The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Why does Huck say they have to keep "mum" about Injun Joe?

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"Tom, we GOT to keep mum. You know that. That Injun devil wouldn't make any more of drownding us than a couple of cats, if we was to squeak 'bout this and they didn't hang him. Now, look-a-here, Tom, less take and swear to one another--that's what we got to do--swear to keep mum."


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer