The captain swore softly, then said," Silence!"
"Are you speaking to me, sir?"asked the doctor.
"Yes,"the captain told him, swearing again.
"I have only one thing to say to you, sir," replied the doctor.
"If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be free of a dirty scoundrel!"
The captain jumped to his feet with a knife in his hand, but the doctor never moved.
He spoke to the captain in a calm and clear voice so that others in the room could hear:
"If you don't put that knife away, I promise you shall die a criminal's death under the law."
Then followed a battle of looks between them, but the cap－tain soon put away his weapon and sat down like a beaten dog.
Soon after Dr Livesey rode away on his horse.
The captain was silent for the rest of the evening, and for many evenings after－wards.