In chapter 30, why did Huck become wide-eyed when he heard something had been discovered at the Temperance Tavern?

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Huck is recovering from a fever when the Widow Douglas tells him that something has been discovered at the Temperance Tavern, Huck "[starts] up in bed, wild-eyed" because he is afraid someone might have found the hidden cache of gold coins that he and Tom Sawyer have been looking for. That's why he says, "Only tell me just one thing--only just one--please! Was it Tom Sawyer that found it?" If the gold has been found, he hopes Tom was the one who found it. No gold was discovered, however.

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