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SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON,
WORDS OF ONE SYLLABLE.
ABRIDGED AND ADAPTED FROM THE ORIGINAL STORY BY
I. F. M.,
AUTHOR OF "THE BOY'S FIRST READER," "THE GIRL'S FIRST READER,"
"QUEER CHARACTERS," ETC.
WITH COLORED ILLUSTRA TIONS.
MCLOUGHLIN BROS., PUBLISHERS.
THE kind reception given to the system of writing
in words of one syllable has encouraged the Aut/hor to
add the popular story of The Swiss Family Robinson"
as a twin book to "Robinson Crusoe." The monosyl-
labic rule has been strictly adhered to throughout, the
only exception occurring necessarily in the title of the
book itself The Author's object has been to provide "a
field of exercise for a child who has just learnt to
conquer words; and it is a great pjozit in all teaching
to let the first independent exercise be one in which
victory is really to be won by moderate effort."
THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
WHEN one has a good deep sea, which rose and
tale to tell, he should try fell in great white waves
to be brief, and not say of foam, and sent its
more than he can help ere spray from side to side
he makes a fair start; so of what was now but a
I shall not say a word of mere hulk.
what took place on board Most of those on board
the ship till we had been sought the best means they
six days in a storm. The could think of to save their
bark had gone far out of own lives; but some knelt
her true course, and no one down to pray that God
on board knew where we would quell the storm and
were. The masts lay in still the waves, for they felt
splints on the deck, the that none but He could
sails were torn, a leak in help them now.
the side of the ship let "Come, boys," said I to
more in than the crew my four sons, who were
could pump out, and each with me, and were struck
one felt that ere long he dumb with fear, "God can
would find a grave in the save us if it please Him so
6 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
to do; but, if this is to be the time to show that we
our last hour, let us bow to are brave; we still have
His will-we shall at least life, the land is near, and we
all go down side by side." know that God helps those
My dear wife could not who trust in him. Keep
hide the tears that fell down up your hearts, then, while
her cheeks as I thus spoke I go and see if there be not
to my sons, but she was some hope yet left for us."
calm, and knelt down to I went at once on deck,
pray, while the boys clung and was met by a wave
round her as if they thought that threw me down, and
she could help them. wet me through to the skin.
Just then we heard a cry When I got up, and went
of "Land! land!" felt a to the side of the ship, I
shock, and were thrown found that all the boats had
down upon the deck. It been let down, and that
was clear that we had struck the last of the crew had just
on a rock, for we heard a left it. I cried out for the
loud cry from one of the men to come back and take
men, "We are lost! Launch us with them, but it was in
the boat; try for your lives!" vain, for the sound of my
These words went, as it voice did not reach them
were, through my heart like through the roar of the
a knife; but, as I felt that waves.
I ought to cheer my sons, I then thought that our
I said to them, Now is last chance was gone. Still,
LAND IN SIGHT. 7
as I felt that the ship did Let us now take some
not sink, I went to the stern, food," said my wife. We
and found, to my joy, that are sure to need it, for this
she was held up by a piece' will no doubt be a night to
of rock on each side, and try our strength."
made fast like a wedge. At We still heard the roar
the same time I saw some of the sea, and now and
trace of land, which lay to then the planks would creak
the south, and this made as if they were torn up
me go back with some hope from the deck, so that we
that we had still a faint had still good cause to fear
chance, though how to get that we might go down.
from the ship I could not My wife got some food
tell. for her boys, which we were
As soon as I got down- glad to see them eat, poor
stairs I took my wife by the as it was; but we could not
hand, and said, "Be of good share their meal. Three
cheer, we are at least safe out of the four were put
for some time, and if the to bed in their berths, and
wind should veer round, we soon went to sleep; but
may yet reach the land that Fritz, who was our first
lies but a short way off." child, would not leave us.
I said this to calm the He said, like a good son,
fears of my wife and sons, that he would try to be of
and it did so far more than some use, and think what
I had a right to hope. could be done.
8 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
"If we could but find a flint and steel, and the
some cook," said Fritz to box in which the burnt
me in a low tone, "we rags were kept, for these
might make floats. You were at that time in use as
and I will not need them, the means to strike a light.
for we can swim, but the Fritz, who was now well
rest will want some such nigh worn out, laid down
means to keep them up, and on his bed, and slept like
then we can help them to the rest. As for me and
reach the land." my poor wife, we kept
"A good thought," said watch, each in fear lest the
I. Let us try in the night next wave should lift the
to find what things there ship off the rock and break
are in the ship that we can it up. We spent part of
thus make use of." the night in thought as to
We soon found some our plans for the next day,
casks and ropes, and with and sought God to bless
these we made a kind of the means we had in view
float for each of the three to save our lives.
boys, and then my wife I need not tell you how
made one for her own use. glad we were when we saw
This done, we got some the first gleam of light shine
knives, string, and such through the chink of the
things as we could make door that shut us in from
fast to our belts. We did the cold night air. At
not fail to look for and find dawn the wind did not
WE SET TO WORK. .
blow so strong, the sky was to the tool chest. Jack ran
clear of clouds, and we saw to pick up what he could
the sun rise, and with it find, but as he got to one
rose our hopes. I soon had of the doors he gave it a
my wife and sons on deck. push, and two huge dogs
The boys did not know till sprang out and leapt at him.
then that all the men had He thought at first they
left the ship, and that there would bite him, but he soon
was no one but us on found that they meant him
board. no harm, and one of them
"Where are the men ?" let him get on his back and
said they. How can we ride up to me as I came
steer the ship?" from the hold of the ship.
My dear boys," said I, I could not keep back a
"He who has kept us safe smile, but I told him that
till now will still aid us, if it was not safe thus to play
we do not give way to fear. with dogs which had not
Let all hands set to work, been fed for so long a time.
and leave the rest to God." When the boys had done
At these words we all their search, and the spoil
went to work with a will. was brought on deck, we
My wife went to feed the thought we had found all
live stock; Fritz set off in that we should need. "'As
search of arms, and the for me," said my wife, "I
means to make use of them; have brought good news,
and Ernest made his way for I find we have still on
To THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
board a cow, an ass, two were a fleet of eight small
goats, six sheep, a ram, a round boats, made so fast
pig, and a sow, and I have to some planks that no one
found food for them all." of them could float from
All that you bring will the rest. When we had
be of use," said I; "but I done this, we sat down to
fear that Jack's dogs will do a good meal, which we ate
us more harm than good." with great zest, for we now
Not at all," said Jack, felt that we had done our
in his pert way, for they best to earn it.
can help us to hunt when The next thing to be
we get to land." done was to launch the raft.
"Well said, Jack. And This we at length did, and
now let us see what we can when the boys saw it slide
do that will aid us to get down the side of the ship
there." and float on the sea, they
We then took the casks gave a loud shout, and each
that we had found, and as one tried who should be
both Ernest and I could the first to get on it. I
use the saw, we soon cut made it fast to the ship,
them in half. With these and there left it.
tubs, which were bound It was late ere our work
round with strong hoops, was thus far brought to
we made a kind of raft, an end; and, as we had to
though it was no slight spend at least one night
task. The tubs, in fact, more on the wreck, I told
WE FREIGHT OUR RAFT. II
the boys to get a good when she had to climb.
night's rest, so that they She did not at first like
might be fresh for the toils this, but did so as soon as
of the next day. she saw the truth of what
I then told my wife to I told her.
change her dress for that At last, when all was
of one of the crew which done, we went to bed, and
she had found, as her skirts slept as sound as if we had
would have got in her way been on land.
WE were all up at the for some days. I hope we
break of day, and knelt may yet find means to come
down to thank God that back and take them on
He had kept us from harm shore with us."
through the night. We then put all the
My dear boys," said I, things on the raft, and ten
"we have now, with the live hens and two cocks
help of God, to try our were put in one of the tubs.
best to reach the shore. We Some ducks and geese we
must, ere we go, give the let go, in the hope that they
poor beasts on board both would swim to the shore;
food and drink to last them and a pair of doves were
/1 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSC'V.
set free, as they could fly push off from the ship they
to the land. leapt in the sea, swam near
There was a place in the the raft, and kept well up
raft for each of us. In the with us.
first tub sat my wife; in the The sea was calm; so
next Frank, who was eight that we felt quite safe. We
years old; in the third Fritz, made good use of the oars,
not quite twice the age of and the raft bore its freight
Frank; in the fourth were straight to the land; but as
the fowls, and some old sails we drew near to the shore
that would make us a tent; the sight of the bare rocks
the fifth was full of good led us to think that we
things in the way of food; might still be in need of
in the sixth stood Jack, food and drink when that
a bold lad, ten years old; which we had was gone.
in the next Ernest, twelve We could see that casks,
years of age, well taught, chests, spars, and splints
but too fond of self, and from the masts of the wreck
less fond of work than the lay on the shore.
rest; while I sat in the As we got near, the coast
eighth, to guide the raft lost its bare look, and we
that was to save all that were glad to see that there
was dear to me in the was no lack of trees. We
world, soon found a bay, to which
As soon as the dogs (Bill the ducks and geese had
and Jack by name) saw us found their way, and here
WE LAND SAFELY. 13
we saw a place where we of the work was to save
could land, which we were two large casks which were
not slow to do. near the shore. Whilst 1
As soon as we had made was up to my knees in the
the raft fast with a strong sea I heard a shrill cry,
rope, we took out all our which I knew to come from
wealth, and made a tent Jack. I got out at once,
with the old sail-cloth we took up an axe, and ran to
had brought with us, and his help. I found him with
stuck a pole in the ground his legs in a rock pool,
to keep it up. This done, where a large crab held
I sent the boys to get some him by his toes. It soon
moss and dry grass to make made off as I came near;
our beds with. With the but I struck at it with the
flint and steel we soon set axe, and brought it out of
fire to some dry twigs, and the pool. Jack then took
my wife made a pot of soup it up, though it gave him a
with what she had brought pinch or two ere he found
from the ship. out how to hold it, and ran
Fritz, who had charge of off in high glee to show
the guns, chose one, and his dear Ma what he had
took a stroll by the side of caught.
a stream, while Jack went When I got back to the
in search of shell fish, which tent, I found that Ernest
he thought he might find had .brought us news that
on the rocks. My share he had seen salt in the
14 THE SWISS FAMILY Y ROBINSON.
chinks of the rocks, and to a fresh stream with a
that shell fish were not large jug; from this I saw
scarce. her pour some on the salt,
"Then why have you strain it through a cloth,
not brought some with and let it drip in a cup, so
you ?" said I. that all the sand was left on
"To get at them," said the cloth.
he, I should have had to When the soup was made
wet my feet." hot we had each a taste, and
"Well, my boy, if you all said that it was good.
are sure you saw them, I "Be not in too great haste,"
will ask you to go back for said my wife, we must
some. We must each do wait for Fritz; but if he
some work for the good of were here, I do not see how
all; and as for your feet, we are to take our soup,
the sun will dry them as for we have no plates nor
you walk back." spoons; we can't lift this
He went, and soon found huge pot to our mouths and
the salt, left by the sea on sup from it."
the rocks, which the sun "If we had but some
had made quite dry. There large nuts," said Ernest,
was some sand with it, and "we might cut them in half,
this I said would spoil our and they would makegood
soup; but my wife did not bowls."
take long to find a way to "Quite true," said I; "but
cure that. She had been as there are none, we may
A SURPRISE. l
as well wish for delf bowls I knew, from what I had
and real spoons at once." read, that it was not a pig,
Now I have it," quoth but a swift beast, known in
Ernest. Let us use the these parts, that lives on
shells I saw on the shore." fruit and nuts, and hides
Off ran Jack to the in the earth.* I felt it
shore, with Ernest at his right to tell my son that
heels, and back they both he should not try to make
came with large and small us think that he had not
shells for us all. brought any thing back.
Just then Fritz came in, Though a jest, it was still
with a look of gloom on a lie, and to act a lie was
his face, which I could see just as wrong as to tell one.
was a sham. Fritz now saw the truth of
"You do not mean to this, and said so. He then
tell me you have come back told us how that he had
with nought?" said I, as been to the banks of the
he put out his hands as if stream.
to prove that such was the "I like the place much
case. But Jack, who had more than I do this spot,"
been round him, cried out, said he. "The shore lies
" No, no! he's got a pig!- low, and there are planks,
such a fine one. Tell us casks, chests, and all sorts
where you found it." of things, that the sea has
Fritz now brought forth thrown up. Why not leave
his prize. When I saw it, The A-gon-ti.
16 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSOVN.
this place at once, and go the rest do so much for
there ?" yours. Now, that shell full
"There is a time for all of soup you must give to
things," said I. We must our two dogs. We can all
at least rest here for one dip our small shells in the
night. But did you see pot, and you must do as
no trace of the men who we do; but as we have
left the ship ?" nought else that the poor
None, on land or dogs can eat out of, that
sea," said he; but I saw shell shall be theirs."
some strange hogs on the I knew he felt hurt at
shore, that have feet like this, but he gave it to the
hares." dogs at once, and they soon
We all sat down to take made quick work of their
our soup with the shell share of the soup.
spoons. Ernest took from The sun was low when
his coat a large shell, which our meal came to an end.
he had hid till now, put it The fowls came round us
in the soup, and then set it to pick up the stray crumbs
down to cool. we had let fall, and my wife
"You do not show want took out her bag of grain
of thought," said I to him. and fed the cocks and hens
" But I am not glad to see that we had brought with
that you think so of your us, and sent them to roost
self, and do so much for on the top of our tent. The
your own ease, when all ducks and geese left us to
The Young Ape brought home on Turk's back.
WE SET OUT ON A TOUR. 17
find some place of rest near fire-arms, in case we might
the stream, and the dogs need them in the night;
lay down at the door of sang a hymn of praise to
the tent. God, and then left our fate
We took care to load our in his hands.
As soon as I heard the for those who left us to die
cock crow, and saw by the on the wreck?"
light that it was break of "Well, I will tell you,
day, got out of bed and said I. First, we should
spoke to my wife as to do to them as we would
what we should do next. wish them to do to us, not
First," said I, Fritz as they have done; next,
and I will make a tour of we know that they took
the coast, and try to find no food with them, and we
some of the men who left should not leave them to
the ship, for if they are starve; and last, it may
here, they may be in be that they can help us,
want." though now they stand more
"But," said Fritz, who in need of our aid."
heard me from his bed, The boys were soon up,
"why should we search and we all sat down to
8S THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
a good meal. That done, my wife and the three boys
Fritz and I got our guns. were in tears. The dog Bill
I put a pair of small arms we left to guard the tent, but
in his belt, gave him a game Turk went with us, and ran
bag, and told him to take by our side.
an axe. I took some food We soon got to the banks
for us both, and a full flask, of a stream; but then had
out of which we could drink to make our way down its
if we should stray far from course through the tall, rank
a stream. Fritz was now in grass. It took us some
haste to be off, but Ernest time to reach the sea shore.
said that there was one There was not a boat to be
thing still left to do ere we seen, or any sign that the
could start. ship's crew had found the
And what is that ?" said land. We left the shore,
Fritz. and went through a wood
"We have yet to pray full of tall trees. Here
to God," said Ernest. Fritz struck some hard
"That is right, my dear thing on the ground with
boy," said I. "We are all his foot, which we found
too apt to think less than to be a CO-COA-NUT. He
we ought of what God tells gave it a blow with his axe,
us to do, and you know that and broke the shell, and we
he tells us to pray to Him both sat down to rest, and
day by day." eat the nut. We drank the
When we took our leave, milk to quench our thirst,
ANOTHER SURPRISE. 19
and made a fair meal of the no means a nice kind of
fruit. food, but wild men set great
At the end of the wood store by its shell, which
we came to a plain which they use to hold their food
gave us a clear view of the and drink."
place. Fritz, who was on We then set to work to
the look out, ran off with make plates of the gourds,
Turk to some strange trees which we did in this way:
that he saw on the right. I tied a string round the
"Do come here," hecried, shell, and then made nicks
" and tell me what these all round it with a sharp
are." knife. In these we put the
When I got up to him, string, and then gave it a
it gave me no small joy to tight pull, which cut it in
find that it was a gourd half, and made two bowls.
tree. When we had thus made
"Try," said I, "if you some eight or ten bowls,
can get hold of one of and some flat ones for
those queer lumps that plates, we laid them out in
grow on it." the sun to dry, and then
With that he brought went on our way.
one down, and we had a We could see, not far off,
look at it. a grove of fine palm trees,
Now, of this," said I, but to reach them we should
"we can make a plate, a have to pass through reeds
dish, or a flask. It is by and long grass, which grew
20 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
so thick that we made Turk bound them in a bunch,
go on first and tread a path which Fritz tookon hisback.
for us. I knew this was It did not take us long
just the place to find snakes, to reach the place where
so we each cut a cane, that the palms grew, and then
we might beat them off we sat down in the shade
should we meet with any. to eat the food we had
As I took hold of my staff, brought with us. "Do you
I felt a gum or juice ooze see those nuts at the top of
out of the end. I put my the trees, Fritz?" said I.
tongue to it, and found it "To be sure I do; but
of a sweet taste. This led they are far too high to
me to suck the reed, and reach. Look, look!" he
I then knew that we had cried, "there are some MoN-
met with the SU-GAR CANE. KEYS; let me have a shot at
By this time Fritz had them."
done the same, for I could Do not do that," I said,
see that he held his cane and held his arm; "it will
to his mouth. do us no good to kill them,
Do not suck too much and I think I can make
of it," said I, "or it will use of them." With that I
make you ill; but let us cut threw some stones up at
some of the best and take the tree where they were,
them back with us, for those though they had got safe
athome will prize so great out of my reach. They
a treat." This we did, and then made a loud noise,
A TROOP OF APES. 21
took hold of the nuts that cream which forms close to
were near, and flung them the shell; and this made us
straight at us. This was a dish so sweet and nice
not new to me, for I had that Fritz said it was fit for
read that it is oft done by a king. Turk did not seem
men who live in the woods, to like it, so we gave him
and have to get their food some of the meat in our
as best they can; but the bag, which we could now
trick made Fritz laugh, who well spare.
soon had hard work to Fritz and I then made
pick up the nuts that were fast some nuts to a string,
thrown at him. which I tied round my
We broke some of the waist, while he took up
nuts, and put the juice of his canes, and we both set
the canes in the thick white off on our road home.
CHAPTER I V.
ON our way back we the wood, when Turk made
took up the gourd bowls a dart in front of us, and
and plates, which we found we saw a troop of apes rush
quite dry and hard as bone, out of his way. But he
and put them in our bags. gave a leap and brought
We had scarce got through down one that could not
22 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
climb so fast as the rest, back. "Since you have
for she had a young one been the cause of its grief,"
in her arms. Turk made said I, "it is but fair that
short work of the poor you should act the part of
thing, for ere Fritz could its dam." Turk did not at
call the dog off, the ape first like this, but we soon
was dead. The young one, got him to bear the ape,
as soon as it saw Fritz, which held so tight by the
sprang on his back, put hair on the dog's neck, that
its paws in his curls, and it could not well fall off.
would not let go, but made Fritz then led Turk with a
a noise as if to chide him. string, that he might not
Fritz did not like this, for stray out of sight, or throw
he was in fear lest it should off his charge, which I think
bite him. I knew there he would have done had
was but small risk of that, we not been on the watch.
for the poor thing was as It did not take us long
much in dread as he was. to reach the bank of the
I at length got the ape stream near to our home.
from Fritz's back, and took Just as we came in sight of
it up in my arms like a the tent we heard Bill bark,
child. We found that it and saw him run off as fast
was too young to seek its as he could to meet us.
own food, and, as Fritz This put Turk in a sad way,
said he should like to take and made him leap up at
it home, we putt it on Turk's us and try to get free, so
A GOOD MEAL. 23
Fritz at last took the ape now go in and hear what
from him and let him go. you have to tell."
I need not tell you how Fritz and I then told
glad my wife and sons were them, by turns, where we
to see us safe back, or with found the things we brought
what joy the boys took with us, how we made and
the real live ape," out of dried the plates and bowls,
Fritz's arms. How did cut the canes, and caught
you catch him ?" said the ape in the wood. Our
Ernest; what does he live tales had not come to an
on?" said Frank; "what end, when we were told
fun we shall have with that it was time to sup.
him!" cried Jack. Ernest had shot a wild
At length, when they got goose, and some fish had
more staid, I told them that been caught in the stream.
we had brought them all With these, and the Dutch
sorts of good things, but cheese that we brought from
that we had not met with the ship, we made a good
any of the men of whom meal; but the boys would
we went in search. "God's not rest till we broke some
will be done," said my wife, of the nuts, from which
"let us thank Him that they drank the milk, made
you have come back safe sweet with the juice of the
to us. This day to me has canes. I must tell you that
been an age; but put down we ate our food in great
your loads, for we must state from our gourd rind
14 THIE SWISS FAA/ILY ROBINSON.
plates, which my wife said loose; but we were glad
she should prize more than to see the tide float her
if they were made of pure straight to the shore. We
gold. put on board the raft a
We can at least eat out vast deal of food that had
of them," said I, and if not been spoilt by the sea,
they were gold we could though the waves had made
do no more." a breach in the sides of the
That night the ape went wreck. We then put to
to bed with Jack and Fritz, sea with our train of live
and we all slept in peace stock made fast to the stern,
till the cocks on the roof of and drew them like a flock
the tent woke us up. of huge ducks in the water.
Next day Fritz and I We had not gone far
went back to the wreck to when I heard a loud cry of
save.the live stock, and get fear from Fritz, "We are
what else we had left that lost! We are lost! See what
might be of use to us. We a great shark is on its way
found it no light task, for to us!"
we had to make floats for Though pale with fright,
the cow, the ass, the sheep, he took aim with his gun,
and the goats, throw them and shot the fish in the
in the sea, and tie them head. It sank at once, but
with ropes to our raft. For left a track of blood in the
the sow we did the same, sea, which I knew to be a
though she soon broke sign that we were once
A STRANGE SITE FOR A HOUSE. 25
more safe. We then got a small cask from the
to land, and made fast our wreck.
freight to the shore. Ere I can now well call to
we had done this our friends mind the strange scene, as
came to greet us, and give we sat there round the cask,
us what help they could to with our two dogs, the
get the beasts out of the fowls, the ape, and the
stream, and take them up to doves, all in the light of
the tent. The poor things the red glow that came
were well nigh worn out; from the fire which burnt
but we took good care of on the ground just by the
them, and put them to rest tent.
on some dry grass that Ere bed time my wife
my wife had laid out for had told me that while I
them. was at the wreck she had
That night we did not gone in search of some
sup on the ground. My place in which we could
wife had spread a cloth on build a house, and be safe
the top of a cask, and we from the wild beasts that
each sat on a tub. With we had heard growl in the
the knives and forks that night.
we had found in the ship "And did you find one,
we ate a dish of hot ham my dear?" I said.
and eggs, nor did we fail "Oh, yes," said she. "We
to test the wine that I can take you to a great tree
had brought with me in that will serve us well, if
26 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
we can but get across the and dwell in a hut on the
stream with our goods." roots."
"But would you have Ernest said that he took
us roost, like fowls, in a a string, and found that it
tree? How do you think was twelve yards round.
we could get up to our This led me to think that
perch ?" my wife's scheme was by
"Was there not a large no means a bad one, and
lime tree in our town in that I would have a look
which they built a ball at the tree the next day.
room, with stairs up the When I had heard all
trunk ?" they had to tell, we knelt
"To be sure there was," down to pray, and then
said I; "and if we can not sought a good night's rest,
build in it, we can at least which the toils of the day
make use of its shade, made us much in need of.
WHEN I rose from my and that we should do
bed the next day, I said wrong to leave it?"
to my wife; Does it not What you say may be
seem, my dear, as if God quite true, so far as it goes,"
had led us to this place, she said; "but I must tell
PLANS FOR OUR SAFETY. 27
you that the mid day heat the cow and cook some
is more than we can bear, food, I made my plans
and that if we stay here known to them. They were
we may have to keep watch all glad when they heard
at night, for there are, no that we were to leave, and
doubt, wild beasts of some each said he would help,
kind that will find us out; as far as he could, to build
and we should not trust the bridge.
too much to our dogs, who The first thing to be done
may lose their lives in a was to find some strong
fight with them." planks; and Fritz, Ernest,
I dare say you are and I went down to the
right," said I; "but I do shore, and got in the boat,
not yet see how we can which the tide soon took
cross the stream. We shall down to the bay.
first have to build a bridge." On a piece of land which
"Then I fear we must lay to the left we could
stay where we are," said see some large dark thing,
my wife. round which flew a flock
I do not think so, my of sea gulls. As we had
dear," I said. No one a wish to learn what it was,
knows what he can do till we put up a sail and caught
he tries." a gust of wind which had
The boys were now all sprung up, and this soon
out of their beds; and brought the boat to the
while my wife went to milk spot. We made no noise,
2S THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
but crept up the shore step by the use of our oars, soon
by step, and we got so near made our way to the bay,
that Ernest brought down and up the stream to the
some of the birds with a place where the bridge was
stick. Fritz was the first to to be built. Our young
find out that what the sea friends were glad to see us
gulls had just left was the back so soon, and ran to
huge fish he had shot in the meet us; Jack had a cloth
sea. It was a large shark, in his hand, in which was
and we could see the wound a store of cray fish and
in its head made by the crabs just caught in some
two balls from Fritz's gun. of the nooks of a rock up
We cut off some parts of the stream; Frank was full
the rough skin, which we of glee, and told how that
thought might serve us for he had been the first to
files, and then went back find them out, and how
to the boat. I took a glance Jack had to wade up to his
at the shore ere I got in, knees to get them.
and to my great joy saw "Do not fail to give God
that some of the planks thanks," said I, "that our
and spars from the wreck lot has been cast where we
lay on the ground not far can pick up more food than
off. Our next care was to we can eat."
bind these so as to make It would take a long time
a raft, which we tied to the to tell how we brought all
stern of the boat, and then, the wood up to the spot,
THE BRIDGE. 9
how we built piers of stone ape. Ernest took charge
in the stream, and how we of the sheep, and I brought
put the planks one by one up the rear as chief guard.
in their place; but we did Our dogs ran from the
it at last, though it was late front to the rear rank, and
at night when we left off went to and fro, as if to
work, and once more sought see that all was right, and
our tent. to keep us in line. We
The next day we saw left the sow near the tent,
the sun rise, and took our but we had not gone far
first meal in haste,'for we when she set off with a
knew we should have a loud grunt, and soon came
long day's toil. All the up with us. Our march
stores that we could not was slow, for the live stock
take with us were laid by would stray here and there
in the tent, the door of to graze on the rich grass
which was made safe by a that grew by the way; but
row of casks that we put still we got on. We took
round it. Each of us took care to cross the bridge
a game bag and a gun. one at a time, and found it
My wife and Fritz soon bear our weight well; but
led the way; the cow went once or twice we thought
next; then the ass, with the cow would step in
Frank on its back. Jack the stream, or fall off the
led the goats, and on the boards, when she went to
back of one of them sat the the sides to drink.
30 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
Just as we had left the quills, which had stuck in
bridge, Jack cried out, "Be the nose of one of the
quick! here is a strange dogs, while the boys made
beast with quills as long as haste to pluck some of the
my arm." The dogs ran, quills from the skin of
and I with them, and their strange prize.
found a large POR-CU-PINE At last our march came
in the grass. It made a to an end, and I saw for
loud noise, and shot out the first time the great
its quills at the dogs, and trees that my wife had told
made them bleed. At this me of. They were of vast
Jack put his hand to his size, and were, I thought,
belt, drew forth one of the fig trees. "If we can but
small arms I gave him, and fix our tent up there," I
shot straight, with good said, we shall have no
aim, at the beast, which cause to dread, for no wild
fell dead on the spot. Jack beasts can reach us." \Ve
was proud of his feat, but sent Frank off to find
Fritz, who did not like to sticks, with which to make
be beat by one so young a fire, and my wife made
as Jack, told him to use some soup of the flesh of
more care, or he might the beast we had slain,
shoot one of the dogs, if though we did not like it
not one of us. My wife's so well as we did the ham
first thought was to dress and cheese we brought
the wounds made by the with us.
THE FLAMINGO. 31
THE meal at an end, my On our way back from
first thought was to make the sands, one of the dogs
some steps by means of made a dart at a clump
which we could reach the of reeds, and a troop of
first strong branch of the large birds rose on the
tree. On a part of the wing with a loud noise.
root which rose high up Fritz let fly at them, and
out of the earth, so as to brought down two at a
form an arch some six feet shot. One of them fell
from the ground, we laid a quite dead, but its mate,
large piece of sail cloth, though hurt in the wing,
and this kept off both the made use of its long legs
dew and the flies. Ernest so well, that it would have
and I then went in search got off if Bill had not
of some thick canes that held it till we came up.
grew in the sands hard by. The joy of Fritz, to have
These we cut down, and, caught such a strange bird,
with the aid of some strong was so great that he would
string, we bound them to have us at once bind it
four long poles, and thus by the neck and take it
made a pair of steps that back with us. "Look," said
would, we thought, reach Ernest, "what fine plumes
far up the trunk, he has, and you see he has
32 THE SWISS FA MIL Y ROBINSON.
web feet like a goose, and and would come at a call,
has long legs like a stork: like a tame bird.
thus he can run on land While I sat on the grass
as fast as he can swim." with my sons, late in the
"Yes," said I, "and he day, I thought I would try
can fly with more speed to make a bow that might
through the air, for these be of some use to kill
birds have great strength birds, and thus save our
in their wings. In fact, shot. This I did with a
few birds have such means long cane and a piece of
of flight as the FLA-MIN-GO." string, and then made a
Loud were the cries of dart with a sharp point,
Jack and Frank when we which I shot off and found
came in sight; but my it would go straight. The
wife thought the great bird branch of the tree on which
might need more food than we were to fix our hut
we could spare. I told was so high that our steps
her that it would feed on would not near reach it.
small fish and worms, and "What shall we do now?"
not rob our geese of their said Fritz. "Wait, and
grain. I then tied him to you shall see, my lad."
a stake near the stream by I then tied some strong
a cord that left him room thread to the dart, and
to fish at his ease; and in shot it over the branch
a few days we were glad then tied a piece of rope
to find that he knew us, to the end of the thread,
sI dv t Bt-
Ernest driving the Birds away from the dead Shark
I MAKE A BOW AND ARROW. 33
and drew that up, and at was late, for the sky was
last made a long row of clear, and the moon lent
cane steps, with a rope at me her beams of light to
each side, which we drew see by.
up to the first strong When I came down I
branch. The boys were found that my two sons,
now all in haste to climb whom I sent down, had
the tree, but I chose that not been there. I was at
Jack, who was light of a loss to think where they
build and sure of foot, could be, but my fears
should go up first and try were soon gone, for just
the strength of our work. then I heard them sing a
Fritz went up next with hymn, the sound of which
some nails, and made the came from one of the top
ropes fast to the tree, while boughs of the tree.
I drove stakes in the When they came down,
ground to keep them firm my wife spread a good
at the foot. It was now meal on the ground, which
time for me to mount, and we ate as best we could,
up I went with an axe to lop and then made our beds
off the twigs and smooth of dry moss, round which
the bough that was to form we put heaps of twigs.
the ground of our new These we set light to, as
house. I sent the boys watch fires to keep off
down out of my way, and wild beasts and snakes.
kept hard at work till it The toils of the day had
34 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
made the boys tired, and rough, but we took care
they were soon in a sound to make our floor quite
sleep, but my wife and I smooth, and put up a large
took it in turns to watch sail cloth to serve for a
through the whole night roof till we had time to
long. make one of wood. By
We were all out of our the time we had done this
beds as soon as light was the day was far spent, and
in the sky, and set to work we were all glad to lay
to hoist up the planks that by our tools and rest our
were to form the floor of limbs. That night we lit
our hut. These we laid our fires round the tree,
down on the branch, with tied the dogs to the roots,
their ends made fast to a and went up to sleep out
cross piece of wood that of harm's way for the first
we had to fix to the trunk time since we left the
of the tree. Our nails ship. When the steps were
were long, and we drove drawn up we all felt that
each one of them home, so we were now safe at last,
that we had no cause to and that we had brought
fear the strength of our the toils of the day to a
work. Some parts were good end.
THE LORD'S DAY. 35
WE did not wake next and Truth, and one as the
day till the sun. shone in Land of Night and Sloth.
upon us. I told my wife Those who dwelt in the
and sons that as it was the first were full of life and
Lord's day we would do joy. The King held his
no work. Our beasts and court at the Place of Rest,
birds had first to be fed. where all was bright. The
This was done by my wife, great aim and joy of all
who then brought us some who dwell there was to
hot milk, and made us sit wait on Him, for they were
down on the grass and take bound by a bond of love.
it. When our meal was "This King had a land,
done, I got on a log in not far off, which He made
front of my sons, and we for a time the place where
all sang a psalm we knew those for whom He had
by heart. Then I sought so much love should dwell
to teach them in the best ere they went one by one
way I could think of, and to the Place of Rest. This
spoke to them thus:- land was the Home of
"There was once on a Earth. He told each of
time a Great King, who them that this was to be
had two vast realms, one their home but for a time,
known as the Land of Light and that all who did His
36 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
will and kept His laws fact, did as he chose, and
should go to the Land of thought more of his ease,
Light and Truth. He gave sloth, or self will, than of
to His Son the right to the Place of Rest or the
rule the host that dwelt in Land of Light. Still there
the Home of Earth, and were a few who did as
set forth to them what they they had been taught, and
were to do, and all the ills dwelt in peace, in the hope
that would come to them that they would please the
if they did not do as they King and at last reach the
were bid. The Prince told place where He held his
them that ships would be court.
sent from time to time to "The King was true to
bring off such as did His his word. From time to
will, and take them to the time ships came to the
Land of Light. Home of Earth, and each
"At first they were all bore the name of some
glad to hear the way in dire evil. At last a great
which they were to live, ship was sent, the name
and the terms on which of which was The Grave,
they could reach the Land which bore the flag of
of Light and Truth. Sad Death. The flag was of
to tell, they soon broke the green and black To the
King's laws, and paid no good it was a sign of hope,
heed to what they knew but the bad were thrown
to be His will; each, in by the sight of it into
THE LORD'S DAY. 37
a state of gloom. These the Great King, and did
ships were not seen till my best to teach them the
they came close to the truths that would guide
shore, and then the crew them safe to the Place of
were sent forth to find Rest, when the time should
those whom they were told come for them to leave
to seize. Some went back the Home of Earth. We
with them full of joy, but then sang a hymn; and
most were seen to weep my wife drew from her
and mourn their fate. So bag the BI-BLE, which I
soon as they were brought gave to one of the boys,
in sight of the Great King, who read from it in a
the Prince took those who clear, loud voice. When
had done well, and put a this was brought to a close,
white robe on them; but we all knelt down on the
those who went their own grass to pray, and to ask
way when on the Home God to bless the means
of Earth, He sent down we took to learn His will.
to toil in deep dark mines We did no work that
till time shall be no more." day, but took a long stroll
When my sons had heard up the banks of the stream,
my tale to the end they and spoke of such things
all knew what it meant; I as we felt would cause our
then drew from them their minds to dwell on the
views of what they ought truths we had heard read
to do to please and serve out of the Word of God.
38 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
The next day Ernest and This was at first the source
Jack tried their skill with of some fun, for Fritz said
the bow, and brought down we should call the bay
some small birds that came where we had found the
to the great tree in quest shell spoons by the name
of figs. I gave them leave of Spoon Bay; but Jack,
to kill what they could; who still had a mark on
for I knew that, if put in his toe where the crab
casks made air tight with gave him a pinch, thought
grease, they would keep we ought to term it Crab
for a length of time, and Bay.
might prove a boon, if our If you will let me give
stock of food should get it a name," said my wife,
low. I should wish to know
"When we sat down to it by some term that will
dine, the thought struck make us bear in mind how
me that it would be as good God was to us to
well to give some name to lead our raft there, and
each part of the strange I don't think Safe Bay
land that was now known will be a bad name for
to us. We can, then," it."
said I, speak of a place "So let it be," said I;
as we did when we were and from that time Safe
at home, and not have to Bay had a name.
say so much ere we can "What shall be the name
tell the spot we mean." of the spot where we spent
THE NEST. 39
our first night on shore? the place which is now
You shall give that its most dear to us all?" said
name," said I to Fritz. I.
Let us call it Tent Fritz thought we should
House," said he. call it The Roost, Jack
"That will do," said I. said he should like us to
"And now for the spot give it the name of 7ze
at the mouth of Safe Perch, while Frank chose
Bay, where we found our Dove Cote as the best lie
planks ?" could think of.
"Shark Point," said "Now, my dear," said
Ernest, and we. gave it I to my wife, "it is your
that name, from the fact turn. What shall we
that the great fish which say?"
Fritz shot had been found Let us call it The
there. The place from Nest," said she; and with
which Fritz and I sought that I gave each of my
in vain for a trace of our young birds a glass of
ship mates was to be sweet wine.
known as No Man's Cape. Here's to 'The Nest,'"
Then we had the Boys' said I; and may we live
Bridge, which name I gave long to bless the day and
it from a wish to please the means that brought us
my sons, who had done here."
so much to build it. I then told Fritz to
"But what shall we call draw a map of the place
40 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
in his spare time, and to PO-TA-TO.' At these the
mark down the name of boys set to work with such
each spot as near as he zeal, that we soon had a
could, full bag of the ripe fruit.
When the heat of the We then went on to Tent
day was past, I told my House, which we found in
sons that I should be glad the same state as when we
to take a walk with them. left it to cross the stream
They all left off work, on our way to the great
threw down their tools, and tree.
made haste to join me. We found that our ducks
My wife said that she and geese had grown so
should like to go with us; wild that they would not
so we left The Nest in come near us; so, while my
charge of Turk, and bent wife and I went to pick up
our course to the banks of such things as we thought
the stream. On our way we might take back with
we went past some shrubs us, Ernest and Fritz were
and rare herbs, which my sent to catch them, and tc
wife knew well how to tie their legs and wings,
make use of should we fall and in this way we got
sick; and Ernest, who had them at last to The Nest.
read much, and knew most It was late at night when
kind of plants, found a we came in sight of the
large spot of ground on tree, and the weight of the
which grew a fine kind of fowls and bags that we
THE WRECK. 41
brought back tried our found, which we ate with
strength. My wife soon milk from the cow and the
made a fire to boil some goat, and then went up to
of the fruit that Ernest had The Nest for the night.
IT took the whole of the to grind the peas with
next day to make a sledge, which he made soup for
to which we tied the ass, the crew. When we had
and drove to Tent House. put these on board the
On our sledge we put such raft, there was not an inch
of the casks which held of room to spare. With a
food, and took them back strong bar we broke down
to The Nest. In the course some of the doors, and
of the same week, Fritz took such parts of the ship
and I went once more to as we thought would aid
the wreck, and this time us to build our house,
we brought off chests of which as yet was far less
clothes, pigs of lead, cart safe than I could wish.
wheels, sacks of maize, These we bound with
oats, peas, and wheat, and cords, and made them float
a small mill that had been back at the stern of the
used by the cook on board raft.
4. THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
When we got to the The next day I told my
shore, my wife and the sons that they must now
three boys were there to learn to run, to leap, to
greet us. My first care climb, and to throw stones
was to send for the sledge, straight at a mark, as all
and with this we took these things would be of
most of our new wealth great use to them in their
up to The Nest. new mode of life.
Fritz told Frank that he I next taught them to
had seen a chest of gold use the LAs-so, by means
coin on the wreck. of which men catch the
Oh, I wish you had wild horse on the vast
brought it with you," said plains of the New World.
"he. I tied two stones to the
"And what would you ends of a cord some yards
have done with it when in length, and flung off
you had got it?" said I. one of them at the trunk
"I would buy some nice of a young tree; the cord
sweet cakes, for the bread went round and round it
we have is so hard." in a coil, and bound it so
This made us all laugh, tight that I could have
and Frank with the rest, drawn it to me had it not
for he soon saw that the been fast in the ground.
coin would be of no use This trick the boys were
in a place where there not slow to learn; and
were no shops. Fritz, in a short time,
could take an aim as well wood where Fritz found
with a stone as he could the ape, he told them by
with his gun. what means we got the
As yet we had not seen nuts, but now there were
much of the isle; for no apes there to throw
though Fritz and I had them down.
gone some few miles round Oh, if one would but
the place where we dwelt, fall from the trees," he said.
it took most of our time The words had but just
to build the house, and left his lips when a large
this kept us hard at work nut fell at his feet. He
near the tree. But one made a start back, and two
day we made up our minds more came down near the
that we would all start on same spot.
a tour. We rose at dawn, "It seems," said I, as
put the ass in the sledge, if we had but to wish fr
took what food we thought a thing and we get it."
we should need, and set As the nuts were far
out from The Nest just as from ripe, I was at a loss to
the sun rose. know how they could fall
My sons and I took our off the tree, for I could not
guns, Frank sat in the see an ape nor a bird near.
sledge, my wife led the All at once Jack cried
ass, and the ape rode on out, "See, see! here comes
the back of our dog Turk. our friend, but I can't say
When we came to the much for his looks."
44 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
With that I went close our path made us stop now
up to the tree, and saw a and then to clear the way
large land crab on its way with an axe, so that we did
down the trunk. Jack not get on fast, and the
struck a blow at him with heat was so great that I
a stick, but did not hit the thought we should have
beast. He then took off had to seek the shade of
his coat and threw it on the next large tree we
the crab's head, while I could find. When we
made an end of him with came to the Gourd Wooa,
an axe. I told them that we sat down to make some
these crabs climb the trees more bowls and flasks to
and break off the nuts, as take back with us. Ernest
we had seen, and then had gone to try what new
come down to feast on thing he could find, but he
them at their ease. had not been from us long,
But how do they crack when we heard him call
the nuts?" said Jack. out-
"They make a hole "A wild boar! A greaf
through the shell at the wild boar! Come here,
thin end, and then suck pray!"
them dry." We took up our guns,
The dead crab was put and went at once with the
in the sledge, and we went dogs to the spot. We
on through the wood. The soon heard Turk give a
wild plants which lay in loud bark, and a long deep
THE IGUANA. 45
grunt told us that the dogs and Jack set off with me
had found the beast, and to a high rock which we
were no doubt at his saw on the right. Jack
throat. But just then we went first and broke off
heard Ernest laugh, and the twigs, to let him pass
saw the two dogs come through, with as much ease
through a clump of brush as if he had been born to
wood, with our old sow that kind of work. Fritz,
fast by the ears. She did look here," said he, as he
not seem to like the way made his way to the rock.
in which they had put an "What have you found
end to her feast of fruit, so now?" said Fritz.
she ran back as soon as I don't know what it is,
we told the dogs to let go but it's a fine prize."
their hold of her ears. When I went up I saw
But with all our sport," at once that it was a large
said Fritz, we have a I-GU-A-NA, the flesh and
poor show of game. Let eggs of which are both
us leave the young ones, good for food. Fritz would
and set off to see what we have shot at it, but I told
can meet with." Ernest, him that its scales were no
who was not so fond of doubt shot proof, and that
field sports as the rest, sat I knew a way to catch it
down with Frank, and we that I thought would do
left them and my wife at quite as well. I had heard
the gourd tree, while Fritz that these and such like
46 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
beasts will stand still if you scales. It bled at once,
play an air on a pipe. So and was soon dead, nor
I crept near, and made a did it seem to feel any
low sound with my lips, pain. Our prize, which
while I held in my right was near five feet long, was
hand a stout stick, to which no slight weight to lift. I
I had tied a cord with a got it at last on my back;
noose, and in my left hand while Jack, in his fun, held
a slight wand. It soon up my train, which was,
woke from its sleep, but of course, its long tail, and
did not seem to fear us. I thus we went back to the
saw it first move its tail, gourd tree, where we found
and then draw its head the rest quite safe.
from side to side, as if to It took us a long time to
look where the sound came reach The Nest that night.
from. I then threw the My wife did her best to
noose round its neck, drew dress some of the flesh of
it tight, got on its back the land crab, but it was
with a leap, and thrust the tough, and did not taste
wand up its nose, which is so nice as the soup made
the sole part of the beast from the beast that we had
where there are no hard caught by the nose.
THE WAX TREE. 47
THERE was to be seen so grove of small trees, and
much that was new to us, in their midst I saw a
and so much to be found bush, which I knew to be
that we could make good the wax tree, for the wax
use of, that Fritz and I grew on it like white beads.
spent the whole of the next I need not say how glad
day in the woods. We I was to find so great a
took the ass and one of prize. We had up to this
the dogs with us, but left time gone to bed as soon
all else at home. as the sun went down, for
Our way first lay through we had no lamp to use;
a dense wood, where we but as we could now make
saw no end of small birds, wax lights, I told Fritz
but such game could not that we had found what
now tempt Fritz to waste would add two or three
his shot. We then had to hours per day to our lives.
cross a vast plain, and to We took as much of the
wade through the high wax as would serve us for
grass, which we did with some time, and then made
care, lest we should tread our way out of the grove.
on some strange thing that Fritz here found a nest, in
might turn and bite us. which was a young green
We came at last to a and gold bird. This he
8 THE SWISS FA MILY ROBINSON.
took home with him, in the chance. Can you tell
the hope that he might what is the name of that
tame it and teach it to huge tree on the right ?
speak. It must be at least three
Our path was now so score feet high. See, there
clear that we could walk are balls on the bark."
side by side with ease, and We went close to it, and
talk of what we had seen. found that these balls were
How came you," said of thick gum, which the
Fritz, "to know so much sun had made quite hard.
of the queer beasts, trees, Fritz tried to pull one of
and plants that we have them off, but felt that it
found here ?" clung tight to the bark,
"When young," said I, though he could change
"I used to read all the its shape with his warm
books that fell in my hands. Look," said he,
way; and those that told I feel sure that this is
of strange lands and what the IN-DI-A RUB-BER which
was to be seen in them we used to clean our
had for me as great a school books with." I
charm as they have for took a piece of it in my
Ernest, who has read a hand, and said, "To be
great deal, and knows more sure it is. What shall we
of plants than you do." not find in this rich land?"
Well," said he, I will I then told him how the
do the same if I but get men in the New World
..... ..... ....
Fritz finds an Iguana,
THE SAGO TREE. 49
made flasks of this gum, by were two or three more
in which form it is sent in the same state. I cut a
to all parts of the world, slit in the trunk of one of
" And I do not see why these, which had been torn
we should not make boots up by the wind, and found
of it in the same way. it full of the white dust,
We have but to fill a sock which I knew by the taste
with sand, then put gum to be SA-GO. We took all
all round it, while in a of this that we could get
soft state, till it is as thick out of the tree, for it would
as we need, then pour the add to our stock of food;
sand out, and we shall and when our bags were
have made a shoe or a full we laid them on the
boot that will at least keep back of the ass, and set
out the damp, and that is off to find our way back
more than mine do just to The Nest.
now." "Each day brings us
Fritz now gave full play fresh wealth," said my wife,
to his joy. "I have not when she saw what we
done a bad day's work," had brought her; "but I
said he, to have found think we might now try to
such a tree as this." add to our goods." I knew
Not far from this we that she had some fear lest
came to a bush, the leaves we should one day get lost
of which were strewn with in the woods, or meet with
a white dust; and close wild beasts, so I at once
5'0 THE SWISS FAl/ILYl ROBINSON.
said that we would now kept up this game with
stay at home, at least for great mirth for near an
some days. hour, when my wife took
My first work was to off the string, and found
make some wax lights, for that the churn had done
my wife could then mend its work well.
our clothes at night, while "We shall not have to
we sat down to talk. This eat dry bread now," said
done, the next task they Frank; and I was as glad
gave me was to make a as he that such was the
churn. What with my lack case.
of skill, and want of tools, As our sledge was not
I thought it best not to fit to use on rough roads,
aim too high, so I took a my next work was to make
large gourd, made a small a cart. I had brought a
hole in the side, and cut pair of wheels from the
out as much as I could, so wreck, so that my task did
as to leave but the rind. not prove a hard one. It
In this I put the cream, is true I did not make
laid a piece on the hole, what you might call a neat
and bound it up so that job of it, but for all that
none could come out. The we found it of great use.
boys then held a cloth, While I was thus at
and on it I put the gourd, work, my wife and the
which they made to roll boys took some of the
from side to side. They fruit trees we had brought
A NEW TASK. 51
with us, and put them in neat and trim, though there
the ground where they were no eyes but our own
thought they would grow to view the scene.
best. The vines were put One day I told my sons
round the roots of our that I would at last try
tree, in the hope that they to make a flight of stairs
would grow up the trunk. in place of the cane steps
On each side of the path with rope sides, which were
that led from The Nest to a source of fear to my
the Boys' Bridge they put wife, and, to tell the truth,
a row of young nut trees, the worst part of our house.
which would, as they grew As yet we had not used
up, shade us from the sun them much, for we came
all the way to the stream. down as soon as we got
To make the path hard we out of bed, and did not go
laid down sand from the up till it was time for rest;
sea shore, and then beat but the rain would some
it down with our spades. day force us to keep in
We were for six weeks The Nest, and then we
at this and such like work. should like to go up and
Each day brought with it down stairs with more ease
health and strength for us than we could now climb
all, and we were loth to the rude steps. To make
spare any pains to make a flight of stairs of such
The Nest, and all that great length was no slight
could be seen near it, look task, and each time that I
52 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
thought of it I gave it up the noise, stung their cheeks,
as a thing we could not do. stuck to their hair and
But I now had a mind to clothes, and soon put them
try our skill at this kind to flight.
of work. I knew that a It took my wife and 1
swarm of bees had built some time to drive off the
their nest in the trunk of bees, and to put fresh earth
our tree, and this led me on the wounds to ease the
to think that there might pain the poor boys felt
be a void space in it some from the stings. We found
way up. "Should this that Jack, who was at all
prove to be the case," I times rash, had struck the
said, "our work will be bees' nest with his axe, and
half done, for we shall was much more hurt by
then have but to fix the them than the rest; in fact,
stairs in the tree round the his face was so bad, that
trunk." As soon as I had we had to swathe the whole
thus spoke, the boys got of it in cloths. Ernest,
up and went to the top of who went to his work in
the root to tap the trunk, his slow way, got up to it
and to judge by the sound last, and was the first to
how far up the hole went. run off when he saw the
But they had to pay for bees; thus he did not get
their want of thought: the more than a sting or two,
whole swarm of bees came but the rest were some
out as soon as they heard hours ere they could see
WE SMOKE THE BEES. 53
out of their eyes. When a pipe, and blew in the
they were free from pain, smoke of the weed as fast
we took means to deal as I could, with a view to
with the bees. I took a drug them with its fumes.
large gourd, which had At first we heard a loud
long been meant to serve buzz like the noise of a
for a hive, and put it on a storm afar off; but the
stand. We then made a more I blew my pipe the
straw roof to keep it from less grew the sound, till at
the sun and wind, and as last the bees were quite
by this time it grew dark, still, and then I took the
we left the hive there for pipe out of the hole.
the night. We now cut out a piece
Next day we rose at the of the trunk, three feet
first glimpse of dawn, and square, and this gave us a
the boys, whose wounds full view of the nest. Our
were now quite well, went joy was great to find such
with me to help to move a stock of wax, for I could
the bees to the new home see the comb reach far up
we had made for them. the tree. I took some of
Our first work was to stop the comb, in which the
with clay all the holes in bees lay in swarms, and
the tree but one through put it by on the plank.
which the bees were wont The rest I put in a cask,
to go in to their nest. To which my wife tied down
this I put the bowl of with sail cloth, lest the bees,
54 THE SWISS FAAMIL Y ROBINSON.
led by the smell, should trunk next the sea shore,
come to claim their own. and made one of the doors
We then put the gourd that we had brought from
on the comb that held the the ship to fit in the space.
swarm, and took care that We then made the sides
the queen bee was not left smooth all the way up, and
out. By these means we with planks and the staves
soon got a hive of fine of some old casks, built
bees, and the trunk of the up the stairs round a pole
tree was left free for our which we made fast in the
use. ground. To do this we
We had now to try the had to make a notch in the
length of the hole. This pole and one in the side
we did with a long pole, of the trunk for each stair,
and found it reach as far and thus go up step by
up as the branch on which step till we came to the top.
our house stood. We had a good store of
You see," said I to my strong nails, and with them,
sons, "that this tree has no and such toolsaswe brought
sap in its trunk, but, like back on the raft, which we
some that grow in the land had now learnt to use with
we came from, it draws its some skill, we got on well
means of life through the with our task. Each day
bark." we spent a part of our
We now cut a square time at what we could now
hole in that side of the call the farm, where the
THE BOYS' PETS.
beasts and fowls were kept, shore, where Fritz had first
and did odd jobs as well, found it.
so that we should not make Each of my boys had
too great a toil of the flight now some pet to take care
of stairs, which took us of, and, I may say, to tease,
some six weeks to put for they all thought they
up. had a fair right to get some
One day Fritz caught a fun out of the pets they
fine EA-GLE, which he tied could call their own; but
by the leg to a branch of they were kind to them,
the tree, and fed with small fed them well, and kept
birds. It took him a long them clean.
while to tame, but in time In what I may term my
he taught it to perch on spare time, which was
his wrist, and to feed from when I left off work out
his hand. He once let it of doors, I made a pair of
"go, and thought he would gum shoes for each of my
have lost it, but the bird sons, in the way I had
knew it had a good friend, told Fritz it could be done.
for it came back to the tree I do not know what we
at night. From that time should have done had we
it was left free, though we not found the gum tree,
thought that some day its for the stones soon wore
love of war and wild sports out the boots we had,
would tempt it to leave us and we could not have
for the rocks of the sea gone through the woods
56 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
or trod the hard rocks with of the rain. The thatch for
bare feet. The Nest was of course
By this time our sow had our first care; then we
brought forth ten young made a long roof of canes
pigs, and the hens had for our live stock, and on
each a brood of fine chicks. this we spread clay and
Some we kept near us, but moss, and then a thick coat
most of them went to of tar, so that it was rain
the wood, where my wife proof from end to end.
said she could find them This was held up by thick
when she had need to use canes stuck deep in the
them. ground, with planks made
I knew the time must fast to them to form the
now be near when, in this walls, and round the whole
clime, the rain comes down we put a row of cask staves
day by day for weeks, and to serve for rails. In this
that it would wash us out way we soon had a banr,
of The Nest if we did not store room, and hay loft,
make a good roof to our with stalls for the cow, the
house. Then our live stock ass, and what else we kept
would need some place that had need of a place to
where they could rest out live in.
THE FLAX PLANT. 57
FRANK one day found You have not yet found
some long leaves, to which, a thing," she said, that
from their shape, he gave will be of more use to us
the name of sword leaves, than this. Go at once and
These he brought home to search for some more of
play with, and then, when these leaves, and bring me
he grew tired of them, the most you can of them.
threw them down. As With these I can make you
they lay on the floor, Fritz hose, shirts, clothes, thread,
took some of them in his rope; in short, give me
hand, and found them so flax, and make me a loom
limp, that he said he could and some frames, and I
plait them, and make a shall be at no loss for work
whip for Frank to drive when the rain comes."
the sheep and goats with. I could not help a smile
As he split them up to do at my wife's joy when she
this, I could not but note heard the name of flax;
their strength. This led for there was still much to
me to try them, and I found do ere the leaves could take
that we had now a kind the shape of cloth. But two
of flax plant, which was a of the boys set off at once
source of great joy to my to try to find some more of
wife. the flax.
58 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
While they were gone, to dry, when they would
my wife, full of new life, be so soft that we could
and with some show of peel them with ease. It
pride, told me how I should was two weeks ere the flax
make the loom by means was fit for us to take it out
of which she was to clothe of the marsh. We spread
us from head to foot. In a it out on the grass in the
short time they came back, sun, where it dried so quick
and brought with them a that we took it home to
good load of the plant, The Nest the same day.
which they laid at her feet. It was then put by till we
She now said she would could find time to make the
lay by all else till she had wheels, reels, and combs
tried what she could make which my wife said that
of it. The first thing to be she would want to turn our
done was to steep the flax. new found plant to its best
To do this we took the use.
plant down to the marsh, We now made haste to
tied up in small bales, as lay up a store of canes,
they pack hemp for sale. nuts, wood, and such things
The leaves were then as we thought we might
spread out in the pond, want; and took care, while
and kept down with stones, it was still fine, to sow
and left there in that state wheat, and all the grain we
till it was time to take them had left in our bags was
out and set them in the sun soon put in the ground.
THE RAINY SEASON. 59
The fear that the rain might soon full, and the whole
come and put a stop to our plain round us met our
work led us to take our view as one vast lake. By
meals in haste, and to make good luck, the site of our
the days as long as we house stood up out of the
could see. We knew that flood, and our group of
the rain was close at hand, trees had the look of a
for the nights were cold; small isle in the midst of
large clouds could be seen the lake.
in the sky, and the wind We soon found that The
blew as we had not felt Nest was not built so well
it since the night our ship as we thought, for the rain
struck on the rock. came in- at the sides, and
The great change came we had good cause to fear
at last. One night we were that the wind would blow
woke up out of our sleep the roof off. Once the
with the noise made by the storm made such a rush at
rush of the winds through it, that we heard the beams
the woods, and we could creak, and the planks gave
hear the loud roar of the signs that there was more
sea far off. Then the dense strain on them than they
storm clouds which we had could bear. This drove us
seen in the sky burst on us, from our room to the stairs
and the rain came down in in the trunk, on which we
floods. The streams, pools, sat in a state of fear till
and ponds on all sides were the worst of the storm was
6o THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
past. Then we went down grieve, and each set to
to the shed we had built work to do all he could to
on the ground at the root make the place look neat
of the tree, and made the and clean. Some of our
best shift we could. All stores we took up the stairs
our stores were kept here, out of our way, and this
so that the space was too gave us more room. As
small to hold us, and the we had cut square holes
smell from the beasts made in the trunk of the tree all
it far from a fit place for the way up, and put in
six of us to dwell in; but frames of glass that we
it was at least safe for a got from the ship, my wife
time, and this was of course could sit on the stairs, with
the first thing to be thought Frank at her feet, and mend
of. To dress our food we our clothes. Each day I
had to make a fire in the drove from the barn such
barn, and as there was no of the beasts as could bear
place to let out the smoke, to be out in the rain. That
it got down our throats and we might not lose them, I
made us cough all the day tied bells round their necks;
long. and if we found that they
It was now for the first did not come back when
time that my wife gave a the sun went down, Fritz
sigh for her old Swiss and I went out to bring
home. But we all knew them in. We oft got wet
that it was of no use to through to the skin, which
LIFE IN A BARN. 61
gave us a chill, and might day; then we made our
have laid us up if my wife cakes and set them to bake
had not made cloth capes in a tin plate on a slow
and hoods for us to wear. fire. I had cut a hole in
To make these rain proof, the wall to give us light,
I spread some of the gum and put a pane of glass
on them while hot, and this, in it to keep out the wind,
when dry, had the look of but the thick clouds hid
oil cloth, and kept the head, the sun from the earth, and
arms, chest, and back free the shade of the tree threw
from damp. Our gum a gloom round our barn,
boots came far up our legs, so that our day light was
so that we could go out but short, and night came
in the rain and come back on far too soon. We then
quite free from cold and made use of our wax lights,
damp. and all sat round a bench.
We made but few fires, My wife had as much as
for the air was not cold, she could well do to mend
save for an hour or two the rents we made in our
late at night, and we did clothes. I kept a log, in
not cook more than we which I put down, day by
could help, but ate the day, what we did and what
dried meat, fowls, and fish we had seen; and then
we had by us. Ernest wrote this out in a
The care of our beasts neat clear hand, and made
took us a great part of the a book of it. Fritz and
62 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
Jack drew the plants, trees, some wild duck soup; and
and beasts which they had once in a way she would
found, and these were stuck give us a grand feast, and
in our book. Each night bring out some of all the
we took it in turns to read good things we had in
the Word of God, and then store.
all knelt down to pray ere In the course of our stay
we went to bed. Ours was in doors we made up our
not a life of ease, it is true, minds that we would not
but it was one of peace and spend the next time of
hope; and we felt that storm and rain, when it
God had been so kind to should come round, in the
us that it would be a great same place. The Nest
sin to wish for what it did would serve us well in that
not please Him to grant us. time of the year when it
My wife did all she could was fine and dry, but we
to cheer us, and it was no should have to look out for
strange thing for us to find some spot where we could
that while we were out in build a house that would
the rain with the live stock keep us from the rain the
she had made some new next time the storms came.
dish, which we would scent Fritz thought that we
as soon as we put our might find a cave, or cut
heads in at the door. One one out of the rocks by the
night it was a thrush pie, sea shore. I told him that
the next a roast fowl, or this would be a good plan,
SPRING TIME. 63
but would take a long while "Well," said I, we will
to do. By this time the go to the rocks round Tent
boys were all well used House the first fine day
to hard work, and they that comes, and try to find
thought they would much some place that will serve
like to try their skill at to keep us from the next
some new kind of work. year's storms."
I CAN not tell how glad leaves, and the seed we
we all were when we at had sown had come up
last saw a change in the through the moist ground.
sky, and felt once more the The air had a fresh sweet
warm rays of the sun. In smell, for it bore the scent
a few days the floods sank of the bloom which hung
in the earth, and left the like snow flakes on the
ground of a bright green boughs of the fruit trees;
hue; the air grew warm the songs and cries of the
and dry, and there were no birds were to be heard on
more dark clouds to be all sides, and we could see
seen in the sky. them fly from tree to tree
We found our young in search of twigs to build
trees had put forth new their nests. This in fact
64 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
was the spring of the year, and what there was left of
when all things put forth it lay in splints on the shore.
new life; and we knew Our loss in the storm
that the time was now come had been so great that I
when we could once more felt we ought at once to
range the woods and till seek for some place on the
the soil, and this made the rocks where we could put
boys leap for joy. what was left.
Some planks had been We went all round the
blown off the roof of The cliffs, in the hope that we
Nest, and the rain had got might find a cave, but in
in here and there; so our vain.
first job was to mend our "There is no way but to
house, and make it fit to hew one out of the rock,"
sleep in. said Fritz, for we must
This done, Jack, Fritz, not be beat."
and I set out to Tent "Well said, Fritz," said
House. We found it in Jack; "we have each an
a sad state. The storm axe. Why not try this
had thrown down the tent, cliff at once?"
blown off some of the sail I gave them leave to try,
cloth, and let in the rain and we soon set to work at
on our casks, some of which the rock. From this spot
held a store of food. Our we had a good view of the
boat was still safe, but the whole bay, and could see
raft of tubs had broke up, both banks of the stream.
T'he Fight with the Bears at the Cave.
WORK AT THE CA VE. 65
With a piece of chalk I In a day or two more we
made a mark on the side came to what was but hard
of the cliff, to show the clay, which gave way at a
width and height that the slight blow from the axe.
cave should be cut. Then We need not fear now,"
each took an axe to try said I, "for we shall soon
what kind of stuff our rock have a hole as large as we
was made of. We found want."
it a hard kind of stone; With the earth we took
and, as we were not used out we made a ridge in
to this sort of work, we front of the cliff. The
had not done much when boys now got on so well,
the time came for us to and dug so much out, that
leave off. I had hard work to throw
We came back next up the earth on the bank.
day, and got on with more One day, as Jack stuck
speed, though we thought his pick in at the back of
it would not take us less the cave, which was now
than six months to make more than eight feet from
the cave, if our work were the front, a great mass of
done at the same rate each the rock fell in, and he
day. cried out, Look here! I
At the end of five or six have got through."
days we had got through "Through what?" said I.
the face of the rock, and Not through your hand,
we found the stone soft. I hope."
66 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
No, no, but through out at once, which was a
the rock." sure sign that the air was
At this, Fritz set up a not fit to breathe.
loud laugh. I knew that we had
"Why not say through brought from the wreck a
the world at once, and box full of fire works, which
push your crow bar in till were used on board to make
you reach EU-ROPE, which, signs to ships far out at sea.
Ernest says, lies in a I sent Fritz to Tent House
straight line from our feet. for these, though I thought
I should like to have a that they might be too
peep down such a hole, for damp to make use of.
I might thus get a sight of When he came back, I set
our dear Swiss home." light to some of them, and
Fritz and I went up to threw them in the hole.
the wall and found that They flew round, and threw
Jack was right, for he had out a stream of sparks that
come to a clear space. His lit up the cave. When
first thought was to jump these were burnt out, we
in; but as I knew that put in a heap of straw and
there might be foul air in threw a light on it. This
the cave, I would not let was now soon in a blaze,
him risk his life. and gave us a clear view
The boys then set fire to of the cave; but it was too
some dry grass, and thrust deep for us to see the end.
it in the hole, but it went Our joy was so great
THE CAVE OF ROCK SALT. 67
that we sent Jack off home one to each. I went in
to The Nest to tell the first and led the way, and
good news, and to bring the rest kept close at my
back some wax lights. I back. We had not gone
did not deem it safe for us on more than a few steps
to go in the cave in the when we came to a dead
dark, for there might be stop, struck with awe at
pools or deep dry pits in the grand sight that met
the ground. our view. The walls and
Fritz and I had just roof of the cave were lit
thrown up on the bank the up, as it were, with star-
last spade full of earth that like gems, while some hung
had been dug out, when down like glass drops from
we heard a loud shout. the roof, and some rose up
We got up on the top of from the ground at its sides
the cave, and saw that Jack like blocks of spar. I broke
had brought back a tribe off a piece and put it to
at his heels. The large my tongue.
car, drawn by the cow and "What does it taste like?"
the ass, came on at a slow said Jack.
pace, led by Jack on a I find," said I, that we
black ox, and in it were my are in a cave of rock salt."
wife, Frank, and Ernest. We shall not have to
By the help of a flint scrape the rocks to get our
and steel I soon lit some salt now," said Ernest, "for
of the wax lights, and gave there is more here than
68 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
would serve a whole town the cave. On the right side
for a life time." of this wall we made three
When we went back to rooms, two of which were
The Nest that night we to be used as bed rooms,
laid out a plan for our new and one to take our meals
home, for there could be in. On the left side was a
no doubt that the cave was room for my wife to cook in,
the best place for us to one to work in, to which we
dwell in, though we should gave the name of the shop,
still sleep in The Nest and a place with stalls in it
when we went on that side for our live stock. At the
of the stream. back of these was a store
The next day we all set house, where we could keep
to work; the floor of the our stock of food and the
cave was quite smooth, and whole of our spare goods.
the walls dry, so that we I need not say that it took
could build at once. We us some months to do all
first cut holes in the sides this, nor that we had to toil
of the rock to let in the hard day by day, from morn
light, and then brought till night, ere we got to the
frames and panes of glass end of our task; but the
from The Nest, and put end did come at last, and
them in. We then brought then the joy we felt that we
all the planks and wood we had done all this with our
could find, and built a own hands more than paid
strong wall in the midst of us for our toil.
HAR EST TIIE. 69
OUR fields near Tent of our dogs, who had no
House had by this time lack of sport that day.
brought forth good crops We laid by the seed that
of wheat, maize, beans, and was quite ripe till the time
peas; but as the work of should come for us to sow
the Cave had for some it, and put the rest in sacks.
weeks kept us on this side Some of the wheat was
of the stream, we did not laid up in sheaves till we
know in what state we should have time to beat
should find our crops at out the grain.
The Nest. When we left The Nest
One day we all set out for the Cave, we could not
for our old home. We find the hand mill that we
found our corn fields of a had brought from the ship.
rich brown hue, and saw This now came to light, and
that the wheat was, for the we took care to pack it up
most part, fit to reap. This, to take with us, as we should
and a large patch of rye, want it to grind our corn.
we cut down, and, as we That night we slept once
did so, whole flocks of birds more in the great tree; but
took to wing when we got I must say that we did not
near them, while quails were now sleep so sound there
seen to run off at the sight as we used to do, nor did
70 TIHE S WISS FAIL Y ROBINS.ON.
we feel so safe as we did in plain, and here we met
our rooms at Rock House. with some dwarf plants, on
The next day we were which, as Jack would have
to start a plan by means of it, grew snow balls.
which our live stock would Fritz ran to see what
not want so much of our they were, and brought me
care. They had bred so a twig to which clung balls
fast that we could well of snow white down. I
spare some of them, and held it up to show my wife,
these I thought might be for I knew the sight would
left in some place to seek please her still more than
their own food, and yet be her sons.
in reach should we want "See," said I, "this is
them. the COT-TON plant, which
My wife took from her you have oft tried to find.
hen roost ten young fowls, It seems to grow here as
and I took four young pigs, thick as weeds, and, if I
four sheep, and two goats. am a judge, it is of the
These we put in our large best kind."
cart, with such tools as we We got as much of this
thought we should need, as our bags could hold,
tied the black ox, the cow, and my wife took care to
and the ass to the shafts, pluck some of the ripe seed,
and then set off from The that we might raise a crop
Nest. in our grounds at Tent
We had to cross a wide House.
A NEW FARM 71
At the end of the plain put up our tent for the
we came to the brow of a night. We then all sat
high hill, from which the down to sup, and went to
eye fell on a view the like rest on beds made of the
of which we had not yet bags of the white down
seen. Trees of all kinds that we brought from the
grew on the sides of the trees on the plain.
hill, and a clear stream ran The next day we rose at
through the plain at its dawn. The trees which
base, and shone bright in were to form the frame of
the rays of the sun. our farm house stood on
We said at once that this a piece of land eight yards
should be the site of our long by five wide. I made
new farm. Close by we a deep cut in each of the
found a group of trees, the trunks, ten feet from the
trunks of which, as they ground, and put up cross
stood, would do for the beams to form a roof, on
main props of the house, which we laid some bark
I had long had a mind in such a way that the rain
to build a boat, and here I would run off.
at last came on a tree that We were hard at work
would suit. Fritz and I for some days at the Farm
went for a mile or two in House. The walls we built
search of what we could of thin laths and long reeds,
find, and by the time we wove close for six feet from
came back my wife had the ground, but the rest we
J7 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
made of thin cross bars to here in the swamp grew a
let in both light and air. kind of wild rice, now ripe
We made racks to store on the stalk, round which
hay and such like food for flew flocks of birds. We
the live stock, and put by shot five or six of these,
some grain for the fowls, and I was glad to note the
for our plan was to come skill with which Ernest now
from time to time to feed used his gun. I took some
them, till they got used to of the rice, that my wife
the place. might judge how far it was
Our work took us more of use to us as food.
time than we thought; and We went quite round
as our store of food got the lake, and saw plants
low, we sent Fritz and Jack and trees that were not
home to bring us a fresh known to me, and birds
stock, and to feed the beasts that Ernest said he had not
ie had left at Tent House. seen in any of the woods
While they were gone, near The Nest. But we
Ernest and I made a tour were most struck with the
of the woods for some miles sight of a pair of black
round the new Farm. We swans, and a troop of young
first took the course of the ones that came in their
stream that ran by the foot train. Ernest would have
of the hill. Some way up shot at them, but I told
we came to a marsh on the him not to kill what we
edge of a small lake, and did not want for use.
A HALF WAY HOUSA. 73
We did not get back till a place as would tempt one
late in the day. Jack and to stop and rest in the
Fritz, whom we met just shade of the trees that grew
as we came round the foot on the bank. While at the
of the hill, had done their brook, I made a boat out
task well, for they had a of the tree we found at the
good stock of food in a Farm, and took it back
sack that lay on the back with us to Tent House in
of the ass, and they brought the cart.
the good news that all was We had still two months
well at home. ere the rain would set in,
We spent four more days and this left us time to put
at the Farm, and then left the last touch to our cave.
it in such a state as to be We laid the whole floor
fit for our use when we with clay, and spread on it
chose to go back to it. some fine sand, which we
The Farm House was beat down till it was quite
but a part of our plan, for smooth and firm. On this
we had made up our minds we put sail cloth, and threw
to build a sort of half way down goats' hair and wool
house, or cot, in which we made moistwith gum. This
could rest on our way to was well beat, and, when
the Farm. This took us dry, made a kind of felt
six days to do. The spot mat that was warm and soft
we chose lay by the side of to tread on, and would keep
a brook, and was just such the damp from our feet.
74 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
By the time these works of one of the ship's guns I
were done our cave was in had made a lathe, and with
a fit state for us to dwell in. this I could turn legs for
We did not now dread the stools and chairs. Ernest,
rain, for we were safe out too, was fond of the lathe,
of its reach, and there was and soon learnt to do such
no need that we should go work quite as well as I.
out in it. We had a warm At dusk, when we had
light shop to work in by done our work. for the day,
day, a snug place where we brought out our stock
we could take our meals, of books, and sat down to
and dry bed rooms in which read by the light of a lamp.
we could sleep in peace. At times, Jack and Frank
Our live stock we kept in would play a tune on their
a shed at the back of the flutes, which I had made
cave, and our store room out of reeds; and my wife,
held all that we could want. who had a sweet voice,
When the rain at length would sing some of the old
set in, we all had some task Swiss songs, that brought
that kept us close at work to our minds the joys of
in the cave, My wife took home.
her wheel or her loom, both Though we were by no
of which I had made for means dull, nor in want of
her, for this kind of work work to fill up our time, we
fell to her share from choice, were glad when the time
By the help of the wheels came for the rain to cease,
THE WHALE. 75
and when we could gaze though at one time we
once more on the green should not have thought so.
fields. We went out the One day we all set out
first fine day, and took a on a tour to the Farm.
long walk by the base of Jack and Frank had gone
the cliff. On the shore we on first, while my wife and
found a dead whale, which I were as yet close to the
the sea had no doubt thrown Cave. All at once the
up in the storm. We had boys came back, and Fritz
long felt the need of oil; said: Look at that strange
for though we had a lamp, thing on its way up the
we had naught but our wax path. What can it be?"
lights to put in it, and these I cast my eye on the
gave a poor light to read spot, and cried out, Fly
by The next day we cut all of you to the Cave! fly
up the whale, and put the for your lives!" for I saw
flesh in tubs. It was far it was a huge snake, or boa,
from a clean job, for the oil that would make a meal of
ran down our clothes and one of us, if we did not get
made them smell; but as out of its way.
we could change them for W\e all ran in doors, and
new ones, thanks to the put bars up to the doors of
hemp and my wife's skill, the Cave. A large dove
we did not mind that, for cote had been made on the
the oil was now worth more roof, and to this we got up
to us than our clothes, through a hole in the rock.
76 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
Ernest took aim with his for them. The ass was just
gun, and shot at the snake, at my back, and as soon
so did Fritz and Jack, but as it saw the light, made
it gave no sign that they a rush to get out. Off it
had hit it. I then tried my went, straight to the sands,
skill, but it did not seem to with its heels in the air, but
feel my shot any more than just as it got to the marsh
theirs, though I was sure I we saw the boa glide out
must have struck its head. from the reeds, part its wide
Just as we took aim at it jaws, and make for its prey.
once more, we saw it turn The ass at once saw its foe,
round and glide through but stood still as if struck
the reeds in the marsh, with fear, and in less time
Our fears kept us for than I take to tell it, our
three long days in the Cave. old friend was tight in the
The snake gave no sign folds of the boa.
that could lead us to think This was a sad sight for
it was still near, but the all of us, yet we could not
ducks and geese had left take our eyes off the snake,
the spot where their nests but saw it crush the poor
were, and this we knew to beast, and then gorge its
be a bad sign. On the prey. When it had put the
fourth day I went to the whole of the ass out of
door, with a view to let out sight, it laid down on the
some of the beasts to graze, sand quite still, as if it had
for we were short of food gone to sleep or died.
THE END OF THk BOA. 77
Now is the time to seal Frank knew no bounds, for
the fate of our foe," said I they leapt on the snake and
to Fritz; and with that we beat it as if they would
went out with our guns. go mad.
When we got near, we My wife said that the
both took a straight aim, death of the boa took a
and each put a ball in its great weight off her mind,
head. This made it move for she thought it would
with a start, and writhe as lie in wait for us near the
if in pain. Cave, starve us out, and
See how its eyes glare then kill us as it had done
on us with rage. Now the poor ass.
load your gun, and let us We slit up the snake,
put a bit more lead in and took out the flesh of
him." 0 the ass, which the boys
Our next shot went in laid in a grave near Tent
its eyes. It then shook as House. The boa's skin we
with a strong spasm, and hung up at the door of the
fell dead on the sand. Cave, over which Ernest
A shout of joy brought wrote the words, No ass
my wife and the three boys to be found here," which
to the spot. The state of we all thought to be a
fear they had been kept in good joke.
for three whole days had One day late in the
made them quite ill, but spring I went with my
now the joy of Jack and three sons a long way from
78 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
the Cave. My wife and there were two great beasts
Frank were left at our at the mouth of the cave.
Half Way House, to wait At a word from us both
till we came back, but the the dogs flew to fight the
dogs went with us. Our bear that stood in front.
route lay far up the course Fritz took up his post at
of a small stream, which my side, while Jack and
had its source some miles Ernest kept in the rear.
north of the Farm House. Our first shot was "a miss,"
The ground was new to us, as Jack said; but we took
but we could not well lose a sure aim the next time,
our way, for on the right and both shots told.
stood a hill from which we We would have let fly
could see the whole of the at them once more from
plain, this spot, but as we thought
Ernest had gone with we might hit our brave
one of the dogs to a cave dogs, who were now in the
that he had spied at the heat of a hard fight with
foot of the hill, but we saw their foes, we ran up close
him turn round and run to them.
back with Turk at his heels. Now ,Fritz," said I,
As soon as he thought his take a straight aim at the
voice would reach us, he head of the first, while I
cried out, A bear! a bear! fire on the one at his
come to my help !" back."
We could now see that We both shot at once;
A FIGHT WITH BEARS. 79
the bears gave a loud growl, brought in wood to make
and then, with a low moan, up our watch fire for the
fell dead at our feet. night, so we sat down to
As it was now time to sup at once, and then went
go back, we put the bears to rest.
in the cave, but took care Next day we put our
to cut off their paws, which beasts to the cart and drove
form a dish fit to grace the as far as the bears' den.
feast of a king. As we came near to the
We had a long walk spot a flock of birds flew
back to the place where out of the mouth of the
I had left my wife. The cave, two or three of which
boys told her what a hard Fritz brought down with
fight the dogs had with the his gun. It took us the
bears, and how Fritz and whole day to cut up the
I had shot them, and then bears. The hams were laid
gave her the paws. With by to be smoke dried;
the aid of Frank she had while my wife took charge
fed our live stock and of the fat and the skins.
So THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
WE had now so much quite full. Now and then
work to do, and the days we went out to hunt for
and weeks came and went sport or to add to our stock
so quick, that I do not of beasts, which had grown
think we should have known so large that there were
the time of year had it not few we could name that
been for our log. had not been caught and
Some days were spent at brought home. We had
the Cave, where we made birds of the air, fowls of
our goods, ground our flour, the land, and beasts of all
stored our food, and kept kinds, from the great black
our tame live stock. Then ox of the plain to the small
we had to take care of our wild RAB-BIT that came and
crops on the fields near made its hole close by our
The Nest, and this took us cave.
two or three days in each But there was one bird
month. Once in ten days that we had not yet caught,
at least we went to the though we had seen it two
Farm on the hill, and at or three times in the woods.
the same time made a call This was the OS-TRICH.
at the Half Way House; Fritz found a nest with
so that there was not a day some eggs in it, and this
that we had not our hands led us to make a tour with
The Boys take home the Ostrich,
THE OS TRICH HUNT. 81
a view to catch one of the that they did not stop till
old birds. We rose that they came near us.
day ere it was light, and Fritz had brought his
set out at dawn, each on Ea-gle with him, which he
the back of a good steed. now let fly. At one swoop
As we should have to the bird came down on the
hunt through the woods, head of the Os-trich, held
my wife was left at home; on with its beak, and struck
and Ernest, who did not out its wings with great
like rough work, chose to force, as if to stun it. We
stay with her. We made now rode up close to the
it a rule to take one of the scene of war. Jack first
dogs with us when we went flung a cord round the legs
out to hunt, but on this day of the bird, which made it
we thought it wise to let fall to the ground. I then
them both come. threw my pouch on its
Fritz took us straight to head, and, strange to say,
where he had seen the nest, it lay down as still as a
which was not more than lamb.
a few miles up the stream. I now tied both its legs
"When we came in sight of with cords, but left it just
the spot, we saw four great room to walk. WVe then
birds, as if on their way to made it fast to the two
meet us. As they drew bulls that had brought Jack
near we kept the dogs well and Frank all the way from
in, and made no noise, so home, and put one of them
82 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
on each side. They next who had gone on first, and
got up on their steeds, and we were glad to find that
I took the pouch from the the poor bird had made up
head of the bird. As soon its mind to its fate, and
as it could see, it gave a kept up well with the pace
wild stare, and then fought of the bulls.
to get free. When we got in sight of
The boys then put spurs home, my wife and Ernest,
to the flanks of their steeds, who had been on the look
and when the bird had out for us, came forth to
made a few starts back, as meet us; and the strange
if to try the strength of the way in which we brought
cords which held it, it set home our new prize made
off with a run, and the bulls them laugh. I need not
at each side made it keep say that we took great care
up a smart pace. of it.
Fritz and I now went in The next day we built it
search of the nest, which a house, with a space in
we soon found. I took the front for it to walk up and
eggs from it and put them down, round which were
in a bag I had brought to put rails, so that it could
hold them, in which I put not get out. At first it
some wool and moss, so was shy, and would not
that they should not break, take any food, so that we
It did not take us long had to force some balls of
to get up to the two boys, maize down its throat; but
A STRANGE STEED. 83
in a short time it took grain of the shells, we had the
from the hands of my wife, joy to hatch three of them,
and soon grew quite tame. and this led us to hope that
The boys now set to we should cre long have a
work to break it in for use. steed for each of our sons.
They taught it first to bear My work at this time was
them on its back. Then by no means light. Our
they put a pair of string hats and caps were all worn
reins in its mouth, and out, and with skins of the
made it turn which way musk cat I had to make
they chose to pull, and to new ones. The bears' skins
walk, or run, or stand still, were laid in the sun to dry,
as it was bid. Thus, in a and of these we made fur
month from the time we coats, which would keep us
caught it, the boys made it warm when the cold wet
take them on its back to nights came round, and
and from the Farm or The there were some left to serve
Nest, in less than half the as quilts or rugs for our
time an ox would go; so beds.
that it came to be the best I now tried my hand at
steed we had to ride on. a new craft. I dug some
The eggs we found in clay out of the bed of the
the nest were put in a warm stream, and taught the boys
dry place, and though we to knead it up with sand,
scarce thought our care and some talc that had been
would bring live birds out ground as fine as road drift.
84 THE SWISS FAMILY Y ROBINSON.
I had made a lathe with a be told that our wants did
wheel, and by its aid the not keep pace with the
clay left my hands in the growth of our wealth, for
shape of plates, cups, pots, the land was rich, and we
and pans. We then burnt had but a few mouths to
them in a rude kiln, and fill.
though at least one half We knew that we might
broke with the heat and leave the roots in the ground
our want of skill, still those for some time, as the soil
that came out whole more was dry, but that the grain
than paid me for my toil, would soon spoil; so we
and kept up my wife's stock made the corn our first
of delf. Some of the jars care. When it was all cut
were set round with red and brought home, our
and blue glass beads, and next task was to thresh it.
these were put on a shelf The floor of our store room
as works of art, and kept was now as hard as a rock,
full of long dried grass. for the sun had dried it,
The time was now at and there was not a crack
hand when we must reap to be seen. On this we
our grain and store the ripe laid the ears of ripe corn,
crops that were still on the from which the long straw
ground; and, in fact, there had been cut, and sent the
was so much to be done, boys to bring in such of our
that we scarce knew what live stock as were fit for
to do first. The truth must the work to be next done.
WE TREAD OUT OUR CORN. 85
Jack and Fritz were soon thresh our wheat were those
on the backs of their steeds, used by the Jews in the
and thought it fine fun to days of old."
make them course round To sort the chaff from
the floor and tread out the the grain we threw it up
grain. Ernest and I had with our spades while the
each a long fork, with which land or sea breeze blew
we threw the corn at their strong. The draught which
feet, so that all of it might came in at the door took
be trod on. The ox on the light chaff with it to
which Jack sat put down one side of the room, while
his head and took a bunch the grain fell straight to the
of the ears in his mouth, ground by its own weight.
"Come," said Jack, "it The maize we left to dry
is not put there for you to in the sun, and then beat
eat, off you go!" and with out the grain with long
that he gave it a lash with skin thongs. By this means
his whip. we got a store of the soft
Nay," said I, do you leaves of this plant, which
not know what God has my wife made use of to
said in his Word ?-We stuff our beds.
must not bind up the mouth When all the grain had
of the ox that treads out been put in our store room,
the corn. This brings to some in sacks and the rest
my mind the fact that the in dry casks, we took; a
means we now take to walk one day to our fields,
86 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
and found that flocks of had wrought a great change
birds, most of which were in our sons. Frank, who
quails, had come there to was but a mere child when
feed. This gave us a fine we first came, had grown
day's sport with our guns, up to be a strong youth;
and the next year we did and Jack was as brave a
not fail to look for them, so lad as one could wish to
that the fields were made see. Fritz, of course, was
to yield a stock of game as now a young man, and
well as a crop of grain, took a large share of the
With but slight change work off my hands. Ernest
in our mode of life, we had just come of age, and
spent ten long years in our his shrewd mode of thought
strange home. Yet the and great tact was as great
time did not seem long a help to us as was the
to us. Each day brought strength and skill of the
with it quite as much work rest.
as we could do, so that To crown all, it was a
weeks and months and rare thing for them to be
years flew past, till at last ill; and they were free from
we gave up all hope that those sins which too oft
we should leave the isle or tempt young men to stray
see our old Swiss home, from the right path. My
the thought of which was wife and I did our best to
still dear to us. train them, so that they
But the lapse of ten years might know right from
WHAT TEN YEARS HAD DONE. 87
wrong; and it gave us kept our plants fresh in
great joy to find that what times of drought. Nor was
we told them sunk deep in this the sole use we made
their hearts, and, like ripe of the pond; for in it we
seed sown in rich soil, kept small fish and crabs,
brought forth good fruit. and took them out with a
I need not say that in rod and line when we had
the course of ten years we need of food, and time to
had made great strides in spare for that kind of sport.
those arts which our wants In the ground round the
had first led us to learn, mouth of the Cave we
\Vhen we first came the drove a row of strong canes,
land near Tent House was bound at the top to a piece
a bare waste; now it bore of wood, so as to form a
fine crops, and was kept as fence, up which grew a
neat as a Swiss farm. At vine, and, at each side,
the foot of the hill by the plants that threw a good
side of Rock Cave, was a show of gay bloom crept
large plot of ground, which up to meet it. Shells of
we laid out in beds, and great size and strange
here we grew herbs and shapes were got from the
shrubs, and such plants as shore, and these we built
we used for food. Near up here and there with
this we dug a pond, and by burnt clay, so as to form
means of a sluice which clumps of rock work, on
led from the stream, we which grew ferns and rare
gg THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
plants. All this gave a would at least help to pay
charm to our home, and the charge of a cruise back
made the grounds round it to the land we came from.
a source of joy when we It is but just to say that
laid by our work for the the boys did not share my
day. In fact, we thought hopes, nor did they seem
there was now scarce a to wish that we should
thing to wish for that we leave the place where they
had not got. had been brought up. It
Our cares were few, and was their world, and the
our life was as full of joy cave, to which we gave the
and peace as we could well name Rock House, was
wish; yet I oft cast a look more dear to them than
on the sea, in the hope any spot on the earth.
that some day I should spy Go back !" Fritz would
a sail, and once more greet say; "to leave our cave,
a friend from the wide that we dug with our own
world from which we had hands; to part with our
been so long shut out. This dear kind beasts and birds;
hope, vague as it was, led to bid good by to our
me to store up such things farms, and so much that is
as would bring a price, if our own, and which no one
we had the chance to sell in the world wants. No,
them; they might prove a no. You can not wish us
source of wealth to us if to leave such a spot."
a ship came that way, or My dear wife and I both
felt that age would soon of man, with no one to hear
creep on us, and we could our last words, or lay us in
not help some doubts as the earth when He should
to the fate of our sons. call us to our rest.
Should we stay and end My wife did not share
our days here, some one of this dread. Why should
us would live out the rest, we go back?" she would
and this thought came oft say. "We have here all
to my mind, and brought that we can wish for. The
with it a sense of dread I boys lead a life of health,
could not get rid of. It free from sin, and live with
made me pray to God that us, which might not be the
he would save us all from case if we went out in the
so dire a fate as to die far world. Let us leave our
from the sound of the voice fate in the hands of God."
As Fritz and Ernest time to time they took long
were now men, they were trips, and went far from
of course free to go where Rock House. They had
they chose, and to come fine boats and strong steeds,
back when their will led and of these they made
them home. Thus, from such good use that there
90 THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON.
was scarce a spot for leagues who is on the rock from
round that was not well which you may see the
known to them. smoke rise."
At one time, Fritz had He thought that this rock
been so long from home could not be far off, and
that we had a dread lest that he ought to set off at
he should have lost his once in search of it.
way, or fell a prey to wild I have a thought," said-
beasts. When he came he; I will tie a piece of
back he told us a long tale cloth, like that I found, to
of what he had seen and the leg of the bird, and on
where he had been, and it I will write, Have faith
how he had brought with in God: help is near." If
him birds, beasts, moths, the bird goes back to the
and such strange things as place from whence it came,
he thought Ernest would our brief note may reach
like to see. When he had the eye of the lone one on
done, he drew me out into the rock. At any rate, it
our grounds and said he can do no harm, and may
had a strange thing to tell do some good."
me. It seems that he found He at once took the bird,
a piece of white cloth tied which was an AL-BA-TROSS,
to the foot of a bird which tied the strip of cloth to
he had struck down with a its foot, and let it go.
stick, on which were these "And now," said he,
words: "Save a poor soul, "tell me what you think of
DEATH OF THE EAGLE. .91
this. If we should find a which would not have been
new friend, what a source safe for the large boat. He
of joy it will be. Will you went up all the small creeks
join me in the search ?" we met with on the way,
"To be sure I will," said and kept a sharp look out
I; and so shall the rest; for the smoke by which he
but we will not yet tell would know the rock we
them of this." came out to find.
They were all glad to I must tell you that once
take a trip in the large when he came to these
boat, but they could not parts with Ernest he met
make out why we went in with a TI-GER, and would
such haste. have lost his life had it not
"The fact is," said Jack, been for his pet the Ea-gle.
" Fritz has found some The brave bird, to save
queer thing on the coast Fritz from the beast, made
that he can't bring home, a swoop down on its head.
and wants us to see it. Fritz thus got off with a
But I dare say we shall scratch or two, but the poor
know what it all means in bird was struck dead by a
good time." blow from the paw of its foe.
Fritz was our guide, and This was a sad loss to Fritz,
went first in his bark boat, for his pet had been a kind
or CA-NOE. In this he could friend, and would go with
go round the rocks and him at all times when he
shoals that girt the coast, went far from home.
92 THE SWISS FAMILY Y ROBINSON.
There was scarce a spot note from Fritz, in which
we came to that did not he told me' that he could
bring to the mind of one of not give up the search, but
us some such tale as this, had gone some way up the
so that we were full of talk coast in his small boat.
while the boat bore us on. Let me beg of you," he
We had been out some wrote, "to lie in wait for
days, but could find no trace me here till I come back."
of what we went in search. When he had been gone
I rose from my berth at two days, I felt that I ought
dawn, and went on deck to tell my wife the cause of
with Fritz. I told him our trip, as it might ease
that as we had no clue to her mind, and she now had
the place, we must now give some fear lest her son
up the search. He did not should not be safe. She
seem to like this, but no heard me to the end, and
more was said. That day then said that she was sure
we spent on shore, and came he would not fail, but soon
back to our boat to sleep bring back good news.
at night. Next day we As we were all on the
were to change our course, look out for Fritz, we saw
and trace our way back, for his boat a long way off.
the wind now blew from "There is no one with
the sea. him in the boat," said I to
When I went on deck my wife; "that does not
next day I found a short say much for our hopes."
GOOD NEWS. 93
"Oh, where have you strange to tell," said Fritz,
been?" said the boys, all "she has been on shore
at once, as he came on three years."
board. But they scarce W\hile I went to tell the
got a word from him. He news to my wife, Fritz had
then drew me on one side, gone down to his berth to
and said, with a smile of change his clothes, and I
joy, What do you think must say that he took more
is the news I bring?" care to look neat in his
Let me hear it," said I. dress than was his wont at
"Then I have found home.
what I went forth to seek, He was not long, and
and our search has not when he came on deck he
been in vain." bid me say no word to the
And who is it that you rest of whom he had found.
have found?" He leapt like a frog in
"Not a man," he said, to his light craft, and led
"but a girl. The dress the way. We were soon
she wears is that of a man, on our course through the
and she does not wish at rocks and shoals, and an
first that her sex should be hour's sail, with the aid of
known to more than we can a good breeze, brought us
help, for she would not like to a small tract of land the
to meet Ernest and the rest trees of which hid the soil
in that state, if they knew from our view. Here we
that she was a girl. And, got close in to the shore,