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looks o' things, an' then I banged
up against the bed, makin'
enough noise to bring the house
"A door in the side o' the
room that I hadn't noticed before
opens, an' in stalks a lady I take
to be Amanda IN her nightie
AN' totally lacking the support
of my hero-friend.
" 'What are you doing in here?'
"I grinned kinda foolish, I re
member, an' muttered something
about the water havin' looked
fine, an' then I recalled what
Bennett had said about me actin'
particularly ferocious until he
got his hooks on me.
N "So I drew my gat, and my
best, Sunday-go-to-meetin' scowl.
" Tut up your hands or I'll
drill a hole in your kimona.'
" 'I wont,' says she, an' turns
the key in the door, and gets be
tween me and the window.
" 'The- other door is also
locked,' she says, 'you can't get
out that way.'
" Stop foolin,' says I, 'an' get
those hands up, or I'll put a hole
through you as sure as your
" 'How do you know my name's
Amanda?' says she.
"I saw what I'd been an' gone
an? done then: but it was too late
to say it was a mistake.
"'How d'you think I'd know?'
I asks her fierce-like, 'D'ou think
I don't find out ANYTHING
about the lay of a house I'm goin'
" 'If you talk so loud,' says she,
'you'll waken mother, who is
asleep in the robm upstairs, and
she'll scream and be frightened,
and I'll have to nurse her.'
"That kinda got my goat. I
wasn't reckoning on any indig
nant mothers around there. I
glanced around the room an'
then it happened.
"Say, that young woman ought
to ha' been in the ring. The one
she handed me to the jaw, an' the
way she took the revolver away
from me. would have given Jack
Johnson a fit.
"It was done so quick, I didn't
know it had happened myself, un
til she poked the gat under my
nose an' says:
" 'Now you put up your hands,
and dp it mighty quick, or I'll
spoil your vest.'
"Say, Amanda sure could talk
as if she meant it, an' the way my
hands went up was a fright. I
thought I'd knock a hole through
the ceiling an' tickle mother's
toes in the room .upstairs.
" 'Now,' says Amanda, 'you go
over and sit down on the bed. I
want to talk to you.'
" 'Anything to oblige you,
ma'am, says I, an' sits down on
the bed peaceful as can be.
" 'Now,' she says, sharp and
quick like, 'I want to know how
you knew my name Quick now!'
"You'd ha' thought I never was
up against the thrrd degree in all
my blameless little life. It was
out o' me before T knew what I
" 'So,' says she, 'it was Bennett,
was it? I wondered why he
threw a fit when I telephoned him