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The footprints stop before reaching the hose, therefore Huck knew someone had been there and was just watching. Huck also recognized the "cross in the left boot-heel made with big nails, to keep off the devil." We can infer that Huck knows the owner of the boots, and that he's worried enough about this person to take all of his money to the Judge and ask him to invest it or keep it safe.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/ Chapter 4
sorry.......... in the first sentence, that's "house" not hose!