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pretty wrote, to be sure; like print, I swear. Your hand o’ write,
George? Why, you was gettin’ quite a leadin’ man in this here
crew. You’ll be cap’n next, I shouldn’t wonder. Just oblige me with
that torch again, will you? This pipe don’t draw.”

“Come, now,” said George, “you don’t fool this crew no more.
You’re a funny man, by your account; but you’re over now, and
you’ll maybe step down off that barrel and help vote.”

“I thought you said you knowed the rules,” returned Silver
contemptuously. “Leastways, if you don’t, I do; and I wait here--
and I’m still your cap’n, mind--till you outs with your grievances
and I reply; in the meantime, your black spot ain’t worth a biscuit.
After that, we’ll see.”

“Oh,” replied George, “you don’t be under no kind of
apprehension; we’re all square, we are. First, you’ve made a hash
of this cruise--you’ll be a bold man to say no to that. Second, you
let the enemy out o’ this here trap for nothing. Why did they want
out? I dunno, but it’s pretty plain they wanted it. Third, you
wouldn’t let us go at them upon the march. Oh, we see through
you, John Silver; you want to play booty, that’s what’s wrong with
you. And then, fourth, there’s this here boy.”

“Is that all?” asked Silver quietly.
“Enough, too,” retorted George. “We’ll all swing and sun-dry
for your bungling.”

“Well now, look here, I’ll answer these four p’ints; one after
another I’ll answer ‘em. I made a hash o’ this cruise, did I? Well
now, you all know what I wanted, and you all know if that had
been done that we’d ‘a been aboard the Hispaniola this night as
ever was, every man of us alive, and fit, and full of good plum-duff,
and the treasure in the hold of her, by thunder! Well, who crossed

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