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suppose, and decided to sit quietly where they were and hark back
again to “Lillibullero.”

There was a slight bend in the coast, and I steered so as to put it
between us; even before we landed we had thus lost sight of the
gigs. I jumped out and came as near running as I durst, with a big
silk handkerchief under my hat for coolness’ sake and a brace of
pistols ready primed for safety.

I had not gone a hundred yards when I reached the stockade.
This was how it was: a spring of clear water rose almost at the
top of a knoll. Well, on the knoll, and enclosing the spring, they
had clapped a stout log-house fit to hold two score of people on a
pinch and loopholed for musketry on either side. All round this
they had cleared a wide space, and then the thing was completed
by a paling six feet high, without door or opening, too strong to
pull down without time and labour and too open to shelter the
besiegers. The people in the log-house had them in every way;
they stood quiet in shelter and shot the others like partridges. All
they wanted was a good watch and food; for, short of a complete
surprise, they might have held the place against a regiment.

What particularly took my fancy was the spring. For though we
had a good enough place of it in the cabin of the HISPANIOLA,
with plenty of arms and ammunition, and things to eat, and
excellent wines, there had been one thing overlooked--we had no
water. I was thinking this over when there came ringing over the
island the cry of a man at the point of death. I was not new to
violent death--I have served his Royal Highness the Duke of
Cumberland, and got a wound myself at Fontenoy-- but I know my
pulse went dot and carry one. “Jim Hawkins is gone,” was my first

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