The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The adventures of Tom Sawyer

in chapter 14, why was the cannon being shot out over the water?

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As the boys investigate further, they find that the sounds are coming from cannons being shot over the waters of the Mississippi River ­ a practice used to bring the bodies of drowning victims afloat. Tom comes to realize that the search party is for them, with the residents of St. Petersburg presuming the missing boys have drowned in river.