And Last

Thenextmorningwefellearlytowork,forthetransportationofthisgreatmassofgoldnearamilebylandtothebeach,andthencethreemilesbyboattotheHispaniola,wasaconsiderabletaskforsosmallanumberofworkmen.Thethreefellowsstillabroadupontheislanddidnotgreatlytroubleus;asinglesentryontheshoulderofthehillwassufficienttoensureusagainstanysuddenonslaught,andwethought,besides,theyhadhadmorethanenoughoffighting.

Thereforetheworkwaspushedonbriskly.GrayandBenGunncameandwentwiththeboat,whiletherestduringtheirabsencespiledtreasureonthebeach.Twoofthebars,slunginarope’send,madeagoodloadforagrownmanonethathewasgladtowalkslowlywith.Formypart,asIwasnotmuchuseatcarrying,Iwaskeptbusyalldayinthecavepackingthemintedmoneyintobread-bags.

Itwasastrangecollection,likeBillyBones’shoardforthediversityofcoinage,butsomuchlargerandsomuchmorevariedthatIthinkIneverhadmorepleasurethaninsortingthem.English,French,Spanish,Portuguese,Georges,andLouises,doubloonsanddoubleguineasandmoidoresandsequins,thepicturesofallthekingsofEuropeforthelasthundredyears,strangeOrientalpiecesstampedwithwhatlookedlikewispsofstringorbitsofspider’sweb,roundpiecesandsquarepieces,andpiecesboredthroughthemiddle,asiftowearthemroundyournecknearlyeveryvarietyofmoneyintheworldmust,Ithink,havefoundaplaceinthatcollection;andfornumber,Iamsuretheywerelikeautumnleaves,sothatmybackachedwithstoopingandmyfingerswithsortingthemout.

Dayafterdaythisworkwenton;byeveryeveningafortunehadbeenstowedaboard,buttherewasanotherfortunewaitingforthemorrow;andallthistimeweheardnothingofthethreesurvivingmutineers.

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