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are three hills in a row running south’ard--fore, main, and mizzen,
sir. But the main--that’s the big un, with the cloud on it--they
usually calls the Spy-glass, by reason of a lookout they kept when
they was in the anchorage cleaning, for it’s there they cleaned
their ships, sir, asking your pardon.”

“I have a chart here,” says Captain Smollett. “See if that’s the

Long John’s eyes burned in his head as he took the chart, but
by the fresh look of the paper I knew he was doomed to
disappointment. This was not the map we found in Billy Bones’s
chest, but an accurate copy, complete in all things--names and
heights and soundings--with the single exception of the red
crosses and the written notes. Sharp as must have been his
annoyance, Silver had the strength of mind to hide it.

“Yes, sir,” said he, “this is the spot, to be sure, and very prettily
drawed out. Who might have done that, I wonder? The pirates
were too ignorant, I reckon. Aye, here it is: ‘Capt. Kidd’s
Anchorage’--just the name my shipmate called it. There’s a strong
current runs along the south, and then away nor’ard up the west
coast. Right you was, sir,” says he, “to haul your wind and keep
the weather of the island. Leastways, if such was your intention as
to enter and careen, and there ain’t no better place for that in
these waters.”

“Thank you, my man,” says Captain Smollett. “I’ll ask you later
on to give us a help. You may go.”

I was surprised at the coolness with which John avowed his
knowledge of the island, and I own I was half-frightened when I
saw him drawing nearer to myself. He did not know, to be sure,
that I had overheard his council from the apple barrel, and yet I

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