common Law. Contributors: Roscoe Pound - Author. Publisher: Marshall Jones. Place of publication: Francestown, NH. Publication year: 1921. Page number: 166.
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