What lie does Jack tell the others at the assembly in Lord of the Flies?

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In Chapter Seven of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Jack and Ralph continue up the mountain with Roger lagging behind.  Crawling along, they see the beast, "A creature that bulged."  It was "sitting asleep with its head between it knees."  But, when the wind blows, the creature seems to lift its head, "holding toward them the ruin of a face." The three boys flee in terror.

When they return to where Piggy and the others are, Ralph assures Piggy that they have seen the beast with "teeth...and big black eyes."  He continues saying that they will not fight it as the creature is too big.  But, it is near where the fire was as though preventing them from being rescued.  Again Jack and Ralph vie for the leadership as Ralph takes the conch from Jack and Jack interrupts him:

I've called an assembly...because of a lot of things.  First, you know now, we've seen the beast.  We crawled up.  We were only a few feet away.  The beast sat up and looked at us.  I don't know what it does. We don't even know what it is.

Then, after some of the boys say things like "The beast comes out of the sea--" and "Out of the dar," Jack lies by declaring, "The beast is a hunter," when he has just said that he does not know what the beast does. 

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