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of foot, had been dispatched in front to do his best alone. Then it
had occurred to him to work upon the superstitions of his former
shipmates, and he was so far successful that Gray and the doctor
had come up and were already ambushed before the arrival of the

“Ah,” said Silver, “it were fortunate for me that I had Hawkins
here. You would have let old John be cut to bits, and never given it
a thought, doctor.”

“Not a thought,” replied Dr. Livesey cheerily.
And by this time we had reached the gigs. The doctor, with the
pick-axe, demolished one of them, and then we all got aboard the
other and set out to go round by sea for North Inlet.

This was a run of eight or nine miles. Silver, though he was
almost killed already with fatigue, was set to an oar, like the rest of
us, and we were soon skimming swiftly over a smooth sea. Soon
we passed out of the straits and doubled the south-east corner of
the island, round which, four days ago, we had towed the

As we passed the two-pointed hill, we could see the black
mouth of Ben Gunn’s cave and a figure standing by it, leaning on a
musket. It was the squire, and we waved a handkerchief and gave
him three cheers, in which the voice of Silver joined as heartily as

Three miles farther, just inside the mouth of North Inlet, what
should we meet but the Hispaniola, cruising by herself? The last
flood had lifted her, and had there been much wind or a strong
tide current, as in the southern anchorage, we should never have
found her more, or found her stranded beyond help. As it was,
there was little amiss beyond the wreck of the main-sail. Another

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