S URE enough, there were two men just outside the stockade, one of them waving a white cloth; the other, no less a person than Silver himself, standing placidly by.
It was still quite early, and the coldest morning that I think I ever was abroad in; a chill that pierced into the marrow. The sky was bright and cloudless overhead, and the tops of the trees shone rosily in the sun. But where Silver stood with his lieutenant all was still in shadow, and they waded knee-deep in a low, white vapor, that had crawled during the night out of the morass. The chill and the vapor taken together told a poor tale of the island. It was plainly a damp, feverish, unhealthy spot.
"Keep indoors, men," said the captain. "Ten to one this is a trick."
"Who goes? Stand, or we fire."
"Flag of truce!" cried Silver.
The captain was in the porch keeping himself carefully out of the way of a treacherous shot, should any be intended. He turned and spoke to us.
"Doctor's watch on the lookout. Doctor Livesey, take the north side, if you please; Jim the east;