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The Famous Pirate Adventure by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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I STRIKE THE JOLLY ROGER
HAD scarce gained a position on the bow­sprit when the flying jib flapped and filled upon the other tack with a report like a gun. The schooner trembled to her keel under the reverse; but next moment, the other sails still drawing, the jib flapped back again and hung idle. This had nearly tossed me off" into the sea; and now I lost no time, crawled back along the bowsprit, and tumbled head fore­most on the deck.
I was on the lee side of the forecastle, and the mainsail, which was still drawing, concealed from me a certain portion of the after-deck. Not a soul was to be seen. The planks, which had not been swabbed since the mutiny, bore the print of many feet; and an empty bottle, broken by the neck, tumbled to and fro like a live thing in the scuppers.
Suddenly the Hispaniola came right into the wind. The jibs behind me cracked aloud; the rudder slammed to; the whole ship gave a sickening heave and shudder, and at the same
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