Natives, buccaneers, or the odious French

From Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, from Squire Trelawney’s description of readying the expedition’s ship:

So far there was not a hitch. The workpeople, to be sure—riggers and what not—were most annoyingly slow; but time cured that. It was the crew that troubled me.

I wished a round score of men—in case of natives, buccaneers, or the odious French—and I had the worry of the deuce itself to find so much as half a dozen, till the most remarkable stroke of fortune brought me the very man that I required.

 

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