At the Pokeville camp meeting, the king got up and convinced the preacher to let him speak to the people. He told them that he was a pirate, now poor and reformed, who wanted to return to the Indian Ocean to reform other pirates. He asked for money for his cause, and the people gave him some. The duke printed up hand bills describing Jim as a runaway slave and offering a reward. He decided they would tie ropes around him to pretend they were "taking him in" so they could run the raft in the daytime.