What did the boy call his kidnappers in the story, "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry?

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In "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry, two men, Bill and Sam, decide to kidnap a little boy and send a ransom note to his father. The boy immediately gives himself the name, "Red Chief," and "captures" Bill who he promptly names "Old Hank, the Trapper." When Sam returns from taking the buggy they rented back to town, Old Hank and Red Chief are in the middle of playing "Indian," during which Red Chief has promised to scalp Old Hank at daybreak. Red Chief, right away, names Sam, "Snake-eye, the Spy." By now, Red Chief is having such a good time he quickly forgets that he has been kidnapped. Throughout the story, Red Chief continues his game, and poor Bill gets so battered and abused, by the end, he is ready to pay a ransom to the boy's father to take him back.