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“He’s quite an honest man, Tom Morgan, on’y stupid. And now,”
he ran on again, aloud, “let’s see--Black Dog? No, I don’t know the
name, not I. Yet I kind of think I’ve--yes, I’ve seen the swab. He
used to come here with a blind beggar, he used.”

“That he did, you may be sure,” said I. “I knew that blind man
too. His name was Pew.”

“It was!” cried Silver, now quite excited. “Pew! That were his
name for certain. Ah, he looked a shark, he did! If we run down
this Black Dog, now, there’ll be news for Cap’n Trelawney! Ben’s a
good runner; few seamen run better than Ben. He should run him
down, hand over hand, by the powers! He talked o’ keel-hauling,
did he? I’LL keel-haul him!”

All the time he was jerking out these phrases he was stumping
up and down the tavern on his crutch, slapping tables with his
hand, and giving such a show of excitement as would have
convinced an Old Bailey judge or a Bow Street runner. My
suspicions had been thoroughly reawakened on finding Black Dog
at the Spy-glass, and I watched the cook narrowly. But he was too
deep, and too ready, and too clever for me, and by the time the two
men had come back out of breath and confessed that they had lost
the track in a crowd, and been scolded like thieves, I would have
gone bail for the innocence of Long John Silver.

“See here, now, Hawkins,” said he, “here’s a blessed hard thing
on a man like me, now, ain’t it? There’s Cap’n Trelawney--what’s
he to think? Here I have this confounded son of a Dutchman
sitting in my own house drinking of my own rum! Here you comes
and tells me of it plain; and here I let him give us all the slip before
my blessed deadlights! Now, Hawkins, you do me justice with the
cap’n. You’re a lad, you are, but you’re as smart as paint. I see that

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