By A. D. Howden Smith
This exciting "prequel" to Robert Louis Stevenson's vintage pirate story imagines how Captain Flint and Murray sacked the Spanish galleon and buried their ill-gotten treasure at the useless Man's Chest and on Treasure Island
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But what could be the tie of interest between a colonel in the Army of the King of Spain and an outlaw who had defied the whole structure of civilization? A Jacobite plot? It seemed preposterous! “’Tis my daughter I was thinking of,” explained O’Donnell as they reached the starboard gangway close by where I stood over Peter’s prostrate form. ” My great-uncle went through his courtly formula of taking snuff, and I watched him, fascinated. “Your forebodings do you credit, chevalier. But you have no cause for concern.
But I say flatly I won’t trust you by your lone in New York; no, nor with only men of your own choosin’. ’” Silver pulled the tarpaulin from over our heads. “If Flint said that ’twas the best speech he ever made,” he returned. “All I knows is that Murray came on deck before us all and says as how he has a mission of danger to perform and he knowed there was no daredevils like the old Walrus hands, and would a score volunteer? ’ says I. “‘A fair question merits a fair answer, John,’ says he. ’ “‘The sojers won’t hurt you, John,’ says he, ‘and if there’s King’s ships we’ll try again.
I say that you offer me no inducement,” I answered as shortly as I could. “No inducement? ” I jeered. “From a pirate’s quarterdeck,” he corrected me gravely. ” The man’s surety was amazing. ” “Not at all,” retorted my great-uncle. ” roared my father. ” “Ah, that unfortunate point of view of yours again,” protested Murray. ” 42 PORTO BELLO GOLD My great-uncle turned to me once more. ” There was a snap as a Brazil-nut split apart in Peter’s grip. Murray waved an airy hand in his direction. “’Tis true that you are the most powerful man I ever met, Corlaer,” he remarked;“yet I urge you not to attempt violence.