The Fall of a Chieftain

Thereneverwassuchanoverturninthisworld.Eachofthesesixmenwasasthoughhehadbeenstruck.ButwithSilvertheblowpassedalmostinstantly.Everythoughtofhissoulhadbeensetfull-stretch,likearacer,onthatmoney;well,hewasbroughtup,inasinglesecond,dead;andhekepthishead,foundhistemper,andchangedhisplanbeforetheothershadhadtimetorealizethedisappointment.

"Jim,"hewhispered,"takethat,andstandbyfortrouble."

Andhepassedmeadouble-barrelledpistol.

Atthesametime,hebeganquietlymovingnorthward,andinafewstepshadputthehollowbetweenustwoandtheotherfive.Thenhelookedatmeandnodded,asmuchastosay,"Hereisanarrowcorner,"as,indeed,Ithoughtitwas.Hislookswerenotquitefriendly,andIwassorevoltedattheseconstantchangesthatIcouldnotforbearwhispering,"Soyou’vechangedsidesagain."

Therewasnotimeleftforhimtoanswerin.Thebuccaneers,withoathsandcries,begantoleap,oneafteranother,intothepitandtodigwiththeirfingers,throwingtheboardsasideastheydidso.Morganfoundapieceofgold.Hehelditupwithaperfectspoutofoaths.Itwasatwo-guineapiece,anditwentfromhandtohandamongthemforaquarterofaminute.

"Twoguineas!"roaredMerry,shakingitatSilver."That’syoursevenhundredthousandpounds,isit?You’rethemanforbargains,ain’tyou?You’rehimthatneverbunglednothing,youwooden-headedlubber!"

"Digaway,boys,"saidSilverwiththecoolestinsolence;"you’llfindsomepig-nutsandIshouldn’twonder."

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