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Bill and Sam decide that the best way to finance their upcoming land swindle is to kidnap the child of a wealthy citizen and hold him for ransom.  The boy they choose is a terror who abuses Bill in every way he can think of, all in the name of fun.  The response to their ransom note is not what they would have wished: instead of paying $1500 to get Johnny back, the father demands$250 to take the boy off their hands. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)