64 CHOICE BITS FROM MARK TWAIN.
blacking brush and a stencil plate, long with a
verse from some likely hymn or other, and p'int
him for the tomb, and mark him C. O. D., and just
let him skip along. He warn't distressed any
more than you be—on the contrary just as carra
and collected as a hearse-horse; said he judged that
wher' he was going to a body would find it consider¬
able better to attract attention by a picturesque
moral character than a natty burial case with a
swell door-plate on it.
" Splendid man, he was. I'd druther do for a
corpse like that 'n any I've tackled in seven year.
There's some satisfaction in buryin' a man like
that. You feel that what you're doing is appre¬
ciated. Lord bless you, so's he got planted before
he sp'iled, he was perfectly satisfied; said his
relations meant well, perfectly well, but all them
preparations was bound to delay the thing more or
less, and he didn't wish to be kept layin' around.
You never see such a clear head as what he had—
and so carm and so cool. Just a hunk of brains—
that is what he was. Perfectly awful. It was a
ripping distance from one end of that man's head to
t'other. Often and over again he's had brain fever
a-raging in one place, and the rest of the pile
didn't know anything about it—didn't affect it any
more than an Injun insurrection in Arizona affects
the Atlantic States.