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or raised his voice, or so much as whistled, it was plain enough
that Dr. Livesey had communicated my request, for the next thing
that I heard was the captain giving an order to Job Anderson, and
all hands were piped on deck. “My lads,” said Captain Smollett,
“I’ve a word to say to you. This land that we have sighted is the
place we have been sailing for. Mr. Trelawney, being a very open-
handed gentleman, as we all know, has just asked me a word or
two, and as I was able to tell him that every man on board had
done his duty, alow and aloft, as I never ask to see it done better,
why, he and I and the doctor are going below to the cabin to drink
your health and luck, and you’ll have grog served out for you to
drink our health and luck. I’ll tell you what I think of this: I think it
handsome. And if you think as I do, you’ll give a good sea-cheer for
the gentleman that does it.”

The cheer followed--that was a matter of course; but it rang out
so full and hearty that I confess I could hardly believe these same
men were plotting for our blood.

“One more cheer for Cap’n Smollett,” cried Long John when
the first had subsided.

And this also was given with a will.
On the top of that the three gentlemen went below, and not
long after, word was sent forward that Jim Hawkins was wanted in
the cabin.

I found them all three seated round the table, a bottle of
Spanish wine and some raisins before them, and the doctor
smoking away, with his wig on his lap, and that, I knew, was a sign
that he was agitated. The stern window was open, for it was a
warm night, and you could see the moon shining behind on the
ship’s wake.

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