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beg; but the result was not encouraging he declined to plead for the mendicants,
or be a party to their cause in any way.

Thus several days went by; and the miseries of this tramping life, and the
weariness and sordidness and meanness and vulgarity of it, became gradually
and steadily so intolerable to the captive that he began at last to feel that his
release from the hermit’s knife must prove only a temporary respite from death,
at best.

But at night, in his dreams, these things were forgotten, and he was on his
throne, and master again. This, of course, intensified the sufferings of the
awakening-so the mortifications of each succeeding morning of the few that
passed between his return to bondage and the combat with Hugo, grew bitterer,
and harder and harder to bear.

The morning after that combat, Hugo got up with a heart filled with vengeful
purposes against the king. He had two plans in particular. One was to inflict
upon the lad what would be, to his proud spirit and ‘imagined’ royalty, a
peculiar humiliation; and if he failed to accomplish this, his other plan was to
put a crime of some kind upon the king and then betray him into the implacable
clutches of the law.

In pursuance of the first plan, he proposed to put a ‘clime’ upon the king’s leg,
rightly judging that that would mortify him to the last and perfect degree; and as
soon as the clime should operate, he meant to get Canty’s help, and force the
king to expose his leg in the highway and beg for alms. ‘Clime’ was the cant
term for a sore, artificially created. To make a clime, the operator made a paste
or poultice of unslaked lime, soap, and the rust of old iron, and spread it upon a
piece of leather, which was then bound tightly upon the leg. This would
presently fret off the skin, and make the flesh raw and angry-looking; blood was
then rubbed upon the limb, which, being fully dried, took on a dark and
repulsive color. Then a bandage of soiled rags was put on in a cleverly careless
way which would allow the hideous ulcer to be seen and move the compassion
of the passer-by.*(18) Hugo got the help of the tinker whom the king had cowed
with the solderingiron; they took the boy out on a tinkering tramp, and as soon
as they were out of sight of the camp they threw him down and the tinker held
him while Hugo bound the poultice tight and fast upon his leg.

The king raged and stormed, and promised to hang the two the moment the
scepter was in his hand again; but they kept a firm grip upon him and enjoyed
his impotent struggling and jeered at his threats. This continued until the
poultice began to bite; and in no long time its work would have been perfected,
if there had been no interruption. But there was; for about this time the ‘slave’
who had made the speech denouncing England’s laws, appeared on the scene
and put an end to the enterprise, and stripped off the poultice and bandage.

The king wanted to borrow his deliverer’s cudgel and warm the jackets of the
two rascals on the spot; but the man said no, it would bring trouble-leave the
matter till night; the whole, tribe being together, then, the outside world would
not venture to interfere or interrupt. He marched the party back to camp and
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