Title: Robinson Crusoe.
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still a mere boy, was seized
with a great desire to go to sea. H;s
parents would not consent to let hiim
go, but his mind was so set upon going
that at the first chance he ranl away
from home, and went to a seaport,
where he applied to the captain of a
ship to let him go on a voyage and
learn to be a sailor.

The captain took a fancy to.himl,
and granted his wish. Riobinson
Crusoe made several voyages, and
went through many adventures with-
out serious ill-luck, until h~e became
a young man. Finally he embarked
on a ship that was sailing to Africa.
A great storm came up before they
were out many days, and the ship was
driven? on some rocks near the coast
of a strange island, and wrecked. The
sailors, being cast into the waves, tried
to swim ashore, but all were drowned
except Robinson Crusoe. H-e was
thrlown upon the beach nearly dead,
and lay for a long time senseless.
When he came to, and found him-
self able to walk, he went to the top
of a hill which he saw near by. From
there he could see that he was on a
small island, which seemed to be
-entirely without human inhabitants.
When he realized the awful situation
mn which he was placed, all by himself
on this lonely island, to which shi s
probably never came, and from which
there was little hope that he could

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b-ecome imb~edded in the sand, and
when the tide went dlown he was able
to swim out to it. He found that the
stores of food aboard were unharmed,
"and b~e set about getting them ashore.
He made a raft out of some planks
and with it w-icas able to bring small
loads safe to land. Besides the food,
h~e secured a. lot of tools, and some
gunls and other weapons, along with a
supply of powder and shot.
Robinson Crusoe's next task was
to contrive some sort of safe dwelhing-
place. He found a small cave in the
side of a hill, and was able to enlarge

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ever escape, he was filled with despair,
and he almost wished that he had
died with his shipmates. But other
thoughts soon came to his mind. He
remembered how he had disobeyed
his parents, and caused them great
sorrow by running away to sea. He
felt that his fate was no better than he
deserved, and he fell on his knees to
ask God's pard~on-,.an~d to thank himn-
for sparing his life.
Night came on soon, and he climbed
into a tree to sleep, for he did not
know but that there might be dan-
gerous animals on9 the island. Wlhen
he woke in th~e morning, the sky was
clear and the sea calm. The ship had



In the meantime, he frequently
went about the island with his gun,
and often shot birds and wild goats,
whose flesh he used for food. On
.one of his rambles, he caught a parrot
alive, and he madle a. pet of it, and
taught it to speak a few words. .He
had also the company of a dog and
two cats that h~ad been aboard the
ship, and the presence of these creat-
ures often served to make him forget
his lonehiness.
One day he shot a she-goat that had
a. young kid with her. The kid did
not run awa r when he went to take
up the body of its mother, but followed
him to his castle. Robinson Crusoe
fed ilt and it became quite tame.
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it so that it made a good-sized room.
Around the entrance he drove a row
of piles, to get over which it was
necessary to use a ladder. Wen he
had every thing complete, he felt so
safe in the place that he called it his
After it was finished, Robinson
Crusoe applied himself to makmig
other things that would add to his
comfort, particularly a table and chair.
Hle had never learned- to handle
tools, so it: took him a long time to
finish these things, and when they
were done they were very rude m
looks, although quite as useful as if
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it would be well to capture some more
young goats and let them breed a
flock, so that he might have a steady
supply of meat without wasting his
stock of powder and shot. H-e set
traps, and caught several, and en-
closed a piece of ground for them to
run in. In course of time he had a
large flock, th~at furnished him with
milk as well as meat, and clothing
besides; for he was able to make
rough garments out of their skmns.
Another idea over which Robin-
son Crusoe brooded for a long tune
was the making of a canoe out of the
trunk of a tree. He set to work at
last upon the task, and with a great
deal of labor cut down a large tree
and shaped a boat out of it. -With
this he wa~s able to makie trips around
the island when th~e sea was calm, and
to explore all the inlets with7 which
the seast was indented.
After many years had passed, Rob-
inson Crusoe was alarmed one day to
see some prints of naked feet in the
sand on the shore. Gladly as he
would have welcomed the face of a
civilized being, he felt only fear at the
sight of these tracks, for he knew they
must be those of savages. Not long

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and then place the body on the fire
to cook, with the evident intention of
eatinga it. While they were busy, the
other prisoner mlanaged to get loose
frcom his bonds, and started to run.
Robinson Crusoe was in terror when
he saw that he was coming. straight
toward him. But he made up his


mind to try to save him, and when
those who were after him came near
enough, he fired his gun at them.
One was killed, and the rest were
so terrified by the noise of the gun
that they turned about and ran to their
canoes, in which they all paddled
The escaped captive then came and
fell on his knees before his rescuer.
Crusoe made signs to show that he
had nothing to fear, and took him
home with him to his castle. By
degrees he taught the poor fellow to
speak a little English, and he gave
him the name of Friday, because it
was on that day he had saved his life.
Robinson Crusoe went to great
pains to break Friday of his savage

habits, and civilize him, and he proved
to be so apt and well-disposed that he
became a very pleasant companion, as
well as a useful, hanidy servant. He
was very grateful to Robinson Crusoe
for saving his life, and at first, before
the nature of fire-arms was explained
to him, he amused his master by
showing an almost equal degree of
gratitude towards the gun that had
been the means of his rescue. He
thought that it had life, and he often
used to go on his knees to it to show
how thankful he was.
Robinson Crusoe feared that the
island might bre visited again by the
savages, but nearly two years passed
during which none appeared, and he
had almost ceased to be troubled about
them; until one morning when
Friday, having gone out alone
early, came running back to
L~mHu--the castle in areat fright, to tell
that a great' number of sava-
ges had come to the island
i~n canoes, bringing with them
Some captives whom they h~ad
~E~~ begfun to kill1 and eat. Riob-

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inson Crusoe armed himself
and Friday, and both went to
attack the savages. As soon



as they came near enough, they
fired among-st them and killed
several. The rest were thrown
into such a state of wild terror
that they ran for their canoes and -
m~ade off, leaving lying on the7
groun~ a bound prisoner w omz
they had not yet killed. Robin-
son Crusoe went to this captive
to release him from his bonds,
and saw that he was a white m~an.
In the meanwhile Friday had
gone to one of the canoes which
the savagaes had left behind, and
found another captive. This was
an old man, and as soon as Friday
looked in his face, he went into a trans-
port of joy, and embraced and kissed
him. Robinson Crusoe came up just
then, and asked Fridayy in the great-
est astonishment why he acted in this
mnan-ner. It was somie time before
Fridayr could- speak, so great was his
joy; but at length he told h~is master
that this poor old man, whose life they
had saved, was his fa~ther.
Robinson Crusoe found out that
the white man was a Spaniard who
had been shipwvreck~ed, along with
sixteen others, on th~e mainland, fr-om
where the savages came. Robinson

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Crusoe asked him. if he did not think
the others would be glad to come over
to his island, that all might live to-
gether, and the Spaniard said he was
sure they would. So it was settled
that a large boat should be made, and
that the Spaniard shoulcl go with it
for his countrymen, taking Friday's
father along with himn. The boat was
a long= time makinga, but at length
everything was ready, and they set
sail for the mainland.
A short time after they had gone,
Friday, one morning, brought the sur-
prising news that a ship wras in sight.
Going to his post of observation along


him, but when he spoke to them in
English, they answered his questions
and he found that one was the captain
of the ship, an I the others the mates,
that there had been a mutiny onl the
part of the sailors, and that the men-
were gomeg to leave them on the island
and sail away with the ship.
Robinson Cr-usoe offered to help
the captain to recover his' ship, if he
would agree to carry himself and
.Friday to England in case they suc-
ceeded, and the captain gladly prom-
ised. They retired among th~e trees,
and when the men returned, shot
two, who, the captain said, were lead-
ers in the mischief. The others, taken
by surprise, cried out for pardon. This
the captain granted on condition that
they would swear to assist him in re-
covering the ship, and they all did so.
It was decided to wait until dark
before trying to take the ship. Those
on board, not knowing the turn affair-s
had taken, were not prepared to resist,
and wihen the captain had shot the
ringleader osf the mutiny, the rest of
the men submitted.
The ship set' sail the next day, and,
Robinson Crusoe left his island after
having spent over twenty-eight years


with Friday, Robinson Crusoe saw
that it was an ]English ship, and that a
boat was coming from it to the shore.
He thought it would not be wise to
show himself until be knew the object
of the visit, and it was well that he
was so prudent.
Eleven men landed from the boat,
and Robinson: Crusoe saw that three
of them~ appeared to be very sad, and
kept by themselvess' while the rest
scattered abcitit the island. When
the others w~ere all out of hearing,
Robinson Crus~oe approached the
three. They wer~le a~stoniished to see

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i troyed, but Robinson Crusoe
,was not consoled by that for
I iepI~:11Q~: I~ f iI the loss of F riday, of w hom
'he had become very fond.
Wh ~en he arrived in England,
i./ IIc ;iihe found thajt his father and
T~i Imother were dead, and that few
~-of his friends were livin and
-EI for a time h e felt almost as lonely
as when he was on his island,
But he married a good wife
before long, and settled down
to a quiet, industrious, country
S~l~j~N TIE I~LIADR F TE lUlhY.life. He was blest with chil-
upon it. H-e had saved some gold dren who grew up to be his delight
from the wrecked vessel, and this he and comfort, and~ his oldl age was spen t
took with him, but everything else he in1 peace and happiness.
left for th~e use of the Spaniards 1/
when they should come from the-
Dmalnlanld. '
Poor- Friday never reached
En land. One day some sava es ___
came padding toward the shi~p m
canoes, and Friday was sent on~ Cl~P4
the upper deck to speak to thecm
and find out what they wan~ted.
At almost bthe first word, the ---
wretches let fly their arrows at him;
and he was killed. The ship's o~h sUI'.'IYO

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