"When I got home, Stacy Ann and Jane Rigsby were at our House. After I had my supper one of my brothers wanted me to go with him to the Rigsby house. Said he had promised the Rigsby girls he would come. I refused to go, said that I did not feel wel
l, but my mother told me to go, and we went on a little after dark. Stayed there until about 10 o'clock in the night. Then we all went back home together and I told my sisters to get me some supper that I was hungry. They done so, and after I eat I fi
lled my pipe and smoked and went to bed and left them sitting up. They sat up and hour and a half after I went to bed. I did not sleep for sometime. I was studying about the women and wished I had a wife. I finally went to sleep and I dreamed that Jim
Billings had gone, down the river on a raft, and that his family was by themselves. (But I did not know at that time that Jim had gone down the river). So I concluded that I would go over there and if there was any person over there I would come back.
So I got out of bed with my shirt and drawers only on-bareheaded and barefooted and walked as easy as I could to the door and pulled the door open as easy as I could, for I did not want to make any fuss, but the door shutter was bade of boards and the fl
oor was of puncheons, and the door could be raised on the hinges, so it had to scrape the floor. And after I got out I pulled the door a little at a time till I got it together and closed. Then I started through the garden and got over the fence and dow
n the other side of the garden and struck the path and kept on the path to the mill road. I kept on down the mill road until I got to the big gate in one hundred yards of the Billings' house. After I got through the gate I went on toward the house."
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