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under hatches; but for two year before that, shiver my timbers, the
man was starving! He begged, and he stole, and he cut throats,
and starved at that, by the powers!”

“Well, it ain’t much use, after all,” said the young seaman.
“‘Tain’t much use for fools, you may lay to it--that, nor
nothing,” cried Silver. “But now, you look here: you’re young, you
are, but you’re as smart as paint. I see that when I set my eyes on
you, and I’ll talk to you like a man.”

You may imagine how I felt when I heard this abominable old
rogue addressing another in the very same words of flattery as he
had used to myself. I think, if I had been able, that I would have
killed him through the barrel. Meantime, he ran on, little
supposing he was overheard.

“Here it is about gentlemen of fortune. They lives rough, and
they risk swinging, but they eat and drink like fighting-cocks, and
when a cruise is done, why, it’s hundreds of pounds instead of
hundreds of farthings in their pockets. Now, the most goes for rum
and a good fling, and to sea again in their shirts. But that’s not the
course I lay. I puts it all away, some here, some there, and none
too much anywheres, by reason of suspicion. I’m fifty, mark you;
once back from this cruise, I set up gentleman in earnest. Time
enough too, says you. Ah, but I’ve lived easy in the meantime,
never denied myself o’ nothing heart desires, and slep’ soft and ate
dainty all my days but when at sea. And how did I begin? Before
the mast, like you!”

“Well,” said the other, “but all the other money’s gone now,
ain’t it? You daren’t show face in Bristol after this.”

“Why, where might you suppose it was?” asked Silver

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