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34. And Last

THE next morning we fell early to work, for the
transportation of this great mass of gold near a mile by
land to the beach, and thence three miles by boat to the
Hispaniola, was a considerable task for so small a number of
workmen. The three fellows still abroad upon the island did not
greatly trouble us; a single sentry on the shoulder of the hill was
sufficient to ensure us against any sudden onslaught, and we
thought, besides, they had had more than enough of fighting.

Therefore the work was pushed on briskly. Gray and Ben Gunn
came and went with the boat, while the rest during their absences
piled treasure on the beach. Two of the bars, slung in a ropeís end,
made a good load for a grown man--one that he was glad to walk
slowly with. For my part, as I was not much use at carrying, I was
kept busy all day in the cave packing the minted money into

It was a strange collection, like Billy Bonesís hoard for the
diversity of coinage, but so much larger and so much more varied
that I think I never had more pleasure than in sorting them.
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises,
doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the
pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years,
strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of
string or bits of spiderís web, round pieces and square pieces, and
pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your
neck--nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think,
have found a place in that collection; and for number, I am sure

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