In Chapter 4 of Huck Finn, Jim is giving Huck advice to, "keep 'way fum
de water as much as you kin, en don't run no resk, 'kase it's down in de
bills dat you's gwyne to git hung."  I am looking for the meaning of "de
bills."  Is Jim mispronouncing something?  What is he foreshadowing?
Aaugh--what is "de bills?"  I have exhausted my resources and peers.  No
one seems to know the answer!
Thanks to anyone who can help!
Patti Welch