What did Jim and his mother take from Billy's sea-chest before they fled the inn?  

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Because this question specifies about items taken from the chest before fleeing the inn, readers should look to chapter four. The captain has died, and nobody is willing to go back to the inn; however, Jim's mom is adamant that she get payment for hosting the captain for so long....

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Because this question specifies about items taken from the chest before fleeing the inn, readers should look to chapter four. The captain has died, and nobody is willing to go back to the inn; however, Jim's mom is adamant that she get payment for hosting the captain for so long. Her plan is to hopefully find that money in the captain's sea-chest.

Jim finds the key to the chest hanging around the dead captain's neck. Jim and his mother then unlock and open the chest. They find clothes, a compass, some trinkets, and coins. Just as Jim and his mother are forced to flee from the inn, Jim grabs a bunch of papers from the chest. He and his mother escape with the papers and the coins. Readers will not know what those papers are until chapter six, when we discover that the papers include a map of an island with three crosses of red ink. By one of the crosses, "bulk of treasure here" is written.

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After the death of Billy Bones, Jim Hawkins and his mother realize they're in serious danger. Some pretty scary characters have already crawled out of the woodwork, and there are bound to be many more to come. So Jim and his mother take off from the inn, looking to get help. But as no one's prepared to get involved, and as Jim's mother still needs payment for Billy's extended stay at the inn, they head back to the Admiral Benbow, armed with a rifle.

When they go inside Billy's room, Jim retrieves a key hanging from the dead pirate's neck. He uses it to open Billy Bones's treasure chest. Inside, Jim's mother finds various items, including a new suit, a compass, pistols, and a quadrant. She also finds some gold coins as well as some papers wrapped in oilskin. Fearing the imminent return of blood-thirsty pirates, Jim and his mother grab the bag of coins and the papers and leave the inn as soon as possible.

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