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three crosses of red ink--two on the north part of the island, one in
the southwest--and beside this last, in the same red ink, and in a
small, neat hand, very different from the captain’s tottery
characters, these words: “Bulk of treasure here.”
Over on the back the same hand had written this further
Tall tree, Spy-glass shoulder, bearing a point to the N. of
Skeleton Island E.S.E. and by E.
The bar silver is in the north cache; you can find it by the trend
of the east hummock, ten fathoms south of the black crag with the
face on it.
The arms are easy found, in the sand-hill, N. point of north
inlet cape, bearing E. and a quarter N. J.F.
That was all; but brief as it was, and to me incomprehensible, it
filled the squire and Dr. Livesey with delight.
“Livesey,” said the squire, “you will give up this wretched
practice at once. Tomorrow I start for Bristol. In three weeks’
time--three weeks!--two weeks--ten days--we’ll have the best ship,
sir, and the choicest crew in England. Hawkins shall come as
cabin-boy. You’ll make a famous cabin-boy, Hawkins. You,
Livesey, are ship’s doctor; I am admiral. We’ll take Redruth, Joyce,
and Hunter. We’ll have favourable winds, a quick passage, and not
the least difficulty in finding the spot, and money to eat, to roll in,
to play duck and drake with ever after.”
“Trelawney,” said the doctor, “I’ll go with you; and I’ll go bail
for it, so will Jim, and be a credit to the undertaking. There’s only
one man I’m afraid of.”