Jack might have waded back again across the ditch without inflicting much additional damage upon his already wet and miry clothing; but he fancied that Walter was in his power, and hoped he would capitulate. To this end, he saw that it was necessary to reassure him, and deceive him as to his own intentions. "Come across, boy," he said, softening his tone. "You needn't be afraid. I didn't mean nothing. I was only tryin' to see if I couldn't frighten you a little."
"I'm very well off where I am," said Walter. "I think I'll stay where I am."
"You won't want to stay there all day."
"I'd rather stay here all day than be on the same side with you."
"You needn't be afraid."
"I am not afraid," said Walter.
"You think I want to hurt you."
"I think I am safer on this side."
"Come, boy, I'll make a bargain with you. You've put me to a good deal of trouble."
"I don't see that."
"You locked me up in the closet, and you've kept me all night huntin' after you."
"You were not obliged to hunt after me, and as for locking you up in the closet, it was the only way I had of saving my money."
Jack did not care to answer Walter's argument, but proceeded: "Now I've got you sure, but I'll do the fair thing. If you'll come across and pay me ten dollars for my trouble, I'll let you go without hurtin' you."
"What's to prevent you taking all my money, if you get me over there?"
"Haven't I said I wouldn't?"
"You might forget your promise," said Walter, whose confidence in Jack's word was by no means great. A man who would steal probably would not be troubled by many scruples on the subject of violating his word.
"If you don't come, I'll take every cent, and give you a beating beside," said Jack, his anger gaining the ascendency.
"Well, what are you goin' to do about it?" demanded Jack, after a brief pause.
"I'll stay where I am."